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review 2018-09-19 23:01
Warning: don't read the book blurb, it gives too much away.
My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

This was an unusual choice for our book group because it was more chick-lit than we usually read. It was picked because it covered the subject of social media and advertising, which is hugely topical right now.

 

Katie Brenner has finally nabbed her perfect job - at the very bottom of the advertising ladder. The salary is so low that she has to rent a room with no wardrobe space and stores her belongings in a hammock hanging over her bed. She has a long, stressful commute and spends her day doing repetitive tasks. Her Instagram page, however, paints a very different picture - drinks with friends and a trendy lifestyle in London.

 

Sophie Kinsella is guaranteed to take any situation and draw out the funny side of it, and this was no exception. I'm not a great fan of Chick-Lit as a genre, but if it's amusing, then all is forgiven. Ms Kinsella is one of a very few authors who can make me smile while reading and I did highlight quite a few passages.

 

I do think that the book blurb gives away far too much of the story and I'm glad I hadn't read it beforehand, or there would have been no surprises. Although it was somewhat predictable and didn't really provide much in-depth discussion, it was generally enjoyed by my book group as a light summer read. The big exception to this, however, were those involved in advertising, who categorically refused to accept the ending as in any way feasible.

 

My ratings:
Remember Me 4*
Shopaholic Ties the Knot 3.5*
Shopaholic and Baby 4*

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review 2018-09-19 13:34
Perfect Prey - Helen Fields

A young man is murdered in front of a crowd of thousands, though no one sees the killer. A nurse is brutally murdered in her own home. DI Luc Callanach and DI Ava Turner soon find that their separate cases are linked. It appears the murderer is announcing their next victim and as more murders occur Luc and Ava are on a race to decipher the clues before the next person is killed.

 

This is not a slow build novel. It opens with an unusual and somewhat barbaric murder at a music festival and soon more bodies are piling up. The murders are gruesome, the kind nature of the victims making the reader perhaps feel even more sorry for them that they met such untimely and grisly ends.

 

The characters are beginning to develop more in this novel. There are flashes of humour from Ava Turner, which lighten the tone to just the right amount. The more I read of the novel, the more I liked Ava. Luc still has his issues, tied over from an incident from his past whilst working at Interpol. This lead him to move to Scotland and has had a somewhat physical effect on him. I’m going to sound very unsympathetic but his issues began to grate on me again, as they did with the first book. It seemed as if the issue was a little laboured. I was glad to see that a little peccadillo of his from the last novel didn’t emerge in this one. I was able to be a little bit more sympathetic towards him as a result. (I know this sounds a little vague but I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the story).

 

Despite my issues with Luc I still enjoyed the story. The dark web features heavily and it made the story feel all the more oppressive and gritty (in a good way) for it. It also made me glad that I really don’t know much about the dark web! The motive for the murders was dealt with in a clever way. I also love the setting of Edinburgh. The story, and back stories kept me engaged, so much so that I went to check my bookshelves to see if I had the next book in the series.

 

An entertaining, dark, interesting second installment in the Callanach series. I look forward to reading more Callanach and Turner stories in the future.

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text 2018-09-13 03:20
Halloween Bingo - New Release
The Perfect Mother - Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother is a suspense novel published in 2018 about a woman whose baby is kidnapped when she leaves him with a babysitter to go out for drinks with a group of friends from a new mothers group. I'm using it for the New Release square.

 

 

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review 2018-09-10 16:58
Perfect Mistake by Sophia Karlson
Perfect Mistake (Perfect, #1) - Sophia Karlson

 I received this ARC from Goddessfishpromotions in exchange for an honest review.

 

This is my first book by this author and the synopsis actually made me interested in this book. Interesting because I am normally not but very excited to read her work!

 

Very much enjoyed this easy spunky heroine of romance read. If i am trying to rekindle my romance I think the setting of bustling Dar es Salaam and the safari belt of Eastern Africa is a perfect. However, there are ivory tracking and other dangerous moments that is happening around them. How will this survive this and rekindle that flame?

Perfect weekend or rainy day reading. Sadly for me I was cuddled up on a chair next to a fan because of the scorching heat outside - just means I got to pretend I was on a lovely safari with our characters Carlo & Simone.  I'm a fan of exotic locations such as rain-forest destinations, ancient ruins of Mesopotamia and secret baby romances because that is exactly what we love right??

Well this one hit it right on the head. Perfect! 

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review 2018-09-07 14:26
a great first time author!
Perfect Mistake (Perfect, #1) - Sophia Karlson
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. 4 years ago,Simone and Carlo had 6 glorious weeks together. Then Carlo disappeared, leaving Simone pregnant. Now Carlo is back, as her boss and he's trying to find out who is using his flights for the poaching of ivory. When Simone is implicated, she has to reveal his daughter to him. Can they survive just what is happening around them, between them? I did not know, going into this book, that Karlson is a first time author. I did not,at all, get that impression while I was reading it either! Karlson spins a great tale! It's not overly explicit, not is it particularly violent. It does get a little . . . . . .yukkie. . ..when Simone's friend is describing her "gifts" though. Also, it's quite painful reading about Simone and Carlo's trip to the poaching sites. Only because it truly is awful, the poaching. I did not get who was part of the poaching ring, and I was surprised how that all went down. I sort of expected something else to happen, I was waiting for that something else, to see how Simone would deal with it,before she revealed his daughter to Carlo, but that doesn't happen, so I was a little . . . . .not disappointed, cos I really enjoyed what did happen here, but I can't find the right word word, and you know how that pains me so! It's told from both Simone and Carlo 's point of view, in the third person. It's WELL told, well defined and well delivered. I read it in one single sitting. So why not 5 stars? No idea,but I have 4stars attend of my fingertips while typing this up, so. . . . 4 solid first time stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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