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review 2016-09-26 16:16
Book Review and Link to Free Sample - No Idea by Si Page

Free Sample

 

A free sample is currently available on Kindle Scout for anyone who is interested. If you like it, please can I ask you to consider voting for this author to get a publishing contract with Amazon. It's really easy, just click the blue 'Nominate me' button and log into your Amazon account. With only 5 days left, I'd love to help him achieve his dream. Cheers folks :-)

 

 

My Review

 

I loved this book!

 

No Idea is a mystery romance, which is both thought provoking and emotional in places. With a great mix of characters, humour, adventure and an interesting twister of a plot, I think this would make a great TV mystery drama series.

 

This book takes the reader on a journey, as Rob Wise (or should that be not-so-wise, seeing as he seems to have no idea about a lot of things in his life), experiences transition and self-improvement on a personal, professional and spiritual level. Covering as far back as Rob’s childhood, there is a hint of coming-of-age to this storyline, although the main focus is on Rob’s life as an adult.

 

The reader enters Rob’s life when it has pretty much hit rock bottom. The way he was living with his housemates made me think of a cross between Trainspotting and Spike (the bloke in pants) in Notting Hill. Rob has SAD, which is a form of depression and has lost all motivation. He has no idea what he is about to face and how much his life is about to change.

 

This story keeps you guessing throughout. Initially, I had no idea where the story was going to take me, but then things started to take shape, and I thought I knew what was going to happen, but then something would be thrown in to the mix which left me with no idea where the story was going all over again. I think the title, No Idea is great, as it not only reflects Rob’s life, but also the reader’s experience of the story and nothing being quite as it seems.

 

If you fancy a book that has you giggling, gasping and guessing, then this is probably the book for you.

 

I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

 

Author Links

 

Author Website

 

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Eager to read more by this author while you wait for No Idea to be published?

Check out my 5 star review of Missing Gretyl on Goodreads

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text 2016-03-21 21:20
FIRST 83 PAGES OF GIVE IT BACK - FREE DOWNLOAD ONLINE

BREAKING NEWS!

 

To read the first 83 pages of Give It Back for free online, please visit this link: tinyurl.com/jx7qjoe

 

 

Some reviews of Give It Back:

 

“The mind games in this book rival those in Gone Girl only these characters are likable, well most of them anyway.” – Heidi from Goodreads.
 

 

“I was hooked to the book from the time I started reading and there’s no way you can predict what’s coming next – it is not the typical book where you can predict the storyline! It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Keeps you guessing and the twists and turns are unpredictable.” – Sherin from Goodreads.

 

” I will say this book kept me on the edge of my seat! I actually cried a few timesand I yelled at the book more than once!  I really can’t wait to see what Danielle Esplin comes up with next.” – Kirstin from Goodreads.

 

The story really pulled me in right off the bat. That hasn’t been easy to do for me recently. There was just something about the story that kept me turning the pages. Every new scene just kind of had an ominous tone to it even if it was back story to beef up the main narrative. There was just something about this book. Very well written.” – Ben Mariner, author of Apocalypse Wow. 
 

 

“Give It Back by Danielle Esplin is a great read that will keep you guessing. Danielle Esplin created fascinating individual story arcs for each character bringing you into each story and struggle as it progress, and, in the end, brings them all together seamlessly, creating the overall story arc and answering all the reader’s questions. Overall, it is well written, with some very beautifully turned phrases.” –  L.W. Tichy, author of Tangled Web. 

 

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Source: tinyurl.com/jx7qjoe
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review 2014-09-21 00:00
The Girl and The Moon: Free Sample
The Girl and The Moon: Free Sample - Bella Woodfield I received a free kindle copy of The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Bella Woodfield from Amazon for fair review. I gave it four stars.

The illustration on the cover is cleverly done. The book shows the little girl seeking different methods to reach the moon to find out what it tasted like. Her little dog was her faithful traveling companion through their adventures. She drove her scooter, bounced on a large ball, tried the longest ladder on earth & finally dug a giant hole.

It was a cute story & simple enough for beginning readers. It designed for readers to the age of six. It's a fun read & would be good for parents, grandparents, older siblings, teachers or librarians to read to a child. It was an enjoyable experience learning about how she might reach the moon.

To purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Moon-Bella-Woodfield-ebook/dp/B00NC5AOLU/ref=la_B00LQKQCPU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411332419&sr=1-1
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review 2013-09-07 15:10
The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave was a DNF for me, which I’m actually quite sad about. It’s not that it’s a bad book, because I don’t believe it is. Nor is it that the voice is bad, because the voice was, in fact, great. I think it was simply a case of not-for-me because I didn’t get with the writing style.

Whilst the voice is very strong, as stated above, I struggled with the execution (and I know this is a mere personal preference, so you should seriously go check it out and decide for yourself). The MC narrated in first person, and usually, for me, I find a much deeper connection when reading this POV, because there is so much opportunity for emotions to be expressed to draw the reader inside the mind of the narrator. However, there seemed to be such a HUGE disconnect in the ‘way’ this story is narrated, that it only created a massive distance for me, almost like a barrier blocking me from creating a bond with the MC. Added to that, the majority of the chunk of book I read is ‘told’. And not necessarily in an ‘in the moment’ kind of telling, but in a way that I’m not too sure which activities of the MC’s are current and which are past—except for the constant backstory explaining the ‘waves’, which come to sound slightly repetitive quite early on.

So, as I said, it’s not that it’s a bad book, more that the telling of it was in a style I struggled to connect with.

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