#bookreview: Spandex and the City by Jenny T.Colgan #blogtour

Spandex and the CityFormat: Paperback
Publisher:  Orbit Books
Published: 18th May 2017
Pages: 368 Pages

The Blurb

Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.

But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.

Can Holly find love, or is super dating just as complicated as the regular kind?

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository

The Review

Join Holly and Ultimate Man in this modern day superhero tale of love, anguish and humour.

Bad things keep happening in Centerton and Holly always seems to be there when it does. Some people think she loves the attention, others are too occupied with the Internet and their social media feeds – the Internet (to them) is life and like oxygen.

Ultimate Man is a superhero who loves to wear purple – he’s strong, caring and a crime fighter. His nemesis Frederick Cecil wants to teach the world a lesson, but Ultimate Man is going to try and stop him, and it just so happens that Holly is going to be there when he does.

There were two main themes that kept jumping into my mind when I was reading Spandex and the City and they were thoughts about Batman and Superman: Batman because Centerton reminded me of Gotham,and Superman because Holly, to me, was Louis Lane – albeit a very bitter Louis Lane.

It was no secret that Holly was a negative Nelly and always saw the downside to situations. Part of me wanted to shake her, other parts sorta understand why she was feeling the way she did. I think she needed to relax a little and just enjoy the time spent with her friend Gertie and her brother.

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#bookreview: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

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Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: HQ Stories
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 384 Pages

The Blurb
Eight years ago, thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night.

In the years since, her family have papered over the cracks of their grief – while hoping against hope that Julie is still arrive.

And then, one night, the doorbell rings.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK

The Review

This is a story all about 13 year-old Julie and her kidnapping, which is told through the eyes of her mother, Anna. All members of the family are impacted by Julie’s disappearance, especially sister Jane who witnessed Julie’s abduction.

You’d be wrong in thinking that Good as Gone is your typical ‘thriller’ because in reality, it’s so much more. You’re kept in suspense throughout, with little droplets of shock thrown in for good measure. Rather than a gritty crime scene (no spoilers here), there’s a puzzle for you to finish. Julie’s kidnapping is far more complex than anyone can imagine, and when people start making an appearance, it leaves Anna and the family questioning everything they’ve experienced, or felt.

Part of me wanted to read about Julie’s experience first hand because I’m a little sadistic in the fact that I’d want to feel what she experienced. Sometimes you can relate more to a character if you’re aware of how they are feeling. However, I also think it was clever to read about how Anna was feeling, so you’re left in the dark with what has happened. It focuses on Anna’s mental health and the relationships she has with other people. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to experience such a loss, more so when you don’t have any answers. Her relationship with her husband Tom and daughter Jane were strained, which added extra sadness onto an already sad situation.

I will admit that I preferred the second half of the book because I felt that the story hit speed during this time, compared to quite a slow, yet informative beginning. Given that it’s penned as ‘a novel of suspense’ I’m not too sure if there was a lot of suspense, more of why things happened and who people were.

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#bookreview: Last Witness by Carys Jones

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Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Aria, Head of Zeus
Published: 1st May 2017
Pages: 300 Pages
Series: Book 2 – Wrong Number Series

The Blurb
The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge. She will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved ones have been dealt with.

Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McCallister so, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started.

McCallister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth?

A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down!

Purchase the Book: Amazon UK

The Review

First things first, I advise you reading the first book before jumping into this one – it’ll make more sense if you do. You can read my review of Wrong Number (the first book), here.

Amanda Thorne returns in this gritty, fast-paced and harrowing installment. I’m going to try my best to not spoil the story for you because it’ll be incredibly easy for me to ruin it if I start typing away. I’ve edited the blurb above, so that won’t spoil it for you either.

It’s no secret that Amanda and her sidekick Shane are trying to cause trouble for badman McCallister because let’s face it, he’s not a nice guy. He’s caused serious heartache for Amanda, which has changed her life forever. She’s had to move out of her home, become a guardian, and also admit to people that she’s struggling. When will the bad energy stop coming?

It’s always hard to relate to a character when you’ve not experienced what they are going through. However, with Amanda and Shane you feel sadness because if it wasn’t for McCallister’s actions they’d be happy and enjoying life. What gives McCallister the right to treat someone so badly? Do people not have a conscience anymore? I know it’s only a work of fiction, but it really gets me angry, people should be nice to one another and not cause them so much heartache.

Aside from the sadistic ways of McCallister and the avenging nature of Amanda and Shane, you learn more about Amanda’s passion for the dark net. The secret side of the Internet helps Amanda to find out information that no normal person would be able to find, plus allowing her to purchase a piece of equipment that could be deadly! I’m a computer geek, so to read about a strong female who loves a computer is refreshing. It shouldn’t be a negative thing that girls like to code, or be interested in computers and their technology, it should be praised! We need more novels like this (unless, I’m deeply unaware, so please let me know in the comments for others like this).

Carys’s writing style is fluid, fresh and enticing, which makes the experience of reading Last Witness incredibly enjoyable. I’d recommend you all giving this epic-thriller a go because, well, why not? I can’t wait for more stories for Carys.

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#bookreview: The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

The Good Daughter CoverFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Published: 23rd February 2017
Pages: 528 Pages

The Blurb
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository

The Review

A staggering 528 pages that left me feeling a mixture of confusion and loss, whilst also leaving me a little disturbed. All of these feelings sound bad, but believe me when I say that this book was a good one.

Dahlia returns to her childhood home, where she experiences the declining nature of her Mother, Memphis. Seemingly a good idea at first, Dahlia soon realises that coming home wasn’t the best plan. A lot of the story revolves around secrets, especially those of her mother and why she kept moving Dahlia around the country. Every time Dahlia feels like she is getting somewhere, her lack of legal documentation or the ability to stay in one place, leaves her in a disadvantage. You can evidently see the frustration radiating out of Dahlia’s pores and I suppose it’s equally as frustrating knowing your mother is suffering from a mental illness, when all you want is answers.

Lots of why questions screamed out at me whilst reading: why does Memphis hide and keep things secret? Why does Dahlia not have a Birth Certificate or legal documentation and also, why am I questioning their mother/daughter relationship? The last question wouldn’t leave my mind because I just felt like there was something more to it. I just didn’t think they had a normal mother and daughter relationship, I believed they were something less biological.

I will definitely agree with some readers out there that this book was a slow-burner and sometimes a little confusing, as I couldn’t piece together who was being talked about, but once I got further into the story, the more it reaped rewards.

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#bookreview: I love my computer because my friends live in it by Jess Kimball Leslie

Format: E-book
Publish Date: 25th April 2017
Publisher: Running Press
Pages: 240 Pages

The Blurb
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It is tech analyst Jess Kimball Leslie’s hilarious, frank homage to the technology that contributed so significantly to the person she is today. From accounts of the lawless chat rooms of early AOL to the perpetual high school reunions that are modern-day Facebook and Instagram, her essays paint a clear picture: That all of us have a much more twisted, meaningful, emotional relationship with the online world than we realize or let on.

Pre-order/Purchase this book: Amazon UK

The Review

I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live in It: Stories from an Online Life was a spur of the moment request from Net Galley. I read the blurb and knew I had to give it a go. I love learning about new technology and how it’s going to aid our lives in the future. I’m a little bit of a contradiction because although I love all things traditional – paperback books, time away from a screen, etc – I also love computer-aided ‘things’ – Social Media, Computers in general, smartphones, etc.

Hands-down this book is one of the funniest things I’ve read in 2017, as well as being brutally honest and thoughtful. Jess Kimball Leslie essentially takes you on a journey starting with her childhood,  detailing her teenage years and then the list of jobs she has within the technology industry. You’ll find out about the things to do with the growth of the Internet, when we all LOVED MySpace (remember Tom?) and onto the present where we learn about the dominance of Facebook and the art of the selfie.

Nostalgia is probably the best word to describe this book because it made you realise just how rubbish the Internet was back in the day. I remember when you had to wait about 5 minutes for the computer to load ANYTHING, if your family were on the house phone you couldn’t use the Internet, and how MySpace was the best thing since sliced bread. If you’ve never experienced the anger of the dial-up modem, you’ve never lived. However, if you’ve never been apart of the 90’s Internet, I’m not sure if you’d appreciate the book as much. Saying that, it may be an eye-opener for those that are used to fast broadband and their Social Media addiction!

If you’re after a funny, light-hearted and nostalgic read I love My Computer is just for you.

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