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Book Information and Review | Netgalley | Alice in Brexitland by

Alice in Brexitland Book Cover Alice in Brexitland
Lucien Young, Leavis Carroll,
Humor
Random House
June 1, 2017
Mobi
112
Netgalley
Thank you to the Author publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for An honest unbiased review.
Read from may 9th to 17th 2017

Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts... She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?

I would like to start this book review by thanking  the Author, Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this well written, laugh out loud book in exchange for an honest unbiased review. My opinions of this book have not been influenced in anyway by the fact that I received it for review purposes.

The book tells the story of what happens to Alice when she spots & follows a a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum down a rabbit hole on the 23rd of June 2017. It follows her journey through the  strange new land she emerges in, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts… During her journey through the strange new land of Brexit she meets characters such as Corbynpillar (who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone); Humpty Trumpty (perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for); the Cheshire Twat (who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining); and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit). Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense.

I loved the authors satirical twist on Lewis Carole’s story Alice in Wonderland as well as his take on the Key players in Brexit including the idiocy of some of the things they said during the campaign.

This is a book that came at exactly the right time for me as I had recently read lots of books with some hard subjects in them and although this was about a very topical heavy subject due to its satirical nature I gave me some much needed light relief. It was also a very quick and easy read.

Although this is a book will date quickly due to the nature of its content it is still a book that I may re-read in the future as well as recommend to others and buy for people I know who I think may enjoy it.

It is for the reasons above that I have given this book a 5 star rating.

Books & Reading/ Book Information/ Sleigh Bells in the Snow (Snow Crystal Trilogy) by Sarah Morgan

Sleigh Bells in the Snow Book Cover Sleigh Bells in the Snow
Snow Crystal Trilogy #1/3
Sarah Morgan
Fiction
HarperCollins UK
October 4, 2013
Kindle
384
Amazon
Read from 10/12/18 to 18/12/18
Suddenly Summer,
Kayla Green, Jackson O'Neil, Alice (Grams) & Walter (Gramps), Sean O'Neil, Tyler O'Neil
Snow Crystal, Colerado

Once upon a time Kayla loved Christmas

Now she’s more dedicated to her job than decking the halls, and can’t wait for the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to be over.

Until she arrives at the enchanting Snow Crystal ski resort, determined to win gorgeous owner Jackson as a marketing client.

But wooing Jackson professionally quickly turns personal as they spend flirty festive nights in this glittering winter wonderland.

With snowflakes swirling and sleigh bells ringing…could Jackson be the one to make Kayla fall back under the Christmas spell? (less)

Book Information| Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Story by Andrea Brunais

Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Story Book Cover Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Story
Andrea Brunais
Biography & Autobiography
Hillbilly Drug Baby
2018-12
PDF
175
BQBpublishimg
Read from 20/11/18 - 25/11/18
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2600361603?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Jesse-Ray Lewis, 19, enters a West Virginia "safe house" with few possessions beyond the kerchiefs that identify him as a gang member. An aged-out foster child, he lands in Bluefield, where a charity gives him food. What follows is the personal, dramatic story of two people who intervene in the life of a homeless, drug-abusing teen with a background of violence and neglect. In their next-door suite called the safe house, they impose three rules: "No alcohol or drugs. You have to work. You have to go to school." Jesse-Ray expresses gratitude for shelter and a middle-aged couple concerned with his welfare. But what does he want? The couple struggle to determine his true motives, especially after he admits being high on meth at their first meeting. At night he writes verse reflecting trauma and violence, shame and love, even despair. Author Andrea Brunais sees more than just a street-smart boy who can write. She sees a soul who can be saved from a downward spiral. But will Jesse-Ray accept the help of strangers, as glimmers of hope expressed in his writings suggest? Will the couple succeed in steering him toward a new life? And how will the ordeal transform everyone?

Book Information and Review | 2018 | Ghost Memories (Bone Island Prequel/Bone Island Series 0.5/4) by Heather Graham

Ghost Memories: Prequel to the Bone Island Trilogy Book Cover Ghost Memories: Prequel to the Bone Island Trilogy
Bone Island Trilogy Prequel 0.5/4
Heather Graham
Paranormal Mystery Romance
HarperCollins UK
June 1, 2013
Kindle Book
400
Amazon
Read from 15th to 16th April 2018
Ghost Moon
Bartholomew Miller
Florida Keys

In the early nineteenth century, pirates and privateers still wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. Bartholomew Miller had been one of them. After years of plying the seas for England as a privateer, he finally found a home and love on Bone Island off the Florida coast.

I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished the last book in the trilogy that this is the prequel for because I’d enjoyed it and the other books in the trilogy so much. This is a book that although it wasn’t a necessity for me to read it as it was only a short prequel novella about the pirate ghost from the trilogies life and death so enabled me as the reader to get an insight into his life.

Although this book was only a short novella Heather had still written with as much detail as she does in any of her books. The plot and characters in the book were really well-developed and believable for the shortness of the book. By the time I had read the book I really felt I knew Bartholomew like a I would a friend what with what I’d learnt about him in the main books of the trilogy. It was also really interesting getting all be it a brief glimpse into what life and Key West was like in the time when he lived.

The research that Heather had done about the time period and place during the period came through in the fact that it really felt like you were living in that time along with the characters.It was also great seeing how Bartholomew’s relationships/friendships developed.

All in all i loved this book and am immensely glad that I have read it.I would love to hear what any of you out there who’ve read it and the main trilogy thought of them so feel free to leave a comment.

Book Information & Review | 2018 | Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden Book Cover Winter Garden
Kristin Hannah
Fiction
Pan Macmillan
November 20, 2014
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
401
Amazon/Audible
Read from 4/12/17 [ /4/18] to 23rd April 2018
Susan Erickson
Meridith Whitson, Nina Whiston, Anya Whiston, Stacey
Alaska, America

Sometimes when you open the door to your mother's past, you find your own future . . . Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and travelled the world to become a famous photo journalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged women will find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. On his deathbed, their father extracts one last promise from the women in his life. It begins with a story that is unlike anything the sisters have heard before - a captivating, mysterious love story that spans sixty-five years and moves from frozen, war torn Leningrad to modern-day Alaska. The vividly imagined tale brings these three women together in a way that none could have expected. Meredith and Nina will finally learn the secret of their mother's past and uncover a truth so terrible it will shake the foundation of their family and change who they think they are. Every once in a while a writer comes along who navigates the complex and layered landscape of the human heart. For this generation, it's Kristin Hannah. Mesmerizing from the first page to the last, Winter Garden is an evocative, lyrically written novel that will long be remembered.

In this post I will be discussing my feelings and views on the book along with sharing the books information.

This amazingly evocative book tells the story of two sisters learning about their mothers past following their father’s death and so coming to understand why she’d been so emotionally withdrawn from them throughout their lives. It is told by way of an extremely mysterious “fairytale” love story that the mother tells and has been telling the sisters all their lives but she never finished it while they were growing up.

I heard about this book on JenTalksAudiobooks a Bookktube channel on YouTube when she was entrusting about it in a review. She is a booktuber who I know when she recommends books and I read them I will enjoy them as much as she did.

Thanks to how much I enjoyed this book and how well written it was I can honestly say that Kristin has become an auto read author. I can also say that due to Susan Erickson’s (narrator) skill at voicing characters and conveying feelings she is going to be an auto listen narrator for me.

All the characters and the plot were well-developed and believable. Which meant that once you got past the first 6 chapters I was totally engrossed in the story. The three women in this book were really strong, determined and independent women who as a reader you cannot help but fall in love with.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy books that fall in to the genres in the  contemporary historical areas and this book fits well in to. those

Book Information | 2018 | 311 Pelican Court (Cedar Cove 3/28) by Debbie Macomber

311 Pelican Court (A Cedar Cove Novel, Book 3) Book Cover 311 Pelican Court (A Cedar Cove Novel, Book 3)
Cedar Cove 3/28
Debbie Macomber
Romance
HarperCollins UK
May 1, 2009
Kindle Book
384
Amazon
Read from 27/3
204 Rosewood Lane
44 Cranberry Point
Olivia,
Cedar Cove
Goodredas Average Goodreads Star Rating: 4.15/5 Stars

Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy' - Candis Welcome to Cedar Cove – a small town with a big heart!

Book Information | 2018 | American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street Book Cover American Street
Ibi Zoboi
Young Adult Fiction
HarperCollins
February 14, 2017
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
336
Amazon/Audible
Read from 3rd May 2017 to 16th April 2018
Robin Miller
Fabiola Toussaint, Chantal, Donna, Princess
Conrner of American and Joy Road in Detroit, Port-au-Prince Hati

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews! American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture. On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Book Information | Ghost Moon (The Bone Island Series 3/4) by Heather Graham

Ghost Moon Book Cover Ghost Moon
The Bone Island Series 3/4
Heather Graham
Paranormal Mystery Romance
HarperCollins UK
October 1, 2010
Knidle
250
Amazon
Read from 6th to 15th April 2018
Ghost Night
Ghost Memories
Cutter Merlin, Liam Beckett, Kelsey Donaovan
Key West

Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West—lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin's curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell.

Book Information | 2018 | Ghost Moon (The Bone Island Series (Trilogy) 3/3) by Heather Graham

Ghost Moon Book Cover Ghost Moon
The Bone Island Trilogy 3/3
Heather Graham
Paranormal Mystery Romance
HarperCollins UK
October 1, 2010
Kindle
250
Amazon
Read from 6th to 15th April 2018
Ghost Night
Ghost Memories
Kelsey Donovan, Liam Beckett. Katie O'Hara, Sean O'Hara
Key West

Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West—lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin's curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell.

Book Information | 2018 | The Shadow of the North (Sally Lockhart Mystery 2/4) by Phillip Pullman

The Shadow in the North Book Cover The Shadow in the North
Sally Lockhart Mystery 2/4
Philip Pullman
Detective and mystery stories
January 1, 2015
mp3 Audiobok
304
Library via Borrowbox
Read from 14/2 to 13/4 2018
The Ruby in the Dark
The Tiger in the Well, The Tin Princes
Anton Lesser
Sally Lockhart, Axel Bellmann
Victorian London/England

The second book in Philip Pullman's classic SALLY LOCKHART quartet in a beautiful new edition to celebrate the 30 year anniversary. Sally Lockhart is twenty-two, and running her own financial consultancy - a thoroughly modern woman in a world of pompous men - but she's about to be thrown headlong into a vicious web of murder, mystery and pure evil. When a client's lost investment appears suspicious, Sally investigates. Soon she is ensnared in a whirl of high-society danger and deceit, which can lead her in only one direction - to the terrifying secret of the Shadow in the North.