Book Reviews | #Review book/#self published | Mille Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever by Eddie Owens

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever
Eddie Owens
Eddie Owens
direct from author
Although this book was received for review it doesn't effect my star rating or views of it in any way
Read from 18 -23 October 2016
Millie, Barry, Gwen, Chunk
Bognor Regis UK

Millie Hardiman is a thirteen year old from Bognor Regis, with a wild imagination, who dreams of becoming a writer.

When Millie’s scriptwriter Dad, Barry, has writer’s block, Millie becomes his muse for the daytime television soap, Double Top.

After her success on Double Top, Millie creates a Sci-Fi, teen drama, The Adventures of Martian Girl.

Millie falls in love for the first time with Wolf Van Der Beek, an arrogant, South African child actor.

This is a story about friendship, first love and growing up.

Millie Hardiman and the Red Parrot Fever

Wow Great funny heartwarming book about love, family friendship and the importance of not making up stories (lies) all the time. Thank you Eddie for contacting me to review this book.

This was the story of a teenage girl named Millie who lived life to the full never considering that the stories she was constantly making up could actually have a detrimental effect on her life until one day one it does… She is a witty and fiercely loyal girlwho calls her parents by their Christian Names and tries to get away with calling her teachers by their christian names as well. She also helps her father (Barry) to write stories for the TV series he writes for.

I loved reading about Millie’s outlandish stories Continue reading

Book Reviews | #Overdrive | Salt to the Sea by Rueta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea Book Cover Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Juvenile Fiction
Penguin UK
February 4, 2016
EBook & Audiobook
Negalley & Overdrive
I received the EBook for review from Netgalley but that didn't in any way effect the views I had of the book or the star rating I gave it.
Read from 3/3 to 22/10

In the cruel winter of 1945, four very different young people narrate their stories. Joana, Emilia and Florian are part of desperate group of refugees trekking across Germany, bound together only by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Alfred is a German soldier stationed on that ship. This hugely touching, inspirational novel is based on a true story. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. It is the biggest maritime disaster in history, killing more people than the Titanic. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, has brilliantly brought this story to light and created a group of unforgettable characters with unmissable stories.

This book follows Emilia, Johana and Florian on their journey through a war-torn Prussia with their travelling party to obtain a safe voyage elsewhere. Then when they reach the Port we meet Alfred a German soldier on the Wilhelm Gustloff and they all end up in the middle of the disaster of the sinking of the ship which saw more people die than did on the Titanic.

Although the book was fast-paced and enthralling in EBook format (from NetGalley) that I stated reading it in I found it difficult to feel fully immersed in the story which is why I was glad when I found it in audio book format on overdrive.  As soon as I started listening to the audio book version of the book thanks to Narrators I was immediately completely immersed in the story and the characters as individuals as well as a travelling group

I am really glad that I have finally read this book because I had never heard of this disaster which caused the deaths of 9,000 men,women and children before as it isn’t something that appears in history much. Continue reading