Book Review: Painkiller by N. J. Fountain

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The premise for this book was so intriguing, as soon as I read the blurb, I knew this was a book I had to read.

From the back cover:

I cannot go on like this. I feel such a burden to you. You are young and can start again. You deserve that chance. By the time you read this I will be dead. Do not grieve for me, for I am now without pain. Yours truly for ever, Monica.

Monica suffers from chronic neuropathic pain. Every second of her life is spent in agony, and she is coping with it the best she can. However, there are whole years of her life which are a blur to her.

But when she finds what appears to be her own suicide note, Monica begins to question everything. She has no memory of writing it – so who did? And if someone tried to kill her once, what’s to say they won’t try again… Continue reading “Book Review: Painkiller by N. J. Fountain”

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Birthday Book Haul: It was a very bookish day!

Birthday card.jpgHey lovely people, first and foremost, I’d like to thank you all for the birthday messages, in the comments, on Twitter, on Instagram, everywhere, you guys, more than anyone, made it a very special day. I had a lovely day, this year was the most bookish birthday I’ve ever had and I’d like to share with you just how bookish it was!

*If you haven’t entered my birthday giveaway to win a book of your choice that published on the 9th March, there’s still time, to enter – click here.*

A few days before my birthday, I won a giveaway hosted by the lovely Wendy @ Little Bookness Lane to celebrate her 2nd blog birthday, and when the items arrived, it truly felt like my birthday had come early. It was such a kind and thoughtful gift – Thank you so much Wendy! How about this for a giveaway prize!!

The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle, two gorgeous bookmarks, chocolates, Amazon gift card and a Fresh Meyer Lemon scented candle [that smells like all that’s good in the world.]

On the morning of my actual birthday, I was blown away again by the generosity of the book community. Donna @ chocolate’n’waffles shared an amazing review for Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson and a few of us ended up talking about this series on Twitter, I’m yet to read the series so I planned to treat myself to Snowblind for my birthday. The human embodiment of kindness, Karen @ Orenda Books, sent me THE ENTIRE SERIES!!! Continue reading “Birthday Book Haul: It was a very bookish day!”

Book Review: The Keeper of Portals by V. S. Nelson

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A change of genre is good for the soul every now and again…how about a time-slip fantasy with supernatural beings for a change from crime fiction? So why this book? It’ll become much clearer once you read the blurb, but it has a Keeper for everything, curiosity got the better of me and I had to know if I was a character in this book, was there a Keeper of Pages?

Book Description:

After the death of his dad, Martin and his mum move into an enormous stately home where they encounter a mysterious being called the Keeper of Portals, who claims to control every portal on the planet, except for the door at the end of Martin’s bedroom, which has been sealed for 400 years.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom has been opened. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Martin and Isabel quickly learn that everything on earth, from time and causality, to pleasantries and buttons, is controlled by its own keeper. After discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel receive the ability to jump between doorways and change their time, but they soon become entangled in a battle against the master of the house, the Keeper of Questions.

The Keeper of Portals follows Martin and Isabel as they alternate between the present day and the 17th century, often returning to a time they have already been to and nearly running into past versions of themselves. They fight hordes of murderous villagers, escape from the Keeper of Questions by hiding in a sea cave for 400 years and confront the powerful Keeper of Causality. But there is something wrong with time itself as items from the present day begin to bleed into Isabel’s time. After driving an off-road 4×4 through the peaceful countryside of the 17th century, Martin and Isabel confront the Keeper of Questions in the city of London. But when they arrive they find it deserted – the Keeper of Questions has control of everyone in London and it won’t be long until Martin and Isabel are next.

The Keeper of Portals is an adventure story that explores the supernatural and is an ideal read for young adults. Inspired by authors such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, this book will be enjoyed by fans of time-slip fantasies, both children and adults alike. Continue reading “Book Review: The Keeper of Portals by V. S. Nelson”

Bookish Ramblings: Publication day, Birthday, Giveaway

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Is it just me or have you noticed, today is a very popular day in the publishing world!? Particularly in the crime fiction genre, today seems to be the day these books are being set free into the world; some I’ve been fortunate enough to read pre-publication but the majority, I’m itching to get my hands on! Not only is March 9th a great day for publishing, it’s also my birthday! Yep, the author behind Keeper of Pages is 28 years fabulous today!

To celebrate all the books publishing today and it being my birthday, I’m hosting an international giveaway! 2 lucky winners will get to pick one book of their choice, as long as it is available from Book Depository and has been released today. And the rules are so simple, you must be following me on at least one social media platform (Blog/Instagram/Twitter/Facebook) and Book Depository must ship to your country. Continue reading “Bookish Ramblings: Publication day, Birthday, Giveaway”

Blog Tour | Book Extract: Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn

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I’d like to welcome you all to my stop on the Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents blog tour. I absolutely love the cover of this book, it simplistic in a creepy way! I’m currently drowning in a pile of unread books so I haven’t got a review to share with you today, but what I have got is the pleasure of closing this tour with a book extract. I’m excited to share this with you all as this is Keeper of Pages’ first time sharing a book extract! So let’s crack on:

Book Description:

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Extract: Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents by Lee Cockburn”