Book Review – No Fairy Tale by DL Finn

And so, as 2017 draws to a close I can share with you my last book review of the year. I am happy to tell you about “No Fairy Tale: The reality of a girl who wasn’t a princess and her poetry” by D.L. Finn

NoFairyTaleBlurb: You are invited into D.L. Finn’s life, written through a princess’s viewpoint. While it’s usually assumed in fairy tales that the princess is beloved by all, this is one princess who doesn’t feel loved. She dreams of a moment when her father will walk through the castle door, sweep her up in his arms and proclaim how much he misses her. That never happens. Instead, she is introduced to a new step family. Just like in the fairy tales, this is where the story takes a dark twist; where addiction, abuse and adolescence thrive together in retched misery. From her lowest point as a hopeless fourteen-year-old girl who gives up all hope– comes a spark of faith. This is where she begins her quest for a happy ending.

Although the princess ends her very real fairy tale, D.L. Finn steps in and shares her thoughts, poetry and photographs. This entire narrative is the author’s reality from childhood through adulthood. She maintains the privacy of those involved while hanging on to her truth.

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Rating: 4/5

My thoughts: This is an unusual style book – the first half being a memoir while the second is a collection of poetry and photography.

The memoir section of the book is told in an imaginative way by giving it a fairy tale setting – the lead character (and author of the book) is played as a princess, but sadly her castle is not the happy home of many fairy tale princesses and she struggles through many difficulties before we can claim that ‘happy ending’ we do so desire.

As with most memoirs, particularly those written by “ordinary” people, I find it a brave step to share your innermost secrets and to allow strangers into the darkest corners of your world. This poor princess certainly has a difficult start in life, faced with issues such as abuse, alcoholism, teenage rebellion, combined with medical issues as she becomes an adult but we are left feeling that she comes out of the other side of it stronger for each experience. It might not be the best written memoir but it has a grittiness that really speaks to you.

The second half of the book is a collection of differently styled poems, scattered with several photographs. Some of the poems have a real connection back to the memoir, while others are less specifically reflective. A couple I really enjoyed were The Bearded Old Man and Reader (I’m sure all authors will recognise the sentiments in the latter of those!)

This book is certainly worth reading and deserves my four stars

If you want to get a copy then clicky here:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Fairy-Tale-reality-princess-ebook/dp/B01JP3TP1C/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

If you want to know more about the author then your click needs to go here:  https://dlfinnauthor.com/

 

And as this is my last post of 2017 it seems a good time to wish you all the best for 2018 – may it bring you all of those things you wish for yourself 🙂

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Book Review – Things We Never Said

 

Time has come again to share my thoughts on a recent read… so let me tell you about Things We Never Said: An unputdownable story of love, loss, and hope” by Nick Alexander

SaidBlurb:  “One day, we’ll be dead, and we still won’t have known each other. Not properly. Because no one ever does.”

When Catherine learns that she is dying, she remembers the words her husband once jokingly uttered and decides to leave him the ultimate, posthumous gift: a time capsule containing photographs of their life together along with tape recordings in which she recounts every secret she ever kept, every unspoken thought whether loving or treacherous; the things they never said.

Catherine’s recordings shake up many of Sean’s beliefs, sometimes enraging him and other times soothing with memories of the many joys that make up a life together.

But even as the tapes provide an emotional roller coaster of surprises, Sean prays that they’ll confirm the one thing he always secretly believed but never dared say out loud: that destiny exists; that their life together was not the result of mere chance.

Rating: 5/5

My Thoughts:  I have yet to read a book by Nick Alexander that I haven’t loved – and this is another one to add to that list.

The loss of his wife is obviously a terrible time for Sean and he clings onto the series of photographs and recorded messages Catherine left for him, recalling their life together from the very day the met.  We also get to see how Sean slowly begins to pick up the pieces and rebuild his life, and how he feels about the wonderful memories and sometimes shocking or surprising revelations that Catherine shares.

I found this a wonderful, gentle read, with characters who really speak to you and a situation that pulls at the heart.

I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too! So why not grab yourself a copy now:

Book Review – Abducted by Bill Ward

It’s time once more to share with you my thoughts on a recent read – and today I would like to tell you about Abducted by Bill Ward (Powell Book )

abductedBook Blurb: Powell returns in an action packed novel of violence, sex and betrayal!
He is trying to recover two children from Saudi Arabia, who have been abducted by their father. In a culture where women are second class citizens, a woman holds the key to the success or failure of his mission.
Meanwhile, back in Brighton, Afina is trying to deal with a new threat from Romanian gangsters.
From the streets of Brighton to Riyadh, Powell must take the law into his own hands, to help the innocent.

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: This second book in the Powell series carries on where the first book left off as Powell ties up a few loose ends. Then it’s on to his next case – to recover two children who have been abducted by their father and taken to Saudi Arabia.

Powell is a great character who, while he might have a strong moral code, isn’t beyond crossing a few lines to get what is needed; and in this case what he needs is to reunite two children with their mother, but he has quite a few obstacles to overcome along the way.

While this book would probably work well as a stand alone read I would say you would certainly benefit from reading the first book, and not just because it’s also a great read!

I would wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful read – so get yourself a copy now:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Abducted-Powell-Book-Bill-Ward-ebook/dp/B010KOY0VA/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505149129&sr=1-4&keywords=bill+ward

Now if you will excuse me – I have book three to read!!

 

Trafficking – Book Review

Hello there you lovely peeps – once again I am here to tell you about a book I’ve recently read… and today we are going to talk about “Trafficking” by Bill Ward – the first book of the Powell Series

Blurb:  Trafficking is big business and those involved show no remorse, have no mercy, Traffikonly a deadly intent to protect their income.
Afina is a young Romanian girl with high expectations when she arrives in Brighton but she has been tricked and there is no job, only a life as a sex slave.
Facing a desperate future, Afina tries to escape and a young female police officer, who comes to her aid, is stabbed.
Powell’s life has been torn apart for the second time and he is determined to find the man responsible for his daughter’s death.
Action, violence and sex abound in this taut thriller about one of today’s worst crimes.

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: This book starts with an excited young woman, Afina, about to travel to the UK and start a new life – she has been promised work and a home, but when she arrives she quickly discovers things are not what she was told. Afina is caught in a world of sex slaves and the evil men who thrive on its trafficking.

When Afina makes a break for it a young police woman is caught in the cross fire and killed.

Powell is devastated by the death of his daughter and he vows to find her killer, little does he know that his path will soon cross with Afina and he will not only be on the hunt for a murderer but he will also work towards bringing down the whole trafficking ring.

This is a wonderfully written book that really pulls you into the lives of the characters, good and bad. There are some brilliantly weaved twists in the story and heart stopping (and breaking) moments of violence and abuse.

A great introduction to Powell’s world and I am sure once you have read this first book you’ll want to read the rest – I know I do.

So go on – grab yourself a copy 🙂

 

Pure Trash – Book Review

Here’s another little review for a recent read – and this time I would like to tell you about
PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction) Short story prequel to DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A Stevens

Blurb: It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel TrashDOG BONE SOUP. The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!
In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.

Rating: 4/5

My thoughts: This is an adorable short capturing a single day in the life of two young brothers.  Life for Shawn and Willie is clearly never the easiest but on this lovely Saturday they get to spend time just having fun and enjoying themselves… well mostly.

The thing I think I liked mostly about this story was the “voice” in which it was told. This was not an author telling us about the boys day – this was a young boy describing his day with his brother – Bette A Stevens really captured that boys spirit perfectly.

A great little read and it has certainly made me want to read “Dog Bone Soup” some time soon 🙂

So why not grab yourself a copy?  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EH0RV6K/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Book Review – Page of Buckets

So, not long ago I posted a review of Circus Tarot and said how I would just HAVE to read the sequel. Well I did 🙂

So, the second book in the trilogy is Page of Buckets

Blurb: More Clown mayhem than in the cult movie classic Killer Klowns From Outer PageSpace, Page of Buckets, the second instalment of the Circus Tarot Trilogy, Charles W. Jones takes us back to World Circus. More than six years have passed, and unknown to Mary and Darrin, the Circus Tarot has rebuilt itself, tempting their young daughter, Susie, with the delights inside the cards. They return to World Circus to rescue Susie from the denizens of World Circus to find she is content being a Clown with no desire to leave the enchanting land.

Rating: 4/5

My thoughts:  Set six years after the first book the lives of Mary and Darrin have returned to normal and the horrors of World Circus have become a thing of the past. They have a daughter and life couldn’t be better. However when their daughter, Susie, starts to show an interest in going to the circus her parents can’t help but be fearful. Surely it’s just a normal childhood interest though rather than anything more sinister? Of course not!

Once again Mary and Darrin must venture into the terrifying world, this time to rescue their daughter. The only problem is Susie is having a wonderful time and “clown fun” is harmless… isn’t it?

While this maybe didn’t have the same unexpected impact of the first book I still really enjoyed it and another trip into a crazy, scary world of the characters from Circus Tarot.

And yes… I am looking forward to reading the next one!

 

Book Review – Circus Tarot

My oh my it appears I have another book review for you already – and this time it’s

“Circus Tarot” by Charles W Jones
You can get a copy here

Blurb: 4 Stars “This is not your typical walk in the park horror either! It is a creative twist with one of the most original settings I have seen in a long time!” – Kriss Morton

CircusInspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Stephen King’s IT, and cult movie classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Charles W. Jones brings the first instalment of the Circus Tarot Trilogy. In the strange land of World Circus, Mary and Darrin discover they aren’t in their safe, dull life any longer, but have taken the identity of one of the cards from the Circus Tarot. After a terrorizing encounter, resulting in death, they learn the bizarre rules of the land, and discover that the denizens of the sinister World Circus want more than to entertain them.

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts: This begins as a familiar concept – Mr and Mrs Ordinary Folk get pulled into an alternate reality – but that by no way suggests that this is a familiar or uninteresting tale. On the contrary.

When Mary buys an old packet of tarot cards and does a reading for her husband Darrin neither of them have any idea what the consequences will be as they find themselves inside the colourful world the cards portray. Each card in the tarot deck is one circus character or other, Queens and Kings, Knights and Pages, all of the tarot deck are represented – and there is even the clever inclusion of “flipped” cards.

The first challenge the couple have is finding each other, then it’s finding their way out – but even escape wont end their story as there are frightening and binding rules with this deck and World Circus.

This is a really gripping story – it was certainly a “just one more chapter” type of book for me. There are some horror type scenes but these are well written and not over the top, although depending on your tastes they may well make you wince once or twice.

The story develops well and held my interest from the first to last page… I was pleased to see there are more books in this series and I will certainly be reading them… I need to know what happens next!

A great read and thoroughly recommended.