SLICK M.M. VAUGHAN 

Slick by M.M. Vaughan
Paperback published 25th April 2019 by Alma Books

Eric Young is the first child android to be trialled in society, but he doesn’t know that. He does know that he’s just moved to Ashland from London. so it’s important to make new  friend. Not just any friends, but the right kind the kind that would be interested in skateboarding and the new Slick trainers his Uncle Martin sends him. He’s already growing his social media presence, but he knows it’s important to make friends in the real world too.

 

 

 

Danny Lazio doesn’t have any friends, but he doesn’t care about that. He would rather not be friends with someone like Eric, who’s had seemingly everything handed to him. But when Eric takes an interest in Land X, Danny’s favourite game, Danny thinks he might have found a real friend if he can figure out if he can figure out the mystery behind Eric’s sudden disappearances and strange lifestyle. As their friendship grows it becomes harder to ignore the weird events that happen around Eric, from weekly dentist appointments to inexplicable medical mishaps. But uncovering the truth behind is an act that might cost them both as powerful forces soon move in around them.

 

 

 

My review

I watched all of the Stranger Things TV series and in a strange way this brilliant science fiction/ friendship novel reminded me of just that.

Stranger Things meet robots in this amazing story about a friendship between two boys, but one is a human young boy and the other is an android.

Danny Lazio is human young boy and Slick/ Eric is an android.

Danny first met Slick on the 20th October at the fund raising for his dead sister. The strangest thing is Slick didn’t have a dead sister, but he didn’t know that and neither did Danny. They both share conversations just like two normal young boys would. One particular conversation was about trainers and clothes. Slick the Android wanted to know where Danny got his trainers from, but Danny didn’t know why Slick was asking. Slick gets all his clothes sent to him by Uncle Martin.

The story wraps up to a bit of a sad ending, but is really the end?

I’ve enjoyed this book so much from page one until the very last page, in truth I would be very happy to read another science fiction book by Monica Meira Vaughan. I did read her first book Six. But hands on my heart Slick is my all time favourite science fiction/ friendship book. Even If you are not a science fiction fan I so much recommend Slick, it may make you laugh one minute and cry near the end.

 

 

 

The First Page of Slick

 

 

 

Dear person reading this

My name is Danny, and I need your help. First off, I should tell you that this isn’t my story it’s Eric’s. Well, the name he was given was Eric, but I called him Slick, and he was my best friend. I say was because he died six months ago.

Before you start reading Slick’s story, I want to tell you about him. I need you to like him and you probably won’t after reading the first few pages, unless all you care about is the kind of shoes you wear and how many friends you have on Kudos. I didn’t think much of him when I first got to know him. See, when I met Slick, he was obsessed with brands and being popular. Me I didn’t care about the brands of anything I wore or owned not that I had ever had much choice about that.

But none of those things when your friends. And that’s what we became friends. Best friends.

And then he was gone. And when I say gone, I mean he was killed. And the next day, it was like nothing had ever happened.

But it did happen, and there’s no way I’m letting them get away with it. They think there’s nothing I can do, because I’m a dumb twelve year old kid. I guess they forgot that even a dumb twelve year old can use a computer.

 

About the author Monica Meira Vaughan

http://www.mmvaughan.com

Twitter noseleepneeded

The daughter of South American parents, Monica Meira Vaughan grew up in Spain before moving to London at the age of five where she learnt English by watching Sesame Street and reading every Roald Dahl book she could get her hands on. She has over ten years experience as a teacher, working mostly with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Monica loves  writing after midnigh, building cardboard cities and collecting notebooks.  She lives in London with her daughter and their cat Toto From Kansas

 

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Liar Ayelet Gunder-Goshen

Liar by Ayelet Gunder-Goshen
Paperback published by Pushkin Press 28th March 2019

One Mistake can have a thousand consequences

Nofar is just an average teenage girl – so average, she’s almost invisible. Serving customers ice cream all summer long, she is desperate for some kind of escape. Then one day, in walks faded celebrity Avishai Milner, who after a moment of anger and misunderstanding suddenly finds himself accused of sexually assaulting her.
Now everyone wants to talk Nofar the press, her schoolmates, and the boy upstairs who saw what happened.

Written in Gundar -Goshen’s irresistible piercing prose , this unforgettable novel brilliantly explores how far a lie can travel, how we tackle serious moral dilemmas, and how much we are willing to believe.

My Review

Liar by Ayelet Gunder-Goshen, is the best book by Pushkin Press that I have read. I think that what held my attention from beginning to end, was the prose in the way this story has been written. The prose of words and story will stay with me for ever.

We all know if we tell a lie it can back fire and we suffer the consequences. Liar is a story that reveals a true saying,  one mistake can have a thousand consequences.

Nofar is a very plain young school girl who life isn’t interesting, no one bothers to notice her, or talk to her. The only people that do talk to her are the people that que up for an ice cream at the ice cream parlour, where she works. Until one day a singer says something insulting to her.  The singer finds himself arrested for sexual assault on Nofar. Now Nofar has the attention she craved for by everyone at her school, the press and TV,  but is Nofar telling the truth and the whole truth at what the celebrity Avishai Milner did to her? A boy Lavi, who lived on a floor upstairs with his family had seen everything that day what really happened. I couldn’t stop reading  this beautiful story about what happens throughout in Nofar’s life.  I truly recommend this book Liar.

About the author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Ayelet  Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982 and holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Her film scripts have won prizes at international festivals, including the Berlin Today Award and the New York City Short Film Festival Award. Both Ayelet’s previous novels published by Pushkin, Waking Lions and One Night, Markovitch, are international bestsellers which have been translated into ten languages.

DEFY ME TAHEREH MAFI 

Defy Me Tahereh Mafi

Paperback published by egmont 4th April 2019

Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is. 

Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symptomsium and secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust.

She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.
My Review
I haven’t read the other four installements, so I’m reading the fifth installement Defy me with a fresh set of eyes. The first few pages I was glued to with Juliette with powers making her kill six hundred people all at once. What a surprise Juliette isn’t who she thinks she is.

I think personally that the author Tahereh Mafi has worked really hard creating these cast of characters and writing five installements. I know for a fact it’s really difficult writing one book let alone writing five installements. My full appreciation to Tahereh Mafi for writing five installements.

As I’ve enjoyed reading Defy Me, I would like to at some point like to read from book one Shatter Me.

About the author Tahereh Mafi

 

Tahereh  Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series which has been published in over 30 languages around the world. She is also the author of the ravely reviewed A Very Expanse Of Sea.

She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs, fellow bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and their young daughter.

She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book.

You can find her at

@TaherehMafi

http://www.taherebooks.com

Crushed Kate Hamer Blog Tour 

CRUSHED KATE HAMER

Paperback published by Faber

I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the blog tour for Crushed by Kate Hamer

Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won’t be recognised. It wouldn’t do to be spotted looking like this. She’s missing a shoe. She feels sick.

Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong.

At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother’s room. She is exhausted, making sure there’s no trace of herself – not a single hair, not even her scent – left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences.

My Review

After reading The Girl In The Red Coat, I’ve been waiting to read another book by Kate Hamer again. Crushed was one of those stories about young girls that made my eyes wide open with a little fear. Specially one young girl, Phoebe, who is obsessed with reading Macbeth and yikes she thinks she’s a witch. Oh it gets a even creepier, Phoebe believes she is the one who caused a man to be squashed against a car against the wall with blood flowing out. Look out there’s scenes with the wishing bowl, that Phoebe clearly remembers her wish. Highly recommended any book by Kate Hamer.

I’ve been watching a TV series Light as a feather about a young group of girls that has creepy moments and I think that Crushed could be turned into a mini film, where Phoebe is definitely a little creepy and strange.

About author Kate Hamer

Kate Hamer’s third novel CRUSHED is published in May 2019 (Faber & Faber). She is the author of THE DOLL FUNERAL (Faber & Faber 2017) which was a Bookseller book of the month and an editor’s pick for Radio 4’s Open Book. Her first novel THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT has been translated into 18 different languages. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. She grew up in the west country and rural Pembrokeshire and now lives with her husband in Cardiff.

Your can find Kate Hamer at

http://www.katehamer.co.uk

Twitter kate_hamer

Playgroups & Prosecco Jo Middleton

Playgroups & Prosecco Jo Midleton

Paperback published by penguin

JANUARY 3RD

Jaffa Cakes – 7. Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4. Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed. 
Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.
The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy really needs a playdate of her own. 

Now pass the prosecco.
My Review 

Playgroups & Prosecco is Jo Middleton’s debut novel 
Playgroups & Prosecco is a delicious funny book, that I highly recommend. I related to this story as I have two girls myself & im fully aware of the ups and downs girls can be like. 

Frankie is thirty seven, with two girls & is divorced. Frankie is leading a single mothers life, with working and raising her two girls. She spends her time drinking Proseco, writing a diary and watching on Instagram about a family that has everything, making her feel worse about her own life. I related to Frankie watching about a family that has it all, as everyone likes to watch something, I like watching dynasty the rich family with the huge house, maid and butler. It appears Frankie is very unhappy with her lifestyle as she even watches a family in their house at the bottom of her garden. Sometimes someone else’s life can seem much more interesting than your own. There’s only one thing left for Frankie is to make a New Year plan to make her own life more interesting. Can Frankie pull this New Year plan off? 

All I wish for now is book 2

About Jo Middleton 
Jo Middleton has been blogging at Slummy Single Mummy since 2009. She has two daughters and lives in Summerset. 

You can find her on 

Twitter @mummyblogger
Instagram and Facebook @slummysinglemummy or at http://www.slummysinglemummy.com

Redemption Bay RaeAnne Thayne 

Redemption Bay RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher Mills and Boon

The perfect summer read by New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne.

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles. Now he’s back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point’s sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

My Review

Always a pleasure to read any book by RaeAnne Thayne. I really enjoyed reading Redemption Bay.

Mckenzie Shaw shut up her shop on a beautiful evening. I could well imagine my self in beautiful surroundings Haven Point with sail boats on the clear blue waters of Lake Haven. The town relied on tourism, but Haven Point was dying because of one person Ben Kilpatrick. Mckenzie as mayor wants to revitalise the town whose business were gone. But with no mistake about it, Ben Kilpatrick is back in Haven Point, no one knows why as he hates Haven Point, he did his best to drive the people’s town into the ground. What possible reason does Ben Kilpatrick have for returning back to Haven Point? Another one of the best reads I’ve had. I can most certainly recommend this book.

About RaeAnne Thayne


I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.
After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.
I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.
Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com Website http://www.raeannethayne.com Twitter @raeannethayne

The Bookshop Of Panama Suzanne Hope

The Bookshop Of Panama Suzanne Hope 

Paperback published 28th April 2019 by book guild 

How a bunch of ex-pats and Electric Lemonade helped transform a bookworm’s life for the better.

Burned-out charity worker and self-described ‘stick-in-the-mud’, Kate Lewis, has been left high and dry in Panama by her UN action man boyfriend who dumps her just days after they relocate there to start a new life together. No wonder Kate is depressed and lacking direction!

But just around the corner is an oddball bunch of ex-pats, a completely random encounter in New York and a cocktail called Electric Lemonade. 
Could these be instrumental in turning her life around? Is there any possibility of going back to her old life in London? Only Kate can decide…

A lively cast of characters and hot tropical nights in the melting pot of Panama City are ready to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for? 
My review 
I couldn’t put this book down, I think mainly because I have a thing for novels about bookshops. I really fell in love the character Kate Lewis has a strong passion for reading a wide range of books. Her boyfriend Marco is an UN action man, with their lease up on their flat, they should both be jetting of to Panama but her boyfriend is called to go on a mission to Sudan. Once Kate is Panama her boyfriend dumps her and we all know how that feels when your boyfriend dumps you. Kate has new friends in Panama and has a dream of having her own bookshop. Will she settle down in Panama and have her dream bookshop? My advice don’t let this lovely book pass your attention.