blog tour, Book reviews, Feminist

The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks by Amy Charlotte Kean – Book Review

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An irreverent, feminist fairy tale for adults that teaches us to care less about what others think.

This is the story of a brave young girl, Elodie-Rose, who one day decides to change the world and keep all her fucks in her basket.

Wait a minute. You’re confused. What are fucks, you ask? It’s quite simple, really. Fucks are her self-esteem; all the happy, sad and wonderful thoughts that sit in her basket. They sit in every girl’s basket. And every girl must give these fucks away every time someone asks.

One day Elodie-Rose decides to break rank and find out what happens if those fucks stay where they are…

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MY REVIEW 

The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks is a must read, an adult, feminist fairy tale.

It’s told in rhyme and is the tale of Elodie-Rose who decides her fucks are hers and hers alone and she will not give them to anyone. 

It’s about self esteem, of being yourself and not to just follow the herd to keep the peace……or wear the right clothes, or think the same things, or even if your toes are fat!!!!!! 

Beautifully illustrated too, I love the Beyoncé cameo…..even Frida Kahlo makes an appearance. I love it and have ordered a copy for my daughter and her daughter too.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase link : https://amzn.to/30FIiHn

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Amy Kean ​is an advertising strategist, writer, media columnist and lecturer from Essex whose short stories, poems, rants and reviews can be found littered across the web on professional and unprofessional websites. 10% of her profits from this book will go to the charity Writing Through, of which she is an ambassador.

J.Milton ​is a comic artist and illustrator living in Glasgow. They make a fantasy webcomic called The ​Flying Ship​, and personal diary comics centred around polyamory, queerness and supportive relationships. ​The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks​ is their first book.

Balkan noir, blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

One Step Behind by Lauren North – Book Review

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Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.

Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.

Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.

But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life? *****

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MY REVIEW 

Jenna is a hard working doctor in a busy A&E department, she also has two children and a husband, so a busy, busy life.

But, she is living in fear due to a stalker, sending her bizarre gifts and constant emails, so she can never relax.

At work one day, the victim of an accident is brought in and it’s her stalker, she has to decide whether to save his life…….

Jenna decides to find out more about this man and just why he chose her to terrify.

One Step Behind is full of a tension that makes you look over your shoulder with some really creepy moments. A clever, twisty plot with well developed characters (not all of them exactly likeable) makes this one to read with the doors locked and the lights on. Brilliant.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/32TF1qV

 

READERS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF ONE STEP BEHIND:

 

‘A gripping psychological thriller that pulls the reader through the story at a terrific pace, not giving them a moment to draw breath’ – Nikki Smith, author of All in Her Head.

 

‘A really gripping rollercoaster of a read – I absolutely loved it, and read it in one sitting’ – Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me

 

‘I absolutely adored this disturbingly twisty tale of stalking, obsession and control’ – Emma Curtis, author of The Night You Left

 

‘Twisty and addictive – I loved One Step Behind’ – Louise Beech, author of I Am Dust

 

‘Wow oh wow! There is nothing negative I can say about this book’

 

‘Twisty and compelling . . . One Step Behind is actually one step forward in psychological thrillers’ ‘So many twists and turns and OMG moments!’

 

‘A thrilling read that will leave you breathless’

 

‘Lauren North is really developing into a must-read author for me’

‘This book is deserving of more than five stars’

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Lauren North writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and from her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation. Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Readers can follow Lauren on Twitter @Lauren_C _North and Facebook @LaurenNorthAuthor 

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Family drama, humour

The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

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Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors’ and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral Dorothy is conducting, she can’t help looking into the dead driver’s shadowy life.

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny’s ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women’s lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy’s disappears, and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves immersed in an unbearable darkness – but could the real threat be to themselves?

Fast-paced, darkly funny, yet touching and tender, the Skelf family series is a welcome reboot to the classic PI novel, whilst also asking deeper questions about family, society and grief.

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MY REVIEW 

#2 in the Skelf series…..it can be read as a stand-alone as events from book #1 A Dark Matter are mentioned as background to this story.

Dorothy, Jenny and Hannah are still trying to come to terms with events in A Dark Matter, as they try to carry on their lives as funeral directors and private investigators.

Dorothy is attending a funeral when a car crashes into an open grave, narrowly missing her. 

Jenny visits her ex-husband, Craig in prison and ends up on a charge of assault.

Hannah is seeing a therapist, due to the murder of her friend (by her dad) and is struggling, shutting out her partner, Indy.

But, they are still working and they try to find more about the unidentified driver killed in the car crash, there’s a missing drummer and a suspicious death to investigate.

This is the tale of the lives of the three Skelf women, their chaotic, troubled and sometimes dangerous lives. It deals with death, grief and fear, but also with love, acceptance and the importance of family. All told with a clear love of Edinburgh and a marvellous dark humour,

Full of realistic and relatable characters with all their quirks, a few mysteries and a compelling plot make this an emotion packed thriller. I was hooked from the very start and loved every minute.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and an eARC of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/30BtKst

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Doug Johnstone is the author of more than ten novels, most recently Breakers (2019), which has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and A Dark Matter (2020), which launched the Skelfs series. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been a writer in residence at various institutions – including a funeral home, which he drew on to write A Dark Matter – and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.