Book Review “A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow” By Jessica Redland

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A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow

It’s time for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for…

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre’s bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family’s secrets continue to drag her back?

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REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS

This in my second book by Jessica Redland and what can I say except WOW! I absolutely adore this authors ability to create realistic characters that come with flaws. Jessica writes in a style that makes you feel part of the storylines. She introduces scenes with care, even the harder plotlines are done with a sincerity that you can really believe in. This genre often is all hearts and flowers, money no object and full of beautiful people. Not so for Jessica Redland. Her characters are 100% believable, they have issues and problems that resonate with the reader. As you read you feel an empathy with the characters. Sam the main protagonist is a wonderfully caring person who truly believes “there is good in everyone” She does not come without her own problems and has severe PTSD, which is dealt with in a sensitive manner.

Phoebe is a different character altogether or at least I thought so, but as her character grows I realised she is actually very like Sam. She too is looking out for her loved ones, never puts herself first and indeed endures suffering beyond belief to protect her half sister Darcie and her beloved friend Rosemary.

I’m not going to waffle on as this book speaks for itself. If you enjoy women’s fiction with some romance but more realistic stories and superb characters that you will just fall in love with then pop out and grab this books. Oh and of course it’s full of lovely hedgehogs that arrive at Hedgehog Hollow to be nurtured back to health by Sam. You’ll even learn a bit Hedgehogs along the way. A proper 5 star read for me. I LOVED IT!

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Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Book Review “Daughter of the Sea” by Elisabeth J. Hobbes

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Daughter of the Sea

On a windswept British coastline the tide deposits an unexpected gift…

It was the cry that she first noticed, the plaintive wail that called to her over the crash of winter waves. Wrapped only in a sealskin, the baby girl looks up at Effie and instantly captures her heart. She meant only to temporarily foster the young orphan but when news reaches Effie that her husband has been lost at sea, and months pass without anyone claiming the infant, she embraces her new family – her son Jack and her adopted daughter Morna.
 
Effie has always been an outcast in her village, the only granddaughter of a woman people whisper is a witch, so she’s used to a solitary existence. But when Midsummer arrives so too does a man claiming to be Morna’s father. There’s no denying Lachlan is the girl’s kin and so Effie is surprised when he asks her to continue looking after his daughter, mysteriously refusing to explain why. She agrees, but when he returns six months hence she pushes him for answers. And Lachlan tells a story she never anticipated … one of selkies, legend, and the power of the sea…

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS

Daughter of the Sea is an enthralling ethereal read. It captivated my imagination with such a force that I really did not want it to end. The main character Effie has an empathy so strong that she finds herself caring for an orphan girl alongside her own son. She could not love this child, found in a basket in the sea, any more if she tried. Recently widowed she clings to her children and revels in their wonder for the world around them. Morna, the orphan child, even as young toddler is drawn to sea and Effie slowly begins to understand this strange and beautiful child. When a mysterious man turns up claiming to be Morna’s Father, Effie is drawn to him in a way she can not control. What follows is a mysterious tale of selkies and Scottish folk lore that carries them both on a journey that they explore without knowing how it will end for all of them. Effie is a passionate heroine and takes the reader on a beautiful road to discovery of all things mythical.

This book holds everything that makes for a most interesting read. There is drama and tension, Love and loss, mystery and beauty. A truly mesmerizing story that I recommend any historical romantic fiction lovers to read.

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Author Bio – Elisabeth’s writing career began when she finished in third place in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest in 2013.  She was offered a two-book contract and consequently had to admit secret writing was why the house was such a tip.  She is the author of numerous historical romances with Harlequin Mills & Boon covering the Medieval period to Victorian England, and a Second World War romantic historical with One More Chapter. She lives in Cheshire because the car broke down there in 1999 and she never left.

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Book Review “Hustle” by Owen Mullen

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Hustle

What was meant to be a straightforward jewellery heist goes horribly wrong, and the thieves are forced to take a hostage to make their escape. But when they discover their prisoner is the infamous Nina Glass – one of the bosses of the most dangerous criminal dynasty in London – they soon realise they have made a terrible mistake.

Greed wins out over good sense and the gang decide to make the best of a bad situation. They send Luke Glass a ransom note. But messing with London’s top crime dynasty is a serious error. Now Luke must track down the gang who abducted his sister before they carry out their brutal threats.

The Glass family have other problems. The crooked cop they have on their payroll – DCI Oliver Stanford – makes an unwelcome discovery. The insider they had all presumed dead, may in fact have survived, and still be feeding information to the police. 

Under attack from all sides, and desperate to save his sister, Luke has the reputation and survival of the crime dynasty in his hands – is this the end of the Glass family?

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS

Wow! What an incredible and brilliantly written book Hustle is. A brutal story of gangland violence, revenge and reputations.

After Nina is taken hostage, somewhat on a whim after a disastrous jewellery heist that goes seriously awry, her life is in huge danger and she has to keep her wits about her and a devil may care attitude to show her captures, not only how strong she is but how very stupid they are.

At the head of the Glass family is Luke and he is beside himself with worry over his kidnapped sister. Not only does he have to maintain his Gang boss title he needs to show loyalty to his family. Can he really do both without losing face. Which is more important to him? Will Nina and the rest of the family be shocked by his ultimate decision?

Hustle is a shocking insight into the minds of deadly assassins who will literally stop at nothing to get what they want. Why on earth did this somewhat posh unruly gang take Nina? Did they really think it through or was it all down to the beautiful Coco, whose shell begins to crack in her drug crazed state of mind. Is this all just a crazy game to her and her posh boyfriend Rafe?

As the end gets ever closer I literally could not put this book down. The violence that springs out of the pages with Owen’s brilliant and descriptive style is truly shocking. I found myself taking sharp intakes of breathe, then holding my breathe just waiting for the terrible outcome to come to its appalling end. How Owen creates these scenes is astounding and the finale, when it comes made me blanch in fear. I was wholly drawn into the world of The Glass family. What a completely awesome book. Owen Mullen deserves all the praise he gets for creating such an outrageous London gangland family. The Glass’s are a force to be reckoned with and no body could see the end coming. Highly recommended to all gangland story lovers who enjoy a gripping story with huge amounts of turmoil and a fair amount of violence thrown in. Who is going to win this war? Well you will have to read this epic book and find out.

As a foot note this is Book 3 in the Glass family saga.

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Owen Mullen is a highly regarded crime author who splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete. In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer. He has now written seven books and his first gangland thriller for Boldwood, Family was published in January 2021.

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Book Review “Heartcross Castle” by Christie Barlow

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Heartcross Castle

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.
 
Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS

Heartcross Castle is the kind of book that I will think about for some time to come. It resonated with me immediately as Graces’ situation was very reminiscent of my own, many years ago, so I gelled with her as a character from the start. I have felt her feelings myself and I think Christie Barlow dealt with the issue surrounding Grace and her boys with a confidence and delicacy that served to make for a marvellous book.

Grace and her boys are all very believable characters and I was just a little dubious when Grace receives her inheritance from her estranged Grandfather. I really didn’t want Heartcross Castle to suddenly become all mushy, hearts and flowers, as if by magic Graces life was better, kind of scenarios. Thank fully it really wasn’t this. Yes inheriting a castle at the worst point in your life sounds highly unbelievable but again Christie has a way of making it so much more than this. The castle is run down, it may turn out to be a huge mistake for Grace and her gorgeous boys. Instead she uses it to teach life listens to her boys. To finally give them a life full of love and laughter. Nobody deserves this more than them. I fell in love with the boys, full of life and mischief but always looking out for each other.

Then in pops an arrogant tenant in the form of the rich, good looking Andrew. After over hearing a conversation Grace finally see’s him for his true self and begins to chide herself for ever believing him. Has she done it again? trusting a man she shouldn’t once more? Is he out for all he can or is he hiding a better person in there somewhere? I’m not giving anything away, all I am going to say is that I would urge anyone who enjoys a good romance come strong women’s fiction with plenty of life lessons thrown in, to give this book a go. It’s brilliant and utterly heart warming.

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Author Bio – Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Short Story Review “Ravine Lereux” By E. Denise Billups

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Olivia and Edward Lereux live a quiet life with their chocolate Border collie, Axel in a picturesque cottage flanked by Maine’s blustery cliffs, far from town and people. Outwardly, their lives appear normal, but they’re not ordinary people. The Lereux family is cursed with something that has claimed their ancestors many years. When Ravine Lereux receives a distressing letter from her Uncle Edward, she must return to a place she swore never to return, a place that’s haunted by something, an abnormal presence she feared as a child. Now she must face it again. As she races to the aid of her aunt and uncle, she makes an unsettling discovery about herself and her family.

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS

A short story based on the Supernatural. As this is a short story I wasn’t sure if the characters would work but wow this author really knows how to write a proper story. The characters grabbed me straight away. The underlying tension of the curse runs throughout and Ravine has no idea what to expect after she inherits a house from her relatives. Elements of the paranormal are expertly brought together and Ravine is a wonderfully complex character that brings this story to life. I have not read E. Denise Billups before but I’m definitely a new follower. I’m off to find more by this great author.

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Book Review “Honeybee Cottage” by K. T. Dady

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Honeybee Cottage

Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.

Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.

The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.

Honeybee Cottage – The last time Joey Walker watched Josh Reynolds leave Pepper Bay was three years ago. She decided there and then that the next time he visited she would never in a million years, even if her life depended on it, sleep with him ever again. She was done with secretly being in love with him. She couldn’t keep falling into his arms every time he was around. Josh was never going to see her as anything more than a holiday fling, or a sure thing. She had made her decision and had happily stuck to it, but only because he wasn’t around. She soon realises just how hard keeping him at arm’s length actually is when he unexpectedly turns up just before Christmas.

Josh had always loved Joey, but he knew she never took him seriously. She had no reason to. Growing up, he only went to his grandmother’s family home in Pepper Bay for the summer. As an adult, he knew that the world viewed him as a playboy heir to his grandfather’s millions. This year, he was determined to prove just how reliable he could be. He was back, and on a secret mission to get Joey to fall in love with him, because she was all he had ever wanted.

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS

This is my first foray into Honeybee Cottage and Pepper Bay and I really enjoyed it. An uplifting story of boy loves girl, girl loves boy but will they ever tell each other?

Joey and Josh both have internal monologues declaring their undying love for each other but what they say out loud to each other is very different. Several times I was exasperated with their ongoing, walking on egg shells and “lets just be friends” scenarios. There is a past history to Joey and Josh’s story in the previous books but I didn’t feel like I’d missed out as the story does allude to their past relationship and Josh’s gigolo lifestyle. I really felt for Joey as she clearly loves Josh and now she just doesn’t trust him not to love her and leave her as he always does. Josh though has changed to and is fighting his demons and wants to be with Joey so much, but he believes she only wants to be friends. And round and round they go. Sparks flying every time they meet then that inner voice saying, no you can’t trust this, walk away.

The setting is beautifully described and I felt as though I knew the exact places being discussed. Quaint tiny streets with equally quaint shops. The characters are also well crafted into believable people that you feel like friends who you just want to sit down and tell them to sort it out, admit they want to be together. I felt like they need that friendly intervention.

Honeybee Cottage a heart-warming tale, written in a gentle style that pulls no punches. It’s a romance and proud to be, as it should be. If you want a cosy read with believable characters that touches your heart and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster that is Joey and Josh’s relationship, then this book and this Author are absolutely for you.

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Author Bio – Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.

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Book Review “Blood Ties” by Heather Atkinson

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Blood Ties

The Queen of Glasgow, Toni McVay, is no ordinary crime boss.

For one thing, she likes to discipline disappointing employees by scooping out their eyeballs and keeping them as souvenirs. Jamie Gray and his gang the Blood Brothers are happy to do her dirty work in return for lessons in the ways of the local underworld, but are in no doubt that they need to keep Toni sweet to keep themselves safe.

Rival families The Gordons and The Thompsons are ready for a turf war, keen to take over the lucrative Gallowburn estate, and weaken Toni’s grip on the city. But can the old enemies really trust each other enough to join forces? And will their assumption that the Blood Brothers are the weak link in the McVay empire, prove to be their greatest mistake?

Meanwhile Jamie’s past refuses to stay hidden, and as his biggest secret looks set to be revealed with explosive consequences, Jamie faces the battle of his life. To keep his family safe, to keep his friends safe, to keep himself safe, and to keep the woman he loves alive.  

If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Heather Atkinson. Discover the bestselling gangland author Heather Atkinson and you’ll never look back… 

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REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS

A Gangland thriller that does exactly what it says on the tin. Set on the mean streets of Glasgow, a book to rival Ian Rankin’s gangland books. This book certainly has a no holds barred plotline, with the feisty strong female leader of the Gang, Toni. She is a no nonsense woman who does not shy away from violence. The Blood Brothers who now work for her reminded me of The Krays. They gather in Jaime’s home and his mum is loved by the Brothers, while she adores them right back and of course always has a hearty meal on the table whenever they call. Very reminiscent of Ronnie and Reggie’s home set up.

Jamie is keeping a huge secret from his Brothers in the Gang. This secret could bring down the whole McVay gang and there is no way Toni is going to take it lightly if she ever finds out. There is an undercurrent of darkness but alongside this is a tenderness from Jamie that he only shows his Mum and one other, but this side of him means that there is trouble around every corner. He really has to keep his wits about him. Will he lose everything by letting his heart rule his head? That remains to be seen.

I found Heather’s writing style strong. You get a sense of the Glasgow streets and the constant trouble going on. She doesn’t mess about with unnecessary plot lines that lead no where and only serve to confuse. No this is a hard hitting, thrilling read with a great cast of characters. There is a level of humour amongst the danger that creates a more believable and human side to these dangerous people. Definitely worthy of 5 stars.

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Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books – predominantly in the crime fiction genre. Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.

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Book Review “The Cold Killer” by Ross Greenwood

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The Cold Killer

It’s hard to live when you think you deserve to die…

When a tired old inmate is found dead in his cell, the prison is obligated to investigate and so DI Barton attends. The men he interviews have been convicted of some of the worst things a human being can do, but it appears likely that the death was due to natural causes.

When the house of the dead man is burgled and that crime is followed by a suspicious fire, Barton desperately needs to speak to his widow, but she’s nowhere to be found.

In the space of twenty-four hours, everyone he wants to talk to has vanished. Then he receives some post which makes him believe he could be the next to disappear.

Barton’s investigation goes full circle, through a series of brutal murders, back to the prison, and all signs are pointing to the fact that he’s made a terrible mistake.

There’s a violent killer on the loose, who wants everyone to learn that some people deserve to die.

DI Barton is back as Ross Greenwood continues with his bestselling series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin.

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 5 STARS

I am going to start by declaring my absolute love for all books by Ross Greenwood. The first one I read was Survivor (First published as Fifty Years of Fear) and from that moment on I’ve been hocked. Ross’s writing style is perfect for this genre. Hard hitting, no nonsense writing that gets down to the bones of the plot without the flim flam that a lot of books contain. There are no unnecessary characters, plots or conversations within the story. It all matters, not a word is wasted. I live in the area that Ross writes about which really makes me feel part of the story. I know exactly the areas that he is talking about and I find myself agreeing with his descriptions, they are spot on.

This is the 4th in the DI Barton series and I love DI Barton, he is complex but not in the usual, drinking, rugged, disillusioned policeman in so many crime dramas. He is a family man and loves his wife and family. He worries about his elderly mother and hates having to be away from them at all sorts of ungodly hours. He is an ordinary man, a man you can believe in, honest, hardworking and caring. A relief from the usual fed up, sad, doesn’t care about anyone kind of cop.

Once again Ross has written the most compelling book. His knowledge of the prison service shines through. The violence can be brutal but it is never unnecessary violence. The perpetrator always has a reason for doing what they do. Not something we would agree with but you do get a sense of why these people are committing the crimes they do. In The Cold Killer we really get into the mindset of the killer. He justifies what he doing as an act of vengeance for past crimes, horrific crimes that need putting right and the only “right” in his mind is death.

A cracking crime thriller that will keep you riveted right to the last page. There is a level of realism in the investigation that makes DI Barton the most believable Police character I have ever read. A truly brilliant crime drama that I could read over and over. I highly recommend if you have never read Ross Greenwood, well what are you waiting for? Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

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Author Bio –  Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of eight crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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Book Review “The Murky World of Timothy Wall” by Ian McFadyen

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The Murky World of Timothy Wall

When the body of Timothy Wall, a Private Detective, is found in his office, the querulous Inspector Carmichael discovers some surprising revelations and curious contradictions about the dead man. Loved by many and seemingly despised by others in equal measure, Timothy Wall’s whole world seems to be strewn with paradoxes.   

This fast-moving whodunnit, based in the North West of England, sees McFadyen’s detective team tackle one of their most taxing cases yet.

Who killed Timothy Wall? Will one of his numerous lovers or ex-partners provide the answer to the conundrum? And what about Tim’s involvement with the brothers Baybutt, the local bookmakers. Do they know more than they are telling?

As Carmichael and his team seek answers to these questions it becomes crystal clear that all was not quite how it seemed in the life of Timothy Wall. This, the nineth book in the Carmichael series, is full of twists, turns and red herrings that will keep the reader guessing right up to the bitter end.

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS

The Murky World of Timothy Wall in number 9 in the series but in all honestly is does work as a stand alone as well. Its an intriguing plotline that has a perfect flow, it holds your interest in a calm manner with plenty of twisting in the story. You’ll be lead a merry dance if you’re like me and try to solve the murders before the characters in the book. Well that’s not going to happen, I changed my mind so many times my head was spinning. I’m sure I deserve a seat on the Carmichael team. As a classic whodunit murder its a brilliant read that will keep you stuck on your seat for hours.

I got into the story and characters almost immediately. The descriptions of the characters, murder scene and underlying plotline are expertly done. If a book so chunky, 439 pages to be exact, can hold your attention from beginning to end then that’s a damn fine book in my humble opinion. The chapters are short which for me just keeps the pace flowing quickly, the story keeps moving apace and you just have to read “on more page, one more chapter” then hey presto its finished and you’re itching to get your hands on the next one. A brilliant plot, superbly written. The perfect book for anyone who loves a proper murder thriller with a excellent plotline. Loved it.

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Author Bio –

AUTHOR — Author Ian McFadyen visits Ulverston Library to talk to local people about his books. Thursday 30th October 2014. HARRY ATKINSON REF:

Ian McFadyen grew up in Lancashire, the setting for the Carmichael series of detective novels. Having studied marketing at Huddersfield University he had a 30-year career in sales and marketing with leading global companies in the electronics industry before switching full-time to writing. He has published eight books in the Carmichael series so far, several of which are available in large print, two have been translated and published in Italian and two in Czech. He lives in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts.

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YA Book Review “The Arcane” by Andrew S. French

SYNOPSIS/BOOK BLURB

The Arcane

Orphaned science nerd and maths prodigy Alice Valentine wants to ace her studies. She’s spent all her life struggling to make friends, passed between foster families and care homes, isolated and lonely. Losing herself in academia from an early age, she becomes the first sixteen-year-old at her local university. Her whole world changes, but nothing can prepare Alice for the night she’s attacked by a werewolf.

But even that isn’t as strange as discovering she has an identical twin sister, Cassie.

And Cassie kills werewolves. And all the other monsters Alice didn’t believe existed.

Alice and Cassie set off to discover what happened to their parents, a journey that takes them from northern England to the edge of the apocalypse, unsure if they will save the world or destroy it.

REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS

I am going to start this review with, beware what lurks in the shadows, its scary out there. This YA (Young Adult) supernatural spook fest took me right back to my younger self when I devoured this genre as if I were a vampire sucking the life out of it’s victim. The ability of the writer Andrew French to be able to take me back to my love of the supernatural and being scared silly was just great. I’m going to be honest and admit I really sure if the adult me still enjoyed this style of book, OH Yes I certainly do. It is a superbly written novel with fantastic characters who actually have a story. Its not just full of werewolves, vampires and all things of the night leaping out and snacking on a passing stranger although there is plenty of that as well. The descriptive mode for the creepy creatures when they ae attacking Alice and Cassie is expertly done and you get a really clear picture in your minds eye that almost makes you physically back away just in case they spring out of the pages.

Alice has to fight with her scientific brain that is telling her constantly that werewolves and demons do not exist, there has to be an answer, an explanation for these weird things she is encountering with Cassie, who seems to have appeared out of nowhere but looks just like her. Alice is completely outside her comfort zone. Mind you wouldn’t we all be? A total stranger turns up, stops a very hairy boy from attacking you and then tells you he was a werewolf and you’re coming on a demon hunt with me, ok? yep that sounds great, which way?

Cassie is a totally different kettle of fish. She knows that she hunts the supernatural, she’s happy with that She will do her utmost to rid the world of these vile creatures and shows no mercy.

A feisty, creepy supernatural tale that is full of shock moments, unbelievable creatures that make you think, “are these really out there”? You question your sanity a bit and I absolutely now know that yes I do still love this genre. A great great read if you feel the need to be scared and relieved that Alice and Cassie are on the case. Brilliant.

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Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arcane-1-Andrew-S-French/dp/1914308077

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Arcane-1-Andrew-S-French/dp/1914308077

About the author.

Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.

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With Thanks for the advance copy for this #BLOGTOUR to ….

Rachel Gilby https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

Andrew French AUTHOR