With This Man. (book 4 in the This Man series.) By Jodi Ellen Malpas.

If you haven’t read the first 3 books in this series and you like a fantastic steamy romance then give this review a miss until you’ve discovered the Lord of the manor, Jesse Ward. (You won’t be disappointed)

 

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Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse ‘The Lord’ Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

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Review

Rating. 5 Stars

First off, if you haven’t read the first 3 books then please read them before picking up this one. This is a series that I don’t think can be read as a standalone.

Jesse and Ava are still happy (despite Jesse’s freak out about turning the big 5-0), completely in love and adore their family. The book opens on ‘central Jesse cloud 9’ that is until Jesse gets a phone call and goes on to discover that Ava has had a terrible accident. After several harrowing days Ava awakens from a coma to discover that she has no memory of the last 16 years of her life. No memory of Jesse and no memory of their twins Jacob and Maddie.

Without spoiling the book I will say that this is probably the best book of the series! That’s saying something because the This Man series had been fantastic from page 1. Jesse and Ava are not on this journey alone and we see plenty of the characters that we have grown familiar with throughout the series.
With This Man has highs, lows and heartbreak and is everything that we have come to expect from the hugely talented mind of Jodi Ellen Malpas. Start reading in 3, 2, 1…. zero baby.

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My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia. Written by Lynda Moore and Illustrated by George Haddon. (Review)

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Expected publication: July 19th 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Description

Sometimes, a person’s brain gets sick with a disease called dementia.’

What does dementia do to the brain? And how can we help if someone we know, like a parent or a grandparent, has the disease?

This book breaks down misconceptions about dementia and speaks directly to children aged under 5 about the realities of the disease, using age appropriate language in an engaging and informative way. It reassures parents of the value of open and honest conversation about the challenges raised by dementia and offers advice and support in the opening ‘Guide for grown ups’. It includes a diverse audience of characters, to emphasise that ANY child can be impacted by dementia in their loved ones. Unlike traditional storybooks, the ending provides a question for the adult and child reading it to ponder together.

 

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Review

Rating: 5 Stars

This is an ideal book to help smaller children understand dementia and the impact that it can have on the person that has it. It also addresses how they may feel when someone they know has dementia and how to deal with those feelings.

The illustrations are colourful and fun. They are a clear visual representation of the written word.

I liked that prior to explaining that dementia can ultimately end in death the book gives the child the option of not reading those pages if they don’t want to know. (This can also be a helpful cut off point for the parent who does not feel their child is ready to hear about death)

The bite sized pieces of information are delivered in a compassionate, clear, child-friendly manner.

While this books target audience is the under 5’s I believe that it could be a useful explanation tool for children beyond age 5 too.

 

I was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Bound by Vengence (book 2 in The Alliance series) Brenda K Davies (Review)

Release day 17 Feb 2018.

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I discovered this amazing series called The Vampire Awakenings series a couple of years ago. The Alliance series is a spin off of that series and this is book two. The first book in this series Eternally Bound was amazing. ***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series in order to follow the Alliance Series, but it is recommended.***

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Description.

After her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal, revenge propels Vicky to find and destroy the man who sold her into captivity. The minute she gets the chance to search for Duke alone, she seizes the opportunity. When her hunt causes her to cross paths with Nathan, she finds herself secretly aligning with the one man she’s vowed to avoid.

Determined to hunt down the Savage who murdered his father, Nathan has told no one about his private search for Joseph. The night he runs into Vicky and learns she’s on her own quest, he reluctantly agrees to join forces with her to achieve his goal.

Bound by their driving need for vengeance, they soon find themselves unable to deny the attraction growing between them. As leader of the hunters, Nathan knows they would never accept his relationship with a vampire, but will he be able to let Vicky go, or will their growing love destroy them both?

***The Alliance Series is a spin-off of the Vampire Awakenings series. You do not have to read the Vampire Awakenings Series in order to follow the Alliance Series, but it is recommended.***

Recommended Reading order for The Alliance Series:
Eternally Bound (Book 1)
Bound by Vengeance (Book 2)

Due to violence, language, and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+

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Review

Rating:  5 Stars

I have read and loved every book in the Vampire Awakenings series and the first book in the Alliance series and I absolutely loved each one so what I am about to say is high praise indeed! This is my favourite yet.
Every book that I have mentioned above has had passion, adventure, excitement and I couldn’t get enough of them, this book has that all in abundance but it has managed to ratchet up the already high intensity and action and the passion. I was on tenterhooks so often that I lost count. I am absolutely loving this series. This book was incredible!

 

 

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Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism: Secrets from a Decade of Parenting Twins on the Spectrum by Debby Elley. (review)

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Released on April 19, 2018. 

Description

What if the things people need to know about autism is not the information they’re getting? Combining myth-busting advice with personal experience, this book from the mother of autistic twins shares simple strategies to build children’s confidence, communication, and independence.

From sharing the joy of yodelling around shops at the weekend, to finding creative ways to communicate with both her verbal and her non-verbal sons, Debby Elley gives practical and fun tips for everyday living and shows that being autistic is just another way of being. Both witty and candid, the book discusses labels, meltdowns, acceptance, happiness and much more.

 

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Review

This book was such a refreshing and educational read. Co-founder of Aukids magazine, Debby Elley is the mother of twin boys who are both diagnosed with autism, however that is where their similarities end. They may share a label but they are individuals with individual needs.

Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism: Secrets from a Decade of Parenting Twins on the Spectrum examines how terminology used by professionals can be negative and frightening and has a refreshing approach to explaining autism to people.

The description of autism as a pick and mix because it is such a blanket term and covers so many various traits and behaviours is so much more informative than the medical terminology applied to various traits associated with autism.
The book introduces us to the term Autism Sundae which is a refreshing way of looking at and explaining how autism affects (positives as well as negatives) each individual.

The book is funny, and educational and moving because Debby Elley isn’t quoting from a diagnostic book she is drawing on her families life experiences (good and bad) and the information that she has amassed over the years from professionals working within this field.

I would highly recommend this brilliant book to parents, teachers and those working in the educational field, people who want to educate themselves on this in order to be more understanding and supportive to a friend or family member and even medical professionals looking to discuss autism in a less bleak, negative manner.

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My first book tag. Quickfire Questions.. Take 2, the Megan effect…

Double the bloggers mean double the answers. It is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and like its name, I am just going to answer fast and the first thing that comes to mind. The original creator is GirlReading over on YouTube. So if you’re interested in checking that out make sure you do. I got this tag from the fabulous  The Little Booknerds in the Corner

Meet Megan and her quickfire answers….

 

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E-Book or Physical Book? – I love the feel of physical books. I’m a closeted book sniffer.

Paperback or Hardback? – Hardback, I like the weight of them.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping? – In store, like I said I’m a sniffer.

Trilogies or Series? – Trilogy, I’m easily distracted.

Heroes or Villains? – Properly evil villains! Not villains with a wholesome but tragic past, just pure evil.

A book you want everyone to read? – The Condition Trilogy by Alec Birri.

Recommend an underrated book? – Choke by Chuck Palahniuk.

The last book you bought? –  The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein.

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? – Sock!

Used Books: Yes or No? – Yes.

Top three favorite genres? – Horror, Thriller, and Fantasy.

Borrow or Buy? – Buy

Characters or Plot? – Both

Long or Short Books? – Long.

Long or Short Chapters? – Short so I can get through some chapters on my work breaks.

Name the first three books you think of… –  Condition by Alec Birri, Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime by Mark Haddon.

Books that make you laugh or cry? – Cry! The Fault In Our Stars by John Green gets me crying just a few chapters in. My pre-cry crying.

Our World or Fictional Worlds? – MIDDLE EARTH HERE I COME!

Audiobooks: Yes or No? – Heck yeah!

Do you ever judge a book by its cover? – Yes.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? – TV, Game of Thrones is a big favourite.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? – Horns by Joe Hill (I really like Daniel Radcliffe).

Series or Standalone’s? – Both!

So here is my version of The Rapid Fire book tag. This was a lot of fun to do! If you want to do this tag, then I tag you. I highly recommend you do, it was a lot of fun.

My first book tag. Quickfire Questions..

This is my first tag. It looked fun so I thought I’d give this a go. It is the Rapid Fire Book Tag and like its name, I am just going to answer fast and the first thing that comes to mind. The original creator is GirlReading over on YouTube. So if you’re interested in checking that out make sure you do. I got this tag from the fabulous  The Little Booknerds in the Corner

(This has been filled out by Tasha.)

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E-Book or Physical Book? – Both but for space and convenience mostly E-Book.

Paperback or Hardback? – Paperback  (Though I prefer the look of a beautiful hardback on the shelf)

Online or In-Store Book Shopping? – Online

Trilogies or Series? – Series

Heroes or Villains? – Heroes with a dark side.

A book you want everyone to read? – Awakening by Brenda K Davies (whose other pen name is Erica Stevens)

Recommend an underrated book? – Updrift by Errin Stevens  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25114259-updrift

The last book you bought? –  Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark? – Flattened medication box.

Used Books: Yes or No? – Yes definitely.

Top three favorite genres? – Supernatural Romance, Erotica, Crime mystery

Borrow or Buy? – Buy

Characters or Plot? – Both

Long or Short Books? – Both.

Long or Short Chapters? – Either so long as they hold my attention.

Name the first three books you think of… –  Bound by Vengeance (the Alliance Book 2) by Brenda K Davies, Kindred by Nicola Claire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. J.K Rowling

Books that make you laugh or cry? – laugh

Our World or Fictional Worlds? – Our world, fictional beings.

Audiobooks: Yes or No? – A big yes!

Do you ever judge a book by its cover? – Yes.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? – Movie

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? – None

Series or Standalone’s? – Series

So here is my version of The Rapid Fire book tag. This was a lot of fun to do! If you want to do this tag, then I tag you. I highly recommend you do, it was a lot of fun.

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My Favourite book series of all time. A confession and a review.

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I was first introduced to Harry Potter at the cinema when I took my 2 eldest to watch Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone and I was completely charmed with the magical world that J.K Rowling had created. That was in 2001 and within days I had gone to the book store and purchased the available books in the series. (as I recall, Philosophers Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.)

I have bought many copies of the books over the years, as the copies wore out (Now I read them on my tablet) they were read by those same 2 boys that I took to the Cinema and that was the first time that I had seen them completely invested in a book series.

I have been to midnight releases and have the books in many mediums. My favourite is probably the audiobooks narrated by the wonderful Stephen Fry.

 

So now for the point of this post. I never reviewed the books. I could never explain sufficiently  why reading or listening to them is so enchanting to me, an adult well into her 40’s and lacking the skills that J.K Rowling has as a wordsmith I never felt my review could capture the delightful escapism that these books (and films, though of course, they are never as good as the book) have provided me throughout the last 17 years.

A change is coming

After all these years I have decided that it doesn’t matter that I lack J.K Rowling’s eloquence. Every book, good or bad, and every author deserves a review. In the next week I will be listening to all of my cherished audio books again and reviewing them. I owe that to J.K Rowling and I owe it to readers who have yet to discover the delights of the wizarding world.  Today I wrote a review for Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. (which is the title that we know it as in the UK)  here goes…

 

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“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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Review

 

This book is so wonderfully enchanting and while there is the age appropriate supernatural thriller aspect what really comes to mind when reading this book is the beauty that is Hogwarts and how amazing it would be to get that letter and of course, the beautiful friendships developing through the book and how those friendships have a positive effect on Harry, Hermione, and Ron.
I could gush forever but I will sign off by saying 5 stars aren’t enough.

In my honest opinion this is the best book series in modern writing. It appeals to all ages which most books don’t do and it has encouraged so many people to give reading a chance.
Personally this series is my go to series for comfort reading and I cannot count the amount of times that I have read the books or listened to the audio book narrated by the wonderful Stephen fry.

(I am a proud Hufflepuff and my patronus is a swan! Megan is a Gryffindor and her patronus is a cat!)

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