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The Whispers
The Whispers
Price: £0.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A promising paranormal story, 18 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Whispers (Kindle Edition)
This is the first of three e-novellas by Unger.
Eloise and her family are struck by tragedy, which changes her life in a drastic way. The extremely distressing events change something in her or perhaps it is better to say they connect her to a completely new world.
Since the death of her loved ones Eloise has started getting visions of young girls in fatal situations. She becomes a possible saviour to those in need and those in their last moments of life.
It wasn't made clear how Eloise understands what is happening to her so quickly. How does she know to question the girl? Why is the first question 'Where are you?' and not 'Who are you?' and what the hell is going on?
It also bugged me that she decides to ignore the pleas for help by the second girl. That didn't make any sense to me. By that time Eloise knows she is being shown girls to help them in dire situations, so why would she turn away from any one of them?
Regardless of whether she is going through the stress of a trial. Weighing it up against each other; you either stop a potential killer from striking in your own backyard or you wallow in misery. Keeping in mind that she knows the threat is watching girls in her town.It not only makes no sense, it is also quite selfish.
I wasn't keen on the writing, but the plot is interesting enough to overlook that. I think if given more focus and depth it could become a good series.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Price: £9.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read, 17 Dec. 2014
It is certainly an interesting way to write an autobiography. The reader gets to pick which direction they want the life of Neil Patrick Harris to go. So, for instance you get to the end of a chapter get three choices and pick one. That in turn takes you to another chapter and three other choices.
No matter what you pick, when you start from the beginning again, you never get the same story twice. That in itself makes it an extraordinary read. In essence the read you experience depends completely on your own mood when you pick which direction you want to go in. The power to decide which way to go and what choices to make.
The concept works better digitally, obviously clicking a link is faster and more efficient than searching for specific pages in a hard-copy. I think that would be the only downside to the way it is constructed. Other than that it is quite entertaining.
I think one of my favourite chapters or should I say some of, are the ones about the children. The careful planning, the selection process and the hilarious POTUS like security scheme when the babies are born.
What is absolutely clear to any reader is just how much Neil loves his husband David, and their children Harper and Gideon. He sounds content, as if all his boxes have been ticked and everything else is just a cherry on top of his very own ice-cream sundae.
My very own voyage with this book was taken at a time of stress and worry. I chose an amusing, happy and fulfilling read, which is exactly what I got. I finished it with a smile on my face and a chuckle on my lips.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss.

Breaking the Boss's Rules (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
Breaking the Boss's Rules (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
Price: £2.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Both of them have to leave their pasts behind them.., 17 Dec. 2014
Hard to concentrate when you’re having hot and heavy dreams about your temporary boss. Quite an achievement to have a conversation with someone when you can’t help but imagine them naked. That is exactly the situation Imogen finds herself in. She can’t concentrate or look at him for that matter, which makes working together rather difficult.
They are thrown together by an eccentric client, who wants them to play house and honeymoon for a weekend to create the perfect getaway place for him. Of course that makes it much harder for Imogen and Joe to stay away from each other.
Joe and Imogen have a lot in common they just don’t realise it. Both have coloured pasts when it comes to relationships and neither of them have left those pasts behind them. Joe has an ex who still holds a flame, despite inviting him to her pending marriage. Imogen has been dumped in such a painful, public and embarrassing way, she is still trying to get over it.
They both have to climb over the misunderstandings and misconceptions of the past to be able to create a future together. It can’t just be hot and heavy make-out sessions,well maybe it can.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

The Million-Dollar Question (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
The Million-Dollar Question (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
by Kimberly Lang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Better the devil you know, right?, 16 Dec. 2014
I have to say I was a wee bit annoyed by Evan and his dramatic overreaction after finding out about the real reason Olivia contacted him. Accusing her more or less of being a prostitute, willing to sleep with a wealthy man to get what she wants. Seriously? What kind of automatic insulting thought process is that?
Olivia realises it is a bad idea about five minutes after she meets up with Evan. Too much history, bad feeling and way too much mutual sexual attraction. Evan is hard to resist, despite his over-confident attitude. Olivia really finds it hard to concentrate on saying no, which is kind of difficult when such utter hotness is being dangled in front of her eyes. A cupcake with great dress sense.
Perhaps if they hadn’t been kept apart by the inevitable big brother with control issues, the two of them might have been able to sort out their differences sooner. Instead they start a strange cat and mouse game of attraction and denial. Saying that, they do spend quite a bit of time playing the game and doing the horizontal tango.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

Thy Father's Shadow: The Sanctuary Series, Book 4.5
Thy Father's Shadow: The Sanctuary Series, Book 4.5
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this closer look into why Terian makes the choices he does.., 12 Dec. 2014
This story takes place during the chapters 22-33 of The Defender Vol.1 of The Sanctuary Series, the Prologue and Epilogue take place during chapter 116 of Crusader Vol.4 of the Sanctuary Series.
I really enjoyed the one-on-one aspect of this book. It is an in-depth walk into the past, present and future of Terian. That means readers who have been following the series already know what Terian does or doesn't do. It gives us an extraordinary glimpse into his reasoning, his bizarre loyalty to his father and his internal battle that rages within him. The battle between what is morally right and what his birthright and people expect from him.
The book starts with Terian's exit from Sanctuary and his surprising re-entrance into his own society. A society with strict class structures and run by a dictator of darkness.
The richest battle for rank order, which is achieved by staying in favour with the Sovereign. If anyone disobeys, talks in a negative way about the regime or questions the laws, they can be automatically demoted. Sometimes it is just to a smaller house in a different street and sometimes it is a ticket straight to hell.
Now why would Terian want to forgo the freedom and almost democratic ruling of the Sanctuary for the strict dictatorship of his people? What could possibly make him change his mind about the tragedy that drove him away in the first place?
This is one of my favourites from the series so far. I enjoy it when Crane gives us an in-depth look into one of the characters. There is always so much baggage and background, which in turn helps to understand the paths and motivations of the extremely complex characters he creates.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.

Nine Month Countdown (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
Nine Month Countdown (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
by Leah Ashton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars The kind of surprise you can't send back to the shop, 10 Dec. 2014
Sometimes you meet someone in life and all it is meant to be is a fleeting moment in time. If that per chance encounter happens to be of the passionate variety, then that also is perhaps only to be a fond memory one dwells upon in later years.
Both Ivy and Angus believe their brief encounter is destined to be a moment of unbridled passion never to be repeated again. For Ivy it is an unexpected loss of control, and she hates relinquishing control to anyone else, even to her own desires.

Unfortunately life in general is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you're going to get. In this case Ivy gets something she just hadn't planned for. The kind of surprise that changes all her well thought out plans.
It just remains to be seen whether or not Angus will be willing to go along with her new plans, which focus around the surprise. Ivy isn't quite sure what to do with the SAS soldier, who most certainly will not be controlled, led or ordered around by the savvy business executive.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

Bridesmaid with Attitude (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
Bridesmaid with Attitude (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
by Christy McKellen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty TV presenter takes on a stubborn man of the noble variety, 7 Dec. 2014
He needs a pretend girlfriend to fool his mother and she needs a fake boyfriend to keep her job. Sound straightforward right? If there wasn't that mega pesky physical attraction between them. A powerful vibe they are both finding it hard to ignore.

Emily is feisty, knows what she wants and takes anyone she fancies a bite of. She has learnt to fend for herself since her family dropped her like a hot potatoe. Why? For looking and being very much like her mother. Certainly an unfair and judgemental reason to avoid a family member.
Theo is a broody, stubborn and passionate man, who finds Emily both infuriating and alluring. When her big mouth triggers a paparazzi frenzy and the truth about her past becomes national fodder, Theo has to choose between comforting or turning away from her.
This story is about a young woman living under the shadow of mental illness, having to deal with the misconceptions and harsh reactions of the ignorant. Nice little sub-plot there.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK & Mills and Boon.

An Offer She Can't Refuse (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
An Offer She Can't Refuse (Mills & Boon Modern Tempted)
by Shoma Narayanan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Friends with benefits just doesn't work, 5 Dec. 2014
What starts with a simple job interview, ends with a complicated friends with benefits scenario. Mallika and Darius slip slowly and surely into a relationship, which they both refuse to define as a relationship of any kind.

Mallika is coping with the fact her brother is suffering from agoraphobia, induced by the traumatic and tragic death of their parents. She has become his parent and carer all rolled into one. Having to more or less babysit him 24/7, despite the fact he is an adult, has a negative impact or her work and her dating life.
Darius accepts all that and more, in fact he is very patient with Mallika. In return she sort of treats him with disdain, because she assumes he is not the family man she is looking for. They are both in for a surprise.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and Mills & Boon.

FRiEQ® Hi-Speed Extra Long (6 Ft/1.8m) Nylon Braided Tangle-Free USB 3.0 Male To Micro B Data Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 / Samsung Galaxy S5 (Black/Green)
FRiEQ® Hi-Speed Extra Long (6 Ft/1.8m) Nylon Braided Tangle-Free USB 3.0 Male To Micro B Data Cable with Gold-Plated Connectors for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 / Samsung Galaxy S5 (Black/Green)
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Black/Green very sturdy cable, 5 Dec. 2014
The first added bonus this cable brings is the length. A lot of cables tend to be super short, ergo you need to be closer to a socket or extension cable. At 6ft/1.8m this is a really comfortable length.
The cable is covered in a sturdy nylon to protect the pure copper wire underneath and to prevent interference. It bends and turns but doesn't tangle. In fact it is so sturdy I can imagine using this to tie something on a car-roof rack.
The micro B port fits most of the new Samsung products. It not only charges it can also be used to transfer data at the same time.
I must admit I really like the packaging the company uses.Paper, cardboard, compact and minimal.
I received this item free in exchange for an honest review.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Price: £4.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to hear her side of the story, 3 Dec. 2014
I think at the end I was holding my breath in an anticipation. Not for me, but for Queenie. I wanted her to be at peace, feel forgiven and be able to let go. At the same time I wanted her hopes and dreams to come true. For Henry to make one final gesture, which would be a signal or sign that he felt the same way. I didn't expect the reality to be so cruel and yet it was completely realistic.
Queenie's tale is one of death and one of a lonely life.
This is the unlikely and unexpected sequel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. After the commercial success of Harold's story the odds were against the story of Queenie being just as successful, however that is exactly what happened.
Rachel Joyce has created two sides of the same story without the content being repetitive or boring. Instead, this one brings the first full circle. Although I would have to point out that each story is subjective and reflects a single persons experience, as opposed to it just being one big happy story.
I think the most vivid element and image that stood out for me wasn't Queenie at all. It was the subtle message about forgetting the elderly, the sick and the terminally ill. How they become the rejects and the recluses of society in their last days, months and years. Hidden away in care homes or a hospice with only the carers or nursing staff to be with within their last hours.
The story is filled with a sense of guilt, sorrow, loneliness and longing. It is sad and yet at the same time a story filled with hope. The last wish of a dying woman, and whether or not it will be fulfilled.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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