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Early Daze
Early Daze
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars JGR has never let me down, 10 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Early Daze (Kindle Edition)
JGR has never let me down. Her writing reminds me a little of Marian Keyes – witty and easy to read but packing a serious punch of poignancy and a bittersweet nature.

Jess has led an exceedingly sheltered life and has developed some very straight-laced and, shall we say, conservative views. That is until she suffers a horrendous pregnancy that leads to a scarily premature baby.

Suddenly Jess is living in a world of doubt. Will her baby survive? Was it her fault? When will the surge of motherly love hit her? Is she a bad mother? Why are all the other mothers on the Neonatal Unit so weird and how come she’d never noticed her daughter’s father is so annoying and unsuitable before?

Struggling to find herself in amongst the fear and flurry of hormones, Jess has to use all her strength and resourcefulness to be there for her tiny daughter.

Early Daze is as short as Jess’ premature daughter and I zipped right through it and howled for more at the end. Not being a mother myself, I’d never before quite grasped how desperate life must be for mummies of premature babies. It’s opened my mind to how heroic these women are and given me a lot of warmth and laughter along the way.

review by Nikki Mason on behalf of BestChickLit.com


Dragon Her Back
Dragon Her Back
Price: £3.37

4.0 out of 5 stars sometimes facing your own demons is the only way to save yourself., 10 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Dragon Her Back (Kindle Edition)
Finally Darius and Mei’s story! Fans of Susannah Scott and her previous dragon books - Luck of the Dragon and Stop Dragon My Heart Around - will know the pair’s tension has been simmering in the background, just waiting to explode. And explode it does.

Tense and passionate are the two best words to describe this book, as you begin to discover the reasons behind Mei’s coldness and refusal to accept she is Darius’ destined mate. A glimpse beneath the surface and a look into her past is all that is needed to realise things aren’t always what they seem. The passion between the two dragons is undeniable, even is they are an odd pairing, and the fact the odds are stacked against them will surely have every fan of the series rooting for their success.

Alec and Leo are featured sporadically throughout the book, giving fans a taste of all three of the mighty lead men. The conclusion, I thought, was a slight twist and nicely done by Susannah Scott. I won’t hint towards the outcome, for fear of a spoiler, but let’s just say sometimes facing your own demons is the only way to save yourself.

review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com


S.C.A.R.S
S.C.A.R.S
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars If you are feeling a little lost and in need of a fantastical escape, this is the book for you, 10 Feb. 2015
This review is from: S.C.A.R.S (Kindle Edition)
A good children’s book captures the imagination and awakens a sense of adventure in the reader, regardless of whether that reader happens to be a child or an adult. That is the marvelous thing about children’s stories and why so many adults return to their favourites time and again. Julia Ibbotson does this perfectly. Anyone who loves stories about knights – pick up this book now!

When you hear the phrase ‘fantasy medieval world’ there are certain things that you expect – knights, dragons and some sort of quest, to name just a few. And as expected, Ibbotson delivers these in style. If you are feeling a little lost and in need of a fantastical escape, this is the book for you, regardless of your age!

review by Elizabeth A. Wright on behalf of BestChickLit.com


To Catch A Creeper
To Catch A Creeper
Price: £3.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, 10 Feb. 2015
Hilarious! Ellie Campbell’s wit and sharp prose continue where they left off in Looking For La La. Although Cathy is still our main girl, I’m sure readers can enjoy this as a standalone novel.

Faced with bitchy new colleagues, a husband having a nervous breakdown, a bonkers neighbour, two kids, fraught friends and a sick cat, the last thing Cathy needs on her plate is a neighbourhood thief, who she’s been tasked with trying to track down.

Trying to keep so many balls in the air was never going to work out and as they tumble down around her, Cathy falls back on the one thing she’ll never lose: her eye for trouble.

This is a super fun book, which romps its way through Crouch End: London’s new capital of crime and intrigue. Aside from Cathy’s amazing and endearing ability to get things wrong, Campbell presents us with a whole cast of colourful, kooky characters, most of whom love Cathy and make plenty of their own errors along the way. The story is full of funny surprises, which will have you honking out loud like a goose.

I did wish that Cathy and Declan’s relationship was given a little more TLC throughout the story as I couldn’t quite understand what kept them together, but I have got a bit of a girl crush on Cathy so, who knows, maybe I’m just jealous…

review by Nikki Mason on behalf of BestChickLit.com


Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 3)
Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 3)
Price: £2.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Ellie’s review:, 6 Feb. 2015
Ellie’s review:

This book is about a boy called Charlie. Charlie moves to London, with his mum, where he is bullied and gets called names because he has orange hair and is small. But when he goes to the circus with his auntie, something magical happens. He suddenly becomes cool and gets a new best friend. I liked this story and I am glad that Charlie didn’t get bullied anymore. It is an easy book and has nice short chapters.

Reviewed on behalf of Bestchicklit.com


Isabella's Pink Bicycle: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 2)
Isabella's Pink Bicycle: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 2)
Price: £2.01

4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud..., 6 Feb. 2015
Ellie’s review:

Isabella lives with her mum and dad. She really wants a pink bicycle but her parents can’t afford one. One day, Isabella is granted a wish by a Ferret godfather, called Frankie. I laughed out loud when the ferret godfather introduced himself because it was quite funny. This book was short but I enjoyed it, especially as it had such a happy ending. I would recommend it to young children aged 7-9.

Eden’s review:

Frankie Ferret appeared in some sawdust he was Isabella’s Ferret Godfather and made her wish come true. I liked Frankie Ferret because he was kind and magical and he saved Isabella’s Dad. I liked this story because in the end Isabella’s family lived happily and her Dad built a new house for them. My friends would enjoy this book too. It was really good seeing Frankie Ferret on the videos too!

Reviewed on behalf of Bestchicklit.com


Alf The Workshop Dog: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 1)
Alf The Workshop Dog: An illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter book adventure for kids (Once upon a NOW 1)
Price: £2.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars " I really liked looking at the videos and singing the Zanubia National Anthem.", 6 Feb. 2015
Ellie’s review:

Alfredo is a prince, soon to be king. His dad, the King, is often away at war. But, Alfredo doesn’t want to fight in the war when he is King. One day, he meets a crow that changes his life! I enjoyed this book. It was good that Alfredo changed the law so everyone was treated equally now there is no need to fight. I also liked the fact that there were QR codes in the book as it helped you to understand the story even more.

Eden’s review:

Alfredo met a girl in the woods called Laura and they became friends, but he got sent to prison by his farther the king because he talked back to him. When he came out of prison he met a crow who changed him into something and sent him to the future. He went back to Zanubia after many years when the king had died. I liked the story because Alfredo met Laura again and they were happy. I really liked looking at the videos and singing the Zanubia National Anthem.

Reviewed on behalf of Bestchicklit.com


The Curvy Girls Club
The Curvy Girls Club
by Michele Gorman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Curvy Girls Club was a breath of fresh air and a real feel-good read., 6 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Curvy Girls Club (Paperback)
As someone who has had struggles trying to love my body (and I’m sure I’m not alone here), The Curvy Girls Club was a breath of fresh air and a real feel-good read.

The story follows Katie and her wonderful group of friends who all decide that their slimming club is bringing them down and decide to form a club where curvy girls (and boys) can have fun and feel safe.

When Katie starts losing weight, however, things start to change: work seems to be going better, she’s getting more attention from a certain hottie, and her self-confidence is rocketing; being thin is great….right? But her friends seem to have a different view on things and suddenly Katie is feeling lost and stigmatised all over again.

This is a lovely book about learning to love yourself however large or small you are. Katie and her friends all have such interesting and involving stories that this feels like a cut above your usual girly read. I can’t imagine any women reading this book and not sympathising with at least one of the characters. And if all this sounds a bit worthy – don’t worry – there is plenty of humour and naughtiness to keep you giggling and grabbing the phone to arrange a night out with your own friends.

review by Nikki Mason on behalf of Bestchicklit.com


Dating in the Dark (Sweet Delights Series Book 1)
Dating in the Dark (Sweet Delights Series Book 1)
Price: £2.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a better mixture than lip-smackingly good cakes, serious sexual tension and a little dollop of mystery? I think not., 6 Feb. 2015
Is there a better mixture than lip-smackingly good cakes, serious sexual tension and a little dollop of mystery? I think not.

Tracey Rogers has brought readers a fantastic saucy romance, with enough angst to keep the story alive and interesting, while proving herself to be talented at creating palpable chemistry between characters. Damien is a dominating force on each page, who really came to life for me as the tortured male lead of the story, and his masculinity just oozed from the pages as he got to know Sophie.

As the book’s female protagonist, Sophie, is well-rounded and I took to her immediately. She’s likeable but with just enough ambition and get-up-and-go to ensure you’re in her corner from the very beginning. Although she is a virgin, this fact isn’t dwelled on too much and her overall attitude to sex was refreshing – apart from occasional nerves, she’s quite certain of what she wants and doesn’t engage in mind games.

The story moves at an enjoyable pace and the mystery behind why Damien prefers to remain hidden, along with the throbbing tension, will ensure you whizz through the book in no time.

review by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of Bestchicklit.com


Eclipse: The Lost Book of Ascension
Eclipse: The Lost Book of Ascension
Price: £3.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Strasser is definitely an author I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for in the future., 6 Feb. 2015
This is the last book in Dirk Strasser’s imaginative and thrilling series. I’m astounded at the world he has created in both its uniqueness and its utter consistency.

Once more we follow the journey of brave Maelir Arteu and his lover Verlinden, but this time they are travelling back down the mountain. As the dusk creatures and instability threaten the very foundations of the mountain, including the Keep and all the Holy men, these travellers must face the Nazir and find the Third Book of Ascention before it is too late. However, not all is as it seems, and as the nights grow increasingly longer, and life on the mountain more perilous, it becomes harder and harder to make out truth and righteousness.

Though I loved this story, I was left feeling a little unconvinced by the ending of this trilogy. I felt there was too much left unexplained or emotionally digested. It’s definitely worth reading though for the pure creative vision poured into this mythical tale and for the interesting questions posed, if not always fully answered.

I was glad to see certain characters return in this final book and I’ll be sad to say goodbye to others. Strasser is definitely an author I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for in the future.

review by Nikki Mason on behalf of Bestchaplit.com


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