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The Boy Inside
The Boy Inside
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4.0 out of 5 stars hard hitting and powerful, 2 Aug. 2017
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I enjoy a dark and gritty read, and I'm fond of coming-of-age tales, so this book seemed like one I could really get my teeth into. It certainly didn't disappoint. Told from the point of view of Ben, a 21-year-old convict, who is taking part in a prison riot with his best friend Jake, the book starts with hard hitting and powerful scenes. Ben then takes us back in time to his misspent youth, in order to show what led to his incarceration. Ben's family life falls apart when his dad dies and his mum hits the bottle. He finds distraction in the form of Jake, a boy who is already heading quickly down the wrong path. As he continues to make bad decisions, Ben finds himself in and out of prison, with no way of breaking free of the destructive cycle he is in. Things get more complicated and dangerous when after release, he becomes involved in a criminal gang and starts an unhealthy relationship with one of the women. This book read like an autobiography at times. Like a memoir of an older man looking back on his life and detailing where bad decisions led him. You cannot help but feel for Ben, who has no one around when he is a kid to sort him out or show him love. Complex characters and twists and turns turn this book into a crime thriller towards the end, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a gritty crime thriller, or a dark coming-of-age story, as this book ticks both boxes. A great read and I would like to read more from this author.


Coreyography: A Memoir
Coreyography: A Memoir
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down, 24 July 2017
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Having been a fan of both Corey Haim and Feldman during the eighties and nineties, I had been keen to read this memoir for some time. The reviews looked great, and I was not disappointed. The book starts with Feldman hearing the news that Haim has sadly died. He then goes back to his childhood, detailing his journey from child star to teen heartthrob. The childhood he endured was shocking and painful to read, and it is really no surprise that he went on to have problems with substance abuse. I found the details about his acting work incredibly vibrant and interesting to read. I will now watch his classic films such as The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys with totally fresh eyes. It was fascinating to hear about the personalities of directors such as Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, as well as Corey's friendship with Michael Jackson. The parts of the story that involve Corey Haim are particularly sad. The pair of them could have been huge but things went terribly wrong due to their addictions which spiralled due to the abuse they both suffered within Hollywood. A disturbing read, but I cannot fault Feldman's writing style. I started this in the morning, picked it up any chance I could all day and finished it that night. Highly recommended.


Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Reclamations
Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Reclamations
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars From Underground Book Reviews!!, 18 July 2017
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Highly recommended, energetic and vibrant shape-shifting fantasy series. You will need to have read the first books to get to grips with this one, but this is a series worth diving into. Diego’s pack are forced to deal with evil Senator Flynn in this installment, after kidnapping his daughter Selene in book two. This book is very much Selene’s story, and we learn much more about the shape shifting cats and their Pride and legacy. The book ends on an explosive note, with Regina’s past coming back to haunt her and teasing us into wanting to read Book Four. Anyone who enjoys shape shifters, vampires, and character driven fantasy, will love this steamy series...

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Little Gold: Coming of Age Novel in 1980s Brighton
Little Gold: Coming of Age Novel in 1980s Brighton
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot recommend this book enough!!, 18 July 2017
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This is the kind of book I am forever searching for. It ticked every single box for me. Beautiful narrative, gorgeous yet simple descriptions of the everyday ordinary lives of its characters, an engrossing storyline that gathered in pace towards the end and left me unable to put the book down, and most important of all, fantastic characters. Real characters. People I truly think of as real! This is the awkward coming of age tale of a young girl nicknamed Little Gold by her family. She is on the cusp of puberty and questioning her own sexuality and identity. This would be enough to deal with, but tragically her family are falling apart around her and she does not know where to turn to for help. Her older sister Alli seems to have issues with food, and her older brother Malcy, is also in danger as he becomes increasingly drawn into the adult parties thrown by his friend Kev's strange and domineering parents. Little Gold feels uneasy about Kev's parents from the start, and this particular storyline was handled with incredible skill. The tension was simmering throughout each chapter, tiny clues dropped here and there and an uneasiness spreading for the reader as the story progressed. Little Golds' father has left them and her mother has taken to drink and bed. In the midst of all this chaos and heartache, Little Gold finds friendship in an unlikely place. One of her elderly neighbours, Peggy Baxter, has been watching from afar and takes Little Gold under her wing. Theirs is a hesitant and beautiful friendship, with wonderful Peggy Baxter becoming the heroine of the story in more ways than one. This is a heartwarming and positive book about love, friendship and growing up. I simply cannot recommend it enough.


Hav3n
Hav3n
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and fast paced teen read, 17 July 2017
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This story holds your attention from the first page and the pace never lets up. A perfect read for teens and adults who enjoy post-apocalyptic type scenarios. A deadly disease is wiping out the human race. In a typically English countryside village the residents have acted fast to barricade themselves off. Four teens are then faced with the possibility that they may be the last four teenagers left in the world, and it seems that the adults of their village have plans for them... This is an increasingly creepy and sinister read, and really examines how humans react in the face of disaster and panic. The four teens are fantastic characters, ones you root for every step of the way. There is romance, jealousy, insanity, violence and back stabbing as things start to unravel and become ever more dictatorial. A book that really got under my skin and made me think


Waiting for Callback
Waiting for Callback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 17 July 2017
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This is a vibrant, funny and engaging read which should please teens and adults alike. Elektra is a keen young actress who has just landed herself an agent. She's an only child, and she and her mother are excited about the opportunities to come. But mostly what happens is waiting. As Elektra faces audition after audition, followed by the pain of rejection, she has other real-life stuff to deal with too, such as boy trouble, jealous peers and a friendship in crisis. This is in many ways a light read, but it does deal a fair dose of believable teenage angst, and it is all handled really well. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories with a sense of drama!


A Flash of Red
A Flash of Red
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars From Underground Book Reviews!!, 20 Jun. 2017
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A Flash Of Red is an intriguing psychological thriller which introduces some rather unlikable characters. On the surface, Anna, a psychology lecturer, is the perfect wife to Sean, an architect. She makes his lunches, leaves him love notes and tries to ignore how much time he spends alone in his home office ‘working’. Sean adores his wife but has a secret addiction to online porn. They have been unable to conceive a child and this perceived failure leads to the slow fracturing of their relationship. Also simmering under the surface is Anna’s fear that she will inherit her mother’s mental illness. When she forgets things, she wonders if this is the start of her mind going downhill. Meanwhile, Sean, distraught by Anna’s sexual rejection of him, finds solace in porn and in playing little jokes on Anna to increase her paranoia. The strange and twisted tale of this couple’s relationship would have been a story enough on its own, but there is a third wheel in this marriage, although neither of them realizes it for some time. Bard is an intense young man who is one of Anna’s students. He too has the suffered the loss of a mentally unstable mother and thinks he has found a connection between himself and Anna. His growing obsession and concern for her safety propels the story towards a suitably climactic ending...Read the full review at UndergroundBookReviews.org !!


The Worst Dyrkon
The Worst Dyrkon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy adventure, 19 Jun. 2017
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The Worst Dyrkon is a fantastic fantasy adventure with an anti-social teenage anti-hero at the centre of the action. Vita is an outsider at school, a wisecracking misfit who is ridiculed and looked down on every day. She also feels like an outsider at home, due to being adopted. Vita is an immediately likable and relatable character. You feel sorry for her, laugh at her, and cringe along with her, as things consistently go wrong in her life. For me, every box in the awesome YA checklist was ticked by this story and this character. But for those who enjoy fantasy, adventure, magic, dragons and pixies, there is even better to come. Vita is soon swept up into an adventure she could not have envisioned and her life changes dramatically. She is not who she thinks she is, and neither is anyone else. The drama sweeps from one page to the next, never letting up. There are other excellently drawn and hilarious characters along the way, drunken pixie Edrah being my absolute favourite. This is a charming, well executed and pacy novel, which puts a smile on your face and encourages your imagination to go wild. Highly recommended!


Letters to Eloise
Letters to Eloise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully beautiful, 13 Jun. 2017
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This gentle, heartwarming and ultimately tragic book, will keep you guessing, dreading and hoping, unable to put it down from start to finish. The story starts with a man finding a box of letters in the attic of his house. Next, we go back in time and into the mind and narrative of Flora, who is at University studying to become a teacher. From the first letter, we learn that she is unexpectedly pregnant, and continues to write letters to her unborn baby as a coping mechanism. Having had many conversations about love, life and everything else with my own unborn children, I can fully relate to this approach, and as a result, I warmed to Flora immediately. She had a vulnerability about her which I did not fully appreciate until the end of the book. The letters tell Eloise, her unborn daughter, the story behind her conception. The men in Flora's life and her growing excitement about becoming a mother, are written for a future Eloise to read. The timeline jumps about a bit, as Flora retells the story as best she can, skipping parts when she cannot cope with them emotionally, only to return to them later. As the pregnancy continued, and her due date approached, I found myself increasingly concerned and overwhelmingly sad, although nothing is truly explained until the last chapter. You'll have to read it yourself to find out, and I highly recommend you do. For anyone who enjoys romance, but with a gritty, emotional punch to it, and for anyone who likes to get sucked into heart-rending read, this is for you.


Blue Wicked
Blue Wicked
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and disturbing cleverly plotted crime thriller, 4 Jun. 2017
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Having read and enjoyed Bloq earlier this year, I was quite keen to read another dark and gritty book by Alan Jones. The description of Blue Wicked was also rather interesting. A vet who also works for the SSPCA handles a number of gruesome cruelty cases which involve cats being killed in increasingly violent and grotesque ways. Eddie takes his concerns and his evidence to the police, but is largely pushed aside and ignored. He is, however, assigned a small amount of time from DC Catherine Douglas to help him try to find the cat killer. Meanwhile, a disturbed individual is enticing local drug addicts and alcoholics to come and have a drink with him. Before long, they find themselves being murdered in ways that mirror the cat killings. Alarmed by the similarities, Eddie and Catherine work together to solve the case. The plot moves between the unlikely duo trying to locate the killer, and the killer in the midst of his deeds. Some of the scenes are brutal and unflinching in their violence, and this is certainly not a book for the faint-hearted or easily offended. If you love a gritty and disturbing read with a clever and detailed plot, however, this book is for you. I particularly enjoyed the relationship that blossomed between Catherine and Eddie, who were interesting and well-drawn characters. I did find some of the police scenes a bit drawn out and overly detailed, but I did appreciate the author's commitment to research and authenticity. All in all a great read,


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