#BlogTour! #Review – #TheLightBetweenUs by Katie Khan (@Katie_Khan) @TransworldBooks @hannahlbright29 @AnneCater #RandomThingsTours


I am beyond delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘The Light Between Us’ by Katie Khan. Big thank you to Anne Cater and #RandomThingsTours for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

Thea and Isaac first met at University. Theirs was an instant connection but it never went further than friendship.

Because, then and now, Thea only has eyes for her work. Not just her course, but also a private project – Thea is determined to prove that time travel is not just the stuff of science fiction. And she has never told anyone the reason why.

When one of their friends goes missing in an experiment, Isaac and Thea must work together to find her – forcing them to re-examine their own friendship.

Is it really as platonic as they used to think?

The Light Between Us is a story of unrequited love and second chances. It begs the dangerous question that we all ask ourselves – what could have been?

What does TWG think?

Look I’ll be honest – if I was watching TV and a film about time travelling came on, I would instantly switch over. For me personally, the whole science fiction, portal, time travelling sorta stuff has never been my cup of tea. Until now. Yes, yes, I know. I am as surprised as you are. However, my feelings on the theme of the book have changed due to Katie Khan. Whether I would find another fictional novel containing science fiction, as outstanding as this one, I’m not too sure. All I know is, is that Katie Khan has completely and utterly blown me away. What a beautifully written, engaging, mind-blowing and thought-provoking read this is. I have honestly never read anything like it, but if Katie Khan’s future releases are going to be anything like this one, I think I have now found my go-to author for science fiction and the like.

It is incredibly difficult to write this review without giving away spoilers, so I am hoping my vagueness will intrigue you enough to buy yourself a copy.

That said, have you ever believed in something so much, you couldn’t think about anything else except that one thing? Have you ever felt so determined to prove people wrong, you end up doing things out of character? Some might say that that is going overboard. Others might say that being passionate isn’t a bad thing. But, if you end up being close to losing people you love because your mind is heading down one path, and one path only, sometimes the only question you need to ask yourself is, ‘Is this all really worth it?’.

How many of you have sat thinking about your past, wondering what situations would have been like if….oh I don’t know, Santa Claus wore green and Christmas Day was in July? Or what would have happened if you chose not to hold a grudge because your best friend borrowed your pencil and never returned it? Or even, what things would have been like if you were brought up differently, your parents chose different paths for you, and the decisions you made weren’t the ones you actually wanted to make? We all have done something like that, I’m sure. Granted the grudges and Christmas Day ideologies may be slightly different, but I had to throw them in there just in case.

Thea, like us, has sat pondering about her life and wondered ‘what if’. Two short ones, yet they’re full of copious amounts of uncertainty. Unlike us, Thea has science at her fingertips, and boy does she know how to use it. I’m no science buff at all yet I believed I could turn into a physicist after reading this book! Not going to happen, obviously, but Thea made me believe! Whilst I didn’t understand the scientific experiment completely, I still managed to get bowled over by the intelligence within, including the outstanding historical facts that feature later on in the book. People say that you don’t learn anything from fictional books, and I can say that that is a load of tosh as Katie Khan and ‘The Light Between Us’ taught me multiple things!

The only way I can describe my true feelings of this book is if I told you to sit and imagine a dark sky, splattered with millions of twinkly stars, no background noise except the sound of your own breathing, feeling content with every minor detail of your current life. So much so, that quiet night sky has turned into a rainbow of colour as fireworks light up the sky….just because. When I closed the book early hours of this morning, I felt like anything was possible. I felt the frisson of excitement thanks to Thea’s enthusiasm. But, most importantly, my heart was beating like fireworks, with a massive grin plastered on my face. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but that is how I felt.

I wish I could give this more than five stars, I really do. I just hope that when the author looks up at the night sky tonight to see the stars, she realises that the millions of twinkly stars in the sky still is nowhere near the amount of stars this books deserves, yet its close enough.

Katie Khan, you lit up my world for the duration of the book and for that, I thank you. What a powerful, powerful read – I urge you all to get yourself a copy and ignore everyone and everything whilst you read it.

‘The Light Between Us’ will be available to buy on the 9th August, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon

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#CoverReveal!! #MyNameIs @ByLizzyBarber @Arrowpublishing


There is nothing more exciting than to receive an e-mail from a publisher asking you to take part in a very special cover reveal -jumps up and down-. YES, I got asked! Today I have the honour of helping to reveal the cover of an upcoming release which is being dubbed Arrow Publishing’s ‘biggest release for Spring 2019’. How exciting!

So, before I reveal the rather fetching cover, here is a little bit more about the book itself, as well as a bit more about the author who put pen to paper:

Two sisters desperate to unlock the truth. But how much will they sacrifice to lay the past to rest?

Anna is eighteen today. She has been taught by her Mamma that cleanliness and purity are the path to God. But Anna is rebelling. She’s waited her whole life to visit Florida’s biggest theme park and now she’s going against her Mamma’s wishes. So why, when Anna arrives, is she so certain she’s been there before?

Rosie has grown up in the shadow of a missing sister she barely remembers. Her parents’ relationship has been fractured by fifteen years of searching for their daughter. Now Rosie is determined to uncover the truth, however painful, before it tears her family apart…

An enthralling debut thriller about a young woman’s quest to uncover her identity. Published by Century, Penguin Random House in e-book on 6th November 2018, and in hardback on 10th January 2019.

Put those dates in your diaries folks, because if the synopsis is anything to go by, this book is going to be an absolute belter!

#MyNameIs was written by author, Lizzy Barber, and here is some more information about her:

Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University and works as the head of brand and marketing for a restaurant group. Her debut novel, My Name is Anna, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition and she is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband.

You can follow Lizzy on Twitter @ByLizzyBarber #MyNameIs.

After teasing you for quite enough time, are you guys ready to see this cover?!

I can’t hear youuuuu!

I said, ARE YOU GUYS READY?!

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#MyNameIs…….


An enthralling debut thriller about a young woman’s quest to uncover her identity. Published by Century, Penguin Random House in e-book on 6th November 2018, and in hardback on 10th January 2019.

#BlogTour! #Review – Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys (@MsTamarCohen) @AnneCater @TransworldBooks @alisonbarrow


Today I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Fatal Inheritance’ by Rachel Rhys. Big thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Transworld Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

London 1948: Eve Forrester is trapped in a loveless marriage, in a gloomy house, in a grey suburb.
Out of the blue, she receives a solicitor’s letter. A wealthy stranger has left her a mystery inheritance but in order to find out more, she must travel to the glittering French Riviera.

Eve discovers her legacy is an enchanting villa overlooking the Mediterranean sea and suddenly, life could not be more glamorous.

Alone in paradise, Eve must unlock the story behind her surprise bequest – before events turn deadly…

Reminiscent of a Golden Age mystery, Fatal Inheritance is an intoxicating story of dysfunctional families and long-hidden secrets, set against the razzle-dazzle and decadence of the French Riviera.

What does TWG think?

As I think most of you are aware of by now, I am quite partial to a historical fiction novel…or two, and Rachel Rhys seems to have this genre absolutely nailed. Set in the late 1940’s London, Eve is at the end of her tether. Her marriage isn’t relighting her fire anymore, and her life is just shouting out for more colour and more excitement. Thankfully someone must have heard her calling, as Eve randomly receives a letter, telling her that the dazzling, French Riviera, requires her presence sooner rather than later. Of course Eve jumps at the chance, who wouldn’t? But why has she been summoned there of all places? A mysterious legacy in a glamorous setting, what’s not to like? Call me a cynic, but there must be some sort of catch….right?

Rachel Rhys is brilliant at setting the scene in her stories, and ‘Fatal Inheritance’ is no different. There was an incredible air of mystery from the very beginning which, when more characters came into the spotlight, brought the tension of the overall storyline, up several notches. Personally, whilst the tension was brilliant and the mystery had made itself known, there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was a little bit too slow-paced for my liking. Yes, there were times where the pace was on point and I was kept on the edge of my seat, but it did dip the odd time. However, Rachel Rhys is an enchanting author who makes her stories jump off the page so I put the difference in pace down to my own personal tastes.

I loved how old-school, cluedo-esque ‘Fatal Inheritance’ came across, as it made me more excited to delve into the rest of the book. I was rather impressed by how glamorous yet highly suspenseful, every inch of this book appeared to be.

Another delectable read from the very talented, Rachel Rhys.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

RACHEL RHYS is the pen-name of a much-loved psychological suspense
author. Fatal Inheritance is her second novel under this name. Her debut
Dangerous Crossing a Richard and Judy bookclub pick, was published
around the world. Rachel Rhys lives in North London with her family.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen (@wordsofhelen) @penguinukbooks


Today is my turn on the blog tour for ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ by Helen Cullen. Huge thanks to Katie Ashworth for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . .

Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries. Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names – they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

When William discovers letters addressed simply to ‘My Great Love’ his work takes on new meaning.

Written by a woman to a soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives stir William in ways he didn’t know were possible. Soon he begins to wonder: Could William be her great love?

William must follow the clues in Winter’s letters to solve his most important mystery yet: the human heart.

What does TWG think?

Can I just say how amazing the cover of this book is?! Look at it! I choose books to read based on the cover/title/author, and I have to say that this is one of the best covers I have had the pleasure of holding in my hands so far this year!

‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ had me feeling intrigued from the very beginning as I had no idea where the storyline was going to lead, and what with such colourful and diverse main characters, I couldn’t help but feel that I was going to be in for a bumpy ride.

I don’t know what I expected to happen in ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’, but what actually happened couldn’t have been further from my mind. The overall premise was enchanting and delightful, and I really did appreciate what the author was trying to convey with her words that were clearly written from the heart, however I didn’t quite get…..IT. It’s probably just me, but I seemed to miss the hook in the book as I couldn’t quite work out what William and Clare were trying to achieve. Well, I understood that they were trying to patch up their relationship, but as both of them seemed to make decisions which made that patching up incredibly slow, I had to have more of an open mind to try to understand why William took the route that he did.

Maybe it’s because a lot of the storyline was written from the characters sub conscience as opposed to mainly communication between them both, I don’t know, but even though my mind took a  while to work out the storyline, there was still a part of me that ended up being swept up in the moment of ‘what ifs’, ‘could be’s’ and true love.

Helen Cullen is an exceptionally talented author who, even though I struggled to understand the novel, still allowed me to grasp the emotions of the characters with her enchanting and delightful way of writing. Yes, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ is a completely different style of book that I would usually read, I am so pleased that I was able to get to know William, Clare, and the writers of such tender letters. Unique, emotive, and highly enchanting, understand it or not, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will get under your skin.

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksBooks) @arrowpublishing


It isn’t often that I agree with publicity tag lines for books, but I am 100% agreeing with this one! I could NOT put it down! I am so, so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks, ahead of publication of the hardback on the 26th July (e-book is available now, with the paperback to follow in 2019). Huge thanks, as always, to Rachel Kennedy and the team at ArrowPublishing, for asking me to be involved in the tour and for the ARC of the book. Here is my review, I hope I do the book justice!


Charlotte is looking after her best friend’s daughter the day she disappears. She thought the little girl was playing with her own children. She swears she only took her eyes off them for a second.

Now, Charlotte must do the unthinkable: tell her best friend Harriet that her only child is missing. The child she was meant to be watching.

Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
Only now she needs to. Because two weeks later Harriet and Charlotte are both being questioned separately by the police. And secrets are about to surface.

Someone is hiding the truth about what really happened to Alice.

What does TWG think?

Helloooooooo biggest book hangover of the year! I finished reading #NowYouSeeHer in the early hours of Sunday morning, and since then I have tried (and failed) to get into several books because I am suffering with not only my biggest book hangover of the year, but my biggest book hangover EVER! I mean, come on, have you read this book yet? You must rectify that pronto as ooooohhhhhh my goodness me, what a phenomenal, hair-raising, spine tingling, and energetic read this is. I probably shouldn’t be saying this given the theme of the book, but I fluffing loved it! Obviously I didn’t love the theme, because that would be weird, BUT, I thought the way that Heidi Perks delivered it in her storyline was mind-blowing.

‘Now You See Her’ switches between the past and the present, and between the two main characters, Charlotte and Harriet. For the first time ever, Harriet is leaving her daughter with another person, so she asks her only friend, Charlotte, to babysit Alice alongside her own children. Simple enough, right? Wrong. One minute Alice was there, and then the next moment she was……nowhere to be seen. With guilt eating away at Charlotte from the inside out, she struggles to comprehend what has happened, especially when Alice’s disappearance hits the news and Charlotte finds herself in the firing line. Understandable, right? I mean, you asked your best friend to babysit your daughter, hoping that they would look after her and return her safely at the arranged time. Therefore, you would expect that to happen, you wouldn’t expect to be told that your daughter was now missing. Well, I wouldn’t.

Obviously, the police get involved and Charlotte finds herself growing accustom to the decor in the local police station as they try to get to the bottom of Alice’s disappearance. However, due to Charlotte being unable to give the police the answers they require, will it mean that her cards are now marked?

With the publicity of ‘Now You See Her’, the publishers have hashtags with #TeamCharlotte and #TeamHarriet on them, but to be perfectly honest, I still can’t say which team I am on! Can’t I say that I am on #TeamCharriet? There is so much to this storyline aside from the missing child. I would love to be able to go into detail, but I can’t due to spoilers. I just want to talk about this book!!!! Someone? Anyone?!

Just like most psychological thrillers/crime/suspense novels I read, I attempt to work out whodunnit before I reach the end of the book. Let’s just say that I won’t be making Detective anytime soon! Although, giving myself a teeny bit of credit, I was pretty adamant that I had the culprit by halfway through this book, but I quickly found myself questioning my own decision the more the storyline progressed. Heidi Perks is an exceptional writer – not only has she written about the lives of multiple characters, she has written them in such a way that makes the reader question every conceivable thing. The weird thing about that though, is the fact that the words are written just like any other book, in black and white. Perks may have just been describing the events of what happened the day Alice went missing, yet there was definitely more to those words that meets the eye.

‘Now You See Her’ is a very, very cleverly written novel which had me on high alert from the first page, until the very last. I am utterly flabbergasted by the strength behind the authors words, and how my mind was able to convey them due to the snippets of doubt which Heidi Perks laced her words with. At the very beginning, my mind was strong and things made perfect sense. But, by the time I had reached the end of the book, I was unable to trust anything. Hell, I didn’t even believe it when the clock said that it was 1.45am!

I am envious of every reader who gets to read ‘Now You See Her’ for the very first time – you are in for an absolute treat! Heidi Perks has written a truly phenomenal book and I, hand on heart, cannot find fault with a single thing. My first thought as I finished this book, was ‘one of the best books I have ever read’, but now, I have to say that that has changed now that I have had the time to digest Perks’ outstanding talent. ‘Now You See Her’ is my most favourite book of all time, my most favourite book of 2018, and Heidi Perks has very quickly become one of my all time favourite authors. This is a book to lose yourself in, and Heidi Perks should be incredibly proud of what she has achieved! I know I am, and I didn’t even write it! I cannot WAIT to read more from this author, that’s for sure, even if she has set the bar incredibly high!

Highly recommended, ‘Now You See Her’ is THE book to read without any disturbance, and Heidi Perks is definitely THE author to watch in the future. Bloomin’ brilliant!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (@GillianMAuthor) @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90

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Happy e-book publication day to, Gillian McAllister, and the absolutely fabulous, ‘No Further Questions’. Big thank you to MichaelJBooks and Jenny Platt for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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The stunning new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth and Anything You Do Say

The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.

She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.

What does TWG think?

Holllllyyyyyyyy schmollllyyyyy!!!!! I’m just going to lay my cards on the table now and admit this one, teeny tiny detail; my review won’t do this book justice in the slightest. I know, I know – I wish it would do but I truly believe that there aren’t enough positive words to describe just how mind-blowingly fabulous ‘No Further Questions’ is.

This goosebump inducing novel tells the story of two sisters and their chalk and cheese lifestyles. On the outside, one sister has the ‘perfect life’ in every way possible, yet on the inside it couldn’t be further from the truth. Yet for the other sister, on the outside she is seen to be unpolished and absent-minded, whereas she is holding onto feelings that might just cost her everything in her life that she has ever loved. One day, family relationships are tested when the sisters go head to head to find out the truth about the night where lives were changed for ever. Never mind ‘No Further Questions’, if you’re anything like me, the questions will just keep on coming…

I know of people who have cried whilst reading this book – I didn’t. Instead my body broke into two and I felt bereft by the events my eyes were digesting. My eyes may not have actually leaked tears, but my body felt the emotion in other ways. I couldn’t stop shaking. I couldn’t move, and my mind refused to think logically. All I knew at that moment was that I had to find out the truth, even if I had no idea who to believe. How can you believe anyone that seems to be a wolf in sheep clothing?

I’ll be honest (when am I not?). I was a nervous wreck whilst reading ‘No Further Questions’. The setting of the book added to that anxious feeling as everything felt incredibly real – it was as though I was sitting where the public sits, watching everyone’s lives be pulled apart by experts in the field. I even began questioning the other sister’s actions, even though she wasn’t the one in the spotlight. Hell, if someone had said out loud to me that my name is Kaisha, I would have looked at them like they had two heads, being all ‘ERRRRRRRRRR WHA?!’, even though that is my name.

Gillian McAllister is fantastic at drip feeding her readers information which left me wanting more after every chapter, with the only option being to read more of the book. I couldn’t believe how flawless the storyline moulded between characters and timeframes, raising the level of suspense higher and higher with every character change.

‘No Further Questions’ is hands done, one of the best thrillers I think I have ever read. As far as I am concerned, the author nailed the suspense elements, especially as there were times where I felt as though I was being drenched in freezing cold water. I can only assume that that was to do with the shock factors that took over the novel from the very start! I’m certainly not complaining though, that’s for sure!

What an outstanding, gripping and chilling novel, ‘No Further Questions’ is. I am in awe at Gillian McAllister’s FANTASTIC story telling. I have a feeling that a binge buy of her previous novels is going to be happening pretty soon. Hellloooooo new favourite author!!

Cracking, cracking read!

Buy the e-book now from Amazon
(Paperback will follow in October)

#BlogTour! Who fancies a Ruth Ware style #giveaway?! Look no further! (@RuthWareWriter) @VintageBooks

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To celebrate the imminent release of Ruth Ware’s upcoming novel, ‘The Death of Mrs Westaway’, I have a belter of a giveaway for you guys!

‘The Death of Mrs Westaway’ is on my forever growing TBR, so I hope I manage to grab a copy and get to it ASAP. However, in the meantime, if you fancy getting your hands on a SIGNED copy of ‘The Death of Mrs Westaway’, as well as a signed set of tarot cards, all you need to do is……

Wait…

As I’ll tell you how to enter the giveaway after I give you a bit more information about the book ;).

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‘The Death of Mrs Westaway is Ruth Ware’s best: a dark and dramatic thriller, part murder mystery, part family drama, altogether riveting’ AJ FINN, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

There’s just one problem – Hal’s real grandparents died more than twenty years ago. The letter has been sent to the wrong person. But Hal knows that the cold-reading techniques she’s honed as a seaside fortune teller could help her con her way to getting the money. If anyone has the skills to turn up at a stranger’s funeral and claim a bequest they’re not entitled to, it’s her.

Hal makes a choice that will change her life for ever. But once she embarks on her deception, there is no going back. She must keep going or risk losing everything, even her life…

The brand new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.

‘The Death of Mrs Westaway’ is set to be released on the 28th June, and you can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon!

Where was i….?

Oh yes, the giveaway!

If you fancy getting your hands on a signed copy of Ruth Ware’s novel AND signed set of tarot cards, all you need to do is RT the PINNED tweet over on my twitter HERE, and then follow me. Good luck!

Note: Make sure you do both otherwise it won’t be counted. Also, RT’s of other RT’s of my tweet will not be counted either, so please make sure that it is the PINNED tweet at the top of my profile! The giveaway closes on publication day, 28th June, at MIDNIGHT. Any RT’s after that time will not be counted. The winner will be tagged on Twitter once the giveaway has ended, where the winner will be asked to provide an address for their prize as well as permission for the address to be passed onto the publisher as the prize will come from them. Any address given will not be used for anything other than the Ruth Ware giveaway, only being given to the publisher with your permission. This giveaway is hosted by me, TWG, yet I have no control on the timeframe for the prize.

#BlogTour! #Review – #AloneTime by Stephanie Rosenbloom (@Stephronyt) @TransworldBooks @HJ_Barnes #SoloTraveler

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I am delighted to be hosting the second (and final) blog post for the Paris portion of the blog tour for Stephanie Rosenbloom’s ‘Alone Time’! Huge thanks to Transworld Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Make sure you check out tomorrow’s stop on the tour as their focus is on Istanbul!

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Travelling with friends and family is usually thought of as a privilege. In theory, anyway. In practice, it’s more often about debating which sights to see, panicking over diminishing phone batteries and bickering over what to eat. Not much joy in that. But alone you can do as you please. You can wander markets, relish silence, go to a park. Go to Paris. Why not?

In Alone Time, New York Times travel columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom travels alone in four seasons to four remarkable cities – Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York – exploring the sensory experience of solitude. Along the way she illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time, revealing that whether you recognize it or not, it’s good to be alone now and then.

This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time lays bare the magic of going solo.

What does TWG think?

Four different cities, four different seasons, and one solo traveller. Is travelling alone considered brave, or a disaster waiting to happen? Personally, I think it’s a brave thing to do. I have never been to any of the four cities mentioned in this book (booooo) and, whilst I would take someone’s arm off to do so, I would poop my pants if I had to travel out of country, all on my own. Stephanie Rosenbloom however, decided to embark on a solo travel to various parts of the world, highlighting the importance of ‘Alone Time’. So yes, I do think that she is brave because being ‘alone’ has always been considered as a negative thing. A lot of people dislike spending time on their own. A lot of people feel happier when they’re surrounded by a lot of people. Me? I’m used to being on my own, but that doesn’t mean that I am brave enough to travel to a foreign country on my own!

As I said above, people consider being on their own as a negative thing, so when someone is out and about in a restaurant grabbing dinner by themselves, people look at them like they have two heads. Why do people think its weird if someone eats out alone? Should we make people feel bad for grabbing their spaghetti carbonara in an Italian restaurant on their lonesome? No, we shouldn’t. I love the fact that Rosenbloom sticks two fingers up (in the most politest way) to the belief that dining out alone isn’t right. She proves that its right! She’s gone and done it in four different cities! Although saying that, maybe their outlooks are different compared to ours?

I enjoyed the premise of ‘Alone Time’, and I thought that it was rather interesting following Stephanie’s journey of self discovery as it gave me a lot of food for thought, making me view things in a completely different manner. I do appreciate that this is a memoir, but I found that the addition of the quotes took me away from Stephanie’s personal experience. Even though ‘Alone Time’ is an honest account, part of me thinks that it could have gone a little bit deeper in terms of Stephanie’s personality.

‘Alone Time’ is an enlightening, thought-provoking read that will give you the kick up the backside to go and do something on your own, that you wouldn’t normally do. It’s about time that someone took the negativity away from being alone, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than this. Job well done, Stephanie!

‘Alone Time’ will be published on the 14th June, but it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

What a difference, a day makes – or in this case, the month of May! #MonthlyRoundUp #TopBook (@NoelleHarrison @bwpublishing)

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It isn’t often that I do a monthly roundup, purely because I often forget. However, I felt the urge to do one for the month of May because I feel that I have to speak out about a few things, and what better way to do it than in a roundup post! #KillTwoBirdsWithOneStone

So, what happened in May?

The highlights!

– TWG was involved in 52 blog tours, the highest amount of blog tours in one month, ever!
– I met up with author, Mary-Jayne Baker, in Edinburgh for bookish chat.
– My TWG Facebook page  hit 1602 likes!
– I went over 5000 followers on Twitter, despite starting with around 100 or so when I started blogging two years ago.
– I found myself being quoted yet another book cover (thanks Bookouture!), as well as being quoted on Amazon itself!
– I received so many wonderful proof copies through the post, as well as being approved for other many awesome books on Netgalley. Big thank you to the publishers/publicists who have either sent me books or approved me. You’re all amazing!
– I have had many wonderful bookish chats with my fellow book buddies on social media – love you all!

There have been, I’m sure, many other highlights but it is quite difficult to remember them all when you make yourself do so! Like most things, there is always a downside:

The Lowlights.

May was the month where I was trolled on social media not once, but twice in the matter of one week. Now, despite being told that other people have had similar and just to ignore, for me that isn’t easy and I’ll tell you why. From the age of five, I was horrifically bullied, tormented for the hair on my arms to how I spoke, being pushed into brick walls to then having a metal sellotape holder slammed down on my knuckles. I was even told that I was fat day in, day out, where I ended up battling with anorexia and bulimia. Whilst I would love to say that the bullied ended quickly, it didn’t. For some, comments on social media are like water off a ducks back. But for me, when they come across as personal attacks, similar circumstances or not, I find them to be a trigger. It isn’t nice because it then sets off my mental health which in turn sets off my chronic illnesses. Thankfully I have drawn a line under that, but I just wanted to speak about that.

Another lowlight in May involved the entire blogging community and the idea of ‘paid reviews’. I won’t get into it again, but I am sick and tired of hard working bloggers getting thrown under the bus by people who can waltz in without giving a damn about integrity or hard work. I don’t charge for my book reviews, and I don’t intend on doing so. I review because I love books and because I feel that I am forever in authors debts for writing books which allow me to escape my daily hell. And yes, it is often hell.

Again, another one which involved the entire book blogging community was when it became known that someone was selling ARCs/proof copies on Ebay. The fact that it says somewhere on the proof ‘not to be resold or used for quotation’, is neither here nor there…..clearly. Seriously, receiving proof copies from publishers/publicists is an honour and I feel privileged to be able to receive some amazing books through my letter box. Would I then go on to sell them on Ebay? Like fuck would I. Respect is earned, not given. Respect isn’t an entitlement, it’s a privilege.

The following lowlight is a personal one for me and one which I have ummed and ahhed about saying. Those who know me personally, or those who have read my previous posts, will know that I am rather lacking in the ‘healthy’ area, with illnesses such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, joint hypermobility syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, IBS, anxiety and depression, under my belt. It’s bad enough dealing with all of that, but now, after years of battling with doctors who told me it was ‘all in my head’ and being looked at like I had two heads, I am now being treated for CFS otherwise known as ME. I was also put on a new medication, one which isn’t going to become my bestie anytime soon that’s for sure (amitriptyline). Coming to terms with yet another illness at the ripe ‘old’ age of 28 is heart-breaking, and once again I’m left feeling like I am grieving a part of me now gone. Although to be fair, I’m surprised that there is anything left of ‘me’ to grieve but y’know! I want to say a personal thank you to a person who has been checking in with my every few days despite going through their own issues, and that big thank you is for Abbie Rutherford – your friendship means a lot to me, thank you for being there for me <3.

Enough of the lowlights, lets talk books!

With 52 blog tours in one month, I got through quite a lot of books in May such as:

#Review – The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton (@bookish_yogi) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – What Holly’s Husband Did by Debbie Viggiano (@DebbieViggiano) @Bookouture

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Lead Me Home by CS Savage (@sarahsavage26) @BloodhoundBook

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @RaRaResources @HarperImpulse

#BlogTour! #Review – #SunshineandSweetPeas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain (@Heidi_Swain) @simonschusteruk

& many, many more.

It is such an honour to be involved in the blog tours/blog blitzes for incredible books, so thank you to the publishers who invite me to take part!

If I did have to choose just one book from May, it would have to be ‘The Gravity of Love’ by Noelle Harrison. That book blew my mind like nothing before, plus I managed to make the author AND the publishing team cry with my review. I loved everything about the book and everything it stood for, and I am sure that you will too. In case you missed my review the first time round, you can read it again here:

#BlogTour! #Review – The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison (@NoelleHarrison) @bwpublishing

The Writing Garnet is going from strength to strength and I can only thank you all for supporting me along my journey, sharing my blog posts/tweets, inviting me on tours, and involving me in a community that sometimes I don’t feel worthy enough to be in. It is such a joy to be able to share my love of books with you all, so thank you <3.

What’s coming up in June?

As it stands, I have 40 blog tours in my diary for this month already. I expect that to go up when I realise that I have included all of the tours by forgetting to write some of them down (it happens, but I do post them on time!). We are on the 5th June and I will have taken part in 11 blog tours by the end of today. Insane, but amazing. I don’t have many other bookish plans for June at the moment, well, apart from the usual, but I am looking forward to reading some fabulous books!

Lots of love and books,

TWG x

#BlogTour! #Review – #OMGWACA by Sarah Breen (@SarahJaybee) & Emer McLySaght (@EmerTheScreamer) @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90

Complete Aisling Blog Tour
I am delighted to be hosting today’s stop on the ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’ blog tour! Big thank you to Jenny Platt from Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling
Ever been a small town girl trying to make a life in the big city?

Meet twenty-something Aisling – that’s pronounced Ashling – she can barely boil an egg let alone figure out what night bus to catch home.

But she’s got a job in the big city, a flat and a boyfriend. She has an umbrella for rainy days, an electric blanket for cold nights and keeps her kitten heels firmly on the ground.

Until the day she accidentally ditches her only slightly useless boyfriend John. And finds herself in a spot of bother at work.

Is it time to pack up and go back to the sticks?
Or can Aisling fix the mess she’s made?
What’s a Complete Aisling to do?

What does TWG think?

Before I got asked to read ‘Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling’, I had seen the cover of this book all over social media, with many people tweeting such positive things about the story. Honestly? Whilst the title intrigued me, I couldn’t help but wonder if the book had been hyped up. Would it live up to said hype? Thankfully I was given the chance to find out. Of course I hoped that I would find it as fabulous as other people had, I mean, who wouldn’t want that?

Keeping an open mind, I began to read the book. Personally, I found that the first few chapters were rather slow, which meant that it took me a little while to get into the storyline and enjoy it for what it is, rather than perceiving it as a story about a woman who was incredibly particular about the minor details in life, whilst also getting her wrists slapped by her ‘Mammy’.

I couldn’t have been more overjoyed when the storyline started to pick up, becoming more gritty and addictive the more of the story I read. Aisling became a lot more likeable and a lot more relatable, the more I found out about her, but she just didn’t seem to fit the age bracket that the authors had given her. The way she acted came across rather immature for a late twenty-something woman. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a similar age and there are times I still come across as immature, but seeing as the storyline had more of a mature outlook on life and certain situations, Aisling’s immaturity became more prominent. I have to say though, she was quite funny and I had warmed to her by the end of the book, I’m not gonna lie!

Set in Ireland and written by Irish authors, the story is full of Irish phrases, sayings, places and goodness what else. If you’re not Irish, you might find all of the sayings a little bewildering at first! I loved how the authors have written a story so true to their roots – it was so refreshing to read a book with Irish expressions in it, as opposed to being written by an Irish but having no Irish similarities in the writing.

Hand on heart, even though it did take me a little while to get into the storyline, I did end up thoroughly enjoying this book. It is utterly bonkers, and the characters are utterly bonkers, yet it just works. The storyline, however, isn’t just full of hilarity, it also has a few heartwarming and serious situations mixed in for good measure. I say ‘good measure’, they weren’t good as they were quite sad to read, but it weirdly added a good depth to the storyline and allowed me to see Aisling in a completely different light.

I am so happy that I got the chance to delve into the world of Aisling and the ‘Aisling’s’, a phrase which I had never heard until reading this book (I’m so tempted to try to use it in everyday life!), as it was such a unique book to read which demanded my attention in such a memorable and hilarious manner.

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. This book is so bonkers, it’s brilliant. Such a fun, modern and unique read which I will be remembering for a long while to come.

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