Adventure

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Review; I have loved all of this authors books so far and this did not disappoint. The start had me laughing out loud, but then comes the death of Elsas grandmother and brings with it a huge adventure ahead full of stories.

Elsa was very close to her grandmother and after her death she has to send letters from her grandma to others. Elsas grandma use to tell her lots of stories and these soon turn into reality and everything soon becomes clear. Everything changes throughout. Her friendships. The stories. The adventure. I loved it. Really enjoyed it. Underneath theres a clever meaning to it all left by her grandmother. Beautiful. Clever how her grandma still managed to do all that even after death.

I loved little Elsas character and how she managed to solve and change everything. Amazing. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

D.O.G.S. – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . .

My Review; Finally got around to reading this, book two in the S.T.A.G.S series and I seriously hope there is more to come. Please. I need more. S.T.A.G.S I read last year was brilliant and made my top twenty of 2019 and this was just as good!

We see the same characters from the first book with some new comers but this year it’s all focused on a play called The Isle of Dogs. Which apparantly all the scripts got destroyed… Well except one… The one Greer has been given. She decides to perform the play for her A level but things soon start to become wierd and familiar. Linking past to the present. This is more than just a play…

After book one (S.T.A.G.S) she could never imagine she would end up back at Longcross but that is exactly where she ends up. Back where everything began. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a brilliant sequel to S.T.A.G.S. A must read. I really enjoyed it. The ending messed with my head a little and ended on a major cliffhanger… I need answers. I need more.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Brilliant. Perfect for mystery and young adult readers. Would make a brilliant tv series or film.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

Sleep – C.L. Taylor ★★★★★

Blurb; All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…

To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…

My Review; I have loved and enjoyed every single book by this author so far, she never disappoints me. I literally devoured this in two days. It’s one of those books you don’t want to put down. It also has you guessing and trying to figure out who the killer is… I failed… Never saw that coming in a million years. Jaw dropper. Shocking.

Sleep is a page turner of a read. Brilliantly written and contains short chapters. The story is told through the different characters, but the main character is Anna. Now I really felt sorry for Anna. It all began with a car accident and she hasn’t had a break from life since then… Poor thing. She needed a break and time away. Cue her going to Rum a scottish island. But even then she didn’t get away…

A must read from me. Thrilling. Tense. Full of suspense. Edge of your seat read. I even think this may be going into my top twenty of 2020 and we are still in January! It’s brilliant. You will love it. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I’m looking forward to reading Callys new book Strangers due out this year.

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