chick-lit · Comedy

*BLOG TOUR* The Mummy Bloggers – Holly Wainwright ★★★★

Blurb; Sometimes life behind the screen is not as rosy as it seems…

Meet three Mummy Bloggers – each of them followed, idolised, imitated, taunted and trolled online.

Elle Campbell is a glossy, lycra-clad mum with washboard abs, a ten-year plan and a secret past. Abi Black has quit sugar, moved to the country and is homeschooling her kids. Leisel Adams slogs away at her office job each day before rushing home, steeped in guilt, to spend precious moments with her kids before bedtime.

When all three women are nominated for a prestigious blogging award with a hefty cash prize, the scene is set for a brutal and often hilarious battle for hearts, minds-and clicks. As the awards night gets closer, their lies get bigger, their stunts get crazier – and some mistakes from the past become harder and harder to hide.

The Mummy Bloggers is a frank and funny look at the perils and perks of life online.

My Review; This was a first for me as I haven’t read any books similar to this before that focus on motherhood specifically even though I am a mother myself. I thought I was going in expecting to relate to a lot of things… However, what a big load of lies some of those mummy bloggers post about. For example, the perfect life, work, healthy eating, outfits, paid help and spotless houses. UMMM. That’s not motherhood that is a lie.

Don’t get me wrong that’s what the book is about how mums represent their ‘perfect’ life online when the reality is much different. Parts had me laughing out loud and parts made me angry. Given time I thought some of those mothers cared more about their blog than their kids. It is a brilliantly written story though and eye opening if you think about it. Differently from what I usually read.

I awarded The Mummy Bloggers four stars and would highly recommend. I want to know your opinions on this one. All mothers are different but shouldn’t we all be supporting each other?

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Historical fiction

*BLOG TOUR* The Serpent’s Mark – S.W. Perry ★★★★★

Blurb; Treason sleeps for no man…

London, 1591. Nicholas Shelby, physician and reluctant spy, returns to his old haunts on London’s lawless Bankside. But, when the queen’s spymaster Robert Cecil asks him to investigate the dubious practices of a mysterious doctor from Switzerland, Nicholas is soon embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not just the life of an innocent young patient, but the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth herself.

With fellow healer and mistress of the Jackdaw tavern, Bianca Merton, again at his side, Nicholas is drawn into a dangerous world of zealots, charlatans and fanatics. As their own lives become increasingly at risk, they find themselves confronting the greatest treason of all: the spectre of a bloody war between the faiths…

My Review; I am honoured to be kicking this blog tour off! I have been so looking forward to reading this one after loving book one (The Angel’s Mark). These are best read in order as this book does relate back to book one in detail at parts throughout.

Yet again S.W. Perry has given us anothor belter and page turner of a book to read. Brilliant! I expected no less. The Serpent’s Mark brings us back to some familiar characters and places from book one. I felt so sorry for Tanners character! I still love Bianca’s and Nicholas’s characters, they’re the perfect duo. Towards the end it becomes a race against time… Gripping. Suspense filled.

I awarded a well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Brilliantly written. I cannot wait to see what comes next! Exciting.

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fantasy · Young adult

The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw ★★★★★

Blurb; Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

My Review; Oh My Gosh! I absolutely loved and enjoyed every second of this story. It is an easy to read, fast paced story which you won’t want to put down. A real page turner. I adored Penny and Bo’s characters they were so cute together.

The setting is perfect, a cute little town in the middle of nowhere. But will the curse of the three sisters ever end? The ending was sooo sad and broke me! The Wicked Deep is a brilliantly written story I don’t think I will ever forget and the cover is just beautiful.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I cannot wait for Winterwood to come out later this year now. The perfect read for young adult and low fantasy readers.

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