mystery · suspense · thriller

The Girl in the Castle – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★★

Blurb: Beloved #1 bestselling authors James Patterson and Emily Raymond deliver a thrilling novel about a teen caught between two worlds and the truths that could set her free—or trap her forever.

My name is Hannah Dory and I need you to believe me

NOW: Hannah is brought to Belman Psych, told she is suffering from hallucinations and delusions. Hannah knows the truth: she must return to the past and save her sister. Could Jordan, the abnormal psych student who seems to truly care, be the answer she’s looking for?

1347: Hannah and her village are starving to death in a brutal winter. Hannah seeks out food and salvation in the baron’s castle. If she is caught stealing, she will surely hang. But if she and her friends succeed, she’ll save everyone she holds dear.

NOW: Jordan isn’t sure what to believe, and Hannah has even bigger problems: if she doesn’t make it back, her sister will die, but if she keeps going back, she might never escape.

My Review; As you should all know by now James Patterson is one of my favourite authors. I love his writing style and short chapters but all his stories (I can’t keep up) have been brilliant so far. This was no exception. Devoured this in just over a day. Brilliant captivating read that I didn’t want to put down. I needed answers I wanted to know the whole outcome and the ending. Set on a psych unit my character Hannah is stuck between the real world and a world she travels too in the past that seems very real to her (Note the psych ward bit). Brilliant. flicks between both worlds and give a great look into life on a psych ward. Will anyone be able to crack Hannahs case? I really felt for her I did. I was hooked. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. One that will be hard to forget.

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Adventure · romance · Young adult

First Love – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★

Blurb; An extraordinary portrait of true love that will move anyone who has a first love story of their own. Axi Moore is a “good girl”: She studies hard, stays out of the spotlight, and doesn’t tell anyone how all she really wants is to run away from it all. The only person she can tell is her best friend, Robinson–who she also happens to be madly in love with.

When Axi spontaneously invites Robinson to come with her on an impulsive cross-country road trip, she breaks the rules for the first time in her life. But the adventure quickly turns from carefree to out of control after the teens find themselves on the run from the police. And when Robinson suddenly collapses, Axi has to face the truth that this trip might be his last.

A remarkably moving tale very personal to James Patterson’s own past, FIRST LOVE is testament to the power of first love–and how it can change the rest of your life.

My Review; As many of you know I love anything James Patterson. This is an adorable story of falling in love with your best friend. After they run away together and set out on an adventure to the unknown, no destination, no plans just to leave their town you can slowly see these two characters fall in love while causing chaos along the way. From stealing cars. Evading the cops. To running away from a hospital. To accidents. This story has it all. The old paperback has no illustrations but the ebook included the odd illustration. An easy read. The ending was sad, upsetting the whole story before the end just started to make sense and piece it all together. Tissues may be needed it made me tear up anyway. Perfect read for readers who enjoyed the fault in our stars. Emotional. Beautiful. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · War · Young adult

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★★

Blurb; A princess who has lost her mother and father finds herself in a terrifying world that urgently needs a queen.

Sophia is smart, beautiful, and accomplished, a beloved princess devoted to the people and to reading books. The kingdom is hers, until she is plunged into a nightmarish realm populated by the awful beasts she read about as a child.

The beasts are real. And so is the great army marching on her castle. The people look to Sophia for protection. They will all perish unless she can unlock an ancient secret as profound as life and death itself.

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts is a fabulous adventure, and a stunning mystery. Here again is proof of why James Patterson is the world’s most trusted storyteller.

My Review; Another one from my library pile and one of my favourite authors. This was absolutely amazing. I really fell in love with this story. It set my imagination on fire and I was sucked into this fantasy world. The cover is also beautiful and eye catching so bonus points there.

The level of description within this story is amazing especially for all the mythical beasts and people. I loved Sophia’s character. She’s brave, strong, determined and not afraid. She’s a powerful character. I loved the whole adventure with her. I would describe it as a YA, fantasy and adventure. It’s brilliant.

I would highly recommend to you all. A well deserved five stars from me. I felt sad that it ended! This is going straight into my top twenty reads of the year, it’s going to be a hard one to forget! Amazing.

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