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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Bestsellers · Music · mystery

Run Rose Run – James Patterson & Dolly Parton ★★★★★

Blurb; From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer/songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story.
She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past.

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 most beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.

My Review; Ofcourse we’ve all been awaiting this one haven’t we and if you didn’t know about it… Where have you been? I got this release day and finished it the day after. Well and truelly devoured it. I don’t think my words or review will do this book the amount of justice it deserves but I will try. Let’s just say this is my book of the year. The cover is stunning, the whole story is amazing from the first page till the last and two brilliant authors, beautifully co-written.

I haven’t had chance to listen to the album yet but this really is a must buy, a must read. I’ve been shouting about it to everyone. A starting from the bottom story and reaching the top with challenges and hidden secrets emerging along the way. It is a work of fiction but parts had me relating characters to bits of Dolly herself. The songs within are beautiful too and the ending is utterly perfect.

I do not have one bad thing to say about it. I devoured it but I didn’t want to. I miss it. I can see it being turned into a future film (I can only hope). This is a huge 2022 book and bestseller and I can highly recommend it. A well deserved five stars from me. Going into my top ten reads of the year and its my book of the year already. Amazing. This is going to be hard to forget and will stay in my heart for a long time.

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