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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*BLOG TOUR* Asylum – Marcus Low ★★★★

Blurb; Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.

And then there’s an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence?

My Review; So this is a first for me reading the dystopian genre. I absolutely loved it. An easy, short read which I could easily have devoured in one sitting. It is told through Barrys journals while he is in a quarantine camp.

At first I thought well surely much can’t be happing being stuck in there… I was wrong. I felt sorry for Barry and the gentlemen within the camp however, there was friendship, hope and a little love within those walls. They just wanted freedom, a life and adventure which they eventually got but at a price. The ending broke me…

A beautifully written story. Glad I got the chance to read it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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drama · mystery · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore – Kim Fu ★★★★

Blurb; A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.

My Review; I love the cover of this one. The centre point of this story is that all five girls attended camp forevermore. The story then flicks back to an event which happened at camp forevermore throughout, but the rest of the story is the individual stories of the five girls lives since the camp…

Each section is clearly set out so there should be no confusion for the reader. You really get to know these five girls in depth through each section of their own story but also as a team together at camp forevermore. The poor girls went through a lot at camp forevermore together. It is a good story which I easily devoured and enjoyed but have to say the ending felt too sudden for me, like it just stopped. End. Done. But other than than a well written story.

I was beside the girls the whole time at camp forevermore, it musn’t have been easy for them all. I awarded four stars and would recommend this story to you all. A bit of adventure, drama, mystery and suspense all in one.

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