Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on. Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions. With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.

Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.

But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Purchase Link

https://amzn.to/3hcHcv8

MY REVIEW

First of all I have to say how much I loved this book! The fact that there was a little bit of everything from new beginnings to second chances made that so very easy. That’s without adding in the wonderful themes of family and of course love that is right at its heart. For me the emotional thread that ran throughout also gave this book so much depth. In no time at all I had come to care about the characters and their various situations. Along with hoping they would find happiness.

Even though I was sad to leave Laurie and Jake in book one, Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point. I have to admit I couldn’t wait to read Nerissa’s story. Although luckily Sarah Bennett did a wonderful job of keeping the warm and loveable family connection running throughout this book too. Even though this is book two in the Mermaids Point series, I thought it completely worked as a standalone. However if you do get chance why not start with book one because it really is a gorgeous story and I wouldn’t want you to miss out!

What can I say about the characters?! Well they definitely pulled at my heartstrings. The heartfelt moments were expertly woven into the story as the characters came to terms with grief, family situations and life in general. The romance itself played out in a way that completely captured my attention. There was an almost gentle feel to it and I thought that this fit the characters personalities perfectly. Nerissa is a character that I easily connected with and if I’m honest I think I fell for Tom a little myself. I couldn’t help but root for this pair. Along with getting caught up in the warm and sweet feel of their connection. It was just like being wrapped up in an inviting and comforting hug.

For me this series has such a magical and heartwarming feel to it. With the characters and the setting of Mermaids Point making it extra special. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series! It’s safe to say that Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point charmed me from first page to last!

Author Bio

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

Social Media Links

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Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sarahlbennettauthor/

Newsletter Sign Up Link http://bit.ly/SarahBennettNewsletter

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sarah-bennett-b4a48ebb-a5c3-4c39-b59a-09aa91dc7cfa

Red Velvet by Carla Luna @casacullen @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Red Velvet by Carla Luna and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Faking it has never been so much fun…

In her ultra-competitive family, April Beckett is used to taking last place. For years, she’s put up with jabs about her modest job and her pathetic love life. Especially after she tried to impress her older sisters with a fake boyfriend in college and failed miserably. But now she has a smoking-hot date for her brother’s wedding, guaranteed to wow them.

Until he bails. Cue total desperation.

Without April’s friendship, Brody Blackwood wouldn’t have survived his last breakup. So, if she needs a plus-one for a family wedding, he’s all in. Even if it means pretending to be her boyfriend. And committing to six days of activities at a wooded resort in Wisconsin. But how hard could a relaxing getaway with your best friend be?

Too bad there’s a grueling 10K race and a cutthroat trivia night to endure. Not to mention a massive secret to protect. But will the biggest secret of all turn out to be that this fake relationship feels more real than April or Brody ever imagined?

Purchase Links

Website: https://www.carlalunabooks.com/red-velvet

Books2Read Link: https://books2read.com/u/m0KQrW

MY REVIEW

In Red Velvet we meet April who desperately needs a plus-one for a family wedding. After April’s current relationship ends it’s safe to say that she’s completely stuck. That is until her good friend Brody steps in and offers to help. What follows is a fun and romantic friends to lovers story.

Throughout Red Velvet there was a little bit of everything to entertain. From family drama, loveable characters and of course romance. I enjoyed getting to know both April and Brody. They already had a lovely friendship then add in the close proximity and sparks began to fly. April was a really likeable character although I did wish she could have stood up for herself more on certain occasions. Although this definitely combined to create a few drama filled moments within the story. In fact Brody made for a great hero just for staying and dealing with April’s family. It was so sweet to see the way he cared about April. They easily made me smile with their many wonderful interactions.

Red Velvet is book two in a series but it worked perfectly well as a standalone. The plot moves at a lovely pace and kept my attention completely. It really was the ideal book to curl up with especially now the weather is changing as we head into autumn. There is such a wonderful, cosy and heartwarming feel that increased with every page. Red Velvet was fun, sweet and romantic!

Author Bio

Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.

Social Media Links

Website: www.carlalunabooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/casacullen

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaLunaAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlalunacullen/

Fantastic Fin Faces His Fears by Jessica Bowers @bowerswellbeing @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Fantastic Fin Faces His Fears by Jessica Bowers and sharing my review today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Come and join Fantastic Fin as he grows his courage by embodying various inspiring characters and animals to face his fears!

Teachers, Parents and Carers can access the free Fantastic Fin Teaching Resource Pack available from the author’s website.

This is the first book in a series supporting children’s mental health by well-being author and psychotherapist Jessica Bowers. Ideal for children age 4-7.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fantastic-Fin-Faces-His-Fears/dp/1527298868/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Fin-Faces-His-Fears/dp/1527298868/

MY REVIEW

The lovely rhyming style throughout made this book a real pleasure to read. I sat down with my two children to read this book and they both enjoyed finding out the different ways that Fin overcame his fears. I thought it was lovely the way Fin gained courage using his imagination and creativity. The vocabulary used throughout was also easy to understand and perfect for my six year old and eight year old.

Fantastic Fin Faces His Fears has a little bit of everything from dinosaurs to spies and even a superhero. This definitely helped to give the story an even more engaging feel. I thought this worked brilliantly at portraying a fun and different way children can take steps to gain courage in facing their fears. This book was also great at using various everyday situations to highlight common fears and how Fin then used his imagination to overcome them.

At the end of Fantastic Fin Faces His Fears there is a helpful fact file. This could be great to use alongside the story as a talking point with your child. This might make things easier to chat about how normal it is to feel fear over certain things. There is also a tips for parents section which I found very useful too. It’s safe to say that both the story and the fun, bright illustrations were a hit with us. Fantastic Fin Faces His Fears is a wonderful story. We all thoroughly enjoyed reading this fun, engaging and helpful tale!

Author Bio

Jessica is a well-being writer with an extensive background in supporting both young people and adults with their emotional well-being and mental health. Jessica is a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist who trained at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Prior to this, she worked for over 10 years with young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Jessica consults with and writes for the wonderful Storytime Magazine, for their emotional well-being and mental health content. She has written a collection of well-being themed children’s picture books for 4-7 year olds, and Fantastic Fin Faces his Fears is her debut book. She has also developed some school workshops which offer emotional education aswell as offering author visits to read her books and poetry to EYFS and KS1 children. Jessica develops free activity and teaching resource packs around emotions and well-being themes which are available from her website at www.jessicabowers.co.uk .

Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/jessicabowerswellbeingwriter

https://twitter.com/bowerswellbeing

https://www.instagram.com/jessicabowerswellbeingwriter/

#20booksofsummer2021 Completed ✅

Thanks for stopping by! I’m a little bit late posting but here’s my wrap up for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. It has been lots of fun taking part in the challenge again. So a big thank you to Cathy at 746books.

After a few changes 🤫😂 I managed to read and review the full 20 books! 🥳 Here they are if you’d like to take a look at any of my reviews…

The Couple at Number 9 by Claire Douglas

Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain

Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell

Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts

The Bookshop of Forgotten Dreams by Emily Blaine

Tales from the Coffee Pot by Jim Ody

Dead in Venice by Fiona Leitch

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Summer At Willow Tree Farm by Heidi Rice

The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Sunlight over Crystal Sands by Holly Martin

The Forevers by Chris Whitaker

The Dark by Emma Haughton

Dead Ground by M. W. Craven

The Pact by Sharon Bolton

The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse by Katie Ginger

The Bluestocking Duchess by Julia Justiss

The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan

And that’s it. Did you take part this year? How did you do? I’d love to know.

Take care, Rae xx

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing @smariedowning @michaeljbooks #samanthadowning #BlogTour #foryourowngood #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review of For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Kallie at Michael Joseph for the invite to join the tour and for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Teddy Crutcher won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s brilliant.
Only you know the truth.

They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn’t be more proud.
But no-one has seen her in a while.

They’re impressed when he doesn’t let anything distract him – even the tragic death of a school parent.
Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder.

You’re sure Teddy is hiding something about what happened that day.

You’re sure you can prove it.

But you didn’t stop to think that when it comes to catching a killer, there’s no place more dangerous than just one step behind . . .

MY REVIEW

In For Your Own Good we meet Teddy Crutcher, current recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s a wonderful teacher including himself. However is there more to this so called perfect teacher? What follows is a crazy, out of control journey through the privileged corridors of Belmont Academy.

I do enjoy a book with unlikeable and flawed characters. Well, this book certainly had that in abundance. I was so happy to discover the different and at times extreme personalities within this book. It’s also safe to say that on occasion this book had me smiling away. There was so much deviousness and scheming at play. The chapters were short and often to the point. So for the most part this managed to keep my attention focused on the unfolding events in the story.

Samantha Downing introduces her characters well, setting up the story and then equally managing to flip things. Often sending the story in a different direction to what I was expecting. Even though there was a kind of slow burn element to the story. There was always something happening to move things along. Whether it was seeing how far the characters would go after certain events. To experiencing the little surprises dotted throughout. Either way the situations the characters found themselves in often snowballed way out of control. This all combined to create a very twisted tale!

The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Risking her life

To save a knight!

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Knights-Maiden-Disguise-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B09127FJ29

US – https://www.amazon.com/Knights-Maiden-Disguise-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B09127FJ29

MY REVIEW

In this book we meet Avva, the castle’s stable master who is masquerading as her deceased twin brother. However Avva’s deception might be over when Sir William, one of the king’s knight’s arrives. What follows is a wonderful, warm and engaging romance that was a delight to read.

Avva is a strong and caring character who I couldn’t help but instantly like. Especially as for her protection Avva needs to pretend to be her twin brother. This definitely brought an extra layer of danger. William is another strong and engaging character. He has a gentleness to him that belies his occupation and it was lovely to see this side shine through in his interactions with Avva. I really did love the connection between this pair. There was an instant attraction which in turn sent plenty of sparks flying. However there was also a sweet warmth between them that was wonderful to see play out.

The pacing was great throughout with a lovely combination of romance and danger. With the latter creating some exciting scenes. I loved getting to know both Avva and William. Hoping that things would work out for them. The added drama of whether they could be together brought things together nicely. It’s safe to say that I was entertained completely. The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise was a gorgeous romantic adventure from start to finish!

Author Bio

Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

Social Media Links

https://twitter.com/ellamattauthor

www.ellamatthews.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/ella.matthews.524381

The Ticklemore Tavern by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Ticklemore Tavern by Liz Davies as part of the Publication Day Push today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Violet makes her own gin.

Logan Cassidy sells it in his pub, The Ticklemore Tavern.

It should have been a match made in heaven, especially since the pair of them fancy the socks off each other, and they are both young, free and single.

Except…

Logan’s mum, Marie, doesn’t think Violet is good enough for her son. No woman is, or ever will be. And when she becomes ill, Logan is torn between looking after his mum or following his heart.

However, neither Logan, nor Marie, has taken the sheer force of nature that is Violet into account. What Violet wants, Violet gets.

Usually…

But maybe not this time, eh?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ticklemore-Tavern-uplifting-heart-warming-romantic-ebook/dp/B093DC6BL1

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ticklemore-Tavern-uplifting-heart-warming-romantic-ebook/dp/B093DC6BL1

MY REVIEW

In this book we meet Logan Cassidy who owns the The Ticklemore Tavern. When he meets Violet, a local gin distillery owner sparks begin to fly. The question is, will they get their happy ever after? What follows is a fun, romantic and heartwarming story.

So first of all I have a little confession to make… I’ve never actually tried gin. However after reading about all the wonderful combinations of gin flavours that Violet created in this story. I’m eager to give it a try. I really enjoyed getting to know both Violet and Logan. They had a strong chemistry that easily made me smile and root for them. There was also a good range of characters throughout. From the likeable and engaging to one in particular who I wanted to have strong words with on several occasions. This character certainly created their fair share of drama! I do have to give a very special mention to one character and that was, Hattie. I loved her down to earth and to the point personality. This character definitely created some fun and entertaining moments.

The Ticklemore Tavern is part of a series which I haven’t had chance to read yet. I do have to say that this book works brilliantly as a standalone though. The pacing is steady throughout and it was so lovely to see the connection between Logan and Violet grow. Albeit with a few bumps in the road bringing drama and conflict.

The Ticklemore Tavern was a wonderful and uplifting story!

Author Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Social Media Links

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home

Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

Facebook: fb.me/LizDaviesAuthor1

One Last Kiss by A. S. Kelly @AKelly_Writes @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! You can catch my review for One Last Kiss by A. S. Kelly as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Rian Kerry, and I’m in huge trouble.

This is how it happened: I had a crush. You know those teenage crushes, which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, too. It was that kind of crush that makes your knees tremble, that makes you blush violently and stammer when you’re with that person. One of those crushes that you assume you’ll just grow out of, the way the seasons change.

The problem is that my crush didn’t go anywhere. Actually, itonly got worse, transforming into something absurd and unbearable, which no one could seem to understand.

Especially not him.

Because he’s off-limits. He’s barricaded himself within his walls, from a sense of fear and guilt. He’s locked up his heart forever, and seems to have no intention of letting anyone in ever again.

My friends, Jordan, Anya, and Holly, say that he just needs a little push. They say that he needs to learn to believe again.

But I don’t think he’ll ever be ready, because he simply doesn’t want to be.

He doesn’t want to believe.

Not in something like us.

Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Parker Hayes, and I’m an idiot.

Yep, you heard me right. I’m a real idiot. And, I swear, that’s putting it lightly.

But I’m a lot of other things, too. I’m a fireman, and a single father to two cheeky, hyperactive six-year-old twins. I’m a brother to Tyler, another fireman – and another idiot – who always seems to stick his nose into my business. I’m a kind-of friend to Niall, yet another idiot with nothing to do but barge into my life, uninvited.

Let’s get back to the point, here: the reason I’m an idiot.

Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve lost my mind. Literally. It happened again. I fell for it. With my head, with my body, and with the heart I was sure I’d never be able to piece back together after another inevitable disaster.

The problem is that she’s not like the others.

She bakes cakes with my daughters, laughs with them, and shows them her magic bag. They’re crazy about her.

And so am I.

And now she knows it, and I know it, and everyone around us knows it. But I can’t take that step. I can’t let everything go to start over.

I can’t live through this again – because this time, I won’t be left standing.

Not if she’s the one to break my heart.

Purchase Link

https://cutt.ly/pb7N9mW

MY REVIEW

It was lots of fun getting to know Rian and Parker especially seeing the chemistry between the pair build. Let’s just say that sparks were flying here, there and everywhere. Even when they tried their best to fight against it! There is a little bit of drama throughout with the characters needing to work through a couple of issues. The family aspect to this story worked really well. It created a heartwarming feel as the characters really tried to look out for each other. Even though there may have been plenty of teasing and a few arguments along the way.

The pacing was pretty good throughout. There is a fun and engaging element to this book that worked really well. The characters were lively and entertaining easily making me smile. Although I do admit that on occasion they also left me shaking my head. I guess this means I definitely got caught up in their story. I really enjoyed the family and friendships that were portrayed in this book. As it brought plenty of sweet moments that balanced well with the more sizzling moments between Rian and Parker.

One Last Kiss was both fun and romantic!

About A. S. Kelly

A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.

She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.

Social Media Links

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Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AKelly_Writes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A-S-Kelly-Writes-104641437981255

Website: www.askellywrites.com

Tales from the Coffee Pot by Jim Ody @Jim_Ody_Author @QuestionPress @zooloo2008 #20booksofsummer21 (20/20) #QuestionMarkPress #ZooloosBookTours #BlogTour #TalesfromTheCoffeePot #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Tales from the Coffee Pot by Jim Ody and sharing my review today. This is also book twenty of my 20 books of summer challenge. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

For the first time, the best of Jim Ody’s published short-stories are together in one anthology, including four previously unreleased.

Twelve twisted tales that touch on psychological/thriller, horror and YA, including:

A detective sent to a travelling circus to find a missing boy; A guy with a mysterious trunk must meet a stranger at a motel to survive; A doll turns up and becomes a little girl’s best friend. Then things turn strange; A surprise birthday party is memorable, if only the birthday boy survives; and a group of orphans find the world is about to end…

1 The Reveal
2 A Moth in The Jar
3 The I-Scream Van
4 Teaching Tom
5 Boat Trip
6 The Trunk
7 The Day
8 A Doll Named Sasha
9 Surprise Party
10 The Orphans
11 Hide & Seek
12 Virgin Women From Outta Space

Purchase Links

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Coffee-Pot-Jim-Ody-ebook/dp/B0927KV4VK

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Coffee-Pot-Jim-Ody-ebook/dp/B0927KV4VK

MY REVIEW

There was a little bit of everything within this short story anthology. Although it’s safe to say that all of these stories had a decidedly dark edge. I really do love a sting in the tail and some of these stories provided that ending perfectly for me. Jim Ody definitely kept me on my toes with some unexpected conclusions. As with most collections I preferred some stories over others. But on the whole there was something intriguing about pretty much all of them. If I had to pick, the stand out stories for me were The Trunk, A Doll Named Sasha, Surprise Party and Hide & Seek. Each of these pulled me in and had me turning the pages as fast as I could.

There are quite a variety of tales within this anthology. Some had a definite creepy edge and others I found myself smiling at. Then there were tales with a quirky edge that equally entertained. I also love how flexible short story anthologies can be. Whether you have limited time and only have a spare ten minutes. At least you can still see a story through to the end. Or maybe you’re like me and prefer to read a few stories in one sitting. I guess the choice really is yours!

Tales from the Coffee Pot is a collection of dark, twisty and at times unexpected stories.

Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell @zooloo2008 @QuestionPress #20booksofsummer21 (19/20) #QMPHorror #QuestionMarkPress #ZooloosBookTours #BlogTour #Ouija #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m so thrilled to be sharing my review for Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell as part of the blog tour today. This book is brilliant, Zoé. So a big thank you for inviting me to join the tour and for my copy 😘❤️ I decided to include Ouija in my books of summer list so this is also book nineteen of my challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.

Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

Buy Links
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0997CPK3J/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Ouija-Zo%C3%A9-Lee-OFarrell-ebook/dp/B0997CPK3J

MY REVIEW

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you may have heard me say this before but basically I’m big scaredy-cat. The thing is I didn’t used to be. I started off being a big fan of Point Horror in my early teens then went on to love horror films as a teenager. Nowadays I’m the hide behind the cushion type of person when watching a scary film. Even more so if there is a supernatural element. However let’s be honest there’s no way of hiding when reading a book. I guess I wasn’t quite sure what to expect on the scare factor when I first picked up Ouija. However within a short space of time this book officially CREEPED me out! I’m just glad I started reading it in the day.

There’s a little bit of everything in Ouija designed to make those chills creep up your spine. A Ouija board is already a pretty scary concept without the extra special scares this book had in store for me. From menacing figures in the shadows to sinister movements from the corner of your eye. Even the chilling feel of a breath skating across the back of your neck. Right, I’m going to stop there. I think I’m officially creeping myself out writing this review!

The pacing was great throughout and I couldn’t help but race through. Although I wasn’t quite sure what awaited me whenever I turned the page. Or should I say I wasn’t quite sure what would jump out at me next. I’m looking at you, Ruby! The characters are pulled into a scary and deadly situation albeit by their own hands. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. They had their flaws but there was a great mix of personalities within this group. From the quiet and serious to the more outgoing and confident ones. There were also the typical horror moments where I wanted to shout out “no, don’t do that” which obviously the characters ignore.

Ouija is a fabulous debut filled with a brilliant combination of chilling, tense and entertaining moments. I can’t wait to see what is coming next from Zoé-Lee O’Farrell. Whatever it is I’ll probably be left looking over my shoulder and wanting to keep the lights on!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at herhusband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.

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