Dexter is a lonely English teacher, who enjoys being single! Surrounded by his closest friends who are coupled, he starts to begin to feel a bit lonely when he attends one of the friend’s wedding and when he sees his ex-Georgina one thing leads to another…. But then aliens land and they do not seem to be friendly. It turns out being single may save Dexter’s life.

Soon Dexter and his friends are on the run from the Aliens, what do they want? Can they keep running likes this? As the Aliens seem to ransack a city and then move on, Dexter begins to question what are they looking for. Could they be looking for resources?

This plot is really action packed, entertaining and funny. Dexter the main character is the one telling the story and he tells it in a humorous way. He has little nicknames for his friends for example Jay and Kay – JayKay. We can also see that Dexter has a good quality of life, for example he works during the day and most of the time he can hang out with his friends, however occasionally activities like clubbing and be difficult and rarely happen; one of the downsides of being single.

Every other chapter Dexter tells us the story of how he met his friend and the other chapters are the present, what the aliens are doing and how they are surviving.

This book is similar of course to Wars of the Words and Independence Day but the Aliens and characters are very different and creative.

A great entertaining, Sci-fi book!

Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die at least 7 times; the thing is why did Evelyn die? Did someone murder her? Well that is what Aiden Bishop is there for, to seek out the truth.

19 years ago, Thomas Hardcastle died, rumour has it that he died at the hands of his Dad’s best friend Charles, but no one was ever convicted.

19 years on and the Hardcastle’s through a party on the anniversary inviting the same people.

Aiden Bishop wakes up every morning in the body of one of the guests, using their status and resources he must uncover the truth about Evelyn. Every night at 11pm Evelyn kills herself, it looks like suicide, but it can’t be because Aiden would not be here otherwise.

Once Aiden has figured it out, he must tell the plague doctor and if he is right then Aiden will be released.

With the footman roaming the forest trying to kill his other hosts and other rivals who are competing against Aiden, will Aiden solve the mystery of Evelyn Hardcastle?

This book feels like something out of a Cluedo game! Who killed Evelyn? Was it the butler? Was it the parents? The plot was different to any book I have read; however I have watched a similar story-line in a film.

I really enjoyed this book but at time confusing and repetitive but only because Aiden wakes up with no or little memory when he transfers from body to body and has to leave himself little notes. The ending was slightly confusing for me, however I did not mind this as it made my brain work that bit harder which was weirdly nice.

I would suggest creating a mind map so that you can keep track of the characters and the plot.

At times I felt like Aiden was a bit slow on the uptake and kept willing him to hurry up his investigation but once he got into it, there was no stopping him.

Therefore, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn is an all-round intriguing book, that will keep you guessing and wanting to find out more. Each time Aiden swaps character you find out a piece of information that keeps you wanting more. Thank you, Stuart, for writing such a great book.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle also has a great message and reminder that everyone deserves a second chance.

 

Thank you to Shelley at Niche Travel Design for nominating me for the Liebster Award! It is an honour to be nominated for such a great award! When I write my posts I often worry that people will not like my posts but knowing I have been nominated helps my confidence and faith in my writing.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that is given to bloggers. The idea of it is to discover new blogs, help, support and collaborate with each other in our journey; after all the word Liebster is German for dearest or kindest.

The Rules of Engagement

Once you’re nominated with the Liebster Award, you have to follow a few rules to celebrate your win and spread the award throughout the blogging community.

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog.

3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.

4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.

5. Answer the questions from your nominator and provide a fresh set of questions for those you nominate.

6. Nominate 5 – 10 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.

7. List these rules in your post.

Why I am passionate about blogging

I have been reading and writing from such a young age, by the age of 10 I was reading Jane Austen and Shakespeare.

I was 9 years old when my family moved to the country, it was hard growing up here as I had to rely on my parents to drop me at friends houses – buses were few and far between and being in a village not much was happening. I would get bored, one day my Grandma challenged me ‘ Why don’t you write a script? You could have a Colonel, his wife and son and then two people running the local pub.’ This inspired me to write for hours – I remember my mother having to search for more paper! To this day I have the script – it is not very good but I keep it for sentimental reasons and to remind me of my passion.

My mother (who is also a bookworm) would also encourage me to read a lot and I ended up reading a lot of her books. I think now it is the other way around as I have recently dropped 3 bags of books to her at her house!

To this day I still enjoy reading and writing. My two children are older and at school, I have more time to read and write and thus 12 books was born.

The aim of 12 books is to spread the love of reading and to share my passion, I hope this shines through. Each book that is reviewed I have personally read so that I can give a thorough and full review.

Random Facts About me

1, I have severe eczema, asthma and a nut allergy.

2. I went to 3 different primary schools

3.I used to write scripts and film myself acting them out.

4.I am a big Marvel fan.

5. I cannot say the word specific, it sounds like pacific, it gets even funnier when you try to teach me how to say it and I still can’t!

6. I can speak French, tiny bit of polish and I am currently learning Norwegian

7. I have a Scandinavian obsession especially Norway

8. Last year I read 42 books

9. I used to sing the words ‘It only takes some vinegar’ when the actual words were ‘It only take a minute girl.’

10. I have an awesome imagination and even had a imaginary friend called Diddums, he was a cow and an imaginary Gary Barlow – yes that was when I was younger not now.

Niche Travel Questions for me:

Where would you go if money and time were not issues?

 If money was not an issue I would travel the world, starting with Norway, Australia to see my pen pal, Canada to see my friend -she married someone from Canada and moved there, she’s very happy but I miss her dearly.

What is the best advice you would give to new travelers?

 Plan and budget, there is nothing worse than finding out somewhere is expensive and you did not save up enough money.

 What is the one accessory that you cannot travel without – your phone and/or computer don’t count?

My camera, I love taking photos when we go somewhere. I print them off and place them in a memory book.

Where is one place you would return over and over again? And why?

 Norway however I have not been yet but I have a feeling I will love it. I cannot tell you why but I just have to go. Once I was at the studio at Radio Warneford (Warwick Hospital Radio) where I broadcast each Friday with my team and I said: ‘If I am meant to go to Norway, please help me find a job.’ The job came but did not work out, however my husband works and say he would love to come! It is also a two hour flight from London to Oslo so it is a great destination to take the kids too as they have never flown before!

Where is one place you’ve been but never want to return to? And why?

I am personally not in a rush to return to the places that I have visited before. This is not because they are horrible but because the world is big and I would love to visit every country and learn their cultures.

My Nominations for the Liebster Award:

1 The Brown Review- tbrview.blogspot.com

2 Md Tanvir Rahman – cartreble.com

3 Christine of The Uncorked Librarian – https://theuncorkedlibrarian.com/

4  The Nutty Traveller – http://thenuttytraveller.com

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Questions for my Nominees:

What is your favourite book and why?

Do you prefer to read the book or watch the film version first?

What genre do you like reading?

Do you prefer real book or kindle and why?

Where is the furthest that you have travelled in your book adventures?

 

 

 

Best friends Michelle and Tamsin are inseparable and are more like sisters than friends, which is why when someone claims that Michelle husband Patrick has a reputation for sleeping around; Tamsin sticks her nose in where it does not belong.

Being close to Patrick and Michelle, Tamsin could not have it out with them, in fact she needed proof and with the help of her assistant Bea they come up with a fool proof plan to trap Patrick – a honey trap.

Tamsin is relived when the woman in the honey trap reports back that Patrick is faithful but when Patrick and Tamsin end up having sex, she begins to question him.

Is Patrick really telling the truth about being faithful or is he putting on a front?

Tamsin is determined to find out as no one messes around with her Michelle -detective Tamsin to the rescue.

I was not sure about this book when I started reading as typical romances are not my thing, however I thought this book deserved to be tried and the more I read it, the more I got into it.

There are a few characters that are developed well.

Tamsin – a single lady who works in tv production

Michelle – the doting wife who adores Patrick and would like a family with him.

Bea – Tamsin assistant and close friend who Bea would do anything for, or would she?

Patrick – Also works in TV, wife of Michelle who he loves.

Despite being a romance book, Strictly Between Us had many twists and turns, including the ending. In fact, the ending niggles me a slightly but that is probably the sign of a good book!

Some of the chapters are told from another point of view and when this is done it fills in some gaps very well.

Strictly Between Us is a great read and I would recommend it.

When something bad happens to us, such as car breaks down or we get laid off from work; it is very easy to get sucked into negative thinking and why this has happened to us.

When Karen’s work laid her off, she did not dwell on it, instead she turned to God and turned it into a great experience. She wrote this book, Time to Refresh to share her experiences and to help other people in a similar situation.

Time to Refresh is a plan – it is a ’21 days devotional to renew your mind after being laid off, fired or side lined.

Karen Brown teaches us that we should think positive about the experience and that ‘God has a plan.’

The Chapters are divided into 21 sections with a bible quote, where Karen shows us how God has helped her mindset, as well as helping her to think positively. At the end of each part, she writes ‘what are you grateful for today?’ Sometimes it is very easy to lose sight of what we have, therefore we have to be reminded about the good things that we have going in our lives for example a roof over our heads, food in the cupboard and plenty more.

Throughout the book Karen makes some great points, for example she tells you to rest. This of course is very important as nowadays we are so busy, we often forget to take time out for ourselves and can end up burning ourselves out.

Talk to someone – yes, she talks about talking and praying to God but again it is important to talk to someone if you are struggling; whether it is speaking to God, a family member or someone else.

Therefore, this book is a great read, it is a short book at only 68 pages long, however I think this is just right.

Karen talks about her struggles and the good things in her life, she tries to tell us how to make sense of the bad things that happen to us through God and how to turn it into great and positive thinking.

Weird War Two is a fascinating collection of mini stories about World War 2. Find out all about how the war started, what Hitler was attempting to do, the minds of some his Officers, which animals took part, spies, secret projects; combined with some funny stories in the mix. For example Britain had invented radar during the war but they did not want to tell the Germans as they could take them by surprise. Instead we told them that we ate lots of carrots, which helped us see in the dark and you know what? They bought it!

Hitler wanted to create an ‘Aryan’ race, where everyone was blonde hair and blue eyed. He hated Jews and planned to get rid of them all, by creating concentration camps, cities were bombed both sides, as well as strange ideas. Although the war was tragic, Richard brings to life the strangeness of World War 2, at time they had some really weird ideas that they thought would work, for example dogs and animals were used as suicide bombers. Of course they tried to train them to run back after they had set the bomb off but it was a hard thing to do.

The novel is not in any kind of order and  the chapters are short but sweet, however that is ok as it flows very well with the book.  It also means that if you want to take a break you can and it doesn’t matter where you are as you can dip in and out easily. The book itself is very well written and it is obvious that the author Richard has done a lot of extensive research. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Weird World 2, as I have a fascination about the war and it was all very interesting.

If you love history or you are just interested in the second world war, then consider reading this book. Richard has bought this book to life with his intriguing stories and some may surprise you of course like this one  – Hitler actually saved a Jew and one soldier could have stopped the war by killing Hitler, however he didn’t know it was Hitler at the time.

 

Miranda meets Bridget Jones

 

The Date my Daughter campaign was in full swing on the London Underground, thanks to Kate’s mother.

Kate was horrified, especially as the picture she used was one a mother would love. It wasn’t like she was old, she was only 29, an accountant living in London. Yes meeting a man would be nice but Kate was quite happy.

However to stop her mum from pimping her out or arranging a marriage for her, Kate agrees with her best friend Mark to give dating a proper go.  After all her mother wanted Kate to be happy.

After a few terrible dates Kate wonders what’s the point? She’s kissing all these frogs but no prince has arrived, but is the Prince right under her nose?

I am always sceptical when reviews tell me that a book is entertaining and funny, however Kissing Frogs turned out to be a very enjoyable read.

Kissing Frogs has an element of Miranda vs Bridget Jones, the author made me laugh within the first page of the book, this then kept me engaged to read the whole book.

The plot itself was very predictable but for me I kept reading as I wanted to see how it would pan out and I am very glad I did.

The characterisation was very good, the only thing I would say is that I think the Mark character is a bit over the top and sometimes I felt he could be quite controlling and to in your face. There were occasions when I felt a bit worried for Kate but I knew that Mark had her best interests at heart. I also felt that the author did not mean to write him that way and wanted him to be funny, so we could see what Kate was missing out on.

Therefore, definitely add this book to your reading list.

A lovely heart-warming, funny romance story, great for Winter reading! Cosy up to this book as the nights draw in, with a hot chocolate!

 

 

Matthew Cave, a budding journalist gets handed the scoop of the century! A man is found mummified frozen in ice!

Matthew’s editor wants him to break the story immediately but a series of events prevents him from doing this for a while and Matthew ends up on a completely different story.

In 1973 four men were murdered, the case remained unsolved and the investigating officer had gone missing.

He receives a note book which contains the notes of the case made by Jakob the investigating officer.

As Matthew delves into the past, the chapters rotate backwards and forwards, telling both sides of the story. We, the readers are desperate to put the story together until eventually everything unfolds.

As the case progresses Matthew suspects that whoever committed the murders was quite high up in the political rank and as he struggles to prove it, an ex convict who agrees to help him, becomes his only hope.

A great story but not for the faint hearted as some of the descriptions are quite gruesome, however I did enjoy this story, I like books who can offer me something different and not the same. The Girl Without Skin definitely delivered.

One of the things that the author does really well is to describe the  Greenlandic area beautifully, it’s like I’m there.

I love the characters, they all seem realistic and some contrast each other very well, for example Matthew and Turnnapaq develop an unlikely friendship. She is stubborn, headstrong and an ex convince wgereas Matthew has a good heart and will do anything for you if you need help. I can also sense chemistry between them

So, is this the end or the beginning for Matthew? Can he solve the mursers before it’s too late?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I received this book for my birthday as I might have a bit of a Norwegian obsession….ok ok I do, a big one. I can’t tell you why but I can tell you it is something that I have to do.

I’m not great at languages; I did French for 5 years and barely scraped through. I can tell you the basics like hello, the bedroom, some foods and occasionally other French words. I can sing you a song and swear in Polish! Not useful words I know, especially as I will never use them, but I am determined to be fluent in at least one other language! More so because of my life list (bucket list) so!

This is where Mystery of the Nils book comes into play. To learn the language, I was using Duolingo, a great tool, however, I wanted something a bit more. I didn’t have a clue about the structure of the Norwegian language and grammar. I really do want to be fluent in Norwegian at some stage.

The mystery of Nils is based on a very basic story, which is designed to help you read in Norwegian.

As the story goes on it begins to get more intriguing. The authors of this book are Norwegian teachers, so you can rest assured that what you learn is true.

Erna, gives her 8-year granddaughter a special gift for her birthday, a doll that is inspired by the mythical creature Nisse. Nils was very happy with his few families, settling well in Oslo until an unforeseen accident happens and Nils sees just how much Erna cares about him.

The novel starts with the first page in Norwegian, on the right there are some words to help us uncover the story by ourselves. However, this book is not just a story, it’s a workbook too! Learning Grammar can be a bit of a headache, well no more with this book! There are many different exercises that will assist you in learning adjectives, verbs and much more.

During your journey with this novel, you will find relevant vocabulary, a great story and more help online. You will also find revision tips and ways to ensure that you will remember your Norwegian!

The Mystery of Nils is perfect for those beginners who are learning or would like to learn Norwegian.  The book is very engaging, full of things to do and pictures and although is 192 pages, there is a lot to do. I am only halfway through it myself!

Are you thinking about taking a trip and you would like to be down with the lingo? Or perhaps you are thinking about taking up a new language?

The Norwegian Phrasebook and Dictionary is the perfect companion for beginners. The book is full of phrases to assist you when out travelling or learning. However, as they all speak English, it is not essential to learn but I think it doesn’t hurt to learn parts of their language to really experience Norway and their culture.

You may think that learning the Norwegian language is not a popular thing to do as people generally go towards countries like Spain and France, however you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is a huge demand and that there are many Facebook groups, online tutors, online courses and many YouTube videos too.

Despite other resources, I found this book very useful, it’s pocket-sized so If I am unsure I can whip it out at the touch of a button!

The Norwegian Phrasebook and Dictionary begins on the inside front cover with the basics on the left-hand side, followed by a colour coded contents on the next page; this helps you skip pages if you need too.

The book covers many topics including getting around, money, travel, basic language such as how are you, food and drink, going out and plenty more.

It is also set up very simple and easy to understand for example English is on the left, Norwegian on the right and under the Norwegian in a light blue is the breakdown of how to pronounce it.

You will also find other block text of ‘you will hear’ phrases that are popular answers that you might hear, along with beautiful pictures of Norway.

Therefore, the Norwegian Phrasebook and Dictionary is great for beginners who are travelling or learning, it is simple and easy to learn.

Every purchase of this book comes with a free app that you can download with a special code. It’s the same as the book but you can listen to some of the pronunciation instead.

 

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