16 November 2019

I, Cosmo * Carlie Sorosiak

Cosmo’s family is falling apart.
And it’s up to Cosmo to keep them together.
He knows exactly what to do.
There’s only one problem.

Cosmo is a Golden Retriever.

Cosmo knows there's a problem as soon as dad doesn't wait for mum to take the kids Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. Then, when he starts to hear raised voices more often than not, that's when Cosmo certainly senses somethings not right. 

Mum and Dad have always done everything together, from getting Cosmo as a pup, buying their first home, holidays and even to having Max and Emily. But when Cosmo notices that both parents have stopped dancing as a family in the evening and have begun shouting, that's when he must act fast, for the sake of everyone.  

Soon Cosmo and Max have entered into the local talent show, in hopes of winning their parents over and for them not to do the inevitable of separating. But it's a hard task, especially when you're not the sprightly dog you once used to be. 

But what's a lad to do, when you only have a bark for a voice and four fluffy legs? 

I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak, is such a beautiful, heartwarming and lovely read. This was another book that was part of the Believeathon challenge and I'm so happy that I picked it up.

The book is narrated from Cosmo's point of view, of how he see's the world and his family. How much he loves everyone and will stop at nothing until everyone is safe and happy, which is what our lovely four legged friends do. It's such a beautiful and special book and and captures the love in what we will do for our families. I would urge anyone to read it. Yes, it's a children's book, but it can be loved by adults just as much.

I feel read this book at such a great time, as it's when we got our new little pup Merlin. It was such a great read and I truly believe that because of the time it was read, it helped me understand Merlin a bit more as he's growing up and boy have we got a special bond now.

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10

11 November 2019

How To Train Your Dragon * Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer"...but it wasn't always so. 

Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans.

Hiccup isn't your regular dragon hunter. He doesn't know the first thing on how to find a dragon, let alone hunt it down! Much to the happiness of Stoick the Vast, the great Chief. Who just so happens to be his father and the rest of the clan in Berk. 

When the time comes for Hiccup's initiation to become a great viking, things don't go as planned. Sure he manages to bag a dragon in the depths of the fearful dragon cove, but he didn't intend on getting the most smallest or useless one out of the cave.  

Soon Hiccup finds that he too can train dragons like his fellow peers, it may not be in the same sense and he finds out that that he can speak dragonese, but so long as he's training that's all that matters...right? 

When danger approaches the Berk, there's only one boy and his dragon who can save the island, before it gets destroyed.  

How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, is the first instalment in the well known and well loved, twelve part book series that grew to become the film franchise that is out in Cinemas today.

If you know me, then you know that I absolutely adore HTTYD and Toothless, I even went and bought my own Toothless Build a Bear (Yes, I was the oldest in the queue and no I don't regret it one bit!) I have been dying to read this series for a while now, so when the lovely Gavin created the 'Believeathon Challenge' I added it to my list immediately.

To say that this is a children's book, I can certainly tell you that this is a read for all ages, its quite hilariously funny in places and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's fast paced, the characters are all loveable and you're in for such a treat. I will definitely be getting the rest of the series in due course.

I will be giving it a 8 out of 10

21 October 2019

Full Disclosure * Camryn Garrett

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. 

She's making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. 

The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she's HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

Simone isn't like everyone else, she may look like it, but she's keeping a secret big enough to destroy everything she's worked so hard for and if it gets out, she'll need to start all over again. 

But then she starts to fall for Miles, the lacrosse team player, who is also one of the set people for the beloved play that she is directing at school. She likes him and he likes her back, but there's a catch...she has HIV. 

As Simone wades through this new found relationship with Miles, her friends and her loving parents. Someone is on the war path to spill her secret to the whole school and possibly the town, but not if she can tell people first. The only question is, who is it? 

Who ever thought that starting a new school would be so hard? 

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett, was an absolute pleasure to read. Firstly, would like to thank NetGally and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book, very thankful for it. 

I'll be honest, at first I didn't think that I would enjoy it, boy was I wrong! The whole story is so important, it focuses on a topic that in some ways I still don't think it's very talked about, I can even say that I learnt quite a bit from this book and I'm happy and more mindful that I did.  

The way that Garrett has portrayed every character was magnificent. Simone is such a strong character, both physically and mentally and I just love her for it. I love the way that Miles is with Simone, he doesn't let her illness bother him and is more than happy to stand up for her which is just beautiful and sweet, as you should have someone like that. 

This is such a powerful, meaningful, heartfelt and overall beautiful book and I will be defiantly screaming from the rooftops about this one. I will also be purchasing this when it's released as it's a book that I think everyone should read and own. If you read one more book this year, please let it be this one.  

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10

15 September 2019

The Gracekeepers * Kirsty Logan

A flooded world. 
A floating circus. 
Two women in search of a home. 

North lives on a circus boat with her beloved bear, keeping a secret that could capsize her life.

Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, tending the graves of those who die at sea. As penance for a terrible mistake, she has become a gracekeeper.

A chance meeting between the two draws them magnetically to one another - and to the promise of a new life.

North has a secret that no one can know. 
Callanish has been harbouring regrets since she was a young girl. 
Both women meet by chance and their worlds are changed forever. 

Following a death at sea, the Excalibur circus group are forced to visit the closest resting place within their waters - Callanish's Graceland. The two women are drawn to each other immediately, seeming to know each other but how? When they've never met each other in their entire lives.  

North is faced with a mammoth choice to make, to marry her "one true love" to to be banished from her home, her bear included. It should be easy, it should be safe, but nothing is safe when you live on the water and everything threatens you in your path. 

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, is the first book I have ever read by the author. I sadly didn't enjoy it. 

I really wanted too, its been on my shelf for years and I decided to pick it up a couple months back and it did start out promising. There was magic and fantasy, with a bit of the dystopian world added into the mix and I was really enjoying it. Though half way through the book, it kind of lost itself, the story started to fold in on its self and not make much sense. It sadly started to feel like a chore, by the end of it I was completely lost in what was happening. 

I feel that the book is to show what can and will happen with climate change if we're not careful, there is hardly any land mentioned in the book and half of it has been swallowed by water and it was portrayed very well. I preferred North's character over Callanish's due to I found her more robust and sure of herself, however both women became stronger as the story unfolded.  

I won't give up on the author and will be giving some of her books a read in the future as maybe this book just wasn't for me.  

I will be giving this book 4 out of 10

14 September 2019

Close Up and Personal * JS. Taylor

Drama-school graduate Isabella Green wants to be a script-writer. But when she meets famous director James Berkeley, she’s tempted into the glamorous world of acting. 

Behind the camera, the mysterious Berkeley commands discipline at all times. But Isabella soon discovers this man's dominant tendencies also extend into the dressing room. 

Isabella Green is an actress, well, trying to be. She's more of a script writer. Though when she goes for an audition on a whim for a role in an upcoming play, she's shocked to find it's actually got an upcoming film. A film by the one and only Mr James Berkeley. 

Issy can't quite believe her luck, not only did she meet the infamous, seclusive director, but he also asked her out. Though when Issy hears some troubling truths about Berkeley, can she really trust the man she's only just met? 

He's gorgeous, charming and a gentleman. But can Isabella learn to play by his rules and commands? Or will her hot handedness get her into more trouble than its worth? 

Close Up and Personal by JS. Taylor, Is the first book in the first book in the Spotlight series and the first book that I have read by this author. I searched through the Kobo store for a cheeky book on the off chance and decided to give it a go with this one. 

I had some general mixed feelings about this one as I was reading along. At first it struck me a little like the FSOG trilogy (Which we all know that I wasn't a huge fan) but then as the story progressed it seemed to change. It started to get more depth and character, the characters themselves started to show who they really were, I was happy to find out that Isabella was not a pushover compared to what I thought she was going to be. 

However, there we're some sides that just didn't sit right with me, the way that Jame's is with her sometimes just gave me the creeps and also annoyed me a little. But I was glad that I stuck with it as I feel that the next book will be better than the first, and that last scene, Jesus! 

All in all I would be happy to read the next instalment in the series 

I will be giving this book 7 out of 10

5 September 2019

Genie * Kitty French

Feathers. Lies. Glitter. Secrets. Lust. 

Meet Genie Divine, the wise-cracking London show-girl on a hell-bent mission to save her beloved family theatre. 

Now meet Abel Kingdom, the australian gym mogul determined to buy it out from underneath her. 

On paper they have nothing in common, and when they meet, they have even less. 

He wants her theatre. She wants him dead.

Genie Devine has lived and worked around the Devine Theatre for as long as she can remember. She loves to take centre stage and strut her beautiful stuff. 

But when she overhears and sees her beloved uncle Davey conversing with a strange yet beautiful business man about the theatre, something has to be done. 

Abel Kingdom has had a rough start in life, though moving far away from home has worked wonders for his health and his bank account. So when he see's an opportunity to buy the Devine Theatre, he's in a win-win situation. 

Though Genie won't go down without a fight (and a little persuasion) and will do anything and everything in her power so that Abel kingdom doesn't get his filthy hands on her beloved theatre and home. No matter how handsome he is. 

As tensions rise, so do the lights to the stage. Sometimes in showbiz you have to play dirty to get what you want.  

Genie by Kitty French, is a stand-alone novel by this sensational author. You all know how much I adore The Knight Trilogy by this woman and I was SO excited when she brought out this gem. It has taken me a while to finally get my hands on it and I seriously must have read this within two days.  

The queen of smut is back and I'm honestly hoping that this won't be her last under the pseudonym Kitty or Kat French. I'm dying for something else to be released as nothing compares to her books. 

Abel and Genie hit it off with a love-hate relationship that eventually boils over and fizzles something fiercely hot, oh my goodness...I need a moment. 

This book oozed glamour, passion and sexiness. I loved that it was based around Burlesque which is something new and should be done more. The only thing I'm sad about is that it's a stand-alone novel, I seriously need more of Mr. Kingdom in my life.  

If you're looking for a quick and steamy read this winter or even in general, I highly recommend this one! (And anything else by this author under any of her names! (Kat / Kitty French, Josie Silver) 

I will be giving this book 10 out of 10