**The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag**

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Jo from the awesome overtherainbowbookblog has nominated me for the mid-year freak out tag. I’ve really enjoyed doing this as it has made me revisit some of the books I have read so far this year, so thank you for the nomination Jo. If you haven’t already do go and check out her fabulous blog http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com

So here are the questions and my answers:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017? 

Ooh that’s a tricky one I have read so many fabulous books! But if I have to choose I would be hard pressed to choose between these two.

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

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Expertly plotted and wonderfully written this novel made for haunting and compelling read, it’s one of those books that just begs to be read in one satisfying sitting. This is one book I will be recommending to anyone and everybody.

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Block 46 by Johana Gustawasson,

Without hesitation this book has already made it to my top reads of 2017. Why? Because it’s a rich and harrowing story of the psychology of evil, good versus bad, death versus life, it’s complex, fast paced, and disturbing, all the elements that make a crime read stand out from the norm.

Best sequel of 2017 so far?

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

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Anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of this author and I love the Erika Foster series so I was eagerly waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. Last Breath is a truly dark, disturbing and most definitely a gripping read, one that will make your heart pound and the paranoia kick in, but my god it’s definitely worth the ride. What I particularly like about this series is how original each book has been from the last and how each story offers something unique.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Mayfly by James Hazel

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Need You Dead by Peter James

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Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

House Of Spines by Michael J Malone

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I loved A Suitable Lie so I can’t wait to see what this very talented author comes up with next.

Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech

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Another authors work I really enjoy reading Louise Beech books are so different to my normal reads. I’m lucky that I’m not going to have to wait long to read either books as I’m on the blog tours for both.

Biggest disappointment of 2017?

He said She Said by Erin Kelly?

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I know I’m in the minority with this one as most people loved it but though it made for an enjoyable read, I really struggled with the characters and the whole eclipse plot, it did leave me feeling disappointed especially as I had read so many fabulous reviews for this book.

Biggest Surprise?

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

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I thought I might enjoy this book, but I was surprised by how much I loved this book considering it’s much slower paced than my normal reads. For me personally The Night Visitor made a refreshing change from the usual crime read, I found it to be a riveting and unnerving read, beautifully written with characters you won’t forget about in a hurry.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

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Rob Ashman, I bought Those That Remain without any expectations. To say I loved this novel is an understatement it’s probably one of the best debut crime thrillers I’ve read this year in fact. Rob Ashman’s superb writing drew me in from the first chapter and I’m sure I spent much of my time reading this book in stunned silence (not a mean feat, I can tell you!).

Newest fictional crush?

I wouldn’t say it’s a crush but I’m rather fond of Detective Jake Flannagan he appears in The Detriment and The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette. Jake’s a bit of a bad boy and he gets caught up in some “thrilling” events, he’s a very likeable and credible character.

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Newest favourite character?

It’s gone to be Mechanic who features in Those That Remain by Rob Ashman, this is one seriously twisted serial killer who made my blood run cold, and what a complex character. Luckily for me there’s another couple of books in the Mechanic series to come and I can’t wait.

A book that made you cry?

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

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The last book to make me cry was The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow I was privileged to be one of the first people to read an early ARC and I loved it Christie’s characters are so believable you can’t help become involved in her characters life’s and when things go wrong I found myself crying along with the characters.

Books that make you happy?

 

That’s a hard one as I mostly read crime and psychological thrillers so I wouldn’t say they make for a happy read. Christie Barlow’s are always garenteed to put a smile on my face and I’m a huge fan of her writing even though her books are the complete opposite to my usual reads.

Favourite movie adaptation of 2017?

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I’m not a big fan of movie adaptions I’m afraid I much prefer to read the book and leave it at that!  I usually find if I watch a movie adaption I spend the whole time thinking “well that didn’t happen in the book”. I would mind watching the remake of It by Stephen King that’s a book that still gives me nightmares.

Favourite review you’ve written this year

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I wouldn’t say I have a favourite review as once they’ve been posted I tend to reflect and pick fault with everyone of them. So I’m going with the post that has the most traffic it’s Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris an author interview and even though it was posted in February 2016 it continues to get views every day I’m not sure why or how people find it but they do.
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/?wref=tp

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

As I tend to read mostly crime and psychological thriller I wouldn’t consider any of them to be beautiful. Although I did buy The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley which has a beautiful red and gold cover and it really stands out on my book shelf as most of my books have dark covers. I’m a huge fan of Lucinda Riley her books are mega reads (700 pages+) but she certainly knows how to tell a good story.

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Books you need to read before the end of the year?

The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister and The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley, they are a series of books about seven sisters,  but as they are such long books I’m waiting until I have time off to read them all in one go.

 

Nominations!

I’m not going to nominate anyone as I know how busy everyone is, and I would hate to put more pressure on you all, but if you want to take part consider yourself nominated.

**Mystery Blogger Award**

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I was nominated for this award by the lovely laura over at https://snazzybooks.com/ thanks so much for the nomination Laura, and go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma

The rules by Okoto Enigma are:
1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

1  I suffered a mini stroke at 48, it was the most frightening day of my life I struggled to get my words out and I couldn’t remember the names of everyday objects. Fortunately I made a full recovery after three months, but I will never forget how terrified  and frustrated I felt when I wasn’t able to communicate my thoughts with others, funny enough I didn’t forget how to swear and most of my sentences had lots of f&!ks in them 😂😂😂

2  I’ve lived in a small village just outside of Bristol my whole life. No book shops, coffee shops or a decent supermarket, and everyone knows everyone’s business! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live on the banks of the river Avon, our village is steeped in history where smuggling was a regular occurrence and the village was considered to be a “Den of inquity” where savages lived!

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3 I grew up in the grounds of a hospital. We lived in a “hospital house” my parents both worked for the NHS my mum as a nurse and my dad as a manager overseeing the hospital. I started mental health nursing at 18 and spent 33 years nursing. So my whole life has been pretty much based around nursing, hospitals and the workings of one.

My most popular post

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I’m not sure why or how but my Author Interview with B A Paris author of Behind Closed Doors continues to get hits most days,  long after I originally posted it, it’s still the most popular post on my blog and the most looked at post.
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/02/11/author-interview-behind-closed-doors-by-b-a-paris/

My answers to Laura’s questions

1 What’s your favourite genre to read from?

Crime, crime and more crime I’ve always loved reading books In this genre.  I try and read a book of a different genre every now and then to mix it up a bit, but I soon find myself back reading crime books, fact or fiction, and there are so many fabulous crime books to read I’m spoilt for choice 😂

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2 If you had to pick only one favourite publisher to read from for the rest of your life, which would it be? (This is tricky, I know!)

Without hesitation Orenda Books, they have some amazing books and authors. I love the original plots, the writing, the covers, I could go on and on here.

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3 Is there anything about a book that instantly puts you off?

Usually the book description if I don’t like the sound of a book, it puts me off reading it.

4 How do you decide what to read next? Do you go by publication dates or just what you fancy – or a bit of both?

I read the books that I need to read for blog tours in date order, and then I alternate between a NetGalley read and a TBR book. I try not to stress about publication day reviews I’m more than happy to post reviews after publication day.

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5 What do you do if you’ve accepted a book for review and you really don’t like it? Would you still publish the review?

If I really didn’t like I book I wouldn’t post a review, I think I’ve been very lucky though and normally only review books I know I’m going to enjoy, so I’ve never had this problem YET!

I nominate

Danielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com

Clair B at http://www.havebookswillread.com

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

Renee at http://itsbooktalk.com

Nikola at https://breathingthroughpages.wordpress.com

El at http://elsbookworldblog.wordpress.com

Dee at http://www.noveldeelights.com

Kate at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/

Claire at http://brizzlelassbooks.com

Emma at http://damppebbles.com

I know how busy everyone is so don’t feel you have to participate just because I nominated you, and if you want to take part and I haven’t nominated you consider yourself nominated. 😀

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES

1  If you could meet one author who would it be? And why?

2  If you could only ever read three books in your life time, which books would you choose?

3  What makes a good read for you?

4  How many books do you have on your TBR pile? I want the whole truth and nothing but the truth to this question😂 (I’m hoping the answer will make me feel better about my own TBR pile)

5  How many books do you read in a typical month?

 

**Rapid Fire BookTag**

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Thank you to Nat at https://theowlonthebookshelf.wordpress.com for nominating me for the Rapid Fire Book Tag! Here are my answers…

eBooks or physical books?

Both, I like to try and alternate between the two. You can’t  beat the feel or the look of a physical book but I like ebooks for convenience especially when I go on holiday.

Paperback or hardback?

Again both! I find paperbacks easier to hold but there are a few authors whose books I can’t wait for the paperback to come out as I’m that desperate to read them so I always buy the hardback.

Online or in-store shopping?

I buy most of my books online for convenience but you can’t beat a good old nose around a book shop, I could spend hours browsing all those book shelves.

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Trilogies or series?

There are lots of crime books that I read that are part of a series, I like the way the characters develop throughout the series and that on the whole as the series develops the plots get darker and more complex

Heroes or villains?

You can’t beat a villain, the more complex the better.

A book you want everyone to read.

A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone, superbly written with fascinating characters, and a plot that was both dark and disturbing.

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Recommend an underrated book.

Hmmm that’s a hard one there are so many books that I feel deserve more recognition than they actually get. I guess I would say My Girl by Jack Jordan as a crime thriller lover I would highly recommend My Girl it’s dark, and genuinely disturbing! and one of my favourite books of 2016.

The last book you finished.

I can’t say as it was a top secret ARC but what I can say, it was a fabulous and gripping read

Weirdest thing you used as a book mark.

Hmmmm I’m not sure I have as I’ve always got plenty of book marks to hand, in fact I could probably set up a business selling them I have so many😂

Used books, yes or no?

I prefer new books as I like to keep them pristine you won’t find any cracked spines or creased pages in my books. I do buy second hand books occasionally though.

Top three favourite genres?

Crime, psychological thrillers and thrillers

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Borrow or buy?

Buy, I rarely I borrow a book these days there are far too many sat on my TBR pile

Characters or plot?

Both, the plot has to grab me in the first few chapters and I have to be able to relate to the characters on some level or I struggle with a book.

Short or long book?

Shorter books are better for me, it means I’m able to get through more books 😂

Long or short chapters?

Short, it drives me mad when the chapters go on and on and I can’t put the book down until I’ve reached the end of the chapter even if it makes me late for something 🙈

Name the first three books you think of?

The Mountain In My Shoe by Louise Beech

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

A Room Full Of Killers by Michael Wood

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Cry! I enjoy a book that I become so involved in that it stirs up my emotions and leaves me a blubbing wreck.

Our world or fictional worlds?

I prefer books set in our world I’m a huge crime fan so that’s where all the books I tend to read are based.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

I’ve never bought a book solely based on its cover, I always read the book description first and if that tempts me I would buy the book even if it had a terrible cover.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

I much prefer to read a book than watch the TV or movie adaption as I’m usually left feeling disappointed when they don’t live up to the book

Series or standalone?

Both, a lot of the crime books I read are series and I do enjoy seeing how characters develop over the series. I also love a standalone you don’t have to remember what happened to whom in previous books

I nominate –

Danielle at http://booksvertigoandtea.com

Renee at http://itsbooktalk.com

Jen at https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

and anyone else who has the time to take part 😘