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BLOG TOUR and Q&A: The Blind by A.F. Brady

Welcome back my lovelies. Today I am coming at you with an very exciting new release my A.F. Brady.  Do you like a bit of a psychological thriller? A novel that will glued to your seat for hours, not wanting to put it down?.. then this is a book for you. 

I have to say this to me isn’t a book you can just half read. It is one that you have to actually pay attention to. I know that seems like an odd thing to say but I do have a tendency, with the more light hearted “Chic lit” type books to skim read. I do take it all in it is just generally, these books have a standard plot and predictable ending. 

Anyway.. this is my little intro to the book and if you want to get your own copy I will leave a link at the bottom of this post. If you want to check out other posts along the tour check out HQ stories on twitter. They will repost all other bloggers who are part of their Blog Tours. I have also attached the banner below:

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SYNOPSIS

Every morning, psychiatrist Sam James gets up at six forty-five. She has a shower, drinks a cup of coffee, then puts on her make-up.

She ignores the empty bottles piling up by her door.

On this particular morning, Sam is informed of a new patient’s arrival at Manhattan’s most notorious institution. Reputed to be deranged and dangerous, Richard is just the kind of impossible case Sam has built her reputation on. She is certain that she is the right doctor to treat such a difficult patient.

But then Sam meets Richard. And Richard seems totally sane.

Let the mind games begin.

(I will be posting a full review in the next few days so keep a look out for that!)

I am also super excited to have been given the opportunity to ask the author a few questions which I really appreciate. I love getting to know the people behind the pages:

INTERVIEW

Hello

Thank you so much for doing this Interview with me. I am looking forward to reading your book and doing the Tour. The best thing about these kinds of interviews is getting to know the author. So the first few questions are just “getting to know you?”

  1. Where were you born?

I was born in New York City

  1. How many siblings do you have?

I have one older brother

  1. Did you go to college/University?

I did, I attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and for graduate school I went to Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City

  1. Where do you live now?

Still in New York

  1. Do you have any children?

I have one son so far

  1. What is your biggest fear?

Being buried alive, and losing loved ones

  1. What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments so far in your career and in your life?

My son feels like a huge accomplishment for me, marrying the best person on the planet was a big personal achievement, opening and continuing to operate a psychotherapy private practice, surviving a brain tumor, and of course, publishing a book!

Now on to the bookish questions..

  1. What age did you start to write?

As soon as I could hold a pencil. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

Probably as soon as I finished my master’s degrees in psychology. I have always wanted to be a therapist and help people, and once I was professionally able to achieve that, I started toying with the idea of actually writing a book and seeking publication.

  1. What urged you to pursue writing as a career?

I just love doing it. If I can do the two things I love, and make a living off of it, then I will be the happiest person. I love being a therapist, and I love writing. I also feel like it’s an important platform to be able to reach people, and start (or continue) a dialog on important topics such as stigma in the mental health world.

  1. Did you do any research about what genre was popular before you started writing?

Nope. I just started writing. I wasn’t even sure what genre The Blind was going to be when I started writing the story.

  1. What is your favourite Genre to read?

I love reading many different genres. In the same way that I feel there are appropriate seasons to watch movies (When Harry Met Sally in the fall, Home Alone at Christmas, Uncle Buck at Thanksgiving . . .) I like to read different genres during different adventures, and amidst different weather. Mysteries, suspense and thrillers in the fall and winter, history and biographies in the spring, and easy, happy summertime reads. I love anything with subtle humor, that’s not necessarily comedy writing, and I love tear jerkers as well. And non-fiction books about human nature, psychology, science and behaviour are also always on my list.

  1. What is your favourite Genre to write?

Suspense!

  1. The age old question…do you ever get writers block? If so how do you overcome it?

Sure. I have to walk away to get away from writer’s block. It won’t resolve itself if I sit at the computer or with a notebook and think. I have to put it down and come back to it a day or two later. Sometimes, not even thinking, my fingers sort of wrote on their own, and I feel like I don’t have a lot of conscious control over what they’re writing. That’s when the best stuff comes out.

  1. What inspires you to write? Do you have to take notes?

People inspire me to write. Human interactions, the feelings we get when something happens to us, and the emotional response to events. I take notes on my cell phone when something occurs to me at an inopportune time, like at work, or out to dinner, but usually I am able to remember if I’m not busy at the time that something occurs to me.

  1. I always ask this of authors and I am quite surprised at the response I get .. I am not a writer but when I get an idea of something to write (or draw) I have to do it there and then even if it is just a draft ( do i sound crazy?) Do you ever feel like that?

Yes, I do feel like that. Sometimes ideas come like a ton of bricks, and a whole story is suddenly on the tip of my tongue. I feel like if I don’t get it down on paper right this second, then I’ll lose some of the luster or excitement of it. Even if it’s something as small as a great idea for a character name, or if I suddenly realize what kind of car a character should drive, I need to get it out immediately. (At some points, I go back and change it because it was not quite as good an idea as I originally thought!)

  1. What is next for you?

I’m finishing up my second novel now, and will be working on my third and fourth, etc for as long as I can. I will keep up psychotherapy practice, and keep enjoying life, I hope!

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So there we go! The lovely A.F Brady sharing just a little bit more of herself with us, which I really enjoyed!. 

If you want to read this amazing novel just click the link below 

As always I would love to hear from you guys.. Any book suggestions, what books you guys enjoy reading, favourite genres etc 🙂

Until next time. Be Kind, Be Happy, and Stay True to You 

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*disclaimer there are some affiliate links in this post. This book was also sent to me by the lovely people at HQ Stories and I always appreciate them sending me books to review. Please note that although this was sent to me any reviews and opinions are my own*

Book Tour and Review: Welcome to Gomorrah: Daughter of the Burning City. ( PLUS A GIVEAWAY)

Hello and welcome back to the lovely world that is Creative Misfit Reviews.

Now it has been a while since I sat down with an actual paperback book and I am so glad that I chose this as my first book. 

If you are a fan of fantasy with a bit of crime drama mixed in, along with some fun and quirky characters then this is the book for you.

I was a fan from the start! I don’t know what it is about these kinds of books but I just love entering a whole other world that I know doesn’t exist but it feels great to emerse myself in it for a few hours. To escape the rubbish that real life throws at us from time to time. I don’t want to give too much away, but the story, I feel is quite fast paced. You definitely hit the ground running but it does not sacrifice the details. Getting to know the characters and their personalities is great. Amanda definitely knows how to balance great content with a good pace. 

To give you a little sneak peak of what this book has to offer I have included an extract from the book and the Synopsis below:

SYNOPSIS

Even among the many unusual members of the travelling city-sized carnival that has always been her home, sixteen-year-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years.

This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.  An eclectic group one could barely imagine, Sorina’s family includes Tree, a sentient, humanoid covered in bark; Nicoleta, a maternal illusion who has super strength (unless she’s got stage fright); and Crown, a wise, Father-figure who grows finger nails on his body instead of hair.

Despite how life like they seem, Sorina knows her illusions are just that – illusions. But when one of them is murdered Sorina’s perceptions of the world are shattered and she must unravel the horrifying truth before the rest of her family meet the same fate.

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I peek from behind the tattered velvet curtains at the chat- tering audience, their mouths full of candied pineapple and kettle corn. With their pale faces flushed from excitement and the heat, they look as gullible as dandelions, much like the patrons in the past five cities. The Gomorrah Festival hasn’t been permitted to travel this far north in the Up- Mountains in over three years, and these people look like they’re attending the opera or the theater rather than our traveling carnival of debauchery.

The women wear frilly dresses in burnt golds and oranges, buckled to the point of suffocation, some with rosy-cheeked children bouncing on their laps, others with cleavage as high as their chins. The men have shoulder pads to seem broader, stilted loafers to seem taller and painted silver pocket watches to seem richer.

If buckles, stilts and paint are enough to hoodwink them, then they won’t notice that the eight ‘freaks’ of my freak show are, in fact, only one.

Tonight’s mark, Count Pomp-di-pomp—or is it Count Pomp-von-Pompa?—smokes an expensive pipe in the second row, his mustache gleaming with leftover saffron honey from the pastry he had earlier. He’s sitting too close to the front, which won’t make it easy for Jiafu to steal the count’s ring.

That’s where I come in.

My job is to distract the audience so that Pomp-di-pomp doesn’t notice Jiafu’s shadow-work coaxing the sapphire ring off of his porky finger and dropping it onto the grass below.

A drum and fiddle play an entrancing Down-Mountain tune to quiet the audience’s chatter, and I let the curtain fall, blocking my view. The Gomorrah Festival Freak Show will soon begin.

This is my favorite part of the performance: the antici- pation. The drumbeats pound erratically, as if dizzy from drinking several mugs of the Festival’s spiced wine. Every- thing sticks in this humid air: the aromas of carnival food, the gray smoke that shrouds Gomorrah like a cloak and the jit- tery intakes of breath from the audience, wondering whether the freak show will prove as gruesome as the sign outside promised:

The Gomorrah Festival Freak Show.

Walk the line between abnormal and monstrous.

From the opposite end of the stage, behind the curtain on stage right, Nicoleta nods at me. I reach for the rope and yank down. The pulley spins and whistles, and the curtain rises.

Nicoleta struts—a very practiced, rigid strut—into the spotlight, her heels clicking and the slit in her gown revealing a lacy violet garter at the curve of her thigh. When I first created her three years ago, she had knee-shaking stage fright, and I needed to control her during the show like a puppet. Now she’s so accustomed to her role that I turn away, un- needed, and tie on my best mask. Rhinestones of varying sizes and shades of red cover it, from the curled edges near my temples to the tip of my nose. I need to dazzle, after all. ‘Welcome to the Gomorrah Festival Freak Show,’ Nicoleta says.

The audience gawks at her. Like the particular Up-Moun- tainers in this city, and unlike any of the other members of my family, Nicoleta has fair skin. Freckles. Pale brown hair draped to her elbows. Skinny wrists and skinnier, child-like legs. Many members of Gomorrah have Up-Mountain her- itage, whether obvious or diluted, but these northern city dwellers always expect the enticingly unfamiliar: sensual, audacious and wild.

The audience’s expressions seem to say, Poor, lost girl, what are you doing working at Gomorrah? Where are your parents? Your chaperone? You can’t be more than twenty- two.

‘I am Nicoleta, the show’s manager, and I hope you’re en- joying your first Gomorrah Festival in…three years, I hear?’ The audience stiffens; they stop fanning themselves, stop chewing their candied pineapple. I curse under my breath. Nicoleta has a knack—a compulsion, really—for saying the wrong thing. This is the Festival’s first night in Frice, a city- state known—like many others—for its strict religious leaders and disapproval of the Gomorrah lifestyle. Three years ago, a minor rebellion in the Vurundi kingdom ousted the Fri- cian merchants from power there. Despite quickly reclaiming its tyrannous governorships, and despite Gomorrah’s utter lack of involvement, Frice decided to restrict the Festival’s traveling in this region. I can’t have Nicoleta scaring away our few visitors by reminding them that their city officials disapprove of them being here, even at an attraction as in- nocent as a freak show.

‘For those of you with weaker constitutions, I suggest you exit before our opening act,’ Nicoleta says. Her tone rises and falls at the proper moments. The theatrics of her performance in our show are the opposite of Nicoleta’s role in our family, which Unu and Du have dubbed ‘stick in the bum.’ Every night, she manages to transform—or, better put, improve— her entire demeanor for the sake of the show, since her own abilities are too unreliable to deserve an act. Some days, she can pull our caravans better than our two horses combined. Others, she needs Tree to open our jars of lychee preserves. ‘The sights you are about to witness are shocking, even monstrous,’ she continues. A young boy in the front row clings to his mother, pulling at her puffed, apricot sleeves. ‘Children, cover your eyes. Parents, beware. Because the show is about to begin.’

While the audience leans forward in their seats, I prepare for the upcoming act by picturing the Strings, as I call them. I have almost two hundred Strings, glowing silver, dragging behind me as I walk, like the train of a fraying gown. Only I can see them and, even then, only when I focus. I mentally reach down and pluck out four particular Strings and circle them around my hands until they’re taut. The others remain in a heap on the wooden floor.

‘I’d like to introduce you to a man found within the far- away Forest of Ruins,’ Nicoleta lies. Backstage, Hawk stops playing the fiddle, and Unu and Du reduce the tempo on their drums. I yank on the Strings to command my puppet.

Thump. Thump.

The audience gasps as the Human Tree stomps onto the stage. His skin is made entirely of bark, and his midsection measures as wide as a hundred-year-old oak trunk. It’s dif- ficult to make out his facial features in the twisted lumps of wood, except for his sunken, beetle-black eyes and empti- ness of expression. Leaves droop from the branches jutting out from his shoulders, adding several feet to his already daunting stature. His fingers curl into splintery twigs as he waves hello.

From backstage, my hand waves, as well. If I don’t control Tree, he’ll scream profanity that will make half these fancy ladies faint. If he works himself into a real tantrum, he’ll tear off the bark on his stomach until blood trickles out like sap.

His act begins, which is mostly him stomping around and grunting, and me yanking this way and that on his Strings to make him do so. I crafted him when I was three years old, before I considered the performance potential of my illusions.

The six other illusions wait with me backstage.

Venera, the boneless acrobat more flexible than a drip- ping egg yolk, brushes rouge on her painted white cheeks at a vanity. She pouts in the mirror and then pushes aside a strand of dark hair from her face. She’s beautiful, especially in her skintight, black-and-purple-striped suit. Every night, the audience practically drools over her…until they watch her body flatten into a puddle or her arms roll up like a croissant.

Beside her, Crown files the fingernails that grow from his body where hair should be. He keeps the nails on his arms and legs smooth, giving him a scaly look, but he doesn’t touch the ones on his hands and head, which are curled, yel- low daggers as long as butcher knives. Though Crown was my second illusion, made ten years ago, he appears to be

seventy-five. He always smokes a cigar before his perfor- mance so his gentle voice will sound as prickly as his skin.

Hawk plays the fiddle in an almost spiritual concentra- tion while what’s left of a chipmunk—dinner—hangs out of her mouth. Her brown wings are tucked under her fuchsia cape, where they will remain until she unfolds them dur- ing her act, screeches and flies over the—usually shriek- ing—audience. Her talons pluck at the fiddle’s strings at an incomparable speed. Her ultimate goal is to challenge the devil himself to a fiddle contest, and she figures by travel- ing with the world’s most famous festival of depravity, she’s bound to run into him one day.

Blister, the chubby one-year-old, plays with the beads dan- gling off of Unu and Du’s drum. Rather than focusing on their rhythm, Unu and Du bicker about something, per usual. Du punches Unu with their shared left arm. Unu hisses an unpleasant word loudly, which Blister then tries out for him- self, missing the double s sound and saying something re- sembling a-owl.

Gill snaps at them all to be quiet and then resumes reading his novel. Even wearing a rusted diver’s helmet full of water, he manages to make out the words on the pages. Bubbles seep from the gills on his cheeks as he sighs. As the loner of our family, he generally prefers the quiet company of books to our boisterous, pre-show jitters. He only raises his voice dur- ing our games of lucky coins—he holds the family record for the most consecutive wins (twenty-one). I suspect he’s been cheating by allowing Hawk, Unu and Du to forfeit games on purpose in exchange for lighter homework assignments. ‘Keep an eye on Blister,’ I remind the boys. ‘Those drums are flammable.’

‘Tell Unu to stuff a drumstick up his—’ Du glances hesi- tantly at Gill ‘—backside.’

‘That’s your backside, too, dung-brain,’ Unu says. ‘It’s an expression,’ says Du. ‘I like its sentiment.’

It would hardly be a classic Gomorrah Festival Freak Show if the audience couldn’t hear my brothers tormenting each other backstage.

‘I’ll stick it up both your assholes if you don’t shut it,’ I say. They pay me no attention; they know I never follow through with my threats.

‘A-owl,’ Blister says again. ‘Language, Sorina,’ Gill groans.

‘Shit. Sorry,’ I reply, but I’m only mildly chagrined. Blis- ter’s been hearing all our foul mouths since the day he came to be.

One by one, they perform their acts: the Boneless Acro- bat; the Fingernail Mace; the Half Girl, Half Hawk; the Fire- Breathing Baby; the Two-Headed Boy; and the Trout Man. The audience roars as Hawk screeches and soars over their seats, cheers at each splash of Gill flipping in and out of his tank like a trained dolphin. They are utterly unaware that the ‘freaks’ are actually my illusions, projected for anyone to see.

The only real freak in Gomorrah is me.

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This was my first book by Amanda Foody and it will not be my last! Such a  great writer with a big imagination and characters with even bigger personalities! 

If you couldn’t already guess. Daughter of The Burning City gets a 5 out of 5 from this Misfit

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As always I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions/comments! Let’s keep it positive guys!

I would love to hear your recommendations

Until next time, Be Kind, Be Happy, and Stay True To You!!

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TEASER TUESDAY!

Hey Guys. How are ya’ll doing? I hope you are all well.

Welcome to my first ever Teaser Tuesday! We have FOUR books for you today, which i’m excited to share. Below is just a bit about each book along with some great art work. Personally I am most excited about The Mercenary and I will be getting stuck in to the book this week. 

PETRA LANDON  – The Mercenary
 
 
SYNOPSIS:
She’s a prisoner of the Imperial Forces. He’s a nomad with a private mercenary army. Can a desperate girl’s risky gamble and a fierce warrior’s love turn the tide of war and alter the balance of power in their slice of space?

In a distant corner of the galaxy, Quadrant Five burns in the flames of a deadly war. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi
Imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, a young Budheya girl is sent to a distant space station to work in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe walks into the alehouse.

Zoran
Zoran is Hadari’Kor – notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their fierce reputation allows them to retain their independence, even as others are forced to choose sides in the war. Drawn to a weary-eyed server girl, Zoran is forced to confront age-old traditions and question his role in the war.

The Prisoner & The Mercenary
Alone, friendless and far from home, Saakshi makes a desperate gamble to trust a formidable and enigmatic stranger whose hot gaze haunts her dreams. The fallout from this improbable pact reverberates across space. As a relentless enemy hunts her, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi through a minefield of shifting alliances. When passion ignites amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will a warrior’s quest for justice bring a mighty Empire to its knees …

Author’s Note : A spirited and resilient girl, a fierce warrior with a conscience, a fiery passion that flares amidst the debris of a deadly war and a love that will alter the fate of an entire quadrant forms the tale of The Mercenary, a standalone story that sets the scene for The War Chronicles – a collection of SciFi Romance & Space Opera tales with romance, swashbuckling adventure & a sprinkling of action.

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ANGELA J. FORD – Eliesmore and The Green Stone
SYNOPSIS:

Run, run as fast as you can. Never stop…Changers have arisen, wreaking havoc as they harvest the world, searching for the Green Stone. The South World sinks in despair, holding its breath, waiting for the One.

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.
His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

But Eliesmore will soon learn he cannot escape his destiny. Beset by creatures of the deep and hunted by servants of the Changers, Eliesmore finds his task will test the loyalty of his companions and help him answer the ultimate question:

Can he trust the immortals – or are they the reason the Changers have come to power?

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SHAKYRA DUNN – First Words:Final Lesson

 
SYNOPSIS:

A recently-crowned princess with a thirst for magic accidentally destroys her home. A simple youthful rebellion grows into a lifelong friendship. A young woman meets reliable allies. And a young boy is dealt a harsh hand when he sets out to make his own path.

Four tales. Four parties. All intertwined to set the stage for a bigger event. The sense of adventure builds as lessons prepare to be learned.

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J.J. MARSTEAD – Tackling Lauren

SYNOPSIS:

Lauren
My brother’s best friend, Beckett… God, just the sound of his name sends shivers down my spine. He’s hot and he knows it.
And I want him.
But when a mistake I made comes back to bite me in the ass, will it cost me a chance at happiness? Or will Beckett finally be able to see me as more than just his best friend’s little sister?

Beckett
My life couldn’t be any better. My dreams are coming true, with everything I could ever want at my fingertips. I get to play football and have my choice of any woman I desire. But my life gets turned upside down when my best friend Eric’s baby sister Lauren comes to stay with us for a month.
How will I be able to control myself around the eighteen-year-old if she can’t keep her hands to herself?
God, help me.
Give me strength that I’ll need to survive the month. I’m going to need it.

Marstead

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As always I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on new books that are coming out. I can never add too many books to my TBR!

Until next Time Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You

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BOOK REVIEW: My Shadow Is My Enemy by Kayla Kirby

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*I was gifted this book by Quill and Ink Book Tours , however this has had no sway on my review. All opinions are honest and are my own *

Okay, so, this is my second Kayla Kirby book and once again gripped from the start of the book. IT is only a novella , which means it is quite short and for me that is the only downside to this book. There was quite a lot of character development for such a short book, however I would have liked to delve in to Their pasts a bit more, maybe see things a bit from Richards perspective, get to learn more about Tag and what happened to him.

Kayla has a way of introducing topics in to her books that could be triggering for people or uncomfortable because it isn’t touched on a whole lot but she does it in an empathetic way. It is hard to describe unless you read her work.. Once you do it will click and you will get what I mean.

James is a great main character, so complex. Clearly has a lot going on inside that he hasn’t dealt with. I definitely felt a bit of his anxiety and fear throughout and again you will understand what I mean by that when you read this for yourselves. I don’t want to give too much away but if you would like to find out what kind of author Kayla is before going in for a full length novel then I recommend this novella.

Now on to a bit about the author…

Author bio

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Kayla Kirby was born and raised in Washington State, a place she has never really considered home. She dreams of traveling someday with her family to see new sights and discover the secrets of the world. She began writing when she was a young child and started with writing Harry Potter fanfiction.

 Kayla met her now-husband in High School through a debate about the similarities of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Their romance started nearly two years after meeting and the pair eloped shortly after. Kayla packed up her life in Washington and moved to California with her husband, finding her home under the warm sun and close to the water fronts. However, a year later, they moved back to Washington where they currently reside, waiting to once again leave the rainy, Evergreen State behind.

When she isn’t writing, Kayla is either spending time with her husband, their young and active toddler, and their family including their dog Kodiak or working on her photography or, on a not-so-rare occasion, having arguments with her fiction characters inside her head.

If you would like to follow Kayla on her social media I have linked them below.

click here if you would like to see my review on her first Novel – Souls of This Broken City.

 Author links

Facebook- http://bit.ly/2gEtYsN

Twitter- http://bit.ly/2gRELh5

Goodreads- http://bit.ly/2hrxLrY

Amazon- http://amzn.to/2gsCCrf

Instagram- http://bit.ly/2gsQEcb

Website- kaylakirby.com

Overall I really enjoyed My Shadow is My Enemy I would just have enjoyed it more if it had been a little bit longer but that is just a personal preference because I do enjoy a slightly longer book especially if I enjoy books from a specific author. 

All in all it was a 4 out of 5 from this Creative Misfit. 🙂 

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If you enjoyed this little review come and show me some love 🙂 

What books do you like to read? Get a conversation flowing I am all up for book suggestions.

As always, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You.

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BOOK REVIEWS: Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Title:Brake Failure

Author: Alison Brodie

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Comedy

Kindle Edition: 322 Pages

SYNOPSIS

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?”

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

Disclaimer: I really hate this but as always my opinions are my own. The author kindly sent me a copy of this to review, however this in no way swayed my opinion.

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Okay guys so when I was sent this book by the lovely author Alison Brodie I really did not know what to expect. I feel like a lot of the time the title and the cover kind of gives it away a little bit but I didn’t really feel like it did with Brake Failure.

Obviously after reading the synopsis I had an idea of what the book was about and was excited to get cracking. I have a tendency to read books far too quickly at times so I reluctantly slowed down and took a bit more time with this one and I am glad I did.

First off , Ruby.. Now she is a weird one. At first I just really did not like her. She seem stiff, pretentious, stuck up and always wanted to get one up on her sister Claire ( who i also really disliked and would gladly slap for being such a snob) but as the story progressed you realise why she is the way she is and it really made me feel for her. I loved seeing another side of her! The side that comes out as the you read more is the Ruby that I think I would have a lot of fun hanging out with. I love Molly too. I think she helps Ruby to let her hair down and be herself more. 

I think the whole Y2K Millennium bug storyline was brilliant. It really made me laugh because I remember some people genuinely thought the world would end or something epic was going to happen and I can just imagine Y2K nuts running around stacking up on essentials “just in case”.

Now lets talk about the men in the story. Edward is a totally mamma’s boy. It feels like he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and is totally incapable of doing most things for himself! The way he whines.. OMG I would have lost my rag with him so many times and he definitely would not have been someone I would marry. 

As for Hank, oooo hank!!! I absolutely love his character! He is forceful but clearly has a sensitive side and the chemistry between him and Ruby could be felt a mile off. He is a great main character. 

Now when it comes to the genre I find it really difficult to place Brake Failure in to just one category because it has so many aspects to it. I would describe it as a Chick lit comedy with a crime element thrown in. There is a romance element to the story as well but I don’t feel like it takes over!. I feel the story is about Ruby finally finding herself after what seems to be a very restrictive, confusing childhood where I feel she was mentally abused.

The way Alison weaves all these different elements together is a sign of a great writer. I used to have a habit of flicking to the end of books because I was so impatient and didn’t want to wait to find out the ending but I actually enjoyed following Ruby on her manic journey and finding out who she met on the way. I was glued to this book from start to finish and I would 100% read it again!.

As you have probably gathered Brake Failure gets 5 out of 5 from this Misfit. Once again thank you to Alison for sending me a copy of this book!

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If you want to go grab your copy I have left a link below: ( this is an affiliate link)

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Thank you so much guys for taking the time to read my reviews. I love sharing my thoughts with you and I hope you enjoy reading my posts too.

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BOOK REVIEW: Gas Up the Jet, Baby! by Aubrey Parr

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Title: Gas Up The Jet, Baby: New York
Series
: Love On…#2.5

Author: Aubrey Parr
Genre: contemporary romance

 

SYNOPSIS

Nicole and Kate, from the Love on… series, set their sights on a weekend in New York City for their next girls’ trip. On their way to the airport, they meet Lauren. She’s left the home she shared with her cheating boyfriend and has a bag filled with her life’s possessions at her feet. Nicole knows exactly what Lauren needs, convincing her to join their jet-setting trip. Lauren spends the weekend reconnecting with her brother Cameron, a New York City cop, falling for Zane, a sexy bartender from their hotel, and hanging out with her new friends. Along the way, there is a bit of suspense and excitement that keeps them all on their toes. Come along with the girls for a weekend trip to the Big Apple!

 

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Okay so as you are all probably aware by now if you read my posts, recently Fantasy and sci-fi books have been my go to genre, however I am all for exploring other genres.

If you have read my previous reviews on the Love On.. Series you will know that Aubrey Parr totally changed my mind when it came to Contemporary Romance.  I think she is a great writer and although there are no crazy totally unrealistic fantasy creatures and fight scenes she writes in a way that keeps the reader actively engaged from start to finish. 

Although I did really enjoy the first two installments of this series I do have to say that there was something missing from this novella. I appreciate that novellas are supposed to be short a sweet but I just feel that this was a bit rushed. I am a very fast reader, and if I am totally engrossed in a book I can read it in a few hours but I feel that I went through this book far too fast. At only 85 pages long I think I finished it in about an hour and a half. 

As well as the characters we have grown to love there are some new characters in Gas up The Jet, Baby!. The new characters in the book are Lauren, newly single after walking in on her boyfriend and some other woman in their bed. Zane, the hunky bartender that catches Lauren’s eye as soon as they enter the hotel in New York, and Cam, Lauren’s older brother who she hasn’t seen for ten years.  Unfortunately, we only get a brief glimpse in to who these characters are. We learn a bit about Lauren but we learn very little about Cam and Zane. Unlike the other two books in the series I feel like I didn’t really get to know the characters well at all.  maybe it is just me but the backstory to characters is something I really enjoy reading about. I enjoy getting to know the personalities, likes and dislikes etc. 

Don’t get me wrong I did still enjoy this installment, however I did feel that it rushed through the story very quickly and if you have read the first two books you could kind of see where the plot was heading, which made it a little anticlimactic. 

All in all I am still an Aubrey Parr fan and my review is in no way a reflection on how I feel about her as an author, however this book just missed the mark for me so I am going to have to give it a 2 out of 5.

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I am back after a lengthy time away, I was hoping to be able to write more in April but for one reason or another that didn’t happen. Sometimes you just need to take time for yourself and refresh. 

As always lovelies I would appreciate your feedback, any comments or suggestions on books I should add to my TBR!

Remember, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!

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**Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

 

BLOG TOUR: Something Blue

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Title: Something Blue
Series
: standalone

Author: Kristy Nicolle

Genre: romance/dystopia

 

Synopsis

In the city of Monopolis where happily ever after is just a scientific formula away, Valentine Morland has been waiting nine years for her day to come. Now it’s here, and she will marry the man of her dreams, a stranger to her, before being swept off to life of carefree luxury and bliss, courtesy of the Jigsaw Project. However, all is not as Valentine imagined as her new husband is quickly discovered as not the man of her dreams, but one who claims he isn’t capable of love at all. Harbouring an intense paranoia for the system, which upholds the very idealist fantasy that Valentine holds so dear, Clark threatens to throw her into a world, not of bliss, but of scary consequence where her every emotion is under scrutiny. Can it be that the scientific formula with a 99% success rate got it all wrong, or is everything in the world of Bliss Inc. more sinister than it seems?

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863710-something-blue

 Purchase links

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ntJZTK

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2omSmo2

 

Author bio

Writing has always been an escape for me. I can imagine bizarre new worlds, create entirely new living species and dream up all kinds of odd and absurd scenarios. I love it, and always will do. Its my life. Even now, while preparing for to begin my Masters degree in 21st century literature, I am always searching for fresh inspiration. I live in England, in the city of Lincoln but originally hail from Norwich. If I am not concocting up mad magical ideas, I am usually curled up in bed reading, Modelling or adding to my vintage book collection. The power of the written word is marvellous, and I am continually finding myself learning, and exploring all its shadowy corners. I spend hours and hours combing through texts, books and words and quite frankly, it is exhausting.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Author links

Website: http://www.kristynicolle.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristyNicolle/

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