Til Human Voices Wake Us by C.S Johnson

Firstly thank to R&R Book tours and C.S Johnson for the copy to review on this tour.

Genre- Science Fantasy/Mermaids

Sometimes the difference between reality and insanity is only a matter of absurdity.

There is nothing wrong Milo Bishop fears more than the thought that he is going insane.

Having grown up hearing his Uncle’s Jay’s stories about strange mermaids Milo never had a reason to believe they were actually true. But when a near death experience gives Milo a verison of a mermaid calling to him for help, Milo is forced to test his uncle’s claims. And when he winds up in Rasulka, the mermaid community tucked away, deep under the southern California seas, the question of his uncle’s sanity is the least of his concerns.

I loved this book! It has mermiads involved which hooked me straight away! It was a bit of a slow starter for me as i felt the story could have hooked readers in more qucikly.

I liked the style of this book as it was easy to follow and read. The characters were all likeable which i liked and the relationship between Milo and Laura was so cute.

There is a pre sequel to this book which i felt provide more backstory to this novel. I really enjoyed getting to know where the story was heading. I also have to say how the mermaids are not portrayed as your typical friendly loveable creatures which i liked as most writers take that route.

Now the ending is always my favourite part of novels. This book provide a happy and satisfying end to the story. It is completed without a cliff hanger which makes wonder if there will be a follow on book to this one. I hope there is becuase i love mermaids and loved this story! Go check it out if you love mermaids!

Ps- Such a beautiful cover too!

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Corners Untouched by Madness- A Personal Journey of Overcoming Mental illness By N.Daniel

Firstly, thank you to R&R book tours and N. Daniel for a copy of the book to read.

Synopsis-

Daniel, the main character, settles for s mundane office job in the surburbs but is haunted with guilt. When a beautiful woman from his past appears, it ignites a chain reaction, setting him on a journey to confront his troubled history. Based on actual events, this inspiring story attempts to enlighten its perseverance. Will Daniel be able to brave his trauma and put his inner demons to rest? Or will he be consumed by the most cunnning adversary of all? The truth.

Before i get into my views on the book let me just say this cover is so beautiful! It fits perfectly with this story.

This book was like a breath of fresh air. At the moment i am getting into reading more about mental illness so this book was right up my street. We don’t talk enough about mental health and i hope people read this book to get a deeper insight.

At first it started a bit slow for my liking but then i got hooked in! I really loved this book at how it expresses the emotions of the joruney he takes. It deals with of course serveal mental health illnesses.

The story is really beautiful and i can’t express how much i really enjoyed it! The writing style was easy to read and follow too which i like in a good book.

Now getting to the end of the book is my favourite part. This didn’t disappoint it leaves you wanting to know more! It was just a perfect fitting for this story and i couldnt put it down.

Final note – I take my hat off to the author N.Daniel for writing about the issues in the book. I also, thank you for providing your perspective of the issues in the book. I hope more people write about mental illness so people can not feel alone and get the deeper understanding you provided! Again THANK YOU!

5* from me !

Paper

Hi, to anyone that reads my blog i am doing a poem post today. Hope you like it! 🙂

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Delicate, thin, or thick,

the texture should not define it.

 A dull ache for it to appear,

Why does it define me?

…………………………….

White is all I see, yet others see the colour.

Come to reach me? Step closer, give it a rip.

There are many sheets, there are many to choose.

I am in line waiting for you.

……………………………..

Crumbled, broken, destroyed!

One sheet is all you had to choose!

Multiple packs are never enough!

Why can’t you see me!

…………………………………..

Ripped apart by hopes and dreams

Paper thin these walls creeped in.

Alone again, so paper thin.

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed 🙂

x Vick x

Walking with Elephants Review!

Firstly, i want to thank sliver dagger book tours for allowing me to review this book. I applogise to them as my review is really late! I am sorry about that. Please find below a review and my thoughts on the novel.

3⭐️⭐️⭐️

I felt it started off really slowly and continued at that pace. However, that is only my personal opinion. I like that it had lots of dialog in the story as for us readers it gives us more feelings of what the characters are feeling and the emotions at that time.

I love endings in books and a reason why i gave it 3 stars was because i did not like the ending of this book it provided the answers to questions i had but it didnt leave me shocked or wanting more! I like books that do that.

However, i loved the romance in this story it was well placed in the story and i really enjoyed it through out the book. I would still recommend this book to people as i enjoyed it still.

Thank you to Sliver Dagger Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

New Beginnings By Johanna Nield

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Synopsis-

Natasha Arden loves music, food, sex, clothes (not necessarily in that order….) and her boss.

Unable to tell anyone because he’s married, she pours her heart out in the only way she knows how: a private blog.

Her feelings are tested when Jamie is suddenly widowed, and their relationship flips dramatically as he starts to lean on her for support.

Once foot-loose and fancy-free, Tasha is now frantically striving to navigate a minefield of moral dilemmas and social taboos. Follow her story as she endeavours to understand grief, love, loss and most importantly: her choices.

4*

This book was set out in a blog format which allowed for us to get the perspective from the main character Tasha. I liked the format as it is different style to read than I normally do.  The issues addressed in the book was good and it dealt with how grief can affect people differently. So, I really enjoyed that.  

I really liked the relationship that growed throughout the story and felt that it didn’t feel rushed like some authors do. I liked the little bits of dialog that was shown through the blog style as, then it still gave some perspective and interaction from the other characters.

The only thing that stopped me giving 5 stars was the beginning was a bit slow to get me hooked in to it. Also, the ending didn’t leave me shocked or surprised and I like that in a book but that is just my personal preference.

I would recommend this book it is a good book that I enjoyed reading.

Writing Update!

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Hi, everyone i am posting below a chapter from a novel i am working on. I would love critical feedback! That is how we all improve 🙂

All I see is her face every night, every day and every dream.  My little sister eyes when I told her the news of the selection. That day was a blur, everything happening all so quick I couldn’t even take her with me away from him.

My arrival was quick the plane landed on the Sky people’s ground. The ground here was different, it had sparkle in it like glass. I turned around to look at my new surroundings. All I could see was glass, I didn’t understand. As I turned back around a figure was moving.  It was a woman walking towards me in her black suit, as she got closer, I noticed her eyes were an unusual purple.

“Welcome to your future here at SkyMore.” she smiled.

“Erm…. thanks, I guess.” I shrugged.

“Now, if you would like to follow me, I will show you where you will be staying.” She started walking away.

I followed her as this was my new life, without my sister, it hurt my heart.

“I hope you like it here, we do our best to try and get you settled. My name is Delilah”

She opened the car door for me to get in. This is all so surreal I thought. The air smelt different here more of a fresh scent rather than a dirty smell.

I watched from the windows until we reached one of the shiny buildings, it went up forever.

“Most new comers have the same expression when they reach SkyMore” Smiling at me.

“It is a lot to take in seeing myself in all this glass” I smiled.

“Follow me please”

The entrance was so grand, it was like stepping into a movie. There was even a check in desk like the movies! I followed her into the main hall where there were three others waiting there. I glanced in their direction, two boys and one girl, all looking at me with their piercing eyes. Suddenly, we stopped that’s when I realised, we had reached them.

“Joseph, this is Adam, Bridget and Callum. You will be this year’s students to join our society. The rules are simple:

  1. No access is permitted below level one
  2. No going outside after ten pm
  3. Everyone in their rooms by eleven pm
  4. No questions about your families

If we all manage them, we will get along fine.” She smiled.

The girl raised her hand. We all turned to look at her.

“Yes, Bridget” Delilah annoyance showed on her face.

“Can we not even contact family?” She squeaked out in fear.

“No, I am afraid people her will become your new family. Now, time to see your rooms.”

The stair case was even bigger than the entrance! Must have been over thirteen levels. Not one of us talked much on the way to our rooms. But then again, we were four strangers placed in a weird new society. We reached level seven, there were ten doors all which had names across them. We reached the first stop, Bridget was first to discover what lay behind the door. Then followed Adam and Callum. The slow walk to the last door at the end of the corridor had my name on it.

“This will be your room. If you have any questions my office is based on level three.” She smiled and placed the key in my hand. I waited until she left, then I placed the key in and turned the handle to discover what lay beyond.

Thanks for reading i appreciate it 🙂

SummerLand by Lucy Adlington

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This is a YA novel that was inspired by true events from war.  At first it intrigued me as it wasn’t something I normally read about. So, I was lucky to receive this copy from Reader First. It follows the journey of Brigitta of love, friendship and family.

The first few chapters did hook me into the story the plot did get going straight away from there.  The chapters all have food items as their names which was weird at first but then I thought it brought humour to a serious written about topic. Also, the food in the chapter was written about in each one which was cool.

The characters were well developed in the novel and all had good interactions throughout. I loved the music element in the novel it brought more live to the book as well as focusing on the struggles Brigitta faced. The book sets first person perspective which I like as it made it more personal to the character.

I love a good ending! This book did not disappoint it was a twist I didn’t figure out or expect! I think it was definitely a highlight of the novel for me.

Overall, I would recommend this book as it is a more excitable way to read about war times and the story is so touching. That twist at the end too!

Thanks for reading!

xVickx