New Monthly 5 Book Review

Hi everyone, welcome to the latest set of reviews.

This time I'm looking at the "This Man" series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. 

This is a three book series based in London and describes the lives of a gifted architect and the man who pursues her. 

If you're a fan of Sylvia Day and EL James, these books are for you. I'm a fan of Sylvia Day's "Crossfire" series and I've read those more than a few times, as I have the "Fifty shades" series. 

What disappointed me with these books is that to me the author is trying to put it across that a seemingly talented woman, the architect finds herself completely consumed by and unable to function without the man that spends his time harassing her and controlling every move she makes while trying desperately to keep his own secrets. 

This scenario is just unrealistic but the books are compelling reads if for no other reason you spend the entire time willing her to see sense and get rid of him! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the concept of being completely took over by a guy is fine and I completely understand the idea that you're so in love that you don't feel like you can function without the guy but really? 

I'll let you decide. 

For me, a 3 book score. These are ok for something to read....and I like having a complete set on my book case.


Welcome to the third book review in as many days! 

No lie, I only started reading "If I Stay" while I was babysitting for a friend on Saturday night and I finished the book yesterday. I couldn't put it down!

The book has a sad note to it and I narrated by a teenage girl who is the only member of her family to survive a car accident. She's in a coma for the majority of the book, but it is interesting to see her perspective on the whole matter. She remembers how things were for her family and has to decide whether to carry on fighting for her life or to let go. 

I'm not ashamed to admit I cried reading this one, it was heart-rending at times but I certainly came away feeling so grateful for those I love. 

I would read it again but not for a little while so a solid 3 book score from me.


A truly amazing, classic crime novel, written by a Lady I would call the 'Queen of Crime', Agatha Christie.

A novel featuring one of Ms Christie's famous detectives, M.Hercule Poirot (my favourite fictional detective), this novel tells of the murder of a passenger on the Orient Express train, and the subsequent investigation by Poirot while the train is stuck in a snow drift. 

I love Agatha Christie's way of storytelling. She had an ability to draw you in and make you wonder 'whodunit' while Poirot is unearthing the killer. Add the unexpected truth in "Murder on the Orient Express" and you have a great book to read! 

A solid 4 book score from me. Right, I'm off to put my 'Little grey cells' to the test...... Enjoy!

Hi everyone! You are in for a treat. In my last blog, I told you I was deciding between two new books to read...well I have actually read both of them so here is the review of the 1st one.

Be prepared to be drawn into this book right from the beginning. This is a deep and compelling novel showcasing a dark family history and a shocking truth.

I was really engrossed in the book, really wanted to know what was going to happen next, what had happened to put the characters into the position that they find themselves in. 

The book has an almost spooky side to it, a real sense that something isn't quite right, of "badness" that you can't really shake and as the truth is revealed you understand that feeling just a little more. 

I read this book in the matter of a few nights, i was so engaged with it. I finished the book with a resounding "Wow". 

I would highly recommend this book as your next read. A solid 4 book score from me. 


This month's review is on a book called "The Violet Hour" by Richard Montanari. You should know I finished reading the book literally 5 minutes before I sat down to write this for you. 

In short this is a crime novel that keeps you gripped all the way through. I'll be honest, when it comes to crime novels, I am normally able to guess the "whodunit" fairly easily, but with this book I was surprised that I couldn't see the villain  from the start. I enjoyed the slow build in the suspense and then the worry as you see the main character getting closer to the truth and the events that this was setting in motion. 

With the tagline "He's waited twenty years. He'll wait no longer...." on the front cover of the book, you know you're going to be in for a good read. I like that the book doesn't read in the same way aas a crime book sometimes can, as though it has been written by numbers, where one book turns into the next without any differences being apparent. I like that you're taken in one direction and then suddenly twisted about as the truth emerges. 

Would I read this again? yes, without a doubt. A solid 3 book score from me. It isn't the type of book that I would immediately start over once I had finished it and I would need a little while to forget who the bad guy was in the end before I picked it up again, but I enjoyed this book a lot.