Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Polly and the Puffin: 02 The Stormy Day by Jenny Colgan

Polly and the Puffin: 02 The Stormy DayPolly and the Puffin: 02 The Stormy Day by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Polly and Neil are back in the second gorgeous children's book from Sunday Times bestselling novelist Jenny Colgan. Perfect for reading aloud and including fun activities based on the story.

The boat masts jangled louder and louder. Above their heads, black clouds gathered. Polly shivered, and then the rain started to fall: plop, plop, plop.

Polly is waiting for something important to happen. But waiting is hard. It's even harder when it's raining and you can't go outside...

Can Polly find enough to do to keep busy ALL day? And what will happen when her puffin friend, Neil, decides to fly off into the storm?

When this copy arrived for me to share with my class I couldn't wait, they had previously loved 'Polly and the Puffin' and I knew this would be another they would enjoy.

Polly and Neil's adventure starts on a stormy day, Polly is waiting for her dad to come home, as he is out at sea and Neil disappears into the big black cloud.

I loved this story as well as the children, it is easy to read and the illustrations, although only a few colours come across as really powerful. I enjoyed reading about the village that Polly and Neil live in, this is something new, as before we only got snap shots of the dock.

The children were completely quiet during the story and they really took it in. They particularly liked the activities at the back of the book, which I think is unique and would love to see more of in other books. They all said they would recommend it to others and they enjoyed continuing on with the series. They have asked me if there will be another as they loved it so much, I really hope there will be!

What I like about the book as much as the children is that it is quite a nice book to pick up if you are just becoming an independent reader, the language isn't too challenging, however does offer a few words which could be used as discussion. It is also not an intimidating book for a child to read if they are not too confident.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Madam - Jaime Raven

Three years and eleven months. That's how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.

Six months. That's how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.

Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie . . . and to make them pay.


I have been lucky enough to be able to bring you an audio clip from the book to help promote the release. You can hear this below. 
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Monday, 23 May 2016

An Audible Announcement

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Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book wins Excellence in Production and Best Audio Drama Audie Awards for [Audible Originals]

Eight wins for [Audible Originals], Audible Studios and ACX also include Excellence in Marketing and Best Original Work

[London, UK – Audible Originals], a production arm of, won the ‘Excellence in Production,’ and ‘Best Audio Drama’ Audie awards for its original, full-cast production ofRudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. Announced Wednesday at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago, this dual honour for The Jungle Book highlighted an evening during which Audible productions were recognized with eight Audie Awards including the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award for the best-selling, multicast recording of Joe Hill’s graphic novel series Locke & Key, and ‘Best Original Work’ award for Jeffery Deaver’s audio original The Starling Project.

“Congratulations to all of the fine actors, producers, marketers, designers, and audiobooks recognized this year,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Our full-cast performances of The Jungle Book, The Starling Project, and Locke & Key featuring state-of-the-art sound design and an original scores demonstrate our commitment to creating high-quality, innovative, original productions that delight our veteran listeners and attract new ones to the format. We are thrilled that they have been praised so many times and in so many different categories.”

[Audible’s full-cast dramatization of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories, was produced in association with charity partner Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the cast included Bill Bailey, Richard E Grant, Colin Salmon, Sacha Dhawan and Celia Imrie.]

2016 winners for [Audible Originals,] Audible Studios and ACX include:
·         Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories in the ‘Excellence in Production’ and ‘Best Audio Drama’ categories
·         Locke & Key, the bestselling audio dramatization of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, performed by a full cast including Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew and over 50 professional actors, in the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category
·         The Starling Project by bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, an Audible original production performed by Alfred Molina and a full cast in the ‘Best Original Work’ category
·         Two wins for titles submitted through the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) including ‘Best Erotica’ and ‘Best History’

Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Thandie Newton, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible won its first Audiobook of the Year award for The Chopin Manuscript, written by an all-star cast of mystery and thriller writers and narrated by Alfred Molina in 2008. With Audible Studios and ACX, Audible has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.

Audible, the world’s largest seller of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.

Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane - Ellen Berry Cover Reveal!

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
Ellen Berry
Ebook and Paperback: 14th July 2016

In the beginning…
Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You’.

Forty years later…

On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world – and no amount of aspic will stand in her way.

But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out…

Lose yourself in Della’s world of food, family and friends. The perfect read for fans of Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Break Up Club by Lorelei Mathias

 You may think you have read this post before, that's probably because you have. Except there is something a little bit different about it this time. Reader I dumped him, has had a makeover! It now has a new title and a new cover see this below!

I have included the original information in this post in case you missed it last time. I hope you love it as much as I do. I love the title, I think it is much more catchy than before. 


This story is a celebration of the people that bring you back to life when your world closes in: your mates.
Relationships come and go, but the Break-up Club membership never truly expires.

Holly Braithwaite and loveable loser Lawrence have been together for five years. But the obvious cracks in their relationship can no longer be ignored and Holly soon finds herself saying ‘it’s not you, it’s me.’

In the shock aftermath of their break up, Holly finds unlikely companions in Olivia, Harry and Bella. Together, they form the Break-up Club, as they support each other through their mutual melancholy and find ways to love, laugh and function as human beings again.

Break-up Club meets every Sunday. Each week, as the comedy and drama unfolds, they discover a new BUC ‘rule’. And, one by one, the rules become vital markers on their journey to recovery . . .

To our members, we’re the first emergency service

One lovely reviewer of Reader, I Dumped Him said they couldn’t help feeling a bit jealous of the friends in the book - ‘unlike some pals who come and go, this lot stick around, and bring wine!’ Well, I feel like a smug git saying this but - THEY’RE REAL! Sure, the storylines and characters in Reader I Dumped Him are different. But the essence is the same – they’re funny as hell, and we’d take a bullet for each other.

It’s fair to say my time in ‘The Real BUC’ has inspired the odd scene. Like when we accidentally went camping in Zone 3. It was the Glastonbury weekend, Michael Jackson had just died and we were all going through our second perfectly synchronised break-up together, 18 months after the first. Getting ‘out of London’ and dancing in the rain to a tinny stereo turned out to be a tonic – so much so that since then we try and keep up the annual tradition of ‘The BUC Bleak Day Out’.

Our last AGM - in Margate – went by in a heady daze of seaside beers, giggly interpretations of modern art, running into the sea in the freezing rain, shit-chatting over nuggets in the Margate Wimpy… and singing all the way home on the last train to St Pancras. A perfect day!

There’s a kind of candy-flossed tragedy about a British seaside town in Winter, and that’s just the kind of ambience you want for a Break-up Club excursion. Forget ten days in Marbs. You want the Withnail & I ‘We’ve come on holiday by mistake’ – kind.

Bleak holidays aside, why are friends are so important in a break-up? What gives them the edge?

I think it’s to do with your peers understanding what you’re going through – more so than your parents or your siblings. Dating in your late twenties/thirties – it’s a ball-ache because every relationship, you’re thinking - is this it? Are there yet? So there’s something special about all being ‘in the same boat;’ all shielding your ears together from the deafening ticking clock. It makes your friends better qualified to scrape you off the floor when you turn to an emotional blancmange. Again!

Even though I’ve not been single for a long time, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful as hell to ‘The Real BUC’. Reader, I’d marry them.

Read more at @loreleimathias

Monday, 16 May 2016

Solomon and Mortimer by Catherine Rayner

Solomon and MortimerSolomon and Mortimer by Catherine Rayner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Solomon Crocodile and his friend Mortimer are bored. They want to find some fun, but what can they do? Tree-climbing is tricky, chasing lizards doesn't end well and flying turns out to be a lot harder than it looks. But then they spot the biggest hippo in the river. Just imagine the splash he'd make if two naughty crocodiles were to surprise him! But Solomon and Mortimer are about to get a whole lot more than they bargained for...

Sure to delight fans of the original Solomon Crocodile, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, this warm, funny and charming tale from the Kate Greenaway Medal winning Catherine Rayner is one that young children will ask for again and again.

This is quite a naughty book, where the crocodiles are playing and attempt to creep up on another animal in the lake. To begin with you don't know that they are playing and initially the children I read this to were generally worried about this.

The story however was a cheeky one, which was humourous, only a few of the children I read this to got the joke. Although those who did found it very funny.

It would have been nice to have read the previous book with these characters in but it didn't stop the children enjoying this one.

This is a fun tale of how crocodiles like to play. The illustrations and the colouring in the book are lovely. It looks really fresh and clean.

I would like to say thanks to the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Secret Wife - Gill Paul Cover Reveal

Today I can bring you the cover of The Secret Wife  look how stunning it is, you will find some information about it below.

Publishes: 25th August 2016

A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .


Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with injured cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .


Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation forces her to flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to an extraordinary, long-buried family secret . . .

Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.