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Welcome to Jen Med’s book reviews. I guess I’m no longer new to this blogging malarky but I still have the pretty useless down pat. Hey. I’m trying (some would argue very…).

Manager by day, and insomniac reader by night, this blog is home to my book reviews and random ramblings. If I can inspire just one person to read a new book or author, then I’ll consider my job done and be a very happy bunny.

You will find details of my review policy here.

Please note I currently have a very full review schedule so may not respond to requests straight away and cannot guarantee a review at this stage.

#BookLove – Katrina Hart (@KatrinaHart2015)

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Today I am delighted to welcome author Katrina Hart to Jen Med’s Book Reviews to share with us all a little of her #BookLove. Before we find out all about her book crushes and her greatest love of all, here is a little bit about Katrina.

About Katrina

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My name is Katrina but I was always called Katie. I live in the East of England with my family and Holly, Smokey my two cats as well as Jessie our dog, they are a nutty bunch but I love them all the same.

This blog is a bit of everything relating to writing, books, favourite quotes and sometimes cats and dogs. I’m a discovery writer so this blog could veer off into all directions knowing me, however I will try not to let my blog seem like a wild creature that needs taming. My First novel is called Finding Destiny, writing it sparked such a love of delving into new worlds with interesting people. I don’t think I could ever stop writing now, once it was finished I wrote another book that I’m currently editing at the moment. Also at this moment in time I’m working on producing my third novel.

Since I started writing I have discovered a new love for quotes, a quote that really inspired was from Toni Morrison. Toni said  “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I came across this quote whilst I was studying, this is one of the many things that inspired me to begin my first novel. Reading is a great passion of mine, I could easily spend a whole lifetime engrossed in a good book. That’s what summer’s for right? Reading in the garden, letting the day pass you by.

I love to hear about new and upcoming books, this is something that really excites me as I just can’t wait to crack open a new book and start reading. I would like to use this chance to welcome all writers that would like to be a guest blogger and share about their novels, short stories along with giving people a insight into what journeys their characters may take as well as any future plans they have.

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Blog Tour Review: The Girl on the Bus by N.M. Brown (@normthewriter. @Bloodhoundbook)

Today it’s my pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for The Girl on the Bus by N.M. Brown. I’ll have a review to share with you, but first, here is what the book is about.

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A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears. 

Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her former friend and room-mate, Laurie,  for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished. 

Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter. Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice. 

The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods he and Vicki track the killers who are working across the dusty freeways of North America. 

Soon Vicki and Leighton find themselves nervously waiting at a remote bus stop expecting the arrival of the bus. 

Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie? 

And can they both escape with their lives? 

When I first saw the blurb for this book I’ll admit to being intrigued. I’m always up for reading a good crime novel and one with extra added mystery is always right up my street.  And this book promised a lot. So, question is, did it deliver?

By and large yes it did. The Girl On The Bus really is an interesting premise. A young girl travelling alone disappears on route to visiting another friend across country. This kind of mystery always has a wealth of possibilities attached to it and I have to be honest, the way in which the author chose to take this mystery is definitely unique. I won’t go into too much detail as to why as that would spoil the surprise.

The basic premise of the tale may not be new, and the techniques used by the killer not entirely unexpected. Even with a limited technological or criminal understanding it is not hard to work out what they were doing. And to be fair, the book doesn’t attempt to bog you down in too much technical detail as that would slow the action down considerably, but it certainly helps that Vicki has a wealth of knowledge of computers and is able to uncover a lot of information which would otherwise have not been available to the retired Detective.

I kind of grew to like former Detective Leighton Jones. He seemed a straight kind of guy, pushed out of his role by a new Chief who seemed to have an axe to grind. He is haunted by the past, not unusual, but he does have a good head on his shoulders and a conscience which won’t let him leave Vicki on her own. I don’t know why he appealed to ,e, he just did. There was something there that just worked. Vicki… Well my feelings on her were split. On one hand she appeared to be a snivelling wreck over her parents relationship and then on the other she was strong and assertive and as brave (and foolhardy) as any heroine would be expected to be. Together there was strange chemistry between the Leighton and Vicki which made the story engaging and drew me in as a reader.

For me I didn’t really feel I had time to get to know the killer’s victims, making it hard to feel anything much more than surprise over their deaths. There was a sense of tension as you knew the victims were drawing closer to an inevitable fate, but it didn’t quite shock me as much as it perhaps could have. Maybe it’s because the deaths weren’t particularly gory, the level of violence not very graphic. And I know that sounds terrible to say but had there been a little more, I don’t know, oomph maybe, it would have escalated this story to a whole other level. Don’t get me wrong. There were still moments which took me by surprise but I think this could definitely have turned up the fear factor a couple of notches, keeping me on the edge of my seat a little more, and still have been very accessible. Of course that’s just my opinion and I know that many people will probably like it exactly because it isn’t gratuitous or overly violent in any way.

In terms of surprises though, got to be honest I wasn’t quite expecting that ending. Yes the tension did pick up here, the thrill of the chase as Leighton closes in on the killers in a bid to save Vicki, but what transpires in the end… well that’s one way to close a case for sure. And the very final chapter? Well it kind of put me in mind of the film Identity. If you read it, I think you’ll understand why.

Only because I think this could have stood for a little more gore or shock factor, I’m awarding it 4 stars.

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My thanks to publishers Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing the copy of  The Girl On The Bus for review. It is available to purchase now from the following retailers:

Amazon UK | Amazon.com

About the Author

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Norman M. Brown is an author living and working in Scotland. He attended secondary school in Stirling where he spent more time in the library or in the nearby park with a paperback, than he did in classes… Ironically, having graduated from Stirling University with a degree in English, he soon ended up back on the classroom again – where he has shared his love of fiction for two decades. 

Having experimented with poetry, scripts and short stories over the years, he finally decided to write sit down and write the type of fiction he would like to read. The result was his crime thriller -The Girl on the Bus. As result, Norman was delighted to be signed to Bloodhound Books at the start of this year. The Girl in the Bus, is his first published novel. He is currently writing a second novel based on its protagonist – detective Leighton Jones.    

You can follow the author at the following links:

Website | Amazon | Twitter

Make sure to take in the other brilliant blogs taking part in the tour.

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#BlogTour: Dead Souls by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie; @Bookouture)

O. M. G. The day has finally arrived. Today is the day that Dead Souls, the sixth Kim Stone novel masterpiece is set free and I GET TO BE ONE OF THE TWO BLOGGERS TO OPEN THE BLOG TOUR!!! Whoop whoop.

You’d be forgiven for thinking I might be a bit happy about that. But you’d be totally wrong. I’m actually a lot happy. A massive Happy Publication day to Angie and Bookouture. I’m pretty certain you’ll be having a blast and you truly deserve every bit of happiness today. Because this book, ladies and gents, is epic!!!

I’ll share my review with you in a moment, but first up here are those all important bookie bits. Continue reading “#BlogTour: Dead Souls by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie; @Bookouture)”

#BlogTour: Guest Post – Alice by KL Loveley (@K_L_Loveley; @EmmaMitchellFPR) #Giveaway

Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for Alice by K.L. Loveley. I have a guest post from author K.L. Loveley to share with you on her road to publication in just a moment, but first of all, here is what the book is about.

Alice -by K.L Loveley - front coverThe Official Book Blurb

Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.

When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.

Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…

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#BookLove: Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog

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It’s time to spread a little more #BookLove and today I’m absolutely delighted to welcome the brilliant blogger Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog to the page to tell us all about her greatest book love and secret crushes. I’m sure many of you have already seen Joanne’s fab blog, but before we find out her all time book favourites, here’s a little more about the person behind the blog.

About Joanne

JBI’m  Joanne and I just love reading! I enjoy a wide variety of books but would say my favourite genres are contemporary fiction or thrillers and I also enjoy a good love story. I love hearing about what others are reading and look forward to sharing what I am reading. I am a member of two book groups plus Book Connectors on Facebook so have plenty people offering inspiration about what new books to read. And plenty people to share details of what I’ve been reading. I review for Lovereading, New Books magazine and Netgalley, as well as sharing my reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook.

You can follow Joanne on the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook

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