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Netflix: 13 Reasons Why

So today on my Twitter I explained that although my work life is taking over I still wanted to keep momentum on here. I asked in a poll what I should share and something from drafts and the blogger award were chosen. So here is a draft that I started a long while ago about a TV series that well and truly got under my skin so without further ado. I give you 13 Reasons Why.

Summary: Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.

My thoughts: It’s been a while since I have been compelled to write about a TV show. I guess this one is different as it originates from a book today I am talking about 13 Reasons Why. I love that Netflix commission so many different shows and I’m even more impressed that this one started as a book. As you can guess I haven’t read the book but I am contemplating the audio book. I have heard a few of the basic differences and I’m intrigued to listen and to read more from Jay Asher.

Now, 13 Reasons Why is essentially a sad story about a girl who committed suicide and the tapes as in the 13 reasons are explaining why ultimately. So the story is told by two people Clay in the here and now and Hannah through her tapes that are passed around certain students for various reasons. From the off I liked Clay – a nice guy, bit of a nerd but an amazing all round good guy. I also felt for Hannah from the off as she wanted to fit in and to matter, and it seemed that many people didn’t really notice her until she was gone.

This is a real coming of age story with all the usual angst. At times this is exceptionally hard to view but I believe it is done so well.

For me I was on the edge of my seat awaiting Clay’s tape as I said I liked him from the off so I wanted to know why. It killed me to hear it and to see how truly touched and broken by it he was. Clay isn’t malicious but like most teens he didn’t totally think of how his actions would come across. A few small words from Clay to Hannah could have changed her life.

Hannah’s cry for help with a counsellor and her final moments were such hard viewing.

I hope to devour the audiobook soon and I will once again share my thoughts. There is to be a second season and I cannot wait to have the gang back as there are still so many unanswered questions. I may even review each episode that’s if you guys would like that?

Have you watched 13 Reasons Why? Or have you read the book or anything more from Jay Asher. I would love to know your thoughts and suggestions.

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Book Review: Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Published 28th July 2017 by HQ Digital 

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried…

Review: Firstly wow!!!! I honestly don’t know how to do this beauty of a debut justice. Darren O’Sullivan I’m literally such a fan and I’m ready and waiting for what’s next from you. So much so I will drop everything, sorry to whatever book I am reading at that moment. To read whatever you bring out next. That’s how much faith I have in you after devouring this creepy treat. 

When the cover for Our Little Secret was shared by HQ Digital on Twitter I instantly wanted to know more. In reading the blurb my interest was hightened, I then went on to request on Netgalley and yay I was accepted. This was my initial post when I knew I had to read this book Cover Reveal: Our Little Secret

I wanted to read it as close to publication day as I could as I had always said my review would be up on that day. As much as I’m writing this earlier I’m sticking to that rule. Wow! What a rollercoaster of emotions but the thrilling ride is chilling and oh so worth it. For someone who never used to read thrillers let alone psychological ones I can safely say this is one of my ultimate favourites and another book that chills me to the core as I cannot pass it on to my Grandad Sam – I would have loved to have had a convo with him about this one.

The story is told by Chris the man on the brink of suicide – you also have Sarah’s points of view and background on her- who is on the platform on the day he decided it was time. Then there are diary entries from Julia, and then there is Steve – the best friend. I don’t want to delve into it too much as I want you as readers to discover everything that happens just as I did but I must say until very late on I hadn’t seen it coming. 

It’s funny as in some aspects of the story it made me think of the film psycho ( I am not spoiling) you knew that the situation was messed up but part of you was routing for him anyway there are parts of that with Chris.

I enjoyed that the story was in sections by date and time although with the occasional flashbacks showing how this had come about. As I got nearer and nearer to the end I felt like my heart was pounding too just like when the action comes to head in a dramatic film. 

Darren touches on loss, betrayal, friendship, love, loneliness and mental health all in one novel. I felt drawn to all of the characters even though I didn’t always like them they were easy to relate to and in some ways easy to read.

A heart pounding, rollercoaster ride that would make an epic film or TV show. I was right to be excited by Darren’s debut and wow what a way to begin I cannot wait to see what chilling story comes next I’m going to have to read something light next as I’m still in awe of Our Little Secret so much so I’m a little lost at where to go.

If you adore thrillers do not hesitate but download this beauty today it’s 99p well spent. Darren enjoy today everything that started with March train station has led to today publication day. What a read…..

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Blog Tour: The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters By Jaimie Admans and Giveaway…

Published on by HQ Digital on 7th June 2017

Blurb: Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy.

Where dreams come true…?
Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…
Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Review: Firstly better late than never! It’s been a crazy week for me and I was hoping to spend my day off engrossed by this gorgeous book but the beaming sun gave me other ideas namely a splitting headache, since then I have had a number of interruptions but I’m finally ready to share my thoughts.

I remember when I first saw this cover and Jenny was asking who wanted to be on the cover reveal and then the blog tour and I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t read anything by Jaimie before this but I definitely will read more from her.

Wow wow wow!!!!! This book stirred up so many emotions I was laughing and crying I literally fell in love with the characters especially Wendy and Julian and I too feel like I kind of know Eulalie.

As you would have seen my various wandering Wednesday’s I’m often wandering and this time it’s to France. A place that in my life I have had mixed feelings towards but the chateau sounds picturesque to jet off and change my life like Wendy and Julian have is just what I need right now.

Jaimie thank you for giving me a book that has made me question a lot of the things I say and do. Sometimes taking a step outside of your comfort zone is exactly what you need. 

I love that the story is kind of left open- I would love to see these characters revisited and I desperately want to read more from Jaimie. I loved trying to power read to make this all happen and I’m glad I did this book is one of my faves from 2017 and I will definitely be recommending to anyone who will listen.

To honour the fact this post is so late it’s almost tomorrow I won’t be posting tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing and share with me what you are reading.

There is a gorgeous giveaway that I almost forgot.

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Book Review: Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell and Giveaway.

Published: 2nd March by RedDoor Publishing 

Blurb: The grass is always greener on the other side…. Or is it?

Meet Rachel. She’s trapped in a sleep-deprived world of misery and grief. She used to love being a wife and mum, but now life is a grown-up mess.

Meet Adam. He’s trapped in a world of grief and confusion. It wasn’t always like this, but since the accident, things have never been the same. 

Rachel and Adam used to be friends, back on the days before marriage and babies…before loneliness set in. Then along came Facebook. So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their online friendship, what starts as a little harmless flirtation soon becomes an obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them. 

Because I was lonely expertly traces the rollercoaster of actions and reactions experienced by a cast of credible, fallible, and ultimately human, characters. 

Review: Firstly I must thank RedDoor publishing for sending me a copy of this. I feel like I had this ages before it was released yet I didn’t start reading until the day before. On my initial read I was shocked and hooked by Rachel who is the first character we hear from. I felt sorry for her and I longed for her to get the support she needed. She sounded so lost and in despair. My heart was in my mouth on reading her initial thoughts. The book is split into two parts we hear from Rachel, Adam, David and Julia and then in part two we are shown how their lives intertwine. 

Wow for a debut novel Hayley really did go all out Because I Was Lonely is heartfelt, poignant and real. Each and everyone of us can change based on a series of unfortunate events. Adam changed due to an accident that he blamed himself for. Rachel changed after baby number two Jamie and lack of sleep. Julia didn’t change so much but she adapted to the situation and maybe not in entirely the right way. David became frustrated and became lonely and easily distracted. 

I wasn’t expecting part two to be as naughty as it was. It’s funny what connecting to the past can feel like via social media and how sometimes those furthest away from us are the ones who make us see the clearest of blues. I was intrigued and at times shocked by this novel, it just shows that anyone can switch when they are desperate enough. I also liked the fact that the ending could mean many things so each reader could take something different from it. 

I really enjoyed this debut by my name sake and now I want to give someone else the chance to read this intriguing and at times shocking read. Comment below as to why you would like to read it and whether I made you want to. I will give it until Wednesday evening and then I will pick a winner.