I post book reviews as often as possible but at least once a week every Wednesday! I hope they help you to find some new books that you'll love as much as I did!
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Beginners Spanish with the Superpolyglotbros! I’m so excited to be kicking off this tour! Thanks so much to Edwina for organising and don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops.
About the Audiobook
Learning a language doesn’t have to be difficult - sitting through hours of classes, reading boring lists of vocabulary or listening to someone trying to explain all that grammar. Let the Superpolyglotbros take you with them on a journey through the basics of Spanish. Full of personality and humour, this is a conversational guide to help you build the phrases and exchanges you actually need. With this original audiobook, you’ll be entertained as you learn, building up all the skills you need to get by and much more in just under 10 hours of listening.
Based on 30 real-life scenarios packed with essential everyday vocabulary, listeners will be taken on an audio immersive trip of a typical Spanish-speaking place complete with a host of real-world scenarios to help them learn language in context – whether it be meeting new people, exploring a new city or ordering in a restaurant with their new amigos. Perfectly tailored for audio, and thanks to the brothers’ innovative method of gradual immersion, spaced repetition and complete guidance throughout the course, students will be forming their own sentences and making the language their own in ways they never thought they could.
Drawing upon their own methods of learning together and a wealth of experience at all levels of teaching, the twins strongly believe that anyone, with the right tools and a healthy dose of fun, can learn a new language.
Beginners Spanish with the Superpolyglotbros is something a little different from what I usually review - which is just one of the reasons I’m so excited to be taking part in this blog tour!
Having learnt French the ‘traditional’ way, which took me a long time to understand all of the grammar and get to a level of being able to converse with others, I was super interested to see how this experience of controlled immersion would be, compared to what I had done before. And I’ve got to say, right from the first lesson, I knew that this style was going to be effective and enjoyable to learn with. After just the first 20 minutes, I’d already picked up so much in absolutely no time at all!
The bite sized lessons enabled me to listen on the go and made learning a lot more manageable. The content was clear and easy to follow and I didn’t find myself drifting or getting distracted or frustrated. There were lots of really useful tips as well as quick and easy to understand guides on pronunciation and grammar. This was a key benefit for me, as grammar in particular has been something I’ve struggled with in the past, but they made it extremely simple to follow.
I could really feel the twins’ experience with teaching and learning languages coming through, as well as their personalities and humour, which is what took this audiobook and learning experience up to the highest level for me.
Overall, I’m giving Beginners Spanish with the Superpolyglotbros 5 out of 5. It’s clear, concise and truly engaging. This audiobook really is for anyone, whether learning new languages is something you do a lot or whether you’ve never tried to learn a new language before, I’d highly recommend this and the Superpolyglotbros for all your language learning needs.
This audiobook was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Superpolyglotbros
The Superpolyglotbros are twin brothers and professional language coaches with over 20 languages between them. They've spent years perfecting a unique approach to language learning that puts immediate understanding and effortless interaction at its heart. Their technique has helped them learn Turkish in a week and teach Danish in just five days by immersing themselves and their students in the day to day use of a language.
With over ten years of professional experience in the language industry, from translation and interpreting to second language instruction and acquisition, from accent coaching to subtitling films, from bilingual education for pre-schoolers to linguistics seminars; if there’s something to do with ‘languages’, it’s safe to say they’ve done it.
Their linguistic abilities feature extensively in international media, with the twins making regular appearances on TV, radio and social media.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Dilemma by B A Paris! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.
Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.
The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?
Bring Me Back is one of my favourite books and while The Dilemma marks a bit of a new direction for B A Paris, it keeps all of the classic elements which make Paris’ books so addictive to read. Once again I was hooked right from the first page and it’s simply impossible to put down.
It’s also extremely difficult to review The Dilemma without giving the plot away, which is something that’s particularly important to avoid when it comes to this book and trust me you’ll understand why when you read it.
There’s so much tension and emotion packed into the pages that I felt like I was on a real emotional rollercoaster the entire time and I knew it wouldn’t be a book I’d be forgetting any time soon.
I loved the dual narrative style and the way it enabled me to gradually get to know the characters and the back stories whilst keeping the book moving along at a perfect pace and I don’t think I looked up once the entire time I was reading.
The ending was the jewel in the crown for me though, it shocked me again and again and was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. Once again, a classic feature of B A Paris’ books.
Overall, I’m giving The Dilemma 4.5 out of 5. It’s addictive, emotional and powerful. What a way to start off the year!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Now approaching 1.5 million copies sold in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Ex Girlfriend by Nicola Moritarty! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
Luke is the one. After everything she's been through, Georgia knows she deserves someone like him, to make her feel loved. Safe.
The only problem is his ex-girlfriend. Luke says Cadence is having trouble accepting their break-up, but Georgia thinks there's more to the story. She has the feeling someone is watching her.
So when everything starts to go wrong at work, at home, in her old friendships and her happy new relationship with Luke, Georgia starts to feel afraid.
It's becoming clear Cadence wants what she has. But how far will she go to get it?
The name Nicola Moriarty is becoming quite a regular feature on my blog, and for very good reason. I pretty much fell in love with Moriarty’s writing after reading The Fifth Letter back in 2017 and I fell in love with it all over again whilst reading The Ex Girlfriend. There’s something quite spellbinding about the way it reads.
While it starts at more of a comfortable pace, as the book progresses the pace gradually picks up and by the end, it really is gripping and edge of your seat level stuff.
I did guess quite a key part of the story, but I definitely didn’t guess how all of the pieces of the puzzle would eventually slot together and when they did so, I felt completely satisfied. The way the ending always makes me feel completely content is a real highlight of Moriarty’s books for me and with The Ex Girlfriend I had one of those moments where I closed the book and felt completely fulfilled.
Overall, I’m giving The Ex Girlfriend 4.5 out of 5. It’s atmospheric, dramatic and extremely satisfying. I can’t wait for more from Nicola Moriarty!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Nicola Moriarty is a novelist, copywriter and mum to two small (but remarkably strong-willed) daughters. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at university, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop. The Fifth Letter was her UK debut novel, followed by Those Other Women.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer! Thanks so much to Jenny for organising the tour, don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
A cold case for Captain Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido of the Hawks elite police unit - not what they were looking for. And a difficult case, too. The body of Johnson Johnson, ex-cop, has been found beside a railway line. He appears to have jumped from South Africa's - perhaps the world's - most luxurious train, and two suspicious characters seen with him have disappeared into thin air. The regular police have already failed to make progress and others are intent on muddying the waters.
Meanwhile in Bordeaux, Daniel Darret is settled in a new life on a different continent. A quiet life. But his skills as an international hit-man are required one more time, and Daniel is given no choice in the matter. He must hunt again - his prey the corrupt president of his homeland.
Three strands of the same story become entwined in a ferocious race against time - for the Hawks to work out what lies behind the death of Johnson, for Daniel to evade the relentless Russian agents tracking him, for Benny Griessel to survive long enough to take another huge step in his efforts to piece together again the life he nearly destroyed - and finally ask Alexa Bernard to marry him.
The Last Hunt is the sixth book in the Benny Griessel series, but make sure you don’t let that put you off if you’ve not read the previous books. This was the first Benny Griessel book I had read (in fact it was my first book by Meyer ever) and I absolutely loved every minute of it! I got right into it instantly and the relentless pace kept me hooked for the entirety of the book, so much so that I barely put it down.
I loved meeting all of the characters, who were so well drawn that they felt completely real to me. It was the same with the setting, I almost believed I’d been to South Africa and I felt like I’d been on such a journey by the end of the book - both distance wise and emotionally!
The plot was excellent, there was so much suspense while the current affairs and political edge kept it right up to date.
Overall, I’m giving The Last Hunt 4.5 out of 5. It’s totally gripping, with plenty of twists and plenty of action. I can’t wait to read more of Meyer’s books!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Deon Meyer is the award-winning and bestseller of both series and standalone crime thrillers. He has won the Deutsche Krimi Preis, Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique for DEAD AT DAYBREAK, which was adapted for an Afrikaans M-Net TV series (SA). He has also received the Barry Award in the Best Thriller and was shortlisted for the Macavity Best Mystery Novel Award. He has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger three times. Rights in his titles are sold in 30 territories and 28 languages and many of his books have been optioned for film. DEAD BEFORE DYING was filmed for a 6-part TV series, titled CAPE TOWN. He is much in demand for appearances at festivals and tours around the world. @MeyerDeon
Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Stone Song by Tom Bale! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
On a sweltering summer’s night, teenage siblings Jack and Lily witness a helicopter crash on the main road between Brighton and London. The next morning they wake to find their village has been sealed off from the entire world. A terrorist cell is holed up in Stenhurst – or at least that’s the official story, put out by sinister government agent Wynter and his vicious sidekick, Major Kellett.
But later that day, Lily and Jack stumble on the truth: the authorities are hunting for a mysterious creature, labelled CatX, who escaped during the crash. Together with their friends, Erin and Oliver, Lily and Jack take it upon themselves to defy the lockdown and protect the creature, no matter what the risks.
The stakes are raised still further when a team of American agents arrive with their own unique technologies. Nobody who sees the CatX must be allowed to survive, and yet it soon becomes clear that there is a much bigger secret here...one that threatens the entire world.
I was excited to be invited to this blog tour for so many reasons! I’ve never reviewed an audiobook on my blog before and since The Stone Song is a dystopian sci-fi thriller, it also gave me the chance to read a little outside of my usual genre, an experience which I always enjoy.
And I certainly did enjoy every aspect of The Stone Song. All of the characters felt well-developed and real, while the plot kept me fully engaged and completely gripped.
I also really enjoyed the narration by Raza Jaffrey. He’s got a beautiful voice which kept me captivated and only heightened the intrigue and tension I felt during the audiobook. (Additionally, I loved the interview with Jaffrey at the end, I thought it was a nice little addition.)
Overall, I’m giving The Stone Song 4 out of 5. It’s fast-paced, tense and had a poignant but satisfying ending. I’ll definitely be reading more by Tom Bale.
This audiobook was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
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