*BLOG TOUR* Home – Amanda Berriman ★★★★

Blurb; Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.
She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

My Review; This story will tug at your heartstrings and will probably be very different from what you usually read. Home is told through a child called Jesika who is four years old, which some readers may find hard to read due to the child’s dialogue but as a mother to a toddler myself I had no problem reading this story.

Home will make you open your eyes to a child’s perspective of life and your actions towards them which I am sure we can all learn and relate to especially us parents. I fell in love with little Jesika from the beginning. I found Ryan’s character very shifty from the start and then I started to really dislike him.

This can be a challenging read to many readers, but it is a lovely story overall with a perfect, happy outcome. Very cleverly written through the point of a child. I would highly recommend. It also highlights how many children do face poverty which is what Jesika had to go through and beyond. Not what our children should have to face so young. A powerful story, a well deserved four stars.

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*BLOG TOUR* We Own the Sky – Luke Allnutt ★★★★

Blurb; A triumphant story about love, loss and finding hope–against all odds”. We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”Rob Coates feels like he’s won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob’s world begins to unravel. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.

My Review; Before I even started this story I knew it was going to be a heart breaking and tear jerking story, which is based from true events. We Own the Sky is an emotional story that parents should never have to face. I must also mention how this story highlights the power of love and the relationship between a father and son. A story that may not be to every readers taste due to individual circumstances but a beautiful story. One that will remain in my heart. I awarded four stars and would highly recommend to you all. The story is written well, easy to read but does contain long chapters. 

*BLOG TOUR* Blue Night – Simone Buchholz ★★★★

Blurb; After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived…

My Review; I am going to start by saying how I liked it had a little map before the story, an extra little touch. Then, WOW! What an opening to a story, Simone sure knows how to grab the readers attention within the first two pages. I also loved how the main character was a woman (Ms Riley).

I liked the way Simone has written this story, very well written but even better is how all the characters got to have their own little part at the end of each chapter as a little conclusion of their own, their own views and problems. Made it perfect!

The ending well… What a fast paced, explosive ending that was. A well deserved four stars from me. An easy to devour, brilliant story. I highly recommend! This story has been translated by Rachel Ward and I think she did a superb job of it too.