These are fiction books I have read, loved and recommend

In alphabetical order

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My Review

This is not my usual genre. I am not a young adult by any means. However the description spoke to me and I am very glad it did.

Georgia Springate has captured the emotions of 14 year old Alex as he struggles to come to terms with his sister's cancer. Being of similar age to Alex when my nana died of cancer I could identify with him. Some of the family reactions were similar to my own families.

All of the characters are so well described I could imagine them as if they were in front of me. I wish I could have read it in one go but I got to savour it in small doses.

An excellent debut from an excellent writer - there will be more to come and I will be at the front of the queue to read them. Take note of this name - you won't regret it.

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My Review

Some books leave you with a lot of words to write. Some books leave you unsure how to do them justice. Read this in one sitting. I wanted more but to be honest it doesn't need it. I don't want to spoil this. I read it without reading the blurb because of the enthusiastic response of people who read it. Sometimes it's better to not know and just go with the flow. It's 46 pages, it's less than an hour. Something tells me it will stick around in my head for much longer than that. Take a chance, you won't regret it.

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My Review

 

The characters are relatable and well drawn in their well imagined world. The twists and turns of the story keep you reading, wondering who to trust, what might happen next and what it all means for the Danae. This book trilogy comes under children's books but as a grown up I am thoroughly enjoying getting caught up in Cheryl Burman's fantasy story. I suspect may adults will love these books too. I have to read all of them.

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My Review

Gwen and Mark bravely face known and unknown threats on a mission to find their sister Lucy and plead for help for all in their village. They learn a lot along the way and meet people who sometimes help and sometimes hinder their progress. They keep going and so must the reader. Cheryl Burman's series is set in a fantasy world every age can relate to. I love the element of surprise that she conjures up. Glad I could purchase and read all of these without waiting. As soon as I finished one I started the next

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My Review

The final book in this trilogy continues the twisting turning journey. This story has been an entertaining one that I didn't want to put down. Each angle has been carefully thought out. Each character so well drawn I could see them. The world that Cheryl Burman created came to life as if she drew it for me. Loved it.

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My Review

Steve is an unlikely hero who goes on his own journey taking the reader with him. Each character you meet, you are wondering if they can be trusted, each part of the story leaves you wondering what will happen next and wanting to know NOW. I couldn't put this down and I am little older than the YA readership it is aimed at. Very pleased there will be more as I still have questions. Fi Phillips has a wonderful imagination and really knows how to engage the reader. This is a real page turner. In short I loved it and I really want to know what happens next. Not sure how many books there are in the series but I know I am buying them all.

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My Review

I love Cheryl Burman's writing. She brings characters to life and makes you care about them. I don't do historical fiction but this is actually women's fiction at its best. Raine's life in 1950's Australia is so well described my own lack of knowledge was no hindrance to me. I was kept guessing till the end. I loved every bit of this book. Read whatever you can by this versatile author. You won't regret it.

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Legend of the Winged Lion - Cheryl Burman

My Review

Cheryl Burman’s magic touch brings evil to life in a battle not all will survive. Relatable characters in a fantastical world drawn by the pen of an award-winning writer. The sympathetic Gweyr pulls you into her everyday world. Ilesse’s temptations keep you guessing if she will succumb. This is what can happen when dreams come true.

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The Fable of Wren - Rue Sparks

My Review

Rue Sparks' creates a world and characters you can believe in. Wren has identifiable struggles, grief, loss, feeling excluded, wondering if someone can be trusted. As Wren attempts to resolve the mystery surrounding Aiden Turney's death, they discover things about themselves too. This is great writing with unusual elements. Bravo Rue. Jethro is my favourite but can they be trusted? I don't always go for the good guys. You will just have to read the book to find out.

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My Review

There was a time when this sort of fiction was all I read. It started to become too predictable, I took a few risks, tried new stuff and never looked back. I was drawn to this book by the blurb. I decided to take a chance figuring an indie grown up with a prize winning history (in another genre with another name) might have something more to offer the genre than my previous reads and I wasn't wrong. Jane Harvey rolled into town with her collection of relatable characters and well written story and I got hooked. Stories that have a romantic element generally focus strongly on that and everything else falls into place once the people get together. This is a much more realistic story about people with a touch of romance in the mix. I love the unpredictably and the non stereotype characters. Sequel please Jane, maybe more than one, there are people in the cast I want to know more about. April's story could go a little further too I would say. Bravo for bringing more to the table than your average easy reading book. This is indeed a book for the thinking woman. I can see Harvey's books being on my must read list for some time to come. 

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Tropical Love (Postscript Island Prequel) - R.S Jonesee

My Review

At the beginning of this book I thought it was one thing and as I got further in I realised it wasn't. R.S.Jonesee made me reconsider what my first impressions of a book tell me, which is quite fitting given the contents of this book. It is in some senses an easy read but that didn't stop me rooting for the MC and wondering where tropical love might take them.

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Tropical Kiss (Postscript Island #1) - R.S Jonesee

My Review

Heaton has it all including the girl, until the girl gets caught naked with an equally naked chef.
Liz's fiancée decides that with a lottery win in the bank he wants a different life without her in it.
They both arrive on Postscript Island in disguise looking to heal their broken hearts.
They thwart each others intentions. When the disguises fall away they are left wondering if there is something real between them and if they can trust it. R.S.Jonesee excels at Romcom, with real characters. She knows love is by no means a simple thing.

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Unforgettable - R E Loten

My Review

I took my time with this book because I didn't want it to end. I wanted Tom to be happy whoever that was with. I could feel him being pulled in half. I was uncertain what he would do. These very human people with their doubts and flaws come to life on the page. This is a well written, believable story which will linger with me for a long time.