The Holy Vible by Eli’s James and John Robins

This book is a genuine laugh out loud book. From their fantastic pod cast, which developed from their Radio X Saturday show, comes the book that the Bible could have been.

Elis’ Welsh tones and light-hearted badinage, vibes perfectly with the slightly bipolar John. Between them their alphabet of all things John n Elis provide a hilariously funny insight into their lives, their friendship, their Radio show and their entirely made up words, games and radio friendly swears (see glossary of terms).

Once you have had your fill of these two by reading their book and listening to all of their pod casts, then by all means head out to taste their vibe and go to one of their live readings of the book!

I have just been to one of these and their banter is fantastic, they are such nice guys, staying around to sign everyone’s book including mine (humble brag fully intended)!!

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Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies

I was given this book at a festival as part of a blind date with a book, I love being given free stuff, who doesn’t? But when it’s books that’s even better right?

So anyway I begin reading this book with hope and trepidation, I am a massive reader of authors that I know and love, so I was unsure what to expect with a new author. Once I saw it didn’t have very good reviews I was even more worried!

The book isn’t a massively long read, and is in the crime thriller/crime noir genre. However it didn’t build suspense, I worked out the killer after the first murder, characters are not really built up on so I felt no real connection to anyone and the ending was poor, it was like he got fed up of writing the book.

The most shocking part was that it was so poorly written, there were mistakes and bad grammar throughout. On several occasions he changed a character’s name by mistake and then changed it back!! One of the reviews I read said this was her real name Vs her nickname but in a police enquiry and various other professional capacities it would have been mandatory to use her birth name. It’s a poor excuse if you ask me!

While a pleasant enough way to pass the time, I wouldn’t have bothered continuing if the book was any longer than it was and I certainly will not be reading any of his other works.

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The Triangle Trilogy by Scott Sigler

Infacted, Contagious and Pandemic, otherwise known as the Triangle Trilogy are a great sci-fi, end of the world thriller.

These books were a jewel of a find in a little charity shop near where I live. The covers intrigued me, so even though it’s not usually my genre of book I brought them anyway.

I was not disappointed, the first book had me gripped and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen, it’s such a page turner. It has hero’s and villans, some of which you are never sure which side they play on! You will find yourself rooting for the good guys and characters you have come to know and love.

When an Alien cell system enters the Earth’s atmosphere it is here to do one thing, infect as many humans as possible to destroy the human race. Humans are smart and perhaps have figured this thing out and have the hope of beating it once and for all. The problem is the alien system is alive and evolving!

The information it learns from infecting the human race allow it to evolve and build better, more intelligent systems for infection. Can the people who thought they new how to stop it figure out how to beat the new strain before it’s too late?

Well you will just have to read and find out. I would not recommend reading out of order and I would also recommend having all three books before you start to read, they will have you hooked from the start. Well worth the read!

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The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Such a charming book, it was heart warming and uplifting and definitely brought meaning to the phrase “lost my marbles”.

How do you begin to know someone you thought you knew and who had hidden his true self for so long even he doesn’t know the real him.

For Sabrina this is exactly what happens, her father cannot remeber much of his life so when his belongings arrive at her house it reveals and father she never even knew!

How can Sabrina get to the truth when you cannot ask the only person who knew the truth as he now doesn’t know it either!

A fabulous reminder that not being ourselves hurts not only us but everyone we love and hold dear on our hearts.

This story is full of love, hope, understanding and most of all relearning who the real man is behind all the forgotten memories.

100% worth a read, as with all of Ahern’s books it holds hidden meaning and charm throughout.

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Innocent Graves by Peter Robinson

Another novel in the Inspector Banks series, while it can be read alone or out of sequence to the others it is probably best read in order. Even though the crimes are different in each book they contain the same characters and their side stories continue throughout.

Innocent Graves sees the brutal murder of a young girl, whose body is found in a graveyard. Her father has money, which as always means he has power!

Will his influence stop the killer from being found as the police are under pressure to catch the killer as quickly as possible or will further secrets be uncovered. Such is a small community, secrets never stay secret for long and the young girl who was murdered had kept a few of her own!

Highly enjoyable crime novel and a great series if you want a few books to sink your teeth into. Also has been on TV, very closely followed the novels.

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The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Well how can I describe this book without giving anything away, it is a fantastic read and I devoured it in three days. Thats the fastest I’ve read anything in a while.

This book makes it so subtle yet so clear that something just isn’t right throughout the story, the drama and the way the tension grows had me feeling physically nervous at times.

The book certainly lives up to it’s description, it is most definitely a psychological thriller. At times it had me suspicious, worried, angry and nervous but mostly it actually sent chills up my spine and I was scared for the characters.

The issue starts when a new girlfriend comes between Daniel and his mother, their relationship is fairly tight and she is very protective of her son even if he is an adult! His new girlfriend isn’t sure she likes this relationship and tries to put her own stamp on Daniel. When things start to go wrong who will be believed as the victim, the controlling mother or the controlling girlfriend? Its hard to decide when neither is completely innocent!

I know I always say it but this is a 100% must read for all book lovers out there.

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Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

Yet again Tess Gerritsen does not disappoint, this book is all about space travel and the international space station, it also plays on a persons biggest fear….what if we are not alone in the universe and what if they are hostile beings?!

This book does contain a lot of NASA acronyms but there is a full glossary of terms at the back. All the jargon just shows how real the story seems and the research that went into the book. Without these terms the story would fall flat and just become a two dimensional tale, rather than a book to get caught up in.

The idea that people aboard the international space station are at the mercy of ground control is a problem in itself but put in a deadly illness, the likes of which has never been seen before we have major problems. How can the guys be saved without risking the lives of the people on earth and how can an emergency rescue mission take place when it takes days to get there from earth?

This story is gripping from the start and on more than a few occasions will have you with a lump in your throat. As usual I fully recommended this book and most of Tess Gerritsen’s books, and if I haven’t recommended it yet it’s because I haven’t read it!

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