A Street Cat Named Bob Book Review

I hadn’t come across this book until the film was released in cinemas and I didn’t C8aWmPOXYAA3L2A.jpg-largeget chance to go and see it. I often do a charity shop book raid once a month to see what little gems I can pick up and this book was one of them. This title made me curious so I had to buy it.

The Goodreads and Amazon reviews for this book are a little hit and miss due to the copy and people commenting on its repetition. Just shut up. How can you expect someone who has had a difficult life since their teenage years to be an expert writer. That’s it, you’ve realised that it is quite unlikely.

I wasn’t sure what to expect and had no idea what the book was going to be about but I got into it straight away. Yes I do judge the way things are written but with this book I didn’t, I carried on and ignored what errors I’d just read. The way James introduced himself and his new best friend Bob was great, it was the perfect way to start a story.

It was very important for James to highlight how the homeless and vulnerable have to live on a daily basis. I have never been in this position but from walking the streets of London and seeing people on the street desperate for food, money and a home is heartbreaking. This book gives you a very good insight into that lifestyle. I felt happy when James came across Bob, I knew things would work out for them in the end! They are such an inspiring pair that go through a hell of a lot together but still walk around with smiles on their faces.

When James wrote about taking on the role as a Big Issue vendor – my way of thinking changed forever. Firstly, I was shocked. I have never known anything about the Big Issue Magazine but knowing its how the homeless and vulnerable get back on their feet will make me think twice about saying no when walking past. The vendors have to buy their magazines in order to make money – this made me sad.

I think everyone should give this book a read. After reading this I really do feel differently towards choosing to ignore those that are trying to change their lives.

 

I Never Gave My Consent Book Review

I have got to say, what an incredible and heartbreaking read by Holly Archer. This book is based on a true story written by a lady called Holly Archer from Telford, West Midlands. The book consists of 275 pages, at first I thought hmm that’s not a lot, you can’t tell a true story in that length but my word she did it and she did it well.

When I came across this book on Amazon I was extremely intrigued as I had never come across the story before. I Never Gave My Consent is a gripping read and some of the events that went on in Holly’s life is shocking. I was reading this in the car on my way to Paris and on several occasions I had to cover my mouth in shock, I was horrified that people could do such a thing.

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What kept crossing my mind whilst I was reading this is ‘She is a flipping child, what are you doing to her?!’. In some parts which may sound really bad from me but I have never been brainwashed was why didn’t she just run away or get out of the car. Then you realise that you have no idea what it was like to be used for sex by many different men.

The story is a brutally honest account of her teenage years living in Telford and being used as a prostitute within an Asian community. Holly’s account was so clear, it was as if I was there and knew her personally which is why I thoroughly enjoyed the book (not in a sick way). I even got angry and wished I was friend’s with Holly and Carly to help them, to pull them away from the vicious so-called men WHO HAVE CHILDREN?!?! Perverts with children, ergh just awful.

My hatred for those men, for Mr Khan, Kev and Andy (plus the many others) hasn’t settled still. I would have liked to read a little about the case and how long the seven men went to prison for, it was a really interesting read.

I hope now Holly has peace just like she said at the end and can continue to work with children to avoid this happening to more people. I highly recommend this book and it is a five star read for me. Please read this and tell the story to your children, to avoid grooming and having to go through the same or similar experiences.

Recommended Kindle books please

Since being made redundant I have turned into a gigantic bookworm again. This is great for me because I’m getting lost in books and I love it! However, I have two weeks left in France (I am so sad that I’m leaving) and I am looking for Kindle book recommendations.

I was able to borrow The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold from the local library in Sierentz but they only have about 10 English books so I need some digital books to read. I’m nearly half way through this book and I love the detail of the characters, situations and basically the whole story so far, it is an incredible book to read.

My list that I have read since August minus the kids books:

1) The Sound by Sarah Alderson
2) The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon
3) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
4) Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (only just started)
5) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (currently reading)
6) I Hate That You Bloody Left Me by Heather Hill

From 15th October for 5 days, I Hate That You Bloody Left Me by Heather Hill will be free to download. Make sure you click the link above to download it, it is currently £1.99 and a great spend!

So if you have something you’ve seen on the Amazon store or that you have on your Kindle, please comment below and I’ll check them out! If you’re an author and would like me to read your book and review it, there is a contact form in my ‘About Me’ section.

Get spamming with some fantastic books  🙂

The Sound Book Review

So I have previously written about the start of a book called The Sound by Sarah Alderson and yesterday I finally finished it! It would have been sooner if I hadn’t of lost it down the side of my bed – messy moo. I always say I will never give away the plot because it is unfair to read spoilers, I bloody hate it.

Where to begin? Well the book is just over 300 pages and it was read in a couple of days. I love that I can finish a good book in a few days, I enjoy them much more. This one is definitely something different for me but the front cover of the book actually made me buy it as well as the blurb.

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From day one I fell in love with Ren (the main character), she reminded me a little of myself as someone who wants to pursue writing as a career. She is a nanny from the UK currently like me (an au pair in France) and is getting ready to start university. Nannying in Nantucket seems like a great thing to do.

Ren works for the Tripps looking after two children with Carla and Mike. From the descriptions in the book, the children seem really sweet but I’m sure Ren has her bad days with them. Brodie sounds like a child you would love to look after, she is kind and quite a funny little character.

You are later introduced to several characters, Parker, Jeremy, Matt, Tyler, Eliza and Sophie – there are many more. Some you think pfft don’t be friends with them Ren but when Ren starts to get close with Jeremy, you can’t help but fixate on their relationship. Well if you didn’t, I certainly did. It is still a better love story than Twilight.

Every page made me want to keep finding out more about the individuals and what Ren was going to get up to. Things get closer with Jeremy and more is uncovered about another main character called Jesse. Jesse is the ‘bad boy’ of the book and Ren must stay away from him. Does she stay away? Of course not and that’s where the book gets gripping. WE LOVE JESSE!!!

Without going into too much detail because you need to read this book, the twists for me were quite unexpected. You learn more about the characters and get more involved, it feels like you are part of the friendship group. With certain books I can never imagine the scenes but with this one I was able to imagine characters, scenes and the voices. It was a strange feeling but I loved every minute of it.

Although I did enjoy this book, I did feel the ending was a little rushed. We are informed about a murder in the previous year and there was no focus on the serial killer. Within the last few pages you are completely hooked because it all changes and you find out who it is. There was no build up or answer as to why this character was the serial killer but nevermind I wanted to finish the book.

I highly recommend this book, it is a great read and you will not be disappointed. Sarah Alderson is now one of my favourite authors and I will be purchasing further books written by her.