The Longest Holiday Book Review

The Longest Holiday is written by British author Paige Toon. I had never come across this author before but this book popped up on my Amazon store as it was available to download for free so I thought why the heck not? It turns out I’m glad I did download it because I was hooked from day one.

Laura is the main character who discovers an awful secret which means she needs to escape. I connected with Laura, I thought she was a well thought out character and you instantly sympathise with her. In a way, I wanted a friend like Laura because she’s interesting. The way it was written made me want to be there for her and embark on her next adventure to America with Marty and Bridget.

There were parts of the book where I got frustrated with Laura because I wanted her to make up with Matthew and for it to be all hunky-dory. I was rooting for her to go back to England and forget everything ever happened but that didn’t happen at all.

Whilst Laura is in America, she meets a man called Leo. Now Leo in my mind is quite a good-looking fellow and I want to see him on film just to say ‘holy moly’ ha. I don’t know why I became obsessed with Laura and Leo but I needed to know more so I kept on reading whenever I had the chance.

As I always say, I will NOT give away any clues as to what happens in this book because I want you to support the author and go buy their book. I just want you to know that the twist towards the end will shock you, well it shocked me. It made me carry on reading until the end, I couldn’t put it down!!

For me I give this book five stars and I am really looking forward to reading more from Paige Toon.

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.

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.