Forever Summer by C.J. Duggan [A Review]

Ellie and Adam have had each others backs for as long as they can remember, and even though they live separate lives now, Ellie still remembers the good times they shared in High School. There’s just one catch about the summer of 1999, she vowed to tell Adam she loved him, and blew it. Now lonely in the city, Ellie is called home to attend her best friends engagement party, and staying in the same flat as Adam is tricky.

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I’ve read and reread the series of books that came before this one, and I was way too excited to see how it all ended, considering these two were the only ones left unmatched and how pivotal they are in the other stories it felt like a great way to end the series.

I love the time stamp on these books, because although they’re modern and set in times we can all relate to, they started out in the mid 90’s and ended in 2001. It’s refreshing to read a book where mobile phones and Facebook aren’t at the forefront of the story.

Ellie is bubbly and charismatic and although she makes some bad life choices, she’s still strong willed and independent. I can’t tell you how boring it gets when the female lead is a damsel in distress and needs saving by the guy. Girl power is a thing that needs to be exploited!

Adam is also a little different, although he is buff and handsome he’s also a little bit goofy and totally oblivious to how he makes Ellie feel, which again is nice to see in a modern romance because he’s not arrogant and cocky.

This book (along with the rest of them) ties in great with all of the other intertwining stories and you feel like even though it’s a new couple you’re not completely hearing the end of the previous ones. Continuation is key people!!!!!

I suppose if I had to pick a flaw in this book is that it doesn’t quite fit the overall tone the other books had, it’s a little bit more grown up and less carefree, which you could say is due to the fact that Ellie and Adam are older than the other couples were in their books, but it still felt less like summer.

Overall score: 8.5/10 Great and fun but not as good as it’s predecessors.

What others are saying about this book:

Andie on Goodreads: The perfect end to a perfect series! 5/5

Kristy on Goodreads: I have waited a year for this and it was so worth it. But I need more Adam. MORE. MOARRRRRRR. 4/5

Sarah on Goodreads: What did I think of the book!? What did I think!? I’m not sure? maybe how perfect a finish it was to a very special series 5/5

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An apology…..

It’s been well over 4 months since I really posted on the blog, and even then it was my attempt at gaining some control over it again. However, my head and my heart weren’t in it and I felt like the thing I loved had been turning into something I disliked.

After months of personal problems I’ve finally come to love my blog again, and I’m willing to try my hardest to make it what it used to be.

So, as of today, I will be posted again on BasicallyBooksBlog, and gradually taking blog requests and ARCs. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you for your patience and I’m sorry it took me so long to find my passion again.

Have a great day!

 

Ransom by Rachel Schurig [A Review]

Daltrey and Daisy have been best friends since they were small, but when Daltrey and his brothers get a record deal, they drift apart. After some cruel bullying at school Daisy is in a new town with a new life, without Daltrey. Can they reconnect after all that time, and with the pressures of Daltrey’s new fame looming over them.
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To start off with, let me just say that I first read this book about 2 years ago. It was one of the first books I read about rock stars that I really liked, as well as something more tame, unlike my obsession with the grittier stuff at the time.

What did I like about it?

Who doesn’t want a sweet rock star to fawn all over them? This book is like the goldilocks of teen romance, super sweet but has just the right of spice to not be boring. The story started with a flashback to when they first met at a young age, and that made the book go from “ooh this sounds interesting” to “I like this already”. The personalities of the characters work really well together, even the supporting characters like Daltrey’s brothers and Daisy’s friends all fit together like a jigsaw.

I also really liked the pace of the book. It flowed really well with how I wanted it to go. I didn’t want it to rush into things and be too dramatic, and it lived up to my expectations in that department.

The Ransom brothers also totally remind of of R5 EVERY SINGLE TIME I picture them. Not a bad image huh?

What didn’t I like?

Nothing is perfect, no matter how much you love it. I didn’t like how fragile Daisy was all the time. I know she comes out of her shell more after some time and she has a backbone, but it was very typical for the gender stereotypes in romance books. Someday I’d like to read a book where the female is the put together one, but not a bitch and too fake. Where the guy has issues that the girl can fix, but not in a way where “loving you is my medicine”.

However This is a small fault not only in this book, but in most, so in hindsight it’s almost the perfect story.

Overall score: 9/10.

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something light and romantic to read without any soppy, cheesy lines and rushed romances. It does feature Daisy’s issues with mental health, and talks about suicide and anxiety. This might be a sensitive subject to some, if so, I suggest you skip this one.

 

What are others saying about this book?

Debra on Goodreads: It was a quick read with a limited amount of angst and some definite swoon worthy moments, told from a dual POV. 3.5/5

Jan on Goodreads: A beautiful story of best friends who supported each other from the age of five, both sharing the loss of a mother in their lives, giving them an instant and binding connection. 5/5

Chrissy on Goodreads: This is my first Rachel Schurig book, and I cannot wait to read more about the Ransom brothers 4.5/5

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Advance by K.A Duggsy [A Review]

Faith is a reporter in what can only be described as a ‘new future’. A place where people are separated into districts based on wealth and technology is at it’s core. But it’s not as simple as it seems. Advance Industries is creating new technology that can teleport people in an instant, but it’s not as safe as people think. With the help of some rebels, can Faith and Kye figure it all out?

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First of all, this is one of those books that grips you from the start. You don’t really know what is going on at first (and still have questions towards the end) and the suspense that all of the secrets bring to the book are what keep you reading til the end.

What did I like about it?

I loved the fact that it was in a very believable setting. Although it’s very futuristic, The city is a perfect mixture of sci-fi and reality. The atmosphere that I imagined while reading was very similar to how I feel when in my home city, but with the images of modern buildings and less sociable people.

I really loved the characters. Faith and Kye are yin and yang to each other, Faith being the fiery and determined one and Kye taking a back seat and letting her figure things out, while still being dreamy and understanding.

What didn’t I like?

There wasn’t anything I disliked about this book, other than it wasn’t my usual; cup of tea. I’m used to cheesy romance novels on a daily basis but although it wasn’t as racy as I’m used to, it was still a very enjoyable read.

If I were to change anything though, it would be that at times the pace felt a little bit slow, but that’s nothing more than me being a little bit petty. I can’t fault it on anything really.

Overall score: 9/10 Loved this book and can’t wait to read Book 2.

What others are saying about this book:

2 one click chicks on Goodreads: Advance is so descriptive I could really get lost in the book! Hence why I managed to finish it in a day!!! 5/5

Clare on Goodreads: This story takes you on an exciting ride with plot twists and turns throughout and with such an epic ending that I so much want to read what happens next! 5/5

A.L Wright on GoodreadsA quick, enjoyable read, and now I want to know what happens next! 4/5

You can buy Advance from amazon

Want more from K.A. Duggsy? Check out her Facebook,Goodreads and Twitter accounts. She’s a great new author who could use your support, so lets show her some love and get clicking that like button.

Thank you for reading. If you would like to read more from me, you can find all of my blog posts on the blog. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know by liking the post, following me or leaving a comment. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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Doing what it takes…..

In January, I stopped posting on my blog.

This was around the time I lost my very new job, and couldn’t find a new one.

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I’ve always been a fairly strong person emotionally when it comes to life’s obstacles, However this year so far, broke me.

I suppose there are a lot of worse things out there, and much more I could be going through, but a person’s battles are their own, no matter how small. It’s hard enough to get a job in the market right now anyway, let alone someone (no matter how much experience) without a degree with their name on it.

I must have applied to over 150 jobs in the past year. Out of those I only had a handful of interviews and each one of them had a defining moment where the light disappeared from their eyes when the question “what have you done so far” came up, and I had no mention of Uni.

I’m not ashamed of my choice to not go to Uni when I could have, I stick by my choice to take the path less taken and see what monsters are lurking down there. But as proud as I am of my choice, It still doesn’t take away the emotional pain I have from not being “good enough”.

That’s why I stopped posting. I would wake up every morning (or afternoon since I had no job) and stare at my computer screen, not because I had no inspiration or content to write, but because no matter how long I stared at the blank document, I was always thinking “what’s the point?”.

But, now I see what the point is. The point is that no matter if only one person sees that blog post, it might, just might make their day that little bit better. Might give them the hope that even if their taste in books is a little cliche, someone else out there enjoys them too. The point is that it might not help me with job applications or future endeavors, but I am doing it for myself, for my pleasure and enjoyment (as well as yours).

My message is, don’t give up on yourself. Don’t throw things away when you will regret it in the long run. I regret not posting for so long, but I needed some time to myself to get my head around my life, to figure out my next path. Who knows, maybe I will go to Uni next year, maybe I’ll do a night course, maybe I’ll finally learn to drive and get a tattoo and go on a holiday on a whim. No matter what I will make sure I don’t lose sight again of what is important……me.

Thank you for reading, have a great day!
Remember, you’re always allowed to be a little bit selfish.

 

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Up and Running [Blog update]

If you’ve been a follower of mine for a while, you may have noticed the lack of posting in the past few months, despite promises of a big change.  I got to a point where the blog no longer was what I wanted it to be, or to become.

I felt like the content I was posting wasn’t its best, that the structure of my posting was irregular and staggered and my enthusiasm for my work was dropping. So I took some time off, to review everything in great detail, to make a list of things I wanted to change for the better (I hope).

As of next week (April 11th) the blog will start to undergo some changes to not only its website, but to social media. Not all of these changes will be apparent at first, but I hope in time they will show.

What does this mean for you?

If you’re a reader, then this will mean better reviews, tv analogies and all forms of content, making your time and mine valuably spent.

If you’re an author, this will not only mean my reviews of your work are much more structured, this will also mean my filtering process for requests will change, and not all requests will be accepted like before. This is no judgement on your work, I just want to refine the genre’s I review a little bit more. Any promised reviews will still be posted, regardless of the material.

If you’re in PR/Outreach, the same applies to my above statements, except queries will be dealt with through Email, and not on social media. This is to help me keep track of what and who I’m currently dealing with and to keep the process more efficient.

What shall I look out for?

Firstly, there may be some aesthetic changes to the blog, and logos might change. This isn’t fully decided on yet since the previous ones are relatively new and have no problems.

The content will go through very strict proofreading and scheduling so they will be way more awesome than before. Everything will have the same tone and feel but with a little bit more thought.

Social media updates will be regular and messages will be responded to as soon as possible.

 

I hope to hear from you with any suggestions on how I can make the blog better, and any new requests can be sent to my new email address char.basicallybooksblog@gmail.com

Have a great day!

Author interview with K.A. Duggsy

K.A. Duggsy’s brand new novel, Advance has just released, and I’m getting super excited to read it. Not one to stick to the easy path, Duggsy’s newest book tells the story of a guy who’d do anything to protect the girl he loves, a protagonist with an iron will, and a gripping story that will not only expose Advance Industries, but also expose you to new genres.

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I was fortunate enough to ask Duggsy some questions that I feel would benefit you if you’re thinking about getting the book but aren’t sure what it’s about. If you’re wanting to become an author yourself or even if you’re wanting something new to read.

 

1. Tell us about your book a little bit. Who are the main characters and what is their story about?

Advance is a story about overcoming. The main character Faith lives in the future in a city where wealth rules. She meets Fraser Laudnam, a homeless guy who claims to be Advance Industries leading scientist and she agrees to help him expose them and right the wrongs they’re committing. Enter Kye who abducts Faith and urges her not to trust Fraser. Faith has been misled, mistreated and has no memories of Kye but once she gets her memories back she realises she’s been a pawn in Advance Industries game all along.

2. What inspired you to write this new book? Was there a specific eureka moment?

How this story came about was quite weird and really simple. I was playing a game of monopoly with my children and one of them had the Advance to go card. I remember thinking ‘aww how cool would it be to be able to Advance anywhere we wanted in a flash’ and the story was born.

3. What was the most difficult part of the writing process?

The most difficult part for this story was getting to the end. I knew where I wanted it to go, I just couldn’t seem to get there. I don’t usually use an outline, I just write and hope for the best but this story really tested me. I shouted with joy when it was finished. It felt like I’d run a marathon.

4. If you could change anything about the book or the way your wrote it, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would change anything except maybe Fraser. He’s a complex character, in fact I’m sure he has a split personality or psychosis of some sort. I struggled at times with making him the antagonist.

5. Who is your favourite character and why?

That’s easy peasy – Kye! Who wouldn’t want a hot guy to fight for them? To travel from his time to save the love of his life. He adores Faith and did I mention he’s hot?

6. Any advice to aspiring authors?

I’m not the right person to give out advice. Writing can be hard work especially if you go down the self-publishing route. No one tells you that you don’t just write a book and ta-da it’s done. There’s promo and requesting reviews and trying to get your work out there on your own. It is so rewarding though so keep at it. Don’t try and write what you think readers want. Write the story you have to tell because it’s what you want to write. It’s very cliche but if I can do it then seriously anyone can!

You can buy Advance from amazon

Want more from K.A. Duggsy? Check out her Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter accounts. She’s a great new author who could use your support, so lets show her some love and get clicking that like button.

Thank you for reading. If you would like to read more from me, you can find all of my blog posts on the blog. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know by liking the post, following me or leaving a comment. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great day!