Book Review: The Original Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig

The blurb from the back of the book:

Ginny sees the world differently.

Now you will too.

My name is Ginny Moon.

Ginny is fourteen years old and has autism. She likes the colour red, making lists and knowing exactly what time it is. She doesn’t like hugs, surprises or people telling lies.

After years in foster care, she has finally found her forever family. She has a new house, new parents and even a new name. But Ginny also has a Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Every day she wakes up at nine o’clock and eats nine grapes for breakfast. Because when she was nine years old something terrible happened. Something only Ginny knows. And she’s the only one who can put it right…

I had to remind myself that this was not a true story (although I am sure that there are a few out there in the same situation as Ginny).

I could not put it down. At times, I really felt for Ginny: she couldn’t always express how she felt, and quite often her behaviour came across not as she intended.

Other times, I couldn’t stop laughing, especially when Ginny explained how things were tedious etc.

It really made me think of how lucky Ginny was to have found her Forever Family, despite the ups and downs.

I was happy when Maura finally realised that too.

This was an excellent read, and it was full of emotion. I certainly recommend this to everyone.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Review: Genesis – Chris Carter

A massive thank you to the publisher and author, and Tandem Collective UK for the gifted copy of this book!!

The blurb from the back of the book:

A killing like no other.
A killer more twisted than he’s ever seen before.
A case that will test him to the limit.
Has Robert Hunter finally met his match?

‘Do you believe the Devil exists, Detective?’ the officer at the end of the line asks. ‘Because if you don’t . . . I’m sure you will once you get here.’

Robert Hunter is called to the most vicious crime scene he has ever attended. It is made even more disturbing when the autopsy reveals a poem, left by the killer, inside the body of their victim.

Soon, another body is found. The methods and signature of the murder differs, but the level of violence used suggests that the same person is behind both crimes. Hunter’s fears are confirmed when a second part of the poem is found.

But this discovery does more than just link the two killings – it suggests that this is the work of a serial murderer.

With no forensic evidence to go on, Robert Hunter must catch the most disciplined and systematic killer that he has ever encountered, someone who thrives on the victims’ fear, and to whom death is a lesson that needs to be taught.

Wow. What a read. I couldn’t put it down.

This was my first book by Chris Carter, and it certainly won’t be my last.

I loved Hunter and Garcia, and I want to read so much more about them.

I won’t lie…this book freaked me out to the point where I couldn’t read it before bed. I was constantly checking that my doors and windows were locked. The fear factor was there.

There were so many twists and turns too, and just when I thought I had it figured out, Chris threw in another curveball.

All the way through, I tried to guess who the killer was, but I wasn’t even close.

Absolutely brilliant read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’ve just ordered the first book in the Robert Hunter series. I can’t wait to read more!

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

July Bingo Challenge – Wrap up

So, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but….I did read more in July than I have in a while, so I’m happy with that!!

So, I read:

• Ghosts of the ShadowMarket by Cassandra Clare as one of my short stories

• Neglected by Cathy Glass as my standalone

• I also started (and have nearly finished) Twin Crowns and Defend the Dawn

What did everyone else read in July?

Book Review: Neglected – Cathy Glass

The blurb from the back of the book:

Little Jamey, 2½ years old, is placed with experienced foster carer, Cathy Glass, as an emergency.

The police and social services have no choice but to remove two-year-old Jamey from home after his mother leaves him alone all night to go out partying.

When he first arrives with foster carer Cathy Glass, he is scared, hungry and withdrawn, craving the affection he has been denied for so long. He is small for his age and unsteady on his feet – a result of being left for long periods in his cot.

Cathy and her family find Jamey very easy to love, but as he settles in and makes progress, a new threat emerges. Coronavirus and lockdown change everything.

As always, Cathy made me cry.

I fell in love with Jamey from the very beginning. My heart bled for him as I learned of his neglect.

It was heartwarming to see him change and develop so much with Cathy and her family. It certainly puts into perspective the role of a foster carer, and how very vital they are.

There was a lot to do with the coronavirus in this book, and while I appreciate it was important to the story, it was a little bit too much for me, otherwise this is another exceptional book from this author.

I gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kindle Unlimited

Who is subscribed to Kindle Unlimited?

I’ve taken out the 3 month free trial, and I still don’t know whether it would be worth it when the time comes to renew.

I decided to try and find the books I’m reading for my July Bingo Challenge, and out of all eight books, only one is included on KU.

Is it worth it?

What books would you recommend that are included on Kindle Unlimited?

July 2022 – The Start of my Bingo Challenge

Today is the day I start my July Bingo Reading Challenge!

I’m going to be starting two books off my TBR today:

• Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

• The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Twin Crowns is part of a Buddy read I’m starting with a couple of bookstagrammers over on Instagram – we’ll be reading 60 pages or so a day.

The Shade of the Moon is the fourth book in this series, and is about time I read it! I’m looking forward to getting back into the story again.

Are you joining in with my challenge? Or are you doing any of your own? What book are you starting today?

Pride Month – Day Thirty

30 books. 30 days.

My plan is to showcase 30 books over the month of June that celebrate Pride!

Some I’ve read, some I haven’t. The main point though, is to get these books out there, and really celebrate Pride Month! 🌈

Desmond is amazing–and you are, too. 

Throughout history, courageous people like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and RuPaul have paved the way for a safer, more inclusive society for LGBTQ individuals, and it’s thanks to them that people just like Desmond can be free to be who they really are. 

Featuring illustrations by Dylan Glynn

Pride Month – Day Twenty Nine

30 books. 30 days.

My plan is to showcase 30 books over the month of June that celebrate Pride!

Some I’ve read, some I haven’t. The main point though, is to get these books out there, and really celebrate Pride Month! 🌈

For Angel Rahimi life is about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything she loves – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together, they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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