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Book Review: The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

It has been ages since I featured a mob-based book here. It is one of my favourite genres not only in books but in TV and films too. Let's get to the review and see how this book stands up against the many others I've read. BlurbThe drama of The Last Straw* by Ed Duncan … Continue reading Book Review: The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

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Book Review: Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella

I have a wonderful YA book review here on Joyful Antidotes today. A wonderful coming-of-age story, albeit one with a heavy tinge of sadness. Let's crack on. Blurb Dyed Souls* by Gary Santorella is set in the 1980s and is told from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Charlie. Charlie is an intelligent but troubled teenage boy … Continue reading Book Review: Dyed Souls by Gary Santorella

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Book Review: After the Funeral by Gillian Poucher

There is a real morbid side to me. I love stories about death and serial killers. When I was offered the chance to review a book called After the Funeral*, I jumped at the chance. There was just something creepy about the title. I wasn't disappointed. This book kept me on the edge. Blurb After … Continue reading Book Review: After the Funeral by Gillian Poucher

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Book Review: The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin

I've been waiting for this book review for such a long time. I had the pleasure a couple of years ago of attending the book launch of The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days. During that launch, Juliet Conlin mentioned her next book, which was to be set in Shanghai. I was lucky … Continue reading Book Review: The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin

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Book Review: I Wish I Didn’t Quit by Nathan Holder

We can all recall a time in our childhood when we had a dedicated hobby, whether it be a sport, dancing, an instrument, etc. Unfortunately, most of us can also recall giving up that hobby for one reason or another. If you are anything like me, you regret that decision. While I wouldn't want to … Continue reading Book Review: I Wish I Didn’t Quit by Nathan Holder

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Book Review: Island in the Sun by Janice Horton

Spring is underway but we aren't out of the woods yet. Dark, rainy days are still on the horizon. Many of us wish we could jet off to a Carribean island and escape it all. Good news - you can. And for very little money, too. Just the cost of a book, in fact. Blurb … Continue reading Book Review: Island in the Sun by Janice Horton

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Book Review: The Marriage of Gryphons by Chrys Cymri

I'm so excited to be back with Penny White again! Penny's Welsh wonderland is my new magical kingdom and I feel as comfortable there as I do at Hogwarts. If you aren't up to date with Penny, check out my previous reviews of the series here and here. Or just read on for my latest … Continue reading Book Review: The Marriage of Gryphons by Chrys Cymri

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Book Review: Who Killed Anne-Marie? by CM Thompson

I've said it here before and, hell, I'm going to say it again: I love a book where all the characters are UNLIKABLE. I know for many readers, a book needs to have at least one likable character and it takes away from the book when there isn't. This book review challenges this notion and … Continue reading Book Review: Who Killed Anne-Marie? by CM Thompson

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Book Review: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts

This book has been hiding (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) in my TBR for months. Today, I'm happy to finally get my review to you. Enjoy! Blurb Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts is a psychological thriller that brings Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown together. Previously living on either side of the Atlantic, Rebecca knows nothing … Continue reading Book Review: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts

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Book Review: Stepping Out in Love by Gayle Suzanne

I'm excited to be back today with another self-help book. I'm proud that so far I've been keeping to my resolution to post more reviews of this type. I hope you're enjoying them! Blurb Stepping Out in Love by Gayle Suzanne is a collection of 50 short stories written to help the reader through the … Continue reading Book Review: Stepping Out in Love by Gayle Suzanne