#Review : The Silent Brother #TheSilentBrother – Simon Van Der Velde @SimonVdVwriter @northodoxpress

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About the Author :

51BuC7SmuwL._SL500_Simon Van der Velde was born and educated in Newcastle upon Tyne where he trained and practiced as a lawyer. Writing, however, was always the real passion, and Simon has now left the legal profession in order to concentrate on his writing.
Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) at University of Northumbria in 2011, Simon’s work has won and been short-listed for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal, The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Short Story Prize, The Writers’ and Artists’ Short Story Prize, The Harry Bowling Prize, The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition and The National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Competition.
Simon is the founder and chair of Gosforth Writers Group and author of the widely acclaimed, Amazon bestseller, Backstories, ‘the stand-out most original book of the year’ in 2021. His literary crime novel, The Silent Brother is published on 16th June, 2022 by Northodox Press. Simon is currently working on both Backstories II and his follow-up crime novel, Dogwood.
Having travelled throughout Europe and South America, Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his wife, labradoodle and two tyrannical children.

Synopsis :

Title: The Silent Brother
Publication Date: 16th June, 2022
Price: Paperback – £ 8.99, Ebook – £2.99
Author: Simon Van der Velde
Publisher: Northodox Press
Available: Northodox.co.uk, Waterstones, Amazon, The Bound, & all good bookshops
Genres: Crime, urban, literary, contemporary and general fiction
Themes: Social justice, crime, nostalgia, the north-east, racism, family, love, redemption

41TL9m9T38LWhen his beloved little brother is stolen away, five-year-old Tommy Farrier is left alone with his alcoholic mam, his violent step-dad and his guilt. Too young to understand what has really happened, Tommy is sure of only one thing. He is to blame.
Tommy tries to be good, to live-up to his brother’s increasingly hazy memory, but trapped in a world of shame and degradation he grows up with just two options; poverty or crime. And crime pays.
Or so he thinks.
A teenage drug-dealer for the vicious Burns gang, Tommy’s life is headed for disaster, until, in the place he least expects, Tommy sees a familiar face…
And then things get a whole lot worse.

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After reading ‘The Silent Brother’ by Simon Van der Velde I needed a bit of a breather as it was, for me at least, a very intense read.
This book tells you the story of Tommy almost like a biography and it isn’t pretty and full of flowers and sunshine.
On the contrary, it’s dark and gritty, heart-wrenching and painfully realistic even in this day and age.
I hated the people around Tommy, although they too are the product of their situation, and felt hopeless at the choices Tommy made in his life.
I desperately wanted him to find a way out and find some kind of happily ever after he so deserved.
If he found it or not, I’m leaving in the middle, but although a bit unexpected in some way, I liked how Simon ended Tommy’s story.
An intense, heartbreaking and completely true portrait of life in Newcastle not so long ago.

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#BlogTour #EscapeTheOBriensTour #LoveBooksTours @Lovebookstours / #Review : Escape (The O’Brians, Book One) – Jude McLean @readjudemclean

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jude escape bookI was a wife and writer at home when the Coronavirus hit. My husband was suddenly working from home, and I couldn’t get a minute’s peace while I wrote. I was going crazy and contemplated homicide. So I took a job as a contact tracer. The work took me away from Darcie and Connor, but at least it kept me out of prison. The job led me to write Have You Got A Kitchen Table? The Musings and Melancholy of a COVID-19 Contact Tracer. If you need a laugh pick up the audiobook!
Darcie’s story, Escape, was always playing on a constant loop in my head. Every day all day. I could hear her fear and Connor’s worry. And my personal favorite is Nan’s sarcasm. I can’t wait to finish her book, United. But Sondra, a loveable firecracker, and Simon, a lady killer who loves to not be in love, have impatiently waited their turn. Break Free is coming soon!
I am of Irish descent and hold a deep-rooted affinity to Ireland. So it was only natural that it be the setting of my first trilogy. Ireland has tattooed itself on my soul. It’s my second home. I can’t be there as much as I would like. This way, I can be there as often as I wish and bring my readers along for the ride.
I write the stories that come to me as best I can so others hear the characters, feel their emotions, and see their lives the way I do. In short, I let it rip and love every moment of it! I hope you do too.

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jude escape bookEscape to breathtaking Ireland in a story of passion, mystery, and suspense.
She dreams of breaking free.
Desperate to start over, Darcie Hartwell is drawn to Ireland, unwittingly compelled by the mystical power of fate and the ghost of an ancestor. She’s not looking for adventure, love, or friendship. She only yearns for a peaceful life, free from the memories that plague her nightmares.
He dreams of her.
Connor O’Brian is a hard-working Irishman who wants nothing to do with women or romance—burnt once, twice shy. Except for the one he sees in his dreams. For years, he has dreamt of only her. Nameless, voiceless, he doesn’t know if she’s real. But he knows that if he ever finds her, he will stop at nothing to keep her.
But fate has its own plans.
Falling into the waiting arms of the handsome Irishman was never Darcie’s intention, but in that one moment, everything changed. Now, Darcie must decide if she is willing to confront the past that haunts her and face who she is to fight for the love she never knew awaited her.

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I must admit that I’m not a romance novel kind of woman unless there’s some history or mystery attached to, so when the blurb of ‘Escape’ just promised that I was game.
The beginning started of really great and both main characters piqued my interest with the mysterious dreams they were both having.
Unfortunately, after a couple of chapters in I began to doubt some things and wondered if people around my age and with that background really would act like this.
It all kind of felt not very realistic, in my humble opinion, and yes, I know romance books are there to sweep you of your feet and ache for the main characters, but it kind of needs to be valid.
I also was eagerly awaiting the promised mystery and suspense and came up rather disappointed as to me it was too much thrown in to have some.
A bit like some of the secondary characters, of which some are getting their own book, who have not enough body and stage time to act the way they did.
I’m sorry I felt this way throughout the reading as I can see the (rough) diamond this story is as Jude McLean can write and has great ideas.
I had, for example, truly the feeling of being in beautiful Ireland by the way the author painted the scenery.
I definitely would hop on a plane to go and discover the land myself given the time and that says it all I guess.
A pity that I can’t be more positive about it than I do, because, as said, I really feel the author has great imagination and a wonderful writing style!

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#Review : The Voice #TheVoice – John Reid @BurtDci #DCISteveBurt

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okv0u3aeqdkt6u0c048u07shq6._SX450_John Reid is the creator of the DCI Steve Burt series of thriller and suspense crime fiction at its very best.
Retirement has given John the time to fulfil his passion for writing, creating the mystery series through his unique creative process. Each main character is fully developed at the beginning of the writing process, with the part they play in each journey evolving organically within the confines of the underlying plot line. This freedom and flexibility creates inventive and compelling story telling that keeps the reader intrigued throughout.
John was born in Scotland and, after serving in the Army, embarked on a career in industry. He has worked in several different sectors in senior roles and was latterly CEO of a large international data capture company. He retired for the first time in 1995 to take on a consultancy designed to help new businesses become established. In 2018 he finally retired from business life to become a full-time author. John lives in Scotland and Portugal with his wife, and they have two grown-up sons.

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51V+hkpb+vLThe world of warfare is changing, and a new weapons delivery system developed secretly in the UK is targeted by an international terrorist gang who set out to steal it on instructions from “The Voice”. “The Voice” is a mysterious mastermind who uses an electronic device to disguise his voice and keep his identity hidden.
DCI Steve Burt is asked by his old Army Commander to search for his son, a serving Army officer who is missing. This unofficial inquiry becomes part of an official investigation and takes the DCI into a world of international intrigue, terrorism, murder and corruption at the highest level of government and the Metropolitan Police. The evidence always leads back to “The Voice” but who is he? Unearthing a phantom is a difficult task even for DCI Burt.

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After ‘The Watchers’ I promised myself to read another DCI Steve Burt mystery as soon as possible, luckily for me I had ‘The Voice’ at my disposal.
Like the previous book I was immediately hooked, not only by the different storylines, but also by the characters and the author’s way of writing.
I’m not sure how he does it, but he can definitely weave an intricate tale without getting lost in the plot.
It was again a real page-turner for me as it was fast paced, intriguing and engaging.
I definitely enjoyed it from beginning until the end, just like the previous book, and I’m already wondering what’s next up for DCI Steve Burt and his team!

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #Review : The Watchers #TheWatchers – John Reid @BurtDci #DCISteveBurt

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About the Author :

okv0u3aeqdkt6u0c048u07shq6._SX450_John Reid is the creator of the DCI Steve Burt series of thriller and suspense crime fiction at its very best.
Retirement has given John the time to fulfil his passion for writing, creating the mystery series through his unique creative process. Each main character is fully developed at the beginning of the writing process, with the part they play in each journey evolving organically within the confines of the underlying plot line. This freedom and flexibility creates inventive and compelling story telling that keeps the reader intrigued throughout.
John was born in Scotland and, after serving in the Army, embarked on a career in industry. He has worked in several different sectors in senior roles and was latterly CEO of a large international data capture company. He retired for the first time in 1995 to take on a consultancy designed to help new businesses become established. In 2018 he finally retired from business life to become a full-time author. John lives in Scotland and Portugal with his wife, and they have two grown-up sons.

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Title: The Watchers
Publication Date: January 27, 2022
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Crime Fiction / Police Procedural

CoverSometimes it isn’t just good police work that catches criminals. Sometimes you just have to watch them. This is the strategy DCI Steve Burt uses when presented with two different and equally baffling cases.
The DCI takes on a case unofficially as a favour to an ex-colleague that involves the disappearance of an official of the Bank of England and the theft of gold bullion from the bank. The other is a baffling case involving multiple murders at the country home of a peer of the realm.
Steve and his team must navigate a trail of misleading clues and blind alleys involving suspected terrorism, kidnapping, conspiracy and international intrigue, as they strive to solve both cases. His boss becomes increasingly annoyed with Steve’s unconventional approach to police work, but the DCI knows he has to put his career on the line in order to solve these two very different and difficult cases.

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‘The Watchers’ by John Reid is my first encounter with DCI Steve Burt and his team and although I’m always a bit apprehensive on diving into an already existing series I didn’t need to be worried.
I really never had the feeling of not being able to get the dynamics between the characters and loved them from the get-go really.
They’re all very likeable and I love how they interact with each other throughout the whole investigation(s).
Needless to say I flew through the pages not only because of them, but also because of the writing style of this author which is easy going and greatly paced.
Moreover, the plot of both cases was well executed and they both helt my interest equally, having enough twists and turns to keep me glued to the book until the end.
Definitely looking forward to picking up, not only the next book, but also the previous ones, in this very enjoyable police procedural series.

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#Review : Tempted by the Runes – Christina Courtenay @PiaCCourtenay @headlinepg

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Christina Courtenay 2019Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014). The Runes of Destiny (time travel published by Headline 10th December 2020) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).

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51mSk7VGk-L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Born centuries apart. Bound by a love that defied time.
Madison Berger is visiting Dublin with her family for a Viking re-enactment festival, when she chances upon a small knife embedded in the banks of the Liffey. Maddie recognises what the runes on the knife’s handle signify: the chance to have her own adventures in the past.
Maddie only intends to travel back in time briefly, but a skirmish in 9th century Dublin results in her waking up on a ship bound for Iceland, with the man who saved her from attack.
Geir Eskilsson has left his family in Sweden to boldly carve out a life of his own. He is immediately drawn to Maddie, but when he learns of her connection to his sisters-in-law, he begins to believe that Fate has played a part in bringing them together. Amidst the perils that await on their journey to a new land, the truest battle will be to win Maddie’s heart and convince her that the runes never lie…

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My first thought after finishing ‘Tempted by the Runes’ by Christina Courtenay was that I needed the other books in this series as soon as possible.
And that’s how it went, I immediately bought every single one of them because you simply can’t have enough Vikings in your life.
At least not the one Christina writes about 😉!
The historical part of the narrative is really life-like and makes you believe you are definitely there, in Viking Age Iceland, with all its troubles and wonders.
Blended with a wonderful romance it makes you fly through the pages and feeling all the feelings that Maddie and Geir have.
A truly recommendable timeslip for everyone who loves a nice love story set in a very well researched time period.
I really can’t wait to go back to the Viking Age in other books by this author.

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloo2008 / #Review : The Engine House (DCI Evan Warlow Crime Thriller Book 1) #TheEngineHouse – Rhys Dylan @RdylanBooks

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About the Author :

Rhys Dylan Author PhotoRhys Dylan was born and grew up in west Wales, went away to university in London, but came back to live and work in his country of birth. Along the way he indulged his imagination by writing books for children and adults under various pennames and in a variety of genres.
2021 sees him turning his hand once more to crime with DCI Evan Warlow in the Black Beacons crime series. Spread over 500 square miles, the Brecon Beacons mountain range sits like a giant doorstop at the heads of the South Wales valleys. To the north and west, they nestle in the crook of the ancient kingdoms of Powys and Dyfed, stretching from the eastern Marches to the wild southwestern coast. Many of the mountain peaks in the range have names. Others are simply referred to as black. It is in this timeless landscape that the books are set.
Rhys lives on the edge of the Beacons with his wife and a dog that doesn’t like the rain.

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The Engine House Book CoverYou can bury the bodies, but you can’t hide the truth.
When a landslip on Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastal path reveals the harrowing remains of two bodies, ex-DCI Evan Warlow’s quiet retirement is shattered.
As the original investigator for the two missing persons eight years before, Evan is recalled to help with what is now a murder inquiry. But as the killer scrambles to cover up the truth, the body count rises.
Working with a new young team, Warlow peels away the layers to reveal the dark and rotten heart that beats beneath the chocolate box tranquillity of an area renowned for its quiet beauty.
But does he still have what it takes to root out the monstrous truth before all hell lets loose?
The Engine House is the gripping debut crime thriller set in the heart of wild Wales from author Rhys Dylan. Perfect for fans of LJ Ross, JD Kirk. JM Dalgliesh and Simon McCleave. Celtic noir with a spatter of dark humour.

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I love reading police procedurals and when there’s a new cop in town I’m always keen to meet them.
This was certainly true with DCI Evan Warlow, who although recently retired, gets back on the horse by consulting on a case he never solved whilst on the job.
He’s a really great character with a lovely sense of humor and of course the necessary dark clouds in his life.
Together with old and new colleagues he dives into the case and although I think the police part of the book is very good I was a bit disappointed in the connection between the other parts of the book which leaves me with a feeling that the culprit(s) and the ending were a bit sudden/out of the blue … .
It’s a debut so I understand there’s room for improvement and this would be it, in my opinion.
A bit more weaving throughout the book to get to a better connection between the whole story would make it an even greater book than it already is!
But that’s really the only thing that I struggled with as I love the author’s style of writing, the setting, the atmosphere and the main characters.
I definitely would like to get this team back together in the future and go on more adventures with them and unravel the secret of DCI Evan Warlow.

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#Review : Her Second Death (Bree Taggert #0.5) #HerSecondDeath – Melinda Leigh @MelindaLeigh1 @AmazonPub

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#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s garnered numerous writing awards, including two RITA nominations. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, and She Can Kill in the She Can series; Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, and Midnight Obsession in the Midnight novels; Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, and Seconds to Live in the Scarlet Falls series; Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, What I’ve Done, Secrets Never Die, and Save Your Breath in the Morgan Dane series; and the Bree Taggert novels, Cross Her Heart, See Her Die, Drown Her Sorrows, and Right Behind Her. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate, has taught women’s self-defense, and lives in a messy house with her family and a small herd of rescue pets. 

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Title: Her Second Death
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Bree Taggert
Page Count:
48 pages
Release Date: December 7, 2021
Publisher:
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When a man is shot in the head, Bree Taggert and her new partner, veteran detective Dana Romano, respond to the call. They break the news to the victim’s ex-wife and learn the estranged couple’s five-year-old daughter was supposed to have been with him. What starts as a murder investigation quickly morphs into a desperate search for a missing child. The case stirs memories of Bree’s own traumatizing childhood. To find the little girl, Bree will have to relive her own terrifying past.

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I must confess that I hadn’t heard of Melinda Leigh before so I didn’t know anything about her or her characters until this novella.
Albeit being very short, even for a short story in my opinion, I really enjoyed the writing style of this author.
A very easy read that definitely gives the reader a glimpse of what to expect when reading a full blown book with these main characters, who are very likeable.
Worth reading as, for me at least, it made me wanting more as it was a very engaging and fast paced experience.
I’ll certainly be picking up more books by Melinda Leigh!

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Review : Sons of the Sphinx (Tales & Legends) – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello #Teen #YA #HistFic

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Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.
“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.”

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Title: Sons of the Sphinx
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Pages: 189
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

A grandmother’s gift usually bring happiness. Rosa’s gift: a very different story. Hearing the dead alienated her from classmates. Not good for a 15-year-old.
Many times very insistent, the dead cared little for her surroundings. They even bothered her in class. Dates? Forget that.
Then one day, he shows up in her room. An old dead guy. A really old famous dead guy. In living human form!
Thrilling story of battling good and evil in an ancient world.

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I’m going to start this review rather boldly by saying that ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is just a re-do of ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ and that I definitely recommend to read only ‘Sons of the Sphinx’.
Where ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ are just kind of snippets of the boy pharaoh’s life, which are interesting, but maybe not that historical correct, ‘Sons of the Sphinx’ is really a full-on story.
One that will definitely have the attention of even the most reluctant readers as it has everything a youngster wants in a book.
It has adventure, some teenage swooning, tense moments,… and even better, very understandable vocabulary, vivid portraying and little incentives at the end of each, rather short, chapter to read further on.
A very nice way to get children / teenagers interested in Ancient Egypt, although again you need to take some stuff with a grain of salt as this part of history is still rather murky.
This said however, I do recommend this book as I very much enjoyed spending time with my favorite pharaoh since I was a little girl myself!

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#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Review : Tutankhamen Speaks (Tales & Legends) – Cheryl Carpinello @ccarpinello #Teen #YA #HistFic

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Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. When not writing, you can find her reading, spending time with family, and traveling.
“In 2008, my husband and I spent three weeks traveling around Egypt via train and visiting all those magnificent archeological sites. Since we returned home, Egypt has never been far from my thoughts. I truly believe that I left part of my soul in that ancient land. To satisfy my longing to return, I wrote Sons of the Sphinx and Tutankhamen Speaks.”

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Title: Tutankhamen Speaks
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Pages: 81
Genre: Teen / YA / Ancient Egypt Historical Fiction

HIS STORY.
HIS WORDS.

Long ago the old texts of Ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation.
But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn’t a story about the lost scrolls. It’s about the story written down on those ancient scrolls : Tutankhamen’s story.

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I’m pretty sure I’m not in the right age range anymore for ‘Tutankhamen Speaks’ by Cheryl Carpinello, but as I love everything Ancient Egypt, and especially this dynasty, I really wanted to give it a go.
I must admit that I liked it very much although I’m not really sure about the historical value of this little story as I believe some of the information might confuse the readers if they want to delve in the history further.
I can however understand why it would appeal to young kids who struggle with reading because of they way everything is portrayed, the use of rather basic vocabulary and the shortness of chapters.
A great idea to get children into reading and perhaps into history, but you need to keep in mind it remains rather fictional when recommending!

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#Review : Trashlands #Trashlands – Alison Stine @AlisonStine @HarlequinBooks @MIRAEditors @htp_books

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Alison Stine is an award-winning poet and author. Recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and an Ohio Arts Council grant, she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and received the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism. She works as a freelance reporter with The New York Times, writes for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, 100 Days in Appalachia, ELLE, The Kenyon Review, and others, and has been a storyteller on The Moth. After living in Appalachian Ohio for many years, she now lives and writes in Colorado with her partner, her son, and a small orange cat.

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Title: TRASHLANDS
Author: Alison Stine
ISBN: 9780778311270
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Publisher: MIRA Books

From the author of Road Out of Winter, winner of the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, comes a resonant, visionary novel about the power of art and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love.
A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.
In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.
Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.
When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?
Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.

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‘Trashlands’ is my first encounter with the author Alison Stine and although I enjoyed reading this book I also had a nagging feeling that the storyline never really went anywhere.
There were some pivotal moments, but somehow it just always ended with a sizzle in my opinion and then I’m not even saying anything about the ending, which was rather disappointing I must say.
I know this all sounds rather negative, but there are things in this story to be raving about too.
I really liked the world building, it’s very strong and although it said to be dystopian it has this very eery vibe that it could be us in the not so far future.
Very thought-provoking and mind boggling to say the least!
It’s written at a nice pace, in multiple POV’s, with jumping from past to present, but somehow it helps to build very strong characters you can connect with and root for.
All things that definitely show that the author has a knack of telling a great story as her world and characters come very much alive this way.
However, I missed an adventure somehow, not that living in Thrashland isn’t one it’s own, one that I certainly don’t want to go through myself, but I needed something more from this very interesting premise I believe!

The Magic of Wor(l)ds