Feature and Follow Friday the 31st January


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This weeks topic:

Time for Book Spine Poetry again! Take a picture of your book spines spelling out something epic.


Once upon a secret
A faint cold fear ,
in a house of memories
Bad blood and Cold Hands
are hunting shadows

I love this! It's fun and Honestly, I've seen better book spine poetry than other so called "poetry" lol

In other news, January is nearly over! Woo! I hate January, so dull and boring after xmas!

As usual I am happy to follow back anyone who follows through this meme. Just let me know how and where so I can return the favor :)

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I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells


Argh it is sooo hard to write a review of this book without spoiling it! So far every review I have read has been referring to the spoiler as "the thing that happened" so ill continue in that fashion. 

John cleaver has always been obsessed with serial killers. This obsession led to him fighting to keep his inner killer from surfacing. There are certain traits that almost all serial killers have:

1) They are sociopaths who lack any sort of empathy
2) They are pyromaniacs, obsessed with creating and tending fires
3) They show the ability to be cruel to animals, even at a young age.

John ticks all of the above boxes. However just because a person shares these traits does not necessarily mean than he/she will become a serial killer. John hangs on to this thread of hope and creates rules that he must follow to avoid any sort of temptation.

His only solace, again lies in death as he helps his mother to prepare bodies in the mortuary. These corpses don't need him to have empathy or to show emotion. they demand nothing of him.

So up to this point this novel had great potential. I loved reading about Johns struggles with his inner demons. Then "the thing" happened. My reaction:

At this point the novel became to YA for me. Which is strange because the violence is rather graphic. It's not something a 12 year old should be reading! At the same time I don't think it's interesting enough to draw in the new genre of Adults who read teen books. So its in limbo really.

So, it was a little silly for me. Saying that I probably will read the next book because I want to see what happens to John as he struggles to not to violently murder people...


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Zenith Hotel by Oscar Coop-Phane



A review copy was provided by Arcadia Books in return for an honest review

As a reader, when I see that a novel is based around prostitution I expect a harrowing story full of abuse and neglect. Zenith hotel is about as far from this description as you can get. It's a gritty and moving account of a day in the life of Nanou, a street prostitute. not a call girl or anything like that. Just a common streetwalker with high heels and menthol cigarettes.

She awakes everyday to the after-taste of other people's filth in her run down hotel room.

As she says, there will be no armchair psychology here. All we get is her day, plain and simple. This one day is told through her various clients. Each has there own story to tell and each become part of Nanou's story when they choose to pay her a visit. Each seem to be lacking something their lives. Mostly respect and control. This why they seek her out. She doesn't mind the fact the probably despise her. It makes them feel more civilised.. She gives them nothing but the reflection of their own misery.

In her free time Nanou writes. She doesn't really know why she does this. She refuses to see it as any type of therapy. It's just a way to keep her hands occupied. What she really seems to be doing is releasing a feeling of loathing. It's easier to hate.

What is really fascinating is that although Nanou doesn't like her life, she doesn't want anyone elses either. She finds their mundane every day jobs just as sickening as her own. She will label herself a prostitute for all eternity.

Zenith Hotel is pure poetry. It's a one sitting read that manages to fit more emotion into 105 pages than most novels do in 500 pages. 


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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband by Natalie Young



A review copy was provided by Tinder Press in return for an honest review

Just when I think I can't possibly be grossed out by a book any more, Season to Taste comes along! I honestly thought I was immune at this stage. Especially after reading Cows by Matthew Stokoe. 

Lizzie s husband is dead. He was working in the garden when she attacked him with a shovel, twice. Being so unconventional herself, Lizzie doesn't trust the conventional methods of corpse concealment such as burying.  The only way to truly be rid of the body is to dismember him....and eat him. In devouring him she devours her past, completely erasing his existence.

This book really rely's on it's shock factor. Lizzie goes into a lot of detail whilst describing how to cook the various parts of her husbands body. I don't know why but the descriptions of her cooking his hand really made me gag.  Its probably because most cannibalistic serial killers prepare human meat to look like a cut from an animal in an attempt to conceal it's origins. Not Lizzie though, she likes to suck on juicy finger meat..

I didn't really warm to any of the characters in this story. I'm not saying that a character has to be likeable for me to enjoy a novel but I like to feel something for them be it joy, happiness or hatred. In fact it made me understand things from her husbands perspective a bit more. Lizzie just seemed devoid of any emotions whatsoever. As for Tom, I really didn't understand him at all. 

Pacing was another issue for me. Considering the subject matter I would have expected a little more suspense but it just sort of, ambles along. I actually got tired with the consumption of body parts and found it to be a little repetitive. Also, I would have thought that if my other half suddenly disappeared and I suddenly started lighting huge bonfires every night, that the neighbours might notice and become concerned?  

Maybe the whole town ignoring what was blindingly obvious was meant to part of the dark humour that was mentioned. It must have gone over my head because I can't remember cracking a smile at any time while reading.

The ending, like the whole novel was fairly uneventful for me. 

I know this review sounds quite negative but it's not mean't to be. I don't want to put people off reading this novel if they have been eagerly waiting for it.  I think this was a case of right book wrong time. I'm just not at a point in my life where I can find Lizzie Prain relatable. Perhaps people who have experience long term relationship issues or marriage breakdown would be able to take more from this story.


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The First true lie by Marina Mander


A review copy was provided by Hogarth in return for an honest review

The First True lie is narrated by Lucas, a strange and rather intelligent 6 year old boy. Lucas lives in an apartment with his mamma, who has tried out several different dads, but none of them have worked out. 

From what little we know about his mother she seems to be tired of love and tired of life itself. To the reader it seems like she is slowly slipping into a deep depression. Like many she goes to bed to escape the world. She never wakes again.

Lucas copes remarkably well with his mothers death. He always wanted to just grow up. Now it has happened.

Over the next fortnight everything appears normal. He goes to school. Does the food shopping and has play dates with friends. Inside he is struggling to deal with the loss of his mother and the incredible fear he has of being sent to an orphanage and having to abandon his cat, blue. He feels he should have been able to save his mother, if only he could have made her happy enough. I think this was the most heartbreaking part of the story. Lucas really believes that if had proved to his mother that he loved her enough, she would still be alive. Usually we focus on the love a mother has for a child but really, it goes both ways. A child longs to love its parents as much as the parent will long to love the child.

This was a one sitting read that unfortunately ended rather abruptly. The reader is saved from learning lucas' fate when his secret is uncovered. It is up to each individual to decide it for him. 

Readers who like a concrete ending may find this novel frustrating. No matter what your opinion Lucas is a boy who will stay with you long after the last page.


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Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene



A review copy was provided by penguin Ireland in return for an honest review

When I first picked this book up I flicked to the back cover because I knew the authors name sounded familiar but I couldn't remember any books I had read by her. I was delighted when I saw "The secret diary of a demented housewife" and "The confessions of a demented housewife". I had read these book a few years ago on holiday and I found them really funny and witty.

A terrible twist at the start of this story leaves Coco more alone with her grand mother in a small Irish town. 

During an auction Coco stumbles on an old vintage Chanel bag, just like the one her mother always promised to give her. Inside the bad she finds a letter with an apology to a long lost love. Coco is torn between keeping this valuable piece of fashion history and returning it, with the letter to it's rightful owner.  

It's a typical light chicklit novel in the sense of someone going way waaaaay out of their way to help someone they've never known or met. It's not really something I connect with. I think I would have enjoyed this novel more if I'd have been a lover of fashion. Frankly I can't tell a Prada from a Primark. I also thought it was a little odd that Coco was so into this bag yet her own sense of fashion was, eh , really lacking.

I think the story could have been improved by exploring some of the other characters more. The relationship between Ruth and Karl made for some really good light relief and I would have liked to have read more about the situation with Mark and his anti social behaviour. It would have added a little more depth.

Overall an enjoyable, if not too taxing. Fashion lovers will probably connect more to the story than I did.


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Does the Goodreads Challenge really have a "bad" side?



There was an article posted last Thursday that has been getting a lot of attention within the book blogging community. There are several things mentioned in the article which I want to address so I'm going to break it down.

The goodreads challenge has been around for 3 or 4 years and Richard only now sees as an issue with it being called a challenge as reading is supposed to be fun. First of all who doesn't like a challenge every now and then. If we were never challenged life would be fairly dull. Secondly I know plenty of people who find fun in the idea of a challenge. You''ll find evidence of this all over the internet with people participating in book challenges and read-a-thons year round.

He then goes on to speak about the issue of literacy in adults. I feel for adults who cannot read but to say the Goodreads is practically ostracising these particular people as a group is ridiculous. Goodreads has never advertised itself as a facility to help people learn to read. It is simply a platform for people who love to read, whether than be 5 books a year or 500 books a year. Reading, for me is a rather solitary past time so I am grateful  for the opportunity to share my opinions with like minded people. 

The goodreads challenge, for me anyway is not about ticking boxes or scratching items off lists. It's a wonderful collection of my reading history. At any time I can scroll back through my years worth of reading and remember the emotional journey that I took with each book. I can re visit my thoughts at the time of reading and I can see the thoughts of others which adds a whole new dimension to every story.

Let's face it. Those of us who read 50 or more books a year are going to read anyway regardless of what challenges exist

The goodreads challenge is not about competition. It's about those few people who may decide that this will be the year they become more invested in reading more than the next yearly twilight or 50 Shades of Grey. If only one more person read one extra book a year because of the goodreads challenge, then its worth it.

You can read the Guardian article here.

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Feature and Follow Friday 17th Jan


Who is your blogger BFF? Tell us a little bit about him or her? If not tell us why you need or don’t need a blogger BFF.

I don't know if I have a blogger bff really. I'm quite crap at being social, even over the internet. I am however going to use this as a shout out to my fellow Irish book bloggers (we're a rare breed)

(if I have missed anyone let me know!)

Be sure and check out their great blogs :)

As usual I am happy to follow back anyone who follows through this meme. Just let me know how and where you followed so I can return the favor. 

Tony Hogan bought me an ice-cream float before he stole my ma by Kerry Hudson


                                                         Amazon | Goodreads

A review copy was provided by Penguin in return for an honest review

Ill admit that it was the title that originally drew me to this book. It's gutsy but it fits the story so well. Nothing about the story is rose tinted. This is real life, and it ain't pretty.

When the first words you here in life are " Get out, you cunting, shitting, little fucking fucker!" you just know you're not going to have it easy. The world in not prepared for Janie and and Janie is not ready for the world but what it is what it is. You just gotta live with it.

Janies life is a cycle of poverty, abuse and eviction. She is dragged up rather than brought up with a string of unsuitable men whom Iris tries to pass off as father type figures. She is so desperate for some sort of male presence in life that she endures tirades of mental and physical abuse from the ice-cream float buying Tony Hogan. 

For most of her young life her mother relies on state benefits. This leaves them at the mercy of bleak dingy social housing and an often empty fridge. Jobs were thin on the ground and as a result so were the basic necessities such as food and warmth.  As Iris spirals in to a depression it's left to Janie to care for herself and her sister Tiny. The reader is always left hoping that things get better with each move. Each time they load their meagre belongings into some tin can car I could only hope that things were looking up .

However as Janie begins to grow it's clear that the events she has witnessed in her life have taken their tole on her. She becomes self destructive in an attempt to find her own way in life. Determined as she is not to end up like her ma, her drinking sees her fall into her own downward spiral.

On the outside the book may seem a little repetitive but this was an effective way to portray how poverty can lock you into a cycle of despair and self loathing. 

It's a fantastic debut novel which will keep you rooting for Janie long after the last page. I'm looking forward to see what Kerry Hudson comes up with next.


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New Years Giveaway winner


First of all thank you to everyone who entered the Giveaway. Your support, as always is appreciated. 

And the Winner is:

Angela Benson Grier

An email is on it's way to you now!

Keep following Go Book Yourself for more Giveaways! 

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Ruthless by Jessie Keane


                                             Amazon | Goodreads

A review copy was provided by Midas PR in return for an honest review

I should start by saying that I haven't read any of the other Annie Carter novels, nor have I read anything by Jessie Keane before this. When I fist looked at the book my first thought was "ugh". One of my pet peeves is starting a book and realising that its number 4, 5, or 6 in a series that I've never read. My worry was unfounded as I really enjoyed this book!

It seems that Annie Carter has been through a lot at the start of Ruthless. She has been hounded in the past by the Delaney twins and she thinks she has finally gotten rid of them. However one survives, is deeply scarred emotionally and is bent on revenge. On top of that she has a daughter who blames her for the split in her marriage to the Mafia Tycoon, Max.

Despite the book being over 450 pages long it was paced really well. The chapters are short and each is told from a different characters POV. This can sometimes cause the story to become disjointed but this wasn't the case here. The chapters merge seamlessly . 

Annie is an excellent lead character. She is driven and utterly fierce. She is the type of person that a reader can really get invested in. I certainly found it hard to put this book down at the end of the night. The end of every chapter left me hungry to start the next. Then you look up and it's 2 in the morning. 

My only regret is that I hadn't discovered Jessie Keane and Annie Carter earlier. I am really looking forward to the next instalment! 


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Cyberstaler Book Tour and Giveaway


"I love you."
Lilly's heart misses a beat when these words appear on her screen. Okay, she'd love to have a boyfriend, and when Ian sends her a friendship request, she eagerly accepts. He just looks so gorgeous in the pictures. But when she's about to meet him in person, things take a dramatic turn. Who is Ian really? And how far will he go to get what he wants?

1. Don't accept friendship requests from people you've never met.
2. Don't look at their photos.
3. Don't fall in love.

I am very happy to be kicking off the Cyber stalker book tour. The tagline really suits this book. It's a perfect read for the social media obsessed young adult. 

I see it almost everyday, young girls uploading provocative pictures with almost no thought in to who may be taking a peek into their personal life. Cyber staler goes one step further. It shows us what happens when the line between real interaction and online interaction is blurred. Ian's good looks and mutual friends lure Lilly into a false sense of security. He looks nice, he sounds nice and he says he went to her school. Everything is taken at face value by the young, naive teen. Popularity trumps risk every single time.

As in a lot of YA novels the characters can be a little one dimensional but I valued the message behind the story. Be careful who you trust. If you are teenager and a user of social media then this is a book you should read. It may be classed as fiction but this happens everyday. 

To celebrate the blog tour Fiction Addiction Blog tours are hosting a Giveaway. Enter below to win a signed Harry Potter movie script!

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New Year Giveaway!


To say thank you to all my readers I am giving away an Amazon Giftcard. 

Let me buy your first book of the New Year!

Open internationally. If you can use an Amazon Giftcard you can enter!

The competition will run for just over a week.

Good Luck! 

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