Blog Tour: Tainted Love

Hello readers!

Welcome back to my blog, for today’s tour post upload. This time for the LGBT Mystery/Thriller novella Tainted Love written by T.S Hunter. Tainted Love is also book one in the Soho Noir series! This post will contain a full review, as well as a giveaway opportunity and more details about where to purchase a copy both physically and digitally. Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy reading!

Release date: March 3rd 2019!

SOME RELATIONSHIPS ARE JUST MURDER

It’s 1985, and Joe Stone is excited to be joining his old school friend, and lifelong crush, Chris, for a long weekend in London’s Soho—home to a vibrant, developing gay scene, and a million miles from the small town where Joe and Chris grew up. 

When Chris is found brutally murdered, the police write his death off as just another rent boy fallen foul of a bad hook up. But Joe knows his friend was killed deliberately, and joins forces with former police detective, Russell Dixon—Chris’s flatmate—to find out why. 

Spiralling debt, illicit sex, blackmail, spurned lovers and hard-nosed gangsters all play their part, but who among the celebrities, fashionistas, drag queens, ex-lovers and so-called friends is Chris’s killer? 

A noirish whodunnit set in 1980s London, with all the big hair, electro-pop, shoulder pads, police discrimination and lethal killers that the era had to offer. 

TAINTED LOVE IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SOHO NOIR SERIES OF COZY CRIME NOVELLAS.

Purchase link: http://mybook.to/Tainted_Love

REVIEW:

Tainted Love is the first book in the Soho Noir series, which is LGBT Mystery/Thriller! Set in the London district of Soho in 1985, main character Joe is out clubbing for the weekend with friends including his long-term crush Chris. The night ends in tragedy when Joe finds Chris’s body covered in blood. A murder has been committed. The police don’t want to fully get involved with solving the case, which leaves Joe and Russell (Chris’s former flatmate and an ex-cop) to track down the killer. Many secrets about Chris’s past begin to unravel as various suspects including Chris’s business partner come onto the radar. It was a fast-paced read, with an array of characters, most who weren’t as they seemed. The ending did feel a little rushed, however, I did enjoy the story-line as well as the 80s London setting. I’m excited to read the next book!

Giveaway!:

I’m delighted to be sharing this giveaway pack, which is up for grabs to celebrate the release of Tainted Love. To be in with the chance of winning a physical copy, bookmark, tote bag and bar of chocolate, head over to this link to enter- http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b5939c611/?

That concludes this tour post! A big thank you to the author T.S Hunter and Dylan and the team from Red Door Press for the opportunity to participate. Don’t forget to use the official hashtags #sohonoir #taintedlove and #LGBTBooks on social media when uploading your review. Have a lovely day, see you all soon!

Alice x

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Easter Readathon Day One 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hello readers!

It’s Alice here, coming from a heatwave hit England where the temperatures are currently 9-11*C above the average for April. Although I was born in a heatwave and can appreciate the heat, it’s still a little scary at the same time that we going against the historical figures of time.

Enough of the climate chat, let’s take a moment to look at some books I read on Friday 19th April 2019 to kickstart day one of the annual Easter Readathon. This event was created by Goodreads user Alannah in the group All About Books. There are no reading rules, however the aim is to reach a total of 10,000 pages read by the group across the Easter weekend. I’m aiming to read 2,000 pages, so that equates to 500 pages each day.

I’m delighted to say that I did reach 500 pages on day one, which doesn’t happen to me very often. However, the books I selected to read turned out to be both interesting and enjoyable. The books I read along with the page counts are as follows:

Anne Frank’s Tales From The Secret Annexe

Number of pages: 213

Star rating: 4 stars

If you haven’t read The Diary Of A Young Girl, then you should. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse to escape the Nazis. She and her family spent a little over two years, in which she kept her famous diary but wrote a bunch of other short stories and started a novel called Cady’s Life (unfinished).

Anne had an incredible imagination. To which I’m in awe of. She loved to write short stories involving talking animals or fairies, ideas that have been done lots of times. But her writing style was so innocent and carefree. Cady’s Life is a novel that after reading the fragments of in Tales From The Secret Annexe, I kind of want to write an ending for but at the same time, I don’t. I think Anne had a potential ending in mind which sadly never got written. I did enjoy most of the content included in the collection.

Amina’s Voice

Number of pages: 197

Star rating: 4.5 stars

This book was so close to being a 5 star read. A middle-grade novel that was both emotional but beautifully written. Amina is a young Pakistani-American Muslim girl who goes to middle school and leaves with her family. They all attend the local mosque. Amina is a talented but very shy singer. She loves The Voice (I do too!) But is sad when her best friend suddenly decides to hang out with another girl. After this, the local mosque gets targeted and many items end up destroyed and the building becomes too dangerous to enter. Hena Khan’s writing style gelled really well for me. I loved how the community all came together for those who really needed help and support after the mosque was destroyed. The pacing felt a little slow for me. I do recommend it!

Five Feet Apart

Number of pages: 110 read on day one

I did not finish this book on the 19th, however I aim to post a full review in tomorrow’s upload!

That’s all for this post. Thank you for stopping by and reading my writing. I’m aiming to hit 1,000 subscribers on this blog so if you can, please spread the word and get your friends to follow.

See you all soon!

Alice x

The 2019 #LoveOzYA I Need!

Hello readers!

It’s that time again where I sit down and share the love for some 2019 Aussie YA titles, that ya British booknerd over here is excited to read and grab my own copies of! I will say that being based in England can make purchasing titles of books under LoveOzYA difficult, either due to no stockists or not being able to afford shipping costs. However, I’ve uncovered four listed titles thanks to Goodreads that have captured my attention and therefore, I need to add them to my small but growing collection. Without further ado, here are the titles!

Making Friends With Alice Dyson

Alice Dyson knows exactly how she’ll be spending her final year of high school. With her head down, quietly concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She’s focused on the future, and nothing and no one is going to get in her way. Until a bizarre encounter with the school’s most notorious troublemaker derails all her plans, turning Alice into the unwilling centre of attention and her life into one enormous complication.

And even worse? Now Teddy Taualai won’t leave her alone.

A story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are.

Oasis

The oasis saved them. But who will save them from the oasis?

Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert with four close friends . . . and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

With their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed . . . until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage. 

The answers turn Alif and her friends against one another, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave . . .

Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories Anthology

Short tales from the Australian writers of tomorrow.

#LoveOzYA celebrates the best of new Australian writing for teenage readers. It has grown from a humble hashtag into a movement, reflecting the important role young-adult fiction plays in shaping our current generation of readers. This anthology collects, for the first time, some of the tremendous work from the #LoveOzYA community.

Featuring a foreword by award-winning Australian novelist Fleur Ferris (Risk, Wreck, Black and Found), Underdog celebrates the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing nature of our nation’s culture. From queer teen romance to dystopian comedy, from hard-hitting realism to gritty allegory, this brilliant, engrossing and inspiring collection of short stories will resonate with any teen reader, proving, yet again, why there is just so much to love about #LoveOzYA.

Aurora Rising

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. 

Somebody send me a magic carpet so I can reach Australia and lock myself in a Dymocks store XD

That concludes this post! I would love to kickstart my #LoveOzYA blog series again since I did generate some interest when I first started doing posts. Also, we’ve reached 500 subscribers here! Thanks for the support and onwards from today with my biggest dream now to reach 1,000 subscribers.

Alice x

LIFE UPDATE: Getting Affiliate Links+Revamping Alice Reads Classics!

It’s time for a life update my friends!…

I’m so excited to share some news that is regarding two changes to my use of iPhone apps and my second blog. So to start, let’s talk about my second blog, which not a lot of you may know about.

In 2017, I created a second blog called Alice Reads Classics. It’s a book blog that focuses on reading/reviewing classic books (think Dickens, Bronte sisters, my ancestor Tobias Smollett) as well as sharing book hauls and discussion posts such as When Can A Book Be Classified A Classic?

It went really well at the time, getting 100 subscribers in a couple of months. However, the engagement just stopped. Many users online refused to support this blog because it wasn’t focusing on new releases. I lost confidence and therefore, my blog kind of dead and got covered in cobwebs.

Earlier today, I happened to stop by my blog and re-read my old posts. I realised that actually, most of my uploads did get some comments left and I really enjoyed showing Book hauls. So, I’ve made the decision to give Alice Reads Classics a revamp. So… it would mean the world to me if you could subscribe to Alice Reads Classics at www.alicereadsclassics.wordpress.com I’m aiming for 2 uploads a week!

The other piece of news is that for the first time since becoming a blogger, I got some affiliate links! These are for 2 brand new bookish apps called Readercoin and Podcoin.

Readercoin is an app where you can listen to audiobooks (mainly classics and self-published authors) and earn credits. The more you listen, the more credits you earn. With these credits, you can either exchange them for vouchers for brands such as Starbucks/Amazon or leave a donation to charitable causes. If you want to join, it’s free and use my code at sign-up: Alicewk1 to also get 150 credits to start off with!

Podcoin is an app where you can earn credits by listening to podcasts. Credits can be exchanged for vouchers or charitable donations. Again, it’s free to sign-up and you can earn 150 credits to start off with by using my code: Alice6j5

Plus on Podcoin, you can follow other users and creators, you can also follow me at Alice-Elizabeth!

That’s all for this life update post. Thank you for supporting and see you all soon!

Alice x

Favourite Reads of 2019 (So Far!)

Hello readers!

We are currently in the midst of another storm, this time called Hannah that is battering large parts of the UK. I really don’t want to go out and get soaked, however at the same time, I feel the need for some fresh air. Struggles XD

Today’s post is going to be a quick check-in on my favourite reads of 2019 so far. This takes the first 1/4 of the year (which is nearly over!) into account. I’ll be sharing the books that I really loved and why you should read them for yourself. Don’t forget to add me as a friend on Goodreads, to be notified whenever I upload a new book reviews/reviews. Here is my link: www.Goodreads.com/Marriedtobooks44

In another world, ninja are the ultimate power—and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat—a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force…

I recently blogged about my reading experiences of Naruto volumes 1, 2 and 3. It’s now for sure my favourite manga series. I loved the illustrations, the action, learning more about the characters and… there’s a ton of ninjas making appearances throughout.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

This was just the cutest read. After learning about Heartstopper on Twitter, I was so keen to find a copy and found myself swooning, gasping, excited (cue fangirl moments). It’s a YA LGBT+ comic that I can’t recommend enough. Alice’s artwork is just stunning to read. I am now patiently waiting for volume 2’s release later this year!

When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was travelling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, instead of returning home, she headed to France.

In a country divided by freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, MD, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for the British Office of Strategic Services. Working as part of the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, sabotaging the Nazis, and rescuing Allied soldiers. She passed in plain sight of the enemy, and soon found herself at the top of their most wanted list. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and daring escapes. Her covert operations, capture of Nazi soldiers, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies’ eventual win.

I don’t understand why this book hasn’t been promoted more. I loved reading about the life of Virginia Hall and her brave, courageous actions during The Second World War as a spy to the French Resistance. She also had one of her legs amputated and wore a prosthetic leg throughout her time working and travelling through Europe. I liked the use of images with the text, it opened up my interest more into the story. The writing style worked well for me. I learnt a lot of new facts and can’t recommend this read highly enough!

That concludes this favourites post! Have you read any of the books mentioned? What have been your favourite reads of the year so far? I’d love to know and maybe even swap some book recommendations!

Thanks for reading, see you all soon!

Alice x

Falling In Love With Manga: A Naruto Special

Hello readers!

Alice here, typing this in the midst of storm Gareth. We’ve had 65mph high winds, lots of rain and generally, flooded drains. It was just a few hours ago that I woke up drenched in sweat and very close to a panic attack. Items outside were being blown over, crashing into the garden wall, gales blowing against my bedroom window. Definitely the scene of a horror film!

I made a decision at 3:30am that going back to sleep was not an option. So instead, I grabbed my headphones and put some music on quietly. But I fancied some reading to help settle me back down and ease my increased heart rate.

That’s when I picked up my library copy of Naruto bind-up containing volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the popular manga series and instantly, I was hooked. Manga is a relatively new area to me. Last year, I wouldn’t touch any copies in bookstores or libraries. Now, things are a little bit different.

I tried Blue Exorcist volume 1 but it wasn’t for me due to the confusing story-line. I also got a copy of Bleach bind-up of the first three volumes but DNF’d it due to the high gory content. Naruto was just sat there on a stack, calling my name. I dived in.

I truly believe that reading Naruto today helped stop a potential panic attack. I don’t say that too often about books at all. This is different. The story follows main character Naruto who attends a ninja academy and faces competition with the other students over who will be the best ninja. The main goal is being the leader of a village called Konoha. These three volumes were very fun, action-packed reads. I learnt more about the cast of characters, the world-building as well as the ninja training at the academy. The mission that takes place in volume 3 was a little emotional to read, but also I felt the urge to punch one of the evil enemies of the world (thank goodness I didn’t ruin the library copy!) but still, it was raw, strong and honestly, just what I needed to get me through the storm.

After reading the bind-up, I ordered a copy for myself as well as reserved the next volume from the library which is on its way. There are 72 volumes total. However, I want to collect the series in bind-ups rather than individually for shelving reasons!

I gave the entire bind-up five stars. It’s super pleasing to discover after a few attempts, a manga series that just seems to click for me. I will leave some pictures of the edition below, if you are interested in giving Naruto a try!

Thanks for reading this post! Have you read Naruto? What manga do you read? I’d love to know!

Alice x

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hey friends!

If the title of this blog post hasn’t really given things away… then I’m happy to explain what is happening throughout the month of March. Since I noticed lots of users sharing their wishlists for books on Twitter, I decided to create a giveaway to grant one lucky user’s wish!

The image below shows the tweet that announced the giveaway, as well as instructions on how to enter. So far, we’ve had over 150 entries from around the world and fingers crossed, more people will come and enter!

This giveaway will close for entries on March 31st 2019 and a winner chosen the following day. The winner will then have 48 hours to contact me, I reserve the right to choose another winner, should the first winner not reply within that time frame.

It can be any book, already out or pre-order as long as it is £10 or under.

If you would like to enter, here is my link: www.twitter.com/MarriedToBooks3

Have a great day!

Alice x