#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Ross Greenwood (@greenwoodross) #FiftyYearsofFear

I am delighted to welcome author Ross Greenwood to damppebbles today.  Ross has written three books; Lazy BloodThe Boy Inside and self-published Fifty Years of Fear.  Today Ross joins me with his three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I ask book bloggers and authors to recommend three MUST read books.  The only stipulation is that the books must have been published in 2017.  Nice and easy!

Here are Ross’s choices….

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Friends to the End; The Journey of a Lifetime by Susan Tarr
This book is beautifully written about terminal sickness. The pace, and flow are rhythmic and would be a valuable read to someone going through it themselves.


Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke
A slightly futuristic thriller about the possible end of civilisation. I loved it. Fast paced, and possible…

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The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers (The Haunted World #2)
It’s been so long since I read a proper horror book that I have to include this. Cleverly written, and even though it was a bit spooky, great fun.


Thanks for joining me today, Ross and for three very different recommendations.  I am, of course, adding ‘The Eleventh Floor’ to the wishlist as I type!

If Ross has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he has suggested, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Friends to the End by Susan Tarr | Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke | The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers |

About Ross:
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, I randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.

I’ve now written two further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and now, Fifty Years of Fear is out. All my books are thought-provoking, and told with a sense of humour.

All three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Please feel free to get in touch.

About Fifty Years of Fear:
fifty years of fear.jpgCould you forgive murder? What if it was something worse?

A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family.

After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past.

Who was his mother? What kind of a man is his brother, Frank? And why does death surround them?

Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.

Perhaps he should have stayed at home.

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Ross’s Social Media Links:
Website | Twitter | Facebook |


My thanks to Ross for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow as I welcome another of my favourite bookish types, the lovely Eva M. of NovelDeelights.


#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Helen (@baattyabtbooks) #baattyaboutbooks

I am delighted to welcome the lovely Helen of baattyaboutbooks to damppebbles today.  Helen has very kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us.  If you haven’t discovered Helen’s fab blog yet then you must.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where authors and bloggers tell us about their three MUST read books of 2017.  The only stipulation is that the books must have been published this year, in 2017.

Here are Helen’s choices…

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Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul
Loved the mixture of past and present, what I learnt about Wallis. Pretty much everything really.


Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse
Because it’s f**king brilliant.

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Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
The quality of the writing and plot really reminds me of Agatha Christie who I love and this was a really enjoyable read.


Brilliant choices, Helen.  Thank you for joining me today.  ‘Dangerous Crossing’ is definitely top of my wishlist and despite being turned down (for the first time EVER) on NetGalley for ‘Sweetpea’ I will get a chance to read it one day (otherwise, I’ll probably cry).

If Helen has managed to tempt you or if you would like more information about the books she has recommended then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul | Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse | Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys |

About Helen:
Blogger and reviewer, admin for TBC on Facebook.

Helen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
baattyaboutbooks | Twitter |

My thanks to Helen for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am thrilled to welcome author Ross Greenwood with his #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) #ThePerfectNeighbours @KillerReads

I am delighted to welcome author Rachel Sargeant to damppebbles today.  Rachel has kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us but before we get to the nitty gritty, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel and the team at Killer Reads a very happy publication day.  Rachel’s third book The Perfect Neighbours is released in eBook today with the paperback to follow in January, yay!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to shout about three reads they have loved this year.  The only stipulation being that they must have been published during 2017.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Child by Fiona Barton
I adore the author’s no-nonsense prose. No overwriting in sight. Barton draws on her experience as a journalist not only in her writing style but also in her plot. London-based journalist Kate, the protagonist in Barton’s first novel The Widow, is back and on the trail of a human interest story, when the skeleton of a new-born baby is unearthed on a building site. There are no car chases or damsels in distress and our heroine Kate is an ordinary fifty-year old married mum. Bravo. This author is becoming one of my favourites.

Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
I like a good police procedural but I’ve read so many that they are starting to seem the same. This one was a breath of fresh air. Young detective, Cat Kinsella, finds herself investigating a murder with current links to her father and also harking back 18 years to a holiday she had as a child visiting her late mother’s family in Ireland. The murder mystery at the heart of the book was perfectly paced with an excellent ensemble cast of wise-cracking police investigators at the helm. This is sure to become the first in a classic series.

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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
The dark opening chapter describing two soldiers’ desertion from an army that made them torch villages and kill the inhabitants leaves the reader in no doubt that dark times are ahead in this novel. However, from the moment these two characters set off on their journey to Lagos and hook up with three other runaways – a middle-class housewife, a vulnerable girl and a rebel without a cause – the author presents a warm, humorous and characterful tale of resilience, adaptability and vibrancy that still manages to be a realistic depiction of despair, corruption and violence. More than any other book I read this year, this one showed the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.


Excellent choices, thank you Rachel.  I really enjoyed Caz Frear’s ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and am really looking forward to more Cat Kinsella in the future.

If Rachel has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Child by Fiona Barton | Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear | Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo |

About Rachel:
I’ve been writing as a hobby for a long time and have just had my third novel The Perfect Neighbours published. I’m a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and have been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. My stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. I spent several years living in Germany, teaching English and swimming, and I now live in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not at work (as a school librarian) and not writing, you’ll find me swimming or reading, but rarely both at the same time.

About The Perfect Neighbours:

the perfect neighboursBuilds from a creeping sense of unease to a jaw-dropping climax and a denouement I defy anyone to see coming.’ Chris Curran, author of Her Deadly Secret

The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies… When Helen moves to Germany with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to join the ex-pat community of teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare. Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret… As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace. When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the neighbourhood, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything.

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Rachel’s Social Media Links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Rachel for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am thrilled to welcome book blogger Helen of Baatty About Books with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 choices.


#BookReview: The Wrong Child by #BarryGornell @orionbooks @orion_crime @BenWillisUK

the wrong child.jpg“Twenty-one of the 22 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the ‘wrong’ child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivor’s guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss.

As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and its shocking consequences for both Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell’s forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died….

Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband, John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance….

As grief turns to rage, the villagers’ insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable. The master of ‘rural noir’, Barry Gornell has created a mesmerising, heartbreaking examination of rural life with a remarkable note of hope within the darkness.”

Oh. My. Gosh.  Oh. My. Flipping. Gosh!  I recently read a book which totally blew me away and surpassed every other read to make it to the number one spot on my ‘books of the year’ list.  Little did I expect at the time that a similar thing would happen, only a month or so later!  The Wrong Child by Barry Gornell is a book I have seen mentioned on only a small number of blogs.  This is a travesty.  More people need to read this exceptional book.  More people need to immerse themselves in the dark and destructive world of Dog Evans and the broken people left behind.

On a fateful snowy day, the roof of the local school collapses killing everyone inside.  Everyone except Douglas ‘Dog’ Evans.  So many young lives snuffed out in the blink of an eye, children ranging in age from 5 to 12.  How would you expect a small town of close-knit neighbours and friends to react to such a disaster? Lots of support, revering the lone survivor?  Certainly not, not when the survivor is Dog Evans.  Dog Evans is The Wrong Child.  Of all the children to survive, why did it have to be him?  Dog becomes the emblem of everything the town has lost, everything that’s missing and the reason why every single day hurts.

The reader meets Dog Evans some seven years later.  No longer is he an adolescent thirteen-year-old but a young man, approaching his twentieth birthday.  Dog has been abandoned by his parents, as a child,  left to fend in every which way for himself.  The sheer guilt of being Dog’s parents has driven them away.  The reader questions the morality of Dog’s parents, Shep and Rebecca as they apparently willingly walk away from their one child.  It’s only as you progress through the story that the author begins to give you snippets of information, glances into the past and expertly begins to build this small town’s painful story.

Each chapter is either set in the present day, seven years after the incident, or the past.  The chapters set in the past focus on each of the children killed that day and the lead up to the tragedy.  What I found incredibly eerie and unsettling was that each chapter is headed by a partially burnt photo of the child the chapter is about.  This is a devastating tale in itself but these photos added so much more emotion for me.  My heart ached for these fictional children.  I was mesmerised.

The town is one hundred percent guilty and to watch these characters deal with that guilt in their differing ways was a riveting experience for me.  The priest, Father Wittin, was a particularly interesting case (I can’t say any more, buy the book to find out what I’m on about!).  A glance into the dark side of human nature…

Would I recommend this book?  Oh my goodness, I will go on about this book for YEARS to come.  It’s hypnotic and so beautifully dark.  I was enchanted and disgusted in equal measure, it’s absolutely everything I want in a book.  I am traumatised but I LOVED it.  I could not put this book down, nor did I want to.  Easily one of my books of the year (one for the books of all time list..?).  I was left heartbroken that it was over.  Absolute literary perfection!

Five out of five stars.

I chose to read and review an ARC of The Wrong Child.  The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Wrong Child by Barry Gornell was published in the UK by Orion Books on 2nd November 2017 and is available in paperback, eBook and audio formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

about the author3

BarryGornell_900.jpgBarry Gornell was born in Liverpool and now lives on the West Coast of Scotland. He is a novelist/screenwriter, ex fire-fighter, truck driver and bookshop manager. His short films Sonny’s Pride and The Race were broadcast on STV. Graduating from the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Masters programme in 2008, he was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Bursary in 2009. His short fiction has been published in The Herald newspaper, Let’s Pretend, 37 stories about (in)fidelity, Gutter 03 and Gutter 04The Healing of Luther Grove was his first novel followed by The Wrong Child, which was originally published by Scottish press Freight Books in 2016.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Melisa Broadbent (@TheBroadbean) #BroadbeansBooks

I am thrilled to welcome the ever so lovely Melisa Broadbent to damppebbles today.  I’ve not been following Melisa’s brilliant site Broadbean’s Books for long but I’m already a little bit in love with her blog.

Melisa has kindly joined me today to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I challenge book bloggers and authors to come up with three recommended reads, all published in 2017.  It’s that simple; any genre, any book as long as it was published this year.

Here are Melisa’s choices…

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Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson
A beautifully well-written book with such vivid descriptions that you feel you on this beautiful island. Heartbreaking in places but I loved this book from the first page.

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Sleep No More by P.D. James
I am sad to say that I have never read a PD James book. Shame on me as I’ve been missing out on a treat. This is a collection of short murderous stories that I devoured in a weekend. Wicked and funny – a brilliant combination! Highly recommended.

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Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain
This is a beautiful book set at Christmas time in the idyllic village of Wynbridge. I was pulled right into this deliciously cosy storyline and fell immediately in love with the characters and setting. I wish I had actually saved this to read at Christmas but I couldn’t resist it. This is one book that I will be reading every Christmas from now on.


Great choices, thanks Melisa.  And just so you don’t feel too bad, I hadn’t read any P.D. James either before I picked up ‘Sleep No More’ and I call myself a crime blogger.  Pah!  I have seen ‘Sleep No More’ in a number of bookshops since it’s release and I can’t help but pick a copy up and stroke it – it’s so lovely!

If Melisa has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson | Sleep No More by P.D. James | Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain |

About Melisa:
I have loved reading all my life and would regularly visit the local library and come back home weighed down with books. I recently set up my blog as a way of interacting with other bookworms and have been welcomed into the book blogging world with open arms. They are really a lovely set of folk! I have two dogs (who thankfully have stopped eating my books) and a lovely fiancé Graham, who reads one book a year. Unbelievable but it’s true.

Melisa’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Broadbean’s Books | Twitter | Instagram |

My thanks again to Melisa for joining me today.  Check back in tomorrow when I welcome author Rachel Sargeant to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017  choices.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Tracy Fenton (@Tr4cyF3nt0n) #CompulsiveReaders #TBConFB

I am delighted to welcome the lovely Tracy Fenton to damppebbles today and it’s her blogiversary, whoop whoop!  One year ago today Tracy leapt into the world of book blogging with the awesome Compulsive Readers and hasn’t looked back since.  Happy blogiversary Tracy, long may you blog.  Tracy is also the founder member of a super secret book group on Facebook *wink, wink* and she’s here today to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I ask book bloggers and authors to name three must-read books published in 2017.  That’s it.  It’s that simple.  Three books from one awesome bookish year.

Here are Tracy’s choices…

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You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood
Once in a while you read a book that not only gets under your skin, but it leaves you breathless and gasping out loud. You Don’t Know Me is an incredible debut novel. Told entirely through Court Transcripts – a young man charged with murder sacks his lawyer and tells his defence story in his own voice to the jury over a period of ten days. Covering gang culture and social issues, our young narrator breathes life in his story and brings it vividly into the readers imagination. Keeping the reader interested for over 400 pages highlights the skill of this author. A truly fascinating, enthralling, thought-provoking book which will stay in my thoughts for a long time.


Exquisite by Sarah Stovell
Oh My! Where do I begin? Firstly I apologise as I don’t think my ramblings will give this book half the credit it deserves and as I am not a writer myself I am finding it difficult to put my emotions and thoughts down coherently. However I will give it a go. Bo Luxton is a successful author, married with a two young daughters and living a life of harmony in the Lake District. Alice Dark is a young aspiring writer without much direction in her life and meets Bo on a Creative Writing course. Almost instantly you can feel the connections both intellectually and physically grow between these women which escalates into a very dark, intense relationship. This is a very tense and beautifully crafted psychological thriller which keeps the reader captivated until the final page. Each chapter, whether it was Bo’s or Alice’s narrative, kept me gripped and holding my breath. I absolutely adored this book and wish it every success it deserves and highly recommend it to all lovers of intelligent psychological thrillers.

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All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker
Having only recently discovered Chris Whitaker and raved about Tall Oaks (I was rather excited (jumped up and down several times) to receive an advanced copy of his 2nd novel All the Wicked Girls from his publishers. I was told it was nothing like Tall Oaks and quite dark. Dark? Dark doesn’t even begin to describe this book – how about a complete black-out? I found myself reading this book so slowly as I was savouring each page/chapter and character instead of my usual rapid read and that is because each page is a literal work of art. Chris Whitaker has the ability to pick up the reader and transport them into the fictional small town of Grace, swelter in the heat, feel the fear and tension amongst the town folk and connect with the characters. Once again he created two wonderful characters in Noah and Purv and whilst their stories were heartbreaking, tragic and sad, their friendship and humour made me smile throughout. A beautifully written story of love, friendship, beliefs, fear, passion and I’m not embarrassed to say I cried at the end.


Thanks for these tremendous recommendations, Tracy.  I’ve recently read and reviewed ‘All The Wicked Girls’ myself and completely agree with what you say.  ‘Exquisite’ is a book which will feature in my books of the year post on New Year’s Eve and I am DESPERATE to read ‘You Don’t Know Me’.

If Tracy has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books she has recommended, then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood | Exquisite by Sarah Stovell | All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker |

About Tracy:
I am a self-confessed Compulsive Reader. In Oct 2014 I set up THE Book Club on Facebook, a secret group for readers, authors, publishers and book addicts. With an international membership of over 7800 readers and 1200 authors THE Book Club (TBC) is now considered one of the most influential online book clubs in the publishing industry. In December 2016 I set up Compulsive Readers reviewing and recommending only the books I LOVE and also interviews with all my favourite authors.

Tracy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Compulsive Readers | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Tracy for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow when I will be welcoming the lovely Melisa Broadbent of Broadbean’s Books to damppebbles.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Milana Madzarac (@acouplereads) #acouplereads

Today I am pleased to welcome another ‘new to me’ blogger to damppebbles.  Milana Madzarac blogs over at acouplereads which is an absolutely stonking idea for a book blog.  Mr damppebbles, take note!

Today Milana joins me to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads published in 2017.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three of their recommended reads with us.  The only stipulation is that the books must have been published this year, in 2017.

Here are the books Milana has selected…

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Beautiful writing, strong world building, amazing storyline.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children series)
Vivid settings, strong writing, amazing characters, diversity.

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A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Wonderful storyline, character development, tone was perfect for October.


Thank you for joining me today, Milana and for your recommendations.  I’m drawn to the cover of ‘A Secret History of Witches’.  It may be time to read a bok out of my comfort zone for once.

If Milana has tempted you with her recommendations, or if you’d like to find out more about the books she has mentioned, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire | A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan |

About Milana:
Milana Madzarac is a 27 year old book blogger from Canada.  She co-reviews with her partner, Alex, on their blog ‘acouplereads’.

Milana’s Blog and Social Media Links:
acouplereads | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |

Many thanks to Milana and to you for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I will have the pleasure of welcoming Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and TBConFB to damppebbles.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Chantelle Atkins (@Chanatkins) #TheTreeofRebels #YADystopian

I am delighted to welcome a new-to-me author to damppebbles today.  Chantelle Atkins is the author of the intriguing The Tree of Rebels, a YA dystopian adventure.  I’m not normally one to go for dystopian novels but The Tree of Rebels sounds wonderful and I’ve added it to the wishlist.  The cover is very striking as well (scroll down to the end of this post for a peek).

Chantelle has kindly joined me today to reveal her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 choices.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for authors and bloggers to share three 2017 must-read books.

Here are Chantelle’s recommendations…

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Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech
One of the best books I have read this year. It has everything I long for in fiction. Dark, gritty, contemporary themes. Gripping, page turner, but ultimately character driven, and what a character! All of the characters are believable but the protagonist Catherine is just brilliant. It’s the characters that make a book for me and I wanted to be her friend! Moving, unique, cleverly written. Just read it.

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Little Gold by Allie Rogers
Another book that ticked every box for me as a reader. Characters I totally believed in and wanted to know. Moments that made me cry, moments that made me laugh. A dark theme, a growing sense of unease and an uplifting ending.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Blew me away. Gripping from the start. Believable. Tragic. Eye opening in more ways than one. A beautiful protagonist I wanted to wrap my arms around. Drama, love, hate, hope. A classic YA book in my opinion, and one I think that everybody ought to read.


Thanks ever so much for joining me today, Chantelle and for your cracking recommendations.  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘Maria in the Moon’ and know exactly what you mean about Catherine.  Such a great book!

If Chantelle has managed to tempt you, or you would like to find out more about her choices, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech | Little Gold by Allie Rogers | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas |

About Chantelle:
Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and a collection of short stories related to her novels, called Bird People and Other Stories. Her latest release is the YA dystopian The Tree Of Rebels.

About The Tree of Rebels:
the tree of rebels‘There will always be those who say no, Lissie. There will always be those who do not believe what they are told. There will always be those who rebel.’ It’s 2145. 13-year-old Lissie Turner lives in the peaceful community of Province 5. Everyone is provided for and everyone is grateful. Everyone obeys the rules. Lissie has never questioned her society until she falls into a daydream and wanders beyond the fence that keeps them safe. She finds an apple tree which changes her life and threatens to blow her world apart. Growing food has been forbidden since the last war ended 70 years ago. All food is raised under the Domes. With the discovery of the tree, Lissie finds herself breaking the rules. And if she believes what her dying Great-Grandmother has been trying to tell her, she must question everything she has ever been told. Who really started the Endless War? And it is really over? As she uncovers the shocking truth, Lissie must choose between conformity and rebellion, between living a lie and tearing her peaceful community apart… A YA dystopian adventure about a future disconnected from nature.

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Chantelle’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Glorious Outsiders | Twitter | Facebook |

Join me again tomorrow when I will be welcoming book blogger Milana Madzarac to damppebbles with her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Cathy Ryan (@CathyRy) #BetweenTheLines

I am delighted to welcome the very lovely Cathy Ryan of the wonderful Between The Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff blog to damppebbles today.  What always amazes me about Cathy’s blog is the variety of books she reviews.  Between The Lines was one of the first blogs I followed as a newbie blogger (still am a newbie, ha!) and Cathy has been so supportive since day one.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 gives book bloggers and authors the opportunity to recommend three must-read titles published in 2017.  I am thrilled Cathy is joining me today to share to her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks.

Here are Cathy’s choices…

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The Dry by Jane Harper
It’s a well structured, compelling mystery with surprises I didn’t see coming. The past and present blend seamlessly in the measured pace of the narrative. It’s a character driven story which unfolds believably, with the emotions and human frailties easily imagined in such a dire situation and rural setting, where there is no escape.

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The Quiet Child by John Burley
The Quiet Child is a haunting and tense mystery, alternating between the kidnapped boys’ captivity and the desperation of the hunt to find them. The contrast between police investigations then and now is huge, you forget and take for granted just how much things have moved on. Back then even tracing a phone call required considerable time and effort. With lots of vivid imagery and detailing, the narrative moves along relentlessly with blindsiding twists.

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Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
This book is filled with suspense, emotion and is a fast paced, gripping read. With several compelling, well defined characters, the plot is put together brilliantly. Each time I thought I knew where it was going there was another unexpected twist. The protagonist’s quest for answers and his desire to get to the bottom of the secrets surrounding the original group of high school friends leads to more questions than answers.

Excellent, thank you so much for joining me today Cathy.  I have read and thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Dry’ but the other two titles are going on my wishlist!

If Cathy has managed to tempt you (as well as me!), or if you would like to find out more about the books she has recommended then please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Dry by Jane Harper | The Quiet Child by John Burley | Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben |

About Cathy:
I’ve always loved reading and books have been a constant throughout my life. Now I enjoy sharing, and finding new books through the wonderful blogging community. My ideal job would be in a book/coffee shop – the best of both worlds! Photography is a fairly new hobby which I’m having lots of fun with. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking by the sea with my dog, exploring new places, music and going to the theatre. And possibly the odd glass or two of wine! We’ve moved around quite a bit and are now based in (windy) North Wales.

Cathy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Between The Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Cathy for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow when I welcome Chantelle Atkins, author of ‘Tree of Rebels’, to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Jessica Page Johnson @JessReadingRoom #JessicasReadingRoom

I am delighted to welcome Jessica Page Johnson of Jessica’s Reading Room to damppebbles today to share her three recommended reads published in 2017.  If you haven’t discovered Jessica’s blog yet then you must!  Jess is ably assisted by her guest reviewer, Kim, and I love their joint reviews.  Is there anything better than a reading buddy?

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a regular feature on the blog where authors and book bloggers are invited to recommend three books they have read this year.  Not only do they need to have been read this year, they also need to have been published this year.  So in other words, we’re talking about lovely, brand spanking new books.

Here are Jessica’s recommendations…

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Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi
This is my number one read of the year. It is a very important one that deals with the aftermath of teens and suicide. The author took it from her personal story. It touched me deeply. You can feel all the emotions that Turrisi put into this debut novel!

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The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker (Detective Sam Porter #1)
This is another one that is very high on my list for this year. It’s about a serial killer and it is one you don’t want to put down! This was my first book by the author and it won’t be the last. I am eagerly awaiting his next book!

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Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
This is a sweet YA novel that features a female protagonist who is skilled in Math, which we don’t often get in media. I highly enjoyed this novel and future novels by Brant.


Great recommendations, thanks Jessica.  Good to see The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker making another appearance!

If Jessica has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more then please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi | The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker | Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

About Jessica:
My name is Jessica and I live in Georgia in the United States. I am married and we have two precious cat furbabies named Sage and Curry that were adopted from a local animal shelter.

I have had my website since June of 2016 I started it for me first as a way to share my reviews of the books I read and share with others. Though my blog is not a ‘big blog’ i feel it is successful as I am still having a great time.

I don’t read one particular genre. If I am interested in it I will read it! Most of what I tend to read are suspense/thrillers, chick-lit- and young adult.

Jessica’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jessica’s Reading Room | Bookies Facebook Group | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads |

Thanks for stopping by today and checking out Jessica’s recommendations.  Join me again tomorrow when I welcome the wonderful Cathy Ryan of Between the Lines ~ Books’n’Stuff.