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Bingeworthy TV Shows

So this is around the time that new seasons of all our favourite shows start. And as it gets older and darker I just love snuggling on the sofa in my blanket and a cup of tea and watch my favourite shows. So I thought I would share some of the shows I love watching.

Especially as the shows I love to watch are very different to the types of books I love to read. I love fantasy and sci-fi books but I when it comes to shows I love watching crime and thriller/mystery shows, even though I don’t particularly like reading those books.

Anyways here are my favourite shows:

1 NCIS – I have been watching this show since practically the beginning and it never fails me. I can watch this show every single day on repeat and never get bored! I love the characters and their banter and they have such great story arcs and one of the slowest of slow burn romances ever!

2 Criminal Minds – Another show that I love watching the repeats even though it is pretty dark at times but I love how the whole team is like a family!

3 How To Get Away With Murder – My sister convinced me to watch this and omg I love it! I love to watch all the episodes in the season over a few days though. So I always wait for the season to end before watching it. Look every episode leaves me wanting to know what will happen next and I can’t take that week wait

4 Sherlock – I watch the episodes ALL THE TIME I absolutely the BBC Sherlock. They are witty and sarcastic and has me totally engrossed every single time no matter how often I watch it

5 Ertugrul – This is a Turkish show inspired by the real history of Ertugrul, who is the father of Osman. Osman founded the Ottoman Empire. I am completely and entirely addicted and obsessed with the show and I highly recommend watching it!

So here are the shows I love to watch and often binge watch. Do you watch any of these? What are your favourite shows to watch?

Adult Books, Fiction Books

The Golden Child by Wendy James Book Review

Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review.

So this book is not my usual read but the synopsis intrigued me so I was happy when Harper Collins sent me this book to review.

the golden child

Rating: 4/5

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Blogger Lizzy’s life is buzzing, happy, normal. Two gorgeous children, a handsome husband, destiny under control. For her real-life alter-ego Beth, things are unravelling. Tensions are simmering with her husband, mother-in-law and even her own mother. Her teenage daughters, once the objects of her existence, have moved beyond her grasp and one of them has shown signs of, well, thoughtlessness …
Then a classmate of one daughter is callously bullied and the finger of blame is pointed at Beth’s clever, beautiful child. Shattered, shamed and frightened, two families must negotiate worlds of cruelty they are totally ill-equipped for.
This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

I really loved reading this book and it gave very interesting insight into the world of bullying amongst children and teenagers that we often hear about in the news. The story is told from multiple points of view from both the bully and her mum and the victim and her mum so it gave the unique opportunity to hear from both sides. I found this gave it a much more realistic view of what happens and made it more real for the reader.

This story had me engrossed from beginning to end and I was up late at night to read just one more chapter. And even though this story is fiction I feel like it is something everyone with children should read. It makes you think about how well you know your children and how we can be so oblivious to what is happening in their lives.

The story starts when Beth and her family move back to Australia and although both her daughters are unhappy about this at first they eventually settle into their lives, though Lucy is more accepting than Charlotte. Charlotte is the confident, popular girl whereas Lucy is more quiet.

As the story progresses we see some of the bullying that happens with Charlotte and her friends at the centre of it and the victim is Sophie, someone initially befriended Charlotte when she first started the school. The bullying eventually leads to Sophie attempting to commit suicide after she is victim to cyber-bullying involving videos and a website called slowphie emerge. She is also sent anonymous messages which tell her to kill herself.

Beth learns that the blame is pointed firmly towards her daughter Charlotte and then has the difficult task of reconciling the daughter she knows and the one who could bully another girl. She is also friends with the mum of Sophie and this adds another layer of complexity. How does she face her friend?

Throughout we also get to read some of Beth’s blog posts and another from the website the golden child. This made the story even more interesting as we assume the website is Charlottes and we also see how we often show a different picture of our life online than how we are off line. Beth’s online persona always seems like she has everything under control but her life is full of events that happen that are completely out of her control and she struggles to deal with.

The ending of the story was so shocking and I was not expecting this at all and it left me thinking about the story long after I finished reading. This book makes you question everything you do and know about yourself and your family. Are you good enough? Do you do enough for your family? Is what happens your fault?

Overall I really loved the book and I am so glad I decided to read out of mu comfort zone and pick this book up. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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Tied To Deceit By Neeha H. Brar – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey booknerds! So I’m part of Digital Reads Blog Tour and this time we bring you Tied To Deceit by Neeha H. Brar.

BOOK COVER PIC

So here’s the synopsis:

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

Read on for a short excerpt:

Dr. Rajinder Bhardwaj, the owner and the head physician at Lifeline Hospital, Sanover, had showered after his brisk morning walk and joined his wife for an early morning tea. Gayatri Bhardwaj sat with her second cup of ginger tea on her favourite old, worn, woven chair on the verandah which overlooked their front garden: a tapestry of blooming carnations, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums. She longed for a clear, bright day and the dazzling blue sky of summer.

It was her favourite spot to sit in the mornings; a place from where she could witness the brilliant dawn streaking half of the sky coral; raindrops soaking everything wet during the monsoon; specks of silvery snow falling from the sky during winter. She could take in everything from the serene mountain peaks and the forest to their house—its roof, windowpanes, and the pebbled driveway that snaked its way criss-cross toward the outside big iron gate. She would sit there until Dr. Bhardwaj joined her after his daily ritual of a brisk morning walk.

They had done this for years despite the changing seasons and the changing equation of their marital relationship. They had spent endless mornings of their initial married years there, when their hearts were still giddy with the feeling of young love, and they would talk about everything and nothing. She’d been a bride at barely twenty, young and naive. He’d been ten years her senior, already on the way to establishing himself as a successful physician, the younger son of a landlord aristocratic family with old wealth. He had swept her off her feet then, and was all charm and charisma but then the magic slowly diminished and finally died due to his secret betrayals over time. Thousands of little resentments had replaced the early warmth. But their hearts, although heavy with bitterness and anger at the failed expectations, had gotten used to the solace of each other’s company that often comes with years of living together, and they never stopped performing this morning ritual of their married life.

Praise for Tied to Deceit:

“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise. Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavour.”
-Kirkus Reviews
“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”
-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favourite books.
A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.
Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

For more information and social media:

Website: http://neenabrar.com

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeenaHBrar/

Links to buy the book:

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar/dp/1775158039/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tied-to-deceit-neena-h-brar/1128485082?ean=9781775158028

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/tied-to-deceit

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Adult Books, Fiction Books

The Ganga Shift eARC Review

I was sent an eARC of The Ganga Shift by Mary Bernsen, published by Parliament Publishing House in exchange for an honest review.

the ganga shift

I don’t usually read paranormal books so I was unsure what to expect but this book was a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed this book! It was so different and a unique read.
It is a really fast paced book and totally engrossing, I could not put it down! The concept of the gene re-sequencing was really interesting and I loved the Hindu mythology that was woven into the book. It’s not a culture and mythology we usually get to see so that was a nice change.

This book will have you hooked, wanting to read one more chapter. There’s plenty of untrustworthy characters and we have to slowly work out who Isabella can and cannot trust. Who has an ulterior motive and that was done really well.

This book had a Hunger Games feel with a lot of the book taking part in a pod created by the government organisation that is using prison inmates as guinea pigs. A group of shifters are sent there with Isabella to hunt her to force her to shift. This was quite intense and it really made me root for Isabella.

I loved Isabella, who was smart and fierce, yet we also got to see her vulnerabilities and see her make mistakes. This makes her so much more relatable and realistic as a character. I also really liked Brayden and Shannon. I wasn’t always a fan of Chase who I felt had the least character development. I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love though by the end of the book we learn more about why they instantly were attracted to each other and it makes more sense.

We get multiple POV’s in this book from Isabella, Brayden and Chase and occasionally from Shannon so we get a much wider view of the story which makes it more interesting. Though the way it was set out can be a bit confusing at times.

The end of the book was left open with just the indication of what happened. It does leave more to the readers imagination though I wish there was more closure and we got to see what happened.

Overall it was a great read and if you like paranormal or thriller with shifters then definitely pick this book up. I would love to read more of this world and see what happens to all the characters!

Rating: 4/5