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Book Review – Full Circle by Terry Tyler

This book was received from the Author in return for an honest review

Full Circle

By Terry Tyler

Two years have passed since we left Dave, Ariel, Janice and Shane at the end of DREAM ON.
ARIEL thought her hard work and perseverance had been rewarded when she met record producer Theo Perlmutter ~ then a tragic event turned her dreams to dust.
Newly married JANICE was happier than she’d ever been ~ but the honeymoon ended when born again alcoholic husband Max careered off the wagon and into the nearest bar.
Being forced onto The Jeremy Kyle Show in DREAM ON was not enough to make ladies’ man SHANE learn his lesson – will his philandering ways eventually catch up with him?
Rock band THOR has risen from the ashes…
… but DAVE is unhappy, trapped in a domestic situation not of his choosing.
Will there be a happy ever after ending for any of them?

I was excited to start this book; I really really enjoyed Dream On, which is the predecessor to this one. You can find my review for that HERE. In Full Circle we find ourselves reunited with the gang a few years down the track… Life has been ticking along as it does, bringing with it a new set of hurdles for everyone.

It was funny how things worked out, wasn’t it? Fucking hilarious, really.

As soon as I started reading I felt this warm fuzzy familiarity, it was just like visiting old friends. I was glad to find that my favourite characters were just as I remembered them. I could recognize them, even though parts of their lives had changed, they were still the people I got to know in the first book. This really, is why I think you should read the first book before you start on this one. You don’t HAVE to, but the character journey will be so much more fulfilling if you do! I also want to point out; if you’ve read the first book then you would be CRAZY to not read this sequel.

 A good sequel doesn’t spend its time re-hashing the previous book, but it does help refresh your memory with what had happened, it needs a good flow to link the two books together, and this most certainly does that. I loved that there were some long running storylines that ran throughout both books, but also this book had a few new characters and stories that were fresh and substantial.

There is a lot going on in this book, plenty to keep you turning the pages, plenty to keep you wanting to jump in and give a few characters a bit of sound advice. For me Janice was one of these characters. Her storyline with her alcoholic husband made me feel exactly how I’d expect a friend to someone in that situation to feel, frustrated and heartbroken. I spent her chapters alternating between wanting to hug her and wanting to shake some sense into her. In fact, I think I spent many chapters with most of the characters feeling like this (Could’ve seriously throttled Shane sometimes! The male psyche baffles me) this just goes to show how real this book is, how real the characters are. These are feelings I would have if my friends were going through these situations. I empathised, I rolled my eyes, and I was hopeful, crushed and excited. Just like the last book, the characters all have their own voice, their own journey.

Terry Tyler really makes the most of using this sequel to tie up lots of loose ends, it’s very satisfying to follow the story through so many twists and turns and have that feeling that the story really has been told. Fans of a good HEA won’t be disappointed… I loved the way this ended in every single way possible. Oh, and I absolutely LOVE how just as the title is Full Circle, at a few points in the book I was thinking to myself… yep, that just came full circle… because that is well and truly life!

She’d come full circle; right back to the beginning

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Phenomenal Woman indeed

American poet and author, Maya Angelou, was an absolute legend. She will be missed.

 

Phenomenal Woman 

BY MAYA ANGELOU

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

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New Release!!!! Beautiful Mistakes by Sam Mariano

The lovely Sam Mariano has a new book out! What a gorgeous cover! To promote the release of this new book she is also running a competition until June 2nd, giving away three of her ebooks. Eeeep! Just click the rafflecopter link below and get yourself in the draw!!!

Julie Kingsley has never had much luck when it comes to men.
After impulsively transferring to college in Chicago to move in with her unreliable boyfriend, a chance meeting lands Julie a job offer she can’t turn down—a nanny position caring for an adorable toddler. How hard can that be?

Turns out the job is more than she expected—not because of the baby girl, but her distractingly handsome father, who makes no secret of his marital dissatisfaction.

When Julie finally leaves her boyfriend, her new-found friendship with her employer crosses the line of propriety, and Julie’s whole world is shaken. Unsure where to turn or who to trust, Julie has to deal with the fallout from the decisions that led her to that point. 

Join Julie as she learns that, despite the pain, some mistakes are worth making.

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I haven’t read this one yet but i’m looking forward to getting the chance!

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Wednesday Anything – You’re gonna hear us roar!

If you are new to our blog, you will find a bunch of posts titled Wednesday Anything and Sunday Loves. They are often non-book related and just give us a chance to share something we love or write about something different once a week. So here goes –

Gender equality is something I am 100% behind. I feel passionately about women’s rights. As a woman and as a mother, I think one of my most important jobs is to teach my sons to be respectful towards women at all times, and teach my daughter that her worth is absolutely equal to that of any mans. All of the #YesAllWomen tweets really got me thinking and I decided to have a little bit of a random stroll around the internet. I stumbled upon a few things that I found inspiring and thought I would share some of them with you. 

1. Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat shuts down a reporter who criticizes her statements about India being a “regressive country”. Go girl! 

2. I love me some Jennifer Lawrence!

3. Ellen being awesome. Fitch, please! Love it. 

4. John Legend!

5. Perfect use of the “F” word!

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Loves & Loathes – May 25th

Love, Love, Love

1. British chick-lit – the best kind of chick-lit. -K

2. HEA – Read a book this week which wrapped up in such a nice happily ever after that it had me smiling. So nice! – C

3. CHARLEY DAVIDSON READING TIME!!! – C

4. Rain at night. Nothing nicer than to cozy up with a cup of tea and read while it’s pouring outside. Bliss – C

5. An unexpectedly amazing book. You go in with no expectations and it turns out to be a great story! Love that. – K

Loathes

1. Inaccuracies in books. I think if you’re going to write about a medical condition or illness you really need to do your research properly to make sure its accurate. Otherwise it ruins the book for me. – K

2. Uh, now my Kindle has updated it only can tell me the length of time left in the book OR the chapter not both. WTH?! – C

3. Falling asleep while reading…kind of inconsiderate of my eyes/brain/body really – C

4. My Kindle updated too and added all my old folders to my Kindle. Now I have double-ups of all my folders – K

5. Frost. There was an actual frost this morning. Uuuuggggh. Go away! – K

 

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Book Review – Very Wicked Things (Briarcrest Academy #2) by Isla Madden-Mills

I love Isla Madden-Mills Briarcrest Academy series. There is something very “Gossip Girl” about it all. Badly behaved rich kids and their shenanigans are a secret weakness of mine. It’s like they just have no moral compass at all! It’s intriguing. 

Born on the poor side of town…

Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body…but never her heart. 

Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.

Born into wealth and privilege…

Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.

Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.

But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy. When trust crumbles and doubts creep in, both will have to decide to either love or let go…forever.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.

I really REALLY enjoyed Dovey as a character. She was as tough as nails and completely driven. Nothing was getting in her way. She sacrificed and worked her ass off to get where she wanted to go and she did what she needed to do when the time came. She was still a loving person but that sugary sweetness that we’re used to seeing in NA heroines was missing, Thank the gods. I’m over it. 

“Emily Dickinson once said, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers.’ If that’s true, then my bird is dead.”

Cuba was an interesting character. He behaved like a typical poor little rich kid a lot of the time if the first half of the book. It made for interesting reading! I would have liked to have seen a bit more from him. We did find out about his story, but personality wise I felt like I didn’t really know him still. However, the supporting characters in the story were colorful and gorgeous. You couldn’t help but fall in love with their quirks.

Even though I really enjoyed this book, I felt like I didn’t fully connect with it. I got to the 50% mark and was surprised when I realized I was halfway done. It felt like things were only just beginning. It’s highly likely that was was just a problem I had though and most readers won’t have the same issue.

It was another solid addition to the Briarcrest Academy series and I’m looking forward to seeing which characters book will be next. Personally, I’m hoping for Spiders story. That guy seems like a complete mess so his story is bound to be interesting! 

“We all travel life’s highway, making good and bad choices based on upbringing and beliefs. And, in the end, we have to be able to live with what we’ve done.“

 

 

 

 

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