The Blurb

I just can’t imagine me without you…

50% Friendship, 20% Humour, 20% Betrayal,10% Sexual Content. 100% Honest.

It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

The Review

Often times one is grateful to be blessed with just one gift; maybe the gift of the gab or a special talent for acting, or even hunting out a great bargain. It is usually us uni-gifted people that tend to stare down our noses with jealous disdain at the bold and beautiful who can turn their talents to different mediums. One such multitalented lucky duck is none other than Dawn O’Porter.

For many a year have we admired her work as a TV presenter, bum wipe activist (seriously mine has never felt fresher….that was a bit of an overshare), documentary investigative journalist and probably most importantly she has shared her passion for one of the greatest movies ever made – Dirty Dancing. Oh yes, we here at Different Scene have many a reason to love Dawn O’Porter.

And now we have one more.

O’Porter has turned her hand to fiction. Her debut novel Paper Aeroplanes is due for release next week and showcases an extremely strong gift and flair for telling a story.

Set in Guernsey in the mid-90s, O’Porter paints a picture of a simpler time to grow up, not plagued by the incessant bitchery currently found through social media sites and texting whilst reminding us how difficult it was to be young. The story centres on the burgeoning friendship of Renee and Flo whose shared experience of loss, loneliness and embarrassing everyday situations develops the bond and the pace of the story. Without revealing too much this novel helps to remind us the value of friendship and to treasure those around us.

This is a book that everyone should read for all the reasons given already and also because for want of better way to put it – Dawn O’Porter can write. She has proven once again that she isn’t a one trick pony and whilst we should want to throw rocks at her for her excellence and mad skills, we won’t because she is Dawn O’Porter and we love her.

So, do yourself a massive favour, pre-order it, book in a couple of alone hours and lose yourself to a sense of nostalgia in this beautifully told story. You will be awfully glad that you have bought it.

Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter is available now.

You can follow Dawn O’Porter (@hotpatooties) on Twitter.

*Originally published on Different Scene

Paper Aeroplanes

Hello Bloggeroonies,

So the past few weeks have been hardcore. Work has been hectic and if I am completely honest it hasn’t been quite enjoyable. Hey ho! On to happier things which are:

  • In about five weeks I am going to become an aunty for the first time.
  • I have lovely books that are going to be read.
  • Errrrrmmm….and I only have four weeks left in work. Whoop!

Anywho, I have had a really slow week because the book that I am reading is really pants but because of my ridiculous rule not to give up on a book I can’t stop reading it. Boo. So this week is actually going to have a throwback review.

I’ve decided to not list the books that I am going to read because to be perfectly honest I cannot be bothered – I’m in one of those horrible indecisive moods at the minute and even after a ridiculous amount of hours sleep I still feel meh!

Ooh also, I feel I should be honest with you all. I failed Banuary. And not just a little bit, I mean I completely, one hundred percent failed Banuary. I hang my head in shame….and start to read my book! Ah well, I’m weak, we all know it!

Anywho, hope you are all ok. Let me know what you are reading.

L x

Title: One Night in Paris

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Pages: 65 pages

The Blurb

When Manhattan attorney Ella Carlyle gets a call that her beloved grandmother is dying, she rushes to Paris to be by her side, against the wishes of her overbearing boyfriend. Ella would do anything for her grandmother and jumps at the chance to fulfil her dying wish. But things take a mystical turn when Ella is transported to a swinging Paris jazz club full of alluring strangers…in the year 1927! As the clock runs out on her one night in the City of Lights, Ella will attempt to rewrite the past – and perhaps her own destiny as well.

The Review

I absolutely adore Juliette Sobanet’s books and have read nearly all of her published work because personally I think she is one of the better conteporary romance writers. It is such a pleasure to see her turn her hand to writing short stories.

One Night in Paris is the second book that I have read of Sobanet’s that takes a magical detour into the past. With One Night in Paris you have to allow the suspension of disbelief and just enjoy the wonderful world that Sobanet creates.

In One Night in Paris we see Sobanet briefly deal with the contentious issue of domestic violence but also with the strength that women can have when they stand up to their bully. However, she does not allow this dark and upsetting theme clog the magic that is Paris during the 1920s. Once again, Sobanet’s love for Paris drips off the pages as she makes Paris seem more and more romantic and special.

I implore you to read this book, in fact read Juliette Sobanet’s back catalogue. You will regrette rien!

One Night in Paris by Juliette Sobanet is available now.

You can follow Juliette Sobanet (@JulietteSobanet) on Twitter.

One Night in Paris

The Blurb

I’m the only one who knows the secrets her friends have hidden, the mistakes the police have made. I’m the only one who can warn her she’s still in danger. I know exactly who attacked her. He’s the same man who killed me.

Six years ago Melody was attacked and left for dead. She survived by burying her memories, confident that her attacker was convicted and imprisoned. Then the body of another woman, Eve, is discovered.

The women were strangers. But Eve knew all about Melody’s life. She has left behind her story, the clues that will force Melody to confront her own lies. The clues that will put her life in danger all over again.

The Review

Before I start my review I would like to thank the folks over at Bookbridgr for enabling me to receive a copy of The Life I Left Behind. Thanks to you guys I have been on the edge of my seat for the past few days.

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth was a risky read for me and I will admit it was the intriguing cover that drew me to the book ahead of the blurb (sorry). The reason that it was a risky read is because I am not really au fait with crime fiction. It has never been a genre that I have naturally embraced. After reading The Life I Left Behind I will be less reluctant in picking up books of this ilk.

I bloody loved it.

Admittedly, I will never make a detective as I literally had no idea who the culprit was. I suspected everyone. Frequently I would hear myself thinking “It’s definitely him, he did it” and “no way, she is the killer, you can just tell.” Yes, McBeth had me guessing until the very end. And I guess you can’t really ask for more when it comes to a mystery story.

I was hooked on this story from the very beginning, not just due to the cleverly woven plot line (which believe me is well thought out and brilliantly executed) but also by the characters. I loved the multi-perspective viewpoints, especially considering one the narrators was deceased. It all heightened the intensity of the story.

I know I said that crime fiction isn’t really my thing and that I would make a terrible detective, however, don’t let my novice status put you off – believe me when I say I know good fiction. If you are a seasoned mystery novel reader then I implore you to read The Life I Left Behind. It is well written and a completely compelling story.

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is available now.

You can follow Colette McBeth (@colettemcbeth) on Twitter.

The Life I Left Behind

The Blurb

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting down the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself – a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

The Review

What can you say about All the Bright Places? Sometimes a book comes along that is so beautiful that describing it defies words. However, I shall give it a try.

All the Bright Places is a classic boy meets girl book, however, it has a contemporary twist. Imagine, just like Violet did, meeting the boy you are destined to fall in love with when you are both contemplating suicide by jumping off a building. This is not exactly the norm. Consequently, what it does highlight is the ever growing numbers of teen suicide and also how difficult it is in a high school environment (or any environment really) to ask for help when you are struggling mentally or emotionally.

What is beautiful about Violet and Finch’s relationship is that it shows how help and comfort can come from the most unlikely of places. It also shows the cruelty of school children. If only one person reads this book and changes the negative way that they act towards another person then Jennifer Niven has done a remarkable job.

When reading All the Bright Places you will laugh, you will cry but most of all you will fall in love with a beautiful friendship that is formed in the face of adversity.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is available now.

You can follow Jennifer Niven (@jenniferniven) on Twitter.

All the Bright Places