Title: Until You Find Me

Author: Amber Hart

Pages: 269 Pages

Publisher: Random House Publishing

The Blurb

In this steamy, electrifying novel, Amber Hart pushes contemporary romance to its wildest limits as a young woman travels halfway across the globe—and discovers the place where her heart belongs.

Raven has no idea what to expect when she travels to Africa in search of answers about her family’s past. A twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, she’s never seen anything like the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon. But nothing takes her breath away like Jospin. As soon as Raven meets the charismatic and intense young hunter, she’s instantly hooked.

Clever, rugged, and fearless, Jospin makes his living from the perils of the jungle. But falling in love with Raven could be the most dangerous thing he’s ever done. The heir to a powerful poaching empire, he holds the key to unlocking the secrets of Raven’s legacy. If she asks the wrong questions, his answers could get them both killed. And yet each and every moment spent holding Raven in his arms is worth the risk.

Raven’s getting closer to the truth. Jospin’s at the point of no return. Their chemistry is out of control, and when they forge a bond that goes beyond blood, desire will take them into uncharted territory.

The Review

Until You Find Me is the story of Raven who has set off to a world completely different to her own to try and find out the truth behind her father’s death.

Raven has come to an animal sanctuary deep in the jungle. She isn’t particularly a fan of animals, in fact, she holds them responsible for the disappearance of her father from her life. Raven grew up in America whereas her dad left to work in the jungle. They kept regular contact but now that he is dead she holds the jungle and its inhabitants responsible.

In trying to uncover the truth, Raven stumbles upon the seedy underbelly of jungle life – the killing of endangered species for meat and fur. Once she knows the truth about this world will she ever be able to get out again.

Until You Find Me had the makings of being a great story. It had a good main thread of a story – the loss of a parent, it had romance, and it had an exotic location. Personally, I feel where the story became a bit muddied was with the emphasis on the secondary story of animal meat/fur trafficking. Don’t get me wrong, this was a very interesting storyline and one that I haven’t come across in fiction before but I feel that both storylines were competing to be the main one and as a reader I didn’t know which one to prioritise. I just feel that the book came across as confused.

It is a good story though and one that will compel you to keep turning to the next page.

Until You Find Me by Amber Hart is available now.

For more information regarding Amber Hart (@AmberHartBooks) please visit www.amberhartbooks.com.

For more information regarding Random House Publishing (@PenguinRHUK) please visit www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk.

Title: High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead

Author: Richard Loren

Pages: 270 Pages

Publisher: Smith Publicity/East Pond Publishing

The Blurb

Loren recalls his journey through the turbulent eras of rock‘s ascendancy in his new book, High Notes: A Rock MemoirWorking with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead. With never-before-told stories, Loren offers a humorous and heartfelt account that illuminates music history and provides telling insights into some of the most notable entertainment personalities of the late twentieth century. Eminently readable and authentic, readers will find Loren’s inside look fascinating and satisfying.

Richard Loren’s story starts with Liberace—the most dazzlingly bedazzled fairy godmother a 23-year-old Italian-American kid from New Jersey could ever ask for—he was given a job booking up-and-coming acts like The Doors and Jefferson Airplane for the Agency for Performing Arts in New York City. So while America was protesting the war, taking part in the Acid Tests, and reacting and adjusting to unprecedented cultural changes, Loren found himself bailing Jim Morrison out of jail, muling dope across international borders for Spencer Dryden, and sipping mimosas with Ted Kennedy. When the heart of American rock moved west, he headed to the Bay Area, befriended Jerry Garcia, and became the manager of the Grateful Dead, masterminding their concert at the foot of the Sphinx in Giza in 1978 and their unprecedented Radio City Music Hall performance in 1980.

These are only a few of Loren’s often surreal, rite-of-passage experiences in the music business, which he colourfully reveals through his new book.

Topics Loren covers include:

How Liberace jump-started his long and successful career in the music business An inside look at working with some of the latter half of the 20th century’s music icons – Jim Morrison and The Doors, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane…and more! Amazing Stories: Bailing The Doors’ Jim Morrison out of jail, drinking mimosas with the Kennedys and producing mystical concerts with the Grateful Dead What he learned about himself both personally and professionally from his experiences in the music business sand much more!

The Review

I have a weird fascination. I like reading books by people who have worked within the music industry. So far, so normal, I hear you cry. Well, yes, but usually these books are by people that I don’t know and probably have never heard of (sorry Richard Loren). And that is exactly the position I found myself in when I read High Notes – A Rock Memoir.

High Notes is a truly fascinating real life account of one man’s rise and fall in an industry that is so very fickle. What comes out of it are great anecdotal stories of bands and artists, drugs and travel, and the general mayhem that is the music industry.

I really enjoyed High Notes – A Rock Memoir, if you like any of the bands mentioned in the blurb then I implore you to read this book. You will sit on the periphery of a time in history when rock music was arguably at its most powerful.

High Notes – A Rock Memoir: Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead by Richard Loren is available now.

For more information regarding Smith Publicity (@SmithPublicity) please visit www.smithpublicity.com.

Title: Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic

Author: Aaron Wallace

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Pensive Pen Publishing

The Blurb

The Hocus Pocus “BoooOOOoooK” Fans Have Been Waiting For…

In the first and only book ever written about the beloved 1993 Halloween movie, Aaron Wallace takes readers deep into the world of Hocus Pocus to learn everything they never knew. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the film in its all spooky-kooky glory.

You’ll learn:
* Mind-blowing theories about the plot, the characters, and more
* The fascinating history behind “Come, Little Children (Sarah’s Song)” and “I Put a Spell on You
* How Steven Spielberg shaped the movie
* Why there’s all that talk about yabbos and virgins
* How Hocus Pocus got away with being the edgiest Disney movie ever made
* What happened to the movie’s deleted scenes
* Whether a sequel is really going to happen
* And much, much more

Featuring a foreword by Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus‘s Dani), afterword by Mick Garris (the film’s writer and producer), and the largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled, this is the ultimate unofficial fan guide for Halloween and movie lovers everywhere. Finally, Hocus Pocus is celebrated as the classic it’s become. You’ll love the movie more than you ever knew you could.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

When I was ten years old my older sister and I went to the cinema to see Hocus Pocus. We loved it. 25 years later, my three year old niece loves the movie. Recently, she watched it five times in one day. Even me – a self confessed superfan – have never done that (I watched the first three showings with her but the last two she watched with my sister.) It is the movie of my youth and it has aged so well.

I really loved Hocus Pocus in Focus because it gave me a new way to love the movie. In got to see all the nuances of how it was filmed. I got to peek behind the curtain and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact it just made me love it more.

Aaron Wallace knows his stuff. You can see how much he loves Hocus Pocus by the way he decries people who try to belittle it. What Wallace doesn’t know about Hocus Pocus really isn’t worth knowing.

After reading Hocus Pocus in Focus I was filled with a sense of nostalgia and whilst I watch this movie every week with my obsessed niece, this book made me want to watch it again. I could be cheesy and say that the book put a spell on me….wow that was cheesy.

Bygones. If you love Hocus Pocus you will love this book.

Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fans Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace is available now.

For more information regarding Aaron Wallace (@aaronwallace) please visit www.aaronwallaceonline.com.

Hello people,

Once again, this month has been a toughy. I am drained and all I want to do is sleep. Like all the damn time but I still managed to read a lot. So that my friends is what I call ‘a win’.

Here is what I read this month.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth (Paperback)
  • The Burning Girl by Claire Messud (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne (Paperback)
  • A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen (Physical Review Copy)
  • Alice + Freda: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Beau, Lee, the Bomb and Me by Mary McKinley (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (Paperback – Reread)
  • Geek Girl (Special #1) All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • What Would the Spice Girls Do? by Lauren Bravo (Hardback)
  • Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto (Paperback)
  • My Teenage Diary by Rufus Hound (Audiobook)
  • Help by Simon Amstell (Audiobook)
  • Get Back by Donovan Day (NetGalley Review Copy)
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink by Scarlett Curtis (Hardback)
  • Texts from Last Night by Lauren Leto and Ben Bator (Paperback)
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (Paperback)
  • Faithful by Alice Hoffman (NetGalley Review Copy)

I still have to write reviews on 16 of them. I am so behind on my review writing. I will get it done though.

I hope October has been kind to you and that you have an excellent November.

Much love,

Lis x

Title: Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Author: LC Rosen

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

‘My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.’

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time.

His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy.

Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating.

They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Simon Armstrong at Penguin Books for sending me a copy of Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is the LGBT story for the modern teen. The story follows Jack, an out an proud teenager who is unashamedly himself. He loves his friends, his mother and he loves…well likes…well tolerates high school. It would be remiss for us not to accept that high school can be a cruel place especially if you are perceived as different or not following the social “norm”.

Jack is asked by his best friend to start a help column for her blog about relationships. She gives him autonomy to talk about anything and everything, the more bodacious the better. Jack agrees (somewhat reluctantly) but starts to enjoy the act of helping others even if it is causing controversy in school.

While all this is happening Jack starts to receive love notes posted anonymously in his locker. At first he writes it off as a joke but when the notes start getting insidious and threatening, Jack begins to get scared. It is now a race to find out who is sending the notes before the anonymous person starts acting on their threats.

I absolutely loved Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen. It is an exciting and bold novel that I feel is set to lead the way for future LGBT YA stories. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) takes braver steps than any LGBT YA fiction than I have ever read before and whilst it is arguable that this genre has taken a massive step up over the past few years it is hard to argue that Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is on the same level. It leaves them all trailing behind due mostly to its honesty and how it deals with the issue of sex.

For anyone who is struggling with their sexuality and how they are perceived in a society that is not necessarily accepting of difference then this book, for them, will be a game changer. I can honestly say that I have never read a book so bold, brave and bolshie. I loved it.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by LC Rosen is available now.

For more information regarding LC Rosen (@LevACRosen) please visit www.LevACRosen.com.

For more information regarding Penguin Books (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.