Updated review: Weatherman by Price Doom

A few days ago, I wrote a review for Weatherman by Price Doom. I’m a busy little be at the moment as I am moving over 500 miles away on Tuesday and I’m currently still working a full time job! So, I know these are not valid excuses but I wrote my review for Weatherman fairly quickly before continuing to pack for my new life.

Since then, I have re-read my review and feel that compared to other 3 star reviews e.g. Ecclesia’s Table by Mason S Haynes, Weatherman was actually given quite a high rating. With Weatherman for example, I felt like I deserved more from the story and I was left disappointed overall whereas with Ecclesia’s Table, the story in general was absolutely fantastic, but some areas needed improvement.

I know this seems like a harsh thing to do, but I feel like I do need to change it so my reviews do genuinely reflect my thoughts.

If anybody has any questions or comments then please feel free to comment but please be kind.

Thanks for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

Weatherman by Price Doom: A Book Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Blurb:
Heart and her father are on the run from God. At least, that’s what her father, Sonny, tells her.

Young Heart believes Sonny’s stories of dying suns and scientists with tranquilizer guns, parachuting out of planes in pursuit of them.

Sonny believes only the elements in his body can save the sun, and Heart grows up in fear of the boogeymen from Sonny’s stories—and Sonny himself.

After years without proof and questions about Sonny’s mental stability, Heart makes her escape.

My thoughts: I was sent a free copy of ‘Weatherman’ by the author in return for an honest review.
This was a short novella which I managed to read in one sitting. The story was engaging throughout and I didn’t once feel like stopping reading and didn’t get bored throughout the entirety of the novella.

The story follows Sonny and his daughter Heart who are running from GOD. Apparently, Sonny has special powers and GOD is sending people after him because of this. He is not a likeable character at all but I think this is exactly what the author wants us to think. Something that did grate on me was the fact that he ended most of his sentences with ‘buddy’.
Heart on the other hand is quite a likeable character and loves her dad very much until we get to part 4 of the book (the book is separated in to 4 parts) where she suddenly doesn’t trust her dad, is asking lots of questions and doesn’t believe much that comes out of his mouth anymore. I think personally, I needed a little more explanation of this. Why has her attitude changed towards her dad?

With regards to the climax, I really enjoyed it but at the same time couldn’t help but be annoyed at Heart’s change of heart (is this a pun?). I don’t want to say too much as I don’t like spoiling the book for those that want to read it but you’ll know what I mean if you do read it.

I’m conflicted with this book as like I said, it was entertaining enough to read in one sitting, but at the same time I feel like I deserved more as a reader and there just wasn’t enough there to make me want to read it again or shout about it from the rooftops. I think if the novella was expanded on and turned in to a novel with more detail, explanations and information then this definitely could be a cleverly written piece of work.


This book is available on kindle UK for £2.15 – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weatherman-Price-Doom-ebook/dp/B08ZCGQM1W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=weatherman+price+doom&qid=1631996119&sr=8-1

and Kindle US for $2.99 – https://www.amazon.com/Weatherman-Price-Doom-ebook/dp/B08ZCGQM1W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=weatherman+price+doom&qid=1631996179&sr=8-1

Rapunzel’s Tower by Wendy L Anderson: A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: This is a story about a beautiful princess. You may say this tale has been told countless times, the moral of the story learned, and the children entertained but you may not have heard the entire truth.

A cruel twist of fate caused the princess to be locked in a magical tower. Two princes, one from the east and one from the west, are set against each other and tasked with rescuing her.

How hard can it be to climb a tower?

At the end of their perilous adventure, the Princess will only be able to choose one Prince as her true love. Which one will prevail in winning her hand? A tale such as this made from legends incites our minds and imaginations, and tugs at our heartstrings while chilling our bones. This is not just a story of cruel fate, but the tale of true love and Rapunzel and her tower.

My thoughts: I devoured this book! I just could not put it down. I was late for work every single day since starting reading this book, I was late back to work when on my breaks, I stayed up later, woke up earlier, and I did not do any housework at all. All I could think was ‘I need to get back to Zander and Andres’ and it was often a ‘just one more chapter’ scenario.

It isn’t what I expected. I was only read the story of Rapunzel when I was younger and I can not remember it at all, and of course, I’ve watched Tangled too so in my mind, I thought this book was going to be a typical Disney light-hearted princess story. However, this story doesn’t follow the princess, it follows the two princes who are trying to rescue her. The princes are rivals but must work together to complete quests in order to reach Rapunzel at the top of her tower even though they know that only one of them will be Rapunzel’s true love.

The worldbuilding was fantastic and I was/am very impressed with the ability of the author to build so many worlds within one world (you’ll understand what I mean once you’ve read it). I would love to discuss this further with somebody so please message me when you’ve read the book so we can chat about it.

It can be quite dark at times and I felt myself holding my breath a lot and my adrenaline pumping along with Zander and Andres. I loved the characters and I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. If I was Rapunzel, I wouldn’t know who to choose myself. That would be a tough decision. I was also impressed with how the secondary characters stood out enough to be memorable especially the Dragons!

I feel like a lot of thought has gone in to this story and it has been developed so well. I am honestly so impressed by it. The thing about Wendy L Anderson is, she keeps writing these super impressive books that just keep blowing my mind, and I just do not know how I can continue scoring 5/5 when her story’s just keep getting better and better.

Now how long till the next one because I need it yesterday!


Yours on kindle UK for just £2.16 – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rapunzels-Tower-Wendy-L-Anderson-ebook/dp/B09G54DZRR/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=rapunzels+tower+wendy+l+anderson&qid=1631901941&sr=8-1

Kindle US – $2.99 – https://www.amazon.com/Rapunzels-Tower-Wendy-L-Anderson-ebook/dp/B09G54DZRR/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=rapunzel+tower+wendy+l+anderson&qid=1631901983&sr=8-1

Paperback US – $15.95 – https://www.amazon.com/Rapunzels-Tower-Wendy-L-Anderson/dp/1644563827/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1631901983&sr=8-1

Ecclesia’s Table by Mason S Haynie: A Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Blurb: The world is a wasteland. It always has been. Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu have never known anything other than the desert wasteland that raised them. When the rumor arises that something other than barren landscape could be out there, the three of them make haste for an abundant future. Upon arrival at this established society, the group quickly learns how and how not to get along amidst group dynamics and seemingly sinister mystery. The trials and social politics that Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu face teach them that some rules are useful and some are meant to be broken. Have a seat at Ecclesia’s Table.

My thoughts: Ecclesia’s table is a dystopian novel that actually took me over a month to read which is a very long time for me to spend on a book. I’m really conflicted with this one because I thought it was an absolutely brilliant storyline but it took me so long to get through it that I didn’t feel 100% invested in the novel and lots of little bits that annoyed me about the book just decided to hover constantly in my mind. I think the easiest way to explain my thoughts on Ecclesia’s table is to divide this review in to positive parts and negative parts.

Positive

  • Cover – the cover of this book is really beautiful. I believe it was his friend, Rosalie N Aranda, who created this cover and I absolutely love that Haynie has acknowledged his friend both in the book and on Goodreads.
  • Acknowledgements – Talking about acknowledging his artistic friend, Haynie has dedicated a number of pages in Ecclesia’s Table to thank friends, family and fans that helped him along the way. It looks like he hasn’t forgot anybody. I love it.
  • LGBTQ+ inclusivity – I love Haynie’s has included an array of characters in this world. The use of pronouns ‘them/they’ is something I’ve not seen in a book before and I admire Haynie for this.
  • The story / world-building – Overall this was a very good story especially the build up. I was disappointed towards the end but I will bring this up later. The world building was phenomenal; I felt like I was there sometimes and could see it with my own eyes. I feel like I could draw Ecclesia and it’s surrounding areas on a map from the description. Even now, after reading it, I feel I could do it from memory. Very impressive.
  • The characters – The three main characters each have their very own personalities and what I loved is that I could see myself in most of them but especially Moshe. Moshe is more so your leader out of the group but has the tendency to be stubborn and a bit selfish. I love that he’s not perfect, none of the characters are and this is what makes it a more believable story. Amaru is hot headed and likes to ‘do’ first then think later where as Reenu is a bit, how do I describe him…that’s difficult really. At first, I think he is a bit of a wimp, a bit of a wet lettuce if you will and you think that he’s probably the weakest of the three characters both physically and mentally, and probably the most forgettable from a readers view. However, when you actually get in to the story, Reenu is the best character. He’s the most loyal, the most analytical, and the bravest really. You’ll see why if you read the book.

Negative

  • The chapters are UNBELIEVABLY long. This was a really big one for me as it wasn’t something I could just read quickly e.g. a quick chapter before work; a quick chapter before bed. I had to set a lot of time aside. I know this doesn’t work for a lot of people unfortunately and I think one of the most important things is shortening your chapters in a book. I probably could have read this in less than a week with shorter chapters.
  • When a character had a thought the sentence would literally just stop mid-sentence, the characters thought would be written and then the sentence would carry on. It happened throughout the entire book and I just didn’t get used to it E.g. Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces
    *What the hell was that noise? Was it behind me or to the side of me?
    pass and I’m homebound.
  • 5 of the main characters had names beginning with A: Abigail, Amaru, Arah, Ambree, Adinah. I personally struggled with this.
  • I became confused towards the end with how technologically advanced the Ecclesian world is. In my eyes it was before electricity and other technology like that but yet they had a microphone which when you pressed the button it started to work. If there is a microphone that works like that and doesn’t require relatively new technology then please let me know so I can update this review.
  • Finally, throughout the book and particularly at the end, a big villain of the characters were wolves. Now, I’ve studied wolves, a lot. I did my masters dissertation on how the media portrays wolves and how this affects peoples perceptions on wolves. This book does not give wolves a good name. I’m not saying wolves are lovely creatures but wolves do not pack together and hunt people down like they do in the books. They are actually very much ‘flight’ animals and not ‘fight’ animals. They would also not kill somebody and then leave the body to then continue to chase somebody else down and kill them. Once they have ate their meal, they are done.

I’ve decided to give this book a 3 out of 5. This is a good rating as it is higher than ‘average’ or 2.5/5. It was really difficult to rate this book. As I said, I really did enjoy it and that’s why I have given it 3 stars but the negative’s were quite big negatives for me and that’s why I’ve taken the two stars.


This book is actually free on Kindle Unlimited! I can’t seem to find it on the US Amazon so please comment below if you can!

Uk – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecclesias-Table-Mason-S-Haynie-ebook/dp/B09197M6P4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ecclesia+table&qid=1631523582&sr=8-1

Thanks for reading!

Gee Liz Reads ❤

Early Retirement by Luke Ethan Knight: A Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Blurb: A lifelong production operator who’s been dragged from boiling-hot reactor cells to outdoor polar pipeline arrays, Cap Jenkins figures he’s seen just about every ugly thing that life on an extraterrestrial corporate mining colony has to offer. But when a fresh, unnervingly innocent young operator clocks in for his first night shift with no warning and no introduction, Cap and his small crew of surly workmen are quickly reminded that things can always get worse. As Cap’s woes progress from minor equipment failures to inexplicable and horrific happenings in the shadows, one thing becomes increasingly clear: there’s something very strange about this rookie.

My thoughts: I received a free copy of Early Retirement from the author in exchange for an honest review. Early Retirement is a short story which are still relatively new to me (I’ve only ever read a collection of short story’s and that was about a month ago). It is also of the horror genre which is again, relatively new to me. It is only 28 pages long but it feels longer as it tells such a good story. I read it in one sitting and my mind was solely focused on the story (which is rare for me seeing as I’ve got a list of ‘To Do’s’ as long as my arm).

From very early on, I knew where this story was going so it was a predictable, easy read. Easy in the sense of it was short, well written and flowed nicely. I had ‘Alien’ and ‘The Thing’ vibes from the start – Alien bored the life out of me as it was such a long film but The Thing is probably the most terrifying film I’ve ever seen, and I believe those that like to read horror and sci-fi-horror would really enjoy this short story.

I noticed during reading the story that I had that horrible feeling in my stomach – a mix of dread and butterflies. I could also feel that I was forgetting to breath at times so I think that the author has done really well in writing this horror story as all horror authors want their readers to feel this way.

What I found impressive, is that in 28 pages, Knight managed to create a decent setting, varied and well presented characters, and a compelling story. I’m hoping that Knight continues to write but I am looking forward to full length novels.


Early Retirement is available on Amazon UK for just 77p. Or Free on you have Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Early-Retirement-Luke-Ethan-Knight-ebook/dp/B091BR42J4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=early+retirement+knight&qid=1629186289&sr=8-1

For those in the US it is just 99cents: https://www.amazon.com/Early-Retirement-Luke-Ethan-Knight-ebook/dp/B091BR42J4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Early+retirement+knight&qid=1629186393&sr=8-1


As always, thank you for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

God, Aliens, Death & Teapots by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Blurb: An eclectic selection of seven short stories involving, as the title of the book suggests, God, Aliens, Death or Teapots. Oh, and there’s one about dogs as well…then again, come to think of it, two of them don’t really have God, aliens, Death or teapots in them at all. They’re more about space….
So a more apt title for this book could well be God, Aliens, Death, Dogs, General Space Stuff & Teapots.
Yeah, that just about sums it up (though it isn’t quite as catchy).

My Thoughts: I received a free copy of God, Aliens, Death and Teapots for an honest review. As I said in my previous reviews of Andy Ritchie’s books, Andrew Ritchie is my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work – if it’s crap then I will say so!

This was a fantastic book containing 7 short stories which I have decided to name below and give my views on each.

  1. Why Pandas Look So Sad – Very random. It is about Panda’s but not about Panda’s at the same time. It’s very clever actually and this story made me want to continue reading the other short stories.
  2. The Man That God Forgot – A brilliant story that sent shivers down my spine at the thought of this happening to me, though I would act differently than the man in this story. I will note that there are a few potential triggers in this story specifically animal cruelty and suicidal thoughts.
  3. Wrong Time, Wrong Place – Yet another fantastic read. It was quite sad though and makes you think.
  4. The Teapots Are Coming – A very short story but it made me want a full novel / movie. I wanted a lot more backstory and to see what the outcome is too!
  5. Notice of Sale – Another clever story and I actually learnt a lot about Earth in an interesting way.
  6. Dies Caniculares – Now this one was phenomenal and at times I found I was forgetting to breath. After this one I had to have a few minutes to think of having to live through something like this and it just made me go and cuddle my dogs for a while (whether they liked it or not). Don’t take your dogs for granted people! Trigger warning with this one – Animal Cruelty (but a phenomenal and realistic read).
  7. SoRaMA – Probably my least favourite of all the stories but still a cracker.

These are the first short stories I have read as I’ve never really been interested in them. How can you tell a story in just a few pages? Well in fact, you can, and now I want to read more.

I would highly recommend this book of short stories for everybody to read. The ONLY reason I’m giving 4.5 stars instead of 5 is down to my own personal opinion of animal cruelty being in the books I read. I personally get really affected by this sort of stuff but unlike some books I have read and marked harshly for this, there are REASONS why the animal cruelty takes place and therefore does add to the story. Unlike other books where the animal cruelty is there and if you had taken it out of the story, then the story would have been the exact same. I also actually really enjoyed the stories even though they contained the cruelty – I hope this makes sense and I hope you all understand my justification.


If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.10 on Kindle: God, Aliens, Death & Teapots eBook : Ritchie, Andrew: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

Thank you for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 3) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: The fate of mankind hangs in the balance…and Jethro Postlethwaite is still keeping his diary.
He’s still on the run from THEM, but now he’s left Peterhead behind and is heading south for a meeting with The One.
He’s still experiencing someone else’s memories (some good, some not so good)…
…but he’s started to get a disturbing liking for classical music…
…and he’s learnt all about Emotional Energy and W.I.M.D.s…
…oh, and he’s been bitten by midges. He doesn’t like those.
At least he’s still got the camper van.

My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 3 for an honest review. As I said in my review for Parts 1 and 2, Andrew Ritchie in my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work – if it’s crap then I will say so!

I’m writing this review whilst on holiday in not so sunny – but ever so beautiful – Scotland. I’ve literally just finished the book and just like the part 1 and 2, I could NOT put it down.

Part 3 is the final part of The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read. It continues with the same diary(ish) format written by JP and collated by the author. It continues being a believable sci-fi x thriller x british comedy book (which I’ve decided to call a thri-fi bromedy… that definitely needs work).

I loved how the story comes to an end in part 3. It was so clever and unexpected, so brilliantly written. However, I couldn’t help being agitated that some questions were left unanswered. Usually, this would really annoy me and likely make me give a review that is less than 5 stars, but on reflection, it actually just makes the story more believable. Throughout your life there are always questions that are left unanswered and when something happens you might not know all of the how’s and why’s so I actually think this is really clever. Additionally, there could potentially be another story that comes from this which I am definitely hoping for.

Jethro, the main protagonist and diarist continues to develop and I enjoyed seeing him grow from a boring, mundane character to somebody who takes no $hit. His language and personality reminds me of a typical middle-aged man – he doesn’t know what politically correct is! Though it’s funny that an Alien not from this planet chastises him about these things sometimes.

I’m really sad that this is over and I hope that it actually isn’t. I would really recommend this trilogy to you all. It’s just like nothing I’ve ever read. It’s bloody fantastic!


If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.80 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 3 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

Thank you for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

Holiday Books: What shall I read in Scotland?

I’m going to Scotland tomorrow! So excited! We are travelling the west coast this time so it’s going to take about a 10 hour drive to our first destination, Loch Shiel, and then after a night there, it’s gonna take another 10-12 hours to get to our final destination (not the movie), Thurso. Extremely excited! However, the most important thing is…. what books am I going to take on this journey. I need enough for the car ride (though to read in the car I will definitely need some travel sickness meds), and I need enough to read whilst I’m there and then obviously for the 12 hour drive back. I’d rather take too many than too little. So I’m going to take all of these:

The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 3) by Andy Ritchie

This is the last book of the series I need to read. I wish that I had managed to read this before going on holiday as it has been on my mind constantly since reading part 2 but I’ve just not had time.

God, Aliens, Death and Teapots by Andy Ritchie

Another book, and the final book of Andy Ritchie’s that I need (and want) to read. Just the blurb for this book makes me laugh – An eclectic selection of seven short stories involving, as the title of the book suggests, God, Aliens, Death or Teapots. Oh, and there’s one about dogs as well…then again, come to think of it, two of them don’t really have God, aliens, Death or teapots in them at all. They’re more about space….
So a more apt title for this book could well be God, Aliens, Death, Dogs, General Space Stuff & Teapots.
Yeah, that just about sums it up (though it isn’t quite as catchy). (less)

Ecclesia’s Table by Mason S Haynie

Another book I’ve been asked to review. I love the cover of this book and from reading the blurb it does sound like a very exciting book that is right up my street. It comes under the dystopian science fiction genre.

Early Retirement by Luke Ethan Knight

This is a short story I have been asked to review. It’s a horror which I don’t do well with when it comes to movies but I’ve read a couple of horror books and found that I quite enjoy them. I think this was only take me a few hours / half a day to read.

Weatherman by Price Doom

Another book I’ve been asked to review. Slightly confused on the genre of this book but I’ll soon find out when I start reading. According to some Goodread reviews there are quite a few Trigger warnings which I am fine with but I’ll need to be in the right frame of mind for this one.

Eyes by Nghịch Tử

Another book I’ve been asked to review. This has actually been translated from it’s original language of Vietnamese (I think). I hope the translation is done well else I will struggle with this one. It has been described as Spirited Away meets Coraline.

Killing the Reapers by Jeff Debing

A book that I’ve been asked to review, I automatically want to be critical just because of the book cover. However, don’t they (and I’m not talking about THEY from The Book THEY Do Not Want You To Read’) always say ‘DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER’. So I won’t.

Don’t Date the Haunted by C. Rae D’Arc

This is the 1st book of a series so I might save this until last just in case I love it and want to carry the series on uninterrupted. It has been described as a quirky romance / dark comedy.

Song of Echoes by R.E. Palmer

This is book one of a series but the others are not out yet. I have been asked to review this and it is classed as an Epic Fantasy novel. It definitely sounds right up my street. Looking forward to reading and reviewing it.

The Never Dawn Trilogy by R.E. Palmer

This is a Dystopian Fantasy trilogy I’ve been asked to review. It is classed as Young Adult which I haven’t read in such a long time so it might be fun to get back in to my once upon a time favourite genre.

Comagique (Azmodia’s Liege) by Justin Ketter

Yet another book I’ve been asked to review. I love the cover! Looking forward to this one just from the cover alone.

Bloody Spade by Brittany M. Willows

The first of a Duology, though the second his not out yet. This is classed as a Fantasy LGBT novel. I don’t think I’ve ever read an LGBT novel, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

The Cradle by Ron Sami

Yet another book I’ve been asked to review. The Cradle is the first book of a Duology (so far) but who knows if it will be expanded. I’ve not been asked to read book 2 but naturally if I enjoy the first then I will continue with the next book. I’m getting a Game of Thrones feeling with this one.

Always Beside You by Damir Salkovic

Well this cover looks creepy as F. This has been described as a haunting supernatural thriller. I’m not going to be reading this at night I’ll tell you that for free!

Ok, so that’s 16 books. That’s a lot I’ve got to admit but I’m going to try my very best to get as many of them read as possible, all whilst enjoying my much needed and much deserved holiday.

Thanks for reading!

Gee Liz Reads ❤

The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 2) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: The life of Jethro Postlethwaite, as his recently-started diary will testify, has suddenly become very, very complicated…and very, very painful.
Having been kidnapped, locked in a dark cell and subjected to the unwelcome (and agonising) attentions of a Bodaslod Duelling Gauntlet, he is now a fugitive, on the run from THEM, sharing his head with someone else’s memories, and not looking forward at all to the prospect of having nanites injected into his eyes.
It seems like giving a lift to an alien was not such a good idea after all.
On the plus side though, he’s about to uncover the truth about the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet…
…at Peterhead…
…and he will get to do this whilst travelling in a very nice camper van.

My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 2 for an honest review. As I said in my review for Part 1, Andrew Ritchie in my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work. Really, I feel like I am more critical when it comes to my family and their work!

I’m writing this review rather early in the morning, well its just before 7am and I wake up around this time every morning. I’m usually fine but this morning I am so very tired. Why, you ask? Because I stayed up till midnight finishing this book, that’s why. I seriously could NOT put it down. It looks like my Uncle has done the near impossible and made a sequel which is just as good as the first.

Part 2 starts of pretty much where Part 1 left off. It continues with the same diary(ish) format written by JP and collated by the author. It continues being a believable sci-fi x thriller x british comedy book. We need to come up with a portmanteau for this mix of genres but I’m not that clever so I’ll leave this up to you readers.
It continued to make me laugh out loud which not many books or comedy shows do for that matter; I’m very much a laugh within kind of girl.

What you read in the blurb is correct. JP does have injections in his eyes and oh my goodness, I will tell you now, the paragraph is relatively short, but I had to have 2 breaks from reading it so I wouldn’t vomit all over my phone. I don’t do well with eyes, and reading in such detail about needles going in to eyes makes me feel all funny inside. Even writing about it is making me feel all funny inside. How an author can do that to you with words alone and no visuals is somewhat of a talent! It’s not just the eye injection scene, there’s some brilliantly descriptive but TMI bits in this book. Lets just say, I wasn’t a fan of sausage and egg sandwiches before but thanks to this book, I’ll now probably not even be able to look at one.

The development of our pal Jethro who I previously described as a very real, very mundane character who a lot of people can probably relate to (no offence) continues to develop in this book and reading his thoughts he pens down on paper really does help the reader see that. I feel really sorry for him but I love his attitude towards Tukaal (the alien) when sometimes he decides he does want answers and he does want Tukaal to know how he is feeling whether it hurts the aliens feelings or not. As for Tukaal, in this book he is particularly hilarious, especially when it comes down to trying out some of the wonderful foods/drinks we have on this earth – chocolate, McDonalds, Whiskey. Though there is development in Tukaal’s character and you learn more about him as an alien and not as a human, I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach that he might not actually be as good as a guy as I think he is. I really do hope I’m wrong because I think I am getting to emotionally involved. Again, I blame the author for this.

The story is once again realistic, hilarious, thrilling and interesting but most importantly, it isn’t over – the final part is waiting for me. The bombshell ending of part two means for my sanity I HAVE to read part three and find out what happens to JP, to Tukaal, to earth. I’ve got an hour before I need to start getting ready for work (I’ll probably be late if I start reading Part 3).


If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.80 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 2 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

Thank you for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 1) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: Jethro Postlethwaite had never kept a diary before.
Then again, he’d never been kidnapped, locked in a dark cell and tortured before.
And he’d never experienced someone else’s memories…
…or had nanites injected into his eyes…
…and then there was the fact that he’d uncovered the truth about the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet…
…oh, of course, there was the little matter of being on the run from THEM…
…in a camper van.
And he’d never been to Peterhead.
So keeping a diary seemed like a pretty good idea…just like giving a lift to an alien did…

My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 1 for an honest review. I also want to give you a heads up that Andrew Ritchie is actually my Uncle. My real uncle that is, not one of my parents friends who are not related AT ALL yet they, and your parents for that matter, insist that you call them Aunty or Uncle. I’ve told said Uncle that I’m going to be brutally honest when it comes to reading his books (which I always am whether anybody likes it or not) and, if I do insult him then future family gatherings may certainly be awkward for him but not at all for me.

The good news is… THIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY AMAZING, so family gatherings will continue to be free of any awkwardness (between myself and my Uncle at the very least anyway). Now, this isn’t the genre of book I would usually read but that’s why I do what I do, so then I can read and fall in love with new genre’s of books. First of all, it’s written in sort of a diary style format (you’ll understand ‘sort of’ when you read the book). It’s difficult to describe the genre of this book though. It is Sci-fi because, helloooo Aliens! but that’s really where the sci-fi stops as it is very much set on Planet Earth and is actually a really believable story; unlike most Sci-fi novels. Then I would say it’s got a bit of a kick to it like a thriller because helloooo adrenaline rush, holding my breath, anxiety butterflies, getaways, guns and torture AND, I would also categorise TBTTDNWYTR under classic British Comedy because boy oh boy, this book did have me in stitches at times.

I love that this book is set in England too as I read so many books that are set in America. Nothing wrong with America of course but seeing as I’m English and I live in England I relate a lot. For example, the book is set in my home town and parts are set in Manchester too so I know exactly where the characters are and can see it playing like a movie in front of my eyes. I also love how typically British the main character, Jethro Postlethwaite is – tea, biscuits, saying he’s fine when he really isn’t.

The clever thing is, Jethro is technically the author of this diary, it is just his friend Andy Ritchie who collates his work into something that makes sense. Jethro is a very real, very mundane character who a lot of people can probably relate to (no offence) but his mundane life changes dramatically when he decides to temporarily house the alien that just landed from outer space. Tukaal is the Alien in the story and I’m glad that his description resembles more of a The Rock / Vin Diesel kind of look compared to that of E.T or the extremely scary Aliens from the film Signs. He is such a likable character from the get go and I really enjoyed learning about is alien abilities as well as enjoying his character development as well as Jethro’s.

The story is realistic, funny, exciting and interesting but most importantly, it isn’t over. The abrupt ending of part one means I just HAVE to read part two and find out what happens to JP and Tukaal. The only worry I have is that Uncle Andy has acquired a 5 star review from part one and I just don’t know how it is possible for part two to be better. I mean is the sequel ever better? I can’t wait to find out!


If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.08 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 1 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

Thank you for reading.

Gee Liz Reads ❤

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