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“Divide We Stand” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you the third and final book in the Division Bell Trilogy, “Divided We Stand“, written by Rachel McLean. This Political Thriller was published today, 20th November 2018.

Happy Book Release Day, Rachel!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

Divided We Stand EbookBritain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

A House Divided - rachel mcleanI’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links –Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

P1070049If you guy have been following my reviews, you know I don’t like to give that many details when it comes to a series that are very connected, book after book, which is the case of this trilogy. And you also know I have been reading and reviewing all the books in this trilogy.

This was a journey that I enjoyed taking because it was scary real, it felt that way because of Rachel McLean’s writing style. The power she gives to her words and to the characters was something I loved from book one. And reading this one was as an adrenaline rush and quite and intriguing finale book.

We still follow Jennifer Sinclair and we still get to uncover new secrets and new information. And this novel brings twists and turns, action, thrilling moments and that strong group of well written characters that keep develop with each book.

P1070099.JPGSpeaking about the characters… As you have read in the blurb, Jennifer has earned her freedom and returns home. Of course, after everything that went on and after the long months away, the family dynamic is very different. That was something I like to read about because it was something I could relate too, since my dad had three years away working in another country and he could only be with us during the summer and Christmas time. So I know how hard things can be for a family. In this case, it was a harder context and the family had to deal with strong emotions and all the problems that came with the circumstances Jennifer was in.

Overall, I loved this all trilogy. I loved that it felt real, that it was thought provoking. And I loved that it talked about strong subjects and that exposes them to everyone in a brilliantly written novel. I totally recommend this book and all the ones in this trilogy if you like Political Thrillers.


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Love,

Jess

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“Divide and Rule” Review

Hello Friends!

Here is the second review I promised.

Divide and Rule” is the second book in the Division Bell Trilogy, written by Rachel McLean, a Political Thriller, and it was published today, 23rd October 2018.

Congratulation Rachel!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

Divide and Rule e-bookJennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century – a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

A House Divided - rachel mcleanI’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

P1070048This is the second book in the Division Bell Trilogy and having read the first book I recommend you read the books in order, because that way you get a fuller experience of the series and can understand why the main character is in the situation she’s in on the second book. And for that I won’t go into many details of this book.

This book follows the first novel and the repercussions that Jennifer’s actions and all that had unfold. She’s now on the British Values Centre, and know more about this institution gave chills. I know the book is fiction, but it sounds so real that it almost scares me, and with this Centre it felt the same. It was a sinister place and it made the book even more thrilling that the plot already set it up to be.

P1070063This book made me connect even more with Jennifer and hope she could be free without losing her own values and beliefs. And like in the previous one it was thought-provoking and with the setting and descriptions it was scary how real it felt because it made me wonder about our real world and the very likely possibility that there is some group that is doing things similar to those that happen in this book.

Even though I’m not still 100% into political thrillers I still fell I will read any book that Rachel McLean writes, because her writing style, the way she unfolds the plot for us and the descriptions and characters she creates, made me love the book despite the genre. And I recommend this series to everyone.

Like I said before, I’m not giving out much in this review, but keep this in mind: It’s thrilling, it’s suspense-y, it’s mind-blowing because of real it felt in my mind, and you will definitely question a lot of things because of what you are about to read in this trilogy.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“A House Divided” Review

Hello Friends!

Here is the second review of the night. And next week I have a surprise post related to this book and author to share with you guys. And before everything else, I have a message to Rachel McLean:

Congratulation! Happy book release day!

A House Divided” is a political thriller written by the amazing Rachel McLean, and I’m happy to be able to be a part of this blog tour.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

AHD ebook cover (small)Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

A House Divided - rachel mcleanI’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

P1060784I haven’t read many Political Thrillers and it’s something I’m trying to change one book at a time. And when I saw the blog tour about this book, I knew I had to join in and help out. It was a bit selfish on my part because I really wanted to read this book, especially because it sounded like an action pack, adrenaline and powerful book, and it’s the first in a trilogy.

Rachel McLean wrote a brilliant book with compelling characters and a plot that made me wonder from page one until the very end and I’m still very curious to read the other books. Especially with a female main character that we can feel empathy towards. Rachel wrote such amazing and complex characters that gave strength to the storyline, and because I was so focus in them and the events that were happening I couldn’t let go of my phone until I read the all book.

I can’t imagine being in Jennifer’s position, since I’m not a mom and I certainly am not a politician, but I can relate to her because part of me understands how difficult some decisions are to make, they will change your life and sometimes the lives of others. And that connection was also possible because of the author’s writing style and the feeling she transmitted in each word, each made not only Jennifer but also every other character believable.

P1060782As I kept reading the book and start understanding the background and the political aspects that are being talked about, I saw the drama, the fear, the possibility and the struggles. There was even tension that I believe I felt in my own body. And of course there was betrayals and backstabbing.

It was a book with a pace that really was thrilling and kept me at the edge of my seat, it surprised me, it made me wonder, and overall, be scared of our future, because… in the world we live in the events in this book could happen, unfortunately. And the only thing we can really do is try our best to change things, talk about the social problems, open the minds of people to other options, and at least to have mutual respect to all ideas, religions, beliefs and ethnicity.

P1060785As a social educator, it’s hard not to think about the new generations, the kids that are going to be our future, and if the world doesn’t get better, open and at least respectful of everyone, what will happen to those kids? We can only have faith in every hard working people that is trying to make a good mark in the world, and have faith that the politicians can finally realize that every action as a consequence.

So, besides being an amazing thriller with all the right components to become a great tv series, or movie, it was also thought provoking to me, and I recommend it to everyone that wants to go through this chilling (and to-real) novel.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“The Benevolent Dictator” Review

Hello Friends!

Sometimes I find myself awake in the middle of the night thinking about life, about the world, about our society. Sometimes I even think about politics and how education in my country could be so much better if people could just open their eyes.

I had the chance to read “The Benevolent Dictator“, written by the brilliant Tom Trott, and I found myself thinking about some of those subjects more during the time I was reading the book.

This book is a Political Thriller, and I haven’t read that many of those to call myself an expert, but I can say that I enjoyed it a lot more that I have in the past, by reading books in this genre.

Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Tom for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.

The Benevolent Dictator


Blurb

TBDmain_tweetBen longs to be prime minister one day. But with no political connections, he is about to crash out of a Masters degree with no future ahead. So when by chance he becomes fast friends with a young Arab prince, and is offered a job in his government, he jumps at the chance to get on the political ladder.

Amal dreads the throne. And with Ben’s help he wants to reform his country, steering it onto a path towards democracy. But with the king’s health failing, revolutionaries in the streets, and terrorism threatening everyone, the country is ready to tear itself apart.

Alone in a hostile land, Ben must help Amal weigh what is best against what is right, making decisions that will risk his country, his family, and his life.

Purchase Links: Website | Amazon


Author Bio

TBD - MePromoCollege5Tom Trott was born in Brighton. He first started writing at Junior School, where he and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for school assemblies, much to the amusement of their fellow pupils. Since leaving school and growing up to be a big boy, he has written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; he has written Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel, and he has won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. He is the proverbial Brighton rock, and currently lives in the city with his wife.

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My Review

P1060436This is the first book I’m reading of Tom Trott, and I’m actually surprise that I enjoyed it so much. I sometimes tend to run away from Political Thrillers, mostly because I’m afraid of them, but when I read the blurb of this book I had to join in the blog tour and read it.

Tom was able to get my attention from page one. I didn’t get bored or confused by the politics aspect of the book, because, first Tom’s writing style, characters and action/thriller moments were a good balance to all the heavy subjects in this book; second, maybe I’m changing as a reader and I’m actually enjoying other genres I was afraid or didn’t gravitated towards before.

Ben and Amal were fantastic characters that gave life to the plot and storyline, even with the great storyline, if the characters didn’t felt real, I don’t think the book would have work, for me at least. The way they dealt with the situations, the relationships, their thoughts, how they developed from page one to the end… it all made sense, was relatable, and gave the book a good dynamic.

P1060432Not only is the concept of this story quite important, from the cultural differences to the politics, the naivety, to the dream of changing the world, to the conflicts, to the morality aspect… It all made me wonder. And not only did that made a powerful impact, maybe sad too at some points after reflecting about it, but it also made the setting of this book real.

Like a said before, it made me wonder. That’s always something I love in a book. I love when they provoke my mind into thinking and debating about life, the world and even about myself. So I applaud Tom Trott for the thought provoking story. As a Social Educator, most of the times, when I’m reading a book I catch myself thinking of how this story could help out in real life. And in this case I see this book as a tool to provoke a debate about principles, about morality, and about the society we live in.

If like a good Political Thriller, I recommend you to check out this book and come to your own conclusions about the world.

You can also check out this review on my Goodreads account.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess