#Review By Lou of The Rabbit Factor By Antti Tuomainen @antii_tuomainen @OrendaBooks #TheRabbitFactor #NotTheEasterBunny #BlogTour #SoonToBeAMovie #ReadingCommunity #FilmCommunity

The Rabbit Factor
By Antti Tuomainen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 Dark Comedy Crime; Black Humour; Literary Fiction; International Mystery & Crime; Nordic Noir;

 

 Dark Comedy Crime; Black Humour; Literary Fiction; International Mystery & Crime; Nordic Noir;

The Rabbit Factor is going to be a Major Motion Picture starring Steve Carell. This darkly humoured, Scandi-Noir type book is available to read now. Discover more in the blurb and my review below…
I firstly, thank Random T. Tours and Orenda Books for inviting me to review on the blog tour.

 Dark Comedy Crime; Black Humour; Literary Fiction; International Mystery & Crime; Nordic Noir;

Blurb

 Dark Comedy Crime; Black Humour; Literary Fiction; International Mystery & Crime; Nordic Noir; What makes life perfect? Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen knows the answer because he calculates everything down to the very last decimal.
And then, for the first time, Henri is faced with the incalculable. After suddenly losing his job, Henri inherits an adventure park from his brother – its peculiar employees and troubling financial problems included. The worst of the financial issues appear to originate from big loans taken from criminal quarters … and some dangerous men are very keen to get their money back.

But what Henri really can’t compute is love. In the adventure park, Henri crosses paths with Laura, an artist with a chequered past, and a joie de vivre and erratic lifestyle that bewilders him. As the criminals go to extreme lengths to collect their debts and as Henri’s relationship with Laura deepens, he finds himself faced with situations and emotions that simply cannot be pinned down on his spreadsheets…

Warmly funny, rich with quirky characters and absurd situations, The Rabbit Factor is a
triumph of a dark thriller, its tension matched only by its ability to make us rejoice in
the beauty and random nature of life.

Review

Rabbits are cute and furry, but in this case the rabbit is something quite different in what is a darkly quirky story. Just wait and read the opening paragraph about this rabbit, it’s sure to raise a chuckle.

Mathematics/Math/Maths, however you want to say it, has a universal truth. It makes so much calculable, rock steady, you know where you are with it and nothing changes. Henri Koskinen knows this all too well and appears to have a bit of an obsession with maths, to put it mildly and is an actuary for a Finnish insurance company. It brings Henri and Tuomo Pertila a certainty about life and all the things in their environment around them. I did say, this was quirky. Bear with the book though. You don’t have to be a mathematician to read and enjoy it. It’s not really full of rabbits telling you how to do algebra and even more hard sums. Everything is so precise in Henri’s life and you begin to wonder where is the space for the fun things in life.

An actuary and one as pedantic about life as Henri is, isn’t perhaps anyone’s usual character to be rooting for and although his life views seem pedantic, the Toumainen manages to skillfully steer clear from it becoming frustrating for the reader and instead injects some dry humour.
The book is going to be made into a major motion picture, starring Steve Carrell. I can imagine him well in this film and I think it could be entertaining to watch. The book certainly has a number of twists and even more corners of life to turn into as life paths change accordingly to each milestone and situation. This isn’t always comfortable for Henri as he tries to calculate his way through life and not all calculations, even for a mathematically obsessed actuary as Henri is, can bring that certain steadfast certainty they normally do.

Life changes quite a bit when his job circumstances, and as it goes, inherits an adventure park from his brother. All isn’t what anyone would imagine at all. The circumstances he finds himself in with the park is also rather quirky as is the employees, then there is also the poor financial situation and criminals to contend with. As Henri’s life changes, it sends him into a bit of a spin as no longer is he totally in his own little world that he comfortably inhabited before, but he has to do recalculations of formulas he normally lived by, as he tries to control his life so much in such a pedantic way after chaotic formative years, that is illuminating to enter his mind and life.

Romance also enters Henri’s life as he meets Laura, who is an artist. You can’t help wondering how he will calculate and live that aspect of life through.

Fans of Scandi-Noir and Chris Brookmyre would enjoy this book, which is the first in a series.

 Dark Comedy Crime; Black Humour; Literary Fiction; International Mystery & Crime; Nordic Noir;

 

#BookReview By Lou of The Wedding Crasher By Abigail Mann @abigailmann @0neMoreChapter_ @HarperCollinsUK #romanticfiction #humour #book #bookblog #BookTwitter #fiction #TheWeddingCrasher #bookrecommendation #RomCom

The Wedding Crasher
By Abigail Mann

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Lots of humour, romance and a passion for photography is in store for the very entertaining Wedding Crasher by Abigail Mann. This is one of the funniest I have read of this author’s books, so far… Thanks to One Chapter/Harper Collins for inviting me to review. Discover more in the blurb and the rest of my thoughts in the review below…

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Blurb

The Wedding Crasher coverPoppy got married young. Too young in fact, and she put her dreams aside for love. Fast-forward eight years(ish) and now it’s time to reclaim her life and first love – photography.

What better way to celebrate her new-found freedom than a blissful week alone on an island with just her camera for company. Until her best friend has a catastrophe with the high-profile wedding she’s planning and begs Poppy to help. After all, she owes her.

Poppy doesn’t expect to recognise the groom as an old friend, nor for the bride to get cold feet but what’s a wedding without a little drama. And as the wedding week – yes, week – gets underway, Poppy might find happiness again, just not in the way she expected.

If you love Mhairi McFarlane, Marian Keyes and Beth O’Leary, you will love Abigail Mann.

Review

Let the countdown to the wedding begin…
The Wedding Crasher is entertaining from the start. Dare I say it, but this may be one of the most entertaining books from Abigail Mann. It is so enjoyable getting to know Poppy, Lola and Will. The humour all starts in a rather rocky dinghy and some witty chat and repartee.

Poppy it turns out, has a love of photography and teaches it in a school that is teetering on the edge with the eyes of Ofsted on them. Then there’s also the awkward relationship complications between Poppy and Josh. Poppy then ends up involved in taking photos for a wedding that is a week long, including all the build-up to it. It’s high profile and the very rich groom is certainly a kaleidoscope of personality and life. In saying that, Poppy has gumption and inner-strength, especially when it comes to her own relationship with Josh and how that is hitting the rocks.

There are islands – Orwell and the much more glamourous Loxby Island with its Art-Deco designed archticture to explore, with beautiful, idyllic backdrops. The book as whole is just so easy to be swept along by. 

There are also moments focused on the current debates around sport, but you really don’t have to be even remotely a sports fan to get enjoyment from this book as far, far from the dominant part of the book.

The comedic moments keep coming, which is impressive; even when there are serene moments of reflection and emotion, this isn’t lost sight of and put altogether, makes a great mixture for this book. 

#Review By Lou Don’t Panic! All the Stuff The Expectant Dad Needs To Know By George Lewis @georgelewiscom @Octopus_Books @RandomTTours #DontPanic #BlogTour #Humour #NonFiction #NewDads #Parenthood #ExpectantDads #Comedy

Don’t Panic!
All The Stuff The Expectant Dad Needs To Know
By George Lewis

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Dont Panic Graphic 2A must read for all expectant dads! This book has it all, along with plenty of humour from well-known comedians. Thanks to Random T Tours and Octopus Books for inviting me to close the blog tour with my review and for gifting me a copy of the book. Discover more in the blurb and my review below…

Blurb

Are you ready for fatherhood?

Don't panic TwitterWritten by award-winning comedy writer, George Lewis, DON’T PANIC! is destined to be
the next classic for new dads, preparing them for the confusing, emotional – and funny –
rollercoaster ahead.
From birth to pre-school, EVERYTHING new dads need to know is here. The book is
packed with useful tips, inside knowledge and hilarious real-life stories from George’s
friends and fellow comedians, who know exactly what it’s like to take your first steps as a
new parent, including, Adam Kay, Andy Parsons, Carl Donnelly, Elis James, Iain Stirling,
Ivo Graham, Jen Brister, Josh Widdicombe, Kerry Godliman, Matthew Crosby, Rich
Hall, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane and Sindhu Vee.
Practical and emotional this is a book full of all the stuff your mates would tell you. Friendly,
accessible, informative and funny, Don’t Panic is the vital guide that reassures new dads
that they’re not alone, and demonstrates how helpful the experience of others can be.

Review

This isn’t your usual sort of parenthood or parent to be book. This has so much humour that dad’s would certainly relate to, as well as handy-tips, split into bite-sized chunks. There are even snippets that new mum’s would be able to relate to as well. It goes through everything from scans, the bump, changes, building up the nursery right through to nappy changing and bathtime. It also deals with baby loss.

The balance between humour and the serious is good and all is informative. What is good about this is that it has the input of so many well-known, well-liked comedians such as Rich Hall, Andy Parsons, Adam Kay, Josh Widdecombe and many more, so readers can see a mix of points of view and have their humour coming through too, which enhances the book.

The book reads well with the narrative of George Lewis and the comedians interjecting in with their experiences.

I highly recommend Don’t Panic to all expectant dad’s or even those who have just been through that stage, for a look back with a laugh.

About The Author

Don't Panic authorGeorge Lewis’s writing credits include Have I Got News for You, 8 out of 10 Cats, various
work for BBC Comedy, Radio 4, Dave, Comic Relief and his own weekly football column – Funny Old Game – in The Times. He has recently appeared on the Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Top Gear Extra Gear (which he hosted), Celebrity Mastermind (which he won) and he presents the Britpopcast for Radio X. Before he became a comedian, he worked as a copywriter. He lives in Manchester with his wife and his two children, a boy and a girl, fourteen months apart.

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#BookReview By Lou of One Night On The Island By Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ @penguinrandom #PenguinGeneral @PenguinUKBooks @ella_horne #OneNightOnTheIsland #BookRecommendation #Romcom #RomanticFiction #UpliftingFiction

One Night On The Island
By Josie Silver

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From the author of One Day in December comes One Night on the Island. An absolutely outstanding rom-com that is sure to have you feeling good and having a right proper laugh as romance unfurls, leaving a positive sensation and one that feeling of having been thoroughly entertained…. It is enjoyable for the beginning. Thanks to Penguin General/Penguin Random House for inviting me to review and for gifting me a proof copy of the book. Discover more in the blurb and the rest of my review below…

Blurb

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MAJOR BESTSELLER ONE DAY IN DECEMBER, COMES A NEW IRRESISTIBLE LOVE STORY

Cleo writes about love stories every day. She just isn’t living one of her own.

When the editor of her dating column asks her to marry herself on a remote Irish island – a sensational piece to mark Cleo’s thirtieth birthday – Cleo agrees. She’s alone but not lonely, right? She can handle a solo adventure.

Cleo arrives at her luxury cabin to find a tall, dark, stubborn American who insists it’s actually his. Mack refuses to leave, and Cleo won’t budge either. With a storm fast approaching, they reluctantly hunker down together. It’s just one night, after all . . .

But what if one night on the island is just the beginning?

Following Cleo and Mack through heartbreak, healing and the search for happiness, One Night on the Island is an uplifting and immensely moving love story for fans of The Holiday, Lucy Diamond and Jojo Moyes.

Review

One Night on the Island is billed to be for fans of The Holiday, which I found very exciting and immediately piqued my interest. I was not disappointed in what is pure warm escapism with great entertainment value radiating, cosily from it with the feel-good factor ramped up high, with a couple of deeper themes weaved in.

The characters and the humour and the premise is just so enjoyable. Even the chapter names are humorous. This book has the Feel-Good Factor right at its heart and so many giggley moments ensue. The writing is absolutely divine for slinking back and soaking it all up as romance unfurls and perfect escapsim ensues.

Cleo works for the magazine – Women Today has an unusual job to do. Directed by her boss, Ali, the assignment is to marry herself (or self-coupling or sologamy) on a remote island. She has a few reservations to say the least, not least that she is still interested in dating, and isn’t this something that celebs do? When she arrives on a remote island, she then has to share the stunning, totally remote, Otter Lodge with, who begins with, is a random American – Mack Sullivan, who is at every inch, impossible. He’s grumpy and yet good-looking. Josie Silver has the ingredients for this new romance and whisked them up to bring a lightness to touch and stirred them to create a certain depth, with themes of self-love and acceptance that cascade gently through the pages.

There’s show-biz (lots of name-dropping), adventure, romantic possibilities and new-life opportunities.
One Night On The Island is entertaining, fun and pure escapism!

#BookReview By Lou of The Fake Up By Justin Myers @theguyliner @BooksSphere @LittleBrownUK #romcom #ContemporaryFiction #BookRecommendation

The Fake Up
By Justin
Myers

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fake Up is a highly entertaining rom-com with warmth and humour from the start. Thanks to Little Brown Books for gifting me a book for review and for inviting me to review. Discover more about the book in the blurb and my review below. Also find out what authors like Adam Kay (This is Going to Hurt) and
Laura Kay (The Split), have to say about the book, after my review.

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Blurb

TWO EXES. ONE BIG SECRET. LET THE GAMES BEGIN…

Dylan and Flo are in love. The only trouble is, they split up months ago and everyone was delighted for them.

At first, it’s exciting sneaking around, hiding from disapproving friends, climbing through bedroom windows to avoid family, and concocting hilarious disguises. It’s like Romeo and Juliet. With more sex and less poison.

But soon it becomes harder to separate truth from lies. Dylan and Flo are in way over their heads, and the games have only just begun . . .

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Review

The Fake-Up is fabulous right from the first page. It has one of those beginnings that instantly reels you in and instantly. It is rather humorous from page 1. This humour just masterfully builds. It is the first book I have read of Justin Meyers and I am super impressed! It may well not be my last (hopefully). It is a fantastic, rom-com that brings unexpected twists. Some rom-coms are okay, but just make you smile here and there, but leave you wondering where the rest of the comedy element is, but not with this one. This one really makes you laugh out loud!

Dylan and Flo are in love. It wasn’t, perhaps a usual start to a romance, but it sets the premise up for a rom-com well and making it a perfect book to cosy into. 

Flo and Dylan’s love life just isn’t going well at all. There are many obstacles in the way and when they do break up, it is interesting to see how they channel their energy into song and acting to ease their pain…. It leads to a lovely and unexpected consequence in their careers, especially Flo’s.

Then the fun happens when they decide that they don’t really want it to be the end of their relationship at all and find all manner of ways of secretly seeing each other. It keeps an air of mystery to it as you can’t help wonder if they’ll be found out and if their rekindled romance will last. To break cover may not do their careers any good and there are the friends who are glad to see them apart. It keeps you guessing what will happen by the end. It is a book that makes you think it could end in either direction.

The comedic writing of Justin Meyers pitch-perfect for this genre and captures not just rom-com but also a touch of farce very well. It also has some plotlines that are harder-hitting, topical too, and yet are weaved in well, such as sexuality, the pressures of stardom, amongst others, without taking away from the comedy.

The book is perfect for after a hard day’s work or a day for cosying up with a book. With all the good feeling around it and the fun, it’ll make you feel good too as it is properly funny as well as smartly written. It has many ingredients all mixed well for a great, well-crafted rom-com.

Praise for The Fake-Up

‘A brilliantly funny reimagining of the romcom’                        Warm, funny and whip smart’
Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt‘                              Laura Kay, author of The Split

 

#BookReview By Lou of Foolish Heroines By June Wentland @june_mw @valleypress @kenyon_isabelle #Fiction #FoolishHeroines #BlogTour

Foolish Heroines
By June Wentland

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Foolish Heroines is a fictional book that brings a tapestry of humour and quirky characters. Discover more in the blurb and my review below. Thanks to Valley Press for gifting the book in-which I have reviewed from and Isabelle Kenyon for inviting me onto the blog tour.

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Blurb

foolish heroines (2)Janina Reston is a language expert, translating fiendishly tricky Arabic and Asian mathematical and scientific texts. Words are her world. But she can’t find any to share with her husband Owen. Instead, she confides in a spider named Gladys (who may or may not be her deceased grandmother).

She lives in an ordinary city suburb where extraordinary things happen. Lily’s husband dies in a strange accident with a milk bottle, while Fatima writes biographies of unknown people living seemingly inconsequential lives, and Zosia – whose most daring adventure thus far has been replacing jelly and ice cream with lemon meringue pie – runs off to Delhi with an Asian Women’s Sewing Group.

Written with zest, zeal and humour (powered by numerous biscuits and, on a good day, cake), June Wentland’s debut novel is a surreal journey through the avenues and alleyways of everyday life. But forget dull domesticity. This is a suburb where dense jungle leaves creep through the patio door when you’re putting the kettle on, where porcelain shepherdesses have evil intent, and where a seven-legged arachnid can be a wise companion for a woman at the end of her tether.

Review

Right from the first paragraph, it becomes clear that this is not going to be any ordinary story. It has quite an opener!! I won’t say what that entails as it would spoil it for you, but put it this way, Janina, who is one of the main characters has a strange sub-conscious indeed. It makes for a quirky, humorous entertaining story. This is most definitely for people who perhaps want something a bit different to read. In a quirky sense, it’s a point of view and it’s thought-provoking in a comedic sense. The book is perhaps a bit like reading about people’s lives that are at quite a tangent from what may be considered average, with a just a few threads of the average still hanging on in there. To begin with it made me think of a sitcom and also a little bit like Shirley Valentine (when she talks to her wall), but those thoughts are soon swept away. This is a pretty original story. It most definitely delivers on that.

Janina has a couple of friends – Owen who is human and is real and a spider that, quite innocently, hangs around, not realising that Janina believes it’s a reincarnation. There are times when I feel sorry for Owen because the spider sometimes trumps him in the conversation stakes. There could also be a ghost in her toilet, creating a blockage…

Then there’s Fatima, who lives in the block of flats, writing biographies and readers meet her when she is writing about Lily, who was married to Ernest, who had the strangest death, which brings even more humour along with mathematical analogies that I certainly hadn’t thought of in such light, as this book brings. Lily is an interesting character in her own-right too, with her, perhaps, a bit subversive and spirtual in life. Zosia is also certainly an intriguing character whose life is changing as she does more adventuring than she ever imagined.

By the end, the title “Foolish Heroines” has been explained in this tapestry of quirky lives that bring intrigue and humour.

About the Author

June Wentland was born in Hull and currently lives in Corsham, Wiltshire.

June has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and has a day job being the Reader Development Officer for Bath and N.E Somerset Council Library Service.

Her fiction has been televised and published by BBC Television. She’s also written freelance for Endemol U.K. and has been an occasional guest lecturer for the Creative Industries degree at Southampton Solent University.

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