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A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by Michelle Vernal #Review

  Michelle Vernal's A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village was published on September 27th by Bookoutre . Ava Kelly loves returning to Emerald Bay for Christmas. Snowflakes fall on the green rolling hills and mulled wine fills The Shamrock Inn with the smell of winter spice. But this year, the Kelly family is hoping for a miracle… When twenty-four-year-old Ava Kelly and her adventurous twin Grace return home to The Shamrock Inn, their Ma’s favourite baubles bring back so many memories of Christmases past. They have always done everything together, even leaving their little Irish village for the excitement of London. But with the locket her handsome ex Shane gave her hanging just above her heart, Ava has just one wish this festive season… After a year stuck in a job she can’t stand and going on dreadful dates, Ava longs to be back with Shane. Curling up in front of the fire with him, the brooding fisherman everyone else sees melts away as his blue eyes meet hers.

Artemis by Andy Weir ** Review**

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Andy Weir's science fiction novel, Artemis.

Welcome to Artemis 
The first city of the Moon
Population: 2,000

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. 

Life in the lunar city of Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz is offered a score too lucrative to turn down – if she can plan the perfect crime – and survive it…

And in a city on the moon, there’s only one rule for criminals: don’t get caught.

My Thoughts

The most interesting aspect of Artemis has to be the central character of Jazz Bashara. You don't find out her back story at first, but soon discover that she has a great instinct to survive and a quick intellect which sets her apart. She is motivated to fight her way out of poverty initially and seems to be able to forge a path for herself on the inhospitable Moon where she has lived for most of her life. I enjoyed her one- liners although I was never fully sure what she was going to do next!

    Full of detail on the science that allows life to occur on the Moon, the novel gives you one vision of how society could have evolved there. Outside the morals and ethics of life on Earth, you get a picture of life in the shadows. I found some of the detail hard -going but it did underline how inhospitable the environment is. The story starts fairly slowly but as events get underway, the tension is ramped up as you go from cliffhanger to cliffhanger.

In short: Tension and mayhem on the lunar landscape.

About the Author

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of The Martian allowed him to write full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects such as orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has SOLD 5 MILLION COPIES in the English language. It went on to become a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Film rights to Artemis have already been sold to 20th Century Fox.
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Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Andy Weir, Ebury Publishing and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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  1. Thanks so much for this great Blog Tour support xx


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