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Blog Tour – ‘Last Stop Tokyo’ by James Buckler

‘Last Stop Tokyo’ is James Buckler’s debut novel. It is being published on the 24th August 2017 in hardback and as an eBook by Doubleday and Transworld Digital. The lovely Anne Cater invited me to participate in this blog tour and I would like to say thank you for my review copy.

Alex thought running away from all his mistakes would make everything better. He decides to move to Tokyo where he’ll have a new life.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate Alex and he finds himself transfixed. Not long after he arrives in Tokyo, Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko. He doesn’t realise it at the time but the peace he is after is about to slip even further from his grasp.

Alex is about to discover that there’s no such thing as hitting rock bottom. Things could get even worse.

Wow! Are you sure this is really a debut novel? It was absolutely fantastic and had me totally hooked. This was such an exciting and fast-paced read and I felt as if I had come off a rollercoaster by the end of it. I loved the author’s writing style and the storyline. I also enjoyed reading about the events which led to Alex deciding to make a new life for himself.

It was interesting reading about Tokyo. Life there seemed to go on non-stop and it sounded like a very modern city. This book is such a good example of being able to travel to another country without actually leaving your seat.

Out of all the characters Alex was my favourite. He thought starting off afresh in another country would solve his problems but unfortunately things weren’t that simple. He found himself in an extremely difficult situation and one that to me seemed impossible to get out of. I didn’t really know what to make of Naoko. She appeared to be nice at first, but there was just something about her. I admired her though for her gutsiness.

I would never have guessed how the story was going to end and I was left quite shocked. I didn’t know who could be trusted anymore.

‘Last Stop Tokyo’ is not a story I will forget in a hurry. It is definitely going to be on my list of favourite books of the year. I am looking forward to more from James Buckler.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

About James Buckler


James Buckler grew up in the South West of England and currently lives in London. In the past he lived in America and Japan, where he worked as an English teacher, providing inspiration for Last Stop Tokyo. He studied Film at the University of Westminster and worked in film & TV for many years, most notably as a post-production specialist for MTV and BBC Films. Last Stop Tokyo is his debut novel.

 

‘Last Stop Tokyo’ can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Stop-Tokyo-James-Buckler/dp/0857524968/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1503130393&sr=1-2

 

Blog Tour – ‘A Robot In The Garden’ by Deborah Install

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‘A Robot In The Garden’ is Deborah Install’s debut novel.  It was published in paperback by Doubleday on the 23rd April 2015 and is also out as an eBook.  Deborah got the inspiration to write this book from her young son.  I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in a blog tour to celebrate ‘A Robot In The Garden’.  Below is my review.

Ben Chambers wakes up to be told by his wife, Amy that there is a robot in the garden.  He goes out to check and finds it sitting underneath a willow tree.  Rusted and dented, the robot looks like it needs some attention.  Ben is puzzled as to where it has come from and decides to take it inside the house, even though his wife thinks he should just throw it in the skip.

Whilst cleaning the robot who seems to want to be called Tang, Ben discovers a battered and scratched inscription on the underside of his body most of which has worn away with age.  All he can make out are a couple of half-words and a short half-sentence ‘Property of B-‘.  This leaves Ben all the more intrigued.  Then he finds a cracked cylinder inside Tang’s crucial workings.  The fluid which is leaking out slowly is what keeps Tang functioning.

Not at all happy with Ben for deciding to keep the robot, Amy walks out on him.  Ben realising that he now only has Tang left, decides that he has to get him fixed as soon as he can and thus begins a journey.

I really enjoyed reading ‘A Robot In The Garden’.  It is such a lovely story.  Tang was an adorable little robot, though I have to admit at the beginning I thought he was a tiny bit annoying, especially when he kept calling for Ben constantly.  He soon grew on me though.

Tang was a great help to Ben who could have just given up after Amy left him.  The fact that his cylinder needed fixing was what spurred Ben to carry on and to do something about it quickly.  I loved reading about the different places that Ben and Tang travelled to together.

‘A Robot In The Garden’ is a magical story about a robot and a human who form a special bond with each other.  It will have you smiling and you might even end up having to get a robot for yourself.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

Blog Tour – ‘Disclaimer’ by Renée Knight

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‘Disclaimer’ is Renée Knight’s debut novel.  It was published on the 9th April 2015 by Doubleday.  When I first heard about this book I was intrigued and I really wanted to read and review it.  I am one of a number of book bloggers taking part in the blog tour for ‘Disclaimer’ and today it is my turn.

Catherine and Robert Ravenscroft have recently moved home, downsizing as their son is now flat sharing with some students.  They both have successful careers and what seems like the perfect marriage.

When an intriguing looking novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table she can’t recall ever seeing it before.  Naturally interested she opens the book and starts to read, failing to notice that the disclaimer at the front has been crossed out with a red pen.  As Catherine reads on she is horrified to discover that someone has actually written a book about her.  It could just be a coincidence of course but she recognises an account of a day from twenty years ago, one which she had blocked out.  Who would do such a malicious thing like this?  Desperate for answers, Catherine somehow manages to get through the rest of the novel.

Stephen Brigstocke, a retired teacher, knows all about Catherine including her past, but she has never met him.  He is determined to tear her life apart and he will stop at absolutely nothing to get his revenge.

This story has mostly been told by Catherine and Stephen.  It starts off from Spring 2013 onwards and goes back and forth so as to give the reader a good insight into events from the past.  Each chapter is headed up with the relevant period in which the story is taking place.  I personally felt that it would have been a better idea to have the name of the character who was narrating that particular chapter as the heading instead so as not to confuse.

I really enjoyed reading ‘Disclaimer’ and couldn’t wait to get back to it.  I didn’t know what to think of Stephen.  On the one hand I could understand how he was feeling, but I thought what he did was right over the top and just so wrong.  With his devious and twisted mind he did his best to wreck lives without knowing all the facts.

As I got towards the end of the story and things became clear regarding Catherine’s secret from the past, I realised that there were in fact a number of subtle clues throughout the book which hinted at what really happened.  Very clever the way the author has done this.

I really didn’t anticipate what the ending would be and was quite shocked.

‘Disclaimer’ is a thrilling and fast-paced read.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

About Renée Knight

Renee Knight

Renée Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing.  She has had TV and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four and Capital Films.  In April 2013 she graduated from Faber Academy ‘Writing A Novel’.  ‘Disclaimer’ is her first novel arising from that course.  She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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