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Blogging in 2022, plus HOLDS END TRILOGY honest reviews

If you're a regular here you'll know one thing for certain—I am terrible at keeping my blog updated.

Like you, I am often so busy with the day to day of life that I let things like this slide. This is something I hope to change for 2022.

I've never been one for journalling or blogging, and to be honest most of my days are a rushing blur of work-home-sleep-repeat. Let's face it, nobody wants to read about that... or do they?

As part of my new organised life, I have started relying heavily on the 'Reminders' app on my iPhone. Since I hit the big 30 in May of last year my memory has been deflating rapidly. Sad isn't it. Thirty isn't even old! In fact, forty is the new twenty according to Cougar Town! (If you haven't watched it and like comedies and Courtney Cox, definitely check it out).

These reminders should hopefully keep me more active on my blog. In addition, I will start compiling ideas for my newsletter (which I currently only send when something big and exciting is happening!).

Part of my regular blogging will include more honest reviews of books, movies, music and tv. As well as author interviews. I tend to post a lot of these already on my personal Facebook account, so to start I will be copying over things I have already discussed or interviews I have already conducted.

I wouldn't say this is a "new year's resolution", just something I have wanted to do for a while but seldom get around to. That being said, what about you, do you have any resolutions you are working towards? How are they going? Have you stuck with them? If not, why? What would you do differently next time? Let's discuss in the comments.

As usual, I hope you're all doing well. If you're here in the UK, it finally looks like an end is in sight for the pandemic. I truly hope this is the case. Our NHS has been amazing throughout this entire ordeal, as have all the key workers across all fields. We are so incredibly lucky to have them.

Below is a slideshow of images from the aforementioned "big 30", including my wonderful Belle's library cake, view from my hideaway in Devon, and the now infamous Pride Gnome gifted to me by my sister.

I have also included three reviews, one for each book in a trilogy I devoured over my birthday. Holds End is a gritty, teen & young adult series covering complex family dynamics, substance abuse, murder and mystery. Each book gets better and better and I cannot recommend author, Chantelle Atkins, enough.

Click the titles or images to connect to Amazon and buy your own copies.

Enjoy and I'll be back soon! (If my reminders work!)

- Sim

Get this on Netflix!!!!

Wow. Wow. Wow.

This is the most dramatic book I’ve ever read! Loved the whole thing. There’s family conflict. Violence. Bullying. Blackmail. Alcoholism. Bisexual love triangle. Murder mystery.

Just absolutely blown away by the ending and so grateful I have all three books and can jump straight into book two! 😍

This book seriously has something for EVERYONE.

It’s so so so good. A few chapters in you really feel like these teenagers are your friends. You love them. You hate them. You’re concerned about them. You root for them.


Doesn't disappoint!!

Wow… what can I say… this was absolutely epic. Kept on your toes the entire time. Alcoholism, murder, love triangles, drugs, underage pregnancy… You can’t help but be completely drawn into this series. Book two certainly hasn’t disappointed and I’ll be starting book three, The Search For Summer, tonight.

I’ve become a HUGE fan of Chantelle Atkins. She has a real way with words and this series in particular makes you feel like it could be a real life account of events. It’s dark, gritty, and a real page turner.

It’s honest, blunt and doesn’t hold back.

If you like to read I highly, highly, highly recommend the Holds End series.

As I’ve said before in my review of book one… GET THIS ON NETFLIX!

Full circle!

An amazing conclusion to the Holds End series, which has now become my favourite book series EVER.

We are right back in the fray with Adam Sutton, Bill Robinson, Summer King and their friends and loved ones.

Bill’s sister Emily is distraught. Summer is nowhere to be found. Adam is learning how to navigate a world free of Bill.

Everything leads full circle back to the night fifteen year old, Lewis Matthews, was stabbed to death on the infamous Holds End estate.

A beautifully tragic conclusion that both provides closure and leaves you craving more.

I’ll definitely be reading these again and again and again!!!!


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