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Book Review: One Shot by Tanya Landman

One Shot by Tanya Landman 5/5

When your childhood disappears in a blizzard.  When you’re a girl in a man’s world. When the only thing that stands between you and a life worth having is a gun. You’re only going to get one shot.

Inspired by the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and prose of Tanya Landman. The world building was immersive, and emotions of hard hitting situations were handled delicately without losing their impact.

The descriptions were so effective, for example, ‘Pa was a quiet man. Say ‘quiet’ to some folks and they think meek. Mild. Timid. Pa was none of those things. He didn’t waste breath on words, but when he did speak, every last syllable was worth hearing.’ This was on the first page and I knew exactly the type of man her father was.

This is a story of fiction that was inspired by the life of the famous shooter and star of the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Annie Oakley.


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Book Review: Three’s a Crowd

Three’s a Crowd by Sophie McKenzie 3/5

Luke and Eve are heading off on their first holiday together. But they’re staying with Eve’s dad in his Spanish hotel and things aren’t going to go to plan…Eve’s dad treats his daughter like a little girl – and if Luke was hoping for a some summer action with Eve, her father soon puts a stop to it. Eve showcases her singing with the hotel band in the evenings, which means she’s spending a lot of time with the handsome male drummer. Luke’s jealous, but a revenge snog with the gorgeous Catalina doesn’t seem to help his relationship with Eve much, and Cat’s boyfriend is none too pleased either. Suddenly, it’s turning into a holiday from hell…

Review:

A story of a teen boy navigating his relationship with the girl of his dreams whilst on a summer break, and the third wheel that is her father.

The writing and dialogue felt smooth and I can’t fault the style. I can understand why young adults may enjoy this book, but I found it hard to relate to/ like Luke. His jealousy was a bit much for me. Wary of every guy who talks to his girlfriend with a possessive inner monologue.


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3 in 1 Book Review: Short Stories in

Frostbite by E.J Stevens 3/5

An interesting prequel to an urban fantasy involving a private investigator with a twist. Ivy investigates the paranormal with her psychic abilities. This little short shows promise for the rest of the series.

Rose Awake by A.W Cross 2.5/5

A sci fi retelling of the sleeping beauty story. The concept was intriguing, however, the narrative felt rushed to me and the dialogue a little stilted. I think it would have been better as a full novel.

Northern Realm Royal Dragons Prequel by Lisa Daniels 2/5

This is a read for someone who likes perfect romances. The narrative was too unbelievable and flawless for me. Nina was naive and a bit of a damsel in distress. If you like these types of tropes, then you may enjoy this book more than me.


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ARC Review: Shadow in Ar’Sanciond

Shadow in Ar’Sanciond by Sarina Langer 5/5

Review:

If you have read Langer’s Relics of Ar’Zac series, then this is a great addition to the world you have come to know, and if not, then this is sure to entice you to read more.

A great, little read that gives insight into how certain events unfolded with characters that are included in the main series, but also a standalone in it’s own right. I enjoy learning more about the history of worlds I feel immersed in.

If you are a Brandon Sanderson fan, then Langer is a writer of high fantasy who you should enjoy with layers of world building and indepth backstory.


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3 in 1 Book Review

Christmas by the Sea by Beth Wisemen 2/5

The descriptions and world building were well written, but the romance felt rushed. Just because someone saved your life, you don’t necessarily have a romantic connection with them on the first meeting after.

Her Christmas Bonus by Rain Danvers 2/5

What can I say? Not my cup of tea. The out of the blue actions of the characters to force the narrative put me off a little.

The Billionaire Brothers’ Christmas by Jenn Roseton 3/5

A sweet, Christmas tale about 5 brothers making Christmas special for their wives and kids. A little disaster with planning the Christmas dinner is the main story plot, but I do like an ‘it all comes good in the end’ tale. Sometimes, the characters felt a little flawless, but I can forgive that at Christmas.


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Book Review: The Christmas Mansion

The Christmas Mansion by Hollis Shiloh 3/5

Review:

A sweet, Christmas read that caters for the LGBTQ community. It is nice to read a short, contemporary romance that doesn’t rely on the ‘insta-love’ trope.

I did find the fantasy elements felt stilted and didn’t mesh into the rest of the narrative as well as they could. Everytime it was brought up that Gene was a ‘Magician’, it was like ‘oh yeah, I forgot that’, and it interrupted the flow a little.

Otherwise a cute, Christmas read.


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Coming Home by Geri Glenn 4/5

It’s a tried and tested narrative of a teen running away with her rebel boyfriend and them both returning years later to win back the love of her parents, but that’s not a negative. I like a little cliche when it is written well.

This is a short, Christmas read with a feel good ending. As they say, all’s well that ends well.

The snowglobe by Kristin Harmel 5/5

Poignant and moving tale of a Jewish boy meeting a Jewish girl on Christmas eve in Nazi occupied France and falling in love.

It is well written and takes us on a long journey in few pages. From Paris to Auschwitz concentration camp. I could have continued reading.

Marilyn’s Christmas Surprise by Alyssa Lindsey 3/5

This is a light hearted, Christmas read about love at first sight. There are stereotypical tropes, but I do expect that with Christmas romances. However, it is well written.

The only part I didn’t connect with is the kissing your sister’s boyfriend. Not acceptable in my book, even if it’s love at first sight. I no longer related to the characters afterward. We also didn’t learn what Amber thought of them getting together after she split with Brett.


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Book Review: The Woman Who Lost Her Face

The Woman Who Lost Her Face by NBC News 3.5/5

Review:

A shocking, true account of an horrific animal attack that left one woman with life changing injuries.

Charla Nash was attacked by her boss’s chimp, losing the majority of her facial features and hands. This short book tells of Charla before the attack, the circumstances behind her boss raising the chimp as a son, transcripts of the 911 call during the attack, and Charla’s inspirational recovery. There are pictures throughout.

It really heightens awareness for wild animals to be cared for appropriately and that they should not be pets. Wild animals can never be truly tamed.

Charla’s story is harrowing and her determination to come through it is truly inspiring.


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Book Review: Blood of the Dragon by Sarina Langer

Blood of the Dragon by Sarina Langer 5/5

My Review:

*my review is based on the beta copy.

Sarina Langer has completed her trilogy and it has been great to be able to follow not only Langer but her characters on their journey.

Story arcs for Rachael and the sub-characters have naturally been tied up (many in the exact way I wanted). *No spoilers. They really have been set in motion through book one, nutured further in book two, and cemented in book three.

The world building is still as impressive as ever, and the magic, language, and history still as rich.

If you have followed the trilogy, then this final instalment is incredibly satisfying. If you haven’t started the Relics of Ar’zac series, then you really should!


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Book Review: The Bug Out Guy by Gavin Griffiths

The Bug Out Guy by Gavin Griffiths 3/5

Review:

I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of what would happen in a world where technology fails, the economy crashes, and civilisation quickly becomes each man for himself.

There is humour dotted in amongst the mayhem, and the main character, Clem, has the right personality for this narrative (if that makes sense?) It’s not far fetched to see him surviving it all.


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