March Reads Round Up

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The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I gave this book 4/5. Witty humour and writing style. A unique take on the science fiction genre that transcends through the ages. Packed full of laughs and whimzy. Just remember to take your towel with you.

 

Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins

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I gave this book 3.5/5. The concept wasn’t highly original, but the storyline kept me hooked. Twilight fans will love this book, and thankfully, Ember is fiery and stong-willed, so no Bella Swan damsels to be found. Phew!

 

25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf by Jo Thomas

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A brilliant way to structure a novel- each chapter is a werewolf murder method. Realistic heroine, and a believable location for the paranormal occurances to be concealed, but some important aspects were glossed over and affected believability a little.

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I gave this book 4.5/5. Brilliant characters, world building, and writing style. This book sucks you into a world of assassins, revenge, and mystery. My missing half star is for the annoying footnotes, they just didn’t agree with me.

 


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Review: Touch (A One-Act Play) by Briana Morgan

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Touch ( A One-Act Play) by Briana Morgan 4/5

15970433_1398295036888576_299992794_nThe Seeker has grown up in a world where deliberate physical contact is a crime, and for most of her life, it hasn’t bothered her. But when some of her classmates are arrested for touching, she decides to try the most forbidden of things and touch another person. When she discovers the power of touching, and how it changes her and those around her, will the Seeker be content to return to a life without it?

I downloaded this book for free during an Amazon promotion.

Review:

Touch is a criminal offence. Not even parents can hug their children. The Seeker needs contact, she needs to know what another’s touch feels like, so she goes looking for it. Touch changes the Seeker’s life, and that of those around her.

Have I read a play before? No. Was I worried that I wouldn’t like the medium? Yes. Were my worries unwarranted? Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this one-act play, and the enthralling concept. The idea of touch being illegal gripped me from page one.

The characters were relatable and that is quite a feat for such a short play. I would love to see this concept in novel form. There is plenty of scope to do just that. The author touched on background history that made the Seeker’s need for touch, and defiance of the law, more believable. Although fast, the narrative doesn’t let up until the last page, and as a reader you find yourself with a new found respect for touch. Lovers of YA dystopia would love this play.

A thought provoking concept that can be read in one sitting.


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December Reads Round Up

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Here is a recap of my December reads with links to the full reviews.

Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman

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I gave this book 3/5. I haven’t read the Pebble Creek series, so I would have liked a little more backstory to Grace in this short story. This read was pleasant. I neither loved nor disliked it. I have not read anything in the Amish genre, and now know it is not my reading cup of tea.

Make My Wish Come True by Jade Cooper

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I gave this book 3/5. A hot romance with a lot of steamy moments and an Alpha male love interest. Not enough conclusion for my liking. I want to know more about the ‘Christmas magic’, and what happens next. Perhaps another short story?

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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I gave this book 4/5. A re-read that still packs a punch. A thought provoking, tragic read told masterfully through the eyes of a child. If you haven’t read this book, then read it. If you have, read it again.

Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christina. S. Feldman

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I gave this book 5/5. An enjoyable Christmas read with well developed characters and back story. Sub characters played an important role in the life of the main character, and all had clear, distinct voices. A recommended Christmas romance novella.

Tough Love by Skye Warren

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I gave this book 4/5. A world of violence, power, and debauchery that draws you in from the start. A hero that is far from a saint, and a cliffhanger that leaves everyone’s fate in the balance.

 

 

Daughter of Llathe by Ben Cassidy

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Impressive world building and character development.Would have benefitted from being longer. A misleading cover that leans toward a younger target audience, but this is not a children’s book.

 

 

Project Dodge by J.Lynne

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I gave this book 3/5. An interesting glimpse from a zombie child’s perspective, but there was a lack of surprise for me. I would have preferred Caitlyn’s perspective throughout, and something shocking to hook me, whether in a unique plot twist or fresh writing style. Still, a well written zombie narrative.


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Review: Daughter of Llathe by Ben Cassidy

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Daughter of Llathe (A Tale of the Two Rings) by Ben Cassidy 3.5/5

15644251_1373498689368211_108057768_n.jpgWhen Wayfinder Nali is dispatched to the isolated village of Veel’na in the rainforest lowlands of the planet Llathe, she soon discovers that her task is larger than she thought. A dark terror is killing the people of Veel’na one-by-one during the Long Night, and there is no help coming until daybreak several weeks away.

As Nali races to find out exactly what is responsible for these deaths and stop it, she faces rising tension from the captain of the town’s mercenary guard and the frightened villagers themselves.

Will Nali overcome her own doubts and fears, or will the ancient evil that rots out in the heart of the Llathese jungle ultimately consume her?

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Nali is a Wayfinder who is sent to aid the village of Veel’na in the rainforest. She soon realises that the villagers need much more help than anyone had imagined. Something is killing people and it is getting closer and closer. With the planet’s long night cycle set to last several weeks more, can Nali and the villagers stop this dangerous being before anyone else dies.

The world building was imaginative and executed well. I could easily visualise the planet and its various species/ races. The language used to explain things such as time and distance was understandable and added to the whole immersion. For a novella, the author has done a great job of character development, considering the sizeable world created in just 14k words. That being said, I would have preferred this novella in novel form. I think we were only just sussing out the true depths of Nali towards the end of the novella. I would love to have seen what Cassidy’s imagination could conjure up in a full length novel.

I don’t usually talk about book covers in my reviews, but I felt like this may be a big issue for some. Although fabulous, the cover left me doubting the age of the target audience. To clarify, this is not a children’s book.

If you like a quick , fantasy read with mastered world building and character developement, then this is a great book to get your hands on. It is also free on Amazon at the time of this review.


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Review: Tough Love by Skye Warren

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Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren 4/5

15591836_1372511329466947_1831706741_nA story about the sacrifices we make for love…

I sneak out of my room every night. My father’s guards don’t see me. My sister doesn’t see me. No one sees me, except him.

He’s the son of a mafia foot soldier. My father is the boss. I shouldn’t even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn’t kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

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Clara is the youngest daughter of a mafia boss and is in love with the son of one of her father’s foot soldiers, Giovanni. The unstable set-up of the firm and who will eventually take over, sees Clara and her sister, Honor, thrust into dangerous situations, relationships, and a life set to be full of pain. Gio has other plans for Clara, and sets about freeing his love.

This book definitely lives up to the dark romance genre, and is the first I have read of its kind. I was drawn in from the start; learning the dynamics of the mafia and the forbidden relationship between Clara and Gio. Warren builds a vivid world of debauchery, violence, and power in a short space of time. The characters are crystal clear in my mind, and even the hero is far from a saint. This series holds promise.

I need to know Gio’s fate, and I can 100% say that I shall be reading more from Warren in 2017.


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Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne 4/5

15415939_1361629633888450_1962512990_nBerlin, 1942 : When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

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Bruno is the nine year old son of a Nazi Commandant of Auschwitz. The story follows Bruno’s story of moving from Berlin for his Father’s job on the special request of Hitler, to starting up a friendship with a Jewish boy within the camp, and eventually, shockingly, having his eyes opened to the horrors of what really goes on behind the fence..

I read this book when I was a teenager, and when I spotted a copy in my library, I decided to re-read it and see if I experienced the read in the same way as I did back then. I can honestly say that this book still packs the same punch it did on my first read. Bruno’s naivety and the way that Boyne uses that innocence to tackle tragic realities in this hard-hitting, heart-wrenching narrative is masterfully constructed.

*No spoilers* The ending stays with you, even after you have closed the book.

Why I couldn’t give it 5*: unrealistic niggles. Bruno never questioned certains things that were said about his Father, most importantly, by his own Grandmother. Bruno was able to meet up with Shmuel more than I’d imagine possible under the circumstances.

If you want a hard-hitting, thought provoking read based on WW2 atrocities, then this is the book for you.


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Review: Make My Wish Come True by Jade Cooper

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Make My Wish Come True by Jade Cooper 3/5

15356000_1354214304629983_1522282279_n.jpgIt’s Christmas Eve and Livy’s hoping for a little Christmas Magic. She makes her wish and goes to bed alone. But Christmas morning may be a long way off. It just so happens that someone else is wishing for the same thing. There’s a blizzard outside but inside Quinn McGrath’s Irish Manor, the fire is roaring. Together, their wish has been heard.

What happens next is nothing short of naughty magic with all the trimmings of a warm and fuzzy romance. It’s not every year that Christmas magic lands Livy in the bed of a hot Celt who wants nothing more than to dominate her into sexual bliss.

** This book contains strong sexual content and is intended for mature audiences only**

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

Shy Livy works in marketing and is single at Christmas. She wishes for someone to spend the holiday season with. A bizarre dream and Christmas magic sees her transported to another lost soul, Quinn. Together they see in Christmas in steamy, raunchy style.

The story starts in the usual cliched way- bored, lonely Livy working in a job she doesn’t like, wishing for more out of life, and dreaming on Mr Perfect. Very quickly the magic happens- literally. Livy hears the pleads of a man in her dreams and she answers him. What happens next throws the book through a loop. Christmas magic is involved in seeing her wish answered.

I would have liked a little more explanation about the weird transportation, but none is offered. Steamy sex pursues and pretty much fills the rest of the book. The ending is sweet, but lacking a little, hence my 3 stars. Does Livy stay? Does she get transported home? I am interested in knowing more.


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Review: Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman

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Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman 3/5

15281997_1353031404748273_791359958_nThis short story e-romance is an exclusive bonus from The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman. Fans of the series will enjoy this chance to briefly revisit Pebble Creek, and new readers will be introduced to an Amish community that is more deeply explored in the three full novels, A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia.
As a bonus, this eBook also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread. Heavy snow blankets the southwestern Wisconsin Amish community as nineteen-year-old Grace Miller closes the schoolhouse for Christmas break. She’s looking forward to having extra time to help the family prepare for the holiday, and she is hoping to get a few more drawings in of the beautiful, snowy Pebble Creek landscape. Her courtship with Adam Lapp is going on six months, and Grace can’t wait to give him his present: a blue-and-brown buggy blanket she crocheted for him. Yes, this Christmas is going to be especially joyful. Yet, amid the cheer of snowshoe outings, church potlucks, and holiday festivities, Grace is given a bittersweet reminder of the Christmas story. Grief is present with celebration, and though the future is rarely certain, she is given a heartwarming glimpse that God knows our needs before we do and will provide.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

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I have not read the Pebble Creek series, so I went into this ebook with fresh eyes. This is a very short read, and as I am unfamiliar with the Amish lifestyle, I did enjoy reading the certain language differences and cultural differences, even if some of those cultural differences are not what I agree with.  A little more backstory would help readers who are new to Grace’s story.

It was a pleasant read. There was nothing that overly stood out for me, and nothing that I particularly disliked about it. It is well written and edited, but it is simply not to my reading interest.


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November Reads Round Up

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A brief summary of my November reads with links to the full reviews.

When Darkness Breaks (The Underground Guardians #1) by Brianna West

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I gave this book 5/5. A fantastic new aspect of the Promiscus Guardians world. Demon guardians protecting Earth from the Underworld, and an Angel and Demon romance at its hottest. Convincing characters, and a highly anticipated love interest who doesn’t disappoint.

Earth’s Knot by Katie Deann

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I gave this book 2.5/5. This novella felt more like a prequel/ first chapters to a larger story without a beginning, middle, or end. Great concept that fell short due to the length of the book. The entire series would benefit from a reworking into a full length novel.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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I gave this book 4.5/5. A very quick read, but a sweet Christmas romance of unrequited love, childhood sweethearts, and all the usual YA romance tropes that I like to indulge in. Christmas novellas have to have a happy ending in my opinion, and this one was too cute.

The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A fun, Christmas tale of a village bake-off with sabotage the fore front of the narrative. A ‘who dunnit’ of the baking variety. A quick read, that warms the cockles of your heart, but doesn’t have very much romance or character development.

 

Naughty or Nice Anthology by Various Authors

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I gave this book 3/5. A brilliant concept. All the authors use the same writing prompt to create a Christmas tale about Charlotte and Daniel. Enjoyable, quick read shorts, but sometimes it felt a little monotonous. I had to pace myself between stories as one Charlotte was blending into another.

 

Eleonore by Faith Rivens (ARC)

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I gave this book 5/5. What can I say? This novella is right up my reading street. Kick ass heroine and mother, a romance with history, believable story telling in the urban fantasy genre, and on point dialogue. A brilliant debut from this author.

 

 


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Review: Eleonore by Faith Rivens

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Eleonore (An Inionaofa Novella) by Faith Rivens 5/5

15281174_1346723905379023_1254892873_n(1).jpgEléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.
For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.
A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.
One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

Thanks go to the author for giving me an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Eleonore is a demon hunter; a legacy passed down by her late father. She is a heroine by night, and then goes back to her most important job by day- mother to her six year old son. When she becomes the hunted, and her son’s life is put in jeopardy, Eleonore must discover the truth behind the bounty on her head, and put an end to the evil that threatens her life.

This is Faith Rivens’ debut work, and she has burst onto the scene with a bang. From the first page, I knew I would be suckered into the great writing, the AMAZING dialogue, (seriously, that dialogue feels effortless), and the well constructed narrative. Demon hunting, urban fantasy always sits well with me, and I have read many such books, but what sticks out with this one?:

1. Eleonore is a kick-ass heroine, but also a mother protecting her child.

2. The romantic aspect has history.

3. The writing style is on point.

This is not just another urban fantasy with the usual tropes and cliches. This is a well thought out, well edited book with well developed characters and sub characters. I highly recommend this novella. As a thirty year old mother who grew up with an addiction to Buffy, this novella has satisfied my needs to read a narrative that includes a strong huntress who has a semi-normal existence and family life that I can relate to in some way. If Eleonore can do it, I can, right? Okay, maybe not, but it’s nice to follow her adventures.


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