Monday, June 30, 2014

To be a female cop in the 1970's in Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Honestly, this is another of those authors that I have a love / hate relationship with.  I loved Triptych, not so much Thorn in my Side.  

Never the less, when this book became available on Netgalley to review I could not click that request block fast enough

Set in the 1970's this book is amazing in setting the reader in an era that most people lived in, few tried to start a new life in it...well unless you are now 60 +.  

The racism, the anti gay sentiments the discrimination against woman in the work force, especially as a police woman is something the author made come to life with a clarity that took my breath away.

I simply can not imagine working in that age, and in the same breath it is scary to see how little the world has really moved on since the 70's.  

I loved the fact that our main protagonist does not have a handle on EVERYTHING in her life.  She is learning on the job.  Working for respect and I also adored the fact that some of the information she obtains is not relevant immediately.  She is not a superwoman that puts everything together withing a second or two.  No, she has to go through the motions.  Learn how to recover from walking into a wall, learn how to pull her gun.

An amazing book by this author and I would recommend you pick up your copy as soon as it is available!

WaAr

Book Review of Reckless Magic: The Star-Crossed Series #1



Synopsis:

16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can't seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her.

She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she's been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won't leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart.

Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it's too late.


Review:


Reckless Magic (Star-Crossed, #1)Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in The Star-Crossed Series. This is another book, I am ashamed to say, that I downloaded over two years ago when it was free, and I am kicking myself for not reading sooner. I loved it!

Eden Matthews is only sixteen years old, but she has had more trouble in her life than most teens at that age. She is a typical teen, who thinks she is always right, and tends to be very reckless (in my opinion). I really liked her, but due to her reckless behaviour, I also wanted to shake her at times.

I started to read this book and was hooked from the first page. I have read a few YA books with a similar girl meets boy, instant attraction and forbidden love theme. However, this story is quite different in many ways. It has a unique plot line, with twists and turns that completely surprised me. The story is full of danger, magic, adventure and romance. This story is told from various character's points of view, but mostly through Eden's eyes. The characters in this story are very interesting. Kiran Kendrick is actually a prince. I liked him, but due to his upbringing, I found him to be a bit of an arrogant jerk at times. However, whenever Eden and Kiran are in the same room, their attraction is magical. I don't mean that in a dreamy way (although there is some of that), but because there is magic involved. They are like magnets that cannot stop snapping together whenever they meet. This creates some interesting situations. Lilly is Eden's first new friend at Kingsley, and has secrets of her own. I really liked her. She is a lovely character and a great friend. Avalon is also a fantastic character. I guessed who he was in relation to Eden, but his upbringing was completely different to his twin, and this, I felt, gave him an advantage that was denied to her that was slightly unfair. However, there is a reason why this happened, but I felt that if Eden had not been as sheltered, she wouldn't have been so reckless in her actions. Nevertheless, the story took me on an amazing journey from beginning to end. Although this story doesn't finish on a cliffhanger, I am looking forward to continuing the rest of the series as soon as possible. I have a lot of catching up to do, since there are 6.5 books in this series - I had better get cracking!

Rachel Higginson has written a fantastic YA romance. Her characters are very lifelike and likable. I loved her fast paced writing style, and the flow was wonderful. I have never read any of this author's books before, but I will certainly be adding her to my favourite authors list, and reading more of her books as soon as I can.

I highly recommend this book to teens aged 15+ and to adults who love YA or paranormal romance genres. - Lynn Worton

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Friday, June 27, 2014

The City by Dean R Koontz


The City by Dean Koontz an arc copy review via Netgalley


The City by Dean R Koontz
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.
A few days back I read two bits of social media gold…ok not really gold.  At the time I figured the one may have some validity and the other advice simply sounded ludicrous. 
The first nugget claimed that a good writer tells the reader something they already know. 
The second said that if you want your review to go viral, you MUST start of by telling the reader how this book made you feel. 
So let's see.  This book, more than anything made me feel part of something larger.  Not only a part of The City, rather part of the soul of the world.  Since I live across the world (almost -- I live in South Africa) feeling so much part of the music, I knew every tune mentioned.  The history, I even got the reference to the Japanese art at the very start…simply everything, the world view.  The innocence, the fear.  This book dragged me into the story, kept me there and made me sit down and have a look around at my own life.  Now how can this then simply pass me by…I can't, it did not. 
I adored this book.  The Japanese neighbor introduced at the start of the book first only as a passing character, later slowly fluffed out with not what he says or even do but by the little art he owns.  The fact that I could already fill in blanks not even identified as blanks to this man astounded me, it enchanted me and it made me wonder how an author can so accurately give hints that a character got a back story much more intricate than he ever took the time to describe. 
Noah Kirk with his eight names in between and his friends, all proves one thing - it takes a village to raise a child and if it is a butter side down day, sigh, clean up and go on.  Tomorrow - or the day after will be butter up day.   And remember to call him Nicholaas, or Nick but never Nickie. 
So that concludes the second nugget.  Now for the first nugget.
A good writer tells the reader what he/she already knows.
Now ain't that the truth with this book.  The story is amazingly close to home sprinkled with a feather.  The embodiment of the spirit of The City and like this embodiment the city is a character all it’s own.  An example of this is, "it was so humid that afternoon, the birds did not fly and the bees did not zoom. 
The thing is about the first nugget….it should have given one more sentence, while telling the reader what they already know it should do it in such a fashion that the reader is shocked that their inner voice never made the claim in such terms.  And thus, this book is not only good, this author is not only good (I have a love/hate relationship depending on the book I finished with Koontz).  This author, this book is amazing.
WaAr

Book Review of Island of Tory by Regina M. Geither



Synopsis:

When sixteen year old Arella Cline's summer vacation begins with the tragic death of her parents, she is sent to live with her aunt to begin a new life on a remote island off the western coast of Ireland. But there are strange things happening on Tory Island—shadow figures, mysterious auras, and the haunting sound of her deceased parents’ voices.

The only thing Arella finds appealing about Tory is the handsome, dark-haired Declan McQuilan. But Cannon Fidelous, a mysterious outcast, warns her that the island and its inhabitants are hiding a dark secret. And when Arella finds an ancient book of prophecies, she discovers the island's curse—a curse that only she can undo.


Review:


Island of ToryIsland of Tory by Regina M. Geither
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic YA Fantasy Thriller. I am very sorry it's taken me so long to get to read it, as I loved it!

Arella Cline is a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is an emotionally strong character and is stubborn and determined. She has had her life completely destroyed by a terrible car accident that killed her parents. Sent to live with her aunt on the small island of Tory, Arella finds herself in a race to break a curse.

I started to read this story and was hooked from the first page. Arella is a normal teen, but dealing with a traumatic experience. Being the "new kid" is scary enough, but Tory is an island with secrets. There are some interesting characters living on the island. Declan McQuilan is Arella's first friend on the island. He is charming, funny and has a charisma that people respond to, but he also has a secret. I liked him very much, but as the story progressed, I found I didn't like him as much as I did in the beginning. I am not saying why, you will just have to read the book yourself to find out. Cannon Fidelous is also new to the island, but he is a loner and tends to keep to himself. He is a bit of an enigma, but I really liked this character too. The story was quite gripping, with a steady building suspense that held me in thrall. I found myself getting anxious as the story twisted and turned with mystery; Just when I thought I had a grip on the story, it would take a gigantic twist in another direction. This story was a roller coaster ride of danger, action and adventure. All the characters came alive on the page, and the description of the island was so vivid, I could picture it with ease. The Irish folklore used in this tale was very interesting. I have always been interested in the myths and legends of various cultures, and none more so than those of the Irish or Celtic ones. I was very disappointed when I reached the end of the story, as I wanted to keep reading. However, I loved the ending, as it was sweet and, although it doesn't finish on a cliffhanger, it made me look forward to reading the next book, The Cursing Stone, as soon as possible.

Regina M. Geither has written an absorbing and thrilling YA Fantasy. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow of the story was wonderful. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.

I highly recommend this book to teens (13+) and adults who love YA, Paranormal, Fantasy and Thriller genres. - Lynn Worton


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review of Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh Book 1) by Samantha Young



Synopsis:

What would you do if you were born to be a predator? Would you fight your natural instincts or give in to your nature? 

Eden is a soul eater closing in on her Awa
kening. Her family has convinced her that soon she will have to take a life in order to save her own. It’s a decision Eden doesn’t want to deal with even as her hunger for souls grows stronger every day.

To complicate her impossible position, new guy in school Noah Valois’ determination to befriend her puts Eden in touch with a humanity she’s never known. Addicted to his company, his friendship and affection, she becomes more and more terrified that giving into her hunger will mean losing him forever…

… But when she discovers that Noah is not what he seems, his betrayal forces her to face two choices. One will offer her revenge and the destruction of a boy she loved. The other may offer her a life of eternal redemption…


Review:


Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh, #1)Blood Will Tell by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Warriors of Ankh series. I downloaded this book, I am ashamed to say, nearly two and a half years ago when it was free, but never found time to read it until now. I am seriously kicking myself for not reading it sooner, because I LOVED it!

Eden Winslow is not a normal teen. She is a soul eater, or soon to be, once she goes through her Awakening ceremony. I liked this character a lot. She has a lot to deal with. She is scared, but determined to resist impulse to take a soul. However, it's not easy when your only friend is a temptation.

Noah Valois is a fantastic character and is also not your average teen. He is a little enigmatic at times, but I suppose being a Warrior of Ankh, a little mystery comes with the territory. Being friends with Eden is a complication he never expected, but can he save her before she makes a terrible mistake?

This is a fantastic YA paranormal romance. The story is basically good versus evil, but with a twist. The Warriors of Ankh are a group of immortals that protect mankind from the "Blessed" - soul eaters to you and me. However, there is a complication in the form of a rebel faction of Neith (human warriors that fight along side with the Ankh) wanting to kill Eden because of who she is. The story is told through both Eden's and Noah's point of view. Once I started to read this book, I struggled to put it down! This book is an amazing roller coaster ride of excitement, danger and romance. There are some really interesting characters in this story. Stellan is Eden's brother, and her rock in an emotional sea. I liked him very much, even though he too is a soul eater. Teagan, Eden's cousin, on the other hand, is a loathsome character, with very little in the way of redeeming features. He, along with Eden's parents, are characters that made me angry. I very rarely get angry, but their behaviour towards Eden really raised my ire. If these were real people, I would probably be sent to jail for their murder - that's how angry I became.
The story was full of twists and turns, some of them shocking, and some violence. The scenes were well written, and I could picture them quite clearly in my mind's eye. It was interesting to see how Eden's character grew through the story. I liked her in the beginning, but by the end of the story, I was in awe of her strength of character and bravery. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the book, as I wanted to keep reading. I will have to download the next book in the series, Blood Past, and try not to take so long to get to read it!

Samantha Young has written a wonderful story, with characters that come alive on the page. I love her fast paced writing style, and the story flowed wonderfully. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it certainly won't be the last.

I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love older YA (15+) or Paranormal Romance genres. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Next month on Wanda's amazing Amazon reviewers.

So this month WaAr took a break.  But July brings us three more amazing authors.....wanna know who?
Well I am sure you do.   So here goes....

Christoph Fischer brings us Time To Let Go, read the blurb via Amazon here....Oh and click on the pic to get your free copy today!!!!

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain. 

Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimers' disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives. 

The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.


Our second book....

Uvi Poznansky brings us our second book and I am sure it is again poetry in motion.  Here is the blurb...

Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir. 

In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind. 

How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?



And last but certainly not least....Helen Christmas brings us Same Face Different Place!

The blurb via Amazon....

16 year old Eleanor had no idea her father was involved in organised crime. But then came the turf war - the threat of a deadly rival - and the promise of revenge which would eventually force Oliver into hiding. 

Left to the mercy of dangerous people, Eleanor knows her life is spiralling out of control. But on the night she plans her escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, he is a rock musician from Holland - and he has a contract on his life. 

A daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding - before Jake's own chilling story gradually begins to unfold. He is the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings of love for each other - and it does not take long for Eleanor to realise, that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive. 

Beginnings is a powerful love story, set in the dark criminal underworld of London, of two people whose powerful love bond will keep you turning the pages, as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape the deadly enemies who stalk them.


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review of Kiera's Quest: Awakenings (Kiera's Quest Book 1) by Kristy Brown



Synopsis:

Meet Kiera, a pretty, intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside her, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.

Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.

As their journey unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?


Review:


Kiera's Quest: Awakenings (Kiera's Quest, #1)Kiera's Quest: Awakenings by Kristy Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in a YA series for children aged 9 to 16. I really enjoyed it!

Kiera Matthews is a wonderful character. She is a typical young teen with hopes and dreams. I liked her very much. She is kind, caring and sensible. However, her life is about to get very complicated, when she "meets" Zakk.

Zakk is the Prince of Zantar. He is an interesting character. I liked him very much. He is a thoughtful young boy, trapped under a spell by the Witch Queen, and needs Kiera's help to break the spell before his sixteenth birthday.

I started to read this book, and I was struck by the uniqueness of it. I was quickly pulled into the story, which was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I am not sure the reader is supposed to like the Witch Queen, but I was quite taken with her evilness and her snide remarks; She made the book quite interesting. The Witch Queen is what I would call deliciously evil, and is one of those characters you love to hate. Kiera's friends are all interesting. They are Maddy, Joe and Daz. Their characters are not as well developed as I would have liked, but I liked them all. There are several twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled, with plenty of danger, mystery and adventure, not to mention a shocking betrayal that I did not see coming. I loved the scene where Kiera and Zakk first communicate. It had me grinning, as I could imagine it quite clearly. In fact, most of the scenes were well described and I could picture them with ease. The story ends on a slight cliffhanger and, although I am not in the intended age range for this series, I am looking forward to reading the next book as soon as possible.

Kristy Brown has written a fast paced YA story that was entertaining and exciting. I loved her writing style, and the flow was wonderful.

I highly recommend this book to middle grade children who love action, adventure and fantasy. I also recommend this book to adults who love to read younger YA fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Book Review of Alice Parker & The Curse of Fate: Book 5 of the new adventure series for children (Alice Parker's Adventures) by Nicola Palmer



Synopsis:

Accidents are happening suspiciously frequently. It is not simply bad luck - someone is trying to kill Alice and Thomas.

For their own safety they decide to get away and set off for Berlin. But staying with Aunt Brigitte is not without its dangers. When chaos follows the Parkers to Germany friends, family and even famous landmarks are at risk.

Alice begins to think she is cursed - and that's before an alarming discovery about her future. Will a new admirer change her luck or must she learn to accept her fate?

For Alice nothing is ever simple.


Review:


Alice Parker & the Curse of FateAlice Parker & the Curse of Fate by Nicola Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fifth book in the Alice Parker's Adventures for children. I loved it!

Alice Parker is a fantastic character! She is a very special girl. She is a Finwip (a descendant of fairies), and the only known Finwip able to fly. I loved this girl when I first met her in the first book, Alice Parker's Metamorphosis. Alice has grown in confidence and ability, but when danger again threatens the safety of her family, can she find the culprit without being killed herself?

I started to read this story, and was quickly pulled back into the fantastic world of the Finwips. I read this book in one sitting, as I couldn't put it down! Alice and Thomas, as well as the rest of the Parker family, have had a few near misses, thanks to some mysterious "accidents". So, to be safe, the family travels to Germany. This story was just as exciting as the previous four, and the suspense and mystery of not knowing who was after them was killing me! It certainly kept me guessing! There are some new characters to meet, and some old faces pop up, which keeps the story interesting. One of the new characters is a boy called Ralph, who is around the same age as Alice (who is now 15). His family calls him Katalysator (or Kat for short), due to his ability to enhance other Finwips abilities - sort of like an amplifier. He also has several other abilities similar to Alice, which gives them something in common. The story has several twists and turns which often surprised me, and Hugh makes a surprise appearance with a shocking announcement. The story does not end on a cliffhanger, but it left me feeling happy. Although I don't know if there may be another book in the series, I hope there will be. This is a fast paced, action packed adventure that will keep children from the ages of 9-13 completely engrossed!

Nicola Palmer has written an amazing children's series that is enchanting, exciting and all round good fun! Her writing style is fast paced, but easy enough for youngsters to read and follow. She is one of my favourite children's book authors!

I highly recommend this YA children's book (and series) to children and adults alike! - Lynn Worton

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review of Little Harbor by Crystal Cattabrigga



Synopsis:

When tragedy rips through the very core of your soul, how do you find the strength to pick up the pieces? 

At twenty three, Lennox’s life was on track. She had just graduated from colle
ge, and was about to take a teaching job at Wareham High School until a phone call changed everything. Two years have now passed, and Lennox knows she needs to move forward, but the only way to do that is to go back to where it all began.
At twenty five, Connor Jackson has lived a pretty good life. Growing up with wealthy parents has allowed him never to worry about money, until recently. After being thrown in jail for disorderly conduct, his parents decide to teach him a lesson by freezing his trust fund. With nothing but a couple of hundred dollars in his pocket, Connor sets out on his own hoping to start new.
In a small town like Little Harbor, finding closure to your past, just might lead you to someone who will become your future.


Review:


Little HarborLittle Harbor by Crystal Cattabriga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic, sweet contemporary romance. I loved it!

Lennox Shay is a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She has a tendency to be sarcastic at times, and she has a hot temper when riled, but she is also grieving. She has come home to Little Harbor to face a difficult task and bring closure to her life. She wasn't expecting to meet anyone, especially someone like Connor Jackson.

Connor Jackson is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot too. He is working as an electrician, since his parents cut off his trust fund. He is quite down to earth and charming when he wants to be.

I downloaded this when it was released, but due to the length of my reading list, I have only just managed to get to it now. I am kicking myself for not getting to read this sooner. This is a wonderful contemporary romance. The story is told through Lennox's point of view, and was a pleasure to read. The story is an emotional journey from beginning to end, and I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I must admit that I shed more than one tear whilst reading this book, as there are certain events that touched me deeply. There are also some memorable characters in this book whom I enjoyed meeting. Mallory is Lennox's best friend, who has stood by her through thick and thin. But after Lennox left Little Harbor two years previously, they had lost touch. Mr. Robertson is Lennox's elderly next door neighbour. He is a sweet and charming man, who is a little lonely, but also very wise. I loved how Lennox and Connor first met, it was certainly dramatic. They definitely have chemistry between them. It was wonderful to see their relationship bloom. The ending was nicely rounded off, as a romance novel should be, and left me with a happy feeling.

Crystal Cattabrigga has written a wonderful contemporary romance. Her characters are lifelike and likable. I love her writing style, which was fast paced, and the flow was wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.

As this book does not have any scenes of a sensual nature, this book can be read by young teens. Therefore, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fat Chance The Kingsley Series, Book 1 by Brandi Kennedy


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Ok so before I start on my review.  Know this.  This is a must read.  I kid you not.  I seldom get this excited about an author and a book these days.  I simply read too much.  This book, this author though is worth my excitement.  The story, the theme, the moral is one all woman should read and "Get".  Ok enough preaching. Onto the blurb via Goodreads.

Meet Cassaundra Keaton, an adult orphan raised in the foster system. She's overweight and struggling to survive in a world that makes her feel like she can never fit in. Follow her journey as she learns to trust and love herself, and watch her grow as she finds love. But will an issue from her past rise up to ruin her new life?




More about the author again thanks to Goodread
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About this author

Brandi Kennedy is a freelance writer, novelist and poet. A woman of varied interests, she loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet, and of course, mothering her two young daughters. Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family.




Ok so once in a while I come accross a book that is totally unique. At times it might be that the story, plot, characters or writing style is what sets the story apart. 
In this case it is the writing style. The author chose to write this story with a raw unpolished affect that really worked astoundingly well. Little in the story is glossed over, even less is written to fit the perfect formula we are all used to. No insta love. No triangle. No heroics and yes, extreme choices. Real angst and even more pain told with an honesty that made me reel. 

The offset to this is the happy ending. Hope and growth. Admittedly I did not agree with the way our main protagonist at times dealt with certain situations. This disagreement with her choices made me feel even more connected, not less. Why? For she is totally human. Going to extremes at times by what drives her personally and not by what is to be expected. 

Plot: 4* for its fresh, raw look at body issues and being bullied as an adult.
Editing: line and content 4* 
Character development: 5+ *. These are the most human main characters I have come accross in a long time. Some of the subsidiary or peripheral characters were a bit underveloped but that served it's own use. 
Setting: 5*. We all have issues. Be it with our body or something else. The theme of the book is to do something about your perception of it and I loved this. No quick fix. Hard soul searching work. 
All in all. 4*. This book is a good one, a really good one but the topic and raw emotions laid bare made it not an easy read although it makes it a MUST read!

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Book Review of Dale's Descent (The Master of Whitehall, Book 3) by Rick Veal



Synopsis:

The epic saga of The Master of Whitehall continues with Dale’s Descent. Step into the adventure as Dale recounts his story of a young teenager, illegally attacked, turned and kidnapped by a rouge vampire on his sixteenth birthday.
Dale’s journey begins in a small mining town in western Pennsylvania where his mortal life begins and ends. He relates his story in a soulful manner, full of hurt and disappointment as all of his dreams and aspirations fade away. His descent into darkness begins as he is forced into the life of a creature of the night … compelled to hunt and kill innocent people in order to survive. His tale is one of abuse in the supernatural world. His journey includes years of personal struggle in his search to find answers to why he was attacked and taken. Finally, left all alone he wanders in a seemingly empty world, a lost boy, searching for a way of escape.
Dale’s Descent is brought to an end with his discovery by the Charleston Coven. He is stunned by the revelation of an immortal life that was his all along when he is brought to Whitehall. He finds happiness as he grows and matures with his new found family. Share his delight as he discovers a teacher, a lover, and ultimately an eternal mate in this story of a boy that was lost and found again.


Review:


Dale's Descent (The Master of Whitehall, Book 3)Dale's Descent by Rick H. Veal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the third story in the Master of Whitehall series. I really enjoyed it!

Dale is a very likable character. He is a thirty-five year old vampire in a sixteen year old's body. I liked him a lot. He has not had an easy life, and when he meets Charlotte Ann, James and Katelyn, he was depressed and lonely. This is his story.

I have been looking forward to reading Dale's story, as I found his character to be most intriguing. I really felt for this character, because his life had been irrevocably changed by a selfish vampire who wanted a companion. The story ventures into Dale's past and gives the reader a better understanding of this young man. I liked him when I first met him in the first book, but fell in love with him in this one. He is quite charming, but can be extremely deadly to his prey. Charlotte Ann has a calming influence on him, and gives him a sense of love and security. She is a patient teacher and lover; Dale blossoms under her tutelage. James and Katelyn, and later Lexi, gives him a sense of family.
I actually enjoyed this story more than the previous two. Perhaps it's because the author is more at ease writing from the male point of view, rather than the female one. There is no gushing dialogue, which made this book a pleasure to read. In fact, I think the story flowed better because of the more straight forward dialogue. Dale may look like a teenager, but he has a maturity about him, not only because of his age, but because of his experiences. There are a few twists in the story, and a surprise (which I kind of guessed at before it happened), but this just kept me hooked from beginning to end. The story ended on a happy note, which left me feeling pleased for Dale, as he deserved a little happiness.

Rick Veal has written an intriguing series of love, friendship and emotional growth. His characters are lifelike and likable. His writing style has improved a lot. The flow of the story was much better, and this kept me turning the pages. I do not know if there will be any more books in this series, but even if there are not, I would definitely read more of this authors work in the future.

There are some scenes of a sensual nature that are a little on the hot side (although not as explicit as some books I have read), so I do not recommend this book for younger readers. I do, however, recommend this book (and series) if you love paranormal romances with sexy vampires or immortal beings. - Lynn Worton

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Review of Stepping Stones by Elizabeth Morgan



Stepping Stones
(Sweet Contemporary Romance)
By Elizabeth Morgan

Blurb:

There's nothing like a wedding to bring the family together....

If not for her baby sister’s impending marriage, Margaret West would never return home. But after six long years, she finds herself a maid of honor who must answer to the people she left behind.

If her parents’ interrogation doesn’t drive her to drink, facing her foster brother, Adrian, just might. To make matters worse, her ex-fiancĂ© is the vicar who will conduct her sister’s ceremony.

Everyone demands to know why she ran off. But the more time she spends at home, the more Margaret realizes even she doesn’t know the real reason.

Length: Novella (32,000/91 pages)| Content: Sweet Romance/Contemporary| Publisher: Bono Books


My Review:

Stepping StonesStepping Stones by Elizabeth Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This book is a very sweet contemporary romance. I loved it!

Margaret (Maggie to her family) West is a very lifelike character. She has her fears and doubts, just like anyone. I must admit that I found her a bit annoying at times. She has a tendency to be self-pitying, which just rubbed me the wrong way, considering she was the one that broke her family's hearts.

This is a fantastic contemporary romance with some likable characters. The story is told from Maggie's point of view, and is an emotional roller coaster ride full of angst, anger and sadness, but there is also a lot of love and forgiveness. Maggie's homecoming was not easy and, never having been in this situation myself, I still felt for all characters concerned. William, Maggie's ex-fiancé, is a really nice man. In my opinion, he didn't deserve to be left at the alter (not literally, but almost) by her in that way six years previously, but it's not until later do we find out why. However, humans are ruled by their emotions, and Maggie was definitely emotional at the time. Adrian, Maggie's foster brother, is a character I wanted to know more about. I know he's a great guy, but I would have liked both Maggie and Adrian have more interaction earlier in the book, and maybe some of the story in his point of view. Nevertheless, the story was more of a journey of self-discovery for Maggie, rather than an all out romance. The ending was nicely rounded off, as a romance novel should be, and left me with a happy feeling. All in all, this was an enjoyable read.

Elizabeth Morgan has written a wonderful contemporary romance. Her characters are lifelike and likable. I love her writing style, which was fast paced enough to keep me hooked from beginning to end, and the flow was wonderful. I have never read any of her books before, but I'm now looking forward to reading her paranormal romances when they are re-released in August.

As this book does not have any scenes of a sensual nature, this book can be read by young teens. Therefore, I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review of Tiger's Promise: A Tiger's Curse Novella (The Tiger's Curse Series Book 0) by Colleen Houck


Synopsis:

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


Review:


Tiger's Promise (The Tiger Saga, #0.5)Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a prequel to the Tiger's Curse series. I loved it!

Yesubai is a fantastic character. I loved meeting her. She is actually one of the bravest characters in this series. She is sixteen years old, but has a maturity about her due to her upbringing. She has grown up in an abusive household, but her spirit has not been broken. She has a steely determination to not give in and show weakness. Meeting a prince from a neighbouring kingdom offers her the chance to change her fate. However, destiny intervenes.

This is a fabulous little novella, and we get to see Yesubai's childhood, and I found myself in awe of this young woman. She has not had an easy life, but she instinctively knows that her father is dangerous and not to be trifled with. However, she rebels in her own way. I love how the author brought the characters to life. Lokesh has no redeeming qualities that I could see. I was a bit confused as to why he kept Yesubai alive, even though he had killed her mother. I don't know what stayed his hand. Perhaps he did love his daughter in his own way. Nevertheless, I am glad that he did. The story doesn't have a happy ending, but I now understand how the "curse" was placed on Ren and Kishan.

However, this is not the end of the book, as there are a couple of bonus chapters. The first one is through the eyes of Yesubai's mother, Yuvakshi; and the second one is Ren's perspective when he agrees to be betrothed to Yesubai. Then there is a sneak peek at Tiger's Dream's prologue. However, I don't know when it will be released, and I am now quite anxious to get my hands on it!

Colleen Houck has written a wonderful back story to the Tiger's Curse series. Her characters are extremely lifelike and her descriptive prose made it easy for me to "see" the story as if watching a movie. She is a very talented writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

I highly recommend this book if you love the Tiger's Curse series as a whole, or YA, Mythology, Romance or Action/Adventure genres. - Lynn Worton

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Book Review of Electric Times: Rumblings of the Working Class by Tim Coaty



Synopsis:

“Electric Times: Rumblings of the Working Class” is a collection of articles that evoke emotions from page to page, pushing old and forgotten memories back into the minds of readers. 

Review:


Electric Times: Rumblings of the Working ClassElectric Times: Rumblings of the Working Class by Tim Coaty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complementary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a short novella of anecdotes and memories of the author. This type of book is not my normal usual genre choice, but I decided to give it a try. I actually enjoyed it.

These stories would probably relate better to those hard working blue collars workers in the "trades" such as electricians, builders and plumbers. However, it was an easy and quick read. I got most of the terms relating to the electrical trade, as my father was (and is) a trained electrician. These stories were sometimes funny, and made me grin at some of the author's actions, or those around him. The tools of a tradesman are sacrosanct, and several of the stories pay homage to the tools at his disposal. "The Pencil" is such an evocative and, almost poetic, ode to the humble pencil. I loved the simplicity of the stories and anecdotes, but felt that they could have been a little longer in content. However, overall, I totally enjoyed the journey into a world that I have lived on the periphery of for years, but never ventured far into.

Tim Coaty has written a witty, thought provoking and engaging collection of stories that has given me a deeper understanding of those in "the trade". I hope he continues to write, as he has a way with words that captured my imagination. I am just sorry that it took me so long to get to read this book.

I recommend this book to everyone who are in (or considering going into) the trades, or if you love memoirs or anthologies. - Lynn Worton

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