Week in Review #4 (19-25 Jan) – Book Reviews, Currently Reading etc.

I feel like I had a pretty good reading week this week as I managed to finish 3 books and read more of several other books as well as starting to read several new books.


 

THIS WEEKS BOOKS

Read: Collision: The Battle for Darracia, #2 The Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash (review paper back)

Started: 13/1/15     Finished: 19/1/15

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Review

Thank you so much Michael for sending me this book and I loved it because it was a fitting second book in a series.

Michael’s writing and world building in this book was equally as good as in the first book and it really made me feel like I was part of the story. Thanks to this and the fact that I will buy a digital copy of this book to be able to easily re-read as well as buy it & recommend it to others is why I gave it 5 stars.

We learn more about the planet, the other planets in the solar system, the species on Darracia along with the other planets and the main characters in the story.

I particularly enjoyed seeing how the love story between V’sair and Tullani developed even more to the point where near the end they were preparing to get married. It was grate seeing how much they both struggled being away from each other and then how they flourished once they were back together.

It was also interesting seeing what Zayden,V’sair’s older brother, and Staf Nuen V’sair’s uncle who’d left Darracia in the interim between leaving the and returning to the planet.

So in conclusion I absolutely loved this book and will definitely re-read it again on a fairly regular basis.

Book Information
Product DetailsThe Darracia saga continues with all the key players spread out and searching for answers throughout the solar system. Prince V’sair struggles to hold his fractured kingdom together without help from his family. His stepbrother Zayden is on a vengeful hunt for his evil uncle Staf Nuen. Tulani navigates her two worlds trying to bring them together. Staf Nuen, the orchestrator of the original coup, is making unholy alliances with nefarious new allies. Like the comet zipping across the horizon, all the different factions are heading for a collision course that will test both their faith and power.

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495273482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495273483

Abouot the Author

see last weeks week in review (link: ) for this information

Forgotten, #3 Fade Series by Kallin Gow (ebook)

Started: 15/1/15           Finished:   25/1/15

Review

Book Information

Product DetailsA love that can never be forgotten…

The truth about Celestra Caine comes back in the most shocking way. Everyone knew Celestra Caine was dangerous, but they didn’t know she was THAT dangerous… As Celestra’s memories begin returning to her after being Faded, and her identity is revealed, she learns the fate of the world really is in her hands, and that she, the mysterious and sexy fader Jack, and her handsome ex-boyfriend Gray are more connected to each other than she ever imagined.

In this dystopian ya thriller, where nothing is what it seems, sometimes love can be strong enough to withstand time and space and never be forgotten.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: theEDGEbooks.com; Can Love Survive Thousands of Years? edition (8 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IODQAM

About the Author

For this Information please see last weeks week in review post (link: )

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Read: Half Bad, #1 Half Bad Series by Sally Green (paperback)

1 – 24/1/15

Review

I have given this book a 5 star rating because I loved the cover art and that along with the authors writing style and world building was so grate that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It is because if this that I will re-read the book as well as recommend it to others/buy it as a gift for friends and family who I think will enjoy it.

Book Information

Product DetailsSixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141350865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141350868

About the Author

Sally Green was one oof 2014’s debut authors Half Bad being her debut book and the first book in a triloy, published by Penguin in March 2014.

2013 was a whirlwind year for Sally who submitted her manuscript of Half bad to an Agent in the January of that year (and getting accepted by her agent Claire),  and then agreeing a deal with Puffin (UK) and Viking (USA) in March. In April I agreed a film deal with Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt as producer (google her!). Since then Half Bad has been sold to more countries, and I’ve been busy editing Half Bad and have started work on the second book of the trilogy.

Sally lives in north-west England. I love to read, walk in the country and would like to drink less coffee (but I know it’s impossible – I’m an addict)!

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Currently Reading:- City of Stairs by Robert   (Review ebook from bloggingforbooks.com)

Started: 5/1/15

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You’ve got to be careful when you’re chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air.

The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent’s past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth – but it is likely to cost her everything.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L7SLSXM

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Currently Reading:- Murderess by Daya Mamin (nertgalley review ebook, 172 pages (pages left to read 169))

19 /1

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Lu Killer never wondered if her name was strange. ‘Killer’. How was she to guess her ancestors fought ferociously against the royal family for generations? How was she to know her family lived in a completely different world called Greywall’d? All that 16-year-old Lu cared for was when she could next listen to her music, next be left to her own devices and when she could truly feel at peace.

But her life changed completely when a young boy with a hat fell from the sky into her train…

Murderess is the first book of ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’ and features the beginning of a spine-tingling story with a new world where Lu will discover that she has a critical part to play in the future of Greywall’d.

Daya Marnin started writing Murderess two years ago when she was thirteen. She is currently writing “Priestess”, the second part of the saga.

  • File Size: 1116 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Morphus VC Pty Ltd (20 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K30ZOVW

About the Author

Daya Marnin  Daya Marnin is a 16 years old fantasy author that had just published her first book – Murderess.

Murderess is the first of six parts of the ‘The Exiles of Greywall’d Saga’. The story of Lu Killer (hence the title) and her quest for answers in a world of uncertainty becomes a compelling spring board for a complex narrative that is sure to gratify its readers for years to come.

In her writing, Daya created Greywall’d, a whole new world parallel to Earth, full of imagery, characters and sights that are written in such a level of detail that immerses the reader from the very beginning.

Daya started writing Murderess over two years ago when she was 13 and is now writing the second book of the saga – Priestess.

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Started reading: The end of All Things, #1  The end of All Things Series by Lisa  (bloghop review request ebook/264 pages)

21 –  /1

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Product DetailsAfter a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option. Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to normal soon.

She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the extremes of Mother Nature.

Together, they begin a perilous journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want, leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.

But their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find along the way.

This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612131417
  • Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ZK9QA

About the Author

Lissa Bryan

   Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot…. though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of four novels, Ghostwriter, Under These Restless Skies, The End of All Things and its sequel,Land of the Shadow. She has short stories in Romantic Interludes and Tales from the End.

Lissa is also a fanfiction author, whose stories can be found here:
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3300533/L…

http://www.lissabryan.com
http://www.facebook.com/lissa.bryan
https://twitter.com/LissaBryan
http://lissabryan.tumblr.com/

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Started Reading: The Hawk and Dove, #1 The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock (netgalley ebook review/

Started: 21/1

Book Information

At the start of the first novel Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot, at the age of 45. Father Peregrine, whose name in religion is Columba, is an arrogant, impatient man, a hawk trying hard to be a dove, whose struggles to manifest the character he considers to be expected of an abbot provide much of the narrative. He is surrounded by a company of flawed, human monks who are – for the most part – also serious about their calling, and who – again for the most part – come to love their driven and hard-driving leader. They lived six centuries ago, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.

Lion Hudson Plc

Publish Date:  Feb 2015

About the Author

Penelope (Pen) Wilcock is the author of over a dozen books of  fiction and poetry, including The Hawk and the Dove trilogy.  She lives a quiet life on the southeast coast of England with  her husband and is the mother of five adult daughters. She  has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has  worked as a hospice and school chaplain.

 

 

 

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Started Reading: The Crown, Vol. 1 The Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (KindleUnlmited Ebook)

25/1

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As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts–and the love of her life. When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe. Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinah’s furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But be warned…not every fairytale has a happy ending. This is the story of a princess who became a villain.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: SparkPress (a BookSparks imprint) (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IESMYXQ

Author Biography

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, decluttering or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.

You can visit her webpage at: www.colleenoakes.net or at her very lengthy and sometimes embarrassingly personal blog, The Ranunculus Adventures:
http://ranunculusadventure.blogspot.com/

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Currently (continued) Reading: Hallowed, #2 Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (31 pages read)

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The heart-wrenching, unputdownable sequel to Unearthly.

Part-angel Clara is still reeling from the choice she was forced to make amidst the vicious forest fire of her nightmares. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and a destiny that will separate them, Clara is faced with another shocking revelation: someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows is that the fire was just the beginning.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061996181
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073HNMQM

About the Author

Cynthia Hand  Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the Unearthly series with HarperTeen: UNEARTHLY, HALLOWED, RADIANT (an enovella) and BOUNDLESS. Currently she lives in southern California with her husband and two small children. She teaches courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University. Her next book, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, will be released in February 2015.

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Started Reading: Day 21, #2 The 100 by Kass Morgan (15 pages read)

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It’s been 21 days since The 100 landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries… or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1198 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J379GCE

Author Bio

Kass Morgan Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that allows laptops on the weekend.

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Started Reading:  Red Rising, #1 Red Rising Trilogy) by Pierce Brown (3% of book read)

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The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all al lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1468 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIUG3ES

Author Bio

Pierce Brown Though Pierce Brown was born in Denver, Colorado, his origins are a little more diverse, having called seven states home (Colorado, North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa, Texas, Washington, and California). Now twenty-four, he splits his time between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Brown spent time working as an executive aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign, a script runner at ABC, a freelance web producer, and eventually an NBC Page. His degree from Pepperdine University is in Economics and Political Science.

You can find him on Twitter @Pierce_Brown and Facebook, or visit his blog: www.pierce-brown.com


BOOKS RECEIVED

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Librarything.com

Strange Magic   The Nightingale Circus (Broken People, #0.5)

From Authors/Blog Tour Organizers

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COMMENTS AND NEXT WEEKS GOALS

Book Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender by (Ebook) – read as part of the #ayearathon readathon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1545 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763665665
  • Publisher: Walker (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXJLD6A

I read this book as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon as this months pick for this read a thon was standalones.

Review

I’d like to start this review by thanking Regan from PeruseProject who recommended this book in her best 14 books of 2014 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcLiYKSqaaQ&feature=em-uploademail because had it not been for seeing this video I would never have purchased it which would have been a travesty.

This book is as mesmerizing and heratbreaking lyrical tale that discusses the the light and dark sides of love and desure. It written from a trans generational point of view starting with Ava’s Grandmother, mother and Ava her self.

Following the recommendation it was the cover of this book that attracted me too reading it because the feather on the front of it was so beautiful and gave an insight in to what the story might be about which was thmn proven by the synopsis.The lyrical writing style and world building in this book were fantastic and kept me enthralled through out. All things together is what made me give the book a five star rating.

Being able to read the stories of three women and see their individual suffering, and what seemed to be a family birthright of foolish love was amazing. The fact that it also told you about the gifts the women had as well as what it was like for Ava growing up having wings and a twin brother who never talked much at all.

I enjoyed every moment reading this book which is why it will be one that I will re read again and again as well as buy a copy to have on my bookshelf s I read it in ebook format. It is also a book that I will recommend to others as well as buy it as a gift family and friends who I think will enjoy it.

 

Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

I’d like to start by thanking the author of this book for allowing me to have a copy of this book in return for an honest review, through Bostick Communications.

The book was about a teenage girl called Zoe and her family who live in an affluent area in the States. It sees her going form being part of a close nit loving family to everything falling apart when her older brother Josh is shot by a friend Kirk.

The cover art is lovely and I loved the way the story was written in the form of a diary that was kept by the main character, Zoe. If found the book hard to get into at first due to the subject matter, death,murder & suicide,but the authors writing was so good that it got me through the initial awkwardness and had me engrossed. It is for these reasons that I have given it a 5 star rating.

It was interesting seeing all the things that happen to Zoe from the moment her brother is killed, starting to drink (underage), smoke and smoke weed to name but a few.

The fact that the book was done as though it was exerts from Zoe’s diary made me as the reader feel that I connected with Zoe on so many levels as well as with the rest of her family. It also enabled me to see all her strengths and weaknesses as a person.

All in all I loved this book and think it was a grate debut book so I would recommend it to other people as well as give it as a gift to frends/family members who I think would enjoy it,

Book Review: Schism: The Battle for Darracia, #1 The Darracia Saga (Paperback, review copy from the Author) Micahel Phillip Cash 

 

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Review

I would like to thank the author for being so kind to send me a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.

Schism is well worth the 5 star rating that I am giving it because the cover art, the authors writing style and word building skills are second to none, and the combination of all of these things means that it is an amazing book that I will definitely read again as well as buy a copy of for my kindle.

I loved the fact that Michael started the book by giving the reader (me) definition for Schism (noun\s(k)izam: A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.). Now I have read the book I can see that this title is a whoely appropriate one because not only is their is a split in the planets society as  whole but also with in the Royal family itself as well.

The book introduces the reader to the Planet of Darracia and how the ever widening gap between the social classes on the planet is causing turmoil as well as to the struggle that the nineteen year old Prince V’sair is having with harnessing the power of the elusive Fireblade, which is the secret to a warrior’s heart. It is so important for him to do this so he can overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s supremacy but he can only do it with the guidance of the Elements as to what his true destiny is. It also not only introduces you to all the species i=on the planet but also the planets and their species in the solar system.

The love story that develops between the Prince and his mothers handmaid is so endearing and when she has to return to her home on the planet “the dessa” after she becomes a high priestess you can feel the pain that it causes both of them. I loved the book from beginning to end because the authors descriptions and ways he built the world over and over again kept me enthralled but it also enabled me to see what life was like for all the planets inhabitants. It also made me feel a strong connection to the Prince.

So all in all I cant wait to read the other two books in the series so far, in fact I have already started reading the second book and will recommend the book to others as well as buy it as a gift for friends/family.

Book Review: Fade Combined books 1 & 2 Special Edition (Fade Series, #1 and #2, A YA Dystopian Thriller Series) 

 

I purchased this book on a whim a couple of years ago as a two book bind up ebook  edition on my kindle, the first two books because the synopsis sounded really  interesting and the cover art was intriguing.

I read Fade book on in the series and of this bind up last week as part of the bout of books 12.0 read-a ton.

Fade is about a seventeen year old girl named Celestra from a small town in America who has special abilities (burning people who make her angry to a pile of ash) which mean that some nasty people are after her so they cam kill her. This leads to her being taken by another group named the underground and being Faded from her families & friends lives for their and her safety. It tells the story of the start of her journey in to finding out what she is? and Where she’s from.

Kallin’s lyrical writing and amazing world building ability along with the fantastic cover art are what made me give the book a 5 star rating. I would say though that I would only give book 1 a 4 star rating  because I know although its a book that I would recommend to and buy as a gift for others it isn’t a book that I would read again however book two I would give a five star rating as I know I will read it again, recommend it to others & buy it as a gift for friends/family who I think would enjoy it.

Celestra is a really sweet normal high school student or is she… When she is taken by the Underground and faded she is given a brand new identity as well discovering that she isn’t who/what she thinks she is. This book kept me griped from beginning to end thanks to Kallin’s beautifully descriptive, immersive and lyrical writing. It was also a fitting start to a series so much so that I am now going to read the rest, in fact I am currently half way through Book 2.

I really didn’t thoroughly enjoy the first book as it was a little slow moving at times, particularly for the first half of the book although it did seem to pick up in the second half of the book, but there was a lot of world  and character building in this book though. Because of this though I didn’t know how much I was going to like the second book but I loved it as it was a lot more fast paced and action packed.

In Falling, book 2 in the series we learn more about where Celestra and Jack Simple (special gift Knowing what’s going to happen before it happens)  are from as well as that Celestra’s ex-boyfriend Grayson, son of the Others Leader, also has a special gift (self healing). We see the three main characters along with some other Faders go on a rescue mission to one of the Others places to rescue Jacks dad Sebastian. As a whole in this book the reader sees Celestra pulled into more intrigue, danger and romance; in fact developing love story between Celestra and Jack becomes all the more intense.

Book Review: Spirits of the Noh #2 Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal

I have given this book a 5 star rating as I did the first book as I loved it even more than the first one, and on the basis of both of these books if the last one in the trilogy is as good it will become one of my all time favourite trilogies which I will re read regularly.

In this installment of the trilogy we see that Kara is starting to fit in her Japanese boarding school although can bond a group of people like having to deal with an ancient demon cursing you. We also see Kara and her friends Miho and Sakura helping to put on a Noh play for the Noh Drama club, which is the story of the Hannya – a snake demon who inhabits the body of a beautiful woman.

While the preparations for the play are happening some of the Noh Club members suddenly dissapear and although all the adults just say that they have run away Kara fears that the real Hannya has been awakened by the Katsukis curse.  When Kara’s friend Miho is abducted Kara knows she has to do something to destroy the demon before it destroys her friend but this isn’t going to be as easy as she thinks to destroy the demon as it is wily and may be hidden in the last place she would ever think to look.

The enduring love of a father for his daughter as well as the growing love between two couples shows its strength when Kara and her friends are carrying out the bell ringing ceremony to destroy the demon once it has left Miss Artimo’s, the art teachers and Kara’s dad’s gorlfriends body. It does this by the fact that Kara and her father fight to save Miss Artimo as well as kara fighting to protect her father from the demon. As well as the strength of belief the the group of friends have that what they are doing is right.  Tbrough out this book the times when Kara and her friend’s were experiencing periods of absolute cold fear when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and your skin feels prickly thanks to the authors amazing writing as a reader you actually feel it yourself, which makes it feel like your in the story yourself.

As with the first book I found it interesting to find out about Japanese culture and belief systems as well as the festivals that they celebrate.

So all in all I can’t wait to see how the story develops and reaches its conclusion in the next and final book of the trilogy.

Week in Review #3 (12 – 18/1): Reviews, Currently Reading, Read-a-thons participating in, books received

BOOKS READ

Spirits of the Noh, #2 Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal (ebook)

Product Details

From the 16th I read this book as part of the #rybsat (read your bookshelf a-thon) readathon

Fade Combined books 1 & 2 Special Edition (Fade Series, #1 and #2, A YA Dystopian Thriller Series) 

About the Author

Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin’ Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

Schism: The Battle for Darracia, #1 The Darracia Saga (Paperback, review copy from the Author) Micahel Phillip Cash 

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About the Author

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


BOOKS CURRENTLY READING

The books below I would like to get the books below finished next week.

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (ebook, review copy from bloggingforbooks.com) – read 40 pages

Forgotten, #3 Fade Series by Kallin Gow (ebook) –  Read 51 pages

Half Bad,  #1 Half Bad by Sally Green (paperback) – read 74 pages

Collision: The Battle For Darracia, #2 The Darracia Saga (paperback, whole book) by Michael Phillip Cash  – Read 148 pages

I would like to try to finish the books below next week

The Asbo Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson (ebook, via Kindle Unlimited) – Read Snow White and the Seven Dads

The Retribution of Mara Dyer, #3 Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin (ebook) – read 33 pages

Cress, #3 The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (ebook) – read 44 pages

Hallowed (#2 Unerathly) – read the first 28 pages

all the above books were read as part of the #RYBSAT (read your bookshelf a thon) readathon round 4 from the 16th.


Books received

From NetGalley

           

#1 Ignite Series

       

#1.5 Ignite Series                        #2 Ignite Series                            Book 1 Red Dragon Academy

      

 

         

 

     

From freebooks.net

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#1 Daimones Trilogy                          #1 The Estrlony Cyvle

Product Details       Lizard-Alien Origins         Across the Rainbow


Goals For Next Week

  • Risen:The Battle for Darracia, #3 The Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash (review paperback, 252 pages) – start & hopefully finish reading
  • In a Wolf’s Eye, #1 The Saga of the Black Wolf by A. Katie Rose (review paperback, 420 pages to be read of 447 pgs) – continue reading
  • Murderess by Daya Mamin (review ebook from nertgaley, 172 pages (pages left to read 169)) – continue reding
  • Day 21, #2 The 100 by Kass Morgan (review ebook from netgalley, 320 pages) – start reading
  • The Crown , #1 Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks (KindleUnlimited ebook, 222 pags) – start reading
  • Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (reviw ebook from edelweiss, 336 pages) – start to read

Week in review #2 (5-11/1): Book reviews, books purchased,

Read-a-thons taken part in

bout of books 12.0

all the books in the review section below were read for this read athon

Fade #1 Fade Series (2 book bind up) by Kallin Gow – 201 pages

Dreams of the Dead (#1 Waking Trilogy) by Thomas Randal – 212

Falling, #2 Fade Series – 20 pages read

Schism: The Battle for Darrica (#1 Darracia Saga) by Michael Phillip Cash – 49 pages read

#ayearathon readathon  (January’s book choice Standalones)

The Books read for this readathon from the review list below included:

Eveeryone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthan – 137 pages

The Strange and Beutiful Sorrows of Eva Lavender 320 pages

City of Stairs by (ebook – started) – 40 pages read

Books Read this Week

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett  (ebook)  – started, read for the #ayearathon read-a-thon

Schism: The Battle for Darracia, #1 Darracia Saga by Michael Phillip Cash (not finished) – read as part of the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

Fade (FADE Combined Books 1 and 2 Special Edition (FADE Series #1 and #2) ( A YA  Dystopian Thriller Series) by Kallin Gow (ebook) – read as part of the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

About the Author

(information obtained from Goodreads.com)

Upcoming! “Blue Room Vol. 5”, RELEASE DATE: Wednesday Jan. 7, 2015!

Never miss a new release! Sign up for Kailin’s email announcements and you’ll automatically get notified as soon as her next book is released: www.kailingowbooks.com for romance and www.theEDGEbooks.com for YA and New Adult.

Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin’ Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

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I read this book as part of the #ayearathon readathon.

About the Author

Michael Louthan was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and grew up in southwest Kansas. He graduated from Wichita State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. For the last twenty years Michael has lived in New Orleans. Visit his website at www.michaellouthan.com.

 


Dreams of the Dead’ #1 Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal (ebook (one of my weekend reads for last weekend)) –  read as part of the  boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

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About the Author

(all of the following info.was obtained from the author’s Goodreads.com page.

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film for New Regency.

He has also written books for teens and young adults, including the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. Upcoming teen novels include Poison Ink for Delacorte, Soulless for MTV Books, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London, a collaboration with Tim Lebbon.

With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of the dark fantasy series The Menagerie as well as the young readers fantasy series OutCast and the comic book miniseries Talent, both of which were recently acquired by Universal Pictures. Golden and Sniegoski also wrote the upcoming comic book miniseries The Sisterhood, currently in development as a feature film.

Working with actress/writer/director Amber Benson, he co-created and co-wrote Ghosts of Albion, an original animated supernatural drama for BBC online, from which they created the book series of the same name. (www.ghostsofalbion.net)

As an editor, Golden’s work has included the Hellboy novel series, a trio of Hellboy short story anthologies, and co-editing duties on British Invasion, from Cemetery Dance. His non-fiction work includes collaborative efforts such as The Stephen King Universe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide, and the upcoming Neil Gaiman Companion. His other writing has included video games, numerous comic books, and short stories.

Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world.

Review

First of all I’d like to thank Missy – bingereader on you tube for recommending this book on one of her review videos. I am so glad that I purchased it and read it because it’s a fantastic story and an amazing start to what I am sure will be an grate trilogy.

This first book in the trilogy follows an American girl, named Kara and her father who’s a teacher through their first few months in Japan. Where they have moved to for a year for her father to teach following her mothers death.

The cover art is hauntingly evocative, and, Thomas’s writing style and world building skills are fascinating and captivating so leave you wanting more every time you picked it up. This is why I have given the book a five star rating.

Through the author’s writing I could feel Kara and all the other kids at the schools fear when all the murders and nightmares were happening, to the point where I actually felt like I was in the story as well. It also made me feel a strong connection with Karra when she was so determined to find out what why it was all happening even though she was scared to death because if I was in a situation like that I would teat like that to.

All in all I loved this book and can’t wait to read the other two, in fact I intend to read the second book Spirits of the Noh by the end of this month.

Books & Ebooks I received, requested & purchased this week

Free Ebooks (some via bookbub.com)

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                                                                                 Faelorehn Book One of                  Surrender to Fate: Part One
                                                                                 the Otherworld Trilogy                 of Fate’s Path by Jacelyn Rye
                                                                                 by Jenna Elizabeth
                                                                                 Johnson
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                                                               Raven’s Blood (Moon Virus
                                                               Book 1) by Cassandra
                                                                          Lawson
         
Wrecked – [New Beginnings]                                                                   Time and Again (The History
(The Forever Series) by                                                                              Mystery Series Book 1) by Deborah Heal
Priscilla West
                 
Creeprising (The Post-                Gracie (Women &                   At Any Price (Gaming           Office Duties #1
Creepocalypse Saga Book 1)       War Book 1) by Ellie              The System Book 1)                by Mac Flynn
by R.K. Davenport                        Keaton                                       by Brenna Aubrey
        
  Tuesday Nights (The Sons         Voyage of the Dead – Book                 Reckless Nights in Rome
   of the Aristocracy Book 1)         One Sovereign Spirit Saga                  (A Ludlow Hall Story
   by Linda Rae Sande                    by David Forsyth, Felica A.                Book 1) by CC MacKenzie
                                                           Sullivan
               
    Act One, Wish One: A                      The Message by Hylton H           A Dance of Dragons: Series
   Humorous Paranormal                    Smith                                               Starter Bundle by Kaitlyn Davis
   Romance (As You Wish Series
   Book 1) by Mindy Klasky
           
Burn by Alexis Blake                           Untouchable by Alexis Blake            Wicked by Alexis Blake
       
Grave Girl by Amy Cross                  A Brush with the Moon                  Through Smoke: Firefighter
                                                               (Foxblood Series Book 1) by          Heroes   Trilogy (Book One)
                                                                Raquel Lyon                                      by J.R. Tate
            
THE BACHELOR AND THE           The Light of Asteria                    Back in the Saddle (Jessica
BUTTERFLY (Romantic                   (Kailmeyra Series Book 1):       Brodie #1) by K.F. Breene
Suspense) by J D Farfallina              Volume 1 by Elizabeth
                                                                Isaacs
                
  Welcome to Sugartown                   Dying to Read (The Cate                  OMEGA Exile by Stephen Arseneault
  (Greetings From Sugartown          Kinkaid Files Book #1): A
  Book 1) by Carmen Jenner,            Novel by Lorena McCourtney
  Lauren McKellar
               
                                                                                                                            Viscount Vagabond
                                                                                                                             (Regency Noblemen
                                                                                                                             Book 1) by Loretta Chase
               
                                                      Backstage Pass (The                       The Paranormal 13 (13 free books featuring witches,
                                                      Backstage Pass Rock Star              vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki,
                                                      Romance Book 1) by                       time travel and more!): Boxed Set Including  a 14th
                                                      Elizabeth Nelson                             free novel! by Christine Pope, K.A. Poe, Cate Dean,                                                                                                                         Nadia Scrieva, Nicole R Taylor, Stacy Claflin, Kristy                                                                                                                         Tate, Dima Zales, C.J. Archer, Kyoko M.
                  
End of Angels (Book #1 of the            The Time Traveler’s Wife         Buried In Benidorm (Max
Angel Story Saga) by Julius St.            by C. Sean McGee                     Castillo Mysteries Book 1)
Clair                                                                                                                 by LH Thomson
              
The Alpha Meets His Match (A              Blood Treasure #1 (New Adult             Romancing the Deadly (Three
paranormal romance) (Shifters,            Vampire Romance) by Mac                   Paranormal Romance Stories)
Inc. Book 1) by Georgette St. Clair        Flynn                                                           by C.M. Owens, Kristen
                                                                                                                                           Middleton, Brenda K. Davies
                      
Naughty or Nice?: A Written                    Mercenary byDavid Gaughran          Warchild: Pawn (The Warchild
Fireside Christmas Anthology                                                                                  Series Book 1) by Ernie Lindsey
from the Authors of HarperImpulse
 (A Free Sampler) by Lori Connelly,
AJ Nuest, Aimee Duffy, Angela
Campbell, CarmeHarrington,
Charlotte Phillips,Erin Lawless,
Jane Lark, Linn B.Halton, Lisa Fox,
Lynn MarieHulsman, Mandy Baggot,
Romy Sommer, Teresa F. Morgan,
Zara Stoneley
          
Keeper Chronicles:                       Fifty Days by Taylor Shade        Defender: The Alex Morgan
Awakening  by                                                                                        Interpol Spy Thriller Series
 Katherine Wynter                                                                                 (Intrepid 1) by Chris Allen
          
Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy          Unbreakable by Rebecca            Leather and Lace (Lonesome
Tretheway                                      Shea                                                Point Texas Book 1)
                                                                                                                   by Jessie Evans
              
Shattered Dreams (Freedom          The Quest: The Untold                     Gehenna (West of Hell Book 1)
Trilogy Book 1) by Brenda               Story of Steve, Book One:                 by Jason Brant
Kennedy                                              The Tale of a Hero by
                                                              Mark Mulle
           
Devoured (The Hunger Book 1)         Ash – A Thriller (Asher Benson        Deep in My Heart (Tuscany, Texas
 by Jason Brant                                      Book 1) by Jason Brant                      Book 1) by Patricia W. Fischer
         
Weak for Him (Weakness Book 1)       The Brands Who Came For        The Spookshow: (Book 1)
by Lyra Parish                                           Christmas (The Oklahoma         by Tim McGregor
                                                                      Brands Book 1)  by
                                                                      Maggie Shayne
               
Witherising (The Wither              The Hunt (The Shifting        Dropped into Oblivion         Dropped into Earth
War Saga Book 1) by R.K.             Truth Series, Book 1)            (Space War and                      (Space War and
Davenport                                        by Evie Platt                           Survival Book 1) by                Survival Book 2) by
                                                                                                              Oscar Kerr                               Oscar Kerr
        
 Yellowstone Heart Song                Edge of the Heat by Lisa Ladew    Edge of the Heat 4: The Double
(Yellowstone Romance Book                                                                      Wedding by Lisa Ladew
1) by Peggy L Henderson
            
Unauthorized Affair                           Marked By the Wolf: Part 1           Silver Screen by N. S Murray
(Unauthorized Series Book 1)           (Werewolf Romance) by
by Lisa Ladew                                       Mac Flynn
          
Mistaken (The Mistaken Series         Mistaken 2 (The Mistaken                 Different (Tainted Elements
Book 1) by Renna Peak                        Series) by Renna Peak                         Book 1) by Alycia Linwood
           
 Unraveling You (Unraveling              The Age of Gold: The battle            Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear
You, #1) by Jessica Sorensen               of the great detectives by               Underpants by The Oatmeal, Matthew
                                                                   Harry Black                                       Inman
         
Pale Stranger, New Adult                 The Vanishing Game by William Boyd           The Token Series: A Billionaire
Romance (PALE Series) by                                                                                               Dark Romantic Suspense:
Mac Flynn                                                                                                                             Box Set (Books 1-3) by Marata Eros
                
 MoonFall (MoonFall Series           Steal the Light (Thieves Book 1)         KILLER FAMILIES: TRUE CRIME:
 Book 1) by A.G. Wyatt                     by Lexi Blake                                           MURDER BY DADS, MOMS, KIDS
                                                                                                                                 & SPOUSES (MURDER IN THE  FAMILY
                                                                                                                                 Book 1) by SYLVIA PERRINI
               
Midnight Desires: 13 Sizzling,                    The Terrifying Tales by Edgar          Wonderful Lonesome (Amish Turns
Suspenseful, and Seductive                         Allan Poe: Tell Tale Heart; The        of Time) by Olivia Newport
Romances by Lisa Ladew, C.J.                    Cask of the Amontillado; The
Berry, Jamie Garrett, Eve Carter,               Masque of the Red Death; The
Ophelia Sikes, P.A. Jones, Adeara              Fall of the House of Usher;
Allyne, Ami LeCoeur, A Lexy Beck,            The … Purloined Letter; The
Adele Huxley, Lexie Ray, Harmony           Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar
Raines, Emily Jane trent                              Allan Poe
                 
Addictive Reads: The Winter Gift             Dead But Living – Borrowed                The Border Bride (The
Collection: 7 Uplifting Stories by              Life Series #1 ( A series of                     Borderlands Book 1) by Elizabeth
Best- Selling and Award-Winning            Epic Fantasy and Mystery                     English
Authors – Tamara Ward, Natalie G.         thriller suspense) by N Sharma
Owens, D.D. Larsen, Stacey Joy
Netzel, Rhonda Hopkins, Alicia
Street, Roy Street, Anna
Erishkigal
                 
The Pacifier (Thriller /                   Love & College: New Adult &               Courting Jealousy by Kimberly
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Combined Book Review: The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash & The Adventures of Loriel The Wood Fairy by C. J. Walery

Book Information

  • The Hanging Tree: A NovellaFormat: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1667 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492274518
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Feather Productions (6 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRMVJU6

Synopsis: Seventeen year old Arielle is at a crossroads in her life. Disenchanted with her father, she is testing the boundaries of his trust by dating someone he does not approve. Under the moonlit sky in Long Island, Arielle and her boyfriend meet beneath the infamous hanging tree. The couple’s destiny is rooted to the five spirits in the tree whose lives and deaths are determined by an ancient curse. Will her future be determined by the past or will Arielle’s choices alter the course of her life?

About the Author:  Michael Phillip Cash ‘s first book Brood X- A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is presently under consideration for a film adaptation. His well received second novel, Stillwell- A Haunting on Long Island, has stayed on the top of Amazon’s “100 Best Seller” in it’s genre since its release earlier this year. He is currently working on another ghost story. He lives on Long Island with his wife and children.

Review

First and foremost thank you very much to the author for allowing me to read this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

The story is based around a tree with a haunted past on the North Shore of Long Island when I read the synopsis for the book before requesting it from the author I thought it sound like it was going to be a well written and intriguing story, and I wasn’t wrong.  It tells the stories of two young girls from different times, one a girl in 2013 and the other a girl/ghost in 1649 – hung as a witch.

I loved the way that Michael intermingled the Story of Claire and her ghostly group with Arielle’s story. Arielle was the typical teenage girl rebelling against her father as a way of punishing him for her mother leaving them, who thinks she’s ready to have sex with her boyfriend but soon realises she isn’t. While Claire (the ghost witch) was a young girl who lived with her eccentric grandmother ‘Goody Bennete’ the local healer.

The Adventures of Loriel the Wood Fairy by C.J. Walery

Book Information

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (9 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499016107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499016109

Synopsis: Loriel is worried by the lack of communication from her Grandfairy Cyce and makes a journey to her cottage in the Forest of Echoes, to find it empty. Upon arrival she finds Grandfairy Cyce has been kidnapped by a goblin. This part of the story tells how Loriel, Padra (the house mouse) and Anya (the pet hummingbird) all help to save Grandfairy Cyce. Loriel is frantic with worry because she knows that goblins must be dangerous (not to mention smelly) and she will need to make a plan that does not endanger Grandfairy Cyce.

Week in Review (for week of 29/12) & Week to come (week of 5-11/1)

Books I read and reviewed:

Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman

Just One Day 28-30/12

 

gave this book a 5 star rating because the cover art is grate and both the authors writing and character development are fantastic. Because of this I will be more than pleased to both recommend it to others as well as buying it as gifts for others and for myself to have on my bookshelf as I read it in ebook format.

I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the next book in the Series Just one Year. Gayle’s writing was so descriptive and engrossing that I found it difficult to put it down when I had to for what ever the reason. The story was about a High school Graduate named Allyson who went off on a post graduation European tour for three weeks and while on it she met a Dutch boy called Willem who then took her to Paris for the Day, and how much she’d changed in her self as a person when she returned from the trip.

The book followed through leaving for the tour, all the place she saw on the tour, meeting Willem & spending a day with him in Paris, Willem leaving the squat where they slept, to her returning home and searching for & finding Willem.

In essence it was a book about love, heartache, travel and finding yourself.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 30/12-1/1/15

L’d like to start by thanking Netgalley for allowing me to review this book for them and I am so glad you did, so Thank you!

I loved this book so much that it took me a total of a day, not in one sitting, to read it. Gayle’s writing was really engaging and just made you want to keep reading.

The main characters in the book were believable and so they were easy to connect with. It was a fitting companion novel in the series. Loved finding out more about Willem’s family and his life in general.

It was also so nice that he was searching for Allyson as she was for him because it showed that the feelings that he had for her were exactly the same as the ones she had for him.

I have purchased the next companion novel in the series Just One Night and hope to read it very soon.

The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (ebook) – a friday reads book

I loved this book from beginning to end because Neil’s writing was so captivating that as a reader I didn’t want to put the book down but unfortunately I had to as I only had a brief time in the day, in bed at night to read it. Because I loved it so much I will most likely but a physical copy of the book to have on my book shelf as I read it in ebook format but I will also recommend it to others as well as possibly buy as a present for friends and family.

I loved the way that Neil told the story from the point of view of a middle aged man called George who on returning to his family home for a funeral remembers something that happened to him as a seven year old child. The story was a gripping one which subtly explored the family, what its really like to be child as well as how the memories from childhood affect the adults we become; with healthy dose of horror and magic entwined in with it.

Neil’s lyrical haunting prose and description of the events that transpired for the seven year old George, along with adorable young girl named Lettie Hemstock who kept coming to his aid made me as a reader want to read more and more of the book each time I picked it up. Due to this there were also times while I was reading the book and even when I thought about it afterwards that I could feel the hairs on my arms standing on end as well as the spine tingling feeling you get when your creeped out about something

Neil Gaiman About the author

Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and               Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring     Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman         comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won     the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a           songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each            month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

Because I’m a Maid Series Episodes 1 (Because I’m a Maid!) & 2 The secrets of the Mitsurugis) Manga Graphic Novels by Sayuri SAKAI 2/1 (a friday reads book)

The cover art work, book illustrations and stories in both of these manga graphic novels were amazing which I why I have give them both a five star rating.  Due to this I will both recommend to others as well as possibly buy them as gifts for people and buy physical copies of them for myself as I Read them in ebook format

This was my first time reading manga so getting used to the way it had to be read : left to right top to bottom, but once I got the hang of it I developed an interest in Manga. Due to this interest I intend to read the rest of this series and any other manga series I can.

BECAUSE I'M A MAID! Episode 1

Episode 1 followed the heorine Karen Otonashi, as she was going through the try out process for being a maid for the Mitsurugi family in the hopes of becoming a great maid like her grandmother. In it the reader sees all the tests that are set for the girls that are trying out to be maids which was fascinating.  The authors writnt and illustrations kept me hooked through out the book and made me immediately read the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Because I'm A Maid Vol. 2 (Because I'm A Maid, #2)

In this episode of the series we see the heroine Karen Otonashi starting her dream job as a maid at the Mitsurugi household. Through out the book things happen that make her realise that things aren’t quite right and that things have changed since her grandmother worked for the family when she was young.   Then when Karen is involved in an unexpected incident occur could Karen reveal the mystery of the Mitsurugi family.

 

 

 

Anna, #1 The Starseed by Meghan Riley (Paperback)  3/1 (a weekend reads book)

Anna (The Starseed Series, #1)

I would like to start this review by thanking the author for contacting me to ask if would  review her book in return for an honest review and I am so glad that I said yes because it  was a fantastic book

The authors writing, character and plot development were all grate and engaging, It is for  this reason that I gave the book a five star rating and will both recommend it to others  and buy it as a gift for family members and friends who I think will enjoy it.

The book was about a teenage girl who was dealing with the changes that were occurring  in some freckles that she had on her arm and the side effects that accompanied them,  hallucinations and seeing a shadow man. As well all the usual things a teenager deals  with, boys, friends, school and work (as her father has died so she has to help her mum to  support the family).

The authors writing throughout this book was so enthralling that I wanted to read more and was also able to see things through Anna’s eyes so really felt a connection to her.

I really hope that the Author contacts me again in the future to review any more of her books especially any future books that are part of the same series as this one. If she does I will snap her hand off because if the quality if writing in this her debue book is anything to go by then she’s going to have a very long and successful career.

About the Author

Meghan Riley

Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Anna. Riley currently lives in North Carolina with her significant other, her mother, two clingy cats, and an opinionated dog.

The Sculptor: A Graphic Novel by Scott McCloud (Paperback) – 4/1 (a weekend reads book)

The Sculptor

The cover art for this book was what attracted me to the book but the story and illustrations did not disappoint which is why I am giving the book and five stars out of five. I didn’t realise until I’d read the book just how much the cover art reflects what happens in the story but it does thus why I feel that it along with the illustrations in the book deserve five stars as well.

When I first received the book because of how thick it was I thought it would take me ages to read it but it actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would, it only took me a few days to read rather than just over a week as I thought it would.

The story was captivating because it was about s young sculptor called David Smith who makes a deal with death to be able to sculpt anything he wants with his bare hands in exchange for his life at the end of the 200 day agreed period of time. However once the agreement has been made and David has his gift he finds that its not as easy as he though it would be to decide what to create this is made even harder when he meets the love of his life.

I loved seeing the frustration he felt with his work and finding the love of his life but being unable to tell her about his deal with death because if he does the “fine” is that he looses three of the days that he has left, But what he doesn’t realise until he tells her is that there will be a further penalty… All the characters in the story were believable for different reasons so I was able to connect them all in different ways.

I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely recommend it to others as well as buy it as a gift for friends or family who I think might enjoy it.

About the author

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud (born Scott McLeod) is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schism, #1 The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – a weekends read book

The Waking Dreams of the Dead, #1 Waking by Thomas Randal (ebook) –  a weekends read book (finished on 4th (review will be in my Weekly round up post for next week)

Books that I reviewed:

  • The 100 by Kass Morgan – arc received from NetGalley

Next Weeks TBR

  • Day 21, #2 The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan (ebook) – received from Netgalley, aim to finish
  • The Doppler Effect by Dr Shawn Philips (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish
  • In a Wolfs Eye. #1 The Saga of the Black Wolf by A. Katie Rose (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish)
  • Reboot, #1 Reboot by Amy Tintera (ebook) – aim to finish, currently at 9%
  • The Opportunist by Taryn Fisher (ebook) – aim to start
  • Shadow Hunt, #1 Arash Saga by Elke Schuster (ebook) – received from NetGalley, aim to start
  • Collision: The Battle for Darracia, #2 Schish by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – received from Bostick Communication, aim to start

Kindle Books to buy

  • Just One Night by Gayle Forman (£2.48)
  • Hunted, #3 Talented Saga) by Sophie Davis (£1.84)
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer, #3 Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (£3.98)
  • Spirits of the Noh, #2 Waking by Thomas Randal (£4.00)
  • Once, #2 Eve by Anna Carey (£1.99)
  • Siege and Storm, #2 Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (£3.59)
  • Prized, #2 Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (£3.59)
  • Quicksilver, #2 Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (£3.59)
  • Fever, #2 Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (£3.85)