Book Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black (via Netgalley)

Doll Bones

Twelve-year-old Zach is too old to play with toys. Or at least, that’s  what his father thinks.

 But even though he stops hanging out with Poppy and Alice, stops  playing with his action figures, it’s no good. There’s one toy that still  wants to play with him. A doll that’s made from the bones of a dead  girl.

The only way to end the game is to lay the doll to rest for ever. It’s time  for a journey to Spring Grove cemetery. It’s time to grow up.





Book Description


    • File Size: 2832 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552568112
    • Publisher: RHCP Digital (9 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BUB5CPG


  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552568112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552568111


Author Biography

Holly Black

  Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed   her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore             volumes and spooky dolls, she lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband,             Theo. For more information, visit





I want to start this review by thanking Holly Black the Author and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I gave the book 5 stars out of five because I loved the premiss of the story and felt that I connected with the three main characters.

Holly’s writing was fantastic and the development of the characters made the story really immersive. I found the fact that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a dead girl from the 1800’s who just wanted to be put to rest by being buried in her home town.

The three main characters, children 2 girls and the a boy, were really believable and I connected with all of them in different way but particularly with one of the girls. I loved the fact that the kids although they were in middle school were still playing with dolls and action figures which they were using to make up quest based games. It was great that this was actually transferred in to their real life when they travelled to the home town of the doll girl to lay her to rest.

This is a book that I will read again as well as recommend it to others and buy it as a gift for people.

Book Review: Fiend by Peter Stenson

 When Chase sees the little girl in umbrella socks savaging the Rottweiler, he’s not too                 concerned. As someone who’s been smoking meth every day for as long as he can remember,  he’s no stranger to such horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations. But as he and his fellow      junkies discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. And  with  Chase’s life already destroyed beyond all hope of redemption, armageddon might              actually be an opportunity – a last chance to hit restart and become the person he once  dreamed of being. Soon Chase is fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of  becoming her hero among the ruins. But is  salvation just another pipe dream?

Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling anti-hero,  Fiend is at once a  brilliant portrait of addiction, a pitch-black comedy, and the darkest, most  twisted love story you’ve ever read – not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.Book Information

Kindle Edition

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • £3.95


  • 304 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099558831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099558835
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • £7.19

About Author

Peter Stenson is an MFA candidate at Colorado State University. His stories and essays have been published in The Sun, Confrontation, Post Road, Fugue, Passages North, The Pinch, Blue Mesa Review, Upstreet, and elsewhere.


I would like to start this review by thanking Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book and I am so glad that I was able to because although it took me a while to read I really enjoyed it. Which is why I am giving 4 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to read this book because although the authors writing style immersed you in the story because of the fact that the story was about a group of drug addicts stuck in the middle of the zombie appocalypse, who were tripping most of the time so there were times when  you didn’t know when the things were actually happening or whether it was part of their hallucination. I didn’t think about it while I was reading but there was a link the mindlessness of the zombies and the drug addicts and the author showed this in a very clever way because it didn’t really occur to me until I had finished reading the book and thought about it for a while.

The author developed the characters and the world that they were in so well that you felt that you were actually part of the story as well as making me aware of how dark and scary it would be to be the non living dead alive when the zombie appocalypse happened.

I enjoyed this book and will be re reading it again at some point as well as possibly buy a paperback copy so I can have it on my shelf. I will also recomend it to others/buy it as gifts for other people.


Puppet by Pauline C Harris

Book Synopsis


Puppet: A Retelling of Pinocchio Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Book Information

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Patchwork Press (17 Oct 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ONDBB12


About the Author

Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen. She’s currently working toward a degree in English. Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.


I was lucky enough to obtain a digital copy of this fantastic book from Netgalley so thank so much for allowing me to get it.

The authors writing is really engrossing and makes you want to keep reading the story. All the character and plot developments in the story enables the reader to be drawn in to the story as well as to develop a strong and empathetic relationship with the main character Penelope (Protagonist) as well as the other two prominent characters Jed (the Scientist) as well as his son James.

Thus is fantastically clever retelling of the children’s fairy story Pinocchio about an orphan girl Penelope who is adopted by a man called Jed, a scientist to become his living Puppet.  At the beginning of this book you see Penelope looking at spending a further few years in the Orphanage where she lives as a result of her wrong doing and we follow her through her journey with Jed finally to being back with Jed after having spent some time locked up with the administrators. All the way through you see her strength as well as her vulnerability along with her lack of trust in people.

I loved this book because it uncovered all the strings that the main three characters had restricting them non more than Penelope. It also made me ask myself what strings I have restricting me in my life.

It is because of all of the above things that I give this book a full 5 stars out of five and would buy it for my self as well as for others.


Book Review: Bargain with Angels by Sussy

BOOK INFORMATION   Book Details:  Published: May 06, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                       Words: 3,040                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Language: English                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ISBN: 9781310985997

Book Synopsis: There are people who dream, and then there is people who dream and act on it. Paul is such a guy. Driven by his         burning desire to see people living above ground again, he is relentless in his quest to find the old satellites he’d read about in         his grandfather’s old diary. Despite the lack of support by the underground community, he spends as much time he can above           ground, as much as the UV and his suit will allow. However he gets a bit more than he bargained for when he comes face to             face with the impossible and gets an offer he can’t possible refuse. Or can he?



I absolutely loved this book because due to the clever and descriptive writing of the author it was an absolute page turner, which is why I gave 5 stars. It was also a grate book because of it’s new take life in a post appocalyptic world. The main character in the book is a character that it is easy to connect with and the interaction he had with the angel after his fall on the surface really made you see what an amazingly devoted family man he is. This was evident by the fact that when the angel asked him give him his children in exchange for him (the angel) putting the planet back to what it was but he refuses and offers him self up instead. The angel wants some human DNA/genetic material to help to prevent him and his kind dying out which is why he makes contact with Paul. When the angel made him self known to Paul through the authors writing you are able to feel his sense of impending doom as there’s a change in the writing style which conveys a short period of darkness.

I would and will recommend this book to other people.

Book Review – Heirs of War by Mara Valderran


Mara Valderran has been coming up with stories since she could talk, often commandeering her brother’s G.I. Joes to play out her fictional tales alongside her Barbies. Once she hit adolescence and realized playing with dolls wasn’t cool anymore, she started putting her ideas to paper. And she hasn’t stopped since. Mara is more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She lives in the south with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.



Heirs of War (Heirs of War, #1)


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492182044
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English


Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years. 

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in. 

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene. 

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.



Thanks Mara for letting me read and review this book. I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.

The story was amazing and the world building,character/scene descriptions were grate as they made me feel like I was actually experiencing what was happening personally.

It was interesting to see how each of the girls (Ariana, Terrena & Isuraia) dealt with coming into their powers as they did so. Especially Isuraia because although it nearly cost her her life it also enabled her to find her youngest sister Ariana.

I also found it fascinating learning about the world the girls came from its culture and customs.

All in all I can’t wait to read the future books in this series as this was a fantastic start to what I am sure will be a grate series.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Portugal A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World & If You Were Me And Lived In … Russia A Childs Introduction to Culture around the World by Carole P Roman


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the If You Were Me and Lived in… series, which won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. She collaborated on this installment in the series with her five-year-old grandson, Alexander. Roman also writes the Captain No Beard series, the first of which was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012.

If You Were Me and Lived in … Portugal A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World


  • File Size: 5547 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (June 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English





Roman’s If You Were Me books have a simple, winning formula: portray children from other countries and explain how familiar items and customs are the same, and how they differ, in the country being discussed… The appeal of Roman’s If You Were Me series is that this information is not offered in the bland style of an encyclopedia entry, but rather as part of a tour of real life in India…It’s this organic conversational tone that keeps the book interesting and inspires kids’ own curiosity for other cultures.” Peter Dabbene The Foreword Review Join Carole P. Roman as she takes you to explore the friendly country of Portugal!

REVIEW First of all thank you so much to the author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book. This book was well worth the 5 stars that I gave it in fact I would have given it more if I could have done as it was such an educational and well illustrated book.. It is part of a series of books which are good for introducing children to the cultures that there are around the world and I fully intend to get all the others apart from the one on Russia as I already have that one. Even I as an adult found it interesting to learn about the customs and traditions in Portugal and I thought It was nice that it included some of the portuguese words that a child can learn. I am sure my son will enjoy this book as he gets older and we will be using it as part of the Geography curriculum when we are Home Schooling.

If You Were Me And Lived In … Russia A Child’s Introduction to Culture around the World


  • File Size: 4848 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (June 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English





Exploring the world has never easier—or more fun!—than with Carole P. Roman’s award-winning If You Were Me and Lived In… children’s series. Continuing its globetrotting tradition, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia explores the magic and wonder of this captivating country.As children ages three to eight take a leisurely stroll around Russia, they will come across some of the country’s most recognizable sites, including the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square. Learn about Russia’s yummy delicacies, like borscht and caviar, before playing popular Russian games like chess and “fipe”—a game children may know better as “tag”! Brimming with these and other fascinating facts, If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia is the perfect way to both entertain and educate your children about the great big world that exists outside their windows. From Russia’s festive New Year’s celebrations to popular Russian names, this charming addition to the If You Were Me and Lived in… family explains everything there is to know about one of the world’s most historic destinations.


First of all thank you so much to the author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book. This book was well worth the 5 stars that I gave it in fact I would have given it more if I could have done as it was such an educational and well illustrated book.. It is part of a series of books which are good for introducing children to the cultures that there are around the world and I fully intend to get all the others apart from the one on Russia as I already have that one. Even I as an adult found it interesting to learn about the customs and traditions in Russia and I thought It was nice that it included some of the Russian words that a child can learn. I am sure my son will enjoy this book as he gets older and we will be using it as part of the Geography curriculum when we are Home Schooling. This is a book that i will both recommend to others as well as but for friends children.

Patches and Buttons by Jennifer Link


Jennifer Link was born and raised in Michigan where she obtained her background in Multimedia, Fine Art, and Crafts. She obtained her B.S. Degree in Animation in 2009 while studying at Westwood College. During this time she discovered how to combine traditional drawing with digital art. Her love for children, and obsession with all things art led her down the path of children’s book publishing.


  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478730730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478730736
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 0.6 cm


This book centers around two characters named Patches the dog and Buttons the bunny. In this story we are taken on a short journey through the eyes of Buttons to understand why he is always frightened. He is afraid of every loud noise from the dog barking to the household appliances. No matter where he goes it seems the things he wants to get away from follow him. Learn how two animals who are so different can learn to come together and find friendship. Join me on this adventure of Patches and Buttons.


I want to start this review by thanking both the books author and Bostick Communications for allowing me to read and review this book.

This beautifully written and Illustrated book was well worth the five stars I gave it and I would have give it more if I could have done. The story was a lovely endearing one about a rabbit whos scared and a dog who wants go be the rabbits friend.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story to my son although I’m not sure he enjoyed it as much but I feel sure that as he gets older he will grow to love it.

I can say without reservation that I will not only reccommend the book to other people but it will also be one that I buy for other children as a gift.

Butterfly by Elle Harper




  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
    • Print Length: 258 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494492377
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Wonder Women Publishing Limited (15 Jan 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HW7B3Q4


Grace Elliot is falling apart. Overwhelming tragedy has turned her world into a dark and lonely place. Facing the pain and the ghosts is impossible. Hiding her secret behind a mask of confidence and faking her life is the only thing she knows how to do. She’s alive…but not living.

Counsellor Ben Hardy is certain he can help Grace heal. Maybe it’s a way to rid himself of the demons haunting him from that one horrific night when his life shattered.

When they meet, everything changes, and their pasts offer them a remedy to save each other…until Ben’s traumatic history threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built.

Will the truth tear them apart? Or will it force them to understand the healing power of forgiveness and love?


Thank you to Elle and goodreads for allowing me to read this amazing well written book.

This book is well worth the five stars I have given it in fact if I could I would give it far more because it was a difficult subject to write about covered in a very sensitive and funny way.

When i finished reading the book my immediate thought was that it had been written in a way that it could be the journal that the main character in the book wrote during her recovery from her experience & said she wanted to publish.

The story as a whole was fantastic as it was about how different people people recover from different experiences they have in life a survivor of rape, a survivor of the results of a family member being raped and a woman surviving an abortion she had as a teenager.

I really identified with the main character, Grace, of this book as I have was raped by a longtime friend and boyfriend so I went through similar feelings for a longer time afterwards until I eventually saw a counsellor several years after the fact. I also neither screamed nor fought back when it was happening for self preservation purposes as the person involved had Scichzophrenia so I didn’t want to want to trigger him to have an outburst and hurt me.

I loved the developing love story in the book between Grace and Ben because they were so obviously well suited. Which is why I was so upset when it looked like Grace finding out about Ben’s whole past had ruined their burgeoning relationship but thankfully the strength of their feelings for each other won out. 

I fully intend to buy the book in paperback format because its a book that I definitely want on my bookshelf because of the lovely story and amazing writing as well as the beautiful cover art. And I fully intend to recommend the book highly to others as well both in person as well as on my blog.


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Elle Harper is a pen name of International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Sibel Hodge.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children’s Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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Book Review: Lunula by Alyssa Auch


Alyssa Auch Alyssa Auch  (GoodReads Author)


 born    in The United States

 gender    female


 twitter username   danally

genre   Young AdultFantasy

member since  April 2011

Alyssa Auch was born and raised in Pennsylvania with loving parents and three hilarious younger siblings. Her imagination was sparked by the lush, green forests and bright colors of her home that often spoke of other worlds only found in the magic of writing. She brought that inspiration into the fantasy novels she so loves to create.

Currently, Alyssa is a senior at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying Marriage and Family Relations with a minor in English. She is married to her High School sweetheart, and they have three beautiful children who keep them both very occupied. Although her novels are often written in the late hours of the night and during cherished naptime blocks, she devotes a very special part of herself to the power of words and love of storytelling.


Lunula (Irador Series, #1)


Format  Kindle Edition

File Size   729KB

Print Length  286 pages

 Publisher    Malachite Quills Publishing (24 Nov 2013)

 Sold by  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language    English


  •  Synopsis

 The witch knows he will hunt her. 

 If history repeats itself, as it always does, Wynn will have no choice but to cross paths with her feared counterpart, the  warlock. If given the chance, he would kill Wynn, absorbing her aura and obtaining ultimate power. In a desperate attempt to outrun destiny, Wynn moves from place to place, hoping to stray from the map laid out by the Fates. But by chance, on an urgent errand for Queen Alexandria herself, Wynn finds she has fallen into the hands of the one man she so hopelessly fled from. Now his captive, Wynn must guard her secret and that of her kingdom, or risk bringing forth a dark age not seen in hundreds of years.


Thanks Alyssa and goodreads new adult book club for allowing me to read this book.

It was worth the read as well as the 5 stars that I give it and if I could I would give it even more that’s how much I loved it. The authors writing style along with the World building & Character development kept me hooked throughout the book.

Wynn the main character, a witch was such a lovable character who was vulnerable and strong in equal measure. The developing love story between Wynn and Gethan, the warlock was really lovely even though it was a forbidden love. But it made the ending even sadder though.

The story took Wynn to the Elven kingdom to get the Lunula a magical necklace which gives its owner ultimate power in order to take it back to her queen in exchange for the Elven Kings son who the queens kidnapped.

It was an interesting, intriguing and educational book as it showed you the cultures associated with each of the kingdoms in the world as well as how dangerous and all consuming magic both good and bad can be.

The Queen of the Kingdom Irador that Wyn was from was in fact the absolute antihesis of evil as well as being an emtionless individual where as Gethan the Dristilion King and Warlock who was supposed to be a wicked, cold hearted brut was in fact a gentle, kind and loving man who also had a dark side.

Book review: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley


Devon Ashley Devon Ashley (Goodreads Author)


  born     in Huntington Beach, The United States

  gender   female


  genre     New AdultRomanceFantasy

  influences    Jane AustenJ.K. Rowling

  member since       March 2011

About this author


Ordained awarded 2011 Reader Views First Place for Best Fantasy

Favorite Silly Quote: Cedric didn’t die. Carlisle found him and turned him into Edward.   Interesting Fact: I share my birthday with my favorite author, Jane Austen.


Nearly Broken (Nearly, #1)

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1050 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482565080
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4C3US0

 Book Synopsis

We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone? 

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing. 


Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan’s not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it’s a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can’t bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan’s ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Dark Realistic Fiction


First of all I’d like to say thanks to Devon and goodreads New Adult book club read it review it scheme for allowing me to read this book.

I loved the story as the author covered a very difficult subject matter ‘Rape and People Trafficking’ in a very sensitive way. Megan a Nineteen year old girl who was kidnapped on her way to school by a people trafficking for sex ring.

Throughout this book Megan’s character development was fantastic because she went from being a scared girl who didn’t trust anyone after her escape from the sex trafficas and believing she had no family, to being a girl that not only learned to trust people to certain a degree but to get into a relationship as well as to find out that she did in fact have a family and boyfriend that love her. 

It was after returning to her family and finding that her name was actually Clair that she found her self being kidnapped again by the brother of the very man who had kept her imprisoned and who she had inevitably killed him. However this even ends up being a fairly happy occasion as she’s saved by the police and reunited with her family and boyfriend.