Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Calling all zombie/vampire fans

OMG guess what I found today?????? A book with zombies AND vampires :O *screams* Oh I do hope it is great as it is such a bloody good idea.

From the back cover

A VAMPIRE IN ZOMBIELAND

Coburn's been dead now for close to a century, but seeing as how he's a vampire and all, it doesn't much bother him. Or at least it didn't, not until he woke from a forced five-years slumber to discover that most of human civilization was ow dead - but ot dead like him, oh no.

See, Colburn likes blood. The rest of the walking dead, they like flesh. He's smart. Them, not so much. But they outnumber him by about a million to one. And the clotted blood of the walking dead cannot sustain him. Now he's starving. And on the run. And more pissed-off than a bee-stung rattlesnake. The vampire ot only has to find human survivors (with their sweet, sweet blood), but now he has to transitio from predator to protector - after all, a man has to look after his food supply.

As you know I love my zombie books and quite enjoy vampires too so cannot believe I have found this book and even more shocking hadn't heard of it before. Once I have read my next in the list review book(s) this is definately getting read, excited!




I also got 6 other books (1 from bookmooch) and another 5 from Waterstones. Mostly undeed zombies and 1 werewolf book and a book by an author a friend reviewed (couldn't find the actual book she reviewed so bought that one instead.

Review - Laughing At Wall Street by Chris Camillo (ARC)

Laughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can TooLaughing at Wall Street: How I Beat the Pros at Investing (by Reading Tabloids, Shopping at the Mall, and Connecting on Facebook) and How You Can Too by Chris Camillo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

$20,000 to $2 million in only three years— the greatest stock-picker you never heard of tells you how you can do it too

Chris Camillo is not a stockbroker, financial analyst, or hedge fund manager. He is an ordinary person with a knack for identifying trends and discovering great investments hidden in everyday life. In early 2007, he invested $20,000 in the stock market, and in three years it grew to just over $2 million.

With Laughing at Wall Street, you’ll see:
•How Facebook friends helped a young parent invest in the wildly successful children’s show, Chuggington—and saw her stock values climb 50%
•How an everyday trip to 7-Eleven alerted a teenager to short Snapple stock—and tripled his money in seven days
•How $1000 invested consecutively in Uggs, True Religion jeans, and Crocs over five years grew to $750,000
•How Michelle Obama caused J. Crew’s stock to soar 186%, and Wall Street only caught up four months later!

Engaging, narratively-driven, and without complicated financial analysis, Camillo’s stock picking methodology proves that you do not need large sums of money or fancy market data to become a successful investor.

My Review

If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be interesting which really suprised me. I don't normally read books like this and was hesitant to agree when the author approached me with an ARC. However I am glad I did.

The story isn't just numbers and figures or mind numbing droll like that, Chris has taken a subject that us non investors can find hard to grasp and dull and explained it in simple terms and made even enjoyable to read. Chris tells us how it all started for him during his childhood and how he made his own ways of being successful at a really (I think) risky business.

He does go over some numbers and figures and when it came to the percentages I was wavering with losing interest as I have never been big on that side of maths however I stuck with it and it was interesting to see how this whole thing works. I now know about financial boards and where I would go if I wished to purse more information on investing.

Some of his tips and "events" that have helped him are really general and basic things anyone can do but until it is pointed out you wouldn't even think about it. I liked how through out the book he put his own personal stories in so it wasn't just a how to book but you actually felt like it was someone you knew talking you through how to do this stuff. He also uses everyday things like magazines etc to explain about trends or something that would give you the edge with items in our everyday life.

I found it really interesting, even the few bits that were above me and I am not comfortable workig with but have a better understanding of it and the whole investment process. I think it is a great book if investing is your thing as it will open you up to avenues you may have over looked. And for your average non invester person like me it is a great and easy way to learn about this kind of stuff. For me it's a 3/5 for this one.

Thank you so much to the author for giving me an ARC to review and introducing me to the whole investing scene and his work.

As always all opinions are my own, I was not paid or influenced to write my views. The book is available on Amazon.co.uk for £15.29 or Amazon.com for $15.50 If you purchase a copy today you can help support an amazing cause. Please check out the link to read more http://www.laughingatwallstreet.com/pres...






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Monday, 28 November 2011

Review - While I'm Still Me by Jeremy Mark Lane

While I'm Still MyselfWhile I'm Still Myself by Jeremy Mark Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads

A passionate December love affair.
The meeting of an unexpected traveler.
The consequences of protecting a young new acquaintance.
A journey into an unknown past.

In the stories of While I’m Still Myself, Jeremy Lane eloquently describes the life changing impact of the brief encounter, showing that life and love are not shaped by an entire lifetime, but by the fleeting moments with unexpected people in unexpected places.

My Review

What a great wee book. I am always wary about short story books as I find more often than not I really don't like the stories, too much change in pace and or writing or I just don't like it. The only one I pick up knowing I am going to enjoy is Stephen King (love his books!). Anyway I agreed to review it and I am so glad I did.

The stories are fairly decent length and variety, some are really short and some are a good length to get you involved and engrossed in the story. My favourites are That Winter (a boy meets a girl and becomes by chance in a diner and can't stop thinking about her, when he gets home there is a pleasant suprise waiting on him). The Pebblestone 5 (a group of young kids living in a small town all have 1 thing in common, they all have a secret and only tell each other when one of them is in the right place at the right time to do something about "it"). And Souls in the wind (a story based around racial issues). The other stories are good too but those 3 I really reallu enjoyed.

The writing is very easy to read and follow, again with short stories most of the time it is best to read them by dipping in and out. I sailed through this in one sitting and read over an hour or two as I really enjoyed the way the easy flow of the stories. This was my first time reading this author and I would definately read more of his work, 4/5 for me.

Thank you so much to the author for giving me the chance to read this. The individual stories are available in ebook format just now for just under £1 each and the whole book will be available in treebook format January 2012 on Amazon.



Visit the author here http://jeremymarklane.com/about/






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Review - Slaughterhouse Heart by Afsaneh Knight

Slaughterhouse HeartSlaughterhouse Heart by Afsaneh Knight

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from the back cover

As a volunteer as St Margaret's Hospice, eager and helpful Meryl is looking for a role in life. The arrival of Jamie, the son of a patient, may be just what she is after. He is charismatic, young and above all troubled.

Jamie's father has only days to live but between father and son is a lifetime of misunderstanding. With well-meaning Meryl hovering in the background, Jamie embarks on his long, dark night, facing the secrets, lies and heartbreaks behind his father's life. Could the most powerful legacy Jamie faces be an inability to love?

My review

This is a powerful book and really good for a debut novel. The subject matter is quite close to my own heart in one way or another. Jamie's relationship with his father is non existant, filled with anger, fear, resentment and even shame he has no love lost with either of his parents.

The story jumps about a lot. We have James (Jamie's dad) as a boxer in the prime of his career, then it flips to him as his health deteriorates, to be im hospital. From Jamie as a child to then Jamie as a adult. Meryls life both inside the hospice and her homelife with her husband and some of their rituals. Margaret also features and we read about her past and then back to present day where she is now. There is no one main character I would say as the story gives us a bit of history and detail about them all but ultimately it is all about Jamie and his father.

I didn't like Jamie much as a character and couldn't really say I did for any of the others really as to some degree things about them annoyed me or wasn't worth a mention or second thought. I had moment of liking Meryl and certainly feeling sorry for her at one point.

The book conjures up many emotions which I think will be individual for each reader and effect how they feel about and enjoy the story. It is a genius way to write a book to be honest. I had things I really liked and parts of it I wasn't too sure about or left with questions so for me a respectable 3/5.






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Author Interview with Ron Wyn, Author Of Irregular Therapy




Ron was kind enough to send me a copy of his book to review (my review is here http://www.alwaysreading.net/2011/11/review-irregular-therapy-by-ron-wyn.html )



Ron has an interview already prepared for us, thanks again Ron

Who is Ron Wyn? Please tell us about yourself.

Having formally plunged into the depths of scientific and psychological abstractions, Ron Wyn has both sides of the brain covered. Primarily a man of thought, his systematic mind insisted on a skeptical approach to life, a because-I-have-seen-I-believe modus operandi, but his troubled relationships ended up leading him to a path of action that opened his heart to new and exciting inner experiences.

Ron has been working with teaching, coaching, translation, and writing for over 25 years. Since 1998 his interests have expanded to include alternative treatments and therapies such as rebirthing, Applied Kinesiology, Reiki, shamanism, Kabbalah, and meditation.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ron lives and works in Chicago with his wife and son.

What is the genre of your work?

The genre of my work is officially self-help / relationships / psychology.

I call my genre of work awareness. What this means is that my goals are to color the world with meaningful and inspirational words while effectively bringing out a wealth of down-to-earth knowledge in simple and understandable terms to promote practical solutions, and to demystify spirituality while guiding and supporting fellow humans on their journey to reconnect and realign with their true nature—awareness.

Why did you choose this genre?

Ever since I was a young child I have been entangled in my own thoughts, my own little world, trying to analyze the things I do and why I do them. I remember climbing up to the roof when I was 8 or 9 and thinking about life while gazing at the blue sky. Can you believe that? Having a psychiatrist father also meant that I spent much of my formative years around mentally ill individuals in mental institutions, and have thus become utterly interested in the functioning of the human mind and its practical development. Since that time I have been almost obsessed with answering questions we all ask ourselves, such as why are we the way we are? Why are we here? What’s this all about? Where are we going?

How is writing in the genre you write, different than any other genre?

I am pleased to say I have reached a stage in my personal development where I am able to see my life objectively, as if I were another person observing from the outside. Although this has been a recent achievement, I’m no stranger to logic or objectivity. In addition to psychology, I have a degree in mathematics! So the scientist in me contributes with a scientific-method approach in the way I write and in the way I observe and develop my own self, while the psychologist in me analyzes and guides me into the depths of my own being. And I have all the fun just watching the entire thing!

What are some of your books or stories that have been published?

Although I have been writing for quite a while, irregular therapy is my first published book. It is part of a series. The irregular therapy book series came to fruition in the aftermath of a storm—a storm I call the first four decades of my life. From wounded child to rebellious teenager and troubled adult, I eventually reached a point where I felt completely lost. I certainly knew what was best for me, but try as I might, I couldn’t overcome the old, repetitive patterns that ran my existence. Finally, I came to see I had to do something about my precarious situation. I had to do something to make things better. I decided to take quality time and really dig deep into my troubles and face my fears. Well, it so happens that I took notes as I went along. Hence comes Book One: the storytelling, the more subjective part, the emotional release. It’s a story about how my despair over broken affairs and damaging repetitive behaviors led me to look within and realize that by clearing my inner patterns, my relationships with other people improved as if by magic. Although it was written from a man’s point of view, I feel the book is beneficial to either gender—men will find structures and stories they can certainly relate to, and women will be able to better understand men and their issues, especially regarding relationships.

irregular therapy: one man’s struggle to find meaning, money and a soul mate can be purchased on my website www.irregulartherapy.com in several formats: paperback, ePub, Kindle, or PDF. It can also be found at major online outlets worldwide such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

ISBNs

Paperback: 978-0-9832810-4-7

ePub: 978-0-9832810-3-0

Kindle: 978-0-9832810-5-4

PDF: 978-0-9832810-2-3

I’m currently writing the second book in the series, which should be out by the end of 2011. The second book in the irregular therapy series reflects the results of my note-taking process. It is an attempt to organize the knowledge I have acquired throughout the years—translated not only into techniques, but also into first-hand knowledge of human behavior and functioning. And, as a teacher at heart, I do my best to convey this knowledge in simple, understandable, and practical terms.

Where do you get your ideas for writing?

My ideas come mainly from my personal life experience: the events I have witnessed, my travels, my relationships, my thoughts and interpretations. I have found that I am able to express myself well in writing and this also helps me in my catharsis—I am able to expunge old habits and patterns, leaving room for new and improved ideas.

What is your favorite thing about your book?

I think it is just the way the words came out. Direct, honest, but from a place of pity. I also enjoyed fully exposing myself. It gave me the sense that my entire life is nothing but a story. And it also feels good to have nothing to hide.

Why and when did you begin writing? Is there any one person who had a big influence on you or encouraged you to write?

I have been writing ever since I was a teenager. No one really influenced me then; I just found I felt good, I felt lighter, after writing. It gave me a sense of relief. I have always been able to expel things from my system this way. Later in life I think John Lennon was a great influence. Not in terms of writing, but as a role model on self-expression.

What is your writing schedule? What atmosphere do you need to write?

I mainly write in the late morning hours. I enjoy writing when I’m wide awake. And I need peace and quiet. No music, no one around. Writing is almost a mediunic experience to me. It just comes out. Once I start writing, inspiration keeps coming and coming and coming. I just jot down whatever comes through my system, and when it stops I feel exhausted, but great. A few days later I come back and edit the material. It’s like I’m reading it for the first time….

What projects are you working on now, or planning for the future?

I have much more material planned for the irregular therapy project. In addition to the book series, I have been developing a website, www.irregulartherapy.com, and blog, blog.irregulartherapy.com, where I have placed much of my writing and intend to develop other areas of interest such as music, guided visualizations, and subliminal messaging, among other things. I have been exposed to many teachings and techniques on my journey, and now it is time to show others the tools that have assisted me. I’m positive they will help many people as they have helped me. Finally, I am also available for speaking engagements and life coaching.

What kind of advice or tips do you have for someone who wants to write and be published? Are there any other comments, advice or tips that you would give to beginning writers?

My advice is simple. Just do it. Don’t let your mind get in the way and sabotage you by saying your work is not good enough, the market is saturated, things of that sort. Other people will also say these things to you, you know. Don’t pay attention to them. But be realistic. Gather your energy and persevere. Make an inner resolve and go for it. Set aside some time every day for your most important work and stick to your schedule. Self-publishing requires a lot of planning, but it need not be daunting. You can publish your own work, but that does not mean you’ll have to do it alone. Establish your budget; be smart and honest about the stages you can complete yourself. For example, you might be enthusiastic about design, but unless you are a professional designer, I suggest you outsource your cover. You don’t want to look amateurish. In my case, I wrote and edited the book, then sent it out to an expert for his opinion (I was not going to commit my time and effort to something that was not good, or something that reflected some delirium of grandeur). I had a couple of people copyedit it. Then I invested most of my money in the cover design and text. The rest was technicalities. Setting up a website, finding a distributor, joining associations, submitting articles, marketing. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. If you’re committed, you can do it. Or maybe your budget allows you to hire a book shepherd, who will do it all for you. I know I didn’t have the money for that. But the book is out, nevertheless.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I make music, sing and play the guitar, read a lot, meditate, and work out. I also enjoy computer programming. But these are all weekly activities. On weekends, I do as little as possible and just hang out with my wife and teenaged son (whenever he allows us to be around him). After all, as Bill Watterson so truthfully put it, “Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

What “Made It” moments have you experienced in life?

This is certainly one of them. Seeing my book published, holding it in my hands, seeing my website ready and people’s reaction to it. There have also been many other moments, which I consider stepping stones in my development process. Such as when I lost my last job and went on my own. That was a scary, but great feeling. And when I met my wife. That was the end of a lifelong search. Truly amazing. Well, no use elaborating here. You can check out these stories (and much more) in detail by reading irregular therapy: one man’s struggle to find meaning, money and a soul mate!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review - The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø




Publisher Vintage (2007)
pages 618

Blurb From Goodreads

1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.

My Review

This for me was an up and down read in that some of it was fantastic and I couldn't put it down yet other parts of it was slow and the Norwegian names were a bit confusing so I had to look back to remember who was who.

The book is split into two, the past in the 1940s during the Natzi War we follow a small band of soldiers. The soldiers fate is revealed and the choices made by one will influence what happens up to present day.

Present day we follow a cop (Harry Hole) who has his own issues and baggage and before long is caught up in and investigation where the soldiers from the past are involved in one way or another and the story goes from there. Things get dangerous quickly and Harry has to put his own personal demons aside to track down a professional killer who wont let anything or anyone get in his way.

I loved when it went back to the past and the story was with the nurse and the soldier and the interaction with the soldiers together. The relationships, stress and hardships they face with war. however even back there some of it dragged and took a bit of time to get the point.

Present day - most of my questions got answered but again the pace went from slow and drawn to fast and jumped back and forth.

This was my first Jo Nesbo book and whilst I did like it I found it a hard slog in some parts yet totally riveting in others. There was one big issue in the book that wasn't addressed however I am sure it will be dealt with in another book. I think the bad and good are fairly even so this book is getting a 3/5 for me and I will read this author again.






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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Changing the look

Please bare with me whilst I play with the look of here yet again. No doubt I will go back to what it was as I hate change and cannot get it to look how I want but after FF and seeing so many fabulous layouts and blogs I want to try tweeking mine again.

Watch this space and if you happen to visit during the tweaking ad it look out of sync - I am currently tweaking and it will look better lol, thanks.

Special thanks to my hubby for helping me with my new stars for my ratings and adjusting my grab my blog button and they all match the new theme colour. Pretty geeky brag but I can't do any of this stuff and it took me ages to tweek the design so to have personalised touches makes me one happy booker geek! :D


And my new blog button

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Follow Friday




Follow Friday is a meme hosted over at ParaJunkee http://parajunkee.com/2011/11/feature-follow-my-book-blog-72-2.html if you want to take part please click on the link and read what you need to do.

This Fridays question is Q: It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

For me it is all the wonderful people I have met doing this, I have found new authors via review requests and been introduced to new genres. But also wonderful bloggers including the co host of this FF http://www.alisoncanread.com/ who I have followed since I first did these memes and everytime I stop over she always takes the time to reply to my comment and returns the visit which can't be said about a lot of bloggers and I really appreciate whe people do this (look at her amount of followers it is no easy feat!). I always return visits/follows and comments but know how time consuming it can be.

I am also thankful to the lovely people who don't think twice about helping out when I need it or answering my many many questions and they have fabulous blogs too. I hate naming some because you are guarenteed to miss so many as there are wonderful people out there but the most recent are Carole http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.com/ Ellie http://curiositykilledthebookworm.blogspot.com/ Jenny http://chocolatechunkymunkie.blogspot.com/ Lindsay http://thelittlereaderlibrary.blogspot.com to name but a few (and all of my followers on Twitter).

It has been a while since I have done a FF but it is good fun and a great way to meet and reconnect with other bloggers. If you have found your way here for the first time or revisiting please check out the giveaways and upcoming competitions. Feel free to share or tweet them and any comments and new followers will be returned, thanks.

Review - Twenty Tiny Tales by Willie Wit

Twenty Tiny TalesTwenty Tiny Tales by Willie Wit

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb From Goodreads

A Collection of 20 spring-loaded 'smallstories', bursting with surprises and fun.
Read them and then see things around you from a fresh new angle.
:0)

My review

Twenty Tiny Tales hits the nail on the head, the stories are very short and quirky. For the most of them you start reading it thinking you know what the story is about only to get to the last few lines and find it is about something completely different. Particularly in the case of my favourite one of the tales The Wedding. I really enjoyed this and would have given it a 5/5 purely on how fabulous and genius it was.

The other one I really enjoyed was Overtime (all parts) again because it is something different and has a few parts to it, to be honest I think a book could have been made out of this alone (with much more depth it has huge potential) as it is really interesting.

The stories are tongue in cheek and if you go into it looking for something to make you laugh and light reading you will enjoy it. The other stories were fine and enjoyable, if not then certainly readable but for me The Wedding and Overtime shone through whilst the others I could take or leave. 3/5 for me and I would read more by this author again.

Thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book and for everyone else this is available for the kindle on Amazon for £0.86.


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Review - The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The ReaderThe Reader by Bernhard Schlink

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb From Goodreads

Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

My Review

I think the word I would have to use for this book is shocking. More than once I was shocked reading it and actually gasped at one point. The story starts with a young 15 year old boy being helped by an older lady when he is sick, upon returning to thank her for her help they embark upon a physical relationship. This in itself is quite shocking as she is around twice his age but the relationship is very turbulent and bizarre not counting the age issue.

The book jumps on in years and Michael finds himself once again with Hanna in his life when he least expects it and a huge secret about her past. Does this explain why she was the way she was with him or is there something else she is keeping hidden?

The book is written in very short chapters so makes for a quick read and the writing and story itself is very easy to follow. The end takes a turn that I was not expecting (as it had done at the beginning despite knowing a relationship was on the cards).

The book has riled a few feathers with some readers as they feel the author trys to evoke sympathy for Hanna despite what she has done, some have slated the actual writing and felt the content was poor. I for the most part enjoyed the book and as I said it took a few turns I did not expect, it kept my interest and was for the most part easy reading. I think it is fair to say we have another marmite book, I am on the side of liking it and for me it is a 4/5.





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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Author Interview with Patti Roberts, author of Paradox: The Angels Are Here

Thank you so much Patti for doing this author interview and giving us a copy (ebook) of your book to giveaway to one of our lucky bloggers. Btw great picture :D

This is So Many Books, So Little Times first author interview & giveaway (may more to come).



Gorgeous graphics on the front cover - something I forgot to mention in my review!


So lets get the ball rolling with some pre-ready questions and some new ones:



Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. However, I consider 2 places home. Darwin in the Northern Territory, where I grew up. My heart will always think of Darwin as home. And Cairns, Queensland, where I have now lived for over 20. Cairns really is a beautiful part of the World. Where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Book 2 in the Paradox Series (Progeny Of Innocence) is just about to be released. It continues on from where book 1 (The Angels Are Here) ended off. It is a story being Narrated by Juliette, a soul that died 900 years ago when a battle raged, and Angels fell.

If your book became a movie who would you like to play the main characters (from book 1)? I don't want to say for Grace, I would like everyone to form their own opinion about that character.

For Angela (teenager) Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl.

For Brian Connors Eric Banner

For Wade Alex O'Loughlin

For Kate Connors Radha Mitchell


How is book 2 and 3 coming along and when can we expect them to be out? Book 2 – Progeny Of Innocence is due out 30th November…..

What or who inspired you to write? A broken heart. It was either go shopping for a new wardrobe or….. buy a new laptop. I chose the laptop, started writing, and here I am. The best decision I ever made!

And how long have you been writing? I have been writing since 2009

How did you come up with the title and cover design?
I really liked the word Paradox, and the meaning. It makes you think, see things from other perspectives. And the cover I ended up choosing for book 1 is kind of dark and mystic, Gothic I thought. Little bit EMO. I liked it, it really suited the story. It is by the talented artist Hazel Brown from Overland Park, United States.

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life? Yes…real events. And there are lots of bits of trivia throughout the book that mostly only I know about. Like the little friend of Grace’s Patrick Wheat, that dies in the book. I used the name Patrick to honor the life & death of Patrick Swayze. And the boys surname “Wheat” was the surname of the character that Patrick Swayze plays in the movie “Ghost”. That is just one example.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
George RR Martin. Author of the Game of Thrones.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Ebooks, I love my kindle. And paperbacks. Have never liked hardcovers.

Have you ever read a book more than once? Not really. There are so many books out there waiting to be read….

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
PS I Love You. And TV's shows. The Vampire Diaries. The TV show is way better than the books.



Do you have a book trailer? Sure do - http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/book-trailer-book-1/

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I really like them. I had fun making mine.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read, read, read and write, write, write as much as you can

What are 4 things you never leave home with out? Phone, bag, lipstick, money.

Computer or pen and paper for writing? Laptop and a notepad for keeping notes and ideas.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
At the desk In my room, usually in the middle of the night.


One of your favorite quotes – you meet people for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

List 3 of your all time favorite books? Kane and Able was very good. I'm really enjoying the Game of Thrones series right now. And a ton of new books from Indie Authors that I have met on goodreads. Awesome bunch of people.

Where can your readers stalk you?


Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/PattiRoberts7
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Paradox-Series/150822348341990
Blog - http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/
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After reading my review on your book was it deliberate to have so many questions raised and unanswered in your first book and why?
(I do personally think it has peeked ((for me)) huge interest in the second book.

Most certainly it was deliberate. And I'm glad that it left you asking questions and wanting to know more. I like to read a book and watch a movie where it isn't all spelled out for me. I like to have to really work at searching for clues and try to work out what's happening. I like the uncertainty of it all. Life is like that…. There are always more questions than answers. That is what keeps life so interesting. I understand that some people like and easy read, not a lot of thinking. I'm just not one of them. 

Great Patti thank you so much for your time and your thoughts and again for the giveaway.

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Synopsis for Paradox:The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts (From Goodreads)

Nine hundred years ago, I died...

A little girl's world is turned upside down by a visitor,the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away.

A journey crossing Two Worlds. One Ancient - One New.

How do the heartbreaking visions experienced by a little girl fit into this Ancient World of Angels, Myth & Legend?

Where lives are bound by blood - and nothing is as it seems. In a World where there are more questions than answers. This journey will leave you wanting and have you asking... Who, When, Where?

Is your Guardian Angel From Heaven or Hell...?

Paradox - Progeny Of Innocence (#2 in the
Paradox Series) Available November 2011

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Review - Paradox: The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts

Paradox: The Angels Are Here (Paradox #1)Paradox: The Angels Are Here by Patti Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb From Goodreads

Nine hundred years ago, I died...

A little girl's world is turned upside down by a visitor,the Angel of Death. She finds herself trapped in a nightmare, consumed by her paralyzing loss and overwhelming grief. The haunting visions and untimely deaths of others are a constant reminder that life and death are only a heartbeat away.

A journey crossing Two Worlds. One Ancient - One New.

How do the heartbreaking visions experienced by a little girl fit into this Ancient World of Angels, Myth & Legend?

Where lives are bound by blood - and nothing is as it seems. In a World where there are more questions than answers. This journey will leave you wanting and have you asking... Who, When, Where?

Is your Guardian Angel From Heaven or Hell...?

Paradox - Progeny Of Innocence (#2 in the
Paradox Series) Available November 201

My Review

If you thought after reading the blurb you would get your answers in this book you would be wrong, if anything I ended up with more questions. We go from the Ancient World (or planet) to the present day. From a family of murderous and magnificent beings(they could be vampires or fallen angels) to what is seemingly a normal family who have at least one Angel with them for a time. Grace is a little girl who is having flashbacks to previous lives which noone knows about and is trying to make sense of them.

The family of ?Angels are brutal killers fighting to make their mark in their own world over the other family, beings who are very sexual with each other and also aggressive. They want the girl from our time and send members of their family to get her and bring her back alive.

Book 1 is basically a base layer, I honestly think book two will answer a lot of questions and fill in the huge blanks and questions that arise reading the first. I really enjoyed the flashbacks of Juliette and Abaddons family and their antics. Wondering what did cause the war and where is this much loved and feared brother and what is his role going to be. What really happened to Graces father and what is the story with Angela and her dog, and is there more to Wade than meets the eye.

So many questions but the parts of the story we are given are really good but I think once part two is read the story will take shape and so much will be explained. They say a writer should leave their readers wanting more so I would say job very well done but I would have liked to have known just a bit more for my first book. Frustrating but enjoyable so 3/5 for me and I will be looking out for the next volume to hopefully have my questions answered and at least some of the mysteries explained.

Thanks to the author for giving me a copy of this to read and it is available for the kindle for only £1.48 on Amazon.co.uk also on Smashwords or on Amazon.com for $8.50 in paperback.




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Review - Rise Again : A Zombie Thriller by Ben Tripp

Rise Again: A Zombie ThrillerRise Again: A Zombie Thriller by Ben Tripp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb From Goodreads

A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH.

And a warning that would come all too late . . .

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . .

Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.

My Review

The story starts by introducing us to Sheriff Danny (Danielle Adelman) and her sister Kelley, Kelley is writing a letter to her sister who she feels has neglected and left her behind many times and she has had enough. It is a slow start as the author is building up a picture of our main character and the town however once the contagion actually starts (just shy of 100 pages) it really takes off. During the book we have flash backs to Dannys time in Iraq and offers a window into understanding how she is the way she is.

The zombie side of it is fabulous, roughly where it starts (which quite a few zombies books pass over) and how it progresses. We follow our band of survivors and the struggles and horrors they face, not only the flesh eating kind but fellow humans at their worst.

There is a few friendships formed, some unlikely and interesting to read however it doesn't take over or away from the story. Once you get by the first quarter it is really fast paced and the ending is really good and there is plenty of gore to satisfy the horror fans.

I really enjoyed this book and would read more by this author, 4/5 for me



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Monday, 21 November 2011

Review - Jokers Club by Gregory Bastianelli

Jokers ClubJokers Club by Gregory Bastianelli

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Geoffrey returns to his hometown for a reunion of the Jokers Club (his childhood gang) with the hopes of unearthing the imagination he held in his youth. Upon arriving, he discovers the creative juices that drove his writing many years ago surround him: the tombstone salesman who chisels out names of the dead, the far-sighted barber with the bloodstained smock and the reclusive Tin Man, just to name a few.

Unfortunately Geoffrey’s tumor quickly worsens, bringing on blackouts and hallucinations where he encounters the spectral figure of a court jester who had been his muse as a child. The jester inspires Geoffrey’s work on his manuscript, fueling his writing at a ferocious pace. The dead and the living co-exist in the pages of Geoffrey’s story, in a town where time seems to be frozen in a past that still haunts the present.

When one of the gang is found dead it rattles not only his group of friends, but everyone begins to look at each other as possible suspects. Will the pounding growth in Geoffrey’s head be held at bay long enough for him to discover who is targeting his friends, or will the pages in his unfinished novel rewrite history?

My review

A wanna be author heads back to his hometown for a reunion with his old pals, he has a brain tumour and would like to pen down a story and decide what he will do in regards to his health. Geoffrey is our story teller and jumps from present day to past and recounts his tales of happiness and horror he experiences with the jokers club.

Sometimes the jump from past to present is really easy to follow and understand but other times you have to go back and re read as it gets a bit confusing. Also he has hallucinations followed by flashbacks to the past and again it takes a read back or two to find out what is going on.

There is a horrific scene of animal torture and whilst I have read far worse in horror books I think it is worth giving potential readers a heads up so as not to get a nasty suprise.

The pace of the book is good and the childhood flashbacks are neccessary to what leads up to present day events and some of it gives good insight into the characters. There is a good few twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up until the last few lines in the book. The parts I liked in this book I really liked but the few things I didn't like I really didn't so all in I give it a 3/5.

Definately worth a read if you like suspence/thriller/horror type reads, available on Amazon for £7.51 in paperback or £4.32 on the kindle.

As always thanks goes to the author for giving me the chance to read his work and I will definately keep an eye out for his other work.



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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Review - 11.22.63 by Stephen King

11.22.63 11.22.63 by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

This enhanced edition includes the trailer and a short film written and narrated by Stephen King, which gives a unique insight into '11.22.63'.

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . .

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

My review

I have been looking forward to this since I heard it was getting written. A story with time travel and heading back to when Kennedy was around with the chance to change the future, fabulous idea. Jake is a great character who changes and grows and he goes through the mind boggling experience of time travel whilst trying to keep his mind focused on the task in hand he can't help but get caught up in other peoples lives.

The only thing that might annoy some readers is that the story doesn't just go straight to Kennedys assassination, there is a whole chunk (3 quarters of the book) of what he does until that time, the characters he meets and relationships he builds up. However I really liked that aswell as the characters all play an important part to the story and for a small part we have a link to one of Stephen Kings previous books, I love when a character from a previous story shows up (even if in passing or a small part).

I have often heard people say Stephen King isn't as good as he once was however I would say pick this up and give it a go, it will restore your faith and rekindle the love for Stephen Kings writing. 4/5 for me.



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Monday, 14 November 2011

Review - The Vagabond King by James Conway

The Vagabond KingThe Vagabond King by James Conway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

When his mother dies and he discovers the man he believed was his father is not, sixteen year old Chris is haunted by a mysterious apparition that forces him to question his pampered existence and embark upon a quest to find himself. Hoping she will “make a man of him”, he seeks sanctuary in the home of Magda, a middle aged waitress with a penchant for sex, only to discover she lives with her father, a cigarette smoking, beer swilling immigrant.

Chris hates his shabby new surroundings at the end of the street and the shabby old man at the end of his life who spends his days listening to old blues records and making Chris fetch him fresh cans of beer. But, when the old man tells tales of Communism, torture, escape and the mysterious medallion he wears, Chris learns that, like the old man’s skipping records, history repeats itself and the roles we play have been played many times before.

My review

Another book I fought between a 2 or 3 star rating. It had a fantastic start and a huge hooking line and I thought it was going to be a completely different story than it turned out to be. However I really struggled to get through this book after that until up until I was 70% through. It begins with Chris finding out his father is not his real father by his mother who is dying with cancer. After his mum dies Chris finds himself going from having his whole life planned out and being a straight A student to dropping out of school and leaving home with his belongings and nowhere to go. He finds himself at the mercy of the older but attractive waitresses house of his local diner and ends up staying with her and her father.

What follows is tales from Magda about religion, egyptians and mythology. This is the parts of the story that kept me going as I was really fascinated by the tales and of Magdas fathers stories of his life. Chris however I found a horrible character, he was whiney, self involved and very shallow until spending some quality time and learning life lessons from the Vagabond King.

The way the story came together with the suprise turn at the near end was very well done also and added another star onto my rating as I was torn between a 2 or a 3 as I really struggled to get into it when it was about Chris and found there was a bit of repetition throughout the book aswell. All things considered it is a 3/5 for me and thank you to the author for introducing me to his work.

This book is available for only £0.86 on amazon so worth checking out as other readers have loved it and gave it 5 star ratings.





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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Review - The Passage by Justin Cronin

The PassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.
From the Publisher (Random House)

My Review

Another where I was torn between a 2 or a 3 but after weighing it up I had to go with a 2. The first quarter I really liked, how it all started and Amys beginnings however the next quarter after that was an uphill struggle and I was ready for giving up to be honest. The whole set up after "the time before" I found hard to remember what the new terminology was and got really bored and annoyed with a lot of the characters.

However it picked up again and I was glad I stuck with it and got to like some of the characters and the twists that followed. However as the end came around I was really disappointed, I won't spoil it as I hate spoiler reviews but even at the end I found it just came to a stop and was left hanging which lost the book another few stars.

Definately a marmite read, some love it some hate it - I think you should read it yourself and see which side you fall to 2/5 for me.



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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Review - My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills

My Sweet SagaMy Sweet Saga by Brett Sills

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

At nearly 30 years old, Brandon is barely able to make it through life, much less enjoy it. He is weeks away from what should be one of the happiest days of his life, his wedding day to his fiancée, Clarissa, but his attention is distracted when his estranged, erratic and oddly eccentric father suddenly reappears with a bizarre demand: to accompany him to Stockholm, Sweden, where they will meet a man who he claims will change their lives.

Desperate for even a brief escape from his reality, Brandon reluctantly goes with his father, ready for a disaster. But his life changes completely the moment his eyes meet the mysterious Swedish man's daughter, Saga. On a cobblestone street in the middle of Stockholm, Brandon reawakens to life, though struggles to navigate the messy love triangle with Saga and his fiancée, which includes multiple arrests, hospital stays, terrorist bombs, acts of heroism and foolishness, family secrets and even a bit of public nudity

My Review

I don't know what word I could use to describe this book, crazy maybe?. Brandon hasn't had a great relationship with his dad for 4 years since he wons millions on the lottery. Now his dad has called and wants him to drop everything and come on a short trip with him to Sweden. With Brandon due to get married in the next few weeks it is the last thing he should be doing. The trip reveals some truths about his father, his past and his own life that will change everything.

The start of this book had me totally confused, I couldn't follow what was going on with Brandon and his dad as his dad wasn't forthcoming with why the trip was happening or anything else he asked. The same with the encounter with Saga for the first half of the story, evasive answers or blatant ignoring. There is a lot of swearing and crude/graphic descriptions and one of the characters is very offensive and quite racist so I would say if your easily offended this is not the book for you.

However I am glad I stuck with it as once you get through the bad language and confusion it is actually quite a good story. There is a lot of humour (adult mostly) throughout the book and the end really brings the story together. The only thing I would say and I have moaned about it before is I wanted more however maybe the author is keeping us hanging and going to bring it out for a second book :D 3/5 for me this time.





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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Review Spin by Catherine McKenzie

SpinSpin by Catherine McKenzie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb from NetGalley



Kate Sandford has just gotten an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line. It's the chance of a lifetime. So what does she do? Goes out to celebrate-and shows up still drunk at the interview at 9am. No surprise, she doesn't get the job, but the folks at the media company think she might be perfect for another assignment for their gossip rag. Kate is to follow a young female celebrity into rehab and get the inside story. If she can get the rehab scoop (and complete the 30-day program without getting kicked out), they'll reconsider her for the job at The Line.



Kate takes the job. But things get complicated when real friendships develop, a cute celebrity handler named Henry gets involved, and Kate begins to realize she may be in rehab for a reason.



My Review



Kate is almost at 30 when she gets her break break into the job she always wanted, an interview for her fav music Magazine. However Kate has always been a girl who like to celebrate and whats one glass the day before her birthday and big interview. One glass turns into many and Kate wakes up half cut, hungover and running close to late for her interview. Here is the start of a new stage in her life. In order to try and save the job she has to go into rehab and get the low down on the young and popular celebrity Amber.



What follows is a story about how far one girl will go to get what she wants and the path of self discovery she unexpectedly falls upon trying to get there. I really enjoyed this book, it is very easy to follow and so well written you could be reading about people you know as the characters are so well written. The relationships formed and unexpected struggles she faces really pull you in, I read this book in one sitting and would recommend it to anyone who fancys a read that doesn't make you think too hard but keeps you engrossed page after page.



This is my first time reading this author but would certainly read more, I like her style of writing so it's a 4/5 for me.



Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me this book to review and introducing me to a new author. Publication date for this book is 02/01/2012.



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Unique gifts for book lovers

So I have been contacted by Brad from Gone Reading International about his website and had a wee look at some of the fab gifts that are indeed for book lovers and pretty unique.

They market a line of gifts for readers and donate 100% of company profits to fund new libraries in the developing world. You can read more about them at www.GoneReading.com




"We’re finding that readers love what we’re doing, but spreading the word on a philanthropic budget is a challenge!"

I think this has come in great time for Christmas and plan on getting a wee something from here for one or two of my friends. Once I order it and it arrives I will upload a piccy and let you know how I find the experience.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Review - Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still AliceStill Alice by Lisa Genova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

Genova's debut revolves around Alice Howland - Harvard professor, gifted researcher and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children. One day, Alice sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. It's a route she has taken for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Is her forgetfulness the result of menopausal symptoms? A ministroke? A neurological cancer? After a few doctors' appointments and medical tests, Alice has her diagnosis, and it's a shocker -- she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

What follows is the story of Alice's slow but inevitable loss of memory and connection with reality, told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. To Genova's great credit, readers learn of the progression of Alice's disease through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so they feel what she feels -- a slowly building terror.

My Review

What a wonderful yet sad and heartbreaking story. We are introduced to Dr Alice Howland, a woman with an excellent and intelligent mind used for her career as a Harvard professor, lecturer, researcher and author. We are introduced to Alices life, work and family and how her disease is uncovered and how the family and Alice try to cope and live with it.

Whilst some of it gets into the more complicated side of drugs and trials and how the disease is effecting the brain and the terminology used, it isn't done in gargon that you cannot follow. I found even the medical explanations were fairly easy to follow and it is only a small part of the story.

The bulk of the story is in Alice trying to cope with the loss that comes with the disease, how the family react and cope with each stage and the journey as Alice slowly loses her independance, memory and confidence as Alzheimer's takes over.

I found this book so sad and felt for Alices struggle and being brave trying to maintain what she could of her normal everyday life. It really opens your eyes to what life with this disease can actually be like, whilst a fictional story it has been researched well and paints a vivid picture of what this disease is like to live with. I could hardly put it down 4/5 for me.



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I won a book and I now have a blog button

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Thanks to the lovely Jenny over at Chocolate Chunky Munkie http://chocolatechunkymunkie.blogspot.com/

Also I won a book competition over at http://oopsireadthatbook.blogspot.com/

The book is Raven by Nuayma Jeggels and the synopsis is

A girl, a coma, a Plague, and an empty grave.

When Shardaie wakes up, she doesn’t know who she is, why she can’t understand emotions, why she has been unconscious for nearly nine of her thirteen years, or why the dead just won’t stay dead. The only clue to her past is a locket, but the Plague, which finally stretches its unnatural hand to her village, forces her to leave and to learn to protect herself. But everything has a cost: the protection against the undead reveals a secret that Shardaie and her classmates just don’t want to accept, and at the end, Shardaie realises that some secrets shouldn’t be revealed. Secrets have the power to destroy, and the power to change her view on humanity for ever.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Novembers Pre-loved Giveaway is Runaway Minister by Nick Curtis

Blurb from the back cover

The assassin: If all goes to plan Hazbi Dunja will die slowly, in agony, away from the world. His pretty female aide will be an added bonus - and revenge will have been worth waiting for.

The Assignment: Charlie Paddon and his straight - talking partner, Alex Chappell, are the Diplomatic Protection Unit's Best. They must escort Dunja - The Croatian foreign minister - safely to London.

Only the moment his plane touches down on British soil, the minister vanishes.

The race is on - and the clock is ticking...

This is a Black Star Crime Book.

I gave this 3/5 stars but read it before I started reviewing so I have no review up for it guys sorry. The book itself is in pretty good condition, the spine has no breaks and the front cover has a very few light creases to it.

As usual if you would like to be entered into the draw you can now contact me/enter the giveaway via my new form Fill out my form!

Also if you want an extra chance (your name to be put in twice just leave a comment here).

Review - 8 by Michael Mullin

8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf by Michael Mullin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Blurb from goodreads

Written in verse, this is the previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf, named Creepy. He is banished to the basement for being different and, well, weird. Yet he plays a vital - and of course previously unknown - role in the popular tale of Snow White (whose title character is an intruder Creepy refers to as "the Maid")

My Review

I was so intrigued by the blurb I bumped this up my review list (naughty I know!) but I couldn't help myself - everyone knows the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so to get a new character sneaked in sounded too good to miss.

It is a very short story (I got through it in less than 20 minutes however I am a very quick reader) and I loved it. It has been a long time since I read anything in verse (and rhymes too!) so it was a lovely light hearted change to what I have been reading. There are also pictures throughout the story too, nothing too fancy or over the top but nice and fitting to the part your reading.

If it is so good why is it only getting a 4 star rating you ask? Well I wanted more, pure and simple which they say a good author should leave his or her audience wanting however I would have also liked a few more new additives to the story but I still really really liked it.

You can get this ebook on smashwords for $0.99 or on Amazon for £0.86 - well worth it for 4/5 stars

Thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read and review this and I will be keeping an eye out for more :D



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Review - Irregular Therapy by Ron Wyn

Irregular TherapyIrregular Therapy by Ron Wyn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

irregular therapy is a raw, ribald, cautionary tale of what could be anyone's roller coaster ride to a new life. Powerfully honest and unblinking, the author describes his healing journey without glossing over the troubling bits. His despair over repeating the same mistakes time and again led him to powerful techniques and practices for de-patterning his life that turned out to be simpler than he could have imagined, and which anyone can learn. It was tough at first, but it got easier as he went along, and the result was transforming: from anger to understanding, from rejection to acceptance and, yes, from bedmates to a soul mate

My Review

Well I think if I had to sum the book up in one word I would use whirlwind! Ron takes you on a journey from his birth practically to present day. From discovering masterbation and girls to money woes and family troubles and how he found a way of dealing with it all.

The book does have chapters but it also has like chapters inside chapters or rather chapters split into different segments within a chapter. I think whilst this is different it is certainly a good idea as some of the book makes for difficult reading (for example a pre-teen boy discovering masterbation was not easy to read) and you have to dip in and out of it.

The other thing I would warn potential readers on (and the author does mention it right at the very start of the book) is the terminology used towards several of the women in his chapters such as whore and bitch which may offend some readers.

Other than that I think the only thing I can add is it is a brutal account of one persons life and failings and accomplishments with relationships and he really does strip it down and lay it out bare. He gives an honest and gruelling account of his life and relationships and his way of getting to where he is and the person he is today, 3/5 for me and thanks to the author for sending me his book to review.

You can purchase this book for £9.99 (inc delivery) on Amazon or £7.15 for the kindle



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Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Time Will Come

Books for Company


http://www.booksforcompany.com/2011/11/time-will-come-41.html?showComment=1320352967292#c2542367049368207738

I doubt I will be able to do this but thought it would be good to give it a try

To be honest I have so many books that have been sitting for a long time on my shelves. I have Linda Gillards Emotional Geology and A lifetime burning waiting to be read (also have another on the kindle) and I think it is because it was the first personalised book I was given so have kept them both for who knows what reason. I have a ton of review books for authors to get through but maybe if I finish my book tonight I will pick one of them up.


The Time Will Come -
Every Thursday l am going to list a book which l really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it!
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Want to join in?
- Pick a book you have been meaning to read
- Do a post telling us about the book
- Link the post up in the linky
- Visit the other blogs!

Octobers Pre-loved giveaway winner is.....................

Carrie Roberts website http://journeythroughwords.blogspot.com/

As always the names of all the people who entered where written on a piece of paper, put into a hat and one picked out. Thank you to everyone who entered and Novembers pre-loved giveaway will be up shortly.


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Review - The Spectacular Simon Burchwood by Scott Semegran

The Spectacular Simon BurchwoodThe Spectacular Simon Burchwood by Scott Semegran

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Blurb from Goodreads

Recently divorced and his writing career in shambles, Simon Burchwood's life is a complete disaster. He reluctantly finds work as a computer support technician and resigns that his career as the next great American novelist will never come to fruition. When he learns that his ex-wife abruptly moves to Dallas with his children, he embarks on a crazy road trip with a nerdy coworker and a hitchhiking punk rock girl and discovers the inspiration he desperately needs for his new literary masterpiece. Take another trip with the one and only Simon Burchwood.

My Review

This is my first encounter with Scott Semegran and the second book in the series about Simon Burchwood (although this book can be read as a stand alone which is what I have done). Simon is going through a tough time, working in a job to get by whilst struggling to become Americas next big thing in the author world, his personal life doesn't seem to be able to get any worse. However his ex wife drops a bombshell on him sparking off a roadtrip with an unlikely companion and with life changing consequences.

For the first part of this book I totally loved it and after reading the cat scene (I had tears pouring down my face with laughter), I was set to give a 5 star rating. The author is quite funny and some of the quips are great (although there is a bit of swearing so not for the easily offended!). Simon can be hillarious and great to read about in his recaps and memories. However the massive over use at the end of every handful of sentences of "its true" and the word goddam appearing so many times and in such repartition really did put me off.

The story itself is quite entertaining (and in some places laugh out loud) and like I said I really had enjoyed it but even in really popular reads, words or phrases being repeated that often will detract my enjoyment so much that it does effect the overall rating and reading experience.

Thank you to the author for sending me this book and introducing me to his work, I may well try one of his other books. 3/5 this time for me.

If you wish to read this book you can get it from Amazon in print for £10.60 (inc delivery) in print or as an ebook for £1.45



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