Monday 27 June 2011

Review - The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley

Blurb from the back cover

Corinna Stonewall is fifteen years old and an orphan. She is also Rhysbridge Foundling Home's Folk Keeper - a difficult and dangerous job which consists of looking after and controlling 'the Folk' - spiteful, maverick, savage creatures who live in the cellar and will only be prevented from spoiling the milk, terrifying the livestock and other disruptions by gifts of cream, salt pork and similar luxuries. But there are many questions about Corinna. Who are her parents? Why does her hair grow two inches a night? Why is she always drawn to the sea and long for the sweet taste of fish?

My review

I am torn between giving it a 2 or a 3 to be honest. The first 3 quarters of the book is about The Folk and Corinnas job. It is only when you get this far in and the story develops a twist that you understand (or at least start to) the build up. I still found it quite confusing as when you get to the end The Folk didn't really have to be in it (I felt) and the last quarter was the actual real story.

Perhaps I just don't have the imagination and that maybe I missed what the author was trying to do but I felt it didn't pick up until the last quarter and The Folk angle wasn't required. I really enjoyed the latter part of the book but even after finishing it I don't get the relevance to The Folk.

3 of 5 for me and the 3 is purely based on the part of the story I liked, the rest is definately a 2. I have another book by this author and will certainly read it but with this one I just didn't get a big chunk of it.

Sunday 26 June 2011

Review - My Lord Stranger by Eve Byron

For a book that I didn't expect much from I was pleasantly suprised. Drew and Harriet have been friends since they were children. Drew always felt something was missing and finding out the story about his true background drives him to the truth at all expense.

Harriet loves Drew and wants nothing more than to be with him and is delighted when their parents agree and write up a contract to marry them, ensuring Drew has financial security and Harriet isn't used and falling into just someones wife.

All would be well and good except Drew HAS to find his roots and Harriet agrees to wait for him however long it takes as long as he marries her. Little knowing he means to set off that very day to find himself and his own fortune.

12 years pass and finally Drew comes home, both have changed and so much has happened can there be any future for them? Will their marriage be able to go on?

This is such an easy read and it goes from present to past and back again but it is done so well it is easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book and would definately read more by this author 4/5 for me.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Back from Honeymoon

So hopefully things will start to get back to normal. I am working my way through tons of emails so please be patient, if you have contacted me with a review or suggestion (or anything else) I will get back to you. I have a busy week ahead, work and then going to England for a huge book meet up with some wonderful friends, authors and lots of books. Will try and get some pics and work out how to upload them.

For those who are waiting on reviews please be patient. As you know I am not long married and just back from Honeymoon by a day so I still have lots of everyday things to catch up on aswell as reviews for the books I got through when I was away.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Monday 20 June 2011

Review - Boob Tube by Mark Coker

Ebook synopsis

Actress Gina Martin lands a role on a top daytime television soap opera, and days later her predecessor is found dead in the Hollywood hills. Will Gina be next? Boob Tube offers readers a fast-paced read filled with intrigue and humor, and a surprise ending that will leave you breathless. Co-written by Lesleyann Coker, a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly Magazine.

My review

Trashy, sex and drugs. If you like Jackie Collins you will love this as it is a similar type of writing. It takes place with Gina Martin getting her big break on a top rated well loved programme that has been going strong for decades. Gina dives into a world of fame and all that comes with it, manic fans, love interests and a career usually maintained by stabbing people in the back. Her manager Simon is advising her on how to stay on top as he has her best interests at heart but what of his reputation. Gina goes on a rollercoaster ride which could cost her her career or something much more valuable.

I couldn't put this down, total junk food for the brain but a page turner none the less. I loved it and would derfinately read more with this author 5/5 for me.

Saturday 11 June 2011

Review - Atlantic, 20 Feet Below by Lloyd Samuels

How is this for dedication people, a review from Vegas as I am on my honeymoon! The weather is stunning, super hot and we still have another week to get through so I am sure I should manage another book or two :D

Blurb from the website -

Sharks are one of nature’s most vicious and efficient predators, but they also rank up there as one of the most intelligent animals under or above the sea.

It is with this in mind that Professor Carl Winthrop undertakes a top secret research mission for the navy under the guise of teaching selected students from his university marine class about the lives and habits of whitetip sharks. Unfortunately, he also attracts the attention of the most deadly of the species, the great white, in a battle for his life!

Meanwhile, back on land, unknown foes on the university board of directors and senate are plotting his downfall for reasons he cannot fathom, until a clever lawyer beings digging and uncovers as convoluted and unethical a plot as ever existed in the world of college politics.

Plot and subplot, The Atlantic: 20 Feet Below will keep you on the edge of your seat as Professor Winthrop battles both human and animal foes above and below the surface.

I received a complimentary copy of (Atlantic, 20 Feet Below) as a member of the
Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit
to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

My review

I recieved this book from Dorrance books

Well most people know by now my weakness for sharks and zombies so I had a great feeling about this book before I started it. Carl Winthrop is in the thick of both parts of the story, the part with the sharks and the part with the skulduggery afoot at the college. The story kicks off fairly quickly both from the shark angle and the suspected plagiarism. Carl Winthrop is most unfortunate and his life is threatened from quite quickly in the story making for a good pace. However on land it slows down and whilst a lot of people will be happy and intrigued by the fight for the truth on land, for me it was always about the shark and what will happen next.

I think this book has something for everyone, Jaws and shark fans will be happy to have a book that is close to the theme set in Jaws and there is a story for people who like academic themed reads with a bit of conspiracy and thriller to it. For me I would have loved more about the shark but it was even set for most people so a 3/5 for me.

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