My Most Loved Book To Date.

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I have a confession to make; I’ve committed every book lover’s worst sins with this book. Eragon by Christopher Paolini is my most loved and most read book to date, and it has maintained its number one spot in my book-loving heart for almost a decade. Continue reading

The Unfinished Song: Root (Book 4) by Tara Maya

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Click here to see my blog on book 1 in this series.

My Thoughts: Heads up for new readers considering this series, there are going to be 12 books and each one so far ends on a cliffhanger. That being said, I am loving this series right now, the more I read the more I want to know.

The Unfinished Song Series is set in a very primitive almost neolithic time. There is a lot of violence and women especially, are sometimes treated badly. There are tribal clans with bizarre rules and complicated politics. The fae/fairies/fairy lords etc come in all sorts of sizes and forms and they are mischevious, beautiful and powerful. There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. Tara Maya has thought out every detail extensively and as a result has created a believable fantasy world like no other. Continue reading

We, the people of the Clouds by Simon Kewin.

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 My Thoughts:

This short novella is one of those deep thinking, thought provoking, big what if’s, sort of story. I don’t think there are any sequels, and this novella ends on a cliffhanger of sorts (a satisfying one but still a cliffhanger -C.L.)

The beginning of this story is a little bit complicated, you don’t really know what’s going on until you start to turn more pages, but then that’s the whole point of this story.

Written from the point of view of Marlon Smith, the story starts with Marlon on a beach in the afterlife. The afterlife is a virtual reality, when the people of Earth die they are immediately uploaded to this virtual world… Continue reading

Heart of the Dead (Perpetual Creatures Book 1) by Gabriel Beyers

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My Thoughts:

More Silvanus! I want more Silvanus! Oh he was so brilliant, he kept me reading til the very end. In fact, if Mr Beyers were to write this story again purely from Silvanus’ POV I would read it again! But.. I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Heart of the Dead is a vampire story but, like a number of other reviewers have said, the author has managed to find a new angle when we all thought it was near impossible. You have normal vampires of course, but even they have their own unique powers and abilities. You also have strange, mutilated and crazy vampires, and you have Silvanus who is something completely different altogether, I’m not even sure if he’s a vampire at all… what is he?
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City of Blaze (The Fireblade Array Book 1) by H. O. Charles

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My Thoughts:

First things first, before I tell you my thoughts I should tell you that this book ends on a cliffhanger (spectacular in my opinion but still a cliffhanger -C.L). Also this is only the first part of the story, you will have unanswered questions at the end of this book. So if you want to know the answers and read the whole story, you will have to read the rest of the series too. Ok now I can begin…

This was very different, in a very good way. The setting is your typical fantasy, medieval type setting, but the characters and plot line is anything but typical…

I loved the idea of characters who are pretty much the same as real humans but with longer life spans, who also have complicated, intimate, reproductive cycles. It put a very unique twist on how the characters interacted with one another and this, for me, was what separated this story out from all the rest of the fantasy books out there. Continue reading

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins (First Light Chronicles #1-3) by Randolph Lalonde

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My Thoughts:

Ok so I will admit it, I haven’t read many Sci-fi books and I’m not usually hooked into them, but this one is different. First off, it is free on kindle which is nice, but always hit or miss, you never know if you’ve stumbled across a good or bad book. I am pleased to say though, in this case it was the former as opposed to the latter.

I started to read this book and I was completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I was so surprised by the first chapter I just had to find out more and easily lost hours reading this book. There are a couple of spelling errors but nothing too major that it detracted away from the story. The world building and futuristic setting are done extremely well too, my mind had no problems believing in Randolph Lalonde’s world. Continue reading

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

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My thoughts:

Ahahaha, well done Mark, well done. I was totally confused to begin with and therefore hooked by this book, purely because of the main character Jorg. As I was reading on my kindle I would often think, ‘wait is he the good guy or the bad guy?’ or ‘God damn you little sarcastic p****! -but I love you so much!’ I’ve never be so utterly bewildered by such a character before, I think it’s because my mind really wanted him to be the stereotypical good guy/hero but in reality he is a villain out for revenge.

This is not a heartwarming story of a good hero looking for justice, oh no… Continue reading

Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

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My thoughts:

So sooo soooooo many reviews on this book. However the positive feedback completely annihilated all of the negative feedback out there and I have to agree with the positive, thumbs up from me and five stars. Throne of Glass was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oo this book had a lot of intrigue and mystery. Strange creatures, magical items, forgotten ancient histories? Yup, Throne of Glass has it all. This book also has the highly sought after female friendship between Celaena and Princess Nehemia. Not to forget, Celaena is the literal embodiment of a strong female heroine but realistic and emotional too. Sarah J. Maas has managed to tick so many boxes with Throne of Glass… Continue reading

The Medium (Emily Chambers, Spirit Medium) by C. J. Archer

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My Thoughts:

There were soooooooo many reviews I had to go through for the ‘From the current reviews’ section below. Wow.

Well this was an unexpected Gem of a find. I loved the historical setting for this book and it was easy to read despite being set in a dated time. There have been some complaints that the writing style was too modern for the setting but I, along with many others, disagree. The writing style is right for today’s readers, we all remember how hard going reading Shakespeare was back in school, so why would we want to read a book written in old English now? No, I think C. J. Archer does it perfectly, we are able to appreciate a historical setting without having to struggle our way around words. Historical London, Demons, ghosts, mediums, there’s a lot of good things about this book. Continue reading

Drowning Mermaids (Sacred Breath Book 1) by Nadia Scrieva

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My thoughts:

Ahhhh mermaids? Where do you even begin? My first thoughts were ‘oh no, who writes about mermaids and manages to do it well?’ I was a little bit skeptical to say the least, but couldn’t pass down a free kindle book and I’m so glad I didn’t. The ratings should have told me enough really, Nadia Scrieva is clearly a talented and well loved writer but everyone has their own opinions right?

Well I can tell you I did enjoy this book immensely, and not because it fits into my personal fantasy cup of tea category. The story line is refreshing, new, and a little bit different. I also liked the fact that Nadia wasn’t afraid to make this book as realistic as possible. Drowning Mermaids isn’t a cut down, edit out the nasty bits about life story. This is why I bumped the suitable age up to 15, sure you can read it if you’re younger but in my opinion, this book is aimed at older teens and adults. Continue reading