Essential Maps For The Lost – Deb Caletti

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Yes I know, it’s been far too long and I should be posting up more blogs on here but I’ve been a little busy writing three books, blogging for Diary Of A Young Writer  go check it out click here and here. I also have two jobs, one of which is working in a bookshop, though I feel like I have a dozen jobs really (I mean who has holidays these days?). So I’m sorry, I’ve not had much time to read and I’ve been attempting the classics, which dear god, some of the classic fiction is really tough to get through. So far I’ve read books by Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, George Eliot, Anne Bronte and Emily Bronte.  Continue reading

The Unfinished Song: Wing Book 5 by Tara Maya

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

My Thoughts: Well I finished this book several months ago and due to busy times I haven’t been able to pick up book 6 yet. I’m going to keep this short and sweet, and if you want to know more about the series then I recommend hitting the link above so you can read my blog about book 1 in this series. 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

Coming Soon…

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I’ve been a bit quiet again lately as I’ve been having a revamp of my blog (trying to make it look awesome so check it out and let me know your thoughts!) This is just a hello (hello), to let you all know that I’m still blogging. I am behind on my book reviews due to work but I will be posting up book reviews for the following wonderful books soon…

  1. I Am Phantom by Sean Fletcher
  2. The Unfinished Song: Root Book Four by Tara Maya
  3. The Unfinished Song: Wing Book Five by Tara Maya
  4. Consensus Breaking by M.S. Dobing
  5. Dead Days: Season Three by Ryan Casey

– Caitlin x

She Never Got To Say Goodbye by Ica Iova

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My Thoughts:

She Never Got To Say Goodbye is a great paranormal fantasy and thriller with a lovely and satisfying ending. I enjoyed reading this book and it has been a delightful change from what I’ve been currently reading. The story is fast-paced and takes elements from a number of different genres, romance, mystery, action, paranormal and thriller. I think even the pickiest readers will have trouble finding nothing to appreciate here. Overall the story is well written, I noticed a couple of errors but nothing that detracts away from the story. Ica Iova has a beautiful and addictive writing style that will keep you turning the pages.

She Never Got To Say Goodbye is centred around two main characters, Olivia and Brandon. The story describes how they meet, fall in love, and how their relationship ultimately falls apart. The story then moves on to Olivia’s life as a ghost, Brandon’s life as a single parent, and the last part of the story introduces the life of the killer… Continue reading

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

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My Thoughts: 

I found this delightful little gem in my local bookstore, sadly I couldn’t stay in said bookstore all day and neither did I buy as many books as I would have liked to however, The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo caught my eye and I’m so glad that it did! It didn’t take long for me to be completely absorbed by this story, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE Hayao Miyazaki’s work and as soon as I picked up on the Spirited Away-esque vibe seeping from the pages of this novel, I was hooked! I would literally beg Hayao Miyazaki to make The Ghost Bride into one of his spectacular animations, Myself and I could name a few others, would definitely buy and watch it.

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Lesser Gods (Psionic Pentalogy Book 3) by Adrian Howell

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My Thoughts:

Oh my god this book almost broke my heart! I could not believe what happened to the main character Adrian, so so so much injustice and I can’t tell you much more than that otherwise it will spoil the story!

Just like Wild-Born and The Tower, Lesser Gods is written from the POV of Adrian Howell, a young teenage boy with incredible telekinetic powers. This third book in this series follows Adrian and his new family and friends, as they fend off their enemies, whilst living with the Guardian faction in a place called New Haven. If you want more details you will just have to read my other blogs, here for Wild-Born and here for The Tower. However just to cover some basics, there is a war going on between various different groups. The Angels are another psionic faction, The God-Slayers are religious extremists, and The Wolves are a military group. The Angels are like the Guardians, only the Angels believe they should be the rulers of the world and mankind, the Guardians oppose this.

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Chained (Cage of Lies Book 1) by Susanne Valenti

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My Thoughts:
I just have to say, I’m a total sucker for fictional, mysterious, bad-boys, (and I mean the bad-boys that are a little shy, awkward, hide their emotions, but are totally strong, skilled and confident in their abilities, yet still loving and protective. NOT the arrogant, aggressive, controlling, cold and heartless bad-boys who pretend to be in love just so they can get into someones pants -C.L.) Ok, so that being said, Susanne hit my total weakness the moment she introduced the character Coal! As soon as he came into the story I knew exactly what type of character he was going to be and I was practically smiling with glee.
 Chained is a fast-paced and well written dystopian fantasy, and the underlying themes in this story echo some of the problems we face in the real world today (like the fact that the rich are corrupt and the poor never really stand a chance -C.L.) I liked this, the cynical side to me jumped for joy, it’s clever.

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Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters book 1) by A. W. Exley

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My Thoughts:

TW: If you can’t read about difficult and disturbing subjects, and/or don’t like romance, and/or can’t read about murder, and/or can’t read about sex, then this book is not for you.

There are some difficult topics in this book, particularly surrounding the main female protagonist Cara. In her childhood years she suffers abuse and extreme trauma (underage non-consensual sex, rape.) However, A. W. Exley only mentions this in passing as part of Cara’s past. Also, Cara’s deceased father was violent and abusive (not in a sexual way), this again is mentioned in passing as part of Cara’s past. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable already then I recommend that you don’t read this book.

If you’re like me and don’t like, but can accept the disturbing/distressing elements of this story, and enjoy reading consensual romantic partnerships, then you’ll love this book. However, I wouldn’t classify Nefertiti’s Heart as an erotica by any stretch, so if you’re looking for that, you’ll need to look somewhere else.

Now that’s been dealt with, Nefertiti’s Heart is a Victorian, Steampunk, Historical, Mystery, Thriller and Romance novel. Continue reading

The Color of Heaven (The Color of Heaven Series Book 1) by Julianne Maclean

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My Thoughts:

Firstly, this is book one out of a total of nine at the moment. The books in this series are all about different people, but have similar themes running through them.

The Color of Heaven hit a raw nerve for me, it was somewhat similar to my own experiences, so naturally, I’m hardened to a lot of emotional books, but this one, this one had me blinking back tears a few times. This book was pretty sad, but it was filled with so much hope and desire to live too. The beginning of the story is pretty depressing, but it is all a premise for the real message of this story; how to live life even after severe trauma in your life.

The Color of Heaven has been described as ’emotional’ and ‘thought-provoking’, and quite frankly, those are the two best words that could describe this book. Continue reading