Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Spotlight- Excalibar Investigations

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 Blurb: The complete series Cate McCray is no ordinary witch. Prophesied to be the one to destroy the Covenant, an age-old organisation who seeks to enslave all Magickind, the race is on for them to kill her before she receives immortality. But before receiving the phenomenal power that comes with it, she must first survive the ascension and the only person who can help her is her elemental partner, Jason Talbot. But when the time comes, her forbidden love for Jason threatens to destroy them both. As leader of Excalibar, an elite team of Enforcers, they work to infiltrate the Covenant leading Cate into life-threatening situations. Can she outwit them before it’s too late?

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 Author Bio: Tiffany Shand was born in Essex, UK and started writing short stories when she was a child. She has always done writing in one form or another and started writing novels in her early teens. Tiffany loves to read books and discovered her love for fantasy and paranormal romance during this time. She writes both non-fiction and fiction, but mostly fantasy and paranormal romance. After doing a creative writing course in her early 20s she is now a freelance writer and professional proofreader. She is currently studying for a journalism degree. Tiffany lives in Essex with her two spoiled cats and one very nutty hamster.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

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Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume
Released: October 31st, 2012
Pages: 496
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Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that's what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn't exactly normal ...Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real 'Creatures' which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures. 

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Everyone thought that Ewan Pendle was weird.  He was able to see monsters
that no one else could see. Ewan is an orphan living with his 10th foster family.
He thinks he is on his way to his 11th, but he discovers he part of a race of people
called Lenitnes. Ewan is on his way to a school called Firedrake Lyceum.

He had wonderful writing style that really drew me in.  It was very descriptive, and
gave a really clear idea for most things.  We got a great sense of this new world,
which I really excited about.  In the beginning it reminded a little of Harry Potter but after arriving at the school, it became its own thing. 

There were a bunch of different characters we got to meet.  While it was mostly from
Ewan's point, we also got to see things from a couple of other characters which was great.   Mathilde was one of my favourites. Who seemed a little quirky but became great friends with Ewan.  The two get into a little trouble together and eventually make friends with Enid.

One part that I felt a little let down was the creatures.  There was not a
whole lot to do with them.  Hoping in the next book we can find out more about
them.

Overall it was very exciting and I am excited to find out what will happen next.  It was filled with great characters, a wonderful world and engaging plot. 

In the end I gave this book 4/5.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Cover reveal- Excalibur Rising

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Review- Darkness Forged- Matt Larkin


Darkness Forged by Matt Larkin
Released:  February 2, 2017

Darkness forged is a prequel to his The Ragnarok Era series.  It was a well written book, though quite dark.  I was excited to find out about this world, filled with a bunch of unique creatures.  It was hard to put down. 

The characters were all different, but all interesting.  I do not know who was my favourite, but I like different things from each.  There were times that I got some of them confused with each other.  When I realised, I was able to figure out who the right character was. 

In the end, I quite enjoyed reading this book.  I liked the characters but none of them stood out for me.   I was fascinated with the world and it left me interested in finding out what happens in the series.  

I gave this book 3/5.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Review- house on Sagamore Road- Cary Marc Grossman

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The House On Sagamore Road by Cary Marc Grossman
Released: January 18, 2017
Pages: 432
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Still recovering from the fire at Sagamore Road, and what she witnessed there, Robin Hanley’s daughter, Tess, is the one speaking to the ghost of Fryderyk Chopin now. Having inherited the abilities shared by her rock musician father and her witch stepmother, Tess must discover what started the long history of witches culminating in her family, and why they have the abilities they do. To accomplish this, she must delve back to pre-Dynastic Egypt, and the very first incarnation.
As Tess struggles to convince them that they might still be in danger, Robin and his wife, Suze, face the loss of a loved one and seek to counsel the troubled spirit of Suze’s cousin, Angie, an unwilling accomplice to the family secret.Desperate to carry on the archaeological research of Suze’s late father, Tess must find the only person capable of giving her the missing facts to discover the cause of the phenomenon before it returns to strike at them again.The second in Cary Marc Grossman’s three-part Chopin’s Family series, The House on Sagamore Road takes the reader back 26,000 years, to the birth of civilization.

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The House on Sagamore, is the second book in this trilogy.  It has a interesting plot and it has has quite a few twists.   There were a couple of times when the story was slightly confusing, when the story would go back in time.  Though eventually , I got back on track.   The writing is quite descriptive and very well researched.

Most of the main characters we met in the first book Chopin's Ghost.   It was great to get to know Suze and Angie more.   I wasn't overly fond of Robin, he frustrated me for quite a while.  

Tess was a character we didn't have much of in the first book.   Tess was probably my favourite in this book.  While everyone believes that their problems are over, Tess believes that there is more to come.  She needs to convince the others, but she needs to discover how it all began.


It is quite a long book, and is packed full of information.  Generally I really enjoyed most of the book.  Though there were a few times it seemed to dragged on.  

Overall the characters were complex and fascinating.   A well written and researched story, with a interesting plot.   It left me feeling slightly confused in places but in the end very enjoyable.   I ended up giving it a 4/5.  


Sunday, 7 May 2017

The good spy dies twice- Audiobook tour

Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher:Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017




Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression. Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s. Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.” Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.” Everyone is a suspect. Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.

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The good spy is a fantastic read.  With a thrilling Plot and Fantastic characters it was hard to put down.   It is very well written and kept a good pace throughout.  

There were some great characters but ones that stood out was Jake Boxer.  Without giving too much away I was very invested in his story and how he was going to solve his problem. 
The audiobook was narrated by he author Mark Hosack.  I thought he did a fantastic job.  There was a great flow throughout the book.  A good character distinction through most of it.  

Overall it translated quite well into a audiobook and had a great sound quality.  While I have only listened to the audiobook,  nothing has seemed to be lost in translation and was very enjoyable.  

In the end it was a excellent read.  It was a fantastic start to the series and I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series. I ended up giving this book a 4.5/5.



   
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A good kind of trouble- Audiobook tour

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Denice Stradling

Length: 11h 12m

Publisher: Ellie Ashe⎮2017

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Release date: Jan. 20, 2017

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There's always trouble in Twin Rivers... Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way. Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the sexy lawyer again. Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

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USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the "happily ever after" that so often is lacking in her day job.
When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.

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Denice Stradling has a 25-year background in theatre, film, and television. After majoring in Humanities/Theatre in college, she went on to tour with a national theatre company, performing in more than 10 countries in 10 years, as well as directing and leading acting workshops. Audiobooks were a perfect fit to combine her acting skills and her lifelong love of reading. Denice made a foray into audiobook narration 10 years ago, first doing volunteer work for Learning Ally. Since then, she has worked for Penguin/Random-House, Bee Audio, Harper Audio, Blackstone Audio, Audible, and others. She is also a published writer, having written short fiction for WOMAN'S WORLD magazine, more than 200 greeting cards for various greeting card companies, and devotionals for Augsburg Press. She has also written a novel, which requires editing and publishing, … “and then my narration, when I can find the time!” Denice lives in the greater Los Angeles area with her husband, whom she met in her high school drama class—she played the heroine and he played the villain in the school's melodrama. Not your typical love story—but it's working!
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