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  • Lovely on Feb. 05, 2013

    A short and rather sad story. Alice is overwhelmed by the emotional and physical abuse inflicted by her parents. She is contemplating suicide as a means of escape and relives one day over and over again. Will she learn from her prior decisions and make the right choice at the end? There are a few spelling errors but these are not distracting.
  • Desperate Rescue - Janet Feldman Series on March 26, 2013

    My favourite line in this book: “if someone screamed bloody murder in the middle of a forest and no one was there to help, would it make any difference if you screamed at all?” Janet Feldman and her friend Sally are invited by strangers to a party of wealthy socialites. They are discomforted by the use of drugs at the party and try to leave. Sally is distracted when she is asked to dance by a very handsome man. Janet witnesses Sally being kidnapped and promptly chases after the kidnappers. The pursuer becomes the pursued in this fast paced novel. Janet doesn’t know whether she can trust the reclusive mountain main Greg Danes in her increasingly desperate quest to save Sally. Will Janet get to her in time or will she suffer the same fate as her friend? Enjoyed this novel – a strong moral to the story – misplaced trust in strangers can be dangerous. *Review also published on smashwords and diesel e-books.
  • Adelaide Confused on July 25, 2013

    Enjoyable. Adelaide is an empath who was forced by her mother to use pills and therapy to control her ability. She left home at 18, broke off all contact with her family and moved to a small island where she works as a receptionist of a small hotel. Her gift has made it difficult for her to socialise with others. She is unexpectedly pursued by the charismatic and wealthy Reed Wallace, but he has a hidden agenda. She is very attracted to her taciturn neighbour Lucas who appears to finds socialising just as difficult as she does. Adelaide has to pretend to be Reed’s girlfriend but then has to fend off his jealous secretary and his business rival’s violent cronies. I loved the author’s prose and at times I laughed aloud especially when Adelaide yells at a ghost to prevent him from pointing to letters on the Ouija board as he has to work though her: the medium and not spoil her fun! I hope there’ll be a sequel to this novel as the author has left some unanswered questions: what exactly will Adelaide do with the demon book; is Reed romantically interested in her at all or was he just using her and why can’t she sense Lucas’ emotions? Also published review on Amazon.co.uk.
  • Love Through Cobra's Eye on Sep. 11, 2013

    An unusual paranormal romance. Rashi Sharma prevents some folk from killing a king cobra. That night, she finds the cobra in her bedroom and it starts talking to her – it’s grateful that she saved its life. She’s terrified and asks it to leave. Shortly thereafter she is hired by the wealthy Chauhan family to be the PA of the very handsome and charming Shesh whose two older brothers: friendly Vrithra and his wife Nuwa; the misogynistic Ahi are equally good looking. Aside from being tall and handsome the brothers share another trait: hairless arms and slitted pupil eyes. Rashi starts getting nightly phone calls from Vasu, the were snake she saved, and after months of calls she falls in love with him and wants to meet him in his human form but he seems oddly hesitant. It’s obvious that one of the brothers is Vasu but is it Shesh who is clearly romantically interested in her or could it be Ahi who scolded her for the temerity to enter his office (a domain in which no women are allowed)? Warning: this book needs editing due to the spelling and grammatical errors. Please don’t allow the errors to put you off from reading this and the other books in this series as this is an entertaining read.
  • Vampire University (Book One in the Vampire University Series) on Nov. 02, 2013

    Taylor’s first week as a university freshman reveals a new world to her: the existence of vampires; gargoyles and leprechauns. Her gregarious roommate Hannah is oddly controlling in her opinions as to whom Taylor should befriend which Taylor naturally resents. Friendly Eric Evans and his dour twin brother Joseph are freshmen who both show an interest in Taylor but whilst both of them are dangerous, one intends to harm her. Between discovering her immunity to the vampires’ enthrallment; the fact that her blood seems to be a “cure” for vampirism; her resident advisor’s snarky behaviour and the freshman Dean’s obnoxious manner, Taylor will be lucky to survive her first week at university. I enjoy the paranormal genre and this novel was entertaining. I did hope that Taylor would have a romantic interest with a certain Evan’s brother but when he noticed his RA Tom’s beautiful green eyes, it was clear that he would not be interested in her.
  • Sanity Siphoned on Nov. 04, 2013

    Well written story with realistic themes. Severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of a cruel bully; self harming; subsequent sexual relationship with said bully (a type of Stockholm syndrome!); underage and unprotected sex (luckily heroine was not impregnated); attempted suicide. Even the heroine admits that it’s weird for her to be attracted to the bully. Julienne has been emotionally and physically abused by Michael for two years in guise of “bullying” at school. Their mothers become friends and Michael insults Julienne in her own home. She’s so upset that she cuts herself. Michael later feels physically attracted to her and starts exerting sexual pressure upon her. She’s so emotionally starved that she fails to recognise another form of control being exercised over her. He declares that he’s in love with her yet he fails to make their relationship public and fails to provide her with the emotional support she needs – she’s essentially his booty call. He doesn’t even visit her in the psychiatric facility after her attempted suicide. I think that her HEA with Michael was unbelievable and frankly scary (since realistically it’s like a woman remaining with an abusive partner after he promises that he’s changed). The only bright threads that I could discern in this book were her sincere friendship with Nick Sheldon (a lifeline that Julienne needs) and the fact that she receives the psychiatric care she so desperately needs.
  • Heart of Stone on Nov. 06, 2013

    Gabby is sweet and wears her heart on her sleeve though she’d better develop that filter between her brain and her mouth as she blurts out whatever she’s thinking resulting in embarrassment. Aiden is sophisticated, domineering and definitely controls the relationship. Hot romance with a bitter end. Luckily this is only part one. Liked it, but the frequent use of incorrect words eg. idol vs idle; thou vs though ; dual vs duel was distracting – book needs editing since spell checker will not correct such errors.
  • Lovers on Nov. 06, 2013

    Elaina Freeman is emotionally scarred from childhood sexual abuse. As an adult, she picks up men for one night stands of unprotected sex whilst teasing her married boss Felix de La Cruz. Elaina also initiates sex with her boss. This error culminates in a vicious assault as her boss is not all that he originally appears to be – he’s a remorseless serial killer. Thereafter even she admits that she erred. Duh! Christian Dubois and Malachi Porter are very attractive and wealthy best friends who share Christian’s house and later also share Elaina. The book ends with the three of them in a merrily committed relationship cemented by the exchange of rings and the signature of a palimony agreement to protect her interests and that of their children. A score of 1 is given as whilst the book was a piece of erotic fiction (focusing more on erotica than the background story), the spelling and grammar in this book were very poor. Book desperately needs editing. Heroine was not sympathetic; had a non-existent moral compass and was very aggressive toward women she viewed as rivals. *Scenes of explicit sex and violence. For over 18s only.
  • A Plain Jane Book Two on Nov. 06, 2013

    Story is fast paced and exciting – more so than the first book. Jane finally accepts that she is not plain at all aside from the embarrassing blue spots that are a dead giveaway of her emotional state (eek!) and the shimmering blue streaks in her hair! She becomes more decisive and essentially her own person, now that the nasty “assister” has been removed from her brain – pity she lost the speed, agility and kick a** abilities though! Jane is revealed to be the last of the Paran monarchy (from admin assistant to space princess in less than a month!) and has 9 super powerful robots (and one assassin robot) at her beck and call. Lucas and Jane’s relationship is finally progressing as they rid themselves of doubts and uncertainties. Lucas seems less arrogant and less of the perfect soldier than he was in the first book and becomes more emotional and likeable. Book ends on an utter cliffhanger scene and I’ve already bought book 3 to see what happens next. I think the greatest praise that I can give any book is that I think these books would be a great series of movies. The Galactic Senate scene description reminded me of the Galactic Senate in Star Wars (perhaps that’s where author got the idea?). Grammatical errors are distracting, book needs editing. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk.
  • Colossus on March 11, 2014

    The first half of this novel was rather like a fairytale: with the friendship between young Alice Kenworth and a timid mythical stone man who is thousands of years old yet still a child amongst the other Collossi . This was no fairytale however as the last half quickly descended into an all too grim and brutal reality. It was a poignant ending. Well written and absorbing fantasy tale. *Review also published on diesel ebooks.
  • The Amber Ring (A Novella) on April 01, 2014

    A well written fairy tale about Maya, a sceptical heroine reluctantly taking up the reins after the death of her heroic sister. There’s a dash of death; a significant betrayal and plenty of whimsy. Loved the cute pet names that the cobbler couple had for each other and try saying Gnarlington Gnibblemeister the Geographer Gnome 3 times fast! Enjoyed the novel, hoping that author will publish more in this genre. *Also published review on amazon.co.uk
  • Hevun's Rebel on July 28, 2014

    Humans are kept alive until they’re past breeding age and then executed. The Tu-atta are aliens of a humanoid type that keep humans enslaved on a large space station. Sahra Johnston is one of 17 children. None of her family bothered to teach her how to speak properly so she mis-pronounces many words but this is no reflection upon her intelligence. She’s a child prodigy although she’s only six! She is mocked by both her siblings and other children who work in the mines but she cares deeply for the welfare of her family who are on the brink of starvation. Eon was an overlord at the station until rebels planted a bomb with the intention of killing him. As a shapeshifter he’s hard to kill so he ends up as a gelatinous blob oozing along the tunnels absorbing sustenance. Sahra mistakes him for a slime dog and cares for and loves him as a pet. At first he regards her as a stepping stool on his way back up the ladder but starts to realise that she is the only being who loves him. It’s a shocking finale and one is left wondering – did little Sahra and Eon die? (If Eon can die that is…) Implausible yes indeed but highly entertaining.
  • Daughter Of The Wind --Western Wind on July 28, 2014

    Bellana had a tendency to blush furiously as a child and earned the nickname Pink. She was sold into slavery after her father died and her mother re-married. At the age of 17, Pink begins to attract unwanted male attention and she fears that her owner may send her to a brothel. She hides in the forest but is caught and kills a man whilst defending herself. As a slave she knows the punishment for this is death and she runs away. She is given shelter by the kindly Johann, a wizard who recognises that Bella has a powerful magical ability. He hides her from Garec (who claims to be her new owner) and flees with her to a large city . En route, they stop at Tomas Ruben’s farm and she learns to heal with magic. She also meets new friends: a half breed unicorn who she names Angel (although he has the disposition of a demon) and a large enchanted wolf: Conlann who can hear her thoughts. Angel’s sire, a unicorn Lorhn, is the first to call Bella: Daughter of the Wind. Later a captured Tergal soldier refers to her as a faerie; a changeling. Conlann teaches her sword fighting. When they reach the city, Bella enlists in the army (to prevent being forced back into slavery) and her sword skill attracts the attention of Prince Torel a captain in the King’s Guard. Conlann (a man who had been forced into a wolf form) has been sans companionship for two hundred years and quickly falls in love with Bella and is jealous of the men she meets. She acknowledges her feelings for him too but knows that it cannot last if his enchantment is unbroken. Torel orders Bella and her “brother” to infiltrate the court of the Tergral. Magic; adventure; a dash of romance – overall a great fantasy novel. There are a few editing issues that can be corrected by proofreading. *Review also published on the amazon.co.uk site.
  • Carpe DiEmily (Part 1): A Free Romance / Romantic Comedy Chick Lit on July 28, 2014

    Depressed Emily plans to commit suicide but is convinced by the unscrupulous Mr. Becker to sell all of her organs for a large sum of money that she can use to fulfil some of her dreams for a year before fulfilling her end of the deal. Emily’s bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies: Country dancing; adopting a pet; getting drunk; parasailing; visiting a tropical island; getting a tattoo; visiting New York; skinny dipping; meeting Woody Allen; having a one-night stand; running with the bulls in Pamplona and making love under the stars in Paris. There is of course the added goal of doing all of the above before end of 12 months at which point creepy Mr. Becker gets all of her organs. *Review also published on amazon.co.uk
  • Charlotte & Sebastian on Aug. 06, 2014

    After the vampire Lucien brutally killed Charlotte’s family, she was recruited by an agency that hunts supernatural beings. Sebastian (the only vampire working for the agency) has known that Charlotte was his destined mate from the date that they first met and has waited for her to return his feelings. Charlotte is attracted to him although she hates what he is. After a demon attack, she chooses to live as a vampire. Unfortunately people working for the agency despise vampires and she faces the difficult task of not only learning to cope with vampirism but also to overcome the prejudice of her colleagues. A good quick read. Requires proofreading due to missing words and swopping of characters’ names. Review also published on Amazon. *Warning – this is in the adult genre so expect scenes of explicit sex.
  • Australian Magic on Sep. 27, 2014

    In the year 2036, anarchy occurred when the supernatural beings of the world came out of hiding and overthrew human rule. Everything before then is known as BA (before anarchy). In this world an extremely powerful supernatural being called the Mediator married a witch and their child is M. Years later after her mother is murdered M’s dad mysteriously leaves her. During her travels she reaches a Seelie forest and is trained by an elite unit. She meets fairies (who look like Tinkerbell but are carnivorous and have been known to eat people alive; dwarves famed for their metalwork; reconnects with her giant friend Manny; Seelie and Unseelie fae; Werewolves; and a sexy black dragon in human form who declares her to be his hoard. She unwittingly becomes the next mediator when she stands up for the rights of the lesser fae.
  • Tortured Dreams on Nov. 11, 2014

    Wow! It’s been years since I’ve read such a chilling novel. This book is not for the faint hearted or those with sensitive stomachs! Rather gruesome descriptions of torture. Story centres around Aislinn Cain (think of a female version of that Dexter character) a sociopath from childhood (with a genius level IQ). At the age of 8 she was kidnapped, then killed her abductor and escaped. Since then several serial killers gravitated towards her and attacked her under the mistaken belief that she is prey when in fact she’s the predator. Aislinn is invited to join the SCTU (Serial Crimes Tracking Unit) and is nicknamed Ace by her team mates. Ace’s first case involves tracking a killer(s) that is murdering people in groups of ten via ancient torture methods e.g. the Iron Maiden. Her 2 friends: Nyleena (a prosecutor) and Malachi (an FBI agent) can barely tolerate each other but love her. Malachi is a psychopath who admits to Aislinn that she is the only person he’d exchange his life for. A good (albeit disturbing) read that was difficult to put down. * Review also published on Amazon.co.uk.
  • Elysium Dreams on Nov. 11, 2014

    My favourite lines in this book are spoken by Aislinn (nicknamed Ace): “I’m a monster but a good monster. I can live with that.” Aislinn Cain (think of a female version of that Dexter character) is a sociopath from childhood (with a genius level IQ). At the age of 8 she was kidnapped, then killed her abductor and escaped. Since then several serial killers gravitated towards her and attacked her under the mistaken belief that she is prey when in fact she’s the predator. Book 2 picks up about 6 months after Ace joined the SCTU (Serial Crimes Tracking Unit). It’s as gruesome as book 1 (Tortured Dreams): not for the faint hearted or those with sensitive stomachs!. A serial killer in Alaska has murdered and skinned dozens of women. The SCTU team is called in to investigate. This time the reader is told almost from the beginning who the killer is, so it’s interesting to read about the team’s interactions with him (as they don’t know that he’s the man they’re hunting). Ace proves just how tough she is during his first attempt to abduct her, when she inflicts far more damage to him than vice versa. Poetic justice. He’s intelligent, ruthless, extremely dangerous and he may just prove to be Ace’s nemesis. A good (albeit disturbing) read that was difficult to put down. The book was well written, aside from a few editing errors and I thought that the author repeated the words “serial killer” too often. If you haven’t read book 1, the author has summarised part thereof during Ace’s explanations to others.
  • Revived (Revived, #1) on Dec. 26, 2014

    Great sci-fi / dystopian concept. This interesting book grabbed and kept my attention throughout. The cover art is striking. In 2075, Vivian Clancy is revived from cryogenic storage 30 years after her murder. She’s in a huge underground complex where the predominant decorating colour is a cold clinical white. The Earth’s surface has apparently been devastated hence the underground facility. Prior to her revival she was implanted with a robotic heart, but what is the purpose thereof? She is one of six people who have an odd black swirl tattooed on the right hand. Her questions about what has happened are ignored. Rob, a scientist, keeps trying to kill her – as he says she murdered his father. Dr. Dara Janelle lies frequently and blocks Vivian from receiving any pertinent information. Meanwhile Piers, Vivian’s brother, while initially glad to see her, subsequently largely ignores her. The frequent use of incorrect words (incorrect tense etc) can be corrected by proof reading. Due to the following factors I’ve deducted 2 stars from my review: there was no explanation given as to why the surface air was poisonous; a machine intended to clean the Earth’s air of poison gas has to be started with a kick (yes, a kick – this was even questioned by one of the characters in the book); there is no decontamination process when people return from a sojourn into the poisonous air and the book’s end was very abrupt. If the author intended this to be first of a series; this should have been specified in the title or synopsis.
  • Small Acts of Supernatural Kindness on March 02, 2015

    10 Year old Makensie meets a Sasquatch that needs help. Well written and delightful short story. I rather hope that the author will publish a novel continuing the adventures of Makensie.
  • Beneath the Waves on March 02, 2015

    Beneath The Waves Three generations ago, starships deposited human colonists on a planet. Unfortunately the planet was already occupied by aquatic beings who did not take kindly to the construction of a floating city. These beings changed the planet’s weather patterns resulting in a waterworld with one last small human village. Meredith is 14 years old and often day dreams about what could be living beneath the waves. She is the only person who can hear a haunting melody and this means that she is the only being that can right the wrongs done to the world. Together with the help of various aquatic species, Meredith will strive to re-balance the world. Enjoyable fantasy tale. To rescue a hero A bitter sweet short story that is a sequel to Beneath The Waves. Meredith mysteriously disappeared and was never found despite diligent searches by her companions. Generations later, many of the races of the re-balanced world no longer respect the need for unity amongst all species. The time has come for the greatest hero to be found.
  • Portal to Freedom on March 10, 2015

    Although Char (which is a great name for a dragon) at first scares young Dusk, he soon pities the frightened young kitsune (3 tailed fox) and is determined to help her escape from the Zoo and find the portal to their world. Well written, entertaining short story. Loved the concept that Char had to eat spicy food before breathing fire! Plenty of scope for the author to expand the tale to a novel as there are unanswered questions e.g. why would a young kitsune be abandoned and why was Char exiled from his home world?
  • The Family Secret - Sara & the Sarcastic Creatures Book 1 on Dec. 15, 2015

    I enjoyed this highly entertaining novel of whimsical adventure. Weird creatures (albeit not sarcastic!) included Oliver who resembled an onion; a debonair Parisian gargoyle tour guide; a fortune-telling con artist toad and many others. If you enjoy fantasy novels do read this, but be warned...you may be left wondering about what may be bathing in your cup of coffee (heh! heh!). Eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. There were a few editing errors that can be corrected with proofreading.
  • Beyond the Plains on April 04, 2016

    This is book 1 of the World of Myth series. If you enjoyed the fantasy worlds of the Dragonlance and Harry Potter series, you’ll find that the World of Myth series is equally entertaining. Absorbing fantasy saga. The author has created a fantastic world that incorporates various fabled sentient species including amongst others: minotaurs; gnomes; leprechauns; ogres; colossi and a few angels. Each species has their individual character traits and foibles. Emily Stout is a plucky 16-year-old human heroine who was raised on a farm in the Plains, a harsh life tempered by the support of her loving family. Emily (as with most other teenagers raised in humble surrounding) longs for greener pastures, to see the world beyond the plains. She travels to the city of Lucifan that is under the protection of 5 angels, one of whom takes an interest in her. She also develops a crush on knight based in Lucifan. When she encounters trouble, she’s all too aware of her limitations but determined to do what is right. The kind of heroine you can root for. Book is well written. I'm eagerly anticipating reading the rest of the books in the series. *Review also published on Amazon.
  • The Log Entries of Jenny Terran 00-42 on July 05, 2016

    From a mysterious beginning, being raised in foster homes, Jenny Terran works aboard a starship and meets various crew members, of varying species and personalities. She finds a spark of ambition when she receives an offer to study at Star Fleet Academy. Enjoyable, well written fan-fiction read for anyone who avidly watched any of the Star Trek series.
  • Hell's Child: The Log Entries of Jenny Terran on July 05, 2016

    Jenny Terran's first term at Starfleet Academy has begun. She clears the air with her nemesis Rutter (assigned as her mentor in the first novel as a punishment for both of them), and settles in to her studies. Her path is not all smooth sailing (or starship piloting) as egged on by her crazy inner voice, she challenges an 8 foot tall Klingon warrior to a fight. Aboard the Earhart (the spaceship version of the Marie Celeste), Jenny ends up in another dimension, helping to fight for the freedom of an idyllic planet inaptly called Hell. This book clears up part of the mystery of how baby Jenny ended up on an abandoned spacecraft. Enjoyable, well written fan-fiction read for anyone who avidly watched any of the Star Trek series.
  • Aperture on July 09, 2016

    This is more of a post apocalyptic novel than a fantasy. Tess/Jessica sees through the eyes of and feels the emotions of another woman occasionally, a woman who is a killing machine. Despite the implication in the synopsis Tess didn't manipulate the emotions of others in this book, perhaps if she'd done so, the people that tried to help her wouldn't have been killed. This novel was essentially: girl gets caught by an evil man who threatens to force her into prostitution (fortunately he didn't enact that threat), she escapes, is re-captured by the same man with same threat. She has the opportunity twice to kill said man but lets him go and he immediately kills people that tried to help her. At the end of the novel, Tess suddenly displays some telekinetic ability just in time to lose a fight with a creepy claw beast/woman. Various homophone errors noted. Overall I didn't enjoy the read as too many threads left unfinished/unexplained e.g. how was Tess separated from her family; where did the claw beast come from; why didn't Tess use her abilities sooner? Based on this novel, I'm not inclined to read others in The Last Revenant series.
  • The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding (Book One) on July 09, 2016

    An epic fantasy adventure tale. A land where once humans; elves; dragons; unicorns; faun etc. lived in harmony is now under an evil king’s rule. Centuries ago, the king destroyed all humans and transformed the last humans of the city of Tanaan into dragons. Then a prophecy foretold that pure blood human girl would be born and would vanquish the king. Jahrra is that child, placed by dragons in the care of a poor but caring couple. She is raised to believe that she is Nesnan (mix of humn/elvish/dwarven blood). She attends school and makes two friends but is tormented endlessly by a pair of wealthy cruel twins. She becomes the ward of kindly dragon Hroombra who is so old he can no longer fly, but she hates the younger dragon Jaax who is cold towards her. Delightful story - after finishing this book, I bought the next 4 books in the series. I deducted 1 star due to the grammar errors that could be corrected with proofreading.
  • The Legend of Oescienne - The Beginning (Book Two) on July 09, 2016

    17 years have passed since Jahrra was found and she’s spent half her life as the ward of Hroombra, an elderly dragon (who wears specially made spectacles to read his many books (loved that imagery!)). Her friendship with the witch/hag of the swamp Denaeh is still a secret from Hroombra and Jaax. Denaeh is aware of the girl’s destiny and tries to give her clues of this, by sending her into a creepy area where she meets dangerous mythical creatures. The dragons on the other hand try to prepare her for her future by sending her for combat training with an elven couple and by teaching her Draggish, the language of the dragons. Jahrra (still unaware that she is human) is content with her life and her friends despite the ongoing torment by the other children at school. Unfortunately that contentment is destroyed by the death of someone she loves dearly. This prompts the need for her to flee with Phrym, her pet semequin (type of horse) and under the protection of Jaax despite her continued dislike of him. Delightful fantasy adventure tale. I deducted 1 star due to the grammar errors that could be corrected with proofreading.
  • Horse With No Name on July 23, 2016

    Julia Thoms, an only child of a judge, was content until her father laughed at her dream of becoming the first female lawyer in their town. She is now estranged from her parents and has lived for 6 weeks in the small town named Horse. Whilst coping with being the school teacher and avoiding the matchmaking efforts of the mayor's wife, she cannot stop her curiosity about the attack on the solitary James Hunter. Her efforts to bring his attackers to justice are unappreciated by widower Jack Merrick, the only constable in town. Unfortunately her stubborness may endanger her life as the truth about James Hunter (I didn't suspect that at all!) and his attacker is revealed. Enjoyable cosy mystery with moderate violence, an awkward hero and a headstrong female sleuth. Hoping that further books in the series will develop a sweet romance for Julia with either Jack or Walt the blacksmith who seems to hiding a few secrets of his own. *review also published on amazon.
  • Good Vs. Evil High on July 24, 2016

    Kristine was recruited into North Haven after an act of incredible bravery attracted the attention of the school. Whilst I like the main character, I was disappointed with her lackadaisical attitude towards her "relationship" with Roman. She was quick to assert to her friends that he was not her boyfriend but she didn't say this to him - a sign of her immaturity. This was a direct contributor to what later happened. Despite this Roman's behaviour was inexcusable. It was weird how none of the students at NHHS found it creepy that their movements were being constantly recorded. Surely their kind Headmaster should not have allowed this? Luke Knight - the bad boy (quite literally) that Kristine falls for is the stereotypical handsome guy. However he was a criminal and chose to remain on that path even when given a better option, Kristine doesn't find this at all worrying, yet another sign of her immaturity. Cinder high - the school for villains was disturbing. Morose, violent students who find it insulting to be thanked. A cruel Headmaster that kills students for insolence. A good light read. *Review also published on Amazon
  • Shreiber and Tome: Unlucky Vamps on July 26, 2016

    Laughed often whilst reading this. If you like detective novels with a paranormal twist and plenty of humour you’ll find this to be enjoyable too. With tips from (un)reliable sources including a vampire wearing pink fluffy bat shaped slippers and a cross-dressing demon stylishly (ahem!) attired in a blue sequinned gown, Lil and her partner are on the case. They're hoping that they’ll be paid by the vampire prince who hired them to find a serial killer and not be treated to a view of their internal organs on the outside of their bodies. May we all be protected from CBP (Chronic Body Plop) –an illness suffered by various characters in the book whereby limbs fall off and need to be sewn back on (often done by the limb owner by his/herself). Heh! Heh! Favourite lines: “Don’t come crying to me if you get eviscerated, desiccated or any other –ated.” “I have you on speed dial, under: Irritating person I wouldn’t bite to save my mother.”
  • The Lost Wagon Train on July 30, 2016

    A well written story geared for children and the young at heart. 12 year old Retta Barre hopes for adventure and to be something other than ordinary. She has a crush on her friend's brother but he sees her only as a pal. Then she meets and befriends Two Bears a Shoshone Indian and his family and her adventures begin.
  • Spirit Light on Aug. 03, 2016

    If you like tales about dragons and dragon riders, you'll enjoy this book. Rehema is a Dragon Ryder - her bond is La'Kera the first Dy'Monian dragon hatched in 300 years. The pair have special powers that continue to enhance as they grow stronger. In this book Rehema has a new mentor Damien Balrok. The term mentor from hell is a mild description of this sadistic Ryder who punishes her with zaps of lightning, beats her during their sparring sessions and doesn't seem to be teaching her anything about magic. It's disconcerting that the academy allowed that kind of abuse. Her abilities do give forewarnings of delgori (a type of vampire) attacks that Damien at first ignores but later takes seriously. Her spirit light power is impressive as it turns delgori into ash. Rehema's heartache over the two year separation from her kindred spirit Connor doesn't preclude her pursuing a forbidden relationship with Creston (Connor's twin). I gave this 4 stars as whilst I enjoyed the story, there were many errors incl. homophone errors that should (by book 6 in a series) be picked up by proofreading.
  • The Guardians of the Forest: Book One on Aug. 05, 2016

    Enjoyable fantasy read. Although the book has a somewhat slow start when Kiethara was basically alone in the forest, it was necessary to set the main character of a fabled powerful guardian. As any lonely, isolated person would, she longed for company. Her world expanded when she met Navadar, her first human friend who became her first love. Whilst he was sweet and initially a good match for her (despite his wariness of magic), the change in his character towards the end of the book was unexpected. The identity of her father was quite a twist. Kiethara's journey to and brief stay in the city was also an eye-opener for her in various ways. Eagerly anticipating reading the next book. Deducted 1 star due to the errors that can be corrected with proof-reading. *Review also published on amazon.
  • The Guardians of the Forest: Book Two on Aug. 06, 2016

    Enjoyable fantasy read. After her nasty experiences in Redawn and her fight with Navadar, Kiethara is relieved to be back in the forest. However Aaron, the spirit that guided her since she was three, now starts training her to fight Gandador. Aaron's origins are finally explained in this book. On her 16th birthday, she finally experiences the full power that a forest guardian is capable of but also learns that she must be the one to kill Gandador. Kiethara makes her first female friend, Camella a girl of her own age who lessens her loneliness. Navadar comes back and resumes his role as romantic interest although I thought Kiethara was far too quick to forgive the awful things he said during their fight. Gandador grows in power too and acquires sidekicks that are evil strong magic users. His cruel influences starts spreading in Redawn and other cities and it's just a matter of time until he attacks Kiethara again. Kiethara's overwhelming grief over the loss of a beloved friend, distracts her from her duty as a guardian. Will she be able to defeat Gandador with the help of her remaining allies? A good conclusion to this 2 part book series. Book needs proof reading to correct spelling and other errors. *Review also published on amazon.
  • Allie Bedeviled on July 01, 2017

    Favourite line “When situational crazy is driving the train, you should always keep your personal crazy tucked in the attic” While fleeing from Frank the psychotic rapist and blind date from hell, Allie falls through ice covering a frozen pond and keeps falling. She lands in the lowest level of hell, meets Ferrous a minion, and begins her climb up through hell’s nine circles. Along the way she meets many lost souls including Myrtle (who in life upholstered furniture in skins of her victims) and Boo Boo (a cannibalistic clown). The minion has devious plans that involve Allie and Satan. Allie’s only goals are to get her slipper back from crazy Frank, and escape from hell armed only with her fuzzy slippers, tablecloth and penguin covered pjs. Perhaps a cold day in hell will lead to her escape. Entertaining black comedy novel. There were a few errors that can be corrected with proofreading.
  • The Wall on July 08, 2017

    Well written apocalyptic novel. Like most other people after the disease outbreak, Sarah's family has died but she finds others to care about: Mrs. Franklin an elderly neighbour, Mary an orphan, a stray cat, and Martin an infected man from the South Zone. Despite only knowing Martin for less than a week, Sarah strives to help him get medicine to the infected in the South Zone. This places Sarah and those she cares about at risk when gangs break through the wall. A good and rather realistic story in my opinion, displaying both kindness and cruelty in human nature. *review also published on amazon
  • Georgia on July 18, 2017

    Chelsea grew up in Georgia and has a heavy southern accent to prove it! Hired killers try to murder her , but being a tough gal, she kills them! She flees and enlists in the navy. Sadly the FSN (Federal States Navy) recruitment officer’s spiel of career possibilities falls far short of the reality. This leads to the part of the book that I didn’t like: women recruited into the navy are not allowed to learn as the males do e.g. space navigation; advanced weaponry etc. Instead women are there to ensure the comfort of the men (i.e. the women are concubines!)Fortunately Chelsea is under seventeen and she’s exempted from that “training”. She receives preferential treatment due to her surprisingly influential biological family and is granted the position of an ensign aboard a warship. With many amusing phrases like “Grinning like a fresh water squid” the book was interesting and action packed. 2 Stars removed since downloading epub version resulted in network errors, twice!, so book was read online. *review also published on amazon.
  • Ruth's Adventure on July 23, 2017

    I purchased this book thinking it was a heart-warming adventure of a child on a wagon trail in the old west. Unfortunately this was not the case at all. I do not recommend this book for younger readers and sensitive older readers as the book has (fortunately inexplicit) references to emotional , physical and sexual abuse of a child; rape; adultery; voyeurism; nudity; assault and seriously odd conversations between a mother and Ruth, her 8 year old daughter about the mother’s lover. *1 star is awarded for the portrayal of the Andrews sibling relationship and the courage of the children. *Review also published on amazon.
  • Beast on Jan. 03, 2018

    A modern re-telling of the beauty and the beast fairytale. Twists include: Annie experiences the last few minutes of murder victims' lives in real time so she can nothing to save them; Alex (contrary to other versions of the beast) does not keep Annie prisoner; Annie's dad is a rock star and thus steals nothing from the beast; Sydney a powerful and immortal witch pretending to be a high schooler and of course the werewolf (the reader is kept in the dark as to this person's human identity until the end of the novel). If you liked the movie: Beastly then you’ll enjoy this novel (I kept picturing those characters as I read this).
  • Flecks on Jan. 14, 2018

    An unusual fantasy tale about a young shapeshifter who can transform into various animals. She only discovers her ability and the fact that other non humans exist, when she’s in her teens. Enjoyable read, but needs professional editing to clear the spelling etc errors. Whilst this is a stand alone novel, it’s a pity that there’s no sequel available as I would’ve liked to read more about Riley’s abilities and whether she made the right choice between her 2 romantic interests.
  • Raven's Flight: A Dragon Romance on July 04, 2018

    This story began with the birth (not hatching!) of a seeker dragon. This concept was so unusual that I was immediately intrigued, thinking this could be one of the best fantasy novels I've read. Unfortunately the story soon segued into biblical preaching by Audrey. As the author is a priest, I guess this is understandable but the novel is in the fantasy genre, with the tags dragon fantasy and dragon romance. The religious segue was frankly weird in a fantasy novel, and ruined my enjoyment of the story. 3 stars for the fresh concept at the start of the novel. The available excerpt of the book: Temptation of Dragons clearly follows the same trend of biblical preaching although that is also a fantasy novel. 3 stars for the fresh concept at the start of the novel.
  • The Summer Apprentice (The First Season of Elsewhen) on July 31, 2018

    A great start to an epic fantasy adventure. There is segregation in Amedian society- the Wizards provide magic for tasks from lighting hearthfires and healing broken bones to maintaining weather patterns. The Plain are folk without magic who provide the labour force for the Wizards. This status quo is about to change as a Plain girl becomes one of the most powerful Wizards ever. She also has a rare magical ability that has existed twice before in Grand Wizard Stormcloud and Blight. An entertaining read.
  • Gallina on Aug. 18, 2018

    A sweet story with a very expected twist to the original Cinderella fairytale.
  • The Fourth Law on Nov. 13, 2018

    Unique blend of Catholicism and science fiction. Story grasped my interest. Intriguing concept of machine civilisation. Book expands on the well known (at least among readers familiar with the science fiction genre) Asimnov's 3 laws of robotics: by adding a fourth law. This new law is a compulsion not a command and the robots are able to disregard the 1st 3 laws. A dystopian setting in the US as the implication in this novel is that life continued as normal in the rest of the world whilst the "Break up" occurred in the US. A major unanswered question: why did Mr. Barrett commit the atrocities? An English translation / glossary should have been provided for the Japanese words and phrases used in the book.
  • Dressed in Pink - Misadventures in the Wine Country #1 on Nov. 17, 2018

    Jessica a newly divorced ex-cop moves to wine country to be a trail guide. She has a one-night stand with a married man. She's aware of his reputation for having many affairs but she decides he's her soul mate. She’s shocked when he dumps her. The end. As the book was in the categories: Chick lit; Humor; Mystery and Detective, I expected a crime solving female sleuth with humorous romantic entanglements. Instead the book is about horses; food; and wine (all 3 topics discussed ad nauseam) and a mystery vortex with healing and hallucinogenic properties. Unamusing. Not much of a mystery / detective tale. Book was so boring, I skipped many pages of tedious descriptions. Photos e.g. a pic of a rattlesnake and sage, were included in the book, thus accounting for the large 1.9mb size. The only parts of the book that lifted the tedium were the rattlesnake and stable killer incidents plus Jessica's affirmations of being a strong woman (hence the 2 stars).
  • Shutter on Nov. 18, 2018

    Suspense filled short story. Mim an orphan adopted by a couple from a poor farming community, is thrilled to inherit a house, that if sold, could mean her attendance at college. Unfortunately the evil contained in the house has been the cause of many deaths. Unexpected ending. Story needs proof reading to correct use of incorrect words e.g. sheik versus chique or chic.
  • Zombie Leza on Nov. 18, 2018

    This is a unique zombie apocalypse tale. A human girl has the ability to communicate with zombies and control them. This could allow remaining humans to venture out of their protected compounds and perhaps re-emerge from the terror. The zombies that follow Leza even regain a semblance of their humanity. Leza could be the solution that humanity has waited for. Unfortunately some humans might decide to kill her, and if they do, there will be no end to the zombies' vengeance.
  • Mystery at the Covington Museum, " A Knight to Remember", Volume 2 on Nov. 20, 2018

    3 Stars for a well written book and an adventurous tale of Jamie: a young escapee from an orphanage where she was bullied by the other girls and by the teacher. She now lives in the attic of a museum with the help of the kindly janitor. The statues of the knights come alive at night (which reminded me of the "Night at the Museum" film series). Jamie is taken by Sir Destrian to a medieval world. She is forced to work in the stables with Alwin who patiently teaches her how to care for the horses. Her longing to see the stars at night leads the pair to an old wizard in the woods who allows the orphans a brief glimpse of magic. While this is an adventure tale it should not in my opinion be in the genre "Mystery & detective" or "Woman Sleuths" - as there is no detective reasoning in this book. Sir Destrian in addition to being an evil knight is also a pedophile. The references to sexual assaults of children (the little girl who froze to death and the stable boy) were very disturbing.
  • Deceit on Nov. 26, 2018

    This is one of the most action packed books I've ever read. Definitely the one with the most fight scenes. Morgana is a vampire ±250 years old with the ability to transform into mist; a swarm of bats and a black wolf and to re-generate/self-heal her injuries. The latter skill is useful as despite her long years of existence, she hasn't acquired many fighting skills. This book can be considered to be a stand alone novel. A sequel would be interesting, especially if Morgana has a re-match with Lu Bei. Sensitive readers should note: Scenes of graphic violence and LGBT scenes.
  • Farcrest on Dec. 23, 2018

    Having come of age and thus become Freeborn, Tear sets off on a journey to find her father. The adage 'be careful what you wish for' is apt for this well written short story with a very unexpected twist in the tale.
  • Taken Liberty: A Tale from the Arbiter Chronicles on Dec. 26, 2018

    A thought provoking book showing that abuse; bigotry and indifference are intensely cruel and that freedom can never be over-rated. The Confederated Worlds comprises inter alia: The Confederates (bio-enhanced humans); Terrans (non-enhanced humans); Hecate (a planet where all humans are wiccans) ; Phaetorian (mind reading abilities and can also control the human body e.g, ordering someone's heart to stop) and Varthans (the slavers and their sex slaves referred to as ferals). The Confederacy needs the food produced by the Varthans and so turns a blind eye to the slavery that is supposed to be outlawed. No slave escapes the Varthans but Aer'La did. After being abused from a very young age, her need to escape emerges after a young male slave is murdered for the crime of loving her. She eventually serves as a bosun on the Titan. The ship is commanded by Captain Jan Atal, the only male she had met thus far who did not try to take sexual advantage of her. Instead he treated her with kindness and hid the fact that she was an escaped slave allowing her to form friendships with other young midshipmen. Her tenuous contentment is ripped away when a particularly nasty ship's doctor realises via a DNA scan that she's a Varthan feral and notifies the authorities. (I hoped that the ship's Wiccan would turn that doctor into a toad) Will Aer'La choose to end her life to avoid returning to slavery or will she choose a life of freedom? Sensitive readers: the descriptions of sexual abuse of children is disturbing but comprise a minimal part of the book.
  • Colony on Dec. 26, 2018

    While the alien menace was not an original concept, the story caught and held my attention from the beginning. Religious overtones were prevalent as Trish weighs the sin of taking a life against the possibilities of saving the human species. A good short story. The afterword chapter indicated 3 short films were a prequel to this story. Googled and watched one of the films - and found its an amateur spoof film lacking humor - luckily only 15min duration. My recommendation: read the story - its more entertaining!
  • Taryn's Hunt: A Gryphon's Story on Dec. 28, 2018

    A great story. A world parallel to our own, where mythical creatures have jobs e.g. unicorns are doctors and lawyers and others are very different to the typical genre e.g. vampires who eat solid food cannot fly. Taryn received commendations for her police work but due to her small stature (the size of a house cat) and her alcoholic father she gets minimal attention from other gryphons. When her last partner is injured during their capture of a rogue vampire, her boss assigns Taryn a new partner Peter, a human with little knowledge of her world. She distrusts him but they'll have to work together to solve a serial murder.
  • The Winged Guardian on Jan. 02, 2019

    Leigh becomes the contract holder for the school's demon heartthrob, Dylan. This contract means that if she requests him to do anything, he'll take her soul. Although the angel/demon storyline isn't new, there were a few interesting twists that give this novel great potential. The forest dwellers were charming and the ravens were pets. Thus 2 stars. Unfortunately this book needs editing and proof reading. Many spelling errors. I thought that none of the following in the book added value to the story: use of the word "s..t" 5 times in 2 lines; a paragraph solely repeating the word "ignore" and another paragraph solely repeating the acronym "wtf". Per the cover- this is book 1 of the World with Demons series. Due to the editing/spelling issues mentioned above, I'm unlikely to read the sequels when available.
  • The Culling on Jan. 03, 2019

    The villagers' peaceful vegetarian lifestyle would be idyllic except for the Clacamash who brutally cull the villagers each year. The unfortunate are carted away to a fate that is feared to be food. Young Corlu wishes her village would move far away, to be free of their tormentors, but the adults have accepted the cullings as part of life. When a second culling occurs mere weeks after another, 3 of Corlu's friends join her quest to find a better place for their people. Their quest leads to adventure; danger; tragedy and betrayal by others. It'll take a willingness to see beyond fear if Corlu and friends are ever to see their village again. A sweet romance between Corlu and Lian (the young man who was her childhood friend) is a thread to the story but not the main focus thereof. A well written, interesting; (refreshingly) clean and stand alone novel. A sequel would be great to find out whether the villagers managed to find peace again and whether the Clacamash received justice.
  • Miss Landon and Aubranael on Jan. 07, 2019

    Absolutely delightful fantasy tale that I shall enjoy re-reading.It’s a large file >5mb on my e-reader; book is 225 pages with lovely illustrations. Aylfenhame is a magical realm parallel to the normal world (in this case the town of Tilby in 1811 England). Aubranael’s face is badly disfigured by a dark magic curse. He's been alone and friendless since childhood in a realm that values beauty. Some brownies and goblins do menial labour for the humans of Tilby and some like Balligumph the troll have a self appointed job. In his case – toll-keeper of the bridge (demanding secrets and gossip as a toll instead of cash). Miss Sophy Landon is the only child of Tilby’s impoverished parson. She’s kind, clumsy, plain and in her late twenties so she is regarded as being “on the shelf” and unlikely to catch a rich husband. The troll gives her passage to Aylfenhame and there she meets Aubranael. He's enchanted by her and visits a witch who temporarily grants him a handsome visage. He visits Tilby in the guise of Mr. Stanton, with the help of the mysterious Mr. Green, and uses his new face to try to win Sophy's heart. The glamour will fade, and what will happen when Sophy realises that the handsome and wealthy Mr. Stanton is an illusion? What price will the witch demand for her spell?
  • Death of a Succubus on Jan. 12, 2019

    Book 5 of the series picks up 6 months after the events of Council of Betrayal. Olivia cares for Logan's baby Ginny as if she were her own child. The legal settlement with the betrayer Grams is just finalised, when Olivia is shot and hovers on the brink of death. For the first time, there are chapters in Logan's perspective as he struggles to find the shooter whilst coping with his mate's injuries. Master vampire Tate is starving his coven and if they go on a feeding frenzy, they'll devastate the city. There are plot twists as we discover Olivia's origins in an alternate dimension; her parents (who are the opposite of the Waltons); and the truth about how she ended up being raised by the sadistic Selena.
  • Legacy of the Succubus on Jan. 12, 2019

    In the 6th and final book of the series, Olivia is tasked to rescue the fae despite her doubts about whether they deserve such a rescue. She also has to keep her promises to free the mermaids and grumpy unicorns who assisted her when she was in the alternate dimension (read about her promise in the book: Death of a Succubus). Olivia will need the help of her mate Logan; her father the Magician; her friends and even a dragon with a sense of humour. She'll have to face the darkness within her if she hopes to succeed. This was an exciting series. Sensitive readers should note: series contains scenes of explicit sex and violence and reference to abuse of children and teenagers.