I am a professional copy editor and proofreader, as well as an avid reader and reviewer and I love to read different genres. My favourite genres are: Fantasy, YA, Dystopian, Thrillers, Mystery, Romance/Erotica, Action, Adventure, Crime, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Supernatural, Children's books and some Horror.
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- The Man of my Dreams (book #1 in The Dream Series)
on June 18, 2012
I love a good romance, so when I saw this book, I thought it sounded interesting. And interesting it was!
Cassie is a fantastic character. She is a loving and warm person, but she has a secret. When she goes to sleep, she is visited by her dream man. He has been in her dreams since she was 17 years old.
We never find out his name, but this mysterious man is very much alive and in love with Cassie. He protects her, and others like her, from the human monsters living in the world, even though he sees himself as a monster too; he's a vampire and under a curse.
I loved how Gladys Quintal showed points of view from both Cassie and her dream man, but I wished that we got to see more of the mysterious man. He intrigued me! Hopefully, the second book in the series will show more from his side of the story. There are some serious subjects brought up in this book, namely sexual abuse, 2 attempted rape scenes and a serial killer, so I do not recommend this book for anyone who has a nervous disposition or is under the age of 16. However, I recommend this book if you are looking for a fantastic romance novel with a paranormal twist.
- Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy
on June 19, 2012
I was won this book by the author in a competition a while ago, but have only just now got to read it. I'm berating myself for not reading it sooner! This is a fantastic book! I struggled to put it down!
Donna is a great character. She has a very steady head on her shoulders, and when she finds out there's vampires in the world, she doesn't panic. I would certainly be freaking out!
Mo, Donna's best friend is also a great character. She is feisty and has a take no prisoners attitude that I loved!
Hunter is hunky! Donna is one lucky lady! Not only is he her Eternal Partner, he's the love of her life.
There are some other great characters too: Sammie, Trent and Dante.
There are also some really bad guys too! Stephen is creepy, but Michael is even more so! They gave me the chills!
Bonnie Bernard has written a fantastic novel filled with action, danger and everlasting love. I am now looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a YA book with a completely unique storyline that will keep you hooked!
- Leap Day
on Aug. 05, 2012
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a collection of seven short stories that uses the one extra day we add on to our calendar every four years to keep our seasons straight. They range from scary to the bizarre. Each story is well written and gave me chills! Although not exactly horror, these tales are quite dark. I especially enjoyed a few of these stories. The first one, Leap Day, made me shake my head at the audacity of the protagonist, Bill. You would think he should know better! The next story I enjoyed was The Bridge. It was a poignant time travel tale that had a twist in the tail.
Lastly, there was the tale called Andrea. It was a ghostly tale that sent shivers up my spine! The other tales were just as entertaining too.
Mozart has a fantastic writing style that flows beautifully. Each story reminded me of the TV shows, Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone. Those stories used to creep me out when I was younger. However, now I'm older, and hopefully wiser, these stories, although dark, don't creep me out as much and I find them seriously entertaining.
I highly recommend this book, and will keep an eye out for more tales written by this author in the future. If you like your short stories to be on the dark side, this is the book for you.
- Project ELE
on Sep. 04, 2012
I was given a copy of this book by the authors in return for an honest review.
WOW!! This book is fantastic!
Willow Mosby is a fantastic character. She is very smart and, although she is only fifteen, she has a maturity about her that comes from growing up in a post apocalyptic world.
The other characters add depth to an exciting read! I love Connor, Claire and Alec. They each bring a uniqueness to the story.
This is a fantastic story. I could almost call it Dystopian in style, as it is set in a future time where there has been a third world war and the ozone layer has been patched in places. I was taken on a roller-coaster ride of emotions; I was in tears in places, and full of giggles and laughs in others, as I looked into the world where Willow lives. There were a lot of twists that kept me turning the pages, and made me want to know what was going to happen - I struggled to put the book down long enough to sleep! There is a major cliffhanger at the end that made me gasp, and now I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the series! I love stories like this, but they frustrate me in equal measure, as I am not one of the most patient of people when it comes to books with cliffhangers! I want to know what will happen NOW and not later! :)
Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels have written an amazing first book in a series full of adventure, danger and romance that had my heart pounding for many different reasons. I am now kicking myself for not reading their other series, The Night Marchers, sooner. I'm going to have to remedy that! I highly recommend this YA Dystopian novel to everyone. - Lynn Worton (WaAR)
on Sep. 06, 2012
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
I loved this book!
ExuberANT (Zube for short), BrilliANT (Brill) and HesitANT are fantastic characters! I loved them! Their antics made me grin! Zube has a quick wit, and a sharp mind. Brill is simply brilliant, and usually comes up with a solution for any problem. HesitANT is the smallest ant, but I think he is the bravest.
Their nemesis is in the form of a spider called RepugnANT (called Puggy by Zube). He's EVIL and wily, but he's not too bright (in my opinion!).
This is a fabulous book for children from the ages 7+. The story is absorbing and grabbed my interest quite quickly. There are no pictures, but Dakota Douglas's descriptions are very vivid and I could see the story unfold in my mind quite effortlessly. This would be a fantastic bedtime story. I think that children will enjoy the adventures of the three little ants; it's educational but fun. As their reading ability improves, they would be able to follow the book and read it themselves. I highly recommend this book to your little ones. I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but this book would make a fantastic stocking filler in print form! - Lynn Worton (WaAR)
- The Art of My Life
on Sep. 23, 2012
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
This is a fantastic romance! But it is also a story of one man's chance to turn his life around.
Cal is a fantastic character. He is a wonderful artist, but he has a problem; he is a marijuana addict. He has always loved Aly, but feels she deserves someone better.
Aly is also a wonderful character. She also loves Cal, but doesn't believe that she has a chance with Cal. By going into business with him, she hopes that she can show Cal what he is missing.
There are actually two romance stories in this book, but the main focus is on Cal and Aly as they start a charter business. This is a fantastic book filled with some danger and a lot of weed! It is also Cal's journey to find himself and what he really needs and wants.
I really felt for him. His journey is not an easy one, but I applaud him for trying. It takes guts to admit that he has a drug problem and do something about it. He is a fantastic artist, but like everyone, has insecurities and doubts.
There are a lot of nautical terms used in this book, but there is an index if you are not used to them. Luckily I didn't need to use it, as I have been sailing before and knew what the terms meant.
The story flowed well, and at the beginning of every chapter there was either an observation or comment by Aly from her blog. It made the characters come alive. Ann Lee Miller's descriptions were such that I would love to see Cal's art for real.
I do not recommend this book for younger readers due to the mention of drugs (marijuana) and sex (which was neither explicit nor erotic). However, if you are looking for a fantastic romance then I highly recommend this book that had me hooked from the first page. - Lynn Worton (WaAR)
- Harvest Moon
on Dec. 26, 2012
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I love the Moon Coven series, so when I was offered a chance to read this book by the author, I grabbed it with both hands! This is a wonderful YA paranormal series novella that introduces you to the main characters in the novel Compulsion.
Lochlan Moon is a wonderful character. At only seventeen, he is still mastering his witch skills. He is a loving son and brother, who is faced with a terrible decision when someone that he loves is killed. Will he make the right choice?
This novella follows Lochlan Moon, Lilyann's father, when he was seventeen, and the choices and sacrifices he made whilst protecting his family. His story touched me deeply. I felt his despair after the deaths of one of his friends and his father. This story gave me a bigger understanding of the Moon family, and why Lochlan had decided to give up his magick. I loved this story, and I am now looking forward to reading the next Moon Coven book, whether it be another novella or the second novel in the series.
K.B. Miller has written another fantastic novella that captured my attention from the first page. Her characters seem so lifelike, and I wish I could meet them in the flesh. Although a novella, this story is a fast paced, action packed rollercoaster ride! This story could be a stand alone read, but I suggest reading the other books in the series too (Harvest Moon and Compulsion). I highly recommend you read this novella if you love YA/paranormal genres or stories of witches and vampires. - Lynn Worton
- Where the Sun Sets
on Jan. 30, 2013
This is a very touching story. I enjoyed it very much.
Antonia Dal Santo is a wonderful character. She is very loyal to her friend. In fact, I would say that Antonia sees Josephine as a sister. She has had a very tough life, but has retained her spirit. I loved this character, as she is very strong and protective.
Josephine Ferrero is a character that set my teeth on edge. She is not a bad person, but she is exceedingly self centred, and seems to have tunnel vision when she wants something. She is always wanting to be the centre of attention. When Antonia is hurt, Josephine has a sort of wake up call.
This is a most intriguing psychological thriller. These two characters are both sent to the same convent school at the age of seven and strike up a friendship that lasts for decades. This tale is told in a very short time frame, but there are several flash backs to their childhood. This gives the reader the opportunity to understand the dynamic between the two friends. This book is full of suspense and mystery, not to mention danger. I was completely hooked from the first page. However, I did find that I wanted to throttle Josephine for her blinkered outlook; Never mind living on another planet, I think she lived in a completely different universe! I don't know how this woman functioned! That being said, once the danger sank into her brain, she began to see the bigger picture and actually started acting like a human being. I actually began to like her. There are a few twists in this tale that I never saw coming. All in all, an entertaining read.
Ann Marie has written a tear jerker of a book that took me on a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. A word of warning: There are some scenes of sexual abuse. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger readers or those of a nervous disposition. However, I recommend this book if you love thrillers or suspense. - Lynn Worton
on Feb. 22, 2013
This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it!
Dika Edens is a wonderful character. She is the eldest of four sisters. She is 150 years old, but doesn't look a day over 30! Her longevity is thanks to her Grandmother, Lilith, the first woman created by God. She has, unknown to her, a protector in the form of Chrome Jai, a Dragon Guardian.
Chrome Jai is a sexy, but extremely protective, guardian. He was created as soon as Dika was born. He is a Thunder Dragon Guardian; he turns into a dragon, but he also has the ability to become a man or a type of mist. I wouldn't mind him being my guardian! ;)
This book is an intriguing take on the lives of Lilith, Adam and Eve, and their offspring from the Bible, although there is very little in the way of religion in this tale. The story is told through Dika and Chrome's point of view, and gives the reader an insight into their thoughts and actions. I loved the interaction between the characters, especially the sisters as, just like my relationship with my sisters, they have their moments. Unfortunately, when they have disagreements, or emotions run high, they tend to affect the world around them. Dika has an affinity to electricity and can control weather; I certainly wouldn't want to get on her bad side! The mutual attraction between Dika and Chrome is just as explosive! It basically makes the pages smoulder! There is plenty of other action too, which makes this book an exciting read! The danger faced by the sisters and their guardians has only just begun. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
J.M. Schroder has written an incredibly fast paced and sexy paranormal romance - I loved every moment of it! Because of the sensual scenes in this book, I do not recommend it for younger readers. However, if you love a steamy paranormal romance, then this is for you! - Lynn Worton
- The Difference Between Night and Day
on March 05, 2013
This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it!
Nathaniel Taylor is a fascinating character. He is a vampire with a difference - he has managed to keep his Christian values even after his change. I loved this character very much. He was an enigma in the beginning, and I wondered what made him tick. However, as I began to understand him, I felt proud to know him. He is a loving and caring man, who has had to face living with a terrible affliction.
Lilly Vaughn is also a fantastic character. She comes across as a very sweet person. I would like to meet her in the flesh one day. She has a childlike appreciation of the world around her, which gives her a naive quality. I loved watching her character grow as the story progressed.
I must admit that I don't read a lot of Christian fiction, but having read other books by this author, and when I saw the blurb for this, I was intrigued. I love paranormal romance, so I thought I would give this book a chance. I'm glad I did! The story hooked me from the first page! I found myself absorbed by the story, and I struggled to put it down. I fell in love with the characters, as they themselves fell in love with each other. This story is told from both Nathaniel's and Lilly's view points. The story has a few twists that I didn't see coming and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There is also a bit of danger in the form of a rogue vampire. When I reached the end of the book, I was a bit sad because I hadn't wanted it to end! However, whether it's an intentional cliffhanger or not, the ending lends itself to a possible sequel. And, if there is another book on the way, I would definitely read it! Although this is a Christian romance, the book is not preachy in any way; It focuses mostly on faith, rather than scripture.
Melissa Turner Lee has written a heart warming paranormal romance that has enthralled and entertained me. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author, whether they be Christian or otherwise. I highly recommend this book if you love Paranormal Romance novels, or if you are looking for a unique and different kind of vampire story. - Lynn Worton
- Baby, Species Intervention #6609 Book One
on April 14, 2013
Wow, I love science fiction, but this book is much more! It's a love story.
Netty is a wonderful character. Unfortunately, she is forced to endure abuse from her rapist husband. Although badly treated, her spirit is not broken. When an opportunity to escape arises, she takes it. I loved her warm and generous heart. When she finds a hurt creature, she takes it in and looks after it. She names it Baby.
Baby is an alien, who has a mission. One that gets blurred once he meets Netty. I grew attached to Baby. He has a unique way of looking at things, almost childlike. However, his mission is not altruistic.
Wil is also a fantastic character. He is loving and kind, and just what Netty needs. Together, the three of them make themselves a unique family.
I knew going in that this book would be dark, but I felt a bit like a rabbit caught in headlights! I was totally fascinated with this story! The violence is very disturbing, but I found myself completely hooked. I found the characters very life like, and I became very sympathetic to them. I also took an extreme dislike to Netty's husband. He deserved worse punishment for his crimes! The book is very fast paced and before I knew it, I had reached the end. The ending was a complete shock, and had me in tears. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Echo.
J.K. Accinni has written an amazing science fiction story that tugs on every emotion: anger, disgust, hate, love, happiness, sadness and terror. Due to the extreme violence (abuse and rape), I do not recommend this book to young readers, or those who are squeamish or of a nervous disposition. I do, however, recommend this book if you love a well written science fiction/love story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book. - Lynn Worton
- Echo Species Intervention #6609
on April 14, 2013
This is the second book in the Species Intervention #6609 series.
Scotty and Abby are brother and sister. They are both fantastic characters. Scotty is a lonely boy due to his illness. Abby, although sick herself, is more outgoing and popular. When their mom finally decides to leave her abusive husband for the open hills of Sussex County, all of their lives take a turn for the better.
Jose is also a wonderful character. Having survived a vicious attack that left his parents dead and his little baby sister kidnapped, Jose is suspicious of everyone and everything. It's not until he goes and lives with Scotty and Abby that he begins to trust and love again.
Echo is the offspring of Baby. She has been observing the humans, and getting ready to carry out the mission that Baby was meant to start a hundred years previously. Then she meets Scotty and thinks he's "The One".
I am completely enthralled with this series! I cannot say that I enjoyed it, but I will say that I absolutely loved it! I know this is a bit of a contradiction, but this story is as dark, if not darker, than the first one. There is violence and some really disturbing scenes that are definitely not for the faint of heart. The things that people (Armoni and Kelly) do for fun in this book is very disturbing indeed! However, I found myself completely absorbed in the story. I struggled to put my Kindle down! I nearly burnt supper whilst waiting for it to cook; it had me that engrossed! Again, I was like a rabbit caught in the headlights! The story twists and turns in such a way that I just HAD to know what was going on! The ending left me wanting to know more! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Armageddon Cometh.
J.K. Accinni is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her writing style is flawless and fast paced. She has created characters that are extremely lifelike; I find myself empathising with a lot of the characters, and completely disgusted with a few too. I must admit that this series brings out a lot of emotions in me! I don't recommend this for younger readers, but I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love science fiction or dystopian fiction. - Lynn Worton
- Armageddon Cometh, Species Intervention #6609 Book Three
on April 14, 2013
This is the third book in the Species Intervention Series.
Abby is a wonderful character, who has faced many hardships, but even she is struggling to cope with the stress of trying to organise the rescue of the animals at The Big Cat Sanctuary. She is also seems to be growing closer to Captain Cobby.
Scotty is also a wonderful character. He has a very gentle soul, and I have grown fond of him throughout the series. Being only 17, he is still in teen rebel mode, and goes on a rescue missions of his own with Echo. He also meets and falls for a girl called Chloe, who lives in a nearby house.
There are also some old faces that pop up in this book from the first two books. Armoni makes an unwelcome return, along with Ginger Mae. There are also some new faces, namely Chloe and Kenya. I love Kenya's sassy attitude! She is a teenager, but she is very streetwise and has a bit of maturity to her that belies her youth. Chloe is a sweet 15 year old, who has been sheltered by her parents from violence.
Although this book is not as dark as the first two, with regards to violence, there was still plenty to be had! I had the rabbit in the headlights situation again! I struggled to put this book down and found myself completely absorbed in the story from the first page! I have come to the conclusion that I must have a morbid streak in me, because even though Armoni doesn't feature as prominently in this book, I was wondering what he was doing. He is the most vile, disgusting, masochistic psychopath I have ever come across in a book, but he fascinated me. However, I think that my feelings of relief outweighed my curiosity! I was just starting to enjoy the relief of not having Armoni in the picture, when the author introduced a character just as depraved, but even more deadly; A terrorist willing to do anything for his cause. This twist sent chills up my back! Speaking of twists and turns, this book has so many that I felt a bit of whiplash! However, this just kept me turning the pages to find out what was happening next! The ending has a HUGE twist that I didn't see coming! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Hive, as soon as I can!
J.K. Accinni is now most definitely on my favourite authors list. Her writing style is fast paced, but extremely descriptive. I could easily picture these characters and places in my mind. I do not recommend this series to younger readers due to the violence and the language, but I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love Science Fiction, Dystopian or Apocalyptic Fiction. - Lynn Worton
- Hive, Species Intervention #6609, Book Four
on April 14, 2013
This is the fourth book in the Species Intervention series. I still cannot say that I enjoy this series, as it is so dark, but it sure has me hooked! I do love it though!
Abby, Scotty, Jose, Echo and Chloe, along with Captain Cobby and his son, Kane, Peter, Ginger Mae, her daughter Daisy and Kenya are thrown together in a race against time to get to the Hive before the terrorists strike. Along the way they meet Johno and the herd of elephants he is transporting to The Bronx Zoo.
As the first bomb falls, a woman and her grandchildren are caught in the horror. Trying to survive and get to her husband, who is waiting for them, will take all her courage and wits.
As I said previously, this is not the most enjoyable of series, but just like an observer watching a disaster unfold right in front of my eyes, I am completely fixated! The story is fast paced, edgy and very topical. This series is completely addictive, and just like a drug addict, I cannot wait for my next fix! There are just so many twists! Just when things are seemingly going along pleasantly (as much as they can in a disaster), the author throws the proverbial spanner in the works and the story spins in a completely different and (darkly) unexpected way! There are some shocking revelations, and more than a few unanswered questions, by the end of the book that have me itching to get hold of the next installment!
J.K. Accinni has written an amazing series that shows the darker side of humans that frankly disgusts and shames me.
On a personal note: What I would love to do to those characters like Armoni and company would more than likely have me sent to prison, but I would feel no remorse as they would deserve everything they got!
I think that even though I'm from the human race, I would side with Baby, Echo and every other alien who decided that they would wipe us off the face of the earth. The things that people do to animals and each other is disgusting and depraved. We, as the human race, need to somehow cure this disease (violence towards animals and each other) that is pervading society It seems to me, the more we progress technologically, the more unattached (emotionally) we have become to nature and ourselves. Maybe wiping humans out IS the solution! (Sorry, rant over!).
Due to the violence and bad language, I do not recommend this book or series to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love Science Fiction or Dystopian genres. - Lynn Worton
- Once Upon a Zombie Apocalypse - Kylee
on April 19, 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a fantastic read! I loved it!
Kylee Mahafferty is a character who is very business orientated. She is comfortable with the pressure and stress of rushing from book conventions to book signings, and back to conventions. However, the stress of fighting off zombies may just break her!
I liked her sarcastic and witty thoughts as she observed the world going to hell around her. She is an incredibly brave woman, and she can run in high heels! I can't even walk in them without tripping over something, even imaginary things! She has my respect for that talent!
This is a fantastic zombie novella! I'm not a huge reader of zombie novels, but this story is an extremely entertaining read! The story starts out innocently enough, but little did I realise what I was in for! This is one heck of a ride! I read this in one sitting, as the book was extremely hard to put down! The action was quite intense, and there are some scenes that could be disturbing for some readers. I am now looking forward to reading more of these novellas, as I am dying (no pun intended!) to find out what happens next! I'm also looking forward to reading Jade's point of view of the same timeline, which has been written by Jennifer Malone Wright.
This series is a collaboration between two great authors, K.B. Miller and Jennifer Malone Wright. Their writing styles are slightly different, but I have a feeling that they compliment each other beautifully. I love K.B. Miller's writing style, as the story flows effortlessly off the page. I was a bit unsure as to whether she could write horror stories, as she had previously only written YA romances, but my fears were unfounded. I am a huge fan of her work, and will read any other books she writes in the future.
Due to the violence in some of the scenes, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love horror, or if you are looking for a change in genre. - Lynn Worton
- Armored Hearts
on May 07, 2013
I have previously read books by Melissa Turner Lee, but I haven't read anything by Pauline Creeden before, so I was curious to find out what these two authors could come up with. This is a fantastic story! I loved it!
Tristan Gareth Smyth is a fascinating character. Unable to walk, he uses a wheelchair to get around. I liked this character very much. He did have a tendency to mope, but he also has a pragmatic outlook on life. He pushes people away by being surly and difficult; I think he does this to avoid either pity or getting hurt, which is understandable, but (in my opinion) unnecessary. When he rescues a young girl, he finds out a shocking secret about himself. He can fly!
I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this! It is completely different to anything I have read before. There are elements of romance mixed in with an action/adventure that was very refreshing! I have heard of Steampunk in fashion (i.e. utilising old fashioned clothing with a modern twist), however, I never actually thought about it outside of the abstract. This book takes the Victorian era and puts a modern twist into it. I was completely fascinated with the "Bonnet Club" and what the ladies actually got up to. I suppose that if you liked tinkering with machines or inventing in those times, it was considered "un-lady-like". However, I slightly digress. This story took me on an amazing adventure, with secrets and revelations, mystery and suspense, combined with a touching romance. (Oh, and Seelie fairies!) I am most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Melissa Turner Lee was already one of my favourite authors, so I am going to have to add Pauline Creeden to the list too! This was an amazing collaboration, and I hope these two authors will continue to work together for a long time to come!
I highly recommend this book if you love action/adventure, paranormal romance or Steampunk. - Lynn Worton
- Fire Country
on Aug. 23, 2013
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
OMG! This is a fantastically brutal dystopian novel. I LOVED IT!
Siena is a fantastic character! She is a young lady that I greatly admire. Her determination, independence and grit astounded me. As her sixteenth birthday looms, she has to make a decision that will change her life.
As I started reading this book, I was completely pulled in to a world that has been devastated by a disaster of biblical proportions. The Heaters are a tribe living in the most unforgiving conditions I have ever encountered in the pages of a book, but somehow, they manage to survive. Raging sandstorms, fires and unrelenting heat would sap the energy out of anyone, but these people have gained my respect with their ingenuity and sheer determination. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat more than once, as the story unraveled. I also found myself on a rollercoaster of swinging emotions; from disbelief, anger, sadness, happiness, disgust, joy, a few other mixed ones and back again! However, it is their laws that I found myself railing against. The one where they have to force girls of sixteen to procreate for their survival. I can understand the need to survive as a tribe, but it's the way they go about it that made my stomach clench! I wanted to shout "perverts", but as they are fictional characters, they wouldn't hear me! However, there are some really likable characters that redeemed the tribe in my eyes. These are Siena's friends Circ and Veena. Circ is one of her closest friends and a wonderful character. He is a Hunter and the same age as Siena. Veena is a year older than Siena, and has already had a baby. Her attempts to get her no-good Call (mate) to take care of the baby made me giggle! This book is peppered with a whole slew of tribal slang, but it reminded me of some words I could picture the Australians saying (no offence to the Australians, I love their slang!). There are also a fair few twists and turns in this book that kept me hooked from the first page to the last! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
David Estes has written a fantastic dystopian novel that has turned me into a huge fan! I love his writing style, which is fast paced and extremely fluid! His characters came alive, and the descriptions of the environs left me breathless! I am looking forward to reading his Moon Dwellers series in the foreseeable future.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA or Dystopian genres. - Lynn Worton
- Alien Species Intervention Books 1-3
on March 11, 2014
This is an anthology of three of the six books from the Species Intervention #6609 series. I absolutely LOVE this series, so when I found out the author was combining her books into an anthology, I jumped at the chance to get a copy!
"Baby" is the first book and introduces us to Netty, Wil and Baby. Their story is far from a happy one, but had me completely gripped from beginning to end! It is a dark tale of violence and abuse, but there is something about this book that made me fall in love with it!
"Echo" is the second book and moves forward 100 years into the future, introducing new characters and new terrors. Again, this story is just as dark and disturbing, if not more so, and although I was disgusted by some events, I was completely enthralled!
"Armageddon Cometh" is the third book and continues the darkly violent theme, but it is not as severe or shocking as the previous two books. That being said, I still had the "rabbit in the headlights" feeling whilst reading the story.
This is a great way to get to read this fantastic science fiction/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series, but be warned, it is not for the feint of heart! There is violence and sexual abuse, as well as foul language that may disturb some readers. However, the author has woven a tale that contains a message that is close to my own heart; that all life is precious and if we want to see our children's children's children's children inherit this planet we call home, we have to take better care of it, or face possible extinction by our own hands (or alien ones!). In fact, I'm seriously considering jumping ship and joining up with Baby and Echo's mission!
That being said, this is a fantastic series that has stayed with me long after I finished the books. There are plenty of twists and turns, surprises and a plethora of emotions to contend with whilst reading these books. I am looking forward to reading the last three books in the next anthology.
J.K. Accinni is definitely on my favourite authors list. Her writing style is fast paced and extremely descriptive. I could easily picture these characters - Armoni *Shudder* (not saying anymore!) - and places in my mind.
I do not recommend this series to younger readers due to the violence and the language, but I highly recommend this book (and series) if you love Science Fiction, Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Fiction. - Lynn Worton
- Suicide Song
on July 26, 2014
This is a very poignant short story, which deals with an unsettling and upsetting topic, and follows a young man who meticulously plans and executes his suicide. It is based on a true event.
This story was very touching and left me feeling a little emotional, as I have known people who have taken their lives in the belief that they are worthless, and the world would be a better place without them. This is not true. Every person on this planet has a worth - self worth. But due to bullying, self loathing, low self esteem and/or depression (either due to emotional or financial issues), many people falsely believe that no one cares whether they live or die.
I was devastated when I found out that the two people I considered friends ended their lives. I wished I had known that they were in a dark place. Unfortunately, I had not, and so was unable to help them. My one question will always remain as "Why?". Taking one's own life is never a solution to a problem. It just creates bigger problems for the family and friends who are left devastated, and wondering if they could have helped in some way.
If you, or someone you know, has been bullied, hates yourself/themselves or suffers from depression and has contemplated ending it all, I would seriously recommend seeking help. There are several organisations and charity groups, not to mention family members or friends, who would be willing to listen, even if they cannot completely understand what you/they are going through.
Although this story is based on a true event, Wanda Hartzenberg has written a deeply philosophical take on the subject of suicide. I found her writing to be very descriptive and almost lyrical in it's presentation. Her story, though short (only 5 pages long), sure packs a rather large emotional punch, and, with the inclusion of lyrics from Neil Diamond's song "Hello Again" made me picture the scenes with chilling clarity. This is her debut story in the writing world, and I am looking forward to following her career with interest.
I highly recommend this story to everyone. - Lynn Worton
- Winter Queen
on Oct. 16, 2014
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the first book in a YA Dark Fantasy series. I loved it!
First off, I would like to say that I love the cover! I am not usually attracted to a book on just it's cover alone, but I think it totally suits the book completely.
Ilyenna is a wonderful character. She is the daughter of the Chief of the Shyle clan, and also their new clan mistress. I really liked her. She is only seventeen and is unsure about taking on such a responsible role, but I think she handles herself well. She also happens to be a stubborn and proud woman.
I love reading fantasy, so when the opportunity to read this book came up, I took it. I am glad I did, because I really enjoyed it!
This story is a wonderful mix of fairy tale and dark fantasy; I was quickly hooked from the first page. The descriptions of the people and scenes were quite vivid, and I loved the fairies (both the winter and the summer ones) and I loved meeting the Summer Queen, Leto too. I also loved Ilyenna’s brother, Bratton. He is both a pain in the neck to, and extremely protective of, Ilyenna; in fact a typical sibling. I also have a tiny crush on Rone, Bratton’s best friend from childhood. He is one of the nicest characters I have met between the pages of a book; he is an honourable and gentle man. Darrien, from the Tyran clan, on the other hand, is one of the meanest, foulest, sickest pieces of filth to grace a page (to put it mildly). However, his father is a close second behind him. Both of these characters managed to make me so mad, I was shouting at the Kindle!
The story is full of twists, turns and surprises, which kept me interested. Some of the story was a bit confusing at times, but I kept going and my confusion about some events cleared when they were resolved. However, I was in awe of how the Shyle clan reacted and behaved in the face of such barbarism at the hands of a megalomaniac. They are truly a warrior clan. They are definitely as strong as stone, and as supple as a sapling. It has been an honour to meet them.
Amber Argyle has written a wonderful dark fantasy. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow of the story was wonderful. Although, there was what seemed to be a continuity inconsistency where the story seemed to jump from one scene into a completely different one near the end without explanation, which I found to be a bit jarring. However, this did not make me like the story less. I am now looking forward to reading this author’s other books as soon as possible.
Due to scenes of violence and abuse, I do not recommend this book to younger readers (under 15) or to people of a sensitive nature. However, I highly recommend this book if you love reading YA books with strong female characters or dark fantasy ones with a compelling tale. – Lynn Worton
- Ahoy, Out There!
on Nov. 10, 2015
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Ahoy series. I absolutely LOVED it!
I usually do character breakdowns in my reviews, but I have a little trouble doing this for the main character, who narrates this story in the style of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, as she actually didn't have a name and is only known as The Narrator. However, we join Sir O Yuri Wiseguy-eh and well known Pukelitzer prize winning journalist, I.B. Nosy on another zany adventure, this time to locate and rescue silliness and imagination, who have been kidnapped.
This story has a fantastical plot, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are several references and play on words that would go over a child's head, but adults would pick them up with ease. This is a story full of adventure that is so nonsensical and humourous, I found myself highly entertained.
There are some old faces that appear in this adventure. There's Moose, the chocolate loving plantation worker; Heathcliff, a possum who happens to be a fantastic detective and Speck and Spang, two eagle-eyed vultures. The reader is also introduced to some brand new characters, ranging from two widowed spiders (and an unwed sister) to a singing slug called Sal. I must admit that my new favourite character has got to be Spit, a small purple snake with the largest set of eyelashes known to adorn a snake. I also love Mrs. Cupboard. She's scary, I certainly wouldn't want to get on her bad side! This story has a mix of nursery rhyme and fairytale characters, some are recognizable, but others not so much. However, this didn't stop me from enjoying the tale. I did feel that the Techno-Monster could have been a little more challenging for the Gum Drop crew, but all in all, it was a fantastic read! I am now looking forward to getting this book in audio format, because I loved Owen McCuen's narration of the first book, Ahoy Gum Drop!
I am not sure what age range this book is aimed at, but I sat with a smile on my face for most of the story. This story, however, would be ideal for children to listen to at bedtime.
Miss Mae has written a wonderfully imaginative story that will enchant adults and children alike. I love her writing style, which is fast paced enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled, and the flow was wonderful. I am a huge fan of Miss Mae and I will be keeping an eye out for more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this book to children aged 5 upwards and to adults looking for a quick, light read. - Lynn Worton
- Catch Me If You Can
on May 16, 2016
I received a complimentary copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a wonderful murder mystery. I really enjoyed it!
Lois Steinberg is a wonderful character. I really liked her. Washed ashore on Hanibel Island, off the coast of South Carolina during a storm, she finds herself in danger; a convention for a "Catch Me" game turns deadly. As the intensity of the storm increases, the danger increases too. Trapped and afraid, she will have to keep her wits about her to survive. Not sure whom to trust, she finds herself fighting her attraction to Victor, a man with his own secrets.
This is a fantastic murder mystery. The intensity of the tale is kept all the way through. Ten strangers (or are they?) are trapped in Wycliff House Resort during a category four hurricane. When one of their number is murdered, everyone becomes suspect.
I found myself hooked by the story and it kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed meeting Victor Helm and his dog, Mite, though I felt that Victor's character could have had a little more depth. All of the other characters have their own quirks and secrets. Jenna Milford is the owner/manager of Wycliff House. Paul is her cook. Jared Steele is one of the guests, as is Tia, B.J., Cookie, Rajah Singh, Bob and Pete.
I must admit that I had no idea who the murderer was even up until the end. There are red herrings, twists and surprises in store. When I found out who the murderer was, I was completely taken aback. I never expected that. I am normally pretty good at ferreting out the culprit, but not this time. This made the ending exciting. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't work out who the murderer was, but it wouldn't be a good murder mystery if I had (I think).
Miss Mae has written a wonderful murder mystery. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful. I am a huge fan of mystery novels, and one of my favourite authors in this genre is Agatha Christie. However, Miss Mae is an author that I will be keeping an eye on in the future.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love murder mysteries and suspense or classic who-dun-its and are looking for a highly entertaining read. - Lynn Worton