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Friday, 23 December 2011

Don't you sometimes wish ...

… that there were more than 24 hours in a day? I know I do - which brings me very quickly to the point of this post. At the moment, more than ever I just don’t have enough hours in a day to do everything I need and want to do. Something has to give and unfortunately, for the time being, that is going to have to be this blog.

I am sad. I love my little blog, but other things in my life (my little boy for one) need to take priority at the moment. I’m not closing the blog down for good – it’s not just going to disappear and all the reviews will still be available to read and comment on. I’ve even paid out to keep the .com domain for another year in the hopes that if things settle down I’ll be able to come back. That would be good! :0)

I wish to sincerely apologise to the authors and publishers who have sent me review books that I’ve just not been able to fit in. I've had a feeling that this was coming since mid November and have tried very hard to review as many of your books as I possibly could before I just had to stop.

To all the lovely friends I’ve made whilst blogging – thank you for making this blogging lark such an interesting and fun journey. It certainly wouldn’t have been so much fun without your friendship, comments and help. I will still be around on Goodreads and visiting your blogs when I can and there's even the possibility that I could be doing some guest blogging too, so don’t think I’m going to just disappear.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2012!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

The Time Will Come #36



Jodie over at Books for Company is hosting a Thursday meme.  It's really easy to join in.  Here's what you have to do:
  • Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
  • Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
  • Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.
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DESTINY BINDS by Tammy Blackwell

Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout.  When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.








I've had this on my Kindle for a good 6 months now.  I bought it because I kinda have this thing going with wolves at the moment (loved Twilight - Team Jacob all the way!!!).  I've hardly heard anything about it though and the synopsis doesn't really give anything away.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  Leave me a link to your review if you've done one as I'd be interested to read it.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Book Review: Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes



EVERY OTHER DAY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Released:  27th December 2011
Publisher:  Egmont
Review Format:  e-galley
Source:  Netgalley/Egmont with thanks!





Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.
My initial thoughts when I started reading Every Other Day were “What the … Wow!!!” That first chapter really was that good!

I loved the idea that every other day Kali transformed from a normal schoolgirl to a kickass demon hunting preternatural being tracking down hellhounds and zombies. When Kali sees a strange tattoo on the back of ‘Miss Popular’, aka Bethany, the story really takes off and it was just full of awesome!

The characters were fabulous and the plot was easy to follow, full of action, horror, excitement and intrigue. I was totally enthralled in the world Jennifer Lynn Barnes had created. I laughed and cried whilst reading this book and for the most part I was glued to my seat and my Kindle became an extension to my arm. I just could not put it down!

This is the first book by Jennifer I've read, but it definitely wont be the last!  I recommend you grab yourself a copy of Every Other Day when it is released later this month. I’m pretty sure you wont be let down.

My rating: 5 stars


Sunday, 18 December 2011

In My Mailbox #57

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren.  You'll find all the details there on her blog.

I don't have any physical books to show you this week, but I do have some on my Kindle.  So, in my 'virtual' mailbox this week I have:


The Forest of Adventures by Katie M. John (currently free on Amazon for Kindle)
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Six Moon Summer by S.M. Reine (also currently free to download to your Kindle from Amazon)

So what did you get in your mailbox this week?

Friday, 16 December 2011

Book Review: An August Carol by J. Arthur


AN AUGUST CAROL by J. Arthur

Released:  1st September 2011
Review Format:  Kindle ebook
Source:  Received from the author in return for an honest review

Available as Kindle e-book only from Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com

It is July 1950. Rob is a twelve year old boy. He has just joined the local church choir both for a laugh and to be with one of his friends. His idea for being in the choir was for the fun of a yearly free day out at the seaside and being paid for singing at weddings.

Rob also likes the odd practical joke, he's not a menace though, in fact he's quite sensitive and, according to the ladies he is beautiful.

Sandra is nearly seventeen and a talented would be art student. She has a younger sister who it seems has never heard the phrase 'Demure young ladies'.

Sandra needs to submit a portfolio to the art school, Rob initially says he will pose for her, but has no intention of doing so. His get out plan goes awry and he does have to abide by his promise.

Over time and various happenings an emotional bond developes between them.
An August Carol is set in the North-West of England in 1950. The main character, Robert (or Rob or Bobbie depending on who you are!) was a really likeable character. Brought up ‘properly’ by his parents, to respect his elders and behave himself. Rob didn’t always adhere to this though and it was fun reading about antics.

Early on in the story we meet Sandra. She has applied for art college and needs to complete a portfolio of her work to take to the entrance interview. She has very nearly finished it and has just one more subject to draw. Her choices are Buildings or Nude Study and Sandra really isn’t great at drawing buildings …

Needless to say, there is a fair bit of nudity in this book and I did feel a little uncomfortable about this at times, but the author definitely brought across the innocence of childhood in the 1950 and made me realise how different children were back then.

My favourite character in the book was Rob and I especially enjoyed the parts of the story based around the church choir he had recently joined. I also loved Cathy – the tomboy younger sister of Sandra. She made me laugh so much with her snarky comments and fun loving, carefree attitude.

An August Carol is a nice, pleasant story of childhood innocence. The plot was fun and interesting and well thought out. The writing I thought still needed a little more polishing to remove some of the more repetitive text and unnatural speech, but in the main the story flowed nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

My Rating:  3 stars


Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Time Will Come #35


Jodie over at Books for Company is hosting a Thursday meme.  It's really easy to join in.  Here's what you have to do:
  • Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
  • Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
  • Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.
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WATERFALL by Lisa T. Bergren

Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one. Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved… and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know…and love itself. Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds… until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces. And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

This is another book I've loaded onto my Kindle.  I've heard such fabulous things about it - in fact I haven't yet read a bad review.  I know I'm going to love this series when I find time to start it.