Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Dark Divine - Bree Despain

                                                     The Dark Divine

Wanting a new tale to read that falls in the realms of the Supernatural ?

Review : The Dark Divine - Bree Despain -2009

For Grace Divine , her family have always been the Pastor's of the church and the ones to set a good example, three years ago something changed though and from that day on her family had changed. Three years ago, a close family friend and the crush of Grace's - Daniel disappeared and from that day on - her family never mentioned his name. Now three-nearly-four years later Daniel has re-appeared and this time he really needs every bit of help he can get as Daniel has hidden a dark secret - he is in fact half an Urbat aka Hell Hound. Desperate for the tables to be turned and to be cured, he seeks out Pastor Divine's help- it is only then that he realises that in order for the cure to even slightly work fingers crossed , it needs to be carried out by somebody who can love him for who he truly is .. that somebody is Grace Divine.
However Grace's older brother Jude is hiding a dark secret of his own - he was bitten and infected by Daniel and is starting to show signs of becoming an hell-hound. Will Jude let Grace save him or will he choose a road of no return and will he take Grace and Daniel with him.
This was one of the best Werewolves/Hell Hounds reads I've read in a wee while as I tend to prefer Vampires over Werewolves.
I'm looking forward to the sequel to be released in Dec/Jan 2010/2011 titled The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine Novel.

                                                           The Lost Saint: A Dark Divine Novel

Question For Readers :)

In the age old war of Vampires/Werewolves which side are you more likely to take are you a Bloodsucking Gal or a Meat-eater or are you as they say on The Twilight Battle - team Switzerland which in other words is neutral ?

For Me I'm Vampires over Werewolves any day . but thats not to say that I don't enjoy reading about Both .

Beyond the Dead Forest - Steve Groll

                                                         Beyond the Dead Forest
Wanting a story to get your heartbeats pumping and also learn how to live a little and survive ?

Review : Beyond the Forest - Steve Groll - 2010

Beyond the forest is a patch of land that we like to call "The Dead Forest" , I now wish we hadn't step forth and started playing around and investigating it.
Beyond the Forest is a book that is suited to the YA/Teen Audience and features the stories of characters and best friends Catherine aka Kat and Carter . Out one day on an adventure , the pair come across a forest that is dead , everything surrounding it is dead. They have tried to take pictures and they come back as empty images.
One day while exploring just like any other day . Kat and Carter end up in a storm - they rush to the nearest shelter in time to see a strange man/person screaming at them , another one pops up this time he says he is here to help them.
Kat and Carter soon discover that they are part of a prophecy and have somehow landed in a parallel universe - a different dimension and now with the help of the Guardian , Kat and Carter must travel across the Dead Forest armed with clues and little resources to help save what is Beyond the Dead Forest.
This of course does not turn out to be an easy adventure with a group known as the Adversaries on their backs , can Kat and Carter survive this alternate world or will they be stuck inside forever and will they find themselves heading home alive or dying in the Dead Forest.

VBT Author Spotlight # George Hudson

Today Reader's we have on the Author VBT Spotlight # George Hudson , writing in the style and genre of Urban Fiction "Yo Homie G's".

Sypnosis of Drama - George Hudson
The drama just doesn't stop in the lives of Deb, Tammy, and Lisa. Deb, the hard worker and savvy entrepreneur is blessed with a multimillion dollar contract, but has to enjoy the success without the comfort of her man whose fledging music career has him busy from state to state. Tammy has everything a diva could want, a multimillion dollar home, expensive cars, clothes, jewelry, and she thought love.

Drama is a book a lot like Sex in the City with Black characters, each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character. They take turns telling their side of the story. It has everything, humor, emotions, great characters, and a lot of drama.

Links to Buy the Book :

Website : http://www. gstreetchronicles.com

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Drama-George-Sherman-Hudson/dp/0615314082/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281797093&sr=8-3

Bio - George Hudson :

George Sherman Hudson was born and raised in Atlanta Ga.. After being continuously rejected by different publishers because of the subject matter contained in his books while serving time, this father of two did some research and started G Street Chronicles, the urban book publishing company that's ran by him with the help of his COO and fiancĂ© Erica Jones . While George is continuously working hard to make G Street Chronicles a recognized name in the literary industry, he's also working hard on his highly anticipated REAL series. George has authored five books in all. His debut book Drama is in stores now. Having published more than 10 titles in the first year of business George is determined to make G Street Chronicles an urban lit powerhouse. 

Interview with George Hudson :

1. Tell us about your book.....................?

Drama by George Sherman Hudson
Deb is a savvy entrepreneur who is taking the corporate world by storm but is enjoying her success without the comfort of her man. Tammy has everything she’s ever dreamed of, that is until she discovers she is not the only woman in her fiancĂ©e’s life. Lisa is a free spirit, who falls victim to a vicious attack by a scorned lover. Three very different women with one thing in common, their lives are filled with nothing but drama!

2. What gives you the innovation to write a particular genre ?

My life experiences.

3. Do you have any other hidden talents besides being a writer ?

I'm a great negotiator I feel like my deal making skills is above average. Can I consider that a talent?

4. Has your characters or writing been inspired by friends/ family?

Oh yes most definitely. I have a lot of females in my family that's going through all kind of drama.

5. Did you experience writers block? If so, what did you do to get rid of it?

Yes, I just put the pad down for a couple of days .

6. What are you working on now?

I'm working on my first three book series called The Real Series.

7. What is your favorite scene in your book?

The scene where the three Italians come in the night club and kill the manager thinking he was the owner.

8. Had you previously written anything?

Yes, Drama

9. How long does it take you to write a book?

Approximately 2 months

10. Which comes first for you - characters or plot?

Characters always.

11. How did you get into writing?

I was in prison and was bored with the typical street lit book so I challenged myself to write the kind of book I would like to read.

12 .Did you always want to become a writer?

No not at all.

13. If you were stranded on a desert island, what are three material things you couldn't be without?

Blackberry, Laptop , favorite lounge chair.

14. What are you reading now?

Married to his lies by Mz.Robinson

15. Which author has inspired you most and why ?

Eric Jerome Dickey because he always have a different story line nothing typical. ( TPPN : I also like this author , one of the first African-American authors I read , who got me into Urban Fiction)

16. What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Never give up and promote!promote!promote!

17. To finish off, Do you have a quote or poem that has stuck with you over the years and what is the story behind it ?

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.

A Mistress by Design - Sabrina Darby

Wanting a story set in Regency England with a hint of lustfulness and nudeness ?

Review : Mistress by Design - Sabrina Darby

Whilst searching on the website The Season - Romance , I came across a free download of Mistress by Design which is a short story at 24 pages written by Sabrina Darby and set in the time of regency England , a period that I love and if I could choose to go back in time , It would be one of the periods I would most like to visit with all the courting around etc.
Mistress by Design tells the story of Sarah Leighton whose master if you would call him that , the one whom was her protector and she his mistress has passed away six months ago. Now a new chap and eligible one as well is in town and the rumour is he on the lookout for a new wife/mistress to help him take care of his children and him. Lord Harrison Orville has just returned to England after living in Venezuela as his late wife has also passed away. From first sighting , Sarah is in love or is it lust with Lord Harrison and will partake in a mission to win his affections no matter what.
In Mistress by Design we witness one women's act to earn the love of a man who quite frankly cannot stand her , but has she hit the right buttons as no matter how hard he tries he cannot get her out of his head as the Kylie Minogue song goes "Can't get you outta my head".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Annexed - Sharon Dogar


We all know the story inside and out of Anne Frank, her family and the Van Pels who stayed hidden in the attic at the beginning of World War II when Hitler was out to kill all Jews but what about the side of the story from Peter, the son of the Van Pels.

Review : Annexed - Sharon Dogar - Sept/Oct 2010

When we think of World War II and the family that hid in the attic , we automatically think of Anne Frank's family but in fact there were two families hidden , the Franks and the Van Pels. Annexed tells the story of the war and what it was like living in the annexe from Peter Van Pel's point of view. At the start of the novel the story focuses on Peter's girlfriend and Margot's friend Liese and we read about how one night Peter snuck out to see Liese and watched from the shadows the Gestapo and MP's take her away in their vehicles. The book then fast forwards to the day the Van Pels moved into the Annexe along with Anne Frank's family. Reading the book it seems like there was a level of superiority between the Franks and the Van Pels with Peter's family being the lesser. We watch over the course of the novel the relationship between Peter and Anne transition from a hate to a love and we read as the pressure of the war and how hard it was to stay hidden from trouble. For Peter Van Pel he was Anne Frank's first and only love as we all know the story of how she died at the age of fifteen . For anyone who has read Anne Frank's diary we know it ended August 4th 1944 , however Annexed takes us beyond that date chronicling Peter's life and experiences as he continues to live past the betrayal and Nazi death camps.
Peter lived until he was 18 and died somewhere between April 11th - May 1945.
Sharon Dogar's Annexed is a wonderful mixture of fact woven into fiction to give it an historically accurate feel.
This is one book that every teen studying World War II and the Holocaust should add to their reading lists.

Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine

                                                               Carpe Corpus (Morganville Vampires, Book 6)

Wanting more Vampires ? Into the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine ?. Check out my review of Carpe Corpus Book #6.

Review : Carpe Corpus - Rachel Caine -2009

Still reeling after the attack from Bishop - Amelia's Father , the vampires and humans are at war , once they all lived in peace the humans and the vampires , stayed out of their way if nessecary , donated blood as a form of taxes. Until an evil one appeared in the form of Town Founder Amelia's father - Bishop . Now on the search for a book of Vampire Secrets that has been misplaced for centuries ,he has turned the town of MorganVille upside down. Now Claire , who ever since she arrived in morganville has been a pawn between Vampires and Humans can once again save the town from destruction , can she do it or this time fail as her parents are now part of her Morganville Life ?

Read more to find out whether MorganvilleMorganville.....,

Also included in this book is a Short Story written by Rachel Caine set in MorganVille , Texas.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Juliet- Anne Fortier

                                                                  Juliet: A Novel

Romeo and Juliet is a tale that is as old as time , one of Shakespeare's most famous Plays and one that has been remade and retold in many different ways from books , to movie adaptations etc. One of my new favourite movies happens to be Letters to Juliet and I own the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet and Im looking forward to watching Gnomeo and Juliet as the Garden Gnomes looked so adorabubble.

Sypnosis : Juliet - Anne Fortier - September 2010

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.
But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?
From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.

Bulletproof Mascara - Bethany Maines

                                                               Bulletproof Mascara: A Novel

Do you see yourself as a female version of James Bond ? Loving a hint of adventure with downright fashion and makeup tips included ?

Review : Bulletproof Mascara - Bethany Maines -2010

All Nikki Lanier wanted was a nice holiday away from her mother Nell and it only took one agreement . For Nikki to attend a recruitment meeting for Carrie Mae Foundations - A organisation similar to Avon ( our door to door makeup sales persons). However , it was one holiday that ended up the beginning of Nikki's trouble starting with the man that used the pick-up line for her to pretend she was his wife to winning that awful make-up kit. When Nikki finds she is still in unemployment status Miranda Meville aka Mrs M. offers Nikki a job at Carrie Mae , Nikki figures it easy money as a door to door salesperson but she is about to find out that it wasn't just make-up she signed up for as Carrie Mae Foundation is actually a cover organisation for a group of Female Agents.Readers will join Nikki as she undertakes training, uncovers the real uses for items such as Lipstick , Mascara and breath spray and goes on a crime-fighting spree with a pair of gorgeous flats in Thailand. An enjoyable fast paced read for women that love a good action with a hint of femininity chucked in the mix. Nikki Lanier is the females answer to James Bond , Nikki is James Bond with Style.

BitterSweet - Melanie La'Brooy

Wanting a good Aussie authored Chick-lit to read , something nice and light-hearted ?
Check out Melanie La'Brooy's 2010 September Release.

Synopsis : Bittersweet - Melanie La'Brooy - Sept 1st 2010

Sabrina Falks is the golden girl; a beautiful, successful actress who is engaged to the too-good-to-be-true Edward. Her life is glamorous and seemingly perfect - apart from her recurring desire to run away.

Her younger sister Mimi is funny and bright but also hopelessly lost, with no career prospects, no money, no love life and a string of disastrous mistakes in her past, all of which seem to be curiously linked.
Returning from overseas, Mimi is forced into a reluctant reconciliation with her estranged sister when Sabrina hires Mimi to be her bridesmaid. The sisters then join forces to do battle with intrusive paparazzi, out-of-control dress designers and, occasionally, with each other ...
Bittersweet is a meditation on marriage, celebrity culture and the bittersweet bonds of family, revealing that sometimes life has a way of escaping from even the best-laid plans ...

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Cupcake Novel .......... Jennifer Ross

                                                             The Icing on the Cupcake: A Novel

Love novels that are perky and have recipes throughout them , that inspire you to A) Bake or B) if you are like myself and not really a cooking person to rush out and buy bundles of different flavour cupcakes. Then today's read is for all you cupcake-a-holics out there.

Review : The Icing on the cupcake - Jennifer Ross - 2010

In the world of Southern Belles, their one life goal is getting a diamond ring on their fingers and marrying a rich and wealthy man so that they shall never break out into a sweat again unless it's out playing at the
country club or shopping. For Ansley, she had thought she had found the one Parish , she had everything all planned out until a few months after their engagement he decides to cancel everything. Ansley, now heartbroken and ashamed runs to New York to live with a Grandmother she has never met. In New York, her grandmother Vivian gives Ansley an ultimatum , pack up or get a job. In Ansley's family, baking is in their blood especially when it comes to cupcakes it's their way of coping with the problems in their lives. One Day after making too many cupcakes and giving them away for free , Ansley decides it's time to open her own Cupcake shop. A fun and lovable story that makes you think of bright colours and yummy cupcakes.
Throughout the story , the author has added Cupcake recipes which I enjoyed with fun and fabulous names to suit the moods of the characters e.g"Seeing Red and Tasting Chocolate or Shot through the Heart Cupcakes".

The German - Paul Mercer

Attention , Heil Hitler .... Just a few phrases that will arise in this war based novel set around World War II and Hitler's regime.

Review : The German - Paul Mercer

The German is a novel set in the time prior , during and after World War II. The German follows the story of Freddie Kessler and how his life turned out due to tragedy and horrible incident that happened when he was sixteen years old. This novel is R18 as it does deal with a chapter or two on a sexual molestation attack between a gang of older males and a young boy and in some parts can go into a minor bit of detail e.g licking his face etc.
The story then fast forwards to the start of Hitler's regime and World War II in August 1938. Freddie Kessler is twenty years old , has just finished college and has never had a girlfriend due to his experience as a teenager it has made him put a guard around himself as I could only imagine how gruesome an attack and the deadly consequences after reading many books etc that it would leave imprints on the victims and whereas as we are about to read , the initiators -the deviants don't always remember but the victims do as clear as day.
The story then moves into the action of the war where Freddie is now a pilot for the war flying all their fighter jets and he comes face to face with Hannibal Schneider one of his attackees. What follows will be a wretched journey as the war intervenes with plane crashes, family troubles. When Freddie meets a women that is of his dreams , he will soon realise that he is able to finally move on and soon he too begins to have a family of his own but of course things for Freddie don't go smoothly as he has to fight for his son Little Freddie who due to Freddie's mothers illness has been placed in the orphanage.
A novel that has included events that were real and has incorporated his writing style as a true historical fiction piece.

Review Copy PDF obtained from ABookToRead.com

A Lesson of Passion - Jennifer Connors

                                                                A Lesson in Passion

Want a time -travelling romance to keep you on your toes ?

Review: A Lesson in Passion - Jennifer Connors - 2009

Ginny has been one of those girls that finds it hard to keep men around for a long time , so she has created the 3 date rule to save herself from getting hurt and also seeing if they are potential matches. As I was reading the first chapter especially the part of the 3 date rules, my mind kept flicking back and thinking of the movie starring the girl from My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Life in Ruins - Nia Vardalos and the actor John Corbett , the movie is called "I hate Valentines Day" and Nia's role in the movie in order not to get hurt or stung by men , she only has three dates and then cuts her losses .
It's Vacation time in A Lesson in Passion and every year best friends Ginny and Lisa alternate between destinations. This year it's Lisa's turn and they are headed off to a resort in Jamaica. Ginny in a huge rush that she forgot to buy books and goes to the library borrows the bag of romance novels that her friend Holly recommended that they are like porn for women.
As they arrive at the resort, Ginny realises that Lisa has left out one important detail - the whole island resort is booked out the week for a Gay/Lesbian Alliance Week , which is alright for Lisa as she's a lesbian but for Straight and narrow Ginny - it seems like the week is going to be just her and her steamy historical novels.
As the week finishes, they are on their way home and wham bam an accident occurs and Ginny has found herself wound back into the scenes that are only found in romance novels - Early Scotland and she has come back as a mistress.
Will Ginny ever find her way home and what mischief and antics will Ginny get into when a Modern day girl meets Early Scotland with all those rogue highlanders.
A fun story that will bring Ginny right between the pages of the romance novels and will leave her cursing Holly for lending them to her. Will Ginny be able to find true love in early Scotland or will he current reality reflect in her state in Scotland ?
Find out in A Lesson of Passion by Jennifer Connors.

There is a Sequel to A Lesson of Passion titled A Lesson of Forgiveness which travels Ginny to another time and another place lets just hope its the right year and place.

A Gift for A Princess - Miranda Neville

I couldn't find the exact book cover to go with this review of a novella by author Miranda Neville , so I decided to browse on Google images for some pictures of Romance Novel Cover Art and though this one is set outside , I thought it was a beautiful cover depicting the art of romance heightened and described in these novels.

A Gift for a Princess - Miranda Neville

Lady Susan widowed after her husband died during the war , she goes to live with her cousin Lavina. Compared to Susan , Lavina is described as out there , vibrant , beautiful and the girl that all the guys want.
Whereas Susan sees herself as Lavina's dumpy and ugly customer and has come to the conclusion that no guy wants a widowed women, definitely not one looking like her.
Mr.Wyford is by the sounds of it , a tutor of sorts or a friend of Lavina's as he is drawn into the story after telling the girls about a book. Lavina has her eyes set on him as a current marriage prospect. Isn't it funny that back then, men were the ones seen as pieces of meat and the woman sought them out like wolves in a sense but definitely not savagely, it would have been very subtle and ladylike.
However it is not Lavina , Mr Wyford's eyes are set on it is Susan. Will Susan be able to let her feelings beknown to Mr Wyford or will she not look as deeply and think that he is after Lavina.
What starts their relationship in motion is a case of one night passion, where she is treated as a princess by a masked Mr Wyford.
When reading this book , Susan seemed alot like myself - shy, lovable , knowledgeable especially when it came to books . Whereas Lavinia sounded exactly like my sister in some ways.
If A Gift for a Princess was made into a movie , I would put as Cast
Susan : Drew Barrymore or Amy Adams
Lavina: Hillary Duff
Mr Wyford : Jude Law or Hugh Jackman

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Glee : The Beginning .......... A Novel

                                                              Glee: The Beginning: An Original Novel (Glee Original Novels)

Are you ready to get your Glee-k on with hit TV show Glee , head on down to your local bookshop or head on to Amazon and pick up your copy today.

Review : Glee - The Beginning - An Original Novel - 2010

Are you addicted to the singing sensation show that is Glee , feel like you know all the characters inside out from Mr Schuester to Rachel to Artie/Tina and Kurt/Mercedes and then you have the Cheerios's captain Sue Silvester and her trio of Cheerio cheerleaders Quinn, Brittany and Santana and then onto the Football field you have stars Puck and Finn.
Ever wondered what they were like before they all signed up to sing in Glee Club. Find out in Glee: The Beginning. In this amazing prequel we find out what Mr Schuester was teaching before Glee , when the Glee consisted of only four members - Tina, Artie , Mercedes and Kurt , how Rachel was inducted into the Glee club , when Rachel and Kurt both fell in love -head over heels for Finn and the true story of how Puck got Quinn pregnant and Finn not knowing about,
Break out Rachel's gold star awards and refill those delicious and stainable berry slushies as it's time to find out what happened with all your Glee cast before their show-mance began.

Teen Bites : Wickford High: The Revelation - Karen Fuller

                                                                   The Revelation (Wickford High)

Wanting a new supernatural series to get stuck into while you wait for Crescendo , Fallen or Last Sacrifice ?
Check out Indie Publishing company kNight Romance Publishing run by my friend/author T.L Mitchell.

Review : Wickford High : The Revelation - Karen Fuller -2010

Sometimes it's the small publishing companies that release the awesome books to read , the ones that give unknown authors a chance to shine, to make their mark on the world.
Author Karen Fuller is one of those authors , she has just released a new series called Wickford High - it is set in a community, a small town -where the majority of the families have some kind of Supernatural power - it reminded me a bit of the Television Show "The Gates".
When we read it , we are introduced to the main star of the book Vicky , after her mum passed away her dad and her have moved to the town her mother grew up in and now Vicky is attending a school where odd things are happening.
We are first introduced to Luke Wolfburn , with his extensive hearing skills and abilities to move fast and his parents own a great restaurant  -any guesses what Luke is ?
To Sara - a black magic witch who has been scaring all the students off and nobody crosses with Sara unless they wish to be cursed for eternity.
Sara and Vicky get off to a bad start but when Sara confronts Vicky , it seems Sara is about to get alot more than she bargained for . Who is Vicky and what is she exactly and how is she connected to a small town she's never visited or heard of before ?
Looking forward to Book #2 : Wickford High -Furiously Tempted

For more Information Head to :
http://knightromancepublishing.com or http://karenfullerauthor.webs.com

Prada and Prejudice- Mandy Hubbard

                                                                         Prada and Prejudice

Have you read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice more than once and seen the movies ? , Watched the English Tele-Series Lost in Austen ?

Review : Prada and Prejudice - Mandy Hubbard -2009

On a school trip to London, Callie decides it's time to re-invent herself from clumsy geek-chick to one of the popular girls. When in London, she notices these bright red Prada Pumps for 400 pounds , to Callie these are her ticket out of social Siberia unfortunately they are also going to be her ticket to the year 1815. Callie has now landed in her own nightmare of the year 1815 and has taken the identity of a girl named Rebecca. Now in order to fit in with the people around her including new friend Emily and an arrogant Duke of Harksbury Alex , Callie must rely on her new bible - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. While stuck in 1815 , Callie decides to put her mind to work and try and save Emily from having to marry a guy thirty years older than her and prove to the haughty Alex that she is anything but an opinionated klutz.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stealing Heaven -Elizabeth Scott

                                                              Stealing Heaven

Review: Stealing Heaven -Elizabeth Scott-2009

All Danielle has ever known is how to Steal from the best places to rob people , the way to disalarm an alarm system and how to calculate the price of Silver. Everything is as It always has been until Danielle and her Mum hit a small town called Heaven. Instantly while scoping out the Private beach to pick up on any tidbits of information , Dani aka Sydney meets some locals and is instantly in their group of friends unfortunatley for her , They are the Donaldsons - the house her mum and her have been scoping out to rob and if that doesn't make matters worse , the local cop Greg has his eyes on Dani . Can Dani for once follow her heart or will she stand by her mum.

Me, Just Different -Stephanie Morrill

                                                         Me, Just Different (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt)
Review : Me, Just Different ( The Re-invention of Skylar Holt) -Stephanie Morrill -2009

This book is all about how one moment in your life can cause a domino effect and though it may not seem it at the time , it always ends up being for the better. Meet Skylar , She has everything Friends, Popularity, Parties , The World at her feet until one day her world comes crashing around her . Her Family's falling apart , her sister has a big secret that no-one can find out and the family down the road have moved in and are too perfect too be true. Can Skylar re-invent herself without losing her life or will she in the process realise that everything she has around her is superficial and not worth it. In this book , Skylar finds out when things come to a halt and starts crunching down that , that is the time when you start to realise who your true friends are and those who will stand by you when the going gets tough. An excellent read for teens wanting books like author Melody Carlson's or Robin Jones Gunn,

Skinnned -Robin Wasserman

                                         Skinned (Skinned Trilogy (Quality))

Are you into Genetics , read Scott Westerfield's books Uglies,Pretties, Specials and Extras . If so this book is for you.

Review : Skinned -Robin Wasserman - Book #1" Skinned Trilogy"- 2009

Lia is part of a society where if you have money you can be beautiful , after a terrible car accident . Lia is confirmed dead , her family not yet ready to be parted from her decides to try a new treatment . Placing Lia's body into a computer , shunned by the outside world and all her friends Lia must stand up and be strong as she presents her new body to the world . We read as Lia finds out who her true friends are , and what happens when the going gets tough. A quote from Author Scott Westerfield reads " A spellbinding story about loss, rebirth and finding out who we are really on the inside." .

The first book in a trilogy .

Beautiful Child - Torey Hayden

                                                   Beautiful Child
Review : Beautiful Child - Torey Hayden -2003

Torey is a child Psychologist and has written a number of books that are in our library . Beautiful child is about Torey taking a teaching position in a school for 6 children with challenging behaviours from Billy - The Aspergers Child , Jesse - Tourettes Syndrome , Shane and Zane - The Twins with Autism and little Venus whom comes from a dysfunctional and abusive family . In this story the main focus is on Venus and how one teacher-Torey can change a little girls life . When we first met Venus , she does not speak at all and by the end of the book she is speaking in full sentences. All the stories in the book are based on true case studies and accounts. Read as the superhero She-Ra gets a little girl out of her shell . An amazing written book that I recommend to anyone interested in Child Psychology.

Love in Translation

                                                           Love in Translation: A Novel
Even Love is an international thing , you've seen the movie Lost in Translation , now read the book Love in Translation.

Review : Love in Translation - Wendy Nelson Tokunga -2009

Meet Celeste Duncan , she has no family, a dead-end career and a boyfriend who won't do anything due to a perfection complex. Out of the Blue , Celeste receives a strange phone call telling her that an Aunt of hers has passed away , which Celeste thinks is odd as she has been in foster care since the age of 10 when the system couldn't find any living relatives. Over the next few days , she receives a box full of heirlooms that might just lead her to the question she's been asking all her life - who is my father ? . On an impulse , Celeste catches a plane to Japan where she meets a mixture of Characters from The Kubota's - Her Homestay Family ,Mariko - her crazy Japanese language instructor to Sakuri Santora - The host of a Japanese TV Show and the ex-girlfriend of Takuya (the guy Celeste accidentally asked to marry him).

Killer Cocktail : A Molly Forrester Novel - Sheryl J. Anderson

                                                                   Killer Cocktail (Minotaur Mysteries)
Want a light-hearted mystery to read whilst sipping on your martini or cocktail ?

Review : Killer Cocktail -Sheryl J Anderson - A Molly Forrester Novel  - 2005

"Solving a Murder is like falling in Love , you get caught up in it, then Boom its over and you vow never to do it again ,till next time".

Meet Molly Forrester , Advice Columnist for Zeitgeist Magazine and One-time murder solver. Molly needs time out , after solving the murder of her deceased editor she fell in love with a cop and thought her career as a serious journalist would skyrocket off but to her dismay none of that happened . Her friends sensing her depressed state decide to invite her to the Hamptons to a flash engagement party with lots of wine , partying and guys if need be. All is going well , till the girls get a knock on the door by the fiance to say his fiancee has been found dead . Molly sees this as a window to her dream job , Can she help save the day by clearing the fiance and finding the true murderer . Look out for wine-fuelled arguments, bridal wars , expensive jewellery and a case of I'm the better daughter-in law syndrome .A fun-filled and light hearted mystery not to be missed , keeps you guessing right up to the last chapter.

CD : New Moon Soundtrack


New Moon - Read the Book, Seen the Movie , Now Listen to the CD :

Review - New Moon Movie Soundtrack-2009

With songs from Death Cab for Cutie - Meet me at the Equinox ( the song played when Bella arrives in Italy to save Edward from killing himself ) to Muse which is the Band that Stephenie Meyer dedicated the book Breaking Dawn too and what Twilight Series CD is complete without an instrumental - This one is from when they are standing in the Meadow written by Alexandre Desplat.

Other Bands Include :

Band of Skulls , Thom Yorke, Lykke Li , The Killers , Anya Marina, Bon Iver and St. Vincent , Black Rebel Motorcycle Club , Hurricane Bells , Sea Wolf , Ok Go , Grizzly Bear feat Victoria Legrand and the Editors.

Excellent for any true fan of the Twilight Series and esp. Fans of New Moon.

Tombstone Tea - Joanne Dahme - YA Book

                                                          Tombstone Tea

Wanting a YA/Teen read about Ghosts and Spiritualism ?

Review : Tombstone Tea - Joanne Dahme - 2009

Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme is about a freshman named Jessie whom has just been transferred to a new school called Laurel Hill Charter High , which is a new experimental school opening up though being right next door to the cemetery , she has secretly  nicknamed it Laurel Hill Cemetery High. Eager to fit in with the "Blonde's" , she accepts a dare to spend the night at the cemetery. When she arrives at the cemetery , she meets Paul whom is setting up a play called The Tombstone Tea which is where the title of the book originates from. At first, Jessie thinks that they are actors hired , but as the night passes and the week goes by ,she realises that maybe the actors playing the dead are really actually "the dead". A good read in finding out all about Spiritualism , Death and New Friends and if that doesn't inspire you the character Paul sounds like a hottie .


                                                                  Outsourced: A Greater-Than-Riches Mystery
Are you a mystery fan ? Love reading and devouring Murder Mysteries especially the types of books that don't gloss over the killings themselves, the more gruesome the better and fast-paced ?.

Review : Outsourced - J. I. Kendall - 2009 - Book #1 : Greater-than- Riches Mysteries

Outsourcing is such a popular tool in the business world nowadays , that if you haven't heard of it or know some business that is participating in it then you have obviously been living under a rock.
For the business TCGT ( Trans-Geo Technology Corporation) they didn't see any harm in outsourcing over 500+ staff , but underneath all the strong business-like exterior at TCGT , somebody was waiting for a moment to crack.
TCGT's decision to outsource has landed the company in with the police as somebody is slowly killing one by one members of the business who in some way were responsible for the outsource.
The novel starts with Ella Larraway , one of the few not been made redundant goes to identify a body of one of their former employees whom committed suicide after losing his job, he leaves a note blaming those who fired him.
The same day , Ella gets a phone call from the Big Boss to say her mentor Odette has been murdered . Slowly the days go by and the murders start piling up , interviews with staff and former staff occur and somebody is leaving little packages for Ella connected to the murder.
As the book progresses we see that Ella is next and soon it is relied on that you can't trust anyone , more so the people you thought were your closest friends.
Whose making sure TCGT's employees are outsourced to six feet under and will Ella survive by the end of the week as the killer is slowly nearing her , one body at a time.
Outsourced is one of those mystery thrillers that will keep you on your toes , wanting to find out more and has been written in such a way that it gives you a concise lead up to the redundancies and murders without boring the reader with too much detail as some authors can do.

Spirit Hunter - Katy Moran

                                                              Spirit Hunter
Book Description : Spirit Hunter - Katy Moran - 2010

On the dangerous Silk Road - the age-old trade route that runs all the way from Europe to China - a young woman, Asena, is captured by a Shaolin devotee, Swiftarrow. Asena is taken to the ancient city of Chang'an, where she is forced to begin her life anew and learn the ways of the Shaolin. But just as love blossoms between Asena and her captor, a deadly political game threatens to ruin not only their feelings for each other, but also their lives.
Out on the Steppe, a young Horse Tribe shaman dreams of a terrible and great battle resulting in the slaughter of her people. She knows that War is coming and that it is up to her to stop the Bloodshed , But how ?

The third Book in the Bloodline Series

1. Bloodline (2008)

2. Bloodline Rising (2009)

3. Spirit Hunter (2010)

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