Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Unthinkable - Shirley Duke

Wanting a novel that reminds you of your childhood when you read Goosebumps or Fear Street by RL Stine , what about Remember Me by Christopher Pike ? If so, then keep reading as Unthinkable by Shirley Duke is definitely up your reading alley. Review copy provided from Netgalley www.netgalley.com
Unthinkable (Night Fall)

Review: Unthinkable - Book #6 NightFall - Shirley Duke - August 2010

"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing. Doubting, dreaming, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared dream before" Edgar Allan Poe -The Raven.

This book reminds me of all those supernatural stories where the main character ends up having psychic visions of events that are going to happen. In Unthinkable , we meet Omar Phillips, he suffers from awful visions and the only way to let them out is to write about , so of course using modern technology and social networking site Facebook. Omar begins to write his visions down as a collection of short stories. However, things are about to get a little creepy for Omar as his vision "Dead in Red" where a girl meets a guy from Facebook and eventually ends up killed and lying facedown dead. After posting it, the next day Natasha Monroe - an old friend of Omar's turns up dead and the crime scene and surroundings are eerily familiar to Onar's story. The second event that happens is when Omar gets a vision about Death on a Ferry , which later again rings true. It is not till his third vision, that he meets Sophie - a girl who has the same gift or curse -depending which way you look at it as Omar. When the next Vision turns out to be his friend being Killed , can Omar put his vision and observation skills to the test to save his friend Jon or will his friend be the next to die in the tale of the Unthinkable Visions?
Find out in Unthinkable by Shirley Duke - part of the Nightfall series - a series that I am adding to my TBR list as I really enjoyed this book and am dying for more :)

Review: Unveiled - Courtney Milan

Im not normally one for reading Historical romances, but every now and again I'll come across one that I will enjoy and courtesy of Netgalley www.netgalley.com . I bring you Unveiled by Courtney Milan.

Unveiled (Hqn)

Review: Unveiled -Courtney Milan - January 2011

One of my favourite things about Historical romances besides having a hint of eroticy and steamniness to them is the fact that they have some of the most beautiful book covers around- from the colour scheme to of course the main picture.
Unveiled takes us back to the years of England -Somerset to be precise in the year 1837. It tells the tale of Ash Turner , a greedy guts who can't wait to get his hands on becoming a duke -even if it means pushing a few boundaries and initiating and bringing to reality old laws nd evidence. It seems by doing this , he has knocked out a couple of relatives from the throne and pushed himself from number three  to number one in line of becoming Duke of Parford Castle.
However, what Ash didn't count on was the current Duke's who is on his death bed - his daughter Margaret to be staying in the house. Pretending to play the role of health nurse to her father , Margaret believes that she can pretend to be a servant , so that she can spy on and repirt back to what Ash Turner is up too. Disguised as a servant, Ash has no idea who she is but soon sparks start to fly between the two and lo' and behold Margaret finds herself like a piggy in the middle as she is faced with the reality that she may as well love Ash.
Can Margaret and Ash put aside their differences to ride their love boat of passion or will their strong family loyalities get in the way of their happiness together?
Find out as we unveil whether it is Passion that wins the fight or when it comes to the crunch is Loyalty a stronger quality ?

Review: Autumn's Promise - Book #3 : Seasons of Sugarcreek - Shelley Shepard Gray

Its that time again, as I said the other day - the novels set in Amish Lifestyles are becoming popular once again as I bring to you the third book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek Series by Shelley Shepard Gray, Reviewed on The Phantom Paragrapher we have had Winter's Awakening where we witnessed the marriage of Gretta and Joshua , Spring's Renewal where we saw the marriage of Clara and Timothy and now we have Autumn's promise.

Autumn's Promise: Seasons of Sugarcreek, Book Three

Review: Autumn's Promise - Seasons of Sugarcreek Book #3 - Shelley Shepard Gray - August 2010

From the start of the series with Winter's Awakening Lily Allen , the book character not the famous singer as been a part of bringing the Seasons of Sugarcreek novels to life , in the first book Winter's Awakening we saw Lilly's family move from outside of Amish life as what they call Englischer's to the land of Sugarcreek - an Amish community and try to adopt their lifestyles. In the first book we saw Joshua have feelings for Lily and stray away from Gretta whom at the time he was courting and in book #1 we discovered that Lily was hiding a huge secret. At the end of Book #1 though we saw wrongs corrected and Josh ended up marrying Gretta. In Book #2 Spring's renewal we saw the miscarriage of Lily's baby and the pain she went through at the thought of losing it all, we all wondered when was Lily's story and happy ending coming to arrive.
In Autumn's promise we see the heartbreaking agony that Lily suffers when her parents announce that her mother is pregnant -just as Lily is on her way to getting over her miscarriage. In Spring's renewal we saw the introduction of the character Robert Miller and in Book #3 he springs to action as the lead male as Robert and Lily start getting close , however like usual their are obstacles in their road as he is into the Amish religion where she isn't and she is blinded by her past. However, Lily sets Robert's heart on fire and after losing his wife he thought he could never find love again. Can he prove to Lily that she is worth having and can Lily realise that it is not Robert's Amish lifestyle she is drawn to but himself as a man? Of course , like Lily's life in the rest of the novels we see her go up and down throughout the novel and watch as she decides whether or not Robert is her Prince Amish Charming.
Is Autumn's Promise a season for Lily's dreams to come true or will this season like the previous too pass over her ?
Find out in Shelley Shepard Gray's book #3 of the Season of Sugarcreek.

P.S - Im loving the way my reviews look in Italics .

Review: You Belong to Me - Karen Rose

When I recieved notification that one of my most favourite mystery authors had released another book, I just had to get my hands on a copy and thanks to Meredith at Hachette NZ , I was able too.

You Belong to Me

Review: You Belong to Me- Karen Rose - Jan 2011

"Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe. Who will be next? No one Knows..."

One of Karen Rose's specialities and little touches to all her novels , is her ability to use children's rhymes as part of tbe mystery aspect from her Count to Ten - 1,2,3,5,10 -- Ready or Not here I come to of course now with the Eeny miney moe , which funnily enough for me is actually how I pick my books to read off my pile as I always have so many,its a neverending job being a book reviewer, though not complaining as I love it and this is one of the reasons. 
Karen Rose is back and with a new detective whose transferred from Narcotics as we said our goodbyes to Daniel in the last novels. Meet JD , just transferred to Homicide and now one of his big cases , it seems that a serial killer is at large and is leaving the Coroner lovely surprises.
When Russ Bennett , shows us dead - Lucy just thinks that it's a coincedence , however when a next one dies -it starts to look like a pattern. It seems somebody is killing off the football squad which Lucy's older brother Butch was on and made MVP when they were in High-School.
The story starts to follow the same tale as made famous by movies such as "I know what I did last summer". Where all those years ago, the members of the Football team did something which ended a life and now somebody wants revenge and they are killing off all those involved and if they can't kill who was directly involved - second best is their parents or siblings and for Lucy since her brother died shortly after the incident, she's next on the list. Can the new detective JD who has something to prove to the team solve it before Lucy is six feet under and tortured?
Find out in You Belong to Me by Karen Rose.

Vanished (Blackpool Mysteries) - Jordan Gray

Today's novel is a fun light-hearted mystery , a book that fans of the game Cluedo may enjoy. Review Copy Provided from Netgalley - www.netgalley.com

Vanished (Blackpool Mystery)

Synopsis : Vanished ( Blackpool Mysteries Book #2) - Jordan Grey - November 2010

Locals in the English coastal town of Blackpool don't take kindly to strangers, but newcomers Michael and Molly Graham have managed to make a few good friends. Dylan Stewart has encouraged them to join him and go native during the town's annual Seafaring Days celebrations. The event makes for lively crowds, colorful costumes—and a perfect cover for murder.
Troublemaker Willie Myners is found stabbed in his boat and the police's main suspect is Dylan himself. Michael and Molly can't help but be pulled into the mystery—and deeper into the dark history of Blackpool. Amid whispers of cursed sixteenth-century coins and gypsy gold, what they discover is something far more sinister than the revenge of a jealous husband. And much more dangerous.
Filled with legends of hidden treasures, pirates who roamed the streets and wreckers who lured boats to crash in coastal England, Vanished is a wonderful cozy mystery in a British village setting. The characters and the plot believable, fans of British village amateur sleuths will enjoy this fine whodunit.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Views from the Loft - A Portable Writer's Workshop

Today's book is the perfect non-fiction guide for any person that has a calling or believes they have a calling for the written word , it is the perfect gift for those wanting to become writers. Review Copy provided from Netgalley www.netgalley.com

Views from the Loft: A Portable Writer's Workshop

Synopsis : Views from the Loft - A Portable Writer's Workshop- July 2010

Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, The Loft is the largest independent literary center in the country, offering writing classes at all levels, readings and competitions, providing mentorship, and working to "support the artistic development of writers, to foster a writing community, and to build an audience for literature." Despite the book's subtitle, this is not a pocket-sized workshop, but rather a compendium of pieces by writers-some famous, some less so-loosely arranged under a series of headings: Teaching, Writing, Critique, Publication, and "Writing for Life." Like many compilations, it's a mixed bag. The interviews in particular cover familiar ground, and beginning writers hoping for practical tips should look elsewhere. Slightly more seasoned scribes will find some help and heart, notably from Katrina Vandenberg's "Some Notes on Negative Capability," which reminds writers to imagine the internal life of objects, and applies to far more than its stated topic. With essays or interviews from over 60 contributors, serious readers will enjoy getting an inside look at the processes and practices that help fill the empty page.
       Teachers, exercises, mentors, critiques, humor, and inspiration: these form the fuel all writers need when they get down to work every day. For decades the Loft Literary Center has provided this fuel to an enormous community of writers. Views from the Loft brings together the collected wisdom of that community — its authors, students, and editors — giving anyone the tools and inspiration necessary to thrive in the writing life. A who’s who of writers on writing ranging from the National Book Award–winning poet Mark Doty to Newbery medal–winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo, and touching on issues as delicate as the representation of family in memoir and as hilarious as a “sad-epiphany poem” mad lib for frustrated poets, this book is an essential collection of crucial tips and challenging questions for everyone who puts pen to page. The essays and interviews in this book include superstar writers like Rick Bass, Michael Cunningham, Grace Paley, Susan Power, Susan Straight, Marilyn Hacker, and many, many more.

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