Monday, January 30, 2012

Review: Gold, Frankincense and Murder - Barbara Early

Looking for a light-hearted murder mystery ? Fond of the White Rose Publishing books ?
Review: Gold, Frankincense and Murder - Barbara Early - November 2011
Looking for a nice light-hearted murder mystery ? Nothing too heavy but still wanting the action of a murder and the suspense as the characters solve who dunnit ? .
Gold, Frankincense and Murder is set in a small town , the main setting is a Foodbank , when I get old , Im one day hoping to maybe do volunteer work at Foodbank as I know how much they help and think that it is such a good cause. Working the shifts at the Foodbank is Donna , Sandy and Neal. One day just before Christmas , Neal doesn't come in for his shift - Sandy (the manager) has been ringing etc . Donna knows that this is not like Neal and stops by his apartment only to discover nobody has been there for days and checking the messages on his machine - Donna discovers Sandy has lied. What happened to Neal , where is he ?
With the help of Neal's next door neighbour Donna , will go on a search to discover the truth of what happened to Neal especially when he turns up dead ? Who Killed Neal and Why would anyone want to kill "The Peach Man" ?
Gold , Frankincense and Murder is filled with twists , that will keep you guessing till the last couple of chapters to who in fact was the murderer , sometimes it's the people you least expect.

Review : Borrowing Abby Grace Books #1 and #2 - Kelly Green

Looking for a new trilogy to read , one that's a nice quick read ? One that combines supernatural abilities with edgy content and real-life issues ?
Review: The Shadow - Book #1 Borrowing Abby Grace Series - Kelly Green - October 2011
When I was approached by Kelly Green to read and review her new series, I wasn't too sure what to expect and when I started reading with "The Shadow" , I was hooked - I love these type of stories , in a way it reminded me of a softer and more realistic version of Breanna Yovanoff's "The Replacement" or Carol Snow's novel "Switch".
In "The Shadow" , we discover as Abby Grace wakes up in the back of a van - it seems that she has been abducted and is suffering amnesia - how did she get here ? , what has happened? and more the fact who is she actually? Escaping from the side of the van , Abby Grace finds herself at the house of the girl - Brooke. Abby discovers that she is what is called a Shadow. They are the ones who inhabit your body, when you have a problem to be solved and you need help fixing it , they are the fixers . Here to restore the world back to the way it should be.
Now Abby must pretend to be Brooke and discover along with the help of her guardian Will , what problem Brooke needs solving and she better hurry up as it seems the whole shadow thing comes with a timelimit and an ultimatum either solve the problem or be stuck in Brooke's life forever.
Can Abby discover Brooke's problem or will her new identity be Brooke forever ?
At 50+ pages, The Shadow is a quick read and one that won't leave you disappointed.

Review: Girl Steals Guy - Book #2 Borrowing Abby Grace - Kelly Green - October 2011
We discovered in Book#1 that Abby Grace is a Shadow - these are the type of the people who have the ability to inhabit someone else's body when they have a problem that needs fixing, one that is too difficult for them to solve on their own and they need that little push. In Book#2 Abby Grace is transported into the body of Michelle . It seems that Michelle's friend Heather is down in the dumps and has love problems . Heather's ex-boyfriend Sam is dating another girl Cecila and Heather is depressed and upset. Abby decides that in order to help Heather , she must win the guy back for her though we later discover that that's not the case as Heather has been hiding a darker secret - one that if people found out they might not look at Heather the same way. Heather is gay and in love with Cecila not Sam , who is Sam supposed to be with ? Is Girl Steal Guy more about solving a problem for Michelle or Heather ? I enjoyed Book#2 a tad more than the first novel and am looking forward to reading Book#3.

Review: Tessa's Teacakes - Mary Manners

Wanting a sweet treat to devour this Anniversary Weekend ? Have you read "Grace's Gold" by Mary Manners -book #1 in the Sweet Treats Series ?
Check out Book #3.
Review: Tessa's Teacakes - Book #3 Sweet Treats Series - Mary Manners - November 2011
I have to say that I love the White Rose Publishing books as they all in their own way are amazing reads. This is the second book I have read in the Sweet Treats Series , reading and reviewing Grace's Gold.  The Sweet Treats series follows the story of four sisters , their trials and triumphs, the obstacles that they have to overcome in order to settle down and find happiness. Tessa's Teacakes follows Tessa, the baby of the four sisters. The novel starts with Tessa working at their family bakery "Sweet Treats" when she hears sirens heading towards the Crisis Center in which her brother-in-law Brent - Grace's Husband ( from Grace's Gold) is caught in a hostage situation with an angry husband whose wife had been recieving counselling from the Crisis Center. Tessa , not one to stay in the crowd - rushes into help finding herself in the arms of Colin Phillips - the new police officer . Is it love at first sight ? Over the next few days, we read as Tessa and Colin start to have dinner together and become closer but Tessa is harbouring a secret - she is planning very shortly to move and escape to New York.  Can Colin persuade her to stay and be with him or will she miss her chance at love in pursuit of her dreams ?  
Find out in this Sweet Treats of a novel by Mary Manners and to make it extra special, whilst reading it go and make yourself a cup of tea and a teacake to go side by side with the story.

Review: Kaptain Vamp - Joanne Lecuyer & Illus. Amy Rottinger

Today's book is a Children's Supernatural novel featuring our favourite creatures - Vampires.
Review: Kaptain Vamp -- Joanne Lecuyer and Illustrated by Amy Rottinger- October 2011
In a world of humans and where Vampires rule the literature world, it seems nowadays more common for Vampires to live among the human world. Learn to adapt to their ways, have other ways of gaining their food sources etc. For Teens we have had Morganville Vampires , Blue Bloods etc and for the younger audience girls  we have Sienna Mercer's Vampire Twin series and now for the boys we have Joanne Lecuyer's Kaptain Vamp.
Kaptain Vamp follows the life of Allistaire Varning , him and his family are Vampires though of course unlike his parents , him and his brother and sister are half-human/ half-vampires. Allistaire wishes to use his vampire powers for good and after reading and devouring comic books , he decides that in order to be a hero - he needs a costume and a superhero name - hence Kaptain Vamp is born. With the help of his human sidekick Rich , Allistaire will put his vampire powers to good work, though little will he realise that the medallion around his neck is connected to his superhero ideas.  A fun light-hearted , easy to read with wonderful bright illustrations - for all those younger siblings who feel they are missing out as their older sister reads Twilight.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Review: Love Finds You in Martha's Vineyard - Melody Carlson

I've always been a fan of Christian Fiction novels and I have just discovered this awesome series called "Love Finds You" , there is alot of them and since I am supposed to be on a non-buying book binge this year , I will buy maybe one a fortnight  since I get paid fortnightly LOL:).
First one up is :
Review: Love Finds You in Martha's Vineyard - Massachusetts - Melody Carlson - April 2011
One of my favourite authors of all time and will be for eternity is Melody Carlson, there is something about her writing that will never bore me as I rapidly turn the pages in the book, reading page by page. A friend of mine had been talking about this series called "Love Finds You" and how wonderful it was , so I decided to purchase a few and this is the first one I have read in the series and it was actually really good and I am looking forward to reading and making my way through the complete list of titles. The other thing which was amazing about the book , was that the cover is really well done - it has a soft look to it , almost like it reminded me of the paintings by Thomas Kinkade.
In Love Finds You in Martha's Vineyard , we travel to first Chicago -the windy city where we meet one of our main characters Waverly named after the biscuit Waverly Wafers as we later discover. She has been a widow for the last four years and has felt that her life is in a rut , when her mum Vivian rings and offers her an escape - to come to Martha's Vineyard and help run the business her mother and Aunt Louise have just purchased - a builiding called "The Gallery". Waverly on impulse , sees this as an opportunity and moves hastily to Martha's Vineyard and believing she will be running an Art Gallery is shocked to discover it is in fact an Arcade Games shop. Has Waverly bitten off more than she can chew ?
New to Martha's Vineyard is Sicily - a nine year old visiting her dad Blake Erickson , she has been living in California and her dad wonders where his little girl has gone and who is this sullen girl in her place ? On a visit to the local Arcade , Sicily meets Waverly and the two hit it off as we read Waverly becoming like a "Big Sister" role model. Waverly soon discovers that this world is too small and that Blake is dating -well sort of Waverly's cousin Janice.
Though as Blake and Waverly get to know each other and Waverly spends more time with Sicily , has Blake chosen the wrong cousin ?
When fireworks erupt between Blake and Janice , will this be his chance to go for Waverly or will the family connection scare her off as well as the fact that her dead husband will always be on her mind ?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: The Pledge - Kimberly Derting


After reading Kimberly Derting's series "The Body Finder" and enjoying it, I decided to give her new book a go , which covered a different theme and genre all together .
Review: The Pledge - The Pledge Book #1 - Kimberly Derting - November 2011
" My breath is my pledge to worship my queen above all others
My breath is my pledge to obey the laws of my country
My breath is my pledge to respect my superiors
My breath is my pledge to contribute to the progress of my class
My breath is my pledge to report all who would do harm to my queen and country
As I breath, I pledge".
After reading Kimberly Derting's series "The Body Finder" , hence it being a supernatural and all - I didn't know exactly what to expect with the Pledge. Was it to be another supernatural novel ? No , it turned out to be of the dystopian genre. The Pledge takes us into a world with a wicked Queen , who I'm sorry to say didn't care about anyone but herself . When she discovers a way to live for extended life, she snatches it up but the time has arrived and she is once again on her deathbed and needs to find a new royal and a female at that whose essence she can swallow. Enter Charlie and her sister Angelica , they are both of the Vendor class - they should only be able to understand two languages - Englaise and Parshon. They should not have any other abilities but they do and have to keep them hidden from the world , otherwise they may find themselves next on the gallows list. Charlie can understand any language spoken and Angelica we learn later in the novel can heal people and has the gift of intuition and seeing into a person's soul. Out clubbing one night, Charlie and her friend Brooklyn run into a group of guys - two in particular are attentive to Charlie. Max and Xander - they know what Charlie is and wants to protect her in the only way they can , but Max and Xander are both hiding dark secrets about themselves. Once revealed will Charlie be able to trust them or will it put Charlie and her family in danger ? Who is Charlie and what does her family have to do with the Queen, what secrets have her parents been hiding ? Are they really of the "Vendor" Class or was that a front to stay safe ?
Find out in Book #1 of Kimberly Derting's new series "The Pledge" - who will you be pledging allegiance to ?

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