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Review: Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross

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    Are you a fan of fairytales ? Love renditions as much as I do ? Looking for a new teen read to ring in the New Year as I bring to you the last books read for 2012 on The Phantom Paragrapher. Review: Kill Me Softly - Sarah Cross - April 2012 As the year comes to a close, I have decided to participate in a New Years Read-a-thon and see how many books I can read till I ring in the New Year. The first on the list is Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross. Are you a fan of fairytales? Love reading the modern and contemporary renditions of the tales? I have always had a thing for fairytale novels and especially renditions of not only classics like The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesy which was a 1950/1960's rendition of Jane Eyre but also of fairytales hence my latest phase of Kristine Grayson's books. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross falls into that category as we meet Mirabelle aka Mira whose birthday is coming up fast , all she wants in the world is to find out

Review: Standing up for Grace - Kristine Grayson

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  Looking for a quick and easy read ?   Review: Standing up for Grace - Kristine Grayson - July 2012 We meet Dave Encanto in the short story anthology "Geek Romance", now meet Dave and Ella aka Cinderella's two daughters Imperia and Grace. After being left on their grandparent's kingdom doorsteps , Imperia and Grace have been sent to the "Greater World" to live with their dad. However, this means attending private school. Standing up for Grace is a short story and basically is one sister standing up for the other as Grace has been getting picked on and taunted by school bully Skylar and Imperia has decided that enough is enough and decides to take things into her own hands by teaching Skylar a lesson. What happens though when the lesson ends up getting out of control and the consequences maybe too much to handle? Read as Imperia heads to the "Kingdom" to gather advice from her Grandmother.  Standing up from Grace is a good short

Review: Breathless - Cole Gibsen

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  Are you in the mood for a mermaid book ? One which focuses more above the surface rather than under it ? Review: Breathless - Cole Gibsen- March 2012 What would you do if your life changed in a flash ? Would you pretend nothing of it and sneak out at night when no-one could see you or would you tell someone even though you know it would seem crazy or far-fetched? Meet Edith, out one day on a date forced by her Army Stepfather known as "Sir" a tragedy occurs and people will die and others injured badly. Edith though escapes with only a sore shoulder but what saved her in the ocean ? A creature that she can describe as a mermaid, but mermaids can't be real or can they be? Saved by Bastian - a merman , Edith starts to develop a relationship with him though of course it has been said that Mermaids can't date humans and vice versa, yet the pair feel drawn together. Can Bastian and Edith overcome their mortal and immortal differences or will they realis

Review: Geek Romance - Kristine Grayson

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  Are you a fan of short stories ? Have you been following my reviews of my current favourite author Kristine Grayson ? Here is a collection of Short Stories by Kristine Grayson celebrating all things Geek, yes you read right.. All things Geek not Greek with.............. Review: Geek Romance - Kristine Grayson - July 2012 Do you have a harbouring for the Geeks in the world ? Do you fall into the category of Geekster ? I have lately discovered the author Kristine Grayson and when I saw the title of this book I was intrigued as I wonder what type of stories would fall into the category of geek romance ? I'm not normally a short story person but this was quick and easy to read as it took me roughly 45 minutes to read on my lunchbreak today at work.  The first story was about Cinderella's Ex -Prince Charming aka Dave Encanto , Dave works as a book seller and is headed to a major book fair - reading this story I was jealous as its been one of my dreams to go to a

Review: Offside - MG Higgins

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  Are you into sports especially Soccer or depending where you live Football ? Looking for a Teen Girl novel ? Review: Offside - MG Higgins - January 2013 Do you remember that movie "Bend it Like Beckham" ? The film where the indian girl got to play soccer as she was amazing at it ? Even though the girl on the cover of Offside is white, I imagine as I read the story of her being Indian as her name is Faith Patel . Faith loves to play Soccer , it is her escape from her life as a babysitter and home-life, it is something she is good at . Though what happens when the coach starts offering Faith advice and she starts to take it the wrong way . Soon Faith has developed crushing feelings on her coach but it seems she's not the only one on the team to feel this way towards the coach. Can Faith get her head back into the game and focus on becoming the best soccer player she can be in order to help her recieve a college scholarship or will Faith soon discover that

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

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    Looking for a new supernatural teen book to read ? One that will have you flipping the pages and when you have finished , wanting more from the author? Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Book #1 Mara Dyer Series - Michelle Hodkin - September 2011 When you read as much as I do , its always a bit touch and go with books as most of them have the same sort of storyline and it really all comes down to how the author executes the storyline and how they can write it , to whether or not the book will be great or not. This storyline is one that has been done a couple of times in different ways but I have to say I adored this book and loved it and cannot wait to read the next one :) In "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" we meet Mara whom we discover was in an accident the previous school year which caused the deaths of three of her friends including her best friend Rachel, boyfriend Jude and friend Claire.  Somehow Mara came out of the accident unharmed, is it a mir

Review: Charming Blue - Kristine Grayson

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    Review: Charming Blue - Book #8 Fates Series - Kristine Grayson - September 2012 Have you ever heard the tale of BlueBeard the pirate ? The one where he cut off the heads of everyone he loved and put them on display for the next loved one to see before her very death which would follow shortly after ? Are you a fan of fairytale renditions and fractured tales at that ? As those who read my blog The Phantom Paragrapher would know that I am a rendition lover, I don't mind the originals but for me the renditions are way better - well most of the time they are anyway. Just recently, I discovered a new author and have decided to make my way through all her books and the first one was Charming Blue . In Charming Blue we meet Jodie , she is a Magic Agent in the "Greater World" which is Earth, she works as a fixer on behalf of all those who come from the Kingdoms- which is the magic world.  It seems that there is a stalker on the loose , threatning to kill w