I really love the Jesper Jinx series, each new book brings more adventures and disasters for Jesper, and I look forward to seeing what happens next foI really love the Jesper Jinx series, each new book brings more adventures and disasters for Jesper, and I look forward to seeing what happens next for him....although he does seem to bring a lot of it on himself. When I received Jesper Jinx and the Turkish Pepper for review I knew it would be a quick read, and I read it between review books. Like the previous books, Jesper Jinx and the Turkish Pepper is split into small stories with hilarious images to go along with the story being told. MY review will be short but will hopefully give you an idea of what is within the pages of this latest installment by Marko Kitti.
Intro Sequence These are super quick short chapters, and in this we see Jesper declaring his independence from cleaning day, this gets him out of cleaning his room as its his own 'style' but ends up getting pranked by his sister, and leaving him plotting revenge. The whole declaring his independence was an ingenious idea and I wish I had thought of this myself when I was younger.
Turkish Pepper This is salty liqourice (salmiakki) that the author smuggled in from Finland and is unwilling to part with any when Jesper asks. It isn't until Jesper threatens to tell his parents that the author is stealing his stories, that the author relents and let's Jesper take his precious last bag of this Turkish Pepper.
Jesper Jinx Goes Camping Jesper and Oliver are camping in Jesper's back garden, and what is meant to be a night of junk food and sleep, quickly ends with police helicopters and burglars.
Mystery of the Chocolate Chip Cookies The mystery as to what happened to the Chocolate Chip Cookies left behind in the tent is revealed in this short chapter, and it definitely made me laugh.
Jesper Jinx and the Turkish Pepper This story tells us what the Turkish Pepper can really do. Melinda and Jesper compete to win VIP tickets to a concert. They have to learn the lyrics of a song and perform them for their parents who decide on the winner. To gain the advantage Jesper ends up eating some Turkish Pepper and has some disastrous results.
Final Verdict Jesper Jinx and the Turkish Pepper was another great installment to this series. While the books are short and quick for myself they are ideal for reluctant readers, or children with short attention spans....more
I had not heard of Cartel before I was contacted about a possible review. After a quick read of the synopsis I knew I had to give it a try. I don't usI had not heard of Cartel before I was contacted about a possible review. After a quick read of the synopsis I knew I had to give it a try. I don't usually read this type of genre but it sounded interesting enough, with a drop dead sexy cover to match.
When I began reading it was pretty clear that Cartel was going to take me way out of my comfort zone, and all I could do was hold on tight and go along for the ride. What surprised me the most was how much I really enjoyed reading Cartel. Its gory, it raw, its detailed to every minute detail, and it shocked me with how violent some parts of it were, but I did like it. I knew going into Cartel that it wasn't going to be all sunshine and roses, that it would test the limits of what I am willing to read, and I know that acts in this book probably happen around the world every single day, and I think it was that knowledge that really made this book so hard hitting. It's not a childish fantasy, its not science fiction, it's real life for some people, its how they were brought up and how they live.
Cartel was an interesting read that not only took me on a journey I did not expect to enjoy, but also had me wanting more, and as soon as I had the time to sit and read undisturbed I quickly found myself speeding through the pages. The twist and turns were some I did not expect, and they kept me guessing right till the end about what was going to happen.
Mariana has got to be one of the strongest and toughest characters that I have read about. She doesn't have the ability of strength or anything that gives her an advantage, she has herself. She has determination to survive whatever is thrown in her way, the strength to sacrifice herself to save her family, knowing she will never see them again, but hoping that they will remain safe and most importantly alive. Dornan was an enigma. He is part of The Gypsy Brothers, one of the baddest gangs around that don't hold anything back when they set out to do something, yet he saves Mariana from having to sell her body, from working in the clubs to repay her fathers debt. He definitely kept me on my toes and wondering what he was going to do next.
My only issue with Cartel was that I felt it didn't really go anywhere for a while and then suddenly a lot of things happen. The build up felt too long and drawn out for me.
Final Verdict Cartel was an enjoyable read that did surprise me with how much I liked it. Hopefully the world building is done and the next book can bring more action and story development....more
When I saw More Than Comics on NetGalley I had to request it, I have loved the books in this series so far and I could not wait to jump back into thisWhen I saw More Than Comics on NetGalley I had to request it, I have loved the books in this series so far and I could not wait to jump back into this world again.
More Than Comics is Tara and Hector's story, after years of writing together to make a graphic novel, the Misfit Squad, they finally get a chance to meet each other in person, at San Diego Comic-Con, and the book opens with Tara making her way through the crowd to find her comic's publisher, and to meet Hector. Hector also has his own claim to fame, being the drummer of Villain Complex he has no trouble attracting the opposite sex, but he has his eyes firmly set on one person alone. When they finally meet in person to take part in a panel, the sparks fly between them and you are left wanting more from this duo.
Admittedly there were moments where I wanted to smack Hector around the head to get him to get his act together, and while I do think some of the things he did were to protect Tara, I wish he would have opened his eyes to what she really wanted. Tara doesn't have it easy in this book, the trip to Comic-Con is a detour on her move to New York, where she has been offered a job that she has been working towards for years. But whilst at Comic-Con she is approached by Giselle Roberts, wanting to recruit her for a writer job in Las Angeles. This is the job of a lifetime and Tara has some serious decision making to do for her future.
More Than Comics was an unputdownable read from start to finish, I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Hector, and also see his life outside of the band. The supermarket treasure hunt was hilarious and I laughed through every page of this hunt, as well as being grossed out by some of the very dodgy things they found.....and I even Googled some of the items, cappuccino potato chips, watermelon Oreos, who comes up with these flavours......although the cappuccino potato chips sound interesting to my coffee loving body. I had so much fun with the characters when they were together, from dressing up, to just relaxing, and when Tara and Hector get together make sure you have something handy to cool yourself down as things get hot and steamy fast.
Final Verdict Loved every page of this book and the ending has me wanting more, and needing to have the next book in my hands now....more
When I saw Blushing on netgalley I immediately put my request in and waited to be approved, but once I picked it up I was worried that I would not remWhen I saw Blushing on netgalley I immediately put my request in and waited to be approved, but once I picked it up I was worried that I would not remember things from the previous book as it's been a long time, and lots of books since I last read In Bloom. I needn't have worried, I fell back into this world hard and fast, and within a few pages remembered how much I love Liv's quirky, psychic mum, Liv's friends, and Liv herself.
"I'll do my best not to trip," I reply, imagining my feet getting tangled in my dress and the inevitable face-plant. "I'll catch you if you do." He smiles. "I promise. I'll always be there."
This is the love that we see between Liv and Berkeley, it makes you smile, it makes your heart melt, but as the story progresses we don't always see this as this duo lose focus on what they really mean to each other.
Blushing takes Liv away from the safety of her home and her friends, and thrusts her into the movie industry as an assistant costume designer for Berkeley's new movie, of course he helped get her there, and told an enormous lie in order to maintain the gag order placed on everyone in the know about himself and Liv's relationship status.. But what she thought was going to be fun and a great way to spend more time with Berkeley, soon turns out wrong and she finds herself having to deal with the adoring fans in the form of fellow assistants, and Christina's pseudo friendship. The time she thought she would get to spend with Berkeley becomes less and less, putting a strain on their relationship and making Liv doubt his feelings for her, but also her ability to deal with the fame and fortune that comes with him.
Reading Blushing I felt so sorry for Liv, she is lost and out of her depth, and even though Blair is there, Liv is still alone and friendless while Blair lets her working partnership with Christina get in the way. The feelings of loss and loneliness come across easily in the pages, and it made it so easy to want to pick Liv up and hug her, and push everyone else away for acting the way they do. Everyone is getting sucked into the fickleness of the movie industry, and poor Liv is having to deal with the fallout of it all, being left out or pushed away as the movie making continues.
Blushing also gives us the chance to really see into Berkeley's life as a pop star and as an actor. We see the lengths he has to go through to be normal, disguising himself, having bodyguards around all the time, and even being careful with who he is seen with. We also see how much this business can really affect a relationship and the strain and tension is portrayed through the eyes of Liv, and the actions of those around her, including Berkeley.
Blushing was just as good as In Bloom, and not only did the ending surprise Liv, it also surprised me. At this moment of posting the review there don't seem to be any plans for a new book, but I would love to see what happens next for this duo, especially after Liv's offer and actions in Blushing.
I also want to mention quickly how much I love the covers for these books and how they represent both Liv and Berkeley's lives. The top being Liv and her job as lingerie designer, the bottom for Berkeley, for his fame in the band and as an actor.
Final Verdict Another great book for this series, with a well deserved ending.....I just need to know if a next book is in the works?...more
I love Kelly Armstrong's Otherworld Series, and I am late to actually picking this one up and reading it....I also read it out of order which may haveI love Kelly Armstrong's Otherworld Series, and I am late to actually picking this one up and reading it....I also read it out of order which may have spoilt previous books in this spin-off series, but I don't really care ;)
Forsaken starts with Elena, who is attending pack meetings in the UK regarding a wolf coming to America to study, and the Alpha wanting him protected. Elena isn't really regarded as Alpha, just a stand in, a puppet for Clay or Jeremy, after unsuccessfully resolving the matter she returns home to find that her daughter Kate is missing, Logan being the one to break the news to her. The pack come together once again to hunt for Kate, but with no scent of her anywhere it's a difficult task, even with Elena's good sense of smell.
Forsaken was like visiting old friends, and I saw this more as catching up with them than actually reading a book. I love the world Kelley has created and I could not wait to dive into it once again. The hunt to find Kate was gripping and tense, I loved the twists and turns that kept you guessing over what was really going on and who was responsible, and just when you thinks it's all resolved something new is added and you are back to square one again, but for different reasons. Kate and Logan have their own journeys to travel in Forsaken, and seeing these two deal with things in completely different ways but have the same outcome was such an experience as a reader.
Forsaken was a quick read, but was packed full of everything you expect from Kelley, and when I realised it was coming to an end I wanted to savor every word, make the book last that little bit longer. The ending of Forsaken was not what I expected, but leaves it open for a next part to this story, and I really hope we get to see what choice is made and very soon.
Final Verdict Forsaken was a quick but extremely satisfying read. I devoured the pa...more
I knew going into The 'Naturals that it was a very short read, but I expected more. We have four different stories focusing on four different people,I knew going into The 'Naturals that it was a very short read, but I expected more. We have four different stories focusing on four different people, and to me it felt like you are just getting to know the character, know their quirks and get a hint at what their gift is, leaving you wanting to find out what happens next for each of them, when their story ends and we meet someone new.
I did like the idea behind the 'gifts' they have, and I am curious over what they are and what they can do, I just felt like we weren't given enough time to connect with them. I know The 'Naturals is the start of a series, and that it is less than 50 pages long, I just wanted to know each character a bit better.
Final Verdict The 'Naturals is an interesting read that has piqued my curiosity, but I wanted more information, more detail, and more time with the characters. I do want to know what happens next, and there is a finished 'season' available to buy which I intend to do on payday....more
Imagine if your touch could kill, that you would be used as a weapon for this reason, but also knowing that one small mistake, one accidental brush ofImagine if your touch could kill, that you would be used as a weapon for this reason, but also knowing that one small mistake, one accidental brush of your skin could kill a passerby, and innocent person. Twylla was the Sin Eaters Daughter, and is now Daunen Embodied. On the last day of each full moon, she must partake in the Telling. Twylla must drink a vial of poison mixed with her blood, by surviving she continues her role as Daunen Embodied, as executioner to all who have committed a crime.
I first heard about The Sin Eater's Daughter in the catalogue for the publisher, and not only did I fall in love with the cover, the synopsis had me wanting to know more, wanting to know why Twylla was poisonous and what the Queen's plan was.
The Queen of Lormerian was someone who didn't sit well with me at all, coming across as callous, and selfish. When she defaces a relic to suit her own needs of making it fit for her, it became quite clear to me that everything is about her, and nothing will stand in her way of getting what she wants. Twylla is the complete opposite of her, yes she kills people, but she doesn't want to, she does this for her family, to ensure they have food and money to survive whilst she is there, knowing that any day she could lose her favour among the Gods and die from the poison she ingests.
The Sin Eater's Daughter was an amazing read from start to finish, it lived up to everything I expected from it and so much more. The world, the characters, and even the story itself was full of richness, and had me wanting more. I went into The Sin Eater's Daughter with an idea of what to expect, and what I got was not what I expected, and I finished the book with all my ideas and preconceptions turned around and was left with the book closing and me completely taken aback at what had transpired. The events that happen leading towards the end of the book surprised me, I was not expecting things to end up this way, but I loved every change, every word of it.
I finished reading The Sin Eater's Daughter with a smile on my face, but also eager for more. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and catch up with the characters again and see what happens next.
Final Verdict An amazing book from a debut author, be prepared to fall in love with the characters, and to have your ideas completely turned around and a whole new answer being revealed....more
I actually prefer the audio to the physical book. This may be because I finished both Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster within days of each otI actually prefer the audio to the physical book. This may be because I finished both Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster within days of each other so the previous story was still fresh in my mind, and it made it harder to focus on things from Trav's side of the story.
I need to say that The Crawling Darkness needs to come with a warning, do not watch a creepy movie with wall crawling demons one night, then go onto rI need to say that The Crawling Darkness needs to come with a warning, do not watch a creepy movie with wall crawling demons one night, then go onto reading The Crawling Darkness,,,,you will have no problems using your imagination to put faces to demons.
I have really enjoyed the Ellie Jordan series so far, but hands down The Crawling Darkness is the creepiest one out of them all, and also makes me sooooo happy I don't live in a house, and that I also don't have a basement. Ellie and Stacey's next job is another old, haunted house, but this house has a unique twist. What was once a huge house, is now split into four different apartments, so instead of a haunting in one place, it has spread throughout the whole building into each apartment, and manifesting in different ways. I really like the little bits of comic relief, although looking back at it once I've finished the book, I don't remember much comedy after this point.
"Then pretend your'e in the mountains," I said. "Problem solved. Look, deer! And...monkeys!" "There are no monkeys in the Appalachians," Stacey said. "So its an exciting adventure already." I led the way onto the porch and rang the bell.
The Crawling Darkness is everything you expect from the author in his latest series, but a whole lot more. The creepiness factor is at an all time high, the history of the house goes back even further, and the danger part just got even more dangerous. I am a really hard person to scare, or freak out, or even just creep me out, it is my mission in life to be scared, and while The Crawling Darkness didn't exactly scare me silly, it definitely creeped me out, so much so that I slept with my back to the door, which is something I never do consciously.
I devoured the pages of The Crawling Darkness, and while I want to go into much more detail about what happens, I want you to go into it blind like I did, with no pre-conceptions or ideas about what happens. I want you to be freaked out, with arms covered in goosebumps, and be shocked over the twisted ending. I may be a glutton for punishment, but I need the next book in my hands now, especially with the new character, and with the endings of all endings.
Final Verdict BEST EVER!!!!! A must read for fans of this series, or those looking for a creepy read. It also makes me worry about how far the author is going to take the scare factor in the next book...I have a feeling I may not sleep for a while....more