I came across Suzanne McLeod on twitter, she is lovely, very friendly and responds to tweets. She even helped me with some Gaelic during my Nanowrimo...moreI came across Suzanne McLeod on twitter, she is lovely, very friendly and responds to tweets. She even helped me with some Gaelic during my Nanowrimo novel, for which I will be eternally grateful. Not only is she a lovely person but she is a fantastic author. The Sweet Scent of Blood is the first book in a series about Spellcrackers.com. This is a fantastic urban fantasy book. The main character Genny the part sidhe, which means she is a fairy of Royal lineage. She has a great ability to absorb magic but not cast even the simplest of spells. She is living in an alternate London, where various fantasy creatures exist, from trolls to vampires, and have begun integrating into society within the last hundred years. This explains a new take on vampire mythology, science mixed with magic to explain the infection and addiction of a vampire’s bite. Genny works for a company called Spellcrackers, which is run by witches and they crack, destroy and detect spells for their customers. She is a great protagonist, who can kick butt, is smart and witty. Someone I would love to meet. The book is set in London, so having visited there last year and loved the places, it has some familiarity with it. This book has excellent world building, a fast moving plot that is a definite page-turner and a great voice.
I think this is an excellent debut novel. I loved the book and I loved Genny. I cannot wait to read book two in the series, The Cold Kiss of Death. Thankfully, I have it next to me.
If you love Urban Fantasy, vampires, supernatural creatures, then this book is for you. You won't be disappointed. (less)
This is a fantastic course, I personally learned a lot and grew as a writer whilst working on this. I have a short story published in this anthology,...moreThis is a fantastic course, I personally learned a lot and grew as a writer whilst working on this. I have a short story published in this anthology, there are lots of other pieces which are fantastic. You should go buy. It's a good cause and some excellent writing. Not only that but you get a great course. Go buy. (less)
Six children survived a potentialy lethal virus attack on earth and developed superpowers as a result. Many adults wished to harness these powers for...moreSix children survived a potentialy lethal virus attack on earth and developed superpowers as a result. Many adults wished to harness these powers for their own benefit but in order to do so had to capture or befriend the children. The adults that tried various tactics ranged from government officials , a russian billionaire and a mad general. In a desperate attempt to keep all the children safe one of the strongest characters, sarah takes on the role of mother and minder. The children are lured into a false sense of security for a while but sarah's alertness and her ability to judge the various characters result in their powers being pitted against their very strong adversary, whose robots ( dogs)are deadly. Good however triumphs over evil with the help of a minor and his lovable robot. This novel was exxciting and remianed so throughout. It strong characters were of both genders which give it a wide appeal. The author had the ability to give some of the robots human qualities which was quite endearing.
This is not normally my choice of book but it was a great story line ,plenty of acrion with the sci-fi input of the super powers.
Once you pick this book up, you will not put it down. Not only will you read it in one sitting, but you won't be able to stop thinking about it. This...moreOnce you pick this book up, you will not put it down. Not only will you read it in one sitting, but you won't be able to stop thinking about it. This is one of those books which makes you stop and think about what happens when you die. This to me seems possible and chilling at the same time. The cover alone will unnerve you.
The debut novel may be small, but it is powerful. The story is about how the soul evolves from life to another. This starts with Hercular Rose going through her past imprints in the library of souls, from an eight year old girl, to a mother, then a troubled man, to Hercular Rose and then bringing them all together. Some characters are hard to read about, but it makes the person who they are and you understand more about why people turn out to be the way they are.
If you like horror or are interested by the afterlife, this book is for you. It is a short, but powerful and will leave you wanting more.(less)
I really enjoyed reading this book to my little ones. It's a great story with some fun characters. Penny is a postie who comes across and old mailbox....moreI really enjoyed reading this book to my little ones. It's a great story with some fun characters. Penny is a postie who comes across and old mailbox. She opens it and the letter takes her to Pirate Island, where she delivers the letter to a lovely wee pirate. The pirate is sweet and cute, which makes a change from the scary ones you get in children's books now a days.
He's being bullied but Captain Bullybones. Penny tries to help the little pirate to outwit him and get his ship back.
This book helped my little ones understand what the postie does. Also that not all pirates were scary, as my three year old was a bit wary of me reading a pirate book as he finds them scary. Helping little ones with bully's is always good to read from early on and help them understand and know what to do.
I would recommend this to everyone with little ones. It's a great book, a fun friendly read with fantastic illustrations. Not only that but it comes with real and very nice stamps in it. (less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has magic, mystery and romance, everything I would want in a novel. This is a strong debut. The start was a little...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has magic, mystery and romance, everything I would want in a novel. This is a strong debut. The start was a little slow, building up the setting, but it's worth the wait. Deborah is an amazing writer, she has done her research well. Her imagination, along with her historical knowledge is immense. She weaves in parts of history like the Salem Witch trials and Olde England to give the story depth and realism.
Diana is a strong, self-reliant woman who is a witch but wants nothing to do with magic. She has been stubbornly determined to not use her magic since a tragic event from her past. She is likeable and you can relate to her.
Other than humans Diana's world is populated by three other species - witches, vampires and daemons. All of whom you will get to meet. Especially a very suave vampire.
She discovers a lost manuscript, Ashmole 782, after which she meets scientist Matthew Clairmont. Matthew is a Vampire and highly respected within the University. She is drawn to him, unsure why are first then she is plummeted into an adventure that is full of romance, desire, magic and ancient orders. Diana must discover the depths of her power to decipher the secrets of the book and protect herself and those she loves.
This is a highly addictive read, don't let the whopping page count put you off.
The cliffhanger at the end, what can I say.... When's book two out?
I would recommend A Discovery of Witches, it's an enthralling read, which will leave you gasping for more.
After reading the first book in this series The Body Finder, the review is here, I was hooked. This was one of my favourite books from last year. I co...moreAfter reading the first book in this series The Body Finder, the review is here, I was hooked. This was one of my favourite books from last year. I could not wait to read Desires of the Dead and I have to say I loved every minute of it. So much so I was up all night when I went away with my family reading it. I lay in bed, the world silent and read all about the wonderful relationship of Jay and Violet. I cried tears of sadness when I thought things were going bad and cried tears of joy when things were going good. I have never read a book in such a long time which stirred so much emotion in me.
Desires of the Dead picks up a few months after the dramatic ending of The Body Finder. The third person narrative works perfectly for these books, allowing multiple plot lines to run seamlessly, along with twists and turns along the way. You also get to go inside the head of someone trying to threaten Violet, this makes the book unique and makes it a little more creepy. The book is a real page turner, you have to find out what is going to happen next. The plot is fast paced and keeps you wanting more and more and more.
I have to say Jay and Violet are one of my favourite literary couples. Between Violet's ability to detect echos left behind by murder victims, the same echos that are carried around by their killers and Jay's over-protectiveness of her, they work perfectly together. I cannot think of a better way for two virgins to have their first time together than the way they had it. Unplanned, natural, but protected and perfect. If I could go back, I'd want my first time to be the way Kimberly Derting wrote for Jay and Violet. Don't get me wrong, you know it happened and it really was perfect but there were no gory details, which made it all the nicer.
I could get a bit carried away with my love of Jay and Violet's relationship but there is more of a plot in this book than just them. Violet's talent lead her to the body of a young boy, however this time she is not alone, someone is watching her and threatening her. If that wasn't enough she also has the FBI sniffing around her trying to get her to admit that she can sense and find bodies. She is not quite willing to admit that secret.
Violet's independent streak stops her from telling Jay or her parents to begin with, but how long can she deal with it on her own? There are so many twists and curve balls thrown in to this mix, you think you have it figured out and another twist throws it out the water. There is a new boy in school, whom Jay befriends, he has a little sister Megan. Chelsea, Violet's friend develops a huge crush resulting in some double dates. Violet's friends are in this book more, which pleased me. Always good that a girl keeps her friends and doesn't dump them when she has found a beau.
I was actually gutted when this book ended. The ending was amazing and left me wanted more but I was so sad to leave Jay and Violet behind until next time.
I would highly recommend this book, read The Body Finder first however. The book hooks you in and keeps you there until the end. You will not be disappointed. (less)
I read this book in record speed, I just couldn't put it down. With each page I turned, I kept wanting more. Then it seemed like the story was winding...moreI read this book in record speed, I just couldn't put it down. With each page I turned, I kept wanting more. Then it seemed like the story was winding up, for another curve ball to be thrown into the mix and they just kept coming.
The main character Violet, felt real, you could feel her pain and her need to help out the dead, whom were taken from this world in violent circumstances. The confusion, anger and overwhelming sensations she must feel. Then, there's the lovely Jay. He really is a honey. A gorgeous guy with a heart of gold, who would do anything and I mean anything for his best friend Violet.
What was interesting about this book was that a few of the chapters were done from the serial killers view. You got an insight from the other side, what he felt, how he followed his prey and what Violet was doing to his little games.
Jay and Violet were best friends for, well forever. Then Violet started to feel more for Jay. The chemistry and sexual tension was breath taking. Kimberly's way with words will leave you gasping for breath and wanting more.
The romance is hotter than hot and the death colder than cold. Both balance out for one great read.
The book was a definite page turner, which grips you to your seat until you have devoured the entire book. I would recommend this book to everyone, you will be in for one rollercoaster ride. (less)
This book was a quick, light hearted read, which was humerous and topical but I wasn't feeling it. There were a lot of quotes made about current Vampi...moreThis book was a quick, light hearted read, which was humerous and topical but I wasn't feeling it. There were a lot of quotes made about current Vampires, authors and tv shows which made it seem topical but I just felt Finbar was a bit of a sap, I didn't even feel sorry for him. I'm far from heartless, but just didn't like him. I feel bad about saying that but this book just wasn't for me. Finbar, felt hard done to. His twin brother was popular, athletic and had the looks. Everything he didn't. So he decided to use the fact that vampires were popular with teenage girls to his advantage. However, it doesn't quite go to plan. There is a lot of bullying going on in the book, which doesn't get addressed. It seems to be accepted and that re-inventing yourself and moving school is the way to go. Having a name like Finbar wasn't a good start in his life, but this book could have had a much better message than it did. The ending give an indication to a sequel about his twin brother, pretenting to be a werewolf to get girls. Really... come on. I won't be in the queue for this one.
I think it was funny and there were several times that I did laugh out loud but overal I would give it a miss. (less)
This was a very moving novel that left me in tears. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be beautiful.
I am in awe of the author who made me feel...moreThis was a very moving novel that left me in tears. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be beautiful.
I am in awe of the author who made me feel, smell ,hear and experience every emotion along with the two main characters Clementine and Fran.
The great ability of the author was not only to make you feel the experiences that were on the page but those that were hidden in the writing.
This is the story of two very different cousins, Clem who is shy and is brought up in a very supportive and stable two parent home, she lives in a town. Fran who is apparently a very confident, worldly wise young women from an unstable background. Her mother not only does not give encouragement but goes out of the way to destroy it, she lives in the country.
This novel is set out in six parts prologue and epilogue 2009 present day for Clementine , there are four parts in between which covers various important decades
As the cousins grow up their lives take very different routes and life styles with always the promises of getting together has left Clementine with many feelings of guilt. The decades pass and Clementine progresses to University where as Fran becomes a young married women often left alone and feels isolated both by geography and feelings of drudgery.
Due to it’s time setting various situations of that time were highlighted e.g. racism, the roles of women, Neighbours didn’t interfere. Fran’s suspicions when anyone gave her time but to mention just a few. There are many moments of nostalgia laughter, love and regret.
In this novel issues experienced by teenagers is treated in a very sensitive manner, anxiety , stereotyping, bullying and depression. The latter being handled in an extremely compassionate manner. Nothing prepares you for the ending.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It's not my usual genre but still a good read. (less)
I would not normally pick up a book of poems. I am starting to write some poetry, which is why I entered the contest on goodreads to win a signed copy...moreI would not normally pick up a book of poems. I am starting to write some poetry, which is why I entered the contest on goodreads to win a signed copy of this book. However, I will be picking up more in the future. This book has some beautifully written poems, for non-vampire fans don't be put off, these are not horrific words about blood and tearing someone's heart out. They are about love, passion and lust. I read this book over a few weeks and I am glad I took my time to absorb the poems. They tell you a story, in an interesting and unusual way. My favourite is rebith. It is simply stunning. The only thing I would change about this book is the cover, it doesn't seem to fit the beauty that lies beneath.
If you love Vampires and poetry, then this book is a must for you. If you love a nice book of poetry, then this book is for you and if you love Vampires this book is for you. I really enjoyed this book, even if it would not be one I would normally have bought, it is beautifully written and magical. (less)
I loved this book, such a fun, easy and cute read. There are wonderful illustrations throughout the book which bring the book to life and so many time...moreI loved this book, such a fun, easy and cute read. There are wonderful illustrations throughout the book which bring the book to life and so many times I laughed out loud. Poor Scarlett, she suffered throughout her short life with humiliation, her strange, crazy and embarrassing parents. Now she has to suffer though her afterlife too. Her family dies along with her, when she tries to make herself ill so she doesn't have to go on a school trip. She didn't just make herself ill, she killed herself, her parents and her brother. They all become ghosts. Scarlett, misses her emo friends and thinks it would be a good idea to try to kill them so they can all be friends in the afterlife. Not the best idea, but her heart is in the right place, even if she isn't looking at the bigger picture. This is my first Graphic Novel, I have to say if they are all as good as this, I have been missing out. I found this a really funny and original novel. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a fun, light read, which has some fantastic illustrations to add to the fun. (less)