Amelia and her friends meet up once a week to play bridge. All Of the women have had successful careers and while not exactly bored in retirement Amel...moreAmelia and her friends meet up once a week to play bridge. All Of the women have had successful careers and while not exactly bored in retirement Amelia especially is aware that a certain spark is missing and life is not as exciting as it used to be. That is all about to change. Amelia rescues a 10 year old boy from a couples of thugs and decides to help him further. This is the catalyst for change for all the women. They all become involved in helping Marc, the little boy Amelia saved, and from there the word spreads about their problem solving abilities and people start coming to them for help. Before they know it they have a full time P.I. business and have definitely found that missing spark.
One of the things I loved about this book was that it portrayed women in retirement as capable, talented, energetic independent people retaining a zest for life and adventure. OK so there are health problems and their stamina isn't what it used to be but it's good to have positive role models in this age group.
A couple of times I thought I noticed some inconsistencies in the story line and this distracted me from enjoying the book. At one point I had to go back and actually check someones name and nationality as it appeared to have changed from one chapter to another. These things did not diminish my overall enjoyment of the story itself but have led me to give the book a lower rating than I would have done otherwise.(less)
This is a coming of age story about a naive young girl,brought up in isolation and unaware of the ways of the world. She has to learn to adapt to the...moreThis is a coming of age story about a naive young girl,brought up in isolation and unaware of the ways of the world. She has to learn to adapt to the truly dreadful situation she finds herself in and decide whether the struggle to live and live decently is worth the effort or if death and an end to pain is preferable to continued suffering.
The story itself quickly had me in its grip. The characters are strong, well drawn and compelling. Abbey is an interesting character whose fate I quickly became concerned about and wanted a happy ending for her. However the writing style of the author was not to my taste and I often found myself being pulled out of the story in order to look up the definition of some esoteric word choice. This broke the flow of the story and therefore diminished the book as a whole.(less)
Emma Rossi is within spitting distance of graduating college with a nursing degree. Unfortunately that is never going to happen. Before Emma get a cha...moreEmma Rossi is within spitting distance of graduating college with a nursing degree. Unfortunately that is never going to happen. Before Emma get a chance to work as a fully qualified nurse her world is shaken to the core and everything she took for granted is turned upside down.
The basic tenets of life are you're born, you live, you die, you stay dead. Not any more! If you are really unlucky you come back to life as a ravening, ravenous monster. An infection passed on through a bite causes people to die and become reanimated as zombies, hungry zombies with a taste for living flesh.
Emma, her husband Jake (and let's not forget her dog Daphne) struggle to survive in this new world. Not knowing if today's best friend might be tomorrow's worst enemy means having to be vigilant at all times and prepared to commit acts that only days previously were unthinkable. Shana asked me if I would like to review her début novel and I jumped at the chance. Just recently I realised I was reading the same old stories by the same old authors and it felt as though I was in a reading rut. I needed something different to shake up my reading life and this novel certainly managed to do that. I never bothered with zombie novels before this one but this turned out to good to resist. It would not surprise me if it ended up being the best zombie book of 2014.
The opening sets the scene of small town, working man, life as normal America and as soon as we start to invest in Nick Michaels he is dead and responsible for the zombie outbreak that brings America to its knees. From then on all the focus is on Emma. She copes with a hurricane, the loss of family and friends, the despicable behaviour of some other survivors with strength of character and razor sharp wit that engages the reader in such a way you can't help but like her. The story is fast paced but believable, the characters are engaging and the reader is put through a roller coaster of emotion.
I found myself picking up my ereader when I was supposed to be doing other stuff simply because I needed to know what happened next. And now the book is finished I'm already wanting to read the next in the series.
I came to this novel without many expectations, a new author in a genre I don't usually read, it will pass the time I thought. By the time I had finished I realised I was lucky enough to come across someone who is going to be a very big name if she keeps up this quality of writing and I am most definitely a fan. 5/5. Go download the eBook straight away you won't be disappointed.(less)
Quirky, funny, original and unputdownable. Don't skip a word or miss a paragraph as every single word is important and a lot of them are original. Eve...moreQuirky, funny, original and unputdownable. Don't skip a word or miss a paragraph as every single word is important and a lot of them are original. Every time you think you know what is going on be prepared to have your assumptions tossed aside as the story segues in a different direction.
This is the first book by Paul Mannering I have read so I came to it with no preconceived notion about what a Paul Mannering book should be like and finished it knowing I have another favourite writer to follow.
Charlotte Pudding and Vole Drakeforth live in a world powered by "empathy technology". Think nice thoughts at your toaster or it will burn your toast! Nobody really questions where this energy comes from, why would they - it's clean,free,renewable and long lasting. But this utopia has a serpent at its heart and his name is Godden. From the moment Charlotte meets Vole her life is turned upside down. Burglars enter her home in an attempt to steal an antique desk inherited from her parents and that turns out to be the least of her worries. The pair go from hiding in an Arthurian monastery to infiltrating the headquarters of the Godden Corporation discovering along the way that there is an uncomfortable link between the Arthurians and Godden. The main weapons at their disposal are Charlotte's highly tuned empathy traits and Vole's black belt in sarcasm.
In some ways this book reminded me of reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time. No idea where the ride is going to take you but it is so enjoyable in a totally insane way that you want to stay on-board for the whole journey.(less)