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The Crimson Shard  (The Blackhope Enigma, #2)
I love it when a sequel does something very different from its predecessor, testing familiar characters with strange situations and adding more dimens ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
I pretty much looked like a fish washed up on the shore when I turned the last page of Catching Fire – gasp, gasp, gasp. I didn’t go anywhere without ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Swim the Fly
I warn you, do not read this book on public transport unless you don’t mind people staring at you tittering away in the corner. Many books are funny b ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
The Way of the Sword (Young Samurai, #2)
Jack has spent a year at the Niten Ichi Ryu training as a samurai, but having proven himself to his friends, now he has to prove himself against the u ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Seven Days on the Mountain
Here is a story that has made me realise that the heroes of many other dystopians that I read and love have a pretty cushy existence. Seven Days on th ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Shadows on the Moon
I’m always worried when I start reading a serious book, you know, one that deals with the more hardcore issues of human psychology. I worry because I ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Sidhe's Call (Keening Trilogy, #1)
I think one of my favourite aspects of Sidhe's Call is that it is written from two points of view but where Morgan's view is first person, Aidan's vie ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Hello Arithmetic
As I read The Hello Arithmetic, I was actually – worryingly – reminded of myself when I hit the UK equivalent of high school. Just like Sprig, I was a ...more
Jul 17, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Lastborn (The Sixth Cycle)
Here’s one for those of you who like complex plots. Lastborn is a high fantasy novel crammed with diverse cultures, political unrest and interesting c ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Shiewo: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure (Shiewo's Odyssey, #1)
Well, I thought I had a vivid imagination but it is as nothing compared to Ciye Cho’s. I feel utterly bland and boring now! Brace yourselves for this ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
I love it when I come across a self published book like this. What you get is what you get. You know there hasn’t been some big shot editor focused on ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Changers' Summer (The Changers Trilogy, #1)
It is books like these that support my belief that in the realms of self publishing you will find stories that are just as good, if not better, than t ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
A few chapters into this book I was scratching my head, I couldn’t figure out what the plot was let alone where it was going. But I persevered and I’m ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
The Ring of Fire (Young Samurai, #6)
In The Book of Five Rings episodes of Young Samurai, I’ve really enjoyed exploring the rest of Japan with Jack: finding out what exists beyond the wal ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
Kevin's Point of View
For a woman in her twenties, I have to confess I'm a real sucker for a middle grade male-oriented action adventure. But I need to be more specific: I ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
The Ring of Water (Young Samurai, #5)
Well, it appears that, for storylines, Japan is the country that just keeps on giving and fortunately for me, Chris Bradford is the author that just k ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Demon Gates (Nexus Wars Saga, #1)
I always get a bit nervous when I read high fantasy novels as I’m a real fan of snappy, fast-paced stories and relevant, relatable characters. I alway ...more
Nov 20, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Drawing the Circle (Blackstone #1)
I think high fantasy is one of those genres that can go epically wrong as well as epically right, it is the domain of extreme imagination and a big mi ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Gone (Gone, #1)
If you need to go on a crash diet then my advice is to read this book. When I first downloaded Gone onto my Kindle I thought it was going to take me a ...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
The Ring of Earth (Young Samurai, #4)
I had a Young Samurai break after They Way Of The Dragon and I have to say I have sorely missed Jack, and with three new books out I decided it was hi ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Blackhope Enigma  (The Blackhope Enigma, #1)
Creating a world is not only the work of an author, it is also the domain of an artist and in The Blackhope Enigma, Teresa Flavin has combined the two ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Many people describe a book they read as “unputdownable” or “a real page turner” – what they really mean is that the story was so engaging it was hard ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
I love a good high fantasy - the feeling of immersing yourself in a completely different world with a new set of rules where anything could happen. Th ...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)
Sometimes you read a book that is like a big mug of hot chocolate – it’s very satisfying and warms you all the way through – and sometimes those books ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
Well, I have to say this is one of my favourite novels to come out of the paranormania, and trust me there are not many paranormal books on my list of ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Shark Island
I can safely say I had a serious case of the post holiday blues when I finished Shark Island. David Miller’s recreation of Malaysia is so vivid that e ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Day of the Assassins: A Jack Christie Adventure
I’m going to come straight out with it an say that my history knowledge is embarrassingly bad. When I was a school, history was the lesson for catchin ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
A Most Improper Magick
Well, Caroline Bingley would turn in her papery grave if she knew such an unaccomplished young lady had been let loose on fictional Regency England; I ...more
May 26, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
The Freedom Fighter
There are so many reasons why you should read this book, I don’t even know where to begin. The Freedom Fighter has a really touching premise which is ...more
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
The Declaration (The Declaration, #1)
Not so long ago I watched a comedy programme on TV where a scientist came on and talked about drugs that would effectively stop cell degradation, resu ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
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