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  • God, Aliens, Death & Teapots by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

    Blurb: An eclectic selection of seven short stories involving, as the title of the book suggests, God, Aliens, Death or Teapots. Oh, and there’s one about dogs as well…then again, come to think of it, two of them don’t really have God, aliens, Death or teapots in them at all. They’re more about space….
    So a more apt title for this book could well be God, Aliens, Death, Dogs, General Space Stuff & Teapots.
    Yeah, that just about sums it up (though it isn’t quite as catchy).

    My Thoughts: I received a free copy of God, Aliens, Death and Teapots for an honest review. As I said in my previous reviews of Andy Ritchie’s books, Andrew Ritchie is my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work – if it’s crap then I will say so!

    This was a fantastic book containing 7 short stories which I have decided to name below and give my views on each.

    1. Why Pandas Look So Sad – Very random. It is about Panda’s but not about Panda’s at the same time. It’s very clever actually and this story made me want to continue reading the other short stories.
    2. The Man That God Forgot – A brilliant story that sent shivers down my spine at the thought of this happening to me, though I would act differently than the man in this story. I will note that there are a few potential triggers in this story specifically animal cruelty and suicidal thoughts.
    3. Wrong Time, Wrong Place – Yet another fantastic read. It was quite sad though and makes you think.
    4. The Teapots Are Coming – A very short story but it made me want a full novel / movie. I wanted a lot more backstory and to see what the outcome is too!
    5. Notice of Sale – Another clever story and I actually learnt a lot about Earth in an interesting way.
    6. Dies Caniculares – Now this one was phenomenal and at times I found I was forgetting to breath. After this one I had to have a few minutes to think of having to live through something like this and it just made me go and cuddle my dogs for a while (whether they liked it or not). Don’t take your dogs for granted people! Trigger warning with this one – Animal Cruelty (but a phenomenal and realistic read).
    7. SoRaMA – Probably my least favourite of all the stories but still a cracker.

    These are the first short stories I have read as I’ve never really been interested in them. How can you tell a story in just a few pages? Well in fact, you can, and now I want to read more.

    I would highly recommend this book of short stories for everybody to read. The ONLY reason I’m giving 4.5 stars instead of 5 is down to my own personal opinion of animal cruelty being in the books I read. I personally get really affected by this sort of stuff but unlike some books I have read and marked harshly for this, there are REASONS why the animal cruelty takes place and therefore does add to the story. Unlike other books where the animal cruelty is there and if you had taken it out of the story, then the story would have been the exact same. I also actually really enjoyed the stories even though they contained the cruelty – I hope this makes sense and I hope you all understand my justification.


    If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.10 on Kindle: God, Aliens, Death & Teapots eBook : Ritchie, Andrew: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 3) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

    Blurb: The fate of mankind hangs in the balance…and Jethro Postlethwaite is still keeping his diary.
    He’s still on the run from THEM, but now he’s left Peterhead behind and is heading south for a meeting with The One.
    He’s still experiencing someone else’s memories (some good, some not so good)…
    …but he’s started to get a disturbing liking for classical music…
    …and he’s learnt all about Emotional Energy and W.I.M.D.s…
    …oh, and he’s been bitten by midges. He doesn’t like those.
    At least he’s still got the camper van.

    My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 3 for an honest review. As I said in my review for Parts 1 and 2, Andrew Ritchie in my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work – if it’s crap then I will say so!

    I’m writing this review whilst on holiday in not so sunny – but ever so beautiful – Scotland. I’ve literally just finished the book and just like the part 1 and 2, I could NOT put it down.

    Part 3 is the final part of The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read. It continues with the same diary(ish) format written by JP and collated by the author. It continues being a believable sci-fi x thriller x british comedy book (which I’ve decided to call a thri-fi bromedy… that definitely needs work).

    I loved how the story comes to an end in part 3. It was so clever and unexpected, so brilliantly written. However, I couldn’t help being agitated that some questions were left unanswered. Usually, this would really annoy me and likely make me give a review that is less than 5 stars, but on reflection, it actually just makes the story more believable. Throughout your life there are always questions that are left unanswered and when something happens you might not know all of the how’s and why’s so I actually think this is really clever. Additionally, there could potentially be another story that comes from this which I am definitely hoping for.

    Jethro, the main protagonist and diarist continues to develop and I enjoyed seeing him grow from a boring, mundane character to somebody who takes no $hit. His language and personality reminds me of a typical middle-aged man – he doesn’t know what politically correct is! Though it’s funny that an Alien not from this planet chastises him about these things sometimes.

    I’m really sad that this is over and I hope that it actually isn’t. I would really recommend this trilogy to you all. It’s just like nothing I’ve ever read. It’s bloody fantastic!


    If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.80 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 3 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Holiday Books: What shall I read in Scotland?

    I’m going to Scotland tomorrow! So excited! We are travelling the west coast this time so it’s going to take about a 10 hour drive to our first destination, Loch Shiel, and then after a night there, it’s gonna take another 10-12 hours to get to our final destination (not the movie), Thurso. Extremely excited! However, the most important thing is…. what books am I going to take on this journey. I need enough for the car ride (though to read in the car I will definitely need some travel sickness meds), and I need enough to read whilst I’m there and then obviously for the 12 hour drive back. I’d rather take too many than too little. So I’m going to take all of these:

    The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 3) by Andy Ritchie

    This is the last book of the series I need to read. I wish that I had managed to read this before going on holiday as it has been on my mind constantly since reading part 2 but I’ve just not had time.

    God, Aliens, Death and Teapots by Andy Ritchie

    Another book, and the final book of Andy Ritchie’s that I need (and want) to read. Just the blurb for this book makes me laugh – An eclectic selection of seven short stories involving, as the title of the book suggests, God, Aliens, Death or Teapots. Oh, and there’s one about dogs as well…then again, come to think of it, two of them don’t really have God, aliens, Death or teapots in them at all. They’re more about space….
    So a more apt title for this book could well be God, Aliens, Death, Dogs, General Space Stuff & Teapots.
    Yeah, that just about sums it up (though it isn’t quite as catchy). (less)

    Ecclesia’s Table by Mason S Haynie

    Another book I’ve been asked to review. I love the cover of this book and from reading the blurb it does sound like a very exciting book that is right up my street. It comes under the dystopian science fiction genre.

    Early Retirement by Luke Ethan Knight

    This is a short story I have been asked to review. It’s a horror which I don’t do well with when it comes to movies but I’ve read a couple of horror books and found that I quite enjoy them. I think this was only take me a few hours / half a day to read.

    Weatherman by Price Doom

    Another book I’ve been asked to review. Slightly confused on the genre of this book but I’ll soon find out when I start reading. According to some Goodread reviews there are quite a few Trigger warnings which I am fine with but I’ll need to be in the right frame of mind for this one.

    Eyes by Nghịch Tử

    Another book I’ve been asked to review. This has actually been translated from it’s original language of Vietnamese (I think). I hope the translation is done well else I will struggle with this one. It has been described as Spirited Away meets Coraline.

    Killing the Reapers by Jeff Debing

    A book that I’ve been asked to review, I automatically want to be critical just because of the book cover. However, don’t they (and I’m not talking about THEY from The Book THEY Do Not Want You To Read’) always say ‘DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER’. So I won’t.

    Don’t Date the Haunted by C. Rae D’Arc

    This is the 1st book of a series so I might save this until last just in case I love it and want to carry the series on uninterrupted. It has been described as a quirky romance / dark comedy.

    Song of Echoes by R.E. Palmer

    This is book one of a series but the others are not out yet. I have been asked to review this and it is classed as an Epic Fantasy novel. It definitely sounds right up my street. Looking forward to reading and reviewing it.

    The Never Dawn Trilogy by R.E. Palmer

    This is a Dystopian Fantasy trilogy I’ve been asked to review. It is classed as Young Adult which I haven’t read in such a long time so it might be fun to get back in to my once upon a time favourite genre.

    Comagique (Azmodia’s Liege) by Justin Ketter

    Yet another book I’ve been asked to review. I love the cover! Looking forward to this one just from the cover alone.

    Bloody Spade by Brittany M. Willows

    The first of a Duology, though the second his not out yet. This is classed as a Fantasy LGBT novel. I don’t think I’ve ever read an LGBT novel, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

    The Cradle by Ron Sami

    Yet another book I’ve been asked to review. The Cradle is the first book of a Duology (so far) but who knows if it will be expanded. I’ve not been asked to read book 2 but naturally if I enjoy the first then I will continue with the next book. I’m getting a Game of Thrones feeling with this one.

    Always Beside You by Damir Salkovic

    Well this cover looks creepy as F. This has been described as a haunting supernatural thriller. I’m not going to be reading this at night I’ll tell you that for free!

    Ok, so that’s 16 books. That’s a lot I’ve got to admit but I’m going to try my very best to get as many of them read as possible, all whilst enjoying my much needed and much deserved holiday.

    Thanks for reading!

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 2) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

    Blurb: The life of Jethro Postlethwaite, as his recently-started diary will testify, has suddenly become very, very complicated…and very, very painful.
    Having been kidnapped, locked in a dark cell and subjected to the unwelcome (and agonising) attentions of a Bodaslod Duelling Gauntlet, he is now a fugitive, on the run from THEM, sharing his head with someone else’s memories, and not looking forward at all to the prospect of having nanites injected into his eyes.
    It seems like giving a lift to an alien was not such a good idea after all.
    On the plus side though, he’s about to uncover the truth about the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet…
    …at Peterhead…
    …and he will get to do this whilst travelling in a very nice camper van.

    My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 2 for an honest review. As I said in my review for Part 1, Andrew Ritchie in my Uncle but that doesn’t change how I review his work. Really, I feel like I am more critical when it comes to my family and their work!

    I’m writing this review rather early in the morning, well its just before 7am and I wake up around this time every morning. I’m usually fine but this morning I am so very tired. Why, you ask? Because I stayed up till midnight finishing this book, that’s why. I seriously could NOT put it down. It looks like my Uncle has done the near impossible and made a sequel which is just as good as the first.

    Part 2 starts of pretty much where Part 1 left off. It continues with the same diary(ish) format written by JP and collated by the author. It continues being a believable sci-fi x thriller x british comedy book. We need to come up with a portmanteau for this mix of genres but I’m not that clever so I’ll leave this up to you readers.
    It continued to make me laugh out loud which not many books or comedy shows do for that matter; I’m very much a laugh within kind of girl.

    What you read in the blurb is correct. JP does have injections in his eyes and oh my goodness, I will tell you now, the paragraph is relatively short, but I had to have 2 breaks from reading it so I wouldn’t vomit all over my phone. I don’t do well with eyes, and reading in such detail about needles going in to eyes makes me feel all funny inside. Even writing about it is making me feel all funny inside. How an author can do that to you with words alone and no visuals is somewhat of a talent! It’s not just the eye injection scene, there’s some brilliantly descriptive but TMI bits in this book. Lets just say, I wasn’t a fan of sausage and egg sandwiches before but thanks to this book, I’ll now probably not even be able to look at one.

    The development of our pal Jethro who I previously described as a very real, very mundane character who a lot of people can probably relate to (no offence) continues to develop in this book and reading his thoughts he pens down on paper really does help the reader see that. I feel really sorry for him but I love his attitude towards Tukaal (the alien) when sometimes he decides he does want answers and he does want Tukaal to know how he is feeling whether it hurts the aliens feelings or not. As for Tukaal, in this book he is particularly hilarious, especially when it comes down to trying out some of the wonderful foods/drinks we have on this earth – chocolate, McDonalds, Whiskey. Though there is development in Tukaal’s character and you learn more about him as an alien and not as a human, I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach that he might not actually be as good as a guy as I think he is. I really do hope I’m wrong because I think I am getting to emotionally involved. Again, I blame the author for this.

    The story is once again realistic, hilarious, thrilling and interesting but most importantly, it isn’t over – the final part is waiting for me. The bombshell ending of part two means for my sanity I HAVE to read part three and find out what happens to JP, to Tukaal, to earth. I’ve got an hour before I need to start getting ready for work (I’ll probably be late if I start reading Part 3).


    If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.80 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 2 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read (Part 1) by Andrew Ritchie: A Book Review

    Blurb: Jethro Postlethwaite had never kept a diary before.
    Then again, he’d never been kidnapped, locked in a dark cell and tortured before.
    And he’d never experienced someone else’s memories…
    …or had nanites injected into his eyes…
    …and then there was the fact that he’d uncovered the truth about the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet…
    …oh, of course, there was the little matter of being on the run from THEM…
    …in a camper van.
    And he’d never been to Peterhead.
    So keeping a diary seemed like a pretty good idea…just like giving a lift to an alien did…

    My Thoughts: I received a free copy of TBTTDNWYTR Part 1 for an honest review. I also want to give you a heads up that Andrew Ritchie is actually my Uncle. My real uncle that is, not one of my parents friends who are not related AT ALL yet they, and your parents for that matter, insist that you call them Aunty or Uncle. I’ve told said Uncle that I’m going to be brutally honest when it comes to reading his books (which I always am whether anybody likes it or not) and, if I do insult him then future family gatherings may certainly be awkward for him but not at all for me.

    The good news is… THIS BOOK IS ACTUALLY AMAZING, so family gatherings will continue to be free of any awkwardness (between myself and my Uncle at the very least anyway). Now, this isn’t the genre of book I would usually read but that’s why I do what I do, so then I can read and fall in love with new genre’s of books. First of all, it’s written in sort of a diary style format (you’ll understand ‘sort of’ when you read the book). It’s difficult to describe the genre of this book though. It is Sci-fi because, helloooo Aliens! but that’s really where the sci-fi stops as it is very much set on Planet Earth and is actually a really believable story; unlike most Sci-fi novels. Then I would say it’s got a bit of a kick to it like a thriller because helloooo adrenaline rush, holding my breath, anxiety butterflies, getaways, guns and torture AND, I would also categorise TBTTDNWYTR under classic British Comedy because boy oh boy, this book did have me in stitches at times.

    I love that this book is set in England too as I read so many books that are set in America. Nothing wrong with America of course but seeing as I’m English and I live in England I relate a lot. For example, the book is set in my home town and parts are set in Manchester too so I know exactly where the characters are and can see it playing like a movie in front of my eyes. I also love how typically British the main character, Jethro Postlethwaite is – tea, biscuits, saying he’s fine when he really isn’t.

    The clever thing is, Jethro is technically the author of this diary, it is just his friend Andy Ritchie who collates his work into something that makes sense. Jethro is a very real, very mundane character who a lot of people can probably relate to (no offence) but his mundane life changes dramatically when he decides to temporarily house the alien that just landed from outer space. Tukaal is the Alien in the story and I’m glad that his description resembles more of a The Rock / Vin Diesel kind of look compared to that of E.T or the extremely scary Aliens from the film Signs. He is such a likable character from the get go and I really enjoyed learning about is alien abilities as well as enjoying his character development as well as Jethro’s.

    The story is realistic, funny, exciting and interesting but most importantly, it isn’t over. The abrupt ending of part one means I just HAVE to read part two and find out what happens to JP and Tukaal. The only worry I have is that Uncle Andy has acquired a 5 star review from part one and I just don’t know how it is possible for part two to be better. I mean is the sequel ever better? I can’t wait to find out!


    If you are in the UK this book is available here for either Free on Kindle Unlimited or £2.08 on Kindle: The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read Part 1 eBook : Ritchie, Andy: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you are not in the UK I think you may still be able to purchase it from the above link but I may be wrong. Please let me know what you think!

    Thank you for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Interview with an Author: Wendy L. Anderson

    I’m here today with the incredible and talented Wendy L. Anderson. Wendy is the author of an epic five book series; Kingdom of Jior, and two standalone novels; Ulrik and A Cut Twice As Deep.

    Thank you so much for joining me today Wendy. After reading your novels, I absolutely can not wait to read more of your work. I’m just going to jump right in as I’m very excited to hear your answers. So first off and I think I ask everybody I meet this question…

    Who is your favourite author? 

    My favorite author is Robert E. Howard.  I love the Conan the Barbarian series.  It is what got me interested in fantasy!

    How about your favourite book? 

    My favorite book has to be Beowulf!  

    How long have you been writing? 

    I have been writing since I was 10 years old.  I started writing poetry and short stories.  It wasn’t until my later years after my boys were grown that I started writing more and had the idea that I could write a book.

    That’s interesting. It appears that most authors start writing poetry first, and start from a young age.

    How did you come up with the covers for your books? I love them! 

    I have all my covers professionally created by Vila Designs.  I try to pick my favorite elements or my favorite character out of the book to create the design.  I want them to scream fantasy and entice people to want to read them.

    Well, I think you have certainly succeeded there. I have got to say though that my favourite cover out of all of yours boos has got to be Ulrik. It’s just absolutely stunning.

    How did you come up with the names of the Ny-Failen? I keep asking my partner if we can call our future children awesome names like these but he’s at a hard No at the moment. I’ll find a way.

    *Laughs* I love that! Lily is my favorite name.  I came up with the name “Lost Morning” one morning after I’d laid in bed trying to think up a name for his character and I thought “well, that was a lost morning” and it was easy from there. 

    Oh wow, I absolutely love that!

    I put two names that went together to name my Ny-Failen because they are of a different race and needed something really cool and profound.  Lorn was always “forlorn” in my mind and I just plucked “Forlorn Icefall” out of the air.  It worked and then I had fun creating the rest.  I actually created characters because I came up with some cool ones like Rain Song and Ashen Arrow.

    I made up the name “Ny-Failen” by going to Google translator and trying different languages that meant “the fallen.”  I typically do not get much past Icelandic and Gaelic, so I put words together and come up with something that sounds good.  That is how I came up with all the Ny-Failen langue.

    That’s amazing how you just came up with character names like that. I absolutely love the name Lyra Song and Storm Rider too. Let’s hope I can talk my partner into it.

    Speaking about the characters...which of the characters from any of your books do you relate to the most and why? 

    I am Dierdre from A Cut Twice as Deep.  Though I did not marry a Viking warlord, I dreamt the opening paragraph of the book and made up the story from there.  I think I am also a lot like Queen Lily, nurturing and motherly.

    Aw, so you are definitely a gentle soul then. I think out of all the characters, I connected with Silver Thorn the most. I know that I can look after myself and be by myself, but when finding my true love, I then realise I don’t want to be myself. I am also a huge animal lover and I’m always taking rescue animals home.

    So, you said that you had a dream and that’s how you came up with the story of A Cut Twice As Deep. Tell us more?

    I had a reoccurring dream when I was a child of the opening paragraph of the book.  I was both Dierdre and Liana.  I also dreamt of the scene where their father announces that they are being given away in marriage and would be split up.  The story just flowed out of those dreams and I love what it became.

    Wow! That’s pretty incredible. A Cut Twice As Deep was the first book of yours that I read and it was absolutely phenomenal. To think that it came to you in a dream, wow!

    How did you come up with the story for Ulrik?

    This one is tougher to answer. I had the concept of being stranded on another planet where there were no other people.  I quickly realized that the story would have no where to go if I didn’t make up the other people and the iron age problem came up by just sitting down and writing. 

    Ulrik was again, such an incredible book and I thought the whole concept was really clever.

    How did you come up with the incredible story for the Kingdom of Jior Series?

    I created Prince Lorn years ago when I was 18.  I had written a fragment of the story and came up with the concept then.  When I decided to sit down and write a book, I had the basis for the story and then went from there.  The idea for the Ny-Failen and the whole race came later as I was writing book two.  It took off and became the whole series and I realized I wanted to write the stories of all the characters.

    Did you know the ending for the Kingdom of Jior Series before you finished it? Have you thought about writing an alternative ending for readers to devour on your website? 

    No, I did not know the ending which is why the book turned out so great.  I didn’t really want to write the ending, but thought that five books was pushing it for a fantasy series.  I have begun a prequel and am working on a spin off series, so you have not seen the last of the Ny-Failen (pun intended).

    As to an alternative ending…I haven’t, but that gives me food for thought!

    Ha! Good pun! I personally don’t think five books is pushing it for a fantasy series. I think you should just continue forever to be honest! If you ever do write an alternative ending, I’d like to be the first to know please haha. I do absolutely love the ending though and I agree it should have ended that way. On to the next question before I get all teary again.

    If Netflix decided (which they should) to transform the Jior series in to a tv series (because movie’s will not do these books justice), who would you cast and for which role?

    Oh that is easy CHARLIE HUNNAM is Prince Lorn and I love, love, love, Amanda Seyfried for Lily and maybe Clara Delevigne for Lyra Song.  That would be my ultimate fantasy to have my books made into movies or a TV series!

    These are really good choices. Let’s hope it happens!

    In your latest newsletter, you did a cover reveal for your latest novel – Rapunzel’s Tower. I’ll be doing a separate post on this but I just want to tell you now that I cannot wait to read it. Are you working on any other novel(s)? Can you tell us more about them or are your lips sealed?

    I have started a prequel to Of Demon Kind.  I think people would like to know about Lorn’s Ny-Failen mother and about his father which is mentioned throughout the books.

    I have other projects in the works such as a dragon tale and I even wrote a Regency Era romance which will more than likely never be published.  I have a couple other fragments I work on off and on, but I don’t have as much time for them right now.

    The book I am working on and am most excited about, is book one in the spin off series to the Kingdom of Jior series. I have outlines for three books so far and hope to write them all.  It is favorite project so far. 

    Well Wendy, they all sound like amazing projects. I love books with dragons, the Eragon books spring to mind. As for your Regency Era romance, I really hope you do decide to publish these as again, I love this genre. As for the spin off series to the Kingdom of Jior series, YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! I can not wait!!!

    And for the final question, do you see yourself in 5 years?

    In 5 years I hope to be retired and writing full time. I imagine my new series would be either finished or finishing. I’d be writing something new and exciting.

    I really hope that this happens for you. Best of luck with everything you do. I just want to thank you for asking me to review your books, they are some of the best stories I have ever read. It’s also been lovely to meet you and I hope to continue to review your books in the future.

    Thank you.


    Thank you so much for reading everybody. If you are wanting to get your hands on any of these amazing books by Wendy L. Anderson then here are the links…

    If you buy from the UK:

    Ulrik on Kindle for £2.18Ulrik eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Ulrik on Paperback for £9.24Ulrik: Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562529: Books

    A Cut Twice as Deep on Kindle for £0.77pA Cut Twice as Deep eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    A Cut Twice as Deep on Paperback for £12.52A Cut Twice as Deep: Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561959: Books

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom Of Jior Series) on Kindle for £0.77p – Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 1) eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Audiobook for £0.00 with membership or £16Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series) (Audio Download): Wendy L. Anderson, Adriel Brandt, Wendy L Anderson: Amazon.co.uk: Books

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for £13.11Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series: 1 (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560549: Books

    Redemption of the Fallen (Book 2 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for £2.29 – Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 2) eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Redemption of the Fallen (Book 2 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for £12.21 Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561799: Books

    Heirs of Jior (Book 3 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for £2.20 Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 3) eBook : Anderson, Wendy L. : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Heirs of Jior (Book 3 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for £11.74 – Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562550: Books

    Iron and the Arrow (Book 4 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for £2.33 Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Iron and the Arrow (Book 4 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for £12.32Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series: 4 (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Books

    The Last Ny-Failen (Book 5 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for £2.44 The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 5) eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    The Last Ny-Failen (Book 5 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for £13.00 The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561362: Books

    Or you can get the complete Kingdom of Jior Series on Kindle for £7.27The Kingdom of Jior Box Set eBook : Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you buy from the US:

    Ulrik on Kindle for $3.01 Ulrik – Kindle edition by Anderson, Wendy L.. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

    Ulrik on Paperback for $8.81Ulrik: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562529: Amazon.com: Books

    A Cut Twice as Deep on Kindle for $1.07A Cut Twice as Deep – Kindle edition by Anderson, Wendy L.. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

    A Cut Twice as Deep on Paperback for $15.95Amazon.com: A Cut Twice as Deep (9781644561959): Anderson, Wendy L.: Books

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom Of Jior Series) on Kindle for $1.08 – Amazon.com: Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 1) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Audiobook for $0.00 with membership or $17.46Amazon.com: Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series) (Audible Audio Edition): Wendy L. Anderson, Adriel Brandt, Wendy L Anderson: Audible Audiobooks

    Of Demon Kind (Book 1 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for $15.95Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560549: Amazon.com: Books

    Redemption of the Fallen (Book 2 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for $3.19 – Amazon.com: Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 2) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    Redemption of the Fallen (Book 2 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for $13.33 Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561799: Amazon.com: Books

    Heirs of Jior (Book 3 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for $3.01 Amazon.com: Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 3) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L. : Kindle Store

    Heirs of Jior (Book 3 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for $15.95 – Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562550: Amazon.com: Books

    Iron and the Arrow (Book 4 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for $3.30 Amazon.com: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    Iron and the Arrow (Book 4 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for $15.95Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Amazon.com: Books

    The Last Ny-Failen (Book 5 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Kindle for $3.44 Amazon.com: The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 5) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    The Last Ny-Failen (Book 5 of the Kingdom of Jior Series) on Paperback for $15.95 The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561362: Amazon.com: Books

    Or you can get the complete Kingdom of Jior Series on Kindle for $10.21 Amazon.com: The Kingdom of Jior Box Set eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

  • The Last Ny-Failen by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    (#5 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

    Blurb: The Last Ny-Failen is the final book in the Kingdom of Jior epic fantasy series.
    For 100 years King Lorn has ruled the Kingdom of Jior and the Ny-Failen have lived peacefully beside humankind. Now that peace is threatened by a looming civil war as some of the citizens of Jior try to take the throne for themselves. Lorn is faced with impossible choices and hard decisions with his family in great danger.

    In the midst of these troubling times, an unknown Ny-Failen woman has come to Jior bringing magical animals and strange powers, but will she be an ally or a deadly distraction?

    After a final bloody battle between the Ny-Failen and humankind, who will prevail in the fight to rule Jior?

    My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is now the 7th book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading and unfortunately this leaves me with no more books to read from this author. Though, hopefully the big void in my heart won’t last for long.

    The Last Ny-Failen is the final book of The Kingdom of Jior series and to be honest, I’m kind of speechless. It was just epic beyond belief. Honestly. Plus, I finished it in less than 20 hours after I finished the previous one. It would have been quicker but unfortunately, I can’t live without sleep. You know in my last review when I said that I had tears already building at the thought of finishing book five? Well, the floodgates certainly opened during the read of what’s got to be one of the best books I’ve ever read in my entire life for a number of reasons; the story was actually really sad and it broke my heart, and I feel like now I’ve finished the series, I have had to say goodbye to my Ny-Failen friends until hopefully we meet again someday.

    The Last Ny-Failen comes 100 years after the Iron and the Arrow, the fourth book of the series. The Ny-Failen are in my opinion, amazing rulers of Jior, however, some A-hole humans decided that they were no longer happy with a different race ruling them and so decided to overthrow the kingdom. Reading this book, I actually felt angry, annoyed and embarrassed to be human and felt actual disgust at the racism and discrimination here even though it’s fictional. Throughout the entire book, my heart wouldn’t stop pounding and all I felt was anxiety for my Ny-Failen friends. The ending was bittersweet and I’m still trying process the book as a whole – it’s a lot darker than the others (but F*cking AMAZING!).

    This is actually a really short review compared to past reviews but I think I’m just in awe at Anderson’s talent, and I feel like I’ve just been through a break up now the series is over. So, I think I’m going to order some fast food, lie on the sofa under my duvet and watch a super sad film to help me get over this. I feel lost…


    The Last Ny-Failen is available in the UK for just:

    £2.44 on Kindle here: The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 5) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    £13.00 on Paperback here: The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561362: Books

    For the US you can buy Iron and the Arrow for just:

    $3.44 on Kindle here: Amazon.com: The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 5) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    $15.95 on Paperback here: The Last Ny-Failen: Book Five in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561362: Amazon.com: Books


    Thank you for reading

    Gee Liz Reads ❤


  • Iron and the Arrow by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    (#4 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

    Blurb: The Kingdom of Jior is a wild and tumultuous place carved from hard granite and black crystal and found deep in the heart of the Violent Mountains.
    Storm Rider, the untamed grandson of the King of Jior, can call the winds, tame the lightning, and soar with the thunder.
    Meurie, a half-human, half-Ny-Failen, has travelled from her home in the Violent Mountains to the streets of Jior to witness for herself the mythical Ny-Failen.
    When her path intersects with Storm Rider, he goes after her with a single-minded purpose and will stop at nothing to make her his, and take this wingless girl with him to ride the storms.


    A mysterious man barges his way into the nineteenth-birthday celebration for Mercy Rose, daughter of Jagged Edge and Princess Lyra Song. He is on a desperate mission and asks Queen Lililaira to travel through the most dangerous passes of the Violent Mountains to far away Hoarfrost Range.
    The Ny-Failen of Jior must set aside their fears and prejudices against him as he begs for the healing of a young innocent who lays dying. The truth has yet to be revealed if this man is Ny-Failen or one of demon-kind!
    Unexpectedly, Mercy Rose is asked to accompany the Queen on this mission fraught with danger. When secrets are revealed, lies uncovered and wonderful magic revealed Mercy Rose is faced with the biggest decision of her life, to give her heart to this stranger or possibly lose her soul?


    When the Gray King comes to the grand halls of Jior and asks for an arranged marriage between his son and one of King Lorn’s granddaughters, it is met with less than cheerful acceptance. Forced into taking a king’s blood oath to go through with the marriage contract, King Lorn has ten years in which to find a way to thwart the Gray King.
    After the ten years pass, the Gray King’s son appears at the gates of Jior and King Lorn must face unexpected consequences. Rain Song is the only granddaughter of King Lorn who can marry the Gray King’s son and while the Ny-Failen of Jior fight the curse of the marriage contract, she decides to take her own path. Defying her father Jagged Edge, and her grandfather King Lorn, she faces black sorcery and risks everything to follow her heart. 

    My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is now the 6th book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading, and the talent that appears on these pages just continues to astound me. Iron and the Arrow is the fourth of a five book series and tears are already building at the thought of finishing book five and I haven’t even started it yet. This was the longest book out of the series at 469 pages.

    So again, the same problem as last time… I can only give it 5 out of 5 stars. It definitely deserves more.

    Iron and the Arrow covers the three grown children of Lyra Song and Jagged Edge (their story is in Book 3; Heirs of Jior); Storm Rider, Mercy Rose and Rain Song. It is broken down in to three novella’s in which each of these characters finds their mate. Each story is absolutely phenomenal and although they all meet their true love, the stories are always completely different.

    Storm Riders story comes first and after finishing that I thought there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY any of the other stories could be better. Storm Riders story made me draw fan art (something I’ve unfortunately not been able to finish due to carpel tunnel syndrome), and I’ll tell you now, I have never ever in my 30 years drawn fan art with just words as a reference. Then, along comes Mercy Roses’ story. HOLY SH*T! Some how it is better than the previous. No way Rain Songs story can be better than Mercy Roses’ I say to myself, it’s just impossible. To quote the Swallow from Thumbelina:

    “Nothing is Impossible”

    Jacquimo, Thumbelina (1994)

    Everything in this book is absolutely brilliant and well thought out – the new characters, the scenes, the story-line, the character development. Also, the metaphors in this book just blew me away. Read it, you’ll know what I mean! As I’ve said already for the other books of this series I’ve reviewed, each time I had a question, it was always answered which I think is just fantastic attention to detail when it comes to an author writing their work.

    This book, along with the other books I have read by Wendy L. Anderson, are genuinely some of the best work I have ever read and I look forward to reading more of her work hopefully for years to come. I am genuinely so sad that I’ve only got one more book to read of this series and then I have to say goodbye to all the Ny-Failen friends I have made. I’m definitely going to a shed a tear or a million. I can already feel it welling inside.


    Iron and the Arrow is available in the UK for just:

    £2.33 on Kindle here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    £12.32 on Paperback here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series: 4 (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Books

    For the US you can buy Iron and the Arrow for just:

    $3.30 on Kindle here: Amazon.com: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    $15.95 on Paperback here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Amazon.com: Books


    Thank you for reading

    Gee Liz Reads ❤


  • My TBR List : The Buffy Verse

    I’m 30 years old and I only just got in to the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer during Lockdown. Shocking I know! I absolutely loved it and thought it was genuinely one of the best tv shows I’ve ever watched. Then to my great surprise, I found out that there are Buffy/Angel books. Here is my collection, I’ve tried to put them in to some sort of order – I need a lot more!

    Angel

    • Redemption (Angel: Season 1, #2)
    • Close to the Grounds (Angel: Season 1, #3)
    • Hollywood Noir (Angel: Season 1, #5)
    • Bruja (Angel: Season 1, #8)
    • The Longest Night (Angel: Season 3, #2)
    • Endangered Species (Angel: Season 3, #6)
    • Dark Mirror (Angel: Season 4-5, #5)
    • Monolith (Angel: Season 4-5, #6)
    • Book of the Dead (Angel Season 4-5, #7)
    • Love and Death (Angel Season 4-5, #8)
    • Angel: The Casefiles, Volume 1
    • Angel: The Casefiles, Volume 2

    Angel/Buffy Crossover

    • Cursed (Buffy: Season 6, #1. Angel: Season 3, #1)
    • Monster Island (Buffy: Season 6, #2. Angel: Season 3, #4)
    • Seven Crows (Buffy: Season 7-8, #1. Angel: Season 4-5, #1)
    • The Angel Chronicles: Volume 1
    • The Angel Chronicles: Volume 3

    Buffy

    • Halloween Rain (Buffy: Season 1, #1)
    • Coyote Moon (Buffy: Season 1, #2)
    • Night of the Living Rerun (Buffy: Season 1, #3)
    • How I Survived My Summer Vacation (Buffy: Season 1, #4)
    • Carnival of Souls (Buffy: Season 2, #8)
    • One Thing or Your Mother (Buffy: Season 2, #10)
    • Blooded (Buffy: Season 3, #2)
    • The Evil That Men Do (Buffy: Season 3, #6)
    • The Deathless (Buffy: Season 3, #7)
    • Power of Persuasion (Buffy: Season 3, #12)
    • Visitors (Buffy: Season 3, #13)
    • Return to Chaos (Buffy: Season 3, #17)
    • Unnatural Selection (Buffy: Season 3, #19)
    • Obsidian Fate (Buffy: Season 3, #20)
    • Deep Water (Buffy: Season 3, #21)
    • Here be Monsters (Buffy: Season 3, #22)
    • The Book of Fours (Buffy: Season 3, #23)
    • Oz: Into the Wild (Buffy: Season 4, #5)
    • These Our Actors (Buffy: Season 5, #1)
    • The Wisdom of War (Buffy: Season 5, #2)
    • Little Things (Buffy: Season 5, #4)
    • Crossings (Buffy: Season 5, #5)
    • Sweet Sixteen (Buffy: Season 5, #6)
    • Chaos Bleeds (Buffy: Season 5, #7)
    • Blood and Fog (Buffy: Season 6, #3)
    • Child of the Hunt (Buffy: Season 3, #3)
    • Apocalypse Memories (Buffy: Season 7-8, #2)
    • Queen of the Slayers (Buffy: Season 7-8, #7)
    • Dark Congress (Buffy: Season 7-8, #8)
    • The Burning (Unseen Trilogy #1)
    • Door to Alternity (Unseen Trilogy, #2)
    • Long Way Home (Unseen Trilogy #3)
    • Slayer: The Last Days of Sunnydale
    • Slayer: The Totally Cool Unofficial Guide to Buffy
    • The Faith Trials (Buffy: #21)
    • The Xander Years: Volume 1
    • The Xander Years: Volume 2
    • Prophecies (Buffy: The Lost Slayer, #1)
    • Dark Times (Buffy: The Lost Slayer, #2)
    • King of the Dead (Buffy: The Lost Slayer, #3)
    • Original Sins (Buffy: The Lost Slayer, #4)
    • The Darkening (Buffy: Wicked Willow #1)
    • Shattered Twilight (Buffy: Wicked Willow #2)
    • Broken Sunrise (Buffy: Wicked Willow #3)
    • Out of the Madhouse (Buffy: The Gatekeeper Trilogy #1)
    • Ghost Reads (The Gatekeeper Trilogy #2)
    • Sons of Entropy (Buffy: The Gatekeeper Trilogy #3)
    • The Willow Files: Volume 1
    • The Willow Files: Volume 2
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Novelisations #1)
    • The Harvest (Novelisations #2)
    • The Cordelia Collection (Novelisations #12)
    • Chosen (Buffy: Novelisations, #13)
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Script (Buffy: Season 1, Volume 1)

    Spike

    • Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids all in a Row

    Hopefully, I will complete my collection soon!

    Thanks for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Book Haul : Charity Shop – Daisychain Benevolent Fund, Worcester

    I drove an hour and a half to get my tattoo and I got there early. I’d noticed a book shop last time I had gone for my tattoo and I was NOT missing out on it this time. I ended up getting 16 books! Haha, ooooops. All of them were classed as children’s books / young adult. Look at these bargains!

    Percy Jackson Books 1 – 4 by Rick Riordan

    Condition – Book 1 – 5/10, Book 2 – 10/10, Book 3 – 9/10, Book 4 – 6/10

    Blurb (Book 1): I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That’s when things really started going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive.

    My thoughts: I’ve read the 1st book once, a long time ago. I really enjoyed the movie too. I’m looking forward to reading the rest.


    The Trials of Apollo Books 1 and 2 by Rick Riordan

    Condition – Book 1 – 8/10, Book 2 – 9/10

    Blurb (Book 1): My name is Apollo. I used to be a god. But that was before I was cast down from Olympus (a terrible misunderstanding) and woke up in a New York dumpster.

    I persuaded Percy Jackson to give me a lift to Camp Half-Blood. But the place is in chaos. Demigods are going missing and the all-seeing Oracles have fallen to a mysterious enemy known only as ‘the Beast’.

    I figured that regaining Zeus’s favour would involve a series of harrowing trials, and I was right (I usually am). My first task? Protect the final Oracle, hidden away for millennia. If I fail, the Beast will control the future, but worse – I’ll be stuck as a teenage boy, forever…

    My thoughts: from the world of Percy Jackson. That’ll do me.


    Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

    Condition 7/10

    Blurb: Will, you have been chosen.

    You and you alone.

    You will become the eyes and ears of the Kingdom, learning to move silent as a shadow.

    Your arrow will fly true and your sword will be swift.

    You are the Ranger’s Apprentice.

    Are you ready?

    My thoughts: It looks like an easy read but an interesting read too.


    Charming by Elliott James

    Condition: 6.5/10

    Blurb: He comes from a long line of Charmings – an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch finders, and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern-day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best – until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    That was a lifetime ago. Now John tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. That is until a vampire and a blonde walk into his bar…

    My thoughts: Hmm, I don’t think this should have been in the children’s section but I’m not complaining haha. Sounds interesting!


    I also got Vampire Diaries Books 8 and 10 for my collection and some other books which ended up not being the 1st books of the series.

    I managed to buy all of these books for the amazing price of £13.50

    What do you think of my latest haul? Have you ever read these books? Which book would you want to read first?

    As always, thanks again for reading my blog!

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Heirs of Jior by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    (#3 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

    Blurb: Princess Lyra Song, young and beautiful, stepping into maturity, pursues her hopes and dreams endeavoring to explore a betrothal with the Heir of Krickgold. However, when she is mistaken for a witch by a Lord from a neighboring country, her dreams are dangerously interrupted. Waylaid, taken prisoner and thrown into an iron cage, the delicate Princess of Jior is charged with a crime she didn’t commit and she must do whatever it takes to escape or be wrongfully executed.

    Prince Vannier of Jior, known as Little Wing, has been devastated by what happened to his sister Lyra Song, but life must go on and he goes forward with his plan to marry his childhood love. The day of the wedding ceremony he finds his betrothed with another man and now he must face devastating reality and some difficult choices. When his younger brother Dark Star goes missing, Vannier must set aside his own problems to go into the Violent Mountains and find who has taken his little brother. Amidst the turmoil of the hunt, Vannier must face danger, loss, and possible heartbreak.

    Dark Star, the youngest Prince of Jior, has been changed forever by the events of his capture and he remains troubled and unable to find peace. A mysterious compelling draws him away from the safety of his home and family. He sets off on his own to investigate and finds a black castle and a beautiful sorceress in dire need of his help. Dark Star must face a demon from the Hells to free them both.

    My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is now the 5th book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading, and like I said before, I am not left disappointed. Heirs of Jior is the third of a five book series, a series I will definitely be continuing with.

    I have a slight problem. If I’ve given Book 2 a 5 stars out of 5 stars review, and Book 3 is somehow better than Book 2, then what rating do I give Book 3? 6 out of 5 stars? To be honest it deserves more than 6 out of 5 stars – it was absolutely incredible.

    Heirs of Jior covers the three Heirs of Jior; Lyra Song, Little Wing and Dark Star. It is broken down in to three novella’s in which each Heir finds their mate. I wish I could talk about each and everyone in detail as I am so enveloped in the characters and their stories that I could possibly write a 30,000 word dissertation on it. Going in to that much detail would be spoiler alert x a billion, so I guess I’m going to have to keep this review relatively brief. Though, I think my friends and partner are fed up of me as I just keep talking about these books constantly.

    If I was asked to choose which Novella I liked most out of the three, I don’t think I could choose. They were all completely different but all equally amazing. You learn so much more about these characters, their traits and personalities, and you just can not help but love them and be there with them on their journey.

    Everything in this book is absolutely brilliant and well thought out – the new characters, the scenes, the story-line, the character development – I could go on but you get the picture. Also, each time I had a question, it was always answered which I think is just fantastic attention to detail when it comes to an author writing their work.

    I was reading Heirs of Jior on my phone and unfortunately my phone stopped working. It was horrid. Not just because I had no phone but I just had to get back to the characters and see what was going on and how they were getting along. I ended up borrowing a phone of my friend and using my partner’s ipad when I could so that I could continue reading. I’ve not been that engrossed in a book in absolute years. I felt like I had withdrawal symptoms. It took me 8 days to complete this book but actually, if I had had my phone it would have taken me less than 3. I was and am obsessed!

    This book, along with the other books I have read by Wendy L. Anderson, are genuinely some of the best work I have ever read and I look forward to reading more of her work hopefully for years to come.

    I’m writing this on my dinner break on a Friday before going back to work and finishing at 7pm. I’ve got an extremely busy weekend but I’m already planning my time to get as much reading in as possible. I can not wait to devour the next book!


    Heirs of Jior is available in the UK for just:

    £2.20 on Kindle here: Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 3) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L. : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    £7.36 on Paperback here: Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series: Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L: 9781977209986: Books

    For the US you can buy Heirs of Jior for just:

    $2.99 on Kindle here: Amazon.com: Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 3) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L. : Kindle Store

    $15.95 on Paperback here: Heirs of Jior: Book Three in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562550: Amazon.com: Books


    Thank you for reading

    Gee Liz Reads ❤


  • Hay-On-Wye – Book Lovers Paradise?

    One thing I really wanted to do on my week off work was go to Hay-on-Wye. I’d actually never heard of the place until I was in a charity shop looking at books and I started talking to a lovely gentlemen about my book collection. He also had a huge book collection, he had two whole rooms in his house dedicated to books. I secretly wanted to go to his house and have a look but 1) that would be weird and 2) I didn’t have a clue who he was. Anyway, he started talking about this place he goes at least once a year and spends a fortune on books, a place called Hay-On-Wye, so since this conversation I had really wanted to visit.

    Fast forward to Friday (18th June) and that is exactly where my friend and I travelled to. I set off to pick my friend up at 6:20am and we set off from her house at 6:45am. We got to Hay-On-Wye at 9:20am. It was a long drive full of country roads and roads that weren’t even big enough for one car let alone two! Unfortunately I was unable to take any pictures on this trip as my phone battery seems to be draining very quickly and I needed it for the Sat Nav for the journey back.

    But fortunately, my friend took a few!

    Parking – Oxford Road

    We parked at a long-stay car park called Oxford Road. It holds around 400 cars and it has different prices depending on the type of vehicle you have e.g. a car with a trailer would be more expensive than a car. We had a bog-standard car so we paid £4 which allowed us to park there until 6pm. I thought this was really reasonable and the location was great too. There are some toilets just round the corner but seeing as peeing is apparently a luxury, you’ve got to pay 30p to use them.

    Hay Cinema Bookshop

    This was our first stop. There were a couple of shelving units outside the building filled with books that were only £1 each. Nothing caught our eyes so we headed on in to the shop. We asked the lady at the counter if they bought books (we had brought a few with us just in case) and she advised us to go upstairs to the office. We talked to another lady who took us to two gentlemen in another room. He asked us to put the books on a table, had a quick look through them and said that he wouldn’t want to buy any of the books. This was absolutely fine, we knew that this may be the case, but the way he said it and the way he looked at us was rather impolite.

    We left the office, still with our books in hand and started looking around the shop. This was quite a large bookshop with two floors and lots of shelving around the walls and in rows too. There were thousands of non-fiction books all of which were categorised and there were ALOT of different categories. They also had a huge collection of antiquarian books too. My friend is the same as myself, we love fiction books, so we just decided to focus on the fiction sections. These were all over the place really. Newly acquired fiction was both upstairs and downstairs, general fiction was downstairs on the back wall and along some other shelves, and sci-fi and fantasy were upstairs towards the back too. They also had a small children’s section with only a very limited choice of young adult. Limited choice being a Twilight book and a couple of other books.

    One thing I will point out though is they had a lot of mint condition recently published books and some of them were the second or third book of a series so if you have the 1st book of a series it might be worth looking here for the others.

    I bought one book from here – A buffy the vampire slayer book for my buffy collection.

    The Addyman Annexe

    This was a lovely bookshop, a lot smaller than the one previous but still well stocked. They had some absolutely gorgeous books – I think they were children’s classics with special covers. I wish I had taken a picture now! As well as a good selection of children’s books, they had mainly non-fiction books covering several topics, antique books, and a section with new books which were all half the RRP.

    The gentlemen who worked there came over and asked if we were looking for anything in particular so I decided to ask him if he bought books. He said he would have a look at them but possibly not but he was really nice about it. I followed him to the checkout area and he had a look at our books. He apologised and said he would only want to buy 4 books but would give us £1 each for them which we accepted. He was an absolutely lovely gentlemen and didn’t make us feel awkward like the last place. My friend bought some books from this shop.

    C J Gibbons Butchers & Fine Foods

    So this isn’t a bookshop but I just had to say that we stopped here and grabbed an Iced Bun and a Cream and Jam Doughnut and my goodness; absolutely sensational. You couldn’t eat in, so take out only but there was a bench to sit on just around the corner.

    Honesty Bookshop

    This wasn’t exactly a bookshop, it was just some shelves in the castle gardens (the castle is having some work done to it so there is a lot of scaffolding etc). There is a lockbox and if you decide you want to buy a book you just put £1 in the lockbox. Obviously, you could just take the book and nobody would know, apart from you of course but it’s not called Thief Bookshop is it.

    Hay-On-Wye Booksellers

    This bookshop was one of the more forgettable ones. I had nothing against it but it was just one of those were nothing really happened and we didn’t buy anything. Again, similar to the other bookshops – mainly non fiction, antiquarian, good sized children’s selection and a small section for fiction. After nipping to the charity shop and giving them our old books so we didn’t need to carry them anymore we continued on.

    Clock Tower Books

    Again, this bookshop was one of the more forgettable ones – similar to the other bookshops – mainly non fiction, antiquarian, a small children’s section and a small section for fiction.

    Angie’s Cafe

    I would say we walked around looking for a toilet and something to eat for a good 45 minutes to an hour. We checked out a few places to eat but they were all so over priced or had unnecessarily lavish food. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to pay £12 for some chicken goujons and chips and why can’t we just have a regular cheese panini instead of jazzing it up to mozzarella, green pesto and red tomato and again, charging near on £7 for it. So, after finding some random toilets and again paying for the luxury of peeing, we decided to nip to Angie’s café. It was cheap and simple. Cheese and pickle bap – £2.60. That’ll do, donkey.

    Addyman Books

    This was a fantastic bookshop, one that I bought a few books from. It houses a whole host of books form art and photography to occult and rock music. There are also a few themed rooms here including a Sci-fi room, a Steam-Punk room and a bat-cave. The books I purchased came from the Sci-fi room and the bat-cave. What I absolutely loved (the small things) is that the man who worked there didn’t use a till or a calculator to add up our purchases – got to keep that brain busy, haven’t you?

    Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Café and Cinema

    This was by far the best book shop we had visited. It was absolutely gorgeous inside. The books were well presented and very neat. The staff were very friendly and they had three floors of books to look through. They had both new and old books and covered pretty much every genre of book you can think of. The café was closed due to covid which was a shame as we would have loved to have dined there and we didn’t take note of the cinema.

    The staff members we interacted with were lovely – they let us keep our growing pile of books we wanted to purchase behind the till so we could continue browsing. Once we had finally finished we went to purchase our books and an attractive young man served us. He was very friendly and polite, and out of all the shops we had been to so far, this was the only one to ask if we would like a bag. We very much did like a bag (it was paper too, yay!).

    Broad Street Book Centre / Hancock and Monks Music

    This is a shop combined of books and music. Each section of the shop is owned by a bookseller so it is worth looking at each section so you don’t miss anything – if you are looking for a particular subject then this won’t be in one place, a number of sellers may have books on that subject. I hope this makes sense. I’ve never been one for explaining well.

    Before we actually entered the shop, I noticed a number 2 on the window. It read something like ‘number 2 in the booksellers guide’. We hadn’t noticed this on any other shop window and we asked each other “What guide?!”. The lovely lady in the shop obviously heard us and she popped outside with a guide in her hand. It would have been really helpful to have had this at the beginning of our day but never mind, we were still thankful for it.

    We bought a few books from this store and the lady was so nice and friendly towards us.

    The Old Electric Shop

    I think we were in and out of this shop within 5 minutes. It was a very odd shop. Sort of a thrift type store with new and vintage items such as furniture, homeware, clothes and gifts but it was missing the price tag of a thrift store and instead presenting the price tag of a designer brand. It had a small book selection which was very disappointing but housed a vegetarian café. There was a very pretentious feeling throughout the store and from the staff so we didn’t feel comfortable staying here for long.

    Tangled Parrot

    This shop was also a disappointment. It had an extremely small selection of books and I mean 20 to 30 books, tops. They were all also non-fiction which didn’t interest us unfortunately.

    In the words of Forrest Gump – ‘That’s all I have to say about that.’

    Green Ink Booksellers

    I believe this store is the most recent addition to the bookshop community. It is a very pretty looking shop both in and out but again was left disappointed with the choice. We didn’t purchase anything from this shop.

    Cosy Cafe

    So this was not a bookstore but a café that sold crepes. Who doesn’t like crepes, eh? We ordered Nutella crepes – I ordered without ice cream and my friend ordered with ice cream. I asked for a glass of Coke too but they didn’t sell it and only sold really random flavours of expensive drinks such as Dragon fruit and Mango and Elderflower and Cucumber (I made these flavours up, but you get my drift) so I just decided to have the crepes with no drink.

    The crepes were enjoyable but we’ve had better. My friend was absolutely fuming (in a funny way) because as soon as she tasted it she knew that it was not real Nutella in the crepes. It was still good but would have been miles better with the real thing. The ice cream they served with the crepes was very thick and apparently tasted great.

    Haystacks Music & More

    This shop was down a back alley of sorts. It primarily sells CD’s, vinyl records and music books but does have a small section of general fiction and children’s books at the back. I will tell you though, the ‘aisles’ are so thin that even I, who is quite slender, was struggling to squeeze through the shop and it was very difficult to actually browse especially when you couldn’t even bend down. I thought I was going to get stuck in there forever.



    That, my friends, was our adventure in Hay-on-Wye in a nutshell. Now, I titled this ‘Book Lover’s Paradise?’. That’s the question isn’t it, is it really a book lover’s paradise? In my opinion, and my friends opinion, no, not really but I suppose it depends on what you like. If you are in to your antique books and your non fiction, if you are looking for a certain genre of non-fiction then yes, perhaps it is your paradise. For me though, and for my friend, we both felt a bit disappointed by the whole experience. We expected to see bookshops full of fiction books well stocked for all genres but this didn’t happen. We also thought it would be more welcoming but overall felt like the whole town was actually quite pompous and pretentious and we just couldn’t get behind the overpriced food and the pay-to-pee situation there.

    Thank you for taking your time to read this. Have you ever been to Hay-on-Wye. What did you think?

    Thank you for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Redemption of the Fallen by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    (#2 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

    Blurb: Five years have passed since Lorn liberated himself from Lan-Loe, his evil father’s Sorcerer. Legends were born from tales of the great battle between Lorn and a black-winged demon, of Lan-Loe’s death, and the defeat of demon-kind. Ever since that time, people have been flocking to Jior to make their homes there, and the Kingdom of Jior is revived. Lorn is crowned King of Jior, Lililaira is Queen and they rule peacefully side by side.
    Now a new war threatens everything they have built and everyone they love. One hundred miles away from the City of Jior, the combined armies of Vedt march toward Jior intent on slaying everyone in the kingdom and taking revenge for Lorn’s past evil deeds. With the forces of the whole country coming against them, Lorn and Lililaira have little hope of defeating their enemies.
    In the midst of impending war, strange dreams plague Lorn’s sleep at night. He feels that something is waiting, something he needs very badly, something is calling him!
    When he answers the call, he learns that he is a descendant of a race of winged people that profess to be from the Heavens. He also learns more about his past and is given hope for the future, but that hope comes with a high price. Lorn is given a choice: he can save his family or watch them die.
    Lililaira and their daughter are taken prisoner by her father, the King of Skoria, Lorn must call on all his resources to rescue them. Forced out of the protective walls of Jior, he must face his many enemies who use his wife and daughter as bait. King Lorn must deal with old enemies and new friends, but will he be able to tell the difference?

    My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is now the 4th book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading, and like I said before, I am not left disappointed. Redemption of the Fallen is the second of a five book series, a series I will definitely be continuing with.

    Redemption of the Fallen continues to follow King Lorn of Jior, his wife Lillaria, and his two children. I suspect the whole six book series will continue to follow them and I am looking forward to watching (reading) the children grow throughout. That’s the great thing about this book, the characters continue to develop and you can’t help but become attached to them – even the secondary characters. This book was able to actually pull some emotion out of me too. At one point, when Lorn is been affectionate towards his son, I actually had real tears escaping my eyes. I also ended up with that feeling in the pit of my stomach, you know the one… the one where you know something bad is going to happen and you really don’t want it to. I mean, how amazing is it that somebody can write some words on a page and those words can make you feel like that. Just pure talent!

    What I loved about this story is that it delved in to the main characters histories and we finally found out some answers to questions I was asking myself in the first book. I also like how their is a heaven/hell element to the book. I’ve read books before in which they feature a hell of some sort but yet don’t ever mention the possibility of a heaven. I loved the characters that were introduced from this and I hope (and think) that we will continue to read more about the Ny-Failen in the upcoming books.

    There are so many things I want to touch on, I haven’t even talked about the storyline yet. Well, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and had me on the edge of my seat from the off. It was cleverly put together and came with some unexpected twists and turns. The introduction of ‘enemy’ characters was on point, and I could feel myself disliking some of them very much. I loved how at some intervals the same scene would play out but it was from another person’s viewpoint.

    The novel concludes well and doesn’t really have a cliffhanger but it still makes me want to continue reading.

    Again, from this book I definitely got The Lord of The Rings vibes and of course it was the Battle of Helms Deep again that sprang to mind. The words I read seemed to form a movie in my mind. My boyfriend even said my eyes glazed over whilst I was reading – weird eh?!

    This book, along with the other books I have read by Wendy L. Anderson, are genuinely some of the best work I have ever read and I look forward to reading more of her work hopefully for years to come. The problem is, I’m going to be hounding her now to write some extra novels following other characters. I have a list. I’m not joking, I actually do.


    Redemption of the Fallen is available in the UK for just:

    £2.29 on Kindle here: Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 2) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    £12.21 on Paperback here: Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561799: Books

    For the US you can buy Redemption of the Fallen for just:

    $2.99 on Kindle here: Amazon.com: Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 2) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

    $13.33 on Paperback here: Redemption of the Fallen: Book Two in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644561799: Amazon.com: Books


    Thank you for reading

    Gee Liz Reads ❤


  • The Phone Box Library Adventures: Cheshire

    It was my 30th Birthday yesterday so I booked this week off work. I was meant to be going to Spain but you know… Covid. Anyway, my friend and I decided to visit some Phone Box Libraries so we stayed close to home and visited the ones around Cheshire. Here’s our adventure…

    1st Stop – Cotebrook, Tarporley

    With this being our first stop, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed as we pulled up to this very run down phone box. I was expected bright red, fresh paint, clean windows and neat bookshelves. Instead we were welcomed by flaking paint, weeds and spiders webs. I didn’t go in to the box properly as I didn’t fancy any spiders jumping on me. Neither of us fancied any of the books so we decided to move on to the next one.

    2nd Stop – Crowton, Northwich

    After a slight detour to empty my friends extremely small bladder, we ended up in an absolutely stunning village that goes by the name of Crowton. Spotted by my friend who shouted ‘Ooo, ooo, ooo!’ in delight, The phone box lives on a corner. In my excitement, I hastily swerved on to the pavement and parked pretty darn close to the phone box library. I was delighted to see bright red paint, neat shelves and clean windows here – this is what all book boxes should look like.

    I was tempted by a few books here but they were damaged and I only like books that look new. My friend swapped some books here and she donated some extra ones too to fill the gaps. We hopped back into the car and set off for our next destination.

    3rd Stop – Comberbach Post Office

    Silly me didn’t take a photo of inside and I can’t upload a video my friend took of inside because I can’t afford premium for this website lol. So yeah, this isn’t exactly a book box but I thought it was cute that a Post office had a book swap in it. There were a good selection of books here – I would say at least 100 books and I ended up swapping three books here and my friend got a few too. The disappointing thing about this place however was the woman working there. She was rather rude and didn’t make us feel welcome at all. She didn’t seem happy that we were there just for the books though we were not making a mess and were very quiet. We decided it might help if we bought something from the shop but then she was rude again when she decided to comment on me paying her £1.90 (a crunchie ice cream) in change (£1 coin and the rest in 20p’s, 10p’s and 5p’s). Just rude.

    Anyway, we headed back to the car feeling slightly deflated but we decided not to let one rude person ruin our day. So with that in mind we headed to our next destination.

    4th Stop – Great Budworth

    Our next stop was a place called Great Budworth. As we approached, I thought it all looked so pretty. Then, we reached the phone box and again, I thought it was promising. The paint was still quite a vibrant red, the windows were clean, but then we opened the door. I looked up and there was a humongous spider which would have been directly above our heads if we had stepped inside the box, so of course we stayed outside. The books in the boxes on the floor were mouldy but the books on the shelves themselves were fine. I ended up swapping a couple of books here but overall was again disappointed at the lack of care there seems to be for the box as well as the books.

    Our next destination was Lach Dennis, but we ended up detouring quite significantly here.

    Detour

    Driving around looking for toilets again and my friend starts freaking out. Something about a milkshake farm. We turn around in a not so safe area and we get a lot of angry car drivers waiting for me to finish my manoeuvre before heading back to see what all the fuss was about. It seems that a farm had come out with a pretty amazing idea to have a ‘Milkbot’ where members of the public could make their own milkshake.

    There were plenty of flavours to choose from and it only costs £1.50 (and that includes the bottle). You can pay via card for the bottle and flavour, and card or cash for the milk – but let me warn you it doesn’t take 1p’s, 2p’s or 5p’s.

    Still in need of a toilet, we continued towards our next destination of Lach Dennis but with a slight detour into Northwich centre to find a toilet. The Sat-Nav was doing my bloody head in to the point where we ended up going round London Road at least three times and for some reason we ended up making up our own lyrics at this point to the Song Here I go again on my own by Whitesnake.

    Here we go again London Road
    Goin' round the only road we'll ever know.
    Like a tourist I was forced to drive this road.
    And I've made up my mind,
    I ain't wasting no more time.
    DAMN YOU LONDON ROAD!
    

    Anyway…

    We finally got to the car park we needed to park in so we could then find the toilets, park the car…badly, go to the pay and display, get my card out to pay… wait a minute? Where’s my card? Ah yes, on top of the Milk Bot machine back at the farm – 15 minutes drive away. Back in the car, my friends bladder will have to wait. Call up the farm and the lovely farmer goes and gets my card for me and keeps it safe till I arrive. Little gem!

    Back in the car and we decided, lets just head to our next book box because their might be a toilet near there.

    5th Stop – Lach Dennis, Northwich

    We reached Lach Dennis Book Box and unfortunately it was really run down. There weren’t any books we wanted to swap here either. The box is actually next to a Pub called something like Cheshire Grill so, seeing as my friend was about to pee herself we decided to go and eat there hoping it wasn’t too expensive. The food was absolutely amazing, the service was great and it was just a really nice place in general. The mac and cheese was just perfection and the chocolate torte was out of this world though I recommend you ask for the mango sorbet instead of the champagne sorbet – trust me!

    So after this we decided to go to our final destination as I had to get back home to the doggo’s. We travelled 32 minutes to Timbersbrook, Congleton just to find that the phone box was NOT a book box but a defibrillator box instead. Google lied to us. We headed home and that was the end of our adventure.

    All in all, it was a fantastic day but I would say it’s more so because of great company and lush food than the book boxes. If I had decided to do this adventure by myself, I probably would have stopped 2 or 3 book boxes in.


    I hope you all enjoyed my blog. I know it’s different to what I usually post.

    Thanks for reading.

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • My Complete TBR List: Books I need to Review

    So this list here is all the books I’ve been asked to review and haven’t reviewed yet, in no particular order. I’m making my way through them as quickly as possible

    1. The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read – Andy Ritchie
    2. The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read: Part 2 – Andy Ritchie
    3. The Book That THEY Do Not Want You To Read: Part 3 – Andy Ritchie
    4. God, Aliens, Death and Teapots – Andy Ritchie
    5. Redemption of the Fallen: Book 2 in the Kingdom of Jior Series – Wendy L. Anderson
    6. Heirs of Jior: Book 3 in the Kingdom of Jior Series – Wendy L. Anderson
    7. Iron and the Arrow: Book 4 in the Kingdom of Jior Series – Wendy L. Anderson
    8. The Last Ny-Failen: Book 5 in the Kingdom of Jior Series – Wendy L. Anderson
    9. Early Retirement – Luke Ethan Knight
    10. Ecclesia’s Table – Mason S Haynie
    11. Don’t Date the Haunted – C. Rae D’Arc
    12. Killing the Reapers – Jeff Debing
    13. Eyes – Nghich Tu
    14. Life Eternal: Book One of the Saga of Unlife – Aaron J. Booth
    15. Weatherman – Price Doom
    16. Song of Echoes – R.E. Palmer
    17. The Never Dawn – R.E. Palmer
    18. The Gates of Dawn – R.E. Palmer
    19. Cloud Cuckoo – R.E. Palmer
    20. Bloody Spade – Brittany M. Willows
    21. Comagique Azmodia’s Liege – Justin Ketter

    So, only 21 books left to review. So far…

    As always, thanks again for reading 🙂

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Of Demon Kind by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    (#1 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

    Blurb: Prince Lorn of Jior is the only one left in the evil empire called the Kingdom of Jior. King Kullorn, his father, was the epitome of evil. Together they led demon hordes reaping death and destruction. When Kullorn is killed, Lorn must face the aftermath of their defeat alone. Years later, Lorn is accused of following in his father’s footsteps and also of kidnapping the Princess Lililaira of Skoria. Forced out of hiding, Lorn must risk capture, imprisonment and death to find out who is using his father’s name to start another war. During an unplanned rescue of the Princess, Lorn is badly wounded and they must fight to remain together as he is healed by her, body, heart and soul. Creating a passionate bond, together they embark upon a journey to clear Lorn’s name and fend off the war that threatens them both.

    My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is the 3rd book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading, and yet again I am not left disappointed. Of Demon Kind is actually the first book written by Wendy L. Anderson and is the first book of a six book series, of which I am looking forward to devouring.

    Of Demon Kind follows Prince Lorn of Jior, a Demon who is at first presented to us in his empty castle a few years after his evil father King Kullorn was defeated at war. His one remaining servant, Lan-loe, brings terrible news to his Prince; news of lies and rumours in which the Prince is being held accountable for destruction across the lands of Vedt and the kidnapping of Princess Lililaria, the beautiful daughter of King Koran of Skoria.

    Prince Lorn ventures out to search for the perpetrator and to clear his name but ends up on a great adventure where he finds out who is causing the destruction, rescues Princess Lililaria, but becomes extremely wounded. From here the romance between Princess Lililaria and Prince Lorn evolves and this romance creates and builds other plots within the story which end in war between good and evil.

    Prince Lorn is a really strong character who grew on me as I continued to read and then I absolutely fell in love with him. Princess Lililaria was a character who I adored straight from the off and I feel I would be friends with her in real life. I love how their relationship builds throughout the story. Throughout the novel, there are more characters introduced and some of these are very strong side characters. Sorrell, for example, is a character I would like to read more about. Possibly a novel of his own about his history or a series on his own adventures.

    The novel concludes well with all questions answered and everything wrapped up nicely, and then, showing her own evil side (haha) she decides to throw a cliffhanger in to the mix. The cliffhanger opens the way nicely to the next book which I can not wait to get started on.

    From this book I definitely got The Lord of The Rings vibes with the Battle of Helms Deep being at the forefront of my mind during the battle that concludes this novel. The world of Vedt that Anderson has created reminds me also of The Lord of The Rings type of landscapes with open valleys and dense woods, deep caves and large castles. I would love to know if somewhere in the real world gave the author inspiration for this beautiful world she has created as I would love to visit these places.

    The romance in this book is enjoyable but I felt that there were slightly too many love scenes though not enough to put me off continuing to read and I think it was important to show the bond between the two characters grow. I do think that the fantasy and romance genres go well together and the author really does have exceptional talent in writing ‘Romtasy’ (I’m not sure how I feel about that portmanteau…).

    This book, along with the other two books I have read by Wendy L. Anderson, are genuinely some of the best work I have ever read and I look forward to reading more of her work hopefully for years to come.


    Of Demon Kind is available in the UK for just:

    77p on Kindle here: Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 1) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    99p on Audible (with a membership) here: Of Demon Kind: Book One in the Kingdom of Jior Series Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Wendy L. Anderson, Adriel Brandt, Wendy L Anderson: Audible Audiobooks

    £13.17 on Paperback here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Demon-Kind-Book-Kingdom-Jior/dp/1644560542/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622663110&sr=8-5

    For the US you can buy Of Demon Kind for just:

    $1.07 on Kindle here: https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Kind-Book-Kingdom-Jior-ebook/dp/B07WXKX35D/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=of+demon+kind&qid=1622663366&sr=8-1

    For free on Audible (with a membership) here: https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Kind-Book-Kingdom-Fantasy/dp/B095PVRK68/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622663366&sr=8-1

    $15.95 on Paperback here: https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Kind-Book-Kingdom-Jior/dp/1644560542/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1622663366&sr=8-1


    Thank you for reading

    Gee Liz Reads ❤


  • Car Boot Haul – 30th May 2021

    Holy moly! I had such a fun time at the car boot sale this morning. I got so many cool things, from a Compound Bow to some Fuggler Teddy Bears with human teeth. It was so busy with so many stalls. Actually, as I was walking around I realised I had forgot to take my FitBit off charge and put it on my wrist so my team mates are not going to be happy about that (workplace competition) and I also realised, I don’t like seeing hamster cages at car boots – it usually means a death occurred!

    Anyhoo, here are the books I bagged today!

    The Chosen (#15), The Sinner (#18) by J. R. Ward

    RRP: £9.99 and £8.99 Paid 50p each Condition 7/10

    These are novels of The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. I have I think 14 of these books so I was very excited to be finding two of the newer books of this series at a boot sale. I can’t wait to re-read the entire series!


    Heart of the Dragon (#1), Jewel of Atlantis (#2), The Nymph King(#3), The Vampire’s Bride (#4) by Gena Showalter

    RRP: £6.99 each Paid 50p each Condition 8/10

    These are all books in the ‘A Tale of Atlantis’ series. O I already have some Gena Showalter books on my bookshelf which I haven’t read yet… I’m getting round to it. I’m also heavily in to my Paranormal Romance novels especially vampires, so these were a no brainer really.

    Here’s the blurb to book one:

    Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters – or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame.

    But there he was Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis and kill all travellers who strayed within its borders.

    Now Grace’s life was in his hands and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defences and stolen the heart of Atlantis’s fiercest dragon.


    Dead Witch Walking (#1), The Good, The Bad and The Undead (#2), Every Which Way But Dead (#3) by Kim Harrison

    RRP: £6.99 each Paid 50p Condition 7/10

    I picked these up for a few reasons; 1, the books were in good condition; 2, the books were cheap as chips; 3, they remind me of the Urban Fantasy novels I enjoyed by Ilona Andrews. These are all from The Hollows Series.

    Here’s the blurb to book one:

    Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world’s human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals throughout modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.

    Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel’s latest assignments – apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns – have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agencty.

    But no one quits the I.S.

    Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.


    Wickedly Lovely (#1), Radiant Shadows (#4), Darkest Mercy (#5) by Melissa Marr

    RRP: £6.99 each Paid 50p each Condition 7/10

    Not ideal having book 1 and then missing book 2 and 3 but I had to leave them behind as they were just too badly damaged for my liking. I like the look and the sound of these hence purchasing them.

    Here’s the blurb to book one:

    Rule 3: Never stare at invisible faeries. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world.

    Rule 2: Never speak to invisible faeries. One of them, a beautiful faery boy named Keenan, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

    Rule 1: Don’t ever attract their attention. Now it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King and is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost. Without her, summer itself will perish.


    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor

    RRP: £6.99 Paid 50p Condition 6.5/10

    This is book one of the Smoke and Bone Series. I decided to buy this purely because it was in the box with the J. R. Ward books and I liked that it had a perfect spine (haha).

    Here’s the blurb:

    In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in Elsewhere, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

    Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.


    The Memory of Midnight by Pamela Hartshorne

    RRP: £7.99 Paid 50p Condition 8/10

    Again, the only reason I bought this book was because it was in the box with some of the others.

    Here is the blurb:

    One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest. The horror of the stifling dark – and of the man who trapped her – haunts her for the rest of her life. Years later, wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can. But when her childhood sweetheart returns and offers a chance of flight to the New World, Nell is faced with a dangerous decision. Will she risk all to escape the dark at last?

    Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. Eager to start a new life away from her overbearing and manipulative husband Martin, Tess tries to put her marriage behind her. But time in York has a way of shifting strangely, and memories of a past that is not her own being to surface with disturbing effect. Living two lives, torn between two worlds, Tess must unlock the secrets of the past before she can free herself – and Nell – once and for all.


    What do you all think of my haul? Pretty neat, right?

    Have a good one and thanks for reading!

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • My Complete TBR List: Kindle

    This weekend I managed to organise all my books and compile all of my TBR lists. I’ve got 4 actually, and the others will come but for now… here is my kindle TBR list (in no particular order):

    1. Be Brilliant Every Day by Andy Cope and Andy Whittaker
    2. The Teacher’s Billionaire by Christina Tetreault
    3. The Concealed by Sarah Kleck
    4. Moon Dance by J. R. Rain
    5. Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf
    6. The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt
    7. Thirst by Claire Farrell
    8. Foundations of the World by Jason Tesar
    9. Hidden From Men by Jason Tesar
    10. Seeds of Corruption by Jason Tesar
    11. Hands to Make War by Jason Tesar
    12. Paths of Destruction by Jason Tesar
    13. A Demon’s Promise by Kristie Cook
    14. Amber Moon by C.L. Bevill
    15. Silver Moon by C.L. Bevill
    16. Black Moon by C.L. Bevill
    17. The Vampire’s Warden by S.J. Wright
    18. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
    19. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals’ Inner Lives by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal
    20. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
    21. Demon Girl by Penelope Girl
    22. The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
    23. The Blight of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
    24. The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
    25. The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler
    26. Knight Awakened by Coreene Callahan
    27. Student Cookbook for Dummies by Oliver Harrison
    28. A Dark Kiss of Rapture by Sylvia Day
    29. Seasons of the Moon Boxed Set by S.M. Reine
    30. Smolder by Penelope Fletcher
    31. Wolf’s Head by Steven A. McKay
    32. The Immortal Circus: Final Act by A. R. Kahler
    33. The Immortal Circus: Act Two by A.R. Kahler
    34. The Immortal Circus: Act One by A.R. Kahler
    35. Cecilie by Penelope Fletcher
    36. Born by Tara Brown and A.E. Watson
    37. How To Be A Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott
    38. The Little Book of Thinking Big by Richard Newton
    39. The Art of Conversation: Change Your Life with Confident Communication by Judy Apps
    40. Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Make a Positive Impact on Your Life and Career by Gill Hasson
    41. Mindful Eating for Dummies by Laura Dawn
    42. Willpower for Dummies by Frank Ryan
    43. The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching
    44. Marked by Sarah Fine
    45. Fireblood by Jeff Wheeler
    46. Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall
    47. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    48. A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White
    49. Kindred by Nicola Claire
    50. Creative Writing for Dummies by Maggie Hamand
    51. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    52. Intimate Deception by Laura Landon
    53. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
    54. Awaken His Eyes by Jason Tesar
    55. Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac
    56. Loki’s Daughter by Delle Jacobs
    57. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella
    58. Spirit Legacy by E.E. Holmes
    59. Spirit Prophecy by E.E. Holmes
    60. Spirit Ascendancy by E.E. Holmes
    61. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    62. Lucas Knox: Blood Retribution by Blake Hudson
    63. Wolf Nation: The Life, Death and Return of Wild American Wolves by Brenda Peterson
    64. Witch’s Reign by Shannon Mayer
    65. Devil in Me by Stephanie Hudson and Blake Hudson
    66. Vincent’s Immortal Curse: Kings of Afterlife by Stephanie Hudson
    67. Revelations by Harper Maze

    So only 67 to read on my Kindle. I’m not really one for downloading books, I prefer paper copies. I have got books that I’ve been asked to review by authors but I can never seem to get them on to my kindle so I just use an app called ReadEra for those books.

    Have you read any of these? If so, which?

    As always, thanks again for reading 🙂

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Book Drops – The Vampire Protector and an Unnamed Release by Juliette N. Banks (and a free book too!)

    Juliette N Banks, author of Paranormal Romance Novels, The Vampire King and The Vampire Prince dropped the news today that the latest in the series, The Vampire Protector is now with the editor and ready for release on the 6th July. Not only that, The Vampire Protector is now available for Pre-order here:

    UK (£2.87): The Vampire Protector (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 3) eBook: Banks, Juliette N.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    US ($3.99): The Vampire Protector (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 3) – Kindle edition by Banks, Juliette N.. Paranormal Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

    Not only that, Banks also states that the fourth book in this series will be out later this year too!

    I’ve not actually read this series yet, I’ve got a huge list of books I’ve been asked to review which obviously take precedence, but The Vampire King and the rest of the series are up there on my IRRWTRY list which stands for ‘I really, really want to read you’.

    If you’ve not read The Vampire King yet it’s actually Free on Kindle at the moment! The links are just after the blurb.

    Blurb: Will the vampire king fulfill his deadly promise to his queen?

    Powerful vampire king, Francis Moretti, travels with his sons to the Yorkshire coast in 1891 where he’s confronted by one of the rebels of the race.

    When Robert Russo throws down an official challenge for the throne, he is unconcerned. He knows his royal blood holds great potency and he will walk away unscathed. He’s more concerned about the promise he made to his queen nearly one thousand years ago. The deadline is drawing near and his sons, the Moretti princes, are unaware of the destiny about to catch up with them.

    Brayden and Vincent Moretti are eager to return home to Castle Moretti, where the season is kicking off, and females are lining up to attend one of their infamous orgies. When the king shares his darkest secret, the two big alpha vampires are in shock. They now face one of the biggest decisions of their lives, that will change their future forever.

    Can Francis follow through on the thousand-year promise, and will his son’s help him prove his love to his queen one last time?

    The Vampire King is book one in the Moretti Blood Brothers series – a steamy new paranormal romance series filled with powerful alpha males and independent females who aren’t afraid to give them a run for their money.


    Here are the links I promised you:

    UK: The Vampire King (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 1) eBook: Banks, Juliette N.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    US: The Vampire King (Moretti Blood Brothers Book 1) – Kindle edition by Banks, Juliette N.. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


    I know this blog is full of exciting news but there’s more. Banks is also launching an Archangel series. At the moment none of the books have names but what we do know is that there are seven Archangels and therefore there will be seven books. Banks states that the first will be about Archangel Michael.

    “He’s the alpha of all alphas, and when he meets human, Sara, she turns his entire universe upside down. Along with the rest of the Archangels. It’s beyond hot and steamy so prepare yourselves”

    – Juliette N. Banks

    This book will be out before the end of the year and you can stay up to date with how it’s going, as well as for sneaky chapters and the cover as Bank’s progresses by following her Facebook group here:

    (1) Author Juliette Banks Readers Group | Facebook


    What do you all think readers? Are you going to give them a read? Let me know what you think about them.

    As always, thanks again for reading!

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Unboxed : A Box of Stories – May – My Last box of Stories

    I came across A Box of Stories through Facebook back in April 2020, when I was absolutely bored out of my mind due to being furloughed. The company wasn’t as big as it is now and they only had a few boxes to choose from; a Surprise Box of 4 Fiction Books (£14.99), a Surprise Box of 4 Mixed Fiction Books (£14.99), and I want to say a Crime, Thriller and Mystery Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) though I’m not 100% on that one. Now however, they have all of those I’ve said above plus a Young Adult Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99), a Light Reads Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) and a Historical Fiction Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99).

    This is the what I got in my May Fiction Box. This will actually be my last box as I just have way to many books to read and need to focus on the books I have been asked to review.


    Sugar Money by Jane Harris (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: Martinique, 1765, and brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back forty-two slaves claimed by English invades. While Lucien, burly in his teens, sees the trip as a great adventure, the older and worldlier Emile has no illusions about the true dangers they will face…

    My thoughts: Doesn’t sound like my kind of book to be honest. I’m not really into history to be honest, I find it a bit depressing.


    Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates (RRP £16.99).

    Blurb: I am a good person.
    I am a person who loves his family.
    I am a citizen who care about his community.
    You will not vilify me!

    From one of the most highly regarded writers of her generation, Jack of Spades is a psychologically complex thriller that examines the fine line between genius and madness.

    Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of commercial success most authors only dream about: a top agent, publisher in New York, and twenty-eight mystery novels to his name. He has a loving wife, three grown children, and is well-known in his small New Jersey town for his charitable work.

    But Andrew J. Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym Jack of Spades, he has penned another string of novels – dark, violent, masochistic tales of murder, lust and madness.

    When a court order arrives accusing him of plagiarism. Rush fears his secret may be exposed. Rush fears his secret may be exposed. And unbidden, in the back of his mind, the Jack of Spades starts plotting his survival.

    My thoughts: This one sounds a bit more exciting than the book above but again, I’m not jumping in excitement for this one either. What’s wrong with me? Am I in some sort of readers slum?


    The Pill that Steals Lives by Katinka Blackford Newman (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: While going through a divorce, documentary filmmaker Katinka Blackford Newman took an antidepressant. Not unusual – except that things didn’t turn out quite as she expected. She went into a four-day toxic psychosis with violent hallucinations, imaging she had killed her children, and in fact attacking herself with a knife.

    Caught up in a real-life nightmare when doctors didn’t realise she was suffering side effects of more pills, she went into a year-long decline. Soon she was wandering around in an old dressing gown, unable to care for herself, and dribbling. She nearly lost everything, but luck stepped in; treated at another hospital, she was taken off all the medication and made a miraculous recovery within weeks.

    By publicising her story, Katinka went on to make some startling discoveries. Could there really be thousands around the world who kill themselves and others from these drugs? What of the billions of dollars in settlements paid out by drug companies? Could they really be the cause of world mass killings, such as the Germanwings pilot who took an airliner down, killing 150, while on exactly the same medication as the author when she became psychotic? And how come so many people are taking these drugs when experts say they are no more effective than a sugar-coated pill for people like her; who are distressed rather than depressed?

    Moving, frightening and at times funny, this is the story of how a single mum in Harlesden, North-West London, juggles life and her quest for love in order to investigate Big Pharma.

    My thoughts: This wouldn’t usually be a book I read. I’m not really in to documentary type books. However, this book really does hit home. I went on anti-depressants and took myself off them only a couple of weeks later. I was being aggressive towards my partner, I was having suicidal thoughts, and all I wanted to do was hurt myself. I really want to know what Katinka found out.


    Family Trust by Kathy Wang (RRP £18.99).

    Blurb: Meet Stanley Huang. Father, husband, ex-husband, man of unpredictable temper, aficionado of bargain luxury goods. He’s just been diagnosed with cancer, and his family are dealing with the fall-out.

    Meet Stanley’s Family. Son Fred, a banker who never has enough money; daughter Kate, juggling a difficult boss and her two small children; ex-wife Linda, suspicious of Stanley’s grand gestures; and second wife Mary, giver of foot rubs and ego massages.

    Meet Stanley’s fortune. As the Huangs come to terms with Stanley’s approaching death, they are starting to fear that there’s a lot less in the pot than they thought. And that’s a problem when you live in one of the wealthiest parts of California…

    My thoughts: Maybe a Schitt’s Creek kinda vibe here? Not sure… We will have to see. Can’t tell if I’m looking forward to this book or not.


    This box cost me £14.24 (you get 5% discount if you set up a subscription) and the cost of the books totalled £53.96 meaning a saving of £39.72. If you would like A Box of Stories for yourself, use this link for £4 off your first box – http://aboxofstories.refr.cc/geelizreads

    What did you think of this selection? What book would you want to read the most out of these and which book would you want to read the least? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

    Gee Liz ❤ x

  • Synchronicity by Michaelbrent Collings : A Book Review

    Blurb: Some call it the Machine.
    Some call it the SINC.
    It’s the most dangerous thing ever created.
    And it’s fallen into the wrong hands.

    Tyler “Book” Malcolm has lived a life on the run. Off the grid, out of sight of the authorities. Hoping to escape a terrifying secret; to outrun what he has seen and what he has done.

    Kane is an assassin who, with the help of the Machine, possesses the ability to assume the identity of anyone he wishes. He can strike without warning, and kill without mercy. Stronger than a dozen men, faster than sight itself, he can be anywhere, anytime.

    When Book catches Kane’s eye, he discovers the world is even more dangerous than he knew. Now, Book must ally himself with people who, like him, know that Kane is on the verge of remaking the world in his image.

    But how do you know who to trust, when the man who wants you dead can be anyone he pleases?

    How can you fight for the one you love…

    …when you can’t even believe who you see?

    My thoughts: I received a free electronic copy of this book for an honest review.

    I had never read a Michaelbrent Collings book until this one. In fact, I had never actually heard of Michaelbrent Collings until an email popped in to my inbox asking for me to review Synchronicity. A quick google search showed me that I should have heard of Mr Collings, seeing as he is an internationally bestselling novelist, a screenwriter, and a multi-award winner, amongst other things. He has a list of novels as long as my arm, which after a quick read of the blurbs, the majority were added to my already out of control TBR list with a note to myself to quickly remove them if this book didn’t tickle my fancy.

    The good news is, they get to stay on my TBR pile because WOAH, this book was fantastic, and not like anything I had read before. I’ll admit, the first few chapters of the book, especially the chapters from the point of view of the villain, were really confusing. I had to go back and re-read them and finally got my head around it. I think it was the fact they were written in the present tense in 1st person but the character was talking about himself in the 3rd person… does that make sense? Literally though, after the first few chapters there was no more confusion and I just couldn’t get enough.

    From early on in the book, I felt a familiarity with the style in which the book was written. I can’t really describe it; it’s quite a casual style with a natural, unforced sense of humour but the style reminded me very much of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Books by J. R. Ward, another series of books I thoroughly enjoyed, though a different genre to that of Synchronicity.

    As for the plot, I had The Terminator vibes very early on in this book which then developed to The Matrix vibes so if you want to read a Terminator meets Matrix novel then this one’s definitely for you. I don’t want to divulge too much information about the plot as I really think you all needed to start reading this novel yesterday, but I’ll just let you know that it is an action-packed thriller with lots of twist and turns, amazing descriptive scenes, some gruesome violence that will make your toes curl, and not in a good way (unless you’re in to that sort of thing – no judgement here), and a lot of unpredictability throughout.

    Something I always comment on when reviewing books is characters because in my opinion this is JUST as important as the storyline. I don’t think you can ever, EVER have a good novel if you have poor characters. For me, I need likable or at the very least well-developed characters and this is something Collings has managed to do exceptionally well with all of the characters, even the ones who’s time in the story came to a quick(?) end. There are a few ‘main’ characters of this novel but the ‘good guy’ is by far my favourite. I think it helps that his name is Book, so seeing as I’ve got just under a million of those on my shelves, I already hold him close to my heart. Book is a cheeky chappy who never knows when to keep his mouth shut. You can’t help but love him and root for him throughout.
    I don’t want to delve too much in to the characters as I really want you to meet you themselves, but what I loved about Synchronicity is that you are in the head of the villain a lot. He is truly evil but I loved being in his psychotic head just as much as I enjoyed being in Books hilarious ‘what the **** is going on’ head too. I also loved that the villain, Kane, had the power to jump from body to body, so you never knew when he was going to turn up!

    If I was to sum this novel up in three words – Read. It. Now!


    If you would like to get your hands on this book, then it is available here for $0.99 – Amazon.com: Synchronicity eBook: Collings, Michaelbrent: Kindle Store

    For those in the UK you can grab it here for £0.99 – Synchronicity eBook: Collings, Michaelbrent: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Just FYI, all of the authors books are currently $2.99 on Amazon including bestsellers and boxsets plus, forty of his titles are available on Kindle Unlimited meaning you can read these books FOR FREE! Furthermore, lending has been enabled so you can share them with your friends and family!

    As always, thank you all for reading!

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Book Haul : Charity Shops

    This was a very small haul but I promised myself that I would only buy a few books as I no longer have room on my bookshelves. I really need to go through my books and yep, you guessed it, get rid of some! Noooooooo! Anyway, look at these beauties…

    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

    RRP: £8.99 Price: 99p Condition: 7/10

    Blurb: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

    What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

    Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows that everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

    What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

    My thoughts: I’ve only recently got into Chick Lit/Romance but I’m really enjoying it. I haven’t yet seen the film but I keep hearing that the book is amazing too, so I decided, seeing as the book was only 99p, that I would risk it for a chocolate biscuit and go ahead and purchase it.


    Black Powder by Ally Sherrick

    RRP: £6.99. Price: 99p Condition: 8/10

    Blurb: England, 1605.

    Twelve-year-old Tom is in a terrifying race against time to save his father from the hangman’s noose. In desperation, he makes a deal with a fearsome scarred stranger, known only as the Falcon. But what’s really at stake in this murky world of plotting and gunpowder? Tom must rely on his wits and courage, as his loyalty is put to the ultimate test…

    My thoughts: I think the cover was what really pulled me to this book. I then read the blurb and thought it sounded quite a good story line. What do you think?


    The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

    RRP: £6.99 Price: £2 Condition 8/10

    Blurb: Janie Scott has just moved to London from sunny LA, and she’s finding it forbidding, dreary and cold. That is until she meets Benjamin Burrows who dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father – a mysterious apothecary – is kidnapped, he entrusts Janie and Benjamin with a powerful book, full of ancient spells and magical potions.

    But there are others who seek the book’s secrets – spies in possession of nuclear weapons that could destroy the world…

    My thoughts: What drew me to this book was that absolutely gorgeous cover. Look at it! The blurb also sounds good and I’m looking forward to reading it.


    The Finisher by David Baldacci

    RRP: £7.99 Price: £1 Condition: 6.5/10

    Blurb: Enter a village imprisoned by its fear of the unknown. Where curiosity is discouraged, and no one has ever left – or wanted to. Until now.

    Then a mysterious bequest turns one teenage girl’s life upside down. A curious map and a ring which connects Vega to another time lead her to discover an unknown world beyond the perimeter walls. A world filled with possibilities, and creatures beyond her imagining. But before Vega can experience it, she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth of what exists beyond the confines of her village may cost Vega her life…

    My thoughts: Again, it was the cover that drew me to this book. I felt that it looked similar to some books I have previously enjoyed such as Hunger Games but with a Lord of the Rings element to it. It seems slightly Young Adult which is fine but I am starting to enjoy Young Adult books less as they all seem to be rather predictable.


    What do you think of my latest haul? Have you ever read these books? Which book would you want to read first?

    As always, thanks again for reading my blog!

    Gee Liz ❤

  • A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell : A Book Review

    Blurb: She’s your best friend.

    She knows all your secrets.

    That’s why she’s so dangerous.

    A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

    It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

    But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

    Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

    My Thoughts: I received this book in my A Box of Stories subscription. I had already seen the film so wasn’t particularly looking forward to the book as I was highly disappointed with the film.

    Most of the chapters were short which, for me, is a big bonus. I’m one of those ‘just one more chapter’ kinda girls and when it’s more than 10 pages until the next chapter, that can sometimes stop me from reading.

    I wouldn’t say I was ‘hooked’ to the storyline, it was just good enough for me to continue to turn the page. What I did notice, is that the writing of the sentences was very confusing, with some sentences being the size of a paragraph.

    As for the characters, I personally need to like at least one character, or perhaps not like but relate to them on a certain level. I did not like one single character in this book. In fact, they were awful! If I had to choose then it would be Miles, at a push.

    Compared to the film though, the ending was SO much better.

    I wrote the review back in December and posted it on Good Reads. I honestly wonder why I gave this book three stars, but I trust my past self so there must have been something I did like about this book.

    It’s a book I am glad I have read but will not be one I keep on my bookshelf to read again.


    As always, thank you again for reading.

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Car Boot Book Haul : First Car Boot in Over a Year!

    After waking up super early yesterday morning, I decided I would Google search if there were any car boot sales around. I was not disappointed. I managed to pick up two pairs of shoes, a Gryffindor scarf, and some Goosebump Books (to sell). I also managed to get these books at a BARGAIN:

    Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

    RRP: £6.99 Paid 50p Condition 7/10

    Blurb: Tess is a good woman. But in her time and her place, being good – and being a woman – is not enough to find justice in a world dominated by powerful men and even more powerful traditions. When Tess falls in love with Angel, she cannot imagine the heartbreak that will follow… or the lengths she will have to go to in order prove the strength.

    My thoughts: To be honest, I liked the black cover, I liked the condition and I liked the price. I saw one word; ‘Angel’, and decided that this book was good enough to spend 50 whole pence on!


    The Shining by Stephen King

    RRP: £9.99 Paid: 0.67p (3 books for £2) Condition: 7/10

    Blurb: There isn’t one on this book. How strange. I’m guessing with it being so famous, it doesn’t NEED a blurb.

    My thoughts: I bought this book because my friend collect Stephen King books. I think she probably has this one but I’ll will find out soon enough. If not, then I will probably swap this as I don’t fancy reading it. I know…. I’m shocking, but I’ve never once fancied reading a Stephen King novel.


    What Remains of Me by A. L. Gaylin

    RRP: £7.99 Paid: 67p (3 books for £2) Condition: 6/10

    Blurb: Thirty years ago, Kelly Lund was jailed for the murder of a famous Hollywood film director.

    Now she’s out. Robbed of her youth, but finally free.

    However, some secrets are too big to be buried, and when Kelly’s father-in-law is found dead in a pool of his own blood, she finds herself the prime suspect once more.

    As the lies and the truth converge, Kelly discovers unlikely allies who think she might be innocent of both crimes.

    But if she is guilty, is it possible that she has killed again?

    My thoughts: It sounds interesting. I only picked it up as I needed one more of my three (the deal was £1 each or three for £2, so no brainer!)


    Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter

    RRP: £6.99 Paid: 67p (3 books for £2) Condition: 8/10

    Blurb: After a string of disastrous relationships, Emily Albright has had it with modern men.

    She’d rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and step into a time where men were honourable and strode across fields in breeches, in their damp shirts clinging to their chests. The men she meets are more into pleated trousers, two-timing and internet porn.

    So when her best friend invites her to Mexico for a week of margaritas and manhunting, Emily books a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead.

    There are no dream men here. The coach is full of pensioners apart from one Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing a piece on why most women would love to date Mr Darcy.

    But then she walks into a room and finds herself face-to-face with Darcy himself. And every woman’s fantasy suddenly becomes one woman’s reality.

    My thoughts: Again, I’m going to shock you. I have never read a Jane Austen novel. Never once fancied reading them. I don’t know much about Mr Darcy; the only Mr Darcy I know is Colin Firth from Bridget Jones’s Diary. It does however, sound like a very fun book that I would like to read but may need to do a bit of research first.


    More Infamous Crimes… That Shocked the World by ???

    RRP: ?? Paid: £1 Condition: 5/10

    Blurb: This further compelling volume provides an unequalled compendium of tales from all aspects of the criminal world.

    It contains sections on topics as diverse as witchcraft and spying or protection racketeering and police corruption. The more obvious types of crime are, naturally, also featured: from lady-killers such as John Christie, of 10 Rillington Place and parent-killers, such ash the infamous Lizzy Borden, to the evil cult murders of the Manson ‘family’.

    Within each section there is at least one complete case study and an account of a classic courtroom drama. The book is written by a team of experienced crime writers and journalists well-versed in the ways of the underworld and with a talent of recounting the facts to provide the maximum insight.

    This extensive anthology of some of history’s most celebrated real-life crime dramas is both an absorbing and fascinating read and an unparalleled study of the criminal mind.

    My thoughts: I’m really not in to factual books but I’m a bit of a weirdo and I am really in to crime and serial killers. I’m not a criminal and I’m not a serial killer but I love reading (and watching) about their crimes and delving in to their sick minds.


    What do you think of my Car Boot Book Haul!?

    As always, thank you for reading!

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Talking With Psychopaths and Savages: Beyond Evil by Christopher Berry-Dee : A Book Review

    It’s very, very rare that I do not finish a book or leave a one star review but I couldn’t help but feel this way about this book.

    Blurb:

    Sunday Times-bestselling author Christopher Berry-Dee is back with a companion volume that delves even deeper into the savage world of psychopaths and their hideous crimes. This time, however, he combines sections on killers whom he has known, interviewed or corresponded with, with studies of psychopathic serial killers from the past, including Peter Kürten, the ‘Düsseldorf Monster’, John Christie, responsible for the killings at 10 Rillington Place; and Neville Heath, a ladykiller in every sense of the word.

    The result is a chilling narrative that sets the forensic examination of killers and their crimes within the context of murder in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an examination of the evil mind set against the insoluble problem of identifying psychopaths who kill.

    This is not a book for the squeamish, but it is undeniably fascinating in its portrayal of just what one human being will do to others – while all too often moving among us unnoticed and unhindered. If their crimes seem as incomprehensible as they are horrific, it is undeniably true that the world’s most savage killers may be much closer than we think . . .

    My thoughts: This book is not what I thought it would be at all I thought it would be interviews with psychopaths and savages but I was wrong.
    55 pages in, all I had had was the authors opinion about killers, his political views, and not much else. For such a thin book, I would think that at 55 pages in, we would be on to the ‘main show’; talking with psychopaths and savages.
    On to chapters titled with a killers name I finally thought I was getting there – the whole reason the book was produced; I finally thought we were going to have an interview with said psychopath mentioned in the title! Yet the writing includes many other killers quotes and isn’t solely about the killer who the chapter was named after. Furthermore, the chapter still isn’t an interview, it is more a history of the psychopath. Like a fellow reviewer of this book proclaimed, ‘All of this information can be found on Wikipedia’ and Yes, the reviewer was correct!

    Still confused, and still waiting for these talks with the psychopath the title of the book promised me, I decided to continue to read but the interviews never came, just more history of the killer and what he did as well as more of the authors opinions.


    106 pages in… I have to give up 😦


    So, on this occasion, this is a book I would NOT recommend. Have you read any great books about Serial killers? Let me know!

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Whom The Gods Love by M.M. Perry: A Book Review

    Blurb: Harpy infested plains. Dark and foreboding forests. Beasts of myth and legend. All must be conquered by Cass and her small band before they can ask the favor of a God. From the Plains of the Dead Gods all the way to the Temple of Oshia, a mercurial God who promises to grant any wish to those who complete a harrowing pilgrimage, a tale unwinds that begins to unravel a great mystery—a story told only in the hazy atmospheres of forgotten pubs in the farthest reaches of the land… until now. The group quickly finds itself caught in a struggle between the gods that has spanned millennia. And everyone knows that nothing is easy when the gods have a hand in.

    This is the first book in the Of Gods & Mortals trilogy.

    My Thoughts:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

    I have to admit, this is my favourite genre so was excited to begin reading this book. What an absolutely fantastic book! This book had a brilliant original storyline, with well written and interesting characters. I felt that all characters were described well and all of them stuck to their personality throughout. We had characters who grew during the story too which I always love to see.
    My favourite character is Nat, I wish he had a bigger role but this will likely come in to play in the sequels.

    All descriptions, whether it be scenes or people etc were written so well that I could envision everything and it was like I was with the group on their adventure.

    This is a book, and likely a series, that I need in paperback or hardback form rather than on kindle so it can take pride of place on my bookshelf.

    What i would suggest is that the book is proof read again as I noticed some mistakes such as punctuation and extra words in sentences. Also, at the beginning of the book, every character seems to blush! And it got on my nerves slightly as I don’t think every person would blush in them situations.

    Looking forward to reading the rest of the series, eventually!


    Thank you for reading 🙂

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Surprise Book Drop – Ward’s Siren by Stephanie Hudson

    I’ve been a fan of Stephanie Hudson’s work for a while now. I can’t say from the beginning, though I wish it was, but it’s been at least 7 years. It all started, like it does for so many other people, with them pesky (any by pesky, I mean insanely awesome) 99p daily deals on Amazon. I read the blurb of a book called Afterlife and I thought to myself, Wow, that sounds like my kinda book! So of course I pressed purchase and well, all you avid book readers, know the rest. I became obsessed.

    I believe when I first started reading The Afterlife Saga, Hudson had released four books; Afterlife, The Two Kings, The Triple Goddess and The Quarter Moon. Astoundingly, within these last 7 years, not only has The Afterlife Saga continued and finished with a total of 12 books (and a forbidden chapters book), we’ve also managed to continue within the Afterlife world with 2 (soon to be 3) Young Adult Afterlife Academy books, 1 Kings of Afterlife book (with more on the way I believe), 2 Kings of Kings books , 12 books in the Transfusion Saga, 2 books to be released in June, another book to be released in August, AND NOW out of the blue a HUGE 22 book series with book one being released on MONDAY!!

    I present….

    Ward’s Siren

    Blurb: Eden might have been named after the paradise her mother believed she grew up in… but she was far from that paradise now. No, thanks to her brother, she was more like up shit creek and without a paddle. The kind where hungry crocodiles were chasing after her, only these were armed with guns and sent by the leader of a drug cartel.

    Yep, she was so screwed!

    Well, that was until a handsome knight stopped to save her on the side of the road, and instead of finding her in a boat, it’s her broken heap of a car that’s one drive away from a junkyard’s resting place. However, the moment she speaks, the gorgeous mystery man, the one full of muscles and a dangerous edge to his voice, seems utterly transfixed by her and is soon intent on offering a lot more than just his help.

    Eden has to admit, she is more than a little tempted to see what a night with Mr expensive car and sex on a stick would offer her. But then a quick reminder of her situation is enough to force herself to send her dream man on his way.

    On his way to the notorious club Afterlife.

    A place Eden was also on her way to, in hopes of gaining the help she knows she could find there. Because a powerful family owned the club… The Dravens.

    However little does she know that Afterlife isn’t all it seems to be… as there is a lot more than alternative people all looking for a good time in a grand Gothic setting. Because the VIP holds more than the wealthy and the beautiful. It holds the world’s elite in power and unfortunately for naive little Eden, there is nothing human about it.

    Oh, and as for her mystery man…He just so happens to be one of those elite powers, which means he too is far from human and he has his hungry gaze firmly set on one curvy little mortal. A delicious sight the darkness inside him demands he claim before she can escape him again…

    His paradise.

    His fated Siren.

    I am super excited about this book, I just CAN NOT WAIT, and the fact that it is so unexpected makes me shiver with anticipation.

    DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THIS BOOK FOR FREE?

    If so, then according to the Author Stephanie Hudson Official Fan Group on Facebook, all you have to do is join The Hudson Indie Ink Book Club and on this coming Monday there will be a link to get the book. There you can sign up to the newsletter, the first of which will be out in May.

    THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK as it will not be available any other way, not will it be uploaded to ANY reading platform (such as kindle) until NEXT YEAR!

    If you are a fellow book lover (which I suspect you are if you are reading a book blog) then The Hudson Indie Ink Book Club is a great place for you to receive offers on books from new authors, along with the chance to win prizes, involve yourself in book quizzes and interact with some fabulous Authors and a community of readers!

    Now I’m going to keep myself busy so Monday comes along quicker!


    Thank you once again for reading. I would just like to add that the promotion of The Hudson Indie Ink Book Club by myself is solely my decision and I have not been asked by the Book Club to promote them.

    Will you be reading this book on Monday?

    Thank you ❤ Gee Liz

  • 50 Followers Reached – Thank you!

    On the 12th of February, I decided I was going to start blogging book reviews. I’d wanted to do it years earlier but somebody pulled me down and put me off it. Thanks to an amazing friend and fellow book blogger/reviewer’s (Swords & Spectres) encouragement and help setting my page up, here I am!

    I actually can not believe that in just over two months I have managed to reach 50 followers. This is what I wanted to achieve by the end of the year! I am overjoyed and I just want to thank each and everyone of you. I also just want to say that I love the posts you all write too and I have learnt so much from you all.

    I think my biggest achievements within this last two months are:

    Finding myself on a ginormous list of fellow book bloggers (I nearly typed blok boogers then, haha!) created by the amazing Sofii (A Book. A Thought). The list of which you can find here – The Definitive Book Blogger List 📢

    Being contacted by authors for me to review their work.

    Interviewing the talented Charis Bell who just so happened to be my very first Author Interview. Not only that but the interview is my highest viewed post to date.

    Messaging authors with their reviews and making their day. This is an absolutely amazing feeling because as those who personally know me knows that I love making people happy. This doesn’t mean that I give good reviews regardless of whether the book deserves it, I just feel I’m quite lucky in the sense I’ve not read a bad book recently. I was blocked recently by an author for giving them a 3.5 out of 5; I actually rounded this up on Goodreads as you can’t give half stars on there.

    My review of Ulrik by Wendy L. Anderson being shared on Instagram by RomanceNovelAddictsAnonymous which has a following of over 1000 people. I couldn’t quite believe it! This makes me really proud of myself as I feel if my reviews are being shared then surely I’m quite good at what I am doing… right?

    Finally, the reason for this post in the first place… I’ve reached 50 Followers. I am so happy about it. I would say that I was excited when I got my 1st follower but I wasn’t because that was my friend. I expected him to follow me, if he didn’t then I would have been having words, ha! When the 2nd follower came, and the 3rd, and it just kept on growing I just couldn’t stop smiling! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

    My next milestone – 100 Followers. I would love to reach that by my 1st year anniversary.

    Thanks for reading.

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Book Haul: Charity Shop

    Here in England, the shops are back open and people are starting to love life again. After getting my hair done at the hairdressers (FINALLY), I decided, being only a 5 minute drive away from the charity shop, that I would go and have a ganders. I was slightly disappointed when I walked through the door as once upon a time the back wall of this very large charity shop used to be covered in books and now, just a small corner.

    I’m one of those that love their books looking like new so even though there were some fantastic books, I decided to only buy the ones that were ‘new looking’ enough for my bookshelves back home. So at 50p a pop here’s what I got:

    Arena 13 by Joseph Delaney

    Blurb: Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13.

    Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, they bet on which fighter is to die.

    But the country is terrorized by the creature Hob, an evil being who delights in torturing its people, displaying his devastating power by challenging an Arena 13 combatant in a fight to the death whenever he chooses.

    And this is exactly what Leif wants…

    For he knows well Hob’s crimes. And at the heart of his ambition burns the desire for vengeance. Leif is going to take on the monster who destroyed his family.

    Even if it kills him.

    My thoughts: It was the cover that drew me to this book (and the fact it’s a hardback <3). The blurb sounds good and after showing it to my gran on a quick visit before heading home, she agrees with me. The only thing I don't like, and I don't know why this is but it's just the way I am, I really do not like it when sentences start with 'And' or 'But' so when the blurb has this twice, well, it kind of makes me feel uncomfortable. I know – I'm crazy!


    A Cornish Stranger by Liz Fenwick

    Blurb: When her reclusive grandmother becomes too frail to live alone, Gabriella Blythe moves into the remote waterside cabin on Frenchman’s Creek which has been her grandmother’s home for decades. Once a celebrated artist, Jaunty’s days are coming to a close but she is still haunted by events in her past, particularly the sinking of a ship during the war.

    Everything is fine until a handsome stranger arrives in a storm, seeking help. Fin has been left a family legacy: a delicate watercolour of a cabin above the creek which leads him to this beautiful stretch of Cornish water. As Fin begins to pick at the clues of the painting, he is drawn into the lives of Gabe and Jaunty, unravelling a remarkable story of identity and betrayal.

    My thoughts: It’s different to what I would normally read but there was just something about it that made me add it to my ever growing ‘To Read Pile’.


    The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

    Blurb: The first warning is unexpected, calculated. Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no friend to Anita Blake. So when he asks for her help, Anita is surprised. But he is dealing with the Harlequin, and they require different rules.

    The second warning is presented like a gift, with ‘Anita’ printed on the box. Inside, carefully wrapped in folds of pristine tissue paper, is a plain white mask. The fact that it’s white is good news. White means they are only being watched.

    The power connecting Anita Blake with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the City and Richard, Ulfric of the werewolves, has been increasing exponentially – and this has attracted very unwelcome attention. Survival could depend on unity, so Jean-Claude and Richard must set aside their rivalry and Nathaniel and Micah must give Anita all of their love and support. She will also need Edward, whose utterly human ruthlessness and loyalty make him the perfect backup.

    Anita Blake has the authority to pass judgement on vampires. The Harlequin have the authority to pass judgement on her. It is forbidden to speak of the Harlequin unless you’ve been contacted.

    And to be contacted by the Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.

    My thoughts: Holy Sh**!! This book sounds AMAZING (apart from the sentence that starts with BUT in the blurb, grrr), right up my street, oh wait a second… what’s that? Ah…. It’s the 14th book in a series. FACE. PALM. HEAD. WALL. Proceeds to tell the better half that it’s the 14th book in a series aaannd that I have no others. His suggestion, sell it. Hahahahahaha, no no no no no, what a comedian! I need to make room for 13 other books on my book shelf, Sweetie!


    The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    Blurb: 1913

    On the eve of the First World War a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without a trace.

    1975

    Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which has been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell’s journey after all these years?

    2005

    On Nell’s death her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage, in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Cassandra will uncover the trust about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.

    My thoughts: Again, not one of my usual reads but something drew me to it. I definitely want to know what’s gone on with the Mountrachet family and why Nell was abandoned and sent to Australia.


    Thanks for reading my blog guys 🙂 hope you enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? Which book would you want to read the most out of these choices?

    Thanks again, Gee Liz ❤

  • Ulrik by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

    Blurb: Death was the beginning of their adventure.

    Drowning when his ship went down in a vicious storm, Ulrik the Viking thought it was the end. Instead, he awakens on a new and brutal Earth. Believing he was banished to this strange land by the gods as punishment, he faces the mountainous wilderness alone.

    Tessa, a lonely and brokenhearted woman, dies in her sleep on her 85th birthday. She too awakens surrounded by the frightful and the unknown. Both are mysteriously thrown into new bodies facing new lives, new hopes, new dangers, and new desires.

    Cast through time and other dimensions, fate has given Ulrik and Tessa a second chance at life and love. They must survive on a ruthless new world against a brutal warrior race determined to use them to conquer extinction and enter into the age of metal.  All that stands against them is ULRIK!

    My thoughts: I received a free copy of Ulrik from the author for an honest review.

    After reading A Cut Twice As Deep, I was extremely excited to be reading another of Anderson’s books. I did however think that there was no way Anderson could write a better story than A Cut Twice as Deep seeing as I had rated it a solid 5 out of 5 and told all my friends about it. How wrong was I?

    Ulrik was INCREDIBLE!

    A very unique blend of Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction – my three favourite genres, the author begins telling this beautifully written story by introducing us to two characters; Tessa and Ulrik. Ulrik is an 11th century Viking and Tessa is an elderly woman from the present day. After Ulrik’s ship gets lost at sea back in the 11th Century, and Tessa has a heart attack in her care home bed, both characters find themselves together in a different dimension, brought to the surface of a ‘sacred lake’ and both younger and healthier than their previous lives.

    A beautiful, romantic journey begins between Ulrik and Tessa as they survive together in the beautiful mountains of this new dimension. As the story continues and their relationship develops, Ulrik and Tessa venture away from their home. This new adventure introduces new characters and epic storylines that challenges the characters and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Like the last time I read a novel by Wendy L. Anderson, I felt myself waking up and thinking about the book straight away, and taking the book out whenever was possible – walking to work (mind the lampposts), lunch break, stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway… I just couldn’t put it down. I also ended up feeling the emotions that the characters were feeling; I was becoming anxious for the characters, laughing with them and worrying about them when they were not in the chapter I was reading.

    The author really has talent. The fact that Anderson is able to write an epic story filled with lovable, genuine and unique characters, is able to create a new world and describe settings so immensely it is like you are actually there, along with combining three genres perfectly, AND making the reader NEED a sequel, really does prove that the author has such unbelievable talent and a natural gift for writing.

    Hands down, one of the best books I have EVER read.


    If you want to get your hands on this gem follow the links below:

    UK Kindle Edition: Ulrik eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store – £2.18
    UK Paperback: Ulrik: Amazon.co.uk: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562529: Books – £9.24

    US Kindle Edition: Ulrik – Kindle edition by Anderson, Wendy L.. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. – $2.99
    US Paperback: Ulrik: Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644562529: Amazon.com: Books – $12.95


    Thanks so much for reading 🙂

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Unboxed : A Box of Stories – April

    I came across A Box of Stories through Facebook back in April 2020, when I was absolutely bored out of my mind due to being furloughed. The company wasn’t as big as it is now and they only had a few boxes to choose from; a Surprise Box of 4 Fiction Books (£14.99), a Surprise Box of 4 Mixed Fiction Books (£14.99), and I want to say a Crime, Thriller and Mystery Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) though I’m not 100% on that one. Now however, they have all of those I’ve said above plus a Young Adult Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99), a Light Reads Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) and a Historical Fiction Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99).

    This is the what I got in my April Fiction Box.


    The Secret Books by Marcel Theroux (RRP £8.99)

    Blurb: A young man flees the drudgery of shopkeeping in Tsarist Russia to make a new life among the bohemians and revolutionaries of nineteenth-century Paris. Beginning a treacherous journey through a world of spies and double-cross, propaganda, lost love, and anti-Semitism, he enters a modern world where likes have the power of truth.

    Based on real events, The Secret Books is at once a page-turning adventure and an examination o the stories that humans are willing to kill and to die for.

    My thoughts: Meh…. doesn’t sound like my bag at all, but I’ll read it and hopefully be surprised.


    Upstairs & Downstairs by Hiolda Newman (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy. It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a coronation.

    As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda Newman had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain’s most noble families. In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to this period between the wars; a gilded era which would soon be dramatically changed by the Second World War.

    Transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion, Hilda’s life changed beyond recognition. But in a time when the very foundations of British society were being shaken to their core, the luxurious life of the country nobility couldn’t last.

    My thoughts: I think I will enjoy this book but it will depend on how it has been written. If it is like an auto-biography then I will struggle. I am getting Downton Abbey vibes from this and I love Downton Abbey. I hope this book doesn’t disappoint.


    And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: Heloise is a single mother, who runs her own business and keeps herself to herself.

    But Heloise’s business is one that takes place in discreet hotel rooms. For the right money, she can be the woman of your dreams.

    Now, after a decade, her secret life is under siege – her accountant is asking loaded questions. Her long-time protector is hinting at new dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. With no real family or friends, how far will Heloise go to protect herself and her son?

    My thoughts: This sounds great! I am really looking forward to reading this!


    The Ghost Factory by Jenny McCartney (RRP £12.99).

    Blurb: The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as manufacturing industries withered the death business boomed. In trying to come to terms with his father’s sudden death, and the paramilitary violence meted out to his friend Titch, Jacky is drawn to confront the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict. After he himself is attacked he flees to London to build a new life. But even in the midst of a burgeoning love affair he hears the ghosts of his past echoing, pulling him back to Belfast, crying out for retribution and justice.

    My thoughts: Well, I’m not going to lie… when I read the title, I thought, WOW a book about making ghosts. I thought it would be about a factory where you take the dead body you want to turn in to a ghost and then, well, you turn it in to a ghost. How cool would that be? I don’t really have any feelings towards this book. It doesn’t sound good but it doesn’t sound terrible either. We will have to see.


    This box cost me £14.24 (you get 5% discount if you set up a subscription) and the cost of the books totalled ££39.96 meaning a saving of £25.72. If you would like A Box of Stories for yourself, use this link for £4 off your first box – http://aboxofstories.refr.cc/geelizreads

    What did you think of this selection? What book would you want to read the most out of these and which book would you want to read the least? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

    Gee Liz ❤ x

  • Voracious Readers – TBR Books

    As well as all the books I have on my shelves, on my kindle and all the books I am asked to review, I also review for Voracious Readers. This has been put on the back burner recently though, thanks to my blog becoming more popular with author requests to review their work – which of course, takes precedent over all else.

    Here are just some of the books I have yet to review for Voracious Readers – there are ALOT!

    Haze by Rebecca Crunden

    Blurb: When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.

    The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.

    Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it from her mind until Sam, Eliza’s older sister, tells her she met Paige only a few weeks before. And, according to Sam, Paige has nothing nice to say about Erik.

    The fight which follows shatters the lives of everyone involved, and Erik disappears without a trace.

    Five years later, Erik returns to town after his father’s death. Old wounds quickly resurface, and with them several burning questions. None of the least of which is: Who spoke to Eliza and Sam if it wasn’t Paige? And why?


    Fallen Men by Brian O’Hare

    Blurb: A young priest’s life spirals out of control when long-submerged memories of childhood abuse begin to surface. He seeks solace in a friendship with a beautiful seventeen-year-old choir girl but this leads to a frenzied love affair that ends in disaster. Fallen Men touches on some dark themes but it is ultimately a novel of redemption.


    Legacy by Michelle E. Lowe

    Blurb: A thief, a lover, and a toymaker; drawn together by fate; unlikely champions against a powerful and remorseless enemy. When not fighting each other, they must defeat the powerful Lord Norwich, and end his plan to unleash global violence and crown himself emperor of the world. No problem.

    But behind the scenes, the Trickster god is manipulating men like puppets, changing history to his own ends and for his own amusement. As an ancient plan is set into motion, the trio are faced with events they do not understand and may not survive.

    Legacy is the first of an epic new series that combines Fantasy and Steampunk in an unforgettable novel set in Victorian England.


    Dreamleaf Blues by Sean Davies

    Blurb: Genevieve Jameson had a life like any other adolescent until the eve of her eighteenth birthday celebrations, when Annabelle Jones, her life-long best friend, roommate, and love interest all in one, never returns home from her well-paid shady evening job – a line of employment that Genevieve believes is dealing the strange blue hallucinogenic drug, Dreamleaf.

    After following the threads of her investigation to the organised crime gangs’ booming drug business, Genevieve is brought to death’s door during her snooping and transformed into a Vampire Nightclaw, a being capable of impressive feats of agility and grace.

    Discovering that there is more to her world than meets the eye, Genevieve is dragged into fighting alongside her vampiric maker’s gaudy and thuggish ‘Golden Fangs’ gang, through a mutually beneficial arrangement and a healthy dose of blackmail. She is forged into a deadly fighter and keen tactician as she uses her new-found powers to search for answers regarding her beloved’s fate.


    Tardy Bells and Witches’ Spells by Sarina Dorie

    Blurb: Nerdy high school outcast, Clarissa Lawrence, has always felt like she didn’t belong in this world. More than anything, she wants magic to be real – and not just because she’s obsessed with Harry Potter and tries to go to Narnia by reading fantasy novels in her wardrobe.

    Yet, when she stumbles upon real magic, and fairy tales come true, she doesn’t expect to be the evil villain in her own story. Clarissa learns she’s descended from an evil witch and is destined to kill her older sister.

    When she meets a cute boy who offers to train her in magic, she must make a choice. She can have a safe, normal life and no harm will come to anyone. Or she can choose magic and risk everything and everyone she loves in order to be what she’s always known she was meant to be… a wicked witch.


    Ten Years of Darkness by Kristen Chambers and Viktor H. Strangewayes

    Blurb: A demonic plaque carried by time-traveling bats, a dripping mechanical construct from ages past, and a talking quill which gleans the truth from a person’s blood. A few months ago, that would have been enough to make Kristen question her sanity, but after everything she’s seen, they seem pretty par for the course.

    After a brief encounter with a mysterious stranger leaves Kristen with an unusual Magical artefact, she begins to realise there is far more to our world than she’s been told, and the very future of humanity may just rest in her hands. Joining forces with some rather unlikely allies – a nervous neighbour whose dreams of Magic are quickly turning into his nightmare; a diminutive yet feisty Lumynar, who may be the last of her kind; and a wisecracking demon who happens to share the moniker of a fictional spy – Kristen sets out on the journey she had always dreamed of, but may not be prepared for.

    With potential horrors looming on the horizon, access to Magical resources obstructed by powerful forces, and more questions arising with each encounter, our heroes must band together and fight for their world and the fate of humanity. But for every question answered, many still linger: Have they chosen to support the right factions? Are their goals worth more than those they are fighting against? And worst of all, have they gone through the entire process before?


    I think 6 is a healthy number to stop on. I’ll share another six with you very soon! I hope you enjoyed my post. Which book do you think sounds the best? Have you read any of them?

    Gee Liz Reads ❤

  • Book Tag: 3 Bookish Things

    I found this Book Tag through Millay’s Musings post.

    1. How many books are too many books in a series?

    I don’t think there is a set number to be honest. The most important thing is that the books continue to be good and different. There is nothing worse than a series continuing but just reusing the same story with a few edits here and there.

    2. How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

    Who doesn’t love a cliff-hanger!

    3. Hardback or Paperback?

    Nothing beats the beauty and durability of a hardback, but I honestly really dislike actually reading them. If I could look at a hardback all day, I would. They just get too heavy! At the same time… If I’m reading a paperback, I always need to be incredibly careful, because I want it to always look absolutely perfect. What a dilemma! – This is what the last poster wrote and I don’t need to change a word!)

    4. Favourite book?

    That’s a really difficult one to be honest. I love so many books! If I HAD to choose it would be The Afterlife Saga by Stephanie Hudson. It was the first book that opened me up to an incredible series filled with amazing characters and a fantastic plot. Not only that, the book changed my life in many, many ways!

    5. Least favourite book?

    I wouldn’t say I have a least favourite book, just every book I didn’t finish! Haha!

    6. Love triangles, yes or no?

    Y E S. I love love triangles! Most books have love triangles so if you don’t like them, what do you read? Ha!

    7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

    My most recent DID NOT FINISH was Nightmare at Scapa Flow by H. J. Weaver. I don’t believe this is a bad book, but I really struggle with war and history books so I just couldn’t get in to it.

    8. A book you’re currently reading?

    I’m only reading two books at the moment. Ulrick by Wendy L Anderson and Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (may she rest in peace).

    9. Last book you recommended to someone?

    I’m always recommending books. I’ll probably go with the last book I reviewed which was A Cut Twice as Deep by Wendy L Anderson.

    11. Newest book you’ve read?

    I honestly have no idea!

    12. Favourite author?

    Stephanie Hudson.

    13. Buying books or borrowing books?

    Buying!

    14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

    I’m struggling with this one. Probably books like Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet.

    15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

    Good lord! Bookmarks! Dog-ears are for sick individuals.

    16. A book you can always reread?

    I don’t tend to reread books just because I have an ever growing TBR pile but I would say The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques.

    17. Can you read while listening to music?

    Nope, nope, definitely not!

    18. One POV or multiple POVs?

    I prefer one but multiple is good if you do it right!

    19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

    It really depends. It’s mainly over multiple days at the moment but when my life was less chaotic it would be in one sitting.

    20. Who do you tag?

    Tags: Swords & Spectres

    Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    MB Blissett

    The Introverted Reader

    The Unicorn Writer

    Finding Serendiipitii

    Ailish Sinclair

    Wayne Davids

    Archetypes and Anecdotes

    What’s That Mark’s Reading?

    Stories and Stardust

    Unclearer

    Phoenix Feather . Quill

    The Fictional Journal

    Monogamist Reader

    Lost in Neverland

    The Blogger and the Geek

    aarushireads

    Alba and Her Secrets

    Books With Raven

    Debjani’s Thoughts

    A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea

    Flora’s Week Show

    and anyone who’s reading this now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ❤ Gee Liz

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  • Buzz Feed Quiz: How Obsessed Are You Actually?

    I found this quiz through the Whispering Stories and I really enjoyed reading her answers.

    So, this Buzzfeed quiz is about how obsessed with books I actually am. I think I’m pretty obsessed haha, so let’s see if Buzzfeed thinks I am actually obsessed with books or not. Here’s the link to the quiz.

    Two bookcases actually. They used to be pretty neat but now I’m running out of room so there are quite a lot behind others.

    Some movie adaptations are sensational e.g. Harry Potter and then others are absolutely horrendous e.g. A Simple Favour.

    Last time I went on holiday I took 6 books and ended up bringing home around 20.

    Last year I wasn’t in the right frame of mind but I used to read so many books, this year too I am smashing it.

    I’ve actually pulled all nighters to finish a book!

    I used to go to the library every Saturday when I was younger but I’ve not been to a library in years. I’ve got my own at home!

    <– That's the answer haha.

    Probably more than three hours but I think an entire day is pushing it a bit far. Unless it has a café too, then yes… a full day easily!

    I do this too much. I need to stop!

    They need to make the smell in to a perfume… seriously!

    Pre Covid of course 😦

    It used to be the bottom answer, but if you switch to an e-book then you can carry on eating!

    Why go to a party if you are just going to read?

    Taking a book on a date – rude.

    Taking a book to a concert? Too much noise!

    I’ve met some of the greatest people I know through books.

    AND THE ANSWER IS……

    I’d say I’m more obsessed than 72% but I suppose I do put a lot of things before books. Why don’t you take the quiz and let me know your score below!

    Thanks for reading!

    Gee Liz ❤

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  • Anticipated Reads – April 2021

    Just a quick blog to let you know what books I will be reading this month. These are reviews that have been requested by the Author’s plus books I have on my bookshelf too. I might not be able to read all of them this month as I’ve got work, uni and other things going on in my life, but all I can say is I’m definitely going to try.


    Ulrik by Wendy L Anderson

    A stand-a-lone book by the same author that brought us A Cut Twice as Deep, a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Blurb: Drowning when his ship went down in a vicious storm, Ulrik the Viking thought it was the end. Instead, he awakens on a new and brutal Earth. Believing he was banished to this strange land by the gods as punishment, he faces the mountainous wilderness alone.

    Tessa, a lonely and broken-hearted woman, dies in her sleep on her 85th birthday. She too awakens surrounded by the frightful and the unknown. Both are mysteriously thrown into new bodies facing new lives, new hopes, new dangers, and new desires.

    Cast through time and other dimensions, fate has given Ulrik and Tessa a second chance at life and love. They must survive on a ruthless new world against a brutal warrior race determined to use them to conquer extinction and enter into the age of metal.  All that stands against them is ULRIK!


    Of Demon Kind by Wendy L Anderson

    Another book by the same author as above BUT it’s not just one book it’s a series of 5:

    1. Of Demon Kind
    2. Redemption of the Fallen
    3. Heirs of Jior
    4. Iron and the Arrow
    5. The Last Ny-Failen

    Here is the blurb for the 1st book…

    Blurb: Prince Lorn of Jior is the only one left in the evil empire called the Kingdom of Jior. King Kullorn, his father, was the epitome of evil. Together they led demon hordes reaping death and destruction. When Kullorn is killed, Lorn must face the aftermath of their defeat alone. Years later, Lorn is accused of following in his father’s footsteps and also of kidnapping the Princess Lililaira of Skoria. Forced out of hiding, Lorn must risk capture, imprisonment and death to find out who is using his father’s name to start another war. During an unplanned rescue of the Princess, Lorn is badly wounded and they must fight to remain together as he is healed by her, body, heart and soul. Creating a passionate bond, together they embark upon a journey to clear Lorn’s name and fend off the war that threatens them both.


    God, Aliens, Death and Teapots by Andy Ritchie

    This blurb made me laugh! I’m looking forward to the no doubt humerous story’s!

    Blurb: An eclectic selection of seven short stories involving, as the title of the book suggests, God, Aliens, Death or Teapots. Oh, and there’s one about dogs as well…then again, come to think of it, two of them don’t really have God, aliens, Death or teapots in them at all. They’re more about space….
    So a more apt title for this book could well be God, Aliens, Death, Dogs, General Space Stuff & Teapots.
    Yeah, that just about sums it up (though it isn’t quite as catchy)


    Thank you for reading. I am much looking forward to reading all of these but I realise I’ve got a lot to read within a month. I’m pretty confident and I can not wait!

    Do any of these books stand out to you? Which do you want to read? Let me know in the comments.

    Gee Liz ❤

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  • Wednesday Writer – GEE LIZ

    My most popular post has certainly changed since I was asked this question. I did enjoy this interview!

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  • Book Tag: 3 Bookish Things

    I found this Book Tag through Millay’s Musings post.

    The Rules:

    The post doesn’t seem to have any rules, but I’m going to tag as many of my fellow book bloggers as possible 🙂 I won’t be offended if you don’t answer the questions yourself and if you don’t want to be tagged in future then please let me know 😀

    The Questions:

    3 Read Once and Loved Authors

    I don’t really understand this question. Is it 3 Authors that I’ve only read one book of, or is it 3 Authors who’s books I read once but loved? Well, now I’ve re-read what I just wrote, I’m even more confused (doesn’t take much). I’m going to go with three Authors who I loved after just reading ONE of their books, though I may have now read more than one of their books. Does this even make sense!

    1. Stephanie Hudson – She is the Author of the Afterlife Saga. I found Afterlife as a Kindle Daily Deal and I thought it was one of the best books I had ever read. I just couldn’t put it down. I’ve never been able to leave the Afterlife Fan Club since as she continues to bring out beyond epic novels!
    2. Robin Hobb – The Author of The Farseer Trilogy to name but a few. I found a huge pile of Robin Hobb books at a carboot sale for 20p each. I obviously bought the lot. I hate the condition they are in though so always on the look out for them in pristine condition. The first book I read by Robin Hobb was The Assassins Apprentice. What a book!
    3. Brian Jacques – The Author of the Redwall books. My Gran and Grandad bought me a 1986 Hardback of Redwall when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I couldn’t believe the story, it was absolutely incredible. The Redwall books will always have a place in my heart. There are some that I have not read yet and I will be doing so one day soon!

    3 Titles I’ve Watched but Not Read

    1. The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski – though I do plan on it!
    2. The Vampire Diaries by L J Smith – on my book shelf, will get round to them.
    3. Pet Semetary by Stephen King – watching it was terrifying enough, I’ll not be reading this thank you!

    3 Series I have Binged

    1. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Mayer – I think I read these books in less than a week. I also read her other book, The Host in less than a day, which for a book which I think is over 800 pages, was quite impressive.
    2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – Though I absolutely love the Mortal Instruments series by the same Author, this trilogy blew me away. It is set in the Victorian times, in London and has a big Steampunk thing going on that I can’t help but love. This is also the series that made me cry the most, I won’t say why as I don’t want to spoil it.
    3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – my dad bought me the first book from Waterstone’s when we went to view a University together. I read it on the 4 hour train journey home and I instantly needed to read the next one. I was actually really disappointed with the 3rd book. I thought that there was this huge build up to something great and then loads of things happened in one chapter before it all just came to an end.

    3 Characters I love

    3? You gotta be kidding me! How about 300? No… okay… here is 3.

    1. Lucius Septimus from Afterlife Saga by Stephanie Hudson – he’s witty, sarcastic, sexy and a vampire – SOLD!
    2. Martin the Warrior from several of the Redwall books by Brian Jacques – He’s a mouse. He wears armour. He don’t take no Shhhh from nobody! (that’s a triple negative!)
    3. Katsa from The Graceling by Kristen Cashore – She’s incredibly badass and beautiful… and she also doesn’t take any Shhh from nobody. I aspire to be like Katsa!

    3 Current Favorite Covers

    3 Weirdest things I’ve used for bookmarks

    1. Mobile phone
    2. Strand of Hair
    3. Tea Towel

    3 Favourite Authors

    1. Stephanie Hudson – I’ve already mentioned her in this blog actually but her books are absolutely fantastic. Not only that, she is very in-touch with her fans, something not all authors are. She has a very active fan page and does many live videos. She keeps fans in the loop about what’s going on in the Afterlife and Transfusion world AND she puts on live events for her fans too.
    2. Charis BellCharis is actually a very new author to me. She messaged me via Instagram and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her two books; The Peasant’s Choice and Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva (click on the book names and you will see my reviews). I also did an author Interview with Charis and it was great fun (Link here). What I like about Charis is how genuine she is as a person and you can see this in the interview and through the characters in her novels.
    3. J K Rowling – You might not agree with my reasoning here, but I’m going to let you know what I think anyway. J K Rowling is one of my favourite authors because she brought us the world of Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter and it is a big part of who I am but… I enjoy the movies more than the books.

    3 Unpopular Bookish Opinions

    1. Well, I’ve just stated one above – The Harry Potter Movies are better than the Books.
    2. The Hobbit books and the Lord of The Rings Books are boring. I am sorry… I just feel that if you want to explain that it is raining to a reader, write ‘it was raining’. We don’t need an 11 page essay FRONT AND BACK to let us know it was raining (yes, I am aware of the HUGE exaggeration there, but you get my point).
    3. The 50 Shades of Grey books are over-rated.

    3 Book Goals For the Year

    1. Read 52 Books – I’ve read 15 so far.
    2. Reach 50 Followers on my blog – Each and every one I am thankful for.
    3. Help promote as many authors as I can.

    My Nominees:

    Tags: Swords & Spectres

    Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    MB Blissett

    The Introverted Reader

    The Unicorn Writer

    Finding Serendiipitii

    Ailish Sinclair

    Wayne Davids

    Archetypes and Anecdotes

    What’s That Mark’s Reading?

    Stories and Stardust

    Unclearer

    Phoenix Feather . Quill

    The Fictional Journal

    Monogamist Reader

    Lost in Neverland

    The Blogger and the Geek

    aarushireads

    Alba and Her Secrets

    Books With Raven

    Debjani’s Thoughts

    A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea

    Flora’s Week Show

    and anyone who’s reading this now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ❤ Gee Liz

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  • A Cut Twice as Deep by Wendy L Anderson: A Book Review

    Blurb: The bond between sisters is one forged in blood and fire. Twin sisters, Liana and Deirdre were inseparable like the two halves of a double-bladed axe, making the pain of having to leave each other a cut twice as deep.

    Their father, Gorsedd Gunnarson, King of the great country of Svartur Rokk, did not care about twin bonds or his daughter’s preferences and severed the pair with a single blow. Both Liana and Deirdre have been sold to the highest bidders for ships, weapons, and alliances.

    For Gorsedd Gunnarson these are very profitable and advantageous marriage arrangements, but the twin sisters would be torn from each other lives and sent to lands far apart forever!


    Liana is forced to leave her childhood sweetheart and marry a stranger. Sweet, timid Deirdre would be wed to a Viking warlord. One would leave her home on a ship and the other on a horse. Both would travel great distances to new lands.

    Given no choice but to embrace the lives planned for them, they find that the future holds more than they could ever have suspected. In a land where blood and ice reign, danger and betrayal war with love and hope, as they fight to find happiness in a ruthless world ruled by the sword and axe.

    My thoughts: I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review. I believe this is the first ‘Viking Romance’ I have ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are not in to romance stories, I wouldn’t let the word ‘romance’ put you off, as it isn’t your usual type of ‘soppy’ and ‘cheesy’ romance, it’s more of a romance story you’d find in Game of Thrones or Vikings whilst still being all ‘Grrrr’ and ‘manly!’

    A Cut Twice as Deep follows two beautiful twins, Diedre and Liana who are sold by their father to two men who rule their own kingdoms for Weapons and Ships. Liana, who is strong headed and speaks her mind is to be wed to Tiernan Lachlan of Lochlannach, and Diedre, who is quiet and sweet is to be wed to Kearn Mac An-Bharain of Noreg . This means that the twins, who love each other dearly and share a strong sisterly bond, are separated from each other.

    Both of the twins are heartbroken and fear their futures. All they have to think about is what lies ahead for them whilst they travel to their to-be husbands. Liana travels by horse, Diedre by boat far away from the comfort of their twin. They are unsure if they will love their new husbands, or if they will end up being apart from each other in misery.

    The story follows the twins separately for a while and is cleverly written so you follow Liana’s story with Tiernan all whilst wondering what is happening to Diedre. Then, just at the right time you then get to Diedre’s story. Further in to the book, when Liana and Diedre are captured (which was again, cleverly written and I don’t want to spoil to much of this for you future readers of this brilliance), the chapters take in turns following one set of characters at a time – this gives for good reading as it captivates the reader into continuing on. You want to find out what happens to said characters next and can’t help but continuing to use that untrue phrase: ‘just one more chapter’.

    An enjoyable story with just the right amount of sex without it being a ‘not ANOTHER sex scene’ kind of book. The sex scenes are also part of the story in the sense that it helps tie in with the plot well and you see the love grow between the characters.

    At certain times, I felt my heart racing as I knew something bad was going to happen and I wanted to scream at the characters to help them. I think this shows that Anderson has easily managed to develop a fantastic story line that engulfs the reader in to the story… so much so that when I gave myself 15 minutes to read, I ended up looking at the clock nearly 2 hours later!

    In conclusion, you need to read this book.


    Thank you for reading my review. Have you read this book? What did you think and who was your favourite character? Please comment below.

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  • Interview with an Author: Charis Bell

    I’m here today with the absolutely wonderful and talented Charis Bell. Charis is the author of two amazing , romantic novels; The Peasant’s Choice and Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva.

    Thank you so much for joining me today Charis. After reading your novels I am extremely excited for more. Though I loved The Peasant’s Choice, Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva is solidly up there in my top 10 books of all times, possibly even my top 5. I’m just going to jump right in as I’m very excited to hear your answers. So first off and I think I ask everybody I meet this question…

    Who is your favourite author? 

    I don’t know if I have one but my go to recommendations are anything by Ruta Sepetys, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Dickens.

    How about your favourite book? 

    Anne of Green Gables got me into reading.  Great Expectations is also up there along with the Narnia series. 

    But my go to books are biographies. The Hiding Place, for example, and Unbroken are on my shelf right now. I also enjoy books on faith. Show them Jesus and True Discipleship have profoundly impacted my worldview. 

    How long have you been writing? 

    I write on and off, but I got serious about writing in high school (11 years ago). I actually mostly write non-fiction and spoken word poetry, but when I have the patience, I do novel writing.

    How did you come up with the covers for your books? I love them! 

    I love them too! My friend (Grant Scott) is a photographer and I asked if he would be willing to give cover design a try and he nailed both! I gave him a general concept and he just amazed me with what he came up with! When I got the cover for The Peasant’s Choice, I was like a child on Christmas morning!

    Check him out on Facebook Grant Scott Photo or his website: https://www.grantscottphoto.com/

    A round of applause for Grant Scott then as I think he did an absolutely fantastic job.

    Now, I noticed that both novels have a character called Nancy in them. Is this coincidence or is there meaning behind it?

    Both Nancy’s are based on a real life gem, a mentor figure in my life who has only ever shown me kindness and guidance. I wanted to honour her by putting her in my novels. 

    There are other characters named after my siblings or friends too, but the characters are not really based on them. 

    That is so lovely! Speaking about the characters...which of the characters from either book do you relate to the most and why? 

    I see myself in many of my characters (I suppose that is why it can feel exposing for someone to read my work!). Like, I imagine “What would I do if I were…?” “How would I wish so and so to react if I were them?” I definitely think I relate most to Caitlyn and her overdramatic, overthinking ways, but there is a bit of me in all of them, unintentionally. But it’s an adventure to imagine all the stories. They say you live other lives when you read—the same is true when you write.

    Beautiful answer. As for Caitlyn, she had me in stitches. For those that don’t know, Caitlyn is the Diva from Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva. How did you come up with the story?

    Ridiculously Proud was more of a dare. “Cheesy” movies were becoming popular and my friends challenged me to write one “with a bit more substance.”  So I set out to do just that. Hallmark rejected it but I am so glad it has brought many readers some joy anyway.

    Wow! You sent it to Hallmark? That’s amazing. Well, I think they made a mistake! As I was reading this book I kept on thinking that this would make such a good movie. Perhaps you should contact Netflix or Amazon Prime.

    Say Netflix or Amazon decided to go ahead, who would you want to play Caitlyn and Charlie?

    I think Mindy Kaling would be a hilarious Caitlyn. Or Awkwafina – she would be great too.  Maybe Sam Clafin for Charlie? My sister said Tom Hiddleston is a must in either movie, which would be cool, however unlikely). 

    Oh wow, they are great choices. I think I agree with your sister too.

    The same questions goes for The Peasant’s Choice. If this novel became a TV series or movie, who would you choose to play Prince Frederick, Amber, Wilber? 

    Excellent question! I have thought about it but never settled on anything. I had pictures in my mind but in one of my edits, I removed a lot of the description for the characters so that they could be played by anyone. The only description I kept was Amber’s hair, because it had symbolic importance too. I would love a diverse cast! 

    I’m also not up with the times as to younger actors. If it was “back in my day” I could see Eli Marienthal playing Frederick, because he has this innocent face I imagine the Prince had. 

    How can I cast someone for Wilber? He is perfect in my mind haha. I’ll leave that task to someone else! Totally open to hearing suggestions. 

    Not sure about Amber. My sister suggested Zendaya or Lily James. But I’m not sure they fit the image in my mind either, but that’s ok! Young Parminder Nagra may have worked?

    Wow, this question makes me feel old because I can’t think of younger actors!

    You are not old! Brilliant choices, though. As for Wilber, I’m struggling myself. I would say Zac Efron but I say Zac Efron for anything as I’m absolutely in love with him, ha!

    How did you come up with the story for The Peasant’s Choice?

    I was in high school and I was volunteering with the kindergarten class. They were having nap time, so to pass the time, I took out a piece of paper and wrote the opening scene — the one with Amber being pinned to the tree. I even used my grade 9 vocabulary! The original title was the Peasant and the Prince because I had set out to do a retelling of the Prince and the Pauper but it metamorphosed into its own thing. I enjoyed that moment of writing enough to keep that piece of paper and continue writing the story. I wrote a good portion of the rest of that novel in my grade 12 biology class! 

    I hope you still managed to pass Biology! I’ve never actually read The Prince and the Pauper but after enjoying The Peasant’s Choice so much then I think I’m going to have to give it a read.

    Please tell us you are working on another novel or 2…10..20?

    I am very excited for my next 2 projects. 

    I am working on a fantasy/epic. This is unlike anything I have written but I am very excited for it. My next book which is in editing and will hopefully be released soon is called Shell Shock.

    While studying English and psychology in university, I read Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. The book’s struggle with faith, family, mental illness, and war intrigued me; and yet, I remember hurling the book across the room when I finished it. It was an interesting story that captured a tragic moment in human history. But it left me angry—like there was something missing, something that would have brought triumph (even a small one) to the great tragedy of WWI. That something was hope. Believing firmly that truth doesn’t have to be void of hope, I borrowed some of Woolf’s themes and wrote my literary fiction Shell Shock.

    How exciting, tell us more?

    Shell Shock tells the struggles of Lauren Richardson, a wealthy young woman, who secretly marries Denison Clark, a man beneath her social status, just before he goes off to war. While he is gone, Mandy (Lauren’s step-mother) tries to scheme away the scandal of her pregnancy. Multiple deaths, a mysterious man of science, and the return of her husband with signs of the misunderstood “shell shock” (PTSD) send Lauren on a journey of faith as she battles to trust God in the midst of pain and loss while sorrowful secrets threaten to destroy the hope she is already struggling to cling to.

    The heart of this story is hope. There is always hope, come suffering, war, or death itself. Although there are heavy elements of women’s and historical fiction, Shell Shock is primarily an inspirational and romantic drama written in a literary style. I believe young adults and adults will enjoy this novel.

    Well Charis, that sounds like a book I can’t wait to get my hands on, but also a great way to end the interview. I just want to ask one more question though Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I’m not sure. I might still be teaching high school biology and writing on the side (would love to see my book as a movie!). I hope to be more involved in counselling young people. 

    I have to live faithfully today, because the future is the part of my story I haven’t lived yet. Will there be more writing? I hope so!

    I’ve got to say, I do admire your faith and I’m happy to know that you DID pass Biology! Thank you so much for taking part and I hope to read and hopefully watch more of your work soon.


    Thank you so much for reading everybody. If you are wanting to get your hands on either of these amazing books by Charis Bell then here are the links…

    Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva – £2.49 Kindle – Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva eBook: Bell, Charis: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    A Peasant’s Choice – £2.49 Kindle – The Peasant’s Choice eBook: Bell, Charis: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

  • Book Tag: Meet The Book Blogger

    I found this Book Tag through Frappes and Fiction‘s post.

    The Rules:

    You can nominate 10 other bloggers & should keep the same questions

    The Questions:

    1) Who is your all-time favorite book character?

    I love so many book characters, but my favorite would have to be Lucius Septimus from the Afterlife Saga and Transfusion Saga. Granted, I haven’t yet been able to finish the Transfusion Saga – what with being asked to review so many books (so thankful!), but Lucius is 100% my all time favourite character. He is sexy, sarcastic, arrogant, tough, rough, and sometimes a Grade A a**hole but my god, he doesn’t half make me laugh!! Oh, he is also a vampire! I really can not wait to get through them all, and of course, write reviews about them all too!

    2) If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

    I hate this question! It would need to be a stand alone book because I couldn’t just take one book with me out of a series, that would drive me nuts. Probably Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva . It’s quite a short book that I could read in a day, it’s also light hearted and makes me smile so it would keep my hopes up I think.

    3) What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

    I don’t know if this really counts, I think it does… well, it’s my blog so yeah it counts. The Harry Potter movies are better than the books! Yes, I said it and I’m not afraid. The Goblet of Fire and the Order of the Phoenix were so so so so (x 1000) difficult to get through. There were so many bits that just didn’t need to be there. Take all the crap out of them both, put them both together then you’ve got one good sized book instead of two huge books filled with garbage.

    4) What’s your weirdest bookish habit?

    I replace a book if there is any damage. Seriously, this could be a tiny tear, a small crease down the spine (this makes me feel sick). I just can’t have it.

    5) What character would you bring to a family event as your fake partner?

    If I wanted to impress my family with ‘a perfect guy’ then it would be Charlie Kind from Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva . He’s the perfect gentleman, hot, and he’s got a good job. Check, check, check – he’s got my Dad’s approval.

    6) What made you decide to start a book blog?

    I wanted to be a book blogger about 5 or 6 years ago. I mentioned it on my Facebook and a ‘friend’ (not a friend, just somebody I knew through being a fan of the same books), popped up in private messenger, and told me that Book Blogging is difficult, you need to have time for it, you have to have a certain personality for it, and… well… ‘you wouldn’t be very good at it to be honest Liz’. So, that left me deflated and a little upset to be honest.

    I got back in to reading not that long ago and constantly left reviews on Good Reads and I knew that one of my newer friends also did book blogging (check him out here Swords & Spectres) so I sent him a message. He was really helpful, really enthusiastic and really helped me with deciding to become a book blogger but also with setting up my page too!

    7) What about reading and books do you love the most?

    Two things really – being able to escape and being able to meet new characters! The problem I have however, is that I get way to attached to characters so when I finish a book, I feel like I’ve lost friends.

    8) What is your field of study/desired profession/current profession?

    I am currently studying BSc (Hons) Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. I’ve previously studied MSc Wildlife Conservation and BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science. I manage a veterinary practice.

    My desired profession would be to become an author. I have so many stories in my head but I just can’t get them down on paper so I honestly don’t think it will ever happen. I can dream can’t I?

    9) What are some book recommendations that became your favourites/obsessions?

    I don’t mean for this to come across as big headed but it might (I apologise), but I’m not really the one who has books recommended to them, I’m more of the recommender. I don’t mind this at all. I love recommending things to people and I love finding hidden gems too.

    10) What is the book you shove down everyone’s throat?

    Hahaha, now shoving it down everyone’s throat is probably an overstatement but I would have to say, yet again, the Afterlife Saga by Stephanie Hudson. Why do I like to ‘shove it down everyone’s throat’? Because it is freaking amazing that’s why. Not only has the author managed to write an amazing book all whilst having dyslexia, but she has managed to write what, 25(?) amazing books and from the ones I have actually read, they are absolutely sensational. YOU NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS!

    My Nominees:

    Tags: Swords & Spectres

    Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    MB Blissett

    The Introverted Reader

    The Unicorn Writer

    Finding Serendiipitii

    Ailish Sinclair

    Wayne Davids

    Archetypes and Anecdotes

    What’s That Mark’s Reading?

    and anyone who’s reading this now!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ❤ Gee Liz

  • The Peasant’s Choice by Charis Bell: A Book Review

    Blurb: One small choice can forever change a life.

    Wilber is a quiet but loyal orphan with physical and emotional scars. He has chosen to be silent.

    Frederick is a naïve but kind prince. He has chosen never to wear his crown.

    One shared, tragic past explains both their choices.

    Caught in the middle of all their secrets, Amber, a playful adventurer, must make a choice of her own: she must battle social status, questions of conviction and identity, and love to determine who she really is and what she really wants.

    My Thoughts: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.

    This is the 2nd book I have read within the last couple of months by this author. Though I did prefer the first book, Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story too and would still highly recommend it.

    Before I get in to the book I would say that the writing style needs slight improvement with keeping in the correct tense and minor errors in spelling/grammar here and there, but as this is the first book by this author, it is something that will naturally improve (an improvement I can see in the author’s other book). Saying that, I very much enjoyed the scene descriptions at the beginning of most chapters – beautifully written, like poetry, and setting the scene well for the reader.

    A Peasant’s choice follows Amber, a beautiful, adventurous peasant who shares a lovely and strong friendship with her ‘secret guardian’, Wilber. However, after an accidental meeting with Prince Frederick, Amber is invited to become a member of the palace where she will be taught the ways of royalty, in hopes that one day she would become the bride of Frederick, and the next Queen of Maplecheradith. I felt that as Peasants, their language should be ‘simple’, yet I found that Amber and Wilber spoke just as well as royalty and in my eyes, it could have been a good idea to allow Amber’s use of the English language to improve throughout her ‘royal training’.

    The love triangle between Frederick and Amber, and Amber and Wilber continues throughout the story but in my opinion, is cleverly managed in the sense that it isn’t like all the other love triangles you find in romance stories.

    The characters you are meant to like are likeable, and the characters you are meant to dislike are just that, dislikeable, though there are not many dislikeable characters. I think it was a difficult choice for Amber to choose between Frederick and Wilber because they are both just as nice and as romantic as each other really.

    Would you choose to live as a Princess with a handsome Prince who could give you everything you wanted? A Prince who, when he becomes King, you know will care for his Kingdom in a way you would be proud of. A life full of horse riding, jewels, comfortable beds and good food.

    Or…

    Would you choose to live as a peasant, with a handsome peasant who you have known for most of your childhood. A peasant who is your best friend, somebody you can trust completely. A carpenter with strong muscles, who builds you your dream house. You won’t have money, you won’t have luxuries, but you’ll have each other.

    Who would you choose?

    This is yet another enjoyable, cheesy romance from Charis Bell – perhaps she has already found her niche. I got some slight ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks vibes when reading this book… perhaps if Charis Bell continues to write these beautiful stories, we might yet see them on the Cinema Screen. She is most definitely an author I will be following and keeping up to date with to ensure I am informed of any book releases in the future and hope I’ll be reading Charis Bell books in years to come.


    The Peasant’s Choice is available on Kindle for just £2.49 here: The Peasant’s Choice eBook: Bell, Charis: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    Thanks for reading!

    Geeliz ❤

  • Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black: A Book Review

    #1 of The Guardians of the Night Series

    Blurb: They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crows, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human.

    But not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them. But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder.

    When detective-turned-P.I. Carolyn Mathers was left at the altar, she never once thought her fiancé had been turned into a vampire. Two years later, Gray reappears, bringing murder, mystery, and an unbelievable tale of Guardians, blood-thirsty Killers, and his own transformation with him.

    And he’s been accused of murder.

    A first-rate P.I., Carolyn is determined to help. Gray won’t allow what he is now to taint her – but Carolyn vows to never let him go again. But will helping Gray mean becoming a creature of the night?

    Thoughts: It took me a few chapters to get in to this book. I didn’t like the fact that Carolyn’s soon to be husband decided to show himself after nearly three years because she was about to get mugged by a young thug even though she used to be a Cop. I think being annoyed at this made me not want to give the book a chance, so it took me a couple of weeks of reading a little bit of a time before I got in to the swing of things.

    I really enjoyed the ‘whodunnit’ side to this book and as I read the story, I felt like that with a few tweaks, the story would work without the vampire element in it. Though the story would need to be tweaked more towards the end, I still stand by this.

    I absolutely love vampires, but I found it difficult to like the vampires that Jenna Black had created. When I think of vampires, I think of Lestat and Louis from Interview with the Vampire – drinking the blood of their victims and getting erotic pleasure out of it. Pleasure for both the vampire and the ‘victim’ at times. Yet, the Vampires in this book had to survive off a concoction of Lamb’s blood and milk, and if they ever drank the blood of a mortal twice, or sometimes even once, they would lose all control and become uncontrollable Killers.

    I did however enjoy the characters in the story. Gray and Carolyn were the lead characters and though I liked the characters separately, I found that when they were together all they would do is argue, usually about Gray losing control if they were to have sex, and then proceeding to have sex, before arguing again. Fortunately, there was quite a good balance between storyline and erotica – something I feel is important as I can’t stand a book filled with sex scenes for no apparent reason.

    Continuing on with the characters, Hannah, who is Carolyn’s best friend had me laughing out loud sometimes and I really appreciated her humour and sarcasm. Jules, Gray’s enemy so to speak but not the villain of the story, is a character I just could not get enough of – witty, sarcastic, and from the sounds of it very, very sexy. If any of you guys have watched The Originals, Elijah springs to mind.

    I was really torn between 3 stars here and 3.5 stars. I really liked the story, and the characters but for me it would have been better as a mystery story rather than a paranormal romance story. I likely will read the rest of the series, but it isn’t something I am going to rush in to. I’m hoping that Jules will be the lead in at least one of them.


    That’s all from me folks. Have you read this book? What did you think? Please comment below.

    Gee Liz ❤

  • Hungry Hill by K J Sargeant: A book review

    Blurb: The derelict farm Hungry Hill has always been viewed as something of a local legend amongst the people in the towns and villages surrounding it. They say it’s got an appetite – hence the name – a spot where unexplainable things happen and people, young girls in particular, go missing. Nothing official has ever been found amiss in the area, but Erin and her boyfriend should have heeded the warnings, as they find themselves at the mercy of the farm’s reclusive owner and his twisted nephew, Dominic.

    Meanwhile, Detective Grace Buchanan is haunted by nightmares that feel like memories. Her time on the Edinburgh metropolitan has almost entirely been defined by death, twisted sights that the human mind can’t so easily compartmentalize and rationalise. So, when she’s called in to aid with the disappearance of Erin, and the many others who have vanished around Hungry Hill, she assumes the worst. Still, even those pessimistic preconceptions aren’t enough to prepare her for the true horror lurking in plain sight on that derelict farm.

    As Grace attempts to find some semblance of justice in a situation that’s increasingly spiralling out of control and her nightmares become a reality, she finds herself going to extreme measures and warring with the darkness that rages inside her.

    My thoughts: I was sent a physical copy of this book for an honest review.

    I read the book and then after reading the blurb again just now, I feel that the blurb doesn’t fit the story well. Here is why…

    • “The derelict farm Hungry Hill has always been viewed as something of a local legend amongst the people in the towns and villages surrounding it” – It’s mentioned I think once, in a conversation between two people. Plus, the farm is called Cherry Tree Farm.
    • “Erin and her boyfriend should have heeded the warnings, as they find themselves at the mercy of the farm’s reclusive owner” – We follow Erin and her boyfriends story at the beginning of the book, and their story ends pretty quickly. It is the reason why the story involves the detectives but there is more of a story with Sophie and Nathan and they are not even mentioned in the blurb.
    • “…farm’s reclusive owner and his twisted nephew, Dominic” – erm, the reclusive owner is a woman, Violet Thorndyke… so shouldn’t that read “and HER twisted nephew”?
    • The “haunted by nightmares that feel like memories” part is not really explained very well. There is a chapter which ends up being a dream but there isn’t really a back story to this at all. I was particularly confused when Chapter one ended with “and then the chief mentioned a cold case she’d been involved in” but this was not explained at all.
    • Finally, the part of the blurb that says “She finds herself going to extreme measures and warring with the darkness that rages inside her” – the extreme measures last one or two chapters and the darkness that rages inside her isn’t built up at all within the book.

    That’s enough about the blurb anyway. I do want to focus on the book as I did enjoy the story overall. It started off very confusing but a few chapters in and I feel like the first few chapters – the confusing ones – could be taken out altogether.

    The book is 215 pages and has 70 chapters. I don’t know why it was laid out this way but the constant changing of location/character may have something to do with it. I’m not saying that the constant changing is a bad thing, because it really works for this book and it is quite unique in the sense that you read from multiple viewpoints; the victims, the killers, and the detectives. I have to admit though, I’m a ‘one more chapter’ kind of girl, so I think these extremely short chapters helped me get through the book quicker. Saying that, the story line also helped me get through the book at a fast pace – I was hooked and needed to know what happened.

    I think the word ‘poetry’ comes to mind when describing the authors use of the English language to describe the scenes but also the thoughts in the characters minds. I did struggle with some of the metaphors but overall I imagined the descriptions well.

    I’m a romantic girl, and I think that even in horrors, there is always room for romance. I would have liked to have seen more of a romantic development between Maddox and Buchanan as I think this would have helped with character likability, something I struggled with in this book. However, I very much disliked the villains so I think the author did a cracking job of building their characters.

    I can imagine this being a good horror movie. I don’t watch many as I get scared easily but this has a very ‘hill billy’ vibe to it.

    This has got to be one of my longest book reviews, and it is very mixed. I do recommend that you give this book a read as the story is a thumbs up from me. I just feel that the book needs a bit of work to be less confusing in the beginning and that the blurb needs to be edited to fit the book better / or the book needs to be longer and the story developed further.


    Hungry Hill is available on Kindle Unlimited UK. Also available as an Ebook for £2.31 (price correct date 19.03.2021) or as a paperback for £6.99 (price correct date 19.03.2021) here: HUNGRY HILL eBook: SARGEANT, K. J. : Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

  • The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell: A Book Review

    Blurb: When Lexi’s sport mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle to their relationship.

    But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television leads to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

    And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out…

    My thoughts: I received this book from A Box of Stories and it isn’t the genre of book I would usually read. Actually, I think it is the first chick-lit I’ve read. If it isn’t then it’s probably the only one that has been good enough to remember.

    When reading the blurb, I was really put off by sentences starting with ‘but’ and ‘and’. I’m pretty sure I was taught in primary school that using these at the beginning of a sentence was prohibidado (Fired Up reference, LOVE IT (another Fired Up reference – sorry)) . However, I actually really loved this book!

    I felt like I related to the main character (Lexi Hunter) who’s point of view you are reading from. I related as a ‘sporting widow’ because as soon as Manchester United is on the telly I could dance around naked and my boyfriend wouldn’t notice. I could shave my hair off and take a hammer to the Playstation, and again, he probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid.

    She is also British and my age so a lot of the jokes she made especially when referencing tv shows and music I found funny – especially the Creature Comforts one! If you haven’t seen Creature Comforts before then I do recommend nipping over to Youtube and having a gander.

    The only set back I have about this book, is that if you are a different age, particularly a younger reader than … say 25, a lot of these jokes may be lost on you.

    I really enjoyed the casual way the book was written, like your friend was telling you a story. I also liked that the story was believable which is a bit of a shock for me as I’m very much in to Fantasy books.

    I think this book needs to be picked up by a movie producer but it definitely needs to remain British else it just won’t work.


    I hope you enjoyed reading. What do you think? Are you going to give it a read?

    The cheapest place in the UK I’ve found this book available as a paperback is here: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even: The brilliant new laugh-out-loud ro 9781785760396 | eBay It says the condition is new but don’t hold any grudges against me if it isn’t.

    If you prefer Ebook then I’ve found this bargain here… The Anna Bell Rom-Com Omnibus eBook by Anna Bell – 9781838772925 | Rakuten Kobo United Kingdom 3 books for £3.99. Not to shabby!

  • Book Tag: Book Snob

    I found this Tag through the blog The Bookish Snob Tag.

    Here are the rules:

    • Answer the questions and (explain your answer if you want to!)
    • Add one more question of your own at the end for future bloggers
    • Tag as many bloggers as there are questions
    • Credit me, and Strawberrys Corner .

    Questions

    Adaptation snob: do you always read the book before watching the film/tv show?

    Not always and it doesn’t really bother me too much either way. Unpopular opinion – the Harry Potter movies are better than the books!

    Format snob: you can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks or audiobooks?

    Easiest question ever – physical books. They are so pretty and they smell amazing. I love having a mini library! But… if my hands carry on how they are, I’m going to have to switch to ebooks :(. I don’t get on with audiobooks. I tried so many times but I either fall asleep or my mind wanders and then I don’t know what is going on.

    Ship snob? Would you date or marry a non-reader?

    Yes. I am! I wish he did read though.

    Genre snob: you have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

    Non-fiction.

    Uber genre snob: you can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose?

    Fantasy! Wait…. does that include Paranormal Romance? If it does then great, if it doesn’t then that’s a very tricky question. OK… Paranormal Romance! Sorry, Robin Hobb!

    Community snob: which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

    Probably Erotica but to be honest, some of it is pure crap. How 50 shades sold millions is beyond me!

    And that is all for the questions! This was so much fun, I hope that the people I tag enjoy answering the questions too!

    Gee Liz ❤

    Tags: Swords & Spectres

    Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    MB Blissett

    The Unicorn Writer

    The Introverted Reader

    Finding Serendiipitii

    Ailish Sinclair

    Wayne Davids

  • Book Tag: This Or That

    Here are the rules:

    • Answer the questions and (explain your answer if you want to!)
    • Add one more question of your own at the end for future bloggers
    • Tag as many bloggers as there are questions
    • Credit me, And On She Reads, as the author of the tag

    Questions

    Enemies to lovers OR friends to lovers?
    It’s got to be enemies to lovers. I love the drama, and I love how they manage to piss each other off but yet have such an explosive chemistry. Friends to lovers for me is often really cringe but I do love the occasional friends to lovers ones too!

    Story told from one perspective OR from multiple perspectives?
    I prefer single perspective. I think this is just because books I have read that are multiple perspectives always have that one person who you just aren’t interested in and it makes those chapters difficult to get past.
    I also think it can be difficult for authors to write multiple perspectives and nail every single one of them.

    Series OR standalone?
    This is a difficult question. I would have to say series because I really get in to the story and love character development. However, I feel like standalone books are close behind because it’s a new adventure, new place, new character every single time.

    One book at a time OR multiple books on the go?
    Multiple books! I have an actual, physical book, and a book on my mobile. I recently found my kindle so I think it will be three books at once soon enough.

    Fiction OR non-fiction?
    Fiction. I don’t think I’ve ever found a non-fiction book I enjoyed.

    Daytime reading or night time reading?
    Anytime, ha! I prefer reading during the day/in the morning when I first wake up but the only time I really have time to read is night time.

    Contemporary OR fantasy?

    Fantasy.

    I’d say more than 80% of my books are Fantasy.

    Hardback or Paperback?

    I have definitely got to say Hardback. I love them. They are less likely to get/look damaged and they just look so beautiful on the shelf. The only thing that majorly annoys me about hardback books is that it is very rare that ALL of the books in a series will come out as hardback.

    And that is all for the questions! This was so much fun, I hope that the people I tag enjoy answering the questions too!

    Gee Liz ❤

    Tags: Swords & Spectres

    Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

    MB Blissett

    The Unicorn Writer

    The Introverted Reader

    Finding Serendiipitii

    Ailish Sinclair

    Wayne Davids

  • Unboxed : A Box of Stories – March

    I came across A Box of Stories through Facebook back in April 2020, when I was absolutely bored out of my mind due to being furloughed. The company wasn’t as big as it is now and they only had a few boxes to choose from; a Surprise Box of 4 Fiction Books (£14.99), a Surprise Box of 4 Mixed Fiction Books (£14.99), and I want to say a Crime, Thriller and Mystery Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) though I’m not 100% on that one. Now however, they have all of those I’ve said above plus a Young Adult Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99), a Light Reads Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) and a Historical Fiction Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99).

    This is the what I got in my March Fiction Box.


    Little Big Love by Katy Regan (RRP £7.99)

    Blurb: Liam Jones is the love of Juliet’s life. He was her brother’s best friend, then hers, then the father of her son. In those shining weeks after Zac was born, she’d never been happier, and neither had Liam.

    Until the night he disappeared without a trace.

    Zac is now ten, and collects facts: octopuses have three hearts; the world’s heaviest man weighed over one hundred stone; only three species of animals have a blue tongue. The one piece of information he really wants, though, is the truth about why his father left.

    His family refuse to talk about that night, but when Juliet inadvertently admits to him that Liam is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides to find him and give his mum a second chance at a happy ever after.

    After all, nothing can stand in the way of love… Or can it?

    My thoughts: I’m going to have to read this book just because I want to know what happened to the father. I think he had an affair, it seems like that kind of book. I’m a being a bit stereotypical towards this genre… Yes. But I’m intrigued! What do you think happened to Liam?


    Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: A quiet community is shocked by the murder of an eleven-year-old girl. As police swarm the village looking for a killer, fear compels parents to keep their children indoors. Unbeknownst to her mum and dad, though, one girl roams free.

    That girl is Thera Wilde.

    Thera was the murdered girl’s best friend. Together they were unstoppable and, even alone, Thera is not afraid. It’s 1999, girls can do anything – and Thera reckons she can find the killer first.

    My thoughts: I’m really confused by this blurb. How would a parent not know that their child is ‘roaming free’. Does that mean she is sneaking out? Does it mean she is living on the streets? I’m confused (but it doesn’t take a lot). I’m not really sure how I feel about this one. Of course, it will be read but it won’t be jumping up the TBR pile any time soon.


    The Corporation: Gangsters. Drugs. Sex. And Violence by T.J. English (RRP £12.99).

    Blurb: Cuba. 1961.

    A failed invasion at the Bay of Pigs results in Fidel Castro tightening his hold over Cuba. Jose Miguel Battle Sr., a former cop and a member of the counter-revolutionary group intent on overthrowing him, is captured.

    Miami. 1962.

    Jose Miguel Battle Sr. travels to the USA, chased from the island by revolution, and is renamed The Godfather. A 2,500 strong Cuban-American criminal alliance is established.

    Known on both sides of the law as ‘The Corporation’, its powerful members were fellow outcasts and enemies of Castro. A hero to many Cuban-Americans, The Godfather created a unit of trusted men who fought alongside him to reclaim their nation from the Marxist dictator.

    Gaining money, power and influence by running gambling rackets, money-laundering, drug trafficking and murder, The Corporation never gave up the dream of killing Castro and reclaiming their homeland. This explosive Biography reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops, hitmen (and their wives and girlfriends) became caught up in this violent desire, and built a criminal empire surviving over 40 years.

    My thoughts: This is definitely not my kind of book. I’m really not in to the Godfather gang type movies or books. Plus, it’s a Biography and I struggle with these too! It’s a big book! Nearly 600 pages. On the back it states that it is soon to be a major motion picture starring Benicio Del Toro, produced by Leonardo Dicaprio – I’m still not excited….

    I’ll try to read it, but I feel this will be joining my very small DID NOT FINISH pile.


    The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer (RRP £12.99).

    Blurb: ‘I’d rather take a picture than be one,’ Lee Miller declares, as she arrives in Paris one cool day in 1929. Lee has left behind her life in New York and a successful modelling career at Vogue to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer. She soon catches the eye of a renowned Surrealist artist Man Ray and convinces him to hire her as his assistant. Man is an egotistical, charismatic force, and as Lee becomes both his muse and his protegee, they embark upon a passionate affair.

    Lee and Man spend their days working closely in the studio and their nights at smoky cabarets, opium dens and wild parties. But as Lee begins to assert herself, and to create pioneering work of her own, Man’s jealousy spirals out of control, and leads to a betrayal that threatens to destroy them both…

    My thoughts: I like the sound of this book, I like that it isn’t set in present day and I like that there is a romantic element to it which all goes wrong – everyone loves a bit of drama!


    This box cost me £14.24 (you get 5% discount if you set up a subscription) and the cost of the books totalled £42.96 meaning a saving of £28.72. If you would like A Box of Stories for yourself, use this link for £4 off your first box – http://aboxofstories.refr.cc/geelizreads

    What did you think of this selection? What book would you want to read the most out of these and which book would you want to read the least? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

    Gee Liz ❤ x

  • TBR Pile A – Z Part 4

    I have over 600 books on my TBR pile! Here is one book per letter of the alphabet (by author surname).

    U – Louise Ure – The Fault Tree

    Blurb: Arizona auto mechanic Cadence Moran is no stranger to darkness. She was blinded in a horrific car accident eight years ago that also took the life of her three-year old niece. She knows she was only partially to blame, but that doesn’t make the loss any easier to bear. She’s learned to get by, but there are still painful memories. When she is almost run down by a speeding car on the way home from work, Cadence at first thinks that she is the victim of road rage or a bad driver. But that’s not the case. In fact, she is the only witness to the murder of her elderly neighbor, and now the killer believes that she’s seen the getaway car. Louise Ure paints the glare of a Southwestern summer with the brush of a blind woman’s darkness in this novel of jeopardy and courage … and the fine line between them–as Cadence fights to stop a killer she can’t see.


    V – Rachel Vincent – My Soul To Take

    Blurb: She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.


    W – Alan Warner – Their Lips Talk of Mischief

    Blurb: High up in the Conrad Flats that loom bleakly over Acton, two future stars of the literary scene – or so they assume – are hard at work, tapping out words of wit and brilliance between ill-paid jobs writing captions for the Cat Calendar 1985 and blurbs for trashy novels with titles like Brothel of the Vampire.

    Just twenty-one but already well entrenched in a life eked out on dole payments, pints and dollops of porridge and pasta, Llewellyn and Cunningham don’t have it too bad: a pub on the corner, a misdirected parental allowance, and the delightful company of Aoife, Llewellyn’s model fiancée, mother of his young baby – and the woman of Cunningham’s increasingly vivid dreams. 


    X – Tianna Xander – Time Temptress

    Blurb: All author Lanie Barrett wanted when she purchased one left shoe from an antique dealer was to get an idea for a story that would sell. Instead, she got a trip to Antebellum South Carolina where a madman in a carriage nearly runs her down in the street.

    What’s a girl to do when faced with a true Southern gentleman in the pre Civil War South? Tease him, of course.

    Daniel Hastings had no idea the woman he nearly killed was from over a hundred years in the future. However, he did know that she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. When danger stalks his new houseguest in his own home, he does everything he can to protect her. He might even be able to think straight if she would only stop getting out of bed half-dressed!


    Y – Jasmine Young – Stormfire

    Blurb: Fourteen-year-old Jaime Pappas expects to live the remainder of his life on the chilly alps of the Air Kingdom. But he doesn’t expect the king’s men to arrive to his farmstead—or burn his brother for treason.

    Forced to run, Jaime’s world upends when he discovers a chilling prophecy that will call him to exchange his farmer’s cowl for a crown. Meanwhile, ancient nightmares are returning to the mortal world. Signs abound that the end of times is near. His true enemies might not be who they seem.

    Torn between duty and his heart, he will have to decide whether he will learn to bend storms to stop the king…who also happens to be his long-lost father.

    Can Jaime rise to liberate his kingdom—even if he must burn with the rest of his family?


    Z – Thomas Zigal – The White League

    Blurb: Blackmail, a secret organization hiding within the elite society of New Orleans, a white supremacist running for governor of Louisiana; these are the key ingredients in this fine Southern crawfish boil of a novel about guilt, privilege and racism in one of America’s most exotic cities.


    Have you read any of these books? Which one would you read if you could only choose one?

  • TBR Pile A – Z Part 3

    I have over 600 books on my TBR pile! Here is one book per letter of the alphabet (by author surname).

    O – Brian O’Hare – Fallen Men

    Blurb: A young priest’s life spirals out of control when long-submerged memories of childhood abuse begin to surface. He seeks solace in a friendship with a beautiful seventeen-year-old-choir girl but this leads to a frenzied love affair that ends in disaster. Fallen Men touches on some dark themes but it is ultimately a novel of redemption.


    P – Lindsay J Pryor – Blood Shadows

    Blurb: For vengeance – would you trust a vampire?

    For justice – could you betray your family?

    For love – are you ready to question everything you believe in?

    Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived.

    For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed 7 years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.

    She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy. The vampire who despises everything she stands for.

    Or die.


    Q – Amanda Quick – Second Sight

    Blurb: Financially straitened and on the path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant-her employer, Gabriel Jones-has the eyes of a sorcerer.

    But despite Venetia’s intent to seduce Mr. Jones and move on, she is shattered upon her return home to read in the press of his violent demise. Using the sizable fee Mr. Jones paid her, Venetia establishes a new life, opening a gallery in London. Of course, posing as a respectable widow makes it easier to do business, so-in a private tribute to her lost, only lover-she assumes the identity of “Mrs. Jones.”

    Her romantic whim, however, will cause unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into Venetia’s life. And the two share more than a passionate memory-indeed, they are bonded by a highly unusual sort of vision, one that goes far beyond Venetia’s abilities as a photographer. They also share a terrible threat-for someone has stolen a centuries-old notebook from Arcane House that contains a formula believed to enhance psychic powers of the kind Gabriel and Venetia possess. And the thief wants to know more-even if he must kill the keeper of the Arcane Society’s treasures, or the photographer who catalogued them, to obtain such knowledge.


    R – Andrew Ritchie – Red Plus Zone

    Blurb: It’s been eight years since The Shattering, the day that time unravelled.
    On a windswept moor there’s a body, brutally nailed out across a fracture.
    One half of the body has been dead no more than an hour or two whilst the other half, ravaged by the passing of decades within a Red Plus Zone, is little more than a skeleton.

    For DCI Sam McCall, a man whose demons have returned once more to haunt him, discovering the identity of the victim will only be the beginning. In the days that follow, he’ll face once more the terrible truths of a world where time is broken, and find himself battling to stay sane amidst the chaos of this new, unforgiving reality.


    S – Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Boys

    Blurb: It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

    Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

    His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

    But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

    For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


    T – Jason Tesar – Awaken His Eyes

    Blurb: THE HISTORY: Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history.

    THE PROPHECY: Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a warrior who would bring an end to this evil perpetrated against all of creation. But with the cataclysmic destruction of earth and rebirth of humanity, the prophecy went unfulfilled and eventually faded from the memory of our kind—until now!

    THE AWAKENED: The physical dimension is fractured. What remain now are numerous fragmented worlds moving simultaneously through time, sharing a common history, connected only by a guarded portal. On a parallel earth, in the city of Bastul, Colonel Adair Lorus disappears while investigating the death of an informant, triggering a series of events which will tear his family apart and set in motion the resolution of an ancient struggle.

    Kael, sentenced to death after rising up against the cruel leadership of his new step-father, is rescued from prison and trained in the arts of war by a mystical order of clerics. Excelling in every aspect of his training, Kael inwardly struggles to give himself fully to the methods of his new family, or the god they worship.

    Maeryn, bitter over the disappearance of her husband and supposed execution of her son, fears for her life at the hands of her newly appointed husband. Finding comfort and purpose in her unborn child, she determines to undermine his authority by reaching out to an underground social movement known as the Resistance.

    After being forced from his home, Kael’s former mentor, Saba, uncovers a clue to Adair’s disappearance. Sensing a connection to his own forgotten past, Saba begins an investigation which leads to the discovery of a secret military organization operating within the Orudan Empire.


    Have you read any of these books? Which one would you read if you could only choose one? Join me tomorrow for Part 4!

  • TBR Pile A – Z Part 2

    I have over 600 books on my TBR pile! Here is one book per letter of the alphabet (by author surname).

    H – Stacey Hall – The Familiars

    Blurb: Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s letter that carries a dire prediction: she will not survive another birth. By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby. But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft.

    Is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, the Witch Trials of 1612 loom. Time is running out; both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.

    Rich and compelling, set against the frenzy of the real Pendle Hill Witch Trials, this novel explores the rights of 17th-century women and raises the question: Was witch-hunting really women-hunting? Fleetwood Shuttleworth, Alice Grey and the other characters are actual historical figures. King James I was obsessed with asserting power over the lawless countryside (even woodland creatures, or “familiars,” were suspected of dark magic) by capturing “witches”—in reality mostly poor and illiterate women.


    I – Judika Illes – The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts

    Blurb: Enter the world of folklore, myth, and magic.

    Discover binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, power, spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth’s every corner and spanning 5,000 years of magical history.

    In The Encyclopedia Of 5,000 Spells: The Ultimate Reference Book for the Magical Arts, independent scholar, educator and author of several books of folklore, folkways, and mythology Judika Illes enables the reader to enter the world of folklore, myth and magic with binding spells and banishing spells, spells for love, luck, wealth, and power, as well as spells for spiritual protection, physical healing, and enhanced fertility drawn from Earth’s every corner and spanning 5,000 years of magical history. 


    J – Robin Jarvis – Dancing Jax

    Blurb: A brilliant supernatural thriller with a modern twist, and a triumphant return from one of Britain’s best-loved writers.

    At the end of a track, on the outskirts of an ordinary coastal town, lies a dilapidated house. Once, a group of amateur ghost hunters spent the night there. Two of them don’t like to speak about the experience. The third can’t speak about it. He went into the basement, you see, and afterwards he screamed so hard and so long he tore his vocal cords.

    Now, a group of teenagers have decided to hang out in the old haunted house. Dismissing the fears of the others, their leader Jezza goes down into the basement… and comes back up with a children’s book, full of strange and colourful tales of a playing-card world, a fairytale world, full of Jacks, Queens and Kings, unicorns and wolves.

    But the book is no fairytale. Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it just might be the gateway to something terrifying…and awfully final. As the children and teenagers of the town are swept up by its terrible power, swept into its seductive world, something has begun that could usher in hell on earth. Soon, the only people standing in its way are a young boy with a sci-fi obsession, and his dad – an unassuming maths teacher called Martin…


    K – Sophie Kinsella – Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Blurb: Becky has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t actually afford it–not any of it.

    Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank –letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read–and they’re getting ever harder to ignore.

    She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….

    Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life–and the lives of those around her–forever.


    L – Derek Landy – Demon Road

    Blurb: Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…

    Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

    Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…


    M – Susie Moloney – 362 Belisle Street

    Blurb: 362 Belisle St is advertised as a ‘newly renovated, single family home’ but buyers just won’t bite. Doors stick unnervingly, eerie stains pool across the ceiling, mysterious sounds echo in the empty rooms – it’s almost as if the house actually wants to put people off. But young couple Dan and Rebecca have got their hearts set on making it their dream home. So what if the house has its little peculiarities – its strange claw-footed bath, gashes on the pull-down bed – they’re all part of the charm, aren’t they? Or could it be that there’s a presence living unseen alongside them? One with its own dreams and needs…

    In three chilling tales at one disturbing address, this shivers-down-your-spine read guarantees to unsettle the nerves.


    N – Alyson Noel – Fated

    Blurb: Until now, he’s existed only in her dreams –
    but fate is about to bring them together.

    I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.
    I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.
    I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.
    The boy from my dream.
    The one who died in my arms.

    Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

    There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

    Have you read any of these books? Which one would you read if you could only choose one? Join me tomorrow for Part 3!

  • TBR Pile A – Z Part 1

    I have over 600 books on my TBR pile! Here is one book per letter of the alphabet (by author surname).

    A – Sarah Ashwood – Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset

    Blurb: The mystery of other worlds is not one Hannah Winters ever dreamed she’d solve. She also never counted on meeting an elderly stranger bearing an enchanted moonstone during her evening run; a stranger claiming to have crossed from another world in search of that realm’s promised deliverer.
    Her.
    Protests have no sway with the visitor, and Hannah finds herself transported to Aerisia, a mysterious land beyond Earth’s sunsets. Here, Hannah is believed to be the Artan, a legendary heroine prophesied to oppose the dreaded Dark Powers. Majestic fairies, the immortal Simathe, and the peaceful Moonkind are all willing to help her discover her true identity, but Hannah’s just an ordinary college student from Earth. She doesn’t have any latent magical abilities and she’s not the Artan.
    Unfortunately, her allies aren’t seeing it that way. Neither are her enemies. In fact, Hannah’s life is in jeopardy from the moment she arrives in Aerisia,which means becoming the Artan may be the only way to survive… 


    B – Nicholas Bowling – Witchborn

    Blurb: It’s 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce’s mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London – but the chase isn’t over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can’t help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders…


    C – Garrard Conley – Boy Erased

    Blurb: The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
     
    When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness.
     
    By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.


    D – Katerina Diamond – The Heatwave

    Blurb: One summer. One stranger. One killer…
    Two bad things happened that summer:
    A stranger arrived. And the first girl disappeared.
     
    In the wake of the crime that rocked her community, Felicity fled, knowing more than she let on.
     
    But sixteen years later, her new life is shattered by the news that a second girl has gone missing in her hometown.
     
    Now Felicity must go back, to face the truth about what happened all those years ago.
     
    Only she holds the answers – and they’re more shocking than anyone could imagine.
     
    The heatwave is back. And so is the killer. 


    E – Thomas Emson – Maneater

    Blurb: Laura Greenacre is not what she seems. Her tortured past is mistaken by some for aloofness – but they don’t know about her family, her predators, and, her prey. This book is a werewolf novel. 


    F – Sarah Fine – Marked

    Blurb: In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

    Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?


    G – Stephen Gately – The Tree of Seasons

    Blurb: When Josh, Michael and Beth Lotts catch sight of some mysterious lights one summer’s evening, they are drawn into a dense forest near their home where no one dares ever go. What they find there is incredible.

    The Tree of Seasons is a doorway into another world. There are four kingdoms in this world, each forever stuck in spring, summer, autumn and winter and each with its own ruler. The tree and the world it conceals have existed for hundreds of years and have never been uncovered by anyone, until now.

    The Lotts find that peace has been shattered in this magical world. One ruler, who bears a remarkable resemblance to their aunt is intent on power at all costs. She causes destruction and suffering that threaten to tear worlds apart. Josh, Michael and Beth have arrived just in time to take part in the battle that the other three kingdoms have to fight in order to survive.

    The Tree of Seasons is a beautiful story of good and evil and a vividly imagined portrait of a world beyond our own. 

    Have you read any of these books? Which one would you read if you could only choose one? Join me tomorrow for Part 2!

  • Anticipated Reads – March 2021

    This is a list of the books I’ll be reading and reviewing this month. I never know how many books I will get to read so there might even be more!

    The Peasant’s Choice by Charis Bell

    Blurb: One small choice can forever change a life.

    Wilber is a quiet but loyal orphan with physical and emotional scars. He has chosen to be silent.

    Frederick is a naïve but kind prince. He has chosen never to wear his crown.

    One shared, tragic past explains both their choices.

    Caught in the middle of all their secrets, Amber, a playful adventurer, must make a choice of her own: she must battle social status, questions of conviction and identity, and love to determine who she really is and what she really wants.

    My Thoughts: I was contacted by the author to read this book for an honest review. I am excited for this book as I read another book by the same author (Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva) and I absolutely loved it!


    Hungry Hill by K. J. Sargeant

    Blurb: The derelict farm Hungry Hill has always been viewed as something of a local legend amongst the people in the towns and villages surrounding it. They say it’s got an appetite – hence the name – a spot where unexplainable things happen and people, young girls in particular, go missing. Nothing official has ever been found amiss in the area, but Erin and her boyfriend should have heeded the warnings, as they find themselves at the mercy of the farm’s reclusive owner and his twisted nephew, Dominic.

    Meanwhile, Detective Grace Buchanan is haunted by nightmares that feel like memories. Her time on the Edinburgh metropolitan has almost entirely been defined by death, twisted sights that the human mind can’t so easily compartmentalize and rationalise. So, when she’s called in to aid with the disappearance of Erin, and the many others who have vanished around Hungry Hill, she assumes the worst. Still, even those pessimistic preconceptions aren’t enough to prepare her for the true horror lurking in plain sight on that derelict farm.

    As Grace attempts to find some semblance of justice in a situation that’s increasingly spiralling out of control and her nightmares become a reality, she finds herself going to extreme measures and warring with the darkness that rages inside her.

    My Thoughts: I was contacted by the author to read this book for an honest review. This is obviously a horror, something I don’t really enjoy movie wise but do rather enjoy book wise. I am looking forward to this book especially as it is set in my favourite country – Scotland!


    Watchers in the Night by Jenna Black

    #1 of The Guardians of the Night Series

    Blurb: Vampires.

    They hunt in every major city, hidden by the crowds, shielded by disbelief. They are Killers, and their prey is human.

    Not all vampires are Killers. The Guardians of the Night sacrifice the superior physical and psychic strength that comes with feeding on humans to protect them. But the Guardians walk a thin line, for even a single kill could leave them helplessly addicted to murder.

    When detective-turned-P.I. Carolyn Mathers was left at the altar, she never once thought her fiancé had been turned into a vampire. Two years later, Gray reappears, bringing murder, mystery, and an unbelievable tale of Guardians, blood-thirsty Killers, and his own transformation with him.

    And he’s been accused of murder.

    A first-rate P.I., Carolyn is determined to help. Gray won’t allow what he is now to taint her — but Carolyn vows to never let him go again.

    But will helping Gray mean becoming a creature of the night?

    My Thoughts: I do enjoy vampire books, and I love romance too! I’m getting a J.R Ward vibe from this so I am super excited to read this book. It’s the first of four so I am hoping that I enjoy the 1st enough to read the rest.

  • We, The Survivors By Tash Aw : A Book Review

    Blurb: A murderer’s confession – devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable – which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny.

    Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh.

    My thoughts:

    I was sceptical of reading this book as I found a previous Tash Aw book difficult to get through, but I am glad I did read We, The Survivors.
    I couldn’t put the book down and ended up reading it over the weekend, the fastest I’ve read a book in a very long while.

    The book is written from the view of Ah Hock (Lee) as he tells his story to a student / book writer. The story of a murder he committed.

    He talks about his childhood, his jobs, his wife, and about his friend, Keong. At first, I thought that all this information about his childhood and his jobs etc were not really relevant to the story, but it was written in a way that kept me continuously interested and wanting to turn each page. It turned out that in fact, nearly everything Ah Hock talks about WAS relevant to the story and it is beautifully brought together.

    The author, Tash Aw, has managed to write a great story here about one gentleman’s life, and how his life led to him committing murder. Aw has managed to develop important characters that you become to know and understand.

    It’s definitely a book that I would recommend to you and once you do, I hope that you can agree with me on this…

    Ah Hock should never have been friends with Keong!

  • 100 Reasons to Read – Part 4

    A list of reasons to read plus my own thoughts. I found the list originally on facebook from naturalbeachliving.com

    76


    Great For Self Improvement

    77


    Helps Your Communication

    78


    Can Make You Feel Any Emotion

    Oh yes, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been soooo angry with characters choices!

    79


    Gives You Something to Discuss

    80


    Makes You Feel Good

    81


    Can Help You Meet New People

    Honestly, reading as changed my life. I have met some of the best people thanks to my love for books. I recommend you all reach out to authors and other fans.

    82


    You Can Do It Anywhere

    83


    Improve Language Skills

    84


    Increases Comprehension

    85


    Helps With Story Telling

    86


    Learn How The World Works

    87


    Fuels Your Imagination

    88


    Makes You Curious

    89


    Improves Your Memory

    90


    Learn More About Language

    91


    Read At Your Own Pace

    92


    Challenges You

    93


    Boosts Creativity

    94


    Gives You Something To Talk About

    The same as 79 then…

    95


    Helps You Tell Stories Better

    96


    You Can Read Aloud

    97


    You Can Read With A Friend

    98


    You Can Read By Yourself

    99


    There Are So Many Good Books

    It makes me sad that I’ll never be able to read every single book!

    100


    Because You Can!

    I hope you enjoyed this blog! That’s all the reasons to read but I’m sure there are more!

  • 100 Reasons to Read – Part 3

    A list of reasons to read plus my own thoughts. I found the list originally on facebook from naturalbeachliving.com

    51


    Variety of Options

    52


    Keeps Your Brain Busy

    53


    Can be Great For Bonding Time

    I haven’t got kids but when I do, I’m going to read to them every single night!

    54


    Helps You Speak Better

    55


    Improves Critical Thinking

    56


    Helps You Feel Smarter

    This one made me laugh. It might not make you smarter but at least you’ll feel it! ha!

    57


    Learn Something New

    Erm…. wasn’t this not Number 1 but just worded differently? I think so…. and come to think of it, number 27!

    58


    Great For All Age Ranges

    59


    Easily Portable

    One or two maybe but certainly not my 500+. This is definitely were a kindle comes in handy.

    60


    Helps You Sleep Before Bed

    Or in my case, helps you stay awake all night but at least you end up finishing a book!

    61


    Find Inspiration

    isn’t this the same as number 23? Again, just worded differently…

    62


    Helps Your Grammar

    63


    Builds Self Confidence

    64


    Improves Your Brain

    Same as number 5?

    65


    Inspires You To Try Something New

    Similar to the other inspiration ones…

    66


    Brightens Your Day

    I do enjoy reading and I believe it does brighten your day, apart from when a character dies…. or the ending is rubbish…

    67


    Shows You More Than The Movie

    I usually do prefer books to movies but, a very unpopular opinion, the Harry Potter Movies are better than the Books! Disagree? Let me know why?

    68


    Learn About Your Country’s History

    69


    Gives You Something to Think About

    You ever finish a book that took you about a week to digest before you could even think about reading another? I have… many!

    70


    Makes You Wonder

    I think we are starting to clutch at straws here…

    71


    Experience Another Culture

    72


    Keeps You Busy

    73


    Builds Self Esteem

    74


    It’s Entertaining

    Same as number 30…

    75


    Stimulate Your Brain

    I hope you enjoyed this blog! 25 more reasons coming tomorrow.

  • 100 Reasons to Read – Part 2

    A list of reasons to read plus my own thoughts. I found the list originally on facebook from naturalbeachliving.com

    26


    Increases Attention Span

    I definitely agree with this one. Have you ever sat down to read a book and suddenly 6 hours have passed whilst you’ve been reading?

    27


    Helps You Learn a New Skill

    You’ve so many books out there that can teach you things like… Dog Training, IT, Dance etc

    28


    Makes History Easier to Remember

    I completely agree with this one again. I’ve always found history to be quite dull but when reading a book set in the past, I do remember important dates and names.

    29


    Helps Problem Solving Skills

    Especially if you’ve been reading mystery books!

    30


    It’s Fun

    Well…obviously!

    31


    Helps Spend Time off Electronics

    Unless you are reading off your kindle or phone that is!

    32


    Increases Reading Speed

    33


    Teaches You Fun Facts

    34


    Inexpensive

    Might have to disagree with this one *checks bank statement*, yep definitely disagree with this one.

    35


    Helps You Appreciate New Things

    36


    You Explore New Places

    This is similar to number 2….

    37


    You Get To Visit The Library More

    38


    Encourages You To Think

    39


    Travel Back In Time

    40


    Travel Forward in Time

    41


    Travel to A New World

    42


    Increases Concentration

    43


    Helps With Development

    44


    Develops Empathy

    I tell you now, I have never ever cried so much than when my favourite character died in a book. I was distraught.

    45


    Gives You Something To Do

    46


    Boosts Brain Power

    47


    Helps You In School

    48


    Takes You On A Journey

    Some of these are getting quite similar now….

    49


    Relieves Stress

    I really suffer from anxiety and I feel like reading really does calm me down.

    50


    Temporarily Escape Reality

    I hope you enjoyed this blog! 25 more reasons coming tomorrow.

  • 100 Reasons to Read – Part 1

    A list of reasons to read plus my own thoughts. I found the list originally on facebook from naturalbeachliving.com

    01


    Helps You learn New Things

    Words, meanings, languages, history, facts, the list is endless!

    02


    Go On Adventures Without Leaving Your House

    You could end up anywhere: Ancient Rome, Hogwarts, The Shire, again the list is endless.

    03


    Expand your Vocabulary.

    04


    Learn From Someone Else.

    05


    Sharpens Your Brain

    Just like exercise and any activity which needs you to use a number of areas of your brain, reading enhances your brain!

    06


    Relaxes You

    Screams, throws book, cries, curses authors name to the wind…. Yep, relaxing!

    07


    Helps You Grow

    Not as in, from 5ft 5 inches to 6ft but more like your skills – reading skills, writing skills, language etc.

    08


    You Can Try Different Genres

    My go to genre is fantasy but I do love other genres and only because I’ve recently tried them.

    09


    Helps Your Spelling

    10


    Makes You Happier

    This is so true! I’ve managed to get back in to reading and I feel happier and more me this last few months.

    11


    Increases Worldview

    12


    Helps You Dream Big

    It’s made me want to become an Author myself… I can dream can’t I?

    13


    Makes You Think

    14


    Helps Increase Emotional Intelligence

    15


    Lets You Learn About New People

    16


    Kills Boredom

    A lot of things kill boredom but I think reading a book is the best boredom killer!

    17


    Shows You A New Perspective

    It’s pretty awesome to read a book from the eyes of a vet, a serial killer, fae, a witch… I could go on!

    18


    Challenges Your Perspective

    19


    Helps Improve Your Writing

    Apparently, you should read twice as much as you write.

    20


    Show’s You What’s Possible

    21


    Helps You Focus

    22


    Improves Conversational Skills

    If we are talking about books, yes! Anything else… nope I have zero conversational skills! Ha!

    23


    Inspires You

    I get inspired so often when reading a book. If there is a descriptive scene then I want to draw it. How do you get inspired by books?

    24


    Makes You A Better Leader

    I’m going to need some scientific evidence to support this one.

    25


    Gives You Fresh Ideas

    I hope you enjoyed this blog! 25 more reasons coming tomorrow.

  • 22 Scars by C. M. North – A Book Review

    ***PLEASE NOTE – THIS BLOG COMES WITH A TRIGGER WARNING***

    Blurb: Raised with apathy and spite, Amy’s life is a monotonous drone of deep despair, broken only by coffee and nights out with her best—and only—friend. She battles depression daily, fighting to keep her sanity in a world that, to her, is set on destroying her soul.

    Her future is bleak, overcast with shadow and doubt; her past harbors terrible secrets that even those closest to her couldn’t begin to guess. When tragedy strikes someone she holds dear, will she succumb to the crushing weight of despair, or will she find the strength to fight—to live?

    22 Scars is a story of what it takes to live daily with depression – and how the scars of a lifetime can pass through generations and beyond.

    Can the past ever truly be forgotten?

    Can depression ever be beat? 

    My thoughts: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

    I struggled with this book to begin with… there were sentences missing words or with extra words that shouldn’t have been there. It took me a while to get used to how the book was written but after a few chapters I got in to the swing of things. I became confused in certain chapters as the characters were only called he and she and didn’t know who this he and she were until way in to the book (it’s difficult to feel for the characters when you don’t know their names). But… I persevered and I am so glad I did – What a fantastic book!
    Don’t get me wrong, it was a difficult read… but it was a difficult read because of the topics – self harm, rape, death, depression.
    22 Scars has really opened my eyes in to what can trigger self harm and depression and how a teenager needs a good support system to be able to push through and build resilience.

  • Darkness is Mine by Carla Robinson

    Blurb: One Friday afternoon, senior mining engineer Clay is investigating the safety of Blackwater Mine when he discovers a beautiful woman, dressed in white. Clay’s body is later discovered by the longwall crew, and his death is chalked up to natural circumstances.
    However, a few weeks later, thirteen university students arrive, ready to tour the mine. When the cable to the dolly car breaks, it sends the group plummeting to the bottom of the pit.
    Soon, it becomes clear that something supernatural is stalking the group, picking off students as its prey.
    Trapped under two-hundred-and-fifty metres of stone, will anyone in the group be able to reach the top alive?

    My thoughts: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

    I had high hopes for this book but it was filled repeatedly with too many political opinions. The author was constantly going off on tangents to speak about sexism and inequality for woman time and time again.
    It seems all men are assholes in this book, and all men are righty’s were politics is concerned. It comes across like the author really hates men, and even through her characters (which are all from the views of women) she managed to make each one of them feel this way, to the point where if they liked a particular male (only the personality, never their looks) the character would be surprised at that.

    ‘He was just your average old white guy, who’d never stopped to consider that “young lady” was demeaning, designed often for men to scold women for behaving in a way they deemed inappropriately.’

    Darkness is Mine (Carla Robinson)

    If somebody called me young lady, I would not be offended. I don’t know if I just don’t get offended or whether the author gets offended by everything…

    Nearly half way through the book and nothing much has happened. If this was a film, anything important that had happened so far in what I have read would happen in the first 10 minutes of the film.

    There were sooooo many spelling mistakes, soooo many badly written sentences and lots of inconsistencies- for example…

    ‘There are no seatbelts, so don’t bother looking for them.’

    Darkness is mine (Carla Robinson)

    and then a couple of pages (if that) later…

    ‘Elodie felt her body lifting slightly out of the car, her thighs tugging against the seatbelt.’

    Darkness is mine (Carla Robinson)

    So which one was it? Seatbelts? No seatbelts? Who knows.

    Another thing that stopped me from reading for a good hour whilst I tried to work this out, and asked my friends on Facebook about too (Math is NOT my strong point) is this little calculation….

    ‘They’d left with a group of sixteen, of which seven were dead. Yet there were nine people walking toward the exit’

    Darkness is mine (Carla Robinson)

    So, is my maths wrong…. you’d be left with 9 people if 7 died…. and if I’ve read this wrong then I apologise but maybe this needs to be explained better in the book because how the author has wrote this is that, if everything was hunky-dory there should only be 8 people walking towards the exit, right?

    Two-thirds of the way through and the ‘monster’ which appeared at the start of the book has only just come in to the story again. I thought this would have been in the story throughout.

    I think if we had taken all the political, anti male, I’m offended at everything snowflake crap out then the book would be 100 pages long… tops!

    I really wouldn’t recommend this book.

  • The House of Twelve by Sean Davies – A book Review

    #1 of the House of Penance Series

    Blurb: Twelve strangers wake up in a strange house with no memory of how they got there, and barely any recollection of who they are. They quickly learn that there is no way out, scarcely enough food and water to go around, and eerie music plays constantly in the background of every room. There is nothing to explain their mysterious incarceration except for a few scattered clues, a strange clock with twenty-four numbers and one single hour hand, and a leather-bound sheet of rules that makes their situation all the more fatal.

    The House Rules:

    Rule one: No escape. You can’t leave, plain and simple. Try to escape and you won’t like what you find on the other side.

    Rule two: Make what you have last. Whatever food and water you currently find in the house is all that you will be provided with during your stay. No more will be given to you under any circumstance.

    Rule three: When the music stops, someone must die. The music you can all hear in the background will cease between the hour of twenty-three and twenty-four; when this happens someone must die. Failure to comply with this rule will result in everyone’s death.

    Rule four: Only one, and only when the music stops! One death, and only one death, must occur in the allotted time between the hour of twenty-three and twenty-four. Again, failure to comply with this rule will result in everyone’s death.

    We hope you have a pleasant stay, and don’t forget: Redemption is the key to escape.

    My thoughts:

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

    House of Twelve is a short novel and so was a quick read. What a fantastic story, and different. I like different. The twist at the end was great too!

    The description of the house was on point, I could envision it in my mind. To be honest, the layout sounded like a typical terrace house from my home town which probably helped me understand the layout more. The only difference was, there was no escape from this house – the doors and windows had been completely bricked up.

    I was worried about there being so many characters and not remembering who they were but it helped that each one had a personality type e.g. crazy person, slut, womaniser etc, to go with their name and therefore were easier to remember. More character development would have been nice but likely difficult as each person wakes with amnesia so a background story for each person wasn’t always possible.

    I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this book. I would love to talk about it more but for me it made me actually say ‘Oh My God’ out loud, and I really don’t want to ruin it for anybody.

    I think this book has a good enough premise to make it in to a movie. I’m not sure if I’ve just been watching too much American Horror Story recently or what but I could see Sarah Paulson taking the lead.

    I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the next instalments in the future.

    Interested in purchasing this book? Currently available for £0.99 on Kindle UK, Free on Kindle Unlimited, or £4.99 for Paperback. Follow the link below:

    The House of Twelve (The Houses of Penance Book 1) eBook: Davies, Sean, Costa, Laura: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

    If you are in the US, the book is currently available for $1.38 on Kindle or $5.95 for Paperback. Follow this link:

    Amazon.com: The House of Twelve (The Houses of Penance Book 1) eBook: Davies, Sean, Costa, Laura: Kindle Store

    Thanks again for reading my review. Do you want to read this book or have you read it already? What did you think?

  • I found my Kindle – What’s on there?

    I honestly can not remember the last time I read a book on my Kindle. I’ve always preferred holding a real book and flipping the pages than holding a device and pressing a screen/button for my next page, so when I lost my kindle, I wasn’t actually too bothered.

    My pal (also a book reviewer – check out his page here – Swords & Spectres – Book and audiobook reviewer to the fantastic, the spooky and the far-out (wordpress.com) and I were talking about books, of course, and he made me realise that I needed to find my kindle. One week later (at least 3 house moves since I last used my kindle, so no judging), I HAVE!

    These are just a few books out of A LOT that I’m really excited to read!

    Devil in Me by Stephanie Hudson and Blake Hudson

    Blurb: Lilly
    The Devil can see me and knows when I’m watching.
    The Devil can hear me, when I whisper his name.
    The Devil can feel me, when I sneak in and try to touch the sin of his world. And the Devil can taste me, when I scream in the night.
    The Devil is my stalker and I am his only weakness.
    The one soul that continues to slip through his fingers, no matter how many times he tries to conquer it.
    He is the King of Hell and I am his greatest Sin.
    He is the Devil waiting and I am being lured in.

    Brent
    My wife. As soon as I found out her soul was in Hell it’s all I can think about. A nightmare that consumes me.
    So, I have no choice. I have to make a deal with the Devil.
    Six souls taken for one soul returned.
    But there’s a catch. There’s always a catch.
    The Devil wants to use my body as a host.
    He wants to monitor his investment. But then there’s a complication. An internal battle begins, and I have to fight the Devil for the rights to use my body how he pleases and the only thing that pleases him…
    Is her.

    My thoughts: Goodness *fans self intensely*, well if the blurb can get me all hot and bothered then I’m certainly very excited to give this one a read. I love the fact that the book is written by a couple and this will likely increase the chemistry between the two characters immensely. Though I do love books with a bit *cough cough* of sex in them I do enjoy the books more when they have a solid storyline which, from the blurb, I think will be mainly from Brent’s point of view as he needs to make a deal with the devil. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, will it go his way or will the devil win?

    Have you read this book? Am I in for a treat? Please let me know in the comments.


    Witch’s Reign by Shannon Mayer

    (#1 of the Desert Cursed Series)

    Blurb: I am cursed by the desert I was born in, and now I wander the space between the Walls meant to hold my kind-the supernatural kind- in.

    If I can find a way out, if I can find a way to escape, perhaps I can outrun this curse. But that means passing through the Ice Witch’s realm-something no one has returned from.

    But life has a funny way of changing directions on you. A freak accident. A child in danger. And a damn Warlock named Merlin who thinks he can manipulate me.

    It looks like I’m about to start a journey I never planned on, to face a Witch who has never been challenged, in an attempt to survive a storm of magic, danger, and trickery.

    My thoughts: I’ll admit, this one was one that I was drawn to because of the book cover. I don’t think I even ever read the blurb so I’m guessing this was one of those Daily Deal books.

    Saying that though, it does sound like a good book but I can’t decide from the cover nor the blurb whether it is aimed more at Young Adults or not. I want to know more about the curse, I want to know more about the ice witch and I definitely want to know if this Warlock called Merlin is the Merlin we all know from the story of King Arthur. I like that this book is part of a series and I will certainly be reading the others if I enjoy the first book.

    Have you read this book? What did you think? Please let me know in the comments.


    Wolf’s Head by Steven A. McKay

    Blurb: When a frightened young outlaw joins a gang of violent criminals their names – against a backdrop of death, dishonour, brotherhood, and love – will become legend.

    ENGLAND 1321 AD

    After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals. When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance. Meanwhile, the country is in turmoil, as many of the powerful lords strive to undermine King Edward II’s rule until, inevitably, rebellion becomes a reality and the increasingly deadly yeoman outlaw from Wakefield finds his fate bound up with that of a Hospitaller Knight…

    “Wolf’s Head” brings the brutality, injustice and intensity of life in medieval England vividly to life, and marks the beginning of a thrilling new historical fiction series in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow.

    My thoughts: I’m really excited to read this book. Who doesn’t enjoy the story of Robin Hood? I enjoyed the Disney version in which Robin Hood is a fox, I enjoyed the movie with Kevin Costner and the late Alan Rickman (RIP), I could go on… but I’ve never actually read a book about Robin Hood.

    I think what I will enjoy about this book, even though Robin Hood was a real person, this book is fiction but will probably cover a lot of what really happened and won’t leave out the brutality of war. I feel I haven’t read enough books set in medieval England and this would be a good place to start.

    Have you read this book? What did you think? Please let me know in the comments.


  • Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva by Charis Bell – A Book Review

    Blurb: Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva celebrates friendship, family, and true love.

    This is the story of a shamed and conceited Broadway actress who moves back to her small-town home, where she learns that love and humility are far more important than fame and fortune.

    My Thoughts: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

    The story follows Caitlyn, an arrogant, rude, ridiculously proud Broadway star who, after making a scene that pretty much destroyed her career, moves back to Bonitas, the small town she grew up in with hopes of one day returning to New York to perform centre stage once again.

    Right from the beginning, this book had me in stitches. Caitlyn’s snobbery compiled with Charlie’s sweet-natured yet sarcastic personality was just the perfect blend.

    Charlie Kind is exactly what his name says he is – kind, but also an attractive, funny and helpful guy, who is pretty much perfect. Not my usual go to type, I much prefer a bad boy, but yet the author created the character of Charlie so well and with such an amazing personality that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. On reading a previous review of this book in which the reviewer felt that Charlie had no flaws and therefore was a flat character, I have to respectfully disagree. I think he is flawed in the sense that he is too nice, and this comes around to bite him on the bottom towards the end of the book.

    Caitlyn needs a nice guy like Charlie to bring her down a notch or two in a way that works for Caitlyn. You definitely see Caitlyn’s growth and development throughout the book from an arrogant, should I say it… bitch, to somebody who deserves to have somebody like Charlie in her life (well, I think she could still work on a couple of things, but nobody is perfect).

    This is definitely a feel good, cheesy romance which, if turned in to a film would give a lot of your favourite romance movies a run for their money. It’s a quick read as it is quite a short novel, with a slow burn, clean romance storyline.

    In my eyes, this book is fantastic and something I would read again. The only downside to this book for me, and it is a very small thing indeed, is that I would say this is more of a memoir than a diary so maybe the book should be called Ridiculously Proud: Memoir of a Diva.

    This book is available on Amazon Kindle and can be purchased via the link below for 99p/$1.37, or free on Kindle Unlimited (UK only for KU).

    Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva eBook: Bell, Charis: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store – UK

    Ridiculously Proud: Diary of a Diva – Kindle edition by Bell, Charis. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. – USA

    Have you read this book? What did you think? If not, are you going to read it?

    As always, thanks for reading 🙂 ❤

  • Unboxed : A Box of Stories – February

    I came across A Box of Stories through Facebook back in April 2020, when I was absolutely bored out of my mind due to being furloughed. The company wasn’t as big as it is now and they only had a few boxes to choose from; a Surprise Box of 4 Fiction Books (£14.99), a Surprise Box of 4 Mixed Fiction Books (£14.99), and I want to say a Crime, Thriller and Mystery Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) though I’m not 100% on that one. Now however, they have all of those I’ve said above plus a Young Adult Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99), a Light Reads Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99) and a Historical Fiction Box of 4 Surprise Books (£21.99).

    I only started my blog last week, so I’m still very new but I would love to share the books I receive in my boxes as I get very excited every month (your subscription doesn’t need to be every month) and would like to share my excitement with you all!


    Plume by Will Wiles (RRP £8.99).

    Blurb: Jack Bick knows he needs to change. The cans of lager in the work toilets, blackouts and malevolent cockatoos that haunt his days are a long way from the luxury lifestyles he profiles for the magazine he works at.

    When a giant, black plume of smoke appears on the London horizon, and a major scoop that might save his job falls into his lap, Jack spots a glimmer of light in the rising smog. He dives head first into a chaotic odyssey across a city full of real estate tycoons, literary fakes, late night muggings and conspiracy theories. Jack seeks salvation through exposing the secrets of others, but will he be able to hide his own?

    My thoughts: I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover but I was so doing that, and I’m sorry! This is definitely not a book that would jump out at me but after reading the blurb I am surprised as it does sound interesting. Unfortunately for Mr Wiles however, his surname beings with a W and so, seeing as my books are shelved alphabetically by author surname, I won’t be reading this anytime soon. Will it be worth the wait?


    Guarding Diana: Protecting The Princess Around the World by Inspector Ken Wharfe and Robert Jobson (RRP £18.99).

    Blurb: Diana, Princess of Wales – security code name ‘Purple Five Two’ – travelled all over the world during her incredible life. Wherever she went, in public or private, she was shadowed by her Scotland Yard personal protection officer, Inspector Ken Wharfe, whose hob it was to keep her safe, even to the extent of sacrificing his own life, if necessary.

    In public Diana was feted wherever she went, greeted by adoring crowds and fawned over by the media. In private she craved anonymity, and it was Ken Wharfe’s brief to protect her and keep her away from prying eyes.

    The SAS-trained officer from the Yard’s elite Special Operations 14, Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department, was with the Princess every step of the way. As she dazzled among Washington society or walked the sand of exclusive Caribbean beaches he watched over her. In the foothills of the Himalayas, the heat and dust of India and the heart of Africa, he was always just a heartbeat away.

    ‘Purple Five Two’ – the woman, the princess – was Ken’s charge. In private when they travelled, they often posed as man and wife under assumed names, ‘Mr and Mrs Hargreaves’, to throw the determined paparazzi desperate for a photograph off the scent. Whenever she wanted a private holiday it would be to Ken she would turn, who would be despatched in secret to find the idyllic spot.

    In the six years that Ken was at Diana’s side they travelled hundreds of thousands of miles together, sharing secrets, laughter and tears on a truly extraordinary journey. This is their exclusive story.

    My thoughts: Well that was a lengthy blurb, wasn’t it? I’m going to be honest, non-fiction books just do not do it for me. I’ve tried so many times but I will try with this book also. Princess Diana, in my eyes was such a real, inspirational woman and what happened to her was such a tragedy (if you do not feel this way then I hold nothing against you). I am keen to find out though, where was Inspector Ken Wharfe when Diana died in that car crash? So do I find that out by reading this book? Or do I just take the easy way out and google it… we shall see!


    I Confess by Alex Barclay (RRP £12.99).

    Blurb: Seven friends. One killer. No escape…

    A group of childhood friends are reunited at a luxury inn on a remote west coast peninsula in Ireland. But as a storm builds outside, the dark events that marred their childhoods threaten to resurface.

    And when a body is discovered, the group faces a shocking realisation: a killer is among them, and not everyone will escape with their lives…

    My thoughts: Okay, not what I was expecting from the cover. I was thinking more of a haunted house sort of story but after reading the blurb I really want to read this one. I’m excited for it. What dark events marred their childhood? Who is the killer? Will everyone escape with their lives? So many questions!!!


    From the Wreck by Jane Rawson (RRP £14.99).

    Blurb: When, in 1859, George Hills is pulled from the wreck of a steamship Admella, he carries with him memories of a disaster that claims the lives of almost every other soul on board. Almost every other soul…

    Because as he clung on to the wreck, George wasn’t alone: someone else – or something else – kept George warm and bound him to life. Why didn’t he die, as so many others did, half-submerged in the freezing Southern Ocean? And what happened to his fellow survivor, the woman who seemed to vanish into thin air?

    George will live out the rest of his life obsessed with finding the answers to these questions. He will marry, father children, but never quite let go of the feeling that he was not alone when he emerged from the ocean that day, that a familiar presence has been watching him ever since. The question of what this creature might want from him – his life? His first-born? Simply to return to its home? – will pursue him, and call him back to the ocean, where it all began.

    My thoughts: Well this sounds bloody fantastic, don’t you think? With the cover in mind, was it an octopus type creature that saved him? Or do mermaids exist in this story? I think this is the one I am most definitely looking forward to the most.


    This box cost me £14.24 (you get 5% discount if you set up a subscription) and the cost of the books totalled £55.96 meaning a saving of £41.72. If you would like A Box of Stories for yourself, use this link for £4 off your first box – http://aboxofstories.refr.cc/geelizreads

    What did you think of this selection? What book would you want to read the most out of these and which book would you want to read the least? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Look forward to hearing from you all soon.

    Gee Liz ❤ x

  • Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw : A Book Review

    Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job – but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t exist.

    Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control.

    Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family’s real-estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harboured a crush on Yinghui, who has reinvented herself from a poetry-loving, left-wing activist to a successful Shanghai businesswoman. She is about to make a deal with the shadowy figure of Walter Chao, the five-star billionaire of the novel, who – with his secrets and his schemes – has a hand in the lives of each of the characters.

    All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel’s characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. Five Star Billionaire, the dazzling kaleidoscopic new novel by the award-winning writer Tash Aw, offers rare insight into China today, with its constant transformations and its promise of possibility.

    I received this book in my monthly ‘A Box of Stories’ subscription. Five Star Billionaire was really difficult to get in to at first, I think it was down to how each chapter involved a different character, and you had to wait another 4 or 5 chapters before that characters story continued.
    It was also difficult remembering who was who until about 150 pages in when eventually, their lives began to come together. This is when the book became really good and I couldn’t put it down. This was short lived though, as when it came to the ending, it was disappointing. I felt like I had just began to know the characters and become involved in their lives, I was starting to feel sympathy for them and hope for a better future for them but… then the book ended and it ended without much of a conclusion as to what happened to who.

    The ending was disappointing. I feel like I had just began to know the characters and become involved in their lives and then the book ended without much of a conclusion as to what happened to who.

    This is not usually the type of book I would read but I am glad I read it. It has the potential to be a great story, but I think it needs a better conclusion and perhaps a better layout.

  • Talk to the Hoof by Lisa Shay : A Book Review

    #2 of the Kallie Collins Series

    Blurb: A missing woman, a dead body, and two horses with a chilling story. . .

    Kallie Collins, veterinarian and animal communicator, hopes to enjoy a day of riding with friends until a bay mare shows her a vision of a terrified woman. A second horse adds his images of cloaked figures walking through shadow-filled passages.

    The visions the two horses share lead to the discovery of a shallow grave near the stable, plunging Kallie into a deadly mystery.

    With the suspects multiplying, can Kallie expose the killer before it’s too late and there’s another murder… maybe her own?

    I received a free copy of this book through Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t realise that this is actually the 2nd book in the Kallie Collins series but even though I had not read the 1st book I found that I could follow this story well.

    What I liked about this book is that it is different – I can’t think of any other books that have an animal communicator as the main lead. Kallie was easy to like as were all of her friends though I feel that they lacked their own personality. The other characters in this book all had their own personality so all was not lost there. I did find it a talent that the author wrote Ariel (the dog), Ella (the cat), Ravi (a horse) and Smokey (a horse) in to the book so well that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them.

    I hate to say it but I did struggle with this book because I really wanted to enjoy it. There seemed to be a lot of the same thing going on; Kallie going to work, coming home, having a shower, eating food and drinking Pepsi whilst having her friends around for a chat. The conversations were much the same too and I felt myself getting bored and really having to force myself to continue to read.

    I think the book was missing that big ‘OH MY GOD’ moment that I feel mystery books need.

  • Ironside by Holly Black: A Book Review

    #3 of the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

    Blurb: In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben’s coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing — her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can’t see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn’t exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.

    Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth — that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother’s shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben’s throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

    Thank goodness we are back to following the story of Kaye and Roiben. I still don’t really understand why the 2nd book of this Trilogy was even needed. I honestly feel that you could skip the 2nd book if there was just an extra introduction for Luis and Dave in Ironside. Especially the fact that the 2nd book was from the view of Val who isn’t even in this story… but enough about Valiant, this review is about Ironside.

    Ironside is the conclusion to the Modern Faerie Tales series in which Roiben, now King of the Unseelie Court, is at war with Silarial, the Queen of the Seelie Court, and Kaye is sent on what seems an impossible quest by Roiben in a (really bad) attempt to keep her safe.

    The development of Corny, who is Kaye’s best friend, in this book is fantastic. In the first book (Tithe), I saw him as kind of a weakling, with no goals in life and over all… kind of pathetic. In this book, he became more confident, more bad-ass and much less of a wet lettuce. I also enjoyed the relationship build up between Corny and Luis, though again, in Valiant, I honestly thought Luis was straight.

    Reading Tithe (book 1), I needed Roiben on every page, in Valiant (book 2) I definitely needed Roiben (and Kaye) on every page, but with Ironside, I realised that I didn’t mind that Roiben wasn’t always in the picture, I was still enjoying the story – the adventure of Kaye, Corny and Luis on an impossible quest.

    This book wasn’t as dark as the others and I think I missed that in places but overall it was a fantastic conclusion to a story. I think what I enjoy about this series by Holly Black, is that it is dark and a lot of unexpected things happen. I was hoping, and this is why I have given it 4.5 out of 5 stars, that the ending of this book wouldn’t have been so ‘happy ever after’ and that the ‘good guys’ might not have got nearly everything they wanted.

  • Valiant by Holly Black : A Book Review

    #2 of A Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

    When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she’s trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city’s labyrinthine subway system.

    But there’s something eerily beguiling about Val’s new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and of a powder that makes shadows dance around her. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures no one else can see. And then there’s Luis’s brother, Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who has goat hooves instead of feet.

    When a bewildered Val allows Lotti to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him – and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him.

    ****I just want to warn you that this review contains a lot of spoilers.****

    Eurgh, what even… I don’t… I’m confused! I seriously stopped three times to check this was the correct book. It follows completely different characters than the first book. I just wanted to continue with Roiben and Kaye’s story but I ended up with over 300 pages of filler!

    According to the Blurb, our main character Val, is

    ‘trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her’

    Now what could be so bad to use the phrase ‘utterly betrayed’? That must be pretty bad right? She finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her own mother. Now, yeah that is pretty bad but I think the blurb is definitely over the top in that sense.

    Val changes her identity by literally shaving her head. That’s it. After a rough night sleeping at the train station, Vale goes to a coffee shop where she ends up meeting Lolli and Dave. They stole a kitten from a pet shop and this is how they get talking to Val.

    Lolli and Dave are two junkies, they go dumpster diving and they sleep in the tunnels. They aren’t really characters you get attached to, you wouldn’t want to become their friends…well I wouldn’t anyway. They do drugs, they steal. Lolli even throws the kitten under a train because it is annoying her! This really made me mad and I just thought it was unnecessary to put that in the book. I already disliked her and now I hated her so I was hoping for karma to come and bite her in the ass further in to the book but I was left highly disappointed but yet still super upset about the kitten.

    During the story Val ends up saving the life of a Troll (half Troll, half Human) called Ravus and as repayment she asks for him to teach her how to use a sword (strange request really after all she could have asked for). Her sword skills are needed later on in the book but she could have literally asked for anything so I just found it really odd. There was no real reason behind it apart from that the author needed her to learn sword skills so she could write the ending how she wanted it. The relationship between Val and Ravus blossoms apparently enough for them to fall in love. I think this part of the story fell short, there wasn’t enough growth for me and it just seemed to come out of nowhere.

    Finally, at the end of the book, Roiben from Tithe (the 1st book of the trilogy) comes in to the mix but again, I was left disappointed with how the story got to this point.

    This book is very dark which I usually like ( it covers drugs and addiction, forced sex, animal cruelty and death). But for me the animal cruelty was just too far. Even if it is just one sentence in the book.

    After reading this back, I realise that I seem to have slated the book yet I’ve still given 2.5 stars. The thing is, it kept me turning the pages, it did keep me interested and I read it very quickly so it couldn’t have been that bad. I just don’t see the point in the book and I’m hoping that the next and final book in the trilogy will make me realise why this book is so important to the storyline.

    I’m hoping for the 3rd book to bring this trilogy back up to the star rating I believe it deserves.

  • Tithe by Holly Black : A Book Review

    #1 of A Modern Faerie Tale trilogy

    Blurb: Kaye used to see Faeries.

    They’re still there. But Kaye is not a child anymore. Now sixteen, she’s dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightened world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you… where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures… and where beautiful Faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens.

    There Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could end in her death…

    Hm, how do I start this review? How about, WOW! This is the first ‘Faerie’ (why is it spelt like that and not like fairy?) book I have ever read. I’m used to cute, tiny fairies like those from that film ‘Fairytale: A true story’, not dark, evil, and in Roiben’s case, sexy fairies! What is going on here?


    When I read the prologue, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book. A hell of a lot happened in just a few pages, it seemed rushed but I decided I would give the book a chance. I am so glad I did. I bloody loved it!

    The female lead, Kaye, she isn’t your ‘normal’ female protagonist that you find in so many other books – she isn’t an average looking (yet all the guys find them totally irresistible), clumsy, boring white girl. She’s also one of those characters who you love or you hate and I know for some people, after reading other reviews about this book, that if they don’t like the female lead then they don’t enjoy the book. Well, I found her to be more REAL than a lot of other female leads I’ve read about. She doesn’t always do what she should have done, but, and not to get all philosophical on you all, but nobody is perfect and that reality really shines through Kaye’s character.
    At one point in the book, spoiler alert coming up, Kaye is asked by her faerie friends to keep her glamour on until she is needed for the Tithe. You’d expect her to do this but she didn’t, she was selfish and wanted to see herself without a glamour on. I actually gasped out loud at this part and asked her ‘what are you doing?!’ like I was actually going to get an answer back (I then see my boyfriend looking up psych wards for me).

    On to the male lead, Roiben. Oh, Roiben… *drools*. Ummm, sorry about that. Well Roiben is dark, he is evil, he is everything you wouldn’t want in a man unless you are in to the Legolas look and the (insert psychopaths name here) personality. Ok, I’m definitely in to the Legolas look so maybe that wasn’t the best way to deter you from falling for Roiben, but you will…trust me. Now, one thing I usually hate about about books where the male lead is kinda evil, is that they always become soppy, loving sissy’s but I didn’t seem to get that with Roiben, he still ended up being bad-ass but kinda romantic too in not such an obvious way.

    Now I don’t really want to say too much more as I have rambled on, but I think I don’t want to spoil the book. I just really think you should read it and let me know what you think!
    I will just add though that I love how dark the book is and with this being my 1st fairy book, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Trilogy but I am also disappointed that all other fairy books are ruined for me as I just know none will ever be as good as this one (until proven otherwise).
  • Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

    (#4 of the Edge Series)

    Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy tale – and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

    Charlotte de Ney is as noble as they come, a blueblood straight out of the Weird. But even though she possesses rare magical healing abilities, her life has been filled with nothing but pain. After her marriage crumbles, she flees to the Edge to build a new home for herself. But when Richard mar is brought to her for treatment, Charlotte’s life is turned upside down once again.

    Richard is a swordsman without peer, the future head of his large and rambunctious Edger clan – and he’s on a clandestine quest to wipe our slavers trafficking humans in the Weird. SO when his presence leads his very dangerous enemies to Charlotte, she vows to help Richard destroy them. The slavers’ operation, however, goes deeper than Richard knows, and even working together, he and Charlotte may not survive…

    This is the fourth book and also the last book of the Edge series and I’m actually sad that it has ended. Richard is related to Kalder (from Fate’s Edge, #3) and Cerise (Bayou Moon, #2) and I love how all the character’s and books are connected.

    Charlotte is a new character, never introduced in the previous books. She is a blueblood, the first blueblood female lead in this series. I really enjoyed this change and thought that the author still managed to give her such a personality, somebody I would want to be friends with.

    Richard is trying to bring the slavers down. You find out why he is so against these slavers in the story and it really touches your soul, so much so that you become invested in the story and genuinely want them to succeed. Tragic circumstances leads Charlotte to rescuing Richard from the slavers but to do this she has to use her powers to kill instead of heal. Every time she does this, it brings her closer to the dark side of the magic, the side that she will never be able to come back from.

    The story brings Richard and Charlotte together as lovers as they journey on this adventure together. Richard needs Charlotte’s killing powers to succeed but at the same time knows that Charlotte can’t give in to the dark side and wants to protect her making the journey even more difficult for them both.

    Jack and George make a long appearance yet again with absolutely cracking character development on both parts. This book is dark and tests the minds of all of the characters throughout the story.

  • Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

    (#3 of the Edge Series)

    Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Wal-Mart and magic is a fairy rale – and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

    Born into a family of con men, Audrey Callahan left behind her life in the Edge for an unmagical existence in the Broken. Audrey is determined to stay on the straight and narrow, but when her brother gets into hot water, she takes on one last heist and finds herself matching wits with a jack-of-all-trades.

    Kaldar Mar is a gambler, a lawyer, a thief, and a spy with some unusual talents that guarantee him lucrative work. His latest assignment has him tracking down a stolen item, and Kaldar doesn’t expect much of a challenge – until Audrey turns up to give him a run for his money.

    But When the missing object falls into the hands of a lethal criminal, Kaldar realizes that in order to finish the job and survive, he’s going to need Audrey’s help…

    Another fantastic book in the Edge Series! I loved how the characters were introduced separately and how they then come together.

    Kalder was introduced in Bayou Moon as Cerise’s cousin and I wanted more, so again, I was delighted to find that he was the male lead in this book.
    Forget what I said in my previous review about being in love with William – I am absolutely in love with Kaldar. Yes, he is the typical bad boy that you would NOT take home to your parents but he is funny, naughty and charming all at the same time. In love with a fictional character, how is that possible? That must be the talent of Ilona Andrews.

    Look at this for a description of Kaldar, this had me giggling so much:

    He was probably conning his mother out of her milk the moment he could grin. He’d charm the clothes off a virgin in twenty minutes. And if the poor fool took him home, he’d drink her dad under the table and beguile her mother…In the morning her dad would be sick with alcohol poisoning, the good silver would be missing together with the family car, and in a month, both the former virgin and her mother would be expecting…

    Audrey, the female lead, is yet again a badass that takes no shit from anybody. She is hilarious and gives Kaldar a run for his money when it comes to charm, sarcasm and thieving.

    In the first book (On the Edge, Rose’s brothers George and Jack had a little place in my heart so I really missed them in book two (Bayou Moon). In this book however, they were pretty much front and centre in the adventure working alongside Audrey and Kaldar.

    I would say this book wasn’t as DARK as the last two but it does have its moment. It’s not every day you have your friends head thrown at you by the enemy who has just killed said friend, the enemy you are escaping from with two children in tow.

    I’ll be reading the last book of the series now, I’ll be sad to finish it but I hope it is as good as the rest.

  • Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

    (#2 of The Edge Series)

    Blurb: The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale – and the Weird, where bluebood aristocrats rule, changlings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

    Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

    But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the aweird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge – and Cerise’s life. William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

    When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead to cross paths, sparks fly – but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed… and survive.

    Again, such a fantastic book by Ilona Andrews. I loved how dark it was. I loved Cerise’s and William’s relationship and the fact that it wasn’t instant love but built up throughout the book. William was my favourite Character from the previous book in this series, so having him as the male lead made me really excited to read this book.

    As previously stated in my review for another book by Ilona Andrews, each character is described so well it is like I knew them in real life, it made me become attached to the characters.

    The reason I did not give 5 stars is because of the ending. It is still a great ending but William goes on a quest to retrieve Cerise’s father. This is explained and completed within just a few pages which I didn’t think was deserved. I would have loved to have read the full story of William rescuing Cerise’s father and I think the author would have the ability to make this a full length book, but for some reason decided not to.
    The epilogue was fantastic and has set the scene for the next book in the series. Thank god I have this on my bookshelf as I do not have the patience to wait.

  • On The Edge by Ilona Andrews : A Book Review

    (#1 of the Edge Series)

    Blurb: Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

    Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

    But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

    I would class this as one of my first, if not my first ever Urban Fantasy read. It did not disappoint and has opened up a whole new genre I didn’t even realise existed. I find this book hard to fault. I love the characters, the storyline, and the romance as it isn’t too soppy.

    Rose is a strong female lead who doesn’t need a man to look after her. She lives with her brothers, George and Jack (ages 10 and 8) who are so adorable and you can’t help but become attached to them.
    As for the male lead, Declan, I found it hard to like him at first but I believe this was intended by Ilona Andrews as Rose doesn’t trust him one bit when he turns up. Rose also meets a guy called William (who I liked more than Declan) and I couldn’t help but love him. I was hoping for the two of them to get together but excitedly found out that William is the male lead in the next book of this series.

    You can tell the authors have talent just from their descriptive powers alone. I could picture everything and found myself being a part of the book – in the Edge, the Broken and the Weird, helping Rose and Declan defeat Casshorn and his hounds.

    The book was darker than I thought it was going to be which may have made me like it even more.

    Please let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought about it. If you haven’t, do you want to?

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