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Tag: Ultimate book tag!

 

Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yes, but then I get sick doing anything in a car. Even just sitting looking straight ahead. 

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Hmm. That’s a really difficult question! 

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? 
Harry Potter, 100%. Twilight teaches that a woman cannot live without a man, whereas Harry Potter shows numerous strong women. Frankly, Twilight should have an age rating so that young girls do not see this as a relationship that they should strive for.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
I take a book bag to university with me, but it’s full of bad things like crisps and chocolate to keep me awake during the really boring lectures!

Do you smell your books?
Of course. Doesn’t everyone?

Books with or without little illustrations?
It depends what kind of book it is. A children’s book or a text book needs picture. Books that I read in my personal time do not.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
I hate to say it, but Harry Potter! I’ve only read the first couple of books!

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
I once burst into tears in class because of a book I was reading. Oops!

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Um. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad?

What is the thickest book on your shelf?
The Canturbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do write as well as read but, no, I don’t see myself as being an author in the future. To be honest, I just don’t have the confidence to share that part of me with the world.

When did you get into reading?
For as long as I can remember, my grandpa used to read me bedtime stories when I stayed at their house. I remember being amazed that words can put an image in my head, so I was desperate to learn to read. My love of reading grew from there.

What is your favorite classic book?
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

In school was your best subject English?
Surprisingly, no. I hated English in school. They made us read books that I wasn’t interested in (yeah, that’s you, Austen) and I just didn’t enjoy it. My favourite subject was History.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I would say thank you, that I had read the book before and that I was looking to add it to my bookshelf so it was the perfect gift. They don’t need to know that it will sit on my bookshelf collecting dust and I can get it out when they visit! haha

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
David Staniforth’s Fuel to the Fire series. Similar in the way that it also teaches you about being a better person and staying true to yourself.

What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Not reading it through before hitting publish. It means I don’t always cover everything that I want to say and I have to go back and edit it!

What is your favourite word?
That’s so difficult as it changes daily!

Are you a nerd or a dork? Or both?
I always get these confused. Is it a nerd is a bookworm and a geek is computers? If that’s right, then I am a nerd.

Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Fairies. I think that Vampires have been done to death a bit. Having said that, one of my all time favourite films is The Lost Boys, a vampire film…

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels, I think. I just find them a bit more interesting.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, as I don’t know much about spirits.

Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, because I think I would blend in as a Vampire (I’m pale and nocturnal) but I wouldn’t survive around zombies!

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Love Triangle, I think.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
It depends on my mood! At the moment, action-packed!

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So, what are your answers?

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Review: ‘Sole Intention’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Psychological
Length: 202 pages (approx.)

This is Book 1 in the Intention Series. 

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Former police officers Ellen Brazil and Brian Lynx have joined forces to start a successful missing persons investigation firm which has just been contracted to find the wife of bodybuilder Will Endersbe. Ellen discovers that a number of women with similar features and hair colour have also vanished in the Worcester area. Ellen and Brian suspect a serial kidnapper is to blame, and without a body, the police are happy to leave the case in their hands to solve. Hoping the women are still alive, Ellen digs for clues and races to find the women, despite her troubled private life and a meddlesome stepfather with a violent secret.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. From the prologue I was hooked! The characters were well developed and the plot was fast paced and gripping. I really struggled to put this book down and probably shouldn’t have started it when I was going to bed!

I loved the characters of Ellen, Brian and Ellen’s brother, Jim. There was lots of witty comments between them. I hope more develops between Ellen and Brian! I also liked that most of the story was from Ellen’s perspective but we occasionally got to see inside the head of the killer. The rape scenes made me quite uncomfortable as they were quite detailed and from the killers perspective, but I think that showed how repulsive he was and it definitely made me more eager for Ellen to find him and bring him to justice!

I enjoyed this book –  so much so that I’m going to start the next in the series straight away! Definitely recommended!

★★★★★ – A great start to the series! Fast paced and gripping with well developed characters. Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Bet you can’t…find me’ by Linda S. Prather

Genre: Psychological Thriller / Paranormal / Crime.
Length: 322 pages (approx.)

This is book 1 in the Catherine Mans Psychic Suspense series.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Imagine a killer who can kill at will from a distance. No gun, no weapon. Nothing more than a thought.” Catherine Mans has the ability to see and hear what others can’t. With the help of Homicide Sergeant Cody Allen, she’s turned that talent into a successful profession as a psychic consultant. But Catherine’s past is coming back to haunt her. Someone is threatening the lives of everyone she loves. Nine bodies have been discovered, and Catherine is the FBI’s prime suspect. To prove her innocence, she must unravel the secrets of her past, and answer the challenge of a deranged psychic. Bet you can’t…FIND ME!

Review: To begin with, I wasn’t sure that this book was necessarily for me. I don’t tend to read books about psychics,  but I quickly got drawn into the story and struggled to put it down. I was quite interested in a psychic helping the police, but what I really enjoyed was how creepy the story got! I loved reading about the Bayou and really enjoyed the different languages (with translations) that the author took the time to include.

On the whole, the characters were well-developed and interesting. Catherine was mysterious at the beginning of the book, which made it a little difficult to like her, but as the book progressed and I found out more about her past and the events that she had to go through, I started to really like her. I also really liked the character of Rosetta. She was fun, quirky and fearless. However, I didn’t like the character of Cody and thought that he needed to be developed more as his character felt a little flat at times.

This book was interesting with many twists and turns. Leading up to the end of the book, I found it impossible to put down. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was, and just when I thought I’d guessed, I found out I was wrong!  The author concluded the story but still left me eager to read the next book in the series, which is an impressive skill. Definitely recommended!

★★★★ – An interesting book with many twists and turns. Enjoyed reading about the Bayou and everything associated with it! Definitely recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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BookFeed: A Facebook group for readers!

BookFeed is a new Facebook group created by three of my favourite authors, Kath Middleton, Jonathan Hill and Martin Cosgrove. As well as writing books, Kath Middleton and Jonathan Hill also read and review books! Kath Middleton blogs over at Ignite Books, Jonathan Hill writes wonderful 100 word reviews.

This group features discussions, articles, quizzes, videos and book reviews. Current discussions include ‘Are books always better than their film adaptions?’ and ‘What’s your favourite book genre?’.

I have been eagerly awaiting this group going live and I am so pleased to announce that it now is!

The group can be found here.

Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!

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Review: ‘Juggling Balls’ by David Hadley

Genre: Sci – Fi / Comedy
Length: 388 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Martin Laws hates mysteries. So why has someone sent him a bag of juggling balls? Why has he no memory of buying a new computer? Why has that new computer decided Martin needs to go shopping? Why does a hairstylist he’s never met before keep saluting him? Most of all, why are so many Elvis impersonators trying to kill him? Juggling Balls – a science fiction comedy featuring time travel, mind control implants and a future religion that claims an Elvis Presley clone as its saviour. Oh, and an interplanetary terraced house.

Review: This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was absolutely nuts… but I loved that about it! I spent the whole time that I was reading thinking ‘is this really happening?’ and it was great. The world that Hadley has created is utterly surreal, yet at the same time, insanely intriguing. At times I had to keep putting this book down because it was a little too surreal, but I did enjoy it. The characters were well developed and unique and the plot was very clever – every aspect was well thought out, plausible in this world that Hadley has created (though completely crazy!) and linked together beautifully. Definitely recommended!

★★★★ – Utterly insane and surreal, but with well developed characters. Definitely recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I really want to meet!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, a topic is posted and participating bloggers post their lists about that topic.

This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Authors you REALLY want to meet

So, here’s my list (in no particular order…)!

M.A Comley

Mel was the first author I came across when I got my first Kindle. I was searching for Crime books and her covers really stood out. I then found a forum on Goodreads discussing Kindle books and found that Mel was a member! I was lucky enough to interview Mel on my blog, too! The interviews can be found here: Serious & Silly.

David Staniforth

David created one of my favourite trilogies of all time, the Fuel to the Fire trilogy. I would love to sit and chat to him about all the characters and how he came up with the idea. I was also lucky enough to interview David on my blog! The interviews can be found here: Serious & Silly.

Giovanna Fletcher

I’ve read her books, I read her hellomag blog, I watch her YouTube channel. She just comes across as such a lovely person and so much fun to be around! I would definitely love to meet her!

Linda S. Prather

I recently interviewed Linda on my blog (Serious & Silly) and her life sounds amazing! I would love to hear some of the stories that she has has to tell!

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favourite books and I would love to meet the mastermind behind it!

Darren Shan

I grew up reading the Darren Shan saga and the Demonata series. I would love to get a few of my copies signed!

George R.R Martin

I’d love to know how he keeps all the plot lines and twists straight – in his head? Notebooks?

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So, who is on your list?