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Review: ‘TwoSpells’ by Mark Morrison

Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult
Length: 317 pages (approx.)

TwoSpellsI have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: Sarah and her twin brother Jon are heirs to an ancient magical realm and its most valuable treasure, an enchanted library. The library endows readers with the supernatural means of crossing into the uncharted inner-sanctum of the second dimension, inhabited with peculiar and sometimes perilous creatures.

The children are emboldened with a wondrous mystical gift that no other being has ever possessed. But fate intervenes and triggers a disastrous inter-dimensional war that disrupts the fabric of time and space spanning multiple universes, tearing destiny a new and savage pathway.

The two must rescue their world from a phantom hybrid alien race controlled by a demented dark-wizard, Jeremy Sermack. They will either assimilate or be exterminated.

Will they be the saviors the prophets spoke of, or will they retreat to the perceived safety of their distant homeland?

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I had only intended to read a few chapters but before I knew it I was at the end!

This book was really well written and well thought out. The ideas behind this were superb. I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to read more. The characters were well developed and interesting and the pace of the book was good.

All in all, a really enjoyable story. I’m hoping the author is writing a second book because I’d love to see where the story goes!

★★★★★ – a well written and well developed YA fantasy with some wonderful ideas. Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
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Review: ‘Brick’ by Conrad Jones

Brick

Genre: Crime
Length: 398 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the planet.

Review: Having read The Child Taker and thoroughly enjoying it, it was a no-brainer when I saw this come up as a suggested read. The author really sets the tone from the very beginning of the book and you know this is going to be a gritty and violent read; the author does not disappoint. Conrad Jones really creates a vivid picture with his descriptions and I found myself feeling just as tense as the characters!

I really enjoyed reading this book. So much so, that I was disappointed when I read that it was a standalone novel. I really liked the characters and thought DI Braddick was great.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good crime story! I found this very difficult to put down.

★★★★★ – A fast-paced read with great characters. Very highly recommended!

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Review: ‘100 One Hundred Word Tales’ by Jonathan Hill

Genre: Short story collection / Drabbles
Length: 112 pages100 One Hundred Word Tales

I have awarded this short story collection 5 stars.

Synopsis: Welcome to the wonderful world of drabbles!

A drabble is a piece of writing precisely 100 words long. A challenge to write, but fun to read, they often tell a tale with a twist or encapsulate an idea or emotion.

In this collection, perfect for dipping into in a spare moment, you’ll experience the full gamut of emotions, amusing and shocking twists, several mini-series of drabbles, and a surprise or two along the way.

And, true to drabble rules, everything in the book is exactly one hundred words in length, from the stories themselves to the foreword and this blurb!

Review: These stories are brilliant! At first, I thought ‘how can you tell a story in just 100 words?’, but Jonathan Hill does this superbly. They are brilliantly funny with unexpected twists! I particularly liked ‘His Toothbrush’, ‘An Intruder’ and ‘The Smell of a New Book’. The imagination and word play in this collection of drabbles are great. Jonathon Hill is certainly a talented writer!

★★★★★ – Brilliantly funny with unexpected twists. Highly recommended!

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

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Review: ‘The Bumpkinton Tales: Volume 1’ by Matthew Drzymala

Genre: Short Story Collection
Length: 300 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this collection 5 stars.

Synopsis: Welcome to Bumpkinton! Come in, have a cup of tea and a scone, and lose yourself in five humorous tales from the village. Follow Father Whitworth O’Grady as he chokes on a penny, Albert Scatterhorn as he becomes the grubbiest Father Christmas ever, and Amelia Goose as she feuds with… well, anybody. Plus a whole host of characters as they attend the village’s first Singles Night with a sex-crazed ladies’ man. Jump in and find out more for yourself…

Review: I just love this collection! I read ‘Bittersweet’ by Drzymala a little while ago (also included in this collection) and fell in love with the charming characters. When I saw this being discussed on the authors Facebook page, I knew I had to read it!

I was not disappointed. This collection reads exactly as ‘Bittersweet’ did. It has the same charm about it and the same characters that I’ve grown to love, even if they are strange!

Growing up in a small village, I am fully aware of the fact that everyone knows everyone and nothing is a secret! I felt that Drzymala portrayed this very effectively.

★★★★★ – A great read about the charms of living in a place where everyone knows everyone (and everything!). Thoroughly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Review: ‘Love, Death and Tea’ by Will Once

Genre: Humour
Length: 262 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: I was not having a good apocalypse.

When the world ends, we all expect to be one of the good guys – a gun-toting hero in a world of flesh-eating zombies and other assorted creatures of the night.

But what if you find yourself on the wrong side? What if you become a zombie instead of a survivor, in a landscape of dragons, wizards and witches? When your girlfriend takes you on a mad quest to find a man who may or may not exist, while trying to evade a Government intent on grinding your bones into dust?

That is what happened to me when normal life was suddenly switched off. I became an outcast, an outlaw and the unlikeliest hero of all.

This is my story. I am dying to tell it to you.

Review: Well, this book is certainly crazy… but I loved it! If you want zombies, witches, dwarves, dragons and a quest, all wrapped up in a ball of crazy humour, this is definitely the book for you!

This is not your typical apocalypse story. By any means! It was very interesting to see the story told from the perspective of a zombie! It took me a little while to get into this story, but when I did I found it difficult to put down. It was so crazy that I had to keep reading to see what else could possibly happen! I really liked the characters!

Strangely, even though this book was completely crazy, it was also believable and everything slotted into place perfectly. Very highly recommended!

★★★★★ – Absolutely crazy but a great read! Very highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Review: ‘Symbiosis’ by Guy Portman

Genre: Thriller, psychological
Length: 244 pages (approx.)
Symbiosis
I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: Identical twins Talulah and Taliah have never been apart. Viewed as curiosities by children and adults alike, they coexist in an insular world with their own secret language. But being identical doesn’t necessarily mean being equal… Soon a series of momentous events will send Talulah and Taliah spiralling out of control, setting them on a collision course with a society that views them as two parts of a whole. Will their symbiotic relationship survive?

Review: This is the first book that I have read by Guy Portman, but it definitely won’t be the last!

I’ll admit that when I started this book, I was a little reluctant to get through it. The start was a little confusing and when the twins started talking in a different language, I thought that this book wasn’t for me. However, as the story continued, I really got to know the characters and the story grabbed me. I finished this book in 3 hours, while on the train. It was impossible to put down!

I really liked that as the story progressed, the idea of individuality was brought into question. I really started to feel sorry for the twins and how they are not seen as two people, especially by their mother. We really see the twins grow up through the book, which was a lovely way of getting to know them.

★★★★★- Overall, a wonderful read. Very thought provoking and nicely paced. Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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Review: ‘Void’ by David M. Staniforth

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

VOID medSynopsis: A void in one’s memory is filled with more than the fear of not knowing,
it swirls with the dread of what those missing memories might contain.
When a young man wakens in a freezing car, his mind a complete blank,
he embarks upon a journey that brings that very dread to the fore.

Who is he?
What has he done?
Where does he belong?
Why can he not remember?

VOID: a psychological journey of discovery that forces the question: To what extent can our memories be trusted?

Review:  This was a really interesting read. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I lost a week or more of my time each year and didn’t remember where I went or who I was!

This story was believable and interesting. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep my attention and I didn’t see them coming at all. I really liked the character of Tom and found myself feeling very sympathetic to his plight, particularly at the beginning of the story when he didn’t know who he was!

What I really liked about the story was it was written in such a way that the reader was finding out the information at the same time as the characters, rather than the story jumping backwards and forwards. This kept up the level of suspense in the story.

I would definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for a good read. You certainly won’t be disappointed!

★★★★★ – An interesting, believable story about a man who goes missing and doesn’t remember who he is for a week each January. Highly recommended!

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