Friday, 24 February 2012

Hunger Games Read Along Chapter 14

Our heroine is caught in a tree with the Careers and Peeta waiting for her on the ground below. Katniss spots Rue in a tree opposite her, and she is pointing at something above Katniss' head; it is a Tracker Jacker nest. Monstrous tracker killing wasps! She wants to cut the branch and send the nest several layers down to the ground to get rid of the Careers and Peeta, however, her hands are too sore and swollen after the fire that she has to retreat to her camp, leaving the nest be.
To her surprise she has received her first sponsor gift which is medicine for her burning marks which cools in down immediately. Before releasing the wasps at dawn, Katniss alerts Rue and she sees Rue disappear, leaping from tree to tree. 
She releases the wasps with a few stings herself but there is total panic and chaos on the ground. The Careers and Peeta flees to the river, however, the leave behind Glimmer who eventually dies from the wasp attack. Katniss remembers that Glimmer had the silver bow so she tries to grab it but Glimmer's body is not cooperating and Katniss' hallucinations starts. The other Careers and Peeta returns, and Peeta tells her to run for her life. 
Before the hallucinations get the best of her, she cannot help but to think that Peeta just saved her life!

Wow, what an awesome chapter with so much going on! Who would have though little Rue could roam the tree tops like a monkey? And is Peeta working with the Careers? Or is it just for survival? And will Katniss and Rue find each other again and form a team? What happens next? So many questions!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Christmas Singing Review

Title: The Christmas Singing
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook Press, 2011
Genre: Christian, Romance
Rate: 3/5 – It Is Okay!
Get it here: Amazon UK & US, Kindle UK & US.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Mattie Eash is a cake creator and decorator, and she owns her own little shop ‘Mattie’s Cakes’ in Berlin, Ohio. Three years ago she left Apple Ridge after her Gideon, her childhood heartie, broke her heart when she caught him embracing another woman.
Destiny brings Mattie back to her hometown, but is she ready to face and forgive Gideon for what he did to her?

This is a sweet story about everyday life and love in an Amish community. I have never read anything before that concerned Amish people, so when picking this book up I was a bit unsure of what to expect, but I was happily surprised.

The writing is flowing and takes you through the book rather quickly. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good romance story. This will certainly make you smile.

(PS. I love the recipes in the back!)

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Between The Land And The Sea Review

Title: Between The Land And The Sea
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rate: 3/5 – It Is Okay!
Get it here: Kindle UK & US.

I received this book to review for the ReadIt&Reap program in the ShutUp&Read group (

Marina is used to travelling the world with her father, however, when he is to help the unfortunate in Afghanistan she is sent to live with her aunt and cousin. She has never attended regular school before so she is happy that she gets to spend her senior year of high school with her cousin, so she will not be alone. Marina feels the ocean speak to her and she is intrigued by it. She is soon to discover a truth about herself she never would have imagined.

I really wanted to like this book, as I have never actually read anything with mermaids before, so I was really excited. However I found myself to dislike Marina because it felt like, in my opinion, that she just had it all; travelling the world – been places we others dream about, and a rich fashion icon who buys her everything, and she is down to earth. I know that this is possible, and maybe I am just jealous of her, but she just seemed fake to me, but that is my opinion, mine alone.

I do like how the mermaids were portrayed, did not know our human words, and how childlike and free of worries they seemed. And the fact that she did not fall for the hot guy immediately and the fact that there never were such cliché descriptions as “his tongue explored my mouth” that you tend to see in every story involving teenage love.

I liked the writing, however, the content seemed to concern too much everyday life information. She had a nightmare, woke up, spoke to her friends, drove around, and went to bed – over and over again. I would have loved the ending to be different but then again this book is part 1 of a series, so the ending I want may as well come later on. 

Monday, 6 February 2012

Shrine of the Desert Mage Review

Title: Shrine of the Desert Mage
Author: Stephen Goldin
Publisher: Spectra, 1988
Genre: Arabian fantasy
Rate: 5/5 – I Loved It!
Get it here: Amazon US, Kindle UK & US

I received this book to review for the ReadIt&Reap program in the ShutUp&Read group on

A foolish thief has released Aeshma, the deva king, from his long imprisonment in a magical urn. He now threatens to destroy Parsina. Great heroes, who sadly have seized to exist, imprisoned him the last time. Who will save mankind now?
It is up to the storyteller Jafar, his daughter Selima, and Prince Ahmad to bring back peace to Parsina.

This book is no less than brilliant! I have never before read anything Arabian theme styled and I loved all the description about the culture. It is  very well written, and the characters are so developed and challenged in this story, and they progress and become something they have never dreamt of.

The only negative thing I have to say is the ending. It leaves you wondering and eager to get your hands on book number two. So I guess it is not negative at all! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Project Tell Taylor

Michelle Madow's debut novel Remembrance was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. She talked all about it in a blog entry a few months ago, discussing how Remembrance was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. She even wrote a letter to Taylor Swift and sent it to her, along with a signed book! It's been a few months now, and she has yet to hear back from Taylor that she received the letter and book. She really wants to tell Taylor about how inspiring she and her music have been to her, but since Taylor Swift is an international superstar, she’s a little hard to reach. This is where YOUR help comes into play! Michelle is giving away the biggest prize pack she's offered yet, and the ways to enter to win are by telling Taylor Swift about Remembrance.

The Goal: Get Taylor Swift to Tweet about Remembrance!

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet. Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind? Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

To find out more please check Remembrance's Goodreads page on 

As Michelle Madow, I am also inspired by various artists' music videos and song lyrics. Some lyrics or videos can give you such a strong sense of emotions that you just have to write it down.

Here is the lovely Michelle talking about this project and its prices


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Monday, 30 January 2012

Aphelion Book One - The Adventure Review

Title: Aphelion Book One – The adventure
Author: William Dennis IV
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing, 2009
Genre: Fantasy
Rate: 3/5 – It is okay!
Get it here: Amazon US, Dorrance Bookstore

The story is about two young apprentices, Alana and Kunlun, who goes to war on behalf of their master. The evil Aphelion has created evil creatures that are taking over the world, and someone has to stop him. They travel to the Maceland where the battle is being fought, and they encounter several beasts on their way. They discover hidden powers within themselves, and they aid and impress the generals who have been fighting for a long time. But can they beat the Dark Wizard and save their home from the Aphelion creatures?

William Dennis tries to create a somewhat Tolkien universe with really detailed descriptions of how the world and its inhabitants were made. It is nicely done, whoever, it can be difficult to keep up with all the names of areas, cities, people, and creatures. When the people and creatures then evolve and move to new areas that are then created one simply cannot keep up. 

Furthermore then writing, when describing surroundings, actions or dialogue, is too detailed. Everything is told; the characters do not have any traits. If Alana dislike the elderly woman, then show it! I know that some is implied through the dialogue; however, it is not enough, sadly. If the author had shown us more the story would have been so much better. It ‘then he said’, ‘then he responded’, then he added’, or ‘the way led that way’, ‘which led that way’, ‘and around that corner’, ‘but they took the other way which led that way’ – kind of thing. And a personal dislike of mine is the repeating of ‘the lad and lass’, why not use him, her, he, and she sometimes instead of lad and lass, or childhood friends.

I received a complimentary copy of Aphelion Book One: The Adventure as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Angel Evolution Review

Title: Angel Evolution
Author: David Estes
Publisher:, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rate: 4/5 – I liked it!
Get it here: Kindle UK & US.

I received this book to review for the ReadIt&Reap program in the ShutUp&Read group on

Angel Evolution is book number one in the Evolution Trilogy, and it has you hooked from the very beginning. Taylor and her best friend Sam are roommates in college. They just started their freshmen year, and they are excited about all the freedom they now have, away from their parents. However, since little, Taylor has been having nightmares about a black snake with red eyes, and the nightmares do not end in her favour. Suddenly two beings enter her dream and Taylor’s life changes forever. One of them is Gabriel, one of the hottest boys on campus, and he wants her. But is he being completely honest with her?

I adore novels with angels and demons. Sadly they are becoming the new vampires. However, David Estes’ plot takes you where you have not been before.  It is beautifully written, the flowing of the writing takes you from chapter to chapter, and along with the change of character point of views you simply cannot put this book down! Especially not if you are a YA fan!

I especially liked this book because I have not read any YA from a male author before, so it was very interesting to see which details he would highlight.  And without revealing too much I like that it is not your common Angel versus Demons kind of thing.  My favourite character through this book was Chris, the demon. I was not that fond of Taylor, Sam or Gabriel, the angel. But that is just me. I am not fond of most people in real life either. I am really looking forward to be reading book number two!

I recommend this book to every YA fan out there, it is a must read!!