Archive for January, 2016

Have You Seen This Girl

January 28, 2016 - 1:04 am No Comments

Have you seen this Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch
Published 8th September 2015 by Limitless publishing LLC
224 pages
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

The prologue introduces us to a young girl about to take her last fix of heroin before she enters rehab yet again.
Go back 8 years and you get to know Wendi Wise, a typical 13 year old who with her best friend Claire tricks her mom so she can meet 2 boys. But what she did not plan on was being kidnapped and taken to what she named the ” house of horrors” and being forced into a life of sex and drugs.
Then one day, she is just she was just let free, addicted to drugs. With the threat of death if she tells, Wendi does the only thing she can and runs. Whilst trying to live, she is planning her revenge on the people that did this to her. These events make Wendi a stronger person.
Written in Wendi’s POV this book kept me gripped from start to finish and as a mom with a teenager daughter my heart went out to Wendi and I willed her to survive. This book tackles drugs and child trafficking, both harrowing subjects, but necessary to the story.
This book is is ideal for older teenagers and adults alike and the good news is, this is the 1st book in the series

12:07 The Sleeping

January 23, 2016 - 5:46 pm No Comments

12:07: The Sleeping
Author: L Sydney Abel
Published 7th July 2015 
Publisher: Speaking Volumes 
Page count: 259 pages
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The main characters Lance and Katherine, are a highly successful couple who after loosing their baby, start drifting apart. Added to this is Lance’s sexy secretary, who Lance finds attractive and his soulless next door neighbour Mr Green. This variety of characters and intrigue makes this story an interesting read. 
Lance suffers with nightmares or night terrors, and this is when ‘the sleeping’ visit him.
If you have ever felt like someone is standing over you whilst you are sleeping, and you are powerless to do anything then you have been visited by the sleeping of the title  Throughout the book, Mr Green’s history is explained, and the connection between their lives is easily understood. 
The book is well written and the author has a sympathetic understanding of sleep paralysis, which, after reading his bio, I found out that he suffers with this condition.
This is not your typical good vs evil story and through the book there are plenty of surprises. I personally would describe this book as a psychological thriller rather than a horror novel. 
(Editor’s note: Yvonne’s thoughts on the synopsis seem to mirror the concept behind The Sleep Room by F. R. Tallis)
The sex scenes are not graphic but definetly adult themed. The build up at the end is intense and I nearly missed my station as I didn’t want to put it down!
My one complaint was the ending as it just finished abruptly and left you in limbo. I suppose you can imagine how it finishes, however the pacing wasn’t quite right. 

A Spark of Magic

January 18, 2016 - 12:53 pm No Comments

A Spark of Magic by J L Clayton
Published 1st May 2014 by Outskirts Press Inc
302 pages

I was lucky to be given this book by the Author.
Charlie is your typical teenage girl who through no fault of her own move homes a lot. Her parents never explain to her why they move, they just pack up and leave.
She expected this move to be no different, but what she didn’t expect was being involved in a love triangle with two of the hottest boys in school. Jace a family friend’s son and Tru, the son of a Cherokee shopkeeper who she met on her first day in town.
Not only has Charlie got to deal with her feelings for them both, she is also being stalked by an unknown force. Enter Crispin, a powerful sorcerer, also known as a traveller. Why he is infatuated with her we don’t really know.
Throughout this book there is a paranormal undertone building up to something bigger. The way the book is written keeps you enthralled and you will want to carry on reading to find out what happens next. Whilst reading this book you will find yourself taking one of the boys sides. Me I was team Tru.
This book has everything and you will have some unanswered questions. To solve this you will just have to read book 2.

Yvonne Davies:

Let me introduce myself. My name is Yvonne or Vonnie to my friends. I work full-time in the Civil Service and am a mom of 2 teenagers who both read and a retired greyhound.
I am originally from Birmingham but now live in Bridlington, which is on the coast of East Yorkshire. In fact I can walk to the beach in 5 minutes.
I have known Theresa for quite few years as in a former life she was my supervisor. We spent many a day talking books.
I will read most books but my favourite genres are Fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi. I do the majority of my reading on my kindle and am addicted to downloading free books.
This is the 1st time reviewing books and I thank Theresa for giving me the chance.

Along Came a Wolf

January 6, 2016 - 1:03 pm No Comments

The Yellow Hoods #1 (Steampunk meets Fairytales)
Author: Adam Dreece
Release date: 24th April 2014
Publisher: ADZO publishing inc.
Page count: 221 pp

Meet Tee, Elly and Richy, best friends and members of the Yellow Hoods. The name comes from the yellow cloaks they wear that hide a few surprises. Thanks to Tee’s grandad Nikolas, a famous eccentric inventor, the three have fun trying out his inventions including spark sticks, sail carts and an amazing treehouse. Nikolas reminds me of Caracticus Potts from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Enter the baddie LeLoup (French for wolf) who is tasked to steal the steam engine plans from Nikolas. Although at the start you don’t realise this as he gets held up by three brothers Squeals, Bore and Bakon the Cochon brothers (French for pig) you think that the three brothers are the bad ones. Tee steps in and rescues LeLoup from their clutches. He quickly forgets this whilst he tries and completes the mission.
Throughout this book you really feel the love that Tee has for her family and friends and the love they felt for her.
Whilst reading it, I found myself guessing the fairy tales and with the splash of Steampunk kept it interesting. This book is written for young and old alike and the fun titled chapters helps keep you amused. The book kept my interest from start to finish and although not a long book, it was jam packed with action and fun.
WARNING. You may find yourself laughing out loud as there are some funny lines. One instant was when Bakon, and Eg the Captain’s daughter started dating.
A good start to the series, now I just have to buy part 2, see what happens now the Hound is after the Yellow Hoods

Memories of a Ghost

January 5, 2016 - 12:06 am No Comments

Author: Joe DeRouen
Publisher: Small Things Press
Page count: 400 pp

Release date: 26th May 2015

Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

I was lucky enough to win this book from Joe DeRouen at a fun Halloween Facebook event.
If you think this is your standard ghost story, then think again!
The book introduces you to Claire, who, whilst having a pregnancy scan, loses her memory. At this stage the reader isn’t sure why.

Throughout this book you get to know about her life, and the relationship with her abusive husband, and her best friend Lessie, who happens to be a doctor. Thrown into the story are two teenagers, a geek named Farris and a popular girl Sabrina, who with the help of her zombie dad join up with Claire to battle against magical bounty hunters Mr Kingfisher and Mr Quarry. They have been hired to find Connor West. Just who, and where Connor West is, well you just have to read the book.
The characters are believable and whilst you are reading this book you will catch yourself exclaiming “oh no!” quite a lot. Each character’s storyline gets you to understand the bigger picture. Yes, at the beginning you think to yourself “how does this all connect?”, but as you carry on reading it, it all clicks into place.

The ending was a nice surprise and competed this book. The way the novel is written, immerses the reader; you feel that you are there, but do you really want to be? Think of the Apocalypse, with its mixture of action and supernatural and this is a must read book.

Get this book now! You will not be disappointed.