Archive for July, 2018

Confessions of an English Psychopath by Jack D McLean

July 30, 2018 - 9:42 pm No Comments

Confessions of an English Psychopath by Jack D McLean
Published by Creativia on 17th December 2016
239 pages

Working along side MI5 and MI6 is a department that cleans up, you know the one, the staff who do the dirty work, the department that no-one talks about.
Lawrence Odd worked in an abattoir but he fancied something different. Something for him to get a kick out and satisfy his thirst for death. After getting a job in the “Cleaning” Department, he went through vigorous training, but whilst he tried to be the best, ,a locked door was calling to him. Once the secrets were revealed and the hints from his targets, caused Lawrence to rethink his job and put all his skills into practise.
Written from Lawrence’s POV, this was written like a biography. The story flowed evenly with its mixture of comedy and murders making it an easy read. Set in the 80s, the technology was outdated for today. Every detail regardless how small was explained in detail making it even more funny and if you are as old as me you can remember the tech. The killing scenes were typical hitman, but with an artistic flair. Naming his kills like “Bolt out the Blue”
It is not often that I root for the “bad guy” but Lawrence was different. Lawrence was a quirky character and some of his one liners had me laughing out loud. One scene in particular was when he had to stare a goat to death.
Having read this author’s work before I knew that I would have a giggle and I was not disappointed. I hope to read more of Lawrence’s exploits.

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

July 27, 2018 - 9:38 pm No Comments

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer
Published by Hodder Children’s Books on 26th July 2018
384 pages

Global warming is affecting the world and Mhairi Anne Bain is with her parents in Sudan. But when they get asked to leave the country, Mhairi ends up on a journey that puts her life in danger.
The majority of the story follows Mhairi as she is tries to get to her Grandma’s house in the Isle of Arran in Scotland. However, throughout the book more of Mhairi’s perilous journey from the Sudan is revealed. Whilst I was reading this story I kept forgetting that she was only 14 as the things she had done made her seem so much older. To stop her getting further hurt, she had put up a wall, but once she found the young orphan boy she began to soften and even though it was only slight she did begin to care. The relationship between Mhairi and Mo was perfect and was just like being brother and sister.
Not only did Mhairi had to worry about getting home, the political problems was also a concern and the author added an interesting concept for culling the population. People could only live till 74, you could give away years to someone you love or get them taken off you if you do wrong. All this was recorded in your papers, which were more valuable than gold. If you lost your papers you were more likely end up in a detention centre.
The story is evenly paced. The tension is built up near the end as more is known about Mhairi’s past and as I was reading this I wanted to shout that she was a child and that she should be treated as a child. I am not going to say much about the end but I am still thinking about it know whilst I am writing this review. The story was beautifully written and I am going to recommend this to all my friends who like a dystopian read.
This story will make you think about the what ifs especially as here in the UK were are getting a very unnatural heatwave and global warming is mentioned more on the news. A good dystopian read, which even though it is tagged for children, is a good read for teenagers or adults alike.

The Reaper (SE Rises The Fade series book 1) by SE Rise

July 26, 2018 - 9:45 pm No Comments

The Reaper (SE Rises The Fade series book 1) by SE Rise
Published on 12th October 2017
258 pages

A Reaper’s life is a busy one. Travelling around collecting the souls of the recently deceased. Jakaro or Jack was one such Reaper. To help him do his job without disturbance, his has an enchantment that makes people forget him as soon as they see him, this results in it being a lonely life. However, when he goes to buy a sandwich and meets Brin who does not forget him, he wanders if his life will change. But things do not always go smoothly and when Marley, an associate from his past arrives to cause trouble. Jacks life just got interesting.
At the start it felt that Jack was just doing his job on auto pilot. Whist he was dedicated it felt that he was missing something. However, as soon as he met Brin, it was like he had a purpose. Spending time with her bought out his gentle side. Brin was feisty and confident and as a couple they were perfect. Throughout the story you find out what Jack’s relationship with Marley was and the reasons behind Marley’s actions. Marley was a character you love to hate, a highly intelligent character who had planned everything to the finest detail.
Reading this story, you are taking on a journey, following Jack as collects the souls and whilst he plays the hero. When he takes Brin into the Fade was one of my favourite parts. The gift he gave her to enjoy her time there was magical. The Fade was an amazing place and it was so well described, you could imagine being there. Secondary characters Marshall Wyatt Earp and Ginger, were two characters I would like to know more about.
It was non stop action, making it a quick read. There were parts that was full of suspense and I could not imagine how Jack could accomplish all he did. The story was well planned as Marley’s end result was unexpected. This is a must for paranormal lovers and as a first in the series, it is a good introduction to the Fade.

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

July 25, 2018 - 10:02 pm No Comments

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola
Published by Tinder Press on 26th July 2018
352 pages

In 19th century Great Britain folklore was popular especially with the working class. Everyone would gather together to listen and swap stories. Each part of the country had variant stories and the task of collecting such stories were down to a small select few called folklorist.
Audrey Hart grew up listening to these stories. Unhappy with her life in London, she jumped at the chance to go to the Isle of Skye and help collect the traditional stories. As Audrey starts to collect the stories, she hears about the missing girls and when one turns up dead, she wants to find out whether it is the faerie folk or a resident of the Isle.
Lately I have read quite a few historical fiction, one thing they all had in common was the thriller element and this one was no different. However the addition of the folklore made the story more fascinating. Audrey was not your typical woman of that time, single, headstrong and ambitious. Travelling by herself to the Isle of Skye was brave.
Reading this story you can see that it was well researched not just the historical element but the folklore as well. The descriptive style of the author’s writers made the scenes come alive and it felt that you were there watching the mist roll in, whilst the mystery unfolded. The story never seemed to slow down as there was always something going on, whether it was Audrey walking around the countryside collecting stories, or her trying to fight for the girls. Whilst I had an inkling of the culprit, the reasoning surprised me. Whether you are a lover of historical fiction or are fascinated with folklore you will be in for a magical read.

Barbed Wire and Daisies (The Lost Land Series Book 1) by Teresa Schulz

July 22, 2018 - 1:52 pm No Comments

Barbed Wire and Daisies (The Lost Land Series Book 1) by Teresa Schulz
Published by Blue Phoenix Publishers NZ on 11th June 2016
236 pages

Its 2030, the last oil tankard has been sunk. Oil is running out and the country is slowly falling apart. Gen and her family live in a small village, fearing danger they and the other villagers have to learn to fight.
Gen and Nate were a typical family brining up their 3 children in the peaceful countryside. Thanks to Gen’s eccentric mom, they were getting themselves prepared for harder times. When times got tougher so did Gen, when her family was in danger she did whatever a mom needed to do to protect her family.
Like any post apocalyptic story you have the degenerates, wanting to take what ever they wanted. Whilst there were scenes that could upset some reader, cannibalism and the attempted rape of a teenage, this could be a “what if”, if this really happened. The story was a quick read and I read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down. It was full of action and the fight scenes were bloody. There was always something going on and even if they were doing just family stuff, the author’s style made it interesting. There was some humorous scenes to break up the tension, one in particular was when Gen had to put a winter coat on her stubborn horse Storm. Whist this is fiction, there is an element of truth to this story. With natural fuel running out, it makes you think what could occur if this happened.
If you love you post apocalyptic and want to avoid the usual zombie stories, than this is for you. A great start to the series and I am looking forward to reading more.