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Fight Like a Girl edited by Roz Clarke and Joanne Hall

October 30, 2016 - 11:46 am No Comments

Fight Like a Girl edited by Roz Clarke and Joanne Hall

Authors- Roz Clarke, Kelda Crich, KT Davies, Dolly Garland, KR Green, Joanne Hall, Julia Knight, Kim Larkin-Smith, Juliet McKenna, Lou Morgan, Gale Sebold, Sophie E Tallis, Fran Terminiello, Danie Ware and Nadine West

Published by Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books on 6th March 2016

249 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies


This book has a good selection of stories for fantasy and Sci-Fi lovers, each story set in different land or time, but one thing in common, each story had a woman that was not afraid to kick some ass. Every woman had a story to tell whether they were a sword for hire, a mother, a soldier or just fighting to survive, they had to act on their wits and they were there to prove that there is nothing wrong in fighting like a girl.

So not to go on for ever I am going to review the stories that really grabbed my attention.

The Coyote by KR Green: Set in dystopian Brighton, Kai is a young girl with a very good sense of hearing. This talent had helped through many a scrape. A member of the Circlet, Kai, is a highly trained fighter and is on a mission to try and bring peace to the Buddhist community. Throughout, this short story was full of action, with Kai relying on her hearing to get the mission done, this made it an intense read.

Vocho’s Night out by Julia Knight: Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, working for the guild, they are hired to protect a mysterious cargo. After a failed attempt to steal the cargo, they work together to find the real reason why they were hired. Like most siblings they are in competition with each other to be the best and as both are experienced sword fighters this does get interesting. I found this story to be a fun read, and the ending was comical. This has been a good introduction to the Duellists trilogy which I now want to read.

Fire and Ash by Gaie Sebold: Riven is a soldier who is suffering with PTSD. The last of the Dancers, a renowned troop she lost all her colleagues in one epic battle. Not wanting to go on any more with her life, she prepares to die until a ring changes her mind. Whilst reading this story, I felt really sorry for Riven with everything she went through, but whilst on this journey her character changes to determination, she gets stronger and you are willing her to survive and to learn to live.

A quick mention about the cover, when I saw this I had to smile to myself as when I was little girl I used to have a book of paper dolls to dress up and I wish that my dolls had outfits like these on the cover.

I must be honest: I had not read anything before by these authors and I have kept asking myself why not.  Each story was well written and celebrates women. Now every time I hear you fight like a girl, I will know that it is a compliment as if I or any other girl fights like the girls in these stories then they will be strong, resourceful and not take any nonsense.

A great collection of stories that will keep your interest from the first word

Sleepless by Lou Morgan

October 8, 2016 - 7:51 am No Comments
SLEEPLESS by Lou Morgan.
Red Eye, London, UK. £6.99 paperback.
334 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84715-455-2
Reviewed by Pauline Morgan.
51zkvqyguzl-_sx324_bo1204203200_ Authors are often exhorted to write about what they know. All of us have been teenagers, sat exams and done things that we ultimately recognise as being stupid. Teenagers in books are often inflicted with the same issues. Not all of them are quite as idiotic as the ones in Sleepless.
This book is aimed at the 13-16 age group and as such involves a group of youngsters about to sit GCSE exams. Many readers will be familiar with the Barbican Arts Centre complex, with its theatres, restaurants and galleries. Visitors will notice the elegant surroundings and the ranges of flats that add to the warren of buildings. As might be expected, these are expensive being in the heart of London. Izzy and the group of friends she is part off, all live in the Barbican. They are expected to excel in their exams; their school is not one that takes failure lightly. So there is pressure on them to succeed. At the start of their study leave, they congregate in Tigs flat. Tigs has a scheme to help them all. She has acquired some tablets that are supposed to help them concentrate on revision. It seems a good idea at the time.
Once the exams are over, the trouble starts. They start to experience hallucinations. And they find one of their number dead. They discover that the drug, originally designed for American combat troops, changes the chemistry of the brain. There is only one way to counteract the effects and that is to stay awake for forty-eight hours. For all of them, this is a hard task and the situation is weirder and nastier.
In certain respects, this has all the aspects expected of a novel for this age group, particularly the lack of evidence of adults. Izzy’s father has had to go away on business, Tigs mother is in rehab and the other adults are hardly mentioned. This is a relatively enclosed environment and for some reason, these teenagers are trusted not to be stupid. They compound their idiocy in taking what they thought was a harmless food supplement by not talking to adults as things begin to go badly askew. When Dom dies, they leave his body in the pond where they found it and pretend that it isn’t there. They are running scared and they make wrong decisions, yet there isn’t one of them who is prepared to get the help they need. It would mean confessing to taking a, probably illegal, drug and cheating to pass their exams.
This is a horror novel, and the cover has a warning that the book is not for younger readers. Too many youngsters take pills for kicks without considering the consequences. These are no different but it would be nice to think that readers in the age group it is aimed at would take on board the lesson it tries to teach. I doubt it.
Lou Morgan writes well and her teenage characters are convincing. Older readers of horror will enjoy the writing even if they can see the actions of these youngsters as something more than foolish.