Thursday, 29 September 2011

War Against the Walking Dead by Sean T Page

This is a survival guide to give you lifesaving tips in the event of a Zombie apocalypse. It is divided into 8 sections:-

Part 1 - Know Your Enemy - The Walking Dead
Part 2 - From Survival to Fightback
Part 3 - War Against the Walking Dead - Lessons From History
Part 4 - War Against the Walking Dead
Part 5 - Weapons of the War Against the Walking Dead
Part 6 - Tactics For War Against the Walking Dead
Part 7 - Victory over the Walking Dead
Part 8 - Further Information and Recommended Reading

It is written in a very informative manner and should be the go to guide on everybodys shelf. The author has included charts and diagrams and has backed everything up with words of wisdom from the Ministry of Zombies. It is written in a nice easy style and at no point did I feel it was too 'text book' for me.

I enjoyed this and will certainly keep it on my shelf as THE definitive reference book when the Apocalypse hits. For anyone who would like to have all the information to survive and overcome the Zombie Apocalypse in one easy to read volume - look no further.

Monday, 26 September 2011

How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room and Other Short Stories) by Sibel Hodge

This is a collection of hysterical, laugh-out-loud short stories told as only Sibel can.

I really enjoyed these. Each story was screamingly funny with my significant other rolling his eyes at me each time I guffawed. 'Reading another Sibel are you? Say no more!' he said. My favourites were 'The S-Word and the Lady Garden', because it is especially relevant to me and 'Kismet' because it was both sweet and funny at the same time.

All in all yet another winner by Sibel who is fast becoming my favourite 'chick-lit' author. (As well as being the one who introduced me to the genre in the first place!)

Revenge by Mark Young

This is the story of an ex-detective haunted by the decisions of his past. He is now a professor of criminology living in virtual seclusion in a cabin in the woods on a Native American reservation. Now the past is creeping up on him and threatening those he loves and holds dear.

This moved along at a slow pace but never flagged. The story unfolded at a steady rate. There was always plenty going on as we learned more about the development of the back story of Travis' past as the story went on. I loved the background into the Perce Nez tribe. The author was very descriptive about the area and the rivers that surrounded it, I felt I was there with them. The last quarter of the book picked up pace and delivered a rocket of a climax. I was on the edge of my seat turning the pages to find out what happened!

This was a great read full of suspense and mystery and enough going on to keep readers interested.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

D.N.A. - Nothing Would Ever Be the Same by Ey Wade

This is a brilliant look at a dysfunctional family and how the daughter rose above it. The night before a family holiday Debney is told, yet again, she is not to come with them by her mum. They go off on holiday and she has a party. The police arrive at her house to tell her her family has been killed in a car accident. There is some mystery surrounding her brothers. She makes some bad choices and finds she's pregnant, what will she do?

This was a deeply moving story. I was near to tears in many places. the way Debney was treated at school, the aftermath of the accident and finally it all coming together. The triumvirate of friends in Debney, Nadine and Giante was wonderful. Most of the story was told in flashback and the story unfolded slowly but coherently. The pace of the story was perfect, and there were no confusing moments at all. The ending was fantastic, just how I hoped it would be, and warmed my heart.

This is a great story and I urge people to give it a go. Great for Young Adults and Adults alike.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Ink by Holly Hood

This is a story about a teenage girl leaving all she knows and moving to California with her Dad and twin brothers. She meets many odd people but none more so than the tattooed and muscular Slade. But is there more to him than meets the eye?

This was, in short, brilliant! Very different from what I was used to with the Wingless series. Hope was a strong heroine and Slade was great as the boy with a mysterious secret. Tucker was deliciously odious as was his Dad. When Slade's secret was revealed I was pleasantly surprised and thought, 'Wow, that was different!', and I loved it. Tucker and his Dad had a suitable comeuppance and the ending was just fantastic.

A very different, well put together novel by an author I have come to enjoy very much. I totally recommend this as a very enjoyable read.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

25 Random Facts by E J Mack

This is a story of a woman who catches up with a group of schoolfriends after 20 years through a social networking site. She is encouraged to play a new game doing the rounds called '25 Random Facts'. 20 years is a long time, and the woman is harbouring a devastating secret...

This was a great story. It gripped me from the first page and didn't let go until I had finished it. The secret was teased out slowly and the intrigue piled on in spades. When the secret is revealed the story then takes another turn and there is a huge twist in the tale that I didn't see coming!

This is a great novel of intrigue and has many twists and turns. Give it a chance, you won't regret it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Double Occupancy by Elaine Raco Chase

This is the story of a burnt out journalist leaving her job and going to stay in Acapulco to recharge her batteries and start writing a novel. Due to a mix up another man comes to stay at the villa and things get complicated (and steamy!) from there.

I did enjoy this. It was slowly teased out with the last quarter of the book being quite steamy! Casey is feisty but terribly unsure of herself while Travis is the complete opposite. They are the stereotypical odd couple. The story tiptoes round the couple as they played cat and mouse with each other. At one point I was screaming 'Get on with it!'. But when they eventually did get together, wow! It was definetly a sizzler that's for sure! I did like the fact that it was a slow burner - I like that in an erotic novel. I prefer a bit of storyline to it.

All in all a great read, good for warming you up on a cold autumn evening.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge

This is technically the sequel to Fourteen Days Later but could be read as a standalone book. This time around Helen is on her way to Northern Cyprus with Kamen for a few days of rest and relaxation before her dream wedding. Only for Helen (being somewhat of a magnet for bad luck) it doesn't quite go to plan and it just gets worse from there...

This was hysterically funny. Helen once again lurches from one disaster to another, somehow finding herself in the process. It was lovely to be reacquainted with familiar characters. Once again the story rocketed along, and with the vivid descriptions of Northern Cyprus, I felt like I was there with them. It was a real page turner and I read almost all of it in one day. The ending was fabulous and just perfect for the story.

If you have read Fourteen Days Later you will love this. Even if you haven't you will love this. It is a nice light funny read that no one can help but to enjoy.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Win or Go Home by Daniel Clarke Smith

This is a thriller about an ex-doctor turned bounty hunter hired to track down a bail jumper.

This was good. It had me gripped from page one. The characters were solid and believable and not too many so as to confuse. The action was non stop. The story had a few different elements to it but they all linked together nicely and became clear as the story progressed. About 3/4 from the end, just when I thought I had everything tied up, the story took an unexpected turn and took me in a completely different direction to the one I was expecting. It was great!

All in all a good thriller with sound characters and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order for me to review.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Self's Blossom by David Russell

This is the story of Selene, who is vain, insouciant and utterly self-absorbed. It is her mission to orchestrate a holiday romance. Having been hurt badly in the past (which we see through flash backs) she feels she must be completely in control of everything. She meets a young boy and has 'an encounter' with him but feels it's not what she was after. Later she meets Hudson and the chase is on!

This story was strange in that Selene wasn't really likeable as a heroine, but by the same token that made it unusual. The sights and sounds on the holiday were vivid and I felt I was there with them, particularly in the less well beaten tracks. The author has a way of descibing things that really put you in the story.

I enjoyed this although I felt more could have been made of Hudson and Selene's relationship. It was long drawn out and there wasn't really a satisfactory ending for me. Although having said that it was a good solid romance and I recommend it to anyone.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Back to Life by Holly Hood

This is the last book in the Wingless series. Set 3 years after the events of Letters to You. Eve has left Evan and set up a successful resurrection business with Kenny. Will all go smoothly, will Evan come back into Eve's life and will she be reconciled with Oliver, her son?

It was so easy for me to get into this, having read the other 5 books in the series. I was eager to find out what happened to Eve, Evan, Kenny et al. As ever the story flowed well, keeping me glued to the page for the whole book.

I am sad this is the end, as everyone feels like old friends now. It was a fantastic ending though and really the only one that would have done the series justice. Thank you Holly for writing such an amazing series!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Pestilence by Gary Towner

This was amazing. A story about small town USA being used as an experiment in genetically altered seed. This mixed with toxic waste left over from WW2 creates swarms of mutant locusts and grasshoppers. The army are called in to nullify the threat but they are under orders to nullify more than the threat.

I could see this a major motion picture with perhaps Christopher Walken in the lead, it's just that good. It was quite long and took a while to build up....mostly in flashbacks but the pay off was worth it. When the action got going it was non stop. I found it extremely hard to put the book down.

I was gripped totally and I think anyone else that has an interest in this genre will like it too. Think 50's 'b' movie type thing. It was great!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

Friday, 2 September 2011

How do you Say Goodbye by Pam Logan

This was a fantastic book. Be warned though, it is a major tearjerker. It is a tale about Sam, a woman who had a shocking life and has found out she has an inoperable brain tumour. The story follows her journey to hook up with her old biker 'clan' finishing up at her friends grandparents. Her wish is to die by the beach so they take her to the beach where her friend has a house. More happens along the way but I don't want to spoil it.

I was moved by Sam's plight. I found myself laughing and crying with her. The love all her friends had for her was tangible and I felt it too.

It was a real page turner and got me from the first page. Read it, you won't be disappointed.