Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Age Of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life--the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With spare, graceful prose and the emotional wisdom of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker has created a singular narrator in Julia, a resilient and insightful young girl, and a moving portrait of family life set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

Age of Miracles can be brought via Simon & Schuster Australia and any information regarding the author and book can be found HERE

My review

3. 5 stars

Thought provoking, fresh and realistic. 

The Age of Miracles is a wonderfully written story, unlike any I have ever read before. This alone had me intrigued and keen to delve in .

I was enthralled and had it read in no time at all. The writing was easy , and the book paced well . 

This book is told from a young girl Julia's pov - her story of the * slowing * its occurrences and how time is added to our 24 hour clock. 

The earth slows its pace and instead of having a usual 24 hour clock time every day the clock gains time. 

Days and nights are longer, the routines of life are affected including the tides, the animals and people. It affects the every day living of life. Not only humans but animals and the atmosphere and climate. 

People have had to learn to live with the change including Julie and her family. Strong friendships are lost along the way, one particular one gained. Love lost and heartbreak endured. 

I did like the young love story between Seth and Julia. It was sweet, I was sad to see certain things happen and would love to have at least had some hea lol. 

I did read this book very quickly , I found it an easy read with fantastic descriptions. I really loved the way this author wrote. She had enough depth in her words to float me along at a great pace and to also enjoy the story. Her words brought her story to life, and the characters , both main and secondary were very believable and real. 

In these certain events if they should happen the story seems quiet realistic. 

My only issue was the way in which the story ended. I felt I was left high and dry not knowing what was going to happen. We know the slowing continued, the earth continued but I would like to have seen more. A finale so to speak. 
I felt we had this great story line going somewhere and then nothing.. No end conclusion.. 

But overall - I did really enjoy this authors writing style. Loved her vivid descriptions and in depth detail into thoughts, feelings and surroundings.

I would recommend this book to all who like a change of pace, and story. It really was thought provoking and realistic . 

Big thank you to Simon & Schuster for supplying me with the book for review for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop - Win a book of your choice ..

5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

October 15th to 31st

Welcome to Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader , Not a Writer. This hop runs from October 15th to 31st .. 

My Giveaway will be a book to the value chosen by the winner from The Book Depo as long as they ship to you !

Value $15-00 Good luck   

I am off to watch Anabelle at the movie today .. Its gunna be scary but so much fun !! Have a spooktacular day ! 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Black Ice - Becca Fitzpatrick Book review

Black Ice 
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publishers: Simon & Schuster  
Genre: YA Thriller 
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

Review *** stars
Black Ice was an enjoyable read. Would I recommend it Yes !!

I liked it but it didn't grab at me like her Hush Hush series. I know I am comparing .. This a completely different genre. It just fell short for me in some parts.

Her characters were likeable and well defined - but didn't draw me in and have me swooning or starry eyed.

The story was unpredictable and very well written , which I enjoyed - it just didn't have the wow factor for me.

The story developed at a gradual pace, inter twining the suspense and mystery along the way. The story was not predictable what so ever this I appreciated .

I do love my romance in my stories, this fell short for me. The connection was there between the characters . But I just didn't get the heart fluttering ..

I appreciated the time that the author took to describe the surroundings to us .. I could easily envisage this along the way. The hard - wet , dangerous - yet beautiful and alluring setting the book was written in.

I didn't find a lot of action within this thriller - we had a few on the edge of our seat moments . It definitely keeps you intrigued to find how what who where and why though. The cover certainly is mysterious and suits the book well.

The gradual build up between Brit and Mason was a rollercoaster at first but as the story progresses Becca Fitzpatrick did a great job of winding things up with this pair.

Overall, I have put a few negative points forward , these are only my personal opinion.

We all enjoy different aspects within a story. Would I read it again - probably not. But for all those who love Becca's work this is an enjoyable read. Def give it a try .
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Net galley or the arc review for my honest opinion and review.

Becca FitzpatrickAbout the Author:
Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga.  Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in bookstores everywhere October 7, 2014. 

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Twitter username: becfitzpatrick

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway or Amazon gift card.

229 giveaway  

Welcome to another Kindle Giveaway hosted by Kathy.. Hi to everyone - feel free to stop by and check out my blog both on facebook and here. Good luck ..

It’s time for the next $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.
We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229.
Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Claimed by Light - Reese Monroe Blitz & Giveaway

Book Title: Claimed by Light (Bound by Hades #3)
Author Name: Reese Monroe
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date: September 15th, 2014

Back Cover Blurb: 
Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…

College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.

After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate. 

Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.

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Book #1 in trilogy: Forged by Fate

Book #2 in trilogy: Marked by Hades

Author Bio: 

Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

Connect with Reese on Twitter (@Rush_Monroe), through Facebook ( or her website

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Friday, August 29, 2014

COVER REVEAL / Souls (Grimnirs Book2) & Witches (Book 4) of the Runes Series by Ednah Walters

Releasing late September 2014

WARNING: This is CORA'S story: This book may be considered NA (new adult) because it contains some swearing, violence and sex scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up. A Clean Version will also be available on Amazon. 

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to DATE A soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo.

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over.

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late?

Releasing Late 2014

The Norns think they’ve won, but it’s hard to control a teenager, let alone a powerful one…
Raine Cooper’s life should be perfect. She’s an Immortal Seeress, most likely to be elected Prom Queen, and envied by the girls at Kayville High for dating the dreamy quarterback, Torin St. James. Instead, she’s haunted by the smug facial expressions the Norns’ wore during their last meeting.

As a Norn-In-Training, Raine crossed the line long ago when she sided with the Valkyries and Mortal Witches. When the Norns return with demands of their own, Raine feels trapped. She must repair the battle grounds and wipe out the memories of every Mortal witness. Torin tries to convince her that the Norns are manipulating her, but she refuses to listen. At least until the Norns’ demands focus on someone she loves. When Raine refuses to cooperate with them, their punishment is swift and gut-wrenching, turning her pain into fury.

Raine plots revenge on a massive scale and makes deals with unsavory allies. Her goal?  Total destruction of the entire Norn race. Raine’s only hope of salvation is Torin, but how much will he sacrifice to save her?


EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or ONLINE CHATTING with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, was released March 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN. Visit her

Ednah also writes YA paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series and there are currently three other BOOKS PUBLISHED in this series. SOULS (Grimnir book 2 a side story to the RUNES series) and WITCHES book 4 will release 2014.  Read more about this series and the world she's created here

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the FITZGERALD family series. Since then she has published five more books in this series. She's presently working on book seven. You can visit her online at or



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Supertato by Sue Kendra book review

Meet Supertato! He's always there for you when the chips are down. He's the superhero with eyes everywhere - and he's about to meet his arch nemesis. The fabulous new character from Sue Hendra, the bestselling illustrator of Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell. - 

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Review 5 super stars !!!

Such a beautifully illustrated book. Bright and vibrant, easily read and put forth. Pages are lush and well defined, drawings easily understandable and a good story line that keeps the child interested till the end. 

Supertato has an eye catching cover, lovely and bold and included within the pages, a meaning at the end of the story ** Everyone has special talents ** . Which I found great. 

Funny and Enjoyable even my 8 year old loved it.

Sue Hendra has a talent for wonderfully created characters, and a crafty illustrator.

You can find Sue at her website - for activities, book info and games. 

**Big thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for the review copy for my honest opinion.**