Finally, July TBR!

0707-2017-0818229199019505976It’s that time again… and I’m late…. but here it is, finally, my July TBR!

*Drums rolling*

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The fearless by Emma Pass. I picked this one up because I totally loved the cover. I know, I’m shallow, but look how pretty it is! Anyway, don’t know much about this book, but seems to be the a sort of post-disaster book, maybe with some zombies. Don’t know, but I will find out!

 

 

 

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Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns by John Green. I finished reading the Fault in our stars and I loooooooved it! So in the spirit of that, I have added these on as well.

 

 

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Lost boys  by Lilian Carmine. This is another handsome book cover (hah!) and the blurb was very interesting, promising an angsty, dark, paranomal romance? Girl meets Ghost? Yeah, right up my alley.

 

 

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The night circus by Erin Morgenstern which seems to be about a circus (duh) that arrives in town without warning. This circus is only open at night and it promises, to me at least, some dark and wonderous creatures. Fingers crossed!

 

 

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And last but not least, the novelisation of Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder. Oh boy, I could not resist picking that one up! I saw the movie and totally loved it. I am a huge fan of Wonder Woman and I am looking forward to read this whilst imagining Gal Gadot as the character.

 

 

 

 

This is the official list as I know that unofficially I will be picking more books and reading them because I am a complete and utter bookwhore! There, I said it!

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If you have any recommendations for me, please comment down below and let me know if there is anything that you think that I might enjoy. I love receiving your recommendations.

Also, if you keep an eye out I’ll be soon posting a pool so you can choose some of the books I will read next month!

Love,

Jane.

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The Last Shadow Gate by M.W.Garza – Review

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As soon as I received The last Shadow Gate which was published on the 7th of March 2017 I almost screamed! You guys know how much I love Michael’s writing and for me this was his first book not zombie infested (Ha!) so I was really excited to read it.

Like always, Michael delivers a beautiful story about two half-siblings who suddenly find that they have to spend the summer together at their great-grandmother in upstate New York. Following the mystery of their great-grandfather disappearance through a mystical shadow gate located into the woods, they find themselves into a realm populated by strange creatures. Gavin and Naomi must learn to work together and trust each other in order to find their way back home, back to safety.  

The story starts slow, introducing the main characters, Gavin and Naomi, and building on their relationship whilst the promise of adventure is at every step, luring you in, tantalising the reader with each page. Although the beginning is much slower than what I normally prefer, it is well paced, with good writing and characters that vibrate.

I really liked the plot and how it all started because it was all so simple, the pieces of the¬†puzzle all falling into place, whilst staying true to its characters. Gavin is twelve so as soon as his father mentions the mystery of Papa¬†Walker and his quest for the Shadow Gate, he is hooked. Naomi, being the older sister, is reluctant to take the story of Papathe-word-adventure-500x330 Walker finding these mystical Shadow Gates at face value, so Gavin has a bit of a hard¬†time to her her to run along with him. But now since they are both having to spend the summer together at Mama Walker’s home, why now explore and give into the spirit of adventure? Who wouldn’t? That’s the genius of it.

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The plot and the characters help propel the story forward in a way that is natural and easy to read. The two main characters are quite different in ages, but also personalities. Gavin is more on the nerdy side, enjoying computer games, whilst Naomi is more outgoing with an extended social circle of friends, although we do see glimpses of the little girl that misses her father. These characters develop from the minute they hit the page, and the writing really shows the different facets of their personalities. However, not only out main characters are enchanting, but also those which you’ll meet along the way travelling with the children past the point of no return.

Would I recommend this book? Hell’s yeah! Michael is not only a gifted wielder of words, but also a master in creating spectacular worlds with vivid characters to pull you in along for the ride. This beginning of series is very much promising and I am looking forward for the next one!

You can get The last Shadow Gate here!!

4-5-star

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come 411H8-2iXoL._UX250_from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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An unsuitable job for a woman by P. D. James – book review

Soon after dropping out of university, Mark Challender¬†was found hanging from the ceiling, faint traces of lipstick on his lips. Pryde Agency is hired by his father, a renown scientist, to find out what led 365307.jpghim to suicide, however the private investigator, Cordelia Grey, finds the scent of murder. Her Agency¬†partner agency killed himself, leaving her the business so it is up to Cordelia to undertake such’An unsuitable job for a woman’ and find the truth.

Cordelia Gray is by no means a formidable character, she doesn’t invite the reader to care for her a great deal, much like her interaction with the other characters.¬†She is quite shy and unsure of herself, however, as the story progresses and she slowly find validation, her strength comes shining
through. The deeper she goes into this case, the more she discovers about herself, realising that in fact she is a very suitable woman for this job, drawing upon her skills and wit hqdefaultto discover the truth. This is the side of her that I admired, that against all odds and doubts, she gets the job done. Character interaction was a bit too stiff and bleak, giving the impression that characters did not give a damn about each other, nobody felt insulted or outraged.

 

The¬†plot was ok, kept the reader curious as to what really happened almost until the end – red-herringI figured out the ‘Why dunnit’ and ‘Who dunnit’ soon after she discusses with Nanny Pilbeam.¬†In fairness, I was not that impressed with the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’, but I did like the red herrings thrown about and how¬†it all tied up nicely together. The writing style was excessively flowery, highlighting details that had no meaning or purpose for the story or its characters – more often than not¬†skipped meaningless passages about the table cloth and furnishing arrangements.

Dislikes: 1. The time period when the novel took place was never mentioned and I assumed, due to the dated dialogue, that the events took place about 30 years earlier than it did!

2. The end – I didn’t like that Cordelia broke character for someone that she did not even like, or admire! Major faux pas! I did not like the ending at all and, try as I might, I could not find any justification or inclination as to why uDNqsKsshe did it.

3.¬†I was also annoyed that after the truth is discovered, characters suddenly come forward to Cordelia to fill her in with details that she didn’t stand a chance of finding out otherwise! Really?! Facepalm!

Therefore, I am¬†….

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PS:¬†I do appreciate that the story was published¬†in¬†1972, and it might have appealed more to the readers at the time, however I was born in ’89!

Therefore:

two-star-rating

 

At last by Alice Bello writing as Ella Stone writing like a stone.

Are you fucking kidding me? Why in the name of all that’s holy did you write this book with this characters in this setting that makes no bloody fucking sense? This is by far the worse book I have ever read in my entire life and that includes 50 Shades of Grey which compared to this is a masterpiece.

Main character is Susan and she is left close to the altar and from here thing go down. Having your to-be husband giving you a note that he doesn’t want to be your husband any more must be shit and I can’t even wrap my head around it and I do sympathise with her. I’m a woman, duh!

But that’s the whole idea, for me to be sorry for her being a bitch to her best friend and acting like a two year old that doesn’t get the toy when she doesn’t even know what’s she is really asking for. So let me rewind…

19498554Are you fucking kidding me? Why in the name of all that’s holy did you write this book with this characters in this setting that makes no bloody fucking sense? This is by far the worse book I have ever read in my entire life and that includes 50 Shades of Grey which compared to this is a masterpiece.¬†

Main character is Susan and she is left close to the altar and from here thing go down. Having your to-be husband giving you a note that he doesn’t want to be your husband any more must be shit and I can’t even wrap my head around it and I do sympathise with her. I’m a woman, duh!

But that’s the whole idea, for me to be sorry for her being a bitch to her best friend and acting like a two year old that doesn’t get the toy when she doesn’t even know what’s she is really asking for. So let me rewind…¬†

She gets dumped and goes into a catatonic state,¬†much like Carrie in Sex in the city. Susan wakes up in this posh hotel, the honeymoon hotel, smelling pizza delivered from Pete’s Pizza in New Hampshire by FedEx – the best pizza delivery service in the world. Anyway, she finds out that her best male friend, Kevin was sent with her on holiday since her Best Friend Forever Liz was busy doing… doing something?¬†

But Kevin is a hunk now, all hot and muscles, totally different from the boy she knew in college. She always love him like a brother because he looked like a dork and behave like one. He was her favourite puppy to step on. So now she discovered he can make her go tingly down there just by mentioning an erotic book she used to read in school, but she still wants to step on him because somehow she has slavery and friendship mixed in her head.

Then she cries a bit to Liz over the phone and is advised by Best Friend Forever to go get a fuck to get over her never to be husband. Instead of going out and fishing in the very odd pool of male entities out there, she goes the easy and goes to Kev, who loved her in secret all these years, asking him¬†to have sex with her so that the pain will¬†go away. He get verbally abused by her and he¬†walks away and she crumbles in pieces.*Face-palm!* I’m gonna spoil it for you and let you know that they do have multiple orgasmic sex day and night after that.¬†

Every other character in the book existed only to push Susan either in his arms or away from his arms. Who the hell is this insecure, brainwashed creature who thinks that everything belongs to her and because she is Susan and he’s her best friend he should have meaningless sex that’s not so meaningless to him. For fuck sake, hasn’t she ever looked and him and see him being in love with her since everyone out there knew that?!!!!! Are you blind? I literally was annoyed by this character so much that I wanted to put myself in the story and give her a wake-up slap. That’s why I felt so good when Liz did just that to Susan! Yess¬†

Then it’s poop puppy hunky Kev since he didn’t get over her since college, but even if he’s hotness emerged, his balls refused to appear since he repeatedly lets himself ¬†moved around¬†by Liz and Susan and anybody else who wants something from him in this book. A guy who can’t say no to anybody, but somehow he is a very successful architect and hunker extraordinaire.¬†

Liz, Best Friend Forever and self proclaimed bitch who gives advice about relationships when her only relationship is the one with her dildo and various penises that aren’t mentioned in the book. She also states a couple of times she would part her legs for¬†Kev. Liz who decided to fly all the way to Colorado just to hit Mark’s balls and revenge her friend. Really? Are you for real? Obviously not.¬†

This is a book of Susan’s laments and shows us how a man and a woman shouldn’t be. Also they shouldn’t¬†have sex and endanger us all by having children. *Shudders* The book obviously doesn’t stop there, but the rest of it is even more stupid.¬†At last this book finished and it took me two weeks to have the courage to review it as I needed some time to recover.¬†

I’ve been asked quite recently why I would read a book with a title/cover like that since it sort of screams bad writing. I read books that have the potential to be bad¬†because 1. makes me appreciate much more a good book with a strong plot and beautifully crafter characters and 2. there are things to learn from bad books that you cannot learn from the good ones and 3. you never know what you get and it happened to be absolutely surprised, not many times, twice, but¬†it was enough, but that’s another story.¬†

It’s an insult to other books to give it 1 star…

And if you want to go against all common sense like I did, you can find the Kindle version on Amazon here: At last.

 

Ps: No wonder why the¬†writer changed name when republishing the book…¬†

The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Michael W. Garza

I already stated that, I do love¬†Zombies. Now I also love Michael for this fucktastic fabulmic book that’s The last infection. Seriously, where was this guy hidden until now? I consider myself utterly lucky¬†for having the chance to read his book.

Two siblings, the girl Alicen, 8 years old, and Jake, 12 years old, are hiding from a group of the infected which all they want is a piece of their flesh. They lay hidden under a truck and their parents were trapped on the other side, not able to aid them. It takes one yelp from the scared girl for the horde to react and follow the source of the delicious sound of the living. They manage to get away but their parents were not so lucky.

Chris is an ex drug addict who somehow managed to stay alive 8 months after the outbreak.¬†Detroit swarmed with the infected and zombies alike but he managed to steal food during the day to keep himself from starving. He encounters the two whilst¬†searching for¬†food and without him wanting to, they end up buddying¬†up. ¬†Later we meed Jenn who becomes the heart and soul of their mismatched team, the one that glues them together despite Chris’s aversion to working with others.

I loved these characters. Each unique, with deep emotional connections and different backgrounds, united by the same goal: to stay alive and migrate to Catalina, a seemingly safe zone, an island where the children’s aunt and uncle live. But to get there they must survive the zombies and the infected. As¬†flesh-eating-living-deads aka zombies are not enough, the author throws in the infected: smarted, quicker and much more dangerous.

I liked what he did with this story as it’s more than just a zombie novel, is an insight to what happens with humanity in the brink of chaos and the choices that different individuals take. It’s ¬†brilliantly brutal this book as some of the people they meet are worse than the walking dead themselves. I hated Mr Walker with a passion hard to put into words. I was either in love with his characters, hating them or utterly frustrated, but never indifferent. There’s a lot of character development and you get to know the characters in-depth. Instead of just focusing on the post-apocalyptic world, Michael wanted to show the people of this new world and I appreciate that as it adds so much flavour.

Even when they were moments when I rolled my eyes to how the characters manage to reunite, I was pleasantly surprised that he clarified that in the story so it made sense and not just getting the feeling of it just being a gigantic coincidence.

After reading his book I got the feeling of a writer that indeed writes with his heart, his passion, but thinks with his brain and so I could be a satisfied reader at the end of the book. I am¬†impressed and I want to know what happens next as he didn’t left me satiated!

For me is a 5/5 stars book as I enjoyed it immensely!

PS: If you want to buy his book, you can do so here on Amazon uk: The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

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The Harbringer Break by Zachary Adams

As I promised, I would read random ¬†books that people would request for me to review and this is the first in a series to follow. I picked this book from a huge pile of emails and I was instantly ¬†curious as I read the blurb and when I am curious that’s always a good thing. But things got better for me…

I would say that it is really the story of Pat Shane (Patches), a genius with a killer theory that the aliens that NASA discovered on Europa, Jupiter’s moon, are currently living among us and planning to take us down. The spies are among us, surveying us, spying on us for the most effective way of destroying us. Patches though, he wants to show them that we can fight back, that we are a force to be reckoned with and make them go away with each blood that’s shed to eradicate them for the good of humanity.

Or I could say it’s the story of Chris Summer, the newly promoted FBE agent (Federal Bureau of Eugenics) who’s role is to stop a highly delusional patient who¬†killed his psychiatrist after escaping a secure facility. And he will stop at nothing to have Patches dead. Summers knows that the only way to stop him is to kill him, that there’s no way around it, for the sake of humanity.

But it’s not their story. Is the story of person next door and how can each of them deal with the consequences, ethics and problems of a silent alien extinction, when everybody could be one of them and faith of the whole planet is on each of them shoulders.

What I love about the book is that it’s not a story about¬†them (aliens), it’s a story about¬†us and the conflicts of a new world. A world who faces dangers coming from far away, from a far better prepared civilization. It’s the dilemma of the man put face to face with a situation which he has no exit but to act, one way or another. It’s the ¬†blood, tears and sweat of those willing to die or kill for their country and a passion for survival. The Harbinger Break exposes¬†the fears, beliefs and primal instincts of the human.

I also loved slow-minded Sam who proved to be such a driven charter, even if he had to cross paths with Shane in order to realise that he had the power to inflict change and be a hero. And then it’s the incredibly sexy Claire who has the most important men at her feet and others ready to kill for her. Claire who shared a track record with Sam and Patches at GenDec (Genetic Decontamination Centre) proves to be much more than meets the eye and this trio of forces is fatal since their existence is conditioned by the death of the other one in order to maintain the equilibrium of their lives.

I said it before and I will say it again: jumping from story to story and different point of views are not my thing since I don’t feel the story as I should. The Harbinger Break ¬†changed that one for me. The writing is so well executed that I was constantly torn in my allegiance. Such a breathtaking story that I promise you that you’ll never forget. Zachary Adams is a master of the craft and I am honestly surprised to find such a gem.

I LOVED THE STORY! I loved it that much that I had to bloody use capital letters to write a sentence. Great story, amazing, vivid characters, good writing and tons of talent and a promising new writing coming into the scene to sweep me off my feet. I will keep my eyes on Zachary and hunt for his future books which I urge him to write with the same passion and dedication.

The book can be purchased on Amazon here: The Harbinger Break The Harbinger Break

Crimson Night (Night #1) by Marie Hall

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This Carnivale Diabolique allows Pandora and her family to blend in and feed their inner demons. Nephilims, they are each possessed by a demon which has to be fed, but they are not all the way bad. Pandora hosts the demon of Lust and she enthrall men by transforming into their desires and feeding off of them.

But when Pandora lusts and tags a mysterious man, her life will take an unexpected turn when she realises she fell into the trap of a hunter, a Priest, reaper of Nephilim and she is his pray. They play a dangerous game around each other while other darker forces lurk around, threatening the balance of their worlds. She and her family are bound to the defenders of light to fight against darker creatures while maintaining the balance by feeding only on those who deserved it, acting as punisher.  She is sent on a mission to uncover a vampire lair and find whatever information she can, but there are dangers at every step and she can certainly be killed.

This is a dark and hot novel, filled with mystery, lust and red herrings. The world in which the novel takes place was well-built and I could actually visualise the places and have a good grasp on their factions and abilities and what they could and couldn’t do. The story takes off slowly, taking time to build up which for me is quite of a let-down, but I knew I was unto something that was actually good so I held my impatience.

Character wise, I thought they were a bit too flat for my liking. Pandora thinks constantly of sex because of her demon, but I feel like I actually don‚Äôt know her in other aspects. She tried to conserve as much of humanity as she can, but I have no idea of her goals and aspirations, is a bit too dull and erotically centred. ¬†The Priest, Billy, is just a thorn in her back and we, again, know nothing about him as they don‚Äôt have a proper, serious conversation. We do know he is √ľber hot and makes Dora wet constantly, that we know. The other characters suffer of the same problem, but I do remember Bubba with his weird appetite and The Gray Man, who we know nothing about, but he is the most fascinating character in the whole book and I want to know more of what he is.

The writer really tried to make them be the good guys by hooking them up with the good guys, but somehow felt a bit too forced. I can say that personally, I was in love with the idea of Vampires as bad guys! Finally a book in which they don’t sparkle and silly girls don’t go chasing after them in forests. Such a breath of fresh air! In this book they are truly evil and they are portrayed in such and un-cool way that I almost felt like hugging the writer.

The ending did justice to the book and left me begging for more. It all unravels so nicely and I was surprised that I couldn’t actually figure who was the actual foe in the whole story. The Gray Man appears again and opens a chest full of questions and intrigue and Pandora gets a new assignment and I have a feeling the thing will get hotter in the second book.

Marie Hall does a fairly good job overall and I must say that I was excited to finally find in my random reads such a pleasant read. The story is hot, sassy and packed with action and even if it has its faults, recovers on other fronts so I can truly recommend this book for lovers of the genre.

 

 

PS: You can follow Marie Hall on Twitter at: @mariehallwrites and follow her blog here!