Thursday, 28 July 2016

REVIEW: THE UNSEEING BY ANNA MAZZOLA




Title: The Unseeing

Author: Anna Mazzola

Source: Received for an honest review

Star Rating = 5 out of 5 stars

Overview: After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she's hiding something, but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?



If you love historical fiction then this is defiantly the book for you! The book follows Sarah Gale who has been given the death penalty for her apparent role in the death of Hannah Brown on Christmas eve and Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate to see whether the right decision has been made.Edmund knows Sarah is hiding something but Edmund wants to know what she is hiding.

This is one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction I have read in a long time. Its hard to believe this is a debut novel; I was gripped from the first word all the way to the last. I enjoyed how their were two perspectives in the book. One from Edmund who is investigating and one from Sarah Gale who has been blamed for the death of Hannah Brown.

The characters are well portrayed as well because  I could imagine Sarah Gale in her cell and Edmund Fleetwood in the prison visiting Sarah all the time. One extremely minor fault with the book i had was that some scenes in the book seemed to drag on a bit but otherwise this was a phenomenal debut novel.

RECOMMENDED 




Image result for anna mazzolaAnna lives in Camberwell, London, not far from where the murder at the heart of The Unseeing took place. The Unseeing is Anna's first novel. She is currently working on her second, which is about a collector of folk tales and fairy lore on the Isle of Skye who realises that girls are going missing.











 






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Saturday, 23 July 2016

TBR Tag

Here is my edition of the TBR (to be read) tag . I haven't been tagged to do this but thought it looked really good. Feel free to share this tag.


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?


I have a dedicated tbr shelf on my bookshelf.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?


Print. I rarely read e-books as i prefer print books but will only read e-books if it is one of my favorite books or a very cheap book. 

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

If their are arcs or review copies on my tbr shelf they are my top priority . But if i have read all my arcs it all depends on what sort of mood i am in (e.g) Length of the book,genre,author


A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?


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This book has been on my tbr shelf for a very long time (almost 2 years). I haven't had the chance to read it with all the great releases over the past 2 years and my review copies. But the aim is to read this before the end of the year. (hopefully)

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

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The latest book i added to my tbr was "the summer that melted everything" in which a review will be up over the next few weeks.












A book on your TBR strictly because it has a brilliant cover?

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This is the movie edition of the book. This is my favorite book cover of all time, but i am yet to read it because of all my other more anticipated reads.

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading?



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It doesn't appeal to me at the moment. But my opinion may change in the next few weeks.



Thanks For Reading:-)






Thursday, 14 July 2016

REVIEW: OVER THE LINE BY STEVE HOWELL









Title: Over The Line

Author: Steve Howell

Source: Won in a goodreads giveaway

Overview: A dark tale of betrayal, Over The Line is the story of a troubled Olympic poster girl whose life unravels on the eve of Rio. Megan Tomos appears to have everything going for her, but she is privately haunted by the steroid-fuelled death of Matt, a childhood friend. When the police announce they want to question her about the night Matt died, she panics and disappears - only to resurface a few days later arm-in-arm with Will, an old boyfriend who's banned from rugby for doping. Her coach, Liam, is dumbfounded and doesn't know what to make of her erratic behaviour or her relationship with a drugs cheat. He wants to trust her and tries to help, but media pressure is growing and she seems to be hiding things even from him. As layers of her past are peeled away, Megan has to face up to some big mistakes - and the biggest of them is a surprise even to her.





Engaging,Exciting and Electrifying! I didn't want the book to finish. This is one book to watch for 2016; Howell certainly didn't let me down with this novel. I enjoyed how this book was wrote in a 1st person prospective. That plot twist at the end shocked me massively. An improvement i think Howell could have made is that he should have given each and every character a more stronger stereotype. Howell dealt with such a serious issue and gives the reader an worrying insight into the dark side of athletics. Even if you are not a sports fan you will enjoy this book as the book also portrays the way stress is provoked in celebrities through the media like in Meg Tomos's case who is the main character in the book along with Liam who is the narrator in the book and Meg's trainer. 

Overall, not only is this the book to watch in 2016, Howell is the author to watch in 2016 and "over the line" is a must read for all sports fans.

 







Steve Howell’s debut novel, Over The Line, has won wide praise for its portrayal of a young woman haunted by the steroid-linked death of a childhood friend and troubled by her own reaction to it. Drawing from his experience as a journalist, he has set the novel in south Wales and constructed a plot that's rooted in the reality of an epidemic of steroid abuse for both appearance-enhancing bodybuilding and sport. Steve was born on Merseyside and brought up in north London. He studied at the University of Sheffield before moving to Wales where he has worked for the South Wales Argus and BBC Wales. He and his wife brought up three children in Newport and now live in Cardiff. In recent years, he has turned his attention to fiction, producing short stories as well as writing Over The Line. He is now working on another novel.









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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

BLOG TOUR: DRAGON CALLED BY MELISSA CHRISTOPHERSON

We have finally arrived at the second stop for the "Dragon Called" blog tour at my blog TLE BOOKS. Today i will be interviewing the author of the book Melissa Christopherson and giving you a excerpt of the book.


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Title: Dragon Called

Author: Melissa Christopherson

Genre: Fantasy

About The Book: Liliana's life is perfectly normal. A young woman who has grown up in the kingdom of Kalvia, she knows all too well the importance of secrets. As a member of nobility, she is even expected to have a few of her own! 

When her parents take her to a ball, Liliana expects her life to go on as normal after it's conclusion. Instead, she finds herself swept into a betrothal with a man whom all of the whisperers say is crazy. 

As the evidence builds up, Liliana must make the choice to stay in a nation where secrets are the currency...or step out of her human-ruled kingdom into a world so much bigger than she ever imagined.

Book Excerpt

 "A hand came to rest on her shoulder, and Liliana looked up; her father had stood, and was watching someone approach with a pale face.  His palm on her shoulder seemed unsteady, but surely that couldn’t be the case!  Her father was unshakable.  She turned her eyes forward again, and saw that it was King Rannak himself.  She tried to rise, but her father’s hand on her shoulder prohibited such action.

“Cedric, Jenine.” King Rannak’s voice was pleasant enough, despite some of the rumors.  Many things might be said about the king, but no one could ever fairly say he was ugly.  Normal in appearance, perhaps, but never ugly.  “I’ve made my decision.  Bring her.”

The pressure on her shoulder released, and Liliana’s father offered her his hand.  “Come, my dear.”

To Liliana, it felt as though the world was spinning.  What was going on?  The look on her father’s face was resigned, as if he had no choice in whatever was going on here.  Her mother’s smile reached her eyes.

“I’m sorry, my Liliana.  I have no choice.” Her father whispered, just loud enough for her to hear.  Those words, in that tone, in the place they currently were, made Liliana even more certain: something dreadful was about to happen.

Coming to a stop before the dais, a new hand presented itself to Liliana, and she took it daintily.  “Stand beside me.” It was an order directly from the King.  

Liliana obeyed, and turned to face everyone else present in the room.  Her stomach sank even more, seeing open relief on the faces of everyone but her father.

“I present to you all my newly betrothed, Liliana Kunzel.  May we share a long and happy life.” 


Author Interview


Can you give us a brief overview of your book?
Dragon Called is the first book in the Remnants of the Past saga, and takes place in an ancient world.  The first several chapters take place in a nation - or realm, as they're often called, in the book - called Kalvia.  Our main character, Liliana, has found herself in a bit of a predicament: she's been unexpectedly betrothed to King Rannak, a man everyone says is insane.  But is he?  Secrets are currency in Kalvia, and as this is one of the most common 'secrets'....well, can any secret be trusted?  As Liliana discovers the truth behind King Rannak's insanity - or lack thereof - she must make a choice: remain, and become King Rannak's second wife...or leave Kalvia, to discover that there is far more to her world than was ever imagined.

What gave you the inspiration to write the book?
I've always been a lover of fantasy - in fact, one of my favorite authors is a fantasy author, and has been a large influence on my life since I was a fourth grader.  Anything involving creatures that don't exist in the real world...and you can pretty much count me in!  With the exception of most types of horror, however.  So I've always kind of known that if I was going to write anything, of course it would be fantasy!
Which is why it's kind of funny - Dragon Called was my second book.  When I had sat down to write my first book, The Balancer, I had decided to 'pants' it - or write it without any planning whatsoever.  I had loads of grand ideas...there would be dragons, and magic, and all kinds of magical creatures...  By the time I had finished The Balancer's first draft...I knew it wasn't the book I had set out to write.  Instead of being epic fantasy, it was mind-bender sci-fi!  But I went ahead and finished it over the course of several years, and published it.
By the time I was done with The Balancer, I had really come to long for fantasy to be flowing from my fingertips.  Not that I hadn't enjoyed writing The Balancer - but fantasy was where my heart was at.  So when I finally handed it off, I took a few days to really think about it.  As with most of my big story ideas, the original base concept for Dragon Called came to me in a dream.  I had already decided I wasn't going to 'pants' this next book for NaNoWriMo, so when I got up the next day, I sat down and started planning it out!  NaNoWriMo started a few days later.  A year and a half (or so) later, Dragon Called released.

Who are your favorite authors?
My all time favorite author is Tamora Pierce.  Her worlds have been an integral part of my life since I was a fourth grader, and I discovered them while going to a Girl Scout quilting class.
Some of my other favorites include: Piers Antony, James Patterson, Anne McCaffery, Lewis Carroll, Jeff Wheeler, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant.  There are many other authors I enjoy - but if I talked about each and every one of them, we'd be here for way too long!

Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is actually Jeanine Kunzel, one of the minor characters in the book.  There are a lot of things I love about Jeanine - but a lot of scenes involving her didn't make the cut into the final draft of the book.  I don't want to spoil too much by talking about her role in the book - but just know there's a lot more to her as a person than what the book is able to get across.

How long did it take for you to write the book?
I had the rough draft of Dragon Called done in 30 days.  I actually had the dream that inspired it just a few days before NaNoWriMo began, and took the time to plan it before NaNo began.  When NaNoWriMo began I started writing - and had it done a day or two before the last day of NaNo.  The revisions and re-writing took a while longer before I could send it off for editing, but after that it was just a matter of waiting for the cover!


About The Author


melissaMelissa Christopherson is an avid reader, passionate writer, and lover of everything literary. She serves as an AmeriCorps Service Member in the Iowa Reading Corps and is proud to help kids enhance their literary abilities. She served two years as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo in the Iowa area to help other authors grow in both ability and confidence.
She was born in Mason City, Iowa, and has spent most of her life reading books and spent most of her younger years daydreaming.  While in high school, she participated in Academic Decathlon for four years, and credits the reading assignments for the club for further expanding her literary horizons.  She is currently pursuing a degree in English, with a client-centered distributive minor.



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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

BOOK TRAILER BLITZ: THE LOST KNIGHT

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Name: The Lost Knight

Author: Candy Atkins

Genre: YA Fantasy

Blurb: How am I supposed to save the world when I'm not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I'm on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I'm no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that's supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I'm not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.




Author Bio:  Candy Atkins is a full-time writer who lives with her husband and two kids in Orlando, Florida. She’s an avid reader and lover of all things fantasy and sci-fi. Her debut novel, The Lost Knight, is volume one of the six-part Lost Knight Series.

Her life’s journey has taken her from dining with the President to being on food stamps to running her own company. And since all author bios end by naming and quantifying pets…she also enjoys spending time with her boxer, Butler, and Wynona the cat.

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Monday, 4 July 2016

REVIEW: HIT AND RUN BY DOUG JOHNSTONE

Overview

Driving home from a party with his girlfriend and brother, all of them drunk and high on stolen pills, Billy Blackmore accidentally hits someone in the night. In a panic, they all decide to drive off. 

But the next day Billy wakes to find he has to cover the story for the local paper. It turns out the dead man was Edinburgh's biggest crime lord and, as Billy struggles with what he's done, he is sucked into a nightmare of guilt, retribution and violence.

Review
Thrilling,gripping and exciting. Yet again Johnstone has wrote another classic. Johnstone has turned such a basic plot-line into a suspenseful thriller. Johnstone displays amazing writing techniques and i would defiantly pick up more of his books in the future. Without giving to much away i was slightly dissapointed in the outcome. I liked that this novel gave the reader a first person perspective of events which made the book more gripping; if you also like books with a first person prospective i would thoroughly recommend this book.

Analysis


Pros= First person prospective
Cons= Outcome/characters 


Goodreads= http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13516048-hit-and-run
Amazon=https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hit-Run-Doug-Johnstone/dp/0571270476