Review: by Dane Cobain


When Dan Roberts starts his new job at, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences. 

But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.


Overall, I found this book to be a nice easy read once I got into it.  The premise is strong and I love the idea of a social network dedicated to the dead! 

I really struggled to relate to Dan the main character, partly because he came across as a bit of an arse, a bit of a lazy so and so and just not really all that nice;  That led me to struggle to read it at times and so found it easy to put down and difficult to pick up again.

Dan is a complex character and the author has taken time to build him throughout the story and it was interesting to read how he fits in and deals with the shady business going on with the company founders

However, I love the plot twists and turns which is the sign for me of a well written story and the author excels at building suspense. 

I did feel the ending was a bit rushed after such a long build up of Dan’s character and it all got tied up rather tidily

However, it is an edgy read with a few jibes at modern society thrown in that really gets you thinking…especially, for me, that this social media isn’t already out there! 

Spotlight: Egg & I Audiobook by Heather Henderson

Author: Betty MacDonald

Narrator: Heather Henderson

Length: 9 hours

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press⎮2015

Genre: Humor, Memoir

When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall – through chaos and catastrophe – this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor. A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on the American frontier.

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Betty Bard  MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters. MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island). Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.

  Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts. Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire; and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine. She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry. In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.     

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Review: The Return of The Young Prince by A.G. Roemmers

“Humanity has the curse (or blessing) that all human beings are interconnected.  As long as any one of them is suffering, none of them will be completely happy.”

Even princes from faraway planets do not always remain small. Eventually they grow up and – no longer content with their tiny planet – set off once again to explore the universe anew. So the Little Prince, now a teenager, one day returns to Earth and finds himself on a lonely country road in the vast, desolate plains of Patagonia. There he meets the narrator of this novel, who rescues him and takes him on a journey. Slowly the Prince shares the stories of his adventures, and together they begin to explore some of life’s most important questions, taking readers along with them on a wonderful spiritual journey. An inspiring, life-changing book.


It’s rare that a book really hooks onto something in me and steals a little piece of my heart but The Return of The Young Prince has done just that.

It’s a beautifully written and inspiring piece and such a great read for children and adults alike

Don’t be put off by thinking this is a sequel because to me it felt like a standalone, you don’t need to have read The Young Prince (although I’ve gone out and brought it now!) to read this one. Don’t go in with the notion that this is a part 2! It’s not and it will leave you feeling disappointed if you go in with that attitude.

For me it feels like I’m part of a very personal journey for the Author and could really relate to his story.

The illustrations are simple in design yet beautiful and by now you know how much I love a good cover and this one doesn’t disappoint

The writing is so philosophical and beautifully done that I could’ve picked out so many quotes to tagline this review  that I would’ve got in trouble for plagiarism!   

It’s the full package for me and I implore you to go out and read this book.  

I don’t normally read other reviews before writing mine as I don’t want it to skew my judgement of the book but because of the buzz surrounding The Young Prince I couldn’t resist a peek; although some reviews appear not to love this book I felt differently perhaps that’s because I’ve yet to read the original or maybe it was the little bit of soul soothing story that I needed but I loved this book and it will be one of the rare ones that makes a permanent home on my bookshelf! 

Blitz: Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?

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My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.

Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.
I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”

Here’s Audrey Grey Reading the First Chapter!

Author Bio:

Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.


Cover Reveal: The Romeo Catchers

The Romeo Catchers
Alys Arden
(The Casquette Girls #2)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she’s determined to forget: Niccolò Medici. Not even the multitude of enchanted locks on the attic door trapping Nicco within can break their connection.
Sensing Nicco calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths too dark that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising: the Medici’s presence has attracted something else to New Orleans…an older enemy, one that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.
In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele must draw on the past—from seventeenth-century Florence, a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal—and sort history from fantasy if she is to have any chance of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.

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Author Bio:
Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy colored. One dreary day in London, she missed home and started writing The Casquette Girls.
Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before it was acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Her second book is due out winter 2016.
Alys is represented by ICM. And she still plans to run away with the circus one star swept night.


Review: The Fragile Will by Glen Ebisch


When high school English teacher Cassandra Reilly is laid off, she takes a poorly paying part-time job at a local nursing home to make ends meet. Her employment problems may be solved when one of her patients passes away after naming her in his will as the director of a new literary research center. But Cassie isn’t certain she can handle the position, and her doubts increase when she receives a threat against her life.

The lawyer who handles the will proves to be a source of support and comfort, and Cassie hopes their friendship will deepen into love. As the danger increases and Cassie faces her doubts about her own abilities, she begins to develop a new strength of character that will help her achieve her life’s goals


I’ve not come across this author before but in my usual judge a book by it’s cover mentality drew me in to pick this one up.

Unfortunately this time my hunch let me down…I didn’t find this book strong in its story line or edgy enough.

It was nicely paced but quite easy to see where it was leading which is such a shame as it doesn’t give me the urge to carry on reading.

However, at only 170 pages long it’s a nice easy read that would make that morning commute a touch less monotonous on the train without having to worry about it really taxing you before you’ve finished your morning coffee

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own

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About the Book
Title: The Twilight Tsunami
Author: Shelby Londyn-Heath
Genre: Psychological Thriller

About the Book
Title: The Twilight Tsunami
Author: Shelby Londyn-Heath
Genre: Psychological Thriller 
Grey is a hard-hitting foster care social worker who removes babies and children from dangerous drugged parents, violent homes, and families joined with criminal gangs.  He is unstoppable until a new social worker enters his department.  She is hungry for power and position, as she challenges Grey in malevolent and unexpected ways. As Grey yanks newborns from mothers, confronts irate parents, and lives through suicides of foster children aging out of the system, nothing stops him until he meets his nemesis, a truly power-hungry woman. 
As Grey struggles to maintain his position at work, his ambitious co-worker strategizes to bring his career to an end. She plans her take-down in a stealthy, behind-the-back manner, as Grey wakes daily to the grind of child removals during his job as a Child Protective Services social worker. After he is attacked by an addicted, brutal father during a child removal, Grey becomes unruly to his supervisor, co-workers, and his clients while his enemy at work steps back and watches him unravel. 
She delivers the final crush in an unexpected, malevolent manner. Grey teeters, no longer able to hold himself together, no longer able to perform on the job. He takes the next move, the last thing left for him to do to avoid a final melt-down, a final smear of his old self on a sheet of fly paper. 

CHAPTER ONE The Hospital GREY STOOD QUIETLY next to the hospital bed. “Mrs. Jaspers, your baby has tested positive for cocaine.” Grey knew from experience that talking in a low voice helped hold back the negative emotions of a child’s removal, before anger and defiance from parents swept around him like a dangerous tempest. Mrs. Jaspers, a nineteen-year-old woman recently out of high school, glared at Grey. Her eyes grew larger in her upturned face, framed by tangled, matted purple hair. She wore an apologetic nose ring that swept to one side of her flared nostril and vibrated with each panicked inhalation she drew in. “I repeat, Mrs. Jaspers, your baby has tested positive. I am from the Department of Social Services. I am here to take your baby to a safe environment.” Mrs. Jaspers bolted upright in her bed. She grabbed onto Grey with a gritty desperation to stop him from removing her baby. “My baby ain’t on cocaine. How dare you say my baby is on drugs? I didn’t give no drugs to my baby. You cannot take my baby girl. We are waiting for her daddy to come see her. We are going to name her today. I need my baby to stay with me, because like I just told you, we’re waiting for her daddy to come see her.” The daddy, a twenty-one-year-old unemployed construction worker who married her when she tested positive for pregnancy, prowled the streets looking for cocaine after a three-day drinking binge. Grey unclasped the mother’s hands and moved towards the door. Mrs. Jaspers jumped up, pulling out her intravenous tube, causing blood to spurt out of her arm. She howled loudly. Grey called in a police officer who waited tentatively in the corridor. The police officer’s presence did not deter the fiery mother from running around her hospital room in frantic leaps. The sickening odor of fresh blood permeated the room. Her hospital gown flew open, displaying the naked form of a young woman new to adulthood. Her tattoos, splayed across her torso, looked like colorful orbs of splattered paints, graffiti statements embroidered in flesh. Grey felt his stomach grip in painful spasms. He thought of his daughter Olivia, also nineteen years-old, at an age of innocence, a time for dreaming, to be a youthful arrow pointed at the stars. As Grey watched Mrs. Jaspers lurch side-to- side in frenzied movements, he wondered how she came to this moment; losing her baby, being strung out on drugs, with a bleak future rising before her. Nurses ran in as the police officer restrained her, “Her stitches. Watch for her stitches,” one of them shouted. “I don’t care about my stitches. I wish I could die. This man wants to take my baby away. I just had hours of pain to make my baby. You didn’t have that pain, you didn’t go through what I went through; you didn’t make my baby. You have no right to take my baby. How dare you?” The young woman screamed between loud ricocheting sobs. Her hands shook and her face turned ashen. One of the nurses yelled, “Mrs. Jaspers, get in bed right now. Nurse Anne, please help me lift her into bed and get her to stop moving around. She has stitches that will tear, if they haven’t already. There, there, Mrs. Jaspers, we’ll have something for you right away.” The nurse patted the sheets down with trembling hands. Mrs. Jaspers kicked furiously, as the officer restrained her. Two nurses and an aide helped pull her onto the hospital bed. Mrs. Jaspers screamed when the officer gripped her arms and hands. Another nurse came in and gave her a shot. Mrs. Jaspers looked out at a haze of blue uniforms surrounding her, as she shook uncontrollably, emitting a strange growling sound, before her sedative took effect.

Author Bio
Shelby Londyn-Heath, a transplant from New York, has been a world-traveler, crossing the Sahara Desert on the back of a salt truck, working on banana plantations in Spain, an oil company in New York, and on coffee farms in Hawaii. She has jumped freight trains across the United States, and she was the proud owner of a beachfront bamboo hut on the Canary Islands. She has worked as a counselor, social worker, and teacher.
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Weregirl By C.D. Bell


Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

The premise of this book is a good one and strong but I struggled to get into it.  I found I kept putting it down and had trouble coming back to it.
The author has a talent to bring her character’s alive especially when it comes to the descriptions of transformation. I really enjoyed that element of the story more than the track and running but the author links Nessa’s two lives together so well by using running as the pivotal point.
I found the mystery of the second werewolf a good little double bluff with the story leading you one way and then another and yet they left me hanging on story lines that they didn’t tie up especially in regards to Vivian which left me slightly frustrated
The ending really picked the pace of the book up for me and I found myself racing through the last few chapters. I love how it ended although it did feel a bit scrappy in places.
There is definitely room for sequels left in this book but I’m not sure it is one that I would follow.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are my own

The Last Night by Cesca Major

Two women separated by years, tied by secrets untold and haunted by tragedies that could not be foreseen

Based on true events in 1952, Cornwall

In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within.
Decades earlier, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever…

I loved it…from the first page to the last it kept me reading.
It has something for everyone it’ll creep you out, it’ll excite you it has emotion on every page!
Like Cesca’s first novel (if you haven’t read it you should!) chapter to chapter moves to a different main character in the story but unlike The Silent Hours it also moves you back and forward in time.  Now, you might be thinking that this would cause all sorts of confusion but part of the talent of this author is her ability to write it perfectly! There is no getting lost with the who or where you are.
It’s haunting and beautiful at the same time with secrets that will keep you in suspense.  Although, the author gives you hint of what they could be, the way she builds the story around the secrets is impeccable.
I don’t want to spoil this one for you with discussions of plot lines and character backgrounds as I feel that might take away some of the suspense in the novel and so that is why I have only included a synopsis 
But like her first book Cesca Major has based this novel a true event in Cornwall and you can tell she has researched it thoroughly and has sympathetically woven it into the story.
The Last Night will grip you as it did me, the way the author builds her characters makes you feel real sympathy and emotion for them.  Each character and plot line is as strong as the other which means the story doesn’t lose pace, you’ll want to read about each woman equally and the vividness of the authors writing draws you into post-war Bristol and Coastal Harbour towns as well as musty antique shops.
Cesca Major really is a talented author and I’m definitely a fan of her work and I think you will be to when you read this book!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid Review

A Diabolic is ruthless. 
A Diabolic is powerful.
 A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. “

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.


 A Gritty and violent standalone novel, it can be brutal at times and I probably would suggest it’s not for the fainthearted!

I found it to be well-paced in that it kept my attention and it entertained me throughout.  However, I do have to say some of the killings seemed a bit necessary but hey, it’s the authors book and they’ll die if she want them to! 

I’m not sure I’d make comparisons to The Game of Thrones or The Hunger Games as I think every author should be judged on their own merit not on someone else’s so go into this story with an open mind or you won’t let the story whisk you away into the world of political sci-fi! 

I love the plucky young heroine, she’s a fighter and strong, but still relate able despite finding myself questioning whether she was more than super human or even human at all!

What I particularly like about this story is although the heroine comes through it all, it leaves you wondering whether you were actually routing for the good guys at all! The book is so violent that everyone is in someway a little bit bad….I loved that grey area!!

I love that the book ends on a climax, it leaves it up to your own imagination what happens next and I definitely think there’s room for a sequel

Overall, if you’re into Dystopian novels then this is definitely one for you!   

About the Author

S.J Kincaird originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead.  Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize.  She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review.  All my opinions are my own