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review 2014-09-09 20:02
Review - The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl.
The Future for Curious People - Gregory Sherl

I just lapped this story up! I could barely put it down and read it cover to cover in almost one sitting. It's just so good and exactly the sort of thing I love. I was just sucked in from page one.


It's a romance but with a bit of a twist - For anyone who wants to see their romantic future with a potential partner there is a service available called 'envisioning'. With the help of Dr Chin and his coin operated envisioning machine, Godfrey Burkes initially sets out to see his future with his potential fiance but a chance meeting with a woman in the waiting room leads him to question his future with the woman he had hoped to marry. His other half is also visiting another envisionist's office hoping for some guidance in her romantic future as she has questions she'd like answered before she says 'Yes'.


Told in alternating point of view between Godfrey and Evelyn it's very entertaining and such a joy to see it all come together as the story plays out. All the characters were really fleshed out and the dialogue between them all is hilarious. I loved the main characters, Godfrey and Evelyn, but the secondary characters were every bit as wonderful. I just loved them all. They're quirky and likeable so much fun to read about.


This would make a fantastic rom-com movie. The characters and dialogue are just begging to be put on the screen and I'll keep my fingers crossed that someone sees the potential for that because I'd love to see it.


From start to almost finish I had this pegged as a five star read but I was a bit disappointed by the ending. Everything else was given proper page-time to play out and was so well constructed but the ending felt a bit rushed. It wasn't a satisfying conclusion given how wonderful the rest of the story was.


I think this is the first romance I've ever read which was written by a male author but hopefully it wont' be the last. This author can definitely write and even with the ending as it is this is one of my favourite reads this year so far.


*Note - I was sent a copy of this by the publisher*




This finish gets me 336 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 81,261/1,000,000





...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'D' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'D' is for Doctor






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review 2014-09-02 15:30
Review - The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

When I started this I thought I was going to get some kind of Apocalyptic End of the World type story but I can't really say that's how it turned out. It's more a coming of age type story with a bit of monumental planetary change in the background.

It's a very good story and it's very well written, this lady can definitely tell a great story. It's just not what I was expecting. I thought the title was referring to an Age as a period in time but now I'm wondering if it's a reference to the chronological age of the narrator.

The narrator is 11 year old Julia and she tells her story mostly from a point in the future as she looks back on what happened when the Earth stopped rotating. What we never find out is 'why' it happened. I'm not sure if it's because Julia is/was 11 and just wasn't concerned with the 'why's' but it was a little frustrating to only get some of the picture.

Mostly it's about growing up, first love, transitioning into adulthood and dealing with pre-teen issues...with a backdrop of potential apocalypse. If it were just a straightforward coming of age tale I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. It's a great story but I was in it for the End Of The World and seeing that side of things play out were what kept me going.

Very well done and scarily believable. Overall I really liked it and would recommend it..



*Note - I was sent a copy of this by the publisher*




This finish gets me 384 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 80,605/1,000,000





...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'B' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'B' is for Bathing Suit




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review 2014-09-01 23:46
Review - Once a Ferrara Wife by Sarah Morgan
Once a Ferrara Wife... - Sarah Morgan

It's been a while since I read any Mills & Boon but this one has made me remember how much I used to enjoy them. This isn't the first book I've read by Sarah Morgan but I didn't realise she was a M&B author too so I'll have to see if there are any I've missed. I hope there are lots more as she writes such great stories and I'm always charmed by her characters.

The chemistry between Cristiano and Laurel was electric and I was rooting for them the whole way through. I don't always enjoy romances to have friction and misunderstandings that need to be worked through but here I just lapped it up. For anyone who is familiar with M&B type romances it's quite predictable- separated couple who are thrown back together during a family member's wedding have to work through their differences while trying to convince themselves and each other that they've moved on. I just love stories about reunions with ex's. They sometimes frustrate me because a lot of the misunderstandings could be avoided if they would just sit down and talk to each other but they spend all of their energy trying to hide their true feelings and thinking the worst of each other. They do say that the path to true love never runs smooth, I suppose and it wouldn't be much of a story if they sorted it all out in the first chapter after a quick chat.

Wonderful setting of Sicily and Cristiano was a great Italian hero. Laurel was just the right mix of strong yet vulnerable and I actually shed a tear or two as they worked out their differences.

Lovely story and one I'd go back to.

If you're looking for another great Sarah Morgan story, try The Tortured Rake (Bad Blood - Book 1) it's every bit as wonderful as this one.


This finish gets me 192 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 80,251/1,000,000





...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'R' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'R' is for Reunion.


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review 2014-05-20 19:43
Lock up your daughters - Darcy's back in town!!
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

I don't read many classics any more.  Barely any.  A while back though I took a notion to read Pride & Prejudice for the first time. I'm a big kindle fan but for this book I wanted my first time to be special :P


I hunted down and bought a very nice vintage hardback, complete with gilt trim and (faux) leather and settled down to read...then I laid it aside and had an attack of doubt.  What if I hated it?  EVERYONE else seems to love it and the pressure to get sucked in by it felt huge.  I decided to delay reading it until I felt I was in the right mood for it to grab me.  Eventually I decided that even if I hated it I'd just say I loved it so that nobody would think I was stupid :D


Mkay, now where did that fancy book go?  *sigh*  Nowhere to be found.  It's like the thing has vanished into thin air.  Ah well, never mind, my kindle is special too, I suppose.


Nope, two chapters into the kindle edition and I'm not feeling it.  I really need this one in paper.


So, fast forward a few weeks spent checking charity shops for any copy I could lay my hands on without any success and I take myself online.  I'm browsing a few different covers when I spy the mother lode...  Soon as I saw it I knew that was The Special I had been looking for.


It's just perfect.  It's published by a company called Pulp! The Classics and their covers have all been given a vintage re-do with cute tag-lines to match.  This one has Colin Firth as the inspiration :D



Pride & Prejudice was their first release and although they're quite a new press they've got a nice selection of classics and a few more near to publishing date.


The text of the books is the exact classic's text, it's just the covers that are different.  They all have the coloured page edges like some vintage paperbacks used to have as standard (Pride & Prejudice has red edges) and are made to look beat up and stained on the covers.  So cute.


I love my P&P copy so that I'm saving up for all the others too.  LOVE.  THEM.


I was reading it in the hospital waiting room last week and two separate ladies came over to me and asked about it :)  It's a great conversation starter, lol.



Anyhoo....the story... I LOVE IT!!  No lie, I really do, lol.  I'm working through it slowly to make it last but I'm happy to announce that I really like it.  Darcy is an arse and I don't blame Elizabeth for turning him down but I'm just at the part where she's starting to melt a little towards him and it's great!  I'm going to watch all the dramatizations and movies next and have stock piled the spin off  knock off books about Pemberly and Longbourne and vampires, etc :)


I think Wuthering Heights is next!






This finish gets me 320 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 80,925/1,000,000





...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'L' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'L' is for Lamp





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review 2014-05-18 11:09
Review -The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Three - Sarah Lotz

I had heard that this was a cross between Lost and The Passage so I went into it with a little trepidation as I loved Lost and hated The Passage.  Now that I've finished I'd have to say that it's probably more like the former rather than the latter (but only loosely) and I'm glad because I got a great read.  

The Three is an epistolary novel and is told through a series of electronic documents (blogs, email, skype transcripts and recordings), letters, newspaper clippings etc.  It's a book within a book. When it's done well the epistolary format adds a feeling of realism to the story, it mimics how events would be documented if it were to actually happen.  I don't always enjoy this style of writing (World War Z springs to mind) but Sarah Lotz is very talented and played the style to perfection

In some circles it's being touted as Horror but apart from being a bit chilling and having creepy kids in it it's not what I'd class as Horror.   I'm struggling to know what genre it should be be in though.  It's got apocalyptic undertones but that's not close enough either.  It's a tough one.  It's also a frustrating one.  At the end I had no idea what it had all been about.  Not. A. Clue.  I think that's the point though, nobody has a clue what happened and nobody can agree.   

I had read somewhere that it takes about 100 pages to get going so when it was struggling to hold my interest in the beginning I kept at it and ploughed on.  So glad I did, it turned out to be gripping, interesting and very well executed.  It was sometimes hard to keep all the characters straight in my head because the chapters are really short and whip about in time and place but that just adds to the urgency and suspense of it all.

It's very hard to write anything about the storyline without spoilers so it's not easy to put into words what I most liked about this one.  It's a bit surreal, if I'm honest.  That part at least is very similar to Lost.  The downside would be that I didn't really get any closure on the story as it's very ambiguous and that was a cause of frustration for me, I got to the end of the last page and wondered what on Earth I'd just read.  I needed answers and I didn't get all of them.

LOVED the story though.  If this isn't made into a movie soon then there is something wrong with the film-makers.  If ever a book was crying out to be made into a film, this is it.  I can't wait.

I will definitely read more by this author.  The lady can write!

*Note - I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher*



This finish gets me 467 pages closer to 1 Million pages challenge. 78,739/1,000,000





...And, I'm calling this for the letter 'X' in my AtoZ Challenge.  'X' is for XXIV.




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