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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-03 07:07
What Happens if a Teenager with a God Complex has an Army that Worships Her? The Threat Below by Jason Latshaw Shows You!
The Threat Below (Brathius History Book 1) - Jason Latshaw



I won this book in a giveaway and the author was kind enough to send the 500-paged book all the way to Pakistan. This is why, I started scribbling on the book when I started to read it, so that I did it justice.


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The first annotation that I added:


Ten pages in and discrimination has already raised its ugly head!


The only people who survive the disaster that kills everybody else are now living on top of a mountain since the rest of the world has turned hostile. Among them, the Cognates are the thinkers and thus more superior to the Veritas who are doers. The discriminatory status is quite clear right from the start. It is also very much a part of the female protagonist, Icelyn. She may have feelings for a boy who belongs to the class of Veritas but the discrimination is so deeply ingrained that it is plain to see.



An Example

Which brings me to Icelyn's character. She is self-absorbed to such an extreme that you keep thinking she couldn't possibly be any more so. You'd be wrong! That's because the girl who already has a god complex discovers a whole sect of creatures who worship her! I could go on and on about her character flaws. Instead, I will let this highly useful post do it for me. It talks about how NOT to write teenage characters.


Icelyn was not a very likeable person. She discriminated, had a superiority complex, and vacillated between feeling a child who needs her parents to protect her at certain times and takes over the Mountain and kicks her father off the throne. But most of all, she was a master manipulator. She was as good as her ancestor, who had created the monsters, had been at manipulation. She could make them believe that she loved them and then order them to their deaths! Even with all that, there is no character growth when it comes to Icelyn.


The second thing I noticed was the author's penchant for adding details in parentheses. So many of these details came off as afterthoughts that they might have added during editing. It sounded like they wanted to explain away any doubts the reader have about the story.


On the other hand, certain things that require explanation are lacking it. Adorane using squirrels to send messages inscribed on nuts is one instance. Where did he learn to do that? How did he train the squirrels? Why are we just hearing of this? Why is it never mentioned again?


It was then while reading seventh chapter that I got to the biggest issue that I had with the book: jumping points of view (PoVs). They jump enough to give you whiplash. You had to keep guessing which character is doing the talking!


In case, you have started to think that this book is not for you, these beautiful pieces of writing from it might change your mind:


"I could even live in the Lost Labyrinth -- the vast unmapped mines that the Kith dug over the centuries, endlessly searching for metals and minerals. They could use a good haunting, and I could be a lost soul aimlessly wandering."


"On the western side of our Mountain, a giant stretch of blue -- the ocean!-- goes on as far as I can see. This water's alive and angry in places, rising up and slapping the land where they meet, and then retreating to gather energy and do it again. Where the shore and water collide, waves explode into pure white, bursting into the sky like a celebration."


"Fear is the most elegant weapon Your hands are never messy, Threatening bodily harm is crude. Work, instead on minds and beliefs, play insecurities like a piano. Be creative in approach. Force anxiety to excruciating levels or gently undermine the public confidence. Panic drives herds over cliffs. When nothing is safe, sacred, or sane, there is no respite from horror. Absolutes are quicksilver. Results are spectacular."


"If I invented a god, he would carry a flare or a lamp or something more magical than a hammer. I wonder, does Ad's god tote a hammer, or some other tool? Maybe a mixer or a chopper. Never know when a god might need to mix or chop something."


"No! They were machines. They had engines that drew energy from a liquid called gasoline. Believe or not, gasoline was the liquefied remains of monsters who has died millions of years ago, called Dinosaurs." Yeah, may be just a tad exaggerated but fun to read. How would we describe our technology to someone from the past (or a post-apocalyptic future)? Would they even believe us or act like Icelyn did:


"Machines drinking the liquefied corpses of giant lizards so that they can carry people around inside, as if they're grand wheelbarrows come alive? What ever could be considered fanciful about that?"


I think I found an allusion to The Hobbit in the book. Icelyn compares the many colored fishes to treasure in this words: (Apriori are the people who had been alive before the disaster took place.)


"Belubus uses to read an ancient book to me, written for Apriori children, about a great hidden treasure guarded by a giant dragon."


Another thing that I wanted to share was a scene that stayed with me. It described what happened after the monsters who had brought about the apocalypse had killed for the first time. They ate the woman's (Shai's) flesh and then:


"Amp hangs the husk of Shai on the wall, from a hook where Mister Sean would often place his coats."


After reading the description of the monsters or Threatbelows, I imagined they would look like this:




Amp would be different and look like this guy:




This is how I imagined Omathius would be:




All of them had sharp claws and Icelyn's ice blue eyes:




There are cute illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that tell you where the events are taking place:


 I was reading the reviews for the book on Goodreads and found an opinion that I completely agree with. It also sums my review beautifully:





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text 2016-05-03 21:36
Saph1re's Shelf Stacking - April 2016

 I did so well in March with managing to only acquire 9 books, in the hope of reducing the length of my to be read pile. Having acquired 17 books in April, I think reducing the to be read list might have to wait until another month, as I'm pretty sure I didn't read 17 books in April, oops!

I'm sure I have a cheeky little fairy whispering in my ear telling me to get more books. I do have good news for my purse though, as it seems rather impressively, I've got through a whole month without actually paying for a single book!


Amazon Kindle Freebies



The Doppelganger: A Psychological Thriller


Balls (Ball Games, #1)


The Girl Who Couldn't Come Up With an Original Title




The Real Book Thief (How To Steal Another Author's Work And Nearly Get Away With It)


Waiting For The Bee Stings





The Silent Twin (Detective Jennifer Knight #3)


The Second Chance Shoe Shop


Even Stranger


After the Lie


Different Class


When She Was Bad



Signed Books


(Received as a gift from the author)

 A Mother's Secret: A beautiful, heartbreaking novel of love, loss and hidden tragedy



Giveaway Wins


The Long Weekend


Housing Elephants



Review Requests Received


The Scottish Diamond: A Romantic Suspense Novella


Denied (The Monster Trilogy Book 2)

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text 2016-04-28 19:11
Yay to my winning sprout face!

A few days ago I attended author Caroline Mitchell's Facebook launch party for her third crime thriller novel, The Silent Twin.


I actually won a photograph competition. Now, I’d love to say it was for my stunning beauty, however, it was in fact my sprout face that was the winner. See, vegetables are great for you. That bitter sprout won me a beautiful mini adult colouring book with motivational quotes and a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Daim bar. Now that’s what I call a balanced diet.


I didn’t manage to get ‘Moody Monster’ the sock creature to smile for the photo, but the chocolate wrapper went so well with him, I don’t care.


Sprouty McSproutface!!!

Now I've completely embarrassed myself with this ever so flattering photo of myself, if you would like to know more about Caroline’s brilliant books, please check out the links below:


Facebook Author Page




Amazon UK


Don't Turn Around (Detective Jennifer Knight #1)


Time to Die (Detective Jennifer Knight #2)


The Silent Twin (Detective Jennifer Knight #3)


Paranormal Intruder (non-fiction)


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text 2016-04-25 17:17
Giveaway Win - Signed Copy of The Long Weekend, by Jane E. James

Cotton Wool posing with the exciting book post that arrived today, yay! I won a signed copy of The Long Weekend, by Jane E. James in a giveaway on Facebook a few days ago. Now I just need a long weekend to curl up and read this xxx





A remote lighthouse. A divided family. A chilling secret.

Making sandcastles has never been so dangerous...

Hazel Ladd has spent her life hiding the love she feels for one of her daughters and disguising the hatred she feels for the other. After fifteen years apart they all meet up for a long weekend. Hazel's guilty secret is finally torn from her and the long-anticipated reunion ends in disaster.

All she'd ever tried to do was protect her daughters from the truth...

Set against the haunting backdrop of a wintry Norfolk coastline and a remote lighthouse that overlooks the bleak North Sea, this is a disturbing portrayal of a deeply complex mother with a secretive past, whose longed-for reunion with her two estranged daughters is not all it seems...






Author Facebook Page


Author Twitter Page

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text 2016-03-05 17:41
Saph1re's Shelf Stacking - February 2016

I promised myself I would behave, but it seems February was another impressive month of shelf stacking, with me acquiring 2 more books than I did in January! Will I manage to resist temptation in March, I wonder?!




Amazon Kindle Freebies


Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?: A Victorian True Crime Murder Mystery


The Gears of Madness



Amazon Kindle Bought


The Skeleton Cupboard: Stories from a clinical psychologist


The Prodigal: Valley Park series #1



Paperback Freebies


Water for Elephants


Every Last One


Two Caravans




Sepulchre (Languedoc #2)



Paperbacks Bought


Spill Simmer Falter Wither


Behind Closed Doors


Missing Gretyl: You Only Love Twice


THE THESEUS PARADOX: What if London's 7/7 bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time?


How to be Brave



Signed Books Bought


Catch the Moon, Mary


The Dreams of the Black Butterfly


Coming up Roses


Sealed with a Kiss


The Mistake I Made


No Kiss Goodbye







The Finding of Martha Lost




The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper


Kitty's Countryside Dream



Review Requests Received


Between You and Me

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