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Battering The Stem by Bob Freville #review

Title : Battering The Stem
Author: Bob Freville
Published: 2016
Pages:: 133
Format:: ebook

I thank the author for a review copy. I enjoyed this books grim, violent tale and I appreciate what in the span of just over 100 pages the author has managed to create. Characters well defined, story well crafted though I confess to feeling very white while reading this book. The narrative style was quite frankly beyond me and took some getting used to. There were some parts that I simply couldn’t figure out what the street vernacular was attempted to say. I personally feel it detracted from the story as it then made it hard to keep track of who and what. Overall an entertaining though brutal read.

It’s going to be a long, hellish day on Utica Ave. The employees of Brooklyn’s seediest soul food joint, Clayvon’s King Prawn Chicken N’ Biscuit, have a mysterious new patron: Edgerin. Called a “vagrant” and a “beggar”, he’s got a thing or two to learn them in the delicate art of begging…

Within twenty four tense, bloody hours, all the filthy secrets buried under the nail beds of the Clayvon staff are revealed in this darkly comic urban crime story from author Bob Freville.

Defender by G.X. Todd #review

 

Title : Defender
Author: G.X Todd
Published: 2017
Pages:: 464
Format:: Print

I requested a review copy of Defender from Hachette Australia as it had a premise that really appealed to me. I did enjoy this book however it was not a perfect read. The characters were well written as was the post apocalyptic world created by the author. The character of Lacey really annoyed me at first with her naivety however the reason for it with her isolation and lack of exposure to the world made sense. I loved Pilgrim, he is a character I can really enjoy.

The voices not quite right. Internal dialogue is common, we all do it often not so internally. The reason for the voices, where, the how, the why may come in one of the future books in the series but I felt that the story lacked with the not knowing in this one particularly being the start of the series and setting the tone. It would have especially appreciated considering that while there were points of the story that kept pace well other parts were slow and plodding with not much happening. As such I sometimes was not really into reading it and other times very much enjoyed myself. It is a good though uneven start to the series. I’m not sure if I’d read more and lean more to the not side, keeping to just this first book in the series. It may however gain steam and improve at holding the readers attention throughout. I think though that I’ll wait for the review of others before proceeding with with book two. Thanks to Hachette for the review copy.

 

Do you have an inner voice? How does it make you feel? Good? Anxious?

What if your inner voice didn’t belong to you? What if it had a purpose of its own?

And if it asked you to kill.
Would you?

Two heroes – the loner and the teenager.

And a world divided between those who hear and those who don’t.

Defender throws you into an age-old battle but this time the forces of Good and Evil are whispering in your ear.

Do you hear voices?

#HearTheVoices

Fellside by M.R. Carey #review

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Title : Fellside
Author: M.R. Carey
Published: 2016
Pages:: 496
Format:: Print

After reading The Girl With All The Gifts I jumped on the chance to get a review copy, my thanks to Hachette for indulging me. This book while well written in nothing like the authors previous book.

Here the writing had me mesmerised and while I enjoyed the story with varying elements of supernatural, court room drama, and mystery among others the story had a tendency to peak and valley with pacing. At times I could not put the book down and others it slowly plodded along and the excellent writing is what kept me going. I highly enjoyed this book despite some moments of not being quite as good as it could have. I would rate this one 3.5 stars

 

The unmissable and highly anticipated new literary thriller from the author of the international phenomenon The Girl With All the Gifts.

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

It’s a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?

Death by Diploma book tour #review & interview

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Welcome to my stop on the Death by Diploma book tour. It’s my first cozy and I’ll be sharing an interview with the author and a review. Many thanks to Kelley for allowing me to take part.

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Death by Diploma

By Kelley Kaye

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.  There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

Review

This was my first cozy so I didn’t know what to expect from this genre. I got a good little story about a new teacher, her new fast friend and fellow teacher who decide to solve a murder they’ve practically stumbled upon. I enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to those who like cozy mysteries.

Interview –

Please tell me about yourself

My real name is Kelley Gusich, but I write cozy murder mysteries under the name Kelley Kaye (which is my middle name, but without the ‘e’.) I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, went to school in California to become a teacher. I started my career in Lake Tahoe, but then a 1994 diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis brought me back to Colorado and the comfort of family, where I taught at my old high school for 16 years. Issues with my health brought me back to California, to the more temperate climate of San Diego.I’ve been in SD since 2011, writing whenever possible, and now that my two little boys are in school full tIme, I get to write full time! My debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma, was released in February! ;

Can you tell me something about you that no one knows?

I practice what I’m going to say in my head before I say it. All the time. I think that’s one of the reasons I love writing so much, because it’s the BEST way to practice (and practice, rewrite, ponder, reflect, redirect and obsess) what you’re going to say before you say it.

What are you reading now?

Right now I’m reading a book called Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell—it’s been a while since I read her, but Kay Scarpetta is a great character. I’m working on reading my next Book Club book, which is nonfiction titled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Have you ever heard of Hela cells? Well I hadn’t either, but it is fascinating! Also I’m working on two of the newest books by other RAP authors: Stephen Kozeniewski and John DeBoer.

Some favourite books and authors?

I think, until I die, I will read anything and everything written by Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. My favorite favorite titles by those three are, respectively, Innocence, Life Expectancy, and 11-22-63. Now that I say that, of course, forty other titles by those writers come to me and I want to change my answer—so many choices! I love Lee Child. I reread the Wrinkle in Time trilogy about every three years, also To Kill a Mockingbird and/or Of Mice and Men and I still cry every time.

What is your work space and routine like?

This is the corner of my bedroom, AKA my office (picture at bottom).

There’s a sign taped next to the chair, on the dresser. It lays out my schedule for each day, which starts with my magazine writing job—I write for a set of 11 community magazines in North County San Diego called Zcode Magazines. So I do that first, then the rest of the day is divided between writing (I have four fiction and one nonfiction project in progress right now), social media, sending queries and other marketing.

Did any of your own personal teaching experience end up in the book? 

I think some of Emma’s interactions with students might be true to the way I would talk to students, but as far as specific experiences in the book—they’re all made up!

What do you have planned for the Chalkboard Outlines series?

All your cozy fun—more quirky characters, fun relationships, and of course more Shakespeare! Each of the books will have an alliterative title and be about teaching and murder!

What can readers look forward to next?

I’ve started writing book #2 in the Chalkboard Outlines series, so, more fun with Emma, Leslie and Shakespeare! I’ve just finished the first draft of a humorous self-help memoir (not a genre. Yet.) for which I’m seeking representation, and if I EVER get any more time it’ll be to work on more Cozy Mysteries, more Narrative Nonfiction, and more Young Adult Paranormal. Count on seeing me!

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Author Bio

Kelley KayeKelley Kaye taught High School English and Drama for twenty years, but her love for
storytelling dates back to creating captions for her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created around her Barbie and Ken — whatever the case, the love’s been around for a long time.

Kelley is married to this amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and
wonderful sons. She lives in Southern California.

http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/

On Twitter: @kelkay1202

Check out the book trailer for Death by Diploma: https://youtu.be/CAMXkR3kA-8

 

 

 

Superghost by Scott Cole #review

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Title : Superghost
Author: Scott Cole
Published: 2014
Pages:: 85
Format:: ebook

 

Mad science, giant monsters, and a whole lot of severed limbs…

Things were bad when Darren lost his arm to a drunken farmer driving a stolen bulldozer the wrong way down a one-way city street. All he had left was the strange tingling sensation where his arm had been and a life that was no longer there. Now, even that is about to be stolen from him.

The foulest mad scientist the world has ever seen has plans for Darren’s phantom limb, and the limbs of all the other amputees he can attack. He is gathering them to build the greatest Frankenstein ghost ever made from phantom body parts – a SuperGhost designed to destroy the world! And it will take Darren and a ragtag band of amputation survivors to bring down the creature and save mankind from total destruction!

 

A disgruntled mad scientist creates a monster with the ghost limbs of amputees. That right there is the story in a nutshell. It was fun, quirky, and entertaining. A short read as are all NBAS reads so this is a good taste of what one would have in store if trying bizarro for the first time. My fave part was the inclusion of an octopus and its limbs which while highly inaccurate as octopi will regrow limbs, not that this story is factual but non the less phantom octopus limbs don’t happen. Be that as it may I enjoyed Sexy the Sexopus and his little wiggly ghost appendage. < That sounded wrong.