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Lakebridge Autumn by Natasha Troop #review @lakebridgecycle

Natasha Troop

The town of Stansbury, Vermont has survived over four hundred years of tragic events. The town survived because otherworldly beings and powerful humans have always controlled the lives of the people willed them to forget each terrible event.

As the bloody conflict between those forces has been raging, the people have stopped forgetting. Fear and grief have replaced peaceful ignorance and the powers that be no longer care.

In Lakebridge: Autumn, Stansbury will fall.

I was introduced to author Natasha Troop quite a while back. I’ve been a fan from the moment I read her first book in the Lakebridge Cycle series. She is very talented, so much so I suspect it seeps from her pores and makes her glow or sweat profusely, however extreme talent manifests itself her cups runneth over.

The series she has created has hooked me so much, I feel an almost manic obsession in regards to them. It must be like what George R.R. Martin fans feel ( I haven’t read the books – looks at TBR mountain ) . When is the next book coming? WHEN IS WINTER COMING?????????? OMG STOP TORTURING USSSSSS!!!!

Yes Natasha when, when is Winter coming? I say that and then when it’s here in my hands I will sit there with glee and then it will dawn on me that the seasons have come and now they are gone and then I will cry and be bitter and sad that its come to an end. See this emotional turmoil she has created?

I am at her mercy, she has created a series so strong I truly admire her abilities. A town that I feel so much for, that I’ve been engrossed by. Characters I feel so much for and have become special to me. The Lakebridge Cycle is an engrossing literary series.

Spring crafted a brilliant foundation to the story. So eerie

Summer flourished destructively so and elaborated on the setting and people

Autumn tore so much apart

And Winter is coming.

Natasha writes in a style I love. It’s not for everyone granted but I myself enjoyed it. The stream of conscience and from so many points of view moose/meese and dogs and cats included I feel is part of what makes the story, the characters so endearing to the reader. Ps. I love that moose.

Her writing style is easy to read and flows so well. I was obsessive reading this story and just sat there with my nose in the book. The story I love so much Stansbury and all the people in the town and that damn bridge. A talented author and fascinating series. I recommended it wholeheartedly. I would suggest for new readers to start at book one but start you should. If this doesn’t convince you read my reviews of Lakebridge Spring and Lakebridge Summer.

The Lakebridge Series including Autumn can be found on Book Depository and Amazon


The Explorer by James Smythe #review

This book as with quite a few recently I blame my fascination on because of blogger Michael of Literary Explorer. Michael has a literary explorer challenge that I’ve joined and as they are genre I had planned to read anyway well I’ve cheated and joined what I like to think/hope will be an easy challenge. I say that but keep failing my reading challenges so we shall see.

Back to the book. Michael has quite interesting taste in his reads and I for one have dubbed him my guru because he has recommended so many wonderful reads to me. Burial Rites which I actually won on his blog was one of my fave reads of last year such brilliant work that when he said this one was great and after reading the blurb well I didn’t argue I checked my library and snatched up my own copy. I’ll be reading book two The Echo very soon.

James Smythe



A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony.

When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.

I enjoyed this one immensely. It is a book about an exploration expedition into space. Go see what is out there. Ahhh how I love this subject. I’d hop on one myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I couldn’t pay off the Russians, NASA is not doing any missions okay and I’m not an astronaut. Pity.

We have our crew and our protagonist, Cormac. He is a journalist picked to document the journey and blog it, write it, record it and share it with the world. The story is told by Cormac from his experience on board to how the crew got to know each other during training. You really get to know the others as Cormac tells a good story. Then there is an event. Can’t say what it would give a major story line away suffice it to say holy crap! Then well I can’t really say its a book that is hard to review without giving away giant details that you don’t want to share as its what makes it a great read.

You empathise, sympathise, there is shock – awe – disbelief. It is a book that I enjoyed in the beginning then when the “thing” happened that I can’t share I sat there with the book mesmerised I had enjoyed it up till then and from then on I just turned the page faster and faster because the story became amazing. I have read some great reads recently but this book had me mesmerised and that hasn’t happened in quite some time. I just had to know I had to find out Cormac’s story.

If you enjoy literary thrillers, mystery some sci fi read this. Even if that isn’t your usual read I recommend this one because this is a book worth reading. A must for the TBR and in fact bump the others and read this. You will not be sorry.

The Explorer is the first in The Anomaly Quartet series and is available in print and ebook. Book two The Echo is also available

Review – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

I won Burial Rites from Michael at Literary Exploration a while back during his Armchair BEA giveaway. I was excited when I read that this book was by an Australian author, the blurb and the endless good reviews also peaked my interest.

Hannah Kent




Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Published by Picador Australia

Amazon / Book Depository 

I felt sucked in by this book. The curiosity about the world Agnes lived in and her life. The story is well written as are the characters. The story is told from more than one perspective but this did not bother me in the least. I felt the harshness of winter, of Iceland, of life back then was well presented and I can’t begin to imagine the cold they must have felt. To burn dung to keep a fire and warmth, the smell and harshness of life.

I’m quite fond of literary fiction. If done well that drama of life can capture ones attention and hold you till the last page. For me this was Burial Rites. The fictional story of Ages the last woman sentenced to death in Iceland. The author has clearly done her research and does an excellent job of writing in a way that makes the reader pay attention, in fact you’ll be hard pressed to put the book down to do other things till its done and you know Agnes story. Told by her to the assistant reverend and the family she is to wait her final days with, Burial Rites is a book I highly recommend getting lost in. With many excellent reviews out there and it was an Amazon Book of the Month in September 2013 its one not to be missed.

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?