Book Review: Alone But Not Lost by Bob Summer

Book Review: Alone But Not Lost by Bob Summer

Love the book cover on this one.

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Sin, named out of spite by her abusive and angry mother, lives locked away in a part of a huge house that was years ago a residence for the mentally ill. This is the house she lived in with her mother and step-father, Glyn, who has been incarcerated for a couple of decades now. News of his release unsettles and terrifies Sin, who despite extensive security and only communicating with her handy man, Hawk, through an intercom, is slave to her obsessions and compulsions. However, what happened all those years ago to drive Sin to take these measures is horrific but seems to be catching up with her.

As much as I love the psychological thriller genre, I didn’t feel fully immersed in this novel until just before the halfway mark, when it became totally unputdownable and morphed into more of a whodunit and a whodunwhat. Just when I thought…

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Book Review: The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

Book Review: The Doctor’s Daughter by Vanessa Matthews

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I chose to read and review this book for Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

This well-written dark historical mystery tells us about Marta Rosenthal, daughter of renowned psychiatrist Arnold Rosenthal in early nineteenth century Austria. Marta herself is a bright scientist, who yearns to conduct her own studies and be known for work in her own right, she is encouraged by family GP Leopold Kaposi, to plan to branch away from her father. Marta then meets the enigmatic Elise, a doctor, recently qualified from Paris, who has ambitions to further her career in the field of paediatrics and a gift for manipulation that has aided her to get far. Both women are trying to make it in what is very much a man’s world, however, they do not realise the extent to which both their lives have been manipulated.

This thriller unravels tantalizingly drawing you in to the characters, who…

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Children’s Hour: Wow! Said the Owl

Children’s Hour: Wow! Said the Owl

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Children’s Hour is a feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Wow! Said the Owl is a story about an owl who decides to stay up during the day to see what the world is like, and is very impressed. I’s a simple story. The owl sees everyday things, the sunrise, leaves, flowers, clouds, but…

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Allegiant – Book Review

Allegiant – Book Review

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I read Divergent and Insurgent when the books were first released, but when I started Allegiant, I found other books that kind of jumped the queue on my TBR list. I finished The Well and even though I had many books to read, I was stuck. I still had a copy of Allegiant on my bookcase that I had borrowed from my cousin and decided that I should get ’round to reading it, with Insurgent soon to be released in cinemas.

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Church of Marvels – Book Review

Church of Marvels – Book Review

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Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release date (UK): 2nd June 2015

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, and it really did not disappoint. It has everything; the vibrance of a spectacular Coney Island circus show, the darkness of an isolated women’s asylum and more, tied together in a tangled web of mystery which the talented Leslie Parry gradually unravels.

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The Raven Boys – Book Review

The Raven Boys – Book Review

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Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Published on: September 2013

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young-Adult Fiction

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

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Review – The Splendour Falls

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Looking at the reviews for this book, I had to laugh at how many people compared Kearsley’s work to Mary Stewart’s. Including myself, I’m afraid, which leaves me wondering if Kearsley embraces that or is rather sick of it by now. But truly, some of the plot things here are right up Stewart’s street, too: the moment where the villain kisses the heroine, that charged moment between them. Except that there’s something more subtle here: the villain isn’t purely villainous, but motivated by love as well. There seems something genuine in his attraction to the heroine, his interest in her.

And Kearsley is much harder on my heart. As with Season of Storms, I found myself falling for a character who didn’t make it to the end of the book. Kearsley did a great job with character, much more so than Stewart: I can…

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The Realmwalker Chronicles: The Pillars of Natura, Volume 1: Maior by Lee Aarons

The Realmwalker Chronicles: The Pillars of Natura, Volume 1: Maior by Lee Aarons

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I was contacted by the author of this book and sent a review copy in exchange for a honest review.

I must say I was a little apprehensive about this book. I had never heard anything about this author or the book. As I started reading I thought I may have made a mistake in agreeing to do a review. It started kinda slow and I was having a hard time getting into the book. Before long that all changed and I was totally enthralled and wanting more. This book starts the story of Raine and Rennick Sherrill, twins that find out they have some great powers and maybe even a greater destiny than they could ever imagine. I found The world created by the author fascinating. The world building and the magic system (Lani powers) touched on in this volume seem to be just the tip of the iceberg…

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The Realmwalker Chronicles: The Pillars of Natura, Volume 2: Halen by Lee Aarons

The Realmwalker Chronicles: The Pillars of Natura, Volume 2: Halen by Lee Aarons

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I was contacted by the author of this book and sent a review copy in exchange for a honest review.

I read Vol. 1 and was surprised by how much I liked it. So I was very excited to dive straight into Vol. 2. The continued adventures of Raine and Rennick Sherrill or should we say the Realmwalker and the Successor. We can not forget Seraph Kanias their mentor either, on this books journey to the Temple of Erta to find the legendary Sword of Angios. I found this volume to be a clear step above the first, a more polished story. The Characters in this book, as the first were fantastic. I was already able to sympathize with the twins and Kanias, and I am now fully invested in their adventure. The world building and the magic system (Lani powers) touched on in the first volume, are expanded on but I feel…

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Spelled by Betsy Schow – Book Review

Spelled by Betsy Schow – Book Review

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By: Betsy Schow

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Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

To start off, the cover of this book is GORGEOUS!

“When invited over to a tea party, the only acceptable behavior is to eat every last crumb and drop. Then, even if it turns you big or small, don’t forget to say thank you with a tip of the hat. – Hatter’s Mad Manners” Since this book included a Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland reference, I have to start with it because I love it!

This book is a mashup of all of the familiar fairy tales we all know and love, but focuses mainly on The Wizard of Oz.  Some of the characters that are mentioned are Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and other similar characters. But the author focuses on one girl named Dorthea, who is the princess of her kingdom.

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Undertow by Michael Buckley – Book Review

Undertow by Michael Buckley – Book Review

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Undertow 

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Author: Michael Buckley

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: Goodreads says 384 pages, but the PDF that I received was 241.

Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Dystopia, Alien, Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Review: This book was a really pleasant surprise. It was really good. I enjoyed it thoroughly from cover to cover.

The main character is a teenager named Lyric Walker (such an amazing name). She is a strong and independent heroine that is so refreshing to see and read. She was amazingly realistic and made decisions that were grounded in the reality that she lived in. Her moral compass was inspiring and a reader could only find themselves rooting for her throughout the whole book. She is a multi-layered character, with reasons behind all of her layers.

Another aspect of the characters that I loved was that all…

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Megan Shepherd – A Cold Legacy

Megan Shepherd – A Cold Legacy

Megan Shepherd – A Cold Legacy
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I just finished reading Megan Shepherd’s A Cold Legacy, the third in her Madman’s Daughter trilogy (expect a review soon). I know that I’ve already posted twice today, but here’s one more. Consider it a teaser of sorts.

“They say a sort of peace falls over you when you know that you’re going to die. I had seen enough people die to know that wasn’t true, and yet as I watched the storm grow closer, I did feel a strange calm. It was a letting go of the determination that had kept me alive this far. It was the acknowledgment to Death that he had won, and I was a fool for thinking I could defeat him. I’d cheated him enough for one lifetime.”

– pg 354

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