Book Review – Imperfect Strangers by David Staniforth

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A truely well deserved 5 stars

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 Blurb: How well do you know the people you see every day?
Sally hardly knows Keith. They’re practically strangers until the day she smiles at him.
Would you smile so readily if you risked losing your friends?
Would you smile so readily if you risked losing your life?
Unfortunately, you can’t begin to know a person until you let them in.
Imperfect Strangers: A psychological thriller that simmers to a dark and dramatic climax.

Sweet holy mother of WOW, I don’t know where to begin!

Ok, Imperfect Strangers, psycho thriller to the max. I’m truly lost for words here, having just finished the book I’m actually in a little bit of shock still, (and craving lemon infused garlic!)

So this is a story of complete obsession, a vein running so deep within it cannot be quelled. Like a bottle of fine Barolo, there are notes of sweetness and spice hidden within its heavy red body, however, left too long it can become bitter and strong. Not always providing the desired outcome.

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This is no ‘When Harry met Sally’, not unless Harry was secretly the OCD produce of a psychopathic, child abusing mother! No, this is the story of Keith, an awkward & socially inept night shift security guard in Sheffield. With me, there was a love/hate relationship with the character. Sometimes I wanted to rattle him silly for his foolishness, but there was also such a sweet childlike innocence about him, something that just made you want to mother him like the mum he never had. Unfortunately for Sally, this is the exact same response he provoked from her, and it landed her in a very dangerous position indeed.

Unlike a lot of psychological thrillers, this story held no secrets. All the anguish, pain and fierce longing was dished up in every sentence given. In light of this, I was still not prepared for what would happen, not at any turn. But no matter what happened, through all the emotion provoked from me, I could never hate Keith. This begs the question, would any of us do any different? Was Sally’s reaction to Keith’s plight really that unusual? Wouldn’t anyone feel pity for such a lonely sad person? It makes you wonder…..

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For lovers of extremely awesome books, I highly recommend this one. Ha-ha, oh and I guess you kinda need to like psycho thrillers a little too! Or even just dark romance….

Readitorillgiveuwhatfor!

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Would you like to get a copy of your own? Look no further!

Amazon.co.uk- Imperfect Strangers
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Goodreads- Imperfect Strangers

Another amazing works by David Staniforth.

Book Review – Ruler’s Desire (Fuel to the Fire #2) by David Staniforth

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An amazing 5 stars

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The second book of the ‘Fuel to the Fire’ series by David Staniforth – Rulers Desire. Again, i cannot stress enough how great this series is!

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Blurb: Davran returns to her place of birth in this sequel to ‘Fuel to the Fire’ to find her father leading the beginings of a revolution. She is determined to join the attempt to overthrow the tyranical ruler Saurian, even if it means dying for the cause. First they must recruit more people; convince them that dying while fighting for life is not suicide. But after spending her entire fifteen years disguised as a boy, she is even more determined to do so as a woman. Prophesy, it seems, has given her little choice in the matter.

I loved the imagination of book 1 and there was always a part of me that worried I wouldn’t like the second book as much. Well, I needn’t have worried as I actually loved it even more.

The story continues with Davran and Ronyn (the dragon tamer) arriving back into the dark world. Faced with her parents who thought her dead, and a whole host of people who had been searching for her persistently the last 6 months, Davran must persuade them all that hope is still alive. That they must reach for the rainbows.

Davran is now faced with Saurian, the evil ruler of the Dark Kingdom, and his unrelenting desire that Davran must fall in love with him and be his bride.

There are twists, plots and things that will make you shudder. A great second instalment!!

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Would you like to get a copy of your own? Look no further!

Amazon.co.uk- Ruler’s Desire
Amazon.com- Ruler’s Desire
Smashwords- Ruler’s Desire
You can also see my review of Book #1 here & Alloria here. Another amazing works by David Staniforth.

Book Review – Fuel to the Fire (Fuel to the Fire #1) by David Staniforth

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An amazing 5 stars

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*claps ferociously* I think Mr Staniforth is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. His fantasy titles have not disappointed me yet!

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Blurb: Having spent her entire life disguised as a boy to avoid the risk of being forced into sexual slavery, fifteen year old Davran finds herself transported to a world thought to be legend. With sunlight, an abundance of food and people that trust, this world is everything her home is not. She could be happy, she could disclose the love she feels for Ronyn (the dragon trainer’s son), but when Hesperus (the Keeper-of-Knowledge) discovers her, she may have to return to a world of misery where even suicide is no escape and where the most frightening monster is not the dragons or the razor-hounds, but the tyrannical ruler, Saurian.

So as the blurb suggests, this is the story of Davran. Shes a young girl who is just trying to get by in the hateful world she was brought up in. Unfortunately for her, when a girl reaches the magic age, she’s taken from her home and forced into being a slave for the evil ruler Saurian. You really feel for her from the very beginning of the book. From the very start she’s an extremely three-dimensional character which i find lacking in a lot of young adult novels these days. The author really brings Davran and her father to life, letting you share in their daily struggle.

So, Saurian… what an arse. I so wanted something bad to happen to him, seriously, there are loads awful things i would like to call him *shakes fist*. He’s an unbelievable tyrant, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever met such a mean villain before!!! Snake faced miscreants eat your heart out! I think the disturbing scenes were laid out very well, it didn’t overwhelm you with information simply to shock and appall you. It was tastefully done with the right amount of violence to get across the severe brutality of it all.

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I have to say, I loved Davran’s first impression of the world on the otherside and her innocent point of view. I also loved the moment when she decided to chase the rainbows, beautiful acts of nature through an innocent and unknowing mind. It was also incredibly sweet when she unknowingly gained feelings for Ronyn who is Brant (the dragon trainers) son.

Brant quickly became one of my favourite characters when he quoted a line from my favourite film, Labyrinth. Dont take anything for granted.. how right he is! Extremely fitting for this tale.

There was a real sense of family all the way through the story which was extremely wonderful. You could see the bond Davran had with her father and then also later on with Brant and his family. The story never grew stale and was told from the eyes from various characters, it was wonderful and refreshing. I couldn’t put this down till the very end, i just wish it could have been longer. Luckily for me i already have book 2 to read which im very excited about!!

I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers and people who like something a little different. David Staniforth is a wonderful creator of characters and i can never see myself getting tired of what his imagination puts to print. A really well deserved 5 stars from me.

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Would you like to get a copy of your own? Look no further!

Amazon.co.uk- Fuel to the Fire
Amazon.com- Fuel to the Fire
Smashwords- Fuel to the Fire

You can also see my review of Alloria here. Another amazing works by David Staniforth.

Poetry Review – Essence of a Dark Soul by Faye Cross

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5 Beautiful Stars

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Ok, this is my first ever poetry review, so please bear with me on this. I’m not usually a fan, but the author herself and the beautiful cover artwork really drew me to this book. I’ve always had a soft spot for all things gothic and vampiric (not talking sparkly vampires here, if that’s your thing, I suggest you turn around now & NEVER return.) Uh, so yeah… I really wanted to give this a try 🙂 !

Ok the cover artwork can be seen below. I’m advised this was designed and created by an Artist named Gemma Newey at Dark Phreak Arts. I must say, she sure does have a talent for it! If I ever write a book myself I know where I’d be going for my covers!

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Ok so I’ll start on the poetry now, as I say, I hope this format I’m going for is pleasing enough.

So I’ve started with the first poem, ‘Hallowed Heart

The words and feelings are expressed beautifully, the words really speak of a deep bound respect and love. Makes your skin go all tingley. I really also love the reference of ones heartbeat resembling the beat of butterfly wings 🙂

Right, here we have ‘Lustful Hunger

Oh wow ok… so i assume this poem is about someone being ravaged by a lusty vamp! I like the recollection of confusion mixed with fear and desire. No sparkly crap here, i like it! If you’re gonna be vampinated, this is the right way about it! Again some really deep cutting lyrics here, i can vision this as a song.

Next up is ‘Infinite Fantasy

This appears to be a mural to life’s long and endless struggles of death and hate. Indeed, are we meant to keep repeating ourselves, repeating our past and our mistakes for all eternity. Written beautifully and with such honesty, the sounds of one woman’s thoughts against the world.

The next ‘Eyes of Glass‘…..

Ok, my interpretation of this poem is as follows. An old lonely soul, forgotten and lost, finally finding its mate, its other half. This soul is new and full of life, breathing and living. A new soul. The poem expresses the feelings and contact as they meet and realise they are meant to be together. Very beautiful really.

Onwards to ‘Blackened Rose’

I’m getting the feeling that the cover of this book is set to represent this particular one. I feel that the person speaking is a being trapped in a never-ending world of life and death, blood and flesh. This person yearns for something more but is shunned to a life of loneliness. Such a strong sense of sadness is portrayed in the words.

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I would truly love to sit and review each poem individually, they are beautiful and heartfelt. If you could take a piece of artwork and transform it into words, it is exactly what you would find in this book. The words themselves are stained with emotion, love and pain. The author herself has bared her very soul and heart, it is beautiful.

I’m genuinely moved and i am driven with a need to find Ms Cross and wrap a massive warm hug around her shoulders.

I my favourite poem of all is entitled ‘Dark Winged Lover’ … It’s a story of true love and companionship, expressing the deepest possible connection between two people.

Thank you Faye for writing this and choosing to share it with the world. I hope it can touch other people as much as it has touched me ♥

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Would you like to get your hands on a copy?

Amazon.co.uk: Essence of a Dark Soul
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Smashwords: Essence of a Dark Soul

Authors Blog: Faye Cross
Authors Goodreads Account: Faye Cross

Book Review – Alloria by David Staniforth

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FIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE MASSIVE STARS

5 star

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Alloria Alloria, where do i start with this book. I have never read a book written by David Staniforth before and i have to say it was a pleasent surprise. There will be no ranting & no bad mouthing by me today as i have nothing but praise for this book!

After fighting my way to the couch, all my chores and housework done (you know how it is) it was time to start, nothing was getting in the way of this 😉

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I could probably sit here and describe every emotion i felt while reading this, but im feeling stingy…

But anywho… the story follows a young girl by the name of Alloria and her best friend Nat. They go on a magical journey through the labyrinth and meet a whole host of interesting and wonderful people…. ok and some right horrible ones aswell. Wait, did i say horrible? I mean there are some right nasty *beeeeeps* who i felt like strangling at one point!

My favourite? BANE!! He is the gentle giant everyone wishes they knew. I want a Bane of my very own infact. I promise i would take good care of him and i will feed him and make sure he is happy.

The writing style is fantastic, you really get to know the characters and you wind up really caring for them. Your truely brought in and immersed into the world, so much so, i didnt want to leave! That brings me onto my one and only downer… i want a part 2 now!! 🙂 haha. Its going to be a killer waiting for it, but i will, for as long as i need to. Tho its not gonna stop me bugging the author and nagging my lil butt off mwahahahaha!!

I recommend this book to every book lover, infact i have recommended it to everyone i know! If you want to be taken on a journey to a kick-ass new world, with a kick-ass bunch of hero’s and heroines, this is for you!

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With all that kick ass-in out of the way, i bid you adeu!

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Would you like to get your hands on a copy of Alloria?

See Below:

Amazon.co.uk – Alloria
Amazon.com – Alloria
Smashwords – Alloria