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

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An amazing 5 stars

(yet again!!!)

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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 – Sinister Kisses (SKALS #1) by Adriana Noir

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4 1/2 Star Butterflies

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I’ve officially been blown away. This book. . . is just, wow!

Ok, i just need to start off by saying that this certainly is NOT a normal love story, and most definitely not for the weak of heart.

When i first read the blurb i took the disclaimer as a challenge more than a warning and it made me want to read this even more… in fact im posting the disclaimer here as I don’t want to get into any trouble 😉

**DISCLAIMER** This is NOT your average romance. It’s a dark, gritty, sometimes erotic psychological thriller with a heavy emphasis on plot. It also contains elements of dominance and discipline with dubious consent, psychological conditioning, and mental manipulation. There’s also gunfire and violence. If any of this offends you, this may not be the book for you. Intended for mature audiences only.17670231

Ok so this book totally fucked with my brain, i just don’t know who i am anymore… what WAS that!! It was just about the craziest written ride I’ve ever been taken on in my life. It was just so violent, disturbing, psychotic!

The story follows a young girl named Taylor. Shes had a rough life, abandoned by her parents and left with her uncle and cousin, she’s grown up on the wrong side of the tracks. Shes awesome, and i came to utterly adore her character throughout the story. She was just so completely and utterly human that you just couldn’t help but love her. She had her flaws but she was so strong aswell, just a girl in love. unfortunately for her, her love interest was Sebastian. Don’t get me wrong, at first he was just amazing. A couple of things he said and did niggled me slightly but no ones perfect.

Then BAM!!!

We saw the other side of Sebastian… the murderous, controlling psycho side! The worst thing is, the story was also told from his perspective. So even thought he was completely maniacal and complicated we got to see how his mind actually ticked. This also meant I couldn’t hate him as much as i wanted to, because underneath all the outer bravado and mentalness, he had a venerable heart. I’m not excusing his crazy behaviour, but you get an in site into why he feels like that and you can’t always hate him for the terrible things he put Taylor through.

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All i will say is, if you decide to read this book, then be prepared. Theres a lot of crazy crap going down right here and unless you have the stomach for psychological torment on a ginormous sized scale, you might want to reconsider.

I would love to recommend this book, but i would pass it out along with a firm warning. 18+ readers only.

Also – a big thank you for the review copy of the book Adrianna 🙂

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Want a copy of Sinister Kisses?

Amazon.co.uk- Sinister Kisses Book 1
Amazon.com- Sinister Kisses Book 1

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

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An amazing 5 stars

(yet again)

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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.

Book Review – The Remarkables by A.D. Elliott

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3 1/2 Well Deserved Stars

Ok, very interesting indeed!

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Blurb: Owen Johnson’s day was progressing just like it did for most other teenagers. By lunchtime he had climbed a tall building using abilities usually reserved for superheroes; he’d flirted with the girl he had secretly adored for years; he’d come home to find his dad had been kidnapped and a mysterious stranger standing in his living room; and finally he’d been rescued by the elderly woman next door who had suddenly revealed that she had the power to launch people through the air.

“Reaching Out” introduces Owen Johnson to the world of The Remarkables, a group of seemingly ageless war heroes, each possessing unique gifts that had been used to fight evil. Now they must help Owen find his dad, and uncover a new threat to our way of life. Along their journey Owen slowly starts to learn the secrets of his past, and uncovers surprising truths about himself and those that he thought he knew: some of which he is glad to learn, some he may wish he hadn’t.

First off, let me explain my rating of 3.5 stars. I just want to make it abundantly clear this is a GOOD scoring, not a bad scoring. I would give it a 4 star (which is the same as alot of the books i love) however there are few parts of the book i fell out with. Firstly, there are a few spelling errors. I’m not gonna be pedantic and start listing these out (im not THAT ocd), however, i think with a little tidying up this novel could indeed be ‘Remarkable’… (sorry, that was lame.) A few areas of the storyline did lul at some point, but nothing ghastly enough to make me put it down for an unmentionable amount of time.

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I would have loved to have seen more character development, they all had so much potential and i expecialy liked Mrs Argyle. Although, not sure if this is because she had the most face time out of everyone, so her personality was able to evolve. She really cracked me up.

Owen, i found a little bit wet. I had the impression he was the main character but he didn’t really have any strong traits which drew me too him. He wasnt even a knob so i couldn’t hate him either. The only real emotion i could draw from him was his ‘tingly feelings’ toward Kate & he occasionaly worried about his Dad. I also think Kate could have maybe been a little more sassy or headstrong, would have matched her particular power nicely. I think some aspects would have worked better with less thinking paragraphs and more interaction between the characters.

Kates sister Fiona i think should have been featured earlier. It would have been great to have her built as a more solid character, give you time to love her before the betrayal for maximum impact. I wanted to be able to shout into the kindle ‘you nasty lying cheating betch’, alas i didn’t care enough. Since she first walked onto the pages i could sense treachery. In one way, this is a very good thing as the emotion and general vibe was given off VERY nicely indeed, however i feel it could have been delivered with a little more oompfh! Hence an earlier meeting would have been ace.

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Once i reached the end it was obvious there is a second book on the cards, which also makes me think it would have been cool to have saved some of the characters for this installment. I felt like too many key people were introduced in such a short amount of time that i didn’t really get to know them very well, they all seemed like awesome people which is why i feel like this is a shame. Clive for example has an ACE power, he seems like a right character but he was left out alot of the time. I think Myrtle (the kick-ass cow) had more feature time then Clive and she couldnt even talk lol. I’m hoping we get to see him alot more in the second novel.

This brings me nicely onto the super powers! I LOVE the concept of ‘reaching’ into another world. It’s so much more original then other super power books i’ve read and does make this a stand alone concept. There are of course the elementals, wind/water/fire, these powers are used by drawing the active elements from another time and place in another world. Then there are powers like Owens, which to be fair to the guy, its a pretty cool power. He has the ability to reach his hands into another place and grab onto rock faces/solid objects. Not only this but when he’s doing it he also is granted super strength to his body, so he can carry people and be like – Batman, eat your heart out! Rockclimbing in mid air!! Katy also has the spectacular ability to punch stuff, REALLY hard. I tell you what, if that was me i would have abused that ability to high heaven, that would be SO fun!!!

My biggest end of book gripe was the UNKNOWN!!! Argh, i still wanna know how the majority of the characters got their powers, and who these ‘supernatural government’ type peeps are, from what i can gather, they are utter a-holes. Gutted, oh well, i hope book 2 is out real soon. Presuming there is a book 2. One can hope!

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Want to get your mits on a copy?

Amazon.co.uk: The Remarkables
Amazon.com: The Remarkables

Book Review – Few are Chosen by M.T. McGuire

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4 Star-ies!

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Oh no! What an ending. . . can’t believe I’ve been left hanging like this. So i don’t spoiler this to hell on the very first paragraph, I’ll shut up now.

Ok, so this was ‘Few are chosen’ by M.T. McGuire. An amazing little gem i might not have ever gotten round to reading without a slight push in the right direction. I did read the blurb, however, it sounded soooo strange? I wasn’t convinced it was something i would enjoy.

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Blurb: “The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K Barth who aren’t out to get him; it ‘s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive getaway driving. As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K Barth’s despot ruler. Unwillingly, The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But faced with a stark moral dilemma, will his new-found integrity stick? Can he stop running?”

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Ok, the first thing that put me off was the whole gangster thing. I’m not a big gangster fan. I don’t like Scarface, the godfather, blah de blah, just isn’t my thing. But this is the most unconventional gangster story that has ever been written!!! (but this IS the first one i’ve ever read, so no basis of comparison really).

The Pan. The funniest hero ever with the strangest name. I’m still non the wiser as to why he’s called The Pan but you will be surprised at how fast you actually get used the strangeness of things. That’s one of the main things i really liked about this book, nothing was predictable, including any of the names of people, places & snurds. The Pan is a yellow bellied outcast of society, never up on his luck but always just gets on with it anyway. He lives on the run in K-Barth (yep, that’s what i said) and is a member of the gangster group, the Mervinettes. The Pan is a GBI – Government Blacklisted Individual and therefore completely socially unacceptable. His role within the Mervinettes is the get away driver; he’s completely disrespected and receives regular beatings as payment. Even the violence soon becomes hilarious as you read on…. And I realise that sounds quite sick ha-ha.

I think my favourite character has to be Big Merv, leader (obviously) of the said gangster group. I don’t know why, but no matter the situation he always comes out with a witty retort & he’s mostly always angry (Swamp thing after my own heart).

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I love this world the author has created, so many similarities to our own, yet they are worlds apart. The book is full of wit, humour and lashings of sarcasm, a perfect recipe for a great read. Seriously though, you can’t really go wrong when you have a character called ‘Sir Robin Get’ HAH!!

Ok, before i sign off, there is one more then i have to mention… the snurds!! Oh my god, I WANT ONE!!!! Basically, snurds are the preferred mode of transport in K’Barth. The Pan’s for example is modelled on a Lotus Elan. These bad boys not only act as general road transport, but they fly and have submarine mode as well! Also they are packing some serious artillery, which could come in extremely handy when your in a mile long tailback. Anyway, I’ve attached the authors concept on a piccy below. I must mention as well this is some seriously good artwork, you can really appreciate it a whole lot more as well while your reading the book.

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I recommend this book to anyone of any age, but it helps if you have a sense of humour and your not too stiff around the edges (aka a boring codger).

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

See below!

Amazon.com: Few are Chosen
Amazon.co.uk: Few are Chosen
Smashwords: Few are Chosen
Website: Few are Chosen

 

Book Review – Existence (Existence Trilogy 1) by Abbi Glines

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2 Stars of Doom

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OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME? I ran with this book trying to be forgiving, I kept telling myself not to be so spiteful and hateful toward it as I believed this was self published. I mean… if grammar was a living, breathing person, I’m pretty sure he would go and jump off a cliff after reading this. God knows i tried myself.

But really??? Someone read this and decided to publish it? I’m pretty sure the family cat could have done a better job at editing. For example… is it really necessary to say three times in a paragraph how someone’s eyes made her feel? There was just SO much waffle. If i was reading a paper copy i probably would have flicked ahead to see the impending misery which was the next couple of hours of my life.

Don’t even get me started on the characters names…. Pagan, Leif & Dank????? What the hell kind of name is that? It doesn’t say mysterious, sexy, intriguing or death … it makes him sounds like a problem you’d have at home with leaky pipes. “Honey, the pipes have burst, we have Dank in the basement again.”

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So lets start on Pagan…. She’s a moany, whiney, selfish, bitchy waste of space. Through pretty much this whole book she’s seeing this guy called Leif, star quarterback and really good boyfriend, sweet, kind & thoughtful. Pagan decides she doesn’t love him and she only has eyes for Dank. However she decides to string him along for the whole story. She uses him to make herself feel better and the poor guy doesn’t have a clue. This is the same girl who actually has the gall to call another girl ‘Kendra’ the school slut? Pfft. At least she’s honest instead of trying to pretend she’s a timid, good little girl. Oh the pathetic little bint even does a stint in a mental hospital cos she loves basking in her messed up ego.

Leif was extremely dull, and had the personality of an out of date Jacobs cracker. If your gonna write in a ‘nice guy’ into a story at least make him likeable…
Dank? His name describes his character to a T!
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Oh and this is a trilogy? SERIOUSLY? Someone read it and thought ‘whoopie lets make two more’. Talk about glutton for punishment… in fact, that must be what i am, as i will be reading the next book. Why? Because i simply wanna know what Leif is… really bad reason to waste a few hours of my life. Alas im a fool.

I was genuinely going to rate this as a 1* …I have only rated this as 2* due to the last 2 chapters. Its just a shame Pagan didn’t actually die and end of this selfish farce.

Anyway, thanks for reading what can only be called my 2* rant! Wait till you see a 1*!

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You actualy wanna read a copy of this? See below….. *grumbles*

Amazon.co.uk – Existence
Amazon.com – Existence

Lily’s Blog 13/04/2013

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Oki doki, so i guess this is my first real blog part of the … well, blog *scratches head*

YES!!! Well im super excited at the moment, i’ve received some review requests from some fantabulous Authors i’ve had the pleasure of meeting on a lil site called Goodreads.

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Firstly i would like to say a massive thank you to David Staniforth! He’s been kind enough to give me the opportunity of reading his wonderful book, Alloria. Not only that, but he’s also been dead patient while i’ve stuck my review up on various blogging sites before settling down here on WordPress. It’s really is damn difficult to find a blogging site that suits your needs and requirements, i almost pulled my hair out!

Anyway my aim here is to read books of new and established Authors. I really want to get people’s names out there and im hoping there is something i can do to help, even if its only a smidgen!

SO! The next Book i will be starting is written by a wonderful Author called Faye Cross. Its entitled ‘Essence of a Dark Soul’ and is a poetry book inspired with all of her thoughts and feelings.

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Im not going to pretend i’ve ever read a poetry book before so this should be very interesting for me.

Any who, watch this space…. sometime in the near future it will magically transform into a new review, i might even invite Rupert Grint to cut the ribbon 😀

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