Book Review – Purify by Brian Robert Smith

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Truely 2 Stars

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 Blurb: “There’s no use trying to escape. You’re miles from anywhere. You have no clothes, no food, no money… You’re dead, Mason.” As far as everyone else is concerned, Mason Bushing died over a year ago, but now he’s running from Dr. Harlow who is secretly conducting an unauthorized experiment for a drug he calls Purify. It saved Mason’s life, but Mason is focused on getting what he wants most-his old life back. His plans change when he realizes his wife is more interested in the insurance money she inherited than seeing him alive. His best friend doesn’t believe his story, and the police intend on charging him with fraud and assault after he almost kills his wife’s boyfriend. Warren is a detective who’s assigned the case. He’s been on personal leave because his wife died. His investigation turns up suspicions of lying, disturbing coincidences, and related homicides. When Mason becomes the prime suspect, he’s forced to run again. Imagine having to run from someone who saved your life. Imagine everyone thinking you’re dead, but you’re really alive. Questions, accusations, conspiracies… murder. What if this was all caused by a drug that’s creating the next physical evolution of man? What would you do if you were Purified?

 

If you had the choice, would you choose to live or die? But what if that choice came with a catch, if you chose to live, would you be able to spend it in captivity? Under the watchful eye of a crazy doctor? Purify is a drug that brings you back from the brink of death, but with a very heavy price indeed.

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I’m going to be honest, I had a love hate relationship with this book. I did struggle to pick it up at times and therefore it’s taken me a little time to finish. However, once i got to reading, it wasn’t too bad. I feel that my problem was that I just could not relate to any of the characters. I did also find them to be quite flat and uninteresting.

Mason escaped from the crazy laboratory and went on the run from Dr Harlow. Yet I find it hard to believe, that if your trying to escape someone, why would you just go home? Surely that would be the first place someone would look? I find it very difficult to get to grips with his motives throughout this story as well; I just didn’t find it very believable. I felt a lot of the time, there was a lot of talking but not much going on. I think I actually disliked all of the characters in the book, none of them were very nice people. It’s hard to explain but this thriller just really didn’t do anything for me, I am genuinely really sorry to say.

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I can say though, that the book is really well written, for a debut novel it was very good. I genuinely think we have great things to expect from this author and I look forward to reading anything new in future. It wasn’t bad, just not for me.

 

Another thing, I would rate this more as a horror then a thriller. I think the storyline got a little confused along the way and wandered into a different genre.

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

Amazon.co.uk- Purified
Amazon.com- Purified
Goodreads- Purified

A debut novel by Brian Robert Smith.

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
Amazon.com- Imperfect Strangers
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

(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 – Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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2 1/2 Star Rating

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There are many words to describe this book, non of them being ‘Exciting, Unique or Enthralling’ . I probably got to the last 6 pages before i felt any emotion at all toward any of the characters.

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Blurb: When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace’s small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion. But Grace can’t help being fascinated by the pack, and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. There’s something about him – something almost human. Then she meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away…

A chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page.

So yes, this book was ‘Shiver’ the first in a three part series, ‘The Wolves of Mercy Falls’.

It follows Grace, a dull high-school student who’s only interest is watching the wolves in the forest behind her backyard. The same wolves infact which tried to maul her to death as a child, charming. Not bleak or weird at all *rolls eyes*. And if that wasn’t ‘Grade A’ messed up enough, our so called heroine is apparantly in love with one of the wolves. Not sure if its just me or not, but i find this a little, creepy? Considering at this point, she doesnt even know he can transform into a human.

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I think its quite obvious from the offset that the writer isn’t completely teen savvy. We’ve been loaded up again with steriotypical teenager ‘types’. The nerd, the fashionista & the bitch (oh and not to forget the brooding female lead with no sense of humour).

But the main award goes to Sam, for being the worlds wettest and most sappy male protagonist. Everytime a Sam chapter came up i couldnt help but roll my eyes. Grace chapters = emo angst to a new degree & Sams = the bore and vomit inducing emotional factor. This leads my moaning nicely into my hate of this ‘insta-love’ relationship which was incredibly unbelieveable.  They both need to just get a grip, they were fawning all over each other at every avaliable opportunity.

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There were some nice points in the book and it was well written hence the 2 1/2 star and not a 2, but if this level of sap spills over into book 2 i shall be burying it under my lawn. The romance was sweet… but not at the level it was served.  The wolves were also cool and i would have liked to of seen more of the back story.

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Anywho, if you would like a copy, please check the below linkages 😉

Amazon.co.uk- Shiver
Amazon.com- Shiver
Waterstones- Shiver

Authors Website: Here

Lily’s Blog 17/06/2013

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I would just like to start with an apology to anyone who is reading my blog.

I realise there haven’t been any updates for a while, and as much as I wanted to, I haven’t been able to do any reading of late.

There’s been a little bad news in my life affairs and as such I’ve had to place my priorities here and pop this on the backburner for a little while.

However you’ve not been forgotten and I will get myself back on form as quickly as possible.

You wonderful Indie authors, I haven’t forgotten you, i just lost my way for a while!!!

Love you all x

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Lily’s Blog 04/06/2013

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Ok yeah woops i just noticed, all review and no blog for like, a month! Apologies if there is actualy anyone out there reading!

So, i thought it would be cool to update here with what books i will be reading next. I can confirm that in the month of June im looking to read 3 more indie titles. I do read these in order that they were sent to me so apologies if yours hasnt come up this time.

17409676 First up is Wanted by Tim Arnot – It was only released May 19th this year so i feel very excited that i will be one of the first to read it! I also received this directly from thr author, so thank you Tim for trusting me with this 🙂

12606631 This is Broken City by D.D. Chant – A dystopian novel written and released in 2011. Looks very interesting as this is one of my favourite genres, looking forward to it! Thank you for the copy D.D. !!

17558175 Last but not least, we have Dark Chatter by Andrew Branch. I have to say the blurb on this really cracked me up and i cannot wait to read it for myself. Again, thank you for the copy Andrew, i appreciate it!

I will also be reading some mainstream stuff inbetween and around the above, but thats only because my brain will not just tolerate one book at a time haha. I hope thats ok with your lovely selves.

So, i hope everyone has a wonderful week and i will be seeing you all around i hope.

Oh, i now also have a facebook page and twitter account if anyone cares to tag along, the more the merrier *grins*!

Thanks for your support as always.

Toodles~

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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.

Book Review – Forever Fae (Forever Fae #1) by L.P. Dover

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Fantasticle 4 Stars

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Ok, this is the first fantasy romance I’ve read in AAAAAAAGES and I totally forgot just how much I loved them!!! I also read this book with my WONDERFUL *squeezy huggy* Book Buddy and reviewer extraordinaire, Miss Branwen *bows her into the room*. You can find her review of this book linked below.

Ok *cough* review-ish time *grins*

Forever Fae is a fantasy/romance novel about a Princess of the Summer Court in the land of the Fae (far-far-away). The lead character and said princess is named Calista. Shes a frickin awesome heroine and sex-betch who can just about kick anyone (or anything’s) butt.

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Blurb: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect……….We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

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So, the book starts when Calista turns 18 years old and is paired with her new guardian and best friend Merrick (WOOOO MERRICK I LOVE YOU *throws panty-ho’s*). Together they are blood bonded and he is trusted with the duty of protecting Calista for the rest of her life, it also helps that he’s madly in love with her. Then enters…dun, dun …..dunnnnnnnn, drop dead gorgeous Prince Ryder from the Winter Court. Of course he and Calista fall madly in love (awkward triangle emerging), under the watchful eye of their enemy Alasdair (how ominous!).

I have to say, this book thrilled and surprised me with its twists and turns… alas it even broke my heart at one point *sulks*. It truly is a novel which displays a great deal of love, happiness and sorrow. Though saying that, there were a lot of icky bits aswell. Yes, im talking about you evil wizard Alasdair. Oh god he was so creepy, i felt like washing myself repeatedly whenever he made an appearance.

I also loved how the story was told in turn by each of the main characters, it really gave you a good insight into their inner thoughts and feelings. This is SO important for a book for it to be successful, in my eyes. If you can’t love the characters, or create any kind of bond or emotion toward them, then how can you love the book. You need to know how they feel and see the inner battles and expressions come out and be displayed upon the pages in front of you. L.P. Dover really got this aspect 100% right and i could already tell from the first chapter i would love this book.

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Ok, so I mentioned a love triangle yes? Ok, before you start thinking “oh FFS not another one!!” ITS NOT THE SAME, STAY HERE, READ ON & TRUST ME!! This is different and if you give the book a chance you will totally see what I mean. Calista isn’t like other whiney heroines I don’t care to mention (*cough*sparkley vampires*cough*) she’s decisive and doesn’t string along the opposite sex, which is another reason why shes awesome 🙂 !

This was a refreshing change to the dull-ness of recent fantasy romance and totally deserves a 4-star rating!

Oh… yeah im meant to be critical about something arent I? … *thinks* …. OH YES!! That’s one gripe I had, the blurb stated this was an adult romance and most certainly was not a YA *wags finger*. However I didn’t think anything was that bad, in fact it could have been steamier. I can see you wouldn’t want a child reading this, but adult teens, I don’t see a problem 🙂 .. considering the book was about an adult teen 😛

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Ok, want to get your wonderful mits on a copy?
(go oooooon ;D)

Amazon.co.uk: Forever Fae
Amazon.com: Forever Fae

Review by the wonderful Branwen: Click meee!