Lily’s Blog 15/06/14

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Oh my GOSHHHHH im so excited right now, I’ve officially decided im going to start writing my own novel…TODAY! Yes i am going to actually start putting fingers to keys and mapping out what the hell is going on inside my mashed up brain. I need to get this out before i actually forget what i want to write about, it’s happened before, im a dope. So, watch this space, i will be updating on my progress.

Anyway, i am currently reading Purified by Brian Robert Smith. Its going well, although i have encountered a few foibles, nothing too major however. Am quite enjoying it if im honest.

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I want to raise an issue with ‘reviewer bashing’ at present…. and there is nothing that grinds my gears more. I with authors would understand the difference between criticism and bitchyness. Lets be honest, if you want to publish your own book, you need to get yourself a backbone and some thicker skin! Understand that not everyone is going to enjoy your book, this is because everyone is different and is entitled to their own opinion, you may have heard of a lil thing called freedom of speech.

AUTHORS, I IMPLORE YOU TO READ – Before you go reviewer bashing, just remember this. They have taken time out of their life, to read something YOU have written. Also, in a lot of cases, YOU have been the one to ask the reviewer their opinion and a review of your book. If you don’t want harsh reality handed to you on a plate, i suggest you don’t do this. YOU should also check the background of a reviewer you are asking for help, as all reviewers are different. Some are blatantly honest and constructively critical, which i think is the better of the two kinds if im honest. Some will just tell you what you want to hear – these are the more useless people who are as helpful as an inflatable dartboard. However, if you want an unrealistic expectation of your book, maybe these are the people for you.

Rant over.

I just needed to say this as a good friend of mine has had this happen recently. She read and gave a completely realistic and fair review of a young authors book. Instead of understanding and appreciating the effort and feedback, she has decided to flame the reviewer instead. This is very poor reaction from an author and it does reflect badly on you. It will also put reviewers off reading your book. Anyway, no naming names & im going to move on now…. *breathes*.

Oh & happy Fathers day to any daddy’s out there today! Huzzah 🙂

Toodle Pip~

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Lily’s Blog 08/06/14

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BACK ON IT LIKE A CAR BONNET!!

Yes, as from today im back in the game. I’ve had quite a long break to sort out life, I’ve had a few changes, tweaked a few things etc… But I didn’t want to give up blogging so the back burner is back in business!

I may have been away from my precious blog for a while, but by no means did i give up reviewing and reading! Therefore, over the next week i will be starting to post up some of the reviews i missed while away.

I’ve also joined the reviewing team at BSL Publications, here are a few words from the brains of the operation:

BSL Publications is here to help authors take their work to the next level. We hope that will be with us, through our publishing company but we know some authors prefer to be independent, so we provide services to help them as well. As part of our services we will be offering editing, book covers, and free reviews. We want authors to progress to new heights! Please come and visit us, we’re ready, willing, and eager to help!

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This month only, they are also giving away either a 3D or 2D book banner!! One is permitted per customer, sweet huh?!

Anyway, i look forward to reconnecting to you all and i cant wait to get posting!

Toodle Pip~

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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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Book Review – Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror book 1) by Karina Halle

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4 Awesome star-ies

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Girl meets boy……

Girl liiiiiikes the boy……

Boy is cute and mysterious…..

Girl falls for the boy…..

Fail…. Boy has a girlfriend…..

…..a really hot girlfriend…..

Girl facepalms……

A great first novel of the series ‘Experiment in Terror’!!

I didn’t know what to expect with this book, I have never read anything by Karina Halle before but since it was highly rated by a lot of people, I thought I would give it a shot. As a rule, spooky ass books are not normaly my thing.

I wasn’t disappointed!

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Ok, so! Cue Miss Perry Palomino, the ‘seductress’ of this tale *cough* or anything but. She pretty much reminds me of myself to be honest, probably why i loved her so much. Shes pretty much a social bulldozer in some aspects, but in otherways, depending on your relationship with her, i can imagine her to be the closest best friend you will ever have. + shes all like…..

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Then we throw Dex into the mix. YUM!!! He completes the checklist for tall, dark and tasty…. Tho maybe we could do without the little side of crazy. On the other hand…. since Perry mentioned the pencil mustache, i kinda imagine him looking kinda shadey rather then smoking. Could just be me, for the sake of arguments, lets look on the bright happy sexy side of things! He’s a stud, end of!

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The story takes place at a stupidly scary lighthouse, the amount of times i found myself shouting at my kindle…. it always gets to me when a character finds themself in a really crazy scary situation. Then, what do they do? “Oh look, an abandoned lighthouse sitting in dis-repair…. it doesnt matter there are unexplainable shadows and such, im going inside”… WAA WHYYY?

So yeah, for anyone who likes a good ol mystery and maybe a little scare here and there, I highly recommend this book! There honestly was not a dull moment & at no point did I ever feel like putting the book down. It also helps this is book one of a running series, so if it is your cup of tea (good ol english phrase there) theres plenty more where that came from!

Toodle-doo everyone, thanks for reading my slice of … something!

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

See below!

Amazon.co.uk – Darkhouse
Amazon.com – Darkhouse
Smashwords – Darkhouse
Website: Experiment in Terror

Book Review – Alloria by David Staniforth

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FIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE MASSIVE STARS

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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

What is this? Who’s writing this nonsense?

Hello there, unsuspecting people who stumble across this weird and unforgiving book reviewing blog. Please forgive me as I’m new at this blogging lark and also to reviewing!

How it started? Well, i found myself being very opinionated about what i read and i just had a terrible urge to put it down somewhere so i could let off some steam. Sometimes its the good sparkly and magical kind of steam, its always super awesome to find a good book. However sometimes its dark murky, foggy steam when a book is so poor and pathetic i feel the urge to go on a massive rant. (unfortunately its a frequent occurrence!)

So, instead of scaring all my friends and family, i’m unleashing all my pent up rage and joy upon these pages.

Woo hoo right? Good for me? I think so 😉

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OK, i must also point out my unhealthy relationship with a fictional character, Mr Severus Snape. No really… its really weird, sometimes i even talk about him like hes alive n shiz… super creepy! Anyway, I’ve made this clear from the start *shrugs*.

I also have an unhealthy obsession with cute/kawaii things… So expect alot of random stuff popping up :3

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So i suppose i better share a little about me i guess. My name is Lily Persephone Riddle… Lily is fine, no really… i don’t want any weird nicknames & such, very annoying. I have a stupid long name, too fussy ya know? I live in England, UK. Yes, weather here is crap and if i could I’d be on the first plane over to Japan. After my first visit i have become addicted to everything about the culture, such an amazing place !!

Anyway, I’m happy to reply to anyone if you can be bothered to speak with me. I don’t snap a lot so as long as you don’t have a massive arsy personality defect we should be fine, else we might clash.

Toodle-pip for now~
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