Category Book reviews

What’s in a theme? & #BookReview by @KSMarsden

Way back when I was starting to write with a view to publication, someone asked me about the theme of my book. It wasn’t something I’d even thought about: I was writing an SF adventure story, what did theme have to do with anything? I reckoned I’d better consider this question though, and happily answered […]

#BookReview – WISP by Adele Marie Park #fantasy

I’m really busy with work just now, catching up on what could not be done during lockdown, but I’m also continuing to read (and write), so here is my latest book review: WISP by Adele Marie Park Blurb: Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets […]

#BookReview PICARD, THE LAST BEST HOPE by Una McCormack #StarTrek

I’ve been a Star Trek fan since the very beginning. I’ve watched all the series over the decades, and a few weeks ago I took the plunge, re-instated my access to Amazon Prime TV, and started watching Picard. I hate to admit, I was pretty confused at the start, and felt I wasn’t watching Star […]

Book reviews: #3 & #4 in Richell Mead’s DARK SWAN series #UF

I decided against reviewing these books separately, as it really only means much if you’ve read the earlier books in the series. I reviewed book #1 STORM BORN, and #2 THORN QUEEN already, and although each book is a separate story, there is one overall arc to all four, #3 IRON CROWNED and #4 SHADOW […]

#BookReview: THORN QUEEN by Richelle Mead #UF

I went back to work this week, a bit of a shock after 10 weeks off. This will be my new normal now I live in the Scottish Highlands: a 5 day clinic, almost solid teaching and a LOT of driving, which I undertook in my little horsebox which is equipped with full living facilities, […]

#BookReview – STORM BORN by Richelle Mead #UrbanFantasy

Whilst unpacking boxes following the grand move, I realised just how many un-read paperbacks I own, so I decided to read one! Hence, this review is for a traditionally published book by an author I already know I enjoy. Just before plunging into the fray, to make you even more jealous (as if you weren’t […]

#BookReview – A STOLEN HEART by @KayelleAllen #SF

Coinciding with release day for A STOLEN HEART, you can see what I thought of the book in my review below. As we are staying in lockdown for at least another 3 weeks the garden and house will continue to benefit. We’ve finished digging the veg garden (yay!), and the polytunnel has gone from this […]

#BookReview – A CORPSE AT THE CASTLE by R.B. Marshall

Lock down update: the veg garden is nearly there! Just one last bed to dig at the far end, against the fence. So far we’ve planted strawberries, carrots, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, rainbow chard, potatoes (2 varieties), peas, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower and courgettes. Next, onward with the polytunnel and indoor planting – […]

Update & #BookReview – SERANG by C.S. Boyack #coming-of-age #fantasy

Lock down update: the garden is coming along nicely, we’ve dug over 7 of the 10 raised beds and planted 6 of them. The polytunnel still needs sorting out, but we’ve made a start – tomatoes are in the bit of bed that has been dug, and it’s a great place to germinate seedlings. And […]

#BookReview THE LIGHT: WAKE-ROBIN RIDGE #4 by Marcia Meara #supernatural #murdermystery

How are you all doing out there? Reading more? For me it’s a time of rediscovering my creative writing mojo – I’ve finally begun The Five Kingdoms book #4 – yay!!! 2019 was such a horrendous year for me, I could only write non-fiction. I must be one of the few who can honestly say […]