27 March 2015

Tour & Review: A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

In a past that never was...

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra's inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world's foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death. 

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.


5 Words: Steampunk, sci-fi, disaster, supernatural, technology.

This was a very different steampunk story and I was very pleasantly surprised.

I read a lot of steampunk fiction and I've found that it usually tends to lean towards the fantastical. And while this was definitely fantastical it had far more of a science fiction base to it. And was surprisingly refreshing.

I loved the back story to the technology itself, how it all came about and how it affected different people. This universe has rules and it sticks to them.

I did sometimes find the creatures a little difficult to picture, but that didn't put me off. Probably made them more terrifying!

Persephone was absolutely my favourite character. She was headstrong and smart and I probably read Ichabod's parts of the story all the faster so I could get back to her narrative. That being said, I loved how enthusiastic he was, it was like when he told the story the words themselves bounced around in excitement. The voices telling the story were so distinct that even without the different fonts it was easy to tell who was speaking. Telling. Narrating. You know.

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Tour & Review: The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café by Jenny Oliver

When Annie White steps back onto Cherry Pie Island, it’s safe to say her newly inherited Dandelion Café has seen better days! And while her childhood home on the Thames-side island idyll is exactly the same retreat from the urban bustle of London she remembers, Annie’s not convinced that Owner of The Dandelion Cafe is a title she’ll be keeping for long. Not that she can bear the idea of letting her dedicated, if endearingly disorganized staff lose their jobs. Plus café life does also have the added bonus of working a stone’s throw away from millionaire Matt and his disarmingly charming smile!

One (shoestring budget) café makeover, a few delightful additions to the somewhat retro menu and a lot of cherry pie tastings later, The Dandelion Café is ready for its grand reopening! But once she’s brought the dilapidated old café back to life, Annie finds herself wishing her stay on the island was just a bit longer. She always intended to go back to the big city…but could island living finally have lured her back home for good?

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5 Words: Loyalty, memories, love, family, community.

This was a truly gorgeous read, and I loved every moment of my experience of Cherry Pie Island. I can't wait for the next book so I can jump back in!

I found that this book was very much a feel-good, fun, flirty book, perfect for cheering up even the dreariest of afternoons. It was relatively quick to read, and although I wanted more I was happy with how it ended.

The island is just adorable. It's a gorgeous little place that I just want to go to. Please. Now.

Annie accomplishes so much and as a reader I really felt for her. Jenny Oliver really goes all out and drags you into the very soul of her characters.

That ending? It was a little shocking and although one part of me wishes it had ended differently, I feel that that ending was perfect for the story.

Now, I'm off to find some cherry pie. And I don't even like cherries. 

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24 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #29

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit.

This is probably the hardest list to write, because even as a child I loved books. Although definitely not as much as I do now. So here is a list of the various books I loved as a child, or at least the ones that I still remember as vividly as when I first read them or had them read to me.
  1. Son of Black Beauty by Phyllis Briggs
  2. My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
  3. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
  4. Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
  5. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
  6. The Twins at St. Clare's by Enid Blyton
  7. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  9. Katie Morag Delivers the Mail by Mairi Hedderwick
  10. Tim Catchamouse by Sheila K. McCullagh


Want to know something really sad? Two of these are out of print and it breaks my heart that I'll never read them again. We passed all of our books on to our very large extended family, who then passed them on, and on, and on. So now they are lost.

What's your favourite childhood book?


My mum says The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen was the one I loved THE MOST EVER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD until I was about seven. I'd ask her to read it several times a day. Every day. And then the dog ate it. Or so she said...


21 March 2015

Review: First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

Happily-Ever-After isn’t on Emily Donovan’s agenda…
Emily’s been too swept up in a challenging year of firsts, from becoming a stand-in mum to her niece Lizzy to moving to remote but beautiful Puffin Island, to think about love.

But that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her…

Ryan knows Emily has a complicated past that she’s struggling to face. So he makes it his mission to help her unwind and enjoy the chemistry they share.

Can the welcoming community of Puffin Island work their magic on Emily and get her to take her biggest leap of trust yet —putting her heart in someone else’s hands?5 Words: Fame, family, love, relationships, island.


5 Words: Fame, family, love, relationships, island.

How does Sarah Morgan do it? How does she manage to take you away to these perfect places? I'd already fallen in love with Snow Crystal with her last series, and with this new one, I am so in love with Puffin Island.

This was a fantastic read, a perfect escape.

Emily is a fantastic character, and I loved how she changed as you read. The further the story progressed, the more she grew up and discovered who she was. I loved the tension and the attraction, how when Ryan and Emily collided it was breath taking.

The island community is pretty awesome, and makes for a few smiles and giggles. It's a small place and seemingly everyone knows everyone else, and they all have each other's backs.

This is a pretty magical story that reminds you of the importance of family, whether they be your relations by blood or your best friends. 




19 March 2015

Review: Playing by the Greek's Rules by Sarah Morgan

It’s time to throw away the rule book...

Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairytale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily’s trying a different approach – a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!

Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There’s no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But, whilst Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart...

It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik’s rules? And, what’s more, can he..?


5 Words: Romance, family, relationships, love, forgiveness.

This book is pure indulgence. Sarah Morgan has done it again.

It's fair to say that this book is fun and flirty, and honestly? Quite fluffy. But sometimes that what you need, and this book is a perfect mood booster for a rainy day, something to brighten up a dull day and something to laze around with on a summers day.

This book is easy to dip in and out of, but I found that I didn't want to put it down.

It's crazy and passionate and gives you some insight into the Puffin Island characters - and I certainly hope Lily features some more in that series.