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Friday, 19 September 2014

BLOG TOUR - Plan Overboard by Heather Wardell


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for
Plan Overboard by Heather Wardell

Read my review below!



The much-anticipated sequel to ALL AT SEA brings back Melissa and the trio of brothers that vied for her heart, and a brand new heroine to root for in Corinne Kostopoulos. 

All Corinne has ever wanted was the role of clarinetist for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. The clarinet, and working to master it, is all she has left of her father, who abandoned the family when she was a little girl. But after failing to clinch an open spot in a heated audition, her life-plan soon goes overboard. Not only does she break up with her longtime boyfriend, Clay, she also makes a decision that will alter her destiny in ways she never imagined... 

After a medical procedure and a couple of months of changing everything in her life, a pregnant Corinne meets Melissa and her gorgeous flirt of a brother-in-law, Austin, on a cruise. The heat of the Caribbean sun soon combines with a mutual attraction to create a sizzling connection neither Corinne nor Austin can deny. But when the truth comes out about Corinne's condition, will lifelong playboy Austin man up? Or will Corinne's hope for a future beyond a shipboard romance prove yet another PLAN OVERBOARD?



This is a great fun summer read, one that is just perfect to enjoy laid back on a sun lounger, the story of Corinne and how her planned out life went totally wrong is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Corrine has dreamed of being a clarinetist for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, unfortunately during an audition she fails to land her dream job and with that her carefully laid down plans unravel.

As well as splitting up with her boyfriend, her life can't get any worse but she decides to make a huge decision, one that will change her life for the better forever, she falls pregnant with a little help from the wonders of the medical world and sets about changing her life.

Dragged on a cruise by her brother and his friends she resolves to put her feet up and finally watch Sex and The City not revealing she is pregnant, a spanner is thrown in the works in the shape of Austin, brother in law of Melissa from Heather's All at Sea story, he is gorgeous, sizzling hot and soon her group of friends and family and his join together.

Corrine and Austin has sparkling chemistry but he is a known playboy, how will he cope when he discovers that Corrine is pregnant, will he run a mile or will he finally get a grip and grow up?

Well as to what happens you will need to find out for yourself!!

This story is a lovely read and Heather has such an amazing back catalogue of books all waiting to be read too!!

Awarded 4 out of 5


Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of fourteen self-published novels including the free ebook "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" which has had over 375,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

COVER REVEAL - Bulletproof by Melissa Pearl


COVER REVEAL
Bulletproof (Songbird #2) by Melissa Pearl
Release Date: November 20, 2014

Morgan Pritchett doesn't need anyone. Strong-willed and confident, she's the master of organizing and looking after everyone around her. In her mind, she's bulletproof. But she has one weakness – men. She can't seem to live without them, yet is unable to find her perfect match. After yet another break up, Morgan promises her sister and best friend that she'll write off men for the rest of the year. But then she meets Sean Tate.
Sean Tate has worked hard to become a Hollywood actor, scoring minor roles and slowly making a name for himself as an action sidekick. After a chance encounter with the stunning Morgan Pritchett, he decides to take a risk and put his dancing skills to the test by signing on for the lead role in Superstar, a TV musical. He never thought he'd reconnect with the girl who urged him to ignore his manager and be honest with himself, but when Morgan shows up on the set as a production assistant, he realizes he's found his ultimate weakness — her.
Their passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face to face with her demons and Sean decides just how much he's willing to risk for love, these two lovers discover something... they're not as bulletproof as they thought.

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!!!!!!PLUS AS A BONUS!!!!!!
Fever (Songbird #1) recently got an EPILOGUE
Check it out below!

FEVER EPILOGUE:
~SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t read Fever~ ELLA
The shower was hot and divine, the droplets hitting my skin made me want to melt. I was exhausted down to my very core. Gutting the old to make room for the new was hard work. Every muscle in my body ached, but I was so ridiculously happy it didn’t even matter. A smile crept over my lips as I reached for the shampoo, squirting a healthy amount into my palm. I had callouses on my hands and my knuckles were indented with various nicks and scrapes. They stung a little as I rubbed the shampoo into my hair, but nothing could wipe the grin from my face.
A song filtered up my throat as I spun to wash out the shampoo. I went for Frank’s Fly Me To The Moon, belting out the song as my mind wandered towards the man I wanted to kiss. Lathering up my loofah, I scrubbed it up my arms, washing off the grime from another hard day’s work.
“Please don’t tell me that loofah is stealing my job again.” Cole’s deep voice made me giggle.
“It’ll go into early retirement the second you get into this shower.” I kept humming as I listened to him undress, my body already zinging in anticipation. It didn’t help that Cole had joined in the song and was now singing about how I filled his heart with song. I tipped my head back and sighed, still reeling in the awesomeness that my life had become.
After Cole’s grand entrance back into it, he’d given me a weekend of heaven before flying back to Chicago. I’d then had to wait until after we’d both finished out our school year. I didn’t want to fly over for his graduation, knowing David would be around. I couldn’t rub his face in it. I just couldn’t. I was so incredibly happy with Cole; it was impossible not to show it.
June 18th had been the happiest of my life. Cole had flown across the country, I’d flown down and we’d run into each other’s arms at LAX.
“Hmmm.” Cole’s large hands ran around my body as he pressed his naked torso against my back. Ripping the loofah from my hands, he chucked it out of the shower and took over, running his soapy fingers over each and every one of my curves.
A soft moan formed in my throat, whispering out of my lips as I rested my head against his shoulder and wrapped my hand around the back of his neck.
He rested his chin on my head.
“So I just got a call from the architect.” His voice was liquid soft and sexy, in spite of the fact he was talking business. I would have ignored it if he hadn’t said the words I’d been desperate to hear all day.
My eyes popped open and I spun in his arms. “What’d he say?”
Cole grinned down at me, his eyes buzzing with the same excitement I felt. “He’ll be here at nine tomorrow to show us his initial ideas.”
I let out a squeal. Cole laughed at me, capturing my lips. I went on my tiptoes and ran my fingers into his hair, loving the way his body responded to my touch.
We’d basically spent the second half of June holed up in my room...much to my aunt’s disgust. I hadn’t cared. I was with Cole and we'd had major catching up to do, but as July rolled around we knew it was time to get on with it, so we’d excitedly contacted a few real estate agents and the hunt had begun. I still had five months until I was granted full access to
my trust fund, but Cole’s was plenty healthy and was able to get us started. We’d already received pre-approval from the bank and it was just a matter of finding the perfect place.
Three weeks later, we did. It was an old store with a studio apartment on top. It’d been abandoned years ago, but the rights for sale had not been available until the owner passed away. For us, the timing couldn’t have been better. After being handed the keys, we stood on the sidewalk in giddy silence gazing up at what would soon become Reynold’s.
We were both getting a taste of our dreams. I was living back in a place that felt like home. Our little apartment was just under five miles from Pasadena Community College. I was cutting back to part-time classes and would complete my degree over four more years. I wanted to be able to help Cole with the pub. I would have quit college then and there, but Nina had talked me out of it, convincing me that I could handle both.
“It’ll be busy, but you’ll never regret having a college degree,” she’d said. “You guys are gonna be great. I’m so proud of you.” Her eyes had welled with tears as we talked over Skype, making me want to cry.
I still couldn’t believe Cole had left Chicago...and them...for me. But he told me as long as I was there, he could live anywhere.
“Ella, you’re my home and no matter where you go, I’ll follow you. I’d walk a thousand miles, remember?” He'd leaned his forehead against mine and I'd nearly died, but then he'd taken it one step further, his expression softening to mush. “I want to marry you.”
My lips parted, my heart freezing still.
He’d grinned at me. “I don’t have a ring yet. Every penny I have is kind of wrapped up in our future plans right now, but there’ll be one coming, Miss Simmons...I just wanted you to know.”
I'm pretty sure I haven't stopped smiling since that day. We might not be officially engaged, but our hearts got hitched a long time ago and for now I’m happy to wait for my wedding day.
Cole’s tongue was burning as it slid into my mouth. He pressed me back against the cool tiles, his lips working over my chin and down my neck. I ran my fingers across his hard shoulders as his tongue traveled down my body, hotwiring my brain and making coherent thought impossible.
“How much time do I have?” Cole murmured against my belly. “Time? What’s time?”
He chuckled, blowing a raspberry into my belly button. I gently yanked his hair as I giggled.
“Jody’s picking me up at seven.”
“And where are you going?”
“We’re taking Morgan out for karaoke.”
“Again?” He looked up at me. “She’s not looking for that guy is she?”
“The actor?” I chuckled. “No, she just needs some cheering up. She still hasn’t found a
job and since her big break up with Brad she's been working her way through a very lousy dating pool."
"I thought she was swearing off guys."
I shrugged, my insides pinching with worry. "Me too."
Cole's expression mirrored my disquiet, but I forced a smile, not wanting to take my
concerns into the evening.
"Anyway, we have to celebrate as much as we can tonight. Jody leaves next week. It’s
gonna be sad. We have to have as much fun as we can while the trio is still together.” I tipped my head, water running off my hair and splashing into his face. I laughed, brushing his slick curls off his forehead. “I’m so glad I’ve got you.”
Cole ran his hands up my sides, squeezing my hips and giving me one of his megawatt smiles. I leaned down and kissed it, pressing my body against his. “So in answer to your question...” I softly bit his neck before working my way up to his ear and nibbling on the lobe. “I’ve got as much time as we need.”
Cole’s deep chuckle reverberated in his chest. “When it comes to you, my love, there is never enough time.”
I grinned as his lips got back to work and I was sent to heaven, the tune of Cheek to Cheek whistling through my brain as Cole and I danced to our own shower song.
*********
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BOOK BLITZ - Take Me On by Katie McGarry **GIVEAWAY**


Release Date: 05/27/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Bonus novella included: Crossing the Line.


Excerpt from West’s Point of View
Okay. All right. This can be managed. It can. I can manage this,” says Haley. “This is entirely under my control. I can own this situation.”
I don’t need to be managed.”
Haley tosses me an are-you-for-real gaze and her hair tumbles over her shoulder. It’s shiny and I bet if I ran my fingers through it, the strands would feel like silk. I like hair like that. I like kissing girls who have hair like that. My eyes flash to her lips and the memory of her stepping into me on Friday night sizzles in my mind: the walking, talking inferno. Kissing Haley would be a thrill ride experience.
West?” Haley motions near her eyes. “Attention here, please?”
I wasn’t checking out your curves.” Though now that it’s mentioned…
Go there and I swear to God you’ll have to check ‘other’ when asked if you’re male or female.”
I chuckle and rest my palm against the cool cinder block wall, crowding her. Haley shifts and practically shrinks into the corner. She’s shorter than me, but not by much. I’d say she was afraid, but the way she studies my biceps tells me differently.
Haley?” She refocuses on my face. “Eyes up here please.”
Gaped. Open. Mouth. “Okay, look. Me and you. We’ve got problems.”
I agree. She wants to kiss me. I want her body underneath mine. Nothing a dark room and a bed couldn’t solve. “What are you doing after school?”
What? No. Don’t tell me. I don’t care. Back to problems. Those guys that jumped us on Friday?”
My hand slips off the wall and I straighten. “Yeah?”
They go to school here and I’m not exactly their best friend.”




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KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

BOOK BLITZ - Louder Than Words by Iris St Clair **GIVEAWAY**


Louder Than Words
Release Date: 09/16/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson's life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her. 

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can't let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm's length.

But by the time Rex's charm wears down her resistance, it's too late. He's put Ellen on the "just friends" shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it's the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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EXCERPT

"Ellen!" Rex calls my name but I ignore him. "Ellen!" He draws up beside me. "I'm sorry. I got a little carried away. I'm sorry." From the corner of my eye I see him push back a swath of hair from his eyes. "Shit. That's all I seem to be doing, is apologizing to you."

My feet stop moving and I whirl to face him. "Why did you do that?"

His face is pinched, eyes droop at the corners. "Because I thought you wanted to. I thought you … ” He pushes his hair back again, even though it still lies in cowed submission. “You were so close, and when you looked at me with those eyes—”

So, it’s my fault?” I throw up my hands with an exasperated cry and keep walking.

"No. No, that’s not what I’m trying to say. It was just … I misunderstood, and I’m sorry. Wait, wait. Let me apologize better." His voice almost sounds sincere … almost … enough to make me halt.

"I promise I won't come on to you again. I won't touch you, make suggestive remarks or, or do anything else—like other stuff I can't think of now—that's inappropriate. I'm sorry. I guess maybe I misunderstood because … never mind. I have a big mouth and I’m impulsive sometimes. What can I say? I’m Italian." He shrugs and buries his hands in his pockets. Like that excuses it—a faulty impulse control switch and Latin genes he can blame whenever he’s called out.

I cross my arms and cock my head. "Why should I believe you? Cause it was that bad? Back there?” I can’t look at him anymore, wish I had just nodded at his apology and dropped it. My face blazes, and all I want to do is run away from him, to the ladies room, to splash cold water on my cheeks and wash away the awkward memory and my even more awkward reaction. I need to shut up, shut up, shut up.

"What?" He chuckles and the sound echoes through the hallway. "Is that what you … aww, hell no." He raises his hands, palms out. "That is so not what I meant." He moves a little closer, and glances around as if to make sure we're unobserved. In a hushed voice, he says, "The kiss was fantastic, amazing, fabuloso, but I shouldn’t have done it. I promise, I swear even, I won’t do it again. I’ll never try to kiss you or touch you … unless you ask me, of course." He shifts to face me. “I am a man of my word. You can trust me.” His smile fades. “Please trust me. Alright?"



About the Author
Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that's another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year "fish or cut bait" dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

REVIEW - The Robot Chronicles: An Anthology of Science Fiction



Thank you to the wonderful Ann Christy for kindly providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I knew I wanted to read this as soon as I caught wind of it, Hugh Howey, Ann Christy, Jason Gurley to name a few excellent writers whose work I have enjoyed, The Robot Chronicles is a wonderful anthology of tales about our future metallic overlords and how these author's picture them in our society.

As a fan of Arnie's very first Terminator film the thought of having robots in my future scares me, I know that out there just now are robots being created by scientists to carry out many different tasks but having read this book, the thought of a robot thinking independently and starting to make decisions for itself petrifies me, my idea of a robot would be something like K-9 in Doctor Who, charming and helpful and he is a dog, a dog who doesn't need picked up after or fed!



I remember going to Universal Studios in Orlando years ago with my husband and going to the Terminator show, sitting in the audience watching it unfold I inwardly freaked out as a grinning face appeared beside my seat along with the rest of the exo-skeleton, most of the robots in these stories are designed to looked human and in one stories case I actually thought to begin with that the robot was the human, its actions were so scarily like us.



Anyway I digress, the stories in this anthology range from humorous as a robot struggles to understand his masters carnal needs to the caretaker on a space station watching the world get nuked with just her computer for company.

Here is a quick look at the stories-

Hugh Howey's Glitch
In which a competitive fighting robot develops a glitch, it goes against its programming, The engineers hope and fear that his glitch is an amazing breakthrough

A K Meek's The Invariable Man
Micah has a talent for fixing broken tech, living in the Boneyard surrounded by tech following the Machine Wars, a relic comes to his attention, one he wants to fix, is it a good idea?

Edward W Robertson's Baby Your Body's My Bass
Alex and his "companion" Bill, as they grow up together they form a band but as they gain fame and fortune, Bill decides he wants a life of his own.

Nina Croft's Ethical Override
The year 2072 and robotic stewards are in place in the some of the most important jobs, Homicide Detective Vicky Harper is called to a case of apparent suicide of a council member who control the stewards, is it suicide?

Patrice Fitzgerald's I Dream of PIA
Fresh out the box PIA's owner Jeff is happy with his new AI, she meets his every need, making sure everything goes well. Her understanding of Jeff's need leads to an awkward encounter for him.

W.J.Davies Empathy for Andrew
The Centre for Robotic Research does it quality assurance extremely well, their latest model may have finally achieved true artificial intelligence but before it can be certified it needs to be trialled both emotionally and psychologically, how will it coped tested to it limits?

David Adams Imperfect
Set on Belthas IV, thousands of artificial slaves are manufactured each week, all the same, all set to serve, to never question or betray, but one is different than the others....

Ann Christy's PePr Inc
Busy people with busy lives, the solution? the perfect companion created to understand your needs and wishes, but how human is too human?

Jason Gurley's The Caretaker
Alice is a caretaker aboard space station Argus, keeping home whilst the astronauts are away, alone above Earth making sure everything runs like clockwork. Watching the Earth from her lonely orbit she sees it slowly burst in to fire, one explosion after another.

Samuel Peralta's Humanity
Alan Mathieson heads home on an icy highway, a collision course in these extreme conditions will test his humanity.

Endi Webb's Adopted
A son and his father are being hunted by robots, they are cornered in a police station, they don't know who to trust, humans look like robots and robots look like humans, the boy is about to learn some horrible things.

Matther Mather's Shimmer
Dr Hal Granger is a leading authority on AI's , his lifes work is Shimmer an AI who can actually feel but what she feels is not what Granger expects.

Deirdre Gould's System Failure
Bezel is an AI robot in the vault, a combination of seed bank and zoo designed to withstand an apocalypse, its a fail safe but after a global strike it becomes a necessity, however when Bezel is rebooted he finds things have gone wrong.

The great thing about these sort of stories is that a lot can be based in fact but you can tell the author is having a whale of a time filling out the rest with their wonderful imagination. There is a story here for everyone, there is a lot of technical jargon being bandied about but whether you understand it or not it does in no means affect your enjoyment of this anthology.

A great read and it also gives you a lot to ponder over, will our future be full of robotic servants with mankind the masters,? or will the robots rise up and rule us? or will none of this happen but hey that's why we have imaginations so lets have fun imagining having a robot butler!

Robot Chronicles is awarded 5 out of 5



BLOG TOUR - Age of Iron by Angus Watson



Welcome to my blog tour stop for 
Angus Watson's epic novel Age of Iron

#AgeOfIron

Legends aren’t born. They’re forged.

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar’s army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. 

First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar’s most fearsome warriors, who’s vowed revenge on the king for her sister’s execution. 

Now Dug’s on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child and one unpredictable, highly trained warrior with a lust for revenge that’s going to get them all killed . . . 

It's a glorious day to die.


Now the comparisons with the epic Game of Thrones really had me curious about this novel however whereas Game of Thrones is firmly in the realm of fantasy, Age of Iron explores Britain during the year 61 BC (yes you read that right B C), a time when life was rough and an invading army can quite easily come along a chop your head off and burn your fort down with only a couple of minutes warning.

This book, well I expected it to be an extremely serious look at the life of our anti-hero Dug Sealskinner a forty something mercenary for hire who is looking for work with the sociopathic evil maniac that is King Zadar, however this book to my utter joy is written with a tongue in cheek.

The art of war and revenge is serious stuff but Dug has seen it all and he is not going to let little girls and a revenge driven iron maiden get in his way of an easy life in Zadar's army, or is he?

The Age of Iron is written in such an engaging way, the characters have no heirs and graces, they fight and bicker, love and swear (badger's bollocks) their way through this truly brilliant story, its a sizeable tome so I won't give you a blow by blow account but as mentioned Dug is on his way to try and join Zadar's ranks but he has been roped in to helping protect a small town, this does not go well and he scarpers, on his escape he encounters a young girl Spring, he is not a fan of having companions but soon he is her father figure and further along he meets Lowa, ex of Zadar's army, ex because he wants to kill her having already killed her colleagues, he is out for her blood and she will be damned if he gets it as she is going to get him first.

To a lesser extent we also Ragnall whose town was destroyed by Zadar's forces and his beloved taken for slavery, he also wants blood and as the story continues he meets up with Dug and his ladies and they team up to take out Zadar and his army.

I know I keep harping on about it but the way its written is brilliant, a bickering druid and his wife could almost be having their argument in your local shop, the story keeps you hooked all the way through, you almost forget this is happening thousands of years ago.  As the book progresses we find out more about these brilliant characters, their quirks and how they live and love, Spring is my favourite character she is such a young girl but she has a lot of those aforementioned badger's bollocks!

The ending is sufficiently blood thirsty, to be honest there is a lot of the red stuff spilled, and it lines it up perfectly for the next book Clash of Iron, Dug's story is brilliant, epic and feels very real.

I am so glad I read this book, it was nothing like I expected and such an amazing surprise, Angus has set the world up nicely, I can almost see this on TV like the aforementioned GOT, my one downside with this book is there is no map!! All good epic tales have maps!!  Besides that its well worth a read!

Age of Iron is awarded 5 out of 5

Thank you to Orbit for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

REVIEW - The Doomsday Kids: Nester's Mistake by Karyn Langhorne Folan


I was kindly provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review by Karyn Langhorne Folan

I was really looking forward to this book!, Liam's Promise, the first instalment in this exciting series was an great read and it started with a bang, literally, Washington DC is taken out by a nuke and the world goes to hell.

Our young characters had one heck of a culture shock going from a world of things they take for granted such as food and hygiene as well as being able to call up everything they need on the Internet.

They escape from the city heading towards a promised safe haven but their route was fraught with danger but at the end of Liam's Promise they made it to the safe haven of Liam's fathers cabin but they didn't find the welcome they were expecting.

Nester's Mistake takes off straight away, the group finally get in to the cabin but have they all made it? Regardless they are in a bad shape, Liam is in a bad way and a couple of the others are showing signs of radiation poisoning, after travelling all this way has it all been in vain?

The newcomers in the cabin are Katie and Marty, needless to say being a group of young people they are all really suspicious of one another but they eventually start to work together but as the snow starts falling the group realises they are going to be there for a while, they relax a little with one of them taking the word a little too literally.

Nester as the healthiest out of the lot of them is pretty much group leader but he is having is own problems, his late brother Nate is appearing to him ,taunting him, he feels he is slowly going mad.

As this book progresses you begin to see that even though the explosions in D.C. only happened a short time ago these kids have adapted so quickly to their new environment and the harsh realities that it brings, its a dog eat dog world and the discovery of others in their small part of the world leads to some unpleasant scenes.

Teenagers at the end of the world is by no means a new idea but what I love about this series is it feels real, it is so nice to have a mixed bag of kids, for example the boys are are not all the stereotypical white muscly jock, and in this books case, the jock is in a very bad way.

Nester's Mistake is a great read, I actually enjoyed it more than the first one and I really enjoyed it, the teenagers act like teenagers, they are bolshy, grumpy, scared and totally less spoilt and high maintenance than before the bomb dropped.

Karyn has done a fantastic job creating the world around them and the isolated cabin was a perfect setting for putting these kids right out of their comfort zones.  

This is a great series and if you like any sort of dystopia / apocalyptic books then this will be perfect for you.

Nester's Mistake is awarded 5 out 5