Monthly Archives: April 2016

Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes


So I just came back from a trip to Majorca!  Not really, but that is how Island in the Sea by Anita Hughes made me feel!  I felt transported to this beautiful island without having to leave the comfort of my couch!  Not shocking ,as Hughes always manages to write with such description there is no other option but to take yourself there.  I loved this story as I usually do with Hughes’ novels.  It was part love story added with some sun and some fabulous fashion, what more could a girl want!  Back your bathing suit and pour some champagne as Island in the Sea is the perfect getaway.

Judith is a record executive sent to the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, by her boss Gideon, to make sure hit songwriter Lionel completes his contract.  Lionel, years older than Judith, is at a low point of…

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Book Review: Guardian of Paradise

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Title:  Guardian of Paradise

Author: W.E. Lawrence

Pages: 297 page

Plot: In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.

The captain thwarts Kira’s…

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Book review: STUCK UP SUIT by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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What a fun read. It was so easy to read. I was smiling ear to ear like a deranged person, replaying the words I read. I keep strolling for more epilogue because I can’t get over Soraya and Graham.
And there’s this word again, that whenever I read it, it brings me much happiness.
Such a simple word, but it has great impact.
This book is about an encounter in the train when a man left his phone there and Soraya found it she was supposed to bring it back to him, but she found the guy who owned the phone, Grahan, a total *mean person.*
When she was going to give it to him, she didn’t give it to him face-to-face, and instead left interesting photos in there when she snapped at him.
There starts the happy journey of Graham and Soraya, and how they’ll overcome a nice…

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CODE NAME: PAPA: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding In Plain Sight by John Murray @CodeNamePapaBk

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Code Name: Papa: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain SightCode Name: Papa: My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight by John Murray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Code Name: Papa – My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight is a literary memoir / political thriller / true crime that tells the story of John Murray. He was the head of US covert operations for a large international group. This group, while not connected to the US government, operated with the full blessing of top people in our government.”

Code name Papa is part one of a trilogy, written in first person it is the memoir of a trained assassin and leader of a group of men and women who travelled the world secretly taking down the “Bad Guys”.

The story begins in 1965 when 3 marines meet and become friends. The narrator, Jake and Bill are sent to Vietnam where they are lucky to escape with…

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Girl at war, Sara Novic


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Published: 2015 Random House

Price: $34

“Ana is lost to a world of genocide and child soldiers in the brutality of the Bosnian-croat conflict.”

I adore this book, one of the most heart breaking reads with feel good moments scattered throughout, however I didn’t like the ending as I have so many questions about a lot of the characters as the book finished in an odd spot. I am happy that they answered a few questions about the safety of people I was fond of from the first section though.

She was such an inquisitive young girl with such compassion and strength. Ana was a character I felt for and wanted to succeed on any en devour that she went on.

I would recommend this book to everyone as it was one that I know many of my friends have enjoyed. Definitely keep your eye on this book and…

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Autumn in the City of Angels – Kirby Howell {BOOK REVIEW}

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What would you do if you lived through the apocalypse? The real fight to survive comes after everyone else is gone.

A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress. When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors. They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.

My Review

This book was absolutely extraordinary. The author provided elaborate details and described the setting of the novel very clearly. I found it ironic that the main character’s name was Autumn Winters. As a heroine, Autumn seemed too dramatic at times, but I felt that it was necessary, given the…

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Alienated By Melissa Landers


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Today I will be talking about Alienated by Melissa Landers. This novel is a wonderful start to a series. This book is about a time on Earth when we make contact with a race of aliens that have the same DNA as humans. They are called L’eihr and the government has created a student exchange program in order to create a friendship between the aliens and the humans. The story follows Cara a high schooler who in order to get a scholarship for college agrees to home an alien exchange student named Aelyx. But the people of the town are not welcoming and soon begin to stage protests that grow violent. This story follows the beginning of their story as they form a friendship and are in the middle of a social breakdown.


I loved this story. It was well written and fast paced. While the story…

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Book Review: Penryn and the End of Days by Susan EE


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Welcome to my first book review! Im just starting out so feel free to leave a comment if I don’t include something in my review that you would like to see in the future! 🙂

This is a book series by Susan EE called Penryn and the End of Days. This series consists of three books and once you start reading you won’t want to stop.

The series takes place in a dystopian setting on Earth. The world is at war with Angels and society has crumbled. We meet a young girl named Penryn who has a seemingly crazy mother, her father is dead, and her young sister is disabled and in a wheelchair. Penryn is tasked with keeping her family alive because her mother is not in the right mind to help at all. In the middle of traveling she and her family suddenly finds themselves…

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Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky

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Wow, what a thrilller!  For the past few books I have tended towards chick lit and lighter reads.  Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky was not the case.  This was a page turning thriller with murder, mystery and heat.  Sadwosky is no stranger to writing as she is seasoned screenwriter and producer.  Just Fall being her first novel was a great debut and definitely made me a fan and excited for her next book!

Just Fall takes place in St. Lucia with Ellie and Rob.  Having just gotten married they head out on their honeymoon.  A gorgeous couple with many hidden secrets and lies.  Rob grew up in a dysfunctional family with a mother who suffered from abuse and a father who he never knew.  All Rob knew was an abusive step father who beat his mom.  Ellie is the picture perfect blonde with a good family and life in…

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Book Review: False Ceilings by Amit Sharma

Scattered Thoughts

fcGeorge Orwell once said, “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

Secrets have great powers; they can make or break even a person’s existence. They are fragile and, should be handled with care. But what if a secret fails to see the light of truth for even over 100 years? What if it was revealed years before? What if-then-else..?

Amit Sharma’s debut novel, False Ceilings, starts with the account of Aaryan, one of the pivotal characters in the book, finding the If-Else statement peculiarly in sync with our life.
Aaryan couldn’t have imagined this epiphany to be his last statement when he died 43 years later.

The Storyline

The story of False Ceilings is stretched through a span of over 130 years; starting from a warm July morning of 1930 to the summer of 2062. The protagonist of the story, Shakuntala, was born…

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