Battering The Stem by Bob Freville #review

Title : Battering The Stem
Author: Bob Freville
Published: 2016
Pages:: 133
Format:: ebook

I thank the author for a review copy. I enjoyed this books grim, violent tale and I appreciate what in the span of just over 100 pages the author has managed to create. Characters well defined, story well crafted though I confess to feeling very white while reading this book. The narrative style was quite frankly beyond me and took some getting used to. There were some parts that I simply couldn’t figure out what the street vernacular was attempted to say. I personally feel it detracted from the story as it then made it hard to keep track of who and what. Overall an entertaining though brutal read.

It’s going to be a long, hellish day on Utica Ave. The employees of Brooklyn’s seediest soul food joint, Clayvon’s King Prawn Chicken N’ Biscuit, have a mysterious new patron: Edgerin. Called a “vagrant” and a “beggar”, he’s got a thing or two to learn them in the delicate art of begging…

Within twenty four tense, bloody hours, all the filthy secrets buried under the nail beds of the Clayvon staff are revealed in this darkly comic urban crime story from author Bob Freville.

Defender by G.X. Todd #review


Title : Defender
Author: G.X Todd
Published: 2017
Pages:: 464
Format:: Print

I requested a review copy of Defender from Hachette Australia as it had a premise that really appealed to me. I did enjoy this book however it was not a perfect read. The characters were well written as was the post apocalyptic world created by the author. The character of Lacey really annoyed me at first with her naivety however the reason for it with her isolation and lack of exposure to the world made sense. I loved Pilgrim, he is a character I can really enjoy.

The voices not quite right. Internal dialogue is common, we all do it often not so internally. The reason for the voices, where, the how, the why may come in one of the future books in the series but I felt that the story lacked with the not knowing in this one particularly being the start of the series and setting the tone. It would have especially appreciated considering that while there were points of the story that kept pace well other parts were slow and plodding with not much happening. As such I sometimes was not really into reading it and other times very much enjoyed myself. It is a good though uneven start to the series. I’m not sure if I’d read more and lean more to the not side, keeping to just this first book in the series. It may however gain steam and improve at holding the readers attention throughout. I think though that I’ll wait for the review of others before proceeding with with book two. Thanks to Hachette for the review copy.


Do you have an inner voice? How does it make you feel? Good? Anxious?

What if your inner voice didn’t belong to you? What if it had a purpose of its own?

And if it asked you to kill.
Would you?

Two heroes – the loner and the teenager.

And a world divided between those who hear and those who don’t.

Defender throws you into an age-old battle but this time the forces of Good and Evil are whispering in your ear.

Do you hear voices?


Stay Gone by Holly Brown #excerpt #spotlight

Holly Brown


Growing up, Rae played the good girl, hoping to win her mother Marlene’s love. But Marlene favored Rae’s dangerous older brother Thomas, even after he nearly got teenage Rae killed. The night Thomas disappeared was the best night of Rae’s life. Now 28 years old and engaged, Rae is nursing Marlene, who has advanced cancer and one last request: for Rae to find Thomas and bring him home. Thomas purports to be a changed man, the CEO of his own meteorically successful company. But Rae knows he’s hiding something. When Marlene takes a turn for the worse, is it assisted suicide or murder? The answer goes back decades, through secrets and pain, and comes back full circle. Rae has to figure out who she can really trust. Or else

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Who’s Afraid Too by Maria Lewis #coverreveal #jointhewolfpack

I’ve entered uni to complete my Bachelor of Nursing which is why its so quiet here lately. I did receive an email though asking if I was interested in taking part in a cover reveal, which made me come out of my shell to share this little goodie for you guys. I read book one, Who’s Afraid and really enjoyed it so I’m eager to get a look at book two.

So here is the cover reveal for the next book in the series. Looks good huh? Hope you guys like it.

Book Two in the bestselling Tommi Grayson series is a gutsy, fur-flying, feminist read for fans of urban fantasy and strong heroines. If you love Darynda Jones, Keri Arthur, Kelley Armstrong or Harley Quinn, don’t miss Maria Lewis!

After the sh*t show that was her family reunion, Tommi needed to get gone. Leaving Lorcan behind, she’s spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage – the one that comes with a side order of fur as well as her Maori history and how she can connect to it.
But she can only escape for so long – when an unspeakable evil, thought long destroyed, returns, Tommi needs every bit of the skills she’s learned. With the help of allies both old and new, it’s time to take the fight to the enemy . . .


Fellside by M.R. Carey #review




Title : Fellside
Author: M.R. Carey
Published: 2016
Pages:: 496
Format:: Print

After reading The Girl With All The Gifts I jumped on the chance to get a review copy, my thanks to Hachette for indulging me. This book while well written in nothing like the authors previous book.

Here the writing had me mesmerised and while I enjoyed the story with varying elements of supernatural, court room drama, and mystery among others the story had a tendency to peak and valley with pacing. At times I could not put the book down and others it slowly plodded along and the excellent writing is what kept me going. I highly enjoyed this book despite some moments of not being quite as good as it could have. I would rate this one 3.5 stars


The unmissable and highly anticipated new literary thriller from the author of the international phenomenon The Girl With All the Gifts.

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

It’s a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?