Monday, 10 June 2013

A few books I've recently enjoyed.

I'm not a professional book reviewer, but I love to share what I've read with my friends. I like a book that entertains me, that has me turning pages and is believable even if it is fantastical. A little piece of escapism. These have been read in the last month.

Dragon Wraiths by Amanda Martin.
The story centres around a young girl who is approaching her sixteenth birthday, fully believing that the day will be her last.
Leah runs from impending doom, but on her sixteenth birthday, the fate she dreads turns into something most wondrous.
I'm not going to give away exactly what happens, in case you wish to buy the book, but I will say it is a fast paced fantasy, which does include dragons and humans, different time zones and different worlds.
The author self-published this book. There are a few minor editing errors, but you know, they didn't stop me loving the book.
I'd definitely read another by this author.

Cupidity by Holly Hepburn..
Cupid, the god of love, has been letting himself go. He hasn't been doing his job properly either, so is sent on a mission to redeem himself. Attempting to make one hard-of-heart person fall in love, Cupid pretends to be a writer doing some research. We are treated to watching him try speed dating,  dredging up old boyfriends amongst many other attempts at producing love for his intended target.
This is a novella, rather than a novel. Being shorter it can be read in an afternoon, but its not any less delightful for that.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cupid's attempt to succeed and the ending was masterful. Its such a fun, light hearted read. You'll be cheering Cupid on and wishing there were more men around, exactly like him.

Reckless Rescue by Rinelle Grey.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's well written and the characters very believable. It's a romance set on two different planets – neither of them Earth! The male lives on one planet which needs a certain gas to fuel its spaceships (not a dilithium crystal in sight!). He is also implanted with a contraceptive chip because there are too many on his planet.
The female lives on another planet where there are too few people and everyone is encouraged to procreate. If they don't, they have to split from their partner after eighteen months of trying. Her planet is rich in the gas that the male needs.
When his ship crash lands, he is cared for by our heroine. Together they have to find a way to repair his ship and find a place where they will both be happy. This is the first in a series, I'm hoping the next will hold my attention and be as entertaining as this was.
Another self published story – and excellent quality.

Wish You Were Here by Victoria Connelly.
When I started reading this book, it was a beautiful sunny day and I could imagine myself on a Greek island, which is where some of this story takes place. The characters of Alice and Milo were so very believable, as were Milo's gardening capabilities and his love of the land.  The make-a-wish coming true was a fun bit of nonsense.  The plain Jane finding her happy-ever-after made this a thoroughly enjoyable sunny day read. I'd read another by this author, too!

As you can see, I read two on my smartphone and two on my e-reader.
E-reader wins, hands down! The only time I'd use the app on the smartphone now is if a loved author is promoting a freebie solely on Amazon. Then I'd also have to read in small bites - and not as I prefer to do, hours at a time.
For my type of reading, its my Kobo, all the way.

I'm now looking for some new books to read. Do you have any recommendations for me? Look forward to them!


  1. I'm reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand (hardback--old school, LOL) it's pretty good so far.
    I haven't been able to make the switch to an e-reader...

  2. Will have to look that one up, thanks, Robin.
    I got an e-reader as a gift, but once started, was instantly hooked! xx


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