Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Medici Legacy by Greg Ahlgren

Title: The Medici Legacy
Author: Greg Ahlgren
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Format: Print and Kindle
Star Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:
International thriller. When thirty-something Deputy Inspector Antonio Ferrara of the Italian Polizia di Stato discovers that the seemingly random victims of a Tuscan serial killer are all illegitimate descendants of one Giovanni di Cosimo de Medici, a 15th century Florentine banker, his superior scoffs at his theory, the Italian military police caution him to leave this closed case alone on the basis that it involves an issue of "national security," and even his father uses the occasion to hector him to leave police work and return to the family art business. Undeterred, Antonio enlists the aid of Rachel Fuller, an American Fulbright scholar working on her Medici dissertation in Florence, and together they travel to America to unlock a secret that spans three continents and eight centuries. (279 pages, 88,250 words, 52 chapters)

Review:
I read The Medici Legacy to be honest this is not something I would normally read if picking something for myself.
The book was slow to get started the plot line was good and it was well written but it didn't leave a lasting impression for me personally. I realised quickly that I was not going to be won over as I just wasn't lost inside the book which I usually am.
I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 as just because it wasn't for me I know a lots of people would love it.



Wednesday, 29 February 2012

In The Spotlight by Liz Botts

Title: In The Spotlight
Author: Liz Botts
Genre: YA
Format: ebook
Star Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read

Synopsis:
When sixteen year old Hannah Brewster lands the lead in the school musical she hopes it will be the perfect chance to get the attention of her family and her long time crush, Kyle. The only problem is that school super star, Josh Larson, has been cast opposite her, and he seems to like her as more than just a cast mate.
As Hannah and Josh grow closer, things between Hannah and Kyle get complicated. When Hannah realizes that Kyle is not who she thought he was, she also realizes that she just might like Josh as more than just a friend.
Will Hannah and Josh be able to overcome their obstacles and admit their feelings before the musical ends?


Review:
I absolutely loved In The Spotlight.

I remember the time when I was just like Hannah so I could relate to her a lot, With boys, crushes and broken hearts.
Hannah seems a bit naïve but that made me like her even more.

I loved her sense of humour and was laughing out loud while reading the book on several occasions with things she said or did, which I have never done before when reading a book.
There was also sadness when she learnt Kyle was not who she thought he was.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end with the will they won’t they storyline and the laughs throughout the book made it a great read.

My 14 year old daughter is now reading this herself as I said she would really like it.

The ebook is 197 pages long and will keep you hooked trust me!

I would give In The Spotlight 5 out of 5 stars

You can purchase In The Spotlight by Liz Botts at Astraeapress.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Amazon.com in Kindle and Paperback formats

Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Four Elements: The Fallen Knights by Stephen Gawn


Title: The Four Elements: The Fallen Knights
Author: Stephen Gawn
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Star Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It
Synopsis:
King Arthur was a legendary hero whose loyalty for man showed the world true honor and peace…But one secret he kept to himself is now leading sixteen year old Michael McCloud into a maze of secrets, controversy and murder.
When sixteen year-old Michael McCloud accepted an apprenticeship to learn about his abilities, controlling the four elements,he thought it would be a snap. But when he is almost killed things seemed to be not as easy as he thought.
To make matters worse the killer demands he give up a powerful object that might be a key to a lost treasure of King Arthur. The only problem is he doesn’t have it…
Will Michael McCloud unfold the mystery behind who is trying to murder him or will his bullheaded attitude and impulsive behavior lead him into the hands of his enemy?

Review:
The Four Elements: The Fallen Knights consists of 166 pages on the ebook version.
As soon as I got this book to read on my iPod, I did not know what to expect at all, I just thought it would be another boring book as you do when you’re a teenager and have read boring books at school but with this book I was not disappointed!
It is full of detail and you can just imagine it all in your head. This kind of book is different
from all the other books that I usually read but it was brilliant.
I loved the way it keeps you guessing all the way though and is such a mystery.
Michael’s family are all elementals (controllers or manipulators) they have the ability to control the four elements.
Terra, Pyro, Aero and Aqua ( Earth,Fire,Wind And Water) have to undergo training to learn how to control their abilities.
Michael’s power is aqua (controlling water)
I would definitely recommend this to a friend and I cannot wait until the next book!
The Four Elements: The Fallen Knights was published in June 2011 and is available to buy atAmazon.com Amazon.co.uk and Smashwords.com
Formats available: imob, epub, PDF, RTF, LRF, and Online reading.
By Tiffany aged 14.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Bound by Books Hop 2/17


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Friday, 10 February 2012

Sacred Ring by Leah Sanders Review



Sacred Ring by Leah Sanders 

Genre: YA
Length: 81 pages
Release Date: 2-2
Buy Link: http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662245&mode=product&product=9158236
Star Rating: 4  

Blurb: 
Nothing in Kynan Murphy's life is going right. His grades are horrible, he's always in trouble, and the girl he likes doesn't know he exists. But things go from bad to worse when his parents tell him they have decided to split up. Angry and confused, he wants nothing more than to lash out against the world. The closest thing he can find, however, is the Saint Valentine shrine during a school field trip. Armed with some fireworks and encouraged by his best friend, Michael Connell, he's all set to vent his frustration with life. 

His best laid plans fail when a mysterious priest confronts him, sharing an ancient secret about a hidden ring with special powers. Kynan believes the answer to all his problems and the only way to fix his parents' broken marriage is to find the ring — a task he won't be able to accomplish on his own. 

It was easy enough to convince his friend Michael to join him, but the irritating Brianna Collins insists on tagging along. Fortunately, her knack for language and interest in history is a valuable asset in the search. Their quest leads them to the northern coast and into dangerous territory where, in spite of their good intentions, they may lose their own lives.

Review:
Sacred Ring was a brilliant short story with a lot of emotion mixed in. Set in Ireland with a main Character called Kynan and secondary characters Michael and Brianna.
Kynan's character was that of a typical teenage boy getting into trouble with his friends. When he found his parents were separating it his world crumbled. He was angry and upset and wanted to cause trouble to lash out, Which I think a lot of people who have had parents breaking up can relate to.

When finding out about a Sacred Ring of Saint Valentine on a field trip was buried deep in one of the caves on the Northern Coast of Ireland. He, his friend Michael and Brianna went with him on a quest to find it, to bring his parents back together.

This was an exciting book to read full of emotion with lots great twists and turns. It was very well written and had me gripped right through to the very end.
The detail in the book was fantastic I felt like I had been transported over to Ireland.

With only 81 pages you can read it in a couple of hours too so a quick read but a GOOD read!

Bound By Books 2/10

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Friday, 3 February 2012

Bound by Books Hop 2/3

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