Review of ‘The Book Witch’ by Annette Mori

‘The Book Witch’ is funny, quirky and full of surprising twists. The first book in the series ‘The Book Addict’ introduced us to Elle and Tanya, who are now all loved-up. When Imara, a book witch with the power to bring characters to life, appears in town things begin to get exciting again. She wants to help Jai, a local teacher, find love at last. But she needs her friends to help. Things are never that simple though and enemies, old and new, try to put a spoke in the machine. 

Ms Mori uses some unique plot devices to take this story in very unexpected directions. Fans of the author will be thrilled to find some of their favourite characters from other series turn up. This really worked for me. In a book about the supernatural I was was surprised to find myself suspending belief and really going with the premise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if book witches did exist and our beloved characters came to life? This was exactly the kind of book I wanted to read and I salute the imagination of Annette Mori. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Spencer’s Cove’ by Missouri Vaun

‘Spencer’s Cove’ is a fantastical tale of witches, good and evil and ultimately love. Foster Owen, a mystery novelist with a serious case of writer’s block, is given a lifeline when a job comes up to ghost write a family memoir for Abigail Spencer. Abby has inherited her family’s mansion on the Pacific Coast and on first meeting she is a shy, frightened rabbit of a woman. When Foster starts looking into the family’s past some very interesting stories emerge and she is intrigued. Just when I thought I knew where this story was going and who everyone was, Missouri Vaun took me on a ride that totally exceeded my expectations. Seeing changes in Abby was enlightening and Foster had a lot to do with that. She was a beautifully envisaged soft butch – and who could blame Abby for being attracted to her? The novel had some amazingly strong women and a feeling of camaraderie and power that appealed to me so much. I loved the mixture of the historical research Foster was undertaking and the present day story that stemmed from it.  It was a magical tale and I absolutely adored it. Highly recommended.

I was given this ARC by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books to review.

Review of ‘North of All Borders’ by Irene Hossack

Irene Hossack’s ‘North of all Borders’ is an impressive collection. I came away affected by the truth of her poetry, by that which I recognised. She has the power to shock as well as make the reader feel a part of her reality. The collection is about one woman, her life and experiences. It is also about us all. 

I loved the memories her poems evoked. Her love of Glasgow. And of words. She weaves these memories and the ordinariness of family, with the beauty around. ‘The Asylum Seekers’ is thoughtful and real. ‘My Father’s Mother and ‘Fairy Liquid’ jolted me out of my easy mood. She led me on only to hit me right in the gut. In ‘April’ she took my breath away. The emotion conveyed in that last line – wow! 

I loved this collection of poetry and will read it again and again. I see something different, something new each time. 

Review of ‘Shadow Hand’ by Sacchi Green

‘Shadow Hand’ is a refreshing story, of strong women, superpowers and a fight for good over evil. Ash and Cleo are soldiers who find themselves changing their lives completely after an encounter with an ancient statue in the desert. When Ash realises she can use her mind to move objects she is a person of interest. Choosing to use her powers for the good of others takes a bit of planning, and with Cleo by her side she must decide how to go about it. 

The story is unexpected and unlike anything else I’ve read. It is well written and uplifting – in more ways than one! I enjoyed the camaraderie aspect, as Ash and Cleo become involved in helping other women. It felt empowering.  The relationship between the two women was intense and sexy – what else could one expect from  Sacchi Green?  The tale goes in directions I didn’t see coming – and I appreciated the imagination and depth that went into the storytelling. I really liked it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Love Birds’ by Lisa Moreau

‘Love Birds’ is a beautiful love story set in the adorable setting of Ojai, California. Emily owns a magazine for bird enthusiasts and needs that one big story to save her publication. She has let other people run her life for far too long and takes the chance to do something for herself. Pole-dancer Sydney has her hopes set on a dream job but has to make some changes if she is going to get there. These two women from totally different words find themselves thrown together and as they find a way to coexist, something neither expected changes their lives forever. Lisa Moreau writes the most appealing characters, with a gentleness and understanding that I’ve yet to find in another author. Her stories are so romantic but when things get hot she knows just what buttons to press. I loved seeing how the relationship between Emily and Sydney developed. It was sweet and sexy but also very empowering. I really enjoyed this story, as I have everything I’ve read by this author. I can highly recommended ‘Love Birds’

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘The Rise of the Resistance-Phoenix One’ by Jackie D

‘The Rise of the Resistance’ is a dystopian vision of a future where climate change could not be stopped in time. It’s an excellent story of people who have been waiting so long to fight back against tyranny. The parallels to the situation in the USA now are stark and profound 

It’s a story that acts as a warning. 

Arrow has trained her whole life to protect Phoenix One, the woman who is destined to lead the Resistance when they need her most. Kaelyn Trapp has been cryogenically frozen as part of the Phoenix Project and willingly takes on the mantle of leader. They are powerfully drawn to each other but can they resist? Will giving in jeopardise the important work they have to do? 

I was really impressed by Jackie D’s story and felt it had a truth and reality to it. She brought to life an America where things had gone badly wrong, but she gave me hope that all was not lost. The world she has imagined was compelling and the characters were so well developed. Arrow and Kaelyn felt right together but whether they could ever take that step had me wishing and hoping. Arrow was  loyal and strong and determined. Kaelyn was brilliant and the person one would want to lead in a fight for good.  The bad guys were truly despicable. And the fact that I could imagine such a scenario was scary.   I just hope this book gets the coverage it deserves. I highly recommend it. 

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Blind Trust’ by Jody Klaire

I didn’t think I could love Aeron Lorelei any more than I did after reading the first in the Above and Beyond series. I was wrong. I adore that woman. In ‘Blind Trust’ I saw another side to her and a impressive depth. There is nothing she will not do for other people and when it comes to Renee her devotion knows no limits. Renee’s feelings for her are so strong too. Will Aeron ever see what is right in front of her face? 
When she and Renee are trapped in a small mountain town by an avalanche they are faced with problems only they can solve. But they can’t let anyone know who they really are. Renee’s behaviour begins to confuse Aeron. What is behind it all? 
The story is exciting and full of tension and gives an insight into Renee that fascinated me. Both Aeron and Renee are developed so well and I love how Jody Klaire allows us to hear Aeron’s thoughts through the first person chapters in the book. This is fast becoming my favourite series. I can’t wait to get onto book 3! Highly recommended.

I was given this book for review.

The Bravery of Dr Ford by Kitty Kat

The Bravery of Dr Ford by Kitty Kat

It happened once, it was enough

It never goes, the scars so rough.

The laughter rang above it all

Even now my skin will crawl.

I stood before the old, white men

Told my tale and remembered then.

They sneered and smirked, those good old boys

Yet there I showed such grace and poise.

Held up my hand to testify

For every woman I can but try.

Come what may we will prevail

I have no doubt, we cannot fail.

Vote them out, persistence matters

Misogyny, abuse in tatters.

‘Me too!’ the cry, the shout, the yell

Our voices loud, they’ll never quell.