Dragon Defender Blog tour and review

First off, an apology to J A Blackburn and Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews for being late with this post – and in a different place than expected. About the Book Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1) Author: J.A. Blackburn Publication Date: October 19, 2013 Publisher: Pip & Grey Number of pages: […]

Three Detectives of Christmas

Well, I hope you had a happy Christmas or whatever you celebrate at this time of year.  As I read three detective stories during December,  Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, Voice of the Violin and A Great Deliverance, I thought I’d compare the three sleuths for your enjoyment. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot needs no introduction, surely.  Most […]

Book Review: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

At the start of the year I had a number of classic books by Charles Dickens on my to read list.  I eventually took them off, but put A Christmas Carol back on to celebrate Christmas in the most traditional of ways.  It’s not as if everyone doesn’t know the story.  The numerous movies and […]

Book Review: Flea’s Five Christmases #2 – the Rudolph Challenge

Last year I read the first of Flea’s five Christmases by Kevin George, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I wonder whether I’ll be completing the set in 2016?! This book starts with a hugely exciting disclosure of how Jack Frost came to be Santa’s enemy.  It’s a great bit of writing, full of pace, inventiveness and […]

Book Review: Lionel’s Christmas Adventure by Paul R Hewlett

However heroic I would like to think myself, I think I’m really much more Lionel than I like to admit.  Lionel has grand ideas, but he is not very good at executing them.  He’s not really very good at anything much, although he does have the advantage of a lucky Three-Toed Pot-Bellied Waupum’s foot.  It […]

Book Review: The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico

Despite the title, the Snow Goose is not about winter.  It always gives me the feel of winter, though, as it is set mainly in and around a disused lighthouse on the Essex marshes, a desolate place full of creeks and strangely filling and emptying muddy creeks, wild with frosts and wind and goose-honking.  It’s […]

Book Review: The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

This cleverly titled novel refers not only to the main setting, a lighthouse on a rocky island at the junction of the Southern and Indian Oceans, but also the tides of fate and destiny which chase decisions made for the best reasons.  People’s lives are tossed hither and thither like the waves surrounding the island […]

Book Review: The Cursed Nile by S W Lothian

The second book in the Quest series sees our heroes JJ, Linc and Rani summoned back to Ancient Egypt to solve the riddle of the disappearance of the Water-God Hapi, along with the waters of the Nile.  What the top god Horus doesn’t know is that in modern day Egypt, the Nile waters have also […]

Book Review: Shadow of the Minotaur by Wendy Leighton-Porter

The Shadow of the Minotaur is the second in Wendy Leighton-Porter’s Shadows from the Past series.  These books really appeal to me since they deal with a bit of history I did at school – my history knowledge doesn’t go much past 1066 as I gave up History to study German.  I have some general […]

Round-up of the Blog Tour

Well, that was exhausting!  Thank you everyone who hosted a Blog Tour spot, and for reviewing the book, interviewing me and George and all the other fascinating things that went on.  And of course HUGE thanks to Renee at MotherDaughterBookReviews.com for organising it, and for finding the photo of Viggo Mortensen (I know how hard […]

Book Review: The Disgusting Child by Christine McMahon

This exciting mystery is a worldwind of trickery, magic spells and deceit.  At times I hadn’t the faintest idea what was going on or what was really true.  And when a chapter finished with ‘it was going to get even worse’ I wondered whether I really could cope with reading on!  This is hiding-behind-the-sofa, stuff, […]

Book Review: Return to Skunk Corners by Rebecca M Douglass

Return to Skunk Corners is like curling up in front of a log fire with a cup of cocoa.  Oh, come to think of it, that’s how I read it!  It’s a beautiful story extending our knowledge of Big Al and the Ninja Librarian, focusing on life in the settlement known to one and all, […]

Book Review: Five Children and It by E E Nesbit

There’s a sort of mindset you have to put yourself in when you tackle some of the children’s classics. I’ve come to this conclusion after being part of this challenge for nine months, so I must be a slow learner.  It doesn’t apply to all of the books I’ve read, but it does apply to […]

Young Knights Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway!

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Cheryl Carpinello’s The King’s Ransom, the first part of her series Young Knights of the Round Table.  I was attracted to the book some time ago, so I already had it secreted on my Kindle before I was offered a review copy! About the Book […]