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The Burning of Isobel Key

The Burning of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

Date Finished: 22/11/12

Pages: 288

I received this ebook for review by the author which was a great coincidence in itself. Just mere hours before I received this review request, I had came across Jen’s twitter page and thought this book sounded like a great read!

Feeling unwell this morning and told to take it easy and get lots of bed rest (which is not easy for me), I decided to start reading The Burning of Isobel Key.

At the start we are introduced to Lou who after walking out on her job, then ventures to Edinburgh with her roommate.

Whilst there Lou learns about the burnings of witches in the 17th century and unfolds a trail of discoveries not only about these events but also about herself and her family.

I loved how this ebook skipped back and forth from Lou and Isobel Key (of 17th century). I found myself lost within the plot and I just couldn’t stop reading chapter after chapter!

This is Jen McConnel’s first book and what a beauty it is. Can’t wait to read more by Jen in the future…






Ginger x



Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Books, fiction, Uncategorized


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The man with the green suitcase


The Man with The Green Suitcase by Dee Doanes

Date Finished: 10/11/2012

Pages: 310

I received this book for review by the author. It includes a number of characters (instead of the common 1 or 2 main ones) and they are cleverly brought together due to the mysterious happenings by ‘the man with the green suitcase’.

The first few pages started off slow, I found myself finding it hard to follow the plot at times. However once the story started to unravel (after about pg 55), it was worth it.

I read the book in a few hours, only stopping once because I needed to eat!

Dee writes beautifully and I fell in love with the realistic characters and the magic within. What I loved more than anything is…I didn’t see what was coming at the end! Most mystery books are predictable and you can usually see what is coming, but not this one. To be a good book, the book has to end well and this one did.

Mysterious and magical, definitely worth a read!

Congratulations to Dee Doanes on her great book


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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Books, fiction, Uncategorized


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Stacking the Shelves #1


So while searching memes to include on the blog in between reviews, we came across the popular Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

It is a way for bloggers to write about the books they have gained recently, whether borrowed/brought/gained for review or found 🙂

We will be posting our Stacking The Shelves post every Saturday so keep an eye out!

Although unusually small for us, here is the list of books/ebooks we have acquired recently:

1. The Dating Game by Susan Buchanan


2. Daddy’s home by A.K Alexander


3. In the blood by Steve Robinson


4. Strange Love by Victoria Pearson


That’s it for now, but please get in touch and let us know what books you have brought/gained recently and whether or not they were any good.

Specs and Ginger

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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized


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The Reborn


The Reborn by Ray Mazza

Pages: 184

Date Finished: 24/10/12

The Reborn is the first part of the Day Eight series, which is a techno thriller written by Ray Mazza which follows the story of Trevor Leighton. Trevor is thrust into a world he could never have imagined when a small piece of ingenuity causes a system spike which has monumental implications. Trevor begins to learn that the company he works for is developing technology that no-one could have ever dreamed possible.

I found this book extremely gripping, I was hooked from the 1st page and wanted to find out how the story unfolded. It was well written and the book maintained a good pace. The story was full of twists and turns which kept me reading. The idea behind the book is brilliant and I think that being a geek this satisfied my inner nerd and for anyone who is interested in sci-fi you will absolutely love this book.

As such I award this book 5 stars


As this book is part of a series I have already jumped in to the second book, Of Mice and Hitmen.

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Reviewed by Specs 2012

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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized


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Sundays in Bed With…#4


Today I was happily reading a book I received for Review. Its called Not Again by Richard von Hippel and is a memoir authored by Richard of an inspirational patient of his. Once I read the synopsis I knew it would be a book I would enjoy.

Its a quick read and I’m just under half way through. If you can’t wait for my review then go pick yourself up a copy from Amazon now!


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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Books


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Sunday’s in Bed with …#3


A meme hosted by Midnight Girl

It’s 7am and I’m lying in bed starting a new book. Not Again by Richard Von Hippel


I received this book from the author for review and it is a biography of a previous patient of Richard Von Hippel which needs to be told.

Look out for my review soon < Ginger x

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized


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Spartacus by Ben Kane

Date Finished: 11th September 2012

Pages: 467

I picked up this book after receiving as message from Ben on twitter, and I am so glad that I did. The book follows a Thracian soldier, called Spartacus, who was betrayed and sold into slavery to become a gladiator. Once in the ludus Spartacus begins to plot not only his escape but also creating an army to crush Rome. This book was totally amazing. I was hooked from the first page, and was really able to connect with the characters. The fight scenes were expertly crafted and evolved in a very steady manner and didn’t seem rushed (which I have found in some books). Ben Kane did an amazing job of portraying the life of a gladiator and the troubles of raising an army. He turned a legend into a brilliant book and has become one of my all time favorite books.

I award this book 5 stars!


I was lucky enough to go to the signing of Ben Kane’s new book the Spartacus: Rebellion today and bagged myself a signed copy of the book – so happy and it was my first book signing 🙂

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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Uncategorized


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