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Other Systems

ImageOther Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti


Pages: 593 (Estimated)

Other Systems is a sci-fi book that follows Abby Lei and her amazing adventure across the stars from the boring everyday life all the way to Kipos a planet similar to Earth.

Abby travels with her brother, sister and her friend across the stars but as soon as their journey starts the males and females are separated, Abby hopes that she will see her brother again, unfortunately this is not the case. Things go from bad to worse for abby as her younger sister is snatched.

The story is filled with intense emotion, which Elizabeth did amazingly. The story flows from one action to the next and is filled with enough sci-fi action to satisfy my massive nerdy side ! The only two gripes I had with this book was the beginning and the end. I felt that there was too much fluff at the beginning of the book and not enough at the end. 

I award this book a well earned 4 stars

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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in 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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The Beltane Choice

ImageThe Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

Pages: 150

The Beltane Choice is a Novel by Nancy Jardine which details the growing relationship between Nara, a princess of the Selgovae and Lorcan the second eldest son of the leader of the Brigantes. On a revenge expedition into Selgovae territory, Lorcan stumbles across Nara, after rescuing her from a tree he finds out that she is a Selgovae and after a hot encounter he discovers that she is a virgin. As they travel together their relationship grows and grows. Nancy does an excellent job of portraying the growing emotions of the two main characters. The book was set in a very interesting historical period and the author used this to her advantage. The one negative that I really found whilst I was reading was that at times I found the plot hard to follow and had to read over sections to make sure I understood the situation. That aside it was a good read. To summarize this is not the type of book that I would normally pick up but ……

I give this book 3.5 stars



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Reviewed by Specs 2012

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Wolf of the Plains

Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden


Pages: 455                       Date Finished: 2011

Wolf of the plains by Conn Iggulden follows the epic tale of Genghis Khan. The story follows a you Genghis, known before his rise to power as Temujin all the way through his emphatic rise to power. Conn does a brilliant job of depicting the immense hardship that Temujin and his family were subjected to, and the length’s that he would go to to protect them. Once reading this book it ignited an intense interest in the Mongols and the dynasty that followed. This is a must read for any fan of historical fiction

I give this book 5 stars

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The Eagles Conquest

 The Eagle’s Conquest by Simon Scarrow

Pages: 432                                       Date finished: 2011

After reading Under the Eagle, I had to read The Eagle’s Conquest which is the second installment in the Eagle Series by Simon Scarrow. This book follows Cato and his commanding officer Centurion Macro. As Cato and Macro fight against a force which greatly outnumbered their own force, they have to deal with an enemy within their own ranks. Simon Scarrow outshines himself once again with this brilliant insight into the Roman Legions once again. I would recommend this series of books to anyone with an interest in the Roman Legions.

I award this book 4 stars !

Reviewed by Specs 2012

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Fifty Shades of Grey


Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Date Finished: July 2012
Pages: 514

With the hype of this book increasing I decided to give it a go. To be honest I don’t understand what all the fuss is about – ok so maybe the sex scenes excite you. However in my honest opinion the writing was quite bad and plot was average and predictable – nothing really happened. I wouldn’t usually say so much negative comments about a book but with its popularity I couldn’t help but analyse it more. I have yet to read the sequels and am in no hurry to, unless someone can tell me they get better and until then there are plenty of fabulous books out there to keep me busy!

A rather generous 3.5 stars…


Reviewed by Ginger 2012

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Book Reviews, Uncategorized


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The Radleys


The Radleys by Matt Haig
Date Finished: early 2011
Pages: 341

The book cover is great because it does not give any of the plot away. I heard about this book on the TV and it sounded like a great read. It details the life of a suburban family of vampires, the Radleys Family. I do not want to give too much away without spoiling the greatness for you. However I will say that the Radleys whilst trying to appear normal in their community, they also fight to try to keep their family lies from being discovered. The plot includes drama and romance, but Specs read this book and enjoyed it just as much so it’s for both genders.

Couldn’t put it down…


Reviewed by Ginger 2012

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Book Reviews, Uncategorized


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