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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 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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The King’s Heart

ImageThe King’s Heart by Lezlie Word Tyson

Date Finished: 15th September 2012

Pages: 184

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I received this Ebook for review by the author. At first I was unsure on whether I would enjoy the book or not, it appeared to be heavily centred around the historical occurrings of the 12th century. However a couple of pages into the book, my mind changed. Historical fiction and any history in general to be honest is not of interest to me, however I soon became attached and grew a liking for the character Lady Cornella and later Corinne. The plot was ever growing and there was a few changes in events fitted into this short novel. If I had one fault for The King’s Heart it would be, at times I felt there was too many characters at once in places, and on a few occasions had to reread parts to make sure I was aware of who was doing what. However, Lezlie Word Tyson is very descriptive in her writing and readers can expect to be present alongside the characters, feel their pain and suffering.

I do not hesitate in awarding The King’s Heart


Reviewed by Ginger 2012

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Posted by on September 15, 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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Centurion by Simon Scarrow
Date Finished: 2011
Pages 533

Centurion was the first Simon Scarrow book that I read. The book focused on prefect Macro and Centurion Cato who are stationed in Palmyra which is just outside of Parthia. When Parthia begins to amas a force to go to war, it is down to Cato & Macro to hold the small kingdom. This book had me hooked from the first page, and is the reason I read Simon Scarrow books. This book is classic Scarrow, with his intimate blend of fiction and fact.

I award this epic novel


Reviewed by Specs o-o

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Book Reviews, 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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Under the Eagle

Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow

Date Finished: 2011

Pages: 454

Under the Eagle is the first in the Eagle Series by Simon Scarrow. The series is centred around Quintus Licinius Cato and his exploits in the Second Roman Legion. In this first book Cato joins up with the second legion and has a hard time adjusting to the difficult life on the legions. This book is really well written and blends in historical fact with exciting fiction. The fight scenes are written to perfection and show the ruthless efficiency of the roman war machine. It also details what life in the legions entailed, including the training. This book is a brilliant start to the series and I can’t wait to get on and read the rest of the series!

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Book Reviews, Uncategorized


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