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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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We are getting there…

Hi Guys,

As you may have noticed, things have been rather quiet on the blog front.

Now that our exams are over, we have both been trying to get used to our new terms and work schedule and trying to minimise our pile of books received from authors to review – pleased to announce we are now down to just two!

So you should now see us getting back to normal soon, and thanks to those who we have received support messages from during this time 🙂

Specs & Ginger

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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Books, 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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 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Date Finished: August 2012

Pages: 455

So I was really excited to read this book, but I was slightly nervous as the majority of trilogies tend to disappoint after either the first or second book. I was however really pleased that this book did not let me down! I loved how Suzanne described Katniss’ mental state and the fighting of her feelings. This book was the most emotional and there are points in the book where you will find yourself fighting back the tears. This book and the whole series are some of my favourite books of all time. Specs o-o

Deserves no less…

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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Book Reviews, Uncategorized


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Fast Lane

Fast Lane by Hardit Singh

Date Finished: 20/8/12

Read in under 30 mins

Ginger > Discovered Hardit Singh and this free short read from twitter. The story details a short account of the life of detective Vincent whose current investigation brings lies in his homelife to light. Hardit Singh writes well and the only negative comment I have is that I feel the ending could be improved. I have read a quite a few short books of this genre and feel an ending should have a final thought/dramatic finish, something which would make the reader say “wow”. I would like to read more by Hardit Singh maybe something a bit longer this time 🙂


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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Image Date Finished: Earlier this year

I read The Hunger Games, the first instalment in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins earlier this year. This book is set in post apocalyptic America, in a new nation called Panem. The book is centred around ‘The Hunger Games’ which is an annual event which entails two children, one male and one female, being selected from each of the 12 districts being pitted against each other in a fight to the death. The book doesn’t just focus on the violent conflict which ensues as each of the tributes attempt to stay alive in an attempt to win the games and return home, but on a number of other aspects such as love and rebellion. The book is written in the first person from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen, a young girl from district 12 who ends up in the hunger games, it centralises round her exploits during the game and her ‘relationship’ with fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark. This book is a brilliant start to an exhilarating triology and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.


I give this book 5 stars


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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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