Play Judge a Book with The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea!

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have Ed Drury’s The Whale Whisperer’s .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Clone 3 by Patti Larson.

Smoke and Magic Wins a Golden Biscuit Award!

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Set in Victorian London Smoke and Magic follows Auberdeen Hayle, an ancestor of Sydlyn Hayle, and a powerful young witch in her own right.

Auberdeen has been sent to stay with a good friend of her mother’s whilst the family coven undergoes a tricky take over.

Auberdeen is under strict instructions to stay out of trouble and to comply with her hosts wishes.  Even if that does mean wearing the worlds most uncomfortable dresses, mingling in a strange society, or not even being able to use her magic in the house.

But despite Auberdeen’s best efforts her vivacious nature and thirst for adventure get her entangled in the plight of a complete stranger.

The plight, it turns out, is linked closer to home and as she travels deeper into this new world her mother’s best friend and family begins baying for Auberdeen’s blood.

Patti yet again had me routing for this strong female character as she rebelled against societies expectations, and her mother’s own wishes, to stay true to herself and to fight the good cause.

This story ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting to reach for the next book immediately.

I award this book Five Cups of Tea

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Play Judge a Book with Smoke and Magic!

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have Smoke and Magic by Patti Larson.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Ed Drury’s The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea

The Collapsium Gets 4 Cups of Tea

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The first half was a bit of a merry go-round of a story.  It seemed to go round in circles going nowhere.

Problem occurs, help sought, problem fixed.

The problem- the Collapsium, a highly dangerous project that will put a ring of crystals, composed of tiny black holes, around the sun that would increase the efficiency of transferring data and people.

The Collapsium comes into danger of falling into the sun a handful of times, and seems to be fixed by ideas that come from the brain of one Bruno de Towaji.

Sounds exciting, but it’s not. He fixes it largely by staring into space, grumbling a bit, making a fool of himself at parties, and then coming up with a brilliant this’ll fix it speech before disappearing off to his own little planet to work.

That’s the first half of the book, poss more.

If you can get beyond that that’s where things get good.

The Collapsium’s problems are not an accident at all, but and act of malicious intent, but who could possibly benefit from destroying the Queendom and everything in it?

Well, those would be called spoilers.

There are some intriguing little concepts in this book, such as the fax machine, that can make anything you want, from food to clothes, and as an added benefit it can transport you to other fax machines across the Queendom. Not only this but you can clone yourself and program those clones, or even save copies.  Thus death has been eradicated.

If I were judging this book on the first half I’d give it a two, maybe a three, cups of tea.

Taking the second half into account I’d give it a 4, which is cemented in place by the list of terms and descriptions of how plausible each of the seemingly impossible sounding technologies actually are.

There were a few interesting characters, and you get to see a hear LOT about the high society, but the everyday is only vaguely mentioned here and there. I wonder what a world of immortals would be like.  Alas, you never find out.

I award this a wavering four cups of tea.

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Judge a Book by its Cover- The Collapsium

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy.

This is not the cover I had for my copy, but it’s the one Amazon provided.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Smoke and Magic by Patti Larson.

 

Falling into words

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Image © J.R.Barker 2014

Don’t you love it when you’re so into a book you just fall into the words, when you stop reading and find yourself in a film in your own imagination?

I have to admit it doesn’t happen to me as much as it used to. Probably because I usually feel I should be doing something else.

I’m currently reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and today I fell into words.

What books have come to life for you?

The Cat Who Lost His Meow review and $50.00 Giveaway!

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Hi folks,

there is no Judge a Book this week in lieu of this marvellous Giveaway!

About the Book

Title: The Cat Who Lost His Meow | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Helen H. Wu | Publication Date: June 1, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary: Chester the lazy calico cat has suddenly lost his meow. He’s looking everywhere, but can’t seem to find his voice. When Chester puts himself in a frightening situation he not only finds his voice return, but he also finds his courage. This experience makes Chester appreciate things a little bit more than he had before.

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About the Author: Angela Muse

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Tortured by music.

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Dear internet, 

For four days the trololo song has been stuck in my head. I can feel it lurking in the depths of my mind, ready to pounce and force me to sing it at inopportune moments. I fear for my sanity and the sanity of others. This song is catching and spreads like a virus. If it keeps spreading at this rate the world will never be rid of it. And why is this the case? This video right at the top there.

Family Magic Gets Five Cups of Tea and a Golden Biscuit Award!

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The Blurb


Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of being ordinary. That my mom baked cookies instead of brewing spells That my dad lived with us, not on the demon plane. All I ever wanted was to be like everyone else. 

I know what you’re thinking. You’d die to live in my world. How cool would it be if magic was real and you could do anything? 

You have no idea. Here I am in another new town, but it’s the same old thing. Cheerleader bullies? How original. Friendless again? Who’s surprised. I suck at fitting in. Especially when I’m in the middle of saving my family from total destruction. 

My name is Sydlynn Hayle, and that’s my life. 

Trade you. 

The Review


Family magic follows a teenage girl called Sydlyn Hayle.

Syd could be a normal teenage girl if she didn’t try so hard to fit in, but when you’re mother’s leader of a coven, your father is a demon and your little sister looks like one in her down time, normal just doesn’t seem to work out.

We follow Syd, the reluctant witch, as she steadfastly refuses to use her magic and makes every attempt to break out of the coven.  Unfortunately for Syd she soon finds that her reluctance in using magic means that as her powers grow so does her lack of control. To make matters worse she can’t seem to have a conversation with her mother without having raging arguments that put the whole family on edge.

Every aspect of her life seems to be dominated by her smothering coven and Syd find herself losing her temper and her control far too often.

When an evil force infiltrates the coven she is dragged into the dispute and her family is implicated Syd finds herself having to learn to control her powers and her anger.

But there is something different about Syd’s magic, something that scares even her demon father, and despite the need for Syd to take control of herself and her powers she is constantly waging a war between using her magic and bottling it up.

I really got into the head of Syd and couldn’t help but be carried away with her tempestuous temper.

I definitely recommend this and award it Five Cups of Tea

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plus a Golden Biscuit Award!

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Judge This Book by its Cover to get Two Free YA Paranormal Ebooks!

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have Family Magic by Patti Larson.

As Family Magic is already free Patti has very kindly agreed to giving away copies of the sequel, Witch Hunt, to anyone who responds to this post!

So, in effect, you get two books free!  How awesome is she?

This offer will end on the 1st of July 2014 so you have plenty of time to enter!

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for The Cat who Lost his Meow written by Angela Muse & illustrated by Helen H. Wu.

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