Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Book Review: Escape in a Motorhome by Robert Boren (Bug Out #1)

When society unravels, sometimes the best move is simply to Bug Out.

Bug Out! is the story of Frank and Jane, who are living in Southern California. The State Government is on the verge of collapse. State Pensions are gone. Banking is disrupted. State jobs are eliminated, and it washes through the economy like a tidal wave. Violence Looting. Wholesale destruction of property. Frank and Jane know they must escape. They have a Motorhome. They can Bug Out!

Follow Frank and Jane as they fight their way out of California. What dangers are waiting for them outside? Why are military convoys and tanks moving south
and west on the roads? Why are checkpoints being set up everywhere? Is Martial Law coming? Are the preppers right? What is going on across the southern border? Scary people are coming across. Soldiers from Venezuela. Islamic Fighters. US Army and Private Militia forces are waiting to take them on, and Frank and Jane must thread their way through the battles. They have the perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Will they survive?

My Review:
I stumbled across this series by accident and became hooked on it straight away. It is a 13 part saga following a group of people through civil unrest, invasion and martial law, civil war and frequent attacks by ISIS style terrorists and anarchist militias. It is set in modern day America though it has a dystopian feel and there are two things that make it unique. It is set in RV parks and RVs, featuring people from all kinds of backgrounds staying together for safety. The second thing is that most of the characters are over the age of 50 and some are in their 70's which was a very refreshing change!

Our MC couple are Frank and Jane, with dog Lucy and cat Mr Wonderful. Concerned about disorder and rioting in California getting close to their home, they decide to collect their RV and get out of the state before things get too dangerous. They notice the military heading south as they flee north and news reports indicate that airliners are being shot down as ISIS style terrorists battle government forces along the Mexican border, and that California is being sealed off. They want to find a quiet and safe RV park in Arizona to wait out the trouble before looking to return home but with the situation around them deteriorating, where is it safe to go?

At a RV park, Frank and Jane befriend Hank and Linda. Hank believes that federal forces are fighting foreign invaders to give an excuse to impose martial law and take guns away from citizens, and Frank agrees. They know that Texas are fighting back and refusing to be dictated to, determined to keep their guns and their rights. The theory is fuelled by deserting cops who indicate that they refused to follow these orders and are mounting a resistance to the government, wanting civilians to join with them. Rumours are coming to them about the government allowing the terrorists in to provoke a fight with the civilians, with the US forces fighting alongside the terrorists. Jane has her doubts about what the others believe and decides to reach out to her son to find out what he is hearing in California.

I don't want to go any further on plot with this review as it would spoil all the drama and twists that are present throughout. Frank belives his government has conspired with terrorists so they can impose martial law but underestimated the strength of the foreign army who not look too strong to stop. Jane cannot believe that her government would do that and wants to get more information from someone she trusts-her son Robbie who can tell her what he is seeing in California. So who is right about what is happening? I'm not going to say, obviously, but I loved the conspiracy plotline and having our MCs having different political visions, allowing them to debate what is happening to their country in a sensible manner, instead of the ranting anti-government or anti-prepper characters you see in this kind of book.

This book just appealed to me on so many levels. There is the instant danger of the initial escape from California with the dangerous situations that it puts the RV into. There is the chaos of the IS invasion and terror attacks, martial law, militia rebellions and frequent battles being reported. The characters are struggling to contact loved ones or get a news report that is accurate which causes tension and fear. The characters are people that you care about and the addition of the pets adds a touch of realism as their day to day needs must be met in the middle of war. I found myself worrying about Frank and Jane several times in the book as they faced a host of scary situations and I just found it gripping!

I would warn of two things that might annoy the reader. It can be slightly repetitive in nature over the functions of the RV, as at every stop it is explained how they get everything set up, then put things away ready to leave. I found this to be quite minor though. There is also a lack of editing and formatting in the book which other reviewers have pointed out. It was quite obvious but I was able to overlook that because I enjoyed the book so much.

It was an action packed rollercoaster ride that put our MCs from one bad situation to another, with constant plot twists. I read the whole series back to back in a couple of weeks and I'm ready to devour the various spin off series! 
Read March 2016.
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Book Review: Ground Zero by Nicholas Ryan

Aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore harbor, an Iranian terrorist prepares to unleash an unimaginable horror upon the United States. The ‘Wrath’ is an undead plague – an infection that consumes its victims with a maddening rage and turns them into mindless blood-thirsty killers.

Jack Cutter is just an ordinary guy dealing with a dreadful guilt when the virus tears through his home town. Before it’s too late, Cutter will have to find a way to survive, and find a reason fight: HIS REDEMPTION.

My Review: 
A zombie outbreak begins in Baltimore when a terrorist unleashes a deadly virus in himself, and it swiftly spreads to the streets. The CDC loses control and the virus starts to sweep the country. Jack Cutter is one of the many running for his life and he is helped to sanctuary in a book store secure basement. But with food, water and electricity about to run out, should they stay and hope for rescue or try to find a way past the zombies and out of the city?

Jack is already dealing with the trauma of losing his wife and son recently, the guilt of it all screwing him up and in the apocalypse he sees a chance to redeem himself by trying to help others to survive. I like him as a character for the most part although sympathy wanes when this distraught grieving man starts eyeing up Sam during the crisis. Jeez man, you claim you are heartbroken but can't resist thinking how hot Sam was. Concentrate on the damn zombies FFS!

I have definite issues with the women in this story. Jillian offers herself to Hos in the hope that he will like her enough to take her with him when he makes a break for his prepper home outside the city. Glenda attempts the same move on Jack which disgusts him, and me. Why are these women so useless that their only aim in the book is to offer sex to the big brave men? Jillian does the same when she meets the soldiers. Why can't these women prove their worth by handling a gun or showing brains instead of being useless pointless slags? It really pisses me off.

The male characters are much more interesting. Hos who works in the bookstore is a prepper who has been preparing a safe house outside the city in case of disaster and now plans to make his way to it. He is portayed as somewhat selfish for refusing to take any of the others with him but I don't agree with that. He set up his safe house with his own time and money, collecting supplies and weapons just in case, and his work colleagues looked at him as a bit of a paranoid nut. Now that things have gone to hell, they beg Hos to look after them? Why should he suddenly have to take care of a whole group of people who only want to be his friend AFTER disaster strikes? I feel that Jack's attitude to Hos was a bit unfair. I would have liked a bit more on the other characters in the book store which would have been nice but being a novella, there was not enough time to explore them. I also very much liked Father Bob and his sub plot.

OK so the book has a few sexist and anti-prepper moments but those are the plot niggles. The actual story was well written by the author and it kept me reading it the whole time. I wanted to see what was going to happen to the characters and if there was a way to get to the safehouse of Hos. There was plenty of tense and exciting zombie action which of course is required in any good zombie novel. I liked the pacing of the book and the way it didn't lose itself in lots of pointless description, just getting right to the story. There were good action scenes with danger from both zombies and humans to enjoy.

It was a good zombie novella, with everything you would expect from a zombie plot. I will certainly be looking at other books by the author.
Read June 2015 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Book Review: Black Wings by Christina Henry (Black Wings #1)

She's an Agent of Death who really needs to get a life.

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell..

My Review: 
Eek! I read this years ago and now I'm just getting round to writing my review of it due to a massive backlog of review notes to turn into finished reviews! Still, better late than never I guess!

Maddy is the person who turns up when someone is scheduled to die to help the confused soul find their way onwards, a job handed down through each woman in a family. So she has no choice but to do her duty, just as her mother did until her death. Things seem to be looking up with the arrival of a new tenant Gabriel at the building she owns but it turns out that he is a bodyguard sent to protect Maddy from a demon that is eating souls before they can be moved on-the demon that killed her mother and best friend Patrick. Finding out that a demon is hunting you down is bad enough without being told your dad is Lord Azazel, one of Lucifer's fallen angels and that he wants you to marry a useless berk at his court called Nathaniel, when you really love your bodyguard.

The first thing I liked about the book was Maddy. She doesn't really have a social life, is irritated frequently by her boss, doesn't really want to do the job that she has and overall is finding things pretty dull. A lot of people could relate to that part of her life. Her only friends are co-worker Patrick and her popcorn addicted gargoyle Beezle, who is snarky, rude and funny! I would have liked to have seen more of Patrick in the story but with him dying early in it, it didn't really seem likely. Beezle, however, was just brilliant and I loved him! I want a Beezle of my own!!! I liked the characters that appear in the book like the boss JB and I personally want to slap slimy Nathaniel. Ugh! Who'd want to be engaged to that prat!

I am not a fan of any kind of romance in my urban fantasy as those who follow my reviews know. It takes well written stories by authors like Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs and Jeaniene Frost for me to actually enjoy romance plots and root for the couples involved. I mean who doesn't love Clay and Elena, Mercy and Adam, Cat and Bones? This was one of the books where I actually liked the romance between Maddy and Gabriel and hoped that there could be a way for them to be together. For me it was an example of a love story adding to, instead of overshadowing the book plot so in this case I was ok with it.

I also am not a great fan of Courts in my urban fantasy-I avoid books with Fae Courts like the plague as I just find that kind of thing a bit dull. In this book Maddy does visit the Court of her father but it is a short plotline and didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. I just hope that the rest of the series doesn't revolve too much around the Court side of things.

There was enough action to keep me happy with lots of battles against various demons and civilians being under attack. There was the snark and humour which came from Beezle and JB. There was a bit of sadness about the somewhat doomed love affair between Maddy and Gabriel. There is the desire to punch Nathaniel. I think the book had a lot of interesting things to offer the urban fantasy fan. I found that I was quite engrossed in the plot and read it with few interruptions which is a sign that I'm enjoying it.

Overall I thought this was a good urban fantasy read with interesting characters. I look forward to seeing what happens in the rest of the series. 

Read November 2012.
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Book Review: 100 Days in Deadland by Rachel Aukes (Deadland #1)

The world ended on a Thursday.

In one day, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no government, no shelter.

Still in her twenties, Cash has watched her friends die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she joins up with Clutch, a grizzled Army veteran with PTSD. Together, they flee the city and struggle through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s determination to live. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead… or the living.

This is the beginning after the end.

(100 Days in Deadland is a modern remake of Dante's Inferno, the classic tale on the horrors of hell... zombie apocalypse style!)

My Review: 
Closing the border to Mexico has failed to stop the zombies from entering the United States and Cash has to flee from her workplace as her world goes to hell around her. Reluctantly rescued by truck driver Clutch, Cash has to prove that she can pull her weight and help this prepper or be turned out on the street to fend for herself in a world of zombies, rapists and armed militia, all ready to take what you have fought so hard to find. As Clutch makes local enemies, the zombies become the least of their worries.

I had worries about the female MC in this book. She begins as Mia, who persuades a passing lorry driver to give her a lift away from town as zombies appear on the streets. She has a moment of wondering if this guy is a potential rapist but figures escaping the zombies is a more pressing issue. She then gets instantly annoyed when Clutch seems to have no physical interest in her. That really bugs me with female MCs. She fears he's a rapist and then gets offended when he doesn't want to attack her??? How messed up is that???!!! Thankfully, Mia decides to rename herself Cash and concentrates on learning new skills and taking care of herself in the hope that she will be allowed to stay at her refuge. I started to warm to her which was a relief.

Clutch is a prepper and a loner who can take care of himself and doesn't really want to have someone else staying with him and using his supplies. He does gradually start to see the bright side of having an extra pair of hands around the place and someone to assist him on dangerous supply runs into town. I liked him because he was straightforward, capable and not much of a people person which I can certainly relate to! He has been ready to look after himself in any scenario and I liked the way he had his farm set up. I always find the preppers in these books fascinating and enjoy reading about what they do to protect their property.

Trouble really begins when the army nearby sets up local militias to protect their own areas and stockpile anything they find of use for future distribution. Clutch has had dealings with some of these locals before and refuses to accept that these people have the right to take everything in town for themselves. Doyle, their leader is issuing demands for survivors like Clutch to hand over their own supplies or be attacked. When it is clear that even the army men cannot control Doyle, Clutch and Cash have to find ways to defend themselves and start thinking of a way to stop Doyle from taking everything.

This is what I term a typical zombie novel and I mean that in a good way. It has the zombie action, the tense supply runs, psycho armed men, the daily struggle to survive...all of the elements I love in a zombie book. It also has a different storyline for a zombie prepper book in that the army are trying to help the civilians, moving them into well equipped and safe army camps instead of the horrific FEMA camps you read about in other books in the genre! The army men are decent, law abiding and want to work with people like Clutch. They set up militias as added defence and so that these people could keep the camps supplied. Doyle of course is keeping most of the good stuff for himself and is now viewing the army as a threat to his empire. So there are several interesting plotlines woven together, meaning lots of action.

The book blurb indicates that it is based on Dante's Inferno but not having read the book, I can't tell you if this is an accurate description or not. For me, I can only say it was a good zombie novel. I thought the book was well written and I've already bought the rest of the series to read in paperback. It will be fun to see what happens next! 
Read February 2015.
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Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing #1)


Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional.

Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates' psychological or physical heath during The Testing.

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

My Review: 
I hate it when a book publisher declares that fans of a classic book or series will love this, as usually I'm left feeling disappointed after reading it. The blurb indicates that this book might interest fans of The Hunger Games and for once, the publisher was right! There were elements to this book that had a Hunger Games vibe but at the same time, it was different enough to enjoy as a book in its own right-and I really enjoyed it!

Cia is a great heroine. She is hard working, smart, kind and the kind of girl that you would want as a best friend. She has wanted to be chosen for the Trials for so long, as successful candidates then get University places, the best jobs and a happy life. After being chosen, Cia is alarmed when her father tells her that his memory of the Trials were wiped but that he suffers frequent frightening nightmares about the deaths of fellow students he was with and fears for his daughter's safety. He warns her to look out for herself and trust nobody, keep his advice secret and never accept food or drink from other competitors in case they try to poison her.

Cia, however, is not great on common sense. She recognises another student on her transport-the very hot Tomas and instantly she tells him everything her dad said which could have put her entire family in danger had Tomas decided to tell those in authority! Stupid girl! As well as the danger, she has given away any advantage she had over the others by putting Tomas on alert for spy cameras and suspicious behaviour. She manages to break every rule her dad told her because she believed that Tomas was someone she could trust. For Cia's sake, lets hope she was right to trust the guy!

When they arrive, the tests get underway and I loved this part of the story. First come the written tests which seperates the good from the poorer students and some students find the pressure too much. But then comes the terror of the practical. Everyone is told not to guess during this testing stage and the students who get it wrong get eliminated, badly hurt or die, which is a massive shock to Cia. She starts to realise why her dad's mind was wiped after he passed his tests and that his nightmares are probably flashbacks to what happened to him. This becomes more than a game to is about survival and she wonders if everyone eliminated at various stages get to go home at all or if they are murdered.

The testing gets more intense when it comes to the group stage. Each group needs to work together and trust each other for all of them to get through...but some of the students want to eliminate others and will betray everyone to get through themselves. Cia has to persuade the whole of her group to be honest and work together. I loved the puzzles, the intrigue and the sheer tension of this part of the book. I was wondering who could be trusted and what Cia could do to get through as she was doubting that those ahead of her were doing what they agreed to do. I know that sounds quite cryptic but I don't want to say what all the tests are and spoil the book for anyone still to read it. It was fascinating to read this section.

The final task is where we see a similarity to the Hunger Games. The students who are left have to travel 700 miles across an apocalyptic wasteland in a sort of Running Man style game zone. The idea is to protect yourself, avoid others, take items with you to help you survive...and get across the finishing line alive. Of course there are some students who still want to kill the others in a Hunger Games scenario so everyone is very much on edge during this final stage. Who can be trusted? Who will survive to get over the line and claim the University places? This section of the book became a very exciting and tense plot as unknown nutters are trying to kill Cia throughout.

It was personally satisfying to me that during the testing stages I became suspicious of the actions of one person and that person turned out to be a total monster in the final game. It was nice to be right for once! However it was the last part of the book that delivered a couple of very interesting plot twists that set up the second book beautifully and make me very keen to find out what happens next!

This was an excellent YA dystopian thriller, one of the best I've read in the genre.
Read February 2015.  
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Chuckles Childhood Book Loves

I'm sticking with the theme of talking about my primary school reads. In my last post I talked about the Ladybird books that I enjoyed so much, featuring classic tales from around the world. Today it is time to talk about my all-time favourite children's book and the only one that I ever kept. 

I loved this book from the first time I saw it. It tells of a group of bear cubs who hear a strange noise outside and go to investigate it. The bears are very cute and I love their expressions as they venture out in the dark! 

I still look at and enjoy this book. I also have a whole pile of books featuring a family of bears by the same author, focusing on Brother and Sister Bear as they learn life lessons. But this one is still my favourite. I do recommend The Berenstain Bears books and these are a few of my favourites.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Stacking the Shelves #152

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click on the link under the book to find its page on Goodreads or Smashwords. 

Please note that I always leave a message on your STS/SP if you visit me, but if you use DISQUS or a similar third party I will not be able to leave a comment on your page. I don't allow any company access to my social media accounts and I certainly don't allow them to edit and take over my accounts the way DISQUS does. So if you use DISQUS, I can't leave comments on your page so I can't really follow you back, sorry! I'm noticing that some blogs set with Google Plus are trying to force you to open a Google Plus or Facebook account before you can leave a comment. Well, I have no interest in rejoining Google Plus or joining Facebook so if your blog uses this set up, I won't be following it or commenting! And sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me so there might not be a message from me some weeks or you might get a double message sometimes! Blame them, not me!

I've been getting a nice mixture of reading and TV watching done this week and last weekend I got two films watched that I have still to review, which I'm pleased about. (The Program, The Special Relationship) I hope to get another couple watched on Sunday if things go according to plan. I probably need to start thinking about my plans for November reading and viewing!

On the book buying side of things it was a good week. Digital buys include Jurassic Sea, a follow up to a dinosaur book I enjoyed last week (Jurassic Island), Megatooth by the same author, the latest Bug Out Texas book (book 5), the sequel to the brilliant Claws, which I read a while back, a new dinosaur offering and a short story in a series I've just grabbed. I had the Extinction series in digital format but enjoyed book one so much I bought them all in paperback, along with a couple of sport books, the latest two books in my favourite zombie series and an urban fantasy series. Nice!!!

The week itself has been full of medical appointments-testing my kidney function, getting my asthma review, flu jag etc plus catching up on stuff around the house I got behind on when I was sick-so it has been pretty busy overall. I hope next week is a bit less manic and I get some more time to do my blogging!




Thursday, 20 October 2016

Book Review: Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain

Mika Stillwater is a mid-level earth elemental with ambitions of becoming a quartz artisan, and her hard work is starting to get noticed. But when a panicked baby gargoyle bursts into her studio, insisting Mika is the only person she’ll trust with her desperate mission, Mika’s carefully constructed five-year plan is shattered.

Swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven, Mika must jeopardize everything she’s worked so hard for to save the baby gargoyle from the machinations of a monster—and to stay alive…

My Review: 
I read another series by the author which I only rated as 1 star but I liked the sound of this series and decided to give it a try anyway. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this one.

Mika is in a job she hates with a boss she dislikes, trying to save up enough money to go into business for herself. She has her eye on premises for her new business and to get it she is taking on jobs in her free time to get more money and make a reputation for herself, using her elemental magic and affinity for working with quartz. But everything is put on hold when Anya, a panicked panther gargoyle begs her for help to heal her dying sibling Herbert who was almost drained of magic after being used in a dark magic ritual. After discovering that the other siblings are about to be sold for a similar fate at an auction, Mika and her aspiring reporter friend Kylie decide on a rescue plan.

I instantly liked Mika who is just trying to get ahead in life and get out of a dead end job to be her own boss. When she hears about the plight of the gargoyles she is determined to risk her job and new career, and use all her savings to try to save the gargoyle family. She is the kind of character that you like and have sympathy for, so you care about what happens to her. This is what I want to see in my main character. Her friend Kylie I wasn't as sure of, as she put her desire to sell a story about the gargoyles ahead of Mika's privacy and security, which had bad consequences. I'll have to reserve my opinion of her for now.

I liked the fact that this book provided something a bit different in urban fantasy. Firstly we have the wonderful stone based gargoyles who each have their own animal form including lion, panther, cygnet and dragon. They are full of magic that can be used for healing but are being sought by evil people who want to drain their magic to use for their own purposes. Mika's magic and gift for quartz are similar to the gargoyles which allows her to help heal them which is why Anya sought her help. I liked the way that Mika worked with elemental and gargoyle magic and could manipulate quartz as a defence and a weapon. It was different from anything I had read before and I liked that. I also enjoyed the fact that it was not deemed essential to have some pointless romance in it to detract from the story. This was all about the gargoyle story.

It is a short story but I think it was the perfect length to introduce the characters and of course, the gargoyles. Those guys sound so adorable! It is well written without pointless over description or time being wasted-just straight into the story. It also sets up the plot nicely for future books. I certainly intend to look at the next book to see what happens and would recommend this story to urban fantasy and magic fans. 

Read September 2016.
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Book Review: White Out by Eric Dimbleby

An apocalyptic snowstorm sweeps the globe. Experts predict this freak storm will be "The New Ice Age." Electricity is gone, as are all forms of communication and road travel. As each member of a divided family tries to survive in their own way, they must deal with a snow-driven madness that has gripped the underlying evil in the hearts of men. In an epic struggle to get home and reunite, they will find that terror lies around every snow drift... and even in their very own backyard.

My Review: 
I liked the idea of the story, featuring several linked people trapped at home and work in a massive blizzard, trying to survive and escape. However the interesting concept was ruined yet again by a cast of dreadful characters that you couldn't care less about.

First there is the whiny, irritating Annie who got stuck at work when her car broke down. She moans about being stuck there with the guy she hates the most in the world-Tony-who is interested in her and won't back off. Then we discover that Annie has cheated on her husband with Tony so is it any wonder that Tony fancies his chances with her? Stupid cow. Why would you have sex with a guy you hate, a guy your husband hates for making it clear he likes you??? She despises her husband Christian for being suspicious about her and Tony (I wonder why!!!) and moans that he is a saint, a good husband and good provider! I wanted to slap this ungrateful bitch.

Then there is the sleazebag that is Tony. He is what he is and you can hardly blame him for thinking Annie likes him given the circumstances but he is the kind of guy that you would avoid like the plague if you had any common sense! Frankly Annie and Tony deserve each other and I hope they both freeze to death-but I didn't stay with the book long enough to find out.

Read April 2016
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Chuckles Childhood Book Loves


Last time I told you about my dad reading me Tolkien bedtime stories but this time I want to talk about my earliest remembered reads! In my first ever year at school in primary one, aged five, while others played in the sandpit or with the water, I liked going into the reading corner and looking at the books. I can well remember sitting on those hard, small red plastic chairs and reading! My parents had taught me reading basics at home before I started school so I was pretty keen to expand on that at every opportunity!

The official books to teach us to read were Kathy and Mark Basic Readers by Mabel O'Donnell. I think the dog in it was called Socks but it's so long ago I can barely remember it but I did enjoy reading them! My parents were read Janet and John books with Spot the dog! 

My favourite book in the school library which I read countless times is still a childrens classic. So who else read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle?

That brings back memories! My parents then bought me some Ladybird Well Loved Tales. I had quite a collection of these and read them over and over! Do you remember any of these titles?

I loved these books! Chicken Licken was my total favourite and I could quote every bit of the book back then! Ducky Lucky was a great character as I just love ducks for some reason. In my copy, the fox ate everyone, so I must have been a bit of a twisted child!