Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Currently Reading - Dr Mind - Burbuqe Raufi




Dr Mind
Burbuqe Raufi
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Ebook - 90 pages. 
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Genre - Memoir/LifeLessons/Positivity 
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Every disease we have is a blessing. When diagnosed with an incurable disease, you realize that there are no real attachments in life. You get the privilege to know what was important and what wasn't. You know that physical possession and obsessions are worthless; you are completely alone. You are alone with the most important person-you.

Your attachments are gone. Your ego is gone. All your concerns are gone. You are left only with the one and only desire to have a second chance, a decision to make it right.

You get the awareness that the breath you are taking, the seconds, the hours, the days were the most precious assets of your life, and life seems the most wonderful gift ever given to you.

Once you realize this, you gain the power and knowledge to take your life in your own hands.

There are a lot of people who have been there before of you, and they are willing to help. Get their advice and experiences-let go what it was and make a new is.

Get the courage and say, "The power is within me."

Treat yourself as the king or queen of your life. Make your positive thoughts serve you as royalty, and your kingdom will appear instantly.

This book of my own true story of changing is my gift to you. There is nothing more important than you!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Book Review - The Bronze Key - Magisterium (book 3) - Holly Black/Cassandra Clare




Book Review
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Title - The Bronze Key
(Magisterium #3)
Book Details - Paperback - 249 Pages - Borrowed from library
Authors - Holly Black/Cassandra Clare
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Genre -  YA/Junior Fiction/FantasyMagic
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......so Call wasn't meant to be in the Trophy Room.... screams were heard, yes, chaos was happening again, now at the Collegium.... seems like it was comming from the War Room.  Yes, very appropriate to have screams and shouting in the War Room.  The Collegium you see, was under water, and a murder had taken place.  This was the start of, The Bronze Key, of the Magisterium series.  Oh what a start to this facinating book.  You see there is a spy at the Magisterium... who wanted to kill, Call.  Yet, as I'm writing this, the gang haven't arrived there yet, there is 3 days to go!!
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The gang now had code names for things ... one word they were never aloud to mention, that the gang knew and nobody else didnt ... became .. Captain Fishface.
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Now back at the Magisterium... this year they were learning about... "personal responsibility" ... also with there being a spy, in the Magisterium,  Master Rufus was absolutely adamant that the gang wasn't to catch this person. 
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"I insist - that you do not attempt to catch the spy yourselves.  Leave this to us."  (Quote)
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Call thought this was the most unconvincing thing to say.... I also, when I read it, though this was the most unconvincing thing to say ... infact, I smelt trouble.
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So what do you do?  Do you ever listen to your teacher?  The gang ... being as they are,  decided to put the riddle together themselves and see if they come up with an answer... did they solve the mystery?  
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Well if anyone has read the series, you will know how jammed packed full of adventure they are.  Warren, features in this book again, up to his usual tricks.  Call decides to pay the Masters sleeping quarters a visit and find they have different doors, for example...a plain metal door, a door brushed with silver... but no door that you could crack the code to.... hilarious suggestions from Jasper on his "five tips" with a girl, made me almost fall off the couch myself, just like Call.  I will never look at cat calendars in the same light again 🤣🤣  ..  I was completely satisfied yet suprised by the ending, a plot twist plugged right at the end had me hungry for the next book in the series.
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I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures, although this is a pre teens book, I still put it under the category.. YA.  It's a great easy read for adults and if you like The Famous Five, or The Secret Seven, then this is for you, similar to Harry Potter, I is easier and more lighter to read.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Quote from Love The Gift - Ellen Read




Mark put his bag on the floor and looked around. Chintz wallpaper with pink roses on a light cream background covered the walls, while drapes of the same pattern fell across French doors that obviously led outside.

Ellen Read - LOVE THE GIFT

Monday, 22 July 2019

Currently Reading - The Haunting of Smith Orchard - Jimmie R Pennington




Thank you goes out to Crimson Cloak Publishing for the ARC/eARC of

The Haunting of Smith Orchard
Jimmie R Pennington
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This is my current read, synopsis below
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The summer of 1960 finds siblings Ellis, Wanda and young Timmy moving with their parents from town to an old farmhouse and orchard. Strange events begin to occur almost immediately, odd noises coming from the upstairs bedroom, and a picture being moved from an old trunk in the attic. 

While out exploring the old barn, the kids run across Joe, the foreman at the estate, and he tells them about Amanda and Eli Smith, past owners of Smith Orchard. Amanda was home alone one stormy summer day while Eli and Joe were out working. She fell from a stool while cleaning a chandelier and hit her head, and though she managed to crawl out to the deck, Amanda died before help could arrive. Eli was left devastated, especially when he couldn’t find the special locket his wife had always worn. 

The kids believe the ghost of Eli is behind the strange happenings in the house and they go on a quest to find this missing locket before school starts in the fall.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Book Review - The Book of Eve - Julia Blake



Book Review
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Title - The Book of Eve
Author - Julia Blake
Book details - ebook, purchased through Amazon.com

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Melissa arriving back in England (home) from a year in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  No one is to know that Melissa was at Annaliese, her best friends, funeral.... no one, that's why the disguise came in handy... she made it through to the end, well, nearly,  until Scott called her name, but it was "THE" name.  Scott convinced her to come back to the house, the house where one of the rooms were hers for nine years... After the service a special announcement made from Annaliese from a pre recorded video .... at the end ... Annaliese says "THE" name ........

 "And in a flash, I am back in that day, nearly a decade before, to page one, chapter one, of the book of my life with Annaliese." (Quote).
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It is there that we see the beginning chapters of the story of Annaliese and Melissa, who bonded over a pair of uncomfortable shoes ......  we also have a look to see how the colourful group came to be, introducing us to the likes of Scott, Mimi, Robert (just to name a few) ... we also meet,  Ruth Amberson-Smythe, who knows what she wants and doesn't give two hoots about what anyone thinks (in another words, she speaks her mind).  We also discover the relationship between Scott and Melissa.... most of the story is actually based going back in time and how Melissa meets all these people and the dramas that hold for some of them.
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I was drawn in right away into the depth of Julia Blake's writing, as the prologue lead me so quickly in, that I almost forgot... that ... I should be taking notes.  As the first chapter opened up, it opened up at a sermon at a church ... Julia's writing makes even a funeral at a church, sound pleasant. The characters were so facinating and colourful, I really applaud Julia for her sense of creativity.  Julia's descriptive writing even more so, for example ........ 

"They’d looked at each puzzled, the same thought simultaneously striking and hurtled back through the trees, skidding to a halt at the lakes edge"  (Quote).  

 I absolutely adored the chapter headings, for example, Exodus, Genesis, Cronicles, to name a few.  The whole book is made up of twists and turns that keeps you on a rollercoaster ride.  There was an enormous plot twist nearing the end, which I didnt see comming, and I said "What?" as well, so much so, that the hairs on my arms stood up on end, as I cant believe what I had just read...then, woah, a second plot twist, plonked  right near the end ... made me take the bait, hook, line and sinker, this is definitely one hum dinger I never saw comming either and I'm pretty good at guessing what is what.
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I recommend The Book of Eve, to anyone who is in for a fast paced book, with a tremendous amount of activity, twists and turns and adventures that would make your hair curl.  I rated it 5 stars on Goodreads.  I now want to take this opportunity in thanking Julia for the most entertaining and gripping book.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Currently Reading - Love The Gift - Ellen Read




Love The Gift
Ellen Read
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Novella  
Ebook only
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Genre - Contemporary 
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Can a woman who has been dead for over one hundred years help Mark come to terms with the grief he feels over his mother’s death and find the woman he’s always loved?

Monday, 15 July 2019

Currently Reading - The Book of Eve - Julia Blake


Currently Reading
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The Book of Eve
Julia Blake

(Copy and pasted from GoodReads)

19 year old Melissa doesn't realise how bored she is with her dead-end life until she meets the beautiful renowned author, Annaliese, and her friends. Seduced by their easy glamour and apparently golden lifestyle, when an opportunity arises to become part of their charmed circle, Melissa desperately grabs it. However, she quickly suspects all is not as it seems within this beautiful world she now inhabits. Exactly who is Annaliese, where does she come from, and why does Melissa feel her new home is a house of secrets? Dismissing her initial doubts, Melissa willingly shrugs off her old persona to become Eve, talented and sophisticated, a valued member of Annaliese's inner circle of friends, accepted and loved by them all, except Caro, Annaliese's oldest friend and trusted confidante. She alone despises Eve with an intense hatred that seems to have its roots buried deep in the past. Years pass and Eve accepts that she will never be more than a friend to Scott, one of the circle and himself an enigma. Taciturn and withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, he too has his secrets. Despairing she will ever break through Scott's solid outer shell to the man within, Eve buries her love for him beneath a layer of friendship. But even Annaliese cannot protect her friends from everything and, when a terrible tragedy strikes, it cracks the perfect facade, threatening to split the circle apart. Having far reaching consequences, bizarrely, it gives Eve a tantalising taste of the happiness she so desperately craves. But then a calculated act of betrayal shatters Eve's world. Destroyed, she leaves, running as far away as she can to a lonely and self-imposed exile, until a message of love from beyond the grave brings her home where, in a shocking twist, the truth is finally revealed and Eve at last understands the true story of her life with Annaliese.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Book Review - The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) - Holly Black/Cassandra Clare




Book Review
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Title - The Copper Gauntlet
(Magisterium #2)
Book Details - Paperback - 264 Pages - Borrowed from library
Authors - Holly Black/Cassandra Clare
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Genre -  YA/Junior Fiction/FantasyMagic
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We start where Call decided to take Havoc home and who wouldnt?  Calls Dad wasn't in the slightest interest in the time that Call was in the Magisterium.  Calls Dad didnt even like Havoc.  Then of course Havoc was seized by Calls Dad, and Call had had enough and made a run for it, with Havoc following (after Call had found him) Call gatecrashed a party with fruit cut into the shapes of moons and stars and suns, blocks of gooey cheese and crackers. Ice Fountains, that would pack a punch along with four iced peacocks.  Now if that's not a party, I dont know what is!  However like most parties things kind of get a bit boring, so Call and his 2 friends decided to sneak away from it all .... a secret door!!!  Although this was at Tamara's Mums and Dads house, she wasn't supposed to tell anyone about it.
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Now that they were at school, it was slightly different from last year... more "out of the classroom"  lessons were going to be had and this year they would begin to work on the mastery of the elements themselves.
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Yes, Havoc was still with the squad.
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At school Call fessed up to what he had seen at his Dads home.  Something terrifying, that made Call not be like himself.  So why was Call defending his Dad?  Especially when his Dad wasn't remotely interested in the doings of the magic school.  Something very sinister was happening, which Call was hiding from the others.  Not only that that, but the tension between Tamara and Call tightens.  Will it tighten more? ... Fray and break?
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Then they were on a quest, a quest to save Calls, Dad.  So many questions arise as to how they managed to work together. 
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This book, being the second book, delves more in the technicalities of what Call, Tamara and Aaron can do.  Counterweights and balances, I almost felt their was an element of maths involved.  The dynamics between the characters begins to deepen and become more complicated.  Also I went back in time, where orienteering, coordinates and numbers were used.  Alot of things went on in this book, that keeps you amused.  I have to mention the one thing that intrigued me the most, was when Call was in the bath and Tamara on the other side said that she was very hurt because he lied to her, so they promised not to lie to each other ... to which Tamara asked is there someone in the bath with you.  Of which, Call couldnt lie, he said .. yes, Havoc, of which Tamara replied .. how disgusting.... gee I didnt half laugh at that!!!  All in all, a great 2nd book to the series... now to start book 3.
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Thank you goes to Ellen Read who recommend this book to me....  now I recommend this book to, anyone who is interested in  YA Fantasy/Fiction, who are into magical books likened to Harry Potter.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Quote from - BROKEN - Ellen Read


Quote from - BROKEN by Ellen Read 

Rachael dropped her handbag on the kitchen bench and sat on a stool. “How do you cope with everything?” “I have staff. Donna is still here. She helps in the gift shop. Pete and Courtney work on the farm. They work longer hours when the lavender is harvested. Karen and Sue - you haven’t met them - help me make lavender candles and pot pourri

To retrieve a free copy, go to Ellen Reads Website and click the link - short story

http://ellenread.com/

Monday, 8 July 2019

Book Review - BROKEN - Ellen Read



BOOK REVIEW 



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Title - BROKEN
Book Details - eBook - 15 Pages
Author - Ellen Read
Genre - Short Story/Contemporary (Free)
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This short story is free on Ellen Reads website, under free short stories

   Ellen Read's Website

This book is all about Rachael, who is grieving with the loss of her parents, how she overcomes it and how she goes about healing herself.
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The story starts off with Rachael.  Rachael has come home  to her parents house in Darling Downs, just outside of Toowoomba.  Rachael has been away for three years, running away to Brisbane, to get away from it all, this was her first time home since the death of her parents. Rachael finds that the house still looks the same, but it wasn't.  She had been raised there along with her sister, Stella. 
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We then meet Stella, being the eldest, she was the strongest of the two.  Stella stayed and looked after the house and the farm, not just an ordinary farm, but a lavender farm.  Stella also owns two horses, Ruby and Ebony.
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Ebony was the one that could free Rachael from her grief, but what was the connection between them both?  Why had they bonded together so freely?
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Then we have the confrontation with someone cruel, someone who wanted to put his spade where the spade wasn't wanted .... did he get away with it?  (the cheeky devil).
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First of all I want to congratulate Ellen on such an awesome job of the book cover she made, it has such an impact.   My first impression when seeing it was just ... WOW. I was Ellen's proofreader for BROKEN and I feel privileged to actually read it before it was launched.  The story itself is about grief and how Rachel comes to terms with it and I love the endearing way Ellen sets this up and tells how grief can be, in a realistic way, but not an obtrusive way. The story itself is faultless, Ellen drew me in on her first few sentences like gently leading me into a room that had a candle lit fire... comfy but not overbearing.  I like the fact that Ellen gives her characters realistic thoughts.  The storyline is always neatly structured and cleanly and clearly executed, it's like she does with a parcel, wrapping it up and making sure there are no gaping holes... and tightly secured.  I love how Ellen concludes the storyline, what's without a story without the confrontation?   but, and it's a big BUT, it's not the confrontation itself, but the way she weaves her magic through to the end.  I have read BROKEN several times since and I haven't gotten tired over reading the story again and again, as I am always finding something refreshing to ponder over (who knows Ellen, it maybe the lavender within the pages!!)
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Over all I give this more than your normal 5 star review, it's what I call "an infinity read"(eternity and everlasting love).
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I recommend BROKEN to anyone who has gone through grief, to anyone who loves horses and to anyone who is drawn towards it in some way, as I feel it's one of these books that will seek you out, not you seek it out.
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I want to thank Ellen personally for not only the book to read, but for the whole, process and experience.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Currently Reading - The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2) - Holly Black/Cassandra Clare



The Copper Gauntlet
(Magisterium #2)
Holly Black/Cassandra Clare
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Genre -  YA/Junior Fiction/FantasyMagic
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Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Quote from - BROKEN







Rachael could see the lavender fields from where they sat at the kitchen table. They stretched in a purple haze over the landscape, the bright sunshine washing over them. The mauve complimented the blue-grey of the Australian bush in the far distance.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Currently Reading - Broken - Ellen Read


Currently Reading - BROKEN - Ellen Read
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This is a FREE contemporary short story that can be downloaded from Ellen's  website from here (under short stories)  http://ellenread.com/

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After the tragic death of her parents, Rachael Watson ran away, leaving her sister to manage the family lavender farm and shop. Three years later, crushed by her unrelenting grief, workplace bullying, and guilt and shame for letting her sister down, Rachael decides to return home. 

There, Rachael meets Ebony, a black mare who has been mistreated and beaten. Rachael realises she is not the only one who has been broken.


Monday, 1 July 2019

Book Review - Claire Malone Changes the World - Nadia L. King



Book Review
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Title - Claire Malone Changes the World
Book Details - eARC - 34 pages
Author - Nadia L. King
Illustrations - Alisa Knatko
Genre - Childrens Book/Middle Grade
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To be launched November 2019.
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This book is about Claire who is an exceptionally motivated child for her age, doesn't want to play with other peers but rather learn about what goes on in the real world. Her strength was writing letters, which no one replies to...then one day something in her community broke her heart... what was it?  and can she write that letter for someone to take action this time? 
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I thought this was a very beautiful illustrated book and well layed out.  The illustrator, Alisa Knatko, made such understandable and likeable realistic drawings for the readers of this age group.The author, Nadia L. King has a nice easy pace through the whole book, not rushing readers onto the next page so they have enough time to consume the information.  Loved the balance of this book, not all words were on each page, maybe a sentence here and there, with sometimes a couple of illustrations inbetween so the reader can have a break.  All in all, this is a beautiful book and would highly recommend it to any mother (or grandmother) to give to their children (or grandchildren) as it portrays alot of positivity in being active and taking control and reaping the rewards.

Currently Reading - The Governess - Mary Kingswood

Currently Reading The Governess Mary Kingswood . Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads . The first of a brand new series by the auth...