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Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo.

Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo.


(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series.)

A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.

For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.

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Published August 31st 2016 by Createspace

My Thoughts:

This short novella was packed full with  emotion and intrigue. The main character Angelica is seeking revenge for something that happened to her seven years ago. We are not told what is it that happened, but we can tell from the intensity of dialogue and emotion that Angelica is very angry, bitter and in my opinion confused. At the same time she is so clear thoughted in her aims and what she has to do.

I like that this revenge was ready to play out in a masquerade ball, it gave the tale mystery and I could really picture the characters hidden behind the masks, the music and the anger. The Author writes with brilliant descriptive and emotive words which flowed across the pages. 

“..the flames licking my face as not one but two bow hairs snapped, unhinged, in the brutal, infernal storm that was my heart”

This book was hugely character driven, I could feel Angelica’s emotions and feelings, which the Author very cleverly described within her music. Angelica plays the violin and there is plenty of music descriptive talk, which lead us guessing what angelica has planned.

“Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ 3rd movement, spilled out of me like a torrent of vomit”

There was a certain sense of hopelessness within Angelica, but also a determination and strength in her plot for revenge.

“When there’s nothing to lose, there’s no fear”.

I enjoyed this novella, but not in the way I usually enjoy books. There wasn’t a huge plot or many twists within this tale, I enjoyed this for the brilliant descriptions and the strength of the Author’s writing to bring out the emotions of the main character. Zoe Kalo has the natural talent of a writer and I think I would enjoy her full length novels, where there will be more opportunity for plot aswell as her brilliant words.








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Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for my copy of this book. I was lucky to get a nice fresh paperback copy of this book. As part of the giveaway for this book, Book Publicity Services are offering one lucky  USA reader an ecopy of The Run Begins. And as a thank you to my U.K readers, I am going to give away my paperback copy to one lucky winner. Have a read of my thoughts on this book, and if it sounds like your kind of read, then enter one of the rafflecopter competitions below.



Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready for the world. His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop in a railcar going he knows not where. The important thing is that it’s not in Kansas. He has a problem and that problem is money. He doesn’t have any until Henry Lowe, who is in the same railcar, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime. All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy throws in with the scheme and seal his fate forever…. AND THE RUN BEGINS

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 Published August 26th 2013 by Createspace

My Thoughts:

This is a very short novella, just the prequel to a story that I have not yet read, but after reading ‘The Run Begins’, I intend to read the rest of Lou Malloy’s escapades. 

The book really just gives us a taster of Lou Malloy, his background, family and why he seems to make the decisions that he does. I found that we get a really good idea of the type of character that Lou is, and he is one that I like. Caring for his own, but tough, street wise and the no nonsense type.

The short novella introduces us to Lou as a character, and also to  Frank James’ writing style. His writing is smooth and grabs the reader into his fictional world easily. 

I recommend this book to all crime and thriller book lovers. I know that the Author has a career in law which always appeals to me in books related to crime, as the Authors take their real like experiences into their fiction work. I look forward to reading more from Frank James.












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Posted by on June 25, 2016 in Books, Giveaways


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Book Review: Her Australian Summer, by Jean McConnell

Book Review: Her Australian Summer, by Jean McConnell

Thank you to Ian at BookBlogger Central and Corazon Books for my copy of this novella.

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A lovely feel good holiday romance novella, perfect for reading in one or two delicious sittings. A nice, easy read with likeable characters, to get you into the holiday mood for this summer.

When Laura inherits her Uncle Jim’s seaside shop in Queensland, which sells coral and shells, she decides to spend her summer visiting Australia to see it for herself.

Arriving in the small town of Port Duncan she meets handsome farmer Nate, and charming property agent Kyle. As Laura gets to know the two men, she realises her stay in Australia might not be so simple as she’d first imagined.

Will Laura’s Australian holiday bring real romance? And what secrets might the seemingly friendly people she gets to know be hiding from her? Only one thing is for certain, Laura’s trip to the other side of the world is one she’ll never forget.

A summer holiday novella of 17,000 words.

  • Publisher: Corazon Books (Contemporary romance) (12 May 2016)

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My Thoughts:

When Ian at BookBlogger Central asked me if I wanted to read and review this book, he described it as a ‘perfect summer read’, and he was exactly spot on. This is a great short read for a lovely summers day, or in the case of us in the U.K, maybe imagining the sun on our summers days! The reader gets transported to a wonderfully sunny location, which made me want to really be there!

“Laura went swimming in the sparkling sea, then had her breakfast on the verandah, looking across the bay”

Set in Port Duncan in Australia, Laura goes to see the shop she has inherited, while doing a little exploring of the area and meeting some people along the way. She meets 2 men, which make her trip a little more interesting. There is an obvious difference in the two men, and the way the book reads, it allows the reader to decide who is really looking out for Laura. So, aside from the wonderful scenery and idyllic location of Laura’s trip, there is intrigue to the short story. 

As it is Laura’s Uncle that she inherited the shop from, we only hear a little about him. He seems like a wise and caring man, as Laura remembers what he once told her:

“Remember Laura, it’s up to you. Life is always up to you. It strews your path a wealth of opportunities. Take as many of them as you can.”

There is a nice little twist at the end of the story which left me very impressed with the Author’s style of writing. This novella has given me a taste of Jean McConnell’s writing with a simple tale, which is enjoyable and left me with the feeling that there are more full sized fabulous books to come from this Author. 


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Posted by on June 4, 2016 in Books


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Book Review: 12 Hours, by Hannah Harvey.

Book Review: 12 Hours, by Hannah Harvey.

This novella just published by fantastic author Hannah Harvey. You might remember my post on her release date yesterday. With the exciting release of the book, I was very keen to read and hence review it. It did not disappoint!

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The book is the author’s fifth Young Adult book, with the difference being that this is a novella, just 54 pages. 


Two months ago, Riley was heartbroken when her boyfriend of almost a year, James, broke up with her on her graduation day, and then left town without saying goodbye.
She hasn’t heard from him since that day. Until now.
Now it’s two months on. It’s midnight, and she’s just received a message from him.

I’m outside. I need you.

Three little words she’s never been able to resist from him. Over the next twelve hours, follow Riley on an emotional journey, as she tries to work out why he’s back. If he’s staying and what she wants now that he’s back in her life again.

My Thoughts:

This was a lovely read, very obviously young adult genre as it follows Riley through the night time hours with her ex boyfriend James. We learn straight away that Riley thinks James is the love of her life…. except he left! But now he is back and has contacted her by a text in the middle of the night. Riley goes out to see what he wants, and then we follow the two of them through the night, over the 12 hours. (clever title  😉 )

I liked the way the author wrote this book, it was like 24 (with Jack Bauer) but nothing like the storyline!!! I mean you could follow the story in real time, its a nice idea especially for a novella. The author wrote the characters with a lot of thought and insight, she could really get into the heads of the young people, and imagine how they would react to the situations that happened. It was emotional and exciting all at once. 

As the story continued and you got to know James, my feelings for him changed. You will have to read to see yourself…….. no spoilers here!

This is the first book of Hannah Harvey’s that I have read, and I loved it. It was cute, thoughtful and very well written. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

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If you have read this or any other book by Hannah, I would love to hear from you.

Happy Reading!



Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Books


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