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Book review: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram (@FionaRobyn )

Adam and Justin could hardly wait, a trip to Egypt with their aunt was a dream come reviewtrue, little did they know the danger that awaited. A missing archaeologist, a strange feeling of being followed, and a secret entrusted to them, all marks the start of a gripping adventure that will take them to places beyond their greatest dreams in an attempt to unravel the mysteries before their own lives become forfeit.

When I first picked up Fiona Ingram’s The Secret of the Sacred Scarab I did not begin to imagine the fantastical adventure I would be whisked away on. I loved the rich and vibrant characters and their portrayal, especially their close familial relationship. I found myself grinning, cringing, and releasing bated breaths as I was drawn into a tale that could be straight from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Majestic  descriptions make imagining the land easy.  If you have never been to Egypt you’ll get an amazing feel for the sights and atmosphere, and if you have, like myself, you’ll find a vividness in the writing that will stir memories from your own experiences there. There’s action, danger, secrets, and a mystery just begging to be solved. Without a doubt a griping and amazing read whether you’re old or young. The Secret of the Sacred Scarab gets my heartfelt recommendation. I can’t wait until my son is a few years older and we can read this gripping tale together.

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Book review: What I love about Dublin by Amanda Laneley

What I love about Dublin is due for release on October 15th, and I warn you, it is an addictive, engrossing, contemporary romance. I was thrilled to be approached by the author Amanda Laneley  who asked if I would be interested in reading a pre-release copy.

Sara has fled to Dublin, escaping the life she was being forced into. It had always been her plan to travel, to see the world 512cknyqoglwith nothing more than a pack on her back. But it seemed her life had already been mapped out, and her dreams were not taken into account. When a temporary position in Dublin was offered to her she left, never looking back. Nursing a broken heart the last thing she wanted was to find herself interested in another man, worse still, she was only permitted to stay her current lodgings on the understanding that under no circumstances can room mates date. What she feels is confusing, passionate, and undeniable, but each time she allows herself a moment of surrender fate intervenes. Misunderstandings, jealousy, and strife fill the household, threatening her chance of true happiness and creating the very atmosphere the rule intended to avoid.

This is not a book to be taken lightly. The minute I started reading I was hooked, in fact, this is one of the few books that has kept me up into the early hours of the morning. I read it in a single sitting, and that sitting finished just after 3am, despite the fact I knew I had a 7am start. What I Love About Dublin is filled with charisma and passion, not only between the characters, but in the writing itself. There are scenes which took my breath away, and others which gave rise to powerful emotions, frustration, sadness, joy and even heartache. I adored the characters, their interactions, and, of course, the setting. This book is everything a good romance should be, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

What I love about Dublin is due for release on October 15th, but don’t despair, you can pre-order a copy now here’s the book link:

What I Love about Dublin

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Book review: Echoes of the Past (The Lobster Cove Series) by Emma Kaye

Echoes of the Past (The Lobster Cove Series) is a magic realism, time travel, romantic novella by Emma Kaye

Isabeau was born and raised in Lobster Cove, only not like everyone else. In 1962 she was 51lp-hw7relaccused of witchcraft and was burnt at the stake, or that had been the town’s intention. Desperate to avoid her fate Isabeau cast a spell, one intended to set her free. But spells of such magnitude are difficult. Instead of finding herself no longer with Lobster Cove’s borders she find herself trapped within them, the only difference, the year. She soon discovers attempting to leave the town results in her being thrown through through time once more. Fifteen years have past and understanding the rules of her imprisonment Isabeau has managed to build a home for herself and adopts a dog to fill the void she feels within her life. Then along comes Grayson Wright, the nephew of the only person Isabeau has ever trusted with her secret, and it seems he is set on exposing whatever she is hiding, only it isn’t what he thinks it to be.

Emma Kaye has a wonderful writing style. While I read a lot there are only a few styles that will completely captivate me in this manner. I was hooked from the first page and lost in Isabeau’s story. One thing I really appreciated was the fact the author didn’t make the time travel or witchcraft all consuming. Like everything in life it has an impact on the character, it is part of their identity, but it doesn’t rule their every waking moment. This is a love story, and a well crafted one at that. I thought the characters were brilliant, and this story has made me keen to read more work from Emma Kaye.


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Echoes of the Past

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Book review: Displaced by Stephen Drake

Displaced is a dystopian, fantasy sci-fi written by Stephen Drake and is the first book in 12380247_442507529266888_660139500_nthe Displaced series.

Murdock’s upbringing was considered anything but normal to the masses, raised by his father and uncle he was taught to hunt, to be a survivor. When he awakes on a distant planet he knows these skills will be tested to their fullest. He, and the others in the transport pod, had been rejected. They served no purpose, had no value, to Earth’s new masters. Stranded on a world where survival skills should be the only real currency there are those who crave power above all else and will stop at nothing to obtain it. One such man is Whittier, and he knows all too well how dangerous a man like Murdock can be to his plans. He would rather cast him out than lose control. On a new and dangerous world, where humans are not the apex predator, loyalty is paramount, and survival is not a given. The people here must get their priorities straight if they plan to survive.

I have to say I really loved this book, a phrase I never utter lightly. The characters are magnificent, the plot is gripping, engaging, and casts a light on humanity at its best and worst. Stephen Drake creates an imaginative world wrought with danger and peril, yet humans seem to be the thing to fear most. The author’s style is immersive, filled with great dialogue and breath-taking descriptions. A truly brilliant book for lovers of fantasy and sci-fi. I personally will be eagerly awaiting more work from this talented author.

This is certainly a book I would recommend.

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