Friday, 29 August 2014

Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle

Title: Miss Spelled
Author: Sarah Belle
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: 1st September 2014
Source: Kindly provided by the publisher
By it from: Escape Publishing
Rating: 3.5 stars

Everything is going right for Lou. She loves her job as a teacher and loves the run-down cottage she's renovating with her dad, and she's just become engaged to the man of her dreams in the most romantic setting possible. But when she finds out that her fiancé Aidan's childhood nemesis and her gap year romance are one and the same person, she panics. Determined not to let her ex, Hunter, ruin her happiness, she consults an online witch who sells her a spell to erase her from Hunter's memories. When the spell goes awry, Lou finds herself not just erased from Hunter's memories, but from Aidan's as well. With the love of her life about to marry someone else, can Lou get herself back into his memory and heart?

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes
Published By: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 256
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 4 Stars

This review also appears on Reading Lark

When the Night Comes is the second novel from Australian author Favel Parrett. Set primarily in Tasmania, it tells the story of Isla, a young girl isolated by sadness and loneliness as she transitions from primary school to secondary school. Isla has moved from the mainland following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, and she finds the landscape bleak and oppressive. It is only the coming of the ice breaker Nella Dan, and with it the Danish sailor Bo, that brings light and happiness to her life. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Fitz is happily living at Withywoods with Molly and her sons, as well as Patience and her household. Chade, Dutiful and Kettricken are still trying to get him to spend more time at Buckkeep, but, as always, Fitz is resistant to get involved in Six Duchies politics. Surely he's given enough of his life to the crown? It seems that fate is not done with Fitz, however, and a strange messenger arrives and then disappears before being able to deliver her message. It's more than 10 years before the message finally gets through, and we are left to wonder whether anything could really have been changed had the original messenger succeeded. After all, it seems that Fitz is above all else the Fool's Catalyst, and there is no escaping that.

Apart from the fact that Ms Hobb seems to have been spending far too much time with George R.R. Martin, Fool's Assassin is a fabulous read. It was wonderful to be immersed in this world again, even if I wasn't always happy about what happened to characters that I love. There are elements of this story that make Prince Regal's dungeon seem like a good time.

I can't say much more without giving major spoilers, and I think it's best to read this book without prior expectations.

I want to go back and read all of the other books set in this world over again.

Robin Hobb is a cruel, cruel woman. This book is amazing. It will be a very long wait for the next instalment.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Title: Batter Up
Author: Robyn Neeley
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date: 1st August 2014
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Rating: 3.5 stars

The Story: 
Emma Stevens inherited more than just her grandmother's bakeshop (just as an aside, I've never seen that word before, it looks like a strange melding of bakery and cake shop. Anyway...), she also inherited her grandmother's magical ability to predict who a man will marry. Every Monday night, the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls gather to find out who the next bachelor to meet his match will be.

When Jason Levine, a Miami reporter, finds out about this he is intrigued and sets to find out how an entire town could be duped by one woman and a bunch of cake batter. When Emma discovers what he's up to, she's determined that he won't discover her secret or put her out of business. Sparks inevitably fly and when Emma's arch-nemesis bids on Jason in the town's traditional Summer Fling bachelor auction, Emma finds herself bidding against. her. Will Jason be just a summer fling, or will the batter predict something more for them?

Batter Up is a fun, light-hearted read perfect for holiday reading. It's not going to demand too much of you as a reader, but, if you can accept the slight fantasy elements, the story will leave you with a lovely warm glow.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Title:  Fast Track
Author:  Julie Garwood
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Release Date: 1st August 2014
Source: ARC provided by publisher in exchange for a review
Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Crime

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Story:
Cordelia and her friends, Sophie and Regan, have been inseparable since they were 5 years old. Cordie has had a crush on Regan's big brother, Aiden, for almost as long, but she's long given up hope of him noticing her.

When her father dies suddenly, Cordie discovers that he hadn't told her the whole truth about her mother. Trying to find out about the mother she never knew leads Cordie from Chicago to Sydney, but it seems that someone would rather she didn't find out anything about her mother's family, and they're willing to threaten her life to keep their secrets.