Siobhan’s Secret (Raven and Hummingbird, #1) by Nikki Broadwell #BookReview @nikkibroadwell

Siobhan’s Secret
(Raven and Hummingbird, #1)
by Nikki Broadwell

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four-dot-five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out.

And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it.

In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness.

In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city.

As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening.

 

Genre(s): > Mythology & Folk Tales (Kindle Store)
> Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Mythology & Folk Tales (Books)
Series: Raven and Hummingbird, #1
Length: 302 pages
Release date: 2019-04-15

 

Teaser


The scream woke her, Kat’s heart beating fast in her chest. She was in bed and wearing her nightgown, her hair dry. She tried to pull it all aside, to tell herself it was only a dream, but it didn’t feel that way. Her body felt different, her limbs loose and relaxed.

She dressed hurriedly and went to the kitchen, wanting to tell Airmid about the dream before she forgot.

“Now tell me their names again?” Airmid asked, following Kat into the living room.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 20-year-old Kat, still shocked by her mother’s unexpected death and – just kicked out by her stepfather.

With “Siobhan’s Secret”, Nikki Broadwell presents us with the intriguing story of a young and desperate woman. Kat is broken, staying at a woman’s shelter, without means; some of her new acquaintances appear in her dreams – has she gone mad? The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Nikki Broadwell introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to Kat, being her invisible ally. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Siobhan’s Secret”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading more. My partiality for the combination of reality and mythology began when reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The House Between the Worlds”, therefore I enjoy well-written stories like this one.

This is for you if you enjoy (urban) fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their ventures, mythology, surprises, and good storytelling.

This is a book to read again. Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (mentions, only)
Sexual content 😳  (kisses and mentions; not too detailed yet passionate activities)

 

About the author

Writing has become my life, and when I am not at my computer I feel like something is amiss! I’ve always been a writer, but only began seriously in 2002, when I decided to write about my parents’ life and my father’s time in POW camps during WW2. In between this very emotional undertaking I began a fantasy–my ‘fun’ escape writing. Three books later put me on the fantasy train, lusting after all things magic and mystical! I am now up to seventeen novels and counting. And the one featuring my father’s diaries has finally been released, the story revolving around two made-up characters who bear no resemblance to my parents. Funny how that happens. You can find it on the ‘In the press’ page!
I write what the goddess (muse) tells me to write, my characters taking hold of the plot and running with it. At times I feel I am only here to tap the keys. If the story does not move forward freely I figure something is not quite right and have to either put it away for a bit or go back to the place where ‘I” took over.

When I’m not at my computer you can find me somewhere over the rainbow…or on a trail in the woods or desert, hiking with my dog and my husband of over thirty years.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://www.nikkibroadwellauthor.com/
Blog:  https://niksblog-authorinprogress.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nikkibroadwell
Amazon:  Nikki Broadwell
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/31rqxv


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I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays At Rosings (Longbourn, #14) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Pemberley:
Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings
(Longbourn, #14)
by Margaret Lynett Sharp

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

SHORT STORY

His stay at Rosings has brought Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jr, a measure of both delight and anguish as he realises that not only has he become even more attached to the charming daughter of Mr Collins – Miss Emily – but also that his rival, John King, is planning a serious step in order to secure his own future with the beautiful maiden. Where do Emily’s affections really lie?

This is yet another absorbing tale in the ‘Longbourn’ series of Jane Austen fan fiction pieces by prolific Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp

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Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> 30-Minute Romance Short Reads
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Regency Historical Romance
Series: Longbourn, #14
Length: 19 pages
Release date: 2018-04-24

 

Teaser


“I see no reason why Fitzwilliam should be unable to reach the standard required for higher tuition,” said Emily. “He has made good progress already.”

Fitzwilliam gave her a smile, and not simply because of his delight at her compliment.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”.

With “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice” or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice” special. Her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy, develops nicely – a tendency the readers could assume at the end of Pride and Prejudice”. It is a short read, taking you back to Pemberley – or in this case Rosings – to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Young Fitzwilliam stays at his aunt Catherine’s home, realising how much he cares for Emily. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways; the added next generation brings even more complexity. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

“Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” is a heart-warming story of hope, a lovely – and worthy – continuation of Elizabeth, Darcy, their children, and their story.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice”, fan fiction, classic reads, classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction, and short installments.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville (in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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What about you? What did you think about “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings”? Or – if you did not yet read “Pemberley: Fitzwilliam Stays at Rosings” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles, #3) by Suzanne Rogerson #BookReview @rogersonsm

Cover: The Sentinel’s Alliance
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #3)
by Suzanne Rogerson

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

 

Genre(s): > Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
> Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
> Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles, #3
Length: 369 pages
Release date: 2019-07-06

 

Teaser


‘The island is crying out for help,’ Tei said.

‘How can I trust you?’

‘The commander trsuts me.’ Tei’s emotions bubbled up. ‘I didn’t sail hundreds of miles and suffer awful seasickness to be insulted by an old spirit who doesn’t know what help looks like when he sees it.’


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Tei and Callisa, the Sentinel, in need of forming an alliance to stop the invaders.

With “The Sentinel’s Alliance”, Suzanne Rogerson presents us with several interwoven plot lines, covering Tei, Brogan, Callisa, Farrell, Kelbrin, and more. All plotlines are relevant; show how all mature, grow stronger with their tasks. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Tei, Brogan, and some wonderful allies, highly appreciating their integrity. As I assumed after reading the first book, I got closer to Tei in the second instalment because she has gained a little more maturity; this third instalment turned her into a friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Sentinel’s Alliance”. It is a very enjoyable read; a more than worthy completion of the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ trilogy.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling ventures, integrity, surprises, and great storytelling.

This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel-writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with ice cream and a book.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rogersonsm
Amazon:  Suzanne Rogerson
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/38E9Qw


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Sentinel’s Alliance”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Sentinel’s Alliance” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

 

Hide Not Seek (The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3) by D.E. Haggerty #BookReview #RBRT @dehaggerty

Cover: Hide Not Seek
(The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3)
by D.E. Haggerty

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal – ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for murder, the killer begins stalking her. With each note he sends, he gets closer. The police are stumped. Pru wants to run away. She really, really wants to run, but Ajax has found the woman of his dreams and he’s not letting her go anywhere. He can be patient. In the meantime, he’ll protect her with his life. Pru isn’t feeling very patient, and her friends, Mel and Terri, are definitely not willing to wait until the police discover who the stalker is. The three friends take matters into their own hands and jump headfirst into the investigation.

Will Pru and her friends uncover her stalker before he turns his violence on Pru?

Genre(s): > Cozy Mystery
> Romantic Suspense (Kindle Store)
> Mystery Romance
Series: The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3
Length: 223 pages
Release date: 2019-04-18

Teaser


Pru came to a halt at the entrance to the library when she heard Mel speaking. Need to investigate?! They were most certainly not investigating. And Mel wasn’t supposed to be here bugging her, anyway. “Why are you here, Mel? I thought you’d be at work.” Although Pru considered the woman a close friend, she was enjoying the drama-free days while Mel did an internship for her Ph.D.

Mel snorted. “Yeah, right. Like I’m going to work at a time like this.”

“A time like this?” Pru asked Terri who shrugged in response.


My Opinion

This book focuses on Pru, finding creepy notes – has her murdered friend’s stalker found her?

With “Hide Not Seek”, D. E. Haggerty has created an expertly worded and very funny suspense story with a romantic touch. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, hilarious moments, and interesting interactions to solve the case of the diamond pendant necklace. I had a great time reading “Hide Not Seek” – it is a very fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, chuckling about the stubborn protagonists, shaking my head – a lot because of Mel; for me, Terri and Ryder are a great counterpoint for Mel.

This is for you if you like female amateur sleuths, stubborn and determined women, hilarious situations as well as a great combination of cosy suspense, humour, and romance.

A funny and suspenseful book to read again; I hope for the opportunity to read #2 – which I sadly missed – as well.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (some mentions)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to “Little Women”. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Connect with the author:

Website:  http://dehaggerty.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/dehaggerty
Amazon:  D. E. Haggerty
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3nKlEB


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Hide Not Seek”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Hide Not Seek” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James #RBRT #BookReview @mjwritesagain

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Cover: The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Summer is usually a time of fun and games for most children, but Hanna and Ben Littleton are not your average eleven and twelve-year-old. Their father is Percy Littleton, a famous paranormal investigator, and this summer they are traveling to different locations to investigate unexplained phenomenons. Things are rather boring until they stop at Castleridge Hotel. The hotel is reportedly haunted by more than one ghostly presence and the manager has asked Percy for help.

Though warned by their father not to meddle in his investigation, the brother and sister are convinced they can prove their worth as true investigators. Their eagerness soon turns to terror when Hanna begins having visions about a certain former employee of the hotel, the elevator takes them to the ninth floor on its own, and ghosts interact with them. The building seems to have a mind of its own as Hanna and Ben are forced to figure out what really happened one hundred years ago at Castleridge Hotel, before the spirits trapped inside decide to make them permanent residents.

Genre(s): > Children’s Scary Stories
> Children’s Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Books
> Children’s Spine-Chilling Horror
Series: Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1
Length: 112 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-06-07 <<<

Teaser


…She blinked, but the strange effect continued. A brief but searing pain shot through her head, followed by a loud burst of static that drowned out all other noises. She closed her eyes until the pain stopped and the buzzing cleared. When she opened them again, her gaze fell on a spot on the sidewalk near the front doors of the hotel. Partially obscured by the lineup of cars, a young woman in a red maid’s uniform stood there, staring at Hanna intensely…


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Hanna and Ben Littleton, the children of a famous paranormal investigator; despite his wish, they are drawn into the investigation of a haunted hotel.

With “The Haunting of Room 909, Michael James has created the first in a series of adventures with a quite unusual background and very likeable protagonists. It is a very intriguing read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Michael James paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Hanna and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “The Haunting of Room 909”. Children who like the paranormal genre will love this book.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, the paranormal, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

About the author

Michael James is an author from the prairie province of Alberta, Canada. He is an avid golfer, cyclist, and astronomy enthusiast.

Junior Paranormal Investigators: The Haunting of Room 909 is Michael’s debut novel for middle-grade readers.

After absorbing all things paranormal while growing up, he knew he had to share his fascination with ghosts and other-worldly-creatures with the next generation of kids.

Do you have a great idea for a paranormal investigation? Send Michael the details at www.thejuniorparanormalinvestigators.com and he may include you as a character in their next adventure.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “The Haunting of Room 909”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Haunting of Room 909” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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