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2019 Goodreads Challenge ‘Feral Moon’

‘Feral Moon’ – Book 2 in the Dark Woods Series

by Sherri A. Wingler

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Click the image above to enlarge the teaser from ‘Feral Moon’. Check out my Goodreads Review below.

Feral Moon: Book 2 of The Dark Woods seriesFeral Moon: Book 2 of The Dark Woods series by Sherri A. Wingler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 28 of my Goodreads Challenge 2019

WOW! ‘Feral Moon’ is another beautifully crafted sequel, which I have been longing to devour. It certainly does not disappoint. I absolutely LOVE this twist in the tale, of The Wolf & Red Riding Hood story.

In this, the second book from the ‘Dark Woods Series’ Ms Wingler shows us a more sensitive side to Grey. Along with his very adaptable wolf, whom Grey tells us is…

‘…sneaking out of his cage while I slept and gathering information’

There are so many moving and heartfelt descriptions throughout the entirety of this story. I found it to be a wonderful balance of violence (it is about a bad ass wolf after all) and tenderness.

‘I dropped Red’s pillow… the faint scent of peaches and rain washed over me.’

The ‘peaches and rain’ description first appeared in Book One ‘Crimson Moon
and it is a description that has stayed with me throughout both books. The image is so provocative; I can almost smell the aroma floating up from the pages as I read, simply beautiful.

Several very powerful scenes had me at times close to tears. I even at one point found my allegiance swaying over to one of the bad guys. This author certainly knows how to mess with your mind. So many things I really did not see coming, this book certainly packs a punch. I really cannot say anymore, without giving away some of the story. You will just have to grab yourself a copy and read it for yourselves.

For those of you who like modern day fairytales with a bite, then this book series will not disappoint. I’m just waiting for a print version now, to sit on my book-shelf of favourites along with Book One of ‘The Dark Woods Series – Crimson Moon’

**My heartfelt thanks go to the author, for allowing me a sneak peek of this wonderful book. It was great reading it on kindle but I am really REALLY looking forward to purchasing a print copy.

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26 Goodreads ‘Acquainted with Butterflies

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Acquainted With Butterflies: A Collection of Short Stories, Personal Essays & PoetryAcquainted With Butterflies: A Collection of Short Stories, Personal Essays & Poetry by J.C. Wing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 26 of my Goodreads Challenge

I absolutely fell in love with the book cover, a beautiful butterfly that stretched over the front and back once the book was opened out.

The book consists of a collection of short stories, personal essays and poetry some of which I absolutely loved. ‘Cold Feet’ was a great read something unique I had not come across before a tale of a wedding from different points of view.

I loved the poem:-

‘The Color of the Ocean’

The rays of sun, so warm and bright
a shiny ribbon of gold.
The water caresses the wet sand below
and the waves tell tales untold.

There is probably something here for everyone a light read that can be picked up and read in small snippets. From the funny short story ‘Letters to the Couch’ to stories full of suspense and horror such as ‘The Surprise Getaway’.

For me the personal essays were not really my thing, perhaps a little too intimate. But many did bring back memories of songs that were mentioned throughout. The author’s only real link with her father was their great love of music.

Worth checking out but to find out more visit JC’s blog spot http://jcwingandthegoddess.blogspot.com/

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25 Goodreads The Island Dog Squad

The Island Dog Squad by Deb McEwan

This has to be one of my favourite books of the year, I even took a couple along to this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest to display on the International Table. Deb very kindly donated some prizes in the form of the wonderful one of a kind caps as seen in the picture below.

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My Goodreads Challenge Review

The Island Dog Squad: (Book 1: Sandy's Story)

The Island Dog Squad: by Deb McEwan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Book 25 of my Goodreads Challenge

This is a story for dog lovers both young and old. But be warned as well as it being comical, at times it is also rather heart-wrenching too. Probably advisable for readers 10+

The author’s own dog Sandy is a rescued dog, and the inspiration behind the book. The tale is told from the dog’s point of view.

After almost drowning as a pup, Sandy is initially rescued by military personnel. She proves to be a very intelligent little dog and undergoes training on the base. Sadly the poor dog ends up having some horrendous experiences. Sandy ends up on the streets almost at deaths door; she has no memory of who she is or where she came from.

Luckily Sandy is found and taken to a rescue shelter, and from there she is adopted by Ellie and Ben. She loves her people parents and just wants to settle into a new life with them. However, she begins to suffer nightmares and slowly her memories begin to return but they are not pleasant.

I love how the author interweaves mystery and intrigue into a captivating tale, along with a dog’s eye view of the world. Sandy’s thoughts on her people parents are simply adorable, particularly when she begins to learn more about them. Here is just one of her thoughts:-

‘I was to discover Ellie was a vegivore and a chocivore.’

Such great fun and very highly recommended.

As a special treat I recommend you visit Deb’s website and check out the real Sandy’s Dog Blog

https://debmcewansbooksandblogs.com/2…

 

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Northern Witch Book Series by K.S. Marsden

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WOW Book 2 in the Northern Witch Series is about to be released and to celebrate K.S. Marsden has made Book 1 available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Check out my little review of the first book which you really must read before dipping in to book two.

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Winter Trials (Northern Witch, #1)

Winter Trials by K.S. Marsden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

WOW This book had me hooked from the start, only a short story but packs so much in.

Mark is a Year 11 student one of the few pupils openly gay, and to top it all his Nanna is a witch. With the Winter solstice fast approaching she will be teaching him about his heritage. Mark has a very loyal friend in Harry but he now has Sarah with whom he is very much in love. Mark dreams of having someone to love for himself.

Suddenly in walks Damian new boy golden haired from London, sadly he has lost both his parents and has come to live with his aunt in Yorkshire. All the school are swooning over him including Mark. But there is a darkness that surrounds him will Mark get to find out what that is. I urge you to read this book for yourself.

Very Highly Recommended and I for one definitely want to read more.

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24 Goodreads ‘Sins of the Father’

Sins of the Father (Children from the Streets #2)Sins of the Father by Maria Gibbs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a phenomenal book and I will return to write my review real soon

Note best to read Book 1 first from the series ‘Children From The Streets’ both are heart-wrenching stories inspired by TRUE EVENTS Love then both equally.

Book 24 of my Goodreads Challenge

People often say books that follow on in a series are not as good as the first, but I beg to differ. I think this could even be better than Book 1 and that was an AMAZING heartfelt story too.

A Boy from the Streets

Book 1 A Boy from the Streets is the story of twins Jose and Pedro separated at birth one taken into a life of priveledge, the other left as a Street Child in Brasil. All were children who saw and experienced things that no youngster should ever have to witness or be part of.

In this Book 2, Sins of the Father all the boys are now grown men, but the story centres around Carlos the oldest of the brothers. His story is truly heartwrenching and to try and overcome his nightmares his brother Pedro suggests he write all his experiences down. The opening line drew me in:-

‘Ghostly echoes of my past whispered across the ages.’

As the young man begins to recall in detail his past life a whole can of worms is opened up. For the first time in his life Carlos finds himself drunk and ends up in prison.

However, his family are extremely supportive and with their help and the making of a new friend things start to change. But will a face from the past throw a spanner in the works and cause Carlos to fall ever deeper into his nightmares?

You will just have to read the series to find out, but read book 1 first. Both books are VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I own this series in paperback and they look fab on my shelf of favourites. I’ve already read book 1 three times now, I love it so much. I urge you to try it for yourselves.

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20 Goodreads ‘Madhouse’

Madhouse: A Suspenseful HorrorMadhouse: A Suspenseful Horror by Miguel Estrada

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book 20 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

I enjoyed this book although it did not flow as well as it could have, perhaps something was lost in translation. It is quite an horrific tale but it has an amazing twist at the end I certainly did not see that coming.

A short read so worth a peek if you are a fan of horror.

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19 Goodreads ‘Heart & Mind’ Poetry

Heart and MindHeart and Mind by D.G. Torrens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 19 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

A beautiful collection of poetry many seem very personal to the author who appears to be sharing some of her most intimate thoughts and memories.

Part One – For the Mind

Part Two – For the Heart

Part Three – For the Soul

There are some wonderful lines within this little treasure trove of a book

‘Memories trail down my face
Like rain on a bleak winter’s day.’

Well worth checking out.

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