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Caught in a Moment (The Alex Trueman Chronicles Book 1)
Caught in a Moment (The Alex Trueman Chronicles Book 1)
Price: £1.22

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a waste of time!, 26 Jan 2014
What would you do if time stood still? For fifteen year old Alex Trueman, this is exactly what happens. Dukes wastes no time in introducing Alex's amazing ability, leading us into his first brief 'moment', just a couple of pages in. In the first two chapters, Alex has fun with this new ability, exacting comical revenge on the school bullies, although he begins to realise that getting time going again isn't quite as easy; and by chapter three, he is 'caught in a moment'...

The world of Intersticia, and the motionless world of Statica which sits all around it, are described in such tremendous detail that you feel you are there with the equally well-described characters. This is one of those books that if you read a chapter or two before bed, you suddenly find you've been up most of the night. There are endless possibilities for sequels featuring new characters entering 'Sticia, or maybe a prequel telling how Ganymede's ended up where he is.

I enjoyed this story immensely, but am left with one lingering, niggling question – why do the manatees and dugongs fly?

Aurora Conspiracy: The Story Didn't End with a Crash...the Epic Journey Began! - Book 1
Aurora Conspiracy: The Story Didn't End with a Crash...the Epic Journey Began! - Book 1
by Ginger Gelsheimer
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A conspiracy bigger than human existence, 14 Jan 2014
Jesse lives on a farm in Aurora, Texas with her older brother James, who has looked after her since their mother disappeared ten years ago. The windmill on their farm is also alleged to have been the site of an alien crash over a century earlier. When Jesse and friend Marcus disappear in their plane, they find themselves lost on a mysterious island, and must find a way to survive. Meanwhile, back home in Aurora, James has problems of his own. Their adventures involve aliens, pyramids, the Bermuda Triangle, and a conspiracy bigger than human existence itself.

The first part of a trilogy, this story is very well written, if a little heavy on similes and metaphor in places. Some of the scenes aboard the alien ships are a little hard to follow at times, and needed to be reread, however, the overall story was enjoyable and paced well. The characters are well-rounded, leaving me wanting to read part two just so I can find out what happens to them next. I look forward to seeing further works from Gelsheimer and Keats.

Hell is in New Jersey
Hell is in New Jersey
by Andy Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.66

5.0 out of 5 stars One HELL of a book, 28 Nov 2013
This review is from: Hell is in New Jersey (Paperback)
Dylan James is a bored 29 year old with a boring job in a gift shop that nobody visits in a small boring town in New Jersey right by the exit from Hell. Every day, a line of the dead march out of the exit, through the woods, then in through the entrance back to Hell. As he watches the line, day after day, he begins to recognise some of the same faces, and becomes obsessed with one woman in particular. Deciding he has nothing to lose (dead-end job, mother who he can't talk with), he decides to recruit a couple of friends on a quest to break into Hell. Meanwhile, down in the underworld, the devil himself faces his own challenges...

This is a witty fable for a modern society that wants everything but has no time for anything. Thomas puts a new twist on our ideas of Hell, and you find yourself rooting for the bad guys as much as the good.

I received this book from GoodReads First Read.

Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Stalker becomes stalked, 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: Stalked (Kindle Edition)
Danny Rivers had a troubled childhood and from an early age has 'followed' other people to get a brief glimpse of a life better than his own. Even as he settled into a normal life of his own, he continues to follow others.

After a fallout with his on/off girlfriend, he decides to follow a man called Michael. His voyeurism is running its usual course when he is spotted by another stalker, sparking off a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Taylor's debut novel is a fast paced thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you reading into the early hours. I received Stalked from GoodReads First Read.

Dancing On Their Tails: A Novel
Dancing On Their Tails: A Novel
Price: £3.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the start, 6 Oct 2013
Bruno Papazzi is angry. He's angry at his idiot neighbour; he's angry at the customers of his plumbing business; he's angry at his secretary, Lydia; he's angry at God; he's just angry! The only time he's NOT angry, is when he goes on his annual fishing trip. The story follows Bruno over several of these trips, as he learns about friendship, kindness, God, and life and death. Most of all, he learns about himself.

In his debut novel, Wallace paints a perfect picture of a tranquil lake resort that makes even those of us with no knowledge of fishing believe we are there. It is us who are casting our lines, choosing our flies, reeling in the trout. This is a wonderful feel good novel, with short easy to read chapters making it a perfect read before bed, or on your morning commute.

Never Coming Back: David Raker Novel #4
Never Coming Back: David Raker Novel #4
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down-able, 7 Sep 2013
Although this is the latest book in a series, I had never heard of Tim Weaver until I received my advanced reading copy of 'Never Coming Back' from RealReaders. I have to say, I have been missing a treat!

The story revolves around missing person investigator, David Raker. Raker's house guest - former Met Police Officer, Colm Healey - is called to the beach at the bottom of the village, where a body has been found. An old girlfriend of Raker's - Emily Kane - contacts him to investigate the disappearance of her sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces. He soon finds himself drawn in to a conspiracy that spans decades, and somehow links to his visit to Las Vegas years earlier.

Weaver's descriptive style masterfully transports you to the moody Devon winter landscape, making it hard to put down the book and escape to your real life (or sleep). Definitely one of those books you should only start reading if you have lots of spare time.

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