Review: Dark Screams: Volume Seven

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

Now, onto my review.

So, my reading diary on this collection of short stories went something like this:
23:35 28/07 Lizardman
23:45 28/07 A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – Feat Christopher Robin
04:01 29/07 Furtherest
00:01 30/07 West of Matamoros, North of Hell
14:04 30/07 The Expedition
14:15 30/07 Snow Shadows

What did I like about this book? The majority of the stories were interesting. Only the West of Matamoros wasn’t really for me, the others were more my kind of thing.
I found all the stories were quite quick reads, which is what I expect from a book of short stories.

My favourite? A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – feat Christoper Robin. Easily the best story in this collection in my opinion. Fans of Winnie The Pooh will never look at the stories in the same way again. I loved this twist on an age old children’s story. Absolutely fantastic.

I definitely recommend reading this if you get the chance.

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Review: Memory Man

Memory ManMemory Man by David Baldacci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book fell into “firsts” for me. The first crime book I’ve read in a long long time (I used to read a lot of them) AND the first book by David Baldacci.

I found the story interesting and it kept me wanting more as I read further.

I will definitely be looking to read the next book in this particular series. I loved the main character, Amos, and totally loved the way he dealt with his condition.

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Review: Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back

Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back
Gotham Academy: Second Semester, Vol. 1: Welcome Back by Brenden Fletcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had the Gotham Academy series saved in my wishlist for a long while but wasn’t 100% sure whether it was for me or not.
When I got the chance on Netgalley (Thanks for the ARC copy) to read this one, I jumped at it.

Yes, I jumped into a series that has already been established without reading anything prior so I knew nothing about it but I loved it. I had no issues with the characters or figuring out the basics.

The illustrations are fantastic in this book.

An excellent read, thanks again Netgalley.

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Being A Reading Mum

If you've taken the time to read my "about" page then you'll know I have two (wonderful) children.
I see other "Reading Mums" through their blogs and various social networking sites that are plowing through books like there's no tomorrow and I can't help but feel insanely jealous.
Here I am, managing to find maybe twenty to thirty minutes a day (usually when I go to bed, quite often falling asleep with my kindle or phone to cuddle with) and my "to read" list getting longer with every living breath.
When the kids are out at school and nursery, once I've done the arbitrary housework etc, I sometimes manage to grab an extra hour reading time but now, the dreaded six week holiday has begun.
Not dreaded because the kids are at home but also dreaded because they ARE at home. I love them being at home. I wish they could stay at home and not go to school. I love spending time on and with them, playing and other exciting things BUT my reading time is dramatically reduced to even less than the required twenty minutes at bedtime because I'm soooo shattered from being fun mum that I struggle with finding time to be Jo.
So I have made a promise to myself (yet another promise, see my post on leaving a book behind) that while I continue to be fun mum for the most part of the day I will set aside random sessions for me to be Jo and do the thing I love the most, READ.