Review: Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know
Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by Mike Lowery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Boring Not Things to Know is, as you can probably work out, a book of facts. With a difference. Each and every fact has been hand illustrated.

I am a lover of random facts. I quite often scour the internet for the most obscure fact I can and update my social media with it. I need to scour no more as this book has more than enough facts to keep me going for at least a year, maybe longer.

I never knew there were so many things I could learn about mushrooms. And cats. Lots of cat facts. It was also good to put an official name to my fear of the dentist.
An interesting and informative read.

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for this advanced reading copy.

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Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan PoeManga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautifully illustrated telling of classic Poe tales.
I was previously familiar with all the tales depicted in this book and feel like the illustrations definitely do the stories justice.
If you’re a fan of manga or Poe then I’d definitely recommend you read this graphic novel.
Fantastic.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book

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Review: Dark Matter

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch crosses boundaries that I have never read before. I’ve read science fiction but nothing like this.
I struggled with the first 50 or so pages of this book, almost to the point of giving up but I am glad I stuck with it. It does start to pick up as we get further along. It must have done otherwise I wouldn’t have given it 5 stars.

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Review: Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real

Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealFowl Language: The Struggle Is Real by Brian Gordon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a comical look into the world of parenting, but as ducks. The author has created a normal, human family lifestyle and the issues they face but made all of the characters ducks.
In my opinion, the characters being ducks is neither here nor there, I don’t feel that it adds anything to the issues raised, nor does it take anything away.

Parents everywhere should be able to relate to this.

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced reading copy

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Review: Willow Harbor Series

4 AUTHORS, 4 BOOKS, 1 TOWN

It sounds like one of those 90s horror films at first, where you hear them talking about x amount of bad guys vs x amount of good guys, only one will survive kind of thing but it really isn’t. I just love the idea of explaining the series in that manner.

Let’s break this down further.

4 Authors:

  1. Alyssa Rose Ivy
  2. Jennifer Snyder
  3. Juliana Haygert
  4. Sarra Cannon

All four of these ladies are amazingly talented. From the group, I am more familiar with Sarra Cannon having read many of her previous releases and also planning to read more of her upcoming books too, however after reading this series I have an overwhelming urge to go out and buy books for all the other ladies (although I don’t think my bank balance would cope).

4 Books:

  1. Shifter’s Fate (Amazon UK Plug Here)
  2. Vampire’s Descent (And Here)
  3. Hunter’s Revenge (Again here)
  4. Triton’s Curse (And of course, also here)

So, before I go any further, make sure you save those links in your browser so that when you’ve finished reading my review you can go and buy them all. Buy all the books. Buy all the books. Buy all the books. (Did you feel the mind control then?)

1 Town:

Strange Neighbors. Hidden Desires. Small-Town Charm
 
Welcome to Willow Harbor, where everyone has a secret.
 
What’s Yours?

(Visit the official website here)

So, I will start by saying a big thank you to Sarra Cannon, who not only offered me her book (Triton’s Curse) in exchange for an honest and fair review but ALSO access to the other three books in the series. I feel very honoured to be part of the review team for these books.

The series is written, as explained above, by FOUR separate authors and as I have already mentioned, Sarra is the one that I am most familiar with. Also, as above, the series consists of FOUR books (so far).

The similarities between the books:

  • Each book consists of TWO main characters, one male and one female.
  • Each story takes place in a town called Willow Harbor
  • Each story has reference to or inclusion of Supernaturals (people of a supernatural nature – this could be anything from vampires to witches etc – the list goes on as to the types of supernaturals mentioned within the stories)
  • There are recurring characters in the background, for example, you may see someone appear in story one, but also appear in story three – this goes to show the authors have really taken the time to collaborate with each other

Now onto to the main differences (before I get started on the actual stories)

  • Each story is different
  • Each story approaches a completely different way of life while remaining completely believable
  • There are differences in the writing styles, as to be expected, but this does not affect the continuity of the series in any way

 

22181605_10213985607579504_7736588579832622963_oShifter’s Fate by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Mattie and Pierce. Human and True Shapeshifter. Mattie arrives in Willow Harbor following her quest for a working reference from a genuine employer. Pierce has lived in Willow Harbor for most of his life and time is running out for him to find a mate. What will become of Pierce and Mattie in Willow Harbor?

22137223_10213985608899537_3822091479504488075_oVampire’s Descent by Jennifer Snyder

Claire and Mason. Shifter and Vampire. When Claire’s twin brother supposedly commits suicide she returns home to Willow Harbor to assist her father in a few family duties, however, she has plans of her own as she starts investigating the events surrounding Danny’s death. Mason was forced into a vampiric lifestyle when he was turned unwillingly. Seeing Claire in Willow Harbor, the one person he really wanted to get to know, he worries whether a family death is the right time to do it. How will Mason get on with Claire? Will they become friends?

22136993_10213985609859561_7807561843299680549_oHunters Revenge by Juliana Haygert

Landon and Tessa. Humans. Landon is a Hunter, trained to keep the ‘bad’ supernaturals in line. Tessa is a college student. When Landon has to inform Tessa that he dad has passed away a battle of wits and wills begins. Tessa wants revenge. Landon doesn’t want her to be involved. Tessa has decided otherwise. Will the pair of them ever get along and work together?

22254747_10213985610779584_4705898862101843837_oTriton’s Curse by Sarra Cannon

Nik and Eva. Triton and Witch. Both Eva and Nik have known captivity. While one has escaped the other remains enslaved. Will both be able to gain their freedom?

All four of these books can be read as stand-alone stories. If you don’t fancy reading the whole series, then just read the ones that you want. You won’t lose anything by reading just one, however, if you choose to read all four then your lives will be enriched by knowing the wonder that is the eight main characters and Willow Harbor.

We see Willow Harbor from EIGHT different viewpoints. Two in each book. Each character gives us a different perspective on the very same town. The fact that each book was written by a different author makes this even more fabulous because the descriptions of the buildings within the town are more or less identical. It is actually possible to believe we are in the same town with them, having seen it from so many different people and it always being described as looking the same. It isn’t identical as in word for word, but visual descriptions provided by each author come together to paint a three-dimensional image in your head.

The things that I loved the most about this series is that NONE (yes, I actually mean NONE, ZERO, ZILCH) of the books have the dreaded CLIFFHANGER ending that happens so often in books of this genre. This makes it totally possible to read one, two, three or four of the books without worrying about “what happens next” – There is no next, the next has already happened, it’s finished. Then again, with the books having “final” endings, it does make me sad to think that there is no more. (Although the authors have said that there will be more standalone Willow Harbor books released in the future).

Each book falls approximately somewhere between the 130-150 page mark, which makes them quick and easy reads. This would probably be my main gripe as well as a positive though, its one of those where it definitely works both on the good and bad side of my feelings. I love that they are shorter, quicker reads. I managed to turn around four books in little more than a week (which at the moment is unusual for me), but I also feel like I want more. Overall, as much as I do want them to be longer, I do feel that the four ladies managed to get the length for these particular stories just right.

More than the characters and the stories, I am in love with the town. Willow Harbor sounds like an amazing place to live, if only it was real. I love the community feel that it has. Mainly, the privacy (nobody ends up in Willow Harbor by accident) that the town holds is fascinating. Here we have a small town (full to the brim of supernaturals and humans, coexisting peacefully for the most part), and we have EIGHT (yes, eight is quite a big number) big town characters yet nobody ever gets into each others business. Having recently watched the TV show, Midnight, Texas all I could think about was how much I would watch a Willow Harbor TV Show.

I’ve rated each book 5/5 stars in this series, I don’t always do that, there will sometimes be a mixture of ratings but each and every book deserved this accolade.

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