Monday, 2 March 2015

'Wild' By Cheryl Strayed: Be Inspired to reboot your life!

Some books inspire you to cuddle up under and blanket and just read, other books have you itching to get outside and discover life; and wonderfully, some books do both!

Half way through 'Wild' I found myself daydreaming about adventures and epic life changing journeys I could make (many of them completely unachievable but equally compelling) in my own dusty, cobweb filled hiking boots.

Part of the attraction, for me, as well as for the author and trekker Cheryl Strayed, was the idea of being completely alone.

Alone to decipher the world and our place in it.

Who hasn't hit a wall in life and wanted to step outside of it to make sense of things, to decide what needed encouragement and what a full stop?

There are not many of us who have had the chance, or the courage, to take the first step of such a journey and I admit it is inspiring to read the memoir of one who did.

Cheryl Strayed hiked eleven hundred miles of the Pacific Crest Trail not only as a challenge to her physical body, but to put physical distance between herself and the tangled mess her life had become since the death of her Mother.

While not all Strayed's life choices make her a role model, her courage and tenacity (and her ability to live off $20 a fortnight) certainly do! I loved this book for the adventurous spark it lit in my belly and for the joy of watching someone 'get their stuff' together in the space of one beautifully buoyant and inspirational book.

'Wild' is available for purchase from Amazon.com via the following link:

'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.'

Make sure you enjoy the journey :)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Public Service 'Great Series Reminder'

A small and timely reminder for those who have hesitated over diving into the amazing 'In Death' series by J D Robb.

I have just finished reading books 5 through to nine in a row; in a ROW PEOPLE! I am currently suffering no symptoms of character fatigue or paragraph deja vu.

Is this even possible!

If you are still looking for a great crime series with added readable/ steamy romance, this is it.

My advice, grab hold and don't let go.

All of the series are available for purchase from Amazon.com via the following link:

'In Death' By J D Robb

To read my previous more detailed review of the series, click on the link below :)

'Little Miss Kindle' In Death Review

Monday, 26 January 2015

Dark Places By Gillian Flynn

'Dark Places' begins as a nightmare unfolds, all blurry unformed characters and unspeakable violence. 

I began this novel with that 'I'm on a sure thing' feeling I often get with familiar authors who regularly deliver fantastic plots and first class mental escapes.
Very quickly however, I found myself putting the book down and wrapping my arms around my shoulders in a comforting hug (no, a real person was not available at the time ;).

'Dark Places' starts off so very dark it is almost hard to read.
With characters who are both remote and prickly and a story line that involves a mass murder and satanism (complete with cattle sacrificed in the name of  the devil) a relaxed read this is not!

The story follows Lilly Day and her family backwards and forwards through time, from the day all but two of them were slaughtered and the current day, some thirty years later.

We see Lilly morph from a sensitive and anxious seven year old to a damaged and brittle thirty- something woman. Her soul (which she describes as a scribble with fangs) has been brutalised by what she has seen and the 'knowledge' that her brother, Ben, was the killer who took her families future.

Enter the 'Kill Club' an underground group of 'nerds' (Lilly's words not mine!) who are fascinated with infamous murders, their victims and perpetrators. The group approaches Lilly to speak to their group, before verbally attacking her for helping convict her brother twenty five years ago.......

Let the who dunnit begin!

Read this book with the light on and a preparedness to put it aside to allow your mind to recover and regroup!

In the end, I loved this one for its unblinking look into the inky black of human depravity.

If you would like to read 'Dark Places', it is available to purchase from Amazon.com via the following link:

'Dark Places' By Gillian Flynn

All purchases made through this link will support 'Little Miss Kindle', with much appreciation :)





Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Organ Reapers: Don't judge the book.....

I won't lie to you, I was very excited to be approached by a publisher to review a new 'urban fantasy' novel; much less so when I learned the books name.....'Organ Reapers'.

'What'! I thought, 'This sounds a LOT like a gruesome mess I would rather avoid'.... and I am imagining that many potential readers will feel the same.

Despite my reluctance I gave the book a tentative read, then another, slightly less tentative, until finally I found myself just 'reading'.
In my happy place, as it were.

Organ Reapers, by Shay West, is not my favorite paranormal book this year, but it did prove (against all expectations) to be a good use of my time.

Reapers' boasts an unusual premise, where an inter-world portal is used by a revered, feted and richly rewarded few, to collect specific organs from earth bound donors to save lives from their home world.

What happens however, when a hand picked reaper questions the morality and wisdom of this brutal organ theft?

Faced with charges of treason on their own world, one such reaper, Keena and her partner, Tani find themselves earth bound in a race to avoid arrest, while  attempting to convince detectives Eli and Ava that they are;

a) not crazy cultists,
b) indeed from another world and
c) able to help stop the mysterious and barbaric killing spree plaguing cities across the world.

Sounds interesting doesn't it?

If you are a fan of paranormal fiction then 'Organ Reapers' is a worthy addition to your 'other worldly' library. Read it on a rainy day and prepare to escape planet earth!

'Organ Reapers' by Shay West is available for purchase from Amazon.com via the following link:

'Organ Reapers' by Shay West

All purchases made via this link will support Little Miss Kindle with many thanks!