Monday, 8 August 2016

           Otherworld Secrets
                 Kelley Armstrong

Title: Otherworld Secrets
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: October 6th 2015
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 978-0-356-50067-6

The collection begins with a brand-new novella featuring werewolf Karl Marsden and half-demon Hope, in what might be Karl's last heist. Meanwhile Elena and Clay are trapped in a wintry small town with a killer on the loose,in the fast-paced and atmospheric novella 'Forbidden'.
In 'Angelic', former black witch and part-time angel Eve is sent on a dangerous mission by the Fates, while necromancer Jamie tackles a ghost with a seriously bad attitude in 'The Ungrateful Dead'. Zoe Takano  is forced to defend her territory in the hugely entertaining 'Zen and the Art of Vampirism'. And in the final novella, 'Counterfeit Magic' Paige Winterbourne and Lucas Cortez  take on a troubling case that will change the couple for ever.


OK, so I'll start this off by telling you a little bit about the series that these novella originate from.
I've been reading my way through Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series for a few years now, and I have to say, I love it!

The series of which these novella draw their origins starts with 'Bitten' (which I'm likely to review later), which is the story of Elena - the only female werewolf.Throughout the Women of the Otherworld series we meet some fantastic female characters,each woman is strong, considered the equal of their men in battle - and their men are by no means weak!

This set of novellas are stand alone stories though they do slot between main books. You don't need to have read the main books (though I highly recommend that you do) to read the novellas as each one gives a small backtrack of sorts. You very quickly get informed of who characters are without it disrupting the story or getting irritating for those who are already familiar with the series.

Karl and Hope's story is one of the novella in this book, and it is a lovely little one at that. The short story focuses around Karl (a werewolf and an ex-thief) being tempted into one last heist, despite being a retired thief,and his dealing with those who try to tempt him. Through the novella you discover Karl retired from the robbery business because he and Hope have a child, and now that she's pregnant for the second time he's ever more determined not to go back; but a client is just as determined to drag Karl back into his old habits. It is a fantastic piece of writing, you really do feel for Karl as he fights against his inner demons, whilst trying to do right by Hope and his child, to be a good man (wolf?)

Elena and Clay come once more into a collection and as always its a great story. This time they get stuck in a small " hick town" when coming to the rescue of a young werewolf, which gets them caught up in small town murders. Morgan (the young werewolf) is a character we've met before but he was in his wolf form when we did; experimenting living as a wolf for a year without changing back to his human form. In that book Elena offered him the chance to visit The Pack and now he's human he decides to take them up on it.

Morgan's choice of town to stop and rest seems appropriate. The high school mascot is a werewolf, but that also causes the odd issue when the murders start happening due to the murders seeming to have been committed by a wolf; is Morgan the killer? Elena and Clay have to figure out the murders and who's responsible before they can risk taking Morgan back to The Pack, their family.

It's hard to pick a favourite out of these novella, each one is fantastic and its a shame they aren't full novels! However, seeing as I'm reviewing this collection of short stories (and let's face it you want to know the good and the bad - spoiler: there is no bad),  I'm going to have to go with Jamie's novella 'The Ungrateful Dead' . It's such a good giggle; the banter between Jamie and the ghosts is laugh out loud funny and her way of dealing with them (which i wont spoil) is genius!

Although I've picked this novella as my favourite they are all filled with little bouts of the giggles because of  the quips that characters come out with and that makes me love them all.

In short i highly recommend this book and direct you to get it out of your library or from your local bookstore without fail! :)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

50 Ways to Yay! : Transformative tools for a whole lot of happy.


                                      Alexi Panos

Title:  50 Ways to Yay! : Transformative tools for a whole lot of happy.
Author: Alexi Panos
Publisher:North Star Way
Publication Date:7th June 2016
Genre: Self Help,Health, Mind & Body
Effervescent TV host, model, and inspirational vlogger Alexi Panos has helped thousands with their own search for personal happiness. In 50 Ways to Yay!, Alexi, recently named one of eleven Noteworthy Millenials in the Huffington Post, helps you do the same with fifty inspired and thought-provoking lessons and exercises to help you break out of the ordinary and jump into the extraordinary.

Is it possible to be a master of your reality? Be happy, and create an epic life despite your circumstances? Hell yes! And we’re just getting started. That’s the mantra Alexi Panos lives by in 50 Ways to Yay! But Alexi wasn’t always this positive. About six years ago, she woke up to the slow monotony that had become her life. Sick of feeling stressed out, emotionally detached, and never quite happy enough, she knew something had to change.

So Alexi immersed herself in psychology, Eastern thought, and personal development by reading thousands of books, taking classes, and experimenting with techniques that were sometimes amazing, and sometimes disastrous. In 50 Ways to Yay!, she shares her results in this delightful, yet thought-provoking primer, such as:

-It’s not about what life has dealt you, it’s about how you react to it.

-Vulnerability is relatable. Perfection is not.

-Those who are happy with nothing are happy with everything.

Alexi has done the extensive research (so you don’t have to) and synthesized it into fifty practical tools that you can apply for extraordinary results now. With her guidance, you can experience a domino effect of inner peace, inspiration, and a whole lot of happy.

ISBN: 9781501131783

So i thought id give this getting a whole lot of happy a go. It's not like im miserable in my life but im not completely happy with certain aspects so what can it hurt to give it a try, admittedly this is a slow reader, 50 ways at one a day means i cant just go and read it all in one sitting not unless i dont try anything in it.Usually im not one for slow readers(my other half would say thats because i read at super speed)  but this one caught my attention, mostly by the title (not enough books with Yay in the title) .
Because of that this review is coming in two parts, this one telling you that i'm reading it,giving it all a try and my initial thoughts of it then another in 50 days time with a complete review.
So far, having just read the intro it seems a good book, she's (as it says) done all the research and put a lot of effort into this idea of tools for happiness.I realise thats not much of a review but as i haven't quite started the 50 ways bit yet theres not much to say but watch this space, in 50 days i'll let you know everything, good and bad about the book and this getting a whole lot of happy idea!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hi everyone,

So im new to this blogging thing and im getting to grips with this book review thing. I've never done the former before and i haven't done the latter since i was in high school( and lets not get into how long ago that was!) So you'll have to excuse the way the reviews start out, they may be short or they may not flow very well but they will get better, i promise!
So the first review will come soon and i'm going to try to review a book a week and throw in a classic book a month(with any luck i'll manage that)

Sorry this is such a short post but I've run out of things to type!