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Changing into 2016

Looking back over my posts for 2015, one thing was obvious. I was very up and down with my post frequency. It was either a feast or a famine and I often felt guilty if I hadn’t posted in a while. Finding the time to post regularly has been increasingly hard to achieve as I have juggled writing, working, family and volunteering.

So, for 2016 I’ve decided to take a different approach with the aim of achieving a better balance. Many other authors/writers fill their blogs with writing tips and marketing advice, but I have always been reluctant to offer such posts on here. In a world that is overflowing with an abundance of information and opinion, I feel there are plenty of better qualified people around who can (and do) offer more insightful information on publishing than I could. There is no point in me adding to the noise, so I will continue to steer clear of this subject area.

BooksI’ve noticed that a great deal of my posts are book reviews, which is fine, as it has been my way of helping to independently promote the work of other authors in a crowded market, and encourage reading. My review policy has always been that I choose the books I read, as I don’t believe in review swapping (My policy is here).

The truth is, I’m just like a majority of readers. I was never really one to write reviews of every book I read (shame, shame, shame) until I started the blog, and it’s something that I never intended to become such a large component. Over time I’ve noticed my reviews have become longer and more detailed, so I’ve decided it’s time to simplify and condense.

twitter-logoAlso, I’ve concluded that my original opinion of Twitter was correct. It really is just a mash of useless information that clogs up the web. Some of you may have noticed over recent months that my tweets have reduced (and will continue to do so). To be honest, I can’t really remember the last time I actually looked at my Twitter feed to see if there was something useful. Can you?

When I think about it, the original essence of my blog was to share information about my books, and to keep my readers up to date on what I have been up to. It certainly wasn’t intended to become another book review site in a sea of thousands. I want readers who visit to learn about my books, and be privy to exclusive details about the settings, the characters and the inspiration behind them. We’re all learning everyday, and there’s no better way to learn than to try new things.

So, I’ve decided to limit my posts to a monthly event, a newsletter of sorts, which will provide a summary of what I’ve been up to and what I plan next. It will include brief mini reviews of books I’ve read, updates on what I’ve written, any highlights about my current books (reviews, awards, feedback, giveaways, discounts). And if there is something exciting that happens, I’ll be sure to slip another post in when needed.

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In a nutshell, swlothian.com will be living its original purpose… my books. As I mentioned earlier, I’m still learning. This marvelous new approach will need to grow and mature, so I’ll be flexible along the way. The bottom line is that I hope to find the perfect balance between life online and offline.

I would love to hear how you manage the balance between online and offline. Please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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New Kids Movie Trailer | Finding Dory | 2016

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer link to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

Finding Dory PosterFINDING DORY (2016)

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.  (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


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TIME SQUARE | Old vs New

As I’ve said before, books are always judged by their cover (unless they are a best seller with a huge buzz). There are mere seconds to encourage potential readers to delve a little further. Recently I revealed that I was in the process of redesigning the covers for my TIME SQUARE series. The feedback that I have had so far for my new branding has been very encouraging.

One of my ambitions was to be a graphic designer. It was a path that I never really followed but I still harbor the desire. Designing my book covers has become an exciting part of my writing and is one of the things that I look forward to the most. Without further delay, it’s time to share the results. I hope you like it.

Old vs New

 TS - The Shift - Final Cover  TS1 - eBook cover D - 2016

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Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments, as it will provide a glimpse of how effective the new cover will be. The next cover in line is TIME SQUARE | UFO.


New Kids Movie Trailer | Zootopia | 2016

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

Zootopia PosterZOOTOPIA (2016)

In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends. (IMDB)

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Book Review | Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) | Robert Galbraith


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CAREER OF EVIL  (CORMORAN STRIKE #3)
by Robert Gabraith (J.K. Rowling)


Published October 20th 2015 by Sphere
494 pages
Kindle edition
Purchased from Amazon


When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down. – GOODREADS


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My Thoughts on CAREER OF EVIL

There are plenty of shady suspects, simmering suspense and a web of great sub plots.

The third Cormoran Strike book is here, complete with the same endearing characters that I’ve grown to love. The ruffled and damaged Strike, and the ever enthusiastic and clever Robin. It’s another hefty book at 494 pages, which was made more obvious when I saw the hardback in the stores. Book size is something that you don’t really notice when reading an ebook.

The drama starts when a mysterious package arrives at Strike’s agency. Instantly he knows that  it’s personal, and there are plenty of skeletons in his closet to make a list of suspects. The fact that the package was addressed to Robin is enough for him (and me) to worry for her safety. I know I couldn’t cope if something bad happened to Robin.

Having been to Edinburgh and its famous castle a number of times, I liked how part of the plot was set there. It was easy to picture Strike limping his way on the cobblestones. I was glad to see RG (JK) throw his/her hometown into the mix.

Robin is quite the focus. Her own insecurities, confusing relationships, wedding preparation, and being the target of a nutcase are described brilliantly. In the midst of the main plot, and working on other cases, she always feels that she needs to prove herself. Her inner voice is convinced it knows what Strike is thinking, but is usually way off the mark. IMO she just needs to chill, relax and be confident. She doesn’t give herself enough credit.

The story coasts along in such an engaging way. Each clue is investigated and analyzed. The puzzle slowly but surely builds toward a solution. Strike and Robin have some tough times too. The stresses of life and work culminate in an ultimatum between them. Is she a real partner in the agency, or not? The tension is building. Robin is keen as ever, but Strike worries for her safety

The plot ramps up. The baddie is a sicko. The worst of the worst. In fact, every suspect in the book is a lowlife. I’m not going into details of what they get up to, but there is some pretty heavy stuff that will make your stomach turn. RG/JK is never one to shy away from including such detail.

There’s plenty going on as the tension filled suspense heads to an exciting climax. Strike has a light bulb moment, which is kept just out of our reach until the right time for it to be revealed. If there was anything in this book that I didn’t like, it would be how things panned out for Robin. I wanted her more involved, but that’s as much detail I’m prepared to share.


In a nutshell

It’s another great case for Cormoran and Robin. There are plenty of shady suspects, simmering suspense and a web of great sub plots.

It’s another winner.


Check out my other Robert Galbraith reviews:
The Cuckoos Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2)

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Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


New Kids Movie Trailer | Kung Fu Panda 3 | 2016

Hiya, This is just a quick post to let you know that I’ve added a new kid’s movie trailer link to my KIDS MOVIE TRAILERS page.

Kung Fu Panda 3 PosterKUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016)

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.  (IMDB)

If you liked that, then click the MOVIE TRAILERS link at the top of this page or click on the MOVIES category in the right hand margin to see all of the other new and favourite trailer links I’ve posted.


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Book Review | A Pair of Docks (#1) | Jennifer Ellis


A Pair of DocksA PAIR OF DOCKS (DERIVATIVES OF DISPLACEMENT #1)
by Jennifer Ellis

Published December 9th 2013
by Moonbird Press
300 pages
Kindle edition
Purchased from Amazon


Fourteen-year-old Abbey Sinclair likes to spend her afternoons in the physics lab learning about momentum and gravitational pull. But her practical scientific mind is put to the test when her older brother, Simon, discovers a mysterious path of stones that allows them, along with Abbey’s twin, Caleb, to travel back and forth between their world and what appears to be…the future.

It will take all of Abbey’s analytical skills to unravel the secrets of the stones, uncover the threads that tie the futures together, thwart Mantis’s plan, and, most importantly, keep her family alive—now and in the future.

A Pair of Docks explores Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the meaning of time, the potential for parallel universes, and the boundary between science and witchcraft. It is the first novel in the Derivatives of Displacement series.- GOODREADS


My thoughts on A PAIR OF DOCKS

This one is for young readers 9-12 who like mystery, magic and time travel.

A Pair of Docks is a time travel adventure centred around a group of kids (the Sinclair siblings) who stumble upon a magical portal, which leads them to an unimaginable place. That place just happens to be right where they started, but in a different time. The story is focussed on the main characters (the kids), with parents etc secondary to the main plot. Their mom is running for Mayor and her story is quietly told in the background, but she is still an important part of the overall story.

After Simon comes into possession of a mysterious email, it sets the Sinclair kids off on a mission to get to the bottom of its purpose. When a second email arrives, it clearly shows something fishy is going on, and there is no stopping their thirst to solve the mystery. They soon discover that a neighbour with autism, Mark, may hold the vital clue to the truth behind the portal. He definitely knows something, but knowing how to and who to share it with is one of the challenges tackled in the plot.

Abbey (Simon’s sister) is a highly intelligent girl who constantly thinks in snippets of scientific information. IMO, anyone who really has such highly technical thoughts for every single thing they encounter should take some time off and lay down and rest. I found Abbey a bit of a struggle to connect with, so I wonder what kids in the target audience would think of her never-ending banter of technical scientific jargon.

Another interesting part of the story was that the time travel element involved random time hopping. This meant that the characters had no control over where (when) they went. But they were able to witness their potential futures, not necessarily their real futures. As with most time travel books, this one also reinforces my own belief, that every single decision we make impacts our own future, and that of everyone around us. The future is never really set until it has happened.

As the tale progresses, it takes a turn that I really didn’t see coming. A family history linked to a particular lineage is revealed, and the reasons that the siblings have stumbled upon the magical portal are explained.


In a nutshellA Pair of Docks is the tale of a family legacy that until now has been hidden from the kids. There are rules to be followed and some old foes to face off.

Recommended for young readers 9-12 who like mystery, magic and time travel.

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Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


Time For A Change

With a new year brings new dreams, new aspirations, new moods, and new ideas. You may have noticed that I’ve recently been tweaking the look of my web site (maybe you haven’t).

Next on my list is to update the covers for my TIME SQUARE series. Once I get the urge for change, there’s no stopping me. I can’t shake it until I’ve done something about it. The first step is creating new branding for TIME SQUARE (see the result below). Time Square Logo 2016 D

Soon, I’ll move on to refreshing the covers for THE SHIFT, UFO and TRIANGLE by moving away from the current toons and more towards the magic of adventure and time-travel. Covers and branding are incredibly important in the discovery of books. It’s a lottery that depends on a reader’s taste and preferences. My hope is that the new covers will have instant appeal to a wide audience. I’ll reveal them soon.

I’m also opening the gates for anyone who would like a free ebook copy of the first book of the series, TIME SQUARE | THE SHIFT, to read (within a month, if possible) and post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and any other bookish place they wish. I haven’t actively been chasing reviews over the past year, so I thought it was about time to get back into building an audience for the series.

Please complete the form below if you would like a free copy to read and review. Reviews mean so much to any author, particularly to an indie author who is trying to raise awareness of his books. I hope to hear from you soon.


2015 in Reviews

This year I have tried to mix up my reading, as I am currently writing books in two genres, YA and MG. There has been a definite increase in my reading of YA and Contemporary books, but I have endeavoured to read a good selection of MG as well.

Each of the books listed below have been reviewed on here during 2015. It’s time to reminisce and you may like to click back to the original review for a refresher. Have a great 2016 everyone.


THE 5TH WAVE (5th Wave #1)
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Rick Yancey | YA Dystopian | 

The 5th Wave Book 1Although there were a few parts that confused me, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. There’s plenty on offer. Suspense. Hopelessness. Danger. Betrayal. Trust. Romance. Family. It’s a good start to a series.  I liked it and I’m looking forward to the movie early 2016.
My full December review is HERE.


THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE  (MM #1)
| Agatha Christie | Mystery Crime |

Miss Marple 1

This is such a cosy mystery written many years ago, in much simpler times. IMO, the real strength of this book is the authenticity of the characters and the signature mystery synonymous with Agatha Christie. She really is a true mystery solver.
My full December review is HERE.


ELIZABETH’S LEGACY (Royal Institute of Magic #1)
| Victor Kloss | MG Fantasy |

ROYAL INSTITUTE 1Elizabeth’s Legacy is a good start to a series, and the search for Ben’s parents is set to continue into next books. It’s natural for other wizarding books to come to mind, but I think the author has succeeded in building a world sufficiently different to those that we already know.
My full December review is HERE.


OMEGA RISING (Omega Force #1)
| Joshua Dalzelle | Action SciFi |

 Omega Rising 1An entertaining book that propels us through some white knuckle adventures in the depths of space with a haphazard crew.

I’d describe it as the A Team in space (without the comedy). I’m keen to read book 2.
My full December review is HERE.


FRANKIE DUPONT AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SABOTAGE (FD3)
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Julie Anne Grasso | MG Mystery |

Frankie DuPont 3It’s another good mystery, solved by a keen young detective that is sure to inspire young readers.

Recommended for ages 8+.

My full December review is HERE.


THE CAMELOT KIDS (Parts 3 & 4)
| Ben Zackheim | MG Fantasy |

Camelot Kids Book 1An entertaining read, which I recommend you read as a complete book, rather than separate parts 1-4. I’m sure that it would be a better way to follow the story. Recommended for fans of adventure with mystery and a little magic thrown into the mix.
My full November review is HERE.


STONE OF FIRE (Arkane #1)
| J.F. Penn | Action Thriller |

Stone of FireAt times, I did find that the historical religious detail a bit overwhelming, but it was an entertaining read. It’s thoroughly researched and set in some spectacular locations. One thing stood out. Morgan’s family was her motivation, not the legendary power of the stones.
My full October review is HERE.


THE MARTIAN
| Andy Weir | SciFi |

The MartianMy top pick for 2015. Don’t let all of the technical scientific explanation deter you. Some detail was hard to fully grasp, but the underlying story of human spirit, ingenuity and never giving up was absolutely inspiring.

My full October review is HERE.


THE THRONE OF FIRE (Kane Chronicles #2)
| Rick Riordan | MG/YA Fantasy/Mythology | 

The Throne of FireI felt that the Throne of Fire was a more enjoyable read than The Red Pyramid. It’s filled with that typical RR mix of mythology and humour, and has perked my interest to read on to book three. I’ll try not to leave it as long before reading the next book.
My full August review is HERE.


ENCLAVE (Razorland #1)
| Ann Aguirre | YA Dystopian | 

EnclaveThis book is great at showing that society is built on what one generation passes on to the next. It clearly shows the paths taken by different isolated groups can make them so different, but yet so similar. It’s a good read, but be warned about the sudden ending.
My full August review is HERE.


SONS OF THE SPHINX
| Cheryl Carpinello | YA Historical/Fantasy |

Sons of the SphinxThis was an entertaining time-travel adventure with a twist. It succeeds with a nice blend of fact and fiction. Recommended for fans of ancient Egypt who like a little magic mixed in. A good story for teens and adults who are young at heart.
My full July review is HERE.


HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (HP5)
| J.K. Rowling | MG/YA Fantasy |

HP 5Each time I re-read these books I love them more.  A great instalment to the series that takes us through the tough personal conflicts of our hero, while he continues to battle the darkness that lurks all around. It’s a no brainer that this book would appeal to all HP fans.
My full July review is HERE.


THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA
| Matthew Reilly | Action Thriller |

The Great Zoo of ChinaThe Great Zoo of China is a cool book with a wild plot, plenty of action and an impressive setting on a grand scale.
I enjoyed the read, but not as much as MR’s other books.

My full June review is HERE.


FRANKIE DUPONT AND THE LEMON FESTIVAL FIASCO (FD2)
| Julie Anne Grasso | MG Mystery |

Frankie DuPont 2This is another fun filled Frankie mystery that will definitely interest young budding detectives. It’s a great mystery that starts with a humble pie and ends in … I’m not telling.
Recommended for ages 8+.

My full May review is HERE.


SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
| Eleanor Coerr | MG True Story |

Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesThanks to the author for sharing this story with the world. It’s so great that the battle of a young girl like Sadako continues to inspire so many, years after her tragic passing.
Recommended for readers 8+.

My full May review is HERE.


THE DEATH CURE  (Maze Runner 3)
| James Dashner | YA Dystopian |

The Death CureI can see why this series has a huge and faithful fan base, and I’m glad to call myself one of them.  Recommended for readers who enjoy action filled with twists, tricks and lies, and relish the uncertainty of not knowing what to believe as they read.
My full April review is HERE.


MOCKINGJAY (Hunger Games 3)
| Suzanne Collins | YA Dystopian |

HG 3 MockingjayThe Hunger Games is a brilliant series. I’m glad that I finally jumped on the bandwagon and joined its fans. Even though I was a little disappointed with the outcome of this final book, I recommend it to all dystopian fans.

My full April review is HERE.


THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
| John Green | YA Contemporary |

The Fault in our StarsThis book rekindled things I’ve often felt during my daughter’s Cancer journey. The absolute dread, the sadness, the fear, the helplessness, the waste. And even the guilt that she survived, while others we met along the way weren’t so lucky.
My full April review is HERE.


ANNI MOON AND THE ELEMENTAL ARTIFACT (Annie Moon 1)
| Melanie Abed | MG Fantasy |

Anni Moon and the Elemental ArtifactAn enchanting tale, Anni Moon’s adventures should appeal to young girls that dream of magical places. Her strength of character should also teach some valuable lessons.
Recommended for readers 8+.

My full March review is HERE.


STELLARCADIA (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom 3)
| Julie Anne Grasso | MG SciFi | 

StellarcadiaThis is a fun adventure that Caramel Cardamom fans will lap up like a trough of cupcakes.

Recommended for 8+ readers who like a good mystery.

My full February review is HERE.


CATCHING FIRE (Hunger Games 2)
| Suzanne Collins | YA Dystopian |

HG 2 Catching FireA great second instalment in the Hunger Games Trilogy. I loved this one as much as book 1. It held me captive from start to finish.
Recommended for anyone with a love of characters who overcome hopeless situations and exciting plot twists.
My full February review is HERE.


THE HUNGER GAMES (Hunger Games 1)
| Suzanne Collins | YA Dystopian |

HG 1 Hunger GamesI must confess… I have become a Hunger Games fan. It’s a great read.
Recommended for anyone who likes to support the underdog, and who isn’t put off by romance or violence.

My full February review is HERE.


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YA Book Review | The 5th Wave | Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave Book 1THE 5TH WAVE (Book 1)
by
Rick Yancey

Published | 2013
Publisher | G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
457 pages
Amazon purchase
Kindle edition


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.
And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive.
After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. – GOODREADS


Movie Trailer  |  In cinemas 15 January 2016

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson


My thoughts on THE 5TH WAVE

Cassie Sullivan is a teenager, who is trying to find her place in the world, but then suddenly everything changes. The world is thrown into chaos by an unexplained electromagnetic pulse. Everything powered by energy stops. Cars refuse to move. Homes cease to operate. Planes fall from the sky. It’s the 1st wave. The aliens have arrived and there are more waves to come.

Although unlikely, the underlying plot presents a confronting scenario. It had me seriously questioning what I would do, and I assume many other readers have done the same. How would you survive if everything you depend on and took for granted suddenly stopped?

By the time I reached 20%, I was hooked. Cassie is a relatable character who had no choice but to move from her normal existence to one of unimaginable hardships and horrors. It’s a story about losing everything, and then needing to find a way to survive. And of being forced to grow up fast to deal with decisions a young woman shouldn’t have to make. I could only imagine how hard it would have been for Cassie to make her decision to ensure her little brother’s safety.

At one point I did became a little confused. It was when I reached the Wonderland section. The pov switched to a male and I thought that I must have tuned out and missed some important part of the plot. I continued to read, hoping I hadn’t made some big mistake. Then, once the male pov was finally revealed, I breathed a sigh of relief. Phew… there was a link to Cassie Sullivan.

Once, I had that plot line under my belt, another angle entered. The story became more intricate and the weave of multiple threads kept me guessing. I was on the ride, and keen to see how it all panned out. I’m trying to keep this spoiler free, so I hope it’s making sense.

Back to, Cassie. Absolutely everything is a struggle. Food, water, shelter, loneliness, and all the while she knows that she’s being hunted. It’s a living nightmare that seems hopeless. But she is stronger than she ever imagined, and it’s a promise that she makes to her little brother, Sammy, that drives her forward. Making her determined to never give up. Every moment she needs to dig a little deeper than the last. Knowing who to trust, letting go of the past, and clinging to every last ounce of hope for a future. They are all facets of Cassie’s story. The perfect ingredients that all dystopian fans love to read.

We see her cautiously team up with another survivor, Evan, who offers to help her keep her promise. Should she trust him? Should she kill him? Is he human? What should she do? I got a little lost in this part. At one point, Cassie came to a decision important to the plot, but I just didn’t understand how. Maybe I missed the clue.

Finally, after a journey full of all unimaginable challenges, the sub plots collide in an exciting climax. It was a scene that I could see coming, but I enjoyed seeing it play out.


In a nutshell

Although there were a few parts that confused me, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. There’s plenty on offer. Suspense. Hopelessness. Danger. Betrayal. Trust. Romance. Family.

It’s a good start to a series.  I liked it and I’m looking forward to the movie early 2016.

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Note: I don’t claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.


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