The Fire By James Patterson And Jill Dembowski Review!

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The Fire (2011) By James Patterson and Jill Dembowski is the third book in the Witch & Wizard series.


The book follows the story of sister Wisty, a witch, and brother Whit, a wizard. I haven’t read any other books in the series but from reading this book, I get the impression that the series can be read as standalones. Whit and Wisty are fighting the good fight against The One Who Is The One. The One Who Is The One has started ruling and has banned any form of free-thinking and creativity.  

It is a really good read. Whit and Wisty are very different characters but both lovely and strong in their own ways. And both are super determined. I like how grief and bullying were dealt with in the book as well as the battle for freedom. It is very interesting with fast, rapid chapters.

There was a mixed reaction to this book but I quite liked it. Some parts did get a slight bit repetitive and there was parts where it took a long time to get to main parts of book and it didn’t always seem necessary but all in all, I found it really good. There was just a few slight things like that which slowed down the pace of the novel a bit.

Great read.


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Busy Cook’s Book By Anne Ager Review!

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Busy Cook’s Book (1988) by Anne Ager is a very good book with many tasty recipes in it.


The premise of the book is pretty self-explanatory. It helps cooks who have busy lives to get together dishes that fit around their busy lifestyles. There is quite a lot of amazing dishes in the book especially the starters and the deserts. Some really good ideas and the food looks gorgeous in the photographs.

There is lots of helpful tips for preparing dishes in advance and making the most of your cooking time. My only flaw is some of the language is a bit a dated. The use of ‘she’ as the only pronoun for the cook was something that jumped out as flaw. But as far as the food is concerned: gorgeous.


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Food With Friends By Gary Rhodes Review!

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Food with Friends (2002) by Gary Rhodes is an excellent cook book.


The book has three chapters in it and a helpful index. Each chapter has sections of a starter, a main course and a desert which go together which makes things really easy. I love how this book has options for so many people. There is three course meals for vegetarians which is not something always included and there is gorgeous options such as the herb risotto. The deserts are also amazing especially the Turkish Delight ice-cream in my personal opinion because I love Turkish Delight and what could be better than Turkish Delight ice-cream?

I think the food in this book is sensational. Examples of great courses include Roast Pork with Cider Sauce and beef Carpaccio. I love so many of the sections like the Thanksgiving section, the vegetarian sections and Supper on a shoestring for example. This is a delightful book, clearly created by a master of the game. Gary Rhodes, R.I.P, excellent book and thank you for leaving it with us all.


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The Boscombe Valley Mystery By Arthur Conan Doyle Review!

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The Boscombe Valley Mystery (1891) by Arthur Conan Doyle is an enjoyable read.

The plot of this particular Sherlock outing is set in Herefordshire. A land owner Charles McCarthy has been killed and the prime suspect is his son James. Just prior to his murder, they had been fighting. But Holmes soon realises that all may not be what it seems.

There was a good plot to this mystery. The suspense is more in the why than the who. I also really liked James as a character and I think that helped the story because I genuinely cared what happened to him. I really enjoyed it. It worked for me. I found it a really good short story with no loopholes and I was engrossed throughout.

I also felt the scenes were painted very well. I could see the story before me as I was reading and that’s always a good sign. I didn’t want it to end so quickly which is a great sign.

A fantastic read.


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Defining LGBTQ+ By Sam Killermann Review!


Defining LGBTQ+ (2019) by Sam Killermann is a great book about LGBTQ+ terms.


This 39-page book is fantastic. It is filled with information and written in a very respectful way. It is easy to follow and has a helpful index. It is definitely a starting point for learning about all the wonderful terms in my amazing community. It gives a lot of information to get someone started on their alphabet soup learning and even if you know quite a bit about LGBTQ+ ways of identifying, you still may come across some new terms or terms you don’t know as much about and that gives you the basis to research more.

A must-read. Brilliant!

It is a book I’m glad is out there and thank you to the author for creating it. 🙂


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The Perfect Husband By Lisa Gardner Review!

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The Perfect Husband (1997) by Lisa Gardner is a thriller/romance.


The plot, which is the first in the author’s Quincy & Rainie series, follows the story of Tess and JT. Tess was married to an abusive husband Jim who is out to kill her and in order to protect her daughter, she has sought out JT to teach her self-defense. That is a good plot idea and I do love romance and mystery so the idea of those two things together should have been good but it didn’t quite work out that way.

I have heard that this author’s later works are much better but for this particular book it was a bit of a miss. There was parts I liked about it such as many important topics being discussed and the idea that JT didn’t simply have to forgive his father because he was his father. I thought the author wrote that debate with JT’s sister Marion and the background of both their stories incredibly well.

But look, there is a lot wrong with this book. Tess goes to JT for help and he hits her around and some of the early sexual encounters were quite dodgy on his part. I liked how Tess was a woman taking control of her destiny which could have been empowering only for the fact JT seemed controlling in his way when she was doing so. It was a pity because there was a lot of background and depth to JT and an opportunity to show the big hard man Marine in a different light to the stereotype but it was an opportunity missed.

It might be something others might like but it wasn’t for me unfortunately.

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The Five Orange Pips By Arthur Conan Doyle Review! The Five Orange Pips - Annotated Version (Focus on ...


The Five Orange Pips (1891) by Arthur Conan Doyle is a great short read.


In the book Holmes and Watson meet John Openshaw. Openshaw fears for his life. His uncle has received an envelope with the letters K.K.K written on it. Afterwards, his uncle dies and John’s father inherits his uncle’s property. But soon he also succumbs to his death. John is now the third recipient of an envelope like this.

This sets up a great plot. A classic plot of fighting for someone’s life while the clock is ticking. That always creates tension and drama. It is easier to solve certain parts of the mystery from a modern standpoint because instantly a modern reader will recognize the letters as those of that disgusting Ku Klux Klan whereas it wasn’t as recognizable back in the time this book was written.

There is a lot of background in the story which helps you get to know the characters better. I think the suspense was missing a bit though as it was easy enough to figure out the ending but not a bad read to have with a coffee and holds your interest.


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The Diabetes Recipe Book By Louise Blair And Bounty Books Review!

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The Diabetes Recipe Book (2015) by Louise Blair and Bounty Books is a great book packed with amazing recipes for diabetics.


There is a lot of recipes in this book so there is certainly a lot packed in here and a lot of choices. My Mother is a Type 2 diabetic so this book is a great source for meal ideas for her. It can be difficult for diabetics to find tasty options while trying to follow their health routine so this is great. There is lots of different options for diabetics in snacks, soups, deserts as well as gorgeous main courses like Spicy Chickpea Curry and Herb Pasta With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

There is also many options for dinner parties, a helpful index and healthy eating guidelines  and information on GI and exercise. Filled with both information and creativity, this book is a gem.


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The Hipster By J.A. Hazeley And J.P. Morris Review!

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The Hipster (2015) by J.A. Hazeley and J.P. Morris is one of the Ladybird books for grown-ups.

The book looks at hipsters and their interests. It is very funny and light. I also like how it both teaches people about hipsters and laughs at many of the stereotypes by often taking them to the extreme.

Very short, you could read this book in one sitting. The illustrations are amazing too. Great irony.

Very fun.

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A Scandal In Bohemia By Arthur Conan Doyle Review!

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A Scandal in Bohemia (1891) by Arthur Conan Doyle is a great story and is the story where we meet Irene Adler.

In the book, Holmes and Watson meet Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, under the guise of Count Von Kramm, who comes to visit and ask for their assistance in a matter. When Holmes quickly sees through his disguise, he tells that he will soon be engaged to a princess from Scandinavia called Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meiningen but that he had dated Irene Adler previously and that Irene has a photo of them together that could destroy everything. To save the situation and his blushes, he wishes to get the picture back.

I really liked the story. I found the elements worked very well together and I really liked Irene Adler as a character. It was really quite modern actually to have a woman outwitting a man. To see that in a book in 1891 was quite cool. I also found that for the time it was quite modern that there was a scandal of lust involved. It was a very intriguing read, filled with drama and great character portraits. It is definitely one of my favourites of Sherlock I have read so far.


Great read.


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