Monday 25 April 2022

Mailbox Monday - April 25th

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week (or month). I post my new books on the last Monday of the month. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday Blog
Happy Monday!
My son returned to his apartment after spending 7 weeks at home with a badly broken ankle. All healed now and he is able to drive again.
We have celebrated Dot's 8th birthday and my birthday over the last month. I've been looking after Dot and Jay over the two weeks school break and we have been visiting lots of parks, shopping centres and building with lego.

Book fairies had another book drop. This one was for 138 Dates by Rebekah Campbell which I reviewed HERE


 I spent a wonderful day out with my sister and mother visiting the Chinese gardens and having a decadent afternoon tea at Guylian cafe.


Books I have purchased and received for review over the last month.

 Books purchased:
Here After by Julie Holland
That Summer in Nautilus Cove by Julie Holland
Royal Exile by Fiona McIntosh
Lord Somerton's Heir by Alison Stuart

Books received for review:

Police Patrol Lego City
Brave the Storm: Sky Dragon 4 by Ahn Do
Billings Better Book Store and Brasserie by Fin J Ross
The Poinciana Tree by Antony Jeffrey
The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird by Diane Connell
The Last Summer by Karen Swan
The Nurses' War by Victoria Purman
The Vet's Country Holiday by Lily Malone

See you all again next month!

What has arrived in your mailbox lately?

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Book Review: Rising Dust by Fleur McDonald

Rising Dust
Fleur McDonald 
Detective Dave Burrows returns in another breathtaking tale of rural suspense
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication date: 29th March 2022
Series: Detective Dave Burrows 

Genre: Crime
Pages: 376
RRP: $29.99 AUD 
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
My review
I simply devour Fleur McDonald's Dave Burrows books and eagerly await each new novel.
Following on from Something to Hide, Dave's marriage to Mel is in tatters and he is battling lawyers to see his two daughters.
Dave is sent with, partner and mentor, Detective Bob Holden to investigate a possible case of stolen sheep north of Carnarvon. However when a body is uncovered on the beach, then a large drug haul is found buried nearby, the sheep investigation is temporarily on hold.
Rising Dust is another suspense filled story where the action never lets up. McDonald highlights the unpredictability of the weather and how the outback can quickly change from peaceful, restful and healing to wild and dangerous as a flash storm rips through the area causing flooding.
I loved the vivid descriptions of the landscape and how McDonald captures the flora and fauna of the area with discerning accuracy showcasing her knowledge of the outback.
I really enjoy the partnership of Bob and Dave. Bob uses his age and experience to mentor Dave and dampens down some of Dave's impulsiveness, showing Dave to use a steady head and calm his quick temper.

Rising Dust is a wonderful blend of police procedural, crime, suspense and character development. 

Fleur McDonald delivers Australian outback crime at it's breath-holding best.

My rating  5 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Photo credit: Goodreads
Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she went jillarooing, eventually co-owning an 8000 acre property in regional Western Australia.
Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She has two children, an energetic kelpie and a Jack Russell terrier.


Wednesday 13 April 2022

Book Review: Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight by Janet Evanovich

Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight
Janet Evanovich
A Stephanie Plum novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 23rd November 2021
Series: Stephanie Plum #28
Genre: Crime Fiction

Pages: 304

RRP: 32.99AUD

Format read: Paperback

Source: Courtesy of the publisher

My review

Although book 28 in a series, Game On is the first Stephanie Plum novel I have read. Stephanie Plum is a bail bond enforcement agent and the protagonist of 27 previous novels by Janet Evanovich. Even though this book is well into a series it reads fine as a stand alone.

As Stephanie chases up a few people who have skipped bail she comes across one that is proving to be quite elusive and very dangerous. Computer hacker Oswald Wednesday manages to stay one step ahead and is playing a cat and mouse game with Plum.

Evanovich's writing is fast paced making the book a quick read. The story is equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and tension filled drama.
I loved the banter between Stephanie and Diesel, who is also chasing after Oswald Wednesday. Stephanie and Lula also have a great rapport and I enjoyed the way they bounce off each other.
I'm eager to read the previous books to see where Ranger, Stephanie's protector, and Diesel fit into Stephanie's love life. She is currently living with Detective Joe Morelli however is still enamored with Diesel and Ranger.

In between all the action, Stephanie's assistant Lula and Grandma Mazur add plenty of humorous moments and a good dose of spirit.

I am happy to have been introduced to this engaging series and I enjoyed this book so much I raced out and bought five more books in the series.

A vast array of interesting characters and some well placed one liners make Game On an entertaining read.

My rating 5 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Photo credit:Goodreads
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.


Thursday 7 April 2022

Book Review: Jack Gregson & the Stolen Sons by Peter Wilson

Jack Gregson & the Stolen Sons
Peter Wilson 
 A darkness grows. A mysterious prophecy from long ago is about to be fulfilled.
Publisher: Crystal Publishing

Publications date: 6th December 2021
Series: Jack Gregson Trilogy #2
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 204
RRP: $19.95
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the author
My review
Often after I've read a fabulous first book in a trilogy I wonder if the author can do it again in book 2. Well, Peter Wilson has delivered again with Jack Gregson & the Stolen Sons.
Jack and his cousins, David & Rosie, are taken by a chaos fairy through the portal in the attic of their grandmother's mansion. They are told they must find Anthrow. Here they learn of the prophecy that must be fulfilled to stop the evil horde from devouring my planets. I love prophecies!!
There are the good guys (the ones we are barracking for) and the bad guys (the evil ones that must be destroyed) and then there is Shadow Man who was once human and has now been taken over by the top bad guy, Theorden. I did feel a little sorry for Shadow Man and didn't want him to be destroyed. He isn't bad by choice.

The magic is simple and easy to follow and it doesn't always go as planned which adds some humour. The world building isn't complex, therefore making for an easy plot to follow.
David and Rosie still argued in this book however they worked better together and I liked that David's character was a bit more confident.

The story is rich in action, danger, evil forces and magic. As the story unfolds the pace quickens and the suspense ramps up. Each chapter ends on a little cliff hanger. So good luck getting the kids to put this book down and go to sleep. They will always need to read just one more chapter.

I loved the inclusion of Jarl, the chaos fairy, she added a good dose of humour and gave me a few laughs. I hope she reappears in book 3.

Peter Wilson includes themes of defeating evil forces, invasion, displacement of people from their homes and rebuilding lives.

The Gregson's may have won this battle but the war isn't over yet. I'm looking forward to book 3.

Ages: 9+
mild violence - not described, left to the reader's imagination.
infrequent very mild coarse language - bloody, what the hell, we're screwed, holy crap.

My rating 5 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Peter Wilson is an award-winning writer based in Sydney Australia. His first novel, Jack Gregson & the Forgotten Portal has won awards internationally, in both the USA and United Kingdom, and quickly became a favourite with young readers.

In addition to children’s and young adult content, Peter is also interested in writing for the adult market and is currently working on a crime thriller set in his home city, Sydney.


Friday 1 April 2022

Winner of an uncorrected copy of A family of Strangers announced!!

Once again thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway. This giveaway was only for readers of my blog (it wasn't advertised elsewhere) and although I didn't get the usual hundreds of entries I did get more than I thought I would. So thank you to everyone who reads my waffling on about books. It's good to know I'm not just talking to the void. 😀

The giveaway closed on the 31st March 2022 and the winner was randomly selected (using Random org). 

Congratulations to........   Penny

The winner has been notified and has seven days to provide a mailing address.

 Please look under the giveaway tab for more chances to win great books.

My next giveaway coming soon is for a copy of  The Poinciana Tree 

The Poinciana Tree follows the life of a brave and sensitive woman who never stopped caring for the people she loved. Aimée’s life stretched far and wide across Australia, though rarely to places of her choice. Wherever she went she found people to love, and delight amongst heartache.

The Poinciana Tree is told in two parts, first through the lens of Antony’s mother Aimée, portraying the sadness and loneliness of a young mother’s life in the vastness of Australia during and after the war. As Aimée’s life spans across Melbourne and Brisbane so does the author’s telling of her history, taking us through her idyllic marriage before the war and back to her lonely and at times isolated childhood in the West Australian Goldfields.

Following the tragedy of World War II, the second part of the novel takes us to post-war Brisbane as Aimée, now a penniless widow, brings up her two young sons.