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  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    ** I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

    French Revolution? Check. Trapped ghosts? Check. Time-slip elements? Check. Catacombs and castles? Check. Romance, danger, and thrills? Check. Young adult fiction? Check.
    SIGN ME UP!
    I was incredibly excited to read this book, and it did not disappoint. The plot was original and fresh, especially coming from a genre that's been exhausted by endless dystopias and paranormal angst. Even the love triangle was enjoyable. Williams-Wynn's writing is beautiful, lyrical, and sucks you into a fascinating, atmospheric worlds. It's escapist fiction at its best, and I really need the author to keep writing so I can read more!
    ~ Mary Johnson, Goodreads

  • Invisible Hand, The
    James Hartley
    5/5 Stars
    A very different story from most books that I read. Time traveling and Shakespeare wrapped into a love story. Well done. ~ Amber Bennie, Lampshade Reader

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    Bruce Wilkerson rated it
    really liked i

    In the “The Spirit Trap,” the world is animated with unseen forces from a distant path when Tatiana, a young English girl with French grandparents, discovers she is linked to victims of the guillotine during the French revolution. If she doesn’t come to their help, her life will be haunted by their suffering. During her school holidays, a close friend named Marcus accompanies her to Paris where she meets a handsome, yet alienated cousin. Caught between their jealousy and the need to lie to her parents, she explores Paris on a quest to discover the secret of Isabella’s death.

    I loved the book and didn’t put it down till I had read through to the end. The history of Paris, found in the streets and catacombs, really does come alive with this story. After I had finished, I had to wonder if my own dreams didn’t pull me back to another life just as they did for the characters in the “The Spirit Trap”.
    ~ Bruce Wilkerson, Goodreads/ Amazon

  • Escape from the Past
    Annette Oppenlander
    I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it and am looking forward to reading another one in the series. ~ Oliver aged 13, NetGalley

  • Escape from the Past: At Witches' End (Book 3)
    Annette Oppenlander
    Annette Oppenlander has a genuine flair for original and compelling storytelling and as with the first two volumes, "At Witches' End" will keep the readers rapt attention from cover to cover. Unfailingly entertaining from beginning to end, and also available in a Kindle format ($5.38), "At Witches' End" is unreservedly recommended. ~ Midwest Book Review

  • Invisible Hand, The
    James Hartley
    A cute story for a more younger audience... Overall, this story is a good start to a series that intertwines modern day mystery and introducing the writings of Shakespeare in a new and refreshing way .... I would recommend this book to anyone of a younger age. ~ Jennifer Henderson, Flip Flops and Notebooks

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Haunting Thriller
    By A. J. Greenaway on 5 March 2017
    Format: Paperback
    I guess I’m not what could be described as a ‘spiritual’ person, so it’s a testament to the writing of Veryan Williams-Wynn that she managed to hook me with a tale of the supernatural. Within the first few chapters of The Spirit Trap, my natural scepticism to all things ghostly was probably what attracted me to the MC, Tatiana. In the beginning, she too didn’t want to believe the other-world events that were drawing her into an orbit around the black hole that was the event horizon of another dimension. Inexorably, Tatiana is pulled headlong into a mystery that goes back to the French Revolution. Her cousin, Marcus is the perfect foil to Tatiana’s increasingly bizarre experiences and that relationship is the one that defines the unique character of The Spirit Trap and kept me turning the pages.

    This is a clever blend of different genres that keeps the reader guessing and chasing the “multitude of the silently whispering dead” until the real reason behind Tatiana’s beautiful haunting is revealed.
    ~ A. J.Greenaway, Amazon

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great strength of the story is that it explores complex ...
    BySteve A Shawon 3 March 2017
    Format: Paperback
    This is a young adult's novel that would also appeal to older readers because it can be read on a number of levels. It's a fast paced, atmospheric ghost story centred on Tatiana, a spirited teenager who is on a dangerous quest to free the spirit of an ancestor caught up in the French Revolution. The horror of that time is powerfully evoked. The action begins when she is haunted by a painting bequeathed to her family. From the beginning the tension is relentlessly cranked up.

    The book is also a cleverly observed study of the adolescent psyche. Tatiana is fond of her cousin Marcus who helps her in her search but the equilibrium is disturbed when they are joined by a French boy, Louis. This development introduces elements of romance and conflict. There is also an amusing, ongoing commentary on the relationships between teenagers and their parents.
    A great strength of the story is that it explores complex ideas about reincarnation and genetic memory in a way that engages the reader without ever patronising him or her. It's a richly textured read. I'm long past being a teenager and I wish books like this had been available in my youth..
    ~ Steve Shaw, Amazon UK

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I loved the originality of the characters and the excitement of ...
    ByFleur van der Minneon February 8, 2017
    Format: Kindle Edition
    I was very surprised with this book. I got it for my goddaughter but I started reading it myself and I couldn't put it down! I loved the originality of the characters and the excitement of this adventure, with it's mix of history and beautiful fantasy. My goddaughter will love it too!
    ~ Fleur van de Minne, Amazon.com and Amazon UK and Goodreads

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Haunting and atmospheric
    I loved this haunting, atmospheric book. Beautifully written and enchanting.
    Published 13 minutes ago by L. Davies
    ~ Linda Davies, Amazon

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    Ewen Southby-Tailyour
    I did not think this would be 'my type of book' (75 year-old male - ex military) but how wrong I was. A thought-provoking tale that made me think. I should say that it was a 'page-turner' but it wasn't for the very good reason that one had to stop and think deeply every so often! .... a very good sign of a well-written book so, bravo to the authoress.
    ~ Ewen Southby-Tailyour, Goodreads

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    Feb 20, 2017
    Andrew Cairns rated it

    This is an enjoyable ghost story which I would recommend to any fans of the genre - adults and particularly teenagers. The action starts off in present-day England but then the young heroine and her accomplices, both living and ghosts, move back in time to revolutionary France. Discover creepy ancient castles, gory beheadings and the scary catacombs of Paris! The author manages to create a mysterious atmosphere, likeable characters and an intriguing tale. Read this book and go on an exciting, spirited adventure!
    ~ Andrew Cairns, Amazon.com and Amazon UK and Goodreads

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A good read.
    ByAmazon Customeron 21 February 2017
    Format: Paperback
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    A very good read, well written and it kept me guessing which is what I enjoy.
    ~ Amazon customer, Amazon

  • Tramp Life
    Tony Telford
    After Pearly James gets stalked out of her home (by the creepiest creep I've ever read about), she finds herself making her way to the city with her cute little whippet. Along the way she finds people like her, people that understand her.

    I really liked the story, the main character's perspective... and the world that she finds thanks to this huge decision she made.

    I think people looking for a different perspective on YA would definitely be interested in this book, and I would recommend it. ~ Michele Quinn, Michelle and the Red Bookshelf

  • Last Stop, The
    Michael H. Burnam
    The story was great... it's definitely a page turner! ~ Kiana, NetGalley

  • Tramp Life
    Tony Telford
    Alone, dejected, living as an outcast and thrown to the wolves you might say teenage Pearly James decides to walk away from her life and find a new world to live in on her own. Disgusted with living with an aunt that is there in body only and rarely notices her and tormented by the students in her school and bullied by another, Pearly realizes that being lonely and having no one to care for her or for her to care about except her precious dog Boo, is not the life she wants. She plans, and creates her own schedule of events until that moment she breaks free... No longer will she focus on the culture of the times or feel enslaved as her classmates do, she feels that there is a whole world out there and she is about to find it on her own...
    How many would go against the norms and grain and leave the semi-comfort of a home and search for their own identity, their own world and hope to find somewhere they she and others can actually be themselves? This is a story of self discovery, unusual ties, friendships and a young girl named Pearly James who has a super heart, is bold, daring and loyal...
    This is the first of the Pearly James Chronicles and author Tony Teleford has left this reviewer wanting to know what happens next. Pearly is a character that is well developed, headstrong and loyal to her friends yet knows where she wants to be and will stop at nothing until she finds somewhere where she can be accepted as Pearly and give up her TRAMP LIFE! ~ Fran Lewis, Just Reviews

  • Invisible Hand, The
    James Hartley
    This first in the new series Shakespeare’s Moon looks to be a great way to get younger teens enthralled by Shakespeare as they’ve never been before. The fast-paced first installment The Invisible Hand follows a boy called Sam as he finds his rather monotonous life at boarding school suddenly interspersed with vivid dreams set in medieval Scotland, and he can’t stop thinking about these flashes of colour dragging him from his grey life in England. When Sam’s class start studying Macbeth and a new girl arrives at school who he recognises, he realises that there’s more to his dreams than he thought. The parallels between his dream travels to Scotland and Macbeth are too strong to ignore, and he soon becomes entangled in a gripping plot that not only brings Shakespeare’s play to life but also teach him about his family’s past.

    The gloomy feel of medieval Scotland and a dreary English boarding school were perfect for reading during December, when the weather where I live was taking a step toward a true wintery cold snap.

    Seeing Sam go on a personal journey rather than just living out the events of Macbeth really helped to bring this book to life, and I think will certainly engage younger readers.

    An interview with the author that I read recently mentions his love for stories within stories, and I have to say it shows in this book, with the way that events are retold, and all of the characters have a link back to either Macbeth or some other literary origin.

    I’m certainly interested to see what the rest of Shakespeare’s Moon will be like, as each one is apparently set in the same boarding school as Sam’s, but based upon different Shakespeare plays. ~ Lucy Russell , Parasol Pirate

  • Last Stop, The
    Michael H. Burnam
    This is an amazing scifi young adult read and i loved it being taken on a fantastic journey! ~ Lisa Fletcher, NetGalley

  • Invisible Hand, The
    James Hartley
    Time travel, Scotland and Macbeth? Oooh...yes please!!! I love all three to tiny pieces and was totally interested when I started reading this book.

    The story takes place at a boarding school in Britain where the main character, Sam, has basically been dumped as his parents are either too busy working or too ill to look after him. One night, Sam awakes to find himself in another person's body and in the middle of a Scottish battlefield. Is it a dream? Will what happens in the past affect the future?

    I really liked Sam! The poor thing...I just really wanted to give him a million hugs throughout the story, especially as more was revealed about his family. He was shy, adorable and quite brave considering the circumstances that he constantly found himself in. There's a scene where he finally makes a connection between his own time traveling and the events in Macbeth that made me smile. He shouts out about how he was there and everyone thought he was absolutely crazy. And why wouldn't they? But that just endeared him to me even more. Super cute!


    I am interested in seeing how the author will mix in the other plays. I also just realized there's a prequel set at the school during World War II called Heart of Winter. Gothic tale about the macabre? OK! Let's do this... ~ Jacquie Atamanuk, Rattle The Stars

  • Escape from the Past
    Annette Oppenlander
    Finally, a series from a boy's perspective - they're quite rare in young adult novels. I recommend this book to everyone. Annette Oppenlander did a good job combining the historical elements with the young adult genre.

    The novel is set in Germany. It starts with Max living his normal teenage life in present Germany, and he ends up being transported in Medieval Germany, late 1400s, same city. His best friend's dad created a video game that takes the player back in time. The novel follows Max adventure and how he deals with being a XXI century teenager living in Medieval times. The story is told from his perspective alone, in the first person.

    It is a fast-paced and grabbing read. I read it really fast. The novel is full of funny moments, as well as sad ones. There are also some battles and conflicts, which were really well written. The novel offers plenty of historical details about Medieval Germany, as well as descriptions of buildings and surroundings. It was really easy to imagine the setting and the times.

    A really good novel. I liked it a lot. I will continue to read the series. I really want to know what happens to Max and with the video game.

    What I liked:

    ツ Twists and turns. In other words, adventures.
    ツ Nice, entertaining characters.
    ツ A great story.
    ツ Easy to read.
    ツ Historical elements were not slowing down the plot.
    ツ The romance




    ~ Laura N. Enescu , Bibliofagista

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