RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    Coco had me captivated throughout. I sympathised with her, longed for her to get better, and at one point where I had lost my own voice, totally felt her pain. A good read but somewhat wordy! ~ Rikkie Louise, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This was one of the greatest books I've read all year long. Penny and her friends that she grew up with in the house under the care of Beutrix, and The Master was a plot that I could not put down. I read this book in a few hours today. I didn't even want to stop for restroom breaks!! The challenge put upon Penny and the others was a wonderfully imaginative storyline. Fantasy to the fullest! I don't want to give the story away for anyone who should want to read it but I must say the ending was a twist I did not expect. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!! Great Read.... ~ Erin Ballinger, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This is the first book in (what will eventually become) a trilogy. The tone of this novel is very dark and dreary and suits the atmosphere of the novel very well. The author made the children very believable characters who were all very easy to empathize and connect with on many different levels. The story moved forward at a decent pace and kept my interested in the plot from beginning to end.

    One of the most appealing aspects of this novel for me was the setting. I am a huge fan of Victorian novels and love to be immersed in the period in any way possible. I feel that this novel will leave readers wanting more and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this series and cannot wait when it comes out later next year. ~ Sarah K, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    First of all, the cover is perfect! It made me want to read this book.
    The story was very original, I have never really read something like this.
    Very well written, I read it in like two days, couldnt put it down! And with me that's a good thing because I usually take my time with books. Thankyou for giving met the opportunity to read this amazing book, I really enjoyed it! ~ Eva Rian VR, NetGalley

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn

    starsExciting YA supernatural novel
    ByJames Hartleyon 6 August 2018
    Format: Paperback
    This is a paranormal YA novel about a fourteen-year old girl called Tatiana who finds herself coming into contact with supernatural forces linked to a family portrait.
    As she and her friend Marcus get more and more deeply embroiled in the mystery, their adventure takes them to Paris where we get a whistle-stop, exciting tour of the Louvre, the catacombs and even the Eiffel Tower.
    We find out how Tatiana's family history is linked to the French Revolution and get up close and personal with the people and flavour of the times, including the good old guillotine itself.
    The author's personal story is almost as interesting as Tatiana's: she has trained and worked as a sensitive at the college of Psychic Studies in London and worked as a counsellor specialising in Transpersonal psychology perspectives.
    You're in good hands with this fast-moving, exciting tale.
    ~ James Hartley, Amazon / Goodreads

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    Good read to take on holiday. Made the hair on my arms stand up.
    ByD Baylison 31 July 2018





    Format: Paperback
    The back cover of this book which I always read told me it was a ghost story so I bought it as I was looking for 3 books to take on holiday. It turns out I saved the best for last. The hair on my arms actually stood up when I read some of the paragraphs and I don’t scare easily. What I didn’t know when I bought it was that it was also an adventure into the past. Glimpses of the French Revolution crop up when characters go into the past. I became as involved with those characters as I was with the ones in the present. The writer keeps the suspense building so I was never sure what was going to happen next. This was exactly what I wanted for my holiday and I ended up passing the book to other family members including my teenage daughter who also loved it which was a refreshing change from seeing her eyes stuck to her mobile.
    ~ D Baylis, Amazon

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    A must read! This book was extremely well written, when you realize that Mary wrote this when she was 14, WOW! It was very much a page-turner, wanting to find out more about the Boundary and the Master. Leaving you with suspense and wanting more details on how the children came to be there in the first place. Looking forward to Book 2. ~ Melanie Laing , NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy

    The plot is great and well developed. The style of writing is simple, easy to understand and follow. Steve Conoboy takes a leap into a new and dark world, using a descriptive and gothic style that pulled me in from the very beginning. The main characters are well developed and explored. In general, a refreshing plot with interesting and peculiar characters. I recommend this book to fans of middle-grade horror stories.



    ~ Andreia Nuno , NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    What looks like an odd, quirky mystical read on the surface unfolds into that and far more, like a dismantled creeping skeleton reassembling as it reanimates. Claustrophobic with much left to the reader's imagination and assumptions, Steve Conoboy's book pairs a steady dry-mouth dread of the supernatural with all too universal themes of childhood pains and fears. The characters are sketched out in a way that they take on the shape and appearance of similar figures from your own experience, making the confusion and hurtle towards the finish line personal, deeper, and--yes oh yes--creepier. Genre diehards will enjoy A Graveyard Visible, as will entry-level spooky tale readers.

    ~ Host Irt, NetGalley

  • Last Stop, The
    Michael H. Burnam
    This is a very enjoyable book by a new author, Michael H. Burnham. Staying away from the current trend in young adult books of constant killing and general morbidity he has provided a story of hope and morality. At times reading this book I was reminded of Rama, a series of books by Arthur C. Clarke. With the ultra smart aliens and the tests to find them worthy or not.
    The story focuses on four children who end up being chosen by aliens who having discovered everything there is to know in the universe have lost both the ability to evolve, or change and with it the will to live. The children, well teenagers are your average school kids not super smart nerds who would normally find themselves in this sort of situation in books. The story flows at an enjoyable pace, not seeming rushed or like its rushing through things.
    This book does feel like a prelude for things to come and I look forward to seeing what developments to the story come from future books.
    Overall I would recommend this to sci-fi lovers wanting something not to heavy, or for teenagers who are getting into the genre and already enjoy sentai tropes like power rangers or other suited types. ~ Kyle Davis (Grims Reviews Blod), https://grimsreviewsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/9-the-last-stop/

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    . This was a great book in the same tone as the first. I love this series and can't wait until number 3. ~ Felicia Allen , NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    5/5 Stars This was an oddly intriguing book. I loved the level of details and the plot twists. It kind of reminds me of the move "The village"... Eagerly moving on to the second one. ~ Felicia Allen, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    Oh wow, this was a surprise! What a fantastic concept - 6 teenagers mysteriously being raised by a cruel and barely / non- human master, in a mansion totally segregated from the rest of the world.

    Penny is inquisitive, questioning and has many dreams of other people and wonders what exactly is beyond the boundary of the mansion. Her questions cause her to break some of the rules, and put in motion a test for them all.

    I really want to read what happens next.... ~ Anne Flanagan , NetGalley

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This thrilling instalment is told from the perspective of Evelyn, who found herself outside of Boundary at the end of the first book. The plot of this novel is engaging and the pacing is fantastic. I could not put the book down and finished it in less than a day! There were some nice plot twists that I really enjoyed and I cannot wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next! ~ Kate Z, NetGalley

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    One of my favourite things to read are stories of survival. That means I have very high expectations when going into my favourite genre. This book, however, did not disappoint. A survival story of the ages, mixing modern and ancient into the life and experiences of one man. A truly inspiring story that had me gripped from start to finish.

    If you’re looking for a modern, post-apocalyptic survival story, then I would highly recommend this one. I was completely absorbed in this book and cannot wait to see where the story grows from here. ~ Larissa Bullen, Book Bosomed Blonde - https://bookbosomedblonde.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/arc-review-the-provider/

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    I have a very short attention span and this book had me hooked almost instantly. I loved the voices of the characters and the creativity of the story ~ Natasha Brandon , NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    While this doesn't have the most sophisticated prose, te plot is unusual and engaging with the sort creepiness you'd expect from a gothic novel and the emotional conflict and questioning found in the best dystopian novels. The characters were sufficiently well developed and the 'master' was epically disturbing. This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I look forward to seeing how things develop in book 2.

    ~ Jules Ironside , NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This was a great start to what I hope will be an exciting series. Filled with mystery and magic, it's a great book to curl up with on a rainy day. The cast ensemble is wonderful, which each one worming their way into your heart at some point. I actually read this a year ago already and was glad to read it again. Not to mention I've been waiting for the sequel so I can find out what happens. ~ Leah Tesch, NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    I must say this was an interesting book that really kept my attention once it got going. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a suspense and halfway thriller with a lot of twists and turns to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would read more from this author.
    ~ Zanetta Warren, NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    I would say at about the third or fourth chapter this book took such a surprising turn I got to the point where it was hard to put the book down. I must say this was an interesting book that really kept my attention once it got going. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a suspense and halfway thriller with a lot of twists and turns to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would read more from this author. ~ Zaneta Warren, NetGalley

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