Friday, 31 July 2015

REVIEW - Before It's Too Late by Jane Isaac

Title: Before It's Too Late
Author: Jane Isaac
Publisher: Legend Press
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Source: Review Copy 


I concentrated hard, desperately listening for something familiar, the sound of life. I heard nothing. Just my own breaths and the wind, whistling through branches above... The thought made me shiver. 

I am buried alive. 

Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone. Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor.

Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected. But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out.

Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it's too late?

I gobbled this book up in a couple of hours, I was riveted, stuck to my seat, the phone off. I love a book like this, one that as soon as you read the first page you know you are not going anywhere for a while.

Before It's Too Late concentrates on the disappearance of Chinese student Min Li one night in Stratford-upon-Avon, her British boyfriend Tom was the last person to see her alive and as they where seen having a massive argument his is prime suspect number one.

Where is Min Li?, is she alive or is she dead like a couple of other women who have turned up on the beat of Detective Inspector Will Jackman.

He is the man in charge and along with his capable colleagues he wants to find Min Li. He has a massive task ahead of him, the usual false leads and unreliable witnesses cross his path

While this is all happening you find out exactly what has happened to Min Li, she is buried alive in a dark pit, falling in and out of consciousness, fearing for her life.

Will Jackman find her before her abductor comes back?

This is just a fantastic read, as well as the hunt for Min Li there is a back story involving Jackman and his family which settles in nicely as a back story to the detective.

This book has a killer twist, one that will make you think "How did I not see that?", well because Jane Isaac has done a great job of misleading us! 

A must read!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

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About Me - Dinner Party Guests at the Random Redheaded Dinner Table

So this week following my sombre post last week about anxiety I decided to go bonkers this week and host not one but two imaginary dinner parties. 

It is that age old question really who are you ideal dinner party guests, my imaginary dinner party guests are split in to two groups, the first are my favourite famous people and the second group is made up my favourite authors (who may or may not also be actors etc).

Party 1 - Famous Types!

Who is invited and why?

Vice President / President of the United States Selina Meyer for her wit and wisdom

You may not know who this chap is if you are outside the UK, his name is Jimmy Carr and he is an English comedian with a terrically awful laugh and wonderful jokes that can be quite naughty, he should mix stuff up!

Amy Poehler, enough said, she is a legend!

Mr Ron Swanson, he does not beat around the bush in fact he will probably be outside hiding in the bush waiting for something to shoot to make the main course.

Nick Frost, one of my favourite actors, Hot Fuzz in my top ten favourite films and he was spectacular in it.

Sheldon, just because his intelligence and lack of filter will lead to some interesting conversations.

Simon Pegg, as well as being best mates with Nick Frost, he is also in Hot Fuzz and Star Trek and Mission Impossible, the man is a great actor -  he is Scotty for goodness sakes!

Felicia Day, geek girl legend, I would love to talk nerd with her.

Mindy Kaling, well first of all she made me go and buy this exact t-shirt (shopping is my cardio!) and well she is just so great!

Nathan Fillion, he is freaking the man behind Captain Malcolm Reynolds, he is Richard Castle, he is a really nice guy too (according to millions of fan reports on t'internet)

Tina Fey, C'mon she has done SNL, Mean Girls, 30 Rock she is a funny woman, a mum, a wife and I bet she is really nice!

Tyrion Lannister - Because he is Tyrion Lannister, the man could survive a direct hit from a nuke, he is the best thing in Game of Thrones

Wil Wheaton - I want to talk to him about Star Trek, about being pals with Sheldon, so much wisdom he could pass on to me!

I think they will all make a fantastic combo!

Now for party 2!

Party 2 - Author Types

Who is invited and why?

These three lovely ladies are from left to right, Mindy Larson, D Nichole King and Sunniva Dee, why are they invited?

Well these ladies have pretty much been with me since I started blogging, they have been so kind and just amazing really to me, their books are awesome and did I mention how amazing they are, if you haven't read their books, check 'em out now!

The late Terry Pratchett was such an inspirational guy, he is the guy who created Discworld and he is deservedly a legend.

Stephen King, he is Stephen freaking King, I wanna hear what he has to say!

This happy chap is David Mitchell, an English actor, writer and comedian, and also a wonderful observer of all things.

Hugh Howey, author of Wool, Sand and countless other epic books, he is an incredible writer and I want him at my imaginary dinner party.

Ann Christy, author of Strikers, The In-betweeners, Silo 49 series and a few fantastic others, I discovered her work through Hugh Howey's Wool, she is such a lovely lady and a brilliant author.

Yes this in Nora Roberts but she is invited as JD Robb author of the sensationally wonderful In Death series, I love it and never tire of it.

George R R Martin, the man who can kill a character just by blinking, he looks like Santa, he is a legend.

This is Richard Ayoade, you may know him from The IT Crowd, you may have seem him in that film with Ben Stiller, he is an English actor, writer and comedian, and I love his observations on life.

Bill Bryson, I have read his books for many years now, they are such enjoyable reads, I never tire of hearing about his travels or his take on life in general.

Enid Blyton, I grew up reading and re-reading the Famous Five, the woman made potted tongue sound delicious.

This is J R R Tolkien, you may have heard of a little book he wrote called The Hobbit and it's follow up The Lord of the Rings, he created Middle Earth, another total legend.

So there you go, little do they all know they will be doing the dishes afterwards but I think they would make amazing guests!

My question to you is who would you invite living or dead to your imaginary dinner party?

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REVIEW - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Arrow Books (UK)
Release Date: 5th April 2012

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

The really bad thing about reviewing this book is the fact that if I am typing this down then I have finished the book, ugh, why did it have to end?

So this may give you a tiny clue that I loved Ready Player One, I was born in 1978 (yes I know I don't sound that old) so I am a child of all things eighties, I remember vividly all those crazy films from Back to the Future to War Games, I remember home video games systems becoming a big thing (I had an Atari, it was epic) and I also remember really bad cheesy rock bands with big fluffy hair.

Ready Player One embraces all of these things and really it is quite the walk down memory lane, it is of course not all about the eighties there are nods to popular fiction all the way up to the present time, it really my idea of a perfect read. Smart, funny, nerdy and exciting.

It is all about Wade a young man living in 2044, his home is a caravan in a stack of caravans, the world has gone to shit and he is living with his aunt in Oklahoma City, he escapes the drudgery of every day life by logging in to the OASIS, a virtual universe of possibilities.

The OASIS is where Wade spends all his time, he goes to school there, he meets his friends there, he does absolutely everything there, it really is an incredible place where you can be someone else if you choose, you create your avatar and then you go explore.

The creator of OASIS was James Halliday, was because he is dead, his legacy is the OASIS and he is not leaving it to his nearest and dearest, the man was a socially awkward loner, he is leaving it to the inhabitants of the OASIS, well there is a tiny catch.

The catch is he has hidden an Easter egg within the OASIS, the vast, immense, incredible OASIS, an Easter egg that will, when found give the lucky finder all of Halliday's fortune. Luckily Halliday left some clues but man they are a little on the hard side.

Wade wants to be the one who finds the egg but with hundreds of thousands of other people in on the game does he have a chance? 

Incredibly through having a vast knowledge of all things Halliday, Wade manages to find the first of three keys that will lead him to the egg, he is propelled to stardom (well his avatar Parzival is) along with his allies Art3mis and Aech he goes all out to find the next two.

If only it was that easy, Wade discovers a huge corporation who want their filthy hands on that egg and they will stop at nothing to get it, Wade and his friends need to be on the lookout.

Ready Player One is just incredible, I know this review has just been the tip of the iceberg about what goes on but hopefully it has been enough of a tease for you to go and read this book.

Ernest Cline has such a way with bringing retro and futuristic and melting them together, the OASIS sounds incredible if a little scary, to be able to spend all day pretending you are in a film from your youth or buying your own spaceship modelled on Serenity, it is plain crazy!

I am so looking forward to what Cline has up his sleeve next, I have already read Armada and it was fantastic, he is going to have to dream big to follow these two up!

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BLOG TOUR - Review of Created by Peiri Ann


Welcome to my blog tour stop for Created by Peiri Ann

I have for you my review and why not enter the giveaway for a chance to win some cool swag and $25 Amazon giftcard!

Tour: Created by Peiri Ann
Created by Peiri Ann Created #1 
Publication Date: July 24, 2015 

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After a devastating world war, our government has manufactured genetically altered humans. These ‘creations’ are designed to manage and enforce law and order amongst the citizens. Creations don’t know fear or pain. Their sole function is to fight the enemy and live to battle again.

Orphans Kylie Alexander and her twin brother, Lukahn were born for this purpose. Dedicating their lives to sharpening their deadly skills and forfeiting the chance of love and freedom. They ready themselves for Separation, the deadly rite of passage where the oldest teens are drafted into the final preparation for war. 

When Kylie and Luke are shipped off to separation three months early, questions arise. Who is the real enemy? What is really happening beyond the fractured sanctuary of the training compound? 

Humans and creations alike have become lethal foes when a plague of the living dead becomes the number one hazard. Strategies change as the twins discover they may not be the saviors of humankind after all. They may be the real enemy of the people.

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Created had everything I wanted from a book, dystopian setting, weird government experiments, romance, conspiracy and zombies.

It follows twins Kylie and Luke who have been genetically altered at birth so they grow up to become super soldiers.

I don't want to give too much away with this review so I will tell you this as they reach their coming of age they have to take part in the separation where they are prepared for war.

What happens is that they are taken to the separation early, why?

Well you can find that out for yourself, Kylie and Luke have always know that they are different, they have accepted that they will go to war but the reality seems a little different. Are they saviours or are they something very different.

I hope that is enough of a tease for you, I hate giving too much away and spoiling it for you!

Created is a great YA read and a perfect addition to your book shelf!

Thank you to Indie Sage PR for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

About Peiri Ann

Peiri Ann shares a love in the creation of new worlds, different creatures, and unwritten possibilities. Writing is a passion. I fell in love with it when i was a child and I am privileged to share it with you. I love writing fun/tragic adventurous novels with strong romantic elements from YA to New Adult. (
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