Monday, 31 August 2015

REVIEW - Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo by Grace Buchele Mineta

Title: Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo
Author: Grace Buchele Mineta
Publisher: Texan in Tokyo
Release Date: 21st June 2015
Source: Own Copy

It's not easy squeezing your life into a suitcase and hopping on a plane halfway across the world. 

Then again, the most meaningful things in life are never easy.

 In this hilarious comic book, Grace weaves fact and fiction - to create an authentic window into the life of an American living in Tokyo. 

Joined by her husband, Ryosuke, and their imaginary pet rabbit, Marvin, watch as this young couple tries to carve out a little slice of "home" deep in the concrete jungle of Tokyo, without going crazy.

I may have mentioned in the past that I am a little bit obsessed with Japan, those crazy clothes they wear (well not all of them), their cute food, those amazing vending machines and most of all it just looks like a beautiful country.

I love books about Japan, fact!

I especially love books about Japan with cartoons!

This book is great, having already read Grace's first two books I was excited to see book three on Amazon.

I love her style of writing and of course the comics that go with it are so cute. She talks about many things in this book such as the joys of learning Japanese, why the Japanese wear surgical masks and the art of gift wrapping, all of these done with great insight and humour.

Ryosuke, Grace's husband also gets in on the act this time with some cartoons of his own, they make such a cute couple and I love reading about their lives.

I especially just like reading about the huge difference in culture, It fascinates me and Grace does a great job of explaining it to us with the occasional aid of Marvin her (imaginary) rabbit - actually he does exist now, I have seen the picture!

If like me you love Japan, then you will love this!


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REVIEW - Blog Tour Stop for The Wanderers by Kate Ormand

Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Wanderers, a young adult, fantasy novel by Kate Ormand.

Ever since reading her novel Dark Days, I have been excited to see what she had for us next and The Wanderers does not disappoint!

The Wanderers
by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal


A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?

I loved Kate's first book Dark Days and when I heard she had a new book coming out, well it was a no brainer to grab a copy with my eager mitts.

The Wanderers follows a group of circus performers as they barely scrape together a living.  They are performers with a difference though, they are shifters.

I have read a lot of books with shifters in them and it is such a novel idea to put them within the confines of a big top!

The story centres around Flo, a young girl just starting her performing career, she shifts to a beautiful horse and her part in the circus involves her jumping over a flaming hurdle.

Nervous at first she soon gets her performing feet but things start to go wrong when a strange group of people show up.  Dressed in black they are not the normal "happy family" circus goers - Could they be hunters?

The whole circus camp is advised to be careful but when practising one day, Flo fears she has been seen and soon things go from bad to worse.

Without giving anymore away, Flo and her friends are running, they soon discover that there has been a rat amongst their ranks giving the hunters info on who they are, Can Flo trust anyone?

I really did enjoy The Wanderers, it has a lovely bohemian vibe about it with the circus camp but it also had quite the dark side too, some of the older characters have a definite hidden agenda going on.

It has everything, a great setting, romance, supernatural characters and of course a page-turning storyline. It also has the scope for hearing more from them....maybe another book?

A great addition to your stack!

Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review

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KATE ORMAND is a YA writer represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors Ltd. She lives in the UK with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel called Freddie. She recently graduated from university with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. It was during this course that Kate discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate is also a member of an online group of published writers and illustrators called Author Allsorts. And she writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. 

You can see more about Kate and her writing by visiting her website ( or on Twitter (@kateormand).



REVIEW - The Deadlands and Other Stories by Bill Blume

Title: The Deadlands and Other Stories
Author: Bill Blume
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: 11th August 2015
Source: ARC NetGalley

Grab your passport for a journey to the Deadlands and its collection of world-changing stories.

Meet a young man with the power to destroy the world. Then walk among the living darkness of Purgatory Alley with a boy who was born without a shadow. Sneak into a cemetery with a twelve-year-old girl who gets paid to raise the dead. Chase terrorists in a steampunk future. Join a young hunter as he searches for a pair of vampires. Discover the lost secrets of Camelot beneath the waters of Loch Ness. And join a pair of dragons who police all manner of mythical creatures in London.

Drawing on Bill Blume's inexhaustible wit and polished worldbuilding skill, these twelve tales of the fantastic will take you to the edge of imagination.

I have had a problem in the past with books that have a collection of stories in them, mainly due to the fact that often one story is immense then the rest of the stories in the book are just a little but meh, thankfully that is not the case with this book.

Bill Blume writes about, amongst other things, dragon cops, vampires and their young hunter, a man with the power to destroy everything around him, a boy without a shadow -  to be honest all of these things could take up a book in themselves.

There is probably something for everyone in here and with twelve stories hopefully it will cover all tastes. My favourite has to be the very first tale which is called Dracarge and features the delightful dragon coppers Kensington and Windsor as the investigate a murder at Heathrow Airport which did you know is a very mystical place to dragons?

The other tales are as follows-

Zombie Walk
The Imsomniac
Waist Deep
I am Sam
Gidion's Assassin
The Lady in the Loch
Borrowed Shadows
The Deadlands
The Light Well
The Big Sneeze

My only complaint, well I think these are all begging to made in to longer stories, Gidion (the vampire hunter) does have a series of books, one of which I will be reviewing soon but it would be nice if the others especially those dragons where let loose in their own books.

Thank you to Diversion books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Sunday Post #15 - 30th August 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!

I can't believe it is Sunday Post time again, it has came around so quickly.

In real life the kids are settling in to being back at school and the dreaded homework has started so I am having to use my brain to help which is a trial and a half!

I have a day off on Monday as it is a public holiday here, well technically here in Scotland it isn't but my work takes it off and I am not going to argue with that.

In my blog world I have not posted much but I have a reason behind this, you may remember last week I talked about doing less blog tour/blitz/reveal stuff and how I was scaling right back (though I do have two excellent tour reviews this week). What I have been doing this week is reading lots and lots so I can up my reviews and get my tbr list down.

In fact tonight I managed to type out two and scheduled them for Monday and Tuesday, I feel freaking awesome!

Going back to the blog tour, I have booked one for January 2016 but this is one I am looking forward to doing, Little Brown approached me to be on the UK, JR Ward's Bourbon Kings tour so yes to that! 

Today I also felt crazy good as Felicia Day favourited my tweet, I don't care it wasn't a retweet but I nearly wet myself with excitement, it came as finished her epic book!

I also bought books this week, for which I have no apologies for!


I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find out more!




Let me know if you have read any of them!

Happy Sunday!

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