Archive | June, 2013

Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead – Tony Faville

24 Jun

Started: 15/6/13

Finished: 22/6/13

Format: Kindle e-book


Synopsis – In homage to the pulp fiction and hard boiled detective dime store novels of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Tony Faville brings us a new look on those stories of the past. It is 1959, in New York City, the Cold War is in full bloom, and the Red Scare is everywhere. Private Investigator Avery Nolan is hired by the daughter of a missing research scientist to find him. What he finds instead is the KGB, possible government coverup, and the undead ready to tear the United States apart from the inside.


My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when I first had my kindle as it sounded like the sort of book that I would like. A bit of mystery, suspense and the Cold War! What could go wrong?


This book is about Avery Nolan, a private investigator that is hired to try and find a scientist who has gone mossing by his daughter. Not only has her father gone missing but he was working on a massive project that could impact the United States. Also Avery is trying to win over a girl in the library with the amount of information that he knows.


Well It is actually a very short book, just at over 150 pages on the Kindle and for the amount of story crammed into it it felt like it could have had an awful lot more inside it. I thought that the overall plot was good however I didnt like the massive amounts of fighting and beating people up for the answers.


Also the ‘virus’ part. This kind of just went away on its own so it would have been nice to have this expanded on a lot more as I felt this part was left hanging a lot.


This book was ok. Its not a genre that I read all that much so that could be why I couldnt get into the book very well.


Rating – 2/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (24th June)

24 Jun

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books Read

I read one book in the last week Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville. I have to say I didnt really like it. All the thriller topics were there but it just did not appeal to me.

Currently Reading.

I’m currently reading Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this book by the publishers and while I’m not that far into it yet I have to say its very good.

Up Next

Next up is a book on my kindle, A Girl Child by Donna Nitz Muller. I downloaded this when I got my kindle last year and its all about spying in 1915. This should be a brilliant book!

Synopsis – Tillie is a German concert pianist in 1915. She is assigned by the German Military to an American tour in order to provide good-will and to spy. All the
while she does her duty, she has an agenda of her own. She must rescue her  sister from kidnappers. Tillie changes from a young lady on the brink of promise
to a resourceful woman willing to sacrifice everything. As Tillie learns,  desperate times lead to desperate acts. Her journey takes her from Frankfurt to  Washington DC to France and to England. Even as she runs for her life, she finds  love with a German Intelligence Officer. While she risks being shot as a spy,  she performs her music. While she grieves for her fallen friends, she works to  reach the child, Rose.

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (17th June)

17 Jun


Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I have been absent from this meme for over a month because I have quit my job. I was sick and tired of being harrassed at work and the company doing nothing about it. I am so stressed out with not having a job that I’m making myself ill with it all 😦

Books Read

I’ve read one book in the last week, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Although it has taken me nearly a month to finish I’ve really enjoyed it and although its a pretty huge book I would recommend that everyone reads it.


Reading Now

I’m currently reading Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville on my Kindle. Its a free book that I downloaded when I first got my kindle and its ok, but nothing brilliant. I’m over halfway through and I will finish it though!

Reading Next

Next up is a book that I got sent from the publishers, Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. This book sounds very good and I cant wait to start it!

Synopsis –

Rebel Cast out from his home, rejected by his family, Tom Rivers returns to his regiment. But his commander believes the young hothead’s recklessness and contempt for authority has no place in his troop. But to a spymaster like Captain Crafte, Tom’s dark and fearless nature is in itself a weapon to be turned upon the hated Cavaliers – who else would dare to infiltrate Oxford, now the Royalist capital, to destroy the King’s printing press and strike a blow at the very heart of the enemy?


Renegade Raw with grief at the death of his father, Edmund Rivers rejects the peace talks between Parliament and the King. He chooses instead to lead a hardened band of marauders across the moors, appearing out of the frozen world to fall on unsuspecting rebel columns like wolves. But Prince Rupert – recognising in Mun a fellow child of war – has other plans for him, from stealing a colossal gun, to tunneling beneath the walls of Lichfield. The only peace the enemy will get from Mun Rivers is that of the grave.


Huntress Her heart broken following the deaths of her beloved Emmanuel and her father, Bess Rivers takes the hardest decision of her life: to leave her new-born son and depart Sheer House in search of tghe one person who might help her re-unite what is left of her broken family. Risking her own life on the road, Bess will do whatever it takes to find her brother Tom and secure his Royal pardon, but can she douse the flames of her brothers’ fury and see them reconciled?


The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber

15 Jun

Started – 16/5/13

Finished – 15/6/13

Format – Paperback Book


Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Synopsis – Keep your wits about you; you will need them …’ So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge.


My Thoughts – I picked this book up as it was the reading circle book from last month. I had already got it on my TBR pile so it was the perfect opertunity for me to read the book earlier than I thought.


This book is about Sugar, a prostitute in Victorian London and her meetings with William Rackham of Rackham Perfumes and how there lives become entwined. It is definitaly a book of how the other half live with Sugar to start with living in complete poverty and William living in a wealthy house paid for by his father who set up the perfume company.


Not only Sugar and William feature prominatly in the book. There is also Williams wife Agnes who is not a very well lady and has a lot of issues but also William and Agnes’ daughter Sophie Rackham.


This book i felt was brilliant. I really enjoyed the story behind it and how many different twists and turns there were to the plot line. It is also a very unique writing style and i really got into this one straight away. The only thing i didnt like was the abrupt ending. I would have liked it to go on a bit more.


I loved how the character of Sugar developed too. She started off so headstrong and knew what she wanted and ended up almost loosing the plot. There is a fair bit of adult parts of the book however with the subject matter in question I do feel that it needed to be in there.


a much recommended book. It is a big book and it did take me a month to read but this in no reflection of the story, i loved it.


Rating – 5/5

May 2013 Book Round Up

13 Jun

Yes it is indeed nearly halfway through June and yes I am a little bit late posting this but i have had the month from hell. I have walked out of my job due to the harrasment that I have been getting and at the minute I am trying to get something done about it. Then I had a migrane for a week which was awful and i could do anything so i am finally getting back on my feet.This month I only read two books but with everything that has been going on i’m not surprised. According to Goodreads i am 14 books behind my target which is a massive ammount. I have read 21 books out of 80 for the year so I really need to pick up the pace if I’m to get my goal.

Books Read

20)His Dark Lady – Victoria Lamb (2013 book, hardback book) I really enjoyed this book I read the first in the series last year and this one is just as good.

21)Hollowlands – Amanda Hocking (2012 book, e-book) This was ok, my first zombie book but I dont think that i will be reading more.

Books carried over

I am currently reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I am really enjoying this book and i’m really surprised at how much i am getting into it.

Reading Challenges

None this month!

Books Brought

My Secret Sister – Helen Edwards