One….Two…Three…WRIMO!


Greetings fellow writers!

I wonder how many of us cretins will be up at midnight tonight hoping to get a head start on the madness that is Nanowrimo? I must be honest that at this particular moment I am still not entirely sure what I plan to do for Nano this year. I am doing it because I have a writer’s group and I promised that I would do it if they would do it. But gosh! I have STILL not decided what to write. At one stage I had decided on what I was going to do – until I realized that the book I had chosen wasn’t a book so much as a vague concept which I don’t particularly feel like tackling right now. So…back to the drawing board for me…

Are YOU doing Nano this year?

Are you ready?

Good luck!

 

Love Nayes

Dark Video ~ Peter Church


Title: Dark Video

Author: Peter Church

Publisher: Two Dogs Publishing

Pages:285

Where I got it from: Met the author at a book launch for his other book, Bitter Pill, and decided it would be a good idea to purchase both books.

Rating: 5

Goodreads Blurb: A minibus taxi flipping spectacularly on its head; two teenagers engaged in illicit sex in a shopping-mall rest room; a raunchy table dance in a Cape Town strip club… What have these scenes got to do with a beautiful young woman running through Newlands Forest early on a Sunday morning?

Alistair Morgan is the key. A gifted law student with a glittering career in the offing, Alistair seems to have it all: looks, charm and money – and the attention of the hottest girls on campus. But his privileged lifestyle is about to be turned upside down as he is lured deeper and deeper into the sinister online world of Dark Video, where reality blurs and morals unravel.
From the ominous slopes of Table Mountain and the murky depths of False Bay to a dusty Karoo farm and the limestone cliffs of Arniston, Dark Video is an intense thriller that will keep you spellbound from the word go.

A minibus taxi flipping spectacularly on its head; two teenagers engaged in illicit sex in a shopping-mall rest room; a raunchy table dance in a Cape Town strip club… What have these scenes got to do with a beautiful young woman running through Newlands Forest early on a Sunday morning?
Alistair Morgan is the key. A gifted law student with a glittering career in the offing, Alistair seems to have it all: looks, charm and money – and the attention of the hottest girls on campus. But his privileged lifestyle is about to be turned upside down as he is lured deeper and deeper into the sinister online world of Dark Video, where reality blurs and morals unravel.
From the ominous slopes of Table Mountain and the murky depths of False Bay to a dusty Karoo farm and the limestone cliffs of Arniston, Dark Video is an intense thriller that will keep you spellbound from the word go.

My thoughts: Ok so maybe I am one of those overly-enthusiastic proudly South African people – but I seriously loved this book! I tend to devour crime fiction on a regular basis but have been finding most of the stuff I pick up a little dissatisfying lately. Dark Video, however, was brilliant. The entire book kept me on my toes.

The Wide Window ~ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (book #3)


Title: The Wide Window

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 214

Where I got it: From Lana

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: Fortunately for young readers, Lemony Snicket has dedicated his life to informing readers of all the misfortunes that plagued the three Baudelaire orphans — the unluckiest children to ever live. In The Wide Window, the third book in the series, the Baudelaire children are sent to stay with a distant aunt who lives on a cliff’s edge overhanging the aptly named Lake Lachrymose, a foreboding body of water serviced by the Fickle Ferry and filled with sharp-toothed leeches who have deadly appetites.

My Thoughts: The story of the children’s adventures with the afraid-of-everything Aunt Josephine is my favourite so far. This book just seems that much more “Snicketty” – I love it!

Shaman’s Blood ~ Anne C. Petty


Title: Shaman’s Blood

Author: Anne C. Petty

Publisher: JournalStone

Pages: 272

Where I got it: Library Thing Early Reviewers

Rating: 3

Goodreads Blurb: A spell gone wrong in a Queensland burial cave accidentally bonds a Quinkan, a shadow demon from the Australian Dreamtime, to a wicked mixed-blood shaman named Cadjer Harrow. Through his carelessness, the half-aboriginal conjure man has unwittingly cursed his entire family for centuries to come, and now there will be hell to pay.

My Thoughts: Well…. This was a review book from “Library Thing” which I only requested to see if I would get it and not because I actually paid any attention to what it was. I kind of had to groan a little when I saw the cover. I don’t do snakes. I have a rather pathological fear of them. As in I have snake nightmares at least once or twice a month. But… I enjoyed this book. It was kind of cool to read something different for a change, something I never would have picked out myself. The Australian mythology was especially cool. Aus is one of those places I have absolutely no interest in whatsoever, but reading this book made the place a little more interesting for me. I still won’t go there – too many snakes – but I like that it has a rich culture that I never actually considered before.

Jezebel’s Wish ~ AJ Nuest


TItle: Jezebel’s Wish

Author: AJ Nuest

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Where I got it: Author requested review

Rating: 3

Goodreads Blurb: Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past—except now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons.
Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to deal with Matthias Saunders, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet—even one with disturbing blue eyes. Can’t she?

My Thoughts: I think what I am starting to like most about being asked to review books is that I get to experience more of what I wouldn’t usually pick for myself. I particularly enjoyed this book for the simple reason that it was a sweet and uncomplicated romantic read. I haven’t read a book like this since high school! And it was actually just a nice heartwarming experience. I think I especially liked this one because the Matty reminded me so much of my own fiance. I’m such a lucky girl!!!

Find Jezebel’s Wish  here on Amazon, or here for the Kindle edition.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ~ Helen Fielding


Title: Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

Author: Helen Fielding

Publisher: Viking

Pages: 338

Where I got it from: The Momma Bear brought it for me when she went to the States in 2002

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: “Bridget—if you somehow managed to escape Bridget-mania—is the heroine of former London Independent columnist Helen Fielding’s cult column. By the time Bridget reached these shores, she was all wrapped up in Bridget Jones’s Diary, a collection of the columns. Her self-obsessed daily diary entries began with lists: calories ingested, alcohol units imbibed, cigarettes (Silk Cuts, of course) smoked, lies told to “fitness assessors.” The content of the entries, always entertaining, went downhill in importance from there. The cast of characters included best friends, awful bosses, men-of-the-moment, and crazy family members. Insipid, narcissistic, over 30, and single, Bridget touched a collective cultural nerve.”

Well…I spent the last three pages of this book literally laughing out loud. That’s enough for me :)