Book Review; Midnight In The Grave Yard Anthology

Love, loss, betrayal and the undead.

 Publication date Oct 2019/ Publisher Silver Shamrock

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Synopsis

Midnight. Some call it the witching hour. Others call it the devil’s hour. Here in the graveyard, midnight is a very special time. It is a time when ghostly spirits are at their strongest, when the veil between our world and theirs is at its thinnest. Legend has it, that while most of the world is asleep, the lack of prayers allow the spirits to communicate under the cover of darkness, among the headstones, their whispers rustling in the leaves of the old oak trees. But if you’re here in the graveyard, you can tell yourself it’s just the wind, that the moonlight is playing tricks on your eyes, that it’s only the swirling mist you see. But when you hear the graveyard gate clang shut, the dead have something to say. Here are their stories… Continue reading “Book Review; Midnight In The Grave Yard Anthology”

My 2019 DNF List

Tell me, was I right to put these books down?

For any who are unsure DNF stands for Did Not Finish. Not in the sense that I didn’t have time or just haven’t gotten around to picking it back up yet. DNF is a conscious decision to put that sucker down and walk away forever!

This is my third annual DNF list. The intention is not to spread negativity, many of these books I’m sure are loved by other readers. I’m going to tell you a little bit about why I stopped reading each, bearing in mind the furthest I got was 32% into any of these titles so my opinions were formed early.

If you think I’ve missed out by putting any of these down please tell me! If you think you might convince me to pick any of them back up please do! Continue reading “My 2019 DNF List”

Book Review; The God Game- Danny Tobey

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

Page Count 496

 Publication date January 2020/ Publisher St Martins Press

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Synopsis

You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?
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Job Hunting 101

Hate Mondays? You don’t have to settle…

Welcome to 2020! Are you heading back to work today with a solid case of Monday Blues? Underpaid, underappreciated or maybe just bored? Perhaps you are looking for your first employment or getting back on the wagon. Whatever your circumstances it always pays to keep an eye out for employment opportunities- sometimes the grass truly is greener! 

In 2017 I began job hunting for a complete change of career. After a few hours of initial effort the recruiters were coming to me! The world has moved on from the days of scouring a newspaper, by connecting with the right recruitment agencies and using the right apps job hunting can be a breeze . I was in a comfortable position and found myself turning down at least 3 job opportunities per week whilst I waited for the one.

Today I’m going to take you through a few basics of job hunting- but please note; some points made in this post will be UK specific and assume you are not in major financial difficulty. Continue reading “Job Hunting 101”

2019 Reading Wrap-Up!

2019 has been my best year of reading so far in 31 years. Partially owing to an 8 week absence from work that saw me hit my highest monthly round ups EVER – see here, here aaaand here!

I’m please to discover that not only did I smash my GoodReads challenge at 127 of 100 books, I also -purely by accident- balanced the scales at 52% books written by women.

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As for genre, I had a total fantasy binge at the beginning of the year thanks to encouragement from the likes of Circe, The Bone Season, The Poppy War and a growing obsession with fairytale re-tellings such as Uprooted, To Kill A Kingdom and more.

Horror remains my top tier as always with Flame Tree Press publisher leading the charge. Thriller almost keeping up and Dystopian falling back due to an influx of similar story lines and too many actual scares in real world current events. I’ve categorised Sci-Fi with Fantasy for the chart below.

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You may remember my Series To Finish 2019- Sign Up & TBR early in 2019, where I pledged to read 34 titles. This included both King’s The Dark Tower, and Harry Potter accounting for 14 of the books and one of my New Year Resolutions 2019 ; to re-read.

Welp, aside from a nostalgic re-read of Goosebumps at Halloween, I completely failed that resolution. Do You Re-read Books?, Once again my aim to revisit Harry Potter and Roland Deschain follows me into the New Year! I did however, complete 7 of the 10 unfinished series I pledged- without beginning the 5 owned.

Speaking of owned- my TBR begins this year in much the same position in 2019; currently over 340 unread, owned titles BUT my spending has decreased thanks to further time investment in Netgalley and a little bookish networking.

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But never mind these stats, you came here to see what I read didn’t you?  Continue reading “2019 Reading Wrap-Up!”