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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Diamond City (The Diamond City Trilogy #3) by Patti Larsen

Fresco has something everyone wants; ultimate freedom. When the evil corporation attempt to replace a drug more lethal than Wasteland its Time for Fresco to take the fight off the streets and back to The Diamond City. Will Fresco trigger the hidden kill switch inside every genetically modified child and kill the experiment?

Nothing irritates me more than figuring out what's going to happen and going I knew it! But just when I thought I'd might have, something happened and blew my theory out of the water. Yet again, I was on the edge of my seat and lost in Fresco's world for hours! There was a scene where I almost shed a tear and I really felt for Fresco. I absolutely loved the last line! Typical Fresco... Perfect!


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The Diamond City Trilogy - by Patti Larsen - Addictive YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy

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A Perfect Proposal - by Katie Fforde - Escapism at its best- Romance

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Book Review: Wasteland by Patti Larsen

Fresco's Back! But he's tainted by the betrayal, abduction and loss of many loved ones. He has inner demons as well as outer ones. In taking on the corporation who destroyed the only place he found peace Fresco discovers the truth about the drug 'Wasteland', the experiment he was born into, and the heritage he is entitled to.

I was addicted to Wasteland. (LOL! Sorry, pun not intended!) My kindle went everywhere! I walked and read...I resented having to stop reading at the end of my lunch break... it draws you in from the first chapter and then its away and hours later you're coming up for air. If you've read Fresco, you're already prepared for this dark world but Patti Larsen gets darker. Wasteland takes a deep look at addiction through the eyes of when a user who doesn't see the wrong in what they're doing.... Exhilarating!

5/5 - Be prepared to resent "real world" interference!!!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fresco - The Diamond City Trilogy #1 - By Patti Larsen

For those of you who know me, my writing and the books I read, you'll know I live in a rose tinted happy ever after, head in the clouds fiction kind of world. But you'll also know before Christmas I discovered a new author who had me on the edge of my seat and forgetting to go to bed. So when Patti's new Urban fantasy The Diamond City Trilogy came out around the same time as I broke up from University for Easter I thought what better way to relax. 

Meet Fresco, a typical suburban teenage kid. His Mom bakes him cookies, he plays on the school football team and his best friend is a bit of a jock too. Fresco even has a skeleton in the closet, his brother, Daniel, isn't at college like everyone else thinks. He's an addict and long gone, where? Fresco doesn't know. When Fresco survives a car accident that should have killed him all kinds of weird things begin to happen. He starts to hear people's thoughts and men in dark suits come for him in the middle of the night. Suddenly, his brother's choices are Fresco's reality. 

Deep in a dark new life on the city streets Fresco discovers his old life masked deception and betrayal. The real world is corrupted by a corporation cover up and there are many kids who are just like him, even Daniel. Fuelled by an addiction that will ultimately kill them and gifted with abilities they cannot use. But what makes Fresco special is he figures out how to break his addiction and use his gifts freely.

Patti Larsen takes you on a dark journey with Fresco's slip into all consuming addiction to the 'blue joy'. Its compelling, there were bits I didn't want to read but I didn't want to put it down either and you can't hide behind cushions when you're reading! Its not that Fresco is scary, far from it, but its real. Once I'd taken off my rose tinted glasses and Fresco was coming out of his darkest point I really enjoyed reading part one of The Diamond City Trilogy. I loved the combination of personalities. Fresco's love interest Parker is an interesting character who depicts the contrasting long term effects of an addiction to Fresco's new born ones. The chemist Medley is abrupt and quirky, she took up home in a place in my heart, but I particularly have soft spot for Apple. The cute sisterly type character who takes a shine to Fresco. She's sweet and a ray of sunshine in the dark clouds.

By the time I got to the end I explosive ending... exciting and upsetting... I was itching to get my hands on part 2 - Wasteland.


Buy Fresco (The Diamond City Trilogy #1) for Kindle at Amazon

Monday, 2 April 2012

Book Review: Me before You by Jojo Moyes

Lou and Will are the unlikeliest of people to ever meet, the unlikeliest of people to ever become friends, and the unlikeliest of people to ever fall in love, but they do. I don't want to say anymore because following their journey is to discover a whole different side of this world we live.

It's not very often  I feel inferior as a writer. But today I do. I really really do. 

I don't mean to sound conceited and I guess the only way to explain is to ask you when you go in to work do you feel confident in what you do? When I read a really good book I get that buzz of 'Yeah, I can do that too'. I'd be lying if I said I don't get the 'I can do so much better than that' if I think its bad. Don't we all? But its not very often I read something that completely blows me away... 
I've been reading romance novels for over fifteen years and no one has ever made me cry ... until today. And gawd! I sobbed through the last two chapters. . 

5/5 - It was worth every tear!

Buy Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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