Welcome to Sue's Book Reviews
Over the years I have read many books. Some become favourites I read time and time again. Others strike me as a definite to add to my favourite list.
I decided to review some of these books in the hope that others may enjoy them as I have.
The reviews below reflect only my own thoughts on these novels.
Happy reading!







Monday, April 29, 2013

Boo's Bad Day




Title: Boo's Bad Day

Author:         Penny Lockwood

Illustrator:    Deborah C. Johnson
Publisher: 4RV Publishing

Pages:         32 pages

Genre:         Children's book with pictures


This a wonderful story about Boo the kitten who sits by the window watching the bigger cats play in the snow outside. He wants to go and join them and his chance comes when his owner Timmy comes in the door. Unfortunately the outside world is not as wonderful as Boo expected it to be.

After reading this book I wished I knew children who were the right age to read it. I was fascinated by the story and illustrations, and believe it will catch and hold young children's attention. The author makes no attempt to humanize Boo. He acts and purrs like a kitten when he is happy, and meows loudly when he is frightened. His owners love him and he loves them. The only reason he got into trouble was because he was bored. Is there a message for young people there?

Well done and thank you Ms Lockwood for writing a gorgeous book. You also picked exactly the right illustrator for your story. Congratulations.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Coda to Murder by J.Q. Rose


Title: Coda to Murder

Author:         J.Q. Rose

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Pages:        151 pages

Genre:        Inspirational with murder and a hint of romance


Pastor Christine is horrified to find her church music director has been murdered - in the church! She is determined to find the murderer as the police methods seem antagonistic and at times ridiculous. On the other hand Detective Cole Stephens is very attractive and Christine begins to melt towards him.

At first this seems like an ordinary murder with romance, but J.Q. Rose has brought in her usual (or should I say unusual) sense of humor and we also have a cat, a pig and a kangaroo taking major parts in the story. Then there's the congregation who are still withholding judgement about a woman pastor. With her close friend Lacey, Christine gets into all sorts of situations, both dangerous and funny, when they try to solve the murder mystery.

I have read J.Q. Rose's books before and this is another good one. The author has that uncanny knack of putting together a serious situation with a touch of humor. Not too much, just enough to lighten the thread, without being insulting to the deceased. 

The way the author dealt with Cole's suspicions of the murderer being one of the church stalwarts, including Pastor Christine, at first made me think there was no chance of the two getting together. J.Q. Rose managed to make romance a believable possibility and for this I commend her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which says a lot as I don't usually read inspirational books, but this is a definite "can't put it down" book. Well done Ms Rose, can't wait for the next book from your writing desk.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Magic to the Rescue by James Hartley


Title:             Magic to the Rescue

Author:         James Hartley

Publisher:     MuseItUp Publishing

Pages:          152 pages

Genre:          Fantasy, Sci-Fi


Thank you Mr Hartley for writing Magic to the Rescue a sequel to Magic is Faster than Light. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was delighted to see this one carried on several generations in the future.

A spaceship reliant on broomsticks and a cauldron drive, immediately tells you this is a magic book with a difference. When the descendants of the witches banished from Earth rescue a distressed space vessel, the religious fanatics who had them exiled in the first place. Over time the two newcomers begin to integrate with the witch community but it is never an easy alliance. 

The leaders of the magical community have long been planning a partial migration to another planet. They intend to send a second group back to Earth to see what has happened since their people left.

Mr Hartley's style of writing is refreshing and I was compelled to continue reading. Most books hit a low near the middle but the magic kept coming up with new twists increasing the excitement and desire to read further.

I believe there might be a third book to this series, at least I hope so as this Magic series is a winner.

Buy Link:  Magic to the Rescue


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Great Northern Coven by Bruce Jenvey


Title: The Great Northern Coven - The Cabbottown Witch Novels
Author:         Bruce Jenvey

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Pages:          367

Genre:        Paranormal Fantasy


I looked forward to reading this book with interest as I had read the first in the series "Angela's Coven" and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am so glad to say the author did not disappoint me. This book is different but equally enthralling.

JR, a bush pilot, arrives in an Alaskan community but is secretive about his past life. The Inuit Indians of the area believe the evil foretold in a prophecy has arrived and JR is the missing piece. The wise women of the tribe must use their magical abilities to defeat the evil but one more person is needed to help them gain success.

Romance, witchcraft, evil - all are combined in this enthralling novel. Sometimes you come across a book you can't put down, this is one of them. I learned many things about Alaska and Inuits but it came naturally with the story. A well written book suitable for lovers of romance, the unusual and of course witchcraft. Thank you Bruce Jenvey, I look forward to the third book of The Cabbottown Witch Novels.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Girls Succeed by J.Q. Rose


Title: Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
Author:      J.Q. Rose

Publisher: J.Q. Rose

Genre:      Women's Non-Fiction


I have to admit I've never reviewed a non-fiction ebook before but I really enjoyed this book about the success of women. 

How many of us have dreams when young which we never realize? The women in this book have all achieved their dreams and are to be applauded for their efforts. All worked hard to get to the level they desired, but some had to work harder than others when life put obstacles in their way. They're not all high flying professional women, their goals range from chef, to minister, to scientist to gold medallist.

This book is well written and very informative. If you have a dream you don't think you'll be able to attain I suggest you have a look at this book. It will certainly give you inspiration for your own goals. 

Blog:  http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Victorian Scoundrel by Stephanie Burkhart


Title: Victorian Scoundrel: Windsor Diaries Book One

Author:         Stephanie Burkhart

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

Pages:        Approx 230 pages

Genre:       Steampunk, Sensual Romance

Two grandchildren of the Queen from a steam driven England of 2010, return to the Victorian era. Edmund, son of the Prince of Wales, is the instigator and his cousin Alice, daughter of the Duke of York, follows him through the time machine to stop him getting into trouble.
Edmund is fascinated by dirigibles but Alice knows it's too early to introduce them into Victorian England. Will their interaction with their many times grandparents change their own future. What will Alice do when she finds Grayson, the man of her dreams, but knows he must remain in this time while she returns to her own?
I have a growing interest in steampunk, and having read some of Ms Burkhart's previous books I was intrigued to see what she would make of this genre. She steamrollered it! Pardon the pun. 
From the initial meeting of Alice and Grayson, the misunderstandings, the burgeoning love - all this pulls the reader deeper into the story. Edmund has his sights set on more technical things, but this doesn't make him immune to the attractions of the opposite sex. 
Alice and Edmund have a playful attitude to each other which shows they have been brought up together and know one another well. Fun and laughter follow most of their moves, even when Alice gets annoyed with her cousin. 
I wondered how the story would finish and no I'm not going to give as spoiler. I'll only say the end was unexpected, riveting and right up until the last page I had no idea how the author was going to solve the difference in time to my satisfaction. At the end of the book the only frustration I had was that I had no more pages to read, and the second book in the series hadn't been released. 
Even if you've never tried steampunk, if you enjoy a good book this is one you'll love. Well done Ms Burkhart, I look forward to reading the second book in the Windsor Diaries.
Author's page:  http://sgcardin.tripod.com/

Setara's Genie by Marva Dasef


Title: Setara's Genie

Author:         Marva Dasef

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Pages:        152 pages

Genre:        Young Adult Fantasy

Setara's Genie is a book of individual stories connected by the same characters having exciting adventures. Abu Nuwas sits in the marketplace and tells his stories to any who will pay. His biggest fan is Najda who sits enthralled while he spins the tales of Setara, her genie and their friends. 
The storyteller makes the problems Setara faces as she grows from adolescent to womanhood as like to Najda's own troubles as possible, although cloaked in fiction. He senses all is not well with the young spice seller.
Marva Dasef brings the story to life in the way I have come to expect from her novels. I found myself in the dusty marketplace living the story as Abu Nuwas' voice took me to Setara's home and further afield. I became disappointed when he stopped talking in mid crisis and excited when the story took an unexpected turn. 
Fantasy mixed with a modern style of Arabian Nights style stories bring a blend of intrigue and adventure which made me eager to continue reading. Well done Ms Dasef. I'm always eager to read your books and you haven't disappointed me yet.