Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Silver Locket

Author: Marie Fostino
Published: 30 September 2011
Size: 54,000 words
Genre: Young Adult/Light Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Another wonderful heartfelt story by Marie Fostino.

The Silver Locket follows the story of Jennifer who, after her daughter Janie is late home from school, is propelled back to her own adolescence as she remembers her life growing up.

Jennifer and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. As the story develops we share her pain at being torn from her friends, as well as her joy when she finally meets her first love Jacy. We stand by and watch as Jacy teaches her so many things in life, some good and some not so good, and ultimately feel her pain when her most joyous day also becomes her most painful.

You will laugh and cry as you read The Silver Locket but it will also make you think, that it could quite easily be a story that could happen to anyone of us.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Struggle of the Heart

Author: Marie Fostino
Published: 14 November 2011
Pages: 151
Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

This is the story of Annette, a young woman who moves to Norman, Oklahoma to attend college. While she is still struggling to decide what she wants to study, she meets Aaron a vivacious young man who knows what he wants from life.

While their relationship develops she learns he is keeping a secret from her, he has signed up to join the army and will be leaving soon for boot camp. They keep their love alive through correspondence but is it enough.

Following the devastating bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Annette decides what she wants to do with her life and chooses a life changing career path.

This is a wonderfully written story of love and self-discovery as we follow Annette as she grows into the woman she has always wanted to become. She faces obstacles and challenges and in the end has to make a heartbreaking decision.

But does she make the right choice. You will need to read the story to find out.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Steampunk Detective

Author: Darrell Pitt
Published: 3 January 2012
Pages: 204
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

OK, so I stepped outside my usual genre with this one, however I wasn't disappointed. The Steampunk Detective is a classic detective story with a steampunk theme.

Written in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, and set in Victorian London, we are introduced to orphan Jack Mason who is given a second chance when he is placed in the employ of Ignatious Doyle a Consulting Detective.

We follow the adventures of Jack and Mr Doyle as they track down and expose the mysterious Phoenix Society, travelling from London, to Germany, the Swiss Alps and France, meeting a host of interesting characters along the way.

Coupled with it's historical references and building in the steampunk alternate time line, this novel is sure to delight readers young and old.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Whats New

As part of my blog redesign, I am going to include a few new areas:

Featured Author - I will feature new authors and help them to promote their debut novels.

Blog Tours - To help authors to promote an upcoming book launch or book tour.

Meet the Author - What better way to have readers connect with you and your books, than for them to read an author interview.

If you would like me to host you for a week, help promote your upcoming launch or if you would like me to post an interview with you, send me an email at

Coming Soon

Watch this space for my review of the Darrell Pitt novel "The Steampunk Detective".

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pinky.. Where Are You ????

Hi All,

You have probably wondered why I haven't uploaded any reviews recently. Well the answer is quite simple really.  I have been busy beta reading for some lovely authors, and have been concentrating on giving them the best feedback I can.

Stay tuned though, because I have a host of books of my usual genre waiting to be reviewed, and I also have a couple of others; A Struggle of the Heart by Marie Fostino and Diary of a Teenage Superhero by Darrell Pitt awaiting my attention, so you will soon be inundated once more.

Hugs, Pinky