Book Review: A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney


AGKINDLETitle:  A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural Romance
Publisher: Craigh Na Dun (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 380 pages
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Publication Date: August 5, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – really liked it!

When Lydia, a teacher of English folklore and myth, contacts a cynical American writer on line, their relationship seems doomed because despite their shared love of the paranormal and supernatural their beliefs are poles apart. To Lydia’s astonishment, Jensen accepts her invitation to visit England and to explore its myths and legends. A road trip across Britain in a tiny KA is not quite what Jensen was expecting but as he travels the country with Lydia as his guide, his cynicism is tested, not only by Lydia herself, but also by the colourful array of characters that they meet along the way.

His efforts to debunk legends such as Black Annis and the Cottingley Fairies are thwarted by both Lydia and those who truly believe. As time goes on Jensen begins to question what he sees and feels as his love of the British countryside and Lydia become entwined. Jensen hears tales of the White Worm, experiences first-hand a Phantom hitchhiker battles nature itself when he confronts the legendary Green Man. The final tale of shape shifting Selkies makes Jensen realise that his cynicism is being replaced by humanity and humility and as his love grows deeper, he begins to believe in the myths and legends he once wanted to disprove.


Good morning everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Cynical American’s Guide to British Myth by Ann Kenney. I’d like to thank both the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Basically whenever I hear British Myth and book in a sentence together I’m sold and I need to read whatever it is. This book was of course, no different. I originally thought that this would be a memoir or nonfiction work of some kind exploring early British lore but that impression was definitely not accurate and I enjoyed this book probably more than I would have had it been that type of book. This book is a fantasy book that incorporates British lore which I enjoyed so very much.

I really liked the format of this book. While there is an overarching big picture story in this book it is also comprised of distinct sections where specific lore stories are incorporated. While I wasn’t really a fan of either of our main characters in this book I liked the dynamic of viewing these stories or their ideas through the lens of a cynic and a believer. That was interesting to me. I was also interested to see whether Jensen would become a believer in myth and what steps would lead him up to that point. I wasn’t into the romance very much, I think I was much more interested in the myths and how they affected our characters. I really loved reading this book at this time of year, it was a great introduction into my October in which I like to read creepier, darker books and some of the myths handled in this book fell on the freaky end of the spectrum. For some I was literally reading in bed at like two in the morning with the sheet pulled up over my head.

I ended up giving this book a four star rating because I really liked it and enjoyed it. I have always been a fan of British lore so I think my fascination with those stories and that culture just really made this book and its stories stand out to me and I had a lot of fun reading it.

If you are a fan of myths or early literature you may find this enjoyable! You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

Happy reading everyone!!


About the Author AK

Born in Leicester in 1960, I’ve been writing for more than thirty years! I have a real thirst for knowledge and tend to use information I’ve gleaned while writing my books or short stories. Married with three children I use my family as a sounding board for every single thing I write! I work full-time as a Student Support Administrator but spend most of my spare time writing. I am a huge football fan and have written lots of articles about Leicester City Football Club and have had them printed in the Fox football fanzine! Over the last ten years I have been an avid viewer of the TV series Supernatural and write episode reviews for Support Supernatural – an American website. I also write fan fiction because it helps me keep my hand in so to speak. I’ve been lucky enough to work in some interesting jobs and have been editor for a community newsletter. When I’m not working or writing I look after my two dogs, read, go swimming and go to the cinema (I am a huge film buff/bore). Years ago I used to be a Magician’s Assistant, I’ve run Murder Mystery evening with my husband, looked after a children’s theatre group for four years and helped out my kids! I have a degree in English and Media studies and I would really like to study for my Masters!


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Book Review: Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger

TOGBANNER TOGKINDLETitle:  Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger
Genre:  Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 165 pages
Format: Epub (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Rating – 4/5 – really liked it!

Elizabeth, forgotten daughter of King Henry 8th, is trapped in her own world of bitter hatred over the traumatic events of her past. She longs for greatness and is un-expectantly given the chance to chase down her dreams when a mysterious flying pirate ship lands on the palace roof. Soon she finds herself entangled in a monstrous injustice, forced to face dangers and step out of her comfort zone along with other famous characters from history against a tyrant who knows only cruelty. Together, Elizabeth and her new friends must stand up for their own futures before their dreams are snatched away from them forever.


Hello everyone and welcome to my stop today on the blog tour for Thieves of Greatness by Emily C. Burger. Thank you to to the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Thieves of Greatness is a Historical Fantasy book about a young girl Elizabeth, one of two forsaken daughters of Henry VIII. Although Elizabeth is a princess her life is far from a fairy tale and she spends her days and nights dreaming of a life with greater meaning and greater purpose. As the story progresses she finds herself being whisked away on a flying ship setting out on a time traveling adventure!

I ended up really liking this story. I gave it a four out of five star rating and found it to be a light, entertaining read, never boring. It definitely wasn’t what I expected, for some reason I thought this book would be more heavily historical fiction but it was a blend between the historical fiction, adventure, and fantasy genres which was really interesting to have in one book and worked rather well. I thought the plot and characterization were fairly simple and easy to understand which is why I think this book would also do well with a middle grade audience as well as a young adult audience. I really liked the sense of adventure in this story, I found it very easy to lose myself on the adventure with Elizabeth and various other characters that I liked such as Neil and the Captain. If I had to pick a character that intrigues me in this book I would certainly have to choose the Captain. Not only is he cool and loving he is also a bit cooky and courageous which was fun to have all in one package. I liked the time travel element in this story and the references to historical figures. I thought those were really great touches in this story that kicked it up a notch for me.

I have read ALOT of adventure books whose protagonists are younger males and for me it was very refreshing and satisfying to see a young female as the protagonist in an adventure story. I really enjoyed that aspect of my reading experience with this book. I wish I had read a book like this when I was younger. Also, did you see the cover? How gorgeous is that cover?! I’m in love with it.

I definitely think this is a great debut book, I enjoyed reading it and it was a super fast read because it was fun and short in length. I definitely recommend to anyone who wants to ease into fantasy or that love books that blend historical fiction and fantasy together!

About the Author

ECBBorn in 1997, I spent my earliest years living on the East Coast of South Africa in the town of Pietermaritzburg. I spent my days climbing trees, on the beach or writing short stories for my younger brother. When I was eight years old, our family moved to England where I was exposed to a whole new melting pot of cultures. We travelled Europe as frequently as we could, fuelling my growing hunger to experience the world around me. When I was ten years old my sister was born, and my love for children and writing combined themselves into my imaginations. We returned to the tip of Africa just as I was entering my teen years, and since then we have explored our own country as well as our neighbouring ones. I started writing ‘Thieves of Greatness’ when I was fifteen, finished it by 16 and have now published at the age of 17.



Audiobook Review: The Bali Mystery (Amelia Moore Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke

21867317Title:  The Bali Mystery (Amelia Moore Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke
Genre:  Mystery Romance
Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing
Length: 4 hours 26 min
Format: Audiobook
Narration: Diane Lehman
Publication Date: June 01, 2015
Rating – 4/5

A COZY MYSTERY: Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her business is flourishing. When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.


Good morning everyone! Today I’m happy to share with you my review of The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clark! I’d like to send a big thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review! This is actually a unique review as it is he first audiobook review copy I have received to date! As you know since I have featured a few audiobook reviews on my blog as of late I am increasingly becoming a fan of audiobooks so I was excited to listen to this one!

In The Bali Mystery we follow a detective named Amelia and her sexy assistant Rick on a case to find a missing person that has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. They follow a lead to Bali and find themselves in the middle of a dangerous situation. It’s dangerous for two reasons, the fact that they are putting their lives (and others) in danger but also the fact that they are both increasingly attracted to each other!

I had a lot of fun listening to this story on audiobook. I am sure I would have liked it equally had I read a physical copy. I loved the narrator of the audiobook I thought her voice was pleasant and loved how she acted out the various character voices.

The story itself was pretty interesting. I liked the two main characters, Amelia and Rick, a lot. I really liked the descriptions of Rick. It was pretty obvious that he was your typical sexy lead in a romance type novel albeit a little cheesy but I think that made him more enjoyable actually. I am a big Amelia fan. I love that she’s strong, stubborn snd independent. I love that she’s take charge and opinionated and she was a really good, convincing detective. I love that she is a female detective in a predominantly male profession and that she commands respect and get it. Her sassiness was also a lot of fun and I loved all the tension and sassy back and forth with Rick. The descriptions of Rick and her feelings toward him were sometimes pretty cheesy as they sometimes are in romance novels but they were really fun. It was really inevitable that get together at some point but it was really entertaining to see them banter back and forth.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 star rating because it was so enjoyable. The romance was fun and the plot itself was pretty fast paced and entertaining. I would enjoy reading more from this author or even more of Amelia and Rick. My experience with his audiobook was definitely a pleasant one and it went by a lot quicker than what I expected. Fans of both the romance genre and detective stories may enjoy this book. I found it to be fun, humorous and romantic.

You can purchase your copy of this audiobook at Audible or if you would prefer a digital or physical copy visit Amazon and let me know your thoughts on this book!

Happy reading y’all!


About the Author

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the “Reviewers Choice Award.” She has several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, and a children’s book. She has also written two non-fiction e-books: Reflections of the Heart and Writing Your Family Legacy. All her books are family friendly.

Book Review: Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook

everyonedies_squ_01jTitle:  Everyone Dies at the Endt by Riley Westbrook
Genre:  Horror – Novella
Publisher: Bigworldnetwork
Length: 27,000 words
Format: Epub
Publication Date: May 2016
Rating – 5/5!

Who knew the zombie apocalypse would be caused by something we all know is deadly…but that is also all around us? Two stories intersect as the world delves into chaos – Earl, a drugged out heroin addict constantly in search of his next fix, and a family struggling with the dramas of everyday life, get no reprieve during this zombie outbreak. Can any of them survive the deadliest game of all – survival against undead, each other, and the world around them?


Hello everyone! Today I am doing something different and reviewing a novella, Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook. I believe I have only read one novella in the past couple of years so I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone Dies at the End is about the zombie apocalypse. We follow two story lines that converge and have a pretty surprising ending that I totally didn’t expect to be the case and that I actually really loved.

I ended up giving this novella five stars because I really enjoyed it and it kept me on my toes. I was always surprised and I really liked the biological angle this novella took on the origination of the zombie virus. I loved that everything was affected by this zombie apocalypse because in some stories animals aren’t affected and having them be susceptible to the disease just makes it that much harder on survivors which just really ups the ante and makes it interesting for us readers. There was quite a bit of action, intensity and surprise. It’s gory, dark, dangerous and gritty – all things I really crave in a zombie story.

I was pretty much hooked from the start until the end. Being a novella that is  24,000 words, it was a very fast, light read but always entertaining. Fans of Zombie Apocalypse stories or overall horror will enjoy this! I, myself, would enjoy reading more from the author. Oh how I wish it was a novel!

Book Review: Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin

Sit Stay Speak (430x648)About Sit! Stay! Speak!

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 8, 2015)

Who says nothing happens in small towns…?

Tragedy sent Addie Andrews fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn’t make her feel so much!

People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She’s got an elderly next-door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.

Most surprising of all, she’s got a dog. Not just any dog, but a bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself. She’d come to Eunice hoping to hide from the world, but soon she discovers that perhaps she’s finding her way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.

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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin! I want to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.

I NEED to start off by mentioning the cover this book. Let’s be real, being a Pit Bull lover and the fur mommy of a Pit Bull mix, once I saw this cover I basically had a heart attack and needed to read this book. What a cutie and such a perfect cover for this book.

I ended up giving this book a full five star review because I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it so much. It was definitely an entertaining read and actually not what I expected. It also went by faster than I expected but I read it really fast because it held my interest and I just wanted to see what would happen and I wanted to see more and more of the puppy. It’s the story of a woman who after tragedy hits her life she moves to a new city for a fresh start and she’s kind of lost. When she finds a puppy in a trash bag that has been shot her life basically changes forever allowing her to find herself and be able to love again. There’s also a darker side to this story as she finds herself in the middle of a much darker situation that if you follow any sort of pit bull pages on social media will be all too familiar to you. As a fur mommy to a pit mix myself, this story definitely hit home with me and crushed my heart in some parts because the treatment of them just rings so true. When you read this book you will definitely understand. But also mixed into this story with the sad parts was humor, romance, friendship and even family.

I really liked the direction in which the story went in the latter part of the book where we start to get the bigger picture. The writing in this book is done really well to where we, as the reader, begin to unravel the whole story right along with our protagonist. I really loved that because it wasn’t predictable at all. I love how everything ties up really nicely at the end. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. For a big chunk of the book I was not liking Jasper that much. I thought he was really mean to Addie at some points but looking back I see the reasoning behind his exasperation with her at times. She was definitely headstrong, independent and brazen so she couldn’t have been easy to work with but I love that about her.

Overall, this was a wonderful book. It was well written, well paced, entertaining, heartbreaking AND heartwarming. It was also a little romantic and dangerous as well. I applaud the author for being able to write a book that satisfied all of these things for me! I love that this book addresses the misconceptions that people have about Pit Bulls and breaks those prejudices and shows the cruelty that can be humanity.

If you are an animal lover or just a straight up pit bull lover, you will love this story!

You can purchase this book here on Amazon (click the link!) I hope you enjoy this book and come back and share you thoughts in the comments! Happy reading everyone!


About Annie England Noblin42686

Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

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Book Review: The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1) by Roseanna M. White

22383696Title:  The Lost Heiress (Ladies of the Manor #1) by Roseanna M. White
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Length: 439 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – It was amazing!

Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.
The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her.


Good morning everyone! I’m excited to share this with review with you today! I finished this book yesterday and couldn’t wait to write the review. I want to send a big thank you to Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book for an honest review!

The Lost Heiress is a historical fiction novel that follows the story of Brook. She grew up within the Grimaldi family and basically had the upbringing of a princess but with a tough, independent streak. Her best friend, Justin, is tasked with finding out the mystery of her parentage and happens upon her true home in England, where she happens to be a missing heiress. When she goes back home to meet her father and try to make herself a life in her true home she is met with some resistance and soon finds herself tangled in a mystery.

This book was wonderful. It has a little bit of everything in it – mystery, romance, intrigue, and humor. This is what a historical fiction novel should be. From the very first page of this book, I was hooked and there was no peeling it from out of my hands. The pacing is perfect, the amount of detail in the story and the characterization were perfect as well. I felt like I had a really good sense of all the characters and their particular behaviors. There were plot twists in this book that were fun to read and overall, it was riveting.

This book was a little over 400 pages which is a little larger than the books I normally read but I definitely did not feel it because it went by so fast because of how involved I was in the story. The writing was exceptional and it was easy for me to just get totally immersed in the story, in the world and in the characters. I think my favorite thing about historical fiction novels  is the setting and I just felt like the setting of this book was written in really well with the characters and the dialogue. It was beautiful to read about the social mores during that time, to me that was one of the most interesting things about the story. It had a very Downtown Abbey/Anastasia type feel to me in some ways and I absolutely loved that. As far as the protagonist goes, I loved Brook. I thought she was a fantastic protagonist and I loved that she was strong, independent and not concerned about what society thinks about her but at the same time very virtuous and strong in her faith.

I am giving this book a highly deserved 5 star rating and I very highly recommend this book to Historical Fiction fans or anyone who would love to try the genre, as well as Romance and Mystery fans.  There is really something in this book for everyone. It looks like this is going to be part of a series so yes, I am going to eagerly await the next one and check out some of the author’s previous works. I have already saved the next two books to my TBR list on Goodreads because YES! You don’t want to miss this book!!

Review: The Wicked + The Divine (Volume 1) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles

Title:  The Wicked + The Divine (Volume 1) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles
Genre:  Graphic Novel – Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Length: 144 pages
Format: Trade – Volume 1
Publication Date: November 12, 2014
Rating – 3/5

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5


Good evening! Today I am reviewing the first volume in The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act. This was recommended to me by one of the sales guys at my local comic store. This is a fantasy/science fiction graphic novel. The story is about a group of Gods that are reincarnated every   ninety years and that live in human form for two years before dying again. In this incarnation they have been reborn as rock/pop stars with their devoted fans as their worshippers. One such worshipper/fan meets the Gods and when one of them, Luci, is framed for murder, resolves to help explore the mystery of who actually committed the crime.

I ended up giving this first volume three stars. I didn’t love it but I did however like what was given to us of the story. After reading it I wasn’t completely sure whether I still wanted to continue reading this series but I think I just might because I’m interested enough to see where this is going to go. I am wondering whether my enjoyment of the story would be impacted if I had read volume 2 immediately after finishing this one,  I may actually go back and give this another read before reading that one. There was a character that I found really interesting and that was Luci. This volume more or less revolves around her.

The story was interesting and I think it could be going in a pretty promising direction. I wasn’t too into this first volume but I am hoping that the story picks up and we get more information on the world and the characters. I did find myself recognizing some of the Gods mentioned here and that was pretty interesting. It was also interesting to draw parallels to real life in this story as far as how young people, even some adults, treat celebrities like pop stars and actors/actresses as veritable Gods in their eyes. I also found myself trying to draw connections between this series and Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus which I assumed upon reading the title it may be based on. I can definitely see a connection in the storyline in this volume and interested to see more. It ended up being something that I enjoyed and depending on how the story develops, I can see myself enjoying it more and more.

The thing that most stood out most to me about this graphic novel was most definitely the artwork. The artwork is absolutely stunning and I would actually pick up the next one just for the artwork alone.

If you read this graphic novel and loved it please let me know what you loved about it or even if you didn’t love it. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Overall I liked it and will pick up the next volume.