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Book Review: Seeking Dr Magic by Scott Spotson

March 3, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Seeking Dr Magic by Scott SpotsonSeeking Dr. Magic by Scott Spotson
Published by Createspace on 25th March 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 242
Goodreads
four-stars
Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title "Phantom Ninjas" by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch - and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who - or what - is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently released from the FBI due to an on-the-job injury. Hetfield, accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist - in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past - and cruelly takes him up on his offer.
For lovers of light-hearted and fun novels involving magic.

 

If reading Harry Potter has taught me anything, it’s that I adore books with magic in them. Unsurprisingly, then, that I really, really, enjoyed Seeking Dr. Magic and its blend of sci-fi, fantasy and mystery.

Tony wasn’t my most favourite main character ever. He had his moments, but I honestly didn’t really like him all that much! He was almost driven solely by this bizarre hunger for fame, but soon learned that fame came with a price – it almost got him killed! He was very interesting to follow though – his obsession with Dr. Magic was the drive for the plot and he used all his FBI knowledge to solve the mystery surrounding Dr. Magic and his past.

Dr. Magic was an exceptional character. Seriously. I was not expecting to be blown away by his character, but I totally was. I just wanted to know as much as possible about him, and that definitely kept me turning the pages at a blistering rate! I liked his ending too. It veered very close to a cheesy happily ever after, but Spotson managed to reign it in enough to keep it satisfying without being too twee.

I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, particularly adult sci-fi, but this was one of the rare gems that grabbed hold of me on the first page and refused to let me go until the story was over.

Book Review: Only For You by Tista Ray

February 24, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Only For You by Tista RayOnly For You by Tista Ray
Published by Createspace on 18th February 2014
Source: Author
Pages: 184
Goodreads
three-stars
It is said that people’s lives are tales of two great journeys - the pursuit of happiness and the search for true love.

Edward seems to have achieved one of these ultimate goals by falling in love with Daisy.

But in his quest for true love, will he be willing to let go of his one special friend, and perhaps, sacrifice his chance for happiness?

If there’s a choice between love and friendship, will Edward sacrifice one for the other? Will he be able to live with his choice and never ask himself what if he chose the other?

 

Only For You was an interesting novella. It does predominantly focus on Edward’s quest for love, and his quest certainly didn’t run smooth!

Unfortunately, I didn’t really connect all that well with Edward and his best friend Ady. Edward just seemed to make several snap decisions and his mood would fluctuate depending on the response he received to a question, which I found a little jarring when I was reading, but really, his moods weren’t all that different to many people’s! I did want him to get his happy ending though, and I did end up feeling quite sorry for him during some occasions.

The story took a little while to get going for me, but once the plot really began to flow, I started to enjoy Only For You a lot more than I originally had been. I liked how the majority of it took place in Edward’s point of view, and that the third part of the novella, which was from Ady’s point of view was written in song lyrics that reflected her thoughts and feelings. It was a nice twist and I really liked it.

Overall, Only For You was an interesting story that once it got going, I really enjoyed reading.

Book Review: Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by Dan O’Brien

February 20, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by Dan O’BrienConspirator's of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by Dan O'Brien
Published by Createspace on 5th February 2014
Source: Author
Pages: 42
Goodreads
four-stars
You're never too old to have one more adventure Brought to life by Steve Ferchaud's vibrant drawings, this story for all ages by Dan O'Brien lets us know that it is never too late to have one more adventure.

 

What a fun read! Sometimes, you just need to read a book that you would never normally pick up in order to get you back into reading, and this was definitely that book for me.

Conspirators, as I shall call it, is a fantastic short story that is perfect for kids from around the age of 7. It follows Robert, an old man who suddenly finds himself agreeing to help Colin the Leprechaun, a representative of the Loose Change Collection Agency. I loved the idea of Leprechauns collecting the money that falls between the cushions of a sofa, it really made me smile, as did the majority of this book.

The illustrations are absolutely marvellous, Steve Ferchaud did a wonderful job, and they really complemented the story well. I’m a huge fan of illustrations in books, particularly when they are as well done as these ones were. I think I appreciate them more because I am absolutely terrible at drawing myself!

This is a ridiculously fun, quick read that is bound to cheer anyone up, whether you’re reading it to a young one or just enjoying it for yourself.