Book Reviews

My humble book reviews of books I read, of course by my favorite authors as well as other new and upcoming indie authors

Doing Beta Reading – contact me for your free trail 😉

Accordingly Wikipedia a beta reader is:

A beta reader (also spelled betareader, or shortened to beta), also pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption.[1] Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.

Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterisation or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.

 

 

Beta reader

I am the author of a medical bookkeeping guide that was released years ago, and have since been qualified as a technical writer. Many software and devices include my helpful but never read user guides.

I have recently turned my interest back to beta reading and I’m offering my services for free for the first 3 authors, to establish my credentials. I am currently busy with the autobiography of a girl named Lisa who’s parents were brutally murdered in a very politically conflicted South Africa when she was only 13 years old. The murders were never solved, and the family never received any answers or closure.

Reading and assisting the author in combining relevant paragraphs, keeping the story as told by the author and not the writer is extremely… Continue reading

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison – a Book Review

The Butterfly GardenThe Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Twisting, Thought Provoking. I loved this book.

How the story starts at the police station, and the way the story unravels by Maya sharing her experiences in the butterfly garden. The story line only reveals the shocking events, interwoven into the telling of her life story before and during her capture.

The Gardener as their capturer is known, is a complex man. Cherishing each girl and believing he is taking care of them, and that it is for the best for each of his butterflies to be in his garden. They will be loved, and kept forever young. He loves them and cherishes them, but also unleashes his sons on his garden.

Enter Desmond and Avery.

Two brothers who could not be more different in personality and temperament. The story unfolds into a very unusual kidnapping story, full of twists and turns that makes one question the morality and sanity of almost every character, and sometimes even of yourself. The story is complex, and will leave you with thoughts about the book for days afterwards. The whole book is too complex to unravel in your mind when the book ends.

Stuart: A life Backwards

Stuart: A Life BackwardsStuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thought provoking and a beautiful portrayal of a life lived

Alexander Masters is a fantastic storyteller. He happened upon Stuart by chance one day, and decided to try and capture how and why a person lands in the situation of being a homeless person on the street. He captures Stuart with such grace, humour and also where required – disdain and sometimes heartache. One cannot help but emphasize with Stuart at the horrible start his life had, and even being homeless how he deals with it all. Stu opened up a whole new mindset for us upper (from homeless) classes, one you would never have considered existed. A fantastic read, one that will stay with me long after I have put the book down, and watched the movie for the last time.

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The Irin Chronicles- The Scribe, The Singer and The Secret – a book (s) review by Elizabeth Hunter

The ScribeYes, I hate a cliffhanger as much as the next person, and this is also the first book I picked up from Elizabeth Hunter while waiting for the next big one to catch my eye.  The story starts with Ava, a lonely traveler, freelance photographer who ventures into Istanbul, for a photo shoot and to see about a doctor she was referred to who may be able to help her with the “voices” she constantly hear when around other people. We also meet the Irin scribes, the worlds oldest record keepers, and their nemesis – the Grigori soldiers who kills human woman for their energy.  I decided to hold off on posting a review on The Scribe, and could not wait to get my hands on the next book.

imageThen at last the second book in the series was released, The Singer. Although this book was a slow start for me, it was the most nail biting book of the trilogy, what will happen to the scribes, what is the Grigori planning,and why is the fallen just sitting and watching? It was a well written companion book to The Scribe. Elizabeth fleshed out, not only the characters, but also the world they inhabit, their ancient ways and traditions. I makes you wish this world really existed so you could go and visit there – it’s that realistically written.

Ok. I have to say that waiting LONG months for The Secret to be released was absolute torture.… Continue reading

Love, in English by Karina Halle – book review

Love, In EnglishLove, In English by Karina Halle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Congratulations Karina, on another book, and your first romance. Well done!
The reason for my 4 star rating of a 5 star book is after seeing your incredible support, beta and edit exams, it was sad for me to come across so many unnecessary grammatical errors. It feels like it was only run through a spell checker for the major spelling errors.

The story deserved so much more, as did your incredible humor. I started reading late at night, and had to physically smother my laughter into my pillow to try and not disturb the rest of the sleeping souls in the house. Mateo, Vera and the other Spanish people (and the Angles too) were created with so much life and spirit in them, I can actually visualize myself hopping on a plane to Spain to join the conversational English classes for business people, and have a glass of that wine!.
The story line is very sweet and follow a few relationships borne from the month long “language camp”, where everybody lives together, eats and parties for a month in Spain, in English.

It is with a sad heart that the language course comes to an end, but from here we follow to see if some new relationships would stand the test of time, or if Vera should have listened to the last bit of advice the reception lady gave her before boarding the buss when she arrived: “don’t fall in love…”