Book Review: Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Dawn Study (Soulfinders Trilogy #3) Author: Maria V. Snyder Publisher: MIRA Publishing Date: January, 2017 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 2/10 Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is…

Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Title: American Gods (American Gods #1) Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: Headline Publishing Publishing Date: 2013 (first English edition published 2001) Genre: Horror/Fantasy/Science Fiction Rating: 9/10 Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. Scary, gripping…

Addictive South African Books! — Part 1

Every now and then I find an author whose books are the equivalent of crack cocaine, and all I want to do is sit there and OD on all their stories. From the mainstream Sarah J. Maas, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman, to the lesser known but equally wonderful headliners of tomorrow, Patrick Kealan Burke, Bracken Macleod, Stephen Graham Jones, and Mercedes M. Yardley. I love them all! However, what most people tend to not know is that South Africa has its fair share of great authors who’re absolutely addictive to read. I mean, yeah, you know some authors who’re from…

How Much is your Body Worth on the Black Market?

I saw an interesting infographic (below) pertaining to illegal human organ trade, and thought I’d share it with you guys. Unfortunately, the infographic does not take into account the black market human organ and body part trade in Africa, but it’s still full of nifty facts. Source: FinanceDegreeCenter.com Intrigued? Read an Excerpt of Muti Nation, or if you’d like to know a bit more about what happened behind the scenes, check out the 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Muti Nation or Top 10 Songs that Inspired Muti Nation posts. Every country has its secrets. Every culture has its taboos. Every house has…

Book Review: Arabian Nights

Title: Arabian Nights Author: Anonymous Translator: Sir Richard Burton Publisher: Harper Press Publishing Date: May, 2012 (first English edition published 1706) Genre: Various (Anthology) Rating: 9/10 Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.  Arabian Nights is a fantastic collection of tales set in the the Middle East and…

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favourite Reads of 2016

2016 was a lean year for reading, but I did find quite a few good books to enjoy. So, in no particular order (and in a variety of genres), I present to you my top 10 favourite reads of 2016.    The Widow by Fiona Barton—I might have had some issues with the book, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable reads of the year. The emotions ran high, the mystery unfolded at a great pace, and frankly it was an important story everyone should read. The ending, however, sent shivers down my spine, and I wish there was more…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

2017 is upon us, and as such it is time to set some goals for the New Year. Seeing as 2016 was a terrible year for everyone, myself included, I’ve decided to start 2017 with a positive outlook on life. Setting some goals is the first and easiest step. It’s usually the second step where one tends to lag, but I’m determined to complete at least 80% of the goals on my list this year. So, let’s start with the easier resolutions and work ourselves to the more difficult ones… In 2016, the amount of books I read for pleasure was…

What’s the Deal with Modern Bras?

I love wearing a bra, mostly because I love not knocking myself out whilst walking at a brisk pace, but also because I love feeling pretty. Those frilly little overpriced things can do wonders for a self-esteem, too, especially when it feels like you’re always waging war against your body to fit today’s beauty standards. So I normally don’t have many qualms when it comes to the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder… Seeing as I grew up in a household full of women with different body types, and therefore different needs, we tended to go on a bra-buying spree once a year. We used to make a whole day…

Book Review: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publishing Date: 06 September 2016 Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Rating: 10/10 The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in…

Why I Can’t Comment on the 2016 US Election

People close to me know that I have a sort of love/hate relationship with politics. I follow international politics closely, enjoy forming my own opinions on whatever topics are being discussed, but I tend to keep mum on the matter. My silence is not due to ignorance or my approval/disapproval on certain subjects. In truth, I’ve cringed more than a few times, and I’ve been downright outraged on more than one occasion as I’ve followed the 2016 US Election campaigns. Because, let’s be honest, the 2016 US Election has turned into a reality TV show, where producers are trying their best to…