Proofreading Services for Indie Authors

Proofreading Services - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAs a self-published author myself, I know how hard it is to proofread your own work. You’ll never find all of the typos, as you know exactly what the sentence is supposed to say, and your brain skips past the errors automatically. I think a certain degree of errors are expected in self-published works, because not all of us can afford to pay a high-end proofreader, or two, to look over our books. But, you should never hit the publish button without having at least one person read through it.  Continue reading “Proofreading Services for Indie Authors”

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau – 3.5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks.

Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world. Continue reading “The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau”

The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau

The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrauThe People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau – 4 Stars

Blurb: When the people of the underground city of Ember follow Lina and Doon to the surface, little prepares them for what they will encounter. Leaving behind the darkness that has been their home for generations, they discover a world of colour, warmth and light. The people of the small village of Sparks seem willing to help them . . . at first . . . but life on the surface has it’s dark side too. Continue reading “The People of Sparks – Jeanne DuPrau”

K – Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen - Lauren Mayhew A-Z Blog Challenge 2016A-Z Blog Challenge 2016 – Katniss Everdeen

Katniss is another one of those characters where I feel like I don’t really need to explain why I love her so much. She’s not a people person, she’s actually quite bitter, and yet she’s a great rold model for all young people – not just young women.

Katniss has grown up in a poor District, her father is dead, her mother spends most of her time in a daydream and she’s had to care for her sister, Prim from a young age. Out of anyone in District 12, Prim is the one that Katniss would literally die to protect and this is why she volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games. Continue reading “K – Katniss Everdeen”

Eve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn

Eve of Tomorrow - Michelle LynnEve of Tomorrow – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: The British are coming.

Eve of Tomorrow brings to a conclusion the story of Gabby and Dawn, two English sisters thrust into the forefront of rebellion in the new world. Set in a distant future laid waste by change and conflict, Gabby and Dawn discover their parents among the Americans and pledge to fight alongside their countrymen seeking safety and freedom.

The Republic of Texas has been defeated, but its doomsday weapon has fallen into the wrong hands. At first, warriors by circumstance, but now warriors by choice, Gabby and Dawn have a new mission: to destroy the weapon before it can destroy their future.

It took me a lot longer to read this than I wanted. I would happily have read this in one day, it was that good!

This one didn’t have a cliffhanger ending which I’m grateful for and Michelle Lynn did a great job of finishing this book. I have read so many books where the minor characters are forgotten about in the conclusion of the story, but in Eve of Tomorrow, we get to learn what happened to them all… If they survived ’til the end, that is!

War is evil. There is no other way to put it and although I may not be happy with some of the deaths in this book (don’t worry, I won’t give anything away!) but that’s the truth of war. Good people die and heroes are created in the aftermath.

Both of the deaths that occurred in the final chapters of this book had me in tears. One, I was kind of expecting, the other almost broke me. I could have done without the POV of the last minutes of this person’s life!

The suspense that was built up in this book was incredible, as Gabby, Dawn and their friends go on a desperate mission to find a biological weapon and stop it from being used. At one point, I wasn’t sure they were going to make it in time.

If you haven’t started this series yet, then I seriously advise that you do now! You’ll fall in love with the characters and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning - Michelle Lynn

Day of Reckoning – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Nothing is as it seems in the colonies. Sisters Gabby and Dawn have escaped British Floridaland and now find themselves under the “protection” of the Republic of Texas.

But their supposed freedom and safety is a sham- trading one prison for another as they discover the secrets of those who supposedly rescued them.

Sam is dead. But the fates of Drew, Jeremy, and Lee are unknown.

Together, the sisters uncover the many truths and lies of this new world around them.

Sides must be chosen. Bonds must be broken. Alliances forged… And the war begins.

Another cliffhanger ending… I’m just glad I’m reading these now when all three books are available to buy, otherwise I’d be pulling my hair out in anticipation!

The ending of Dawn of Rebellion had me on edge and I could not wait to read this book to see what had happened to my favourite characters… Drew, I mean Drew.

I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this book, I loved it so much, I can’t even explain. The characters began to develop and tell their back stories which makes you relate to them even more.

I’m still not that keen in Gabby. I started to warm to her towards the end of the book one she started to realise the seriousness of the path she was taking, but I’m not sure if she’s ever going to see everything in the way that Dawn does. At least she seems to know who the ‘good guys’ are at the moment. Hopefully she doesn’t take things too far!

I have been worried for Jeremy’s life twice now. I hope we find out about him very early on in Eve of Tomorrow. I’m not sure I can take the wait!

I could ramble on about these characters forever, especially Drew. He’s my favourite, if you hadn’t noticed..

I kept getting a little confused with some of the narrative voices again, but I do think that’s because I’m so used to reading and writing in third person. It’s very clearly stated who is talking underneath the chapter title – I just can’t seem to figure it out…

I don’t think the themes in this book will ever not be relevant to real life. Peace will never happen as long as there are men and women in this world who crave power and the need to dominate over others. With power comes madness, as proved by Jonathan. I really hope he meets a sticky end!

Basically, I loved this book. Bring on Eve of Tomorrow!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L1PKFRG

Dawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn

Dawn of Rebellion by Michelle LynnDawn of Rebellion – Michelle Lynn – 5 Stars

Blurb: Dawn of Rebellion is the first in a trilogy about two sisters, Dawn and Gabby, trying to find their way and their family in a desperate future. In this first book, they encounter the forces of British occupation and the seeds of rebellion in a land formerly known as America.

Trust…Family…Love…Courage…Betrayal

When faced with the possibility of losing her sister, Dawn must find the strength to overcome anything that is thrown in her way. With the help of some unlikely friends, she travels to a wild land and faces enormous obstacles at every turn. From barbaric people to the wild animals that roam the land, this adventure is much more than Dawn bargained for…but it’s for her sister and she won’t let her down.

Up until about half way through, this book was 4 stars, but that ending! Wow! It had to be a 5!

For the first time in a long time when reading a book, my heart was racing towards the end. It was like I was running alongside Gabby and Dawn. In that moment, I was being chased too. The writing was incredible!

I liked the essence of the story being about families trying to find each other. The only criticism I would have is that Drew’s motives to go to the colonies seemed to get a bit lost in the story. I’d love to find out more about him and really hope that it’s in book 2!

I did get a little confused sometimes about who was narrating at certain times even though each chapter clearly says who it is. I think it may be because it was written in first person. My brain just couldn’t figure it out quick enough. It’s no fault of Michelle Lynn’s, just my brain!

I loved all of the characters, though I did share Dawn’s view of Drew at the beginning – cocky arse! However, my mind was quickly changed. Oh, Drew… How I love you… I find Gabby a little harder to relate to, but I think that might be because I’m more like Dawn in real life.

It’s no wonder my love life is so abysmal when I have all these fictional boyfriends. Well, Drew is now added to that list. If anyone knows a man like Drew living in England, send him my way 😉

In all seriousness, this book was amazing. It kept me wanting to read more from the beginning. I can’t wait to see what Day of Reckoning has in store for me!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FT2KCO8