book review/Books/fiction

Where is she? Who is she?

My Name is Anna Book Cover My Name is Anna
Lizzy Barber
mystery, thriller, literary fiction
(10 Jan. 2019)

When your whole life is a lie, can you trust anyone? Even yourself?

ANNA has always been taught by her mother that cleanliness and purity are the path to God; that her heart's desire to visit Astroland, Florida’s biggest theme park, is ungodly.

But it’s her eighteenth birthday, and Anna’s feeling rebellious. But on arrival at Astroland, everything feels familiar. Almost like she’s been there before…

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of a missing sister she barely remembers. Her parents’ relationship has been fractured by fifteen years of searching for their daughter – abducted at Astroland as an infant.

Now Rosie is determined to uncover the truth, no matter how painful it is, before it tears what’s left of her family apart…

Beautifully told from the different teenage girls’ perspectives.

The narrative to this story is told in two voices – Anna and Rosie.
Anna lives with her mother in small town Florida. Her mother is a cleanliness fanatic – cleanliness of the heart, mind and body, also very frugal and constantly praying.
Rosie lives in the UK and lost her elder sister in a Florida amusement park when she was a baby. Her sister was stolen in some manner and may have been killed but no-one knows the real circumstances behind her abduction.
The 15th anniversary of the abduction rolls around and Rosie finds herself increasingly frustrated at not knowing the truth, whilst Anna wants to find her father and to discover who is sending her messages.
Slowly the story explores the lives of these two girls, holding the reader in suspense. The power of cults is also explored through the story.

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book review/Books/Fantasy/Romance

When strangers are not so strange – or are they?

My Familiar Stranger Book Cover My Familiar Stranger
Knights of the Black Swan: book 1
Victoria Danann
Abduction, paranormal romance, fantasy, vampires
7th house
August 22, 2012

BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES OF 2012, "Reviewers' Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild" NOMINATED FOR BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE by REVIEWERS' CHOICE 2012, Best Paranormal Romance and Best Fantasy Romance by READERS' CHOICE Awards 2012.

DESCRIPTION. In a matter of minutes Elora Laiken lost everything familiar. She narrowly missed assassination by escaping in an experimental device that left her in another world where modern day knights, elves, vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and fae became her allies, friends and family. She discovered a place where adventure intersects fairytales, where honor converges with ideals, and she learned that love can find you in the strangest places, when you're least expecting it, even when you're far, far from home. Best selling author, Victoria Danann, brings us a complex, unique, and wonderfully heartwarming serial that begins with this story. If you love romance, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, strong female leads, alpha males and complex storylines, this series is right for you. 17+ "This book was a ride " "Between the Bind" "If I could write like this, I would never do anything else." -" Books, Books, and More Books" "Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK: " ..".a very complex book that is beautiful and heartwarming. There are numerous laugh out loud moments, as well as several nail biting edge of your seat moments. The adventure quotient is high, but not too much so. The romance in the novel is built in seamlessly, exquisitely enhancing the story." "I have read many vampire novels over the years, some good and some just plain awful. "My Familiar Stranger" is a breath of fresh air to the vampire genre that has been done to death thanks to the overrated Twilight series. "My Familiar Stranger" has an original plot. I thought it was pure genius that the author would set the book in a parallel universe. The characters are all likeable and the dialogue is snappy." - "Coffee Addicted Writer" "Created with a deft hand, each character is so well developed and defined that their voices are unique and specific, although their development is gradual, as befitting of plot and action. The rest of the story is just as well-crafted, almost to the point that you aren't 100% certain that the world described is not just outside your door. The author has done a stellar job in creating the world, those who live within it, and a story-line that both compels you to read as you rush through to see just what happens next..." "- Booked and Loaded " "This book is not the usual paranormal story that I am used to reading. It is way better. ... There are many surprises and in this reviewer's opinion this book had it all." "- The Paranormal Romance Guild" ""My Familiar Stranger" was a wonderfully engrossing paranormal romance with just a dash of science fiction that grabbed me from page one and didn't let go Ms. Danann absolutely knows how to get a series going." "- Bitten by Paranormal Romance " "Go sneak off to your reading nook, get comfy and get ready to dive into a new dimension with horrors, villains and true love that will keep the pages turning till the very end leaving you wanting more, but satisfied " "Addicted to Reading " "Paranormal romance isn't a genre I usually read but after reading the plot, I was intrigued by this book and decided to broaden my reading horizons and give it a try. I'm so glad I did because I devoured the book in less than two days " "Book Nympho"

So we now know that Vampirism is a  (deadly) virus that almost never affects women, but despite this there are plenty of vampire nests that prey on women. the hypnotise them and then drain them of blood.

To counter affect these infestations a secret society – the Knights of the Black Swan – were created.

This story takes place is an alternate universe reality with a female heroine who is strong – really really strong – in all ways -, feisty and flirtatious.

She is able to tame wild animals – including a vampire.

I really liked this idea and thought it well written.


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