Book Review: Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well

image– Nancy Atherton

Upon receiving this book, and looking at it on goodreads, I realised that it was sort of part of a big series. Number 19, in fact, of the ‘Aunt Dimity’ series. I was a little worried about whether I would be lost in all the characters, but I think I managed quite well as the story got going! When given a sequel to review I would usually read the earlier books, but with 18 before this one, I figured that would take too long… This series seems to be the sort of one where each storyline is completely different, with just small points that may be mentioned from a previous one. It doesn’t seem that important to have read them all!

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

When I realised who Aunt Dimity was, it did make me a bit wary. I thought the whole story was just going to be a bit daft to be honest! If, like me, you hadn’t delved into this series before, all you need to know is that Aunt Dimity was a friend of Lori’s mother. Her ghost lives on through a journal, and this is how Lori communicates with her. However, it wasn’t actually that crazy – I was surprised!

This book has a good mystery – though not the kind I’m used to reading – as well as a view into the lovely English village life. Instead of hunting for a killer, Lori is trying to figure out why wishes are coming true. It can’t be magic, right?

Everyone knows everything about each other in Finch, you can’t keep anything a secret, so when Jack turns up, the villagers don’t know what to think.

I for one enjoyed reading about the characters. They all had their own little story, and although we only get glimpses the majority in this book, I imagine each book in the series will delve into each person at one point! They all seemed pretty likeable.

This mystery won’t appeal to all, and if you’re looking for something juicy then keep looking! Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is an easy read, with a small mystery going on. Maybe not as action-packed as the mystery books I would usually read, but enjoyable nevertheless! I may have to read through some more in the Aunt Dimity series!


Book Review: Soul Catcher – E.L. Todd *

imageI was given the chance to read and review this book, and I feel like it was really different to what I expected. Now it is described as a fantasy-romance and I knew that it would have violence, sex and romance in it, mixed in with the fantasy ‘scene’. When I heard the description, and read the synopsis on Goodreads I was definitely interested. Saying that, it still surprised me, and I haven’t been disappointed!

It’s hard to believe that Soul Catcher is E.L. Todd’s first book. I want to add that I am not just saying that because I am reviewing – I really, really enjoyed it. The writing is brilliant, and the characters just have so much depth. You want to find out what events have led them to be the way they are. There are some graphic scenes including violence and sex. If you’re really unsure about reading stuff like that, then I would probably avoid it. It is quite an important part to the story, and I did like the storyline despite the sometimes dark subject! Some parts were difficult to read because of the subject matter but it definitely didn’t ruin the story for me at all. With this, the book does stand out because, after reading it, I still don’t believe that I have read anything like it! I think it really added to the characters and you felt like you could understand what they were going through. I really loved Aleco, I think he was my favourite! I enjoyed reading about his past, and how he came to be.

The actual storyline itself was great, and I never felt lost in the writing. I think it did start off a little slowly, but that’s to be expected in most books I think, as the plot builds. I was hooked pretty early on, and then I got to about 65% and it was really difficult to put down. In fact, most nights I fell asleep reading (and had to go back a couple of pages because I’d be trying to read when I was just too tired!) The world is great too, and everything is believable – as much as a fantasy can be!

One thing that annoyed me? I just wanted to read more… It sort of ended on a cliffhanger. Like, something is happening and it’s going to be in the next book! I can’t wait for the sequel!

Blitz: Sworn To Transfer by Terah Edun [Part 2]

Book 2 Teaser!

And here we have the interview! I’d like to thank Terah for answering these questions, and giving us a good insight to her books and work!

Q: Hello! First up, I’d just like you to tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first started writing? Did you know what you wanted to do from a young age?
Hi! I just wanted to say before everything else – thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and introducing me to your lovely readers. *waves to everyone*

I’m a twenty-five year old author with a serious love for all things young adult and fantasy. I grew up in Atlanta but have spent time in almost a dozen countries and went to college *up North* in Pennsylvania. I started writing about two years ago as a gift for my best friend. We wanted to see more young adult fantasy books like those written by Mercedes Lackey and Tamora Pierce. I decided that perhaps my writing could be a solution to what I saw as a serious dearth of my beloved YA Epic Fantasy books. Side note: I could NEVER have enough YA Epic Fantasy.

From a young age I did know what I wanted to be. A lot of things. First it was a veterinarian, then it was a diplomat, then a humanitarian aid worker and then an author. It was a progression as I studied and worked in different fields and now I work in two of those four careers. I’ll let you guess which ones. 😉

Q: Did any authors influence you to start writing, and in the fantasy genre specifically?
Absolutely. I could give you a list of many authors that influenced my writing style, the way I create my characters and answer to the question as to why I love coming of age stories. I’ll limit it to some of my top choices in fantasy – Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey and Katherine Kerr.

Q: Would you ever venture into writing other genres?
Yes! I’m thinking about doing a YA Contemporary Fantasy series. Eventually.

Q: Your book, Sworn To Transfer, is a sequel to Sworn To Raise. Did you already have this sequel in mind when writing the first one?
Yes, absolutely. The story arc for Ciardis Weathervane is an ever growing list of ideas in my head. I was halfway through with my first draft of Sworn To Raise and DYING to write Book 2 as I moved on through Book 1. It’s a similar process with Book 3 which I’ve already begun.

Q: Do you find it difficult to create a whole world for your books, or is it just fun? I can imagine it being quite a big task!
It’s so much fun! For a long time I wrote as a hobby and stress reliever when in difficult situations. If writing ever became a tedious chore then I can’t imagine what I’d do.

Q: Who is your favourite character out of the Courtlight series?
The dragon is becoming a new favourite of mine. But she definitely wants more screen time. I’ll try to oblige in Book 3.

Q: You use some very interesting names, how do you find the names for your characters and the places?
They just appear in my thoughts and I’m like oh that sounds cool! For instance, Markere could be a strong, warrior sounding name right? But seriously I’m trying to cut down on my weird name habit. What do you readers think?
Would you be more inclined to relate to a character with a familiar sounding name that you could pronounce and spell without hesitation? i.e. Marcus versus Markere

Q: Is it nerve-wracking when your book is first published and you are waiting to see the reaction?
Absolutely! And the nerves don’t end. You get a new flash of panic with every new review or mention. But you learn to focus on the important things – your readers and getting the next book ready.

Q: Do you have a favourite author or book/series?
I love a lot of YA Fantasy series but I want to give some love to the amazing Cinda Williams Chima. Her Seven Realms books are always a favourite of mine.

Q: What does your average day look like, and where do you do all your writing?
This is a U.S. based day – if I’m overseas, of course, all of this gets thrown out of the window as I’m working 9 to 5.

Get up at 7:25AM and check email.
Grab coffee and respond to tweets, emails, and facebook posts.
Prep the day’s email to readers or a new Facebook post. And by prep I mean write the material or spend hours in Photoshop creating the image.
3,000 word sprint in the AM.
Between lunch and dinner write 2,000 more words.
Tweet occasionally throughout the day

Q: If you could give an aspiring writer one tip, what would it be?
Never give up. Take criticism as what it is – a chance to improve.

Terah’s work space

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Blitz: Sworn To Transfer by Terah Edun [Part 1]

Today I am bringing you the first author interview on my blog! Here I have Terah Edun, who has given me an excerpt from the first book in the Courtlight series, a teaser from book 2 (Sworn To Transfer!), and an interview as well as the chance to win some goodies! I will be doing this in two posts, so look out for the second one tomorrow!

I am posting this as part of a ‘release’ blitz, ready for the publication of Terah Edun’s second book in The Courtlight Series, Sworn To Transfer. The giveaway at the end of tomorrow’s post will give you the chance to win lots of goodies, including copies of both books, posters, magnets and a $25 Barnes & Noble or Amazon giftcard!

Anyway, here I have information about both Courtlight books, starting with Sworn To Transfer!

Book Two
Sworn To Transfer – Terah Edun
(The Courtlight Series #2)
Publication date: September 20, 2013


Companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. With the death of the Princess Heir, the Ameles forest – the home of the kith, is dying.
The inhabitants of the forest, magic-wielding non-humans, are defiant. They have not forgotten their long struggles nor are they content to watch as the last of their lands perish. As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.
With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city’s nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she’s given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.
To keep the Companions’ Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she’s faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.
Add to your To-Reads on Goodreads
Available September 20th from Amazon, Barnes & Nobles + iTunes!

Sworn To Raise – Terah Edun
(The Courtlight Series #1)
Publication date: April 10, 2013


Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.
Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.
But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.
This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

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Terah has been kind enough to give us an excerpt from the first Courtlight book – Sworn To Raise – and if you haven’t already, read on to find out more about what the story is about!


Ciardis Vane watched the townspeople jeering as the local Gardis strapped the highwayman into the stocks. Frowning Ciardis wormed her way closer to the front of the crowd, straining to get a peek at the criminal. She felt no pity for the condemned man; he would die tonight, regardless of her feelings. The nightwolves were already pacing, their shadowed forms just visible in the dense tree line, waiting for darkness to fall.

Without the protection of the house wards, the highwayman would be defenseless locked in the stocks. I wish I could say it will be a quick death, she thought with clinical detachment, but they’ll probably go for his guts first. The man deserved no less than death in any case; he had done nothing but steal from—and sometimes kill—those who traveled the Imperial coach roads. “Stand and deliver,” indeed!

Ciardis pushed back her heavy brown curls with a sun-bronzed hand. Turning slightly to the side she whispered about his crime with the other washer maids who’d come to see the spectacle. Suddenly, she felt a sharp pinch on her wrist. Turning to see who had interrupted her entertainment, she looked over and frowned down at the younger woman who now stood by her side.

Wringing her hands anxiously, Margaret looked up at Ciardis and gave a quick jerk of her head to the side to indicate they should speak outside the crowd. “You’ll want to hear this firsthand, Ciardis,” Margaret said with urgency.

“All right, all right,” Ciardis muttered as they made their way out of the crowd and down to the washer station with a few other girls trailing behind. The slight blonde woman who scurried next to her was a great source of village gossip, and Ciardis knew that whatever she had to say would be worth leaving the spectacle in the midst of the judge’s punishment. To Ciardis, a good piece of gossip was as welcome as spun gold…usually.

When they’d walked far enough from the crowds Margaret was quick to tell Ciardis the news which she’d heard from the weaver’s daughter who’d heard it in the apothecary the day before.

Practically bursting with the pent up the news Mags bounced on the balls of her feet as she said, “Fervis and the caravan girl…they’re together Ciardis.”

“They’re together?” Ciardis said with disgust, “No, he’s with me.”

Mags shook her whole head, curls bouncing every which way, in denial.

“They were seen, getting in a big fight and then…” said Mags.

“So?” interrupted Ciardis in disdain, “That means nothing.”

Patiently the girl continued ignoring the interruption, “And then the girl’s father came and threatened to kill Fervis. One thing led to another and now they’re bound.”

This bit of news hit Ciardis with all the weight of a lead brick.

More to come tomorrow, so check back to read the author interview, see a Sworn To Transfer teaser and get the chance to enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway!

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