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Book Review: A Vision of Green by L.H Cosway (Stunning mix of Fantasy, Folklore, Paranormal & Romance)

Read this in one day this past weekend. Only put it down long enough to boil the kettle.

If you need to remember what happened in the first book in The Florence Vaine series,  A Strange Fire, see my review HERE. If you haven’t yet read A Strange Fire, beware of a few spoilers ahead.

The creatures in the woods on the outskirts of the no longer so sleepy town of Chesterport are awake and want out. They’re just waiting for the opportunity to break free and go after the townsfolk. Flo, as if she didn’t have enough questions about her gift and who she is, now learns she’s distantly related to elves. Yes, you heard right. Now we have elves and other strange woodland creatures to deal with as well as angels, demons in teenage boys’ bodies, psychics and empaths. We know it’s only a matter of time before the beings in the forest are let loose, but how exactly will this happen, and what is in store for the town once it does?

Flo’s abusive father is back in her life, always ready with a hard fist or mean put down. Against her better judgement and her boyfriend, Frank’s advice, Flo stays in her now deceased Gran’s house with her Dad. She locks her bedroom door at night to keep herself safe, but it’s not enough to save her from a beating and psychological abuse. I was rather annoyed with Flo at some points in the story. Yes, her father blackmailed her to break up with Frank, but I wanted her to defy him, pack her things and never look back. I guess it’s difficult to break the habits of a lifetime.

The romance between Frank and Flo has cemented into a loving relationship.  Like any teenage boy, Frank openly admits to spending 99% of his time thinking about having sex with Flo. She’s not ready, and Frank being the nice guy he is, doesn’t push. The few heated moments between them give us an idea of what’s to come when they do finally consummate their relationship. I think we’ll all be looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Flo and Frank in the next book.

The secondary characters add to the vibrancy of the story. We even get to spend a short time with the vampire Ethan, human, but not all the way human, Tegan (the heroine from Cosway’s other supernatural series, The Ultimate Power) and the spunky witch, Rita when Flo visits Tribane.

Okay, so what else can I say? I loved A Vision of Green. The next book in the series isn’t out until next summer, so I’ll have to re-read all of Cosway’s novels to keep me going until then.  *****                                                                                                                                         If you’re curious to learn more about this author, read my interview with L.H Cosway from last week.

Check out A Vision of Green on Amazon HERE

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And just a quick note to say Dark Mind Book Tour of Under the Desert Moon kicked off today with a review & guest post over at Chapter by Chapter where I talk Twitter, blogging, Facebook & more.

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Book Review: The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes (It’s all going on at Number 66)

I wrote this review when I first started my blog and thought I’d repost since I had about 3 followers back then: My sister, Lucy, my friend, Laura and myself:).  Also, Marian Keyes, one of my favourite writers ever, is releasing The Mystery of Mercy Close very shortly (her first novel in a few years), so I’d like to pay tribute to one of the wittiest authors around as I am very excited to read her new book!!!

As with all of her books, The Brightest Star in the Sky hooked me early on.  Mind you I wasn’t very sure what exactly was going on at the start, or who the unusual narrator was, but Marian’s typical wit and flair for comedy kept me turning the pages. I even missed Desperate Housewives because I had my head stuck in the book, and I should probably thank Ms. Keyes for this also.

The four flats of 66 Star Street are home to a mixed bunch of characters.  There’s babysitter for unruly rock stars, Katie, who’s turning the big 40, sharp-tongued, twenty-something, Lydia, a taxi driver by trade and forced to share a flat with two hunky Polish guys who detest the “evil pixie”, a young, sweet married couple, Maeve & Matt and 88 year old wise woman, Jemima temporarily living with her gorgeous TV gardener, Fionn.

But who is the invisible visitor watching the romantic goings on at number 66, and what is this narrator counting down to?

There are so many fun and varied characters to get to grips with, and as is usual with Keyes,  her women have strong personalities that vibrate from the page.  Katie is the sophisticated and independent woman we all want to be, living a hectic but entertaining lifestyle working in the music industry, while the feisty Lydia is coming to grips with having to become a responsible adult.   Then we have Jemima, who is hilarious as a telephone psychic and finally the quiet, still-waters-run-deep Maeve,who is married to Matt. They are a couple with obvious affection for each other yet are deeply troubled.  Their story is handled with sensitivity.

Fast-paced & fun.  This proved a great read.  Oh, and the blob of ice at the end was a lovely touch :) ****

Check it out on Amazon HERE

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