Race Girl by Leigh Hutton # Review

Title: Race Girl

Author: Leigh Hutton

Series: Go Girl Chronicles #3

Publisher: Independent

Source: Supplied by Author

Release Date: April 3rd 2016

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Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.

Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .

When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?

It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!

*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*e their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

My Thoughts

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Race Girl is the third installment of the Go Girl Chronicles, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Race Girl is a highly emotional book that made me cry as well as cheer with joy, and considering that I have been experiencing genre burnout with paranormal lately that a good Aussie Read was just what I needed.

 

After Tully’s mother tragically dies in a horse race, Tully has a lot of responsibility to shoulder, which I think is too much for someone as young as her to have to take on, her father is slipping away and into debt, the next door neighbor is trying to take their farm, and Tully is trying to make money at MC Donalds and follow her dream of becoming a female jockey, against her fathers wishes.

The whole Go Girl Chronicles are about young women overcoming odds to follow their life  long dream. each book is somewhat linked with cameo appearances from characters from the earlier books but  you are able to read them out of order.  I absolutely love this series not only is it Aussie made, but the Author Leigh Hutton is down to earth and contributes from every sale of her books to charity.

There are a lot of Australian rural books out their but not too many based in the Y.A genre. Race Girl features a romance plot as well but it is kept family friendly so younger readers can enjoy with the lightness and not focusing on sex.

Tully is an amazing girl and role model for girls to look up to and I really hope this series continues.

I highly recommend this Aussie read and at 6.99 on Amazon it is well worth the read for young and old, horse lovers and Melbourne cup lovers.  This thrill ride is for you.

Previous books in the series amazon links in pictures.

 

 

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Firstlife by Gena Showalter #review

 

25785357Title: Firstlife

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: Everlife #1

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 23 2016

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ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

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First off I loved the cover it absolutely beautiful.  Second The plot is original and highly descriptive as well as full of exciting action.

But….

Ten would rather spend Thirteen months locked in an asylum being tortured by a psycho that is paid by her parents to make her choose between two different realms for the Everlife, which is the real life which starts after death. which is fine but Ten takes so long spending time in the Asylum trying to decide what to do and it seems so long-winded for her to choose without any strong reason that she should have so much trouble to choose.

This book is a good read if you immerse your self in the action and the characters and don’t take the plot too seriously. I love the thought of  the Good Vs Bad afterlife, but Ten was pretty annoying in making her decision.

overall I liked the book, and recommend it to those who like Y.A, and give it a solid 3 stars.

 

 

 

All about you by Joanna Mazurkiwicz #review

 

22448874Title: All About You

Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Series: Love and Hate Series 1

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought from Ibooks

Release Date: March 7 2014

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All About You (Love & Hate Series #1)

I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.
A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me.
Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus.
Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

romantic suspense new adult
dark romance new adult
sports romance
bad boy college romance

My Thoughts

 

 

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Wow the books you find while browsing I books, this book is currently free, and I really enjoyed it for a quick, and different read.

Contemporary reads really need to grab me to keep me interested and as the story played out I was consumed and could not put it down.

Sexual assault books can be a bit iffy for me, the subject needs to be clear and well written and not in a victim shaming or smutty way. Although this book touches on this subject is mentioned in the book it is well written and not a turn off.

All about you, revolves around the love/ hate relationship between India and Oliver. In high school India went through hell at the hands of Oliver’s brother, who she was dating at the time, to cope she became a horrible bully to Oliver until he upped and left. 2 years later they run into each other again in collage and they have both changed but the past cannot be forgotten.

what comes next is explosive chemistry, fireworks and a little bit of distrust.

I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to get some I tunes credit so I can buy book 2 All about Me.

A Mad Zombie Party #review

 

Title: A Mad Zombie Party

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: White Rabbit Chronicles 4

Publisher: Harlequin Australia

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: September 17 2015

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The enemy has risen from the grave. Together we slayers must stand, or one by one we will fall.

Ali Bell’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular — the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond — Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla’s betrayal caused Kat’s death.

But when Anima rises from the grave stronger than ever, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes the line between hate and attraction is blurred… and the road to redemption may mean letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future. (

My Thoughts

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I loved this book,

At first I was put off by the change in POV, after reading the series in Ali’s voice it took a little bit to get use to it, but after a while I just fell for the storyline.

One person I really didn’t expect to get a happy ending was Frosty, after the death of Kat, I really wanted those two to make it, even with their up and down relationship they were still made for each other.

When Millia shows up and Frosty and her spend time and start to fall in love, I though that it was a bit early for Frosty to be moving on especially with the woman that helped cause her death.

As the story progresses however Gena has a wonderful way of bringing these two together without offending Kat lovers.

Milla is a strong female character and because of this I really feel like her and Frosty will be a perfect match without all the drama that he and Kat shared.

I really enjoyed this book and being the last in the series didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend it.

What I Saw Review

 

Title: What I Saw

Author: Beck Nicholas

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: MIRA Harlequin

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 22nd 2016

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One punch will shatter a town. But is anyone ready for the consequences of telling the truth? A stunning new YA novel about the complicated romance between a girl with everything on the line and a boy with nothing to lose following a king hit incident that leaves the high school golden boy in a coma, from the author of FAKE.

My Thoughts

 

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This book really touched me with it’s important message to what a punch can do to someone, with it happening all too often, it is great to see a novel that really conveys that message and is not afraid to touch on the subject.

I really loved What I Saw, I found it easy to read and engaging. The characters are thrown into moral dilemmas, although I found the love story a bit hard to believe, The story it self makes up for that if you just shove a few eye rolls in.

Callie is a popular girl she has so much pressure from her parents that she get a scholarship that is almost too much to bear. She goes to a school dance and drinks a bit too much, while being caught by the bad boy in school throwing up in the bushes, a fight breaks out and her best friends boyfriend gets put in a coma.

Callie must now decide to tell the truth and destroy her family or stay silent and let the wrong person take the fall.

although it seems like an easy decision, Beck Nicholas throws Callie into so much angst and drama that you really feel for her because a lot is riding on her decision.

Burning Midnight by Will MacIntosh #early review

 

Title: Burning Midnight

Author: Will McIntosh

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Random House Childrens

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 2nd 2016

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Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

My Thoughts

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The cover for Burning Midnight really caught my eye as I was flipping through Netgalley, I think it is lovely and Intriguing and I am a big person for judging a book by the cover.

I loved the concept of the book I believe it is unique in the genre that one day these shiny different coloured spheres show up out of nowhere and they are able to give the person who burns them by holding them up to their heads, special abilities. Of course like any fad some are rarer and more expensive than others.

Instead of being cautious and wondering where and why, people start bartering and selling them, which creates new class systems in society, their are those that are incredibly rich and use the rarest spheres to make themselves, smarter, prettier, faster,ect.  Then there are the middle class that only have a few spheres for birthday’s ect. Then the lower class that can’t afford them which is where our protagonist comes in.

Sully is a sphere dealer, he trades and sells spheres to keep him and his mother in money. He would love to burn spheres but they are more valuable selling than using. Sully hit the big time when he found one of the rarest spheres you could find. except he was swindled and did not receive any money for it.

Sully meets Hunter another Sphere dealer but she actually looks for the spheres herself to sell. she has great Ideas for her and Sully to find new Spheres and strike it rich.

I do believe that this book could have been better managed, some of the scenes did not fit in with the story line, and Sully was a dumb arse that had you slapping your head a few times, seriously after the first time of being swindled you would think that he would learn his lesson.

I did enjoy this book for it’s uniqueness, and I would love a follow on story just to go a bit more in-depth about the spheres and their consequence on humanity.

 

 

 

After the Cure by Deirdre Gould Review

 

Title: After the Cure

Author: Deirdre Gould

Series: After the Cure 1

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought

Release Date: August 24 2013

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Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation. Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they’d done. Over time, society has begun to rebuild itself. It’s now ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. Can they find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good?

My Thoughts

 

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Everyone knows I love outbreak and Zombie Fiction, I am happy to say that After the Cure is a step away from the traditional Zombie book, because instead of focusing on the outbreak and how it happens and how people survive, the story instead revolves around what happens after people are cured from the disease.

I love the moral dilemmas of how do people deal with the cured, how do you get past what they have done to survive as they were, and even worse how do the previously infected live with themselves knowing exactly what they have done to the people they love.

Dr Nella , our heroine survived the outbreak, it is now her job to work out who was responsible for the outbreak in the first place.

I loved this book, once started it was hard to put down.  The story is horrifying but heartbreaking at the same time, with action put in the mix.

I highly recommend this book for people who love Zombie fiction but are getting a bit board with the usual storyline.

 

 

Australian Book of the Month Venom Doc by Bryan Grieg Fry #review and Interview

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Venom DocTitle: Venom Doc

Author: Bryan Grieg Fry

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Provided by Publisher

Release Date: August 25th 2015

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Meet US-born Australian venomologist Bryan Grieg Fry, the man with one of the most dangerous jobs in the world – working with the world’s deadliest creatures.

Welcome to the strange and dangerous world of Doctor Venom.

Imagine a three-week-long first date in Siberia catching venomous water shrews, and later a wedding attended by Eastern European prime ministers and their bodyguards wielding machine guns. Then a life spent living and working with snakes. Lots of very, very poisonous snakes and other venomous creatures … everything from the Malaysian king cobra to deadly scorpions.

Welcome to Bryan Grieg Fry’s world.

In this action-packed ride through Bryan’s life you’ll meet the man who’s worked with the world’s most venomous creatures in over 50 countries. He’s been bitten by 26 poisonous snakes and stung by three stingrays – and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while deep in the Amazon jungle. He’s also broken 23 bones, including breaking his back in three places, and had to learn how to walk again. But when you only research the venom you’ve collected yourself – the adventures, and danger, will just keep coming …

Dividing his time between scientific research and teaching at the University of Queensland, and TV filming and collecting expeditions around the world, Bryan and danger are never far from one another.

My Thoughts

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Venom Doc follows the amazing life of  U.S born Australian  Venomologist Dr Fry, who has travelled the world in search of all things venomous.

Dr Fry is able to tell his story in a way that keeps you highly entertained, from horrifying accounts of being bitten or stung by animals, sad accounts of friends and colleagues passing away from bites and occasional hilarious stories about friends chasing leprechauns through forests (you need to read it to believe it.)

You are able to learn amazing things from this book without realising it, I would never of guessed that so many modern medications come from venom, and that Dr Fry has studied his whole life to help make these life saving medications.

I have always had a fascination with reptiles, although I have never had a chance to actually own one. I was unfortunate to come across a brown snake once that killed my Great Dane dog in such a short time after being bit, it amazes me that Dr Fry could live through so many bites and get out there again and again. (have a read of the interview underneath to see how his family deal with this.) I have not been able to look at snakes the same way although they still fascinate me, I have a healthy understanding with them, leave me alone and I will leave you alone.

In summary this book is Amazing definitely put it on Christmas lists if you can wait that long, but do your self a favour and read this book.  I never knew animals could be so amazing with what their venom can do, and this is Dr Fry’s goal to let people know that without these amazing creatures we would not have so many life saving drugs available today.

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Interview with Dr Bryan Grieg Fry.

I was very honoured to have a chance to interview Dr Fry and here are the results.

 

  1. Have you ever come across an animal you have been too afraid to handle?

No.

 

  1. How do your mother and wife cope with your near death experiences and the fact that you go out to do it all again?

Needless to say, it is continuously stressful for them that I work with                        inherently dangerous animals in uncontrolled situations. The key is anticipation of potential outcomes and then developing contingency plans. While of course I do not deliberately put myself in hazard’s way, things do happen. It is therefore of paramount importance to have proper risk assessments, first aid plans and extraction procedures. Otherwise, this can lead to death. As has happened to friends of mine who were killed by venomous snakes.

 

 

  1. As a child you would often come home with reptiles in your school bag. What advice would you give children that want to follow in your footsteps? And for the parents, what is a good snake to start off with as a pet?

The advise I would give to children is to use the passion as fuel. Childhood interests of any type if nurtured can become the wellspring for the most satisfying of careers. Where work is not ‘work’. If I had millions of dollars, I would still be doing exactly what I am doing.

 

As for the parents, there are many snakes that make excellent pets. I certainly would not recommend giant pythons as a suitable pet for a child, but snakes such as some of the smaller pythons like carpet pythons can be excellent pets for children. Naturally there must be parental supervision to ensure that the animal is being cared for in the proper manner.

 

 

  1. You have a busy and full on life, how did you find time to write a book?

I have always been a note taker. So I already had a wealth of material to work with when I decided to write this book. This made my task much easier and the entire endeavour much more feasible.

 

  1. Do you have a favourite book?

Voyage of the Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, about his voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a raft made using indigenous techniques. As a child this book fascinated me beyond measure. My mother was born and raised in Norway, which is where Thor also was from. This gave me a personal link to the book. I also noted that Thor Heyerdahl was a member of the elite society the Explorers Club. It was a life long goal of mine to achieve feats of exploration worthy of my inclusion in this august society. I was inducted into it earlier this year. An accomplishment that was deeply satisfying.

  1. What is your favourite species and why?

It would be a tie between komodo dragons and king cobras. Komodo dragons are the largest living lizard and king cobras are the largest venomous snake to have ever lived. Both are extremely intelligent and, if they are not feeling threatened, they can actually be quite curious. Interacting with a calm specimen can be a magical experience.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I see myself in 5 years time doing exactly what I am doing: studying the world’s most dangerous animals to show that they are not the creatures of nightmare but are magnificent creatures who’s venom contains lifesaving drugs.

 

Venoms and toxins are a rich source of unexplored compounds which could be used in drug discovery and development. Reptile venoms have been used to develop drugs such as Captopril, which is used to treat high blood pressure, and Byetta, which is used to treat diabetes and has off-label effectiveness as an anti-obesity drug.

 

Captopril was derived from the venom of the lancehead viper from Brazil. This drug and its derivatives have an annual market of $10 billion. It reinforces the value of conservation, for if the habitats are wiped out, the animals will be extinct before we can study them. When people ask me what the best argument is to convince people of the value of conservation, I say that their weakest argument is to talk about how magnificent and wonderful the animals are. The only people who will appreciate that will be the ones who already think that way – it’s very much a case of preaching to the choir. Rather, they should stress the value of conservation through commercialisation, pointing out that destroying a stand of forest is no different than nuking mineral deposits. There is no way to predict where the next wonder drug will come from, so we need to conserve all of nature.

 

  1. What has been your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement has been that komodo dragons do not kill with bacteria but are in fact venomous. This breakthrough came because the whole idea of bacteria just never made any sense to me. There is a simple philosophy in science that ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’. Bacteria being used as a weapon is as extraordinary of a claim as could be made. However, the evidence was sorely lacking.

 

At every opportunity we have gone to great pains to stress that anguimorph lizards are  of but of trivial direct medical importance to humans (with the exception of helodermatids and of course the  komodo dragon). As per this report

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lizard-venom-may-treat-heart-disease.htm

 

The anguimorphs have a combined arsenal system employing teeth and venom.  Helodermatids are one extreme, relying just on the venom for prey capture, with the deeply grooved gracile teeth restricted to a venom delivering role.  In contrast, komodos have the large serrated teeth as the primary weapon, using a grip-and-rip strategy to inflict deep parallel wounds.  Mechanical damage that in some cases results in very rapid death from blood loss (eg slicing the femoral artery).  The role of the venom is to exaggerate the blood loss and shock inducing mechanical damage caused by the bite.  We have identified two main actions common to all anguimorph venoms: anticoagulation and hypotension.  Enough loss of blood would lead to a drop in blood pressure sufficient to induce shock or unconsciousness.  So anticoagulant toxins facilitate a steady march  in this direction.  Similarly,hypotensive toxins accelerate the unconscious endpoint.

 

Komodos evolved not in Indonesia but in Australia, and were not the biggest to have roamed, at least two larger varanids existed to predate on megafauna.  The second largest radiated to Timor while komodo radiated to Flores and nearby islands.  The modern day situation is that   the komodos have three mammalian potential prey choices.  All of which are feral.  The introduced pigs and deer are within the natural prey size (40-50 kg) while the buffalo are dramatically larger than would have been a reasonable size for  komodos to kill and also occupy an ecology unlike anything in Australia.

 

These collective differences are starkly reflected in attack success. Attacks on pigs and deer are extremely successful.  About  three quarters bleed out  within the first thirty minutes and another approximately fifteen percent succumb within three or four hours.  Repeated attacks by the same or other komodos is  not uncommon. In dramatic contrast is the outcome of attacks on water buffalo.  Which invariably get away, with deep wounds to the legs.  Upon which they go and stand in feces filled watering holes.  Creating a perfect scenario for dramatic infections.  Not from the dragons mouth, but rather having an environmental source.  Deep wounds in feces laden water is a  perfect scenario for the flourishing of bacteria, particularly the  nasty anaerobic types.  Thus, the sampling of  komodo mouths that purported to show them harbouring pathogenic bacteria neglected to sample  the real source of any infection to the water buffalo: the faeces filled waiting hole the dragons recently drank from.  It has been a man made artificial  scenario all along that has nothing to do with the evolution of the predatory ecology of komodos.

 

Having gotten septicaemia in Flores from deep lacerations resulting from a boating mishap in Flores harbour (water that is  pretty disgusting) I can attest to how quickly such environmental sources can produce life threatening infections.  As a consequence of the Flores doctor doing a shockingly inept job of cleaning up the wounds before stitching them up, I  ended up delirious and near unconscious in the Bali International  SOS clinic 36 hours getting emergency IV antibiotics.

 

There is nothing special about komodos.  They are simply the largest extant species of a clade that  had two extinct larger species and  has two extant  species (V. varius and V. salvadorii), all of which share the unique large,blade like serrated teeth. None of which have ever had the slightest whiff of using bacteria as a weapon.

 

  1. What has been your favourite country to visit?

My favourite place to visit so far has been Antarctica. It was like a religious experience.  Icebergs of all colours cruised by – green, blue, red, hard white and all variations in between. All a result of the varying mineral content of the water. Some were truly ethereal.

 

  1. Do you have any future plans for T.V or books?

I am regularly filming nature documentaries to educate about how important the natural world is in general, and venomous animals in particular. I am also now writing a new book, about the damage to the male hormone system caused by medications, recreational drugs or pollutants. It will draw upon my personal experience this regard as a consequence of months of intravenous pain medication when I was in the hospital with a very badly broken back that required major surgery to fix, which I discuss in VENOM DOC, but also using my PhD in Biochemistry to dig into the medical literature and digest it into a format that any man can understand. The title will be ‘Mojo mayhem: male hormones and the chemicals that hate them’.

 

Living Well with Chronic Illness #review

 

Title: Living Well with Chronic Illness

Author: Joanna J. Charnas

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: MSI Press

Source: Netgalley

Release Date:  August 25 2015

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Living Well with Chronic Illness is a self-help guide for anyone who has a chronic illness or who knows and cares about someone else who does. The 20 chapters concisely address a comprehensive range of issues including daily routines, relationships, medical and legal services, a joyful life, and much more. In our hectic, information-laden world where the Internet places billions of contradictory facts at our fingertips, the straightforward content of this book is an alternative resource for people who want to feel better and don’t want to spend hours searching for answers. The tools inside, presented with compassion, humor, and a wealth of knowledge, are for those who want to apply and enjoy new health-promoting ideas immediately. Living Well with Chronic Illness evolved from the author’s personal experience with chronic illness and 26 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

My Thoughts

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I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t boring like a lot of self-help books, everything that Joanna writes is from experience. with lots of practical advice and tips, I really found most of the content useful and hopefully apply it to my life to help manage my chronic illness.

Joanna doesn’t write in a technical and garbled way which I really enjoyed because you get some books about chronic illness that just tire you out more than the illness itself, the chapters are easy to follow and read and extremely informative.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with a chronic illness for one to get an honest look at how someone with chronic illness lives and two to help apply some great information to your life.

 

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong #review

 

Title: The Masked Truth

Author: Kelley  Armstrong

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: October 13th 2015

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In this heart-stopping suspense thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong proves herself to be a master of terror and suspense.

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

My Thoughts

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This book is a huge step away from the usual paranormal Y.A that I usually read, in fact this is the first Thriller Y.A I have read for a while, but being Kelley Armstrong that has written it I had to pick it up. Boy was I glad.

The Masked Truth really is a action packed, unpredictable thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Riley was babysitting when the unthinkable happens, men break in and murder the parents in cold blood while Riley hides under the bed with the child. haunted by this Riley attends group therapy.

Max also attends group therapy but for a mental illness that will never be cured only managed that he keeps to himself.

Max and Riley are forced to spend a weekend in group therapy with other kids they don’t know each with their own problems. Things go bad when shortly after arriving men in masks arrive to kidnap the teens and councillors for money.

What I love about this book is the twists and turns, in the plot you are literally on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and trying to piece together the facts before the protagonists do. The fact that I could not work out what will happen next or even if it really is happening after all we are dealing with numerous disturbed teens here.  I found this to be a refreshing change from other thriller books that can be predictable, just as you think you have it worked out you get another curve ball.

I highly recommend this book, pre order is available now on Amazon, I am not affiliated but it is just that good.