23 July 2015

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Every horror-lover has heard of this book. A classic of the genre, praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Chilling, disturbing, blood-curdling. Alright, I seriously think something is wrong with me. Because this book was neither chilling nor terrifying. And it was a real nightmare for someone suffering ...

19 August 2015

Should I Write in My Mother Language or in English?


If you are visiting AWISL.com, then there’s a possibility that you are an AWISL too: an author writing in a second language. I am an AWISL, and it’s tough. I’ve lost the count of how many times I’ve re-read and re-written the same sentences, how many times I’ve checked the ...

05 September 2015

Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley


Title: Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1)  Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nefertitis-Heart-Artifact-Hunters-Book-ebook/dp/B0139OZJYK/ Genre: Steampunk, Historical I was so excited to start this book. As soon as I saw the title I thought, “That's it! At last!" Being crazy about Ancient Egypt and all kinds of mysteries, I’ve been dreaming of an Indiana Jones type ...

07 September 2015

The Invasion of the Free Books


As you know I am accepting books for reviews. But because most of the time I receive romance which I don’t read, I have developed a habit of downloading free books from Amazon and reviewing them. And you know what? At the moment I have nearly 100 free books in my ...

07 September 2015

Summing up the Week


Let's see what I've been up to last week. Three articles on Writing/Marketing:  POV Switches He said, She said The Invasion of the Free Books   Six books reviewed: Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott 1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley Game of Thrones by GRRM Murder, ...

26 September 2015

Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson


Title: Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hopebreaker-Steampunk-Dystopian-Fantasy-Great-ebook/dp/B00QO2FQ52 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk I received this book from a fellow blogger and friend Leiah from SoIReadThisBookToday. She’s so overwhelmed with review requests she kindly lends me indie books to review them. Sadly, I’m not having ...

26 September 2015

This Doesnt Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) by Renee Pawlish


Title: This Doesn't Happen In the Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Doesnt-Happen-The-Movies-ebook/dp/B005DJHWRW Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense Picked this up because it was free and because I love detective stories. I am beginning to think I need to give myself a break from indie books. This has been a disappointing week. While ...

28 September 2015

Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller by E.G. Michaels


Title: Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Clock-Strikes-Simmons-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00NTN7M4C Genre: Mystery, thriller, police procedurals I finished this book last night and can’t really remember what it was about. Is it my ADD again? No, not this time. It’s just that I absolutely did not care what was going on in this book. ...

02 October 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir


Title: The Martian Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Martian-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00FAXJHCY Genre: Sci-fi I love Sci-fi. Both to read and to watch. I love the oldies: Yefremov, Azimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Clarke… I haven’t had much luck with contemporary Sci-fi, but what I can’t find in today’s books I find in today’s movies. I love anything science fiction, if it doesn’t ...

06 October 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


  Title: The Girl on the Train Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Train-Novel-Paula-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B00L9B7IKE Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 326 Status: Finished I hate it when this happens. I hate it when I guess the bad guy’s identity halfway through the book. But then, there were only 6 characters here, 3 women and 3 men, and it wasn’t hard to see ...

06 October 2015

Five Weeks in the Amazon: A backpackers journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shamans ancient diet by Sean Michael Hayes


  Title: Five Weeks in the Amazon Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Weeks-Amazon-backpackers-rainforest-ebook/dp/B00PM987W2 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Travel Pages: 274 Status: Did Not Finish I gave up at 48%. I honestly tried, and I hate not finishing a book, but I can’t read this book anymore. “Five Weeks in the Amazon” is tedious. It was supposed to be a story of self-discovery, but ...

16 November 2015

The Bank of the River by Michael Richan


Title: The Bank of the River Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bank-River-Michael-Richan-ebook/dp/B00DC1RTCQ Genre: Horror Pages: 220 Status: Finished I love reading horrors, and I am always looking for new authors. Really, how much more can I read Stephen King? I’m a firm believer that there are other authors who can come up with scary stuff. Sadly, The Bank ...

16 November 2015

The Devils Grin (Kronberg Crimes) by Annelie Wendeberg


Title: The Devil’s Grin (Kronberg Crimes Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Grin-Kronberg-Crimes/dp/1481262262 Genre: Victorian thriller, Mystery  Pages: 240 Status: Finished First of all, Annelie Wenderberg is a fantastic writer. So this book is highly recommended to fellow awisls as an example of good writing. Annelie knows how to write well. Her pace is smooth, her vocabulary is solid, ...

09 June 2016

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


Title: The Thirteenth Tale Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0068PHS5Q/ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 418      Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended   This is a book that deserves attention if you want to enrich your language. As a textbook it’s one of the best. The language is rich, descriptive, vivid. As a fiction it was boring and too ...

01 July 2016

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


Title: The Song of Achilles Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Song-Achilles-Madeline-Miller-ebook/dp/B006IE2IO8/ Genre: Historical Pages: 369                          Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly recommended I am a big Greek Mythology fan. Not just a big fan, I love, love, love Greek Mythology. Have loved it since early childhood. I can tell you all about Hercules and his Twelve Labors, about ...

01 July 2016

The Autobiography of @ by Jeff Abugov


Title: The Autobiography of @ Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-short-story-Jeff-Abugov-ebook/dp/B00RUVRW8U Genre: Humor, satire Pages: 24                            This has to be one of the most hilarious books I've ever read. I have to admit I don’t remember how this short story has appeared in my Kindle. Probably it has been on a free promo, and I have ...

01 August 2016

Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) by Stephen King


Title: Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hodges Trilogy Book 1) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-Bill-Hodges-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00HW2EHEO/ Genre: Crime, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 417                             Status: Skipped Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended Stephen King has taught me a lot. His older stuff is brilliant (with a few exceptions). He’s one of the best short story writers. He’s the King of Horror. He ...

01 October 2016

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Title: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Circus-Vintage-Magic-ebook/dp/B005AKFXZW/ Genre: Fantasy Pages: 401                             Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Sure I can’t remember feeling so conflicted about a book before. Believe it or not, but I’m really upset for not liking The Night Circus. It has such great ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. ...

18 November 2016

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Title: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Echoed-Khaled-Hosseini-ebook/dp/B009XIXVU6/ Genre: Contemporary Fiction Pages: 404                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Recommended This was my first Hosseini book. All I knew about him was that he was a traditionally published author with highly rated books. While Hosseini’s genre isn’t the one I usually prefer I ...

18 November 2016

The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle


Title: The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1940026016 Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Technothriller, Science Fiction Pages: 464                             Status: Not Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended I think it’s fair to expect something incredible from a book, which has 13.000 reviews on Amazon, is a bestseller and an upcoming movie. And when the ...

18 November 2016

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator)


Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods (Translator) Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140120831/ Genre: Historical, Mystery Pages: 273                                               Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Highly Recommended This is one of the most original and unusual books I’ve ever read. I think it’s in a genre of its own. The other book ...

09 April 2017

Abracadabra: The Witchcraft Academy (Prologue)


  The old witch knew the magician was close. She could hear his heavy footsteps echoing in the dark corridor. She knew what he wanted, but she would be the last witch in the world to hand it to him. The lights of the castle were out, but the dark passages and ...

11 April 2017

The Road to Magic (Ch1, P1)


The door was locked. It had to be the one Aram was looking for. All the other gate doors inside that fern thicket were open, leading either to the mountains, or back into the village. But this low wicket gate with a small keyhole didn’t seem as simple as the rest ...