Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions 2015...

The old and the young ones, and even dogs (meet the K9 Anti-poaching Unit!) are raising their voices!

Glad to have participated, especially when you think about these numbers:
Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed...
Every 8 hours a rhino is poached...
The number of lions has dropped drastically to 22 000 and 8 000 of them are held captive for canned hunting.

Looking back it is incredible that a book opened my eyes to the threat towards the African wildlife and especially to rhino poaching. Reading My African Dream by Mario Saincic was an amazing journey that shocked me to the bone.

‪#‎wildlife‬ ‪#‎conservation‬

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Books, books, books...

My Kindle is filled with over 600 ebooks, most of which I still need to read. Although this compact, little library is very practical for someone who likes to take a book with wherever she goes, I have to admit that I still love paperbacks. Recently I've been missing their heavenly feel, touch and scent very much. Plus, add the sign Spring Sale and I'm a goner.

So, here are my latest purchases:

Gideon Smith & the Mechanical Girl
by David Barnett
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
(YA Fantasy)
Dearest Rose
by Rowan Coleman
(Contemporary/Women's Fiction)

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Gideon the Cutpurse
by Linda Buckley-Archer
(YA Time Travel)

The Wolves of Midwinter
by Anne Rice

Friday, September 11, 2015

"Lady of Devices" by Shelley Adina

I'm so glad I got my hands on this one!

At the time of posting it is available for free in the Amazon Kindle Store, so go and get a copy.

Genre: Steampunk
Date of Publication: May 30, 2011
Length: 258 pages

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his...if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals...

My Review:

Breath of fresh air...

This book is a long awaited breath of fresh air!
Instead of focussing on the romance aspect, like many other steampunk novels tend to do more and more often, this one was all about story and characters.
It had me turning page after page, curious to find out how the heroine would get through all the obstacles suddenly thrown her way. Claire is a vibrant young woman more interested in science and technology than lessons on manners and propriety. After her life is turned upside down and she ends up on the streets, she uses her mind and courage to make the best out of every disastrous situation.
A Victorian universe filled with a bunch of very interesting and entertaining characters (including a hen), funny gadgets and a good dose of adventure.

I can't wait to download book 2!

About the Author

RITA Award-winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

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