Bunny on a Bike by Bev Spicer

Bunny on a Bike

Blurb

Carol and Bev have no idea about what they want to do for a living.  They see an advert for Playboy croupiers, and, with a typical lack of forethought, decide to apply.   After parading in bikinis and completing gruelling maths tests, (with a certain amount of cheating), they get the job.

They do four weeks training at Victor Lownes’ mansion in Tring, where there is free-flowing champagne and a well-stocked juke box.  They are commandeered to be photographed with Victor on his return from hospital, and are invited to attend one of his weekend parties, where they meet Peter Cook and Kenny Lynch (Bev has him confused with Kenny Everett!).

They encounter unscrupulous landlords and exact a savage revenge.  They deal blackjack to all kinds of punters, fend off lecherous pit bosses and almost fall in love. They get into all kinds of trouble and come out unscathed.

Bunny on a Bike gives the reader an amusing insight into life inside the casino and being young in 80s London.

Along the way, Bev and Carol make us laugh with their very different attitudes to life.  One thing is sure – they will be friends forever.

Bunny On A Bike by Bev Spicer

An Entertaining Read.

Bunny on a Bike is a very humourous memoir of Bev and her friend Carol as they embark on a short journey into the world of Playboy as croupiers in one of London’s casinos.

Bev’s description of the characters and the situations they found themselves in, made them appear all the more real, and by the end of the book, you felt as if you knew them personally. Having been a teenager in the 80’s, it was like stepping back in time.

It’s a shame Bev left before geting her bunny outifit. I would love to have read about the reaction of people seeing her and Carol cycling to work dressed as Playboy Bunnies!

If you like an entertaining light read, then I recommend this book. I loved it, but wish it had been longer!

This review was originally posted on Goodreads under my alternative pen name ‘Sam Clark’

 I rate this book 4 STARS

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein: A Review

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers.

Blurb
An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers

The Blurb

An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read.

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

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Urdaisunia by Kyra Halland

Blurb
“Why is it that every man who wants to rule this land desires you?”
Urdaisunia, once the greatest civilization in the world, now lies in ruins. Rashali, a widowed Urdai peasant woman, has vowed to destroy the conquering Sazars, even if it costs her her life and everything she has.
Prince Eruzasharbat, heir to the Sazar throne, walks a dangerous line between loyalty to his own people and doing what he believes is best for all the people of Urdaisunia.
The gods, who once favored Urdaisunia above all other lands, cannot agree on who should be allowed to rule the land – the Sazars or the Urdai. While they argue, Urdaisunia and its people are dying.
Then a chance encounter between Rashali and Prince Eruz draws the gods’ attention to Rashali, and a bet between two of the gods sends peasant and prince on intertwining paths of danger, intrigue, love, and war – paths that will change their destinies, the destiny of Urdaisunia, and even the fate of the gods, forever.

Urdaisunia by Kyra HallandA thoroughly enjoyable read:
When I read the blurb about this book, I was intrigued and interested, although I usually shy away from novels of this nature, immortals and mortals, mainly because the few I have read usually lack depth and fail to deliver a convincing believable storyline. However, this one proved an exception.

The story is set around Rashali, a peasant Urdai widow, who, despite her reluctance to act, shows she is a strong and confident individual, whose presence and bearing has a great impact on all those who cross her path. Some of the strange names took some getting used to, but this was not an issue for me. The characters were solid and believable, and the situations they found themselves in was well delivered.

As I read, I could easily have believed this was set in a middle-eastern country thousands of years ago, and the writing was sufficiently descriptive enabling me to picture the world the story was set reasonably well, which is essential in Epic Fantasy novels. The story moved along at a good pace and kept my interest from start to finish, and there was a good balance of romance, feuding, and fighting. The interference of the gods in the mortal world was minimal but effective, and it was refreshing to see dissention amongst the gods, and the adverse effect on them because of it.

Overall, Urdaisunia was a well written novel, which I enjoyed, and would recommend to anyone who enjoys adult Fantasy.
I rate this book 4 STARS

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Gemini of Emreiana by Kristen DaRay

Blurb.
My entire life has been a lie: My parents didn’t die in a car accident. They’re not even dead. I’m not American. I’m not even human. I have strange powers, and I’m the heir to the throne of the planet Emreiana. If I take the crown, I have to leave behind everything I have known here on Earth. I would have to say goodbye to my friends and leave behind Kyle, the boy I’ve loved since I was five. If I don’t, then I risk the Bremoir finding me here on Earth and destroying everything I love.

Kristen DaRay, Gemini of Emreiana

I have not read many YA novels, but I decided to read Gemini of Emreiana as part of the book of the week feature being run by the Goodreads group . I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel by Kristen DaRay, which kept my interest from start to end.

It is a light read for a fantasy, with good pace. The interaction between the characters, especially that of Carson and her aunt or her boyfriend, was well handled, but I feel it lacked the emotional punch that could have added that little extra. Despite this, the characters are well developed and likeable, and you do begin to sympathise with the situations they find themselves in.

The story, and the writing, improves as the book progresses and the author draws out the truth behind Carson’s heritage, what lies ahead of her, and what dangers she will face because of who she is. The book left me intrigued to learn where Carson’s journey will eventually take her.

The writing could benefit from a little polishing in a few places, but this does not detract from the quality or the enjoyment of the story. Overall, a great effort, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy/science fiction stories set in the modern world.

I rate this book 4 stars.

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