Review – Controllers by Lynnie Purcell @lynniepurcell

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The Blurb

Well, here’s the thing.   I was lucky enough to be sent a very early preview copy of this book, and so…..there’s no official blurb.  I’ll just have to wing this one!


The Review

This is somewhat of a departure from the previous books I have read from this author.  I would describe her other stories as fantasy fiction in style, but this one falls, I think, firmly in the dystopian/sci fi(esque) genre.

We follow the story of Bree and her 18 year old brother Max and their struggle to find their place in the world.  The war in which their parents fought has been lost, though the message hasn’t got through to the rebels.  Their parents are dead.  The fighting is coming their way, but they dont want to get drawn into it.

The thing I like about this story is that it feels anchored in reality.  You dont have to suspend your disbelief to understand the future which has been created here.  And that helps to immerse you in the story.

In my experience, Lynnie’s books are well written, with convincing locations and characters who are colourful and realistic.  This book is no different.  Bree’s desperation, confusion and frustrations are palpable.  Her turbulent relationship with Ace and her difficulty in knowing who to trust and what to do are dizzyingly intertwined, and the rush to the end is breathless.  I dont want to spoil it for you, but I’m looking forward to a follow up with bated breath!

So, to the score.  A very creditable B.  The fact that I read it in the space of an afternoon speaks to my enjoyment of this book.

As the book isnt out yet, I can only tease you with the review.  I hope it piques your interest!!  Follow Lynnie on her Facebook page ( or twitter ( to find out when the book is released.

Review – Whispering Wishes by Jennifer Miller @JenMillerWrites

The Blurb

Be careful what you wish for…

Normally, Aspen Edwards will do anything for her free-spirited best friend, Mischa, but this feels like a bit much. The plan is simple, all Aspen has to do is write down a few affirmations and recite them during the New Moon. But as skeptical as Aspen is, a promise is a promise. So, she whispers each wish to the universe, pondering the possibilities of “what if.” Who wouldn’t want a promotion at work, a new home, or to become an irresistible sex goddess?

But Aspen’s luck doesn’t change with the wishes, or the wind. Each of her whispered prayers produces disaster. She gets fired. Her car breaks down. She gets kicked out of her house. And of course there is the crap icing on the cake of doom, falling for flirtatious and sexy, Wes, who sees her as nothing more than his “little sis”. It might not be so bad if his house weren’t the only place she had to go.

Unbeknownst to her, the universe has a few tricks up its sleeve, and Aspen’s bad luck streak might just be putting her right where she needs to be!


The Review

This author is a favourite of a friend of mine, so when she recommended her to me, I signed up to receive an advance reader copy, so that I could share with you lovely people!

So, the story begins with a wishlist for the universe.  And Aspen’s life goes rapidly downhill.  We’ve all been there; all had days/weeks/months or even years, when the universe has thrown bucketloads of crap our way,  though I have never thrown in the towel with quite so much….. enthusiasm!  

Aspen’s relationship with Wes is something of a slow burn.  I enjoyed the build up, and as for Wes, well who can resist a guy who says things like “I want to spend time with you….and do romantic shit”. I know, be still my beating heart, right?

The story was sweet – and somewhat steamy. And the incident with the “private moving box” made me giggle, just a little bit.  A pleasantly diverting and humorous read. However, for me, the ending felt somewhat rushed, almost as if the writer was trying to fit it all in to a specific word count, and had spent too long on the journey.

Nevertheless, I was entertained by the book.  The score? I give this one a B.  

The book is released on 28th May.  However, as mentioned above, you can grab it now as part of a box set.

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