Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Tour: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


How does one review a piece of literature that grabs on to you can connects with you with out spoiling the experience for others?

Neil Gaiman is nothing but a pure brilliance each time I read something he has written or hear of some thing he has said I am nothing but drawn and in awe. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is just another example of how amazing this mans mind is.

The story takes places mainly as a string of memory, the point of view of a man who needing sometime for himself after a funeral. He finds himself back to his childhood neighborhood to where is old house used to be then finds himself at old farmhouse down the lane which transports him back in his mind to the seven year old version of himself and the flood of memories and events come crashing back like waves has these times roll in as if they had never been lost or forgotten. The girl, the cat, the strange and magical events, the deaths, the fear, Letties pond, her friendship and courage, they all trickle back and he is once again that seven year old boy who had no friends just his books and batman figure...and the little girl who held his hand.

In the end after the memories have played there visit, was it worth it? Was he worth it? This little boy now a middle aged man was his life worth the sacrifices? Who knows...

*I was sent a copy for review*




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Inside the Book:

The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane 
Author: Neil Gaiman 
Release Date: June 28, 2016 
Publisher: William Morrow 
Genre: Coming of Age 
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover/Audio

 UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"

 “Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal

 A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review    photo B6096376-6C81-4465-8935-CE890C777EB9-1855-000001A1E900B890_zps5affbed6.jpgB&NWilliam Morrow

Meet the Author:

Neil Gaiman

 Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and MirrorsFragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

 Visit his website at http://www.neilgaiman.com  
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Tour Schedule

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 Tuesday, June 21 - Book reviewed at Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin'
Book reviewed at Mina's Bookshelf
Book reviewed at Leigh Anderson Romance
Wednesday, June 22 - Book reviewed at The Mystery Tavern
Thursday, June 23 - Book reviewed at Books for Books
Friday, June 24 - Book reviewed at AMD on Software
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Monday, June 27 - Book reviewed at The Reading Queen
Tuesday, June 28 - Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading
Thursday, June 30 - Book reviewed at Comfy Reading
Friday, July 1 - Book reviewed at Shannon's Book Blog
Book reviewed at Her Book Thoughts
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Monday, July 4 - Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Tuesday, July 5 - Book reviewed at Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, July 6 - Book reviewed at Reading Reality
Thursday, July 7 - Book reviewed at Latte Night Reviews
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Monday, July 11 - Book reviewed at Torre de Babel
Tuesday, July 12 - Book reviewed at I Can Has Books
Book reviewed at The Book Bag
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Wednesday, July 13 - Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, July 14 - Book reviewed at Rhi Reading
Friday, July 15 - Book reviewed at Blooming With Books
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Monday, July 18 - Book reviewed at Southeast by Midwest
Tuesday, July 19 - Book reviewed at Svetlana Reads
Wednesday, July 20 - Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape
Thursday, July 21 - Book reviewed at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, July 22 - Book reviewed at Natural Bri
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Saturday, July 23 - Book reviewed at Becky on Books
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Monday, July 25 - Book reviewed at Book Bite Reviews
Thursday, July 28 - Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, July 29 - Book reviewed at I'd Rather Be at the Beach
Book reviewed at WTF Are You Reading
Saturday, July 30 - Book reviewed at Worth Getting in Bed For
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Sunday, July 31 - Book reviewed at Cover 2 Cover
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Book reviewed at Chosen By You Book Club
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Miss Ridley & the Warlock by Diana Green




4 out of 5 stars!!

I have always been a fan of governess in novels, now toss in the other elements of mystery, fantasy and romance and I will be happy.Which is what the reader will come to find in Diana Greens novel Miss Ridley & The Warlock.

 The characters keep you interested in the comings and goings,  all while set in this wonderful period. As a huge fan of Jane Eyre the tension and romance were just right to keep me happy. 4 Stars! I look forward to the continuing on with this series in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this novel. 

Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?


Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.

***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic. 

Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.

Available to buy from....
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Read the First Chapter HERE

Coming later this year.....

About the author
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.

Diana’s books are mostly fantasy, with strong elements of romance. She placed first in the 2016 EPIC Awards – Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Category, first in the 2015 Paranormal Awards – Romance Category, second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, and fourth in the International Digital Awards. She has also been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.

For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit DIANAGREENBOOKS.COM

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