“Fallout Girl” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal – Review for you!

Fiction: Literary Fiction/Women’s Fiction

Read:May 2018

My rating:****


Miranda George is on the run. On the run from her life, her past, her family, and herself. Following the death of her mother, Miranda takes off to Los Angeles in search of a place to hide. She seeks out former acquaintance Daphne Saito, an unreliable college friend, in the hopes of finding someone more messed up, vain and selfish than herself. After all, who’s going to notice another damaged person hanging out with the ‘beautiful people’ of LA? Much to her surprise, old friends Daphne and Greta, are settled, working through their personal issues, and making new lives for themselves. They welcome Miranda with open arms, offering her a new ‘family’ to be a part of. Will Miranda make the most of the opportunities on offer, and come to terms with her unhappy past, and make peace with her self-doubt? You need to read it to find out.

I am not usually one for “Chick Lit” books, but I really enjoy Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s style of writing. The characters are easy to relate to. The book makes for a great read and would be a wonderful addition to any holiday reading library.



April Book Review Round Up

Another month has passed us by. Unfortunately the Easter holidays didn’t give me any more reading time than usual 🙂 Here is the April review summary:

You can read the full reviews via the Book Reviews page here.

***** “Heart Shaped Box” by Joe Hill

***** Herbs: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Gardeners (National Trust Home & Garden) by Jane Eastoe

**** “Funny Folk: Poems about people” edited by Robert Fisher

****1/2   Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky, Peter Hutchinson (Editor), Kelly Nyks (Editor), Jared P. Scott (Editor)  


2016 Book Review Summary

In 2016 I managed to review 61 books – both fiction and non-fiction, self published and traditionally published, paperback/hardcover & e-book, across a wide range of genres and from all around the world. I have too many favourites to pick a winner for the year. I look forward to my 2017 reading and will be opening for review submissions in February. Enjoy the rest of your holidays and happy reading!

Authors to watch out for in 2017:

  • Jim Nesbitt
  • Sarah Key
  • Frankie Bow
  • Uday Murkerji
  • Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  • and of course me! Sarah Jackson

You can download the review list from this page: 2016 Book Reviews

Fiction – Mystery/Adventure/Crime

  1. ***** “End of Watch” by Stephen King
  2. ***** “The Last Second Chance” by Jim Nesbitt
  3. ***** “The Dandelion Clock” by Sarah Key
  4. ***** “Dead Down East” by Carl Schmidt
  5. ****1/2 “The Cursed Canoe” by Frankie Bow
  6. **** “The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine” by Alexander McCall Smith
  7. ***1/2 “Bogman” by R. I. Oulfsen

Fiction – Chick Lit/Romance

  1. ****1/2 “Hollywood Lights” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  2. ****1/2 “Chasing Chaos” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  3. **** “Dangerous Obsessions” by Bob van Laerhoven
  4. ***1/2 “The Judgment” by D.J.Niko

Fiction – Sci Fi/Horror/Fantasy

  1. ***** “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” by Jack Finney
  2. ****1/2 “The Signalman – A Ghost Story” by Charles Dickens
  3. ****1/2 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
  4. **** “The Eye of the Sibyl and other classic stories” by Philip K. Dick
  5. **** “Bizarre of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King
  6. **** “Jen Air” by J Coutelier
  7. **** “Sol of the Coliseum” By Adam Gaylord
  8. **** “Rarity from the Hollow” by Robert Eggleton
  9. **** “Ignite” by Danielle Rogman
  10. ***1/2 “Wild Card Run” by Sara Stamey
  11. ***1/2 “Speculative Story Bites” By Sarena Ulibarri (Ed)
  12. ***1/2 “Fall of the Cities – Putting Down roots” by Vance Huxley
  13. ***1/2 “Elemental Kingdoms: Darkness Descends” by Peter Arvo & Lauren Arvo
  14. *** “The Shattered Stars – Breach of Contract” by Vance Huxley

Fiction – Literary Fiction/Other/Comedy

  1. ***** “Love, Life and Logic” by Uday Mukerji
  2. **** “The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu” by Alex Marsh
  3. **** “Random Word Stories: Volume 1” by Eli Goldfarb
  4. ***1/2 “Fractured Angel” by Ken Williams

Fiction – Children

  1. ***** “Minkie Monster Saves Christmas” by Ceri Clark
  2. **** “An Unlikely Friendship” by Jasmine Fogwell

Non-Fiction – Memoirs/Biographies

  1. ***** “No Problem Mr Walt” by Walt Hackman
  2. **** “A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen

 Non-Fiction – True Crime

  1. **** “All Fall Down” by Matthew Condon
  2. *** “Anita Cobby The Crime That Shocked The Nation” By Alan J. Whiticker
  3. *** “Derek Percy: Australian Psycho” by Alan Whiticker

Non-Fiction – Reference

  1. ***** “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King
  2. **** “Courtyard Kitchen” by Natalie Boog
  3. ****1/2 “Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics” by Michael Mallory
  4. ****1/2 “Hidden Histories – Herbs” by Kim Hurst
  5. ****1/2 “The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world’s greatest writers” by Professor Bernard Richards
  6. ****1/2 “Theory Of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf” by Erik Von Norden
  7. ****1/2 “Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World” by Jennifer Potter
  8. **** “1001 TV Series you must watch before you die” by Paul Condon and Steve Moffat
  9. **** “Trumped – Beyond Politically Correct ” by Peter Davidson
  10. **** “The Wisdom of Bees” by Erik Berrevoets
  11. **** “Australia’s best Garden Guides: Climbers and Creepers” by Allen Gilbert
  12. ***1/2 “John Hughes: A Life in Film” by Kirk Honeycutt
  13. *** “Whistler’s Mother” by NGV Press

 Non-Fiction – Self Help/Instructional/Reference

  1. ****1/2 “The Vintage Tea Party Book” by Angel Adoree
  2. **** “Return to Your Senses: Save yourself before technology kills you” by Ronald D Eastman II
  3. **** “The Two Week wait Challenge” by Lindsay Fischer
  4. **** “Anyone can get an A+: How to Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades” by Geetanjali Mukherjee
  5. **** “fearLESS: How to Conquer Your Fear, Stop Playing Small, and Start Living an Extraordinary Life You Love” by Nathalie Thompson

Non-Fiction – Travel Guides/Reference

  1. ***** “Top 10 Prague” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by Theodore Schwinke
  2. ***** “Top 10 Berlin” (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by DK
  3. **** “Los Angeles: A Portrait of a City” by Jim Heimann
  4. ***1/2 “Vienna: Architecture & Art” by Tobias Kunz
  5. ***1/2 Marco Polo Spiral Guide – Perfect Days in Prague
  6. ***1/2 “New Zealand North Island” by Darroch Donald
  7. *** “Berlin” by CitiX