Space Dragon by Robin Bennett

Before we even get onto the review I just want to talk about the hardcover I received. The cover is unreal. It has a little charm on the spine of the book which I’ve never seen on a book before. The inside has pictures throughout at the start of the chapters. With brief descriptions of each of the dragons.

It’s been well designed and it’s going to look really nice on my book shelf once I finally decide to put it up.

I was lucky enough to be on this blog tour. I’m so glad I was as I really enjoyed the book. I was suprised at how much Robin put into this especially as its only 200 pages. The amount of action in this book has you engrossed from the start. I literally couldn’t put it down. I loved it that much I read the book the very afternoon I received it. (which is pretty quick for me)

This book is my two favourite genres in one book. Sci-fi and fantasy. What more could you ask for. Dragons in space. Actually in our solar system. The dragons actually dwell on the planets in our solar system. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The book starts off with a lad called Stan who has the most annoying sister ever. To be honest we’ve got annoying little sister. Stan loves anything to do with space that hes got a telescope in his bedroom. Stan runs up to his bedroom after he hears a clash coming from his room.

Stan notices that his telescope is lying on the floor. Stan is furious that this has happend and its obvious that its only one person could do this. Stan could hear something rattle inside the telescope and he obviously thinks that one of the lens have fallen out and ruined his telescope. Stan decides to put it back together and looks through it when he gets the biggest fright of his life.

What Stan was expecting was to see the moon in all her glory. Except he saw an eye of a dragon. Which he wasn’t supposed to have seen. What happens next unfolds a lot of untold stories and adventures for Stan to the point where they would become unbelievable if he dared to tell someone.

 

 

Book Extract

 

Chapter I

The whole universe: every planet, star, black hole and life form started with a single atom exploding into a great void of nothing. Right after that, came the Dragons.

 

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending the rest of his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

The ones he wore the morning when it all began were too tight and had a faded picture of Ben Ten on the back, which made them look like the child superhero had been specially assigned by the Pants People to guard his butt.

Right now, however, he had more important things on his mind. He looked at the pieces of his broken telescope and thought angrily about his little sister.

‘You’re so stupid! You broke it and even after you were told not to go in my room, or touch my stuff!’ he’d shouted. She was the one who had smashed his telescope but he was the one who got into trouble for making her cry, when it wasn’t her fault, according to their mother – although of course it was! She’d knocked the telescope over. It was obviously all her fault.

He spent the afternoon being made to do chores.

 

 

Later, when he got into his room it was ablaze in a blood-red glow from the setting Sun. He got into his pyjamas, watching as the skies had darkened at the top of the window frame and one or two stars winked into view: tiny silver dots millions and millions of miles away.

Stan shivered once more, in spite of the summer evening, closed the curtains quickly and turned on the electric light. It was one of those nights when everything felt weird and a bit spooky.

By the time Stan had got his telescope back on its stand, properly screwed in, and had checked it carefully for dents, the sunset had receded to a fiery fringe on the horizon and the skies were as bottomless and black as infinity itself.

Stan’s palms were sweaty as he handled the cool tube and it was then that he finally admitted to himself that he felt nervous. But was it just the telescope? Everything felt creepy tonight. He took a deep breath, removed the lens cap and peered down the eyepiece.

Nothing. And, yet, there was something about the deep blackness at first glance that didn’t look like right: it almost felt as if he was staring into a hole in Space, and as if, from the end of this long, dark tunnel, something was hiding. And waiting.

Stan shook his head. He was just imagining things. He glanced up … nope, the Moon was bright in the sky between two large oaks at the end of the garden. Stan checked he was pointing it in the right direction for him to see its reassuring silvery light and looked again.

Nothing. Just a deep, flat blackness. OK, so his telescope was broken! Stan felt his fear driven away by anger. Resisting the urge to rush downstairs yelling, or straight into his sister’s room, Stan swung the scope around …

An evil-looking eye, from the depths of Space, sprung open and stared back

Biography

Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, some under the nom de plume R.S Harding. He has also written books on the swashbuckling world of business: How to Make a Good Living Running Your Own Business, Kicking the Property Ladder and Start up Smart, all published by Harriman House.

Aged 21 he was all set to become a cavalry officer and aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant grave digger in South London wondering where it had all gone wrong.

He went on and founded London Tutors, aged just 23, and since then has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses in a variety of areas from dog-sitting to translation. In 1997, he founded Monster Books, an independent publishing house.

Robin has mentored a number of young people hoping to make a start in business and has spoken at conferences on fantasy literature. His first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.

In 2013, Robin published Angel of Mons, which brings one of the most significant battles of WW1 to life. It is the clever and compelling story of Ben, a bullied school boy who learns about courage and doing what’s right when he finds himself transported back 100 years to 1914 Mons.

Other significant titles include Moüsch the Crooked and Raptor the Avenger, the second and third volumes in the award-winning Small Vampires series, and Iron Knights, a YA fantasy adventure.

You can find Robin Bennett on Goodreads and visit his website at http://www.monsterbooks.co.uk.

 

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Space and dragons what more do you want in a book. Probably the easiest review I’ve done. If you read this far thank you. You could’ve read this short review lol.

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How did this happen!?

When I checked onto wordpress I got an unexpected notification. 500 followers now follow my blog. Honestly how is this even possible. When I first started my blog I though nobody would ever even give it a second glance never mind follow it. I’ve always thought my blog wouldn’t amount to anything. I’m actually quite proud of my blog. I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers on here and discovered some amazing bloggers. (I may do a blog appreciation post if people would read it?)

Again I like to thank you all. I never thought anyone would read my blog never mind follow it.

The Journey Begins

My first ever post. I published this around a year ago. I can’t believe I’ve came this far. Never thought the blogging community would be this friendly. I’m so thankful for all the followers. I’m looking forward to writing and reading more fantastic blogs. The post below is what i wrote first. Yes I know it’s abit cringy 🤣

 

 

 

Thanks for joining me! This blog will be mainly books reviews but will post random and nerdy things also.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

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Well I’m finally out of my reading slump and its all because of this book. I read this book over the weekend and could never put down. When I did eventually put it down I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The whole concept is amazing. It did remind me a lot about time cop (yes the Van Damme film) Engella is a young woman travelling through time running from a group of hunters and trying to find her family who she hasn’t seen for god knows how many years.

Right come on lets get on with the review or we will  be here all day. As I said the story is about Engella who has a nifty wristband that lets her travel through time. Shes on a mission to find her parents while trying to escape from a group of hunters. The hunters are after her as she has something that they need. (im saying nothing more about that as I dont want to spoil the story) Engella has been to some very interesting places and times in the past and the future.

 

The book does offer quite a few different views points. Especially with the different characters and the different times they were in. I thought it may of confused the reader.  I also thought this might struggle to tie in the whole book together but Paul didnt dissapoint. This book tied in really well leaving me literally hanging on edge wanting to read the second book.

If you like a futuristic science fiction read then this is the book for you to add to your collection (and come on the cover is ridiculously awesome)

Mental health is like a rollercoaster

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Where do you with a post like this. Literally the past few months my mental health has been like a rollercoaster. It has been horrible. Times I’ve been thinking what the actual fuck is going on in my head. People shouldn’t have to suffer like this. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this. I wish sometimes there was an off button. I’ve been feeling really tired lately but think that’s due to my brain going into overdrive when Im trying to fall asleep. It even got to the point where I stopped reading books. Which was a really good escape for me to take my mind of things and switch off. Thankfully Im back reading and forgot how much I missed it (but that’s another story) I have noticed lately that my mood swings have been quite erratic. I’ve either been really hyper or in a low mood with myself without even realising. My partner knows the signs if Im struggling. she seems to know the right questions and brings me round. but due to my stubbornness I can be in a rut for while. I think the one I’ve just come out of has been the longest one yet. I always seem to be fine on the outside which means Im good at masking it. I always think that if i show my feelings especially at work or with friends and even other family members i don’t think they would ever judge me. it’s just that Im not one for expressing myself outright especially when Im face to face with someone. my partner is the only one i feel comfortable enough around to talk about it and that’s when she’s nagged me enough for me to talk to her about it. I’m not saying mine is worse than anyone elses. We all deal with this differently. If you’re going through something like this then open up. I know its hard but using my blog to express myself a bit really off loads a lot of weight that I feel like ive been carrying. I feel relieved after ive written it down and if it helps some one then its brilliant. If anyone has any questions please ask. Also speak up about it help yourself, help someone. Thats me signing off from this one. I feel like I’ve written enough and feel better for it. Thank you for your time and reading this.

It’s been a while.

I’m still in a massive reading slump. I forgot how much attention a new-born baby needs. I’ve also been promoted at work so there’s more extra responsibility. Which I’m really enjoying. Enough with the excuses lol. I’m so proud of my partner for giving me another beautiful daughter. We called her Poppy Mae and she’s amazing. I do need to start blogging again. I’ve missed so much of your posts. If you don’t mind leaving links to some of your posts I will get around to reading. Hopefully anyway 😂😂

I’m going to read some posts. I will get back around to blogging. I hope all of you are well.

Reading slump.

My reading atm has came to a complete stand still. Every time I pick up my book I fall asleep. The last book I read was the blood of the ill fated woman by Kevin Breaux (review pending) Now I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things and it’s getting really frustrating. I really do love reading and very passionate about it. I even borrowed a book to my friend who hasn’t read a book for 20+ years that should be motivating enough. I’m hoping this passes over soon and I get back into the swing of reading again.

I’m back.

Well as the title suggests I’m back after taking a month of. I thought it would be hard but I’ve been so busy that I’ve never had time.

My partner done an amazing job giving birth to our baby daughter called Poppy Mae. She’s amazing and so proud of my eldest daughter. She’s been helping out and looking after her baby sister. I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better.

The only thing that has spoiled my time away was my car getting written off. We had very bad winds and some how we were unfortunate enough that a branch snapped off and landed on the car. luckily no body was harmed just really shook up.

I never realised how much I’d miss a car and how easy it actually is. We did use public transport and the odd taxi to basically pick up my daughter from school. Now we have had skimp and scrape to get a new car.

I’m going back to work on Monday and I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into some sort of structured routine. Being off all I’ve done is goto the gym and sleep 😂

Writing this has made me realise how much I’ve missed blogging. I’ve got so much to say so will hopefully have some more blogs posted.

I will end my post there as I can go on for a while and my daughter is starting to stir so will need to feed her.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m going to try to read some of your blogs whan I get the chance 😁

 

 

 

End of August already.

This month has flown over. Feels like I’ve blinked and it’s September already. I’ve been abit quiet on here lately as I’ve been working more and getting stuff sorted before my partner gives birth.

I keep thinking I’ve hardly done any posts. Then I check my stats and noticed I’ve done 11 posts. This is probably the worst month I’ve had (numbers wise) but I’m not bothered about stats anymore.

I’ve done a few blog tours which I appreciate and love doing. I enjoy them as I’m discovering new author’s and genres of books that I’d never normally read.

I usually do blogger of the month aswell but for some reason it’s not showing up who has been the most active on my blog. So from last month it was Phantom Paper (who is an awesome blogger) be nice and go give her blog some love.

I’d like to welcome all my new followers. I’m checking everyone and looking through your blogs. They are amazing and getting some inspiration for future blog posts.

My newest follor is Becca-anne go and check her blog out (I’m busy reading it while trying to write this 🤣)

Hope September is a good blogging month for everyone. I’m looking forward to reading your posts 😁

Yes I know it’s abit late considering it’s halfway through September. Finally found out my partner is going to be taken into hospital on Friday to have the baby as it still hasn’t arrived. (I think it’s too comfortable inside there it doesn’t want to come out 😂)

I was going to say I’d try and blog if I can but I’m probably not as we are going to be busy. I will be reading some posts when it’s early hours in the morning when I’m dealing with the baby 🤣