How to write a book review


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As an author and a reader, I find that people are not entirely sure what to say when adding a review for a book, so I have jotted down some tips that as an author and reader I find useful:

  1. Mention your favourite scene. Authors love to read what part of the book resonated with you the most. It is important though to be careful not to mention any revealing parts of the book that are the key to the story. If it is, simply state your favourite scene without giving away anything to readers who have not read the book but want to.
  2. Mention how the story/characters/scene make you feel. Through the book, I can feel frustrated, annoyed, happy, tense etc… but the ending is generally how the writer wants you to walk away feeling.
  3. As you’re reading the book, you might find a sentence or two that really sticks in your mind. Include it in the review as it also showcases the writer’s writing style.

You don’t have to write a long review. Simply a one or two sentence review is all that is needed. A book is different to each reader, so it is important that readers share their views.

If you are seeking a great book to read over the holidays, view my book collection here: (for adults and children)

The best gift is one that pushes your thinking

Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye in My Town Magazine

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The best gift is one that pushes your thinking

(This article was published in My Town Magazine

Christmas is a great time to hunt for the perfect gift. That perfect gift might be right under your nose. With physical and online shelves filled with books. Books always make a great gift, because they last in the minds of the reader long after being read.

And books which push the boundaries of thinking and create a space for one’s imagination, to be filled with new and interesting content, is a book that every reader will want to get their hands on.

Twilight and Harry Potter books are an excellent example of what readers want from fantasy novels. They want creative scenes, interesting characters, action, entertainment and a touch of romance. Reader’s want it all.

Melanie Toye, author of 9 eBooks believes, Destiny Lane offers the above and more. Destiny Lane is a fantasy fiction novel that captures the essence of living in multiple worlds at once, through one’s dreams.

Through the world hopping experience, Sara is continually being pushed mentally by dealing with a world that has no greed, no war and where peace reigns. A world, where what one wants, it is immediately provided. Can you imagine such a world?

With Sara experiencing two love interests in one world, to being a princess in a past life and an army leader in another, she needs to find out what this life experience will entail.

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Best party of the year

Here’s a sneak peek into the most awesome party of the year … my 30th celebration.

Photo’s were captured by the very talented Dani. I strongly recommend Dani for all your photography needs. She was amazing on the night. Very personable and social, making everyone comfortable and at ease. She took to my instructions and gave me more than I hoped for. The quality of the professional images are ever-lasting, as are the memories captured on the night. I highly recommend Dani and suggest you hire her for your next event!

Follow Dani via Facebook here and/or email her at ( for a quote for your next event. You will not be disappointed!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated my big milestone in life. Here are some piccies from the night:

 Myself and my absolutely amazing husband.

 The entry way to a great event.


To read about my transition from the twenty’s to turning 30, click here.

Turning the big 3-0 … or am I?

I used to always think turning 30 was the beginning of turning old.

So when the year came, that I was to turn 30. I started to freak out a little…

Until, I remembered something. It all began when I was in grade 3.

It was free dress day and my class mate, ran up to me. “Oh Melanie, it’s you. I thought you were a pre-schooler.”

Too shocked, I made no response.

Then a few years later, I began working in my second job, as a admin assistant for a large company. I had been there for nearly a year, and for the last couple of months I had been working closely with the director. “Melanie, when does your work-experience end?” I’m sorry, what did he say? I responded, cooly. “I am not on work experience. I work here full time, five days a week.” He still seemed a bit lost, so I added, “I am nineteen.”

“Oh, I thought you were sixteen and doing work experience.” (Inwardly sigh).

It seems, I have never transitioned from the teen world.

On my honeymoon with my husband, we were at the beautiful location of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays. I wanted to go paddle boarding. I ran over to the staff member who was hiring out the equipment. “Excuse me, can I hire out a paddleboard?”

“You need your parents to sign first.” So embarrassed, I ran back to my husband, grabbed him by the arm. And said, “Come on, I think I would prefer to go for a swim in the pool.” I was 23 years old.


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It seems, as time went by, my age didn’t budge past seventeen.

We soon had our first son (at the age of 28 years). When he was just a baby, I visited the health nurse for check-ups of how he was developing etc. I sat down in the room. And the health nurse looked at me and then said, “Yes I do feel sorry for teenage Mums, they do receive a lot of prejudice but generally are very good parents.” I glanced towards my file, hoping if she took a peak, she could see my true age…

Then out shopping one day with my darling son, two middle-aged women stopped me in my tracks. “Is that your little brother?” They pointed to my child. “No. He is my son. I am twenty-eight,” I added quickly.

“Oh, you look a lot younger.”

It’s not like I wear mini short shorts or crop tops mind you. I try to aim for classic, modest and elegant looks. Yet, it never seems to amaze me, how I still look like a teenager.

To wrap things up, at the beginning of the year, my husband wanted to take me to a race day. I thought why not? I get to dress up! But as we arrived, before I could even buy a ticket … “Excuse me miss, can I please see your ID?”

“Sure, let me ask my husband to get my wallet for me.” I hand over my ID and in return, I received a red band around my wrist. Stating I was indeed, ‘over the age of 18.’

Image: A photo of my husband and I, at the races. See the red tag?

And finally, to top it off, the day after I turned 30. My family and I were at the check at Costco, when I gave the teller my membership card. He kept talking to my husband, completely ignoring me. I thought it was a bit odd, but just went with it. He turned to my husband, “Oh sir, do you know Melanie?” My husband looks at me, “Yes, she is my wife.” I add in, “I am right here.” The teller looks at me, “Oh I am sorry. I thought you were his younger sister. I didn’t think for one second you were married.”

So as I am turning 30, I am not really worried… I just wonder at what age I will be, before I look 18? When I am in my 40s perhaps or maybe when I am 50?

I wonder what it feels like, to look over 18?

I am grateful for my youthful looks and hope when I am 100, I look twenty. Because, being in my twenties has been a great decade, even if I didn’t look it. Mind you, life is grand, no matter how long I look.


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Chasing Mavericks

All dream chasers, all people who want something more from life. If you really want to be inspired and motivated. If you really want to achieve something absolutely awesome, that you never believed you could achieve, but always wanted to. Then I suggest you watch Chasing Mavericks.chasing mavericks

The movie is based on a true story. About a young boy who has experienced loss and fears in his childhood. To a teenage boy, where he watches his friends go down the wrong path. And yet, his focus, his determination, is what sees him push himself every single time. To not do the samething over and over. But to push further to one day achieve his goals.

The truth is, this movie, also has same great tips for dream chasers.

  1. Work hard and keep focussed on your dream. It will take multiple times, maybe even hundreds of times, before you reach your target.
  2. Believe in yourself. Especially when those closest to you, turn away from you and your true meaning in this world.
  3. Be deathly brave. Knowing your fears, will help you really understand the real meaning behind your biggest dreams.
  4. Train, learn and grow. Before you face the biggest part of your goal. Start small. Start from the beginning, step one. And slowly build your way, to achieving what you need to achieve to face your biggest goal.
  5. It doesn’t matter if you fall on your face, attempting your biggest goal. Just give it a go. No matter the outcome. You can try again tomorrow.
  6. Ask someone to be your mentor. You need someone who has done the path before you. To not only impart their knowledge, but push you every step of the way. To show you the reality. And be there with you to experience the highs and lows.

You want more tips, watch the movie.

Let’s celebrate!!


For all of my fans and soon to be fans, I want to share the excitement of the release of my next novel, Destiny Lane.

The release of the eBook for Destiny Lane is 1st December. But for readers who want to ensure they don’t miss out on a copy, you can pre-order now! And in doing so, receive 10% off for making the author (that’s me) feel awesome. :) And of course receive a thrilling novel to add to your book collection.

To pre-order your copy now, simply go to:

Click checkout.

Enter the Coupon Code FZ48H to claim your 10% discount.

This coupon expires 30 November 2014. 

You can also read the first chapter here:

Be sure to tell your friends about the hottest soon to be released fantasy/romance novel, Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye.

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Destiny Lane Book Cover Reveal

I am very excited to tell you, that Destiny Lane will be released this year. And to celebrate, I can reveal to you, the awesome book cover of Destiny Lane. Designed by Christine Bowley.

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Destiny Lane, will be in online book stores very soon!