Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ The Year To Complete

The Year To Complete
Book Series

When I was sorting my bookshelves again, arranging them all into alphabetical order, it hit me....there are a few book series that I have not completed. Most of them I've only read book one in a four or three book series.

For as long as I can remember book series was my favourite, mainly because the story didn't end in one book. I even used to read a whole series one after the other. Unfortunately something has changed, there are so many more books out there that I want to read, that I forget to continue a series that I started.

So after organising my bookshelves I decided this is the year to complete all the book series that I have started. And to make it interesting (for me anyway), I'll go back to my old ways and read the series all at once. That's okay if the series isn't completed, I'll just read what is out at the moment. 

Wish me luck, because I'll sure need it.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Book Review ~ Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.
A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


I should go and thank my Nonna for finding this book at the markets. Knowing my obsession with books, she literally bought me a whole box full. 
I started this novel knowing nothing about it, I didn't even know she is an Australian author! But once I started it was the perfect timing. My son was starting Kindergarten just like the mothers in this book, except so far there isn't the same drama, actually there isn't any drama at all.

Once I got into it, I could not put this book down. Chapter One starts off with the Trivia Night where the murder has taken place, except you don't know who is murdered. Then on Chapter Two we are taken back six months, we are introduced to our three main characters, Madeline (my favourite character), Celeste, and Jane. All each have their own story, all each have either a dark past or facing dark times. 

It's strange that I find it hard to find words to explain how much I enjoyed this book, especially as I don't want to give too much away. You need to go into this blind, because I can guarantee, you will be mind blown by the time you are finished.

I feel bad this is a short review, but I was thinking, if you have read it I would love, LOVE to discuss it with you. I'm bursting at the seams to talk to someone about this. And I would love to hear your thoughts. Just comment below :)

My star rating for Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is:

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Watching Wednesday ~ Shadowhunters Season One

I have to admit I have not yet seen the film version of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, I've only heard terrible things about it, and since I'm a huge fan of the book series, I didn't want a movie to ruin it.
I was however excited that it will be turned into a TV series, sometimes with book adaptations, especially series, I prefer for it to be turned into a book TV series than a movie. They are able to put more in.

So the lead up to the Shadowhunters TV show was exciting, we saw a lot of behind the scenes from cast members. It basically felt like we were part of the process. Before we even saw these characters on screen we fell in love with the actors.

Then after a long wait (not really, but it felt like forever), it finally aired on TV. America got to watch it on Freeform, formally known as ABC Family, while the rest of the world got to see it on Netflix (I was with the rest of the world).
I had high hopes, I knew it wasn't going to be completely like the book but....I really really want to love this TV show, I do. I'm obsessed with the book series and by hating the TV show is kind of felt like hating the books.

The acting isn't Oscar worthy (actually it was borderline terrible), everything seemed a bit rushed, which shouldn't be because it is a TV show, you can afford to take your time in building up these characters.
The thing that concerned me the most (there are others), is the over sexualising of every character and every situation. I know Izzy is supposed to be a sexy woman and is comfortable with her skin, but really, I don't think she was this free with her body. It just became a little over the top for me. I'm not joking, everything she does is sexual, even the way she walks.

I'm onto the fourth episode now, I'm just hoping it's going to get better, it has to get better. Maybe season one is like book one, you just have to get through this because the following books, I mean seasons, will be better......I have hope.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Book Review ~ Ninja At First Sight by Penny Reid

*Disclaimer: This eBook may no longer be free on Amazon, where I purchased this.


From the USA Today Best Selling Author of ‘Truth or Beard’

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?
Absolutely nothing.
He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.
He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.
He can’t stop thinking about her.
She knows she should keep her distance.
Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic. 
‘Ninja at First Sight’ is a standalone, prequel novella (for book 5 of the Knitting in the City Series, ‘Happily Ever Ninja’) and is 40k words. 

This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in 'Scenes from the City', which is no longer for sale.

I really, really loved this book. I just loved every character, especially our two protagonists; Fiona and Greg.
It was such an upbeat, witty novella to read, I was actually sad that it was so short. I wanted it to never finish.

By the synopsis it sounds like a book I probably won't like, but Greg's quick wit though out the book actually kept me interested.

To be honest, I have nothing bad to say about this book, I'm literally sitting here right now trying to think of things I didn't like about it.....nothing.
It was a light happy quick read. Sometimes you are just shocked to find a free book that is actually pretty good.

This is also the most shortest review I have ever written, but I literally have nothing else to say. Well that's a first.

My star rating for Ninja At First Sight by Penny Reid is:

Monday, 1 February 2016

The Royal Readers February 2016 Book Of The Month

Day #1

First book of the month is a book I've been meaning to read for a while now. I have seen it everywhere, but just haven't either had the time to read it, or other books just seem to get in the way.

Since I have all month to read it, I won't be rushing myself. Saying that, I might not be starting this book on day one. Maybe later on in the week I will start, don't hold your breath.

Title: The Bronze Horseman

Author: Paullina Simons

My Copy Year Published: 1 July 2013

My Copy Publisher: William Morrow



An epic story of secrets, betrayal and an impossible love.

Called “a Russian Thorn Birds” The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is a sweeping saga of love and war that has been a monumental bestseller all over the world. The acclaimed author of Tully, Simons has written a stirring tale of devotion, passion, secrets, betrayal, and sacrifice. “A love story both tender and fierce” (Publishers Weekly) that “Recalls Dr. Zhivago ” (People Magazine ), The Bronze Horseman is rich and vivid historical fiction at its finest.

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana - and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects - a secret as devastating as the war itself - as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.