Saturday, 30 April 2016

Book Review ~ Don't Tell by Karen Rose


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Don't look


Desperate Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive husband was to stage their deaths. Now all that remains of her former life is at the bottom of a lake.



Don't trust



As Caroline Stewart, Mary Grace has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. Slowly she has learned to believe that her new life, and new identity, is here to stay.



Don't tell



Then her husband uncovers her hidden trail. Step by step, he's closing in on her and everyone she loves. Now Caroline must decide whether to flee again or whether the time has come to stay and fight.




I’ve read nearly all of Karen Rose’s books so far and love them. A mixture of romance and thriller is a great combination. If done well that is.

Rereading Don’t Tell was a great way to start from the beginning, and even though I still love this book, I didn’t love it as much as the first time I read it. The chemistry between the two main characters, Max and Caroline, was actually painful to read. It was an instant “attraction”, and the jealousy shown between them was a bit too much.
If there’s one trait from a character that I can’t stand, it’s being excessively jealous. I’m just there shaking my head and being embarrassed for them.

I think the reason why I have had this change of heart, or noticing things that are irritating, is after reading Karen Rose’s other books her writing skills and characters get better. You not only fall more in love with couples, but you also get scared out of your pants. Trust me, I question where Ms. Rose gets her inspirations.

Don’t Tell does touch on a serious issue, domestic violence. You get to see the point of view of not only the victim, Caroline, but her estranged abusive husband. I found this very interesting and sad, wanting the whole time to punch that dick head in the face myself.

I’ll be rereading her other books, just to see if my opinions have change. Also because I really do love Karen Rose’s books. Any excuse to get back into this world.


My star rating for Don’t Tell by Karen Rose is:











Friday, 29 April 2016

Currently Reading ~ 29.04.16







King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead.

In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king -Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom.

Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England's territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisers will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real.

As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?


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Yes, yes, I’m still reading War Of The Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it the second time around, if it’s possible I actually love it more. My reason for the slowness is actually because it can be difficult reading a hard copy book with an eight-month old baby, who is very attached to me and wants to be held 24/7.
I have been reading though. Due to only being able to use one hand, I have read a lot of Kindle books. So don’t feel too sorry for me.












Thursday, 28 April 2016

Book Tag ~ Book Blogger Test

Book Blogger Test

I don’t know who originally created this book tag, but I did see it on Celine from celinereads.com and thought I’ll also do it. Anything that has to do with books, I’m there.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BOOK PET PEEVES?
1.    Weak female characters
2.    Terribly written love triangles
3.    Books that sound like they were written by 12-year-olds

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT READING SPOT
My perfect reading spot would be in bed with a bunch of pillows around me and a cup of tea

TELL US THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS
1.    I’m addicted to reading free romance kindle novels, even though they are absolutely terrible
2.    I judge a book by its cover. Ugly covers will be bought on Kindle
3.    I make sure my hands are clean before reading

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?
It was sometime last year and the book was Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. Cannot recommend this book enough

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
One, my current read. I prefer my books to be all on my bookshelf

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE YOU’RE READING?
Chocolate

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE
1.    A Song Of Ice And Fire series by George RR Martin
2.    King Henry trilogy by MK Hume
3.    Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKSHELF ON YOUR BOOKCASE



WRITE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS
They Are Life (I need more than three words; they are everything to me)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?
Sometimes I skip pages to get to the good bits










Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Book Review ~ Passenger by Alexandra Bracken




In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.




Pirates and Time Travel, seriously, this book has everything I love. And I’m happy to say, it lived up to my expectations.
It did take me a bit to get into the story, but once I was in, I didn’t want to leave.

With a story like this, having your characters’ time travel to places and to significant events, means a lot of research and knowing what you’re talking about. But the most important thing, it needs to make sense to the reader. Not all of us know the exact details of an exact moment in time, but if you mention it, then there would be people (me) who would do their own research just to make sure you weren’t making up things.



What I’m more surprised is this being a Young Adult novel. Now it’s nothing against this genre, but sometimes it’s very hard to find a Young Adult book with a great plot, well written, and have strong characters from both sexes.
Etta and Nicholas, our protagonists, are both very strong characters from two very different time periods, but they work together so well. It’s not all about romance, but working on equal terms. Etta being a woman in a world where we aren’t treated with respect. And Nicholas being from African descent, and we all know how they were treated back then as well as today.

And of course like most, not all, great books, it becomes a series and we are left here waiting for the next book to come out. Thank you Alexandra Bracken for captivating me in this world and leaving me hanging until you release the next installment.


My star rating for Passenger by Alexandra Bracken is:











Saturday, 23 April 2016

William Shakespeare ~ 400 Years Commemoration


William Shakespeare

Today marks 400 years of the death of William Shakespeare.
I’m a huge fan of his works, from Romeo & Juliet to Hamlet. There is just something about his stories that have captivated, not only me, but so many people for over 400 years.
Just stop and think, 400 YEARS people. I bet he never would’ve guessed his works will be popular after all those years.

I wanted to do something for this special occasion, but I couldn’t think of anything. I could review some of his plays, but I love so many of them.

Here are just a few of his plays that I think everyone should read, and see.

Romeo And Juliet

In Verona, Italy, two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are in the midst of a bloody feud. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love and struggle to maintain their relationship in the face of familial hatred. After Romeo kills Juliet's cousin Tybalt in a fit of passion, things fall apart. Both lovers eventually commit suicide within minutes of each other, and the feuding families make peace over their recent grief. 

Hamlet


Prince Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost and ordered to avenge his father's murder by killing King Claudius, his uncle. After struggling with several questions, including whether what the ghost said is true and whether it is right for him to take revenge, Hamlet, along with almost all the other major characters, is killed.


As You Like It


It's a dramatic comedy, known for its confusing yet tantalising storyline that intrigues yet is one of the hardest by Shakespeare to understand. Like most others of its genre and age, it relies heavily on mistaken identity and desperate romance to induce humour between the artful weaving of the 16th century language.


Julius Caesar


Cassius persuades his friend Brutus to join a conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar, whose power seems to be growing too great for Rome's good. After killing Caesar, however, Brutus fails to convince the people that his cause was just. He and Cassius eventually commit suicide as their hope for Rome becomes a lost cause.


The Tempest


Prospero, overthrown and exiled Duke of Milan, lives on a small island with his daughter Miranda. By chance, his usurping brother Antonio, along with Alonso, King of Naples (who helped him) and his retinue, have passed near the island on a ship; Prospero, aided by his fairy servant Ariel, has magically called up a tempest to shipwreck them. Prospero toys with them but ultimately forgives Alonso (who has been betrayed in turn by Antonio) and permits Alonso's son Ferdinand to marry Miranda. Before returning to reclaim his throne, Prospero renounces magic. 

Much Ado About Nothing


In Messina, Italy, a young prince named Don Pedro arrives from Aragon to visit a friend of his, Leonato. With him he brings a Florentine named Claudio, a soldier named Benedick, and his bastard brother, Don Jon. Upon their arrival, Claudio falls in love with Leonato's daughter, Hero and wishes to marry her. Don Jon, out of desire to cause mischief, interferes once unsuccessfully and once successfully in thwarting the gullible Claudio into thinking that Hero and that Claudio's friends are disloyal. Arguably, the leading couple of the play are the soldier Benedick, and Hero's cousin, Beatrice, who, at the beginning of the play, seem to detest each other, until Don Pedro persuades everyone that they can make Benedick and Beatrice fall in love with one another.

Macbeth


Macbeth, a Scottish noble, is urged by his wife to kill King Duncan to take the throne for himself. He covers the king's guards in blood to frame them for the deed, and is appointed King of Scotland. However, people suspect his sudden power, and he finds it necessary to commit more and more murders to maintain power, believing himself invincible so long as he is bloody. Finally, the old king's son Malcolm besieges Macbeth's castle, and Macduff slays Macbeth in armed combat.










Friday, 22 April 2016

Currently Reading ~ 22.04.16







King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead.

In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king -Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom.

Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England's territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisers will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real.

As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?


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This is actually the second time I’m reading War Of The Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden.

I loved this book when I first read it, loving how we got to see different point of views from various characters.
The reason why I’m reading this again is because I still haven’t read book two after all this time. Book three is out and I can’t believe I haven’t continued with this series.

As I promised earlier this year, I plan to finish series that I have started, or haven’t gotten around to yet.
Book three is out, but I did hear there will be a book four later on. But unlike before, I’m not going to wait years before I do it.

I’m on page 32 at the moment, and I’m pleased to say, so far, I’m still loving it.










Thursday, 14 April 2016

Book Review ~ The Amber Isle by Ashley Capes



Roguish Never is on a quest to lift a curse on his blood and to learn his true name; but upon joining a group of treasure-hunters he soon finds himself unearthing world-altering secrets that have long lain dormant within the mysterious Amber Isle.




What can I say, another great read from Ashley Capes. I’m not all that surprised, when I received the book, before I even started reading, I knew it was going to be amazing. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m never wrong (pun intended).

We are taken on an adventure with Never, he’s funny, sarcastic, and he’s looking for answers. He joins a group of treasure hunters along the way.
He also has this curse, even though you can also see it as a blessing, as it’s helped him in tough situations.

It’s a short, great read, non-stop excitement with every page. I have trouble, oddly enough, to really express how much I love a book. Especially when I don’t want to give anything away.
Just do me the favour and pick up, not only this book, but every book from Ashley Capes. You will not be disappointed.

My star rating for The Amber Isle by Ashley Capes is:












Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tea Tuesday ~ William Shakespeare




William Shakespeare

For those of you who don’t know, this year marks 400 years since the passing of William Shakespeare. And if you don’t know who William Shakespeare, I think we should no longer be friends….

So I have decided to do a little tribute to one of the greatest play writes/author there ever was. Starting Monday 18th, I will be daily posting everything to do with the man himself.
I’m thinking about each day I will talk about one of his plays. Giving you some details about it, maybe even a review. Whatever I do, it will definitely be about William Shakespeare.

Why am I doing this? Not only because it has been 400 years (400 YEARS!! people), it’s also someone who I admire. His work is still popular today after all these years.
Movies, plays, interpretations, you name it, it has been done. No one will ever be as successful as him, especially after more than 400 years.

Let me know if you are also a fan of William Shakespeare, and if you have a favourite, in the comments below.