Monday, 20 March 2017

Book Review ~ War of the Roses Stormbird by Conn Iggulden


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?

If you haven’t read this series, or anything by Conn Iggulden, you put down whatever you are doing this instant and get your hands on one of his books.
I don’t usually brag on about my favourite authors, so when an author comes by and I fall instantly in love with them, I will tell anyone and EVERYONE!!

To prove how much I love Conn Iggulden, this is my third time reading War of the Roses Stormbird. Not only was I on the edge of my seat every time I read it, but being apart from it for a second was painful. Life needed to take a back seat while I was reading this book.

I don’t believe it has anything to do with my love of history, especially this genre, but Conn’s ability to pull you into the life of these people, who are all struggling in their own battles.
In the point of view of many characters, you get a broad understanding on what is happening and hear from them, instead of what people with power have to say.

I literally could go on and on about this book, but I do want to start book two, Trinity, and no doubt if I keep going I might spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet.

So hurry up and read this book.

My star rating is

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Smashing Saxons by Terry Deary illustrated by Martin Brown


Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Smashing Saxons, including who got cow pats as Christmas presents, why wearing a pig on your head is lucky and how to make a dead Saxon happy.

I learned a lot about the Saxons. I thought I knew a little bit, probably thanks to the TV show Vikings, but I was slightly wrong.
It’s great reading these books in some sort of order, I’m seeing the evolution is human kind.

The Saxons, surprisingly, weren’t a stupid bunch. Yes, they had odd practices, but some of the things they did back then, we still do today.
You just have to read the book to find out what they are.

Now I’m off to read about the Vikings…

My star rating is

Friday, 10 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Cut-Throat Celts by Terry Deary illustrated by Martin Brown


Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Cut-throat Celts, including why weird Celt warriors fought with no clothes on, how to preserve your enemy's brain and why the Celts laughed at funerals. 

Nothing was written about the Celts by the Celts as no one knew how to read or write. So, all we know about them is through their enemies and historians uncovering their burial sites and objects they left behind.

Before I continue on about the Celts, can we talk about how funny Terry Deary is. The puns, seriously, Terry Deary should be crowned King of Puns.
Okay, that’s all I wanted to say…

I loved this book and the people they talked about, like King Arthur and the knights of the round table, and Boudicca, who is my favourite female warrior of all time.

I’m enjoying the Horrible Histories collection, it’s not just reading facts, but they also involve you in quizzes and recipes for food they used to eat, or instructions on how to play a game they played. 

My star rating is

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Rotten Romans by Terry Deary illustrated by Martin Brown


History with the nasty parts left in! The Rotten Romans follows life for folks in Roman Britain from Nasty Nero and other awful emperors, to Brave Boudicca and the poor old peasants, who tried to send the Romans right back where they came from...

I started the book and before I knew it I was nearly finished. I just couldn’t put it down.
I know a bit about the Roman period, but there was always something to learn.

I did have one problem with this book, it did talk a lot about Britain. Yes, the Romans did invade Britain, but it was like I was learning about them instead of the Romans themselves.
That was the only problem I had.

You just have to remember this is a book about Horrible Histories, teaching you horrible things that happened in the past. Of course, they talk about some good things the Romans did, but mainly about the gruesome things.

Get your hands on these books, if not for you, then if you have children, definitely for them. 

My star rating is

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Groovy Greeks by Terry Deary illustrated by Martin Brown


Want to know: 

Why some groovy Greek girls ran about naked pretending to be bears? 
Who had the world's first flushing toilet? 
Why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax? 

Discover all the foul facts about the Groovy Greeks - all the gore and more!

Next book in the Horrible Histories box set is all about the Greeks. It was quiet fascinating to learn about their gods and their way of living.
I was definitely fascinated in the story of Troy, as I’ve heard a lot about it. Is it true or not? Who really knows.
But I also learned a lot of other things.

The great thing about these books, when you are learning about a particular group of people, the Greeks for this instance, you learn about the beginning of the Greek empire to the end. Not bits and pieces that are popular today.

This is a Horrible Histories book that talks about things you don’t normally learn in school or see in movies. That’s why I love them, it’s getting to know people from way back then.

I am looking forward to the Roman era.

My star rating is

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Awesome Egyptians by Terry Deary & Peter Hepplewhite illustrated by Martin Brown


In The Awesome Egyptians the persistent delving into the toilet of history by author Terry Deary and cohort Peter Hepplewhite leaves no stone - or rather, Pyramid - unturned in this hilariously vile Horrible History.
How to make your own mummy, how to test the theory that pyramids have magical powers and, among all the handy hints and tips, a few tales of dodgy Pharaohs and their nasty habits.
Anyone who ever thought they knew all they needed to know about the Egyptians and their strange ways will be amazed at the gaps in their knowledge as they discover which king had the most blackheads, unusual ways Victorians displayed their mummies and how to become a true Egyptian peasant in ten easy (or, in fact, rather difficult) stages.

Awesome Egyptians was the first Horrible Histories book I read (and that I still own the exact same copy today), and it was this book that made me fall in love with the Ancient Egyptians.
The way it’s written draws you in no matter what age you are. So I can say I enjoyed this at a young age and now at an older age.

I found this more gruesome than Savage Stone Age. Not because of what the Ancient Egyptians did, even though some of the things they did is pretty gross, but what people did thousands of years after.
I’m not talking about stealing possessions like gold and statues and the like, but actual dead bodies of the Egyptians. It’s also not just stealing and sometimes destroying the mummies to get to the gold, but what people did to the mummies themselves.
You need to read it to find out what exactly they did, but trust me, you would be just as disgusted as I was.

Again, there was a quiz at the end, and not to brag but brag I will, I got it all right.

My star rating is

Monday, 6 March 2017

Book Review ~ Horrible Histories Savage Stone Age by Terry Deary illustrated by Martin Brown


Readers can discover all the facts about the Savage Stone Age including what they used instead of toilet paper, why a hole in the skull is good for headaches and how to make a Stone Age mummy.

I remember the first time I read a Horrible Histories book, it was actually about Ancient Egypt. I loved it then, it was history, but the real history. Things you don’t normally hear about because of how gruesome it is.

Reading it now as an adult, I still love it. I’m obsessed with history, and it feels like there is always something new to learn.
I cannot wait for my children to read these books.

Savage Stone Age is a fascinating insight into what “humans” did back in the Stone Age. I also learned what people today think and do with artefacts from that time period.
What I learned most of all, we humans love to destroy things that have been around for thousands of years because of our stupidity.

At the end of the book is a quiz, to see if you were really paying attention. Not only do I think this is great for young people, but for everyone.
Easy to read, a book for all ages.

If you love the TV Show, then you are going to love this.

My star rating is