Sunday, 30 April 2017

Book Review ~ War of the Roses Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden


What a perfect ending, even though I want more.
This was a book on the rise of the Tudors, but I felt like it wasn’t enough. Not sure if I’m saying that because I want more from this series, or there actually wasn’t a lot of Tudor present.

I’m going to be raving about this series for as long as there is life in my body. Conn Iggulden puts life into facts. I knew a lot about the history of war of the roses, but they weren’t people, they were just names on a screen. Conn Iggulden made me weep, laugh, and weep some more. He made them human, which sounds odd because they are. Okay, I’m not wording it the way I want, unless I am and hopefully you understand what I’m saying hahaha.

I became invested in everyone, because I couldn’t pick a side, I was sad when someone died. Not telling who, even though it technically isn’t a spoiler.

If you haven’t read this series yet, DO IT NOW.
You will not be disappointed.

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Until next time, happy reading

April Wrap Up

Books Read:
War of the Roses Trinity by Conn Iggulden
Keeping Katerina by Simone Beaudelaire
Closure by Donna Joy Usher
Sign Seal Deliver by Rogenna Brewer
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
War of the Roses Bloodline by Conn Iggulden
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
How to Seduce a Queen by Stella Marie Alden
Chasing the Other Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson
Scotland Lovers by Nadine Travers

Not a bad month. All of the hard copy books (pictured above) were spectacular. Loved every second of them. There was a few (I think one) free kindle book that I liked, but there were some that I didn’t.
You can check out all my reviews by clicking on the title from the list above.

Until next time, happy reading

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Better late than never is what I always say.

This is going to be a quick post, because I have reading to do.
At the last minute, I decided to do Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, but it turns out, I think I’ll have time to read.

I want to finish War of the Roses Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden. I’ll also probably read a few free kindle books.
If I finish Ravenspur, I might start another book. We will see.

Okay, I’m off to read. I’ll probably post tomorrow with my wrap up. You can also follow my progress on twitter.
Until then, happy reading.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Book Review ~ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


It did take me a while to get into this book; I think it was mainly due to War of the Roses series by Conn Iggulden. It’s hard to come away from a series as perfect as that.
But instead of quitting, I continued…
I’m only going to say this once (probably many times throughout this review), I LOVE THIS SERIES!!

Sarah J. Maas is officially my favourite author.
The world building, the characters, Feyre, everything was just perfect. I didn’t and couldn’t put this book down.

I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book yet, but if you have seen reviews or everyone talking about how much they hate Tamlin, read this and everything will be explained.
Actually, it took me to the end to really, truly hate him. Throughout I could understand where he was coming from (kind of), even if it was the wrong thing to do. But what was revealed at the end, I’m with the girl who wrote in her review, I hope he dies hahaha.

So, it brings me to Rhys…PERFECTION!
I could go on and on about how much I want Rhys, but I’ll probably sound a bit creepy by the end. So, let’s just leave it at that.
And let's not forget about the inner circle...I wonder if they have an opening for me?

Bring on 2nd May. Cannot wait to read the next installment.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Book Review ~ War of the Roses Bloodline by Conn Iggulden


- Winter 1461 -
     Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of York city. 
     King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of northerners, accompanied by warriors from the Scottish Highlands. Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. But his death has unleashed York's sons.
     Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king. Through blood and treason, broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. 
     Two men may claim a crown. 
     Only one can keep it.

Another great book in the War of the Roses series. I’m not surprised really, Conn Iggulden is one of the best authors ever.
You’re not just reading facts about true events from the past, you are there, fighting with Margaret of Anjou, Richard of York, Richard of Warwick, and my favourite character, Derry Brewer.

In this book, I finally get to read the big battle of Towton. Of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I was on the edge of my seat even though I knew the outcome.

I was really looking forward to finally seeing Elizabeth Woodville. I assumed she was a nice person who had no personal ambition of her own…how I was wrong.
As soon as she became queen, her family bled into England like a disease.
She might actually love Edward, but her actions let me to believe she is in it for herself and her family.
I hope the next book we see a different side to her.

One more book left in the series. I’m sad it will be the last, I really don’t want this series to finish. I think I’ll read another book in between, holding off the inevitable.

My rating is

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Book Review ~ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price...

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

I probably could read this book over and over again, and still fall in love with it. Sarah J. Maas is so good at writing a story that you are invested not only in the characters, but the setting.
When a retelling of a beloved fairy tale is done well, I would instantly fall in love with it. Especially if you are retelling Beauty and the Beast. DO NOT F!@K IT UP!!

The only problem I have with this, actually with everything Sarah J. Maas has created, is her choices of names. I'm sorry, but I just can't stand it when I cannot for the life of me pronounce someones name. Okay it's fantasy and they are all odd, but names that make sense would be nice. I don't know, in the end I just pronounced them if they were "normal" names hahahaha.

I cannot wait to FINALLY read the next book in the series before book three is released.
About time Catherine...

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Book Review ~ War of the Roses Trinity by Conn Iggulden


The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden.

1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank.

His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his father.

Richard Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom with each month that Henry slumbers. The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colours in the name of Henry and his Queen.

But when the King unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again thrown into turmoil.

The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York will surely mean a war to tear England apart . . .

Okay, let me rephrase it a bit, I love Conn Iggulden and his ability to create a story where you are immersed into it. I couldn’t pick a side, every character felt real and I understood what they were doing. I still can’t pick a side.

It was good to see Margaret grow to be a strong woman, especially when her husband is unable to not only lead the country, but also take care of himself.

It’s strange to think these characters existed and the events that unfolded. Trinity is a book full of the early battles of War of the Roses.
I know I’m going to say this a lot, but Conn Iggulden put you right into the battle. You’re on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, waiting to see who will live and who will die.

Please, if you haven’t read this series yet, or read anything by Conn Iggulden, do it. You won’t regret it.

Even though I can’t wait to start book three then four, I don’t want this to series to finish. Maybe Conn might write about the Tudor dynasty?

My star rating is

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April 2017 TBR

I don’t normally do a TBR pile, either I don’t complete what I’ve picked, or I read something else entirely. But I know I will definitely be reading these books this month. Well fingers crossed anyway.

I will be nearly done with War of the Roses Trinity, I hope to finish it this weekend before I start IT by Stephen King on Monday. I’ll be buddy reading with my friend Tera.
I also cannot wait to finish War of the Roses series, Conn Iggulden is such a brilliant author. Actually, I don’t want this series to ever finish.