Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Book Review ~ The Bride Gift by Sarah Hegger


I remember reading this book ages ago, not sure if I liked it back then because I, of course, did not review it.
So, when I was reading this at 2am, I was enjoying this. I couldn’t put it down even though I knew what was going to happen.

Our love the two main characters in this story, Guy and Helena, it was nice to see their love blossom, especially after they were thrust into a situation like they did.
I know a lot of people don’t like the fact that she was forced into marriage and yada yada, but this is what it was like back then. Yeah, this was romanticised, and I’m sure there were a few “forced” marriages that turned into love, but don’t forget the ones that weren’t. When I read books like this, I appreciate how far we have come in women’s rights.

The only character I didn’t like, besides the “bad guys”, was Rosalind. I felt like she was an incomplete, unnecessary character to be in this story. Helena can forgive her, but I don’t think I will. She was the only thing I didn’t like about this book.
Other than that, I loved this book, and knowing myself, I’ll probably reread it at a later date.

My star rating is:

Book Review ~ The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman


A short, quick read, perfect for a readathon.

I loved the twists to the stories of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the graphics/drawings were nice.
I wouldn't say I hated it or loved it, which explains the three stars. It could be that I read this while I had one of the worst migraines known to human kind, I just didn't find it as exciting as I thought it would be.
Especially the ending, which was a bit obvious. I sound mean, I'm sorry, this migraine is making cranky lol.

I might read this again in the future.

My star rating is:

Sunday, 23 July 2017

BookTube-A-Thon 2017 ~ TBR


I always feel weird participating in BookTube-A-Thon. I don’t have a BookTube, it’s like I’m not allowed to do it. Does that make sense? Anyway, I have seen many times that you don’t need to have a BookTube to join in, and in the end, I don’t care, I love readathons and especially if they are challenge related.

Here are the following reading challenges and the books I will be picking:

1.  Read a book with a person on the cover

2.  Read a hyped book.

3.  Finish a book in one day.

4.  Read about a character that is very different from you.

5.  Finish a book completely outdoors.

6.  Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7.  Read seven books.
As well as the books above, I will also read,

It will be a miracle if I get to read all of these, but you never know until you try.

BookTube-A-Thon begins on Monday 24th and finishes on Sunday 30th.
Good luck to anyone else who is participating.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Book Review ~ Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland


DNF @ 138 pages

I couldn’t finish this book; I was liking how I could relate with being a mum just like the main character, Robin Wilde, but anything after that I just couldn’t stand reading anymore.

At first, I felt sorry for Robin Wilde, her life has become lonely, being a single mum and trying to be the best she can. But after a while (this might sound mean), I didn’t care anymore. I don’t care how every woman you know, you happen to look up to, how perfect they are and yours is the complete opposite. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and stop assuming that everyone has a perfect life.
It was become petty, and I started to think petty thoughts.

I know the author is best known as a YouTuber, but I rather not hear it brought up over and over again, I get it already.

Whoever edited or proof-read this book should be fired. Everything was jumping from one thought to the next, it didn’t flow nicely.

Saying all that, I might pick this book up again, and listen to myself before I started this book; don’t think of who the author is and just appreciate the book on its own.

My star rating is:

Book Review ~ Juliet by Anne Fortier


I have read Juliet so many times, that the colour of the pages have changed and I know it word for word.
It’s my go to book to read, especially when I’m feeling down, or in a reader’s slump. I just really, really love Juliet by Anne Fortier.

This was one of those books that I was just browsing at the book story, loved the cover and needed to have it. A lot of people say you should never judge a book by its cover, but it does help if the cover is pretty.

Since my favourite Shakespeare play is Romeo and Juliet, I love reading this interpretation of it. Especially that reincarnation feel to it.
This is kind of like a 2in1 book; we have the story of the real Romeo and Giulietta back in the 1300s, and then the modern Giulietta, learning about her ancestors and what really happened.

My favourite part, besides the romance, is every chapter has a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Like I said, I’m a bit obsessed with that play.

I would forever love and reread Juliet. I might buy another book before this one falls apart…

My star rating is (of course):

Book Reviews ~ Checkmate Duet (Duology) by Kennedy Fox


I enjoyed this story. Of two people hating each other than turning into lovers. Well, it was mainly Viola who hated Travis, but they were definitely not on good speaking terms.
Travis, as stated many times, is an asshole. He is that typical stereotype guy, who only thinks with his dick. He literally can’t go without a second either thinking or doing something relating to sex. I just kept looking past that, and concentrated mainly on Viola’s wit.

As you might guess by the banner, this is enemies turn lovers’ duology. It doesn’t happen straight away, which is good, because we get to see these characters “mature” first before they take that next step.
But don’t worry, there is a lot of sexual tension.

Once they no longer became enemies, it started to get sweet. We get to see a side of Travis that I didn’t think actually existed.
I should also warn, this is an explicit book. Let's just say, Kennedy Fox does not hold back on describing every detail in a sex scene.

I finished this book at 11 at night, just a warning, it ends on a major cliff hanger. I had to get the next book as soon as possible.
Review to follow.

My star rating is:

So, after I was left on a cliff hanger, I needed to know what happened. I’m just happy I didn’t need to wait, it was all explained in the first two chapters.

I forgot to mention in the previous review, I love Viola’s brother Drew and her best friend Courtney. Seriously, I thought Viola was witty, but you need to meet Courtney. She just said whatever was in her head, and didn’t care what people thought of her.

Okay, back to our two main stars, Viola and Travis. Everything is okay, there didn’t seem to be any drama unless you count them not telling Drew, who is also Travis’s best friend and roommate, that they are seeing each other.
I think I saw it coming, if there isn’t any drama, you know the author is going to create it by the obvious way. That’s what happens when you keep secrets from the ones you love.
To be honest, at times I thought Viola’s reasoning for not telling her brother were weak and lame. And we get it already, you love Harry Potter. At first it was cute and funny, now it was like I was force fed an abundance of sugar. Too much is sickening.

There was a scene in the book, a comment that Viola said that made me no longer like her. 
Read at your own risk...
Viola is pregnant, and she is talking to Travis that she doesn’t want to waste her degree and just be a stay-at-home mum. That’s okay, I don’t have a problem with mum’s wanting to be back in the work force, but what she says next makes me see red.
“That I’d be one of those stay-at-home moms that live in yoga pants, dirty t-shirts, and unwashed hair”
I’m a stay-at-home mum, I do not own yoga pants, I wear clean t-shirts, and I wash my hair daily. For her to assume that is what’s it like for a stay-at-home mum was insulting. It was like she was saying she becomes this nothingness basically, and her whole life is ripped apart.
I’m sorry, I might not be making sense, but like I said, I was seeing red.
Okay, she does say later on after two kids, that she loves being a stay-at-home mum, and she has a blog about being a mum and books. Which is creepy, because I wanted something like that with my blog.

Because of that scene, I’m giving it a lesser star. It just spoiled it for me. I still enjoyed it though, and would definitely read more from Kennedy Fox.

My star rating is:

Monday, 17 July 2017

Game of Thrones S7 E1 Review

Season 7 Episode 1

Finally, Game of Thrones season 7 has begun, after waiting longer than we normally have to.
I wouldn’t say this was a boring episode, I think it was an episode of catching up on all the living characters, who is where and why.
I wouldn’t normally mind, but since we are having less episodes than normal, I just want them to get straight to the action, where Cersei finally dies a horrible death.

I guessed the opening scene before it happened. Actually, that was the best opening scene I have ever seen. As a big Robb Stark fan, I couldn’t think of a better revenge for the family that betrayed him.
A lot of people are saying Arya is going to the “dark side”, but think about it, she saw so many of her family members betrayed and killed, and because she is a little girl, they don’t think she is a big threat. Think again.

I just don’t understand the Ed Sheeran scene. Well no, I do understand that she is seeing the enemy as actual people with families and so on, I just don’t understand Ed Sheeran’s roll in it. He just sang and that’s it…

We see Jon Snow in his role as the King of the North. There is a lot of responsibility on his shoulders now, I just hope that he is capable of it and makes the right decisions. But let’s talk about the main hero of the whole show… Lyanna Mormont. Now there is a character to look up to. If they kill her, I will riot.

Daenerys is finally home!! Back to the place of her birth, and it was bitter sweet. Finally, she is back in Westeros, now don’t waste time and get your revenge mother of dragons.

Overall, I rate this episode:

Bring on episode 2.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Book Review ~ The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


I don’t know how I feel about this book.
I’m shocked, upset, annoyed, my eyes hurt so much from rolling.

When I started, I did skim over reviews on Goodreads, most were one to three stars. Which is a shock, because the Vampire Academy series were so good. It’s been a while since I’ve read them, but I know I was in love with them. (side note, I did not watch the movie, because the actor who plays the male lead was a huge no no).

Now, my problems with this book is mainly the main female character, Adelaide, and her plot.
Let’s talk about her character first; she is a selfish, stupid character. And when she has her “good” moments, it’s basically shoved down our throats by the author. It was like she was reminding us that we are supposed to love her. No, we do not.
I’m also trying to understand why she leaves a place where she is being sold for marriage, only to escape to do exactly that in a different place. Oh, that’s right, so she can meet the guy she isn’t allowed to be with.
Her story was all over the place, and there wasn’t any girl power. I’m going to be honest, Richelle Mead tried to make them not like the situation they were in, but in the end, they really didn’t complain one bit.
Adelaide is all, “I will live in the poorest condition for you”. Yet, when she does, all she does is complain.
I hate this character.

Now, saying all that, I will read book two, just to see if it’s the character I don’t like, or the story over all.
I’m also very disappointed in Richelle Mead. This was not very well written, it was like a cheesy romance novel.

I’m not going to continue talking about this, I’ll just say it was a disappointment, I saw potential in this book. With the right author, I actually think they could’ve pulled it off. But it didn’t.

My star rating is:

#AYearAThon July 2017 ~ Wrap Up

Total Pages Read:
Currently Reading:
Total Books Read:

Even though I didn't do as much as I wanted, actually I could've done more, but I wasn't in the mood to read this series anymore. If you push yourself, you end up not liking it.

Overall, I did not a bad job. One page is better than none.

Friday, 7 July 2017

#AYearAThon July 2017 ~ Day #4

Pages Read:
Currently Reading:
Books Read:
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Total Pages Read:
Total Books Read:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

I finished The Girl who Played with Fire yesterday, but I wasn't in the mood to continue with the series. Actually what I wanted to read wasn't any of the challenges for #AYearAThon. But that's okay, I'm happy with the amount of pages I read this month. Something is better than nothing.

I'm going to the country this weekend, so I'll be taking a couple of books. I will take IT by Stephen King, one of the challenges was to read a book that was originally published on the year you were born, IT is that book.
I might not read it, it's a "just in case".

I also won't be posting updates, lack of internet and all. So stay tuned for my wrap up on Monday.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Book Review ~ The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

I still love this series, I just want to get that out the way. But I found this to be dragging on, and maths. Seriously, every time there was talk about maths, my mind blanked out. 
Also, Stieg Larsson has this habit where he needs to give you every, single, detail. At first I didn't mind it over much, but it became annoying and I just wanted to get to the point.

Lisbeth is our badass hero, and you see how much more she has progressed from book one. You also get more of a backstory and understand why she is the way she is.
It's encouraging to read a character who has gone to hell, but come out the victor.

I will definitely be continuing with the series, probably not straight away, but I need more Lisbeth.

My star rating is: