Thursday, 27 August 2015

BEYOND THE BOOKS - If I had $1000 (or £648.37)


Beyond the Blog is a weekly meme hosted by KissinBlueKaren where she throws out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and we blog about it!

Ok when I have it I am rather partial to spending money and at the top of my wish list at the moment is this


But I have only been given an imaginary $1000 to spend and in the UK that ain't buying me a shiny gold laptop!

So back to the drawing board I could be sensible and put it towards our holiday next year or I could be really boring and put it towards the mortgage or I could go crazy and buy other things such as.....

Clearing Amazon Wish List (Highlights include a shed load of books, a novelty cat piggy bank, a ton of funkos and some nice perfume)

I could do with a new hair cut

Night out with the hubby

So I have about £100 ish left, what could I spend it on?.......


What would you spend $1000 on?????

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Monday, 24 August 2015

REVIEW - The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Title: The Rook (Checquy Files #1)
Author: Daniel O'Malley
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Release Date: 17th July 2012 
Source: My copy from Amazon

The body you are wearing used to be mine.....
So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. 

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Checquy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. 

In her quest to uncover which member of the Checquy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined

Ok, I love mad, crazy, out there books and on a scale of one to bonkers, The Rook is bonkers! I love it for it, this book is incredible.  It imagines a whole new secret world of people with extraordinary gifts and the super secret organisation who police them. 

Imagine X-Men combined with Harry Potter with a dash of James Bond's MI5 you will get The Rook. The story is told from the POV of Myfanwy (it rhymes with Tiffany - not pronounced the Welsh way) Thomas and it is told in a present and past tense because you see Myfanwy has....AMNESIA!!

OK, you better sit down before I go any further because, well just sit down this needs your full attention, Myfanwy begins her story in the rain, surrounded by bodies wearing latex gloves.  She has no idea how she got there and she has no idea who she is but she does have a letter.  The letter is from her pre amnesia self and it starts to tell her the tale of how she got there. Oh and it gives a hint that someone is trying to kill her plus she also finds out she is a high ranking official in a super secret organisition that deal with all things supernatural.

So all in all quite a shock to her already shocked system but the best to come is she herself has crazy powers too. Thankfully to help her transition to her new life her old self has left her a manual of her life, a who's who and what to do list for her work at The Checquy.

Are you still with me? Yes! Good, so The Checquy (the super secret organisation) have various levels of authority, all chess related - pawns, rooks, bishops etc - our girl is a Rook, Rook Thomas.  Her job seems to be quite admin based and her old self was quiet, reserved and set upon by her peers but her new self, well she is a bit more feisty and to be honest she has no idea what she is doing so a lot of what she is doing is made up on the spot.

She does however find her feet with this strange organisation and through the letters her old self sent she begins to uncover all the weird shit that went on in her past and follows the clues she left for herself to find out who is out to kill her - the unfortunate thing is, it turns out to be one of her own but who?

Could it be the man with four bodies and one mind and one of those bodies is female? Or the vampire, or the guy who oozes chemicals from his body? Well read to find out.

This is a crazy read but it is also humorous with an amazingly well imagined new world, it does not take itself too seriously. To be honest there is a lot of characters, names and places to take in and if this sort of thing generally isn't your cup of tea then you won't get past the first chapter but I loved this book and Myfanwy is a incredible character, in fact all of the characters where great.

If I had to pick another favourite it would be a toss up between Ingrid, Myfanwy's super efficient assistant and Gestalt, the four bodies, one mind guy, he is super scary and not to be messed with.

The bad thing about this book is the wait for book 2 - Autumn 2016


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Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Sunday Post #14 - 23rd August 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I'm gonna recap my week and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!

Hey everybody! Hope you are all fine and dandy!

This week has been extremely boring, I wish I had something mega exciting to tell you, I'm sorry!

In fact the most exciting moment of my week was the kids going back to school, just hold on a minute whilst I find a Tina Fey pic to cover that one.....

Yep, that old favourite will do it, they are back to school and they are tired, thank the Lord!!

We watched as our first ever film on Netflix, we have only got the free month trial at the moment.  We thought we would give it a try as our Sky Digital has been playing up. It seems to have plenty of choice and 22 Jump Street was one I watched 10 minutes of on a plane last year and then got distracted so it was good to see it in full - I loved it!!

In other news I accidentally fell on Amazon (again) and bought some books including the second Lunar Chronicles book, I haven't actually read the first book yet but it was at a crazy price it was rude not too!

On my blog I am much quieter, but good quieter I think I made the rookie mistake of signing up for every blog tour, cover reveal and blast going.

Over the last 8 months I have dramatically reduced my involvement which is sad. I still work with some great tour companies but I found it was just too much to have umpteen blasts and reveals over the week.

Anyhoo have a good week everybody!

I have nothing in the diary!!
So expect reviews and rambling!

There is a lot to choose from and I can't wait to dive in! Any suggestions welcome!

I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find out more!



Let me know if you have read any of them!

Happy Sunday!

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

The A to Z of Dystopia #7 - G is for Gorgeous Guys

Hey! Welcome to week 7 of my A to Z of Dystopia!

If this is your first week I better tell what I am trying to do!

I am going to pick one subject from the Dystopian genre, it may be a person, it may be an event, it may be something useful but it will relate to dystopian books that I have been inspired by.

So each week I shall ramble on and on and on (please remember everything here is me generally being playful!), you can view what I have covered so far here.

This week I am taking on.....

I mean OMG why is when the world has ended all the good looking guys come out of the woodwork?

If I was single instead of going on a dating site I think I would just hope for the end of the world and I would be guaranteed a hot guy!

Maybe it is just me but have you ever read a dystopian novel where the heroine meets a less than handsome guy.

I love dystopia, I really do and I love all the usual suspects where gorgeous guys hang about the pages like Divergent, Article 5, Hunger Games etc.

It just seems to be in every novel there is romance, the end of the world comes and woop the leading lady teams up with the first hot piece of ass she comes across.

I mean ladies you don't have to take up with the first guy cause that could possibly lead to a love triangle and that would not be worth reading about...


Groups - good or go it alone?

Next week the letter H! 

H is for.........

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REVIEW - Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Release Date: 4th April 2013
Source: My copy from Amazon

Fourteen kids stranded inside a superstore. Inside they have everything they could ever need. There's junk food and clothes, computer games and books, drugs and alcohol and without adult supervision they can do whatever they want.
Sounds like fun?

But outside the world is being ripped apart by violent storms and chemicals leaking into the atmosphere that, depending on blood type, leave victims paranoid, violent or dead.

The kids must remain inside, forced to create their own community, unsure if they'll ever be able to leave. Can they stop the world they've created from self-destructing too?

This book only came in to my sights the other day when it popped up on my Amazon recommendations list, I purchased my copy and hey presto it arrived with the postie this morning.  

This afternoon I made the mistake of reading the first chapter, it was a fatal mistake as the housework I was planning on doing fell swiftly to the wayside as I became absorbed in this strange new world.

The story is based in the town of Monument which is located in the American Rockies, the story really does kick in quickly as we meet our narrator Dean and his brother Alex as they start their journey to school via those iconic yellow school buses. 

Alex, the youngest is on one bus and his older brother takes the other, their journey starts without incident until the hail starts.  Hail stones of massive proportion that cave in the bus roof and cause chaos, the driver of the bus hauls ass to the nearest place of safety, the giant Greenway superstore.

The superstore car park quickly becomes a place of carnage as Dean's bus careers out of control on to its side with dire consequences for some of his fellow classmates, Dean can only watch in horror from his place in the upturned bus as he sees his brother's bus driven in to the front of the superstore.

He thinks this is it, he has had it but his time isn't up yet, he is pulled from the wreckage and launched in to the bus that went in to the front of the superstore, it has came back for them.  Once he is in the store he sees his brother has made it along with 12 other kids ranging in ages from 5 to about 16/17 and not forgetting the teacher who was driving the bus, Mrs Wooly.

The moods are not the best, the younger ones want their parents, the older ones want answers, what the hell just happened? Well till they find out the are just going to have to make the best of a bad situation, bed down in the store and make use of its ample supplies.

It is a mega store and it has everything from pizza to Barbie's Dream House plus a handy tech department where they find an antiquated television still working and it is picking up CNN, they discover from this what has happened.

A volcano has erupted on the Canary Island of La Palma, the eruption has gone off with so much force that the western edge had exploded sending billions of tons of rocks and stuff in to the ocean. This has resulted in a mega tsunami which headed straight for the eastern seaboard of the United States, all those cities wiped out in an instant.

Our kids are devastated, well the ones old enough to understand what this means. They also discover that the weather was affected in the states hence the giant hail stones. On the plus side the weather has cleared outside, it couldn't get any worse could it?

Mrs Wooly decides that now will be a good time to go for help and leaves the oldest kid in charge, not long after she leaves the worse comes along. Military chemicals have leaked from nearby NORAD, crazy chemicals that affect everybody differently depending on their blood type.

For some it does nothing, for others it turns them psychotic and murderous.  As long as the kids can stop the air from outside getting in they should be fine but it starts to get in the water with some drastic effects.

These 14 kids need to survive, this book explores the first twelve days of their lives stuck inside as they deal with getting to know each other.  This of course involves bitching, lusting, drinking, getting high, major crazy shoplifting and some serious temper tantrums.  

Of course they aren't the only survivors and when the inside wants to come in it isn't going to be a good thing.

Monument 14 is a fantastic read, the dystopian genre is overloaded with so many similar books it was nice to read something a little different. The group had so many different personalities in it and this made for a wonderful crazy dynamic plus I love the idea of being stuck in a superstore with all that food and drink (and books!!).

A great read!

My question to you!
If you where trapped in a superstore which area would you head for?


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