Friday, 23 June 2017

REVIEW - Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Heminsley


Title: Running Like a Girl

Author: Alexandra Heminsley

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: 16th January 2014 

Source: Own Copy

Alexandra Heminsley had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run.

Her first attempt did not end well.

Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents.

But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs. So, while this is a book about running, it's not just about running.

You could say it's about ambition (yes, getting out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning counts), relationships (including talking to the intimidating staff in the trainer shop), as well as your body (your boobs don't have to wobble when you run). But it's also about realising that you can do more than you ever thought possible.

Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you're in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this is a book for anyone who after wine and crisps for supper a few too many times thinks they might . . . just might . . . like to run like a girl.



Bits of me wobble, no not those bits and quite frankly get your mind out of the gutter.  I'm talking my belly, my thighs and my horrible bingo wings.  

I have given birth to two children, I have an office job where I spend most of the day on my butt and the last thing I want to do when I get home is exercise, I'd rather have a chocolate bar but alas the older I get (nearing 40) the more I feel I really should exercise.  

I could go to the gym but I hate the heat and people, I could go swimming but I don't know how, what could I do?

Whilst out walking my dog, enjoying the scenery a sweaty yet stylish jogger flounced past and just then the light bulb appeared above my head..."I could do that!".  Well I did for a while, then I got fed up with it, I tried again and stopped but this time I am determined to make my love/hate for running stick and when I saw this book on Amazon I felt it call to me.

Alexandra Heminsley is a very normal non supermodel lady and I mean that as a compliment, she sweats, she chafes and she also inspires!  This is a great read for those of you like me who need that extra kick up the backside to get out there and just do it.

She tells us her story from just padding round the streets to running a flipping marathon.  This book is like Braveheart for procrastinating joggers, once I had read I thought heck I am going to go out there and run.

And I did and I am getting better, I just need to get over my fear of meeting other people and thinking they are laughing at my running.  

Anyhoo if you need some inspo to get out there and do it, read this book!




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REVIEW - Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips


Title: Fierce Kingdom

Author: Gin Phillips

Publisher: Transworld

Release Date: 15th June 2017

Source: Advance Copy
Lincoln is a good boy. At the age of four, he is curious, clever and well behaved. He does as his mum says and knows what the rules are.

'The rules are different today. The rules are that we hide and do not let the man with the gun find us.'

When an ordinary day at the zoo turns into a nightmare, Joan finds herself trapped with her beloved son. She must summon all her strength, find unexpected courage and protect Lincoln at all costs – even if it means crossing the line between right and wrong; between humanity and animal instinct.

It's a line none of us would ever normally dream of crossing.

But sometimes the rules are different.

As a mother this book gave me chills, serious chills.  It is every parents worst nightmare, that one where you face a life or death situation and you have to keep your child safe.

Joan is at the zoo with her son Lincoln, just enjoying the last remaining hours of their day playing together and having fun.  Till she hears gun shots.

Making her way towards the exit of the zoo with her young son in tow she discovers a scene of carnage and no way out, all she can do is hide and hide is what she and Lincoln do.

Joan is horrified to discover everything in the zoo is being hunted, from the defenceless animals to the humans who were peacefully going about their day.  A group of boys are going around shooting everything and Joan doesn't want to get in their sights, can keep her son safe till the cavalry arrive?

This was a good fast read, the one that you have to finish once you start.  It gets your heart pumping as you follow Joan in to hiding, as they discover others hiding and of course the difficulty as a parent to make your young child stay quiet, to make them understand that one noise could be deadly.

Definitely one to put on your summer reads list.

Thanks to Transworld for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.




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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

REVIEW - Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Title: Deadmen Walking

Author: Sherilyn Kenyon

Publisher: Piatkus

Release Date: 9th May 2017

Source: Advance Copy
Hell hath no fury as a demon caged . . .

Centuries ago, a bitter war for humanity was fought and lucky for us, the Sons of Darkness were put down. Yet nothing lasts forever. When one of their most capable generals is unknowingly released from her infernal prison, Vine sets out to free her brethren and retake what was once theirs.

But things have changed, and now an old dalliance is her sworn enemy. Devyl Bane hasn’t forgotten the betrayal that damned his soul, nor is he willing to forgo his one chance at redemption. With a new crew of Deadmen at his command, he is the last hope humanity has to close the cracked Carian Gate and ensure once and for all that the Cimmerian forces never again see the light of day. And nothing will stand in his way . . . this time.

Join Captain Bane and his crew . . .
My first foray in to the imagination of Sherrilyn Kenyon and it takes me to the high seas of old.  Its like Pirates of the Caribbean with considerably more supernatural sexiness.

The wonderfully named Devyl Bane is the captain of a rather special ship, his crew are not all there, literally, they are all dead.  Devyl is a man with a long past, a past filled with betrayal and in this first book of the Deadmen's Cross series we learn a little about his past and of course his very colourful crew.

The story starts with a young woman searching for her brother, she enlists the help of Devyl and his crew and together they set off to try and find out what happened to her brother.  Of course the path to her brother is lined with demons, nasty sea creatures and women scorned.

Without giving any spoilers I will say this is a fun story that is easy to lose some hours in, my only complaint was there was a heck of a lot of characters and I did get a little lost especially as a couple go by different names.  There is also a lot of info to take in but of course this book is setting the scene for future books.

For fans of bad boys, living and undead, this will be for you.

Thank you to Piatkus for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.




Writing as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kinley MacGregor, she is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of several series: the Dark-Hunters; the Lords of Avalon; and the League. She lives with her husband and three sons in Nashville, Tennessee.

www.sherrilynkenyon.com

www.twitter.com/kenyonsherrilyn

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

My YouTube Monthly Faves #1 June 2017


I love YouTube mainly for cat videos and hilarious fail playlists but there is a lot of good viewing to be had there.  I thought I'd share with you the channel I've enjoyed watching!

This month I've enjoyed watching.....

Rachel & Jun!

They are a American/Japanese married couple and as someone who is fascinated by all things Japanese I love having a look at their life!

They have tons of fab videos that show off Japan wonderfully and all the wonders that can be found there!  They are also not afraid of poking fun at themselves!









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Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Sunday Post #60 - 11th June 2017

Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer . Join me as I ramble about my week in and out of the blogosphere.

I looked to see when I last did a Sunday Post and apparently it was October 2016!  Anyway I thought I would try and post a Sunday Post at least once a month.  

Nothing much exciting has happened in my life since I last posted except for my slight downturn in blogging which I think all bloggers experience, that feeling when you just can't be arsed!

But my mojo is returning little by little, I think the longer days help, saying that the weather is shit here in Scotland but I live in a country that isn't associated with tropical weather.

This week I have upped the ante with my running, I tried to do the Zombies Run 5K app a year or so ago but it fell by the wayside, I have started doing it again with great hopes of actually finishing it.

As I write this I am learning that Adam West has sadly died, he was my Batman, I loved watching him battling those wacky villains, he always looked like such a nice man.  

Have a nice week and if you are reading this, thanks for stopping by!


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PODCASTASTIC #5 - King Falls AM



The day that I walked in to Night Vale was the day I fell in love with podcasts.  

My phone how ever got pissed off quickly as it liked Angry Birds and I'd went and put it in the great recycle bin in the cloud to make way for episodes of quirky shows that me, the owner of said phone likes!

Anyway this week I've been listening to......


I actually only started listening to this on Friday, like yesterday and I have fallen in love with very quickly!  

I found King Falls AM when I was perusing the Podcast app on my phone and its description of......


"A lonely little mountain town's late night AM talk radio show and its paranormal, peculiar happenings and inhabitants"


Well, that had me intrigued and each podcast was only about 15 minutes long, a nice easy listen so I could afford to try it.  I'm about twenty episodes in now and its brilliant.

I was worried it would be like Night Vale (which I also love) but it is very different the only thing they have in common really is the radio setting and I suppose odd goings on but apart from that the two hosts Sammy and Ben are brilliant to listen to, they are funny, inquisitive and quite often a little freaked out.,  you could really be listening to late night radio jocks!!

Sammy is the outsider having moved to the town where Ben is a local yokel and the banter between them as Ben explains to Sammy the weird shit that goes down is great.

Their listeners are just crazy too, they include crazy old men, a dog breeder, the local bigwig (who may or may not be a vampire), a local cop and the local mayor, for an early morning show they have a varied listener base!

The story does move from episode to episode and you do realise quite quickly that this town is bonkers, I love it!

Have a listen and check them out at http://www.kingfallsam.com/


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Friday, 9 June 2017

REVIEW - Flood by Stephen Baxter


Title: Flood

Author: Stephen Baxter

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 9th July 2009

Source: Own Copy
From Terry Pratchett's co-author on the Long Earth books comes the ultimate disaster novel - the world is drowning and there is nowhere left on earth to go.

Next year. Sea levels begin to rise. The change is far more rapid than any climate change predictions; metres a year. Within two years London, only 15 metres above the sea, is drowned. New York follows, the Pope gives his last address from the Vatican, Mecca disappears beneath the waves.

Where is all the water coming from? Scientists estimate that the earth was formed with seas 30 times in volume their current levels. Most of that water was burnt off by the sun but some was locked in the earth's mantle. For the tip of Everest to disappear beneath the waters would require the seas to triple their volume. That amount of water is still much less than 1% of the earth's volume. And somehow it is being released. The world is drowning. The biblical flood has returned.

And the rate of increase is building all the time. Mankind is on the run, heading for high ground. Nuclear submarines prowl through clouds of corpses rising from drowned cities, populations are decimated and finally the dreadful truth is known. Before 50 years have passed there will be nowhere left to run.

FLOOD tells the story of mankind's final years on earth. The stories of a small group of people caught up in the struggle to survive are woven into a tale of unimaginable global disaster. And the hope offered for a unlucky few by a second great ark ...


This book ticked all my boxes, the usual ones I love such as disasters kicking mankind's behind, the world slowly falling to its knees, unscrupulous so and so's making fortunes from the planet's demise and the fact that what is happening in the book could quite possible happen.

It starts with our introduction to the group of hostages are the characters who take us through the story, their lives intertwining as the world disappears under the waves.

The sea levels are rising but they are rising faster than expected, now this is the bit I really enjoyed (that sounds bad when I read that back!) the description of the landmarks, the cities, towns, places that we know and love vanishing under the water, it really was horrific.  There is a map in my copy and the landmasses on the planet get smaller and smaller as the years go on, the world gets smaller and the population (which has also got smaller) is running out of safe havens.

Now I really wanted to enjoy this book and the whole end of the world by biblical flood sold the story to me but I'd say about three-quarters in to the book I got a little fed up, the characters just started to grate a little, maybe there was too many of them for my liking, maybe I'm just picky but I just started to lose any support I felt for them.

Flood also features a savvy billionaire who uses the flooding to his advantage to line his pockets, he plans to help save mankind just not all of it.

So to sum up this was an ok read but I found it was lacking something towards that three-quarter mark that could propel my reading happily without having to force myself past that point.





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