Thursday, 31 December 2015

REVIEW - Peanut Butter and Naan by Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson


Title: Peanut Butter and Naan

Author: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson

Publisher: She Writes Press

Release Date: 11th November 2014

Source: Own Copy

Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom Jennifer Magnuson knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call—she just couldn't find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn’t realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well.

A combination of Eat, Pray, Love and Modern Family, with a dash of Chelsea Handler thrown in for good measure, Peanut Butter and Naan is Magnuson’s hilarious look at the chaos of parenting against a backdrop of malaria, extreme poverty, and no conveniences of any kind—and her story of rediscovering herself and revitalizing her connection with those she loves the most. In India, after years of parenting under a cloud of anxiety, Magnuson found a renewed sense of adventure and fearlessness (a discovery that was totally worth the many months of hiding anti-malarial medication in her kids’ morning oatmeal), and started to become the mother she’d always hoped to be. Hers is a story about motherhood that will not only make you laugh and nod with recognition—it will inspire you to fall in love with your own family all over again.

I have only moved house once in my life and the memories of that still haunt me.  I did that move with my husband and our dog, no kids where on the scene at that time.  

The thought of taking my two kids and moving my family all the way to India, well that is the stuff of nightmares and that is exactly what Jennifer does with five kids, yes you read that right FIVE kids!

This is an entertaining read, I love reading these sort of books that takes a person out of their comfort zone and places them in a strange environment.

Moving from the States to India is quite the process and the culture shock of suddenly having cooks and housekeepers to cater to your every whim when you are used to looking after you own house is quite something.  

This was an enjoyable memoir but maybe could have been a little bit more in depth, for a year in India it was a bit of a short read but hey she had five kids to wrangle and enough on her plate. 




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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

My Favourite 2015 ......Book


So 2015 is nearly over and I thought I would choose my favourite book of the year.  It was easier said than done, I have read a lot of excellent books this year but what makes a book really stand out is when it remains lodged in my thoughts for days after.

The book that had this effect on me in 2015 was.....



Awarded 5 stars, even before I had opened the cover this book ooozed something different.  It had a hell of a hype surrounding it and not being in possession of an ARC of it I impatiently awaited my paperback from Amazon.

It is like nothing I have ever read before (click on the pic to read my review) and this incredible story of love and loss set within the vastness of space totally blew my mind!

My only worry is will book 2 be as good?

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So what was your book of 2015?

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

BIZARRE BOOKS #14 - Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage


Whilst looking through the many, many, many books on Amazon I discovered some hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a little bizarre, they may be unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these hidden gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


Yes, technically this is not a book but at this time a year it is the one item I look through Amazon for - a calendar.

Quite frankly nothing says "2016 must have calendar" more than this, I mean look at that bad boy (or girl) on the front, what a gorgeous bird!

It is not the only one, every month has a bountiful bird just waiting for you to make reminders for those dentist and doctors appointment below!


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Sunday, 27 December 2015

The Sunday Post #31 - 27th December 2015

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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!





Hello everyone and Happy Christmas!

I hope you all have had a lovely festive time and quality time with your loved ones!

I am still on a blogging break but I thought I would dip my toes in to say hello and see how everyone is!

I'm enjoying eating, relaxing and reading!  So far I have ten reviews I need to type up ranging from graphic novel Saga, 2016 release Burning Midnight and crazy science book Thing Explainer.  
I am also enjoying finding books to read as part of COYER and have started this week my Kindle copies of Michael Grant's Gone series which I bought last year and never got around to reading.

So I will hopefully be back fully revived next week, Have a great holiday everyone and Happy New Year for when it comes!

Heather x



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Thursday, 17 December 2015

BOOK BLITZ - Walking Heartbreak by Sunniva Dee


Walking Heartbreak
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: December 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense


Don’t judge me.
I am not what you see.
I am the opposite.
—Nadia’s lipstick note on Bo’s mirror.


Indie-rocker Bo Lindgren is worshiped for his looks and musical genius. It’s been lonely at the top since his ex left. Bo will never take a girlfriend again though, because he doesn’t have the chops to love. He knows he’s poison, a heartbreak waiting to happen for anyone he allows too close—like his ex. Bo screws his way through the fangirls until he’s sick of it all. Until the dark gaze of Nadia Vidal appears in the door to his dressing room.

Saved from an arranged marriage by Jude, the love of her life, Nadia eloped and got married at nineteen. But now, two years later, life is wilted, dead, and not what anyone should have to endure.

Nadia, with her secret-keeper eyes and instant understanding of who Bo is, attracts and fascinates him without even trying. The ring gleaming on her finger should keep them apart, but morals can’t always resist destiny.

When brokenhearted meets heartbreaker, whose heart is really at stake?


WH Obsession is music


EXCERPT:



BO

Her moods flow in gentle waves. The coffee of her irises swims with sadness then lifts into whiskey gold with the twang of my guitar. Left to ourselves in the back lounge, our silence is sinuous, laced with stories from my home town, Skala, and Nadia’s anecdotes from growing up in a cult. But when we’re quiet, my fingers itch and find my guitar. Toy with strings and enunciate emotions she tries to conceal.

Sometimes, my riffs turn to ballads while lyrics splash out in patches of color in my head. Sometimes, when Nadia curves a hip to get comfortable, my gaze float to her waist and shifts to her chest. The game of my chords turns loaded, adding a steady, slow beat, the way I do to make her climb when we’re together.

Without words, she still hears my hunger. Watches my fingers work metal strings with a need that becomes X-rated. And she sits up. Joins her legs and lowers her chin to her knees, demure, secretive, hiding behind her hair in shyness and not understanding that she’s sexier than ever.

All these females. So many women and vixens with a past, a present, and a future—a full life I never wanted to be a part of. But now, I crave to bury deep under the skin of a single girl who is not single.

It’s been a while since I spoke last, so my voice rasps deep when I say, “You kill me.”

“I don’t want to kill you. Do you know the person you are? How talented you are? You deserve so much, Bo, you don’t even know, and the last thing you need is dead weight like me.”

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Sunniva was born in Norway, the Land of The Midnight Sun, but spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece—Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in California, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah. Sunniva has a Master's degree in Spanish, which she taught until she settled in as an adviser at an art college in the South.

Sunniva writes New Adult fiction with soul. Sometimes it's with a paranormal twist, like in Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love. At other times, it's contemporary, as in Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, and now Walking Heartbreak.

Sunniva is the happiest when her characters take over, let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep you on your toes until the end of each story.

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

BIZARRE BOOKS #13 - Boobadoodle by Rosy Sherry


Whilst looking through the many, many, many books on Amazon I discovered some hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a little bizarre, they may be unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these hidden gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!



How to jazz up your boobs, really what more can I say...

Could this be the book you have been waiting on?  

I live in Scotland so this sort of thing is impractical due to a couple of reasons.

1 - It's cold
2 - Getting boobs out in public frowned upon

Maybe this is acceptable where you live?


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Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Sunday Post #30 - 13th December 2015

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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!



Hoping everyone is well!

Just a very quick Sunday Post this week, I am going on a blogging break probably until the early New Year, I am massively behind on writing reviews and replying to comments, and quite frankly I just want a little break but I will be back refreshed.

Don't worry Bizarre Books followers, I have them scheduled for the next few weeks!

So I hope you all have a wonder Christmas and New Year, I will still be having a browse through your blogs over the festive period!

Happy Sunday!


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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

BIZARRE BOOKS #12 - Dancing with Jesus by Sam Stall


Whilst looking through the many, many, many books on Amazon I discovered some hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a little bizarre, they may be unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these hidden gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


It is coming up to the most wonderful time of the year and what better book to help us celebrate than Dancing with Jesus.

Learn to dance the Temptation Tango or let loose with the Judas Hustle! 


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Monday, 7 December 2015

BLOG TOUR - Review - Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

Welcome to my review stop on the tour for Michelle Scott's Straight to Hell!
I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be. I was married to someone better looking than your husband, we lived in that house you always wanted. Within a year, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and my job hardly paid the bills. So when I was hit by a car and died, I thought my life couldn't get any worse. Boy, was I wrong.



Hell was not the place I imagined. It was worse. During my brief stay, I learned some disturbing truths about my family. Most worryingly my ancestor’s deal with the devil promising him every female descendant as a succubus.

So these were my options: Life on earth as a soul-sucking seductress. Or death and pass the succubus baton to my sweet little daughter. There was no choice. Welcome to hell on earth, Lilith. Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon.




Imagine having the perfect life, the perfect family, not worrying about if there is enough money in the bank, buying that designer handbag or in my case not worrying about buying a shed load of books.  

Now imagine having that ripped away from you, being by yourself with your kids and having to live day to day.  Well this is what has happened to Lilith Straight, she had it all and lost it but she still has her daughter and is also looking after her niece plus somewhere along the line her crazy stepsister has moved in.

But hey she has her health......well she had till the day she gets knocked over and killed by a car.

But she doesn't reach the pearly gates, she ends up behind bars somewhere down below and is introduced to Miss Spry who has a family story to tell her.

She learns that she is a Succubus and not only that, she comes from a long, long line of them.  The icing on the cake is she can have her life back but only if she becomes a Succubus, one that will be forever on call for the people down below in Hell or she can die.

She doesn't like it but there really is only one choice for her.

Of course the path to accepting that your body is now hosting a demon and that your mother has been hiding the fact she is a succubus from you does take a bit of getting used to for Lilith but before she gets a chance to speak to her, the worst happens, her mother passes away.

Lilith does not even get to organise her mothers funeral in peace, her new "skills" want to come to the surface and so begins Lilith's attempt to rebel against what she is.

As the story progresses we meet more of Miss Spry's colleagues who are there to guide Lilith and to make sure she carries out what is demanded of her because is she doesn't do what she is told, she will lose her life.

Straight to Hell is a great read, it is sassy, it is funny and the character of Lilith is a great one, she is a normal woman who has hit hard times and all of a sudden has to ride the crazy train to her new life.  

This book did not take itself too seriously which I love and I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes in the future!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review




About the author: Maybe it’s because of my Halloween birthday, but I've always been attracted to scary stories. On the other hand, I love romances as well. Once I discovered that these two genres existed side-by-side in urban fantasy novels, I was in heaven! Urban fantasy is like chocolate and peanut butter: a perfect, to-die-for combination that I can never get enough of.


I’ve been writing since childhood, but earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology and my master’s in English literature.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Sunday Post #29 - 7th December 2015

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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!





This week has been a bit crap.

The weather has been deep snow one minute and deep water the next, a joy to behold when travelling to work.  At least I know the new car is excellent in shitty weather.

In blog life I have failed miserably to do anything, here I am on Sunday night rather than Saturday night doing my Sunday Post!, I have comments to catch up on, five books to review, posts to prep and I just haven't got my act together.  Every time I go to bed to read I fall asleep.

Anyway this week I aim to be a bit more proactive and get stuff done.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes last week and congrats to Kissin Blue Karen on winning my competition.

Have a good week everyone

Sunday Post

My birthday giveaway ends!

Bizarre Books - Manifold Cooking!






I loved the first volume and I am excited to get my mitts on the second volume!



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!


BOUGHT FROM AMAZON

 
 



 KINDLE FREEBIES (MAY NOT BE ANYMORE!)

nothing!

NETGALLEY HAUL

ZERO!!!


SENT BY PUBLISHER

ZERO!!!


Let me know if you have read any of them!





Happy Sunday!


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