Sunday, 31 January 2016

The Sunday Post #36 - 31st January 2016

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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! How are you all, right non blog life out the way first, family are fine, work is fine, weather is shit.  

Right now I have that out they way I want to talk about this.


I started reading Cinder!

Yes, that's right, even my dog (meet Fern!) loves it and even though I am only three quarters of the way through and I love it.  I am totally having what I believe is called fangirl feels!!

It is well written, it has awesome characters and I want my own little android like Iko.  Such sass from someone so metal.  Reminds of my favourite robot Bender but without the alcoholism and kleptomania.


However I have a couple of worries/questions....

What if the next books are awful?
What if the next books are awesome and this series ruins every other book for me?
Is the Lunar Chronicles the most instagrammed book ever?

Any hoo, I love it.  Plus the whole moon thing has me curious.  The bad queen woman has just came to Earth and she seems a total bitch so I can't wait to see what shit she creates plus there are spin off books which hopefully will bring some background info to me.

Anyway it is great, I wish I had read it years ago!


Have a good week everyone!













I love my Funko collection and they have some create collections coming up notable Clueless and Battlestar Galactica!



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


 SENT BY PUBLISHER


Let me know if you have read any of them!



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Saturday, 30 January 2016

REVIEW - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Source: Net Galley
This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .
Gah, talk about twists and turns - Red Queen blew up my mind!!

It follows Mare Barrow, a lowly young girl who is living in the back of beyond struggling to keep herself and her family alive. She is a red and they are the lowest of the low. 

The world as we know it in the book is divided in to red and silver. The working class versus the upper class ruling families. Mare and her family do the work that the silver upper classes don't want to do. The dirty work, the tricky work, pretty much all of the work from serving to fighting. 

The fighting part worries Mare, her birthday is coming up and instead of the happiness we might feel when we celebrate our birthday she is worried as she will be conscripted and sent to the front line to fight like her brothers before her. 

What she needs is a miracle and not just for her, her best friend too, he is destined for the same fate. 

Her miracle does arrive and she ends up within the court of the silver royal family. She is put in to service as a waitress and finds herself witness to the appalling behaviour of the ruling silver families. As well as being very much above the lowly reds in the social ranking, our silvery friends also have powers, like X-Men powers, healing, controlling metals and fire, you know crazy shit that the mere mortal reds do not have. 

She is serving at a silver event where the main event is whose power is best, silver against silver, battling against one another, the event is covered by a force field which Mare comes in to contact with. It should be enough to fry her but somehow it seems to release a hidden power within her, a power that shocks all the silvers present. 

Fearing her at one, they put a plan in to action to cover her up, a red with silver powers is not a good thing and she is introduced to the silver populace as the child of a deceased silver couple, she becomes a lady. Plus for good measure she is announced as the future wife of Prince Maven, the youngest of the kings sons. 

Being red, she has a lot to learn and she gets a Miss Congeniality style makeover, etiquette and all, helping her along too is the older Prince Cal who is betrothed to a complete nut case who has got it totally in for Mare. 

Whilst all this is going on, a terrorist cell called the Red Guard are trying to blow up the silvers and Mare finds herself involved plus she has an unlikely ally helping her from within the castle. 

Can Mare survive in this hellish silver world, will the Red Guard overthrow the callous, powerful silvers? Who can she trust?

Well all I know is that I didn't see what was coming and when it came I was totally going D'oh but the story doesn't end in this book, which is good as I have a couple of queries. 

  • I need a bit of back story, how did this world end up the way it is?
  • When is this set? They have tech so is it far in the future? 
  • How did the silvers end up with powers that they abuse? 
This is a good book and I loved the story but it has a few common themes in it that books of this genre carry such as...

  • Love triangle, quadrangle, quintet..... 
  • Power struggle 
  • Male best friend 
  • Kick ass female lead 
  • Crazed mother/queen 
But to be honest some of these things I love in a book. 

This is a story that if you read the likes of Red Rising, Throne of Glass, Queen of the Tearling etc you will love and lap up. It is well written and the characters still have plenty of room to grow plus they are characters you can genuinely get behind, you can love or hate them (believe me a couple you will hate!). 

I know there are few novellas coming out/already out for this series so they may fill in my blanks such as how the world came to be, I would like to know just to give me a little more insight on how they are the way they are.

Thank you to Orion for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review



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Thursday, 28 January 2016

BEYOND THE BOOKS - #Winning or my lack off #Winning


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

This week - #WINNING!

#Winning is not something I do much of.

I guess I am unlucky, maybe the stars are not aligned in my favour but meh I never win anything.

Well that is a lie, in the past 37 years I have won....


SOME NAIL POLISH

BOOKS (YAY!)





A SWISH DOWER AND HALL BRACELET



That is it but maybe 2016 will be my lucky year!!

What have you won?

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #17 - Dull Men of Great Britain by Leland Carlson


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

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

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


Now I don't know about the rest of the world but there are some gentleman in Britain that have "interesting hobbies".

I am not talking about train spotters, I am talking about roundabout spotters, men who collect bricks and vacuum cleaners, men whose hobbies are a little unusual!

Does the man (or woman) in your life have an unusual hobby?



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REVIEW - The Pestilence by Faisal Ansari


Hey and welcome to my stop on the Pestilence blog tour.  Read my review of Faisal Ansari's novel and why not enter the giveaway to win a giftcard and copy of the novel!


Title: The Pestilence

Author: Faisal Ansari

Publisher: Matador

Release Date: 31st October 2015

Source: Neverland Blog Tours

The little girl cupped her hands and whispered almost inaudibly into her father’s ear. “The Pestilence is coming. Everybody here is going to die.”

A mysterious electrical phenomenon rolls above the cities of the world. The lightning which comes from the east, shines as far as the west, turning night into day.

Two brothers of the lightning, Samuel Srour and Victor Pierre Chaput are gifted powers by the storm. Their paths intertwined, with enemies on all sides.

Samuel Srour has unwittingly started a revolution. His Healed walk the Earth. Free of injury, sickness and disease, but powerful forces stand in his way and the Pestilence is drawing ever closer.


A total first for me is a book set in Israel, we all know that a lot (a lot!) of books that have strange happenings are set in the old US of A, which I love don't get me wrong but it is nice that other countries get a look in from time to time.

Because of the Israel setting obviously a few political issues come to light but the book is so much more than that.  It follows two men, the first Samuel a young man who lives on his family farm and Victor, an extremely rich man who wants to help sort out families in debt.

Both men have life changing events, both of which take place after strange lightening erupts and is seen across the world.  Is it the end of days?, what does this lightning signify?

The world is puzzled, a BBC reporter in Israel is determined to get to the bottom of the strange electrical disruption and his sources lead him to Samuel.

I don't want to spoil the story for you but Samuel and Victor have been touched by the lightning, giving them powers, changing them for the better or for the worse? 

In Samuel's case it is for the better, the ability to heal the sick and dying, and Victor?, well you will need to read the story yourself to find out his tale.

Literally electrifying and told from various POV's, the Pestilence is a gripping read with genuinely interesting characters and a wonderful setting.  The story flows wonderfully until that ending - I feel there could be more to come!

Thanks to Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Faisal Ansari has spent the majority of his adult life strapped into a suit writing marketing and stuffy legal documentation for M&A transactions in the City.

Despite growing up in London, Faisal’s overwhelming preference is to be outdoors. When trapped indoors he reads until his eyes bleed.

The Pestilence is his first novel.

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REVIEW - Sword of Destiny (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) by Justin Hill and Wang Du Lu


Title: Sword of Destiny

Author: Justin Hill and Wang Du Lu

Publisher: Little Brown

Release Date: 14th January 2016

Source: Net Galley

When master warrior Shulien learns of the death of her family's patron, she abandons retirement and returns to the capital to protect Green Legend, a sword renowned for its historic triumphs. But much has happened in the years she has been in seclusion, and she finds herself beset on all sides with hidden enemies, and the tragic past which she had hoped to forget returns to haunts her.



In her hour of need arrives a beautiful young warrior, Snow Vase, who is seeking a master. But the new apprentice is not all that she seems. When she falls in love with the bandit Wei-fang, a secret is revealed that makes all of them question who is friend and who is foe. In an age of thwarted love, can these two youths find happiness?

Based on the original novels by Wang Du Lu, this is a beautiful love story set in the fading years of nineteenth century Imperial China.

I have never seen the film but I have heard nothing but good things about it, this prompted me to read this when the opportunity arose. Plus I believe Netflix are making this into a film too with Michelle Yeoh returning as Shu Lien.

Of course the setting for this novel is China and it really is the star of the show,  beautifully described and incredibly inviting making for the perfect contrast against the battling warriors.  

The synopsis says it more eloquently than I can but the story follows Snow Vase a young woman who has been raised by her warrior mother and is following in her footsteps.  It also follows Shu lien, the legendary warrior who comes out of retirement to find out what has happened to the Green Legend, a sword which had been under the safekeeping of the late Duke Te.  

I don't want to spoil the story for you but if you enjoyed the original film or you enjoy reading a story with beautifully written characters and wonderful scenery plus a bit of romance then you can't go wrong with this.  A great read to immerse yourself in.

Thanks to Little Brown for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.



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