Thursday, 31 March 2016

BEYOND THE BOOKS - The Last Two Blogs I Subscribed To


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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 - My Last Two Blog Subscriptions


Okay this may be controversial but *in hushed tones* the last two blogs that I have subscribed to ARE NOT BOOK BLOGS.

There I said it and I haven't burst in to flames.

I have been getting interested in fashion a little bit more, but not Kardashian fashion, classy fashion with a hint of retro and I discovered two blogs that have these in spades, one especially is super fab and it's up first.



Forever Amber - this blog just celebrated it's tenth anniversary and it is fab.  Amber is an incredibly stylish Scottish redhead who blogs not just about fashion but gives amazing blogging tips, has great travel and lifestyle posts and she had a really cute dog too!


My other new subscribe is Cici-Marie

She has a really cute blog where she talks about and shows us her love of vintage inspired fashion and her style is responsible for me discovering Hell Bunny clothes, Google them, they are retro and cute - I just bought a cute mint green cardigan with pink flamingoes on it, it is epic!

I have a lot of reasons why I follow a blog but these two definitely tick my boxes.

Who have you found and subscribe to of late?

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

REVIEW - Golden Son by Pierce Brown


Title: Golden Son

Author: Pierce Brown

Publisher: Hodder

Release Date: 7th January 2015

Source: Hodder 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BUZZFEED, AND BOOKLIST • With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom.

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.

He must live for more.

So if I am writing this then that means I am finally reading Morning Star which is both great and sad at the same time, great because I have been waiting impatiently to finish this series and sad because I want the story to go and on.

When I bought my first copy of the Lord of the Rings several years *cough* ok, fine twenty three (shit I am old, I was very young when I bought it!) years ago, there was a note on the back cover saying the world was split in to two groups, those who had read the Lord of the Rings and those who wanted to read it.  I get a similar vibe about the Red Rising series, my blog friends have either read the books and loved them or are excitedly waiting to read the series.  I haven't met anyone yet who does not want to read this.

These books are that good, end of. Read these books.

But of course that doesn't make much of a review so let me now talk about "feels!.  

As a 37 year old mum of two, I feel a bit of a fraud talking about "feels" but Golden Son has them by the bucket load.  The first smack of feels occurred for me when Darrow found out what his beloved Eo's last words were. Holy crap, if you are pre-menstrual or naturally weepy grab a box of tissues, oh and don't wear mascara whilst reading either unless it is very waterproof.  Other feels include anger, fear, amazement, warm fuzzies, sadness....the list goes on.

Anyway I am majorly digressing, Darrow is well up the pecking order within the upper echelons of the golden ranks, he has been carved in to an Adonis and he is proving to be an incredible leader and warrior, a man not to be messed with.  He has earned the loyalty and friendship of some powerful golds and made enemies of many, many more.

His mission to bring down the elite golds is far from over, Golden Son has....ok how do I do this without plot spoilers, ok how about subtle plot nudges??

Golden Son has Gold against Gold  along with lots of betrayal, some romance, family feuds internal and external, big space fights, visits to the moon and some revelations that will rock your world and make you release a big WTF? from your lips.  The ending, well put it this way make sure you have Morning Star ready to go straight away, that is all I will say and maybe some more tissues for those "feels".

Pierce Brown has shown he has a freaking awesome talent at creating the colourful world that Darrow lives in and of course he has created characters that even though they are the "bad guys" are extremely likeable such as the awesome Sevro plus I do have a soft spot for Fitchner too.

Ok, I have run out of gush, please read this, you will love it.

Thank you to Hodder who kindly sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review





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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #24 - How to teach Quantum Physics to your dog by Chad Orzel


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!


My dog is insanely clever, she is a cocker spaniel and I am pretty sure she would master quantum physics if she set her mind to it plus she has always enjoyed it when we have The Big Bang Theory on the TV.

This looks like an entertaining look at an extremely hard subject, well it is for me not being smart and all like my dog!

A book with a title like that deserves a look at!


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Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Sunday Post #42 - 27th March 2016


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

I am going to recap my week, ramble about books and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!



Hello everyone, have you had a good week?

I am happy, I have the long Easter weekend off and access to a shit load of chocolate, life is literally sweet!

In the week I have had the pleasure of my car going to get stuff fixed on it (recall - I didn't break it) and they gave me a LandRover Discovery the size of large house to drive, once I got over the shock of the size (I am just over five foot), I loved it, what a machine and you know what I felt incredibly posh looking down on everyone!  

It was my eldest daughters birthday on Thursday, she got her telescope as she is obsessed with space and a star named after her in the Ursa Major constellation which we can see from our front door most nights.

Yesterday we lazed about and watched the Good Dinosaur which was really cute and today we saw Zootropolis which was epic, I recommend you watch this.

In blog news well I have failed to press the live button on my Golden Son review because I got sidetracked by reading Morning Star and then I read the first chapter of Joe Hill's The Fireman thinking I would stop after the first chapter - I didn't and it is crazy awesome BTW, spontaneous combustion plague on the rampage.  Anway Golden Son review, this week (I hope!!!).

I have nearly caught up on my comments and started to jot down notes for future posts, so I am definitely feeling in the zone.

My obsession with Instagram is lessening off a little, I still love it but some of the #bookstagrammers seem a little....well I can't put my finger on it but they seem to have unlimited props and all manner of crap and I ain't going that fancy plus I have made the rookie mistake of following lot of accounts so I never see the ones I really love so I am having a bit of a cut back, ah the lessons we learn in over exuberance.

The biggest shock of the week is I didn't buy any books this week but I did buy a bobble head Funko Pop Stormtrooper!

Have a good week everybody!









Review of this bloodydamn bad boy, I PROMISE!!




OF COURSE EASTER BUT THAT LIE IN ON MONDAY SOUNDS GOOD!




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!


NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!



NOTHING!!!!










 
NOTHING!!!!


Let me know if you have read any of them!



Happy Sunday!


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Saturday, 26 March 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - DISNEY'S ZOOTROPOLIS aka ZOOTOPIA


UK Release: 25th March 2016

Viewed at: Perth Playhouse, Scotland

Snacks Eaten: Salted Popcorn, Sweet Popcorn, Very Large Coke and a bag of Munchies


I love a Disney film, I may be very biased as my family are lucky enough to be members of the Disney Vacation Club and save like crazy to go to Orland every other year but when a film comes out it we need to see it, end of......well there have been some exceptions, still to see Star Wars but hey that isn't a cartoon and we didn't get to the Good Dinosaur but we did watch it on blu ray yesterday so apart from them we always go to see them.

Anyway ramble over, for some reason this film has two names but in the UK it is call Zootropolis and straight away I knew I was going to love this movie.  

I don't want to spoil it for you but the general plot is a world of anthropomorphic (shit did I spell that right, that is a big ass word) where predators and prey of old live in harmony.  Out in the country at Bunny Burrow lives Judy Hopps and her very large family, she has a dislike of foxes and when she grows up she wants to join the police.  However she is a bunny and bunnies don't make police officers, she is going to change that.

The story continues with Judy joining the force and her dream is of course nothing like the reality, her hopes had been to serve and protect, she finds herself a meter maid and through her day of ticketing cars she meets Nick Wilde, a fox and a crafty one at that.

The unlikely allies find themselves working together when animals start to go missing, can our rookie find the missing critters?

Of course there is tons more to this film than that, it is a Disney film for goodness sakes, there is a load of nod nod wink wink jokes referencing everything from Breaking Bad (yep really) to Frozen and the plot is just brilliant, and of course it looks beautiful.

Our leading lady bunny looks so soft and fluffy that you want to reach out and stroke her fur, the city of Zootropolis is just bonkers crazy, split in to different zones, tundra, rain forest, Arctic etc, each one is drawn to perfection.  

The voice cast are fab too with actors such as Idris Elba (very smooth!), Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin doing a great job to bring life to their onscreen furry characters.

 I took my kids who are 7 and 9 plus my biggest kid of 41 and we all enjoyed it, there are few scary moments so if you have young kids who don't appreciate snarling big beasts then maybe let them see it when they are older, but a certain scene in the film made the entire cinema jump.  
Disney fans young and old will love this, they are always upping their game and Zootropolis was fantastic.

I paid to see this film and the extortionate snacks myself!



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Thursday, 24 March 2016

BEYOND THE BOOKS - Things I Miss About Being A Kid


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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 - Things I miss about being a kid

Well I'm the ripe old age of 37 so I was a kid a long time ago (though I am still one very much at heart), but there is a lot I miss such as......



Getting away with double denim


Nobody noticing that I was small cos everyone else was too

School dinners, mine were lovely

Living on a farm

Long hot summers

Deep snowy winters

No bills to pay

Clothes magically ironed themselves

Tea was always on the table

The enjoyment of reading certain books for the first time such as the Famous Five, Roald Dahl and the Lord of the Rings.


WHAT DO YOU MISS FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD?

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #23 - The Drop - Horror Novel (with a difference!).


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!


So regular reads you may wonder why the hell a picture of a toilet roll is taking centre stage in this weeks Bizarre Books.

Well this is a book! Yes, you read that right, I discovered this gem on the plain outrageous Firebox site where they sell many weird and wonderful things.  

This staple of the smallest room in the house has been turned in to crazy scary horror stories thanks to Koji Suzuki who is the author of The Ring amongst other things.

Perfect reading for the loo?

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Sunday Post #41 - 20th March 2016


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

I am going to recap my week, ramble about books and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!





Hello everyone, have you had a good week?

Not much to report this week everyone has been very well behaved and that includes me!

I have probably been catching up on my tv shows more than reading but I am nearly caught up on The Walking Dead, finally!

I am also happy to report I have finished (again finally) my re-read of Golden Son, a book of a zillion feels, and this means that I have started to read Morning Star.  If you haven't read Pierce Brown's series then add it to your reading piles.

Have a good week everybody!









Review of this bloodydamn bad boy!






I have a long weekend coming up and Easter means chocolates!



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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