Category Archives: Book Information

Book Information | 2018 | Autumn (Seasons Quartet 1/4) by Ali Smith

Autumn Book Cover Autumn
Seasonal Quartet 1/4
Ali Smith
Fiction
Anchor
February 7, 2017
Kindle book with Audible Narration
272
Amazon/Audible
Read from 4th to 9th April 2018
Winter
Melody Grove
UK

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST A New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, Southern Living, The Guardian, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet—four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)—and it casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history making. Here’s where we’re living. Here’s time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic. From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, a story about aging and time and love and stories themselves.

Book Informatio | 2018 | Bad Romeo (Starcrossed 1/4)

Bad Romeo Book Cover Bad Romeo
Starcrossed 1/4
Leisa Rayven
Fiction
St. Martin's Griffin
December 23, 2014
Kindle book with audible Narration
416
Amazon Digital?Audible
I received this book from Netgalley for review but this doesn't effect my opinions on the book.
Read 27/2 [/3] to 7/4
Bad Romeo Outtakes (#1.1), Broken Juliet (#2)
Andi Arndt
Cassie Taylor, Ethan Holt
America
I dnfd this book as I just didn't connect with any of the characters in the book which meant that even with the audiobook I just didn't want to read it.

While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own... Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college...then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan's epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart. Now they've made it to Broadway where they're reunited as romantic leads once again—and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret—and he's determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him again reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it's the things that aren't good for us that are the most irresistible. Don't miss Leisa Rayven's Bad Romeo, the intoxicating romance beloved by over two million fans online—a story that'll captivate you and hold you breathless until the final page.

Book Information | 2018 | The Library Paradox (Cambridge/Vanesa Mysteries

The Library Paradox Book Cover The Library Paradox
Catherine Shaw
Fiction
Allison & Busby
May 27, 2013
epub ebook
384
Library via Borrowbox
read from 16/2 to 11/3 2018
The Three Body Problem (1/4), Flowers Stained by Moonlight (2/4)
The Riddle of the River
Vanessa
Cambridge 1885

Cambridge, 1896. Motherhood and private detecting don't easily go hand in hand, but even with two small children Vanessa Weatherburn still manages to indulge her passion for solving mysteries. When three sombre scholars knock on the door of her family home, Vanessa is presented with perhaps her most puzzling case yet. Professor Gerard Ralston, Head of the History Department at King's College, London, has been shot dead in his study. As the only suspect left the building a matter of seconds before the shot was heard, and with witnesses testifying that no one left the building after the shot rang out, all are perplexed as to how the killer could have escaped. Vanessa must use all her logic and intuition in order to solve the paradox of a seemingly impossible murder.

Book Information | 2018 | The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season 0.5/8) by Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer Book Cover The Pale Dreamer
The Bone Season 0.5/8
Samantha Shannon
Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
December 6, 2016
Kindle Book
78
Amazon
Read from 7 - 10 March 2018
The Bone Season (1/8), The Mime Order (2/8)
The Song Rising (3/8)
Alana Kerr Collins
Paige Mahoney, Jaxon Hall
Scion London

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series 'Truly extraordinary and thrilling' Andy Serkis on The Bone Season In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize. Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals... PRAISE FOR THE BONE SEASON: 'Truly extraordinary and thrilling' Andy Serkis 'Gripping, edge-of-the-seat plotting' Daily Mail 'A riveting page-turner' Mail on Sunday 'Had me gripped as if in a vice' Stylist 'Gripped me to the marrow' Daily Telegraph 'A trailblazer for young talent' Independent 'The Bone Season is our next Twilight' Marie Claire

Weekly Reads | 2018 | Week 12 19 – 25 March

This post wll be discussing the books that I have read and am currently reading this week.

Books Read or Finished this week

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller)                                                           Read from 16 to 20 March 2018                                                               Book Information Post                                                                                        This book tells the story of seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin who wakes upin a shallow grave after her death not remembering who had killed her or why they’d killed her. She knows that she’s somehow concious – and not only that but she’s able to sense who around her is hiding aination  murderous past.       The plot and characters were well developed and beleivable, and the combination of the two kept me gripped from start to finish. This was helped by the fact that I listened to it via mp3 Audiobook and the fact the Narrator was so amazing because she voiced each character so well that as the listenrer/reader it was easy to get a sense of each Characters personality.

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Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters1/26) by Heather Garham (Narrator: )                                            Read from 5 to 20 March 2018                                                    Book Information Post                                                                                           This is the first book in what I am sure will be a great series which introduces the reader to a secret government unit, a group of renegade paranormal investigatiors through a murder that no one else can track. The two main characters Jackson Crow and Angela are great characters and have both have had paranormal experiences

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Crowther & Westerman Omnibus: Instruments of Dark  ness, Anatomy Of Murder and Island of Bones (1/3) by Imogen Robertson                                           Instruments of Darkness: Read from 21/7/14 – 24/3/18                            book information post (Crowther & Westerman Omnibus:Books 1-3)                     Book Information Post – Instruments of Darkness                                                    I decided to buy this bind up after hearing about the first book in the series “Instruments of Darkmess” in a review video by Missie on her youtube channel Binge Reader because it sounded like a book I would enjoy.  I was right in thnking that I would enjoy it beacuse I did although I found it rather slow going for the first 150 or so pages of the book, which is why its taken me so long to . The thing that made me want to carry on reading it was the Characters and the murder as I wanted to know what happened to them and who was responsible for the mureder.    I can understand why it had to be slow going initially as the characters had to be introduced as did the murder and its aftermath. By the end of the book id got into the story and connected with the caracters particularly the main ones (Crowther and Mrs Harriet Westerman) so much that I imeediately started reading the next book in the Series/bindup.

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Magic Bitter Magic Sweet by Charlie N Holmberg [Narrator: Kate Rudd]                            Read from 9 December 2017 to March 24 2018                               Book Information Post                                                                              I requested this book for review because I have read most of the other books by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed them due to how great her writing is. I stareted reading in ebook format but I have now got the kindle audible narration and I am so glad that I have because the Narration is enabling me to get totally immersed in the story. This book was great and as well written as the other books I’ve read by this author. I loved all the main characters in this book as they were well developed and beleivable and I particularly loved Maire.

Books Continued & Started this week

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone 2/4) by Laini Taylor                                                                                                                                Started reading 25 February 2018 [Continued]                                                  Book Information Post                                                                                                   I decided to read this book because I enjoyed the first book in the series, A Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This was a good continuation to what I am sure will be a great series. I was really pleased to be back in this world and Laini’s writng is as fantastic as it was in the previous book.To begin with I was reading this book as a Kindle Book but then I purchasd the narration for the book which I am really pleased I did because it really immersed me in the world and story.                                                                                                          With how much I am enjoying this book at the moment I can see that I will give it a 4.5 star rating.

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Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters 2/26) by Heather Graham                                                Started reading March 15  2018 [Continued]                                    Book Information Post                                                                                                  I have not read much of this book book yet but what I have read of it I am really enjoying it so am pleased that as soon as Id finished reading the first book in this trilogy. It is nice learning about the new characters and getting into the new plot,                                                                                                             If I continue enjoying this book as much as I did the first book in the series i Know I will give the book a 4 to 5 star rating.                                                        

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Deadly Night (The Flynn Brothers Trilogy 1/3) by Heather Graham                                                      Started Reading March 2018                                                    Book Information Post                                                                                              This is the first book in this trilogy and from what I have read of it so far which isn’t very much, although its slightly slow going, I am really going to enjoy it. So far the characters and plot are well written and developed which means that its beleivable.

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles 4/ ) by Merrissa Meyer (Narrator: Rebecca Sola)                                                                                                                                                    Started reading March 18 2018 [Continued]                                                Book Information Post                                                                                          Although its been a while since i read the previous book in the series I know that I enjoyed it and was glad when I found this in Borrowbox in MP3 audiobook because I had been wanting to read it for a long time.                     I am enjoying the story so far and loving being back in the world with the characters again.  

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Ghost Night (The Bone Island Trilogy 2/3) by Heather Graham                                       Started Reading March 17 2018  [Continued]                                            Book Information Post                                                                                                This is the second book in the trilogy and I started reading the book as soon as I finished the first book in the trilogy because i enjoyed it so much. Although I haven’t read much of this book yet what I have read I am enjoying and I am really liking getting to know the characters in this book, becuade so far the characters are all different from those in the first book.

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Anatomy of Murder (Crowther & Westerman Omnibus: Books 1 – 3, 2/3) by Imogen Robertson                                                                                                                                 Started reading March 25 2018 [Started]                                   Book Information Post                                                                                                 I strated reading this book the second one of the series as soon as I’d finished reading the first one (Instruments of Darkness) in the series becuse I’d enjoyed it so much. With what I’ve read of this book so far I can tell I am going to enjoy it.

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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass 5/ ) by Sarah J Mass                                                       Started reading March 8 2018 [Continued]                                               Book Information Post                                                                                I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series “Queen of Sahdows” after hearing the excerpt of it at the end of the Queen of Shadows audio book.Hearing this excerpt convinced me to read this book. So far it is OK and I am enjoying it.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelley Burnhill                                                                       Started 19 March 2018 [Satrted]                                                    Book Information Post                                                                                           This is a beautifully written and almost lyrical in places book which I have heard about from many booktuber all of which have said great things about it. Although as yet i have not read much of the book what I have read I am loving.The authors plot and character development are good which is making me want more and also know that unless the book goes seriousley down hill by the time I finish reading it I will give it a five star rating

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A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird 1/ ) by Claudia Grey                                         started Reading January 12 2017/∩ March 19 2018  [continued]                         Book Information Post                                                                                              

I started reading this book in kindle format then I got the audiobook and it is because of this that I have got to almost 50% of the book. The characters and plot are well developed and beleivable which is why along with the Narrators Narration I feel so engrossed in the story.

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Driving Over Lemons (Lemon’s Trilogy 1/3) by Chris Stewart                                         started reading January 2017 [continued]                                                       Book Information Post                                                                                           Although it has taken me a while to read this book to the point I am at the moment I am now thoringoughly enjoying it. It is a really well written and engaging book which gives the reader a really detailed and interesting account of what its like to become an expat in rural spain.              

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Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters 2/26) by Heather Graham                                                                 Started 20th March 2018                                                             Book Infornation Post                                                                                           This is the second book in the Krewe of Hunters series and with what I have read so far I am enjoying it and can’t wait to see where the story will go.

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The Ultimate Cedar Cove Collection: Books 1-12 and 2 Novellas (204 Rosewood Lane 2/14) by Debbie Macomber                                                   Started reading February 27 2018                                                                                 Book Information Post (204 Rosewood Lane)                                                            I

 

Book Information | 2018 | Ghost Shadow (The Bone Island Series 1/4) by Heather Graham

Ghost Shadow Book Cover Ghost Shadow
The Bone Island series 1/4
Heather Graham
Paranormal Mystery Romance
HarperCollins UK
August 1, 2010
Kindle Book
250
Amazon
Read from March 4th - 16th 2018
Ghost Moon
Katie O'Hara, David Beckett
New Orleans
Goodreads average star rating: 3.99/5 stars

There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over.

Book Information | Love Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, Survival by

Love, Africa Book Cover Love, Africa
Jeffrey Gettleman
Biography & Autobiography
HarperCollins
May 16, 2017
Kindle Book
336
Amazon
read from 11-16/3 2018
Africa
Goodreads average star rating: 4.09/5 stars

From Jeffrey Gettleman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, comes a passionate, revealing story about finding love and finding a calling, set against one of the most turbulent regions in the world. A seasoned war correspondent, Jeffrey Gettleman has covered every major conflict over the past twenty years, from Afghanistan to Iraq to the Congo. For the past decade, he has served as the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, fulfilling a teenage dream. At nineteen, Gettleman fell in love, twice. On a do-it-yourself community service trip in college, he went to East Africa—a terrifying, exciting, dreamlike part of the world in the throes of change that imprinted itself on his imagination and on his heart. But around that same time he also fell in love with a fellow Cornell student—the brightest, classiest, most principled woman he’d ever met. To say they were opposites was an understatement. She became a criminal lawyer in America; he hungered to return to Africa. For the next decade he would be torn between these two abiding passions. A sensually rendered coming-of-age story in the tradition of Barbarian Days, Love, Africa is a tale of passion, violence, far-flung adventure, tortuous long-distance relationships, screwing up, forgiveness, parenthood, and happiness that explores the power of finding yourself in the most unexpected of places.

Book Information & Review | 2018 | Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Series/Trilogy 1/3) By Chris Stewart

Driving Over Lemons Book Cover Driving Over Lemons
leomons 1/3
Chris Stewart
Non-Fiction, Travel
June 21, 2012
Kindle Book
316
Amazon
Read from 4/1/17 to 31/3/18
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree
Chris, Anna and Chole Stewart, Domingo
Andalucia, Spain
Goodreads average star rating: 3.78/5 stars

When I first saw this book and read its synopsis on Amazon I was interested in it because my Parents had recently moved to Spain.

Although it took me a while to read this book I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a well written, interesting and at times laugh out loud chronicle of Chris and his wifes move to Andalusia and their early years living in Andalusia. It took me a while to read this book because although it was enjoyable the first few chapters were slow going once I got in to it I couldn’t put it down.                      This book followed Chris through from him finding and buying the property which would become his & his wives new home in Andalusia to having their daughter during their first few years in spain.

Chris’s witting was great and I enjoyed this the first book in the Lemons Trilogy so much that I cannot wait to read the next book in the series “The Parrot in the Pepper Tree” to read what happens in the Stewart families life in Andalusia.  This book is a very strong non-fiction Memoir with a travel slant to it. I would highly recommend this Memoir to anyone who enjoys reading any travel based nonfiction books particularly those with a focus on the individual it’s about moving to another country.

If anyone reading this post has read this book then I would love to hear what you thought about it .

Book Information | The Mime Order (The Bone Season 2/8) by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order Book Cover The Mime Order
The Bone Season 2/8
Samantha Shannon
A&C Black
January 27, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
528
Amazon/Audible
Read from 7-10 March 2018
The Bone Season
The Song Rising (2/8), The Pale Dreamer (0.5/8)
The Seven Dials London.
Paige Mahoney, Jaxon Hall

A fugitive who will not be silenced It is a dark time for clairvoyants. Scion is in league with the Rephaim, an extraordinarily powerful, otherworldly race that intends to make humans its slaves. In an unprecedented feat of bravery, Paige Mahoney has succeeded in leading a mass break-out from the brutal camp, Sheol I, where she and other clairvoyants were systematically imprisoned. Paige is desperate to reach the safety of the London underworld, but the ruthless leader of the Rephaim, Nashira Sargas, is not likely to let her escape so easilyÂ? This new edition contains an exciting preview of the sequel, The Song Rising

Book Information | Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians1/3) by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians Book Cover Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians 1/3
Kevin Kwan
Fiction
Anchor
June 11, 2013
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
416
Amazon/Audible
Read from 4/12/17 to 3/4/18
Crazy Rich Girlfriend
Lynn Chen
Rachel Chu, NicholasYoung, Eleanor Young, Astrid
Singapore; New York, America; London, England; Hongkong
Goodreads average star rating: 3.73/5 stars

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.