Books and Reading | Book Reviews | Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Series 4/7) by Sarah J Mass

Queen of Shadows Book Cover Queen of Shadows
Throne of Glass Series 4/7
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult Fiction
Bloomsbury Publishing
September 1, 2015
Kindle Book/Audio Book
576
Amazon/Audible
Celaena Sardothian (Aelin Galathinios)
Rifthold
Heir of Fire
Empire of Storms
Read from 2/11/17 to 7/8/18
Elizabeth Evans

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire – to confront the shadows of her past ... The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series. Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people. Readers will be held rapt as Celaena's story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

I started reading this book as soon as I’d finished reading the previous book in the series which is Heir of fire because i enjoyed that one so much. However I didn’t enjoy it much at all even though I did end up reading it in audio book format which made it more bearable as the Narrators Narration was great and it was far more atmospheric than it would have been just reading it. In fact I didn’t enjoy it so much that at the halfway point I was considering not reading anymore of the series but at the end of the audio book there was an excerpt from the next book in the series and listening to that made me want to read it’

Sarah’s writing style, plot and character development were as good as ever but I didn’t feel that I connected to Celaena as strongly as I did in previous books in fact i Just found her extremely annoying, although her relationships with the other characters were endearing on the whole. It slightly annoyed me how the story jumped between Celaena’s story and the story of the witch clans because I was just settled in hearing the story from one point of view when I found I was hearing the story from the other persons/groups point of view which was a little jarring. I can understand why Sarah wrote it this way because it meant that as the reader you were able to get both points of views of the main groups in the story but when it changed points of view it pulled me out of the story.

As much as I only gave this book a three star rating I did enjoy it a bit but it’s just not the best book in this series as it probably has “middle book” syndrome in that although it’s an Ok story the characters have become a little blah. However it is still a book that I would recommend it to anyone whose a fan of The Throne of Glass Series or enjoys reading paranormal, fantasy, Romance.

Books and Reading I Reviews I A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery 2/ ) by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death Book Cover A Batter of Life and Death
A Bakeshop Mystery 2/14
Ellie Alexander
Fiction
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 30, 2015
Kindle Book
272
Amazon
Julia Capshaw, Nina
Ashland,Oregpn
Meet your Baker
On thin Icing
read from 25/11/17 to 25/01/18

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for... It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally. Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one in the series although the story was a liitle slow to begin with, for the first dozen or so chapters. Although the story was slow going initially it was great to back in Julia Capshaws world again as well as in the middle of yet another murder mystery which she was in the middle of.

The characters in this book were really well written and believable, and I loved seeing the way Julias relationships with the characters from the previous book developed further as well as how her relationships with the new characters developed. Julias strong and loving relationship with her Mother but complete and utter confusion about her feelings for her estranged Husband Carlos, a fellow chef.

Although the plot was slow going to begin with the author had written it so well that it kept me the reader want to keep reading so I could find out what happened. From when one of the chefs in the Baking competition that this book was based around was murdered and Julia was drawn in to the mystery of the murder. The descriptions of both the characters and scenes were so well written and beleivable that I actually felt like I was in the story my self.

I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries particularly those that are known as cozy and based around baking.

Dragonlove (Dragonfriend #1) by Marc Secchia

Dragonlove Book Cover Dragonlove
Dragonfriend #2
Marc Secchia
YA Fantasy Romance
CreateSpace
September 6, 2015
Kindle Book/ Audiobook
528
Direct from Author/ Audible
huamalia,
Dragon friend
Dragonsoul
Read from June 10 to October 22 2017
I received this book from the author for review purposes but this doesn't effect my views on the book.

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world. Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World's most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past. Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history. As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.

Stampin’ Up #2 – First Demonstrator Order

The Video below is about all the goodies I got in my latest Stanpin’ Up Order which also happens to be my first demonstrator order. There is also a list of all the products that I ordered and that I mentioned in the video just before the video.

Videos Associated with this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRbHpqruWGA

Product Information
All products listed below are in the 2017 – 2018 Annual
catalogue
Things Order                                                                                                                                                  Be Merry Suite [pp 112 – 113]
144111 Be Merry Designer Series Paper £10.00
Naturally Eclectic Suite [pp 132 – 133]
143940 Oh So Eclectic Clear Mount Stamp Set                                                                          £21.00
144185 Naturally Eclectic 12×12 Designer Series Paper                                                           £10.00                   12 Sheets (2 sheets each of 6 designs) Colours: Berry Burst,                                                                    Emerald Envy, Fresh Fig, Lemon Like Twist, Night of Navy,                                                      Color Theory Suite [pp. 146 – 147]                                                                                                                 143726    Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set                                                              £21.00
144195    A4 Color Theory Cardstock Pack                                                                                                                   (24 sheets – 8 each of Berry Burst, Dapper Denim &                                                                                 Old Olive)                                                                                                                       £7.25    134579    Old Olive Bakers Twine                                                                              [p.199]      £2.75
140926    Basic Black Archival ink Refill                                                                    [p.201]      £5.00
129026    Fast Fuse Adhesive (12m)                                                                          [p.202]      £9.00
106576   Brights Collection Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad                                  [p.186]      £6.00
131288   Regals Collection Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad                         [p.185]       £6.00
144033   2017 – 2019 In Color Collection Stampin’ Write Markers                                                                              (Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder                                                                                  Pink, Tranquil Tide)                                                                                  [p.184]       £13.50
Things Mentioned in video                                                                                                                             Naturally Eclectic Suite                                                                                                                                145356   Oh So Eclectic Clear Mount Bundle                                                                                                                (Oh Eclectic Clear Mount Stamp Set & Eclectic Layers Thinlets                                                                dies)                                                                                                                                               Color Theory Suite [pp. 146 – 147]
145348    Colorful Seasons Bundle                                                                                               £48.50                          (Colorful Seasons Stamp Set & Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies)
144193    Color Theory 6×6 Designer Series Paper Stack                                                         £9.00                         (48 sheets – 16 each of 3 designs)

 

About

My name is Catherine Hunt, I have been married for nearly 101/2 years & am currently 20 weeks pregnant with our first child. I love making cards and Jewellery but would like to start doing other crafts like sewing as well.

Read more at http://catherinehunt.me.uk/#jAxDB5msb8kAkxyO.99

 

Review Policy

HELLO!

Thank you SO much for checking out my blog and review policy! I appreciate you taking the initiative to find out my reading and product preferences!

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM MY REVIEWS.

I started blogging on Blogger in April 2012 then I decided to Switch to WordPress in November 2012 because I didn’t feel comfortable using blogger so I wasn’t blogging regularly. I am predominantly a book blogger but I also blog about infertiliy, family life, an d products etc. I really enjoy reading but I don’t want to critically analyse them just share the books I have enjoyed as well as their content.

My reviews are very honest and predominantly subjective, because they consist of my thoughts and feelings about a book I have read or products that I have used although in some cases they will be quite analytical as well. I will always state who I received the book or product from somewhere in the review. When I write my reviews I try to off set any negative opinions with positive ones, because I totally understand that that I am posting my personal opinions on something that has been born out of someone else’s passion.

My book reviews include cover art, a book synopsis, my personal thoughts and feelings about the book, publication details and a numbered/star rating – the number rating will be out of ten while the star rating will be out of 5. While my product reviews will include a product image, product description, my personal thoughts and feelings on the product, the production details, and a numbered/star rating.

I try to post my…

* book reviews on  goodreads, amazon,  the publishers website,  YouTube as well as on their relative platforms like the Net galley or          Edelweiss.

* Product Reviews on Amazon, YouTube and the companies website.

  • Books: All summaries/synopsis are taken from Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads.com, Librarything, Netgalley.com, Edelweiss.abovethe treeline.com or the publishers.  Products: All summaries are taken from Amaon.co.uk, Argos.com, or the Companies website.

I am currently Accepting general review requests.

Review Request FAQ’s

Do you accept indie titles?

I will accept these titles but only when they interest me although I am very selective.

What format do you accept for review?

I will accept paperback or hard cover books for review, but I prefer to read digital format books particularly in mobi/pdf format as I tend to prefer to read on my kindle. My preferred method of receiving e-galleys is through NetGalley.

What else do you review?

I am also happy to review films, toys and other products. The toys that I review need to be in the age range that my son falls into so I can give a full review.

Do you respond to each individual review request? 

Although I try to respond to each individual review request I can’t always do it as I simply don’t have the time, and I humbly apologise for that.

How Can I be contacted for a review request?

You can contact me via email using this email address clhunt77@gmail.com


 

TYPES OF BOOKS I ACCEPT

For fiction books I read a good mix of children’s, middle grade, Young Adult, New Adult and Adult.

  • Paranormal
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Chick lit
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mysteries/Thrillers
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror

I also accept:

  • Literary fiction books that fall in to the following genres:
    • Chick lit
    • Historical
    • Paranormal
    • Contemporary
  • Graphic Novels/Comic Books

Series: I will review series but if they are part not of a companion series, where it’s not detrimental if you don’t read them in order, if it’s not the fist in a series I would prefer to read it unless the others in the series are provided. I require the other books in a non companion series so I can give a full and respectful review.


WHEN I ACCEPT A NOVEL OR PRODUCT FOR REVIEW.

Receipt of anything be it a book or a product, for review doesn’t guarantee that it will be read/used or that a review will be posted.

When I personally request anything be it a book or product for review that takes president over any other review items. Then the things that I have accepted via a review request or pitch will be the next priority on my review schedule. Finally anything that is sent to me unsolicited will go on my to review sometime pile then they will be reviewed according to what my review schedule is like and my interest in the book/product. If I have no interest in reading the book or using the product then it will be passed on to another blogger or donated.

How long will it take for a review: I try to read or use anything received for review in a timely manner but as with anyone I do have time constraints. If the book is an ARC or the product is a pre release item then I will try to review it in the month surrounding its release date, in most cases before or shortly after it is released. However at present I cannot guarantee that the review item will be reviewed by the release date.

Read more at http://catherinehunt.me.uk/review-policy-3/#GW4mHL5D9QtVTWwh.99

Stampin Up – Demonstrator Starter Kit

Stampin’ Up is a Paper crafting Company (Stamping/Planning/Memory keeping) who began in the US and then came over to Europe in 2007. It is based around people interested in Paper crafting being Demonstrators and holding Paper craft parties in their or other peoples homes or now on line through You tube videos and blog posts. At/on these events the Demonstrator
will show the people attending/watching how to use products that can then be purchased from them as well as different techniques.

I recently decided that I was going to sign up with Stampin’ Up as a demonstrator again which I did on Monday the 17th of July and I received my Demonstrator starter Kit on the Thursday afternoon which is what the video below is discussing.

 I am showing all the items that I received in my Stampin’ up Demonstrator starter Kit.

 

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Book Information | The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

The Last Ever After Book Cover The Last Ever After
The School for Good and Evil #3:
Soman Chainani
Juvenile Fiction
HarperCollins
July 12, 2016
Kindle Book/Auido Book
704
AmazonAma/Audible
Sophie, Agatha, The School Master, Merlin
A World without Princes
6/4/2017- 14/5/2017
Polly Lee
22 hrs and 52 mins

In the epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series the School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past and present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale. This paperback edition includes a never-before-seen chapter from book one, The School for Good and an Evil, plus a sneak peek at The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook. Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros, and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master. But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be rewritten, and theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over, and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down. Soman Chainani delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance, and fairy-tale twists than ever before in this extraordinary finish to his fantastic series.

Book Information | The Bee’s by Laline Paull

The Bees Book Cover The Bees
Laline Paull
Fiction
HarperCollins UK
May 6, 2014
Kindle Book/Auido Book
352
AmazonAma/Audible
Flora 717, The queen, the Fertility police, the high priestesses,
28/10/2016 to 15/5/2017
Orlagh Cassidy
10 hrs and 16 mins

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction 2015 Enter a whole new world, in this thrilling debut novel set entirely within a beehive.