Book Review|Edelweiss| Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Dreamology Book Cover Dreamology
Lucy Keating
Young Adult Fiction
HarperCollins
April 12, 2016
DARC
336
Edeweiss

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han. For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped. Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

I am so pleased that I was given the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review because it was an amazingly well written and captivating book. It told the story of young girl named Alice who dreams about a boy named Max every night and has done as long as long as she can remember, and how she discovers how they know each other after she moves to her moms home town where she finds out he’s a real person.

The concept of there being a dream boy/girl for everyone and that a persons dreams can come true was a fantastic one, and that the author wrote about it very well. All the dream sequences in the book were written with such vivid description that as a reader I felt that I was experiencing them personally.

I gave this a book a five star rating because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and thought although with the way it was written it was very clearly aimed at the young adult age group Continue reading

Book Review| NetGalley| As White as Snow (Lumikki Anderson 2/3) by Salla Samukka

As White As Snow Book Cover As White As Snow
Lumikki Anderson 2/3
Salla Simukka
Juvenile Fiction
Hot Key Books
March 5, 2015
DARC
224
NetGalley

The second story in the thrilling Nordic crime series The Snow White Trilogy, an international success published in 52 territories worldwide and soon to be a Hollywood film. 'Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won't be disappointed' Publishers Weekly Lumikki Andersson may be innocent, but she's no Snow White . . . Three and a half months have passed since Lumikki was left for dead in a snowdrift, a bullet wound in her thigh and frostbite creeping into her skin. But the scorchingly hot streets of Prague in summer provide a welcome contrast to that terrifying time, and now Lumikki just wants to move on - forget the events of the past year - and escape her parent's oppressive concern. She's alone again, which is just how she likes it. But Lumikki's peaceful solitude is about to be shattered. She is approached on the street by a nervous young woman, who, unbelievably, thinks she might be Lumikki's long-lost sister. Lumikki is unconvinced - although Zelenka's story seems to ring true, there's something weird about her. Something jumpy, and suspicious. And it turns out Lumikki is right to be wary, as Zelenka is part of a dangerous religious cult. On the run for her life again, Lumikki must once more draw on her all her powers of resolve and strength if she is to survive.

I’d like to start this review by thanking the author, publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read the book in exchange for a totally honest and unpaid review

This is the second book in the Lumikki Anderson (Snow White) trilogy and it sees Lumikki in Prague on holiday, to recover from what happened in the first book, where she meets a girl a couple of years older than her who claims she’s her sister. Although this book was slightly more slow moving than the first book I still thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the authors character plot building equally as much as I did in the first book.

Salla managed to build Lumikki’s character more by introducing the new character of Zelenka a young woman who Continue reading

Book Review|Personal Book| Sisters Red Fairy tales Retold by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red Book Cover Sisters Red
Fairytale Retellings #1
Jackson Pearce
Juvenile Fiction
Hachette UK
April 7, 2011
Kindle
352
Amazon
18/12/14 to 15/8/16
Sweetly, Fathomless,
Silas Reynolds, Fenris, Rosie March, Scarlett March
Atlanta, Georgia (United States) Ellison (United States)

The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris (werewolves) - who prey on teen girls - since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the wolves can't resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city. Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris - a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they've worked for.

Even though it took me a while to read this book I thoroughly enjoyed it. It only took me so long to read it as I got distracted with other books and life got busy. I gave this book a five star rating because:
– I felt it was aimed at the right age range while still being appealing to older readers.
– Its a book that I will whole heatedly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good romantic retelling
with a paranormal basis.
– I wont hesitate to buy it for anyone I know, whether they are young adults or older, who I think
will enjoy it.

The authors writing was great and aimed well for young adults his descriptions evoked different character emotions and scenes really exquisitely conveying a real darkness when it was necessary. I loved the twist of it being two sisters, who were the survivors of a wolf (Fenris) attack, Continue reading

Week In Rewind|Mini Reviews| 8-14 August

Hi In this post I am going to be discussing the books I read this week as well as the books I hope  to finish over the weekend


Books Read.

You can read the book information for each of the books below by following the links to the full reviews/

Beauty (Everland, Ever After) by Caroline Lee

This was the first Time I had read a book by this author and I so glad that I did as her writing was very easy to read but also caught your attention Beauty: an Everland Ever After Tale by [Lee, Caroline]immediately which is why I read the book in twenty four hours. It was a loose Beauty and the Beast Retelling set in the old West involving a twice widowed single mother and a blind disfigured famous viloinist. I enjoyed this book so much that I intend to buy two more of the books in this companion series.

For my full review please click here

 


Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows 1/14) by Kim Harris

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am so glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is also the first book in the Hollows series whDead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)ich I now know is going to be a series that I am going to not only enjoy but also devour, because as soon as I finished this one I immediately started reading the next one in the series which I am enjoying to. The only reason it took me so long to read this book is because I got distracted with other books as well as life being a tad busy so my head not being in the right place to read it.

The main character Rachel is an amazing Bad ass Bounty Hunter who works for a government agency called Inderland Security, who are responsible for dealing with non law abiding Supernatural creatures (witches, werewolves, vampires), in a post Apocalyptic Cincinnati where the society is divided into human and Inderlander (super natural). Or at least she does until she leaves their employ to start her own agency and takes Ivy and Jenks with her, which earns her Continue reading


The Miniaturist by Jessie Wallace                    

Although I The Miniaturistgave the book a fair chance by reading 44% of it before I finally DNf’d it I finally decided that it was time to DNF it as there was no part of the book that caught and kept my attention long enough for me to engage with it at all. Even the mystery element of the miniaturist who was creating the furniture for Nella for her dolls house didn’t capture me enough to make me want to find out who it was.

I really didn’t connect with any of the characters on any level at all, although I did like Nellla and the Maid, which made i read more

 


Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi

The book told the story of a young Woman’s life in Egypt between 1984 and 2014. Including the revolutions that occurred during this period.

Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of EgyptI found the first 1/4 of Part 1: Summer 1984, Cairo of this book a bit slow going but I would say that this was because this is where most of the basis of the books story is developed. With this being the case the way that it was written as continuous pros meant that it was very dense so could only read small chunks (a few pages) at a time. After I got past this position in the book I flew through it reading the remainder of the book over the course a couple of days.

For full review please click here

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for Review purposes but this does not effect my Opinions on the book in any way at all.


Books Purchased

Via Bookbub                                                                           Hearts Afire Complete Historical Romance Collection by [Robinson, Gina]                                    Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Mystery, # 1) by [Kimelman, Emily]

Murder, Madness & Love (Detective Quaid Mysteries Book 1) by [Renée, Yolanda]Las Vegas Sidewinders: Dominic by [Mizera, Kat]

Death By A HoneyBee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries Book 1) by [Keam, Abigail]

Seized by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book 1): Blue Ryder by [Foster, Melissa]

Abducting Abby (Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 1) by [Smith, S. E.]

Black Keys (The Colorblind Trilogy Book 1) by [Mashal, Rose B.]

Via Amazon

The Innocents Abroad by [Twain, Mark]

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by [Bryan, JL]

 


Review Books Received

Net galley

Edelweiss

 

Book Review| Personal Book|Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows 1/14) by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking Book Cover Dead Witch Walking
The Hollows 1/14
Kim Harrison
Fiction
Harper Collins
April 29, 2008
Kindle
368
Amazon
Rachel Morgan, Ivy Tamwood, Jenks, Trent Kalamack,Algaliarept
Cincinnati, Ohio (United States)

The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the "Inderlanders" reveal themselves, changing everything. Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Reading Period: 21/10/15 – 12/8/16

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am so glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is also the first book in the Hollows series which I now know is going to be a series that I am going to not only enjoy but also devour, because as soon as I finished this one I immediately started reading the next one in the series which I am enjoying to. The only reason it took me so long to read this book is because I got distracted with other books as well as life being a tad busy so my head not being in the right place to read it.

The main character Rachel is an amazing Bad ass Bounty Hunter who works for a government agency called Inderland Security, who are responsible for dealing with non law abiding Supernatural creatures (witches, werewolves, vampires), in a post Apocalyptic Cincinnati where the society is divided into human and Inderlander (super natural). Or at least she does until she leaves their employ to start her own agency and takes Ivy and Jenks with her, which earns her Continue reading

Book Review|Blogging for Books| A Chronicle of a last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi,

Chronicle of a Last Summer Book Cover Chronicle of a Last Summer
Yasmine El Rashidi
Fiction
Tim Duggan Books
June 28, 2016
DARC
224
Blogging for Books
26/7 - 14/8 2016
Egypt

A young Egyptian woman chronicles her personal and political coming of age in this debut novel. Cairo, 1984. A blisteringly hot summer. A young girl in a sprawling family house. Her days pass quietly: listening to a mother's phone conversations, looking at the Nile from a bedroom window, watching the three state-sanctioned TV stations with the volume off, daydreaming about other lives. Underlying this claustrophobic routine is mystery and loss. Relatives mutter darkly about the newly-appointed President Mubarak. Everyone talks with melancholy about the past. People disappear overnight. Her own father has left, too--why, or to where, no one will say. We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can't ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak's overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life. At once a mapping of a city in transformation and a story about the shifting realities and fates of a single Egyptian family, Yasmine El Rashidi's Chronicle of a Last Summer traces the fine line between survival and complicity, exploring the conscience of a generation raised in silence.

Read from July 26 to August 14, 2016

The book told the story of a young Woman’s life in Egypt between 1984 and 2014. Including the revolutions that occurred during this period.

I found the first 1/4 of Part 1: Summer 1984, Cairo of this book a bit slow going but I would say that this was because this is where most of the basis of the books story is developed.  With this being the case the way that it was written as continuous pros meant that it was very dense so could only read small chunks (a few pages) at a time. After I got past this position in the book I flew through it reading the remainder of the book over the course a couple of days.

The writing was easy to follow and very descriptive which meant that it drew you in, Continue reading

Book Review|NetGalley| When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air Book Cover When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi
Cancer
Random House
February 1, 2016
DARC
256
Netgalley

THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decadeâe(tm)s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithiâe(tm)s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity âe" the brain âe" and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

Several Book tubers that I subscribe to on YouTube had talked about this book before I requested it and it was that that made request it on Netgalley. When my request was approved I was really pleased because it is my aim to read more non-fiction particularly memoires this year.

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I enjoyed reading it even though it was about Cancer and would both purchase it as a gift/ recommend it to anyone who’s interested in finding out about Cancer, Medical Training and Neuro-surgery.

I am so glad that I was able to read this book so I could give an honest review of it as I had never read a book about cancer and although the authors writing was a little weak in places I did like the literary Continue reading

Book Review| Netgalley| The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist Book Cover The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
Fiction
Ecco
August 26, 2014
DARC
416
Netgalley

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella's life changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways... Johannes's gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation...or the architect of their destruction? Enchanting, beautifully written, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

 

Although I gave the book a fair chance by reading 44% of it before I finally DNf’d it I finally decided that it was time to DNF it as there was no part of the book that caught and kept my attention long enough for me to engage with it at all. Even the mystery element of the miniaturist who was creating the furniture for Nella for her dolls house didn’t capture me enough to make me want to find out who it was.

I really didn’t connect with any of the characters on any level at all, although I did like Nellla and the Maid, which made it very hard to even persevere with the book for as long as I did. I definitely didn’t like Nella’s husband and sister in law at all especially when I found out that they’d only arranged the marriage to cover up his sexual orientation. And as much as the historical, political and cultural elements in the book were interesting and helped to orient me as the reader I didn’t find them interesting enough to make me think Oh I must finish this book

It is for all the reasons above that I only gave the book a 1/5 star rating but although I didn’t enjoy this book enough to want to finish it I would still recommend it to/ buy it for any one who enjoys romantic historical mysteries.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley for Review purposes but this does not effect my Opinions on the book in any way at all.

Book Review|Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood Book Cover Norwegian Wood
Haruki Murakami
Japanese fiction
Random House
2003
Kindle
389
Amazon

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.

My Review

The book told the story of a Japanese man named Toru Watanabe who is transported back some 20 years, while listening to a Beatles song that was a favourite of his first love Naokos’, to a time of uneasy freindships, casual sex, passion loss and desire.

I decided to read this book after hearing several book tubers talking about it on their channels and I am so glad I did because it was a well written and beautifully almost lyrical (in places) book. It covered the very difficult subjects of mental Illness, suicide Continue reading

Book Review| Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate 1/5) by Gail Carriger

  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

Synopsis: Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Continue reading