28 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Have Lost Someone


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week's topic is the top ten books featuring characters who BLANK.  It's been such a busy week that I haven't had time to think of a topic, so I'm just going to do one of the examples given.  So here is my top ten book characters who have lost someone at the start of/before the book/series.

27 April 2015

Liebster Award Nomination

 
Thank you very much to All Write-y Then for nominating me! The Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

24 April 2015

Book Beginnings, the Friday 56 and Feature and Follow (24 April)

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted every Friday by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

23 April 2015

Book Review: Stolen (Marty Keal #3), Dawn Kopman Whidden

Stolen

Title: Stolen
Series: Marty Keal
Author: Dawn Kopman Whidden
Published: 25/06/2014
Pages: 280
Source: Goodreads Group Read
Format: Ebook 

Rating: 4/5
"Another homicide has rocked the small town of Fallsburg, NY.  In a cabin nestled deep in the woods two male victims are discovered, both gun shot victims.  One is deceased, the other one is barely alive.  But it is not the murder itself that has detectives Jean Whitley and her new partner Marty Keal frantic to find out the answers of what occurred in that cabin, but it is the identities of the two small children also found at the scene.  One child is quickly identified but the other a young boy remains a mystery.  The only one with possible answers lies with the man who lay critically wounded and unconscious in the hospital because the unidentified boy either can not or will not speak to tell the investigators who he is and what happened in that cabin that left one man dead and another barely hanging on..."

21 April 2015

20 April 2015

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

So I saw this tag over at Asterick Pearl's Book Blog and after seeing it appear on a few other blogs I thought I'd give it a go.  This tag started of as a Youtube video at The Book Life so you should check that out also.

For those of you who haven't heard of this tag, it's basically a list of Taylor Swift songs and your interpretation of the books that should go along with them. Very fun!

Let's get started!

1. We Are Never Getting Back Together
A book/series you were sure you were in love with, then wanted to break up with.
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
The Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer
I absolutely loved Twilight back when I was around 15-18 years old.  Now I'm just a bit meh over the whole thing.  I doubt that will stop me reading it again, I just don't love it like I used to.

2. Red
A book with a red cover.
Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2), Kendare Blake
Okay so not totally red... but still absolutely stunning!

3. The Best Day
A book that makes you feel nostalgic.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
These were the books that started the obsession.

4. Love Story
A book with forbidden love.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin
Okay, I haven't read the books yet and only seen some of the series, but the incest is just icky.  Eww!!

5. I Knew You Were Trouble
A book with a bad character you couldn't help but love.
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
Buttercup is just so annoying and stupid, but I can't help liking her.

6. Innocent
A book someone ruined the ending for.
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
The Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris
I ruined it for myself.  I bought the first 10 books as part of a boxset on a fabulously good deal (£20 for 10 books = yeas please!).  I then proceeded to read the blurbs of all 10 books straight away.  Lesson learned!

7. Everything Has Changed
A character from a book who goes through
extensive character development.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Charlie goes from having no friends to having a few very close friends.  He also develops in other ways but I won't give it away.

8. You Belong With Me
Your most anticipated book release.
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee
Need I say more...

9. Forever and Always
Your favorite book couple.
Warm Bodies
Julie and R, Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
I could probably put hundreds of couples in this one, but since I haven't mentioned Warm Bodies on this post I thought I'd highlight them.

10. Come Back, Be Here
A book you are least likely to lend out,
for fear you might never get it back.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
However, in actual fact, all of my books.  I learned my lesson from letting my mums friend borrow my copy of The Philosphers Stone, oh... about 10-11 years ago... The woman moved house and I never saw that copy again.  To be fair, that copy wasn't actually mine.  It was my brothers but he never read it hence I adopted it and I just had to rebuy it. 

11. Teardrops on My Guitar
A book that made you cry a lot.
P.S. I Love You
P.S. I Love You, Cecelia Ahern
I am never reading that book again on public transport.  I will save it for the confines of my own home. 

12. Shake it Off
A book/series you love so much, you just shake off the haters.
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Since starting blogging back in February, I have seen a lot of dislike for Wuthering Heights.  It is one of the only books I read in school that I actually enjoyed.  However, I do agree that all the characters are awful.  But reading it makes me feel so much better about my own life haha!


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17 April 2015

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56 and Feature and Follow (17 April)

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted every Friday by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

16 April 2015

Book Review: All Is Bright - A Short Story, Sarah Pekkanen

All Is Bright: A Short Story

Title: All Is Bright - A Short Story
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Published: 2010
Pages: 47
Source: Freebie from Amazon
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5
"Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn't bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols.  Walking into Janice’s house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin—and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we've loved without losing everything they've meant to us?  Heartwarming and witty, All Is Bright is a charming story about coming home for the holidays—and finding gifts in the most unexpected of places."

14 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspiring Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week's topic is the top ten inspiring quotes from books.  Some of these aren't inspiring per se but that doesn't stop me loving them.

13 April 2015

Book Review: The Tears of the Unicorns I - Temptation, Stephanie Rose



Title: The Tears of the Unicorns I - Temptation
Series: The Tears of the Unicorns
Author: Stephanie Rose
Published: 2015
Pages: 167
Source: Review copy from author
Format: Ebook

Rating: 1.5/5
"The angel Caylen is entrusted with guiding Eliya back on the path of light, but when his assignment is terminated she takes her life in despair.  He cannot bear losing his charge, and desperately searches for a way to bring her back to life.  That is when he stumbles upon the Holy Grail, which seems to show its amazing powers in combination with unicorn blood.  Because of her gift for foreseeing the future, Miriel, the sister of Caylen, is sent to bring back the Grail which has been stolen by him.  Sirion, a mage, is helping her with her task.  An adventurous and dangerous journey begins, because there is much more at stake than at first seemed..."

10 April 2015

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56 and Feature and Follow (10 April)

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted every Friday by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

09 April 2015

Book Review: Into The Darkness (Darkness Falls #1), Kira Adams



Title: Into The Darkness
Series: Darkness Falls
Author: Kira Adams
Published: 2014
Pages: 185
Source: Freebie via Amazon
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5
"It was supposed to be a way to end the devastation in the Middle East, but instead a darkness has been unleashed unlike anything the world has ever seen.  Ike Glass is well versed in chaos, but even he is unprepared for what the world will become after the outbreak.  Ace Cullen has been loyal to his country ever since he was brought to the United States as a young boy,but it is difficult to stand by a country that can't even take responsibility for their own actions.  Phoenix Blue just wants a night of mindless sex... is that too much to ask?  Always a black sheep, she shocks everyone as she finds the strength inside herself to protect the ones she cares about and fight to see another day.  They were strangers when the virus took over, but tragedy will bring them together in ways they never thought possible as they descend into the darkness."

07 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Love to Check in With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week's topic is the top ten characters you'd like to check in with.  I really struggled with this one, my brain just went blank and I couldn't really think of anyone besides pretty obvious choices.

06 April 2015

Book Review: Animal Farm, George Orwell

Animal Farm

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Published: 2000 (originally 1945), Penguin Classics
Pages: 120
Source: Library
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5
"'It is the history of a revolution that went wrong – and of the excellent excuses that were forthcoming at every step for the perversion of the original doctrine,' wrote Orwell for the first edition of Animal Farm in 1945. Orwell wrote the novel at the end of 1943, but it almost remained unpublished. Its savage attack on Stalin, at that time Britain's ally, led to the book being refused by publisher after publisher. Orwell's simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has since become a world famous classic."

03 April 2015

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56 and Feature and Follow (3 April)

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted every Friday by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

02 April 2015

Book Review: The Seer, R.R. Sechi

The Seer


Title: The Seer
Author: R.R. Sechi
Published: 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 126
Source: Goodreads First Reads
Format: Paperback

Rating: 1/5
"Stacey Daley unexpectedly meets a handsome but mysterious stranger, who seems to possess an incredible psychic ability to predict the future.  However, before she realises it, he has gone.  Instinctively, she feels an urge to find him, so that she can discover more about his seemingly magical powers.  Little does she know, but others are after him as well..."

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