Book Reviews

Book Review: Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly 4/5

Ten Days in A Mad-House, Was Written By Nellie Bly in 1887, after she lived, undercover, at a women’s insane asylum at Blackwell’s Island in 1887 for ten days. This was an assignment given to her by Joseph Pulitzer. The living conditions and treatment of the Patients were Horrible.

Review:

Although the story of Nellie Bly going undercover in an asylum is truth, it reads as fiction. The horrific treatment of patients is the stuff out of a nightmare: making all the women use the same towel, rotten food, staff choking patients for being noisy etc. The list of atrocious behaviour by those in a position of care is endless.

It was also shocking to read how quickly sane women were deemed insane for quite different illnesses.

Taking a look inside an asylum in 1887 is eye opening. Nellie was incredibly brave to put herself through that ordeal for ten days. It makes you think about the poor souls left behind in similar institutes.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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Demon’s Bloodlust by Brianna West

Demon’s Bloodlust by Brianna West 5/5


Althea and Nikolai are already meant for greatness. The children of infamous Promiscus Guardians, it is only natural that they would be expected to be nothing less than perfect when it came to their own careers as the protectors of Light and defeaters of Dark.

But when a super villain and an old, unfortunate blast from the past come a-knockin’, Al and Niko are forced to see their long-standing friendship in a totally different light. And it might just put to test these childhood friends who do not know the first thing about love.

The New Guardian Generation ventures into the already well-established world of the Promiscus Guardians. Old faces join new ones in this brand-new series. But the laughs, adventure, and romance are what you come to expect of the Guardians.

Review:

The babies are all grown up!!!! If you haven’t read of West’s extensive Promiscus Guardians universe, then you won’t know what I’m on about, but following the lives of the parents, and now, the babies (who are now adults) is totally awesome.

Seeing Izzy and Lucas as parental figures is just eeek! And the relationship between Althea and Nikolai is like watching an Izzy and Pavel play-out that never happened in the Promiscus Guardians Series. Juicy juicy!

I always say that slipping back into one of Wests Guardians books (there are many books and spin offs set in the one universe) is so easy because the world building is so extensive and built upon that I know everyone to an extent, and old characters pop up in a new narrative and are seen through the eyes of the main character in each book, so each book shows a new aspect to our old and trusty Guardians.

I never know how West is going to expand her universe, but she manages it with ease and keeps it fresh and intriguing.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Book Review: My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen 4/5.

So, this is me. Lily Allen.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I was a wife.
I drink.
I have taken drugs.
I have loved and been let down.
I am a success and a failure.
I am a songwriter.
I am a singer.
I am all these things and more.
When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change – for the better.
This is my story.

Review:

I listened to Lily Allen in my teens, saw what the media spat about her, and never thought much on what was fact and what was fiction.

I’m not normally a fan of autobiographies because they’re usually all ‘this is the truth about that, and yes, I am the victim in the scenario’. People tend to glorify themselves too much, but Lily hasn’t done that. Yes, she has stated when she was actually the victim in fake media stories etc, but she also states when she was in the wrong.

This is a frank, brutally honest recount of important episodes in Lily’s life, and if you are a fan of her music, then you might find this read interesting.

My only niggle was that it got repetitive in places, hence the 4 not 5 stars.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Book Review: My Zombie Christmas by T. Strange

My Zombie Christmas by T. Strange 2/5


In this excerpt from My Zombie Boyfriend, necromancer Edward Grey and Undead Canadian Kit Ward spend their first Christmas together. Exchanging gifts ranging from odd to adorable and having dinner with Edward’s parents, they learn about life, love and the naming of cats.

Review:

I know this short story/ excerpt is to entice you to read the main book, but there is zero context, backstory, or character development. What kind of zombie virus? What are the effects?

I’m a lover of the zombie sub-genre, but this was bizarre. Is it a cosy romance, is it a horror? I was left baffled by the narrative and that cover.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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Book Review: It’s Christmas, Carol! by Sara-Lisa Anderson

It’s Christmas, Carol! by Sara-Lisa Anderson 3.5/5


Carol hates Christmas! As far as she is concerned, it is just another Thursday, just another day at work. But during her workday, between 4 PM and midnight on Christmas Day, she is haunted by the kindness of strangers and painful memories as she ponders the true meaning of Christmas – past, present and future.

Who is that man with the big white beard and the jolly laugh? And why does he care if Carol has a nice Christmas or not?

Review:

A Christmas tale with a strong moral about what the true meaning of Christmas is. There is an element of Christmas magic and finding Christmas spirit.

Carol has struggled with Christmas ever since her brother’s death as a child and her parent’s divorce the year after.

During her shift at work on Christmas day, she has a magical experience that encourages her to remember the good Christmases with her brother, and to see that christmas is what you make it with people you love.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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Book Review: Captured by a Blade by Brianna West

Captured by a Blade by Brianna West 5/5


Tee knew she wasn’t your average high school girl. She had fangs and super human strength, with an affinity for wearing all black.
Until that fateful night, Tee thought she was the only one of her kind–a mix-breed supernatural with a mean punch.
Until she met Blade.
Then everything Tee ever knew about herself changed in one single night–a night that a simple misunderstanding would lead to Tee discovering the vast underground of the Promiscus Guardians.

Review:

I read this short story ages ago, but for some reason I didn’t post my review *naughty K.J.* I wanted to have a re-read before posting this review to refresh my memory.

West’s promiscus guardians universe is extensive and so well rounded that it’s incredibly easy to slip back in. This short is an extension of that world, although, I would say this story is perhaps a little more new adult genre which opens up the books to a slightly different demographic.

Tee and Blade are from the same world, but are worlds apart. They make a great duo, and the back and forth between them gave shades of light and humour to the narrative.

I shall watch this space to see what West has in store for these two.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Blogmas

Blogmas Day 4

December Book Promos

It wouldn’t be Blogmas on Writerly Bookish Stuff without some book promos. I asked around on Instagram for some fab promos this month, and my author friends did not disappoint.

If you’re looking for some new reads over Christmas, feast your eyeballs on this list.

And… I have a great idea for those of you on a tight budget this Christmas. You could send a little message to your chosen recipient with the links to the freebies in this list as a thoughtful, unique Christmas gift.

Freebies

One of my own books is free for 5 days from today!

EVO Nation by K.J.Chapman

Raven’s Cry by Dana Fraedrich Free for 5 days from Dec 16th.

The Street Party by K.C.Jane Free for 5 days from Dec 10th.

Discount Promos

Jewel. E. Leonard has 2 Kindle Countdown promotions in December.

Alight: Witches Rede Book One Week starting Dec 14th.

Possession: Witches Rede Book 2 Week starting Dec 22nd

Check out the books and the authors on Amazon and mark those dates in your calendars for some fab Christmas reads.


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