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Gifts for a Book Lover

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Do you know a book lover who needs a perfect gift? There’s no need to be stumped in the present buying department, just have a look at my top ten book lover gifts:

(All the following items are available via the accompanying Etsy links.)

Spoon bookmark from Milk and Honey Luxuries on Etsy.

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Tote book bag from Erikas Bag on Etsy.

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Mug from Stallings and Son on Etsy.

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Horse shoe bookends from Critters Co on Etsy.

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‘Sherlock’s Study’ scented candle from Frostbeard on Etsy.

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Hand typed C.S. Lewis Friendship quote from Quotype on Etsy.

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Book Pouch from Melvis Makes on Etsy.

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Shakespeare Earrings by Bookity on Etsy.

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Dewey Decimal for Literature scarf from Cyberoptix on Etsy.

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Harry Potter Bauble from Love Liesel Crafts from Etsy.

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What do you think of these beautiful gifts? I hope this has given you some inspiration. I know what is on my Christmas list…


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Review: Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Quick Read) 2/5

Blurb:

Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But years ago they had a fight. A big one, and they haven’t spoken since – till the day before Joe’s funeral. What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he? Yes, he would…Roddy Doyle’s first book for the Quick Reads programme to support adult literacy is fast, funny and just a tiny bit spooky.

This book was published for the Quick Reads programme. Quick Reads is designed to get adults reading. Various authors offer short stories to the series and Dead Man Talking was Roddy Doyle’s offering. The books are just £1.00 and easy to read in mere hours. I love the concept of the Quick Reads Programme, but not this book.

Review:

What the hell just happened? That was how I felt after reading this quick read. It’s a novella that can be read in hours, but that shouldn’t detract from plot, character development, or for the story to be, well, interesting. It was easy to guess where the story was headed, yet still didn’t fully offer a satisfying conclusion.

The writing style is not my cup of tea. It felt stilted and unnatural. It jarred with me as I read; I hoped that I would get passed that within a chapter or two, but no, it continues until the end of the book.

I understood the meaning behind the story, and Doyle makes a disturbing point that we must be careful how we treat people in life or it may come back to bite us- over and over again. That aspect is what garnered my 2/5 rating.

Some reader’s rave about this book, but others feel the same way as I do. It’s definitely a ‘Marmite’ kind of book.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.

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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Review: Metamorphosis by Brianna West

Metamorphosis (Promiscus Guardians Series Book Two) by Brianna West 5/5

15134304_1339020782816002_1250706216_nBlurb:

After managing to escape their last foe, Izzy and Lucas are back to face a new formidable villain that will test their strength, relationship, and even the collaboration of the incredibly powerful, entirely hilarious group of Promiscus Guardians.

Despite the odds stacking against them, Izzy maintains her diligence on honing her powers, delving deeper into her origins, and enjoying her incredibly delicious boss slash beau, Lucas.

A continuation of the Promiscus Guardians series, Metamorphosis delivers more fantastical creatures, a sordid amount of humor coupled with fast, incredibly riveting action. Mysteries are unraveled while more about the world Izzy lives in is unveiled in this highly anticipated addition.

I know I have only recently posted a review on Awakening by Brianna West, but I just couldn’t hold off on reading book two in the Promiscus Guardians Series- Metamorphosis. I have a ‘to be read pile’ as tall as I am, but I bumped Metamorphosis to the top because I was desperate to know more about Izzy and Lucas’ story.

Review: (No Spoilers)

West offers more action, more Guardians, more realms, and more romance of the supernatural kind. The world building steps up a notch in this installment and is all the better for it. Peeks inside the Underworld, Terratherial realm, and more information on the creatures that lie in both the shadows and the light in the human realm, kept me entranced from page one. How was Izzy connected to all three? The well woven mysterious origins to Izzy’s power was a real page turner.

The Guardian characters take on a life of their own with fun banter, quirks, and the odd novelty t-shirt or two. I was drawn into each personality, and even though some character’s are of the annoying, slightly perverted variety, I still found them endearing and grew fond of each of them. The demon characters are pure evil- well, they are demons. West delivers backstory whilst maintaining their true nature in scary narrative developments.

The romance… We cannot forget the steamy romances and hunky guardians in this series. I was not disappointed with the development in Izzy and Lucas’ relationship or it’s flaws. At times I found myself shouting at the book and cursing West, but it was all part of the rollercoaster of craziness I experienced from immersing myself in the world of the Guardians; craziness that was a joy to be a part of.

This instalment was a perfect follow up to book one. West delivers on all fronts, taking us to deeper, darker depths of the three realms. Izzy’s story progressed in a fast paced, energetic, and ensnaring way, leaving me desperate to get my hands on book three in the series.


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

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Review: Awakening by Brianna West

Awakening (Promiscus Guardians Book One) by Brianna West 5/5

15139248_1339024986148915_932900253_nBlurb:

Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.

And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.

Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.

Review:

Where should I start? If like me you are a fan of supernatural/ paranormal romances, then look no further than this book. There was dangerously, deviant doses of the paranormal, hunks, action, and steamy romance. Did I mention the hunks? Every box was checked!

I loved Izzy as a character. She stayed true to self, and had a stubborn streak which I like in female protagonists. Lucas was a little bit perfect- half angel, half vampire, oldy worldy with dialogue that matched perfectly. There was a refreshing true sense of self in all the characters.

The fast paced narrative fitted the genre perfectly, and kept the pages turning. The ‘will it happen’ story line between Izzy and Lucas was equally frustrating and engaging. Having the main love interest holding back was different, but made for a compelling read.

I’m a lover of action and this book had that a plenty- warring arch-demons, angels, faeries, and many other creations kept the narrative lively and inventive. Teaming that with an easy to read writing style, and vivid descriptions, I am definitely looking forward to book two.

It is easy for this genre of narrative to become cliched and out-dated, but Awakening was ‘unputdownable‘. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, hence the 5/5 rating.


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Review: Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose

Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose 3/5

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Second Lieutenant Jonah Forrest is finding out that having infinite lives doesn’t make war any easier. Sure, downloading into a cloned body when you die is better than the alternative, but that doesn’t make a Hell-Spider’s claws hurt any less. Or his General’s orders for suicide missions any more sane.

But when his First Lieutenant gets killed in action, really killed, and when a captured Hell-Spider offers a way to get ‘kills’ without taking on the enemy, Forrest and his Infinity Squad will have to decide how hard they are willing to work to take the easy way out. Especially when the General starts catching on to their schemes. And when their Hell-Spider prisoner starts suggesting more and more dangerous alternative missions. And when they start suspecting that not ALL of their consciousness is transferring into their new cloned bodies.

Did you like the Starship Troopers movie? Well, this novel is similar in nature- Space soldiers, hell-spiders, brain slugs, and massive wasps. The difference is that with the technology in their buffering bands, the soldiers can die and wake up in new clone bodies. What is more efficient than a soldier who can’t die? But what are the consequences?

Infinity Squad was a lot of fun. Perhaps, not my usual type of read, and at times the narrative and plot twists and turns were so fast that I felt like I had been spun three hundred and sixty degrees at light speed, but it was exciting and not at all deep. The ‘who is the real enemy’ story line was an interesting and compelling route to take.

The main character and his two closest sub characters were well developed, and their dialogue read easily. The rest felt a little stilted and hard to differentiate. The hell-spiders almost seemed more believable in many ways- they had their own codes, rules, and hierarchy.

The concept was inventive, and like I already stated, a lot of fun. If you want an easy read with a humourous, yet dark, space colonisation story line, then I would definitely recommend this book to you. I will probably give book two a shot!


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

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