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Book Review: Your Father’s Room by Michel Deon

Your Father’s Room by Michel Deon 3/5

A vivid recreation of the interwar period, Michel Déon’s fictionalised memoir is a touching and very true depiction of boyhood and how our early experiences affect us. 
Édouard (Michel Déon’s real name) looks back on his 1920s childhood spent in Paris and Monte Carlo. Within a bourgeois yet unconventional upbringing, ‘Teddy’, an observant and sensitive boy, must deal with not just the universal trials of growing up, but also the sudden tragedy that strikes at the heart of his family.

Review:

Michel Deon has a way for description, even if he does focus a great deal on describing overweight people. It was just something that stuck out for me, especially his fascination with Evangeline’s description.

Although, I found the look back to 1920’s Paris and Monte Carlo intriguing, I wasn’t totally enamoured with the narrative. That being said, this fictionalised memoir of Teddy is well written and the voice of Teddy does grow as he grows.


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Book Review: Eleven Eleven By Paul Dowswell

Eleven Eleven by Paul Dowswell 4/5

Set during the final 24 hours before the armistice at 11 a.m. on 11th November 1918, the story follows a German storm trooper, an American airman and a British Tommy. Their destinies converge during the death throes of the first ever conflict to spread across the globe. War becomes incredibly personal as nationality and geography cease to matter to each of these teenagers on the Western Front, and friendship becomes the defining aspect of their encounter. But who will live and who will die before the end of the day?

Review:

This story follows three men: two soldiers and a pilot in WW1. A German, a Brit, and an American. The story is told from the three points of view in the 6 hours after the Armistice was signed and the bigwigs involved decided the war would end 6 hours later at 11am.

What really got to me was the fact that so many lives were lost despite the war being over because it was decided that it would continue for another 6 hours.

Dowswell captures the sheer horror of war and horrific conditions both the Brits and German infantry had to endure. Delving into the mindset of men who are potentially one bullet or shell away from death was fascinating and upsetting to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in wartime books as it has been researched well, and the narrative has been well developed.


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Book Review: Three’s a Crowd

Three’s a Crowd by Sophie McKenzie 3/5

Luke and Eve are heading off on their first holiday together. But they’re staying with Eve’s dad in his Spanish hotel and things aren’t going to go to plan…Eve’s dad treats his daughter like a little girl – and if Luke was hoping for a some summer action with Eve, her father soon puts a stop to it. Eve showcases her singing with the hotel band in the evenings, which means she’s spending a lot of time with the handsome male drummer. Luke’s jealous, but a revenge snog with the gorgeous Catalina doesn’t seem to help his relationship with Eve much, and Cat’s boyfriend is none too pleased either. Suddenly, it’s turning into a holiday from hell…

Review:

A story of a teen boy navigating his relationship with the girl of his dreams whilst on a summer break, and the third wheel that is her father.

The writing and dialogue felt smooth and I can’t fault the style. I can understand why young adults may enjoy this book, but I found it hard to relate to/ like Luke. His jealousy was a bit much for me. Wary of every guy who talks to his girlfriend with a possessive inner monologue.


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3 in 1 Book Review: Short Stories in

Frostbite by E.J Stevens 3/5

An interesting prequel to an urban fantasy involving a private investigator with a twist. Ivy investigates the paranormal with her psychic abilities. This little short shows promise for the rest of the series.

Rose Awake by A.W Cross 2.5/5

A sci fi retelling of the sleeping beauty story. The concept was intriguing, however, the narrative felt rushed to me and the dialogue a little stilted. I think it would have been better as a full novel.

Northern Realm Royal Dragons Prequel by Lisa Daniels 2/5

This is a read for someone who likes perfect romances. The narrative was too unbelievable and flawless for me. Nina was naive and a bit of a damsel in distress. If you like these types of tropes, then you may enjoy this book more than me.


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Book Review: The Christmas Mansion

The Christmas Mansion by Hollis Shiloh 3/5

Review:

A sweet, Christmas read that caters for the LGBTQ community. It is nice to read a short, contemporary romance that doesn’t rely on the ‘insta-love’ trope.

I did find the fantasy elements felt stilted and didn’t mesh into the rest of the narrative as well as they could. Everytime it was brought up that Gene was a ‘Magician’, it was like ‘oh yeah, I forgot that’, and it interrupted the flow a little.

Otherwise a cute, Christmas read.


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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018

I have just realised that I have hit my 40 books Goodreads Challenge. Whoop whoop!

This year has been a little more hectic with the addition of my son, so last year’s 80 book goal was a no go. Halving that total for 2018 was spot on. Granted, I have read a lot of novellas due to a lack of time, but I’m amazed I hit 40 with how crazy this year has been.

However, that isn’t me done! I shall see what my actual amount is at the end of December.

Are you participating in the Goodreads Challenge? Have you hit your goal, or still working on it? There’s still time, so good luck.


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Book Review: How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich

How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich 3/5

Bob Lotich founded ChristianPF.com back in 2007 and after getting laid off in 2008 he took the leap into full-time blogging. Less than a year later he was earning more from his blog than his previous day-job.
While his results are not typical, this book covers all the steps he took to make money from his blog over that two-year period.

Review:

There isn’t anything wrong with this book, it just didn’t offer me anything personally. It covers the basics thoroughly, so if you don’t know the basics, then this is great. I know the basics, and although I blog as a platform for my books and to review, rather than to make my blog my business, I was hoping for some new, innovative ways to grow, even if just a tad.

Basically, time and hard work grows a blog, and eventually, can lead to income, but I’m already aware of that.

However, like I said, this is a good freebie for beginners.


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Review: Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

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Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier 5/5

16443577_1422744914443588_878056584_n.jpgJaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape.

But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall’s shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

Review:

Lady Dona St Columb is a bored wife in a stagnant marriage. She wants freedom, adventure, and escape. That is easier said than done when you have to maintain title, motherhood, and keep your husband sweet. Moving to the countryside with her children, but leaving her husband in the city, is the start of her escape. Then, stumbling upon French pirate, Jean Aubrey, she embarks on a big, dangerous adventure that Dona can’t shy away from. The bird in her wants to fly free. What price will she pay for that freedom?

Another Du Maurier masterpiece; beautifully staged narrative, characters that leave you spell bound, and always a healthy dose of the macabre and danger. Du Maurier’s stories never fail to enthrall me. I read her books in as little as two days, and just get swept away in the story. I find myself thinking over the story when I’m not reading, and more so after I turn the final page.

Her passion for Cornwall only ensnares me more, and the vivid descriptions throw you head first into the setting; settings that I visit regularly, and will look at in a new light. Dona is brilliantly written- fanciful, lost, bored. She bleeds into the narrative effortlessly. You may not always like her or agree with how she chooses to live her life, but that’s part of the joy of reading from her perspective. Her relationship with Jean has the perfect pace, passion, and danger. Who doesn’t want a handsome pirate to fall for them and offer adventure? It’s all fun and games until it’s not, right?

Frenchman’s Creek is a must read! What are you waiting for?


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Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige 3/5

14805553_1306343342750413_826693064_n.jpgFirst kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Thanks go to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review:

Snow is cooped up in a mental health institute all of her life because everyone thinks she is crazy. She quickly finds that she is not insane, just unique. After Bale disappears and a mysterious man who tells her of another kingdom comes to her in the night, she makes a decision to change her life and everything she knows. Through ‘the tree’ Snow finds a world that makes her seem normal, but she really isn’t, not even in Algid. She is the one they have been waiting for.

There was brilliant world building, magical descriptions, and an intriguing narrative. Paige’s writing style is easy to read, not overly wordy, but still captures the essence of the story.

The characters were distinct, although there were times when the love… square (let’s call it a square) became unbelievable because I couldn’t fully embrace why one corner of the square would have fallen for Snow. When Snow was with another corner it felt natural, and I was screaming ‘Just kiss him- I would!’ Needless to say, I have a favourite from the love square; a favourite who was part of the most interesting group of people from the narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions, the ‘rules’, and the not so nice or trusting personalities. The final corner, Bale, was vital to the story, but I wasn’t rooting for Snow and him to be reunited in the ‘happily ever after sense’.

For a YA book, I can see this being well received by teens, and the action, love, and fantasy really draws you in. However, there were just a few unbelievable aspects for me. That being said, I want to keep reading this series because I need to know if Snow finally locks lips with my favourite ‘corner’.


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September Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

A round up of my September reads with links to the full reviews:

Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood

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I gave this book 2/5. I think the author read Twilight before writing this book.Character decisions were unbelievable, but I did like the weird group dynamics of the lost boys, and in particular, the highly jealous, slightly insane lost girl.

The Last Orphans by N.W.Harris

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I gave this book 5/5. Well written, perfectly paced, and action packed. A unique take on the infection outbreak storyline. I was fully submerged into Shane’s new reality and the dynamics of the whole gang.

 

Feyland by Anthea Sharp

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I gave this book 2.5/5. Vivid descriptions and detailing of Feyland, but an old concept with little character development. I would have liked to have had more conclusion. This prequel felt more like a long prologue.

 

Grey by Kade Cook

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I gave this book 3/5. Detailed world building and a vast array of unique characters. The pacing felt a little off, and there were lots of info dumps, but a good fantasy story interwoven with the present day.

Burn the Dead: Quarantine by Steven Jenkins

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I gave this book 4/5. Some ‘oh my god’ moments within the first few chapters, and it was refreshing to be stunned by simple narrative twists and not just by the gore.

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Interesting plot line with some well devloped characters. Some character choices didn’t add up, but overall an enjoyable read. Will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

 

Nano Contestant #1 by Leif Sterling

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I gave this book 4/5. Fans of the Hunger Games will like this book. Brilliant concept with motivated, rounded characters. Part of a large series. There isn’t a conclusion, more of a cliffhanger to lead onto the next installment, and that is what cost it that final 5th star for me.


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