August Rewind

 

My August Reads

 

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^^I had so many problems with this book, it’s just not for me^^

 

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^^Another one that wasn’t for me but this wasn’t problematic like Never Have I Ever ^^

 

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Favorite Posts from around the book blogger-verse

 

Isabelle @ Bookwyrm Bites: How I Created My Custom Rating System

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Why Do You Read?

Michelle @ Michelle Likes Things: Why I Banned Myself From Requesting ARCs

Ruby @ Ruby’s Books: Wednesday Chatter: Musings About ARCs And ARC Bans

Kal @ Reader Voracious: Chased By A Flock of Seagulls

Clo @ Book Dragons: 2 Year Blogoversary! (ft. My Favourite Posts)

Susan @ Novel Lives: His Hideous Heart Editor, Dahlia Adler Discusses Reimagining Of Classic Literature With Marginalized Narrators, Conquering Her Fears As An Editor And Future Projects In A Blog Tour Interview -Releases 9/10 via Flatiron Books

 

What I’ve Posted

Charity Shop Finds!

Content/Trigger Warnings

Descended Author Interview: Amanda L. Almaraz

Ed Bookfest Day 1

Ed BookFest Day 2

Ed Book Fest Day 3

Harley in the Sky Cover Art

My First Book Box/Unboxing!! [Fairyloot August Spoilers]

The Tag of Rage and Sorrow

Favorite SciFi Books: The First Half Of 2019

Thriller Thursday

 

Again, I was so so so honored to have been nominated in the Book Blogger Awards, but a HUGE congrats to the winners and of course the other nominees!

Edinburgh’s [International] Book Festival was great, and I would really like to go to again next year, so fingers crossed!

I’m trying to work out train fare for the Jay Kristoff event in Glasgow next week but if I can’t go, well, I’ll just give my ticket to someone who can!

Still waiting on our house, we may get it before I turn 31, but since that’s in October…I mean, maybe not, maybe by the time I’m 40. *Insert a lot of cursing in various langauges here* But I am still hopeful about moving!

So this month I got to see Holly Black for the first time, along with Joanne Harris and Alexander McCall Smith and saw Samantha Shannon a second time!

Also! I got my first two books from Orbit Books UK and I feel so special!!!!! AND

If you all notice, I really love Canongate Books, they’re one of my favorite publishers and they made me their August Blogger of the month!

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Stasiland Blog Tour

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Blurb:
After a messy divorce, Ed Blake is trying to forget the past by spending the summer driving around Europe in his silver Porsche. He gets no further than a small town on the river Elbe when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit. 

Although in what is now a united Germany, this is the former Communist East, once ruled by the feared secret police, the Stasi. This is Stasiland. The past has not gone away, Germany’s political tectonic plates are shifting, maybe heading for the sort of chaos last seen in the 1930s. Ed finds himself pulled into a whirlpool of violence as right-wing extremism starts to shake the foundations of Europe. 

This is a novel about here and now. What happened to Ed Blake could happen to you.

Book Information:
Written by: Rolf Richardson
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 3036 KB
Print Length: 178 pages
Publisher: Matador (11 Mar. 2019)

Where to Buy

Amazon UK

 

My Review

Looking for a really fun read that doesn’t have the grim darkness of your typical political thriller? Imma shove this book your way. Honestly, I love intrigue, I love some darkness, but the fact that this one could do it without getting so heavy was impressive.

The pacing is really well done, it never feels too short and everything is answered in terms of closure for the ending which is always a happy day for me. I thought that our protagonist Ed was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the predicament(s) he got into. Just a man wanting a peaceful vacation and gets swept into some political mess in which he’s been ‘volun-told.’

The characters are all interesting in their own right, the plot is so much fun too. I know I keep using this word a lot but it’s not often I get to read a political thriller with some humour and light-hearted moments. It’s the perfect sort of quick read that you can get your teeth into and still have a mystery solved and resolved!

Three cups of coffee from me, thank you, Anne and Matador, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion on the blog tour!

About the Author

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ROLF RICHARDSON is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel, starting with service in the RAF, flying Britain’s first jet fighter, the Meteor; thereafter 25 years as a British Airways pilot on Argonauts, Britannias, VC10s and 747s. 

He then became a roaming photographer, visiting around 110 countries, with over 15,000 photos now sold. He has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia. 

A few years ago he set out to put his experiences to further use by writing a series of ‘Easy Read’ books: thrillers with a dash of history, romance and humour.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Thriller Thursday

Today I feel like talking about this mystery book I read last month that’s the start of a new series.

…Close enough to a thriller, hush you judgy one in the back, yes you.

Anyway, here we go!

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GoodReads:
Harriet Gordon stumbles into a murderous web of stolen gems and cutthroat thieves as she runs from her tragic past in an enthralling new historical mystery series set in early twentieth century Singapore.

Singapore 1910–Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold–explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers’ Club–dead with a knife in his throat.

When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society.

When a second body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a complex web of stolen gemstones and a mysterious gang of thieves who have no qualms about killing again to protect their secrets.

I loved the ‘vibe’ to this book especially the historical setting that Stuart used, it really felt as if you were in Singapore in 1910. There were some issues for me as far as the fact that I would have loved to get to know Harriet more, and I didn’t quite like the interactions between her and Curran when they seemed to go beyond a certain level of their acquaintance. I think it made me a tad uncomfortable considering Curran’s situation. I did love the sibling relationship between Harriet and Julian and would love to know more about both of them.

Though this is set in Singapore the main characters are part of the Anglo community residing there at the time, and the other colonials and some natives they interact with. Singapore was a melting pot long before the US and I liked that this did make sure to hint at that.

I also enjoyed Will Lawson and his part in the book, I think he was perhaps my favorite character over all, and Harriet and Maddocks after him.

The mystery part of it all was my favorite and I thought Stuart did a great job with it and so much so that I certainly look forward to reading the next on.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. **I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion @PRHGlobal **

I’m not just here to bring you another review though, that doesn’t seem fair, so let’s talk about your favorite mystery/thriller series, have you read this one? And are you looking forward to any new series coming up?

And gear up, because I have some great thrillers to share with you all in a few weeks, it’s a series that I completely adore now and just think it’s brilliant.

Aside from reading Thrillers and Mysteries I’m also addicted to watching them, currently, I’m watching the last season of Jonathan Creek, I enjoyed the movie but didn’t realize there were more episodes so like, it’s an early Christmas for me lol.

Also tomorrow I’ll be reviewing this political thriller:

 

And in September I’ll be reading this thriller, a neighbor willing to bargain with the Devil to get some peace and quiet [We’ve all been there, amiright?]

Favorite SciFi Books: The First Half Of 2019

Remember when I picked my favorite fantasy books that came out the first half of this year?

Okay so this is exactly the same but with SciFi lol, I know, I know, I’m a creative genius. So this only includes books that I’d read up until June, so some may have come out earlier but I didn’t read them cause I was lazy or whatever, who knows.

These aren’t in any particular order than rating, and sometimes I enjoy a book that has a lower rating, idk, my rating system is very complicated. [ie: I don’t really know what I’m doing]

Clicking on the headline will take you to my review, and I’ve included GoodReads links!

6. The Chosen: Contender #1

 

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GoodReads:Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.
Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger still — people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords.
But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.

 

5. The Crying Machine

 

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GodReads:
A sharp, lyrical thriller of power, religion, and artificial intelligence.
The world has changed, but Jerusalem endures. Overlooked by new superpowers, the Holy City of the future is a haven of spies and smugglers, exiles and extremists.
A refugee with strange technological abilities searches for a place to disappear.
An ambitious young criminal plots the heist that could make or destroy him.
A corrupt minister harnesses the power of the past in a ruthless play for complete control.
And the wheels of another plan – as old and intricate as the city itself – begin to turn…

 

 

 

4. The Red Labyrinth

 

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GoodReads:
The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalver’s isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path. 
But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance. 
Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.

 

3. The Disappeared

 

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GoodReads:
What if reading the wrong book could get you arrested?
In a decaying city controlled by the First General and his army, expressing the wrong opinion can have terrible consequences. Clara Winter knows this better than anyone. When she was a child, her father was taken by the Authorisation Bureau for the crime of teaching banned books to his students. She is still haunted by his disappearance.
Now Clara teaches at the same university, determined to rebel against the regime that cost her family so much – and her weapons are the banned books her father left behind. But she has started something dangerous, something that brings her to the attention of the Authorisation Bureau and its most feared interrogator, Major Jackson. The same man who arrested Clara’s father.
With her rights stripped away, in a country where democracy has been replaced with something more sinister, will she be the next one to disappear?

 

 

2. The Fever King

 

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GoodReads:
In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.
The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.
Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

 

1. Off Planet

 

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GoodReads:In an all-too-plausible future where corporate conglomerates have left the world’s governments in shambles, anyone with means has left the polluted Earth for the promise of a better life on a SpaceTech owned colony among the stars.
Maité Martinez is the daughter of an Earther Latina and a powerful Aunare man, an alien race that SpaceTech sees as a threat to their dominion. When tensions turn violent, Maité finds herself trapped on Earth and forced into hiding.
For over ten years, Maité has stayed hidden, but every minute Maité stays on Earth is one closer to getting caught.
She’s lived on the streets. Gone hungry. And found a way to fight through it all. But one night, while waitressing in a greasy diner, a customer gets handsy with her. She reacts without thinking.
Covered in blood, Maité runs, but it’s not long before SpaceTech finds her…
Arrested and forced into dangerous work detail on a volcano planet, Maité waits for SpaceTech to make their move against the Aunare. She knows that if she can’t somehow find a way to stop them, there will be an interstellar war big enough to end all life in the universe.
There’s only one question: Can Maité prevent the total annihilation of humanity without getting herself killed in the process?

 

 

What are some of your scifi faves of 2019 so far? Anything you recommend?

A Tapestry Of Treason – Blog Tour


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Synopsis:
Her actions could make history – but at what price?

1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York.

Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV.  Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant?

Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her.  Even when it endangers her new-found happiness.

With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men.

This is one woman’s quest to turn history on its head.

Book Information:
By: Ann O’Brien
Published By: HQ, Imprint of HarperCollins
Publishing Date: 22/08/2019
Format: Hardback [eBook & Audio]
Price: £14.99

 

My Review

I have to admit, I’ve never read a historical fiction book like this before but I have enjoyed watching movie adaptations of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ and ‘The Duchess’ < though the latter is a biography instead of a historical fiction novel.

Still, I read the synopsis of this and knew I couldn’t pass it up with my love of history and let’s face it, we always could use a few more books about women that history has swept over. I was delighted to take part in this tour!

The first chapter just drops you in, you’re caught up immediately into the world that Constance of York occupies. There is no mistaking Anne O’Brien’s attempt to immerse you completely into this world. You are transported to 1399/1400s and it is rife with political intrigue.

O’Brien does a great task in not focusing too much on one set of details, in particular, instead, she takes everything into consideration. There is the expectation of women of the time, but also the reality of women in that period. They may not have much power out front but they can still do things their own way. Constance is a woman of ambition and of course that tends to make her not well received by others, viewed as immoral though others around her are forgiven and lauded for treasonous thoughts all because they are men and she’s a woman.

I was slightly daunted by the page count but then O’Brien builds up this quiet intensity, she brilliantly keeps the tension all the way through out. It actually made it hard to put down, there was this feeling of Constance running out of time or rather that she was always on the verge of being in trouble and I was completely on board for that. 500 pages and it kept me on the edge of my seat, to me that’s the sign of a brilliant novel. I adored it and I now adore O’Brien.

Anne O’Brien clearly does her research and brings Constance to life, giving her a voice that would fit in seamlessly as fact rather than the fiction it actually is.

If you’re a fan of history and/or Philippa Gregory books then I highly recommend this five cups of coffee read to you!

[Thank you to HQ for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review as part of the tour]

 

About the Author

 

Sunday Times bestselling author Anne O’Brien was born in West Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in East Yorkshire for many years as a teacher of history. Todayshe has sold over 250,000 copies of her books in the UK and lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. The area provides endless inspiration for her novels about the forgotten women of history.

 

The Rest of the Tour

A Tapestry of Treason Blog Tour (1)

The Tag of Rage and Sorrow

Hey guys, Krisha did this really fun tag in honor of Rage and Sorrow coming out in September! She also has a great review of it up!

RULES

  • Link back to the original creator’s post (Krisha @Bookathon )
  • Tag your friends to do the tag
  • Have fun and read this beautiful series!

 

ESMAE: A Book/Character which empowered you and made you feel strong

Maité Martinez in Off Planet was so strong and just refused to give in. I don’t mean simply physically but her heart, she goes through so much and she continues to do so, one day at a time in this amazing book.

 

ALEXIE AND BEAR: A Duology you recommend with all your heart

I haven’t read a duology yet, but technically I’ve started and since I’ve really enjoyed the first book, We Hunt the Flame I’ll go ahead and recommend Sands of Arawiya.

 

MAX: A Book which made you feel seen 

Anne of Green Gables, in the era before stubborn redhead characters, there weren’t a lot of us gingers on the scene and so when I read this as a child, I fell in love. Anne was a redhead, a dreamer, someone who loved to read and write and I felt like finally someone had written a book for kids like me when I was young.

 

TITANIA: A Book/Character which was witty and made you laugh 

He’s not exactly ‘witty’ but he’s droll enough for me to be like ‘all the yes’ and that’s Okame from Shadow of the Fox. He cracks me up!

 

AMBA: A Book you ended up loving even though you were not sure about it 

The Golden One/The Alien Chronicles this book/this trilogy has my heart and soul. I wasn’t sure because I was just finding my love of reading when a very dear friend lent me the book(s). High sci-fi fantasy, thiiiiiick, and well, all my trepidation was cancelled out. I really don’t think I go one month without raving about this trilogy and thinking about Ampris, the Golden one herself.

 

KIRRIN: A Book you have mixed feelings about 

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. On the one hand, it was highly entertaining and I had fun reading it, on the other hand, I want to smack the author about and ask him why he was allowed to run rampant with his blatant sexism.  DAMN IT.

 

KYRA: A Book/Character which turned out to be disappointing

Stalking Jack the Ripper/Audrey Rose Wadsworth. Honestly, I thought this was going to be amazing, I was excited. If this hadn’t been a kindle book I would have tossed it across the room. Such good ideas but I could not stand the idea that in order for Audrey to be smart that she had to put down feminine traits. And DAMN THAT ENDING.

 

RADHA AND SYBILLA: A Book with great supporting characters/great team 

Crown of Feathers. All the Characters, all the scenes, all the things. Seriously, you have people you love, people you love to hate, and people that you just want to read more about!!!!! AND PHOENIXES!

I TAG 

All the people, but especially Kal because this is all her fault, I’m obsessed with A Spark of White Fire because of her.

My First Book Box/Unboxing!! [Fairyloot August Spoilers]

Hey guys!

I finally caved in and got a book box!!! I’ve really been wanting to it was just a matter of funds and also if the book was the one for me, in this case, I knew what the book was or I mean I was like 90% sure lol and I was right and it was one I wanted.

In fact, I really thought everything was so pretty and I am so happy I got it. Still blame Michelle for her amazing unboxings which led to me getting one.

I picked the Fairyloot August 2019 Box and so watch out because this unboxing means spoilers and if you don’t want any, then look awaaaaay.

 

First reaction: Awww nice box…NOW I’LL TEAR YOU OPEN

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Oooh hey look, a quote!

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So this is the spoiler card, and now everything makes so much more sense when people talk about it.

 

 

Guys, the love for these is real. Like. This lion’s mane needs scrunchies

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A CANDLE! And it smells so nice! (Chocolate+Coffee for those who can’t see the label)
And I did hate Thomas Cresswell the second least out of Stalking Jack the Ripper so this was nice, and it’s purple, ugh, my fave color!

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So I know the lighting isn’t great but I was like screeching in excitement over this Tolkien pocket mirror. LOOK AT IT

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Oooooh, what’s in here? Such a pretty container!

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HOLY BATMAN IT’S CUTLERY WITH A LUNAR CHRONICLES THEME

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Me at this point: EVERYTHING IS SO PRETTY
(Though I don’t see me using a cushion cover)

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Lovely quote from the Mistborn and again this pic isn’t as nice because I’m just too excited to focus.

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“Let them see my weakness and let them see me overcome it.” -Brian Sanderson

Now I get it. Now I understand the hype over these amazing Tarot cards. I’m totally in love.

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Oh but wait…there’s more?

Hmmm what’s this?

 

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Jk, jk let’s see what’s inside

 

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And now, the book!

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That’s it! My first unboxing and omg I was so, so, so happy!!! Ugh, I’m totally addicted now.