My april wrap up

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Today I bring to you my wrapup for April. I am usually so bad at even finishing one book in a month but this month I have exceeded my own expectations & are you ready for this…

I FINISHED 9 BOOKS.

YES, ME! I finished 9 books. I can’t remember the last time that I did that.

The main reason for me finishing 9 books is because I took part in the #OWLsReadathon2019 hosted by Book Roast. I will go into this readathon more in my #OWLsReadathon blog post.

The books I completed for this are:

  1. If I die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien  – ✪✪✪.5
  2. The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeves (Review to come) ✪✪✪✪
  3. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan  – ✪✪✪✪✪
  4. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon – ✪✪✪.5

 

The other 5 books I finished this month, for myself was

The Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow by George RR Martin.    

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 The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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The communist manifesto

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (RTC)

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An American Princess by Annejet Van der Zijl (RTC)

Translated by Michele Hutchison

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Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

Sent to be my 404ink

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I had such a good reading month this month & I am extremely happy with the books I have managed to read. 

 

How many books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading xoxo 

Review: A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow

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Author: George R.R Martin
Date Started: 17/03/2019
Date Finished: 22/04/2019
Pages: 623
Genre: Fantasy
Star Rating:✪✪✪.5

Synopsis (Book 1)

A GAME OF THRONES

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne, and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hang perilously in the balance, as each endeavour to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

My thoughts:

I am slowly getting into this series, I am pushing myself through the books and I always find after the first 3rd I am truly into it and find it difficult to put down. The only downside is that the first 3rd to the first half can be a real slog to get through. George RR Martin is very descriptive with his writing, which I don’t think is a bad thing, but when the action isn’t really going anywhere it can very difficult to get through. After getting past the 40% mark in the book; I was really enjoying myself and felt invested in the story. The same thing happened with the 1st and 2nd book. It takes me well more than 1 month to get through these hugeeee books but they 100% worth it.

The characters:

I believe the characters are developing a lot and I am quickly finding characters I love reading about, a couple of these are:

  • Brienne
  • Jaimie
  • Arya
  • Jon
  • Daenerys

I am still not getting on with the Catelyn or the Bran chapters of the storyline and find myself complaining as I get to them. Samwell and Davos viewpoints also gets brought into this book, which is interesting as we get to see the plotlines develop from another two different characters views. I am really really rooting for Jaime and Brienne and I am excited to see how these two grow in the upcoming books.

Final thoughts:

I am 100% carrying on with these books. I haven’t seen all the TV series I have seen bits as my husband has watched them but I am hoping to ask him questions throughout to see how they are differing from each other.

I would recommend this series to people who love EPIC fantasies and who loves reading a complex world from multiple peoples POV’s

 

Review: A pearl for my Mistress

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* I was contacted by the author and received a copy of this book via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review* Thank you Annabel Fielding

This book is set in the 1930’s which is a time period I do not often read about, because of this I was not quite sure how I would get on with this book.

I am so glad I accepted to review it.

This book follows a girl called Hester who’s ideal job would to be a lady’s maid. This dream because somewhat a reality when she becomes a young lady’s maid to Lady Lucy.

Lady Lucy is a very ambitious and independent individual.

I loved how the relationship blossomed between Hester and Lady Lucy through a common enjoyment of them both. Hester lived reading and Lady Lucy loved writing. This friendship slowly blossomed into a relationship. I really loved how the author handled this. The authors writing is beautiful.

The second half of the boom becomes less about the relationship of Lucy and Hester and become more about politics. Lady Lucy is part of the British Union of Facist, and writes articles in the paper all about this. This puts a strain on Hester and Lucy’s relationship.

I loved how researched this book was and how natural everything seemed within this book. I liked how all the topics where handled.

I would definitely read another book by Annabel in the future and reading this book may have changed my mind to branch my reading more into romantic historical fiction.

The Revenge of the Dwarves

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Title: The Revenge of the Dwarves (The Dwarves, Book 3) 
Author: Markus Heitz 
Version: Paperback
Stars​: ✪✪✪.5

This is the 3rd book in The Dwarves series by Markus Heitz. I have been reading this series for the past few month and I am really enjoying it so far and love Markus Heitz writing. 

That being said…  this book didn’t really meet the expectations I had after the first two books. Things that happened with the characters, in between books 2 and 3, weren’t how I expected them to go. Tungdil was a character I really liked but in this book he fell flat either with the issues he faced. I am unsure if Tungdil’s character is going into a direction which I am liking. He did show the “old” Tungdil throughout the middle and the end of the book but that felt like it was going to disappear in the next book. 

The book was a lot slower to read and took me a while to get through compared to the others. 

This is my least favourite book of the series so far and I hope book 4 picks up like the first two books did. Saying that all series have a book which isn’t as good as the others. 

I am still carrying on with the series and I will not let this spoil anything I am looking forward to in the next book, which is something I am currently reading, as mentioned in my, what am I currently reading post.

If you would like to see the reviews for the first and second books I will list them here:

The Dwarves
The War of the Dwarves

 

The War of the Dwarves review

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Title: The War of the Dwarves
Author: Markus Heitz 
Version:Paperback 
Stars: ✪✪✪✪

I was going to add the Synopsis in this review but as this is the 2nd book in The Dwarves series by Markus Heitz. This series is becoming a favourite of mine. It has everything you need in a good fantasy book, well for me anyway

In this book Tungdil and the Dwarves find themselves in more trouble and are needed once again to save the lives of the Dwarves and to save the kingdom of Girdlegard. 

I really enjoy Markus Heitz writing and happily fly through these books, which are over 600 pages each. 

There is character development through both books and you know there will be more to come in the next books. I love watching the dwarves and other characters grow throughout the story in ways you would least expect them too. There are shocks you don’t see coming. The book can be slow in some places but the action throughout,from beginning to end, is more than enough to make you fly through them.

I really would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, they need to give this series a go. I always have the next book handy so that I can read it as soon as I finish the one I am reading. I hardly do this with series but this one has just grabbed my attention. 

Markuz Heitz could well become an author I would re-read

Please leave a comment below if you have read this book and let me know what you through of it.