Review: Warbreaker

2020, REVIEW

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Pages: 652
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪


Warbreaker is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn’t like his job, and the immortal who’s still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago.

Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can only be collected one unit at a time from individual people.

By using breath and drawing upon the color in everyday objects, all manner of miracles and mischief can be accomplished. It will take considerable quantities of each to resolve all the challenges facing Vivenna and Siri, princesses of Idris; Susebron the God King; Lightsong, reluctant god of bravery, and mysterious Vasher, the Warbreaker.

My thoughts

Once again I love the stories and worlds which Brandon Sanderson creates. He is definitely one of my favourite authors. Lightsong was a really interesting character. He was funny and added humour when the story was getting a little rougher.

Vivenna was a character I really liked, I found her growth from a spoiled rebellious girl to a mature adult. I loved all her parts in the story and was really invested in what happened to her. She took on her on role that she was thrown into when her father had a change of heart.

Siri was my least favourite character in the book, it is hard to explain how I felt about her, she seemed selfish with her actions, I understand her life was turned upside down but I think that she blindy went into things she should have been aware of due to her studies without thinking of the consequences.

overall I really enjoyed the book and the twists and turns that where thrown in there. Brandon Sanderson has such an amazing imagination. His magic systems are just not something I have ever seen before. They are so thought out and really well described and explained.

Have you read this book? what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.#

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Review: Forensics

2020, May, non-fiction, REVIEW


Author: Val McDermid
Pages: 292
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. In the course of researching her bestselling novels, McDermid has become familiar with every branch of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science, real-world murders and the people who must solve them.
The dead talk – to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with some of these top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and McDermid’s own original interviews and firsthand experience on scene with top forensic scientists. Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide. It’s a journey that will take McDermid to war zones, fire scenes, and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with both extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day.

| My thoughts |

I also find it difficult to review non-fiction books but I found this one so informative.

I found this book extremely interesting and very well researched. I like the fact it was based on UK proceedings but also touched on cases in other countries. It had a mixture of old and new cases, some of the newer cases were ones I was familiar with due to them being on the news in the UK. The author puts enough detail into the case to discuss the topic she is talking about but she didn’t pry into the lives too much. There were so much I didn’t realise about the forensics in cases and how they work to catch the suspects.

Val McDermid also writes mysteries but I haven’t had a chance to pick any up at the moment.

I would highly recommend this book for people who are interested in forensics.


Review: The Rumour

2020, May, REVIEW


Author: Lesley
Pages: 304
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .
Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.
Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.
So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

| My thoughts |

I was given this book was a gift from my step mum. I actually quite enjoyed this book. It was a page-turner, and the plot kept me intrigued. I didn’t gel with the characters as much as I hoped I would but I didn’t affect my rating on the book. 

I am using the CAWPILE spreadsheet put together by Gi, her channel is Book Roast on youtube. You rate each section out of 10, here are my results.

The rumour

I just didn’t have an emotional connection to any of the characters, they weren’t bad characters, they just weren’t for me.

I did have a theory about who was involved, which turned out to be slightly correct but there was still a twist. I think this is a solid debut and I will look into any other books by this author.

overall this was a solid debut.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

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Review: Harley Merlin and the stolen Magicals

2020, REVIEW


Author: Bella Forrest
Pages: 408
Star Rating: ✪✪✪.5

| Synopsis for book one | 

Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino.

But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note. Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. This is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magical, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past.

Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined and that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her… Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.

| My thoughts |

I am still enjoying this series, they quick read and I get them through them really quickly. I am finding Santana’s sections of the books so much better than Harley’s sections at the moment. Santana is a good character, she is a good friend and is always trying to do the best for everyone

Harley isn’t my favourite character at the moment, she doesn’t seem to be growing in my eyes, she still makes the same mistakes she made previously. 

The plot is still intriguing and kept me interested even though I  am unsure of the main character but because Santana also has chapters this breakup Harley’s sections which is probably why I keep going with these books. 

I don’t want to go to much into the plot of this story because it is the 3rd in the series. I am looking forward to carrying on the next in the series. 

Harley Merlin Book 1 

Harley Merlin Book 2 


Review: The Pure Heart

2020, reading, REVIEW

The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie

Author: Trudi Tweedie
Pages: 288
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter’s companion, her life changes forever. Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house’s secrets: a hidden chapel, servants who speak in a foreign tongue, a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?

| My Thoughts |

I really enjoyed the plot in this story and I liked the authors writing style. Iseabail, seemed very naive to which why would make sense as she is from a remote island, so usual common sense on how to judge people wouldn’t really be there. Even though she is naive she is an extremely likeable character. 

I did like the setting that the book took place in and the magic is involved in an interesting way.

The family dynamic felt very strange and I was wondering from the beginning what could be wrong with the whole family setup. Maria, the little girl in the story is a very strange little girl that I didn’t like at all. Her father the merchant is very manipulative and again wasn’t a character I particularly liked.

The ending wasn’t something I was expecting at all. I had a little hint about a few things but it wasn’t what was revealed.

I did like this book, it was a really quick read – I read this in one day – and I would read something by Trudie Tweedie again.

Have you read this please let me know what you thought in the comments below

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