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 Name of the Wind Review

2017, REVIEW, updates

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Author: Patrick Rothfuss 

Purchased: Waterstones 

Date Finished: 14th April 

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Synopsis:

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me’ So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read title.

My thoughts:

Ok, I really don’t know where to start with this review in the slightest. I really liked parts of the book but then skim read other parts especially towards the end, then the last 15-20 pages I really got into it. 

so as you can tell my thoughts are all over the place. It took me over 2 months to read this book, NOW, I was partly in a slump and hadn’t finished a single book for 2 months, I wasn’t reading every day and I wasn’t exactly excited to pick it up until I got to parts I liked. I thought it was dragged out a little in certain places and to me some of it just didn’t make sense. 

The main character slightly annoyed me when he was younger because of the things he did even, he was kind but also stupid and was doing everything in his power (in my opinion) to get kicked out of the university, which was somewhere he had always wanted to be. 

These books are not entirely short but I think certain thinks could of been left out entirely. 

I did really like the interlude chapters (even though there were tiny) because it gave me a break from the main “story”

now my dilemma begins, the ending has interested me enough to think I want to pick up the second book, but because they are so pick I am unsure whether it would be a wise thing to do.

Has anyone read the second book? Is it better, more action packed than the first? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Horns by Joe Hill Review

2017, reading, REVIEW, updates

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Author: Joe Hill 

Purchased: Amazon (ebook) 

Finished: Saturday 8th April 2017

Rating: ✪✪✪.5

 

Synopsis: 

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.
Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see peoples’ darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

My Opinion:

Let me start my saying even though it took me over an entire month to read this book I did enjoy it, I just wasn’t up to reading so this is going to be a mini review because of how long it took me to read it I didn’t make notes on how I felt throughout the month reading it. 

I really like how the characters stories grew throughout and how you got to know them all a little better as everything progressed. I really enjoyed the writing style and will pick up some more of his books in the future. I also want to watch the movie now and see how it compares 

The ending really bothered me though and I think I am going to have to think about it some more and see whether it still bothers me it just didn’t end how I wanted it to end and I thought the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be. 

Once I get back into reading more books and getting back into things I may give this one a read to pad it out some more. 

I just wanted to know what happened too all the characters and I have been left wondering about what has happened to them more than I expected to this is my reason for the 3.5 star review rather than the 4 star review I wanted to give it. 

 

My First Tech Summit 

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Today I attended my very first Tech Summit and to be extremely honest it wasn’t like anything I expected. 

Just for a little bit of background. I have been doing lots of Microsoft courses recently, admittingly I have  not been doing as well as I could of been doing and haven’t studied as much as I should. I am doing a Network Engineer Apprenticeship with Firebrand Training and These Microsoft courses are something I have chosen to do for the apprenticeship. 

So far I have participated in the Office 365 course and the Windows Server 2012 R2 course. I have passed the first exam (70-346) of the Office 365 course so I am Microsoft Certified Professional.

On one of these training courses I heard about a free event put on by Microsoft in Birmingham NEC and this is the Tech Summit I am currently attending (just completed day 1).

 

9:00-10:00 : Registration (I had done this online but we needed to get our badges scanned and put in lanyards). 

10:00-11:15 : Tech Summit Keynote 

11:30-12:45 : An overview of the Microsoft Application platform for developers 

12:45-13:45 : Lunch  – All lunch was provided free of charge and they catered for all needs including my Gluten free requirement 

13:45-15:00 : Introducing Microsoft Teams 

15:15-16:30 : Explore the new, cross-platform .Net Core 1.0 

16:45-18:00 : Migrating to Exchange Online via Hybrid over the long haul. 

I enjoyed everything I went in to listen too; a few things, like the .Net talks, were very new to me as I am not a developer. .Net is something I would like to start looking into once my Apprenticeship is over and done with so I thought attending these may be beneficial in the long run

This Tech Summit is something I would love to attend next year (so far) , I am learning so much and listening to lots of interesting information. It’s made me realize I need to look into my career more and taking more of a interest in what I need to do to get to where I want to be. I think this was the boost I needed to do this for myself. 

Each talk was held in a giant inflatable igloo which were really good at separating everything out in the hall.

Please have a look at some of the pictures I have taken on day 1. I will have more pictures up tomorrow in the day 2 post, I will also have more information about what we did and my overall thoughts on the entire event. 

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Crooked Kingdom Review

2017, REVIEW

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Leigh Bardugo

Purchased from Amazon 

Finished 10 January 2017

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Synopsis:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

My Opinion:

First let me say, I loved this book so much. I think this is now one of my favourite series. I preferred this book ever so slightly more than the first book. 

Compared to the first book I didn’t think this book was slow in any parts and I really enjoyed the character development throughout this story. I liked learning more and more about each character, this made me like them even more than I already did. I went through so many emotions in this book, to a point I even cried and as I get told I don’t have emotions, this is a really big thing for a book to do to me. 

I have been feeling like I am not connecting to book in ways I am meant to and this book and series made me feel like way again. 

Something I thought was really well done in this book compared to other YA books I have read in the past is the way the romance is dealt with. I liked the fact that I personally felt like the relationship between Jasper and Wylan is focused on more than any other relationship in the book. I liked how each individual relationship was dealt with differently and each relationship was different. I thought this was more like the ‘real life’ young adult relationships, unlike some books you can read where every relationship is lovey Dovey. I really enjoyed the bond between all the characters in the group and the way they looked out for each other. 

The only character I didn’t really bond with was Jaspers father. I don’t believe a father would act the way that he did but saying that I did understand why he did it for the story. 

I think the ending was the perfect way to end the story, I really want more from Kaz and the team. 

I can’t wait to try more by Leigh Bardugo and I will be picking more of her books up in the future. 

If you have read this duology, let me know what you thought in the comments.