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.

Year in books | 2016

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Read: 25 books

Total Pages: 8,285

Shortest Book: 59 Pages | The Survivor: Liam’s Story by Sara Elizabeth Santana

Longest Book: 981 Pages | The Talisman by Stephen King

Average Length: 345 Pages

Most Popular Book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin | 1,080,495 people read

Least Popular Book: It’s Too Late to Die Young Now by Gary R. Hope | 23 people read

My Average Rating for 2016: 3.6 Stars

 

Six of Crows Review

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Leigh Bardugo 

Purchased book from Amazon

512 Pages 

Finished 6th Dec 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts

It took me a while to get into this book, which I was really surprised about as I heard a lot of good things about it. I was close to giving up on the book as it was not capturing my attention as I had hoped. 

I don’t like giving up on books especially one where I know I will like it just of the synopsis. 

As I grew to like the characters more and more, I liked the way the story was going more and more as well. I thought the development of all the characters more so kaz was amazing and I couldn’t wait to find out more about them. I did keep finding myself forgetting they were young and thinking these characters where older adults throughout and was reminded every so often once the age was brought up by another character they interact within the plot, which I thought was an interesting thing the author put in, whether it was meant that way or not. 

I find it refreshing that even though you can see there is a ‘love interest’ between some of the characters nothing has been acted upon. I like this because I am so used to reading YA books which include a love interest or relationship acted upon so easily. 

I really did enjoy this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of reading it. I can not wait to start the next one, which I am so glad I purchased at the same time. 

If any of you have read this book please let me know what your thoughts were

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 & 2

Author: J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

Stars: ✪✪✪.5


Synopsis:  

A full nineteen years has passed since the climactic finale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Voldemort is a shadow of the past; Harry Potter himself is now a burdened employee at the Ministry of Magic, the wizarding triumphs of his youth seemingly shelved for the demands of family life. Once again, the vaulting arches of Kings Cross become the gateway to wild adventure as young Albus Severus Potter – Harry’s now second son – boards a waiting Hogwarts Express, prepared to fulfil his own destinies.


My Opinion:

Well to be honest.. I actually liked this story.

I was terrified to read this book as I read what this play was about before the book came out and I didn’t like what was happening.

but now that I have read it I actually really liked it and I want to see this as the actual play or as a film. I wouldn’t say it was an eighth harry potter book and there are places where things don’t line up with the books but I think they did a pretty good job at keeping it consistent. I had no problem reading it as a script rather than a novel and people who have complained about it being a script obviously didn’t see J.K.Rowling state it would be a script or see it written in big letters at the very top of the book “Special Rehearsal Edition Script)

I would read this again after my re-read of the books which I do every year 😀

and I would recommend to people who are harry potter fans and are open minded about the whole reading a book that is a script thing.

Good reads Reading Challenge

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Reading hasn’t been a big part of my life this year and it is really annoying me that I can’t seem to finish a book even when I am enjoying them.. 

Does this mean I am finding reading less enjoyable? I don’t know maybe 😞 

Because of this .. I have changed my reading goal to 25 .. I have currently read 22 books this year so far so I am hoping this challenge is more do able. 

Next year we will see if the reading challenge is going to be part of my reading ! Who knows? I’ll keep you guys posted