Up and Coming Reviews

Apologies for the long time no post. As some of you will know I have just moved into a little flat with the other half. We don’t currently have internet so I am just doing a quick post from the local cafe with Wifi to let you know what reviews are up-and-coming!

Lilth by Victoria Limbert
The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling
Hell Hath No Fury by Bill Blais
Fallen by Lauren Kate (Guest post by Ross Phillips)
True Blood (Series 1) from HBO.

I have an exciting new series of posts coming soon too, so watch this space!

Thanks for reading,

Love Rie x

Liebster Blog Award

I am super happy to have been tagged in the Liebster Blog Award by Kelly at Reading Kelly. The Liebster Award is for us bloggers who have less that 200 followers but do good things! Award winners have to share 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions asked by the person who tagged them, and then come up with their own 11 questions for the 11 bloggers that they tag in the award!!


So without further ado…

11 Random Facts About Me.

1. I am 21 years old going on 71.
2. A complete social media freak.
3. I can find people wherever I go who like to read nearly as much as me
4. My favourite scent is freshly cut grass
5. I hate coffee
6. Self confessed tea addict
7. Work in marketing
8. Live in a dream world
9. Love painting my nails pretty
10. I don’t have any pets
11. I still sleep with a teddy bear

11 Questions from Kelly

1. Where do you keep all of your unread books- together or scattered throughout your shelves?
I actually have them scattered through my shelves. I don’t have much room to store books at the moment so I stack them where I can. In an ideal world however I will have a TBR shelf!


2. Do your book selections vary by season?
Not really. I tend to read the same genre all year round.


3. What is your favorite foods?
Chilli Con Carne, Chocolate, Bananas and Marshmallows – but not all together, and not necessarily in that order!


4. Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?
I will always give them a quick read when I purchase or borrow the book. They I have been known to sometimes read it again when I am part way through the book to see if it measures up!!


5. Any quirky reading habits?

I love to read whenever I can, so when I am eating alone I often read as well. It does lead to some embarrassing food stains on book or trying to eat my Kindle moments when I am so into a story I loose all sense and co-ordination. 



6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?
I would go to Canada. I have heard nothing but good things about it from friends, family and books. My favorite author Kelley Armstrong is also Canadian and I would love to meet her if the chance ever arose – I am also a bit apprehensive that it would turn into a situation like “The Fault in Our Stars” so maybe not…. 


7. When did your love of reading begin?

As long as I can remember I have always loved reading, but there is one notable time when it was truelly reinforced. I went to the local library with my favorite teacher from Primary School, I was around 7 years old, and she asked me what book I was looking for. I said anything by Jacquline Wilson. She looked so impressed that I liked books that was a wee bit advanced for my age, that it wasn’t a picture book and that I even had a favorite author! From that day on I began to fully accept my love of reading as something not to be ashamed of!

8. What are the best and worst books you have read lately?
Best: Dragon Riders of Pern books – I have fully fallen in love with the whole series.
Worst: A book I can’t even remeber the name by Cheri Schmidt – It was an awful Twilight rip off and I couldn’t get past the first chapter.


9. Do you have any hobbies outside of reading?
Cooking, walking, mountain biking & singing… badly!


10. Which do you prefer- the beginning or end of a story?
I love re-reading stories most because I pick up all the little clues that the beginning of books give to its outcome. There is something about this recognition that I adore. So the beginnings!


11. What is your fondest book memory?

All the times I have ever had a true book nerdy conversation with anyone. The discovery of someone else who loves books as much as me really makes me happy – and I often look back on them as the thing that cements our relationship!

My 11 Questions to Nominees

1. When did you discover your love of books?
2. Where do you read the most?
3. Can you read whilst listening to music or whilst the TV is on?
4. What do you eat for breakfast?
5. Why did you decided to start blogging?
6. Why do you blog about books?
7. Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate?
8. What is your worst habit?
9. Hardback or paperback book?
10.Who is your favourite author?
11. What do you want to be doing / where do you want to be in 5 years time?

I Award to Liebster Award to:



Reading in the Sun!

As some of you will already know I finished my three year degree this week. Capped off with an a pretty good exam I feel great, and not too sad, that I am leaving this chapter off my life now! The last few days I have just been laying in the sun in my local park reading which has been fantastic! We have been having a little mini heat wave here and it has made perfect sun bathing whilst reading conditions.

So I think I Would give you a short low down what I have been reading and what will be coming next. Think of   it as a What are you reading Wednesday, but on Saturday!

Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey

This is the #2 book in the dragon riders of Pern series. I have done a mini review of this over on Facebook but basically I love it. I gave it an 8/10 because it has an amazing narrative, some quick arse characters and a fantastic fantasy world. Its big down fall is being quite complicated with about double the amount of characters that I feel I can take in to start with. But once I got my head round all the different name I loved it, and I can’t wait to get started on the next ones (and I have three of them to read by next Monday if I am to keep Mr Phillips happy!).

No Good Deed by Bill Blais

I was sent this as part of an up and coming blog tour but I couldn’t help but sneak in what I thought of sooner. I have done an interview with Bill earlier this month and I was really excited with the promise “My goal is to give readers something they haven’t had from the genre to date” (Blais. 2012). He was not wrong, this fantasy is a little bit more grown up, and little bit more complex and a little bit more awesome. Full review to come in July!


The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

This book was part of my Teaser Tuesday this week, when I had only just started it. I am reading a couple of books at the moment, which is the only reason I haven’t had time to finish it. Reading a Armstrong book is like coming home, this one is from her YA series Darkness Rising but the style is so easy to read and so familiar that it would be fantastic if she was writing about bin bags. Yet the narrative is also awesome and action packed! The first chapter leads straight on from The Gathering at a staggering pace and the first quarter of the book is so action packed I was left catching my breath! 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book was lent to me Miss Dombey more than a few weeks about and I hadn’t found time to read it. But as it was such a glorious day yesterday I thought that I would leave the Kindle at home for a day and read this instead. My gosh it is such a fast read. I have power through 3/4 of it in less than 24 hours and I am sure I will be done by the end of today. I can tell its going to get emotional but I fear there will be a twist before I reach the end!


What’s coming next:

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey

Let me know in the comments below what you will be reading this weekend and what is coming up next!

Thanks, as always, for reading,

Love Rie x

Spotted: More Free Kindle Books!!

Over the last week I have been seeing a flurry of great ebooks come up for FREE on Amazon for Kindle download. To celebrate this free book frenzy on wanted to do another Spotted blog post.

If you didn’t see my first one you can read it here, but I will repeat the sentiment that these books do not sit around free for long, so download them as soon as you see them! Due to the fast paced nature of free books on Amazon I also haven’t had the chance to read any of these books…yet!

  • Dark Entity by Emma & Christoper Byford
    A short story from the Fusion series that you will not want to miss. I have just finished the first book from the series Hunt for the Phoenixand loved it. You will be able to read my review in the next few days, but this is only free until the end of Sunday the 11th of March so move quickly!
  • Invisible Justice by Kim Jewell
    A contemporary take on the YA superhero sub-genre. This look really interesting and I am really looking forward to reading this.
  • Impulse Control by Susan Bischoff
    Short story on teenagers with special powers. Sounds similar to the Kelley Armstong’s Darkest Powers books which you can read my reviews of here, and if well written could be a great read!
  • Wild Child by Mike Wells
    This is meant to be a right little page turner and has some great reviews. This will be moving to the top of my reading list very soon.
  • The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin by Catherine Cooper
    Catherine Cooper has been compared to J.K.Rowling, so this book has a lot to live up to. But with some great reviews on Amazon, mixed with a couple of not so good ones I am really curious to see what this book with be like!
  • Ryan’s Return by Barbara Freethy
    This book is described as I quote “emotional and romantic contemporary novel about love, family and a little bit of magic” – as it is free, what do you have to loose!
Hopefully these six are enough to keep you going, but if you want more please follow me on Twitter where I post links to free books on Amazon when ever I find them.
Thanks as always for reading,
Love Rie x

Happy World Book Day

Being over 18 now World Book Day doesn’t really have the same appeal to me any more. I remember from a young age receiving my £1 book token at school, and the excitement of being able to pick out of the specially released titles that year. But I can’t help feeling a little left out now…

Yet I still love what World Book Day stands for:

“World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.

But with the wonders of the internet you can no download or get a copy of all the specially released World Book Day Titles on Amazon. This selection of children’s books are still available to all of us over 18 for their promotional price of £1 and with some fantastic authors contributing they have to be worth a look.

You can view the full list of the books available here, but my top picks are:

Roald Dahl’s Fantabulous Facts (paperback)
Despite his death in 1990 (the same year I was born) I am a huge fan of Roald Dahl, with James and the Giant Peach being one of my favourite childhood reads. This fun book aimed at children 8+ is illustrated by Quentin Blake.

How to Train Your Dragon: the Day of the Dreader (paperback)
This series of books was used as inspiration for the movie “How to Train Your Dragon”, but as we all know 9 times out of 10 the books are always better!

Big Day Out (Kindle ebook)
Jacqueline Wilson was easily my favourite author as a child. I borrows or begged my mum to purchase all of her releases and still appreciate how this very talented author deals with difficult subjects so well. This has to be worth a read even if you are will above 8.

Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World (Kindle ebook)
I haven’t heard of this book, or its author Derek Landy, before but its promise of humour, magic and adventure sounds like a good read.

So, if like me, you feel a little left out of the World Book Day celebrations there is no need to feel glum. Lets find our youth again and get involved in celebrating the love of reading!!

Spotted: Free Kindle Books!!

I originally wanted to do this post as a video, but after filming and starting the editing process I realised that my editing software (Windows Movie Maker) is just not up to scratch. The audio and video keep going out of sync, and it was getting really frustrating. It was very important to me that I got this information out as soon as possible, as Kindle books do not stay free for long. So my apologies for the rather false start on providing some video posts via YouTube, but I will invest in some better equipment and software soon and come back with new vigour!

How you will often find me of an evening.
I love the colour of my Kindle cover, which was
a birthday present from my brother

As you can see in the title, this post is all about my top picks of free Kindle books on Amazon. I would like to add here that you do not need to feel left out if you do not have a Kindle. Amazon offers free applications for your computer, iPhone and other smart phones that you can download all Kindle books onto and enjoy the free literature.

I have divided this post in two; my first four picks are classics of the book world whose copyright has now expired and thus are now available for free. The second half however are the time sensitive ones. These are books that have been placed on Amazon for free for a limited time only, so if you like the sound of any of these titles do not delay and download them straight away. I have been introduced to some of my favourite new authors this way, and is well worth it for those that want to discover something new.

Classics

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
    Before your Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood, Dracula was the original vampire. If you like vampire books and have not read Dracula you need to get your head seen to. This is a classic and a must read to all.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
    The first zombie book, before zombies were cool (if they ever were!). Even if you claim to have seen the movie, and all its tedious sequels and remakes it is well worth going back and reading the original.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
    This is one of those books that I love to dip in and out of. If I am feeling stressed or restless this fantastically crafted fantasy world is true escapism. We did a play of this in primary school (and I didn’t even get to be Alice… but we wont go into that…) and it really cemented my love of all its little quirks.
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    I have searched high and low for the original Sherlock Holmes but cannot seem to find it anywhere for free. However this book does come highly recommend (although I must confess I have not read it myself). If you do want to read his full collection, you can purchase it for just 77p here.

New Publications – Free for a limited time only!!
Firstly I must say that I have not read any of these books, so cannot comment on their quality. The very nature of free Kindle books means that I have sourced these books very recently and not yet had chance to read them.

  •  Ghost Box: Six Supernatural Thrillers by Scott Nicholson [no longer free :(]
    This collection of ghost stories promises to have you scared witless!
  • Soul Mate by Richard Cawford
    The cover of this is very cliche with the moody haunted house and bats. But you should never judge a book by its cover, and the description sounds intriguing. And who can say no when it is free?
  • Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf 
    I really like the sound of this books description. With the main protagonists being a vampire and a werewolf and both of them being married sounds like a blood bath. But I am looking forward to seeing how this will read.
  • The Seventh Sister by Z. L. Arkaidie
    This paranormal romance book is the second in the Parched series, which makes it an odd one to be free. All I can assume is it will force people like me to purchase the first one as well, as they find it impossible not to read them in order! But I will have a look at this closer, and see if it is worth the investment.
  • Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson
    Short stories with witches and vampires – has got to be worth a quick read! (comes with an adult warning).
  • Black Moon by C. L. Bevill
    Another short story, which is the first part of the Moon Trilogy. Containes Werejaguars, WereWolves and a Librarian was a warning it is not for minors…. I am going to have to read it now just to find out why!! You can also get the next two parts of the series, Amber Moon and Silver Moon for free too!
  • The Vampire’s Warden by S. J. Wright
    A paranormal romance from the Undead in Brown series, which claims to be a different approach to your average Vampire story.
  • Thirst by Claire Farrell
    This is the first part of the Ava Delaney series, a protagonist who is a Human-Vampire hybrid that I want to read a lot more about!

Hopefully this is enough to keep you going, but if you would like to find more free Kindle books, make sure to follow me on Twitter and add me as a friend on Facebook, where I post links of free books on Amazon that I have spotted.

Let me know if you like these sort of posts, and would like to see more. 
Thank you as always for reading,
Love Rie

What should I read next?

I have just stumbled upon (funny enough from stumbleupon.com) a great website for people like me who want introducing to new authors.

Whatshouldireadnext.com is a fab little website, where you enter one of your favourite books, and it searches thousands of different titles to find something similar you might like.

I can see myself using this a lot, as I often do get stuck in a rut of serial reading all the books from one author (you only need to look at the number of reviews I have for Kelley Armstrong).

So go have a look, search, and find your new favourite!

Please comment below and let me know what you have discovered and if you enjoyed it.

Thanks as always for reading,

Love Rie x