Archive | September, 2012

Friends With Partial Benefits – Luke Young

30 Sep

Started – 26/9/12

Finished – 29/9/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Filled with passion, longing, surprises and humor, Friends With Partial Benefits, the first novel in the four-book series, is hard to put down and will leave you laughing out loud and slightly sleep deprived.

Jillian Grayson is a disillusioned divorcée and best-selling romance novelist who suddenly can’t write a chapter without her hunky male heartthrob suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed college senior who’s unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian’s son, Rob. When Rob brings Brian home for Spring Break, and Brian meets the surprisingly young and tennis passionate Jillian, their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. After nearly giving in to their feelings, they hatch a plan, while under the influence (of something more than just the perfect Miami night), to be Friends With Partial Benefits, complete with rules to define the boundaries. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their desires, or discover all of it is a really bad idea?

 

My Thoughts – I got sent this book from the author as i had previously enjoyed one of his other novels, Shrinkage. This book is about a few people. Brian and his best friend Rob, Robs mother Jillian. her best friend Victoria and a few others too.

 

Rob comes home from college and brings Brian with him as he cant seem to get over a girl. Natalie. Its here that Brian first meets Rob’s mum and sparks seem to fly between the two of them. Victoria is Jillians best friend and for want of a better explaination sex mad!

 

Rob spends a lot of time with his girlfriend Laura, which enables Brian and Jillian to grow closer and closer. When they do it puts them both in a situation that they cannot figure out if its right or not.

 

I really enjoyed this book. To start with i do think its not a book that is for the faint-hearted, Its full of sexual encounters although i do think these are done quite tastefully. Its not too in your face but at the same time very racey. Its not a book that i would leave laying about for my nan to read for example.

 

I read three quarters of this book last night as i really couldnt put it down. It is a real page turner and i couldnt wait to read what was going to happen, figure out if people are going to get caught out, weather people are going to stay in relationships and plenty of twists and turns.

 

I think this is quite a good book for the market at the minute. What with all the 50 shades of grey hype and other books with simular themes i think this book is a nicer version. Although i havent read that particilar book i do think that this book would be the better option.

 

This book was very enjoyable, very easy reading too. This is the first in a series of four books and i will be buying the second for my kindle later on today.

 

Rating – 4.5/5

Hitting 400 New Heights

28 Sep

Ok, so it is finally happened my To Be Read pile has reached a massive 400 books! I have around 150 on my kindle and around 250 in paper books. Now this year my goal was to reduce my TBR but all ive done is let it grow and grow. This is mainly because i download a lot of kindle freebies and sometimes they are free for only a day and i dont want to miss out!

To be honest i know i should be shocked that i have this many books to read but secretly im not! I love all my books and i might as well start collecting them now while i can afford it.

At my current rate of reading it will take me around 4 or 5 years to get round to reading them all if i dont buy anything else. Now while that is a bit scary i still dont mind. I’m recently single and very much enjoying all the more reading time im having!
I am still going to try to not buy to many books but sometimes it just can’t be helped!

So, how big are your TBR’s?

Booking Through Thursday – Carry On

27 Sep

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme held over on Booking Through Thursday!

Do you bring the book(s) you’re reading with you when you go out? How?
Physically, or in an e-reader of some kind? Have your habits in this
regard changed? (I know I carried books with me more when I was in
school than I do now–I can’t read while I’m driving to work, after
all.)

Yes I’ve always got a book on me wherever i go. Before my kindle i used to always have my current read on me even if it was a massive book. This was a bit of a problem when it was a massive book.

When i got my kindle it really changed my reading habits. I no longer had to take two or three books every time i went away. I could just take my kindle with lots of books on that.

Now I’ve always got my kindle on me wherever i go. I take it to work, it take it to friends, i take it everywhere. I still read my tree books but  i tend to read these at home and not cart them everywhere!

My reading habits havent changed that much, if anything im reading more!

 

The King’s Spy – Andrew Swanston

26 Sep

Started – 16/9/12

Finished – 26/9/12

Format – Hardback Book

 

Synopsis – England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed.

 

For Thomas Hill, a man of letters quietly running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local inn.

 

When a stranger knocks on his door one night and informs him that the king’s cryptographer has died, everything changes. Aware of Thomas’s background as a mathematician and his expertise in codes and ciphers, the king has summoned him to his court in Oxford.

 

On arrival, Thomas soon discovers that nothing at court is straightforward. There is evidence of a traitor in their midst. Brutal murder follows brutal murder. And when a vital message encrypted with a notoriously unbreakable code is intercepted, he must decipher it to reveal the king’s betrayer and prevent the violent death that failure will surely bring.

 

My Thoughts – This was a book that i got sent to me from the Transworld publishers as part of a reading challenge. This book is about Thomas Hill a bookseller who lives with his sister and her two children during the times of the English civil war. He travels away to Oxford and its here that he becomes a cryptographer for the king. He has to decode a series of messages and the war could depend on it.

 

This book not only has the code aspect too it, its also full of torture, murders and lots of other not nice things. I did think that these were quite well done and added a bit more substance to the story. I did also like the ammount of codes and the details that the author went in to explain how the codes were solved. The illustations were also a hepful aspect to help understand the codes fully.

 

I really loved the character of Jane and was so gutted with what happened to her in the book. I would have liked her and Thomas to have ended up together but that was not the case.

 

The only couple of things that i didnt like about the book was that it was quite predicable what was going to happen and the twists and turns could be seen a mile off. Thats not to say that i didnt enjoy the book, i really did but this was the only thing that put me off a little, This book is the first in a trilogy and i think that im going to keep a little eye out for the next.

 

I enjoyed reading this book although its set in a time period that im not too familar with it was an enjoyable experience to read.

 

Rating – 4/5

WWW Wednesdays (26th September)

26 Sep

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Friends With Partial Benefits by Luke Young. I got this book sent to me by the author as i read one of his other books and really enjoyed it. This book so far is quite good, I’m not all that far into it but it is quite racey! Not something that puts me off though!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished The King’s Spy by Andrew Swanston. I got sent this book by the Transworld publishers as part of a reading challenge. I really did enjoy this book although i would have liked a few different twists and turns as i did find it a little predictable. It was still good though!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up off my massive TBR pile is Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I am a huge fan of her books and they never fail to disappoint. I cant wait to start this book.

Super Excited – The Casual Vacancy!

25 Sep

Ok, so I’m really really excited for this book to be out! J. K. Rowling is one of the main reasons as to why i am such a book-a-holic. I love the Harry Potter series and have read the books probably over 30 times all the way through the series. They are my favourite books of all time and i love them.

When all the speculation came out about her new book i knew that i had to have it. Yes i know that it’s not going to be anything like the Harry Potter books and to be honest i wouldn’t want it to be. I think people sometimes forget that the whole magical world came out of her head and to be honest i think she has many more books there too.

I have pre-ordered this book, something that i havent done since Deathly Hallows and i am so excited to get it. Its released on Thursday and i know that it probably wont arrive until early next week but i am excited that i already have my copy out there somewhere!

Its 512 pages long and written for an adult audience so im very excited to read this as ive kind of grown up with her books too so i feel its only right that it be an adult book.

I do think that a lot of people will make the comparison between this and the Harry Potter series but i do think its important to go into this with an open mind and just see if i enjoy it. Hopefully i will!

An Update

24 Sep

Well as its Monday i normally take part in the Its Monday! What are you Reading? meme held over on Book Journey. Today for the first time in a long while im not due to the lack of me finishing a book in over a week. I wish that life wouldn’t get in the way so much but unfortunately it just seems to have done.

I’m also struggling to find the time to pick up a book and read. I’m not sure if this is because ive had a massive change in routine and its thrown me but at the minute i don’t seem to be getting the escape that i normally do from reading.

I have just pre-ordered a book today The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling so hopefully that will encourage me to read a bit.