Archive | May, 2013

Hollowland (The Hollows #1) – Amanda Hocking

17 May

Started – 12/5/13

Finished – 16/5/13

Format – Kindle e-book

Synopsis – Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows..

“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book when i got my kindle a couple of Christmas’ ago as i went on a bit of a spree and it was free at the time.

I downloaded it because i saw ‘young adult dystopian series’ in the description and this is my favourite type of book so what could go wrong?

This book is about Remy who we meet in a compound that is under zombie attack. The end of the world is upon her and all she is interested in is finding her younger brother whom there is some mystery about. She mangages to avoid getting bitten by the zombies and her begins her journey to find her brother who she believes has been taken to another govenment compound.

She meets other people along the way, a doctor, a young girl that comes out of the compound with her, a former rock star and some other surviours.

Well i did enjoy this book, kinda. I have realised that I’m not a huge fan of zombie books now, well you live and learn, as i found them quite gresome for my liking. I thought the story was a bit to simular for my liking. Everytime they met the zombies it was very predictable what was going to happen. I wasnt overally keen on the writing style either, it was a bit too raw for my liking.

This is not to say that its a bad book because it wasnt, it just wasnt a book for me. i dont think I’ll read anymore of this series but this book does end on a big cliffhanger so I can see why others might want to continue the story.

Rating – 3/5

His Dark Lady – Victoria Lamb

14 May

Started – 25/4/13

Finished – 12/5/13

Format – Hardback Book


Synopsis – London, 1583.


When young, aspiring playwright William Shakespeare encounters Lucy Morgan, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s ladies-in-waiting, the two fall passionately in love. He declares Lucy the inspiration for his work, but what secret is Will hiding from his muse?


Meanwhile, Lucy has her own secret – and one that could destroy her world if exposed. No longer the chaste maid so valued by the Virgin Queen, she also bore witness to the clandestine wedding of Lettice Knollys and Robert Dudley, a match forbidden by the monarch.


England is in peril.Queen Elizabeth’s health is deteriorating, her throne under siege from Catholic plotters and threats of war with Spain. Faced with deciding the fate of her long-term prisoner, Mary, Queen of Scots, she needs a trusted circle of advisors around her now more than ever. But who can she turn to when those closest to her have proved disloyal?


My Thoughts – I got sent this book by the publishers as I read the first book in the series – The Queens Secret last year and really enjoyed the story. The book carries on from the first book, a bit of time has past since the end of the book and the start of this one but all the familuar characters are in it. Queen Elizabeth I, her sister Mary, all her court, Master Goodluck and of course Lucy Morgan who the story centralises on.

Will Shakespeare is very much a bit part to this book and I’m not overally sure if I liked the part that he played. I dont want to ruin it for others what he does but I’m not sure if I like it or not! However it was really good to read some fiction on his home life and that of his family like his daughter and his twins.

The love triangle from the previous book continues however it does kind of reach a head in this book. It did make me feel sorry for Queen Elizabeth I with how everyone was laughing at her but it was a good point to the book.

It did shock me with what happened to Mary I didnt really expect it in this book. This book tells the story of what life was like during that time, the plague, how horrible living conditions were and how many people did not live for very long.

The writing of this book is as beautiful as the first and it was really easy to get into the style.  I really enjoyed this book and i’m very hopeful that there is going to be more books in this series because i will definitaly be reading a brilliant book highly recommended by me.

Rating – 4/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (13th May)

13 May

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I had yet another busy week, it seems never ending these days! Quite how people work full time, run a house, look after a family and still read loads then its beyond me! Still i do look forward to the evenings when i pick up a book!

Books Read

I finished one book in the last week, His Dark Lady by Victoria Lamb. I was sent this by the publishers a couple of months ago and have only now got around to reading it! I read the first book last year and i enjoyed this one a lot more than the first if that was possible. I will post my thoughts on this book tomorrow.


Reading Now

I’m currently reading Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking. This is a book that i downloaded not long after i had my kindle and not got around to reading until now. Its a young adult book about zombies and I’m not always hugely keen on them but we will see if this one is good!

Reading Next

Next up is the choice for the reading circle for the month, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Its one of those books that I’ve had on my shelf for a while but I’ve been putting it off because of the size of it. I hope its good though!

Synopsis – Sugar, a 19-year-old whore in the brothel of Mrs Castaway, yearns for a better life. Her ascent through the strata of 1870s London society offers the reader a host of characters. At the heart of the story, however, is a young woman’s struggle to lift her body and soul out of the gutter.

Books Brought

None this week!

April 2013 Book Round Up

8 May

Well i am indeed almost a week late posting this but I’ve had a busy week planning and attending a cadet camp so its just gotta be late this month. By my standards ive had a very bad reading month. I’ve only read two books in the whole month! According to Goodreads i am 8 books or 11% of my target behind where i should be so this month i really need to do some rather serious reading now!

Books Read

18)Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel (2013 book, Hardback book) This was the choice for the April reading circle and i really enjoyed this book. It was massive though

19)Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (2012 book, e-book) I downloaded this book when i first got my kindle and I’m happy to say i really enjoyed this book, one of my favourite classics now!

Books carried over

I’m currently reading His Dark Lady by Victoria Lamb. This was sent to me by the publishers as i read and enjoyed the first book in the series. And once I had remembered who was who its started to get very good!

Reading Challenges

Rory Gilmore Challenge – Wuthering Heights

BBC Top 200 Books – Wuthering Heights

1001 Books You Must Read – Wuthering Heights

Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge – Wuthering Heights

501 Must Read Books – Wuthering Heights

World Book Night 2013 – Wuthering Heights and Wolf Hall

Books Brought

The Separation – Christopher Priest – one from my wishlist