Its Monday! What are you Reading? (24th June)

24 Jun

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

Books Read

I read one book in the last week Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville. I have to say I didnt really like it. All the thriller topics were there but it just did not appeal to me.

Currently Reading.

I’m currently reading Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. I got sent this book by the publishers and while I’m not that far into it yet I have to say its very good.

Up Next

Next up is a book on my kindle, A Girl Child by Donna Nitz Muller. I downloaded this when I got my kindle last year and its all about spying in 1915. This should be a brilliant book!

Synopsis – Tillie is a German concert pianist in 1915. She is assigned by the German Military to an American tour in order to provide good-will and to spy. All the
while she does her duty, she has an agenda of her own. She must rescue her  sister from kidnappers. Tillie changes from a young lady on the brink of promise
to a resourceful woman willing to sacrifice everything. As Tillie learns,  desperate times lead to desperate acts. Her journey takes her from Frankfurt to  Washington DC to France and to England. Even as she runs for her life, she finds  love with a German Intelligence Officer. While she risks being shot as a spy,  she performs her music. While she grieves for her fallen friends, she works to  reach the child, Rose.


Its Monday! What are you Reading? (17th June)

17 Jun


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

I have been absent from this meme for over a month because I have quit my job. I was sick and tired of being harrassed at work and the company doing nothing about it. I am so stressed out with not having a job that I’m making myself ill with it all 😦

Books Read

I’ve read one book in the last week, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. Although it has taken me nearly a month to finish I’ve really enjoyed it and although its a pretty huge book I would recommend that everyone reads it.


Reading Now

I’m currently reading Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead by Tony Faville on my Kindle. Its a free book that I downloaded when I first got my kindle and its ok, but nothing brilliant. I’m over halfway through and I will finish it though!

Reading Next

Next up is a book that I got sent from the publishers, Brothers Fury by Giles Kristian. This book sounds very good and I cant wait to start it!

Synopsis –

Rebel Cast out from his home, rejected by his family, Tom Rivers returns to his regiment. But his commander believes the young hothead’s recklessness and contempt for authority has no place in his troop. But to a spymaster like Captain Crafte, Tom’s dark and fearless nature is in itself a weapon to be turned upon the hated Cavaliers – who else would dare to infiltrate Oxford, now the Royalist capital, to destroy the King’s printing press and strike a blow at the very heart of the enemy?


Renegade Raw with grief at the death of his father, Edmund Rivers rejects the peace talks between Parliament and the King. He chooses instead to lead a hardened band of marauders across the moors, appearing out of the frozen world to fall on unsuspecting rebel columns like wolves. But Prince Rupert – recognising in Mun a fellow child of war – has other plans for him, from stealing a colossal gun, to tunneling beneath the walls of Lichfield. The only peace the enemy will get from Mun Rivers is that of the grave.


Huntress Her heart broken following the deaths of her beloved Emmanuel and her father, Bess Rivers takes the hardest decision of her life: to leave her new-born son and depart Sheer House in search of tghe one person who might help her re-unite what is left of her broken family. Risking her own life on the road, Bess will do whatever it takes to find her brother Tom and secure his Royal pardon, but can she douse the flames of her brothers’ fury and see them reconciled?


The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber

15 Jun

Started – 16/5/13

Finished – 15/6/13

Format – Paperback Book


Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Synopsis – Keep your wits about you; you will need them …’ So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge.


My Thoughts – I picked this book up as it was the reading circle book from last month. I had already got it on my TBR pile so it was the perfect opertunity for me to read the book earlier than I thought.


This book is about Sugar, a prostitute in Victorian London and her meetings with William Rackham of Rackham Perfumes and how there lives become entwined. It is definitaly a book of how the other half live with Sugar to start with living in complete poverty and William living in a wealthy house paid for by his father who set up the perfume company.


Not only Sugar and William feature prominatly in the book. There is also Williams wife Agnes who is not a very well lady and has a lot of issues but also William and Agnes’ daughter Sophie Rackham.


This book i felt was brilliant. I really enjoyed the story behind it and how many different twists and turns there were to the plot line. It is also a very unique writing style and i really got into this one straight away. The only thing i didnt like was the abrupt ending. I would have liked it to go on a bit more.


I loved how the character of Sugar developed too. She started off so headstrong and knew what she wanted and ended up almost loosing the plot. There is a fair bit of adult parts of the book however with the subject matter in question I do feel that it needed to be in there.


a much recommended book. It is a big book and it did take me a month to read but this in no reflection of the story, i loved it.


Rating – 5/5

May 2013 Book Round Up

13 Jun

Yes it is indeed nearly halfway through June and yes I am a little bit late posting this but i have had the month from hell. I have walked out of my job due to the harrasment that I have been getting and at the minute I am trying to get something done about it. Then I had a migrane for a week which was awful and i could do anything so i am finally getting back on my feet.This month I only read two books but with everything that has been going on i’m not surprised. According to Goodreads i am 14 books behind my target which is a massive ammount. I have read 21 books out of 80 for the year so I really need to pick up the pace if I’m to get my goal.

Books Read

20)His Dark Lady – Victoria Lamb (2013 book, hardback book) I really enjoyed this book I read the first in the series last year and this one is just as good.

21)Hollowlands – Amanda Hocking (2012 book, e-book) This was ok, my first zombie book but I dont think that i will be reading more.

Books carried over

I am currently reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I am really enjoying this book and i’m really surprised at how much i am getting into it.

Reading Challenges

None this month!

Books Brought

My Secret Sister – Helen Edwards

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!