Saturday, 12 August 2017

Giveaway | Fractured by Clár Ní Chonghaile

Happy weekend all! It's been a quiet week on the blog as I am just about finished with all my Uni work! Only a week left to go and then I can finally get back to my reading.

Today I have picked the winners for the last two week's worth of giveaways and I have a new book to give away.

This week's prize includes: 
Fractured by Clár Ní Chonghaile 
Notebook and pen

Giveaway begins on the 12/08/2017 and ends at 23:59 on the 18/08/2017. 
Prize is as pictured above. 
Open worldwide.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Giveaway | Harry Potter: Winter at Hogwarts: A Magical Colouring Set


Good morning all. I will be picking a winner for The Island Escape bundle, and five winners for The Freedom Broker by KJ Howe later this weekend, so good luck to those who entered!

This weekend I have a different kind of prize up for grabs. It is this (awesome-sounding) Harry Potter colouring set.

The prize includes: 
A 48-page booklet featuring line art of special moments from the Harry Potter films,
A special, do-it-yourself, 3D wood Firebolt ornament from IncrediBuilds.
48 colourable gift tags

Giveaway begins on the 05/08/2017 and ends at 23:59 on the 11/08/2017. 
Prize is as pictured above. 
Open worldwide.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Review | I Am Missing by Tim Weaver

Published by Penguin on July 27, 2017

I Am Missing is book eight in the David Raker Missing Persons series. It can be perfectly read as a standalone but it’s a great series, so definitely one where I’d recommend reading them all, even if you read this one first. I Am Missing is a bit of a twist on what Tim Weaver has written beforehand, and what many missing person books are about at the moment, as the missing person in this book is the very person who approaches Raker – Richard Kite (or at least that’s what he thinks his name is).

Richard has a form of amnesia, and ever since he was found battered and bruised ten months ago, he has no recollection of who he is. He knows how to swim and how to drive. He has a memory of being at the beach and there is a bit of a TV show that he remembers. As for his family, his childhood, his national insurance number, his entire life before the attack, he remembers absolutely nothing. And I loved this concept.

Raker has to be on top form to solve this case but who would you trust more? I love David and the attention and heart he puts into each case. If anyone could solve the mystery of Richard Kite – he could. I liked how unfazed he was about investigating Richard. He had absolutely nothing to go on but that didn’t stop him – nor did it stop him getting caught up in some heavier and more dangerous stuff later on. I love following Raker’s character in each book and seeing what he gets up to next, but one of the reasons why I Am Missing is one of my favourites of this series for me is because I found the missing person twist to be something different in this genre. There are countless books about missing people and I do like the concept, but Tim Weaver has given this book a fresh outlook on the genre which I really liked.

This is a slowburner of a novel but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I found this book to be absolutely absorbing and I was fascinated by every twist and turn. I Am Missing is a very intense novel with a lot of depth to it and some very thrilling aspects. I was hooked on the author’s every word as we try to uncover who Richard Kite is and what links him to certain other people in the story. This was an incredibly compelling mind-fuck of a book. Honestly I had no idea what was going to happen most of the time but it was still highly enjoyable. It’s definitely a book you think about when you’re not reading it and I think book clubs could spend days going over some of the themes and the gritty things which take place.

I Am Missing is a very cleverly written book. The things you would expect to happen tended not to as the author twisted things in a completely different direction. I was intrigued from the brilliant first chapter which set the scene perfectly. You would think if someone is found and has been front page news for so long, someone would come forward as knowing them. But Richard Kite has endured months of nobody knowing who he was before, only who he is now, The Lost Man. Seeing Richard try to rediscover his life, trying to piece together things such as his date-of-birth or trying to get a bank account – each aspect to this book was engaging and had me eager to read chapter after chapter. This is another excellent instalment in the David Raker series – one of my very favourites.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Review | Is Monogamy Dead? by Rosie Wilby

Published by Accent Press on August 3, 2017

Is Monogamy Dead? by Rosie Wilby is fresh and on-trend with a down-to-earth and compelling take on the world of relationships. The author is honest and upfront with the reader straight away about being a lesbian, and how whilst writing this book she has been faced with confronting how her sexuality is not as clear-cut as she once thought it was. Through her eyes, and her research, and the way she delivers this book, the topic of monogamy is an insightful one and one that is more complex than it first seems.

I found Rosie Wilby’s conversational style of writing really refreshing and easy to read. She discusses a topic personal to her whilst also considering the science of it all, but throughout, the tone reads warm and friendly and I took to the style of this book straight away and I found it made for a much more enjoyable read given that the author came across as honest and approachable.

I don’t tend to read much non-fiction as to me it often comes across as too preachy or self-indulgent, but this is the third non-fiction book I’ve read this year and, like the others, did not disappoint. It doesn’t go off on a tangent, it stays close to the topic of the title and is structured well, with each chapter ending in an engaging mini-cliffhanger which kept me interested in what was to come next. This is something which I often find is lacking in non-fiction – the interest in reading to the end – and so instead of picking this book up just to read a chapter, like I had expected to, I found myself reading chapter after chapter throughout the day and thoroughly enjoying this thought-provoking book.

This book discusses many aspects to the word monogamy. What stops a relationship from being monogamous? Is it having sex with someone else or kissing someone else, or does flirting with someone or even thinking about someone else in a less than platonic way count? Do different sexualities see the idea of monogamy differently? I definitely think this is a book that holds a wide sense of appeal for many readers – those who are single or those who are in some form of relationship. I found the book to be really interesting in looking at relationships and how individual opinions on the meaning of the word monogamy can cause conflict when, according to what is presented in Rosie Wilby’s book, there seems to be so many different opinions on what cheating involves.

Rosie Wilby’s take on monogamy is honest, humorous and very insightful. She doesn’t shirk from sharing the intricacies of her own life whilst observing society and the lives of other people. She doesn’t preach her own opinions and force-feed them to the reader. She has obviously researched the topic of monogamy well before, or during, writing this book. It is not one-sided and it is not clear-cut, but it is a very fascinating and modern read that I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending.

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