Teaser Tuesday – 28th June 2016

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate!

Rules:
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

Finding Dawn 1

Finding Dawn (Book 2) – J.L. Leslie

Page 15: “Drew’s lips move over mine with such intensity and need that I have to grip the front of his shirt just to stay standing. I can feel his arms wrap around my waist and the cold of his slushy cup at my back through the thin material of my… I mean his… t-shirt.

Goodreads Description:
“Moving to California is the best decision I’ve ever made. I no longer work for my ex-fiancé’s father. I’m hundreds of miles away from my ex-fiancé. And I met a woman who completely intrigues me. Dawn. No last name.
Yeah…moving to California was a great idea.
Only I can’t seem to get Dawn out of my head. The way we met. The way she acts. The night we had together. Now she’s just gone.
She bailed on me. But I don’t give up so easily. I’ll find her.
I just wasn’t expecting what I’d find…or who…

**Due to mature language and strong sexual content this book is intended for mature audiences only.**”

Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White – David Meredith

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*****

I received this eBook as an Amazon gift from the author himself, in exchange for an honest and an unbiased review of this book. I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to David Meredith for this Amazon Gift. This is the first time anyone has ever bought me anything as a gift like this on Amazon, a family, friend, author or anyone to review a book for them 🙂 so that is awesome!!!

Have you ever wondered, or been curious, about what happened to some of your favourite fairy-tale characters after the ‘happily ever after’? Well, wonder no more, at least with the case of Snow White and her Prince Charming. Sadly however, their happy ending didn’t last, as this book begins with Queen Snow White being trapped, this time it is within herself as she is locked in a depression after the death of Prince Charming. Every part of the castle is bursting with people and full of reminders of life shared with her one true love that she has now lost and is not going to get back. Desperate for alone time, she enters a part of the castle that has long been shut off and forgotten about, as it was used by the old Queen and Evil Witch who cause so much pain to Snow White’s life. Here, Snow White discovers the Magic Mirror and this story really begins. . .

This is only my second every fairy-tale retelling story that I have every read, and I’m not sure if this book would really count as a re-telling, but anyway, I loved this book!! I never really grew up on reading fairy-tales and watching Disney films, my house and my family were not really that type of family, which has lead me to start watching the classic Disney films now. Yes, I was sadly 20 years old before I watched The Lion King and 22 when I first watched The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, which is now my favourite Disney film, so far. Snow White is the most known fairy-tale of all, in my opinion; with the magic mirror, evil queen, Snow White, seven dwarfs, poisoned apple, Prince Charming’s loving kiss awakens her from her slumber, and so on. I loved how this storyline allowed us to see some of the major important parts that have occurred throughout of Snow Whites entire life, even before she met Prince Charming, in a very strong, powerful and vivid way. We get to see how her life was while living in the castle with the Evil Queen and how she was treated and why she escaped. The way this storyline was created to allow for readers to discover the now Queen Snow White’s life, is amazing and I love how the Magic Mirror is used and added in to do this, and is the perfect way to also create an amazing story.

This book and how it is written is fantastic. The writing style is one of my favourite aspects about this book, as it is written so eloquently and David Meredith enables you to be able to imagine everything so clearly. It is so easy to read and you just don’t want to put it down, but to keep turning that page and discover something new about someone, who has been apart of your life since you were a child. This time around, it is like it is a fairy-tale, but targeted and aimed for adults, but a more realistic, real world fairy-tale!! But will this book have an happy ending? It so beautifully written, that I loved so many of the sentences and have highlighted them in my copy for quotes and things I can use, because they are just so amazing. I would love to just spend the day posting quotes from this book.

There were a couple of editing issues, but I mean only a couple. There may have been more, but I didn’t notice because I was so into the book and reading it, that I had just bypassed them. This is quite easily a one sitting read, as you just don’t want to stop reading and discovering the past and future of Snow White’s life, before and after the whole incident with the dwarfs and the story we all already know. I would therefore definitely recommend this book highly, regardless if you’ve read Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (because I haven’t), and that’s why I have rated it a MASSIVE 5 out of 5 stars!!!

Migraines :'(

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Hey fellow readers and bloggers!

I need to apologise for not posting anything in a while. I do suffer from chronic migraines, which have sadly been playing up a lot lately. I haven’t been able to think about reading, let alone actually pick up a book, my tablet (other than my migraine tablets that is 😜) or look at a laptop screen to type up a new post. I’ve been suffering with chronic migraines since I was 17 years old, and they’ve been getting worse over the last year. This really sucks when you love to read!!! This also sucks when you’ve got a new blogging site.

I started doing new online university courses, a Child Behaviour course and a Legal Secretary course, as well as working, before the migraines started getting worse. Because the migraines then started escalating and got out of control, I then had to reluctantly drop the courses because I couldn’t look at the laptop, couldn’t do the work and fell too far behind and couldn’t catch up. Plus, with the constant pain, the courses weren’t high on my priority list. A couple of months later, my job was the next thing to go.

It’s not just the headaches that comes when you have migraines, which is what some people just assume, that’s just apart of it. For me, I have horrible pain in my eyes, which make any light extremely painful, causing me to spend the whole time lying cwtched up in bed in the pitch black under the black, plus my vision can then become blurry on times. I become nauseous and am unable to eat because if I do eat, it all just comes back up. Any bit of noise or certain smells can make things work, or can trigger one in the first place. I become forgetful because of the pain, I can barley walk, because with each footstep is like throbbing pain and that’s if I can lift my head up to begin with. My mood and emotions and like a whirlwind because of the pain and I have to be left alone, otherwise I find myself shouting at friends or family members for silly things that I shouldn’t be. This is also because I become so irritable. I even get neck pain, stiffness and shooting pains up and down my neck.

I am still back and fore the surgery, seeing my GP, who has referred me to see specialist neurologists, who isn’t the first consultant I’ve been referred to since I’ve first been diagnosed with chronic migraines. The funny thing about the type of migraine that i have is that you need three things to have it, and yepp, i have the three things. A family history of Ashma, a family history of Migraines and now for the weird one, my hair colour!! Yepp, I was born with my hair colour. That is actually one of them. And I looked at him stupid when he asked me if I dyed my hair. I have been put on so many daily “preventative” medication, and am currently on the strongest doses of multiple tablets I’ve ever been put on, which, while makes me drowsy and slugish as hell, isn’t working for the migraines at the moments. I’m also on medication that’s to be taken more directly for when the migraine attacks, which is what changes more, and in this case is injections, which does take the edge off of the migraine. This is a start and more than anything has done in a while. So hopefully this is a good start.

So I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while and I have tried to, even if it was just a quote. I am going to try and be more active now and I know that this post has nothing to do with books, but hopefully it explains the long gaps in between some of my posts.

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

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Hello my fellow readers and blogging buddies. I have been lucky enough to win yet another Goodreads Giveaway. This time I have won a first-edition, paw printed autographed copy of Rum & Coke by Jaxy Mono. I’m not 100% sure what a paw printed autograph is, as the hand print inside the book is quite small. It is so amazing and unbelievable to win a first-edition copy of a book, let alone an autographed copy on top of that, autographed in whatever form.

I am going to be completely honest with you all and say that if I saw this book in a bookshop or on Amazon, I don’t think I would buy it. This is completely because of the books cover, which doesn’t instantly shout out to me as a BUY ME NOW! book, or rather a PICK ME UP book. I don’t like the real people on the cover, which denies me the opportunity to use my own imagination to create the characters fresh in my mind, as I’ve already had this image to compare to now. The cover also doesn’t give me any hint towards what the story may be about, which can also be said about the title of the book itself. But you know the saying, never judge a book by its cover, so lets look at the description of the book and discover what’s hidden within the depth of the pages of this book.

This is the description taken directly from Goodreads:
“Imagine being kidnapped in a forbidden country whose language you don’t speak – and there’s no way home.

When a strait-laced American TV reporter is sent on assignment to Cuba, he is determined to keep out of trouble. But everything changes when he crosses paths with a beautiful and dangerous Cuban chica who calls herself Calypso.

Ulysses wakes up in handcuffs. His head pounding and his mouth gagged with his own tie, he desperately tries to recall what happened. Now, without his wallet or even his passport, Ulysses is at the mercy of his kidnapper.

Insisting that she is in the power of a Santeria love-goddess, Calypso forces Ulysses into the trunk of a 1958 Cadillac convertible at gunpoint. Then she drives him away from Havana, deeper into the heart of her forbidden island.

Uncertain if Calypso is a violent political activist, a common criminal, or simply insane, Ulysses knows he must find a way to escape – and soon. But he finds himself falling for his kidnapper…

Rum & Coke is a crazily off-kilter love story, and a modern odyssey of revenge, devotion and desire; but most of all it is simply the tale of a gringo, a chica, a Caddy, and a love-goddess…”

 Now I wouldn’t have expected that from this cover and from a little book entitled, Rum & Coke! There sounds like there is going to be so much excitement and so much happening in this little book, which is only about 262 pages. It defiantly sounds like it’s going to be an interesting read, especially after reading certain parts and seeing how this author writes, I have already laughed and found his style very funny. The best part is, it wasn’t even about the actual story, but the boring parts that most people don’t read, such as About The Author section and even the copyright page. Seriously, I laughed at the copyright page. Here’s what it says;

“It’s a work of fiction; that is, by definition, a pack of lies. No reference to actual people, politicians, islands, or deities is intended or should be inferred. Honestly.”

and

“No goats or chickens were sacrifice in the writing of this book.”

So I am defiantly liking his writing style and find it very funny and it is right up my street. I think this book may be a surprise and be unexpected, because I still don’t know what to fully expect from it, from the storyline and the writing style, but it will be fun to find out. The author does have other books and also has his own website, if you want are interested and want to go and check him or his books out, http://www.jaxymono.com.

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Quote From “The Reflections of Queen Snow White” by David Meredith

“Then sometimes, only sometimes, I will reveal those, dark, secret things from the murkiest depths of your own heart that you never wanted anyone else to know about or indeed, things you refused to admit even to yourself. Those are the visions of greatest value, but also greatest danger, for they are the inescapable horrors of your own making. You cannot run away from yourself.”

My Goodreads Giveaway Win!

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Wow!! I am truly amazed by this Goodreads Giveaway Win, and yes, the surname may be sounding familiar to you all. This book No Man’s Land, is in fact written by J.R.R. Tolkien’s grandson Simon Tolkien and I am so excited to have been lucky enough to have won and received this Uncorrected Proof Copy. It does state that this book is to honour his grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien, who fought on the Somme between July and October 1916 and was inspired by his experiences in the battlefields when writing. This was completely brand new information for me about Tolkien as I never knew that he had fought in Somme.

This book isn’t meant to be released until 30th June 2016, (my birthday :P), but it’s already generating some amazing reviews from some great publications; such as The Times, USA Today, Washington Post and so on. So it looks like writing runs in the family. I’m actually so excited to own this book!! Especially now I’ve decided to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope that Simon can stand out from being the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien and make his own reputation, which it seems like he’s on his way to doing with the reviews and praise he’s currently getting.

So what’s this book about I hear you asking? Well, here is the description from inside the book:

Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences.

In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector’s beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station.

When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.

Sound enticing to you? Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien fought in Somme? Such an amazing surprise to come home to.