Book-A-Thon Day 6

Well hello there ☺👋

I’m sad to say that Day 6 (Saturday) of my Book-A-Thon wasn’t a very successful day. I had a birthday party to attend in the evening, and with how my head was feeling, I spent the majority of Saturday in bed, in the dark, trying to ease the growing pain building in my head.

After resting for most of the day, I did manage to read a couple more chapters of Lilith’s Garden of Fury by N.L. Johnson before admitting defeat for the day. But I’m definitely hoping to finish this book before the end of my first week long Book-A-Thon. 

In other book related news that happened yesterday, I discovered that out of the 11 copies of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott that I own (seriously, I have a problem when it comes to this book), that I do own a complete and unabridged version, with part 2 apart of it, otherwise known as Good Wives. So this means I don’t have to buy it, and can actually read it pretty soon, so very lucky, and my weird obsession of this book has come in handy. I have also order the second book in The Chronicles of Alice series called Red Queen by Christina Henry because I really enjoyed the first book and had to order it while it was all fresh in my mind. Plus amazon had 30% off this book from the previous day, so yay! 

One more day left and I’m hopefully going to hit it strong and aim for the best!! I hope to finish Lilith’s Garden of Fury, if nothing else, as I really do enjoy the Unforeseen Beings Novella Series and have been sent them all by the author N.L. Johnson over time and am just thoroughly enjoying them. So wish me luck and lets see how much finial day goes ☺;)

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Book-A-Thon Day 5

Hello there ☺👋 My week long Book-A-Thon is nearing it’s end as I have now past Day 5 and am feeling the strains and negative aspects that come with a week dedicated to reading and set aside for a Book-A-Thon. So let me tell you how my Day 5 went. . . 

If you read yesterdays post (day 4) you will have read about my struggles beginning. The migraines, the blurred vision and how I had to stop reading mid way through the day and lay down and try and sleep all day. Day 5 (Friday) began no better, with a migraine so bad it had me running to the toilet to throw up, which is where I stayed for about an hour. Taking some medication and taking it easy, it slowly eased, from the mega attack to a tolerable one. I took the risk, because I’m a rebel and because I really wanted to carry on reading Alice by Christina Henry because I was really enjoying it the day before, taking it slowly, a page at a time and breaks in between. I did manage to finish this book and wow! What a book! I loved it and it had me gripped, even through the pain. I’m definitely ordering the second book in The Chronicles of Alice series Red Queen

I did try to start reading the third book in the Unforeseen Beings series by N.L. Johnson called Lilith’s Garden of Fury. I realised that after reading the first chapter, that this was pushing my luck and I was not going to get rid of or ease this monster growing and stomping in my head, so I had to admit defeat yet again, especially as this book is an eBook version sent to me by the author. So screens and lights was a big no no! Hopefully I will be able to read this book during Day 6 (Saturday) for two reasons. No.1 I love this series and No.2 This eBook copy isn’t that long, as it’s a novella series. 

I’m definitely going to push myself as much as possible to complete this Book-A-Thon to the best that I can and am able to, and hopefully as I’d originally set out to. So fingers crossed and wish me luck ☺👍

The Friday #56 – 29th July 2016

This is a weekly tag meme, that is done every Friday, hosted on Fredas Voice blog. This is a really fun and interesting way to discover more of the stories of the unread books on my shelves and TBR list, or to share some of my favourite books with everyone.

Now For The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence. (or a few, just try not to spoil it)
*Now post it.
*Make sure to include the tag #Friday56
*It couldn’t be simplier.

AliceAlice (The Chronicles of Alice #1) – Christina Henry

Page 56:
    There was one more object on the floor, and it was so strange to see that Alice stared at it.
“Is that. . .?” she asked, pointing. She didn’t even know how to say the word. She’d only ever seen pictures in books, never the real thing.
Hatcher grinned again, and she realized deep down, underneath all the blood and madness, Hatcher was a rogue. Somewhere inside him was still the boy who liked to cause trouble.
“It’s a gun, yes,” he said.

Goodreads Description:

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.”

Book-A-Thon Day 4

Day 4 of my week long Book-A-Thon and over half’s ways through, so let’s see how Thursday went. 

I realised today why I don’t do Book-A-Thons  and why I always love the thought and sound of them, but why in reality they sucks for me. But I will go into that, a little further on. 

I did read more of Alice by Christina Henry, but sadly, I only read up to Chapter 9 (page 150) and I had to stop reading. After all of the reading so far this week, I had a horrible migraine, which had started previously and even though I had taken my migraine medication, I carried in reading anyway. So it had developed into a worse migraine, which made it impossible for me to read. The pain was excruciating, plus my vision was blurry and spent the rest of the day cwtched up and taking it easy. Hoping that I can resume reading and my Book-A-Thon the next day (Friday) being in less pain, or hopefully no pain. This is a constant struggle with me as I suffer with chronic migraines all the times and have to take daily preventative tablets in the hope of not having a migraine attack that day. 

So fingers crossed that I get to finish reading Alice by Christina Henry during Day 5 of my Book-A-Thon, because I was really enjoying that book. Like seriously and thoroughly loving reading that book! Plus for the pain to go away will be really awesome too ☺ Wish me luck 

Book-A-Thon Day 3

Wednesday equals Day 3 of my week long Book-A-Thon. So how did it go compared to Day 1 and Day 2? Well, let me tell you about my day. . .

My day started off my going back down my house at 7am, and as my house is a lazy house in the morning, I did get some reading done in the morning. I was also able to post my “Book-A-Thon ” post from the previous day without also any hassle and check and catch up emails and things, as I don’t have Internet up the BF’s house. But gone 10 am,  quietness deserted me as the house was packed with people and kids and reading and anything else was out of the question, even though I tried so hard. So when my older sister, older by two years (she’s 26) decided to take her son to the cinema to watch The BFG,  and I would’ve be stuck with my little brother, even though I wasn’t meant to be here, I jumped at the offer to go and take him. And I wasn’t disappointed. I laughed so much 😂😂😂 

After getting back, I escaped back up the boyfriends house (and noticed that his family had been up there, so lucky escape) and enjoyed some reading time in the peace and quiet before he was due home. I was able to finish The Dare by John Boyne before preparing food, and it was so good to read another book by John Boyne again. I also started started reading Alice by Christina Henry before going to bed, reading a chapter or two, and I’m really excited about this book. 

I discovered yesterday that even though I read my copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, it isn’t the fully complete version. What I mean by this is, that I didn’t know about Good Wives, Little Men and Jo’s Boy’s  until I was discussing the book yesterday because it had ended differently to how I had expected it to. My version only contains the first part, so now I have to buy some new books. 

So for day 3, I completed another book, started a new book and learned something new, plus seen the new BFG. Not forgetting I’ve rediscovered a forgotten author. So not a bad day 😉 

Book-A-Thon Day 2

Hello there fellow readers and bloggers ☺🙌

My second day of my Book-A-Thon was both a giant success and a little slow when it came to reading. How could it be both I hear you ask? Well let me tell you. 

After the unexpected visitors Monday from the boyfriends family, who didn’t know that I was going to be there, who had come up to water plants and do some gardening and so on, I have decided I no longer have my quiet santum and have run back home every morning, as they’ve said they’re coming back up again, but didn’t give a day. Why I don’t know because even though his parents and brother are away, he plus me are there so we can do them. I am very anti social! So now I am hiding back home during the days incase they make an appearance, which means a loud house with scream kids, as it is the summer holidays. So now it’s hard to concentrate when reading. So that’s why yesterday was a little slow.

But on a fantastic and great side of my Book-A-Thon, I have completed my goal for this week, and it’s only day 2!!! I have finally finished reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. How great is that?! I have even started reading The Dare by John Boyne. This is the same author who wrote The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which had me in tears. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by this author, and I’ve enjoyed both books I’ve read, so I’m looking forward to this one. The Dare is only a short book, just over 100 pages, so even in a busy and loud house, this should definitely be finished today and I should be started on another book. 

Fingers crossed. I’m really enjoying this Book-A-Thon and the good thing so far is that I’ve been completing a book a day so far. Do you think I should through any challenges in, or new goals, now I’ve completed Little Women? 

Review: Watching Edie – Camilla Way

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I received this book thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book. 

Goodreads desciption of this book goes as so;

THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET … NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY 

BEFORE

Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

AFTER

Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

NOW

Edie or Heather?

Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

Have you ever fallen for somebody who was completely wrong, or have you known somebody who has? So wrong in fact that, that person has ended up changing who they were for the worse. Changing how they acted, how they dressed and changed everything else to try and fit that persons ideal, or to simple fit better into that persons lifestyle, whether that other persons lifestyle was the good kind or the bad kind of lifestyle. Well if so, you may understand this book, and if not, then open your eyes and prepare for an interesting and thrilling read. 

This is the story that is told from two characters perspectives, Heathers and Edies, which is also told in two different time lines, Before and After. The before sections are told from Heathers point of view and the After sections are expressed through Edies point of views. The fact that we get to hear both of these characters point of views, thoughts, feelings and everything, kind of takes some of the “psychological thrillerness” out of the story, for me. We get to know both of the character individually and personally, even if it is at different sections in their lives, there’s still that part of connection with each character there. Instead, I get a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding between these two characters and instead of creepiness, I end up feeling pity and sorrow. There still is some thrilling parts in this story, as the characters are organised well, but not enough for this book to be marketed as one of the best chilling psychological thrillers, and it left me disappointed, which is why I think its reflected in my rating.

As the story is told in sections as Before and After, as readers, we are instantly being made aware of the fact that something as happened in the lives or between Heather and Edie, without even having to read read anything, which is kind of a spoiler to me, as well as building up to something. As we keep reading further into the story, this “something” keeps building up, making us wonder and, if your anything like me, try and guess what this thing between them could be that has happened between them. The ultimate ending and big reveal wasn’t as unexpected, as I was again left disappointed. 

The biggest shock I received and biggest surprise and best part about this book that I loved, involved some of the other characters and the twist that came near the end before the other big reveal. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you read this book, hopefully you’ll know what I mean. This left me screaming oh my god I wasn’t expecting that! In fact, I had something else in mind entirely and was going down a different path entirely. I love it when this happens. This part made this book for me! Plus, overall, the ending did seem a little bit rushed.

There was some growth in the characters from Before and After and the ending showed that. I did find myself screaming at the book, at the characters, screaming “What are you doing? He’s no good!” But maybe that’s a little personal because I know somebody who has recently been in a bad relationship and recently gotten out of it. Therefore, I hated reading about it as it felt really close to home and personal, which is good as it makes it realistic in a way. We then saw how this affected the characters in their futures in the After sections, and how they progressed afterwards. We get to see and watch the characters develop and grow from Before at being young adults at 16 and being in school and then After and the events that follow. 

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars and let you judge for yourselves whether or not you would like you read it. I will say that, for my liking, it wasn’t as big of a psychological thriller as it claims to be, but that could just be me, so maybe judge for yourselves. 

Have you read this book? If so, what do you think? Agree or disagree? Comment below ☺