Favorite Quotes from Books

So today I have been thinking about how when reading you never know when your gonna find that one little golden nugget of wisdom in the from of a book quote. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s inspirational, other times it just makes you think. So for fun I thought I would do a post with some of my favorite book quotes.

 

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, J. K. Rowling.

 

 “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly then all at once.” The Fault in our Stars, John Green.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult.
“Love is blind, there was no doubt about it. In Tara’s case it was also deaf, dumb, dyslexic, had a bad hip and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s”  – Last Chance Saloon, Marian Keyes.
As Carrie Fisher once said in a film, everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humour.”Mr Maybe, Jane Green.
if you can smile through the bad times, just imagine how much you will laugh in the good.”Perfect Daughter, Amanda Prowse.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkein.
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood.
What’s your favorite book quote?? Let me know!
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Book Review: The Beacon by Chrissy Lessey

“In the early morning hours, Stevie Lewis crept through her door with the stealth of a hungry cat.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

There can only be one queen…35197465

Still reeling from the devastation wrought by Susan, Stevie struggles to find a way to retrieve the amulet from the dark witch who now calls herself queen. She develops a plan to amplify her powers, believing it will give her an edge, but the magic is untested and dangerous.

Susan will stop at nothing to complete her rise to power, including eliminating the last of Lucia’s descendants: Stevie and Charlie. She calls for a showdown, with all of the town’s witches present, leaving Stevie no choice but to comply.

Queens who came before her sacrificed their lives to protect the witches, and Stevie is prepared to join their ranks. In this life or death battle, she’ll do whatever it takes to save her people.

Review:

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So after finishing The Hunted I was super excited to find out what would happen in the last book of the Crystal Coast Trilogy. I may be fan girling a little bit about this series haha.

The plot starts of right after The hunted finishes which leaves the characters in more than a little bit of a mess. Being the last book of the series the plot is fast paced enough as the challenges and problems from the last books all come to a head leaving Stevie with some impossible choices. The ending was fairly dramatic with a few twists I didn’t see coming and a few that I did but it definitely left for a satisfying ending which left me smiling. (It’s hard to go into too much detail without giving a whole lot away!)

Now in terms of characters it was great to catch up with Stevie again and watch her develop as she struggles to take on the role of the new Queen as well as face the numerous decisions and obstacles which have suddenly been put in her lap. It was also great to catch up with Vanessa as I really wanted to see if she would be able to actually escape the toxic effect of her mother. I did feel that it was missing some of the interactions with the other characters at times and there was a lot I would loved to of gone into deeper (spin offs maybe) with each of them but I understand there was a lot to cover as well as a lot of characters. One aspect that I do feel that was missing was Charlie and his abilities, we know he is meant to be a powerful little witch but his powers are not something that seem to be showcased very much if at all. Saying that in a lot of other aspects he makes leaps and bounds which was great to read. I was a bit disappointed when I finished the book simply because it had finished haha, I love finding a new world to be able to immerse myself into and it always kind of sucks when it ends no matter how good the ending! Either way a great way to end the series and I highly recommend.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

 

Problems of the Mood Reader

I am currently finding that I seem to be in a reading state of Limbo, which is confusing for oh so many reasons. What I mean by this is that although I have time and genuinely want to be reading, I’m not really in the mood for any particular genre or type of book. Odd right? I wouldn’t exactly call it a reading slump as I have been happily looking through lists of potential books to read, I want to read I do I just can’t find a book that has taken my fancy. This is very different to reading slumps of old where I avoided books like the plague. Let me try to explain some more of what I mean.

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At any given time I will only really read what I feel like reading and to a certain extent this does correlate with my mood, maybe I’m in a super happy, carefree type of mood, I would probably choose to read a nice cheesy romance, you know the ones where you of no doubt of the plot from the get go but that’s okay your just along for the ride. Perhaps I would be in a more serious type of mood I might pick up a psychological thriller, or depending on what’s been going on in the world I might pick up a book which I know will be exploring more complex issues. If I’m feeling sad I would also probably pick up a romance or chick lit just to lift my spirits and sometimes I feel like you know what let’s get something highly emotional that you know will end in tears but let’s do it anyway. My point being although it’s not exactly a highly scientific method for reading it’s generally how I pick my next book.

Now this is normally something that I don’t really think about, I know some bloggers like to know what they’re reading next, when they have to have reviews out and have it more down in a list like format. While I don’t really have a schedule of a plan I tend to be more conscious of books that I know have a deadline and will be more likely to read them when I next feel like reading that kind of book, as opposed to making sure I read it next. While perhaps not the most effective method in the world it is the one that works for me.

The problem I’m having at the moment is that the mood I’m in is more of a ‘why is my dam tooth still hurting please don’t make me go to the dentist again, and why on earth have they not come to fix the dishwasher yet, I’m really beginning to despise dishes’ sort of mood, and apparently I can’t find a book to match it! Funny that. It also probably doesn’t help that last week there is a slight chance I got a little bit click happy on Netgalley and have found myself with a nice pile of books to read, none of which I currently feel like reading. Oops. Perhaps this is a reading slump just a different type then I have experienced before, who knows, I just hope I find that magical book soon!

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Does anyone else have this problem? Are you more likely to read a book based on your mood or because you know you should be reading it to make a deadline etc…? How often does your mood affect what you read next? Let me know 🙂 

The Art of Hiding – Amanda Prowse

‘She stretched her aching back and put on her slippers, not only to starve off the cold but also because she was wary of going barefoot in this strange environment, where unfamiliar feet had also ventured.”

Goodreads Synopsis

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina’s life of luxury quickly disappears and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this tale of one woman’s loss and love.

Review:

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This is another book that I loved, I’m starting to feel a tad spoiled with finding so many books that I am enjoying but hey touch wood that it continues! First things first from the synopsis I knew going into the book their would be tragedy, (and that I would probably be in tears) yet at it unravelled it still hit me just as hard as if I hadn’t known so kudos to Mrs Prowse for that. This is without a doubt a powerful story of a women’s struggle to reclaim her life after the unthinkable happens. It also explores the relationship between money and happiness and whether we can truly have one without the other. Nina herself is a likeable and relatable character with her best moments shining through with her interactions and relationships with her sons. I felt we didn’t really get to know her enough before Finn dies and at times it more felt that the person she was before the tragedy is merely hinted out instead of fully explored. The plot itself is fairly fast paced and I really liked the way the author managed to include the death of her husband and her subsequently finding out about there mountain of debt in a realistic way. Without revealing too much there is a scene shortly after at their house with her sons, which showed just how desperate and unsettling the situation was for all involved but there was also a lot of strength shining through as well. One other aspect I would like to commend the book on was that on the path to rebuilding their lives, not everything went right immediately, bad for the characters I know but it’s was way more realistic then everything suddenly being all rainbows and roses. Although it was the development of Nina that was the main focus of the book it was her eldest son Connor that really surprised me, as a character that was old enough to fully comprehend what was going on and the implications behind that, but also at the same time not being old enough to really do anything, his journey of how to handle this was enlightening. One complaint was that I felt it kinda skipped over things when things were looking up and it would of been nice to hear more of the good things then bad.

If your looking for a book that focuses on self-discovery in the face of adversity, then I recommend this one for you, just be prepared as it’s definitively an emotional roller-coaster at times!

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Awards!

Hi guys, so I’m super excited as I have been tagged in two awards in the last few days, and as I had so much fun with one I did earlier in the week, I decided to go ahead and participate in these ones two! I am going to combine them as opposed to doing two separate posts so bear with me.

The first one is the Liebster Award.

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Thanks you so much to Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction for nominating me she is a newish blogger that I met a few weeks ago and I just love reading her posts, if you don’t know her already you should definitely go check her out!

Here are the rules for the award:
 Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
 Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
 Nominate 11 people
 Ask the people who you have nominated 11 question

Here are my questions for my nominees:

  • What is your favourite time of day to read and reading snacks/drinks?

Probably the evening right before bed, I love the quiet and the darkness and it usually helps me nod of to sleep! Tea and biscuits (probably choc chip cookies) would have to be my choice of drinks and snacks.

  • What has been the most rewarding part about having a book blog?

Talking to people! About books!

  • Besides reading, what do you like to do in your free time?

I guess reading is a given haha, but I do game with my partner a bit. (At this point with the amount of consoles in our house it’s hard not too)

  • What’s number 1 on your bucket list of things to see or do?

Go to Italy, I would love to go to Venice and Rome.

  • What is your favourite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)

I loved writing Books that leave you in tears, which also led to so many great suggestions of more tear-jerker books!

  • So far, what’s your favourite book of 2017?

Ahhh that’s a hard one there have been so many, I think I will go with Pieces of my Life – Rachel Dan

  • If you could travel to the past or future, which would you choose and why?

I’m gonna go with the past, as curious as I am about the future, there are far to many things I would love to see first hand in the past.

  • Have you learned anything from blogging? If so, what?

I think for me would be to try and write exactly what I’m thinking, it’s not an essay or report it’s your thoughts and feelings about something in particular so don’t try to be too formal.

  • If you were stuck on a deserted island for six months (without any wifi), what four real books would you bring with you to read?

O man I probably wouldn’t last the six months, not for the lack of wifi, just my general clumsiness and terrible experiences with camping don’t bode well. However the books that I would take would be: The Harry Potter Series, The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, and Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. (I know I kinda cheated but six months is a long time)

  • Do you have a favourite quote? If so, what is it?

“No two persons ever read the same book” Edmund Wilson

  • What is your favourite dessert?

Cookies haha

The Second awards I have been nominated for is the Sunshine Blogger Award, I was nominated by Patty at Moonshine Corner, she is another newish blogger that I have connected with a few weeks ago and another I strongly recommend checking out!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award

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QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES TO ANSWER

  • What famous person’s death has affected you the most, and why?

Probably Steve Irwin’s, for a large part of my childhood me and my Nan would spend the evenings watching ‘The Crocodile Hunter” so I remember being very upset when I heard he had died.

  • Who is your favorite author, and why?

At the moment Jodi Picoult, I love that she takes serious topics and manages to write books exploring multiple points of views, though saying that I can’t read multiple Jodi Picoult books at once they have to be spread out.

  • What book character is most like you, and why?

Ahh I really don’t know, I can’t remember ever reading a book and thinking wow this character is so like me, then again I might have and just completely forgot.

  • What destination would be on your bucket list? Explain.

Same as above Italy!

  • Where is your favorite place to read, and why?

Snuggled up in bed.

  • What movie adaption of a book do you like the most and which do you hate, and why?

One that I loved would have to be the last Harry Potter movies  (part one and two), one which I hated would be Eragon.

  • What is your favorite childhood memory?

Feeding the ducks with my Grandparents, not because of my love of ducks but more because we may have greatly underestimated how many ducks, geese and swans were actually there and ended up running in terror flinging whole pieces of bread as a distraction. Terrifying at the time but pretty funny to look back on.

  • What extreme sport would you try, and why?

I used to play kayak polo which wasn’t really ‘extreme’ but possibly a more extreme version of Kayaking.

  • Why did you start your blog?

It’s always been at the back of mind that I probably would like to do it and I saw as I found one bookish blog I was off.

  • What is your favorite food?

Cookies

  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I might make myself a little taller, not that I don’t love being short but at just scraping 5ft it might be nice to have a little bit extra.

Instead of listing my nominees if you would like to do this I nominate you, just let me know and I will add the link to yours at the bottom of the page. I’m also going to be kinda lazy and use the questions I asked on my previous post so here they are:

My Questions:

  1. Read or Write?
  2. Favourite Book Series?
  3. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
  4. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
  5. Are you usually early or late?
  6. What book universe would you most like to in?
  7. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
  8. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
  9. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?
  10. What one thing do you really want but can’t afford?
  11. What city would you most like to live in?

 

 

Indie Author Showcase – Kitty Boyes

Welcome to my very first Indie Author Showcase!

For today’s author we are featuring Kitty Boyes and her book ‘The Sins of Our Mothers’ which is the first in a three book series.

The Sins of our Mothers (Arina Perry Series #1)

Synopsis:

Romantic thriller – Set on the coast of Western Australia. Arina returns from the city to a town she fears hates her. Her mother’s secrets have become vicious rumours and Arina is determined to quell them coupled with a vision to restore her inherited motel. She meets Matt, a handsome stranger on her journey, and falls in love. But it’s not easy facing lies, secrets and an ultimate deceit. She can’t tell who her enemies are from her family and friends. But she finds out. The hard way. The old motel holds its own secrets including a deep dark cellar in the gardeners’ flat that reveals another darker, more sinister secret; a secret that a few are willing to do anything to get their hands on. Including murder.

Getting to know Kitty

Recently semi-retired through redundancy I pulled an old manuscript out of my filing cabinet, written on a typewriter 25 years before. I dusted off the cobwebs and decided to rewrite it to my computer. In the process I decided to make a few changes and suddenly I had a whole new story. I self published it to Amazon and shared it with my FB friends. I received  amazing responses that I didn’t expect, but made me do happy jigs. Several of my friends told me they felt there should be more. So I wrote book two ‘Her Father’s Daughter’.
E-book sales are minimal, but I order paperbacks from Createspace and sell them locally. These have been well received and I sell more this way although it’s limiting, geographically. Merchandising is the hardest part of writing as is editing, two things I hadn’t initially figured into my love of writing.But I push on with a vision to become a best seller someday.
I love the whole writing arena, I get lost in my own little world and smile in wonder sometimes at where it all comes from, especially when a twist to the plot presents itself that moves the story on and creates another aspect, another discovery, or another dilemma that must be faced in the journey my protagonist is on. I like red herrings yet limit them so my readers aren’t bamboozled with a lot of characters. My very favourite review, being verbal, a PM message, a phone call or an email, is when I’m told that they couldn’t put my book down. I’ve been phoned and told off because one lady had so much other stuff to do and only picked my book up to read a few chapters.I held her up for hours! YAY!
Reviews:
I personally have not read this book yet though it’s definitely been added to by tbr, I have however stolen some 5 star reviews already written from Amazon, so far the book has only gotten 4 and 5 star reviews.

For a first novel I must say I am impressed. This story has all of the components a great book requires. Love – Romance – Suspense & Mystery. When you start reading you think your in for a beautiful story of young love in a small country town, but it turns out to be so much more than that. I found myself wanting more and I couldn’t read fast enough to find out exactly what was going to happen next. You think you know where there story line is leading then – BAMMM! – nope you were completely wrong. I found this novel very enjoyable and found myself wanting more as it ended.

Overall – Great Book – A great read – Definitely recommend buying/reading!

This story is full of intrigue, suspense & keeps you reading. I loved the characters, the setting & the mix of history that is woven through the book.
If you would like to follow Kitty on her blog you can follow her here and if you would like to purchase from Amazon you can find the link here.
If your an Indie author and would like to participate send an email through to f-n-m@outlook.com with your name, the book you would like to showcase and three things you would like your readers to know and I will get back to you asap.

The Secrets of Married Women

‘Losing a baby feels like the end of an unwritten story, I’ve spent hours visualizing her life from birth to old age.’

Goodreads SynopsisThe Secrets of Married Women

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is harder.
Jill and Rob are happily married and still very much in love. Then everything changes when they discover that Rob is infertile. Having children has never been the be all and end all for Jill. Yet, admittedly, a tiny part of her now wants what she can’t have. But more than craving the impossible, Jill just wants her marriage back to the way it was. But Rob has taken the news badly. He won’t touch her. They never have sex anymore. And worse still, he won’t talk about it.
Frustrated and unsure what to do, Jill is drawn into being an unwitting ‘ear’ for her best friend Leigh who is having a steamy extra-marital affair. Married to a man who is eager to please but fails to satisfy, Leigh has decided that life is too short to put her own happiness last. She has given her affair an expiry date: six weeks and then she will end it.
Then there is Wendy, who is married to handsome Neil, a top policeman. Wendy is one of those friends who never lets her guard drop – a content mother and a wife whose trust and faith in her husband seems to know no limits.
But are things ever what they seem?
Does life ever go according to plan?
How well do we ever know our husbands, our best friends, or even ourselves?
Jill is about to find out when she faces infidelity and the truth head on…

Review

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this book, especially as I knew it was the debut novel of Carol Mason but what I found was that this book was far less ‘fluffy’ then I had originally anticipated, although I don’t necessarily find this to be a bad thing, It did have some parts of the book were painstakingly predictable, there was enough unpredictability to keep me engaged.

The characters themselves were all unique and well fleshed out which was great to read but it was their decisions that had me pulling my hair out. Okay yes the thought processes they had behind them were explained and sure the majority of the time I could see where they were coming from but still that did not stop me from internally screaming at them. As I mentioned the plot itself did have points which took me by surprise just not as many as I would of liked and I did think (without giving away any spoilers) that one story-line involving Wendy was not given as much attention as it deserved as was included to add more shock value then to really be explored. Saying that the girls really did have a lot going on between them so perhaps it is to be expected that not every plot point can elaborated on too greatly. The main reason I deducted stars however as it really was an enjoyable read was that I was not too sold on the ending, it does make sense that it ended like that but I felt it would of been a stronger ending to end it about 20 pages beforehand. Either way it was a very promising first novel and I will definitely be keen to try more in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes