Book Tag: The Ten Book Challenge

Book TagsHere we are again: Book Tag time! I’ve enjoyed the books I have read this month and hope you have enjoyed reading some of the reviews that have been posted.

Now, however, it is time to examine some books that have a real sense of meaning for me. I saw this post over at Brins Book Blog, which I strongly recommend you all go and have a look at.

The idea is not to think too deeply about the books here; your gut-reaction to the questions. Something tells me that I am going to find this quite difficult.

Without any further ado, here is my ten book challenge:

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Book Review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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Goodreads Synopsis: Why would you run scared from a happy home?

You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.

That’s the last thing you remember.

You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.

The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .

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Making Changes

Making Changes

Some of you might have picked up from my ramblings over the last few months that I have trouble with anxiety and confidence, even to the extent of touching upon OCD at times.

A few years ago, I was introduced to the benefit of to-do lists. I thought it was great; uni work could be balanced with pleasure and I’d achieve loads.

It started getting out of hand. I was adding more on than I had a chance of crossing off. Simple things such as reading my book became a chore, a job I had to do just to tick it off the list.

It was more than that, though. Reading had to be done in time slots. Uni work could only be ticked off if I had done an hour. Writing was done by word counts and playing around on photoshop only counted if I made a set number of graphics.

I spent most of my time stressed. I couldn’t prioritise as I just needed to get as many things ticked off. It was out of control, and I knew it. Each day resulted in me focusing on what I hadn’t done rather than what I had.

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Book Review: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

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Netgalley Synopsis: The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy.

But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall’s ‘Engine’, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery – a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier.

But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic’s defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic’s bluff.

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Television Review: Grimm, Series 3


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Amazon Synopsis: Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt is back – but not exactly himself – as Grimm returns for another 22 hair-raising episodes.

With his abilities manifesting in new and unusual ways, Nick is stronger than ever with his partner, Hank, and reunited love, Juliette, by his side as he tracks down Wesen criminals with renewed determination.

But things are changing all around him. As Captain Renard embroils himself with the birth of a royal child and Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship intensifies, the ties between humans and the Wesen world will become even more irrevocably intertwined.

Experience all the spine-tingling chills, sinister surprises and fabled creatures back-to-back and uninterrupted in Grimm: Season Three.Read More »

Cover Reveal! 88° North by J.F Kirwan

Cover Reveal

I am so excited to be hosting a cover reveal for you all today!

I have just finished J.F Kirwan’s second book, 37 Hours in order to review it in a few weeks. His writing is a treat: a gripping storyline with intense characters and relationships that just fall into the category of confusing rather than chaotic.

As such, having the chance to host a cover reveal for his third book was a chance I was not going to miss!

Click on the “Read More” to find out more about this book, and see the much awaited cover!

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