Book Review: Pendragon by James Wilde

Pendragon by James Wilde

Author: James Wilde

Title: Pendragon

Publisher: Bantam Press

Date: 2017

Plot: Here is the beginning of a legend. Long before Camelot rose, a hundred years before the myth of King Arthur was half-formed, at the start of the Red Century, the world was slipping into a Dark Age…

It is AD 367. In a frozen forest beyond Hadrian’s Wall, six scouts of the Roman army are found murdered. For Lucanus, known as the Wolf and leader of elite unit called the Arcani, this chilling ritual killing is a sign of a greater threat.

But to the Wolf the far north is a foreign land, a place where daemons and witches and the old gods live on. Only when the child of a friend is snatched will he venture alone into this treacherous world – a territory ruled over by a barbarian horde – in order to bring the boy back home. What he finds there beyond the wall will echo down the years.

A secret game with hidden factions is unfolding in the shadows: cabals from the edge of Empire to the eternal city of Rome itself, from the great pagan monument of Stonehenge to the warrior kingdoms of Gaul will go to any length to find and possess what is believed to be a source of great power, signified by the mark of the Dragon.

A soldier and a thief, a cut-throat, courtesan and a druid, even the Emperor Valentinian himself – each of these has a part to play in the beginnings of this legend…the rise of the House of Pendragon.

Book review: Pendragon by James Wilde
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Book Review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Author: Stuart Turton

Title: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmarks

Date: 2018

Plot: Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot. 

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

Book review: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
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Book Tag: The Spring Cleaning book tag

Ideally, I should have done this earlier in the year when it was, you know, actually spring. But the summer months always leave me inspired to having a good spring clean and making everything feel fresh and ready for the next big adventure. If I can still ‘spring clean’ in July, then I can definitely do a spring clean book tag, right?

I found this on Find Me in a Bookshop and I highly recommend going to check out their blog. I loved reading their answers and thought I would challenge myself with giving this tag a go!

So, without any further ado, I give you my spring clean book tag:

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Book Review: Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton

Author: Grace Hamitlon

Title: Freezing Point

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Date: 2018

Plot: In the dawn of a new Ice Age, families everywhere are taking to the road to escape the frigid landscape—but you can’t outrun the cold. 

No one could have predicted the terrifying impact of human interference in the Arctic. Shifts in the Earth’s crust have led to catastrophe and now the North Pole is located in the mid-Atlantic, making much of the eastern United States an unlivable polar hellscape. 

Nathan Tolley is a talented mechanic who has watched his business dry up due to gas shortages following the drastic tectonic shifts. His wife Cyndi has diligently prepped food and supplies, but it’s not enough to get them through a never-ending winter. With an asthmatic young son and a new baby on the way, they’ll have to find a safe place they can call home or risk freezing to death in this harsh new world. 

When an old friend of Nathan’s tells him that Detroit has become a paradise, with greenhouses full of food and plenty of solar energy for everyone, it sounds like the perfect place to escape. But with dangerous conditions and roving gangs, getting there seems like an impossible dream. It also seems like their only choice.

Book review: Freezing Point by Grace Hamilton
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Bonus content: what am I reading and watching?

This year has been a first for me: I’ve just finished a sprint of having five things airing on television at the same time that were on my reviewing list! Typically, they also all finished at the same time, giving me a few weeks’ worth of posts I was able to write up before deciding what is coming next.

But, with both books and television, I’m trying to make a few changes this year. I was reaching a point where everything I was doing had an ulterior motive – aka writing up a review. I had entire lists of things that I either wanted to re-read, or watch with no intention of reviewing them. I wasn’t letting myself previously – and knew that had to change.

To be read and to be watched
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My evening skin care routine

It’s been a couple of months since my morning routine posts and thought it was time to continue the series.

After a long day in London, washing the day away is bliss. But, for me, my night time routine is more about preparing for the next day than dealing with the one just gone.

Sticking to a routine and completing my skin-care routine before going to bed, always makes me feel better in the morning. Don’t underestimate how much better the day starts when your skin is feeling nice and fresh!

Evening routine
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Book Review: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

Author: Ruth Hogan

Title: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Date: 2019

Plot: Masha is drowning. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain. 

But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…

Book review: The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
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