Review: Shadow Over The Fens by Joy Ellis

 

 

Title: Shadow Over The Fens

Author: Joy Ellis

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published:30th June 2016 (Expected Publication)

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5 Anythings

 

Goodreads Summary

WHO CAN NIKKI TRUST WITH TWO BRUTAL KILLERS LOOSE ON THE FENS?

Someone terrible from DS Joseph Easter’s past is back . . .

DI Nikki Galena’s friend and neighbour meets a tragic end but there’s more to his death than meets the eye . . .

A man is found executed on a piece of wasteland in Greenborough town. The cold-blooded murder triggers terrible memories for DS Joseph Easter. Just when things seemed to be going well for DS Easter, he realises that the nightmare is coming back, threatening his career, his sanity, and maybe his life.

In a breath-taking conclusion even DI Galena begins to doubt him as he faces a race against time to save someone very close to him.

Set in the Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen. Continue reading →

Wishlist Wednesdays

Wishlist Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we pretty much talk about a book that has been on our wishlist for sometime.

So the book that has been on my wishlist since early May of this year is (drum roll please):

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Goodreads Summary:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Why:

I have read every single book that has Percy Jackson in it. NAY! I have BOUGHT EVERY SINGLE BOOK THAT HAS PERCY JACKSON IN IT! I even have the Kane chronicles (BOOM BABY!) and yes yes in my old blog I rant about how I was sorely disappointed by Heroes of Olympus and kind of regretted buying it but deep down inside I just had to satisfy my inner selfish need to own every book that has Percy Jackson.

At this rate it is a love-hate relationship. I loathe to think that I will be spending more money on a book that I might not enjoy but the book Gollem in me refuses to be caged nor tamed. So I am stuck between being tortured with what ifs or tortured with being financially broke (exaggerated here but whatever).

The 2nd Why:

I know the book has already been published but mind you when you’re buying books with your own money that book better have a damned good reason to be on my bookshelf apart from it being on sale.

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptation

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is a FREEBIE topic so I thought since this is my first time doing this meme why don’t I do one of the old ones and thus said topic is TOP TEN BEST/WORST MOVIE ADAPTATIONS.

Best:

  1. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
    • I watched the movie first before I even knew it was based on a book and I loved how Lisbeth Salander is the total opposite of the type of heroines that we are used to on the big screen. I watched the original Swedish version by the way.
  2. The Godfather
    • Must words be said for this? It’s the Godfather, it speaks for itself.
  3. The Hunger Games
    • Like The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, I watched the movie first then read the book and I loved how both the book and the movie had very different feels to it.
  4. Babe
    • Babe is my favorite childhood movie. Babe is a sheep-pig. A CUTE SHEEP-PIG!
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix; and the Deathly Hallows
    • These two (or should I say three?) movies are the ones that made me have faith in Harry Potter movies again

 

Worst:

  1. Eragon
    • I read the book just imagine my disappointment when I watched the movie. Tears of disappointment ran down my face.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • The book is my favorite one in the series and when I watched the movie I was heartbroken I never continued to watch Harry Potter movies anymore. I only watched The Order of Phoenix because it happened to air on HBO one night.
  3. Twilight saga
    • Huh.
  4. Percy Jackson movies.
    • I swear I tore my hair out when I watched the second movie. It had gotten EVERYTHING WRONGGGG. EVERYTHING. If I were to rant about this it would be 6 pages long. I’d know because I did once.
  5. Beautiful creatures
    • I liked the book a lot actually and the movie didn’t do it justice. It just seemed like Lena was having a really long really unnecessary temper tantrum.

 

Review: The Valkyrie Song by Craig Russell

 

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Title: The Valkyrie Song

Author: Craig Russell

Publisher: Hutchinson Radius

Date Published: 1st August 2009

Source: Personal

Rating: 4/5 Anythings

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan Fabel is a troubled man. His relationships with the women in his life are becoming increasingly complicated: his partner, Susanne, is looking for a deeper commitment. His daughter is considering joining the police and his ex-wife holds him responsible. If that werent enough, after a gap of ten years, a female serial killer – the Angel of St Pauli – again makes the headlines when an English pop star is found in Hamburg’s red-light district, dying of the most savage knife wounds. death of a Serbian gangster. And a long-forgotten project by East Germany’s Stasi conceived at the height of the Cold War, involving a highly-trained group of female assassins, known by the codename Valkyrie. Fabel’s hunt for the truth will bring him up against the most terrifyingly efficient professional killer. The ultimate avenging angel. Fabel soon realizes the real danger he faces in hunting the Valkyrie.

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Review: Heavier Than Heaven by Charles R. Cross

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Title: Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Author: Charles R. Cross

Publisher: Sceptre (28 December 2006)

Source: Loaned by brother

Rating: Recommended Read

 

Goodreads Summary

The art of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was all about his private life, but written in a code as obscure as T.S. Eliot’s. Now Charles Cross has cracked the code in the definitive biography Heavier Than Heaven, an all-access pass to Cobain’s heart and mind. It reveals many secrets, thanks to 400-plus interviews, and even quotes Cobain’s diaries and suicide notes and reveals an unreleased Nirvana masterpiece. At last we know how he created, how lies helped him die, how his family and love life entwined his art–plus, what the heck “Smells Like Teen Spirit” really means. (It was graffiti by Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna after a double date with Dave Grohl, Cobain, and the “over-bored and self-assured” Tobi Vail, who wore Teen Spirit perfume; Hanna wrote it to taunt the emotionally clingy Cobain for wearing Vail’s scent after sex–a violation of the no-strings-attached dating ethos of the Olympia, Washington, “outcast teen” underground. Cobain’s stomach-churning passion for Vail erupted in six or so hit tunes like “Aneurysm” and “Drain You.”)

Cross uncovers plenty of news, mostly grim and gripping. As a teen, Cobain said he had “suicide genes,” and his clan was peculiarly defiant: one of his suicidal relatives stabbed his own belly in front of his family, then ripped apart the wound in the hospital. Cobain was contradictory: a sweet, popular teen athlete and sinister berserker, a kid who rescued injured pigeons and laughingly killed a cat, a talented yet astoundingly morbid visual artist. He grew up to be a millionaire who slept in cars (and stole one), a fiercely loyal man who ruthlessly screwed his oldest, best friends. In fact, his essence was contradictions barely contained. Cross, the coauthor of Nevermind: Nirvana, the definitive book about the making of the classic album, puts numerous Cobain-generated myths to rest. (Cobain never lived under a bridge–that Aberdeen bridge immortalized in the 12th song on Nevermind was a tidal slough, so nobody could sleep under it.) He gives the fullest account yet of what it was like to be, or love, Kurt Cobain. Heavier Than Heaven outshines the also indispensable Come As You Are. It’s the deepest book about pop’s darkest falling star. –Tim Appelo Continue reading →

Review: To The Devil – A Diva! by Paul Magrs

Title: To The Devil – A Diva!

Author: Paul Magrs

Publisher: Alison & Busby Limited

Pages: 349

Source: Personal

Rating:2.5/5

Goodreads Summary

Karla Sorensen used to be big in horror films. In the 60s and 70s no self-respecting low-budget bloodily schlocky shocker was complete without the Queen of the Vampires presiding over it. She was well qualified for it, after all . at the age of ten she sold her soul to the devil. Now, although spookily ageless, Karla is knocking on in years. Her residuals are drying up and she needs some cash, so she decides to return to the north of England, to Manchester, to appear in Menswear, Britain’s riskiest television soap opera. Not everyone’s happy about her return to the fame game, however. The current star of the late-night show is Lance Randall, the famously bisexual actor, and he is furious to hear that Karla is about to become his co-star. He hates her, he fears her, and he’s convinced that she’s coming to steal his very soul. Dark clouds are massing around Manchester; deep, dark, devilish secrets are about to be unleashed that will wreak havoc on all around. Continue reading →

The Freestyle Writing Challenge

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Okay I saw this writing challenge on Unbolt which then brought me to the blog of Its PH and soooooo I decided I will attempt it because it was fun.

So here goes the RULES of this challenge:

  1. Open an MS Word document
  2. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.
  3. You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
  4. Fill the word doc with as much words as you want. once you began writing do not stop even to turn.
  5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)
  6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However if you do, it would be best.
  7. At the end of your post write down ‘No. Of words =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.
  8. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

Good luck Amigos!

My topic that I got was “The Train Journey” Continue reading →

The Reading Habits Tag

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Hello and Assalamualaikum! Okay I read this book tag on Spines and Covers but the origin for The Reading Habits Tag was from The Book Jazz on Youtube (I can’t put the link to the video because my work computer can’t open Youtube… huh). So, without further ado let’s get started. Again, I have tagged myself 😉

*Mind you these book tags are fun to do* Continue reading →

Review: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein (The Monsters)

Review: Mary Shelley and the curse of Frankenstein (The Monsters)

Book: Mary Shelley and the curse of Frankenstein

Author (s): Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Pages: 323 (not including bibliography, notes, reading group guide, Q & A section and suggestions for further reading)

Rating: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED reading book

Synopsis

One murky night in 1816, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the celebrated English poet Lord Byron challenged his friends to a contest – to see who could write the best ghost story. The assembled group included the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley; his lover (and future wife) Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont; and Byron’s physician, John William Polidori. The famous result was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a work that has retained its hold on the popular imagination for almost two centuries. Less well known was the curious Polidori’s’ contribution: the first vampire novel.

                The evening begat a curse, too: within a few years of Frankenstein’s publication, nearly all of those involved met untimely deaths. Drawing upon letters, rarely tapped archives, and their own magisterial rereading of Frankenstein, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have written a rip-roaring tale of obsession and creation. Continue reading →

Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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Hello and Assalamualaikum! Todays post will be a review post, yeay! (Yeay on my part because another read book has been reviewed :D)

Title: Revolution

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Published: First published October 12th, 2010

Pages: 472

Rating: 2.1/5

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BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. Continue reading →