Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My Favourite... Movie of 2017

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite movie of 2017.

As I book lover, I guess there is no surprise that one of my favourite movies of 2017 is The Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson as Belle.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Book Blitz; TruthStone by Mike Shelton

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I've Decided I'm No Longer Interested in Reading

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week is books I've decided I'm no longer interested in reading.

My list includes;
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Monday, 19 February 2018

Review; Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics Edited by Chris Duffy

Those who know me well enough knows that I'm into poetry, history and graphic novels/comics. When I saw that all three elements were combined in Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics, edited by Chris Duffy, I couldn't resist it.

Description from Goodreads
As the Great War dragged on and its catastrophic death toll mounted, a new artistic movement found its feet in the United Kingdom. The Trench Poets, as they came to be called, were soldier-poets dispatching their verse from the front lines. Known for its rejection of war as a romantic or noble enterprise, and its plainspoken condemnation of the senseless bloodshed of war, Trench Poetry soon became one of the most significant literary moments of its decade. 

The marriage of poetry and comics is a deeply fruitful combination, as evidenced by this collection. In stark black and white, the words of the Trench Poets find dramatic expression and reinterpretation through the minds and pens of some of the greatest cartoonists working today.
With New York Times bestselling editor Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme ComicsFairy Tale Comics) at the helm, Above the Dreamless Dead is a moving and illuminating tribute to those who fought and died in World War I. Twenty poems are interpreted in comics form by twenty of today's leading cartoonists, including Eddie Campbell, Kevin Huizenga, George Pratt, and many others.

My Thoughts on the Book
Well, where do I start? I really loved reading this one. The illustrations add even more depth and layers to the poems. Due to the illustrations, I would believe that these poems could reach a new audience and perhaps an audience who is a bit apprehensive about poems (I guess a lot of us have been pretty much fed up by poetry due to crappy teachers at high school at some point).

If anyone who is into either history, comics or poetry would probably be intrigued by Above The Dreamless Dead.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Review; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Considering that I participate in Platyspire Diversity Challenge and the theme of February was Black/African American History Month, I decided to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Today I'll post the review of the novel.

Description from Goodreads
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor - engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven - but the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. 

My Thoughts On The Novel
The Underground Railroad is a heartbreaking novel at times, considering the racism and treatment of slaves. The Underground Railroad is also beautifully written and it was also the interesting concept of re-imagining The Undergroud Railroad as an actual railroad and not just a metaphorical one.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Excerpt; Wicked Soul by Nora Ash

Wicked Soul 
Nora Ash
(Ancient Blood, #1)
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.
My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.
Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.
Except he didn’t kill me.
Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.
Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.
We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…
Or die.

Author Bio:
Nora Ash writes the sort of books that have your toes curling and your blood pulsing. Her stories are often dark and always thrilling, with lots of sexy bad boys and the women who spur their desires. When not typing away at a story, Nora paints, eats chocolate or go for hikes around the English countryside with her very own bad boy.
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“Come to me, little one,” he said, breaking off my spiraling thoughts. I twisted to grab his offered hand, because I couldn’t exactly throw a fit in front of the watching vampires, and got to my feet. I did manage to throw him a pretty convincing death glare as I straightened up.
Warin ignored it and motioned for me to straddle him. I arched an eyebrow at him, but he simply looked at me with calm expectancy.
Alrighty then, if he really wanted this to get as awkward as it could…
I lifted my skirts enough that I could climb onto the armchair, a knee on each side of his thighs. His strong hands went to my hips, steadying me as I lowered myself onto his lap.
His muscles were strong, his clothes shielding me from his cool flesh. When I looked up, doing my best to force down the blush trying to take over my entire body at the intimate positioning, I captured his gaze—and the knowledge that a few hundred people were watching us faded to the background.
Warin’s blue eyes were wholly focused on me, and his expression was no longer cold and distant. There was so much gratitude, so much regret… so much of everything in their blazing depths that it nearly stole my breath away. He was still silent, but in that moment, we didn’t need words. His gaze was begging me for my consent. To remember my trust in him.
Swallowing hard, I nodded once. My anger was gone, and in its place was only a low-set fizzle of nerves.
Warin’s sigh of relief was almost imperceivable. He slid his hands up along my waist, letting one brush my curls off my left shoulder. Exposing my neck.
I drew in a deep breath and closed my eyes tightly, waiting for the inevitable.
“Look at me, Liv,” he said.
I obeyed, unable to resist the gentleness of his voice, and was once again captured in his blazing gaze.
Warin leaned his head back a little and opened his mouth. A sharp snick made me gasp, and I bit my lip hard at the sight of his sharp fangs. There was no denying what he was now. A creature of the night, made to kill.
And yet… he was still Warin.
His hand by my neck rubbed soothing circles over the tendons there, making my skin sing with an odd sort of anticipation. Not so much fear for the pain, but… something else.
When Warin wrapped his free arm tighter around me and pulled me close to his chest, I realized what that something else was.
There was no holding back the blush that set in when the crisp scent of night air and musk that was so uniquely Warin hit my nostrils. Yeah, there was no mystery to why I was suddenly feeling all kinds of excited about what was going on.
Dammit, Liv, control your ovaries! This is not a sexy moment!
Warin moved his hand from my neck for a moment, undoing the top two buttons of his shirt.

Not. A. Sexy. Moment. Nope, nope, nope.

Book Tour & Giveaway; Pandora: Outbreak by Eric L. Harry

PANDORA: Outbreak
by Eric L. Harry

Genre: Science Fiction – pandemic 
Pub Date: 1/23/2018

They call it Pandoravirus. It attacks the brain. Anyone infected may explode in uncontrollable rage. Blind to pain, empty of emotion, the infected hunt and are hunted. They attack without warning and without mercy. Their numbers spread unchecked. There is no known cure.
Emma Miller studies diseases for a living—until she catches the virus. Now she’s the one being studied by the U.S. government and by her twin sister, neuroscientist Isabel Miller. Rival factions debate whether to treat the infected like rabid animals to be put down, or victims deserving compassion. As Isabel fights for her sister's life, the infected are massing for an epic battle of survival. And it looks like Emma is leading the way . . .

Raised in a small town in Mississippi, Eric L. Harry graduated from the Marine Military Academy in Texas and studied Russian and Economics at Vanderbilt University, where he also got a J.D. and M.B.A. In addition, he studied in Moscow and Leningrad in the USSR, and at the University of Virginia Law School. He began his legal career in private practice in Houston, negotiated complex multinational mergers and acquisitions around the world, and rose to be general counsel of a Fortune 500 company. He left to raise a private equity fund and co-found a successful oil company. His previous thrillers include Arc Light, Society of the Mind, Protect and Defend and Invasion. His books have been published in eight countries. He and his wife have three children and divide their time between Houston and San Diego.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!