Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Five Thing About Trixie...

 I am really excited to get into the Halloween spirit (in theory, I love Halloween. In practice... not so much...), so when I was asked if I wanted to be involved in the Halloween Parade blog tour, I jumped at the chance! 

With vibes of the Worst Witch, this follows Trixie Grimble, the newest student of the Monstacademy. With her being the only ordinary girl in the student body full of monsters, Trixie has to get to grips with helping out with the annual Halloween parade. Expect that's when everything starts going wrong. 

Today, I have the author, Matt Beighton, doing a small list of five things you need to know about our lead character, Trixie Grimble. Am going to say nothing more about it, as I don't want to say anything... 

So, thank you Matt for writing this list for the blog tour. I know you are very busy. I, also, want to thank Faye to including me on this tour - thank you Faye. 

Oh, before I go any further and hand you over to Matt, I have to mention something in my best QVC voice. The series is available in both standard and dyslexia-adapted format (YEAH! More books should be adapted for dyslexic readers! As someone who was classed as a borderline dyslexia when very young, this is very important to me!). And, to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week (Monday 1st October to Sunday 7th October 2018) and World Dyslexia Awareness Day (Thursday 4th October 2018), Green Monkey Press is giving 15% off any Monstacademy order via their Etsy if you use the code DYSAWARE during that week (1st till 7th October). Go to https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GreenMonkeyPress 

Ok, with that out of the way, over to Matt with the five things you need to know about Trixie...

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Audiobook Review - Circe

  • Title And Author: Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Audiobook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
  • Length: 352 Pages or 12 Hours 8 Minutes
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - WaterstonesAudible
I’m a sucker for a Greek myth. You can probably see that from the last few weeks of what I’ve reading. But, I’ve had my eye of Circe for a little while and I just wasn’t sure when/how I was going to read this. But after trying to figure out if I should get the pretty Hardback in my local Waterstones/Foyles, I went for audiobook - because why not! 

Circe takes the Circe myth and twists it on its head, to explain who she was before and after that well known myth of her. First daughter to the Titan God, Helios, Circe doesn’t have the looks, the voice, the grace of divinity and is rejected from gods and water nymphs alike. Soon, she turns to mortals for companion. Soon, she falls in love with a mortal and, fearing his death, she does something she doesn’t know she can do: magic.

But when her second unknowing spell backfires in a horrible fashion, Circe tells the truth about what she has done and wrathful Zeus banishes her to the island of Aiaia, throwing her into exile. But rather than being a curse, it might be a blessing to Circe who discovers that she is a witch and slowly learns her craft. It is here that the Fates throw our people into her path: the messager god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus, and his young son. Her sister and her minotaur. The golden fleece, and Odysseus… 

Soon, her independence and her solitary draws the wrath of both god and men alike. To protect herself and the people she holds dear, Circe must make a choice about who she is: god or mortal…?

Where do I start with this audiobook? 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

6 eBooks I Want To Reread If I Had Time...

As you saw last week, I hit a wall over what to blog. So when Gavin from @gavreads tweeted a suggesting of what 5 books do I want to reread if I had the time/Time-Turner. As soon as I saw it, I went “YES! THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!” and started writing the post. But as I started writing it, I realised that all the books that I put on my reread list were physical (and I didn’t even scratch the surface! And I have a few rereads on my TBR for next year!), so I went “What about my eBooks?”. 

So, I thought I would do the same with my kindle and my eBooks. So, after looking at my read/to be read on my eReader, here are six eBooks I want to reread if/when I find the time! 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

5 Physical Books I Want To Reread If I Had Time

I felt a bit flat on Sunday. I wanted to write a blog post about something - possible 2019 plans, my thoughts of Waterstones buying Foyles, a few other bits and pieces - but nothing really settled with me.

So when I mentioned this on Twitter, wondering if I should go back to my reading of Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness, Gavin from @gavreads said the following:


This made me go "OOOH!". One of the downsides to being a book blogger is we have a huge TBR and it's rare to go back and reread books unless we can make time or audiobook it. But this idea intrigued me as I went "Ok, what 5 would I reread if I had the time...? And no, I can't just say Harry Potter! That's cheating and you always try and find time to reread Potter so behave." And when I started thinking of this post, the list came quite fast. But when I looked at my bookshelves, I kept going "Oh, you! And you! And [gasp] I forgot about you!!!". And when I started writing this, I went "Wait, this list is basically all the physical books I own/want to reread. Not any eBooks" so that post is going to be written in the next week so keep eyes peeled... 

So, deep breaths! We are going in...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Book Review - A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

  • Title And Author: A Thousand Beginnings And Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
  • Publisher: Harper360
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Physical
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by Publisher in Exchange for an Honest Review
  • Length: 328 Pages
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Audible
When the lovely people at Harper360 emailed to promote some of their upcoming titles for the next few months, only A Thousand Beginnings and Endings made me go “I MUST READ THIS!!!”. I mean, this ticked all of my boxes: short stories, diversity, authors new and old (to me) reimaginings or retellings of myths and legends I don’t know about, myths and legends in general. Plus, THAT COVER! You can blame Mythos by Stephen Fry and Circe by Madeline Miller (which am still audiobooking at the time of writing this - keep your eyes peeled!) for my sudden attack of reading myths and legends, if you so wish.

Fifteen authors reimagine fifteen myths, legends and folklore from East and South Asia. There is no other way to write this. Fifteen myths get reimagined in a mix of genres - sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, romance and a nice twist of revenge. 

Now, where do I start with this? 

Monday, 3 September 2018

Audiobook Review - Chocolat

  • Title And Author: Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • Publisher: Transworld/Orion Audio
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Audiobook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
  • Length: 320 Pages or 9 Hours 48 Minutes
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Audible
Joanne Harris is one of those authors. You know the one I mean. An author you admire and respect from a distance, but never read any of their books. Joanne was one of mine - I do have a eProof of A Pocketful of Crows on my kindle, waiting patiently for its turn. But I always have been curious over Chocolat. But whenever I try to start and read the sampler, I never clicked with the voice. But I knew I wanted to read this. 

So, when I discovered that this was on audiobook, unabridged and read by the author herself, I knew I had to listen to this. It’s always a special treat when you listen to audiobook when it’s read by the author themselves. 

The quiet life of small French village, Lansquenet, is thrown up in the air when an exotic and mysterious stranger, Vianne Rocher, and her young daughter arrive and open a chocolate boutique. Just before Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. Father Reynaud denounces her and her shop as a serious moral threat to the faith. 

As the community takes sides, passions and conflict flare. How can you balance the solemnity of the Church against the sinfulness of chocolate…?

Where do I start with this audiobook? 

Monday, 27 August 2018

eBook Review - Mystery of the Three Quarters

  • Title And Author: The Mystery of the Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
  • Publisher: HarperCollins 
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: eBook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by Publisher via NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review)
  • Length: 400 Pages
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Audible
I’ve had a bit of a bad run of authors writing new adventures for classic characters. I like that new audiences are discovering these well-loved characters, but recently, when I read these new advertures, I seem to hit a wall over liking the story. 

So why, I hear you ask, did I want to read this? Because I wanted to. Well, I wanted to read Closed Casket, the second in the new Hercule Poirot mysteries. I even got an copy to read, but got super chicken over it so never read it. But with this, I went “I want to try this. Plus, the premise sounds super intriguing and very Agatha Christie. And it’s an author I’ve never read before.”

Poirot comes home from lunch to find an angry woman standing in his doorstep. Here, she demands to know why he sent her a letter, accusing her of murder. Poirot has not sent any letter, has no idea who she is nor the person who was murdered. The woman doesn’t believe him and, shaken, Poirot goes into his house, only to come face to face with a man who’s son has received the same letter from Poirot. 

Over the next 48 hours, two more people comes to Poirot, saying he has written these letters to him, accusing him of murder. But Poirot doesn’t understand why these four unrelated people are accused of murder by someone pretending to be him… 

Who is Barnabas Pandy who these four are meant to have murdered? Was he murdered? Who is the poison letter writer? And can Poirot find the answers before more lives are put in danger? 

Where do I start with this? 

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Audiobook Review - And Then There Were None

  • Title And Author: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Audiobook
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
  • Length: 224 Pages or 6 hours 1 minute
  • Buy From: Book Depository - Foyles - Audible
It looks like I am galloping through Agatha Christie now. And all because I was enjoying reading The Mystery of the Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah (which I will be talking about on the Pewter Wolf soon. Ish. Though am still playing caught up on the blog with my July/early August reading) and am listening to a podcast called All About Agatha, which is going through all Agatha Christie’s novels and short stories one at a time. So, because of this, I wanted to go read/listen to some of the Queen of Crime’s work. Now, I just listened to The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and, due to the twist at the end, I knew I wanted to listen to this, which I bought at the same, plus this has been called Agatha’s greatest work… 

Ten strangers, with nothing in common apparently, get summoned to a small island off the coast of Devon, through letters from old friends, employment and other means. But once on the island, after their first meal together, a chilling recording is played and the voice of their unseen host accuse each of them of committing murder and getting away with it… 

Not long after the message was played, one of them chokes to death, been given a fatal overdose of cyanide in his brandy. Soon, the tension and mistrust grows as their number grows smaller and smaller and they realise that the killer is among them and is prepare to kill the all. All in the style at the now terrifying nursery rhyme of Ten Little Soldier Boys…