20 November 2014

Review: Pirates! by Celia Rees

Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. 

Told through Nancy's writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.


5 Words: Swashbuckling adventure. Love, danger, life.

I always find it so difficult to review my favourite books. I just can't put my feelings into words. It's particularly hard when I have read that book so many times over the past decade that the pages are falling out and the cover's peeling off, because by now my love for the book has no reason, it just is.

Pirates! is such an adventure. It has so many twists and turns and shocks and some really sweet and poignant moments. It's a book that sets my heart racing, it's a book that has such a vivid world that I am lost to real life when I read it. It's dramatic and thought-provoking.

Every time I read this book, I get more out of it than before. It's one of those books that I itch to read at least once a year and turn to when life's just getting too much. It's a safety blanket make of pure escapism.

This book is wonderfully written, in a quirky style. I love the journey that Nancy takes, both physically and as a person.

It's a book I can see clear as day when I close my eyes. It would make an amazing film or mini-series.

Now that I'm kind of finished gushing (for now) I urge you to get out and grab a copy of this book and get stuck in.

19 November 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #6

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen To Paper and is a chance to share the book you're currently lusting after. It's weekly because we're bookworms and we love to read. A lot. So sometimes our MOST WANTED is quickly read and replaced.

I'll also be posting a non-book wishlist item. But it will probably be book-related because let's be honest, I can't help myself. Books are my life.

THE BOOK

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Crumpet and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea.

But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves.

Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

Prudence by Gail Carriger

I don't think this needs any introduction, or indeed any reason.

But in case you've never been introduced to Gail Carriger's FABULOUS steampunk world, here are five reasons to pick up any of her books.
  1. Tea
  2. Strong female characters
  3. Strong male characters
  4. The details are fabulously researched
  5. It's crazy imaginative
And shall I mention again the world? Amazing.

THE NOT A BOOK

Knock Knock Bookmarks

Shall I let you know a secret? I already have the green ones. These Knock Knock bookmarks are a reviewer's best friend.

I'm forever stopping and starting books and away from goodreads, so I use these to write down any thoughts that will come in handy when it comes to reviewing. Sometimes it's as little as one word (Argh!) and sometimes it's a few lines, but they make it much easier to review physical books.

I also use them to make nots of any quotes I particularly like, instead of using my old method of underlining them with a pencil.

18 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #20

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get.

You know when you start a book and you love it then you realise it's part of a series? How awesome. Here's my top ten next-in-series books I can't wait for, in no particular order.

What book can you just not wait for?

17 November 2014

Review: Goddess by Laura Powell

Strikes. Starvation. Riots.

Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known.

Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay.

But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.


5 Words: Cult, politics, revolution, mythology, prophecy.

When I started this book, it was with the thought "this is a pretty cover" running through my head. Because yet again I didn't read the blurb. But I think if I'd read the blurb I wouldn't have gone on to read the book, because it just doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

This alternate universe mixes mythology and magic with the political unrest and distrust that is evident today. And it's quite good.

This is quite a fast paced book for all that it sometimes feels like nothing is happening. I was never bored while I read it, and it kept me turning the pages. Because of the pace, it's a relatively quick read.

I liked Aura, and how she changed and the story progressed. She's almost unrecognisable from the quite girl you meet in the first pages, by the time you get to the end she's really come out of her shell. I also liked the complexities of the cult, and the corruption spreading throughout.

04 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #19 + GIVEAWAY

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books I Want To Reread.

There are some books that are just so darn awesome you have to reread them again and again. Then you get the amazing series that you have to reread. And these books are in order, starting with my number one reread.
  1. I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  2. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  3. Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  4. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
  5. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas
  6. Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  7. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
  8. Junk by Melvin Burgess
  9. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
  10. Sundowners by Leslie Lokko

GIVEAWAY