Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Currently Reading - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern




Currently Reading

The Night Circus 
Erin Morgenstern

Genre - Fantasy Fiction

Blurb

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RΓͺves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Book Review - Warrior Betrayed - Denna Holm


Book Review 

Warrior Betrayed
Denna Holm
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Ebook - length 54 pages
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Genre - Fantasy/Shapesifting/Wolves
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What This Book Is About
We start with Calem beneath the falls of Umi Creek, watching his daughter and his mate play.  Sarya, his mate of almost twenty years. Abriel, his daughter.  Abriel was born with thick snow white hair and bright blue eyes.
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A scream was heard from the creek  and Calem leaped up, Abriel had told Sarya not to touch her... the Umi was here! Oh no, this can't be true, Calem thought, Umi is meant to be just a legend, made up by some of the ancestors.   Apparently Abriel had been THE CHOSEN ONE. Both Calem and Sarya watched as the Umi consumed Abriel. When all was done Abriel fell into a deep slumber.  Calem didn't know much about this thing called Umi, he was curious to find out more.  
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Calem finds out Abriel has been taken over by the Ghost Warrior.  This thing inside Abriel ... speaks .. its speaks  to Calem, there are many of them, using Abriel for a vessel of communication.

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πŸ”₯ "It’s said the white warrior will be able to manipulate fire." πŸ”₯
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Calem was protective of his daughter, Abriel and there were other people also wanted to get to Abriel with her new found gift, so he promised Sarya that he would attack these people and kill if necessary.... and so here the adventure begins 
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My Thoughts On This Book
I was immediately drawn in with the friendly hands of Calem.  Denna's words were warming and welcoming, putting me at ease very quickly.  I absolutely adored the front cover and right away I felt I was going to be plunged into a sense of adventure.  I also absolutely loved  the wolves head at the start of each chapter.  The concept was highly imaginative although I felt like this story was too short, I would have liked to have read more.  To me it stopped abruptly and I was left feeling unsatisfied, however there is a sequel to this, so maybe that might have something to do with it.  Although it has been put under "ScienceFiction" I've read a few books now to know, that I wouldn't put this book under that genre, it is more .... FantasyFiction... it does touch on a little on space, but is not as heavy and technical as say, The Martian by Andy Weir.   All in all, it was a funny, entertaining read.

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Star Rating 
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
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Recommendation 
To anyone who likes Fantasy Fiction, who likes wolves and who likes shapeshifting.
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Footnote
Although I have included this book in the genre .....  "Science Fiction"  ...  I still find it ... "questionable"

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Book Review - Angel's Forever Home




Book Review by Pauline Reid
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Book Title - Angel's Forever Home
Authors - Rita Gigante,  Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante, Donna McDine
Ebook - Hardback version 38 pages.
Genre - Childrens Book
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Thank you goes out to one of the Authors, Donna McDine, for contacting me via Twitter for a free book in exchange for an honest review.
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What This Book Is About.
After being rescued from the Chilean earthquake by an American dog rescuer.....Jill, Angel settles down which he thought was his permanent home. Angel loved being in his new home, but became sad, when Jill said she would  find suitable owners for him. 
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One day someone comes along that loves the sight of Angel, but Angel's not sure and doesn't want the lady to know about his injuries, but all is not lost, with gentle coaxing Angel begins to accept the kind person. The kind person is Rita, but before she makes a commitment she has to speak to someone else.
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The time comes to leave to go to another home, Rita's and Bobbies place.  With injuries from the earthquake they took Angel to the vet, bad news was, he was going to lose a leg, good news was, he would be free of pain.  Once freed from his dilemma there was even more of a surprise waiting at home for Angel .... I wonder what it was?
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My Thoughts On This Book
With being a childrens book, I felt this was easily understood.  Although this is a book about a dog, we can very easily put a child in its place .... this book teaches the importance of patience, courage and the willingness to open their hearts to others.
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I loved how this all was interpreted.  Loved the light blue background used within the book too.  Loved the small, but simple illustrations and I absolutely loved the ending, a happy one, as it should be.
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Star rating 
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
5 star rating
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Recommendation 
This book comes highly recommended by me.  It would suit all children.





Currently Reading - Warrior Betrayed - Denna Holm





Currently Reading

Warrior Betrayed
Denna Holm

Genre - SciFi - Fantasy - Shapeshifting 

Blurb
Calem is a wolf shapeshifter from the planet Laizahlia, a loyal pack member willing to do whatever his king and elders ask of him … until the day his daughter Abriel is born. There is a legend among his kind about a pure white wolf, a female born with bright blue eyes. She is called the Ghost Warrior, and it is believed she will bring about the destruction of their people.

Throughout their history, only a few of these white females have ever been born and all were killed by their own pack shortly after birth. Calem’s daughter is born with pure white hair and bright blue eyes. The pack grows nervous as she enters adolescence, demanding Calem hand her over to them. With nowhere safe to take Abriel, Calem and his mate will have to fight to the death to protect her.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Currently Reading - Angel's Forever Home - Rita Gigante, Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante, Donna McDine




Currently Reading 

Angel's Forever Home
Authors -  Rita Gigante,  Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante, Donna McDine

Genre - Childrens Book 
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Blurb
Angel knows he is lucky to be one of the few dogs rescued from the Chilean earthquake, but now he finds himself with challenging physical limitations and in need of a new family. Facing his fear of rejection for not being like other dogs, he embarks on a journey that teaches him the importance of patience, courage, and the willingness to open his heart to others.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Currently Reading - Parenting and Grandparenting - Beverly Mann Lessard




Currently Reading an ARC (earc)  supplied by Crimson Cloak Publishing.

Parenting and Grandparenting - Beverly Mann Lessard

A personal pick from me.

This is a non-fiction book about the author herself and her children and grandchildren, book review to follow as soon as I know the launch date.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Book Review - Highcrag - Rosemary Gemmell




Book Review by Pauline Reid
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Highcrag
Rosemary Gemmell
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Ebook - Length 250 Pages
Genre - Gothic Romantic Suspense 
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What this book is about ......
"Welcome to Highcrag" (I say as I shake your hand) ..... where Cate was given the job, of cataloguing books on computer, in a personal library, but not just any library, this is a library with a difference.   
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Fresh from England Cate applied for a job at a private library on the East Coast of Scotland.  Cate was drawn towards the area due to her ancestors being brought up there.
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When Cate was shown to her bedroom, she was intrigued by the four poster bed, luckily with no curtains otherwise she would feel closed in, but there was something else in this room, a painting of a man.  Yes, the luring kind, Cate was certainly drawn to it .... turns out he was called "Rake"  ...an  eighteenth-century ancestor to the man of the house.
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On a walk nearby, she discovered while at the cliff tops a little cove that she would like to visit one day, but as she turned by to go back "home" in the distance was a man on a black horse.
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Then she meets her employer, Lyall, the man of the house, who doesn't live in the house.
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So what of this cove that Cate finds?  Some tale tell signs has her more intrigued to find out more of what goes on
So what of Lyall, the man of the manor with his frequent vistings? So what of this old ancient place called Highcrag that Cate finds drawn to, doesn't want to leave and then wants to leave?  Will she find out what sinister deeds have taken place centuries ago.  And Lyalls brother, that employed her, is he a genuine man? or is there something more about him than meets the eye.
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My thoughts on this book .......
There is one thing in reading Highcrag, that I wont forget ... Cate with a C.  Catriona. Cate for short.  The book, Highcrag, is very entrancing, it lures you, but not like the Rake painting.  Rosemary's writing keeps you guessing what's next, so, so facinating that I'm just so, so curious as to what's going on.
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Yes, it takes alot to hold my entire attention to some books, but when it does, I know the author has done a good job and Rosemary Gemmell is one of those.
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To me this had a personal connection because it reminded me of going back to Dunedin, my own home town ... rich and wrapped in Scottish Heritage (after all, Dunedins sister town, is Edinburgh).
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Back to the book though ....   I was kept hungry with certain foods mentioned in the book, Mrs McClusky, the housekeeper and cook, cooked up some delicious meals, for example, Potato Leek Soup, Scones and Strawberry Jam.  
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I had a walk down the alleyway of where the Outlander series was filmed (I haven't seen the series, but I have the books).
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Considering Cate was cataloging a personal library, what more can you want then to read names of books and authors that you recognise maybe from your youth.
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During my whole read of the book I had my suspicions of Lyalls brother, and caught myself being so wrapped up in the book that I nodded with acknowledgement that I knew what this dirty little scoundrel was up to! .... Yes, I did say it out loud!!  .... actually, I talked to this book alot, I was so invested in what Cate was seeing, what comes to mind, is a scene where Cates car breaks down,
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Recommendation - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book comes highly recommended by me and would suit anyone into Scottish Traditions, Scottish food, Gaelic folklore and anyone interested in Samhain (commonly known as Halloween).
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πŸ“Έ .... side note 
The photo I have taken on your left, is a batch of scones I made.  I've made scones since I was, ohhhhh, what?  12 years of age I suppose ... so still, today I make them, sometimes in squares, like these, sometimes in circles, triangles too, plain ones, sultana ones, cheese ones.  These ones are plain, but the batch before I did cheese and sultanas and they tasted yummy! πŸ˜‹  ..... at the time I thought, ew yuck, but my dear husband said that his mother used to make them, so I had to give it a try .... so glad I did!!   πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Quote - Highcrag - Rosemary Gemmell




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Those who recommended mindfulness had it right. ‘Be in the moment’ made complete sense. No past, no future, no worries. Just the here and now, Lyall by her side.
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Rosemary Gemmell - Highcrag

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Quote, photo - Highcrag - Rosemary Gemmell



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As they strolled along the firm part of the beach, Cate paused. She’d been looking at the calm sea ebbing and flowing when she saw a black blob on the surface. “Look, that’s not just a rock, is it?” she asked. Lyall followed her gaze. “I do believe it’s a seal popping up to have a look around.” “Oh, how adorable! I’ve never seen a real one, except at the zoo long ago.”
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Rosemary Gemmell - Highcrag
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On the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, you can see fur seals.  They are just down from the Albatross Colony.  Parts of it is fenced off, but you can wander onto the beach, but you do have to be careful due to what you think is a rock, it's a basking seal.  
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More info below 
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Taiaroa Head/Pukekura is a breeding site for New Zealand fur seals/kekeno as well as a haul out site for New Zealand sea lions/rāpoka.

Pilots Beach is often the best place to see these species. Keep at least 10 m away from them and if you are in a group do not surround them - they can run fast!

Monday, 14 October 2019

Currently Reading - Highcrag - Rosemary Gemmell



Currently Reading 

Highcrag
Rosemary Gemmell
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Ebook - Length - 250 pages 
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Genre - Gothic Romantic Suspense
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When Cate Stewart's life falls apart, a job cataloguing the vast library at Highcrag on the Scottish east coast sounds perfect. Especially since she has a personal interest in researching the notorious Scottish witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
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But the house has a dark past that seems to affect the present. And an owner, Lyall Kinnaird, who unexpectedly stirs Cate's damaged heart.
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As the Celtic festival of Samhain approaches, when the veil between the living and dead is thinnest, who can Cate trust?

Currently Reading - The Governess - Mary Kingswood

Currently Reading The Governess Mary Kingswood . Blurb copy and pasted from Goodreads . The first of a brand new series by the auth...