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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 5)

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Feelings:

My sleepiness seems to be coming in waves over the hours. I am both now tired and hungry. I should probably try and find food and get a drink of water…

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Pages Read: 41

The Ugly Cover Pitch

Pick a book that you felt was a winner of a read but was sorely lacking in the cover art department and try to persuade me that it was the best book ever. What greatness will I discover if I can look past its eyesore of an exterior? Leave your pitch in a comment on this post, and be sure to include a link to a picture of the cover!

Be sure to check out the host blog for more info.

My cover:

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For any of the Vampire Academy or Bloodlines books really. They all have the most ugly bloody covers that tell you nothing about what on earth is going on inside it. My pitch:

This book is more than meets the eye. Within its pages you are greeted an alternate reality where vampires hide among us and magic follows close by, but you also get so much more. You females who know how to look after themselves and kick butt. You get friendships that are unbreakable. A passionate romance that is forbidden. Action of every form and mysteries that will leave you devouring the pages looking for the answers. This book starts off with a bang and will leave you wanting more.

Goodreads Road Trip Challenge

Write a short postcard to a friend (or to another of the book’s characters who wasn’t invited on your cross country odyssey) telling them what’s up with you and your new fictional BFF.

or

Find the perfect road trip song for you and your traveling companion to rock out to as you burn through the miles, and tell us why it’s such a great fit for this character.

Be sure to check out more info on the goodreads page.

I spent ages finding a good song. Its hard to find a song that suits a book about animals… I chose this because they all decide to leave their home to find a new one when humans start taking over.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Fatal Likeness

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Title: A Fatal Likeness (Charles Maddox 2)

Author: Lynn Sheperd

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Length: 384

Rating: 2.5 Star (Rounded up to 3)

Description/Synopsis:

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case. His client? The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I got this book from the author or someone associated with publishing the book on NetGalley. I am a bit ashamed to say that though I recieved this book before the publication date which was 20-08-13 for an honest review, that date has come and gone. I appologize for the lateness of this review, but I spose I will let myself off the hook by saying better late than never. So, finally, here is my review.

This story is fictioned based on real people and events, which isn’t normally something I would go for when lookig for something to read. I have to say that the cover and the title are the main things that peaked my interest about the book, specially as by the time I started reading it I had no idea what kind of book it was. I know, and still really don’t know, anything about the topic or the people, so Im going to be doing most of the review in the context that it is all pure fiction because thats what it mostly was to me. I also didn’t realise that this is was a second book in a series until I looked it up on Goodreads. Though I can see how story came before this one, I didn’t feel like I was really missing out on things that may have come before, and I don’t think it will effect anyone to read it just by itself like I did.

Ok first I guess I shall talk about the structure of the book. I don’t know if it was because of how it was written (the style is like pride and prejudice) or because I had to keep putting it down, but I found myself being seriously lost at some points, totally confused as to what on earth I was reading. At first I had serious issues with names. a lot of people are introduced and I had difficulties keeping up with who was who and who wanted what and who was responsible for things and blaaahhhh. I actually got really furious at section because I just had zero idea what was going on, ande It wasn’t supposed ot be that confusing. I almost just totally gave up on the book and never picked it up again, only the fact that I said I would reviewit and that I missed the date kept me going. I have to say that I amn kind of glad that I did, I enjoyed it far more towards the end when I had more time to read larger sections and things began to make more sense. I feel like I have to go back an reread the book again to fully what was going on all the time, but If I hadn’t been so confused at sections it very well could have gotten a better rating.

In terms of characters I felt myself get caught up in their concerns and theories to what on earth happened and why people care (something I didn’t really do al that much, it took me ages to  really be concerned as to why we were even being told this story). However, on the indivudual character basis I didn’t really care about any of them. I felt storry for the ones that died, and I thought the main character was a bloody idiot to not notice that someone working for him was pregnant and thusly ended up dying when things went bad. For someone who is supposed to notice and connect things for a living, it just blew my mind that he could be that stupid and blind to things going on in his own house.

For the overal theme and plot, if you look passed that for a good part I didn’t get why the story was being told, and that I was greatly confused for sections, I actually got pretty hooke don what was happening towards the end. When people started dying or when deaths started getting looked into I was much more interested.

Then at the end of the book there was authors notes on where the facts came from and what was altered and so on. I found this was helpful in clearing up some sections which I became lost in. It was a good summary I thought, but I only took it with a grain of salt. I wouldnt consider all the things said good facts unless I wanted to read up on them myself.

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Book Review – Deadly Lode

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Title: Deadly Lode

Author: Randall Reneau

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Geologist Trace Brandon’s serendipitous discovery of the long forgotten Sullivan Mine comes with more than high grade uranium and gold ore. When ex-con and penny mining stock promoter, Cyrus”The Virus” McSweeny, finds out about Brandon’s new mining claims, he formulates an underhanded plan to gain an interest in the mine. To further complicate matters, one of Brandon’s shareholders, Richard Rosenburg, is into a New Orleans crime family for a cool million. And they want Rosy’s shares in Brandon’s new company; Montana Creek Mining. As Brandon begins to drill out the rich orebody, his shareholders start dying. And not from natural causes. The exotic nature of the murders catches the attention of FBI Special Agent Beau Monroe. But it’s the world class uranium grades that catch Hong Kong based Lei Chang’s eye. Chang wants the uranium reserves for his Chinese backed mining company. And he doesn’t care how he gets them. Brandon is forced to forge some rather unorthodox alliances to maintain control of the Sullivan Mine, and to stay alive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book by winning it in goodreads, and to be honest it is not they type of book I would normally pick up at all and I don’t know what was going through my mind when I entered the contest. I was however, more impressed with it than I expected.

For a lot of the book I had no idea what on earth anyone was talking about. It goes into details and talks about shares, stock exchange, and procedures that one must go through to start a dig for gold or whatever they may be hoping for. I know nothing about any of this, and when these topics come up, and they come up alot, they kinda just went over my head. However, I feel that these types of discussions or topics were probably presented as simply as they could be and if I had been more interested in either of the topics I might have been able to understand what was going on. I did think the author did a good job at trying to make it so that anyone that picks up the book will have a fighting chance of understanding.

As for the murder mystery side of the story, I wouldn’t go far as to say I was surprised or in suspense for any part of it. The flow of the story, the theme, and even the characters I found myself pleasantly just going along with it all. To me it was all very simple, but not so boring that is wasn’t unenjoyable. The characters are very one dimensional and simple, and though I liked them well enough I wasn’t attached or in love with any of them or cared all that much if they were killed off. Same goes for the story line in general, when something that I assume was supposed to be a big deal happens I was in my head going Ok then. I think this happened because it was all put out and discussed a tad too much and I could see most of the things coming. Most things aren’t hidden or just happen, you know they are coming. The end was all wrapped up into a nice little bundle, and I felt the same about the story from start to finish. No spikes of suspense, but no mind numbing boredom either.

In terms of how the thing was put together and written, there were a few things that bugged me. There were a number of grammatical errors and mistakes in the copy I was given, and they really stood out to me. Things like that pull me from the story and that will effect the way I feel about it by the end of the story. Also, things tended to get repeated just way to much for my liking, Anyone who reads my reviews will see that this is an issue that I point out quite a bit. The most serious one was Cyrus the Virus. Just about every character in the story said that at least once. I get it, that’s everyone’s nickname for that character. Move on, I don’t need to hear it again.

So I enjoyed it despite I didn’t understand what was going on on the more technical terms and knew too much in plot terms.

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Sorry for the lack of reviews!

God I don’t even know where to start. I got so sick to the point that I couldn’t move, or stay concious for longer than 10 minutes at a time for over a week, making me fall seriously in my tafe work thusly not letting me read anything but my veterinary text book. Then before I could even make up on that lost time I developed a walnut sized lump on my hip causing shooting pain down my leg constantly and making it seriously difficult to walk, which made it really hard to focus on tafe, so making me fall even further behind. When it stopped hurting I thought that it kind of felt smaller, but then I felt the other side and I’m starting to develop another lump. Needless to say there is a trip to the doctors in my future, which if my boyfriend wasn’t practically dragging me to would never happen, doctors are at the top of my things I would rather suffer forever before I face them. With that stress, comes less focus on tafe work, and no time to read. I’m in the final month and ‘Im about 2 weeks behind that, so I highly doubt I will be putting up a review in the next month or so. I feel so bad, I have so many books sitting here that authors have sent me to read. I will get to them guys! I promise, it just wont be within the next month. I didnt even get to read my book club books this month!

The books I have waiting on my shelf are:

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The Hangmans Replacement, Everville: The First Pillar, and A Shade of Vampire were sent to me by the authors when they noticed my interested on Goodreads in exchange for a review, Head Over Wheels was sent to me fresh off the press after the author contacted me asking for a review, and the rest I won on Goodreads. Deadly Lode I won 1 of 10 copies out of 671 people, The Last Falcon I won 1 of 10 copies  out of 1055 people, and Havana Lost I won 1 of 3 copies out of 517 people.

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Book Review – The Heiresses

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Title: The Heiresses

Author: Allison Rushby

Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance

Length: 344

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

In Allison Rushby’s Heiresses, three triplets–estranged since birth–are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone–least of all each other.
When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London–a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things–by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. For most of this book I felt… overwhelmed, or at least something close to it. What I mean by this is, a lot of ideas and details and plot twists are thrown into the book and they dont always mesh well together. I felt, though this may be completely wrong, that the author herself was at times a bit frazzled by the shear amount of different things she was trying to gather together. I felt this way because the writing was not always clear, and quite a lot I had to reread some pages. However, it seemed like most of these issues were worked out by the second half of the book.

The triplets themselves where kind of interesting. They were to me pretty much just three different sections of one person. The sweet and innocent, Clio, the logical and smart, Erato, and the complete bitch from hell with just too much self confidence, Thalia. As you can probably tell I didn’t like Thalia very much. Though I think this was intended, the author gave her a rape back story to try and lesson possible hate towards her, but it didnt work for me. Despite this, I feel she was the most defined of the three girls. There were times where Eratos logic completely failed and she was just… stupid really, which I dont believe would really happen for that character. Clio was more stable, but she didnt really hold up to her good nature, though this is kinda glossed over. All of the girls characters develop over the course of the book, but Thalias wasnt a really believable one for me. Her character grew just a little too much and I really wouldnt expect her to ever feel like that after such a short amount of time, regardless of the different things that happen. Clio’s end probably made me the happiest, I wanted her to end up with Edwin from the very first time they met. For her though, I felt maybe she was the authors favourite because she really got pretty much everything by the end, 3 separate loving families and a legal title, where as the other girls only got the one loving family a bit of self awareness.

I did feel like I missed out on my favourite characters though. I loved the very bits with Hestia, and wished I could have read more things through her eyes. I also loved Felix very quickly, and wished that we went into his life and his children more.

Though there were a number of things that annoyed me, like the endless need to justify each lie and secret every single one of them was always doing (its like it was some kind of disease they all had, the need to be so manipulative and lie), the actually story line didnt bother me in the slightest. Sure, it was hard to wade through and completely have a clear mind about it all for the first half, the author still did a pretty good job at telling a rather complicated story, and Im glad that I finally found the time to pick it up and give it a read.

 

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Book Review – Defending The Duchess

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Title: Defending The Duchess

Author: Rachelle McCalla

Genre: Suspense, Romance

Length: 214

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

He’ll keep her safe—at any cost. Protecting the royal family is Linus Murati’s job. So when the queen’s younger sister is attacked, the devoted Lydian royal guardsman goes into action and saves her life. But this was no random occurrence. Danger has followed Julia Miller across the Atlantic from Seattle. Now Linus has two missions: to keep the maddeningly independent future duchess in his sights at all times, and to catch the culprit who threatens the woman whose trust—and love—he desires above all others.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I won this signed copy in a Goodreads first reads giveaway, and it continues on from a previous series Rachelle McCalla, something you might want to read before this one because it gets brought up quite a bit. For the most part I really rather enjoyed this book. The characters were very likeable and the story was both a good mix of forbidden romance and murder mystery, though I would never call Julia a ‘maddeningly independent’ woman. I love the idea of a strong bodyguard protecting someone from harm and sweeping them off their feet, and lets be honest, not many women don’t enjoy the idea of becoming a member of a royal family and going on exciting adventures with long gowns and hidden passages.

There were a few things that bothered me about the book though. The writing style was very simple, and the author tended to repeat herself a lot. When a question was raised, you don’t get to really think about it yourself because that question will get repeated multiple times, sometimes every two pages or so. This is to me was very distracting and frustrating. The audience isn’t silly, they can remember these very obvious questions that are rather key to the plot.

The thing that bothered me most however was the big plot twist at the end that the bad guy thought of to have everything work out in his favour. The story is pretty much Julia getting attacked cause she worked on this case were plans for a car engine were altered so that it would fail and kill people causing one company to fail and the other to buy it off, a plan set forth by the second company. Anyway, Julia and Linus and the rest of the guard were investigating this through the entire book and they know pretty much all the details of the plot. So the big bad guys plot to kill her off is to put her in said car, and have her die to the malfunction its engine has, and leave behind a typed up  ‘suicide’ note which she was to sign saying that she was the mastermind, she knew about the faults and covered them up to get money, and Julia horrified with all this before Linus saves her because she thinks everyone will believe it. To me this is just stupid, as if anyone is going to believe she typed it up then signed it instead of hand writing the suicide note, and that she had time to plot everything when the guards had her computer, there was one always with her, and they were monitoring pretty much all her phone conversations. This was a very big let down for me.

Despite this it was still enjoyable, and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a royal romance with a dangerous twist.

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Book Review – Into The Darkness

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Title: Into The Darkness

Author: Maureen Nicholl

Genre: Crime, Suspense

Length: 60

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

A socially awkward mall cop forges an unlikely alliance with a teenage delinquent as a last resort in his desperate search for a kidnapped young woman. The pair must venture onto an eerie abandoned psychiatric hospital campus in pursuit of her captors, battling the darkness of the night and their own demons in an attempt to save the woman before it is too late.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I wond this book on Goodreads and I read this entire book while waiting for centrelink to see me, (something that as supposed to happen at 2:30pm for a booked appointment, but didnt happen until 4pm =_=) so as you may be able to tell its a very small read. It was rather enjoyable read though.

The characters though you don’t really get to know them despite how you judge them based on these 60 pages, are well developed and you grow fond of them. Well at least I grew fond of the two main guys who are the heroes of the novel. I didn’t really grow fond of the girl they run off to save. At the beginning she is all “this is how those stupid women in horror movies die” when she looks around at the situation she got herself stuck in, but she does nothing but made it worst and doesn’t do anything to help herself at all.She placed herself in that “stupid woman from a horror movie” category for me.

The story was enjoyable, but I couldn’t help but feel it was a bit anticlimactic. This was because you pretty much know its going to have a happy ending, there wasn’t really enough of it to feel emotionally involved with the characters you don’t really know. Another things I felt about half way through was that I was just placed at the end of a story, like I was missing the first two sections of the book and was just given the end.

Despite those few things though I was quite happy to go along with the story through its ups and downs. A part a really liked (though a bit gross) was when the author Maureen describes how Ashley, the girl who needs rescuing, peed herself, was forced to sit in it and smelt like pee the entire time (something that gets brought up a couple of times). Details like that aren’t always added in, and of they are they can never mention it again even though im sure the smell of piss isn’t really going to escape anyones attention even if they don’t say it out loud. I enjoyed it because it wasn’t overlooked, and im sure if you were kidnapped by crazy druggies you would probably piss yourself too, so why leave it out of the story?

The author was also very friendly which I just loved. I feel an attachment to the book cause I feel a little bond with the author because she was so friendly :) Se sent me a lovely message over Goodreads congratulating me on the win and to say she would send the book off in the next couple of days, then left a lovely little hand written post-it-note on the covering saying she hopes I enjoy the book. It doesn’t really matter if this is done to everyone who wins, its still nice to see authors go out of their was to be friendly. I would be more than willing to read any other books she publishes due to this kindness.

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In the Mail #3

I just thought I would post something today telling everyone that I received my copy of 17326604 (1) today! Even though I’m sure its on all the books that were sent out to the winners of the contest, I really liked the little post it note from the author Maureen hoping that I like the book. Its just those little extra touches that make me just want to dive into a review. Its super duper short so hopefully I will get it done later today :D

I also won another Goodreads giveaway

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I was the only one to win this giveaway out of 62 people

Description/Synopsis:

When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London–a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things–by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.

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In The Mail #2

Since I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days I thought I would keep you guys in the loop by saying I have won two new books on Goodreads since I last posted :D It seems to me it might be easier to win books once you actually started winning them, because I hadn’t won anything for ages when I first joined, now I have won 3 books in a matter of weeks! Its so awesome, everyone should join up.

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I was one of 75 who won this book out of 1566.

Description/Synopsis:

A socially awkward mall cop forges an unlikely alliance with a teenage delinquent as a last resort in his desperate search for a kidnapped young woman. The pair must venture onto an eerie abandoned psychiatric hospital campus in pursuit of her captors, battling the darkness of the night and their own demons in an attempt to save the woman before it is too late.

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I was the only one to win this book out of 667 <3

Description/Synopsis:

He’ll keep her safe—at any cost. Protecting the royal family is Linus Murati’s job. So when the queen’s younger sister is attacked, the devoted Lydian royal guardsman goes into action and saves her life. But this was no random occurrence. Danger has followed Julia Miller across the Atlantic from Seattle. Now Linus has two missions: to keep the maddeningly independent future duchess in his sights at all times, and to catch the culprit who threatens the woman whose trust—and love—he desires above all others.

 

I am super excited for both to arrive. I’m about halfway through my first Goodreads win, Harmless by Julienne van Loon, and hopefully I will be posting a review either later today or tomorrow.

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In The Mail

ImageWoo! I won my first Goodreads giveaway the other day :D I only found this out when I returned home and found it in the mail. So very exciting! Its nice and short too so hopefully I can get it read this weekend while doing all my tafe work. I just love the feeling of a brand spanking new book in my hands, and the smell is just to die for. eReaders will never take a hardcover books place in my heart for this very reason.