Tamora Pierce – The Circle Universe

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hi all, welcome back to a new series of series reviews! Woohoo!

My mum bought me the first book in this world’s series when I was like 9 or something when I was in the city with her one day. I distinctly remember hating her in that moment for forcing me to read something outside of my normal genres.

In my first attempt of fantasy I really hated it. But luckily a few years later I rediscovered Tamora Pierce through a friend and ended up falling in love with all of her books and went back to reread this one.

To give you an overview, this series follows 4 main characters in the original Circle of Magic series when they are first brought together.

Tris, Briar, Sandry and Daja in The Circle of Magic Source

Over the course of the Circle of Magic, The Circle Opens and The Circle Reforged we see them grow up and into their powers in ways that keep you engaged, interested and riveted.

Sandry, Daja, Briar and Tris all grown up Source

Across all three series we travel across various regions countries, so you may find the below map helpful as I review the series.

The Circle Universe world map Source

I look forward to exploring this series with you and hearing what you think of these reviews!

The Adventures of Jilly and June in India – Denise Drew

Welcome back everyone, this review, and one next week, are a special feature for me. These two reviews are features of a friend of mine and I’m sure you’ll appreciate her point of view on these children’s books. Yes,you heard me right! For the first time ever you will get to hear about children’s books, but don’t expect too many more of these as they aren’t something I specialise in.

In this story Jilly and June, a mother and daughter duo, seek out new experiences as they travel across the globe in their magic, flying house. In this story they set sail for India to learn more about the country that is famous for curry. After navigating their house through a storm, they arrive at their destination and find that there is much more to experience in this vibrant land where the trains are overcrowded, polo matches are played with elephants instead of horses, weddings feature “Bollywood” dance moves and saris, you can drive tuk tuks through mountains and find inner peace through the art of meditation.

Drew brings an innocent curiosity to both Jilly and June as they discover new cultures and social norms, such as adapting to eating meals with their hands instead of cutlery. She also captures the intimate moments in a mother-daughter relationship, highlighting Jilly’s embarrassed reactions when June lets loose dancing at a wedding they attended, and enjoying a meditation session.


While Drew’s fictional perspective feels like it’s coming from good-intentions, there are instances in the book where research to the subject-matter could have been applied more effectively where she describes non-fictional references to avoid racial stereotyping. For instance, when Jilly and June meet with a “Maharajah”,I felt confused as to what time period they were in, since monarchies are now abolished in India. Jilly and June are also introduced to a “Buddha”, again,raising some questions about timelines and suggesting that Drew may have incorrectly referring to a Sadhu. Sadly, these examples left me cringing and I felt as though the writing was based on the idea of exotic glamour that is India, and not a true reflection of the rich culture that it is.

Drew’s desire to travel the world with her daughter in the eyes of Jilly and June draws a sense of wonder and spirit to the book. However, the story is yearning for more context and development to really capture the imagination of today’s children and to give the credit and respect to the cultures Drew is in awe of.More investment into planning content and approach to this story would make it a more inclusive, robust and enjoyable read for children. Unfortunately, I will not be reading this edition with my family any time soon as it’s not the perspective of my son’s heritage I want him to hear.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week’s special to follow up this one will be reviewing The Adventures of Jilly and June in Russia, the next book in the series.

Continue to read further down to find out about the author.

Denise Drew was born in Liverpool in 1970. She has raised her daughter, as a single parent, since her daughter was two years old. Never deterred by being a one parent family, Denise worked full time, provided a loving home and continued life in a strong and positive light. 

As a small family, they were lucky enough to have holidays every year and this lead Denise to dream of writing adventure stories about her and her daughter travelling the world. Denise would say that she would love to pick up her house and take it on holiday with her, so they could have their home comforts. What an idea! A flying house. A magical house, with sails, that flies them to "wherever takes their fancy".

An Unconventional Affair: A Risk Worth Taking – Mollie Blake

Welcome back everyone, I know it’s been a busy week for reviews but I’m hoping you’ve been looking forward to this one if you read the review of the first book. For those of you who have been following since August 2018 you’d be familiar with the first book in this series and that I quite liked it.

So naturally, when I was offered a place in this tour since I’d read the first book, I figured I had to know what happened next. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

Book One Review

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Link to Book 1 review


Story Overview

In this book, we go back to where we left off the first books; and work our way forwards with a few skips between locations and times to begin with. Barrington is still in Australia and ends up staying MUCH longer than initially planned.

Meanwhile, Tee remained in England having to repair the ruin of her life after she was almost killed in her own home. Luckily, an old friend was happy to help her regain a semblance of control and normalcy.

Once we see how they each fared in their first year apart, we skip forward 8 years briefly before skipping ahead another 2 years. This means that there are often gaps in how relationships have formed, developed and changed between the various characters.


Initial Thoughts

Initially I was a little bit confused because we kept jumping between a few different times during the first year of Barrington’s stay in Australia. There weren’t any dates, so you just had to kind of guess how far back or forward you had moved.

I was also a little bit confused by one of Barrington’s relationships. Was this done as a way to be more inclusive?

I just felt like it’s something that most people wouldn’t do. Why would they suddenly change who they are and what they are ok with, with no previous indication that they felt this way? Like, not even any internal thoughts, lusts or whatever that they then try to suppress?

It just felt awkward until I read about another character and then I guessed what the outcome of the story was going to be (to a point).


Final Thoughts

I did change my mind on Barrington’s odd relationship choice by the end of the book. Rather than it being weird. It felt like a total set up that ruined the final relationship formation for me. I literally knew exactly when and how it would get together which ruined any surprise I might have otherwise felt.

I liked the excitement towards the end of the story. It created a tension that was unexpected (although looking back I probably should have expected it) in more ways than one. We saw relationships tested, people broken and the effort it takes to heal after an event like that. To a point.

Over all I was a little bit underwhelmed compared to the first book. I’m not sure if I built up the first book in my head or not. But I felt like it just didn’t quite live up to the hope I had considering how much I enjoyed the first book.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Monday I will be reviewing At the End of Summer by June Moonbridge.

Author Bio

Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.

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Love Heart Lane – Christie Barlow

Welcome back everyone, I hope you enjoyed my review of Second Chance at the Ranch as much as I enjoyed reading it.

I chose to participate in today’s Book Tour because it sounded like such a sweet and sad story that I just wanted to know what happened!

Story overview

Felicity starts this story waiting to speak to her manager to get some time off just after the new year. Given that she works in a department store, this is when sales are rife and it's super busy.

Felicity's dreading having to ask for time off since the new management isn't people focused. Surprisingly, she manages to get time off, but only because her grandmother had just passed away.

Meanwhile, as the day continues we learn about her now ex-boyfriend. She's kicked him out of her apartment and is mentally preparing for the trip to her Scottish hometown of Heartcross.

While Felicity travels home she's wracked with heartache on account of Fergus, her childhood sweetheart. However, we don't have long to wait to see what kid of reception she gets from him. Since she unexpectedly runs into him within hours of getting home in the middle of a blizzard.

Their greeting is even colder than Felicity imagined it might be. But then again, she did run away more than 8 years previously. And this it the first time they are seeing each other since then.


My thoughts

At this point, reading about how cold Fergus is towards Felicity. It had me wondering what she could possibly have done to him that was so awful that he held onto his grudge that long. Throughout the book I was wracking my brain to try and figure it out. In response to my patience I was slowly drip fed the answers I was starving for. And boy was I surprised!

I was treated to a lot of heartache, quite a few arguments, tension between friends, a runaway child, disaster and a community spirit that left me emotionally exhausted. With an ending that felt like it really brought the story together.

At times you can reach the end of a story and it feels like the author has rushed a relationship, just to get the happily ever after. But this one didn't feel like that, which is great.

Instead, it felt like the natural progression of friendships that finished things off in the perfect way. Without being over the top JUST to get that happily every after. Because of this I'm super eager for the sequel Foxglove Farm to come out!


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, on Friday I will be reviewing The Earl's Irresistible Challenge by Lara Temple.

Continue to read further down to find out about the author and any extra giveaways available.

Author info

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

          

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The Road to Alexander – Jennifer Macaire

Welcome back everyone, this review is an extra sneaky special one for a couple of reasons. The first is that I lost track of how many Blog Tours I signed up for because there were so many books that sounded interesting on offer!

And secondly, I love ancient civilisations and I’m fascinated by how others see them and then convey them to others in their books.

Story overview

With this one we start of in the future, roughly 2300 (I
don’t remember exactly), where time travel is possible to the point where they
send one person once a year to go back in time to interview someone famous.
Only problem with this is that you can’t do anything to change history in any
way otherwise your time there will be erased.

So our main character Ashley is sitting in the chair
preparing to travel back to interview Alexander the Great before he went and
conquered all the way to India. As she’s sitting there waiting for the storm
and for the time travel to occur, we learn a little bit about her life up until
then. And boy does it not sound pretty!

After a not so successful interview of Alexander the Great,
Ashley walks back to where she came in ready to be taken back to her own time.
Only problem is, Alexander decided he liked her and wouldn’t let her go and
inadvertently stopped her from returning to her own time. And this is where it
starts to get really interesting!

Up until this point it’s been kinda standard kind of time
travel going back in history kind of themes. But now we’re solidly back in
Alexander’s time with no possibility of getting back to the future, but every
possibility of being erased from history forever. From this point I really felt
for Ashley. It’s one thing to keep a secret for 20 hours, quite another to do
it for a lifetime. Especially when she doesn’t know the customs or languages.


My thoughts

As we progress through the book, we start to learn why
Alexander was so determined to travel east and conquer everyone in his path.
But remember this is a work of fiction, not fact! I found it easy to get
wrapped up in the story and found myself wishing I could travel back in time to
see the world as it was then. But the sad reality is if that technology does
get invented, it won’t be in my lifetime.

There were quite a few points in the book where Ashley’s relationship with Alexander made me wish she could tell him everything. To see how he’d react to that kind of news. I can’t even begin to image how hard it would have been keeping your entire history before you met someone a secret would be. I’m pretty sure my partner knows pretty much everything about me, including how much credit card debt I stupidly wrack up!

As I creeped towards the end of the book, I began to wonder how we could possibly get back to the point in time where the prologue was set. And I got my answer when I finished the book and it said, “End of Book 1”. So bad news was, I didn’t get all the answers I wanted. Especially to the driving force of the story. But the GOOD news is that there will be a second book! Yay! Hopefully I get to participate in that tour too!


Thank you for taking the time to read another review today
and I hope you enjoyed it, on Monday I will be reviewing Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow.

Jennifer Macaire is an American living in Paris. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

               

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#27 Stygian – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Welcome back all, I thought we’d close out the year with a Sherrilyn Kenyon review. In reading this book I felt like I’ve missed a few of her books from the Dark Hunter world. If you’re interested in me reading these and reviewing them comment below with the title’s I haven’t reviewed and I will try and get to them to read and review them.

This book is following Urian right from before he was even born (from the time of Acheron’s death when Apollymi went nuts on the world) right up to the end of 2017. I wasn’t too sure how this was going to play out since Phoebe had died way back when. But I was really interested to see where this was going to go.

I felt like the first kinda part of this book was a bit repetitive since it was taken pretty much directly from Acheron’s book from just after his death. And there were a few other sections that felt like this as well. Which can’t really be helped given how long Urian has been alive, and how much he’s been involved in other books. But what I didn’t like about how Sherrilyn did it is that she didn’t even try to re-write the scenes that Urian was in from his perspective. It felt more like a copy and paste from previous books.

However we did spend quite some time with the first few (thousand) years of his life mostly stuck in Kalosis. On his few forays into the human world we see him cross paths with a few different Dark Hunters, Were Hunters and even Acheron and Savitar. Because of this we see a different side to Urian than we’ve seen in the past. Which was pretty cool.

We also got to know his brothers and one sister. We learnt about the various relationships and I really felt like I got a sense of Urian and why he was like he was like. To find out how close he was to Apollymi was strange. We knew from a previous book that he’s actually Bethany and Styxx’s child. And we know that Apollymi hated Styxx with a massive passion. So why would she be close to their son? Why train him to be amazing? Why be ok with him having Styxx’s emblem on his shield? Her love of him just felt so strange to me but at the same time so nice.

The biggest thing that was strange to me was Urian’s first love. And that it was to a dragon. From everything we knew about Urian until this point in time he has never ONCE mentioned loving anyone other than Phoebe. So to hear that he loved Xyn, and had a relationship with her over a span of hundreds of years. He loved her so much that he was devastated when she didn’t meet him and went back to her cave to check on her and found it abandoned and her long gone.

So my problem then became a matter of. Was Phoebe or Xyn his true love? Or is there someone new who has entered his life? Well after a whole lot of drama, adventure and tension it turns out Xyn was alive and locked as a statue all this time. Cue a bit more drama coz turns out Phoebe is alive as well and he ends up going back to Xyn and leaving Phoebe to try and enjoy what remains of her life.

Just like with Styxx’s book I was grabbed in, sucked in emotionally and really felt like I was there with Urian. The loneliness he’s experienced his whole life, as if he’s not like everyone else? It’s a feeling I’ve felt most of my life and its something that can isolate someone further than they already feel.

I hope everyone has a great end of the year and welcomes in 2019 safely, but with a lot of fun!

PS. I will be welcoming in the new year with a new look, fingers crossed I will have finished it (you may have already noticed some changes…) by the time the first review of the new year is released!

Naked Truths – Karen Botha

Welcome back to another week on Book Tour. Just to let you know I seem to be reading books a little quicker now and I don't know if that's because the books I'm reading are shorter or because I've gotten a new job I actually get more reading time. So you may see some extra reviews go up on Fridays if I'm reading 2 books a week. I will have to see how I go!

So I want to start off this review at the end of the book momentarily, but it is for good reason. It's so I can say: nooooo!!!! I turned the page to get closer to closing off the book and was left with the book abruptly ending RIGHT as it was getting really interesting!!! WHY?!?!?!?!?! Now I've gota wait until the next book to find out what they said!

As frustrating as I find that it's one hell of a way to ensure people come back and buy the second book. And I'm sure you will want to because I totally got suckered in with this one. It slowly builds up the tension then seems to release it, only to build it up to breaking point and when you think everything is all good all of a sudden things don't make sense anymore!

I don't know if this is because one of the characters has split personalities, or whether Karen didn't realise (and I'm not comparing exact words, just my memory of the wording) that at one stage of the book they were thinking and saying one set of thoughts and feelings only to have that completely contradicted at the end of the book. I honestly don't know, but it really added to the suspense levels and my brain going "what the hell is going on?!"

Anyway I should probably tell you a little about it! We have 3 characters that this book follows and it's not really an even spread as to who you're following. It's more of a who does it make sense to follow at this point of the book? We start off following Lucy as she's painting her house on a public holiday and she gets a call for a new client to get a massage.

Giles is the only guy that we follow and the book pretty much rotates around him. He's at the centre of everything and it's his character that I felt had those conflicts. Some of the conflicts made sense but some of them didn't.

The final character we follow is Paula. Paula is Lucy's best friend and an ex-homicide detective. And it's this that brings her into the story and what forces the story to evolve, change and grow throughout the book. I honestly believe without Paula being the unfortunate third wheel this book would be just another typical romance novel. So having her in the mix throws that out the window and gives us the suspense and craziness that hooks you in.

I feel like I can't really say much else about the book without ruining it for you. With the suspense novels you really need to read the build up and what exactly causes it to really get the full impact. General romance novels you can typically say a little bit about it since they all follow the same framework but I feel like with this style you need to discover each little fact and contemplate it yourself to really enjoy it.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks review. I will see you next week with "All Wrapped Up" by Sun Chara. Don't forget to keep reading to find out about Karen!

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn't leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true lift experiences of her clients. But don't believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

If you'd like to get in touch with Karen or check out what she's up to make sure you check out her website and social media pages:

Webpage: www.karenbotha.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenBothaAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenBothaNovel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenbothaauthor/

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Daisy – Karen Botha

Welcome back all, this is the first week in the coming weeks where I will be reading a Karen Botha novel. And I gota say I'm impressed and am now looking forward to the next book of her's I'll be reading! I'm also already looking forward to the second instalment of this series.

We start off this book with Daisy, our main character, rushing to a business meeting in the pouring rain in London. She is instantly attracted to him in a way she can't understand to the point where she misses some crucial info he gives her. When we swap to his side of things (it does swap between these two every 1-3 chapters with the occasional other character involved as well) I started to feel a bit wary. Why did he have answers to potential questions "prepared"? There was something about this phrasing that kept nagging at me until I got my answer right near the end of the book!

Needless to say I was intrigued. Especially when she played him by having him come to a fundraiser just so she could figure out what details she missed. And she got them alright! She even got them with a side sex with her hot new business partner! only problem is, she's fairly certain he set her up the next morning when her house got broken into leaving her with a smashed face, smashed house and missing money. At this stage I felt like there had to be more to the story than we were getting, because otherwise, why write a book including this at what felt like a pivotal moment?

I can't write too much about what happens in the book without ruining the main plot for you which is what I really connected to. After trying to figure who's robbed her Daisy gets sucked into a murder mystery where she's the prime suspect. How is she going to get out of this and back to her life as she knows it? Well it involves reuniting two friends that are in love, testing the limits of her resolve and it ends up giving her what her heart wants but she's been too afraid to pursue. All while on a rollercoaster ride with Errol.

The one theme that kept playing over and over through this book was that our choices, not our morals and values, are what shape the person we become. And I agree with this whole heartedly. I also agree that in the pursuit of fame and/or fortune many people forget what their morals and values are. So seeing this play out where Daisy is essentially not true to her morals and values is an extreme example of what can happen.

I also realised about halfway through the book that I'm fairly certain this book is the first book I've read where the main character is a black woman. How is it possible that out of ALL the books I've read, I've never come across one where the main character is a black woman? Have I been living a sheltered reading life? Or are there really that few books that use black woman as their main characters? I'm pretty sure I've had almost every other nationality appear as main characters, but not that. It really made me take a moment on my bus ride to work to absorb, recognise and wonder at that.

But the thing that made it amazing for me was that Karen hasn't written it in a way where it's screaming "I've included a minority! Look at me! I'm amazing and support them!" It's written in a way that it's like it's a common day occurance and shouldn't be a surprise. And in reality that's true. Minorities should be respected equally as much as larger demographics. And this book felt like it had the perfect balance to me.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review, next week I will be reviewing another book by Karen Botha, “Naked Truths”. Continue down to read a bit more about Karen.

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn't leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true lift experiences of her clients. But don't believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

If you'd like to get in touch with Karen or check out what she's up to make sure you check out her website and social media pages:

Webpage: www.karenbotha.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenBothaAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarenBothaNovel

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenbothaauthor/

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NSFW – Piper Lawson

Welcome back to another week and what will be my last TBR review before mid-December. This week I'm reviewing a book about a girl who falls for her boss. I will be honest, I finished reading this a few days ago and I've already read another book since then so if I'm not as detailed as I normally am that would be why. Sorry about that...

So Charlie is our main girl who is an administration assistant for her dick head of a boss Avery. Avery is demanding, uncompromising, clueless, ambitious, secretive and doesn't care about crushing others to get what he wants. And our first real introduction to him is him firing Charlie for pulling pranks. Since it doesn't sound like he's warned her before, it seems a bit weird that all of a sudden he's firing her. It really didn't feel fair and instantly made me dislike him.

Then as we got in we started to learn more and more about him and I realised I'd been wrong. Yes he wanted an amazing corporate job that involved a lot of politics (I honestly hate that stuff myself) so that he could change peoples lives and look after his sister since they didn't have anyone else. He was paying for her education despite her protests that he stop and ensured she always had birthday presents (they didn't mention Christmas so I'm not sure).

Charlie on the other hand just wants to get whatever satisfaction she can from pulling pranks on her horrible boss and make enough money to survive. She had some friends that she socialised with and she volunteered at her grandmothers nursing home to supervise dancing classes. Otherwise we know next to nothing about her because she hasn't revealed anything and no one else really seems to know anything about her. We don't even know why she isn't talking to her family, that's how little we know about her!

As we go through seeing Charlie struggle to juggle Avery's normal requirements, her sudden attraction to her boss, coming to grips with what was going to happen in a few weeks, finding a new job, avoiding her family and spending time with her grandma we really start to learn more about her. I really enjoyed finding out about her because the more I learnt the more I felt like we were similar. I've worked in jobs I've hated for bosses I hated, I lost touch with pretty much all my family at one stage of my life along with the struggle of figuring out who you are. I doubt I'm the only one who could relate to these characteristics so it was really good to read about another girl going through these issues and how she dealt with them.

Throughout this time Charlie and Avery have been hooking up with certain limitations on their relationship. For most of that time it felt like they were kidding themselves and that they really did care for each other and so were going to end up together. But right when we think they are going to end up together; Charlie leaves Avery. And the reason why is amazing and one I think very few people take.

She left him to find herself. She left him to figure out what she wanted from life. She left him to ensure that if she chose to go back to him she did it because she truly loved him and it would be for the right reasons. Rather than because she was caught up in the flurry of their emotions and attraction. And I think this is amazing. Reminding us that sometimes we need to put ourselves first and ensure we know ourselves is so important before we jump into a major relationship.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to seeing you next week for "Vanilla Extract" by Louise Berry while it's on tour.