Month: June 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! June 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! June 2014

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. I finished my exams (and my degree!) at the beginning of the month and could out some time to relax and catch up on my reading! But now that the end of the month has rolled round it’s back to reality. Also the end of the month signals the anxiety of waiting for my results – which I need to have passed so that I do the next part of the law to qualify the LPC. I’m not really sure what to expect in the following months but hopefully I will know where I will be in September. I also managed to get 15 books ahead of myself on my Goodreads challenge and it looks like I will have to up the target soon as I only have to read eleven more books! I came to this month with no posts prepared and no books that I had read to review. In fact I had not read any books for pleasure for nearly two months, so it was a bit of a shock to the system. But overall I think I […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #10 – Looking for JJ

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #10 –  Looking for JJ

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago. This is a heartbreaking and incredibly sensitive story. Looking for JJ will make you reconsider your immediate reaction to condemn the antagonist. Looking through the eyes of Alice, you can see the reasons for the murder, what happened on that fatal day, and the build-up that lead to that event. Looking for JJ will pull you quickly along, as the story weaves between the past and the present. Compelling the reader to read on, to find out  what happened and why. To find out what happened to create a child who would kill her friend. This is about second chances and the fact that who were as a child is different to how you how are as an adult. But also about how what happens to you as a child can affect you. “Why was everyone so interested in her now? When it was too late to change anything? What […]

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Posted June 25, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 4 Comments
Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Series: All Souls Trilogy Published by: Headline on the 8th February 2011 Genres: Fantasy; Fiction; Romance Pages: 704 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.  Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to […]