Month: September 2015

Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

Posted September 28, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A Parcel for Anna Browne by Miranda Dickinson Series: Standalone Published by: Pan on 24th September 2015 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction; Romance Pages: 501 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: The gift of a lifetime? Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn’t exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more . . . When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift – one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her – and her life starts to change. But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why? Review: For me this was a slow-burner of a book. Initially I thought that this book wasn’t really for me and thought that I would have to DNF.  But after the first fifty […]

Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Posted September 25, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin Series: White Cliff Bay #1 Published by: Bookouture on 25th September 2015 Genres: Chick-lit; Christmas; Fiction; Romance Pages: 289 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air… Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen. When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded. As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore… While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow […]

Review: Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

Posted September 23, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson

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. Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson Series: Legion #2 Published by: Gollancz on 23rd September 2015 Genres: Fantasy; Fiction; Mystery; Science Fiction; Short Stories Pages: 198 Format: Hardback Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: Following the success of Legion, Legion: Skin Deep charts another fast moving and gripping adventure for Stephen Leeds, AKA Legion. Leeds is a genius, his mind contains too much information. And to cope it his split his skills off into individual personalities. They crowd his head and he lives with them in a vast empty mansion. While he can call on any one of them to solve a problem he also walks a line across an all-consuming madness. In development for television Brandon Sanderson’s Legion stories are gripping psychological thrillers, perfect for any fan of speculative fiction. They will resonate particularly strongly with fans of stories about that other tortured crime-fighting genius: Sherlock Holmes. Legion: Skin Deep is an all-new, action-packed novella starring one of the most fascinating and charismatic heroes ever. Review: Thank goodness, this book is longer than the last one! Perhaps, next time we will have a full book to delve […]

Review: Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Posted September 21, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: Legion by Brandon Sanderson

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. Legion by Brandon Sanderson Series: Legion #1 Published by: Gollancz on 20th September 2015 Genres: Fantasy; Fiction; Mystery; Science Fiction; Short Stories Pages: 80 Format: Hardback Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: Stephen Leeds, AKA ‘Legion,’ is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his ‘aspects’ are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society Review: Beginning with a cracking opener it is hard not to get hooked. And with an amusing concept it was impossible to stop reading. This was a crazy adventure that I was happy to be a part of. Add to that the fact that most of the characters are hallucinations, which seems like an idea that isn’t going to work. But I needed constant reminders to shake the impression of reality as each hallucination had distinct and clear personalities. And it is these hallucinations that are […]

Book vs. Film – The Princess Bride

Book vs. Film – The Princess Bride

Be warned! Spoilers may occur! The Book: I love that this is a story within a story, and that there have been add-ons and notes as the story has progressed in time, for example my edition talks a little about the film and its portrayal. Although I did buy into the fact that there is a full S. Morganstern’s version somewhere in the world. And I would really like to read that version 😉 It feels like the story is continuous and timeless. Something that can be read over and over again. It is a classic and one that can be easily read and enjoyed. I found that despite taking me time reading this book it was easy to pick up and get back into the story, right from the moment I left off. Maybe it is because I had watched the film before reading and so know the story already quite well. Or maybe it is the writing style that means that the book is so easy to get back into? One thing I know is that this is The Film: For me this is a film that give me feelings of nostalgia ever time I watch it. I remember […]