Month: November 2015

Review: I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty

Posted November 26, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty

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. I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty edited by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Martha Mosse and Alice Stride Series: Standalone Published by: Virago on 5th November 2015 Genres: Non-Fiction Pages: 228 Format: E-book  Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them. We hear from Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project), Reni Eddo-Lodge (award-winning journalist and author), Yas Necati (an eighteen-year-old activist), Laura Pankhurst, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and an activist in her own right, comedian Sofie Hagen, engineer Naomi Mitchison and Louise O’Neill, author of the award-winning feminist Young Adult novel Only Ever Yours. Writing about a huge variety of subjects, we have Martha Mosse and Alice Stride on how they became feminists, Amy Annette addressing the body politic, Samira Shackle on having her eyes opened in a hostel for survivors of acid attacks in Islamabad, while Maysa Haque thinks about the way Islam has informed her feminism and Isabel Adomakoh Young […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #30 – The Magicians' Guild

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #30 – The Magicians' Guild

Pastime Pleasures is finally back after a long absence! I’m not sure it will be posted as regularly as before but it is good to have this feature back and to share books that have given me joy in the past. As before the book must have been published five years ago. This is always a joy to read and it is so so easy to read this series one book after the other with no pause for anything else. This is a book that is impossible to put down and from the moment you start this book you will be engulfed in the world. From the moment Soena finds out she has magic until the very end, every moment can be imagined and every moment is magical. While not stuffed with action, this is a book that is pretty exciting and makes it hard to put down. Add to that multiple characters to love and cherish, relationships to believe in and truth to be uncovered. This is a book that I can garentee will be loved and enjoyed. And with effortless dialogue and witty statements, its hard not to laugh and enjoy as well. “How am I going to […]

Review: A Daughter's Love by Catherine King

Posted November 11, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: A Daughter's Love by Catherine King

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 Daughter’s Love by Catherine King Series: Standalone Published by: Sphere on 5th November Genres: Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance Pages: 352 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher Rating: *** About: Duty Nell Goodman is a good daughter. Her job in the local brewery is the only thing keeping her and her mother afloat. But with her mother becoming increasingly eccentric and requiring more and more attention, Nell is starting to feel the burden of her responsibilities. Dreams When Nell goes to George Wilmot, the brewery’s owner, for help he offers her a job as a live-in servant at Wilmot Grange. And then she begins to grow closer to Devlin, George’s son, and it looks like Nell’s luck is finally changing. Despair An unwelcome discovery and a tragedy mean that things suddenly change. Devlin pulls away from Nell, her mother’s behaviour is becoming worse, and there are secrets around every corner. Somehow Nell is at the heart of all the drama and yet she has no idea of the part she is supposed to play . . . Review: This book is split into two parts, the frist […]

Review: Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

Posted November 9, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Snowflakes on Silver Cove  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.   Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin Series: White Cliff Bay #2 Published by: Bookouture on 30th October 2015 Genres: Chick-lit; Christmas; Fiction; Romance Pages: 294 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself… Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance. As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George. But is […]

Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Posted November 6, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 4 Comments
Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

  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. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn Series: Standalone Published by: W&N on 5th November 2015 Genres: Fiction; Thriller and Mystery; Short Stories Pages: 80 Format: E-book  Source: Netgalley Rating: *** About: A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage – mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke. Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor, built in 1893. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home, and taking possession of the stepson. She has even found trickles of blood on the wall. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural, but she does see an opportunity to make a lot of money. However when she enters the house for the first time, and meets Miles, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its […]