Month: February 2017

Review: The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett

Posted February 13, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett

Seeing as this is a book about food, we were onto a winner from the start. And with descriptions of gorgeous food and enticing recipes it was not to salivate at the food. And have an urge to run into the kitchen and rustle something up. With is a rarity in my case let me assure you. This is a brilliant funny smart book, that proves that there is always a second chance as long as you can grab them. In fact that chance can be around the corner when you least expect it. With a colourful cast of characters, The Little Cafe of Second Chances is filled with people who are lovable and have heart, but prove time and time again, that they are human. Lucy is surrounded by people who love her an support her. And with her backstory and the showing how terrible a person Leith is, all you can do is route for Lucy to come out on top. The story was told from alternative perspectives. The main  (and present view) is told by Lucy. While the other perspective alternates between the past and the present. Leading to a compelling and intriguing story-line as the reader tries to […]

Review: Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Posted February 8, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu

 Of Sand and Malice Made is a prequel to the Twelve Kings in Sharakhai a brilliant teaser and perfect to read while waiting for With Blood Upon the Sand to be released. And, as a bonus it adds another exciting layer to the story. While explaining a lot more about Ceda, her background and why she is the way she is. As the White Wolf she has already made a name for herself, and it is because of this that she caught in the web of Rümayesh, an ehrekh. While compare to the previous book this is considered a novella. It is actually normal story size, at over two hundred pages it is no quick read, instead it requires time and patience. However the story is told over three interlinked stories that pull you in  until the very end. While this was written after Twelve Kings in Sharakhai  as a prequel it doesn’t expect the reader to know anything about Ceda beforehand. This is a perfect book that can either be read as the first book in the series. Or after Twelve Kings in Sharakhai when you want to dig more into the story and to gain more information. There is humour, excitement and wonder as we explore […]

Rockadoon Shore by Rory Gleeson

Posted February 6, 2017 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm / 0 Comments
Rockadoon Shore by Rory Gleeson

I really wanted to like this book. A teenage weekend away that doesn’t go to plan. This weekend is an opportunity to become closer as friends and find out who they truly are.  Instead we end up with a bunch of self-pitying, selfish and unlikable people. Each character takes turns telling a chapter. Each moaning about something. And each refusing to have any morals and just going for what they want. Also everything is  in the third person, there is no direct speech or speech marks. Making for a confusing time every page. Which to be honest really frustrated me. I just felt that I couldn’t get into this book and really get to know the characters. And it felt like reading a script. Impossible to know who was talking and using up too much concentration. And after a while I felt that I really didn’t care who it was. Pathetic and whiny. These teenagers don’t know what they want in life and who they want to be. None of them really face up to their problems or accept that there they have issues. Lucy, the alcoholic in this story, keeps drinking despite being told multiple times to stop. Merc hates being humiliated and seeks […]

Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Posted February 3, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When I first heard about this book, I was so excited to read, and despite not really knowing what this book was about my excitement levels were sky high. When I finally got my hands on a copy and started reading, all my expectations and theories fell away. Caraval was nothing like I was expecting, but it was so much more. Caraval  was full of magic that managed to distort reality and put a spin on the facts. Nothing in Caraval is simple and nothing is as it seemed. It was hard to know what was correct and what was a lie. Who could we trust? And who was taking us down the rabbit hole? I loved reading Caraval, and I’m so excited to see what the next book brings because I honestly don’t know what to expect. Except good things. Obviously. But this is a treacherous game that is being played and its hard not to loose yourself in the story. There were times when I felt like I was a player. That I was in the game to win. Scarlett has her eyes open throughout, everything she learns we learn. There is no point trying to guess what will happen in the future till it […]

Review: My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

Posted February 2, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

My Sweet Revenge was a fun, clever and witty read. That proves that there is great fun to be had even when you are hell bent on revenge. I loved all the twists and turns in the story. I had no idea how everything would turn out. But I was rooting for Paula all the way, to show Robert what for. Mainly because I found Robert to be a bit of a prat so I quite enjoyed him getting his comeuppance. To be honest he deserved nothing less. And the fact that he like the awful Saskia really did him no favours. He was a typical idiot who can’t see what is under their nose. Paula was someone who I could really relate to. And I’m sure that there are others out there who could take some inspiration from Paula. By the end of the book she is a completely different person, and to use a cliche, she has been on a journey. She may have changed physically, but is it also her attitude and perseverance that really makes you want to wave your pom poms in the air. The only downside to this book was the middle. I felt that in the middle […]