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Review: Nora Roberts, The Obsession *****


I recently read one of the Queen, Nora Roberts, recent publications, The Obsession. It is difficult to say you are up to date with Ms.Roberts as she seems to constantly have a new publication out, between her various series and pseudonyms, the woman is a machine. While I have been a long term fan of Roberts books, I admittedly mostly only read her romantic suspense stories as my personal preference is to have some drama in my romance, and I’m not great at reading a purely romance novel.
This novel is honestly my favourite of her publications to date. And while I don’t think it’s perfect, the plot hit so many of my catnips (a term I have learned recently from the Smart Bitches Podcast) and made it such a hard book to follow up. I couldn’t finish a book for a while afterwards and had to move genres to recover from the greatness of this book.

Blurb 

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
Genre

So to outline, this book is a romantic suspense, a mystery/horror and crime novel. Personally, I would recommend this story for people who like some romance with their suspense/crime rather than someone who needs a lot of romance in their books. As it is a very crime, mystery, suspense heavy book (can you tell I’m struggling to define the genre).  I’ll leave it at romantic suspense, as my mother read this book after me and she equally loved it despite being much more of a pure romance reader.

Review

So like I said I loved this book! So let me break down some of the ways.

This book has been written like two books in one, as the introduction to the overall mystery is a self contained mini book in the first six chapters. Admittedly this threw me initially as I wasn’t expecting it in what I assumed was a straight laced romantic suspense, I’m gonna try and avoid any spoilers, but this “mini book” is a little bit of horror crime story which sets up Naomi, our heroine’s, backstory. It is very ‘Criminal Minds’ meets ‘I Survived’, and I love crime stories so it a pro for me, but it is dark so I just want to let people know as it could be a con for others. As I mentioned my mum did read this book after me and had to come to me a couple of times just to get some reassurance that it got happier, she survived but she made it through.

(Trigger warning for anyone sensitive to stories involving rape and kidnap)

“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.” 

Character

Once you get through the intro into the main story we have a new beginnings style romance with a heroine I adored. Naomi is a strong independent woman, who has a successful career and has taken on a big new project and a new life chapter, restoring and renovating a big house on the coast, settling down for the first time in her life. Naomi grows throughout the book, fulfilling everything I love about a heroine who can save herself and overcome her own fails. She is best thing about the book however there are so many aspects to love!

Romance

There are multiple romances, in my opinion, as there is not just the romance with the lovely hero but there is a dog romance, which is something I love. (Cons) As one of the few cons of the book, other than the initially slow pace, was that for a long time I found Naomi to be quite an emotionally stunted and distant character which I found difficult to grow attached to. Until the dog came along! Which is so sweet and is a real character builder and makes Naomi so personable and much more relateable. However this is not to say that the hero is outshined by the dog, Xander, our hero is great. He is a reader (swoon), a dog lover and is happy for a woman to be independent and solve her own problems. While being caring and heroic enough for the romantic suspense aspect of the book and willing to give her a kick (or a hug) when she needs it.

Suspense

However along with the romance is the suspense and mystery aspect of this book which is just great. With the dark introduction I felt that there was a low laying level of tension throughout the book, just waiting to emerge. However as an avid crime watcher I love trying to figure out the mystery in a novel as I go (and preferably before we are told by the plot) and this book had me held in the mystery right until just before the reveal, And it was so good!  The suspense aspect of this book is a very gory and crime heavy plot, which I felt was a little darker than can be expected for Nora Roberts but with all the great qualities of a Roberts romantic suspense.

Small plot bunny

*Now it’s not a bad spoiler but Naomi’s brother turns up in the book later on and I really want Nora Roberts to write his book! So if somehow Piatkus see this, please ask her! 😆

Conclusion

I loved this book and I am still trying to recover and find a new read to match up. The balance of romantic to suspense was perfect to me, as I like a dark, strong mystery but with a clear, defined romance with strong characters, especially a strong female character who loves what she does and knows who she is. Highly recommend.

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December Book Haul

So Christmas is over, the madness of the new year has passed, resolutions have been made and broken and life is slowly returning to normal. So this felt like a good time to pull out the books i received over the holiday period and have only recently had a chance to properly look at.

To any who have followed my book related content for a while now these have a slightly different theme from normal, as most of my books to date have been heavily focused on fantasy and urban fantasy with little straying. In comparison these books were gifted as part of my plans for this year, inspired by my recently purchased Sewing Machine.


I bought this with absolutely no background knowledge of sewing, only a passion for vintage and a long held wish to give sewing a shot. A little bit spontaneous for me when it comes to my usual shopping habits but i am really excited. So as part of my Christmas pressies my family got me a few sewing machine and general sewing books starting from the foundations of using a machine through to simple projects and tutorials.

I also bought myself this book called the Teeny Tiny Gardening book by Emma Hardy which includes inspiration for the little terrariums i love the grow/design as well as a lot of inspirations for using succulents in small places. Its a lovely little book with some beautiful photography in it.
   My last purchase was a more recent one, last weekend to be precise and it appealed to the book nerd in me so much that i simply could not walk away without purchasing it for myself.

In the following picture you can see the Harry Potter book clutch i managed to purchase at the local St Georges Market in Belfast. Now sadly i don’t know where else you would be able to purchase this awesome bag but if i can find a link i will add it below or share it on my social media somewhere.
   When i saw this book clutch it was the only Harry Potter one left in between a couple of other random books. only after i purchased it was a shown by the lovely lady at the stall that it  came with a Harry potter coin purse as well as a long shoulder strap chain which suits me better than just a clutch bag, because i am usually too lazy for clutch bags.

The only slight peeve i have with this purchase is that the cover is the american title version, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone rather than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But i still love it and can’t wait to use it, but i don’t think i’ll be using this as a work bag.

So I am going to start a new series to keep a record of how my sewing experience develops and share any skills i manage to develop as part of this adventure. If any of you would like to learn how to use a sewing machine alongside me and i hope this is something that you would be interested in, i would love to hear what you think about this idea and what you would like to learn about if there is anything specific.

Short but sweet,

Maebhe

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Reveal: Legend, Katy Evans

We have something a little different today. Here is an early reveal for the sixth book in the Real series with new characters as well as our favourites in the background.

LEGEND (Real series #6)  
Can love really conquer all? – Book 6 in Katy Evan’s breakout New York Times bestselling series that began with REAL.

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from. 

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND. 

Legend (Real #6) Pre-order Links (Releases 2/9)

Kindle: http://amzn.to/1IcLdcd

Amazon PB: http://amzn.to/1MeyaIY

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/sRB4jb 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/real-series-6/id936215992?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1Guafyb

BAM: http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781501101540

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781501101540

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/real-series-6

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1GuakSp

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  I am really excited about this book and about being part of this release. I have have loved these books and their characters, especially Remy and Brooke. As a series it is unique, not only do you get the satisfaction of a strong alpha male with an equally strong female who can hold her own. 

  It also manages sensitive topics like mental health and how people deal with these conditions. 

  If you are interested in finding out more about this book or the series in general there are preorder links above or go to Katy’s website: 

http://www.katyevans.net/ 

Or feel free to send questions my way.

Maebhe 

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Tea blog: The Publishers Revamp

In my last post, I discussed a campaign called the Dark Hunters Re-read which is being organised (to the best of my knowledge) by Sherrilyn Kenyons American publisher MacMillian & St. Martins Press. And this got myself thinking about publishers use of marketing and communications to revive a long running series such as the dark hunter series and it’s possible use for other series.

Case: Sherrilyn Kenyons, Dark Hunters Series

Sherrilyn Kenyons Dark Hunter series has 23 publications to date with 6 in the associated YA series The Chronicles  of Nick. The first book in the series, Fantasy Lover, which admittedly isn’t directly associated with the plot but is a really good book and creates a great introduction to the over all series, was first published in 2002. That’s 13 years, with over 29 books! As this figure does not include ebooks, the associated mangas or her sci-if or romance publications. So collectively that’s a whole lot of books!

I started reading her books while in high school. This means that for myself being reintroduced to the series is not such a big on taking . I already have an understanding of their series and general plot.


Discussion

However for new readers – this must be a pretty daunting series to approach. I have suffered this fear myself with other long running series with examples including George RR Martin, Terry Pratchett, and others. The idea of a organised, community lead re-read which utilises the community sites like for this series: the Offical Sanctuary (click to visit the site and find out more about the re-read and the books) – is an idea which really appeals to myself as a reader and prospective publisher!

The ability to break down a series to a single book, creating a book/reading club feel to allow new readers to discover books from long standing series with the support of established fans. While also allowing existing readers to rediscover books they love.

For the Dark Hunter Re-read I personally feel that this campaign is in need of a significantly increased social media presence. As beyond Sherrilyn Kenyons own site it is hard to find. A simple Google search brought up more of my own sites than Kenyons which is a little disappointing as this seems like such a good opportunity to interact with the digital community. I have recommended this series to numerous friends and colleagues who had never heard of Kenyons – there are always new readers to interact with. And as someone invested in the use of digital marketing and social media, I wish this community marketing campaign had been expanded upon. This might just be an international issue as it seems that this promotion is only being promoted by the U.S. publishers and hopefully this is an idea which will only continue to grow and possibly be used by other series and other authors on a bigger scale.

Thank you for listening to my little publishing rant and I would live to hear what you think about organised rereads and whether you have ever discovered a new author this way?

Maebhe

 

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Dark Hunter Re-Read : Dance with the Devil

I am subscribed to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s newsletter and have been for a long time, however ive been a fan of her series for an even longer period of time! As her Dark Hunter series was one of the first urban fantasy series i discovered and represents of my biggest series collections i own.

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  This isn’t all of the books, its just the biggest collective image i could get & they are mostly in order 🙂 

 However as with many long series, when you discover a series in the middle it’s fun and exciting to binge! Buying books back to back and watching the series progress as your own pace -which in case was quite fast, especially in high school when i had more time and money to spend on just reading! But the series progressed and naturally got more complex, spliting apart into a number of sub plots and eventually creating a Y.A. back story which developed into an independent series for one of the main characters throughout the books, Nick Gautier. (Love him as a character and the YA series is really good.) This meant longer breaks between publications and therefore mentally a slower plot progression. I never lost any love for the series yet somehow i lost contact with the series and i am now a number of books behind.

SO! When i saw the email from Ms. Kenyon’s site discussing the Dark-Hunter Re-read it was the perfect excuse to rediscover some old loves and hopefully get back into the over plot structure. With the end goal of catching up with the publications i haven’t read, seeing what ive been missing out on and hopefully introduce some new readers to this amazingly funny and action packed, romantic urban fantasy series!

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 One of my favourite quote in life which i discovered from this series and my favourite book!

So the re-read is already a couple of books into the series. However this is exciting for me as the next book being read is Dance with the Devil (Book 3). This book is one of my absolute favourites! Zarek, our male protagonist, is one of those perfect damaged heroes who is really a marshmallow inside in need of a little love. This book also introduced me to another classic children’s novel i hadn’t heard of called The Little Prince which i just had to buy and my first time re-reading this book after reading The little Prince added even more layers to our damaged hero and made his romance with Astrid, our leading lady, all the better.

The humour in this book has already brought back so many memories of why i loved this series and this writer. Her dry wit has me in stitches but it also provides an insight into the characters that other writers can’t often capture. I am about two thirds of the way through and another rediscover was the historical undertones in this series –  as the fantasy element in this series is inspired from Greek Mythology – which as a history graduate with a love for ancient history just pushes all the right buttons for me!

If Sherrilyn Kenyon is a new author to you, i would highly recommend getting involved in the re-read or even just picking up one of her books they are truly amazing. She also writes an awesome Sci-Fi series. But i will be back on this book soon with a short review – don’t want to spoil anything.

But if you do give these books a chance or you already love the Dark Hunter series let me know your thoughts below!

Maebhe x

 p.s. a sneak peek of the madness which occurred in one of my bookcases trying to clear some space to find this series – book addicts raise your hands?… 🙂

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Start This Year

So as part of my renewed writing ambitions for 2015 i have joined the ‘Top 5 Wednesday‘ family – which generates top 5 topics every week, assisting in the creative flow and uniting a lot of book bloggers/youtubers. However as I am sure you can tell – unless you havent got a calender, your phone is broke & for some reason the electronic device you are reading this on has no calender – this is not wednesday….So a minor fail at starting this series on time. However i was really interested in this weeks topic so i decided to blog about it anyway!

This weeks topic is the Top 5 Series i want to start reading this year – so i have decided to use this the attack some of my To-Be-Read list some of which i have been meaning to read for years, which is a little embarrassing to think about. But also the first book in series i already own and have attempted to read before but something didn’t click first go so this is the perfect excuse to try again.LoLL

1. Gentlemen Bastard Series Scott Lynch Book One: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This is the first book which i have been meaning to read for so long. Sio, who will become a recurring individual in this post – introduced me to this book. A book which combines Robin Hood – but one who keeps all the riches for himself and his Band of Gentlemen Bastards – who doesn’t
love a thief! But i finally bought a copy of this book so hopefully this will be the year to take on the challenge of this book!

 

 

2. KingKiller Chronicles  Patrick Rothfuss Book One: Name of the WindNotW

This is a series/book that i have been meaning to read for at least two years! My fabulous friend Sio if full of booky knowledge and recommendations and has introduced me to many of my favourite reads like Naomi Novak series. However she introduced me to this book while at university together and i am currently in possession of her copy of this book. So i am determined that this is my year to read this book, especially since i don’t have the workload looming overhead like i have previously.

A Crime, Magic, High Fantasy combo which induces images of an adult Harry Potter in a medieval setting – I can’t wait!

 

3. Mistborn Trilogy Brandon Sanderson Book One: The Final EmpireMB

Another Sio recommendation – Sanderson manages to combine magic, intrigue and revolution to create his high fantasy series with a strong female lead! Something which makes a book a little extra special for me.

This series also introduces a new magic from any other series i have read so far – Allomancy – the use of different metals to generate magic power which has strictly controlled by the rich and powerful. They were clearly asking for revolution – so i can’t wait to see what our heroes get up to.

 

 

4. The Farseer Trilogy Robin Hobb Book One: Assassins ApprenticeAA

Can we tell yet that Sio is the person i go to for High Fantasy recommendations? 🙂 This book a little bit of a cheat as i have started this book before but a sad part in the plot made me put it down for a long time and i struggled to pick it back up. However i recently rediscovered and continued reading and i am loving the plot so far.

Plot wise this book is a little difficult to explain as it is a medieval tale with a little bit of magic thrown in. However most of the plot surrounds our main character Fitz and his training as- title gives it away -an assassins apprentice. With royalty, plots and danger it is thrilling a nice change from the urban fantasy books i usually read.

 

5. Arcana Chronicles Kresley Cole Book: Poison PrincessPP

Moving away from the high fantasy books and Sio’s recommendations – Poison Princess is a YA urban fantasy dystopia, and the series is plotted around the Arcana or Fortune telling card characters or their personification, for lack of a better word. Basically to me it seems like Xmen meets the apocalypse – the end of our world causes 22 teenagers to gain magical powers and a battle between good and evil ensues.

With 22 characters im not a 100% sure how this series will progress as there are only three books published so far. However i am a huge fan of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series so i can’t wait to give this book a go!

 


 

If you want to find more Top 5 Series blogs and videos a list of all the participants is linked below;

Complete List of Top 5 Wednesday Family – Bloggers and YouTubers

I would love to hear any series you are planning or hoping to tackle this year – new publications for 2015 or just new to you! I am always looking for new authors and new reads.

Thank you as always for reading my little post!

Maebhe

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Reads of 2014: A Review

While the rest of the Internet has long since shared their best reads of 2014 I’ve been a little late getting in the writing game this year. I have already acknowledged that the last year was a difficult reading year for myself due to university commitments & work resulting in a lot of re-reads rather than new reads. This doesn’t mean I didn’t read any good books. I have to say a couple of my favourite books from the last year include;

1. Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone
This was a great book, took two attempts to really get into the book. However I fully understood the plot and the heroine I was hooked. I have already purchase book 2 & I can’t wait to read it- see how the plot progresses!

2. Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye
While I can admit that this hasn’t been my favourite in the series. I realise that this for me, became one of those over anticipated books which couldn’t match up to my expectations. However it was still enjoyable & I love the IAD series.

3. Thea Harrison’s Nights Honour
This book was a nice change in pace for this series. While a lot of the reviews I have seen on this book have been pretty poor I have to disagree. While it’s not the fierce (or semi-fierce) female protagonist that is customary in the as books- Tess is still strong in a quieter way as is Xavier. It also lay a strong foundation for the next book in the series which I am now itching to read. 🙂

4. Karen Maire Moning’s Dark Fever
This is a new author for me, discovered through Thea Harrison’s Facebook page. This series in set in Dublin which is practically local for me & therefore a complete novelty. However it is also a really good book with a lot of room for growth, in book 1 there has already been dramatic growth in our lead character MacKayla who initially drove me crazy. However perseverance has paid off &now I’m really excited to see how the plot will progress.

I also rediscovered Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series after an extended break. I had struggled with how the Anita Blake series had progressed in later books, specifically how Anita had lost some of her Bad-assery in favour of an incomprehensible number of men, lovers, boyfriends, etc. but I plan on writing an author review on Ms. Laurell K Hamilton’s books very soon. So keep an eye out.

Finally but most importantly I discovered the joy of the audiobook. Specifically the Harry Potter books, allowing me to rediscover all the depth and nuances from the series that I have forgotten.

These have been my favourite reads if 2014 however I have high hopes for this years reading endeavours. But Thank you as always for taking the time to read my little piece & I would love to hear what you’ve been reading or are looking forward to this year.

Maebhe

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New Year, New Reading Resolutions

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So according to Goodreads I have reached my 2014 reading challenge goal of reading of 50 books. However this was a difficult year when I came to reading new books, mostly due to university obligations and a tightening of the purse strings following my big move to Edinburgh. The main result of all these changes was that I feel back on old favourites, re-reading series or titles that I love and therefore feel no pressure to complete the book or my discovery of audiobooks. I currently only own a few audiobooks, the most important being my Harry Potter audios which have renewed my love for the books as the movie adaptations make it easy to forget the details that were lost in the films. For example Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite Harry Potter film, however it is one of favourites when it comes to the audio books as Gilderoy Lockhart is hilarious in audio, the true extent of his narcissism can really be enjoyed.

Back to books – while I love participating in these reading challenges I am awful at maintaining my reading-to read-read lists. Therefore I have decided to maintain the same reading challenge for 2015, 50 new books. However I wanted to add a new challenge to broaden my reading appetite.

I recently discovered the BookRiot Read Harder challenge. The rules are simple and designed to expand your reading through suggested topics. & I’m hoping to use these suggestions to help me complete a personal challenge – Finish my physical To-Be-Read pile ( this is no where as extensive as my digital To-Be-Read list & therefore much more achievable) as well as discover some new reads/authors. There are 24 suggestive reading topics, optimally 2 a month. Personally I think I will select 12 of them, the full list of options is available at the link above.

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This is the start of a new year and it is full of opportunities for change and growth. I started of the year by cutting 5 inches off my hair, inspired by YouTube beauty guru Essie Button’s hair style.And I plan to continue my job hunt or possibly return to education, however overall I will continue to grow as a person.

If you are taking part in the Read Harder Challenge I would love to hear what you are reading and you New Years plans.

Maebhe

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My Audio book Experience

So it has been ridiculously long since i have been blogging regularly and i am struggling to pick up one of the now numerous books in my to be read pile while which is growing dangerously tall. However it is not for any loss of love for reading, as i continue to read about new releases and purchase the odd book which i am fascinated enough about to purchase – which has been a much stricter process in recent months as i am on a very limited budget as i have only  started back to p/t work and i am currently on the job hunt. A miserably place for any book lover and graduate to be as i am once again in limbo regarding what to do with my life and i am developing a severe case of ‘itchy feet’ – “the need for travel”, which has only been made worse by all the people around me who are going adventuring at the moment.

I feel that this amalgamation of factors has led to some of my reading melancholy – as books are adventures in themselves (or they are supposed to be) and i think i might be jealous of their fictional lives…. George R. R. Martin says it best;

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

I’ve put this one down to ‘Problems associated with Readers Addiction’, gave myself a good boot in the backside and a reality check! So my solution has been to delve into the world of audio books and it has been to much success. As i mentioned in a previous the Masters dissertation referenced to the Harry Potter series and this re-fueled the desire for a re-read and resulted in my listening to my first ever audio book (excluding a read-a-long copy of Bambi from when i was very little) – and i loved it!

So much has been released recently regarding J. K. Rowling on social media for example the ‘Harry should have ended up with Hermione’ scandal to the resurgence of ‘Pottermore’ and the Quidditch World Cup coverage which allowed a fresh insight into the on going lives of our much loved characters that i began to realise that much of my Potter knowledge was starting to be replaced by the film edition of how this developed rather than the books – as i have gone back to the films many times in recent years to fix any potter cravings rather than dive into the time warp that the books can be, and this had caused me to forget some of the best bits of the books.

Starting with the first Harry Potter book in audio this was highlighted by the extended run from Harry’s acceptance letters through to how much of the book was changed for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I new personal favourite has to be Harry’s singing valentine from Ginny in The Chamber of Secrets which – when read by Stephen fry has had me in stitches.

His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad,

His hair is as dark as a blackboard.

I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,

The hero who conquered the Dark Lord

While i haven’t finished the series (again) yet. Its renewed my love for the series and J. K. Rowling writing but has also shined new light on the Harry & Hermione vs. Ron & Hermione debate which i discussed in a Tumblr post HERE.

Overall i feel that the audio book and the animation and effort which has clearly been put into the reading has alleviated my fears that i would be listening to someone drag on and ruin some of the experience (Like experiencing Professor Bins History of Magic first hand –  The Potter references are coming back 😀 ) and created a true fan of the medium.

This has encouraged me to go on and try other audio books, resulting in the discovery of H. G, Wells’ The Time Machine which is currently downloadable on Random House Audio Books Facebook page in celebration of H. G, Wells’ birthday.

“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.”
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

I am honestly not that far into the recording but it is wonderful and i am very excited to see how much it differs from the film. As it is a move which i watched numerous times growing up and its different editions. Already it is quite different from one my favourite film versions which has a strong romantic element to why the ‘Time Traveller’ developed the time machine however this hasnt stopped my from enjoying it. And as an admitted sci-fi fan I feel i need to add this book to my read list (listened list??) – as Wells is acknowledged as one of the fathers of the genre.

I would love to know if anyone you are audio book fans and how they compare to paperback/kindle etc?

Be back soon!

Maebhe

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Tea blog: Freedom & Book Haul

Cuppa: Coffee

Snackage: Pecans

Watching: Orphan Black

Freedom

It has been two months of being buried under a thousand sheets of paper dissecting and analysing the young adult publishing in relation to the growth of social media in the twenty first century – some of which was enjoyable, especially my discussion on the power of Harry potter on the genre. However almost 15,000 words later, it is now complete and handed in and i am free!

The stress of the last couple of months resulted in a through re-enactment of Dobby’s final scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with my mum

“Dobby is Freeee”

So i am back with a vengeance and a lot of books that i am dying to read and hoping to get to reviews up 🙂 I have missed writing for fun rather than writing for another university project. The thought of writing a review on top of my scheduled writing for the day was too much to bear.

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However my first means of celebrating was a book I had pre-ordered about a month ago, Dark Skye by Kresley Cole. It arrived a little early so i had to make my mum hide it from me before i had a chance of even opening it….the desperate measures of a self confessed book addict. 😀

I have already finished it and it was surprising in so many ways. It was a great read and really different from her previous characters and i loved how it has progressed the series. However i shan’t say too much because i hoping to do a proper review soon.

As for the rest of my haul i rewarded myself by buying a couple of books i have been dying to read. The first is Rogue by Katy Evans, a book i discussed in my last post in July. It only came out and i had hoped to take part in its online launch however whenever i worked out the time in relation to my dissertation it just wasn’t possible –  maybe next time.

Next I had a little Waterstones binge. I have been immersed in the young adult  genre for months now and I has introduced me to a number of new authors and new releases from authors I already enjoy.

The first book I got at Waterstones is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I have always been a huge fan of Holly Blacks books. I started with her books The Spiderwick Chronicles which she wrote with Tony Diterlizzi. Its an awesome series and her book the White Cat is another unique take on the magic genre. But the reviews on Coldtown were intriguing. It seems to be more of a YA urban fantasy horror than any of the cliché paranormal romances which are popular on the market at the moment and with with Holly’s writing ability your new its gonna be good.

My final book and possibly the book I’m most excited to read is the final book in Stephanie Perkins trilogy, Isla and the Happily Ever After. I absolutely adore her first book Anna and the French Kiss, It is one of those books I can re read – partly because Stephanie Perkins is an amazing author, her writing style has a realism which allows you to invest in her characters and the situations. And often results in much daydreaming about its locations and situations. I am half way through Isla and Josh’s story and I AM IN LOVE!! More coming about this book and series soon.

 

But once again im glad to be back writing and reading i have missed this so much.

Maebhe