#BookReview: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Title: The Last Wish (The Witcher #1)
Format: eBook
Pages: 292
Published: 19th Aug 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
Genre: Fantasy
Shelfability:  COVET

About The Book
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
The Witcher series was recommended to me by a friend. I had heard of the game but didn't know it was a book series as well. I went into this not knowing what to expect, as epic fantasy is a hit or miss. So I am so glad that The Last Wish was a massive hit for me.

Set in a world full of supernatural beings and magic, Geralt The Witcher goes on many adventures. Battling vampires, beasts and witches. The Last Wish is a collection short stories that will capture your imagination. Many of the stories are retelling of classic fairy tales, e.g Beauty and the Beast and Snow White. Although they are more of a retelling of the original tale rather than the Disney version which is perfect for me as I love a darker story-line.

Usually short stories aren't my thing. They just don't have enough details to really grip me. However, all these tales intertwine with each other and you really get to know Geralt as a character with each and every tale. The author really has such a vivid imagination to have every story packed with enchanting details that can transport you into the story.

I can't wait to start the full length novels to see what's in store of Geralt and to hopefully see more of Dandelion. He was my favourite character.  He was just so charismatic. And out there. Very different to Geralt, yet the two have this great friendship. And while he was my favourite character he wasn't in my favourite story. "A Grain of Truth" which is a "Beauty and the Beast" retelling. It was wonderful, enchanting and dark! Just what I like. :)

When I was recommended this I was a little unsure just because it was short stories but I am so glad I started this series. I did originally start it as the audio book edition. And while the narrator had a very nice voice and managed to created different accents for different characters I just struggle with audio books in general. So the ebook was the perfect choice for me. It took me a while to read the full book (reading slump) but once I got around the 50% mark I devoured it all in about two days. The author really takes you on an emotional roller coaster and even hitting you in the feels at times with certain quotes that can get you on a personal level. 

If you haven't started this series yet then this is a perfect novel to get a taste of it. Go on! Give it a try. I now need the game now!!!!

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#BookReview: Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Title: Doon (Doon #1)
Format: Hardback/Kindle
Pages: 399
Published: 30th Aug 2013
Publisher: Blink
Source: Bought
Genre: YA Fantasy
Shelfability:  Borrow/Acquire

About The Book
Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

Yet again I have been in a such a weird reading mood. But a couple of weeks ago I was getting out the bath and into my tartan PJs (I love everything tartan) and this book just called to me. I was in the mood for YA Scottish read and this fit the bill. I feel a little torn on my feelings on this one though. While, I did really enjoy it and fell in love with the setting and the two main male characters, I struggled with the female characters. To me Doon is a filler read. A book that doesn't need a lot of brain power just a perfect read to get lost in. And believe me, you will.

Doon follows best friends Vee and Kenna. The plan was to spend the summer in Scotland and have a Scottish adventure. They just didn’t count on just how much of a Scottish adventure they were about to have when they are transported into Doon.   A Mysterious Scottish Kingdom, with castles and princes and a dark danger that could destroy this beautiful Kingdom and all those who live there.

First things first. I have never ever seen Brig O Doon. I know it's a musical and then turned in a movie but I have no idea if this is actually like it or not. I just know it's inspired by that. I have, of course, heard of the actual Brig O Doon that is over the River Doon in Ayr and it's a stunning place. So I fully understand the draw to the story and the setting.

As I mentioned above I really struggled with our two main characters. Vee has had a hard life growing up, her father ran out on her and her mother? Is a complete waste of space. When Vee started having visions of a kilted boy she was drawn to him. She just knew he was real. Most people would think they were losing their freaking marbles but Vee just knew. Kenna has big dreams of being an actress, she doesn't believe in anything magical until she finds herself in Doon. Her constant threatre references during the book were so annoying and the two friends always seemed to refer to each other as "best friends" like ok we get it!! They are besties. Now move on.

However, I have no issues with liking Jamie and Duncan. Swoon!!! Two Scottish Princes. Jamie is set to be future ruler of Doon, he is a lot more harder and doesn't seem to show his feelings as easily, which I understand. He has a Kingdom to look after. Duncan though, he is more down to earth and wears his heart on his sleeve. One thing I would have wanted more of, was really getting the accents right. Some words were changed to make it seem more Scottish but it could have been done so much better to really get that proper Scottish feel. I understand why they didn't because us Scots are quite hard to understand but I just think if they really wanted to make seem authentic then spelling the words how we Scots actually talk would have been just perfect.

And I have to admit Jamie? I totally picture Jamie from Outlander. I couldn't help. The name Jamie and Scottish and that's the picture in my heard. Not a bad picture to think about though eh?? Yummy Yummy. Who doesn't love a good looking Scotsman in a kilt.

The setting for Doon is just perfection. It's stunning and captivating and I guess it is what people who don't stay in Scotland would picture it to be like. Castles and green! I stay in the suburbs so it's not like that. However, go into the countryside and it's green. So so green and beautiful and Doon really captures that. There is something truly magical about Scotland (apart from the weather lol).

I highly recommend Doon if you are looking for something light and fun with a little danger thrown into the mix. Go on, who doesn't want to be drooling of a two Scottish Princes in Kilts. :)  

And just for you pleasure here are some yummy men in kilts :)

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#BookReview: Such A Good Girl by Amanda K Morgan.

Title: Such A Good Girl
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 304
Published: 20th June 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: YA, Contemporary.
Shelfability:  Borrow

About The Book
Pretty Little Liars meets Luckiest Girl Alive in this riveting novel about a practically perfect girl who is willing to do anything to make sure it stays that way. Absolutely anything.

Things to know about Riley Stone:

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She’s never had a secret she couldn’t keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She’s nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn’t have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn’t usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)

She thinks a game is about to start…
But Riley always has a plan…
And she always wins.

I had never heard of this author before this book landed on my kindle. I thought it sounded right up my street. The forbidden love affair always appeals to me.  However, it's a tricky one to explain. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I just feel like even though it was an OK read, personally I think the ending was way to rush and seemed very unbelievable.
Riley is a good girl. She never gets into trouble, doesn't party or drunk like many of her teenage friends. However, she has a big secret. She is a crush on her very handsome French teacher, Alex Belrose. And Riley is sure he likes her aswell. Soon Riley in falling in love with her teacher but not everything is quite what it seems with Alex. 

Such A Good Girl is being compared to Pretty Little Liars meets Luckiest Girl Alive. I have never read the Luckiest Girl Alive, so I can't comment but I totally get the Pretty Little Liars comparison. That also has the student/teacher affair. But where that executes that forbidden love affair perfectly (I am using the show as reference) Such A Good Girl is a little bit of a let down on that front. It had the potential to be truly amazing. Sadly it just seems to fall short of really gripping the reader. This "affair" is something that is meant to be so shocking and from the description of book I was expecting so much more. More drama, more excitement and definitely more suspense. Unfortunately it just seems very rushed, a bit boring and very unrealistic.

There was no chemistry between Riley and Alex. I found Riley's character very naΓ―ve  and the "affair" was actually very boring and bland. Like you give a reader a book that's about a student and teacher and you want it be electric. Sadly, it just wasn't. It was just meh! And the ending? (without spoilers). Like what was even the point of the ending. It was rushed, made no sense and just didn't fit in the rest of the book. Maybe if it was given a few extra chapters to really delve into the plot then maybe it could have worked. But for me? It was way to rushed and just let me feeling like WTF was is actual point of the story!!

Don't get me wrong it wasn't all bad. Even though it took me forever to read (reading slump) I actually read it. And once I finally got into the story I was reading it until 1am until I finished the book. I liked Riley's friends and her brother even though I wanted more of his story because that sounds interesting. I recommend Such A Good Girl if you are looking for a short quick read. Just don't expect too much from it.

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#TakingABreak: But.......I'll Be Back!!!

Do you follow me on twitter? Or Facebook? Well if you do then you already know but if you don't then, I am taking a short break from blogging. I have thought about it long and hard. I don't want to give up blogging because even though I am only a small little blog I have worked hard over the years on it.😒

However, I have (and it pains me to say this) fallen out of love πŸ’” with reading and blogging. I need to take a step back and just try to find my mojo again. I have been struggling on and off with reading but I haven't been able to get into a book since I finished Empire by Lili St Germain - It was freaking epic btw!! Every book since just hasn't pecked interest enough for me to read past the first pages.😴

I am going to take the pressure off and only read what I WANT to read. No more feeling the pressure to get reviews done by a certain date. No more blog tours. I think blogging just lost the fun aspect and was starting to feel like a chore and that is never good. Because let's face it, no one likes doing the chores. 🀣

I shall hopefully get back into the swing maybe in March but I am not promising. It could be next week, it  could be at Christmas. But my aim is March. Taking it one month at a time.

Hopefully you won't abandon me and I shall see you all soon.

I am still very much active on twitter and facebook, so please don't be shy.

And please, for the love to god give me some amazing book πŸ“š suggestions that could get my out my funk!!!!!!!!


#TrailerThursday: Cars 3 (2017)

Trailer Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Shubba at Wee Shubba's World.
Each week will showcase either a movie, TV or book trailer that I am excited for.
Feel free to take part and remember:
If you liked it, Share it!!

Ten years ago we were first introduced to Lightning McQueen and the gang. And since then Cars has been a family favourite. My parents took my nephew to see it when it came out. My kid wasn't even born yet but I remember watching it with him when Cars 2 came out in 2007 and he was hooked. He loved it. And now with Cars 3, my kid is now 10 and you can bet we WILL go see this. I think this is going to be more emotional and more action packed. I can't wait!!

Movie: Cars 3
Studio: Disney
Release: 14th July 2017 (UK)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family.

About The Movie:
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage! Written by Pixar

What do you think? Looking forward to Cars 3?!?!?!?


#WaitingOnWednesday: The Crown's Fate

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted  by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Crown's Fate
Series: The Crown's Game #2
Author: Evelyn Skye
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: 16th May 2017

The gorgeous and darkly compelling sequel to The Crown’s Game—perfect for fans of Red Queen and Shadow and Bone.

Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

The Crown's Game was a favourite of mine in 2016 (See my review). It was jaw dropping, exciting and breath-taking. If you haven't read it yet please go and get yourself a copy. I am so excited to read the sequel and I hope it's just as good as first book, if not better. I don't think I can wait until May to get my hands on this one!!!!


#TeaserTuesday: Ever the Hunted.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker.
Grab your current read, go to a random page and share a sentence or two, try not to include spoilers.

Title: Ever the  Hunted
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: 27th Dec 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy

About the Book:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

I have been looking forward to this read since back when I first heard about in May 2016! YA fantasy seems to be a hit or miss with me but this sounds fantastic!!! I have picked two teasers that are intriguing and will surely peak your interest.

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