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Review - GoT: A Clash of Kings (Book 2)

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Fantasy
Blurb: A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
About the Author: George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years i…

Review - The Fallen Kind Vol. 1 by M. Almelk

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Young Adult; Literary; High Fantasy
Blurb: Following an apocalyptic near mass extinction, the lifeforms left behind on Casi - a planet of intriguing creatures and haunting landscapes - must find reason for their unexplained survival. In their bid to discover a mysterious place in which hope and desire still exist, Evan and Beveridge find they are not the only souls searching for the elusive Promised Land...
About the Author: M. Almelk is an Indie Author from Nottingham, UK. Passions include: History, Animals and Music.
Connect with the Author: Twitter: M. Almelk Twitter Facebook: M. Almelk Facebook Author Website: M. Almelk Author Website
Buy the Book: Amazon: Amazon Purchase Link

My Take on the Book:
The one character in this book - Evan Moone seems to be quite a self assured character; and found the detail in this novel pretty awesome. I gave this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Last Word:
This is a novel I quite…

Review - The Forever Night Stand by Bena Roberts

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2018 Genre: Chick Lit; Humorous
Blurb: Sara's world shatters when she stabs her husband's lover at a party. The press has a field day, and Sara moves from Scotland and her life of riches back to her parent's modest home in West London. She ditches her married name of MacDonald and becomes Sara Sharma once more. With no friends and little money, her electronic prison anklet a constant reminder of what she left behind. Living back at home with her eccentric Bollywood loving parents is a challenge. It gets worse when Sara realizes how badly she let them down. For the sake of her family, she considers having an arranged marriage. Could she be the perfect wife again? Just as she thinks she might, her childhood love George Wright walks through the door. Memories of the past come flooding back, including how he betrayed her. Sara vows never to forgive him, however hard he mixes things up.
About the Author: Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she pref…

My Week of Reading (19 - 24 March 2018)

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Hello Everyone,


I've had quite a productive week - I did two reviews among other things (which I will mention last), so for now; here are the reviews I did.
The Deadliest Game by H.E. Joyce: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Deadliest Game Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Deadliest Game Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Deadliest Game

This novel unfortunately had a few faults - so it only ended up getting a three star rating from me.

Doomed Spy by J.R. Rogers:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Doomed Spy
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Doomed Spy
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Doomed Spy

Monthly Reading Goals: 
This one still hasn't happened - and since it's the last week in March; it's doubtful that it is...

Last Word:
Not only have I been reading; I've also finally uploaded some videos to my YouTube channel, so feel free to check it out; I'm thrilled that I have finally gotten around to this. The weather hasn't been the greatest either, so I'…

Review - The Deadliest Game by H.E. Joyce

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Suspense
Blurb: Following an horrific trauma in her life, Laura, along with her young son, escape to the small coastal town of Brooksville in Maine. Her quest for a peaceful life, removed of sorrow and loss proves to be fruitful when she meets and falls in love with a local attorney. With layers of heartache and remorse to contend with, Laura struggles to keep her sordid past in the past. She soon realises that everyone has a past, including the new man in her life. New worries abound, causing her to question the new life she thought she wanted. Trying to make sense of her dark, new world, she hires a private investigator that uncovers secrets so sinister and a past so riddled with danger that Laura is left to make hard choices in order to protect those she holds dear.
About the Author: H E Joyce lives among the beautiful Chilterns of Buckinghamshire, England, with his wife and black Labrador. He has two children and four grandchildren.  Thrillers with un…

Review - Doomed Spy by J. R. Rogers

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2013 Genre: Suspense; Spy
Blurb: A psychological spy thriller set in 1960 in the quiet South American capital of Montevideo, Uruguay an unconventional distant posting at the height of the Cold War. The city is at first glance an unassuming battleground: the Rio de la Plata lapping at its shores, cobblestone streets lined with narrow buildings decorated with filigree ironwork, and overall a distinct colonial feel, but also with a palpable old European influence. At the center of the intrigue are two Cold War intelligence officers, a British MI6 officer, and the Soviet KGB Rezident. Both are seasoned operatives in the shadowy clandestine world of spies. Outwardly, the two are enemies but the Britisher is not what he seems. He has close secret ties to the Rezident who recruited him years ago in Belgium as a double agent. The intricate chilling details of the eventual betrayal of the MI6 officer as his life and work suddenly unravel ends climactically in fa…

My Week of Reading (12 - 17 March 2018)

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Hello Everyone,


It appears as if I've had quite a productive week - I got one review done as well as two other blog posts - one of the blog posts was my 2 Year Blog Anniversary and without further ado, here is the review that I did.

Lucan by Christine Duts:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Lucan
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Lucan
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Lucan

On top of that; it seems like I've also been on a bit of a reading binge - but more about that below.

Monthly Reading Goals:
Sadly, I still haven't started this - I will hopefully get a gap next week to start this. 

Last Word:
Besides for seeming to fly through 'Lucan' by Christine Duts; I've been able to do get some other reading done - and a fair amount of it as well. I'm hoping to get a little bit ahead in my review reading, but we'll see how that goes. 
At the moment - I'm currently reading 'Doomed Spy' by J.R. Rogers and am quite enjoying it. I'm also doing some leisure …

Review - Lucan by Christine Duts

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My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Blurb:  Reclusive Lucan now tells it all. There are no more secrets; and his past is no longer shrouded in mystery. We are introduced to his wife, Althea, and his beloved sister, Claudia. The tragedies that plagued him in mortal life are now out in the open, unleashed from his cross of burden. 
Lucan´s story takes us to ancient Rome and introduces us to Commodus, the emperor of Rome. On the run from Commodus´s wrath, circumstances separate him from his family and he is caught by Penelope, fount of the vampires, who turns him into an immortal. Lucan has only his family and their safety on his mind, but he understands that to keep his family safe from the dangers of immortality, he has to leave them. 
His journey takes him and Althea to Morgan, the banshee, who lives among the mysterious Forest People, and to his first encounter with a werewolf. Lucan and Althea take the reader on a voyage through the centuries, wi…

Release Day Blitz - What to do about Wednesday by Jennie Marts

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Book Information:
Title: What to do about Wednesday
Author: Jennie Marts
Series: A Page Turners Mystery: Book 7
Standalone: Yes
Release Date: March 14, 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Jennie Marts Books



Where to find WHAT TO DO ABOUT WEDNESDAY
Goodreads Link:What To Do About Wednesday Book
Universal Buy Link:Books2Read Link

About WHAT TO DO ABOUT WEDNESDAY
What happens when hump day turns homicidal…
Finally out on her own, all college freshman, Piper Denton wants is to live a normal life. But any chance of normal is annihilated when her roommate is murdered on her first day of class. Add in the antics of a surprise new roommate, a scruffy stray dog, and the attention of three Star Wars shirt-wearing nerds who want to go out with her, and her days are now anything but ordinary. Except Piper doesn’t have time for murder—she’s trying to focus on her studies, her job, and the crush she has on Fitz, aka The Brilliant Barista, her cute, coffee-brewing coworker. 
But dating can be deadly, and after a…

2 Year Anniversary

Hello Everyone,
Wow! I can't believe that it's been two years already!  It's wonderful how things have slowly evolved and changed - and it's been awesome how I've started my new self-employed journey and I intend on exploring new and exciting things this year. It also means that I have more time on my hands to read - which I am thrilled about! 
Anyways - one thing I do want to say: Thank you to everyone who has followed my blogging journey so far - I really appreciate all the support that I get; and I hope that you will continue with me on the next leg of my journey. 
Which brings me to the next topic. For those that have been following me; you have seen that I've been reading and reviewing a little bit more, as well as taking on more things like cover reveals and blog tours. There's some other bookish things that I'm going to be tackling this year; and I'm really excited for them! For those that are new - welcome! I've now got a newsletter that you ca…

Bookish Ramblings # 6: Bookish Boxes

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A new bookish addiction...and January's book
Hello Everyone,
I've decided to touch on a (bookish) topic/item that has recently come to South Africa...one that I've seen in the rest of the world - and that is Book Boxes! This is something that I have seen around the Booktube community and have waited for quite a while for South Africa to catch onto the trend...and they finally have!!! The pic above is the one I got in January from The Secret Book Box along with the book. 
But here's the good news - South Africa doesn't only have one book box - they've got TWO! Introducing The Book Case which is the other bookish box that is available. Unfortunately up until the end of February - I've missed out on their boxes; but I've ordered the one for March - which I'll receive at the beginning of April; which I'm really excited for!
Last Word: I love supporting these sort of things as far as I'm able to - and not just because I have an absolute book fetish! If …

My Week of Reading (5 - 10 March 2018)

Hello Everyone,
I managed to get one review out - and did a lot of reading. Other than that; it's been a relatively quiet week - besides for me watching Christian related videos since Thursday.
Sojourn by Meghan McDonnell:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Sojourn
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Sojourn
Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Sojourn

Monthly Reading Goals:
I haven't gotten to this yet - If my review reading goes well; I might get to this next week.
Last Word: At the moment I'm busy reading 'Lucan' by Christine Duts; and will be doing a review on this sometime next week. I'll also be starting the second book in a series - though I will most likely only review (and reveal) this one at the end of the month. I'll also be doing a bookish blog post next week as well - and I'm excited to be talking about this topic - since this bookish trend has recently reached South Africa and I've been able to have a taste of it as well. For this I'll give you a hint - it a…

My Week of Reading (26 February - 3 March 2018)

Hello Everyone,

It's been a productive week for me - I don't know about you; but I have absolutely NO idea where this past week went. Anyways, I managed to get one review done as well as one blog post, so here is the review that I did.
The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Revolution of Marina M Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Revolution of Marina M Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Revolution of Marina M
I had quite a bit to say about this book - it was one that I really enjoyed.
Monthly Reading Goals: Alright; so I know the one book I'll be reading; but now I can't make up my mind about two options that I have for the other part of the reading goal I'm going to do. I'm not sure when I'm going to get to these reading goals since my tbr pile is a little bit high at the moment; but I will get there at some stage. 
Last Word: Since it's been quite a productive week; I've managed to pick up two books - one i…

Highlights of the Month - February 2018

Hello Everyone,

I've had quite a decent month; I managed to get eight books read. 
But now; once again - to choose favourites...
A lot of the books that I read this month I quite enjoyed; so here is the list in no particular order:
- The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch - Shadow of the Raven by Millie Thom - Lucky Score by Deborah Coonts - A Royal Affair by Amy Saunders - Black Annis by Aubrey Law and last but not least... - Blood & Water by Katie O'Rourke
So as you can see; I had quite a good reading month. 
Monthly Reading Goals: I'm in a particular mood this month; there's a certain genre and particular books that I have in mind to read this month, so here is MARCH'S reading goals:
Read either:
A romance novel
OR
A YA Paranormal book
There's two particular books that I'm wanting to read for this; and I'm hoping that I'm going to be able to read both of these books for March...since my March schedule is quite full already. The only problem with this month…