Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone January Book of the Month

As a lover of books I don't tend to separate them into children's or adults books because I think that in reality any book can be read by any person. Whether filled with pictures or thousands of words, a story is written for all to read.

The last book that I read in 2019 came from author Abi Elphinstone - someone who many would see as writing kids literature but I'm here to tell you that they are highly accessible to adults too.

I first came across this author when I was gifted a copy of her debut book, The Dreamsnatcher. Back then I described that story as magical and she has managed to keep the magic alive in each and every one of her novels that have been released since.

Sky Song is a tale that was on my TBR list for quite some time so I was rather pleased when I received it from my husband at Christmas.

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In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find. Because Erkenwald is ruled by a cruel Ice Queen and you must stay hidden or risk becoming another of her prisoners.  

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey together in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.

Pure magic.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Read With Me 2020 #2

Hello guys and welcome to this weeks Read With Me linky. A huge thank you to those who came back for another year and linked up last week.

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After managing to read 103 books last year, I've set my Goodreads target for this year at 100 books. Looking back at my previous targets, I can't believe that I have been setting these targets since 2014. It's great to look back at what I read in previous years.

Have you set a reading target for this year?

Friday, 10 January 2020

The Dilemma by B. A. Paris Book Review

I don't think there are many authors can manage to write brilliant stories each and every time they release a new novel but as B. A. Paris releases her fourth novel The Dilemma, I'm here to tell you that she has in fact found the winning formula. An impressive mix of heart-break and mystery that will always have you wanting more. 

It didn't take me long to devour this book, three hours to be precise.

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There was a slight change to her formula this time round, in the sense that it was less suspenseful, instead more thoughtful. Looking at the affect of what one event can have on not just one person, but those around them too. Family and friends alike.

A moment in time can change, some things, it could also change EVERYTHING.

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

Told from two points of view.