#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, May 4th 2016!

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Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Review:

New book review – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 5*

Wow! This book is just amazing. As I said in my previous post it was 15 years ago I first read To Kill A Mockingbird and it stuck with me. There was so much of the book that I could remember and it just did not fade over time.

I was reluctant to re read over the years. Would I like it as much the second time round? What if age makes a difference?

Well I can honestly say I think I enjoyed it even more this time around. There were parts that I missed at 15, I definitely feel I had a much stronger understanding of what was portrayed in the book. Harper Lee writes the book from a childs point of view and for me that really adds an innocence to the story and really makes the reader consider how life was in this era and how it would have been easier if people asked the right questions.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is an absolute stunning read and despite the nature of the story is so easy to read.

*L*

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DARK BLOOD – A CARPATHIAN NOVEL by Christine Feehan | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 28th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

At long last you are truly back with us…

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth…

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…

Review:

Dark Blood – A Carpathian Review

*Not for the faint hearted 😉*

As a fan of the supernatural genre I was intrigued when my Grams (Grandma) told me about a series of novels in this genre based on a species called Carpathians, not your average vampires but handsome, loyal and seriously seductive men and women who protected humans from the foul, disgusting creatures, the vampires.

At first I was hesitant to read a novel that painted my favourite supernatural being in such a bad light. In my teenage mind I loved the idea of vampires and the possibility of living forever, of travelling the world without ever having to go home. As I became an adult I became attracted to them in a less naive way. And It was through reading that my love of vampires and the supernatural in general grew into the obsession that it is today. However whilst the vampire isn’t the hero in the Carpathian novels by Christine Feehan, the heroes and heroines are just as compelling, seductive and beautiful.

Dark Blood is one of many novels by Feehan that takes you into a world far from our own. With each beautiful man delivered to us on the pages is an equally beautiful female, a pair of lovers, mated together for all eternity. In the heart of the story you have Zev, a powerful hybrid of Carpathian and Lycan ancestry, together with his equally powerful lifemate Branislava. The novel throws the reader in at the deep end, forcing us to go on a journey of self discovery with these two characters as they learn to love each other, to trust one another and fight their battles together.

Feehan blends the beautiful scenes of family and loyalty seamlessly with the cruel and twisted a scenes of evil. It is through the clever description, honed character building and years of writing experience that the author swiftly draws us into this turbulent and sensual world.

Having read a number of the Carpathian novels by this author, you become accustomed to the sensuality of these characters, eager to finish reading the horridly vivid battle scenes, so that you can leisurely indulged in more carnal pursuits. Whilst the novels themselves are not my favourite from this genre, my heart belongs to a certain series by Laurell K Hamilton, they are the perfect addition to any bookshelf. An escape from the horrors of reality into a world of vivid beauty.

It is through Zev and Branislava’s story that you see the fairytale woven between the pages, cleverly hidden from plain sight but pulling you in all the same. A true love story, but with pure delightful bite.

Thanks Grams x

*M*

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | DIVERGENT LIBRARY by Veronica Roth | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 28th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

This set is perfect for established fans who want to own the full Divergent library, readers new to the series, or fans of the blockbuster films starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet.

Divergent: One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.” Includes bonus materials by Veronica Roth.

Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. The second bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Includes bonus materials by Veronica Roth.

Allegiant: One choice will define you. The explosive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers. Includes bonus materials by Veronica Roth.

Four: A Divergent Collection: A companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent series, told from the perspective of Tobias. The four pieces included—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” “The Son,” and “The Traitor”—plus three additional scenes, give readers a fascinating glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy. 

Review:

The end is here… A Divergent goodbye

With the last turning of the page I’ve finally finished all novels in the Divergent series. And I am a little sad that the story of Tris and Four has come to an end.

Even though these novels are outside of my usual genre, I found myself enjoying getting to know these characters and going on their journey. Whilst I loved Tris’ character and could relate to certain qualities in her, I found myself disappointed with how her story ended. However it was the character of Four that I found myself falling in love with more. Whilst the end of the series wasn’t the best for him either, I felt we lost a little of his strength of character at the end of Allegiant. Then I read his own journey, Four, a collection of mini-stories from Four’s point of view and I was delighted with these tales, with the development of this character. Once again we had the male lead that didn’t want to be a hero but was all the same.

So I turned the last page in the final Divergent novel and said a farewell to Tris, to Four and to Veronica Roth, closing this story with a sad, yet happy smile.

Until next time…

*M*

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFIN by Mark Wilson @markwilsonbooks | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 28th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

In a single lifetime, which moment mattered the most?

Son, husband, father.
Hero, alcoholic, wife-beater.
Steelworker, musician, friend.

At the moment of his death Wullie McAvoy confronts everything he’s been, everything he could’ve been and the people he loved, lost, saved and destroyed along the way.

From the author of the Lanarkshire Strays series, the dEaDINBURGH series and On The Seventh Day

Review:

Who has bagged this beauty?

A fantastic read and a refreshingly different approach from this author, Wake Up And Smell The Coffin is a relatable, heart grabbing account of the lives of the characters and the impact they have on others….definitely worth a read!

I enjoyed this thoroughly!

*K*

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes @jojomoyes | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 28th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before YouAfter You, and Still Me.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Review:

Reading Challenge 2016 Book Review 📚

‘Me Before You’ by #JoJoMoyes

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

I devoured this story in less than 24 hours! It lunges forwards, grabs you by the heart and keeps it in a firm grip until the very end, when it’s burst and you are left to ugly cry….bogies and all! I think I’m starting to get more emotional as the years go on.

You have read the blurb, this is the story of small town girl; Louisa who is employed as a carer to Will, a local man who returned home from London following an accident which left him as a quadriplegic two years previous. A strong friendship then develops between the two as Will parts knowledge of his action packed former life with Louisa, who has spent the last six years working in the local cafe and the her latest reads was a glossy magazine!

I may have to give myself a few weeks to compose myself before I delve into ‘After You’. Let’s not even begin to discuss whether I’ll be able to watch the movie!

An emotional read, worth every page.

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | FRONT LINES by Michael Grant @MichaelGrantBks | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 26th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.
The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.
As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.
Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant has created a masterful alternate history of World War II in Front Lines, the first volume in a groundbreaking series.

Review:

Reading Challenge Review 2016 📚

‘Front Lines’ by #MichaelGrant

“We are the first generation of young American women to fight in a great world war. “Warrior Women” is what the newspapers like to say.”

From the author of the ‘GONE’ series, Michael Grant brings us the story of three soldiers in different fields, all fighting in World War 2. What’s makes these soldiers different? They are all female!

‘Front Lines’ tells the story of Rio, Rainy and Frangie as they all enlist into the American Armed Services. For a YA novel, Grant does not water down the real effects of war and how it can affect different people.

Each of the characters receive their directions; infantry, medical and intelligence. Each of which face their own difficulties, trying to integrate into a system which is predominantly male and who have no issues with telling these women so!

I absolutely LOVED this book!! Loved it. It was written so well and gives a pretty realistic insight as to how people would have reacted to women fighting in the war. Both within the ranks and back at home.

This is the first of the ‘Soldier Girl’ series by Grant and this first offering certainly leaves you wanting to discover more. 📚

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE WOLF OF WALL STREET by Jordan Belfort | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 26th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called . . .

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.

Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down . . .

Review:

Book that was highly anticipated, but a disappointment;

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ by Jordan Belfort

For every reason you can think of!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE MIDNIGHT WATCH by David Dyer @DavidDyerAuthor | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, October 6th 2015!

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Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.

Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut novel–the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author’s own experiences as a ship’s officer and a lawyer.

Review:

Reading Challenge Review 2016 📚

‘The Midnight Watch’ by #DavidDyer

“The midnight watch; a time of loneliness, demons and trances.”

Every now and then, you read a book that makes you cry. We’re not talking single tear down the cheek, we are talking Kim Kardashian tears…fully with contorted face and a beautiful shade of pink in the eyes! This book was it!

‘The Midnight Watch’ is a fictional story which tells the very true tale of the Californian, the ship that witnessed the distress flares from the Titanic in their hour of need, but did not go to help.

What makes this story so hard hitting is that this based on true events. An event that cost the lives of 1500 people aboard the “unsinkable” ship.

Would highly recommend this to everyone! Tissues ready!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | CAREER OF EVIL by Robert Galbraith @jk_rowling | #TBT

Welcome to our #ThrowbackThursday part of the blog, where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 22nd 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Review:

Reading Challenge Review 2016 📚

‘Career of Evil’ by #RobertGalbraith

This is the third instalment of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Robin receives a woman’s severed leg in the post. It is then up to he team to discover who sent the leg, is the victim still alive and are there any others?

This was a great novel and allowed for more background into Robin. I’m so glad we get that now, rather than having it all in the first book! I’m also over the moon to read in the back of this book that a TV series in the works!! Another great crime novel from Rowling!

Would highly recommend this for fans of crime fiction. Impatiently waiting for the next book!

-S.

#ThrowbackThursday | #BookReview | THE BAT by Jo Nesbo | #TBT

Hello everyone!

This is a new idea for the blog, where we have #ThrowbackThursday Where we share old reviews from the archives.

Todays review was first posted on The P.Turner’s Facebook Page, March 11th 2016!

To add to your Goodreads TBR please click on the cover

Source of original review is found here

Hope you enjoy!

[K]


Blurb:

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

Review:

I’ve suffered a bit of a reading slump over the past few weeks 😦

However I had a breakthrough the last week and I have just finished Jo Nesbo ‘The Bat’ as part of my 2016 Reading Challenge under the prompt;

‘A book translated into English’

‘The Bat’ is a great Norwegian crime novel featuring Harry Hole, who was sent to Sydney, Australia to discover who killed a Norwegian citizen. Hole is introduced to a number of characters around Sydney and the outer region of NSW. Each with their own backgrounds….you suspect everyone!! We also get a great introduction to Harry Hole.

As per most great crime novels, this kept me guessing until the end! Feels good to be back! 📚

What is everyone reading at the moment? Any greats to talk about?

-S.