Fun Fact Friday : Book and Dessert Pairing Guide

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Hai! Its been a fairly busy week and I have just been lazy to blog can you tell?

In the spirit of the Great British Bake Off season, I present you with this awesome infographic courtesy of Shari’s Berries

Book Review: Ophelia Adrift by Helen Goltz

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Title : Ophelia Adrift
Author: Helen Goltz
Release date: 1st July 2016
Genre : Young adult, Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Buy it: Amazon

Synopsis

In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle Sebastian, his border – nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean’s edge, she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too.

The Review

I saw this book on Netgalley and immediately fell in love with the cover. I wasn’t so sure of the blurb… it seemed a bit sketchy and strange.
Anyway, this is 16year old Ophelia, she has lost her parents in an accident and so has been sent to live with her mother’s only living relative, her uncle Sebastian. He is a bit of a quirky man who lives in a house by the beach and is obsessed with boats.
After living in the city for so long this is a massive change for Ophelia but she is willing to embrace the change.
She starts school and immediately begins making friends with the neighbor’s and also with her uncle’s border Adam who works in the local town.
One night looking out over the ocean she spots a lonely figure, she first thinks she imagined it but later realizes that he is real.
They are both taken by each other and Jack is determined to spend eternity with Ophelia by his side, but Jack has a secret.

What did I think? So I didn’t love this book, but also, I didn’t really hate it. I just needed it to be over so Ophelia’s stupidity would stop. I know she liked Jack but when she found out some more information common sense should have kicked in.
The book was a bit too slow paced for me, it just didn’t fit in with the normal reaction to situations. Like Jack wanting to show her where he lived… where exactly did she think it was going to be huh? that was my million dollar question. I liked Adam but I felt he was a lot on the sidelines, I hope in the next book he will be one of the main characters. The other characters in the book were ok nothing special, I liked reading the story from their perspective but I think in future it will be great to keep it to a max of 3 people. I didn’t know what Holly’s point of view was even important she just kept day dreaming about Chayse and Adam.
A great end to the book, I don’t know if I will read book 2 but I guess a part of me whats to find out what happens next.

Fun Fact Friday : Day Jobs That Inspired Famous Authors

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Hey Book lovers! here’s another fun infographic I found. Sometimes its great to know some of the history and inspiration behind today’s famous authors. Infographic proved courtesy of adzuna.com

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Book Review: Head Above Water (gemini Book 2) by Hailey Edwards

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Release date: 30th April 2016
Source: Netgalley
Rating:★★★★☆

Synopsis

Camille Ellis has tracked many killers during her career,but this time, it’s personal. Cut off from conclave resources, she won’t let a small thing like a suspension keep her from accepting Cord Graeson’s offer of help.

Pretending to be mated to him is one way to secure allies, but the best that can be said of the Chandler Pack is they haven’t killed or eaten her. Yet. Between the alpha’s displeasure and the pack’s distrust of fae, she’s working overtime to keep her head above water.

Just when the fur starts to fly, a tip cracks her case–and her life–wide open.

The Review

I really enjoyed book 1 so naturally book 2 needs to be read.  If you haven’t read book 1 then just FYI there are some spoilers ahead.
You can also read y review of book 1 here.
We pick up right where book one left off. Cam has been suspended from the case she was working on, but her friend Harlow is missing and she won’t stop looking for her. So when Graeson offers to help her solve the case she accepts.
Cam and her aunt Dot and cousin Isaac are invited to Chandler pack lands but as they arrived they are greeted with a lot of animosities due to their fae nature,
Ellis and Graeson are pretending to be mated so it all becomes a bit tricky with Cord is at the center of a pack rift which means the alpha Bessemer could make working the case to find Harlow a lot harder than it needs to be.
Just when Cord and Cam think they might have all the clues things start to go pear-shaped.
What did I like?
The book was by far much better than book 1. It was truly awesome from start to finish. The characters, the plot and the action, now this is the Hailey Edwards I love.
We get to learn a bit more about Cam’s aunt Dot and her cousin Isaac and plus an incite into how powerful Cam could really be if she wasn’t so afraid of her gift. I really liked Dell,she seemed a bit strange in book 1 but her we see her strength and loyalty to Cord. I loved the action in the book, then again I enjoy reading about wolves.
Again we see briefly encounter Ellis and Mai, which was nice but seemed completely unnecessary, but if I know the author from previous books, that little piece will be part of a bigger story somewhere down the line.
Finally some romance, I enjoyed it the Cord and Cam moments and kept wishing for more, I hope there is much more in book 3.
It seemed like the story was going around in circles with finding Harlow and in the end …. well I won’t give that spoiler!
A superb book 2 if I do say so myself! Book 3 I can already tell will be S-H-A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

 

Book Review: Incite (Ignite #2) by Erica Crouch

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Release date: 17th February 2015
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis

Earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own.

Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have. Change doesn’t come easy, though. Pen is wary of joining New Genesis’s revolution, but when Azael shows his hand and Pen learns all that he holds over them, she chooses to fight back, no matter the risk. She only has to survive, one hour at a time.

The Review

I finally finished this book. I really love this series but this book 2 was a bit draggy so I kept putting off finishing it and reading some other books on the side.
Anyway this one picks up from where book 1 ended so if you haven’t read book 1 there will be a few spoilers , and if you want you can read my review of Book 1 here.
So Hell has taken over Heaven and the freeze from hell has spilled over onto earth. The demons have managed to kill off as many angels as they could and those who escaped are now in hiding.
Pen and Michael who refused to fight in the war are on the run as there is a bounty on their heads. Lucifer wants Michael dead before he can freely rule heaven and Azeal wants Pen…… to rule beside him as the king of Hell. In the midst of it Lilith has her own plans brewing in the background. Azeal is now on the hunt for Pen and Michael abd even though he wants revenge for Pen’s betrayal he is still hopeful that she can be saved. Will Pen be able to do what she fears the most?

What did I think? So this book 2 was one big major tease…it was just setting the stage for book 3 in my opinion. It took me ages to finish this book because I was getting bored with Azeal and his delusional thoughts and Pen who cant simply choose what exactly she wants.
In all this I cant help but pity the humans who are casualties in this foolish war for power. I somehow keep waiting for Michael to do something remarkable or fantastic but I guess I might have to wait for book 3 to see if this happens. The missing part of Michaels soul seems to be a major issue that needs to rectified and I am also keen to find out how Michael was released from hell. I do hope the author will uncover all this in book 3 if not I might just loose it.
There are some of the characters that I felt were unnecessary, like Jeremy what exactly am I to make of him? What about Zaphir and the other assassins, they are characters that are easily forgotten that I didn’t bother to remember their names. Im keen to know the real role Gus plays in all this as he has been shoved a lot to the background but I feel like there is so much more he can offer. Lilith seems to be preparing for something and perhaps we will get to find out.
Overall this book was a great entertaining read.