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Book Review

Crown of Midnight

Book 2 of the “Throne of Glass” series by Sarah J. Maas

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Recommendations were for “teenagers/young adults depending on maturity”. It is probably a correct assumption considering the style of writing and maturity is a factor if recommending to that age group.

However, my children are 21 and 13 but I am the one reading the series and by doing so exclusively (without grabbing one of the other books on my “currently reading” list) the story line must be captivating. Trust me – I am quite mature 🙂

“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all .”

I like the fact that the writer chooses to start a new book every time Celaena’s life is about to start a new chapter. It keeps the story line clean in my opinion and allows for new adventures, characters and yes shocks to enter her world (or ours as readers).

It has royalty (the good and the bad), assassins, faeries, witches, dragons, good and bad magic and demons as well. But also intrigue, betrayal, action and yes – love.

There is no dull moment in the story, but some predictability here and there.

Overall, if you are a fan of fantasy and even are a bit more mature, give it a try and see where the assassins adventures take you.

As always, let me know what you are reading xx J.

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Customer Service

By now all my followers here and peeps that came by to have a look would know that I am an avid reader. Thankfully I have passed this on to my two children.

Anyway, as there are so many interesting titles and genres available I found the best site to purchase my books to be the Book Depository.

I have no idea how many books my two babies and I have purchased over the years… I lost count. Nevertheless I have not ever had a drama. On one occasion I waited patiently for an edition but 5 weeks later I asked the question if it could be tracked as it may have been lost somewhere between the UK and Australia. A reply in less than 24 hours offered me a choice between a refund or a replacement, I chose the latter which eventually arrived. I wasn’t in a hurry as I didn’t plan it as a gift but rather for my own amusement.

This was the only time ever I had to get in contact until today that is….

In my latest order I included a Moleskine Booklight which would have been a fantastic tool for a late-night reader like me. However – after 24 hours charging it wouldn’t work. Silly me only now researched the item and it seems to be a common issue.

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(Photo: Book Depository)

So – I wrote my problem into the “Contact Us” box and sent it off. Just over 3 hours later and I have already received the most polite apology and agreement that these lights possibly do not ship well. The kind Lucy than advised that the refund has already been issued as she cannot guarantee that a replacement item will work any better.

That my friends is service.

Well done Book Depository. I may have lost my booklight but I will not leave you in a hurry.

Stay safe and take care as always, J. xx

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My books

“Home is where my books are”

(Ellen Thompson)

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There are so many book quotes and quotes about reading to be found on the internet but this one really hits the nail on the head when it comes to the bond I have with my books.

I cannot ever imagine to not having a book around somewhere. There are numerous bookshelves in the house and although I have now chosen the ones I can pass on I am reluctant to give them away without knowing the person it goes to and the care they will get.  Quite silly some would think .

But then there are also the “Must-Keep” volumes. They might be special prints, are of sentimental value, books I just love or just classics.

Here are 10 of my favourites:

His list is similar to my earlier posted blog.

What do you do if you have books that you cannot find room for anymore but need to find a loving home? xx J.

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4 Books on my June TBR

BOOKS - May 2016

Here we go – hoping this will become a monthly posting:
What I have been reading in May and some reviews:
Currently there are FOUR books on my “reading” list:
1. Catherine of Aragon by Garret Mattingly:
                      This one I may have to re-visit as it is on this list for the last two years
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2. Mary Tudor by Mary J. Richards:
Similar to the first book I may have been reading a little too much about the whole
Tudor dynasty in too little time
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3. Outlander #7: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon:
I loved the first three, didn’t have a problem to get through the fourth and fifth but starting the sixth was becoming a bit tough. The story lines are very very detailed; I mean daily life: day-by-day is diarised (did I just make that word up?) So I am not too certain if and when I will be finishing this – knowing that it isn’t the last book either.
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4. Throne of Glass #3: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas:
This one I just started on Saturday and I have written a small review on what I think so far on Goodreads – you can read it here.

A bit more about the background:

I remember being shown the series on my Mother’s Day outing by my daughter on the 6th of this month while Dymocks had a “3 for 2” special. But knowing nothing about it I bought the first book to see how I’d go. Then I checked into Goodreads for some reviews and my goodness, recommendations were for “teenagers/young adults depending on maturity”. It is probably a correct assumption considering the style of writing and maturity is a factor if recommending to that age group.

May I say that my children are 21 and 13 but I am the one starting the third (!) book?!

To me it really depends on your interests and if the story captures you; I have read the whole “Game of Thrones” series before the TV series came to life, I read all “Eragon” and “Harry Potter”  books and likely will do so again, I also read anything factual about the “Tudors” and the “Holocaust” and last but not least I also read romances. In short I usually will have started at least 4 books at any one time of different genres – all depending on my mood (I haven’t mentioned any business-related literature as this is ought to be my personal blog).
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So here it goes: Celaena Sardothien is a hero in my eyes with loads of darkness, secrets and characteristics which she will pull out one by one all the while capturing the reader with her adventures.
Bestselling author Tamora Pierce said:
“Celaena is as much an epic hero as Frodo and Jon Snow”
– and I wholly agree. Just because I am an adult doesn’t mean I am not mature if I read fantasy – does it?
This series has it all; assassins, faes, witches, fairies, dark creatures, good & bad and most of all heart, courage as much as cowardliness and cruelty. The main character looks to have many hurdles to overcome and the author uses a new book for each major life change. Thus having clean story lines that allow to introduce new characters and still continue the tale from the very beginning.
So, while I am still enthralled in the series this will be my book of choice going into June …hang tight as I may yet finish all 5 books before the next month is out and then I will tell you if I still recommend it.
I once saw a graphic which said:
“That moment when you’re reading a book and the whole world around you does not exist anymore.”
When that happens I know I have a great book in my hands.