Friday, 29 April 2016

Top Five Friday: Heroes

What? Is it Friday already!? Does that mean it's time for another Top Five Friday? Oh go on then! This weeks Top Five Friday is all about Heroes. Heroes don't have to be about who saves the world or who is the strongest. Heroes can just be ordinary guys who have influenced us in different ways. With that in mind we all have our favourite stand out book heroes and here are mine!


5 - 4


Charlie Kelmeckis - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Percy Jackson - Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series

3 - 2


Tobias Eaton - Divergent Trilogy
Stephen Dene - Shades of London Series

1


Neville Longbottom - The Harry Potter Series


Until next week! I'm hoping to have a great Top Five Friday in store for next week!

Amy

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

So, I've seen this Top Ten Tuesday meme around many bookish blogs and I've always wanted to give it a go, and after putting it off for no apparent reason I have decided to start doing these weekly! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish so go check them out! 

This week is all about bookworm delights. What things delight us as book lovers? I could have written a bigger list than ten, but I managed to restrain myself! 

1. Getting a book bargain: I am a lover of bargains and I do usually look out for books in charity shops and at car boot sales. I have picked up many great books from these places for great prices!

2. That book smell: I love the smell of books, be it new or old. There's something comforting and homely about it.

3. Discovering a new author: I am always looking into new authors as it does get somewhat tedious reading the same ones over and over again. I have discovered many amazing writers by being in this mindset.

4. Having my books in alphabetical order on my bookshelf: This is probably my OCD coming out but I love my shelf to be organised. I love all my books to be in alphabetical order by title. It's easy then to find what book I want to read without having to search and search.

5. Spending hours in a bookstore/library: When I'm surrounded by books I am literally in my element. I usually do end up spending a long time in my local bookstore and library.

6. Discussing books with fellow bookworms: Thanks to this lovely community I have been able to meet fellow book lovers. It's great to have people that I can talk to about my passion.

7. Reading inside on a rainy day: I love settling down to read a good book whilst I can hear rain hammering on my window outside. There's something relaxing about it that I can't explain.

8. Discovering a new masterpiece: Recent examples of these are; Painting Sky by Rita Branches and Death House by Carole Avila. It's amazing finding a book that you literally couldn't put down. These books will be ones that I recommend that everyone read.

9. Getting contacted by an author: Since I started book blogging I have been contacted by many different authors. It really does bring me pride as they have actually taken the time to contact me, read my blog and trust me to write an honest, thoughtful review of their book.

10. Reading whilst travelling: I travel a lot when I go to see my boyfriend and I obviously always have a book on me. Reading when travelling passes the time, but I also find it quite relaxing and therapeutic. I can always block out the outside world when travelling even if it's being quite loud.

What are your delights? Be sure to let me know!

Amy

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Review: Painting Sky by Rita Branches (Blog Tour)



Painting Sky by Rita Branches
Published by Self Published 2016 (E-Book)
306 Pages

A big thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this book and allowing me to participate in this blog tour.

Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend. 

But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

Thoughts

At the moment I am really interested in self publishing and self published authors as I feel that a lot of work goes into it and I admire those that do it. So, when the opportunity arose for me to read a debut YA novel by self published author Rita Branches and take part in the blog tour I really couldn't say no! Painting Sky sounded like just the book I'd enjoy reading and I was really excited to get stuck in.

Painting Sky is the story of Jane 'Sky' Skylar who is starting a new life at college studying for her art degree as well as living with her boyfriend, his brother and her older brother. All Jane wants is to please people and enjoy the bliss of studying something she loves and live with her boyfriend. However, things don't go at all to her plan. Struggling at college, Jane finds herself confiding in her boyfriend's brother, Keith Hale, an older, talented art student. After a harsh break up with her boyfriend Jane finds herself drawn to Keith, and when his past comes back to haunt him Jane must do whatever she can to fight for what she wants.

I'm just going to come right out and say it...I LOVED this book. I honestly think it's up there as one of my favourite YA novels of all time. The plot throughout had me hooked so much that I didn't want to put it down, and I literally had to force myself to stop reading. I became so emotionally invested in Jane and her story that I started to imagine myself being in her shoes, which hasn't happened to me for a long time. I was crying, I was laughing and at times I was worrying about characters, even though, yes they were fictional. Rita's style of writing is so vivid that you can just close your eyes and imagine you are there.

I loved the character development of Jane throughout the story, she went from being unsure about her life, to being 100% sure of what she wanted to do and who she wanted to be. I found her to be determined, strong willed and willing to do whatever it took to finally be happy with herself. In every story there is going to be a character that you hate and with me it was Jane's boyfriend, Cody. I just found him to be vile! I hated how he was making Jane feel guilty about not sleeping with him and trying to force her into it. I also loathed the reason they broke up, which was entirely his fault. On the other hand, there is also a character that you love with every book you read and in this case it was Keith Hale. I think I may have found my new book boyfriend in him. I just loved his bad boy image, and when I found out what was underneath all of his bravado it just made me love him even more. I could describe him as an emotionally tortured soul that just needed saving and I think Jane did save him and made him a better person.

Painting Sky was an outstanding read. I literally loved everything about it. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions that you will never want to get off. It has emotion, it has meaning and it has great life lessons plastered throughout. It is hard to believe that this is a debut, as just by reading it I would assume that Rita Branches had written several more, before writing this. You all need to read this. You will certainly not be disappointed.

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Author Bio


Rita Branches is an independent YA (Young Adult) author who enjoys every free moment (when she's not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/


Amy

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Review: Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy


Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy
Published by Harper Collins UK 2016 (E-Book)
460 Pages

Thank you to Harper Collins UK for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reeling from their bloody encounter in New York City, Amber and Milo flee north. On their trail are the Hounds of Hell – five demonic bikers who will stop at nothing to drag their quarries back to their unholy master.

Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards. Until, on one night every year, it spills over onto the streets and all hell breaks loose.

And that night is coming.
 

Thoughts

I'd only recently read Demon Road a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. I loved the action, I loved the supernatural elements and I loved the concept. I was dying to read the next book in the trilogy and when the opportunity came to read it I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to immerse myself in Amber's world once more. 

Desolation picks up right after the events of Demon Road. Amber and Milo are on the run from the Hounds of Hell who are wanting to capture Amber and take her to the Shining Demon, who she'd previously deceived. Her parents are also after her, just to add to the tension. Their only hope lies in the small Alaskan town, Desolation Hill. However, this is a town with a big dark secret. Evil seeps through it and on one night every year hell breaks loose, literally. 

As I loved Demon Road I was really hoping that Desolation would live up to my expectations, but sadly it really didn't and I was pretty disappointed. In Demon Road I enjoyed the road trip elements to it, and with Desolation it was more or less in one location which did bore me slightly. I wanted to see them go to new places along the Demon Road. There was also so many different things happening all at once that it did get quite daunting at times. Also, as this was meant to be a book that children could read, it was pretty dark at times. There was a lot of blood and gore mentioned and the storyline did get slightly risqué at times. It did make me wonder if this would be more suited for the Young Adult genre. 

Despite this, you do get introduced to a flux of new characters which brought me some joy. I loved the relationship between Virgil and Javier, two elderly ex actors. I enjoyed their love/hate relationship and their banter had me laughing a lot at times. It was also great to have the POV of elderly characters and I haven't had that a lot when reading other books, so it was a fresh change. Amber and Milo's relationship also bloomed throughout. It was like they went for being acquaintances to pure friends. It was great to just see them having a laugh at parts throughout, which added a comical feel to a dark story. Amber's relationship with newcomer Kelly was also one that I loved reading about. It was great that Derek Landy broke the mould and featured a LGBT relationship. It is something that needs to be recognised more and it really did add a fresh feel. 

Overall, Desolation wasn't as good as it's predecessor, however, I thought that by adding a mix of fresh new characters made up for that. Yes, although I did find the plotline a little boring at times, I really enjoyed the few action scenes and seeing relationship blossom and form between characters. I will certainly be reading the last book in the trilogy despite my slight disappointment.  

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Author Bio


Derek Landy is an Irish writer and screenwriter. He plays too many video games, reads too many comics, and watches too many movies. He lives in Ireland with too many cats. Occasionally he talks to real people, but only when he absolutely has to.

Amy

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Top Five Friday: Books That Made Me Cry

Hello! Another Friday is upon us and that means it's time for another Top Five Friday. I have really enjoyed doing them and I hope you all have enjoyed reading them. I have made some changes to Top Five Friday, however. Instead of talking about my chosen books I am going to leave you to find out for yourself why they are in the weeks list. I just want to add a bit of mystery to it!

This weeks topic is Books That Made Me Cry. I am an emotional person and even the littlest thing will set me off. I have read many books that have made me blub uncontrollably, but these are the ones that have made me the worst.


5 - 4

Call The Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950's by Jennifer Worth
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3 - 2

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

1


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


What are your top five books that make you cry? Be sure to let me know!

Amy

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Bravo: Apocalypse Mission Book Blitz


Bravo: Apocalypse Mission
Summer Lane
(Bravo Saga, #1)
Publication date: April 22nd 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Civilization, collapsed. Society, gone.
The apocalypse rules all, and mankind struggles for survival.
But there was a dog, and his name was Bravo.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
First, there was the training.
Bravo, a strong and loyal German Shepherd, is born and raised to be a bomb detection dog in the Marines by his handler, Nathan Ingalls. Together, they prepare to become fighters.
After the training, there was the desert.
Deployed to Afghanistan, the brutality of desert warfare shows no mercy to neither man nor dog.

And then, there was the Collapse.
When the apocalypse strikes, Bravo is cruelly torn from his handler in the dying days of society. Bravo fights for survival in the city, longing to be reunited with his handler, his friend.
His journey will take him into the most dangerous parts of the city and country, into the heart of the apocalypse. He will meet new friends, and he will fight for them.
Bravo will not stop until he finds his partner.

This is the story of a dog. This is the story of a hero.
This is the story of Bravo, the bomb dog, and his apocalypse mission.

GUEST POST:
Think Like A Dog
By Summer Lane
The most interesting part of writing Bravo: Apocalypse Mission was being able to look at the apocalypse through the eyes of a dog. What does he see? What does he care about? How does he survive, and more importantly, how does he deal with loss?
I’ve always loved dogs, so it was a great treat to be able to write this story. I had the idea a little over a year ago. Bravo himself was inspired by an offhand comment from a child who had read my books and exclaimed, “You should write about a dog in the apocalypse!” From that comment, I immediately pictured Bravo in my head. And thus he was born! First as a sidekick in The Zero Trilogy, and now as the star of his very own story. I had always wanted to write a story about a dog, and this was my chance.
I think the most challenging thing about getting into the head of a dog is realizing that 1) dogs don’t necessarily have a reason for everything they do. They simply do it because they are creatures of instinct. And 2) a dog can be just as emotional as people when it comes to losing a friend or handler. I had to find a balance between instinct and emotion when it came to writing Bravo’s adventure, and I think I was able to locate the sweet spot and make it work!

Author Bio


Who is Summer Lane?
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 12 thrilling books, including the phenomenal bestselling Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy and Collapse: The Illustrated Guide. Her newest series, The Bravo Saga, is releasing April 22nd, 2016, and is hotly anticipated in the reading community.

Bravo: Apocalypse Mission is the first installment of the Bravo Saga. It follows the story of a military working dog named Bravo who is separated from his beloved handler when the apocalypse strikes. It is a poignant and thrilling tale of love, loyalty and survival.

Summer also owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine where she has interviewed and worked with countless authors from around the globe.
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Inside Out Tag

First of all I'd like to apologise for the lack of posts lately. Life has been very busy recently, but I have a few exciting things lined up for Amy's Bookish Life in the next few weeks so be prepared! 

Today I thought I'd do another book tag as I haven't done one in a while. This one is the Inside Out Tag and is based of the Disney Pixar film Inside Out. For this tag you find a book that makes you feel one of the emotions feature in the film. I found this tag via Wonderless Reviews so go and check them out!


Joy - A book that brings you joy

This may seem like an odd choice, but whilst I was reading Wonder I couldn't help but fall in love with Auggie. Everything about him was so likeable. I loved how despite having facial abnormalities he managed to tough the hearts of many of the people around him. I read this book with a huge smile on my face.

Sadness - A book that made you sad

All The Bright Places is such a beautifully written book, but it's also very sad and I was crying a lot when reading this. The idea behind it is great for bringing awareness to mental health but that ending got me and I couldn't stop blubbing.

Fear - A book that truly scared you

I'm not a big fan of the horror genre so I haven't really read any books that have scared me. However, Death House was pretty scary at times and did have me hanging in suspense a hell of a lot. So I guess that counts right?

Disgust - A book that disgusted you

Do I really need to say anything about this? 

Anger - A book that makes you angry

I love The Hunger Games trilogy but Mockingjay had me screaming out in frustration a lot. Was there any need to kill off so many characters that we'd come to love and respect?! and don't get me started on the ending!

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag to do it! Remember to tag me in your post so I can check out your answers.

Amy

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Finishing my First Draft

This is a different kind of post to what I normally post, but it is somewhat book related. Some of you may or may not know that in November of last year I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in that one month. It has always been one of my dreams to write (and one day publish) a novel, so I went ahead with the challenge despite never doing anything like it before. I decided to work on an idea that I'd had brewing in my head for a long time. It ended up being a YA novel called Always, about a girl who after being able to see ghosts since she was younger ends up falling in love with one who mysteriously appears on the grounds of her boarding school. I'm a pantser which means that I just usually write what comes to my head instead of planning. However, a little bit of character planning happened before I started writing. 

The writing itself was pretty challenging at times and I remember wanting to give up a few times. I'm very self critical and somewhat of a perfectionist so I kept wanting to rework and edit my work. NaNoWriMo teaches you to just write and edit later so I sucked my inner editor in and just wrote and by the end of November I'd written just over 50,000 words of my novel and I was so proud of myself! The story itself wasn't finished though as I knew I had a bit left to write before the ending. I'd vowed to finish it by December and start editing in the new year. But life just got in the way and I was literally too busy to finish it. It was like this when the new year came in as well. My novel was forgotten about, which wasn't good.

However, a few weeks ago I decided that I would go back to it. I reread everything I'd written and decided to finally finish it. It was hard at first to get back into the swing of things but I soon got into the story and the characters again. I'd missed writing it and the passion was soon showing. I worked hard to get it finished and a few days ago I finally did! I'd completed the first draft of my novel and it was a major relief and a major achievement. 

I now have editing to do and I know that is going to take a while, but by the end of the year/start of next year I am hoping to have a fully finished manuscript and then it will be trying to get it out there. I am so proud of what I have done and I really hope it will all be worth it in the end.

Amy

Friday, 15 April 2016

Top Five Friday: Chick Lit

It's another Friday and boy has this one come around quick! It is time for another Top Five Friday! I really love doing these little segments and I hope you all enjoy reading them. This week I have decided to share my Top Five Chick Lit Books. I am a big lover of this genre and it's mainly to do with the fact that I am a soppy romantic at heart. 


5) The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts


I read this a few months back and also took part in the Blog Tour which was great. I really enjoyed this book it had everything you would want in a Chick Lit. It had laughs, it had romance, it had emotion and it made me very hungry! If you love books about romance and baking you will love this!

4) My Mother's Secret by Shelia O'Flanagan


This is also a recent read of mine, which has become one of my favourite Chick Lit novels. Some people may argue that it's not Chick Lit, but in my opinion it fits into the genre perfectly. It is full of twists, turns and secrets with added romance and friendship. I love how the secrets are revealed and it had me hooked from page one.

3) Dream a little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher


I love Gi and I also love her writing style. Dream a little Dream definitely fits into the Chick Lit genre, despite what some people may say. I loved how realistic Giovanna's writing was throughout this book and I really enjoyed the concept of it. The novella that 'Dream a little Christmas Dream' that was released in October last year was just as good, but I enjoyed the novel just a little bit more.

2) Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan


Jenny Colgan in my opinion is the undisputed queen of Chick Lit. She just does it so well! Little Beach Street Bakery is an amazing read and it made me feel so summery, and it also made me want to own a bakery. The descriptions of the food Polly makes throughout this book made my mouth water and I loved how it didn't need any action elements to make it stand out. I fell in love with each and every character and of course the setting.

1) Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan


Yes, I know I have two Jenny Colgan books in the top two but I can't help it! I just think this woman is pure genius at creating great Chick Lit. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was the first book in this genre that I ever read and it opened up a new world for me. I remember being pulled in as soon as I'd read the first page. I relished in discovering Issy's dreams to run her cafe and how she wasn't going to let anyone or anything get in her way. This book did make me hungry, but it would make you hungry too if you were reading about delicious cakes, pastries and coffee. After reading this and devouring it I have never looked back.

Stay tuned for another Top Five Friday next week.

Amy

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Review: White Raven (Raven #1) by J.L Weil


White Raven (Raven #1) by J.L Weil
Published by Dark Magick Publishing 2015 (E-Book)
368 Pages

Thank you to Dark Magick Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

And then, as if my life didn't already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears. 

Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.

Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

Thoughts

Young Adult fantasy is my go to genre when I fancy just escaping from reality for a while. I love reading about teenagers, the supernatural and the like, so when the chance came for me to read White Raven I jumped at the chance. The synopsis didn't give me much of an inkling as to what it would be about, but that just made me want to read it more if I'm honest. I'd also never read any other books by J.L Weil and I always love discovering new authors.

In White Raven we meet seventeen year old Piper, who after the death of her mother is sent by her father to spend the summer with her Grandmother Rose on Raven Hallow, along with younger brother TJ. From the moment she steps onto the island she knows something is different. The residents all seem to know of her arrival, and meeting the gorgeous but mysterious Zane Hunter doesn't help. Soon Piper is swept into things that are beyond her control and she soon finds out that there's more to Raven Hallow than what meets the eye.

I'll admit the first half of the book is slightly boring shall we say. You don't really find out about the happenings on the Island, and all it seems to be is Piper moaning and sulking, which I'll tell you did annoy me just a tad. However, come the middle of the book you finally start to find out the secrets about Raven Hallow and that is when I became interested. I loved the concept and I really enjoyed learning about the White Ravens and the Crows and the lives of Reapers. There was a lot of stems from Historical and Mythological themes which I was really into, and you can tell research had been done. It was really well done and I'm glad that I didn't stop reading before this was all revealed.

Piper as a character really irritated me. I found her to be whiny, selfish and quite rude at times. I can understand that she was trying to get over the death of her mother, but she didn't have to be quite so nasty as she was at times. Also her reaction to Zane I think was a bit over the top, I understand that they had a connection but it did seem childish at times, or it may just be the fact that I've grown out the crushing on guys thing and I don't understand anymore. Despite this, I did find myself laughing at the banter between herself and Zane at times. It added a bit of a comical feel to the story and that is always needed. 

White Raven was an easy read with a great concept behind it. I just wish that the story hadn't been so dragged out and that we'd found out about the mysteries of Raven Hallow a lot sooner. It's not the best YA Fantasy I have read, but I am intrigued to read the next book in the series nevertheless.

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Amy

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Review: Eve's Amulet Book 1 by Carole Avila


Eve's Amulet Book 1 by Carole Avila
Published by Black Opal Books 2013 (Paperback)
300 Pages

Thank you to Carole Avila for personally sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

A psychic leaves her a present—but is it a blessing or a curse?

Mandy Ruhe receives a sacred amulet from a mysterious woman she’s never met, and is suddenly swept back in time to Texas 1845, inside the body of Carmena Luebber, owner of the Holiday Ranch. Until she can return to her own time, Mandy must assume Carmena’s role and is caught up in the lives of the people who work for Carmena—their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Mandy ends up torn between the two men in love with the woman she portrays, but she can’t have either one of them, no matter how much her heart wishes otherwise. Trapped in the past, Mandy finds herself hoping that true love can triumph over time, but she must find a way back and return to her own life—before she messes up the future for everyone
!

Thoughts

Having already read another book by Carole Avila it was only a matter of time before I delved into more of her work. After reading and loving her novel, Death House, I was really pleased to have been sent her novel Eve's Amulet Book 1. I knew this was going to be totally different to Death House and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it.

Eve's Amulet Book 1 follows Mandy Ruhe, who after receiving a mysterious amulet from a woman who she's never even met is transported back in time to 1845 Texas, inside the body of Carmena, owner of Holiday Ranch.  Until she figures out how to get back to her own time, she must take over Carmena's role and is soon caught up in the lives of the people who work for her and is soon torn between the two men in love with the real Carmena; Ranch Manager Carlos and Captain Saunders, even though she knows she can never have them. To avoid messing up the future for everyone Mandy must find a way to return to the present day before it's too late. 

This is an Historical Time Travelling novel, which is totally different to the usual genres I read and despite going in with some tiny doubts, I was pleasantly surprised. I was swept up in the world of Texas in 1845 and it did make me slightly want to watch and read a few Westerns, which is highly unlike me at all. There were a lot of historical references in this book and you could tell that a lot of research had been put into it to keep accuracy. I applaud Carole for doing this as it must have taken a lot of time and effort.  

The plot line itself was rather interesting and very unique. I loved the idea of time travel, and as I'd never read a book on it before I was hooked on this element. The romance, although it is a big element to the plot, wasn't played on too much. It was heartbreaking seeing Mandy fall in love with the Captain and realising that she just couldn't have him. At times I just wanted her to be able to stay in that time period with him. However, I knew that this wouldn't be the case as she was needed in her own time. As well as romance there is a bit of action, especially during a particular raid. I feel that that helped ease the plot away from the romantic elements, which is what was needed in my opinion.

During reading I fell in love with every character almost instantly and felt like they all had their quirks. I loved Angela and felt like she was the mother figure to most of the ranch employees and her relationship with Javier was so adorable. I also warmed up to Carlos quite a bit, although he was pretty annoying at times but I could understand why he was acting the way he did. Mandy, I thought was a really strong female lead. She was determined to do whatever it took to help the ranch and also help herself. She knew what she wanted and she was going to get it! Which is a great attitude to have.

Despite not being the usual genre I read Eve's Amulet Book 1 pleasantly surprised me. It kept me engaged and at times I couldn't stop reading as I just wanted to know more and more. It's also made me want to get into reading more historical novels, which I never thought would happen. If you fancy spending a few days in the world of the wild west of Texas, you definitely need to pick this up. It's a hidden gem. 

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Amy

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Top Five Friday: Male Authors

It's another Friday, which means that it is time for another Top Five Friday! This week I am going to be looking at my top five male authors. I admit I do read more female authors or I have done recently. However, that doesn't mean that I have been ignoring the work of male authors completely. There are some out there that are outstanding and this is why I chose this topic for this weeks Top Five Friday.


5) Derek Landy



I've only recently discovered Derek Landy's work, and yes I know I am very late to the party. I have only read Demon Road so far but I am hoping to read all of his work before the end of the year. I love how unique his writing style is and I couldn't help but love the world he created in Demon Road.

4) James Dashner


The Maze Runner Trilogy admittedly isn't my favourite YA Dystopian Series, but it did keep me hooked and that was all because of James Dashner. The world he created I thought was so original and I knew it hadn't been done before. He has a great way of getting his stories and plot lines across and that is why he made it onto this list.

3) Roald Dahl


We're going back to my childhood now! Roald Dahl was one of the first authors whose books made me fall in love with the art of reading. I have read every single bit of his work and even now it amazes me. His art of storytelling is honestly outstanding and the characters in each and every one of his stories come alive. He may be long gone now, but his work will always live on.

2) David Levithan


David Levithan, well his work is top notch! I admit I did read his work in some collabs he had done before moving onto reading his full length work such as Everyday. Everyday is honestly one of the most heartfelt and emotional books I have read. I also love how in each and every book he has written he oversteps the mark and tackles issues that you don't usually see in most YA fiction.

1) John Green


Come on, did you expect any different from me? If you know me well at all you will know that I absolutely love Mr John Green. There is just something about his way with words and art of storytelling that gets to me emotionally. I mean, I blubbed through the whole of The Fault in Our Stars. I feel like with all of his books I have a connection to them and the characters. I cannot wait to see if he writes any more, as I know I will just love them!

See you guys next Friday for another top five!

Amy

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