Mythical Creatures: The End of an Era

It’s a very sad day for book lovers as the The Stationery Geekette has closed the pages on her Bookclub Box. So today I will be sharing with you the contents of the very final box.

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I’ve loved my monthly box goodies from Emma and this month has been no different. She has definitely gone out on a high!

This months book choice was The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent. It’s a YA fantasy/paranormal story and looks really good. I’ll be adding it to my August TBR assuming I can find the time to read anything with the kids being off school.

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Moving on we have a gorgeous candle, made by the amazing Emma herself under her new guise of Geekette Creations. The Dragon Blood candle smells amazing and has a gorgeous glittery coating. I’ve currently got it in my office with the lid off as I don’t want to light it just yet but love the smell. I believe these will still be available over on the group.

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Next up we have a selection of planner stickers from Mix and Match Planner’s Something Magical range. The stickers are beautiful and will be finding their way to my planners in the coming weeks. As usual there is a really good selection of stickers and there will definitely enough for several weeks worth of spreads.

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Keeping with the stationery aspect there is a super cute little dragon paperclip by Little Dragon Jewellery.

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The other items in the box included a bookmark by Jessica Scissorhands, a mermaid postcard by Papiopress, a feather card and a gorgeous dragon necklace.

Everything in the box is amazing and this is definitely one of my favourite boxes. It’s a shame to see them go, but I believe there will be special edition box in time for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

Debbie x

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Book Review: The Poisoned Rose

The Poisoned RoseSynopsis

To a corrupt chief of police intent on maintaining his power at all costs, part-time PI Declan “Mac” MacManus is a problem that must finally be addressed. Cursed with an unwavering sense of right and wrong, and a fierce loyalty to his few friends, Mac has become known as someone the working class of Southampton can turn to in times of desperate need. On a rain-swept night in October, Mac witnesses to a brutal homicide, but he has learned that nothing on the East End is ever what it seems. Determined to hunt down an elusive hired killer before he can strike again, Mac is reunited with what is left of a prominent family he once knew well. But something more—something darker than Mac could have possibly foreseen—is at play here, and as a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge, Mac once again becomes the only hope for justice in a town that all too clearly belongs to the rich and powerful.

There comes a point in a man’s life when he has to take control of things. Otherwise, things will just keep controlling him.

Review

Firstly, I must make reference to the fact that the synopsis doesn’t quite match the story itself, yes there is a corrupt police chief but he’s only a small part of a very entwined plot.

The lead protagonist, Mac, is an extremely flawed character who is regularly referred to throughout the story as a good guy who feels compelled to help people out of difficult situations although the reason for this is never fully explained.

There is a lot of violence, some quite graphic, and the overall mood of the book is quite dark and gloomy, but the writing is extremely descriptive and very well put together, even if some of the plot lines are a little unbelievable at times.

One thing I did like about the story is that most of the time I’ve come across the The Hamptons in books or on TV, they are portrayed as full of mega rich people who own summer homes, whereas this portrayal was more like film noir/gangster movie and showed a completely different side to the area.

At times I struggled to keep up with all the players but overall I enjoyed the story enough to add the remaining books in the Gin Palace Trilogy to my TBR list.


Details

Title: The Poisoned Rose (The Gin Palace Trilogy #1)

Author: Daniel Judson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Page Count: 320

Publication Date: 1st October 2002

Format: Kindle

Add it: Goodreads

Buy it: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

TBR Thursday #1: Marking Time

This week I’m joining in with TBR Thursday hosted by Kimberly over at Kimberleyfaye Reads.

This weekly feature is a great way to spotlight a title that’s been sitting on your shelves (virtual or otherwise) for some time for various reasons. I’m also going to ask for you input on whether or not I should read it or just stick it back on the shelf. Sometimes it seems like everyone is reading the same books at the same time and older titles have a way of just fading from the radar. I love the idea of featuring an older title and, of course, getting a chance to talk about it with other bloggers and readers.


Marking TimeMarking Time (The Immortal Descendants #1) by April White

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Historical, Romance
Publication date: 30 October 2012
Publisher: Corazon Entertainment
443 pages
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

Marking Time has been on my TBR list since August 2016. Having read the blurb again, it will have been the Jack the Ripper connection that interested me initially, however since then I seem to have put on the back-burner.

Have you read Marking Time? Do you think it’s worth my time? Would you read it?

My New Adventure

 

Hey there!

Welcome to my new blog.

My name is Debbie, an avid reader and SAHM of 3.

For the past 12 months I’ve been blogging about my life, loves and books over at My Chaotically Eclectic Life. However, the book side of things started to take on a life of it’s own so I have decided to branch out and take a wander into the world of book blogging.

My hope is to post at least three book reviews every week depending on how many books I’ve read. I will be posting these every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I will also be adding a few random book relating topics such as memes, book tags etc as the fancy takes me so if there are any that you recommend, please let me know in the comments.

I do hope you’ll join me.

Happy reading

Debbie x