It’s my first Blog Tour tomorrow! Keep an eye out for my review on here, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter! Here will have the longest review, with the others will be a shortened version.
“Charming, rich, and clever, heiress Emma Woodhouse has no need for an occupation – or a husband. Still, she considers herself quite skilled at matchmaking. Although her dear friend Mr. Knightley advises against it, there is nothing that she enjoys more than entangling herself in the romantic lives of others. But when one of her well-intentioned plans goes awry – as Mr. Knightley rightly predicted – Emma must face the consequences of her meddling.
The delightfully imperfect Emma and her Mr. Knightley have captured the hearts of generations of readers. A lively comedy of manners that has been adapted several times for the screen, Emma is the last work Jane Austen lived to see published.
AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.”
I decided that I wanted to read this book before my 30th birthday (which I managed to achieve!). I have studied one of the many film adaptations at school, have since seen other film adaptations and read other book adaptations so I knew the story, but had never actually read the original. I thought that now was the time to do it and when better than before I turned 30!
I can’t believe that I waited so long. It was an excellent book with a good sense of humour and the characters that I knew and loved (Emma can take a bit of getting used to, but you know that deep down she doesn’t mean any real harm) were as depicted in the adaptations so I wasn’t disappointed.
The settings were the usual village setting with the rich families and the rest of the inferior society coming together to attend the beautiful balls and to judge one another. I don’t mind the same old settings as it gives a flavour of what life was like during that period of time and who doesn’t like to read about the goings on at balls?!
Sometimes I find Austen’s writing style a bit hard to understand, but this one, together with my thorough background knowledge wasn’t too bad. It is now definitely one of my favourites!
Lucifer’s Game by Cristina Loggia – Blog Tour Book – Review on 1 November!
What am I going to read next?
Chasing the Darkness by Cassie Sanchez
Book description from Goodreads:
“FINALIST IN THE 2021 AMERICAN FICTION AWARDS FOR FANTASY
Pain is inescapable. Suffering is a choice.
Azrael, the Angel of Death, knows pain. The deaths of his mother and sister, as well as his harsh experiences in the Watch Guard at age twelve, have brutally shaped him into the most feared assassin in all of Pandaren. Azrael’s role as a Hunter requires him to search for those with magic, called Spectrals, which he is happy to do. Hunting allows him to pursue his true goal—exacting revenge on the Fire Spectral who altered the course of his life.
Azrael’s obsession with revenge and power leads him to undergo an experimental procedure that gives him magic, but when this procedure has unexpected and dangerous side effects, he becomes a liability to the Hunters and the Watch Guard. Rescued by the people he has sworn to eliminate, Azrael finds himself questioning everything he once believed as years of secrets and lies are exposed. His very nature is challenged as he battles unfamiliar emotions and navigates relationships that contradict the heart of a killer.
Can the Angel of Death have a conscience? Can Azrael?
Chasing the Darkness is an escape to a land of magic, sword fights, and love, with memorable characters who must face the darkness within and journey down a path of destruction or redemption.”
Today is publication day for Dead World by Alex Apostol! It is a great read and I rated it 5/5 (click the title for the full review).
Below is the shorter review that I have posted on Instagram, Goodreads and Amazon:
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚 Dead World by Alex Apostol
📖PLOT SUMMARY📖 We are now on the third book and Christine and Zack are determined that they will carry on fighting to find the cure and not stop until they have it. They leave the group in the safety of the bunker and make the journey to the lab. Gretchen sneaks out of the bunker to join them at a great cost.
The bunker life isn’t as safe as Christine and Zack first thought and the rest of the group end up fighting their own problems – both from the living and the dead!
Will Christine and Zack find the cure and will bunker life ever be the same again?
💭THOUGHTS💭 This is the third book in the series and I can honestly say that I loved this book! There was so much going on with lots of action and suspense that kept my interest. There were some really sad and emotional moments, but without them the jeopardy of the story wouldn’t have been the same.
Just like the first two it was well written and thought out. You could really imagine going through what the characters went through should a zombie apocalypse ever happen! The characters all had something to add to the story and the settings really highlighted the situations that the characters found themselves in.
It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this weeks Top 10 is Halloween Freebie. After a bit of thought I have come up with a Top 10 list of books with Halloween associated words in the title:
“Drawing heavily from personal experience, Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey in an effort to represent the many 19th Century women who worked as governesses and suffered daily abuse as a result of their position.
Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family.
Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose. The cruelty with which the family treat her however, slowly but surely strips the heroine of all dignity and belief in humanity.
A tale of female bravery in the face of isolation and subjugation, Agnes Grey is a masterpiece claimed by Irish writer, George Moore, to be possessed of all the qualities and style of a Jane Austen title. Its simple prosaic style propels the narrative forward in a gentle yet rhythmic manner which continuously leaves the listener wanting to know more.
Anne Brontë, the somewhat lesser known sister, was in fact the first to finish and publish Agnes Grey under the pseudonym of Acton Bell. Charlotte and Emily followed shortly after with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
As Anne passed away from what is now known to be pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of just 29, she only published one further title; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. As feminist in nature as Agnes Grey, Anne’s brave voice resonates and permeates during one of the most prejudiced and patriarchal times of English history.”
This was a classic novel that I hadn’t read before and thought that I should give it a go. I wasn’t sure what to expect as the Bronte’s have a reputation for the dark and gothic and assumed that this would be similar. There were some dark bits to it with the cruelness of some of the families that Agnes went to work for, but there seemed to be more of an optimism about Agnes that I found endearing. No matter what happened she was determined to carry on and prove to her family that she could succeed. I liked the belief that she had in herself and it was this that carried her through the tough times.
The settings were also unexpected in that they didn’t seem to be dark or mysterious, just your average rich family home.
At times I really felt for Agnes, but it was her optimism that kept me intrigued and willing for her to have a happy ending.
Overall an enjoyable read and therefore a 5/5 rating from me!
“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the unsolved murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.”
I bought this on my Kindle, but it is available at the library.
I enjoyed Gone Girl and when I saw this one I decided to get it. It then just sat on my Kindle for a long time.
I eventually found the time to read it and I won’t be forgetting it in a hurry! It was quite a dark and emotional read. So much so that at some points I didn’t know if I would be able to carry on. I decided that as I had made a start, I would finish it. Besides, the story was just so intiguing that every time I thought it was a bit too much, it compelled me to read more!
The characters were well written and scarily believable. They were your average everyday people who you could easily see yourself associating with. It goes to show that you just don’t know what goes on behind closed doors!
The story had twists and turns in it that made me keep changing my mind as to who the murderer was. Neither was a particularly comfortable choice! The settings were just your normal everyday places and that added an uncomfortable layer to the story.
Overall whilst it was certainly an experience to read, I wouldn’t rush to read it again. It is purely because of the experience and the fact that even though I thought about stopping, it dragged me back in, that I rated it 4/5.
It’s Top 5 Saturday! Hosted by Devouring Books, this week it is Top 5 books with blood on the cover. I really struggled with this and have had to resort to covers that represent blood as well as having blood on them.
So here are my Top 5 books with blood on the cover:
“The group of wanderers in the wilderness of Northwest Indiana and the group of survivors at the Dune Ridge apartment complex have come together in this thrilling tale of zombie apocalypse survival. With the scientist, Liam, gone only his journal is left to give hope for a cure to the zombie plague. Christine, Zack, and the others band together to deliver the journal to the disease research center in the heart of downtown Chicago, but it is not an easy road ahead of them.”
“When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.
This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?”
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Book Description From Goodreads:
“I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.
I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAPPED IN ONE OF THOSE TERRIFYING NIGHTMARES, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can’t make your body move fast enough…. But this was no dream, and, unlike the nightmare, I wasn’t running for my life; I was racing to save something infinitely more precious. My own life meant little to me today.
FOR BELLA SWAN THERE IS ONE THING more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning….
LEGIONS OF READERS ENTRANCED BY THE New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bell and Edward. In New Moon, Stephanie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.”
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Book Description From Goodreads:
““It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses.”
Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith
Book Description From Goodreads:
“Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls – a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands – until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth – and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth’s heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave – and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!”
What do you think of my choices? I have read so many murder mysteries but none of them seemed to have blood on the cover!