Review| Echoes in Death by JD Robb

Title: Echoes in Death
Author: JD Robb
Publisher: Piatkus
Genre: Adult Fiction, Crime Fiction and Romance

Synopsis:

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young 29863968woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn’t point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:
What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

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Review| Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 320
Genre: Lgbt, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:19547856

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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February 2017 Wrap Up & Haul

February is over and despite being the shortest month of the year I feel like it went pretty slowly and dragged on. In terms of reading, this month went really well for me considering I got out of my reading slump and read 4 books. And so without further ado, let’s start with my haul.

My February book haul as seen on my bookstagram @dreamsleepread

 

This month I bought 4 physical books,

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • The Seven Princes in the Thousand Year Labyrinth Vol. 1 by Aikawa Yu & Atori Haruno

I’m really excited to read all four books I’ve bought above and it’s  a shame uni classes have started for me. I won’t be reading as much, especially since I got out of my reading slump.

Plus a couple of e-books (a few of them were on impulse but the ones below I’m pretty excited to read)

  • Dragon of Ash & Stars by H. Leighton Dickson
  • The Last Necromancer by CJ Archer
  • The Witch Hunter by Nicole R, Taylor
  • Bewitching Winter (Bk3 of The Four Seasons Series) by Serenity Woods
  • Contract Snatch by Ty Hutchinson

Books Read This Month:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Echoes in Death by JD Robb
  • Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

I’ve reviewed Howl’s Moving Castle which you can read if you click the book title but I have no idea if I will be reviewing any of the three. Uni has just started and I don’t really feel like writing a review for them… I’m not sure if that is against some unspoken book blogger rule but it is what it is. Maybe I’ll write short reviews for them, maybe.


Currently Reading:

29961202Animal Farm by George Orwell – Finally tackling this modern classic(?). Plenty of people have told me that I would enjoy this and so far I am. A very interesting concept. It’s political without being too complicated and so far a very easy read.


What about you guys? What did you read or buy this month? What are the highlights?

Review| Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Title: Howl’s Moving Castle
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Paperback

Synopsis:

“How about making a bargain with me?” said the demon. “I’ll break your spell if you agree to 5985499break this contact I’m under.”

In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help – the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hills.

But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls..

 

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How Do I Deal With Reading Slumps?

The short answer for this is: I don’t really deal with it. For the sake of this post however I’m going to actually write about what I personally do when I am in a reading slump, such as the one I’m in right now.

Reading slumps, I should think, are fairly common amongst any sort of readers whether you read for leisure and fun or for work or for your classes. There will be a time in your life where the act of reading feels like a chore or reading is not as enjoyable as it used to be or everything you read just doesn’t click with you and you just don’t enjoy any book. Reading slumps can any of those and many more depending on the person. Take me for example right now during my reading slump I am unable to read any new books because I just can’t get into it. It doesn’t matter if it is a book that I’ve been dying to read (eg. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones) or something completely new to me because nothing clicks and I can’t connect and eventually I drop the book. I like to think that we’ve all had these moments in our life (mine has lasted several months actually so I’m not sure if moments is the correct word…). So, below are the things I personally do during my own reading slumps.


Read my Favourite books

The first  and most common thing I do for all my reading slumps is read my favourite books. Reading is very important to me and sometimes having these reading slumps means not being able to read which sucks honestly. So I am glad that in my past reading slumps and right now I have been able to enjoy reading books I’ve loved and enjoyed so that I never actually go through time where I am not reading anything. This really helps me because I can re-establish the reason/s why I enjoy reading so much and during a reading slump that is something I require plenty of.

Buy new books

You might be wondering or asking yourself “Evee, why would you buy new books when you said you can’t read new books during your reading slumps?” My answer is I don’t just buy any books I buy books from my favourite authors. Books that I’ve read in the past and really enjoyed. Sometimes I do buy books that other people have recommended and have raved about to me personally or just on the internet. I don’t know if this actually helps with my reading slumps but I always, ALWAYS, do it so it’s here.

Try to read said newly bought books

Here is perhaps the helpful part of buying all those books. I try to read them and the results are usually mixed and if not a little predictable. If I read books that I have previously read in the past and enjoyed, even just the littlest bit, I am able to finish it and enjoy the book and the act of reading it. If I am reading something completely new, you guessed it, I just end up dropping it and giving up because nothing connects and reading the book is like a slow and torturous trek towards a horrible and hot place, for me that is. Usually this is what pulls me out of reading slump. When I read something new, finish it and actually enjoy reading it then I know I’m somehow in the clear of my reading slump.

Read other things

During my reading slumps, I’ve found it useful to read other things. For example, for me I like to read up about mythology, past civilisations or about the dinosaurs and anything that is usually not what I would read about for leisure. In the past this has helped me by igniting my passion to read anything and it has gotten me out of reading slumps successfully! The benefits of this goes beyond getting out of a slump though it also helps learn new and interesting things which end up broadening my reading range which is always a good thing!

Talk about books to other people

Lastly, I talk about books with other people. Being surrounded by like-minded people who share the same interests and passions is such a great feeling and I’ve found that just by talking to people about reading it can bring back my enthusiasm about reading and bring me out of a reading slump, sometimes. It doesn’t work every time, unfortunately, but it is always such a fun thing to do, whether you have a reading slump or not. Plus, meeting and talking to fellow booknerds or bibliophiles is always a wonderful thing.


Does anyone have any other tips or tricks on how to get out of a reading slump? What do you do when you can’t enjoy reading? Comment below to help a booknerd out!

Review | Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Penguin Books
Source: Paperback copy
Synopsis:

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from 29757901Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
~ Synopsis & Photo from Goodreads

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Review | La Vie en Rose by Michaels

Title: La Vie en Rose (Life in Pink)
Author: Lydia Michaels
Source: e-Book ( Kindle Edition )

Synopsis:

Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty 27866743.jpgpearls, and—of course—falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.

Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.

She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves—his Emma. His hero.

Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.

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