Category Archives: June

Everyone needs a Superhero | Wonder Women | A Review

N.B. This blog post was written some time last year and unfortunately, was never posted. However, with the release of Wonder Woman in cinemas, I felt now would be a good time to post said book release. Enjoy!

Quirk books are currently publishing Wonder Women this year, written by Sam Maggs (Awesome Geek Feminist of the Year), this book is a key book for all feminists and budding girl geeks!

“True Stories of Ingenuity and Innovation that put Ladies first”

Blurb

You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .

· Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
· Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

This book describes the story of 25 innovators, inventors and trailblazer who changed history, all of which, are WOMEN!

The book is divided into:

Women of Science

Women of Medicine

Women of Espionage

Women of Innovation

Women of Adventure

Each section features five women of the field but also a few extra for good measure. As well as relevant back stories and information regarding their discoveries and various fun things they did and found out, Maggs also provides mini interviews with ladies of the relevant fields.

I read the extract for this book and was so excited for it to be released, this is a perfect book for budding scientists, adventurers of the future, and this book provides a great guide of those relevant in the field.

This is the go-to book for girls who are looking for female aspirations, these ladies will inspire you to be your own wonder woman. It’s the sort of boo

I love Maggs writing style and find her writing really funny. Her little ‘comments’ regarding the facts in the stories, providing a humourous after thought for readers.

This book is perfect for teenage girls but also a good read for anyone of any age. This is a reminder that us girls can achieve anything, and this book is proof!

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Wonder Women and what you thought of the book, and if not…? The what are you waiting for?! Read it now! Add it to your TBR soon!!

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The Grim Demon | A Gathering of Ravens | Blog Tour

Hola guys! Today I’m taking part in the Blog Tour for a new release, A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden.

Blurb

To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?

Scott Oden’s A Gathering of Ravens is an epic novel of vengeance, faith, and the power of myth.

This was a HUGE book to read, or that’s what I found anyways. It took me a little while to get into the book, mainly because of the names of the characters, something which adds depth to the book, which is set many, many years ago in Old England and Denmark.

I have a soft spot for Historical books, being a bit of a History buff, I enjoy reading about the past and how things were different (which definitely makes me a little bit grateful about living in this time!) And this book really does have a load of History thrown in for good measure.

I’m not saying it’s completely accurate (I think, unless you actually lived through that time, you cannot accurately say that something happened the way it did) but reading it, makes you feel like your in that time, although why you’d want to be… I don’t know why.

There’s definitely a character development for the ‘Demon’ of the book, and it’s interesting to see how he changes throughout and his ‘foundling’, both change their thoughts and feelings towards each other’s beliefs and religion, and it’s rather interesting to watch.

Fans of Beowulf or even something as intriguing as Bernard Cornwell series, would really enjoy this book, it’s one hell of a ride and of course, it wraps things up (although not completely) at the end.

Follow along with the blog tour on twitter and be sure to give this book a read if you ever come across it!

#HarryPotter20 | 20 years and still going strong

I completely forgot about Harry Potter and the amazing milestone that would be reached today. It’s all over Twitter, and book lovers and publishers and booksellers alike are gathered celebrating all things Hogwarts.

Truly amazing.

Last October I wrote about all things Harry Potter, so I’ve already covered a lot of ground, see link above to see all blog posts from that month.

The Harry Potter series is something that has been around for most of my childhood. I was given the first Harry Potter movie on video as a young child and that sparked the interest.

Initially, it was the films that drew me in, but as I grew up, I felt that I was seriously missing out on all the details in the books, so that’s what I did.

I’m a fast reader, but in 6 weeks, and just before my birthday (literally, I finished the final book the night before my birthday), I read the series on my Kindle.

I kinda can’t believe that it’s 20 years! Let’s see… twenty years ago, I would have been coming up to my 3rd birthday, so probably didn’t have a clue about this whole Harry Potter malarkey.

I think it was Primary School where I was first introduced to Harry Potter, I’d received the first movie on video – showing my age a bit here – and proceeded to watch every movie after that. It wasn’t until high school that I bought (and tried to get into) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, something which, at the time, I did not succeed in.

I had some time off last year and was ‘told’ that I just ‘had to read the series, especially before my birthday’, so that’s what I did. And I thoroughly enjoyed it!

As I mentioned, I wrote a whole bunch of Harry Potter blog posts last October, so please do check them out!

And let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Harry Potter and when? Were you a kid, a teenager, an adult? And what were your favourite parts? Or have you watched the movies? As always, let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Zombified | The Walking Bread | A Review

Happy Sunday blog readers!

I think it’s actually starting to cool down now, which makes sleeping and doing things generally easier, don’t cha think?

Today, I’m reviewing a rather interesting book – The Walking Bread by Rick Grains – get it?

Blurb

From the creators of BAKING BAD and GAME OF SCONES comes the ghoulishly funny spoof cookbook THE WALKING BREAD, inspired by the hit television series that viewers have been hungrily devouring for the past five years.

Fans of the show will be dying to get their hands, and jaws, on this new pun-tastic, post-apocalyptic installment that features edible recipes inspired by key moments on the show, such as Carol’s Tough Nut Cookies and Rick’s Ribs. Don your apron (and your eye patch) and prepare for the very best of dystopian cooking.

This book was one of the first books I saw published by Trapeze and I rather cheekily asked if I could review the book on my blog. (So sorry it’s taken so long!)

So…  I’ve watched about 4 seasons of Walking Dead, so I kinda know what the whole things about – Zombies!

The world is suddenly a huge fan of Zombies. Gone is the Twilight and supernatural era, and in come Zombies, with the whole brain eating and weird walking thing.

Anyway, enough of that, this book is full of edible goodies.

Well, maybe.

It’s really cool how they’ve created all these different recipes for each season and the ‘big things’ that happen in the series. We, of course, have the writer Rick Grains and a introduction written by Mary Buried (Great British Bake Off fans?).

The food looks interesting to say the least, but if you ever have a Walking Dead party, you know where to turn to.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve given this book/cookbook a look through or even gifted it to a Walking Dead fan? And if you haven’t, will you be taking a look?

Memories aren’t always the Truth | The Things We Thought We Knew | Blog Tour

Hi again guys!

Today I’m taking part in the Blog Tour for this debut from Transworld Books, The Things We Thoughts We Knew by Mahsuda Smith.

Blurb (From Penguin Random House’s Website)

‘An original and affecting coming-of-age novel’ The Observer
‘Fuses life’s big themes with daily minutiae … A voice of the next generation’ Stylist
‘A vibrant portrayal of estate life in the late nineties and an affecting story of friendship‘ The Independent

Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went into the woods to play.

But now everything has changed.

Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed plagued by chronic pain syndrome. And her best friend Marianne is gone.

How did their last adventure go so wrong? Who is to blame? And where is Marianne?

Heartbreaking, bittersweet and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.

The first thing I noticed was the bright and colourful cover, nothing like what the blurb mentions, this cover, to me is kinda like a sign of hope, bright and colourful to match with the sunny summer days we’re having.

It’s not until you begin to read the book that you realize that this is not the case. It’s a story of mysteries and who-dunnits. To me, Ravine is solving a kind of mystery. Stuck to her bed all day and with only a notepad and her memories as company, she sees her past in a different light and, throughout the book, works through it.

It’s definitely an interesting read, where we’re given different points of view from Ravine as a young child, not understand more adult themes, to Ravine as an adult who now understands that what she saw as a child, was not what it seemed.

A wonderful debut and definitely worth adding to your Summer TBR.

Be sure to keep up with the #thingswethoughtweknew blog tour on Twitter.

 

 

In case of breakages… | Option B : Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy | A Review

Happy Summer Solstice guys! It’s currently the longest day here in the UK and probably one of the hottest, well above 30 degrees in some places! And us UK folk, especially me, have no idea what to do in hot weather. So… I just sit indoors with the fan going blogging and reading – perfect day!

Today I’m reviewing a truly wonderful book, which I found held so many ideas and tips to help us through difficult times. Read on to find out more.

Blurb

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart—and her journal—to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl’s loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.

Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.

We all live some form of Option B. This book will help us all make the most of it.

Netgalley Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It definitely touched a nerve and is full of useful information. Highly recommend!

It’s a long blurb isn’t it? But I feel it’s a truly wonderful book.

I pretty much read this book in one sitting on my kindle, highlighting parts which I felt were so true to day-to-day lives, things that many could do with hearing or reading about.

I don’t think a review would do this book justice, it’s the kinda book that I think anyone can benefit from reading. Whether you’ve dealt with loss, heart-break or just generally had a bad time, this book is a wonderful read.

Full of information and research, this book is well-thought out and well-written and without getting a book thrown at my head, I’d like to liken it to Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, it’s just one of those books that will do good in the world.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it, and if not please do add it to your TBR and give it a read!

The Salvation Project – Release Day!

Title: The Salvation Project (Book 3)

Series: The Soterion Mission

Author: Stewart Ross

Audience: Young Adults

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Blean Books

Format: Paperback

Released: 20th June 2017

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35095911-the-salvation-project

Amazon Link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Salvation-Project-Stewart-Ross/dp/0957101929

 

There’s also a Goodreads giveaway running for The Salvation Project, which opens for entries on the 21st of June, so be sure to enter!

Blurb
Humanity’s hope of salvation lies within a single laptop…

A mutation in human DNA means no one lives beyond nineteen. Scientists working to reverse this pandemic died before their Salvation Project was complete, leaving behind the results of their research in a sealed vault – the Soterion.

122 years have passed. The civilisation of the ‘Long Dead’ is almost forgotten, the Soterion has been burned to ashes, and communities of Constants are tormented by brutal tribes of Zeds. Cyrus, Miouda and Sammy flee their burning city with a laptop rescued from the inferno. They believe it contains the key to the Salvation Project. But its batteries are dead, there is no electricity to power it, and murderous Zeds will stop at nothing to get it back…

Stewart RossAuthor Info

Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and educated in Oxford, Berkhamsted, Exeter, Bristol, and Orlando, Florida. He taught at a variety of institutions in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, the USA, and Britain before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.

With over 300 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors. His output includes prize-winning books for younger readers, novels, plays, three librettos, a musical, and many widely acclaimed works on history and sport. Several of his books are illustrated with his own photographs.

Stewart also lectures in France and the UK, gives talks, runs workshops, and visits schools. He is an occasional journalist and broadcaster. His brother, Charlie Ross, is the celebrated auctioneer.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys travel, restaurants, sport, theatre, photography, art and music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife Lucy, and – occasionally – his four children and two grandchildren. Each morning he commutes 10 metres to work in a large hut in the garden.

Website: http://www.stewartross.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Booksmyth

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Soterion-Mission-194311443946577/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jstewartross

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The blog tour for The Salvation Project starts Wednesday, so do check that out and follow along on Twitter and check out the blogs below.
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