TSG Book Club Review: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Spoilers)

Today I bring you a review for the monthly TSG bookclub book, Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. 

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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Review…

Well let me just start with. I love this book! 

I was so unsure of using this book for the bookclub as the synopsis read a little like the story of Labyrinth and I know that for many it is a love hate situation with it. I however, love Labyrinth and I have never read a book about Goblins so I just had to take the risk and I’m so glad I did.

The story focuses on Liesl (Elisabeth) and her sister Käthe. It took me a good chapter or two to get use to the setting in another country and the whole musical atmosphere but I soon found my step with it.

I really liked Liesl as a character, she didn’t come across as anything other than what she was. 

I really felt for the Goblin King, it was clear he was only doing what was necessary for everyone’s survival including the world above.

The ending was so sad, I really hoped they would find a way to stay together as it was clear they loved each other. I thought that she would die down there if I’m honest so I wasn’t expecting her to end up free.

I also think the first bride that has managed to leave was Liesl’s grandmother Constanze.

I felt such affinity to this book I truly loved it and was so sad when it was over. I enjoyed it so much more than I had expected and I will definitely read this again and again for the sheer magic of it.

If you have read Wintersong I would love to know your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Tour: Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella

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Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a book tour for Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella.

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Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe. The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land. Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance. When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

Review…

I really really really really and really enjoyed this book. I loved everything about it. The characters, the world setting, the good/evil divide, just everything.

Ashael is the lead protagonist and we see the majority of the story through her eyes. Ashael is a character that I could instantly take too, she wasn’t over stated or understated and has strength right from the beginning which continues to grow and flourish throughout the book.

There are also aspects of the story told through the eyes of other characters, every single one telling their own version of events which make them hard to dislike.

Even the characters of Meegrum are good to hate and feed into their role perfectly.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has action, adventure, magic, hate, love, despair and everything else you could possibly want.

To get a copy of this amazing book for yourself you can purchase it here on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Somme Legacy by M.J Lee

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Hey Everyone. Today I am bringing you an extract for Somme Legacy by M.J Lee.

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July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.

A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.

Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.

Excerpt…

Hawthorn Ridge, the Somme. July 1, 1916.

 Three hours from now, he might be dead.

Captain David Russell checked the luminous dials of his Mappin wristlet watch for the seventh time. Above him, white cotton candy clouds drifted across the sky lazily towards the German trenches.

The artillery had finally stopped firing in their sector after seven days of pounding the line opposite. A deathly quiet had descended on the trench. None of the men spoke, each one just staring at his neighbour.

Beside him, Crawford, normally so chirpy, pressed himself into the uneven duckboards, his head resting against a painted sign for Lux soap.

What had happened? Had something gone wrong? To his left he could see Malins, the Canadian cinematographer, standing above the fire step slowly cranking the handle of his camera.

He looked down at his watch again. 7.19 a.m. The second hand ticked on, silently tolling his life away. The watch was a present from his wife on their wedding day, inscribed on the back with the words, To David, 25 April, 1916.

He peered over towards the German front line, just 400 yards away on the chalk ridge. As he did so, the ground beneath his feet began to tremble. The tremors increased in power and a massive cloud of dust, dirt and earth thrust violently into the air, spuming forth like a vast, black volcano.

The sound followed a second later; a thunderous boom from the bowels of hell. He immediately clapped his hands over his head and ducked down beneath the rim of the trench. Clods of earth rained down on his men, rattling their new steel helmets.

‘Bloody hell, what the feck was that?’ one of the1437614m shouted above the noise of the falling debris.

‘That was a lot of dead Germans,’ replied Sergeant Flaherty.

Captain Russell raised his head above the rim of the trench. To his left, a plume of dust had risen high into the sky, reaching fingers of dirt into the white clouds. Beneath it, Hawthorn Ridge had vanished, replaced by a vast depression where the German trench had once been. The dust began to drift down across no man’s land and an eerie silence settled down with it.

Why weren’t the first line moving forward? Why didn’t they attack now?

On his right, a fox bolted from cover and ran towards their own line, disturbed and frightened by the blast. Somehow it had survived all the shelling for the last seven days, but the mine had finally driven it out of its burrow.

Russell listened. A few birds had started to sing. Chaffinches, he thought. Even amongst all of this, they still proclaimed all the dirt, wire, shell-holes, and broken ground as their territory.

‘Why don’t the first wave go forward now before the Germans recover?’ he asked Crawford.

‘They’re waiting for 7.30. It’s General Hunter-Weston’s orders. Advance exactly at that time, not a moment earlier,’ answered Crawford, staring out from beneath the rim of his helmet.

‘But the Germans will be shattered by the explosion; they should advance now.’

Still the first wave of troops waited.

The silence was broken by a loud explosion on the right, followed by two others. The German guns had finally woken up and were shelling the reserve trenches. David heard the plaintive cries of ‘stretcher bearer’ echoing across the lines.

He checked his men. They all had their heads down, keeping well below the trench.

Sergeant Flaherty edged towards him.

In front, the sound of a whistle followed by others along the line. He heard a faint cheer before it was blown away by the breeze towards the German trenches.

‘Move the men forward, Sergeant,’ Russell ordered.

‘Yes, sir.’

Lt. Crawford pointed to the left. ’I’ll chivvy along my platoon.’

‘Good luck.’ Russell stuck out his hand.

’It’ll be a walk in the park, sir.’

If this sounds like a book that you would like to read then you can find a copy on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: The Dead Of Winter by Billy McLaughlin

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have another blog tour review for you. The novel is The Dead of Night by Billy Mclaughlin.

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One missing baby! One runaway teenager! Coincidence?

Detective Kevin Wallace doesn’t think so. And neither do the residents of Golf Road, who are all too quick to point the finger at a man with severe learning disabilities. As Wallace and a colleague, who has already experienced the ugly nature of this particular community, get closer to the truth they may not like what is hidden behind closed doors.

Review…

I quite enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a page turner so I didn’t have any issues getting through it. Each chapter takes on the view from a different character but it flows so easily that it is not confusing in any way.

I enjoyed the plot line and found it interesting. Some of the characters are likable, others not so much but that’s exactly the way it should be with the given storyline.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick paced thriller.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Book In A Jar: City of Bones by Cassandra *Spoilers*

Hey Everyone,

For those of you who are not aware, there is a lovely booktuber called Book_Roast who has decided to do something called Book In  A Jar every month. Now it may sound odd but yes it does mean there is a book in an actual jar. The idea behind it is that each month a book is picked with Book_Roast invites you to read along with her. At the end of the month she will post a book diary. This will contain snippets taken thoughout the month of key things that she finds are intereting, issues she may have, feelings etc. These snippets are recorded at the time of her reading the information so it is showing as she reads it rather than as an afterthought.

February was the first ever month that Book In A Jar took place and the selected read was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.

Before we get to my review and thoughts on the book I will post the synopsis.

Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts

Ok so where to start with this book. Admittedly I had mixed thoughts about this when I first started. My inital reaction was boredom. I felt that the book begin just like every single other YA novel out there, the same generic descriptions and sterotypes. However it hit about chapter 2 and I started to enjoy it more. The storyline was still a tad cheesy, and in some respects very predictable but the characters started to warm to me.

I didn’t particularly have any strong feelings about Clary but I adored Simon from the start.

When Clary’s mum gets kidnapped it was something that didn’t suprise me however from that point onwards the story started really getting interesting. I loved the concept of the Institute and I liked the introduction of the other characters.

My favourite part of the book is probably the introduction of Magnus Bane and the Vampire party scene where Simon gets turned into a mouse.

Fast forward to the last few chapters. I didn’t expect some of the twists which I found quite refreshing. I did think that Valentine would turn out to be Clary’s dad however I did not expect Hodge’s betrayal and I certainly did not expect that Jace would be Clary’s dead brother Jonathan both of these were welcome additional stories and they broke up the predictability of the entire story. Oh and Luke (Lucian) the werewolf…also predicted…

When I hit the end of the book I was actually fully engrossed, so engrossed that the end was a shock. I didn’t want it to end and I longed for more. Unfortunatly I will have to wait a little while to continue the series as I have a huge list of review books to be read but even now when I think about it I am eager to start the next book City of Ashes.

Final Point….

All in all despite the slow start I really really liked the book. I would defintly recommend this book to any lover of supernatural, vampire of werewolf reads.

It is very much a strong 4.5 from me (only losing half a point due to the slowness of the beginning).

I enjoyed this month’s Book In A Jar. Next month’s pick is Girl Inturrupted by Susanna Keysen.

For more information on Book_Roast and her Book In A Jar you please check out her

Book_Roast Youtube

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Book Tour: Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osbourne

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have an excerpt for you from the novel Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne.

Excerpt

Edie had to wait another six hours, but with the resilience that had seen her through the past four years, she simply took a deep breath and endured it. She smiled at her mother, confused and wondering at the strain on her face when Florence had hoped and prayed for so long for William to come home. Sitting in the cosy warmth of the kitchen, she forced herself to play with little Lydia, filled that interminable day trying to talk to her dad, and trying to help Mum connect with this stranger in their midst. To begin with, Lydia was shy of the grey-faced man at the kitchen table, but soon her inquisitive and irrepressible nature took over and she climbed boldly up onto his lap giggling as she always did, clutching at his moustache with chubby little hands, her black curls raising a weary, delighted smile from William as he slowly, unbelievingly contemplated the new addition to his family. Then eventually the news of their father’s return must have spread through the street, and shutting up shop early the boys hurtled through the kitchen door, Reg enthusiastically pumping his dad’s hand while his more reserved younger brother, Bert, stood grinning shyly, then daringly suggesting a pint at their local pub which he had been too young to frequent when he had last seen him. ‘That’ll probably do him more good than anything,’ sighed Florence tiredly, as they left, pushing her hair away from her face. She felt exhausted from the emotional turmoil of the day, the conflict of emotions from what she remembered of her husband she loved and the new reality of the unfamiliar, broken man who had come back to her, bearing the scars of mustard gas and much, much more besides. She looked at Edie then, and her heart went out to her, the poor girl had been so brave all day waiting for news of Edward, yet she hadn’t said a word about it, had swallowed her own anxieties and fears so as not to detract from her family’s joy on her father’s return.

‘Why don’t you go and ask his mum if she’s had any word?’ she suggested sympathetically, but just as the words left her mouth, there was a knock on the back door. Edie felt her heart miss a beat and froze, looking at her mother helplessly, her trepidation suddenly rendering her both speechless and immobile. Florence smiled at her tenderly, then straightened her apron and marched to the door, flinging it open determinedly. And in came Edward. Still in uniform, exhausted and grimy, a broad smile across his face and his arms open wide. Edie gazed at him, feeling a wave of emotion flooding through her body and threatening to swamp her, then fell into them, laughing and crying, trying to reach her arms around the bulk of him in his jacket. Then to her surprise, he let go abruptly and looked at her for a long time, drinking in the sight of the woman whose memory had kept him going during the bleak days and nights in the trenches. Then he sank down on one knee on the scrubbed kitchen floor, took her hand between his, and said in a voice hoarse with emotion, ‘Edith Rose Johnson, will you marry me?’

If this sounds like a book to your tastes then you can find a copy here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Author: Sarah.J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Publication Date: 2 August 2012

Format: Paperback, Kindle

Page Count: 438

Rating:5

The Blerb:

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? 

Review:

I had heard many mixed reviews about this book, from the story to the universe and it’s alikening to A Court of Thorns and Roses, to the main character Calaena.

However, I personally found this extremely good. I loved Calaena as a character and also Choal and Dorian. I loved the concept of the story and where it led.

I’m particularly encouraged and excites to read the following books in the series and the accompanying novella. 

Despite the mixed reviews I am really glad I read this for myself. One of my favourites.

Definitely worth a read:)

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk

2017 Blog Schedule

Hey Everyone, 
A few months ago I posted my proposed blog schedule which was working really well.

As such there will be very little change with the new year.

Monday – Planner Girls Collective. This is the formally known as Confessions Of A Plannerholic. We decided a name change was in order given that our posts can vary even though they primarily focus on Stationery and Planners.

Tuesday – Stationery/Planner orientated post. This could be reviews, unboxings, set-ups etc.

Wednesday – Book Review. This one speaks for itself. I will review a book on this day.

Thursday – This will vary between TSG Shop updates and any other relevant information you need to know.

Friday – Productivity Friday. Where I will share hints, tips and sources for a more productive lifestyle.

Saturday – Book review, TBR lists and anything else book orientated.

Sunday – My weekly spread and DT package unboxing.

Blog Tours and Blitz’s will be posted on any day of the week however it won’t effect the normal schedule so there maybe 2 posts on some days. (Unless they fall on a Wednesday or Saturday). 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

TSG Book Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children

Publication Date: 6th October 2016

Format: Paperback, Kindle

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Blerb:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all. 

The Review:

I had looked forward to reading this book for what felt like eternity. Before I’d even read the blerb I had been enticed by it’s beautiful cover.

I was really excited to include this in my Winter Wonderland book box and I got reading it straight away.

I always worry about reading a book I’ve been anticipating simply because I want it to be as good as I have imagined. 

I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one. 

I really enjoyed it right from the first chapter which started with Snow stuck in an insane asylum for an accident she barely remembers. The first part of the book focuses on her life there, her loves,  her hates and her friends. This is where we also meet Bane,  Snow’s focus and affection.

Without spoiling it for others, as things develop within the story we learn there is a lot more to Snow than meets the eye. As her life is unravelled in front of her we also see it unfold and we some huge character development for her with the changes that are thrown upon her.

We also meet Jagger who becomes a big character later in the book and he turned out to be one of my favourite characters. 

For those who love a good fairytale this book would really suit you. The way it is written feels more like a traditional fairytale than any I have read for a while.

The only reason it lost half a star in my review was that when I finished I need feel that ‘need’ for a sequel the way I had when I finished other books like Six Of Crows (you can see my review for that here). 

Stealing Snow is a magical fantasy, perfect as a winter read and suitable for all ages.

The Favourite Quotes:

Page 14,”I was never sure if it was better to hold it in or let it out. Fighting against ir felt like holding my breath.” 

Page 269
“We breathe out the lies, we stutter the truth”…An old Robber proverb, “he said, smiling wider.” it means that it’s easier to lie than not to.”

If Stealing Snow sounds like a book you’d be interested in you can purchase it from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk


Book Review: Late Whitsun by Jasper Kent

Title: Late Whitsun
Author: Jasper Kent

Publication Date: October 2016

Page Count: 238

Rating: 4/5

The Blerb

Normally I write a Blerb about the book but as I did it on my previous post I decided not to do it again. You can read the blerb here.

Review

I was given a copy of this book as part of a blog book tour I was doing. Even though a review wasn’t required I read the book anyway and thought it should be reviewed.

I did enjoy this novel, the only reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars is simply because I didn’t find it intensely engrossing. The story was good, the twists were good and the character development was great but it wasn’t a page turner I couldn’t put down.

It was a nice easy read, I didn’t feel invested the way I do with other books but I did find it enjoyable.

I would highly recommend reading this book.

You can purchase the book here

For a chance to win a signed copy thwn please check out my previous post linked above.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk