Monday, August 21, 2017

Review 'Finding Lyla' by Cate Beauman


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25745219-finding-lyla
Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling practices and endless performances rule her busy days—and things are about to get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star, despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.

Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.

Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become complicated—something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.

Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that might be their only chance of making it out alive.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 12th, 2016
Series:
The Bodyguards of L.A. County #10
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
452
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


After reading a view two star reads, I was in a desperate need for a good read. And since I had a Cate Beauman book standing on my TBR, I knew this was the book I needed to read next since Cate’s books always make me feel better.

‘Finding Lyla’ definitely didn’t disappoint. This is already the tenth book in the Bodyguards of L.A. county series and I can tell you right now it’s one of my favorites. In this book we meet ballet dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery. Lyla is the daughter of ballet legend Mira Markovik who died giving birth to Lyla. As the daughter of a famous dancer and an US Ambassador there are certain expectations Lyla had to life up too. And this time is no different. Lyla has to travel to Russia, to visit her father and to dance her mother’s famous dance. But things aren’t easy in Russia, and Lyla’s life isn’t save. So Lyla gets assigned bodyguard Collin, who has to face his own demons and is blown away by Lyla’s spirit.

Lyla Markovik has to be one of my favorite characters in the Bodyguards of L.A. County series. I just loved her. I loved how strong Lyla was. How she wanted to take care of others, old neighbors, homeless man etc. And I loved getting a glimpse of her life as a ballet dancer. Something that is completely foreign to me. Lyla’s life was definitely fascinating to get to know.
Collin, was just as yummy as all the other bodyguards in the series. But he definitely had something extra sweet about him. He was handsome, kind and above all he wanted to see Lyla happy. I loved reading about Collin.

The romance part between Lyla and Collin was definitely my favorite part in this read. I loved reading about them, and how they slowly changed each other’s lives. There was definitely a lot of chemistry between these characters, and you could definitely feel it. 
There were also some very thrilling and toe-curling moments in this book. Let’s just say that Collin’s bodyguard skills came in handy. And I just couldn’t put this book down until I knew how the story ended.

‘Finding Lyla’ is another great read. I loved it from the beginning till the very end. If you haven’t started reading this series yet.. I suggest you do ASAP! ;)

My Rating:

About the Author:


International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015,  ‘Justice For Abby’ was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while ‘Saving Sophie’ took the Silver Medal. ‘Saving Sophie’ was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and ‘Falling For Sarah’ received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards. Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. For information on Cate's new releases, monthly giveaways, and upcoming events, sign up for her newsletter.

For more information about Cate Beauman please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Discussion: Making Notes While Reading


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussion. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun! 

Writing reviews isn’t for everyone. And as a perfectionist I’m always trying to find new ways to improve my reviews. But I always find it hard to find a new way of writing reviews that works for me. Now, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing my reviews as soon as possible after I finish the book. This means that I sometimes write them late at night, sometimes the morning after, before I go to work and sometimes a day after I finished reading the book. 

When I started my blog I tried writing notes about the books I read. But I kept wondering what I needed to write down, which took my mind of the actual reading. And at times I forgot writing notes completely. I would finish my book, and I tried to write some notes then. Which didn’t really work because why not write the review immediately right?!

But still, I think writing notes while reading a book you’re reviewing is something that works if you do it the right way. Especially with names. I’m so bad in remembering names, that it would definitely help me out if I wrote the names down. So should I only write names down? What is the right way for making notes?


Do you write notes while reading your book? And do you have a method for it? 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review 'Johannesburg' by Fiona Melrose


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32863185-johannesburg
6 December 2013. Johannesburg.

Gin has returned home from New York to throw a party for her mother's eightieth birthday; a few blocks away, at the Residence, Nelson Mandela's family prepares to announce Tata Mandela's death...

So begins Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose's searing second novel. Responsive to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, the story follows a polyphonic course across a single day, culminating in a party and traces the fractures and connections of the city.

An irascible mother, a daughter trying to negotiate her birthplace and the people from her past, a homeless hunchback who takes his fight for justice to the doors of a mining company, a mining magnate, a man still haunted by his first love, the domestic workers who serve this cast and populate the neighborhood, a troubled novelist called Virginia - these are the characters who give voice to the city on a day hot with nerves and tension and history.

Johannesburg is a profound hymn to an extraordinary city, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 3rd, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Fiction
Pages:
272
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover
Available at:

My Review:


Last year I read Fiona Melrose’s first book ‘Midwinter’. I loved that book, so when I received a review request for Fiona’s new book ‘Johannesburg’ I knew I wanted to read this book. And don’t you just love the cover of Fiona Melrose’s book?! I think they are magnificent. 

‘Johannesburg’ takes place at December 6th 2013 and is centered around the lives of several different characters. Why December 6th? On that day Nelson Mandela's family prepares to announce Tata Mandela's death. And in Johannesburg we read about the moments in a view persons lives. 

Well, I finished reading this book over a week ago and somehow I just wasn’t able to write this review earlier. I always try to write my reviews as soon as I finish a book, but with this one I just couldn’t. Since I loved ‘Midwinter’ I really hoped to love ‘Johannesburg’ as much, but I didn’t. Not because the writing was bad or something. No Fiona Melrose’s writing was just as good in this book, as in her first. But I just couldn’t connect to all the different characters.

In ‘Johannesburg’ we read about the life of several characters. And just like I always do, I had a lot of trouble separating all the different characters, especially in the beginning. I re-started reading this book two times, but still I found it hard to keep everyone apart. And in the end I just couldn’t connect to all the characters as much as I would have liked.

This book was definitely a nice read, but not as great as I would have liked.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK, first in London and then in East Anglia. She moved to Suffolk to concentrate on her writing and it is there that Midwinter was conceived. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGO's, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa where she is completing her second novel.

For more information please visit Fiona’s website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Favorite.. Thing About Summer



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There is one thing I look forward to all year. It’s in the summer time, and it’s something I can long for when it’s winter and cold and dreary. My Favorite Thing About Summer is definitely sitting on our balcony in the sun, my husband sitting next to me, our cat lying at my feet, birds signing, a nice drink, and a nice book in my hands. Yes!! There is nothing better than such a moment.. and during the rest of the year, I dream of that moment. Sigh..

Unfortunately the summer this year hasn't been all that good and there haven’t been many moments where I was able to sit on our balcony. And when the days are good, it’s mostly too hot for us to sit out there. (I know it’s a luxury problem, but still.) We are definitely looking forward to having a home with a nice garden someday. 

But for now I would be happy with a nice summer day, not to hot and not to cold.. and not having to work on that day would be nice too! LOL!!

What is your favorite thing about summer?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Review 'A Justified Bitch' by H.G. McKinnis


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199515-a-justified-bitch
It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.

The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helen’s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helen’s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow.

While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 8th, 2017
Series:
A Las Vegas Mystery #1
Genre:
Mystery, Crime
Pages:
311
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘A Justified Bitch’, I was immediately curious about this read. I love mysteries and the fact that this book had a confused main character just spoke to me. So I was super happy when I received the email that I could read and review this book.

First of all, I love this cover. I’ve read that most people don’t seem to like this cover, but I seriously love it! I love how the orange grabs your attention, and it just makes me want to start reading. I think it’s a very strong cover, and it was definitely the first thing that made me want to read this book. It’s different, and not like any other cover I’ve seen lately. Definitely a strong starting point for me.

Overall I enjoyed reading ‘A Justified Bitch’. From the moment I started reading, I knew there was something more to this book. The main character Helen Taylor, finds a finger in her back yard right before the police arrives at her neighbors home. Helen’s neighbor is brutally murdered, and it appears Helen might be the only one who has seen something. But the thing is, Helen is talking with her husband.. her dead husband! And Helen doesn’t seem able to give a ‘normal’ answer.

That is the moment Helen’s sister Pat receives a phone call from the police asking for her help. But Pat hasn’t spoken to Helen for years, and she is shocked to find out how Helen’s life has turned out. 

I loved how mental illness played a huge part in this book. As a nurse, I enjoy reading books where people aren’t all ‘normal’. Especially since there are so many people with mental illnesses out there. In real life, I do get in contact with people with mental illnesses and I enjoyed reading how Helen coped with her illness.

The down part about this book for me, was that I really expected more of a mystery novel than ‘A Justified Bitch’ really was. I felt like this book was much more about the mental illness part, and the way people react to it then it was a mystery. It wasn’t necessary a bad thing, but I just expected something different. I also felt like this book was a little slow at moments.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Growing up in Las Vegas, H. G. McKinnis saw above ground atom bomb testing, and cruised the strip on Saturday nights. Currently she works in entertainment dressing the occasional nude. She is also learning new skills and venturing into the convention industry. McKinnis enjoys writing stories about the off-strip events that locals live with and tourists never see.

For more information about H.G. McKinnis please visit her website.



I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Sunday Post 61: Birthday Weekend



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

This week has been pretty slow and not much new to tell you guys really. I had to work four days, and work was good. I’ve been really tired lately, so our evenings were pretty uneventful. I did some reading, and we watched a little tv. And most days I went to bed pretty early.

Friday night I went to this event with two of my girlfriends. It was a very fun evening with some great food and drinks. The weather wasn’t to warm, but it was dry and so we were able to stay the whole evening. At the end my husband came to pick me up, which was really sweet.

Today (Saturday) my mother-in-law is coming over and I’m making a three course dinner. Hopefully everything will work out, and we can have a tasty dinner. I’m making zucchini soup with smoked chicken as a starter. Followed by meatloaf with roasted potatoes and a nice salad. And as a dessert I made Caramel Shortcake. All nothing to fancy, but I hope it will taste good. :D

Tomorrow (when you guys are reading this) it’s my birthday! So I won’t be visiting you guys today, but I’ll catch up on Monday. I’m not really celebrating my birthday this year, but we will be going out with my mom and her boyfriend and end our day barbecuing at their home. I’m looking forward to it.

Books & Blogging:

Tuesday was my one day off and I managed to get some blogging time in. I prepared some posts, and wrote down some of my ideas for future posts. I’m still struggling with preparing posts more ahead. But I’m determined to get something figured out so I won’t be writing my posts only a day before. Any tips?

I hope you all had a great week ;)

Last Week on the Blog:


This Week on the Blog:

  • Review ‘A Justified Bitch’ by H.G. McKinnis
  • My Favorite.. Thing About Summer
  • Review ‘Johannesburg’ by Fiona Melrose
  • Discussion: Making Notes While Reading

New Arrivals:


Received from NG

Received from Austin Macauley Publishers

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cover Reveal 'Hidden Enemies' by Andrea Bills


Today I’m excited to participate in the Cover Reveal of ‘Hidden Enemies’ by Andrea Bills. This is a Romantic Suspense novel that will be published on September 12th.


About the Book:


If Tayler Kline’s father was the king of the hotel chain business, then she was the princess. From the time she was born, she had been groomed to work for her father, and one day take over his dynasty. 

Tayler had never questioned her predetermined life plans. Not until an explosion rips through Kline Industries offices, and during her escape from the explosion two men try to kill her. Luckily, for Tayler her dad had always been a paranoid man. The night before he had saddled her with her usual company issued bodyguard, Calvin. As chaos consumes Tayler’s life, there’s one person who remains her steadfast protector, Calvin. 

Calvin’s first day on the job he had busted the then reckless seventeen-year-old Tayler as she snuck out of her father’s home. She had captured Calvin’s heart from that first moment. As much as he wanted her he, though, he knew there was no room for a poor boy from a small town, in the hotel princess’ life. 

After two attempts on Tayler’s life, Calvin has no option but to take her and go on the run. With only each other to rely on, the run down motels, and dive bars they’re hiding out in have the attraction between them building. Calvin’s no longer the security guard that annoys her at every turn. He’s a man who has stolen one too many kisses, that have left Tayler breathless and riddled with desire. She’s the woman that can’t stop undressing him with her eyes, leaving him wanting more than he deserves from a woman out of his league. 

Explosions rumble in and out of the bedroom in this romantic suspense. Will their years of friendship turn into more? Can Calvin figure out where the enemy hides, while he struggles to keep his hands to himself?

And now without further ado the cover of 'Hidden Enemies':


About the Author:


Andrea spends her time while she's not dreaming up friends and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband at their home in rural West Virginia. 
Her guilty pleasure once the kids are asleep is to read. She reads everything she can get her hands on and then she reads it over and over and over again. Her all-time favorite book is secretly tucked away under her bed looking very war battered from the hundreds of reads.
The Power Series is her breakthrough series as an indie author. She attributes her writing skills to her overactive imagination, and her husband’s wacky dreams.

For more information about Andrea Bills please visit her on Goodreads, Facebook and Amazon.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Review 'The Shores of Our Souls' by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35279251-the-shores-of-our-souls
Qasim, an Arab Muslim U.N. official fleeing family obligations in 1980s war-torn Lebanon meets Dianna, escaping her rural Southern roots to become a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Will their love be enough in this war-torn, conflict-weary world? Ramsperger's debut novel gives an entirely new perspective on the controversial conflicts in our hearts and in our history.










The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 1st, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Romance, Fiction
Pages:
244
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


When I first read the book description of ‘The Shores of Our Souls’, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love romance novels. And this book about a young American woman and a Arib Muslim U.N. official just sounded like something new and different than the other romance books I read. 

Dianna is this young American woman who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and tries to pay of her debts. She is estranged from her mother, who is very sick. And above all Dianna seems to want to be loved, just like everyone else. 
Qasim is older, and he already has a whole life behind him. Qasim was born and raised in Libanon, which is now devided by war. 

I was really curious about this read. And I guess I had some high expectations about this one too. When I started reading ‘The Shores of Our Souls’ I was a little surprised by how fast this story went. The writing was very descriptive and before I knew it the relationship between Dianna and Qasim was already on its way. And I definitely had some troubles with this relationship. For one I didn’t like how unsecure Dianna was. Not only with Qasim, but in general. Dianna just let people walk all over her at times. Especially her roommate. And Qasim, well I don’t really like men who think they are above woman, and at times reading how Qasim was with Dianna was frustrating. I understand the times were different, but still.

What I did like about this read was the way Dianna and Qasim learned to deal with their two very different cultures. I didn’t really feel there supposed romance, but I did feel there will to understand each other more. And it was definitely fun to read how they slowly let each other into their lives more and more. And in the end I think the writing got better.

‘The Shores of Our Souls’ was definitely a nice read about two people falling in love from two very different cultures. I didn’t really fall in love with this read, but I definitely enjoyed reading it.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Kathryn Brown Ramsperger’s literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling and is informed by her South Carolina lineage. She began her career writing for The Roanoke Times and The Gazette newspapers, and later managed publications for the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland. She wrote for both National Geographic and Kiplinger.

A graduate of Hollins University, Ramsperger studied under several esteemed writers including Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Taylor, her mentor Richard Henry Wilde Dillard, and Guggenheim recipient and poet Dara Weir. She holds a graduate publications degree from George Washington University, is the winner of the Hollins University Fiction Award, and her current novel is a semifinalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition.

Kathryn currently lives in Maryland with her husband, two children, and two cats.

For more information about Kathryn Brown Ramsperger please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Favorite.. Book That Made Me Cry



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I’m definitely what people call an emotional person. I can cry pretty easily. I cry about movies, tv series (the moment Derek Shepherd died in Grey’s Anatomy.. OMG), books, when I get angry or frustrated. Yep. I can cry pretty quickly. I hate it to be honest, because it makes me feel weak! But what can you do?! So I definitely cried about several books. But there is one book that I loved, that broke my heart, and made me cry so bad my husband asked what the hell was going on.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you?from_search=true

Yes.. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read that book only last year, so I was pretty late to it compared to many other readers. And I read it in one sitting. And boy.. did I cry. It almost couldn’t be described as crying anymore. No.. I bawled my eyes out. That book just completely destroyed me. It was so good, beautiful and heartbreaking that it’s definitely one of my favorite reads. But I don’t think I’m able to read it again. 

I did watch the movie two times in the theater when it came out. And I was again a complete mess. But it did my best to disguise it when we had to walk back to our cars. LOL!

Which book made you cry? Which one was your favorite?

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blogival 2017: Review 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents' by Lee Cockburn


I’m excited to participate in the Blogival 2017.  This August, there will be all kinds of fun posts for a massive virtual celebration of Clink Street Publishing. Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts.. Make sure to follow this fun tour this summer! 

Today I’m sharing with you my review of 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents' by Lee Cockburn .


About 'Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents':


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34326406-porcelainDetective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant. 

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 21st, 2017
Series:
-
Genre:
Crime, Thriller
Pages:
266
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


At times I love a good crime novel. Not every day, but I like to alternate genres. So when I read the book description of ‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ I was intrigued and really wanted to read this book for the Blogival event.  

In ‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ we meet Taylor Nicks, a Detective Sergeant who has been through a lot lately. But not only her personal life is hard at the moment. Businessman who seem to be involved with pedophilia are being tortured around the city. And now Taylor, together with Detective Constable Marcus Black has to find the one who is doing the torturing.  

‘Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents’ is definitely unlike any of the other books I read. It’s very descriptive in a very brutal way. And I found it hard to read to be honest. This book is filled with murder, a lot of violence, sex and it was just a little bit to disturbing for me. The  chapters were short and we would go from a scene in the past, to the present, to the main characters point of view and back to another person’s point of view. I had a hard time keeping up. 

The main character Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks was tough and hardworking. And apparently very beautiful, since that was something that was said often throughout the book. I just didn’t like Taylor. I couldn’t connect with her, and her infidelity was something I couldn’t understand at all.

I think this book has a lot of potential. But for me it was just too graphic and brutal to be really enjoyed by me. The scenes with the child abuse, just made me nauseous,  and I work at a Traumatology department, so I’m used to horrible stuff. But if you’re a fan of very graphic crime novels this book is for you.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

For more information about Lee Cockburn, please visit her on Twitter.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review 'Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling


Years ago I read Harry Potter for the first time. I never reviewed the books though. And that's definitely not right if you've been an Book Blogger for over three years. So it's time to finally re-read and review my favorite books.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/202588.Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher_s_Stone
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher's Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?



The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 30th, 1997
Series:
Harry Potter #1
Genre:
YA, Fantasy, Fiction
Pages:
223
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:



As many of you might already know, I’m a big Harry Potter fan. And over the years I’ve read ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ several times. I’ve read it for the first time almost twenty years ago, and this book truly changed my life. I’ve read it in Dutch, and I’ve read it in English. But I never really wrote a review about this book. And since this year is the 20 year anniversary of the first publication of the book, since I’ve joined the Wizarding World Book Club, and since I’m a book blogger I decided to re-read the series again and finally write those reviews. 


As a first book in a series, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ to me is perfect. The book starts with a little history. Tragic but like something that is possible, and it immediately makes you want to read more. I for one, was immediately curious about The Boy Who Lived. What was really going on? Why did he survive? What really happened? I had so many questions that I just needed answers too. 

In ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, we get to know these amazing new characters for the first time. Off course we start with Harry, a brave and curious boy who had a disturbing past living in a cupboard under the stairs at his horrible aunt and uncle’s house. And Hagrid, the big friendly giant who is always there for Harry. And Ron, Harry’s best friend who doesn’t have a lot of money, but family and kindness he has for the ton.

Hermoine, the brilliant young woman who takes some getting used too but charms us all. And don’t let me forget Dumbledore, the mysterious headmaster who seems to know everything. And there are so much more characters that we got to meet in this first book. They all stole my heart from the beginning. 

What I loved most about this first book was the way the characters, and the setting was really put out there. It wasn’t a very long book, but from the very first page you’re grabbed into the pages and the story. Hogwarts soon became the place I wished I could really travel too. And even though I’ve read the book several times, I still get excited and anxious when I read these pages.  

J.K. Rowling really wrote a great first book that made me fall in love with the Harry Potter world. I’ve been a fan for years, and I will be for many years to come. I look forward to reading Harry Potter to my nieces and nephews, and I hope they will love this series as much as I do.


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About the Author:


Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, "No one ever called me 'Joanne' when I was young, unless they were angry." Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

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