Book Review: Wizards’ Exile by Colin R Parsons

Hello Everyone.

Today I am coming to you with a book review of Wizards’ Exile by Colin R Parsons. I was sent this book for free in exchange for a review.

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The sky city of Valusha is now ruled by an evil overlord called Jenta-Lor. The former ruler and wizard, Obsidian has gone into exile, and has not been seen for many years.

There’s a weird band of misfits – a boy, an engineer and a wizard who have all been locked away in Skytraz Prison. No one has ever escaped from there – well it is thousands of feet above the earth. All seems hopeless.

But the wizard prisoner Rebus knows the layout of Skytraz Prison, so there just might be a chance to break out and get away. If so, can they find Obsidian, and what dangers are ahead?

Buckle up; there’s Magic, Sky Ships and Dragons in this roller coaster adventure ride. (Goodreads)

I found this book to be a fast paced fantasy, with a loads of different characters. I feel this book would be best marketed towards a younger age, I know I would have loved this story when I was younger.

There were three main characters Rhidian (the engineer), Rebus (the wizard) and Red (the boy). Red was by far my favourite out of the three, he seemed to have the best character arc of the story. He was funny and cheeky and he made me laugh. I felt that Rebus and Rhidian were okay characters, but I preferred Red.

The story has so much going on, a jail break, a ghost ship, pirates, and dragons, in some respects I think there was too much, and some of the focus could have gone into fleshing the story out on just a couple of those story bits, instead of all of them. I did really enjoy it thou.

As I said before it was so fast paced, I read it within 2 days. If you are a fan of fast paced fantasies, then I would highly recommend this for you.

3.5 Stars

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

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Book Box Club: April (my last one)

Hello everyone,

Today I am coming to you with the unboxing of my April Book Box Club. I have had to stop this for a few months, so this going to be last one for a while.

Now onto the unboxing.

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Zhilan was assigned female at birth; despite an unusual gift for illusions, they know they will live out their life in the perfumed confines of the women’s quarters. But when civil war sets the country aflame, Zhilan is the only one who can save their disabled Father from death on the battlefield. 

By taking his place.

Surviving brutal army training as a male recruit – Zhi – is only the first challenge. Soon Zhi’s unique talents draw them into an even more perilous fight, in the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, where love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile. The fate of an Empire rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must first decide where their loyalty, and their heart, truly belongs. (Goodreads)

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So that is it, my last book box club unboxing. I am so upset, but sometimes you have to do things you don’t like.

Hope everyone had a good weekend and Easter (if you celebrate it.)

Happy Reading.

Thanks bookworms.

Mini Book Review: The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx.

Hello everyone.

Today I am coming to you with a book review of The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. Nikki Sixx is the bassist for the band Motley Crue, (one of the best bands ever) and he went through so much shit, and is now sober.

Now on to the mini review.

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Set against the frenzied world of heavy metal superstardom, the co-founder of Motley Crue offers an unflinching and gripping look at his own descent into drug addiction. It follows him during the year he plunged to rock bottom and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again. (Goodreads)

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently…” 

I’m not a person who tends to read Nonfiction, but sometimes I will pick one up that calls to me. This is what happened with The Heroin Diaries. I have always been a fan of Motley Crue, but I didn’t really look into the background of the band until recently. This book is about Nikki being addicted to drugs, his depression and how he came out of it.

This book is told in diary entries between 1986/87 that Nikki kept during his time in the band, with extra bits added from people filling in the blanks. I really liked the structure of the book, you can see how he was getting deeper and deeper into drugs and how much it was effecting him and the people around him, and how he was spiralling out of control. At one point he was so out of it he thought people were after him, so he was hiding in his closet with a gun, there was nobody after him. He also died for a few minutes, he went through absolute hell.

The band itself were entirely out of control, how any of them survived is mind blowing.

There were some points within the book where I just wanted to go and give him a hug. I recommend this book highly, its such an interesting look into what addiction can do to a person. Obviously don’t read it if addiction, drug use and depression is a trigger for you.

I’ve looked into this deeper and this book has helped loads of people who are suffering from addiction, which I think is so cool, because it is a massive thing that is happening everywhere, and if it helps just one person I think that is amazing.

5 Stars.

What about you guys, do you have any interesting nonfiction books you have read recently?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Mental health-athon TBR

Hello everyone.

Today I am coming to you with my TBR for the mental health-athon. The readathon was created by the lovely Nicole from a beautiful chaos of books on Youtube. You can find her release video here. 

Obviously within this readathon there will be books with triggers, so if you plan to take part, I would research the books you want to read just in case.

Within the readathon there are 15 challenges made on a bingo board.

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Here is the google document with all the rules and guidelines.

I plan to complete all 15. I spent an hour last night sorting out a book for each challenge. Now on to my TBR.

Group book

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Own Voices

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Nonfiction

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Anxiety Rep

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Schizophrenia Rep

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OCD Rep

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Intersectional Rep

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Bipolar Rep

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Hosts Pick

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Personality Disorder Rep

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Phobias Rep

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Eating Disorder Rep

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PTSD Rep

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Other

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Depression Rep

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If you are looking for some recommendations for books for the Readathon, Nicole put together a list on Goodreads. 

I’m so excited for this readathon. I hope I read them all.

Do you guys plan to join in?

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

 

Currently Reading Thursday

Hello everyone.

This is just a quick post about what I’m currently reading.

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Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

This book so far is so good, its fast paced and really engaging, I love books told from the murderers point of view. I just think that it makes for a more interesting story.

What are you guys currently reading?

Happy reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Mini Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea By Tahereh Mafi

Hello Everyone.

Today I am coming to you with a mini book review. I am going to review of A Very Large Expanse of Sea. I enjoyed this book and found it to be very impactful.

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It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. (Goodreads)

The book and story is a fast paced and I read it within one day. It was eye opening in regards to the amount of racism and abuse Shirin went through, not just from students, but teachers as well. It was shocking, and Shirin, put on this tough front to show it didn’t bother her, but when something happens you can see her hurt and it broke my heart a little. The fact that this still happens to people is so upsetting.

I loved the relationship that was developed between Shirin and Ocean, they found each other at the right time I think, it was really cute. I loved the character development that both of them went through.

The only problem I had with it was how short it was, I think that it could have been longer and she could have expanded on some of the stories. Also I would have liked to see more of her relationship with her family. Other than that I would highly recommend this book.

4 Stars.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Monday Favourites!!

Hello Everyone.

Today I am coming to you with my favourites of the past week! this will be a new series that I start. You guys don’t know me that well, but when I get obsessed with something, I get insane and fall down a fangirl rabbit hole. Anybody Else??

So in this series I will talk about, Movies, TV shows, Music, Food, ECT. Don’t worry there will be some books things added as well.  Now on to my current favourites.

Music

At the moment I am obsessed with 3 playlists on Spotify. My fiancé and I are on the family plan on there, and its the best thing ever.

So the 3 I am continuously playing are:

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Movies

I went to the Cinema and saw one of my fav films ever Captain Marvel!! Have you guys seen it yet?? Go if you haven’t.

Also on Netflix they realised the Motley Crue Film, The Dirt. The Dirt is insane. If your a fan of them I would recommend watching it.

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Tv Shows

There are 2 shows I’m currently watching they are, Stranger Things and That 70’s Show. I’m on the 2nd season of Stranger Things and I am loving it so far. That 70’s Show, I’m on my 100 rewatch of it.

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Drinks

At the moment I am really on a kick of trying different flavour teas, my fav so far is from Geek Gear. They made a Harry Potter love potion tea, and its my new love.

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Okay everyone, that is just a few of the things that I love! hope everyone has a good week.

Happy Reading.

Thanks bookworms.