Book Reviews

Book Review: Happy Ever After: Financial Freedom Isn’t A Fairy Tale by The Seven Dollar Millionaire

Happy Thursday Bookish people! I’m very happy to bring you my book review for Happy Ever After: Financial Freedom Isn’t A Fairy Tale by The Seven Dollar Millionaire today as it is my stop on the book tour! Thank you to Literally PR for sending me a copy of this book.

This book review is going to be a little different to how I usually do them because there are no plots or characters to rate. So what I am going to do is write about the really great parts of the book, what some of the chapters are about and give an overall rating for the book.

I hope you enjoy this book review!

Book Review:

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction so this is not my usual genre, however I was surprised by this book. I expected a book talking exclusively about money and savings to not be very interesting. I was proved wrong by this book. I will say I didn’t enjoy this book in the usual sense of enjoying a book I am reading but I can appreciate that it had many great parts to it.

For example, the book has got a slight narrative. Throughout the book there are illustrations and chapters written like a fairy tale – it’s even being told to you by a talking frog. For me this did help with breaking up the pages of facts and information. On the topic of the facts and the information, it is written in a clear and concise way. I did find that I understood most, if not all, of what the book was trying to say. I think this is a very good thing that the author has managed to do because it easily could have been filled with mathematical terms and be difficult to understand.

Going into this book I already think about my money and the best way to save often, because I can get quite panicked about the future and having my finances sorted is a way of making me feel safer. This book taught me there is still more ways I can prepare myself for the future in terms of my savings and my spending each month.

It has a variety of chapters in this book, covering the M.I.S.S.I.O.N, income, saving, spending, investing and ownership. One of the most interesting chapters for me was about investing. Before this book I didn’t understand what investing was or what it meant, I knew of the term but I didn’t actually know what it was so I found learning about it very interesting.

I think this is an important topic because money and saving is very rarely spoken about yet it’s one of the most common worries that people have, so I think this book is something that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about money.

Overall I would rate this book:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Love By Design by Effie Kammenou

Happy Monday Bookish people! What is everyone doing this bank holiday Monday? I have some University work and some job work to do later but hopefully that won’t take long and then I can spend the rest of the day reading.

Today is my stop on the book tour for Love by Design by Effie Kammenou. Thank you to Love Books Tours for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Love By Design Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I will say, this is not my usual genre. At all. I don’t read much romance so I don’t have much to compare this book to. I did enjoy the story overall, I thought the setting and career of the main character was interesting and not common in books that I have read before, or books that I have heard about from other people. This book has frequent changes of location throughout it and I did find myself getting confused with where I was and who was in the scene. This did take away a bit of my enjoyment of this book. I read the first book in the series a little while ago, Love Is What You Bake It, and I felt that the first book had a clearer structure and I enjoyed that one more than this one but there were still elements in this one I enjoyed, particularly the characters.

Love By Design Characters:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

First, I loved that this book continued with the themes of family that it had in the first book of the series and that Mia, the main character in this book, had many scenes throughout the book where she interacted with her family and particularly two of sisters. I really enjoyed having chapters in this book from both Mia and Nicholas, the main male character of this novel, because it gave both of their points of view keeping my opinions on the characters balanced nicely. I understood what was driving both of them, their motivations and desires. Nicholas is an intriguing character, he made me feel many emotions – irritation, sadness, always wanting to know more about his character and what he is going to do next.

Love By Design Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As with the first book in this series I enjoyed this author’s writing style and how she integrates the dialogue into the story. As I said above I did keep getting confused with this book but I don’t think that’s because of the writing style I think it’s because of my inability to change setting in my head quickly…

Love By Design Overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I gave this book three stars overall because it’s not my typical genre and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would after reading the first book in the series, but I also didn’t not enjoy it if that makes sense.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Mia Andarakis just landed her dream job at a luxury magazine. And even better, her boss is the handsome and enigmatic Nicholas Aristedis, a man she has crushed on from afar. But Nicholas isn’t who she imagined. Irascible and mercurial, his instant dislike for Mia makes it almost impossible for her to work with him.

Nicholas has faced many losses and heartaches in his thirty-two years. Determined to avoid heartbreak, he has closed his heart to love. But Mia awakens feelings in him he had long since denied. And soon he discovers their connection is deeper than he realized.

Mia and Nicholas embark on an adventure across picturesque locations as they launch a new publication and uncover the mystery behind her grandfather’s disappearance. But perhaps the greatest challenge is in learning to set aside their insecurities and fears. Can the two forget the traumas of their past? And will they ever learn to trust in the possibility of love? Find out in the second novel of The Meraki Series.

That’s it for this book review, sorry that it’s shorter than usual, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Things To Do At The End Of The World by Emily Barr

Happy Saturday bookish people! I don’t usually post on a Saturday but today there’s a special reason – I am part of the blog tour for Things To Do At The End Of The World by Emily Barr! Thank you to The Write Reads and Penguin for sending me a copy of this book to read and review for the tour.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review!

Things To Do At The End Of The World Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From the outset I found this plot very interesting – it is full of adventure, travelling and getting the confidence to do things that perhaps you might not have done otherwise. I think this book has a very important message, that you don’t know what is going to happen in life and that you should grab opportunities with both hands. This is something that really resonated with me while reading, life is to be enjoyed.

I did feel that this book was more like two separate books shoved into one and for me it didn’t quite work. I thought on their own, the end of the world part and the discovering you have a cousin part, would be very interesting stories however, they didn’t work together – in my opinion.

Things To Do Before The End Of The World Characters:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I loved seeing the growth of Libby (Olivia) throughout this book. The way she changed and gained confidence doing different things was fascinating to read about. I’m also slightly biased because I’m also called Olivia and I love reading books with characters that have my name.

The character of Natasha was written very well, as soon as she was introduced there was an unnerving presence surrounding her and that continued well throughout, giving the book an element of mystery which stopped the plot from becoming slow.

Things To Do Before The End Of The World Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Emily Barr’s writing was a pleasure to read. Recently I’ve been reading books where the writing style is hit or miss but Emily’s is smooth and consistent. I really enjoyed it. This book doesn’t have a big focus on dialogue so I thought it was okay but there wasn’t that much in the story.

Things To Do Before The End Of The World Overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I gave this book three stars because I did enjoy my reading of it, however, I don’t think I’m likely to pick up this book again.

Ultimate Tour Penguin UK

Things To Do Before The End of  The World

by

Emily Barr

Blurb

A timely and powerful coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

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What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left – a year’s worth at most?
You’d work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you’ve never been brave enough to do before?

Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who do she wants to be?

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.

But Natasha definitely isn’t everything she first appears to be . . .

Length: 368  Pages

Emily Barr

I started out working as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. I managed, somehow, to get commissioned to go travelling for a year, and came home with the beginnings of a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and I have since written eleven more novels for adults, one novella, and three book for Young Adults, published in the UK and around the world. I live in Cornwall with my husband Craig and our children.

Website: https://www.emilybarr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emily_barr

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it!

blog tours, Cover reveals, Fan Casting Books

Netflix Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows Blog Tour

Happy Thursday bookish people! I’m so excited for my post today. By now I’m sure most of you have seen that the very popular book series’ Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo have been turned into a TV series which is currently on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet I’d really recommend it!

As happens often with shows based on books, new tie in covers have been released for the series and they are beautiful! I usually don’t like tie in covers but these ones I do like – I already have two copies of both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows I really shouldn’t buy another version of them… but I probably will.

I’m very lucky to be part of the tour with Terminal Tours and as part of my stop I will be showing you my mood board for the series and also doing a little dream cast at the end!

Shadow and Bone

Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2QFGU6B

Six of Crows

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3ntukn5

Mood Board:

Here is a small collection of the images on my mood board for this series, if you are interested in seeing the complete mood board you can see it here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/olivia2534/sabsoc/

Dream Cast:

If I had done this before watching the show then I probably would have cast different people for all of them – except Ben Barnes, I was pretty excited about ben Barnes playing The Darkling.. anyway, now that I’m making a dream cast after I have seen the show I can say that Ben Barnes as General Kirigan, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper and Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov were brilliant casting choices for their characters. I enjoyed all of the characters in the show but these were some of the people that were in my head when I pictured the characters:

Toby Regbo as Matthias – he is known for playing Frances on Reign.

Cameron Monaghan as Kaz Brekker – he is known for many things but I know him for playing Jerome Valaska on Gotham. I saw somebody else fan cast him as Kaz Brekker and then I couldn’t get it out of my head – although I do love Freddie Carter’s portrayal in the show.

I was also going to show my dream casting for the roles of Nina Zenik and Mal Oretsyev however, I didn’t find anyone that I felt matched how I was viewing them in my head and the way the books described them so, I’m going to leave it here.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!