Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Teaser Tuesday #2

 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers








"It was hard to Succed when you had no identitiy of your own to take the place of the one you were trying to discard"







Annie
A loving mother and wife, Annie O'Neill was the heart of the small community of Kiss River. But her generous nature hid a darker side that remained secret for years after her tragic death.

Lacey
When Lacey O'Neill finally learns the shattering truth about the mother she's spent a decade emulating, the foundation of her life begins to crumble. Then her close childhood friend dies, leaving her teenage daughter, Mackenzie, in Lacey's care, and Lacey unwillingly finds herself in the role of mother.

Mackenzie
Uprooted by her mother's death, Mackenzie resents her new home of Kiss River. She wants nothing to do with the father who never knew she existed--and especially not her mother's oldest friend. But the person who could understand her best might be the one she resents most: Lacey.

As the secrets of the O'Neill family are brought to light, Her Mother's Shadow explores how the dark corners of the past can be illuminated by the hope that truth brings.

Monday, 29 April 2013

City Of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Genre - Fantasy/Young Adult
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


Review
This book left alot to be desired for me. I kind of finished it and thought, right, i have finished it - now what? No urge to find out where it goes. In sections i found this gripping and a well described world, othertimes i felt it was lacking something. Now i am fully aware that, as a reader this is a genre i opt away from. But when something is hyped i have to read it. So - the charactes are fairly well written and if you did love this genre, i can imagine this been a truely fantastic book. I will give the rest of the series ago, and maybe it will draw me in? Who knows.
Rating
5/10 - middle of the road for me
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Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post!

It has being fairly quite on AfternoonBookery this week, alot of reading and less blogging but thats okay. So this week;
  • Teaser Tuesday - my first one, what a fun meme and well worth checking out. 
  • Pear Shaped - a review of the book i finished midweek, a nice easy lighthearted read. 
  • Friday Reads - the two books i am diving into at the moment. 
On youtube this week -
Next week on Afternoon Bookery
  • A written review of City of Bones
  • A written review of The Keeper Of The Light
  • Teaser Tuesday
  • & Friday Reads.
The original Meme is hosted by Kimba here

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday Reads.

Friday reads time !

Hello all,
This weeked sees me reading the following;

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What are you diving into this weekend??

Emily
x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Pear Shaped - Stella Newman

Genre - Chick Lit
Synopsis
A novel about love, heartbreak and dessert.

Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl loses mind.

Sophie Klein walks into a bar one Friday night and her life changes. She meets James Stephens: charismatic, elusive, and with a hosiery model ex who casts a long, thin shadow over their burgeoning relationship. He’s clever, funny and shares her greatest pleasure in life – to eat and drink slightly too much and then have a little lie down. Sophie’s instinct tells her James is too good to be true – and he is.

An exploration of love, heartbreak, self-image, self-deception and lots of food. Pear-Shaped is in turns smart, laugh-out-loud funny and above all, recognizable to women everywhere

Review
Um so i got to be jealous of another womans job, once more - a pudding designer, how cool would that job be?! So, this book tells the story of Sophie who falls madly and deeply in love despite reservations, as with all chick lit novels, this course is not a smooth one. With a huge focus on self image, i felt both at moments uplifted whilst others so down, espeically for Sophie.  Oh, and did i mention there is lots of food in this book? I bloody love food! So, the story was well written in what seemed short bursts making this both easy and enjoyable to read. I flew it very quickly with a great cast of characters i found myself instantly hooked, i would most certainly reccomend this for a poolside read.

Rating 8/10

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Teaser Tuesday #1

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers

 "We indulge in considerable heavy petting, and seven variants of cream cheese on toast (pickled cucumber: excellent; black olives: also excellent; avocado: surprisingly excellent)."

Extract from Pear Shaped by Stella Newman pg 208  

"A novel about love, heartbreak and dessert.

Girl meets boy.
Girl loses boy.
Girl loses mind.

Sophie Klein walks into a bar one Friday night and her life changes. She meets James Stephens: charismatic, elusive, and with a hosiery model ex who casts a long, thin shadow over their burgeoning relationship. He’s clever, funny and shares her greatest pleasure in life – to eat and drink slightly too much and then have a little lie down. Sophie’s instinct tells her James is too good to be true – and he is.

An exploration of love, heartbreak, self-image, self-deception and lots of food. Pear-Shaped is in turns smart, laugh-out-loud funny and above all, recognizable to women everywhere"

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline


Genre; Sci Fi - Geek
Synopsis
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune--and remarkable power--to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved--that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt--among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life--and love--in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready

Review
I bloody well loved this, it was such a good book. So, i am a geek, not in the context of this book but in my own way, and this appealed to me on so many levels. I expected to enjoy it to an extent but not as much as i did. So, this tells the story of Wade, and his venture to find Hallidays easter eggs. Along the way we meet other gamers, and lots of pop culture references, alot of which where wasted on me but non the less it didnt ruin my reading experience, i just think if i had understood them, i would of fallen madly in love with the book. You wont read anything similiar and that is the only sad part, where do you go from here?

Rating
10/10 - best book so far this year!

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

WWW Wednesday

Book blogging can get a bit lonely over on afternoon bookery so i decided to opt into some of the weekly tags that are about, today im joining in with MIZB's tag.


1. What are you currently reading?
I am currently 3/4 of the way through Cassandra Clares - City Of Bones, mixed feelings on this book but a review will be coming upon finish.

2. What did you recently finish?
I recently finished The plumes second anathology - Ella Ardent & Flashback by Ella Ardent, all based around the s&m club..the plume. Again, reviews will be coming.

3. What do you think you will read next?
I will be fully focusing on reading some more of Keeper of the light - Diane Chamberlain, and probably some chick lit i picked up from the library

Please link me to your www wednesday!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Friday Reads

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This week;
1. City Of Bones - Cassandra Clare
2. The Plume Second Anthology - Ella Ardent
3. Keeper Of The Light - Diane Chamberlain

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Beach Cafe - Lucy Diamond

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Genre; Chick Lit

Synopsis

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love..

Review
I loved this book, i was hooked! Anything based in cafes, by the beach and in paris will be a hit with me, i just fall in love. This is a typical girly read, with no major issues but not all plain sailing, i loved the concept and even though it was a predictable storyline i enjoyed it non the less. I have since picked up more books by the author.

Rating; 8/10

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Friday, 5 April 2013

Friday Reads

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This coming week i am readin/starting;
1.Rowans Part One - Jennifer Gibbs (avaliable here
2.The Plume (Second Anthology) - Ella Ardent avaliable here
3. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline avaliable here

Youtube here

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Sleeping Around: Secrets Of A Sexual Adventuress by Catherine Townsend

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Genre; Non Fiction/Memoir

Synopsis
Catherine Townsend leaves her martini swilling life as a New York City gossip columnist to find love and adventure in London with her amazing new boyfriend. But she gets dumped, and literally kicked to the curb. Jobless, homeless and on the rebound, she puts her wild sexual encountersthe good, the bad and the gnaw-your-arm-off-at-the-elbow-uglyinto good use by putting them in a dating column. She learns the difference between US and UK versions of 'monogamy', the going rate of male escorts, which dildos are dishwasher friendly, and the etiquette of sex parties (Rules No 1: Don't Discuss politics. Or plastic surgery.) But while she's working her way through intelligent dinner dates followed by no-strings-attached hot sex, she's also looking for love. Can she combine sleeping around with searching for a soul mate?

Review
I liked this, i didnt love it though, i found the sex side was lacking especially for a book marked as "a sexual adevnturess" - i found the quest for love part quite compeling. I think in my opinion it should of been marketed as a quest for love with lots of sex. It was similiar in aspects to girl with a one track mind and sex and the city mixed in. Overall - a good enjoyable read.

Rating - 6/10

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Monday, 1 April 2013

The Time Of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

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Genre; Chick Lit

Synopsis
Dear Lucy Silchester, You have an appointment for Monday 27th July 2011. Yours sincerely Life. Lucy Silchester has received an appointment card. Actually, she's been invited along a few times to this appointment, but she keeps brushing the gold embossed envelope under the shag pile carpet. She's taken her eye off the ball and has busied herself with work (a job she doesn't love), helping out friends, fixing her car, feeding her cat, seeing her family and devoting her time to their life dramas. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can't miss. And she can't escape it either. Her Life is about to catch up with her in the most surreal of ways.

Review
I find for me at least, Cecelia Aherns books are hit and miss, this was a hit - although the concept was an odd one to me - a meeting with life?! Turns out, this meeting was what Lucy needed, and i found myself curious as to what would happen once you meet with life - turns out, they are dedicated to you.I enjoyed this book and found myself whizzing through it and enjoing it

Rating 7/10 - enjoyable

Youtube
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