Monday, 27 April 2020

Blogtour: Roses are Red by Miranda Rijks (GIFTED BOOK, REVIEW)

Hello Readers,
Today I am on blog tour for Roses are Red by Miranda Rijks thank you, Emma, at damppebbles for the tour invite and gifted eBook. Usually when I am on tour, I usually do a miniature review but with Roses are Red I couldn’t condense it down i had so much to say. 

This is the first novel from Miranda I have read and I was absolutely hooked and I really enjoyed her writing style. It was easy to get lost in Lydia’s world with the books captivating description of places, characters and relationships, it was impossible to not be sucked in. Given our current situation I need a book that grabs you and pulls you in and this is one of them, it didn’t let me go.  Miranda does a great job keeping the reader engrossed and on the edge of their seat throughout. Roses are Red is a thrilling tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Lydia and her husband Adam run a successful craft company and have two kids Mia and Oliver and a beautiful house, expensive cars and the wealth to do as they wish. Everything seems pretty sweet and how life should be but not everything is as it seems and Lydia and Adam's marriage is ending. Then Adam’s body is tragically dead (Not a spoiler), she soon finds herself on the polices radar.

Not long after, Lydia meets Patrick through online dating and she quickly falls for him. Remember what people say, if it seems too good to be true it probably is (let's be honest my blog isn’t the place for all the lovey stuff). She can’t believe her luck and it’s not long before he is a big part of her life but things begin to go wrong for Lydia her business and family life all seem to fall apart. DUM DUM DUUUUUUM!!!

 The characters are well written and realistic; especially Lydia’s character you can help but feel sympathetic for her. I liked Lydia and my heart went out to her, but she did frustrate me in a friendly shake some sense into her way. All Lydia wants is to be loved but she is extremely na├»ve but it wasn’t the be-all and end-all of her story. If given the chance I would love to read a sequel and find out more about Lydia’s life following on from the events of this book.

 Roses Are Red is a great book to escape into its fast-paced and will have you hooked as you get swept up in the drama. This book was intense and enjoyable and that the twist at the end. In the end, everything came together perfectly to leave a very satisfying ending but I as I’ve already mentioned I would like a follow-up.

Thank you again Emma for the tour invite 


Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Happy Second Birthday to me!! (#AD #GIFTED)

Hello Readers,
So as promised here is my new logo what do you think? Thank you to Sam_Digitalart for the redesign (AD, GIFTED).

Also I am now LaurenatRead on Instagram and Twitter

I also want to say thank you to every single person who reads my posts, retweets my post and just for the support I have received since I started. I never in a million years thought I would write 302 posts let alone that I would be sitting at 57,000+ views.  I love being part of the bookish community and it has been a lovely part of my life for the last two year. Thank you again, too all the PR people, authors and bookish friends that have made this possible. Also, special mention to Mother Goose for keeping me sane and not getting mad when the post arrives and for all the blah blah blahs in video outtakes.

Nerding out with the numbers that’s
  • 302 blog posts
  • 1,635 Instagram posts
  • 5,420 tweets
  • 57,000+ views in total


So todays post is my top 10 blog posts from the last two years each of this posts has a special place on my heart but I won’t bore you with the details

4.       GeekyMelts
9.       Relicsby Tim Lebbon

What has been your favourite?
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Monday, 13 April 2020

Happy Two-year blog anniversary early celebration

Hello Readers,

In two days, my little blog turns 2. Hopefully, we aren’t going to hit the terrible twos. On Friday I mentioned I had some exciting things to share well here go. I have been scheming away I have a new logo (#gifted) that I am so excited to share with you and I will be changing my name on social media to LaurenatRead, let's be honest it’s a little more original. I have wanted to change my name for a while but I wasn’t sure when it was the right time. 

 I want to say thank you to every single person who reads my posts, retweets my post and just for the support I have received since I started. I never in a million years thought I would write 300-and-1 posts let alone that I would be sitting at 57,000+ views.  I love being part of the bookish community and it has been a lovely part of my life for the last two year. Thank you again, too all the PR people, authors and bookish friends that have made this possible. Also, special mention to Mother Goose for keeping me sane and not getting mad when the post arrives and for all the blah blah blahs in video outtakes.

I will be honest I still have imposter syndrome and I really did think my blog would disappear and no one would actually want to read what I have to say and here we are.

On Wednesday I will be sharing some of my favourite posts from the last two years. Do you have a favourite?

Friday, 10 April 2020

Book Characters I would Isolate With


Hello Readers,
Today is my 300th blog post and next Wednesday is my blogs 2nd Birthday!!! How time flies when you’re having fun. I have so much to share with you next Wednesday!!

Today’s post is inspired by a conversation I had with my cousin who is also an avid reader and we were just talking rubbish as you do and asked each other what book characters we would like to in lockdown with. Which got me thinking so here is my choices.

Let’s be honest this isn’t really a secret and we all know I belong with the Nerd Herd. Okay, I’ll stop being a princess about it, I read these books during an odd time in my life and I’m still attached. Also, the abilities they all process would be an advantage in a lockdown. Imagine be able to feel like you’re in a meadow from the safety of isolation. A little reminder of this little knowledge nugget, I can’t wait to see this finally come to a screen. I can’t wait to finally see my Nerd Herd.

DEATH from Discworld by Sir Terry Pratchett
I mean who wouldn’t want to sit and talk to any form or embodiment of DEATH. I honestly have so much love for the way Sir Terry created DEATH. Sir Terry’s DEATH is a caring individual and He even gets upset when people him of killing them. I’ll be honest if he’s waiting for me when I leave this plane of existence, I’m not even mad. I am also relistening to this on audiobook.

Ollie and Will and rest of Ollie’s friends from Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
I just want to be in GREASE. Not washing with anyone okay so I picked these guys because I know we’ve only just met but I think it would be an all-out laugh.  I also just realised I am way too old to be hanging out with them not quite at the bad stage but a clear midlife crisis. 

 I picked Kat because I feel you hun.it would be nice just sitting down and working it all out like how to be a good feminist and try to keep a balance. Kat worries because other women have made sacrifices for her to be able to go to school, so if she can't go, she's making a mockery of their efforts. We’ve all felt this pang at some point. Kat could come and isolate with me and the people from the book I’ve selected last.

Okay, so this makes the list cause you know zombies!! Okay no I actually like characters in this book Pixie has done a wonderful job of making them come to life and you do feel like you are part of the gang. I’ll be honest I have a lot of love for this gang of misfits and think we would get on. 

I think its technically cheating but I would totally love to be in lockdown with the contributors to Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis. Let's be honest who does want to be stuck in a huge ass house with Denning, Jodie Whittaker and Bridget Jones (Obviously movie Bridget) off the top of my head.

What fictional character or characters would you isolate with?


Thursday, 9 April 2020

Book Spotlight: Christian Cura (#AD)

Hello Readers,
I was asked by the wonderful Christian if I would mind posting an excerpt of his book Dreams of Thunder which is publishing December 2020 on my blog. This then developed into a spotlight so everything flowed and people would have a chance to read the first book in the series called Dreams of Fire. This post contains links to add the book to Goodreads and a link to buy the book (#AD) I gain no profit.

Dreams of Fire

Author: Christian Cura
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Books in the series: Dreams of Fire, Dreams of Thunder
Release Date: Available Now on Amazon  
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Image:


Synopsis:
Meet Kara Hartman, a young painter living and working in D.C. She would love to let you believe she is just an ordinary young woman with a dream of sharing her art with the world. But she is hiding an astonishing secret: Kara can wield magic, the most powerful force in the universe. Traumatised by the loss of her brother, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But when an old foe resurfaces, hellbent on destroying all that she loves, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.

Goodreads Link                                                 Amazon USA Link (AD)


Dreams of Thunder

Author: Christian Cura
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Books in the series: Dreams of Fire
Tentative Release Date: December 2020
Publisher: Self-published
Excerpt: At the bottom of the post 
Cover Image:


Author Biography
Christian Cura is a new author who just recently published his debut novel Dreams of Fire. Ever since he read Lord of the Rings as a teenager, it has been his dream to write and publish a novel of his own. His favourite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Robert Jordan. Christian lives in Northern Virginia where he lifts weights at home and creates artwork.
When he is not writing, he can be found drawing or getting beaten up at his MMA gym.


Excerpt from Dreams of Thunder 



Monday, 6 April 2020

The Wedding Tag [Original]

Hello Readers,
Thank you, Danielle, at PoetryBooksYA for the tag. An Original tag that plays off the wedding phrase: “Something Old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Rules:
1. Answer the prompts.
2. Tag some friends.
3. Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
4. Have fun!

Something Old – What is the oldest book on your shelves?
I have Mother Gooses Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe box set but I think it has to be my copy of the butterfly lion. Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. Its honestly such a cute and lovely story and still one of my go-to reads.

Something New – Your last book/bookish purchased/received
I finally got my hands on Austenland and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be honest I saw the film first and I love an Austen retelling.  I can't help but recommend it. Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man because she is obsessed with Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good?

Something Borrowed – A character you’d borrow for the day
Okay so this is really hard cause I have two people well one is a person and one is a group of people. I would love to spend the day with Alyx or Winter from Pixie Britton’s Kill or Cure series (reviews here Kill orCure and Kill or Cure: Bloodlust and Kill or Cure: Oblivion). They are both pretty chill and I would like to think we would get on. The group I would love to meet is the Nerd Herd from The House of Night series by P. C. and KristinCast yes its been years yes I still want to join the Nerd Herd.
 
Something Blue – A Book with the word “blue” in the title
I don’t have a book with the name blue in the title but I have a blue book so it counts right.  My blue books is Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. If like me you were raised on GREASE you are going to be hit right in the nostalgia feels as the story is recognisable (also if you’ve not seen GREASE spoilers and if not go watch it). This book drew on the overall concept of Grease and some scenes and characters are reminiscent of the original but this is still its own story, it is like seeing an old friend.




Friday, 3 April 2020

What I’m Watching… On Disney+

Hello Readers,
I thought I would help ease everyone’s boredom and share what I have been watching on Disney+ and yesterday I did a post about what I’m watching on Netflix. I will also mention some little gems I have found. I am using poster images I have found through google I do not own any rights and am using the image purely for future review purposes (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30 under use for a review). Get ready for the nostalgia

Gargoyles

I remember seeing a couple of episodes of this when I was little. This was a pure nostalgia trip along with Goof Troop.
The Manhattan Clan now has to deal with a city that knows about them and fears them.

Gravity Falls
I enjoyed this when I saw this on DisneyLife again this was something I thought would be easy watching to fall asleep too and here we are on my third or fourth re-watch.

Twins Dipper and Mabel travel to the mysterious town of Gravity Falls in Oregon for their summer vacations but are shocked after they discover some strange occurrences.

The Little Mermaid: Live
If you follow me on Instagram you already know I had an unofficial watch party it was amazing and we had such a great night all safe in our own homes.

The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!, or simply The Little Mermaid Live! is a musical television special created for ABC, based on the 1989 film The Little Mermaid.

Kim Possible
 I loved Kim Possible and I remember when I got DisneyLife I watched it first and I’ve done the same with Disney+.

Kim Possible looks like an average high-school cheerleader, but in her spare time, she saves the world from supervillains. Her buddy, Ron Stoppable, his pet Rufus, and a resourceful webmaster named Wade collaborate on secret missions and can do anything. When she's not defeating the bad guys, Kim still has to cope with typical pressures of school, family and social life.

Goof Troop
I am a huge Goofy fan and love that Goof Troop is on here I did start rewatching on DisneyLife before I got rid of is and I think I've picked up where I left off.

Goofy fans will get the giggles over the adventures of their accident-prone chum. Goofy, a single father, moves back to his hometown of Spoonerville with his son, Max. As it happens, Goofy and Max end up moving in next door to Goofy's high school friend: Pete, and their two children, son Max and P.J. become best friends and do practically everything together. A large portion of the show's humour comes from Max's relatively normal personality sharply contrasting with his father.

Hidden Gems
Both Goofy Movies (I’m totally biased)
Thank you Disney+ for putting both Goofy movies up. On DisneyLife you could only watch A Goofy Movie and now we have An Extremely Goofy Movie. I think the second is my favourite because I've not bee able to watch it at much.

A Goofy Movie
Goofy and his teenage son Max hit the road and travel across the country to bond. However, Max plans on fulfilling a promise he made to the girl he has a crush on.

An Extremely Goofy Movie
Goofy loses his job and decides to get a degree. He lands up in the same college where his son Max studies. How will Max react to the idea of his father studying in the same college?

Lady and The Tramp Live Action
I had a golden cocker spaniel and might be a little bias but this is so freaking cute and amazing as a live-action. I loved the original and didn’t think it would live up but here we are, I loved it.

An upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady and a street-smart, stray schnauzer called Tramp embark on many adventures.

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Thursday, 2 April 2020

What I’m Watching…On Netflix

Hello Readers,
I thought I would help ease everyone’s boredom and share what I have been watching on Netflix and tomorrow I will be sharing what I’ve been watching on Disney+. I will also mention some little gems I have found. I am using poster images I have found through google I do not own any rights and am using the image purely for future review purposes (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30 under use for a review).

Red Dwarf
If you’ve seen my review of Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers you know how much I love these guys. 

In this science fiction sitcom, Dave Lister, a chicken-soup-machine repairman, is the sole survivor of a radiation leak on his mining space ship, and the last known human alive. Having come out of suspended animation 3,000,000 years into the future, LIster has very limited company in deep space in the form of a hologram of his dead shipmate, Rimmer. They are joined by the vain Cat, who has evolved from the descendants of Lister's pregnant cat, old and senile ship computer Holly and robot Kryten.

Hurricane Bianca From Russia with hate
The first of three Drag Queens on my list. I have to say I did prefer Hurricane Bianca but it has now left Netflix and beggars can’t be choosers.

After her release from prison, Deborah Ward creates a plan to get revenge on her nemesis, Bianca del Rio, by luring her to Russia. Also, the cameos are off the scale Drag Race legends such as Katya, Shangela, and Mrs Kasha Davis as well as celebrities popping left right and centre.

Beetlejuice
There is something about Beetlejuice that makes me warm and fuzzy I think it was the first Tim Burton film Mother Goose and I both enjoyed.

When the deceased couple Adam and Barbara are unsuccessful in scaring away a family that has moved into their old house, they seek the help of bio-exorcist Betelgeuse. Also, I am still waiting for number two please do it!

Dancing Queen
Can I just say Alyssa Edwards is on of my favourite Queens (Please don't make me pick they're all joint first) and my cousin and and I play fight with the whole "Back rolls" insult.  

Justin Johnson has made a name for himself as drag artist Alyssa Edwards, rising to fame on "RuPaul's Drag Race." But when he's not on stage performing as Alyssa, he is an accomplished choreographer and dance teacher. This docuseries follows Justin in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, at his highly competitive Beyond Belief Dance Company.

I honestly loved this little insight into the House of Edwards and I hope season two gets released. 

Mary Shelley
I really enjoyed this dark gothic horror, I also kind of want to slap Percy and Lord Byron. This film looks solely at Mary's life and how she became the mother of modern horror.

Mary Wollstonecraft's family disapproves when she and poet Percy Shelley announce their love for each other. The family is horrified when it finds that the couple has eloped, accompanied by Mary's half-sister, Claire. While staying in the home of Lord Byron at Lake Geneva, the guests are challenged to write a ghost story, which leads Mary to conceive her novel "Frankenstein."

Hidden Gems

Clarence
Clarence is a hidden gem because it was recommended because of the stuff I watch to fall asleep too. I am not ashamed to say I now enjoy it and have watched it for fun. Also, the world would be a little bit of a better place is there was more Clarence’s in the world.

An adventurous and happy-go-lucky fourth-grader flips the mundane into fun and finds possibility in everyday life.

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts
I social distance watch partied this with Jordan from IWGNAP. This documentary was a beautiful and insightful look into the life of Trixie on her journey from being on Drag Race to All-Stars 3. 

An intimate portrait of RuPaul's Drag Race alumnus Trixie Mattel, ie Milwaukee-raised Brian Firkus. It sheds light on Firkus' relationship with the art of drag and his various professional endeavours.