The LifeBlood of the ill fated woman.

I was lucky enough to recieve this book from the author himself (Kevin Breaux) and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. The book kicks off with a warrior woman Astrid the white (someone who you wouldn’t want to mess with) The picture in my head when I think of Astrid is the main character in Horizon called Aloy anyway onto the review 😂

Astrid has awoke in a strange place that she’s never heard of. Even upon awakening Astrid has to defend herself and let her warrior skills take over.

Astrid walks to a town and is befriended by a warrior called Warren who takes Astrid in and tries to help her find her way back to her family and her homeland.

Astrid doesn’t take to her new surroundings she’s always getting into trouble and arguing with the elders about her homeland and they don’t believe a word she is saying.

For me Astrid was a person I could connect with straight away and enjoyed the character development of Astrid and her companions that she met on her way.

The book does have you gripped straight away. As I’m always thinking ahead to see how it will pan out but it never seems to go the way I think. That’s what I like about Kevin’s books. You’re literally sitting on the edge of your seat looking forward to the next page/paragraph and word to see whats going to happen.

If you haven’t read this or any other of Kevin’s books please go and check them out. Also one last thing the cover looks amazing. I want the actual book just to have in my book shelf 😂

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Reading slump.

My reading atm has came to a complete stand still. Every time I pick up my book I fall asleep. The last book I read was the blood of the ill fated woman by Kevin Breaux (review pending) Now I just can’t seem to get back into the swing of things and it’s getting really frustrating. I really do love reading and very passionate about it. I even borrowed a book to my friend who hasn’t read a book for 20+ years that should be motivating enough. I’m hoping this passes over soon and I get back into the swing of reading again.

Stats

My stats have been horrendous while I’ve been away. I’m not saying I get high numbers but I thought I’d have more than I thought. I’m not usually one who follows stats. The only time I get a spike in numbers is when I’ve posted.

I’m not trying to sound like I’m complaining (even though it kind of does 🤣🤣)

One positive I actually gained a few new followers which I was very pleased about.

I’m going to get back into the swing of posting again as I’ve missed doing it. I do need to catch up with my reading as I’m so far behind 🤣🤣

 

I’m back.

Well as the title suggests I’m back after taking a month of. I thought it would be hard but I’ve been so busy that I’ve never had time.

My partner done an amazing job giving birth to our baby daughter called Poppy Mae. She’s amazing and so proud of my eldest daughter. She’s been helping out and looking after her baby sister. I couldn’t have asked for it to be any better.

The only thing that has spoiled my time away was my car getting written off. We had very bad winds and some how we were unfortunate enough that a branch snapped off and landed on the car. luckily no body was harmed just really shook up.

I never realised how much I’d miss a car and how easy it actually is. We did use public transport and the odd taxi to basically pick up my daughter from school. Now we have had skimp and scrape to get a new car.

I’m going back to work on Monday and I’m kind of looking forward to getting back into some sort of structured routine. Being off all I’ve done is goto the gym and sleep 😂

Writing this has made me realise how much I’ve missed blogging. I’ve got so much to say so will hopefully have some more blogs posted.

I will end my post there as I can go on for a while and my daughter is starting to stir so will need to feed her.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m going to try to read some of your blogs whan I get the chance 😁

 

 

 

End of August already.

This month has flown over. Feels like I’ve blinked and it’s September already. I’ve been abit quiet on here lately as I’ve been working more and getting stuff sorted before my partner gives birth.

I keep thinking I’ve hardly done any posts. Then I check my stats and noticed I’ve done 11 posts. This is probably the worst month I’ve had (numbers wise) but I’m not bothered about stats anymore.

I’ve done a few blog tours which I appreciate and love doing. I enjoy them as I’m discovering new author’s and genres of books that I’d never normally read.

I usually do blogger of the month aswell but for some reason it’s not showing up who has been the most active on my blog. So from last month it was Phantom Paper (who is an awesome blogger) be nice and go give her blog some love.

I’d like to welcome all my new followers. I’m checking everyone and looking through your blogs. They are amazing and getting some inspiration for future blog posts.

My newest follor is Becca-anne go and check her blog out (I’m busy reading it while trying to write this 🤣)

Hope September is a good blogging month for everyone. I’m looking forward to reading your posts 😁

Yes I know it’s abit late considering it’s halfway through September. Finally found out my partner is going to be taken into hospital on Friday to have the baby as it still hasn’t arrived. (I think it’s too comfortable inside there it doesn’t want to come out 😂)

I was going to say I’d try and blog if I can but I’m probably not as we are going to be busy. I will be reading some posts when it’s early hours in the morning when I’m dealing with the baby 🤣

Distortion by Gautam Malkani *Blog Tour*

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“Gautam Malkani, the man behind one of the seminal books on the British Asian experience, does something original and important once again, this time on the crucial issue of young carers. Distortion is essential reading.”
– Sathnam Sanghera, author of The Boy with the Topknot

DISTORTION
Gautam Malkani

6th September 2018 | Hardback £18.99

The new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Londonstani
“Beguiling, addictive and emotive… Distortion shines a light onto our increasingly fractured lives and in doing so, makes clear the ongoing tensions and contradictions between the care we must give to ourselves and others over our desire for freedom in the digital world.”
– Niven Govinden, author of All the Days and Nights

“A taut and timely return for Gautam Malkani, Distortion is a brilliant exploration of social media,
code-switching and toxic masculinity.” – Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant

Meet Dillon, a high-functioning fuck-up who has been keeping some very big secrets from his girlfriend Ramona.

Also, meet Dhilan, a young carer caught in an endless loop of pre-bereavement bereavement for his dying mother.

And then there’s Dylan. The less said about him the better…

These three identities of the same young man have been growing dangerously more hardcore and hardwired, both online and off, thanks to the self-reinforcing effects of social media and search engines, and the uncanny predictive capabilities of his smartphones.

When two creepy old dudes threaten to expose Dillon/Dhilan/Dylan, he is forced to unravel a gut-wrenching mystery that he would rather leave well alone.

Set in a strange greyscape between the digital world and the messy realm of the body, Distortion asks timely questions about what happens when our online data and search histories are crunched up and fed back to us – when they don’t just filter our view of the world, but also our view of ourselves. How can we navigate the tension between emotional truth and factual accuracy? What can we do to neutralise our own toxicity? And what happens in the world of flesh and blood when the roles of parent and child become tragically reversed?

Praise for Londonstani:

“Gripping” – Guardian
“A bold debut, brimming with energy and authenticity” – Observer
“Sharp, clever and convincing” – Independent
“Artful, thought-provoking and strikingly inventive. An impressive, in some respects brilliant, first novel.”
– Los Angeles Times
About Gautam Malkani:
Gautam Malkani’s first novel Londonstani was published in 2006. He lives in London and is available for interview, features and events.

 

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My review will be up as soon as I can. I’ve just been swamped with work and expecting my partner to give birth anytime soon.

Final few days.

So my partner is literally ready to have pur child anytime now. She’s due on the 5th of September and we are all excited. I can’t wait to see my daughter’s face when she sees her little brother/sister. So we’ve been frantically decorating and getting everything prepared for the arrival (I’m still not finished 🤣) I honestly can’t wait to see my new child. People keep asking me what I would like and honestly I’m not really bothered as long as Mrs and the baby are all ok. So I’ve lately been doing 14 hour shifts none stop just so I’ve got a decent enough wage to tide me over till i get back to work. I will be taking 4 weeks off. Which is a long time.

I will try to blog but probably won’t or a while. I’m just too busy at the moment. I’m still reading other bloggers posts and books. I will no doubt be reading more books if I’m up all night 🤣

I will try to get back to some consistency with my posts again once everything has settled.

Lastly I’d like to thank you all for being amazing. I know I’ve written this a few times but I do really appreciate everyone.

Living life instead of just passing through it.

I recently realised that the past few months I’ve actually been living life and realised how amazing it actually is. I never noticed until I was sitting down and thought what I’ve actually done this year? I could only think of a couple of things which is really bad. I’ve literally been passing and getting through life like what I can only explain having an outer body experience but it being constant or just walking around like a zombie. I’m glad to say I’m kind of back to normal (even though I hate the word normal 🖕🏼) it’s so refreshing and hard that I’ve missed out so much. It nearly got to the point where I nearly split up with my partner. Even where I didn’t give a fuck  what happend. I kind of was pushing her away. I’m glad to say I stopped being a twat and got things sorted. This is just me rambling on but really appreciate everyone who reads this.

Has anyone else experienced this before or is it just me?

Golden Skies by Juan Zapatta *Blog Tour*

GOLDEN SKIES BY JUAN ZAPATTA
Book Blurb: As a boy, Malik watched an army of religious zealots swarm his home town, slaughtering his people and running his beloved grandfather through with a black sword. Nine years later, Malik still believes there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what he tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force technology and jetpacks to rescue Malik. Yet when war bursts through the skies and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall, when the world comes crashing down, Malik Zzoha stands amidst the sands to lead a band of friends and revolutionaries to face his tyrannical, zealot father, determined to free the people he loves.

Author Bio: Juan Zapata is a senior at Alabama A&M, expected to graduate December 2018. He majors in Criminal Justice and is a member of the AAMU Honors Program. Born in Mexico, Juan came to the United States at four years old. When he is not writing, Juan likes to play For Honor and pretend he’s a knight, laughing with happiness at his victories and nearly having aneurisms when defeated.
Excerpt:
“Let her go!” I shrieked, attempting to leap forward. I doubled over in pain as the guards holding me struck me in the gut. Tears of anguish brimmed at my eyes. “I…won’t serve anyone!” I spat on the ground, screaming. “Safad isn’t a god! He’s nothing!”
The guards holding me suddenly let go, taken aback. Silence rang forth from the crowd and rapidly descended upon the entire square.
Mujadin looked at me, speechless.
“Safad isn’t holy! He’s a man who pisses and shits like everyone else. His laws are hogwash. You kill for nothing! You are nothing! You’re a liar, scum, a deceiver. All your life fighting for some sick charlatan!” I yelled, feeling blood rush to my face, popping out the veins on my throat and forehead.
I didn’t truly know if I believed what I was saying, but Kafed had echoed my own thoughts on the subject countless times; he believed that Safad wasn’t divine—that he’d tricked others with his ‘miracles’ to gain power and keep it. Everything that was happening was because of that narcissistic, deceiving man-god my father worshipped.
No one in the crowd moved or spoke. The soldiers around me leveled their weapons at my head. The penalty for denying Safad’s divinity was death. I tightened my fists. If this was to end in a hail of bullets, at least I’d diverted attention from those about to be executed, my sister, and Kafed.
Mujadin put up a trembling hand, ordering the men to hold their fire. A deadly whisper. “No. No. He will suffer.”
A short, quiet pause rang forth, then suddenly, I lost control of my body and fell to the concrete ground, pain exploding from every nerve. I’d been struck by stun weapons.
My vision blurred, light entering my pupils in bursts. For one second I saw my father’s stony face, the next the feet of guards, the crowd staring at me, the sea-green sky, my sister weeping on the ground, Kafed flanked by guards.
Soldiers grabbed each of my arms and hoisted me to my knees. Time seemed to slow as I got my bearings, blinking at the crowd, then the air was sliced in two, the sound of a whip whistling before it hit its mark.
Tongues of fire lit up my back, pulling a heinous scream from my throat. My muscles tightened like knots, fresh air eating away at my raw flesh. Red engulfed my vision, and the air thundered and rippled. Wapash! My forearms tensed, and I cried out, trembling. The flames returned again and again, one lash after the other, ceaseless. The sky darkened, and the blistering heat disappeared. My flesh shredded apart in lines, pulled off my muscles in crisscrossing patterns, my blood flowing out, dripping onto the stone. The leather gouged deep into me with each lick. I could hardly breathe.
My tear-filled eyes stared blankly to those below the platform and rested upon a man below me, just one of the many among thousands. White skin. Blond hair. A Northeasterner? My eyes widened at the woman beside him—fiery red locks flared out behind a scarlet mask. Piercing blue eyes drank me in. I expected hostility from them but found shock instead. Sympathy. Conflict within these foreigners. And then they were gone, replaced by black. A last shuddering breath, another crack, and darkness took me.

Book Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36055975-golden-skies?from_search=true
Golden Skies
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/golden-skies-juan-zapata/1128862110?ean=9781945654121
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/golden-skies

Author Contact Details:
jzapata1@bulldogs.aamu.edu
https://zapatathe1.weebly.com/
Twitter: @Zapatathe1
Instagram: @Zapatathe1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zapatathe1/?ref=bookmarks

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This book was so difficult to put down. Literally it was just chapter after chapter flowing through. I very rarely read a book this quick. It’s not a large book but don’t let that discourage you. As Juan is an excellent writer and packed so much into this book it’s amazing. I’m gushing over this book so please read it. The characters in this book are really well written and diverse that it makes the book that more interesting.

I’d highly recommend this book to amyone who likes sci fi or just getting into this genre then pick up this book find a quiet place to read and be ready to be amazed at how good this book actually is. I can’t really say much more without adding spoilers which isn’t something I like todo.

I need to read more by this author and looking forward to his future work.

Please let me know if you are going to read this book.

Top 10 books I want to read at the moment.

I’m happily open to donations 😂 if anybody has these books and don’t want them anymore. In my amazon basket I’ve got a few books that I haven’t bought yet.

1. Ash Princess

2. Fury Born

3. Six of Crows

4. The Grey Bastards

5. Traitors Blade: The Greatcoats Book 1

6. Age of Assassins The Wounded Kingdom book.

7. The Silmallarion

8. Scriber

9. Ravens Boys

10. Kings of the Wyld: The band book 1

 

These are my books that I’d like to get my hands on and read at the moment. What’s your top ten 10 books you really need at the moment?