A Might Dawn by Theodore Brun blog tour.

My book review for #AMightyDawn by Theodore Brun. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A gripping and brilliantly realised debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible tragedy befalls Hakan’s household he is forced to leave his world behind. He must seek to pledge his sword to a new king. Nameless and alone, he embarks on a journey to escape the bonds of his past and fulfil his destiny as a great warrior.

Whispers of sinister forces in the North pull Hakan onwards to a kingdom plagued by mysterious and gruesome deaths. But does he have the strength to do battle with such dark foes? Or is death the only sane thing to seek in this world of blood and broken oaths?

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 My Review of A Mighty Dawn

*I was luckily sent this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Kate asking me to participate.* 

I do not normally read this genre, or when I do it centres around Tudor England but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now eager for more. 

I found this book to be riveting, captivating and not predicable in the slightest, which I loved. This is the first book that I have read about Eighth-Century Scandinavia which was both informative and educational.  I also have not read a lot about the Vikings, so I eagerly delved into the book with no preconceived ideas. 

This is the first book in what I hope will be a brilliant historical fiction series which I will definitely pick up in the future. *EX-CIT-ING…GIVE ME MORE NOW!* 

Within A Mighty Dawn, Brun effortlessly creates a complex world full of intriguing, well put together and compelling characters that will suck you in. While reading this novel, I was fully immersed within the world and at the mercy of Brun cleverly crafted narrative. 

Another part of A Might Dawn that I thoroughly enjoyed was the construction of the narrative. The novel is split in three parts, with each section showing a different side to Hakan aka Erlan (the protagonist). At the beginning of the novel, Hakan is the chosen son, then he goes on a journey of self discovery and finally we (the reader) see him under the ruling of a new king.

After tragedy strikes Hakan’s life, he abandons his old identity and instead takes on the new identity of Erlan. This journey of discovery is one that can be felt by all readers and the tragedy element makes it a page turning extravaganza. 

I do not want to give away any of the book but if you are a reader of historical fiction or fantasy, go check out this wonderful book. This book deserves all its recognition and much much more.

Release date for paperback: 4th January 2018 
Book extent:  608 pages
Publisher: Corvus Books (an imprint of Atlantic Books) 

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Author Bio:

Theo is an established author and public speaker. At Cambridge, he studied Dark Age archaeology (amongst other things), graduating with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MPhil in History. After university he trained as a solicitor, qualifying into the area of arbitration law where he worked for several years, including for two Magic Circle firms. His career took him first to London, then to Moscow, Paris and finally Hong Kong.

However, in 2010, disenchanted with the law and with the germ of an idea for a series of novels already in his head, he quit his job in Hong Kong, jumped on a bicycle and pedalled 10,685 miles across Asia and Europe to his home in Norfolk. At this point he sat down in a spider-infested cottage to write the first volume in his epic historical fiction series, the Wanderer Chronicles. Four years later, A Mighty Dawn was published by Corvus Atlantic. Its sequel, A Sacred Storm, is due for release in July 2018.​

Theo is a third generation Viking immigrant, his Danish grandfather having settled in England in 1932. One could say Viking stories are in his blood. They did also form a small part of his degree, but the truth is they only came alive for him through the discovery of Wagner’s Ring Cycle when he was studying for his law exams. Through this unlikely portal, Theo discovered the hoard of stories from the old Scandinavian and Germanic worlds which underlie many of the works of authors like Tolkein, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman, Giles Kristian and Bernard Cornwell to name a few. It was this material that provided the inspiration for the first two novels in his Wanderer Chronicles series.

Besides writing, Theo is also an acclaimed speaker and has presented to a wide variety of audiences about his epic bike journey and about creative writing, as well as inspiring young people to dream big and pursue their passions.

Theo is married to Natasha. They live in London together with Natasha’s daughter, Ella, their baby girl, Talitha, and an unruly dog named Wilmo. 

For more information visit the below website:

Website – www.theodorebrun.com/home

Facebook – www.facebook.com/theodorebrunauthor/

Twitter –twitter.com/theodorebrun

 

 

 

Being trusted by the big brand publishers! ⭐️

Today I received Still Me by JoJo Moyes to read as PREVIEW copy! I was shaking with happiness and anticipation. Imagine Louisa’s face when she pulls out the black and yellow tights…that was me when the first chapter was downloading. tumblr_o8ezgqIxoU1vvkt72o1_500.gif

As you will all know by now, I AM OBSESSED WITH Jojo Moyes, especially her Me Before You books featuring my all time favourite protagonist Louisa Clark. Ahhh what a wonderful character she is.

I instantly stopped my day and devoured the first chapter, forever eager for more knowledge of Louisa and her travels. I can already tell that this book is going to give me what I want (and need!) Book two offered me the initial closure after the heart-shattering events in book one but I still long for more.  Louisa is off to America for this next story and I am SOOO excited to see what adventures she goes on this year and I hope more of her quirky and awesome personality shines through in this one.

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What do you think of the cover? I personally LOVE IT.  I love the ‘black and yellow stripes’ look and the little bumblebee.

I am also really excited about more Louisa and Nathan, as I really liked their relationship.  Honestly, in the second book I was a little disappointed in Louisa – I completely understood her loss and felt compassionate but I just missed happy go lucky and charming Louisa. I missed her go-get-it attitude at the end of book one, I just wanted to jump into the book and tell her to live the life Will wanted her to.

This chapter is already so telling – she has upped her life and moved to America, she is exploring the unknown and pushing herself. I LOVE IT and wish Jojo Moyes could release a book a year about Louisa because I feel like she is my friend.

I also hope we hear more about Lilly and Sam in this one!!!!

You will not be disappointed… Louisa is back and is as charming, wonderful, kind, strong, quirky and curious as ever.

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Lets chat all things Me Before You, After You and Still Me — Have you read the books or watched the film? What is your favourite quote? What is your favourite part? If you didn’t enjoy them, why?

Those books that stay with you forever…

I’ve been thinking recently what books I use as a comfort blanket and what books have stayed with me since I read them.

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone by J.K.Rowling
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

What books comfort or stay with you?

Prestige Flowers.

The wonderful company that is Prestige Flowers  sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. I received the Paris bouquet and when I saw them I was overwhelmed with their beauty, smell and most importantly quality. THE QUALITY IS INCREDIBLE. 

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I received the bunch of flowers on the day I moved into my new  house and for the last week they have been a statement feature that brings a lot of happiness to me (and my lucky lucky flat mates).

 

Not only did I love my bouquet but I thoroughly enjoy browsing their website because it is soo colourful. I want them all…so, feel free to buy me one and send it to me. (Joking, don’t do that)  But, seriously check out their website.

Do you have any birthday coming up? If so, click here and check out their birthday flowers. They are my favourite, so vibrant and beautiful.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below.

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Flower delivery…

The incredible flower company that is Prestige Flowers (click here)  were generous enough to send me a bouquet from their luxury range in exchange for an honest review.

Not only did I receive the wonderful flowers BUT I also got a free vase…oh yeah, you heard right…a free vase. Another amazing feature about this company is that the prices are not extorsionate like some of the others, you can purchase a beautiful bouquet  from £19.99. That is soo good! I always think that buying flowers for someone is such kind and lovely idea, so I am always on the lookout for a reliable company. Especially because I am at University and live here (in Bristol)  instead of at home. It is always nice to have flower delivery as an option for birthday presents, sympathy, celebrations and perhaps an act of love.

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Personally, nothing for me can beat the feeling of receiving flowers from someone. The warmth of love that surrounds me, fills my heart with love and appreciation.

They also do some A-MAZ-ING CHRISTMAS FLOWERS.  Check them out here Christmas Flowers.  I know I will definitely placing an order with them soon! They are fast, reliable and you receive such beautiful flower…ready to put on display.

If you have any questions about the company or need more convincing – comment below!!

Pure Chimp Tea Review

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The wonderful company Purechimp sent me tea – thank you! 

I absolutely adore tea, all time…gimme gimme gimme…all the tea. So, when I was given the opportunity to be sent this tea to review, I was like yaaaasss I would love to.

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I was sent the pouch pictured above, the Pure Chimp Super Tea Matcha Green Tea and it was amazing…I will definetely be buying again. On the website (which is featured above) you can purchase your own pouch from £6.95.Chimp drinking tea

The benefits of the tea are as followed –

  • It boosts your metabolism
  • Clears your head
  • Steadies your energy levels

I agree with all of these benefits, it truly did make me feel energised and ready to face the day. It also made me feel very focused, ready to concur my ever growing University pile of books and assignments. I will definitely be purchasing this again soon and cannot wait to try out the products that they have to offer. My flatmate who is also obsessed with tea tried it and absolutely loved it.

If you are looking for a new tea brand to try out, then look no further because this will satisfy your needs!!

 

My top tips to reading more…

If you are anything like me you desire to read more but life gets in the way…or mostly Netflix. (Sorry, I just love a lot of TV shows.)  But I am going to try and motivate  us to read more.

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  •  Always have a book with you, as Lemony Snicket once said “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Recently, I have been travelling a lot to London and to work everyday on the bus. So, I utilise the time spent travelling by reading my kindle or book.
  • If you are a morning person, wake up a little bit earlier and read a little.
  • Or…if you are anything like me, take advantage of your evenings and end your day with a book.  Apparently if you devote 15/20 minutes reading a day, you can easily read 20-30 books a year. Think of all of the books you could read, if you dedicated a few hours a day. WOW!!! 
  • You could also try an audio version of the book and listen while you everyday tasks.
  • Set yourself task…I, for example aim to read 115 books this year. If you want to set yourself a goal, get the Goodreads app. It’s a dream, because not only can you can set your own challenge but you can also view your friends challenges for motivation and//or recommendations.
  • Put your phone down.
  • Don’t pick Netflix over reading…I am guilty of this. Stop, don’t watch another episode…pick up a book.
  • Read in a peaceful place.
  • Read with a friend.
  • Give a book up if you don’t enjoy it, otherwise it will put you in a book slump.
  • Maybe set yourself book deadlines- for example I said I would read six books this month, meaning I need to read one and a half books a week.
  • Like the transport one – Utilise your other free time, I waste a lot of time. Honestly, I sometimes spend hours doing nothing and then look back and think ‘wow, that was stupid of me.’
  • Keep an open mind when reading.

Have you got any tips for me? Did you find these helpful?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

**I was sent this book to review for an honest review**

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Goodreads blurb…

HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

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Review//ideas

 I feel like it is imperative for books like this to be taught in school because children and even young adults need to learn that any thing that is not consented is rape. Most importantly everyone can learn from this book; parents can glimpse into the minds of their children while gaining an understanding  of the situation and  teenagers can learn that its not their fault and/or how to seek help if it happens to them.

After devouring the book within one sitting, I followed Jessica Knoll on Twitter and searched online for more information on the book and its author. I am quite weird when I absolutely love something, I cannot just be like ‘ah, cool…I like that’ and become a crazy person, whom seeks more knowlegde as to why I like it.  So, after a while I found an article over on Lenny  written by Jessica Knoll, titled what I know and it is heartbreaking. If you have read the book, go and check the essay out and if not, please do save it and read it after because it adds another level of emotion to the novel.

Ani reminded me a little bit of Amy Dunne from Gone Girl…obviously Ani has more of a reason to be manipulative but both characters are soo eager to please society in order to approval. They also both have me loving and hating them….I just really appreciate a good strong female protagonist.

Another aspect of this book that I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact that every chapter shifted from the past to the present depiction of Ani’s life.  With every chapter came knowledge of why present Ani acted so guarded and stone cold.  This also made the book really easy to read because I was really eager to learn more.

I don’t know if this is because I am overthinking it or the fact that I am an English Literature student but I really liked the link between TifAni FaNelli’s name and her broken character. Let me explain a little…so, at the beginning we met Ani who due to other peoples actions ,broke as a person. To dissociate herself with her childhood, she drops the ‘Tif’ part of her name… I saw this as a visual representation of how when people are abused, they lose a part of themselves and I loved it! As, the book unfolds and the reader learns more about Ani//TifAni, she learns to accept her situation and gains the closure she longed for – resulting in her concluding the book as ‘TifAni’. I rambled, I am sorry. Do you get where I was going with that?

In conclusion, I did enjoy this book and don’t fully understand why it is getting soo much hate but I also felt like something was missing. Just something small… maybe they way it ended. Anyone else agree? I also wanted her to sleep with her teacher, hahaha am I a horrible person?  But, ultimately I enjoyed it.

 

4 out of 5 stars ****

 

 

The Happiness Tag

Thank you to the amazing Hannah over @alluringalaskabeauty for tagging me. She is awesome, go and check her out. Basically, the tag is easy – all you have to do is list

  • 5 things that make you happy 
  • 5 songs that make you happy 
  • 5 nominees to complete the tag

5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

1.Reading –I had to put this first because it means so much to me. Not only do I enjoy reading because it entertains me but I also use reading as a form of escapism and it has helped me out a lot in life. It might sound absolutely crazy but, by being able to connect with characters who are feeling the same as me or going through something in their lives which I can relate to- it makes me stronger as a person because it teaches me a way to organise my emotions. I also love buying books- old/new just give them to me!!

idiva_025.gif2.Spending time with my family&friends. – I do love my family/ friends and spending time with them makes me soo happy. Rekindling old friendships also makes me soo happy, my anxiety always makes me think that people hate me and I often pull myself away or push people, if I feel like I am bothering them. So, I also find it refreshing when I start suddenly talking to one of my old best friends and realise that actually,it wasn’t me that destroyed the friendship but in fact I was either overreacting or we had just had not spoken in a while. I actually sound pyschotic, sorry!

3.Pugs- I am actually obessed with pugs. They are soo ugly and adorable and I want to own like 10 of them haha… (I even have names- 1. Gerald, 2.Alan, 3.Ivy, 4.Ronnie, 5.Reggie and 6. Gastby) I nearly got myself one the other day but my landlord crushed my dreams and said I wasn’t allowed any pets but on the plus side, my mum said she will buy me one when I graduate.

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4.EXPLORING- I love getting out of the house and exploring different places, I also love walking- so I just stick my headphones in and walk. 

5.You Guys- Every time one of you comments on my post or like them, my heart warms. I love you guys!!! I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU ALL AND SAY THANK YOU.  I gained like 600 followers in May and when I think about it, I wanna cry! Hahaha, so if you wanna be my friend- comment below.

 

5 SONGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

  1. Unsteady by X Ambassadors  

This song doesn’t actually make me jump up and down in happiness but I am loving it at the moment and it feels me such strong emotions because it makes me think of ‘Me Before You’ as it is on the soundtack.

2. Bonfalleralla by Afasi och Filthy

This song makes me think of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ which I am still obsessed with  and it makes me think about my trip to Amsterdam for my 19th birthday with my sister because we put a locket with our names on, on TFiOS bench. This is also a song that motivates me to push myself harder at the gym.

3. Money by Pink Floyd 

This song just makes me think of my childhood because my dad would always and still does (when I visit him or he comes to see me) blast Pink Floyd out of the speakers and I don’t know why but this one is my favourite.

4. Hands To Myself by Selena Gomez 

I listen to this song every time I am getting ready to go out, it just makes me soo happy.  I just like the beat to this song.

5. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Nostalgia- back to my TEAM EDWARD DAYS.  This song just represents a massive part of my life that gave me soo much joy.

I TAG

(If you have already done it, its fine. I just tagged you because I love your blogs, go and check them out people. Also, if you want to do this tag , go ahead but please do let me know, so I can see  it AND if you want me to check out your blog… comment below.)

  1. @Clockworkbibliophile
  2. @notcapulet
  3. @Inkyspells
  4. @Driftinglexi
  5. @agirlrecommends   (cheating here) 
  6. @Thebander(b)log
  7. @Thenotsosecretlifeofafangirl

(forgive me for taggign two extra people, I am sorry!!)

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May Book Haul

I nearly completed a month without buying a book, but I failed on the last day of May! On the bus yesterday, I saw that my local bookshop was having a £1 book sale. So, I had to walk there today- unfortunately, the sale was over but I still indulged.

I still got 7 books for £7 because 3 of the books were 50p each.  I have no shame in buying second-hand books, if someone didn’t want them, I will happily accept them. Three of the books are also for my course.

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I remember reading Sophie Mckenzie in secondary school and her books were 50p each so I couldn’t resist.


Girl, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie 

Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren’s life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?


Sister, Missing by Sophie Mckenzie

It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life for sixteen-year-old Lauren is not getting any easier, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste N G 

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.


Meridian by Alice Walker 

The second novel written by Alice Walker, preceding The Color Purple is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman’s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement. Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her even as her own health begins to deteriorate. Hers is a lonely battle, but it is one she will not abandon, whatever the costs. This is classic Alice Walker, beautifully written, intense and passionate.


Bad Company by Catherine Macphail 

Lissa’s world has been turned upside down for the second time. The first time was when her father was sent to jail. This time it is because he is coming home.


Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens / Peter and Wendy by J.M.Barrie

In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie first created Peter Pan as a baby, living a wild and secret life with birds and fairies in the middle of London. Later Barrie let this remarkable child grow a little older and he became the boy-hero of Neverland, making his first appearance, with Wendy, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys, in Peter and Wendy. The Peter Pan stories were Barrie’s only works for children but, as their persistent popularity shows, their themes of imaginative escape continue to charm even those who long ago left Neverland. This is the first edition to include both texts in one volume and the first to a present an extensively annotated text for Peter Pan in Kensington Garden