Whiter than Snow – Matthew Eldridge

I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

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Synopsis:

Whiter Than Snow is the suspensefully dark tale based on the true life of Snow White, as never told before. Because of the prophesies, Snow White is hidden from her true identity as a princess. Living as a servant in the king’s cottage and enduring the jealous wrath of the sinister queen, she attracts the forbidden attention of the delicious Prince Philip of Spain. However, only after falling in love does she discover he’s to be engaged to another ruler, the Queen of England, Bloody Mary. If the two join kingdoms, the evil queen’s reign of terror and quest to eliminate Protestant Christians around the world would be unstoppable. But there is hope. If the prince discovers Snow White’s hidden identity as a princess, true love may stop the planned massacre.

This isn’t an old tale told in a new way. This is the story uncovering deep truths about the real Snow White, Margarete, and her sacrificial love for the dear Prince Philip. Everything else is a fairy tale.

Rating: 3.5

Personally Snow White was my least favourite Disney film, I am more of a Beauty and the Beast girl. It must be the library that won me over (Plus the message behind it), but I was really interested in reading this book. The synopsis sounded intriguing and so I gave it ago. I’m glad I did, this was a enjoyable book. I do think it has more potential and there is room for some improvements but it was a good solid read.

I had a really hard time deciding what to rate this book,  because I really enjoyed it but I had some issues that knocked the rating down. It was going to be more of a 4 star rating but Margarete started to annoy me a little in the middle of the book. At first I liked that Margarete was a bit flawed as it made her more relatable, however I found her to be childish and naive at times nearing the end. I do understand that she is young and so there can be a lack of maturity at times but still it had a small impact on the enjoyment of this book. I will admit that there was some character development in her though.

I liked that fact that in this book we got to see more of Prince Philip so we got some insight into him, he was not that likeable at the start of the story but he grew on me. There was more character development in Prince Philip and liked I said I was hoping for a happy ending for him at the end of the book.

The book is set when the Protestant Christians religion is just sort of coming about and more people are accepting it, however they cannot openly accept being Protestant. The detail the book went in regarding the Catholic and Protestant religions was interesting, I do not know much about it other than what I’ve learned in religious education or history so I found it fascinating.

The book was well paced but my only niggle with the writing was sometimes I could not tell who was speaking as I did not know how’s POV it was. Oh my word the ending of this book was really well done, it actually helped me to like Margarete a bit more, and I loved that we got to see more about Prince Philip then aswell. I need to actually to know what happens now, what happened just cannot be! I cannot say anything more without giving the book away but the ending is a cliff hanger.

So the book is a good read, it had few niggles in but I would say give it ago if it sounds like your kind of thing. You can find more details and buy the book here.

Happy Reading!

Reading Slump

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I have noticed with the last couple of books that I have read, I had a hard time connecting with the characters or storyline. This is probably my fault rather than the books, I think I am in a reading slump. Normally to get over a reading slump I reread my favourite book, but I read The Unwanted Wife a couple of weeks ago instead this time I tried to see if maybe starting a new book will get me out of my reading slump. This doesn’t seem to work for me, so I’m going to reread another one of my favourite books, The Devil in Winter. Hopefully my reading slump will not last long.

How do you get out of reading slumps? Do you reread a favourite or try and find a new book to read? Are there any books you’d recommend to help me get out of my slump?

Worthy – Lexie Ray (Worthy Part 1)

I downloaded this book from Amazon for free. Its part one in a three part book.

This books contains sex scenes (Too many to be quite honest!)

Synopsis:

Living alone in a small cottage in the woods, Michelle is hiding from a past too horrible to put into words. Without other people around, she finds she can focus better on simply surviving instead of regretting things she can’t change — like the scary scar on her face.

But everything changes after a severe storm. Michelle finds a mysterious stranger injured in the woods and knows she must open her doors to help him recuperate. When he awakens, however, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. Michelle struggles to care for Jonathan as he copes with the growing understanding that he has no access to his past. But hope for the future dawns with each passing day they spend together.

Michelle and Jonathan face a growing attraction to each other, but when Jonathan’s past is revealed, will Michelle find herself worthy of the love of a Wharton?

Rating: 1.5 Stars 

The synopsis of this book pretty much covers the main focus of the story. Michelle lives in a small cottage in the wood away from people because she has a burn scar on one side of her face. Reading about how she learned to thrive in the woods was interesting and personally my highlight of the book. One day she finds a injured stranger and nurses back to health. Due to this a friendship of sorts starts between these two which leads on to a relationship. This is where in the book I was unsure of whether to continue with it or not. The book was well written and I did want and get into the book but I just found it really hard to connect with the characters. Jonathan was my main problem, he was so sweet and saying the right thing all the time but throughout the entire book I felt like he was insincere, fake and hiding something big.

Michelle was ok but I started to get frustrated on how much she doubted Jonathan was attracted to her because of her scar. I understand she has a scar so is conscious of that and doesn’t feel attractive but if a man is having sex with multiple times you would think there must be some attraction. I do not mind sex scenes but there was just too many in here and they were not adding to the story development or romance development.

The part in the story where Amelia, Jonathan’s mother orders Michelle to do her cleaning and be her maid and so Michelle does really annoys me, I mean she just goes along with it and does not even tell Jonathan. I mean what? Surely you would turn around and say no way, I’m not your servant, you employ people to do this. Amelia was a horrible person.

I know I have spoken most about the negative in this book but I would like to say it is well written but not my cup of tea. I hate giving books a low rating but I just had too many issues with this book. However if it sounds interesting give it a go as it may be something you enjoy 🙂

Happy Reading!

Scorned – S. L. Scott – (From the Inside Out Part 1)

This was a free Kindle download from Amazon, It’s a part one of four books.

Synopsis:

We shared a love that regulated every heartbeat and every breath we took. It was all encompassing. I thought our love could withstand time and anything thrown our way.

I was wrong. So wrong.

I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be.

Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back.

To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me.

This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny.

This is our story.

And it’s not for the faint of heart.

Rating: 2 Stars

This is more of a short story, it’s only 85 pages long and so I think I was unable to connect with the characters in such a short time. I felt that the story was over as soon as it begun. It was an ok book but I do not feel that I need to download part 2 straight away or complete this series. To be honest I will not complete the series. The synopsis of this book pretty much covers what happens in it, we find out that Dylan and Juliette use to be in a relationship 3 years ago but they broke up. Fast forward three years and Juliette is still trying to move on from Dylan who she loved with all her heart but has not seen him in years. Then all of a sudden they bump into each other and it looks like Dylan is interested in getting to know each other again. It is implied that Dylan cheated on Juliette, basically Dylan wanted out of the relationship as he blamed Juliette for holding him back and he wants someone else. I did not like Dylan he was cruel to Juliette when they broke up, I do know if can say the things he did to her and then want to get back together. I believed in second chances but do not think Dylan deserves one.

This book was a free one so you can check it out if you think it sounds like something you enjoy, but be aware it is a very short story as it part one of a series.

Happy Reading!!

Colour sample Bookmarks

I was on Instagram and came across this idea on lottelikesbooks account. She basically used colour samples as bookmarks, I thought this was so cool! As you are all aware I have redecorated and painted my room so guess what I had lying about? That’s right, loads of colour sample brochures so I thought I would make some bookmarks! My colour samples were all in a book format, rather than strips so I thought i’d some do some DIY and cut them out into strips to make bookmarks.

As mentioned the colour samples came in a brochure format which could not be used as booksmarks! So I decided to cut out each section in a strip to make a bookmark. I am debating also cutting up some card to stick behind the colour sample strip as the paper used in the brochures is a bit flimsy and I want my bookmarks to last.

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This is what the end product looked like:

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Voilà you now have some lovely new bookmarks to use, I love having different bookmarks. To me choosing a bookmark is as hard and important as choosing a book to read.

Happy Reading!

So excited for Highland Ever After!

Highland Ever After – Maya Banks  (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs book 3)

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I have never talked about this series on my blog but I am honestly counting down the days for the 3rd book in the series. Last time I checked this book’s release had been pushed forward to 2016 so while casually browsing Book Depository I saw this and nearly cried. Only 14 days to go? The release date has obviously been brought forward and I’m so excited. I need this book and I need it now so I have put it on pre-order, these books are one of my favourites. I may in the future reread the books so I can do a proper review on them. 

The synopsis of the book is:

After Scotland’s three strongest clans forge a formidable alliance, an uneasy king plots to consolidate power. Knowing that true strength lies in possessing land, fealty, and hearts, he orders sweet Taliesan McHugh to submit to a marriage that will give him control of the coveted McHugh keep. A tender beauty, Taliesan accepts her fate, certain that her lame leg has made her undesirable to any man—until she is swept into the powerful embrace of rugged, devilishly sensual Brodie Armstrong, a warrior who vows to shield her from brutality at any cost.

Fearless and bold, Brodie refuses his king’s command to stand down. Instead, he conspires to rescue the rare beauty whose bravery and innocence stir his blood as no woman ever has. As desperate power struggles reverberate throughout the Highlands, Brodie defies his king and devotes himself to the only mission that commands his loyalty, his blood, and his honor: winning Taliesan’s heart.

Has anyone else read this series and if so what do you think?

Becca Fitzpatrick book signing

I just had the best day ever. I went to my first ever book signing and it was amazing. Becca Fitzpatrick and another author Moira Young spoke about their books and writing. They also had a Q&A session which was amazing. Both authors were so sweet and friendly. I literally felt like a fangirl and had literally nothing to say to Becca that I could think of at the time. I thought of things once I had walked away, but oh well. I am so impressed Waterstones had Becca Fitzpatrick do a signing in my town, it’s such a little place. I did get my Black Ice and Finale book signed and I also got a picture!

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I personally had not heard of Moira Young and her books but I have goggled her and purchased Blood Red Road which is the first book in her series. If you are interested in checking out her work then click here for information.