Breaking Eselda by Tabatha Shipley Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Strength, humility, speed, mirth and wisdom are perfectly balanced in the kingdom of Fraun where council leaders make decisions in the best interest of all Fraunians. Meanwhile, young Princess Eselda is being groomed to eventually take the throne of Enchenda. But as her reign draws closer and long-held secrets are revealed, she realises that her title comes with challenges she never imagined. After Eselda hears the council has been withholding valuable information about age markers that only affect those born of royal blood, she is horrified to learn that she will soon become malicious, power hungry, and lustful. As she struggled to accept her destiny, Eselda is overwhelmed with fear. Still, she must face her future, one way or the other. There are rulers who will kill to keep those secrets hidden; and rulers who will kill to change the council. What kind of ruler will Eselda be? In this fantasy tale,- young princess must overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as she prepares to take the throne of a kingdom in turmoil. Continue reading

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October Wrap Up

I thought I had posted my Wrap Up for October but apparently not according o my drafts folder!

My favourite month has already whizzed by, taking the pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween festivities and the majority of Autumn away with it. Now, reflecting on this past month in bookish terms, I felt I read a good few books and a couple of those I did thoroughly enjoy.

I completed four books in the month of October, which were:

  • The Palm Reader (Jackson Walker, #2) by Christopher Bowron, I gave this book three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Onions by Cy Young, I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale, #7) by Katy Regnery, I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Darkening by Chris Sarantopoulos, I gave this book three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would have to say that my favourite book that I read in October was Onions by Cy Young. I really enjoyed reading about a bond that blossoms between a twelve-year-old boy called Charles Onions and an eighty-year-old woman called Sandrine Galano Fuller. If you would like to read my book review I wrote up for Onions, click here.

In other news, I was sent a lovely letter from Shelly Reuben, who wrote Come Home. Love, Dad and My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree which are two of her books I have read this year and adored both of them ever so much.

I started a book at the end of October called Cliché by Ryleigh Sloan and have only completed it today, so my next post will be the book review and it will be mentioned about more in my November Wrap Up.

How many books did you read in the month of October? Which one did you enjoy reading the most? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

I Reached My Goal for the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 45 books. I completed this in October, finishing up the challenge with Onions by Cy Young. At the moment I have surpassed my challenge by having read 48 books now!

I really enjoy the Goodreads Reading Challenge because it surprises me at how much I can read per year and then some. I like challenging myself and this certainly does it. With the hectic year I’ve had so far it goes to show that I still take time out to relax and unwind with a good book and also by completing my challenge in October it shows I can bump up my goal for 2019!

Here are the list of the 45 books I read in 2018 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

  1. Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews
  2. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  3. Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose
  4. The Girl Friend by Michelle Frances
  5. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
  6. Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw
  7. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
  8. All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  9. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  10. Daisy Jones by Mack Mama
  11. Aversion by Kenechi Udogu
  12. Sentient by Kenechi Udogu
  13. Keepers by Kenechi Udogu
  14. Broken Ties by Kenechi Udogu
  15. The Watchmaker’s Doctor by G.M.T. Schuilling
  16. Chipless by Kfir Luzzatto
  17. Star Seer by April Marcom
  18. Ground Floor, Second Room to the Left by Chris Sarantopoulos
  19. Purgatorium by J.H. Carnathan
  20. The Road Ahead by Hali C. Broncucia
  21. The Unbelievable Death of Joseph Goldberg by Oliver Franks
  22. My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree by Shelly Reuben
  23. After by Savannah Jezowski
  24. Woodcutter by Shaun Baines
  25. The Segmented Tail by Stanley C Straub
  26. Children of Wrath by T. A. Ward
  27. 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing by Adam T Hourlution
  28. Fish Eyes for Pearls by Masha Savitz
  29. The Fifth Era of Man by Joshua Banker
  30. Destroying Their God: How I Fought My Evil Half-Brother to Save My Children by Wallace Jeffs
  31. Ash Rising by Katya Lebeque
  32. Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander
  33. Diana Christmas by F. R. Jameson
  34. Viable Body: Pilgrimage by Yuan Nomos
  35. AndroDigm Park 2067 by J.M.J. Williamson
  36. The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine
  37. Chateau of Desire by Monica Bentley
  38. The Devil’s Playground by Alice J. Black
  39. A Date for Hannah by Callie Henry (Katy Regenry)
  40. The Seamstress of Ourfa by Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss
  41. Commonality Games by Mark Rounds
  42. Come Home. Love, Dad by Shelly Reuben
  43. Codename: Chimera by J.K. Persy
  44. The Palm Reader by Christopher Bowron
  45. Onions by Cy Young

Last year I set myself the challenge to complete 30 books, I managed to do this between January – August. You can see the list of books I read last year from my old post here. Two years in a row I have completed my Goodreads Reading Challenges now!

How well is your Reading Challenge going this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you,

Claire ☺️

Cliché by Ryleigh Sloan Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): I thought I had it all – the perfect life, with the perfect arrangement, with the perfect guy.

To the world, Kevin Peyton is the heartthrob Oscar nominee. To me, he’s my best friend, with some sexy benefits.

But then I got a taste of his world. A world where being mobbed by fans, violated by intruders, and stripped of all privacy is the norm. I never realized how brutal being in the spotlight would be.

I didn’t fit into his world. I didn’t fit into his plans. I only wish I’d discovered that before falling in love with him and changing the game plan.

Sometimes changing the game plan changes more than the game. Sometimes it changes your everything.

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The Darkening by Chris Sarantopoulos Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Don’t fear the dark. Fear the light. The end came when light changed. It decimated humanity, leaving scattered bands of survivors stumbling in the dark. Faced with saving himself or his family during the apocalypse, John Piscus made the wrong choice, and has been living with the guilt ever since. When a glowing girls shows up at John’s shelter begging for help, his instincts tell him to kill her. After all, light kills. But when masked troopers tasked with capturing survivors come after them, it’s up to John to protect himself and the girl. Not only may she hold the key to reversing the lethal effects of light, she could also be the one who can save his soul.

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Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella! My name is Ashley Ellis… I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Raumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Raumann crime family. When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do. With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father… dead or alive.

Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Onions by Cy Young Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): When twelve-year-old “Onions” arrives at his new foster home in Lozen, Arizona, he brings with him only a skateboard and a lot of anger. After he spots an old lady and tries to snatch her purse, he learns the first of many lessons Sandrine, a retired circus performer, will teach him. From Sandrine he learns about the magic of books, the challenge of playing the trumpet, and, most of all, the importance of never giving up. Onions is a moving and inspiring story for all ages and everyone who believes in miracles… and love.

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