Dark Chains by LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Dark Chains is an inspirational and spiritual autobiography about a misguided young girl who struggles to survive mental, emotional, and physical abuse. Plagued by decades of pain, mental illness and generational curses. She enters a life without God at a young age, and finds herself infatuated with the idea of escaping and never returning to the abusive life she once was subjected, manipulated and conditioned to living in. This book was created to help young girls and boys who are going down a dark path, it is meant to open minds and change their perspectives for the greater. It was created to help overcome the pain and anger endured from a dysfunctional family and lifestyle in order to become who God initially wanted them to be. This book will heal the wounds of mentally and emotionally hurt families who aren’t aware that they’ve been conditioned to live immorally due to the pains that plagued them and the many generations that came before them. It is a read from an author who can easily relate to those who inhabit a lost soul and a broken heart. It is inspiring and will create understanding and hope to many and create a positive pattern for many more to come.

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I have recently read both the first and second books in The Order of the Senary series and thoroughly enjoyed them! I can’t wait to read the third instalment, Vermilion Lies, to be immersed back into the world of vampires again!
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Synopsis: Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

The Onyx Crown by Alan Hurst Book Blitz

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To celebrate the release of Alan Hurst’s debut novel, The Onyx Crown, we are having a week-long book blitz! There will be an exclusive excerpt reveal, and a chance to win a digital copy of the book at the bottom!

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Publication Date: January 27th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure

The Onyx Crown is an exciting foray into the world of African fantasy. From the searing heat of the desert to the vastness of the savannah, it tells the story of three children–Sania, Gesi, and Jorann who grow up in a pre-medieval era of wars and successions, not fifteen years after the greatest king in the history of the continent has been deposed and assassinated. They must overcome the traumatic circumstances of their birth as well as many dangerous trials to fulfill the destiny bestowed upon them as infants. Can mere children use their courage, wits, and uncanny abilities to defeat legendary warriors, entire tribes, provinces, and kingdoms–allowing them to lead the worthy to the greatest prize of all, the Onyx Crown?

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For the next few days, the three of them did virtually everything together, including games, horse riding, and spear training with the First Knight, who seemed to be getting sterner and tougher on them with every lesson. The First Knight, whose given name was Jorell Boro, was famed throughout the fourteen provinces as one of the best living warriors of all time. He’d made his name fighting for the upstart Regent Okon in his war of usurpation against the High King Toloron.

After Toloron was defeated, the regent rewarded Boro with the titles of First Knight of the Crown, Protector of the House of the First Prince, and the moniker “the Bloodless Death,” because supposedly his bladed spear could kill a person so quickly and with such precision that they would be dead before any blood was even visible.

Okon, along with the ruling conclave, also granted a treaty to Pala Jorell’s home kingdom of East Rhydor, including a guarantee that no Numerian troops would invade as long as the East Rhydor king or his son, the prince, were in power.

The First Prince had asked Pala Jorell to begin instructing Zadeemo in the ways of knighthood, and also Gesemni himself, most likely reasoning that Zadeemo would need a sparring partner when the First Prince was absent.

The First Knight had been reluctant to train a “commoner” in the higher arts of warfare but, at the insistence of both the First Prince and Zadeemo, had relented. Still, one could tell he took The Onyx Crown -26- great pains to make sure that Zadeemo understood some of the finer points of the moves he instructed, while not deigning to help Gesi.

Luckily for Gesi, he had tremendous aptitude and seemingly a womb-borne comprehension of instinctual combat. As such, he rarely needed the extra tutoring that Zadeemo couldn’t seem to do without. On this day, the two of them were instructed for quite some time on hand-spear counters, an ancient method of grappling that involved an unarmed warrior wresting the control of spears and other long objects away from their adversary. It was an extremely rough and unpolished method of fighting, and the First Knight took the better part of the morning explaining it to them.

Finally, the paladin suggested they work the puzzling elements out with a few rounds of sparring. Boro handed him a bladed spear and marked out a circle four en-yawo in diameter with his carving knife. Zadeemo was given a pair of lyocell gloves, which felt like silk but were made from the toughest fibers in existence. These were to be used to protect his hands from blade cuts.

Gesi shifted nervously. Always when they’d fought before they’d both been armed. Oddly, there’s a certain amount of safety involved when two weapons compete against each other. But with Zadeemo being unarmed, Gesi felt he’d have to be very careful. He was also very conscious of Zoe sitting on her tilbury, watching them both amusedly.

“Engage!” The First Knight’s voice rang out through the square as the boys stepped into the circle. Zadeemo immediately lowered his stance, thrusting the heel of his boot inside Gesi’s left calf to disrupt his balance, simultaneously snatching at the bladed spear handle.

Shuffle-stepping to counter, Gesi twisted the blade ninety degrees, forcing Zadeemo to withdraw his hands. He knew he was supposed to be nothing more than a punching target for Zadeemo, but in situations like this, his stubborn, competitive imoya always got in the way of things, and yes…he also wanted to show off a bit in front of Zoe.

Surprisingly, Zadeemo must’ve anticipated his counter because he nimbly moved to his left, crashing his knee into Gesi’s right thigh and causing him to grimace. Ducking underneath the spear, Zadeemo swung his right elbow fiercely into Gesi’s solar plexus. The few servants and townspeople who were looking on cheered loudly, including Zoe.

At that second, he felt like he was going to black out. Zadeemo may have been slower than a stuck rhino, but he had strength far beyond what most twelve-year-olds could muster.

Instinctively, he twisted his bladed spear to block the next grasping move he felt was coming, slid his left knee under Zadeemo’s right, and reverse-swung the spear in a sweeping arc toward Zadeemo’s chest. The cheering stopped, followed by a deathly silence as Zadeemo crashed down to the dirt awkwardly. Everyone was staring at Gesi. Some looked angry, some fearful, some puzzled. Even he didn’t know how he’d won.

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Alan Hurst is an author and entrepeneur. Hurst who spent most of his childhood reading Asian wuxia fiction, Marvel comics and encyclopedias is delving into trilogy territory with THE ONYX CROWN. He briefly studied religion at Harvard. Later, he settled in Washington, DC where he founded a software consulting firm, hosted the Urban Nation Radio podcast, and occasionally played the World Series of Poker. When not writing or enjoying time with his family, he prefers to take his Ducati motorcycle out for the occasional spin!

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Better: 😊 A Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller by NE French Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): BETTER: A dystopian thriller. Witty, snarky and nicely grim. In a post-apocalyptic America overrun by super-virulent-viruses the surviving population is controlled by a pharmaceutical technocracy. Citizens are assigned a grade based on their perceived value to the regime. This grade determines the quality of healthcare a citizen receives. Many are forced into slavery merely to get the minimum cover needed to survive. Few dare to oppose the system and those that do don’t tend to live long. Faith seems to be loosing on all fronts: she failed to complete a resistance mission, got infected and getting cured got her in debt to the very corporation she’d been trying to attack. Now she’s forced to work for the enemy. If that wasn’t bad enough she’s been relocated to a high-risk compound where her chances of survival are slim… “I’m out of time.” But things are not quite as they seem. Faith is playing a long game and others are about to get played. In particular, a certain Forces Commander… “Giff Vimuer is supposed to be a brilliant tactician, a thoughtful military strategist. He reckon he’s got me all figured out. He has no clue.” Or perhaps Faith has underestimated her advisory. It wouldn’t be the first time…

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What I’m Watching Wednesday #2

Good morning/afternoon/evening guys, I hope you’re all having a good week so far!

This week has been filled with films and series plus trying to finish a book I’ve been reading since last week (which I can now say I have finally finished, woohoo!) and a book review will be up for tomorrow.

Now to start off the eventful watching week with:

Thursday: I watched Bates Motel Season 3, Episodes 7-9 with my sister and am still thoroughly enjoying it! Will hopefully be watching the season finale of season three tomorrow along with starting season four as well!

I didn’t manage to watch anything on Friday as I spent my evening out with my work colleagues for somebody’s leaving do.

Saturday: I watched The Martian on Saturday evening and I fell in love with it all over again! I remember going to see this film in the cinema without having an utter clue what it was going to be about, this film really managed to blow my mind and had quickly become one of my favourite movies of all time.

Sunday: I had a good day of watching a couple of episodes from The Good Doctor, Season 2, Episodes 15-16 which now means we’re currently up-to-date with the series. Later on that evening we watched Happy Death Day 2 U which was brilliant! I really enjoyed the first one and was happy to see that the second film didn’t drag.

Monday: I had the day off from work on Monday so Rich and I went to the cinema to see Captain Marvel, unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I felt it was hyped up to be. I hope when Captain Marvel appears in Avengers: Endgame that she’ll be better places, I just had a lot of things that I didn’t particularly like in the movie. Later that evening I watched one of the cutest movies called Forever My Girl which is on Netflix. Netflix description: A young musician leaves his fiancée at the altar to pursue fame and fortune, then returns home nearly a decade later, hoping to win her back.

I didn’t watch anything on Tuesday and Wednesday (tonight) as I’m spending these days to read and focus on my blog.

Did you watch anything this week, whether it be a tv series or film? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy watching,

Claire 🎥

What I’m Watching Wednesday #1

Happy hump day guys, I hope you’re having a productive and positive week so far!

This is a completely different post to what I’d normally write about on here, however I have seen quite a lot of these blog posts floating around from the bloggers I follow on WordPress and thought that I might give it a go and join in, especially as films and tv series are another huge part of my interests in life.

So from now on, you can expect a What I’m Watching Wednesday post every, …well… Wednesday, duh!

My mind has gone a bit blank as I didn’t prepare myself for this blog post until today so I can’t quite remember what I watched on both Thursday and Friday last week, so I shall skip these days and move onto:

Saturday: I spent my afternoon with two of my friends from work watching Abduction in Plain Sight and Isn’t It Romantic. Abduction in Plain Sight was a really interesting true-crime documentary which we watched on Netflix. This documentary is about a 12-year-old girl from Idaho, who was abducted from a trusted neighbour and close family friend, Robert Berchtold. Whereas, Isn’t It Romantic couldn’t be more polar opposite, this comedy film stars Rebel Wilson, who embarks on a rom-com whirlwind reality “nightmare” after she gets knocked unconscious by a thief in the subway. This was a really funny film which I enjoyed watching. Sometimes I find these types of comedy films to be hit or miss with their jokes and humour, however I did enjoy this one and Rebel Wilson had me in stitches throughout!

Source, Google Photos: https://www.heavenofhorror.com/reviews/abducted-in-plain-sight-netflix/

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Sunday: this evening we watched Annihilation which stars Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez. Annihilation is a sci-fi fantasy thriller which is about five women who walk into “The Shimmer” where they discover a strange place filled with bizarre creatures and plants. This film made me jump in SO many parts of the movie (and I have to say, it’s not that easy to make me jump whilst watching movies normally).

Source, Google Photos: https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/alex-garland-annihilation-gets-netflix-uk-trailer-poster/

Monday: my sister and I are currently watching Bates Motel, there are five seasons altogether and we’re on season three so far and absolutely loving it! The creepy and sinister side to this series makes it all the better! If you haven’t watched it, it’s a prequel to the film Psycho which came out in 1960.

Source, Google Photos: https://www.neogaf.com/threads/lttcrazy-bates-motel.1179473/

Tuesday: my sister and I decided to start Dirty John this evening and oooooh, it’s intriguing! Just from watching the first episode I am really excited to carry on with this series and see what unravels! John is a very interesting, mysterious character who I want to find out more about!

Source, Google Photos: https://www.netflix.com/ch-en/title/80241855

Wednesday: tonight has been a reading evening, I haven’t managed to cram any watching time in today, but tomorrow I think my sister and I will carry on watching Bates Motel.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first What I’m Watching Wednesday post! I’m excited to start doing these weekly!

Do you think I should carry on with this new segment on my blog? What films/series have you watched this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy watching,

Claire 🎥

Arrange Me by Katy Regnery Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): My name is Courtney Jane Salinger… and I’m sick of games. Sick of the Friday night bar-scene-cum-meat-market. Sick of the boy-girl, man-woman, mars-venus, flirtation-without-expectation, game-playing nonsense. Sick of awful dates and one-night stands, booty calls and guys who don’t call back, mixed messages or NO messages and-and-and… I’m sick of all of it. I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore. It’s too hard, and worse: little by little, it’s making me hard. It’s breaking my heart. What do I want? That’s easy. I want a house in suburbia with a white picket fence. I want babies to buckle into a minivan. But most of all, I want to be married. I want a husband. So I’ve made an important decision: I’m making my escape from the dating world and the single life. I’ve filled out my application on ArrangeMe.com and I’m putting my fate into the hands of experts. Is it a little scary? Sure. I mean, I have no idea who I’ll end up with. After all, I’m planning to marry a complete stranger. But between you and me? I can’t wait. Being arranged can’t possibly be worse than being single. Can it?

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