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review 2017-05-28 15:33
Harrowing and brutal thriller set in Southern Africa
Reconciliation for the Dead (Claymore Straker Series) - Paul E Hardisty



This novel, based on true events during the 1980s in the Angolan war, deals with human rights abuses by both sides in this conflict. It also covers corruption and conspiracy in South Africa and Angola. The main character, Clay Straker, fights in the South African armed forces against Angolan insurgents and witnesses abuses and events which make him doubt everything that he has been led to believe.


The action is relentless, harrowing and brutal and the reader is compelled to read on despite the horrific events, just to see how this turns out. The writing is imaginative and I particularly liked the small descriptions that are fed in along the way of the landscape, wildlife and area.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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text 2016-05-27 17:31
Antonia Barclay and Her Scottish Claymore: A Rebellious Romantic Comedy - Jane Carter Barrett

Q&A with author Jane Carter Barrett about her new historical romance, set in 16th-century Scotland, is the subject of this week’s post.

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text 2015-08-12 12:33
BookTube-A-Thon 2015 Wrap Up
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol.1 - Robbie Morrison,Dave Taylor,Alice X. Zhang
Variant - Robison Wells
Claymore Volume 11 - Kindred of Paradise - Norihiro Yagi
Batman: The Killing Joke - Tim Sale,Brian Bolland,Alan Moore
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2) Hardcover December 26, 2007 - Drew Karpyshyn
Claymore, Vol. 12: The Souls of the Fallen - Norihiro Yagi
Claymore: The Defiant Ones, Vol. 13 - Norihiro Yagi
Checkmate - Malorie Blackman



BookTube-A-Thon 2015 is over and I had a fantastic time! I love the BookTube community and I'm so grateful I got to take part. Although I had a busy week, I managed to get through a ton of reading and complete all of the challenges. I have to say I'm very proud of myself, although the books I read differed to what was originally on my TBR. You'll probably be seeing some full reviews soon. Here's the when, what & how I read over the 7 days.


DAY 1: 



The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

Challenge Completed: Read the last book you acquired

Pages read: 140

I actually started this the night before, and I found myself getting sucked in. This is not the kind of book I would usually read but I gave it a go and while I had a lot of problems with it, I actually enjoyed it. The writing flowed very nicely and the main character was a great narrator. The story was a bit underwhelming but I wouldn't expect much more from it. Overall I flew through it, and I would recommend if you like contemporary high school romances. (Although, If someone had said that to me, I never would have picked this up. I'm not really sure how to describe it. Perhaps I'll try to get my thoughts together for a full review.)

My Rating: 3.5 stars




Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, Vol. 1 by Robbie Morrison, Dave Taylor, Alice X. Zhang

Challenge Completed: Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name

Pages Read: 128

I enjoyed the artwork, and I found they really captured Capaldi's Doctor quite well. However I found the two stories here to be somewhat underwhelming and unmemorable. Plus, the inclusion of Clara Oswald - who is my least favourite companion on the show, and I'm sorry but quite possibly one of my most disliked fictional characters of all time.

My Rating: 2.5 stars



DAY 2:




Variant by Robison Wells

Challenge Completed: Read a book with blue on the cover

Pages Read: 373

This was a reread for me, yet I found I didn't remember most of the details. I enjoyed it but I think if I had read this for the first time now, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I realized how bland the characters, how unsatisfying the ending is. Still, I had a lot of fun reading it.

Rating: 4 stars



DAY 3:




Claymore, Vol. 11: Kindred of Paradise by Norihiro Yagi

Challenge Completed: nothing! oh well.

Pages Read: 200

On day 3 I got sick. It was awful, but I managed to get through this volume of Claymore, which was good, but I definitely would have liked it better if my head hadn't been spinning and my eyes blurring.

My Rating: 4 stars


DAY 4:



Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Tim Sale 

Challenge Completed: Finish a book without letting go of it

Pages Read: 48

The artwork in this was absolutely superb, so beautiful and captivating. I found the story lacking in substance however, which was very disappointing. I would definitely recommend this to any DC fan, even if only for the artwork.

Rating: 3 stars




A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Challenge Completed: Read someone else's favourite book

Pages Read: 254

I read the first half of this novel months ago, but because I read an eBook on my phone, I read bits and pieces at different times. I never got into the story. And,f or some reason, I was very doubtful that I would like it. I think because of the hype - especially on BookTube - I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it. But Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic author, and she really proved that to me in A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was up reading until 4:30am! (Note: I actually had a lot of problems with this book, despite my love for it. But you can definitely expect a review of this coming soon.)

Rating: 5 stars



DAY 5:




Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

Challenge Completed: nope. 

Pages Read: 218

Listened on audio. This was not only a fantastic sequel, but a fantastic novel overall. I loved Zannah, and once again the narrator did an excellent job. The Star Wars music and sound effects just really add to it and make it feel very much like it's set in the Star Wars universe. Highly Recommend. 

My Rating: 4 stars



DAY 6:




Claymore, Vol. 12: The Souls of the Fallen by Norihiro Yagi

Challenge Completed: nothing.

Pages Read: 200

Another strong volume.

My Rating: 4 stars





Claymore, Vol. 13: The Defiant Ones by Norihiro Yagi

Challenge Completed: nah

Pages Read: 192

This series is going really well. 

My Rating: 4 stars



DAY 7:




Check Mate by Malorie Blackman

Challenge Completed: Read a book you really want to read

Pages Read: 528

This is the third book in the Noughts & Crosses series and it continues to be fantastic, although my least favourite so far. The only thing is, how did I ever think it was a good idea to read 500 page book on the last day! *face palm* At least I succeeded! 

My Rating: 4 stars



So, in total, I read 10 books. 10 BOOKS!!! And now to add up the pages I read...


2,281 total pages


Hey, that's pretty good considering how short most of the books were! I had the best experience, and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who made it happen, and to everyone who participated alongside me. I can't wait to see what next year will bring!


Happy reading!


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text 2015-07-25 20:04
Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 200 pages.
Claymore, Vol. 08: The Witch´s Maw - Norihiro Yagi

All the warriors in this series are female,so it's full of female badassery. Better yet: they aren't oversexualized. Me likes. 

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text 2015-07-25 06:43
Reading progress update: I've read 188 out of 208 pages.
Claymore, Vol. 03: Teresa of the Faint Smile - Norihiro Yagi

Damn,I had forgotten how emotional this chapter was.

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