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review 2017-06-28 15:39
Shakespeare's Rebel / C.C. Humphreys
Shakespeare's Rebel - C.C. Humphreys

London 1599, a city on the brink of revolution...

He is Queen Elizabeth's last, perhaps her greatest, love - Robert Deveraux, Earl of Essex. Champion jouster, dashing general...and the man that John Lawley, England's finest swordsman, most wishes to avoid. For John knows the other earl - the reckless melancholic - and has had to risk his life for him in battle one time too many.

All John wants is to be left alone to win back the heart of the woman he loves, be the kind of father that his son can look up to, and arrange the fight scenes for the magnificent new theatre, the Globe. To realise these dreams, John must dodge both Essex and his ruthless adversary for the queen's affections, Robert Cecil, and remain free to help his oldest friend Will Shakespeare finish the play that threatens to destroy him: THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET.

 

I picked up this novel in anticipation of a writers & readers conference that I attend in August of each year, as this author will be participating this year. I did not know what to expect but got much more than I was bargaining for!

Humphreys played to his strengths—he has played Hamlet (here in my home town!), knows his way around a sword, has choreographed fight scenes for theatre, and has a passion for Shakespeare. All of these interests have been channeled into this tale of John Lawley. Lawley is a solider, an actor and an alcoholic—he is rather evenly devoted to all three, but the third has made it difficult for him to pursue the other two or to maintain a relationship with his son and the son’s mother.

I love books in which William Shakespeare himself appears as a character and he is a good friend of Lawley in this one. Will is struggling with the writing of Hamlet while Robbie Deveraux and Robert Cecil wrestle for Queen Elizabeth’s affections.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction, who is interested in the history surrounding Queen Elizabeth I, or who is a fan of Shakespeare. I am very much looking forward to meeting the author in August and I will read more of his novels with great pleasure.

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review 2017-06-28 06:01
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Mica (Rebel Wayfarers MC Book 1) - MariaLisa deMora,Kayla Robichaux,Hot Tree Editing

Davis Mason is Book One in the "Rebel Wayfarers". Mia had a lot to deal with being traumatized as she was. Feeling not so strong when she actually was very strong. Her story had me hooded and I wanted to see how things were going to end for her.
This was my first book by Ms. deMora but I hope to read more of her books soon.
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review 2017-06-28 06:01
Book Review For: Mica by MariaLisa deMora
Mica (Rebel Wayfarers MC Book 1) - MariaLisa deMora,Kayla Robichaux,Hot Tree Editing

Mica by MariaLisa deMora is Book One in the "Rebel Wayfarers". Mia had a lot to deal with being traumatized as she was. Feeling not so strong when she actually was very strong. Her story had me hooded and I wanted to see how things were going to end for her.
This was my first book by Ms. deMora but I hope to read more of her books soon.
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review 2017-06-25 11:58
Rebel of the Sand/ Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

3 stars

 

to cut it short- I think the hype for this book was misleading. 

There were two 'major' plot twists in this book- the first one I had already figured out BEFORE the first half, and the second one I didn't really see coming, but still for some reason didn't seem very shocking or exhilarating. 

 

I had some problems with the main character- Amani. She had flaws that might have made her more realistic, but also made her annoying for me and after she did the things she did (no spoilers), she felt bad about it, said she wouldn't do it again, but then after a while she did the SAME thing again- this repeated itself like three times or something. I wanted her to have to face her friend, but that didn't happen- disappointing, but maybe in the next book? 

 

I felt like the Author didn't delve too deep into Jin's character, which I would have liked- when Jin explained his actions throughout the last two or three months, it was only a few lines and I feel like a lot of important details had been left out. I wanted to have more depth to his character because I think he has some potential and also because it would have helped me understand him and Amani as a pair- I felt like it wasn't really based on anything and was rushed, which confused me a little bit. 

 

On a different note, I really liked all of the side characters- Shazad (though again, hers and Amani's friendship was sudden and wasn't really detailed in the book) was a great female character- she was strong, capable, independent and a warrior in her own right. 

 

Bahi was cute and funny and an altogether important, optimistic and light-hearted character in the midst of war. Again, wished we could've got more information about him. 

 

Noorsham was also a character with a lot of potential, and I actually felt as if I got more details about his character than Jin's. I really liked his background and how it has affected him in the long run- Ironically I felt like he was the most explained and deep character in this book. 

 

to sum this book up, it felt like we only got to read and understand the tip of the iceberg, and maybe the whole character-and-world-building would be better in the next book, but I'm not sure I'm intrigued enough to buy it and find out. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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review 2017-06-14 04:08
Star Wars: Rebel Rising
Star Wars Rebel Rising - Beth Revis

Confession: I didn't particularly like Rogue One when I saw it in theaters. I just didn't care about any of the main characters in it, and I'm not a big enough Star Wars fan to have caught a majority of the references in the movie or recognize names of characters beyond the really big ones like Darth Vader. I knew nothing about this book other than it involved Jyn Erso in some way (I recognized her on the cover). I didn't really plan to read this, but my library got the audio book, and I was looking for one really fast to download. This was the only available book in the section I was browsing that I hadn't read and that wasn't a sequel to something I hadn't read or that wasn't a book I had no intention of ever reading. And I'm glad I ended up picking it.

 

Rebel Rising managed to do what Rogue One failed to do which is make me care about the main characters. It tells Jyn's story prior to the movie and gave me a better idea of who she is and why. Her story's not a happy one. She was forced to learn how to fight and survive from a young age under the guidance of Saw Gerrera who took her in after her mother was killed and her father joined the enemy. I loved her complex relationship with Saw who became her surrogate father. And I loved Jyn in general and how she kept trying to keep to herself and not care about others for her own sake, but kept caring despite herself, even when it often led to the very pain she was hoping to avoid.

 

It's a shame this book came out after the movie. I think I would have enjoyed Rogue One if I had read this before seeing it. I would have gone in already caring greatly about one of the main characters.

Even if that would have made the ending hurt more.

(spoiler show)

This book made me a Jyn fan and has made me consider giving the Rogue One novelization a shot just to see if I do enjoy the story (and Jyn) more.

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