#BookReview The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

24727420

The Gap of Time was a fantastic retelling of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare.

When I first started this book I was very unsure about it. Typically retellings are almost an exact copy of the work and appear to be more of a “fan fiction” than their own work. But, this beautiful novel was different! While it was a retelling, it was not an exact retelling. The story follows the general plot line of The Winter’s Tale, but also tells it’s own story as well!

I was hooked at every word of this story. It was written in a way that kept me wondering what was happening to Perdita and her Father.

There wasn’t much I would change about this story. The pace moves at a good speed and the plot does not go off on random tangents. There are also themes that are evident: jealousy, redemption and the concept of love.

Overall, this book was fantastic!

I did receive an ARC copy, so there were some “errors”, such as reminders to check certain pages randomly in some sentences. There were some spelling and grammar mistakes as well, but since this was an advanced reader’s copy, it was expected.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a general fiction novel that dives into themes. It would also be good for someone looking for a retelling of a classic story.

Five out of five stars!

I received this book as an Advanced Reader’s Copy.

 

Comment below with your fave general fiction read!
If you enjoyed this review, check out another you might enjoy: Book Review: Destinare by Matt Micros

Use the hashtags #BriarsReviews and #GapofTime on twitter if you read this review! Give me a shoutout! @ReviewAlholic

Advertisements

#BookReview Hardwired by Meredith Wild

25208536

Hardwired by Meredith Wild was a fantastic romance novel that had me addicted to each and every word.

When reading the back synopsis of this novel, it may appear to be similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, but this novel is far better! Not only does the plot build up and create conflict, but there is character development, romance and a little bit of suspense! It’s a great read for someone wanting a little splash of everything.

Erica, our main character, has a strong personality and does not seem like a wash-out type of character. Her story is slowly released throughout the novel and her relationships with characters seemed real and not forced.

There were not many issues I had with the novel. If anything, I would have preferred it to be just a few more chapters longer to tie up a few loose ends, but this novel is part of a series so that isn’t a big issue.

Overall, I loved this novel. I want to read the rest of the books in this series!

Five out of five stars for this addicting novel.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

Have you read Meredith Wild’s books before? Which one if your favourite? Comment below!
If you love Meredith Wild, you might enjoy this book too: Quick Review – Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker

Use the hashtags #BriarsReviews and #HackerSeries on twitter if you read this review! @ReviewAlholic

#BookReview The Shining by Stephen King

12977531

To say Stephen King is a genius and a legend in the horror world is an understatement.

I had been meaning to read The Shining for a very long time – I became determined to read the book before the movie, and I’ve been dying to watch the movie for the past two years! While I have heard the comments over and over that the book and the movie aren’t the same, I’ll stil wanted to stick to my word and read the book well before I found the movie again.

This book didn’t strike me as hard as It and Carrie did, but I still found it incredibly fascinating. The work is legendary and sits on many top shelves of readers I know and look up too. So, of course, I had to dive right in and tear this book apart.

This book was slow starting, but Stephen King’s descriptions and writing style kept me hooked. I didn’t enjoy the slow pace, but it did pick up about halfway through the novel. Then I was hooked and needed to finish this book, and yearned to know what would happen to these characters.

I read someone, a long time ago, that this book was based on cabin fever. It definitely seems possible, but there were lots of ghosts or mystical beings mashed up within this book as well. After watching Ready Player One and seeing references I didn’t understand, reading this book and seeing those figures helped me grasped a better understanding of what was happening in that movie. The creepy descriptions of the lady in the bathtub and all of the other weird creatures really made me feel like I was in this story. At times, I totally understood how this book got turned into a movie (and how has there not been twenty remakes by now? The story is so cool!). If you’re looking for a frightful read with descriptions that will blow your mind, Stephen King is absolutely for you!

While I don’t find myself to be a crazy horror fan (since I don’t get scared from these books, but I am always in awe), I have to say I really like this book. I like how Stephen King writes and I like that it’s such a different story. Just comparing this book to It and Carrie (the only two Stephen King books I have read), these books are always well thought out, absolutely insane and full of scenes you’d never imagine! It’s A+ horror and one of the best thrillers.

To me, this book wasn’t scary – I don’t find books scary because of the lack of noise and background sounds, but it was an epic thriller with scary scenes. I could see readers easily finding this scary, and I would not recommend reading this to children. It’s R rated, but a really great R rated ride! Jack, Wendy and Danny are also really interesting characters that develop in crazy ways. Slowly you can see their minds unwinding and going into dark terroritories. Although, I’m really curious as to how Stephen King got into the mind of Danny. Is that how little six year olds think? Or is he mature because of the Shine?

The shine seems to pop up in many books from this point on, which makes me excited to throw myself into Mr. King’s collection and have these books intertwine with each other like a horror-filled Pixar theory.

I might never read this book again, mainly because I need to catch up with all of Stephen’s other books. Is it worth a second read? Heck yes. I’m sure there are lots of scenes and easter eggs I missed throughout! Would I recommend this book? Oh my gosh, yes! It’s a great book, and if you’re only going to pick one horror book it might as well be by the King of Horror.

Five out of five stars!

 

Did you enjoy this review? Check out another you might enjoy! #BookReview The Erotic Muse by Rajeev Singh

Comment below – what is your favourite horror novel?

If you read this review, give me a shout out on Twitter using the hashtag #briarsreviews @ReviewAlholic

#BookReview Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts

6070950

 

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts is one of my favourite romances!

I love wedding themed works – movies, books, art, pictures, clothing, dresses, make-up, hair, etc! I love all of it and I am totally obsessed with the beauty! At the time of reading this book, I was OBSESSED with wedding dress shows, so it was only fitting that I binged all four book in this fantabulous series!

Nora writes a beautiful contemporary romance novel that fits well within the series. It moves as a steady pace and is full of super sweet drama and romance that will make your heart melt. The plot is simple, yet it works so elegantly. Normally I’d get bored with a book like this, but this series just hit me the right way.

What really shines in this book is not the romance, but the friendship and companionship of the four women! While I do love the ooey gooey romance Nora provides, I love that the female friendship was such an integral part of the story. It’s something that I feel is missing from literature these days! Good, quality friendships!

Nora has won me over and I definitely want to read more by her! I also hope to find more books like this, because it totally wow-ed my socks off! The cover was also stunning, which added to feel of this book.

If there is a negative about this book, it’s that it is so simple and a relatively “typical” plot for a romance novel. To me, I loved it! Yes it’s not mind blowing, but it was well written and was a lovely binge read. Additionally, the reader is bound to find certain girls more interesting than the others in this four part series. I definitely related to two of the girls more than the others, but all readers are different!

I’d definitely recommend this series if you want a super cute romance novel that isn’t going to make you think hard. It’s soft, sweet and fun! Plus, it’s closer to a PG or PG-13 rating, so it’s nice and calm!

Five out of five stars!

 

Check out this book on:

Goodreads – Bed of Roses

Amazon.com – Bed of Roses

Amazon.ca – Bed of Roses

 

Find out more about Nora Roberts on:

Goodreads – Nora Roberts

http://www.noraroberts.com/

 

Did you enjoy this review? Check out another you might enjoy! #BookReview Driving on the Left by Gail Ward Olmsted

Also, give me a shout out on Twitter if you read this review! @ReviewAlholic

And comment below – have you read any books by Nora Roberts?

#BookReview Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

 

This book is seriously the cutest I’ve ever seen! The cover alone is so adorable!

The moral of the story – that a bad day can be good if you change the way you look at it – is the best theme I’ve seen in a long time! It’s such an important lesson to teach children (and adults!) that I can’t help but highly recommend this book. It’s a short and sweet book (it’s a picture book with about 15 pages), so it would be an excellent bedtime read! Or something short to keep everyone busy for a few minutes!

Bella’s day seemed to be going really wrong in this story, but with a little bit of imagination she was able to see the good in things! The art that goes along with the book is absolutely STUNNING. It’s full of bright and fun colours and is super imaginative! The illustrator deserves a lot of props for how beautiful the pictures were! I’d pick up the book just for the artwork, but the added theme makes it an absolute must read and recommendation from this reviewer!

Overall, I thought this book was oh so sweet! If you are having trouble deciding what book to read, you should definitely pick this one! I can’t give it enough praises! Sophie Carmen has done an excellent job with this little book!

Five out of five stars!

I found this book via BookBub!

 

Check out this book on:

Goodreads – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

Amazon.com – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

Amazon.ca – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

 

Find more books by the author Sophie Carmen on Goodreads!
Or check out more books by the illustrator Fuuji Takashi on Goodreads!

 

If you enjoyed this review, check out another book you might enjoy! #BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

Also give me a shout out on Twitter if you read this review, and tell me what else you’d like to see on this blog! #briarsreviews @ReviewAlholic

#BookReview The Bees (Down in the Garden) by D.C. Swain

25623292

 

This story is full of soft, warm colours that was really nice on the eyes. The colours really complimented the sweet material written by D.C. Swain.

Some of the pictures are full pages, while others are only part of the page. It felt unique seeing the different styles, and I think it worked and didn’t feel out of place. One page was the written words while the next was the complimenting picture. I think the bees were really cute and really well drawn.

There is a rhyming scheme that works really well within the story. It felt like something I could sing along to, or make a song up for.

The moral of this story seemed to be all about bees! I know I was scared of them as a kid, and never was calmed of that worry. A book like this would have made me feel a bit more comfortable around the buzzing creates.

I’d definitely recommend picking this book up as a spring or summer read for the kidlets! It’s cute, fun and full of pretty pictures! It would be especially nice for those kids that are scared of bees or animals. It’s a definite children’s must read from this reviewer!

Five out of five stars!

I found this book via BookBub!

 

Check out  this book on:

Goodreads – The Bees

Amazon.ca – The Bees

Amazon.com – The Bees

 

Check out the author D.C. Swain on:

Goodreads – D.C. Swain

http://dcswain.com/

Check out the illustrator Anna Bonita on:

Goodreads – Anna Bonita

 

If you enjoyed this review, check out another you might enjoy! #BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

And give me a shout out on Twitter if you read this review! #briarsreviews @ReviewAlholic

Comment below with your favourite picture book!

 

Photo from Goodreads.

 

#BookReview The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande by Richard Clark

Cover

 

This crazy adventure is another epic story by Richard Clark!

Half of this story is the actual adventure, while the other half is a journal. Having this dual point of view is a change from Richard’s typical story telling, but I found it worked perfectly within the story. Following Rudy and the wild shenanigans he goes on fit really well bouncing back and forth. All three of the boys in this story are hilarious and fun to follow along this epic journey. It almost felt like a cartoon I’d watch on the weekends when I was off from school as a kid! This is super high quality writing!

The action in this story continues at an excellent pace that keeps the audience engaged. I feel that this book is perfect for the middle grade audience! Although, I might not use this as a bedtime story. It’s so action packed that it seems like the perfect, middle of the day read to get everybody wanting to run and jump around! There’s also some truly incredible suspense (for a middle grade novel!) that really enhanced the story overall. I didn’t expect that from Richard Clark!

Some of the chapters are very short, yet they felt just long enough. The book is a light, soft read despite the exciting action among the pages. I would definitely recommend picking up this book if you’re looking for an Indiana Jones type read for your children! The comedy, action and adventure will really catch your young readers!

Four out of five stars!

 

Check out this book, The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande, on:

Goodreads – Loma Grande

Amazon.com – Loma Grande

Amazon.ca – Loma Grande

 

 

Find out about Richard Clark’s book HughTube, on:

Goodreads – Hugh Tube

Amazon.com – HughTube

Amazon.ca – HughTube

 

Check out another book by Richard Clark, The F.L.U.B Club on:

Goodreads – The FLUB Club

Amazon.com – The F.L.U.B. Club

Amazon.ca – The F.L.U.B. Club

 

Find out more about Pandora’s Lunch Box: Don’t Open by Richard Clark on:

Goodreads – Pandora

Amazon.com – Pandora

Amazon.ca – Pandora

 

Check out the author Richard Clark on:

Twitter – @RClarkBTD

www.mybestfriendsecretagent.com

Facebook

 

Check out another amazing book by Richard Clark My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent:

Goodreads – Secret Agent

Amazon.com – Secret Agent

Amazon.ca – Secret Agent

 

Find out more about another book by Richard Clark, 8th Grade Fugitive on:

Goodreads – 8th Grade Fugitive

Amazon.com – 8th Grade Fugitive

Amazon.ca – 8th Grade Fugitive

 

Find out more about A Dog of My Own by Richard Clark on:

Goodreads – A Dog of My Own

Amazon.com – A Dog of My Own

Amazon.ca – A Dog of My Own

 

Check out the cover artist of The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande, Cliff Behum, on http://www.cliff.biz

If you enjoyed the review, check out another book you might enjoy! #BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

And give me a shout out on Twitter if you read this review! #briarsreviews @ReviewAlholic

 

Photo from Goodreads.