Wednesday, 27 April 2016

TRACKS OF MY YEARS - Live Through This by Hole


Of late I have found myself listening to a lot of music from when I was a teenager and I am loving my trip down memory lane.

My formative years were during the nineties when Seattle was big on the music scene, I found myself falling in love with loads of bands like the Pixies, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Throwing Muses....my cd player and occasionally record player were loaded up with songs full of angst and swear words.

This occasional series of posts is to share my love of the gems and maybe some of you know them too.  The great thing about some of the albums is that some of them are stories in themselves and could happily be great novels, my first pick is one that fits that bill!



1. "Violet" 
2. "Miss World" 
3. "Plump" Love
4. "Asking for It" 
5. "Jennifer's Body" 
6. "Doll Parts"
7. "Credit in the Straight World" 
8. "Softer, Softest" 
9. "She Walks on Me" 
10. "I Think That I Would Die"  
11. "Gutless"
12. "Rock Star"




So I think I must have bought this roughly about 1994, I was still at school and I listened to this constantly on repeat.

To be honest as a fifteen year old I had no idea what half of Courtney Love's lyrics where about but as an angsty teenager they appealed to me.

I listened to this album in its entirety the other day and the songs still gave me and you know I hate to say it but they gave me major feels.

The lyrics can be haunting such as Miss World "watch me break and watch me burn", Doll Parts "I love him so much it just turns to hate" and Violet "You should learn how to say no".  

Courtney can also do shouty extremely well such as in Rock Star "What do you do with the revolution?".  

Even twenty years on this album still has the power to reduce me to a fuzzy ball of emotion.  I know Courtney Love is not everyone's cup of tea but this album is just immense and as I said above I really could quite imagine this as a book, an angsty young adult book, maybe something by Colleen Hoover or the likes.

If you want to listen to any tracks, click on the Amazon link and it'll give you samples of each song, my personal favourite would have to be Miss World, which has really depressing lyrics but I don't know something about it just made me listen to it over and over again on my Walkman! (remember them?)

Any other fans of Hole out there?

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT - The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:







About Renée:
Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.









Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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BIZARRE BOOKS #28 - Faces in Places by Jody Smith


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!



I see faces in places all the time, seriously I actually put boggly eyes on my light switches because they look like little faces.

This book celebrates the wonder that is inanimate objects that look like faces, another favourite of mine is my sink, it looks like a face.

Ok I'm not crazy and this book proves it with that scary reptile *cough* jacket zipper on the front!!

Do you see faces in places?



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Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Sunday Post #46 - 24th April 2016


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I am going to recap my week, ramble about books and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!






Hello! I am writing today's Sunday Post from the past, well Friday night to be exact.

You see as the last person in the world to see Star Wars me and the other half are finally watching it tomorrow night and I thought I had better do this post early!  

Not much to report this week, I am trying to fix my email subscription form by moving from Feedburner to Mailchimp, so far it has made bugger all difference as the email I used to test it is still waiting on the Mailchimp confirmation email, I hope to get this sorted soon as it is peeving me off.

Have a good week everybody!




I ran out of steam to get this written but hopefully this week.

FINALLY FREAKING WATCHING STAR WARS

My picks from this week in years gone by!!



I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find out more!




ZILCH
 

Let me know if you have read any of them!



Happy Sunday!


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Friday, 22 April 2016

APP REVIEW - Zombies Run


Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure for iPhone and Android, created by Six to Start and award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. Almost three million players worldwide run to the perfect mix of heart-pumping audio drama and pulse-pounding songs from their own playlists.


It had me at zombies of course, what could be better than walking along listening to a bit of Fleetwood Mac or some Taylor Swift whilst getting chased by the walking dead, I mean it is my dream.

Regular readers will know I hurt my ankle a while back and to get myself back in action I have been doing a bit more walking now it is better, every night I grab my iPhone, plug in my headphones, get the dog and find out what is happening in the world of Zombies, Run.
It is dead easy to use, I have started off by listening to season 1, each season (season 5 has just come out) is made up of missions and each mission brings a new challenge. 

You act as Runner 5, one of the many runners from Abel township, a safe haven amongst the zombie hordes.  You are guided by Sam the comms operator on various different missions, he is ably assisted by Janine the tech expect, Dr Myers and a host of others. 
Each mission covers something different but there is a storyline that runs constantly throughout each episode that involves finding out how and why the zombies came to be.  An extra is that along the way you will pick up essential items ranging from sports bras to anti-depressants that have been left in the wilderness.  

Now I choose to walk at the moment but this can be used at any speed and if you are running you can switch on the zombies so you are physically running from them for extra frights.
There are also extra options such as training plans, race plans and other extra missions that allow you to explore Abel township outside the main missions plus you can also build your virtual base too as you go through the seasons.
I can't recommend this enough it is fun and it encourages you to get out and about, each mission is about half an hour but you can adjust that time up and down.

So what are you waiting for!? Will you become Runner 5?

Visit the website to find out more and download for Android or iPhone





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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

BIZARRE BOOKS #27 - #Middle Class Problems by Benjamin Lee


Whilst looking through the hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon I discovered hidden gems, books that maybe have been overshadowed and have not had the credit they deserve.

They may be a bizarre, they may be funny or even unintentionally funny, they may be wonderfully cute or they may just be a total WTF!!! book.

This weekly post is a tribute to these wonderful gems and to be honest some of them are worth looking at for their reviews alone!


Ah the middle classes, I don't know about the rest of the world but here in Britain well class is definitely a thing.

I would say I am working class so I can guilt free titter at #middleclassprobs but what is a #middleclassprob?

Well try these for size.

"I have lost my melon baller"

"Ran out of flax seeds"

"Bloody shop is out of organic kale"

"My mother got me the wrong mustard"

"Our au pair agency is changing its rates"

Do you get the drift, they are problems but not a problem like OMG I am having a heart attack or my house is on fire or what to watch till the walking dead comes back on.

This book collects the worst offenders from the twitter feed https://twitter.com/middleclassprob and pops them in to a nice book so we can take the piss!


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Sunday Post #45 - 17th April 2016


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I am going to recap my week, ramble about books and give you an idea of what I have coming up plus anything else newsworthy!





Hello!

I am distracted this week, my head is all over the shop, this is mainly caused by the following things.

  • My upcoming Disneyworld holiday, being less than 180 days out this means the joy of securing ADR's (Advance Dining Reservations) so me and the other half have been scouring menus and trying to fathom out if we can justify eating a 32oz Porterhouse for Two.  The answer was yes and we have booked that meal and also secure the hellishly overpriced but fun Cinderella's Royal Table which is in the castle, I am already planning my outfit for that!
  • Night Vale as in the podcast and the book, how I had no idea of this existence of this crazy ass town, I started listening to the podcast and hey presto hours lost.
  • The arrival in my house, well my Kindle of City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin, I may have squealed and then freaked as I have so much to read, then Six of Crows came up as an auto download for me which I got to as I have heard loads of good things about Leigh Bardugo, only bad thing is it was a Kindle download so I am having to use Bluefire on my iPhone to read it, what a disaster (I wish their was a font for sarcasm).
  • Still feeling meh, fed up of this cold and it is cold outside too, it was freaking snowing the other day which is bang out of order.

Have a good week everybody!





Gah, I loved this book.  I kept imagining Tom Hiddleston as Sarkan with his long dark Loki hair.  


Listening to more Night Vale!

My picks from this week in years gone by!!



I have received physical and e-copies of some fab books this week, thank you to all the publishers for sending them! Also, some of them are my own purchases, the pics link to Goodreads for you to find out more!





 
Let me know if you have read any of them!


Happy Sunday!


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