Checking In

Hello bookworms,

Just wanted to check in with you all, as its been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Wanting to let you all know that I’ve not abandoned this blog and that I will be back to regular posting in the coming weeks. Life has got in the way abit these past few months but I’m now back on track and ready to start blogging again.

Please keep checking back to my blog as I’ve got some reviews coming up of fantastic beasts and where t find them and Illuminae. I will also be posting a February TBR.

Thank you as always to all of you out there that keep reading my blog.

See you all soon

Sarah

Ruby Red Book 1 Review

Evening Bookworms,

I know I’ve already posted a review up today but since i already had this one typed up, I thought I might as well get it up and live on the blog. I’ve been MIA for a while so I really want to get going again with my posting schedule. Juggling work, an 11 month old, daily life and a blog is no mean feat currently. I love reading and blogging though so am determined to find a good balance. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. As always I want to thank you all to everyone that reads and/or follows my blog. Without you guys reading and enjoying the posts I’d have no reason to keep posting so THANK YOU!!! 🙂 On with the review, happy reading.

Title: Ruby Red

Ruby Red

Ruby Red, Book one is a series of three.

Author: Kerstin Gier

Series: Ruby Red Series

Published by: Square Fish

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance

Pages: 324

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

Summary

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for travelling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveller from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

My Reviews

I first heard of Ruby Red when it popped up in my Amazon recommended list. Reading the description and positive reviews about it, I went ahead and purchased a copy. That was four weeks ago now and I’ve only just finished reading it. Its safe to say I didn’t enjoy this book at all really. Reading it has been a drag for me and I’ve really had to push myself to keep going back to it and carry on reading. I am disappointed because it sounded like a good plot line.

The majority of the book almost feels like a constant build up to an event that never seems to materialise. To say its a book about time travel……well lets just say that’s pushing it a wee bit. Sure there is time travel in it, but for me there wasn’t enough. The scenes that were of time travelling didn’t last that long and were over pretty quickly. A lot more detail and description would have made the adventures better and more lively.

The majority of the plot lines, I think I was able to figure out fairly early on in the book. Thus near the end I was actually skipping chunks of writing safe in the knowledge that I wasn’t really going to miss anything vital. Skipping chunks is something I never normally do but I was so eager to get it finished.

The characters themselves aren’t awe inspiring. I found them to be fairly wooden and flat. They didn’t have any get up and go about them. I don’t know about you but if I was suddenly told that I could time travel then I would be raring to go and seek adventures back in the past. Gwen is our main protagonist of the story. All her life she has been led to believe that she is not the time traveller of the family but instead it is her cousin Charlotte that carries the gene. However, yep you guessed it, it is in fact Gwen who is the gene carrier. The other main character and fellow time traveller is Gideon, a show off and know it all. Gwen and Gideon have a typical love/hate relationship. This is one relationship though where I didn’t care if they got together or not. Charlotte, Gwens cousin is a total snob and is not very supportive of her cousin when their roles are reversed. Lesley, Gwens best friend is more on hand to help her. There’s a whole host of other quirky characters that don’t really help the plot along. Some have little if not anything to do with the plot at all.

The time travel aspect has to be one of the most boring ones I’ve read. We are told that there is a machine where the twelve time travellers blood is read into it (this part yes interested me). These chosen ones then can travel through time safely. The bit that confused me is when Gwen is told that no one is allowed to change history yet later on we find out that one family member that some of the twelve go back to meet are telling him to invest here and there. They also give him details of winners of Wimbledon from 1950 onwards!! If that’s not chafing time, then I don’t know what is.

Overall Ruby Red wasn’t the book for me. It pains me to say that, as I really hoped it was going to be something good that I could recommend. There are another two books in the series, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. I’m not too sure whether I’m going to go ahead and read the others. Perhaps if I’m ever to stumble across them, then I might give them a go. I must say the end of Ruby Red did leave the reader hanging on a bot of a cliffhanger but it wasn’t enough to make me rush out and purchase the next one.

To sum up I’m going to give Ruby Red one bookworm out of five. I’m purely giving one as at the start it did have some potential but then sadly went downhill from there.

Update: Missing in Action

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I just wanted to check in with you all and say that I havent forgotton you. The last couple of weeks I havent been able to find time to put posts up as I’ve just started back in my day job after taking maternity leave.

Luckily though I’m starting to feel abit more organised now so I’m hopng to start posting regulalry again. Didn’t realise how difficult it would be to actually get myself and a little person ready at 6:30am in the morning!!!

I’ll sign off by saying thank you for your continued support and patience. You guys are what make my blog worth doing. I love reading and being able to share my reviews with you all, make it that much more enjoyable. Reading and writing is the one job I would love to move into in the near future. This blog is the start of that dream.

Thank you all again.

Sarah x

Outlander Book Review

Hello Bookworms, heres my first book review. Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments down below.

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Title: Outlander

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Series: The Outlander Series

Published by: Arrow Books

Genre: Historical

Pages: 863

Format: Paperback

Started 8th April 2016

Finished 9th May 2016

Summary

The story begins in 1946 where we meet Claire Randell and her husband Frank. World War 2 has finished and they are taking a second honeymoon together in the Scottish Highlands. They need to learn how each other has changed since the war. Whilst out day, Claire encounters the standing stones and passes through time back to 1743. She meets Franks ancestor Captain “Black” Jack Randell. He turns out to be nothing like his descendant. Fearing for her safety Claire tries to escape, only to find herself caught up in a gang of Scottish outlaws. It is here she meets Jamie Fraser. This is the man she comes to rely on for her safety in this new world she has entered. They start off being indifferent to each other but soon find that a deep passion burns within. Claire must decide whether to remain in 1743 with Jamie or return to 1946.

My Thoughts

Having only recently jumped on the Outlander bandwagon, I was unsure what to expect of the series. The final push for me came when I watched the first episode of the hit Starz TV show. Big thank you to Starz for giving me that confidence to go ahead and order the first book. I haven’t looked back since and can now firmly say I’m a big Outlander fan.

Outlander can sit in a variety of genres. Its main one I would say is Historical due to the time the book is set in. Diana Gabaldon is great at detailing the historical detail in this book. You feel as though you have actually passed through the standing stones with Claire and are experiencing everything she encounters along with her. There is also a romance that runs alongside the story as well as the science fiction aspect of the novel. (Everyone whos read the book will know what I mean)

The book is a long one. Its almost 900 pages in length. However, I never felt like I coudnt read any more and I never got bored. This book kept me interested all the way through. Granted, the initial first few chapters are slower then the rest of the book but they are needed as you start getting to know one of the main characters Claire Randell. There is a wide range of personalities throughout the story, each one makes you engage with them and leave you wanting to know more about their story. Some of the characters you really grow to like and others you find yourself hating but are still intrigued by their personalities.

The love story between Claire and Jamie was for me one of the best bits of the story. They are both quite fiery people and stand up for themselves and their beliefs. Claire is very outspoken which adds a comical element to the novel as women especially in the Scottish highlands would not have behaved like this back then.

As mentioned earlier the first few chapters are slower then the book overall but please dont be put off from reading it. If history and romance are your thing then I can safely say you are going to love this book. I myself have just ordered the second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber as I am desperate to find out what happens next.

One final note, I would definitely say that the story is intended for an adult audience as it does contain some graphic details of a violent and sexual nature.

To wrap things up I am going to give Outlander a rating of 5 bookworms.