Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ivy Lane and Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

Both of these two books are set within the same type of universe as each other. Where each of the main protagonists of the stories, have had an encounter, but also become very good friends. Tilly Parker is the first protagonist within Ivy Lane, set in the outskirts of Derbyshire, England. Which the main setting of the story is focused on the scenery of an allotment and the tight community that goes with it.

Ivy Lane is set out into four individual parts, which is each season of the year. Spring; Summer; Autumn and Winter. It follows the outsider, Tilly Parker, who has only just recently moved to Kingsfield through the one year and how she develops in confidence and her new found friendships.
The thing that i love out of both of these two books is that once you finish the book, you think that it is all over. But truly it is absolutely not! With recipes filled up to your eyeballs, you can relive the greatest moments of the book - food!

Appleby Farm is focused on the person called Freya, who was also introduced towards the end of the first book Ivy Lane. She discovers the farm that she grew up on, is facing financial difficultly. So she takes it in her stride to make sure that she can get it afloat again - she loves the challenge!

I believe though that Cathy Bramley has been able to improve her storytelling skills - as I found the second book, Appleby Farm much more enticing to read compared to the latter.

Overall Rating: **** 1/2 stars

Monday, 10 August 2015

A Dragon's Guide to Slaying Virgins Tour


Within the first few chapters of this book, I found that the main character, also known as Morgan is very strong and stands on her own two feet. The first chapter displays this very well when you can almost witness a side of sarcasm and fire. It can be seen as something ultimately different when looking at certain formulas that an author may use for their main. A refreshing change to the usual "wishy-washy" type of protagonists that we usually encounter within some popular books. Not going to mention any at this moment in time!

Other characters such as Heather are very likeable too, in their own individual ways. I found that as the story progressed I began to enjoy her character more.

The great part about this though was that even though it is in a middle of the Otherworld Realms series, you can easily be able to pick this book up and read it, without having to go back to the other books prior. Not only do I find this a good quality that this author does have, but also it has made me want to try out her other books within this universe.

Also with the fast-pacing of the book, we are also able to get to the real heart of the book, rather than what some other authors do. Where they would probably be messing around with filling up the book so that then they can prepare for the next installment.

Overall Rating: ****


Morgan had resigned to death. She had been ready to follow her true love into the afterlife, if only a certain Dragon hadn't "rescued" her. She wasn't grateful - after all, she was a full-fledged Lady Knight and perfectly capable of making her own decisions, without the help of arrogant Dragon Lords, no matter how good-looking everyone seemed to think they were...

After dragging Lady Morgan from a Troll's lair and dropping her off in another realm, Vallen thought he'd never see her again. But then an old member of his Knight Order betrays her oaths and begins amassing an army of thugs and highwaymen - in the same realm he'd left Morgan.

Racing back with only his brother for a squire, Vallen finds Lady Morgan, accompanied by a teenage Werewolf, ready to take on this Dragon all by herself. But it will take all of them to defeat her, and little do they know that in this battle, the secrets of their broken hearts will rise up from the past and walk again...


The Author:

Isabelle Saint-Michael currently lives abroad in Seoul, South Korea with a transition in process to the UK. Writing is now her full-time gig, but she spent a number of years working in the online media industry. (That's when she upgraded her personality software from socialite to geek.) Her hobbies include reading, shopping, travel, and medieval shenanigans with her closest friends. She has earned such coveted nicknames as The Fighting Smurf, The Iz and Wiffle Ball Monkey Slayer.
From the author: "The Elven Life is a blog connecting a series of books and characters that I have created. So many times we buy books but then must wait a year at least to get another fix. In a world of immediate gratification I wanted to build an interactive way of storytelling for my readers. Each book, along with the blog, is a free-standing story, but they will occasionally have connecting themes, characters, and messages for our fans to catch. Check us out and keep watching! Books will be available through Amazon, Kindle, and a retailer near you."
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Crossing Pixies!!

Yep, it has rolled to that time of the year where everything first began. A concept, rather than a figment in reality.

So how did this all start? Well, to put it simply, I wanted something better; something more innovative (well, I'm slowly getting to that point) and I wanted to prove myself that I could stick at something. As well as including my passion for the love of books!

But what is Crossing Pixies' story? It all began in the second week of the 2014 summer holidays, on a Tuesday, which was the basis for most of my post history.

Weirdly enough, if you were here reading this blog from the start, Crossing Pixies itself has had a lot of faces. In more ways than one. It had a lot of different names within the first few months. Some that even I can't exactly remember! But the name that I do remember was the first -- The Big Book Marathon. Which now looking back I realise that it's not the easiest to find a name.

The main concept was to review books for a single year. But the more as time progressed, I found it relief from everyday life -as well as exciting. So, obviously, I chucked the original idea and my main focus for the next how many years is to carry on.

I know that the blog will face some hard times, like this next year will be the hardest for me yet. So all I can say for the time being...

Thank you for reading my posts - or even this individual entry , here is to another year for Crossing Pixies!

Happy First Birthday!