This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

I found this tag over on Reading every night, you can read their post HERE.  I loved reading her answers and thought that I would share what my favourite genre is!!!!

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

Rules:

  • Credit the bad bad Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favourite genre?

I’m going to have to pick two genres:  Romance and Fantasy.

Fantasy is a huge genre to cover.  I just love the ideas of other worlds, magic, elves, vampires.. You get the idea.

Romance as a whole.  It doesn’t have to come under just romance, it can be under different genres as well. Such as chic-lit, or paranormal, or thrillers, crime, fantasy.


Who is your favourite author from the genre?

For Fantasy it would be Leigh Bardugo.  I would do anything to be able to read The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology for the first time again.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1)  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

For Romance it would be Karen Swan. Her books always take place somewhere I would love to visit. Her characters always feel real, the way she portrays romance is beautiful and just warming.

The Paris Secret  The Perfect Present    The Rome Affair


What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

Fantasy: The magic, the endless possibilities, the worlds that are created.
Romance: The happy endings, just the whole idea of love.


What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

Fantasy: The first fantasy books I can remember ever reading are the Harry Potter books but I wouldn’t say that it was those that got me into the genre.  If I had to pin it all on one book for the whole genre… it would probably be between The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind or the His dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
Romance: Again, I would not be able to tell you what book it was exactly that got me into Romance.  I can remember reading a Jill Mansell book and really enjoying it.  Then there are books that don;t really come under romance as a genre but do have it within them.  I always find myself looking for a little romance in books.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be there for me to enjoy the book though.


If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

For Fantasy I would probably recommend all the ones I have mentioned up above.  They all have something special about them for different reasons.

For Romance I would more than likely recommend them something extremely light-hearted like Carole Matthews or Jill Mansell, Milly Johnson.


Why do you read?

Because it is an escape, whatever the genre.  I love the feel of escaping to a far off country, a new world, or a city you just really want to visit. I love that people get happy endings, or have magical possibilities, or find their true calling in life. I love that there are people who make all this possible, the people who put in the tears, the anger, everything that it takes to make an amazing book.  I love being able to have an image in my mind of what I think it all looks like, then to have a conversation with someone else and they imagine it in a completely different way to myself.


My tags:

Everyone and anyone!!! Send me your link if you’ve already done this tag or plan on doing it!!!

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Blog Tour: The Room by the Lake by Emma Dibdin

The Room by the Lake

The Room By The Lake by Emma Dibdin

Published: August 10th 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
ISBN13: 9781786694027

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Description

When Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the pressure to succeed. But now, down to her last dollar in a foreign city, she is desperately lonely.

Then she meets Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. He lives off-grid, in a lakeside commune whose members practise regular exercise and frequent group therapy. Before long, Caitlin has settled into her idyllic new home.

It looks like she has found the fresh start she longed for. But, as the commune tightens its grip on her freedom and her sanity, Caitlin realizes too late that she might become lost forever…

My Review

Thank you to the publisher for the chance to read and review this amazingly, intense story. Also, thank you for the opportunity of taking part in this blog tour. It definitely was a rollercoaster of emotions.

This book was disturbing. No, not disturbing. It’s made me a bit out of sorts. I’ve never read a book that has left me with a cold feeling before. Not because it was awful, but because it was so dark and terrifying in a way. The way that this book is put across is rapid yet slow, you feel the lack of concept of time along with Caitlin, you feel the neediness of her.  You feel her fear, paranoia and psychotic problems alongside every one of her emotions. I rarely feel confused while reading a book, or second guessing what I had read but this just made me a little untrusting of everything.

I didn’t know where this book was going to take me, I didn’t know what I was going to experience. I haven’t read a book like this for a very, very long time and I’m so glad that it was this one what I read before all of the others.

The writing style gripped me from the first page and had me taking a break every few pages just to dive straight back in again. It made me not trust what I was reading, not trusting the characters.  I really didn’t see what was happening until the last minute like Caitlin and it made it all the more realistic.

This book is a bit of an eye opener to how people become involved within a cult environment and has made me question if half of them are there by choice or have been manipulated into it.  Have they been told the truth from the start, or have they been persuaded by other means? Is it ever really an acceptable way to live either way?

I have been left with questions though. Did she recover? Did she have any form of communication with the others eventually? What happened to Jake? And Mary?

For a debut book, this will definitely top many people’s lists this year I think. It has everything you look for in any psychological thriller. It will more than likely be in my top 10 for the year.  It has left me cold, I may have little trust issues with books from now on.

A spectacular thriller. A haunting read. A huge, gigantic 5/5.

Blog Tour: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: 13th July 2017
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Pages: 448
ISBN13: 9781784082420
ASIN: B01AATYCBS

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Description
Set in late 1950s Ireland and New York, the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early bestsellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.
Patrick Murphy has charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.

But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?

My Review

Thank you to the publishers and Kate Kerrigan for the chance to read this book and to be involved in the blog tour.

This book started slow to begin with, and it does jump around a bit between the women and with time, but it all slowly comes together in the end.  The way it is all done works well, there is a lot of path crossing and potentially big what ifs, but it does work.  It did get confusing with how quickly the time did move, and it made me question whether things were all moving at the same pace with all the people when it came to their chapters, or paragraphs.

The one person everyone has in common is Patrick, and it works perfectly.  All the women add something to the book, and all have their own parts to play when it came to him.  Of the 3 women, I felt more of a connection with Ava or Sheila.  I wasn’t really keen on Rose though, whether that was her naivety or her innocence, she just didn’t click with me.  Ava knew exactly what was expected of her, but she still bit the bullet and went for what she truly wanted.  Girl after my own heart.  Sheila had a sense of purpose, maturity, and a feeling of toughness that the other girls lacked.  I would say that Patrick is full of regrets, but does what is right and does what is for the best.  He loves Rose, and he does love Ava.  But his heart will always go to his music first, but he does finally realise who is love is.

Kate Kerrigan has a unique writing style, I enjoyed it, I felt for the characters and their love, their heartache, their losses.  This book was beautifully written, but it took me a long time to get into it.  While I enjoyed it, and did feel for the characters, I felt it was a little rushed and was missing something to make it spectacular.  I can’t pinpoint what I thought it was lacking though.  The ending was a sudden thing, I would have loved to have known if everyone was happy with their choices, and if it worked out well for them. It leftbtoo many what ifs and do they/don’t they for me, I would have liked things to be wrapped up neatly.

I give this book 3/5.  I liked the majority of characters, I liked the romance, loved the setting (who doesn’t love a New York story?!), the music references, it was written beautifully, but as I said, I felt it was missing a spark.  Something to make it so much better and mind-blowing.