#BookSpotlight: Plunder with Intent Blog Tour


Title: Plunder With Intent
Series: N/A
Author: Joanna D'Este Clark
Genre: Historical, Fiction.
Publisher: Ember Press
Published: 7th Nov 2017
Buy: Amazon UK

5th Century BC, Athens

Humble sculptor, Nikodimos, toils away in his workshop to create a sumptuous marble masterpiece of Athena Parthenos. His beautiful, noble creation is destined to be housed in the Parthenon. Nikodimos has no reason to suspect that it will not remain in its rightful home forever...

19th Century AD, Athens

Lord Quimby, rich, powerful and greedy, is enchanted by the wealth of the Parthenon. Unconcerned by the locals' distress, Lord Quimby plunders the Parthenon of her finest artefacts. His twelve-year-old nephew, Maximilian, helplessly watches his Uncle's savage devastation of the treasure as it is shipped off to England, never to be seen again on Greek soil.

Present Day

Young Cambridge student Max Perceval unearths the horror of his late ancestor's murky deeds and realises all is not what it seems in the Museum of Classical Antiquities. In order to locate the treasured marble, and right the wrongs of the past, Max must take matters into his own hands and confront the ghosts of the Quimby dynasty.

Based on a True Story


The Parthenon Marbles are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures that form part of the Parthenon temple in Athens, built nearly 2,500 years ago. They are considered amongst the finest examples of Greek art. In the early 19th century however, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire removed about half of the remaining sculptures from the Parthenon. They were first exhibited in 1807 in London before they went on show at the British Museum in 1817. Ever since the sculptures have been on display to the public in the British Museum. However, since the early 1830s, Greek governments have argued for the return of all the Parthenon sculptures to Athens and this debate is still ongoing today.


Joanna D’Este Clark fell in love with the classical world and all-things-Greek while studying architecture and history of art at a Canadian university. For the last ten years she has been a strong supporter of the BCRPM (British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece). She is a member of Marbles Re-United, and in 2016 was invited to speak about her exciting new work at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Joanna lives in London although she dreams of spending a lot more time in Greece. Plunder with Intent is inspired by her passion to see the Parthenon Marbles finally come home. 

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#BookReview: Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers


Receiving books free in exchange for reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions whether they for review or bought. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.

Title: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 48
Published: 14th Nov 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children's Picture Book
Shelfability:  COVET


The exquisite and thought-provoking new book from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers.

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We’re glad you found it.

Here We Are is a very sweet and simple children's picture that is quite moving and thought provoking.


Here We Are is a wonderful picture book to read to your children or read alongside your children. It is such a sweet concept of teaching children little facts about the earth. Yet for such a short book it really makes you think about the planet we are leaving behind for our children and what we can teach them about our planet and the human race.


The simplicity of the book and the colourful pictures will surely keep children engaged from start to finish. Yet it has the power to make even adults think and by the end even I was little bit emotional at the messages that are within this little gem of book. 


I adore how the book came about. It was inspired by the birth of the author's son and the realisation that we are parents have the responsibly to teach our children about the world that we live in.

I highly recommend investing in this fabulous book. Between the content and the overall aesthetically pleasing presentation of the book it's sure to be a hit. 


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#BookReview: Chasing Darkness by Julie Cassar


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Title: Chasing Darkness (Stealing Light #2)
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 252
Published: 26th Sept 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author for Review
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Shelfability:  COVET

As Cecelia Walker embraces her gift of stealing Light, she learns of the horror that lurks in every shadow. A hellacious evil force seeks to quench its insatiable hunger for power. Which souls will fall in the path of its destruction?

Angels, Anninox, and other-worldly warriors wreak havoc and join in the battle for souls, while CeeCee and Cash find themselves as pawns in the center of this deadly game. Chasing the Darkness, they discover that all choices come with a cost. Will her power be enough to save them, or will it be used against her as Dark forces invade every inch of her life and threaten to drive a wedge between these long-lost soulmates?


 **CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOK**

Chasing Darkness is the sequel to Stealing Light. I absolutely loved Stealing Light so there is always that nervous anticipation that the sequel won't live up to it's predecessor. Well....I didn't have to worry. Chasing Darkness was everything I imagined and then some.

Chasing Darkness picks up right at the end of Stealing Light. The bad guy has been "defeated" but CeeCee has now has come to terms of losing Aaron, her Guardian Angel. All she wants is to grieve and be with Cash. However, soon there is a new big bad to deal with. Who will stop at nothing to get CeeCee's Light, threatening all those she cares for.

Cecelia (CeeCee) is one of those characters who I found very easy to connect with. She is strong and loves her friends and family. The connection she has with Cash is something magical. Even though she is grieving over losing someone she loves, Cash is there to help her through and make it seem a little easier. Cash is a Guardian Angel and CeeCee's soulmate. He loves her passionately and is so protective of her. Maybe a little too much that he struggles with trying to protect his soulmate and his charge who is meant to watch over.

With a new novel comes with new characters. Such as Merrick. Yeah I liked him. He was charming and funny. I can't wait to see how his story develops more. We also get to see some favourites from the first book. Ben (CeeCee's brother) and Elliot (her BFF). I loved Elliot from Stealing Light. She is so feisty so it was nice to see her again. Although I wish we got more interaction in this story. 

Every time Julie asks me to review one of her books I always get scared. As there is always a chance I may not like it. And the funky reading mood I have been in lately I was even more nervous. Thankfully yet again she smashed it. Chasing Darkness is more mature and darker storyline from her Ruby Blue series. Yet it still has the authors signature writing style and overall feel. It's truly wonderful. She has created a story that will grip the reader from the first page and take them on a thrilling, action packed ride.

So if you have read the first then go grab yourself a copy now. You will not be disappointed. It has everything you need for an amazing paranormal read. Angels, demons, love and some kick ass fighting between good and evil. What's not to love?!?!?!

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#BookReview: Indebted 'Til Death To Us Part by Inger Iversen


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Title: Indebted (Teal and Trent #3)
Format: e-Arc
Pages: N/A
Published: 28th Sept 2017
Publisher: Inger Iversen Books
Source: Author for Review
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, BWWM
Shelfability:  COVET
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Book Depository (coming soon)

The second I heard the rumble of the motorcycles hauling ass down my street, I knew my past had officially come back to fuck me in the ass—hard and deep.

Trent watched as Teal stared out of the front door into the darkened eyes of a debt he swore to keep years earlier. The little confessional he’d had with her months back revealed the majority of his secrets, but once again, like the fool he was, he’d held his deepest, darkest secret just beyond her reach. He’d thought to protect her from the man he could have become—from the sex, lies, and drugs that could have consumed his life. The second his vow walked through the door pushing past his woman and eyeing him like a fucking dart eyes a bull’s-eye, Trent new life came to a complete and utter stop. Now, his daughter and wife were in danger and Trent would stop at nothing to keep them safe.

  **Contains slight spoilers from previous books**

Sweet Mother of God!! I swear this author is really trying to give me a heart attack. With each book I read in this series they just better and better. My heart was literally pounding all the way through. I laughed, I cried and was gripped from start to finished.

Trent and Teal are finally settling into married life with their daughter Emma. Trent is working his ass off and Teal is a stay at home mother. While their lives seem comfortable and steady, soon Trent's past come back to haunt him and threatens everything he holds dear. Will Trent risk losing Teal and Emma to keep them safe?

We are first introduced to Teal and Trent in the book Incarcerated. They aren't the main characters but they do manage to leave such an impression that you need more. And with every book that is released their story gets more interesting, exciting, dangerous and explosive. Their story take the readers on such a journey that you get swept up in the story and forget everything that is happening around you.

Trent is still sexy as hell. I swear he just gets hotter. He has grown so much as characters, fighting to get over his troubled past. He has managed to turn his life around so it was heart-breaking seeing him struggle with some of the decisions he has to make. We get to delve more in to his past which was intriguing and we also get to finally get to know Trent's son, Markus. Teal is one of the strongest most feisty characters I have even had the privilege of reading. She is full of sass but in Indebted we get to see her character soften. She has embraced motherhood even though she was terrified at first. These two are not perfect. Far from it. There are no perfect couples but these two are without a doubt my favourite literacy couple!

I always have high expectations of Inger's novels. Only because I knew how amazing her writing can be. And once again she has blown it out of the water. She takes the readers on such a ride that leaves you begging for more. What I really loved about Indebted apart from the amazing main characters and their thrilling story was that we get to meet some new characters such as Ace, Mutt and Gator who are scary hard men who are in a MC. We also meet Spooky. He is tough but so likable I can only hope that since this story has got the perfect set up to the spin offs that we get to see more of this handsome Irishman.

If you haven't read this series yet please go now!!! They are fantastic, fast paced and steamy!! Yeah that's right. They are hot as hell. Go check them out. You will not be disappointment.






BOOKS IN THE "LOVE AGAINST THE ODD" world.

TITLE
SERIES
MY REVIEW
Incarcerated
Standalone
Inevitable
Teal and Trent #1
Indelible
Teal and Trent #2
Indebted
Teal and Trent #3
Rogue in Love
Standalone
Coming Soon
Open Wounds
Standalone
Coming Soon
 

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#BookReview: The Treatment by C.L Taylor


Receiving books free in exchange for reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions whether they for review or bought. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.

Title: The Treatment
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 384
Published: 19th Oct 2017
Publisher: HQ
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA Thriller
Shelfability: Acquire

Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed meets Never Let Me Go in the pulse-pounding YA thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape.

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She's not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she's almost relieved.
Everything changes when she's followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.


I have never read anything by this author before but I was certainly intrigued. I do like a good thriller and coming across a good YA thriller is something that is hard to come by. While I did enjoy the novel I found that it just seemed to be missing the actual THRILL factor for it to be a good thriller read.

Drew receives a mysterious note from her brother who is in the Academy. Soon she finds herself at Norton House and is determined to save her brother. I really liked Drew. I thought she had a really strong protective nature towards her brother even though she didn't always get on with him. I thought what she done to get into the Academy was so brave. Although I did think some of her choices during the course of the book was a little questionable.

There are a whole set of characters that you grow you love and hate. I hated Jude! God did I hated her. She was a bully and coward. I wanted Drew to just punch her!! Mouse was a quiet girl. And quickly becomes really close to Drew. Israel is someone who I liked from the moment we meet him. He is funny and outspoken. My only thing was we didn't really get to know him much. I wanted more of his story and why he was sent to Norton House.

Norton House is place where "Bad" kids go. These teenagers are from all different backgrounds with so many different stories that I feel could have been explored a lot more. They have been sent by parents or guardians under the pretense that it's a reform school. However, the treatment is a little different and they leave almost robot like young adults because they are being brainwashed. This is the part that really intrigued me. The idea that going through some sort of treatment can actually change how someones brain is wired is really interesting. The people who run the place are just pure evil to me. And once you really get into the story you really see how messed up the situation is and who in involved.

The Treatment to me feels more of a mystery novel rather than a thriller. I kept waiting for that thrill factor to come but it didn't. I was quite disappointment by that because this had so much potential. If it was classed as a mystery it would have been massive two thumbs because it certain has a lot of mystery surrounding Norton House and what goes on inside it.

The author has delivered a good solid YA debut and it definitely kept me enticed which is a hard thing to do right now as I am struggling with books. I found myself needing to know all the "what's" "why''s" and "who's". There is a nice pace to the story until the ending. It just felt a little rushed to me.

I will say though the ending is set up nicely for a second book. Will there be one? I honestly don't know. However, just the way the author has left it seems to me that the story isn't quite over just yet.
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