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W… W… W… Wednesdays

Image for weekly meme W... W... W...This weekly meme, hosted by MizB, over at ‘Should Be Reading’, is a snapshot of where I am at in my reading schedule.

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

 

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

As I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more W…’s, which came to mind.

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What are you currently reading?

‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ by Hannah Parry

Amazon ImageRaised in 1820’s India, 12-year-old Isabella Rockwell can ride and shoot as well as any of the soldiers in her father’s regiment. These skills, however, are of no use to her when she finds herself on the frozen streets of London, orphaned and alone.

Tormented by guilt over the deaths of those who loved her, she vows never to be responsible for anyone’s life again.  If she can scrape together enough money, she will return to India. But Isabella cannot shake the creeping feeling that something is not right; that something threatens not only her new best friend, but the throne of England itself.

 Having survived this far on her wits alone, will Isabella escape back home to India?  Or will she stay with Alix, a girl whose fate seems to be tied up with Isabella’s own? A fate with consequences far beyond those Isabella could ever have imagined.

What did you recently finish reading?

‘Dream Caster’ by Najeev Raj Nadarajah

Amazon ImageHaunted by memories of his massacred settlement, sixteen year old Weaver seeks cover in a hidden refuge among the remains of a ruined city once known as Toronto. In the midst of building a new life, Weaver discovers he can do something strange: cast dreams into reality. Convinced it’s just an anomaly, Weaver ignores it. That is until he learns of a mysterious man who harnesses the ability to animate nightmares into existence; the very man who ruined his world. The peaceful life Weaver hoped for begins to unravel as waves of chaos begin to break loose about him. In a race against time, Weaver must learn to cast aside his denial of being a dream caster to master the accursed ability that has befallen him, before his new home is destroyed and humanity’s pushed to the brink of extinction.

Life couldn’t possibly get any worse. Or perhaps, it could…

What do you think you’ll read next?

‘Dance The Moon Down’ by Robert Bartram

Amazon ImageIn 1910, no one believed there would ever be a war with Germany. Safe in her affluent middle-class life, the rumours held no significance for Victoria either. It was her father’s decision to enroll her at university that began to change all that. There she befriendes the rebellious and outspoken Beryl Whittaker, an emergent suffragette, but it is her love for Gerald Avery, a talented young poet from a neighbouring university that sets the seal on her future. After a clandestine romance, they marry in January 1914, but with the outbreak of the First World War, Gerald volunteeres but within months has gone missing in France. Convinced that he is still alive, Victoria’s initial attempts to discover what has become of him, implicate her in a murderous assault on Lord Kitchener resulting in her being interrogated as a spy, and later tempted to adultery. Now virtually destitute, Victoria is reduced to finding work as a common labourer on a run down farm, where she discovers a world of unimaginable ignorance and poverty. It is only her conviction that Gerald will some day return that sustains her through the dark days of hardship and privation as her life becomes a battle of faith against adversity.

I’m afraid that I am woefully behind in my review schedule, although Dean, I promise that the review is on the drawing board as we speak and will be published very soon.

What was the last book you reviewed?

‘Primal’ by Deborah Serra

 Amazon ImageWith everything at stake, what are you capable of?  What if the worst happens and you are not a policeman, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart?


In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men.  With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die – and then things get worse.

Read my thoughts about the book here

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 What book review are you working on now?

 ‘Gifts Of The Peramangk’ by Dean Mayes

 Amazon ImageIn 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and family and put to work on an isolated, outback station, in the cruelest of conditions. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her in secret by a kind-hearted white woman – the wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia’s prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship, abuse, and racism.

 

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter, Ruby, plays the violin with a passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst abject poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice, with her grandmother’s frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor, and with his help, Ruby embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a once in a life time chance for a brighter future. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

Stop by and leave a link to your own reading schedule, I can’t wait to visit and check them all out!

 

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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8 comments
    • Good Morning Naida,

      ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ is a thoroughly enjoyable read, made so the much nicer by actually having the print copy in my hand.

      My reviewing has really been sadly lacking of late and I am working hard to get back on track. Like you have found though, life tends to keep getting in the way and just about every other hobby I have, has also had to take pretty much a back seat.

      Fiction Books seems to be becoming more of a promotion site, rather than a review site and I shall be trying to redress the balance a little, just as soon as possible.

      I hope that your week is going well and thanks for finding the time to stop by, I appreciate it.

  • Isabella Rockwell’s War looks really intriguing. I hope you’re enjoying it. Dream Caster also looks interesting! You always have such interesting books on your list each time I visit. I hope you have a lovely week!

    • Hi Chrissi,

      I have to say that ‘Dream Caster’ was an interesting book to read.

      It wasn’t the pure fantasy I had expected, more a blending of the fantasy elements of fiction, with the cautious possibility of fact … you would have to read it yourself to see exactly what I mean!

      The majority of my featured books these days, are not necessarily ones that I would choose for myself, but are direct author review requests, which I find it almost impossible to refuse, once an author has taken the time and trouble to contact me.

      I do have to say that I have come across some fantastic storylines, which I might otherwise have missed completely and have ‘met’ some excellent authors, which can’t be bad for a confirmed ‘bookaholic’!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that your week is going well.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I did stop by and comment on your glowing review of ‘Dance The Moon Down’ and, together with all the other fantastic reviews and ratings the book has received, I am really looking forward to reading this one. The fact that this hostorical romance has a male author doesn’t seem to have fazed anyone, so that’s an even better sign.

      Thanks for stopping by, I value the time you spend reading and commenting on my posts

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      All of them are excellent stories and I have high hopes for the one I have still to read ‘Dance The Moon Down’, which has been receiving some excellent press.

      I think that ‘Gifts Of the Peramangk’ is one of the most emotional and thought provoking books I have read in a long time and I am working really hard to get the review out there, as its author Dea Mayes, has been waiting on it for an extraordinary length of time, without complaint.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, you know I always appreciate it.

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