Top Ten Tuesday #5

 

 

 

top-ten-tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

{Sorry for being a day late, had some internet trouble yesterday and couldn’t upload.}

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read:

1 & 2 – Lolita and Tampa I just don’t feel comfortable reading books of this kind. I read The End of Alice by A.M Homes when I was at university and, although it was not as graphic as I am led to believe that Tampa is, I was disturbed. I don’t want to read about things like that. I can appreciate what Alissa Nutting has done with Tampa; women do commit these crimes to and awareness needs to be raised.

3 – The Cuckoo’s Calling I read J.K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and I absolutely hated it. It was so dull and boring. There was none of the spark that is present in the Harry Potter series. I know this may seem like an unfair comparison as they are completely different genres but still, The Casual Vacancy was boring and I don’t want to read any of the Cormoran Strikes novels in case I experience the same disappointment.

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Waiting on Wednesday #2

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you dicuss future releases that you are looking forward to.

This week I am waiting on The Children Act by Ian McEwan.

Release date: September 2nd 2014.

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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional  success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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Booktubeathon – Are You Taking Part?

 

The Booktubeathon Rules:

  1. Read a book with pictures.
  2. Start and finish a series.
  3. Read a book with red on the cover.
  4. Read a book someone else picks out for you.
  5. Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year.
  6. Read a book and then watch the movie adaptation.
  7. Read 7 books in 7 days and/or an average of 300 pages a day.

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  • Warm bodies by Isaac Marion as my ‘book with pictures’ and ‘book to movie adaptation’ I’m yet to see the film so the book will not be spoiled in any way for me. I just hope it’s good, my sister loves it.
  • I have cheated a little with my ‘Start and finish a series’ I will be starting The Maze Runner by James Dashner and finishing the Slated trilogy with Shattered by Teri Terry.
  • Fractured (Slated #2) by Teri Terry is my book with red on the cover.
  • My fiancé picked out Spook’s: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney for me, he’s read it already and says it’s fantastic, as good, if not better, than The Wardstone Chronicles so I am excited to read it!

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Gabriella Lepore.

 

Gabriella Lepore is a British author who lives in South Wales, she has so far written three books; The Witches of the Glass Castle, Evanescent and How I Found You.

Gabriella Lepore {Credit to WalesOnline}

Gabriella Lepore {Credit to WalesOnline}

Lepore’s speciality is injecting magic into real life, her characters and settings are so realistic that they materialise around you as you read. Her writing style is flawless and flows with a graceful ease missing from many books that I have read. She uses nature in such a way that I have never before experienced in a novel. The nature elements in her books reflect characters emotions, and harmonises with the atmosphere and events present in the book, truly remarkable.

Lepore’s use of magic is exceptional; there are no wands, no abracadabra moments, nothing cliché at all. The magic in each of her stories is so subtle that it’s almost hard to spot. Yes we have prophecies, rituals and of course witches but alongside this you have the most wonderfully matched settings and characters possible. In The Witches of the Glass Castle, Mia and Dino discover that they are witches and have magical powers; the powers with which Lepore gifts them are perfectly tailored to their individual personality. It is hard to imagine them with any other power than the one that they have.

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Interview with Gabriella Lepore

 

Having fallen in love with her work, I was so excited when Gabriella Lepore agreed to answer some of my questions! Here are the questions alongside the answers that Gabriella Lepore gave. I loved reading them, I hope you do too.

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The settings for your novels are quite vague, as though they could be of this world or another, do you have a specific place in mind when you write?

Yes, I tend to base my books on real places, but I exaggerate them for the purpose of the story. When I’m writing I try to spend as much time as possible in the places I’m writing about. The Witches of the Glass Castle was set at Tortworth Court and Arboretum in Gloucestershire, and How I Found You was set in a manor house hotel in Redditch. Evanescent was a bit closer to home as I based it around Castell Coch in South Wales. The castle is only a few minutes from where I live, so when I was working on the first draft I would go there nearly every day and just sit in the courtyard with my notebook!

The main setting for both The Witches of the Glass Castle and Evanescent is a castle, is there a reason for this?

I love castles! I get inspiration from old buildings, or forests, and the stories and characters unfold from there.

I love the magical elements to your novels, particularly Mia and Colt’s powers, what made you write about magic and witches?

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Gabriella Lepore’s Books

 

So it is no secret that I adore the work of Gabriella Lepore, her books are pure works of art.

Witches, magic, romance, mystery – what is there not to love. Her characters are so rich and full-bodied that you can’t help but form bonds with them, the settings marry immaculately with the theme of each book and the stories flow nicely making each one a very pleasant reading experience.

The Witches of the Glass Castle.

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Sixteen-year-old Mia’s life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret—that she and her brother Dino are witches.
Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and peoples thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control.

Goodreads rating: 4.20

My review can be read here.

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How I Found You

 

How I Found You.

By Gabriella Lepore.

Pages: 286 (Kindle).

5/5.

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From the back cover:

“Sixteen-year-old Rose arrives at sleepy, remote Millwood expecting to spend a quiet summer with her aunt and uncle on their estate. But after a series of dark and disturbing dreams, and the surprise arrival of charming brothers Oscar and Caicus Valero, her world is thrown upside-down. What are the brothers hiding? And what is it about Oscar that is so familiar? Before the summer is out, Rose will be forced to confront her destiny, even if it means facing the demon of her dreams.”

A short synopsis:

The summer is looking to be a dreary one with endless rain and not a lot going on, that is until handsome brothers Oscar and Caicus somehow manage to charm Rose’s Aunt and Uncle into letting them stay at their house. Rose is not happy with this arrangement, there is something about the brothers that sets her on edge; Caicus’ eyes seem to hypnotise her Aunt and Uncle and there is something strangely familiar about Oscar. Not to mention the fact that they are as insincere as two people can be and really grate on Rose.

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Evanescent

 

Evanescent.

By Gabriella Lepore.

Pages: 232 (Kindle).

5/5

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From the back cover:

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.” When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and wilful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.”

A short synopsis:

As Bronwen finds herself in a mysterious castle with three of the strangest guys she has ever met. Felix, Alistair and Loki share a bond of not only friendship and brotherhood, but sufferance. After being tricked into drinking dragon blood by an evil witch, they are cursed with immortality, a curse they are desperate to be freed from.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

By Mark Haddon.

Pages:268.

2/5.

 

From the back cover:

Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings… when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

A brief synopsis:

Christopher finds Mrs Shears’ dog, Wellington, murdered in her front garden. Determined to uncover the identity of the murderer he begins to investigate. When his father realises what Christopher is doing he tells him he has to stop and that he should stay out of other people’s business. Christopher deduces that the murderer has to be Mrs Shears’ estranged husband, Mr Shears, and as his father didn’t specifically say that he can’t ask questions about Mr Shears he continues his investigation.

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