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The Fractured Globe by Angela Fish

Category : Fiction

Genre : Psychological Drama

No. of Pages : 281 Pages

Format : E-Book    

Publishers : Darkstroke

Publication Date : December 3, 2020

Read Date : December 29, 2020

Rating : 3.5/5⭐

“Having people in your life who really care about you and how you are is more important than someone who shares your blood.”

Two single moms meet in the hospital, after delivering baby boys on the same day. Kay & Tia. Both have been left by their partners with almost similar trauma. The only difference is their childhood – Kay comes from a loving & caring family, whom she left to live life on her terms; Tia on the other hand has seen too many foster homes.

The new phase of Motherhood is as good as life giving them both a second chance. To be responsible, to put the baby’s need before their’s, in fact to just begin a new life. Kay has a home provided by the Welfare Dptt, however Tia being so wasted couldn’t approach the Welfare Dptt. She somehow finds Kay’s address & lands at her doorstep.

Mother to mother, Kay pities Tia & her baby stay with her, but since Kay herself is provided for she can’t let anyone know Tia is staying with her. Is this step going to prove safe for Kay? Tia, who knows nothing above the wrong ways of life, will she be able to change?

This book is story of their life journeys. As time moves & the paths of the girls get separated, much changes in their lives & the lives of their sons. But that one meet & the one step to let Tia into her life, intertwines their futures as well but for good or bad? You need to read the book to find it out.

The story conveys a really strong message – whether our birth/past defines us or are we actually the own architects of our lives? Is it so hard to restrain oneself from succumbing into the wrong desires in spite of knowing the repercussions?

The plot develops at a rather slow pace and manages to keep the readers waiting for something to happen. The initial part of the book up to almost 30% is more of a chatty conversation between the two girls, where a bond is being developed. It is more character driven than plot driven. The language is lucid & understandable. The characters instigate the right feelings in you for them as a reader. I for one disliked both the girls, Kay a little less as she definitely put in efforts to build a future for her son, but her selfishness towards her parents is worth the hate. Tia’s character is the one subjected to psychological scrutiny for us. The title suits the story & is justified only at the end which I appreciate. The cover is equally intriguing.

It was a good read for me.

Thank you @DamppebblesBTs for having me onboard!

BOOKISH BLABBER

WWW Wednesday – March 3, 2021

It’s Wednesday already, again! I’m back with the weekly bookish meme revived by Taking On a World of Words. Time to do the reading check.

WWW Wednesday asks three questions :

Whaare you Currently Reading?

What book(s) have you Finished Reading Recently?

What do you think you’ll pick up as your Next Read?

Currently Reading :

Double Identity by Alison Morton

Continuing this read from last week. I’m reading this one for a blog tour on March 14th & so I’m in no rush to finish it.

I’ve just started reading this one & can’t wait to read what lies ahead. Melisende (Mel) has just left her Military job with France to get married to Gerard & live a happily ever after. But she gets the shock of her life when she finds him dead one morning right on the bed besides her. Being the prime suspect she needs to clear her name & reach to the bottom of the mystery.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

As committed, I did pick this up as my next read! Almost 40% done & I’m enjoying this one. Enjoying hating the characters.

Three girls Quincy, Lisa & Sam who have survived three different homicides, where the others are all dead, are now being targeted. It’s been ten years since Quincy escaped Pine Cottage. Lisa is dead & Quincy has discovered the lies of Sam. What exactly happened ten years back at the Pine Cottage?

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Picked this up for a buddy read on Instagram & also as part of the read only Women Authors for March #lgoreadathon.

Started this yesterday & just couldn’t put it down.

The Martials have invaded Serra by crushing all the Scholars & have built an Empire of their own, a tyrant one. Darin a Scholar has been taken captive & his sister Laia has just managed to escape from the Masks. She has only the Resistance to reach & expect help.

Elias, is a Mask, but a rebel who wants to run far far away from the brutality that is expected from him. Laia & his paths are intertwined, but what is it going lead to?

With a dark world setting, I can’t wait to see what this YA Fantasy Fiction holds for me.

Finished Reading Recently :

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A fairytale retelling in continuation to the original Cinderella, 200 years after her death. What the women of Lille, Cinderella’s town, go through under the pretext of living a fairytale. This was a 5⭐ read for me. Read the full review here.

Next Read :

It’s been really long since I’ve read a Christie. I plan on picking up the next book in the chronological order that I’ve begun. The book title is Black Coffee & it’s a book I’ve rarely seen doing it’s round on social media.

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie

Blurb:

Inventor Sir Claude Amory feels a bitter taste in the mouth, when the new formula for explosive material stolen by someone in the household.

In order to quickly remedy the situation, Sir Claude locks the door and turns off the light, giving the thief a chance to return the formula without being detected. But darkness brings death and Hercule Poirot has to untangle family strife, love and suspicious visitors tangle in order to clarify the murderer and prevent disaster.

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I’m going to be having a busy reading week ahead. What are your WWWs? Drop a comment below, or your WWW post link or catch me on Twitter or Instagram & let’s chat everything bookish!

Happy Reading until next time! ❤️

BOOK BLITZ

Lockdown Innit – Poems About Absurdity

Genre – Poetry

BLURB

Lockdown Innit is a poetry collection of eighteen poems about life’s absurdities and frustrations during lockdown. Wherever you live in this world, this is for you. Expect humour, a dollop of banter and ridiculous rants here and there. Amongst other delights, witness the strange antics of a swan posing by a bin and two statuesque horses appearing like arc deco pieces in a field. Check out the violin player on a tightrope, or the cheeky unmentionables wafting in the lockdown breeze!

BOOK LINKS

Kindle Amazon UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08VW81Q53/

Kindle Amazon US:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VW81Q53/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56949934-lockdown-innit

Universal link for kindle:  https://mybook.to/Lockdowninnit

AUTHOR BIO

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes!

On the 17th of November I was born, in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit.) My early childhood was spent in Hong Kong. During my teen years, my parents returned to my father’s birthplace, Edinburgh, where I spent many happy years. As a teenager, I travelled to many far-flung destinations. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six-foot hunk of a Rock God husband. My two enchanted daughters have almost flown the nest, but often return with a cheery smile to greet me.

During the day, I work in an international sixth form with students from around the world. I’m the meet and greet lady who welcomes them to their new college and issues them with late slips when they don’t get to their lessons on time!

I write YA fantasy, paranormal, horror/supernatural short stories, flash fiction and short form poetry. More recently, I have produced and compiled an anthology/compilation set during the early stages of COVID-19 entitled This Is Lockdown. Following on from this, in February 2021 I will be releasing Lockdown Innit, poems about absurdity.

I’ve been blogging for many moons at my blog home Kyrosmagica, which means Crystal Magic. From time to time I write articles celebrating the spiritual realm, inspiration and my love of nature, crystals and all things magical, mystical, and mysterious.

My eclectic blog shares my three loves: reading, writing, and creativity. I adore reading and have written over 150 reviews on my blog: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/

AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS :

Authors Website:  https://mjmallon.com

Authors Amazon Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Mallon/e/B074CGNK4L

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon

ABRSC – Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-j-mallon 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

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FICTION

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Category : Fiction

Genre : YA

No. of Pages : 389

Format : Physical Book

Publication Date : July 07, 2020

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Read Date : February 25, 2021

Rating : 5/5 ⭐

“I don’t want to be saved by some knight in shining armour. I’d like to be the one in the armour, and I’d like to be the one doing the saving.”

Fairytales…oh how much we enjoy them! How deeply we cherish all of the beautiful things portrayed through it! So much so that we often crave for our lives to be one such “Fairytale”. But what if underneath all the beauty & magic there is something evil?

Two hundred years after Cinderella’s death, the women of Lille, (Cinderella’s town) are made to live the fairytale ball. And, no matter how beautiful her ball was, most of these women now dread it, because it’s nothing joyful & gay, but it’s the time when suitors come to choose their girls. If any girl isn’t chosen she is forfeited by the palace. Women are being crushed beneath the soles of patriarchy in all possible ways – clothing, outdoor time restriction, no ownership & no questions to be asked whatsoever.

Sophia who is madly in love with Erin, just wants to leave Lille with her & go some place far off where the rules of King Manford do not govern them. But the annual ball is just two days away & she has no other option but to attend it.

The events at the ball change the course of her life in no matter of time & next she knows she wants to defy King Manford & dethrone him. The book follows Sophia’s journey to become the one saving the whole of Lille. A journey full of revelations about the King, Cinderella, the different versions of her story, the fairy godmother, magic & between all this finding love.

I have loved every bit of this book – the setting, the characters, the plot just all of it. The plot is full of mystery, courage, bravery, self-acceptance & love. Apart from Sophia & I admired Constance a lot for what she was & for showing Sophia her worth. Erin’s character was a portrayal of how fear can change people. All the other characters were beautifully developed.

The writing is like prose & easy to understand with an eloquent vocabulary. The narration is done in first person from Sophia’s POV. Expect a lot of magic, romance & a little bit of plot twists mostly towards the end.

This book has so much to convey – LGBTQ+ love, love isn’t just about loving it’s more about caring & fighting for it, what you see or hear maybe just what you are shown with the truth dying deep within, you are more than any magic & I can go on & on.

So, if you still haven’t read this book PICK IT UP❤️

Happy reading 😊

BOOKISH BLABBER

WWW Wednesday – February 24, 2021

It’s Wednesday, so I thought of giving a try to this bookish meme. It is a weekly meme revived by Taking On a World of Words It’s a meme all about reading checks.

WWW Wednesday asks three questions :

What are you Currently Reading?

What book(s) have you Finished Reading Recently?

What do you think you’ll pick up as your Next Read?

Currently Reading :

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

I’m loving this book so much. The plot line follows the lives of women of Lille, Cinderella’s town, 200 years after her death. Women are forced to live the fairytale ball & patriarchy is at it’s peak. Sophia, is a rebel but somehow surrenders to the circumstances, until something happens at the annual ball & her life changes.

Double Identity by Alison Morton

I’ve just started reading this one & can’t wait to read what lies ahead. Melisende (Mel) has just left her Military job with France to get married to Gerard & live a happily ever after. But she gets the shock of her life when she finds him dead one morning right on the bed besides her. Being the prime suspect she needs to clear her name & reach to the bottom of the mystery.

Finished Reading Recently :

One By One by Ruth Ware

A locked room murder mystery in a ski chalet, in the French Alps. Involves eight corporate guys, the chalet girl & the chalet cook. There is a murderer amongst them who needs to be identified before all their lives are claimed, One by One. Read the detailed review here.

Next Read :

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Three girls Quincy, Lisa & Sam who have survived three different homicides, where the others are all dead, are now being targeted. It’s been ten years since Quincy escaped Pine Cottage. Lisa is dead & Quincy has discovered the lies of Sam. What exactly happened ten years back at the Pine Cottage?


That’s all for this week & my first WWW post. What are your WWWs? Drop a comment below, or your WWW post link or catch me on Twitter or Instagram & let’s chat everything bookish!

Happy Reading until next time❤️