Sweet Temptation

Ok so Sweet Temptation by Lucy Diamond, the cover looks like your typical Chick-Lit cheese fest. Even the back cover describes the book as an overtly girly book. So I was totally surprised when I opened this book and read something that had me 100% gripped on the everyday struggles of the modern female.

It is a book that focuses on weight and the struggles of losing it… I found that instead of being a light and jokey-book like so many of the weight loss-chick-lits that are out there this book tried and failed to be light hearted and jokey, it felt more like the author wanted to get across the actual mental pain that obese people feel on a day to day basis. there was no sugar coating it, no ‘oh I’m only a bit overweight’ the language Lucy Diamond used was brutally honest “the fat seemed to have crept over me like a wobbly pink covering. I bulged over my kneecaps. There were distinct, countable rolls around my waist. You could barely see my ankles” and I sometimes cringed at how apt some of the descriptions were… not because I myself am obese, but sometimes I am that person she is describing looking at her with judgemental eyes or a sneer… reading this book made me feel very naked, and ‘Phew,’ I said, forcing a smile, though I was more concerned about imminent heart failure. ‘well that’s my exercise for the week!’ Vanessa Gray overheard and gave me a chilly smirk. It said loser’ I began to hate myself a bit for how I can be. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a bad person, but sometimes, these little evil thoughts creep into my head like ‘oh thank god I’m not THAT fat’ or so such, and I admit, it does make me a terrible person, but it’s these thoughts that make me feel better about myself… after two children my body is an absolute mess of stretch marks, flabby skin that has stretched beyond repair… and as awful as it seems these horrid little silent comments in my head make me feel just a fraction better about myself. But this book – oh how it made me hate myself! What a horrid, awful person I am for being so self-absorbed as to mentally put people down to make myself feel better, as if they don’t already put themselves down or have to hear it practically daily! I literally just add to their misery even if it is just in my head!

I honestly have no fault with this book. I LOVED it. it felt like I was reading something so real and honest, and although I can’t relate on a weight level, on a female level, and a totally-insecure-in-my0own-skin level, I totally can. Not only that but this book also addresses other life issues. such as motherhood, starting your own business, cancer and so so much more than your average chick-lit!

Honestly, the cancer storyline had me weeping, it’s one of the main characters mothers, and although she talks through it fairly quickly it just nails home just how quickly and painfully the illness can affect some families! It is a short but brutal storyline that just adds to the rawness of this book! It really is completely different to any chick-lit I have ever read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone!

Totally worth 4.5*

 

Carve the Mark.

This book, what can I say? It started of pretty slow, it took me a good week to finish it. usually I can devour books in a couple of days.

The first chapter was rather promising, introducing Akos, and his family, as young children, but then the story line speeds up, you find yourself years ahead of where the book started and if I’m honest, because Roth has used her own time system, years are Seasons, or so I think… so it was hard to actually work out how old they were, at first (you literally have to wait until Cyra says I am sixteen seasons to actually work it out. Maybe that’s just me being a thicko though!

Then we get to the bulk of the book, and my god was I bored. The character development is somewhat feeble, one minute Cyra is helping her brother, because ‘it’s what I do’ the next she’s an out and out rebel.

One minute Cyra and Akos are enemies, the next they hopelessly in love and can’t stop thinking about each other. It just felt that, somewhere in the middle the Characters got a little muddled, their was this big open space where there should have been a relationship being built up, but Roth kind of skipped over it lightly so you didn’t feel connected to them.

Now saying that, Eijeh and Ryzek were great characters. Ryzek was a character  that I just LOVED to hate, he was that dirty, not all powerful, but evil and conniving bad guy that is so overused in fantasy books, but without the use of them, what have you got? They are needed, despite what people say about them. He and his power are just what makes this book work really, not the two protagonists of the story really… And Eijeh, poor dear Eijeh, you have to hate him at the end of the book, but you still kind of love him from the very first chapter and you cling to a dim hope that he can be saved.

It was the end of the book that gripped me, the begging was ok, the middle mediocre but the end, oh how the end had me hooked and wanting more! Don’t get me wrong, the book left much to be desired, but I have every confidence that as the series progresses that it is only going to get better!

I know that Roth has had a huge backlash with this book due to the nature of Cyra’s power, she based it on chronic pain and as I understand it people who suffer it have felt as if she has been insensitive and dismissive of the effect that their illness has on their lives. however, I neither suffer nor know anyone that does, and so from a perspective that really, has no idea about the syndrome, the book didn’t seem like it was skimming over how bad the pain was, I didn’t get what everyone else was so offended at… this is not me being insensitive, it’s just me not being able to understand or comprehend the effect that chronic pain can have on ones life. I have taken the book at face value and not read too much into it.

In my opinion Roth has taken an idea and created something, neither from spite nor from lack of understanding. It is her own ideas on the subject that created this book, I don’t think she set out to intentionally offend anyone. And despite my opinion on the Akos/Cyra relationship and character development and the slow pace of the middle of the book, I actually really enjoyed it.

Overall I give this book a 3.5* rating, and would say, if you can put up with a big of a plod-pace for a couple chapters, then definitely read this book! I am 100% sure that the series can only get better!

(Plus the book looks amazing on my shelf!)

First blog post

So I really wanted my first blog post to be interesting, I wanted it to be fun and full of interesting books that I have read or am going to read… So lets see how it goes!

So I set my Goodreads challenge up at the start of the year, my aim is 100 (whoop, good-bloomin’-luck-to-me!) and actually, I don’t think I’m doing too badly so far! I’m currently on book number 10! Which, considering I have two children under 5 and go to work on top of keeping house and being a functioning adult…I personally think is pretty incredible!  However, the last two books I have read have dragged on a bit, they weren’t even that big, I just couldn’t get my teeth properly into them!

Here’s a list of the books I’ve read so far this year:

  1. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
  2. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  4. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  5. The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  7. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  8. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  9. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  10. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

I don’t know if you can tell but I have a thing about reading series together…

My favourite out of this list was definitely the Discovery of Witches trilogy, Deborah Harkness created such an amazing world of witches, vampires and daemons, which was so different to anything I’ve read previously and (in my opinion SO much better then Twilight – and I actually enjoyed them before the films ruined them!)

I haven’t included any of the children’s books that I have read (except for the fox and the star, but that is such a beautiful book that I just HAD to include it into my Goodreads!) as I genuinely believe that it would cheating… and I’m just not about that life! (plus I totally would have already surpassed my challenge already if I did decide to include them… I’m a sucker for children’s books, whenever I go into town I always end up buying more of them, I’m determined to make bibliophiles out of my monsters!

I’m currently reading Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, I understand that she has had a lot of backlash for this book, and I guess I understand why, but part of me can’t help but feel like… it’s just a book, that she made up, that she got inspiration from people who suffer from chronic pain, but it is just a book, she hasn’t purposely meant to offend anyone, and actually I am enjoying it. I don’t love it but it’s definitely not the worst book I’ve ever read. But I am having trouble connecting to the main characters. If one of them died I don’t think I’d mourn them all too much… and this makes me sad as I love to invest completely into a book and it’s characters – however I’ll go into more detail about this when I come to write my review once I’ve finished reading.

I don’t think I’ve made this post particularly fun or enjoyable, but hopefully you all know a bit more about me now!

Until next time!

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