BOOK REVIEW: Realm of Mindweavers- Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe

“A ruler is betrayed and his daughter must flee or die…

Teenage Zastra is a big disappointment to her father, Leodra, ruler of Golmeira, because she hasn’t got what it takes to become a mindweaver. Golmeira relies on its mindweavers, men and women who can manipulate the thoughts of others, to subdue its enemies. Zastra is determined to prove herself worthy of her father’s respect, but her chance comes in an unexpected manner.” (GoodReads)

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written a review and today I want to talk about Realm of the Mindweavers. When I was approached last year if I was interested in reading and reviewing Marianne’s book, I said yes because it intrigued me and it did not disappoint!

the characters

In the beginning of the story we follow Zastra, the daughter of the ruler of Golmeira, who is struggling at court due to her lack of abilities as a mindweaver. This also puts a strain on her relationship with her parents. I really liked Zastra and I felt for her when she was shunned for her lack of abilities or when she was punished for defending others. She pulled through with strength and courage when things turned sour at the palace and they had to flee. Zastra was in her teens, but she grows a lot through the story and fights with all she’s got to save her siblings from those who wish them harm. Zastra is one of those characters that it’s hard not to root for; she is kind, compassionate and fierce in her own way.

On the other hand, Rastran, Zastra’s cousin, was the most annoying and hateful character downloadin the book.  Although I can understand why he became that way and felt a little sorry for him, I could not stop hating him, however I enjoyed reading him as much I enjoyed Joeffrey in Game of Thrones. Most of the other characters didn’t stay with me, quite forgettable.

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The plot is well developed, yet simple, and it’s sustained by deftly fleshed characters and good writing. In the beginning I felt that the pacing of the story was a little too slow and I was awaiting for things to kick off, but when it did, it was good. The story flows really well and it is easy to read. It was quite predictable in places, especially at the beginning, however the characters did a great job in keeping me interested in finding out more and overall it was a good reading experience. I had a lot of fun reading this book.

would i recomment it

Yes. It is a good debut novel featuring a good cast of characters and a heroine with no special powers besides her wit and courage.

4 out of 5

Links:

👉 http://www.marianneratcliffe.com

👉 Amazon.co.uk

👉 Goodreads

👉 Twitter

Love always,

Jane

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Bookish Update (Week 39) ~ Currently Reading 7 books

Good afternoon my lovelies! I have been a little absent from here lately as I’ve been working a lot and also getting ready to move to our new house as well as working on my Doctorate application for this year. I honestly don’t know how I’m doing this!

I thought of doing a weekly bookish update so you guys know what I am up to, what I am reading, etc.. I’ve been pretty busy lately so I’ve not had a lot of time to read unfortunately. I am hoping this will change once we move and settle into our new house and the university applications are all done and dusted!

I recently vouched that I will not read any more than 3 books at a time as this is getting so much out of hand right now! No wonder that I’m struggling as on my Currently Reading list I had 7 books, one of which I finished reading today (yey me!). So in no particular order:

35589760Kings of the World by Peter Bailey: On page 127/304. I really like this the way this novel is going and the main character is spot on. I normally struggle with male characters and this novel has two, but it is a fun, smart read, and I am looking forward to find out what Matthew and Jeremy are going to do to stop the Aliens! Thank you ever so much Peter for sending this to me for review consideration!

 

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Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe: On page 120/256. The story built slowly, however the character development was great. I actually hated so much one of the characters that I could compare it with my hate for Jeoffrey from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin; that good! Now the action has started so I need to make time to finish it as I need to know what is happening. Again, thank you Marianne for the paperback copy!

 

32860355Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz: 52%. I’ve received a copy of this via Netgalley and I didn’t quite know what to expect when reading this book as I wasn’t aware that of the Hamilton musical. It is an ok read, however I keep on comparing it with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in my mind and that’s not helping as in comparison I find it a little lacking. What I’ve read so far it felt a little too drawn out for my taste, but I will finish reading it.

 

34874784Seeds of Hatred (Scions Awakened Book 1) by Christian Nadeau 68/506. This paperback copy is amazing and as odd as it may sound, I love the feel of this book in my hands! I haven’t gotten to far into this novel as I find it quite hard to switch POV’s, however once I finish with most of my Currently reading books, I will pick it up and devote all my attention to it as it deserves it.

 

24866317American Gods by Neil Gaiman 11/20 (55%). This audiobook is amazing, however I found that I just struggle with audiobooks. They have their advantages as you can listen to it whilst doing something else, however it seems that I prefer listening to music rather than listening to my audiobooks, so probably will not purchase more audiobook. Anyway, American Gods is really good and I would like to read the physical copy at some point as I think it would be a totally different experience.

30818574The Shadow of the High King (The Weaving Shadows, #1) by Frank Dorrian ; 10%. Frank sent me his book ages ago and I’ve not picked it up in like forever, and I don’t even know why as I really liked it. At this point I would probably have to pick it up from scratch. I find that I am struggling a lot more lately to read e-books, I find it much easier to have a paperback.

 

13519397Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas. I finished reading this one today and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I tried originally to listen to the audiobook and the voice totally ruined it for me and had to pick up the original copy. The voice made Celaena even more annoying than she can be at times, and a lot more conceited. Funnily enough, I didn’t realise that I was almost 80% in when listening to the audiobook so reading felt more like remembering. I am debating of giving it between 3 and 4 stars out of 5.

 

… and this it it! (Ha!)

I am really hoping that next week the list will be a lot smaller, although looking at my TBR I’m getting dizzy! So many books to read, so little time! How do you guys cope with that?

Do you read more than one book at a time or do you prefer to keep it simple and dedicate your time to one book at a time?

Hope you enjoyed this post and I will try to do a Bookish update every Sunday evening!

Stay nerdy,

Jane

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Finally, my Booktube-a-thon update!

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I’ve had such a crazy time last week trying to juggle working full time, doing the Book-tube-a-thon, and going away Friday to Sunday for a Hen party, and just now I found the time to sit down and write this. I am so behind schedule with a lot of things, so I am hoping that this weekend I can spend it in a more productive manner!

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From my Booktube-a-Thon list there were some challenges that I managed to do, some I didn’t. I did read 7 books, however I didn’t get the chance to read outside as the weather was horrendous in the UK. I also went away for the weekend for a hen party with only my kindle, so I managed to read 3 books during that time (Don’t know how, I swear!).

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith✅
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon ❌
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli ✅
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore ❌
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe ❌
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ✅
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong ✅

  • Instead of the three books that I did not get a chance to read, I read the King trilogy by  Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.

I wish I would’ve managed to do it all, do the Instagram challenges and all of that, but I am quite pleased that I have managed to read 7 books in 7 days against all odds! I suppose that at the end of the day I must be happy that I have accomplished that.

How did your Booktub-a-thon go? How many books did you manage to read?

XOXO 💋

Jane.

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Booktube-a-thon TRB list! Finally! ;)

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7 days of intense reading? Sign me up for the Booktube–a-thon!

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For those who don’t know, the Booktube-a-thon is a weak long readathon involving competitions, twitter sprints, instagram and video challenges and it runs from the 24 of July to the 30th of July, and the rules are simple: follow the challenges and read 7 books until time’s up!

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong

In the meantime, as I was late posting this up, I have already finished reading Hush Hush and I will soon tell you what I thought about it! *Wink*

In the meantime don’t forget to interact on my Social Media, you know how much I like it!

Goodnight,

XOXO 💋

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