Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

Thank you to Anne from Anne-thology of Books for the nomination!        hate-everybody

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions they’ve set you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten people.

Anne’s Questions:

1. Most disturbing book you’ve read?

Definitely IT by Stephen King. I’m still really scared of clowns after reading that book when I was about 12 years old!

I recently watched a documentary called The Cove which is about the dolphin hunts in Taiji Japan which still haunts me. You can check out Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians to find out more information.

2. Favorite TV show?

American Horror Story at the moment.

3. What kind of genre or specific topic (like faery, vampire, mythology etc.) do you like to read?

Tough question for a Scatterbooker! I’ll have to go with fiction.

4. How many books have you read this year and which did you hate?

I’ve only been keeping track since November but 10 so far.

5. Which book would you like to see adapted into a movie?

I’d love to see a big budget remake of Wuthering Heights.

6. How do you feel about love triangles?

I’m not really a big fan to be honest.

7. Favorite book couple: 

Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights – the original anti couple!

8. What’s your hobby?

Reading, Scatterbooking, crochet/knitting (badly), watching Australian Rules Football (Go Cats!), going to the gym and the beach.

9. Favorite movie this year?

Mockingjay Part 1

10. What sequel do you want to read?

The King’s Curse (Cousins War) by Philippa Gregory.

My Questions:

1. What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?

2. What was the first book you ever read?

3. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you this week?

4. Do you have any pets?

5. What are you currently reading?

6. What TV shows do you watch every week?

7. What charities or causes are you passionate about?

8. What are you Christmas plans this year?

9. What is your favourite film adaptation of a book?

10. Do you prefer to read the book or watch the movie first?

My Nominations:

Nikki’s Reads

Books and Bookmarks

Coffee, Books and Paris

Bookaholic Confessions

Creatyvebooks

Kyrosmagica

Bookshelf Fantasies

Book’d Out

Stacksbyashley

The Book Musings

Scatterbooker reviews The Perfect Christmas by Kate Forster

Title: The Perfect Christmas 

The Perfect Christmas CoverAuthor: Kate Forster

ISBN: 9781474008501

Published: September 2014, Harlequin (UK) Limited

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

A holiday short story that proves that true love is forever, not just for Christmas…

Hollywood movie star Maggie and friend and manager Zoe need an escape from their complicated star-studded lives in LA. With its history and Christmas charm, London feels like the perfect getaway.

But can they truly leave their realities behind?

In their luxurious quarters, the girls meet Holly who is ideal at showing Maggie and Zoe the sumptuous sights and sounds of London in their most glittering light. But behind her bright façade, Holly is hiding a secret: suffering from unrequited love, she’s looking for a Christmas miracle. Desperate to see an unattainable love story for Holly come together, will our LA starlets succeed in providing a Hollywood ending before the dawn of Christmas Day?

Packed to the brim with festive cheer, this is the only story you’ll need this Christmas…

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Perfect Christmas is the fourth book that I have read so far as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge at Goodreads. All these Christmas themed books are really getting me in the mood for the festive season. If only the weather would start behaving now, it’s very miserable and dreary in Melbourne today. At least it isn’t as cold as London would be this time of year which is where The Perfect Christmas is set.

London is the perfect setting for such a short, sweet novella which is full of Christmas spirit, romance and finishes with a Christmas miracle. I really liked all of the characters and would love to read more about them, in fact The Perfect Christmas could have easily been longer for my liking.

I you enjoy romance or Christmas themed short stories then you will love The Perfect Christmas.

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Book Review: Secret Santo by Carla Caruso

Title: Secret Santosecret santo

Author: Carla Caruso

ISBN: 9781760141080

Published: December 2014, Penguin Books Australia/Destiny Romance

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

Holly Plume is a bookseller by day and a romance blogger by night, dishing out scathing reviews under her pseudonym, Sultry Scarlet. When she scores an invite to the publishing event of the year, Holly couldn’t be more excited. Finally a chance to meet her favourite author, the mysterious thriller writer known only as AJ Ruffo.

When Holly literally falls into the arms of the mysterious and charming Santo Randolfi, she’s sure it must be AJ. After all, Santo has tousled good looks, dark curls, luscious lips . . . He’s exactly what she’d imagined. But when Santo reveals he’s actually the author of a romance novel Holly recently slammed on her blog, keeping her online identity a secret becomes vital.

As Holly struggles to keep Santo from learning the truth, she realizes just how much she likes him. But when he discovers who she is, will their relationship be over before it’s even begun?

My Thoughts:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Secret Santo a fun Christmas novella which is just perfect for this time of year with all of the interruptions and distractions that come along with the silly season.This was another book that I read as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge.

The main character is Holly a romance blogger who loves everything about Christmas, romance novels and her favourite author AJ Ruffo.She has just posted a scathing book review about the most awful romance book that she has ever read when she has to dash off to the most exclusive Christmas party in the publishing world of Melbourne. (Yay Melbourne, I love my home town!)

Confusion and mayhem ensues since it seems that every single person at the party writes under a pseudonym. Is Santo the handsome hunk a hack or the real deal? Either way you will enjoy this quick, fun Christmas read.

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Book Review: Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Title: Gray MountainGray Mountain

Author: John Grisham

ISBN: 9780385537148

Published:  October 2014, Doubleday

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I did find this book tough going at times. Its quite long and there are a few parts that were a bit long winded and dull. I don’t think it helped that I found the main character Samantha a little bit boring and difficult to relate to. She’s a big city lawyer who has never seen the inside of a court room until she is put on furlough and told to take up an unpaid internship in Brady, Virginia. Once there she discovers that poor people need lawyers too and just how evil coal mining companys can be. I was shocked! Note: This may be sarcasm 😉

Gray Mountain just didn’t seem to be as fast paced as John Grisham’s other court room novels which I have really enjoyed in the past such as The Firm or The Pelican Brief but I appreciated the fact that it highlighted the some of the serious issues that have come about due to coal mining.

Readers who enjoy legal thrillers or reading about environmental issues will enjoy this book.

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Book Review: Dying For Christmas by Tammy Cohen

Title: Dying For Christmas dyingforchristmas

Author: Tammy Cohen

ISBN: 9781784160173

Published: November, Transworld Publishers, Random House UK

My Rating: 4/5

Description:

I received my copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

My Thoughts:

Dying For Christmas is another Christmas themed book that I read as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge but this is definitely not your typical Christmas themed book.

Jessica has been kidnapped and help captive by a handsome psychopath for the 12 days of Christmas. She is a fascinating character, a little bit ‘weird’ but completely relate able.

Domenic Lacey is one of the creepiest ‘bad guys’ that I have ever come across. He is handsome, charming and well off on the outside and a complete psychopath on the inside. Once he begins to reveal details about his childhood you almost start to feel a bit sorry for him.

The book is also narrated from the perspective of Kim, the policewoman who is investigating Jessica’s disappearance. Kim has problems of her own. She feels that she is being forced to choose between her career and her family but she thinks that she should be able to have both.

Dying For Christmas was fascinating to read, full of plot twists and really interesting characters. I had to read this in one sitting since I needed to find out what happened in the end! I recommend Dying For Christmas for anyone who enjoys the thriller/mystery genres or anybody looking for a Christmas themed book with a difference.

Editing to add that the author Tammy Cohen is absolutely lovely. Add this one to your to read list!

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Book Review: I Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas) by Tracy Bloom

Title: I Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas) marrygeorgeclooney

Author: Tracy Bloom

ISBN: 9791784160173

Published: October 2014, Cornerstone Random House UK

My Rating: 3/5

Description:

I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A brand new very funny Christmas novel, from the bestselling author of No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday and Single Woman Seeks Revenge.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only answer is to marry George Clooney.

For Michelle, that time is now.

Slogging her guts out in a chicken factory whilst single-handedly bringing up a teenager who hates her is far from the life that 36-year-old Michelle had planned.

But marrying the most eligible man on the planet by Christmas could change all that, couldn’t it?

Sometimes your only option is to dream the impossible – because you never know where it might take you…

My Thoughts:

I read this book as part of the Aussie Readers December Challenge at Goodreads which involves reading as many Christmas/New Year themed books during the month of December. I Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas) certainly fits the requirements, although its not too Christmassy.

Michelle has set herself the task of marrying George Clooney (by Christmas) in an attempt to win over her troublesome teenage daughter and enlists the help of her friends Gina and Dazza to engineer a meeting with George. There were plenty of laughs throughout the book and the plot was a bit far fetched at times but it worked well as a whole. I liked the central message that it is necessary to dream big and work hard to achieve your goals.

I Will Marry George Clooney (By Christmas) also explored quite a few serious issues, such as the relationship between Michelle and her daughter Josie and the long term effects of losing a loved one. Michelle and her family are still struggling with the death of her sister Jane 16 years later.

This book was a fun, quick and enjoyable book which I was easily able to read in one sitting. I can’t reveal whether Michelle did manage to marry George Clooney in the end but he is unfortunately off the market ladies, so perhaps she did.