The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship

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★★

I have this rule about books being sent to me – I try to read and review them all, because people spent time, effort and resources to write and share their works with readers. I received this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing almost a year ago, and decided it was time to give it a go. 

This being said, my readers are the most important thing in the world. My reviews simply cannot be compromised, no matter how I acquire a book.

I think I should stop babbling now, and start talking about this book.

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

It is lucky that this book is only 120 pages long, because otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. It is a boring book, where one pigeon is desperately trying to tell this story of the battle, and the other pigeon is disturbingly annoying and keeps interrupting. The second pigeon also has terrible grammar knowledge. And even though I know this is on purpose, I applaud the author for the wittiness, but couldn’t enjoy it. Some people might find this funny though, and that’s also okay.

The idea of pigeons telling a story is quite interesting and unique to me, and this is something I admire about this book (therefore, the two stars). However, the plot is unstable, and the story keeps being interrupted and delayed to a point where I started to get fed up. I also expected some more references of the actual historical moment. The only references in the book are the pigeons that were in the battle and had names of famous leaders. However, their pigeon story was not similar to our history books. I really think that keeping the story as close as possible to the real event would have made a difference in this book.

Not an enjoyable read for me, but if the plot sounds like something you might enjoy – go for it. Try it out. Your opinion is also valid!

Until next time! x

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Down The TBR Hole #24

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

I hope you are all having a lovely start of the weekend. I love doing these posts, and this time I am so excited to share a little piece of my world along with the 10 titles of the week. Let’s begin:

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Criminal sociology by Enrico Ferri

Since I was a girl, I wanted to study Criminology. It is a subject I always found fascinating – the way of how a killer’s brain works, the psychology the police force uses while interrogating, all of those little bits. This was one book I picked up for free as soon as I got my first Kindle. I need to read it soon!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Korean Word For Butterfly by Jamie Zerndt

I love the cover, but I am not sure that I will enjoy this book. At all actually. I have to say bye bye to it. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Awakening (Children of the After, #1) by Jeremy Laszlo

A dystopian post-apocalyptic book with tons of bad reviews on Goodreads. Are you guys thinking what I am thinking? It goes…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This book was extremely hyped, and I kept wanting to read it, but never did. Has any of you read it? Help me make a decision. I will leave it as MAYBE now, and I’ll come back to edit it in a week’s time, after I read all your comments 🙂

Verdict: MAYBE

Prophecies of Nostradamus by Nostradamus

The Prophecies of Nostradamus and Baba Vanga (who, by the way, was born in Strumica, Macedonia) have always intrigued me. I even started reading fiction based on these people’s histories. This must stay. 

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

The Odyssey by Homer

A classic that I never read, but should in my life.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Greh njene majke (Her Mother’s Sin) by Milica Mir-Jam Jakovljevic

Samac u braku (A Bachelor in his Marriage) by Milica Mir-Jam Jakovljevic

These two books are written by one Serbian author, Mir-Jam. I love her writing, and I still remember when I was a teen and my mother gave me one of her books (Ranjeni Orao) – The Wounded Eagle, and I fell in love with her writing of old-time Balkans and the powerful love stories in her books. 

I will only keep the second one, and remove the other. The only reason is – once I read one, I will add the other one, without clattering my TBR now.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ & REMOVE ✖

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

I don’t think I can resist this synopsis and this gorgeous cover. Sorry. I’m hugging this book with all my strength.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

It seems exciting, but I will pass.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only kept 5 books and removed 4 this time. One is a maybe, and I need your help to decide on it. My TBR is shrinking, and I love it!

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Romanov – Nadine Brandes [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★

From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.

The history books say I died. They don’t know the half of it.

Ever since I read Fawkes, I knew I loved Nadine’s writing, and when Romanov was announced, I couldn’t be happier. As I have spend my childhood and young adult life in the Balkans, whilst travelling across Europe, I have always admired Russia, and always enjoyed reading all the theories about the Romanov family.

As a child I would be told stories and fairy tales, I would watch the Disney adaptation of Anastasia, and as I was growing up, I would read history books and fiction on this very subject. When I got my hands on ‘’Romanov’’, I knew I would be up for an adventure, with lots of expectations, but what I never knew was that I would be blown away of how beautiful this book is!

This book is split into two main parts, before and after the Romanov’s execution, but it is also split into the first being the historical part, and the second being the fictional part. Both parts of the book are quite intense, and very different emotions come up to surface, but they are both very powerful throughout, and fitted together quite well.

In the first part, we are introduced to the Romanov family, and how they are kept as hostages by the Bolsheviks. It would’ve been much better if we had more details on the pre-hostage period, why the revolution began, why the king abducted the throne, who are the Bolsheviks and what they believed in. The book starts in the middle of this whole situation, and whilst I knew the beginning before, I am certain a lot of people wouldn’t have.

The history, as much accurate as it was, also had a personalized feeling that the author wanted to give. I have to admit, a lot of the details, especially around the family were quite accurate. The family did stick together and loved each other, they did have secrets and they did make friends with their captors. Anastasia’s brother did indeed had hemophilia and Rasputin was allegedly helping him. However, the author decided to put her personal feelings into the history as well. The king is presented as a wonderful leader that cares about the people. I understand that we see this story from Anastasia’s point of view, and as his daughter, she is supposed to see her father as the best figure in the world. But I still believe this part should be more objective, if not from Anastasia’s point of view, then at least by the king’s actions and dialogues. The other big element that bothered me was the portrayal of Rasputin. He is shown in this book as a family helper and a kind man, when in fact, he was far from that. In the history books, he is described as a madman, a creepy person, and the king was not happy of him coming in the house. The family’s secrecy and the queen’s silent domination over the king, together with Rasputin’s doings were the start of the revolution, and I believe that it one of the required truths that this books should have included, but didn’t. And that troubled me.

On top of this, is the Russian language used throughout this book. There were a lot of spelling errors, and misinterpretations. And whilst I can understand these words, many people can’t, and translation wasn’t provided in the book. Also, I really found this quote interesting, talking about the Russian culture, and how they don’t show emotions. Just a note – this is most of the time true, people won’t be nice to strangers, but actually, Russian people are quite friendly and emotional as well.

‘’We Russians weren’t required to share any amount of emotion we didn’t want to.’’

Apart from these few things that slightly bothered me, I really enjoyed this book. Anastasia is an amazing character, and through her we can see her love towards her family, her country, and even towards the people that wish her harm. We get to see her love, cry, be hurt, be afraid, forgive, and grow throughout the book, and her journey was magical.

‘’As I lay in the grass next to the spell that could rid me of heart pain, I realized that a part of forgiveness was accepting the things someone had done – and the pain that came with that – and moving on with love. Forgiveness was a personal battle that must always be fought in my heart.’’

I loved the beginning of the book the most. The setting was well-written, and I got the feel the same way as the Romanov family did. They tried to act as if everything was normal, when in fact, they were held captive, and moved out of their home. They weren’t allowed to go out in the garden often, and when they did have this opportunity, they enjoyed every single second of it. And they all had hope every single day. They kept smiling and stayed together.

There are number of scenes that will always stay close to my heart – the relationship between Zash and Anastasia (as unrealistic as it might be), always kept me on my toes, his desperation, and his guilt, and her ability to forgive and love regardless.

The brother’s illness, and his persistence through it. His motivation and his will to never give up. The love he holds for his family, and especially his sister Anastasia, and the toughness and not letting go. A few scenes were unrealistic with him, as I hardly believe anyone suffering from hemophilia can survive all those injuries mentioned in the book and the pools of blood, but above all – this character did achieve what he was meant to do – show hope where there is none.

A wonderful and magical tale, with a history behind it of a mysterious family, especially their end – this book brought tears on my eyes and made me think about the power of forgiveness and love. A true masterpiece.

Thank you to Nadine Brandes, for letting me be a part of her Ninja Team.

Thank you to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and NetGalley, for providing me with a complimentary ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Down The TBR Hole #23

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This week I have some various genres and interesting titles. Let’s see how I’ve done.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

#23

Unwrapping Her Perfect Match (London Legends, #3.5) by Kat Latham

Seems like a cute Christmas read, but it’s #3.5 in a series. I’d rather start from book #1.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Jay Walking (Pastime Pursuits #2) by Tracy Krimmer

A second book in a series again. I have to let it go.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Afraid of Her Shadow (Rom-Com on the Edge #3) by Carol Maloney Scott

A third book in a series – why do I even put these on my shelves if I haven’t read the first books?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Pierced (Lucian & Lia, #1) by Sydney Landon

Romance and erotica. Not now. Not now…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Diamonds (All that Glitters, #1) by K.A. Linde

This seems like a Fifty Shades Of Gray type of thing. And you know what? I’ll keep it!

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

The Billionaire’s Need by Crystal Caswell

Contemporary Romance – this might not be the right genre for me right now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Fluent in French: The most complete study guide to learn French by Frederic Bibard

I was going to read this to improve my French, but there are so many apps out there, and the reviews for this book say it’s mostly motivational.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Love Me Tonight by Kelly Jamieson

Book #2.5, so no explanation needed.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Matilda by Roald Dahl

A British classic, a book that my friends keep telling me it’s a must read.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North

I love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, but the reviews on this biography seem to be quite not what I would expect to read, so I am passing on this one for now.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only kept 2 books and removed 8 this time. My TBR is shrinking, and I love it!

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Down The TBR Hole #22

down the tbr hole book books blog diary of difference

Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This week I have some various genres and interesting titles. Let’s see how I’ve done.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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The Defiant Heart (Heart, #2) by Anita Gordon

I haven’t read Book 1 in the series, so no point in keeping this one.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

What Once Was Perfect(Wardham, #1) by Zoe York

I am not quite sure about this one, and when I am not sure about a book, it goes. 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Art of Peeling an Orange by Victoria Avilan

It’s supposed to be a classic and it’s supposed to be good, so I will keep this one. you better be good!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Return To Sender: An Alex Glauberman Mystery (The Alex Glauberman Series #1) by Dick Cluster

I love mysteries, but this one seems to have a lot of bad ratings, so moving on.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Rain Shadow (Rainshadow #1) by Tess Oliver

Nope.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Gandhi: A Life Inspired by Lunn M. Hamilton

Not quite sure about this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Find Her, Keep Her (Love in the USA, #1) by Z.L. Arkadie

Again, too many bad ratings. Why do I have so many freebies on my shelves?

Verdict: ☑ REMOVE ✖

Day-Day (Chop, Chop, #2) by L. N. Cronk

As a second book in the series, I am letting it go. I read the synopsis to the first one, but not interested in reading that one as well.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Belle of the Ball (Three Graces #1) by Pam McCutcheon

This is not a book I would usually read, but I will keep it, because I might enjoy it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

I am a huge fan of Peter Pan, and I can’t miss this for anything in the world!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantWe only kept 3 books and removed 7 this time. My TBR is getting back on track.

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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