Tuesday, 6 August 2013

June through the eyes of a bookworm

Books and air....the necessities of life!Alexandria by John Kaden
Centuries after the collapse of civilization, in a quiet village at the heart of the redwood forest, a tyrannical cult is plotting a massacre. The adults are murdered and the children are stolen away in cages while their homes burn around them. They are taken to the Nezran Temple and taught to be like their captors. The rewards, they are told, will be endless. Two childhood sweethearts, Jack and Lia, must make a vital decision...Should they struggle to fit in...or fight to escape? A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger sets them on an unexpected course. What follows is a wild adventure down the ruins of the old California coast, through wasteland and woodland, as they go searching for the legendary Alexandria. Join them in this dark, apocalyptic saga that sets the rusted gears of history turning again.

My Verdict - such a shame as this book looked like it had much promise to it but for me it just failed to deliver. The story although not badly written was patchy in its plot. Just as I thought it was gearing up to really wow the reader, it just kind of glossed over what I would call major aspects of the story. Sorry to say I was pretty disappointed 4/10

In Loco Parentis by Nigel Bird
Joe Campion is the kind of teacher that any child would want for their class. He's also the kind of teacher that lots of mothers want to have. And some of them do. When he becomes aware of the neglect and abuse suffered by a pupil in his care and witnesses an explosion of rage from the music teacher in the school, he decides the systems in place to deal with such instances aren't fit for purpose. His impulsive nature, dedication to his pupils and his love of women lead him into a chain of events that would cause even the most consummate professional to unravel.

My Verdict - well I thought this was really gonna show a teacher who would go the extra mile to protect a child in his care, instead reading it, I was faced with a psychologically disturbed, drug taking, murdering individual who couldn't keep it in his pants, a little more than unravelling went on here. I wouldn't say Joe Campion is the kind of teacher that I would want teaching my children! At times I felt this book really drifted from reality and I did find myself at times saying out loud "OH COME ON!!!" The second book this month I was disappointed with 4/10

So all in all I was let down with my choices for the month of June, so cheer me up and tell me what has been on your bookshelf this month?    


  1. Oh gosh, I don't think Joe Campion is the kind of teacher I would want teaching my children either!!

    I'm really trying to get back into reading, I read the virgin suicides today and it ended up being one of those I couldn't put down. Really interesting and got me thinking about suburbia and whether the whole lifestyle that goes with it is really as aspirational as some would have us believe!

    Jennie xo |

  2. I'm sorry you were disappointed by your choices. :( My favourite book this month (and it's possibly becoming my favourite book ever!) is Even Silence Has An End by Ingrid Betancourt. She's a French-Colombian politician/activist who was held hostage in the Colombian rain forest for six years by the FARC, a terrorist group. The book is so gripping, you don't wanna stop reading because you start feeling like you're her only friend in the jungle and you don't want to leave her alone in there. Amazing book, I think it's one everyone should read at least once! xx

  3. Hi Kay long time no seen! How are you? I hope you are well! I'm sorry if this month was a disappointment, at least you can now know what you do like to read.
    I been reading a lot of SEO/online marketing books this month and Good old Harry Potters. xx


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