Sunday, 7 October 2012

Book Reviews and happiness.

Thank you for all your comments regarding my last post. I still haven't made up my mind about doing teacher training, but I have started to study maths so I can take my Maths GCSE exam. At least if I have that under my belt it will give me more options. Teaching is one of those things that I love some days and feel frustrated with on others. We'll see...

I haven't posted much recently because life has been quite .... well ... dull really. Not in a bad way. When life is calm and happy there's not always the desire to write!! I have been reading a lot though. I was approached a little while ago by Blogcritics who asked me to write book reviews for them. If you scroll down my right hand side bar you will come across a Blogcritics button which will take you to my page on their site, or you can click on my Book Review tab at the top of my blog page to read my reviews.

I don't get paid for any of this, but I do get sent a copy of the book to read. I rather like it because I can choose books by authors I might never have heard of and read books that are sometimes brilliant and sometimes ... not.

I write honestly, as is my wont, and am under no obligation to have any particular slant.

Recently I read a book by Robert C Yeager called The Romanov Stone and although it wasn't the sort of book I would normally choose to read, I really enjoyed it. Here is my review if you would like to read it ...

Book Review: The Romanov Stone by Robert C Yeager.

Robert C Yeager had me by page 4 of his new novel The Romanov Stone. With a combination of mystery, excitement and well researched historical fact Yeager writes with a seemingly effortless style - easy and enjoyable to read, but which skips along at a rate of knots. His technique of slipping between past and present in the initial chapters not only gives depth to the plot line, but keeps the reader page-turning with alacrity.

Heroine Katya Gavrill is plunged into a world of intrigue and danger after the violent death of her mother, whose words of warning “They have found us” set the heart thumping. With her romantic Russian family history revealed to her Katya embarks on a hunt to find a priceless gem and claim her Romanov inheritance, long hidden in the vaults of the Bank of England. On the way she encounters Russian mafia, Columbian jewel thieves and the hypnotic world of Imre Novyck, the grandson of the evil Rasputin.

Yeager creates a world inhabited by characters that are multi faceted, touching each other’s lives and the reader’s in a believable roller coaster of adventure and intrigue. I found myself reading as quickly as I could, following Katya’s journey, enveloped in a world of Russian Tsars, Faberge eggs and murder. As she wavered between love interests I found myself saying aloud “No Katya! No, not him!” and in the space of 300 pages she went from stranger to character I want to meet again.

I would definitely recommend this interesting novel to anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a historical twist and I am secretly (well, not that secretly!) hoping that Yeager will write a sequel so I can spend more time with Katya, her man (I won’t tell you who she ends up with …) and maybe the Assassin of the Seven Bells too!

This review first appeared at the Blogcritics site. I have not been paid for the review but did receive a copy of the novel. The review is my honest opinion.

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