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I ended very cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful Book Cover Reasons to be cheerful
Nina Stibbe
humour, romance, coming of age
Penguin
(28 Mar. 2019)

'When people in the village heard I was about to start working in the city they tried to unsettle me with tales of woe. The sun, blotted out by the tall buildings, couldn't shine and the rain was poisoned by the toxic fumes that poured from the sock factories. My skin would be covered in pimples from the hell of it all'

So begins a young woman's journey to adulthood. Lizzie Vogel leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and heads for Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist obsessed with joining the freemasons.

Soon Lizzie is heading reluctantly, if at top speed, into the murky depths of adult life: where her driving instructor becomes her best friend; her first boyfriend prefers birdwatching to sex and where independence for a teenage girl might just be another word for loneliness.

In Reasons to Be Cheerful Nina Stibbe shows her extraordinary gift for illuminating the vital details which make us human. She is that rare writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the joy, and the pain, of being alive.

 A story that crept up on me until the life of our heroine Lizzie became so bizarre that I just had to keep on reading. Her mother, her family, friends and in particular her work at the dentist’s – JP Wintergreen -, became part of my fantasy life and dreams too. The discussions were absurd and yet, somehow resonated of the time.

Her mother was described as being a:

Drunk; divorcee; nudist; amphetamine addict; nymphomaniac; shop lifter; would-be novelist; poet; and playwright.

In that order.

And her boyfriend was clearly asexual or gay, she assumed, because he liked having freshly laundered clothes, made fruit salads, and once experimented with lemon in his tea. And most importantly of all, never got his penis out, despite her belief that it was often intended as a compliment.

We never really find out just how many pregnancies Lizzie’s mother had, or affairs, but we do realise, that due to her addictions, as a child, Lizzie and her elder siblings, more or less raised themselves in a rather eccentric and liberal household.

The oddities of Lizzie’s family and her work  and romances, are recounted in such a dry manner that I found it difficult not to become enthusiastic over the life of this town and want now to meet them all in real life please!

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Too many worlds






The Four Worlds Book Cover




The Four Worlds





Angela J Ford





Coming of Age, Superhero, Fantasy, Sci-Fi




Kindle



A deep evil awakened. An ancient power stolen. The fate of the world at stake.

The Complete Four Worlds Series includes:
The Five Warriors
The Blended Ones
Eliesmore and the Green Stone
Eliesmore and the Jeweled Sword

When the Green People awaken an age old evil, they ignite the flame in the war between the mortals and immortals.

The consequences are felt through the Four Worlds, from the rise of the Five Warriors in the Western World to the whirlwind quest of the Blended Ones in the Eastern World.

But there is only one who can stop the turn of the tide and the rise of the Changers. Eliesmore.

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.

His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

After accomplishing his first quest and winning a great victory, Eliesmore believes it will be easy to take back the world from the forces of darkness. As he travels east with a small group of companions, all kinds of people and animals are drawn to his unique power and the world rejoices.

However, when he faces down the greatest enemy of the Four Worlds, he finds his woes have just begun. Dark secrets of the past are revealed and hidden motives from friends Eliesmore thought he could trust. Unsure how to distinguish between myth and truth, Eliesmore channels the power of creation to start a revolution against the forces of evil.

As Eliesmore conquers the world, he discovers the truth behind the secrets and lies that have been spun across the Four Worlds.

Will Eliesmore save the world from dark forces of evil? Or will he become the evil he’s fighting to save the world from?

This unforgettable adventure combines bravery, epic battles, romance, magic, mayhem, mortals, immortals and the revelation of a deadly secret which will haunt the world for an eternity.

Don’t believe the hype. This is actually a very boring book (#1). I couldn’t get past page 25…

So, I’m scoring this at the lowest as it really couldn’t hold any of my attention and I found the style uninteresting.

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Saga? No.






Mark of Fire Book Cover




Mark of Fire




Endarian Prohecy #1





Richard Phillips





coming of age, epic, contemporary




47North




(1 Nov. 2017)



Lorness Carol, coming of age in the kingdom of her warlord father, Lord Rafel, aspires to wield magic. But she’s also unknowingly become the obsession of Kragan, an avenging wielder as old as evil itself. He’s waited centuries to find and kill the female prophesied as the only human empowered to destroy him. However, dispatching the king’s assassin, Blade, to Rafel’s Keep, ends in treason. For Blade arrives not with a weapon but rather a warning for the woman he’s known and loved since he was a child. With a price on his head, Blade flees—as Carol and her family are urged away on their own desperate route of escape.

Now, traversing the lawless western borderlands, Carol struggles to understand the uncanny magic she possesses and must learn to master. Though separated, Carol and Blade are still united—not only by the darkness pursuing them both but by a quest toward destiny, revenge, and the revelations of an ancient prophecy that signal the ultimate war between good and evil.

I’m still looking for a replacement author for David Eddings. This author isn’t it.

I only managed a couple of chapters.

 

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Entering the Cosmos?






See You in the Cosmos Book Cover




See You in the Cosmos





Jack Cheng





Juvenile Fiction




Penguin




February 28, 2017




320



"Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space"--

 

Initially I was not invested in this story – I skip read the pages and got the gist but then the story hit and I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in less than 3 hours.

At times the story pulls at your heart strings. At other times it challenges your perceptions. There is a story underneath the story. The search for meaning and truth.

Love, truth, bravery. ‘the more I think about them the more it feels like they’re all talking about a lot of different things put together’ ‘the more I think about them and say them over, the less sense they make’

The wonder of Gaia and Terra (pun) and is there more to the universe than we can conceive us? The tesseract of life. The sounds  of a boy from earth trying to be brave and trying to find the truth’

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And you can do it too






Designing Emma Book Cover




Designing Emma




Designing Emma vol#1





Clarissa Carlyle





romance, contemporary, women's fiction,




Kindle



With her two best friends, Daniel and Damion, at her side, Emma finally feels as if all her dreams are coming true. Her fledgling fashion company, Delacourt Designs, is finding its feet and a love she never imagined is beckoning.

Yet just when Emma’s life seems to be falling into place, it all falls apart on the heels of her father’s alcoholism and gambling addiction. Watching someone she loves tumble into ruin destroys a part of her, and suddenly Emma is faced with a choice that could change everything.

NOTE: This volume has a cliffhanger ending. If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, the boxed set is recommended. It contains all 6 volumes: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UMDL5RW

The ‘old’ rich still have to keep up appearances and thus when down in the cash they don’t invite  people home – and they manage to ‘turn’ their designer dresses into a new dress through clever handiwork – and shop in discount stores far from home.

So Emma lives her life as her father has managed to gamble and drink the family fortune away.

But as we see, Emma has a talent. She can design clothes. And she has 2 friends who can help her set up a business – and so they do – but her father still manages to put a spoke in their wheel.

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