Monday, 16 November 2015

Sad News...........

Hey Everyone,

It's with a heavy heart that I must tell you that I going to have to shut this blog down, I'm hoping it will only be temporary until the new year but really can't say one way or another right now.

Sadly, I just don't seem to have either the time or the drive to keep it going at the moment, I'm in a major blogging slump and am struggling to find the motivation to write any reviews of any kind of good quality at the moment which is also beginning to affect my love of reading. There are so many wonderful books out there that I want to read but due to the nature and pressures of book blogging I just don't have the time to read which is upsetting in itself.

Add in the complication of increased bad health at the moment and family commitments at this time of year my time is so limited that something had to give and sadly the only workable answer for me was to shut the blog for a while.

I have enjoyed the time I have spent creating this blog and the time I've spent getting to know many of you and I really hope that this is not the end for Gizzimomo's Book Shelf. I will continue to leave reviews, although they wont be as in depth as they are here, on GoodReads so please feel free to friend me there or follow my reviews and if you would like to continue to keep in touch then also please feel free to Facebook friend me using THIS LINK, you are all more than welcome to do so.

Hopefully this is just a temporary goodbye but for now that is what I must say to the book blogesphere......

Keep safe and keep reading!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW - Wars Of The Roses #3: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

Wars Of The Roses #3: Bloodline
by Conn Iggulden
24th September 2015
Penguin UK - Michael Joseph
Historical Fiction
Find/Buy From:
Book Source:
From the publisher, Penguin, via Netgalley for review purposes only.
 (I have never been, nor will I ever be, in any way compensated for my reviews. I have added this disclaimer in the interests of full disclosure!)

About The Book: 
(From GoodReads)

Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city.

 King Henry VI is still held prisoner.

His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons.

Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king.

Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it.

About The Author:

Conn IgguldenI was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. In truth, I can’t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives. I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers’ room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.

My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories – with dates. My great-grandfather was a Seannachie, so I suppose story-telling is in the genes somewhere. My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited ‘Vitai Lampada’ with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.

I’ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O’Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Hamilton or Wilbur Smith. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

That’s about it for the moment. If you’d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me @Conn_Iggulden. I’ll leave it there for the moment. If you’ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already. There’s no point overdoing it.

You can find out more about Conn Iggulden at the following sites:
Official Website - Facebook - Twitter

Other Books In The Series:

The first three book in The Wars Of The Roses are out now but the fourth and final book is due out next year (2016)

My review of Stormbird can be found HERE.
My review of Trinity can be found HERE.  

 My Thoughts On The Book: 

 'A page-turning thriller'  
Mail on Sunday

The Plot Of The Story: 
Wowsers! These books just get better and better with each and every book!

Finally in this book we catch up with the more well known portion of The War Of Roses as Edward of York becomes king and takes widowed Elizabeth Woodville as his wife. Slowly the Woodville family begins to insinuate themselves into every corner of the crown, much to the disgust of Warwick, the Kingmaker.

Margaret of Anjou is still on the scene and still fighting for her husband's crown even while her husband is captured and locked away by the new king. Fleeing back to France she soon finds herself with a new ally..... in turncoat Warwick when he decides that he has had enough of the Woodville threat to the throne and the fall of his Neville family.

  What Is There To Love?
Would it be wrong to say spymaster Derry Brewer..... again? Yes? Well I don't care...... he may not have been a real person but as a fictional man he brings the story into a different kind of light each time he's on the page. How Brewer is still even alive is beyond me but I am sincerely glad that he is as the books will be the poorer without him.

Apart from Derry Brewer this book is all about the characters and the way they are brought in vivid and rich life. Iggulden is so good at bringing these people out and making each and every one charismatic and intriguing for the reader, each person written into the story brings out some kind of emotion for me.... granted they may not always be of the nice kind as some of the characters are just awful people but that emotional link to them helps bring the story together and gives you a sense of knowing these people whether you like them or not. The ongoing characters from the previous books are all growing and evolving and the evolution that Warwick in particular goes through in this book is brilliantly done, his story is harsh one but it's been expertly handled.

The other thing to love is just the way that this book has been written and how Iggulden has brought this famous and well-written about tale to life, how he has envisioned the tale and told it in the way that he thought sounded true and realistic.... and I believe what he has written. It is genuinely gripping and intense stuff and it's just been amazingly treated.

What Is There To Dislike?
Elizabeth Woodville..... in this book the portrayal of Elizabeth Woodville is unlike anything I've read before, usually she's portrayed as more of a heroine but here she is seen as conniving and really does seem to be intent on getting her claws into the new king so she get her raise her whole family into power. I really did not like this version of Elizabeth or the rest of her family either if I'm honest but I can see the truths in portraying them in this fashion as it has been hinted at in other stories, depending on from which character the story is told of course.

Apart from that there is nothing at all that I disliked about this book, or this series even.

  How's The Writing?
Impeccable as always with Conn Iggulden's work. He has a real knack of bringing these kind of books into life in a new way and making them feel true to the time and as realistic as you could imagine. This is a brutal war and the story really does reflect that, the politics of the time are depicted perfectly for me. The feel for the time that get from the book is epic, you really do get transported back in a time long gone by and Iggulden makes you feel almost as if you are there with his wonderful descriptive work, and it really is intensely descriptive work. Iggulden brings a real depth to the story it's intense and horrific at times but it is a sight to be seen!

The world building here, is wonderfully crafted and as I said the feel you get for the time period is excellent. Over the course of the three books so far we've been given a true and intensive glimpse into a world where death and intrigue were everyday parts of life in court and out of it.

The pacing here is also magnificent, it's fast and fierce which ramps up the excitement factor. The timing of the story is perfect and keeps the reader engaged throughout, well it kept me completely engaged with the story anyway and I was impressed with how much I DIDN'T want to the book down..... at all!

Character-wise his book is epic, the characters are the stars of the show as usual despite the fact they are based on what history tells us is the truth about the people and the times and Iggulden has done the best job to make them as real, deep and intense as possible while putting his own spin on things and it's so well done, I love it.  It's the individual authors take on these historical times and how each author brings them life in different way that makes historical fiction so much for me and how I am able to read so many books based on the same points in time and still learn something new from each of them without ever getting bored.

Final Thoughts:
Bloodline is a fine addition to The Wars Of Roses and now all hopes turn to the fourth and final book as Iggulden brings the war of two families to a close while introducing us to hi version of the early Tudors and it's something I cannot wait for. This series is seriously spectacular and I highly recommend them to absolutely EVERYONE! If there is one historical series to read then it has to be Conn Iggulden's Wars Of The Roses! You will NOT regret it!

 See you next time!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

STACKING THE SHELVES - 7th November 2015

Hey Everyone!

I'm linking up again with Tynga's Reviews and Stacking The Shelves, so what have I got to show you guys!


Mai’s plans for a weekend of cosplay fun and games at Fan Expo come to a screeching halt when a smokin’ hot fae with a vendetta against her father decides the best revenge is claiming her for his own.

Her father cost Ryuu everything: his home, his family…and his mate. Ryuu wants his pound of flesh, and he’s willing to take it out of Mai’s hide, bite by sensuous bite.

While she’s quick to bare her teeth and snap at Ryuu’s gentling hand, she sheathes her claws once he offers her secrets about her life and her father that rock the foundation of her world.

Caught between Ryuu’s tender persistence and her father’s iron will, Mai’s not sure who to trust, but before it’s all over this kitsune will show them both why she’s one stone-cold fox.

This was a no-brainer request from Netgalley for me as I loved Hailey Edwards Black Dog series as followers of this blog know. I knew this series was coming so when Stone Cold Fox appeared I had to read it!

Stone Cold Fox is out now!


Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he's been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai's dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people - and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene's mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it's always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

In a weird twist of fate I had literally just started reading the first book in The Invisible Library series when book 2 appeared on Netgalley. As I was enjoying what I was reading I thought I'd give book 2 a go and was thrilled to be approved.

The Masked City is out on December 23rd 2015.


They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

This was another no-brainer Netgalley choice for me as I totally adored the first book Catch Me If I Fall and have been waiting, really impatiently I might add, for the second book to be available for review. It's here and I've been approved for it and I cannot wait to see where things go next for Daniel and Kayla.

Find Me If You Dare is out December 1st 2015.


So that's all for this time ....... have you read any of the books mentioned or do you have impressions on them that you want to share with me? If so, what did you think..... I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

BOOK REVIEW - Rogues Of The Republic #3: The Paladin Caper by Patrick Weekes

Rogues Of The Republic #3: The Paladin Caper
by Patrick Weekes
27th October 2015
Fantasy - Humorous
Find/Buy From:
Book Source:
From the publisher, 47North, via Netgalley and for review purposes only
 (I have never been, nor will I ever be, in any way compensated for my reviews. I have added this disclaimer in the interests of full disclosure!)

About The Book: 
(From GoodReads) 

A thief’s good deeds are never done.

Loch and her crew are determined to stop the ancients from returning to reclaim the world they once ruled, but a kidnapped friend throws their plans awry. When a desperate rescue turns into a shocking reunion, the ancients return and seize power. Determined to stop them, Loch and the crew look for a way to close the gate to the ancients’ world, but this time, they find themselves up against an enemy that has insinuated itself into the highest ranks of the Republic. Cruel, cunning, and connected, the ancients target the crew’s families and histories, threatening to tear friendships apart.

If that weren’t bad enough, Loch must deal with her treacherous assassin sister, her turncoat ancient friend, and a daemon who has sworn to hunt her to the ends of the earth. In order to save the Republic and pull off her largest con ever, Loch will need her friends…and maybe her enemies too.

About The Author:  

Patrick WeekesPatrick Weekes grew up in California and attended Stanford University, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. After attempting to be deep and profound, he discovered that he much prefers to write quippy banter, swashbuckling fight scenes, and parody song lyrics. He has sold stories containing the first two elements to several anthologies and magazines.

Patrick currently works at the award-winning video-game company BioWare, on the team that created the critically acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy. He is constantly amazed at being surrounded by such incredibly talented people, and also at having gotten the chance to write the aforementioned parody song lyrics for space aliens as part of his day job. 

You find out more about Patrick and his other work on the following sites:
GoodReads - Facebook - Wikipedia - Twitter

 Other Books In The Rogues Of The Republic Series:

 All three books are out right now and I have reviewed the first two books:
My review of The Palace Job can be found HERE.
My review of The Prophecy Con can be found HERE.

 My Thoughts On The Book: 
(May contain minor spoilers to the first two book so read at your own peril!) 

'A thief’s good deeds are never done.' 

The Plot Of The Story:
Oh my gosh, I swear that this series just gets better and better the further it gets along!

Loch and the gang are back for their third outing and this time it really is life and death for them all as the Ancients are trying to force their way back into the world and anyone who's read the previous book will know who the ringleader for the Ancient's assault on the world is is and I really don't want to say more on the matter without giving the whole thing away but it's a MAJOR blow for the team.

Can Loch and her friends prevent the Ancients from taking over the world while fighting Loch's assassin sister and a demon containing the soul of Loch's worst enemy who's determined to see her as dead as can be? Well, what do you think?

 The plot of the book is amazing and it really shows what the team in made of when one of their own turns on them and endangers all of their lives. You get to see a new side of each of them as they fight their feeling on the matter and all of the growing feeling for each other at the same time. It's a massive twist to the dynamics of the group to have one of them betray the rest and is been brilliantly present by Patrick Weekes who shows what a real talent he has.
  What Is There To Love?
As with the first two book again this books main focal point and the very best thing about the book are those characters, they are growing immensely with every book, each are showing new and interesting facets to their evolving characters, especially Ululenia, who's growth is more than just a mental one as with her is physical too as she goes through the changes that her actions have caused and it's those changes, the slow and dangerously black transformations caused by the growing darkness within, that are making her the most fascinating character to read at the moment for me. Don't get me wrong, the other character are also showing real signs of intriguing growth and I must admit to being totally enamoured by the bittersweet and growing romance between Tern and Hessler, it's so cuuuuute...... also the flirting betweeen Kail and Desidora is also verging on the adorable too. Loch and Pyvic are still evolving as a couple but seem to spend too much time apart to get the same sweetness flowing between them. These romances are fitting in well with the rest of the plotlines and not overtaking the action in any way which is a major plus point for me.

 The world building and background mythology is also something to love and be impressed with as it unfolds and expands as we learn more about the Ancients and their previous time in the world. Fantastic work!

What Is There To Dislike?
Nothing but the rumours that this is a trilogy, even though I can find nothing to confirm or deny this. I hope that the rumour is wring at that there are many more adventures to come for the gang as I feel they have a lot more work to do!

  How's The Writing?
Wonderful, Weekes style is advancing with each book and every book seems to be better than the last. He has a simple and understandable style with a great mix of the break-neck action and humour to die for, it's light reading but not fluffy in any sense making it just light and fun while being fast moving and action packed enough to keep every reader engaged and entranced by the book.

The characterisations are fantastic, each character shows more growth than the previous book and now in book three the reader really does feel like they know these character really well and can begin to second guess what they are going to do or feel and that great sense of familiarity that makes this book more special than those that have gone before.

The world-building and background mythology are also expanding nicely and we get to learn more about the world that Loch and the gang live in with this book. The world is beginning to feel like a second home by now and it all adds to my feelings towards the series. 

Final Thoughts:
This series is a genuine gem and I am so glad I took a chance on the first book and gave it a read as if I hadn't I would have missed out on a brilliant series and an author worthy of close watching in the future. I will be hoping and praying that there are more books to come and if there are I WILL be first in line to read them as this is a series I truly love and would recommend to fantasy fans who likes their book with a large injection of humour.

Try this series, you won't regret it, I surely haven't!

 See you next time!

Sunday, 1 November 2015


Hi Everyone,

So it's time for the round-up of all my posts from October, can you believe it's nearly Christmas again already? Its been a reasonably busy month although I've been going through a bit of a blogging slump over the last few weeks, hopefully things will pick up soon though.

 October 1st:
BOOK REVIEW - The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris


The first review of October was for The Gospel Of Loki, a phenomenal book by Joanne M. Harris that I highly recommend to anyone and everyone!


October 2nd:
September 2015 Round-Up Post

This was the Round Up Post for September..... lots to see here!


October 3rd:
NOVELLA REVIEW - The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5: Sideswiped by Kim Harrison

This was a novella review for my first foray into the world of Kim Harrison with the prequel to her new Peri Reed Chronicles, Sideswiped.... and it was excellent!


October 5th:
BOOK REVIEW - The Peri Reed Chronicles #1: The Drafter by Kim Harrison


This was the book review for the first book in Kim Harrison's Peri Reed Chronicles and I loved it so much!


  October 7th:
NOVELLA/BOOK REVIEW - The Worldwalker Trilogy #1.5: Rowan and #02: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini

This was a double novella and book review for the last two releases by Josephine Angelini in the novella of Rowan, telling the stry of Lily's arrival in Rowan's world told through Rowan's eyes and Book 3 in the series Firewalker, that continues Lily's story. ------------------------------------------------------------------

October 10th:
STACKING THE SHELVES - 10th October 2015

The first of October Staking The Shelves posts with some lovely new books!


October 14th:
BOOK REVIEW - Peter Grant #5: Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

This time I went back to one of my favourite current series with a review of book 5 in the Peter Grant series and Foxglove Summer by the incredibly talented Ben Aaronovitch..... this book is just AMAZING!


October 17th:
STACKING THE SHELVES - 18th Otober 2015

Another Stacking The Shelves here and lots more yummies to show you!


 October 20th:
TOP TEN TUESDAY - 10 Wishes From The Book Genie

This was the first Top Ten Tuesday post of the month and this weeks one was about what our wishes from the Book Genie would be! Great fun!


October 22nd:
BOOK REVIEW - A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

This was a review of A Thousand Nights which was a book I thought I'd love but that I found a little lacking identity. Imaginative but not really for me sadly.


October 24th
STACKING THE SHELVES - 24th October 2015

Another Stacking The Shelves and even more new books to join my ever growing collection!


October 26th:
BOOK REVIEW - Rogues Of The Republic #1: The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The first of a set of three review of the entire series of Rogues Of The Republic released so far (there's still one to be posted yet!). This was my review of the first book, The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes and I really enjoyed it.


  October 29th:
BOOK REVIEW - Rogues Of The Republic #2: The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes

This was the review of Patrick Weekes' second book in his Rogues Of The Republic series, The Prophecy Con and this book was even better that the first book!


So that's the recap of all the post on Gizzimomo's Book Shelf during October and I hope there is something among them to tickle your fancy.

I'll be back at the beginning of November for another round-up post so I'll see you then!