Roxy's Rockin' Reads

Hello, my name is Roxanne and I live in sunny Cornwall, UK. I have a very large passion for reading and have done so since I was really little, so you will very rarely see me without a book nearby. I enjoy all sorts of books...Horrors, Mysteries, Thrillers, Erotica, GLBT, Romance, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Fantasy and Sci-Fi...there really isn't much that I won't read.

 

I love animals! I have two beautiful dogs, Eli and Loki which are Husky/Border Collie cross, one very cheeky rabbit called Akemi and the laziest hamster I have ever known, Elvis.

 

As well as reading I love to surf the internet, talk about books, write about books, go to gigs, draw, listen to music and spend time with my family.

 

Feel free to add me as a friend as I enjoy meeting new people, discussing books and comparing reviews.

 

Not all of the books I have read are listed on my profile due to a Facebook app, that I used before Booklikes, crashed and I lost everything...I saved as much as I could :)

 

My Star Ratings System

 

★ - Painful, a struggle, didn't like it at all.

★★ - Not really my thing, could be greatly improved...Meh!

★★★ - It's OK but I've definitely read better.

★★★★ - I really like you <3

★★★★★ - LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

 

 

Reading list

 

 

You can find my Goodreads profile here and my Leafmarks profile here.

Bonds of Fire Review

Bonds of Fire - Sophie Duncan

 

4 STAR RATING


Synopsis


Drekken is a dragon warrior. Bonded to his dragon, Miri, together they lead a squadron of fliers. His fliers respect him, his enemies fear him, his reputation precedes him. Yet, nothing in his life could have prepared Drekken for his greatest challenge: babysitting.

Stranded after a deadly battle, separated from his squadron and Miri, Drekken finds himself the only hope for two young empaths and their nursery group of hatchlings. He must lead them all to safety and, along the way, discover some truths about himself. 

Bonds of Fire is a fantasy novella that contains an m/m romance

...nom nom.

 

 

Dragon

 

My Review

 

 

4 Stars

 

I must say that I very much enjoyed this short story...as that's what it is...a short story, a VERY short story. There was so much packed into this novella that it definitely had the potential to be a full length novel. Even though things were a little crammed in I didn't feel that the romance elements were rushed in any way just that they weren't explored in very much depth. This is a M/M romance novella, however, it is very tame compared to a lot of other stories out there, especially when compared to some of the ones I have read before *blush*. There is no sex, nothing graphic or explicit, just a bit of flirting...perhaps a little kissing, but that's about it. The attraction between the male characters is very obvious and so if a man lusting after another man makes you feel a little queasy then definitely stay away from this one.

I enjoyed this story so much that I would not hesitate reading a sequel if it were to become available, perhaps even three installments that could be put together to make into a full length novel...just some suggestions there *hint* *hint*.

The story itself takes you, the reader, on a wonderful fantasy filled adventure...where there be DRAGONS! I love Dragons...any mystical creature fascinates me and this story has the 'cute' factor, little baby dragons, families made where humans and dragons are combined, love, friendship, compassion and an invitation to brand new, exciting worlds. 

Highly recommended from me...I just wish it was longer.

Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 346 pages.

Visual CBT: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Avy Joseph

'People are disturbed not by things but by their view of things'.

 

Inquisitive Cat

Self Help for Your Nerves

Self Help for Your Nerves - Claire Weekes

4.5 STAR RATING

Now I must admit that I sometimes find it very difficult to give a star rating to a self-help book as actually reading the book is only part of the therapy that it provides. In order to give a fully accurate rating the book would have to be read, the constructive ideas written within the pages followed and carried out wholeheartedly and a realistic amount of time left to pass for recovery. As I have only finished reading this book today I have not had time to really go through the processes that are outlined in this book, therefore, I do not know how much this book will actually have an impact on my life BUT I am willing to work my way through the suggestions.

I borrowed this book from the library (I find some self-help books to be over priced and there are just so many out there that you often don't know exactly what you're buying) so I am not able to refer back to this copy time and time again throughout recovery like this book suggests you do (unless I decide to purchase a copy) and so quite a few of the processes will have to be carried out using memory, which I know isn't often advised.

The reason for my high rating is because I found this book to be completely different to any other self help book that I have read in the past. Often these books outline the same sort of processes so you keep being fed the same sort of information but this book seems to have a more relaxed approach to dealing with stress, anxiety and depression...and in some ways a more realistic approach. It teaches you the methods of 'floating' not 'facing', 'accepting' not 'fighting' and 'comfort' not 'conflict'.

I am definitely not a stranger to anxiety and depression and so for a long time I have been actively searching for ways in which these 'illnesses' can be 'cured' or made less intense. This book has definitely helped me in the sense that it has given me a completely different perspective compared to what I had before reading this book. Stress and depression can cause you to be a lot less open minded than you perhaps used to be and being accepting of new ideas and view points may seem very daunting, however, when ideas are presented in this book Dr Weekes gives examples about how the sufferer may be feeling once presented with an idea (personally I found her to be pretty spot on) and so you are given a sense of relief that someone out there knows what you are going through and that she has helped many people in similar situations.

The book also contains numerous 'Case Studies', where Dr Weekes gives examples of some of her clients, their problems, their emotions, their coping strategies and the feedback that she provides for them. The 'life problems' discussed are very broad and so you may find that one might be similar to your current situation, a situation you have been in or perhaps even a situation that you are frightened you might end up in in the near or distant future.

My retraction of 1/2 a star wasn't because this book has any negative aspects but simply because I am yet to fully explore it's full potential and to put it into practice, as mentioned earlier on in my review.

I find that just knowing that someone is there 'talking to you' and 'guiding' you in the right direction is comforting and kind of relaxing in a way...a helping hand, to turn that frown upside down.

 

 

Smile

Manga Classics: Les Miserables Softcover

Manga Classics: Les Miserables Softcover - Victor Hugo I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Frozen

Frozen - Melissa de la Cruz I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You

The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You - Karyn Hall I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself and Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations, and Parental Alienation

The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself and Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations, and Parental Alienation - Amy J. L. Baker, Mike Bone, Brian Ludmer I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Lover Unknown

Lover Unknown - Ellie Kincade I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

We Are All Completely Fine

We Are All Completely Fine - Daryl Gregory I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction

Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction - Jane Rule, Katherine V. Forrest I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

How Not to Worry: The Remarkable Truth of How a Small Change Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy Life More

How Not to Worry: The Remarkable Truth of How a Small Change Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy Life More - Paul McGee What a great book! I highly recommend it to people who struggle with anxiety and worry. I gave this book such a high rating as I was able to relate to it and I very much took to the dry, sarcastic humour of the author, I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. I liked the activities that were included so you could turn the advice into something more practical to see if it works for you. The 'Hammock Time' was also very good I thought, it allowed self reflection at the end of each chapter. Overall, I was very impressed with this book.

Eats, Shites and Leaves

Eats, Shites and Leaves - Antal Parody A very fun and entertaining read about how crap the English language can be. I read this quite a long time ago but I remember really enjoying it.

The Grandparent's Book

The Grandparent's Book - Miriam Stoppard I borrowed this book from the library for my mum and dad to read but i thought I would read it too so we could all talk about it. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, it is packed full of information for not just grandparents but parents as well. It has sections which answer some probing questions you might have (questions that real people in real situations have asked the author)which I found very helpful. The book covers pretty much everything you would need to know about the child-parent-grandparent relationship, I can't actually think of anything that it might have missed...very thorough. It covers everything from emotions, relationships, financial aid, education, health issues and many other useful topics. I highly recommend this book to all grandparents.

Accidentally On Purpose: A One Night Stand, My Unplanned Pregnancy, And Loving The Best Mistake I Ever Made

Accidentally On Purpose: A One Night Stand, My Unplanned Pregnancy, And Loving The Best Mistake I Ever Made - Mary F. Pols 4 stars!

I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought it was well written, well edited and it kept my interest from beginning to end. This is not the type of book that I usually go for but going through an unplanned pregnancy alone (under different circumstances) I wanted to read something that I might possibly be able to relate to...and in some way I did. The reason why I knocked off a star was because some of the author's decisions made me a bit twitchy eyed...but hey it's each to their own. Overall, I did enjoy this memoir about an unwanted pregnancy after a one night stand and I felt good to be able to follow the journey of a woman in a similar situation as me but from a different world.

Soul Theft

Soul Theft - Shahla Khan I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Kids: The Secrets to Raising Well-Behaved, Contented Children

Happy Kids: The Secrets to Raising Well-Behaved, Contented Children - Cathy Glass I'm currently pregnant with my first child and so I have no experience with children yet, because of this I thought this book may help. I just can't put my finger on why in some areas this book just wound me up. It took me quite a while to get through as reading it felt very heavy...like being a parent is a massive chore and you'll have nothing but problems. Perhaps this was a bit too one sided for me, however, there are some great pointers in here so it wasn't a complete waste of time. I'll be sticking to her true life stories in the future.

Currently reading

Visual CBT: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Avy Joseph
Progress: 7/346pages
Free Yourself From Fears with NLP: Overcoming Anxiety and Living Without Worry by Joseph O'Connor
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) by James Dashner