15 Goodreads ‘As Dreams Are Made On’

As Dreams Are Made On

As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 15 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018



(I have now read this several times but could not resist another one.)

OK being totally honest I was unsure about this little book when I first came across it. The title threw me off, not being a big Shakespeare fan I was unaware that it came from ‘The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148โ€“158’ spoken by Prospero. When you know this and discover what he is talking about then this title fits the story perfectly.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Life for Matty is one long deep dream, she is caught between the love of her husband and the love of a handsome stranger. I was hooked from the start. Yes it is like a kind of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story but with a few unexpected twists and turns. I never saw the end coming at all and I am not ashamed to say I cried. I cannot say more without giving away the story, you will just have to buy your own copy and find out for yourselves.

Just as wonderful and exciting as the very first time I read this.

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Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Goodreads ‘Lost for Words’

Lost For WordsLost For Words by Stephanie Butland

Book 14 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

It is actually taking me a little while to get into this book, but I will carry on and come back soon.

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13 Goodreads ‘My Imaginary Menagerie’

My Imaginary Menagerie: Starring Debra the ZebraMy Imaginary Menagerie: Starring Debra the Zebra by Marian Barker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 13 of my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

What a wonderful fun read. I bought and read this to my sisters grandchildren and they adored it. So beautifully rhyming it was really easy for them to remember the names of the characters in each poem.

Of course the star was Debra the Zebra having two poems to herself. I even managed to find a Debra for the children that looked like the one on the book cover. We all liked Brian the Lion, Matt the Bat and a favourite was Russell the Mussel.

A book to share with the whole family, for kids of all ages and the young at heart like myself.

Teddy, I and the children loved this book. Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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12 Goodreads ‘M.I.C.E. and the Stone’

M.I.C.E. and the StoneM.I.C.E. and the Stone by William Coniston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 12 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

This is a truly enjoyable read I would say it would be loved by boys and girls who were competent readers or those in secondary education upwards. Definitely not for children of a sensitive nature as there are some rather frightening scenes in the story and some real evil characters.

The story is about a brother and sister who are given a special stone by their Grandpa which has been passed down through the generations. The stone has special powers and allows the children to hear and communicate with animals specifically a secret organisation, M.I.C.E. ‘Mammals In Co-operation Everywhere’ (I really don’t know why but I had trouble trying to remember that and had to occasionally refer back a few pages.)

Olly and Tilly make some unusual new friends Jess a dog, Liam & Ian some very technically minded mice, Aristotle the badger and several more. The children and animals all come together to stop evil namely Odric and Botwulf who are both rather sinister creatures. Botwulf will stop at nothing to retrieve the stone and raise his master. Hence some very scary parts of the book.

Set around the ancient British coastline of Whitby & north Yorkshire with it’s stormy seas and sinister cliff faces this book makes for an eerie read. Worth checking out.

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03 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

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‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ is my favourite play by William Shakespeare. It is one I have seen countless times in many different forms and guises. Old and traditional, new modern live theatre, ballet, and several versions on TV. The most recent version was a few years ago starring David Walliams & Sheridan Smith, a fun kind of hippy-like version. Very enjoyable.

However, my favourite has to be when I saw a special performance at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire UK. It was so atmospheric. A true memory to treasure.

Hope you enjoyed this little snippet.

Until next time Happy Reading


11 Goodreads (ARC) ‘Beyond Possession’

Beyond Possession (The Afterlife Series Book 4)

Beyond Possession by Deb McEwan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 11 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018


This series is Beyond Imagination

I originally was sent an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book by the lovely Indie Author Deb McEwan who’s writing I am a massive fan of. All her books are well worth checking out. Click the PC icon to visit Deb’s website

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This is Book 4 in the ‘Afterlife Series’ and the series simply gets better and better. The author has certainly upped her game for this one. The previous three books had me so hooked I read them one after the other in just four days. This one is even more fast paced and had me on the very edge of my seat.

All our old favourite characters are here both good and evil with a few more thrown into the big mix. At times it is rather heart-breaking especially as we learn about the loss of a child’s soul into the ether. There are some absolutely horrendous images conjured up too, Sandyโ€™s story really sticks in my mind, the torture that the poor soul has to endure made me put the book aside and do something else so as not to have nightmares.

The author for this series has gone way beyond imagination, the whole series is a real rollercoaster of a read one moment you are on a high laughing then you might dip down so low you end up sobbing your heart out (well if you happen to be a sensitive soul) Finally you may even reach a peek of being totally shocked and almost scared out of your skin. AWESOME I love it.

In the beginning of this book the author gives us a brief insight into the story so far. However, if you have not read the other books in the series I greatly urge you to do so, this by far helps you with the whole story experience.


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Afterlife Series

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