These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Review: The Pharaoh's Cat

The Pharaoh's Cat The Pharaoh's Cat by Maria Luisa Lang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Pharaoh’s Cat was a brilliant little read, one I thoroughly enjoyed. I know I have given it three stars, but I did have a massive internal debate about whether to give it three or four stars. Three stars won out in the end for a handful of reasons, which I will go on to explain shortly, but it was so close to being a four star read that I know many others will not hesitate to give it the four star rating.

The Pharaoh’s Cat is a very simple story, yet it has so much to it. It is more than a simple story of a cat: it’s about friendship and love, the impact actions can have on other people, and so many other messages pertaining to how your actions can change lives. These messages, however, are not screamed at you throughout: they’re interwoven into a wonderful storyline that mixes together historical fiction and magic, giving you a sweet little story that spans thousands of years.

Told from the perspective of the cat, The Pharaoh’s Cat is made up of many amusing moments. In both ancient Egypt and modern day New York, we get to watch as the mystery surrounding our walking talking cat is solved. Throughout, we encounter numerous interesting characters and watch many wonderful scenes unfold. It really does pull you in, leaving you unwilling to put the book down for any period of time. Being such a short read, it’s more than possible to complete this one in a single sitting.

Such is what dropped it down to three stars for me, though. Whilst it was a wonderful quick read, I felt as though it needed to be a little longer. I feel as though some of the events were glossed over, that things happened too quickly, and we didn’t quite get the connections with some of the characters as we could have due to the speed at which the story progressed. I wanted more of the world, I wanted to spend more time watching adorable scenarios unfold, and I wanted events to be more mysterious. As it was, things came in quick succession and there wasn’t quite the shock factor with certain events as there could have been. Yes, I enjoyed all that occurred; however, I would have liked the story to have been a bit longer to have provided a bit more depth.

Overall, though, it was a wonderful read. I had a lot of fun with it – and, as I said, it was very nearly a four star rating. It left me super excited to read the next book, leaving me with the belief that book two will easily earn a four star rating.

As a final note, I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

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