Book Review // The Vatican Games*

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I’m excited to be a part of today’s blog book tour. Today, I am reviewing The Vatican Games by Alejandra Guibert – on the twelfth and final day of the blog book tour hosted by Faye Rogers. It’s been a little while since my last blog book tour, nearly six months to be exact but I’m glad to be back on the reading front. There should be just a few book reviews coming to An Ocean Glimmer in the next couple of months.

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

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The Vatican Games? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Vera is born on the day an apocalyptic revenge is unleashed, annihilating half of the world’s population. Her birth marks the beginning of a new world order run by powerful gaming corporations. A warless existence with no poverty has been secured until this fine balance becomes once more under threat. Vera is the female David to beat Goliath and prevent further devastation. The future lies in her hands. It’s a game that she needs to win.

From the moment I read the title and book bio, I knew I would love this book and I was correct! It’s a little different to what I would normally read but I’m very glad I started and finished this book. For me, the most interesting aspect of the book was the primary location, The Vatican City. The book also brought back memories of visiting when I went to Italy a few years back. What was also interesting was not only the digital age aspect but also the backstory on Vera – I found it to be cleverly woven.

Yes, this book is aimed at YA fiction, but I still enjoyed it – I think there’s still a part of me that loves a good YA fiction! There are so many amazing aspects of this book that all combine to make a brilliant book. The path that Alejandra took me on throughout was amazing! It highlighted how good she is as a writer and how she can provide readers with time to let their imagination take on a journey through a fantasy life. This is my main love for a book, let’s you escape to a different world.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story as I want you to experience it for yourself! All I can say is the apocalypse storyline, along with the relationships between the characters, make this an amazing book.

How about a little about the author, Alejandra Guibert;

I have been writing since a young age and graduated in 1981 as a literary translator. I travelled to Spain following graduation and worked as a translator from 1985 to 1989, mainly for Spanish newspaper El País. I joined theatre company Arte Livre in 1987 and was on tour for three years with the play Olhares de Perfil (Sideways Glance) as a co-writer. The play won a Special Fringe First Award in Edinburgh Festival in 1988 and took part in international theatre festivals throughout Europe.

I moved to London in 1989 and produced and directed three documentaries with First Take before dedicating time to writing prose, whilst working as a translator. I have written for both theatre and film, and my works include both prose and poetry. In 1999, I specialized in subtitling and worked as a subtitler for more than ten years. Since 2008, I have been working solely on literary work. The dystopian novel The Vatican Games is my fourth book of fiction and the first in English.

You can follow Alejandra Guibert on TwitterInstagram
as well as her official website.

There are a lot of bloggers on the book blog tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following Faye on Twitter, as she will be retweeting the reviews. As well as clicking through the links below in the Blog Tour Schedule, there is a range of reviews and excerpts to check out:

Monday 27 January
Befuddled Bookish

Tuesday 28 January
Luna’s Little Library

Wednesday 29 January
Niffler Reads

Friday 31 January
Book Read 2 Day

Saturday 1 February
Books and Cwtches

Sunday 2 February
Jazzy Book Reviews

Monday 3 February
Tome Tender

Tuesday 4 February
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Wednesday 5 February
Belleandthenovel

Thursday 6 February
Big Book Little Book

Friday 7 February
Donna’s Book Blog

Please give some love to Alejandra Guibert and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy The Vatican Games to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) or Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend The Vatican Games.

Also, make sure to follow me on my blog (in the sidebar) and don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Love Gemma x

*Thank you Authoright for hosting The Vatican Games Blog Tour. The eBook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.

 

5 Places I Would Love to Travel to

I have always loved to travel, there’s just something about travelling to a different country that makes me smile! Even though I’m 22 years old, I have only been abroad to three places, Gran Canaria, Majorca and Italy, all within five years. I would love to travel to more places but with money problems, it’s definitely hard too!

Travelling abroad definitely has its perks and reasons for enjoying, Yasmine has pretty much been everywhere but for her, she would always go abroad every year. Where on the flip side for me, I didn’t go abroad until I met her and I went with her family. I thought today I would share with you a couple of places I would love to travel to.

There are some great places in the world and I want to see them! Shall we begin?

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An A-Z of An Ocean Glimmer!

I’m not a very me, me, me person but I do feel that it’s good to get to know the person behind a blog. Recently, I’ve done a few different posts to introduce myself to you, including Things I Love About Motorsports and Things That Make Me Happy. April is turning into the month of getting to know me, Gemma Bray, the girl behind An Ocean Glimmer and today is no different!

At the beginning of this month, I came across An A-Z of Me from Zoe Jackson over at Just Zoe. I fell in love with this post as I found it interesting to pick just one thing that related to each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Now, it seems like a semi-easy thing to do but I’ve got this feeling that when I actually get stuck in, it won’t be that easy… Like right now, I can’t think of anything for the last couple of letters.

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Keeping Memories with Printiki

I am a massive lover of taking photographs, it’s the perfect way to document your life, without it I think I would be lost as it’s lovely having photos to look back on the variety of things you’ve done. Unfortunately, we’re in a world now where I would say printed photos are started to die out, with our phones able to take photos, we are able to store them online. With this though, you always run the risk of losing these images.

I am not a massive fan of having a variety of frames dotted around with images, I prefer having single images stuck on my wall. In my old bedroom, I did have a mosaic of various images, but with moving I had to take all these down. Since moving to Aylesbury, I haven’t been able to decorate my room with photos, I just haven’t had the time to come up with something creative.

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50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag

Today is a little special post, recently I was tagged by the lovely Zoe to do the 50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag. I love tags like these, as it’s the perfect way to get to know each other on more of a personal level! Some of these questions are pretty odd and hopefully, you’ll learn something new about me! When I finished Zoe’s, I fell in love and couldn’t wait to begin my own.

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May Favourites

Is it just me or is 2017 going really quickly!? It’s now June which means another Favourites, let’s see what I’ve been loving during May. When I came home from Italy, the partner and myself saw Fast and Furious 8. I have loved this movie series since he introduced it to me. I love everything it stands for, family and the cars. I will admit, I cried a lot!!

I loved the direction they’ve taken this film in, it’s a lot more about family than the cars. I felt really sorry for Dominic, as he didn’t know what way to turn, in the end it worked out well for everyone. I love the return of Deckard and Owen Shaw, Jason Statham, like yees, I love him. All I’m going to say is you just have to watch this, so I’m not going to give away too much.

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Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to watch Danza Contemporánea de Cuba presented by Dance Consortium at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This opportunity was made possible because I am on the Bloggers Scheme at the Theatre, if you don’t know what this scheme is about, read my short announcement for it here.

We were in for a treat as before the show, we had a Q&A with three of the performers, Laura Rios Curbelo, Claudia Rodriguez Pozo and Norge Cedeño Raffo. It was lovely to meet them, as we got to ask them some interesting questions to know more about them and what they do with Dance ConsortiumDanza Contemporánea de Cuba was founded in 1959, they have become the nation’s flagship contemporary dance troupe.

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Planner Girls Collective // 2017 Bucket List

I’m pleased to say there will be a new weekly segment on An Ocean Glimmer. Along with other Bloggers, we will be chatting about a different topic every Monday. This is a recent group I’ve become a part of through FacebookPlanner Girls Collective was created by The Stationery Geekette aka Emma-Louise Smith.

I’m really excited by the prospects of this group, along with having the opportunity to meet some amazing blogs! The first topic for 2017 is 2016 Planner Overview/Aims for 2017. I thought this was perfect timing, as we are now into January and I should probably set out some goals for this year to make it a special year!

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