Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

wp-1488892121012.jpeg“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss… ”

This is the second time within a year that I have read this book and I am not disappointed. How is it that you can read the same book within a close proximity to each other and still see it differently each time? It’s amazing. I only read this book last year because it was the only Harry Potter book that I hadn’t read and it became my favourite. This may possibly have been because I was reading it as an adult and knew roughly was going to happen because of the films and the other books, which I had read, so I already felt like I was reading it for a second time with an all knowing eye. My enjoyment of this book, made me fall back in love with this series and made me want to re-read the whole entire series again, but this time doing it right for the first time.

I was apprehensive re-reading this book again so close, but boy was I wrong to be nervous. It felt so much better reading this book this time around. Because I was doing right and I had just read Book 1 and 2 in the series already, the story carried on and it flowed that much better. All the little jokes, although deep within me made sense the first time around, didn’t need any thinking, which made me enjoy them so much. There was just so much more that I just picked up on and because of this, made the story that much more special.

This is one of the books where there is so much more in the book that is just left out of the movies, so if you decide to read this, you uncover so many more layers. The most simplest of things, such as, who wrote and created the Map that Fred and George gave to Harry. The names are so clearly there for all to see, in both movie and book, it made me feel like I had been so ignorant when I had been watching the film’s before for not noticing them before because of how obvious they were and I had to have them explained to me so clearly.

I loved everything about this book, and this is one of those few books that definitely did live up to and exceed the hype that surrounded it. The characters that you already know and love are growing up slowly and you can see it happening and I only wish that I read them in the right order so I could’ve seen that more clearly. You can see that the style of the book is growing as the age of not only the characters are growing older, but the age of the readers are also growing older alongside the characters. This is shown with the writing style and the language that takes a darker turn and with there being a more complex storyline to follow. The book is also bigger in size, as there is more of a story to tell, requiring the reader to have more determination to read and finish this book. I loved it!

I would definitely recommend this book and this ENTIRE series to everybody and to anybody who wishes to go on an adventure. I would say to start off with the first book Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and make your way through the series in the correct order, regardless if you’ve already read them because re-reading them now as an adult are way more enjoyable now, than when I was a child. These books are NOT just for children and are fantastic reads. You will not regret it. Enjoy!!! 5 out of 5 stars.

5 Stars

To Be Read: April 2017

I failed my TBR last month so I may be a little bit more cautious when selecting how many and what books I will choose to read for the month of April. I was sad to not read any Harry Potter books last month, especially considering I am in the middle of rereading the Harry Potter series. So my goal this month is to definitely include and to hopefully read at least two Harry Potter books. So let’s see what books I’m hoping to read during April…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, #3 – J.K. Rowling

Of course I’m including the book I sadly failed to read last month, the first being the third book in the Harry Potter series. I can’t wait to reread them all in the correct order this time.

Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transportation for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.”

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry’s tea leaves… But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss…”

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, #4 – J.K. Rowling

This is the other book that I sadly failed to read last month, even though it was on my TBR list. But, if I’m being honest, I didn’t think I would actually read and finish this book during March, but hopefully April will be different.

“There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways… their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.”

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!”

The Judas Game.jpgThe Judas Game, #4 – Ethan Cross

The Shepherd series is one of my favourite murder, thriller series and I just love it! This is the fourth book in the series, plus there’s even a prequel novella. The best part about this series, for me anyway, is the villain. Is that wrong? This series has the most amazing villain I have ever read. I have been waiting so long for this sequel to come out and now I can’t wait to read it.

“When a correctional officer climbs to the top of his watchtower and opens fire on the inmates and guards, federal investigator Marcus Williams and serial killer Francis Ackerman Jr. mustjoin forces again to unearth the truth behind the incident. What they find is a serial killer using the prison as his hunting grounds. But the Judas Killer’s ambitions don’t end with a fewmurders. He wants to go down in history and has no reason left to live. With Ackerman undercover among the inmates and Marcus tracking down the mastermind on the outside, the team must learn the identity of the Judas Killer and stop a full-scale uprisingthat he’s orchestrated. But the more they learn about what’s happening at the prison and why the more enemies they must face. From inside the overrun facility, Marcus and Ackermanmust save the hostages and stop an elaborate escape attempt while trying to determine how a rival corporation, the leader of one of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations, andan inmate with no identity only known as Demon fit into the Judas Killer’s plans. Launching a bold new cycle of novels featuring The Shepherd Organization, The Judas Game is searing, mesmerizing fiction it’s Ethan Cross at his very best.”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.jpgMe & Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

I’ve had this book for a while, and I keep telling myself that I’m going to read it but other books keep getting in the way. So now I’m putting it down so I will have to read it, especially as it’s meant to be a good read as well. Sad and emotional, but funny as well.

“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”

April TBR.jpgI’m going to play it safe and leave it at just those four as the books I plan on reading during the month of April, considering last months lack of reading, and if I read anything extra then that’s a bonus. I think I’m the most excited about this months TBR and can’t wait to get started on them. Bring on the books 😀

What are you planning on reading during April? What is your biggest TBR book you currently own but haven’t read?

March Book Haul – 2017

I haven’t bought books in a while, because I am a bit of a slow reader, but this month I have a bit of a big haul, considering my previous months. I have also been lucky enough to have won a good couple of Goodreads Giveaways and the books have arrived during the month of March, so they will also be included in this Haul. I will be dividing them up into the books I won and the books I bought, that way I don’t have to keep repeating myself with each of the books. So what books have I received or bought this month. . .

Books I Bought During March: Books Bought.jpg Each of theses books were purchased in a second hand shop. Seriously, how can you say no to some cheap books!! It’s impossible. So I came away with quite a few.

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Our Song – Dani Atkins

One of the books I selected was Our Song by Dani Atkins. The cover first attracted me to this book, it just looks so good. It reminds me instantly of winter and Christmas, with the blue, the white and the lights at the top. Here is Goodreads Description of this book and you can see what you think and if this sounds like the type of book you’d like to read;

“This is the story of Ally and Charlotte, whose paths have intersected over the years though they’ve never really been close friends. Charlotte married Ally’s ex and first true love, David. Fate is about to bring them together one last, dramatic time and change their lives forever.”

This isn’t my usual type of book but I am actually looking forward to reading it, as it sounds different to your usual Romance books.

Alice In Zombieland

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) – Gena Showalter

There is only one reason and one reason only that I bought this book is because of how much I loved Alice (Chronicles of Alice) by Christina Henry. Then when I saw this book, I just got excited. So I bought it without even looking at the description. So let’s see what Goodreads Description is together;

“She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.”

Cujo.jpgCujo – Stephen King

I was actually so excited to buy this book!! I am a massive Stephen King fan, and have a growing collection of his books, so I was glad to add this book to my collection. I knew roughly what it was about and the condition was almost brand new and unread.

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole – a cave inhabited by sick bats. What happens to Cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inexorably drawing in all the people around him makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has written.”

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders – Gyles Brandreth

This book I bought because it really intrigued me. I have read several books by Oscar Wilde and when I was firstly attracted to this book buy it’s cover and then found out what it was about, I had to buy it. It just seemed like something so intriguing and something a little extra to fans or people who like Oscar Wilde’s and even Arthur Conan Doyle works. I’m really interested to see how this book turns out, especially considering I just found out that this is Book 1 in The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries.

Oscar Wilde, celebrated poet, wit, playwright and raconteur is the literary sensation of his age. Yet when he chances across the naked corpse of 16-year-old Billy Wood, he cannot ignore the brutal murder. With the help of fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle he sets out to solve the crime.” 

The Muse.jpg The Muse – Jessie Burton

I have seen this book popping up everywhere and I have fallen in love with it’s cover. Like seriously! Look at how beautiful this cover is. This was purely a cover buy. Now let’s see what this gorgeous book is about.

“A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .”

The King’s General – Daphne Du MaurierThe King's General.jpg

I own but haven’t read Daphne’s other novel, Rebecca, but it is meant to be good and it is on my ever growing TBR list. So when I saw this book, by the same author, I had to pick it up, even if it takes me a while to get to it.

“Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless – and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone. As the English Civil war is waged across the country, Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, and Honor remains true to him.

Decades later, an undaunted Sir Richard, now a general serving King Charles I, finds her. Finally they can share their passion in the ruins of her family’s great estate on the storm-tossed Cornish coast-one last time before being torn apart, never to embrace again.”

the Da Vinci Code.jpgThe Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

I already owned and ready this book, but I had to rebuy it because I lent it out and it came back DAMAGED!! 😦 It’s been irritating me for a while, so I finally bought  newish used copy, because I actually enjoy reading this book.

“An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.

While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.”

So those are the books I have bought this month! It’s only seven, so that’s fine. It’s not as many as I thought and the best part is that with them all combined, they probably didn’t cost me more than £3!! :O Amazing!..

Books I Received During A Goodreads Giveaway:
goodreads.jpgI have been lucky lately and I have won and received quite a few books, thanks to Goodreads, the authors and the publishers. So let’s see which books I have been lucky enough to have won.

devour.jpgDevour – L.A. Larkin

I love a good thriller so I was so glad when I won this book, especially considering all of the reviews by great authors such as Peter James.

“Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew about the catastrophe they were about to unleash.
Welcome to the high octane world of Olivia Wolfe,
As an investigative journalist, Wolfe lives her life in constant peril. Hunted by numerous enemies who are seldom what they first seem, she must unravel a complex web of lies to uncover an even more terrifying truth.
From the poppy palaces of Afghanistan and Antarctica’s forbidding wind-swept ice sheets, to a top secret military base in the Nevada desert, Wolfe’s journey will ultimately lead her to a man who would obliterate civilisation. She must make an impossible choice: save a life – or prevent the death of millions.”

spontaneousSpontaneous – Aaron Starmer

Out of the four books that I have won and received this month, I was the most excited about this book. This copy I received is an Uncorrected Proof copy, which only added to the excitement. I have already read this book this month and wrote a review, that’s how excited I was, which I will link below in case you would like to check that out.

“Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .”

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Frailty – Betsy Reavley

This is one of those times when you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. At least I’m hoping because it’s sounds really good and it’s something I wouldn’t have been something I would have picked up on my own, because of the cover. Which is something I know I shouldn’t be doing, but I do a lot.  What’s even more special about this book, is that it’s signed by the author! So it’s doubly special, as I get to discover the hidden story within the pages, and I received a signed book 🙂

“How far would you go to protect your family?
Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare.

When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.

Will they ever find Hope?”

dragons Green.jpgDragon’s Green – Scarlett Thomas

This book just screams excitement and adventure in some mysterious world. At least that’s what this cover is screaming at me, with it’s bold colours, the mysterious kingdom in the background and the fact that this book even GLOWS IN THE DARK!! You’re not going to miss this book and you’re not going to want to, as it sounds like this book as so much within it.

“Some people think opening a book is a simple thing.
It’s not.
Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book.
You can.
Especially you.

After the worldquake, magic is seeping into our world

Effie Truelove is a new pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange, with its twisted grey spires and an English teacher so frightening she gives the class nightmares.

When her beloved grandfather is brutally attacked, Effie promises to look after his magical books. But when shady book-collector Leonard Levar gets his hands on them and Effie has to embark on the most dangerous adventure of her life . . .

Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld, unlock the hidden meaning of an old book called Dragon’s Green, and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

But Effie can’t face the Diberi alone. Can her new school-friends Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven combine their gifts and discover their true powers in time?”

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So these are all of the books I have bought or won during the month of March. I do say this every month, but I am not going to be buying more books until I have read a good chunk of my current ones, especially as I have nowhere to put them anyways, as my bookcases are full. That with me unhauling a lot of my old books during the month.

So what books have you bought this month? Or are you looking forward to reading? Let me know below 😀

March Wrap Up – 2017

I would love to say that I succeeded in my first ever Month TBR prediction for the month of March, but sadly March was a slow month for me. I had originally wanted to read 5 books, but only thinking I would manage to read 4 of them, but I only actually successfully read 3 of my chosen books, which were the three of the smallest of the books, plus an additional which was an audiobook. I have already posted my reviews for each of these books, so I will be posting the book, the details, a link to my review and providing a description of what each of these books are about. So which books did I read?

To Die ForTo Die For by Alice Clark-Platts is a Short Story that I downloaded and listened to thanks to Audible. This is particular story was read by Rachel Bavidge.

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Inspector Martin is called to the scene the next. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy’s life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.”

 

Glass Sword ReviewThe first physical book I read this month was Glass Sword (Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard. This is the sequel to Red Queen and comes before the recently released, King’s Cage (Book 3).

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

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I also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart this month, which was definitely the book that took me the most by surprise this month, out of them all.

“We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

You decide.“

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This is the last book that I read during the month of March and it is the book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway! The last book I read during March was an Uncorrected Proof copy of Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer.

“Mara’s senior year is proving to be a lot less exciting than she’d hoped, until the day – KABAM! – Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to explode without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason, while the students continue to pop like balloons. But if bombs or terrorists or a government conspiracy aren’t to blame, what is?

With the help of her oldest friend, her new boyfriend, a power ballad and a homemade disco ball, will Mara make it to graduation in one piece? It’s going to be one hell of a year, where the only test is how to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worst thing you can do . . .”

That sums up my reading and audio month of March. So that’s been my first TBR and first Wrap Up posts and they weren’t as bad as I was expecting, except for the disappointment of not meeting my March TBR list. Maybe my April TBR will be better and it is definitely something I want to keep doing.

What books have you been reading lately?

Book Review: Spontaneous – Aaron Starmer

wp-1488893370918.jpeg*I was lucky enough to win an Uncorrected Proof Copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, so I would first like to say thank you for choosing me as one of the winners.*

“Mara Carlyle’s senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc.

Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last teenager to blow up without warning or explanation. As the seniors continue to pop like balloons and the national eye turns to Mara’s suburban New Jersey hometown, the FBI rolls in and the search for a reason is on.

Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It’s an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, “Snooze Button™,” Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you’ve ever heard from the President of the United States.

Aaron Starmer rewrites the rulebook with Spontaneous. But beneath the outrageous is a ridiculously funny, super honest, and truly moving exemplar of the absurd and raw truths of being a teenager in the 21st century . . . and the heartache of saying goodbye.”

When I read the premise of this book I was so excited and even more so when I won this book on Goodreads and was eager to read it. It’s not every day you read a book about teenagers/young adults just spontaneously combusting, so this definitely had me intrigued. There were some really good and enjoyable aspects to this book. This book did make me laugh, in certain parts, considering that this is a book about 17/18 year olds randomly exploding, so it’s good to have those little light hearted parts in this book. Trust me, I got some weird looks off my mum when she saw my me reading this book, which she knew was about exploding people, and randomly chuckling every now and again. Yeah, she thinks I’m kind of weird.

However, I was disappointed when it came to actually reading Spontaneous as a whole. I was expecting something more or something different, but this book just let me down and disappointed me. When it came to the development of the characters in this book, it was very sloppy and poorly done. This book is told from a first persons perspective, told from the point of view of the character Mara Carlyle, who witnesses a lot of these combustions. Considering the vast number of characters in this book, we maybe get three main characters, and a couple of additional characters who also play essential parts in the story. It is hard to therefore get strong character development on all of these characters, but even the main three characters, Mara, Tess and Dylan, I don’t believe that they had a strong enough development throughout the whole book. And the most disappointing part of the whole book is that YOU DON’T GET ANY ANSWERS at the end! It basically tells you to make up your own mind, literally. Plus, it gives you an ending where you can interpret two ways.

I was so hoping to enjoy this book way more than I actually did and all of the potential was there with the initial storyline. I think that disappointment just let this book down as I had built up this hype in my own mind. For this I am going to give this book, 2.5 stars, for the let down, the frustration, but it wasn’t the worse book I’ve read. It had so much potential!

2.5 Stars

Book Review: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

wp-1488929385768.jpegA beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

I went into reading this book, completely and utterly oblivious to what this book was about whatsoever! All I knew was the title and that I had seen it popping up here and again, so I wanted to see why this book was so popular. Sometimes, I love to just dive into a book that I have no idea what it’s about. I haven’t read the description, any reviews, nothing. Just taking the cover and the title and going for it. Have you ever done that? Because that’s exactly what I did when it came to this book and I will admit that it was different to what I was expecting. Honestly, I don’t really know what I was expecting if I’m being honest.

I will admit that there were parts of this book that were a little bit blah when I was reading it. It felt like I was reading some ramblings or something and I wasn’t that keen to keep reading. It felt like a chore, which is sad because it’s only a short book, at about 200 odd pages. But then I didn’t want to put the book down and I became engrossed and felt as though I was involved in the mystery of the story. I wanted to discover the truth, just like Cady. But believe me, I was completely shocked by what I discovered towards the end of the book. That kind of ending is either cleverly or poorly executed, in order to surprise the reader and I was completely surprised and I think in this case it was cleverly done. I felt so stupid for not realising and uncovering the truth for myself, because once I knew, parts were obviously hinted at. It’s now making me want to re-read the book again, as soon as I finished it tbh, to see if I can now see the plot better and spot what so clearly put in place for the readers, especially knowing what I now know. But also to see all the ways to see where the author tried to trick the reader, seeing if I can spot any inconsistencies.

I don’t want to give too much away when it comes to this book, because I am glad that I went into it completely blind. The less you know the better. There is something that did irritate me and I’m am stilling questioning as I’m typing up this review, but that may cause a spoiler. But props to this book as not many surprised me and get me like this book did, which is why I’m giving it four stars out of five! So if you want to read a Young Adult, Contemporary book with a lot of Mystery, then give this book a read. Plus, it’s a quick read with only 227 pages.

4 Stars

Book Review: To Die For – Alice Clark-Platts

To Die ForIn an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Inspector Martin is called to the scene the next. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy’s life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.”

I selected this audiobook to download and listen to for two reasons, it is a short little story, just over a hour long and because it was a free download. FREE!

This was a quick and easy listen, which was exactly what I was looking for, to listen to while I was working out in the gym, instead of listening to music. This audio book did exactly what I wanted it to do, especially for such a short story, listening to the whole story in one listen!

The story reminded me of something that has actually happened and just kept me thinking throughout the whole duration of the story. So I had no problem believing this story one bit. There were some extra twists and turns in this book that I wasn’t expecting and it did keep me hooked throughout its entirety, although that isn’t hard to do as it’s only roughly 1hr and 9mins long. For a book that is only this amount of time you wouldn’t expect to be able to enjoy it as much, but maybe because this is so similar to something I read in the news it was easier and quicker to get into the story.

One thing that I didn’t like was the poor character development, which is expected with such a short story with the short amount of time. The development was at its minimal, topped then with its sudden change in how the reader/listener is suppose to suddenly change their feeling and emotions from hatred to sympathy towards one particular character. That just took me by surprise and frankly this was impossible for me to do.

But overall I did enjoyed this little short story. It was easy to listen to, to follow, to keep myself hooked while busy doing other things surrounded by other people. A nice quick little read/listen and it was FREE and didn’t use any credits or anything.

3.5 Stars

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) – Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword ReviewWARNING!!!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 RED QUEEN!!!

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

I went into this book thinking that I was going to really hate it because of all the negative and bad reviews that I had heard and read EVERYWHERE when this book was first released. This is why it has taken me so long to actually read this book, from then to now. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was so eagerly awaiting this sequel when it first came out, which is why I think I have been therefore putting off reading it for so long. Plus I also read the two novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars thanks to Netgalley in anticipation for this book a while ago and they were such huge disappointments!

I am a stickler when it comes to series and wanting to see how stories, plots and characters unfold and completing them, and I was already one book and two novellas deep, plus I had already bought the book. I was however, pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy this book. They do say if you go into something thinking you’re going to be underwhelmed, then you can only go up and I did. Don’t get me wrong, there were some bad points to this book and reasons I can clearly see why there are so many bad reviews, plenty of them. It can be majorly repetitive which was really annoying, it doesn’t quite live up to the first one book as most sequels don’t, and can be quite a daunting, drawing out a little, making reading this book feel more like a task rather than enjoyment at times. But it did have it’s good points to it also. You do get to see what happens in the aftermath of how Red Queen ended and how all the characters deal with it and how the story then goes from there. You get introduced to all of these extra characters, building up this plot and leading you up to this ending and you get to see the world a little bit more from the other side. We get to see how the events of the previous novel had an impact on their lives and their mental states. We get some heartache and we do actually get some action. But it does seem rushed at points also.
But for me, I hated Mare! This isn’t good when she is the main character of the book, and even more so when this whole entire book is told from her perspective. I can never really connect to a book when I hate the main character, because I have no emotional investment in this book. There was one truly sad part and that just made me hate her so much more. But maybe it is a little justified to a degree, without giving away spoilers. I would read the third book, which is why I read this book now, and hope that it’s better than this one, maybe reading and listening to reviews first and hoping it jumps back up to the quality and story we all loved when it came to the Red Queen!.
3 Stars