Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

What can I truly say about this book?

Throughout this entire book, it was such an emotional and beautiful masterpiece that, in my opinion, really should be read by everyone. It’s one of those books that just speaks to you and that you can learn from, especially when you’re a child and then if you read it again as an adult. This book teaches you about so much and when I finished reading this book, I was left thinking about countless of things. It teaches you about right and wrong, loss and heartbreak and so much more. The innocence only a child has, mixed with the anger and rage of the war. There was so much truth, which made this book just heated with emotion. As an adult reading this book you can see everything and understand it all, whereas a child may not and does not it this book, and that breaks your heart to see. To see such audacity occur to a child. It makes you ask questions and look at yourself a little deeper. 

The two main characters, William and Tom, are so different at the start of this book, but by the time you get to the end of this book, they have become so similar. You can see how these two characters have developed and grown throughout the entirity of the book, as their development is and plays a part of the story. I can’t point to anything negative to say about this book, because of how much great the writing, the plot, the characters, the story is. This book just emotes so much. What you are left with and what you take away is important. 
I saw the movie adaptation when I was younger and had such a strong bond with that movie, that I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t want those memories tainted. This book just added to those and is one of the closest and truest book to movie adaptations I have seen. I give this book a massive 5 stars with a recommendation to everyone, no matter what age or what genre you like to read. 

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Book Review: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stone-j-k-rowlingMy desire to re-read the Harry Potter has come from somewhere you might not expect. From my Lego Harry Potter Xbox 360 games. I have read the Harry Potter series before, but unfortunately, I first read them out of order and it all got a little jumbled. Of course I knew the story, who doesn’t, but it has always been my goal to own them and to read them all the correct order. I have been playing a lot of my Lego Harry Potter games on the Xbox and the more I’ve been playing and the further I’ve been getting into it, the more I realised my time to re-read the series was now! For those who don’t know the story. Here’s a little teaser, so to speak. . .

“Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.”Goodreads

 Re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been truly been amazing! First off, I will admit that it has been way over a decade since I have read the first book in the series, as I was in Primary School when I first read this book and I am currently now 24 years old. So you can imagine how long it’s been. So while I was reading this book, it was as though as I was reading it for the first time with a fresh new pair of eyes, which was so brilliant, and so rare. Of course I know and remember the basic story, whether it’s from the movie or from reading it previously, but the overall book in general with all of the details and so on. It was incredible and I’m not one for re-reading books when there are so many new ones to discover.

This book is the beginning to an adventure series that spawns over seven years, and seven books. No matter what people say, they are not just childrens books, because believe it or not, I got a lot more out of it and understood it a lot more re-reading it now as an adult, than I ever did as a child/teen.

There are a wide range of different characters in this book, each having their own personalities and yet, each one is still distinguishable and stands out by themselves in the vast mist of characters. This goes to show how well each individual character has been created, as well as the characters slotting together and working as a whole in the book. There is also so much imagery within this book, whether it’s from describing the characters, to the surroundings, or so on, that makes you enabled envision everything you’re reading, making this magical world, or fantasy, that bit more, well magical and real.  There is a reason why this book and the rest of this series has become so successful and for good reason!

Being a massive Harry Potter fan, I thought I remembered everything and therefore knew everything. I’ve had Harry Potter film night’s where I’ve watched all eight films in one night and even game night’s/weekends and so on based on Lego Harry Potter. Somethings you forget how different the books are or what’s missing from the film’s. But not in a bad way. So I was definitely happy to be reminded of somethings I had forgotten and missed from book number one and am glad that I have chosen now to re-read the whole of the series. Now I can’t wait to see if there is anything else I am going to uncover along my new journey.  The Harry Potter book to movie adaptations have got to be honestly one of the best adaptations that have been done!!!

I do recommend this book and this entire series to everyone, regardless of age 😀 Regardless of whether you’re even a big reader or not because there’s just so much action and adventure to grip you and keep you engrossed and wanted to just read on and on. Still holds fond memories in my heart.

5-stars

Book Review: This House Is Haunted – John Boyne

this-house-is-hauntedI am a great fan of John Boyne, ever since reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, however, since reading that book, none of his other books have been able to live up to the greatness of that book. The emotions!. But this book may have surpassed that book for me. The emotions, the mystery, none of the guilt of knowing the events are based on real events but you still get hit with emotions, plus with added horror. This may definitely be my favourite John Boyne book.

This House is Haunted is a horror book, that is set in a different time, 1867 to be exact, a time when Charles Dickins is very much still alive and giving readings of pieces of his work. (There showed a great love for Charles Dickins’ work and as a result, it did make me want to pick up and read one of my books that are currently on my TBR list and bookshelf by Mr Dickins, so that I could appreciate it a lot more.) Unfortunately, it is the result of one of these readings that something happens to begins the path of Eliza Caine.

Eliza is in want of a new job, in a new place, to get away recent memories (trying not to give away to many spoilers). A fresh start. However, the job she has taken, may not be exactly what she expected or what it was entirely advertised. From the moment she arrives at the train station weird things start happening, almost instantly and things don’t stop there. From going to the house and discovering the kids alone with no parents in sight, and the people in the village look and act weirdly around her when they discover where she works, each refusing to answer the ever-growing list of questions she’s getting. What will it take for her to discover the truth about what is happening and what has happened? Is she in danger? Will she stay once she finds out the truth, or will it be too late?

As this book is set in an earlier era, this also means that the reader also needs to be aware that the views are also going to be set in the past and, let’s just say a little “old fashioned” in this book, especially towards women. There were certain parts in this book that just took me by surprise when it came to this and made me question whether I should be offended or just laugh. In the end, it made me laugh because I realised just how far we’ve come in society and how views and opinions have changed, plus I think the way they were put into the book were put there in a comedic way, just to hint at what it was like.

I loved this book!. I found myself becoming so engrossed with every word and with every character, who each had their own story to tell. Even the house become a character in its own weird way. The way the story unfolded was really good as it made you really get into the book and emphasize with several of the characters. We discover and learn all the new information in the book through Eliza, as she is discovering and learning everything about what has happened in the story. Also learning everything about the characters, the village, the house and so on, through the eyes of Eliza. But the ending. Oh My God the ending!

This is one of the best horror books that I have read in a while. It kept me gripped throughout the whole book, which is hard to do, making me deny my crying body wanting sleep. I had so many questions and I just wanted, or needed, these answers, which kept me reading up until the very end. I was able to relate to the main character, Eliza, in this way, who had so many questions and nobody would answer them, which made her frustrated and more determined to discover the truth. Lets just say I also felt her frustration at times as well, but in the best possible ways that keep you hooked and reading until 3am because you as a reader need answers.

I defiantly recommend this book highly!

5-stars