Lazy Sunday Reading…

Hello there everyone :D👋

It has been a busy month for me and my family, which means I haven’t had much opportunity to read. So today, I am taking the opportunity to have a lazy Sunday and just cwtch up and just read. I have been reading this one book for at least two weeks and it is my plan to finish it today or tomorrow at the latest. Then tomorrow I can write up several reviews I am behind on posting. It can be a little frustrating as my boyfriend is a really fast reader and is by the side of me and has finished a book already this morning. Grrrrrr Jealousy is definitely creeping in. In case you were wondering what book I am currently reading and have pictured above, it’s Glass Sword (Red Queen book 2) by Victoria Aveyard.

So that’s my Sunday and how I plan on spending my day. What are you all doing today? 

Book Review: The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley

the-loneyI received this eARC thanks to Netgalley and the publisher and author, providing an honest and unbiased review of this book.

Where do I start with this book… There is this place, a truly strange, somewhat near deserted place, between Wyre and the Lune, that is known only by what the few locals who remain there call it. That place is called The Loney. Every Easter, Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest, would take a pilgrimage here for its mystical Shrine, along with the unnamed boy narrator and his suggested mentally ill and mute brother Andrew, known better as Hanny, in order to help heal Andrew thanks to God. However, this year is different. Father Wilfred is dead, declared accidental, but is there more to the story? So now there is a new priest to take his place, Father Bernard, who has his own ways, but are people willing and ready to accept him and his new ways or do they prefer things how they were?

In all honesty, I’m really in two minds when it comes to this book and about whether I enjoyed it or not. It took me a while to get into the story and when I say a while, I mean at least a third of the way through. If I hadn’t been reading this book for Netgalley at the time, then I don’t think I would have finished reading it, that’s how long it took me to get into this book. It started off with a slow pace and for me it wasn’t until they actually got to the coast or The Lonely, where it started to actually pick up the pace. But that’s when I got into the book and it hooked me. I wanted to find out more and therefore needed to keep reading on! I had questions and wanted answered, or I just simply wanted to read another chapter and another chapter because I didn’t want to stop.

I will admit that I didn’t realise how much this book was going to be centred and based on religion and maybe that’s why it took me so long to get into the storyline, as it was a bit off putting. It was interesting to read a book that did focus so fully on religion in this way, but it did come a bit unexpected. This cover grabbed my attention instantly and has to be one of my favourite covers I’ve seen in a while. I love it, and I knew it was meant to be a horror book, so I barely read the description before requesting to read this book on Netgalley. Maybe that’s my mistake, but descriptions can sometimes give away too much information and then spoil the entire book. Like trailers with movies.

One thing I loved about this book was how it was told. The beginning of the book starts off with the unnamed protagonist narrator beginning his story to us, the readers, at his current age, trying to get his point of view of past events across, before it’s too late. The book then goes back to when he was younger and he then begins that part of his story to us. We get to see everything from his eyes and how he saw and remembers it all, which shamefully took me a while to realise what was happening. Throughout the whole book, we never get to know his name! This does annoy me, but yet I also think that it’s fitting for his character, as he never really gets any of the attention in this book. The character who shows him the most attention is Father Bernard, who subsequently gives him his own little nickname, which is the only name we hear him called throughout the entire book, and that’s Tonto.

I personally believe that there are some very strong characters, with great development behind them, illustrated in this book. Even though I couldn’t connect to several of the characters because of their strong religious beliefs and how much it defined them, how they were presented in the book was strong. There were others I loved. I loved the relationship between the brothers ‘Hanny’ and the main protagonist ‘Tonto’ and how only siblings are and how they have their own special relationship. They are able to communicate in way that no one is able to in the whole entire book. In fact, ‘Tonto’ is maybe to only person who is able to properly communicate with Hanny. Their relationship kind of reminds me of George and Lennie’s relationship in “Of Mice and Men”.

I don’t think that I would class this book as a horror book, as it didn’t frighten or scare me, especially compared to more thrilling and terrifying books. It just wasn’t creepy enough. But maybe that aspect was lost on me as I wasn’t fully engaged enough to be afraid of what I was reading. There are elements of supernatural, I think, mixed in with religion, but it’s hard to identify which is meant to be which.

When it came to the ending, it definitely left me wanting more. In my eyes, it had been building up to this big ending, or big reveal, and it just left me completely unsatisfied, with questions left unanswered. I’d even been expecting some plot twist at the end for some reason, which didn’t occur. For a book that was 367 pages and wasted pages on unnecessary parts, it could have used that time to spend it answering those questions and building towards a better ending.

So when it comes to my recommendation of this book, I will say that it all depends on what your personal preferences are. This book does have some high reviews, so I may be in the minority that didn’t appreciate it to its fullest. I did enjoy it, but was left dissatisfied and it did take me a while to get into it. If you don’t like overly religious books, then maybe pick a different book. I’m only giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because it wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my favourite either, just maybe the wrong book for me.

3-stars

Book Review: Baby Doll – Hollie Overton

baby-doll-hollie-overtonI would like to thank NetGalley, the author and publisher for allowing me to read this eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

OMG!! From the very first page this book had me hooked! Told from different characters perspectives, we discover how Lily, who was kidnapped at aged 16, was beaten, raped, “trained” and manipulated over the course off 8 years, even mothering a child from the man who took her and did all of these terrible things to her. The story starts eight years later, when her taker, her former beloved English teacher Rick, has too much on his plate or becomes too cocky and too greedy, forgets to put the deadlock back on the door. Lily thinks that she’s just imagined this, or that it’s another test that she will get punished for, but then seeing her daughter curled up sleeping, she risks yet another punishment, for her daughters safety and checks the door. Discovering it’s not a test and he’s finally made a mistake after eight years, Lily wraps her daughter Sky up warm and starts running to safety before Rick remembers his mistake. And that’s where the book gets really, really good….

This book is hands down my one of my favourite books that I have read lately and it came out of nowhere! I found this book so captivating right from page one and every page just managed to grab me, pull me in and keep me hooked. It was written amazingly, with characters that I cared so much about, each and everyone. With a villain that I simply hated. A normal, every day man to people’s faces, but behind closed doors, sadistic and PURE EVIL!! When you have a book with so many characters, who each have their own problems, and to care and understand each of them and their problems, it’s, in my opinion, really good writing. There were chapters written from the perspective of individual characters, which was brilliant and something that I love as a reader in certain books because I get to see inside each of their minds in a deeper way, and I creepily loved being able to see inside the mind of Rick. Seeing why he did what he did, in a way that he could never explain to anyone, in a way that he truly believed was right and acceptable.

I would have loved, to have seen just one chapter, maybe at the end of the book, to have had one chapter from the point of view of Sky, Lilys daughter, just to see what she had thought of it all and how she had felt after going though it all and come through everything. It would have added something extra, especially coming from a child’s perspective of it all. Even more considering Sky had been born not knowing anything different, to then discover a new way of living after “leaving” the cabin, thanks to her mum, Lily. It would have made it interesting to have included one chapter at the end to see how Sky had interpreted it all and see it from her point of view. But I understand not having that and I loved how it did end. In fact, when a certain part happened, without giving away spoilers, I was in utter shock!!! I was reading this book and genuinely gasped out loud out with shock, being surprised towards the end, telling everyone around me to be quiet because I had to find out what was about to happen next!! Not caring what people said or how they were looking at me, I just needed to know.

Trying to put myself in Lilys place is a scary thought, which is why I think I got so engrossed in this book. It took something that could really happen, and has been known to happen, and brought it to life. It’s not ghosts or vampires or anything pretend scary, and it didn’t even have a vicious villain, not really. It had a well liked, or really loved man in the society that nobody knew what he was like, really like, deep down, not even his own wife. That’s the scary part! It could be reality. That’s the truth of this story! That you don’t know what people are really like, not really, no matter how well you think you do. Your next door neighbour. Your friends. Your husband. Your cool english teacher who offers you a lift home. It’s realistic and scary.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough!! This book will stay with me for a while and have talked about and recommend this book to so many people. I will definitely be checking out Hollie Overton and keeping my eye out for more of her books coming out.

5-stars

Book Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-stephen-chboskyThis is one of those books that has been very highly on my TBR list for a while now and I am so glad that I have finally gotten around to reading it. I have heard so many things about this book, both positive and negative, and ever since I have wanted to read and devour it for myself.

This book has a new type of style, which is a great experience for a reader when it comes to reading new types and different styles of books. This book is told from the point of view of Charlie, through him writing letters to an unknown person, explaining his life, his feelings, the events going on in his life and everything else. It is through these countless letters that we discover and learn about Charlie, his family and  his friends. Of course, we also learn that Charlie and all of the other names and places are all just pen names, to hide his identity, so the person who he’s writing to, won’t discover who he is and where he is. Through these letters we discover and go through life with Charlie. Charlie is socially awkward, shy and intelligent beyond his years.

I really enjoyed reading this book and is was a new experience for me, especially with the style of writing and overall style that this book has set up, with the letters. I do find myself feeling irritated, sorry, pitied, happy, and so many different feelings for “Charlie” throughout the entire of this book. It is definitely a book that has got me thinking and still thinking after I’ve finished it. I am a little disappointed because I was somehow thinking that after waiting for so long to read this book, that it was going to somehow different and maybe better than what it was. Maybe this was because it has been one of the highest books on my TBR list for so long and I have built up this big expectation of this book inside my head, that it just couldn’t live up to it. But that is my fault, not this books.

There are so many different issues that are looked at, or glimpsed at, throughout this whole novel. From drugs, to suicide, to child molestation, to possibly autism, are some of the issues looked at in this book. I don’t think that this book particularly deals with these issues to the best of their abilities, especially considering that this is a book that a lot of teenagers and young adults will be reading this book. In my opinion, some of these topics are just glanced at and then passed onto the next big issue. There were many things that were hinted at, but never fully confirmed. The rape that is mentioned, I believe was with a certain person (I don’t want to say who as to spoilers) but this isn’t confirmed nor denied, and the fact that Charlie may have autism is something that is very strongly hinted, but as it is told from Charlie’s point of view, this is again not confirmed nor denied. There have been books that have been able to do books about certain topics, difficult topics, and do them very well, maybe because they look at one of them at a time and are able to focus the whole book on developing it all correctly.

Maybe, you have to look at this book from a different angle. A boy with autism, finally gets friends, who like him for him and he likes them for them. Both of them are outcasts in their own ways. They are able to bring him out of himself and make him see the whole world around him a little bit more clearer. A way his family haven’t been able to, out of not wanting to or not understanding him. It is through his new eyes that he is able to see certain things. As he’s always been a “wallflower” he’s been able to see more of the world around him than other people have, and now he is able to understand some of those things he’s seen. Uncovering the truth. Told you this book makes you think and that’s just one of my theories.

I would recommend this book and it should be a book somebody reads at least once in their life. I know that I would Re-Read this book.

4-stars

 

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-rabsom-riggsThis is a book that I saw everywhere! When I say everywhere, believe me, I mean everywhere. All over Book Tube, the Book Blogging community, online shops, as this book was the biggest suggestion for me to buy and in all the shops, not just book shops. I will admit that I was already intrigued but weirdly not enough for me to buy this book. That is until I went to the cinema one day and saw the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of this book. That’s when I bought this book, with no hesitation!

This book has something special about it. I can’t pinpoint exactly what that is but it kept me hooked and so gripped to this book, from the instant I opened it and began reading it. Maybe it was the photos that were included, which meant that picturing the people the author was trying to explain and express was just so much easier to do, and made the whole story feel so much more realistic. For the first time ever, I saw the people the author wanted me to see and not the characters and people I had seen in the trailer for the movie, while I was reading this book, because I had seen the trailer first.

You have Jacob, who is so close to his grandfather, who grew up listening and being told all of these wonderful and magical stories about this house in Wales he was sent to during the war. There were these children, these peculiar children, who could do peculiar things, sharing these photos he had of these children. As time went on and Jacob got older, he disbelieved his grandfathers stories and believed them to be just that, stories. That is until one day changes everything and leaves Jacob with so many questions, with nobody to answer them, or so he thinks…

This book starts off slowly, which I personally think it needed to, in order to build the story and some of the background information to the plot, to characters and so on. The way that Jacob slowly begins to work and unravel certain clues and begins to develop his own investigation, further and further, building the story up until he finally gets some answers. Building perfectly. It is Jacob that I was able to relate to the most out of any other character. Maybe it is because he begins not really knowing anything, so we are somewhat similar. So has he is learning and discovering, so are we as a reader, making him more relatable. All of this is all brand new to him, so he has so many questions, as do I, and it is through him that I start getting my questions answered. I read this book in a day, through excitement, frustration of wanting answers and because the photos took up quite a few of the pages.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is unique in its own ways, although I have heard so many comparisons to different things. I have heard it compared to Harry Potter and X-Men or both of them combined, which maybe I way it is, but this is also so much more and so different. It’s itself. This is one of those hypes where I believe the hype was well deserved. The ending ended on a place where you are required to read the following book Hollow City, which I don’t own at the moment but I will definitely be buying soon, which is quite irritating because now I honestly don’t know when I’ll get round to reading Book 2. If I already owned the book, trust me, it would be straight away!

I would therefore very highly recommend this book as I would Re-Read this one, and am going to buy the next book in this series!

5-stars

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

Re-reading Harry Potter

I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter series as I haven’t read them in so many years, doing it in the correct order this time. While reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I came across this little nugget that would have previously meant nothing to me. The book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. It just made me smile so much. 
I’be only just begun re-reading it and I’m thinking to myself, wow it has seriously been such a long time since I first read this book because I can’t remember some of this. Only certain parts. I am 24years old now and I was in Primary School when I first read it, so wow, so so many years. This is good though because it’s like reading it again for the first time. 

Let’s do this :D👓

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