To Be Read: March 2017

This is my first ever TBR list for a month, where I decide in advance which books I hopefully will be reading during the month of March. Some months are better than others for me, as I do suffer with Chronic Migraines, but I’m going to be good with the books with the books I choose and in what I’m planning to read during this month. If I put my list up here, it should then encourage me to want to achieve that goal a lot more and then hopefully I will succeed. This may be a more permanent fixture and something I may do every month. Let’s see what books I plan on reading during the month of March:

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

This is the sequel to Red Queen, which I really enjoyed. I have heard some negative things about this book, regarding how it doesn’t live up to the first one. However, I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long now because of how much I enjoyed the first one and now I’m going to read it and judge it for myself. I have chosen to read it now because I saw that a third book in this series has recently come out (or I’ve recently discovered anyway lol) and I want to be up to date with the series. After all, what I like and what somebody else likes may be completely different. I have already started reading this and I am enjoying it, although there are point where I’m thinking are repetitive. I’m not going to give a description of the book as it’s a sequel of the first book and may spoil the first book for those who haven’t read it. What I will say is that it follows on, continuing the story from where the first book finished.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling 

This is the third book in the Harry Potter series, which I am currently in the middle of re-reading. I only read this particular book for the first time ever last year, I know it’s embarrassing, so this is the book I remember the most and actually enjoyed the most out of the whole series. I am still going to ‘re read it as part of my plan to actually re-read the whole series and to read the series in the correct order for the first time. I have already done the first two books during February, although I’m unsure if I’ve posted both reviews, so this book definitely has to be in my March TBR. 

“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 and 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…” 

Spontaneous – Aaron Starmer 

I recently won an Uncorrected Proof Copy version of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway that I had entered into and was lucky enough to win. This book actually sounds really good and am so excited to read this book because of its description and its premise that I am slotting it in between my Harry Potter books, maybe giving me the break from the series. But what I know is that I’m really excited to read this book! 

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 to stay alive and where falling in love might be the worse thing you can do. . .”

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart 

I have heard some great things about several of the books written by this author, but I haven’t actually read any of them myself. I did buy this book a while ago with the intention of reading it straight away, as this was one I’ve seen some good reviews about, before indulging in more books by this author. I’ve never actually got round to reading it and I don’t know why because it’s not that big of a book. So I thought I would give it read this month. 

A 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.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling 

I have added this book to my TBR for the month of March, making my list a little ambushes for the month, considering its already over a week into March already. This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, as I am trying to work my way through this series in the correct order and close to each other. Thinking back on it, this may have been the first ever Harry Potter book I ever read, so this book means something to me so I’m so excited to read this book. But whether I get to, read and finish this book during March will be the question. 

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 it 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!” 

So those are the books that I plan on reading during the month of March 😀 and hopefully I will be successful. What are the books that you plan on reading during March? 

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Teaser Tuesday – 28th February

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate😀

Rules:
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
●BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

glass-sword

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

Page 40: “In her silence, I realize the rest of the compartment has gone quiet. Even the injured stifle their pain to watch the lightning girl challenge their captain.”

Goodreads Description:

“The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

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?”

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by @Books and a Beat. All are welcome to participate :mrgreen:

Rules:
●Grab your current read.
●Open to a random page.
●Share two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page.
●BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (You don’t want to give too much away so as to not ruin the book for others!)
●Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

Page 118:

“Ron opened his mouth to speak, but no words came out. Instead he gave an almighty belch and several slugs dribbled out of his mouth onto his lap.”

Book Review: Alice (Chronicles of Alice, #1) – Christina Henry

Alice (Chronicles of Alice, #1).pngThis book really caught my eye when I saw a review of it thanks to the wonderful world of Book Blogging! Ever since then I knew I had to have it and read it, IMMEDIATELY!! So that’s what I did. I already had high expectations of this book before going in to reading it, which made me a little dubious before I even started the book, because I didn’t want to be disappointed by my own high build up.

Alice, is the first book in the Chronicles of Alice series, which is an Alice in Wonderland retelling of sorts, but a much darker and disturbing version. I love it! Let me give you the books actual description before I give you my review of this thrilling read;

“In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside.
In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place – just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood. . .
Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.
Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.
And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.”

Sound awesome? Because OMG this book was soooo amazing!!! That wasn’t subtle at all, was it? This book begins after Alice has already met the Rabbit, and let me tell you that it’s not the friendly rabbit we’re all used to and maybe would have expected when it comes to any story of Alice in wonderland. She is found after some time, wondering around and covered in blood, mumbling about rabbits and eyes, and if that’s not bad enough, her friend Dor has not returned with her. Her parents, not getting answers about what had happened, about the still missing Dor and with Alice still going on about the Rabbit, they put her into a hospital (I believe a mental hospital), deep in the Old City. Over time she forgets what happened to her, except for the tea party, the long ears, the colour of the eye and the blood. While there she meets somebody in the room next to hers and they start talking. And that is really where the story really starts and Alice’s new adventure to rediscover her lost memories begins. But is it an adventure she wants to undertake, and are they memories she want to have back?.

I can’t remember the last time I got completely engorged in a book like I did with this one. I became so antisocial while reading it, because I just didn’t want to stop reading this book for any reason whatsoever! The storyline was so gripping and I just wanted to keep going and to go on the same adventure as Alice and Hatcher as they went along. It was so good and so captivating, and everything that was written was just so perfectly expressed that I could imagine it all so vividly, that it was like it was all being played out in my head. I don’t even think I took the time to actually eat properly. I definitely didn’t take the time to set the book down and cook a proper home cooked meal that would’ve taking the time to do so, so luckily I was very quick reading this book.

The characters in this book were gripping and so easy to understand. Of course we are going to have to discuss Alice. When reading this book and you are told that it’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, so you instantly get and bring the Alice from the Lewis Carroll classic to mind, before you even open and read this book. But once you start reading, you get a character all of her own. You see her grow and develop throughout this entire book, which is so seamlessly done, that seemless is the best word to use because of how outstanding it is. You don’t see this sudden jump in character, you see a growth and you get to understand her and see why there’s a growth in her character, which is something you sometimes don’t get to see and is often missed. One of these changes, is thanks to another character, Hatcher. This is the character that Alice meets, or hears, in the room next to her in the hospital at the beginning of the book. I don’t want to give too much away, as I want to keep my reviews spoiler free.

What was amazing, for me anyways, was when I would hear words that would connect me to the original Lewis Carroll version of Alice in Wonderland, this would make me smile. When I would here simple things such as, the tea party, the cakes and drinks that affected their size, the Jabberwock, the rabbit, the Cheshire and his grin, I can go on and on. It all just made this book that extra bit perfect for me. I love it all. Yet with all of these little reminders of Carrolls version and the constant reminders of this being a retelling of sorts, you also got this uniqueness from it, which I didn’t expect. You get this book, that is so original on it’s own merits, with so much adventure, excitement and story.

Then how they ended this book!! I so desperately want to quote the ending so badly, but omg what a spoiler that would be, or more like a teaser, maybe? I always said that I never wanted to give away spoilers in my reviews, but this last part of this book, OMG!! I won’t do it. I have fallen in love with this book, that it’s sequel, Red Queen (Chronicles of Alice #2) by Christina Henry, has already been bought with speedy eagerness and will be dived into, read and reviewed with haste. P.s. If you order this book from amazon, don’t look at the amount of pages it says the book has. Before I ordered my copy I was told it was going to have 198 pages, however when my book arrived it had 325 pages, which was better for me. The same for Red Queen, saying 198 but actually having 313 pages.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough. READ IT!! But beware of its dark, violent and possibly disturbing images. Now that you’ve been warned, GO AND READ IT!!! Definitely my biggest recommendation so far this year.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

5-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