Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky

Blurb:
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


My Review:

This is one of those cult, teen/YA novels that everybody and their dog has read and raved about. It took me a while to actually start reading it but I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. 

The main character Charlie is so incredibly sweet and lovely. Charlie is very innocent appears quite naive, however he is much more intelligent then he lets on. The phrases that he writes down are very deep and meaningful and, in truth, could belong on a motivational poster. 

There isn't really a plot to the story, you just follow Charlie throughout his year. You watch him deal with his first kiss, making new friends, the type of music and books he likes. He deals with things like love, death and sex, many things that teenagers face today.

In a way this book doesn't feel like a novel, it kind of feels like a guide to teenage life. I would definitely recommend every teenager reads this book and delve deep into Charlie's mind. It's such a sweet yet hard hitting story. I can't wait to watch the film now!

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PS - Apologies, there is life here. I'm sorry for practically nothing on this blog for almost a month! School has been incredibly hectic! 

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

FF (21)

Hello!

Want to join Follow Friday? Check it out at Parajunkee or Alison Can Read!

This weeks question is...

Characters, sometimes our favourites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back?

I'm not sure on this one, I can't think of any characters that have died that I want to bring back. I'm pretty happy with who's died in the books that I have read, so I don't think I'd bring any back if I'm honest.

Who would you bring back?
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

FF (20)

First of all, apologies for the lack of posts recently. Homework has become a lot more constant in year 10 and finding the time to read is proving difficult. I think there may be lots of FF posts instead of reviews as I simply don't have time currently. Sorry 
Anyway... this weeks question is...

Want to join Follow Friday? Check it out at Parajunkee or Alison Can Read!

Question of the Week: Share the song you can't stop listening to - Suggested byJourney Through Fiction
I listen to music all the time, I have lots of favourite songs and lots that I cannot stop listening to. At the moment I am loving listening to...


Robbers - Drive Like I Do (early The 1975)

Sex - The 1975



One hit to the Body - Suede



 

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Review of The Iron Queen

Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (3)

Blurb:

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.


My Review:
Having thouroughly enjoyed the previous 2 books in the series, I was eager to read this one; it did not disappoint. Once again I was sucked back into the magic and intrigue of the Nevernever. 
So much is happening in the story that it's hard to tell you the plot without giving away certain pieces of information. If you haven't read the first book then you may not understand some things and the links in this book. Meghan is still half fey/half human. The basic plot is that the Seelie and Unseelie courts are at war with Iron, it is Meghan's job to stop this war.
I can't reveal too much more as it may spoil it for people who haven't yet read the book or the others in the series. 
I loved the development of Ash's character, his walls have started to come down and you get to see the real connection between him and Meghan. Puck was still his comical self, he adds that bit of humour to the book. Grimalkin still makes apperances here and there, always popping up and disappearing at different times.
Overall, another fantastic book in the \Iron Fey series. I cannot wait to read The Iron Knight. Cannot recommend this series enough.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour: Killing Sound

Title: Killing Sound
Author: Paul Southern

Blurb:

Jodie is cursed with a terrible gift. She just doesn't know it yet. When she stumbles across one of her dead father's old papers on sound waves in the attic, it sets her on a terrifying journey to find out more, leading her across the streets of London to the dark, untrodden tunnels of the Underground, where she is forced to face the truth. Her worst nightmare is about to become real. Worse, she can hear it coming.

(Blurb taken from Waterstones)









My Review:

Wow! Killing Sound is a truly terrifying read that had me hooked from the very first page!

Within the first few chapters, Jodie's parents are dead. Her father had come home hoping to prove that his experiment does work. However, hours later all that's left is blood, remains and Jodie. A traumatized child. It is believed that she is the only person who witnessed what happened that night, but she's clammed up and won't tell anybody what she saw. She's completely blocked it from her memory.

However, whilst living with her aunt, a sound draws her to the attic. It is there that she discovers some papers that once belonged to her father, these papers include research on sound waves. Jodie finds out that her father was researching infrasound and the spirit world. This discovery leads Jodie on a frightening journey deep into the depths of the London Underground...

Killing Sound is a gripping, haunting novel told incredibly well! It is certainly not one for the faint hearted but nonetheless it is a fantastic novel with a stunning plot! It will leave you on the edge of your seat the whole way through! I would highly recommend!

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Killing Sound by Paul Southern out now in paperback and eBook (£7.99, Chicken House). Find out more at doublecluck.com

Thank you Chicken House for providing a copy. 


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review of The Iron Daughter

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (2)
Blurb:
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.




My Review:

I had high expectations for this book before I started reading it and I wasn't disappointed. I think it's just as good as the Iron King. The Scepter of Seasons has been stolen by the new kind of faery named the Iron Fey and you follow the characters as they try to retrieve it and return it to the rightful owner. 

You start off in the Winter Court where Meghan is staying because of her bargain with Prince Ash. It is icy in temperature and atmosphere.  Meghan feels awful when Prince Ash changes; he becomes cruel and cold.

Meghan cannot return to the summer court and her father (King Oberon) can't free her as she is there of her own free will. When some Iron Fey steal the Scepter of Seasons and murders Sage, one of the princes of the Winter Court, Queen Mab is livid. She accuses Oberon of stealing the Scepter. A war is about to erupt, but, Meghan knows the truth and she is going to do everything she can to stop the war from exploding...

Once again, I loved this book. Julie Kagawa creates a beautiful setting by describing the landscape so well. I love following the characters on their journey and in this book you notice that they start to evolve and change slightly. 
Meghan has some choices to make and questions are still unanswered... The Iron Daughter is an awesome sequel and great follow on from The Iron King. I cannot wait to get my teeth into the The Iron Queen and delve back into the Nevernever.
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Review of Winter's Passage

Title: Winter's Passage
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (1.5)
Blurb:
Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl..until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
(Blurb taken from Goodreads)
My Review:

Winter's Passage continues from where The Iron King left off. We left that book with Ash coming to get Meghan to take her back to the Winter Court and Queen Mab. The book is basically the journey back to the Winter Kingdom.
As usual in the Fey world things never are quite that simple and Ash and Meghan discover that they are being followed by something. Something evil. The book is very short (roughly 60-70 pages), so it really is a quick novella that takes you back into the Fey world. Julie Kagawa still manages to describe things is detail and make everything sound so incredible. It was great to see the return of Ash, Meghan and Grim. 
You become quickly absorbed into the story and the story is a wonderful treat for fans before reading The Iron Daughter. It's a great, quick in-between story that bridges the gap between book 1 and 2.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Reading Habits Tag

Something slightly different today. I thought I'd do a tag post. I've never done a tag video on this blog before, but let's get into it!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Not really. I tend to read anywhere. I mainly read in my bed but I don't have a specific place that I go to read. 
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I am bookmark girl. I can't put a piece of paper in my book and I certainly can't turn the corners down! The thought of that just makes me cringe! If I don't have a bookmark with me I will remember the page number rather than turning the corner's down or putting a piece of paper inside.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I like to stop reading after a certain point/event or a chapter. I hate stopping in the middle of a bit - I like to reach a reasonable end point before I can put a book down. 
4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
No. Maybe a biscuit or something occasionally, but generally speaking, no I don't eat or drink when reading. 
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
No, I just get distracted and find that I'm not taking in any of the story. I'm just reading. I have to have my attention solely on the book. 
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I used to read several books when I was younger but now I read one at a time. 
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I'm one of those people that can read anywhere. I read on planes, trains, in the car. Waiting for something to cook. Lots of people can't read when travelling but I don't have a problem with it. It's one of the things I do to pass the time when on a long journey. 
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. I can't stand it when people read out loud; it drives me mad!!
9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I am guilty of this. If a book is boring I will skip chunks or even pages. Equally I skim read when something is exciting as I want to get ahead and find out what happens.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Keeping it new. I hate having a broken spine - I know it shows love, but I like to keep my books looking pristine. I'm so specific about my books, I'm also reluctant to lend certain books to people as I don't want them to come back wrecked. 
11. Do you write in your books?
Gosh no, that just feels wrong on so many levels!
12. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa! It is fast becoming my favourite series. I highly recommend it!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review of Alice in Zombieland

Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles (book 1)
Blurb:
I wish I could back and do a thousand things differently.
I'd tell my sister no.
I'd never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I'd zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I'd hug my sister, my mum and my dad one last time.
I'd tell them I love them.
I wish...
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. It's supposedly a spin off of the original Alice in Wonderland series by Lewis Carroll. 
The story follows Alice Bell, a teenager. Her father has always been a bit crazy. He sees 'monsters' - he is not entirely sure what they and only he sees them. However, after a horrific car accident that kills her mum, dad and beloved little sister, Alice starts to see the 'monsters' too.
Alice survives the crash and has to move in her hew grandparents. She starts a new school and becomes friends with Kat, who has a big secret that we found out about later in the book. Whilst at her new school, Alice eyes up bad boy Cole Holland. He's moody, brooding and darn right delicious! Everybody is scared of him and they have a right to be - he's the top zombie slayer. When Cole and Alice lock eyes they share visions; neither are sure of what they are or what they represent.
When Cole and Alice eventually talk they discover a connection between them (and not just the romantic kind)....
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the kind of zombie book I was expecting but nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed it. Certain parts could be ever so slightly confusing but still understandable. 
I would recommend this book if you're looking for a zombie book with a bit of a difference. It's not like the original Alice in Wonderland story so don't expect many similarities or a story that ties in with that.  
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Review of Flashes

Title: Flashes
Author: Tim O'Rourke
Blurb:
Charley has visions: flashes of things she can't explain. She feels certain they're clues to a crime someone's committed against a girl, but not will believe her. Until she meets Tom, a young detective on his first case - a death on railway tracks, not far from where Charley lives. Was it an accident, a suicide... or murder?
The attraction between Charley and Tom is instant, but can they discover what's happened... before it happens again?
My Review:
I was impressed by this book! Right from the start I was hooked. It was gripping from start to finish.
Charley is like any normal 17 year old except for the fact that she has flashes. Visions of murders she believes to have happened. 
When Charley's best friend Natalie dies on railway tracks her flashes start to become more vivid. She can see through the eyes of victims and experience their final moments. Her father however, doesn't believe in her flashes. She tries desperately to convince him that she is not mad. 
Then another girl, Kerry, dies on the railway tracks. Determined to show her father that she's not mad she tries to solve the case with the help of new detective Tom. He too wants to prove himself and get to the bottom of what happened on the railway tracks. 
Charley is a very relatable character and easy to like. I felt sorry for her at the start when nobody believed her about her flashes. I really wanted her to prove her flashes. 
Tom was a great character, he was easy to like and added a bit of humour to the novel. You understand why he wants to solve this mystery and I loved the attraction between him and Charley.
The story alternates between characters and by doing this you got a really good feel for the characters thoughts and feelings. 
I was kept guessing throughout the whole book, when I thought I knew what was going to happen I was surprised. I didn't expect the ending I got...
Overall, a really great YA crime novel. I'd highly recommend as I loved every minute of it!  5 stars!
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review of The Iron King

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (1)

Blurb:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny -  one she could never have imagined...
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school... or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
She could never have guessed the truth. Meghan is the daughter of a faery king and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will have to choose between a normal life and her magical destiny - and between her best friend and a darkly dangerous prince.
It's time for Meghan to enter the faery world... 
My Review:
absolutely loved this book! I enjoyed it right from page 1 up until page 363. It's been a while since I enjoyed a book this much!
I haven't found many 'faery' books that I have enjoyed. Meghan Chase is normal teenager. She doesn't fit in at school. She has lived a pretty normal life. However on her 16th birthday, things change. She starts to see things that shouldn't be there and soon she realises why she's never felt like she belonged; it's because she doesn't. She's sure she is being watched and on her birthday things come to light. Her little brother, Ethan, is replaced by a violent changeling. 
Meghan soon discovers that her brother has been taken to the land of Fey and that she must enter Faeryland to rescue him. She also discovers that her best friend Robbie is Fey and that he has been sent to look after her by order of King Oberon of the the Unseelie Court.
Meghan enters Nevernever and encounters many monsters and strange creatures. She is also hunted by the Winter Prince, Ash! She travels through forests and along the way she picks up lots of enemies! However, she never tires in her quest to find her brother. Her journey is one of peril and danger. 
The Iron King is hard to review as I don't want to give too much away. There were many twists and turns along the way and I can't wait to get my teeth into the next book (The Iron Daughter). 
I liked Meghan as a character, she was strong and likeable. I loved Ash, he seemed like such a dark and devious Prince which I loved! (I always like the bad guys in books). Robbie was comical and Grimalkin was sarcastic (like me).
You grow to love the characters when reading the book. I loved the plot line and I raced to finish the book. Cannot wait to get the second book (it's on its way as I type). I'd highly recommend; it has become one of my favourite books!
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Monday, 4 August 2014

No Post

Hey guys! 

There will be no posts this week (Monday to Monday) as I am away on holiday! Sorry! As you read this I will be on my way (probably)!

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Review of Diamond

Title: Diamond
Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Blurb:

Ladies and gentlemen!
Tanglefield's travelling circus is proud to present the incredible, the extraordinary, the magical, Diamond, the acrobatic child wonder!

Pull back the curtain, enter the big top and discover her amazing story of heartbreak, danger, courage and friendship!

Starring acquaintances old and new...
Madame Adeline, Beppo the Clown, Elijah the Elephant, The Silver Boys, Mr Marvel and his Monkeys.

With a very special guest: Hetty Feather, performing as the one and only Emerald Star.

My Review:

I love reading Jacqueline Wilson's books, they're always easy reads. The books is also signed by Jacqueline herself as I went (along with some people from my school) to see her get the lifetime achievement award.

I read the Hetty Feather series and really liked it - I like the historical feel to them as I'm quite into history. The book is a spin off of the Hetty Feather series as it focuses on Diamond; a character we first meet in Emerald Star. 

The book tells the story of Diamond. She is the last child of the family and is a disappointment. Her mother desperately wanted to have 4 boys to complete the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However she ended up with 3 boys (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and 2 girls (Mary-Martha and Diamond). Her mother tries for another little boy but doesn't make it through the birth. Her father then blames her for all the families problems. He then sells to a stranger for 5 guineas. 

Diamond is taken away to live at the circus. She was always good at gymnastics/acrobatics but now she is forced to train every day and to learn new tricks. Then Hetty joins the circus and instantly Diamond and her bond. I love Hetty as a character, she's incredibly fiery and makes reading more enjoyable. 

The book doesn't conclude fully and makes it clear that a sequel is on the cards...

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are a Wilson fan or you fancy a easy, summer read!

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Friday, 25 July 2014

FF (19)

Sorry for no post on Tuesday!

This weeks question is....
What is your favorite tv series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

I don't have Netflix but I record programmes all the time! I have several series' that I can watch repeatedly. Dani's House is one of them, I've always loved it and I watch it all the time! I also watch Merlin a lot - it's one of my favourite ever TV shows! 
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review of All the Truth that's in Me



Title: All the Truth that's in Me
Author: Julie Berry

Blurb:
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

The last Carnegie book. I hated this book! 

I couldn't get into it at ALL! For me, it was just pages of waffle that made absolutely no sense to me. 

I found that there was no story to it and the plot kept jumping every paragraph.

Sorry for a short review, but I didn't read past 50 pages, I really didn't like this book!

Would not recommend AT ALL! Avoid!

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Sorry

Sorry there has been no post for the past couple of weeks. I was away last week and forgot to schedule a post! Oops. Apologies for no post this week either, I totally forgot. 

Normal business will be resumed shortly. My brains been a bit scrambled seen as next week is the last week of the year! Scary!

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Review of Blood Family

Title: Blood Family
Author: Anne Fine

Blurb:

Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven.

Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him.

Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out

Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.

My Review:

Finally, a Carnegie book I actually enjoyed!

The story follows Edward (or Eddie) who lives with his mother and her abusive partner, Harris. Eddie's been locked away for most of his life and it's only thanks to a nosy neighbour that he is rescued.

He gets fostered by a family, who are lovely. However, a lot of damage has been done to Eddie and his mother has been damaged so much that she can barely talk.

As Eddie grows up, he encounters problems of his own. He thinks that he maybe he will turn out like his father. After all, blood is thicker than water. He worries that he will turn into the Beast that he fears and loathes. He takes to drink and you get a clear picture of exactly what drink can lead to.

The novel is told in different characters voices - they all play a part in the plot. This makes the book easy to read and very enjoyable. I couldn't put it down once I'd started it. You hear every characters thoughts, feelings and views bar Eddie's mother who has been scarred so much that she cannot think or function. It's very sad to see Eddie and his mother.  

Lots of people help Eddie on his journey and there is a happy ending. However, prepare to feel harrowed throughout reading this. It is not an easy read but the story will stay with you long after you finish it.

I cannot fault this book however, if you are looking for a gripping yet haunting book then look no further. 

I'd recommend this book to older readers as the themes in the book are not suitable for children younger than 12/13. 

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