Thursday, 13 September 2018

TOP OF MY TO READ LIST





This is currently on the top of my pile of to read books. I'm currently trying to reduce my plastic use and my waste. I've heard so many great things about this book I can't wait to get stuck in. 


I was very lucky to get a box set of these book for my birthday and I am loving them. I'm just about to finish the 3rd one and I'm super excited to read the next. 




I've been waiting for this book to come out for a while now, and pre-ordered it as soon as I found out about it. I only recently found Hercule Poirot but I love him so much already.




As a Bookseller you get to meet so many wonder authors. We recently had event with Jasper Fforde at work and now I really want to read his Nursery Crime series. They sound brilliant. 




Now that the summer has gone I'm getting those Halloween feelings. I think I'll have to get this one to read in October. It looks like the perfect book for the spooky season. 












Sunday, 16 October 2016

Review: CELL 7 BY KERRY DREWERY




Synopsis:

Should she live or die? You decide 

An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.
Now Justice must prevail.
The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions - all for the price of a phone call.
Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

Review:

Wow! What a brilliant book! This is the first of a series and it is well worth starting. 

I love the way this one has been written, with chapters written from multiple points of view from different characters. The only points I didn't like this so much was the chapters written as script for the tv show, however I think this is more a personal preference as it did work and I can see why the author wrote in this style. It takes a little getting used to but stick with it. 

Each character has more depth to them than you are expecting, the story line was a little predictable in places. You can easily work out where the main plot was taking you but there were a few nice curve balls in there as well.

Cell 7 is set in the UK, so many books that try to say something more about the world we live in do it by being set in the US or on in completely different world. I think UK readers are going to love the connections they can make.

I think if you loved books such as The Hunger Games then you are going to love this as well, I'd say I even enjoyed this more than The Hunger Games. It's about time we had something that has the potential to rival such a big series! 

Dramatic and tense. Love, love, love it!



Thursday, 4 August 2016

Review: GIRL HEARTS GIRL BY LUCY SUTCLIFFE


Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe 


Synopsis: 
An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy's video montage of their first week spent together in Saint Kitts, which she posted to the couple's YouTube channel, was the first in a series of films documenting their long-distance relationship. Funny, tender and candid, the films attracted them a vast online following. Now, for the first time, Lucy's writing about the incredible personal journey she's been on; from never quite wanting the fairy-tale of Prince Charming to realising she was gay at the age of 14, through three years of self-denial to finally coming out to friends and family, to meeting her American girlfriend Kaelyn.

Review:

This book wasn't quite what I expected. I'd been eyeing it up for a while now simply because I'm drawn to all things LGBT+. I am so glad I did end up reading it. 

Please don't be put of by this being about the LGBT+ community, it is a perfect read for anyone who has ever had an opinion on the community. Part of it or not this is a beautiful insight into it. 

I'm not going to review this one in the same was I normally would, this is clearly a very personal story for the writer and no one should put down her experiences. However I feel this could help so many people out in the world so this is more of a this is out there post. 

This is a super quick read, I managed it in an evening after work. I couldn't put it down. Having no knowledge of the author (She's quite a big vlogger etc.) I just need to know if her life ended up being everything she wanted it to be. The world is such an awful place at the moment, this book really made me believe that things can be great. That we can love each other and there is hope for all of us.

Such a heart warming read!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Week

It's time for Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and Bookish! I've not done one of these in a long time to lets get started! What are you're top beach reads this year?


I feel the beach is the best place to not be scared when reading a ghostly book. I've heard to many good things about this one that it's a must read for me this summer.


Summer is meant to be full of adventure this sure is the perfect book for anyone looking for one! Also it is beautiful!


Just too excited to read this I can't wait past the summer to read this book full of magic. 


Is this so many peoples favourite book, it's been sat waiting for me to read it since christmas. It's time to actually read it.


I discovered a lovely copy of this in a second hand book shop last week. Why haven't I heard of it before?! It sounds so good!


Summer is a time for love. Time to feel smushy on the inside.


I loved Lobsters so much! It was so light hearted. Beach reads are all about enjoying life, just like the characters in these books. 


I've not read these yet... so many books I haven't read and really should! Better use holiday beach time to catch up!


The last book from the late Pratchett with came out a few weeks go in paperback,  I feel this summer deserves a small nod to a writer that inspired so many. Time to finish the Tiffany Aching collection. 


This has always been my favourite of these classics however I have never actually read the book. Shame on me! I better put that right!














Friday, 13 May 2016

Review: IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS BY ELIZA WASS



Synopsis: 
IN THE DARK

Father wants sixteen-year-old Castley and her five siblings to hide from the world. Father wants to bury their family's secrets where no one will ever find them.

IN THE WOODS

Father says they are destined to be together for ever. In heaven. Father says the sooner they get there the better. But Castley wants to be normal. She wants to kiss boys and wear jean shorts.

CASTLEY WANTS TO LIVE

Review: There are few good points that I can think of for In the Dark, In the Woods. The plot seemed to have so much potential which didn't go very far. It was also very easy to find many plot holes.

SPOILERS!!


This was a quick one to read, which I am thankful for as I really didn't enjoy it. 

The main character was fine I liked her. However the adult characters in the book just made me so mad! The mother seemed to do nothing to help the poor children and get them away from such an awful father. I don't want to judge people in real life who find it hard to get away from these types of situations, however there wasn't enough depth given to her character that explained why she couldn't or wouldn't help.

The father is meant to be hated. That is fine, every story needs someone or something we hate.

The plot line where the neighbour turns out to be an uncle? Now that really did feel forced just to give the story a happy ending. I really felt this was going to go somewhere interesting. It didn't. We discover something quite major which was then dropped and not really mentioned again until the very end when the children went to live with him. It felt like the author just wanted a way to keep the children from being split up and put into care. I'm all for happy endings, just not when they are so clearly forced.

Are you really telling me that the whole family managed to get as far as they did without any adult thinking something odd was going on?  Scary things can and do happen in real life like this, but with the children being known around the town, going to school and an uncle knowing all about the family, could it have been that easy to do?

I was so disappointed with this read. It started with so much potential.



Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Review: LOBSTERS BY TOM ELLEN & LUCY IVISON




Synopsis: Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.


Review: Ugh! Being a teenager was so much hard work! Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison capture this perfectly. Lobsters feels like it was written by teens, how did you remember how awkward and embarrassing it can be so perfectly?!

After reading a couple of books that made me ball my eyes out, Kendra Leighton suggested that I gave this one ago as it wasn't so heavy going. Thanks for the suggestion, it was certainly a good read! 

Although Lobsters manages to take you back to all the awful parts of being a teen it also makes you laugh along with some brilliantly funny moments. A real pick me up after a long day. 

From page one you find yourself wanting to shout at the book because you want Sam and Hannah to stop being so stupid and just get together already! The thing is though, everything the characters think and feel are thoughts that most teenagers will have.

A great read for teens and adults alike. There are moments that will have you squirming in your seat and seconds later have you crying with laughter. 

I just need to know what happens next! Tell me everything works out great for Sam and Hannah, please?! 





Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Review: MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN BY RANSOM RIGGS



Synopsis: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 

As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.


Review: Read the book before the film adaptation comes out. 

This is yet again another lovely book to look at. The use of unusual vintage photos to create a plot is a brilliant creative idea. Some of the photos were a little bit creepy.

At the start of this book I was expecting it to be scarier that it turned out to be, which I am glad about but a little bit sad about all at the same time. Sometimes it's nice to be a little scared. All those fellow wimps out there will find this a safe read before bed!

I love the first half of this book, it set up the idea that the children under Miss Peregrines care could be dangerous. I was sadly disappointed that it turned out they we're just children with odd skills or talents. It felt a little bit like the idea behind the X-men. Having said that I did enjoy this read.

There are a another two books on this series. Reading the second would mainly be to find out what happens next, rather than because I have a love for the books. Maybe I'll be wrong and it'll turn out to be the best book I've ever read.

It'll be interesting to see what Tim Burton has done with this book in the film.