Sunday, 7 April 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

A roundup of books I read in February and what I thought about them:


I am The Messenger by Markus Zusac

'protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?'


I really enjoyed this book, I didn't really know much about this book going into it - besides the fact that it's the same author who wrote 'The Book Thief' which I LOVED). I instantly bonded with the character of Ed and I also loved the Doorman, his dog.
The plot was pretty original, I hadn't heard of something like this before and I liked how he had to work out what he was supposed to do with no hints and just hope he did it right. After witnessing an attempted bank robbery and accidentally preventing the robber from escaping, Ed Kennedy receives his first playing card with three addresses on it. Ed is aware that he is to deliver a message to each address but he is unaware of what that message is and the card leaves him with no other instructions. Ed visits the addresses, gets to know the people living there and tries to work out what he needs to do. The only 'negative' thing that I could say about this book is that I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, I was left feeling a little lost and I don't really feel like it fit in with everything that had happened so far - maybe I didn't read it thoroughly enough but that''s how I'm feeling (hence the 4 stars). 

The Boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne


'Berlin 1942 

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. 



But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.'


I'm sure you've all heard about this story by now, maybe you've watched the film? I watched the film a few years ago and loved it but I didn't know it was a book! I have no idea why I wasn't aware of this?! I knew the book was going to break my heart into a million pieces, so I mentally prepared myself for heartbreak and began. Compared to the film, the book was more fast-paced and I feel like it rushed through characters - the character of Pavel, for example, I feel as though he was in the film a little more? Or maybe I'm not remembering it properly. ANYWAY, enough of comparing it to the film.
The innocence of Bruno touches my heart, his little child's mind thinks the people behind the fence are all wearing comfy pajamas and having a fun time. Bruno meets a boy named Shmuel who lives on the other side, their friendship grows and they start to meet regularly at the same point of the fence. I don't want to say much more as I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't read/watched it but I completely forgot about the ending and was not prepared. 
My heart.

 "It's not based on a true story, but it is a fact that the commandant at Auschwitz did bring his family, including his five children, to live near the camp" 

Escape! by Iain Rob Wright

'Cheryl wants to get to know her co-workers. That's the only reason she agreed to go on a 'company outing.' She and six of her colleagues are going to be locked inside a room with only their wits to help them. If they escape in time, there'll be prize money. Fail, and the repercussions might be deadly.

Cheryl will soon find out that the people she works with all share a secret, one they are willing to kill for.

A brand new chiller novel from Iain Rob Wright. Grab your copy of Escape! today and try to figure out the mystery before the timer runs out.'


Iain Rob Wright has done it again.
I've read ALOT of books by Iain and I have absolutely loved every single one, not an exaggeration, I have literally enjoyed each one. This book was gripping and intense, I read it in one sitting and I just couldn't put it down. It had me guessing till the very end, I'm really hoping that this one carries on and becomes a series. Fast-paced, well-executed and full of suspense. I don't want to say much because, again, I don't want to spoil it - go and read it for yourself, you won't regret it!

Alice's adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

'After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.'

Beautiful. Magical. Nostalgic. I loved every single moment and I should have read this sooner. Now, I know you've all heard of this one so you know the story, if you haven't read the book yet then I highly recommend that you do so asap. Alice is one of my favourite Disney characters ever, my parents even made me a version of Alice in Wonderland with my and my friends in when I was younger (would you like to see that on here?). 
I enjoyed this book so much.

Through the Looking Glass, and what Alice found there by Lewis Carroll

'Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson's (LC) wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today's pop culture than the first book.'

Perfect. Once again, I loved every second. There was also a few characters in their that I had forgotten about, such as The Duchess who turns a baby into a pig! How could I forget that?! 
Another book that I highly recommend that you read at least once, beautiful.

The Gates by Iain Rob Wright


'FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS A TERRIBLE ENEMY HAS BEEN WAITING...

NOW THE GATES ARE OPEN...

AND HUMANITY'S EXTINCTION IS ABOUT TO BEGIN...


All across the globe strange gates have appeared at random. Anyone who touches one dies. Anyone who tries to interfere with one dies. The world's best scientists have no idea what they are, but one thing is certain... these strange gates are about to open.
Humanity holds its breath.

On the United States' chaotic East Coast, Coast Guard captain Guy Granger sets off on a desperate journey across the Atlantic to find his kids. Mina Magar is a photojournalist forced to take pictures of horrors she could never have imagined as something terrible emerges onto London's busy Oxford Street. Rick Bastion is a fading pop star with his head in a bottle and no hope for the future--even before the apocalypse began on his doorstep.
For all of them, staying alive is almost impossible, but they must try. Hell is coming and no one can escape it. Mankind must fight back or become extinct.

The gates are open. And all Hell is about to break loose.'

Now, I read a lot of apocalyptic books but this was refreshing, something I haven't read before. No zombies, not crazy weather the we brought on ourselves but gates to hell, LITERAL GATES TO HELL. It starts with the appearance of black stones dotted around the Earth, 6,000 of them! Anyone who touches these stones, dies. These stones start to emit a light and BAM, each one is a huge gate and out of each gate comes a giant with burnt skin and charred wings, behind this giant comes an army so burnt their skin is peeling and falling behind them as they run, an army from hell.
I liked how we met different characters around the World and switched throughout the book, I loved the way it was set out, I quickly got to know each of these characters and found it easy to keep track of who is who and what they were experiencing. The only thing that I can say that threw me off this book a little was that the dialogue was a little too cheesy for me near the end, but that's just me, I cringe easy.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

JANUARY 2019

A roundup of books I read in January and what I thought about them: 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

'It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.'

Friday, 28 December 2018

DECEMBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in December and what I thought about them:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
'At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”'

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.”

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Things I learned in the Night by Emily Byrnes*


Things I Learned in the Night is a beautifully illustrated poetry collection and a tribute to young love in a society that so often tries to invalidate it. Many of the poems in this book are exquisitely woven with nature imagery; a subtle reminder that through our struggles and joys we must all remember to take deep breaths and run in the rain every now and then. '


What a lovely little book, what a beautiful collection of poems. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in November and what I thought about them:



The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
'When an alien capsule lands on Horsell Common, Woking, crowds of astonished onlookers gather. But wonder soon turns to terror when the Martians emerge. Armed with deadly heat rays, the aliens begin their conquest of earth. Confronted by powers beyond our control, a technology far in advance of our own, and a race of alien invaders which regard us as no more than ants, humankind faces extinction.

While the world crumbles under the shadow of the Martian menace, one man sets out alone across the desolate wasteland to find his wife. . .'


I absolutely loved this book, I found it both terrifying and impossible to put down, I swear at some points I actually held my breath it was so full of suspense. 'The War of the Worlds' has always creeped me out in film style, the sirens and the height of the tripods, I'm creeped out just imagining the sound now! I assumed the book would send shivers down my spine too, boy was I right. If you haven't read this and you enjoyed the film(s), I highly recommend that you give it a read! If you haven't watched it then I recommend you give it a read anyway, the book is so much better than the film in my opinion. I, of course, gave this 5/5 stars on GR.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

NECTAPERFECTA BEAUTIFYING MASK*

If you have known me for a while I have most likely mentioned the brand 'Bee Good' to you, I am a big fan of this brand and just can't get enough of their products. I was sent their 'NectaPerfecta Beautifying Mask' to try out and review - I had previously received a small sample of this product in a goody bag from a blogger event that I attended, however, I only managed to use it a couple of times (due to the size of the sample) so I was extremely excited to try this product out properly and see if I could see or feel a difference with my skin.


Before I get into how to use it and my review, I would just like to talk to you a bit about what's inside that makes it so special.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

OCTOBER 2018

A roundup of books I read in October and what I thought about them:

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

'It was only meant to be a game . . .
None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.
Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?
Was it the terrible accident?
Or when they found the first body?'

I'm going to start by saying that I do think that this book was rather over-hyped, I feel as though maybe I went in with my hopes too high and perhaps didn't like it as much as I would have done had I not read a lot of reviews? I did really like how the book was set out, switching between past and present can get a little confusing sometimes but with 'The Chalk Man' I found it easy to keep track of everything. I loved the story with all its suspense and twists and the use of chalk drawings - I used to love drawing with chunky chalks on the pavement! I gave this book 4/5 stars over on GR (rounded up from 3.5 stars), I plan on re-reading this at some point in the future and giving it another chance.


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