A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever

Age: 14+

Price: £5.19 (on Amazon)

The ‘A court’ series has been huge ever since it came out and all my friends were reading it, so I gave it a go, and I really enjoyed it. My favourite characters were Lucien, Rhysand and Amarantha. I didn’t really like Feyre, I know, I’m sorry, but no matter how hard I try, I just don’t like the main character. I thought she was too sullen and wasn’t funny like some of the other characters and was just a bit dull in general. However, I do realise that the book would’ve been boring without her and nothing would have happened, but still, I didn’t like her. Anyway, I really liked the book overall and thought the story line was interesting and clever. Especially the middle/end of the book when you meet Amarantha and everything starts unraveling. The only problem I had with this book is that it was very cliché and you could kind of see what was coming. Though that wasn’t the case for the part of the book with Amarantha and Rhysand. All in all, there isn’t a lot to say about the book other than the fact that I enjoyed it, which does say a bit about the content and that there wasn’t a lot of it. But if you are looking for a good fantasy romance book then I would highly recommend this. This book is aimed at girls mostly but I think that any book is for any gender and I give it a 9 out of 10 stars. Here’s a link to Sarah J. Maas’s website if you’re interested http://sarahjmaas.com/ Thanks for reading…

P.S. Sorry it took so long.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Blurb: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Age: 13+

Price: £2.00 (on amazon)

My friend made me read it and I am glad she did. This book is about a girl from a poor family who becomes a servant in the Silver Palace. Suddenly she finds out that she has an amazing power which I thought was a bit out of the blue, but then again, there wouldn’t really be a story without her possessing her power. And then she works with the Red Guard to bring down the Silvers. In a way, this book is like the last Hunger Games book, ‘Mockingjay’ with a rebel force fighting against a dominating race/capital, so if you liked the Hunger Games then I think you will like this. However it is different in the way that there are a lot more plot twists and not so many people die.

My favourite characters were definitely Maven, Kilorn, Cal, Elara and Mare. Elara was so evil and very clever, she can read minds which makes her even cooler than she already is. The other 4 are the standard main characters in most books, the main character, Mare, her best friend Kilorn and then the two love interests/friends, Cal and Maven. Even though Victoria Aveyard didn’t have the most original characters, I still really liked all of them and couldn’t imagine the book without them. I give this book a 9 out of 10 stars and recommend it to both genders. If you have read the Hunger Games and enjoyed them I would definitely consider reading this and if you didn’t like them, give them a go anyway. Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, but I have a new policy now and will be posting at least 3 times a month so you won’t be left with no review for months. Anyway, happy summer and comment what book you are currently reading.

Spy for The Queen of Scotts by Theresa Breslin

Blurb: As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette – known as Jenny – is the young queen’s closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors – not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary’s own scheming half-brother, James – Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.

Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

Age: 12+

Price: £4.95

I’d heard that this book was really good, so when I saw it in the library, I picked it up and gave it a read, and it was definitely worth it.

This book is all about Mary Queen of Scots life who ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and her made up childhood friend Lady Ginette. This book cleverly mixes history and fiction to create an amazing book about Mary’s tragic life story. This is very much a spy book and has plenty of deceit and lies in it, so if that’s the type of thing that you enjoy then I highly recommend this to you. The only thing I would say is that the author could have put in more details about Mary’s real life rather than making some of it up. And there some parts of the book where nothing was happening and that could have been made much more interesting. However, I really enjoyed this book on the whole and give it an 8 out of 10. Sorry there isn’t much to say about this one as saying anything else would give away the book and I don’t want to ruin it for you. This book is suitable for both genders and hope that those of you in the UK are having a great May half-term! P.S. What books are you reading currently?

 

Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4) by Stephenie Meyer

Blurb: Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

Age: 14+

Price: £6.99

I have finally read the Twilight saga. If you didn’t know, this is the last book in the series of 4. I have reviewed all of them as I read them, so if you are interested, the links are here.

 

Book 1: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=423

Book 2: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=492

Book 3: http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=505

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, much more than all of the others. The last books never tend to be the best, but this series was different. There was a lot more going on than the other 3. There were so many more characters, about 20 new vampires were introduced to you and several other ‘normal’ characters. The only problem I had with the characters was Jacob. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jacob, he is one of the best characters but in this last book. Stephenie Meyer kind of ruined him for me. He was much less cheeky and funny and was suddenly very mature. Where as I liked it when he was immature because he contrasted with the others and made the book more interesting. Besides that, I really liked it, Jasper became much more interesting and Bella actually did something for once. I also liked the plot twists and the secrets in this book which made it more appealing to the reader. Renesmee is really cool, but you will have to read the book to find out who that is, because I’m not going to tell you. If you are considering reading the Twilight series, I would say that you should, partly because the last book was good. But don’t just skip straight to the last one without reading the others. Because that’s cheating. I still wouldn’t give this a 10 but I will give it a 9. This book is aimed at girls, but I think that boys should read it too. Enjoy!

 

One by Sarah Crossan

Blurb: Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.

Age: 13+

Last year I went to the Hay Festival, click here to read about my experience http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=394. Anyway, I went to see the winner of the YA shortlist award and this book one. So here is my long promised review of the winner.

I really loved this book! It was interesting as Sarah Crossan has written the whole book in verse. Please don’t think that it is a book with a load of silly rhymes in it, because it isn’t. Even though it is written in verse, it doesn’t actually rhyme. It’s just like reading a normal book but there is more flow to it. This book is about conjoined twins hence the name of the book. My favourite characters were obviously Grace, Tippi and Dragon. All the characters had very different and sometimes clashing personalities which made the book really interesting. I read this book within a couple of days because I couldn’t put it down. This was a really sad book. So if you don’t like that kind of thing then this probably isn’t for you. I nearly cried at the end, read it to find out why. I would recommend this to girls and give it 10 out of 10 stars. Enjoy!

P.S. There will be a new page on my blog shortly called ‘Book of the Year’ where I will be announcing my favourite book from each year. It will be up really soon so keep your eyes peeled. I will say when it is up on my twitter – Njtbbtc – and Instagram – NJTBBTC.

…And A Happy New Year? By Holly Bourne

Blurb: Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for the mother of all New Year’s Eve parties. Having spent months apart since finishing college, they’ve got plenty to catch up on: how is Evie juggling a relationship with her OCD? Does Amber plan to spend more time with Kyle in America? And where did Lottie end up? Get ready for some serious partying – and some major New Year’s revelations – from everyone’s favourite cheesy-snack-loving feminists. 

Age: 14+

Price: £9.99 (in hardback)

Holly Bourne is the author of one of my favourite book series ever! Therefore I was very excited when this came out and have been dying to talk to you about it. I really liked this book however it wasn’t as good as the other 3, for reasons that will be mentioned soon. I liked that there was a huge get together for New Years Eve and everyone mentioned in the previous 3 books were in it which was nice as you got to see some characters that hadn’t been mentioned in a while. I was pleased that Kyle was a main character (ish) in this book. The book was in sections from each persons point of view (Evie, Amber and Lottie) which is different to the others, but I liked it. However, I didn’t like that there wasn’t much happening in this book apart from a party at Amber’s house for New Years Eve. It was a small book, but more things could have happened. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the ending, it wasn’t as good as some endings for some books I have read. But apart from those 2 little negatives, I really enjoyed it and was so happy that Holly Bourne  wrote another even if it wasn’t as good as the other 3. I give this book an 8 out of 10 and hope all you feminists out there enjoy this book and enjoy the rest of the series as well.

Eclipse (Twilight Series #3) by Stephenie Meyer

Blurb: ‘Bella?’ Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me again. His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine – like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Price: £5.99

Age: 13+

The first book review of 2017, yay!

I definitely enjoyed this more than the second book in the series (New Moon).

This book was much better than the 2nd but it still hasn’t beaten the 1st book. I really liked the increase in characters in this book (including new recruits to the werewolf gang) as the same old characters were starting to get a bit boring to read about. This book was a lot more thrilling and violent than the others for reasons that I cannot say because they would be spoilers. I liked this book more because Bella was less of a drip and it was a lot more exciting with some Vampire problems (in Seattle). The only thing I would say is there were a lot of moments where nothing was really happening and there was just a boring conversation. Also, there were stupid arguments with Edward and Jacob which were completely unnecessary and petty, which annoyed quite a bit. All in all, I did like the book and would recommend it, so it gets a 7.5 out of 10.

New Moon (Twilight Series #2) by Veronica Roth

new-moonBlurb: I stuck my finger under the edge of the paper and jerked it under the tape. ‘Shoot,’ I muttered when the paper sliced my finger. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. ‘No!’ Edward roared … Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm – and into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realise their troubles may just be beginning …

Price: £6.99

Age: 13+

I enjoyed the first one, but this one was a bit disappointing. I found this book a bit girly and silly. Edward leaves Bella and then she suddenly becomes obsessed with Jacob and it got a bit annoying. However, saying that there were some good bits to it, for instance the ending and right at the beginning, but the middle was very under-whelming. I did like that there were loads of new characters (vampires) introduced into this book and Jake’s secret was pretty cool though it was kind of obvious what it was and it took Bella absolutely ages to guess which annoyed me. I will read the rest of the series even though I was disappointed by this book as I was told that the last book (Breaking Dawn) is the best, so we shall see. I give this book a 6 out of 10 and aim it more at girls than boys, but by all means give it a read.

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What’s a girl gotta do? by Holly Bourne

spinsterBlurb: HOW TO START A FEMINIST REVOLUTION: 1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender, 2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe), 3. Always try to keep it funny, 4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas… 

Age: 14+

Price: £6.99

So, as you probably know, I am a huge fan of Holly Bourne books and loved ‘Am I normal yet’ so I was really excited when this book came out. My friend lent it to me and I loved it!!! This book is about Lottie starting a feminist revolution to stop all sexism. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong. I thought that this book was amazing and can’t wait to read Holly’s new book that has just come out called ‘And a Happy New Year’. There are some new characters in this book who I really liked for example, Megan and Will. Even though they both appeared in the other books briefly, their characters really stood out and you got to know a lot more about them. This book is 14+ for a reason and I suggest that if you are younger, it is probably not the book for you as the content is very mature. I give this book a 10 out of 10 stars and aim it at girls, but by all means, boys, give it a read! ENJOY!!!

Geek Girl #3Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Geek girl 3Blurb: Harriet Manners knows more facts than most.She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States.She knows that its official motto is ‘Ever Upward’.She knows that one in thirty-eight people living in the US lives there.But she knows nothing whatsoever about modelling in the Big Apple and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or ‘becoming a brand’ as the models in New York say. And even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming your way from your boyfriend…

Price: £4.99

Age: 12+

This is the third book in the Geek Girl series, I have reviewed the first book, so if you would like to  read the review for that one then here is the link http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=125

I have read the second book, but for some reason forgot to review it, so if you would like to see a review of that, please tell me. Now onto the review

I read this book in between swimming in the pool and drinking cocktails (non alcoholic obviously), yes, I was in Spain! While you lot were all sitting indoors, I was lounging in the sun and tanning, anyway .This book was my favourite out of the three, partly because it was so different to the rest of them. This one was sadder and you learnt  a lot more about Nick. I was also surprised that Fleur made a reappearance in this one, for a good reason though. I was happy to see a lot of new characters in this book where as the others only had a few. I can’t wait to read the fourth book and already have a copy of it because my friend kindly lent it to me. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars and aim it at girls, but by all means, if you are a boy and fancy reading this then go ahead, no one will stop you. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays (if you are in the UK).

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The Prophecy by Erin Rhew, #1 of The Fulfillment Series (Trilogy)

erin rhewBlurb: Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Price: £0.99 (on kindle)

Age: 13+

I love fantasy books and this is just another great one. I loved all the characters in it, I have several favourites. Layla, Grant, Will, Nash and Vespa. The battle scenes in the book were amazing and described vividly. The only thing that I would say about this book is that I would like to have heard more about Layla’s parents but maybe it’s in the other books. I would recommend this to people who have read and loved Forestium and the Crimson Claymore because they are all slightly similar great fantasy books. I would definitely read the other 2 books so look for a review of them in the future. I would say this book is probably more for girls than boys, because of the several love stories that go on throughout the book, but if you are a boy and think it sounds good, then by all means, give it a read. I give this a 9 out of 10 star rating and hope you will read and enjoy it!!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

TwilightbookBlurb: About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Age: 13+ possibly 14+

I know these books have been reviewed to death, but there is no harm in one more review.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book, but it was nowhere near as bad as I thought. This book is about a girl falling in love with a vampire and the problems that it causes. This is like any other love story but with the added gore. I could relate to Bella with her being clumsy, but not because I fall in love with vampires. I thought that the characters were good and that a vampire love story was an interesting idea. I did like this book and the way that it was written. However it was too cliché for my liking with the falling in love and then the Romeo and Juliet thing with we can’t be together but they do it anyway. I have heard that the other books are better so I will make an effort to read the rest of the series. Also, shout out to my friend (you know who you are) who is obsessed with these books and made me read it. I give this an 8 out of 10 stars and recommend it to teenage girls.

Lyre by Tina V. Tatum

lyreBlurb: The daughter of the great warrior Kitonga, protector of the Yimbe village, Lyre was always aware of the beauty of combat which led her to dream of becoming the first female warrior. She received what she asked for and more, but becoming a hero like her father came with a price.
She must battle warriors unlike any the Yimbe village has ever seen and face challenges both physical and mental. Lyre is truly a hero unlike any other.

Price: £4.99 (KIndle Edition)

Age: 13+

Firstly I would like to say thank you to Tina because the PDF of this book didn’t work and so she sent me a gift on amazon of the book which was ever so kind of her.

Anyway…

I enjoyed this book and read it during exam week and it kept me entertained during revision period. This book is a fantasy novel and has a wide array of characters. My favourite characters were Lyre and Miata . This book has an evil plot twist towards the end of the book which I hated but I don’t think I would love the book so much if it hadn’t happened. I thought the names were really interesting and sounded very tribal, unusual and unique. This is a rather different book than those that I would usually read, but I enjoyed it all the same. I would give this 8 out of 10 stars because some things that happened that I cannot tell you because it would be a spoiler. This is for both genders and I recommend it to Eragon fans. Hope you enjoy.

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Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne

am i normal yetBlurb: All Evie wants is to be normal. And now that she’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the-girl-who-went-nuts, there’s only one thing left to tick off her list… But relationships can mess with anyone’s head – something Evie’s new friends Amber and Lottie know only too well. The trouble is, if Evie won’t tell them her secrets, how can they stop her making a huge mistake?

Price: £6.99

Age: 14+

 

I went to the Hay Festival in early June and came across this wonderful book. This book is about a girl recovering from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and it’s about her starting college and going to house parties and doing whatever 16 year olds do, but there is one problem, boys.

This is rated a 14+ because of the content, which includes sex, drugs and alcohol so I would advise younger readers to steer clear of this book until they are older. On a happier note, I loved this book so much. The way it was written was really clever and witty and overall the book was hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. I was glued to the book and finished it within a matter of days. My favourite characters were Lottie, Evie and Amber because they were so funny and amazing. Give this book a go, I am sitting my summer exams this week so this would be the perfect time to get a good book. I would say this book is for girls and hope you enjoy it.

P.S. HAPPY FATHERS DAY

 

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The Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr.

27831594Blurb: When Searon loses everything he once holds dear, he begins a quest for revenge, leaving behind everything except his Crimson Claymore. He runs into something he doesn’t expect…a sarcastic wizard, who won’t leave him alone unless he forms an army, an army that could fulfill his revenge, and save all of humanity in Calthoria.

Price: $14.99 (£10.26) or $5.99 on the kindle (£4.10)

Age: 13+

Before I say anything else, I would like to apologise to Craig if he is reading this, that it took me so long to read and write a review of it, well first thing is, it took 2 weeks to come from America and then it took me a while to read it, so I am very sorry, but now onto the review.

I really enjoyed this book, I would recommend it to Eragon and LOTR/The Hobbit fans and people who love the fantasy genre. There is a lot of detail crammed into this book which I like because you get a bigger picture of what’s going on. My favourite characters were Anaela, Karckeolos (hope I spelt that correctly) and Starlyn. The book was well written and I enjoyed reading it, the only thing I would say is WHERE DID STARLYN GO???? Because she kind of just leaves, I’m guessing it’s to find her sister but I would like to know, also, it ends on a cliff hanger. I know that this is book 1 of hopefully a series, and I am looking forward to the next book. If you like romance, fantasy and killing then go for it. I would say this is for both genders and give it 9 out of 10 stars.

 

 

Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

2578192374The Harry Potter series is one of the most highly praised book series on our planet, and this is definitely one of my favourite book series.

I will give each of the books a score out of 10, and then add them up to reveal the grand total out of 70 for the series.

 

Harry Potter and the philosophers stone – 8.5 / 10

Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets – 9.5 / 10

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – 9.5 / 10

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 10 / 10

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 10 / 10

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – 10 / 10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 9.5 / 10

Which gives the series a grand total of 67 out of 70, which in my opinion is a very high scoring series.

Now, let’s go on about my favourite book, which was ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because it was nice to have a change of scenery, all the books so far had been set in Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizadry so it was nice for it to be set mostly in Sirius Black’s house. This also was the book where Harry finally met a fatherly figure that he had been wanting for the whole of his life so far and meeting Sirius was a good thing however J.K.Rowling goes and spoils it by killing him at the end of the book. The other good bit of the book was that you get to meet Luna Lovegood who is one of my favourite characters as she is just so odd but doesn’t seem to be aware of it which I think is rather funny. There is also the cool battle at the end in the Ministry of Magic.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, please tell which book was your favourite and why because I would love to know because I am a nosy person!

 

 

 

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

missperegrine_334x518Blurb: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children;, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a 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 abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

Price: £7.99

Age: 13+

WARNING: This book is creepy!

This book is by far the weirdest book I have ever read, and if you thought that Frances Hardinge wrote weird books, then think again! I came across this book because of my best friend, she was talking non stop about it and then she lent it to me to read. So, obviously I read it. The start wasn’t my favourite part of the book, I liked the very first chapter with his granddad telling the stories, but then, I don’t really know, I guess it didn’t fit in as well as the rest of the book. But after the not as good part, came the great part. This book is about a boy who meets a load of children who have strange abilities, and then becomes friends with them. There is a film being made about this book, so read the book before you see the film because the film looks amazing! There is some swearing in the book which I highly doubt will be in the film, but you never know. This book is part of a series, the second one is called ‘Hollow City’ and the third is called ‘Library of Souls’. I can’t wait to read the other two, please give this book a go if you like weirdness and horror.

Girl About Time (#1 Ruby Red) by Kirsten Gier

51QB7cJ4x7L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Blurb: Every family has secrets, but what happens when you are the family secret? Gwyneth is shocked to discover she’s inherited the family time-travelling gene. One minute she’s shopping, the next she’s trapped between centuries. But she’s not the only time traveller. Soon she’s caught up in a dangerous mystery with a gorgeous boy and a secret society determined to change the past.

Price: £6.99

Age: 13+

I really enjoyed this book! This book is part of a trilogy and the other two are called ‘Saphire Blue’ and ‘Emerald Green’. This book is about time travel and strangeness, this is a very weird book but boy will you enjoy it. I don’t actually like the front cover as in my opinion, it doesnt look like the main character and that annoyed me a bit, but otherwise, this is one of the best fantasy books I have read this year! (and that is saying a lot) I give this book 10 out of 10 stars and I would say this book is for girls rather than boys. Please say if you would like me to review the rest of the series.

Percy Jackson Series (5 books) by Rick Riordan

pjI don’t normally write a review for series’, but this is an exception.

This is a series that consists of 5 amazing books…..

 

#1 Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief – 9 out of 10 stars

#2 Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters – 9.5 out of 10 stars

#3 Percy Jackson and The Titan’s Curse – 10 out of 10 stars

#4 Percy Jackson and The Battle of The Labyrinth – 10 out of 10 stars

#5 Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian – 10 out of 10 stars

As I read this series, the books seemed to get better and better. My favourite book by far was the third book, Percy Jackson and The Titans Curse, this book is where you meet one of my favourite characters, Nico Di Angelo, who you then get to know even better in the Heroes of Olympus series which is set after the Percy Jackson series.

The first book is where you first meet Percy and find out that he is Demigod of one of the THREE (you must read the book to understand this). He then gets whisked off on a quest and things go wrong because Percy is the worlds biggest idiot. Luckily he has Annabeth.

This series is all about Greek Mythology that still exsists, for example, the gods, monsters and strange creatures that could be classed as monsters. This series will make you cry with all the sacrifices that are made and will make you laugh at the ridiculous chapter names. I loved this series and just wish that it was an ongoing thing that never ended. There are films for the first 2 books, but don’t watch them as they are worse than having to watch Brian Cox (annoying astronomist) on the television. So please read the books and tell me what you think.

 

 

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentBlurb: In a society divided into factions all are forced to somewhere they belong. And the choice for Beatrice Prior makes shocks everyone, including herself.

During extreme initiation tests, Tris must determine who her friends are and whether she can trust the man who both threatens and protects her. Because Tris has a deadly secret. One that might ave those she loves… or destroy her.

Age: 12+

Price: £7.99

I knew about the film and my friends had all read it and were begging me to read it, so I did. And I am glad that they told me to do so. This book is a bit like the hunger games with the book mostly based on war, fighting and love. I did really enjoy this book. I love how it is written, I  have a soft spot for books that have been written in first person (not sure why??). If you have read the hunger games and loved it, you will definitely enjoy this book. I am aware that there are three other books in this series and I am keen to read them. So when I have read them, I shall review them individually. This book is for both genders and there are some very soppy moments and awfully sad and depressing moments where you want to scream out and want the torture to stop. It doesn’t, but you get over it. I give this book 10 out of 10 stars and can’t wait to read the next one.

Forestium (Portallas #1) by Christopher D. Morgan

Forestium-front-cover-finalBlurb:  Joshua’s life is on the line, as he attempts to navigate through the magical world of Forestium to find the truth about his father. He and his companions will need to use all their cunning to stay alive and avoid the dark forces of the Goat. Will he find the magical orbs and open the Portallas, a magical gateway to other worlds, before he’s killed?

Age: 10+

Price: It is available on amazon as an ebook only. Which is priced at £3.83.

I was super excited to review this book because it was a new experience for me to be contacted by an author and given an ARC (advanced reading copy) and I really wanted this book to be good, and it sure was. The prologue was intriguing and draws you into the story. And then the actual book starts ten years after the prologue.

The book is about a 17-year-old boy called Joshua, who refuses to believe that his father is dead and goes off to search for him with his best friend Andrew and an Imp named Galleon. This book is going to be published in February or March and will probably be available on amazon. This book is for both genders. I really enjoyed this book so I hope when you read it, you will too.

‘Forestium’ is the first book in the series ‘Portallas’ and I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out. This is an adventure/romance/fantasy novel and in some parts I found it scary, partly due to the chapters about ‘The Goat’. My favourite characters were Isabelle, Sarah, The Goat and Lilly. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was at the end, so I wont say because it is a spoiler alert, but it has something to do with Joshua’s dad. I reckon people who have read Eragon will enjoy this book so if you have read it, I would recommend giving this a shot.

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Listen To The Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Listen_to_the_MoonBlurb: May, 1915.

Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy.

Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…?

Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.

WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve…

Age: 10+

Price: £4.00 also available in most local libraries, if not, you can ask them to order it for you

I read this book back in 2015 just before the hay festival, and had completely forgotten about up until now when I was sorting out my room and found the book. I loved this book, it was so touching and what I liked the most was there were characters in this book with whom i could relate to. This book is the tale of a young girl who is found on an island. She has no memory of why she is there or how. But then she starts to remember, and it all comes flooding back. This book will make you laugh and cry, and it is Michael Morpurgo best book yet. This book is for both genders and I guarantee an enjoyable read. It was also nominated for the costa book award!!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

22510983Blurb: Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

Age: 10+

Price: £12.99 (hardback edition) to expensive for my liking, so i wouldn’t bother getting the book.

Well, where to start?????

I am sure most of you guys who have read this book have only picked it up because it was written by Zoella, come on, it’s true isn’t it?! I do watch Zoella videos and i have to say, I was very disappointed. If you like these kind of love story novels with a plot twist, well i highly suggest that you read Geek Girl – check my other posts – it’s so much better and i kind of think there might have been a bit of copying going on. Other people say that it was ghostwritten – basically it means that Zoella came up with the idea and everything, but someone was there perfecting it and making sure it was perfect before it was published. I’m giving this book 3 out of 10 stars, I absolutely couldn’t stand it, by the end I was literally forcing myself to read it. This book is definitely aimed at girls and I really didn’t like it!!!! This is just my opinion though, I know loads of people who have loved this book. So if you like Zoella and girly cliché love stories, then this book is for you.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

95623590Scariest book I have ever read!!!

Blurb: When blood is the bounty, purity is priceless.

Count Dracula’s castle is a hellish world where night is day, pleasure is pain and the blood of the innocent is prized above all. Young Jonathan Harker is begged by locals not to go there – but business must be done.

So Jonathan approaches the dark gates and then his nightmare begins. His beloved wife, Mina, and other souls have fallen under the Count’s horrifying spell. Dracula must be destroyed.

Age: 13+

Price: £6.99

This book is gory, terrifying and sexy in some parts of the novel. This book is an old classic, published in 1887 which makes older than any of the other books that I have posted or talked about on this website. This is the scariest book I have ever read and one of the best. Aimed at both genders and I give it 10 out of 10 stars. Please tell your parents you are reading this because it is a scary novel, also I would suggest that you are a confident reader to read this book as some of the words and language they use is hard to understand in some places. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, please tell me if you loved it or hated. This book will completely change your perspective of Vampires as Bram Stoker was the man who invented the vampires and the thing about garlic, teaks, crucifixes, etc.

 

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

81N-m6WpExLI read this book early this year and couldn’t put it down until I finished it, so I thought you might like it……

Blurb : Despite the tumor shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Age : 13+

Price : £7.99, you would also find it in a library.

I thought this book was amazing, however it is sad and some readers may find certain parts very upsetting, but……the way it is written is just pure genius, the story line however isn’t very original as you could find many books with a similar plot, but there are no books like this that are this well written, I have read it 4 times and it is now on my list of top 10 favourite books. This book is aimed at both genders and I highly suggest that you read it!