Book review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the book thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published by: Knopf Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.74

Synopsis: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Earlier this year marked the 10th year anniversary of this beautiful book being released into this world.

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Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A court of thorns and roses book coverA Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 4.30

Synopsis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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Children’s book review: Imaginary Fred

Children's book review: Imaginary FredImaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers
Published by: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.89

Synopsis: Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

Childrens books are not championed enough and I think this is extremely dangerous, how can someone come to reading as a young person or adult if they were never encouraged to read outside of school? This topic is another blog post in itself… but for now, let’s move on.

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Book review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Book review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.74

Synopsis: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

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Book Review: The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming

A book cover of The Trouble with Women

The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming asks: can women be geniuses or are their arms too short? Why did we only learn about three women at school? What were all the other doing?

A funny, witty and clever poke through History and the roles of women – or lack thereof by Jacky Fleming.  A great birthday present, a lovely weekend read and a all round fantastic book to go back to again and again, although it addresses important issues it isn’t dense. Jacky Fleming knows how to make a point but she does it with flair and funny-ness.

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8 Best Books of 2015

8 Best Books of 2015In all honesty, I was avoiding this post. Then I decided to get a grip my 8 best books of 2015 is subjective. I have decided to crown and parade these books as the 8 best books of 2015 because fiction or not they have influenced me. The stories I carry with me, the worlds I can taste and escape in, the beautiful writing, the sitting on the very edge of my seat and the characters who remain in my heart and mind long after their journeys are over are all the reasons I love to read. These books had me thinking even after I turned the last page, they had my heart pounding or laugh out loud and I just want to say thank you, sincerely to every single author on this list.

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