Book Reviews

Wyrmeweald: Returner’s Wealth – Stewart & Riddel

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Wyrmeweald: Returner’s Wealth is the first book in a trilogy that I never got around to finishing, due to waiting for, then forgetting about, the last book. Therefore, I thought it was about time, 4 years later, to read the trilogy again and actually finish it this time. Reading a book twice can be arduous, as you already know the gist of what happens and therefore can lose enthusiasm to read it again. Luckily, I’m still reading strong with the trilogy, mainly because I love the imaginative story telling of Stewart & Riddell.

This book has illustrations! God, it has been a while since I’ve read a book that has pictures and isn’t an autobiography. To be honest though, I wish more books did have illustrations, especially within the fantasy genre. The creatures that Stewart & Riddell create are ten times stranger then I could ever imagine from merely their descriptions. I’ve read other books with their writing collaboration and have always loved the bizarre but deadly world that they create; it’s all very survival of the fittest themed. Continue reading “Wyrmeweald: Returner’s Wealth – Stewart & Riddel”

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A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre

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Got this book while at my Best Friend’s Village Fate!

When I first started to read this book, I didn’t think I would be able to finish it due to the way it was written. I had just finished reading a teen fiction series which was written nice and simply, with obvious paragraphs and a basic sentence formation. Well, A Perfect Spy wasn’t written like this, so for about the first sixty pages or so I felt like I was hiking up a mountain and not understanding most of the scenery as I went along. Thankfully though, I grew a bit more intelligent and got the hang of John Le Carre’s writing style and then commenced to happily devour the rest of the book.

The book starts off in present day during the 80’s (when this book was written), with the protagonist character Magnus Pym starting his stay at a little B&B in Devon run by Miss Dubber (who only knows Pym as Mr Canterbury). The scene sets with him stating that he is here for a longer stint than usual and will be writing a book. This book is revealed to the reader as an autobiography, after the completion of which, Pym has the intention of ending his days with the mortal world. Continue reading “A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre”

Gallagher Girl series – Ally Carter

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Chronological book order is from bottom to top.

I read these quite quickly, so like the other bit of teen fiction I wrote about, I’m going to discuss the whole series instead of going through book by book.

How is it best to describe this series? Well, imagine a school full of teenage female James Bond’s, plus the best security system imaginable and you get the idea of what it would be like to go to the Gallagher Academy of Exceptional Young Women. The school is portrayed as one of the most selective schools for geniuses and is full of snobby rich kids. However, those who have a high enough clearance level know the academy for what it actually is; a school which specialises in the art of espionage. You know a school is going to be interesting when its moto is:

“We are the sisters of Gillian…..To learn her skills. Honour her sword. And keep her secrets…… To the cause of justice and light.”

Continue reading “Gallagher Girl series – Ally Carter”

Deadline – Simon Kernick

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Click here for photo source   This is one deadline no one wants to miss

I’ve been reading books in quick succession over the summer holidays but appear to have stalled in my reviews of them. Then again, it never helps when you leave your laptop charger in an office in London (and I don’t live in London bear in mind) and don’t realise this until you need to charge the laptop a few days later; to which the office people are then unavailable to post it to you for a week or so! So, as you can see, very inconvenient.

Anyway, now to finally writing about Deadline by Simon Kernick.

I’ve forgotten how interesting crime thrillers are as I tend to avoid them, as I’ll A) get far too engrossed in the book and shut myself off from the world, or B) find it too freaky which frankly is not the kind of escapism that I’m looking for. However, Simon Kernick writes a cracking story full of twists and turns that leave you guessing plot details through-out the whole book.

The book starts off with a short prologue where a man kills his girlfriend and leaves the reader with: Continue reading “Deadline – Simon Kernick”

According to Yes – Dawn French

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Click here for photo source   I just love a simplistic book cover sometimes

I am always hesitant about reading books that are written by celebrities whose original claim to fame isn’t being an author. I just think, is the book a bestseller purely because Dawn French wrote it or is the book actually decent? And you know what? It was exactly what I was in the mood for; A bit of light-hearted fun that made me laugh.

I’ve always liked the programmes she has starred in and this book has the same feel as them. There is an air of humorous chaos where the main character, Rosie Kitto, finds herself asking:

“What the hell is going on? How should she be thinking about it?”

Of course, whatever ‘it’ is shall not be discussed for it would spoil a hefty chunk of the book. Continue reading “According to Yes – Dawn French”

Geek Girl series – Holly Smale

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Book chronological order is from the bottom to finishing the series at the top.

I’m just going to do something I haven’t done for this blog yet, and that is to review a series rather than an individual book. The reason for this is that it’s summer so I’ve got more time on my hands to lose myself in the fabulous world of books and it saves everyone time and effort as you don’t have to read 6 reviews talking about the same thing. How forward thinking of me!

Anyway, so the Geek Girl series, what to say…? Well, first off, I thoroughly enjoyed it actually. I haven’t read true young/teen fiction in a while and it was surprisingly nice to view the world from more innocent eyes. It always made me chuckle how the main protagonist, Harriet Manners, wouldn’t swear but would choose to say Sugar Cookies instead. Mind you, I don’t think the F word would go down too well within a book that has a recommended reading age of 11+!

In spite of this wonderful innocence I forgot and was repeatedly reminded of, what usually accompanies this characteristic; OH MY GOD, I have never read such a first person narrative from such a naive person! At points it almost had me screaming at the book saying “What are you doing? Why do you think that is a good idea?” Continue reading “Geek Girl series – Holly Smale”

Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye

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Click here for photo source  Love the old design of this cover.

Well it’s about time I got down to finally writing another one of these since I finished the book almost two weeks ago! But hey I’ve just broken up for summer and it’s been sunny so… legit excuse!

Anyway, before I sail away into the deep depths of my mind I’ll reign it back to the topic at hand, books. More specifically Jane Steele. Now, despite writing a book blog I tend not to read others myself (bad I know). I let Amazon recommendations guide me because I’m lazy and very picky when it comes down to books. But, when I did read some other blogs I came across this book and I’m so glad I did, for I loved it. Yeah, some aspects were a little unrealistic but what can I say, isn’t every story a slight embellishment of reality?

It’s set in my favourite period in history, the Victorian era and constantly refers back to Jane Eyre and the themes presented in her novels. The independence of women, love and dealing with what life throws at you are some of the themes that the main character, Jane Steele, draws upon from the influential author. Continue reading “Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye”