The Knife of Never Letter Go|| Book Review

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay. I admit it. I read this book as soon as I heard Mads Mikkelsen was cast to play the Mayer.

However – PATRICK NESS IS A GENIUS!! At first as I was unsure if I would get used to the writing style, as it’s not your average book.
Let me start by telling you the reason for the layout. All the men (as there are no women in Prentisstown) can hear each others thoughts. So throughout the book people’s thoughts materialise as different font, bolder or bigger and strewn across pages. It makes it for a more versatile read and even though I was hesitant on it at first – I really really enjoyed the style by the end.

For a book that gripped me all the way through and had so much HAPPEN in it, I was surprised it took me so long to read. Nearly a week – whereas a book which I enjoyed so much could be as little as four hours.
However maybe I subconsciously knew how good this was going to be and wanted to savour it? IDK however, what I do know is that this was a landmark read for me. It had be cry multiple times, I feel Patrick Ness has such a way to pull at your heartstrings – he is the ultimate puppet master.

We follow our last boy in Prentisstown Todd who has 30 days until he is a man. He has a dog called Manchee who he never wanted and he lives with Ben and Cillian who are his adoptive parents since the Spackle disease which killed all the women and made every thought prominent to everyone else. He finds something unusual in the swamp, something which gets picked up in his Noise and since then he is forced to flee his home and make a run for it to another settlement which he never knew existed until the minute he was fleeing.

This adventure is a whirlwind with such a good cast of characters and pace and ughgh Manchee. I didn’t think I was going to love this book, but I wish I had picked it up before. Also Mads is going to be such a suave Mayer I am scared already for his performance. The same for Tom Holland as our Todd – I think he’s going to do a fantastic job, I’ve just seen him in Spiderman and boy that boy can act – and act well.

I think one of my favourite parts was this: 603967da700cd358d8544deaa67fbdd0

Also a side note- I do believe Ben and Cillian are a couple, I do – the vibe and the pure, raw relationship which seemed so profound in those few scenes or conversations we had about the both of them – I really believe that to be true!

And how cute is this scene I found on deviant art by STkidd? You can check out their work here.

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Ugh – I do love that bloody dog.

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Flame in the Mist|| BOOK Review

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Huh.

This book surprised me – on many different levels. For one, I was expecting a Mulan retelling – nahh apart from the culture, I didn’t really see much Mulan. Specifically.
We follow our main girl Mariko who is ambushed and ‘murdered’ on her way to meet her betrothed by the Black Clan. Now before I get into the grittiness, this is not your typical YA. This is quite gory and violent – I wasn’t expecting it but I loved it. I am a big fan of gritty violence so this was a win for me.
I was also pleasantly surprised as this added twice as much depth for me and was a good bar to set to explain what was at stake.
She then pretends to be a boy to get passed unnoticed, wanting her questions answered she infiltrates a Black Clan campsite and gains their trust. Meanwhile between chapters of that we follow her brother who is tracking her and who is known as ‘The Dragon’.
It really took me by surprise, and I am really pulled to check out The Wrath and the Dawn now.
You’ll like this if you like dark gritty fantasy, unexpected and tragic romance and questions of family/loss and choice- if yes to all then this is the book for you.

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Ember 3 | COVER REVEAL| A Reaper at the Gates – I am so upset!

Help Guys.

There was a cover and title reveal for Ember 3 by Sabaa Tahir which will grace our shelves April 10th 2018….

However I was pretty upset when I saw it..

Compare it to how beautiful the first one is:

The spines at the moment are metallic – gold and bronze- so I was expecting maybe silver or a metallic blue or green.

I am sincerely hoping they are not changing the covers mid way without giving us readers a choice. It will look awful on my shelf with the other two and I know it sounds stupid ( I know there are much bigger and worse things in the world – COMPLETELY) But in my book world this really really bugs me.

What do you guys think? Have you seen anything that suggests this will be sold alongside the original designs?

Let me know what you find!

Em x

Lord of the Flies|| Book Review

Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies by William Golding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am utterly disturbed.

I never had to read this book at school, and in a way I am glad I didn’t because I was even more sensitive as a teen than I am now. This book haunted me when I turned the last page. I was thinking it would be like Swallows and Amazon’s in an adventurous Treasure Island kinda way.
Ho.
Ho.
Ho.
I was so damn wrong. So damn wrong.
This book was so haunting, and my god metaphorical.
We have a group of English school boys stranded from a plane crash on a dessert island. They can’t seem to get anyone’s attention so they try to survive.
I GOT THE CONCH.
(the damn bloody conch.)
At a remarkable fast pace the western way of living these boys had grown up in is peeled back, humanity itself is drained until basic animalistic instincts are left in all but two of the boys.
The breakdown of the civilised facade we all wear, layer by layer it’s gone, and it’s incredibly hard and uncomfortable to watch. The boys are constantly looking for an adult figure to sort out everything, and yet when the adult comes along, he turns away – unable to acknowledge what has happened. Or constructively help. Yet unable to see that the same layers are in the western world, through violence, and wars and destruction upon our homes.
I can’t decide if it’s 5* because it’s good, or because it’s done what it’s designed to do. I haven’t come away feeling joyous, but some books are meant to be good without making you feel so.

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My July Wrap Up!

Hey guys,

I hope you enjoy my wrap up! I am so happy with the amount I read and I hope to read as much in August!
Let me know what books you read this month!
Happy Reading,

Love, Em x

The Little Paris Bookshop|| Book Review

The Little Paris BookshopThe Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hm.

I read this with high hopes. But oh. Oh I was wrong. I thought this would be about a man that had a boat shop full of books that he sold to people like medicine? It was accurate for the first 50 pages and then…
It turned into something else – a pilgrimage maybe?

I enjoyed the first part, in finding the right book to help that person at that particular time, but it didn’t last long. We also had a mystery of a letter that was given to our main guy which we have yet to know what is inside. He opens it much quicker than I expected, and this changes the whole story. He ends up on the boat travelling for most of it, his books not as important anymore.
Which upset me a little bit.
Also for a book that looks cutsie- there is so much sex in this book. He is also a pervy character always commenting on the beauty of women and thinking about having sex with them. no no no no.

So overall I was pretty disappointed with this book, it wasn’t what I thought it would be 😦 And in parts it was just boring to read.

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Frenchman’s Creek|| Book Review

Frenchman's CreekFrenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can’t believe this was published in 1941. This was so so good.
4.75 stars.

I have never read Daphne du Maurier before but ho ho my god- this was so quick, addictive and adventurous?! It gave me inspiration, and I salute Maurier. I salute.

We follow Dona, a lady from London who has moved from the stuffy streets of the city to their country house with their two children. There she lets them be took care of by their nursemaid and she has some alone time, finding herself in the peace and quiet. She then soon discovers that a pirate has been staying in her room while the house has been vacant – who after her hunting – soon finds by the canal with his ship.

We follow their unlikely romance, Dona being swept into being a pirate and an unlikely death. This was suspenseful and Dona is such a strong sassy female character – questioning the values and rules of the society in that time. This is such a forward thinking book, it really surprised me in that respect – this book is a gem, and the story will definitely stay with me for a long time.

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The Waking Land|| Book Review

The Waking LandThe Waking Land by Callie Bates

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jesus.

The weeping land right?

The first chapter of this book was gripping and suspenseful and had you full of questions as the reader.
And then…. then it was like a bramble bush – you as a reader, fighting through the thorns to get to the roses. The good parts. And it shouldn’t be like that.

The main character was….always crying. She tried to be fierce but it just didn’t work for her – and I thought we would have a bigger part to play of the young girl being used as a pawn for each side but that was over extremely quickly. Also insta-love happened. So much insta-love. Like she barely exchanged two words with him on his horse and she was ‘flushing down her neck’
per-lease. I wasn’t happy.
Another disappointment. I was not happy with this book, and it was extremely slow in parts – I just couldn’t keep gooooing. But I persevered and I finished it but I don’t think I have an inclination to read the second one when it comes out -the main character was too darn annoying- and WEEPY!

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The Night Circus|| Book Review

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exquisite. Absolutely beautiful. The description here was right up my alley and definitely a book that made me wonder why it took me so long to read it.

It was also more brutal than I thought? There was one scene in particular where one of the masters has Celia slice open her finger tips just to have her heal them again and again. That particular passage made me feel weird I tell you.

I loved the author’s style in writing in characters, such as the creator of the clock had one chapter of how he invented it, and then he was drawn in more and more. The whole book was made up of threads plaited together like intricate lace. The end result was magical.

I really enjoyed the concept of the Night Circus, the whole thing was fantastic, and the world building was really well done. It felt like an immersive book experience, and it wasn’t a cop out – the magic was alive and real. It was almost it’s own being.
I urge anyone that has this on their waiting list to read this. Seriously – a classic indeed.

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Ready Player One| Trailer

 

Hey guys,

So just a bookish update of a trailer that was released today! Ready Player One will grace our big screens next year and footage has finally been released for it. (See below)
However, this trailer is really for those who have read the book to really know why anything is there or what it means because no plot is mentioned at all.

Though I really feel Spielberg will do a fantastic job!

Enjoy guys!

Love, Em x