Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets -RR| Book Review

Reread. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ooooo Harry Potter ❤ I am thoroughly enjoying my re-read of this series, it’s warming, it’s nostalgic- just like a good cuppa tea and your favourite blanket. It’s timeless.

Chamber of Secrets follows Harry back in his second year where we see a Deathday party, Ginny Weasley, spiders, chambers and a bathroom with a haunted ghost.

There is plenty to get your teeth into and I the illustrations Jim Kay had done alongside it were again stunning, absolutely stunning.

I’m not gonna properly review this because…well it’s Harry Potter- I shouldn’t need to :L

My favourite, always. x

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The Heart’s Desire| Walking Dead Comics Vol 4| Graphic Novel Review

The Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart's DesireThe Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart’s Desire by Robert Kirkman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So here we are at The Prison. I was super pumped to get back with what will probably turn out to be my favourite graphic novel series.
Michonne arrives in this volume as we say goodbye to some of the people we got to know in the last. A few people get it on, and others don’t. A lot of drama happened and we discuss the Ricktatorship as it’s put into question. I really enjoyed this volume, some of the panels were cleverly done – especially one where our characters took out zombies in the courtyard. This series is definitely getting better and I cannot deny I was slightly annoyed by the amount of sex and who it was with but the character development along the way was well done. This series is getting better and better and now I am only 14 volumes away from Negan 😉

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September TBR!

Here are all the books I plan to read and finish in the month of September! Autumn is here guys! Autumn is here 😀 Enjoy!

Happy Reading and let me know what you plan to read this month!
Love, Em x

The Raven Boys|| Book Review

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my boys. My sweet sweet boys.

In a quick overview we have Blue a daughter of a psyshic who has no actual abilities herself only to amplify others of those around her. She has always been forewarned by her whole family that when she kisses her true love he will die. She gets mixed up with the Raven boys – Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah all who are running after a Welsh king and trying to solve the mystery with the leylines.

There is a lot more to it than that – particularly Adam’s story which made me feel the most – dear god. All the characters were superbly well written, all with flaws and human reasonings but Adam, oh god my soft pebble with his hard, pragmatic centre – I love him. He made me so sad and happy at the same time fjghfdjkgh.

The plot was also hugely addicting, and I really enjoyed it when Blue was finally part of solving the Leylines with them. I like the fact Maggie didn’t rush with the plot – it didn’t feel crammed to me, which was refreshing as with some YA books you feel infodumped right from the off.

The only thing that doesn’t make it a 5 star for me is that some things were brought into the story and then dropped for ages – also the last chapter felt like a wrap up- too quick and like a checklist to make sure everything had been mentioned at the end Not about that.

I am looking forward to continuing on with Dream Thieves – I need more of my boys.

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BookFlash|| August Edition

Hey guys, 

WELCOME TO THE SECOND EDITION OF BOOKFLASH! Yes that’s right, we had the first one back in May and we are full to the brim with news for our August edition! 

So without further ado imma gonna get into it because, well THERE IS SO MUCH! 

Cover Reveals 

Winter Glass| Lexa Hillyer (Spindle Fire #2) | Release Date April 2018
Honor Among Thieves| Rachel Caine| Release Date Feb 2018 (I am so excited for this debut!!)
Everless|Sara Holland|Release Date Jan 2018
Winterfolk| Janel Kolby| Release Date Feb 2018
Obsidio| Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)| Release Date March 2018 (WHY SO FAR AWAY?!)
Only Human| Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files #3) | Release Date May 2018 (MY MOST ANTICIPATED READ OF ALL TIME OMGOMGOMGOMGOGM IT’S HERE OMGOMG)
The Astonishing Colour of After| Emily X.R Pan| Release Date March 2018
Sightwitch| Susan Dennard (Witchlands #2.5) | Release Date Jan 2018
A Reaper at the Gates| Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #3) | Release Date April 2018 –  I really don’t like this change in cover- I mean it’s glorious in it’s own right but it really upsets my OCD of all matching covers 😦 WHY SABAA WHY?!)

Book News

So as said above we have the third and final Themis Files now announced!! I am so so sos ososososososo excited- this series has been phenomenal so far and I am over the moon to see where he goes with it. The UK cover has yet to be released but the US cover looks awesome! And to see them all together is beaaaaaautiful! We have to wait until May 1st 2018 for this beauty but I know it will be well worth the wait!

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V.E SCWAB| 

Oh my god – the best news came just a WEEK ago when Tor announced a 1 MILLION  DOLLAR DEAL WITH SCHWAB –  A NEW SHADES OF MAGIC TRILOGY!! I am gushing, let me regain composure. The books will begin 10-15 years after we left our babies in A Conjuring of Light. The trilogy will be called Threads of Power and I am so so so so stoked to know we will have more of our babies – there will be old and new characters and UGH yes give me more Schwab!!! 
We also get a new book from her as well called Black Tabs (? Subject to change) – about a female assassin (similar to Blade Runner apparently?! nom nom nom) HOLD ME .

TV

Raven Boys| Date: TBC 

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Now I am only mid way through the Raven Boys but I do know that a while ago rights were acquired to go forth and produce a series. From then it was announced that the series will be airing on Syfy with Stiefvater on as coproducer. No casting has been released as of yet but I am on the edge of my seat to see who they cast as my precious baby Adam <3. 

A Darker Shade of Magic| V.E Scwab | Date: TBC

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So not long ago we had the announcement that the Shades of Magic series was up for adaption with Gerard Butler and his company at the helm. I thought it was due for a film series but it’s now been discussed as a tv series which is SOOOO exciting because WE GET LONGER IN THAT WOOOORLD! I am so up for as much as possible to do with my babies and I cannot wait to see snippets!! 

Film

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My most exciting piece of info was that Mads Mikkelsen (yes MY MADS FROM HANNIBAL AND THE HUNT AND UHGHF) is to play Mayor Prentiss. Hold me. Hold me. I am so down for this casting, I am already buzzing that Tom Holland is to star as Todd ahhkjdfhgjk. Holland is another superb rising actor who has a raw talent that I hope Hollywood doesn’t beat out of him.

  

The KingKiller Chronicles| Patrick Rothfuss| Film, TV Series && A GAME?!

This piece of information surprised me. Not only is Rothfuss keeping us waiting with the last book in the trilogy (which is greatly anticipated mind you) he has also signed a deal with Lionsgate to produce a film, a tv series and a video game!!! 

Now film and tv series aside I am down for a video game- OH LORD, IF IT LOOKS LIKE ASSASSINS CREED OR THE WITCHER GAMES UGH – It would be gorgeous as an RPG. Gimme it. Gimme it now! Now for all I know it will be twenty years before anything comes from this again as Rothfuss like our dear George RR Martin is a go slow author. Still, this news alone has me re-pumped for this series! 

So that is all for my BookFlash this time! I hope you enjoyed it and let me know what book news you have enjoyed these past months!

Happy Reading/Watching/Playing!! 

Love, Em x

 

 

 

Mortal Instruments| City of Bones Book Review

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars.

I don’t know what I was expecting with the beginning of this series. I mean, I enjoyed it to an extent – but the twist at the end made me feel like my intestines had been pulled out and wrung dry.
I’ve been told to keep reading as it gets better. (Does it?!)

Characters wise I enjoyed Jace, Isabella A LOT. I felt the characters to already be well developed where as Clary and Simon – god they really annoyed me. Especially Clary who just seemed to say the wrong thing to really get my goat.

I enjoyed the world building, and I know it’s only the first one so I will keep going with it – however my expectations have now been lowered.

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Illumicrate Unboxing| August!

Hey guys!

Long time, no see! I have had a very busy couple of months (which has resulted in my blog taking a slight hit, but I am off next week! So expect normal weekly blogs to continue!)

Here is my Illumicrate Unboxing – which is my favourite book box!! (A heavy statement after only having two boxes so far!)

Enjoy & Happy Reading!

Love, Em x

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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