Daily Reads #92

Dear readers,

It’s coming closer and closer to the end of the summer and my life is getting busier and busier in work. I’m finding it tough to get time to read and update the blog these past two weeks but I am trying my best. Hopefully when September comes around things will get a little bit quieter and I will be able to regain some more control on my life. In saying this however I have managed to wrap up two books and will be posting the reviews up in the next few days. 


I am still reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I reckon these books will be taking up a lot of my time over the next few days but I am hoping to at least start one more book this week before the end of the month. The book I have chosen has been high on my list for a few months now and especially since the release of the new movie trailer. It’s Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and the follow up book to Miss Pergrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The new movie is due out next month and I cannot wait because I think it will make an exceptional movie not to mention it is directed by Tim Burton who has been behind some of my favourite movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride and many many more. 


I have an awful lot to read and already it doesn’t look like I am hitting my huge August TBR but I will be trying my best over the next week. 
Keep on reading!
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Daily Reads #91

 

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Dear Readers,

It’s been a tough few days getting back to work after being off for an entire week and doing lots of amazing things. I’m finding it hard getting out of holiday mode and getting my head back in the game, I’m already too busy thinking about my next day off.

So far this week I haven’t had much of a chance to read but I have been continuing on with my reading pile and admiring all my new books. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is actually really funny because it has created an Oz that I would never have imagined and amongst it is a teenage girl with a whole lot of attitude and sarcaam. I am really enjoying it and the twist in the characters.

Dorothy

As well as this I am on the final pages of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and part of me is dying to get to thw end and the other half is savouring every last word. I’m already excited to pick up Deception Point or Digital Fortress after this and at the same time I don’t want to leave Robert Langdon so I might have to order The Lost Symbol online.

I an a few pages into Scarlet by Marissa Meyer as well but I haven’t had as much time to devote to this book just yet but I am trying to make the most of the next week. I can’t believe we are so close to the end of August and just two weeks away from the end of Summer. In work Summer signifies a busy period with lots of visitors and constant running around and it feels like it has flown in and we’re so close to the last hurdle.

With every passing week we’re also counting down to the wedding and I’m already thinking about what books to take on the flight with me and which ones to enjoy by the pool. For now though I’m gonna head to bed and see of Professor Langdon has solved the mystery…

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Birthday Book Haul

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Hi Readers,

I thought I would put up a little post about my humongous birthday book haul, this week I turned 25 and my fiancé decided that for my birthday he would take me to one of my favourite second hand bookstores and buy me lots of books. I, of course being a book addict had no problem with this present as I haven’t been book shopping in so long and have a huge wish list of 350 books that just keeps getting bigger. If you’re ever in Northern Ireland I highly recommend Bookends Bookstore, I have been going there from I was a teenager and have never been let down.

I couldn’t believe the books that I managed to get and so many of them were in perfect condition, I’m pretty sure most of them are brand new and have never been read. As many of you will know this past month I have been a tad obsessed with Dan Brown so I was immediately on the lookout for more of his books and I was able to get Deception Point and Digital Fortress.

I also managed to get my hands on a pristine copy of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 which I have been dying to read for a long time. I spotted a beautiful hardback edition of Doctor Sleep, the follow up novel to The Shining which I have been looking forward to reading even if I have to wait until someone else is in the house.

I asked the shop assistant as well about Neil Gaiman and he said his books rarely come in because he is so popular but the only book he had and that I was able to buy was American Gods which I was chuffed about because it’s one I don’t already have but have heard so much about.

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All together I walked away with 28 books, all that I was able to buy for £2 or £3 and I even got a few for free because there was an offer on paperbacks. I could have spent all day in that shop and searched the shelves from top to bottom to see what they had but eventually I had to stop.

Many of the books I have picked up because I had seen them reviewed on different sites and blogs so if you have read any of them leave a comment and let me know what you thought. I’m excited to get started on my new books and already I’ve had to add them to the shelves. I’m looking forward to what you readers say and recommend.

Happy Reading!

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Weekend Reads #79

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Happy Friday Readers,

I am still loving my week off and today I am heading for a hair trial for the wedding, it’s hard to believe it had come around the this time already with less than four months to go. I have been reading as much as I can while I was off and I had the most amazing book haul on Wednesday for my birthday which I will be posting about over the weekend.

Despite being super busy over the next few days I will also be spending time with my books and trying to make my way through my TBR for this month. I am nearly finished Angels and Demons by Dan Brown which just keeps getting better with every page. It getting more and more intense and fast-paced and I can’t put it down.

Scarlet

I also want to get started on a new book this weekend so I’m hoping to pick up Scarlet by Marissa Meyer which is part of the Lunar Chronicles. I read Cinder a long time ago and I’m hoping to get back into this series. I really enjoyed it and was determined to get back into it when I heard another book had been released last year. Unfortunately it was the same story for many readers where I had too many books to read and not enough time so it ended up on the back burner.

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I am also continuing on with Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I’m finding this book intriguing as I’m only a few pages in but I can’t help but find it a little humorous as well as it has taken the story of The Wizard of Oz and given it a new face and a massive twist.

So I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I can’t wait to share my thoughts on these books in the weeks to come.

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The Secret of Heaven – Felix Alexander

The Secret of Heaven

I was given this book in return for a review and I really enjoyed it. I was attracted to this book because I had just finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and was looking forward to another adventure that channelled legends, religion and was enthralled in mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I saw a lot of similarities between it and The Da Vinci Code. It was intriguing and had lots of interesting characters throughout.

Aiden Leonardo, a Professor of Biblical Studies is the number one suspect in the murder of his associate and friend Lazzaro de Medici. He arrived at his home to find him dying and on his last breath he left Aiden with an important task. Before he realises he has the help of his fiancé, and his friends who are trying to protect him and help him unravel the mystery.

From the very beginning you know what is happening and you are omniscient throughout or so it would seem. The story is constructed of the back of religious history, ancient languages and secret societies. It not only delves into Christian history but also into the Muslim faith and more which I really enjoyed reading about. It transports you back to the time of Jesus and his followers and again questions the construction of the Bible.

I enjoyed the characters in this book but it took me a few chapters in to get my head around the similar names and surnames especially between a father and son. There were a lot of connections between the characters and a lot of behind the scenes relationships which immediately added complications and a lack of trust into an already mysterious plot, however it really added to the story because you started to question who was trustworthy. Many of the characters feed into your familiar types such as strong females, corrupt officials and intelligent professors, however I don’t mention this as a critique but more as an observance, I do enjoy plots with corrupt governments and a wider global setting which this book definitely delves into.

I enjoyed the twist at the end and found this book very easy to read, it takes the reader on a fast-paced and page-turning adventure from start to finish. It’s a hard book to put down once started and I was shocked to find out that this is the first in a series so I’m intrigued to see what direction it will head in next.

I gave this book a  4 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I will be keeping a lookout for the author and the next book in this series. Definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the works of Dan Brown and other authors who delve into mysteries surrounding religion.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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I’m not entirely sure where to start with this review because this book was on all levels of awesomeness and yet I want to keep the majority of my feelings bottled and this review spoiler free.

I bought this book on Wednesday and was going to wait a few days before reading it because I am reading so much at the minute. However at 9:30pm I decided I would ‘start’ the book, less than 4 hours later I had finished it. I just couldn’t put the book down, it was such a good read and I was dying to see what would happen. As with any J.K Rowling I was hooked from the beginning and twists and turns were every few pages with the plot thickening.

The characters in this book were a breath of fresh air. With seven books about Harry’s story and a war against the dark lord it was nice to introduce some new younger characters to this world yet still with a connection to the time we know and love. The story focuses primarily on Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. These two characters are intriguing, intelligent and different from their famous fathers.

Although we are brought into a more mature world, the characters we grew up reading about or watching in the movies have grown up with us and have had their own children. With this there is a mature dialogue and despite being older they still possess the traits we know and love, Hermione is still intelligent and strong whilst Ron is still telling jokes and witty comebacks. Harry still cares for those he loves and would do anything to protect those around him and Hogwarts still holds secrets and is a home for students.

I can understand that many people weren’t happy about the release of this play as for many readers Harry’s story came to a natural close in Book 7 however this play allows the story to continue, even in its own way. I may have originally looked at this book as a follow on, however I see it as a new way for the story to extend and maybe even collect some new fans on the way. Harry Potter may have started its journey on the page, continued onto the big screen and now it’s only natural that this hugely popular world continues onto the stage. I wish I could have the chance to see this play in London but unfortunately it sold out immediately and so far I haven’t heard if it will be staged again anywhere.

After reading this I immediately had wanted to find my feet in this world again so I pre-ordered the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is due for release in a few months’ time.

I gave Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I really hope more books will be released in the future with these characters. I want to read more about their journey and learn more about these characters and what may lie ahead for them.

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Daily Reads #90

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Happy Monday Readers!!

This is a week I have been waiting on for a long time, I am off work and have lots of fun stuff planned from makeup and hair trials to my birthday tomorrow. I cannot wait for my birthday as I will be eating caterpillar cake and watching some of my favourite movies with my favourite people. On top of that for a little treat, on Wednesday my fiancé has offered to take me to one of my favourite bookstores and buy me some books, so I am very excited.

This week I will be reading as much as I can with being off work and I really want to finish up some books. Last week with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I found myself putting all books aside and reading it in one sitting. I absolutely loved it and really hope there are more books to follow. The children in it are really interesting characters and I want to read so much more about them.

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I’m hoping to finish up a few books this week and get started on one from my TBR this month. There are many to choose from but I’m hoping to start Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I don’t know much about this book other than I think it’s about a girl who follows in the footsteps of Dorothy to come across and Oz unlike that in the movie or book. I love my fairy-tale rewrites at the minute so I can’t wait to start this book.

So I hope you all have a great reading week and keep checking back for reviews, I will have a few going up in the next few days including The Cursed Child.

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July Wrap Up and August TBR

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Hello readers,

So it has just hit me that it is now August…when did that happen? The summer in work is so busy and it is flying in and I can barely tell from one week to the next. However next week is my birthday and I am particularly excited about that. As I have been so busy this month I didn’t manage to get through my huge TBR, however I did try. So below are the books I read this month and if you want to check out my reviews just click on the title or cover.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit

 

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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World War Z – Max Brooks

World War Z

 

Nika – D.H.Gibbs

Nika

 

I am also still reading these books despite saying numerous times that I will be finishing them up soon, so I am determined to finish them up in August.

The Never Ending Days of Being Dead – Marcus Chown

Never Ending Days of Being Dead

 

Unhooked – Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked

 

As I didn’t get round the starting these books in July I will be carrying them on over in August’s TBR. I hadn’t originally planned to read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown this month but The Da Vinci Code was so good that I desperately needed more of Dan Brown’s work in my life as soon as possible so I will be starting that on the next available evening.

Angels and Demons – Dan Brown

Angels and Demons

 

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

Scarlet

 

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Ruin

 

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Hollow City

 

Sky On Fire – Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14

 

Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige

Dorothy

 

The Secret of Heaven – Felix Alexander

The Secret of Heaven

 

I’m also very excited about the books above; they are all tapping into my need for some fast paced, adventurous and dystopian plots which is exactly what I need to ride out the end of the busy summer period in work.

So I hope you all have a fantastic reading month, I know I definitely will.

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World War Z – Max Brooks

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I felt like the only person in the world that hadn’t read this book. Friends in work had read it, family members had read it and even my personal trainer at the gym had read this book…I needed to read it. Luckily a friend was able to lend it to me and I was ready to walk the beaten track.

World War Z is a book of accounts from around the world during the great panic. Outbreaks started in Asia and it wasn’t long before they spread across the world, the dead were rising and attacking the living. This is an interesting look at how the world reacted to such circumstances; it is well-researched and covers every inch of the world and even space. I found the details to be accurate and well thought-through for each country and their abilities, may it be military or more.

However as much as I thought the book was well written, I can’t help but admit I found it a tad tough in places to get through. The plot was laid out in different passages, each one set in a different country and centred on a different character. Some of the stories I found interesting such as a military attack set in New York City or a passage detailed by an astronaut on the International Space Station during the great panic. These ones were well written and intriguing but some of the others I felt dragged on a bit and were hard to get through.

I did find the different passages highlighted how countries dealt with the issue and showed how people handled the incident in their own way. Many people suffered trauma and PTSD after the ordeal. It was obvious why, since many of the accounts came from people in the armed forces, those who lost family members or those who witnessed first-hand the devastation.

The book is definitely different from the movie, it has some of the accounts and their settings but there are many differences. In the movie Brad Pitt is the main character, but the book doesn’t really have a predominant character with exceptions to the narrator at the beginning. One huge difference is that the zombies in the books are slow walkers and not runners like the terrifying examples in the movie. Honestly the movie was very loosely based on the book and I think using the same title is misleading to those loyal readers who expected a closer development to the big screen.

I did enjoy reading this book and I am glad I finally got round to reading it but with the separate accounts I found it hard to care for the characters, I found it easy to set the books down. This book lacked the suspense and addiction I crave in plots. I gave World War Z a 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads, however after reading this I want to read another zombie genre book so any recommendations are welcome.

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The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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I am ashamed I haven’t read this book sooner; it was so good that I have been on a book hangover ever since I finished it. The Da Vinci Code follows Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology from America who was giving a lecture in Paris and that evening is contacted by a detective to help solve a mysterious murder. The victim is the curator of the Louvre museum, and his body is aligned in an odd way with a code above his head. Robert Langdon has to work out this mystery before he is placed behind bars for the murder. It isn’t long before he has enlisted the help of Sophie Neveu, the late curator’s grand-daughter and a search across churches, monuments and three countries entails.

This is a fast-paced, exciting read, a real page-turner and a book like nothing I have read before. I can remember when this book first came out and passing people in the school corridor reading it, I kept saying I would get round to reading it but over ten years later and I finally picked up the book.

I really liked Robert Langdon’s character as he was unbelievably smart and intriguing. Paired with Sophie who was intelligent and raised by her grandfather to solve puzzles, cryptics and recognise symbols, the book was filled with interesting characters to keep a reader intrigued from start to finish. As well as this, the character base increases with more complex characters such as an albino monk who sets out to complete the work of those above him and in the name of God. This plot really does have it all.

The depth of the plot was the most gripping as it uncovers some Vatican truths whilst tapping into historical figures and their significance. There is a lot of knowledge in this book and some very well thought out twists and turns, intertwined with real places in Paris and London not to mention real historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Victor Hugo. As I read this book I couldn’t help but beat myself up for not visiting all the places mentioned in the book when in Paris or London but then again there’s always next time.

Despite having seen the movie numerous times I was still addicted to this book, I was reading it from the minute I got through the door from work to the very second my eyes were closing in bed. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and jumps from one character to another making you want to read on to get to the next part. As the saying goes the book is better than the movie but I have to say that the movie was very well done. The ending does differ and I do prefer the ending in the book as I feel it has more sustenance with regards to the plot and the characters.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I have to be honest that after finishing this book it made me question the other ‘fives’ I have given out over the years because this book for me really was the whole package. I am hoping to start reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown over the next few days and I am hoping it will have the same addictive affect. Many people have told me in some ways it is even better than The Da Vinci Code and if this is the case I may have a few all-nighters ahead of me.

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