Diksha Basu – The Windfall

Right up to the very end, I was loving this book, but the ending left me feeling a bit cold which really changed my impression of the whole book, dropping my overall rating from a 4 to a 3. The book felt to me like Hyacinth Bouquet and Keeping up Appearances on steroids. I’ve never known someone so desperate to appear like he has more money than his neighbours than Mr Jha. To go to the point that you will openly insult your son and call...

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A Court of Frost and Starlight

Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Frost and Starlight

I was really quite excited about this book coming out having read the first three in the series over the new year. But when I started reading the first reviews coming through on Goodreads, I was a little apprehensive and the reviews weren’t great. The reviews did prepare me for the fact that this is a novella between the original trilogy and the planned new trilogy to connect the two plots together, so at least I wasn’t expecting a...

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The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell – The Wolf Wilder

It’s been a while since I read this book, so forgive me for a short/probably slightly rubbish review. I’ve been so busy that since I read this book I just haven’t found much time to sit down and write the review, and I haven’t read another book in almost a month. Not much good for my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which I’m now 7 books behind on! After reading another Katherine Rundell book not too long ago, I thought...

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Allan Stratton – The Way Back Home

Urgh. I don’t know if I’m just way older than the target demographic for this book, but I just could not get along with it. I’m guessing it was aimed at teenagers who may be able to relate to the main character, Zoe, but I just found her a whiny brat throughout the whole book and it completely spoilt it for me. I think it’s supposed to be played as Zoe the wild child going on this grand adventure and somehow reuniting the...

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Chelsea Sedoti – As You Wish

Imagine if you had one wish, and you knew for sure that it would come true. What would you wish for? Money? Beauty? Success? Love? But what if you had already seen generations of people make their own ‘one wish’ and you could see the toxic affects it had on their lives? Would you still be so eager to make that wish? For Eldon, that’s his reality. He lives in Madison, a place where each citizen can make one wish on their 18th...

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The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell – The Explorer

Part of my Book Bingo for this year is to read a Costa Book Awards winner. So when I was at Waterstones and this beautiful cover caught my attention, and then I saw the Costa Book Awards Winner sticker on it, I knew that this would be the one. I didn’t realise until I started reading it that it is actually a children’s book, I’ve never really come across a children’s book thats’s 400+ pages long before, and although...

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Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer – Annihilation

What the heck did I just read? When I was about three quarters through this book, I turned to my husband and said “I’m not quite sure what’s happening in this book”, and having got to the end, I’m still not quite sure! But even though I’m completely confused, I really want to read the second book to see if it answers some of the many many questions that I have. And since it has left me wanting more and it kept...

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One of us is lying - Karen McManus

Karen McManus – One of Us is Lying

Five people find themselves in detention together. From the surface, they’re about as different as can be: the jock, the geek, the criminal, the spoilt princess and the loner. But when the loner dies from a huge allergic reaction to peanut oil, suddenly the focus is on the other four in the room. The loner, Simon, had a website where he published sallacious gossip about the whole school, and it seems like he had dirt on each of the four in...

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Jeanne Ryan – Nerve

I’d been eyeing this film up on Netflix for a while, but hadn’t realised it was based on a book, so when I came across it on my library app I was glad I hadn’t already watched it so I could read it first. Now I’ve read it, I’m not quite so sure I want to watch the film. It started off quite thrilling, but not too extreme and I was definitely enjoying the excitement of the online game that Vee had found herself drawn...

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George R. R. Martin – The Ice Dragon

Having read the entire Game of Thrones series a few years ago, this was definitely not what I expected to come from the same author. More a Grimm’s fairy tale than an epic fantasy, it’s miles away from the violence and sex filled saga that I’d read previously. Having read  a bit more into it, this was actually first published in 1980 and is most definitely a children’s novel – a story of an unlikely friendship...

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Emily Barr – The One Memory of Flora Banks

I think the biggest mistake I made when reading this book was not actually reading it. I decided to listen to it as an audio book, but I’m not sure it really worked for me. The main character is called (unsurprisingly) Flora Banks, and (also unsurprisingly) she has memory problems, namely anterograde amnesia. This means that she can’t form new memories. Every half an hour or so her memories reset and she can’t remember...

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Becky Albertalli – The Upside of Unrequited

I have to admit I only picked this book because the cover jumped out at me when I was scrolling through the library ebook app. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But I did, and it was a mistake,  I just couldn’t get into this book at all. It felt hugely predictable to me which definitely diminishes the enjoyment I get, I want some surprises thrown in to keep me on my toes! And it might just have been me, but...

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Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Wings and Ruin

This book has more ups and downs than a fairground roller coaster. If you’d asked me at the start to predict what would happen, I would probably have given you a fairly detailed description. But it would all have been completely wrong. So many shock twists that I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash. Just as you think a character is good, it turns out that he’s not so good any more. But wait, is he really bad or might he...

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K. Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The last of the three Hogwarts Library books, and book 52 of the year (hooray!). This was my favourite of the three, it felt more familiar to me and seemed exactly like the books of stories I used to read as a child (minus the magic of course). You can definitely imagine that it would be read by little wizard children, and it’s a very clever set of stories by J.K. Rowling. The book consists of five short tales, followed by an explanation...

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J.K. Rowling - Quidditch Through the Ages

J.K. Rowling – Quidditch Through the Ages

Yay! Illustrations! The one thing I thought was missing from Fantastic Beasts, it really helped to complete this book. Interspersed throughout, and still only very crude sketches, I was so happy! I know, it probably makes me a child, but if this was supposed to be a proper textbook (as with Fantastic Beasts), one would like to think it would have even the most basic pictures. I can’t imagine as a student of Hogwarts, any of the students...

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Considering this has been out for so long and been sitting on my shelf pretty much since it was released, I can’t believe I haven’t read it properly. I think I flipped through it quickly when it was bought, but it didn’t have a ‘read’ date on Goodreads. And since I have 2 days left to read 3 books in my 2017 challenge, it seemed like this would be perfect. I found this book quite informative, reading a bit more...

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Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury

It’s official. I’m not the smartest person. 3 days to go on my 2017 book challenge and 5 books left to read, and I go and pick a book that’s more than 600 pages long. Unfortunately I think that might have tainted my appreciation slightly as I was so annoyed with myself, but I’ll try not to let that affect my review! We left the first book in this series in a really interesting place, Feyre had returned to the spring court...

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Sarah J. Maas - Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass

I think the fact that I started this book 3 weeks ago probably gives you a good idea what I thought of it. It was only 400ish pages long, but it felt like a long hard slog to get to the end. The plot was just really slow and it felt like there was a lot of emphasis placed on certain areas and others were just skipped over entirely. To say that the main plot line was a series of tests to determine the new King’s Champion, there were too...

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Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses

I was recommended this book by one of the girls at the youth group I run on a Monday night. She’s only 12 so I had been putting off reading the book as I thought it might be a bit juvenile, but she’d mentioned it so many times that I thought I might as well give it a go. I actually was pleasantly surprised. Unlike some of the reviews I’d seen on Goodreads, I found that the plot was well paced and not too shallow for a...

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Harry Potter and the Four Week Re-Read

So at the beginning of last month, I realised that I was dreadfully behind on my reading challenge for this year – I wanted to read 52 books but I was stuck at 32. I knew I needed to get a few books under my belt, and what better way than with a Harry Potter re-read. I like to do it once a year, and it’s even better now that you can officially re-read a book on Goodreads and have it count towards your yearly challenge. As always, I...

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Leo Tolstoy - Where Love Is There God Is Also

Leo Tolstoy – Where Love Is There God Is Also

This book was recommended in a sermon by our new Vicar at Church – he said it was a short story by Leo Tolstoy that tied in really nicely with what he was saying and that we should all check it out. I bought it on amazon, and was incredibly surprised when it arrived and it was only 24 pages long – short indeed! It was a really nice 20 minute read, and yep, tied in so well with what the vicar was saying. He referred to it as...

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