Charlie N. Holmberg – The Glass Magician

Despite my fears that this book would move on from Ceony and Thane, I was delighted when I started reading and it was a continuation of their story. As with the first book, I loved the complicated relationship between the two characters and how this was developed slowly throughout the book. After Ceony had defeated Lira in the previous book, she thought that she’d be able to live happily ever after with Thane, progressing through her...

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Charlie N. Holmberg – The Paper Magician

Well I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but it completely blew my socks off! The blurb on Goodreads was: “Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Scourge of Muirwood

Well what a stonking way to finish off this series. At the end of the last book, Lia has figured out that she is the real Ellowyn Demont, heir of Pry-ree. And this means that she needs to make the trip to Dochte Abbey to give the warning about the coming blight. But it looks like the fake Ellowyn Demont has been corrupted by the Hetaera, and will do anything she can to stop Lia from accomplishing her goals, and more importantly, from getting to...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Blight of Muirwood

I was fully expecting this book to suffer from the usual ‘middle-book-blues’, where the middle book seems to just be filler while we wait for the final conclusion. But this book was no disappointment, building on the story perfectly and setting up intriguingly for the concluding book. I did think towards the start of the book that Lia was going to turn into a pathetic mopey girl, but she quickly amped it back up to being kick-ass...

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Jeff Wheeler – The Wretched of Muirwood

Well after my last disastrous foray out of the fantasy world, I decided to jump straight back in with the first in this series of books which was supposedly one of the top books in the ‘kindle unlimited with narration’ section. I did enjoy listening to this book, the narrator did several accents and definitely not in a cringeworthy manner like the last book. There were times when the rhythm of the speech seemed a bit jilted and more...

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Yann Martel – Life of Pi

With the amount of hype that surrounds this book (and the subsequent film, which I haven’t yet seen), I feel like I should have loved this book. But unfortunately, I didn’t. I signed up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, which comes with free audio versions of selected books via Audible. This was my first download, and I alternated between reading and listening, but mostly listening in this case, with a 4 hour return train journey...

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R. J. Palacio – Wonder

At the risk of sounding puntastic, this book was simply wonderful. Bought on a whim, attracted to it in Asda by the unusual cover, it has been sat on my shelf for quite a while! A rarity for books which switch between character perspectives, I loved each character that we heard from. At first I thought the book was going to be primarily Auggie, and when I realised that we were going to see many different characters, I was a little apprehensive...

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Veronica Roth – Four (A Divergent Collection)

I first spied this book just after it came out, but when I saw the price, I thought I’d leave it for my Christmas list, I didn’t really want to pay £9 for a book of short stories. But then I was having a pretty bad day and my lovely boyfriend brought it home for me, so I was very happy! I didn’t really know what to expect from the collection, I knew it was four short stories written from the perspective of Tobias, but that was...

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Kristin Cashore – Fire

I had very high hopes for this book after loving Graceling so much, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I read it! Unfortunately, I felt a little let down by the entire thing. The book in general was very slow to get going, with a prologue that didn’t seem relevant until almost the end of the book. I think I was probably about three quarters through the book before I really felt like the action started, and it then seemed...

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John Green – An Abundance of Katherines

I’m not going to lie, I decided I wanted to read this book because I’d read TFIOS and it was such an amazing book that I wanted to see if John Green was just a superb writer. On the basis of this book, I’d have to disagree. I’d read some comments on goodreads which said that the constant use of the words fug, fugger and fugging to replace a similar sounding swear word were annoying, but I didn’t think that would...

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John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

Having seen trailers for the film adaptation of this book, I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, but the best authors have a way of ripping the foundations from under your feet. And I am currently residing in the same place that my heart sunk, the second floor basement, a place reserved only for books such as this. I don’t think it’s spoiling it for you to tell you that you’re going to need a box of tissues handy...

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Veronica Roth – Allegiant

I don’t think I’ve ever been broken and put together so many times as I have when reading this book. I’ve been left with extremely mixed feelings. Overall, I really liked the book, but I just didn’t feel as compelled to keep reading as I did with Divergent and Insurgent. It took me over a week to read the first 150 pages, because I just couldn’t get into it. I think the main reason for this to start with was the...

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Veronica Roth: Insurgent

Wow wow wow. I finished my review of Divergent by saying that I thought this could become the next Hunger Games, and I think I may have been right. Quite often, the second book in a trilogy is a bit lackluster, stuck between the excitement of the first book and the dramatic conclusion of the third, but this book was jam-packed with page after page of action and intrigue. We get to take a closer look at the individual factions in this book as...

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Veronica Roth – Divergent

I had high hopes for this book after hearing a lot of positive reviews and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. It had a lot to live up to after being mentioned many times as the next Hunger Games, a series which I absolutely loved, but I think if it’s possible, I may love this one more. The main premise of the book is a future world split into five factions: Abnegation; the selfless, Candor; the truthful, Erudite; the...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

It’s over! I actually can’t believe there’s no more left. I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions over the last week, with way more lows than highs, but the final high being the best one of all. Be warned that this review contains many, many spoilers, so if you’ve not read the book, I advise you click away! The books begins with Harry saying farewell to his ‘family’, the Dursley’s. His aunt and...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

The first time I read this book, someone (not mentioning any names) spoilt the end for me before I’d even started, which annoyed me so much. You’ll know why if you’ve read this, but just in case I’ll try not to spoil it for you. I’ve only actually read this book once before, although I’ve seen the film many many times, so I was a little hazy about what actually happened in the middle, although with a familiar...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

When I updated my Goodreads status to say I was reading this book, there were a lot of reviews saying that this book was their least favourite of the HP series, but I disagree whole-heartedly. There’s A LOT that goes on in this book (and not just because it’s 766 pages long). The Ministry doesn’t believe that Voldemort has returned, and the most popular wizarding newspaper (The Daily Prophet), is doing everything it can to...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire

To me, this book is where it all starts getting exciting, and it definitely takes a turn for the darker! This book is where I started to be suspicious of Snape’s allegiance when I first read the series, and reading it again, I get the same feelings. We know that Dumbledore trusts him implicitly, but I get the feeling he’s hiding something. We’re also introduced more to the house-elves, with Hermione starting SPEW to try and...

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