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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Dave Eggers – The Circle

I won’t lie, I decided to read this book because I saw the film on Netflix and that it stars Emma Watson (I love her), and I didn’t want to watch the film before reading the book. I have mixed feelings now that I’ve finished. The concept was great and I was quite excited about it – raving to my colleagues about the plot and how creepy but scarily accurate it was in the beginning. But certain parts of the book were a...

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Evelyn Skye – The Crown’s Game

Another book downloaded through Libby – I’m not sure what drew me to the book other than the mention of magic and the fact that it sounded a bit different to recent fantasy books I’ve read. The premise of the book sounded great, two young enchanters who would have to fight against each other to become the Imperial Enchanter – working closely by the king’s side. The losing enchanter will die. Sounds like it...

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This is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp

Marieke Nijkamp – This is Where It Ends

I went into this book with a certain amount of trepidation as I made the mistake of reading the reviews before I started and there were quite a few terrible reviews. But I’d already checked the book out of the virtual library and it was less than 300 pages, so I figured I might as well give it a go. The average Goodreads rating was 3.63 so there must have been some good to balance out the bad, surely? And actually, I was pleasantly...

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Sarah Crossan - One

Sarah Crossan – One

So Cecilia Ahern’s review on the front of the paperback cover of this book says ‘One broke my heart and mended it’, but that’s a lie. One broke my heart and then stomped it into the ground. Heartbreakingly beautiful is how I would describe this book, narrated by Grace. You see, Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. And with all the medical bills around their care, their family is falling apart at the seams and they can no...

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Mechthild Gläser – The Book Jumper

I ‘rediscovered’ our local library a few weeks ago when I was trying to find some ways for my dad to get ebooks of the latest books without having to pay for them, and discovered that with a library membership, you can loan ebooks in the same way as normal books using an app called Libby by Overdrive. All you need is a library card number. So after getting my dad set up, I thought I’d have a good look to see what I could get...

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Deirdre Riordan Hall – Sugar

I don’t really know what drew me to choose this book from Amazon – I know that it was free to read, but I think as usual it was probably the cover. ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ sounds like an admirable thing to say, but when there’s hundreds of thousands of books to choose from on Amazon, it’s kind of impossible not to. I binged this book in one sitting, it was compulsive reading and...

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J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I know, I know. I’ve read this book so many times. And with the amount of books on my to-be-read pile, I should probably make a dent in that rather than re-reading my favourites again – but it’s HARRY POTTER. And when I saw that it was free on Amazon Prime reading, I just couldn’t say no. I guess there’s not much point doing an actual plot review, since we all know exactly what happens (and if you don’t...

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Emily R. King – The Hundredth Queen

I’ve been really slack at this whole book review thing recently. I finished this book over a month ago, but I just haven’t been able to get the motivation to log on and write up my review. That’s no reflection on this book, which was absolutely great. As it’s been over a month since I read it, I don’t feel like I’m really going to do it justice in this review, for which I apologise. Kalinda is an orphan...

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Jay Asher – 13 Reasons Why

Urgh. Can I start a book review with ‘urgh’? I guess I just did. I’ve been waiting to read this book ever since I saw the Netflix show announced, and I am utterly disappointed. But also a little relieved that I won’t be wasting my time watching 13 hours of TV. I don’t really know what I expected from the book, it was such an unusual concept – audiotapes left by a girl (Hannah) who committed suicide, detailing...

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Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything

This book was SUPERB! I sat down to read this book yesterday afternoon and didn’t get back up again until I’d finished it. It was that good. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages even for a second. At the start of the book, we meet Madeleine. She hasn’t left her house for as long as she can remember – she has a disease that means she’s allergic to the world. But she’s 18, and she’s lonely. So...

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Bella Forrest – The Gender Secret

I was in two minds about the first book in this series, it had good moments and bad moments, but the shock ending left me wanting to read more. Unfortunately, I’m a bit disappointed that I did. As expected Viggo and Violet are reunited again, but then we spend the whole book going back and forth between ‘I trust him’ and ‘wait, no I don’t’. And it started to get on my nerves just a little bit. But once...

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Bella Forrest – The Gender Game

I thought the concept of this book was a very intriguing one. Two societies separated by a river: one ruled by women, one ruled by men. To be a man in Matrus is to have no rights or responsibilities, and to be a woman in Patrus is possibly worse. You are the property of your husband and cannot go anywhere without him. If he beats you and no-one else sees it, your word is not enough to prosecute him. Our story begins with Violet trying to smuggle...

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers

I wasn’t sure if I could include this on my 2017 reading challenge, but it appears on Goodreads, so I’m going to say yes. It was my first ever comic book (at the grand old age of 27), and I had a lot of fun reading it. I just saw it on my kindle available for free, so I thought I’d give it a try, and since I’ve seen the Guardians of the Galaxy films, I thought it would be a good place to start as I would know kind of what...

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Todd Hasak-Lowy – Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You

I had such high hopes for this book as it looked like quite an interesting idea – a book written entirely in lists. But at some point, I put the book down and didn’t pick it up again for 8 months, so it definitely left me feeling cold. In fact, I only picked it up again because I was fed up of seeing it in my ‘Currently Reading’ list on Goodreads, and by the end it felt more like a hard slog than an enjoyable...

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Jennifer Niven – Holding Up The Universe

I LOVED this book so much! I was desperate to keep reading, but unfortunately I was back at work yesterday so I couldn’t devour it in one sitting as I had hoped – but I still read the whole thing in less than two days. I don’t think I’ve identified with a character recently as much as I identified with Libby. Previously ‘America’s Fattest Teen’, she had to be cut out of her house and lifted out with a...

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Jennifer Niven – All the Bright Places

I don’t know if I even have the words within me to describe how beautifully this book was written, and how much it left my emotions tied in knots after being repeatedly wrung through a wringer. Finch and Violet meet at the top of the school bell tower, both perilously close to the edge, both physically and mentally. And after Finch talks Violet down from the railings, it seems like he might be her lifeline and the only one capable of...

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Lisa Williamson – The Art of Being Normal

After such a terrible last book, I needed something to perk me up. And this book was brilliant. Not the kind of book I usually read, but something about it just made me pick it up in the supermarket and I’m so glad I did. The book runs from two parallel perspectives; David, who longs to be a girl; and Leo, who longs to be invisible. They’re both hiding secrets from their families and the world in general, but may have more in common...

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Logan Byrne – Banded

Wow. Seriously, just wow. It’s not often that I give a book a 1 star rating as I’m usually quite a good judge of what books I will enjoy reading, but I judged this one way off. I just cringed most of the way through as it was so blatantly a rip-off of other books, most obviously Divergent. Oh, it’s a society where everyone lives in different zones depending on their abilities and contribution to society? Stalwart (strength)...

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