Saturday, 20 August 2016

Review: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Publisher: Little Brown UK
Publication Date: July 31st 2016
Source: Gift

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 I can not describe the sheer joy I felt when my dad & sister got me this book as a present! I love them so much and could not wait to dive straight back into the Harry Potter wizarding world. Here is my *spoiler free* review. 

So this book is not a book, it is a script. I do have to admit that I was at first a little skeptical about reading a play's script as I have not read a play since secondary school. Although it was a little jarring at first, I soon got used to the idea and quickly it felt like reading a normal book as I was swept up by the story.

The Cursed Child tells the story of Albus Severus Potter, a boy who has had to grown up in the shadow of his dads legacy. Being Harry Potter's son has taken it's toll on Albus and through the course of the story we see how this affects Albus's life at school, his relationship with his father and also shows the expectations others have towards Harry's children. 

Albus is a character that the reader / audience take into their heart from the very beginning. Albus is so like his dad in certain ways, such as his spontaneous nature and bravery, yet is also struggling with thinking he will never live to be like dad. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Review: London Belongs To Us by Sarra Manning

Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: June 2nd 2016
Source: Review Copy

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Seventeen-year-old Sunny's always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she's sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she's got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London - starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can't even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she'd have anything in common with - least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French 'twins' (they're really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it's the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone - from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers - is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

 Thank you to Hot Key Books for providing me with a review copy of this novel in exchange for my review. I was so very excited to read this novel as Sarra Manning is an amazing writer. Her novel Let's Get Lost was one of my first YA novels and is one that I so want to read again soon, especially after reading London Belongs To Us

This novel centers around Sunny and her discovery that her "oh so perfect and wonderful" boyfriend has cheated on her. Sunny then embarks on a chase through London and its landmarks with two french boys while meeting all manners of characters and ending up on an adventure. 

The characters in this novel were typical of Sarra Manning- bright, entertaining and love-able. 

Sunny was a very relate-able character who was just the right amount of timid and shy to let the reader take her into their heart from the very first page and then fall in love with her more as she grew and progressed through the novel. Sunny was definitely a character I think readers will see a little of themselves in and absolutely adore. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favourite Pokemon | Pokemon Go!

So this month, the world has been captivated by the release of Pokemon Go.

If you've been living under a rock, you might be unaware as to what this is. Pokemon Go is an app created by Nintendo which allows the mobile phone holder to live out their childhood dreams of actually being a Pokemon master by catching, evolving and battling Pokemon.

I've given in to my Pokemon Go addiction. I was a huge fan of the TV show as a child and my seven year old self would be over the moon if they knew about this app.

So I've decided to combine two loves, one old and one new ; Books + Pokemon Go! Find a cool book recommendation based on your favourite type of Pokemon below. 

Click the books cover to be taken to my review! 

If you're a fan of water type Pokemon, try a contemporary read.

I recommend these; 

If fire type Pokemon are you're favourite, you should pick up an action packed novel!

Monday, 25 July 2016

Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: 9th June 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Review copy

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Wish you weren't here…

When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…. wasn't just an accident.

With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn't the one to blame?

 Big thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a full and honest review. 

First up, I just want to say how beautiful the cover of this novel is. I'd seen photos of this book around Instagram before I began reading it and it's just such a gorgeous cover. I'm a sucker for beautiful typography on a book cover! 

Going into this book, I really did not know what to expect. I hadn't read any reviews of the novel or heard anyone talk about it so it was refreshing to go into the novel without any other opinions. 

Monday, 4 July 2016

The 5 Stages Of A Reading Slump

The two words that send fear into a blogger's heart, that makes them weep while looking at their growing TBR piles.....those two words? Reading Slump

It is something most readers and bloggers will experience at some point, I have encountered it many times this year alone, but it is something that you can and will get over.....eventually! 

Here are the 5 common stages of a reading slump: 

Stage 1) DENIAL 

This is the stage where you may be starting a new book but you can't get into it so you pick up another and its the same again. 

What? I'm not in a reading way 

*tries unsuccessfully to begin fifteen different novels and fails*


Hey remember that time you weren't in a reading slump? Yeah, good times. 

At this stage you think about the books you've read previously or that one book you just finished that was so good it has put  you into this reading slump because you. cannot. stop. thinking. about. it! 


At this stage you remember all those TV shows you used to watch before you used that time for reading. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

Publisher:  Hot Key Books
Publication Date: May 1st 2016
Source: Review copy

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Night is coming.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours--it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone.

Fleeing through the now-alien landscape that used to be their home, the three confront shocking transformations and uncomfortable truths about themselves.  They are challenged to trust one another or perish. Marin, Kana, and Line must find their way off the island . . . before the Night finds them.

 Thank you to Hot Key Books for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

I had not heard anything about this novel before receiving it for review but once I'd read the blurb I was instantly interested in the concept. 

On this mysterious Island, twins Marin & Kana have lived their whole lives in the sun, until now when the 14 year cycle of night begins. With everyone set to evacuate the island, Marin & Kana end up left behind while searching for their lost friend Line. Then the night brings all sorts of problems and terrors their way. 

I was surprised by this novel. After a pretty slow start, the novel began to pick up pace and suck me in. I became really interested in the mystery of the island, why the cycle of 14 years happens and invested in finding out what happens to the characters. The plot was interesting, well written although a little slow in places. There was one or two incredible twists in the novel that I did not see coming at all which I really enjoyed as usually I can guess whats going to happen. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Review: Caramel Hearts by ER Murray

 Publication Date: May 26th 2016
Publisher: Alma Books
Source: Review Copy from publisher

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Liv Bloom’s life is even more complicated than that of your average fourteen-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics, and her older sister is struggling to step into Mum’s shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best friend Sarah, who gets out of scrapes at school and is a constant source of advice and companionship. One day Liv discovers a book of recipes written in her mum’s handwriting, which sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation – but a theft, a love rivalry and a school bully are just some of the many obstacles on the way.

Big thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I had not heard of this book before requesting it and I am so glad I have now read it! This novel is a sweet coming of age story that also has some gritty and darker scenes. Definitely a novel perfect for fans who grew up reading Jacqueline Wilson. 

This novel tells the story of Liv Bloom's life. Liv is a fourteen year old girl who has a complicated life. Her mum is an alcoholic in a recovery center so her older sister Harriet is taking care of her, their dad left them when they were young and she is also having difficulties at school with her friends and bullying.