I think this may have been one of my favourite books of 2017 so far… Who knew I liked thrillers? I certainly didn’t realise quite how much I loved them until recently. I really am loving the S.T.A.G.S/ One of us is Lying type books I’ve been reading this year. So if you know of any books similar to S.T.A.G.S please do let me know, I can’t wait to read more of this genre. Continue reading “S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett”
I like to think I’ve always been a reader. I know of lots of readers who tell the stories of how and when they became readers but me? I don’t really have that, for as long as I can remember I have been reading. There was no big ‘I’m a reader now’ moment. What I do have however is a range of authors I read as a child and I can only assume that these authors made me the reader I am today.
1. Enid Blyton Continue reading “Which Authors Made Me a Reader?”
If you have been reading my blog you’ll probably have seen the praise I have for the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology. If you haven’t, however, seen my reviews then don’t worry I’ll leave the links at the bottom of the post but make sure to stick around for the interview!
I can’t believe I have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Anne Blankman to my blog and I cannot wait to ask her some of the questions I’ve been wondering about. Anne Blankman has written three historical fiction novels for young adults such as the Prisoner duology and Traitor Angels. Now, without any further ado lets start the interview with fabulous historical fiction author, Anne Blankman. Continue reading “Interview with Historical Fiction Writer, Anne Blankman”
So I have a lot of reviews (and a very very exciting post) lined up and ready to be posted but I just really, really felt like writing a discussion or completing a tag which is why I decided to take part in ‘The Rapid Fire Book Tag’. You’ll have to wait for the reviews and the exciting post. Sorry!
Anyway I think the idea is for me to answer the questions with the first answer that pops into my head so lets give it a go! Also, just so you are aware, I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone to do this, I just like to do these things for my own entertainment. Well, enough rambling, let’s get started.
1) E-book or physical book?
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Dare to Fall is just one of those books that when you finish you can do nothing but sit there and think about it. It was just so amazing and I applaud Estelle Maskame. Dare to Fall definitely had me hooked and had my full attention for the entire novel which it rightfully deserved.
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I’ve seen some posts discussing what makes a good villain and I decided to make my post about it to share my thoughts. I will be telling you what makes a good villain and how you know a villain has been well written. I might even tell you my all time favourite villain at the end.
1) A Hated Villain is a Good Villain
Bit of a weird statement to write but makes sense when you think about it. If a villain is completely and utterly despised by readers then that is how the author knows he or she has done a good job. Sure the goal of a villain is to be twisted and have goals that are wrong or dangerous.
2) If the Villain Succeeds
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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke is the sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog. The genre is historical fiction set in the world war two period. Read my review of book one to see why I recommend it.
Anne Blankman has delivered a fantastic sequel to a fantastic start to a series. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke begins about a year after Gretchen and Daniel escape to England in search of sanctuary from the Whitestones. We learn of harsh injuries inflicted on Daniel’s cousin back in Germany and how Daniel does not hesitate to get the first train back to Germany. He does this partly due to loyalty and love for his family but also due to his need to do something worthwhile. Something useful. Unfortunately though this also sends Gretchen spiraling back to Germany to face old faces she thought she’d never have to see again.
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Lord of Shadows is the second book in Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices trilogy. The first is Lady Midnight.
Why? Why? Why? Why do you do this to me Cassandra Clare? You owe me an explanation at least. It is like she loves to watch her readers suffer, oh wait, she probably does.
After finishing all six hundred and ninety-nine pages (Why couldn’t she have written just a little more to get to 700) of Lord of Shadows I was a fumbling mess. I mean that ending! Even if you haven’t read it yet you’ll know that’s really not a spoiler. At this point it’s practically a given that all Cassandra Clare books leave you a fumbling mess. If by chance you’re reading this and you haven’t read any Clare books at all, well, that’s a cause for concern. It’s not too late to fix it though. Go buy City of Bones and make sure you look up a specific reading order of publication otherwise things get complicated. Well, what are you waiting for? Go! Now!
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I read this book insanely quickly. By that I mean one sitting. I read it whilst lying in sun on my holidays. I couldn’t think of a more perfect book to start my summer of relaxation.
It took me to the world of Italy which l’ll be honest, I didn’t know a lot about other than its reputation of serving the most delicious pizza in the world. This showed me a vast culture that included not only food to die for but a vast range of beautiful landmarks and idyllic green trees towering over cobbled streets. And yeah I kinda wanna visit now. This book told a beautiful story of, well, love and gelato.
Maybe you want to know a little more? Maybe you want to know what brought our American protagonist, Lina all the way to Europe? Unfortunately the reason is not the nicest. Lina’s reason for visiting Italy is supposedly to live with her father, Howard after the tragic death of her mother. The discovery of her mothers old journal leads her on a magical journey through the streets of Italy.
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I came across this tag accidentally and although it appears to be quite old, it looked fun so I thought, why not?
This is the My Reading Habits Tag!
1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I’ll read pretty much anywhere but I will read every night in my bed before I go to sleep.
2. Book mark or random piece of paper?
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