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November Book Haul and Wrap up.

So I would say I had a pretty good month not buying too many books, though I know christmas is going to mental as I let my dad have a look at my Amazon wishlist and he bought A LOT! YAY!Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

I cannot wait to read this, I have seen this everywhere and had to have it! I am really getting in to the short story collections and this has so many amazing authors involved.

Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens Vol. 1: 1-5)

I am getting into comics and this is one that has been highly praised and recommended to me, the artwork looks really cool so hopefully I will read this in December.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Everyone who is everyone has read this apart from me! It’s a thousand and one nights retelling and really looking forward to reading it.

Ugly Love

This will be my first Colleen Hoover book, everyone raves about her books and writing style so I thought I would start with this one.

 

November wrap up

 

So I think I have had a pretty good reading month as I have read 6 books and 2 graphic novels. Which are:

The Raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater – review to come.

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith – 4 stars

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – 4stars

A Discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness -3 stars

Into The Fire by Michelle G Miller – amazing check out the review – 5 stars

Roald Dahl’s Ghost Stories – 3 stars

The sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – 4stars

Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick – 3 stars

I have also nearly finished Matilda by Roald Dahl which I am reading with my daughter and is a lot of fun and  A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston.

Let me know what you read this month or if you have read any of the above. Thanks again for reading

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The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

The Farm

Author: Tom Rob Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 13th February 2014

Genre: Thriller

Source: Library

Date read: 23rd November 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Until the moment he received a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. They had sold their home and business in London, and said “farewell to England” with a cheerful party where all their friends had gathered to wish them well on their great adventure: setting off to begin life anew on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden.

But with that phone call, everything changes. Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things–terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital.

Daniel prepares to rush to Sweden, on the first available flight the next day. Before he can board the plane, his father contacts him again with even more frightening news: his mother has been released from the hospital, and he doesn’t know where she is.

Then, he hears from his mother:

I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. Meet me at Heathrow.

Caught between his parents, and unsure of whom to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a horrible crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

My thoughts:

I loved the crap out of this book, it was so compelling and had me gripped the whole way through, this was a first for me on this author, I like to read new authors all the time, I like experiencing different writing and imaginations. The premise of this book intrigued me, as to who Daniel would believe when both parents are against one another.

The pace of this book is quite slow but it slowly drips feeds you information as to what has happened to his parents on the Farm in Sweden that you cannot stop reading.

Daniel currently lives in London with his partner Mark, when he gets an unexpected call from his father stating that his mother is not well and has fled from a psychiatric ward. His parents had not long moved to Sweden to retire to his mothers homeland.

Daniel who is an only child decides he needs to go to Sweden after putting it off for several months, however when he gets to the airport, he receives a call from his mother stating that she is flying over to the UK now to meet him so she can tell him her side of the story events that has been happening over the  past 6 months.

Two thirds of the book are told by Tilde (Daniel’s mother), she has a satchel with evidence and a diary which she reads from, she is very specific with what happens and adamant that things must be told in chronological order so people do not misinterpret her findings as madness.

Daniel is a very naive character thinking his parents, never argued, had a great life, owning their own garden centre and several flats around London, when actually that was the complete opposite, he didn’t want to tell his parents he was homosexual as he thought they would think they had failed in his upbringing and disappoint them. Daniel seemed to have had a very sheltered life from his parents, he had never experienced them arguing, had a good education but in the end had a job as a gardener/landscape designer thingymajig which wasn’t really going anywhere and a high-profile boyfriend which he relied on for more than just companionship.

The thing that had me thinking was what if this was my parents? who would I believe? When one is saying the other is crazy and the other believes a murder has taken place and that the father is involved. I think this is why it was so gripping, you had to continue to find out the truth and I was not let down by this.

This was just a book that I picked up as the synopsis intrigued me, I didn’t expect to love it so much. The good thing about this book is that it is a thriller without the gore and blood.

I would definitely recommend this book.

I rated this 4 out of 5 stars.

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My life in books tag

I wasn’t tagged but I really want to do it! So I  thought why not so here goes

Find a book for each of your initials.

Well this should be easy L  and M.

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs

L was harder than I thought, I haven’t read Legacy of Kings but it’s on my TBR.

Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?

 

Phew! I had to count a lot of books. The book is Divergent by Veronica Roth which is the first book in the Divergent trilogy, which I have still haven’t read!Series I am ashamed I haven’t read yet.

Pick a book that is set in your Town/City/Country.

 

I’ve got your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I am from the UK.

Pick a book that is your favorite colour.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Green! Any type of green I love, My first car was Green too. Weird I know.

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

I loved watching the film Trainspotting, when I saw that this was the prequel I was excited. Unfortunately I got to page 80 and had to DNF which I hardly ever do but the writing was written with a scottish dialect and I just couldn’t understand it and when I thought I got to grips with it I didn’t really know what was going on so I gave up.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the greatest feeling of accomplishment when you read it?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

This book is massive with a whopping 1000 pages it will be great to have said that I have read it, plus it’s a classic. I watched the film adaptation with Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman and really enjoyed it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this tag, I had fun doing it.

Your tagged!

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte books for young readers

Published: 1st September 2015

Source: Netgalley

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Date read 21st November 2015

I recieved a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

This novel follows a young girl by the name of Madeline Whittier, she is 18 years of age and for as long as she can remember has never stepped foot outside the house. The reason for this being is that she suffers from SCID – Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (She is allergic to everything).

The only two people she really has contact with is her mother and her Nurse – Carla, with everything she needs in her house she continues on with her secluded life until one day a new family move in next door.

Among this new family is a boy called Olly, Madeline starts communicating with Olly and before long she is thinking about the outside world and the life she would like to lead.

My thoughts:

First of all, I thought this book was adorable and cute with a plausible twist involved. I really appreciated the different formats that were layed out such as: emails, IM’s, sticky notes and clinical observations. It made the book go a lot faster. This could easily be read in one sitting. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, just all the colours……ahhhh cover love!

I liked Madelines character, she was very clever due to only being able to read or study most of her days, but she wasn’t pretentious, Maddy was like any normal 18 year old should be. She was also strong willed, when she wanted something she got it.

Olly was great, he was such a caring young man, who took an interest in Madeline and was always careful about her and always following the rules. He had a bit of a rough time with an alcoholic and abusive father but never was stroppy or took it out on Maddy.

The only problem for me in this book was that I found it too predictable and thats why I rated it 4 stars rather than 5. I had my theories, but I cant tell you with out spoilers, It was still a great read and a fantastic debut novel by Nicola Yoon, if she writes this good now, surely she can only get better. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of YA Contemporary.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

 

 

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Series I am ashamed to say I haven’t read yet

So there are lots of books that I haven’t read in the world but some of them are really popular, and yes I am ashamed and need to get these done, I feel like am out of the loop. So here goes I am sorry *hangs head in shame*

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

So the first one has to be the Hunger Games, everyone who is everyone has read this book or even the complete series apart from me. I have watched half of the first film and what is even worse I have the boxset sittng on my bookshelf just collecting dust.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I have just started watching the series and OMG I am in love with it, I love the world, the characters, the brutality, everything. I have only just finished season 3 so no spoilers please(if anyone wants to talk about GoT, I am  here and listening) it has made me want to read the books and once again I have the complete boxset, so I need to sit down and just plough through them.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I really loved the movies but I am not one for reading the books after I have seen the movies, however some of my colleagues have been telling me that it’s quite a bit different from the books and the books are so much better, Again I have this somewhere.

 

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Booktubers and bloggers have been raving about this series and I feel a little bit left out. So I have asked for the first one for Xmas to see what all they hype is about.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I have never read a Rick Riordan book and I am feeling a bit left out especially as he has just got a new series out.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I have read the first 4 books, but this was years and years ago, when they first started coming out. I have watched all the films and loved them but the books are so much better and I love J.K. Rowlings imagination and writing. I bought the new illustrated edition so this will give me the incentive to reread the first four and then the last remaining ones. Come on Louise you can do this!

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Another series that’s had loads of hype and I haven’t read, where have I been? I here you ask, I dunno……under a rock supposedly.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Words have just failed me now *hangs head*

So there are the series that I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read and I really need to get my arse in to gear because there are a lot of books listed here if you think about the whole series.

What books have you not read? Let me know what you think I should read first and If any of them are worth my time.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy)

A Discovery Of Witches (All Souls, #1)

Author: Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Headline

Published: 29th September 2011

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Library

Date Read: 19th November 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestsellling ALL SOULS trilogy.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew – the forbidden love at the heart of it.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana’s discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels…

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine

Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Publisher: Image Comics

Published: 7th October 2015

Genre: Comics, Science Fiction

Source: NetGalley

Date Read 12th November 2015

I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

Bitch Planet is a sci-fi dystopian comic about men putting women into a prison for various reasons such as disrespect, being too loud, too pretty or even getting in the way of their husbands marrying their mistress’ will see you sent there. Pretty much having your own opinion leads you to being put in prison. If they don’t meet patriarchy standards they are sent to Bitch Planet, another world where all non compliant women are shipped.

A group of women are given the opportunity to make a sports team for the upcoming Megaton games, however they will be against men to earn their freedom. The games are very violent and the officials that run Bitch Planet are hoping they dont make it out alive.

My Thoughts:

This a bind up of the first 5 comics in the series

First off I am not gonna lie, this wasn’t as good as I anticipated but does get better throughout.  I really didn’t like the retro artwork that was going on, I felt that the artwork needed to be more sombre for this storyline. There is a lot of nudity in this book, like constantly and I really don’t think it was that necessary. I am not a prude but there was literally, tits, ass and vagina’s on every page

This graphic novel deals with several topics such as feminism, oppression, racism and voyeurism (lot’s of ism’s I know) so this book is not going to be for everyone. I liked the fact that not every women in this book had a bikini body, there were characters such as Penny that were bigger ladies and proud of it. There was also background information to why these women were on Bitch Planet, which helped with character development. The important message that is coming across in this graphic novel is that all women should be themselves and not to give a damn about other people’s opinions.I think the storyline is getting better as you get towards the end of this bind up and would be definitely interested in reading more

I had trouble with the layout as provided to me via Netgalley, it took the experience away from me and I would probably enjoyed it more in a physical format.

Overall I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

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