Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 favourite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey – and is  now hosted by Sam@thoughtsontomes you can click on this link to find out how to join.

So this week is favourite villains, I think for this topic you have to either read loads of fantasy or Comics/Graphic Novels… which I haven’t unfortunately. Though the ones I have picked I think are pretty badass.

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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy is a pretty hot villain. He is so badass but it makes you want him more. I totally ship Alina and The Darkling.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

Amarantha from A Court Of Thorns And Roses. She was pure evil and sadistic but what an amazing villain – I loved reading about her and actually wanted more.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

AIDAN from Illuminae has to be one of my favourite villains – who thought a computer could be so badass, it just blew my mind.

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Nimona

Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona is probably one of the most sweetest of villains. He’s a villain but for a good cause and then there is his relationship with Nimona and obviously Goldenloin.

Ready Player One

Nolan Sorrento in Ready Player one, I wouldn’t classify him as a villain per se but he is determined to get what he wants and no one will get in his way.

I really need to read more fantasy with badass villains – let me know if you have read these and your thoughts.

Thanks for reading

Louise

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Books I want to Re-read

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey – and is  now hosted by Sam@thoughtsontomes you can click on this link to find out how to join.

This weeks topic is all about the books that I want to re-read! Now I am not really someone who will re-read books, there are too many books in the world that I want to read and I don’t have enough time to do that so I don’t want to be wasting precious time that I have with books I have already read. If someone forced me to re-read some books, these would be the ones I pick lol.

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

These are the only books I have actually re-read(1-4) and will probably be the only ones too especially as the Illustrated versions by Jim Kay are just beautiful.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I know I am cheating here using 2 books, but I really enjoyed both of these and wouldn’t mind going back to them…..can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Fangirl

I love Rainbow Rowell books and I really enjoyed this contemporary, the romance is so cute and Levi was my first fictional crush.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

I love love love this book, everything about it was amazing even though it made me cry. I don’t know about you sometimes I just need a good cry – so I could re-read this and it would do the trick.

Ready Player One

Another great book, this book had so many 80’s references,gaming  and amazing world building that I wouldn’t mind delving back into this.

So there is my top 5 books that I wouldn’t mind re-reading. Have you read these? Are you a re-reader?

Thanks for reading

Louise x

Readathon · wrap up

#AntiBullyReads 2016 wrap up

This is to be a quick wrap up from me, #AntiBullyReads readathon was from the 14-20th November and all you had to do was read books that had some sort bullying involved. The idea of the readathon is to just spread awareness that bullying still happens in all shapes and form and really shouldn’t be happening in this day and age.

The Books I read:

George

This was a quick easy read, this is a middle grade novel about a girl called George and her struggles coming to terms with her identity and social acceptance. George is in fact a boy but feels he has been born the wrong sex. I really enjoyed this book, it was different to what I have read before and would definitely recommend 4/5 stars…review to come.

Butter

This book follows ‘Butter’ a 423lb (30st) teenager who has always struggled with his weight and being “invisible” to the other kids at school until one day he plans to kill himself with one last meal and airs it live on the internet. This book was great, Butter is such a relatable character and I was on the verge of tears for about 50% of this book 4.5/5 stars…Review to come.

That’s it, I am pretty pleased that I managed to read these 2 books and definitely made me more aware.

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading

Louise x

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Beat the Backlist 2017

beatthebacklistBeat the Backlist challenge is all about knocking off some those books that have been on your TBR for quite a while. If you are like me I have read quite a few new releases this year and not enough of the books that are actually are on my TBR already.

Beat the back list is hosted by NovelKnight-follow the link to sign yourself up

I want to manage to get that lovely 80% badge off of Netgalley so I am going to use some books from there and some from my physical books on my shelf. I have picked 50 books.

This reading challenge starts from the 1st January -31st December 2017 – so I have plenty of time…hopefully to read these books.

There is only one rule for this challenge and that’s the books added are released prior to 2017

List of books:

A

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

B

The Haunting by Alex Bell

The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Fahrenheit 451 by RayBradbury

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

C

Boy 23 by Jim Carrington

The light that gets lost by Natasha Carthew

Follow me back by Nicci Cloke

Something in between by Melissa De La Cruz

D

All the above by James Dawson

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

The Guts by Roddy Doyle

Home By Matt Dunn

E

Aspect of Winter by Tom Early

F

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My Life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The boy most likely to by Huntley Fitpatrick

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

H

Nightfall by Jake Halpern

J

Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all by Jonas Jonasson

K

When breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Thicker than water by Brigid Kemmerer

Hidden Bodies by Karoline Kepnes

Read me like a book by Liz Kessler

Nina is not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

L

Here comes the King by Philip Lindsay

The Palace Library by Steven Loveridge

M

Did I mention I love you by Estelle Maskame

Did I mention I need you by Estelle Maskame

The Chocolate Lovers Club by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Diet by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Christmas by Carole Matthews

The Chocolate Lovers Wedding by Carole Mathhews

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

O

Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

P

The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard

Broken Dolls by Tyrolin Puxty

R

Seven ways we lie by Riley Redgate

Warren the 13th and the all seeing eye by Tania Del Rio

S

Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

Counting Stars by Keris Stainton

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

T

The Midnight Gardener by R.G Thomas

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

V

The list by Siobhan Vivian

W

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

When Giraffes flew by Jeff Weddle

The unfortunate decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Z

Help me by Donna M Zadunajsky

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The HauntingPassenger (Passenger, #1)Fahrenheit 451Born Scared

Boy 23The Light that Gets LostFollow Me BackSomething in BetweenAll of the Above

These Shallow GravesThe GutsHomeAspect of WinterThe Great Gatsby

My Life Next DoorThe Boy Most Likely ToThe Bone SparrowNightfallHitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

When Breath Becomes AirThicker Than WaterHidden Bodies (You, #2)Read Me Like a BookNina is Not OK

Here Comes the KingThe Palace Library (Palace Library #1)Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #2)The Chocolate Lovers' Club

The Chocolate Lovers' WeddingThe Chocolate Lovers' DietThe Chocolate Lovers' ChristmasBurning MidnightBeside Myself

Asking For ItThe Painted OceanBroken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)Seven Ways We LieWarren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Counting StarsOur Chemical HeartsThe Midnight Gardener (The Town of Superstition, #1)A Spool of Blue Thread

The ListThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava LavenderWhen Giraffes FlewThe Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia MossHELP ME! (HELP ME! #1)

 

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Review: The Unseeing

The Unseeing

Author: Anna Mazzola

Publisher: Tinder Press

Published: 14th July 2016

Genre: Historical Fiction

Source: Tinder Press and Bookbridgr

Date read: 11th November 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola’s THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding. Perfect for any reader of Sarah Waters or Antonia Hodgson.

‘A twisting tale of family secrets and unacknowledged desires. Intricately plotted and extremely convincing in its evocation of the everyday realities of 1830s London, this is a fine first novel’ – The Sunday Times

After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she’s hiding something, but needs to discover just why she’s maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death?

My thoughts:

Firstly I would like to thank Tinder Press and Bookbridgr for sending me a copy of this book to review.

I am a lover of Historical fiction especially Victorian London so when I read the synopsis of ‘The Unseeing’ I knew I had to read it. This is Anna Mazzola’s debut novel and I can tell you it certainly delivered.

The year is 1837 and Sarah Gale is sentenced to be hung, she is believed to have aid and abet James Greenacre in the death of Hannah Brown. Sarah Gale was having an on/off relationship with Greenacre and living with him in his home until he met Hannah. Hannah Brown was a spinster with a bit of money and business’s in her possession,until her body parts were found randomly around London.Greenacre a conniving man that he is only wanted Hannah for her money and threw Sarah out a few days before Christmas. A few days after Christmas Hannah Brown is gone and Sarah Gale is back in Greenacre’s bed. Sarah is adamant that she knows nothing about the disappearance or death of Hannah Brown, but no-one believes her.

Sarah Gale and a Women’s institute have requested Sarah to be pardoned as she is to be hung but is adamant she knows nothing. Edmund Fleetwood has been assigned the case, his job is to see if she will talk or if there is any new evidence. This is one of the most spoken about cases of the time and this could be the career break that Edmund needs, however Sarah Gale is still adamant that she knows nothing. Can this meek, pale women really be involved in a murder?

This book was amazing, I felt like I had been transported to London in 1837. The writing was so atmospheric, the descriptions of the sounds, the streets and the way the characters spoke just blew me away, and it was consistent throughout the book. The Unseeing is a slow burn book that drip feeds you information slowly and you start piecing it together like a jigsaw puzzle. I was definitely hooked and needed to know how Hannah had come to be in pieces around London and what was going to happen to Sarah. There is a twist and I didn’t see it coming whatsoever and was left shocked for some time.

This book is based on a true crime that happened in 1837 and is known as the Edgeware Murder. Sarah Gale and John Greenacre are the names of the actual people involved and the court scripts can be seen at the Old Bailey website.  You can definitely tell that the Mazzola had knowledge of the justice system as it was very well researched. I loved that Mazzola managed to make a fictional book out of a true crime and it makes it even more intriguing to read. It does make you think of how the justice system failed a lot of people back in Victorian times.

I will definitely be reading anything else Anna Mazzola release and recommend this book you are interested true crime and historical fiction.

I rated this 4 out of 5 stars

About Anna Mazzola

Anna Mazzola

Anna studied English at Pembroke College, Oxford, before becoming a criminal justice solicitor. She lives in Camberwell, London, with two small children, two cats and one husband.

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – My Favourite Animated Movies

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

All you need to do is click on the link which is above – follow the weekly criteria and then link your weekly post back to the broke and the bookish…Easy!

This week is movie freebie and having a young child I have watched my fair share of animated movies. I love them, they are just so fun and make you laugh and there is singing.

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Monsters Inc: I can’t tell you how many times I have watched this film, it never gets old. Favourite character: Mike

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Despicable Me: This makes me laugh so much, I love the Minions and Gru. Favourite character: Gru

Hotel Transylvania animation scary yikes uh oh

Hotel Transylvania: A great spooky film with not so spooky characters. Favourite character: Jonathan

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Big Hero 6: This is the most recent animation that I have watched and loved it,even if it is really sad. Favourite character: Baymax

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Enchanted: I am cheating a bit but there is animation in this movie. I just love it, it’s so cheesy and lots of singing. I have heard they are making another film too *squeels* Favorite character: Giselle

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Ice Age: This animation set during the ice age is really fun and I love the banter between the animals. Favourite character: Sid

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The Jungle Book: This was my favourite film when I was a kid, I don’t know how many times I have watched it but another one that is timeless. Favourite Character: Baloo

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Flushed Away: This one is not all that popular but it’s about rats in the sewers of London and I love it. The little slugs make me laugh too. Favourite Character: Roddy

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Aladdin: Another classic and fond memory of my childhood.Favourite character: Genie

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Beauty and the Beast: I love the classic and Belle is a girl after my own heart…I need that bookshelf and ladder. Favourite Character: Belle

Well that was actually harder than anticipated. There are so many great animated films out there and I could probably carry on but these are some of my favourites.

Animated films to be watched (TBW)

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and many more…..

 

Which is you favourite?Which animation are you anticipating?

Thanks for reading

Louise x