Book Review #5

Luck by Alison Prince

As I have finally plucked up the courage to visit the library by myself, I went to pick up some books that I reserved, I had a good look around at all the books and decided that if a book caught my eye, I would check it out and read it. I looked around in the Teenage section for a while and I spotted this book. The cover and the blurb both intrigued me to read it. I didn’t really know what to expect while reading this book, after all it was only 53 pages but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and read it because I remembered that I found it interesting, not because I wanted another book to boost my good reads goal.

I decided to read this book when I took a break from the book I was reading at the time (Slammed by Colleen Hoover). Luck took me not even 10 minutes to read and I was surprised that when I first opened the book the first line read “My mum is slag.”.  The way the pages and text is set out reminds me of the books I used to read in Primary School or further back and the reason for this is because the publishers, Barrington Stoke, is and independent publisher that edits and design books to help reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, which I personally think is amazing.

I felt like Luck gave out a message though, not a powerful or life changing one but a message at least. I think it shows that if you make on good choice or do one good deed bigger and better things can follow.

Although its only 53 pages, even less is you remove the illustrations, the book contains robbery, gangs a car incident and some other topics like immigration and broken families/homes. I gave Luck 3/5 Stars 🙂 DSC_1507

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Book review #4

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 

(May contain spoilers)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray, has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street, and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life.  

To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move, and that one of their own has betrayed them. 

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets, and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

As this is the second book in a trilogy, The Infernal Devices, you would asume that the second book would be better than the first, and it was. It’s been a few months and i’ve read alot of books since reading this one but as i’m now currently reading Clockwork Princess it all seems to be coming back to me.  I gave this book 4.5/5 stars 😀

The reason behind Will’s constant need to push everyone away is realved. When he was younger he opened a pyxis, releasing a demon which attacked him, his older sister fought it off, the demon put a curse on Will. A curse that meant that anyone who loves Will would die. Which Will belived was true when his older sister dies the next morning.  Will asks Magnus bane to help find the demon to get the curse lifted. When will finally finds the demon he finds out that the curse was fake. Little does he know that when he would go to confess his love to Tessa, he find find out that Jem has proposed to her and she said yes.

The love triangle has me on the edge of my seat constantly. 

I was shocked when reading this book when Jessamine became mysteriously disappearing at night. I always knew Nate (Nathaniel) had a secret though.

There is so much more to this book than what i have written i know but these parts for me are the bits i love. 🙂

Book review #3

confess by colleen hoover.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin. 

I loved this book, i liked how as soon as i started reading it i knew that they both had secrets that would have to be revealed, that made me want to keep reading. Which i why i read this book in around 2 days. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars, although i really enjoyed it i felt like it was a but rushed and that everything happened all at once.  I was amazed at how the art work related and worked so well with the story (my favourite from the book is below). To me the painting explains every relationship that ensues throughout the book.

Owen. Wow. He seems like the most down to earth guy that ever lived. I love how passionate he is about he art and chooses the right buyer for all his pieces.

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it. This was tha first Colleen Hoover novel i had ever read and i really want to read more.

Hope you enjoyed, i suck at these.

Comment your opinions.

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Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making Of Harry Potter!

I recently went to London on June 12th to go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter. I’ve been a Harry Potter fan for a while but I when I was younger I was never really interested in reading the books. I’ve got back in to reading around two years ago now and I’ve read a lot since then. One of my new year resolutions (or just a goal that I set for myself) was to start and complete all of the books in the Harry Potter series, and I have.

My experience at Warner Brothers was amazing, I was so excited to be there I kept running off. If you plan on going soon I recommend that as soon at you arrive you eat and drink something because there is a lot to see before you get another chance to eat or drink. Just seeing pictures scattered around of the cast made me really excited and happy.

Walking around and seeing everything was amazing. When we got there we were given a digital guide that talked us through different sets as we walked round, which was amazing because told us things about the making of the movies that no one else would of known. I was able to ride a broomstick which was the most amazing experience ever! IMG_1163 IMG_1205 IMG_1213 IMG_1273 IMG_1321 IMG_1364 IMG_1456 IMG_1445 IMG_1446 IMG_1471

Book Review #2

  

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

* Meet Bianca.

Hamilton High’s

Resident Duff.

Apparently.

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper knows shes not the hottest girl at school, but when school jock and man-slut Wesley casually refers to her as a DUFF-

DESIGNATED UGY FAT FRIEND

– the gloves are off! But then before she knows it, Bianca finds herself in a secret enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

If there’s a thin line between love and hate then Bianca has crossed it. She just never thought she was capable of breaking anyone’s heart.*

This book was definitely not what expected but I still enjoyed it. I seemed to be like a typical high school story, typical ‘unattractive’ girl, barely noticed by anyone but it’s so much more than that, I love how sassy and upfront Bianca can be, the comebacks she comes up with are hilarious! I can relate to Bianca’s home life, divorced parent’s but unfortunately neither one of my parents travel or have written a book. Wesley Rush, he’s the typical school jock in all American high school movies, gets all the girls, is popular but there’s always something happening in their home or private life that no one knows about. Toby Tucker sounds like the sweetest cupcake ever, The ending is just fabulous. I do feel like this book is a little over hyped, even more so now that the movie has been released, which I watched because I really liked the book. The movie is completely different from the book, so much that I actually forgot what movie I was watching half way through because I didn’t recognise anything.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Thank you for reading this review and I’m sorry its been a while, I’ve just been really busy. 🙂

– C 

Book Review!

Clockwork Angel!

Clockwork Angel is the first book In the Infernal Devices Trilogy written by Cassandra Clare.

When Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrive in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I had seen this book on many booktubers shelves, after reading nothing but good things about the whole trilogy, I finally got the whole Infernal Devices Trilogy! I had high hopes for this trilogy so I decided to pick up the first book right away.

It took me a while to get through this book, due to being told not to read until I got my glasses, but I really enjoyed it. I really love starting a new series especially when it includes entering a whole new world, you get learn all about the characters and the world they live in, in this case you find out what they are and what abilities they have… It really fascinates me.

Finding out that Tessa is a shape shifter made me a little scared that I was going to not enjoy it but it really was amazing to read, especially when she is just coming to terms with what she is and what she can do.

William Herondale is a moody jackass, but you can’t help but fall in love with him, the more you read the more you understand that he is hiding something and pushing himself away for a reason but you don’t know what it is.

Jem Carstairs hat to be my favourite character, he is just so sweet and caring. I myself could feel Tessa sort of falling for him but the again could also feel her love for Will growing.

Aside from the characters, Cassandra Clare’s writing is just amazing I find myself turning pages faster than ever, she manages to write book that just flow together so perfectly. Normally an author is so into describing what someone or something looks like, so you can get a clear image in your head, that they ramble on for ages and it diverts you from the story for a while, but Cassandra Clare manages to describe an image so clear in just a matter of words.

All in all I really enjoyed this story, I love the setting, the time period, characters and everything  in between.

If you haven’t read this book or trilogy I really recommend that you do. Also you should read some of Cassandra Clare’s other books!

I read this book back in April and I am still astounded by it.

I rated this book 5/5 Stars!

Thank you for reading!

-C x

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March Wrap up!

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These are all the books I had managed to read in the month of March, I got through quite a lot and even reread some of my favourites.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn [3/5 stars] 

 
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger [3/5 stars] 

 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey [4/5 stars] 

 
We Were Liars by e. lockhart  [3/5 stars] 

 
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series #1 [4/5 stars] 

 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling [5/5 stars]

The Boy In the Stripes Pyjamas by John Boyne [5/5 stars] 

 
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments Series #2) [4/5 stars] 

 
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo [3/5 stars] 

 
Paper Towns by John Green [5/5 stars] 

 
Looking for Alaska by John Green [5/5 stars] 

 I understand that people have their own opinions about different book so you may not agree with my ratings, feel free to comment your own thoughts about any of the books listed 🙂