Book Review: Wizards’ Exile by Colin R Parsons

Hello Everyone.

Today I am coming to you with a book review of Wizards’ Exile by Colin R Parsons. I was sent this book for free in exchange for a review.

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The sky city of Valusha is now ruled by an evil overlord called Jenta-Lor. The former ruler and wizard, Obsidian has gone into exile, and has not been seen for many years.

There’s a weird band of misfits – a boy, an engineer and a wizard who have all been locked away in Skytraz Prison. No one has ever escaped from there – well it is thousands of feet above the earth. All seems hopeless.

But the wizard prisoner Rebus knows the layout of Skytraz Prison, so there just might be a chance to break out and get away. If so, can they find Obsidian, and what dangers are ahead?

Buckle up; there’s Magic, Sky Ships and Dragons in this roller coaster adventure ride. (Goodreads)

I found this book to be a fast paced fantasy, with a loads of different characters. I feel this book would be best marketed towards a younger age, I know I would have loved this story when I was younger.

There were three main characters Rhidian (the engineer), Rebus (the wizard) and Red (the boy). Red was by far my favourite out of the three, he seemed to have the best character arc of the story. He was funny and cheeky and he made me laugh. I felt that Rebus and Rhidian were okay characters, but I preferred Red.

The story has so much going on, a jail break, a ghost ship, pirates, and dragons, in some respects I think there was too much, and some of the focus could have gone into fleshing the story out on just a couple of those story bits, instead of all of them. I did really enjoy it thou.

As I said before it was so fast paced, I read it within 2 days. If you are a fan of fast paced fantasies, then I would highly recommend this for you.

3.5 Stars

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Mini Book Review: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

Hello Everyone.

Today I am going to do a book review of Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James. As I said before on my City of Bones post, I haven’t read much middle grade, so I picked this book up on a whim, and I absolutely adored it.

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A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.  Goodreads.

This book was so good. It was heartwarming, funny, nostalgic, interesting and just really filled my heart with joy.

Tilly is named after one of my favourite books Matilda. She lives with her grandparents and one day in the shop she bumps into a girl, she feels like she knows the girl, but can’t place her, then it hits her that its Anne from Anne of Green Gables. The author really captured Anne so well, and I was so jealous of Tilly, I want to meet Anne.

Tilly then finds out that she can travel into books with the characters, she goes in many beloved children’s classics, Alice In Wonderland, Treasure island and The Little Princess. Then adventures ensue.

This is a wonderful debut book from the author, I cant wait to read the second book.

There is also representation of dyslexia, Tilly’s bestfriend is dyslexic, who also ends up going on adventures with her. Also a lot of it is about Tilly trying to find out about her parents, and it deals with the subject of loss as well.

I wish the book had been around when I was a child, I would have loved it even more.

Goodreads: 5 stars

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms.

Hogwarts House Book Recommendations: Ravenclaw

Hello Witches, Wizards and Muggles.

Today I am going to be doing a post on book recommendations based on your Hogwarts house.

I’m so excited to do this!!

This post is going to be Ravenclaw recommendations!! My HOUSE!!! House Pride! WOOOO!

Anyway the books I’m going to recommend will be, what I think a Ravenclaw will like or if I think the character in the book would be a Ravenclaw.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you’ve a Ready Mind, Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind. 

Ravenclaw Traits: Intelligence. Wit. Wisdom. Creativity. Originality. Individuality. Acceptance.

All the Synopsis will be from Goodreads.

Recommendations 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The reason I chose The Hate U Give is because, I think that Starr would be a Ravenclaw, she has some traits of a Gryffindor, but altogether I think she would be a Ravenclaw. Also I think Ravenclaws would like this because of the message and the way the book makes you think.

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

The reason I chose this book is because, Lazlo is such a Ravenclaw its unreal, with his love of studying!! I love him so much, he is such an adorable man.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

I chose Pride and Prejudice because, I think a Ravenclaw would really appreciate the subtle wit that Jane Austen had, and added into this book.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day.

I chose Matilda because, of her love of reading and learning, she would defiantly be in Ravenclaw if she went to Hogwarts, plus she can do magic so you know that is a plus.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

I chose this because, Sherlock Homes is a total Ravenclaw, he is so intelligent, witty and he is an complete original, there isn’t anyone like Sherlock.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I chose Fangirl because, Cath for one, is writing a Fanfiction about a book series which is basically Harry Potter. She would totally be in Ravenclaw.

So there you have my Ravenclaw recommendations, what other books do you think scream Ravenclaw?

Next Recommendation post is going to be Hufflepuff.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

Book Tag: Life in Books Tag.

I have never done a Book Tag before, so here I am giving it a go. I wasn’t tagged by anyone I just fancied trying this tag out. I got this tag from reading Boston book Reader.

So the Tag I’m going to do is the Life in Books Tag. I haven’t read all the books I mention in this tag, but they are on my TBR shelf on Goodreads.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

K- The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

J- Jemima J by Jane Green

L- Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf, what book is it?

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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3. A book set in your city/country.

Ghosted by Colin R Parsons

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab – Scotland

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5. A book that’s your favourite colour.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. I did a full review of this book in a earlier post.

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8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment?

The Stand by Stephen King, over 1000 pages.

So there you have the Life in Books tag. If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged.

Happy Reading.

Thanks Bookworms

 

 

August Book Haul

Today I am going to show you the books that I have bought in August. All of the synopsis will be from Goodreads. 

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

In the spirit of trying more middle grade I picked this up.

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There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are two enterprising rogues who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.

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This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

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Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. 

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature. 

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

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When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’ Thus memorably begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one of the world’s most popular novels. Pride and Prejudice–Austen’s own ‘darling child’–tells the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy. What ensues is one of the most delightful and engrossingly readable courtships known to literature, written by a precocious Austen when she was just twenty-one years old.

This is my second, copy of this book.

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It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don’t stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning….

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Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?

Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

If you guys have read any of these books let me know.

Thanks Bookworms

Peter Pan: Children’s Classic, from book to films.

“Think of the happiest things
It’s the same as having wings”

I have recently started reading the children’s classic Peter Pan. I love Peter Pan, I love the fantastical element, I love the story and I love the characters.

How did it begin?

My love for Peter Pan started when I was young and I watched Peter Pan the Disney movie.

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I loved this film so much, I loved the story and how if you went to Neverland you never had to grow up. I think every child wishes that, all I wanted to do was go to Neverland and be part of the lost boys (I was a tomboy), or if that didn’t work out then become a fairy and be friends with Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell is my favourite character in the story because:

1. I want to be a fairy.

2. I love her sassiness.

The other thing I loved were the songs, you tell me one person, when they have to follow someone, who doesn’t sing I’m Following the Leader, at least in their head.

The other film which made me fall in love with this classic tale was Hook.

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I loved this take of the story, and Robin Williams as Peter was AMAZING. This is still one of my favourite childhood films, whenever I watch this, it always puts a massive smile on my face.

The Book

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With my love of Peter Pan and reading, it should come as a surprise to you, that I have never read the Book. ( I know, I should hang my head in shame)

So I started reading this for a readathon I am currently in the middle of, which you will see a wrap up of in a week or so. I am half way through the book and I can’t believe how dark it is. Peter Pan is not a nice character, he is such a spoilt brat, Disney has lulled me into a false sense of security. The Films are completely different from the story, but in some ways I’m glad about this, I love to read dark fairytale stories.

I’m just glad I am getting round to reading more children classics, I’ve been thinking about doing a post on the best children’s classics, this book will definitely end up on the list.

Thanks bookworms.