Christmas Book Haul: In which I foam at the mouth from all the literary goodness.

I really love doing these haul posts. I get all super happy looking at pictures of so many books, and the fact that they’re MY books, well, that just makes it even better!

The title may be a little misleading, because although all these books apparated into my home around the Christmas period, not all of them were actually Christmas presents. This is where I have to tell myself off for potentially breaking one of my New Years Resolutions already, or at least severely hindering it! As you can see, I’m doing excellently at reducing my tbr pile by buying more books. :L

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These were a real surprise for me, I had no idea I was going to get them! I’ve heard that they’re really good from various people, but because I read Cornelia Funke’s Reckless and found it really boring I was a little unsure about putting these on my wishlist. But now I’ve got them anyway, and I’m really excited to read them! 🙂
The book series – or the first book anyway, is about a man who if he reads aloud brings the world within the book alive! Now doesn’t that sound awesome?! 😀 Continue reading

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Review 3/5

Overall Impression: A random mix of science fiction, dystopian and romance that intrigues but fails to entertain.Across the Universe

Aggh, unfortunately another book I was disappointed by, I seem to be hitting a bit of a rough patch in my reading lately. I’ve got to stop getting reeled in by pretty covers on books dammit!
I got this book last year for Christmas after putting it on my wishlist, and while there were some aspects of Across the Universe that were really interesting there were also a lot of issues I couldn’t overlook. Then again, maybe I’m just becoming the grumpy granny of the literary world, lol!
I am also using this book for the science fiction category on the Eclectic Reader Challenge. I think this is the first science fiction book I’ve ever read, so from that point of view it was at least a good way of dipping my toes into a new genre.

Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away.
Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.
Yet someone is waiting for her. He wants to protect her – and more if she’ll let him.

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Book Haul: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.

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First off, how awesome is that title? I’m quite proud that my little brain came up with that, and it totally fits as well! 😛 Much more interesting than just book haul don’t ya think?

Ok, so the book ban is well and truly desecrated. How long did I last? *checks blog* Well I announced it May 19th 2012 so that’s *counts on fingers* not even three months!!!! *hangs head in shame*. And since the ban I’ve only gotten three books off my TBR pile so ummm…..yeah, the Maths doesn’t add up, I’m actually worse off than when I started. But you know what? I’ve never been all that fond of Maths.

So errr, ignoring my pathetic failure, lets move on to the books, because we all love the books! That’s why we’re here right?

Something Old:
I went into town with a bookish friend of mine and we spent about two hours just looking around Waterstones. After a thorough rummage (in which I found a beautiful hardback copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes but made myself put it back because of the price) he told me about these two second hand book shops a short walk away. So of course, I had to go and investigate! Continue reading

The Hunger Games Film Review 4/5

Yesterday I painstakingly counted down the hours, the minutes and then excitedly, theP220312_23.44 seconds, until entering the cinema for the advanced screening of The Hunger Games. You could feel the excitement, the tangible buzz of everyone in the cinema. Friends whispered enthusiastically to one another, others shuffled impatiently in their seats, and when the lights finally dimmed clapping and cheering ensued, but when the first set of words were flashed up on the screen, everyone became entirely silent, utterly focused.

This was the moment we had all been waiting for.

A glimpse of the girl on fire.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Review 5/5

Overall Impression: A fantastic, action packed and emotive end to the brilliant Hunger Games trilogy.

To read my review of the previous book from The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire click here)Mockingjay

Over two weeks ago on a Friday night at just past 4am, I slowly turned the last page of Mockingjay with tears streaked down my face.
As you may have noticed, it’s taken me a lot longer than normal to get this out to you. I seem to be having trouble articulating what I want to say in terms of this review, as there’s so much to say. In all honestly I felt almost shell shocked after finishing this book, I didn’t know what to think, and it’s taken me a while to process the ending but I think I’ve finally got to grips with it. I’ve also found it hard to comment on the book without revealing spoilers, however not to worry I’ve managed it now. 🙂
There is a lot of disagreement about the final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. Many people absolutely loved it, but a large proportion of others were extremely disappointed. As I fall into the former category, I will be arguing this view below.

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous books, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, skip the blurb and the first paragraph as it will contain spoilers. However, for those of you who have read the previous books, this review will not contain any major spoilers about the book Mockingjay. 🙂

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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Review 4/5

Overall Impression: A brilliant and enthralling second book from The Hunger Games trilogy that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

(To read my review of the first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy, click here)

Hello all 🙂 A worn out Becky takes a break out of her revision time to bring you the review of Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games Trilogy! Wooho! Ok so I seem to have switched to third person. Bear with me my brain is a little fried okay? Since finishing the first book I’ve watched the Hunger Games official trailer about ten times and listened to the song Safe & Sound quite a bit too. So I’m getting extremely excited for the film release in late March!
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Unfortunately, it’s impossible to discuss Catching Fire without ruining the first book from the series, in fact you can’t even read the blurb without it spoiling the first book The Hunger Games! So please, if you are planning on reading this series, now or sometime in the future, don’t read where I state there will be spoilers However, for those of you who have read the first book, this review will not contain any major spoilers about the book Catching Fire. 🙂


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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Review 5/5

Overall impression: This book is a piece of YA genius! It’s absolutely impossible to put down!

This is the first book I have read for the Eclectic Reader Challenge for the Young Adult section! Click here to find out the hunger games3more.
Before entering the blogosphere I had never even heard of this book. Then the name began to pop up left right and centre. The Hunger Games. “It’s the most amazing book ever” people were saying. Again and again it emerged in my books tags. Repeatedly I would come across book blogs singing it’s praises and declaring it their favorite YA book to date. So what does one do in this situation? Why, turn to Google of course! I looked it up and discovered it was also soon to be released as a full major motion picture with stars such as Taylor Swift lining up to help create the soundtrack. I was beginning to feel very out of the loop, so at this point I immediately bought the books. No way was I going to let a YA craze like this go by without joining in. I must admit, I was almost apprehensive to begin reading the book. What if I I’m the only one on this planet that dislikes it, and I get attacked with hate mail from dedicated Hunger Games fans I thought. Luckily, I absolutely loved it, so I no longer have to worry about that scenario!

In the dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games.
There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sisters place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

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On Dreaming About Books:

This morning I woke up feeling absolutely terrible. I straight away decided that I would not be going to school, or doing anything work related for the rest of the day. But as I was sitting in my bed in all my illness, surrounded by tissues, medication, and my snuggly cat, I couldn’t get the dream I had earlier out of my head. And since my dream was book related I’ve decided to share it with you guys. I can’t believe my love of books has gone so far that it’s now actually breaching my subconscious in the form of dreams!

‘Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you’ – Marsha Norman.

Ok here we go:

World War 3 had ended.
My country was in ruins; livelihoods were destroyed. There was panic, fear, and sadness everywhere. So the government stepped in. They put forward the idea of a Dystopian society, promising that with it, there would never be another war. They were smart. They picked their moment carefully. A moment when we were weakened, a moment where we wouldn’t fight back. We’d had enough of fighting.
We didn’t mind it at first. It meant we didn’t have to think too hard.
We just followed.
But slowly, things we loved began to disappear.
Internet sites were blocked, taken down, and censored. Paintings were destroyed because they showed ‘too much self-expression’. Films were discontinued.
They began destroying books.
And that’s when I decided to take a stand.
I came up with a plan. When they came for my books, I was ready.

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Matched by Ally Condie Review 3/5

Overall Impression: Good concept, a little shaky on the dismount.

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I’d never heard of this book before or the author, although apparently there was a lot of hype around it. After reading the blurb I was drawn to the concept of the book. It sounded like a modern version of Romeo and Juliet (Not that I’m a fan. Bleuughh. Talk about the most ridiculous, useless degrading teenage depiction. I don’t care what some extremely intelligent scholar says.)  However I though this book had some serious potential, as it seemed like there were so many avenue’s to explore in its dystopian world, but could it live up to my expectations?

“On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life.
Except he’s not.
In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love.
How many children they have.
Where they work.
When they die.
But as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.
And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel….”

This book begins with Cassia attending one of the most important events of her life. Her Match Banquet. This is where she’ll be Matched with the person she is supposed to spend the rest of her life with. She nervously waits for her Match to appear on the screen, but instead it goes blank, which means her Match must be someone she knows…..from her own town…..
It turns out she has been Matched with her best friend, Xander, who she’s known since she was a child. At first she is excited about this, after all, who could be a better life partner than someone who knows you like the back of their hand? Each person is given a microcard on their Match in order to learn more about them. But when Cassia looks at hers, a different face flashes up on the screen. Ky Markham. A member of the society assures her it must be a silly prank (it couldn’t be the society of course, they NEVER make mistakes) and she is given the correct microcard. During this talk she discovers Ky is an Aberration, meaning he isn’t allowed to be matched due to a crime his father committed. But this only makes Cassia more curious….. Continue reading