The Diviners by Libba Bray Review 4/5

Overall Impression: A compelling supernatural murder mystery with vibrant characters and gorgeous creeptastic imagery.

I bought this book (mostly) on a whim, having only The Diviners by Libba Brayever read one review of it. The cover was so beautiful I couldn’t resist, especially as the copy I found second hand was a hardback in brilliant condition. After scanning the blurb and finding it was set in 1920s America with a supernatural twist, I couldn’t resist. I’m so glad that I took a chance because this novel was SO MUCH FUN. It’s the most entertaining story I’ve read in a long time. I feel like it took me back to the basics or reading, because instead of tackling big themes or moral messages and crashing through boundaries it focused on the most important thing, telling a damn good story, and whisking the reader along for the ride.
If you’re looking for a good book and something a little bit different, The Diviners will definitely suit your needs! Continue reading

Everafter by Elizabeth Chandler Review 2/5

Overall Impression:  A disappointing end to an otherwise enjoyable series.

(To read my review of the previous book in the Kissed Everafter by Elizabeth Chandlerby an Angel series, Everlasting click here.)

I’m so sad that this book series has finally come to an end. *Sniff, sniff.* I’ve been following along with each installment for a while now – pretty much since I started this blog 3+ years ago and so many things have changed since then that I can’t help feeling a little bit nostalgic! I’ve always cited this series as my guilty pleasure, but unfortunately, book six the final novel in the series was a real disappointment for me. And thinking about it, I think it links back to how much I’ve changed since I started reading this series. My reading tastes are different, I’ve read a lot more widely and I’ve grown up. Sadly, this has made the faults of this book excruciatingly clear.

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A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin Review 4/5

Overall Impression: An entertaining read full of emotional, political and bloody battles.A Storm of Swords Steel and Snow

(To read my review of the previous book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Clash of Kings click here.)

This book was all kinds of awesome. George R. R. Martin, you’ve done it again!
For those who don’t know, the UK version of A Storm of Swords is split into two parts (I know, annoying right?) so I kind of feel weird reviewing a book when I’ve only read half of the originally intended material, like I might not be judging it fairly because it cut off before its intended finale. Having said that, I enjoyed book 3 part 1 immensely, and now I can’t wait to dive into part two!

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous books, this review will contain spoilers about plots and characters from those books. However, this review will not contain any spoilers for A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow. Continue reading

Guilt Free Book Haul (In Which My Relatives Feed Me Pretty Books)

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There’s a lot of things I like about Christmas – the food, spending time with family, chilling out and watching lots of movies, but I have to say one of the biggest perks of all is being able to add a few more unexpected books to my shelves. And better yet – I don’t have to feel guilty about buying books when I have so many unread ones because other people have done it for me. Double win! I always tend to have a book wish list on the go so that if any of my relatives are stuck for present ideas, they can randomly pick something off it. This way, it’s always a surprise and I never have any clue which books I’m going to get. And I have to say, this year I was ecstatic with some of their choices! So, without further ado, allow me to present you with lots of bookish pictures and nerdy goodness, mwuhuhuuuu. 🙂 Continue reading

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Film Review

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It’s the end of an era. *Sniff, sniff.*
I can’t believe that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be the last new Middle Earth film I’ll ever see. Sure, I’ll rewatch them (probably numerous times) on DVD, but I’ll never feel that same rush of awe as I did seeing them the first time, nor the nervous anticipation. I felt collected when I first entered the cinema and found my seat, but half an hour in I felt a sudden, overwhelming panic about how NOT READY I was for shizz to go down, and for this to be the final part… and for all the feels about to descend…!
As the film ended and the credits began to roll to the beautiful melancholy song The Last Goodbye by Billy Boyd (mirroring his previous haunting song Edge of Night from Return of the King) my friend and I, as well as the other people in the cinema, all sat in complete silence for a good 3 minutes as if suspended in the moment, awed, with our hearts just a tad broken, not quite ready to let go of the hobbits dwarves and elves that had been our companions and friends for so many years. Continue reading

Five Reasons Revealed by P.C. & Kristin Cast is Getting Two Stars (A Sort of Review).

Overall Impression: A book that focuses in painful detail on everything except the actual plot.

Revealed by P.C. and Kristin Cast is the mind numbing Revealed by P.C. and Kristin Castpenultimate book in the House of Night series which follows a group of teenage fledgling vampires in their fight against darkness and a petty evil priestess named Neferet. No matter how positive I try to be about reading each book in this series, the enthusiasm is soon zapped by the sheer ridiculousness and lack of plot. Reading The House of Night series is kind of like suffering though a long distance race with a sprained ankle, every step is painful and jars your entire body, yet you’re still determined to make it to the finish line, exhausted, fed up, and never willing to do it again!
While I could sit here trying to type up a balanced review of Revealed like I normally would, instead, for fear of repeating myself, I’m just going to state plainly five reasons why the 11th book in this series did not work. Oh, and there be GIFS.  😉

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Dual Review: Lenobia’s Vow and Neferet’s Curse by P.C. and Kristin Cast

So here we are with more House of Night spinoff novellas, yaaayyyy! (Can you feel the excitement emanating off me?) Actually, that’s a bit harsh. After reading Dragon’s Oath and finding myself pleasantly surprised, I was feeling somewhat positive as I approached Lenobia’s Vow and Neferet’s Curse. Unfortunately, my interest soon took a nosedive when I realised novellas two and three were not as well thought out as novella one, nor as entertaining.
Want to find out why? Stick with me and find out. 🙂

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Overall Impression: An uninspiring combination of bad accents and one-dimensional characters.Lenobia's Vow

Before becoming Zoey’s favourite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress, Lenobia was just a normal 16-year-old girl – but with enough problems to last a lifetime.
In 1788, Lenobia’s mother placed her on a ship bound for New Orleans. An evil bishop, skilled in Dark magic, is making the same journey. His appetite for beautiful young women forces Lenobia to remain hidden, but she secretly visits the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his horses capture her attention.
Can they make it to the New World before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts her life at risk?

My biggest complaint about the first novella Dragon’s Oath was the writing, and I have to say, I think this improved in Lenobia’s VowContinue reading

Dual Review: Destined and Hidden by P.C. and Kristen Cast Review

Hello guys, today is a Bookaholic first! I’m going to attempt to write two book reviews in one post. I have no idea how this is going to go but I figured it was worth a try. Lately I’ve made it my mission to finish off the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast. The story follows Zoey Redbird, a fledgling vampire who with the help of her friends is battling against an evil priestess named Neferet. I used to love this series when I was younger but the authors have continued to drag it out and the plots have become increasingly thin, not to mention bizarre. Since I have similar things to say about Destined (book 9) and Hidden (book 10) and the storylines are almost exactly the same, I figured I may as well review them together!
Side Note: Since these books are nearing the end of the series this post will, naturally, contain spoilers from the previous books.

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Overall Impression: Adverbs gone wild with a side of moody teenagers and uber weird mythology.Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is.
But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens its precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…
Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Continue reading

Mini Film Reviews: Divergent, Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Hello peeps. 🙂 This blog post is wayyyyy overdue, you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to write it! Divergent, Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were all films I was insanely excited to see when they first came out. I counted down the months, weeks and then days until their release and ran into the cinema flailing my arms with the enthusiasm only a true fangirl could muster. Afterwards, I had so many thoughts that I wanted to write about but it never happened because the films were all released during semesters when I was struggling to find blogging time. However, I don’t want to let the films pass by completely without acknowledging their existence because I was SO excited to see them, yet I don’t really feel they warrant individual blogs. So instead (taking inspiration from Emma’s lovely posts) I thought I would write some mini-reviews as a way of summarising my thoughts. 🙂

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Quoting the Quill #39

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‘I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

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Dragon’s Oath by P.C. and Kristin Cast Review 3/5

Overall Impression: A worthwhile addition to the House of Night series: fun, romantic and ultimately satisfying.Dragon's Oath by P.C. and Kristen Cast

One of my biggest bookish New Years resolutions for 2014 was to tie up loose ends and try to finish off some of the series I had begun a million years ago. I think of all the series I have ever started, the House of Night books by P.C. and Kristin Cast are the ones I’ve had ongoing the longest. I came across the books during the height of my teenage vampire obsession (post Twilight but pre over saturated market) and was quite obsessed with them for a while. Since, I have developed a somewhat love hate relationship with them (which you can read more about here) but I’m still determined to complete the series. I’ve invested too much time to stop without seeing how it all ends! Because it had been so long (3 years, JEEPERS) since I’d read any of the books and my brain was rusty, I decided to pick up one of the House of Night novellas, which aren’t technically key to the story, in the hopes that it would jog my memory. So it was with much trepidation that I began reading Dragon’s Oath!

Please Note: For those who haven’t read up to book 6 (Tempted) in the House of Night series, this review will contain spoilers about the characters Dragon and Anastasia. This review will not however, contain any spoilers from Dragon’s Oath. Continue reading

Stuart Little by E.B. White Review 3/5

Overall Impression: A sweet little tale full of childishStuart Little by E.B. White adventure.

I’ll fess up now, I bought this purely because it was on The Rory Gilmore Challenge, not because I had any inclination to read it. I picked it up from the hidden depths of a bargain bucket, forking out a whopping 10p to pay for it. I’d say that’s a pretty good deal! Even though E.B. White has long been considered a prestigious children’s author and I remembered enjoying the Stuart Little films when I was younger, I didn’t have high expectations. So, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! That’s the great thing about this challenge, it makes me pick up books I never would have considered reading otherwise. 🙂

He’s one small mouse on one very big adventure.
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother, George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and  thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.
When his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest, Stuart is determined to track her down. He ventures away from home for the very first time in his life and finds adventure aplenty, but will he find his friend?

Stuart Little has all the elements needed for a great children’s book, there are an array of cute and fuzzy animals (mice, cats, birds), daring adventures with an element of danger (such as trips down the drain and rides in the garbage truck), positive morals weaved throughout and a heartfelt friendship between two characters that gives you something to root for. Continue reading

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin Review 4/5

Overall Impression: An action-packed gritty adventure with vivid characters.
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(To read my review of the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones click here.)

After devouring the first book in this series I vowed that I would take a decent break before tackling the second novel, A Clash of Kings. Partly so I could recover from the immense page length but also so that I would appreciate the story more. However, after reading only two other books I soon found myself yearning for more of the world of Westeros. Instead of forcing myself to read other books when I wasn’t in the mood for them I decided to give into the inevitable, and thus began my journey though this 708-paged beast of a book!

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous book A Game of Thrones, this review will contain spoilers about plots and characters from that book in the first two paragraphs only. However, this review will not contain any spoilers for A Clash of Kings. Continue reading

The Hills are Alive…With the Sound of my Bookcase Creaking.

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Hello all! It’s that book haul time again. You know, where I begin to hyperventilate and go completely bonkers at the sight of pretty inanimate objects.
I have to say, I think I’ve been doing pretty well on the book buying front lately, while I gave up on my naïve attempt at a book ban a while back (which everyone but me knew wasn’t going to work) I’ve still been trying to restrain myself when it comes to my bookish whims. After all, if I had my way I would buy the ENTIRE store, and my TBR pile is nearing 200. Although actually now I think about it, due to my latest escapades it’s probably over that now…whoops.
However, a couple of weeks ago my second year university results came though. I discovered that I had passed everything with flying colours, including my soul sucking statistics course which was the biggie because it’s the only module everyone has to pass in order to go onto to their third year, and it was my one weak spot. Safe to say, it was a big relief! So of course, I chose to treat myself by buying a tonne of books I had been lusting after.
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Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick Review 1/5

Overall Impression: 464 pages of wasted time!

(To read my review of the previous book from the Hush Hush series, Silence click here.)Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

It’s safe to say my relationship with this series has not been smooth sailing. Hush Hush had me simultaneously ripping by hair out at the central abusive romantic relationship while secretly crushing on the smoldering love interest. Crescendo made me furious at the inconsistencies in the storyline but admiring the author’s flair for setting a dark, eerie mood. Silence gave me a level of respite with some fun romance and brilliant dialogue but I was frustrated by the lack of progress in the storyline. As for Finale? Oh boy. I teetered close to the edge with this one. I was hoping for some decent action since this was the last book in the series but what I got couldn’t have been further from it.This book is a culprit of the worst crime against fiction: It was boring.

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous books in the Hush Hush series this review will contain spoilers about previous plots and characters from those novels. This review will not however contains any spoilers for Finale. Continue reading