Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Science fiction and fantasy books

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Usually I don’t join in on this, (Because I forget), but this week’s subject appealed to me so here we go! (Creator: Ginger reads Lainey. Host: Thoughts on tomes)

The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

A, (middle grade?), fantasy about a young boy who’s training to be the last spook, dealing with witches, boggarts ect.

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This is one of the few books that I re-read. My copy is now all yellowed at the pages. I love the simplicity of the writing. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

(I’m very annoyed that they changed the book cover half way through. -_-) (P.S. Don’t watch the trash that is the so called movie.)

The Wee free men by Terry pratchett

About a nine year old girl who must deal with foul mouthed wee men and must save her baby brother from the Queen of fairies.

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This was a hard choice. I adore Terry Pratchett’s novel and I struggled to decide which to put here. I chose this one because this, and it’s sequels, affected me so strongly. They are very important books to me and I would probably recommend this book to people if they’ve not read Terry Pratchett before. (Your poor souls.)

Rosemary and rue by Seanan McGuire 

This first book in an urban fantasy series. Toby is a changling, half changling, half human and all badass. A friend is murdered and she has to figure out what happened or she’ll die.

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This was actually my first foray into urban fantasy and, omg, I loved it. I loved the main character and just how its set up because within the first few pages you know you’re going to read the next book. And there was great care in explaining all the different fay and rules, especially for someone who hasn’t delved into UF before.

Darklord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

Set in a fantasy world which is ruled by someone from a world like ours and they must put on pilgrims, which are basically like a trope fantasy world. (How terrible am I at explaining plots?)

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I remember finding this book in the library and I devoured it within a few days. I was completely enchanted and it was on of my first fully fantasy reads. The wide array of magical creatures are so clever and just the unique plot itself.

I am legend by Richard Matheson

The last living man in a world full of vampires.

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This choice actually surprised me. I gave this an average rating. I liked it, but I wouldn’t have called it a favourite. Apparently, it’s one of those that grows on you.

Most will know of the movie, which I like too, but it completely misses the message. The ending of this book is powerful. One of the greatest ending I’ve ever read.


Alright! This was fun! Apparently, I love fantasy more than sci fi, though it may be I’ve just read more fantasy. I may have to join in more of these. Obviously, I left off Harry Potter and LOTR because, they’re a given really.

How about you? What’s your top 5 fantasy/sci fi? Or have you done a post? Link it to me!

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The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney book review

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett book review

 

 

 

 

Pokemon X.Y Vol 1, 2 by Hidenori Kusak and Satoshi Yamamoto manga review

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Volume 1 

Art: Very good and clean. I like the shading used and the boxes aren’t all squished.

I bought these because they’re Pokemon and fully admit, I may not have bought them otherwise. The reason? They are very skinny. 96 pages skinny.

“How are they going to give me a good story when they’re so short?” I asked myself.

Very well is the answer.

I really like the introduction and premise of the set up and I like the group of characters and just the fact that it is a group, rather than one main character is fun. Despite only being 96 pages, it didn’t feel too rushed. (I’d still want more though. #greedy.)

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Volume 2

Art: Still as lovely as the first volume. The pages feel rough though, but that’s just a me thing.

This book completes setting the scene, who our bad guys are ect. Again, love the group of main characters we have. A really diverse set of characters. So many questions to answer and exciting things to happen.

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I was genuinely surprised by how good these volumes are. Mainly because of how few pages each book is. The story moved very smoothly and I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Volume 3

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Art: Still as pretty as ever, perhaps even more pretty. I love the extra shading on certain pages.

The cuteness and awww factor was cranked up a few notches because I found myself grinning like a loon and going aw a lot.

Daikichi Kawachi is growing so much as a character and I love it. A few more minor cast characters are introduced into this one and I love them to pieces. It really makes the story well rounded.

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Volume 4

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Art: Excellent as always. Love the backgrounds.

Daikichi Kawachi why you so adorable?! All these reviews are just going to me babbling how much I love them. I’m so sad there’s only 10 volumes. ;-;

I can’t wait to see what happens next, I feel in the next couple we’re due some major plot shenanigans.

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Hopefully, the next plot event will happen in the next volumes. I loved these two just as they are, but it’s only 6 volumes until the end, so I also want closure on plot aspects.

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The Castoffs 1, 2, 3 by MK Reed, Brian Smith and Molly Ostertag comic review

Issue #1

The Castoffs #1

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Art: The art is so pretty! I love the colour style, just the style in general! The world looks so interesting and the characters themselves look unique.

The intro to this comic is excellent. I was immediately intrigued. It did very well with introducing characters and the world without making it overwhelming.

I found this volume quite short, perhaps this is because I’ve not read comics before? So this may be a normal length.

It did, however, do its job. As soon as I finished it, I was scrambling to get the next one because it had me hooked.

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Issue 2

The Castoffs #2

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Art: Still loving the colour pallet, lots of warm oranges and yellows that suit it  very well.

The comic’s moving smoothly. A little disappointed by how quickly the cliffhanger from the previous comic was resolved, but I love what happened. (Haha, is the vagueness killing you?!)

I feel as if it ended too soon again. I finish it within 20 minutes easy. This may be normal for comics. I am used to mangas which are longer and, of course, novels.

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Issue 3

The Castoffs #3

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Art: I really love how uncluttered the art boxes are. The artist knows what they’re doing. I’m never confused as to which box is next, (and believe me, this has happened to me a lot.)

I like the characters so far and plot line is interesting, this particular arc is very recognizable, but still fun in this world. I feel like the climax of this part will come to head in the next volume.

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Right now, there only seems to be 3 issues available, but I will be continuing this comic once there’s more. (Hopefully there’s more because the last issue released December 2016.)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell book review

E-book haul!

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell book review

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I’m 4% in at the point of writing this and can already tell you I love it. I understand why people love this book so.

How many people identify with Cath? Because I can tell you that I do.

I don’t think I’ve felt myself in the characters shoes before. I don’t tend to connect to characters like that. Perhaps because I don’t generally read these types of books.

But it’s not just how strongly I connect to Cath, I don’t think this book would be so good if not for the writing too. Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful writer. I’ve always been a fan of more simplistic description than overly flowery.

Yes, I would’ve rather the book focus more on how Cath deals with family, college, social anxiety rather than romance. I was disappointed by how much the 2nd half focused on that,but that’s a personal preference. Many people will enjoy it.

This is a rare read for me, but I’m glad I picked it up. It’s one of those books that, when you finish, you feel a little different.

If you don’t usually read this genre, (like me), if you prefer sci fi, post apocalyptic ect, and, also if you’re someone whose social life is online, I still recommend you read this.

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E-book haul!

Ah…Amazon you lured me in with your bargains and, of course, I couldn’t resist. Buuuuut, everything cost me under £1.20! 😀 😀

Most of them I got in the half terms bargains, but one or two were recommendations, along with 1 pre-order.

Well, let’s get started! \o/

1. Stolen ink by Holly Evans – This was a pre-order for the small price of 99p! It’s urban fantasy and I’m really interested in discovering what exactly a tattoo magician is!

Stolen Ink (Ink Born Book 1) by [Evans, Holly]

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2. Wool by Hugh Howey, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jimmy Broxton – I got this in the sale. It’s a dystopian graphic novel. Apparently, it’s also a novel, but I’ve not read it. Perhaps, I’ll pick it up if enjoy this.

Wool: The Graphic Novel by [Howey, Hugh, Palmiotti, Jimmy, Gray, Justin]

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3. The Person Controller by David Baddiel – Another sale buy. I’d seen this in the bookshop, but never picked it up. I’d say it’s children, fantasy genre. Looks super cool.

The Person Controller by [Baddiel, David]

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4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Ah, this is a rare beast. I don’t tend to be interested in this type of book, particularly not the romance that will most likely happen, but I think many book lovers on social media will read the blurb and think, must read!

Fangirl: Special Edition by [Rowell, Rainbow]

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5. Rotters by Carl R. Cart – Another sale buy. I grabbed this because it’s apocalyptic and that is my weakness. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would’ve got it. This book cover is a bit meh. However, the goodreads one is a bit better.

Rotters: A Zombie Novel by [Cart, Carl R.]

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6. Little dead man by Jake Bible– Another apocalyptic one, (get ready for a few of these). This…has a really out there synopsis. This book will either go really right or really…really wrong.

Little Dead Man by [Bible, Jake]

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7. Threshold by Jeff Olah – Another apocalyptic one in the sale. I’m very excited to read this one.

The Dead Years - THRESHOLD - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

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 8. Awakening by Jeff Olah – I actually didn’t notice these were by the same author. I saw post apocalyptic and that was enough for me. I really like the cover for this one.

The Last Outbreak - AWAKENING - Book 1 (A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller) by [Olah, Jeff]

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9. Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love this book and I love the movie too. I actually own a physical copy, but, hey, for 99p, why not?

Howl's Moving Castle by [Jones, Diana Wynne]

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10. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – The cover looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a spooky read.

Frozen Charlotte (Red Eye) by [Bell, Alex]

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Last two, I promise!

OK, next two were brought to my attention by other bloggers and this is the part I admit I lied. Not all the books cost me under £1.20. The next two were under £2.00.

I know, such an ungodly amount. I can hear your gasps of shocks from here, but it isn’t my fault! I shall inform you whose it was!

11. The wizard’s gambit by Kylie Betzner – This seems to be a comedic fantasy, which if anyone knows my love of Terry Pratchett, will know this is right up my street. This buy is all Holly Evans’ fault. She happened to tweet about the 2nd book and it caught my interest. Bad Holly.

The Wizard's Gambit (The Six-Er-Seven Kingdoms Book 1) by [Betzner, Kylie]

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12. The castoffs #1 by Brian Smith, MK Reed and Molly Ostertag – A graphic novel, (comic?), that I discovered through mybookjacket, (and several others books, but I’ve resisted…for now.) So, yeah, it’s Vicky’s fault. Bad Vicky.

The Castoffs #1 by [Smith, Brian, Reed, MK]

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Alright, that’s it! A crazy amount, I know, but it didn’t cost me much in total. I’m really excited to get stuck into all of them.

Have you gotten any bargains lately? Any of these books interest you?

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Silent child by Sarah A. Denzil book review

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I found this book while perusing kindle unlimited. The blurb sounded interesting, so I grabbed it and gave it a read.

It doesn’t quite live up to its gripping synopsis, but it’s well written, though there’s a lack of tension. I didn’t feel worried for the characters.

And it was very obvious who had taken Aiden, (to me anyway and I always say everyone, but who it was). Along with a couple of cliches of the genre that you’ll guess if you read it.

I would’ve liked more tension and perhaps more interaction between mother, son and father. We’re too much in the mother’s mind. I didn’t really get to feel the after effects of what happened Aiden, how it affected him. However, I did like how Emma was portrayed, I found her realistic.

It did keep me up at night though, stewing over the terrible events that happened in the book.

Despite this, it was a good, quick read if you’re looking for something crime/thriller-like that isn’t too heavy writing wise. It’s available on kindle for 99p or free on unlimited and I consider it worth it.

Note: This book does have themes of child abuse. It is only mentioned and never described graphically.

Normally, this would be considered a spoiler, but I considered it worth mentioning and considering the blurb, it should be fairly obvious anyway.

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Bunny drop vol 1 & 2 by Yumi Unita manga review

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Bunny drop Volume 1

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Art: I love the art. It’s very similar to other manga’s I’ve read, but what I really love is how clean the boxes are. What I mean by that, is there’s usually lots of boxes on the page, and therefore the art, is squashed, not the case for this book. The cover is GORGEOUS too!

People…PEOPLE! This manga is AMAZING! Only one volume in and I adore it! I love all the characters, particularly our Main characters.

It’s a sweet story with a hint of complex plot, (like families usually are!) It ends on such a cliffhanger. I’m desperate to know what is next! I immediately ordered the next volume.

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Bunny drop Volume 2

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Art: Again very clean and pretty. And I love the cover of this. There seems to be a pastel theme going on. It suits very well.

I am super in love with this so far, and I’m only on Volume 2! The pacing is on point and I adore the characters so far. I love how complex and real they are.

I was surprised that there was a big plot event so early on in the manga, I’d been happy for it to be strung out a bit more, but it was done very well, revealing some, but leaving so many questions. I need to know! MOAR!

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Obviously, I’ll be continuing this series, (and after I’ll be getting the anime because I won’t be ready for it to be over). It’s actually quite short, *sobs*, only ten volumes, so we’ll only be together for a short time. ;-;

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Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

Spoiler free!

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Look at that gorgeous cover!

Volume 1

Art: The art is great and I love that there’s more background scenery than I’ve seen in most manga. It’s beautifully drawn.

Well, now I know why this is such a popular manga series. The story packs a punch. I love the characters. Naruto is strong character so far. His motivations make sense. It had me hooked within a few pages.

There was a plot reveal that I thought might be better suited revealing near the end as a cool cliffhanger for volume 1, but it was an awesome scene so I’m not complaining.

Also, for those who’ve already read this volume, Page 92-ish…I ship it.

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Volume 2

Art: Yet again blown away. I love scenery parts, so beautiful.

I’m loving this. I really enjoy that our main character, Naruto, isn’t overpowered and always saving the day. I also like how each character has their flaws.

The female character, Sakura, hasn’t shown much and is almost in the background. I really hope this changes.

Not as fast paced as volume 1,  but I’m a fan of building tension so that’s fine by me.

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Volume 3

Art: The art was, yet again, brilliant. I love the character designs.

I’m not loving Sakura at the minute, but I’ve been promised she becomes awesome.

Sasuke and Naruto are excellent and well rounded. This volume was dramatic and teeeense! It ended on one heck of a cliffhanger. Things are really kicking up now!

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So far, I’m loving this manga. The story and pacing is excellent and the character’s are very well rounded, well, except Sakura, but I’m hoping this gets better.

I’ll definitely be continuing the manga.

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Book haul!

Book haul!

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A sneak peak, or not so sneak, of reviews you’ll be seeing soon on the blog! They are on my to read list after all.

First of all, the only three novels in this haul. These are the 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Rosemary and Rue urban fantasy series. I LOVED the first two books so finally getting my hands on these is a time for awful, excited dancing.

Once again, I’m thankful to Holly Evans, who has an amazing blog, for introducing them to me.

An artificial night, Late eclipses, One salt sea by Seanan McGuire

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Just look how pretty this cover is. I think it’s my favourite in the series so far!

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Now to the mangas!

Bunny drop vol 1 by Yumi Unita

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This is about a 30 year old manchild who, after the death of his Grandfather, takes on his Grandfather’s lovechild.

It’s a really sweet manga. Although what do I know? I’ve only read volume 1. It could be murder and mayhem from hereon. And the cover is gorgeous. I may or may not have stroked it against my cheek a couple of times.

One piece 7, 8, 9 by Eiichito Oda

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I discovered this through the anime, though I didn’t watch much of it because I wanted to read the manga. I already have the first two 3 in 1 volumes which I’ll be doing a re-read of.

This is basically about pirates who gain powers by eating a fruit, the name of which I’ve forgotten. Octopus has great hopes of becoming a pirate one day too.

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto

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Seriously, all these gorgeous covers! This is one of the first manga’s I’ll be reading where I haven’t discovered it through watching the anime. I’m pretty even non-manga readers will have heard of Naruto.

Death note vol 1, 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

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Another one that will be completely new to me. Apparently this has notebooks in it, which was enough to get my attention because they are my addiction. But these so called notebooks also kill people? ha ha ha…MWHAHAHA!

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Alright and that concludes the book haul. Can’t wait to get reading! \o/ I plan on doing a manga vs anime post series, but I want to get further into my chosen manga’s first.

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What books have you bought recently? Read any of these? Going to?

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