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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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.]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

 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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK

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]

Goodreads / Amazon UK


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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Alice by Christina Henry book review

Note: This review is spoiler free!

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In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside.In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice

Initial thoughts

An Alice re-telling that’s apparently has a darker twist. I was really interested in reading this and the new covers are gorgeous. 

Writing

It has a simplistic, straightforward style which I really enjoyed. I could visualize everything really well. The mix of description and dialogue was good and it moved at a fast pace.

Plot

The plot was solid. Although, I would’ve liked more surrounding it. More inclusion of the government.

And the ending was the tiniest but anti-climatic. I thought a different ending, (which from the way it reads, I’d bet the Author consider doing), would have had more impact. I’m reserving judgment on that until I’ve read the next book.

One thing, I’m going to put a warning for right now. A strong theme is the abuse of women. 

Characters

Most of the characters are well written. Although, I’d have liked more backstory in general. We only got the barest glimpses of them and it’s all strictly related to the plot.

They aren’t many side characters. Most of it is focused on the two main characters, whom I like. And of course, the bad guys who everyone will really hate, as you should. 

Some I feel should have been used more .

Overall thoughts

While, I may have been disappointed by the ending, (as I said reserving judgement on one particular plot point), the plot is tight and wraps up the story while leaving enough to entice me for the next book which I’m looking forward to reading. 

This is not for young readers. The abuse themes in this a prevalent throughout.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Maaaaybe

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey


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Weekly update

Ugh. I’m ill. -_- Not majorly though. A cold that’s now gone and been replaced with a sore throat and cough that I started taking medicine waaay before it revealed itself because I knew it was. Lurking. What a douche. 

ANYWAY!

What I read last week

Do not disturb by A. R. Torre

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Was not a fan. It took so long to get to the ‘action/conflict’, if you can call it that. It reads like a fan service to the main character. 2/6

Life, the universe and everything by Douglas Adams

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Third in the series. I enjoyed it. It was zany. Plot was there, but not that important, more like fun times and puns. 4/6


I also started two other books this week and then proceeded to DNF them. Jeez, I’ve had a sucky reading week!

I’m going to do a post on some of the books, including these two, that I’ve recently DNF’d and why I chose to do so.


What I’m reading this week

I still have Fool moon by Jim Butcher and Lock in by John Scalzi on loan from the library so I’ll be reading them. Although, at the minute, I’m reading Castle in the air by Diana Wynne Jones.

I also plan to read the resident evil novels, both the S. D. Perry books and the movie novelizations. Not sure which I’ll read first. If anyone wants to readalong with me, I’ll tweet out a few days in advance when I’m starting. Most likely July area. 

I also reeeeeaaaaallly want to read The hollow city  by Ransom Riggs, like, now, but I have a lot of books already on my shelves that I suppose I ought to read first… -_-

I considered doing something a little more structured, but, I didn’t know if there’d be much interested in it. Maybe, if there is, I may. Lemme know if you are interested!

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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my other blog where I, along with my two co-bloggers, bring you upcoming book releases! If you know of one, or have one coming out, then let us know!

 

I am legend by Richard Matheson book review

Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!

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Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

Besides being a SF masterworks novel, I was interested in this book because the film of the same name, staring Will Smith, was based on it, except in the book there was vampire. In the film zombies.

I can tell you that they are two completely different entities. The films entirely misses the message of the book, but that’s fine, I still like the film. You just have to pretend neither have a connection.

Wow, this book…I don’t even know where to start. I didn’t fall in love with it, but it impressed the heck out of me and will certainly be rememberable to me.

It certainly packs a punch and it has the most brilliant, most rememberable endings to read. It was worth reading just for that. The kind of ending where, after finishing, you close the book and just stare unseeingly for a few minutes as if a minute part of you sees the world a little differently after reading it. .

My only issue was the passage of time wasn’t conveyed to the best. It was a little, but not good enough for maximum effect of the story.

The reason I didn’t fall in love with it, is because it has a very specific story. And it isn’t a kind of book that you really get to know the characters and fall in love with them.

Plot > Characters.

There’s really only one character in the book and he’s very well written, complex and very human.

There are a few scenes that just sucker punch you right in the feels. It did indeed make me cry at one specific point. (You’ll know when you read it.) Days after finishing this, one of them would pop randomly into my thoughts and I would stop and go, WOW…

To sum up, Very plot specific, Thought provoking, Complex character

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

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Spring into horror Read-a-Thon runs from the 18th April – 24th April. You can use the #SpringHorrorRAT on twitter to join in on the conversation!

You can find more information here, but the one main “rule” of Spring Into Horror is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). After that, you can read what you want.

I just heard of this today. I noticed it on a book blog I follow, (which one I’ve forgotten!! D:)

I considered not joining because it is a little last minute, but, meh, YOLO! Besides, how could I resist getting involved with something horror related?! The answer is, I couldn’t not!

So, without further ado, here’s the books I’ve chosen!

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The Kraken wakes by John Wyndham – I  technically started this before today, but I’m only 50 pages in and SHHHHHH! OK?!

It started with fireballs raining down from the sky and crashing into the oceans’ deeps. Then ships began sinking mysteriously and later ‘sea tanks’ emerged from the deeps to claim people . . .

For journalists Mike and Phyllis Watson, what at first appears to be a curiosity becomes a global calamity. Helpless, they watch as humanity struggles to survive now that water – one of the compounds upon which life depends – is turned against them. Finally, sea levels begin their inexorable rise . . .

The Kraken Wakes is a brilliant novel of how humankind responds to the threat of its own extinction and, ultimately, asks what we are prepared to do in order to survive.

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Emma by Jane Austen – Love is scary, OK? (And I’m also dying to read it ASAP!)

Emma is young, rich, and independent. She has decided to never marry and instead spends her time organizing her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.

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Maestra by L S Hilton – I got this book because I was intrigued by synopsis. I’ve since heard some negatives about it. It’s apparently raunchy too. I think it was described as being crossed with fifty shades of grey, but WORSE. I have no interest in fifty shades of grey, it’s just not my genre, so this was disappointing to hear. Still! Fingers crossed, it’ll be a good read!

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.

When Judith stumbles across a conspiracy at her auction house, she is fired before she can expose the fraud. In desperation, she accepts an offer from one of the bar’s clients to accompany him to the French Riviera. But when an ill-advised attempt to slip him sedatives has momentous consequences, Judith finds herself fleeing for her life.

Now alone and in danger, all Judith has to rely on is her consummate ability to fake it amongst the rich and famous – and the inside track on the hugely lucrative art fraud that triggered her dismissal.

So, those are my choices. I considered choosing more, but I figured I’d be over estimating how many I could read in a week. (But never say never). Emma is quite a chunky book and I want to savour it as I read.

I’ll most likely tweet about it and then do a blog post at the end of the readathon mentioning how I did.

If you’re taking part let me know so I can check your posts out!

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Goosebumps film review

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Runtime: 103 minutes

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Jillian Bell

The film opens with a brilliant music score that immediately puts you in the mind of Goosebumps. In fact, my favourite part of the entire film is the music score. It’s excellent!

The beginning is a little awkward as if they didn’t quite find the balance of setting up the film and getting on with the fun stuff.

The pace is off throughout the whole film and there isn’t much story because of this. (The cliche romance is there. WHY? What kid wants to watch that?)

But! The monsters are fantastic and great fun and while it wasn’t scary to me, I think it was the right mix of being just frightening enough for the viewers it’s aimed at.

There were ALOT of monsters in this film. On one hand, that’s brilliant. The other is that you only got a moment or two with them. I also think it may encourage some to actually pick one of the books, which would be fantastic!

I found Jack Black to brilliant, really committing to the role, but, to be honest, he’s one of those actors I tend to like in anything. And his jokes were the only things I laughed at.

The three teenagers were good too. I can imagine them in a goosebumps horror. My favourite of the kids is Champ (Ryan Lee). We are all that kid. At least I am, I’m definitely not a Zach.

I would have liked Hannah (Odeya Rush) and Zach (Dylan Minnette) more if they hadn’t fell into cliche roles.

Adults will most likely find this alright to watch, but nothing special. For kids, I think it’s the perfect introduction to the horror genre and maybe to encourage those reluctant readers. I know I’m going to pick up R. L. Stine’s books!

Was it worth the watch? For children, it would be. Me? No.

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6

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Weekly update

First off, I want to mention this book, A monster calls by Patrick Ness.

I’d already added this to my to read list, but Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny demanded I read it immediately and I’m so glad she did! I highly recommend you read it. You can see my review of it here.

I also watched The big short and The fifth wave this week. (I read this one too). All of which you can find reviews of on my blog. Aren’t you a lucky, Cupcake?!

I’m also taking part in the Opinion battles you can find out more about it here. Tomorrow will be my first entry into the battles.

I have to select which film I consider to be the best picture winner. I was torn between two. One was Forrest Gump, but to find out my other choice you’ll have to check out moviereview101.com tomorrow or just follow Darren’s awesome blog!

Also, tomorrow happens, happens to be my birthday. Just sayin’. Not trying to coerce you into voting for my choice AT ALL.

Edit: For anyone who’s curious, I’m going to be 24. I look about sixteen as I’m one those people who has a baby face. I love when I’m ID’d and take great delight in informing them how old I actually am. Not that I get ID’d often because I don’t buy things that have an age restriction.

I’ll be reviewing Dirty Grandpa tomorrow. I’ve heard it’s pretty funny so I’m looking forward to it!

Other films I’ll be reviewing this week are Ride along 2, but first I need to watch Ride along! And some other films.

I want to watch Captain America: Winter soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Amazing Spiderman 2 because apparently the unofficial superhero thing we have going on is still going strong.

Some books I’m hoping to read in the next week or so is…

Pride and Prejudice and zombies by Seth Smith Grahame . The film’s being release early February so I want to have finished before then. I saw a trailer in the film and it looked pretty badass.

Another I’m looking forward to reading is The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins. I know for a fact my Dad’s bought me this for my birthday, because he’s awful at keeping secrets. It’s a running joke nowadays. I think I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t dropped himself in it.

I’m also looking forward to All the birds in the sky by Jane Charlie Anders. A post apocalyptic novel that’ll be released on the 26th January. \o/

Also, mybookjacket @ books and strips and I have are planning to do a kind of book club together. We both have, and want to read, Battle royale by Koushun Takami.

We haven’t settled on when, but we’re thinking of reading a chapter a week and then starting a discussion on twitter or something.

If you’re interested you can leave a comment, send a pm on twitter or email for more details. (Not that there are many at the moment.)

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What books and/or films have you been reading and/or watching? Did you like them? Hate them?

A monster calls by Patrick Ness book review

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The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

I don’t care what genre you normally read, everyone needs to read this book. In fact, get off your phone or computer or whatever and fetch this book. NOW.

Ahem, now that I’ve got that out of the way…

I want to point out that this book is not a horror. It uses horror elements to tell a specific story. So for anyone put off because they believe it to be horror, set your fears aside.

This is an incredibly quick read. I finished it within two hours. Partly because it’s a short book and mainly because when you start read it’s as if you’ll die if you take your away from the words. As if your hands are stuck to the book.

And what a pretty book it is. I really recommend you buy a physical copy of this book. An e-book won’t do it justice. It has beautiful glossy pages and on those pages are some gorgeous illustrations.

This book is a work of art. All books are, but this definitely is. You know what I mean. Like when some films need to watched in the cinema? This needs to be a physical copy in your hands. You’ll thank me later.

From the first page, I knew this book was going to be something special and boy was it. It has been awhile since a book affected me so. I spent the rest of the day in a haze.

I have nothing in common with any bit of the story. Yet I felt as if I was the main character. I felt as if it was happening to me. I felt every single emotion.

Just wow… I cannot believe I only discovered this book after learning of the upcoming movie. Was I living under a rock or something?

This is one of those books that shifts your view, that makes you see the world a little differently, that changes something in you.

Not reading this book will be the worst decision you make this year!

To sum up, Brilliant, Short and to the point, Beautiful illustrations

Was it worth the read? Abso-friggin-lutley!!

Would I re-read? Yes indeedy!

Would I read this Author again? YES

Stars: 6/6

Never let me sleep by Jennifer Brozek book review

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What would you do if you discovered that everyone–in your house, on your street, in your town–was dead? Then you discovered you weren’t alone–and whatever was out there was hunting you?

Melissa Allen, a troubled teen who was under house arrest, is the only person left alive in South Dakota. After discovering the mysterious deaths of her guardians and hearing of the massacre on the news, she realizes that there are monsters out there. They are pretending to be human, and they’ve have begun a door-to-door search–for her.

Melissa is unable to leave the quarantine zone, and has no help except for Homeland Security agent David Hood on the phone. Before the government takes drastic action, she must figure out what killed everyone and stop it from happening again. Or did Melissa herself, in a psychotic fit, murder her guardians–and the rest of the apocalypse is happening only inside her mind?

I had high hopes for this book. The blurb was brilliant and I’d read the prologue and was immediately hooked. I settled in for what I thought was going to be tense, book gripping, fear filled, adrenaline rising, ride. Unfortunately everything went downhill after the prologue.

It’s written in first person which isn’t my favourite viewpoint to read from. I think people mistake it to be easy to write from, but I think it’s the hardest and so easy to get wrong.

The writing itself is well written, but there’s so much unnecessary description, entire rooms are described for no reason and have no bearing on the plot. In fact, there are a lot of things that seem unnecessary to the plot. And what plot there is, which could have been a solid, excellent idea, has things in it that are never resolved or explained. The Author also has the habit of telling us what action the character is about to take and then the character does it.

The entire book seemed pointless. I’m aware that there are sequels and this feels like something that the Author has used to set up for the next books instead of being a great read in its own right. It needed to be longer and to have a more solid plot. It felt flimsy and unbelievable

I was constantly aware that this was a piece of fiction. I couldn’t immerse myself into the book and kept being jolted out of it.

The main Character, I couldn’t get on with and she didn’t read as the age she supposedly was. She also seemed too calm, ironically, and way too competent.

I felt Melissa could have been an excellent character and that her issues could have really made the book. I think that is what the Author was going for, but didn’t quite make it. She was way too nice to her character.

I’m unsure whether or not I’m willing to try the sequel as I mentioned the writing itself is good, but the execution is not. I may try a few chapters in the hopes that it’s an improvement.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes, the writing is good, it’s the execution that’s not quite there.

Stars: 2/6

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney book review

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Warning: Not To Be Read After Dark.

Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before him. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts,contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county, the horror begins.

I prefer to read book’s in third person. I like being able to view ‘more’ of the story rather than being stuck with main character. It’s ironic then that one of my favourite books is written in first person.

I think it’s very difficult to write first person well. The spook’s apprentice is an example of how to do it well, scratch that, brilliantly. The writing is beautifully simple and manages to convey a fast pacing, absorbing story.

I’ve re-read this book on multiple occasions. The simplicity of the writing makes it a relaxing read even with the danger that lurks within.

I don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything by reading a book in first person which has happened to me when reading other books.

I love the plot of this book and how everything happens. I love how the characters interact with each other.

This book is for older children to young adult. It’s stated to be a horror book and, while younger readers may find it scary, I didn’t, even when I read it as a teenager. That doesn’t take away from the brilliance of the book.

I definitely recommend this for young, teenage boys who are reluctant readers and need that one book that gets them fully interested in reading.

To sum up, Beautifully written, Fantastic array of character, First person well done

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Stars: 6/6

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