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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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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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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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

Spoiler free!

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

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

Spoiler free!

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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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Look at those pretty black page edges. ❤ ❤ ❤


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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The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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Initial thoughts

This blurb immediately had my attention. Short, sweet and hooked. Along with the fact, that the bookish community loved this book!

Writing

The beginning of the book was crammed with telling me stuff, I remember thinking, “I hope it isn’t like this all the time.”

Thankfully, it wasn’t. The book got into its rhythm and showed instead of told me. I liked the switches of POV between the main characters. Although, I’d preferred more in Melanie’s POV because I believed her to be the MAIN character.

The sciencey bits went over my head and some of the words choices were unnecessarily complicated.

Plot

This book is labelled as a thriller all over the book, but it didn’t read that way to me. It’s a familiar post-apocalyptic plot, told differently. I kind of wanted it to delve further into what was presented at the beginning and tension from the beginning dwindled away by the middle. 

This is most definitely a stand alone, it’s all wrapped up by the end, and it seems unlikely of a sequel, but there are a few plot threads I wanted to learn more about. The ending was excellent though.

Characters

The characters are the best thing about the novel. They are incredibly well-rounded. A few started almost like ‘cliche’ characters, but were revealed not to be. (Their story arcs were predictable though.)

By far, my favourite character was Parks. 

Overall thoughts

*Sigh* Me and Standalone’s have a love/hate relationship. I wanted MOAR. But, I find standalone’s always tell a story in a unique way with a message that always has me quiet and thinking when I finished it. 

I was disappointed that a few things were never addressed or used after being introduced, but I enjoyed the plot, the ending and the characters.


Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Goodreads tag

I nabbed this off book stacks of amber ‘cuz it looked fantabulous! Feel free to have a go if you like! \o/

1. What is the last book you marked as read:

Urban fantasy with a great main character.

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2. What are you currently reading? 

Red rain is a dystopian, christian novella I’ve never read a christian novel before so it’s interesting to see that mixed with the dystopian aspect.

The power of dark HAS A WESTIE IN IT. It’s middle fantasy horror. I’ve read a couple chapter and I’m enjoying it.

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

*Drools over cover* I believe, this is some kind of Prince origin story.

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4. What book do you plan to read next?

I’m probably going to read this now. The blurb has me crazy excited. I don’t want to lose that excitement.

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5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I like the simplicity of what each star means. Although, I added an extra star on the rating system for my own blog. 5 was not enough.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Yep, I think I’m a book or two behind. D: I’m aiming for a 100 books which 2 books a week.

7. Do you have a wish list?

I have my to read list, which I guess is kind of a wish list? But otherwise, no. I buy books mostly on whim and mood. And no-one loves me enough to buy me books. ;-;

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Um. I have NO IDEA. 0.0 I just bought three new books, two which I was specifically after so I’ve filled my quota. I have a lot of books to read before I buy more. 

Although, I’d love the Terry Pratchett or The lord of the ring colouring books. Or Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes to share?

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett
 
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett
“I’m going on an adventure” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The hobbit

10. Who are your favourite authors?

Terry Pratchett

J. K. Rowling

Koushun Takami

Diana Wynne Jones

Joseph Delaney

Jane Austen

11. Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m a member of the Nerdy Pages book club . I really struggle with keeping up with stuff on goodreads, socializing on there is hard.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

…I can haz cookie? \o.o/

Rapid fire book tag

I was tagged by the lovely LetsBookAboutIt. She’s a lover of books and games so if either of those things interest you, head on over!

So without further ado…

Tag Questions!

 E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books. I just like holding them in my hands and they’re so pretty! I tend to forget about the e-books on my kindle. I’m trying to get better at that because there is some amazing bargains! And a lot of indie authors publish in e-book format only. 

Paperback or Hardback?

I love paperbacks. Much easier to carry around. Although, I rage when I inevitably dent the cover.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

I love going in-store and browsing. It fills that well of satisfaction up for me of a purchase. You don’t get that buying online, (And you have WAIT. D:) There are some great bargains online though.

Trilogies or Series?

I would say I prefer series just from looking at my bookshelves. Big fan of HP, (Who isn’t?) And I love the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. 

Heroes or Villains?

Can I say Anti-hero? Either way, I prefer darker characters. But it really depends.

I’m not a fan of heroes who are little angst balls, completely, (and often instantly), in love with someone and they’re the most important thing, which is why they’re saving the world. It’s come to the point where if I get a whiff of love interest in a blurb, the book is going back on the shelf.

Wow…did not mean this to turn into a rant. (I want to say that if you love that, then that’s great! This is just my preference and there are always exceptions to this where I’ll ship my OTP with the rest of them!)

A book you want everyone to read?

Any book written (<-not a title) by Terry Pratchett.

I feel he’s such an amazing Author that people will be missing out on. He doesn’t write just humorous fantasy, (which would be fine if he did), but the character’s feel real. And some of them have made me look at the world a little diffrent on finishing them.

Recommend an underrated book?

Harry Pot- HAHAHA. Um. I’d say…The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. While it is pretty popular, I think it deserves a little more love. This was SO hard if it’d said underrated games, I could’ve answered easily.

The last book you finished?

Mudman by James A. Hunter. It’s an urban fantasy which, while not perfect, has one of the best and interesting, character’s I’ve read this year.

The Last Book You Bought?

I just bought these three books today. 

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I was PROMISED there would be no romance so I’m pretty excited about it. Whether there’s potential romance in future remains to be seen. Have to read and see if I catch a whiff.

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It’s so yellow. ;-; I love it. This has an incredibly interesting blurb that had me slobbering like a dog waiting for a treat.

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I discovered this in Asda, while food shopping and, not gonna lie, I would’ve bought it for the gorgeous cover alone. (The prince is on the back, similar style.)

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

My dog. If I’m desperate and need to do something quick. I lie it open on his back. Lazy thing doesn’t even twitch an ear. 

Used Books: Yes or No?

Absolutely. I love charity shop hunting for books. (Or buying online.) Give an old book a home. ;-;

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Mainly Fantasy and Sci fi, (including dystopian ect), and either thriller’s or children horror. Not adult. Too scary. ;-; Although, I NEED to try a Stephen King novel.

Borrow or Buy?

I prefer to buy. Or I’d borrow from the library if it’s a book I’m unsure about. I wouldn’t borrow from other people. (Not that I know many readers in IRL. ;-;) Because then I’d have to let them borrow from me and THAT’S NEVER HAPPENING! *Heavy breathing*

Characters or Plot?

Ouch, hmmm. I’d say plot at a push, but these things go hand in hand really. Can’t have a good plot without good characters, (or well written)

Long or Short Books?

Either or. As long as it needs to be. If the book is good then length doesn’t matter. But, if pushed, long books. 

Long or Short Chapters?

I’d rather have short. If I’m pausing in reading then I like to pause at the end of the page on a full stop or I’d forget my place on the page when I come back to it. D:

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Going postal by Terry Pratchett

Battle royale by Koushun Takami

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett or just any of the Tiffany aching series. I don’t why, but, wow, I bawled with each of those books. 

Also, the first book that I remember making me cry? Harry potter and the order of the Pheonix by J. K. Rowling.

THAT DEATH. Right near the start, (I think?)

(Even though it’s been years since it was published I still don’t want to write spoilers!)  It was lunch time at junior school and I’m reading this book in the playground, when IT happened. People surrounded me in horror as I sobbed, snot and everything, guys.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

I quite like a mixture. Judging from my bookshelves, I would say our world with a fantasy twist, but I’d say fictional at a push

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I tried. I really want to like them, but I can’t connect the story that way. Super frustrating because I’d love to listen to a audio book while doing other stuff. -_-

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Of course. The cover is the first thing you see. I do my best to still read the blurb. But something pretty will catch my eye and make me more likely to pick it up and find out what it’s about.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Hm, I’ve only seen one or two movies that have been faithful to the book. (The Martian by Andy Weir’s movie adaption is excellent.) I think, TV, it could be done for longer and, hopefully, stay true to the subject media. 

I mean, why buy the rights and then make it nothing like the book or change things? You’re just going to make a generic film and anger the book lovers. (I’M LOOKING AT YOU SEVENTH SON, YOU PIECE OF TRASH!)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

I preferred the Coraline film to Neil Gaiman’s book. D:

Series or Standalone’s?

Series. If I love a book/characters then I want MOAR. More of the world, the character’s ect. If I loved it then I don’t think I could ever be happy with a standalone. I think there are many books that are perfect as standalone’s; doesn’t stop me wanting more. 

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