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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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

Flames: Flame 4 grey


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This is not a test by Courtney Summers book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

1. IT

I was recommended this book by @Kat_thebooknerd after I professed my love of zombies. After reading the blurb, I was incredibly excited to read this. Although, it took me ages to realize that was a person with their hair across their face on the book cover.

1. writing

It’s in first person, present tense, (I.E I walk over to the zombie.) I think it helps set the tone for this book. It’s written well and what I consider an easy read, meaning I could just relax into the words.

1. Plot

I’m gonna say this right now,the plot is not where it’s at. It’s a very basic plot, focusing more on characters. This is not a zombie book, rather it’s a book with zombies in it.

The plot, while good, I wanted a little more from it. The build up was the tiniest bit too slow and then the climax happened to quickly. I did like that the author didn’t pull any punches. It’s brutal in a way a lot of YA isn’t. (I don’t mean in an explicit sense.)

1. char

Now this is where the book is made good in my eyes. The plot, the zombies, were a backdrop for the characters.

It is in first person, but I became attached to every characters, even the ones you’d usually love to hate. (And I’m the kind of person who picks a side and wishes the others DIE. *Cough* I don’t have problems.)

Courtney Summers made me care about these characters. They become so real in my mind that I was worried with each page turn about what would happen to them.

1. ot

I have a few niggles from this book. I see what it was trying to do and that’s why there isn’t a massive plot arc, some people will be fine with that because of the message it brings. Personally, I wanted a bit more plot.

It was an enjoyable, quick read with some fascinating characters. I liked it enough that I’ll be checking out other works by the author.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey

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Pride and prejudice and zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith book review

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

It’s the zombies that made do it. Read the book, I mean. I’m a sucker for zombies. And I had a morbid curiosity about how well zombies would be weaved into Jane Auten’s Pride and prejudice.

I’ve watched the TV shows and the films so I mostly know the story despite not having read the original book except for a few chapters. (I plan to read it all the way through one day.)

SO! Without further ado!

This book is incredibly description heavy. It’s also very slow, often going on detours and whims. I know I was hankering after more dialogue!

I also wanted Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth to have more encounters. They didn’t seem to be in each others company for much of the book, which is kind of the point, considering.

The whole added zombie element did not really have a massive effect on the plot and I would’ve liked it to have been weaved in better.

And yet, despite all the negatives, I was thoroughly entertained. It isn’t a brilliant book, but I enjoyed it all the same. And I enjoyed all the little dramas we read over even if it stopped the story moving forward on occasion.

Seth Grahame-Smith obviously had a load of fun with this book. The first time I spotted a dirty joke, it was so subtle I thought the Author probably hadn’t realized how it read. By the second, I was cackling, as you do.

But it wasn’t only that this book was incredibly fun. I feel as if the Author managed to capture the voice of the characters and the tone of the book beautifully.

I don’t know how much of the text is purely Jane Austen’s work, but either way, it worked seamlessly. I loved the zombie aspect even though it wasn’t so important to the plot. It was just good fun.

To sum up, Description heavy, Slow, Good fun

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes, to both Authors.

Stars: 4/6

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Horror week! 28 days later film review

This is our fifth film for horror week!

UK release date: 1/11/02

Runtime: 113 minutes

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson

At 13 years old, this film is starting to show its age. The quality of picture is bad and the camera shakes a little.

It has weird beginning, but it throws you straight into the film, making you, like the characters, work out what’s going on as go along. (Hopefully with a can of Pepsi to quench your thirst.)

The plot is stretched to the max for this film, along with almost cliché and, at times, painful, dialogue, and overacting, particularly Serena played by Naomie Harris. The growth of the characters seems pretty unrealistic too.

By now, you’re probably thinking, “wow, she really hates this film.” Well, you’d be wrong. This, despite its age, is still one of the better zombie films.

There are some heart pounding moments, unique ideas and brutal scenes. I would love to see remake of this film. I think it could be excellent if made today.

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes

Stars: 4/6