WWW Wednesday: 28th February 2018

Hellooo again! The week seems to have flown by since last Wednesday – I can barely remember what I’ve been up to! But I know I’ve been fairly busy since I’ve not had a chance to read too much, but I’ve still done okay!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’ve just started on More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer and I’m already over half way through; it’s so good! It’s been so long since I requested it that I totally forgot it’s set in the same “world” as that in Letters From The Lost which I love – it’s really nice to get to know Rev better. One thing I’m really liking so far is that although it deals with child abuse, it’s not so hard-hitting that it’s an unpleasant read unlike some books I’ve read. I’m definitely hooked!

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What did you recently finish reading?

Last week I finished Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley which I really enjoyed – it was a fairly light read despite some heavier topics. I think the only thing I didn’t like so much is that none of the characters really stayed with me after reading it – there was something underwhelming about their personalities. Nevertheless, it was a good story!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got so many ARCs to plod through – I think that next I’ll read The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu as that one comes out next week so I’d like to have it read before. Another one I just got approved for that’s out next week is St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies by Karen McCombie so I shall try to squeeze that in too!

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HAPPY HATCHDAY – Rob Biddulph

5/5

A cute first book in an exciting new series from the talented Rob Biddulph

From the second I saw the endpapers, I knew I was in for a treat with Rob Biddulph’s latest title – which very excitingly is the first in a new series! Filled with beautiful illustrations (dinosaurs, what’s not to love?!) and fun rhyming verse which is perfect for reading aloud, Happy Hatchday is a cute story all about the adorable Greg and his hatchday surprise as he tries to join in with the other dinosaurs. As an older reader I loved reading this one, and I know that younger readers will be no different!


Thank you to Harper Collins via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

THE CASE OF THE DEEPDEAN VAMPIRE – Robin Stevens

4.5/5

Another fabulous mini-mystery from the Wells and Wong Detective Society.

The Case of the Deepdean Vampire is the second of the two mini-mysteries written by Daisy, who is a brilliant narrator! She’s very quick-witted and blows her own trumpet in a way that’s highly entertaining to read.

In this mystery, Daisy investigates the rumours of there being a vampire amongst the fifth-formers. Yet again, despite this not being a murder case, it was full of twists as Daisy tries to solve the case.

I didn’t like this one quite as much as The Case of the Blue Violet, possibly because it’s not as deep a case to solve which made it slightly less interesting. That said, it’s still a solid 4.5/5 read and definitely worth it!

A SPOONFUL OF MURDER – Robin Stevens

5/5

Our favourite schoolgirl detectives uncover another murder, this time whilst they’re in Hong Kong!

Robin Stevens has done it again! Another murder mystery that had me hooked right from page one with two murders and kept me guessing right up until the end. I absolutely adored A Spoonful of Murder!

I wasn’t too sure how I’d feel about the change of scenery to Hazel’s home in Hong Kong (my favourites in the series always take place at Deepdean – stems from my Enid Blyton fangirling), but I really enjoyed the setting and honestly felt like I was in Hong Kong with Daisy and Hazel!

We start off at Deepdean when Hazel receives the sad call from Hong Kong to inform her that her beloved grandfather has passed away and she must return to Hong Kong to visit. Of course she takes Daisy with her (we see a very soft side to Daisy in this book which is very endearing!) However, upon arrival, things start going wrong and it’s not long before the girls are faced with their first murder of this case…

This is one of the first books in a while that I simply haven’t been able to put down and have been totally absorbed in, which is testament to Stevens’ fantastic storytelling ability. I do have to reference one of my favourite quotes from Daisy in the whole book – “It’s always frightfully annoying to have relatives isn’t it? If I could I’d have come out of an egg.” It was little things like this among the seriousness of a murder case that make the Murder Most Unladylike series such a joy to read. I can’t wait for the next installment!

 

 

Six for Sunday: 25th February 2018

Happy Sunday! I’m being grumpy today because I have to go back to work tomorrow after a week off and I really don’t want to! It’s S4S time hurrah! You can find the prompts here. This week’s is:

Film Interpretations of Books

I’ve decided to continue on my grumpy theme, and go for the six worst film adaptations.

1. The Twilight Saga

Would this list be complete without it? They’re one of those series that you have to love to hate; there’s a little part of you that secretly enjoys them!

2. Confessions of a Shopaholic

I enjoyed this film. As a film. As a book adaptation – IT WAS AWFUL. Becky Bloomwood is a British character who is hilarious because of being so British, so the American interpretation of her character just wasn’t good! Add to that that Luke Brandon is so dreamy in the book but just not the same in the film and you’re all set for a rubbish adaptation.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey

The book was awful. The film was even worse. I don’t have the words for this terrible Twilight fan-fiction.

4. Thirteen Reasons Why

This is an odd one for me to put on here; it’s one of my all time favourite books, I adored the Netflix series. However, as an adaptation it could’ve been better and much less thrilleresque and more real to the book.

5. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Incredible book…film, not so. Even the author doesn’t like it.

6. The Spiderwick Chronicles

Ugh! I loved the books so much growing up, and this is one of the first film adaptations to really disappoint me!

Do you agree with any I’ve chosen? What are your worst film interpretations of books?

THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY – Laura Steven

5/5

A witty look at young adult life when things turn the exact opposite of okay, focusing on the treatment of teenage girls and feminism.

Izzy O’Neill’s life gets turned upside down when explicit photos of her appear online, and there’s only so far that her natural optimism and wit can keep her going. However, the lads involved are left unscathed as Izzy is shamed for only doing what’s natural at her age. The unfairness of it all, and the manner in which Izzy is treated is disgusting and really riles you up as you read it! I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, but this book really does highlight a massive issue in the world regarding teens, gender equality and sex.

I absolutely adored The Exact Opposite of Okay and couldn’t put it down! Izzy as a narrator was so entertaining whilst showing her vulnerability when her humour couldn’t mask it. She was in essence a very typical teenage girl who you could relate to. A concept I really enjoyed as someone in my early twenties was the differences between all the guys in the book and how being a “nice guy” is very different to being a “good guy”. This is an idea that’s very accurate!

I would definitely recommend that all young girls/women read The Exact Opposite of Okay, especially fans of authors such as Holly Bourne and Sara Barnard. Laura Steven is an exciting new voice in YA and I can’t wait to see what’s to come next!


Thank you to Electric Monkey via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

THE CASE OF THE BLUE VIOLET – Robin Stevens

5/5

A delightful murder-less mystery for our favourite schoolgirl detectives to solve.

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get my hands on these – hurrah for finally getting the Kindle app!

The Case of the Blue Violet is the first of two mini-mysteries that accompany the Murder Most Unladylike series. In this mystery, Daisy takes hold of the writing reins as she is asked to take on a romantic mystery for one of the Big Girls at Deepdean.

I loved how this was just a nice bite-sized mystery to solve, yet was still complex enough to get your teeth into. Robin Stevens is incredible at writing mysteries, and this one was no different despite being so short and lacking murder!

 

WWW Wednesday: 21st February 2018

I wanted to do a post yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday, but it was my birthday so I didn’t get around to it! I’m now 24!

This week has been a good reading week – I was locked away in a cabin for the weekend with my bestie so I got a lot of reading done, then I got a load of gorgeous books for my birthday that I’m hoping to get to soon!

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What are you currently reading? 

I’m currently reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley which comes out on 5th April in the UK. I’m really enjoying what I’ve read; it’s a fairly light contemporary that’s really easy to get into!

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What did you recently finish reading?

This week I finished two books which I LOVED – reviews coming soon for both! Firstly, there was The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven which comes out next month and had me thinking and laughing. Then, I also read A Spoonful of Murder, the latest Robin Stevens Murder Most Unladylike book, which I absolutely adored (as I had no doubt I would!)

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up, I plan to read Brigid Kemmerer’s More Than We Can Tell so I have it read before its publication at the beginning of March. I received this on NetGalley a while ago so really need to read it!

Six For Sunday: 18th February 2018

Hello! It’s that time of week again – I really enjoy Six for Sunday! Sorry that the formatting is a bit naff this week – I’m using my iPad ’cause I’m away in a log cabin for the weekend! You can find all the prompts here. This week:

Favourite Partners

I’ve decided to go for any partnership – romantic or platonic.

1. Hazel and Daisy from Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series

2. Rhysand and Feyre from Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series

3. Finch and Violet from Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places

4. Elian and Lira from Alexandra Christo’s To Kill a Kingdom

5. Steffi and Rhys from Sara Barnard’s A Quiet Kind of Thunder

6. Harry, Ron and Hermione from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter

I could put so many more wonderful partnerships on here! Who are your favourites?

WWW Wednesday: 14th February 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m having a good reading week – loving my current read and getting through lots of picture books!
What are you currently reading?

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What are you currently reading? 

I’ve recently started The Exact Opposite of Okay by Lauren Steven…I knew it sounded good but omg! It’s absolutely brilliant and full of humour and I’m really enjoying reading it! I’m very excited to get a finished copy next month!
What did you recently finish reading?

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What did you recently finish reading?

This week I read both mini mysteries in the Wells and Wong series – Robin Stevens is the author of the month for the British Books Challenge and A Spoonful of Murder has just come out and I just felt like a good short story, so I read two. Loved them, expected nothing less!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve got lots of ARCs to read, I think next will either be Wingbound by Heather Trim or Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, depending on whether I fancy a fantasy or contemporary.