The Eyes of the Dragon Review.

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Title – The Eyes of the Dragon

Author – Stephen King

Publisher / Published – Time Warner Paperbacks / May 1993

Genre – Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Summary from Goodreads

A fantasy of heroic adventure, set in the kingdom of Delain. It involves a king who is poisoned, a young and beautiful queen, a prince locked in a high tower while his younger brother assumes the throne, and an evil magician who harbours terrible secrets and malevolent plans.

My Thoughts

3.5 out of 5 stars

I have never been more glad to finish a book as I was when I finished this one. I had been reading this book for over a month before I finally finished it. I found the start a bit bland and boring and I almost DNF it. However I decided to keep going and finish the story. I found the last part of the book really improved the story. There were some twists and turns, plus when we find out what Peter did in the Needle I was shocked, it was a oh my goodness he is a genius. I don’t really have much more to say about this one except the last half of the book made up for the rest.

Just a short review today folks.

 

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by Joana for the Blogger Recognition Award. I want to start by saying thank you for the nomination. Be sure to check out her blog bookneeders by clicking the link.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How my blog began

I started my blog well over a year ago now and I started it because if my love of books. I have always been a lover of books ever since I was little and I was rarely found with out my nose in a book. I decided that I wanted to share my love of books with other people and thought starting a blog seemed like the right thing to do. I love having my blog and being able to share my opinions about books with other people who enjoy books just as much as I do.

Advice to new bloggers

I find this hard to answer because I still consider myself a newbie in the blogger community and I am still finding my way around. But if I was to give two pieces of advice they would be:

  1. Post regularly. Come up with a posting schedule that works for you. Whether it be once a week or twice a week. I am still trying to stick to a schedule but it doesn’t always workout.
  2. Take a break if you have to. So this sort of contradicts what I out as my first point. But to me blogging is meant to be fun, so if I start to find it stressful and start to feel like I am under pressure I take a small break. This is just to give me time to find myself again and remember why I blog and what it means to me.

My Nominations.

Fay @ suckerforcoffee

Tiana @ thebookravenblog

Brooklyn @ brooklynthebookworm

Diana @ dianaprincereviews

Alex @ whimsypages

Megan @ bookslayerreads

Norah @ bookishfever

Ann @ annreadsthem

Casey @ adoptabookaus

Sue @ doddyaboutbooks

Asiya and Marcela @ inkepiphanies

Lashaan and Trang’s @ bookidote

Genevieve @ thebohemianbookreview

Luna @ lunainthestacks

Nova @ galaxylocks

 

The Mirror Sisters Review

The Mirror Sisters (The Mirror Sisters, #1)

Title – The Mirror Sisters

Author –  V.C Andrews

Publisher/Published – Simon and Schuster / October 2016

Genre – Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Gothic, Mystery

Summary from Goodreads

From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of The Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series comes the first book in a new series featuring identical twin sisters made to act, look, and feel truly identical by their perfectionist mother.

Alike in every way…with one dark exception.

As identical twins, their mother insists that everything about them be identical: their clothes, their toys, their friends…the number of letters in their names, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. If one gets a hug, the other must, too. If one gets punished, the other must be, too.

Homeschooled at an early age, when the girls attend a real high school they find little ways to highlight the differences between them. But when Haylee runs headfirst into the dating scene, both sisters are thrust into a world their mother never prepared them for—causing one twin to pursue the ultimate independence. The one difference between the two girls may spell the difference between life…and a fate worse than death.

My Thoughts

May Contain Small Spoilers!

5 out of 5 Stars.

Well this is my first time reading a book by this author but I must say I am now eager to read more of her work. I was recommended this book by my wonderful friend Brooklyn and I am so glad she recommended this to me, easily the best book I read this year so far. This book had a really strong plot through out and I was hooked. I was so drawn into the book I hated when I had to put it down to do other things.  The story follows identical twins Haylee and Kaylee. Their mum is adamant that the girls are absolutely identical, from their name having the same number of letter. They have to dress the same, their hair has to be the same and if one hurts the mum expects the other to hurt. I did feel sorry for the twins because the don’t have the chance to find themselves and experience their own thing because of their mum. It does affect the girls and I really do feel sorry for them. The story is told from Kaylee’s point of view and I did grow to like her more than Haylee. Things happen through out the book that makes me like Kaylee’s character more than her sister. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil it.

I was fully hooked into this story by the time the ending came and I was so shocked by the ending. All I could think was that it wasn’t happening and it wasn’t possibly true. The Fact that Haylee could do that to her own sister (I won’t say what happens) but it made me want to slap her. Kaylee wasn’t to blame for the way the mum treated the girls so she should have never have done that to her own sister. I would never in 100 years do that to my sister no matter how much I resented her. The ending was so shocking and made me so mad. I really cannot wait for the next book so I can see what happens and how this story plays out.

 

 

February Wrap – Up 2017

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of post recently I haven’t been feeling up to posting and decided to take a bit of a break to get some motivation back for blogging and I think it has worked. I am planning on blogging through out March at least once a week and if I am have other ideas it could be more so stay tuned for that.

This post is my February wrap up, I didn’t read as much as I did in January. I wouldn’t say that I was in a slump I just was busy with other things. Here are the six books I read this month.

Image result for the dare by john boyne The Dare by John Boyne – 4 stars

Image result for the ezrats elevator by lemony snicket The Ersatz Elevator – 5 Stars

Image result for british monsters vol one by robert keller   Related image   Related image 4 Stars each

Image result for a head full of ghosts by paul tremblay A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay – 4 Stars

So there you have it, all the books I read in February. Not as many as I would have liked but I have also got a few current reads that I am about halfway through on each of them so it will boost my March Wrap Up. I will put in that post which ones I read over February and March.

A Head Full of Ghosts Review

A Head Full of Ghosts

Title – A Head Full of Ghosts

Author – Paul Tremblay

Publisher/Published – Titan Books / September 2016

Genre – Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Summary From Goodreads

The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

 

My thoughts

4 0ut of 5 stars

When I was asked by the publisher if I would like a review copy I looked at the press release and saw that Stephen King was quoted on the front of the book saying that this scared him and I knew I just had to give it a shot. Horror isn’t my  usual genre but I am trying to branch out and try new genres rather than sticking to my comfort zone. I did really enjoy this book and found it thrilling and unexpected. It was scary but not too scary if you know what I mean. All the way through I didn’t know what to expect and I was always questioning what was happening and if it was real or made up by the characters and the TV crew. The main character Merry told the story of what happened to her and her family, there was also blog posts that dissected the TV show that was described in the book. throughout the story you start to realise there is a secret and it is revealed at the end of the book and I must say I was not expecting the book to end the way it did which made it more thrilling. Over all I really enjoyed this and I look forward to delving more into the horror genre and seeing where it leads me.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy to review. This does not affect my opinions about the book and the opinions are my own.

 

Crystal Magic Review

Crystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1)

 

Title – Crystal Magic

Author – Madeline Freeman

Publisher / Published – Kindle / March 2014

Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads.

Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater, Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past behind. But Clearwater has secrets of its own—a mystical history that intersects with Kristyl’s life and might shed light on the inexplicable events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

My thoughts

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Well where do I begin. I think this is the lowest rated book out of all my reviews on my blog. When I first started reading the book it was okay but it was a bit like the TV series Secret Circle (which is also a book series). I found it a bit boring and predictable and the main character annoyed me so much. She did this thing where she would bit her bottom lip when she was nervous or whatever. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind characters having little habits but it got to the point she was always biting her lip, like every so many pages I’m surprised she had a lip left but the end of the book. The other characters weren’t very memorable, I like Owen a lot and Fox was cool but I don’t really remember the others.

When I started reading this book I expected that I was going to love it, however I felt really disappointed. I gave 3.5 stars however because the ending really made up for the book, it ended on a cliff hanger and as much as I didn’t really enjoy the start of the book the ending actually made me want to read more of the series and see where it goes. I am still in two minds about whether or not I will continue with the series.

 

 

January Reading Wrap Up.

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Hey Folks, time for another post. I have decided to start doing monthly wrap ups on my blog. I am also thinking about adding little reviews on each book and the ones I really want to discuss I will add a full review as a separate blog post. Now onto to the real reason we are here. I have had an excellent reading month for January. I have managed to read a total of 14 books which I think is the most I have read in one month in a good few years.

The Books.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A movie Scrapbook 5 Stars – This was a lovely little book with great extras such as postcards and posters.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 5 Stars – A  heartbreakingly beautiful read, that was captivating from start to finish.
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz 5 Stars – Fun read, spy action.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay. 5 Stars – Amazing story that I never tire of reading with the additions of beautiful illustrations.
  • Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan 4 Stars – Quick, fun read with vampires. Enough said.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 5 stars – This was amazing and I wish I read it sooner.
  • Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades 5 Stars – A quick read that I finish in almost one sitting.
  • Shattered Girls by Tyrolin Puxty 5 Stars – A great creepy and eerie read.
  • Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman 3.5 Stars – I had a bit of a love/hate feeling towards this book.
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 5 Stars – Uniquely written, love these books. I read the first five and I pretty much loved them all so I’m not going to repeat myself.
  • The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 5 Stars.
  • The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket 4 Stars.
  • The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket 4Stars.
  • The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket 4 Stars.

 

So there you have it folks, all the books I read in January. Have you read any of these books? If so what are your thoughts?