Monthly Archives: October 2016

Book Review: Doctor Who – The American Adventures

Published : 2016 by BBC Children’s Books, an imprint of Puffin Books from Penguin Random House Companies.

Pages: 180

Rating: 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5.

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s…

Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.

My Thoughts:

Warning. The sypnosis lies. This book was hardly delightful in my opinion, though it pains me to say it. I’m a massive Whovian and I’m loving The Twelfth incarnation of our Time Lord, but I cannot help but feel this book was such a let down. 

The stories were all mediocre at best, and I felt like they were all written with the Tenth Doctor in mind. Usually with Doctor Who novelisations that I’ve read in the past, they’ve been marvellous and I’ve been able to visualise what I was reading in my mind, playing out as an episode with the characters saying their lines. 

None of these short stories really screamed the Twelfth Doctor, but nonetheless the premise of the stories sounded exciting initially – The Doctor travelling through America, saving the day and saving people in his usual style. From the 1944 D-Day Landings, to ghosts taking over the New York Subway, the Doctor is faced with various new foes and meets different people to help along the way.

Truthfully, I found most of the supporting characters tiresome and blandly written: they didn’t do an awful lot, and it really was up to The Doctor to save their skins. I present the following scene from the story ‘Ghosts of New York:’

“What are you doing?’, Dave hissed. 

“Just a quick experiment,” The Doctor said. Then he flung the rock at the figure in front of him.

I don’t know, to me this is something Eleven (my Doctor) would do, I didn’t picture Twelve doing it at all. 

I’m going to end this review here, because I really don’t have a lot to say about this short story collection. There was one quote that I did love though:

‘He (The Doctor) knew a ride in the TARDIS was far more exciting and unpredictable than than the rides on offer here.’

Why I picked this quote is because I’m not a fan of carnival rides, I’m so not a thrill seeker, but I would love to ride in The TARDIS through time and space with The Doctor and see all the wanders of all the worlds. I mean, who wouldn’t.

So there you have another review: feel free to let me know what you thought of it: and until next time, Happy Reading 🙂 Brooklyn xx

 

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Chronicles of Narnia Book Tag.

Thank you a lot to Lauren at https://literarywisdom.wordpress.com/ – for tagging me in this fabulous tag. I adore The Chronicles of Narnia, so lets have some fun with this 🙂

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia – a magical world that you’d like to visit:

Hogwarts of course and the world of Harry Potter would be the number one place on my list of fictional places to visit; How amazing would it be to be in the world in which I effectively grew up in through my early reading years? It would be such a dream to go through that barrier at 9 and 3/4 and ride the Hogwarts Express. Also, I must mention Narnia – who does not dream of finding a magical world at the back of a wardrobe? Other worlds include Ketterdam, because it would be amazing to hang out with Kaz and the Dregs, as well as The Night Court, because Rhysand is a dream, and Castle Leoch with Jamie and Claire (from Outlander). That’s just to name a few, there’s so many book worlds that I’d love to visit and hang around with the characters that I adore.

2. The Magician’s Nephew – a book you find underrated.

For this, it must be The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray. If you haven’t read or even heard of this series, you must give them a go! It’s a fantasy novel set in Victorian England, an era which I love. It’s one of my all time favourite trilogies.

3. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – A classic that you love.

I have to say Les Miserables by Victor Hugo; it stands at one of the longest books I’ve ever read but I doubt that there will ever be a time where I will not need the story of Jean Valjean in my life. Plus, I adore Cosette, Eponine, Marius and the gang.

4. The Horse and His Boy – a book you picked up without knowing what it was about.

Last Halloween I was looking for something spooky to read and stumbled across The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Allender. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did but it was eerie and the characters were great.

5. Prince Caspian – a sequel you adore.

Of course, Harry Potter and Narnia have amazing sequels: but also I must mention Crown of Midnight and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and of course Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, the sequel to The White Queen, is pretty amazing too.

6. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – a quest that you’d like to be a part of.

I choose Harry Potter and Narnia for this, but I’d also love to be a member of The Dregs from Six of Crows and The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater.

7. The Silver Chair – a book you didn’t expect to love.

I did not at all expect to love Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, yet it ended up becoming a fast favourite of mine. There was so much hype surrounding the books before I started reading the series, but the characters grew on me so easily and I fell in love with the bookworld. I was so lost after book 5 and I’m waiting with baited breath for book 6. 

8. The Last Battle – the perfect ending to a book series you loved.

Harry Potter, hands down. And The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray, and The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Though with the latter two, I would alter the endings slightly (not saying more, because you should read them) 😉

9. The Pevensies – a siblinghood of friendship you’d love of be a part of.

Hands down, the Weasleys and the Pevensies: I love that they are unconditionally always there for one another, through thick and thin. 

10. Eustace Scrubb – a character that grew on you.

I would have to say Rowan from The Throne of Glass series. I wasn’t a huge fan of him at first but he certainly grew on me in Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms.

11. Mr Tumnus – your favourite mythical creature.

I would have to say unicorns – I love their purity and they are just so beautiful. Pheonix’s too, it’s amazing how they are re born from their own ashes.

12. Caspian –  a character with regal qualities.

Celeana Sardothien, Dorian Havillard and Nehemia Ygter from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, and Kaz Brekker from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows.

13. Repicheep – a loyal character.

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. Loyalty is fundamental to him.

14. The Wardrobe – your favourite hideout, place to read.

In an armchair, with a purring cat on my lap and a large mug of coffee, tea or cocoa nearby. Or curled up in bed with several blankets.

And thus concludes my answers. Feel free to comment your thoughts. I too tag everyone to do this because it was such fun to do and I’d love to see all your answers. Until next time, Happy Reading,

Brooklyn 🙂

 

October Reading Wrap Up

Hi all, happy Halloween. I hope your day is filled with spooktacular fun and lots of candy and spooky reading 🙂

Seen as it’s also the end of yet another month, I present you all with a list of the 24 books I’ve managed to read this month, alongside is the rating I have given the book, out of five stars.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike book 3) by Robert Galbraith (5/5)

The Plantagenet Prelude (Plantagenet Saga book 11) by Jean Plaidy (2/5)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (5/5)

Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy (5/5)

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle book 4) (5/5)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle book 3) (5/5)

Echoes of Dollanganger; (Christopher’s Diary book 2) by VC Andrews (2/5)

The Fiery Cross (Outlander book 5) by Diana Gabaldon (3/5)

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling (re-read) (5/5)

Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare (5/5)

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle book 2) (5/5)

The Time Thief (The St Claire Legacy book 1) by Natalia Schellhaas (5/5)

Red’s Untold Tale (Once Upon A Time book 4) by Wendy Tolliver (5/5)

Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons (5/5)

Carrie by Stephen King (4/5)

Tales of The Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children book 0.5) by Ransom Riggs(5/5)

The Shining (The Shining book 1) by Stephen King (5/5)

Sage’s Eyes by VC Andrews (3/5)

Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger book 5) by VC Andrews (5/5)

Tales of Suspense by Egdar Allan Poe (4/5)

Night Shift by Stephen King (5/5)

American Star by Jackie Collins (re read, 5/5).

And there you have it, my complete list of reads for the month. How has everyone’s October been reading wise? Here’s hoping for a bookish filled November 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Brooklyn 🙂

Random spooky themed booksnap

Okay, maybe it’s not so random what with it being Halloween weekend:


I like how manic the witch looks here XD but oh the perils, I’m trying to read more of the amazing that is Six of Crows; but alas, the parent is watching The Walking Dead and it’s distracting. So I’m just listening to a classical music Halloween album. I hope you’re all having a great day you wonderful people 🙂 

Happy reading 🙂 

Shakespeare Sunday

Happy Shakespeare Sunday! Any other fans of The Bard out there? 

On this Shakespeare Sunday, I present a quote from Julius Ceasar, and a mini book of Shakespeare insults I picked up for $1 from a thrift store;


I’m thinking of listening to an audiobook of a Shakespeare play for The Rory Gilmore reading challenge, but I’m not sure which one. So far I’ve read Richard II and Hamlet from the list, but I’m not sure if I feel like re reading / listening to Othello or Macbeth or discovering King Lear. Decisions deciscions. 
In the mean time I can’t wait to get back with The Dregs in Six of Crows. 
Until next time, happy reading.

Brooklyn. 

Versatile Blogger Award

Greetings and welcome to yet another post 🙂

Thank you to the lovely Lauren over at https://literarywisdom.wordpress.com (follow her!) she nominated me for the Versatile Blog Award: 

Rules: 7 Facts about yourself 

And then nominate 10 amazing blogs! 🙂
Facts about moi:

1. I’m an introvert – I enjoy the pleasure of my own company whilst drinking copius amounts of tea and or coffee.

2. I’m a total cat lady. I have a 4 year old Moggie, Peppy, whom I adore like mad.

3. I collect adult colouring books. It’s a hobby of mine and I love colouring my stresses away whilst listening to music.

4. I’m a massive history buff: particularly medieval British history; I love reading about Kings and Queens of England: The Yorks, Plantagenets, The Tudors and so on! 

5. I love watching tv series: I have a hundred favourites including: Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hollow Crown, The White Queen, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Outlander, The Vampire Diaries, Penny Dreadful and many more!

6. Harry Potter is life! Siriusly 😉

7. My favourite music includes: Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, soul, classical and tv and film soundtracks to name a few.

My Ten Nominated Blogs:

Now I’m still new at this so you’ll have to bear with me and understand that there’s so many gorgeous accounts I’m following thus far 🙂

1. https://literarywisdom.wordpress.com (I couldn’t not nominate you in turn, you’re so amazing). 🙂

2.

https://swooningoverfictionalmen.wordpress.com
3.

https://thisislitblog.wordpress.com
4.

https://kellybookblog.com
5.

https://theimmortalreaders.wordpress.com
6.

https://bookslayerreads.wordpress.com
7. 

https://booklovercircumspect4.com
8.

https://thingsididntseecoming.wordpress.com
9.

https://vivianparkinderosa.wordpress.com
10.

https://bookidote.wordpress.com
– thanks for tuning in, til next time, Happy Reading 🙂

– Brooklyn the Bookworm 🙂

Book Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil, Cormoran Strike Book 3.
Published: 2015 by Sphere 
Pages: 579
Rating: 5/5
Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.
Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. 

Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

My thoughts: 

From the word go, Robert Galbraith takes us on a ride of mystery and grizzly murders. As soon as I started the book, I didn’t want it to end, yet I didn’t want to finish it, seen as book 4 doesn’t have a confirmed release date. 
The plot itself was delightful in all it’s gore: I’ve enjoyed this books’ predecessors immensely, but found this plot and was all the more complexly wonderful; having had such close ties to our female protagonist, Robin. Throughout the story, I felt I was right there with her, from the start to the end. When she was delivered the package which turned out to be the severed leg, I felt I was seeing it all as I read it; feelings which continued throughout the book. Sufficed it to say I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the BBC adaption of the novel series, and I need to know who’s playing Robin.

I adore Robin; she’s my favourite within this series, and I admire her so much. She’s ballsy, confident and strong and her way of thinking and her actions are usually done with the best intentions. One of the things I especially admire about her is her dedication towards Matthew; and the wedding cliffhanger at the end of the book has killed me. I must know if the marriage goes ahead!!!

Which brings me to Matthew himself: what can I say? 
Robin deserves so much better! I hate him m, but at the same time, I can’t help but kinda like him! I mean the man clearly feels threatened by his fiancés close working relationship with Cormoran, even to the extent where he blocks his number on her phone (it’s like come man: she’s with you, not him!). 

He’s an egotist at his prime (for son reason I like that but I also hate it!) *shakes fists in confusion*. I mean, throughout the book he shows hardly any love towards her, only when she leaves him temporarily. Matthew never asks about her wellbeing, and he must pretend not to notice how she becomes mentally conflicted and traumatised as the case develops. Even when the trauma blows over, Robin is still recovering: what’s he doing? Flirting with a waitress:

‘Feeling good about himself and life, Matthew grinned and winked at her.’
Meanwhile, Robin is right next to him and he’s oblivious to her trauma. Never once has he shown an inkling of support towards her. I hope for some serious Matthew redemption next book. Why? Because my crazy shipper heart ships the pair! I used to want her with Cormoran, but gosh, I love that Matthew has been the constant in her life; and he does appear to keep her grounded at times. I do enjoy the scenes with Matthew and Robin’s family, and I really need more of their drama! It’s addictive. 
Cormoran though, from book 1 he has been one of the. It’s intriguing characters I have ever read. He’s mysterious, intriguing, witty and everything you want a solid male character to be. The working of his mind too, his fascinating and he is the ying to assistant Robin’s yang. I adore their working partnership and it’s been great reading about how said relationship has developed; and I even enjoy the pangs of hatred and jealousy that Strike feels towards Matthew. I also love how much Cormoran’s past is constantly drawn back into the present; we’re learning more and more about him and it’s great!

There were times throughout the book where I screamed in frustration at Cormoran and Robin, and Matthew, so much so that I was going to stop reading (yeah, said no one ever!), but oh my gosh I loved every minute of the feelings. Hence why I could never not give this book 5 stars. This is certainly another favourite series of mine.

And I need book 4. Now; I feel like it’s gonna be a long wait.