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Book Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published in 2017 by Hodder and Staughton

532 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Let’s talk about the plot:

For me, this plot had me constantly guessing, I was loving every minute and was amazed with what Laini Taylor has created, and what a unique story! I feel like it was more character orientated than plot, even though I was constantly kept guessing, I didn’t know what would happen next!

I’m going to keep this review exceptionally short, because everyone needs to read the living daylights out of this Book! I cannot express my love for this story and the characters!! 

So, author further ado…

Let’s talk about the characters:

Lazlo and Sarai – it only feels rignt to discuss them together, they are honestly for me what this book is all about! The book followed their journey and so much more, what a journey that was! Looking back to the start, Lazlo had come so far, he has so many amazing traits, he has got to be one of my favourite fictional characters ever! I love his dreamer nature and his love for stories, and his thirst for knowledge! I could definitely relate to all this and it was fun reading this book with one of my closest friends, I loved fangirling over it all with him 😊.

Sarai, such a precious character. My heart constantly ached for her, and I love how much she grew and what she went through. Her interactions with Lazlo are precious and gave me life. I couldn’t get enough, and there’s nothing about either of them I could fault. For so many reasons this book made me feel so much, it was so unique and I daresay it’s become a fast favourite. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Laini Taylor has one of the most visual and magical I’ve ever read, she definitely awes me! Her world of Weep is endless and the magic is real! There was times when the writing stalled a bit, but honestly then things would get crazy and mysterious! Every emotion was coaptured here, I laughed, I cried (still not over what happened), and I was on the edge of my seat. 

Book 2 now please – this is something that’ll stay with me, and everyone, for time to come. 

Happy reading 🙂 

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Book Review: Molly and the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley 

Book one in The Cat Cafe series

Published in 2015 by Macmillan

300 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .
Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.
But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.
Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so I kind of knew what was going to happen in this book, having read its sequel first, but nonetheless I was so excited to read this! And it made me so emotional, seeing all these characters again, especially Molly. She’s definitely become one of my favourite fictional felines! It’s such a great read, easily something I would read over and over again. I can definitely say its more character orientated than plot, having been told from Molly’s perspective, but even as the story unfolded and I knew what would happen, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout: and there was never a dull moment! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Molly, our narrator, is a tabby cat who goesthrough it all! I was feeling so much for her thtoughout, I loved reading about her life before she met Debbie, and how much she grew through the book, as well as her observations on everything. She was written so well! I wish the book was more than a duology, I need more Molly in my life 😂. Honestly, I can’t rave enough, Molly was just the perfect narrator, and I really love her character! I don’t want to spoil it, because I think everyone should read it, but Molly goes through so much and develops of course not only as a cat but as a character too! I definitely was left wanting more, but I know I’ll re read the sequel at Christmas 😂 I loved especially Molly’s intereactions with Debbie, I love how much Molly loved and cared and understood her! I felt like the loyalty of Molly really shone through the book, I could picture her every movements and hear all her purrs. There was one scene towards the end, she made me laugh so much, I could just picture her expression, it was brilliant! And at the very end I definitely felt so proud of her and how far she’s come, and nostslgic too, having come full circle with Molly. I definitely think there’s plenty of potential though for more books with these characters, and they’re definitely among my favourites for that reason. I haven’t read anything like this before and doubt I will again!

Debbie, I practially squealed when I saw her in this book for the first time, I loved her character in book 2, but even more so in book 1, it shows us how far she’s come! I was with her every step and cheering her on, she had been through so much in the past, we definitely learn to the extent of what, but despite all this she’s such a treasure! She’s kind and caring and only wants what’s best for her daughter and Molly. I loved Debbie’s interactions with Molly, and loved the awkward scenes with potential partner John. Molly intervened here for the better, and it was fabulous! I also loved how accepting Debbie is of Molly’s previous owner, something happens towards the end of this book which leaves a catalyst for the events of book 2. 

There’s plenty of other colourful characters, both human and feline: Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, I loved her growth through the book, and also Jo, Debbie’s closest friend, she named one of Molly’s kittens, and knowing what happens in book 2 that is definitely such a precious moment!! And I loved meeting John again, he’s so lovely! I only lamented lack of Jasper, a tom cat of significant proportions to Molly, but again, I couldn’t worry too much because of what happens in book 2.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t put this book down. I already know I’m going to hopefully get my own copy of the book, it’s something I know I’ll revisit again and again! Melissa Daley combines laughs, love, feels and sometimes suspense in this beauty and it’s something I’ll always recommend to everyone!

Happy reading 😊

Book Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Spoilers)

Published by SouceFire Books in 2018

348 pages 

1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

Let’s talk about the plot:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my thoughts on this book whatsoever.

I confess, I was intrigued by the plot, I was expecting to be haunted and chilled, and I felt this would be a good mystery, I mean don’t get me wrong, it had potential, but in its entirety, the plot felt like it was a never ending cycle of repetition.

It started with Cory finding out about her best friend’s death, and trying to get justice for her friend and have her remembered as she should be, not as the ridiculous town of Lost would remember her.

I say ridiculous, because it felt like Lost was a cult town, they all believed Kyra’s death had been something she prophesied through her art, and rather than help her, they accepted it. So we then have Cory being angry at the town, which is fair enough, but honestly…nothing came of it? And what did happen made no sense 🤔 like, when Kyra’s dad tried to kill Cory, because she took her best friend’s possessions that Kyra would’ve wanted her to have? 

Lets talk about the characters:

Kyra: I felt like she was misunderstood by the people of Lost, it was sad getting to read exceprts of unsent letters to Cory and their flashback scenes honestly had me feeling annoyed and pitiful, I wanted to knock some sense into the people of Lost for not seeing Kyra as she is, for glossing over her illness – I mean, her parents wouldn’t even let her take her medication! Both her mother and father angered me to the core, I mean they were so blind and clearly they didn’t care about Kyra, even if they claimed to love her. 

Cory was the main narrator of the story, I felt sad for her, having lost her dearest friend’s, but honestly her narration was so repetitive! The whole book felt like it was her fury at Lost, which I could understand, but honestly. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

I wasn’t a fan of the writing at all, it was so choppy, the sentences were short and there was no realism. It just felt like things were there and happening, and aside from Kyra’s bipolar, which I felt was hardly conveyed, and Cory describing herself as asexual, I felt like I couldn’t get attatched to the characters.

I’ll leave it there. Thanks again to Harriet McInerney for the review copy.

Happy reading 😀

November 2016 reading wrap up 

Hey guys, I know it’s better late then never, so here’s my November wrap up. Truthfully I’ve thought about not posting reviews anymore, but I’ll try and keep at it on here. 

I read 14 books last month, and alongside each title will be the rating 🙂

Tiger’s Curse (Tiger Saga 1) by Colleen Houck – 5 stars

The Kingmaker’s Daughter (The Cousin’s War 4) by Philippa Gregory -5 stars 

Doctor Who: choose the future: Night of the Kraken by Jonathan Green – 5 stars

My Lady Jane: the Not Entirely True Story by Cynthia Hand – 5 stars

War of The Robots (Doctor Who) by Trevor Baxendale – 5 stars

A Many Splendoured Thing by Han Suyin – 3 stars 

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – 5 stars

Doctor Who : Forever Autumn by Mark Morris 5 stars

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – 5 stars

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – 5 stars

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars

Doctor Who : The American Adventures by Justin Richards – 2 stars

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie – 5 stars 

Book Review: Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

Book 2 in the Tiger Saga

Published: 2011 by Hodder and Stoughton

Pages: 479

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

Book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off, even though I didn’t read book 2 right after finishing book 1, it didn’t feel like I’d been away from Kelsey or Ren. 

In fact, I loved book 2 more than book 1! Which I so did not think was possible! But this was utterly amazing, and definitely increased the pace when it came to suspense. I honestly did not know what would come next, I found myself gasping throughout the story. 

There are some massive feelings for the story and the characters. In book 1, I wasn’t sure what to make of Kishan, but as I got to know the black tiger / man more, I grew to adore him like mad! I think I like him even more than Ren now, or if not, just as much 😉

Once again, this book, like its predecessor, was so atmospheric, I felt like I was once again there alongside Kelsey and Ren and Kishan; feeling and seeing, smelling and even tasting what they could. 

Towards the end, there was so much anguish; I was crying from the feels; I cannot wait to jump in to book 3, and I applaud Colleen Houck for writing what has fast become yet another all time favourite book series. 

Note: You might’ve noticed I’ve changed the format of my reviews; seen as they’re predominantly written from the WordPress app; I’ve got a new phone and I can’t seem to paste the sypnosis from Goodreads, but in the future I’ll be looking to re add my favourite quotes. 

I feel like everyone should read this book series, I’m halfway through it and madly in love with this book world. I promise you won’t be disappointed 😉

Thanks for reading, bookworms 🙂