'Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.'- Angela Carter

Saturday, 20 September 2014

REVIEW: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1
Publisher: Picador
Source: Borrowed
Publication Date: 8th March, 2002 (Edition)

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

Friday, 19 September 2014

REVIEW: If I Stay - Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Series: If I Stay #1
Publisher: Random House Kids
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 7th May, 2009

Life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning...
A snowy road...
And suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone.
Except one.
As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Hide and Seek by Amy Bird

Today I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Hide and Seek by Amy Bird. This is her third novel and she's here today to share her top ten books that influenced Hide and Seek. Carina Press have offered up a fantastic giveaway so please do keep reading to the bottom!
The Top Ten Books that Influenced Hide and Seek

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I don’t think any contemporary writer of psychological thrillers can claim not to be influenced by this book. It has become genre defining. The plot twists, unreliable narrators, multiple voices, toxic relationships, and of course the sheer page-turning quality make it a touchstone for writers like me. In Hide and Seek, I use three first-person narrators, all of whom have secrets from each other, which lead to dangerous twists. It’s not about being derivative, it’s about learning from the masters and understanding the expectations of reader.

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
As with the above, this is now a modern classic of the genre. It kept me awake until 1am with its twists, turns and clever structure. Plus it deals so well with the hidden secrets of people’s pasts and the question of memory, themes I also explore in Hide and Seek.

Harry Potter #79

This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come in the Harry Potter section of my blog here.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

REVIEW: Waiting for Doggo - Mark B. Mills

Waiting for DoggoTitle: Waiting for Doggo
Author: Mark B. Mills
Series: None
Publisher: Headline
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 20th November, 2014

No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.

Monday, 15 September 2014

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: To All The Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 7th August, 2014

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

REVIEW: The Iron Trial - Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Iron Trial
Title: The Iron Trial
Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
Series: The Magisterium #1
Publisher: Random House Kids
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 11th September, 2014

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic.
From two bestselling superstars, a dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will -- is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.