'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

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

JULY Blog Recap

July has been pretty quiet generally. Settling back into life at home, had a lovely holiday in New Quay, Wales. I also got to see my wonderful boyfriend graduate from university with a 2:1! I felt so incredibly proud. He worked so hard for it and it's great to see all of that hard work pay off :). Alongside this, I attended an awesome book launch in London. It was a book launch hosted by Angry Robot/ Strange Chemistry and it was to celebrate the release of Kim Curran's Control and Bryony Pearce's The Weight of Souls. It was such an amazing day and these two author, plus Caroline and Amanda are absolutely lovely women and I look forward to seeing them again at some point!

Other than this, not much has happened in July. There has been guest posts by S. M. Wheeler, Bryony Pearce, Madeline Ashby and William Sutton on the blog, which have been great! I have managed to review ten books again this month, which is great! Here's a list:

Waiting on Wednesday #36

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July Author of the Month

I've decided to start doing a monthly post to celebrate a different author each month. It's going to be based on the books I've read that month so be prepared for a load of gushing!

Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J Maas is the wonderful author of Throne of Glass and the upcoming Crown of Midnight. I cannot think of anyone better to feature in this months author of the month post having just finished reading Crown of Midnight. HOLY HELL can this woman write! Such an amazing series so far and I am completely captivated by her writing. I will be seeing her at the Bath Children's Literary Festival in October and really cannot wait. Maas' writing is original and compelling; it has been a long time since I have read and fallen in love with a series like this. It's a breath of fresh air amongst the dystopian literature (even though I love them) floating around and I cannot get enough of it. Sarah is published by Bloomsbury and I really cannot wait for the third book in the Throne of Glass series!

My Reviews:

Top Ten Tuesday #27

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten favourite beginnings/ endings of books. This one is really hard for me. I only really have one favourite beginning and one favourite ending to any book/ series, and that is:

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Monday, 29 July 2013

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Strange Chemistry's Bryony Pearce

The very lovely Bryony Pearce, author of the upcoming The Weight of Souls and Angel Fury is here to write about her inspiration on writing her newest novel. She has also included a cheeky little extract of her newest book which is absolutely fantastic. Read my review here. I was also very luck to head to London Thursday for the launch of this wonderful book.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

REVIEW: When the World was Flat - Ingrid Jonach

When the World was Flat - Ingrid Jonach
When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love)
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Strange Chemistry*

Showcase Sunday #46

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

O is for Occlumency
The ability to see into the memories of another person. I doubt we will ever forget the battles that Snape and Harry had in Order of the Phoenix in Harry's attempt to block out Voldemort from his mind. 

Severus Snape: "It appears there is a connection between the Dark Lord's mind and your own. Whether he is, as yet, aware of this connection is for the moment unclear. Pray he remains ignorant."
Harry Potter: "You mean if he knows about it then, he'll be able to read my mind."
Severus Snape: "Read it, control it, unhinge it... Used properly, the power of Occlumency will help shield you from access or influence. In these lessons I will attempt to penetrate your mind. You will attempt to resist. Prepare yourself! Legilimens!"

Find out more here.

Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin
M is for Mirror of Erised
N is for Nicolas Flamel

Friday, 26 July 2013

REVIEW: Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Bloomsbury*
*May contain Throne of Glass spoilers*

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Harry Potter #23

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 here

GUEST POST: Lawless & the Devil of Euston Square - William Sutton

Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square: Introducing Campbell LawlessI feel incredibly privileged to be able to host a wonderful and insightful post by the author of Lawless & the Devil of Euston Square. So, here it is!

The Uncorked Thoughts of Lawless & the Devil of Euston Square

 Sensation: the mysteries at our own doors

Uncorked Thoughts has asked me for thoughts on genre:
-          did I consciously choose to write a neo-Victorian text?
-          why did this genre pique my interest?

“You’re writing in a genre. Everyone’s writing in a genre. Get over it.”
Robert McKee

I fell among the Victorians like I once fell among thieves in a seedy Mediterranean seaside town: that is, it didn’t exactly sneak up on me; more it charmed me while my mind was on other things, invited me home, got me tipsy, took my possessions, then mugged me by a dark crossroads in the gathering dusk. You know what I mean?

The seed for my book was seeing the plaque at Baker Street tube station, delcaring this the first underground train in the world. What was here before? Were people unhoused? Who built it? Who died in the building of it? How catastrophic the thundering belching engines must have seemed. The date – 10 Jan 1863 – is what threw me amongst the Victorians.

The fertile ground where my book grew was São Paulo, Brazil. The police were less trustworthy than gang members; money ruled; poverty neighboured on opulence. Money talked; the river stank. And Wilkie Collins’ injuction came back to me, that we are most fascinated by the mysteries that lie at our own doors. The story began to grow, fertilised by past reading: Fitzgerald, Conrad, Dickens, Collins, RL Stevenson; and modern revolutionary tales by Auster, Palahniuk and Iain Banks.

“I didn’t know I’d written a crime novel. I just thought I’d written a novel — with a policeman as the main character.”
William McIlvanney

The mysteries that lie at our own doors. The careless rich. Victorian London became for me an image of today’s global village: we can moan endlessly about slow bandwith and poor reception while the people who toil day and night to grow our coffee and sew our shoes are struggling to feed their children. But no matter, we somehow tell ourselves. After all, they’re so very far away, and nobody really important is disadvantaged. Supply and demand, labour and capital.

I rented a room there from an Anglo-Brazilian landlady fallen on hard times and forced to take itinerant lodgers like me. She was so poor, she only had an occasional maid (black, from the north of Brazil), who sometimes brought along her teenage daughter to help. One day the maid didn’t show, but her daughter did. My landlady told me she’d been run over: killed. Oh, I said, how can I say I’m sorry to her daughter? My landlady looked puzzled: Don’t worry, she said, these people don’t really feel these things.

The shock of that story is not that she was some kind of monster. The shock is that she was a normal middle class person, and many wouldn’t be surprised by what she said — just as nobody would have been surprised by it in the London of Dickens.

Genre: get over it

As for writing a crime novel…I really didn’t notice that I had. Indeed, I shared the snobbery (in the English-speaking literary world), that crime novels and series novels are somehow not serious. But as I learn more about the history of the novel, I think this is rubbish. What matters is whether it’s good. I wrote as good a book as I could write, allowing to bloom there all my anger about our modern times, woven on a trellis of historical delights: the underground being built (1863), Bazalgette’s sewers, London’s forgotten hydraulic network, exhibitions, courtesans, criminological mania, extraordinary slang, political scandals, banking crimes.

“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second by the question 'Why do we eat?' and the third by the question 'Where shall we have lunch?”
Douglas Adams

All novels are genre novels. (Even literary novels are a genre, or sometimes a genre waiting to be named.) And many great ones are crime novels: Candide, Great Expectations, Crime and Punishment, Therese Raquin, Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde, The Trial, The Great Gatsby.

Historical tales also have a long pedigree: viz the Iliad, Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, Walter Scott… So I got over myself.

Indeed aren’t all novels mysteries? What’s going to happen? How? Why?

William Sutton’s historical crime thriller Lawless and the Devil of Euston is published 1st August 2013 by AngryRobot’s ExhibitA imprint. Unearthing scandal, sabotage and stink beneath Victorian London’s streets, it is the first book in the series featuring detective Campbell Lawless.

“Extravagant and thoroughly enjoyable,” wrote Allan Massie in The Scotsman.

Working with the ReAuthoring project and Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, William often wields a ukulele while performing; he has read on the radio, and at events from the Edinburgh Festival to Portsmouth’s Square Tower, from Canterbury Cathedral to the poop deck of Light Ship LV21, and from Eton College to High Down Prison.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #35

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #26

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten words/ topics that make me not pick up a book. 

REVIEW: The Weight Of Souls - Bryony Pearce

The Weight Of Souls - Bryony Pearce 
The Weight of Souls
Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…

She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.

But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.

Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him? 

And what happens if she starts to fall for him?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Showcase Sunday #45

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

N is for Nicolas Flamel

'Nicolas Flamel (c. 1327 - c. 1992) was a well-known alchemist and only known maker of the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance with incredible powers. He was a close friend and partner with formerHogwarts School Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. He owed his considerable age to the Elixir of Life which he and his wife, Perenelle, created using the Stone. They were aged six hundred sixty-five and six hundred fifty-eight, respectively, at their time of deaths.

Flamel is noted as an alchemist of considerable talent and as an opera-lover. It is said he enjoyed his later years living a quiet life in Devon. Although it is clear that he used the Elixir to greatly extend his life, it is not specified whether he used the Stone's powers to make himself greatly wealthy, as the Stone is also capable of turning any metal into gold.

The danger of the Stone's existence was brought to light when Voldemort, with the help of Hogwarts Professor Quirinus Quirrell, was nearly successful in stealing it for the purpose of restoring Voldemort to physical form. However, his plan was thwarted by the efforts of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. Flamel agreed, along with Dumbledore, that the stone should be destroyed. With enough Elixir to set his affairs in order, it was expected that Flamel and his wife would die shortly thereafter.'

Information from Harry Potter Wikia.

Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin
M is for Mirror of Erised

Friday, 19 July 2013

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
It is the summer holidays, and one night Harry Potter wakes up with his scar burning. He has had a strange dream, one that he can't help worrying about...until a timely invitation from Ron Weasley arrives: to nothing less than the Quidditch World Cup!

Soon Harry is reunited with Ron and Hermione and gasping at the thrills of an international Quidditch match. But then something horrible happens which casts a shadow over everybody, and Harry in particular...

REVIEW: Control (Shift #2) - Kim Curran

Control (Shift #2) - Kim Curran
Control (Shift, #2)
Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That's why he's so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They've sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids - as if the ability to change your every decision wasn't unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realises if he can't control his choices, they'll control him.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*May contain spoilers for book 1*

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Harry Potter #22

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 here

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #34

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #25

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten authors who deserve more recognition. In no particular order:

Sunday, 14 July 2013

J. K. Rowling and her new hidden book!

I woke up this morning to the most amazing and exciting news ever. News that everyone probably knows or is finding out about as I'm typing this. J. K. Rowling, the author of the incredible Harry Potter has written a crime novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith! Sneaky bit of half blood princing there! I am absolutely shocked and am already on my way to order my copy. The woman is an absolute genius. Here is a bit about the book:

The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo's Calling
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Landry walks through his door with an amazing story. His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, fell, famously, to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rockstar boyfriends, desperate designers, and every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detective novels, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know the world of the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen it investigated by a detective like this one.

Read one of the many articles here. 

So, over to you. What do you think of her newest book? What do you think of the pseudonym angle? I am so excited to read this!

Showcase Sunday #44

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

M is for Mirror of Erised
“It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.”
The Mirror of Erised chapter within Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is perhaps one of the most heartbreaking of all. With the mirror displaying what it is that you utmost desire, it is heartbreaking to watch Harry return to the mirror every night in order to finally be with his parents. Dumbledore wisely shares that many have wasted away before the mirror, something which forces Harry to reconsider what he is doing. A powerful mirror and something that I am glad does not exist in the Muggle world ;). 
More information on the Mirror of Erised here.

Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus
L is for Remus Lupin

Friday, 12 July 2013

REVIEW: Shift - Kim Curran

Shift - Kim Curran
Shift (Shift, #1)
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he's not so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

REVIEW: Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you to Gollancz for providing a copy*

Harry Potter #21

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 here

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #33

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine , which allows us to show off the books we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at the wonderful blog; Broke and Bookish. This weeks is : Top Ten Best/ Worst Movie Adaptations. This is hard for me because I rarely watch book to film adaptations! So, here we go:

Monday, 8 July 2013

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can't wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn't if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There's an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school...

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Showcase Sunday #43

It's Sunday again so we all know that it's time for Showcase Sunday. It's a lovely weekly meme hosted by Vicky over at Books, Biscuits and Tea, and it allows us to show off all the lovely buys this week. I love this meme as it gives a chance for us to show and browse so many books! This week I have been on a book buying ban so no books bought :)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Harry Potter A-Z

A Saturday post I have been doing to spread the Harry Potter love and to take us all on a trip down memory lane :).

L is for Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin, the third year Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, werewolf and one of James Potter and Sirius Black's best friend. I adore Lupin, I really do. He is so loyal and kind and exactly how a teacher should have been during those times. He is such a wonderful character and I agree with so many people that James, Remus and Sirius should have a book of their own. My heart broke in The Deathly Hallows when we find out that Tonks and Lupin's bodies are also lying in the great hall. I love that Lupin attempts to repress what he is and doesn't allow himself to become a werewolf (only on full moon). Unlike Fenrir Greyback, he does not become a monster, he continues to fight what he is and fights for the return of good within the series as a member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Read more about Remus Lupin here. 

Previous A-Z posts:
A is for Animagus
B is for Boggart
C is for Crumple-Horned Snorkack
D is for Diagon Alley
E is for Epilogue
F is for Forbidden Forest
G is for Galleons
H is for Hogsmeade
I is for Inferius
J is for Lee Jordan
K is for Knight Bus

Friday, 5 July 2013

COVER REVEAL: All is Fair (The Split Worlds #3) - Emma Newman

All is Fair (The Split Worlds #3) - Emma Newman
In love and war nothing is safe.

William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

I absolutely adore this series and cannot wait for the third in the series to come out!

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Harry, Ron and Hermione have returned to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry for their second year. (But Harry and Ron only just made it-they missed the Hogwarts Express and had to get there in a flying car...!) Soon the threesome are immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch.

But then horrible things start happening. Harry hears evil voices. Sinister messages appear on the wall. But nothing can prepare the three friends for what happens next...

Harry Potter #20

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 here

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

June Author of the Month

I've decided to start doing a monthly post to celebrate a different author each month. It's going to be based on the books I've read that month so be prepared for a load of gushing!

J. K. Rowling
There is no way in hell that I could have picked any other author for this months post. Having re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets AND doing my MA dissertation on her most loved series there was no way that anyone else had a look in. My idol and the woman that gave me something to really look forward to in my childhood. The woman that made reading 'cool' again. The woman that created such a huge, ingenious phenomenon from her mind alone, she definitely deserves this post. She writes wonderfully and is so incredibly clever. I have always appreciated the Harry Potter books but now that I am reading them as an adult and post-degree I really truly appreciate exactly how incredibly intelligent and creative Ms. Rowling is. 
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
The best day of my life.