So many books, such little time.

So many books, such little time.

Hey there, my name is Chelsea and I love books. I review books in my spare time, as well as talk to other fellow book lovers and even the occasionally author. I have come to BookLikes in hope of joining this community and making some friends, as unfortunately my partner has no interest in books and it would be great to be able to talk to more people... That sounded incredibly sad... 

Review
2 Stars
Animal Lover - Raymond Friel
Animal Lover - Raymond Friel

Tonight. Tonight is all that matters. Every thing else, all this, neon lights and the smell of disinfectant and dead chickens, don't let it get to you, Danny. Baked beans, not a problem. On the shelf they go. Super Danny. By day, a quiet supermarket shelf stacker, but by night... well. It didn't quite work out the way I'd planned . My first attempt at animal liberation was a disaster. It was all going so well until... well, I guess you'll find out. But after that night, everything started to spiral out of control. Everyone at work was out to get me for something or other. The woman I loved was becoming more extreme by the day. My ratio of animals saved versus animals killed was changing rapidly. And not in the direction I want it to. Super Danny? Not quite. Not even close. It treble or nothing time, and next week, the circus is coming to town.

 

Well this was an interesting read. Danny is a twenty-two year old activists who wants to stop animal cruelty. At the beginning, we jump straight into the action where him and a few of his friends break into a lab to release the test subject puppies. Long story short it doesn't go to plan and they end up being chased onto the roof with no way down without being caught. So they decide to chuck all the dogs off the roof... I'll just let that sink in... Afterwards they are scarred for life.

 

Shona, one of Danny's friends, goes a bit crazy and shaves her hair off and constantly wears a balaclava in public. She befriends a guy who is really passionate about stopping animal cruelty so him and group of other people try to stop a hunt but the fox still ends up getting killed and Danny basically becomes friends with a skull. Then for the grand finale they head to circus.

Animal Lover is a rather easy and short book to read, you could say short and sweet but I wouldn't say it was sweet at all.

Review
1 Stars
Fallen Guardin - Jesse Roman
Fallen Guardin - Jesse Roman

'Olivia's wings, which were spread out in their full beauty, wrapped around Reese's back and kept him close to her so that he wouldn't drift away.'

 

She saved the only man she ever loved.

 

Now she has to pay.

 

Reese Featherway is a troubled young man who recently lost his loving girlfriend Olivia six months prior. Deep in his depression and guilt over her death, he one might decides to end it all. He jumps off his balcony to kill himself so he can be with her again in death. But as he is falling, he is rescued by his guardian angel, Olivia, who is now in severe danger for saving his life and risks eternal damnation.

 

In an enchanting and heartbreaking story, two passionate souls ripped apart by death are now brought back together to possibly make the ultimate sacrifice. It's a sacrifice for their love against the evil that wishes to tear them apart.

 

I got given this book through the Goodreads Giveaway back in the summer which is also signed by Jesse. I cannot remember whether this was an advanced copy and it doesn't mention it at the front of the book but there were many grammar mistakes. The there they're and their was used incorrectly as well as here and hear. There was also a problem with the continuity, on page 73 Reese, the protagonist is referred to as Ryan?!? Another continuity error, we are told that you can only see your own guardian angel and in a scene when Archer shows up, Reese can't see or hear so Olivia has to say what Archer is saying but then a few pages later when Olivia is kidnapped, he's having a full on conversation with Archer when there's no one else there to translate for him.

 

The narrative had the potential to be fantastic but the way it was conveyed was pretty terrible.

Review
1 Stars
Me Before You (Me Before You #1) - Jojo Moyes
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

'I stared at my calendar, the pen stilled in my hand. This little patch of laminated paper suddenly bore a whole heap of responsibility. I had a hundred and seventeen days in which to convince Will Traynor that he had a reason to live.'

 

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in the Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

 

I don't normally read Chick Lit or Romance novels and Me Before You reminded me at every turn of the page why I don't read them. Me Before You was very easy to figure out what was going to happen and it was very predictable which ruined any emotional response that could of happened. The characters were rather boring so I didn't sympathise with them at all even in the events of the last few chapters (which I guessed would happen right from the beginning) I felt nothing.

 

I expected a lot more from Me Before You and I heard that Moyes is an excellent author, but in this case I didn't see it.

Review
4 Stars
Library Of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, #3) - Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs

'Tongue, don't fail me now.
I raised a hand to hide my mouth and said, in guttural Hollow:
Stop.
The hollow stopped.
Sit, I said.
It sat.'

 

The adventure that begun with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he's diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

 

They'll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil's Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It's a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

 

This trilogy is probably the first trilogy books that I have in a long time where I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. The only negative point I have to make is, in the first book you're told that peculiars cannot leave their loops for long periods of time, so more than a day in present time, age will catch up to them. But in this book, the peculiar children spend a lot more than a day in present time. Even though they do say that their hair starts to go grey.

Review
5 Stars
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, #2) - Ransom Riggs
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

'How long could I stand Florida, now that I'd had a taste of this peculiar life? I was not nearly as ordinary as I used to be - or if it was true that I'd never been ordinary, now I knew it. I had changed. And that, at least, gave me some hope: that even under ordinary circumstances, I still might find a way to live an extraordinary life.'

 

We left Jacob and the rest of the peculiar children when they fled their little island Cairnholm by boat after fighting off an army of monsters. Miss Peregrine, their head mistress can turn into a bird but she has been badly hurt and cannot change back to her human form; only another ymbryne can save her. The children head to the capital, London in hope of finding another ymbryne to bring Miss Peregrine back.

 

It is still on the same level of excellence as the first novel, it keeps you guessing and intrigued which is amazing. Heads up... Major plot twist that I did not see coming at all.

Review
5 Stars
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

'Millard was kneeling in the water, dazed, blood running down his torso. For the first time I could see the true shape of his body, painted red.

 

Emma took him by the arm. "Millard! Are you all right? Say something!"

 

"I must apologise," he said. "It seems I've gone and gotten myself shot."

 

Jacob Portman grew up listening to his Grandpa Abe's stories about rather extraordinary children with extraordinary gifts, so much so that he believed them... Up until probably his early teenage years where his parents convinced Jacob that his Grandpa was losing his marbles. Now Jacob is in his late teenage years and working in a Smart-Aid which his family owns. An anxious phone call from Grandpa sees Jacob going round to check on him a bit later to find that the house has been torn apart, all his belongings scattered all over the floor, but the house empty. Stepping into his back garden, Jacob notices Grandpa's fence knocked down and just a bit further into the woods there lies Grandpa... Near death. Muttering his final words 'Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940.' Jacob is off to find these Peculiar Children and they might possibly be able to save Grandpa Abe.

 

This is the first book of a trilogy and I'm not going to lie, I watched the film before I read the book... And I am not ashamed of it. The film actually stuck really closely to the book which makes me like it even more. All the characters are likeable and relatable to even though the pictures creep me out. I normally stay away from time travel novels but I've got hope for MPHFPC. Please don't mess this up.

 

Right, I've got to rush off, I need to read the second book. Toodles.

Review
4 Stars
The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

'I feel uneasy. I walk around the house; I can't settle, I feel as though someone else has been here while I was sleeping. There's nothing out of place, but the house feels different, as though things have been touched, subtly shifted out of place, and as I walk around I feel as though there's someone else here, always just out of my line of sight.'

 

Rachel Watson is an alcoholic who lost her job, even though she pretends that she still does to her friend and roommate Cathy by catching the same 8:04 train to Euston in the morning and the 17:56 train in the evening everyday. Rachel used to live with her husband, Tom Watson, until her drinking got out of control and he was seeing Anna behind her back. Tom and Anna have a daughter Evie and live in Rachel's old house that she shared with Tom. A few doors down from that house, lives the perfect couple Scott and Megan. Megan disappears and only Rachel can get to the bottom of the mystery, if only she didn't get blind drunk that night to the point where she doesn't remember I thing.

 

The Girl On The Train is an excellent read. It catches you from the very first page all the way to the last and keeps you guessing. At a few points in the story, I found Rachel rather annoying and intolerable. The only reason she had anything to do with the disappearance was because she was being nosy and at one point it felt like she went round Scott's house to tell him her favourite colour and it felt way too desperate.

Review
2 Stars
The Once And Future King - T.H. White
The Once and Future King - T.H. White

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'Wart jumped for the sill and automatically gave himself an extra kick with his wings, just as a high jumper swings his arms. He landed on the sill with a thump, as owls are apt to do, did not stop himself in time, and toppled straight out of the window.'

 

The Once And Future King consists of five books all together in one hefty read, following the adventures of King Arthur. The first book is The Sword In The Stone... Everyone knows this story even if it's only because of the 1963 Disney classic of the same title. The second book is The Witch In The Wood, this story introduces the Orkney family which plays a vital part in the future rein of King Arthur. The third, The Ill-Made Knight is all about Lancelot and his love affair with Guenever (King Arthur's wife/the Queen). The Candle In The Wind follows Arthur as an old man in the fall of his rein. In the final book, The Book Of Merlyn, Arthur meets up with the committee of animals and he lives among the ants and the geese to understand their laws of existence just like he did when he was younger.

 

This was a rather difficult read for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I couldn't help but feel like I was reading a history textbook, I didn't like history at school so why would I like it now. This took me many many weeks to read this and I'm glad I have finally finished (fist pump)

Review
1 Stars
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil - C.S. Lewis

'When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics. At least, not yet.'

 

Three chapters in and I had no idea what was going on. It got to the point where I had to Google it.

 

Screwtape is some sort of senior devil who works below The Devil who he refers to as his 'Father'. The book is in the form of letters written from Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, a Junior Tempter, who follows this guy called 'the patient', the point of his job is to make 'the patient' sin.

 

I found this a rather difficult read as it felt too formal, like I was reading a school textbook. So my mind was wandering and switching off, like it did when I was back at school. Next thing I know, I've finished the book and gained nothing from reading it.

 

I also felt really uncomfortable reading this at some points, because I'm a Christian and I was seeing through the devil's point of view. So it felt like a sin reading it.

Review
2 Stars
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

SCORPIUS
Who? The Ministry kept it before, do you really trust them not to keep it again? Only you and I have experienced how dangerous this is, that means you and I have to destroy it. No one can do what we did Albus. No one. No, (slightly grandly) it's time that time-turning became a thing of the past.

 

ALBUS
You're quite proud of that phrase, aren't you?

 

SCORPIUS
Been working on it all day.

 

Twenty-two years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry and his wife Ginny wave goodbye to their second eldest son, Albus, as it's his first year at Hogwarts. Forever feeling like he's living in his father's shadow, their relationship becomes rocky and after over-hearing Harry talking to Amos about using a Time-Turner to bring back someone he loved, Albus takes things into his own hands.

 

I did rather well to avoid spoilers and I went in with an open mind; this was nothing like I was expecting.

 

WARNING! Spoilers ahead!

 

I found many problems with this book.

 

1. Scenes from the original book series are included which I would count as cheating.
2. Every time Albus and Scorpius go back to the Triwizard Tournament in 1994, Ludo Bagman repeats the same thing every time; and they go back three times.
3. How can Voldemort have a child?!? He's missing a nose, what other body parts is he missing.
4. Finally, a plot hole. When Albus and Scorpius go back to 1994 the second time to the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, they humiliate Cedric by expanding his head so he then floats to the surface of the lake. This is where it might get complicated. Cedric is then angered, turns to the dark side and works with Voldemort. He kills Neville therefore Nagini is never killed with the sword of Gryffindor. Voldemort lives and Harry dies. But then if there's no Harry, there's no Albus. Therefore Albus won't have the motivation to save Cedric in the first place thus never going back in time... and we're stuck in a paradox.

 

As a play in a theatre, it would look awesome. But as a book on its own... Not great. Harry Potter should have been left in the past.

Reading progress update: I've read 273 out of 330 pages.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Reading progress update: I've read 97 out of 330 pages.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Review
3 Stars
Redeemed (House of Night, #12) - P.C. and Kristin Cast
Redeemed - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

'Do you know why Nyx didn't destroy me when I chose to Fall? Because Nyx is a true Goddess - loving, benevolent, loyal, and kind. You? You are a petulant child, a pretender, and a usurper. No matter how much vengeance you spew or how much chaos you cause, you will never be a Goddess!'

 

Redeemed starts of with Zoey being chucked in jail for the murder of two human men in Woodward Park where she then refuses to see anyone from the House of Night so therefore sentencing herself to death from rejecting the Change. Meanwhile, Neferet returns to her penthouse suite at the Mayo where her tendrils of Darkness possess the staff members that work there and she creates a barrier/curtain of blood around the hotel so no one can leave.

 

When I sit and think about it, this book wasn't actually that bad, I was just relieved it finished and at the end it said 'THE END'. None of this 'THE END ... for now...'

 

 

Review
1 Stars
Revealed (House of Night, #11) - P.C. and Kristin Cast
Revealed: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

'The centre golden limestone statue above the entrance to the church quivered, shifted, and in a fetid burst of freezing air, the white bull materialised. As he emerged from the skin of the church, his hooves sparked, causing the ground to shake. He snorted, staring after where Neferet had disappeared.
"Now that, my heartless one, surprised me..." '

 

At the end of the last book Neferet was thrown off her Penthouse suite at the Mayo Hotel with Aurox, when she comes into contact with the ground she explodes in a mass of spiders that scuttle away into the shadows. She then materialises later at the job fair, Zoey senses that this swarming mound of spiders is Neferet and casts a circle to get rid of her. Erin comes back to join the circle after turning to the bad side and her reward is rejecting the Change as Neferet's spirit passes through Erin. Neferet is then banished to a cave where she watches her life and memories flash before her eyes... But not in a dying way more like an inspirational way.

 

As a whole, this book is boring. I went days without touching it, which is never a good sign. The Casts' must have ran out of ideas due to them recycling storylines ... AGAIN!! A theme for this book is not turning your back on your friends which was also the main theme in some of the earlier books; Zoey has a temper tantrum and ends up attacking Shaylin. And again with the whole boyfriend situation, she has Stark, her warrior and Guardian and boyfriend but because Heath's soul is in Aurox, she wants him too and even sucks his blood. Although she does get her act together by the end of the book and decides to stay with Stark, but a large quantity of the book is Zoey moaning about boy trouble ... AGAIN!!

 

The only hope I have that's towards the House of Night series, is that I've got one more book to go and then THE END!! Closure. Fin.

Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 320 pages.
Revealed: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 320 pages.
Revealed: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels) - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast