Musing Mondays #1

Monday, 29 October 2012
Musing Mondays   is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where they will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic.

Q. Do you have people online that you often discuss the books you read with? Not just book groups, but individual readers who share the same taste in books? If so, what do you like best about this? If not, do you wish you did?

A. No unfortunately I don't have anyone that I talk to. I sincerely wish I did have someone that I could get excited about new releases with, but so far I haven't found anyone. I do read a very interesting mix of books, so to find someone with the same tastes is going to be quite hard. I take this as a challenge, and I am definitely going to find someone soon.

New Release Sunday #6

Sunday, 28 October 2012
The book released this week that I am most looking forward to checking out is Flutter by Gina Linko. This novel has 352 pages in the hardback edition, and is published by Random House Books for Young Readers.
Basically this book is a sci fi adventure about a 17 year old girl who sufferes seizures, and during her seizures she travels through worm holes back in time. There is also the suggestion of some romance, and a mystery to unravel.
This sounds like a really unique and interesting idea for a novel, and anything involving time travel is good with me.
Blurb:  "All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they’re much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They’re extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she’s tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash’s life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery’s loops.

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it’s too late."-Goodreads

You may like this novel if you like; Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Time Travel.

You can check it out on Goodreads here: and on The Book Depository and Amazon here:

New York, Barnes & Noble, The Mysterious BookShop

Friday, 26 October 2012
I apologise for being absent for so long, but I promise I have a good reason. On Tuesday of last week, my family and I flew to New York, JFK airport. We did many awesome things and saw lots of iconic sights while there, but today I want to talk about two things we did.
On the last day in New York, we made a very special trip to a shop in New York, called The Mysterious BookShop ( I will insert some pictures here:

It was awesome,a room completely stuffed with mystery and thriller novels. There were stacks of novels everywhere, and so many different books to look at, we spent quite a while just browsing.
Although I didn't buy anything, it was really nice just to look through my brother did by a number of James Bond novels.

After this we decided to take a trip to Barnes & Noble, a big book store in the USA. I really wanted to visit this shop, after hearing so much about it from bloggers in the USA. I absolutely loved this shop, and saw so much stuff I wanted to buy. The choice of novels was much greater than in the UK, but it sold not only books but other merchandise as well. I did buy something here, I bought a tote bag and a Harry Potter t-shirt. I will post pictures of these later, but I can't at the moment because my camera isn't working.
We stayed in New York for 3 nights and then we stayed 4 nights in Washington D.C with my close family. I had a really enjoyable holiday, and these bookstores were definitely a highlight.
If you went on holiday these Tattie Holidays I hope you had a great time, and if you didn't go away or perhaps you don't get Tattie Holidays, I hope everything is good anyway.

Book Review- Last Bus to Woodstock

Monday, 15 October 2012
Title: Last Bus to Woodstock
Author: Colin Dexter
Publication Date: 1975
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 309
Series: Inspector Morse #1
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Detective, Adult

Rating: 3/5

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail.

By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man - facing charges of wilful murder, sexual assault and rape.

But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key...- Goodreads

My mum watched a program on tv called Inspector Morse, a few years ago (I don't know when it was released). It's plot was based on the novels of the same name by Colin Dexter. My mum really enjoyed this program, so when she spotted the whole Inspector Morse collection for only a tenner on, she insisted I bought it (its only £5 now, if you're interested!). I am a massive Sherlock Holmes fan, so I hoped it would be of the same vein.
Alas it wasn't, where Sherlock is witty and sharp, Morse is rude and vulgar.
The plot in this novel is about a girl who is murdered one evening after hitchhiking a ride home with her friend. Morse spends a lot of time telling anyone who will listen that he knows who did it, and then being proven wrong. He treats the Sergeant, who he is working on the case with like dirt, and feels attracted to nearly every woman he interviews during the investigation.
The plotline itself wasn't that bad, Dexter kept you guessing as to who did it, with their being suspicion lingering around everyone. I do feel that a flaw in the plot was all the characters that Dexter kept introducing, there became so many that I struggled to keep track of who was who.
The major thing in this novel that I disliked was the characters, mainly Morse himself. To me he seemed quite old in this novel, late 50s in my mind, and he spent a good chunk of the novel flirting with, or going on dates with various suspects in the case. This jarred with me, as I really expect an Inspector to keep within certain boundaries when investigating a crime. Maybe this is just me being weird, but it felt wrong with me.
Apart from being a bit sleezy, Morse was also incredibly cocky, and childish, he would fly into terribly childish tantrums if things weren't going well.
The other characters weren't bad, but weren't really memorable at all. A few characters meet a rather sad and unfortunate end, which I won't mention just in case I spoil it for you. Also I didn't guess who had done it, so it was nice to be surprised at the end.
Overall I gave this novel 3/5, and I will pick up the next in the series (only because I own the whole series!) but I would be reluctant to recommend this as a mystery novel that anyone would enjoy. Maybe it was wrong of me to draw comparisons between Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Morse, as they are completely different. Maybe I was being to harsh on Morse, maybe it is better than I think, I guess you will have to read it to find out. In my mind, nobody can reach the writing masterpieces of Conan Doyle anyway!

Book Review- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Publication Date: 1886
Pages: 144
Genre: Classics, Horror, Science Fiction

Rating: 5/5

In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.- Goodreads
This is a classic short story, that even if you haven't read the story, you will be familiar with the case of Dr Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde. I wasn't sure whether I would like this story, as I'm not normally to keen on the archaic language, that was used in this era. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, as I really enjoyed it, and found the language didn't reduce my enjoyment of the plot at all.
The novel itself is very eerie, especially when our main character is trying to discover what has become of Dr. Jekyll. Robert Louis Stevenson did a really good job of building the tension throughout the story so by the end, you are nervous about the outcome. The plot is written like a mystery story, with the main question being what has happened to Dr Jekyll. Unfortunately most people know the plot of this story, so the mystery aspect of the story is lost a little.
The characters in this story were really good, they were developed nicely by the author, even though it was a relatively short story. The main character in the story is Dr Jekyll who is a very clever scientist who creates a potion which allows his inner persona "his bad side" if you will, to take over his thoughts and his body.
The story is told from a 3rd person point of view, and we as the reader follow another character's story, Dr Lanyon. He is the man Dr Jekyll eventually trusts with his secret. Dr Lanyon is a good character, who is your typical gentleman, caring about others, brave and level headed.
I really enjoyed the end of the story, even if it was a little confusing. The story ended with a letter written by Dr. Jekyll describing exactly what happened and basically solving the mystery of the stroy. I thought this was a very clever way to end it, as it answered all questions and tied up all loose ends in a nice concise way.
Overall I absolutely loved this novel, and I think it's one of my favourite classics that I've read. I gave this 5/5 stars and I highly recommend that you read this, as it is short, but is definitely worth it.

Book Review- A Touch of Poison, and Wattpad!

Saturday, 6 October 2012
When looking through book apps on my iphone, I stumbled across Wattpad, an app where people can post and read each other's stories and novels. I think this is a really cool idea, as when I'm out and about, a light story, is just what I need. As well as amateur story writers, published novelists sometimes post their novels too. The first novel I have read on this app was A Touch of Poison.

Title: A Touch of Poison
Author: Iron Kite (Wattpad username)

A quick plot summary: This novel revolves around a princess, who cannot touch others with her bare skin without giving them terrible burns. When her father devises a plot to murder a nearby kingdom's prince, the princess must fight to save him, and her own life too.

My thoughts: This was a light read, although it had over 20 chapters too it! It was written well, with good description, and correct punctuation. The plot was fine, an idea that I had heard before, but nevertheless was good, quite fast paced, with no long winded descriptions. The only problem I had was with the ending, which I felt was a bit cliched, and was very "happily ever after". I also felt like the ending was written in a rush, and the fluid writing style completely left the author, meaning the ending was written childishly. Apart from that it was an enjoyable read, but not something I would read again. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Book Review- Unwind

Friday, 5 October 2012
Note: This is quite a short review, and I do apologise. This is simply because I read this a while ago, and have been too busy to post. I just wanted to put my opinions down anyway.

Title: Unwind
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: November 6th 2007
Publisher: Simon & Shuster's Children (USA)
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Series: Unwind Trilogy #1

Rating: 4/5

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them.
Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.- Goodreads

This is a dystopian novel, set in a world where adults can decide to "unwind" their child before they reach 18, if they see fit. In this novel we follow three "Unwinds" as they escape the future their parents/guardians had planned for them.
I really liked the idea for this novel as I thought it was a unique dystopian plot, that I had never read anything like before. Also lots of people have been raving about this novel, and its sequel on Goodreads, so I thought it was about time I checked it out.
I enjoyed this novel, I thought it was interesting, and action packed, which meant I didn't really have any problem picking it back up. I don't know what it was, but there was something that stopped me from giving it a 5/5, and I can't really put my finger on it, but the spark just wasn't there.
The characters were fine, diverse enough, but still relatable. They had flaws, so they weren't superheroes, and the "villains" were good too.
The writing style was ok, although I cant really remember that much about it, I know it was fine, and it kept me interested.
Overall I would recommend this novel, but I am glad I picked it up from the library, as I'm not sure it's one I would have spent money on.

September Book Haul!

This is a post listing all the books that I got last month. Enjoy!

The first 3 books I got when we were clearing out my Grandpa's house. They were Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
The next 3 books I was given by my mum, who recommends I read these novels: At the Going Down of the Sun, And in the Morning, and We Will Remember by Elizabeth Darrell.
The rest of these books were all purchased by me from, which have some really great books! All of these books were under £4 each, which I thought was a good deal. Some of these are novels I have been wanting to check out. For instance; Ashes by Ilsa J Bick, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievwater and Fallen by Lauren Kate. The rest of these I bought on a whim, but I am glad I did. I bought a set of two novels by Julie Bertagna; Zenith and Exodus. I got a set of 3 novels by the late Siobhan Dowd. These were A Swift Pure Cry, Bog Child, and Solace of the Road. I also got two novels by Melissa Marr as well; Radiant Shadows and Darkest Mercy. The last set of novels I got were a set of classic Doctor Who novels by various authors. These are: Doctor Who and the Crusaders, Doctor Who and the Daleks, Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen, Doctor Who and the Cybermen, Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters and Doctor Who and the Auton Ivasion. 
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