Life

For a free kindle book this wasn’t that bad.

It is sort of an autobiography of the early years of the authors life and his relationship with the women he has always loved. During the book we also hear bits from her point of few and it gives a very truthful insight into their lives and feelings for each other. I don’t think this is an amazing book but for a free kindle book it was good. I enjoyed its honestly and the fact that it reflected love in a way that was not fairytale like, but coming from the heart. I think it was more than not bad now I have thought about it, I think it was quite good.

 

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Too Far

This book was given to me free at the re-freshers fair at uni, I wasn’t sure  about the cover of the book, but the blurb sounded ok and  you can never say no to a free book.

Unfortunately, I can’t say I enjoyed it. It is the story of two six year olds, Robbie and Fristeen, who meet one summer playing in the wood and spend the rest of the holiday exploring their imaginary world. They become engrossed in it, feeling it is real and it takes over not just their days but their dreams too. They feel they have to be together and spend almost every day out in the woods. However, it is just away of escaping their troubled lives at home where their families are unconventional and falling apart. In the end they have to make a decision between reality and imagination and  it ends on a shock.

I felt that the idea for this story was a good one. It is very realistic that children would hide from problems in their imaginary worlds and I was interested to read the book. However I didn’t like how it was written, I felt it was too ‘airy fairy’ and although I tried hard to match up all the children’s idea’s some I didn’t understand. I also think the map of their world should have been at the start of their book as that may have helped me. I know though that I do not read a lot of imaginary books about myths and things I can’t grasp onto so I am not discouraging anyone from trying it, it just wasn’t for me.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens

Yesterday I came across a website that provides suggestions for list of ‘Top Ten Books’ in a variety of situations. It looks quite amusing so I am going to give it a go. Although I do worry I may forget about it, or put the same books every week. I’ll try not to. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens (or any other natural disaster…you get the drift. ) I know it is now Wednesday but I didn’t have time to finish it yesterday.
I found this really difficult because I love all my books and I wouldn’t know which were more important than the others. However after a lot of thinking, and seeing what others have picked I have managed to narrow it down to ten, so here we go;

1. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter I bought this book on holiday from a very small popular book shop and I have never seen it again so I would like to save as it. Plus it is a really enjoyable and interesting story.

2. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman This book really gets to me as it is a emotional book that grabs your attention and emotions and carries you right to the end. I think it tells a lot of truth about how we lived and in some way stay live and I think it is an important book to save.

3. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian This was one of the first novels I ever read and helped to start my book obsession. I also got it from my friend and consider it worth saving. 

4. Pippy Longstoking  by Astrid Lindgren, Richard Kennedy and Edna Hurup My mum bought me this book when I was a little girl and I haven’t even it finished it yet. I would save it because I want to finish it but also it means a lot to me as my parents said I looked like her when I use to wear my hair in pig tails. 

5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma My reason for saving this one is similar to Noughts & Crosses. I read this book before it was actually released which I love and I really really enjoy reading it. 

6. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank This is a really good book, it tells us about life in a truthful way and makes us realise that we really can’t complain. 

7. The Green Mile by Stephen King I haven’t finished this book, and I love the film so I would save it so I could finally finish it. 

8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer This book started off my obsession with series books, but it is also my most read book as all my friends read my copy so I would save it for its because of that as well as being a good book. 

9. Journey to the Edge of the World by Billy Connolly My boyfriend bought me this book Christmas just passed as I had looked at it every time I seen it and I really like Billy Connolly. 

10. my Kindle It may be cheating but my kindle is really important to me, it helps me save money cause I love to buy books and there are a lot of interesting ones on there you can’t find in shops. I would have to save this cause I have put a lot of time and money into it that I don’t want to lose. 

I am still not convinced that I am happy with my list but it will have to do for now.

The Cay

I was in Primary 7 when I first heard this book. Our teacher read it to us which I thought was weird cause we were 11. Despite that I really enjoyed it and decided recently to read it again.

This time round it wasn’t the same, however I am a fair bit older now. It is till a good book though. It is the story of a young boy living on an american island during the second world war. During this time his island is being attacked and his mother decides to take him make to the mainland for safety. However their ship is hit by a German submarine and he ends up on a raft with an old, black man. The story tell us of how they come across the Cay and survive for months after the attack. It tells us about acceptance of people we do not understand and how much we rely on human company. It is a book for people around 8 – 11 but I enjoyed re-reading it.

Divergent

I wasn’t sure what I expected when I bought this book but it is fair to say that I am glad I did.

Divergent is the story of a girl living in a futuristic Chicago, where people are separated into groups called factions. The different factions live differently as they believe different things lead to the worlds problems and in living together they groups complement each other. The main character Tris is 16, the age where teenagers chose to stay in the faction they are born in or move to another. Tris however is not an order girl and this makes her decision a rather difficult one.
The story tells us about her decision and the consequences she has to face because of it. The good and the bad ones. She makes friends, and enemies but also become part of a bigger problem effecting the whole city.

I really, really enjoyed this book, I guess may more so because I wasn’t particularly expecting anything from it. I really liked the idea and the characters. I would definitely recommend this book.

The Clothes on Their Backs

I can’t decide if I liked this book or not.

It is the story of a girl born to Hungarian refugees living in London. As a child she receives a visit from her uncle who she never knew existed however her parents are unkind to him and they don’t get to meet. However as she grows up she is curious of her parents past which they wont tell her and so she eventually comes to work for her uncle. During this time she learns a lot about him and her history and gets involved in living however it ends fatally.

The story is told by her after the death of her parents. She goes into a second hand clothes store were she runs into some history and buys a new dress. Throughout the book there is reference to her outfits and how they made her feel. I think the story is trying show how clothes can make us feel and remember.

The book was quite difficult for me to read as I don’t like books written for adults but there were some good idea’s in it.

The Key

book 3

The third and final book in the Guardians of Time trilogy sees the the prophecy for filled and a battle between good and evil. In this book our narrators are changed again and we are now hearing the thoughts of Matt and Rochelle. These voices allow us to experience all sides of the war and the sacrifices made during its course. The book sees the moral world met with the immortal as unearthly creatures start to make their way into our world. There is little time travel in this book as it focuses on the battle the previous books have been building too. However there are many twists and turns on the way as secrets are revealed to us and characters themselves. It fills you with suspicions and desires for the characters but in the end their fate it already set. I found the ending of the book very picturesque however I have not made up my mind yet if it was too sudden or not.

The Dark

book 2

Book 2 in The Guardians of Time books took on a new narrator. This time it was from the point of view of Isabel and Arkarian. Arkarian is one of the named that has been living the life for a long time and looks of the younger members of the Guard.

In this book the team continue to fight of the Goddess of Chaos however she is picked up the pace in her revenge for her lover. With Arkarian in danger after a bizare trip to the past the young guard members take a big risk to safe his life. This brings in a new sphere to the worlds and a lot more danger. It introduces new characters on the other side and more in depth knowledge of the past of the characters we already feel for. We learn about what gives power to the Goddess and enter her world full of strange and bizare creatures and magic. However when they leave that world they leave a plot line open for the next book.

The book also sees some of the characters realise some of the things we already know and new gifts are given to one of our young guards.