The Ask and The Answer

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.

Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.

But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? 
And where is Viola? Is she even still alive?
And who are the mysterious Answer?

And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

When Todd and Viola finally reached Haven things didn’t pan out the way they had expected. Now they have been separated again but both are fighting to find one another. The problem is is that the Mayor has other idea’s for Todd.  Put to work with his son Davy, they have work to do to learn how things are going to be done from now on in preparation for the arrival of Viola’s ship. The mayor also knows that Viola is the key to controlling Todd and he soon finds himself doing things he would never have imagined.

Viola however isn’t having any easier a time. Put to work as a healer she is being looked after by someone that has just as much determination as the Mayor. Someone who is just as manipulating and knows that Viola has no where else to go.

Though they may have their doubts about one another when chaos begins to break out in New Prentisstown they still fight to find one another but will it be enough?.

I really enjoyed the second book in this series. It carried on well from where the first book left off and we got to see how Todd’s character has developed from everything he had been through. I think all the characters in this book are well written and it makes it easy to connect with story. I also think the books are well written. I particularly liked this book  because we got to read chapters written from Viola’s point of view. I wasn’t sure how they what exactly was going to happen with this book or how it was going to end but it wasn’t at all disappointing. I think the last book may be a bit more violent considering the end of this book but I am looking forward to reading it as there a few things left to resolve.

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2012 End of Year Book Survey

I have been thinking about review my bookish year on my blog for the past month and came across this lovely survey created by The Perpetual Page-Turner that she has been creating for the past few years. With New Year almost here and this being my first year as I blogger I am going to use it to look back over my year and hopefully relive some great moments. I think overall it’s been a good year and that includes for my reading and blogging.

Best in Books 2012

1. Best Book Read in 2012? There was an option to put these books but genre but I think I do havea  favourite book of this year and that’s  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I’m not sure why I loved this book because in theory its a girly love story but I just couldn’t put it down.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t? I was so looking forward to reading Warm Bodies by Issac Marion this summer but sadly I  felt like it lacked energy.

3. Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2012? Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver The first book in this series was a bit disappointing so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second book however it was written slightly differently and it was so much better. 

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book was recommended to me by a friend and since I’ve read it I have told everyone I know who loves reading about it. 

5. Best series you discovered in 2012? This question depends on if it is a new series that isn’t finished yet or a whole one you only read this year.  I think I’m going to say the Divergent series by Veronica Roth though as this was the first dystopian I picked up after The Hunger Games and it matched up to it for me.

6.Favourite new author you discovered in 2012? It’s hard to pick a favourite because some authors I read more books of that other’s but I am going to say Jamie McGuire and Patrick Ness

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? The Black Pear  by Allan Porter This free kindle book was just something that sounded a bit different and I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was totally different from everything else I have read else I had read and I really enjoyed it. 

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson This book has you questioning everyone and their motives in it the whole way through and the end will still surprise you. 

9. Book you read in 2012 that you are most likely to re-read next year? Slated by Teri Terry I feel I didn’t really understand the ending of this book so I am going to re-read it before the next book in the series comes out. 

10. Favourite cover of a book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

11. Most memorable character of a book you read in 2012? This is also a difficult question I don’t think I can narrow it down to one. Katniss from The Hunger Games of course is one but also Travis from Beautiful Disaster, Link from the Caster Chronicles and Harmony from Bumped.

12. Most beautifully written book you read in 2012? Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein I find this really hard to answer but I have gone for this book because it handled war and the reality of being a prisoner of war really well. 

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews This was the most intense book I have ever written and there was so many moments in it that till fill me with emotion. 

14. Book you can’t believe you waiting until 2012 to finally read? This one is quite easy to answer really there is The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am finally able to say I have read Jane Austen and I can now count my self as a true book lover.

15. Favourite quote/passage from a book you read in 2012?

“In approved places, every story serves a purpose. But forbidden books are so much more. Some of them are webs; you can feel your way along their threads, but just barely, into strange and dark corners. Some of them are balloons bobbing up through the sky: totally self-contained, and unreachable, but beautiful to watch.
And some of them- the best ones- are doors.”

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver pg 152

16. Shortest & Longest books you read in 2012? Callum  by Malorie Blackman was shortest at only 66 pages and the longest was re-reading Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer at 756 pages.

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to someone about? This in an interesting question, I think I will have to say Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, it was full of scenes that had my heart pounding and my mind racing.

18. Favourite relationship from a book you read in 2012? I have two answers for this one, my favourite friendship was between Queenie and Maddie from Code Name Verity. My favourite romance however was between Link and Ridley from the Caster Chronicles because it was so dysfunctional yet you could tell they really felt something more for one another.

19. Favourite book from an author you read previously?  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer, I finally got around to reading it and I was surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed it. 

20. Best book you read based solely on a recommendation from someone else? The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Ever since I started blogging I have read continuous good reviews about this book so I got it out of the library to give it a shot and I had to agree with all the good comments I had read. 

Book Blogging/Reading Life 2012

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012? The Broke and The Bookish is by far my favourite blog of this year because it allowed me to discover lots of other people who blog about books and brought people to my blog.

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012? This is really hard to answer as I am still not totally sure what makes a good post but I think my review of Flowers in the Attic is good because I had so much emotion still in me from reading it when I wrote it. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog? I didn’t have many discussions on my blog, just comments that I replied to. hopefully next year I can change that. 

4. Most thought provoking review or discussion you read on someone else blog? Jacket Musings: Gemma Malley by Words and Pieces I really liked this post cause it brought about the fact that books are judged by their covers.

5. Best event you participated in? This year I went back to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for this first time in years and I had a great time. 

6. Best moment of book blogging 2012? Because this is my first year of blogging my favourite part has been getting comments, every one I get excites me still. 

7. Most popular post this year on your blog? I have picked the post for most popular based on comments so with 10 comments by top post was Top Ten Tuesday – Freebie – Top Ten Classics I Want To Read.

8. Post you wished got a little more love? I think this one has to be my movie review of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 because the film really surprised me and filled me with excitement I really want to know what other people thought of the film.

9. Best bookish discovery? The Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish as it has really helped me fill my blog and improve my reviews. 

10. Did you complete and reading challenges/goals that you had set yourself at the beginning of this year? My only challenge this year was the Goodread’s 2012 Reading Challenge. I had set myself the goal of 75 books and I am currently on book 84.

Looking Ahead

1. One book you didn’t get round to read in 2012 but will be your number 1 priority in 2013? This year I discovered dystopian and picked up Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I haven’t read it yet but I got it as a Christmas present and can’t wait to get started on it.

2. Book you are most anticipating in 2013? Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly is due out at sometime next year though the date keeps getting moved. I can’t wait to see how this series will end. 

3. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging 2013? I have a few challenges for next year but I think what I really want to do is read more classics, I think I will aim for at least 6 as this allows me to do some of the other bookish challenges I have signed up for. 

I hope everyone has a great New Year and enjoys a bookish 2013!

Friday Finds 28/12

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

With Christmas just passed I haven’t been looking at new books really this week so I have only one new find today.

 

  • In The Window Room by Steven J. Carroll

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

Happy Christmas – Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Freebie – Top Ten Bookish Gifts – Top Ten Christmas Movies

Merry Christmas !!! Hope You are having a great day and have been given lots of books from Santa 🙂

As it is Christmas today, this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books Freebie as I am sure there will be lots of people who wont be posting today because they are having lots of fun. I must admit I probably wont be on my blog today but thanks to the power of scheduling I actually wrote this post over a month ago.

In keeping with the theme of they day my list today is my Top Ten Bookish Gifts. These my 10 favourite book/ book related gifts I have received, and one I am hoping Santa may bring this year.

1. M.Edge Reading Light 

This light is designed to go along with my kindle cover but it also make a great general reading light. There is a slit in my cover for the light to slip in by there is also a bit on it so you can add it to the cover of a paper back too making it good for any kind of reading. The other great thing about it that there is three different strengths of light so it is totally versatile. 

2. Dictionary

This is possibly my favourite bookish gift ever. I have been given a dictionary as a gift twice in my life and both of them I have loved. I have always had issues spelling so it is very useful for that but I also love it because I love words. I’m not sure why but it is interesting how so many words exist and when you are reading a book and come across new words I know I have my dictionary handy to look them up. 

3. Kindle

 There is much debate among book lovers over e-readers but because I was going camping for three week I really needed a more convenient way to be able to read. I do love my kindle because it saves me so much space and weight when travelling but also money as the books are cheaper and you get some interesting free reads. 

4. M.Edge Kindle Cover 

After I got my kindle I was desperate for a cover for it because it felt wrong not being able to hold it like a real book. This is a really sturdy cover but still looks stylish.

5. Roald Dhal Treasury 

I have had this book for a long time and have lost the dust cover for it but I love it. It is full of extracts from his books, some of his shorter stories and information about him and his illustrator. It is a lovely gift for someone who loves his work and is still available today. 

6. Am I Bovvered The Catherine Tate Show Scripts 

The Catherine Tate Show was one of my favourites when I was a young teenager and I went through a phase of quoting the more well known catchphrases. 

7. Italian Key Phrases Bookmark 

This was a gift given to me before I went to Italy for the first time. It’s full of really useful phrases and with the magnet on it meant that I could put it in the book I was reading there and not loose it.

8. The Jane Austen Complete Collection

I have still never read any of these books but I love having them all because I do want to read them eventually.

9. The Chronicles of Narnia 

Santa brought me this collection last year after I put it on my list. The films are always shown at Christmas and I really wanted something to read the had a Christmas feel too it. I am only two stories in but hopefully this Christmas I’ll get a bit further. 

10. Personal Library Kit 

This is the one that is on my list for this year. I am always loaning books to my friends who then take them off to uni and would be great to be able to keep track of them.

As a little extra I am also putting up my Top Ten Favourite Christmas Movies. If I am honest I usually watch films around Christmas rather than read. I haven’t read many Christmas themed books so it is Christmas films that really get me in the spirit. For are change, here are my favourites IN ORDER!

1. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

This will always be my favourite Christmas film, I love Mara Wilson’s character, she is so clever for her age but still so young and full of hope. I also think Richard Attenborough makes the best Santa.

2. The Santa Clause

This play on words make this film a great watch, I love the idea that it really is a clause.

3. Fred Clause

Being the brother of Santa must be really hard work and this film shows that in a comic way.

4. Santa Who

Imagine the chaos if Santa really did loose his memory?

5. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

I’m not sure if this really counts as a Christmas movie but it is also played around Christmas time and so it always puts me in the Christmas spirit. I think because it is also about having a little faith in something magical that makes so many happy.

6. Mary Poppins

I know this isn’t a Christmas film at all but this is also one that is played around Christmas. It’s another one with a little bit or magic to it.

7. The Greatest Store In The World (1999 BBC Film)

I can remember seeing this for the first time on CBBC and thinking it was actually quite scary. The men that are trying to rob the store still freak me out. But it shows how all parents will do anything to give their kids some sort of magic at Christmas and it will also remind me of being a kid at Christmas.

8. Elf

This is just a really fun feel good film and after my Religion teacher went on about it for a whole year it will always remind me of her.

9. Jack Frost (1998)

When we were little we use to all watch this together at Christmas time. Although I like other films now to put my in the mood for Christmas I feel it is tradition still to watch this.

10. The Santa Clause 2

As is often the case with sequels this film isn’t as good as the first but is till a good film and make me feel Christmasy.

Hope Everyone is Having A Great Day. Happy Holidays.

Friday Finds 21/12

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

Amazingly my list this week is just too books, and they are just Novella’s. I have to admit I am quite proud of myself. I also finally picked up The Book Thief at Waterstones so looking forward to reading that too.

 

  • Abandon Changes by John M. Cusick
  • Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?

Pride and Prejudice – Finally Loosing My Jane Austen Virginity

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twntieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

I can finally call myself a true book read as I have at least completed a Jane Austen book!. It has always shamed me that I hadn’t but called myself a book lover and so I decided I would finally read one and chose Pride and Prejudice from the advice of my friends. The story is about the Bennets, in particular the second oldest daughter Elizabeth. Mrs Bennet wants all her children to marry well and at the start of the book she is hopeful that her too oldest daughters will soon for fill her desires. When Mr Bingley moves in near by with his sisters and friend Mr Darcy Elizabeth soon make an opinion on how proud Mr Darcy but she does approve of her sisters affection for Mr Bingley. However things don’t go to plan and Elizabeth is saddened to see her sister lose a potential husband more than worrying about her than herself. Fate has a different plan though and through social interacts even as she travels she continually comes into contact with Mr Darcy. She soon learns that things she has heard about him are not exactly what they seem and her affections begin to change.

I was pleased when I started this book to find that I really enjoyed it. I could see the comedy that was suggested in the blurb but I also found the language easier than I had previously when trying to read Austen’s work. Maybe because I am a bit older or maybe just because I wanted to read it so much but I got into the story and although it took my a while to read enjoyed the plot. Mr Darcy is like the original bad boy that nobody approves of to start with but Elizabeth soon finds is exactly what she has been look for. I have to admit that when I was reading it I was thinking of how they characters would be in a modern book and that helped me a lot to enjoy they story. My friend was most amused when I told her I thought of Darcy like Travis from Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.

When I thought about it I realised I actually didn’t know what happened in the story and I enjoyed it thoroughly the whole way through. I would definitely recommend this to anyone starting to get into classic’s or Jane Austen as this a book with comedy, plot and great characters.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Book I Read In 2012

Carry on the theme of reviewing the years reading this week The Broke and The Bookish have suggested our Top Ten Favourite Books of 2012. With a big list to chose from piking just ten could be quite a difficult task but there are a few books that have just blown me away this year and have to go on this list.

1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

2.Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

3. Divergent  by Veronica Roth

4. The Black Pear  by Alan Porter

5. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

6. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner  by Stephenie Meyer

7. Slated by Teri Terry

8. Out of Sight, Out of Time  by Ally Carter

9. Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews

10. Catching Fire  by Suzanne Collins

The Deja Vu Review – A Classic – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

The Deja Vu Review is a Meme hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide that gives us the chance to review books that we read before we became book bloggers. A theme is suggested each week to help us pick a book from our past we might want to rave about. This week our topic is a classic. As I have said many times whilst blogging I am ashamed that I haven’t read very many classics, however I did find something that is perfect for this week.

 

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.

This story was one we had to read for English in 5ht year and I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. It isn’t really a particularly long story however there was enough going on to keep you gripped through the whole story in one sitting. Dr Jekyll is a well-respected man in London however he isn’t totally satisfied with his life. This leads to him experimenting with a potion that will turn his life upside down. When Mr Hyde is released the violent side of Jekyll that had been locked away causes grief throughout London that when returned to normal Jekyll can’t hide from. However this is just the start of his problems as he is about to lose all control.

When I started this book I was taken in by how different the story was to everything else I has been reading. The mysterious nature of Jekyll’s life was easy to read about and I think the story was the perfect length to give the resolve all the issues that arose. It is a few years ago now that I read it so I can’t remember all the things that I happened in the book but I would definitely recommend it as a first classic to read.

Friday Finds 14/12

Friday Find is a meme I found through Should Be Reading. It is a weekly post where you share the book titles you discovered or heard about during the past week. These can be books you were told about,  discovered while browsing online or you bought.

I may have gotten a bit carried away this week with adding new books to my to-read list. Between last weeks Friday Finds and Monday I had already added 11 book. Here are this weeks finds;

           

  • Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse
  • Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan
  • Torn by David Massey
  • Girls, Stolen by April Henry
  • The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf
  • Trackman by Catriona Child
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
  • Cut by Patricia McCormick
  • Willow by Julia Hoban
  • Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sister’s Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

What Books Have You Discovered This Week?