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I love to read, and when I read a book I love I write a review about it! Please bear in mind that I’m not a professional reviewer, neither is it the main purpose of this blog. I do not get paid for my reviews, neither can you bribe me into writing a positive review for a book I didn’t enjoy (then again, no one has tried to offer me cookies before…)

Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.”

What I thought:

Fair warning, friends – there’s a big spoiler lower down. If you’ve read this book ignore my warning, but if you’ve yet to read it you may want to skip it. I’ve marked it accordingly so you can’t miss it 🙂

I find reviewing classics difficult. Raise your hands if you don’t know anything about Frankenstein? No one? My point exactly! I always worry a classic will be hard to read, but this was easy to get into and I enjoyed it–right up until the end which was anti-climactic and left me feeling let down. The spoiler explains why, but I do recommend you skip it if you haven’t read the book yet. Unless you don’t mind spoilers, of course 🙂

Frankenstein is about a young man obsessed with the need to create something he believed would be an end to all sickness, but who was so repulsed with the result that he rejected it. Things escalated from there, and his creation sought to destroy his life and everyone he loved. It’s a reminder that just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

And that’s the plot in a nutshell, really! 🙂

I felt sorry for the monster. Rejected by the man who created him, all he wants is to be accepted and loved rather than feared and rejected by the rest of society. That doesn’t sound unreasonable to me. It’s what everyone wants, after all, but not only does Frankenstein reject the monster, he also gives him hope just to shatter it later. Anyone would be angry after that, right?

Now, look away if you don’t want the ending spoiled:

SPOILER The whole plot builds toward this epic fight between creator and creation. Frankenstein himself wonders several times how he can possibly win since his creation is so much stronger and faster, he only knows that he has to defeat his creation. So, when Frankenstein dies of sickness and exhaustion at the end of the book without even facing his creation one last time, I felt somewhat let down. The monster itself sails out to sea never to be seen again. Nothing gets resolved. If you’re a writer and have wondered why anything you foreshadow needs to be realised, here’s an excellent example. SPOILER END

So, while I enjoyed the book, I was also disappointed with the end. It’s incredible that Shelley wrote it when she was a teenager, but I still feel like I was robbed of this one thing she promised.


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WWW Wednesday 15th November 2017

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There hasn’t been much any movement since my last post, so this will be quick!

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Godsgrave

I’m fewer than 30 pages away from the end as I’m preparing this post on Tuesday, and I don’t want it to end!! IT’S SO GOOD, FRIENDS! My books look up to this with unrivalled hero worship<3

My review will follow next week Thursday once I’ve made sense of my feelings.

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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What I recently finished reading

… Nothing. *ahem*

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What I think I’ll read next

The Language of Thorns

I’m still really looking forward to this. The way I’m getting through Godsgrave I’ll either start it today or tomorrow at the latest. The illustrations are so stunning and Leigh Bardugo is my queen, so I can’t wait to get to it.

Then again, I don’t want to finish Godsgrave so I have mixed feelings.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Heralding

WonderWoman Warbringer will have to wait while I read this ARC <3 My thanks to the author for sending me a copy. I loved the prequel Eleonore last year and can’t wait to get to this! It’s on my kindle ready and waiting ^-^

Blurb:

Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

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Review: Daughters of the Oak by Becky Wright

“1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…”

What I thought:

I read The Manningtree Account earlier this year and was very intrigued by the story Wright tells, all the more so because it’s based on actual history. I was really excited to read the extended edition, and definitely not just because I got a signed copy <3 *purrs*

There were several new parts in Daughters of the Oak. The new beginning adds interesting background info to the three women haunting the present, and the new last chapter adds a chilling ending to the book. The way the final chapter ends makes me think that there might be a chilling spin-off in the future!

While I was interested in the new backstory and learning what ultimately led to the haunting, I enjoyed the chapters in the present more. Great care was taken in imitating the language of the time which made it sound more authentic, but it also made it harder for me to get into the story.

Usually, horror and I don’t get on, but this wasn’t outright terrifying as much as it was disturbing and a little unsettling. It worked really well for the story and meant that I could read it without losing any sleep, which is a miracle given how easily I scare 😛

If you’d like to know more about the history involved, Wright includes a short lesson on the years she’s drawn from at the back. Knowing this book is based on actual events made it more chilling for me and I appreciated the insight at the end.

The only thing I’d say is that it could have done with fewer commas. There were far too many, and as an author and editor myself the overuse was annoying me a bit.

If you’re a fan of horror and books set in our history but can’t usually cope with the genre like me, then I recommend you try this one!


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Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

“The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Dracula probes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.”

What I thought:

I always find it harder to review classics, because you’ve either read this already, or you haven’t but know what it’s about anyway because everyone does but don’t care to read it for various reasons. No one’s going to be surprised if I say that Dracula is the original vampire novel, right?

So I won’t bore you with what the book is about, and hop straight to the review 🙂 If you do have questions about the plot, ask away.

(Oh, also, I was an idiot and forgot to note down quotes for this review, so it’ll lack in that regard – what I do have might include spoilers, so be careful with them)

I loved the first few chapters, especially Harker’s journey to Dracula’s castle. I did roll my eyes a couple of times thinking ‘ugh, cliche’, and then remembered that Bram Stoker is the genius who invented these cliches. So if this seems full of cliches to you remember it’s only because everyone else copied him 😛

The only bits I wasn’t sure about were Mina’s diary entries, but later on it became clear how they were relevant.

I am too miserable, too low-spirited, too sick of the world and all in it, including life itself, that I would not care if I heard this moment the flapping of the wings of the angel of death. And he has been flapping those grim wings to some purpose of late – Lucy’s mother and Arthur’s father, and now…

When I read classics, I always worry that the writing style will be too different to modern novels and that I’ll struggle to get into it because of this, but that wasn’t the case here. Dracula was easy to read and follow (a few paragraphs written in heavy accent notwithstanding) and even though the writing obviously isn’t modern, I didn’t find it difficult. The paragraphs spanning an entire page could have been shorter, but the story was engaging enough that they didn’t bug me too much. The descriptions were beautifully atmospheric and made it easy to imagine everything in vivid detail.

The only thing that surprised me which you might not expect is that Dracula himself doesn’t feature more. He acts behind the scenes throughout the book and is behind just about every event, but he doesn’t appear actively often. Everything happens because he makes it happen, but he possibly has the fewest lines out of all the characters.

Reading a book knowing it’s the story that started all these other incredible stories was special, and I think I enjoyed it for that alone. It’s not often you read a book that created a genre!

If you’ve been wanting to read more classics and happen to like horror and/or vampire books, this could be an excellent starting point. The writing is easy to follow, the plot engaging, and it is the vampire novel that started it all 😉


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I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Goodreads listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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WWW 1st November 2017

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HAPPY NANOWRIMO, FRIENDS! 😀 Who’s excited? 😀

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Godsgrave

NaNoWriMo Read 1/3 is Godsgrave <3 I’ve been excited to read this ever since I read Nevernight earlier this year, and even though I’ve only just started this I’m deeply (read: DEEPLY!) in love with it. I couldn’t have picked a better novel to see me through the first half of NaNo <3 <3 <3

Blurb:

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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What I recently finished reading

Frankenstein

I enjoyed it and it was much easier to read than you might expect from a classic (I know I’m always worried that the writing style will be too difficult), but I’m definitely happy to read modern books again now, too. Two classics a month is plenty 😛

Blurb:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

Daughters of the Oak

I flew through the rest of Daughters of the Oak in the end. While I didn’t like it as much as the original version, The Manningtree Account, I did enjoy it and it made for a perfect little October read. Plus, it’s a signed copy, which is always a plus 😀

I’m a bit behind, but hopefully my reviews for Frankenstein and Daughters of the Oak will follow soon.

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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What I think I’ll read next

The Language of Thorns

This shall be NaNoWriMo read 2/3 <3 I love Leigh Bardugo, so it’s only fitting that two of her books are on my NaNo reading list. I’m fairly sure I won’t get through all three, but this one is short and the illustrations are stunning, so I gave it priority over WonderWoman – Warbringer.

Blurb:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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Review: Skye by Liz Meldon (All In #3)

“Skye Summers: A sugar baby no more.”

What I thought:

After I devoured the first two books in this trilogy of steamy novellas, I couldn’t wait to read Book 3. I always highly anticipate Meldon’s books and this one didn’t disappoint, either!

I love the blurb – it’s short, to the point, gives nothing away, and makes perfect sense if you’ve read the first two! It may be short but it’s enough!

Skye’s head snapped in the direction of the door, eyes widening at the sound of an all-too-familiar voice–one she hadn’t heard for over a month, but sometimes whispered naughty things in her dreams.

It picks up shortly after Cole, Book 2 in this series, ended, and progresses well from there. Skye hates the position she’s in and she hates not talking to either man. When she runs into Finn, she realises she can’t live without them – but she has no idea how she’d make it work. Meanwhile, Finn and Cole have already come to a decision in their own time; all Skye needs to do is listen, but she’s not ready for the conversation she thinks would follow.

Skye no longer has a choice but to talk to both when her cat Ozzie isn’t well and HOW DARE YOU HURT THE CAT, MELDON! You expect to feel certain things when you pick up an erotic romance, but heartache isn’t supposed to be one of them -.- Not for poor pets, anyway -.- HOW DARE YOU! My heart broke when Skye called Cole, the three words she said to him were enough to make me cry. HOW DARE– You get the idea. I know this book isn’t about Skye’s cat, but as a cat owner myself it made me feel all the things. I didn’t put it down after that because I wanted to know if Ozzie was going to be all right 😛 And no, I won’t tell you. Spoilers and all that. You can totally suffer as I suffered.

It really was a crime that they hadn’t kissed sooner. Skye had always made him brave, but kissing her–it was like she made him superhuman.

This trilogy ended on a high after Finn and Cole finally talked to Skye, who didn’t have a choice but to listen since both men slept over in her apartment after a stressful night at the vet. If you’ve been following this trilogy like I have you’ll be thrilled with the way it ended!

Please be advised that this is an erotic romance and definitely not suited to younger readers.

Since each sequel builds on the book before, I recommend you read them in order. I read Skye in one sitting, and since every book is a novella you could read the whole trilogy in one day if you had enough time.

Skye is out on November 1st, so hurry to Amazon and pre-order your copy now!


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Review: The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

“As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.”

What I thought:

It’s double review day, friends! I’ve got an erotic romance coming up later, but for now I’ve got a book on writing for you 🙂

The Plot Thickens was useful and I definitely took some notes, but as you may know by now I like my theory books funny, and this wasn’t that. It actually reminded me a little bit of that one teacher everyone had who has great info but who isn’t a great speaker. I learnt, but it was a little dry for me. Which is a shame since I really liked The First Five Pages by the same author.

One of the chief functions of multidimensionality is to make a work more realistic, to make it easier for us to relate to the person. It is hard for us to relate to the perfect man. But throw a few faults in, and he becomes more like us.

Having said that, this is great if you need help getting into your characters’ heads. It lists loads of questions you could be asking to either figure them out completely or just to fill in the gaps.

There is some magical element in storytelling, something mysterious that we’ll never label. It is the most powerful form of human creation. It is thought on the page, and few things of this Earth are more powerful than thought.

It all lies before you on the blank page. From your mind to your hands to the keys. Nothing is stopping you from changing the world.

I do feel like it was mostly centred around character creation and development, so if you want help with either of those you’ll find this useful.


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Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files, #2)

“Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.”

What I thought:

I meant to have this review up last week but life got busy. You all know how it is, right? You’ll forgive me if I throw cookies at you?

This is difficult to review without including spoilers; there are loads of things I want to talk about but I can’t because it would spoil Illuminae for you. My review will be shorter for that reason 🙂

“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”

One of my favourite things about Gemina was Hanna’s drawings. I can’t draw to save my life, but I love seeing other people’s drawings and Hanna’s were beautiful. They added a very personal touch to the book, and they were lovely to look at to boot! What more can you want? 😀 I especially loved them because the little blood stain in the corner told a little story of its own. Every time we saw a page from her diary, the blood stain got a little bigger and you worry about whose blood it’s going to be.

I’m not sure if it was the characters or their situation (which is just as deadly, by the way – they’re not dancing around in cotton, exactly) or just that Illuminae has slaughtered all my feelings and left no survivors, but Gemina didn’t hurt as much. There was one scene that got to me more than the others, and that’s when Nik told Hanna about his dog Billy. That one hurt. It hurt a lot.

Hurting she might be, but Hanna Donnelly was raised by a man who thought talking military tactics was a fun way to spend daddy-daughter time. And judging by the set of her jaw, she’s ready to change the rules of the game.

I love how this series is slowly building up to the great finale through the little bits outside the files and video footage. You know, the ones at the very beginning and the very end. The ones with–oh, wait. Right. Spoilers.

Damn it 😛

I’m really excited for Obsidio to come out next year. I don’t usually pre-order books but I will pre-order this one, and I will be ready for it when it arrives! This series is a must if you love strong characters and excellent story telling. A love for sci-fi probably helps but the characters are so strong I don’t think it’s necessary – when your favourites keep dying it doesn’t matter where they do it, you hurt either way.


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WWW 18th October 2017

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

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I’m a bit later than usual today since my release week takes priority, and I didn’t want to post twice in one hour 🙂

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

Daughters of the Oak

It’s taking me longer than I hoped to get through this. I haven’t got as much time to read this week , otherwise I’d be finishing it today :/ I’m enjoying it and I’d love to give it more of my time, but there’s too much going on at the moment :/ I’m still hoping to finish it this week so I can squeeze three books into October, but it might be tight.

Blurb:

1646 – The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

Lies, secrets, and treachery, it seems, are never forgotten.
Welcome to Manningtree…

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What I recently finished reading

Dracula

This wasn’t entirely what I expected, but in a good way. I expected Dracula to feature a lot more actively rather than just behind the scenes since the book is, you know, named after him, and it wasn’t as difficult to read as some books of that time. I actually found it very easy to read! It just took me a while because the font is relatively small and a lot of the paragraphs take up most if not all of the page.

Blurb:

The vampire novel that started it all, Bram Stoker’s Draculaprobes deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England—an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his “Master”—culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries.

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What I think I’ll read next

Frankenstein

This is a maybe. I’m not getting through Daughters of the Oak as quickly as I thought I would because I’ve had less time to read, and I don’t want this month’s read to spill over too much into November since I’ll need my NaNo reading to get me through the month.

So, depending on when I finish Daughters of the Oak, I may or may not read Frankenstein next.

Blurb:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files, #1)

“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”

What I thought:

Well, this was insane. Naturally, my only notes are useless, so this’ll have to be it. Bye, then! 😛

I’ve never owned such a beautiful, delicately designed book before! There are no chapters, but there are diary entries, chat messages, emails, security footage, and the mind of an insane AI. Oh, also a list of names of people who died followed by their portraits (this takes up six or eight pages), a countdown to inevitable doom, and the final messages of people who know they are about to die to their loved ones. The latter got to me more than the rest, even, but let me make it clear: Illuminae is one insane, emotional ride. I needed to recover when I was done, and then I jumped straight into Gemina (Book #2), because apparently my feels haven’t been stepped on enough already.

“Tell them I was thinking of them. At the end.”

They pile onto him. All snarls and teeth and fists.

But as he falls, I am holding his hand.

Easing him into his long good night.

“I will tell them, David.”

The last words he will ever hear.

“I promise.”

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Am I not merciful?

This will tear your heart out and laugh while you’re bleeding. I’ve popped it straight onto my forever shelf in case I ever need a sudden burst of inspiration/tears.

Most unexpectedly of all, it’s answered all the questions I couldn’t about my sci-fi WIP. Sometimes you read one sentence, hear one song, talk to one person, and it fills all the plot holes in your own work. Illuminae did that for my sci-fi WIP. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve struggled with every aspect of it since shortly after I created this blog. Illuminae fixed it, so if that’s not proof it’s made of magic… 😛

… was going to propose when I got home, and I’m sorry for waiting so long. I’m sorry for the whole mess with Amalia, and for everything that happened at Kara’s birthday, and…I’m just sorry. I thought I had more time to make it better…

In case you haven’t guessed it from the quotes – a lot of people die in this book. George R. R. Martin has nothing on these two, you hear? Nothing. So don’t get attached to anyone, and get your tissues and chocolates ready.

If you want to read a book that’ll make you feel something (granted, most of those feelings will be pain…), read this one. I read all 599 pages in four days. I read an entire third on Monday, and another whole third on Tuesday. This is good, friends. It will hook you; just don’t forget it’s only doing that so it can destroy you later 🙂


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