Category Archives: Book “Reviews”

La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman (10 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: La Belle Sauvage.

Author: Phillip Pullman.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Scholastic (UK).

Website: http://www.phillip-pullman.com

Format: Available in hardback, an ebook, and as an audiobook (paperback will be available at some point).

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

Age Range: 10 years and over, if you are younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.

This is the first book in The Book of Dust series, which is a companion to the His Darkest Materials series.

 

This first book is a sequel to the original books in His Darkest Materials, set ten years before Northern Lights. It is all about how Lyra grew up before her adventures in the original books, and how she was protected as a young child.

The book asks a lot of questions about spirituality and our place in the universe, which is what has made these stories so fascinating for me. Perhaps it is the Ravenclaw in me; because I have a very questioning and curious personality, and I think the only way humanity grows is by asking questions and searching for answers. It can be scary to do that of course, because the answers can be very profound and change everything, but if our ancestors never sort out truth our civilisation would be non-existent. So all-in-all, it is a series of books I think will be popular for making its readers think.

The next book in the series is called The Secret Commonwealth, though I am not sure when it will be released (I am guessing 2018 or 2019).

 

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” Euripides.

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Hunters by Robert J. Crane (16 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Hunters.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).

Website: http://www.robertjcrane.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 16 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 15th book in the Out of the Box series.

 

Living in exile in London, Sienna must keep her end of a bargain with the British government to secretly police Meta-Human crime in return for asylum. So when a series of murders take place in Scotland that could only have been done by a Meta-Human, Sienna jets off to catch the culprit.

But from the begining she knows that this case will be complicated, by the fact that the criminal is obviously a Sucubus like her; which means that she will be related to them somehow. Not to mention that Wolfe, the first and most vicsious voice in her head, is acting strange. He knows something, but isn’t spilling the beans, and Sienna is filled with doubt because she knows what will happen if this unknown Succubus is more powerful than she is.

When the two meet, Sienna learns just how scary it is for the rest of the world to come up againts someone like her.

On a personal note, I have loved reading a book set in Edinburgh as it is my most favourite city in the whole world.

The next book in the series is called Badder.

 

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (8 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition.

Author: J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK).

Website: www.jkrowling.com

Format: Available in hardback only.

Cost for Hardback (RRP): £30 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 8 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the third book in the Illustrated Harry Potter series.

 

So, the third Harry Potter book has now been released in an illustrated edition, and I have spent the weekend reading it. It has the same illustrator as the previous two, so the illustrations are still remarkable. My favourites are one of some Dementors, Sirius Black as a dog, and a tortoise half transfigured into a tea-pot. The story is exactly the same of course, but I just like seeing the drawings.

Hopefully you will be able to find a copy cheaper than £30 as I know it can be expensive. I managed to find a copy for £20 in a promotion at a local bookstore.

 

“What’s coming will come and we’ll just have to meet it when it does.” J.K. Rowling.

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A Journey Through A History of Magic

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A new Harry Potter book was published yesterday, and while I haven’t finished reading it yet I couldn’t wait telling you all about it. It is called A Journey Through A History of Magic, and like the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book it is a Hogwarts textbook.

It is full of new facts about the history of the wizarding world and Hogwarts, including more recent history including Harry Potter. It also includes some pretty cool illustrations, and glimpses of manuscripts written by JK Rowling. I am enjoying this book so much that I don’t want to put it down, and I think everyone should be asking for a copy for Christmas.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

 

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber (14 years and over)

Title: Caraval.

Author: Stephanie Garber.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publisher: Hodder (UK

Website: http://stephaniegarberauthor.com/

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

Seeing a performance of Caraval has been Scarlett’s dream for as long as she can remember, but when her father arranges her marriage to a stranger she figures that her dream will never come true. That is until her sister Tella enlists the help of a mysterious sailor to take them to Caraval.

Caraval is a once a year performance where the audience gets to participate, only the Caraval is not the elaborate performance Scarlett thought it was. It is a series of games, that requires Talla to be kidnapped and hunted. Scarlett is left alone in a far away place and surrounded by magic, to figure out how to save the sister she loves so dearly.

 

“Don’t keep reaching for the stars because you’ll just look like an idiot stretching that way for no reason.” Jimmy Fallon.

 

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Kindle in Motion edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

A new interactive version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has been released on Kindle, which features art, animations, and videos. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but a preview is available on Pottermore.

Don’t forget that you don’t need a kindle to buy/read kindle ebooks, as you can get an app for most smart phones and tablets. The cost of the book will depend on which country you are buying it from.

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams.
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Newton’s Fire by Will Adams (14 years and over)

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Title: Newton’s Fire.

Author: Will Adams.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Harper (UK).

Website: http://www.willadams.co.uk

Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £6.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

 

Luke’s career an academic and scholar is in ruins, much like everything else in his life, and is spending his time in an attic searching through old papers regarding Issac Newton. That is when he finds some long forgotten work of the great scientist, that could change the world forever.

Only he is not the only one who knows of this secret knowledge. A powerful priest is on a mission to use this knowledge to strengthen the power of the church. Both men will hunt deep underground beneath London, for a secret that should perhaps be kept secret.

 

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” David Brin.

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