Category Archives: Book “Reviews”

Time Magazine Harry Potter Special Edition

2017 Time 20th anniversary

Time Magazine have published a Special Edition to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter, and I am guessing that it is available everywhere that the magazine is published/on sale. I have spent the last two days reading it, and been reminded of just why I fell in love with the world of Harry Potter.

It is full of little facts and information that is new, but more importantly a reflection on why Harry Potter became so important and inspirational to us. 20 years have passed since the first book made a small entrance into the world, going almost unnoticed by most, but something abut a small boy living in a cupboard under the stairs grew into something so much more than just a story.

I hope you guys manage to get a copy, because I think you will really enjoy it.


“If Harry Potter taught us anything, it’s that no one should live in a closet.” J.K. Rowling.


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (14 years and over)


Title: The Name of the World.

Author: Patrick Rothfuss.

Year of Publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK)..


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

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).

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

This is the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle series.


This series is a must for anyone who loves magic! Kote is an innkeeper, and at first sight he looks unassuming and just like the patrons he serves. But that is about as far from the truth as you can get.

This first book in the series is a story of how a little boy who would otherwise gone forgotten by history rose to live a thousand lives. He has travelled everywhere there is to travel, and became the most notorious magician of the land. Getting expelled, slaying dragons, and hunting down the myths and legends of his world are just the tip of the ice-burg for Kote.

The next book in the series is called The Wise Man’s Fear.


“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” Barrack Obama.


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu (12 years and over)


Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.

Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publisher: Daw Books (UK)..


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

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the first book in The Song of Shattered Sands series.


Sharakhai is the greatest city in the dessert, and is the heart of everything for it’s people; as long as they serve the twelve kings who rule the city. Immortal, powerful, and as cruel as is possible, they reign totally and completely over their people. That is until one night, a girl from the slums named Ceda dares to break the law and venture outside on the Holy night of Beht Zha’ir.

She discovers some very interesting things about the Twelve Kings, and about her ancestry, which could bring down the great city of Sharakhai crashing around her. That is, if the near God-like kings don’t discover what she is up to first.

This was the first book I have read from this author, and I am glad I picked it up. I have really enjoyed this book. The characters are realistic and well written, and the pages are soaked in magic and fantasy. It was well worth the read, and I am looking forward to starting book two.

The next book in the series is called Of Sand and Malice Made.


“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand.


The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (12 years and over)


Title: The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition.

Author: Anne Frank.

Year of publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Puffin (UK)..


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

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.


Like most people, I first learned about Anne Frank in history lessons at high school, but it was a few years after that when I first read her famous diary, and I wish I had read it sooner.

Most of you will already know who Anne Frank was, and why she is famous, so I won’t go into too much detail; other than to say that she is the most famous victim of the Holocaust, and her diary is the account of her time in hiding before being caught and sent to the concentration camps to die.

It is a book which has inspired me ever since I first picked it up, and one that I will continue to re-read my entire life; no matter how many times it breaks my heart. It is the diary of a young girl learning to grow up in the most extreme circumstances, and trying to figure out who she is with a level of self-reflection most adults don’t achieve. ultimately Anne never survived the war, but her diary did, and in her death she was able to overcome fascism by inspiring millions of people around the world to be more tolerant and accepting of the people around them.

It is a book I would urge everyone to read, because even though it is painful to read how dark the world can be it is a reminder that hope lives on, and sometimes all we have is hope.


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” Anne Frank.

New Harry Potter Books


To mark 20 years since Harry Potter was first published, four new editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been released; one for each Hogwarts House. Of course, I will be buying myself a Ravenclaw copy ASAP, because I am proud of my house. I know that many of you have a copy of all of the books already, so may not want to get another copy of the same book, but I just wanted to share the news with you all just in case you would want to get yourself a copy.





Title: Small Things.

Author: Robert J. Crane.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Revlen Press (UK).


Cost for Paperback (RRP): £15.99 (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 14 book in the Out of the Box series.


Sienna is growing as a person. She no longer sees herself as the ultimate badass who can’t be beaten, but getting her head blown to pieces in the last book by a couple of kids, and only being saved by her polar opposite (Kat) made her re-evaluate her perspective. She is learning that she is only one person, despite the voices in her head.

But it is the voices in her head who have given her the most trouble in the past that are surprisingly the ones who are most useful now. Especially when an old pain in her ass turns up on her doorstep in need of help. He’s a man that Sienna has always disliked, but is persuaded that not even he deserves to die. So, she is forced into taking on his fight to save his life. But her enemy is not like her usual foes; this one is smart, and Sienna must learn to ask for help in order to succeed, especially when the root of the problem is the same organisation that her brother and his team are also investigating.

I’m really glad that this series has started to change direction a little, away from the whole ‘Sienna is Queen’ thing that was getting a little repetitive. Sienna is a great character, so it is good to see her growing and changing as a person, and learning to accept that she might always be an outcast. Though luckily for her, at the end of the book an unexpected opportunity arises for her that could give her some respite from being the most hunted person in America.

The next book in the series is called Hunters, and will be released on 25th July 2017.


“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Albert Einstein.


The Fireman by Joe Hill (16 years and over)


Title: The Fireman. 

Author: Joe Hill.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publishers: Gollancz (UK).


Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

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

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


A deadly virus has been released upon the world. Some say it is Islamic terrorists who let it loose, while others say it is Christian fundamentalists. No one knows for sure, and while the people on TV debate its origins the world is burning. 

When school nurse Harper Greyson see’s what happens when people burn in the schoolyard, it doesn’t really matter who released the virus. The only thing that matters is keeping her unborn baby safe. So, Harper is forced to survive anyway she can, but when the apocalypse arrives in a ball of flame, how exactly do you survive with sacrificing everything that you are?

This has been a fantastic book; one that I have not wanted to put down. I stayed up until 3am to finish it, though I felt very tired the next day. It is certainly a great book, and I will be reading more from this author.


When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.