Category Archives: Book “Reviews”

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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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.

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

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Title: The Name of the World.

Author: Patrick Rothfuss.

Year of Publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Gollancz (UK)..

Website: http://www.patrickrothfuss.com

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.

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

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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.

Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu.

Year of Publication: 2016 (UK).

Publisher: Daw Books (UK)..

Website: http://www.quillings.com

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.

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

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

Author: Anne Frank.

Year of publication: 2007 (UK).

Publisher: Puffin (UK)..

Website: http://www.annefrank.org

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.