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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.



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.



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.

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)..

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.


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)..

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.


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.



Harry Potter turns 20

Today, I was going to post about my holiday to Canada, but after hearing a piece on the radio yesterday I changed my mind. It was a piece about Harry Potter to mark the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was first published.

On the 26th June 1997, the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK. It had an initial run of only 500 copies (many of which went to libraries), and Jo Rowling’s name was shortened to JK Rowling because the publishers thought that boys wouldn’t read a book written by a woman.

She was a new author that no one had heard of before, and her first book probably (I’m only guessing here) wasn’t expected to be hugely successful. But 20 years later, the BBC is asking people what the world would be like without Harry Potter.

JK Rowling’s creation has given us hope beyond words in a world that often seems dark. It made people like us realise that it’s ok to be different, and a little rebellious, because different doesn’t mean bad. It means we are individuals who can think for ourselves, and be the most important people in the world. Because when you look at the story, it’s not the ‘normal’ people like the Dursleys who make a difference, or stand up to evil, it is people like us.

What started off as a small-scale book, became a global phenomenon that has transcended all of the differences of it’s readers and movie fans to bring them together in a community that I am proud to be a part of.

I was 15 when the first book came out, and Harry Potter has been a huge influence on my life. I will always be thankful for the gift that JK Rowling gave to us 20 years ago, and continues to give us to this day. It taught me about what it takes to be the good person that I always try to be, and have courage when things are hard, to use my brain to think problems through, the need of friends and family, and to hope in love.


“The toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it— it might be sick.” Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.