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My passion is for reading and writing. And here is where I post my books I am reading currently.

Currently reading

Black Roses
Jane Thynne
The Falcons of Fire and Ice
Karen Maitland
Hollow Pike
James Dawson
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
The Glassblower of Murano
Marina Fiorato
The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
Anne Rice
The Vampire Chronicles Collection, Volume 1
Anne Rice
The Movement of Stars
Amy Brill
Elijah's Mermaid
Essie Fox
Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma I have no clue why there is no rating here. It was my favourite book of 2012. In fact my favourite book of all time (so far). Ren Suma captures the emotions of the sisters so well and it's so thought provoking. I sometimes think of it randomly. It gives me a lot of thought of life. How one wants to live? It hit me at a time when I was vulnerable emotionally. It gave me strength.
The Dorset Squirrels (The Silver Tide & The Second Wave & The Golden Flight) - Michael Tod I've got a signed copy from the author. He was my grandma's friend. I'll read it properly one day and rerate. I read it when I was 9. The rating reflects how strongly I felt of it at the time.
Hollow Pike - James Dawson 800th to-read. I feel a tear :'(


Maybe this will encourage me to read male authors again.
Changeling  - Philippa Gregory There was potential here. Underdeveloped characters, just telling no showing. I really don't get what happened in the last half of the book it's like it became a different story.
Eve - Anna Carey I enjoyed this book they are fast reads. I am half way through the second because of it but it can wait.

I hate finishing things because there is no more of them after that.
Mist - Kathryn  James I really loved this book. It felt very much a book of home.
Revealing Eden - Victoria Foyt eck, colour blindness is a privilege only white people can have.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling Has to be my favourite book so far!
Across the Universe - Beth Revis I really loved this book, it was gripping just wanted to read more. Amy's reaction to the aftermath of her ordeal felt real to me and it resonated throughout the latter half of the book. Her emotions and she changed because of it, it was really well handled. I really enjoyed the book I have the second one on my shelf but I think I will read it more nearer the time of the release of the last book. Because it's quite a bit away!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) - Jamie McGuire Not reading ever.
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James I read the original Master of the Universe so they took a scene out and only the names are changed. Basically what I'm reviewing right?

The Raie'Chaelia

The Raie'Chaelia - Melissa Douthit Didn't like this book.
Unwind - Neal Shusterman Ugh this book has a strong pro-life message anti-abortion. Disliked
Wuthering Heights - Lucasta Miller, Pauline Nestor, Emily Brontë Ugh hate the characters. Don't understand why people like the horrible Heathcliff. Especially after what he did to Linton's sister. How could anyone love him after that?

ETA: On further reading I really enjoyed the gothic undertones.
Everneath 1 - Brodi' 'Ashton Wow I was so in love with the ending. Really felt the emotions, the love, the feeling of the sacrifices and Nikki was brilliant at taking responsibility for herself. It's shame the middle was bogged down with mundane things and the beginning was pretty strong. Such a great prologue and a way to immerse you in.

I feel there was some stuff that could have been cut out and that somewhere in the middle that there was quite a few chapters between the times she was in the soup kitchen. And these chapters sometimes represented weeks so I was wondering 'Hey what about the soup kitchen and Mary?' for a bit.

And she's supposed to be there every Saturday. I felt if that she sat down with Mary in the soup kitchen every Saturday - she was there as she seemed to do from what we know - we would have already known more about Mary before Jack started working there.

But that's me. I felt that part of the book was a bit neglected. I also felt like Nikki didn't take responsibility for her actions by letting Jack go into the tunnels at the end.

It was her fault and she established that it was, she made it clear it was her mistake and she should pay for it. It was no one's fault but her own. And so at that moment when he jumped in I felt she should have gone into the tunnels, not Jack. She shouldn't have let him take responsibility for her mistake. That was pretty selfish and weak of her.

But characters are not perfect right?

Anyway I am anticipating the sequel and giving it 4 stars. 1 star for the believability of the characters, they were raw. 2, for the plot. 3. for the killer twist 4. for the compelling story telling.

No five though. Because of what I said above and the middle bit that was quite dull for a while.
Shadowmancer - G. P. Taylor Meh. It's ok but I gave up.