Review: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The Enormous CrocodileThe Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Published By:
Puffin Books

Publication Date: June 1st, 1993
Genres: Children, Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Rating: 3
Date Read: 
March 23rd, 2017

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From Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry—and incredibly greedy. His favourite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! His is sure that his “secret plans and clever tricks” cannot be foiled. But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his wicked schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won’t soon forget.

I have read three other Roald Dahl book, Matilda, The Twits and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and I am planning on reading a lot more, as I want to have read all of the author’s books. Somehow I find this the right time for some of Roald Dahl’s stories. Also, I have some catching up to do since I missed out on them when I was a child.

This book appears to be aimed at a slightly younger age group than his other bestselling stories. It’s fairly short at forty-eight pages and the story arc is rather simplistic. The Enormous Crocodile is on a mission to find some children to munch. He tells all of his jungle friends his plans and they think he’s an awful crocodile so they’re constantly thwarting his plans of munching. The Enormous Crocodile gets more and more frustrated as he gets more and more hungry.

The Crocodile is by far the most dangerous creature in it; even the other crocodiles think him excessive. Each of the creatures the crocodile discomforts, elephant, monkey and bird, intercede to protect the children and thwart this evil intent.

The illustrations are fantastic and really fitted the story perfectly. Quentin Blake always had that special way of drawing that just brought Roald Dahl’s works to life. It’s definitely not my favourite of his that I’ve read so far, but it was still funny and the pictures were enjoyable. All in all, it is a fun book.

 

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The Sunday Post #19| 23/04/2017

 The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another Sunday. How are you? I hope you had a wonderful week and are enjoying a fantastic weekend.

Books Read:

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Currently Reading:

I made a bit of progress with More Happy Than Not, Yellow Brick War and The Dream Thieves but have been more focused on Golden Boy.

What I plan to read Next:

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I will be Buddy Reading The Selection in a Goodreads Group. Here is the link to the discussion  – CLICK HERE – Which will start on the April 27th. You can read our comments without having to join the group.

What I’m Watching:

This week, I watched To Walk Invisible. This chronicles the lives of the Bronte sisters and their battle to overcome obstacles and publish their novels. Who else has seen this movie? Have you read Any books by the Bronte Sisters? What do you think of them?

Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

Unicorn Read-a-thon Wrap-Up
Monthly Recommendations | April 2017 | Big Books
Prideathon | The Pile
Tome Topple Read-a-thon Round 3 | Wrap Up
Decluttering Books 33-43 | Down the TBR Hole #3

Upcoming Reviews:

There are some long awaited reviews I need to write.

New on my Shelf:

Around the Blogosphere:

Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon is just a week away.  I’m really looking forward to this and I’m working on my TBR.
Kristen @ Metaphors & Moonlight muses, Is Blogging a Creative Outlet?
Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight shares Ways to Go Bookishly Bankrupt.
I wish I lived in a library discusses When a book just clicks
Loreen @ Coffee and Cats asks Why not more love for the Bronte Sisters?
Maggie Stiefvater’s Welsh inspired fantasy, The Raven Cycle series is being adapted for television
Mareli @ Mareli Thalk Ink Shares How to dismally Fail at book blogging
Beth @ The Books are everywhere Ponders Hardcover vs. Paperback
Pippa @  The Little Book Owl Talks about The Bronte Sisters
Drizzle & Hurricane Books asks Do you have a blogging schedule?
Sarah @ Written Word World Discusses Trigger Warnings
Never Trust a Book Nerd Talks about Being up all night reading
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek asks Foul Language in Reviews, is it a Turn Off?

Coming Soon:

Event: Sand Sculptors’
Okay So Booksically Book Tag
Reducing your TBR | Discussion #5
Spring into Horror Read-a-thon | The Pile
Read-a-thon of Kings | The Pile
Prideathon Wrap Up

Update on my TBR:

TBR at the start of April 2017: 1800
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 2
Books read this week: 1
Books I’m currently reading: 3
TBR Books culled this week: 3
TBR now stands at: 1779

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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Decluttering Books 22-32 | Down the TBR Hole #3

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Hidden by Marianna Curley

Hidden (Avena, #1)

For as long as Ebony can remember, she’s been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It’s as if she’s being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can’t be concealed. She’s growing more beautiful by the day, she’s freakishly strong, and then there’s the fact that she’s glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she’s intensely drawn to him. It’s as if something explodes inside of her–something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn’t know that she’s a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

While this book does sound semi-interesting, I haven’t read very good reviews about this. Also, It features Insta-love and that bugs me, it just doesn’t seem believable. So I don’t think I’ll be reading this anytime soon.

Verdict: REMOVE

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Night School by C.J. Daugherty

Night School (Night School, #1)

Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was.

This is the First book in the Night School series. I always enjoy boarding school books, So I’m intrigued by the concept of this book. It’s set in an old and odd Gothic mansion turned into a school called Cimmeria Academy.

Verdict: KEEP

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer.. she might become his next prey.

This still sounds really cool. I have already bought it and I love the concept of this. Although I don’t know when I get around to reading this, I don’t really feel in the mood for this at the moment.

Verdict: KEEP

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Not really interested in this series. Might pick it up when I have nothing else to read, but other than that….

Verdict: REMOVE

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After Eden (After Eden, #1)

Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

This is the first book in the After Eden Series. I’m quite intrigued by the synopsis of this one. One day I think I might try to pick this one up.

Verdict: KEEP

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Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)

“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first instalment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.

This is the First book in the Breathing series. I’ve wanted to read this series for ages now and I really want to get to this soon. I’ve been waiting to read this book for what felt like forever.

Verdict: KEEP

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Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)

“My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”

A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.

As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.

I don’t know much about this series, and I haven’t heard much about it either, and it doesn’t seem interesting enough to want to read it anytime soon over all the other books I want to read.

Verdict: REMOVE

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon. I haven’t really felt the desire to pick it up. However, I might spontaneously pick it up some day, but for now it doesn’t interest me. I do own all the books in this series though.

Verdict: Keep

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Towering by Alex Flinn

Towering

High in my tower I sit. I watch the birds fly below, the clouds float above, and the tall green forest stretch to places I might never see.

Mama, who isn’t my mother, has kept me hidden away for many years. My only companions, besides Mama, are my books—great adventures, mysteries, and romances that I long to make my reality. But I know that no one will come to save me—my life is not a fairy tale after all.

Well, at least no one has come so far. Recently, my hair has started to grow rapidly and it’s now long enough to reach the bottom of the tower from my window. I’ve also had the strangest dreams of a beautiful green-eyed man.

When Mama isn’t around, I plan my escape, even if it’s just for a little while. There’s something—maybe someone—waiting for me out there and it won’t find me if I’m trapped here Towering above it all.

I’m kind of conflicted about this one, it sounds interesting, but it doesn’t have very good reviews. I think I’d like to still read it though, it’s a fairy tale retelling of Rapunzel.

Verdict: KEEP

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Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford

Damian's Oracle (War of Gods, #1)Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damien’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts – from the Black God, who would kill or convert them.

Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.

While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns.

I love the concept of this book. The story is based on Slavic Mythology which is different so far to what else is out there.

Verdict: KEEP

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I have removed 3/10 books from my TBR this week! Not too bad and helps remind me of why I wanted to read some of these books in the first place. If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions? Would you have kept or gotten rid of any of these book?

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Tome Topple Read-a-thon Round 3 | Wrap Up

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From April 7-20, I participated in the Tome Topple read-a-thon. This was my first time participating in this read-a-thon. Tome Topple Read-a-thon is Hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. I made a post about my possible reads for it HERE. Today I’ll be checking my results in this wrap-up to see how much I actually read and what challenges I succeeded at.

My TBR:

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What I actually Read…

I started reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for RYBSAT, I was hoping to finish it before Tome Topple. While that didn’t happen, I finished it during Tome Topple. So I’m still counting it even though I only read the last 408 Pages during this read-a-thon. Then I picked the One Piece Bind-up for my graphic novel break, which is 600 Pages.

Started…

I also started reading these four books during the read-a-thon. I managed to get through the first 156 pages of IT by Stephen King,  60 pages of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, 113 pages of London by Edward Rutherfurd and 70 pages of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


Lets look at stats…

I started 6 books during this read-a-thon.

I completed 2 books entirely within the read-a-thon.

I read a total of 1, 407 pages during the read-a-thon.

Though I wish that I could have read a bit more, I’m still extremely proud of myself. I’m happy with this. Did you participate in Tome Topple? How did you do? What did you read? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What was your favourite book of the read-a-thon? Let me know how you did in the comments below and leave a link to your Wrap-up, so I can check it out.

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Prideathon | The Pile

I am participating in a Twitter based read-a-thon called Prideathon, from the 17th-23rd of April. Hosted by and Prideathon is a new read-a-thon devoted to diversifying reading. There are eight reading challenges but the hosts have stated that the goal is to meet at least three.


Challenges:

A books were the Main Romance is F\F
A comic book or Graphic Novel featuring an LGBTQIA+ Protagonists
A book by an QAoC
A book with an Intersex main Character

A book with a disabled LGBTQIA+ Main Character
A SFF (science fiction/fantasy) book with an LGBTQIA+ main character
A book featuring a QPoC as the main character
An LGBTQIA+-related non-fiction book


Now onto my TBR:

Keeping you a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

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This meets the ‘F/F romance’ challenge.

Are you my Mother? by Alison Bechdel

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This meets the ‘comic book or Graphic Novel featuring an LGBTQIA+ Protagonists’ Challenge

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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The meets the ‘book by an QAoC’ Challenge

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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This meets the ‘book with an Intersex main Character’ Challenge

10 Things I can See Here by Carrie Mac

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This meets the ‘book with a disabled LGBTQIA+ Main Character’ Challenge

The Dream Thieves

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Huntress by Malinda Lo

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This meets the ‘book featuring a QPoC as the main character’ Challenge

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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This meets the ‘LGBTQIA+-related non-fiction book’ Challen


So that’s my TBR for Prideathon. Are you going to participate? What are you planning on Reading? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

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Monthly Recommendations | April 2017 | Big Books

Monthly recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @Between Chapters. If your interested in Participating in this, check out the Goodreads Group. The topic for April is Big Books (500+ pages). So I’m going to be talking about book recommendations that are over 500 Pages. Here are some of my favourite tomes:


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra

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This is one of my favourite series. I really love this series, there’s a beautiful fantasy world and a really interesting plot and is very fast paced. So here’s the page count of each of the books in the series:

  • City of Bones – 506 (Review)
  • City of Ashes – 453 (Review)
  • City of Glass – 541 (Review)
  • City of Fallen Angels – 424 (Review)
  • City of Lost Souls – 542 (Review)
  • City of Heavenly Fire – 733 (Review)

Tricks Duology by Ellen Hopkins

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Tricks is a duology series following five protagonists. I honestly didn’t feel as though this needed a sequel, but I appreciated the focus on the aftermath and recovery of the teenagers. I love Ellen Hopkins. Every one of them is filled with so many feels. You cannot help but get lost in them and find yourself caring for the characters. So here’s the page count of each of the books in the series:

  • Tricks – 627
  • Traffick – 505

Impulse Duology by Ellen Hopkins

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Impulse is a very short, but very powerful story. Ellen Hopkins is known for tackling those tough issues that are shocking to read about, but are particularly more disturbing when they are about such young people. Three characters lives intersect at a mental health facility, and at first the story is mostly about each one and how they landed there. The story soon shifts gears, and it becomes more about the bond these characters created. Ellen writes this book in verse, like several of her other books, which makes for quick reads. I find her writing to be excellent. So here’s the page count of each of the books in the series:

  • Impulse – 667
  • Perfect – 622

22844191Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This one is actually my least favourite so far, but the first few books aren’t tomes – but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is 617 pages – quite large for a “middle grade” novel.


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I really enjoyed the story. It was short and to the point. Nothing complicated. Just a good fun story that can be read for the fun of it.


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608 Pages (Review)

This book is told by three different teens; Shane, Mikayla, and Harley. This was the first book I ever read by Ellen Hopkins. Despite the size, it’s written in verse, so you can read this very quickly. The format of Tilt made it an easy book to get lost in. This one is, by far, my favourite Ellen Hopkins Book


The Enchantress Returns by Chris ColferThe Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories, #2)

517 Pages

The Enchantress Returns is the second book in The Land of Stories series. This one is technically the only one that qualifies for this list, but it’s still a good series. I adore this series, and I’m beyond excited for the six book, which will be the conclusion to the series.  So here’s the page count of each of the books in the series:

  • The Wishing Spell – 438
  • The Enchantress Returns – 517
  • A Grimm Warning – 448
  • Beyond the Kingdoms – 313
  • An Author’s Odyssey – 448
  • Worlds Collide – 480

Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

698 Pages (Review)

This was definitely one of the best YA books of 2016. The story was long, but actually wasn’t full of filler and I never once got bored. This book contains so many different themes, there are lots of love interests, family issues, and friendship themes running throughout. Connecting all the Shadowhunter chronicles together in each book in such a clever way is definitely one of Clare’s strongest points.


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  • 1499 Pages

I’m currently reading IT for the Tome Topple Read-a-thon, I won’t be able to finish by the end of the read-a-thon, but I’m definitely going to be continuing this afterwards. I’m still going to include this even though I haven’t finished reading it yet. I’ve never been much of a fan of Stephen king books, I’ve read two other ones, The shinning and Carrie and didn’t like them that much. They weren’t bad, I just think that maybe my expectations were too high. Although, this was the one that I was most looking forward to reading. So here it is, I’m finally reading it, one of the most haunting and popular horror books of our time. I was a reluctant to read this due to the 1477 pages, but I’m really enjoying it.


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1299 Pages

This has been on my radar and my shelf for a while, and finally decided to pick this up for Tome Topple. I also haven’t finished this one yet either, but it’s really interesting and Intriguing so far, I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the History of London.

London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. This is a Historical Fiction novel that covers sixteen centuries from the days of the Romans to the Victorian engineers of Tower Bridge and the era dockland development of today. Edward Rutherfurd weaves in Fictional characters with real events and History.

Rutherford does an incredible amount of research and it all comes together beautifully. The characters’ family trees carry through the entire history of Britain – pre-Roman through WWII.


So these are my recommendations for big books. Big books tend to intimidate me, So I don’t read a lot of them. I’m interested to hear if you have any recommendations for me. What are some of your Favourite Big Books? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them?

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Unicorn Read-a-thon Wrap-Up

If you read my Unicorn Read-a-thon | The Pile Post, You’d know I participated in the unicorn Read-a-thon, Hosted by Roya @ UnicornHunterBooks, Emily @ SnowWhiteGrl, and Kayla @ HeroicPages. The aim of this read-a-thon was to read books that have magical creatures on the cover, in the story, or in the title. That’s the only Rule. Here are some of my thoughts on the books I read, and I will be doing more full-length reviews for them later on.

My TBR:

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What I actually Read…

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

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The Bronze Key (Magisterium #3)The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Bronze Key is the third book in the Magisterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. The action picks back up in this book shortly after the ending of the second as Call, Aaron and Tamara are beginning their bronze year at the Magisterium.

I felt the authors did a great job in reminding readers of what had happened previously in the series rather quickly. A few really shocking moments in here that again have me wishing for the next book right away.


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There’s really not much to say here; it’s Harry Potter so what’s not to love? Although, this one is actually my least favourite so far. The side characters really stand out in this one. Fleur and Krum and Cedric are all such great characters.

My main complaint is that the sideplots are terrible. Harry and Ron and Hermione… were not at their bests in this book. There’s too much drama between Ron and Harry and Hermione, in the first half, and while that drama is character-driven and well executed, it’s not enjoyable to read about.


Started:

I also started reading these two books during the read-a-thon. I read 38 pages of Yellow Brick War and 20 pages of The Bone  Season.

Lets look at stats…

I started 5 books during this read-a-thon.

I completed 3 books entirely within the read-a-thon.

I read a total of 1, 224 pages during the read-a-thon.

Did you participate in the Unicorn Read-a-thon? If so, I hope you all had a successful read-a-thon. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Sunday Post #18 | Easter Sunday – 16/04/2017

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy Easter to those that celebrate! I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter weekend. I’ve had a fantastic week. I love celebrating Easter. I hope you have a great week, too. We had Easter Lunch with the family.

Currently Reading:

What I’m Watching:

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I watched Gossip, which is a 2000 American teen psychological thriller movie.

Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

RYBSAT Round 10 Wrap Up
A Very Arc-ish Read-a-thon | The Pile
Top Ten Tuesday #4: Unique Books on my TBR
Tome Topple Round 3 | Update
Decluttering Books 11-21 | Down the TBR Hole #2
Review: Lies my Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Upcoming Reviews:

Books read:

New on my Shelf:

Around the Blogosphere:

Beth @ Reading Every Night Discusses Tropes in YA Fiction
Jess @ BeaucoupBookBlog Discusses Thoughts on Book Reviews
Sam @ Clues and Reviews does the Blogging Advice Tag
Heather @ The Sassy Geek shares The Pressures of Blogging
Helen @ Magical Musings shares Tips on Reading Big Books

Coming Soon:

Event: Sand Sculptors’
Okay So Booksically Book Tag
Unicorn Read-a-thon Wrap-Up
Reducing your TBR | Discussion #5
Spring into Horror Read-a-thon | The Pile
Hooked on Books Read-a-thon | The Pile
Read-a-thon of Kings | The Pile
Prideathon | The Pile

Update on my TBR…

TBR at the start of April 2017: 1800
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 2
Books read this week: 2
Books I’m currently reading: 6
TBR Books culled this week: 5
TBR now stands at: 1783

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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Review: Lies my Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Lies My Girlfriend Told MeLies my Girlfriend told me by Julie Anne Peters
Published By:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Genres: 
Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Rating: 3
Date Read: 
March 9th, 2017

Links: Goodreads | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon

When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me is a YA LGBT book. The main reason I was looking forward to this book is because it’s an LGBT book. I had no idea what to expect from the book. The story focuses on Alix as she comes to terms with the sudden death of Swanee, her first love and first girlfriend. Despite the dark initial plot, this book is about two people healing together and learning to accept another’s death, along with her bad characteristics.

When Alix’s girlfriend Swanee passes away of cardiac arrest during a run, Alix’s entire world is shattered. Following the death of Swanee, Alix and Liana discover each other and the double life that Swanee has been living. When Alix sneaks into her girlfriend’s room, she discovers her cell phone full of voice-mails and text messages from L.T. It becomes obvious to Alix that this L.T. was more than just a friend.

Eventually she learns that the girl is Liana and it is up to her to tell this girl that Swan is dead. Both have been emotionally abused by Swanee and have a lot of pent up sadness and anger. As the only ones who understand what the other is going through, they find themselves drawn to each other.

Swanee, we find out through the story was manipulative to the point of cruelty, not only to Alix but to her sister and ex-girlfriends, we don’t seem to get much more in-depth than that. She seemed to just be one-dimensionally “bad”. Early on in the story, we do learn her home life is chaotic but I really felt her actions and motives should really have been explored and addressed.

Initially, it’s hard to connect with the characters as they are  alternately withdrawing and lashing out at the world in their grief. Alix especially because she doesn’t provide an adequate explanation for why she was so depressed and in denial about Swanee’s death. I liked Liana’s character and she brought out a new side of Alix. Liana is one of the few characters I actually like in the book.

There were times that the story worked and there were time I felt like this book was being as manipulative to readers as Swanee was to Alix and Liana. Part of it comes from a lack of really significant or interesting character development. I kept finding myself hoping for a bit more development or understanding of what made Swanee the way she was or why these girls found her so irresistible.

I really didn’t expect to like this book, despite its very interesting premise. This book definitely has some of the flaws that other Peters’ books features. I just have so many consistent issues with Peters’ writing. Her characters are poorly developed. Her prose is bland and doesn’t give her characters distinct voices. All of those things are true about this novel, to an extent. I won’t pretend this book is flawless. There’s a lot of missed potential regarding Joss’ character arc, and the subplot with Bethany felt forced and swept under the rug.

Although, what started out as a novel with an interesting hook turns out to be little more than a standard YA angst and wish fulfilment novel. It’s not as ground-breaking as some would want you to believe, but it’s not entirely worth dismissing.

I’m torn about this book. It’s a love story and I honestly don’t think it should have been, because it’s just stronger as a coming of age novel. This book has a lot of problems to it, even small ones, but the plot is solid, but fairly predictable. Also, I was expecting more mystery and I did not get the answers I was looking for but keeping that aside, Lies My Girlfriend Told Me was a really good read.

At the end of the day this book isn’t awful. This is my Third book by Julie Anne Peters and it certainly won’t be my last. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me dealt with a lot of heavy subjects. Family, death, and love were just a few of the topics explored in this. It was definitely a fast read.

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Decluttering Books 11-21 | Down the TBR Hole #2

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Legacy of Lies & Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Chandler

Legacy of Lies & Don't Tell (Dark Secrets, #1-2)

Two girls haunted by the past… and destined to relive it

In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She’s determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family’s legacy in more ways than she realizes.

In Don’t Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she’ll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother’s death. Maybe her mother’s drowning wasn’t an accident after all…and maybe Lauren is next.

This is a bind up of the first & Second book in the Dark Secrets series. I don’t know much about this series, and I haven’t heard much about it either, but it sounds quite interesting. I really like the premise of this book.

Verdict: KEEP

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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

North of Beautiful

As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, But you were the one who wanted this, remember? You’re the one who asked-and I repeat-Why not fix your face?

It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon. At one time I was really interested in this, but I’m not anymore. However, I might spontaneously pick it up some day, but for now it doesn’t interest me.

Verdict: REMOVE

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Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)

Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates.

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

I really want to read this book! I totally forgot this was even on my TBR, now that I’ve read over the synopsis again, I’m intrigued.

Verdict: KEEP

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

I’m still interested in this series, I just haven’t felt the desire to pick it up. I own all the books and it does sound interesting, and so many people seem to love it.

Verdict: KEEP

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Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

This sounds interesting but not enough to want to read it anytime soon over the other hundreds of books I want to read.

Verdict: REMOVE

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Nightshade (Nightshade #1; Nightshade World #4)

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.

By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

The cover makes me want to read it, it’s just so pretty! But the synopsis doesn’t sound interesting enough to read it. Maybe one day, but for now….

Verdict: REMOVE

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Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest, #1)

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies — nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors — it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

This is the first book in the Tempest Covenant series. Not really interested in this series, I actually don’t know why I ever thought this sounded interesting.

Verdict: REMOVE

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Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Breathe (Breathe, #1)

The world has no air. If you want to survive, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t? And what if you think everything could be different? Three teens will leave everything they know behind in Sarah Crossan’s gripping and original dystopian teen novel of danger, longing, and glimmering hope.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected . . . or trapped? Or controlled? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

This is the first book in the Breathe series. I love the Concept of this, a world where there is hardly any oxygen left. I’m definitely Intrigued.

Verdict: KEEP

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

I’m still interested in this Series because I’ve heard literally nothing but amazing things about them, so I’ll have to read it eventually.

Verdict: KEEP

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Reluctant Guardian by Melissa J. Cunningham

Reluctant Guardian

Guarding Brecken Shaefer-a dark and dangerous rebel-is harder than it looks. Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren’t given out so freely when you take your own life. Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her. Brecken Shaefer isn’t any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa’s afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons- but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

I really like the cover, It’s looks quite creepy and eerie, but story wise, I don’t think this is something I would enjoy reading.

Verdict: REMOVE

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I have removed 5/10 books from my TBR this week! If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

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