Harry Potter Moment Of The Week

Hey guys, so I don’t seem to be doing too well with this blogging thing lately but once I’m sure my mental health is in a better state then I shall be back regularly! Anway, on to the post.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I’ve decided to do today’s HPMOTW topic as well as a few from the past that I’ve missed too. HPMOTW is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows and basically the aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!. To see the upcoming topics and to find out how to join then please do click on the links!

So, on to topic number one; If you could save only ONE character from death, who would it be?

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I would definitely have to choose Sirius for this one. His death is one I’ll never get over. I really wanted to see where his relationship with Harry would go as the series went on and when I got to his death my heart completely broke. Not only because we wouldn’t see more of Harry and Sirius’ relationship but also because just as Sirius was finally finding his freedom, that all got taken away from him and that’s something that hurt me the most.


Topic 2: Favourite moment from Book 1?

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My favourite moment definitely has to be when Harry met Hagrid and found out he was a wizard and then goes to Diagon Alley to get all his school items. This is where the story officially starts and it’s where we see the close bond between Hagrid and Harry start to build. The relationship between both these characters is one of my favourites and I feel like it’s extremely underrated considering Hagrid acts like a father figure towards Harry and that’s something I really love about Hagrid.


Topic 3; Favourite Molly Weasley moment?

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Okay so this scene gave me life! I absolutely loved seeing a badass Molly Weasley. She’s such a beautiful, kind and caring character and seeing her being protective over her only daughter (like she is with all her kids) and standing up to Bellatrix was one of my favourite things. That woman has balls and it was genuinely one of the best scenes for me.


Final topic; One thing you would change about the movies?

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Okay, so there’s so much I would change about the movies but one thing that I’m still annoyed at is the fact they never showed Peeves through the movies. Peeves was such a great character in the books and I felt he added so much humour to the books that it was a shame to leave him out of the films. I especially would’ve loved to see the scenes where McGonagall encourages his bad behaviour. He was such a well thought out character and I feel like leaving him out of the films was a big mistake as it could’ve added so much more to them.


So guys, that’s the end of my HPMOTW post. What are your guys thoughts on everything I’ve answered today? Do you agree? If not, what would your answers be? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

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Mental Health Recs?

 

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Hey guys, sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I’m now working full time in a call centre and struggle to find the time to blog but hopefully that will improve as I start to get used to the hours and I’ll start trying to make more effort with the blog as I do miss posting reviews and updating you guys on what I’m doing/reading.

In a few of my previous posts I’ve mentioned briefly about my battle with depression and the struggles I have with this illness. Depression is just one of the many mental health illnesses that people suffer with and over the last few weeks I’ve been wanting to read more books with people suffering with these issues so I guess this post is just a way of looking for anything you guys could recommend to me. I’m looking for both fiction and non-fiction books and hopefully I’ll be able to review some of these books too.

I’m currently reading ‘Mad Girl’ by Bryony Gordon and have just bought ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig, ‘A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled’ by Ruby Wax and ‘The Hospital’ by Barbara O’Hare so if you have any books similar to these please do leave a comment and let me know what they are and I’ll have a look in to them!

I also want to say that if any of you are ever feeling down or anxious about anything and need to talk to someone then I’m here to listen to you all. You can reach out to me on twitter (@kirsty_reads) and I’ll listen to whatever you have to say and try and help you in anyway I can.

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World Book Day 2017

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HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY GUYS!!! 

This is one of my favourite days simply because it’s all about books! Working with kids too means I get to see them in all their wonderful costumes today as well which is just great as they all put so much effort into their characters!

This World Book Day, I’m currently reading The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler and so far I’m really enjoying it. Books have always been one of my favourite things and they’re the one thing that can keep me calm and help keep my mind off things. After being off work sick for 2 months I managed to get through a few of the books I wanted to read and I even went back to the library for the first time in years which was fun!

World Book Day is a day I love as it encourages children to read and let them see the fun and all the different worlds books can bring to them and that’s something I enjoy seeing as it’s so rare nowadays to find children who enjoy reading. If you’re looking for something to read, the World Book Day website has posted a list of “50 books that will change your life.” You can check that list out here.

I hope you all have a fantastic book day and enjoy celebrating it in whichever way you are! Let me know if you’re doing anything in the comments!! I’ll be going back to work unfortunately but after that I’ll be spending the rest of my night trying to finish my book.

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Review: Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

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Title: Beautiful Broken Things

Author: Sara Barnard

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book captures female friendships absolutely perfectly. You have the confident, outgoing one, the sensible one and finally the quiet, shy one. Now I know not all friendships have someone that fits these descriptions but for me and my friends, we did (I’m the quiet, shy one unfortunately).

I honestly can’t describe how much I loved this book. With what I had heard about it, I knew I was going to enjoy it but I just didn’t realise how much I actually would fall in love with the story and characters. Sara Barnard did such a fantastic job of creating such a realistic story about three teenage girls who struggle with new relationships and the strain it can have on lifelong friendships. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no cliché romances that you’d normally expect in a YA novel and it made me happy because I’m starting to get tired of reading the same kind of thing over and over again. Caddy was such a relatable character for me and I seen so much of myself in her. Although she was unsure about Suzanne at first she soon became the one Suzanne would turn to when she needed someone and when things were getting tough which is similar to something that’s happened to me in the past. At first I was unsure about Suzanne because like Caddy, I didn’t want the relationship between Rosie and Caddy to change but like any friendship you have, it does change as you grow up and meet new people plus the more we got to know Suzanne the more I got to love her and sometimes I could see part of myself in her too.

I loved how realistic this book was, especially when dealing with Mental Health. Suzanne comes from a troubled background and I felt that Miss Barnard did an amazing job of showing how a mental health illness can affect not only the person suffering but the people around them who love and care for them which is not often shown in a lot of YA books that do focus on Mental Health. As someone who suffers from mental health issues myself, it made me realise just what I put my friends and family through when I was at my lowest point and I know now that any time I feel like that again, I can think of this book and know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and I’ll always have people around me who love me.

Beautiful Broken Things’ is such a heartbreaking but stunning story about the complications and struggles all friendships go through. It will stay in my heart for a long time and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. If you get the chance then PLEASE get this book whether it be from a library or you buy it because I can promise you won’t regret it.

After buying this book, I came home to find a copy waiting for me that I had surprisingly won so thank you to Maximum Pop for sending me a copy to review! 

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Review: The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

22396591Title: The Dead House

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I’m so happy I finally got round to reading this book! It was much better than I thought it was going to be.

The Dead House’ is different from every other book I’ve read as it is told through, interviews, diary entries and camera footage. At the start I was slightly confused by everything but the more you get used to the format of the book, the more it all begins to make sense. All evidence in the book was used to work out who was responsible for the fire in Elmbridge High School, 20 years ago that claimed the lives of 3 students and injured many others and most of it is taken from Kaitlyn Johnson’s diary.

One of the unique things about this book is it is about two girls, Carly and Kaitlyn who share the same body. I was slightly unsure about how the story would go with the double character thing and would it ruin the book but Kurtagich went about it brilliantly. You could see just how much went into creating the characters in the book and each one had so much depth and helped to create something more real. I really did like the fact that we got to know each and every character in the book without it being too much.

This book keeps you guessing right until the very end who is responsible for everything that is happening which was exciting because it made me want to continue reading on. I think the biggest thing I loved about this book (in a weird way) was the fact you never know who to believe. So much is raised and you’re left with many questions about who done it? Is she possessed? Is it all magic?? WHO KNOWS??? You’re constantly questioning things making you become a detective for a while.

All in this book was creepy, frightening but also heartbreaking as you see Kaitlyn fighting with her demons and with how the story is told, it’s almost like you’re experiencing the exact same feelings she does. If you like creepy, psychological thrillers then I highly recommend this book to you.

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of a review. 

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Review: Lois Lane: Fallout -Gwenda Bond

23110163Title: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) 

Author: Gwenda Bond

Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult, Mystery

Format: Hardback

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I first came across this book when Maximum Pop tweeted a giveaway for it and after reading what people were saying about it I decided to enter because well why not plus the cover was exciting! When I found out I was one of the lucky winners picked to review it I was so excited because I had heard so many good things about it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I hoped for and I was slightly disappointed. I couldn’t get into the story at all and for the majority of it I was bored.

In ‘Fallout’ we’re introduced to Lois Lane, the daughter of an Army General as her and her family settle for good (hopefully) in Metropolis. On her first day of school she is introduced to a strangely connected group called the Warheads who are making life miserable for young Anavi. Lois then decides to find out more information about the Warheads and see if there’s a way she can stop them all whilst trying to make new friends. Although I wasn’t really into the story, I did really like Lois’ character. She was funny, witty and strong-minded. I was kind of surprised by her forwardness at the beginning of the book when she butts into a conversation the head teacher is having with a fellow student. As the story starts to unfold we also see how smart and sneaky she can be.

As for the story, I can’t quite put my finger on it but I just couldn’t get into it at all. There were times I thought I would start enjoying it but then it would just go back to how it was and I would get bored again. I didn’t quite understand the game in the book either which is a huge part of the plot so that’s probably the main reason I never understood it.

With the question rising of “would you read another book by Gwenda Bond?” I think I probably would as I don’t want the one book I’ve read to ruin her other books which may be better!

If you’re into gaming and mystery books then this is probably the book for you. Thank you again to Maximum Pop books for sending me a copy to review!

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Review: Seed – Lisa Heathfield

23711685Title: Seed

Author: Lisa Heathfield

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This is the first book I’ve read that deals with cults and it was so good! ‘Seed’ follows 15 year-old Pearl and her friends as they gradually start to realise that everything they’ve ever believed is a lie. With the help of her friends they try to plan a way to escape or get help before it’s too late.

I fell in love with this story because it was something I’d never really experienced in a book before and so it was exciting for me to find something new that I really liked! The characters were extremely likeable, the story was realistic and I was gripped throughout the whole book. The first page I found quite humorous as it’s a moment every girl experience and it lead me to believe it was going to be a funny book but four pages later it took a dark turn and the whole thing changed! Within the first few chapters I had a few questions which were more or less answered the more you read.

As I mentioned above, Lisa Heathfield created characters that were extremely loveable but also created frightening characters such as Papa S. We’re first introduced to Papa S within the first few pages but we’re not really given much information about him. It’s a bit later on when things start to get a bit weird. He is the one that everyone at Seed worships and when a girl is picked to become his “companion” then they see it as being a privilege. As the story goes we begin to see how warped this character is and it was scary to see just how much control this man had over his people. He seems to get away with absolutely everything he does because all he has to say is “Nature told me to do it.” which is terrifying and disgusting because of all the bad things he did.

Pearl was such a young and naive character that did everything she was taught to do without question and would always get scared when her friends went against the rules which was sad to see as the reader because you can see what’s happening and you just want her to realise so she can escape and do something about the events that take place in Seed. Kate on the other-hand was wise and knew what was happening before everyone else all because of her relationship with a boy from “the Outside.” So much happens to both Kate and Pearl throughout the book and at certain parts is broke my heart to watch them come to terms with everything. One of the hardest things about the book for me was finding out that Pearl didn’t know who her mum was and it seemed that all she really wanted to do was find out who it was to give her that closure. As someone who’s really close to my mum, it hurt reading this because I could never imagine a world without my mum and even trying to put myself in that situation broke my heart.

There isn’t really anything I can fault with this book. I enjoyed everything about it and I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel. I don’t think I would’ve discovered this book if I wasn’t part of the UKYA In The Rain book club so I’m thankful for being a part of that so I do have the chance to read amazing books like this! If you’re looking for a chilling and gripping book then I highly recommend you read this book!

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February TBR

Good afternoon guys! Throughout January I won a couple of book giveaways and so February will be a month dedicated to reading them because I just can’t wait any longer. I plan on reading a total of 6 books! Hopefully I’ll be able to do it.

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The books I’m planning on reading are:

  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield (this is for UKYA In The Rain)
  • One – Sarah Crossan
  • Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom
  • This Raging Light – Estelle Laure
  • Fallout (Lois Lane #1) – Gwenda Bond
  • The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

All of these books apart from ‘Seed’ and ‘The Dead House’ I won from Maximum Pop Books and I won ‘One’ from Sarah Crossan herself. I’m so excited to read them all and review them too!

Right now I’m just finishing off ‘Even Angels Fall’ by F.L Darbyshire which I received to review. I’m so late in posting the review of it but I have just under 100 pages left so it should be up in the next few days!

What are you guys planning on reading this month?

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January Wrap-Up

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Hey guys! I surprised myself with how much I actually read this month because I was so busy with work etc but I think I did pretty well!


Personal Recap

Most of January has been spent job hunting as well as working in the two jobs I currently have. I never realised how hard it would be growing up and never in my life thought I would need 3 jobs in order to actually live. With a car and dig money to pay, both jobs I have don’t pay any of that and so I’ve had to look for another! I had an interview yesterday for an after school care club and it must’ve went well as I received a phone call earlier today to say I’ve made it to the second part of the interview so fingers crossed that part goes well too!


Bookish Recap

This month was such a good reading month because I enjoyed pretty much all the books I read apart from one.

Books I received:

  • One – Sarah Crossan
  • Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom
  • Fallout (Lois Lane #1) – Gwenda Bond
  • The Tattooed Heart – Michael Grant
  • Ink & Blood – William Dickson*

*I actually got given Ink & Blood from our alarm maintenance man who received it from a customer so I could read it and let him know all about it haha!

Books I Bought:

  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • The Miseducation Of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

Books I read:

 

  • The Mine – John A Heldt
  • The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • The New World – Patrick Ness
  • The Ask And The Answer – Patrick Ness
  • The Wide, Wide Sea – Patrick Ness
  • Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness
  • Snowscape – Patrick Ness
  • Exposure – Helen Dunmore (DNF)

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I reviewed almost all the books I read this month apart from the three small novellas and Exposure as I didn’t finish that. I received a copy of it from Netgalley in exchange of a review and so I posted a short one on that site. I just couldn’t get into the story and the characters annoyed me and it was just very boring for me. However, I loved every other book I read!

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So there we have it, my January wrap-up! Hopefully next month will be another good reading month as I have so much I have to read! My February tbr will be up tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!

What books did you guys read this month?? Have you read any of the above books and what did you think?

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Review: Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness

8100904Title: Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Format: Paperback

Themes dealt with: War, Terrorism

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: The Book People (you can buy the trilogy for only £6.99 on this site!!)

Review: *THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD*

Okay let me just start by saying that this book should’ve been called The Book Of Death because it’s just full of it! If you’ve read my reviews of ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ and ‘The Ask And The Answer’ then you’ll know I absolutely adore this series and with the way the second one ended I just couldn’t wait to pick up book three. When you first start the book, you’re thrown right into the action as the war begins between Mayor Prentiss, Mistress Coyle and The Spackle and this gave me so much hope for another fantastic book.

Unlike the first two books in the series, ‘Monster’s Of Men’ doesn’t exactly contain chapters. It’s more or less split into parts so for example, the first part is called “It Begins” which is told from both Todd and Viola’s POV. Seventy-seven pages later we’re introduced to a third person and then each part splits. This for me is when things started to go slightly downhill. I was left feeling confused over the strange language the third person spoke in and the way they described things. Each time ‘the land’, ‘the sky’, ‘the clearing’, etc were mentioned, I was getting more and more confused.

Ness’ ability to make you have so many mixed feelings towards certain characters is unlike anything I’ve ever read and it’s one of the reasons I love his writing. Let’s take Mayor Prentiss for example. In the first book I didn’t really care much for him, coming to the second book I despised him and then the more I read this book I was confused about how to feel. Could he have changed? Was he truthful to Todd and did he really care? I was scared to like him because I didn’t know if I could trust him or not but he continued to change his ways throughout the book leaving you with a lot of hope for him. Mistress Coyle was another character I wasn’t sure about. She didn’t really seem to care about what she put Viola through, just as long as she was winning. Both these characters made me sort of think about war and I can’t seem to stop thinking that, war happens because leaders can’t seem to agree over something but rather than sit down and discuss it, they get their people to fight their battles for them (and die in the process) whilst they sit and watch it going on rather than deal with it like mature adults.

Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed with this book. I was so disappointed by it and I expected something better than what I got. My main problem was the whole ‘third person’ part because when reading the majority of Todd and Viola’s parts, I was really enjoying it! But any time I seen the third person appear then I just wanted to finish their part asap because it bored me. The biggest thing I loved about this series was that with each book you can see just how much Todd and Viola have grown and how mature they’ve became and it’s one of the reasons I do love this series because I haven’t seen much of that in a series of books.

Although I didn’t enjoy this book I do highly recommend this series as it’s unlike any YA fantasy I’ve read before and Ness’ work is starting to become some of my favourites. Like the other books, this book is no different when it comes to the heartbreaking scenes so watch out for them!


 

If you have read or are planning to read these books please do let me know your thoughts!!

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