Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

Hey everyone! Top Ten Tuesdays is one of my favourite book tags (AKA the only one I really follow), and I thought that the prompt for this week was a great idea. If you’ve tried it, feel free to link your post in the comments and I’ll try and check them out. Have you read any of mine?

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1. Isla and the Happily Ever After

If you’ve followed my site for a while, you might have learned of my love for this series. I was hoping Stephanie Perkins would write more books in this style, but she seems to have moved on to horror? Isla and the Happy Ever After was the last book in the series; all of the characters came together and it was just so flipping HAPPY. We love that.

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2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers

I could never bring myself to review this series. Now, if you take away the emotional abuse, the racism against indigenous people, the misogyny, the creepy stalking and most of the plot, this isn’t a bad series. But, that’s quite difficult. After the release of Midnight Sun, I lost the little respect I had for Stephenie Meyers’ letting the series die (unlike, I dont know, J.K Rowling!). Not only is her strange obsession with fruit back on the menu… but she doesn’t seem to have realised that I read most of this book online when I was 13??

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(I know I didn’t love it but I wanted to mention it).

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3. Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

This was a clever, creepy mystery that I read on holiday a few years ago. When I bought it, it was more underground, but I’ve seen some reviews that say it’s generated a cult following since then…

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4. Toffee by Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan is my favourite prose author ( AKA the only one I’ve ever read. Although I recently bought a book by Elizabeth Acevedo that I can’t wait to try). I’ve reviewed my favourite, We Come Apart, but I also loved that Toffee had a sense of mystery about it as well as a great message.

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5. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

I’ve mentioned the Flawed series a few times before, but never reviewed them. It’s just become one of those books I was always going to review… and then when I finally have time, I find I read them too long ago to remember anything. However, I am left with a sense of a great book; everyone I’ve lent them to has loved it.

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6. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

In my local bookshop, I took one look at the cover of this book and went straight to the counter. I instantly loved the characters and how the author had made the world of Oz so dark. But, I was put off by the fact that it was a longer series and haven’t read further than the first.

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7. After the Fire by Will Hill

You’re right, random author on the cover. After the Fire is a must read-novel for both young adults and adults alike. In a really fresh and engaging way, it covered topics that are rarely tackled well.

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8. S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennet

This is one of my favourite YA thrillers, and I’m very excited to discover that the third book is coming out this month. Also, I’ve always been impressed how this author has managed to design all of her other books, whether they’re in the series or not. A bit like Karen McManus of One of Us is Lying

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9. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

I love these books so much. I don’t know how, but it’s been one of those series that I’ve never gotten around to reviewing. Murder Most Unladylike was devoured by a much younger me and I’ve been following the series ever since. I can’t believe that the finale, Death on the Nile, is out already! It feels like the end of an era.

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10. The Maze Runner (just all of them) by James Dashner

I NEED TO REREAD THESE BOOKS. I adored them on my first run through, but like a few series, I think I tried them too young to properly understand how great they are… especially as there’s now five books?

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(check out this photo, my nerdy side got extremely excited.)


Are you not sure what books to read for summer? Would you like to take part in a really simple and fun Reading Challenge?

Find the prompts here, and then borrow, buy, steal or ebook books to fit them. I’d love for as many people as possible to take part in my first original book tag. Happy Reading!

King of Scars

Name: King Of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Published: 2019

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Face your demons . . . or feed them.

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war – and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried–and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

The entire Grisha trilogy has been building up to this addition (the last couple of weeks have also been building up for this addition as I waited impatiently for it to arrive).

But, hear me out. King of Scars combines the original characters we were introduced to in the ‘Shadow and Bone’ trilogy; and the world building developed in the ‘Six of Crows’ duology. Nikolai has been one of the only consistent characters throughout; it’s great he’s finally got his own book after we’ve watched his personality develop over the years. I love all of the subtle references to the other books – they made me smile so much. It would be a perfect way to tie them all together if more characters from Six of Crows appeared in the next King of Scars (*cough* Kanej *cough*).

King of Scars Review

This took me forever to read – and not for the normal reasons! At first, I was going about 10 pages an hour… mainly because I was overanalysing how amazing every sentence was. It took a while. However, (story time) I recently discovered the precarious art of reading in the car. Last week, I took a 4 hour journey to Hay-On-Wye – click here for how weird it was without the book festival – and I read the rest of the book in one sitting. For me, that’s a lot. I’d never normally be engrossed in a book enough to do that, but I did with King of Scars because it’s Just. So. Good.

The book flicks between different POV, which kept it interesting, although Zoya and Nikolai’s often showed quite similar events. All of their interactions were brilliant – Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of beautiful romance, world building… and banter. She writes the best dialogue I’ve ever read.

It was an interesting decision to also write from Nina’s as well; she wasn’t really linked to the other two. But, I loved her narrative. Nina was one of my favourite characters in Six of Crows, although she seemed to have passed the duty of funny/witty banter on to Nikolai in this book. Some of her Nina-ness (that’s a word now) was slightly lost in the translation between books, although that does make sense with you-know-who dying. I thought Bardugo had exhausted my tears over that character, but nooo! And, Nina did at least get some waffle jokes in, so it’s all good. Her relationship with Hanne was brilliant, and I need more in the next book.

Near the end, everything got a little strange. I didn’t mind the turn it took (let me know if you get what I’m on about) but it was very different to the heist themes of ‘Six of Crows’. The plot twists were clever, although does slightly seem just like a long-winded way of not having to create another villain! However, the ending was thrilling and I cannot wait for book 2.


Are you not sure what books to read for summer? Would you like to take part in a really simple and fun Reading Challenge?

Find the prompts here, and then borrow, buy, steal or ebook books to fit them. I’d love for as many people as possible to take part in my first original book tag. Happy Reading!

Every Book Lover Needs To Visit Hay-On-Wye

Have you ever heard of the Hay-On-Wye book festival? If so, congratulations. If not… read on!

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The festival takes place every year around May in an adorable little village in Wales. I’ve gone 5 times and it’s honesty one of the highlights of my year. You’ve got hundreds of authors doing signings and talks; massive tents stinking of new books; cosy pubs and restaurants all set in the idyllic Welsh countryside. Although of course, it’s mainly about the books.

Ever been to Glastonbury in the off season? This week, I’ve been on holiday in Wales and thought I’d visit the village seeing as I was nearby – it was pretty surreal. I’m sure Hay 2020 would have been amazing, but sadly it was one of the many things COVID 19 halted. The shops were mostly shut up, front lawns that often offered (the most gorgeous) ice cream boasted only wheelbarrows and the streets were mostly deserted. I even went to the site where the festival is normally held and it was just a field – very strange!!

However, I still had a great time and got to look around a few second hand book shops… of which Hay has almost an abundance. My favourite is this old cinema that’s been converted into the underground lair of a heck of a lot of books. The village was still beautiful… and a great backdrop to take some aesthetic (ish) photos of my new Converse.

The Hay On Wye Book Festival should be on every book lover’s bucket list – I would highly reccommend it.


Are you not sure what books to read for summer? Would you like to take part in a really simple and fun Reading Challenge?

Find the prompts here, and then borrow, buy, steal or ebook books to fit them. I’d love for as many people as possible to take part in my first original book tag. Happy Reading!

Leah On The Offbeat vs What If Its Us

Hey everyone! So, I read both of these books recently (although not that recently. My to – review pile is massive) and as they’re of a similar genre, I thought I’d pit them against each other:

Leah On the Offbeat

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When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat- but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

The only child of a single mum, and her life is less privileged than her friends. Her mum knows she’s bisexual, but Leah hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends, not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

Can Leah still strike the right note, when the people she loves are fighting?And how can she cope knowing that she might love one of her friends more than she ever intended?

I really wanted to love this book… and I mostly did. Expectations were high as I’d been looking forward to reading this for literally years. Whilst I LOVE Leah and all her snarkiness, I didn’t adore all of her actions. Part of what made her so great was how feisty she was, but a few times this meant she made extremely annoying decisions.

However, I loved all the subtle reference to the other books in this world, and the whole gangs back together (woo). Leah On the Offbeat tackles some real problems but with humour and Becky Albertalli’s (amazing) style. It was readable without being cringeworthy / unrealistic – and I devoured it in literally a day.

The pace was a bit strange, jumping days past important events; Leah didn’t really develop much as a character. I don’t know if the romance had all of Becky Albertalli’s usual magic, although it was very cute and I can’t wait for Love, Creekwood.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What If It’s Us?

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

THIS BOOK KILLED ME. In the best possible way. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are some of my favourite authors and I was so excited for their a collab. I knew it would be amazing but nothing couldn’t prepare me for the cuteness this book delivered. I would willingly die multiple times for this book.

At first, it started slow. The boys meet near the beginning but took a while to find each other again which I thought was a pretty confident move by the authors. However, once I got into it, I couldn’t stop (No one really saw me for a few days). The ending was just perfect – although I’m not sure what to think of the epilogue? I need a Book 2.

My favourite parts of What If It’s Us are either the characters (Dylan was just perfect) or the PHENOMINAL amount of musicals references in it. The whole thing just made me smile. And laugh (and cry a little bit).

This was a happy (mostly) without being too cringey (mostly) book. It’s less realistic/ gritty than Leah On the Offbeat, but I loved the whimsical-ness in that sense. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone – and believe me, I’m trying to 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Are you not sure what books to read for summer? Would you like to take part in a really simple and fun Reading Challenge?

Find the prompts here, and then borrow, buy, steal or ebook books to fit them. I’d love for as many people as possible to take part in my first original book tag. Happy Reading!

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 (original)

Hey everyone! For a few weeks I have been looking for a summer reading challenge, but all the ones I found had started a while ago or had too many categories (I’m very aware that it’s nearly August). So I thought: why not do one myself?

This is my first original book tag, and I’d love for as many people to do it as possible!

The Rules

  • Link to the original tag’s creator: Hundreds and Thousands of Books. Please don’t let all the squinting at my laptop screen to make the graphics flop!
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post (or the original one if you just want to give it a go).
  • Tag as many people as you want to participate, with links to their Then get to reading…
  • Borrow, buy, ebook, steal books that fit the descriptions. Don’t worry if you can’t read all 9 before the summer is over – although you have until the 22nd September 🙂
  • Post at the end of the challenge how you got on!

The Challenge

I Nominate…

You! If you’ve got this far you might as well give it a go…

One Book More

Notes From A Paper Plane

An Itzey Bitzey Book Blog

Rubbish Talks

Hooks Books and Wunderlust

Book Worms Annonymous

Hammock of Books

Pjink Skies

Anna’s Book Nook

Books and Such

The Booklife of Audrey Smith

When Life Mett

I‘m All About Books

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Name: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Author: Heather Morris

Published: 2018

 I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

I haven’t read a lot of books set in Auschwitz, but this was not my favourite. The Tattooist of Auschwitz follows the real story of Lale Sokolov as he volunteers to go to Auschwitz in his brother’s place and meets Gita at the camp. Now whilst it’s pretty amazing that this is a true story, I think I would be calling the author out for writing an unrealistic romance if it wasn’t.

Heather Morris originally intended for this story to be a screen adaptation and in some points it’s as if she took her script and just put it in a cover. There was next to no description anywhere; whilst just stating that there is some trees, or that Gita was ‘pretty’ works for a script, this isn’t a script. It’s a book. In films, you show personality through actions – that’s why casting is so important – but if I’m reading these characters, then I need personality and thoughts and opinions. I don’t think I could name a single trait of Lale’s, or why he was even attracted to Gita in the first place (their relationship was so badly written it made me want to cry).

I was prepared to cry over this book. I had been lining up some mindless romances for after reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz so I could get over what I was sure would be a heartbreaking but powerful read. Personally, it was neither. The main reason for this was just that I wasn’t that attached to the characters. The things that happened to them were awful, but it felt more like reading about them in a textbook compared to a personal rendition of the events. Lale being the tattooist was a major factor in him surviving at the camp but I don’t know if it was worthy of being the title of the book.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz had so much potential, but I think that the author fell flat. The dialogue was very bland and there was little sense of terror or urgency. Personally, I didn’t enjoy this book, but let me know your opinion on it 🙂

The Birthday Book Tag

It’s my birthday today! I’ve been looking forward to it for a while, and all the shops are starting to open up again, which is pretty great timing. I’ve got my fingers crossed that next year will run a bit smoother than this one…

I first saw this tag at The Perks Of Being A Nerd and I thought it looked really fun. So here goes!

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Birthday Cake

A Book With A Plot Twist That Seems Cliche But You Love it Anyway

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

You can probably guess what happens in this book just by the cover – but I love it anyway! This whole series always makes me smile.

Click HERE for my review of this book

Party Guests

Your Most Anticipated Book Release Of This Year

Harrow The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The sequel to Gideon the Ninth is released on the 4th August and is probably one of the birthday presents I’m most looking forward to! I only recently read the first book, but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see how Gideon and Harrow’s relationship progresses… now that Gideon is… inside Harrow’s brain?

Click HERE for my review of the original

Happy Music

A Book With Some Beautiful And Truly Memorable Quotes

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo’s characters always have the best lines. Hands down, she writes the best dialogue I’ve ever read. And whilst this book wasn’t really filled with moving, coming of age quotes, there’s a serious amount of sassy bad-assery in it. Which works for me!

Click HERE for my review of this book

The Happy Birthday Song

A Book That Deserved All The Hype It Got

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Originally, I only bought Good Omens to watch the show (I couldn’t bear the thought of reading a book after watching it). However, it was hilarious – and I thought the adaptation was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Click HERE for my review of this book

Birthday Presents

A Book That Surprised You With How Much You Loved It

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I randomly picked up The Starless Sea. It was my first read by this author, and I definitely want to try more of her books! I loved her style and the whole world she created was just amazing. And of course, who can argue with that cover?

Click HERE for my review of this book

Getting Older

A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you’d appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader

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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

I read this book 4 years ago and wasn’t the biggest fan of it. But looking back, I’m not sure I totally understood all of the themes and I want to reread it soon, especially as it contains a lot of really relevant issues.

Click HERE for my review of this book

Sweet Birthday Memories

A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life

Simon vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda

This book deserves to be reread and reread and reread. IT’S SO AMAZING (That’s it, that’s all I need to say.).

Click HERE for my review of this flipping awesome book

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That was the birthday tag! I really enjoyed doing it – when’s your birthday?

What Classics And Marmite Have In Common

Do you like classics?

I’d love to be the sort of person whose shelves are full of Charles Dickens and George Orwells in fancy covers, but I really don’t have the patience. Or the money.

Unpopular Opinion: not every timeless classic is ageless. Sadly, we did reach an era where we stopped using ‘thee’ and started showing a bit of ankle (scandalous, I know). But, once you get round a bit of funny language, there is something pretty amazing about reading books written by dead authors about dead societies in dead languages. I doubt Charlotte Bronte ever expected teenage girls to be fangirling over her books on internet forums nearly 200 years after its release date. tHat’S KiNd oF aMaZiNg.

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However, I do have some friends who refuse to read anything not written this century. Which is such a shame. And slightly terrifying – even Harry Potter came out in 1997 (Now that’s a scary thought.) The probability is, if people have loved a book for centuries, then you’re going to love it too. Some people love classics, some people hate them (😔) but I would highly recommend that you go and grab one. Just to see what all the fuss is about. I love ‘The Outsiders’ or ‘Of Mice And Men’ by John Steinbeck… as you can probably see from my copy!

What are some of your favourites? Are you a love or a hate kind of person? Please like and let me know in the comments!

The Camelot Years

So. Recently, I’ve been rereading ‘The School For Good and Evil’ series, and I can finally say that I’m onto The Camelot Years (click here for the adult references I found whilst reading the first three). Now, whilst I was originally opposed to the idea of even more books, I can’t say that I hated them. It’s not love either, but whilst the first three are superior, sadly they lack the best thing about these latter three.

Baby Merlin.

Quests For Glory

The Camelot Years: the Holy book Of randomly Capitalising things.

Now, whilst this might be fine when our beloved Margo Roth Spierman does it, but someone needs to tell this author that Capitalising the Word ‘pen’ doesn’t Make the idea of magical biros Running the world any Less weird (more on that later). The alternate POV were sort of interesting, but it became pointless to put a name at the start of the chapter because the style of the writing didn’t change that much.

But, despite my misgivings about the author, I have nothing against the illustrator. THAT COVER – by far the ultimate front of the series (although I don’t want to know where Tedros is looking?). It was honestly what made me buy it… and I can’t say the plot was worth it. Or maybe plot is a too strong word?

The blurb promised us the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives; I can’t agree. 200 pages in, the only adventure I can find is high action castle redecorating. I sort of liked this slow introduction to how Agatha and Tedros’ relationship had changed since book 3, but slow really is the operative clause here. There was some romance if you count disturbingly descriptive accounts of how great Tedros smells, and between the fights there was a thin backstory of some teenagers who didn’t want to get married but that was about it. Whilst I enjoyed the ending, I can’t say I was the biggest fan of this book. Plus, WE HAD TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR TO REVEAL THE CLIFF HANGER. That was a long 12 months.

The pace did pick up eventually, but there was no real character development, with Tedros and Agatha and Sophie going round in endless circles: Why doesn’t she like me avoiding her? Am I too good for him? Will I ever get a real personality? I still think that Tedros has gone downhill since the first book; his only character trait in this book seemed to be either freaking out or being a control freak. But, I understand that he’s under a lot of pressure, so I’m sure he’ll be a lot nicer towards his fiancé in The Crystal Of Time.

Right?

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A Crystal of Time

I have a question. How can you summon every leader in the Endless Woods? The entire plot of this book revolved around burning the Rings of All of the Leaders of the Endless woods (more excessive capitals) to keep the Storian alive… but I thought that if the Storian was having problems, the sun died? Book Three?

Again, a pretty cool cover – I love how Tedros’ entire face shape changes between each book (and how I kept picking this one up upside down!). One of my other favourite things about this book was how it really expanded the world past the School For Good and Evil – all of the Camelot Years books do. Agatha visits a Sherwood Forest that’s described as a humid jungle… which is hilarious because the author clearly hasn’t been to the real Nottingham! However, of course, we manage to end up back at the school before the end. Which brings me to my next problem.

‘You’ll love the new Everboys, charming little foxes. Especially the boys of Honour 52.’

– Princess Anemone, page 123.

Ew ew ew. Teachers can’t hit on students, whatever age the book is aimed at. Sophie, the DEAN, literally describes some of her students in the last book as ‘scrummy’ – and she’s sort of the same age as them. Princess Anemone is an adult… and some of these kids could be 12. Hort and Nicola’s relationship honestly made me so uncomfortable, first of all because he’s literally her history teacher and also because Nicola could do so much better.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The One True King

From the cover to the story, ‘The One True King; was such a let down. First of all, I thought we were going places with these covers… but wHaT iS tHis?! Honestly.

I wish I’d had this series when I was younger because I feel like I’m missing some of the magic by hating on the abundance of illustrations, or by overanalysing Tedros. But seriously, that kid needs to stop. His weird possessive (I don’t even know what to call it) with Agatha really bugged me – I felt like he and Hort really didn’t treat the girls well and whenever Agatha tried to actually make a plan she was called a control freak. But then Sophie would make a joke about how Tedros smells and it’s all good? That’s not a good message.

We did see more of the Woods in this book, but I though some of the places were painfully stereotyped. Every adult had a life lesson that I’m pretty sure random bar maids wouldn’t express so eloquently to a bunch of teens at a pub. Tedros would perform lengthy (a bit too lengthy) monologues that spanned double pages: typical teen behaviour! I liked the new cast of characters from the first years at the school – including one spanish girl? – otherwise it literally isn’t about the school. Speaking of characters, I liked how Japeth’s character developed; whilst I might not like him, I understood where he was coming from. The author included an impressive amount of speculation about his parents without mentioning the ‘s’ word – although all of the parentage stuff was pretty confusing. I would have benefited from a family tree or something!

Now for the best part. I have a few more ideas from these books, but I really don’t have the time… or the laptop battery. At first, I thought it was a weird choice to turn Merlin into a baby (don’t ask), as if it was only a way to make Agatha act maternal – all though that did happen. However, he turned out to be honesty such amazing comic relief. He was this adorable baby, then the best five year old I have ever read, then this grumpy teen binging magical chips. Would recommend these later books for Merlin alone… and all of the great storylines, scenery and dialogue? Sort of.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Have you read this series? Got any thoughts on it? Like and let me know in the comments!

First Line Friday – 10th July

Welcome to my First Line Friday! This is my first time trying this book meme hosted by Wondering Words. Can you guess what book these opening lines are from?

The Rules

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Opening Line

He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.

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Any guesses?

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Hint: It was published ten years ago this year

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Still not sure? It was written by James Dashner

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This Week’s First Line Was From

Name: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Published: 2010 (Makes me feel very old)

Synopsis: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything – even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There you go! Did you guess correctly? Have you read this book? Like and let me know in the comments.