Saturday, 25 January 2014

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden| Review

Title: Tomorrow When the War Began
Series: The Tomorrow Series
Genre: War
My Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Blurb: Ellie and her friends leave home one morning, wave goodbye to their parents and head to the hills to camp out. Returning home a week later, they find everything changed.
Their Homes Destroyed
Their Families Taken
Their Country Invaded

I thought that Tomorrow When the War Began was written in quite an interesting way. Our protagonist, Ellie, is writing this after it all happened so she keeps looking back and saying.
"These things seem silly now." etc. I feel this would have been stranger to a different reader as I had already seen the film so (like Ellie) I already knew what had happened.
I felt like in the film Kevin was portrayed as annoying and that character who wouldn't accept what they were saying and wanted to bring things that weren't necessities but in the book I really liked his character. Sometimes he did find things difficult to accept but he was a strong character that wasn't disliked. 
I loved that each character had their own unique personalities: Robyn- the devout Christian, clever caring one; Lee- the keeps-him-self-to-him-self musical one; Homer- the boyish, adventurous and outdoorsy one and Fi- the delicate beautiful princess (but she wasn't snobbish). Fi was my favourite character because I thought she was really cute and funny.
There were romantic elements to the story for those of you who love love!
I was reading Tomorrow When the War Began at school one day and the boy sitting next to me got bored and read the blurb. He was so exited by the story that he made all of his friends read the blurb and then he later went to find it in the library. He seems to be enjoying it and I'm sure you will too!
Love Always,

Monday, 6 January 2014

Montacute House - Lucy Jago|Review

For the first forty or so pages I wasn't impressed by this book and was close to giving up but I stuck to my "don't give up until fifty pages" rule and I'm ever so glad I did. Our main character ,Cess (Cecily), is the village outcast she is a bastard child and she is best friends with the other village outcast, William, who has a clubbed foot. I liked Cecily, she was a strong female protagonist working as a poultry girl. One thing that did annoy me however was that at the beginning of the book it said she had brown hair were as the girl on the cover is blonde. I have to admit I wasn't a fan of William. He seemed very, cheesy yet rude and ungrateful at the same time. I did like Jasper- a character Cess met along the way- and I ship him and Cess! I think this book would defiantly appeal to fans of Mary Hooper like myself. Like Hooper's work it is an exiting story but at the same time great for learning about the time period. It's a wonderful tale of friendship, courage and witchcraft with some very exiting plot twists! (I LOVE PLOT TWISTS) I loved that the creepy characters creeped me out and that I had a soft spot for the lovable characters. I loved that the story was so gripping I read it until late at night. Most of all I loved the cover ('Tis so pretty!). In conclusion I thought that Montacute House was enjoyable and I gave it 4/5 stars. Love Always, Freya
Montacute House

Saturday, 4 January 2014

I'm Participating in Bout of Books 9.0!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Bout of Books

Friday, 3 January 2014

Adventures with the Wife in Space- Neil Perryman (a review)

 I received this book quite some time ago from a website called netgalley and ever since I have been slowly reading it alongside all the other books I have been reading.
Ever heard of the blog adventures with the wife in space? Neil wrote a book! I have to admit I wasn't one of the blog's many avid readers but when I saw this book it caught my attention because I am a whovian.
This book was an interesting experience for me because I am a fan of the Doctor Who episodes and never have I seen an episode of classic doctor who. This meant I was learning even more about Doctor Who! Before this book I didn't know there was a sixteen year gap between Paul Mcgann and Christopher Eccleston (which explains a lot).
The first part of the book is like a Doctor Who autobiography. It explained how he got into the show and how he collected all the figurines and the weetabix cards. It even tells us how he had met his wife, sue, and how he had tried to get Sue's daughter into Doctor Who. I liked this part of the book as this was wear I did all my Doctor Who learning.
The second part of the book was when they started watching all the episodes together. Thanks to Sue's ratings I know which episodes to watch and which not to! In conclusion I thought the book was very enjoyable and I gave it a mice 4/5 stars.
Love Always,

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