Week in Review (for week of 29/12) & Week to come (week of 5-11/1)

Books I read and reviewed:

Just One Day Series by Gayle Forman

Just One Day 28-30/12

 

gave this book a 5 star rating because the cover art is grate and both the authors writing and character development are fantastic. Because of this I will be more than pleased to both recommend it to others as well as buying it as gifts for others and for myself to have on my bookshelf as I read it in ebook format.

I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the next book in the Series Just one Year. Gayle’s writing was so descriptive and engrossing that I found it difficult to put it down when I had to for what ever the reason. The story was about a High school Graduate named Allyson who went off on a post graduation European tour for three weeks and while on it she met a Dutch boy called Willem who then took her to Paris for the Day, and how much she’d changed in her self as a person when she returned from the trip.

The book followed through leaving for the tour, all the place she saw on the tour, meeting Willem & spending a day with him in Paris, Willem leaving the squat where they slept, to her returning home and searching for & finding Willem.

In essence it was a book about love, heartache, travel and finding yourself.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 30/12-1/1/15

L’d like to start by thanking Netgalley for allowing me to review this book for them and I am so glad you did, so Thank you!

I loved this book so much that it took me a total of a day, not in one sitting, to read it. Gayle’s writing was really engaging and just made you want to keep reading.

The main characters in the book were believable and so they were easy to connect with. It was a fitting companion novel in the series. Loved finding out more about Willem’s family and his life in general.

It was also so nice that he was searching for Allyson as she was for him because it showed that the feelings that he had for her were exactly the same as the ones she had for him.

I have purchased the next companion novel in the series Just One Night and hope to read it very soon.

The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (ebook) – a friday reads book

I loved this book from beginning to end because Neil’s writing was so captivating that as a reader I didn’t want to put the book down but unfortunately I had to as I only had a brief time in the day, in bed at night to read it. Because I loved it so much I will most likely but a physical copy of the book to have on my book shelf as I read it in ebook format but I will also recommend it to others as well as possibly buy as a present for friends and family.

I loved the way that Neil told the story from the point of view of a middle aged man called George who on returning to his family home for a funeral remembers something that happened to him as a seven year old child. The story was a gripping one which subtly explored the family, what its really like to be child as well as how the memories from childhood affect the adults we become; with healthy dose of horror and magic entwined in with it.

Neil’s lyrical haunting prose and description of the events that transpired for the seven year old George, along with adorable young girl named Lettie Hemstock who kept coming to his aid made me as a reader want to read more and more of the book each time I picked it up. Due to this there were also times while I was reading the book and even when I thought about it afterwards that I could feel the hairs on my arms standing on end as well as the spine tingling feeling you get when your creeped out about something

Neil Gaiman About the author

Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and               Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring     Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman         comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won     the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a           songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each            month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

Because I’m a Maid Series Episodes 1 (Because I’m a Maid!) & 2 The secrets of the Mitsurugis) Manga Graphic Novels by Sayuri SAKAI 2/1 (a friday reads book)

The cover art work, book illustrations and stories in both of these manga graphic novels were amazing which I why I have give them both a five star rating.  Due to this I will both recommend to others as well as possibly buy them as gifts for people and buy physical copies of them for myself as I Read them in ebook format

This was my first time reading manga so getting used to the way it had to be read : left to right top to bottom, but once I got the hang of it I developed an interest in Manga. Due to this interest I intend to read the rest of this series and any other manga series I can.

BECAUSE I'M A MAID! Episode 1

Episode 1 followed the heorine Karen Otonashi, as she was going through the try out process for being a maid for the Mitsurugi family in the hopes of becoming a great maid like her grandmother. In it the reader sees all the tests that are set for the girls that are trying out to be maids which was fascinating.  The authors writnt and illustrations kept me hooked through out the book and made me immediately read the next book in the series.

 

 

 

Because I'm A Maid Vol. 2 (Because I'm A Maid, #2)

In this episode of the series we see the heroine Karen Otonashi starting her dream job as a maid at the Mitsurugi household. Through out the book things happen that make her realise that things aren’t quite right and that things have changed since her grandmother worked for the family when she was young.   Then when Karen is involved in an unexpected incident occur could Karen reveal the mystery of the Mitsurugi family.

 

 

 

Anna, #1 The Starseed by Meghan Riley (Paperback)  3/1 (a weekend reads book)

Anna (The Starseed Series, #1)

I would like to start this review by thanking the author for contacting me to ask if would  review her book in return for an honest review and I am so glad that I said yes because it  was a fantastic book

The authors writing, character and plot development were all grate and engaging, It is for  this reason that I gave the book a five star rating and will both recommend it to others  and buy it as a gift for family members and friends who I think will enjoy it.

The book was about a teenage girl who was dealing with the changes that were occurring  in some freckles that she had on her arm and the side effects that accompanied them,  hallucinations and seeing a shadow man. As well all the usual things a teenager deals  with, boys, friends, school and work (as her father has died so she has to help her mum to  support the family).

The authors writing throughout this book was so enthralling that I wanted to read more and was also able to see things through Anna’s eyes so really felt a connection to her.

I really hope that the Author contacts me again in the future to review any more of her books especially any future books that are part of the same series as this one. If she does I will snap her hand off because if the quality if writing in this her debue book is anything to go by then she’s going to have a very long and successful career.

About the Author

Meghan Riley

Meghan Riley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland and immediately pursued her lifelong passion for the written word. Her debut novel, Anna, presented itself as a way for Riley to inspire teenage girls to expand their interests beyond the typical teenage quandaries, ultimately encouraging females toward an interest in science. She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Anna. Riley currently lives in North Carolina with her significant other, her mother, two clingy cats, and an opinionated dog.

The Sculptor: A Graphic Novel by Scott McCloud (Paperback) – 4/1 (a weekend reads book)

The Sculptor

The cover art for this book was what attracted me to the book but the story and illustrations did not disappoint which is why I am giving the book and five stars out of five. I didn’t realise until I’d read the book just how much the cover art reflects what happens in the story but it does thus why I feel that it along with the illustrations in the book deserve five stars as well.

When I first received the book because of how thick it was I thought it would take me ages to read it but it actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would, it only took me a few days to read rather than just over a week as I thought it would.

The story was captivating because it was about s young sculptor called David Smith who makes a deal with death to be able to sculpt anything he wants with his bare hands in exchange for his life at the end of the 200 day agreed period of time. However once the agreement has been made and David has his gift he finds that its not as easy as he though it would be to decide what to create this is made even harder when he meets the love of his life.

I loved seeing the frustration he felt with his work and finding the love of his life but being unable to tell her about his deal with death because if he does the “fine” is that he looses three of the days that he has left, But what he doesn’t realise until he tells her is that there will be a further penalty… All the characters in the story were believable for different reasons so I was able to connect them all in different ways.

I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely recommend it to others as well as buy it as a gift for friends or family who I think might enjoy it.

About the author

Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud (born Scott McLeod) is an American cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schism, #1 The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – a weekends read book

The Waking Dreams of the Dead, #1 Waking by Thomas Randal (ebook) –  a weekends read book (finished on 4th (review will be in my Weekly round up post for next week)

Books that I reviewed:

  • The 100 by Kass Morgan – arc received from NetGalley

Next Weeks TBR

  • Day 21, #2 The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan (ebook) – received from Netgalley, aim to finish
  • The Doppler Effect by Dr Shawn Philips (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish
  • In a Wolfs Eye. #1 The Saga of the Black Wolf by A. Katie Rose (paperback) – received from Bostick Commubications, aim to finish)
  • Reboot, #1 Reboot by Amy Tintera (ebook) – aim to finish, currently at 9%
  • The Opportunist by Taryn Fisher (ebook) – aim to start
  • Shadow Hunt, #1 Arash Saga by Elke Schuster (ebook) – received from NetGalley, aim to start
  • Collision: The Battle for Darracia, #2 Schish by Michael Phillip Cash (paperback) – received from Bostick Communication, aim to start

Kindle Books to buy

  • Just One Night by Gayle Forman (£2.48)
  • Hunted, #3 Talented Saga) by Sophie Davis (£1.84)
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer, #3 Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (£3.98)
  • Spirits of the Noh, #2 Waking by Thomas Randal (£4.00)
  • Once, #2 Eve by Anna Carey (£1.99)
  • Siege and Storm, #2 Grisha by Leigh Bardugo (£3.59)
  • Prized, #2 Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien (£3.59)
  • Quicksilver, #2 Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (£3.59)
  • Fever, #2 Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (£3.85)

2 thoughts on “Week in Review (for week of 29/12) & Week to come (week of 5-11/1)

  1. Katie

    I love your blog. The fish and the blue is awesome!
    I LOVE The 100!! OBSESSED!!
    You NEED to get The Retribution of Mara Dyer. That was so great!
    Just One Day and Just One Year are on my TBR.
    Happy reading!
    Katie @ Kitkatscanread xx

    1. Cat Admin Post author

      Hi Katie
      Thanks for your comment and I am planning on getting The Retribution of Mara Dyer on my kindle tomorrow so I’ll let you know what I thought of it as soon as I have read it. You need to read Just One Day and Just One Year as soon as you can.
      Cat (Catherine)

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