Friday Read’s 23/9/16


Here’s my Friday reads post for the week of 19 Sept. and I will be telling you about the books that I read this week, the books that I am currently reading and the books that I received for review this week.

Books Read

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

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MY FINAL VIEWS:  I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and intriguing book which was a great start to what I sure is going to be and amazing series.   All the characters were developed in a way that was engaging so as the reader I wanted to read about them, but left room for further development in future books.

The world building was good although some elements could have done with being developed a little more although I guess this development will no doubt happen in future books. I loved the competition element between the sisters in the story especially when it looks like they may end up working together rather than against each other. I can honestly say that I really didn’t like one sister more than the others.                                     This book fits well in the genre that I was written for and so I would both recommend it to or buy it as a gift for anyone anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book with romance and magical elements in it.                               For my full review please click here

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter                

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

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Final Thoughts:  Although I really enjoyed this book from the moment I started it I was finding it difficult to focus on reading it (read to chapter ) so I got the Audio book version from the library and flew through the rest of it. This was a great second book in a series as it expand on some of the things that were left up in the air in the first book while leaving room for further information to be given about them in future books as well as introducing more things/people into the story that will be expanded on in the future books. Even though I still loved Maggie’s writing in this book I learned that this series is one that I need to listen to as apposed to read because although I only listened to roughly the last 1/4 of this book it was a lot better doing it that way for me as I was able to pick up on far more of the nuances that were in the book. Once I have written the full review I will link it at the bottom of the page

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Blue Lilly Lilly Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)


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MY INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am not that far in to this well written great continuation to what is a fantastic series. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to the book as the the narrator does the voices for each the characters really well which means that I am able to understand them as individuals and their relationships with each other. Currently I would give it a 5 star rating and I am sure that wont change when I finish it but look out for my full review which I will also link here when I have written it.

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Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: This Is the first book I have read by this author

Magonia (Magonia, #1)and I can honestly say that although I am not far thorough the book at the moment I am really enjoying it. Maria’s writing is thoroughly engaging and the characters are thoroughly well developed and believable. There are places in the book where the story drags but the overall story is fascinating so I can over look it. At the moment I would give the book a five star rating as it is a good solid start to what I am fairly sure will be a great sr


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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: Currently I although I am not far through the book I am really enjoying it and think that it is really well written. This is the first book by this author that I have read and without reserve I will read any more of his work. The way the author has developed the characters so far is making them easy to believe in.  I already feel like I have made a strong connection to the main character August and that I will with some of the other characters as well. Because of this I am fairly sure that once I have finished this book I will give it a 5 star rating as I am enjoying it so much at the moment, so please look out for the link to the review if you want to know the rating I gave it as well as my views on it.

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The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer

INITIAL THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Kate’s work before but due to the ease of read that I’m experiencing with this book at the moment I will read her other books in the future.  The little girl () who’s the main character in the book is really lovable and is so well written so far so she’s believable and easy to connect with. I can also see how well the other characters will develop through the book. Currently I would say that when I finish reading this book I will  give a five star rating because it is such a heartwarmigly well written book so look out for my review if your interested in knowing what I thought of it and the star rating I gave it.

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The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Joanna’s work before but from what I have read of this book so far I know that I am going to enjoy it and want to read her other books. It is a very well written and engaging mystery in which the characters are well developed and multi dimensional which means that they are easy to connect with and believable. Currently I can see that I will no doubt give the book a 4-5 star rating so if you want to know the star rating I gave it and what my views were then look out for my review.

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Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am currently reading this book in audio book format from my local library and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This is the first book I have read by this author and it is very well written and at the moment I would say that she will be an author that will become a favourite. The main characters a young girl (nought) and a young boy (a cross) who are best friends are developing well and muti dimensional which means their easy to connect with. The world building so far is great and I feel sure it will only get better as the story goes on. I am really glad that I decided to get the audio book copy from the library because as much as I enjoyed the EBook sample that I read I am finding it a lot easier to get in to the story listening to it as I  At the moment I can say that I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in seeing what my ultimate views of the books are and the star rating that I give it then look out for my review, which I will link below as soon as I have published it.

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am not that far into this book at the moment but I am thoroughly enjoying it which is good because I have never read anything by this author before. I thank one of the main reasons I am enjoying it so much is because I am listening to an audio book copy of it which I got from my local library. The two main characters are believable and multifaceted which is making them easy to connect with and I can’t wait to see how their relation/friendship develops as the book goes on.  At the moment I can say that I will be giving this book a five star rating when I review it on finishing it, so look out for my review which I will link below when I have published it.










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Book Information| Magic Casements (The Wells of Ythan Quartet Book 2) by Marc Alexander

Series: The Wells of Ythan Quartet Book 2
Publisher: Endeavour Press – Venture Press
Publish Date: 11 Sep 2016
Genre: Horror, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Other Books in the Series: Ancient Dreams book 1,
Synopsis: The land lies in disrepair…

Will Ythan rise again … or crumble into dust forever?

The Wolf King holds court in River Garde; in Danaak, the Regent is ensorceled, gradually becoming something … tainted: the evil of the enchantment turns even on its own acolytes …

Legend tells of the fall of Ythan, of a lost Princess lying bewitched in the depths of an unknown wilderness. With her lies the key to the lifting of the Enchantment that has spread its corruption over fair Ythan.

The task of finding her has fallen to unlikely hands: an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and a motley crew of misfits.

But the evil has turned on itself, the corruption gnawing at its own innards; and now the Regent of Danaak, afflicted with a creeping, sorcerous horror, can find hope only in the waters of the legendary Wells of Ythan.

Two legends: in one lies hope for Ythan, in the other despair.

From fantasy author Marc Alexander comes Magic Casements the second instalment of the Wells of Ythan series. Follow the unlikely crew of an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and their companions as they search for the lost Princess Livia.

About thr Author: MARC ALEXANDER is a former Fleet Street journalist and a consultant editor of Heritage Magazine. For many years he contributed a regular history column to Majesty magazine. His books include The Outrageous Queens, Haunted Churches and Abbeys of Britain, Royal Murder and A Companion to the Royal Heritage of Britain. Marc lives in London.

Book Information| Dying to Help (Anna McColl Mystery Series Book 1) by Penny Kline

Series: Anna McColl Mystery Series Book 1

Book Information| Victoria Queen and Empress by G. Holden B. 1836 Pike

Victoria, Queen and Empress Book Cover Victoria, Queen and Empress
G. Holden B. 1836 Pike
Historical Memoire
Palala Press
May 3, 2016

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Book Information| Chains of Fate (The Heron Quartet #2/4) by Pamela Belle

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The Heron Quartet #2/4
Pamela Belle
Berkley Publishing Group
Alethea (Heron, #3)

Thomazine Heron, believing that her beloved Francis is dead, enters into a loveless marriage, but when she learns that he is alive, she sets out to find him

Book Information| Wonder (Wonder #1) by R J Palacio

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Wonder #1
R J Palacio
YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Random House
March 1, 2012
Library via Overdrive
Currently Reading
August Pullman, Olivia Pullman, Jackalope Will, Julian Albans, Summer Dawson
Upper Manhattan, New York (United States)
Josette Frank Award (2013), West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) for Younger Readers (2013), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2014), Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2014), New Mexico Land of Enchantment Award for Children (2014) Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (2013), NAIBA Book of the Year for Middle Readers (2012), Waterstones Children's Book Prize (2013), Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee (2015), Bluestem Book Award (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Middle Grade & Children's (2012), Carnegie Medal Nominee (2013), James Cook Book Award Honorable Book (2013), North Carolina Children's Book Award (2014), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera independiente (2012) ..

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Book Information| The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Harmer

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Kate Hamer
Contemporary Mystery Thriller
Faber & Faber
February 24, 2015
Library via Overdrive
Currently Reading
Carmel Wakeford
Costa Book Award Nominee for First Novel (2015), Wales Book of the Year Nominee (2016)

She is the missing girl. But she doesn't know she's lost.

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift...

While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.

Book Information| Nought and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman

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Noughts and Crosses #1/4
Malorie Blackman
Children's stories
Corgi Childrens
Audio Book
Library via Overdrive
Currently Reading
Knife Edge,
Callum McGregor, Persephone 'Sephy' Hadley
FCBG Children’s Book Award (2002), Sheffields Children's Book of the Year (2002), Wirral Children’s Paperback of the Year Award (2003), Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year Award (2002), Fantastic Fiction Award (2004) North East Teenage Book Award Nominee (2002), Premio El Templo de las Mil Puertas Nominee for Mejor novela extranjera independiente (2009)

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society. Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together? In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

Book Information| Magonia (Magonia #1/2) by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Magnolia #1/2
Maria Dahvana Headley
Young Adult Fiction
April 28, 2015
Currently Reading
Aza Ray, Jason,

Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies. Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Book Information| The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2/4) by Maggie Steifvatter

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The Raven Cycle #3/4
Maggie Stiefvater
Juvenile Fiction
Scholastic Inc.
September 17, 2013
Paperback and Audio Book
Amazon & Overdrive
September, 2015 - Sept. 20 2016
The Raven King
Blue, Gansey, Ronan

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take? Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself. One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams. And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things. Ronan is one of the raven boys — a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface — changing everything in its wake. Of THE RAVEN BOYS, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY wrote, “Maggie Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book two.” Now the second book is here, with the same wild imagination, dark romance, and heart-stopping twists that only Maggie Stiefvater can conjure. Praise for THE DREAM THIEVES: * "Richly written and filled with figurative language...this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder." --BOOKLIST, starred review * "Mind-blowingly spectacular... Stiefvater's careful exploration of class and wealth and their limitations and opportunities astounds with its sensitivity and sophistication. The pace is electric, the prose marvelously sure-footed and strong, but it's the complicated characters...that meld magic and reality into an engrossing, believable whole." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review * "A paranormal thriller...this installment [is] more tense and foreboding than its predecessor–and every bit as gripping." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review * "A complex web of magical intrigue and heartstopping action." -- THE BULLETIN, starred review * "Readers who want a moody chill and appreciate an atmospheric turn of phrase will want to spread more time in Henrietta." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review