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Empty Throne Book 1 – Those Above

Twenty five years ago mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.

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Drood by Dan Simmons

I don’t think I like Dan Simmons very much right now. I’ve wasted 6 months+ trying to read this mega novel and while I could see its attraction – the last days of Charles Dickens and his obsession with a character named Drood, narrated from the perspective of his laudanum-ridden friend and enemy Wilkie Collins, I felt no love for any of the characters or felt any plot lines developing to a satisfying end.

THIS BOOK IS A WASTE OF TIME

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Kate Mosse – Sepulchre Book Review

I bought this in a charity shop and I think I will return it there now that I’ve finished it.

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin Sci-Fi book review

“My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first.”


The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres.

But Shevek’s work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres’s sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.
Format Paperback | 336 pages

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Evernight (Book 1) Claudia Grey

Vampire-Academy-poster-vampire-academy-15999884-1000-1200If you are looking for a vampire romance in the same class as Twilight or Vampire Diaries, you have come to the wrong place. Claudia Grey’s book is a lukewarm romance with a predictable twist and a lot of padding. The first half of the novels centers about a young girl entering an elite academy due to her parents being teachers there. She decides to run away on her first night there but she encounters a teenage boy who convinces her to turn around and give the school a go.

It didn’t phase me so much as a Hogwards re-try more like a Vampire Academy prequel. She falls in love with the first guy who showed attention to her and does not understand why he won’t acknowledge her during school hours. She then finds out that he is an outcast and getting into fights often did not want that dark light to shine upon her. Oh, so Gallant. I was nearly yawning at this point…

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Mortal Instruments – Book 1 – City of Bones * Cassandra Clare

c0e58c2771295cc8b00de4882c194580Imagine a book so steampunk you are literally sprouting tattoos as you are reading it. Imagine a potent mix and match of anything that would make a teenager pick up a book from a shelf and read it. Vampires, werewolves, motorcycles, immortals, items to collect, a massive fight between good versus evil, teenagers with no parental supervision, cool tattoos, magic animals, portals between worlds, people trapped in dreams, oh… did I say demons, slayers, shadowhunters?
Yep, there are so many things in this little book I’m surprised it did not scream at me to pick it up.

What did I think of it? I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.

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Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children – Book 3 – Library of Souls

I have been waiting for this book to be delivered ever since I finished (that is to be translated “devoured”) Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar children and its second volume Hollow city.  Released in September 22nd 2015, the book had the fresh feel of a new print combined with the tantalizing hints of an epic ending to the trilogy that so captured me.

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The end of Hollow City left the peculiar children in a very precarious spot, and that’s just where Library of Souls begins. Jacob has just discovered he has a powerful new ability, and he and Emma, a hot-tempered peculiar with fire at her fingertips, must rescue their friends from a heavily-guarded fortress. But to get there they’ll have to survive Devil’s Acre, a wretched, Victorian-era slum populated by murderers, thieves, and the peculiar criminals who live there in exile. It’s the thickest of the three books, and is filled with more characters, more world-building, and more action than the other novels combined.  – RANSOM RIGGS

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Wolf by Wolf * Ryan Graudin

It’s 1956 and Germany has won the second world war. In this alternate timeline, Hitler’s Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. In celebration of the Axis powers’ victory over the Allies (mainly Great Britain) and Russia (who the Axis powers turned against), Hitler and the Emperor of Japan put on an annual motorcycle race from Germany to Japan. This race is a symbol for the new order’s strength and right to rule the world. The victor has an extravagant ball thrown in their honor with both leaders in attendance.

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Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children

book-review-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-by-ransom-riggs.w654I have just finished reading this beautiful story from new American writer Ransom Riggs. I was even more excited to find out that Tim Burton is going to make a movie out of it which will be released in 2016.
This is one unforgettable novel, peppered with old vintage photographs of “peculiar” children. Ones that are invisible, can float in air, can manipulate greenery and also the story of a world caught in a loop in time.

The story centers around a 16 year old who is his grandad’s favourite relative. Abe has showered his grandson with tales of monsters and special children ever since he was little but as he grew older, he became quieter and only upon his tragic death does His grandson finds him mauled and sliced and sees a creature in the forest that had tentacles coming out of his mouth.

“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”

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The Time Machine – First three Chapters Excerpt

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. But they have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity.

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