I am slowly falling back in love with my Kindle.

Physical copies of books are the bomb, but they take up a lot of room. Especially if you read close to 100 books a year. I’m 23 – 2300 books is too many to store. The Kindle is definitely a method of space control. Oh, and it’s tangerine coloured which is also cool. This is one one of the first books I downloaded on my new Kindle and it’s a stunner. Shall we dive in? (Or surf in?)

The Wave at Hanging Rock

Blurb

Jesse tells the story of his coming-of-age on the wild Atlantic coast, where he fails to notice the disturbing behaviour of his best friend.

Natalie’s husband goes missing at sea in circumstances which don’t make sense. And while she searches for him, it seems she also has something to hide.

You’ll be shocked at how Jesse and Natalie’s stories come crashing together. And at the end, you won’t see the twist coming.

The Wave at Hanging Rock is a powerful and intelligent thriller that will grip you from the first line, and keep you guessing till the very last page.

The Wave at Hanging Rock

My Review

The book follows two seemingly unrelated stories. Jesse and his friends surfing in sublime Wales and Natalie a psychologist whose husband has oddly disappeared. We follow the first person perspective from Jesse during childhood. He spends most of his days surfing with Darren and John. Fishing for crabs and fighting for the best waves. Natalie’s story is told from the present. After her husband fails to arrive home she continues her life the best she can. Only for eight years later the disappearance of Jim raises its ugly head. Jesse and Natalie’s are about to collide and there’s nothing to stop it.

The writing is dark and foreboding. The sections of surfing really drew me into the writing and are writtrn really well. Throughout it has an intense feeling – Jesse has a cloudy and murky personality. John and Darren also have quirks. Darren struggles to keep up with the other two and John is downright terrifying. His dominating personality kept me on edge throughout. All of the character dialogue was written well – it felt real which I liked. Natalie’s character is well built too. She has bite and drive but also a vulnerability. The transitions from present to past work well and don’t jar. Thumbs up there.

At the beginning it’s slow read and takes time to build speed but it builds. The second half of the book I galloped through and found myself desperate to get to the end. The ending will probably upset you – it has many on Goodreads. I’m going to let you decide whether it works. (But let me know in the comments.)

The Wave at Hanging Rock

Final Thoughts

This is a dark psychological thriller. It will keep you second guessing and trying to put your finger on the final ending. The characters are dark and brutal but ultimately likeable. I definitely want to read into this author more. He’s one to watch I think.

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You might have seen recently that I’ve fallen for the Pigeonhole App. I wrote about it a little here and here. Today I’m reviewing a book from their disappearing stave collection. There’s a post about the concept and my experience with that coming Friday. But today I take you into the chilling book All the missing girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Blurb

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

But here’s the thing I’ve learned about leaving – you can’t really go back. I don’t know what to do with Cooley Ridge anymore and Cooley Ridge doesn’t know what to do with me, either. The distance only increases with the years.

My Review

After the initial set-up of the story, All the missing Girls is told backwards. We start from Day 15 and go back to Day 1 following Nic’s return to her old home. She attempts to unravel in these what has happened to Annaleise, and Corinne all those years ago. Nic must also come to terms with the secrets her family have kept hidden whilst protecting them too.

The book kept me hooked from start to finish. Telling the tale backwards means that you have work out the references without the build-up to an event. Then you read what actually happened before in the next (previous) chapter. Throughout Megan Miranda doesn’t miss a beat. I was second guessing myself through the reading, trying to pick through the lies and work out the truth. At times I struggled to trust Nic as a narrator making the reading more haphazard. (This is mentioned at the beginning but when I reading I try to find a credible source.)

A polaroid fading from the edges in, the colors bled out; the outline of a ghost town full of ghosts.

The writing is claustrophobic and dense. It has a magical, woven sense of style and I devoured it. It’s blustery and free-spirited but always with a sense of danger. I have a feeling I will buying everything and anything this author writes.

“The woods have eyes and monsters and stories. We are them as much as they are us.”

The characters are fantastically written. Tyler the ex-boyfriend who was/is always there for Nic. Trusting but also cold he was a favourite of mine. Nic can be a struggle to empathise with but as I threw myself deeper into the rabbit hole I wanted it to all be okay. Her ailing father, closed off brother it’s an infuriating and exciting mess. The flashbacks to the group ten years ago tell of a dangerously intense female friendships that left me gripping the edge of the book.

The biggest credit to this book was I constantly judged every character I came across. I was toying and frowing as to who I thought had done it. Towards the end I managed to stumble on a conclusion but I didn’t quite get it. The execution is spot on. I want to go back and read this the other way round – but I’m not ready to yet. The initial excitement of reading this hasn’t worn off. The ending is brilliant too – maybe there are monsters in all of us. That’s all I’m saying.

Final Thoughts

It’s better than Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train. It’s sublime. GO get it.

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

I’ve always struggled with series books. The Fire Within is no different.

I was bought this book years ago when I was a child. I read though it in a whirlwind but. But only read book one. I’ve read the book mebbe 4/5 times but I’ve never read further into the series. I read a lot more serious books recently. (LOL adulthood.) But I thought I might start a series feature – beginning with The Fire Within. Let me know whether that’s exciting (OR TOTES NOT. )

Blurb

When David moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle and her eleven-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery.

In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within—not only with his hands but also with his heart.

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

My Review

The book follows the David arrival at Wayward Cresent. He’s come to study Geography at the local college and rent a small room. But, once he arrives and meets Liz and Lucy Pennykettle he senses something isn’t quite right. His landlord Liz creates clay dragons for a living, and Lucy is her daughter who adores squirrels. But something is off.  For a start – he can hear a hrrrrr-ing noise. It turns out the clay dragons are kinda real. But I’ll let you read and find out more.

The book is an interweaving of three stories. The story being told and the re-telling of the story of the last dragon. But, David is also roped into writing a birthday story for Lucy for her birthday. It features a squirrel called Conker. Super cute. All interweave perfectly. They support one another and help to keep the writing free-flowing. As always I preferred one over the two. The story of the dragons pipped it for me. Many of the negative comments focus on the squirrel story feeling it overshadows. I don’t think it does really.

The novel definitely has a strong sense of innocence. It is a beautiful mix of nature and fantasy and real concern for the environment. Yes, relationships are built very quickly and dissolved very quickly. Lucy and the lodger make friends in the wink of an eye. There’s an evil crow that is instantly recognisable. It’s sweet. Oh, and you should never made your dragon cry.

It also desperately made want my own Liz dragon. They’re moulded on the personality traits of their owner. Mine would be holding a book, with a pencil (like David’s.) With maybe a can of Pepsi Max and a tube of Pringles? Classy.

Final Thoughts

This book is a fantastic mix of nature quests, fantasy, art and writing. The layers of the story will intrigue eager readers but also reluctant readers. It will inspire anyone that reads this book to look for more.

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The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

 

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Heeeeeellllo readers, it’s time for a Thanksgiving styled post – which as a British person doesn’t quite work but it’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday post (run by the brilliant The Broke and the Bookish) so I’m going with it. The topic today is a free topic as long as it related to thanksgiving and being happy for the things that we have and I wanted to focus on something blogging related so with little delay – ten things I’m thankful for as a bookish bloggers.

1. It has opened my eyes to books I would never have considered before

In the past two of so years I have read books that  I would never have known about or bothered to ever pick up. Whether that’s the classics binge I’m currently going through or the YA books I fell in love with over the last six months,  without the bookish bloggging community and creating this blog I would never have read so many fantastic books.

2. Every day I am told about never fantastic books

This relates to the first but before my blog I never really had a TBR – I kinda just read willy nilly and read as and when I pleased. Now I’ve got a list that I can’t stop spiralling out of control and rather than being terrifed of it, I’m just bloody embracing it. Never before has my adoration of reading been so strong and that wouldn’t have happed without all of this.

3. Being taught to be proud of what I’m reading

Yearrrrrs ago we were on holiday, as a family, in the Lake District and at the cottage we were staying at they had a number of old and worn books – one being ‘Ps I love you by Ceclia Ahern.’ Mumma B told me it was trash but I read it and I thought it was perfection.

I struggled a lot with my reading likes/dislikes and since the blog I’ve learnt to embrace them – so what if some days all I want is an utterly trashy chick-lit, or I want to read a children’s book and look at all the gorgeous pictures. Blogging has allowed me not only to experience new genres and books but also be proud of what are a little like guilty pleasures.

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4. The community.

I joined the bookish blogosphere to write really and I found that actually I’ve met some truly wonderful people who make me smile on a daily basis and share with me all of their wonderful bloggish bits. When I joined I was warned a little that blogging would be lonely but two years  or so later I feel more comforted than ever and hopefully I’ve been there for many of you to. My NY resolution is to participate more and comment more but I will – I promise you gorgeous readers.

5. Absolutely awesome authors

I still can’t believe how many utterly wonderful, talented, thoughtful and compassionate authors I have met over the last two years – whether through email, commenting on the blog or twitter I have read so many fantastic books and currently it’s so sad I’ve got too many to read because the list just keeps growing.

Thank you for writing all the fantastic books and letting have a nosy read inside.

6. It made me re-realise my love of reading again

Throughout university my love of reading plummeted – studying Philosophy/Media the number books, essays, magazines, studies, theories I was reading on a daily basis reading for pleasure became a bore rather something I enjoyed. I stopped reading for almost the entirety of my third year and  then when I graduated and started to take pride in the blog again my love of reading just blew up. I now review three books a week and dread to think how much of my time I spend reading. The blog really made me revalue the importance of reading in my life.

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7. Opportunites

I say this often but the blog was really started just for somewhere to write about books – over the last six months to a year I’ve really started to push the blog to be more than that. Working with Penguin, shortlisting for Arachne Press, working with Invaluable and giving away tickets for the Stylist Live Event and meeting Caitlin Moran I’m only hoping to do more with MLBB over the next year – we’ll see.

8. Discussions

I think one of the best things about blogging is the discussions it creates – whether it’s about negative reviews or whether you did or didn’t like 50 shades it’s been such an eye opening  experience to participate in so many bookish discussions. I’ve never felt so passionate about some of my reader beliefs and many  have changed over the past two years but it’s the talk and chance to agree/disagree that I’ve liked so much.

9. Self-published authors

This links to a lot of my points but getting to work with so many self-publishes authors and help to bring their book to market has been really fun and really eye-opening. Many of the books that have really hit home for me and have made me think have been from self-published books. Unfortunately I still think they get a bad name and I hope at least a little I’ve helped to change that – one book at a time.

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10. It’s given me my ‘thing.’

Although I’ve alway been someone who strives to experience everything I’ve never had a thing – I’ve never had something I am truly proud of, but I do now. I cannot imagine not writing here and I can’t imaging not having this as my space to air all my thoughts and that makes me feel utterly wonderful. I love writing, I love sitting down and just reviewing/adding images/ replying to comments it’s perfection. Gah I’m an utter blog addict.

Tried to not get too sappy there but I am so thankful to all your wonderful likers/commenters/emailiers/authors/readers. You’re all so goddamn fantastic – have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Hellllllllo readers, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time once again to say thank you to the wonderful bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s post is a topic that I find a little difficult because I have forever been a book then movie kinda girl. However recently I have been watching films without reading said books because I just don’t have time *cries.* Something has to give and I’ve got to be a little more strict with my TBR. Here are a list of ten book-to movie adaptations I may have not read but I do need to see.

The DUFF (2015)

I have heard some brilliant things about this films mainly from my wonderful group of friends and I didn’t know it was a book until I actually started at looking at book-to-movie’s I still needed to watch. The trailer looks brilliant and I think it will be one of those really feel-good movies that I watch and find a smile just unmoveable on my face. #holla

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Although I really don’t like horror movies I’ve seen a trailer for this I believe and it just looks fantastic. It doesn’t come out till 2016 which is getting terrifyingly close but I think I’ll have to drag T to go and see this if we can both hold our nerve.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

JDJGKJTUDOFKJF I recently watched The Maze Runner after meaning to read the book for about a year and a half but I adored this film and now I NEED to see the second. T and I tried to see it when it came out but Lizzo had left it too late and the only showing was 11.30 on a Sunday night; not practical for us old-timers but I will go see it.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

This is another film where I left it waaaaay to late to read the book and then all the films started coming out and I just gave in on my reading dreams; I cannot wait to see how it all concludes.

Paper Towns (2015)

This one I haven’t quite decided whether to read the book first but I have an utter adoration for Cara Delevingne so I will be seeing this at some point, soon hopefully.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1999)

Have read/listened to the book – still haven’t seen the film but I will. Don’t hate me.

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

I only found out recently that this was made into a film – I read the book and quite enjoyed it although it appeared to get a lot of mixed reviews on amazon/goodreads. Either way very tempted to give this a watch.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

I need a little help with this one; is it worth a watch? Love the book not sure on whether the film is worth a watch; let me know in the comments.

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

I can’t for the life of me remember if I have seen this film but either way if I can’t remember I should probably watch this again.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Still not ready to see Leo and Rose together in a film together yet – I know I’m a sappy but I’m not ready. Maybe one day I’ll finally watch this.

Ten movies I need to watch, a couple of books I still need to read before I do so. What would add or take off my list? Let me know in le comments.