Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Release!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is finally out yay!!


I’ve actually already read it and it was so freaking amazing! It was wonderful to have the chance to delve back into the world that J.K.Rowling created and to have the chance to read about the old and new characters. The book wasn’t what I was expecting but it definitely didn’t disappoint!

Another plus is that the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

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So, have any of you guys read it? Tell me your thoughts!

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Pokémon Go Book Tag

 

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Hey everyone! As you all probably know, Pokémon Go has taken over everything and I mean everything. You can’t escape it. I unfortunately don’t play it because it doesn’t work on my phone *cries*

Anyways, back to the tag,

The Pokémon Go Book Tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. (The graphics were also created by Aentee) I saw this tag when it was created and it looked like so much fun! How lucky was it that I was tagged not only by one person but two! Thank you to Julia @ Picnic Reads and Kristy @ Book Nerd Reviews for tagging me!

Without further ado, here is the Pokémon Go Book Tag:


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I can’t remember. I began reading when I was really young. It’s something that’s always been there. The book however that I got me into young adult fiction was The Hunger Games in 2013. Before that I was more of a person who read every now and then. I still loved reading but it wasn’t something that I did often. After reading The Hunger Games, I really got into reading.

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I will always love The Lord of The Rings. I only read the books recently but it has had a large impact on my life and I can tell that it will for a long time to come. There will never be a moment where I don’t love this trilogy.

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I’ve began to loose interest in the Fifth Wave series. I have read the Fifth Wave and I started to read the Infinite Sea but I can’t get into it and I’ve heard so many things about the book series that it’s making me almost not want to finish it at all.

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I honestly can’t think of anything argh.

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The Mortal Instruments. I technically have started the series but the size is something that is stopping me from reading them. I really do need to start reading the series because I also own Lady Midnight and I really want to read that book.

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A lot of books have kept me up until the late hours of the morning but I’m going to have to say A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I remember starting that book at around 11pm and finishing it in a matter of hours. Luckily I read it in April so the wait for the next book wasn’t long.

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I have so many but I’m going to have to say Everlark, mainly because it was my first OTP and it’s still one of my favourites. The amount of everlark fan fiction I read is kind of ridiculous. A few other favourites of mine are Feysand, Rowalien, Doriena, Cinder/Kai (I don’t know their ship name…), Blue/Gansey and Harmonie.

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The selection series is definitely a fast and easy read. I finished the first three books in less than a day. If you are looking for something light and quick, I would recommend this for you.

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I will never get tired of seeing spin offs for Percy Jackson. I love the characters and world that Rick Riordan created. I don’t think there will ever be a day when I’m tired of his books. I love them all so so much!

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The Tyrlle trilogy. I read the books quite a while ago but I remember that it was a wonderful series. I don’t think I would love them nowadays but when I read them, I found the series to be wonderful.

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I am definitely looking forward to continuing the Mortal Instruments series. I have read the first book and I do think that they are really overhyped but I am still excited to continue with the series when I have the time. There are so many books arghh!

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The Lord of the Rings

I would love to own the 50th Anniversary edition of The Lord of The Rings trilogy. The case and the book itself is absolutely gorgeous! Luckily, my 18th birthday is coming up in around three months so I might ask my parents for this 🙂

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I am so excited to read Timekeeper by Tara Sim. The book comes out on November 1st of this year which is annoying since I wont be able to read it until December because of Exams but I am still very excited to read this book.

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I have a few auto buy authors. They are:

Sarah J. Maas, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare.

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I honestly feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Mass. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I’ve pre-ordered it and it’s going to come signed! The anticipation for this book is overwhelming.


 

That’s it for the Pokémon Go Book Tag! Thank you all for reading this post and comment below on any thoughts you have on this post.

Okay, now onto tagging people. I don’t tag anyone in particular so if you want to do it, I tag you! I also tag anyone whose name begins with the letter E or their last name begins with the letter B.

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Waiting on Wednesday #10

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)the beauty of darkness

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Publication Date: 2nd of August 2016

Synopsis:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson’s combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~Ellie

The Industry REVIEW

Disclaimer: Thank you TIS Publicity for providing me with a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my honest opinions of this book.

 

Title: The Industrythe industry

Author: Rose Foster:

Synopsis:

Kirra Hayward is an ordinary sixteen year old – smarter than most, but otherwise completely anonymous. When she stumbles across an unusual puzzle on the internet and manages to solve it, she has no idea of what she’s letting herself in for.

Kidnapped by a shadowy organisation known only as The Industry, Kirra soon discovers how valuable her code-breaking skills are. And when she stubbornly refuses to help them, they decide to break her … by any means at their disposal.

Kirra knows that to protect herself, she must trust no one, not even her fellow prisoner, Milo. But as time goes by she realises he might be the only person she can rely on …

My Review:

The Industry was a interesting book. We follow sixteen year old Kirra who solves an unusual puzzle online. She is then kidnapped by an organization known as The Industry for her rare code breaking skills. Overall, the premise sounds great. Unfortunately, it wasn’t done as well as what I was hoping for.

I found it quite difficult to connect to the characters. The characters had the ability to be wonderful characters but the pace of the book ruined the chance to really connect to the characters. An example is on page 45, we meet a certain character. We find out a little bit about the character but nothing that really connects the reader with the said character. By page 61, the character is dead and while it is sad, it has no emotional impact because we know so little about the character. However, as the book went along and new characters were introduced and we learnt more about the characters, I was able to at least like or dislike a character but I couldn’t connect to them on a personal level.

As I said earlier, the pace of the book was quite fast, particularly at the beginning of the book. Normally I love fast paced books but this book overall was too fast for my liking. At the beginning of the book, the main character Kirra would be doing one thing and all of a sudden she’s somewhere else but you have no idea how the character got to that point. I feel like that if the author had slowed the book down at the beginning, written maybe 20 or more pages so that she could have explained some of the events, the book could have been wonderful. As the story went along, the pace did improve but the beginning did let the book down

Overall, the book had a good premise which unfortunately wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. I found it difficult to connect to the characters and the pace of the book at the beginning of the book was much to fast for me personally, making the first 100 pages quite confusing. As the book went along, the story improved and I was able to enjoy the book but I felt like the beginning let the book down a bit. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thriller type books.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday

geminaWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Gemina

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: The 18th of October 2016

Synopsis:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~ Ellie

 

Me Before You: Movie REVIEW

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Last night I saw Me Before You and I have to say that it was a great book to movie adaptation. It was done so well and by the end, I left bawling just as I was when I read the book. Luckily I wasn’t the only one like when I Saw Mockingjay Part 2 or The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies or when I saw… okay, I cry a lot when I finish a book or movie series. Anyways, back to the movie review. Let’s get straight into it:

Overall, I did love this movie but I did find the that the first five minutes felt really rushed. When Lou lost her job, little explanation was given accept for an “I’m sorry”. Sure this didn’t impact the movie greatly overall but I’m sure most of us wouldn’t have minded ten to twenty minutes to be added to the movie so that those small details could have been added. Luckily as the movie went along, it stuck closer to the books. The inclusion of book quotes was wonderful. As said in my review of the book, the message of living your life to the fullest was something that was really important to me. It made me so happy to see that this was included. The book and movie has so much more to it but the message of living your life to the fullest is the most important thing to me and I’m just so glad that the message was shared through the movie adaptation as well.

The casting was perfect for me. Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke were perfect for the roles of Will and Lou. In the film industry, actors’ previous roles can overtake their role in the film that they are currently in. Claflin is famous for his role in The Hunger Games as Finnick Odair and Clarke in Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen. In this film, every single thought about their other roles were swept away and you were captivated by how well they took to their respective characters. The chemistry between these two actors was spectacular and it really added to the movie adaptation.

The location was spectacular. Everything was practically how I imagined it. I think I nearly squealed when I saw how everything was so close to how I imagined it. They put so much effort into the location. They also put so much thought into the costumes. Lou’s clothing in particular is an important part in the book and they did it perfectly! From the red dress to the bumble bee tights, everything was done wonderfully.

The ending with the letter was done so beautifully. I was bawling by that point and then the credits came on and “Not Today” by Imagine Dragons started playing. That just made me cry even more. The ending was beautifully done. Even though it was the saddest part of the movie, it has to be my favourite. The inclusion of the bumble bee tights made it all the better but at the same time, so heart breaking. I can’t describe how wonderful it was.

Overall, the movie was a really good book to movie adaptation. I did have some small problems with the film but in all honesty, every adaptation isn’t perfect and you’re going to have those small problems. The start of the movie was slightly disappointing but the last scene was done so beautifully. If you have read the book and haven’t seen the movie, you should definitely see it. If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for?! You should pick it up right now! You won’t regret it.


So, I have two questions for you all:

1) Have you seen Me Before You? What did you think?

2) I’ve never done a movie adaptation review. Should I do more in the future or should I stick to book reviews?

Anyways, I hope you answer those questions. A big internet hug to those who answer the questions. Thank you for reading this review and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Also, if you want to check out the book review of Me Before You, here’s the link: Me Before You REVIEW

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Author: Sara Raasch

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication date: 20th of September 2016

Synopsis:

Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~Ellie

Top 5 Books Read In The First Half Of 2016

 

So since it’s July, we are now around the halfway point in the year. I’ve seen some booktubers and bloggers talk about the books they’d read and their progress on their 2016 goals. I thought however, that I’d show you my top 5 favourite reads from 2016. I’ve read a total of 37 books so far this year and most of them have been pretty good. I’ve had a really good reading year so far so it’s hard to choose my top 5. After thinking for a while, I finally decided my top 5 in no particular order because I can’t possibly choose my favourite out all of them! They are all so wonderful!

5) Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

It was so good to get to finally visit the Percy Jackson world again! I loved having the book in the point of view of Apollo, mainly because he’s one of my favourite Greek Gods in the series. The characters in this book were amazing and the book was hilarious!

4) Queen of Shadows

I love the Throne of Glass series as a whole but this book was my absolute favourite! The writing style, storyline and characters in my opinion were absolutely brilliant! This book was full of twists and turns that left me on the edge of my seat. Now, I’m waiting for the next book Empire of Storms!

3) The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys was a beautifully written book! I loved the depth that each character had especially Gansey. I know a lot of people loved Noah or Ronan as I did as well, but Gansey was such a captivating character who had so much depth. I can’t express my love for this book in words! It was a truthfully wonderful book!

2) Cinder

Cinder was a wonderfully written book! I loved the concept of retelling Cinderella in a science fiction world. I really loved the diversity that the book had, including different ethnic groups. Often in young adult books, there is little to no diversity so this book was quite refreshing to read. The characterisation was marvellous and the storyline for not only this book but the entire series was done so well!

1) A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury has to be one of my absolute favourite books and my favourite Sarah J Maas book as well. Her writing style is so beautifully done and I loved (most the) characters , especially the new characters! Rhysand is freaking amazing and I love him so much! Everything is this book was done so beautifully.

Check out the links to some of the book reviews of my top 5:

The Hidden Oracle Book Review

Queen of Shadows Book Review

The Raven Boys Book Review

A Court of Mist and Fury Book Review

What are your top 5 reads from the first half of 2016? Do we have any of the same ones? Comment below because I’d love to know! Thank you for reading this 🙂 ~ Ellie

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Authors: J.K. Rowling, Jack  Thorne and John Tiffany

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Publisher: Little Brown UK

Publication date: 31st of July 2016

Synopsis:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.


What books are you anticipating this week? ~Ellie

Top 5 Anticipated Reads For The Second Half of 2016

 

Okay, I’m sure many books have left us wanting the next book or one of your favourite authors is publishing a new book! Whatever the situation, we all have a pile of books that we are eagerly anticipating.

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So, being roughly half way the year, I’m sure many of us are thinking about the second half of the year and what it entails when it comes to new book releases. Like many, I have a large number of anticipated book releases coming up.

This leads us to the topic of this post, which is the top 5 anticipated books for the second half of 2016!

2016 has been a great year when it comes to amazing book releases! Some of my favourite books such as A Court of Mist and Fury and The Raven King came out this year and trust me when I say that they did not disappoint. The second half of the year has some pretty amazing releases as well and here is a list of my top 5 most anticipated reads for the second half of 2016:

5)  A Shadow Bright and Burning

The synopsis sounds incredible and I love historical fiction! I’ve heard some great things from reviewers about this book so I’m very excited to read it!

4) Stealing Snow

Stealing Snow is an Ice Queen retelling. At the moment, I am in love with retellings and I’m so excited to read this one! The synopsis sounds incredible and it has the set up to be an incredible book! Hopefully it lives up to the expectations.

3) Frost like Night

Frost like Night is the third and final book in the Snow like Ashes series. The last book finished on a cliff hanger and I desperately need this book! This series is so good and amazing! I just need to know what’s going to happen next!

2) Heartless

The author of Heartless is the author of one of my favourite series The Luna Chronicles. I love her writing style and the characters that she created in The Luna Chronicles plus I absolutely love retellings! From what I’ve heard, it’s a great book!

1) Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the throne of glass series. If you know me, this series is one of my favourite series and Sarah J Maas is one of my absolute favourite authors! The fourth book Queen of Shadows, while it didn’t leave you on a cliff hanger, it made you want to know more. I desperately want to know what is going to happen next! Another reason why this is my most anticipated book in 2016 by far is because I’ve pre-ordered a signed copy!

So, that’s my top 5 anticipated reads for the second half of 2016. What are your anticipated reads? Do we share any? Please comment below and thank you for reading this post! 🙂 ~ Ellie