Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien.

letters-to-father-christmasLast Christmas I learnt about the existence of Letters from Father Christmas and I instantly knew I would have to read it. However, I held back because I wanted to be able to read and review it around the Christmas period.

As a result of this, a month ago when I was searching for Christmas books I could review throughout Blogmas, Letters from Father Christmas hopped straight into my basket.

We all know the stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and how Tolkien would tell his children these stories, but Letters from Father Christmas is a little different to his other works. Letters from Father Christmas is a compilation of letters written by Tolkien in the hand of Father Christmas and his companions addressed to his own children.

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Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.

stealing-snowIt always takes me a little while to get properly into the Christmas spirit, so since it is the beginning of December I’ve decided to review a book which is wintry rather than Christmassy. As you will have seen from the blog post title, this book is called Stealing Snow*.

When this book opened up, I was pretty wary of it because I discovered that it was set in a mental institution. I have no problem reading about mental health, however I do worry about how it is handled and written about. I found the book pretty easy to read so I persevered with it and actually got through it pretty fast – perhaps my book slump is finally coming to an end – so I reckon it’s safe to say I ended up enjoying it.

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Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti.

the-hundred-lies-of-lizzie-lovettI really have no idea how to begin this book review, I barely know how to begin my overview of the actual book, so please excuse me for my bluntness, but I’m diving right in.

When popular girl at school Lizzie Lovett disappears, Hawthorn, our protagonist a few years younger than Lizzie, becomes obsessed with the disappearance and even Lizzie herself. Throughout the book Hawthorn comes up with different theories to explain Lizzie’s disappearance before she becomes transfixed on one idea, a very unlikely idea, but the more she tries to justify it, the more it makes sense to her. But what really happened to Lizzie? Did she runaway? Was she killed? Kidnapped…?

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Review: Dream a Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

“I’m left in no doubt that dreams are powerful devices. Whether we believe that they are our brain’s way of clearing out the debris polluting our brain, our imagination’s way of running free when our brain isn’t in use in our busy lives or a portal to future events – they move us.” – Giovanna Fletcher.

Dream a Little ChristmasEarlier this year I read Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. After enjoying it a lot, I knew I would have to read the Christmas novella set after the events of the book. Due to the book being set at Christmas, I thought that a review on it would be the perfect start to Blogmas this year (yes, I’m doing it again).

Dream a Little Christmas Dream continues several months later from Dream a Little Dream. It is Sarah’s first Christmas with Brett and she’s still having her wild dreams. Her dreams are making her worried, especially when Brett starts behaving in a mysterious manner…

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Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

“If you make a mistake, you learn from it. If you never make a mistake, you’re never the wiser.” – Cecelia Ahern.

flawedDespite the fact that Ahern is a fairly well know author in the young adult world, Flawed* is the first book of hers that I have ever actually read.

Flawed is the story of Celestine, a perfect girl. Perfect behaviour, perfect grades, perfect boyfriend. Celestine lives in a society that is so focused and obsessed with being perfect that those who are imperfect are quite literally branded Flawed and ostracised from society. Following this society’s rules of perfection has never been a problem for Celestine until someone she knows is branded and she is faced with a difficult situation where her morals force her to do something that society deems wrong.

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Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker.

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker.

draculaNot everyone has read Dracula, but I reckon a good portion of you are somewhat familiar with the story in the sense that you know what it is about: vampires and, of course, the most famous vampire in any form of media, Count Dracula himself.

Dracula is regarded as a classic and I thought it would be a very appropriate book to read around this time of year with Halloween having just passed. Last year for Halloween I read Frankenstein (review here) and I’ll be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I found it rather boring and didn’t find it easy to read at all. As a result of this, I was a bit scared of reading Dracula because it was a book I really wanted to enjoy and fortunately, it did not disappoint.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

harry-potter-and-the-cursed-childWhen I first heard of the creation of Harry Potter and the Cused Child I was already wary of it. However, it being something related to Harry Potter and connected to Rowling, I knew that no matter what I had to know about it and so, as soon as tickets for the play went on sale I bought tickets. I’m not here to talk about the play though, I have a whole other post on that which you can read here. This time, I am going to be discussing the book.

The book isn’t a novel, it’s a script of the play. Having seen the play before the book came out no surprises were left for me, but that’s okay. No matter which I had come across first, the play would have always been better because that is the medium the story was meant to be told in and because it was a script it missed some amazing parts of the play, although I won’t go into detail about that, #KeepTheSecrets and all.

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Review: Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.

percy-jackson-and-the-greek-godsRecently, I started a new job which means that I have a spare hour in the middle of the day now (AKA my lunch break) on my own. As a result, I have decided to use this time for reading because I find it tough finding time to read at home. So, lately I have been reading Percy Jack and the Greek Gods in my lunch breaks and I finished it today.

I am sure plenty of you are aware of the character Percy Jackson and this book is written, well, by him. Or rather, by Riordan in the style of Percy Jackson and how he would talk. Through this book, Percy tells us all about the Greek Gods with lots of fun and interesting stories about the twelve major gods as well as a few others.

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Review: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs.

tales-of-the-peculiarTales of the Peculiar is a book mentioned in Riggs’ series Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. It is a book of tales, peculiar tales. The kind of tales that Peculiar children would have heard growing up, like fairy tales. If I was to compare this book to another, I’d say it’s a little like what The Tales of Beedle the Bard are to the Harry Potter series.

However, Tales of the Peculiar is larger, both this copy that’s been published and the original from the books which contains all of the peculiar tales (there are a lot). This book Riggs has put together for us consists of ten peculiar tales. Each story is very different with a diverse range of characters with their own, very diverse, peculiarities.

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Review: Pottemore Presents Short Stories by J. K. Rowling.

It’s the month of Halloween! I can easily associate Harry Potter with almost any time of the year, but especially Halloween. For starters, there are the glorious Halloween feasts at Hogwarts and it is the anniversary of Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday. However, the most significant part of Halloween in relation to Harry Potter is that it marks the sad death of Lily and James Potter and the day Harry became the boy who lived. As a result, with the recent release of new stories from the Wizarding World, this month is the ideal time to post my reviews.

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