Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte |Ignore 10 year old Jane, and all is good

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Despite being one of the most popularly known pieces of canonized literature, I still struggle to explain what this book is about beyond “it follows the life of Jane Eyre”. Honestly, I don’t feel like all that much happens for the length of it. But that’s not to say it doesn’t deserve it’s high acclaim. It’s just that when you read a lot of fantasy, you come to expect a lot of events (and numerous opportunities to wield your magic slaying-powers, of course).

So we start off with Jane as a child – a state I can just about manage. It’s far from my favourite stage to read about. To me, the language just seems rigid and almost wrong for her age. I’m well aware that the story is being narrated through an older Jane Eyre’s perspective, recounting her story and being able to add intelligence and hindsight beyond her focused years. But when that language and voice doesn’t change at all in recounting the dialogue of a ten year old…it’s strangely jarring. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, no matter if it was true to the time period or character. So we’ll just ignore ten-year-old-Jane, okayy? Okayy.

Saying that, Jane Eyre soon grows older – as nature requires – and from that point on I can barely find anything to fault in the book. Because ohhhh it gets intense.

But how can it get intense if not all that much happens?

Well.

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Journeying through endless dangers but somehow remaining lighthearted…Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Another series I managed to finish in 2016! I absolutely nailed my “finish some series” resolution from last year *high fives self*

It’s a good job I pushed myself to read this final book in the trilogy in December. I can tell I was going off the series. But more about that in a moment…

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Let’s talk about Library of Souls!

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Title: Library of Souls

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series Status: The 3rd book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  456

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When a psychological thriller just turns way too ridiculous for me…The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Since it’s December, I thought I’d finish off at least just one more series before the end of the year and get that little last boost towards my 2016 resolution to finish some of the series I’d started.

And once again, that feeling seems to have hit where I’m going off SO many series/books this year. If you saw my reviews for the previous two books, you’ll know they have quite generous ratings. This one…well…

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Let’s talk about The Retribution of Mara Dyer!

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Title: The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series Status: The 3rd book in the Mara Dyer trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, Mystery

Number of Pages:  470

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When lies get out of hand in the Victorian era all thanks to…The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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This book is one of those that has been sat on my bookshelves for many months now, and it was about time I finally read it.

Plus with it looking quite dark and creepy, I figured the lead up to Halloween was the perfect time for it.

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So let’s talk about The Lie Tree!

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Title: The Lie Tree

Author: Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Number of Pages:  410

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Just Juliet by Charlotte Raegan | A cute book full of diversity with a lovably realistic group of friends

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This was actually one of those “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” cases. Because I KNOW we shouldn’t do it, but it’s hard not to when you just don’t like the cover. Yet, here we are.

I can already tell this review is going to be a rambling one, because I just have that much to say about it, there’s no way I can do this coherently. So be prepared.

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Let’s talk about Just Juliet!

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Title: Just Juliet

Author: Charlotte Reagan

Publisher: Inkitt

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+

Number of Pages:  219

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Dark Waters by Tracy Abrey |Much like the first, an enjoyable read but I’d have liked something more

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When I received the first book in this series for review a while back, I was very kindly sent the second book along with it too. And for once, I figured I wouldn’t leave it months before continuing the series, like I usually do.

So for the first time in a very long time, here I am reviewing a 2nd book in a series, only a few weeks after the first.

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Let’s talk about Dark Waters!

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Title: Dark Waters

Author: Tracy Abrey

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: The 2nd book in Blue Sun series

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Number of Pages:  247

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee | A futuristic story full of drama and money, distrust and crime

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Oh, how the premise of thing book intrigued me so. I mean, it’s described as a SciFi novel with a Gossip Girl feel to it – how could I not wonder about that?

I actually didn’t think I’d be able to get this book for a very long while, since I’m on a book buying ban basically until Christmas (pray for me), but then the lovely people at SocialBookCo contacted me through their review programme, asking if I would like to review this for them. So of course, I said yes!

This is the 2nd book I’ve reviewed for them, so you’d think I’d have come up with a better way of explaining the site by now – but basically This is a site that compares all the different prices of books from different retailers, showing you where you can buy each book for the cheapest price. And then there’s the reviewing side – If you join their programme, there are opportunities for you to be sent books for free in exchange for an honest review by a given date. So check it out if you’re interested!

But enough with the rambling…

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Let’s talk about The Thousandth Floor!

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Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Series Status: The 1st book in a series

Genre: Young Adult, SciFi,

Number of Pages:  437

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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*All of my reviews are spoiler free*

This was a REread for me!

I first read this book at the very beginning of 2015 (I think) and loved it the first time round, and since the second book is being released later this month, I decided it was about time I Reread this beauty. So now when my Pre-order of A Gathering of Shadows arrives, I’m all set to jump right in!

PS. I spent WAY too much time taking the review photo (below). I had the idea with the hand and black stone, and wouldn’t give up on it. So the results are as you can see. And yes, the black stone thing is actually relevant to the story – people who have read it should understand 🙂 

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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab (otherwise known as Victoria Schwab)

Publisher: Titan Books

Series Status: The 1st book in a series

Number of Pages: 384

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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*All reviews I write are spoiler free*

What a confusing title! Way too much repetition in those six words.

I finished reading this book on Wednesday, but since I uploaded my discussion post that day, I saved my review for today.

Also having wolves as my favourite animal and being quite artistic came in handy when I needed a background for the review image, since I had this painting I did years ago stuck to my wall! Ahhaha 😀

So let’s talk about Wolf by Wolf!

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Title: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Publisher: Indigo

Series Status: The first in the Wolf by Wolf series (others yet to be released)

Number of Pages: 379

My Rating: 4/5 stars!

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Since Outlander is taking me a while to finish due to the sheer size of it (over 800 pages), I decided to read Nimona last night so that I would be able to upload a review this week. Since it’s a graphic novel it didn’t take me long to read at all, and I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while now. And I thought it’d be good to mix up my reading options a bit and add another graphic novel post to my blog!

This review may be slightly sorter than my usual ones, since it’s for a graphic novel.

So instead of rambling, let’s get to it!

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Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series Status: Standalone

Number of Pages: 256 + 8 bonus pages

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

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