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Tuck Everlasting – Book Review

Having seen the film many times over the years it seemed only right that I finally picked this book up, as I am from the U.K Tuck Everlasting was not something that I studied in school and only realised it was a book quite recently which thrilled me as the film is a childhood favourite.

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The book which is middle grade centers around Winifred ‘Winnie’ Forester a ten year old girl who,in the opening passages of the book is feeling disgruntled, stifled and wishes for freedom, although all she really wants is to step outside her garden gates so, Winnie makes a promise to herself (and to a toad) that she will run away into her families woods. When a strange man  talks to Winnie through her fortress like gates that evening everything changes for Winnie, the man and probably the toad. Keeping her promise Winnie ventures to the woods the next morning where she stumbles upon a seventeen year old boy called Jesse Tuck who is drinking from a spring- Jesse and his family claim to be immortal thanks to the springs magical properties. In a bid to keep Winnie from telling the world about the spring the Tucks (in the nicest way possible) kidnap Winnie trying to buy them selves enough time to convince ten year old Winnie to keep their secret.

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Winnie and the spring

Tuck Everlasting is a very sophisticated children’s book, taking on topics such as mortality, life, love and what it means to be human in just under two hundred wonderfully metaphorical pages. Tuck Everlasting for me at least hit home the importance of mortality, that life has a beginning and an end for a reason, life is not limitless, we die we make room for new life and that is the way it should be- what is important is not how long we live just that we live.

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Winnie and Jesse

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who fancies a short melancholy read.

3/5 Stars

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.” – Tuck Everlasting 

The Tessa Grey/Will Herondale Reading Challenge (All books mentioned in The Internal Devices By Cassandra Clare

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1.Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

2.The Wide, Wide World by Elizabeth Wetherell

3.Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4.Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

5.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

6.Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

7.The Trail of the Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

8.The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

9.Armadale by Wilkie Collins

10.The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

11.The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins

12.The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

13.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

14.Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

15.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

16.Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

17.The Thousand and One Nights

18.The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

19.Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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20.The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

21.Vathek by William Beckford

22.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

23.Sermons to Young Women by Dr. James Fordyce

24.David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

25.The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

26.Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm

How many have you read?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins review

So Mocking Jay Part 1 is out… I am so completely behind when it comes to this series, therefore I have banned myself from seeing the movie until I have read the books. The fact I have seen The Hunger Games and Catching Fire before reading them is just unnatural!

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Although I feel that I have a sort of warped sense of the story because I know the films so well, I really enjoyed this book. If you don’t know what this is about (and if you don’t where have you been living?)

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature.

This is such an easy book to fly through at the same time forming such an emotional attachment to the Characters – in my case particularly Peeta. I found that I didn’t like book Katniss as much as I liked film Katniss I guess it was because we hear the story from her perspective and sometimes hearing someones inner most thoughts cab be a bit off putting. (This is why I like to read the book first, seeing the film first just confuses things).

Other than that it was a love for me, I have moved straight on to Catching Fire book two in the trilogy, I can’t wait for Mocking Jay.

4/5 stars!

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Outlander (Crossstitch) by Diana Gabaldon – Review

Outlander (or Crossstitch in the UK) is the first book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, before reading this book I had heard a lot of mixed things about this series “Game of Thrones for romance lovers I heard” some loved it some hated it but I love Game of Thrones and I love me some romance so what’s not like right? Well with an eight book series and a t.v series showing now on Starz (have you seen the leading man? Err hello!) and many, many dedicated fans Diana Gabaldon is doing something right. 

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The book follows Claire Randell a nurse in 1945 the war is over and Claire and her husband Frank are taking a second honeymoon, re-acquainting themselves with each other. One day Claire visits some standing stones not unlike Stonehenge with Frank later she revisits the stones to pick some flowers she saw earlier in the day. Putting her hands to the largest stone she is somehow transported through time to 1743 to the Highlands where she meets James ‘Jamie’ Fraser a Scottish outlaw. Captured by the Scottish in a time when it is not a pretty thing to be English Claire must find her way back to the standing stones and somehow find a way home to her own time. 

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I liked Outlander but at nearly nine hundred pages it’s a bit of a slog, the story moves very slowly which isn’t really a writing style that I enjoy. The book has been fabulously historically researched and I think this is something you can appreciate whether you know anything about this period in history or not. The characters really all have there own voices and Diana Gabaldon’s writing of dialogue is impressive but I do have some issues with this book.

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My main issue with this book is the length of it I love a long book as much as the next girl but I just didn’t really see the need, I remember being about four-hundred pages in and nothing much had happened for about two hundred pages it really was a pacing in issue. But that being said this really was this books only crime, Claire as the books narrator is a great story teller and the books main man Jamie is very easy to fall in love with then out again the in again. (We all love a lovable rogue right?) 

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Overall i’ll give Outlander a sexy romping 3/5 and although I won’t be keeping up with the rest of series I’ll definitely be keeping up with all the action on Starz! 

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The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

I bought this series with every intention of taking part in the Booktubeathon but sadly due to work  I was unable to take part, work commitments and all that. (All information on the Booktubeathon can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon )

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Even though I haven’t been able to take part in the fun this time around that doesn’t mean the reading stops ohh no! The Selection by Kiera Cass is the perfect Young Adult easy read I was looking for, the story centers around our main character America Singer, in the Dystopian world in which she lives members of society are sectioned off into castes. The Castes are numbered from one to eight, now 35 five girls from various castes ages 16-20 are being chosen, chosen to be part of the Selection. The Selected will go and live in the palace  with Prince Maxon and the rest of the royal family. One by one the Selected are picked off until one girl is chosen, chosen to be a princess and bride to the future King.

America just has one problem she doesn’t want to be a princess she doesn’t want any of it the dresses, the crown or Prince Maxon, how could she when she is totally in love with someone else?

I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to care about the characters, it was an interesting mix of a modern day fairy tale dipped in our reality television, celebrity culture. As I was reading the book I wondered if I should be finding the whole premise a bit archaic, the handsome Prince picking his wife from a group of beauties. The thing is he dates them all, he kisses, dances, praises them all and the little feminist inside me screws up her nose and stomps her foot but is soon silenced by just how damn good this book is.

It pure entertainment and that’s what I love, filled with pretty dresses, pretty girls and two big strong boys!

I’ve already started book two The Elite and book three The One  is in the post. (I know, I shop on Amazon I’m a terrible person)

All hail Kiera Cass!

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Taking part in Blog Tour – The Destroyer by Warren Murphy

Hi guys just a quick note to say I am taking part in a blog tour for Created, The Destroyer  thanks to Clara Diaz at The Little Brown Book Group.

Created, The destroyer by Warren Murphy is book one in a long running thriller series which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide.

The series is the story of a former police officer, Remo Williams, who gets sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit BUT hours before he sits in the electric chair a mysterious monk visits him and gives him a black pill to bite just before he dies. He bites the pill and after “dying” he wakes up in an ambulance! He has now been rescued/recruited by a secret government organization as an assassin. He is now The Destroyer.

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My part in the blog tour will take place on the 21st September and this is when I will be publishing my book review.

Would love to hear from anyone who has read the series (Spoiler free of course) all opinions discussions welcome!

Remember to look out for my review- September 21st 2014

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A Promise (2013) Review

So what happens when Severus Snape and Robb Stark are in love with the same woman?

Chaos guys. Just chaos.

Based on the post humerus novella by Stefan Zweig A Promise directed by  Patrice Leconte is set in 1912 and beyond. When a young  engineering  graduate Friedrich Zeitz (Richard Madden) comes to work for an aging tygoon  Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman) he learns of his employers deteriorating health and is soon, having earned the affections and respect of Hoffmeister helping him run the company as he becomes more and more bedridden.

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The problems start when Madden meets Lot (Rebecca Hall)  Hoffmeister’s much younger and beautiful wife and an attraction begins to grow between the two. Lot is a devoted wife and unwilling to betray her ailing husband until, she finds out that Madden is being sent by Hoffmeister to Mexico for two years.

Finally the two declare there feelings for each other and make a vow to love each other, write to one another and be together when their two year separation is over.

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Of course their separation was to be for longer than two years, with the out break of war imminent it would be six years before the lovers saw each other again and with years, continents and war to separate them a lot will change.

I have not read the book and believe me I plan on it because the films premise was… interesting.

This was a indie film so by no means am I going to compare it to any of it’s big budget contemporary’s I liked the story and with out getting all spoiler-y (big twist cough cough) is just I thought the whole thing was a little rushed.

With in eight minutes of the film  the main character had, arrived at his new job, met his boss, had dinner with him, been promoted and fallen for Lot and the film continues in this fashion.

Over all I would A Promise is a good film, it has sparked my interested and made me want to read the novella Journey into the Past and above all it was nice to see Professor Snape and the King in the North alive and well.