Fairy Tale Friday- The Princess and The Pea

I’m very familiar with this fairy tale! Thinking about it though, it is a very strange one. It centres around a prince who wants to marry a princess. He really wants to make sure she’s a real princess. He travels around to find one but can’t find a real one.

One night a princess knocks on the castle door. She’s soaked from a storm and doesn’t look like a princess. The queen knows she’s a princess (somehow) so she puts a pea under many, many mattresses and quilts. She tells the princess to sleep on top of them.

The next morning the princess says that she didn’t sleep very well and was bruised by something in the bed. Somehow, this makes the princess a real princess, because apparently only real princesses are that sensitive. The princess marries the prince and the pea is kept inside a museum! (Ha!)

Next Fairy Tale- The Old Church Bell 

London Belongs To Us

London Belongs to Us

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Adorkable
It Felt Like A Kiss

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Sunny’s always been a little bit of a pushover. But when she’s sent a picture of her boyfriend kissing another girl, she knows she’s got to act. What follows is a mad, twelve-hour dash around London – starting at 8pm in Crystal Palace (so far away from civilisation you can’t even get the Tube there) then sweeping through Camden, Shoreditch, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill . . . and ending up at 8am in Alexandra Palace.

Along the way Sunny meets a whole host of characters she never dreamed she’d have anything in common with – least of all the devilishly handsome (and somewhat vain) French ‘twins’ (they’re really cousins) Jean Luc and Vic. But as this love-letter to London shows, a city is only a sum of its parts, and really it’s the people living there who make up its life and soul. And, as Sunny discovers, everyone – from friends, apparent-enemies, famous bands and even rickshaw drivers – is willing to help a girl on a mission to get her romantic retribution.

Thoughts:

I have read two books from Sarra Manning before that I thoroughly enjoyed so I was excited to start London Belongs To Us, I thought it was going to be a cute contemporary YA but it’s more of a fun, fast-paced love letter to London. Don’t get me wrong, if you love contemporary YA then this book will certainly entertain you, but it’s not just about the romance, that’s for sure.

It centres around Sunny who goes on an all-night journey around London. When at a picnic with her friends, she is sent a photograph of her boyfriend with another girl. Sunny goes searching for the truth. She travels around London with two French cousins learning lots about herself along the way.

I think this book is a perfect read if you love London. Each chapter begins with some history of London which is a really interesting introduction to the places that Sunny visits. I am well aware with all of the places that Sunny visits and it’s lovely to read something so familiar.

Sarra Manning is fantastic at creating funny dialogue and I loved the conversations throughout the story. I also appreciated how much Sunny grew as a character. She was quite a pushover in the beginning and I like the way she grows and realises her self-worth. I loved her friendship with Emmeline.

Another plus point for this book is the fact that it has diverse characters. Sunny’s father is black and her mother is white and there’s a point in the book which discusses the differing messages that Sunny gets from her parents about the colour of her skin. Emmeline, Sunny’s friend is gay too but it’s never really shoved in our face. She just is and it’s not made a massive point of the story.

I enjoyed this book and whilst it’s not my favourite read in the genre, it was certainly enjoyable and it’s a decent read if you’re looking for something light, fun and adventurous.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A fun journey around London in one night! Some great moments within- definitely worth it if you’re a fan of London!

This Week In Books #53

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

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Mad Girl The Cuckoo Sister The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This edition of This Week In Books features many books that I am reading for the collaborations with my sister and fellow blogger, Beth.

NOW Mad GirlBryony Gordon– I’m just about to start this book for our ‘Talking About’ feature. It features OCD. I have a good feeling about this book!

THEN– The Cuckoo Sister- Vivien Alcock- This book was a complete throwback to my childhood. Recently, I saw the cover online and we felt compelled to include it in our Kid-Lit Challenge!

NEXT– The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time- Mark Haddon- This is for our Banned Books feature. Yes. Banned Book. You read that right!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to similar posts that you do! Happy Reading! 😀

Ten Books I Liked Less Than I Thought

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about books we loved or disliked more than we thought. Now, for most of these books I did like them, just not as much as I had first thought I would. You may enjoy them! Each to their own they say…

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

More Of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

I wasn’t that impressed with this book unfortunately. I wanted to love it because the synopsis sounded incredible, but for me, it didn’t work.

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I LOVED Every Day but I don’t think this book was necessary. I felt a little let down by it.

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

I loved Robin’s debut, so I was sad to be disappointed by this.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

It was always a gamble to read a sequel to one of my favourite books. This book didn’t work for me, unfortunately.

Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfeild

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)

I wanted to love this book! 😦

The Fault In Our Stars- John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

I know, I know. Most people love it. I liked it but wasn’t blown away.

The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I thought I’d love this book, but it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

This book was okay, but I thought it was going to be WOW!

Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

I feel like so many people would love this book but it didn’t quite work for me.

Those Girls- Lauren Saft

Those Girls

I thought this would be a fun book but sadly it wasn’t. It really irritated me at points.

I’m really intrigued to see what you’ve posted this week, so feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Blog Tour- The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder's Sister

How did I get it?:
I received it from the publisher for the blog tour! Thank you to Penguin Random House

Synopsis:

The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six…

1645. When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.

But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women’s names.

To what lengths will Matthew’s obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

Thoughts:

I didn’t know much about this book before I was asked to be a part of the blog tour. I really liked the sound of it though. I absolutely love historical fiction and this one looked like it was going to be great.

This book is set in 1645, it centres around Alice Hopkins who returns to Manningtree, Essex when her husband dies. Alice’s brother Matthew still lives there. It used to be a safe place for Alice and her family, but Matthew has changed. There’s rumours of witchcraft in the local area and Alice finds out that Matthew is collecting women’s names in a book. Names of women he believes are using witchcraft. Alice finds herself at the heart of Matthew’s obsession.

I really enjoyed the first part of the book which I found to be incredibly intriguing. I immediately wanted to know more about the characters and to find out what was going to happen next. I was turning the pages completely sucked in by the setting. I found it fascinating to think that Matthew actually existed. That’s what really added to the story, in my opinion. It equally creeped me out at the same time! I love when books are based around fact.

I liked the way that Beth Underdown approached this story. She particularly delved into the character of Alice, exploring Alice’s struggles in her life so far. It was interesting to read her interpretation of what Matthew’s sister may have been like (if he had a sister, I’m not sure!) I thought that The Witchfinder’s Sister was a good read which explores a well known part of history in an engaging way.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A fantastic debut novel with some great characters!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I love seeing progress!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching Lower Key Stage 2. My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

I thought the last week of this half term would be a little more quiet than last week… but no. This week my class were writing up their stories and also learning about chunking in Maths. Chunking is all about division. I was faced with my first challenge really. My class are very mathematical, so when it came to teaching them to ‘chunk’ I was surprised to find out that they struggled! I’m so not used to them struggling in Maths.

That said, it didn’t take long for most of them to catch on to the method. It was great to see rapid progress before my eyes. On the Monday, they were ALL confused, by Wednesday most of them had got it and were confident with the method. This is why my job is SO rewarding. It definitely made my week!

I now have a week off, which might sound amazing to most, but I have so much work to do. I am going to squeeze time in to read and blog of course! We all need a bit of down time!

Stacking The Shelves #159

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Received:

Phantom Limbs

I have heard great things about this book, so I’m thrilled to have a copy in my hands! 🙂

The Upside of Unrequited

I am so excited about this book. Worried too. I have high expectations as I loved the debut novel from this author!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link. Happy Reading! 😀