The Haunting

The Haunting

How did I get it?:
I received it from Stripes publishing in exchange for a honest review. This hasn’t affected my opinion of the book!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Frozen Charlotte

Synopsis:

Some curses grow stronger with time…
People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.
Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful event occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever…

Thoughts:

I was so excited to read about The Haunting, after Alex Bell’s Frozen Charlotte ended up being my favourite Red Eye release last year. I was particularly intrigued to read The Haunting, after reading that it was set in Looe, a place that I visited several years back.

The Haunting is narrated by three different, distinctive characters. The reader reads from Emma, Jem and Shell’s perspective. It centres around an old, haunted inn called the Waterwitch. Years ago, Emma had an accident which left her confined to a wheelchair. Years later, Emma revisits the Waterwitch after a family member becomes seriously unwell. She is reunited with her old friend Jem and his sister Shell. Both are acting incredibly strangely…the inn itself is as creepy as ever with one spirit looking for revenge.

The Haunting is a book that builds slowly. This doesn’t work for me with some books, as I tend to get bored, but with The Haunting, I was grateful of the background information. I wanted to soak it all in. There are some incredibly vivid, chilling scenes throughout. I was definitely creeped out towards the end of the story. I couldn’t put it down.

I would recommend that you try to read The Haunting without comparing it to Frozen Charlotte. They are completely different reads, but well worth reading. I really hope Alex Bell writes more YA books, however I will surely pick up anything she writes in the future!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A creepy, intriguing read which builds as the story progresses!

Blog Tour: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp

Welcome to the last stop on the blog tour for Emer Stamp’s The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, which is a cute middle grade series.

The author:

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Emer Stamp is the author and illustrator of The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Emer grew up on a farm in Devon before training in graphic design and working for some of London’s top advertising agencies. She was the Creative Director for the Adam and Eve DDB communications agency, which creates advertisements for clients including John Lewis, Halifax, Cadbury’s and Save the Children. She lives in London.

Website: http://diaryofpig.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/emerstamp

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7521621.Emer_Stamp

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Synopsis:

We love Pig , but Pig loves Farmer. After all, Farmer gives Pig yummy slops and special back scratches, and calls him Sausage and seems to love him more, the fatter he gets. Just as well Pig doesn’t speak any Farmer. But Duck does (Duck’s clever like that), and he’s determined his best friend should know the truth.

Thoughts:

 

I decided to read this book to see if it would be suitable for my class to devour. They’d definitely find it a hilarious read and I’ll certainly put copies of this series in my revamped book area. It’s entertaining and will capture the heart of many children. Pig is a lovable character, who I’m sure children will adore.

This book is definitely aimed at young children. It has so much within it that children will adore. It’s funny and silly. It also mentions farts within the first couple of pages. I can imagine reading this to my class and them being in hysterics!

The story is fast paced and action packed. It’s a little crazy, but in a GOOD way. I can’t wait to see the reaction of my class to these books!

Pig’s story continues in the next two books!

The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig (Pig Diary #2) The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig (Pig Diary #3)

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More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

How did I get it?:

I bought it!

Synopsis:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Thoughts:

I adore this book. I really didn’t expect to. I think it really helped that I didn’t know a lot about it before I jumped into it. It’s not a long read at all at under 300 pages, but I took my time with it because I wanted to devour every word. It really is astounding that More Happy Than Not is Adam Silvera’s debut. It’s so accomplished.

More Happy Than Not centres around Aaron who is trying to find happiness after his father killed himself. He leans on his girlfriend Genevieve and then his new friend Thomas after Genevieve goes away for a couple of weeks. Aaron develops a good bond with Thomas which begins to affect his other relationships. Aaron finds himself incredibly confused and wants to turn to the Leteo Institute for a procedure they do. The Leteo Institute have a memory-alteration programme. They offer the chance to make patients forget things they want to forget forever. Aaron isn’t sure whether to go through with the procedure as it may make him forget who he really is.

I won’t deny that this book is hard to read. It is. The topics covered are NOT easy. It’s not a light read. Adam Silvera writes in such a raw way. He really evokes emotion in the reader which I highly appreciate. I had to put the book down at points and think about what I had read. Would I want to erase parts of my past if I had the chance? It made me think about what our memories mean to us.

The story itself is split into three parts which fit together so well. The chapters are short and snappy. I found it unpredictable. I really though I knew where the story was going but I was wrong. Midway through there is a plot twist and I certainly didn’t see it coming. I was so immersed in the writing and the thoughts it evoked that I didn’t even consider the plot twist.

The reason why I haven’t given this book five stars was because I expected more about the Leteo Institute. I thought it was a really interesting concept and would’ve liked to have read more about it.

I am so excited to read more from Adam Silvera. He really is a talent to look out for.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

A fantastic debut with dark, intriguing content.

Fairy Tale Friday- One Eye, Two Eyes and Three Eyeshr

Ah, Grimm Tales. How I love you! I had never heard of One Eye, Two Eyes and Three Eyes prior to picking up this fairy tale this week. I loved it though. If I had to describe it, it would be Cinderella with added weirdness. Oh, and a goat. Goaterella?

The story starts with a woman who had three daughters. The eldest daughter had one eye in the middle of her forehead, the middle daughter had two eyes like ordinary people and the third daughter had three eyes with the third in the middle of her forehead. Two Eyes was mocked by her siblings and her mother for being different. They treated her badly, often leaving her scraps to eat.

Two Eyes was often sent to the field to look after the goat. She felt incredibly hungry so sat down and cried. When she looked up she saw a woman beside her. The woman asked why she was crying and Two Eyes explained her hunger. The woman told Two Eyes that she must recite ‘Little goat, bleat, little table appear’, when she had recited this food would appear. When Two Eyes had finished eating then she had to say ‘Little goat, bleat, little table away.’ This would make the table vanish. Two Eyes tried this at once, she saw that it worked and she no longer felt like she needed the scraps her family had left her.

The family began to get suspicious about Two Eyes lack of hunger, so the mother sent One Eye out with Two Eyes to look after the goat. Two Eyes knew exactly what One Eye was up to, so she sang her to sleep and then summoned the food. The next day, Three Eyes was sent out with Two Eyes. Unfortunately, Two Eyes didn’t realise one of Three Eyes eyes was open, and Three Eyes saw exactly how Two Eyes summoned the food. When they returned home, Three Eyes told her mother what had happened. Enraged, the mother found a knife and killed the goat. Harsh!

Two Eyes sat and cried. The woman appeared and asked her why she was so upset. The woman told Two Eyes to bury the heart of the goat, as this would bring her luck.  So Two Eyes did. The next day a tree appeared which had silver leaves and gold fruit growing upon it. The greedy family tried to take the precious items from the tree, but they were all unsuccessful. They were jealous that Two Eyes could pick the valuable items from the tree and were meaner than ever to Two Eyes.

Later on, a Knight came across the tree. The family hid Two Eyes so the Knight wouldn’t see her. The sisters tried to convince the Knight that the tree was theirs. The Knight became suspicious, especially when they couldn’t take anything from the tree. From her hiding place, Two Eyes rolled out some golden apples. The Knight took notice and was so impressed with Two Eyes that he took her to his castle. The sisters were happy to have kept the tree, but unfortunately it vanished along with the sister, appearing to Two Eyes outside of the castle window! The sisters later came to the castle and begged their sister for food. Two Eyes recognised them at once!

I did really enjoy reading this spin on a Cinderella-esque story. I’m not so surprised now when a random goat appears… Have I been reading too much Grimm?!

Next Fairy Tale- The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces

Through The Woods

Through the Woods

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

Thoughts:

I’m really getting into graphic novels! I never thought they were for me, but I’m always happy to be proved wrong. I’ve found that they quite often get me out of reading slumps or that they’re good books inbetween longer reads.

I enjoyed these stories from Emily Carroll, however they weren’t all as good as each other. Several days after finishing the book there’s one that has really stuck in my mind which is A Lady’s Hands Are Cold. I can’t stop thinking of it. It really did unsettle me! I have such a vivid imagination and I thought Emily Carroll’s stories were wonderfully creepy! It probably wasn’t the best idea to read it so late at night, but I really couldn’t put it down!

The illustrations in Through The Woods are so stunning. I loved the colours used and they fit the story so wonderfully. Every story is different from another and the story is often open to the reader’s interpretation. Some might get frustrated by them though. There’s no resolution in any of the stories.

I think you’d enjoy this graphic novel if you’re into fairy tale stories like Brothers Grimm, if you’re into horror and creepy stories. The stories feel old fashioned yet contemporary at the same time.

Would I recommend it?: 
Yes!

A creepy graphic novel which would be perfect for a Halloween read!

A Sudden Crush

A Sudden Crush

How did I get it?:
I received a copy from the author Camilla Isley, for review consideration. This hasn’t affected my opinion of the book.

Previously reviewed by the same author:
I Wish For You

Synopsis:

Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Camilla Isley’s debut novel I Wish For You, so when she approached me to read her second book I jumped at the chance. I used to be such a big fan of the chick-lit/women’s fiction genre. Although I read more widely now, I often feel like good books in the genre feel like coming home. They’re comforting and relaxing. That’s exactly how I felt whilst reading A Sudden Crush. This book might be a little bit unbelievable, but sometimes it’s nice to suspend disbelief and just go with it, enjoying the story for what it is.

The story centres around Joanna, who is a successful editor recently married to the highly successful writer Liam. On their journey to their honeymoon destination, the plane gets into trouble and ends up crashing. Joanna finds herself stranded on an island. She’s not alone though, amongst the animals, the grumpy man named Connor who was sitting next to Joanna on the plane is on the island too. It’s certainly not the honeymoon Joanna was hoping for. Joanna and Connor have to learn how to live with one another as they try to exist side by side, waiting to be rescued, by Joanna’s new husband who she is sure will come to rescue her. Eventually, Joanna and Connor are rescued, by life can never be the same for them!

I think this book is perfect for fans of the genre. It certainly would be a great holiday read. I easily devoured it and could have done so in one sitting if I had more time to read. There are some unbelievable moments, sure, and I don’t think it’s the most surprising read, but it’s a wonderful, warm, funny read which is totally worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Perfect for chick-lit fans. Camilla Isley is one to watch!

This Week In Books #23

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!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

In a Dark, Dark Wood Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1) All Fall Down

NOW In A Dark, Dark WoodRuth Ware– I am currently reading this book ready for review with my sister Beth, later this month. I have only just started it, but I’m intrigued so far. Even if I have the Funny Bones story in my mind! ‘In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house…’

THENBad Girls Don’t DieKatie Alender– Ooh this book was creepy! Creepy isn’t always my sort of read, but I really enjoyed this book which features possession! I am looking forward to continuing the series!

NEXTAll Fall DownJennifer Weiner– I’m looking forward to reading this book which involves a mother with an addiction. I’ve had it on my TBR forever, so I’m pleased it’s finally getting some time!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a similar post and I’ll stop by!