Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

Thoughts:

I have had this book on my radar for a while now, so I jumped on the chance to read it when Luna picked it for my Luna’s Picks feature. I was immediately drawn in by the cover and the interesting title. I thought The Mysterious Howling was a good, charming read. I definitely want to continue with the series at some point!

The Mysterious Howling is centred around Miss Penelope Lumley who leaves her school in order to apply for a governess job for three children at Ashton Place. The advert emphasises that the governess has to be good with animals. As Penelope arrives at Ashton Place she finds out the three children are naked and wild. They were found by Lord Ashton in the woods. It’s clear that the children have been raised by wolves. Penelope takes on the task of socialising and teaching the children.

The Mysterious Howling is a great read. It felt like I was reading an old classic. It really does have an old-fashioned Enid Blyton-esque feel to it. I absolutely loved the main character Penelope. I adored how she wanted to educate and socialise the young children. Although I have a slight criticism- the children were socialised quickly without much depth, but that’s a minor niggle really. I’m certainly interested to see where this series goes. It certainly has a lot of potential!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A lovely piece of children’s literature. It’s charming and easy to read!

WWW Wednesday #91

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have many thoughts on it yet. It does look good though!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am really enjoying the Revenant series by Amy Plum. This is the second book in the series and I’m glad to say, it wasn’t an ‘awkward’ middle book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is The Girl Who Wasn’t There as part of my Comparing… feature with Luna from Luna’s Little Library! I’m really looking forward to this one!

So what are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

 

Stacking The Shelves #89

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

Received from Stripe Publishing:

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I’m really looking forward to reading Frozen Charlotte even though horror isn’t usually my thing! There’s not a Goodreads page for the book yet. This book is about dolls that are possessed!

Bought:

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I’ve liked the look of Hexed, so I finally got around to picking up a copy! I bought The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling for part of Luna’s Picks. I can’t wait to read it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to link me and I’ll stop by your blog!

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

Given my TBR pile and wish list I could probably make a top 50 or beyond list! But I’ve limited it to ten that will definitely be in my possession ASAP!

Click the book image to go to the Goodreads page for the book!

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Night SchoolC.J Daugherty– I have heard so many wonderful things about this series. I really need to get my hands on it!

Truly Madly DeadlyHannah Jayne– This book has been on my wish list for a long time, but for some reason I haven’t got to it yet!

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Love and Other Foreign WordsErin McCahan– I’m hoping to get this book soon! I’ve seen it positively reviewed by a lot of bloggers/vloggers that I follow!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place- The Mysterious HowlingMaryrose Wood– This series just really appeals to me, for some reason. I think it would be fun!

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Across The UniverseBeth Revis– I’m very intrigued by this series, so I hope to eventually get around to reading it!

Evidence of Things Not SeenLindsey Lane– This is a 2014 debut that I’m very excited to get my hands on. I think it could be quite original!

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Trust Me, I’m LyingMary Elizabeth Summer- Another 2014 debut that I can’t wait to read. Love the title, love the cover, hopefully I’ll love the book!

Torn AwayJennifer Brown– I’ve read all of Jennifer Brown’s other books, so I’m looking forward to reading Torn Away!

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What I Thought Was TrueHuntley Fitzpatrick– I’ve seen mixed reviews for this book, so of course, I want to make up my own mind!

And We Stay- Jenny Hubbard– I’ve been recommended this book a few times now. It seems extremely dark, but like it’ll be an intense, interesting read as well.

So what books do you want to read that you don’t yet own? Please feel free to leave your link to your posts and I’ll stop by. I feel like this week my TBR is going to GROW!