Book Review – A Cat Called Norton by Peter Gethers

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Author: Peter Gethers

Book: A Cat Called Norton

 

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This was a particularly sweet little book. I love reading real-life stories to do with extraordinary animals and little Norton is no exception. Norton is a Scottish Fold cat who is owned by Peter, who previously hated cats until this special little kitten came into his life. The book discusses their adventures and how different Norton is to the average cat. He travels with Peter everywhere, which reminded me of Bob (from a Streetcat Named Bob) and it was so so sweet. The book is between 200-300 pages long and is a short but sweet read. I feel like considering the book is about Norton though it focused a lot on Peter’s relationships which I wasn’t too fussed about, but of course Norton was heavily included. I do feel as if though sometimes the point of the writing went away from Norton a bit too much which is odd considering the book is about the cat! Overall though if you do enjoy books to do with animals and their real-life stories, I do recommend this one, but be warned to occasionally have it drift away from Norton and it is very short so I feel as if people could get through it very quickly.

-Laura

Book Review – Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

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Author: Kendare Blake

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This is the second book in the Anna duology by Kendare Blake and I found it quite interesting. Once again it is from the point of view of our protagonist, Cas and is set about 6 months after the ending of the first book, Anna Dressed in Blood. I will admit I did not enjoy it as much as the first book as I felt that some sections dragged on too much. Chapters would be over 20 pages long and I’d feel as if nothing was happening for the plot and it was slightly irritating. The ending as well I did not enjoy as it was just so unexpected and that’s not in a good way. I don’t want to give spoilers but if you’ve read it you may understand what I mean by the effort the characters went to seemed pointless in the end because of Cas’ decision. Once again, the writing style I did enjoy, and I will warn you now that it contains violence (more descriptive than before) and bad language so if you do not like those, I’d recommend staying away from this duology. But if you like violence, horror and a hint of romance and you don’t mind descriptions of gore and bad language then you may enjoy these books. I do recommend them as long as you don’t mind the things I just mentioned and overall both books are quite good and I did enjoy them a lot, I did also like that it is purely supernatural and based on traditions. It was all very interesting to read.

-Laura

Book Review – Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

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Author: Kendare Blake

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the second time I have read this book, only because I had an urge to read the second but I could only remember tiny snippets from what happened in this and I swear I enjoyed this more the second time around. For anyone who is unaware of this book, it is the first in the Anna duology by Kendare Blake and is to do with horror and romance. To me that sounded like a very strange yet interesting combination and honestly I think it went quite well. The book revolves around the character of Cas (we read the book from his perspective) and he is involved with the killing of ghosts. A lot of things happen and well I can’t give too much away but there is a lot of gore and bad language for anyone that is wary of that sort of thing in a book. I will also say now that the gore is not described in too much detail, so someone who is very squeamish (such as myself) can read it with no problem. The book is also labelled as ‘not for younger readers’ probably for those reasons. The book itself I thought was very interesting, the mixture of the two genres was very nicely done and the writing style is enjoyable as well. It works well both as a standalone novel but you can also see where it was left off for a second book, which is called Girl of Nightmares. In all, the book was although dark it had it’s lighter moments and it was interesting and I got through it in I think two days which was insanely quick for me. I do recommend this book but please be aware of the gore and bad language.

-Laura

Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Book: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Review: For me this was a difficult one to rate. If I could rate the first half of the book it would be 2 stars, but the second would be a 4, so I’m going with 3, perfectly in the middle. The first half I didn’t enjoy but as someone who doesn’t particularly like to give up on books I continued with it and it did get better. The first 200 pages didn’t really have anything going on and I did not really like the protagonist (Andie) at all, it was Clark who made it better. I like that this book involved books itself and for me that was just an interesting thing. The cover matches an aspect of what goes on in the book perfectly as well and although ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is something I do believe in, I just liked that little touch. Normally I’m conflicted with romance/contemporary books. Sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes I just find it a little cringey but I am trying to go through with this a bit more and keep trying them out and I’ll admit this was a cross between alright and cringe. I have read 2 other books by Morgan Matson, so I do enjoy her writing but this book I didn’t feel was as good as the others. I really enjoyed in this the mixture of normal writing and texts being involved, except I think the use of emoji’s as part of the plot or an aspect of one of the characters was a bit annoying and I didn’t enjoy that at all. I also think a few of the characters were annoyingly too stereotypical of teenage girls. It wasn’t good and certainly from what I’ve experienced in school and life in general, it didn’t seem realistic in the slightest. Overall, this book was only decent because of the second half, and I’m not too sure if I recommend this or not, but if you do like Morgan Matson, I recommend giving this a go.

-Laura

Book Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Author: Gillian Flynn

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: Wow. This book to me was incredible. It had two points of view from a 1st person narrative. 1 is Nick and one is Amy, a husband and wife duo. In this book we get only Nick in the present and Amy in the past and present in diary form. It’s a really interesting story with so many twists and turns and I got so emotionally invested in this book. Opinions for characters changed throughout and it was full of emotion and drama and honestly I loved this book a lot. I’m the sort of person who reads the book before watching the film so I haven’t actually seen the David Fincher version of this film but I want to. I’m wondering how the book was transformed into a film because it seems like it would be difficult to do. The writing style for both Nick and Amy is pleasant to read but I will warn you that there is violence and vulgar language so if you don’t like that sort of thing or you’re younger, I do not recommend that you read this book. I definitely recommend this book as a whole and I have been telling my friends to read it because I enjoy it and I want to be able to discuss it (with spoilers) with someone. This book really did surprise me in some places, I expected sweeter things and the ending was just manic and odd. I’m not sure what I thought of the ending but it kinda matched the rest of the book, completely mental, slightly messed up and interesting. Seriously if you haven’t already I highly recommend picking up this book and I am ashamed of myself for leaving it on my bookshelf unread for so long!

-Laura

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In my opinion, for photography it is important to be inspired and find the things that inspire you. I tend to take a lot of pictures of nature and animals because those are things that I find wonderful and beautiful and unique so I like having the opportunity to take photos out there. I love living near forests and beaches and even a main city because there is so much out there.

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Book Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Author: Katie McGarry

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This is a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy or not. I do like the occasional contemporary romance book but I’m quite picky with them but I genuinely did enjoy this. The characters to me are very different, from previous books I’ve read, the characters seem to be too rich or they’re in these glamorous lifestyles and it was genuinely interesting to read something with characters that have a darker past. Both Echo and Noah were different and I think that’s what made me enjoy this. The story itself was good, it didn’t necessarily focus on the love at first, it focused on the personal lives of both Echo and Noah and the backstories of the characters and why they are the way they are was slowly given to us, it wasn’t handed to us in one big chapter or anything, their past was slowly filtered to us. The book has two points of view, Echo and Noah and it switches between the two and you can tell a difference in the focalisation, meaning both Echo and Noah had their own little ways of writing which made Katie McGarry’s writing style something I found very interesting and fun. This is the first book in a series but I feel as if it can also be treated as a standalone novel, but I think because I did enjoy it and to me it felt very short because I got so engrossed in it, I will continue on with the series as and when I can get my hands on copies of the books. However for me it wasn’t a 5 star book and honestly I cannot put my finger specifically on what made it not 5 stars. As much as I enjoyed it, it just didn’t have a specific wow-factor for me which is why it is only 4 stars but I enjoyed it enough to want to keep it in my book collection and maybe even continue on with the series at some point.

-Laura