Month: August 2017

Book Review – The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

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Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the second book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and so far I’ve been absolutely loving these books. I read this book in about 6 days (although I had some days where I didn’t read at all so realistically it probably took me about 4) and I loved it. This book switches perspectives, and by that I mean it switches between the points of view of Todd and Viola who are both lovely and amazing characters. Having this duel-perspective first person narrative in the book meant that we got to understand Viola’s character a little better, as we didn’t get to experience that in the first book, but we also got to see the character development of Todd. One thing I still don’t understand with the book though is the relationship between Todd and Viola, as they clearly have emotions for each other but their actual relationship is left quite ambiguous but I guess that that’s the point. This book had a lot more action in it and it was more emotional and violent in my opinion in comparison to the previous book which made it more suspenseful and kept a faster pace. Again I love the writing style of Patrick Ness and the two perspectives are made very clear by Viola’s spelling being much better (to demonstrate that she has a much better education than Todd) and I am seriously enjoying this trilogy and it may be becoming a favourite of mine. I highly recommend this trilogy and as much as I am looking forward to finishing it, I also don’t want it to end!

-Laura

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Book Review – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the first book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I have to say that this trilogy has begun with a very strong start. The characters are very interesting and the plot is very action packed. This book is written from the perspective of Todd Hewitt so we know a lot of what is going on in his mind (the mind of a child raised in a world so different from ours). The backstory of the world is also so unique and interesting and I found it amazing. For those of you who have read this book, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the different viewings of the world is something so strange because there are all these different viewpoints depending on where you’re from. The one thing that irritated me a little was the spelling. Some words are spelt incorrectly and that is for the sake of the plot and the realism of Todd’s mind and showing his education but that’s like a minor thing and you get used to it and can get passed it in the end. Overall I am most definitely continuing with this trilogy as it ended on such a cliffhanger and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. There is a lot of action in the book and the ideas behind it and the plot were so unique and fun and different and that’s something I did really enjoy, especially the talking animals, as I think my favourite character was Manchee. I would also like to know other opinions on it as well.

-Laura

A-Level results day stress

On the 17th of August 2017, I collected my A-level results. I’m not going to go into what I got because some of it I’m proud of and some I am a little disappointed in but never mind. I’m not going to university so I didn’t have as much riding on these results as other people but for me, it was still a very nerve-wracking day, or well, a portion of a day.

A lot of my friends and I did not sleep the previous night because of nerves and although this is something that a lot of people experience and it’s something I’ve experienced before with AS results and GCSE results, it still made me feel rubbish on the day. Mix lack of sleep with sickness from stress & nervousness, and I felt so so ill! However, the minute we got into school and collected and opened those envelopes we all suddenly felt better. Even if we did or didn’t get the grades we wanted/hoped for/needed, the initial relief of knowing what you got was there. For me, that was the end of the stress and I suddenly felt so much better.

For me, results day is actually more stressful than taking the exams. At my school, we did so many practice ones and homework tasks to prefer for certain types of questions that the initial idea of doing an exam wasn’t that stressful anymore. Of course, I’ve always been a little nervous about taking exams, I mean who doesn’t get nervous? But it’s the dreaded waiting to discover how you did which affects the majority a lot more.

In all, I have finished with education and I am happy about it. I may one day want to try to go to university but for now, I am fine with not having to do exams or wait for results ever again. For those who are awaiting results or just got them, I hope everything went well. For those who are still in any form of education, good luck for the future with learning and exams.

-Laura

 

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.┬áThe 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