Month: October 2017

Book Review – Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

30516970Book: Victoria

Author: Daisy Goodwin

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This book is a dramatisation of the early reign of Queen Victoria. It was written alongside the ITV Show starring Jenna Coleman (and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert), so it is a mix of fact and fiction, although I am unsure as to how accurate it is, as I don’t know much about Victoria. It’s written in third-person, so we not only gather some of the thoughts of the Queen herself but other characters, such as Lord Melbourne, Sir John Conroy, Prince Albert and Leopold. We get to know how the Queen is easily influenced by Melbourne in the beginning and we see the hints of a relationship which cannot be and both of them understand this. We also see the change in the relationship between Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent once Victoria becomes more comfortable and confident as queen. Although this book is written alongside the series, it does not end where the end of series one does, although it is fairly close. The book ends in a good place but I wish Daisy Goodwin continued it up until the point where the series ends, or I at least wish she would continue writing the books to go alongside the TV series. The last quarter-or-so of the book really focuses on Victoria’s family wanting her to get married and introducing her/reintroducing her to potential suitors such as Prince Albert (her cousin). She does initially explain to multiple people that she wants to be like her predecessor, Queen Elizabeth I and remain unmarried (as Elizabeth I was known as ‘The Virgin Queen’) but of course, as we know from real history, she develops a strong love for Albert and that is where the book ends. Overall I think that the book was so brilliantly and beautifully written and I really wish Daisy Goodwin wrote more for Victoria and I am a big fan of the series as well and the book and show match up pretty well! I highly recommend this book and the TV Series, as Jenna Coleman portrays Victoria beautifully and you can really tell that she is with Tom Hughes in real life as there is such an amazing chemistry on screen like there was between the real Victoria & Albert.

-Laura

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Book Review – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

17465450Book: The Husband’s Secret

Author: Liane Moriarty

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This book revolves around a secret that Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers about her husband John-Paul from years ago. It affects multiple people within the book so she’s going through this moral debate of does she tell or does she not? It could wreck her life but the lives of her family members and others. It’s from a third person perspective with slight focalisation from the characters. We get focalised writing by 3 characters, Cecilia, Rachel and Tess. All separate yet somehow linked through this story. At first, I had no idea how the characters linked and I didn’t fully understand the point of these 3 different characters, but as the book went on I began to understand why, and it was very cleverly done. It’s a full adult genre book and contains a theme of sex and contains some swearing, and I haven’t really fully delved into adult books, I’ve always kind of stayed with young-adult fiction so this was very different yet exciting for me to read. I did find it a bit slow at first so it took me a very long time to read but after about the halfway point, I started to pick up the pace a little. I did find some bits a little boring but I liked the addition of an obsession with history, particularly with Cecilia’s family & the Berlin wall. Overall it was a fairly interesting book and I liked the 3-way perspectives and the links between characters, it was very emotional in a way as all the characters really do seem driven by emotion, and I liked the writing style but for me it just wasn’t a 5-star book because I found the first quarter to half a little dull but it did definitely get more interesting as I progressed through the novel.

-Laura

My Introduction to Harley Quinn

3470329-harley-quinn-female-villians-2439836-259-337Harley Quinn, also known as Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel is definitely one of my new favourite fictional characters.

My first full introduction to her was when she was portrayed by Margot Robbie in the ‘Suicide Squad’ film. Since then I have read a full comic bind up of hers (DC Comics Collection Knock Knock Jokes & Preludes) and seen a few bits and pieces from other comics on the internet. I have also seen a few episodes of the cartoons with her in and I absolutely love her. I love the multiple styles that she has and her silly behaviour.

As we all know, she’s not had the best relationship with the Joker, and her relationship is very abusive and I’ve seen many complaints about this, but when you think about it properly, do you really expect the Joker to treat anyone right? They’re both completely and utterly insane, even if the feelings are there, Harley will go back because she’s crazy and crazy in love with him and the Joker will continue to treat her how he does because he’s completely mad as well! I’d be shocked if anyone takes their relationship seriously and continues to complain honestly. It’s fictional, people will not take them as ‘relationship goals’ and want a relationship like that. It’s common sense surely?

official-dc-comics-harley-quinn-diamonds-print-wallet-purseAnyway. I will admit that I am beginning to develop a want for all things Harley. The purse I use on a daily basis is actually an official DC Comics Harley Quinn purse! I also have the build a bear of her (and the Joker) and an itty bitty. But I want to start collecting the comics. I know I want the Bombshell ones, as I have heard good things about it and there are other Harley comics that I want as well, but I just don’t know where to start! If anyone has advice on where to begin with just Harley, please let me know as a comment.

Overall, my introduction to Harley Quinn has not involved much, but I really enjoy her character and I want to learn more and read/watch more to do with her. I’d like to also know other people’s views on Harley’s character.

-Laura

Book Review – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18741152Book: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This book is about 17-year-old Anna who is an American. She’s sent to an American school in France by her parents (mainly her father) with very little choice. While there, she makes friends, especially with a boy named St. Clair. Immediately we know who the love interest is, so we expect there to be some sparks between her and her love interest. The book is from the point-of-view of Anna, and even contains little email sections, including from her friends back in America. The book is full of teenage drama and does deal with some serious family issues (very serious topics) and does contain some swearing as well as a little bit of drinking (including being drunk & hangovers). There are so many hints that the characters have feelings for each other and of course, there are obstacles that get in the way but it’s nicely done. I can be a bit picky with romance books at the time but this is one I genuinely enjoyed, especially as I read the majority of it out in my garden, very fitting for the end of summer! Overall, I really did like this book and I hope to eventually continue on with Stephanie Perkins’ work as I love her writing style. I did actually think she was British because of how well she writes in British characters, but apparently, she’s American! I do highly recommend this book and I’d love to know other opinions too.

-Laura