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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 – 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

A Girl for All Time – Lydia

The second doll I own from the ‘A Girl for All Time’ series is Lydia Peyton, who is from the Georgian era and comes from the same family that began with Matilda Marchmont. If you haven’t read my review of Matilda then please do so, but for anyone that hasn’t, the A Girl for All Time company has both dolls and books to do with historical eras of the UK and starts off with the Tudor era. The base line of dolls all come from the same family, but the company is working on expanding their range.

lydia_offer_dress_1024x1024Lydia Peyton is from the Georgian era (as previously mentioned) but instead of being a full UK girl, she goes to Boston. She doesn’t have a book out yet, although I hope soon she will have one so I do not really know as much about her history, but as a doll she is lovely. She’s a 16 inch doll with somewhat articulated joints and shes amazing for play and photography (although I only do the latter option) and she also makes appearances on my photography Instagram. I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago, but on the website she is £89.99 which I know seems like a lot but both she and her clothes are very well made and designed with such detail. Her clothes are all very detailed and beautiful and I own both the outfit she comes in and her riding outfit, both very high quality.

I definitely recommend this line for anyone who is into collecting or photography or history and even the books are wonderful and although they are more expensive I have seen that they are great for kids and they’re beautiful little things as well. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

-Laura

A Girl for All Time – Matilda

I’ve previously written about the books, and now it is time for me to write about the dolls themselves. For those of you who do not know about this brand, ‘A Girl for All Time’ is a brand of books and dolls based in the UK that represent historical eras, and the main line of dolls all come from the same family, starting off with the beautiful Matilda Marchmont, a lovely little girl from the Tudor era, who is also the cousin of Katherine Howard (the 5th wife of King Henry VIII).

matilda_cut_out_offer_dress_e9a854ab-477e-43d1-a0ca-a5ab45f18bf2_1024x1024Now I’m someone who is really interested in Tudor history, and I also do love photography a lot so these 16 inch dolls were perfect. The usual website price for Matilda is £69.99 and I managed to get her on Amazon for £25! All of their dolls and clothes are very specially made and designed and I think are more towards adult collectors even though children are definitely able to play with these dolls as they are such high quality, but I will also admit now, for adult collectors or photographers, this line of dolls are fantastic. They have such a lovely expression on their faces and are very very beautiful and with each doll you can see that they are related in some way.

Matilda is definitely my favourite because of where she comes from and she honestly has such a lovely little face and is amazing to take photos of (she makes a few appearances on my photography Instagram) and her outfits (she comes with her basic Tudor outfit but others are available) her so high quality. My favourite I think is her ballgown and mask, she looks so beautiful and the mask can make her look very mysterious.

If you are a collector/photographer/history enthusiast then I would definitely recommend looking into the brand, or even just reading the books. I think they’d be a great way of getting children more into history as well although they’re a lot more expensive than other brands of dolls, but I believe that they are well and truly worth every penny!

-Laura