Friday, 9 February 2018

Book Review: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Book: Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Genres: YA, LGBT, Mystery, Magical Realism
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it's clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won't talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away. 
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they're holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it's full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it's leading them toward things that were never meant to be found... ~ Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 5/5 STARS

My Review:
I didn't expect Spellbook of the Lost and Found to be as captivating to read as it was, I loved this book.  Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a hard book to describe without spoiling it.  It's told from three different points of view and it's centred on a mysterious spellbook that shows up suddenly.

The plot is very mysterious and really keeps you wondering and questioning throughout the book.  I liked the pace of the story, it starts off very simple but really builds up to become this complex entwined story.

I loved that the setting of this book is Ireland, which is where I live.  It made me feel so much more connected to the story and characters.

Since the book is told from three different points of view and each point of view introduced other characters, I thought I might get confused and have trouble differentiating between all the characters but I found it pretty easy to remember each one and I thought all the characters personalities really stood out.  

I loved the friendships in Spellbook of the Lost and Found, they felt real and I loved how friendship was one of the main themes of this book.

The writing of Spellbook of the Lost and Found was another thing I loved about it.  I really loved the poetic descriptiveness of it.  The writing has such a rich, magical quality to it that went really well with the overall story.  It's a writing style that leaves a lasting impression on you and makes you want to seek out more books by the same author.

Overall it's a beautiful book about losing and finding yourself, ever growing friendships and has a great plot that is so full of mystery that it makes you just want to keep reading and reading.  I thought Spellbook of the Lost and Found had great diverse characters and I would highly recommend reading it. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

January 2018 Reading Wrap Up

I can't believe January is over already! I'm very happy with my reading in January.  I read 7 books and I started the year off with reading a book that I'm sure will make it into my favourites list for this year.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle - 5/5 STARS
I loved this book! The writing, characters and story were all fantastic.  Spellbook of the Lost and Found is centred on a mysterious spellbook and how it affects the large cast of characters within this book.  I would really recommend reading this book and I'll be posting my full review of it here in the next few days.

Giant Days vol 2 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman - 3/5 STARS
I like the characters and the artwork of this series but I felt this volume wasn't as strong or exciting as the first volume.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer book 1) by Laini Taylor - 4/5 STARS
I liked this book and I liked how interesting and unique the story was.  The storytelling felt so rich and vivid. 

Dreamin' Sun vol 1 by Ichigo Takano - 4/5 STARS
I enjoyed this manga volume and I thought it was a nice, fun read.  

Dreamin' Sun vol 2 by Ichigo Takano - 3/5 STARS
I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the first because I felt most of the volume was about the main character pining after one of the guys in the series.  I expected there to be a bit more to the story than that.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James - 2/5 STARS
The premise of this book was really interesting and the second half of the book was thrilling to read but during the book and even after finishing the book I found it hard to see the motivations behind everything that went on.  I felt there was no reason for most of what happened and therefore I didn't feel as connected to the book.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson book 9) by Patricia Briggs - 4/5 STARS
I haven't read a Mercy book in so long and it felt great to be sucked right back into the world.  I enjoyed this book and it had all the excitement and adventure a Mercy Thompson book usually has.

What books did you read in January?        


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is: Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To.
I'm hoping I'll get around to reading all six of these books this year.

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds book 2) by Alexandra Bracken
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson book 9) by Patricia Briggs
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity book 2) by Victoria Schwab
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deceptions (Cainsville book 3) by Kelley Armstrong

What books were you planning on reading in 2017 but didn't get around to?

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Book Review: Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland

Book: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Series: Book 1
Genres: YA, Fantasy 

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. 
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. 
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.- Quoted from Goodreads

My Rating: 4/5 STARS
My Review:
Everless has a really interesting story concept.  It's set in a world where time can be extracted from a person's blood and can be given to another to make them live longer whilst the former gets the same amount of time that was extracted from their blood taken off their life.  It sounds very complicated, I know, but it's easy enough to follow once it's explained in the book.  I did still find some parts confusing but the general idea was not. 

I really liked the backstory of how the time extracting part of it was created, it felt like a story within a story.
I found the storyline to be fast paced but also a bit predictable at times.

At the beginning I didn't really care for Jules (the main character) all that much.  I thought some of her decisions were stupid and silly and I found her to be a 2D sort of character but near the end of the book I started to like her more.

I mentioned before about the story being a bit predictable and I also found some of the characters to be the same.  I thought some of the characters intentions were a bit obvious from the beginning.  

A thing I really liked about Everless was the relationships between all the different characters.  The relationships between the characters felt mysterious and left me wondering right up until the end about them.  Although I did find some parts predictable there were some parts of the book that surprised me especially near the end.

Overall I liked Everless, I definitely think it's one of those books that take a while to warm up to.  And even though you can guess at some parts of the story, its fast paced plot and unique concept make it a good read.     

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- New To Me Authors I Read In 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is: Top New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017.  I picked six authors I hadn't read anything from before 2017 and put the books I read by them in the brackets.

Amanda Bouchet (A Promise of Fire)
Sara Barnard (Beautiful Broken Things)
Lexa Hillyer (Proof of Forever)

Alice Oseman (Radio Silence)
Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn trilogy)
Robin Talley (Lies We Tell Ourselves)

What New-To-You authors did you read in 2017?

Monday, 1 January 2018

My Favourite Books of 2017

It's that time of the year again where I try to narrow down my favourite books of the year from a lot of great ones I've read.  Here they are, in no particular order. 

Solanin by Inio Asano

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices book 2) by Cassandra Clare

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners book 3) by Libba Bray

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels book 9) by Ilona Andrews

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR book 3) by Sarah J Maas

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

There were so many other good books I read as well.  I'm excited to see what new favourite books I'll read in 2018.

What are some of your favourite books of 2017? 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

December 2017 Reading Wrap Up

In December I read two books.  Here are my thoughts on them.

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles book 2) by Amanda Bouchet - 2/5 STARS
I disliked this book a lot and that really surprised me because I really liked the first book in the series.  The main character didn't seem as strong a character as she was in the first book, in this book she seemed to be highly dependent on the love interest.  And overall I found some parts in the story annoyed me. 

Everless by Sara Holland - 4/5 STARS
I got this book in my Fairyloot (a book subscription box) for December.  It isn't published in the UK until January 4th (I think it's published January 2nd in the US) so I was excited to be able to read it early.  And to be honest I was pleasantly surprised.  I'll not say too much about it since I plan to do a full review of it but I will say this book has a really interesting concept.  

What books did you read in December?