In A Dark Dark Wood

 

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‘In a dark dark wood’ by Ruth Ware. I picked this book up over a year ago but only got round to reading it last month.

‘Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. 

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.’

I have very mixed emotions towards this book. I couldn’t put the thing down from start to end, but I was continuously complaining about it!. It starts off quite slow, and then BANG!, WOLLOP! everything is suddenly turned upside down. It was an entertaining read, but if you are going to pick this one up, please be aware that you will become rather upset and angry by the end.

This book had me ranting to my partner about how upset it made me. I felt so sorry for certain characters! I don’t believe anyone would do such things unless they were mentally unstable. I don’t like including spoilers so I won’t drag on about it but the conclusion to the events in this book were a little bit over the top and just plain annoying. (The ending sentence didn’t really make sense to me too, I felt like it was a bit random and un-needed.) Some of the characters are seriously messed up! but I did really like Nina. She was the only character that didn’t annoy me..

Why? Why is this book so cruel?!

Basically, I felt a bit wounded after reading this one, but I will give it a good rating as I did find it to be quite a page turner.

3/5 stars ***

(Note to self: Start reading happier books)

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April Book Haul

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I visited my local book shop and treated myself to some new books for the new month of April! I am ecstatic with my new babies and can not wait to read them. All of these books were marked with ‘buy one get one half price’ stickers, so I saved some money too. If I’m honest, I chose most of these for the covers, My bookshelf is becoming more and more beautiful each month. Here we go…

Book number one: ‘Ink’ by Alice Broadway  

This book is officially the most beautiful that I own. The cover is black with a golden metallic pattern. It so SHINY! This book was only released in February and is the first of a new series called ‘The Skin Books’. Bit of a creepy name for a series.

‘Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.’

Book number two: ‘The Darkest Part Of The Forest’ by Holly Black

The blurb really caught my attention on this one. I love all things fae and this book involves faerie creatures. I don’t much about the book other than that, but sometimes its nice to just read something random and let it be a surprise.

‘Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…’

Book number three: ‘The Girl Of Ink And Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

This one has been sitting on my amazon list for quite a while, so I extremely happy to spot it sitting in the book shop. I much prefer buying books in a shop than online. The shopkeeper was extremely helpful and had a tiny dance with me over this book.

‘Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.
When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
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Book number four: ‘The Island At The End Of Everything’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

I picked up to book along with ‘The Girl Of Ink And Stars’. They sat next to each other on the cutest little table. This is the newest book from the author and sounded quite interesting, so  I thought I would give it a go.

Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?

I hope you enjoyed my little haul!

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Aren’t we all just wandering souls?

A change in company can really give a person a realisation. A realisation that can make us doubt ourselves. In recent years, I have realised how drastically the people we meet can differ. Some are bold and confident, some are demure and quiet.

Growing up, I was always surrounded by such lively personalities and found comfort in people’s trust and positivity. Doubt was not something that crossed my mind often. Yet, in recent years I have come to realise that not everyone will share their thoughts and opinions as easily. Trust is definitely something you have to earn. But what if it is never given?

I suppose I am writing this purely for the fact that I feel quite lost in my thoughts.. I’ve never been one not to be trusted and I like to think that I am a caring person that would respect anyones opinions, no matter what. Sometimes, others just don’t like to let people in, which is fine, obviously. I don’t really know how to explain what I am trying to say, but, It gets to the point when a person can feel rejected by this sort of thing.  Shut out, even. This post is basically just me thinking out loud…We are all just animals living on this earth and we need to support each other. It makes me sad to think that if someone was unhappy or angry, they would choose to be silent than to reach out to the people who love them.

My goodness this post is extremely soppy today! I’m going to go back to my kitchen to bake now, bye.

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My Harry Potter Birthday

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I turned 21 in January and had been celebrating far too much for my own good! Harry potter is one of my favourite things, so naturally I made this a running theme for my birthday. I had a Harry potter themed party (I was Dobby) then I visited the Harry Potter studios. This is what I really wanted to talk about. The Harry Potter studios in London was like being trapped in a fantastic dream. It was an extremely chilly, foggy day and driving up towards the studios and seeing the huge signs was just as exciting as Disney Land had been. Walking into the studios was a bit difficult if I’m honest, I am not over exaggerating when I say that I couldn’t breathe properly, haha. (I’m such a silly sausage). As it was January, the Christmas decorations where still up and the place was covered in powdery white snow. Some of the costumes from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ were on display too.

When the tour guide asked if it was anyones birthday, my hand shot up right at the back and I smugly made my way up to the grand door and held onto it tightly (I may have never let go). Here I go.. Push Push Push. A sight for sore eyes greeted us as the door opened. The great hall in all its glory!

Below I will show you a few photos from my trip. Look out for potions class, Umbridge’s office and maybe even some ‘Sherbet lemon!’ (if you catch my drift..).

I, myself am a Hufflepuff. What houses are you guys in?

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Let’s keep this short and sweet

A fresh start. The new year is here and I am finally happy about it! I Usually hate new years as it makes me feel that little bit closer to… well, death. Sorry that was an extremely morbid way to start off a post. This year I am a different person. I am engaged to my soul mate, I have a totally new way of looking at life and I have new goals and dreams to which I look forward to accomplishing. Very cheesy really, I know! but the more I have focussed on myself this last year, the more I have realised that I want to accomplish things that before I never would have dreamed of. A person should listen to their heart, not what they have been told whilst growing up. I want to travel to far away places and experience the cultures of the world. I want to be the happiest I can be every day of the year.

I hope you have all had a lovely new years and I wish everyone the best years to come!

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The Trees

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“…it’s survival of the fittest, not the strongest or the biggest.”

There is no warning. No chance to prepare. The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest.

The Trees by Ali Shaw. The book itself was 488 pages and contained a font so small that when I first turned the pages I died a little on the inside.. The fact I challenged myself to look past the dreaded size of the book must prove something about the story, right? I am so glad I have read this book as it has truly opened my eyes to a world that seems almost realistic but with differences that we can only imagine in our nightmares.

The story begins in England, on the night when the trees came. Adrian sleeps alone whilst his wife is in Ireland on a business trip. Without any contact or any knowledge to how far the forest has spread, Adrian embarks on a journey to reach his wife with the help of unforgettable friends that he meets along the way.

I absolutely loved the main characters. A girl named Hiroko became my favourite, I am going to miss her! She was such a strong-minded character who saw the world in a different light. At first, some of the characters annoyed me slightly but by the end I began to see them as a team and wouldn’t change any of them one bit. Some parts of this book are unsettling, don’t get me wrong. At times I winced away from the pages wishing that I could un-read what I had just read, but this became easier as the pages went on as I started to understand that this is the world we live in..kind of.

I truly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to anyone out there who thinks that they can look past the gruesome parts. (Animal violence is included which did make me cry, so be warned). The ending was a little bit strange to me, I liked it better as it came to a close but then hit another ending which I disliked. It made me sad and angry at certain characters, but if you want to know what I am talking about then you will have to read the book as I don’t do spoilers here. Overall it was a dark and beautiful book which I will never forget.

4/5 stars.

 

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A Bookworms Christmas Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy for the bookworm in your life? Here I have prepared a little helpful list of gift ideas which are sure to excite all the book lovers in the world. Being a bookworm myself, I chose things that I would be thrilled to receive and hope that maybe I can get my greedy little hands on them soon! On with the show! Hope you find it helpful.

1. Alice In Wonderland Bookmark.

Spookyisland (Etsy) £8.99

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This bookmark is just the cutest thing! This is perfect for all the Alice fans out there. Now you can take teapots and the white rabbit with you wherever you go. The chain will hang over the outside of a book and will look absolutely beautiful.

2. Library Book Stamp.

packagery  (Etsy) £21.43+

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A custom book plate stamp which can be personalised with your name on it! There are a selection of different styles but this one is my favourite. There is a choice of different styles of stamp too such as a self inking stamp or a wooden handled stamp.

3. Cloth bound Classic: A Christmas Carol.

Waterstones £14.99

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Part of penguins beautiful cloth bound classics, this hardcover copy of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ is perfect for any book collector. This story is one of my favourites and I seriously hope this turns up on Christmas morning! (Hint hint!)

4. Readers Gonna Read Enamel pin.

LiteraryEmporium (Etsy) £7.50

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Being a pin collector, this design makes me smile every time I see it!  Even if you don’t collect pins I believe that any book lover would be proud to own this adorable enamel pin.

5. Constellations A5 Notebook.

Nikkistrange (Etsy) £4.99

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This beautifully printed notebook is one of many stunning designs available. This would be great not only for book worms but for pretty much anyone!

6.  642 Tiny Things To Write About.

Waterstones £6.99

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This one is for the writers out there. This little book is  a delightful and thought provoking present which will inspire writers and all the creatives in the world.

 

Hopefully this post helped some of you out and I will speak to you very soon!

 

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