Black Eyed Susans

“That was my grandfather’s one survival tip if I ever found myself trapped in a fairy tale. Keep your promises. Bad things happen if you don’t.”

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‘Black Eyed Susans’ by Julia Heaberlin.

‘I am the star of screaming headlines and campfire ghost stories.
I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans.
The lucky one.’

This was such a page turner for me. The more you read, the harder it is to put it down! I don’t usually read Mystery – Thriller genres, but the cover of this one sold it to me. I ended up loving it! I would now consider reading more from this genre as I found it so exciting.

‘Left with three other girls in a grave shrouded by Black-eyed Susans, Tessa alone survived, her testimony helping to put a killer behind bars. Now, Sixteen years later, he is about to be executed, but Tessa feels no relief. Because someone is planting black-eyed Susans outside her window. Someone is sending her daughter sinister messages. And there’s a lawyer telling her the man about to be put to death is innocent.’

When I first started reading this, I couldn’t get used to the way in which it was written. Each chapter shifts backwards and forwards in time. But after a while I found this to be extremely well thought out. It helps to explain why some things happen and gives a better understanding of the characters. By the end, I was jumping up and down on my sofa as the secrets were unveiled.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. It was not predictable (at least not to me) and has a great amount of suspense to keep you guessing!

4/5 stars!

Hope you pick this book up if you get the chance.

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The Light Between Oceans

“Putting down the burden of the lie has meant giving up the freedom of the dream.”

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‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. An emotional rollercoaster. This story had me on the edge of the seat, screaming at the pages. It’s been a long time since a book got me so worked up. I shouted, I cried.. I cannot recommend it enough.

The story is about a man named Tom Sherbourne, who returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. An isolated island, where he lives with his loving wife, Isabel. Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

A seriously moving tale which will make you laugh, cry, and burrow your head under the bed sheets because you can’t take the tension. Or is that just me? Whilst reading this, I did start to question myself. Some things seem so right but, can be so wrong. I can’t seem to talk about this book without having a mini breakdown. (Just deleted a whole line of emotional babble. Need to get a grip.) Basically, Everyone should read this book. I think it’s marvellous.

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

5/5 Stars (Wow, calm down, girl.)

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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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The Chamber of Secrets

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“The chamber of secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”

So, I have finally read the second book in the Harry Potter series! Obviously I know the entire story start to finish already, but reading the books only makes it better. The character’s qualities are a lot more understandable on paper and lets me get to know them a whole lot better. Gilderoy Lockhart, the new defence against the dark arts teacher, really is a funny fellow. His character was absolutely ridiculous (In a good way)! I could understand his character’s traits far better in the book than watching the film! The story wouldn’t be quite the same without him.

There were a few points in the book that I felt were not as good as the way the film portrayed them but this was obviously down to the amount of description needed to make up the film time. Basically, I would have liked more detail in certain scenario’s. Overall though, the book really does give you more of an insight into the plot line and the characters lives which the film could not possibly capture.

This is an extremely short review, but most people already know the story therefore I don’t feel the need to explain it. I would seriously recommend reading the books if you have not! as it really intensifies the overall story.

5/5 stars (Because I love Harry Potter)

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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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The Night Book

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I will remember this book for quite a while. ‘The Night Book’ by Richard Madeley is a story set in the Lake District back in the 1970’s, where beneath the depths of the lake waits danger and death. Murder, lies and love. All the ingredients for a disaster. I don’t want to give away too much information as when I first started reading it I really had no idea what it was about but that worked out better for me as I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had. I was pleasantly surprised. I also guessed completely wrong about the genre of this book. I suppose you could say it was crime/romance, I don’t usually pick up books that include this sort of story line but in the end I couldn’t put the thing down. I really would recommend this book if you want a simple, easy read which keeps you gripped till the end.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the font was printed a bit large but to be honest that is a silly point so feel free to ignore that.

3/5

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