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Book Unhaul + Giveaway

I have a big big list of books to unhaul today because I will be moving and do not want to take them with me. While some of them are are like new most of them are old and dodgy second hand things as they were not new when I got them. Best get started!

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  1. Grieftime by Heather Bulpett
  2. Deadly Lode by Randall Reneau – This book is signed by the author but also has my name written inside.
  3. The Jury Must Die by Carol O’Connell
  4. Head Over Wheels by January Valentine 
  5. Blood is the New Black by Valerie Stivers
  6. Southern Cross by Patrcia Cornwell
  7. The Last Precinct by Patrcia Cornwell
  8. At Risk by Patrcia Cornwell
  9. Portrait of a Killer by Patrcia Cornwell

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  1. Come the Night by Susan Krinard
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  4. Harmless by Julienne van Loon
  5. Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
  6. Vampireville by Ellen Schreiber
  7. The Heiresses by Allison Rushby – Signed by author but also has my name written inside
  8. The Poison Garden by Sarah Singleton

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  1. Strange Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson
  2. The Wounded Hawk by Sara Douglass
  3. Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell
  4. Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell
  5. Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
  6. Trace by Patricia Cornwell

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  1. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
  2. Risk Factor by Charles Atkins
  3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  4. King of the Murgos by David Eddings
  5. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Marks on front cover
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Marks on front cover

I am willing to do a giveaway for most these books for people within Australia. Sadly to post to outside aus will cost me at least $20. If there is enough interest in a couple of books I will consider it, but for the most part I will only do aus entrants. Let me know if anyone is interested in any and I will either do a first come first serve thing or I will create an actual random selection contest thing.

Last but not least:

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I am selling all of these books. The only one I have read is the first and the only other damage is from the original postage. If anyone is interested please contact me and we can work something out.

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Top Ten Tuesday – New Series

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

New in this case means that they have been released in the last couple of years. To create this list I just went on goodreads and see which series I clicked on want to read recently, so they are not really in any form of order other than the one I found them in on goodreads. I am also including trilogies in this list.

1. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.

2. The Red Queen Trilogy by Victoria Aveyard.

3. Guardians of Tarnec Series by Sandra Waugh.

4. Queen of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes.

 

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5. The Falconer (Trilogy?) by Elizabeth May.

6. Half Life Trilogy by Sally Green.

7. The Murder Complex (Series?) by Lindsay Cummings.

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8. The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen.

9. Pennyroyal Academy (Series?) by M.A. Larson.

10. Twin Willows Trilogy by Nicole Maggi.

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So share your lists because I need new lists of books forever and always.

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Also, I am thinking about giving away a bunch of my books, most of them will be well worn ones that were given to me. I will be doing this cause I want want to take them with me when I move so if you guys would be interested let me know and I shall set something up!

 

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Book Review – The Ersatz Elevator

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Title: The Ersatz Elevator [A Series of Unfortunate Events 6]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 198

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My favourite one so far. This review will contain spoilers so I suggest only reading if you do not care what is said or if you have read the book already.

In this book the children enter a home where is kind of looks like they have finally found a home where things are not so bad, nearly as good as when they were with uncle Monty, with their new caretakers Jerome and Esme. Esme only cares about what is ‘in’ and this makes our orphans worry about when orphans are no longer in, but Jerome listens to what they want and seems to go out of his way to make things comfortable. For example he gave them each a room which would accommodate each of their individual needs. He is even willing to help them or at least let the children look for their kidnapped friends the Quagmire triplets who Count Olaf got at the end of the last book.

And can I take a moment here to just fail to imagine how big this new penthouse the children move into is? Its has 75 bedrooms or something. Thats just the bedrooms, that doesn’t count any extra rooms like kitchens, bathrooms or lounge rooms. Can you picture just how big that is? How big was this damn building?

In their search for Olaf and the Quagmires the children climb down an elevator shaft with homemade rope and guess who they find at the bottom, the Quagmires. I was so happy to have them found, but they were locked up and they had to leave them to go and get something that would open the cage they were held in. By the time they returned however Olaf had moved them and hidden them in an item that he planned to sell at Esme’s auction. Later the children raced up and told Esme what was happening hoping that she would cancel the auction, but it turns out she was actually working for Olaf and is in love with him. She pushes the chidlren down the elevator shaft which has now had a net placed in it to keep the children captured until they returned for them. She screams about doing it because of Beatrice, the women our author keeps mentioning throughout the books. What on earth?! Need answers now!

Here is where I find something to complain about, everything up until now was very exciting. In order to escape Sunny must climb up the shaft with her teeth to fetch their home made rope. Lets picture that for a moment. If at all possible, it would takes years or her teeth would have to be super long and be able to kind of walk themselves up the shaft. Moving on though.

They go down the shaft and out the tunnel and pop up in their old burned down house. Again, what the hell! Esme was clearly involved somehow but we have yet to get any answers at all. The children don’t even get to rescue the Quagmire triplets and to make matters worst, because Jerome doesn’t like to argue and isn’t brave, he gives the children up to Mr. Poe again because hunting down the Quagmires seemed to dangerous. My heart wept for the kids in this book. So close, everything was so close but no dice.

My favourite quote from this book would have to be:

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

 

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Book Review – The Austere Academy

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Title: The Austere Academy [A Series of Unfortunate Events 5]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 230

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was a little worried after the last one that this one was going to go downhill from there even more but I was pleasantly surprised.

I think what made this book the most for me is the fact we are introduced to other kids, the two remaining Quagmire triplets Duncan and Isadora whose family also died in a fire. Loved these new kids, really liked seeing the orphans interact with people their own age let alone people they can relate to. Introducing these kids though makes me think that the author is trying to put across the message kids are smart, adults are stupid.

The writing style is still just as funny and annoying at the same time as all the books before it. There were a few quotes I really like:

There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.

God yes. Its so so so painful. And the other is:

As I’m sure you know, a good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student, you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means ‘flunk.’

Again. I agree. Though I haven’t flunked because of it a good book has done this to many times and I am sure it has done it to you as well!

Plot wise this book is very much the same as all the other ones so I really don’t know what else I can say in this review. With the children both being in similar situations we are finally getting an idea of a much bigger plot that will hopefully start taking over the story. The ending really got to me and a big mystery is opened up and I read on to find out what the answers were. If it wasn’t for this opening of larger plot I think I would have dropped the series because its not so much fun to read the same story with slightly different details over again and again.

 

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Book Review – The Miserable Mill

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Title: The Miserable Mill [A Series of Unfortunate Events 4]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 169

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire story of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this was the scariest of the books thus far.

The children head on to a lumbermill where they are forced to work in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away from the children. Of course this doesn’t happen and the children fall into more troubling events. Klaus gets hypnotised and is forced to commit horrible actions. I was freaking out when Klaus got hypnotised. It is bad enough that bad events keep happening to them and all around them but it is another to force them to join in the bad activity.

Entertainment wise though I think this is probably the one I have had the most issue with thus far.

One of the first things I had issues with, though not really that big a deal, is the fact that the place was obsessed with gum, that the children had to eat it, and it was stuck basically everywhere. You can’t eat gum. It doesn’t digest properly. And ew. I think the only reason why it was such a big deal in this book is because Klaus required gum to do something at the end of the book.

Also, I know the whole point to these stories is that they are supposed to be sad, but there was never any happy moment in the book. There wasn’t really any contrast so it was all the same and kind of dull. Even the part where someone I liked was being threatened by an electric saw, the event seemed to last an exceptionally long time so I no longer really gave a damn if they got chopped up or not because I was tired of hearing about it.

I think the thing I found most ridiculous however was at the end where Sunny, a baby who cannot even walk, had a sword fight with a fully grown woman. Oh, and Sunny didn’t even had a sword, she used her teeth instead. And apparently not being able to move or be as tall and only using the 4 teeth in her mouth she was able to be evenly matched for the woman. She didn’t even get a scratch on her face. I had to picture Sunny as baby vampire pretty much the entire time, being able to float and move quickly, and have super strength and healing otherwise it didn’t work. I know its middle grade but you don’t have to be stupid about these things!

I will say that the book had some good lines though:

Raisins are healthy, and they are inexpensive, and some people may even find them delicious. But they are rarely considered helpful.

So yes, if you are reading this series I hope you find more enjoyment from this book than I did. The more I read the more I seem not to like it. I don’t think these books are a good thing for me to marathon.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Character Driven Novels

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

Writing this list has made be realise one thing. I need to read more character driven novels! Good thing you have all made wonderful lists for me ;)

1. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – Really is anyone surprised that this is up top of my list? Any of my followers or anyone who looks at my TTT often knows this book makes it way to the top of quite a few of my lists.

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Great, great book. Gives you more ‘rough’ characters.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Gives you a perspective and development of a character that is actually no longer around and those who helped make it so.

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4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Do I really need to give reasons as to why I am putting this on the list?

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – All character development. Does she want to continue or does she just want to let go.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Mary goes through much growth and development in this book.

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7. The Returned by Jason Mott – Though works around people returning to the dead, I believe its character driven in the sense that its about the characters finding solace.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I love this book.

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – I feel like I am cheating a bit by putting this book on here but it still fits the theme.

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Aaannnnddd I don’t think I can actually think of a 10th book. So as usual share your lists, I am really interesting in this weeks theme so give me!

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Book Review – The Wide Window

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Title: The Wide Window [A Series of Unfortunate Events 3]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 183

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Though I liked this one I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first two.

In this book the orphans travel to their Aunt Josephine’s house which is atop a hill off the edge of the cliff over the lake. The setting of this book was quite exciting. It was interesting to get a story based around a lake that is filled with leeches that eat you all up if they even sniff a crumb on you. They will even sink a boat to get to you, which is a hardship the children must survive thanks to Josephine. It was all very exciting really.

However, Aunt Josephine is the very reason why I didn’t like this book quite as much. I want at least one side character to like other than the children. Aunt Josephine is such a horrible person. She is terrified of just about everything and will not do or let the children do a great many things that would make life easier or just plain comfortable because she is terrified about something horrible happening. For example, she is afraid to cook hot food despite how cold the house is because the stove might burst into flames. While all this could be forgiven, she does look after the children despite the stupid challenges she invents. She also actually teaches them things like grammar cause she thinks it the most important thing ever. None of this though makes up for what she does at the end of the book so if you have not read this book skip the next paragraph.

Her fear of Count Olaf, which is understandable I suppose since he tried to get her to kill herself, makes her offer the children over to him even though she knows he will make them suffer for their money, in exchange for her own life. I was so mad. A part of me was happy she got eaten by the leaches because she created all the issues herself. I did feel bad for the orphans when that happened though because someone else that was suppose to love and look after them had died and this time they had to watch it.

I don’t really know what else to say because the overall structure of the stories seems to be the same. Find new home, some bad but not so bad things, Count Olaf appears in a new outfit and tricks everyone because he has shoes on, some bad things happen, children solve issues, Count Olaf is discovered and disappears again, children move into the next home and book.

I continue on reading for I want more substance and I hope that I shall get more the more I read/listen.

 

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Book Reviews – Of Scars And Stardust

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Title: Of Scars And Stardust

Author: Andrea Hannah

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Length: 336

Rating: 3.5 rounded down to 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she’s been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her “delusions,” Claire can’t seem to escape the wolf’s eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she’s ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella’s trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister’s disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella’s past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was lucky enough to receive this book early from the publishers via NetGalley for an honest review.

Just a word of warning, need to talk about this book in detail so if you don’t want to be spoilt, go read it and then come back. PLEASE GO READ IT AND COME BACK! I need people to talk about this book with me. I need thoughts, because I am so so so confused.

Before I run off on a rant about the plot lets discuss the characters. I thought they were all well written and were not just random people you meet, they all serve a purpose. I did hate some though but that was on purpose I think. I despised Rae, and I hated her parents though by the end I didn’t hate them so much because more things made sense. I thought Claire was a developed character and the little side story of her and Grants love was just adorable. I loved Grant, I don’t know if I would date him but he was so what she needed.

Now onto the part that I actually want to talk about. The plot.

The first half of this book makes nearly complete sense if we exclude the obvious mystery of where on earth did Ella go and what on earth is with these wolves. Are they real? Or are they a representation of something darker? If we move past those things the events in this book make complete sense and are kind of logical. The more we read though the less things kind of make sense. The first half of this book was just amazing, I would give it a 4 star easy. But the further on we go the more confused Claire gets and so the more confused I got.

I hated Claire’s parents for sending her away and then never contacting her or inviting her home to see her sister recover and let her get some kind of closure of this stuff. But then we find out that she was actually the main suspect in her sisters accident and we work out that they actually sent her away for both sisters safety. Ella from Claire and Claire from getting put in the local loony bin. We also get multiple things that tell us that Ella left because she didn’t feel safe, not that she was taken by ‘wolves.’ Ella was (supposedly) running away from her dad because he is totally bonkers and killed someone. I didn’t see that coming at all! How that whole thing developed in the story was weird. Claire went from having a fear of him to partnering up with him pretty damn quick.

Then there is the whole reveal at the end that the wolves were all in her head, and she is kissing a tree that she thinks is Grant. WHAT?! Its this event that makes me question everything. Just before she was telling us how he was secretly calling her despite the no contact order his family put on her and then she thinks he showed up and it was actually a tree. Was he actually contacting her? Was the supposed letter that Ella had sent her saying she was coming to visit actually real? Is Ella even still bloody alive? Who the hell was setting everyone’s houses on fire and was the writing on their home really there?

The final ‘attack’ from the wolves we know was actually Claire being arrested. This puts the last moments between her and Grant  in a whole new light. Right before they run away from the hospital he asks Claire to promise to try and make sure that nothing happens to them before they leave Amble. Claire thinks this is all about wolves so she goes along with it, but with this ending information it brings it into a new light. He knew it was Claire who hurt him but she didn’t mean to and he was basically asker her not to have another episode before they left. But then we get questions like if Claire was supposedly talking to someone when he was injured, what the hell happened? Did that party even actually happen? Was their relationship even the way it seems AT ALL? All things I thought I knew are now opened for questioning.

This open ending is not really how I like my books which is what bumped it down to a 3 star to me. I was really really into the book before it gave me an ending that didn’t answer anything and make be question everything I had just read. I would suggest that if you like contemporary mysteries that you should read this book. If you have read this book already please for the love of god give me your thoughts. I really wish that I didn’t need to have this post up so soon after finishing it because I feel like I need to think about it again and again.

Share your thoughts!!!! I am sorry that this review doesn’t really make much sense, but it still doesn’t make sense to me.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Hard Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Were Hard To Read For Various Reasons

I am going to try and not just include books that were boring as hell in this, but I suppose we shall see how I go.

1. The Hangman’s Replacement by Taona Dumisani Chiveneko – This book wins first place because I am still reading. I received this book for review (I think I won it on goodreads actually) forever ago and I havent done it yet. The start was interesting enough then it switched character perspectives and the interesting yet kind of confusing and strange plot just became dull and difficult.

2. A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – I liked the book it was just so dense it took me months to get through. Very hard read.

3. If I Should Die Before I Wake by Michelle Morris – I found this one hard to get through because of the strong/disturbing content, and the main character frustrated the hell out of me.

4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – So so so boring. The first 5 times I tried reading this book I could not get past the first 20 pages.

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5. Deadly Lode by Randall Reneau – This was based around a lot of content that I had no knowledge or really interest in and that will always make a book hard to get through.

6. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice – This book was hard on two levels. The first 2/3 of this book were so boring but once I got past that section of it I cried my eyes out because it was so sad. I haven’t been able to continue the rest of the series yet.

7. Passion by Lauren Kate – So hard to get through. Contained 3 bits of information that was actually needed in the book that you had to get but the rest of it was just so dull. The only thing that kept me going was the hope would be better.

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8. The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan – I have never wanted a main character to die so much in all my life. This whole series is a blow off.

9. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket – I found this one hard because it is the book between when things finally kind of start happening and the end of what I loved so much from the first three. It didn’t bring anything new to the table at all.

10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Pretty much any old style book really, I find the writing style hard to get into in the beginning until I get used to it.

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Book Review – Northanger Abbey

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Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

Genre: Classics, Romance

Length: 215

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was pleasant enough but it left me wanting more from it.

I could tell while reading it that it was her first book. Like I said pleasant and enjoyable, but it was kind of like just having something to pretty to look at much not really providing anything that I could actually take hold or sink my teeth into with much substance. Yes, it has the classic kind of Austen themes about women in that day an age, the way they think and behave and what not, as well as how teenage’s acted then. But I didn’t really take anything away from this story.

It did take me a moment to get into the writing style but once I did it didn’t really hinder my reading all that much. I do think they say things in the longest form possible sometimes and the grand sentences were not always needed, but its not that big an issue.

Our setting of the story is starts off in Bath with our main character Catherine and things move sort of slow while we are here. You meet some good people and you meet some really really horrid people who I just couldn’t stand. John Thorpe was basically one of the rudest and just stupid characters I ever came across. I kind of wanted to shake Catherine for putting up with his disgusting behaviour for as long as she did. His sister Isabella did not start off quite so bad but ultimately proved that she is just a shallow and two-faced person. We also meet Eleanor and her brother Henry Tilney which are pretty much the exact opposite of the Thorpes. I really liked these characters and thought Henry was a bit of a hunk.

Of course, he had me completely won over when he stated:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

All I could think was YES, YES! Specially John.

The story doesn’t really pick up until we move onto the Tilney house called Northanger Abbey. Here Catherine lets her horror book loving mind get the best of her and she starts thinking up and believing the most silly things ever. Like that Henry and Eleanor’s father did something horrible to their mother like kill her or lock her up in a certain section of the house. Its one thing to imagine things like this but its another to actually believe it which is what Catherine did. She barely knew him and really he had only been nice to her until he found out she had no money.

The ending of this book really annoyed me. The conclusion of the love between Catherine and Henry was kind of just like a side sentence at the end and while they ended up together, it seemed really slap dashed to me.

So, if you like Austen I would recommend this book to you just so you can have a look yourself. But I wouldn’t except anything amazing from it.

 

Till Next Time…