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Feral Friday – Book Buying Bans

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Hello everyone of blogland, welcome to Feral Friday, which was started over at Book Nerds Reviews. It is a place to discuss things that make us feral with emotion! This weeks topic is:

Book Buying Bans

I don’t know for sure about the rest of you but I’m sure you all feel the same way about those words as I do. Horrible! Cursed even! Why oh why have those words entered my world?

Cause I bought too many books of course and now I must punish myself… I just don’t know how well I’m going to be able to pull this off.

So lately, especially this month I have been buying way too many books. I think I bought 12 books by like the 7th… The month had barely started.

So now I must ban myself from buying some books. Now because I will not be able to go cold turkey I have made up some rules I must follow to be able to be able to buy a few books. I’m allowed to spend $5 towards a book/s a fortnight, buy one sequel to one series or whatever a month, and for every 10 books I read (7 of which have to be on my TBR list) I’m allowed to buy whatever book I want within reason. Its going to be so difficult! Hopefully it will also help me get over this reading dull I’m having.

I don’t know if I’ll start the ban this month… I might wait until the next one… I KNOW IM TAKING THE EASY ROUTE BUT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY I MUST HAVE BEFORE I LET THIS THING TAKE HOLD! I’ll try for monday… But I don’t know if it will work.

How about you guys? Are any of you on a ban at the moment? Do they work for you? Or do they just leave you sad like I feel right now? Tell me your thoughts! I desire them.

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – Divergent

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Title: Divergent [Divergent 1]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 333

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book on my kindle, and I made it all the way through the book without making a single note. I know you guys can’t see my note making habits, but I rely on them heavily. I love my notes and highlights, they help so much when writing a review. This book didn’t receive any because I was so engrossed with what I was reading that I didn’t pause long enough to actually make any. I don’t normally buy hardcopies of books but I have now bought all three in hardcopy form cause I want them to last forever.

I loved Tris. I feel she had quite a bit of character development. People have talked about her being a hard and cold character and I didn’t agree at first at all. But when she moves into her new faction you can see it start to come through and there was one moment with her friend Al that I was like I totally see her coldness now. I love her but I dont know if I would want heras a friend. The poor girl is struggling with herself throughout the entire book because her whole life she has been told that she will fit into one place only and she just doesn’t. She isn’t perfect and she doesn’t really pretend to be and its a nice change. Though in the world she lives she should probably do a better job at trying to seem normal.

Four was a good character but I found a flaw with the way he was presented. His true identity is supposed to be like this big mystery but I worked out very quickly when Tris started questing who he was supposed to be. That being said I don’t think that it was super obvious, I just put the dots together, and I really look forward to getting to really know him in the next book.

The love between him and Tris took pretty much the whole book to happen and I was so glad, It was really a nice side thing that you will get more of in the next book.

I loved Tris’ friends most of the time, they lightened things up and gave me some giggles and some really really heartbreaking moments. Im going to say this, I still like Al at the end of the book. Thats all the you get about him. I dont know if I feel that way about some of the other friends though, some of the things they did were very kind of backstabby and I don’t think the friendships will last long. Oh and Will! Omg Will. Ah. I need to read the next one now because of Will. I also really loved and was moved by her parents. Her mum was awesome.

Her enemies I hated all of them with a passion, I wish they would all just die. But they don’t. I will read on the feel the pleasure of their deaths.

I also thought the world building and plot was very very interesting. I love dystopian books and sometimes you run the risk of kind them being the same because every idea in like nearly every genre has been done already at some point, but I didn’t find that here. Some people have said that they think this is just another Hunger Games, and though I kind of see their point, I think that it is also very different. It does have its own flare and creatures an original concept. Couldn’t get enough.

So yes, loved the characters and the world and everything inbetween. I suggest picking up the book before the movie comes out in the next couple of months. I have high hopes for the movie too!

Till next time…

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From Book to Movie – Looking For Alibrandi

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Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Australia

Rating: 2 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie kind of went by without me noticing much about what was happening. This is the reason why it got such a low rating, that and the fact that I don’t think I will watch it again. I’m not saying It was all that bad, I’m sure some people would love it if they liked the book more than I did.

The casting choices in the movie I thought were very good ones. The only one that I really had an issue with was Kick Gurry as Jacob Coote. Compared to all the other kids in the movie he just looked so much older than all of them and it was just weird.

I liked her Nonna and her father much more in this time round. They came off less harsh and mean. I still didn’t like her Nonna though.

In terms of plot they did leave out a few things, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t even notice they had left out certain scenes until I was sitting here writing this review so clearly they didn’t matter all that much.

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the fact I feel like they downplayed John Baton’s death a bit. I don’t feel they played up all the signs of distress and sadness he expressed to Josie before he committed suicide. I think they also downplayed everyones reaction to his death. I really connected with Josie in the book at this section, but here I didn’t so much. I think they also skipped over her section with Carly after his death, where they kind of connect, and that made me a bit sad.

So yes, I don’t think this was a bad movie. Those who love the book will probably love this movie. But like the book this movie was just not for me. If I had of been doing my HSC when I first saw this movie I think I would have liked it alot more. My own preference is why the rating is low, not because I don’t think people will enjoy it.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Romance Genre

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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 Romance Books

I’m just going to say before I start listing things, that this list was very hard to put all these books in an order. Do I rate on how much I liked them? Do I take into account how much romance is actually in the story? Do I alter those results because the ‘romance’ might be that between friends rather than a lover? Tricky, tricky, tricky. I have chosen to leave out all major series, because that gave me too many options. Click on the covers to get a copy of the book.

97807537227251. I thoughts about this a really long time. I think I debated which book should get first place for over an hour. Probably two. Though this is not one of my favourite books because an entire section of it was boring, I think the love between the characters was amazing. First place goes to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

 

9780316068048_custom-s6-c102. Now we move onto a book I loved the first time and will love every other time I read it. The Host by Stephanie Meyer has complex romance and just general love situations but you still love every moment of it.

 

 

97801410403563. Third place goes to Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This book would probably would have gotten a higher spot if it had been a happier story. I for one love a story with a happy ending, a story you wish you could just put yourself in and have that romance. I for one do not wish to be apart of much that happens in this book, too sad. Its wonderfully written however and I couldn’t bring myself to place it lower.

1377087942onthejellicoeroadcover4. Another one that I was torn up about with the placement. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. One of my favourite books of all time, so why isn’t it higher? Because though its a romance, to me its more about love of friendship and family than a ‘romance’ story. That being said there was romance, and I loved it, so I will not let it drop a single space more!

 

97817425352035. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Yet another high spot goes to a sad one. But the love in this story is just so touching, and the characters are amazing.

 

 

811IjyDZafL._SL1500_6. This place goes to A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley. This wins my favourite trashy novel spot. I think it was my first trashy novel, and the fact that it had vampires in it just made it that much more awesome to me.

 

 

Losing It7. This must go to Losing it by Cora Carmack. No supernatural hint or other draw in factors, its just a normal everyday awesome and funny romance.

 

 

911TbUz0b7L._AA1500_8. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. A really really trashy, and kind of rapey book, but I still enjoy it. More supernatural element, but its not just strictly vampires this time!

 

 

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midnight embrace10. Last but not least goes to Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashely. Just cause I like her vampire love stories.

 

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Book Review – A Game Of Thrones

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Title: A Game Of Thrones [A Song Of Ice And Fire 1]

Author: George R.R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy, Epic, Adult

Length: 801

Rating: 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow. Just wow. I cannot believe how long it took me to finish this book. Depending on what I have to do that, I can normally easily finish a book between 200-680ish pages in a day. This book is about 800 pages. One would think that it would take me at most a couple of weeks to finish. Well, it took me about 6 months. I’m really quite ashamed of how long it took me. The size of the book was very daunting to me and while I was reading I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere, and that’s part of the fun I get out of reading. The progress. I had to start leaving my bookmark in where I started reading so I could see how far I had read that day.

Now I did see the TV series before I started the book. This kind of makes it hard for me to talk about the book without referring back to the show like I normally would. So I think I will do this a bit backwards and compare the books to the show and do a review on it later. Maybe.

Now I don’t think I would have gotten through this book at all if it were not for the show. There are so many people with strange names and some of them are very similar, and If I hadn’t of seen the faces they put to most these names in the show I think I would have gotten really really lost very early on in the story.

The characters In the book were a bit more flat to the ones in the show. I don’t know if it is because I knew what was happening to all of them already but I found the way they were presented in the book less dramatic/interesting. This is not to say that they were not good, they were. I got to understand more about why they do the things they do which is just left out in the show. For example I don’t hate Sansa as much anymore because of reading her chapters. I understand her better, though I’m still not happy with the things she does. That all being said though they are all really well constructed characters, they know who they are and so do you. Because of the show though I has issues picturing them at their actually ages. When I remembered how old they were some of the things really shocked me.

When it comes to the world building I think they did a pretty good job at keeping it true to how its described in the book. They only really left out some of the more completely impossible kind of things like the journey up the Aerie steps, I can see why they altered that a bit. But there is stuff both in the plot and the world building hat is left out that is just stunning even if it wasn’t completely needed.

I guess I just loved the extra details I got from the book that were not in or were not conveyed in the show in all regards. The character sections were my favourite though. I think reading this book would have been easier if it hadn’t of been quite so large and was maybe broken in half. Maybe then it wouldn’t have appeared quite as dense as it was. It was still a good read and had sections of it me glued to the book.

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Book Review – City of Bones

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Title: City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments 1]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 485

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I didn’t really expect much going into this book. I have heard lots of people talk about it, quite often good, and I had seen it fill the shelves at stores like kmart because they always have many many many copies of YA books that are supposed to be the next big hit, and I had heard there was a movie. There were mixed reviews about the movie though, most people said it was bad. So I avoided it for a really long time. I think the covers also had something to do with it. It kind of looked like the book was trying to hard to p[rove itself or something… which is ridiculous cause now that I think about it they are not that bad but whatever. Then someone came to me and said they really think I would like the movie and that I should watch it, so I decided that I should read the book first before I put myself through something like that.

Though I can kind of understand the hype some people hold for this series, I myself didn’t feel it at all until I got to the end of the book. I found the very beginning really hard to get into. The way some of the demons talk, and none of them ever talk that way again at the end, was just so stupid. How am suppose to feel suspense when someone who is facing off with a demon that can’t even talk proper. It was a joke. If you are not going to get them to talk in a way that is not menacing and  have them coming across something you might hear in a really old and bad horror movie, its best to keep their mouths shut. The second their mouths open you have ruined all the feeling you have spent all that time building up to. There were other things but that got under my skin the most.

All of that rant being said and done, I was really really into the story by the end of it and instantly picked up the next one so that I could keep on being in there. Most of the characters are awesome (with the exception of Simeon who is just annoying), and even characters like Clary’s mum who isn’t even in the book all that much I enjoy. I love the relationship between the characters and I think they are well developed.

I felt bad for Clary and the development she has to go through is quite alot so that she doesnt go crazy. Despite the fact that I don’t like Simeon, he brought out the best in her really. The section where he gets turned into a rat and she just goes totally ape-shit, specially when she looses him, was just hysterical. I think this might have been one of my favourite scenes in the entire book.

Im a but iffy on the relationship between Clary and Jace. The big secret of who Clary’s father is was never a secret to me despite how desperately they tried to make it seem like a big mystery, and the second they said that Jace was going to be with his father (who we have been told is dead) combined with the way they said it I knew straight away that their parents are one and the same. Yay incest? I think most people find this as a really bad aspect of the story, but I have already been presented with this kind of thing in other stories which I loved so its not a huge sticking point to me. Something I try to over look and not think about, but it didn’t make me put the book down. They had some cute moments but I hope that perhaps they move on or something… Luckily it didn’t hold that big a part of this section on the story.

So yeah, sorry for the bit of rant, but I still enjoyed the book. If you like supernatural stuff I think this would be a book you pick up and at least try.

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.

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Book Review – Torment

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Title: Torment [Fallen 2]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Length: 452

Rating: 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Now we move onto the second book in our Fallen series, Torment. Sections of this book I loved and other bits not so much.

First and foremost the thing that really made the book for me, the school. Luce gets hidden away at a school for Nephilim, anyone who has angel genes in them. I loved the school and the whole idea behind it. The campus is like the complete opposite to that of Luce’s previous school and even though I liked the idea of the story being set there I like this school more. Its filled with kids that can do cool stuff because they are part angel, really whats not to like about that? The school and some of the things that happen while they are there is really what made the book for me.

Luce and Daniel are now in a relationship, and its a super back and forth one at that. They fight over nothing. All the time. This would probably be normal for teenage relationships, but one of them isn’t actually a teenager. I could see why Daniel would be bossy because of this. Luce on the other hand became stupider in this book. I get that she is very confused about what is going on because the angels cannot tell her everything in the fear that she might burst into flame and die forever, but come on. They tell her some things and she just completely ignores it. A number of times Daniel tells her that Cam is not the enemy in this book and her little brain can’t seem to grasp that and then is still shocked when she finally works out that its true. God Luce frustrates me.

We don’t really get much of the old characters in this book and instead deal with some new ones, and with these new ones comes a new love triangle. Yay… I just love those… Luce isn’t that great guys, calm down. The only person that we get to actually meet that is old is Callie, she never made a physical appearance in the first book. I personally would love to have a best friend like Callie, shes so nice. I felt bad for her at the end of the book. She wasn’t prepared for the things she saw and didn’t deserve it. I wonder why she didn’t burst into flame.

So yeah, some cool new stuff and some same stupid stuff. An enjoyable book though! Now onto the next one.

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365 Days Later…

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Happy Anniversary to me! That’s right, a year ago today I created and posted my first book review and joined the bookblogging world. I can say that it has been awesome so far and can’t wait for what I’m sure is more awesome that this community will give me.

Im not a very large blog, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I have gained 59 followers and I love you all for the fact you are 59 people who share my love of books. And the same goes out to all the people I follow and all those I don’t even know out there in the bookblogging/vlogging community. I love you all for giving me a place to go crazy, fall in love, or become feral with emotion about fictional things and people, and for feeling those things along with me. I feel more at home with you guys than with most the people I know in person.

So I guess what Im trying to say is thank you. Thank you for giving me this place to be and for always being awesome and friendly people.

Till next time…

 

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Book Haul – January/February

Welcome to another book haul where I present to you the pretties I bought throughout the month/s, plus something else today. Click on the image to buy yourself a copy from the The Book Depository. 

The books I bought in January are all books that I ‘saved’ from one of those cheap mass bookstores. I say saved because they don’t look after their books, and many of the books on the shelf are pretty much destroyed. I have seen one that is nearly completely ripped in half and yet they still try and sell it… If you see a hardback in one of these stores that you like that isnt damaged AND actually has its dust jack, just get it. In the store near me pretty much no hardbacks make it out alive.

Now these first two books I don’t actually know where you will be able to get copies of them which is sad because they are so cute and small (A6 size) and are pretty hardbacks. If anyone knows let me know cause I want to get the rest of the collection. 

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JAN02‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’

Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.

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JAN03The 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.

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Little-Women-by-Louisa-May-AlcottLittle Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg’s joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo’s struggle to become a writer, Beth’s tragedy, and Amy’s artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth- century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

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Then in February I bought another three books, all part of the same wonderful series. Pretty pretty hardback format.

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divergent_hqIn Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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insurgentOne choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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cover_allegiantThe faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.