When I finished reading Harry Potter I was so determined to find a book that was as magical, as I was left wanting more after Harry Potter. After a loWhen I finished reading Harry Potter I was so determined to find a book that was as magical, as I was left wanting more after Harry Potter. After a long search on Amazon i decided to give Eragon by Christopher Paolini ago. It is the first book of a Trilogy and in my opinion is the best of the three books.
This book is about a farm boy, Eragon, who when out hunting one day comes across a blue stone which he takes home and tries to trade for food for his family. With no success he hides the stone but it then hatches. A baby dragon is inside. The dragon is called Saphira.
News of the stone has got out and evil beings come looking for Eragon and his stone. When they don't find him they burn down his farm house killing his uncle On his way out of town, the old story teller, Brom, joins up with Eragon telling him he knows of Saphira and all about the legendary Dragon Riders. Brom goes with Eragon on his journey to save dragon eggs and to get his revenge, and helps to train Eragon in battle on the journey. Eragon is able to learn magic and about the other races. He finds himself coming to the rescue of an elven maiden, named Arya
Eragon and Saphira form a unique bond that is shared mentally, spiritually and sometimes physically. He and Saphira can "talk" though it is basically reading each other's thoughts.
This book is aimed at young readers, but I feel this book would suit a variety of readers as I feel it has a little style of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in it. It is magical but there is more battle in Eragon than in Harry Potter. Over all I thought this was a good read although some of the words were hard and that is coming from a 24 year old, so I am not sure how young readers would get on with this book. There are two follow up books Eldest and Brisingr. ...more
I have recently been reading many books by Carole Mathews and Katie Fforde. I am continually hunting for more of their books on my travels, which is wI have recently been reading many books by Carole Mathews and Katie Fforde. I am continually hunting for more of their books on my travels, which is where I found Wedding Season. I always find her books are an easy read but also a book which you cannot put down which I hoped would be the same with this one.
***PLOT*** This story is based around Sarah, a wedding planner who doesn't believe in forever in Love. At the start of the story, she is putting the finishing touches to a wedding, getting the bride ready for her big day doing what she does best with the help of new found friends who are the other two main characters of the book, Elsa and Bron. Elsa is a dress maker who has created a beautiful dress for the bride, but doesn't like the attention to fall on her which is a bit of a problem when she is selected to be the bridesmaid at the last minute. Bron is a hairdresser who also finds she is a dab hand at make-ip and cake making, is there no end to this woman's talent!
After the big wedding has come to an end Sarah is then given the opportunity of a life time, to organise a big wedding for a Celeb but with only 2 months to do it in and also to put a spanner in the works the wedding is on the same day as her sister's wedding. Will Sarah pull this off with the help of Bron and Elsa or will it become a total disaster.
I found with this book that I actually warmed to Bron and Elsa more than I did with the main character Sarah. I feel that Bron and Elsa have a warmer more approachable character to them where as with Sarah it felt as if we wasn't totally in touch with her character as if there was some kind of guard up between her and us, the reader. I also liked the male characters in this book who are the love interests in this book their characters were all very different but also gave us the same warm feeling to them.
Overall, this was a book which I really enjoyed. I didn't find that this story was predictable other than one part which was the relationship with the main character Sarah. Because of this I found like with previous books I have read by Katie Fforde that I couldn't put the book down as you continually want to know what is going to happen next in the story. As with many chick-lit book there is a big relationship story line ( or in this case three!) to go along side the main storyline. I found that the way the relationships were wrote into the storyline was quite different to many books which I have read as the relationships didn't take over from the main storyline but gave it a nice little twist alongside which made it enjoyable to read. I found that with this book it was on a steady pace not having low or high points during the book. We are taken straight in to the storyline from the first chapter. This book has many elements to it including, humour, relationships, romance, and emotion to name a few, which completes this beautifully written book. I picked up from reading this book that the author seemed to have an insight to the whole wedding planning topic as there was some parts of the book which was in great detail about the requirements the brides need the wedding planners to deal with. I would recommend this book to chick-lit lovers. I cannot tell you anything negative about this book as personally for me it ticked all of the right boxes. If you are looking for an easy read to cheer you up on a down day this is the book for you. ...more
I saw another of Katie Fforde books in the library the other day called Going Dutch and although I wasn't captured by the title or the plain front covI saw another of Katie Fforde books in the library the other day called Going Dutch and although I wasn't captured by the title or the plain front cover of the book I put these thoughts aside as I remembered how great her previous read had been and picked this one up.
The main character in this book is Dora. Dora has just split from her fiancé just before her wedding day. She feels she needs to get away from everything and everyone, when her best friend suggests she goes and stays with her mother Jo who has recently split for her dad and is now living alone on a barge.
This break for Dora helps both her and Jo to get their lives back on track and through the story we see the girls over come fear and find that their true personalities come to light.
We learn more about the additional characters when the barge has to be taken abroad to be repaired and a blast from Jo's past is on this trip which may be just what she needs to get over the hurt and humiliation which her husband caused her by going off with a girl their daughters age!
This book has such a mixture of content with romance and light hearted comedy being two of the main parts. The characters of both Jo and Dora are well informed and give us as the reader the feeling that we know these characters as they really play on your heart strings and you hope they can help each other to find happiness and possibly love again as well as a meaning to their lives.
What I loved about this book was that it was not predictable in anyway so you couldn't put the book down as you always needed to know what was going to happen next. The style of her writing is so easy to read and fall into but it is also very informative.
I can not wait to read another of Katie Fforde's books I find it hard to compare her work to any other authors which I have read which is refreshing to be able to read something on edge of other books. ...more
I have recently found myself reading many of Katie Fforde books. She seems to have a easy style of writing which manages to keep your gripped. In WhsmI have recently found myself reading many of Katie Fforde books. She seems to have a easy style of writing which manages to keep your gripped. In Whsmiths at the moment you will find one of her more recent books Perfect Proposal and at the moment it is on offer for £3.99.
*Plot* Sophie Apperly is the black sheep of her family, where her family are all very academic Sophie is better creatively. Her family take her for granted and soon pack her off to look after her rich uncle, which is where Sophie's journey in the story begins. While she is at Uncle Eric's she starts clearing out old letters only to find that he and some other family members have drilling rights which if they all pull together could be worth some money only thing is the member of the family who she believes has the remaining drilling rights is over in New York. It is while she is in New York on this quest that she befriends a rich elderly lady Matilda, the problem is her grandson Luke is not quite as and welcoming as Matilda. He is suspicious of Sophie he doesn't trust her when it comes to his grandma and his suspicions are only made worse when Sophie agrees to help find the old Cornish house that Matilda stayed in when she was younger back in England. Sophie is joined in England by Luke to help look for the house and to keep an eye on Sophie. Is Luke only interested in Sophie's actions when they involve his grandma or could there be more than meets the eye?
*My Opinion* I have yet to read a book by Katie Fforde which I haven't enjoyed. What I found made this book different from the previous books which Katie Fforde has wrote is that half of the book is based in New York where as all of the books I have read of hers have all been based in the country all the way through. It was still a gripping book but you truly felt at home when she brings her characters back to the country it is in my opinion where her writing is the best. It was an easy read that had you gripped from the first chapter. There were just enough characters in this book without it getting confusing as to who is who. I loved the fact that there was a suspense factor to the story as right up until the last chapter you didn't know which way the story was going to go. Judging by the title I did think it was going to be a full on romatic book but I didn't find this the case. There was a romantic element to the book but there was so much more to the story than that. I found the book paced on evenly without having any low points to the book and I didn't feel at any point as if the boo was being rushed.
I loved our main character Sophie was she was a very down to earth girl who many people will relate to. From the beginning of this book you instantly warm to her character. It dad take me a while to get Luke's character he seemed very stand offish the first few chapters that we meet him but after a while you release it is only because he cares so strongly about his Grandma and doesn't want her getting hurt.
I would recommend this book for anyone looking for an easy, warm homely read. Anyone who is a Katie Fforde fan then read this book as it will not disappoint. Also on my book blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com/...more
I am a self confessed chocoholic and when looking for a new book in the library in the week how could I walk over Carole Mathews The Chocolate LoversI am a self confessed chocoholic and when looking for a new book in the library in the week how could I walk over Carole Mathews The Chocolate Lovers Club. I also saw whilst I was there The chocolate lovers diet by the same author and I wasn't sure which one to pick up. I am lucky I picked this one up as the Chocolate lovers diet I have now found out is a carry on from this book.
I have previously read a book by Carole Mathews and I have to admit I was really not a fan, but with a title like this how could I walk past it!.
The Chocolate lovers club consist of four women, Lucy, Autumn, Nadia and Chantal. Lucy is the main character of the book, which is written from her point of view. She has been in a relationship with the cheating Marcus for a long time and at the beginning of the book she finds him cheating again and calls an emergency gathering with the girls at chocolate heaven. This is where we are introduced to the girls for the first time. Autumn is a hippy kind of girl who works with drug addicts and is single and loves dark chocolate. Nadia is the only member of the club with a young son, she finds the chocolate club like a refuge for her. Lastly we have Chantal who is a confident American woman who is having problems with her husband who no longer wants to sleep with her.
The ladies all share the same love of chocolate and regularly meet up and Chocolate Heaven to eat and drink handmade chocolate and to socialise and help each other out in their times of crisis. All four of the girls are lovable characters and are described adequately enough for you to relate with them.
The girls come head to head with many problems between the through the book including cheating boyfriends, crushes on bosses, drug problems, a robbery, gambling, to name a few, but the girls stick together and firmly believe they can get through anything with the help of chocolate, as chocolate can cure anything.
I found the style of writing in this book completely different to the previous book I read by Carole Mathews. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. She uses enough details about chocolate without over doing it. There is a strong story line with chocolate weaved in-between.
The only problem I found with this book was each time a known brand of chocolate was mentioned I craved it so personally I feel the book should come with some kind of warning or at least a free chocolate supply with it!!.
I am looking forward to reading the follow up book as this book was left on a Cliff hanger you become addicted and need to find out what happens next with the girls.
This book was 432 pages long in paperback and also has a snippet of the next book which I always find helpful. ANY CHOCOHOLICS READ THIS WITH WARNING!!! ...more
For those of you who read my review last week on Carole Mathews book The Chocolate Lovers Club, you will know it was a huge hit for me and I couldn'tFor those of you who read my review last week on Carole Mathews book The Chocolate Lovers Club, you will know it was a huge hit for me and I couldn't wait to go and get the next book as there was a snippet of the next book in The Chocolate Lovers Club book.
I brought this book on Sunday and finished it on Tuesday morning. I enjoyed this book but I have to say it was not as good as the first one but I have to admit I do find that with many follow on books.
In The Chocolate Lovers Diet, we meet up again with our warm loveable characters from the first book Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantelle. The book starts off at a quick pace straight into the worries of love as Lucy at the end of the last book started a relationship with her boss who has now gone of to Australia to work and is waiting for Lucy's broken leg to heal for her then to go out and follow him and make a life together in Australia. But problems start right from the off in this book as Lucy has not heard from Crush since he has gone to Australia and she is convinced he is cheating on her, it doesn't help when she finally gets through on the web camera to his laptop he sees a woman in all her glory and a man naked on the bed she is convinced it is Crush and prepares herself for a lonely Christmas alone. This is until her ex-fiancé Marcus arrives on Christmas and one thing leads to another as he is there when Lucy is feeling alone and vulnerable.
Trouble continues when the next day Crush starts trying to call Lucy who refuses to answer his calls. When she arrives at work she is in shock when Crush comes towards her. He explains that he was dropped in the middle of know where for a team building exercise which all went rather wrong and left him with no way of contacting Lucy. She feels so guilty after sleeping with Marcus when her boyfriend was trying to survive long enough to see her again!
Lucy tells Crush about her night with Marcus and he calls things off between them as he is so hurt. There are many twists in this book some of which are quite predictable but enjoyable none the less. All the way through the book you don't know who Lucy is going to finally end up with.
Lucy clearly takes over as main character in this book, although points do come up about the other ladies they are small points wrapped around Lucys story. Sometimes this didn't work well for instance when Nadia went to Vegas to find her husband he commits suicide before her eyes but it is just the way it is wrote as if, oh well let's get on with it, let's go to Lucy's wedding, where as Nadias husband dying you would have thought would have been a bigger part of the book, you could almost forget about this part actually happening.
What I did enjoy more about this book compared to the first is the use of chocolate in this book. It is not over done as it was in many points in the first book. There were small touches of chocolate put in through this book but in a delicate way rather than it being forced on you.
I think there could possibly be another chocolate book by Carole Mathews maybe covering more of the other ladies story with Lucy being one of the back ground characters as lets face it a book with Chocolate in the title is always going to be picked up by us ladies!!
I would recommend this book to anyone but I would advise you to read the first book first otherwise you miss out on the beauty of the characters. ...more
I have found myself reading a lot of books by Carole Matthews recently. I find them all easy reads which is the kind of book I like to read in betweenI have found myself reading a lot of books by Carole Matthews recently. I find them all easy reads which is the kind of book I like to read in between more in depth books. All You Need is Love was calling me from the shelf in Asda with a bright red £1 sticker! Now please tell me how could I walk over such a great authors book as new for £1? That is how I come to lay my hands on All you Need Is Love!
The story revolves around main character Sally Freeman who lives on a run down council estate in Liverpool. Sally is a young single mum who is determined to make a better life for both her and her son Charlie and to do this she thinks she needs two things number one to get off of the estate and two is to find a man to help her with this. Sally decides to join on a computer course in order to improve her skills. It is on this course that she meets the man she thinks is perfect to changing her life around as he can offer her the world. But how will the man in question, Spencer Knight, feel about having to give her son Charlie the world too? Will Charlie be able to except the new man in his mother's life or will is hopes of his mum and her ex Johhny get in the way of a happy ending all around?
I felt the relationship between each of the characters in this book flowed together nicely which truly helped to make the book enjoyable. There were parts of the book which were a little farfetched but I do not think this ruined the book in anyway. The main character Sally, took me on twists and turns of my opinion of her throughout the book and even now I have finished the book I am still unsure if I did truly like her!! I found at the beginning of the book, roughly 4-5 chapters, I really started to warm to her character as she came across as some kind of superwoman helping the ladies in her community and trying to better herself. I then found my opinion of her starting to change when she starts to date Spencer and I actually started to dislike the character very much and preferred to read about her son and her ex partner while her character took this change, which I found happened often in the book.
I did enjoy this book although I did find it a little frustrating not being able to enjoy the main character. I cannot say that this is one of Carole Matthews best books I have read but even still I still feel it is worth giving it a go just do not have to high expectations of the book. For a £1 I think I got my monies worth! I would be a little disappointed paying full price for this book. ...more
I have recently read a number of Carole Mathew's books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The latest one I have found is The Difference a Day Makes.
***I have recently read a number of Carole Mathew's books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The latest one I have found is The Difference a Day Makes.
We meet hardworking business couple Amy and William. They have a very busy life working in T.V and have the perfect nanny who looks after their children. Life couldn't be any better for this city couple until one day on the way to work together Will collapses on the train. This event makes Will assess his life and decides to up root his family to start a fresh with their lives in the country. The problem is this is Williams dream and both Amy and the children are finding it hard to adapt. When things feel as if they couldn't get any worse for Amy when she goes to wake Will in the garden she realises her husband has died. Question is now does Amy and the children manage to carry on living Williams dream with the help of the local vet Guy or do they just pack up and go back to their old life?
***Characters*** This is going to be a first for me but I have to say I loved each and every individual character in this book. Unfortunately due to Will passing away early on in the book we didn't get to enjoy his character for long. We find that we just want to reach out to our main character Amy and just let her know that everything will be ok! My favourite character in this book has to be the local vet Guy who does all he can to help Amy after Will sadly passes away. His character is just so loving and caring we all need a Guy in our lives!
***My Opinion*** This storyline has everything thrown into it. A large part was emotional due to the loss of William but there was also a romance element, and some humour when it come to the antics that the dog had been up to! There is just a generally warm feel to this book. I was addicted to this book and actually finished it in under a day. I just couldn't wait to see what happens next. We as the reader just want to see what Amy is doing to help build their lives back after this tragedy and is she going to make the right decision. In no part of this book could you say that it was predictable, even down to the last chapter you could not anticipate what was going to happen which I feel was the reason the reader is kept hooked the whole way through this book. It does help that the chapters in this book are not long either so if you were going to read the book over a few days you are able to just read a chapter here and there as most chapters were only 3-4 pages long.
All Carole Mathews fans would love this book as it is as good as her other books I have read. It has got more of the country theme to this book which I haven't read a Carole Mathews book which has been based in the country. I cannot find any bad points to this book it was enjoyable from beginning to end. Also on my book blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com/...more
I am gradually working my way through all the Carole Matthews books. I have enjoyed all of her books so far and so I decided to read It's Now Or NeverI am gradually working my way through all the Carole Matthews books. I have enjoyed all of her books so far and so I decided to read It's Now Or Never, I was pretty sure I would enjoy it if it was as good as the previous books of hers which I had read! The front cover is very much the style of her previous books so it is easy to spot on the shelf.
The plot: Twins Annie and Lauren are our main characters in this book. The book begins with Annie and Lauren at their elder sister Chelsea's 40th Birthday Party. The women look around them and compare their lives to the glamorous life of their elder sister. The women wonder why their lives are so different to their sisters and decides that it is time that they make changes to their lives.
Annie decides that she is going to make her life more adventurous and decides to start by going away to Peru on a charity hike, but as she begins training it is clear that her husband Greg doesn't like this new change in his wife, will Annie give up her new dream to please her husband?
Lauren however is sure what she wants and tells her boyfriend he has to make the choice now it is either her or his wife! Will he leave his wife like he has always said he would or will Lauren make different changes to her life?
Characters: Annie and Lauren are our main two characters. I did find it took me nearly half of the book to work out which woman was Annie and which woman was Lauren so it did feel like real life when it came to the win situation! Both of the women's characters were both warm in their own ways, although they are twins their personalities are completely different.
Greg who is Annie's husband took a few chapters to warm to but then you started to like his character he was just a man who is scared of change. I wish I could say the same for Laurens boyfriend but from the start I didn't like him at all.
Yes!! Carole has done it again!! Another well enjoyed book. It is ideal for a quick read or a holiday read. Each chapter alternated between Annie and Lauren so it was like reading to separate books which come together in many places. Carole Matthews has a way of writing her book and making the stories feel very genuine and real and she brings this across in great detail so I can only assume a lot of what she writes is based on personal experience or experiences of her friends.
The only part of the book I can give a little negative feedback on is the fact that I was constantly getting the women muddled up until about half way through the book, but other than this the book has got a big thumbs up from me. I like that although there is a serious storyline going on with the two women there are also many funny parts of the book which helps to make it an enjoyable read. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys easy chick-lit books. Happy Reading!!! ...more
I have read a few of Carole Matthews books before and have had mixed reviews about them. The Only Way Is Up is Carole Matthews new 2010 book release aI have read a few of Carole Matthews books before and have had mixed reviews about them. The Only Way Is Up is Carole Matthews new 2010 book release and was the only book shouting out to me from the shelves in WHSmiths this week!
At the start of this book we meet the Lamont-Jones family, who are on a very expensive holiday with their children and friends. Life couldn't be much more perfect a lovely holiday, beautiful house, cars, horses, money is just not an issue to this family, or so it seemed! When the Lamont-Jones family arrive back home it soon becomes clear that their lives are not perfect at all. Laurence Lamont-Jones has lost his job and has stuck his head in the sand hoping something would come up but it never did. The problem is he never told his wife Lily of the trouble they were in so this all came as a shock to her. They went from the family living the high life to the family with nothing but the clothes they were standing in, in only 4 chapters! This book follows the Lamont Jones family trying to start from scratch, which means the children now go to the local school, both Lily and Laurence have to get out and find themselves work, and also trying to make the best of their new council hope with the help of their great neighbour Tracey. Question is after losing everything and after the lies can Lily ever forgive her husband for all that has happened.
This is one of my favourite Carole Mathews books along with the Chocolate Lovers club. The story has you gripped the whole way through the book. I sometimes find that with some books that I read you always seem to find there is a part of the book that dips and becomes uninteresting but I can honestly say that this is not the case with this book.
I found that I connected really well with each of the characters. We were given enough information about the characters which made me feel like I actually knew them. The charcter Tracey who is the next door neighbour was my favourite character in this book as I think most people have got a Tracey near where they live! She brought an element of humour to the book which gave the story a nice touch.
I found the small snippet at the beginning of the book showing you an insight into the Laurent-Jones old lives was a great touch giving just the amount of information we needed to appreciate what a hit they had taken by losing everything.
I would highly recommend this book. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put it down as it was addictive to see how they are going to improve their lives in each chapter. I feel there was a hidden meaning to the book to try and tell us that there is more to life than money and that you get out of life as much as you put in.
I have read all of Sophie Kinsella,s books and this is by far my favourite. I stayed up and read this book in just over 4 hours! each time you put itI have read all of Sophie Kinsella,s books and this is by far my favourite. I stayed up and read this book in just over 4 hours! each time you put it down it calls you back. There are parts of this book that are so funny and have you laughing which is unusual for me when reading! I think every woman can relate to the character in this book.
The main character in this book is Emma Corrigan. The book starts of with Emma who is on her way back from a business trip and her airplane goes through some turbulence and she thinks she's going to die so she turns to the man next to her and starts talking. She starts confessing things she's never done, all her deepest secrets, secrets about work and her boyfriend. She starts confessing every little thing in her head and by the time the plane has landed, she's told this poor American guy all the embarrassing moments of her life!!
The problem is later on in the book the poor american guy Jack, turns out to be her Big boss at the company she works for. Things start to get a bit awkward for Emma having Jack around at work as he knows all her dirty little secrets including secrets that she told him about work such as lying on her C.V to get the job !!Emma thinks Jack is here in the company to get rid of her but the thing is has Jack fallen for the lovely Emma.
This is a great book and I can't recommend this book enough. If you are after a chic-lit with a chance to have a good chuckle this is the book for you. I think we all have got some of the same secrets hidden away as Emma!! I will be reading this again ...more
As a fan of Jane Green books I am over half way through her collection now. For my holiday I wanted a beach read and that is exactly what I got with TAs a fan of Jane Green books I am over half way through her collection now. For my holiday I wanted a beach read and that is exactly what I got with The Beach House. A chic-lit beach read actually on set on the beach.
** The Plot **
The book begins with the lovely eccentric 65 year old Nan Powell who lives in a beautiful crumbling house set on 9 acres in Nantucket. She has lived on her own for a long time due to her husband committing suicide after racking up a lot of gambling debt. This left Nan having to pay his bills and bring up their son Michael who is now living in New York.
The book takes a change when Nans financial advisor comes to inform her that she has no money left and suggests she sells the Beach House. Nan cannot bear the thought of losing her home and so comes up with a plan to rent out the rooms for the summer to earn some money little does she know these people become part of her family.
The way Jane Green writes this book is amazing she gives you this base of a story then goes elsewhere to bring in the other characters, but this is all entwined so well.
We are introduced to the characters Bee and Daniel who a married couple who are having marital issues. Daff and Richard, and their daughter Jess,who has difficulty coping with the divorce of her parents. And then there is Michael, Nan's son, and his complicated relationship with his married boss, Jordana.
Daniel, Daff, Jess and Michael all come for the summer to get away from their problems and stay with Nan in Nantucket. There are twists and turns as the characters try to make sense and changes of their lives.
** My Opinion**
The Beach House is the perfect beach read. The book is quite serious in some places, but this is very light so does not make you feel low like in some books. I have read a number of books like this where there is a main character in the book with one story line and then a few other characters are then added with a completely different story and I usually find it hard to keep up with who is who and what their story is and seem to come together as a book. This was not the case with The Beach House the way Jane Green writes about the characters and brings them all together is beautifully done. I feel this book is one of my top 3 Jane Green books so far. I couldn't put this book down. ...more
Anyone who has read my previous reviews will know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I am trying to find a book that grabs me and pulls me into its littleAnyone who has read my previous reviews will know I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I am trying to find a book that grabs me and pulls me into its little world like the Harry Potter books did. When reviewing some books I came across G.P Taylor's Shadowmancer, which everyone was reporting is a must read for Harry Potter fans. So I got a copy from my local library.
After sitting down and reading this book I could see how the book did share similarities with Harry Potter like the fact there were three main characters, and the fact they were two boys and a girl. Again the main boy was an orphan, also they were trying to take down a magical sorcerer who has a servant who sounds very much like Wormtail. Does all this ring a bell? But I have to say personally this is where the similarities end.
This book was very much religion based, and was a book about good versus evil. I must say I found it hard to read this book as it was quite boring, which is one word I have never used to describe a book. You are not introduced to the characters very well so at many points in the book you find yourself trying to remember who is who, There was just no depth to the characters at all. The parts of the characters which were explained were then changed as the book goes on for instance when we are introduced to Kate we are told she is a tom-boy always in trousers, not scared of anything and cannot cry yet when she is next spoken about in the book she is in a dress and is scared and crying which is all very confusing!
The story is about a vicar Obadiah Demurral who is a sorcerer who wants more power than just ruling his own village and seeks to gain power of the universe. He wants to achieve the power of God and the only way for him to achieve this power is to have the two ancient Keruvim, one of which he buys at the beginning of the story. It is down to the three children, Thomas, Kate and Raphah to stop him getting the second Keruvim and to steal the first Keruvim back.
This is a young reader/ teen book, I lent this to my niece who is 14 and she read four chapters and then gave it back. I would not recommend this book to anyone as I can honestly say I can't think of a positive point to say about this book. The setting for the scenes of this book is not very well addressed so you don't feel pulled into the little world, the characters are not well built up so you do not feel you know them so you are not really bothered what happens to them and the whole religious part is pushed on you to much. I really struggled to finish this book, certainly not along the line of Harry Potter! ...more