‘I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factor...more‘I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factory told me.’ Quote from the book.
'The Wasp Factory' is Iain Bank's debut novel and it is by all means not for the faint-hearted! The 16-year-old narrator Frank lives on a remote Scottish island with his father, where he spends his leisure time torturing animals. The novel is considered an attack on the romanticised peaceful Scotland as Frank disturbs this peace by flooding and blowing up animal habitats, murdering people, and engages in perverse, almost religious, rituals with the ‘Wasp Factory’. A torture chamber for wasps, that guides him through life. The novel is a gothic bildungsroman as we follow the events surrounding Frank.
Mr Banks keeps the readers caught at the very first line, as quoted above, several things are going on. Using his wit Banks has created a narration so gruesomely detailed as it is comically evoking. Creating a thoroughly psychopathic character that the readers come to like, even sympathise and empathise with him, when he wilfully murders younger members of his family and tortures animals, is quite the trick.
It is a brilliant page-turner, and we are left fearing what happens next. With an outstanding unpredictable ending, this book will stay with you long after the last sentence. I urge you to pick this book up, you will not regret it. (less)
"We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" Quote from the book.
Harry has been hidden awa...more"We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" Quote from the book.
Harry has been hidden away his entire life; his aunt and uncle make him sleep in their cupboard under the stairs, and locks him in whenever they please. He does not own anything besides the over-sized second-hand clothes he has inherited from his fat cousin. Then one day, a twist of faith, Harry receives a letter from Hogwarts, a school for young wizards and witches and his entire life is turned upside down.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone) is author J. K. Rowling’s debut novel that made her world famous! It is, in my opinion, one of the best children books ever written.
I remember the day my mother came home with this book. It was October 1998, just a month before my ninth birthday. The book was yet too difficult for me to read by myself so she read it for me the first time. I instantly fell in love with the magical world that J. K. R. created. To be honest, this book destroyed other books for me, as I was so amazed by the story line and the likeable characters. One of the best things about J. K. R’s writing is how she plants details that, when reading, you might not necessarily understand, but later on, in other volumes, they are rather important.
When reading it again as I have aged since I was first amazed by this masterpiece, I realise that this book may be too juvenile for adult readers. But reading it out loud for your children, or younger family members, is a brilliant idea, and they will love you for it!(less)
Lucinda Price is a new student at a reform school in Georgia. She was sent there due to past events where her boyfriend died under suspicious circumst...moreLucinda Price is a new student at a reform school in Georgia. She was sent there due to past events where her boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances in a fire. She carries the guilt, as she cannot explain what happened. She blames the shadows that follow her around everywhere. She meets Daniel, and Luce is immediately drawn to him of reasons she cannot explain. It is like she has seen him before, but where and when?
“Sexy, fascinating, and scary” is written the cover of this book by P. C. Cast. When reading this novel I did not come across any of these. It is rather sad as I was looking forward to something new. There are too many books circulating out there with vampires and werewolves, and whatever. But this book promised fallen angels, however, I had not expected ‘this’ kind of fallen angels. But we are picture something different in our heads.
I did not see any serious character development, as Luce just could not make up her mind. Daniel keeps leading her on, then suddenly he disappears on her, and she starts stalking him because she is obsessed.
Another dislike of mine is that is seems that the book is divided into 2 parts. The first part is the 2/3 of the book where nothing really happens, and no explanation for anything. Then we have the last part, which sadly is only 1/3 of the book, where everything happens and it happens so quickly. Simply too quickly for my liking. Everyone around her knows about her and her past. All the people from the school that is mentioned in the book are a fallen angel or know about it.
Maybe it is because this book is the first in the series that I have so many unanswered questions. The story could be good if there were some changes to it. (less)
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Quoted from the book.
This is the tale of adventure knocking on a young hobbit’s door. Bilbo...moreThe Hobbit
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Quoted from the book.
This is the tale of adventure knocking on a young hobbit’s door. Bilbo Baggins’ spends his time avoiding adventure as most hobbits do. The hobbits are small people, not much taller than 3 foot 6, with really furry feet. An old family friend, Gandalf the Grey, volunteers Bilbo to join a mission led by dwarves. His contract is to steal their treasure back from Smaug the dragon. Despite the fact that the hobbit and the dwarves have almost the same height, the dwarves are sceptic about dragging Bilbo with them; they do not think much of him. Bilbo proves his worth more than once, to everyone’s surprise.
J. R. R. Tolkien is the father of almost any fantasy related themes, and the world he has created is nothing but marvellous. When reading The Hobbit in our current days, it might seem like you have read something like this before. Every book out there is a product of intertextuality, and Tolkien’s universe has been copied too many times to count.
If you are looking for an original story with almost every possible creature you can imagine, then look no further!
**spoiler alert** 1 star: Male POW 2 stars: Curse workers (that's new, at least for me) 3 stars: messed up family 4 stars: Cassel enjoys his cons too muc...more**spoiler alert** 1 star: Male POW 2 stars: Curse workers (that's new, at least for me) 3 stars: messed up family 4 stars: Cassel enjoys his cons too much 5 stars: doesn't end with 'AW LOVE LOVE LOVE *snog snog snog* like in most books!
I know there are a lot of similarities to the work of Tolkien, however, everything is a product of something. I think Robert Jordan...moreI loved this book!
I know there are a lot of similarities to the work of Tolkien, however, everything is a product of something. I think Robert Jordan did a wonderful job creating this world and story. Looking forward to be starting book no. 2(less)
Hmm, I really do not know whether I liked it, or if I just think it was okay...
The first few pages when it read the rapids I read 'rabbits', so first...moreHmm, I really do not know whether I liked it, or if I just think it was okay...
The first few pages when it read the rapids I read 'rabbits', so first I thought "wow, that is some killer rabbits they got there. Why rabbits though? Killer bunny..." But then I read it right, and thought "meeh, bunnies were more fun!" And moreover Kanin means rabbit in Danish. So basically I thought Julie had an obsession with rabbits all of a sudden.
(view spoiler)[ +1 All her friends died because of her trying to rescue them (I am morbid I know, but this really define a character) +1 Even though she gets rejected she still wants to help +1 Zeke's name. +1 The world they live in.. I like dystopian +1 Ruth. OMFG she is so annoying that I have to like her
- Becomes a vampire too fast - Apparently she knows how to fool people, so they do not think she is a vampire... I mean, there are tell tales, and she cannot have mastered them so quickly? (Maybe I have read too many vampire stories where newborns are almost uncontrollable, I do not know)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
A young troubled girl named Jamie Piper has been thrown in and...moreI received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
A young troubled girl named Jamie Piper has been thrown in and out of different foster homes her entire life. She gets blamed for all kind of trouble, and is therefore sent to a school for troubled kids. Here she finds comfort in her teacher Mr. Grey, who got her into reading. One night when Evil is out to get her, she flees to his house to seek cover. Jamie has the gift of sensing ‘Evil’ or ‘darkness’, and due to her ability the Catholic Church wants her. However, some people from the church wants her dead rather than alive, and they will by all means do everything to get to her. Due to all the scandal lately, about the abused forced upon children by the Catholic priests, some believe that they are demon possessed. Meaning they do not fight their inner demons, and what if the next pope is demon possessed, what will happen then?
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer captivates the reader by changing the point of view of his characters in very short chapters. The whole conspiracy against the church is very fascinating, because like Mr. Grey keeps asking himself, WHY? Why does the Church want a little girl like Jamie? Why is he, a schoolteacher involved in a conspiracy against the Catholic Church?
My personal opinion of the Canary List, is that there is too much telling rather than showing. This is, however, difficult to master. Another thing that slightly annoyed me during the book is that many little details are repeated too many times. We got it the first time, and if we missed it – we caught it the second time, but something is mentioned around ten times (yes, I counted it). However, I really enjoyed the characters, and I was especially fond of the chapters from Jamie’s point of view, as the narrative seemed like something a twelve-year-old would say! (less)
I really enjoy the story’s premise. The fact that Patch seems to be everywhere that Nora is. You get the feeling that he is really stalking her. Then...moreI really enjoy the story’s premise. The fact that Patch seems to be everywhere that Nora is. You get the feeling that he is really stalking her. Then you have all these dangerous events happening around her as well, and it started when he came along. You want to trust him, but there is just something nagging in the back of your mind. Something that tells you to run away and hide from him.
However, the main thing that made me slightly dislike this story is Nora. She annoys me so much. To me she is just a stupid teenager who cannot think rational and makes bad discussions. She comes across as a little too obsessed of Patch as well. But I really enjoyed the fact that he, indeed, wanted her harm. An anti-hero. But as it turns out he saved her in the end, or so you think. (less)
In the sequel to “Hush, hush” Becca Fitzpatrick continues the love story of Nora and Patch, yet Patch seems to be driven away from Nora, even though h...moreIn the sequel to “Hush, hush” Becca Fitzpatrick continues the love story of Nora and Patch, yet Patch seems to be driven away from Nora, even though he is her guardian angel. Nora’s best friend Vee is occupied as well, dating Patch’s friend. So Nora feels alone, and starts hanging out with an old friend who is involved in something shabby. The relationship between her and Patch is not great as they are fighting all the time, and Patch is not there to protect her when she needs it.
This book was even worse than the first, and I had hoped it would give me some answers. I hated that cliché “oh no my boyfriend hangs out with my school bully, sad pathetic me”- that Nora had going on. I was really disappointed by the poorly constructed arguments in Nora and Patch’s fighting. It was just plain weird to be honest.
I REALLY enjoyed the ending and I am actually looking forward to reading the next because I still have some hope that Nora will grow up! (less)