Review: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne20170410_100135


The intrepid Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the nineteenth century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s very core. In his quest to penetrate the planet’s primordial secrets, the geologist–together with his quaking nephew Axel and their devoted guide, Hans–discovers an astonishing subterranean menagerie of prehistoric proportions.

My Thoughts:

This book took me quite a while to read even though it didn’t even reach 200 pages but I think that was due to it being written in the 1800s. It’s a good SciFi book which a fair amount of adventure added in too. It does focus on quite a bit of description that can be a bit dull at times and there is some scientific jargon in there that I found a little confusing but that’s all part of the plot so I was able to forgive it. If I’m honest, some of the descriptions are actually kind of beautiful when it comes to the people’s surroundings. Besides the beautiful scenery descriptions and the overall adventure of the story because of course, going into to the belly of the earth is one hell of an adventure, it also had a good relationship between the main two characters. Even though the writing can be difficult to stick with but if you do then you’re in for a fun adventure film with as much depth as the volcano they wander into.

Awarded: 3 Stars

I do want to continue reading Jules Verne even though is writing is quite difficult to stick with but the stories seem very fun so I’m excited to read more anyway!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x


Review: A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin20170403_133611


A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews, it also set a new standard in the art of mystery and suspense. Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing–not even murder–to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she’s pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder. Compellingly, step by determined step, the novel follows this young man in his execution of one plan he had neither dreamed nor foreseen. Nor does he foresee how inexorably he will be enmeshed in the consequences of his own extreme deed.

My Thoughts:

I can’t really think of what to say about it because did just have that bizarre a plot, not that that’s a bad thing, it was still a great book which kept you wondering how twisted this certain young gentleman may be. This is the first book I read by Ira Levin which is fitting given it was his debut novel. It’s a strange story about a man who wants to marry into a rich family so he can have the money he never had. It’s a strange type of thriller story with deception and death that does keep you guessing but honestly I think it’s one of them books you have to read to actually judge the book for yourselves because I feel like this book is one of those love it or hate it situations. It is definitely worth a read though if you like thrillers of any sort.

Awarded: 3.5 Stars

This was another of the books I didn’t review last year but at least I have now. I’m looking forward to reading my next Ira Levin book given it’s probably one of his most famous book. Rosemary’s Baby.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be reviewing the few books I didn’t review last year. There’s only about 6 that I didn’t review but I didn’t want to leave them out given I did read them so they’ll be getting posted once a week until I’ve reviewed them all. I will still be reviewing this years reads too.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban by J K Rowling20171003_155132


Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

My Thoughts:

The Prisoner Of Azkaban was the book I was most looking forward to reading in the Harry Potter series because it was my favourite film when I originally watched them. It was no doubt a good book which I really enjoyed especially given It’s the first book with Sirius who is one of my favourite characters. It’s a fun little adventure with amazing creatures, time travel and of course saving more than just one life. This is also the book I noticed the shift from writing for children to essentially writing for all ages as the stories really do start to get darker and have more realistic threats to the characters in the book such as the escaped criminal with a taste for blood which turns out to be a wrongly accused Sirius Black. It’s a great book which made me love the books more than I had with Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets which just seemed a little too safe and had a little too simplistic writing style.

It’s a great adventure story with all the usual magic you would expect from the School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as the bravery of the Gryffindor Golden Trio as they get into trouble and try to save Sirius and Buckbeak from the Executioner’s axe. This book will be the one that makes you want to know exactly what your patronus is just in case you ever face one of them terrifying Dementors.

Awarded: 4 Stars

I can’t wait to continue on with this series and see what happens even though I have seen the films but I’m sure there was a lot left out in the films compared to the books. I still wish Peeves had been in the film, especially given Rick Mayall was meant to play him!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Crown Of Midnight

Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J MaasScreenshot_20180206-141457


Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

My Thoughts:

As you may know if you’ve read my previous review of Throne Of Glass I absolutely loved it. This on the other hand I wasn’t very impressed with. I’ll admit I loved the ending but the build up the them last few chapters seemed to drag for so long. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the story, the plot in itself was decent and I enjoyed the relationship between Celaena and Choal as well as the friendship between Celaena and Nehemia but that was about the only positives in the stories besides the last few chapters that were okay.

Besides the generally very slow pace it was also somewhat predictable and honestly that’s not a good thing at all. Besides the death in the book that is seen as incredibly problematic and the big plot twist at the end which you probably could have guessed while reading the first book then, yeah, it’s fairly predictable and doesn’t really brig anything new to plate except this time there’s no competition just faked assassinations and some wandering around town because that’s really what makes you want to read a book right? I’m all for the King’s Assassin trying to rebel against him by not killing her marks but it could have been done in a better way. In fact most this book could have been made more exciting but alas, it was fairly mediocre for me.

Awarded: 3 Stars

I hope Heir of Fire is better given it has a new setting which will hopefully give the story something to work from.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Say Cheese And Die

Say Cheese And Die by R L StineDSC_0659


Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out …different. When Greg takes a picture of his father’s brand-new car, it’s wrecked in the photo. And then his dad crashes the car. It’s like the camera can tell the future – or worse. Maybe it makes the future…

My Thoughts:

Why did I never read these books when I was younger? Honestly I think I would have been scarred for like if I had to be honest though because so far I’ve read about Human-Plant hybrids, Mummy’s, evil mirror reflections and now a camera that shows awful accidents before they even happen… What is happening in these books for God’s sake? Even though these books are actually somewhat disturbing when you really think of them I do love them. This one, oh boy, you know that if you found that camera you would be using it on your mortal enemy and seeing what would happen when you take a photo of them. It was a great little read and just shows childhood curiosity so well with the kids going into the house they should never have gone near nevermind in. It was a creepy little read that I’m sure would have sent a chill down my spine if I’d read it as a kid and almost did even now.

Awarded: 4 Stars

I can’t wait to read even more Goosebumps books in the future and I have a fair few to get through so I doubt I’ll run out any time soon.

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

12 Priority TBR Books To Read In 2018

In 2018 I want to try and read some of the books I own that I’ve either been putting off reading or that people have recommended to me a fair bit so here are my 12 (one for each month hopefully) priority read for this year.

Pet Sematary by Stephen KingDSC_0214

To this day I haven’t read a full Stephen King book no matter how much I want to. I’m not entirely sure why but I haven’t and it some what frustrates me because I really want to get through at least of his books especially given how much I love his son’s work. The reason behind me wanting to read Pet Sematary as my first King book, besides it being recommended to me multiple times, is because was the first King film adaptation I ever saw and I want to what I may have missed in the story by only seeing the film.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J K RowlingDSC_0351

As you my know I finally started to read the Harry Potter books for the first time last year. I managed to read the first 3 but still have the rest of the series to get through. I can’t wait to read the Goblet Of Fire, I mean there are dragons in it so of course I can’t wait but I also know a lot of details are missed out as there is with all the HP book to film adaptations *still wishing Peeves was in the films* so I really want to see what I missed from the books that wasn’t in the films.

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Last year I started to get more into Fantasy books but I haven’t really ventured into High Fantasy yet so I’m hoping that this will be my first High Fantasy books and yes I’ve seen all the ridiculously long Peter Jackson films so of course I want to see what I’ve missed but I also just really want to read them anyway. I hope it’ll be the great book I always hear that it is but I guess we’ll see if I ever get round to reading, hopefully I will though!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliDSC_0217

Everyone seems to have read this and if I’m honest I had absolutely no idea what this book was about until I actually bought it at the end of last year but I’m so glad I did get because it sounds like a lovely book and with the film coming out soon I may actually be able to read it before the film comes out unlike the books previously mentioned. I think I may even try to read it this month if I can too, at least then I will have read it before the film even comes out if I do read it this month which would be good for once!

City Of Ashes by Casandra Clare20170707_102509

Ah the TMI series. I originally started reading this series when I was 15/16 so a fair few years ago now but when I started to read City Of Ashes I just found myself bored and ended up not getting passed about 50 pages of the book. Last year I decided to try and read TMI again so read through City Of Bones and actually liked it so hopefully when I pick this book up again I’ll be able to get passed more than just the first 50 pages but I guess we’ll see when I try again.

The Girl Next Door by Jack KetchumDSC_0228

This book of complete controversy has had my interest for a while now and I really can’t wait to read it. I saw a review for this on Bookstagram and was instantly drawn to the story, partly because it sounds completely depraved and partly because it’s based on a true story about a young girl who was abused and tortured by her neighbour who was meant to be looking after her while her parents were away. From what I’ve heard about this book it seems not for the faint of heart but even those with lead lined stomachs seem to have been effected by the content of this book and I still can’t wait to read it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown20171028_115129

This book is one that I want to take me out of my comfort zone. I rarely read SciFi books but when I read the blurb to this book I just had to get it because sounds like such a brilliant read and I have not heard a single negative word about it yet. The story seems really good and I think this could be the book to properly get me into the SciFi genre in terms of books. This may even be my next read because I’m so excited to read it.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John BoyneScreenshot_20180201-144148

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is another book I’ve seen the film of but not read the book but you can’t blame me, school practically forced me to watch it when we were learning about WW2 before I started reading as a passion so it’s schools fault and not mine. Now though I really want to read this book because even though the film was utterly heartbreaking I’m sure the book will be even more heart-wrenching so, I won’t say I’m looking forward to reading it given the context of book but I do think it’s about time that I did read it as I want to with lots of books that I’ve seen the film for but not read the book.

(Sorry the picture is rather Christmasy, I may change it soon when I get chance to take a new one)

Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyDSC_0189

Is this Gothic Horror or Classic SciFi or a mix of both? Either way I really want to read more classic literature and Frankenstein is the main I want to read at the moment because Classics by the Brontes and Austen have never appealed to me so most of the classic books I have are Classic SciFi and Horror books apposed to those about pride and sensibility. I don’y know why them types of books don’t appeal to me but they don’y so for the time being I’ll stick with Shelley and H G Wells.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg20171203_125052

I’m not sure that many people have actually heard of this book but to me it sounds like a fairly good book in terms of LGBTQ+ representation. I know the title may be misleading but yes this book has a gay MC not a straight one like the majority of books do. As well as wanting to read more Classic literature I also want to read more Diverse literature so this is one of the books I want to read with a gay MC which makes this the second LGBTQ+ book on this list and not the last but I can’t wait to read it and the other diverse books I want to read this year.

The Girl Before by J P Delaney20170711_103752

A one point last year I ended up ordering a few thriller hardbacks and this was one I really wanted to read but never got round to because of all the other brilliantly books I ended up reading last year. I’m not entirely sure what to think of this book but it does sound like it could have a few good twists and plenty of suspense as long as it’s written right so I can’t wait to read it to see what happens and if it’s as good as I hope it is.

The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa WilliamsonIMG_20170628_133547_186[1]

And here is the last LGBTQ+ book I mentioned. This one has a transgender MC so it’s definitely not a type of book I’ve had the pleasure of reading. This is a subject I honestly think needs to be written about more, when I’ve searched for books which are about Transgender characters I’ve only found two, both of which I own and intend to read hopefully very soon. I hope it handles to subject well and creates what I would hope be a heart warming film even though I’m sure there will be some negative subjects within the books too.

So, that’s the 12 books that are my priority to read this year and I hope I get though at least half of them. If I read even just half of these or even just one then I’ll be happy but we’ll see as the year goes on!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x

Review: Pop Goes The Weasel

Pop Goes The Weasel by M J Arlidge20170910_102737


DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton’s red-light district – horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later – and barely cold – the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there’s a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs…

My Thoughts

Pop Goes The Weasel is the second book in the D I Helen Grace series and while I loved Eeny Meeny I was skeptical as to whether this book would live up to the first. When the killer is said to be like Jack The Ripper in reverse how can it not get my interest? Men get killed by a prostitute in very skilled but gruesome ways and while it’s awful it really held my interest and created a brilliant feel of tension that stayed with with until the end of the book. The book also has a few twists that actually kept me guessing what would happen all the way until the last few chapters. In parts it was even quite sad, especially given it does mention events in the first book.

Once again Helen Grace is a brilliant MC who whilst being strong is also capable of showing how people’s emotions really work even when she doesn’t want to show her emotions to anyone. Charlie also returned after her ordeal in the first book and is also a strong female character within the book that brings plenty of character and development after everything that happened in Eeny Meeny. This book was great and very tense throughout but I must admit I still prefer the first one but I still have the the five to read (depending on if more of published) and the series may just get even better than the first two entries and I can’t wait to carry on reading.

Awarded: 4 Stars

I honestly am really looking forward to continuing with this series because these are some of the best thriller books I’ve read and I can’t wait to see where else these books will go in terms of twisted imagination!

Until next time guys, happy reading!

Rachel x