Twilight Book Review

Morning Bookworms,

I’m back with another review, this time on one of my teenage favourites Twilight. I first read this when I was about 18 years old and simply loved it at the time. I couldn’t get enough of Edward Cullen. Since reading it again, I still enjoyed it but it has lost some of tht spark for me. Do any of you feel the same?

Title: Twilight

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Twilight Book Cover. Love the simplicity of this cover.

Author: Stephanie Meyers

Series: The Twilight Saga

Published by: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Pages:498

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

Summary

Isabella Swan moves to small town Forks to live with her dad Charlie. As if starting a new school wasn’t scary enough, she meets the mysterious Edward Cullen. With his striking golden eyes, pale skin and strange manner, Bella is determined to find out all she can about him. Unbeknown to her is that the closer she gets to him and revealing the truth of his real identity, the more in danger she becomes. Twilight is a seductive romance that will have readers wanting to read on right until the very last page.

My Thoughts

I must admit I hadn’t heard of the Twilight series until the announcement of the first film release. After seeing the trailer I instantly rushed out to buy a copy of the first book. I quickly read through the novel and finished it within a couple of days. At the time I thought the book was brilliant and I couldn’t get enough of the series. I’ve since reread the book and yes I still think its a really good read but I didn’t quit feel the same about it.

The plot is a typical boy meets girl and they fall in love. The only snag is that one of them is a human and the other is a blood sucking vampire.

Initially I thought Bella was a great heroine and protagonist but on second reading I found her to be a bit boring. She arrives in Forks to live with her dad and instantly moans about her surroundings. She clearly doesn’t want to be in Forks and doesn’t seem willing to try and make the best of things whilst there. She calls her dad by his first name Charlie even though she claims she’s not allowed to call him by his first name. On Bella’s first day of school she encounters the handsome Edward Cullen in the school canteen. She’s drawn to his looks and mannerisms. Bella later then finds him sitting in her biology class and places herself next to him. However this first encounter doesn’t quite go to plan, Edwards reaction to her sitting by him shocks her and he pulls away from her as if repulsed by her. Little does she know he wants to drink her blood and quickly becomes infatuated with her. For the majority of the story, Bella has a longing to be around or close to Edward a much as possible. This can become a bit tedious as in some places the action can be quie slow or even sometimes you get a build up to what you think is going to be a great scene only to transported forward to the after effects.

The other main character in Twilight is of course the vampire himself, Edward Cullen. I have to admit if I was Bella I think I would be infatuated with him too. He’s pale skinned with deep golden eyes, is well read, plays the piano and shows up at any given moment to protect you……how could any woman resit!! Edward is a very strong determined character He goes against what being a vampire means even if it means being destroyed or rejected by his family. For me, out of the two main characters Edward was the one that I enjoyed reading about. Meyers description of him is excellent as it really gives you a real sense as to what Edward looks like and also what hes feeling at any one given moment.

Twilight is supported by a host of other character which include werewolf Jacob. I warmed to Jacob straight away. If I was Bella I would love him as a close companion. The Cullen family are a right mixed bag of vampires yet they are interesting to read about and all bring their own talents to the survival of their clan. Of course no decent vampire story wouldn’t be complete without a gang of bad vampires hell bent on destroying the Cullens and Bella.

Overall I did enjoy Twilight each time I read it and honestly I will no doubt pull it out off my bookshelf in the near future to enjoy all over again. I think it has been hyped up bit especially due partly to the film I would imagine but nonetheless it is a good enjoyable and fairly fast read.

I give Twilight 4 bookworms.

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Fairyloot July Unboxing Review

Evening Bookworms,

I’m back to blogging. Today’s review is going to be slightly different as I wont be reviewing a book as such. Instead I’m going to be talking about my first ever Fairyloot subscription box.

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This is what the Fairyloot boxes look like when delivered.

Disclaimer

The following post has not been sponsored in any sense or form. I do not receive any commission from any links mentioned. All thoughts and views are my own.

I discovered Fairyloot a few months back on Instagram and instantly fell in love with them. If your unfamiliar with them, then Fairyloot is a monthly subscription box packed with literature related goodies which include a novel. Each box is based on a theme. It is delivered to your door on a monthly basis. The boxes can be purchased either singularly, 3 monthly or as a six monthly subscription. They are based in the UK but ship internationally. For more information, please go check them out, you wont be disappointed. I’ll leave a link at the end of this post.

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The theme for July was Pirates and Power.

This was my first Fairyloot purchase. I was so excited when it arrived and opened it as soon as I got in from work. The delivery time was really fast. I had an email the day before it arrived informing me that my box was on the way. It arrived in perfect condition and was really well packaged inside. Hidden beneath the famous purple and silvery paper worms were all of the gifts just waiting to be picked out like special chocolates and devoured.

I’m going to talk you all through what I received in my box, so the next few sections will contain some spoilers. If you have purchased a July box and have still yet to open it, you might want to skip over these sections to avoid ruining the surprise for yourself.

Without further ado, lets crack on.

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First up was a black tote bag from Alice in Wonderbookland. Its a good strong bag that is adorned with a white pirate ship print along with the words “I ship it”. This bad will be perfect for carrying my man reads around over the summer months.

Next up is a pirate bounty lip balm from a company called Geeky Clean. This is coconut in flavour and is lovely on the lips. Even the casing itself is decorated with so much detail, its a lovely item to carry round. Geeky Clean provide two items in the July box. The other one being a bath bomb named Frostblood and Fire blood. Th bomb is red and blue in colour. This ties in with the ARC book that’s included in the subscription. Even though I’m yet to use it, it gave off a wonderful fruity scent which made my box smell amazing when I came to opening it up. Looking forward to using this bomb.

The box also contained a beautiful notebook made by Museum and Galleries. They sent out two different covers. I received the Treasure Island theme which was a lovely foil image set against a black background.

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Also included was a bookmark to colour in from the company Behind the Pages. I love this idea of being able to create your own bookmark in a sense and colour it how you like. Great idea, so thumbs up to Behind the Pages.

A subscription box wouldn’t be complete without the famous Funko Pops. Two different characters were sent out to coincide with the theme of the ARC book. My box contained a Jon Snow (Game of Thrones) keyring. The other keyring I believe was Daenerys.

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Lipbalm, Jon Snow Funko Pop and Bathbomb.

The first of the two books was the ARC copy of Frostblood by Elly Blake. Two covers were released and I received the Frostblood one. Its a beautiful blue and grey cover. The other cover has the Fireblood design on it. This novel is set to be released next year in 2017. I’m hoping to do a review for this book as soon as I can so please stay tuned for it. The book also came with a bookmark showing both cover designs.

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

The other book I received is by Freedom Matthews and is entitled Inherited. This book ties in with the pirate theme of the box. I was really happy to see that the publisher is non other then Benjamin from Of Tomes Publishing. There was a little note included from him in the box. I follow him on YouTube so its great to see that he’s doing so well with his publishing house. I was also lucky enough to be able to have my copy signed and dedicated to myself by freedom. The inner page is signed in gold pen. It really makes the book feel that extra bit special and personal to you. The final items that came with the book were a personalised letter from freedom and a postcard depicting the cover.

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Inherited by Freedom Matthews

Each Fairyloot box also contains a unique hashtag code which will be found in one other box. This means that you can hopefully find your Fairyloot buddy and chat about the box and contents together. Mine is #fairylootcupid so if your out there and reading this, then please get in touch :).

As you can see this box was jam packed with lively goodies. I can safely say that it out did my expectations by far. Unfortunately I’ve now missed out on the August box as its already sold out but I am definitely going to be looking into purchasing a 6 month subscription when the September box is announced.

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If any bookworms out there received a July box, please leave a comment down below letting me know what you think and what your favourite item was. As mentioned earlier I am planning on reviewing both books contained in the box. It may be a while yet as my TBR list is always expanding so please bare with me.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my first experience of a Fairyloot box and maybe its even inspired you to try a box out for yourself.

Links

Fairyloot http://www.fairyloot.com/

Of Tomes Publishing http://www.oftomes.com/

Behind the Pages https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/behindthepages

Geeky Clean http://geekyclean.com/

Alice in Wonderbookland http://alicewonderbookland.wix.com/rabbithole

Funko Pop http://funko.com/collections/pop

Follow Freedom Matthews on Twitter: @FreedomMatthews

Follow Elly Blake on Twiiter: @elly_blake or visit her site http://ellyblake.com/

Update: Missing in Action

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I just wanted to check in with you all and say that I havent forgotton you. The last couple of weeks I havent been able to find time to put posts up as I’ve just started back in my day job after taking maternity leave.

Luckily though I’m starting to feel abit more organised now so I’m hopng to start posting regulalry again. Didn’t realise how difficult it would be to actually get myself and a little person ready at 6:30am in the morning!!!

I’ll sign off by saying thank you for your continued support and patience. You guys are what make my blog worth doing. I love reading and being able to share my reviews with you all, make it that much more enjoyable. Reading and writing is the one job I would love to move into in the near future. This blog is the start of that dream.

Thank you all again.

Sarah x

Me Before You Book Review

Hi Bookworms, I’m back with another reivew today, this time its Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m sad to say that I did not enjoy this book at all. I really hoped that I would live it but unfortunaltely it just wasnt for me.

Title: Me Before You

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Me Before You, out in cinemas now

Author: Jojo Moyes

Series: N/A

Published by: Puffin

Genre: Romance/Adult

Pages: 481

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

Summary

Louisa Clark knows a fair amount of different things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She loves working in the little cafe, The Buttered Bun. She also knows that she may no longer lover her long term boyfriend Patrick.

There is one thing that Louisa doesn’t know, the fact that she is going to lose her job and that an unlikely chancing is going to keep her sane.

Will Traynor knows the motorcycle accident he was involved in has changed his life forever, so much so that he know longer has the desire to live. Life has become a joyless task for him and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to it.

Louisa is about to burst into Will’s life in a whirl of colour. Neither of them know that their going to change each other for the rest of time.

My Thoughts

Me Before You has raised so much hype recently, with the up and coming movie release starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claffin. I was interested to see what all the fuss was about and so purchased a copy of the book. I’m not normally one to dislike a novel, like many others I will often agree that a great piece of work has been written. This time unfortunately I cannot say that. I didn’t really like hardy any of Me Before You………queue the many screams of disagreement being hurled at the computer screen at this point. I’m sorry if this upsets you but I could just not get along with this book.

The main protagonist Louisa Clark, was a character I found to be a bit annoying. At 26 years of age she seemed to be quite content with plodding along doing her job at the Buttered Bun and bickering like a teenager with her older sister. To me she seems the sort of person who could have pushed herself and gone on to do much better things with her life. Its only when she loses her job that we see her being forced to go and try something new. It is only when she meets Will that she starts to come out of her shell more and do more things in her life. Will is the ignition and kick start that Louisa needs to get going.

I can say though, that I found her to be kind-hearted especially when it comes to Will. She was determined to keep helping him even when he was mean to her at the beginning. She goes out of her way to plan days out for Will in order to make him see that life is worth living.

Her fashion sense adds one of the very few fun and quirky elements to the book. I looked forward to seeing what she would be wearing to work each day. Moyes’ writing and descriptions of her were well written so much so that I could really picture this odd looking person trying to figure out how best to make Will find some happiness.

I felt so sorry for Wills character. He’s gone from being a successful businessman and enjoying life, to a man now confined to a wheelchair with very little movement due to the motorcycle accident he was involved in. He’s become convinced that life is no longer worth living. This in a way annoyed me because it comes across as though all disabled people don’t want to go on with life any more which is not the case. Many people I know that are confined to wheelchairs are really spirited individuals who go on to do a lot with their lives which I find really inspiring. Will has a supporting family, wealth, access to the best medical treatment and in the end a woman who loves him for just being him, yet he still wants to end his life.

Louisa’s partner Patrick is the complete opposite to Will. He’s a sport addict, who’s driven by fitness, looking good and constantly testing his body to the highest extremes. I feel like Patrick’s character is written into the book to really make clear how bad Wills condition is.

The end was very hard to read. I wont say too much but I couldn’t find anything romantic in it. I felt numb and shocked.

Overall I couldn’t really get into this novel. Even though its supposed to be classed as a romance, I couldn’t find any heart tugging prose that left you with a flutter in your stomach. As I headed towards the end I felt the ever foreboding dread of what was coming.

I’m therefore going to give Me Before You 1 bookworm out of 5.

The Fictional Boyfriend Book Tag

Hello Bookworms! Today I thought I would try something different to my usual review posts. All across YouTube I have been seeing the Boyfriend Book tag popping up so I thought I’d give it ago. I’m hoping that as The Bookish Bookworm progresses I can add other articles and topics into the blog as well as my main reviews. Please let me know if this is something you would like to see on here and what topics you might be interested in. Leave a comment down below.

  1. Most romantic boyfriend

    Without a doubt, this for me has to be Noah Calhoun from The Notebook. He is such a romantic. He sits everyday with Ally in their older years telling her about their life together in the hope that she can remember it all. He writes to her everyday when she goes away. He even builds the dream house she longs for. He’s a guy that is infatuated. If this isn’t romance, then what is.

  1. Dark and moody bad boy with a good side.

    This one took a while for me to think of someone but eventually I chose Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries series. Early on he is portrayed as a self centred, selfish vampire but as the series moves on he begins to display a more caring personality.

  1. Paranormal boyfriend.

    This one would have to go to Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga. He is of course a vampire, but a vampire that is a big romantic. He protects Bella throughout the novels, he even takes her to her own personal island on their honeymoon. What more could you want from a boyfriend. He has that old school charm of helping a damsel in distress.

  1. Boyfriend you want to tame.

    I’m going to chose Baz from Carry On. He one of those characters that acts all tough and as though nothing fazes him so I think it would be interesting to see if you could tame is bad boy ways.

  1. Boy you friend zoned.

    Prince Kai from Cinder the Lunar Chronicles is the guy I’m friend zoning. Even though he’s perfect in pretty much every way, I couldn’t feel any desire to have him as a boyfriend. I will say though that he would make a perfect friend. He’s kind, caring and would always look out for your welfare. Sorry Kai.

  1. Your soul mate.

    This spot is reserved for Mr Darcy from the classic Pride and Prejudice. Even though he is initially portrayed as a bit of a moody and arrogant man, we soon see that he really cares for Elizabeth and would do anything for her. Mr Darcy is a true gentlemen from a time where guys knew how to treat a lady with respect and dignity.

  1. Boyfriend you want to elope with.

    The boyfriend I would want to elope with is Ross Poldark from the Poldark series. He’s a strong character who has been through a lot. I think if you were to elope with him, you would go on a big adventure with him. Just imagine it, riding along side by side with the sea air blowing through your hair…….I’m such a dreamer.

  1. Boyfriend you would venture anywhere with.

    Jamie Fraser from Outlander. He’s a guy that’s been through thick and thin, he’s had his fair share of troubles. I think he would be the ideal guy to go on an adventure with. He would be able to look after and defend you if you came across any rough bandits on the open road. And of course he would be able to keep you warm and safe at night!

  1. Boyfriend you’d want to be stranded on a desert island with.

    I’m going to say Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy. I think it would be very easy to get on well with him and have plenty to talk to so you would never be bored. He seems a very caring sort of person that would put you first and make sure you were looked after.

  2. Most bad ass boyfriend.

    This one was perhaps the hardest question. After much thinking, I am going to have to say Jamie Fraser once again from Outlander. To me having been through as much as he has and survived means he is one bad ass guy. With all he has gone though, he is still a good and kind hearted person.

The BFG Book Review

Afternoon Bookworms, Todays review is all about that classic childrens novel, The BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved this story as a child and have recently had a renewed interest in it since the announcement of the up and coming film remake. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the review.

Title: The BFG

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The BFG, soon to be released in cinemas.

Author: Roald Dahl

Series: N/A

Published by: Puffin

Genre: Children’s/Fantasy

Pages: 208

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

Summary

Little Sophie is captured by a giant! Luckily for her though, this giant is not the typical bone crushing one that eats little children. Had she been kidnapped by any other giant like Bonecrusher or Bloodbottler, she most certainly would not have survived.

The BFG on the other hand is a dream giant. Together he and Sophie must save the children of England and prevent them from becoming some giants next breakfast.

My Thoughts

The BFG has always been a childhood favourite of mine. Since hearing that a new movie is about to be released, I simply had to dig out my copy and relive the tale all over again. Its a story that has a fairy tale feel to it and a feel good factor. You can read the story safe in the knowledge that you know there will be a happy ending.

One of our main protagonists is little Sophie. I immediately warmed to Sophie. She is an orphan, stuck inside a not so nice orphanage. On first meeting her, you can tell that she is a dreamer. She’s sat on the windowsill one night peering out into the dark street. I almost getting the feeling that she is longing or wishing for something to happen. I was unsure whether she is planning to escape or just hoping to be some place else.

Shes a brave young girl. She doesn’t make a sound when she is plucked from her window in the middle of the night by non other then a giant. She accepts that she is in giant country and tries to understand the BFG rather then sitting sobbing to go back to the orphanage.

Her kindness shines through. She listens to the struggles the BFG goes through. As he doesn’t eat children he is bullied and tormented by the other giants. Sophie tries t find ways to make his life better and cheer him up. In one scene the BFG describes the snozzcumbers that are plentiful in giant country but don’t taste very nice. Sophie suggests taking some vegetables when he visits England in order for him to have some nicer food. She looks for little things that might make his life better. Her kindness extends even further when she hatches a plan with the BFG to her save the children of England from being eaten by the nasty giants.

Our other main protagonist is of course the BFG. I see him as a sort of father figure to Sophie. He looks after her and teaches her about the dreams he creates for the children. He shows Sophie that even the simple things in life can be fun. One scene we see them both drinking the very fizzy giant drink, Frobscottle. The bubbles cause wind down below and so we see them whizzing round the room after letting off wind. The BFG refers to it as a whizzpopper.

The host of other characters really emphasise how different the BFG is. The other giants in particular have gruesome names and are described as enjoying crushing the bones of and eating children.

I feel that the BFG and Sophie are both very similar. They both don’t have a family of their own and are both effectively trapped in places they don’t really want to be. The humans are unkind to Sophie and the giants are unkind to the BFG.

The use of creative made up words works really well throughout the novel. Its effective in the sense that it helps distinguish between the two different worlds. It also adds to the fantasy type element and theme of the book.

I really enjoyed the story as a whole. Its a typical good conquers and triumphs over evil. Its also, I think a story about acceptance and being accepted even though you may look different. The BFG clearly stands out in England but is soon made to feel welcome by all. Like all good children’s stories, the BFG has a happy ending. I was pleased about this as I was so keen for Sophie and the BFG to finally find happiness and somewhere thy feel they belong.

Overall the BFG is a classic children’s book which can be enjoyed by both children and adults. Its a timeless novel that will be loved for years and years to come. It’s a book that you can dive back into and instantly be transported back to your childhood days.

With the movie coming out next month, I’d love to hear what you all think of it and how it compares to the book. Does it live up to your exceptions and imagination of what you think the characters are like?

Finally, what other Roald Dahl books do you like?

I’m giving the BFG 5 bookworms out of 5.

Stardust Review

Evening Bookworms,

Tonight i’m posting a review about Stardust written by Neil Gaiman. I found this book to be a really quick and enjoyable read. It definetley holds a special place on my bookshelf. I’d love to know what you think of Stardust or any other Neil Gaiman books you could recommend.

Title: Stardust

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Stardust is a quick and enjoyable read that has the traditional feel of a fairy tale.

Author: Neil Gaiman

Series: N/A

Published by: Headline Books

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Pages: 194

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

Summary

Tristran Thorn lives in a little town named Wall situated in the sleepy English countryside. Life here moves at a steady pace. Tristan is in love with one of the popular girls in Wall, named Victoria Forester. Victoria doesn’t however return Tristan’s affections. One night, the both see a star fall from the sky. Victoria claims that if Tristran can retrieve the star for her, then he will win her hand and love. It is this vow that sends the young Tristran over an ancient wall on the edge of the town, into a world that is mysterious, strange and dangerous. This world opens up his eyes, the star is a fiery young woman who joins Tristran on an adventure featuring witches, magical sailing ships, curses and unicorns.

My Thoughts

Stardust is one of my favourite go to novels. At just 194 pages long, its a fast read packed full of gripping detail. The novel could be mistaken for being a fairytale. It has the typical plots of good verses evil, a romance and adventure all wrapped up with a dusting of magic.

The main protagonist is a young man named Tristran Thorn. He is of half faerie parentage. Early on it is clear that Tristran doesn’t fit into the town of Wall. He is a dreamer, who wants to go on adventures and do remarkable things. Any romantics among us will instantly fall in love with Tristran. He’s warm hearted and goes out of his way to try and impress the popular girl of the village, Victoria Forester. When they see the star fall from the sky, he’s determined to retrieve it for her in order to win her heart. I love the thought of being given a glittering star. It truly would be a very romantic thing to bestow on a person. (One can dream!) As the story moves on we can see that Tristran is strong, determined and is unwilling to go down without a fight. He’s protective of the star all through the adventure they share together. Sometimes he can come across as being a bit unorganized and bumbling but I think that adds to his charm. He’s definitely an unlikely hero that shapes up to be a real strong character.

The other characters in the book include Yvaine, the star who falls from the sky. Yvaine, We first meet her as a sobbing woman, clearly upset at having fallen from her home. Once Tristran however slips the unbreakable chain over her wrist, she becomes more abrupt and defensive. Similar to Tristran she will not go down without a fight. The language Gaiman gives to Yvaine works really well. From the description of her I imagine a beautiful young woman who sparkles due to her star like qualities yet her language is abrupt and not so beautiful at times. This is especially so when she is insulting Tristran. I really like Yvaine. She adds a refreshing difference to the typical damsel in distress type figures we see in the average fairytale.

Yvaine is a valuable character in order to compare Tristrans love interest to. Victoria is cold hearted and self centred. She doesn’t seem to care at all about Tristran going off risking his life in order to bring her back the fallen star.

Stardust is a novel that is a fun read for people of all ages. Everyone from children to adults will find something to enjoy in this book. Its well written. Gaiman has that knack of using the words so effectively that you are instantly immersed in the world of Wall and Faerie.

Overall I think Stardust is the type of book that you can go back to over and over again. Its a typical cosy read that takes you back to your childhood. The only downside is that I’d have liked the book to be a bit longer as I didn’t want the story to end. As this is the only Neil Gaiman book I’ve managed to read so far, I’ll certainly be looking for some more of his books to read.

To sum up I give Stardust 4 out of 5 bookworms.