March TBR

Evening Bookworms,

Today I’m going to be talking about the books that are on my March TBR list. I’m setting a mini list this month as currently I’m not getting through books as quickly as I would like to. Juggling an 18 month old, running a home and heading out to the day job is pretty full on atm. Reading is a great passion of mine though and it is something I love to do whenever I get a free half hour to myself.

If any of you have read the books that I’ve listed down below then please do leave a comment letting me know what you thought of it.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. caraval
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

This is a new debut novel from Stephanie Garber. Its been a book that has been on my must buy list long before it was published. The book itself is stunning. In the UK the hard cover has four different designs. My copy had the dress on it. Simply beautiful.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from passenger a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

I’ve always been a fan of time travel and have recently come across this book from other bloggers talking about the second book in the series.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The saga that began with Illuminae continues on board the space station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.gemina

I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and am hoping that this one is going to be even better. I’ve heard good things about Gemina.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Everyday the same.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cosy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
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I know that this book has been out for a while now but it is one I have never got round to reading. I still need to see the film but want to make sure I’ve read the novel first.

I’m over half way through Caraval now and can say that I’m thoroughly enjoying this debut novel. Keep checking back for a review on this book in the coming weeks.

Night Bookworms

Sources used: Goodreads

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Illuminae Book Review

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files

Published by: Knopf

Genre: YA/Science Fiction

Pages: 608

Format: Paperback

Sources: Goodreads

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more, Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Review

What can I say. This book is nothing like I have ever read before. Its far from ordinary. For me this was certainly a new reading experience. To start with the genre is sci-fi, which is a theme I don’t normally go for. The hype that was built up about this book though, drew my attention in and I had to go grab a copy. The main thing about this book that’s like no other is the style and format. Its not your typical narration at all. Its written in a series of case files from a variety of characters in the book. The book is on the large side but as soon as you open up the book you are immediately immersed in the world of Kady and Ezra (the books two main characters). This is not a book you just sit down to read. It is a book that draws you in and allows you to use all your senses, giving the illusion that you are actually standing right there witnessing everything happen around you.

The plot follows out two main characters Kady and Ezra. Their planet is attacked which leads to the both of them fleeing aboard three rescue ships, Alexander, Hypatia ad Corpernicus. These ships are controlled by an onboard computer system known as Aiden or AI. These ships end up being persued by the corporation that destroyed Kadys home planet of Kerenza. Aiden ends up going a little bit crazy (I dont want to say too much to avoid any spoilers). Kady and Ezra don’t make it onto the same ship and so have to communicate via the online system. Kady is very strong willed and is an amazing hacker. She doesn’t just sit back and enjoy the ride, she is determined to find out what happened to her planet….even if it means risking life or death. Ezra her ex boyfriend is perhaps not as fiery as Kady but still has his own charm and determination in helping Kady. Without these two I don’t think the plot would have worked as well. As a reader you really become involved with them both and fully support them throughout the novel.

The structure of the novel works really well in allowing us to get to know a whole host of other characters. This works well as you get a really sense of the ships being full of evacuees along with all the normal staff that are working hard to try and save themselves from the fast approaching destroyer ship.

To conclude this is a book you will not want to put down. I managed to completed it in a few days. The style takes some getting used to but once you become accustomed to it you’ll really enjoy it. As a reader of this, I became fully engrossed in the story of Kady and Ezra. I was constantly willing for them to succeed. This book has definitely converted me to the genre of sci-fi and I will certainly be reading the next book. I’m also looking forward to the fact that there is a third book on the way too later this year. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. I think a wide range of people would enjoy Illuminae.

I’m giving it 5 bookworms out of 5.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the orginal screenplay

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: J K Rowling

Series: Book 1 of 5

Published by: Little Brown

Genre: Fantasy, Magic

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Sources: Goodreads

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Summary

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf

My Review

As soon as this book was released I immediately went out to pick up a copy. I must admit I was a little disappointed that it was written in the screenplay format again (as someone that grew up enjoying waiting for the next big fat novel to be released brimming full of detail), I do find that the screenplay doesn’t allow for a lot of detail to be added in. None the less I did enjoy this story more so then the Cursed Child (also written as a screenplay). This book read better then the cursed child and flowed a bit more fluidly.

The story goes back in time to before the original Harry Potter series and stars wizard Newt Scamander. We meet him in 1926 where he arrives in NewYork with a suitcase full of magical creatures from the wizarding world. This whole new time era opens the world to adults even more so then Harry Potter did. The characters are of course older and more sassy in a sense I would say. We have Tina who is determined to find out what Newt is up to when she spots him in the bank. Queenie her sister is described as a typical 1920’s glamourous flapper. Newt himself is a quirky character trying to make his way in New York. They deal with issues that adults deal with. An example would be where Newt meets New Yorker Jacob who is visiting the local bank in order to secure a loan to set up a bakery, only he is downcast and rejected by them. So begins his adventure with Newt. The era for the story compliments the characters well. People are full of hope and life after the First World War. There is a sense of hope and adventure to be had which I think is portrayed well in Newts character. He has journeyed far from his home in order to seek out magical creatures and pursue the writing of his book. Queenie was one of my favourite characters as she seems so full of life and looks for the thrill in everything.

The pace of this book is of course a lot faster then the first Harry Potter novels. Some readers may enjoy this more as it certainly doesn’t leave you time to become bored. Its a nice quick fast read. I completed it in two sittings.

I’m not going to go into any spoilers here as if I did it would basically give away the whole plot and story. If you have read the book I would suggest also watching the film. I didn’t enjoy the film as much as I was hoping I would. To be honest I felt a bit let down by it. This might be partly my fault as I had built up a world in my own head. There is talk that Fantastic Beasts is one in a series of five so I’m hoping there will be books to go along with the up and coming films.

Overall I did enjoy the read but I will always love the old style big novels full of description and detail. The book itself is illustrated beautifully on the front cover and throughout the book. I’m going to give Fantastic Beasts 4 out of 5 bookworms.

As always I would love to hear your views on the book and the film. Which one did you prefer? Who is your favourite character? Please leave a comment down below letting me know. Thank you for dropping in to my little blog and taking a read.

See you soon bookworms,

Sarah

Checking In

Hello bookworms,

Just wanted to check in with you all, as its been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Wanting to let you all know that I’ve not abandoned this blog and that I will be back to regular posting in the coming weeks. Life has got in the way abit these past few months but I’m now back on track and ready to start blogging again.

Please keep checking back to my blog as I’ve got some reviews coming up of fantastic beasts and where t find them and Illuminae. I will also be posting a February TBR.

Thank you as always to all of you out there that keep reading my blog.

See you all soon

Sarah

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.