Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer – A Review.

Hi friends, I’m back again with my final review of the series, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. I am officially READY for the release of Midnight Sun and I am SO excited I could burst!

But, before I read it I must review Breaking Dawn. And as always there may be spoilers in my review so please proceed with caution!

There are 3 parts to Breaking Dawn so I’ll do a little review on each part.

Part one is Edward and Bella getting married and going on their honeymoon, which I loved! I felt Meyer really went to town with this one and the scene was set perfectly, it just oozed love and happiness. I felt like we were at the wedding, it was so beautifully written and then once we reach the Isle of Esme, it just sounds perfect.

This part wasn’t long, but it was certainly packed in with some interesting scenes to say the least!

Part two is from Jacob’s POV and I really struggled with this one during my reread, I don’t know why I just found it really hard to get through this time around. Although I did enjoy how Jacob split off from the main pack and Seth and eventually Leah joining him.

I do get frustrated with Jacob in Breaking Dawn, Bella is married and he still pines for her, he still torments himself every day to see her – it makes for quite difficult reading to watch him put himself through that pain.

Part three and Bella is finally a vampire, we have been waiting forever for this to happen. It also brings, what is in my opinion, one of the BEST written scenes.

We finally get the introduction of some new characters in this part too, and I loved reading about the different skills our new additions had. I feel Meyer really put the work in to this part of the book, the characters and their talents were amazing. I loved how they were woven into the story.

The final scenes with the Volturi give me goosebumps when I read them, I know everything works out in the end but the fear is palpable, it’s written as if we are in the meadow standing alongside them. The scene is set perfectly.

I do have the small issue of Jacob imprinting on Renesmee, not so much that he did it and that she’s a child but the way he reacts to Bella being around her own child, like she’s going to harm her. Those parts really wound me up! But, it does give us chance to see the growth that Bella goes through and her gradual acceptance of having Jacob in her life.

On the whole, I absolutely loved my reread of Breaking Dawn, it’s nice to still have the same feelings as when you read a book as a teenager. I’m just gutted it had to end, I literally refused to read the last 2 or 3 pages so that it wouldn’t finish haha.

I will be sharing a quick round up in a couple of weeks too, with a master post for my 4 reviews of the Twilight Saga reread.

Em xxx

Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer – A Review.

Hello everyone! I’m back again with a review of the third book in the Twilight Series – Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

As always there may be spoilers in my review so please proceed with caution!

I want to start by saying that Eclipse is my least favourite of the 4 books, I’m not saying I hated it but in a ranking it would come at the bottom.

The plot of Eclipse is good, it has so much depth to it and there are plenty going on. Especially in regards to the animosity between the Cullen’s and the wolves. I also really loved how we finally got an insight into the Wolves and their history and legends and also Jasper’s background. I feel these 2 aspects really brought the book to life and filled in a few gaps we had.

I did feel the fight between Victoria and her new borns and the Cullen’s and the wolves was dragged out, and I felt so awkward reading about Edward, Bella and Jacob all in that tent together – it felt so forced, and I get it’s meant to be that way but it was so hard to read!

There are also several situations where Meyer could have really made a clear point on what is right and wrong and she didn’t. Namely Jacob kissing Bella without her consent and then when she tells Charlie his initial reaction is not one of a Father… And I feel that’s what really frustrates me about Eclipse, and is the reason why I don’t enjoy it as much as the others.

That being said, I do enjoy Eclipse, it’s just my least fave of the 4!

Keep your eyes peeled because Breaking Dawn review is coming your way soon too.

Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’ve read the most books byπŸ“š

Hey guys welcome back to my blog! It’s Tuesday (7th July already?!) which means it is time for Top Ten Tuesday! Currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and is a weekly post, born out of the want to bring us bookish people together!

This weeks topic is top 10 authors that I’ve read the most books by, but I’ve decided to do as many as I can, I might get to 10 (or I might not) I’m going to look back through my Goodreads and total my reviews for certain authors haha.

1 – J K Rowling. I’ve read all 7 Harry Potter books, the 3 Hogwarts Library books and The Casual Vacancy.

2 – Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read the 4 Twilight saga books and The Host and I will be reading Midnight Sun when it’s released. (WOOOOOP!)

3 – Thomas Harris. I have read all 4 of the Hannibal Lecter book series.

5 – Roald Dahl. I’ve read his 15 book collection, numerous times! I still have the boxset in the loft, a bit battered and faded but I’m saving them for when I have my own little ones!

6 – Dan Brown. I have just (as in the start of June) completed Origin which means I have read every book of his!

7 – Rick Riordan. I’ve read the first 5 of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, I want to do a reread at some point but the other books on my TBR list will screech at me if I do that lmao.

8 – Piper Lawson. I’ve read 4 of her books so far and enjoyed every single one, they were all amazing.

9 – Stephen King. I’ve lost count now of how many books of his I’ve read, I had ones from before I started blogging and using Goodreads too.

10 – Adam Nevill. Someone I didn’t find until the last year or so but so far I’ve enjoyed!

That was easier than I thought actually to find 10 authors I’ve read multiple books of, here was me thinking I’d struggle. Let me know if you’re taking part in TTT so I can check out your post too.

Em xxx

New Moon, Stephenie Meyer – A Review.

Hello my wonderful followers, and welcome to my review of New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. The second book in the series and my reread!

As always there may be spoilers in my review so please proceed with caution!

New Moon still hits me the exact same way it did as a teenager, I still get the same emotions etc.

For me New Moon is the hardest to read, not because it’s the worst of the series but because my heart literally breaks for Bella. I felt like Meyer really went to town with the descriptions of Bella’s feelings in New Moon, we could feel her pain radiating through the pages.

I get so upset reading New Moon, like my lil heart cannot take it!

We finally got a better introduction and interactions with Jacob too, the banter between him and Bella had me grinning from ear to ear at points! The interactions were light hearted and felt comfortable, almost as if you were friends with the two of them. I feel Jacob really came into his own in this book, and he was finally allowed to flourish as a character.

I do feel like the other side characters were limited though in their interactions, but this plays into the whole Bella is completely out of it vibe and I think really demonstrates just how little attention she is paying.

The plot and story itself were really good and the introduction of the werewolves helped to add another dimension to the book and another perspective almost. It was nice to see Bella behave like a teenager and do some crazy things (even if it was just to hear Edward).

It was nice to have a change of scenery, especially with Bella’s suddenly crazy antics. And Meyer’s descriptions and writing of the scenery are really great, you feel as though you’re standing on the cliff edge ready to jump with Bella.

I still think that the last few chapters where Bella flies out to Rome are CRAZY, I remember reading them as a teen and not being able to put the book down for wanting to find out what happened!

I do get frustrated at how Meyer had Bella forgive Edward so quickly for what he did. I feel this less so as an adult, because I’ve certainly forgiven people for things I shouldn’t have, but when you’re young and in love that’s what happens.

On the whole, New Moon is my second favourite of the series and I really enjoy the different vibe this book gives us (being firmly a Team Jacob girl of course I would).

Keep ya eyes peeled for my review of Eclipse and Breaking Dawn coming up next Thursday & Saturday too!

Em xxx

WOAHHHH, WE’RE HALFWAY THERE…

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my blog, today we are now halfway through 2020 and I really don’t know how to comprehend the first half of this year.

It is up to every single one of us to make a change in our lives and to become an ally for those of us that need us, we must use our privileges to support and uplift those that need it. There are resources across the internet you can read and use to educate yourself, which I have been doing and will continue to do.

I will do what I can to support and help those that need it.

Anyway now I’ve said my piece here’s what my actual post is about…

I started doing monthly round ups in January 2020 but that lasted all of one whole post, oops! I mean a gold star for trying.

I schedule a lot of my reviews and posts anything up to 2 months in advance, so a lot of the reviews you read are books I’ve read some time ago.

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I have gotten better with this and they are more up to date but it just didn’t make sense to do monthly round up posts when they weren’t actually from that month.

So, I decided to a half yearly round-up instead and share with you all what I’ve read in the first 6 months of 2020. This will be a long ASS post, get a cup of tea (or wine) and settle in.

I’m going to tag all my reviews if you fancy a nose at any of them if you haven’t already looked! Some of them won’t have gone live when this post does so if they aren’t tagged they will be coming soooooon.

January (6 books)… I decided in January to take part in the Goodreads challenge so I set my goal to 40 books, and I got through 6 of those in January! Granted some of them were short stories but I counted them towards my goal.

My January book reviews were: Before You Wake, One Week ‘Till Christmas, The Doll, The Sunday Philosophy Club, The Lost Symbol, The Woman In Black.

February (5 books)… I only managed 5 in February, but I’m blaming it being a shorter month than January, granted it was only 2 days but that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

My February book reviews were: The Night Vanishing (DNFR), The Crack of Evil, The Ghost Files, Coraline, Can You Keep a Secret?, It Will Just Be Us.

March (11 books)… A LOT of plans were cancelled in March (like most people) and so I had a lot more time. Because of this I smashed through 11 books!

My March reviews were: Allegation, Five Tales of Horror and Suspense, Schooled, The Woman in Our House, Summer Unplugged, How Much To…?, Dark Web, Treehouse, The Graves of Whitechapel, Taken: Captive Romance.

April (14 books) … We were literally in the midst of a global pandemic and I had SO much time on my hands. I did read 14 books but that was because 10 of those were the Goosebumps Horrorland Series, I counted them but also increased my Goodreads goal to 50 as I didn’t feel they counted towards it.

My April reviews were: The Night Stalker, The Lost War, Drift Stumble Fall, Seed of the Dead shorts and Goosebumps Horrorland Series.

May (10 books)… And the global pandemic continued, but at least we got the announcement that Stephenie Meyer was releasing Midnight Sun, WOOP! This led to my decision to do a Twilight series reread… And that counted to my total of 10 books.

My May reviews were: Good Girl, Bad Girl, Wicked Girl, Even Good Girls, A Wedding in Cornwall, The Whisper Man, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

June (7 books)… June was hard, I didn’t read anywhere near as much as I had hoped to and after 3 double digit months I fell into a slump and I just couldn’t bring myself to read much. I only read 2 full length books in June and one of those I started in May so there was only a handful of chapters left… And the rest were short stories, which I found were better for me as I could dip in and out of them.

My June reviews were: See You Soon, Origin, Alive, The Text, Tell Him He’s Dead, Virtual Insanity and Twisted All To Hell. None of these are live yet on my blog so I can’t link them.

My total of 53 books during the first 6 months of 2020 has meant I’ve hit my Goodreads goal too! I only set 50 books and at the time I felt that was totally unachievable and I do feel I’ve cheated a little bit as I’ve read 5 short stories in June haha.

Here’s to hopefully reading a similar number of books for the second half of 2020!

Until next time, Em xxx

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer – A Review.

Hello everyone! I’m here with a review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I’m doing a re-read of the entire series ahead of the release of Midnight Sun this August (eeeek!) This is not going to be a proper review, with a good structure, it is literally me word vomiting about Twilight haha.

As always there may be spoilers in my review so please proceed with caution!

I first read Twilight way back when it came out, and I was OBSESSED, I mean I still am as an adult to be honest… Everything I felt reading it came back to me as if it was the first time all over again.

Twilight is probably my favourite book of the series because it’s when we actually get to meet the characters. It took me a little while to warm to Bella when I started reading, but after a few chapters I finally started to enjoy her interactions. Obviously, I love Edward and his whole family and I do feel that Meyer used Twilight to give us a good look into the Cullen’s and their family.

However, the background characters are very stereotypical, there is barely any diversity amongst them and they weren’t inventive. I do feel that Meyer could have expanded upon these further.

The story itself is quite simple, but the vampire aspect and the legends that come from Jacob and the Quileutes help to bring another aspect to the story, they add layers to it. I also really enjoyed the James tracking Bella aspect to the story, it was different and gave us a chance to see the characters in a new light. I still get scared when Bella decides to go off by herself to the ballet studio!

The setting of the book was excellent, it did feel at points as though we were in rainy Forks with Bella, surrounded by the forest or inside the Cullen’s grand house, or Bella’s high school. Meyer really brought that the story to life for me and I found it easy to visualise based on her writing.

I have so many emotions reading this book, and I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it so much now I’m an adult. While I certainly saw a few things differently I can honestly say that I loved re-reading Twilight, it gave me so much joy!

I will be sharing reviews of the remaining 3 books too, so keep an eye out for those once I’ve read them.

Em xxx

A Wedding in Cornwall, Laura Briggs – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I’m sharing my review of A Wedding in Cornwall by Laura Briggs. This is another one that I completed back in May and have only just got round to sharing!

A Wedding in Cornwall was just a lovely, sweet read! I really enjoyed it, and it was a great start to what seems to be a popular series (I haven’t read any others yet).

I particularly enjoyed how the author seemed to bring Cornwall to life, we can almost taste the sea air as we’re transported to the cliffs of one of the UK’s most popular destinations.

Our characters were okay, they weren’t anything special but when they were put together and alongside the story you could almost fill in the gaps that were left. I thought Julianne was great, her attitude towards British life and our stiff upper lip made me chuckle. Matthew didn’t stand out that much but our estate owners and house staff were brilliantly written!

The whole story flowed perfectly, while there weren’t many twists and the plot was fairly basic, the writing and how we moved through the story more than made up for this and it was just a lovely read.

I really enjoyed A Wedding in Cornwall and I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series!

Em xxx

Top Ten Tuesday turns 10πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

Hello everyone! It is Tuesday today which means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday… Today is a special one as TTT is 10, so we have a celebration post! Our brief for today is that we could pick any previous TTT post and redo or update it, we can be as creative as we like…

Top Ten Tuesday is currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and is a weekly post, that was born from the want to bring us bookish people together and those of us who love a good list (meπŸ˜‚)

I have decided to post my top ten fave books I’ve ever reviewed, the original post was first ten books so I’ve decided to switch it up a bit and share my fave reviews instead!

If you click on the book titles you can see the original review I posted too.

1 – Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I picked this one because it was the first ever book review I posted, and while I’ve certainly come a long way since then it reminds me of when I started out.

2 – Inferno by Dan Brown. This book literally planned an entire holiday for me and even though I only rated it 4 stars it still made such an impact on my life.

3 – Mirror Mirror by Anthony M Strong. I reviewed this 1 star, BUT, it’s my first ever bad review of a book so I had to include it!

4 – The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler. I really enjoyed reading this book and it’s definitely one that will be on my reread list, which is why I’ve included it.

5 – Die, My Love by Zoe Blake and 6 others. This was the first anthology I’d read and it was amazing. I’ve included it because I want more people to know about this book, it was SO GOOD.

6 – Camp Leanpe by Timothy R Baldwin. I’ve included this one because it reminded of the Goosebumps series I used to read as a child, so it was one of my favourites to review, it was like going into a time machine!

7 – Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I don’t know why I put off reading this book for so long because it was amazing and by far one of my favourites to review, I felt like I couldn’t get my words typed fast enough to share the review.

8 – Goosebumps by R L Stine. I mean of course I’ve included this one, I literally got in a time machine and went back to my childhood!

9 – Death Warrant by Will Pearson. This is the only none fiction book on my list and I’ve included it because it was my third book after I’d DNFR the 2 previous, and it really got me out of a slump.

10 – Hannibal book series by Thomas Harris. Technically this is 4 books in this review, but Hannibal is one of my all time favourite book series and I had to include it, as they were my favourite reviews to write.

Happy 10th birthday to Top Ten Tuesday too, originally from The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010 it moved over to Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018 and it has been there ever since. I can’t even begin to imagine how many posts there has been in its 10 year history!

As always, let me know if you’re taking part and I will check out your post too.

Em xxx

The Whisper Man, Alex North – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hey everyone welcome to my blog and welcome to today’s review of The Whisper Man by Alex North. I read this back in May after having it on my Kindle for so long, so I’m finally reviewing it!

WOW, this book was a wild ride from start to finish. Alex North’s writing is compulsive and hooks you in right from the beginning, where we are thrown straight into every parents worst nightmare.

This book was terrifying. I don’t easily get scared by books but this one did something to me.The author really ramped up the fear and supernatural elements, whilst also heavily focusing on what could be real life events. The child abduction theme can be overdone but The Whisper Man was a refreshing read in that genre.

I mean I don’t sleep with the window open anyway but at one point I threatened to move myself into a windowless room I was that scared! This book was so eerie.

To begin with the book did seem slow to start and I was confused with the relevance of Tom Kennedy and his son, but this was quickly rectified with North’s elaborate weaving of lives.

One of my particular favourite things about this book was how everything just slotted together perfectly, all of the characters were relevant and brought something worthwhile to the story.

The plot itself offered a refreshing and new take on themes that are long written about in books, and I liked how it played on that fear element too to further the story. And the plot was supported by the quality of the writing, North built the suspense perfectly and didn’t shy away from the darker side of the theme.

I loved the ending, but I didn’t love the ending – if that makes sense! I’m glad the author ended it the way he did, I feel it rounded the book off perfectly given but there were aspects I didn’t want to happen – I can’t say more without giving too much away.

On the whole, The Whisper Man by Alex North was excellent, I loved everything about it from the plot to the twists and turns and I would definitely recommend it to others.

I don’t know if I would reread but that’s simply because the book relies on the suspense and keeping you guessing and once you know what happens it takes away from that a lil bit!

Em xxx

Even Good Girls, Nicholas Jordan – A Review. [SPOILERS].

Hey guys and welcome back to another review on my blog! Today I’m reviewing a book that I read back in early May time but have only just gotten round to sharing with you – oops.

This time it was Even Good Girls: A Murder Mystery by Nicholas Jordan.

I’m in two minds about this book… I’m really not sure how to feel.

The author did sweep us up with this book and took us on a journey, and granted I was guessing until literally the last second when the killer took their ski mask off and revealed who they were. The plot itself was really good, very teen slasher/thrills vibe which I enjoyed.

It was a different take on a genre that can feel very overdone at times, so I applaud the author for showing us something different and putting their own spin on it.

But on the flip side, I found Tabitha to be one of the most frustrating characters to ever grace the planet. I did like Ben, his unwavering support of her throughout this book gave me hope that there are still good people out there! But then the other minor characters we were introduced to seemed very 2D and very stereotypical.

I struggled to begin with to keep track of who was who, and it’s only when I went back through to work it out that I realised the author had been muddling up the names, that along with a couple of other spelling issues really bugged me and brought this book waaaay down.

If you’re after a teen slasher vibe then give this one a whirl, but beware of the annoying lead character and grammar issues!

I really wanted to enjoy this book as it was a good plot, but there were just too many little niggles I had with to really say I loved it.

Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought!

Em xxx