Carrie; Stephen King

Carrie

I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for quite a while now, and I’m always finding more books of his that I want to read.  Carrie has been on my TBR for years and years, and I finally got around to reading it last week.

[The Plot]: Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Carrie, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this was Stephen Kings first novel.  Carrie is a loner, she has no friends and was raised under her mothers strict rule.  She’s a complete outcast in school, the butt of every joke and naive in every way.  All until one fateful gym class where it all gets too much for Carrie and she snaps.

Carrie has her first ever period in the shower after gym class, and has no idea what is happening to her.  So when the other girls all laugh and shout at her, she snaps and sends up being sent home.  Carries mother’s religious views are so intense that she genuinely believes Carrie has gotten her period as punishment for a sin. The more Carrie is starting to understand what is happening to her and her body, the angrier she is getting, towards her mother for not explaining things to her, and to her peers at school for laughing at her and mocking her.  She starts to realise that she can move things with her mind, and at first it takes a lot of effort, but with practice, she becomes stronger and stronger.

Carrie seems to be in a better place up until her senior prom.  Sue Snell, one of the girls shouting and laughing at Carrie in the shower room, had felt so guilty about what had happened she has convoked her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom.  As a friendly gesture.  However, things go sour from there on in.  Carrie is once again humiliated in a horrible prank, in front of the entire prom and she fully looses it.  I don’t want to give away too much (although I’m sure many of you will have read the book, or seen the film), but Carrie uses her new found power to pay back those who have hurt for all these years.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book five stars, was purely for the fact that I was expecting it to be much more scary.  I found it to be tense and somewhat thrilling, but not so much scary, so I was a little disappointed.  The next Stephen King book I intend to read is The Shining, but please leave any more recommendations in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Harry Potter Collection…

I thought that seeing as I’ve been re-reading my beloved Harry Potter books recently, I thought I would share my Harry Potter collection with you all.  I’ve been collecting Harry Potter books and memorabilia for years and years, and it is honestly one of my most prized possessions. So, let’s get stuck in..

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The main attraction in my collection is my Harry Potter books.  These are the books I have had since I first fell in love with the Wizarding world at around 8 years old, and then as and when the later books were published. These books were a huge part of my childhood, and hold a very special place in my heart.  On the same shel I keep my Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beadle the Bard book, along with my house bookmarks (I’ll pop a close up below).

My larger shelf holds the majority of my collection. Most of the space is taken up with my collection of wands, and my second set of books.  I also keep my copy of Half Blood Prince here as it is the only adult cover I own (I really want to collect the full series in
his cover, maybe one day…).

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This part of my bookshelf shows a couple of my favourite things within my collection.  Firstly, you get a glimpse of my wand boxes, which I’ll show you in just a minute.  You can also see my time-turner necklace sat in it’s display case, which I’ve never actually worn as I’m always worried I’m going to break it or something bad will happen.  There are also some chocolates, my chocolate frog and some peppermint toads, which I picked up while I was visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London a couple of years ago.    And the last item in this image is my little sorting hat.  This was actually a one of the cake toppers on my 21st birthday cake and I can’t bear to get rid of it.

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A fairly recent addition is my huge Harry Potter theme books.  These include my illustrated edition of Philosophers Stone, ‘Harry Potter Page to Screen’, ‘Harry Potter The Creature Vault’ and I also keep my photo of me riding a broom at the Harry Potter Studio Tour on this little shelf.

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This is my second out of three sets of the Book series, as I also have the ebooks on my kindle (y’know… just in case I neeeeeed to read them when I’m away from home!).  This was very lovingly gifted to me a couple of christmases ago, and I love it!  It is of course the Signature collection of the seven book, all beautifully displayed in a shiny red box.  Every time I re-read Harry Potter I go back to my original copies, so these have never been read or had their spines broken, mainly because they look so pretty in their box that I don’t want to ruin them!

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This is my wand collection… so far.  I’ve been collecting these for the last 5 years or so and I can’t wait to expand my collection even further.  From left to right we have, Harry Potter, Voldemort, Hermione Grange, Albus Dumbledore (The Elder Wand), Fleur Delacour and Luna Lovegood. All but one of these wands have been gifted to me for birthdays and christmases over the years, as my family and boyfriend are incredible  and know we wayyyy too well.

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Finally, I wanted to show you a couple of novelty items from my collection.  First is a ‘Hogwarts A History’ book I made for a halloween costumer years and years ago.  I dressed up as Hermione and decorated this book (which is also a box) to use as a makeshift bag for the evening.  I figured that seeing as Hermione always has a book to hand, it would be a cool idea to keep my purse and phone inside a book instead of taking a bag out with me.  Second is my Hogwarts letter and ticket to platform 9 3/4.  This was a gift from my sister a couple of christmas’ ago, and I thought it was a really sweat idea.  And the very sat thing I wanted to show you is my set of House bookmarks.  Again, this is something that sits with my collection that I have never used, they ooh so lovely and I am always afraid them may get damage it I use them.

I really hope you have enjoyed me sharing my Harry Potter collection with you, and would love to hear about any memorabilia you may have collected, or what is on your Harry Potter wish list in the comments below.  I really enjoyed writing this post, so let me know if you would like to see more like this by giving it a like.

City of Bones; Cassandra Clare

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For years I have had people tell me I need to read this book, and I have no idea why I didn’t listen to them sooner.

[The Plot]: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City- and the dangers of forbidden love.

As I’ve already said, I put off reading this book for a long long time, and I have no idea why.  By just reading the blurb it sounds like a book I would love, and with recommendations from people I know have good taste in books, I really had no reason to put it off for so long.

Clary Fray is living a 100% normal teenage life.  Her mom is strict and over protective, she goes out and spends time with her friends.  She has no idea she could be something completely different until she sees something no one else can see in a club in New York City.  Clary sees two guys with a knife, and after alerting her friend Simon and stupidly going after them, she realises it’s a completely different story.  The guys with the know turn out to be shadow hunters, and invisible everyone else there.

From here on in, Clary’s life changes dramatically.  With her mom missing and demons hiding around every corner, Clary has to rely on the group of beautiful strangers to help her fix this new world she had no idea existed.

Simon and Clary’s relationship is so close, and even though Clary is pretty naive to not see how Simon really feels about her, they overcome a lot and Simon accepts this new world with her without any hesitation.  He makes it very clear that he doesn’t like Clary’s new friends, except Isabelle of course, but instead of causing a huge amount of tension or leaving Clary to fix everything alone, he does his best to help.

I love the way the story progressed and didn’t want to put it down at all, finishing it in just two or three sittings. The story id fast paced and so much happens in such a short amount of time, I’m itching to read City of Glass.   Are there any other books out there I’m missing out on, that I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Near Enemy; Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy

After reading the blurb for this book, I had really high hopes and thought I would thoroughly enjoy the plot.  This didn’t seem to be the case.

[The Plot]: Spademan, a former garbage man, lost his wife and his livelihood in the dirty bomb that hit Times Square.  He became a hit man, and he’s been cleaning up in a whole new way. In the burnt-out shell of what was once New york, the wealthy escape to a virtual reality far removed from the ruins around them.
Now the virtual world is under threat from terrorists and Spademan is tasked with tracking them down.  He’s not used to having enemies- his foes usually end up dead pretty quickly- but he’s about to find out just how close they are, and how dangerous they can be.

I don’t tend to write negative reviews or even comments on my blog, however this is the first book in a long long while I was unable to finish.

I tried to read this book for roughly 2 weeks, and was only able to get about 60 pages or so into the book.  I don’t think it was any fault of the plot or the characters, I just couldn’t get along with the writing style.  When you first open the book, it almost looks like it’s written in the style of a poem.  The majority of sentences are shorter than the length of a line on the page.  This isn’t what bothered me as I read it, I just found it really hard to follow as there is no differentiation between narration, thought or speech, and when people are speaking it’s hard to follow who is speaking when.

As I said, I was unable to finish this book and therefore I won’t drag on the review and slate the book for no reason.  I simply couldn’t follow the writing style.

Have you read this book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, and if you have any tips for reading it and following along a bit better.

I rate this book 1 out of 5 stars.

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Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard

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I have to be honest, it has taken me a while to write this review.  I feel like I read a lot of mixed reviews before reading it myself, and I felt I was being influenced slightly by those I had read.  I feel like I have now got my thoughts together and tell you my own thoughts on the book.

[The Plot]: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I just want to start off buy saying I think this book is really well written. Throughout the story I felt like I was surrounded by the story, and I was fully immersed in their world.  I absolutely flew through the book and never wanted to put it down.  I couldn’t get enough of the book and constantly wanted to know what will happen next.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews for this book, and after taking a little time to gather my thoughts I have decided that I do not agree with a large chunk of them.  Some people have said they thought the plot to be very similar in structure to other YA books that have come out in the past. I didn’t really find this to be true.  I can see where they may be coming from to a certain extent, but I personally found the story to be engaging and full of unexpected plot twists.

The plot twist at the very end of the book, I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil the story for any future readers, was a complete surprise to me.  I mean, I don’t really pride myself on being able to see a plot twist from the beginning of a book, but I can usually see a general path a story can take.  But this took me by complete surprise, and I was truly shocked by what happened.  This is just an extreme example of how Victoria Aveyard kept me intrigued and immersed in the story.

This story is full of deceit and betrayal and leaves you on a mighty cliffhanger.  It is said to be a part of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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