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Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Well, well, well. For some reason I never expected this book to be so addictive or haunting, despite everybody I know who’s read it saying otherwise.

But I was pleasantly surprised, and while it was a bit slow to start and neither of the two main characters were particularly likeable to begin with, it was an amazing book, with an amazing tale and a bittersweet ending. There will most likely be spoilers in this review because I think it will be pretty much impossible to discuss the book whilst remaining vague about the events. So for anyone who has yet to read the book, consider this a fair warning. Continue reading


Any One Book: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

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My only experience with Peter Pan has been the Disney film that everyone knows and loves. Being an avid reader since I was first able to recognise the weird shapes and squiggles that are letters, I’m very ashamed to say that the only Peter Pan reading I did was the Disney book that was published alongside the film.

And now that I’ve read the proper book I look back and lament. I wish I had read the story by J.M. Barrie as a child because it’s a magical book full of wonder and the narration of the story is sheer brilliance. Some of the scenes feel incredibly cinematic and the fact that the narrator invests emotionally in the tale rather than simply standing by and relating the events. Everything about the book makes it so incredible, especially that it seems so unique from anything else I’ve read. Continue reading


Omens by Kelley Armstrong

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Yep, that’s right, there’s another Kelley Armstrong book out this year, and that’s not it! I believe there are two more to comer this year.

Anyway, onto the actual book. It’s a brand new series from the author, and a very intriguing one at that. before it was released a new app was rolled out (unfortunately not free) which introduces us to the now familiar setting of Cainsville. The app itself has you playing as a private detective and you need to unravel the possible murder of the character’s ex-boyfriend. It also introduces us to Todd and Pamela Larson, and their daughter Eden. Very clever. Continue reading


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Well that was a brilliant book.

Yes, I admit I had not heard of this book before all the news coverage and the mystery that unfolded via the media, and yes I admit that I’ve not been particularly interested in crime novels. That was until JK Rowling fulfilled her dream of writing a crime book.

I think everyone knows what this book is supposed to be about, but I’ll just refresh your memory. It follows Cormoran Strike, a veteran soldier turned private detective who has fallen on hard times. His financial situation means that his business is on the brink of failure and with the recent split from his fiance his only refuge is a camp bed in his office. Then in comes Robin Ellacott, a bright, intuitive temp who’s been assigned to Strike’s office for a week. Thus starts a tentative friendship and a blossoming professional partnership. Continue reading


Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Yep, I found the first one that satisfying that I moved straight onto the second. It was a good sequel and remained just as entertaining as its predecessor, neither worsening or improving. So far, it seems that this is a very consistent series.

Beautiful Darkness follows in the aftermath of Lena’s birthday. She and Ethan are trying to come to terms with a loss and Lena is still freaking out about whether she’ll turn light or dark. She starts pulling away from Ethan, who doesn’t entirely understand the events that unfolded on her birthday. With Lena’s coldness he is left to figure things out on his own, which becomes that bit more difficult when Liv arrives in town. Continue reading


Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I stayed away from this because it seemed a bit too much like Twilight. but then on one dull Sunday morning, I popped over to Blockbuster and decided to rent the film out simply because Emma Thompson playing the baddie intrigued me. Once it had finished I was pleasantly surprised, it didn’t seem that much like Twilight, so perhaps it would be worth my time.

So I bought the book and began reading it. The story follows Ethan Wate who lives in Gatlin County, a town in which nothing happens and nothing changes. That is, of course, until Lena Duchannes comes to town. She and Ethan have a strange connection where they share the same dreams and start kelting with each other. All of a sudden, Gatlin has become unrecognisable. Continue reading


Loki’s Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr

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Hello!!!

I know, I know. It’s been a while. Some of you might even see this pop up in your email and think ‘what the hell is Anyonething?’ I may not have been posting much, but I have been reading, so you can expect a few more reviews.

The first of which is Kelley Armstrong’s collaboration with Melissa Marr. You all know I love Armstrong’s books, she’s a very strong writer and usually comes equipped with very strong characters. You might also remember I love mythology, so immediately I thought this would be a brilliant combination….I even said so on Goodreads. Unfortunately it proved to be disappointing. Continue reading


Wool by Hugh Howey

One day, I went into Waterstone’s. Having missed my bus and needing to pass an hour until the next one turned up (as well as needing to take my mind off a seminar I had to give the next day), I wandered innocently into the store anticipating the usual glance over.

I found my way to my usual hangout, the science fiction/fantasy shelves (I fail to see why they’re mixed together, they’re completely different genres) and the orange and black book cover instantly caught my attention. It seemed so enigmatic, there was no clue as to what it was about except the title Wool, and judging by the blurb there were no sheep in it. Continue reading


Any One Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (finally)

I have finished it just this second, and my words upon completion were ‘thank god for that’ well, that’s me paraphrasing, I wasn’t all that polite.

It’s a good book, worthy of being a classic and I can imagine that it was scary when it was first published, but now there are times where it’s almost…dull. Continue reading


Any One Book #12

Okay, firstly I’m REALLY sorry that this month’s Any One Book has come to you late. It was a mixture of my Internet going down and getting caught up in exciting stuff (which I will bring to you in a different post).

Any way Any One Book fans, I’ll not leave you in suspense any longer. Today I bring to you book number 13, which means we have completed our first year of it!  Continue reading