Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
‘Lyra and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. But the destiny that has awaited her since birth takes her on a dangerous journey to the frozen North in search of a kidnapped friend. It is a journey that will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…’
I really enjoyed this book. A massive fantasy adventure like nothing else. I love the characters, the world and the idea of daemons and Panserbjorne. Gripping to the last page and with two more books to follow it. A classic story that is a must for your reading list!
For anyone looking for a new young adult book to read, I give you Walking with Strangers. A story of the paranormal and dark, a thriller that travels through the underworld. Available at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Amazon.eu.
“Dante’s Inferno for young adults!”
“Hieronymus Bosch would paint this.”
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.
‘In the distant future, cities on wheels fight each other for survival. As London pursues a small town, young apprentice Tom is flung out into the wastelands, where a terrifying cyborg begins to hunt him down.’
What can I say about this book? It’s truly amazing. Absolutely gripping from start to finish. A wonderful idea and world. So many unexpected things crop up along the way, concluding in an explosive ending. A number one for your reading list, worth putting everything aside for as you won’t be able to stop reading once you start. It will definitely leave you wanting to read more and missing the world and it’s inhabitants, but fear not, as it is continued by three more books! Straight up to one of my favourite books of all time!
Inferno by Dan Brown
‘Florence: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings. A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into. Breakneck chase across the city. Only Langdon’s knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers. With only a few lines from Dante’s Inferno to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of The Renaissance’s most celebrated artworks to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat…’
Wow! This book is just… Easy and interesting to read with wonderful descriptions. Fast paced and gripping with a shocking twist! A nice bit of history included throughout. A highly recommended read, a definite for you reading list as soon as! Words are hard to find to describe this fantastic book so read! Read! Read!
Poldark, Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
‘Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he had anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. However, his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home – an act which alters the whole course of his life.’
This book is easy and interesting to read with a lot of subtle humour. I really like what Demelza brings to this story, her light and comedic personality makes it all the more enjoyable. Despite the length of this story it seems like a quick read during the process. I reccomend this for anyone’s list.
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
‘From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.’
A really good story, with interesting characters and a gripping story. The horror and fantasy elements along with the weird and thrilling twists. The protagonist is full of unexpected abilities and sarcastic comments. A subtly humorous read. You either love it or hate it.
A highly recommended read for pretty much everyone. Comes in so many different colour choices, the most customisable book out there! (For instance mine is purple with owls all over it…who says the bible is boring eh?). Probably not a book to be rea straight through from front to back, (to get the best use out of this book, visit your nearest church). A timeless piece of non-fiction for any time of year.
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
‘Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season’s must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries cutting back, she tries making more money. But neither seems to work. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore. Can Becky ever escape from this Dreamworld, and regain the use of her credit card?’
I don’t normally read books of this style but it was recommended to me. Surprisingly it wasn’t all that bad, it turned out to be quite funny and entertaining as well as lighthearted and an easy read which is just what I was looking for at the time. A good book for if you need a break from a series or just something to get you out of a reader’s block.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
‘September is a twelve-year-old girl from Omaha. With her dad fighting a faraway war, and her mum always out at work, she is lonely, stuck in a rut and starved of adventure. So when a Green Wind arrives at her window and invites her to Fairyland she accepts in a flash (mightn’t you?). But Fairyland is in crisis, crushed by the iron rule of the villainous Marquess – and September holds the key to restoring order. With a book-loving dragon and a mysterious boy named Saturday by her side, she sets out on a thrilling quest to Fix Things. But time is short, and time is ticking, and every story must have an ending. Can September save Fairyland? Can she even save herself?’
This book is wonderful, beautifully written with extremely charming characters. A colourful and brightly descriptive fantasy which draws you in and keeps you there. A truly gorgeous read with two equally joyous sequels to follow. A highly recommended read for people of ALL ages!
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
‘Welcome to Area X. An Edenic wilderness, an environmental disaster zone, a mystery for thirty years. The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.’
This book! What can I say? It’s weird. It’s creepy. I love it! I’ve never read anything even remotely like it. I finished it in one sitting. This book was beautifully written and thoroughly absorbing. I really can’t explain how amazing this book is, so read it! I will not be forgetting this story easily for it’s brilliant haunting experience. I look forward to seeing what happens next!