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!
The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.
‘Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…’
This is one of my favourite series! Beginning with Half a King, continuing with Half the World and concluding with Half a War, this trilogy is that of epic fantasy, full of wonderful description and surprises. A brilliant storyline throughout all three books and a somewhat satisfying conclusion.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
‘To save mankind they need a hero, but are they creating a monster? A vast alien force is headed for Earth, its mission: the annihilation of all human life. Ended could be their only hope, but first he must survive the most brutal military training program in the galaxy…’
This is a book I never tire of. I can read it again and again and always love it. The story of a young boy sent to train as a soldier in an alien war, the author writes in a way that makes you feel a connection with the protagonist. Although this book isn’t packed with action don’t let it put you off, it is totally worth the read, a brilliant ending, a story to leave a mark on your memory.
I let you go by Clare Mackintosh.
‘In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…’
I was recommended this book as I was told I would like it after I read The girl on the train. It started okay but it was very slow going and as I went on not very much was happening. When I did reach a twist it was definitely a good one, but soon after the story returned to its former tediousness. I feel like I’ll definitely give this book another try again some time in the future.
The girl with all the gifts by M. R. Carey
‘Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.’
This book is not just another book about zombies. The girl with all the gifts is a great story full of suspense and new ideas. It is fast paced with many twists along with a wonderful creepiness. This is easily my favourite zombie style novel. The end was nothing like I was expecting, completely different, leaving a mix of after emotions. This is definitely one for the reading list no matter what your preferred genre.
A street cat named Bob by James Bowen
‘When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hall way of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other’s troubled pasts.’
This story is a wonderful one, made even more so by the fact of it being a true one. It makes you see things differently, perhaps value the things you have more than you did before. It makes you think about people who may not be as fortunate as you in a different light. A lovely and heart warming tale, really feel good and at times emotional. A must read for anyone and everyone.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
‘Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. And then she sees something shocking, and in one moment everything changes. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…’
I was sceptical about this book, everyone raved about it and I was expecting to be disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised actually. This book is well written and makes you want to keep reading. The way the main character is portrayed as an alcoholic and therefore unreliable make the story all the more intriguing. There are many unexpected twist in the plot and the ending was one I didn’t expect. If you haven’t already read it, I recommend this book.
Room by Emma Donoghue
‘Room is the story of Ma and Jack. They live in a single, locked room. Five-year-old Jack loves watching TV, but he knows that nothing he sees on the screen is truly real- only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits there’s a world outside…’
I loved this book, it’s still one of my all time favourites. It is written in the voice of its five-year-old protagonist which makes you feel like you understand him more and where he’s coming from that if it were in the voice of an adult. It is well written and the things Unknown in places make it even more so, you feel like you know what is going to happen but it’s always slightly off the track you’re thinking. It really makes you rethink about your life and how lucky you might be compared to some. I highly recommend this book.