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Fateful - Claudia Gray *sigh*Take James Cameron's Titanic, swap Jack and Rose and make Jack a werewolf. There, I just saved you reading 325 pages. You're welcome.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente The second in the Fairyland series, and I am still UTTERLY in love with these books, their characters and their incredibly beautiful covers. In the first book, [b:The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making|9591398|The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)|Catherynne M. Valente|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1317793528s/9591398.jpg|6749837], September ate some Fairy Food, which we all know is a complicated thing, and so she must return to Fairyland every year.She's found it hard being back in the real world, not really fitting in at school, spending every spare moment researching mythical creatures and preparing for her return to Fairyland. Having grown up a lot in the past year, she must now deals with betrayal as well as friendship, as she fixes a mistake from the first book, while being diplomatic and thoughtful, to do the right thing for everyone - who says the bad guys are bad? And don't they deserve to be happy too?I didn't find Fell Beneath as dark as Circumnavigated, but still a magical read that quite literally is 'for all ages'. I've just pre-ordered the third book. I haven't pre-ordered a book since Harry Potter. 'Nough said.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 - Young Kim, Stephenie Meyer Whatever you may think of the Twilight Saga, books or films, the graphic novel is a very different experience. I spent half of the time studying the wonderful artwork, and Bella's incredible ability to do a new wondrous thing with her hair every day. My only gripe, that unfortunately stopped me loving this edition of the story, is the panels dotted throughout the volume where the artist supposedly got a bit bored, rushed or just lazy, and stuck some hastily photoshopped photos in as backgrounds, or (worse still) expanded a small section of an illustration for a close up that teetered precariously on the edge of pixelisation. If not for these 'arisitc' decisions I would be wholeheartedly in love with this work, being otherwise a very high quality and well produced edition.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente A beautiful little fantasy in Fairyland, where a little girl learns lots of lessons... and is aware she's inside a fairytale learning lots of lessons. That's what really made this for me, together with the likeable characters, a handful of little twists and some surprising brutality considering the 'target audience'. The more I think about it, the more I realise that some of the story gets pretty deep and emotional, taking it way beyond a 'children's book'. At the same time it's a whole lot of fun. I really can't wait to get onto the next book in the series.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll If I was rating these as stories written today, I'd probably give them 1 star - they get an extra star because I appreciate they were written in a different time and for a very different audience to the kids of today. I didn't like Alice. She strikes me as not much more than a well spoken brat. I don't think any other character hung around long enough to be likeable. If I were to think up every strange character I could possibly imagine and just list them, I'd have written a sequel. I found myself skipping paragraphs just to get something to happen... and to get it over with. It's a real shame, because I so wanted to enjoy them. It just wasn't to be.

Divergent (Divergent Series #1)

Divergent - Veronica Roth I really did enjoy this book, a different take on the dystopian novel that edges on fantasy, and the romance aspect was fairly under control. It almost lost one star for the painfully predictable 'Tobias coming out of his trance at the last minute because he heard Tris' voice' thing, but I thought that was a bit harsh. Other than that I'm really looking forward to reading the next instalment.

The Silver Linings Playbook (movie tie-in edition)

The Silver Linings Playbook (movie tie-in edition) - I can't really fault this book, but it did lack a certain amount of substance that I can't really quantify, so it gets 4 stars rather than 5. I knew nothing of the story when I picked this book up, and had only the movie poster in my mind, so expected some sort of complicated love story that would bore me within a couple of chapters. I was wrong. It's a nicely written account of Pat, a 34 year old suffering with mental illness, complex relationships with friends and family, and coming to terms with the reality of a world that's moved on during his time in an institution.Funny and sad in equal measures, I really did enjoy reading Silver Linings, and being a relatively short story got through it in just a couple of sittings. And, for the first time, I'm not going to watch the accompanying movie adaptation, because I really don't think I'll like it. Anything other than experiencing the story from Pat's point of view, I think, will actually turn it into one of those complex romance films that I work so hard to avoid. Maybe I'm wrong? Am I?

MILA 2.0

MILA 2.0 - If I'm totally honest, I didn't want to like this book. Socially awkward schoolgirl turns out to be an android - it sounds a bit cringeworthy. But I followed the hype like a sheep, and I'm glad I did. Slow starting, I didn't warm to Mila's character until we'd left Clearwater and high school behind, and some kicking-ass began. It's refreshing to have a young female protagonist who gets over the 'denial phase' quickly and gets on with what needs to be done. I could 'feel' the growth and maturing of the character as the book progressed, almost as if it was spelled out for me on screen. And I'm sure it will be soon enough.I'll definitely be continuing the series. Technically I'd give it or 4.5 stars - losing half for the slow start.

City of Ashes: Mortal Instruments 02

City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare The second in the series, this was definitely an improvement on the first.The plot had more substance, and a few twists and turns did have me turning the pages. The best part? Magnus Bane, a character that reminds me of Lafayette from the TV version of Trye Blood; camp, sarcastic and refreshingly witty. The rest of the characters though... still a bit 'meh'. I'm hoping that one of the main characters will get killed off in one of the future books, because at the moment there's a comfortable 'she/he'll be fine' every time someone gets seemingly mortally injured or dies. It could do without any of them, to be honest, and we'd hardly notice. It's a shame Jace has turned into a lovesick teenager. I don't really see that fitting, in any way, with the character that was built in the first novel. So Clary is 'the only one who's ever made him feel this way'. That's because he's apparently had a personality transplant. The 'apparently' incestuous relationship is getting a bit old too (in which book will we finally discover they're not actually related? It's got to be coming). And don't get me started on Clary herself... not quite as infuriating as in the first 'that's not possible' book, but still pretty slappable. Look, everyone who loves and cares about has told you not to eat or drink anything in the Fae land, because you will die. FIVE TIMES! Bloody listen, you idiot! Anyone that naive deserves to have at lest had a limb cut off by now.Having said all that, I will continue with the series. If only out of morbid curiosity to see where it will, eventually, all go. I gave it 4 stars, because I gave the first one a 3, and it is an improvement. Maybe 3.5 if I'm being picky.


Wonder - R.J. Palacio I honestly can't find a single fault with this book. The beautiful yet simple story of August, a young boy with facial disfigurement, and his first encounter with the dreaded 'school'. Told from the perspectives of himself, sister, friends and a few parents' passive aggressive emails, Wonder really is a touching novel. And I don't think I've ever said that before..!

Glitches (Lunar Chronicles, #0.5)

Glitches (Lunar Chronicles, #0.5) - Marissa Meyer A great little Novella (short story? Is it long enough to be called a novella?) written as a prequel to Cinder. I enjoyed learning about Cinder's first few weeks living with her step-family, and how the relationships we know from Cinder began to form. I don't think anything at all was revealed that wasn't already referred to or suggested in the novel, but it was still a nice little addition to the ongoing story.


Scarlet - I'm torn. On the one hand, it was nice to continue Cinder's story with another perspective in the mix; Scarlet. But on the other hand, I didn't find Scarlet's story, or in fact her character, nearly as interesting or likeable as Cinder's. I found myself waiting to get back to Cinder's portion of the story, and almost skimming over Scarlets, especially during the gushy 'falling in love with a monster' stuff. If it wasn't for Cinder, Thorne and Iko it would have been mediocre, but I'm still heavily invested in this series, and can't wait to continue Cinder's journey.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones  - Cassandra Clare An easy read, and pretty much as I expected from reading the blurb. None of the characters particularly came to life for me, and it seemed like not that much happened for such a substantial book. Having said that, I didn't get bored, and it was nice to read something un-taxing. I did see most (if not all) of the plot twists coming, so I suppose I didn't get the full effect, but nonetheless a decent enough read if you're a fan of these sort of books.

Book Of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly One of, if not my top book of the year so far. Well thought out, with nods towards the best know fairy tales and mythology, while creating a single coherent tale that made me feel like both a child and an adult at once. I am SO glad I picked this pretty little book up.

Last Tango in Aberystwyth

Last Tango in Aberystwyth - Malcolm Pryce A private detective story filled with puns, cliches and in-jokes from Wales. Yet, somehow, Pryce makes you look past the sillyness and it jut becomes a part of the story.An easy-read, though I think you really need to know a little about Wales to appreciate half of it.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3)

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3) - Suzanne  Collins The weakest of the three, I think, but not a bad roundup to the story.