Hogwarts Tag


Hello,



So this is my first tag to feature on this blog, with many more to come!

I was tagged by the lovely Vrinda, check out her lovely blog.

Lets jump straight in!

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Am I pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?

Probably a half blood, as I only have one parent.


Which wand chose me?
Larch wood

'Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. I find that it always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match'

Picture of wand
  • 13 ¼" in length 
  • Unicorn hair core
  • Quite Bendy flexibility



Did I take an owl, a cat, a rat or a toad?
Cat, they're my favourite


Where did the sorting hat put me?
According to pottermore, Slytherin


What house did I want to be in?
probably gryffindor as most of my favourite characters are in that house and seems like the house I'd fit into.


What lessons are my favourite and least favourite?
potions probably as that would be a lot of fun and my least would be defence against the dark arts, seems scary!


The form my patronus takes:
A weasel according to pottermore, how boring.


What does a Boggart look like for me?
loneliness, always scared of losing the ones I love.


Do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?
I'd like to join the quidditch team, so much fun!


Where would I find myself hanging in my free time?
The room of requirement! a room that fits to your purpose? wonderful!


What would I most likely get detention for?
Probably for being up late around the castle reading!


What career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?
something within magical creatures!



I tag anyone that wishes to take part!!

Thanks for reading. 



Love, Beth x


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Holding Up The Universe #21

Hello,


Yes, it happened. I finally read holding up the universe. I had a massive reading slump last year and have only started reading again in the past month! Although I did pre-order holding up the universe, so I like to think I'm still a dedicated Jennifer Niven fan!

Right so lets get started



pages: 388




"Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 


Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.



Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours."



This book hit me, I felt such strong empathy for Libby. I truly admired her too, the whole ordeal she went through with her weight and then dealing with shitty people at a high school. The book shows how cruel high school is and how you're supposed to fit in and not be anything else except what people want to label you as. I loved seeing Libby grow as a character, she started off quiet and quite timid but soon releases she doesn't have to please anyone. YOU DO YOU. Libby has goals, she wants to be in the dance squad, she wants to dance. She decides she's going to do that regardless of the shitty Caroline. Libby finally decides to be who she wants and doesn't care about anything else. She grew so much as a character, I loved her.

Then we have Jack, he's the typical popular one at school although his character was a bit of an arse at the beginning I grew to love him and did feel sorry for him. Jack suffered with face blindness which meant he couldn't ever remember faces or people except Libby. He saw Libby. This was the cutest moment in the book, after their relationship had blossomed and they truly fell in love it finally showed Jack saw libby, not because she was overweight which is why he thought due to her being larger but no. He saw her face, her eyes, her lips. He saw Libby.

Both characters needed one another to grow and to be the people they grew into. Without that we wouldn't of seen Libby become her true self or see Jack become a non douche.

I liked her Jennifer wrote this book, not in a way that made overweight people look bad or turned this into a story where the fat girl gets the popular boy. She wrote it in a way that showed everyone is human, nobody needs to look a certain way to be loved and nobody needs to give someone shit because they don't fit into their expectations. Jennifer wrote this to show everyone that you can do whatever you want, you don't have to be afraid to be yourself. If Libby can do it, so can I.



Yes, I loved this book so much, but what do you expect? All the bright places is still my favourite book and the reason behind my blog. Jennifer Niven, I adore you. 


Love, Beth x

Every Fox Is A Rabid Fox #20

Hello

Last month I read a book by Harry Gallon which was kindly sent to me by dead ink books. 
 'Dead ink is a small, ambitious and experimental literary publisher based in liverpool'

Every fox is a rabid fox
by
Harry Gallon

"Robert didn't mean to kill his brother. Now he's stuck between grief and guilt with only ex-girlfriend willow and the ghost of his dead twin sister for company. terrified of doing more harm, Roberts hysteria and anxiety grow while willow and his sisters ghost fight over him: one trying to save him, the other digging his grave.


every fox is a rabid fox is a brutal yet tender tale of family tragedy, mental illness and a young man searching for escape from his unravelling mind."


I picked up this book not knowing what to expect, I dived right into it and read it in one day. 
The character which was written was written in a way which made the book interesting, the main character Robert, spoke about events in the book as thought he was telling them from the past. This was something I enjoyed reading, it made it flow and made it interesting hence how I finished it within a day. 

Throughout the book there is an impending sense of doom, as the events basically lead up to how the brother died in the end. I found this making the book more gripping. 

We meet the important characters early on in the book, his dad, mum, uncle Jim, his dead  but important brother, girlfriend and dead twin sister. These are all important to the story, especially the obsession with his uncle Jim. 

I like the way we're brought back to events by Robert's obsession with guns and games played back when they were younger. The books structure wasn't wasn't at all confusing which considering how it's all tied together is quite surprising. The book to me was a fantastic read. Gallon's writing is simply beautiful, the style used made this story, it created the world and characters in a way which I certainly won't forget.

it was nice to read a book by a small publishing company, it goes to show some of the best stories aren't the popular ones.
3/5 stars


Love, Beth x


July wrap up


Hello

Todays post is the books I read in July and the grand total of books read was *drum roll* 7 books. This may seem like a little number to some but considering I've only just gotten out of my reading slump, I am proud of me.

Here are the books I read this month.
Book one:
How To Stop Time
by
Matt Haig

Pages: 325

"Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret.

He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.

The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love."

(I reviewed this book earlier this month, so check it here)

4/5 stars.


Book two:

The Eye Of Nefertiti 
by
Maria Luisa Lang

Pages: 208

"The cat must free Queen Nefertiti from a horrific curse

The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter. 

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him. "

(I also reviewed this book on my blog here)

4/5 stars


Book three:
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Every fox is a rabid fox
by
Harry Gallon

pages: 185


"
Robert didn't mean to kill his brother. Now he's stuck between grief and guilt with only ex-girlfriend willow and the ghost of his dead twin sister for company. terrified of doing more harm, Roberts hysteria and anxiety grow while willow and his sisters ghost fight over him: one trying to save him, the other digging his grave."
(Review to follow shortly)

3/5 stars


Book four:
No. 6: The Manga, Volume 01 (No. 6: The Manga, #1)
no.6 volume 1
by
Hinoki Kino
pages: 160

"
A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY

For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC – a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control – and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6."
(I'm gonna to review the whole series once completed)


5/5 stars



Book five:
Holding Up the Universe
Holding up the universe
by
Jennifer Niven

pages: 391

"
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours."
(I know what you're all thinking, I've only just got round to reading it???? Yes, I was in a massive slump when it was released, I still bought it on release day though. Review 100% to follow soon)

4/5 stars



Book six:
Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything
by
Nicola Yoon

pages: 310

"
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?"
(I enjoyed this so much, review will come soon)

4/5 stars


Book seven:
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The rest of us just live here
by
Patrick Ness

"
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions..."
I started this July 27th and finished it august 1st so that counts for July right????

(Review to follow soon)

3/5 stars


That ladies and gentlemen is my July wrap up for you all. I feel proud of myself for reading seven books, I am officially out of my reading slump *loud cheer*

The reading count total is: 1,919 pages


What books did you guys read this month and how many?

Heres to hoping that I read even more in August!


Love, Beth x

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BOOK MAIL

Hello,

Here are a few books I've gotten in the mail in the past month!



I've kindly received 3 review books from dead ink books!

Every fox is a rabid fox
by
Harry Gallon

"Robert didn’t mean to kill his brother. But he did insist on driving him to their uncle’s funeral. Consumed by guilt, Robert refuses to show emotion. And, when the ghost of his stillborn sister suggests his father caused their uncle’s death, Robert recalls a childhood of resentment and abuse to try and make a truth he can live with."
Another Justified Sinner
by
Sophie Hopesmith

"It’s the eve of the recession, but who cares? For commodity trader Marcus, life is good. So what if he’s a fantasist? So what if he wills his college sweetheart to death? So what if it’s all falling apart? This isn’t a crisis. Until it is.
As misfortune strikes Marcus again and again, he finally has to change. But can this English psychopath ever change? Maybe he needs to find himself? Maybe he needs to travel? Maybe he needs to help others? Maybe he needs to change his medication? Another Justified Sinner is a literary black comedy about the fall and rise and fall of Marcus, a slippery sinner. How difficult is it to change?"


"Samhain is a young, angry and bewildered squatter living in an abandoned hotel in the North of England. One day he receives a message: his father – a man he never knew – was an undercover policeman infiltrating the Green movement of the 80s. What’s more, he finds out that he too is now a father.
As Sam leaves for Europe, he pursues freedom and flees from his responsibilities. Responsibility, however, is hard to escape. Guest is a story of disillusionment, protest and, eventually, redemption."

As well as receiving this book from Paige Dearth
  
One Among Us
by 
Paige Dearth


"Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out. 

Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, who gives her a reason to live. Robbed of her innocence and freedom, Maggie does whatever it takes to survive.

With the help of Detective Rae Harker, the Clarkes’ frantically search for their daughter. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker vows to find Maggie—dead or alive. Meanwhile on the vile streets of Philadelphia, a strange man approaches Maggie with a dangerous proposition, and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life."


I'd like to kindly thank everyone who has sent me books in the mail recently, I'll be reading them as soon as I can!


Love, Beth x


Interview#3 MARIA LUISA LANG

Hello,

Today I have a little interview on my blog with Maria Luisa Lang, the author of my last book review! The eye of Nefertiti: A pharaoh's cat novel.




'Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art from the City University of New York, and her artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries. 


She often returns to Italy to visit her family. She has also stayed for extended periods in Bath and London. She loves all animals and is an amateur Egyptologist. Her love of cats and ancient Egypt inspired her to write two novels about them. The Pharaoh’s Cat is her first novel. She has almost completed its sequel, The Lady of Mystery.'


What was the most important thing for you to include in the eye of Nefertiti?

I wanted my cat to grow emotionally and psychologically beyond the point he’d reached in my first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat. In The Eye of Nefertiti, I again have him feel both joy and loss, but now his feelings are deeper and more intense. I’ve given him experiences that demand and foster a greater maturity.

What was the hardest thing about writing the eye of nefertiti

The same as it was in writing The Pharaoh’s Cat--integrating information about ancient Egypt into the narrative without sounding like a text book.

What is the easiest thing about writing the eye of nefertiti

The cat’s reactions to new people and situations, especially when there’s an element of absurdity.
What writers inspire you?

Kingsley Amis and Mikhail Bulgakov. I’ve been heavily influenced by Amis’s style of comedy and Bulgakov’s kind of fantasy. I describe both The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti as adult comedy, fantasy, historical. Without the creative freedom comedy and fantasy gave me, I couldn’t have written the novels I wanted to--novels embodying my love of cats as well as my fascination with ancient Egypt.

what inspired you to come up with the pharaoh's cat books?

Ancient Egypt and the many cats I’ve known! When I decided to write a novel, I couldn’t help creating an ancient Egyptian cat to be my protagonist and narrator. I wanted to make ancient Egypt funny, and I’ve always felt that cats are natural comedians. I also feel they’re capable of deep love and close friendships with people as well as other cats. In both The Pharaoh’s Cat and The Eye of Nefertiti, I used the first person and the present tense so my cat would talk directly to the reader, and I gave him human powers so he could talk to the other characters.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

My cat is me in many ways. He has my sense of humor and my sense of justice. There’s also some of me in Elena. For example, I enjoy going to flea markets and thrift shops, and Elena takes the cat and the High Priest to a Bath flea market in The Eye of Nefertiti.

Who was your favourite character to write about?

Queen Nefertiti! She’s was a fascinating woman. In power and influence, she was ahead of her time—very far ahead considering she was an ancient Egyptian. I thoroughly enjoyed bringing her to life. Almost all of my characterization of Nefertiti is invention, but I tried to keep it firmly rooted in the little that’s know about her.

Is there going to be another pharaoh's cat book?

I’ve been planning a third, The Tears of Ra. There’ll be more more time travel, more Egyptology, more of the cat and his little family, and new characters, both human and otherwise, and new settings, both ancient and modern.


Maria is one of the loveliest authors I have ever spoken to, we have exchanged a fair few emails and I know I'll always be hyped for books! I hope you all check out Maria's work, honestly its so fun to read and her writing is incredible. I wish her all the best, I know I'll be keeping in touch with the lovely lady.


Love, Beth x

The Eye of Nefertiti: A Pharaoh's Cat Novel #19

Hello


A few weeks ago I was approached by Maria Luisa Lang to review her second novel, 'The eye of Nefertiti' by reading the blurb of this book I was intrigued straight away and I agreed to write a review in exchange for a copy. Let me tell you - It did not dissapoint. 


The eye of Nefertiti
Maria Luisa Lang

Summary 
'The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter. 


The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him. '


Before I even start my review - go read it. Honestly this book was so good!
How beautiful is the cover???

 Wrappa-Hamen is the name of the cat, he is no ordinary cat. Wrappa-Hamen can talk and walk just like a human can. This makes his character so loveable. Wrappa-Hamen is the narrative throughout this book.

This story is more than a story just about a talking cat.  It looks at the deeper meaning of connections, mixing emotions with historical fiction and magic. We see both modern and ancient England, exploring ancient Egypt with the characters was so fun! This makes the book a lot more exciting and interesting. 

There is some humour and funny moments in this book which made me love it even more, it makes you feel like the characters truly are real and in the real world. 
Theres a mystery throughout this book in which we have to sit back and see unravel and solve. This meant we had some scenes full of real emotion.

The time travel in this book was also something I loved, nothing beats a good time travel!
Who wouldn't love a story with a cat in it anyway? 

The ending to the book is something I didn't expect or see coming but felt it had a good ending and brought all the story together and didn't leave any lose ends.


Honestly go and check this book out, it's a quick fun read and it won't disappoint you I promise. If you do, let me know your thoughts and feelings on it.

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Amazon US

Thanks again to Maria, for providing me with a free copy.


Love, Beth x