The Book That Made Me A Reader

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Growing up, my mum always pushed me and my sister towards reading to cure our boredom (and to challenge me to write my own stories, too). As a pre-teen I grew up with the Rainbow Magic book series, My Secret Unicorn stories and the incredible Roald Dahl. I was a fantasy girl, through and through; nothing excited me more than a magical story full of wonder and adventure. But that was when I was very young.

When I reached Secondary School I stopped reading for a little while until I saw a film that made me fall head over heels with the supernatural world (the only time I have seen the film before I read the book). I’m talking about the series that made all teenage girls fall in love with the sparkling vampire…Twilight.

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this series at the time. I feel that this book series is often the one that made people turn into avid readers. While I haven’t read the series in a very long time (and it’s probably best that I don’t), I can admit that it was the one that made me fall in love with reading. From that book I found so many amazing authors and their incredible stories, such as The Mortal Instruments, The House of Night series, The Vampire Diaries, The Hunger Games and many more.

Twilight made me join Goodreads, where I connected with like-minded people who enjoyed doing the same thing as me. I discovered stories that I otherwise wouldn’t have seen and, thanks to the Book Depository, I could order books that had only been released in the US. Stephanie Meyer helped to introduce me to the world of Young Adult books that I am still loving to this day.

This book in particular opened up a whole new world for me. It allowed me to explore different worlds, meet incredible characters and the books that I went on to read have influenced the way I write my own novels. I have taken the good aspects from them all and I let them mould me into the writer I am today. So when I get my first novel published I will be sure to thank them all for opening my eyes to magic that is reading.

What book made you become hooked on reading?

Review: Red Queen

Red Queen

Title: Red Queen (Paperback)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Year: 2015

When I bought this book two years ago I was beyond excited to start it, so I did. But life has a way of getting in the way and I never finished it. I finally got around to picking it up again not that long ago and realised I couldn’t remember what had happened. You could even see the last dog-eared page (around ¾ of the way though). So, I started it all over again and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it more the second time (I started to remember bits as I made my way through it).

Our main character, Mare, is strong and badass, something I love in a female protagonist and she doesn’t need anyone by her side to accomplish things. She lives in a world where the Silvers, those with Silver blood and exceptional powers, rule over the Reds, people like you and me. Mare has always been Red, through and through, until one day she isn’t and her world is turned upside town. She has powers she never knew could be real for someone like her and it takes her down a dangerous path. Playing the role of a long-lost Silver princess, she has to be careful, because getting caught could be life-threatening.

Victoria Aveyard writes beautifully, creating a world that I imagined so vividly as I read the words. I flew through the book and I was kept wanting to know more. Some of the twists that happened were unexpected, making me enjoy the book all the more. I love a book with betrayal, conflict and secrets, and Red Queen definitely has all that and more. While this book reminded me of a few other dystopian novels I’d read in the past, that didn’t make it any less interesting and I thought that the fantasy element gave it something that the others don’t have.

Some elements of this book were predictable and others weren’t (I think it all depends on how perceptive you are). I would say the only downfall to this book is the romance. Personally, I love a good romance story (one that is believable, mind you) and I felt that some of the romantic relationships were a little forced and I just couldn’t love them. But, at the end of the day, this book is about much more than romance and the fantasy element is more intriguing to me.

I have the next instalment, Glass Sword, sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I am hoping that it is as good as the first. This book is going to receive 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Review: Into The Water

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Title: Into The Water (Hardback)

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Doubleday (UK)

Year: 2017

It has been I while since I wrote a book review (almost 5 years ago when I had a blog on BlogSpot) so I may be a little rusty. Before I read this book, I picked up The Girl On The Train and it was the book that got me back into my love of reading. However, that was over a year ago and when I saw that she had brought another book out I knew I had to have it. And if anything, I loved it even more than her first. I had never read a book from the thriller genre before (apart from a failed attempt of reading IT when I was 15 and getting 300 pages in before giving up) but Paula Hawkins’ writing makes me want to read more of this type.

What I love about her writing style is that it flows at such a pace that I find myself trying to turn the pages as quickly as I can to reach the ending. I needed to find out what happened to these characters in this book. There was so much mystery surrounding this book and I couldn’t put it down. I will warn you, you must pay attention when reading this book. There are a lot of characters and with each chapter being in a different person’s viewpoint, it can be tricky to remember who is who and what their part is. Personally, I love this kind of writing style because it keeps you on edge until the end of the book.

The twists and turns that this book took me on had me guessing who the real villain was until the very end. I’m normally pretty good at sussing out who did what and I was truly surprised by the reveal. Into The Water is a dark tale that is carefully fabricated to seem so real.

There are a lot of deep, dark topics that this book covers such as murder, suicide, infidelity, rape and a lot of family issues. While these things aren’t always the easiest to read, this book shares a snippet of what happens every day. The characters in this book are flawed, very flawed, but I find that interesting because let’s face it, are any of us perfect? Yes, there were a few characters that I didn’t like but you get that with every book you read.

If you love a good thriller that hooks you in until the end, then I would recommend that you pick this book up soon. Don’t be intimidated by its many characters, for me that made it all the more interesting. You won’t regret reading this book, especially if you liked The Girl On The Train.

I’m going to give this 4 out of 5 stars.