Archive for December, 2013

The Power of Six – Pittacus Lore

powerof6Title: The Power of Six

Author: Pittacus Lore

Date Finished: 26/12/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 4/5 – rather good

Merry Christmas to you all!  I’ve had a really great festive season this year – lots of food, church, music, family, presents and best of all….lots of reading!  It’s been so nice to be able to sit and read for a good few hours without worrying about school work etc and that’s how I managed to finish this young adult novel so quickly.  I hope you’ve all had a relaxing a Christmas as I have!

This is the second book in the Lorien Legacies series, written by Pittacus Lore and I read the first (I am Number Four) in March 2011!  I had no desperate desire to read this next book, but surprisingly I really got into it and all of today I just couldn’t put it down!  It focuses on John Smith, Number 4, his best friend Sam and the newly met Number 6 as they try to evade capture by the Mogadorians and plan their next move.  The story was really gripping and certainly had some twists and turns that made my eyes widen as I was reading!

The characters were obviously typically “young-adult-esque” with a hero, his loyal best friend, a love interest etc etc but you have to expect that in a book like this.  Six is a really great character and so is Marina; both of their legacies are so cool!! (Sometimes I do have to act my age – reading classics all the time will turn me middle-aged before my time soon 😉 ) Also the characters of Ella and Hector are very engaging – I can picture all of them so well!

I like the way the book takes us round the country and the world a bit and Lore writes in a very readable style so it is really quite effortless to read these books, which is very nice at this time of year.  I have just ordered the third book in the series and when the fourth one comes out in paperback I will get that too.  I have always been an absolute sucker for series – ever since I can remember, I have much preferred reading the next book in a series to something completely new and I haven’t grown out of this.  I do recommend this book and series to anyone who fancies a bit of young adult genre excitement.

mostly harmlessTitle: Mostly Harmless

Author: Douglas Adams

Date Finished: 21/12/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

This is the final instalment in the ever popular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series and is just as good as all the other books!  I really enjoyed reading this and now it means I can start listening to the radio series again.

The plot in this instalment is definitely hilarious and reasonably complicated but I absolutely love the “sandwich maker” storyline and all the drama involving Trillian/Tricia McMillan and Rupert too was really good.  I have to say that I prefer the ending of the radio series, as it seems to tie everything up together – the book finishes very abruptly and we never find out what happened to Fenchurch etc.

The characters are all at their best – it’s a shame not to see Fenchurch or Zaphod but Random is a great addition to the cast and Arthur and Ford are up to their usual tricks.  Also, I missed Marvin of course!  Again, I thought this book was reasonably different to the radio series, which was quite a good thing and it was also a bit longer than most of the previous books in the series (but still short at only just over 200 pages – I wish they were all a bit longer!).

I am aware that Artemis Fowl writer Eoin Colfer has written a sixth instalment called And Another Thing, which I now intend to read in the future.  I liked the Artemis Fowl books when I was younger so I think I will buy And Another Thing soon and give it a go – I haven’t come across anyone who’s read it so I don’t know what to expect.  What I do know, is that I will be relistening to the radio series of HHGTTG very soon indeed!

Classics Club Readathon #2


It is that time of year again where The Classics Club host their annual readathon – this year it is on the 4th of January and I am excited to take part for the second year running.

Last year I focused on ploughing through some of Charlotte Brontë’s Villete which I thoroughly enjoyed.  This year I am not sure where I’ll be up to with my reading by the 4th but I am hoping to try The Warden by Anthony Trollope – a book which has been on my TBR shelf for ages and I know absolutely nothing about!  Hopefully it will be as great an event as last year and lots of you will all be getting involved!

SLATFATFTitle: So long, and thanks for all the fish

Author: Douglas Adams

Date Finished: 7/12/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

It was only August when I read the third book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, but I couldn’t wait any longer.  The whole series is absolutely brilliant and this book certainly lived up to the first three books too.  I am reading the books after listening to the radio series and I completely recommend both media!

This book actually offered quite a lot of content that was different (or so I remember) from the the quaternary phase radio series, which was surprising but nice.  The main plot was obviously the same, but some of the details were a bit different, which made me want to read on even more.  I do like the way Arthur is back on Earth wondering why it has suddenly not been demolished…we all know something fishy (ha ha) is going on.  The flying and the story about the biscuits are just two highlights that I remember at the moment, but the whole book was great.

We meet Fenchurch in this book, which is nice because it seems about right that Arthur gets a girl who likes him back after trailing hopelessly after Trillian for 3 books.  Fenchurch and all her weirdness are a breath of fresh air too, as she is human and the settings are on Earth for once!  It was also great to return to Marvin and the end and the whole mini-story with the rain god is brilliant too.

As you can probably tell, I am a great fan of the whole HHGTTG series and I am already reading the next (and final) book, Mostly Harmless.  Since I started reading the books about  a year ago, I have banned myself from listening to the radio series, so I am really looking forward to finishing the final book and finally getting back to listening again.  I seriously seriously recommend these books/radio series to absolutely everyone!

Deception Point – Dan Brown

deception pointTitle: Deception Point

Author: Dan Brown

Date Finished: 30/11/13

Re-Read? : First time read

Challenges? : No

Overall: 4/5 – rather good

Wow it’s been a long time since I had time to post on here!  I have been extremely busy with school work, including numerous interviews at universities all round the country!  Hopefully everything will calm down a bit now, leaving me with some time to read over Christmas, but with all the stuff going on musically and at church, I doubt I will get some peace and quiet for a while! Mustn’t grumble though: I love this season and it’s a privilege to be involved in so many different things! – busy in a good way, I call it!

Anyway, back to reading – I finished Deception Point at the end of November although it would’ve been a lot sooner if I’d remembered to pack it for my interview at Manchester University!! I spent 6 hours on the train on my own that day without a book to read…I was not happy! Nevertheless, I read it reasonably quickly once the story had gripped me and I did enjoy it, although at points it was ridiculously unrealistic.

The plot is designed to keep you guessing and gasping all the way through but was definitely ludicrous at points.  To be fair, I’ve come to expect this from Brown’s books and now I’ve accepted how ridiculous the storylines are, I can appreciate how masterfully he manages to keep the suspense building in every sentence on every page.  His books are very hard to put down, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need when reading.

The characters were pretty standard if you’ve read other Brown novels: a hero, a clever, attractive woman, a villain who is infallible until the end and a scapegoat who turns out not guilty at the end!  I didn’t particularly engage with the characters that much, but again, in these kind of books you are not really meant to.  This all sounds a bit negative – I’m not putting Brown down, I am just commenting that the format is quite predictable; it’s not a problem for me.

Overall, the plot was very unique (and silly!) and really did keep me guessing right until the very end and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good holiday read.  Thanks to everyone who still comes along to read this blog 🙂