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Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book

*For some reason, I hadn’t posted this.. from six months ago..*

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Purchase: Available in the UK and preorder for the US.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Great For: Romance

Themes: Disability, Romance, Strength, Emotion

Review: WOW. Yes, that is going to be the first word of this review. WOW…
Basically, I have seen this book floating around on Goodreads and YouTube, but I was a very bad person and judged a book by it’s cover.. I expected this book to just be one of those stereotypical romance novels that are all pretty similar.
I was wrong! Lesson learnt.

It turns out that I saw the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of this book and I watched it half way through and decided that I need to read this book urgently – so I stopped the trailer to save it from spoiling the book for me and off I went!

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This book just blew me away completely, it was such a great, captivating story but also so so sad at the same time.

To give you a quick little feel of this book: A man called Will (about 30-35 years old, I believe) has been in an accident and has become Paraplegic, he cannot move any parts of his body apart from his head and the tips of his fingers. He is miserable and feels like he’s just completely lost in life. It turns out that a woman (Lou) really needs a job and takes up a ‘carer’ job as she desperately needs the money. She looks after Will, has a very hard time at first as he acts quite rudely and blunt to her, making it even more difficult but eventually he opens up to her, which he hasn’t done with any other carers in the past!
That is all that I will leave you with, as there is so much more to the story but I do not want to spoil it for you all!

UPDATE: I have read the sequel ‘Me After You’ and yep, you’ve guessed it right – I cried through this one too! Click here to read my review.

Have any of you read this? How much did you love it? I haven’t heard one bad thing about this book at all – everybody on Goodreads told me that it was incredible from the start!
Have you seen the film adaptation? Let me know.

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Book Review!

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling

Purchase: Available in the UK and US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Who doesn’t love Harry Potter?

Themes: Magic, Battles, History, Family

Review: That’s right, the wait is finally over!
It was safe to say that I was waiting for the Amazon delivery man to arrive and I ended up finishing the book within hours. I couldn’t put it down!

So, this new novel is based on the new play ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ and is about Harry, his two sons and a daughter. They are off to Hogwarts to start their new adventure but they notice strange things going on with their son Albus..
Will we see people from the past? More encounters? Love? Death? You’ll have to wait and see for yourself.

And I’m not going to say anything else about the storyline, but there’s a lot of back and forth in the story and it is also written in a script format. I wasn’t too sure about this at first and I’m still not too sure, to be honest..
I found it a little difficult to keep up with each character (past, present, future) but I got there in the end!

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I really enjoyed this though and I cannot wait for some more Harry Potter related goodness! Sadly I haven’t got tickets for the play yet but I would absolutely love to see it, especially after reading this!

This book definitely brings back all of the ‘Harry Potter feels’ from the past novels and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

What is your favourite Harry Potter book and why?

Check out my other book reviews:

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Review: What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor Book

Title: What Milo Saw

Author: Virginia Macgregor

Purchase: Available in the UK and the US.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Great For: Young Adult

Themes: Struggles, Generations, Disability

Review: It’s been a long time, waiting for this book review but alas, it is finally here!
I have settled back down at home, been working and getting a routine back together – so now I can bring you all some more book reviews!

I was luckily approved on NetGalley to read this book called ‘What Milo Saw’ which is by Virginia Macgregor. I read the synopsis, thought it sounded like such a lovely book and bang! I applied for this book and boy, am I glad that I did!

This is a story about a young boy named Milo, who lives at home with his mother and his grandmother. One day, a fire breaks out in the kitchen and the fire brigade are needed, it turns out that it was his Grandmother who was responsible. Milo loves his grandmother so much and tries to help her out as much as possible, but his mother decides to place her into a care home after this incident. The story unravels from there, as Milo wants her to move back home but is unable to do so!

This is such a heartwarming story about a family and other people that they meet along the way. There are struggles, heartbreak, dilemmas, love and all sorts throughout this book – you can really connect with the characters in this and one very, adorable character too! (which I won’t speak about!)

I would highly recommend this book, it is such a uplifting story and a great read!

Don’t forget to follow Virginia on twitter, she loves to hear your thoughts! @virginiawrites

Check out my other book reviews:

The Trap by Alan Gibbons

Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was great to get an insight into how teenagers ‘come out’ and the struggles they face. I have a lot of homosexual friends and I have been with them through a lot, especially ‘coming out’, so I just found it so interesting to read this book and have highly recommended it to some of my friends. I think that they would enjoy to hear other views and struggles that people have had.

So like I said, this book is about a boy at high school who has been emailing another boy from the school, both anonymously as they both feel the same way and have started to have feelings for each other, without actually knowing each other in person. It turns out that they get closer and closer, but one person is ready to come out and reveal himself to the other, but the other isn’t ready yet.
But, this guy accidentally leaves his email signed in on a school computer and someone else finds his emails. They take a photograph of one and blackmails him with it.
It all goes from there..

So I thought I would leave it there as I definitely don’t want to spoil the book! But I would highly recommend this book, it has had a lot of attention from the book community recently.
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LINKS:
Amazon: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Kindle Edition: £2.99, Paperback: £5.59, Hardback: £8.69)

Harry Potter and the Illustrated, Beautiful, Hardcover of Loving Goodness?!

*These images are from Amazon*
I have recently stumbled across this gorgeous book, whilst I saw that Bloomsbury were releasing a purple hardcover, with golden pages of Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone full of illustrations which is beautiful – BUT it’s $270.
So I started to read the comments for people’s reactions and they all thought that is was very expensive, nice but too expensive. Somebody then posted a link to an alternative which looks pretty similar on Amazon. HERE IS THE LINK TO IT.
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It’s not going to be the same, of course. But it is still illustrated, has a beautiful hardcover and would look incredible on a bookshelf AND it is only £19.99! What a bargain! I just know that I need this book in my life, right now!
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LINKS:
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (Gift Edition)  (£19.99 Hardcover)

The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Book Review

I have never read The Wind In The Willows, so I ventured off to this super cute second hand book store called Hard 2 Find Books in Auckland and found this there. It was really cheap and I thought that it would be a great time to start reading it.
It is definitely not what I expected from this childrens book..
There were a lot more emotions and problems flying through the book than I thought would be, so I was a little surprised at the time!

It was still a good story and I think that it could show a lot of lessons to children whilst reading this, but I also feel like the end was very rushed. But who I am to say? 🙂

I still enjoyed this though! Have you read this or seen the film?
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Armada by Ernest Cline Book Review

The time has finally come! Ernest Cline’s latest book ‘Armada’ has been released, and obviously I jumped at the second it was on my Kindle!

As quite a lot of people know now, his first book was called Ready Player One and it was a massive hit, that it’s now being made into a film by Steven Spielberg! It was about a corrupt, dystopian world that was so bad, people lived their lives via a life simulator. They went to school on it, had jobs there but when the creator died he left his life’s earnings for the person that would complete the game and challenges he created inside this world. So, I was very, very excited for this next book!

It is not on the same lines as the previous book, but it still has some similar mannerisms such as using references to popular video games and sci-fi films from the 80s.
This book is about a boy that is in school one day, when he looks out of the window and sees an alien spaceship in the sky but it looks very, very familiar to him – like out of one of his video games that he plays very regularly. He thinks that he is going crazy, but one day it returns and actually lands to take him somewhere..
I am not going to say any more about this book, as it would ruin the storyline! But it is a great read and I almost cried at one point, too!

You can get this book from Amazon, at this link: (Hardcover £9.09, Paperback £7.99 and Kindle Edition £6.02)
I would definitely recommend this book to any nerds and sci-fi fans out there! I’m even going to leave a link to Ready Player One here too! (Paperback £6.29, Kindle Edition £5.98)

Have any of you read this yet? Did you like it as much as Ready Player One, or better?
I personally love Ready Player One a lot more, and shot straight up into my ‘Favourite Books’ list!
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