My fave books & reviews

red herrings I absolutely LOVE stuff like this! It’s really more of a reference book than a ‘sit and read’ type book but, if like me you like discovering the origins of sayings, then this is the book for you. I have dipped into it so many times that I am now the font of all knowledge when it comes to unpicking the hidden meaning of particular phrases…and also the last person anyone wants to sit next to at a dinner party! This is one of my most favourite books.

saved by his furry shorts I don’t think I’ve read all of the books in this series…but only because I couldn’t get my hands on all of them! They are fantastic and I’ve raved about the others in the series here on Goodreads. Basically, if you manage to get through it without laughing you must be doing it wrong! Ha ha I’m kidding, I bet you’re brilliant at it 😀 These books are light and funny and I’d definitely read them again if I needed a pick me up. Brilliant.

then he ate my boy enhancers Again, what can I say that I haven’t said already about the other books in this series? These books are so open and honest and, although aimed at the YA market, entertaining whatever your age! Well, you know, I’d say over 13 anyway! They are so funny and very clever and a real joy to read.

knocked out by my nunga nungas I can’t remember what order these books go in but I don’t think I even picked them up in order and it really didn’t matter in the slightest. I was immediately laughing out loud and unable to put it down. So easy to dip in and out but so funny you just want to keep on reading. I absolutely LOVE this series! Well done to such an amazing writer, I wish I could write like this!

angus thongs Yet another brilliant read from Louise Rennison, who captures what it is to be young, at school, surrounded by odd grown-up behaviours and with one real thing on their minds – boys! So funny. I really love all of these books and I would and have recommended them to others. Give them a go because I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I kept trying to retell bits to others but, sadly, most of the time the very clever humour got lost in translation. I won’t highlight any particular bits, clearly I’m not so good at that, but I hope you discover these gems. Such a laugh!

dancing in my nuddy pants This is soooooooooooooooo incredibly funny! I’ve read a few of the stories in this collection and the sense of humour and style of writing is absolutely fantastic and laugh out loud. I truly loved these books and the characters are so full of life, with their very own strange language, you can really connect with them and all that they deem of major importance in their very young lives. Brilliant, a real must read.

Print I try to read as widely as possible but until this book the only superhero stuff I had ever really been into was Superman. I initially wondered what I would make of a collection of stories about normal people (albeit sometimes a little bit gross) with superhuman powers. Well, I can tell you, I would definitely do it again, and I am planning on doing just that! Having read this book I am going to go back to the beginning and have another go, because I am sure there will be things I have managed to miss along the way.

There are many depths to this book and I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is that I felt hooked by. It could be the fact that in places it’s almost poetic in its descriptions, but then there’s also the obscure and varied powers that the characters posses. I loved the ease with which I could pick it up and dive in and the entertainment value that could be gained in such a short sitting. It may even be that, for me, this book feels much more than fantasy superhero stuff – it feels more like the writer’s view of the world and the people that occupy it, explored through the medium of bizarre individuals with often grotesque powers. You could simply read it at face value and be entirely happy, but I couldn’t help but see something deeper in almost everything that was written – I found that quite fascinating. The stories made me stop and think, smile, laugh, almost cry and shudder in places.

The superpowers were brilliant and mind blowingly creative, but I think the characters and themes could stand just as well on their own, and I think that is quite rare and clever. Take Superman for example: without the phone box, space flying, world spinning stuff he does, he’s just a guy in an office who fancies a woman who hasn’t even noticed him. So plain and underwhelming is he that when he puts on a pair of red pants and takes his glasses off she STILL doesn’t notice who he is! J. J. Anderson’s characters are already quite bizarre and interesting. They have personality, odd lives, quirky styles and varying wants, needs and desires. I’d so love to see what he could do with Superman!

Trailer Park Juggernauts is a thoroughly entertaining read and I would recommend it not just to people who like sci-fi and fantasy but to anyone who has an interest in society, psychology and the fascinating and often strange phenomenon that is people and human behaviour!

DAVID-COVERv8 What can I say but, WOW! My first love, when it comes to reading, is factual and biographical work and it pretty much always has been.

As a mother with a son this book really shook me to the core and by the end I was crying. The thought that as a parent you can’t always be there to ensure your child makes the right choices and you can’t always save them when they make the wrong ones is a very hard thing to comprehend. I found the account of the author’s turbulent life to be really well written and, despite how sharing some of the things might influence some reader’s, I found Mr Perlmutter to be completely frank and open and at no time does he try to play down any culpability for his actions. When he’s been less than clever he holds his hands up and says ‘I’m an idiot!’ but he also wants people to know that for some things in his life he was wrongly accused, and I can truly understand why.

This is a painfully honest insight into his life during a period spanning just a few months, a period when his world, and that of his family, was completely rocked. I sensed everything that was happening to him and I paced the incredibly long and arduous journey with him too, constantly fearing what might be round the next corner or waiting for him at the end.

This is a story I am likely never to forget. I was riveted, stunned, heartbroken, genuinely worried and in many places I even found myself smiling and laughing. I would like to thank David Perlmutter for sharing his story and I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Brentwhistle When I first picked this book up my initial thoughts were that I had probably never read anything quite like it before. Upon finishing Brentwhistle the Dragon I can confirm that I was correct!

I like to be exposed to different styles and genres because, as far as I’m concerned, that’s what reading is all about. This book was another ‘first’ for me. I wondered how a story about dragons that lived alongside humans would work and how sport could come into it too, but I can say that it all fitted together quite neatly, turning out to be a real feel good story that would be suitable for anyone from teens through to adults. I’m not really into sport, and after my senior school years the word ‘hockey’ makes me wince with pain, but the accounts of matches, the adrenalin and camaraderie that accompanied it all actually made me feel like giving it another shot. Peter and his two friends were perfectly well formed and all had distinct personalities of their own.

The only downside really (and it’s only really a downside if like me you get funny about how long it takes you to read a book and where you do and don’t feel comfortable breaking from a read) is that there are few chapters. This means that each one is quite long and I work better with chapters that are shorter and allow me to pick it up, read a couple, and put it down again without having to cut my read short halfway through. That being said, when I did get to sit and read, I really enjoyed joining Peter on his journey to solve the mysterious goings on at work, and was quite fascinated by the extent to which some writer’s imaginations stretch! Amazing! I would happily recommend it to my friends that love dragons and fantasy fiction and, in fact, I have recommended it already.

Happy reading and very well done on this lovely dragon tale of yours, Mr Cude.

new yesterdays I really enjoyed this book. I love experimenting with different genres and themes because you never quite know what little gem you’re going to find or get a taste for next. New Yesterdays didn’t disappoint in this regard. I really didn’t know what to expect but I was more than a little intrigued by the synopsis; A young boy travels back in time and is suddenly faced with the power to change the face of the future…to include his own.

This story is written beautifully with lots of facts that I found absolutely fascinating. I always used to read biographical works, always felt I should be learning something new from each new reading experience. One of the many great things about New Yesterdays is that I came away feeling like I’d gained an insight into the way of the Cherokee Indians, and what a beautiful, respectful and fascinating picture the story illustrates. The main characters were left for a while as the plot gained momentum and I missed their company but, what was fantastic, was that I easily recognised each one again when they returned and it was like they’d never been away! I do believe this is a shiny example of great characters.

I found New Yesterdays to be warming, entertaining and gripping and it even made me cry at one point! A very lovely read and I’m so glad I picked it up!

the colour purple This is a heart wrenching story of a young, abused and painful life. This book, and indeed the character of Celie, stays with you forever. It’s disturbing, haunting and inspiring too. Such sadness, such strength, such a touching read.

silence of the lambs Oh yes! I read this book when I was too young to read this book and it both completely freaked me out and showed to me just how thrilling and frightening a book can be! The writing style is inspirational and I really loved this story, fantastic!

we the accused I would read this book again! I absolutely loved the story; dark, twisted and full of suspense. I couldn’t put it down and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about characters on the run and getting away with murder!

the endless steppe Another most amazing read about a young girl and her family and the struggles people go through in order to survive. Exiled to Siberia to live the next five years on the endless steppe, making a living however they can, walking bare foot, sewing in the dark and weeding potato fields. This was such a harrowing and touching story. Once you have read it you will never forget it and you will always be grateful for the human spirit and the will to survive.

frost in may Wow this book captures convent life in all its starkness. Mere children offering themselves to their lord before they even know what they want from life. So much is expected from them but little Nanda Gray is strong and determined to do well. This is a really touching story about a girl that does everything to conform, but will it be enough? I cried so much at the end. The story has always stayed with me.

vampire diaries Book two in the series and, again, I loved it. I wouldn’t have kept reading the series if I hadn’t! The characters are so strong and the storyline quite gripping! Loved it.

vampire diaries 2 I loved the Vampire Diaries series! Once again I became really attached to the characters and so found the TV series a bit hard to convert to initially, as the main character is a bit different, but I got over it and ended up loving both!

the understudy Now I have gone for ‘It was amazing’ because it was, although I did find the ending a little disappointing. However, that being said, the book is very real (all the way through) and so the ending actually was true to life. Life is rarely chocolates and roses so I can’t praise the book for telling a most laugh out loud story that I could relate to completely and then mark it down because I wasn’t so keen on the ending, which was totally believable and in keeping with the rest of the book I have to say.

the painted lady I really felt for everyone in this book! Times were pretty hard, with the back stabbing, the pressures to perform in many different ways and I felt the author captured the time and place perfectly. I really felt like I was there and was fascinated by all the snippets of information Haran had dropped in to make this book real and fitting. She had clearly done her research and it shines through. I read this very quickly and at times I really struggled to put it down.

the edge of reason Book two for Bridget and I was so glad she was back! This book had me in absolute stitches! I have read both books more than once and I may well read them again!!!

Project Overkill (1) Up until Project Overkill I hadn’t really had much experience with magic, but I was about to embark upon a spine tingling journey.

As the synopsis tells us there are quite a lot of intense sex scenes and I can confirm that these make for a pretty hot read but, although these are written superbly, it’s not all about the sex. So many other things happen to feed your imagination and build on the tantalising storyline! Project Overkill moves back and forth through time and location but the main characters are developed to such an extent that it works perfectly. I worried initially that I might get lost, that I wouldn’t keep up, but only occasionally did I need to double check a name, time or place – it certainly didn’t take me out of the story at all.

The fight scenes at the beginning were handled with real insight and it gave me a great feel for our main character, Mike. I really liked Mike and ohhh what a lucky chap he is! There were a couple of bits where I felt uncomfortable with what was happening and in one of them the characters did too. One eerie scene in particular resulted in me reading the rest by day! Sign of a great book!

Project overkill ticks so many boxes; it excites, it thrills, it makes you laugh and, above all, it makes you want to keep reading. This is a fab story and, as a result, I give it 5 very shiny stars. Very well done, Mr Shaw, and thank you for introducing me to such clever and magical writing.

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. First Night Design • Rogues & Vagabonds
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 15:13:12

    Thanks so much for following. I’m following back!

    Reply

    • jesssturman
      Feb 20, 2013 @ 15:15:31

      Ahhh thank you! It’s lovely to be following, just getting to grips with it all at the mo! 🙂

      Reply

  2. wolfydemons
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 12:40:08

    if you want something a little Off-The-Wall from your usual reads, Try Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, probably the best book ive read by far!

    Reply

    • jesssturman
      Feb 28, 2013 @ 20:22:46

      Ooooh thank you! I’ll check that one out when I’ve finished with the epic, bedtime read 😀

      Reply

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:37:39

        youre welcome, War and Peace if i remember correctly from your facebook right?

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:42:44

        Yeah that’s the one and it wiped me out again last night! Awesome! Loving it, I hope it doesn’t change 😀

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:49:33

        haha! must have been good, taking the night off from reading, drawing instead….

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:56:38

        Cool! You draw too? I’d so love to be able to draw. I can do bits and bobs but I’m a copier when it comes to drawing, otherwise it’s just swirls and intricate doodles. I’d love to be really artistic, that would be fab! What kind of thing do you like to do?

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:59:48

        yeah, i write, i draw, i photograph, im teaching myself guitar…
        anything that comes to mind with drawing, sometimes Nishikigoi, sometimes roses, sometimes swirly, sometimes steampunk influenced… it depends

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 22:32:21

        That’s brilliant! Honestly, that is so cool. I am to be able to draw one day! 😀

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 22:33:58

        just keep going at it, im not brilliant, i just go where the mood takes me… tonight its roses and swirly

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 22:40:40

        That’s lovely and I’ll bet it’s really relaxing too. Do you ever post your pics and drawings up anywhere?

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 23:01:12

        it can be… i do, on Instagram (661lkb) and link them to twitter (@CrowOwlDove) and facebook (Lauren Wolfy Brender)

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 23:02:35

        I will look you up on Twitter and check them out then. I’d love to see 🙂

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 23:05:26

        its a shame you dont have instagram, it would be easier to find them then 🙂 i think you might follow me already…

      • jesssturman
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 23:06:24

        I thought I did but I’ve just found you and it seems I wasn’t so I am now 😀

      • wolfydemons
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 23:06:53

        awesome, ill check in a sec 🙂

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