A little late with this one, March is sitting in my drafts too, life is definitely running away with me. I'm genuinely only writing this now because I'm procrastinating writing an assignment and I'm too full of gummy bears! Despite that, I do enjoy writing these little reviews so I hope y'all enjoy reading them, they're definitely some of my favourite posts to read!
The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine.
You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice…You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!
**** Four stars, I enjoyed this book. It was quite light hearted, for younger readers (despite the obvious themes of child labour and stealing, these aren't described in a dark way at all) this books is fun and thrilling. It kind of reminded me of Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman, probably because of the strong, young, female character and maybe the era but don't quote me on that, I am an awful historian. I would like to read the next in the series too.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...
***** FIVE stars, this book is amazing. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout, I read it within days and have ordered the sequel. A bizarre new world, people separated by the colour of their blood, the magical powers almost makes it unrealistic but the characters sucked me straight in and I became hypnotised by their story. A definite recommendation.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo.
This guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).
With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this book featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
**** Four stars, some of the ideas were a little too bizarre for me but overall this book has had a drastic effect on our home. I haven't followed her rules exactly, just taking on a few ideas, and have thrown away countless bags of rubbish, unused bits & bobs and clothes. I like the 'only keep things if they bring you joy' manifesto, I have definitely incorporated that into my life and even my Mama has made comments about how much tidier our home is! I do, however, think I am somewhat addicted and am constantly thinking 'What can we throw away next?' I am itching to tackle Colin's side of the bedroom and the boys' toys!
How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer"...but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!
*** Three stars from me, though the boys would probably give it five. We've been reading a chapter a night as a bedtime story and have since moved on to the second book, the boys think they're absolutely hilarious and are completely obsessed with dragons so this was a definite thumbs up.
Also read, but not pictured:
- El Deafo by Cece Bell. ****
- The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne. ****
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. ****
- The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence. ***
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. ***
- One by Sarah Crossan. *****
- The Worst Witch Strikes Agin by Jill Murphy. ***
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. *****
- After You by Jojo Moyes. ***