New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon
By Stephenie Meyer

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 563
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 7
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect – not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning

After rereading Twilight I knew I wanted to do a complete reread of the series. It has been a lot time since I have sat down and actually reread these books and the nostalgia is real!

If you don’t know Twilight follows our main character Bella as she moves to the town of Forks to live with her dad after she decides that her mum should go with her new husband on his travels as a minor league baseball player.

Once there we are introduced to the mysterious Edward and the ever friendly Jacob.

Within the sequel ‘New Moon’ Bella is faced with hreat break and forced to move on, however instead of doing so Bella decides to embark on fixing motorbikes with Jacob. The development of the relationship between Jacob and Bella is one that I will always enjoy. Both are a little over dramatic but I was defnitely here for it when I read it in high school and I’m here for it now.

Although New Moon develops the character of Bella from the inital book, I don’t find it to be a positive development. She seems like a classic over dramatic heart broken teen, who really can’t function without thier ‘Soulmate’. It’s definitely not healthy but it is I woulf say accurate to intense teenage romance.

The setting of LaPush is one that I’ve always injoyed in both movies and books. It is such an interesting place in terms of its history and the community aspect of the peoples of the reservation. There was a developemnt of the mythology that surrounds the tribe as well as a progression from beleiving the myth to realising its reality. The scenery was definitely one that really does encaptulate me when it comes to the Twilight Saga.

Overall this reread is one that brings up so much nostaligia as a reader. I am deeply enjoying my time revisting the Twilight Saga and experiencing the characters again.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Overall: 4.5/5

Year-a-thon: January Wrap Up

January’s Year-a-thon theme was to choose a colour and then read books with that coloured cover. For this I chose Black. I felt like this left me with a lot of options of books to choose from.

Books I completed:

Books I’m still reading:

all up I completed 4 books and am continuing on with 6 for a total of 1,500 pages!

February

February’s reading dates are 10th – 16th and the theme is Finish that book or series. Which is a theme I am very excited about!

Did you participate in January’s Year-a-thon? What did you read?

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
Book #1 in the Twilight Saga

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date: 2006
Pages: 501
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

I am definitely a Twilight fan. Why would I reread something I didn’t like? I can also see why people don’t like it, to each their own right?

If you don’t know Twilight follows Bella Swan as she moves from Arizona to Forks, Seattle to live with her dad so her mum can travel with her new husband. She is initially miserable until she notices a mysterious boy, Edward. Suddenly Forks isn’t so boring.

I love Bella, I really do, but this time around I began to notice how she complained and what she complained about. Like the weather and that Charlie isn’t home. All things that no one has any control over, which leaves very little reason to complain. I can appreciate that it must be difficult to move to a new state and start at a new school but she really didn’t want to be there and definitely acted as such.

I found the backstories we got to be honestly the part of the story I really enjoyed. I couldn’t remember how I knew any of Alice’s back story and when it came up in the story I was so happy – I really wish there was a book about Alice, I would love that – I love reading about all their lives before hand, Carlile’s is another interesting one.

Forks as a setting is stunning to me. I am someone who loves the rain and the mountains so I am always in heaven reading books based in Seattle or Alaska.

Overall Twilight is a nostalgic read for me. Will I reread it again? probably. Does that mean that its a spectacular novel? no. But for me it will always be a go too.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Overall: 2.5/5

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

The Babysitters Coven
by Kate Williams
Book #1 in the Babysitters coven series

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: 2019
Pages: 368
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 10
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

oh the references! There were so many amazing references in The Babysitters Coven, I was in heaven! The story is littered with pop culture references and it was incredible.

The Babysitters Coven follows Esme as she discovers that there may just be something paranormal about her and her town.

The flow of the story was easy to read with little pockets of information dumping but nothing that made me feel like I was being bogged down with information. I felt I knew enough to continue to be engaged in the story and that I would learn more if I kept reading. This is a story recipe that always gets me, I am a reader that is always desperate to know more and understand the world as the characters begin to understand more.

Esme felt like a classic teenage protagonist with a passion for fashion and a classic nonchalant teen personality. The only things she takes seriously are babysitting and her dog Pig. I didn’t feel myself getting annoyed with her, even when sometimes her annoyance with her dad seemed unwarranted.

I really enjoyed the pacing of the story. There were times when things to be happening quickly, the book beginning on some intense moments, however I felt that even though these devices sped up the pace of the book a bit they really worked to grip the reader from the beginning.

The story overall gave me some crazy charmed/ Buffy vibes (one of which is referenced in the book) that had me enjoying my time with the story. I cannot wait for the next instalment!

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars: 4/5

Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Sheets
by Brenna Thummler

Publisher: The Lion Forge
Date: 2018
Pages: 239
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

‘Sheets’ was picked up as part of the N.E.W.T.S readathon for the prompt ‘a standalone’ which is was set to achieve an Exceeds Expectations in Arithmancy.

In a quick summery of the book, Sheets follows a ghost and a girl and what happens when the two worlds cross paths.

I really enjoyed the art style in this graphic novel. I felt as though it really added to the wholesome vibe of the read. The muted colours and the cuteness of the characters really complemented each other.

It was interesting to see the different worlds we begin in our world following Marjorie as she works at her parents dry cleaning store which is struggling after the death of her mother and her fathers inability to function fully while coping with his own grief.

I really just wanted to hug Marjorie. She has really been through a lot and has so much on her shoulders. Wendell is our adorable ghost character in this story and man oh man he’s a cute ghost! Their friendship is so cute and so perfect.

As a graphic novel this was a super quick read. I really enjoyed the cute fluffyness of the story and was just so happy the whole time I was reading.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 6/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Stars: 2.5/5

‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater Review

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
Book #1 in the Raven Cycle

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date: 2012
Pages: 409
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Paranormal
Days to Read: 4
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Booktopia Dymocks QBD

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Raven Boys fulfilled the prompt of ‘A Friends Favourite Book’ to achieve an Acceptable in Potions for the N.E.W.T.S readathon, which is what ultimately led to me picking it up.

In ‘The Raven Boys’ we follow Blue who is the daughter of a fortune teller who cannot personally see the future or make predictions, but she does have the ability to make other magic stronger. She is also cursed with knowing that when she kisses someone they will die. When Blue sits with other seers and see the ghost of a boy she is not meant to see its clear things are not as they seem and they are about to get even weirder.

Blue’s descriptions and demeaner throughout the story give the reader the feel of an airy girl who is quiet and even tempered. As we progress through the story however, Blue’s determination to do things her own way and work out the mysteries of her down becomes more and more clear with Blue becoming a stronger character along each step.

The town of Henrietta gives the reader a feel for the deep south in the USA in what feels like the 90’s. I honestly on’t know why I pictured that specific era, I think its the cars and the lazy vibe of the town. The detail in the description makes it so easy to see a vivid picture of where the characters are.

‘The Raven Boys’ is a book that I had been putting off reading for so long and I really wish I hadn’t! I honestly could not of enjoyed it more and cannot wait to continue with the series.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 6.5/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars: 4/5