Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Wee Reviews #1

Hello everyone! Some of the feedback that I got from my 2015 reader survey suggested that I should review more than one book in the same blog post. People said that they would like to read posts like that a lot more than just singular book reviews. So I'm going to try it out for a few blog posts and see what you all think. I'm going to be sticking to three books per blog post, I think this is a good number. Last month wasn't a great reading month for me as I didn't really enjoy most of the books that I read. This is definitely not the case this month as I have given all the books that I've read so far 4/5 stars or 5/5 stars. I'm also halfway through two other books as well so I definitely seem to have gotten my reading mojo back! 

The Periodic Table by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon 


Ok, I am a massive chemistry nerd so lets face it, I was never going to not enjoy this book. The book takes things page by page and talks about each element at length. It also has some absolutely stunning photos of the elements, especially some of the metals. So gorgeous! It does lump all of the transferium elements together at the end which is a bit annoying but at the same time a lot of these elements have very similar properties and as they only exist for very short periods of time it could get fairly repetitive very quickly! There is a page dedicated to pretty much each element but some of the more interesting or useful elements have two pages. I actually learnt so much from reading this book. I can't believe that I've gotten this far into my chemistry degree without realising that the elements Germanium and Polonium were named after Germany and Poland. I feel a bit dim now!

What I liked the most about this book was the writing style. This is a non fiction book but at times the writing was very informal which was actually so refreshing. The writers make jokes about things which definitely appeals to me as a reader. The book describes where the elements got their names, when and where they were discovered and what their uses are etc and whilst this was interesting reading too many at once could get a bit boring. So the humour was such a nice way to break up the book. This is the sort of book that you can read all the way through or pick up now and then and flick through to whatever catched your eye.

Obviously I'm not going to go and recommend that everyone should go and read this book as it won't appeal to everyone's tastes. But I thoroughly recommend it if you have an interest in chemistry or just science in general. I gave this one 5/5 stars and I really enjoyed reading it!

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison* 



This is a young adult, contemporary fiction novel about two teenagers who are in the summer between high school and university. The novel is told in a split narrative between the two teenagers, Hannah and Sam, who are both worrying that they won't get into their first choices. This book talks a lot about virginity so is maybe not the best for younger/easily offended readers. Both of the characters feel like they have to lose their virginity before going to uni and they set out to try and find the right person to do so with. That being said the book also features friendship and family a lot. One of my favourite character's was Hannah's gran who was a very fun and eccentric lady! She kind of reminded me a bit of my gran, who doesn't dress very modernly but I do feel like I can talk to her about anything.

I read this book in one day. I found it the be so addictive that I didn't want to put it down! One of my favourite things in a book is when there's an 'enemy' to the main character and that enemy is so well written that I start to feel really annoyed/angry at them. There were a few characters in the book that made me feel that way! If you don't like YA romance then this definitely isn't the book for you but its something that I absolutely love in a book. I found this book so easy to read and that I was either smiling whilst reading it or getting annoyed at the right bits. Another thing that I really liked is that Hannah and her group of friends go on a girls holiday to Kavos and Hannah doesn't enjoy it. I know that I really don't fancy a girls holiday style thing and the media always portrays them as the best thing ever so I think its good to see the other side of things.

If you're a fan of young adult books that feature romance then I'd really recommend this one. I like that it doesn't skip over sex like a lot of YA books. It's a realistic part of growing up that people want to ignore. I gave this one 5/5 stars and its one of my favourite books of the year.

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald 



I've wanted to read this one for a while and when I saw that it was on buy one get one half price in Waterstones I really could not resist. In this book a boy goes missing and after a while everyone gives up on searching and presumes he is dead. Apart from his younger brother and his best friend. I think this book is aimed at slightly younger readers and it is quite short but the writing style was really beautiful and descriptive. The boy who went missing baked amazing apple pies that everyone believed were 'magic' and that's where the title comes from. I love the cover of this book it's so pretty!

This book was really good and I found that I could read it really quickly because I was desperate to find out what happened at the end. However when we got to the end I found that things ended quite abruptly and I found myself thinking 'is that it?'. This book is quite short, exactly 200 pages, so I definitely thought they could do with some more explanations towards the end to help settle everything down. The characters in this book were really great and well thought through. The way that some of them acted was at times a little unrealistic however. After reading this book I can't actually tell if this was contemporary fiction or if there was a fantasy element to it as well. I don't want to give away too many spoilers but as some things were happening I was like 'wait is this real life?'.

The Apple Tart of Hope was a really fun and quirky book that I enjoyed a lot. I want to give this one 5/5 stars but because it was so short I only gave it 4/5 stars. This book could have easily been 50-100 pages longer and they could have added a lot more detail into the book, especially towards the end!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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