Review: Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton

Title: Beyond the Wand

Author: Tom Felton

From Borrower to wizard, Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary. His early rise to fame saw him catapulted into the limelight aged just twelve when he landed the iconic role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

Speaking with candour and his own trademark humour, Tom shares his experience of growing up on screen and as part of the wizarding world for the very first time. He tells all about his big break, what filming was really like and the lasting friendships he made during ten years as part of the franchise, as well as the highs and lows of fame and the reality of navigating adult life after filming finished.

Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.

What an incredibly nice, down to earth guy Tom Felton is! I feel like I could meet him and have a decent, humorous conversation with him!

I loved listening to this, the honesty, his time before and during Harry Potter, the actors, his home life and the friends he made.

It was completely honest, unbiased and a delight to listen to.

Review: Reputation by Lex Croucher

Title: Reputation

Author: Lex Croucher

Abandoned by her parents, middle-class Georgiana Ellers has moved to a new town to live with her dreary aunt and uncle. At a particularly dull party, she meets the enigmatic Frances Campbell, a wealthy member of the in-crowd who lives a life Georgiana couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams.

Lonely and vulnerable, Georgiana falls in with Frances and her unfathomably rich, deeply improper friends. Georgiana is introduced to a new world: drunken debauchery, mysterious young men with strangely arresting hands, and the upper echelons of Regency society.

But the price of entry to high society might just be higher than Georgiana is willing to pay …

This had a total mean girls vibe and I was here for it!

Georgiana, left by her loveless parents with her Aunty, desperate for friends, falls in with a bad crowd, Frances, Jane, Christopher, Cecily (although she wasn’t too bad!)

However her eye is immediately captured by Thomas Hawksley…..and he has a story……

This was really quite a dark read for the time period it was meant to be in and was full of drunken parties and debauchery!

I listened to this in one day, really enjoyed it so will be getting the authors other books now!

Review: Happy Place by Emily Henry

Title: Happy Place

Author: Emily Henry

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week… in front of those who know you best?

Oh this was delish!

Wyn and Harriet go to their annual meet up/holiday with their friends……but no one knows they have broken up…..and it’s……awkward!

But what it also is, is glorious! I ate this book up in 1 sitting because I couldn’t put it down!

This book has it all, unbreakable friendships, happiness, angst, personal growth and, of course, a true love that’s a bit broken.

If you are a romance lover then this book is for you!

One thing about me is that I love a reread. I fell in love with this author and now Happy Place is my reread happy place!

TTT – Favourite Audiobook Narrators

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: Favourite Audiobook Narrators

I rarely know who is narrating an audiobook (yes, I’m rubbish!), so I am just saying my favourite audiobooks!

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim
Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Extraordinaires by TJ Klune
Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Who would you have picked?

Review: In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

Title: In the Lives of Puppets

Author: TJ Klune

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots–fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

‘What do you do if you’ve forgotten all you know?’

So here we have what this author writes superbly….our found family: Gio (Dad), Nurse Ratched (hilarious), Rambo (the vacuum!!) Victor – human and Hap – warrior!

They all live in a house in the woods built high in the trees. All is well until one day bad guys turn up and take Gio away and the rest of the gang go off in search to find him.

They journey through the forest, to a curiosity shop, to the City of Electric Dreams, to the Blue Fairy and to the Benevolent Tower and what they find (and find out) blows their minds!

‘Stick together
Run if we have to
No dallying.
No drilling.
And above all else, be brave.’

This was so sweet! It was heart-achingly beautiful! There were so many quotes I highlighted and I found myself so immersed I could’ve lent in and hugged Victor on many occasions!

Nurse Ratched was my utter favourite though. She is sassy, rude, inappropriate and totally hilarious!

‘Though you seem to be suffering from an intense anxiety disorder . But that is fine. We are all unique. Victor is asexual. Giovanni is old. And I have sociopathic tendencies that manifest themselves in dangerous situations.’

Another hit from this author and I’m finding myself humming ‘heaven, I’m in heaven’ all the time!

The Sunday Post – 23rd April 2023: a tiring week!

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week?

Happy St George’s day!!

This week has dragged by for me. It always happens the first week my son goes back to school. I think it’s all the rushing about!

My Mum also came down with covid and she’s been pretty poorly so I’ve been making sure my Dad (and my Mum) eat as he is useless in the kitchen and I mean can’t even work the microwave!

I’ve also started our menu for the King’s Coronation! For now, scones and cheesecake, both homemade!

What I’ve Read

The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent

Six Scorched Roses by Carissa Broadbent

The Wicked in Me by Suzanne Wright

🎧 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

New arrivals

None! Look how I’m growing 🤣

You might have missed…..

Review – The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
Review – Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Review – Liars Crown by Abigail Owen
Review – Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

What have you read lately?

Review: Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Title: Violet Made of Thorns

Series: Violet Made of Thorns #1

Author: Gina Chen

Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.

Violet’s wits may protect her in the cutthroat court, but they can’t change her fate. And as the boundary between hatred and love grows ever thinner with the prince, Violet must untangle a wicked web of deceit in order to save herself and the kingdom—or doom them all.

All the stars!

I absolutely loved this, was totally hooked and gorged it in a day!

Violet is a Seer for the King and deals in half truths and lies. Her childhood friend turned nemesis, Prince Cyrus, sees through these lies and there is tension, a lot of tension!

So when cursed Cyrus announces his engagement to some random, it all goes off and the prophecy comes to pass…..and Violet has to work out what side she is on.

As I said above, this was such a great read! I was so taken with the story and characters that I couldn’t put it down!

One character really stood out for me and that was Cyrus’s twin, Camilla! She is everything!!!

I think this is a series so can’t wait to see what happens next!

Review: The Liars Crown by Abigail Owen

Title: The Liars Crown

Series: Dominions #1

Author: Abigail Owen

Everything about my life is a lie. As a hidden twin princess, born second, I have only one purpose—to sacrifice my life for my sister if death comes for her. I’ve been living under the guise of a poor, obscure girl of no standing, slipping into the palace and into the role of the true princess when danger is present.

Now the queen is dead and the ageless King Eidolon has sent my sister a gift—an eerily familiar gift—and a proposal to wed. I don’t trust him, so I do what I was born to do and secretly take her place on the eve of the coronation. Which is why, when a figure made of shadow kidnaps the new queen, he gets me by mistake.

As I try to escape, all the lies start to unravel. And not just my lies. The Shadowraith who took me has secrets of his own. He struggles to contain the shadows he wields—other faces, identities that threaten my very life.

Winter is at the walls. Darkness is looming. And the only way to save my sister and our dominion is to kill Eidolon…and the Shadowraith who has stolen my heart.

Wow I loved this so much!

Meren and Tabra are twin princess and now the Queen is dead. However Meren is basically a hidden stand-in to protect her twin. One day pretending to be her sister, she is taken.

Meren assumes it’s the evil King Eidolan……but
what a guy the kidnapper is! Reven. The Shadow Wraith!

I must admit the magic system was a bit confusing as there was a few types but I got there in the end!

However here’s the stuff I loved:

~ The bond between the twins
~ The world building
~ Reven and Meren’s chemistry
~ The pace and plot were spot on
~ The secondary characters were fleshed out and totally likable.

Bring on book 2!

Review: Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Title: Love on the Brain

Author: Ali Hazelwood

Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project – a literal dream come true – Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school – archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas… devouring her with those eyes. The possibilities have all her neurons firing.

But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there’s only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?

I loved this book so much!

Bee gets a job running a NASA project with her old arch nemesis, Levi. She thinks Levi hates her and starts sabotaging her side of the project…..and her main question is….what would Marie do?

The rest is mis-communication, pining, Bee’s inner monologue and schexy times….and it was utterly delish.

Omg Levi! Levi! I think I love him more than I did Adam!

So this is short and rambling, but read this. You need this!

‘I love you, you are my home.’