Archive for the ‘Book Reveiws’ Category

So, as Zoe and I have been making videos this month, and we’ve done one everyday so far, I thought I would share a couple more with you here, so you are kept up to date.

(A Book (Graphic Novel) Review.)

This one is about FairyTales and their writers. Sort of, and my EPQ.

And lastly, this one is about my Favourite Female Literary Friendships, or some of them. :) I would recommend all of you guys making such lists. It’s fun and a nice feminist exercise.

Anna-Marie. xx


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So. Recently I read a book called Blood Red Snow White, which was about the Russian Revolution of 1917. It reminded me how much I love Russia and all it’s brilliant tales, and words. Because Marcus Sedgwick, the writer has such a wonderful way of expressing himself it was a pleasure to read. I utterly loved it and REALLY want to learn the Russian language, for all it’s description and magic.

It was about the Children’s writer Arthur Ransome. And I think I would give it 4.5 stars. Yup. So everyone go and read it.

Here is what it looks like: (isn’t it pretty?!?)

Exams are fast drawing to a clos with me, I only have three left to go, so that’s GREAT! : )

Once summer starts I shall write more in my posts I promise….. : )

Hope your having lovely mondays!

Anna-Marie xx

P.S I’m 27 books done out of 55 : ) http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3782022-anna

And my youtube channel is up and running, if a leetle slowly… http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolaterockz/featured

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A while ago, I did a post on Howl’s Moving Castle the anime film, and I enjoyed it a lot. A little later I discovered that it was a book, written by Diana Wynne Jones- an author I had been wanting to read for a while, I asked for the book, and no surprises, read it.

The first things to know are that:

a.The book and film are different

b. The story could be seen as childish, but I don’t think that the book, or the writing should be labelled with ages. It can be read and enjoyed by young and old. s long as they all have enough imagination….. : )

So, onto the reveiw:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was fun, silly, imaginative and full of brilliant and creative ideas. It was my first Diana Wynne Jones and I will DEFINITELY be looking out for more of her work.

The plot was intricate and I felt like she had really allowed herself to experiment: play with characters, settings and plot. The writing seemed so free, in a childish way, which rather than seem annoying only added to the hilarity and detailedness (Shhhh…. it’s a word) of the story. I could not second guess anything.

My favourite character is hard to choose, I love Calcifer, Sophie, Howl, Michael and Percival; they are all such warm and vibrant characters, almost as vivid to me as if they were truly flesh and blood.

The world building was great- a mix of old ideas ad fashions with new ones, magic, witches, demons so forth.

After loving this book you will be happy to find out that there are two other Howl books:

  1. Castle in the Air
  2. House of Many Ways

The story is an intelligent potion of poetry, myth and invention. I recommend this to everyone.

Oh and I’ve decided not to rate books on my blog, because it’s too hard and each book should be taken by itself. Yeah.

Hope you enjoyed my reveiw  and here’s a synopsis (although, I don’t think it’s a good one..): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294.Howl_s_Moving_Castle

Love Anna- Marie

P.S. I’m going MAD revising at home everyday!!!! AAAHHHH!


Here I am:




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So keeping the fact that I want this to get more bookish, here is my School Newspaper’s reveiw of The Fault in Our Stars. I wrote, in case you didn’t realise that.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Whilst reading the Fault in Our Stars I felt a mixture of interesting and conflicting emotions. The characters and writing are able to pull such strong feelings and thoughts from you, like sadness, pity and at some points prompted real laughter. Although it was written by a thirty-seven year old man who has created the voice of Hazel Grace in an incredibly honest and at moments in a heart-breaking way.

The characters, namely Augustus Waters are believable, and with Gus, likable, cool and sweetly goofy. The language is also wonderful, with a great array of different quotes and sayings. The characters go from swearing unseeingly, to thinking complex and existentially fraught thoughts, with this mix the book is thought-provoking and made me re-examine how I should and want to live my life.

Two particular quotes within the book capture my attention, one is this:

“Say your life broke down. The last good kiss

You had was years ago”

I like this quote because I feel it represents the whole basis or ethos if you will of the book and I think it’s the most important idea to take away from the book.

The second quote is from Shakespeare and was the inspiration for the title.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves!”

The book is full of vibrant life in spite of and partially due to death which only adds to its charm and brilliance. It examines the realistic side of cancer and “dying of” as Gus says.

My only problem was, unlike the readers before me who assured me that I would cry, I did not. I felt that the portrayal of grief and unhappiness was insufficient and therefore did not induce my tear ducts to take action. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that a good book is one that makes you cry, but I felt I should cry, and by not doing so I was then detached from the characters.

Nevertheless a great read and one that I would recommend to any teenager, particularly one living with cancer.

Hope that was okay, See you later,

Anna-Marie xx

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