Pokémon GO Book Tag

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The Pokémon GO book tag was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. I myself am a huge fan of Pokémon and was thrilled when the new game came out, so thanks to Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks for tagging me (my first tag so quite excited here).


I read quite a lot as a child, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and various fairy or unicorn books, but the one that really got me into reading was probably Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell. I remember reading this with my parents (a chapter each – very confusing for my parents because they took turns, meaning they’d both miss chunks of the story). I can’t remember a lot about it, except that the story was brilliant, with excitement and laughs (also the book is huge for a children’s book so must have taken an age to finish).



Not 100% sure if this counts as an ‘iconic classic’ but it’s definitely classic and I think it’s pretty iconic, so there we go. The Call of The Wild was my first favourite book (and is still up there in the top 5 at least). I don’t even know the number of times I’ve read it. I love the story so much – pet dog gets stolen and sold into the sled-pulling business, where he then fights to become top dog and eventually escapes and lives free (like a wolf). It is a beautiful and moving tale which I will never tire of reading.



Don’t hate me for this, but definitely Harry Potter. I’ve seen all the films and I think they’re brilliant, but with films, a theme park, and a seemingly endless series of books and spin-offs, I just don’t feel any desire to read them. Never have and not sure I ever will. Besides, the films are good enough that if I really fancy some Potter, I’m more than happy to settle down for a movie session instead. Controversial, I know.



For this one, I’m going for the Penryn and The End of Days series, as it is your typical teen-angst fantasy series – very reminiscent of the Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent series’. We have all the important ingredients: a spunky teen heroine, a forbidden romance (in this case, with an angel), and a wider conflict (humans vs. angels). BUT, in my humble opinion, Angelfall and the following books do it so much better. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Twilight and the Hunger Gamers (Divergent, not so much) but I had massive problems with the quality of writing and the likability of certain characters. In this series however, the characters were cool – not whiny and weak at all – and the story was great. Plus there was no annoying love triangle, which is super refreshing for this genre!


An obvious choice, but I’ve had A Game of Thrones waiting on my kindle for almost 3 years now and I just can’t bring myself to start it. It’s so huge and there are other things I’d rather read, plus I’ve been watching the TV series so don’t feel any pressing need to get reading the books as well. Plus I know that there are so many more instalments in the series, once I start I’ll be at it forever.




I do most of my reading at night, so this is pretty tricky because technically, most books keep me up at night. However, one that sticks in my mind is As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Glaister (one of my favourite authors), not only because it was so gripping that I did stay up too late reading it, but also because the story is so sinister and creepy that I didn’t get a lot of sleep for a few nights after finishing it. Lesley Glaister is a phenomenal writer, and I would recommend any of her books (especially this one if you want something a bit different).




I’m not all about shipping and fandoms etc. Characters either go well together or they don’t. But if I had to choose, I’d pick Stephanie and Joe from the Stephanie Plum Novels (One For The Money, Two For The Dough, Three To Get Deadly, etc). Stephanie is a bounty hunter and Joe Morelli is her cop boyfriend, and they are a fab couple. The only problem is Ranger, Stephanie’s mega hot bounty hunter friend, who causes a few issues between Stephanie and Joe – but you can’t really blame her. He is super fine.


Tyler Keevil’s The Drive is the story of a road trip gone horribly wrong, filled to the brim with bizarre encounters and bad decisions. It’s fast, exciting and addictive, and the hero, Trevor, is the kind of character you really find yourself rooting for (despite his many flaws and stupid choices). I bought this on impulse at the airport before going on holiday, and I’m so glad I did. It’s entertaining and extremely well written.





This is a hard one because, once a series is ended, I like it to stay that way. Its frustrating to think you’ve completed a long series, only for it to keep going with side characters and whatnot. Plus a lot of the time I don’t really bother with spin-offs, I usually just stick with the main story. I would say however, that if Christopher Paolini ever decided to add anything to the Eragon series, I’d be happy with that.




The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. I bought this randomly, having never heard of it before and thinking it would just be a nice, easy, fairytale-style read, and it ended out becoming one of my favourite books. The Woodcutter is made up of a mixture of traditional fairytales, which is so easy to get wrong, but Kate Danley does it beautifully in a magical and suspense-filled addition to a difficult genre.




The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has received a lot of hype and has been recommended to me on numerous occasions. Lots of hype quite often puts me off but I have heard good things and the blurb makes it sound right up my street. I am looking forward to starting this series – I just hope it can live up to the hype!





One I can’t answer. There are no collector’s editions that I’m aware of that I wish I had. As long as all my book covers in a series match and they’re all either hardbacks or paperbacks (ugh mixing those up is such a nightmare for my bookshelf aesthetic) then I’m happy!


Again, I’m sorry but there aren’t any debut novels I’m waiting for right now. To be honest I’m not very good at keeping on top of new books and new authors – as much as I try to.


Joanne Harris, 100%. I haven’t read all her books yet (there are a lot) but so far I haven’t found one I didn’t love and if I want to read something I know I’m going to enjoy, she’s my go-to. Her style is flawless and she’s written stories on such an amazing range of different topics, you wouldn’t think they could all be by the same author.


I’m cheating a bit here, because I haven’t actually been waiting for this book for that long, it just feels like forever. Christmas at the Cornish Café by Phillipa Ashley is Part 2 of the Penwith Trilogy, due in November 2016. I loved Part 1, Summer at the Cornish Café, where we met Demi and Cal and I’m really excited to read about them more in the next instalment.




That’s the Pokémon GO Book Tag complete! (It took forever). This was great fun to do – very clever to theme the questions on relevant Pokémon!
I tag: chicnerdreads | Rant and Rave About Books | booksaremycwtches | TeacherofYA

If you’ve already done this tag or don’t want to do it, please feel free to ignore me – I won’t be offended!

WWW Wednesday: What’s On Your TBR?


I saw this on RantandRaveAboutBooks‘s blog and it looked like a fun idea, so thought I’d give it a go!

All you do is answer the 3 W’s:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

LOTRReturnSo at the moment I’m reading The Return of The King (the third and final part of The Lord of The Rings trilogy). I am aware that I’m very behind the times with this one, but I adore the movies and decided it was about time I actually gave the books a go. I’ve really only just started this one but I am loving the books just as much as the films, and it’s been nice to see just how true to the books the films actually were in the end.



Recently Finished Reading:

51gnbGZJu7LI just finished reading Her Forget-Me-Not Ex by Sophie Claire. It’s a typical fluffy chick-lit and, honestly, not very good. But it was pretty short and easy to read so I made it to the end. I’ve already posted a review for this which can be found via my homepage (it’s the last review I posted, so should be easy to find).




Reading Next:

Recently I keep buying all the super cheap books Amazon offers me, which means I’ve built up a bit of a stack of quite similar sounding titles. Reading too many similar stories can get quite tiresome, so I’m trying to mix them up a bit (one genre here, another there) but waiting to be read next are…

So that’s that! Feel free to share your thoughts and give this a go (and leave a link to your post in the comments so everyone can take a look).

Her Forget-Me-Not Ex – Sophie Claire

51gnbGZJu7LTo be honest, I’m not even sure why I got this book. It must have been on offer. As you can guess from the title, it’s a breezy chick-lit, but unfortunately not a very good one. I stuck with it because it’s not very long and I have read worse, but I probably wouldn’t recommend this one.

Natasha is shocked when her ex-husband, Luc, turns up out of the blue asking her to pretend to be his wife for two weeks in France to meet his family while his father is in hospital (yes, the storyline is that bad). She agrees and spends a pretty jolly fortnight at his family’s chateau where -shock- she and Luc begin to have feelings for each other again. No prizes for guessing how the story ends.

Sophie Claire’s writing isn’t bad, so it’s a shame the story is so terrible, although there was too much description for my liking and a lot of focus on things like what colour Natasha’s dresses or nails were. There also seemed to be an unnecessary amount of angst and stress considering that Natasha was basically having a lovely, free holiday, and even managed to rebuild her relationship with her ex. Like, come on girl, stop complaining. If you’re looking for a light and easy romance book you could certainly do worse, but I wouldn’t suggest you rush out and try this one.

The Language Of Spells – Sarah Painter

untitled.pngGwen Harper is a witch. When she inherits the house of her great-aunt Iris, she’s pulled back to the village of her childhood. Inundated with visitors seeking magical assistance, Gwen tries to squash her reputation and refrain from using her powers, but she can’t resist helping people. However, not everyone is thrilled that she’s back, and someone in town seems to have it in for her. After a couple of break-ins and hexes, Gwen is forced to face up to her abilities and do whatever she can to stop her mysterious enemy from hurting her and her family. (It’s fairly obvious who the baddie is, but I won’t spoil it).

To begin with, I wasn’t particularly keen but fortunately the story did pick up and I found myself quite taken with the characters and the storyline. Alongside the magic and drama, there is, of course, a romantic aspect. Local lawyer Cameron Laing (Gwen’s childhood love) plays a big role in helping Gwen to settle in, and to deal with the strange things that begin to happen. There’s also a large focus on family, as Gwen reconnects with her niece and non-magical sister.

Sarah Painter’s writing flows, while the magical aspects are not too farfetched or overdone. There are a couple more books based on the characters in The Language of Spells, which, to be honest, I’m not dying to pick up but I’m sure will be quite easy, enjoyable reads like this one. It’s a fun book, with magic, wit, drama and romance. I would recommend this for lovers of magical realism (but I have read better).

The Girl Who Lied – Sue Fortin

29959030Erin has spent the last ten years hiding from her past, but a family accident draws her home to Ireland where she’s confronted by Roisin – an old friend who has discovered the truth. As Roisin threatens to reveal Erin’s secret tensions rise and, when Roisin goes missing, Erin and her family are immediately under suspicion and the long-kept secrets start to come pouring out.

Roisin’s character has no likeable aspects. She is, essentially, crazy (although with fairly good reason). Erin, on the other hand, is likeable and believable. There’s some real depth to her which makes the story more realistic. Once again there’s a horrible boyfriend, but luckily there’s also Kerry – a local who Erin starts to develop feelings for and who makes her feel like maybe her childhood town is not so bad after all. Kerry has his own difficult past and their relationship goes into turmoil as they struggle to understand each other.

The main themes of The Girl Who Lied are secrets and family, particularly the lengths that family will go to in order to protect one another. It is cleverly written, full of suspense with some good twists (which were a bit predictable but effective nonetheless). The only criticism I have is that the narrative voice changes abruptly sometimes. The majority is written from Erin’s perspective, but occasionally it jumps to third person in order to follow other characters. This was not particularly smooth and took some getting used to, but once I did I then stopped noticing it.