Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Illustrated Edition

As with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition, I couldn’t not write about this book. I’ll skip all the spiel about how beautiful these illustrated editions are and just show you 🙂

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Jim Kay has once again provided beautiful illustrations to go alongside the Harry Potter story, this time Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (probably my favourite of all the books).

I think I’ll leave it there today, but I wanted to share some more of these illustrated editions! 🙂

 

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Illustrated Edition

I feel like I’m writing loads of book stuff on here again at the moment, I hope you don’t mind? I just couldn’t not talk about this book! A lot of people have said they aren’t interested in getting the illustrated versions of the Harry Potter books because they have the normal books. I understand where people are coming from on that, and why spend another £15 on a book that you already have, but honestly these illustrated editions are beautiful! Photo 28-09-2017, 20 38 34

The illustrated edition of The Chamber of Secrets was a great read, with so many pictures to look at. What I really love about it is how Jim Kay doesn’t go with the looks of the characters we know from the films, instead he draws the characters again using only the descriptions from the books.

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I actually think there are far more full page illustrations in “The Chamber of Secrets” than there were in “The Philosopher’s Stone” and they really are brilliant! I wish I could get copies of them for my room!

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All in all, if you can afford them I really would recommend picking up these illustrated editions of Harry Potter. I’m lucky in that they come out around my birthday so I just ask for them for my birthday. They definitely aren’t “portable” and they’re only books that you could have around the house but they are honestly beautiful and I love them so much!

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Would you be tempted to pick up the illustrated editions or are you happy with the classic paperback editions of Harry Potter? 🙂

The Fall (CHERUB 7)

I managed to get through this book in less than 24h, I really really love this book. This is possibly my favourite of the CHERUB books and I know I’ve re-read it several times now! 🙂 The CHERUB books are really enjoyable and so easy to read.

In this latest CHERUB adventure we see what happens when things go wrong. In all the CHERUB books so far we’ve seen missions that often go wrong, but in “The Fall” things go majorly wrong for James Adams as he is sent on his first solo mission away in Russia. After the two MI5 agents that James is working with go rogue James’ life is put in danger. Although James is successfully rescued after a couple of days on the run things get worse for him when he returns to CHERUB campus to find he is suspended from missions pending an investigation over his conduct in this mission that went wrong. With rumours spreading and CHERUB staff keeping things from James he struggles to keep his head up… Until he uncovers something which may put his mission controller in grave danger.

I love “The Fall” it is definitely my favourite CHERUB book and is full of drama and suspense. It has a great plot to it and you can’t help but feel sorry for all the characters at some point in this story, especially James when no one believes his story and his life as a CHERUB agent hangs in the balance.

I can’t wait to move on to Mad Dogs (CHERUB 8) soon 🙂

Man Vs Beast (CHERUB 6)

Now that I’m back home and have all my books here, I decided it was time to carry on my CHERUB re-read. So next up in the series was Man Vs Beast.

I remember when I got this book. I hated the cover and thought it was really creepy! But that said, I love the CHERUB series and this book was no exception. I think this is the first time that I’ve re-read this book though because it isn’t one of my favourites in the series!

In their latest mission James & Lauren Adams are faced with the realities of animal testing and the lengths that animal rights campaigners go to to stop animal testing. Caught up in a publicity stunt to highlight animal rights, James, Lauren and Kyle must think fast to get out alive.

Man Vs Beast is quite a dark book in the CHERUB series, especially towards the end. It will probably make you think about what you’re eating and the lengths that some people go to to defend their beliefs. As I said, it is definitely one of the darker CHERUB books and although I know it is just a story the ending is pretty disturbing!

But again, all in all this was a good book and quite a quick read and I definitely recommend the CHERUB books for teenagers (especially teenage boys).

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

I really like Carole Matthews’ books and “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” was one of her books that I was desperate to read. Swansea has this great WH Smith with a clearance section where they sell some older books for really cheap and I was really excited when I found this book for the bargain price of £2! 🙂

Lucy, Nadia, Autumn and Chantal make up the Chocolate Lovers’ Club and as soon as one of them has a crisis they can call on each other to meet at Chocolate Heaven, a little speciality chocolate cafe in the heart of London.

Lucy is having trouble with her boyfriend Marcus who says he’s changed, but he really hasn’t; Chantal is struggling in a loveless relationship where cracks are starting to show; Nadia is struggling to keep a roof over her and her son’s head because of her husband’s gambling addiction, while Autumn is having family issues.

As a group they definitely have plenty to talk about and help each other with!

I really enjoyed “The Chocolate Lovers’ Club” so much so that I’ve gone out and bought the next 3 books in the series already! The characters were lovable, especially Lucy and I really enjoyed going through all their dramas with them! Carole Matthews writes the characters really well and although the story was a little predictable at times it didn’t stop me enjoying it! 🙂

A word of warning though, if you do want to read this book and those that follow, don’t read the blurbs of the next book until you’ve read the first book because the blurbs basically contain spoilers! 😀

But all in all this was a great book which I really enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series 🙂

I Heart Forever

I was sooooooo excited for this book to come out 🙂 I love Lindsey Kelk’s books and I especially love the “I Heart” Series. So when Kelk announced her next book was to be the next in the “I Heart” Series I was sooooooo excited! 🙂 “I Heart New York”, the first book in the I Heart Series, was the first ever Chicklit book I read so I think these books will always have a special place on my bookshelf! 😀

I’ll give you a little flavour of the “I Heart” story. Angela is originally from the UK but after finding her boyfriend cheating on her with someone else at her best friend’s wedding, Angela takes off to New York with a small bag. Angela then meets Jenny and Alex (among others) and starts a whole new life for herself out in New York.

“I Heart Forever” is the latest (but not last) book in the series where we join Angela, Jenny, Alex and Erin again for their latest adventure. Alex heads off travelling, leaving Angela alone in New York. On top of that Angela is dealing with a crisis at work and trying to organise Jenny’s wedding for her. But Angela also has a secret she needs to tell Alex, but getting hold of him proves somewhat difficult!

I loved “I Heart Forever”, I mean I won’t lie, I don’t think there was as much story in there as say “I Heart Paris” but it was still a really enjoyable read. My only regret is that I didn’t have time to read through the rest of the series again before reading this book, “I Heart Christmas” came out in 2013, so a long time ago and I struggled to remember some of the story/characters! But that didn’t stop it being enjoyable. The thing with this series though is I think it is one where knowing the background etc. makes for a better read. I’m not saying you couldn’t read it as a standalone book, but I definitely don’t think it would make as much sense!

All in all “I Heart Forever” was a light, enjoyable read and I’m so happy it isn’t the last we’ll ever see of Angela and Alex 🙂

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

Nadiya won the Great British Bake off 2 years ago and since then she has written a couple of cook books, as well as this novel. I held off buying this for ages partly because it was hardback so really expensive, but also because very mixed reviews started to appear on Amazon/Goodreads.

When my friend finished reading it a few weeks ago she lent it to me to read so I was quite excited to see what I made of it!

The four Amir sisters – Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae – are the only young Muslims in the quaint English village of Wyvernage.

On the outside, despite not quite fitting in with their neighbours, the Amirs are happy. But on the inside, each sister is secretly struggling.

Fatima is trying to find out who she really is – and after fifteen attempts, finally pass her driving test. Farah is happy being a wife but longs to be a mother. Bubblee is determined to be an artist in London, away from family tradition, and Mae is coping with burgeoning Youtube stardom.

Yet when family tragedy strikes, it brings the Amir sisters closer together and forces them to learn more about life, love, faith and each other than they ever thought possible.

I was worried I’d get confused between all the characters as I have in some other books, but actually this book was really well written and I didn’t get confused at all. It was such a lovely storyline which kept me wanting to read throughout and I really loved all the characters. Especially Mae and Fatima.

It was quite an unusual storyline but actually it was really good and I didn’t find any of it predictable at all. I really loved Fatima and her little journey she went on, my only gripe is that I’d like to have seen more of Fatima’s story at the end.

But all in all this was a fantastic book and I’m so glad I read it and wasn’t put off by the mixed reviews! I really hope Nadiya decides to write more fiction books for us! 🙂

Have you read this book? If so what did you think?