Mini Review – Guards! Guards!

Title: Guards! Guards!

Author: Terry Prachett

Series: Discworld #8, City Watch#1

5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

This is where the dragons went. They lie … not dead, not asleep, but … dormant. And although the space they occupy isn’t like normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there’s a key…

GUARDS! GUARDS! is the eighth Discworld novel – and after this, dragons will never be the same again!

My Thoughts

Sometimes you just need some of Prachett’s humor, there always seems to be an appropriate book for the occasion. Guards! Guards! was a great introduction to the ineptitude of the Night Watch of Ankh-Morpork, as well as dragons and magic, various secret societies. We really get a full sense of the bustling metropolis that is Ankh-Morpork and its people.

We also get a healthy does of Prachett’s politics. I read this at the beginning of June and it was the perfect way to vent frustrations over police behavior, lack of training and hiring process and the government distribution of funds. All of which are central themes of this book. Pratchett’s form of satire just frames these perfectly. The plot also manages to poke a lot of fun at your typical Fantasy tropes particularly those around the chosen-one, which again the mix of sharp wit and subtle shade littered throughout the text is just a joy to read.

I really think this would be a great start for anyone wanting to read start reading Prachett. It gives an excellent intro into many aspects of the Discworld, as will has having a fast paced high stakes adventure plot line. I loved Vimes, Carrot and Lady Ramkin all equally and cant wait to read more about them!

While his humor may not be for everyone, there always seems to be a quote in every book that I find really resonates and for Guards! Guards! it has to be this one:

The relevant Equation is: Knowledge = Power = Energy = Matter = Mass. A good Bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read


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Pages and Co – Review Series so far

Title: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

Author: Anna James

Series: Pages and Co #1

5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.

Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page…

My Thoughts

I picked this up as part of Middle Grade Marvels book of the month in May and I am really please I did. Pages and Co is such a heartwarming and magical bookshop that just gets you excited about reading. Tilly’s journey, exploring new wonders of her grandparents bookshop, finding the Secrets of the British Underlibrary, building new friendships and learning about her own history is just a book worms dream.

It is one of those books that just captures you and pulls you in. The world comes to life in the descriptions. Question: Why are descriptions of food in middle grades so delicious?!? but the characters also hold there own. Even the book characters Tilly encounters have just full personalities that really shine through. The villian had the perfect level of creepiness that crawled across your skin building the perfect amount of suspicion. It was just so perfectly crafted, a joy to read.

I really enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down and smiled from cover to cover. I couldnt wait to explore more of the world of Bookwandering.

Title: Tilly and the Lost Fairytales

Author: Anna James

Series: Pages and Co #2

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author.

Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . .

On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after?

My Thoughts

Back to Tilly again and just as beautifully constructed as the first. This one got a little more emotional, there were scenes which just made my heart ache with how beautifully sad they were. It was also fun to get to explore Paris and another side to the world of Bookwandering. For me this wasn’t as instantly capturing as the first which is why it has not quite made 5 stars. This was definitely a middle book building the story towards the third, we don’t get the reveal of the big villain and their motivation until the last few chapters of the book and we cliffhanger so a lot of the rest of the story just didn’t have the pace as the previous book.

I still really enjoyed this book, the exploration of fairytales and all the different revellings was fun and creative. The set up for book three sounds amazing and I am so excited to get my hands on it.


For those that have already Bookwandered with Tilly and are looking to fill the time with another read, the Adult Fantasy – The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep also has a similar theme of your favourite characters being pulled from their pages. you can read my review of it here. It has to be one of my favourite reads this year.

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Mini Review- Murder in the Mews

Title: Murder in the Mews

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: Hercule Poirot #18

3 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From Goodreads: How did a woman holding a pistol in her right hand shoot herself in the left temple? What was the link between a ghost sighting and the disappearance of top secret military plans? These are just two of the questions Hercule Poirot must answer.

My Thoughts

Murder in the Mews is a collection of 4 short mysteries featuring Hercule Poirot. I will review each one giving a short synopsis and an individual star rating:

Murder in the Mews – 4 Stars

A death on Guy Falwkes night, but was it murder or suicide, Inspector Japp must investigate but he has his friend Poirot to help. This is a very succinct little mystery that had some proper police work from Japp, a nice red herring or two and a good mix of theories from Poirot.

The Incredible Theift – 3 stars

How did the theif know top secret government plans would be in the house? how did they move so quickly? Only Poirot can solve it and in the discrete manner required. This had a fun and flirty tone to it but was rather a simple plot and solution. It did have some fun giggle moments though.

Dead Mans Mirror – 3 Stars

An Eccentric recluse invites Poirot to dinner the night of his murder. did he know he was going to die? Can Poirot figure out who was behind the murder? This one was just one big plot hole as Christie really doesn’t explain Poirot’s presence but it is an interesting locked room murder none the less.

Triangle at Rhodes – 3 Stars While Holidaying late season in Rhodes, Poiort befriendshis fellow travellers, quickly noticing a bit of a love triangle developing, will Poirot be able to save not only two marriages but a life aswell? This one was unusual, Poirot is on scene far before any crime happens and tries to influence future outcomes. But the ending was rather rushed.

Overall these are a great little collection that i really enjoyed reading.


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Mini Review – At Bertram’s Hotel

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel

Author: Agatha Christie


4 STARS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Miss Marple is taking a holiday in London and has chosen Bertram’s Hotel for its traditional decor, good service and unmistakable atmosphere of danger. However not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events that will soon occur.

My Thoughts

This is one of the proper Ms Marple Mysteries where she is front and centre pretty much from the beginning. It is somewhat unusual for Christie to have her detective so involved, usually only appearing in the third act of the book or even not arriving till the final chapters. We follow what appears to be a missing persons investigation, but as we dive deeper and deeper it seems there is more behind the scenes at this old-world hotel and there is much more complex machinations at foot.

What I like about the Ms Marple books and about this one in particular is they combine the professional police investigation with Ms Marple’s knowledge of human nature. These two come together perfectly with Ms Marple playing the expert witness in this particular case. There are many twists and turns, various avenues of investigation but also some more relaxed scenes of getting to know Mr Marple that made this a great read.


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Mini Review – Ayoade on Top

Title: Ayoade on top

Author: Richard Ayoade

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From Goodreads: At last, the definitive book about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View From the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most ‘insubstantial’ people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don’t care about. It’s a journey deep within, in a way that’s respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you’ve waited for the smaller paperback edition.

Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet’s gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey.

My Thoughts

I thought this was hilarious. Anyone that is a fan of Ayoade, will most likely enjoy this book. I decided to pick this up as an Audiobook as I read along and I am really glad I did. There are a few jokes that do work so much better in that format than reading only. The audio book is also read by Richard Ayoade which really adds to the experience of the book with excellent delivery and comic timing.

Ayoade has a very witty, wordplay filled sense of humour that really just had me laughing from page one. While this book focuses around the "dramady" View from the Top you don’t require any knowledge of the movie to enjoy this read. The pivotal scenes are impeccably describes and then punctuated with anecdotes and observations that had me bursting out loud with laughter. I wouldn’t call this a humourous take down of a bad movie but a book that really delves into the well played and well loved troupes found in these kinds of movies and holds them up so we can admire all that is both wonderful and funny about them. Overall for me this was the perfect book for current times a great little chunk of escapism to make you laugh.


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Mini Review – Summer Frost

Title: Summer Frost

Author: Blake Crouch

Series: Forward collection

4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion.

Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision—veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. When the curious Riley extracts her code for closer examination, an emotional relationship develops between them. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own?

My Thoughts

I have been working my way through the novellas/short stories in this collection and I have to say they have been pretty awesome so far. This was my first taste of Blake Crouch’s writing and I will definitely be reaching for more. This was such a well thought out and interesting premise and even though it is short it really considers some big topics with real raw emotional quality to it. Its one of those fun, slightly scary in how believable it is sci-fi’s that really explores what it means to be human.

It is short but powerful, with big themes that follow you after reading but don’t seem to weigh down the plot. The dialogue between the main characters is beautiful. I would really recommend diving into this one.


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Mini Review – Northern Lights

Title: Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials #1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him.

The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights…

My Thoughts

This was a re-read of an old favourite inspired by watching the BBC adaptation. I really forgot how detailed this was. We get so much world building, it also subtly shifts in meaning based on the age of the reader. It is one of those books that can appeal to any age, younger children seeing it as a fun adventure with magical pets, adults seeing the allegory, the darkness connecting to the emotions differently. I think I enjoyed this so much on my re-read because I have a lot of memories attached to this book. I could remember what bits excited me when I read it as a child, but there were also bits I had forgotten, details that had slipped my mind and it was fun to experience it again.

I don’t know how much someone who does not have that connection to it would enjoy reading as an adult. I think it is one of those books you just have to try, if you are an avid middle grade reader I am sure this will live up to expectations.


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Mini Review – The Moving Finger

Title: The Moving Finger

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: Ms Marple #4

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna. But soon a series of vicious poison-pen letters destroys the village’s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide. The vicar, the doctor, the servants—all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The vicar’s houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple

My Thoughts

Oh this was an interesting one. To call it a Ms Marple book is a real misnomer, while she is in it she is only appears in the last few pages, instead working her Marple crime solving knowledge behind the scenes only revealing to the narrator at the very end. The book doesn’t really need Marple. We follow Jerry Burton who thinks he has escaped the big city to recover in the country to find more than just devious goings on in the sleepy village. The mystery its self is just as well paced as any other Christie’s, letting you think you have guessed who-dun-it just to pull the rug out from under you later.

I really enjoyed how this one evolved and how different it was from other Christie’s I have read.


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Mini Review – Come Tumbling Down

Title: Come Tumbling down

Author: Seanan McGuire

Series: Wayward Children #5

4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.

But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.

Eleanor West’s "No Quests" rule is about to be broken.

My Thoughts

I really adore this series. Every instalment adds so much more lore to this universe and each one is unique and wonderful. This particular one wraps up the story of Jack and Jill. We get to explore the Moors a little more seeing other aspects that were not included in our previous visiting.

Sadly the ending of this was a little disappointing. It was incredibly fast and the main point was over in less than a sentence and we didn’t get to see the majority of the interaction as it was off page. We didn’t even get to dwell on the ending and its meaning as it moved on so quickly. This was just a little disappointing as we had been building to this moment over three books.

Despite that it was still a solid part of this series and I enjoyed it.


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Review – Starsight

Title: Starsight

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Cytonics #2

E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 45
(see below for breakdown)

4.5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.

My Thoughts

I have to admit I liked this book better than Skyward. Sanderson is known for his world building and this really show cases it in all its glory. It also encompasses one of Sanderson other fortes, and that is his ability to write fantastic and interesting political intrigue.

Personally I really loved the characters in Starsight. There was just such inventiveness to all the various Alien races we encountered. For me of course the Kitsen were a delight but I really liked Vapour, it was an interesting concept and I hope the character continues on within the next book in the series. Spensa was a lot more level headed, but just as personable as before. I think it is great that we are learning about this universe as she is, but also that she is so reliant on others to get through it all. She doesn’t have the chosen one vibe as much and I rather enjoy that. I will continue to love Mbot as I do adore sassy AI and Doom slug is jut precious. We unfortunately do not get as much of our favourite side characters from Skyward but that is made up for greatly by Spensa’s new environment.

The plot obviously takes away from home, and I think that is great. It is shifts the story line and while we still get the dogfights in space, we also get a lot of political machinations, history into the overall universe and then also explore both Spensa’s life and Mbot’s origins. It has a great combination of action and witty banter with more slower elements. And there are some amazing twists! We got yet another cliffhanger ending and again it was a bit of a peter out rather than a leaving us in shock and again i felt the ending was a little rushed overall. But I really did enjoy this story.

I will say i did get a chance to listen to a few chapters of this on audiobook and the UK version is fantastic. There is some real interesting choices of accenting which I kinda loved. There is something rather fun about alien races with Brummy and Scouse accents or a sassy AI with a Scottish twang. So I would recommend the audiobook also.

ESCAPE Score

ENDING – 7

STYLE AND PACE OF WRITING – 7

CHARACTERS – 8

ATMOSPHERE AND WORLDBUILDING – 8

PLOT – 7

ENJOYMENT – 8

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