Top 5

Top 5: Book Covers Of 2018

Happy Top 5 Tuesday bookworms!

As we wrap up this year, I reflect on my overloaded phone gallery of all the stunning books I read this year! And WOW there were some B-E-A-UTIFUL ones!

In no particular order;

1. Circe by Madeline Miller

Not just a beautiful story, but also a stunning book.

2. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This story was heartbreaking but look at the naked shiny!!

3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Creepy AF. But the book gives me serious fairytale feels. Also the engraving on the hardcover. #swoon

4. Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (New Editions)

I am a massive fan of the queen! And I read Six Of Crows first then read the above trilogy, but OMG the new paperbacks are so modern and pretty and they are floppy paperbacks! I LOVE FLOPPY PAPERBACKS.

5. A Pocketful Of Crows by Joanne Harris

I read this in a day. An awesome take on the Triple Goddess origin told in a fairytale-esque way.

Special Number 6. Six Of Crows Special Edition by Leigh Bardugo

I do not have this in my grasp yet, but it will be mine and when they do the special edition of Crooked Kingdom I will buy that too! If I am gonna collect any book series, they are gonna be Bardugo books!

If we don’t speak before Bookworms, I wish you a merry Christmas/a wonderful rest of December 8)

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Blogmas · Get To Knows

Blogmas 2018! Get To Know: Book Blogger @bookbugworld

Hello bookworms!

Welcome to my first blog of December and Blogmas! I know 15 days into the month and this is my first post but I have been partaking in the 12 Books Of Christmas with Narah Quinn and have been very active on Instagram 8)

I met Rejitha on Twitter after asking what Blogmas was/is, (I’m so new to book blogging, can you tell!?!?) and from there we decided to host each other on our blogs.

So without further ado, big love and thanks to a new book blogging friend, Rejitha of BookBugWorld.

We each sent each other 10 questions and then replied with our answers. I’m gonna take this moment again to thank Rejitha again for hosting and holding my hand through my first ever blogmas.

1. Where did you get the inspiration for your username?

When I was a kid people used to call me “bookworm” just to undermine my academic achievements. I used to take it as an insult but as I grew up I realised that I am indeed a bookworm (just not the academic kind). More like a bookbug devouring one and hopping off to the next. So it only seemed fair to call my world of books “Bookbugworld”.

2. What is your favourite bookish quote? (doesn’t have to be from a book)

“You don’t read, you don’t understand. You don’t know what it’s like to live in a different world, to travel on great adventures through the galaxy with people you know better than your own family, to live and die with them. These are my friends, my best friends in the world.” – Brick Heck, The Middle (TV series)

3. Do you have a favourite book? If so, do you collect different versions of it?

Funny you ask this because I am debating over whether or not buy a hardcover of one of my favourite Sophie Kinsella books. “Twenties Girl” to be exact. Sophie Kinsella books are my favourite. “I’ve Got Your Number” and “Twenties Girl” top that list. I am yet to start a collection but it can totally happen!!

4. Other than blogging and reading, what other hobbies do you have?

Binge watching!! I know… but it is so addicting. Can’t help. I love listening to music, especially A R Rahman songs. They are my favourite. Once in a blue moon, I actually sit down and learn to sing my favourite songs as well. I’m not sure if that counts as a hobby.

Yeah, basically music and binge watching.

5. Do you have any WIPs? If not, have you looked into writing a book?

I have written a few fanfictions based on an Indian TV series under a different pen name but I am not going to talk about it here. It is like my two worlds colliding or something. But writing a book is definitely on my cards. I have a notebook where I jot down my ideas, some plots, characters, scenes etc. I am trying to find a niche at the moment. I didn’t know and I’m still not sure if that is an important thing or not. But the struggle started ever since I decided to write something worth publishing. In short, yes I am trying to come up with a plot line for now.

6. How do you and you family/friends celebrate the holiday season?

We don’t have a winter season here in Kerala. But the whole place gets into the Christmas vibe by the first week of December. There are fairy lights, stars and Santa Claus everywhere you look. ,Occasionally we have friends or family visiting us around this time because it is vacation time for kids. At office we get to pick our own Christmas friend and in return get our own secret Santa. Then we have the young kids in the town who form a Christmas Carol group and go every door singing songs (which are mostly religious lyrics in some popular songs that we have in our movies!!) It is fun watching kids dressed up as Santa, the Wise King, Angels and baby Jesus himself. And when they leave they give us orange candies. The whole month is festive as if we are bidding farewell to the year in a warm way.

7. Do you have any traditions for the season?

At home, we don’t celebrate Christmas in a religious way because we belong to a different faith but we do have our very own Christmas traditions. Plum cakes and homemade wine is basically our Christmas tradition. Gifting plum cakes to friends and family is the most common tradition we have around here during holidays. I would like to add the wine to go with it. Then we all sit and watch Christmas movie which is overloaded in every TV channel. I know it doesn’t sound fun but it actually is!

8. What is your favourite Disney/animated movie?

Frozen!! I just can’t “let that movie go”. I have a strong bond with my sister and that movie has always been close to heart for the same reason. Besides, I love winter particularly because I haven’t had that much winter experience.

9. What book/book series do you recommend to everyone?

One book that I would recommend everyone to read will be “Flipped” by Wandelin Van Draanen. This is a middle-grade book but I think it resonates with people of all ages.

10. Do you have any auto buy authors?

Sophie Kinsella. I don’t wait for the reviews or buzz. If I come to know that her book is out I will probably buy it. The next book will be out on February and I’ve already marked it on my Amazon wishlist.

Again, again and again, thank you so much Rejitha for answering the above, I love all your answers and I will definitely be checking out Sophie Kinsella and Flipped by Wandelin Van Daanen. Wishing you a wonderful season and I am hungry for plum cake now!

Please check out the wonderful Rejitha of BookBugWorld I love her website so much!

I will hopefully have another blog before Christmas! Speak soon bookworms 8)

Monthly Wrap Ups

Reading Wrap Up: November 2018

Hello Bookworms!

How is your prep for the holiday season? I am so behind it all, only half my presents bought, NONE of them wrapped, but for all of December on the even days of the month, myself and my book loving friend will be giving each other a book from the pre-determined categories in my 12 Books Of Christmas post! But for now, as I had a relatively good reading month. I thought I would do a Reading Wrap Up post.

Books I read in November: 5/6ish…kinda…

At the beginning of November I had just started reading The Lanterns Ember by Colleen Houck. I actually wrote a review! (This is missing from the featured image at the top because I have lent it to someone! Spreading the joy!)

After finishing the perfect fall read, I read Heart Of Iron by Ashley Poston! And AHHHHHHHHHHHH! FIREFLY MEETS ANASTACIA! LIKE OMGOSH! (I promise this is happy screaming) From the first chapter, I was hooked, this was an excellent, wonderfully written, heartbreaking, gosh-darn-it most awesome damn Sci-fi read of my year! I loved it, I loved it, I’ve already pre-ordered Soul Of Stars, I loved it!

I finished Heart Of Iron whilst travelling to Lanzorote for a family vacation/holiday! I then started Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron. I enjoyed this, Attack On Titan is one of my favourite animes and is currently on its third season and is having a break right now. It was a simple, YA romance with some of the events from the original first and second season happening around the 2 main characters, Rosalie and Jax, Rosalie is from a rich family, Jax was a farmer before the titans breached the outer walls and it follows Rosalie working under Jax in the Garrison Corps. I just found it comfy and fun, it was nice to revisit the AOT world whilst it’s on hiatus!

I’m really disappointed in this book. I admit, I bought it purely for the cover, but I had to DNF at 58%! There were plot holes and I kept getting lost in the writing style as it was so unemotional, the premise was there but the finished product just left me feeling… bored. Please go check this out for yourself as this is my opinion only 🤓

I then moved on to finish Vol. 1 of Black Butler, this is the first manga I ever bought in January 2017 in Tokyo! I’ve been saving it and reading it here and there and finally finished it just after my holiday.

Next I started a book from my book challenge, I only have 2 left to complete and after reading a scathing review of Everless (and another of Caraval on Goodreads) and letting you guys decide on Instagram what I should read. I read Everless. And. It wasn’t horrendous. It wasn’t great. But it wasn’t bad. I love the concept, but the main character Jules, was very single minded and I couldn’t relate to her. Other characters brought some depth but the storytelling stunted whatever interest they sparked. If I was to rate it out of 5, it would be 2. I may pick up the next instalment of this series but I don’t think the concept will stay with me long enough.

And that’s it for this month! I will be finishing off my reading challenge in December and then I will have 10 new books to read all before Christmas day! Keep your eyes out for my Instagram stories to see more about the 12 books of Christmas.

Till next time, keep reading 🤓

Uncategorized · Book Reviews

The Lantern’s Ember Book Review #6

Author: Colleen Houck

Publishing House: Hodder Paperbacks

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. 

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

This is legitimately the best autumn/fall read I have ever read! It has every element I needed after the book hangover I left behind (Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor). We follow Jack and Ember through their journey into the Otherworld. These simplistic names and ideas made this book so cosy, I only wanted to read it whilst wrapped up with blankets and tea. And I’m going to be honest with you, I bought this book purely for the cover!

Colleen mixes many different myths, legends and tales from all types of cultures, from Will-o’-the-wisps to Jack O Lanterns, Dracula’s origin and even Nessie (The Loch Ness Monster)! Every time one of these moments cropped up, I smiled that little bit more, Colleen was able to drop these so effortlessly they became part of the story too.

If I had found or read this book any other time of year, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it quite so much. But starting it on All Hallows’ eve eve (30th October) it gripped me and wrapped me up in its creepy simplicity and swallowed me by its easy reading language.

I have lent this book out to a friend, hoping they will love it as much as I did! I would recommend reading this book when you need a cosy, semi-fast paced, simple story to cuddle up to.

That’s all from me my bookworms, I’ll be back with a reading wrap up in December. Till then, keep reading 🤓

Book Challenge

Book Challenge 2019

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our Book Challenge 2019. I still have 2 books left to read for my 2018 challenge, but I’ve already started planning for next year!

The rules are the same as this year’s challenge;

  • No doubling up on challenges with books (for example, reading a spooky/horror book on a Kindle, does NOT complete both challenges because the rule is no doubling up!)
  • No loop holes! Ex. A book with a male protagonist meaning the MAIN protagonist in the story, not a split viewpoint.
  • Any challenges not completed, means 2 books to be read in that category in 2020.

We are tough but fair. 8)

  1. To read a book on Kindle (or any other form of reading app)
  2. A horror or a spooky story
  3. Read a book tagged historical or about time travel
  4. Read a book with a male protagonist (or a male author)
  5. Read a book with a knife or sword on the cover or a war in the story
  6. Read a book of short stories
  7. Book based on a fairy tale (retelling or variation)
  8. Book with a number in the title
  9. A book that has only 2 stars or under 5 ratings on Amazon or Good Reads (or your preferred site)
  10. A book from the perspective of a non human or animal
  11. A book with a colour in title or the author name
  12. A holographic book

And there it is, another book challenge. I am 4 away from my Goodreads Challenge as well which is 30 books for this year!

Good luck everyone with all your book related challenges! Also, stay tuned on my Instagram and Twitter as of Dec 2nd it’s the beginning of the 12 Days Of Christmas! You can find more about this here.

Happy November Bookworms!

Speak soon xx

Top 5

Top 5: Favourite Witches From Books

Must be the season of the witch! Another Top 5. I was inspired by @bionic_book_worm to start these Top 5s. And I am feeling the Halloween/Autumnal vibes! So below are my favourite witches from books.

1. Franny & Jet from The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I adore Franny and Jet and having watched Practical Magic, multiple times, I really enjoyed reading about the earlier life of them and their brother(!) Vincent. I am yet to read Practical Magic as I heard the film and books share few similarities.

2. Diana Bishop, Sarah Bishop & Em Mather of The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery Of Witches has recently become a TV series via Sky, with Deborah Harkness involved (and starring in some excellent cameos) this series differs enough from the story so I can watch without feeling like it’s ruining the books. Sarah and Em are Diana’s aunts and their relationship is beautiful. I really enjoyed the books and I am looking forward to seeing where the series goes. Also Marcus (a vampire) is utterly adorable in both series and books!

3. Maguerite, Aurora and Hazel Swan from The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

These 3 sisters are not technically the main characters of The Wicked Deep, but they stuck in my mind. At first, the story felt very Hocus Pocus like however it was not longevity that these sisters craved but love. I loved the splicing of the past and present in the different chapters and my heart will always ache for Hazel.

4. Circe from Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe is an excellent, incredibly well written book about a Grecian witch called Circe. I read it earlier this year and wrote a review, what I loved the most was her, Circe, strong, independent and honest. She hones her craft through adversity and pain. She is born godspawn but becomes so much more. It’s a wonderful story.

5. Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

OMGosh, Mildred Hubble was my spirit animal when I was at school, being the weird, strange, mess of a kid Mildred Hubble made me feel normal! I watched the series and read the books (whilst hiding out in the library at school) and yes, it is a middle grade book series but it is awesome and cute and a great way to introduce younger readers to a supernatural, magical world.

And there is a Bonus Number 6 this week. EVERY SINGLE WITCH from The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

Ok, so this is a bonus, because I cannot pick 1 or 2 or even 3 witches from the Harry Potter series. Of course, Hermione is on the list but I also adore Bellatrix, as sick and twisted as she was we leant something from her. Luna, making even the strangest of people seem normal and always having a nice word for those in need even if it is cryptic as hell. Professor McGonagell, strict, smart, loyal and secretly loving. Every single witch, in the Harry Potter series is my favourite. Except Umbridge. Umbridge has no fans.

Thank you very much for checking out my Top 5. If you have any ideas for future Top 5s, give me a shout I would love to try them out.

Happy reading Bookworms B)

Book Tags

Finally Fall Book Tag 2018

I have seen this book tag everywhere and I subsequently tagged myself to participate. I found this on The Bibliophagist so make sure to check out Sara’s blog. It took me a while to fill this out as I have not felt it to be Autumn yet, September flew by so fast, half a late summer warm, the other half a winter cold. October has truly brought the autumnal weather to the UK. At least that is how I feel. So, with fall/autumn finally upon us, lets get into it…

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!

Shadow & Bone Trilogy and the Six Of Crows Duology! I love the Grishaverse, the world, the characters, and the stories. The map of the Grishaverse doesn’t even touch on the magnitude of the world that Queen Bardugo created.

Nature is beautiful…but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak I cried so much whilst reading The Book Thief and then a year later I picked up The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman and I was never more broken by a book! The heavy weight that grief leaves within you poured out of this book in certain parts and Alice Hoffman wrote it beautifully.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

How Not To Give A F***: Understanding & Defeating Social Anxiety by Harrison Wolf. I learn something new every time I pick up this book, I wouldn’t be the same person in social situations without having read this book. Short, sweet and full of the kind of perspective my anxiety ridden brain needs when its running amuck!

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

Honestly, anywhere on a pirate ship, whether it’s Elian’s (To Kill A Kingdom by Alexander Christo) boat or Sturmhonds (Grishaverse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo) flying contraptions that also float. Put me on board with a pirate crew and I am in my happy place. Rum, sea and a boat.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

I openly admit I have not read all of the above books but there are several in this pile that are perfect Fall reads!

  • The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Prequel to Practical Magic)
  • Tales Of Mystery And Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Daughter Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black is written from the perspective of Taryn, Jude’s twin sister, (main character from The Cruel Prince) and its an open letter and her side of the story during The Cruel Prince books events. I was not a fan of Taryn, but The Lost Sisters opened my eyes to her reasons for her actions. So, there’s that. (The Wicked King is out in 88 days, 8th Jan 2019!)

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Ok, so the creepiest read, I have read, is still The Haunting Of James Hastings by Christopher Ransom, this is a book that genuinely made me hold my breath for more pages than not. A quick synopsis, “James Hastings once enjoyed a lucrative but hollow career pretending to be someone else. But when his wife Stacey dies tragically behind the Los Angeles mansion she so lovingly restored, James finds himself alone, spiraling into grief, and haunted by a familiar menace that is not ready for him to move on. Salvation comes in the form of Annette Copeland, a beautiful widow who moves into the house next door.” Sounds good huh?

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I remember, I got sick, I was about 11 or 12 years old and I was bored of lying in bed feeling sorry for myself and picked up George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and having read a few Roald Dahl before I settled down and read it cover to cover. Even now when I get sick, I think back on Georges Marvellous Medicine and the fun it would be.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I received Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza in my first ever Fairyloot, I bought the second when it was released earlier this year but I am yet to revisit them. Revenge, Sci-Fi and full on conspiracies! “Sixteen-year-old Crown Princess Rhiannon “Rhee” Ta’an is the Rose of the Galaxy, the only survivor of a crash that killed her parents and sister. Rhee is out for revenge, certain that Crown Regent Andres Seotra betrayed her family and plots to take over the throne.”

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading accessories!

I like rainy days, coffee, my reading playlist and my makeshift tub chair in my personal library/office.

Because I completed this tag a little late in the season, I won’t be tagging anyone, but please do take it as an open invitation to complete if you so wish.

Thank you for checking out my blog, if you would like to complete this tag, give me a DM on Twitter or Instagram @bythe100thpage or via email isis.waterstone@gmail.com

Happy Reading bookworms B)

Book Blogging Blogs

Sunshine Blogger Award o(≧▽≦)o

Sunshine Blogger

I was nominated by wormswormy for the Sunshine Blogger Award! So a massive thank you to wormswormy I feel so lucky to be apart of the book blogger community and awards and nominations like this are such sweet recognitions.

The rules for the award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

So without further ado, lets get into it!

1. What is your favorite scent?

I was asked this quite recently, I love the smell of leather, coffee and whisky. But also the smell of books, new, old, used. All the book smells.

2. What is the saddest book you ever read?

The Rules Of Magic by Alice Hoffman, she is an amazing writer, but also one of the cruelest. The Rules Of Magic is the prequel to Practical Magic.

3. Night owl or an early bird?

Night owl absolutely, I can read all the way into the early morning, but I also like sleep and the dark 🙂

4. Who is your favorite villain?

Maleficent. Shes awesome, over dramatic, and composed. She is a pillar of stoic beauty and she has a raven.

5. Would you rather live where it’s extremely cold or unbearably hot?

Extremely cold, I can warm up easier then cool down.

6. What is something you firmly believe in?

My core values, I have no religion or doctrine, I believe in myself and that way I am responsible for my actions and my mistakes.

7. Tell me something that brings a smile to your face and something that makes you sad!

My husband, raccoons and corgis always make me smile, and any kind of animal cruelty or injustice makes me sad.

8. Cats or dogs?😂

Cats! But I do love Corgis!

9. If you were an alien from which planet would you come from?

Pluto! Mostly I love the cold and an underdog, and Pluto has both!

10. What is one of your favorite tropes in books?

Sassy sidekicks! Love them! Human, animal, fairy. Male or female. All of them!

11. Just for the sake of it who came first the chicken or the egg?

Egg. I think.

My 11 book bloggers nominate;

Narah @WillandWork

Shanah @BionicBookWorm

Shruti @Shruti|ThisIsLit

BookishBitch @BookishBitchsBlog

Shirley Cuypers @ShirleyCuypers

The Spellbound Librarian @TheSpellboundLibrarian

Aparna @TheThoughtScribblersBlog

Jen @Bookworm

Aria @DearDarlingReader

Sarah @WrittenWordWorlds

The Alice Fan @WonderfulWords101

I’m sorry if you have already been nominated, but I think you guys are awesome! So below are your 11 questions.

  1. Who is on your Autobuy Author list?
  2. What is your favourite book of this year?
  3. Which Court would you want to be apart of in Prythian? If you haven’t read the Court Of series, which season or solar court would you prefer to live in? Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter, Dawn, Day, Night.
  4. Have you read graphic novels/manga? If so, which ones?
  5. Tea or Coffee?
  6. Favourite Disney character? And bonus; favourite Disney villain?
  7. What faction would you prefer to be in the Shadowhunters World? Werewolf, Fae, Angel, Shadowhunter, Vampire, Warlock, Witch, Mundane, Ghost.
  8. Bookmark or Dogear?
  9. What animal would you want as a pet? (The entire animal kingdom is available for this one)
  10. What is a fear of yours?
  11. What’s your perfect set up for a good reading session? (Drink, lighting, inside/outside)

Thank you again to Wormswormy for nominating me! Make sure to check out their blog.

Happy reading bookwormers! B)

Top 5

Top 5: Book Boyfriends of 2018

Happy Tuesday friends! Another Top 5 for Tuesday! For now this will be fortnightly whilst I get my procrastinating butt in order. These are my top 5 book boyfriends from the books I have read this year. There is no bonus No. 6 as I will probably revisit this topic next year 😉 happy reading Bookworms!

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1. Simon from Furyborn Trilogy by Claire Legrand.

I utterly adore Simon. An absolute hero, but stubborn when necessary. Fair, decisive and in my mind, drop dead gorgeous!

2. Cassian from A Court Of; Series by Sarah. J. Maas.

Sexy, funny and mischievous there is nothing more you could want from a book boyfriend. A little hot headed but cheeky so he can get away with it.

3. Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

I know he’s not exactly boyfriend material but if you are into those overly obsessive types, Carden’s your guy! A prince, a fae, and a master manipulator, he’s the ultimate bad boy.

4. Nikolai Lantsov from Shadow & Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo.

This pirate prince has more layers than an onion. Crafty, cheeky, smart, witty, broken, sad and alone. This guy is the one project I could dedicate a few lifetimes to and still not see or find all within. So instead, let’s imagine the adventures… ♥‿♥

5. Devereux “Vex” Bell from These Rebel Waves Series by Sara Raasch.

Oh Vex, what an amazingly thought out pirate character. I loved These Rebel Waves and Vex made it that much more enjoyable, another witty, cheeky pirate with an absolute heart of gold. I cannot wait for more of him… and the rest of the story.

Thanks again for checking out my blog, please feel free to contact me with questions, blog ideas and any advice you may have. I still feel quite new at this and appreciate all support, love and criticism!

Speak soon x

Book Reviews

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek Book Review #5

Author: Anthony O’Neill

Publishing House: Skyhorse Publishing

“In this dark, atmospheric sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic, the strange case continues with the return of Dr. Jekyll . . .
Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr. Henry Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson, Jekyll’s faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor—because Jekyll was Hyde.
But as the man goes about charming Jekyll’s friends and reclaiming the estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life . . . and questioning his own sanity.”

“We are all Jekylls, yea, but equally we are all Hydes.”

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I found this book on Netgalley and was intrigued to see someone had written a sequel/ode to Jekyll and Hyde story, but I was pleasantly surprised, this book was very slow to start and we follow Mr. Utterson and his journey through the seventh year since Dr. Jekyll’s disappearance, and we watch his descent into paranoia and madness.

I struggled with the first half of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek, it read like fan fiction, a really good fan fiction, but still fan fiction. The start was slow and I wasn’t hooked by the plot at first but it was the last 4/5 chapters I started to really enjoy the premise but it was over before, I felt, it had begun.Whilst reading the last chapter, the perspective we are given takes a lot of the action away from the context. I know I am not a fan of classics which may be why I didn’t appreciate the pace of this one, but this was written beautifully. It could easily have been written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the similarities in language, in format and the story falls wonderfully in line with the original. I would read this again, beautifully written if a little slow paced.

I was sent/given this book by Skyhorse Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of a review.