OWLS Wrapup

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, Warp up

Hey readers…

Here is my wrap up for the O.W.L.s Readathon 2020. I went for the curse breaker career. I did start to have issues in the month, losing my reading mojo and just feeling down due to the current world situation. 

I have completed my career reading and I am now a CURSE BREAKER 😀 

Here is what I read to complete this career. 

| Ancient Runes – Heart on the cover or in the title |

51PQPbc+9SLFor this subject, I picked up The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie. You can find my review for this book here.  

I did enjoy this one and it wasn’t in my initial TBR for this month. 

I added this book after I found myself slumping. 

The original book I was going to read was The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie. 

 

| Arithmancy – Read something outside your favourite genre |

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The book I picked up for this subject was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can find my review for this book here.

This book surprised me and I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would, I found myself thinking out this book when I wasn’t reading it and picking it back up again. 

I will be reading another Jane Austen book in the future. 

 

| Charms – White Cover |

61ikfa6tmnl._sx324_bo1204203200_The book I picked up for this subject is The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. You can find my review for this here.

As always I really liked this one and gave it 5 stars. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors and I really enjoyed the Mistborn Trilogy 

 

 

| Defense against the Dark Arts – Book set at Sea and Coast |

44647479._sy475_For this subject, I picked up, Deeplight by Frances Hardinge. You can find my review for this book here

This was such a good book. I had never read a book by this author, I usually stick to reading the same author. I love finding different authors and I will be reading something else by Frances Hardinge. 

 

 

| Potions – Lure of the north |

91ddR5cAQuLFor this subject, I picked up, The Lure of the North. 

This was an interesting little book I rated it 3 stars. I haven’t written a review for it. It was a mismatch of excerpts from three journals in The London Library. 

I have a couple more of these books so once I get around to reading more, I might do an overall review 

 

| Transfiguration – Shapeshifting – Harley Merlin and the stolen magicals |

51fknwtnb-lFor this subject, I picked up, Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals. 

This is the 3rd book in a quick, fun series I have picked up from Kindle Unlimited. 

I gave this book 3 stars but I will definitely be continuing on with this series. I can fly through these books really quickly. 

I have a review for the first book here and the second book here. I will have a review up for this book in the coming week. 

What did you read for your O.W.Ls? Did you complete the reading for your Career? 

Happy reading
XOXO 

OWLs Readathon – Week 4

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, reading

Hey readers… 

Here I am with my week 4 “wrap up” of books I have read. I have finished two books this past week. 

I finished reading The Pure Heart by Trudie Tweedie, which I gave a four-star. I have a review for this for coming up on my blog on Monday.

I also finished Harley Merlin and The Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest, this is the 3rd book in a series and this series is a really quick fun one. I gave this one 3.5 stars revised from a 4 star. I will be carrying on with this series, it is a book I can pick up via kindle unlimited.

after finishing both of these books I have officially finished my OWL’s for the curse breaker career.

I am now just going to pick up books I feel like I want to read now rather than carry on with books for the O.W.L’s.

The next book I am reading is The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. This one is a re-read for me and I flew through it the first time, so I am hoping it will help kick me out of the slight reading slump I feel like I am falling into this week.

How has your reading been this week?

Happy reading 
XOXO

Review: Deeplight

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, REVIEW

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Author: Frances Hardinge
Pages: 416
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

| Synopsis |

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

| My thoughts |

I enjoyed this book a lot. It is not like anything I have read before. Some characters in the book used signing as a way to communicate due to issues with hearing people got if they had complications whilst working in the sea. 

The world-building is incredible and everything is explained but not in an information dump kind of way. The gods are explained really well so you understand the way the religions work. I like the way that Frances writes. The book just takes you away into another world that is vivid.

Hark is the main character who is an orphan. Hark’s character development is really good and he grows throughout the story. He realises how he is being treated by Jelt.

Jelt was an annoying toxic character, his friendship with Hark is a toxic friendship, something that is important in the book, Jelt is manipulative and controls how Hark feels and what he does.

Selphin is one of my favourite characters, she is a strong-willed character, who stands up for herself. She makes choices that are not always correct but they have good intentions.

I will definitely read a book by her again and I will look into the other books that she has released.

Have you read Deeplight, if so what did you think of it, let me know in the comments below?

Happy reading
XOXO

Review: Pride and Prejudice

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, REVIEW

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Author: Jane Austen
Pages: 367
Star Rating: ✪✪✪.5

| Description |

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

| My thoughts |

This was the first time I had read a book by Jane Austen. I don’t usually read classics, they are not a genre of book I am comfortable with at all. I have tried to read them before but I have always ended up putting them down after a couple of pages. 

Mrs Bennet was not a character I liked at all. I know she was only acting as expected for the time period, granted slightly exaggerated but it was just not something I could relate to and it really put me off her. My thoughts on the mother didn’t take anything away from the reading experience. Elizabeth is a strong-willed girl, who is independent and doesn’t want to be pushed into something she doesn’t want to do by anyone including her mum. She did seem to make everything about her and thought she was better than anyone else, that she was more intelligent than other characters. I did like the family dynamics.

I enjoyed the story and liked the way the romances where done. I liked the way Jane Austen writes and I have a few more of her books that I am now seriously considering picking up.

 

O.W.Ls Readathon – Week 3

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, Readathon, REVIEW

Hey readers…

Well… week 3 was a little difficult, I was about to go into a major reading slump.

I went through the prompts with my husband and picked out books for every prompt so I had more of a choice to read through as I was just wasn’t feeling what was on my list of books to read. 

Animal crossing is still taking over my life so I am trying to find a balance between work, reading, animal crossing and lockdown. I am trying to make sure that my mental health doesn’t get affected with the lockdown process as at the moment in the UK, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. 

Now onto the books

I have finished two books this week, the first one I finished was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I will have the review up, on Monday, I gave this book 3.5 stars. The next book which I have just finished before writing this post is Deeplight by Frances Hardinge, I gave this book 4 stars. I will have the review up on Wednesday. 

I am currently reading The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie and Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest, this is book 3 in the Harley Merlin series. The Harley Merlin series is a guilty pleasure of mine and I am enjoying how they are quick reads.  I am really liking both at the moment.  

I need to finish these two books this week to complete my O.W.Ls for my chosen career. 

How are you getting on with the O.W.Ls if you are taking part this month. Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading 
XOXO