The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Had potential but didn’t quite get there. This is set in Ireland in a future where the Sidhe, or the Tuatha de Danaan, have reappeared to get their vengeance on all Irish people after being trapped in a kind of hell for the last few thousand years. Ireland has been cut off from the rest …

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

This was just a mess. The story begins straight after the last one but takes the problems I had from the second book and dials them up. Characters go places for no real reason except for ‘plot’. Honestly what was the whole point of going to the land of the dead? And the reason for …

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

I struggled with this one a bit. It definitely suffers from middle book syndrome. Unlike the first which was pretty much all Lyra’s POV we have a major new POV here, that of Will, a boy from our world. We also have some POV’s from Lee Scoresby and Serafina the witch. Will accidentally finds a …

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I wish I had read this a lot earlier as I imagine I would have enjoyed it even more. This is a very popular book but I was in my teens when it came out so that’s why I probably missed it. It tells the story of Lyra and her quest to rescue her friend …

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The book starts off with Katniss recovering in District 13 from the events in book two. And then nothing else really happens, at least with her involvement. She fired a couple of arrows, shot some propaganda videos, sang a few songs, made a speech and then was part of a team that went through some …

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

A massive downgrade on the first book. Katniss and Peeta are adapting to life after the games, dealing with the trauma they endured and the consequences of it in their relationships and their life in general. There are more hints of rebellion and President Snow says the blame lies with Katniss so she mush convince …

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Another book that most people are probably very aware of, especially through the movies. I’m a big fan of the movies so was curious how close the book was. The answer: pretty close. It moves fast and does a good job of setting up the world. A few more characters than the movies, mostly back …

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

This should be a 5 star book. It has so many amazing moments, pretty much from Malfoy Manor onwards. The battle of Hogwarts is spectacular and heartbreaking. I much prefer the final duel between Harry and Voldemort in this compared to the movie version. No stupid special effects, no long drawn out battle. It feels …

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I remember thinking this book was just okay when I read it before but I really enjoyed it this time around. The whole horcrux thing is brilliant and the chasing of clues through memories was a great way to do it. For quite a big book it feels much smaller as it is very well …

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