Gregory & The Grimbockle By Melanie Schubert | Review

I received the book direct from the Author in return for an honest review. This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own, and passages from the book referenced will be quoted. Massive thanks to the Author Melanie Schubert for this opportunity.

Heyo Bookaholics!

It seems like it’s been forever since my last book review with all the wrap-up, haul, TBR and New Years posts that have been consuming my blog; although I really loved to share all of that with you guys, I’m glad to be reviewing again!

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Goodreads Summary:

Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…

…that is, before tonight.

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11 Facts About Me!!

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Today I’ve decided to do a little bit of a fun, light post which is all about me! It’s 1 day till my birthday and I want to talk about myself.

BUT!

Before starting this post, I would like to give an update regarding my Wednesday post that was about How I Plan To Balance Blogging and Uni, and just say that I am currently Continue reading “11 Facts About Me!!”

Managing Blogging and Uni in 2018

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Anyone who reads these posts, or follows my blog will know that I am horrible at either posting on time, or completing posts before they are scheduled to be posted, which sadly means I am caught out with posts going up on my blog empty of content.

This annoys me more than anything and I have decided to do something about it and stick to it!

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What I Expect From Uni This Year:

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Yearly Wrap-Up + Goal Setting

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You see, I was originally planning to do a Christmas book haul for my Wednesday post this week, but there has been so much going on I decided to skip it and add my December haul into this yearly wrap-up post.

I expect this post to be long, so without further babble, let’s jump into it!

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Flight Vol. 1 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi | Review

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I have returned with another book review. This time I have read a comic book titled Flight. I got this book for a bargain $6 at The Book Grocer, and looking online last night to purchase the second volume, I noticed that these comics retail for almost $35 Australian Dollars! It’s ridiculous no wonder not many people read comics now days.

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Goodreads Summary:

Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

 

 

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Read, Rewrite, Burn Book Tag

Hey Ho Bookaholics and Humans Alike,

I’ve seen this Read, Rewrite, Burn Book Tag on a fair few bookish YouTube accounts, in which they do a longer video with many many books. I thought I’d do a modified version where I take three books I was sent for review and am yet to read, and chose, based off the blurb and first chapters alone, which book I will Read, Rewrite, and Put Down (because burning seems to harsh for a book that I have yet to read).

The books I have chosen are all from a very similar genre and have all been sent to me by Allen & Unwin (this post is not sponsored).

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Learning How To Do Make-Up!

Hey Ho Bookaholics and Humans Alike,

It’s only 5 days till Christmas and what better time it is for me to learn how to do make up! I have had my artistically talented best friend come over to my house to show me the basics, and the fiddly bits as to how she does her make-up so well. And so you think the story would end in me tragically destroying my face with an eyeliner marker; but alas! It did not, keep reading and you will see how talented I can be 🙂

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Summary:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.

I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.

One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:

“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”

I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent saying “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.

Rating!

I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.

I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.

Remember;

“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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My Life In Book Titles (Book Tag)

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Today I am bringing you a pretty long book tag. I’m not 100% sure where I found this tag but I remember seeing it somewhere, thinking it was the coolest thing ever, wrote down the prompts then forgot about it for a year.

Due to the draft of this post being three pages in my A5 notebook, I won’t ramble for too long. So without further ado, lets begin the tag!

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