‘The Chocolate Garden’ – Ava Miles

The second book in a series always worries me as you obviously enjoyed the first one to be reading it, and you never know if it is going to live up to it. This one did!

It follows Rye’s sister Tammy and her children as they start a new chapter in their lives. Tammy starts up a new business and begins to enjoy her new found independence. Her first client is one of her brother’s best friends John Parker.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Tammy at first in ‘Country Heaven’ but she really developed as a character and her relationship with Rye is lovely. The story of the chocolate garden is lovely and such a nice idea to tell children. I love that the author has also released the story as a children’s book.

The great thing about book series like these is that you get to see all the characters develop and see their stories. We learn more about other characters we met in the first book such as Amelia Ann, Clayton and Mama. All of their stories are entwined.

Another really easy and enjoyable read! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

2015 Reading List

New Year, new list. 🙂 I like to make a list of books I have to read so I can keep track of what I’m reading and still have to. You get the sense of achievement from crossing books off of the list. 😀 This year I already have so many to read. Here are a few that I am most looking forward to…

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
The Book Thief – Markus  Zusak
Unraveling – Elizabeth Norris
The Flight of the Silvers – Daniel Price
A Dance of Cloaks – David Dalglish
Elantris – Brandon Sanderson

What’s on your to read list?

Favourite Reads of 2014

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I have been really rubbish updating this year and it is my New Year’s resolution to fix that and update more frequently! I read so many books, but I am going to try and post them all this year.

A few of the books I read in 2014 that have stayed with me are: –

Divergent – Veronica Roth

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The Maze Runner – James Dashner

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The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey

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The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

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The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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What were your best reads of 2014?

‘The Bunker Diary’ – Kevin Brooks

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This was definitely an interesting read. I had to read it for my uni course and it’s not something that I would have normally chosen but in a way I am glad that I did.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book. It won the Carnegie Medal in 2014 which recognises an outstanding book for children or young adults. Many people have questioned whether it should have won as it is depressing and sinister and maybe too dark for a child. The author has argued that children should be aware that life doesn’t always have a happy ending but childhood is a time of innocence and books are a form of escapism so I’m not sure I agree.

The Bunker Diary is told from the point of view of a teenage old boy called Linus. He has been kidnapped and put into a bunker by a man he tries to help thinking he was blind. The book follows what happens to him in the bunker. I found I couldn’t put this down despite the sinister nature and how unpleasant it could be. You want to know why he is there, who put him there and whether he will be found or escape.

Without spoiling it I will just say that I didn’t like the ending,  although I wasn’t suprised by it considering all the stories in the news about it. It was a good read but left me wishing for me at the end. Worth a read.