Book Review: Critical Critters

I was recently sent a copy of Critical Critters by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy from @Storgy and Bloomsbury Books. The book is about the animals all over the world that are on the endangered species list and are in need of saving.

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Ralph brings the animals to life through his intricate watercolour artwork and Ceri brings all the facts to the table that are justified with thorough research and a genuine exploration of the species.  The way these two can tell a story about each specific species and makes it interesting to read is amazing. I will admit that when I first looked at this book proof, I thought “Oh no, not another textbook”. But after I started to read, I found myself wanting to know each and every thing about all the different species in danger and how I could get involved to help.

I also enjoyed how they had a little side narrative going throughout the entire book. Ralph and Ceri would banter back and forth while they were in the process of creating the book and it gave the reader insight into how some of their ideas took shape.

There are so many species in this world and every single one has a different way of life. One quote really stuck out to me because it shows that we do take the natural world for granted.

Perhaps we refuse to accept their intelligence because we would then feel guilt for everything we have done to them.

 

The book did take a little while to get through but that only goes to show how many species are in danger and that the ecosystem needs our help to maintain the peace so to speak. We are the main reason a lot of these species are in danger in the first place. All the resources and websites that can help with protecting the ecosystem and different habitats are posted in the back of the book.

Overall, it was a very informative book with a comedic twist on the scientific side. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about endangered species and why they are on the endangered list.

Book Rating: 4/5

You can also see the post on the STORGY website!

What is the best book you read last year?

This is a hard choice because I read so many good books last year. If I had to choose one though (only day one and I already want to cheat :P), it would have to be I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh.

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This book just pulls you in right from the get go and you feel like you know what’s happening until the whole plot flips. Not all the characters are who they seem to be and it keeps you reading to find out more. This book would be classified as a thriller as there are many parts that would creep you out if you were in the situation.


Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

“I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.

At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.”

You can follow Clare Mackintosh on Twitter and here is the link to her book on Goodreads. Stay tuned for Day 2 of the Book Challenge and tell me what the best book was that you read this year in the comments!

WWW Wednesday (Oct. 11th / 2017)

So I am trying out this new thing called WWW Wednesday. It is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and all you have to do is answers the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

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So far this book is pretty good. It was sent to me by the author to read and review and it is my first romance novel unless you count twilight from when I was in high school. Not sure if this genre is my thing but I am giving it a shot. Synopsis below:

Tia had her whole life ahead of her, yet she felt lost. She was surrounded by people who loved her but she was still struggling with the aspect of loving herself. As she got ready to leave for Delhi, her body shivered. Would she collapse? Would she reach Delhi safely? How would she manage without her mother, Anita? The stream of questions kept flooding her brain.
Sameer loved the chat he had had with dreamy girl. He felt light after their interaction and even though he did not know exactly who she was, he was pleasantly surprised at how a stranger could make such a powerful impact on him. He brushed thoughts of her aside, reminding himself that he was wasting time thinking about a woman, and these kinds of emotions would just make him weak.
Will the paths of these two strangers intertwine? Will Tia be able to find herself again? And will Sameer ever realise how truly beautiful women are?

Recently finished reading:

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This was a great read for teenagers. It was exploration into another magical world with likeable characters and a basic good versus evil storyline. You can connect with the author on their twitter @SUZANNIO . Synopsis below:

Set in both the future and present day, Spellbound Chronicles is a fast-paced children’s story with twists and turns, good versus evil, set above and below ground. Spellbound Chronicles tells the story of Larna and Aron who, while geocaching in the ancient Sherwood Forest, find themselves reluctantly pulled through time into a Sherwood of the future. Faced with the task of fighting to save an enslaved and fast-mutating race from extinction, they set out with the formidable wizard, Balgaire, and his friends to take on the might of the fearsome warlock, Mordrog. A battle for wands, destruction and kidnapping ensues, with a hint of romance thrown in, in the form of underground shape shifter Cai. As the final epic battle takes place, will Larna and Aron survive the fight long enough to return unscathed to their own time and their own Sherwood..?

What I will read next:

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This is another book that has been sent to me by the author to review. It is classified as a thriller so I am really looking forward to this one as I am a huge fan of horror and thriller movies. I have only read one thriller novel before and it had me on my toes the whole time. Synopsis Below:

One of their number carries a dark and deadly secret from their past, and has murderous plans for a fellow ex-pat. Can any of the close- knit community discover the brutal plans before they are all put in mortal danger?


 

That’s my first WWW!! Let me know what you think in the comments below! I look forward to chatting with you fellow bookworms 🙂

Inside Out Book

Inside Out by Jack Kearney

The book is about a struggling actor named Danny who is just trying to get his shot at fame in Hollywood. However, the beginning of the book shows that he is on his way to prison and the first half is flashbacks that he is having while on his journey to the prison, telling you how he got to this point. The way that Jack Kearney makes you relate to his character is incredible and you feel such emotion for his character as he surpasses different trials in the book. All the other characters build around Danny and make for an enjoyable read while building on the plot.

You can really tell that Jack is writing from experience as he was also a struggling actor in Hollywood, so it really puts you inside his mind and how it felt to be there. If you are looking for an exciting read that will keep you coming back for more, then this is it!

The book can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.

Welcome to my Book Blog

Well I have finally done it. I have been playing around with the idea of starting a book blog for a long time now and said “what the heck, I am going to do it”!

Authors have been giving me free copies of their books so that I can read and review them. It is really fun to interact with authors from all over the world and get to hear their story, then read their books and feel them coming through the pages by their writing style.

Reading is one of my favourite things to do when I have spare time and so I am making it a full time hobby by writing reviews for all the books I read on this book blog starting today.

Each review will have links to Goodreads and sometimes Amazon where the reviewed book is listed and I will also be posting on Instagram so make sure to follow there!