20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – Jules Verne

I cannot say I recommend reading this book; I found it very difficult to finish as the plot did not live up to the first few chapters of writing. I can recommend up to chapter seventeen, after that I began to rapidly lose interest. There are of course chapters here and there that contained more action and less science and those I appreciated greatly. The ending for me left me with a lot of questions, it almost felt like there should’ve been a part three. However, the writing at the end was very good and I enjoyed reading those last few chapters also. I have you all to thank for getting me to the end of the book otherwise I would not have written a review this week. But it’s worth noting that I normally devour books in a few days and this one took me a month to read. Maybe Verne’s writing style just isn’t for me, but I had to leave an honest review, even if it is an unpopular opinion. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments or share your frustrations.

The Complete Short Stories: Volume One – Roald Dahl

Dahl writes in a dark and sinister way about things that happen or could be happening behind any closed door. I thoroughly recommend this book as it was a delight to read and easy to pick up! If you would like your child to read this book you should probably read some of them yourself first because a few of them are disturbing. I would, however, recommend picking this read up for anyone else, the wide range of topics and themes means that there is something that everyone can enjoy. If you were a fan of Dahl as a child or a grown up, I would encourage you to read his more adult stories as they are just as brilliant as the childhood classics!

Ink – Alice Broadway

Alice Broadway’s Ink (Book one in the Skin trilogy) was a delight to read and has to go onto my all-time fastest devoured books list! It was an enchanting book, and I cannot wait to read the second part of the trilogy. I think this is a fantastic book and recommend it for readers aged 13+, but readers should be aware that Ink deals with elements of death, political uprising, there are a few instances of aggression, and there is a process called skin-flaying (it is what it says on the tin).