The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams 

If you thought you knew all of the world’s worst children; think again. The nasty boys and girls in this book are more horrible, rude and disgusting than you could ever imagine. The really are the worst children in the world.

David Walliams has done it again.

I have read all of David Walliams’ books, so I had high expectations for this book and as usual David Walliams didn’t disappoint.

The World’s Worst Children 2 is a collection of short stories about the naughtiest boys and the most awful girls in the world. This very addictive book is a wonderful read for children and adults alike.

The stories in this collection are so captivating. Filled with genuine laugh out loud moments and more than a few ‘yucky’ encounters. I started and finished this book with a smile on my face.

Each story is the perfect combination of funny and serious, making it the perfect book for young readers.

Tony Ross’ amazing illustrations perfectly compliment David Walliams’ wonderful stories. This amazing partnership really enhances the reading experience.

The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams is a must have for all children.

I cant wait to get my hands on Volume 3.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion 

When Ellen O’Shea moved to Australia twenty years ago, she didn’t just leave her beloved Ireland, but Gerry Glancy, her first love. Two decades after arriving in Australia, Ellen now lives in a small coastal town in Port Lincoln. The last few months have seen her struggling to cope with the death of her husband Nick. Ellen’s world is turned upside down again with the unexpected arrival of Gerry Clancy. Gerry’s arrival may just be what Ellen needs to pull her out of her grief, but as Ellen and Gerry reconnect, long-buried secrets may be unearthed, triggering a whole new set of complications for Ellen and her loved ones.

I absolutely adored this book.

This beautiful story takes the reader on a fabulous journey, not just emotionally but geographically. Taking place in Australia, Greece and Ireland. Esther Campion takes the reader to these beautiful destinations with ease due to her cinematic writing style. Her descriptions of these destinations are truly breathtaking.

Esther Campion’s writing style had me captivated from the first paragraph. Her beautiful style was captivating and her ability to convey emotion is amazing. I found myself both laughing and crying whilst reading this book.

I loved every characters in this book. These characters were your friends, neighbours, maybe even yourself. I love reading stories where I can recognise everyday people in the characters. This relatability enhances the emotional connection you develop throughout the story.

I cannot speak highly enough of this book. It’s hard to find a book that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, but Esther Campion has delivered us that book.

This tender story of life, love and loss will have you reaching for the tissues for both happy and sad tears.

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion is a must read that will leave you wanting more.

 

 

 

Ultimate Book Tag…

Welcome to the Ultimate Book Tag. I’m just going to jump right on in. Here goes nothing:
Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes. Although it doesn’t really matter because im usually the driver.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter all the way. It sparked my reading obsession, The whole is so well-rounded I never get bored reading it, It is a modern classic.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

Yes. Umm wallet, phone, keys, tissues, pen, paper, my bag is full of random things.

Do you smell your books?

Yes. I love the smell of books.

Books with or without little illustrations?

I used to say no illustrations but now I really enjoy them.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

This isn’t really a funny story but I was at a sleep over and I didn’t want to play dolls I wanted to read and so the girl whose house it was threw a book at my head in anger.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Umm. My Mr Men books.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Les Miserable by Victor Hugo.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I wish I was a writer, unfortunately I am just a reader.

When did you get into reading?

I have loved reading since childhood but it became an obsession when Harry Potter came into my life.

What is your favorite classic book?

Umm, Persuasion by Jane Austin.

In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

No. History was my best subject in school.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Tell the person that I love the book but already have a copy and exchange it for a book I like the look of.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd.

Vampires or Fairies? 

I love fairies. I love the magic and beauty of fairies.

Shape-shifters or Angels? 

I havent really read anything with Angels so im going to go with Shape-Shifters on this one.

Spirits or Werewolves? 

I do love a werewolf story so this one wasnt that hard.

Zombies or Vampires?

Umm I havent read a lot of Zombie stories either so im going to have to go Vampire.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

I love a Love triangle.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Today at least im feeling full on romance.

Well Thats it from me, i hope you guys enjoyed the Ultimate Book Tag…

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash

When Rachael West’s mother got sick, she decided to stay on the farm and care for her instead of moving to Sydney with Matthew, her high school sweetheart. Ten years later Rachael receives an invitation to Matthew’s wedding, an all expense paid trip to Paris. Rachael is unprepared for what this once in a lifetime trip will bring. In the city of love, Rachael finds herself asking ‘when is it right to follow your heart?’

I absolutely loved this book.

This is my first time reading anything by Charlotte Nash; I am now officially in love.

Nash’s writing style is extremely emotive and tender. I genuinely felt all the ups and downs that Rachael experience on her journey as if I was living them.

Rachael was an amazing character to read about, she has had real struggles in her life and was wise beyond her years. Giving the life she has lived Rachael was somewhat naive in matters of the heart. This was an interesting juxtaposition to get to explore.

This story has an amazing array of support characters to fall in love with. These characters are so diverse; representing different nationalities, economic backgrounds and different generations. Seeing these character interact with Rachael and each other made for some genuinely funny scenes.

Charlotte Nash has a fantastic cinematic quality to her writing. This made for an extremely enjoyable reading experience. Her descriptions really transported me to the farm or Paris and her ability to convey emotion really enhanced her ability to capture a scene.

I may be new to Charlotte Nash, but I am hooked now.

Paris Wedding is a roller coaster of emotions, that kept me turning the pages, and left me completely satisfied.

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash is a beautifully written story, with amazing characters that will transport the reader to the city of love.

Dont miss out on this breathtakingly beautiful reading experience.

If Birds Fly Back by Carli Sorosiak 

Ever since Grace ran away in the middle of the night, her sister Linny has been researching famous disappearances. Sebastian is trying to figure out the identity of his birth father. When Linny and Sebastian’s worlds collide, they realise they have something in common; their obsession with famous writer Alvaro Herrara. Alvaro Herrera has just reappeared after being missing for three years. Now that he is back will Alvaro Herrera provide the answers that Linny and Sebastian are looking for?

A very cute read.

Told from both Linny and Sebastian’s point of view, this story draws you in almost immediately.

Linny’s chapter’s start with her journal entries about missing people and ends with a scene from the screen play she is writing.

Sebastian’s chapters start with quotes from ‘A Brief Compendium Of Astrophysical Curiosities.

I thought these additions to the story really enhanced this book, by including these excerpts we got to see another layer of our lead characters.

This book perfectly blended sweet moments and dialog with some truly heartbreaking scenes.

I loved the wide array of support characters in this book, they were so diverse and really added and extra dimension tot he story being told.

Carli Sorosiak did an amazing job with the book. The characters were solid and relatable, the story was beautifully written and Carli’s writing style was incredibly easy to read and get lost in.

If you are looking for a beautifully written story that will tug at your heartstrings, If Birds Fly Back by Carli Sorosiak is the book for you.

 

The Book Life Tag…

Living inside a bookish world of your own creation is every reader’s dream. In this tag, I will share with you my perfect literary world from all of my favorite books.

Who would your parents be?

I had to think about this one, but im going to go with Molly and Arthur Weasley.

Who would be your sister?

Sara Crew from A little Princess. I love her optimism and her heart. She would be the best sister.

Who would be your brother?

This was a hard one, but im going to go with Jasper from Twilight. I like the idea of someone being able to help me manage my emotions.

Who would be your pet?

Dumbo. I love Elephants.

Where would you live?

Since I can do anything I want in this world of mine im going to live in New York City.

Where would you go to school?

Well this is an easy one Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I have been waiting for my acceptance letter for years.

Who would be your best friend?

After much soul-searching I have decided to go with Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I always related to Anne and her personality and I think we would be great friends.

Who would be your significant other?

I’m going to have to go with Dimitri Belikov from The Vampire Academy series. I love the way he treats Rose and I would love to have that for myself.

Well That’s it from me. Let me know your fantasy book life in the comments.

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty by Chris Colfer 

Our favourite young Royal, Queen Red, has decided to share her boundless wisdom with her loyal subjects. Filled with fun and helpful tips regarding Royal style, Royal gatherings and advice on how to handle yourself as a Royal. This magnificent guide is your one stop shop on how to have a long and successful reign.

A companion novel to The Land Of Stories series.

As a huge fan of The Land Of Stories series, I was glad to get my hands on this book. I was surprised with just how funny this book was.

I loved Red as a character in The Land Of Stories series, so getting to read a book written in her voice, from her prospective was so much fun and made for a truly entertaining reading experience.

Chris Colfer did an amazing job with The Land Of Stories series and this companion novel is no different. He perfectly captured Red’s voice and was true to the character we know and love. I also really loved the fact that Froggy, Jack, Goldie and other much-loved characters were mentioned throughout this book.

Red was such an entertaining character to read about, now reading a book by Red, for Red and about Red has re ignited my desire to re read The Land Of Stories series.

If you havent yet read this book, get your hands on a copy now.

Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty by Chris Colfer is the perfect companion to The Land Of Stories series and is a must read for everyone.

 

 

The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer

Mother Goose has finally decided to pen and autobiography. With centuries of adventure behind her she has decided that now is the time to share her stories with the world. From Andy Warhol, Martin Luther King Jr, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Napoleon, is there anyone Mother Goose hasn’t met?

A companion to The Land Of Stories series.

I absolutely loved this book. I am a huge fan on The Land Of Stories series so I had high hopes for this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations.

I loved getting to catch up with Mother Goose again. Chris Colfer did an amazing job in keeping true to the voice and character that we have grown to love.

I was smiling from start to finish, I also had some genuine laugh out loud moments whilst reading this book.

Getting to experience moments throughout history with Mother Goose made for a fantastic reading experience. From political marches, royal encounters and artistic endeavours, Chris Colfer has taken great moments and people from history and added his own brand of literary magic to them.

If you havent yet read The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer, do it now. What are you waiting for?

The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer is the perfect companion novel to the perfect Tha Land Of Stories series, and a must have for all young readers.

 

 

 

I Mustache You Some Questions!

This is a fun little tag I came across, I hope you guys like it.

Four jobs I’ve had:

Hungry Jacks

MacDonald’s

News Agency

Photographer

Four movies I have watched more than once:

The Harry Potter series

Dirty Dancing

A Walk To Remember

The Rescue of Jessica McClure

Four books I would recommend:

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

After Bali by Jason McCartney

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Four places I have visited:

Sydney

Victoria

Canberra

Gold Coast

Four places I would rather be right now:

New York

Canada

The Beach

Bed

Four things I don’t eat:

Avocado

Sea Food

Tomato

Lamb

Four of my favorite foods:

Chocolate

Ice Cream

Potato Chips

Vegemite Toast

Four TV shows that I watch:

Selling Houses Australia

The Chicago Shows (Fire, P.D., MED, Justice)

The NCIS’s (NCIS, LA, NO)

The DC Shows (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends)

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

My Birthday

Sydney Writers Festival

Bookmas

Christmas

Four things I’m always saying:

I’m Reading

I’m Tired

I’m Hungry

I have Reviews to write…

 

If you havent yet realised, I find book tags extremely fun to do. I hope you guys like reading them. Hit me up with your answers in the comments.

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem

August TBR…

It’s that time again… TBR…

I had a horrible month in July, only reading 2 full book and 8 children’s books (Only 1 book from my TBR). So I am aiming for at least 5 or 6 in August. This TBR is bound to change this month, as I am having a birthday and birthdays usually include lots of books. So this is what my TBR looks like at the moment.

So without further ado here is August’s TBR:

Now Let’s Dance by Karine Lambert

If Birds Fly Back by Carli Sorosiak

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash

Leaving Ocean Road by Esther Campion

Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer

Stars Across The Ocean by Kimberley Freeman

What Happened That Night by Sheila O’Flanagan

The Forever House by Veronica Henry

Ok that’s it I think. Given the fact that I am having a birthday I will be happy if I read 3 of the books off this TBR.  Wish me luck.

I guess we will see how I did in August’s Wrap up. I hope you all have a great reading month, keep your eye out for reviews.

Happy Reading…

❤ Gem