Month: November 2015

Book Review: Sentinel


Sentinel by Joshua Winning – eBook, 264 pages – Published May 6th 2014 by Peridot Press

Sentinel begins with the death of Anita and Max, the parents of fifteen-year-old Nicholas. After this, the book follows Nicholas for a majority of the time, occasionally switching to a different characters situation.

Before he is sent to live with his godmother, Nicholas discovers a hidden room beyond his parents’ bedroom. While Tabatha, a close friend who’s become his part-time carer, sleeps a few rooms over, Nicholas collects a few mysterious items from the hidden chamber. One of these is a copy of The Sentinel Chronicles, of which there happens to be dozens of.

Nicholas soon moves in with Jessica, into Hallow House. He is accompanied on his journey by Sam, an old family friend, who tells him of his Sentinel heritage. But before they make it to Hallow House, a strange and powerful creature attacks…

While all this is going on in Nicholas’s life, Sam’s friend is horrifically attacked by a rival being. As horrible as it is, it isn’t half as bad as what he becomes after the incident.

This novel is full of strange creatures; Garm, Dark Prophets, demons. It has a rather old-fashioned sort of feel to it, thanks to Winning’s writing style. Sadly, I don’t think this style quite fits with this YA book, and I actually found it a bit, well… boring. I’m not saying descriptive writing is bad at all, I just found this book a bit of a slow read. Nonetheless, it had a good plot and some nice little sub-plots, and I am intending to read the sequel, Ruins.

Overall, Sentinel isn’t the best or the worst book I’ve read. It isn’t my usual kind of book anyway, and although it isn’t exactly long at just over 260 pages, I took a fairly long time to read it (for me). I think I’ll have to give it 3 stars out of 5.


Real Neat Blog Award

real-neat-blog-award1A huge thanks to PerfectionInBooks for tagging me in your post!

The Rules:

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and create new questions for them.

My Answers:

Reading outdoors or indoors?

In summer, I love to read outside whenever I can. But for the most part, I just read indoors.

Worst fear about blogging? (ex. having no ideas,no more interest)

Well… I tend to go through phases, where I’m really passionate about a particular thing and become completely obsessed. I also tend to get bored of that same thing soon after. Although I know I’ll never get bored of reading, I do fear that I’ll give up my blogging!

Best thing about blogging?

The community! I love how you can share your opinions and ideas with people who are genuinely interested in the same things.

Best thing about books?

I just love how reading transports you to a whole new world. When I’m not doing so well, I love to just open a book and leave the real world behind.

Do you like movies or tv shows based in books?

It depends. I almost always prefer the books, but there are some amazing adaptations that are well worth watching.

A goal for your blog?

To become popular! I think a reasonable goal would be to get to 200 followers. (I have a long way to go!)

ARCs: Yes or no?

ARCs and galleys make up a huge majority of my TBR list!

My Nominations:

  1. Cafe Book Bean
  2. Shelf-tacular
  3. Carrie’s Book Reviews
  4. A Frolic Through Fiction
  5. Mud and Stars
  6. Glitter2Rain
  7. InspiredByThePage

Your Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How long have you been blogging for?
  3. What’s your favourite genre of book?
  4. Do you have a favourite author?
  5. Do you judge a book by its publisher?
  6. Long books or short? What’s the ideal length of a book?
  7. New Year’s resolution for your blog?


Book Review: All Our Yesterdays


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – Paperback, 360 pages – Published August 1st 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Okay, the plot of this book is kind of complicated and my summary probably won’t do it justice, but here goes:

Em and Finn have been held prisoners in their cells for months. The doctor puts them through horrific interrogations on a regular basis, trying to determine the location of some documents he believes to be in the possession of Finn and Em.

Em is obsessed with the drain in the centre of her cell, positive that it has some kind of important meaning. Eventually, she manages to unscrew it, and discovers something incredibly unexpected; a note from herself.

With the the help of Mike Connor, a guard that other versions of themselves had convinced to help them in the past, Em and Finn escape their cells and make their way to Cassandra. Before the doctor can stop them, they switch on the machine and are transported four years into the past.

This is written from two different perspectives; Em’s, and Marina’s. Through each girl’s story, we discover the truth about the doctor, Cassandra, and the death of Nate, the brother of Marina’s childhood love’s brother.

I know this all sounds really complicated, and sometimes it does get that way, but it is written so well. Em looks at Marina like she’s a different person, which I suppose she is, really. The relationships between each version of Marina/Em and the two different boys is so unique to this book. I suppose it’s a regular love triangle, but at the same time, it’s not.

I really liked this book. It’s not quite made it’s way to my favourites list due to the fact that there were times where I got a little bit lost. But it definitely deserves 4.5 stars, because it is such an gripping, unique book. I’m so glad I read this.


Soundtrack to My Life Book Tag

ssssssssWatch the original video here!

A huge thanks to PerfectioninBooks for tagging me to take part in this tag. It looks so fun! Her post is here.

Opening Credits: Favourite Childhood Book

I can’t say I have a particular favourite, but these are a few that I really loved over the years:

Waking Up: A Book That Got You Out of a Reading Slump

Definitely the Divergent series. I had only been reading a couple of books here and there for a while until I read this series and decided to head back down to the library.


School: A Book You Read for School and Ended Up Loving

I didn’t love this book, but I remember really enjoying it and have actually recently purchased a copy so I can read it again.


Falling in Love: An Author You Love So Much You Want to Read All Their Books

Hmmm… I really do like Kathy Reichs at the moment. Her Virals series was just awesome, and I’ve asked for her other books for Christmas!

Fight: Book with the Best Action Sequences

I can’t say anything really stands out to me for this one, but these two are probably as close as it gets.

Break Up: A Book or Series You Did Not and Do Not Intend to Finish

Sorry, but I just couldn’t quite get into these.

Hanging With Friends: Book You Think Everyone Else Should Read


Breakdown: Book That Seriously Affected You/Had You Crying Your Eyes Out

I’m not really a huge crier, but this brought me pretty close to tears at times.


Roadtrip: Your Favourite Series (More Than 3 Books)

Flashback: Your Favourite Book From 5 Years Ago

I think that would be around about the time I discovered these beauties. (I went on to follow each series and still love them now.)

Getting Back Together: What Book Can You Not Stop Rereading?

There’s a few… I think I’m just going to have to say both these series again.

Wedding: A Book That is Really Special to You

Moment of Triumph: Longest Book You’ve Ever Read

I know, it’s not even that long… Embarrassing…


Death Scene: Book or Series You Wish Had Ended Differently

As far as I remember, I really loved this series. And although the ending wasn’t bad, it just really upset me. Everything was just so different… I missed the good ol’ days of the first book!

Funeral: Book with the Best or Worst Epilogue

I’m afraid nothing comes to mind right now. I’m sure there are tons of great ones I’ve read, I just find it hard to remember each one!

End Credits: Who Do You Tag?

If you’ve already been tagged, then I apologise! Also, I know I kinda cheated a couple times by adding multiple answers… Sorry!