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My name is Iona English. I am currently a 20 year old Media Production student doing a degree at Brooksby Melton College, which doesn't exactly lean towards the idea of me being a massive and proud book worm, but I am. I love to read. My favourite genre's are YA Contemporary, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, with some Classics thrown in. 


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Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
Robert Rankin
Tender Morsels
Margo Lanagan
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M. Valente
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Kat Rosenfield
Robison Wells
Burial Rites
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White This book should have been one I liked. It has a very well constructed urban mythological world where humans make sure to keep dangerous paranormals in order and out of the public eye and through out the book, which didn't take me very long to read, I kept wanting to like it but I just couldn't. I think the main reason is I did not like this book is the characters. There wasn't a single main character to me that seemed to be believable or even anything but hollow. The relationship between Evelyn and her Fey ex, who's name I can't even remember, seemed unbelievable. It is a stereotypical manipulative relationship but It has no depth and I felt no connection or even reason for Evie to feel so drawn to him and unable to walk away. The author missed out on a big possibility of exploring abusive relationships here. I also feel like her relationships with the new guy Link, her best friend who's a mermaid, the woman who is like her surrogate mother and all the other people in her small world were just very hollow. And while I understand that Evie is supposed to be a very disconnected character in a lot of pain even her pain felt non-existent. She is thoroughly just a hollow character who I could not connect with at all and everything that happened to her and with her regarding other people felt so forced it was uncomfortable. (Also I have forgotten most of the characters names, a sign that they were not worth remembering)Worse still is that this book is part of a series, yet I feel not one bit compelled to read the rest of the books. I couldn't care less what happens to any of the characters. So even though this book is not badly written in an obvious way, and even though the story should have been good, it is just not worth reading. I am glad it was only 99p on my kindle and even then that almost feels like a waste of money.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) - Susan Ee For a more in depth review go to: http://inky-pages.blogspot.com/2012/02/this-is-review-that-has-been-long-time.htmlThis is a review that has been a long time coming and considering that it probably should be better than it is but nevertheless I digress. This is the debut novel from Susan Ee and considering it was less than a pound on Amazon I did not expect to be very impressed with this book. However I cannot get enough of Angel stories and so I bought it figuring it would be a quick unimpressive read and then I could move on to something more stimulating. Oh boy was I wrong and may I just say that I am so glad to finally have a book where angels are actually bad-asses and bad guys. Susan Ee’s writing is pretty incredible “ironically, since the attacks, the sunsets have been glorious. Outside our condo window, the sky flames like a bruised mango in vivid orange, reds and purples.” That is the first sentence and doesn’t it just pull you straight in? It sets the pace for the whole novel, how there is beauty in destruction. This book reminds you constantly that it is Pen’s fight to find her sister and not some silly romance about a silly girl falling for a beautiful angel. It makes you think. Like for example how you judge people for loving monsters but when the people you love become monsters you do anything you can to help them. Pen has had a hard life and it is getting harder each minute because of the world she now lives in but it is such a believable world and her journey is so honest and human that I did not once question the authenticity. Well done Susan Ee, brilliant novel.
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare Hard to get into at first but Clare has built a brilliant world with witty and 3 dimensional characters that make you keep turning the page