Stephanie Dougan Writes

Writer, reader, yogi and avid tea drinker.

Finally...

I have finally gotten round to reading a book that was given to me at Christmas. 

 

It's Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I love Amy so much. I love her in Parks and Recreation, I love her on SNL, I just love HER. 

 

So I have started it, and already I can tell that she will have me laughing all the way through.  

 

Anyone else read Yes Please and really enjoyed it? 

 

 

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Finally Reading the Harry Potter Series in 2015

I don't know why, maybe I was too young to fully appreciate the books when they first came out, but I have never read the whole Harry Potter series before.

 

I love the films, I think they're amazing and I respect J.K Rowling so much as an author. So, this year is the year that I will finally make it to the end of the series. What inspired me? Well, I went to Florida last year and discovered the magic of the Harry Potter World. I saw the sign for Hogsmeade and I just ran! I mean I literally sprinted.

 

 

 

I revelled in the magic of the whole experience. So much so that for Christmas I was given a very special present.

 

                 

 

I received a gorgeous box set of the adult versions of the series.

 

So that's on my reading list this year.

 

Is anyone just starting to read the series this year?

 

 

A few of my Favourite books of 2014

So now that it's 2015, I'm up to the challenge of finding some more incredible books to rival the one's that I read last year, of which there was a lot!

 

So, on with the song and dance. I wont be giving full reviews of each of these books, but I will attach some links for you to check them out yourself, if you so wish.

 

The first series that I read this year was The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

  Goodreads Link 

 

I don't think I stopped to eat or drink while I was reading these books, they are for lack of a better word, awesome!

I love reading YA books when there are incredible authors such as Cassandra. The series has everything you could want in it; romance, angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, even faeries. If you do one thing this year, and if you haven't already read this series, then do that.

 

Another series that I enjoyed was The Fairwick Chronicles by Carol Goodman.

 

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This story held my particular interest because, while it's set in a small sleepy town in the USA, it had very Celtic/Scottish elements in it, even a visit to Scotland in the last book, which I found very enjoyable.

The relationship between Callie and her Demon lover in this series is very... hot and steamy, but the development of it was so well done that I can't fault it in any way. My only criticism is that it's over.

However my journey with Carol Goodman will continue this year as I'm hoping to read another trilogy by her and her husband, who together go under the name Lee Carrol. So that's very exciting.

 

Probably the best trilogy that I read last year was the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

 

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I wouldn't just say that this my favourite trilogy of 2014, I would say that it was my favourite trilogy ever! Deborah Harkness is an amazing writer who mixes historical fiction and fantasy together so well, that's it's just simply addictive.

Diana and Matthew are the main characters in the book and their relationship is so heart warming, sexy and truly beautiful, that I think I fell in love them... just a bit.

Deborah has gone above and beyond with her readers to make their experience special. She monitors and updates a Facebook page for both Diana and Matthew. This is particularly wonderful as the story doesn't seem to end, the characters seem very much alive and I think it was such a wonderful touch from an incredibly talented lady.

 

These are of course, just a few that I enjoyed in 2014. I could quite literally spend all day, maybe even a week just writing about them all.

 

Happy New Year!

 

My first post! Dedicated to December favorites

 Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

 

"It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again."

 
 
I found this book in my local bookstore, and at first, I wasn't overly impressed by the synopsis on the back. I'm so glad that I gave this book a chance though! I couldn't put it down and rushed online to order the sequel 'World After', which is another page turner.
 
Angelfall is an exciting, fast-paced read with quirky and likeable characters.
 
I loved the relationship between Penryn, and Raffe, although it is in no way relatable to ordinary day life.
 
Penryn is likeable for me because, she's a fighter. There's been a lot of female lead characters in the recent years who have had to fight, kill and steal to survive. Penryn is no exception. Her love interest, Raffe is an Archangel. It's interesting in this series that the angels are demonised, they're despised and feared by the human race. I thought that this was a really interesting spin on some of the previous 'angel and demon' books.
 
I do wish that there was slightly more development in the relationship between the lead characters. I felt that it was almost, rushed. And that it developed minimally.
 
The general plot is like nothing that I have read before, so it was a welcome change to open this book and be completely thrown into this crazy, dystopian, hellfire world that Susan Ee has created.
 
It was well written and easy to read. The pages just seem to fly by, which is important in any book. I don't want to be struggling to reach the next chapter because the story didn't flow together. So rest assured, this is a pleasant novel to read.
 
Susan Ee first created this series online, which was what first attracted me to the book. Being a writer myself and trudging along on websites like Wattpad and Authonomy, it was nice to see that Susan's book was published.
 
You can find Susan's book online at:
 
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The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski I really enjoyed the forbidden love element to this book. I felt that the build up was cleverly done, as was the setting. I do wish however, that more detail had been made on the characters themselves. I couldn't get a complete picture in my mind of both Kestrel and Arin.
Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and it's left me wanting more.
I can't wait to read the winners crime next