Title: The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Date(s) read: February 28 – March 2, 2013
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Source: Library (Audiobook)
Narrated by: David Tennant
Running Time: 3 hours
Can two children foil an outrageous criminal plot with the help of some of the funniest and maddest ghosts ever invented?
Clawstone Castle is ancient and famous, but its elderly owners have no money. In its great park live a legendary herd of wild white cattle that have roamed there since the days of the Druids, and now their future is threatened. Rollo and Madlyn come to stay with their uncle and aunt and, with the help of a mysterious recluse in the castle library, they collect an impressive team of phantoms who agree to help them turn Clawstone into a tourist attraction. There’s a bloodstained bride, an aristocrat whose chest is permanently gnawed by a rat, a girl who was sawn in half in a circus, a pair of feet without a body, and more. Paying visitors soon pour through the gates. But then a terrible fate befalls the cattle, and the ghosts and the children find themselves facing some very sinister enemies.
I will admit that the only reason I decided to listen to this book was because of the narrator. I am a HUGE fan of David Tennant and this audiobook really hit it home for me that he is an amazing narrator. And I’m not just spouting on about him because I love him, but he’s actually very good at narrating stories!
But I digress!
I love a good middle grade book and this one was no exception. It was fun right from the start. I loved the idea of Madlyn and Rollo going to stay with an uncle they know nothing about because their parents are too busy to take care of them. While that idea is fun on its own (since their uncle really doesn’t come off as a warm soul!), the story gets really good when they decide to make their uncle’s home a tourist attraction by bringing in real, live (er … real, dead?) ghosts for all to see. Continue reading
Date(s) read: September 11 – 12, 2012
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
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A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
I feel like I’m finally getting into my own comfort zone when it comes to audiobooks. I know what I like and I try to stick to the plan. BUT then other bloggers seem to change my mind and I end up getting lots of audiobooks based on recommendations. Luckily, my library has a great selection and Audible has some great deals!
Ashes, Ashes was one of those audiobooks that was loved by another blogger. Kelley over at Reading the Paranormal really enjoyed it on a car trip, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. While it wasn’t my favourite read, it was still a fun listen for being trapped in the car. Continue reading
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1), by J. K. Rowling
Date(s) listened: August 28, 2012
Genre: MG Fantasy
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes
1. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone Amazon | Goodreads
2. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!
I originally wasn’t thinking I’d write a review about J. K. Rowling’s amazing first book to her equally amazing Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the second I started listening to it, I knew I had to write something.
Yes, I listened to this one on audio. I had read this series in university, starting when the fourth book came out. I remember making fun of a friend of mine who was reading the books because they were MG books – kids books. I could never enjoy these! Continue reading