Review: Northern Lights graphic novel by Philip Pullman.

Title โ€“ Northern Lights
Series โ€“ His Dark Materials #1
Author โ€“ Philip Pullman
How I Got It โ€“ From the publisher
Pages โ€“ 224 pages
Publication Date โ€“ย November 2nd 2017 by Doubleday Childrens, imprint of Penguin Random House
ISBN โ€“ 9780857535429
RRPย โ€“ $45.00 NZD
My Rating โ€“ โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…/5

“Lyra Belacqua and her daemon, Pantalaimon, live a wild and unruly life among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford.

But all that changes with the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel. Unwittingly thrust into the heart of a terrible struggle – one of kidnapped children, fearsome experimentation and extraordinary rebellion – Lyra will draw on all her fierce resourcefulness to not only survive but fight.”

I received a copy of the Northern Lights graphic novel from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book from the His Dark Materials trilogy.DOdj_HqV4AE6VLY

I have read the book, Northern Lights, but it was a few years ago now. I did really enjoy it but I never did get around to reading the other two books in the trilogy. And then I’d left it too late and forgot most of what happened. So when I saw that a graphic novel was going to be released I thought it would be a great way to refresh my memory and also read a graphic novel. I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels.

I will admit that I thought the story jumped ahead out of nowhere. I get that this is a graphic novel and not everything from the book can fit but it just changed scenes with no warning and I also felt like conversations were cut off and didn’t come to an end. I can’t say how much of the story is missing from the book but I did feel like the biggest parts were included. Maybe it’s just me and the fact I haven’t read a graphic novel in years…

I did enjoy the illustrations. I thought they added to the story and made me think of the movie. I have only seen the movie once and all I remember from that is the actors and that insane orange monkey.ย  I loved the detail in the illustrations. I do wish I’d taken some photos for my review but it just slipped my mind.

Overall I did enjoy reading this edition of Northern Lights and it did bring enough of the story back for me to pick up the next book. Which is great! Now I just have to actually pick it up. I want to know what’s next for Lyra and Pan.

If you’re a fan of the His Dark Materials trilogy and haven’t checked this out then I definitely recommend picking up a copy!

* Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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October Book Haul.

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I didn’t post a book haul last month. I was in a reading and blogging slump and just couldn’t be bothered. But I am slowly getting back into things.

I’m just going to just right in. The first book I received last month was from Hachette 1New Zealand. Ringer is the sequel and conclusion to Replica. I haven’t read it yet but I can’t wait to pick it up. I loved Replica so I am looking forward to finding out how this story ends. I just need to figure out which chapter I read first…

When I read Replica I read a chapter of Gemma and then flipped the book to read a chapter of Lyra. I think I’m going to do that again this time I just don’t know which one to read first, Gemma or Lyra? I guess I’ll figure it out soon. If you want to read my review on Replica you can click the link here.

The second book was sent to me from a friend. There was a huge-ish book sale here for imported US editions of books and I managed to get a few. My local store didn’t have The 2

Passion of Dolssa so Chelsea offered to get me a copy. I have heard good things about this so hopefully I’ll like it whenever I actually pick it up.

I can’t remember what this is about but I figured for $7 if I don’t like it I can just pass it on. The sale had a lot of hardbacks which are usually really expensive in New Zealand so there was no way I was going to miss a chance of getting cheap hardback books. I think I got seven? I can’t remember. But the one I was really excited about was the hardback edition of Illuminae. I loved both Illiminae and Gemina and really wanted the hardback editions. Now I just need to get Gemina in hardback.ย 3

The next book was sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand. I loved The Martian by Andy Weir so when I heard Artemis was coming out I knew I had to read it. I haven’t picked it up yet but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

This is another sci-fi book. I can’t remember which planet it takes place on but I think it has something to do with a heist? But I’m not really sure. I just saw an Andy Weir book and wanted to read it. I didn’t really care what it was about. But I have heard that it’s good.

The next three books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia to review. The first 4one, The Other Way Around, I can’t really remember what it’s about. I remember now why I do book hauls throughout the month, so I know what the book is about… The cover makes me think road trip but I could be completely wrong.

So I just looked the book up on Goodreads. This is the synopsis on there – “Andrew has seen a flash of his future from his unfulfilled parents. Based on what he’s seen, he’s uninspired. After a particularly disastrous Thanksgiving, Andrew accidentally runs away and joins the circus. Kind of.” So not exactly what I was thinking but whatever.

The second book is Of Jenny and the Aliens. I think this one has an alien invasion and a5 guy crushing on a girl. And for some reason he asks this alien for advice with Jenny… I guess there’s more going on but that’s all I remember from when I read the synopsis when the book arrived.

I love the cover of this book. Especially the alien – he’s cute! Well I don’t even know if the alien is a he or not but whatever it is it’s cute.

I don’t know when I’ll be picking this up. I’m really behind with my review books so I have a few others I need to read before I can pick this up but I’m hoping to get to it soon. And I’m hoping that my reading slump just buggers off already!ย 6

The third book I received from Walker Books Australia was On the Free. This one takes place at a camp (I think) and something happens, people die I think? I’m assuming there’s some kind of animal attack because under the dust jacket there’s claw marks. Like from a bear or a huge cat.

I also love this cover! I don’t really know why but I think it’s so pretty. I’m also really looking forward to reading this one. I think out of these three I might pick this one up first. It just keeps standing out to me.

So the next five books were sent to me from Penguin Random House New Zealand for me to review. The first one was a graphic novel of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. 7Northern Lights is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I’ve actually read Northern Lights but not the next two books. So I thought this was a great way to get a fast re-fresher on the first book so that I can finally pick up The Subtle Knife.

Plus, I haven’t read a graphic novel in ages and I enjoyed Northern Lights so I wanted to see what the graphic novel is like. I’m actually planning to read this next.

The illustrations look really good too. I can’t wait to pick this one up. It will also help with my Goodreads challenge too.

The next book I received was Things a Bright Girl Can Do. I didn’t request this one but it8 does sound good. I think it takes place before or during the suffragette movement. I don’t know if the characters are based on real people or they’re just fiction. I haven’t looked into it at all.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set during this time so it will mostly likely be a first for me. I also have no idea when I’ll pick this one up but I will one day soon-ish. Hopefully.

If you’ve read this book let me know what you thought of it? Because I don’t really know a lot about it or anyone that’s read it… That I know of anyway.

The next book I received was Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This is about someone that’s 9expelled from school (I can’t remember why) but something happens and it might actually be the best thing that happened to him. If I’m remembering the synopsis right anyway. So, there’s like a 90% chance I’m completely wrong…

I thought this sounded kind of good when I first read the synopsis so I’m hoping I’ll like it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a James Patterson book before. This one is for YA, which I read more of than anything else but I don’t just read YA. I know people judge others for reading YA and I really don’t get it. There are some amazing books that are YA!

Anyway, the next book I received was This Mortal Coil and no, I can’t remember what 10this is about. I think it might be dystopian but I’m not 100%. I haven’t read a dystopian book in so long so if it is I cannot wait to read it. I do remember hearing good things about this ages ago though.

You can’t see in this photo but the edges of the book have the DNA (I’m not really into science so I’m just guessing) thing down it. It looks really cool though. I’ll try to get a photo of it for my review. Whenever I post that because I haven’t even read the book yet. I’m hoping to get to it this month but who knows if that will happen. I only read three books last month and I haven’t touched my current read in days… Seriously guys, how do I get out of a reading slump??12

Okay, so the last book I received from Penguin Random House New Zealand was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. It also came with some kind of bracelet and a notebook.

I’ve only read three of John’s books – The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I loved TFIOS but the other two were just meh. I have three more of his books but haven’t picked them up. I hope I like TATWD more than I liked Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. I didn’t hate them but they weren’t the best books I’ve ever read. TFIOS though was so good. I think I’ve read it three times? Anyway, I’m also hoping to read TATWD this month too.ย DMi97oKVAAADqwZ

I got the October Owlcrate which was “Find me in the Forest.” I have shared my unboxing on my Instagram. If you want to see it you can click the link. I loved this box and I especially love the Harry Potter mug!

I don’t know how many Owlcrate boxes I’ll be getting because it’s not exactly cheap for me with the exchange rate and international shipping but I am so glad I got this box just for the mug. I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t know when I’ll get to it. Maybe over the Christmas break? Who knows. November’s Owlcrate sounds good too. Somethings about castles and kingdoms.ย 13

 

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand to review. The first one, Mirror, Mirror, sounds really good. Something about friends, lovers and betrayals.

I read the synopsis for this one months ago, way before the book was released so there’s no way I remember what the book is actually about. I haven’t made a TBR for November because I just don’t see a point with this stupid slump but if I can get to Mirror, Mirror this month then I definitely will.

I also received a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper to review. I got a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula last month and cannot wait to read Stalking Jack the Ripper. I didn’t know until14 last night that it was about someone being in love with Jack the Ripper but okay. Sounds interesting…

I have heard really good things about this book though so I can’t wait to read it. I was planning on joining a read-along for it but then our stray cat had kittens and I just didn’t get a chance to pick it up. But I’m hoping to get to this one soon.

This is also another beautiful cover! I love the colours and the buildings at the bottom. Anyway, if this reading slump would just f off already I could actually finish Godsgrave and pick up another book.ย 15

I won a giveaway on Twitter for an ARC of The Last Namsara from Date a Book Australia. I also haven’t read this but it’s another book I can’t wait to read. I think this one is about hunting down and killing dragons (why????) and something to do with stories. I guess I’ll find out when I read the book but I’m not really in a rush because it’s not a review book.

I love dragons so I’m not sure I’ll enjoy the hunting them down and killing them part but whatever. It has dragons in it and I am looking forward to reading it.ย 16

I received a copy of Nexus from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. This is the last book in the Zeroes trilogy. I’ve read the first two books and I’ve actually enjoyed them more than I thought I would. You can click the links for my reviews of Zeroes and Swarm.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this trilogy ends. Some of the characters in the first two books really annoyed me. Well one that I can remember off the top of my head. But there was a great cliffhanger at the end of Swarm and I actually remember it for a change! If I had a TBR for November this would definitely be on it.ย 18

The next two books were sent to me from Bloomsbury Australia. These were both surprise book mail. I had no idea they were being sent. But I love surprise book mail. Anyway, the first book I have already read and reviewed. Not this edition. I got a different edition from Allen and Unwin New Zealand I can’t even remember when. But if you want to read my review of The Song from Somewhere Else you can click the link here.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this copy but I love the cover of the paperback edition.ย 17

The other book Bloomsbury Australia sent me was The Start of Me and You. I have read two other books by Emery Lord and I think my favourite was The Names They Gave Us. I had heard of this one before but hadn’t gotten around to picking up a copy. But I’m glad I didn’t.

This book sounds kind of sad. Or like it could be sad. But it takes a lot to actually make me cry so we’ll see. I don’t know when I’ll be picking this one up. Probably when I’m in the mood for a contemporary so it might be a while. I so want to get over this slump soon. If you have advice please leave me a comment!19

The last two books I received in October were from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. The Nearest Far Away Place sounds like it could also be a sad read. It follows two brothers after the loss of their parents in a car crash. They go to live with relatives and that’s all I can remember. It says on the back it’s about brothers, loss and something else.

I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I did because I remember requesting it. This isn’t a very long book so I’m hoping to pick this up soon too.20

The last book I received was The Red Ribbon. Again, I can’t remember why I wanted to read this but I know I requested it the same time as The Nearest Far Away Place so I must have thought it would be something I’d like.

Well it says on the cover something about a dress being the difference between life and death so that seems different. Guess I’ll find out when I pick the book up though.

Anyway, that’s my October book haul. What books did you get last month??

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday โ€“ [November 1st 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over atย Taking on a World of Words.ย All you have to do isย answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over atย Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think youโ€™ll read next?

Currently Reading โ€“ย DNVuHM4VwAA5F-5
I started Godsgrave a few of days ago. I haven’t managed to read much because a cat that sort of adopted us (for now anyway) had kittens two days ago so I’ve been a little distracted. But I’m hoping to get back into it now that she seems more settled and has a somewhere to sleep. So we now have four new additions to the family. Not sure how long the mother will stick around but we won’t be keeping any of the kittens once they’re old enough to be re-homed.

Anyway, I think I’vee read around 60+ pages so far and I am enjoying it. I missed this narrator though. I love their sarcasm.

Recently Finished โ€“ย ย 11 (4)
I didn’t post a WWW Wednesday last week because I hadn’t read much and I’d just be repeating myself. So I have finished The Wonderling by Mira Bartok. I think this book was a little too young for me. I do read middle grade sometimes but this was not the kind of book I usually read. It was a cute read and I loved the illustrations but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.

I’ll talk about this more in my review though. I don’t know when I’ll be posting it because I am behind again.. The joys of adulting.

The other book I read recently-ish was Magus Chase and the Ship of the Dead. This is the third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. I really enjoy Riordan’s DMydKunVQAEvpKObooks. I still prefer the Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus series but I love the diversity in these books. Which I’ll go into more in my review. I have actually written this one already.

Again, I have no idea when I’ll be posting the review for Ship of the Dead but I’m hoping soon. If you love Riordan’s books and haven’t read this series then I recommend picking the first three books up. Annabeth and Percy make an appearance at the start of Ship of the Dead so that’s always a plus for me. I love both Annabeth and Percy. There was also a short story at the end of this edition but I haven’t read it.ย 7

Reading Nextย โ€“
I think I’ll be reading the Northern Lights graphic novel next. I’ve read the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I can’t remember what happened so this will better than re-reading Northern Lights.

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (December 8th): Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.

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I’m late again with my Top Ten Tuesday. It completely slipped my mind yesterday. Oh well, I’m getting to it now.

Claudia Grayย –ย 
17234658The first book I read of Claudia’s was A Thousand Pieces of You earlier this year and I loved it. I haven’t read the sequel yet but I’m looking forward to getting to it hopefully sometime soon.

Rachael Craw –ย 
20950716Rachael Craw is a New Zealand author. When I started reviewing books for Walker Books Australia and New Zealand this is the first book they sent me. It’s so freaking good!

Gena Showalter –ย 
picmonkey-collageI found Alice in Zombieland at a secondhand bookstore earlier this year. I’d never read anything by Gena before I found that I loved it so much that I bought Through the Zombie Glass when I was halfway through Alice in Zombieland. I don’t have The Queen of Zombie Hearts or the next book yet.

Amie Kaufman –ย 
starbound-trilogyI loved The Starbound Trilogy when I read it this year. I’ve reviewed all the books on my blog. I also loved Illuminae. I think Amie Kaufman is now one of my favourite authors.

Amy Ewing –ย 
41IksYDI69L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_This was another book sent to me by Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.

Kate Morton –ย 
9781742376516-669x1024The Lake House was sent to me from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I’d never read a book by Kate before that and absolutely loved this. It had me guessing right till the very end.

Jojo Moyes –ย 
818tMZ3aozL._SL1500_I’d seen Me Before You all over Bookstagram for months so I decided to get it from the library. It was such a sad but beautiful book. I’ve also read After You.

Patrick Ness –
A_Monster_CallsThe first book I read by Patrick Ness was A Monster Calls and I didn’t really like it. I’ve now read The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer and loved those. Hopefully I’ll love the other books of his I have too.

Philip Pullman –
81My local librarian recommended Northern Lights to me so when I saw the books in a shop over here I bought the trilogy. I’ve only read Northern Light and I did like it. I’ll read the next book sometime next year.

Samantha Shannon –
The_Bone_Season_coverThis is another book I’d seen all over Bookstagram and I gave in and got it from the library. I can’t remember much about it but I wasn’t that into it. Some parts, towards the end, were a lot more interesting that the beginning. I haven’t read the next book yet.

I read a lot more new (to me) authors this year but I only needed ten.

Who are some of the new authors you’re read this year?

Aimee.

September Wrap Up.

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This is the first time I’ve done a wrap up at the end of the month. Mostly because I read a lot of library books and have been returned before I can get a photo of all the books I’ve read during the month.

But not this time. I read a lot of my own books this month and four that were sent to me for review. I’m going to list them in the order I read them and what I rated them on Goodreads.

Not pictured are the two library books I read at the end of the month.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Spark by Rachael Craw –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Legend by Marie Lu –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
The King’s Jewel by Sarena and Sasha Nanua –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maria Kalman –ย โ˜…โ˜…
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare –ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

So that’s my wrap up for September.
How did you do in September? Let me know in the comments.

– Aimee.

Review: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Title – Northern Lights
Author – Philip Pullman
Publication Date –ย November 6th 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN –ย 9781407153322

Lyra and her animal daemon, Pantalaimon or Pan, have lived among the scholars of Jordan Collage in Oxford for as long as she can remember. But Lyra’s destiny will take her to the frozen lands in the North with the witch clans and ice-bears.

Lyra’s incredible journey will lead her to new places, meeting allies along the way, and into a world beyond her own.

A librarian at my local library recommended this trilogy to me so when I saw them in a bookstore over here I decided to just get them. She always good book recommendations for me.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Northern Lights. I saw the movie adaptation, The Golden Compass, years ago and I didn’t really like it all that much. Now, I can’t remember the movie very much, which I think is a good thing because it would have ruined the book. I do remember Nicole Kidman and her evil golden monkey.ย But as I read the book things started coming back to me, like who Lyra’s parents are.

I really liked Northern Lights. The world in it is similar to ours but really different at the 12016429_10155959528065018_1655181670_nsame time. In Lyra’s world humans have daemons (pronounced demons) which are animals and are connected to them in deep physical and emotional bonds. I really wanted to know how a baby got their daemon but it wasn’t mentioned. I hope I can find out in the next two books.

For a child Lyra is very sure of herself, not in a bad way (aside from all the lying about her parents to other children, but a lot of kids do that) and confident. The way she handled the horrible situations she ended up in, when the only thing she had to get her out of them was her quick thinking and her faith in others. Sometimes, twice that I remember, Lyra’s trust was broken by people she thought were good but that didn’t really slow her down for long.

I can’t believe it took me this long to read Northern Lights. I have the 20th anniversary edition so it’s been around for a while. I really liked the world in this book, the adventure Lyra went on and all the interesting characters she met. I think my favourite was Iorek. I hope he makes an appearance in the other books somewhere.

I’m not sure when I’ll read the next book. I have a pile of library books to get through first but I’m hoping that if I can’t get to it next month then in November.

Have your read the His Dark Materials trilogy? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [September 23rd 2015] โ€“

qphybpAnother edition of WWW Wednesday thatโ€™s hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Currently reading โ€“
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I’m not that far into this, I had a busy day yesterday so didn’t get to read much but so far I like what I’ve read. Bits of the movie are coming back to me the more I read, not much but I did remember who Lyra’s parents were before it was revealed in the book.

Recently finished โ€“
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I finished Zeroes on Monday. I found out recently that there are going to be more books after this one, I was a bit confused with the ending. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Reading next โ€“
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I picked this up from the library last week. I had an eBook edition on my tablet but when I saw it on the shelf I decided to read a physical copy instead and delete the other one. I don’t know if I’ll like this book or not but I haven’t heard much about it. Guess I’ll just have to read it and find out.

That’s my WWW Wednesday for this week.
Have you read any of these book? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments.

Aimee.