The Cuckoo’s Calling 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Adult Mystery
Publication Date: February 13th, 2014
Pages: 550
Publishers: Sphere

Goodreads Synopsis

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger.

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year.

This is the first book I have read by J.K. Rowling outside of the Harry Potter universe and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book!

My main negative for The Cuckoo’s Calling was that there were a few points in the story that simply felt slow. I didn’t hate these portions as you were still generally getting some information regarding the mystery but I would of liked even more if it was a bit quicker paced.

As for the positives I have many more! I really enjoyed both the main characters Robin & Strike. I loved Robin for not giving up on a career path she was enjoying, even if it wasn’t the most ideal situation. I also really enjoyed how conscience she was of others and what she could do to help them. That was actually super refreshing compared to some of the main characters I’ve been reading of recently. As for Strike I enjoyed how he handled situations & his way of thinking. It was awesome to see some disability rep for him as well and I loved that we got a sneak of the backstory behind it which I think helped build his character in general.

I really enjoyed the setting of this one from the office to the streets of London. I’ve actually been reading a lot of books set in London recently (by accident) and I think this one set the most vivid image in my head due to the descriptions throughout the book.

Lastly, I have to briefly mention the plot. No spoilers of course but I really enjoyed it! This was a well thought-out mystery and I really enjoyed how we slowly got all these ‘clues’ that could of lead to any number of people but then something totally unexpected was revealed in the end! Completely unpredictable and I loved it.

Overall, I do recommend this book but just be warned it can be on the slower side. I will definitely be continuing the series after I grab book 2 (for some reason I own book 1 & 3 but not 2. 🤷🏻‍♀️).

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? What were your thoughts?
Also have you read any of J.K. Rowlings other works (besides HP)? Are they worth me looking into?

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

There may be slight. spoilers in this post.

1. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This would be an amazing game! Navigating the ships would be so fun!

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


This world would be awesome to explore in game form! Discovering and exploring Weep &  exploring the dreams would be awesome too

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

This would be an awesome story to follow! Trying to find out where the King was on the ley line.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Meeting new peculiar children would be awesome, navigating the world and trying to save the Ymbrynes. Would be awesome.

5. Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I know Harry Potter already has the games that follow the books/movies, but I want something different! I want a game that you start by receiving your owl and going shopping in Diagon Alley for your school supplies. Then go to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express and get sorted! Go to classes and perform spells in Transfiguration, Defence Against the Dark Arts & Charms, make potions, train creatures in Care of Magical Creatures & locate stars in Astronomy. Depending on what skills your best at you can graduate and find what job you would fit in and train in that and then go on to do that job in the wizarding world!

The same general Idea could happen with Fantastic Beasts too, maybe even Illvermorny being added in there or just finding Beasts and Training them, saving them or returning them to their homes!!

Someone needs to do this last one!

Well that is all for today! What books would you like to turn into games?!

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April 2017 TBR

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So most of these books will be the same as March’s TBR! I had planned to read all of those books, and then I got approved for 2 eGalley books. So I read them instead and the first book in the Everlife series so that I could actually read Lifeblood and know what was going on. I’m not requesting any eGalleys for a while as quite simply there isn’t anything interesting to request that is available to Australians that I have seen. So I will try and stay on this months TBR!!

Currently Reading


Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Currently Listening


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

Yes I am relistening to the Harry Potter Series AGAIN! 

What I Want To Read In April

I did have The Diabolic on last months TBR, but I also want to read more books that can go towards the Beat The Backlist challenge which is to read books that weren’t released this year, so instead I have put A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas instead. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What I Want To Listen To In April


The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t know if I will get to it this month as I am relistening to the Harry Potter series again, but I might listen to it at some point. 

Well that is all! Now I’m going to go and read more of Traitor To The Throne! It’s been raining for the last 2 days as the leftovers of Cyclone Debbie heads towards South East Queensland. I don’t know if any of my followers are fellow Queenslanders, but if you are I hope everyone is okay and be careful as the flash flooding in Brisbane, Toowoomba, etc is getting pretty dangerous. Thank goodness we live in a small town that is on a hill. Our creek may flood, but it never actually comes into town! Stay safe everyone!

What’s on your TBR for April??

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Top 5 Wednesday – Future Classics

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Future Classics
–Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

How old does a book have to be before it is considered a classic, that is what confuses me. But these books or series are the last 10 or 20 years?

1.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 


I feel like this book is already kind of considered a classic. It’s a book that I think everyone should read, even if you don’t usually read Historical Fiction. It’s eye opening and emotional and definitely a future classic, if not already!

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


I feel like this book is so unique and could definitely be a classic. There was so much hype and love for this book when it came out and when Gemina was released. I actually haven’t heard many people say they have disliked it! It’s definitely something that will be remembered!

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


This book address so many issues that many people have had to deal with in their lives. This book is another one that everyone should read. I know not everyone likes this book, but I still think it should be a future classic.

4.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


This book came out in 2008, but when it’s movie came out everyone started reading the series even more and then reading all these other dystopian. That’s kinda when the phase started with it. And because of that and it just so well know, that is why I consider it a future dystopian. Not necessarily the other 2 books in the series and I know a lot of people have issues with Allegiant, but this book in particular definitely

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


You had to know this was coming! Harry Potter is already a classic really! And I don’t think I need to explain this one.

Well that is all for today!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

1. J.K. Rowling


2. Alwyn Hamilton


3. Laini Taylor


4. Maggie Stiefvater


5. Ransom Riggs


6. Amie Kaufman & 7. Jay Kristoff


8. J.R.R. Tolkien

I know this isn’t actually possible, but I would still have loved to, so wanted to add it.


9. Amanda Hocking


10. Richelle MeadRichelle-Mead-2009-r-1000x1000

Well that is all, just a quick and easy post today! Love it!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Of The Shortest Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

This week’s prompts is: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

A few of these will be Harry Potter related!

1. Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling)


2. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)


3. Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs


4. Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling


5. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling


6. Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling


7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling


8. New Edition – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)


9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling


10. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth

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That is all for today!  Pretty easy list as 8 of them were by J.K. Rowling!!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book That Brings You Warm Feelings


I really need to stop finding memes that I want to do that are on the same day as memes I already participate in!

I’m also cheating as it is 2 hours into Friday, no longer Thursday but oh well!

Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

So this weeks theme is: Fall is just around the corner: A book that brings you warm feelings

So I’m not normal, that as simple as it gets. The book I chose is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all the HP books end on a kind of good note compared to the really bad thing that has been building up all book, but out of all I loved Prisoner of Azkaban the most, everything you learnt about Sirius and how everything turned out just makes me so happy!

Original Cover:


I’m pretty sure that this was the original cover, so if I’m wrong I’m sorry!

The copy I own is similar to this but slightly different as it is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition.

Cover from my country:

I tried googling it with no success, I live in Australia and most of the time with just get the UK edition of books!

Favourite covers:

Left is the new UK Bloomsbury Children’s Edition.
I love that they added the stag to the cover of this edition and the illustration is just beautiful! I also really like the colours on this edition.

Middle is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition, which is the one I own.
I like that this one is basically the same as the original (which I really like) but it just has that bit more, I also like the gold on the spine, which you obviously can’t see in this photo but that what it has on my real copy. I wish I had the full set in this edition so the spines would be metallic.

Right is the iBooks/Kindle edition.
I really like this cover! My favourite thing is that when the image is smaller or further away the island looks like a wolf howling, I’m guessing this was on purpose and I love it!

Least Favourite:

Left is the Bloomsbury Adult edition
To me if you removed the words from this book it looks like the cover of a murder mystery or something, there is nothing to refer it to Prisoner of Azkaban.

Right is the American Original Scholastics edition.
I just don’t like the illustrations! The faces of Hermione and Harry are really chubby and Harry is meant to be the opposite of that! and Buckbeak looks like a bird that has just smacked into a glass door.

Well, that’s it! Which cover for Prisoner of Azkaban is your favourite! Also, comment a link below to your Book Traveling Thursday or just tell me and I will check it out!
It’s interesting seeing different covers for books, I don’t really think about it as I just buy what available to me, so I probably haven’t seen half of them!