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Top Ten Tuesday – So Far In 2015

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Have Read So Far In 2015

I love these kinds of lists. Great way to add a bunch of books to my list!

1. The Strange and Beautiful Life of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This one is so good good its a little bit soul altering.

2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. One of my all time favourites.

3. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I liked this one so much more than the last book in the series.

4. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Just so many things. So many.

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5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. One of my all time favourites.

6. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The surprise of the year for me.

7. Blue Spring Ride by By Io Sakisaka. I suggest waiting to read this until all of it comes out.

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8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. So excited to read the rest of the series and to meet the author in November!

9. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. Again an earlier book wins over the last one.

10. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Last but not least.

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Book Review – The Ruby Circle

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Title: The Ruby Circle [Bloodlines 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 348

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

THEY WILL BE TESTED

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Don’t miss their unforgettable final chapter…

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Lets not beat around the bush. This book has been out for ages so if you are reading this I think its because you have read it and want to know my opinion. If this is not so though there will be spoilers in this review. Its the last one so I have to talk about everything that happens in the book because I wont get a chance to talk about it in the next one because there isn’t a next one. If you want a non spoilery review here you go: I really loved this book and feel like it was a good enough ending, though not perfect because the book was very rushed. The Vampire Academy series was much better but if you are fans of that I would give this series a go even if it doesn’t have the perfect last book.

I am a bit sad that I felt like I could not end this series off on a 5 star. I really liked this book and I feel satisfied enough with it to let this spin off series finish here, but this book had just one serious flaw that I just could not move past and it prevent the top rating.

It was just too damn short.

With the Vampire Academy series each of the books progressively got bigger and bigger and the final book was just huge. The Bloodlines books didn’t grow in size and I feel this let the story down in this last book because it simply didn’t have enough time/pages to get all the story out without in feeling rushed like this book did. I kind of feel like Mead got to this last book, looked at her notes and the storylines/plots that have come up throughout the series and have not yet concluded and gone “Oh shit” and then just tried to jam them all into the one short book. This made the book feel rushed, have some things end just a little too easily, and leave some bigger questions just left hanging. Neil, Declan, The Alchemists, the cure, how things ended up for Lissa and Jill with Court and the laws they were facing. Could this possibly be because there are more spin offs to come? I suppose will see. I feel as though Mead might want to take a bit of a break first before she dives back in.

Besides that though I really liked the book. I did predict who had taken Jill at the end of the last book, and while I am glad something kind of happened with the whole Jill plotline in the story, I felt the overall series was more about Adrian and Sydney than hiding Jill because she was in danger.

Adrian was a bit of an idiot again in this book, but he gets over it eventually. I can understand why he was so dumb (kind of) and when he was stupidly dumb he suffered for it. I felt bad for him but at least he learnt from it this time. He and Sydney were having some issues in this book but they still had some really cute moments. Sydney took a step back from the badass she gained in the last book, but she is allowed to mellow after all she went through.

I loved all the parts with Declan and I wish that his part in the series hadn’t of been so small. There is so much that can be explored here and I hope that we get more spin offs so that we get some answers. I actually kind of hope that we get more from Rose and Lissa if we get more books because they are both in such different places compared to the first series. Jill and Eddie are pretty good candidates for more perspectives though. We got a fair bit of Rose and Dimitri in this book and I just love it when they make an appearance. Their parts are always good. I am more than a little sad that the world is ending. We don’t know if there will be more I really hope there will be.

I think I will leave this review here because really there was just so much to talk about because the book was so fast paced and action packed. I have already talked about a bit of it, and I don;t want to potentially ruin anyone’s experience with this final book. I recommend this book to anyone who has been reading the series or has read VA. Just know going in that this book really should have been much longer, or some issues should have jut ended in earlier books.  There were many mushy moments and just generally happy parts that made me swell with joy. Anyone who has read it should come and discuss it with me.

 

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Book Review – Half Wild

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Title: Half Wild [Half Bad Trilogy 2]

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 400

Rating: 4 Star rounded up from 3.5

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Thank you Penguin for sending me this book!

I am just going to straight off the bat warn you about this book. Though this review got a much higher than its last one, the first part of this book was just as boring and hard to get through as Half Bad. I took a large break while reading this book because of this, and I didn’t really get into after I had been away from it for a few weeks. Also, go into this review that there will be spoilers from the first book as well from this one. I found it hard not to go into them a little, so you have been warned.

In this book we go with Nathan on a journey to save Annalise, his endless struggle with the magical gift he was given, and then join in the rebellion that has arisen against the White Witch Council. Plot wise we were much better written and more exciting in this book. That being said though big issues I had with the first book continued on it this one, including poor descriptions of events or scenes, the random and pointless switching of person perspective, and just generally being really slow at times. These negatives really annoyed me because enough people had voiced their issues with these things that changes could have been made but were not really. Yes, I think some notes were taken from the reviews of the first, but they still put in the second person perspective. Again, it was really interesting to read these parts, but there was only like two of them, one at the beginning and one randomly placed in the middle somewhere and I was questioning why it was there. Even if it had just been left at the start it would have been much better and really made more sense than two random bits.

This happen in this book thank god and it really has stages to it. Finding Gabriel, saving Annalise, controlling his gift, joining the rebel cause, finding daddy dearest, and betrayal. I chalk these list of things happening to why I enjoyed the book. I like Gabriel so this parts we spent thinking about him/were with him I enjoyed. Annalise continues to be greatly annoying even though she isn’t present. Nathan spends the majority of his time thinking about her or declaring just how much he needs to go off and save her. I really just do not understand this obsession, she is so boring and just blaaaaahhh. I don’t have the words. Her section of the book was the part I had serious issues getting through.

We actually get quite a bit of Marcus in this book which I suppose is a bit spoilery of me to mention but its one of the things I really enjoyed so I couldn’t not mention it. I always thought Marcus was a really interesting character so I am so glad that we got to see more of him in depth and actually get a sense of his character. The parts than Nathan spent with him were probably my favourite part in the book. Nathan had been struggling with dealing with his gift that seems to have a mind of its own (which in itself was pretty interesting to read about), but I really liked how he went on little trip with Marcus to get a relationship with him as well as get the help in understanding how to deal with his ability.

I also really liked most of the rebel scenes. I found them to be action packed and exciting because stuff was generally happening. I loved it when Nathan brings Marcus to meet everyone for the first time. That gave me a good little giggle. I also liked the kinda complex issues of just who some of the rebels where and how Nathan had to deal with that. This part of the book also had some devastating tragedies one of which leads to the previously mentioned betrayal. You can see the betrayal coming from a mile away, but the conclusion was still very sad to me. I won’t go into any of these things more because the rebel parts don’t happen till later in the book.

With the conclusion of this book I am both yay and nay. Nay because I foresee much more whining and focusing in boring things. Yay because this series is just so kind of predictable I have high hopes that I am going to get a really satisfying death scene where a certain someone gets ripped to shreds by Nathan in his animal form.

I think I have done enough rambling for now, you got character, plot and writing discussions with me just talking about how the plot progressed. Though I liked this book more than the last, it is in no way some wonderfully written masterpiece. The writing has improved but not enough. The plot actually moving and Marcus are the things that made things book for me. Sadly those two things are not enough to make me suggest this book to anyone, specially since they would have to go through the first one. I myself await the next to see where it goes, but iI don’t really mind the waiting for this series.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Top Ten

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Favourite Top Ten Tuesdays

Well this is an easy one. I like lists that give me lots of new books to read! Just to keep things interesting I will chuck a few others in there too.

 

 

  1. Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015.
  2. Top Ten Books Recently Added To My To Be Read List.
  3. Top Ten New Series I Want To Start.
  4. Top Ten Books I Have Read So Far This Year.
  5. Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I Would Like To Own.
  6. Top Ten Bookish Confessions.
  7. Top Ten Favourite Books I Have Read In The Last Three Years.
  8. Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like X.
  9. Top Ten Book Related Problems I Have.
  10. Top Ten Favourite Heroines.

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Book Review – The Maze Runner

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Title: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner 1]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 371

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there – or what’s happened to the world outside.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I had heard many mixed reviews about this book and the series in general so I was a bit iffy about going into, and much like some of the books I am iffy with, I found the series on sale for $19 at target or something so I picked it up and thought I might as well give it ago. But then I was looking for something to listen to on my endless drives up and down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast and beyond and then back again so I got my hands on the audio books of it as well. If I had of spend more money on these books I would have been very very angry at the utter waste of money.

The first half, if not 3/4 of the book was so utterly boring that I became filled with rage at the sheer stupidity of it all. The writing style was excruciating. My mind was in pain at certain points because I could think of a hundred different ways that certain parts of the book could have been written that would have made it just so much better and the fact that I got what I did just seemed frankly a bit disrespectful to the readers. Am I not worth some editing? Are we, the buyers of your books, not worth some thought or effort? If I had not of been listening to an audio book of it and were actually reading the books, I don’t think I could have moved past this huge chunk of the book and actually get to the parts I rather enjoyed. The end is what bumped it up from 2 star to 3 star. Upon reading this review before publication, I decided that was way to generous. F you book, you are lucky you didn’t get a 1!

The issues I found with the first part of the book were simple. Nothing happens. Yes, they try to trick us into thinking things happen but it doesn’t. This book tries to be good with the idea that if you don’t know answers to the heaps of questions presented that makes the story interesting, but that doesn’t work so much when actually nothing ever happens. Oh we got a girl for a first time! Too bad she is in a coma for pretty much all the book and does nothing. Oh she can speak to Thomas’s mind? Too bad she does it very randomly, it very rarely makes sense, and Thomas denies it pretty much the entire time she is in the coma. Thomas asks a lot of questions, none of which are ever answered, ever really, throughout the entire book. Not through plot development, and not by any of the characters. “Why can’t I go into the maze at night?” We can’t just tell you there are monsters that will kill come out because that will make you go up and hug them. “Where are we?” No no, you are never going to work out or be able to handle being told we are inside a giant maze! The books tries so hard to be surprise and mysterious that is failed on all levels. You don’t need to shoot down EVERY SINGLE QUESTIONS THAT GETS ASKED EVER! Its called bloody plot development.

I also hated all the stupid nicknames that where given to everything. I think the word shank gets said more than the main characters name. No, that is not a clever made up word. None of them are. You are all so extremely stupid and annoying I wish you get killed off so the book ends I don’t have to keep hearing you talk.

I also felt zero connection or like to any of the characters. I thought they were flat and one dimensional and just so boring. At points they were dying left and right and I just did not give a toss. The only ones I liked where Newt and Minho, and I think this was in part to the life the voice actor was giving to the characters.

I found the Grievers really hard to picture which helped with the not being really afraid of them. So, they are like great bug slugs with metal bits poking out of them? Meh… I am not feeling that imagery.

Now liking the second half of the book was easy because stuff happened and it happened really quickly one after the other. I wont go into it even though lots of you already know what happens, but it kept me on the edge of my seat for the drive and I actually didn’t care if I hit traffic at any point because that meant I got to get more of the story. The end of the book was pretty intense.

I did really like the idea of this huge maze and kids who had no idea who they were and the things they did remember where planted and possibly not even true. I liked the idea of it all being just one great big test the kids had to go through for unknown reasons, and for the ending of the book I will continue with the next book, and because the other movie will be coming out sooner or later.

So yes, as a whole I think this book was a very big flop to say the very least. This book was so bad it actually fills me with rage to think of it. The action at the end and the idea of this test thing are the only parts I really liked about it, and I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone when there are far better books of the genre out there. Also, since there are movies now you can do the whole thing in a much shorter time and that would be a better way for them to deal with it I think. This is not a must read for fans of the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are far better, and fans best stay away lest they become sad with the comparison.

 

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Book Review – The Strange And Beautiful Sorrows Of Ava Lavender

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Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism

Length: 301

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was the kind of book that grabs hold of you and changes who you are as a person ever so slightly. I went into this book with literally no expectations. I bought this book because I thought the cover was stunning. That was it. I actually didn’t think I was going to like it so much because there are so many things that could just be wrong with a book like this. A girl born with wings in an otherwise normal world. If the writing wasn’t good a story like that can fall apart before it even starts. But the writing in this book swept me up and carried me away to places I could not have imagined.

To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did.
I was just a girl.

This is a small to average sized book and it contained so much yet nothing went to waste. I thought this book would start right off on Ava, go straight into the strangeness of this girl. Instead we get Ava telling us how her life came to be right up until the very end of the book, starting off with her grandmothers parents, then moving onto her grandmother and her siblings lives, then her mothers, and finally hers and her brothers, going through all the things that lead them to the places they ended and the strangeness that seemed to flow within the family genes. Ava and her brother Henry were not even born till the very end of chapter nine.

This book contains so many characters that it would take me a very long time to mention them all, and normally in a short book like this many characters often feel flat or underdeveloped and just overall pointless to the story. This is not the case with tis book. Every single character that is mentioned in this book and been expertly woven and told and serves a purpose the story. The is no needless information given at any point in this story.

I don’t even really know what I can say about this book. The entire story had this magical feel and atmosphere to it that made you want to keep reading. It moves slow, but you don’t even notice, You can see where the story is going for Ava. Its not like its a secret, it says it on the very first page with to my great misfortune, I was once mistake for an angel, and in the synopsis with whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration and build to a devastating crescendo. You know where the story is going from the very start. When I saw this part of the book coming I read it in twenty minute segments because I just didn’t want it to happen. I didn’t want to believe it and I didn’t want to experience that level of sadness. But I knew I had to if I want to see the conclusion of the story so I pushed through it. Poor poor Ava, and poor poor Henry. I feel as though Henry is this books readers inserted within the story. He knows whats coming, and we know whats coming, but no one else does and as we see it all unfolding and scream out to be heard, to warn, no one understands us and by the end there is nothing we can do because its already happened.

There is only one character I truly hate for what he inflicted, and its not hard to guess who that person is. But the whole of Ava’s life seems to be her dealing with people who cannot look past the pigeon like wings that protrude from her back, and how if someone other than herself had of just seen her as the girl she was and treated her thusly, all of this could have been avoided.

I acknowledged Gabe and his attempts of flight the way a legless child might view a hopeful and misguided parent buying a house full of stairs. After awhile, when Gabe offered me a morning greeting, it didn’t feel like he was greeting me but rather a giant pair of wings; no girl, just feathers.

This is a story about love in all forms, with complete and utterly heartbreaking honesty, sometimes so honest that you just don’t even want to acknowledge it. It is a story about the choices we make in life and where they lead us. How life can be a horrid waste, where obsession can lead, the effects desire can have, and how everything you know your life to be could have been different if you had of just chosen a different path, or accept the one that was placed in front of you.

She laughed for her wasted, difficult life that never had to be wasted or difficult in the first place.

This story is sad, happy, intoxicating, and just so unbelievably beautiful its enough to crush the soul. It came upon me slowly like everything comes upon you with this book, and it wasn’t until I realised I was having so much trouble reading up to the section that I undertood just how much I love this book and how much it has forever effected me. I have not felt like this about a book since On The Jellicoe Road and this book has soared to the top of my all time favourite books list.

If you haven’t guessed already, I think everyone should read this book if they are at an age where they can properly understand the meanings portrayed within its pages. Because of this book, Leslye Walton has been places on my ‘must buy’author list and I cannot wait to see what she brings the world in the future. I just… I just can’t get over it. To anyone who has read this book, please come to me and discuss the ending. I have so many feelings and for the first time after reading a book I feel as though if I don’t discuss it with someone I might explode. It causes me physical pain.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books On My Summer Winter TBR In 2015

1. Ashes of Life by Erica Lucke Dean. I have to hurry up and read this because I am part of the blog tour in July.

2. What She Left by T.R. Richmond. Given to me by the publishers so I have to get a move on.

3. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Again, this was given to me by the publishers.

4. Looking For Alaska by John Green. Its new to my shelf and is awaiting me.

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5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Same as above.

6. Paper Towns by John Green. I have to get on this before the movie comes out.

7. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier. I need to hurry up and finish reading the series since I loved the first two.

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8. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I am behind on my Debut Author Challenge.

9. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Same as above.

10. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert. I have been reading this book for ages and it was given to me by the author, I am just having so much trouble getting through it.

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Book Review – Half Bad

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Title: Half Bad [Half Bad Trilogy 1]

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 380

Rating: 2 Star rounded down from 2.5

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am sure you can gather from the rating I gave this book that I didn’t like it. Books generally have to be pretty damn painful for me to rate them below a three star yet here we are. I present to you Half Bad.

This is a story set in our modern day world where there is a secret magic side to it where normal everyday people are generally unaware that its there. In this hidden magical world are the White/Good witches, Black/Evil witches, and some cross breeds between witches and humans and White and Black witches otherwise known as Half Codes. Our main character Nathan is a Half Code, and seemingly the only one they know about. His mother was a White witch with healing abilities and his father is the most wanted Black witch on the planet, responsible for killing many other witches, eating their hearts so that their powers became his own. The story is about Nathan’s struggles with being both kinds of witch, and how he is treated in his world.

This story had so much potential to be so good. There are just so many things you can do with a plot really that has the ability to go anywhere, and this story did have some really good bits. The very start and the very end of the story were great and I really enjoyed them. The rest of it was just so excruciatingly slow that at times I felt like my eyes were melting from their sockets. I really liked how the good/bad lines between the colours were blurred and came into question. I in general thought all the controlling government of the White witches were complete and utter f***heads (but I spose you can say that about lots of governments), while I didn’t really ever feel that kind of rage at any of the Black witches introduced in the book. His whole relationship with Celia was a tad confusing and I didn’t know how to take it. She kept him locked up like a dog and did horrible things to him but she didn’t want to hand him over when the people she worked for wanted to take him places for things unknown. The end of the book was also very exciting but for obvious reasons I wont go into it.

Other than that plot wise nothing really happened. Not at any point in this story was I worried about Nathan working out his big thing he needed to work out. If it happened it happened if it didn’t. All I knew was that it was going to take a bloody long time to get there. This book put me in a slump and send me to sleep.

With the writing style there were some bits of second person perspective, and it was only really in the very beginning of the book. It was very interesting thing to experience straight off the bat, it did not continue throughout the book so I find myself asking why. Why on earth was that in there, what purpose did it serve, just why? Commit to it, it was really interesting and I felt much more connected to the story when it was happening rather than when it wasn’t. The rest of the writing was very telly and not showy.

I didn’t mind the characters and one I did really liked was Arran and I feel so bad for Nathan that he has been separated from one of the only loving people in his sad life. Nathan himself wasn’t so bad, but I didn’t really care about him. I felt so sorry for everything he had to go through but I didn’t care if he died or anything. Spoiler I also felt for someone who was just so against killing the entire book he took to it just way to damn easy. What was the point of that struggle? End Spoiler. I also liked Gabriel and I am interested in seeing where his part of the story leads.

Now I did get sent the next book in the series by Penguin so I will be continuing on with it. I liked the ending of this book but I don’t know if it was enough to make me continue without having been sent the second one. I really hope we get more of the magical things in the second book and that the pace picks up throughout the whole plotline rather than the start and the end. At this point I am not recommending this series to anyone. I am holding judgement until after I have read the second book.

 

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Book Review – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Glbt

Length: 303

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an advance readers copy of this book by Penguin and I want to thank them so very much! This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up at all since the content generally doesn’t interest me all the much. I don’t mean that in a hateful kind of way or anything, its just when it comes to romance I like to be able to relate or place myself in the story in some way and since I am not interested in the same sex, nor a male, I would never have picked this book up if they had not sent it to me, and I would have missed out on what a gem of a book it really is!

I found this book and the story line to be exceptionally cute and adorable. At many points I was laughing out loud and smiling so much that my face hurt with the extra workout it was getting despite the fact it is a story about a boy who gets blackmailed and is then exposed to be gay despite the fact that it should have been his thing to decide when to come out and did everything the blackmailer wanted. I thought Simon was a very realistic character and everything that was happening to him struggle wise was relatable in some way or another. I undertsood why he made all his choices and I felt all his pains. I actually really liked him as a character and found him to be just so incredibly funny. The line about the socks just absolutely killed me.

Leah’s also into slash fanfiction, which got me curious enough to poke around the internet and find some last summer. I couldn’t believe how much there was to choose from: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy hooking up in thousands of ways in every broom closet at Hogwarts. I found the ones with decent grammar and stayed up all night reading. It was weird couple of weeks. That was the summer I taught myself how to do laundry. There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mother.

Just so damn funny.

I like pretty much all the characters. They all had their moments of enjoyments. I did think that a lot of them were seriously flawed though. I mean Nick and Leah are supposed to be his best friends but when the thing with the tumblre issue they knew about it but didn’t say anything to him about it all and they had all the opportunity to do so. I also think Leah was just very selfish about how the whole thing played out. Marty is the biggest jerk that ever did live.

I liked Blue most the time and while I cannot related to what he was going through I could still kind of understand what he was feeling. Despite that though I thought he was pretty weak. Poor Simon is going through hell and he chooses to avoid him for awhile because he was afraid of what might happen. I did really like him though and and I was really happy to see that he was who I thought he was all along.

I down point for the story I think was that it was trying to be more meaningful than it actually was. Trying to teach us things that don’t really need to be taught in this day and age. I know I cannot understand the struggles that a guy person may be going through, so I might be completely wrong and I don’t want to offend anyone, but with each generation we are becoming more and more accepting of everyone and the generation this book is aimed at is just generally pro equality. The blackmail thing is sucky and coming out is a thing that is personal to everyone who has to go through it even if they really shouldn’t anymore, but lots of people in the book make it as though being gay is still a big deal, when I think in general it isn’t. Its just more people, just like all the other people in the world. We are all different, and thats not anything bad for the most part. Specially who we choose to love.

Anyway, thats enough of my rant. I really liked this book and I am so glad that I read and I am forever thankful to Penguin who like to send me books outside of my comfort zone. Its one of my favourite things I have read this year I think.

 

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AYearAThon – June (Wrap Up)

Yearathon

I am a bit iffy about this month. I seem to always have things happening during these read-a-thon weeks. Perhaps I will need to take a break from them for a couple of months.

Day 1

Pages Read: 359

Books Finished: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Day 2

Pages Read: 112

Books Started: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Day 3

Pages Read: 227

Books Read: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 4

Pages Read: 198

Books Started: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Books Read: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Day 5

Pages Read: 224

Books Read:

  1. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  2. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Day 6

Pages Read: 86

Books Read: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Day 7

Pages Read: 45

Books Finished:

  1. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
  2. The Death Cure by James Dashner

Total Books Finished

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Total Pages Read: 1251

This month was a bit of a flop but oh well. I got a few books done and that is all that matters. I think 4 a week is an achievement, even if one of them was already half read ;)

 

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