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Book Review – Crown Of Midnight

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Title: Crown of Midnight [Throne of Glass 2]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 418

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have no way to talk about this book or the rest of the series without spoiling anything. All you need to know is that the first one was amazing, and this one was even better. Go forth and read all the books.

Just so many things. In this book we have so much plot and character development that it is just really blew my mind just a little bit. So I think the easiest way for me to talk about this book is to talk about each of the events that just struck me. Forgive me if they are out of order, my thoughts are not in order.

Celaena. She both kick arse and struggling with damsel in distress, and it takes her soooooo long to work out like the most simplest things in this book. If she is not totally loosing it and everything around her is dying, she is struggling to do most things. Luckily in this book she tends to take on more of the ‘I am going to kill everyone’ mode and it is completely glorious. The part where Chaol is ‘kidnapped’ and she comes tearing into the warehouse and she is just cutting down people left right and centre without a second thought and Chaol actually realises shaking of creature he has unleashed upon the world. But then my heart dies with her as it comes to light that Chaol knows what is going on has been hiding from her and everyone that Nehemia’s life is in danger.

She basically flies through the night to get back to her but she was too late and returns to the bloody and tortured corpse that was her best and really only friend. This moment just kills me. The conversation she had with the dead queen about her knowing what she needed to do and how Nehemia hoped it wouldn’t push Celaena over the edge. I thought she was just going to stop talking to her or something like that. She knew, she knew she was going into what could only have been a horrible death. I was right there with her when she was trying to kill Chaol. He deserved every single slash that came his way, but I glad he didn’t die because he is good for her in the way he pushes her. I relished the death she brought to the person who killed Nehemia though. That was a really satisfying and slow bit of pain and suffering.

I felt so sad for Dorian pretty much the entire time in this book. I didn’t see his magic coming at all and I have to tell you it got me so excited about what is to come in the rest of the series and what this means for him. Celaena w such a cow to him at the start but when she finds out about his powers they start bonding over it and they work together gash and its just beautiful.

I would just like to take a brief moment here and say while I can only picture her with Sam, out of Dorian and Chaol I am team Dorian. Dorian has always accepted Celaena for who she is and actually lets her relax around him and makes her laugh, Chaol is good that he pushes her up when she needs it when Dorian fails, but he looks down on her a lot of the time about who she is and what he thinks she does even though he is supposed to love her. Cannot forgive him for that.

Now Celaena’s big plot point of being Fey and being the lost Queen Aelin I saw that coming from a mile away. No one come screaming lies at me cause its true. Aelin got brought up all the times Celaena’s past was always surrounded in mystery. We had heaps of signs guys. The full Fey thing though, that was a bit of a surprise. I wasn’t too sure on how Fey the royal family were, but that moment she bursts through the portal at the end and breaks out into her Fey form to save her dog and her friends. Chills. Celaena is her ‘animal’ form she got stuck in when magic went away.

I am still screaming over the events in this book, so before this review becomes too long I am going to cut myself off. Which moments got to you the most? Come and discuss all these things with me! Seriously guys, I have no friends in my day to day life that understand the way I am with books and reading so I have no one else to talk these things over with. This is the kind of book that needs talking about!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2015 (Hour 2)

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Feelings:

Go on Jazz beet your word count, do the challenges and write the posts within a hour. You can do it!

What I Read: The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

Pages Read: 51

Cover Escape

Dig through your shelves and share with us a book cover you’d like to escape into! Doesn’t matter if the subject, plot, or genre isn’t typically your thing; in this case, we’re totally judging the book by its cover!

This mini challenge has prizes and is awesome fun so be sure to check out the host blog.

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Ignoring the very famous story, the land is clearly magic and they are flying on awesome looking creatures. Take me there!

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Book Review – An Abundance of Katherines

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Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 213

Rating: 2 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a blood-thirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – bit no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am going to keep this review rather short and to the point, because I really don’t have that much to say about it.

I really didn’t like this book, and after all the good things I hear about John Greens writing and the fact that I really rather enjoyed TFIOS, this book was a huge disappointment.

There are a couple of things that kept this book from being dropped to a 1 star for me. The first one is that there were a few moments that made me laugh out loud, and I really liked the relationship between Colin and his one and only friend Hassan. They had a really easy and relaxed back and forth that made me believe they have been friends since the moment they met, and together they were really quite funny and nice to read about. This is where my enjoyment ended sadly.

I hated Colin as a character. Everytime he opened his mouth he was complaining about something. He reeked of self loathing that came from no where and had no justifiable to be crying like a little ****. It was just self pity. He had no real troubles. He is probably one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. If I was a girl dating a guy like that and he just blurted out all that rubbish all the time but then didn’t make any effort to fix any of his so cold problems or seek help for his apparent issues, like Colin, I would leave him too! The rest of the characters I never really formed any kind of attachment to. Hassan was probably the character I liked the most, because he was just so happy most of the time. Great balance to Colin.

The plot line of the story could have been a great kinda easy ready story. You got dumped buddy? Ok then lets go on an epic road trip and hook you up with some randoms! Thats like a summer romance kinda story, and I like good summer romance stories. We didn’t get this though. We just got a lot of math. So much math. We had the road trip adventure story was floating around in the background, but everytime I was actually getting into the story Colin would be like I HAVE TO WORK OUT LOVE WITH MATH. I have to do a math graph for every one of my failed relationships. I have to create a formula that works out when a relationship will end because they all will! It was completely disorientating and just plain not interesting.

I am going to end this here because if I talk about anything else or let myself go on more, it would just be ranting. I already deleted some rants that were not needed. Encase it wasn’t obvious, I do not recommend this book, even if you have liked other John Green books. I feel there are far better ones to try.

 

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AYearAThon – September (Day 1&2)

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Because Monday is generally my one full day off at home I am always busy and have very little time for reading, but I finished a book even if it was small so thats good. Tuesday was very audio book filled since I worked and have Top Ten Tuesday things to do on this day.

Day 1

Pages Read: 195

Books Finished: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Books Started: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Day 2

Pages Read: 163

Books Read: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

I am generally better at getting page numbers in at the end of the week so we shall see!

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 7 Challenges + Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 7

Pages Read: 312

Books Started:

  1. What She Left by T.R. Richmond
  2. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

I feel ok about this week of reading. I was a day behind and I did a lot of travelling between work and tafe and more work. I got some reading in though and I had been in a huge slump since moving and this I think has broken me out of it :)

Total Pages Read: 2057

Books Finished:

Outlander an abundance of katherines

Books Unfinished:

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What To Read Next Challenge

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great – something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.

For more info check out the host blog.

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What’s Left of Me: I am putting this book here because next to The Host, its the only book I know of that deals with issues of double identities living in the one body. I found it really easy to read and I flew through it in one sitting.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: I am putting it on the list because it was my surprise of the year. Its not the kind of book I would ever pick up but I really enjoyed it and found it to be funny and honest.

Ava Lavender: I cannot put this one into words. You know where the story is going but that doesn’t ruin anything. Its a tragically beautiful story that everyone should read. Its on its own level.

 

And thats all for this read-a-thon! I hope you all had a great week.

 

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 6 Challenges – Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 251

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Road Trip

I love going on road trips or any kind of trip for that matter and I always bring a TON of books with me. For this challenge, I’d like for you to come up with a list of the top 4-5 states/places you’d love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

For more info check out the host blog.

Hmm this is hard because I actually have to think about where the books are taking place. Normally its not really something I pay much attention to.

Scotland: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ireland: P.S I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Japan: Nana by Ai Yazawa

London: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Paris: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 5 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Day 5

Pages Read: 458

Books Read:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Character Soulmates

Today I have the Character Soulmates Challenge for you. It’s great because we are going to be shipping characters from different books. Have you ever thought __(person)__ from this book would be just perfect with __(person)__ from this other book? Well here is your chance to finally pair them up and watch the sparks fly.

For more info check out the host blog.

I hate challenges like this for one reason. I can literally never think of anyone. My brain doesn’t pluck characters out and put them with others in different books. But here we are and I am going to give it a go anyway.

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Who: 

Arriane Alter from the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and Matthew from the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

Ship Name: Arriew

They have the worst names to combine ever.

Reason:

I want these guys to be together because they are both just a little bit bonkers. Arriane has ‘out bursts’ that leave her seeming unstable and a little bit dangerous. Mattew since he can see the future often seems not with it and crazy. Arriane likes a bit of crazy and she can be a strong stable person who Matthew can rely on and he can give her the affection she deserves.

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 3 & 4 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 3

Pages Read: 250

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 4

Pages Read: 445

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Books Finished: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

Mash Challenge

MASH is a fun little game where you write up options for your future and then after getting a number, go through until you have one choice for each category – and have your future right there in front of you!

For more info or how to play, check out the host blog.

I know that entries have closed for this one but I couldn’t get to a computer on day 3 so I decided I would just do it anyway because its a fun little challenge that I haven’t done before. Here is what I got!

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I am an Animal Keeper who lives in a Shack with my husband Mr Darcy on the lands of Pemberley. We have one child, get around in a flying car and have a wild cat as a pet.

LOL. A shack at Pemberley.

Fours Seasons In Book Covers

For this challenge, you need to convey the four seasons in book covers – through color, title, cover, etc. You can be literal or take a more creative approach. Anything goes! Just show me four seasons in book covers.

For more info check out the host blog.

I am annoyed that I cannot take pictures of these books in some way because I’m not home, but I suppose the covers will have to do. I am surprised by how many books I could use for winter. The order for my seasons are: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

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Bout Of Books 14 – Day 2 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 136

Books Read: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Day 2

Pages Read: 205

Books Read:Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Scavenger Hunt

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)
2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books
3. Blue Book(s)
4. Books from your favourite genre!
5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves
For more info check out the host blog.
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Book Review – The Death Cure

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Title: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner 3]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 329

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was right. The overall experience of this series was a dud for me. I just found the whole thing just a tad dumb. The time investment to read this series isn’t worth it to me so I advise people just skip this series and watch the movies instead. There are very few times I suggest that, but here we are. Since this is the case I will not be warning about spoilers in this review. If you care about maybe reading something that happens in the movies stop reading. If you don’t care and don’t plan on reading the books (you shouldn’t) read on.

The plot for this book didn’t grab me at all. I was just kind of zoning in and out while read/listening to it and my brain has glossed over a great chunk of stuff that happened. I couldn’t tell you what happened in those chunks. Some potentially sad moments happened. One I really cared about and the other happened so quickly I didn’t get a chance to care about it much. Tom should have cared about it, but again, he seemed accept it and keep running. Parts of it did feel rushed and not very thought through. We had a new character name dropped a few times in the start because they have a ten second roll at the end. I think this person really should have had more of a roll in this book, if not the last one as well.

Now character development. Tom did none. He is one of the most boring and just stupid people I have ever read about really. He is also just a horrible friend. Newt had some development, but this is mostly because he caught the flare and goes crazy. Its a pretty easy way to develop a character. This was a good place for Tom to develop too but he completely missed the mark. Newt left him a note and said to open is when the time was right, a note that asked him to kill him. Throughout the series Tom has had this stupid and completely unrealistic ability to just KNOW things. Well, of course this is one of the only times he apparently doesn’t posses this gift and it takes him forever to actually kill Newt and by then he has suffered all the things he didn’t want to.

I also feel that he should have gotten over his bloody Teresa issues. We got in shoved in our faces how connected they were for nearly two whole books and the only bad thing he did to him was make him think that she was going to kill him, something that saved his life, and he couldn’t get over it. I would be all over the forgiving. Well Teresa since you didn’t kill me and have therefore saved my life we can go back to being chummy, just don’t jump out and scream book for awhile encase my I try to kill you back. Instead he lets all that ‘connection’ and ‘love’ just go and then when she dies saving his butt again he seems to get over it pretty damn quickly.

There was some action dealing with crazies in this book, and a bit of political dealings with WICKED, so these things kept the story interesting enough to make me read till the end. However, the huge gaping flaw that was this book is just unforgivable. You know that big question I have been pondering with the other two reviews? How sticking some kids in a maze with no memories, making them walk across a desert, face death daily, and test their emotions at every turn can stop people from going crazy pants? Well, that bloody question never gets answered. Not at any point in the book. We just get fed the same “It will help” line. Yes, but HOW?! I don’t know. Can’t tell you. Didn’t get an answer and it really doesn’t make any sense that it would help. They were supposed to chop open Tom and look at his brain at some point, so maybe there could have been an answer there, but there really should have been an idea as to how before they got the mind wiping, maze building, killing and brain playing part of the experiments.

There you have it. My very ranting book reviews are hopefully over now. I was going to read the prequel to the Maze Runner, but I think I should take my own advice and just drop the series here. If you liked this series, or found the answer to the big question, please let me know. Perhaps I missed something in one of those big chunks that are missing from my brain.

 

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