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Book Review – The Cruel Prince

Title: The Cruel Prince [The Folk of the Air 1]

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 370

Rating: 4 Star [3.5 rounded up]

Series: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I can’t quite settle on how to express my thoughts on this book. This might be because I have very mixed thoughts on this book. I went in with rather high expectations. I had heard middle ground to high reviews on the book, and about the author herself. This was my first time experiencing one of Holly Blacks works and while I am now interested in picking up more of her books, I wouldn’t put her on my auto buy author list after completing the book.

No matter how careful I am, eventually I’ll make another misstep. I am weak. I am fragile. I am mortal.

That I hate most of all.

The pace of the plot was a bit mixed. The start of this book was very very slow, so slow infact that for a brief moment I considered dnfing it because it had yet to grab me. I decided to continue on because I had heard good things, and it hadn’t made me angry or started boring me to tears. Once we get to the part where Jude starts playing a larger part in the going ons of court it started to pick up and become more interesting. I am glad I pushed through this first part because the way the book progressed and ended has made me really interested in getting the next book in the series when it comes out and seeing where Black takes it.

I really liked the whole set of the book. The idea of a raging Fae coming and killing his ex mortal wife and her new partner, then taking his Fae child and her two mortal siblings because of some some sense of honour. I liked reading about how Jude, Taryn, and Vivi interacted with Madoc based on this event that brought them together. I also just really liked reading about how Jude had to interact with the Fae in general, living in a world of magic that isn’t really suited to humans. I was really expecting to like Madoc’s character as the book went on but as of right now he is just sort of someone who just there. I might like him later.

What they don’t realize is this: Yes, they frighten me, but I have always been scared, since the day I got here. I was raised by the man who murdered my parents, reared in a land of monsters. I live with that fear, let it settle into my bones, and ignore it. If I didn’t pretend not to be scared, I would hide under my owl-down coverlets in Madoc’s estate forever. I would lie there and scream until there was nothing left of me.

Love interest wise I wasn’t really on board with any of them. I guessed straight away who Taryn’s mystery lover was right away and I can’t say it gave me a very good opinion of her. I know everyone is on the Carden and Jude ship but as of right now I’m waiting to see where the story goes before I get on. I think that there is more depth to Carden than what we really get to see in this book, but I don’t know if I like Jude as a character. I like her interactions with others and I like the role she ends up playing in the general story but she is pretty bloody stupid. Some of the choices she makes and just the way she thinks was rather frustrating.

I have lied and I have betrayed and I have triumphed. If only there was someone to congratulate me.

The thing that finally hooked me into the story was the very ending. The twist that Jude but Carden through I didn’t actually see coming and I am so eager to see how it affects their relationship. If I was Carden I would be really mad and Jude should be a bit worried I think.

If you are a fan of Holly Black I think you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy stories about Fae I think this is one to at least give a try. Get past the very slow start and then you will be left with a very interesting ending.

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Book Review – Newes From The Dead

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Title: Newes From The Dead

Author: Mary Hooper

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 302

Rating: 4 Star (3.5)

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WRONGED. HANGED. ALIVE? (AND TRUE!)

Anne can’t move a muscle, can’t open her eyes, can’t scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she’d dead, terrified she’s buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows.

Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?

Beautifully written, impossible to put down, and meticulously researched, Newes from the Dead is based on the true story of the real Anne Green, a servant who survived a hanging to awaken on the dissection table. Newes from the Dead concludes with scans of the original 1651 document that recounts this chilling medical phenomenon.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

The things that got me into this story was the fact that is was supposedly at least based off of a true story. I mean, what could be more exciting to read about? The idea of a woman ‘waking up’ after being hanged but not being able to move and listening to people discussing who was going to cut what sections of her. That is scary stuff!

I really liked the way the story was written/told. I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before, but I love stories that have a lot of backstory that just adds to whatever is happening in the present. This story is mostly backstory and I loved it. We get little snippets of Anne on the table trying in vain to make someone notice that she is still alive and that they should not be chopping her up. But what made her go to the noose to begin with? This is what the story mostly deals with.

However, I did feel there was a lack of suspense to the story. Not at any point did I really feel like Anne was going to be cut up, but in the past sections I did feel suspenseful because I knew where she was heading, and with every step she made she was drawing closer and closer to that fate. I think one thing that kept the doctor sections from being suspenseful was the fact they just dragged a little. If half of these sections were removed from the book, you would not have even noticed. You could feel the way the author was trying to by time until the big reveal at the end.

I think the author did a very good job and portraying the time period in which the story takes place. Peoples actions, the way they treated each other and just general ways they acted was very true to how things would have gone down back in the day.

I rather enjoyed the characters, but Anne and Robert were the only two that I found to have much depth to them. These two developed throughout the book while others didn’t. I did however find Anne to be deeply stupid, and at the end she seemed to have done a one-eighty on her personality and thought of herself as a queen. Both of these things I can understand though.

Here comes the tricky part for me. I don’t really know if I would recommend this book to anyone. I liked it, but its not really the sort of book I would hand to people to read. I suppose if you have heard about Anne Green and her story interests you, then this might be something you should pick up. It has its issues, but Mary did try really hard to portray the story in the most accurate way.

 

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Book Review – His Dark Materials

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Title: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass

Author: Philip Pullman

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk

Length: 423, 352, 560

Rating: 3.5 Star average

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Description/Synopsis:

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was going to review each of these books separately, they all cover completely different things in their stories since they all take place in separate worlds, but I realised I just straight up don’t have that much to say about any of them all by themselves. I also had one of resolutions that I would do short ones or group reviews on things so that this remains fun for me so this seems like a good place to start.

This first part will be a more overall discussion of the stories without revealing any of the plot points, but after I shall go into more details about things and those who do not want to be spoiled will have to give the second half a miss.

In terms of writing for this book I both loved and hated it. I really liked the descriptiveness of some things and I was really getting into the pictures that were being painted of the world. But then the descriptions didn’t stop, and they went on and on about things that didn’t need to be talked about. I am talking pages of useless description and all of a sudden my nice pictures in my head were covered in words like flies. Then of course there were things I actually wanted them to explain but of course that didn’t happen.

I also found there were a quite a lot of throw away characters and the ones that were not throw away, I found most of them didn’t have much depth to them. The one I thought had the most depth had to probably Lyra, who I actually liked as a character. She had spunk and was not afraid to stand up for herself, but most of all she seemed to learn from the mistakes she made along the way. I also really loved her and Pan’s relationship. I think I liked all the daemon/human relationships. They were the strongest. The next surprisingly would have to be Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter. At first I hated them both then all of a sudden there was a switch and the feelings I had for them were not so clear. Mrs. Coulter was the most surprising in the sense she was a gradual and I didn’t expect to have my feeling son her altered, but Lord Asriel was more of sudden switch and I didn’t really get it. I don’t know if I missed a part that had altered things or if I just didn’t understand him from the start.

I know that to some this is considered a childrens books, but I don’t really understand it. If I was not completely paying attention to the ramble, then I missed some complicated political thing that was happening or was being explained and I just don’t see how that is entertaining to or even understandable to kids. I suppose this ‘childrens book’ label can be used as an excuse for the simplicity of the characters, but I don’t really want to let it have that excuse. To me this was a YA book series.

Beyond this point is the more spoiler ridden section of the review, so if you are leaving me here I would give this series a miss if I could go back in time and tell myself my own thoughts. However, so may people rave about this book, so perhaps at the very least don’t do it in audio book.

Ok, can we talk about the huge religious element in this book. It was basically the entire plot and they went on and on about it all the time. That dust was religious and created by original sin, and they were in war with angels and God, have to say was probably the second big downfall for me next to the over description. I felt like I was being preached to in the most complicated way possible. The plot got so jumbled I really had no idea what side I was supposed to be leaning towards or anything. Really it was just very frustrating. It might not have been so bad if it just didn’t keep going on and on.

I also thought the end of the book was a bit sad. I felt horribly for them both, I wont say who, but I liked the book just a bit more because of it because it didn’t go with the standard every book has to have a happy ending. The ending was sad but it left room for hope of happiness.

So yes, again I would not read these books again. There were things I liked, some of the settings sounded amazing and I adored the whole daemon/spirit/soul thing and wish I could learn to see my own, but the writing, the depthless characters, and the overall lack of enjoyment in the driving plot, which by the way doesn’t come up until the second book, just was not doing it for me. Unless you know someone else who you trust their opinion on books and they suggest this series to you, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

 

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Book Review – Looking For Alaska

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Title: Looking For Alaska

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 271

Rating: 3 (3.5) Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have to say, I am not following this John Green banned wagon that everyone else besides me seems to be partying on. Besides The Fault In Our Stars, I have not really liked any of his books that I have read. I did round this book up to a 4 star but upon further reflection put it down to a 3 because I have read better things on the 4 scale. I hold up in hope though that when I get to Paper Towns I feel some of the love again.

This review will contain spoilers.

I like the overall plot of this book. We meet this whirlwind of a girl, Alaska, and get swept up in her just over-the-top behaviour and then she dies in a car crash and people are left remember. Our main character Pudge is then left to deal with his feelings for her which never went anywhere other than one stolen kiss the night before she dies. Because in his mind he had built her up to this wonderful goddess like creature, and then after her death he realises she was not as perfect as he was making her out to be.

This is the part I like. The dealing with the realistic aspects of human nature, how we are generally not all good and bad, and just because you may love someone, or that someone has died, doesn’t change those things and we need to remember and love them despite those aspects. The parts of the plot which were very generic and cliché to ‘how teenagers act out’ were less than desired though.

I think my biggest issue with this story was the fact that I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Don’t get me wrong, around the middle of the book I was really feeling for them and connect with the struggles they were having, but it was the same kind of feeling that get when I hear a news story about something bad has happened to people I don’t know. It doesn’t last.

For me the writing style was fine. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t so bad I wanted to claw my eyes out either. There were a few things I would call ‘try hard’ where they seemed to be through in there just to try and force the story to be more exciting or edgy and ended up failing. But I did like the last sentence thing that popped up throughout the book. I don’t know if any of them were actually true, but those kind of things I find interesting anyway so I liked the way they were weaved in to help tell the story.

This is the second book from a males perspective that I have read of John Green’s work, and thus far I don’t think I like the male perspectives from him. I loved TFIOS, but I hated An Abundance of Katherines, and this fell in the middle. Does he have more books from a girls perspective? I would like to pick one of those up next if he does to see if that makes a difference, or if TFIOS is just on its own.

I would recommend this book to people who have read other John Green books and have liked them so that they can see where he has come from, because I believe this was his first book, correct me if I am wrong though. If you have read a few Green books though and haven’t really been interested in what was going on I would give this book a miss.

 

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Mini Mondays – Passion, Fallen In Love, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Welcome to a new segment I am introducing to try and help keep me up to date with my reviews, even if I don’t have much to say about them. This segment is going to be called Mini Mondays. In these posts I will be reviewing about 3 books in a couple of paragraphs. Because of the size and nature of these reviews, they will generally only be 1-3 stars. I might as well get on with it now.

Tpassionitle: Passion [Fallen 3]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 420

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

As some of you who have been following me for quite awhile, over two years ago I started reviewing the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I reviewed Fallen and Torment and then the reviews stopped. This was for only one reason that up until I decided I would allow myself to do these mini reviews, I could not get past. I hated this book, and when I reviewing these books they were re-reads. I could not bring myself to read it for the third time (I read it twice because I forgot how much I hated it between its release and Raptures). I found this book to be completely pointless, and brought nothing to the story. There are only certain sections of this book that you actually need to read to know what on earth is happening in the last book. The story drags and just repeats itself over and over again. Part of me wants to let this detail go because Luce and Daniel’s story is very repetitive, but that doesn’t mean we needed to be reading about them at all. We got the idea of it when it was explained to us in the first 2 books.

So I am going to do something a little sacrilegious in the book community and basically suggest that you just skim read this book and avoid most of it. If it were not for those few moments on goodness or needed information, I would say just skip it. The Daniel chapters in the first half you can avoid all together.

 

Fallen-In-Love-cover-fallen-by-lauren-kate-26640712-1668-2524Title: Fallen In Love [Fallen 3.5]

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 201

Rating: 2 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel a bit cheesy saying this but I will anyway, I did not fall in love with this book. We were given a number of stories to read about in the world of Fallen, which In theory could be really interesting. There are a wide variety of characters in this book and we do not know a lot of their backstories, which could be extensive when dealing with the lives of the angels on Earth. However, I found that I in general did not like the stories being told. The book in the Fallen series that I liked the least was the third book Passion, as you can see in my review above, and I found these stories were just more of the same rubbish we got in that book. The only story I liked in this book was the third story because we finally got Arianne backstory on how she got the scares that were such a big mystery in the main story but never got answered. I also found this one to be the best written. In the others I felt like the characters had lost their depth and were not acting like themselves, but with Arianne I didn’t have this issue.

If you liked the main series, and were driven crazy about what on earth happened to Arianne like I was, I would suggest picking up this book purely to read that story. I would even suggest skipping the other ones if they are not seeming too wonderful, since you will not be missing anything by not reading them.

picture of dorian grayTitle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic, Gothic

Length: 214

Rating: 3 Star

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Looking back on the comments I made about the book and the rating I gave it on goodreads, I am really surprised. In my head all I remember is totally hating this book and thinking it was one of the most boring books I have read with just horrible characters that just didn’t have any redeeming qualities.

When I actually stop to think about it though, I suppose it was not as bad as it came out to be in my mind. It did have series flaws that refrained me from putting it up anymore stars. In a style that I generally find in classics, certain parts of it just dragged on and on, and were painfully boring. Parts of the story held no purpose to the overall plot and were in there just as word filler. I remember hating Henry(?) and coming to hate Dorian, but I don’t think I had any issues with the rest of the characters.

I think if the book had of just focussed more on Dorian and his picture, and the fact he was struggling to stay beautiful on the inside while his picture made him beautiful on the outside. I would have loved more of a look at the fantasy element and the overall idea of what makes beauty and what we should seek in life. But those pointless and long bits just ruined the story for me.

Since my memory of the story was clouded by the bits I did not like, I cannot really say if anyone should read this book. I am most certainly not going to give it another try to find out.

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Book Review – The Call of the Wild

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Title: The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London

Genre: Young Adult, Classics, Animals

Length: 134

Rating: 3 Star (3.5)

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Description/Synopsis:

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This is all spoilers, but its a classic so this is the only warning you are going to get.

I know there are some that consider this a childrens book, but I could not bring myself to consider such a thing. Never, in such a short amount of pages, did so many characters which I had formed some attachment die. Just so much death. This would a wonderful TTT I did a few weeks ago.

Plot wise this book was a bit muddled. Most books have a clear start middle and end them with a smooth transition. I wouldn’t call the transitions between each part in this book smooth at all. It was BAM start BAM middle and bam ending. The ending was slightly better transitioned than the rest because we got parts of it throughout the middle but I would still only count the last 7 or so pages. The start only had about 5.

The plot was also a bit hindered because of the length of the book. With so few pages and really so much happening to Buck in the story, I found myself rushing to catch my brain up with what Buck is talking about because he made some transition that I hadn’t seem coming. It was a bit jumpy in structure.

There were quite a few characters in this book, both dogs and humans, and they each did their job. I had negative feelings towards the ones who were suppose to viewed in such a light, and I formed attachments to the ones who had nice personalities or Buck himself formed bonds with. I probably liked more than Buck did though, specially towards the end when he is happy to loose himself over to his wild side.

It didn’t really seem to matter much which I felt towards the characters because apparently just about all of them were doomed to die. At one point a whole group of animals (I liked these goes) and humans (who I didn’t like) died in a matter of seconds and then we take about two more seconds to process they were dead and then we were moving onto the next group of people who were probably going to die. While I get that Buck might not have been as attached to these characters as I had been and thusly wouldn’t spend much time thinking about their death, but the quickness that happened to these events was really disorientating to me and is probably the main reason why this book got such a low rating from me. I had the emotions and I wanted to feel them rightly but I was not given the time and its left me emotionally confused and made my chest tight with frustration.

All those things being said though I did still like the book and because it was such a short read I will probably end up reading it again to see if I handle it better next time. I recommend this book to anyone who is into classic books as I think this is pretty good one if it do not mind the structure issues. Don’t read to children though. Children don’t need to hear about so much dog death.

 

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Book Review – Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreamings

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Title: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Author: Matsuri Hino, Ayuna Fujisaki

Genre: Supernatural, Manga, Romance, Action

Length: 263

Rating: 4 Star

Related Manga Series: Vampire Knight

Related Books: Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin

Related Anime Series: Vampire Knight

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Description/Synopsis:

A collection of short stories based on Vampire Knight

Deranged Love
A dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri.

Gifts for Yuki
Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido.

Hidden Love
This is the story of Sara’s first love.

Queen of the Abyss
After Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Because these are just random little short stories that really have nothing to do with the actual series other than having the same characters in them, I am going to keep this review short and sweet. Unlike the other collection of short stories involving Vampire Knight Characters, Ice Blue Sin, I actually liked this one. I found the overall stories to be fun and actually reflect the characters they were about.

Deranged Love

While this was not one of my favourites of the collections, I did find it interesting to be inside Rido’s head and to experience things from his point of view for awhile. Get to know what on earth actually makes him tick because we didn’t really get to see much outside of him being totally crazy in the series.

Gifts For Yuki

I loved this story. Yuki has really always been a terrible student since she generally has always put things she considers to be more important than school ahead of her studies. Like protecting her Day Classmates from vampires, or doing something special for someone she cares about. Aido has always been very gifted when it comes to learning so Kaname brings him in to tutor her. Everyone is very excited when Yuki finally gets a perfect score. For about half a moment. I loved watching Aido freak out about how Kaname will react if Yuki does badly on her next test. I also loved how Kaname just showers Yuki with heaps of extravagant gifts for ages for the accomplishment, that is such a thing he would do. I also loved how Yuki once again buts her health and studies to the side to make them both a present. I thought this was a very cute and true representation to how these events would have gone down.

Hidden Love

I just adored this little story and I actually found it very beneficial to how I viewed Sara in the actual series. It added a little more depth where it was needed.

Queen of the Abyss

This story was fine I suppose but I found it really boring. It was another one where I don’t really understand why we were being told it. When I picture that time that Yuki and Zero were apart, a story a boring as this really didn’t come up. Zero creates much more interesting or feel worthy situations than this.

A Maiden’s Melancholy

This might have been my least favourite of the lot. I really have no idea why it was in there. I liked the fact that the only person White Lily got along with was Zero (I think it was because he raised her or something). But this story just took it too far. This took that really nice relationship and made it a bit twisted. The horse cannot possibly be in love with him and want to be with him. This story actually made me a bit uncomfortable.

In a Thousand Years

Though I found this to be a bit pointless, this story is still nice. It gave some of the Day Class students an ending, I didn’t really understand why the night class people were there. I think they would have better things to do with their time.

 

Now the overall book I found was not written the very best. The style tried to be that of a manga since thats where all its ideas came from, but what I think the author of the book failed to understand was that does not translate well into a novel. The writing technique is different, and because of this and the sometimes very bland writing it did take me awhile to get into this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has finished and like the Vampire Knight Series, but not to anyone who hasn’t. The last story is a bit of a spoiler for those not up to date.

 

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Book Review – Dreamfire

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Title: Dreamfire

Author: Kit Alloway

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 355

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded down to 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet.  But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people’s dreams.  For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world’s general anxiety—which only leads to war and strife in the waking world—their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far.  By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in advance in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. Lately I don’t normally leave many highlights/post-its in things I read because I am trying to force myself through a slump, but I have marked so many places in this book.

The plot and structure of this book was a very good idea. People who go into dreams and fight off the nightmares is a great idea. I found there were a few kind of iffy bits throughout the story. I found that sometimes when things about how the whole Dream world works and interacts with this one but a bit too messy and didn’t really flow. But since the books is in the fantasy genre I suppose it can get away with pretty much anything, I would just have liked a cleaner explanation of some things. I also found that I could predict a lot of things that were going to happen, and things tended to work out just too nicely for my liking.

I found the characters interesting but overall I found them a bit flat. They all had very clear and defined characters that served their purpose, and they did not step outside of that box. Josh, the girl who was involved in a tragic accident that she is traumatised by and is not understood by her friends and family. Will, the happy and friendly guy who has a sad past and just wants Josh to trust and love him. Winsor, the best friend who is actually a total cow and really shouldn’t be a friend at all. The list goes on. each other these people had a bit of shallow growth at the end of this book, but I don’t actually by that yet. I suspect that everything will be the same in the next book.

Josh and Will’s relationship is a bit dull. It is clear that they want them to be in love but I am not convinced that I want this to happen yet. Will is just so boring. He is also just the worst listener on the face of the planet. Pretty much all he has ever had to do is just what Josh tells him and he would get better at his job, and survive the night, but no matter how much she said just do what I say and no matter how many times he agreed to listen to her next time, he never did. At least a third of this book would never have happened or would have sorted itself out so much quicker if he had of just done what he was told. So so so dumb.

I did really appreciate the twist that happened at the end though. It keeps the story interesting and opens up some other theories I have because something just got sorted so nicely… or did they? It took me awhile to get used to the name gender reversal thing that was happening in the book but once I did it was ok.

If I was going to recommend this book to people, I would probably say the same thing I have been with most my reviews lately. If you have a moment you might have a really entertaining read because the idea is solid and it has potential with the books to come. I am waiting to reserve judgement on where the… series? Trilogy? is going to go or if its worth the time when I read the next book.

 

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Book Review – Unwanted

Unwanted

Title: Unwanted

Author: Amanda Holohan

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 318

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded down to 3

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Description/Synopsis:

All her life, eighteen-year-old Bea has wanted nothing more than to become a sniper on the wall and earn the coveted ink of a Dread warrior – a mark of distinction among her people.

She knows that one day the terrifying Erebii might break through the city’s outer defences, and if her people aren’t prepared and the wall is breached then the last human city will fall.

But everything Bea thinks she knows is about to be challenged…

What does the ink really do as it flows underneath their skin and who is the mysterious Unwanted boy that keeps appearing in her life?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like most the books I have been reading lately has been on the same kind of level, ok. Not horrible, but not great either. I think this streak of reading might have added to my hard time actually getting into this book. It started off slow, but I can see the potential for the rest of the series.

Structure wise I there was a few things I found interesting. One of them was the spelling. At first I thought it was because I might have received an ARC and it was just a glitch that had yet to be fixed where the word earth was always spelt wrong. Then later on the book a bunch of city names where also spelt wrong and I realised that it was intentional. I thought it was pretty cool that because it is a dystopian that the language had gotten skewed in the change, but then I thought about how nothing but the city names (that Im aware of) is spelt wrong and I began to think that the idea had not been thought all the way through.

Plot wise the story was a bit lacking. There was action throughout most the book, but in terms of actually moving very far in plot the book was pretty much just build up for things to come. From what I was given I am very excited to see where they take some of these things in the books that are to come. But for this one I saw a lot of the things coming and it wasn’t all that surprising. The Ink idea is very very cool. Moving tattoos that take on part of your personality? Awesome.

The characters in the book were fine I guess, as well done as anything else within the book. I didn’t mind Bea, I liked Red and I hated Gus. If at any point I was actually supposed to like Gus that was a huge fail to the writing. I hated him from the start. He is just a jealous and delusional dickhead. Not at any point did Bea show anything other than friendship, and pretty much every move he made throughout the book stuffed things up and was just him acting out in a petty jealous way to punish Bea for ‘betraying him’ or ‘being with other people.’ I am very interested in seeing how things turn out with her mother, and I Vaugn’s character had gone in a different direction.

That’s it for this review. If I was you, I would read this book to fill in some time. I am really holding judgement on the whole… trilogy until I read the next one and find out where all this build up goes to.

 

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Book Review – The Dogs

The Dogs

Title: The Dogs

Author: Allan Stratton

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Length: 286

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded up to 4

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Description/Synopsis:

Cameron and his mum have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told.

When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity.

What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I had never heard of it before and really no idea what I was in for. My expectations were a little low admittedly, the angle of not knowing if things are real or not in a book has really bitten me negatively before, but I was actually really surprised and pleased with what I got!

Now, I don’t want to go too into the plot because not knowing all that much about it is what I think made the book for me but I have to touch on it a little. The pace of the story I wouldn’t really call suspenseful but I would call it page turning. The story deals a lot with the comparison of the past and the present and I really liked that. I have always been a fan of past stories in with the present. I really liked having to work out how much of the past had to do with what was going on, as well as trying to work out if Cameron seeing things would work out to his advantage or not and just how much of what he sees is true. Its this that really made the book.

In terms of characters I think most of them fell a bit flat. Cameron, our main character, was really well developed. While I didn’t agree with all the things he does and feels I can completely understand he does and feels things. The people around him don’t handle things well, ever. But all those around him seem very one dimensional and lacked depth. The mother specially really annoyed me, just, gah. You will understand when you read the book. I can almost forgive the lack of character depth in the side characters though, because pretty much all of them are side characters and are only slightly important to the story. It is pretty much just about what is happening (maybe) inside Cameron’s head. They are there to just add little bits to the story, not drive it.

I don’t want t say anymore because I might ruin the book for you then. All you need to know is that I was really surprised and really enjoyed this book. I loved the struggle that Cameron has to go through with all the things that are happening. If enough people keeping telling you you are crazy for long enough you start to believe it. I suggest that you should at least give this book a go, it was a super easy read for me and I completed it in a day.

 

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