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Book Review – The Queen of the Tearling

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Title: The Queen of the Tearling [The Queen of the Tearling 1]

Author: Erika Johansen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Length: 448

Rating: 4 Star

Release Date: 8th of July 2014

Series Review: 1, 2

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Description/Synopsis:

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from NetGalley. I picked it up because Emma Watson apparently signed on to do the movie adaptation.

I will have to think on this a bit I think, but as of now the rating sits at about 4.5 but rounded down. I didn’t get what I expected from it after reading the PR statement about it being like GoT and The Hunger Games (I actively searched for anything similar but only found one tiny thing, some people had crazy hair), but then again I also got way more than I was expecting because of all the negative reviews I read before picking up the book.

I really rather enjoyed it, be that because I was expecting rubbish I don’t know. However, I enjoyed it none the less and despite the fact this isn’t even out yet I want the next one now. I am hooked. There were things that bothered me but not as much as I thought.

I like our main character Kelsea quite a bit. She didn’t want to be useless and have other people look after her all the time and she tries to do the best she can. She does make some really dumb choices, but I can forgive them because no one will tell her anything that might actually be of some use to her. Like anything about her mother (or her father) or any of the choices her mother made that turned the kingdom into what it is now that she has control of it. One thing though that I wont forgive was that she pretty much instantly fell in love with with this random guy that kidnapped her and threatening to kill her. Yes she doesn’t have much experience with people since she was never allowed to see anyone besides her godparents. Bust still.

The setting for the story took some getting used to. We are both in the future but kind of in the past at the same time. Some stuff went down apparently so now civilisation has gone way back to the point where they don’t even have doctors. I also found the history of everything a bit confusing. And we kept getting random information dumps both about people and the land which was really annoying. But then we get some magic in there too which kept me going. Plot wise quite a few major things happened (mostly set up ones) which has left me hankering to find out what will happen next!

Kelsea’s interaction with other people was also a very interesting. There are either people that will die for her or people that are trying to kill her. I really want Mace to take on more of a father figure kind of role, I love him so much. I wanted more. I think Kelsea wants it to, not too sure what he feels about it yet though. How she describes her views on her family I also found really interesting. She always wondered about her mother because she wasnt allowed to know anything, but she didn’t ever wonder about the uncle she knows who is hiring people to kill her her whole life, or the father she also knows nothing of. Not even his name. They never mattered, only her mother.  There were a lot of comments about her father in this book and I think he is going to become a larger role in the next ones.

So yes, I enjoyed it despite the bad PR statement and all the negative reviews. I will be getting my hands on  a hardback at the first chance I get.

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Book Review – Finding It

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Title: Finding It [Losing it 3]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 320

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 3, 3.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Better than the last not as good as the first.

I really liked the characters in this book. I am just going to say now that after reading the last book a lot of things would seem good so I don’t know if that had heaps to do with it, but I liked it anyway.

The idea of this mystery guy from the army was a really sexy kind of thought. Their love developed at a good pace, starting off slow and building from there; at the same time though it was because Kelsey is a really pushy character with a past paced life with lots of drinking and partying. That being said I think Kelsey let Jackson get away with way too much. I mean, who doesn’t question those kind of things? He just pops up all the time wherever she is without planning and he doesn’t explain anything about anything.

I thought the fact that Kelsey being raped or what ever exactly happened to her felt a bit forced. To me it felt like it didn’t matter so much and was put into the story to try and give her character something deep when there isn’t really anything all that deep about Kelsey. It might have been better if it was presented in a different way.

It was soo depressing when the truth about how and why they met finally came out and we realise it was all because of her father whom she pretty much hates. They ended up together despite that in the end of the story. I think it should have probably ended without them making up though cause that was totally crushing when I thought it wasn’t going to happen.

So yes, not up there with the first one but I really liked the characters. They really had their moments.

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From Book To Movie – Divergent

Title: Divergent

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Rating: 4.5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 123

Description/Synopsis:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Hmmm. I have some thoughts about this movie. I enjoyed it well enough and I smiled through some parts but there were some points where I just wanted to yell at the screen cause it was all wrong. They are as follows:

  1. Character hight. Tris is supposed to be the shortest person at last in the transfers. So why oh why was she like miles higher than Christina?! Actually lets just say that Christina all up. She was horribly cast. I hate her.
  2. Tris didn’t go colder in personality as the story continued. She seemed to cry at every chance she got. She has a mental breakdown in the lunch room after all attacked her (so not the Tris we know!) and she tries to talk Will out of shooting her instead of just shooting then proceeds to have another breakdown and she totally breaks down when her mum dies, though that one didn’t bother me so much.
  3. Lack of pain. Tris, and a few other people, are suppose to just be made of bruises at some points but they barely ever got a scratch. I was so looking forward to seeing how they made Tris look after she nearly got thrown off that ledge cause that is suppose to put her back in everyones good graces but nope. They didn’t do that, she just had a tiny little scratch. But I suppose they didn’t need to bring her back into their good graces because she never left them!!!! The only person who got angry was Al. I mean really guys, you are trying to describe this world as cut throat yet they are still all lovely dovey at the same time? Doesn’t work.
  4. She barely got shot. I know you think this may fall under number 3 but I think it deserves its own spot. She isn’t really able to use that arm at all in the next book, yet she barely got a scratch from that bullet in this movie. It is also meant to be the reason why Jeanine sends her off to be killed, because she doesn’t think she will live with the amount of blood she loss, but in the movie she says she’s defective or something… which doesn’t even make sense… her being hurt would have no effect on her little mind control things or no one in the book if they got hurt would still be under her control… Stupid. Just so so stupid. You are probably expecting me to complain about about how she didn’t get put into the tub of water to die cause Jeanine made it special for her, which at first I was annoyed about, but when I think about it its ok that they were just going to go shoot her, the moment of salvation still worked.
  5. Key moment changes. Tris is the one to capture the flag, she only had 5 fears instead of 6 though thats not very big, Four isn’t computer savvy for some stupid reason and so at the end they change nearly everything! Jeanine isn’t suppose to help them! It was just so wrong. Molly was nice to Tris, she was never nice to anyone. Peter didn’t stab Edward and thusly I didn’t feel the hatred I was suppose to feel for him. He also wasn’t revealed as one of the guys that tries to kill Tris. He was just annoying the movie. Her mothers death. Though I will accept the way they did it cause it still kind of works, the moment in the book was more heartbreaking. As her mother runs off to distract and sacrifice herself she has a moment of my mother was all selfless and brave. It was beautiful. The way they went with was still touching, but not as much.

So yes, if you ignore all those things that really annoyed me I thought it was a pretty good movie.

There was some moments when she was the Tris I thought she should be. Like when she threw the knife at Jeanine’s hand, that was awesome. Her reactions to people doubting if she would actually shoot them was funny.

I thought Four was pretty well done cast wise. I thought that his fears didn’t seem to bother him as much as they should have, but I till let that slide because in his fear landscapes he was training her on how to do it in a way that Dauntless people would do things. In terms of changes I thought this was a really good one. I always thought that someone should have told her a few things not to do so that she didn’t stick out like a sore thumb so much.

The romance felt a little forced to me but I was satisfied by it none the less. I think the best bit of this relationship was when they were eating lunch. You go Tris, put him in his place.

One thing I didn’t get but can let go of because I think it would have been pretty hard to do was the glass dome thing inside of the Dauntless headquarters. I would have loved to see that, but I get why they left it out. I completely loved how they showed the zip-line thing though. It went of for ages and looked so much better on screen than it did in my head. I was there flying with her in the movie, it was totally awesome! The cracks she went through in buildings and the extra things they threw in was awesome. I loved the way that all the factions were introduced, I loved the Dauntless, they looked awesome!! I would want to join them too. I was so sad that they left out the bit where Christina is scared of moths, that was an awesome scene.

The fear landscapes were done and awesomely introduced. I loved the one with the dog scene the most. When she leapt at that dog was awesome. The birds were scary, I was like NO NOT THE EYES! the entire time she was dealing with them. I have always loved when she shatters the glass tank. They pulled that scene off perfectly.

Though Eric and Peter were not the ones I was used to, I still hated them. Even though, that moment when Tris is running after the train to play in the war games even though Eric said she was out, and then she gets on and kind of tells him off a bit and you kind of see a bit of respect go into his eyes and he lets her stay. I am really interested to see if that moment kind of changes anything later on. (I was so happy when I saw her running for that train. Awesome, awesome scene.)

One other bit that actually annoyed me was that Tris didn’t seem to hate contact the way she is suppose to, so Four was like a rapist in her fear landscape. Not good!

The soundtrack was really well done.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet don’t read the next bit it might be really distracting.

Some funny thing that I was kind of giggling about the entire time thanks to TheBookTuber, Jeanine’s actor is preggers while filming so the entire time, she has like folders or laptop bags in her hand always moving them to try and hide it hahaha. I really hope you have seen the movie before you read this, because you can’t unsee it.

So yes, I did actually love this movie despite all my book loving complaints. It was good. People who read the book should at least give it ago, but if you nit pick too much you might not like it. I’m interested in seeing how they do the next one, cause all the books are very different from each other.

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Book Review – The Returned

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Title: The Returned

Author: Jason Mott

Genre: Fantasy,Paranormal

Length: 338

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time … Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Trailer for the TV series based on the novel can be found here.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I saw the trailer for the series late last year/early this year and instantly looked up the book because the story was so interesting! Since the first episodes started being aired I thought I best get on a read it. And just so you all know, this review may be a bit spoliery and I am not going to comment on that fact later on in this review. I will try to leave out as much as possible, but this is one of those things where it gets hard to talk about things without giving away anything.

Other than what I saw in the trailer for the series I had no idea what I was in for when I entered the book. I didn’t read the description or anything. What I got was a story about being brought solace or closure.

This story is about our world but with one giant difference. The dead are returning from the grave and are popping up all over the world in the thousands. This is what happened to our main characters Harold and Lucille’s son Jacob who drowned in a river at his birthday party 1966, only to show up on their doorstep decades later when Lucille and Harold are now old but Jacob remains the same as they last saw him. This also happened to another family of the same town, who were all murdered one night and the murderer was never found.

As you would imagine the world doesn’t really react well to people everyone thought was dead popping up with no explanation, especially in our small town Arcadia where the murdered family that was the darkest point in their towns history come back and the issue was never solved. Government agents form a faction to help return what they are calling The Returned to their homes and try and keep the order and find answers, but that order soon falls apart. In Arcadia and then in other parts of the world the government forms detention centres and starts capturing The Returned and some True Living people who wouldn’t let them be taken without them are sent in the thousands. All the while, some people are holding riots and killing The Returned because they are scared out of their minds about them being back. People on all sides die.

I view reading this story much like holding my breath. The longer you old it the more pressure you feel but when you finally let your breathe out you are relieved that the pressure is gone but the whole process was kind of anticlimactic. The story starts off slow, and continues to be slow. At the end when riots happen is picks up its pace a little but it doesn’t really give you the rush you would expect from so much build up. Even at the end when most of the ‘destruction’ happens, there wasn’t really anywhere else the story could have gone so its still not a ‘big ending.’

But this story isn’t about the drama or action. Its about the struggle that people went through after their loved ones lives ended, and the continuous and sometimes more difficult struggle they go through then they come back into their lives. For our murdered family to me they came back to make sense as to why what happened to them happened. For Harold and Lucille its about loving and letting go, and it is their end in this book that had my eyes welling up threatening to spill over.

I don’t know how this child, this second Jacob, came to be. But honestly, I don’t care. He’s given us something we never thought we could have again: a chance to remember what love is. A chance to forgive ourselves…

…Love him. Then let him go.

It was a really touching ending that I hadn’t seen coming. From the looks of the trailer for the series they are taking it in a bit of a different direction so I will go just as blindly into that and see how they take things and get back to you all with a review. I have no idea how I will review a tv series, but I suppose we will see? Perhaps the entire season at once.

I don’t think this is a book many people will enjoy, the lack of much happening will be a turn off. But if you want just a nice story with a different twist on coming to terms with things then I think this would be something for you.

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Book Review – The Forgotten War

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Title: The Forgotten War

Author: Howard Sargent

Genre: Epic, Fantasy

Length: 1074

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

For ten years the people of eastern Tanaren have known nothing but war, a war to which there seems to be no end in sight. Now, however, things may be about to change. Pitched into the heart of the conflict are four people: Morgan, a veteran warrior charged with an important mission; Cheris, a gifted but wayward sorceress called from her exile on a remote island; Ceriana Hartfield, a noblewoman whose marriage is pre-empted by a chance discovery on a beach; and Cygan, a man from the desolate marshes seeking aid against a merciless foe. Between them, could they hold the key to ending this deadly conflict? But at what cost? This extraordinary epic is a gripping, searing tale of the ugliness of war and the dangers of power.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I had the pleasure of receiving this book ahead of the publication date from the publishing company in exchange for a honest review.

I don’t know what I expected going into this book. Because of the size I was actually really quite scared of it. If the book was not to my liking, it was going to be torturous to get through it. I was however very surprised at how much I loved it!

I have mentioned before in a feral friday article of mine how I feel about epic length books. I more often than not feel like im trapped within the pages, that no matter how much I read that I will always be reading this book till the end of time because I don’t like to just give up on a read. In the beginning of this book I actively didn’t look at how long my kindle thought it was going to take me to read it (I think it was 40+ hours) but I didn’t need to avoid the time for long. Within a couple of pages I was swept up in the story and really invested in everything that was happening. I didn’t notice I was still reading the book until weeks later and I had about 10 hours left in the book and by then it hardly mattered! The end was just days away, and you could feel it in the story as well.

The plot of the story follows a couple of main characters which you are introduced to over time, and then the further you get into the story they break off and form their own stream the story which often lead to getting introduced and reading from the perspective of yet another protagonist, and then you also get perspectives of the antagonists thrown in there as well. It was very Game of Thrones like in the way you have a heap of people to keep up with, and not all of them had easy names to remember or even pronounce (I serious issues wondering how to pronounce some, the names ended up silent words for me cause I couldn’t for the life of me do the names correctly), but all that being said I found it a lot easier to keep up with them all because of the very gradual way they were introduces. You associated certain people to certain main characters and that main character to a certain section/location/plot point in the story. It made it easier to keep track of where I was in this really seemingly giant world.

As I was reading the entire time I was trying to piece together were all of these characters are, predict how some of their stories would cross over, and how each of their stories would effect the other! They are all connected and it was really fun working it all out in my head.

It made me laugh multiple times, and at others I just couldnt even fathom what was happening because I didn’t want to believe that it was happening. I was never brought close to tears though.It throws you a number of curve balls you didn’t see coming, and gives you things you were just begging for. It was also pretty graphic in some areas, specially battle. Letting you know in detail how someone died or suffered.

I loved pretty much all of the protagonists we were introduced to and felt a good hatred for all the antagonists. And being a women, I really enjoyed the fact that lots of the female characters we were introduced to totally rocked! Considering the era they were in and how women are treated and supposed to act, they all totally kicked butt and I wouldnt have want to make any of them angry because then I would feel their wrath.

Ceriana was probably my favourite to read about, though im not going to say why. At times while reading her story I had great urges to stop reading and go and pain the scene which was put into my head, but that would mean I would have to wait to find out what happened next, so I suppressed them for a later date (can you guess what I will be doing when I am done writing this review?). Next on equal footing would probably have to be Cheris, Morgan, and Syalin. Syalin probably would have gotten higher is there was just more of her in the book. She doesnt pop up until you are already a good way through. Cheris is just awesome cause she was born with awesome mage powers and her story is just in generally really interesting, though she did tend to whine a bit. Morgan was great too, you can just feel his honest and a mans got to do what a mans got to do kind of attitude. Very likeable and friendly. Oh and Itheya, basically princess of the elves. I wish her story had ended differently!

There was a downfall for me however in the overall story structure that I feel like I have to mention. Though once the character was mentioned I could instantly tell where I was and relate everything to that character, to me there wasn’t really a clear ‘voice’ I head in my head for each of them and they all just kind of blended together. This normally wouldnt be an issue because there would be a clear indication when we have switched characters, but my copy there was no such thing. Sometimes there wouldnt even be a gap or a chapter change and I would read on think I was still in one persons head and the suddenly find that I have no idea as to how I got to where the hell I was and had magically been put into someone else’s story without realising. As the story progress however I became more accustomed place names and thing people would be noticing and it eventually stopped happening (kind of). It was very disorientating! Though I assume some indication was put into the actual copies of the books, so I wouldnt be too concerned about that.

That last bit being ignored however, I hope to add this to my collection on my shelves rather than just my kindle, and have been trying to get others to read it so I can discuss the book with them. Really, who wouldnt like a story fill with mages, knights fighting bravely in battle, elves shrouded in mystery, legends of dragons, and not to mention a bunch of strong and deadly women! So yes, I suggest this book to anyone you enjoys fantasy and can handle it in epic size format, and anyone who likes to see strong female characters.

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Book Review – City Of Ashes

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Title: City of Ashes [The Mortal Instruments 2]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 453

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I liked this book more than the first one.

And can I just take a random moment to say how much I love the cat Church? They talk to him like he understands and he leads people around the house. He is just awesome. But then again, I like most cats in books if they get a little bit of special personality traits.

Now onto the things people actually care about haha.

Unlike the first book I enjoyed the writing style in this one much more. I think Clare has really gotten into the flow of how the story and all the characters should go and say and all that stuff. It just makes the story easy to follow and enjoyable to read.

I know I said that I thought Simon brought out the best in Clary, that does not mean in anyway shape or form that I think they should be dating. What the hell do you think you are doing Clary???? The only time the two of you dating would be accept is if you were both like 50 and had made a deal to be together if you could find no one else, even then you never know. Its not that hard to find someone better boyfriend material that Simon. Why do people always assume just cause people have a good friendship that means they should date? Even people in real life tend to do this. Its annoying. The relationship was very forced and thought I was a bit upset when Simon basically died, I was jumping up and down with joy because it meant the relationship would end. But of course he didn’t die, but thank you Simon for coming to your senses and ending it. It made me very happy.

We got to meet knew people in this book. I both liked and hated these people. We got a good meeting of the fey and their queen, and anyone by now should know that I like a good/cunning/different kind of evil villain. I got this in her, she’s a bit of bitch, but I love how she messes with their minds. It was pretty funny. And it made Simon sad haha. But then we also met the Inquisitor from the Clave. Oh my god I don’t think I have hated a character this hard in a really long time. Everytime anyone even just mentioned her I instantly become furious. She is just crazy, and not the crazy I like. She is the kind of crazy that hasnt actually lost her marbles but acts upon things that have no basis because thats the way she wants it to be for her own pathetic reasons, despite how wrong she is proven to be.

Other than that there were some really great moments in the book. One of which I feel is worth mentioning is that both Jace and Clary come into their own powers which have been mentioned as a possibility in the first book. Clary really begins to shine because of this. She gets a kind of new confidence that makes her more appealing and enjoyable as a character. I didn’t really get this feeling with Jace because you always knew he was kind of more superhuman then the others. Still enjoyable though.

So yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the supernatural, some good action, and is interested in reading a series rather than a trilogy.

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Book Review – The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 206

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

If you don’t want spoilers for this book, I suggest you move on because there will be spoilers here.

Now I think most of you in bookland have read this book already and there isn’t really much else anyone can say about it because its been talked about alot and there is even a movie coming out soon, but I’m going to talk about it anyway because I want to give me two-cents!

I had to wait a rather long time after finishing this book to be able to start the review. I didn’t really have any words that made sense. I still don’t really have any words that make sense but here it goes.

This book was really heartbreaking. This book had me on the brink of tears multiple times. Then at the end I cried. This book was really quite heart breaking.

I go into this story knowing its about a girl who is dying of cancer. So in my mind the entire time I’m thinking its going to end with her dying because I have not read/listened/watched any reviews about the book cause I knew I was going to get to it eventually. So I was completely devastated that the person I thought was going to die the entire time is still alive by the end of the book and one of the only healthy people you meet at the beginning, my favourite character, the one most filled with life, dies instead. You also know that our main character is still going to die at some point probably not that long after the book ends.

Hazel is a pretty good character. I can’t even begin to think about what its like knowing that your life has an expiration date that is years before most people an having to live with things constantly helping you breathe. Im sure that would make you grow up faster than most people, and make her kind of harsh and disconnected from everyone. She was the character I was suspecting and welcomed for this kind of story. The only thing I didn’t really like about her or the other child/teen characters is that they seemed a bit too wise at times. Just because they are dying doesn’t make them wise…

I loved Augustus so so so much. He is really what made the book for me despite the fact I think his name is ridiculous. Pretty much all the lines that I highlighted in my kindle were from him and because I loved them. I think my favourite section of the whole book was when he was describing the swing set.

“I must see this old swing set of tears immediately.”

“That is one sad goddamned swing set.”

“We gotta do something about this frigging swing set,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s ninety percept of the problem.”

I also loved the fact that they gave it to the person they gave it to because he said I just want them to go outside when he was talking about his children. And the book is full of funny lines like that which kind of makes it more heart breaking. Damn you good writing and characters, why must you be in such a sad book? My hear broken when I heard that Augustus was going to die.

After I read the book I went straight away to go watched the trailer. I can’t believe how good it looks, I am so excited! I will read this book again and I plan on buying a paper version of this book so I can proudly display it on my shelf.

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Book Review – A Game Of Thrones

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Title: A Game Of Thrones [A Song Of Ice And Fire 1]

Author: George R.R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy, Epic, Adult

Length: 801

Rating: 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow. Just wow. I cannot believe how long it took me to finish this book. Depending on what I have to do that, I can normally easily finish a book between 200-680ish pages in a day. This book is about 800 pages. One would think that it would take me at most a couple of weeks to finish. Well, it took me about 6 months. I’m really quite ashamed of how long it took me. The size of the book was very daunting to me and while I was reading I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere, and that’s part of the fun I get out of reading. The progress. I had to start leaving my bookmark in where I started reading so I could see how far I had read that day.

Now I did see the TV series before I started the book. This kind of makes it hard for me to talk about the book without referring back to the show like I normally would. So I think I will do this a bit backwards and compare the books to the show and do a review on it later. Maybe.

Now I don’t think I would have gotten through this book at all if it were not for the show. There are so many people with strange names and some of them are very similar, and If I hadn’t of seen the faces they put to most these names in the show I think I would have gotten really really lost very early on in the story.

The characters In the book were a bit more flat to the ones in the show. I don’t know if it is because I knew what was happening to all of them already but I found the way they were presented in the book less dramatic/interesting. This is not to say that they were not good, they were. I got to understand more about why they do the things they do which is just left out in the show. For example I don’t hate Sansa as much anymore because of reading her chapters. I understand her better, though I’m still not happy with the things she does. That all being said though they are all really well constructed characters, they know who they are and so do you. Because of the show though I has issues picturing them at their actually ages. When I remembered how old they were some of the things really shocked me.

When it comes to the world building I think they did a pretty good job at keeping it true to how its described in the book. They only really left out some of the more completely impossible kind of things like the journey up the Aerie steps, I can see why they altered that a bit. But there is stuff both in the plot and the world building hat is left out that is just stunning even if it wasn’t completely needed.

I guess I just loved the extra details I got from the book that were not in or were not conveyed in the show in all regards. The character sections were my favourite though. I think reading this book would have been easier if it hadn’t of been quite so large and was maybe broken in half. Maybe then it wouldn’t have appeared quite as dense as it was. It was still a good read and had sections of it me glued to the book.

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Book Review – City of Bones

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Title: City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments 1]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 485

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I didn’t really expect much going into this book. I have heard lots of people talk about it, quite often good, and I had seen it fill the shelves at stores like kmart because they always have many many many copies of YA books that are supposed to be the next big hit, and I had heard there was a movie. There were mixed reviews about the movie though, most people said it was bad. So I avoided it for a really long time. I think the covers also had something to do with it. It kind of looked like the book was trying to hard to p[rove itself or something… which is ridiculous cause now that I think about it they are not that bad but whatever. Then someone came to me and said they really think I would like the movie and that I should watch it, so I decided that I should read the book first before I put myself through something like that.

Though I can kind of understand the hype some people hold for this series, I myself didn’t feel it at all until I got to the end of the book. I found the very beginning really hard to get into. The way some of the demons talk, and none of them ever talk that way again at the end, was just so stupid. How am suppose to feel suspense when someone who is facing off with a demon that can’t even talk proper. It was a joke. If you are not going to get them to talk in a way that is not menacing and  have them coming across something you might hear in a really old and bad horror movie, its best to keep their mouths shut. The second their mouths open you have ruined all the feeling you have spent all that time building up to. There were other things but that got under my skin the most.

All of that rant being said and done, I was really really into the story by the end of it and instantly picked up the next one so that I could keep on being in there. Most of the characters are awesome (with the exception of Simeon who is just annoying), and even characters like Clary’s mum who isn’t even in the book all that much I enjoy. I love the relationship between the characters and I think they are well developed.

I felt bad for Clary and the development she has to go through is quite alot so that she doesnt go crazy. Despite the fact that I don’t like Simeon, he brought out the best in her really. The section where he gets turned into a rat and she just goes totally ape-shit, specially when she looses him, was just hysterical. I think this might have been one of my favourite scenes in the entire book.

Im a but iffy on the relationship between Clary and Jace. The big secret of who Clary’s father is was never a secret to me despite how desperately they tried to make it seem like a big mystery, and the second they said that Jace was going to be with his father (who we have been told is dead) combined with the way they said it I knew straight away that their parents are one and the same. Yay incest? I think most people find this as a really bad aspect of the story, but I have already been presented with this kind of thing in other stories which I loved so its not a huge sticking point to me. Something I try to over look and not think about, but it didn’t make me put the book down. They had some cute moments but I hope that perhaps they move on or something… Luckily it didn’t hold that big a part of this section on the story.

So yeah, sorry for the bit of rant, but I still enjoyed the book. If you like supernatural stuff I think this would be a book you pick up and at least try.

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.