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Book Review – Queen of Shadows

Title: Queen of Shadows [Throne of Glass 4]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 648

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.512, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sorry for the late review today everyone. I stayed up late to finish it last night before work and thusly I have been brain dead all day and it has taken a really long time to put my review down in a way that actually makes some sort of sense. Plus this is a huge book with so many people in it so it takes a lot of words to actually cover everything. For those of you who have been following me the last month or so know that these reviews are coming after my second read through of the books in time for the final book in the series coming out this month. This time around I did this book in audio book form, and I would highly recommend the audio book, as well as the book in general. Where the last book was a bit slow, things never really stopped happening in this one. For those who don’t want spoilers, I will say goodbye to you here. Go into this book knowing it was great and sets up all whole new chapter for the series. I will see you later after you have read the book.

Our character list in this series just gets longer and longer with every book we get. The main new one we got this time was Elide. I didn’t mind Elide but I wasn’t jumping up and down every time we got one of her chapters. I cared more about how her interactions affected the characters around her. I am so looking forward to her seeing Aelin again I think thats going to be a touching reunion, and I just loved the way she helped bring out the feelings within Manon. I started liking Manon when she started having feelings with Abraxos, but in this book she is firmly placed as a favourite character as having to interact with Elide who questions her about how things are, and she is faced with things happening around her that is destroying her on the inside cause she doesn’t understand why she is feeling things. I was horrified by the description of the yellow legs that were being experimented on and tortured, I was cracking on the inside when Asterin was confronting Manon about it, and it broke completely when Asterin told Manon about how she fell in love with a man and become pregnant, later giving birth to a still born witchling and Manon’s grandmother had beaten her, branded her, burnt her baby and didn’t allow her to see it, and cast her out to die because of it. I am so glad that Manon is feeling things now and is silently rebelling against her grandmother and getting her own idea of what is right.

Kaltain was so freaky in this book. She was mostly a broken doll the entire time with this truly scary shadow fire power, but then we find out she has had control of her demon within for ages now and chooses the moment when Manon is saving Elide from also being experimented on because of her witch blood, and blows herself and all the demon babies and all the suffering witches up. I thought this was a really worthy ending to her story arch.

The big Aedion rescue scene. We all knew it was coming and it was everything I wanted. He was trying to kill himself so that Aelin didn’t fall into whatever trap the king had set and that had me freaking out and just praying he would stay alive long enough for him to see her again and for her to get him out. I loved how she snuck in with the dancers and their rose props were smoke bombs and she got him out in a big chase scene. Then when he recovered enough they had their touching moments together. I felt so bad for him though when he started talking about the blood oath and about how it meant everything to him and she sort of just mumbled about it and he had to find out from Rowan that he had already taken the blood oath. This is the only part that upset me but the rest of his story in the book was just lovely.

Aelin. I thought she grew so much in this book. She is still running around and doing sneaky things and not letting people in, but she becomes more queenly to me and is getting better at actually relying on her court. We get Lysandra from Assassin’s Blade back in this book, and while I hated her in the other book I loved her in this one. That moment when they just decided to be friends and plot Arobynn’s demise together and eat chocolate. It warmed my heart. Then when she came back when magic was freed as a snow leopard and basically saved most the group was a bloody amazing scene.

Every scene with Arobynn unsettled me. He was creepy and that scene when he slipped that Valg ring on her finger and I thought he had control of her for moment before we found out it was all part of Aelin’s plan had me freaking out. I loved the part though where he sent Aelin almond oil to put on herself before their big dinner as some kind of ownership, but then when Rowan meets him he thanks him for the oil because his skin was getting dry and was wearing it as well. That had me cracking up. I loved how his whole story arch ended as well. I loved how badly Aelin ruined hum and framed him for a bunch of stuff she was doing around town, she let Lysandra kill him, and then she changed his will so she got all him wealth. Amazing end to that whole plot point.

I didn’t think we were going to get much Rowan in this book but I am glad that we did. We actually got to know him as a character and I connected with him in this book and I am more happy now with him and Aelin being together than I was in the last book.

Chaol. I know a lot of people were probably waiting for me to talk about him but I just want to give a big fuck you to Chaol. The first half of this book I was just seeing red the entire time he came on. He was blaming everything on Aelin, even her being away when he was the one that sent her away. He become a little bit more bearable in the second half of the book, but I had already written him off at that point. I cannot believe how bloody stupid he was. First he stops Aelin from killing Dorian (thankfully but still), then he gets it into his head that he is going to do it but stuffs up so bad that instead of running after Dorian he somehow runs after the witches and nearly gets everyone killed. Sure, this leads to one of my favourite scenes but still. How goddamn stupid. Aelin was also quite stupd though because she had talked Manon down and the witches were going to leave them alone, but Aelin had to open her mouth and tell them she killed Babba yellowlegs leading to the Manon and Aelin showdown I didn’t know I wanted. Manon nearly dies when the temple they were fighting in collapses around them and Asterin’s cry for her touches Aelin and Aelin ends up saving Manon, which leads to Manon telling them that Dorian is still alive inside.

Then last but not least we have poor Dorian. My heart was just breaking for him everytime we got one of his chapters. When he was giving up because Aelin didn’t kill him when she had that first chance. Then Manon’s eyes give him that moment to actually have control of him body for a brief moment, which is what really leads to Aelin being able to free him. When she slipped that ring on hims finger that protects from the Valg I was so damn excited. I didn’t have any idea of how they were going to get him back and I thought this was done really well. She tries to call him out and keeps telling him that she came back for him just like she promised, but then it ends up being the King telling Aelin that he killed Chaol (which I was fine with even though it didn’t actually happen), that snapped him out of it. Then he and Aelin join hands and just bring the world down, Dorian killing the king who tells them how he blocked Magic to try and protect Dorian and fought the Valg in him with all his might and that the Valg king is in fact inside the Duke, and destroys the glass castle. Aelin uses her powers to protect the city from the destruction, but takes the blame for killing the king so that the people don’t hate Dorian.

The ending to this book was so good. The only thing I would question was the decision to leave Dorian alone so soon after all his trauma.

Since this is such a long review I will leave it here. I know I have missed things but I really tried to cover all the important things, and there were so many great moments with all the characters. If I missed a spot you think is important or loved let me know so we can talk about it!

 

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Book Review – Crown of Midnight

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, 7

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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

This review is coming after my 2.75 read through. I read it once and forgot to review it, picked it back up at a much later date intending to give them all another read through and got about 3/4 of the way through it and then for some reason got distracted and read many other books before finishing it, read Tower of Dawn and realised I seriously need to read through them all before the final book came out, and just decided to start this one again from scratch. This final time though I did the audiobook and while not the best audiobook I have listened to it did a very good job at drawing me into the story.

Despite my basically 3 reads of this book I find I still don’t even know were I want to begin! There are just so many things that happen in the second half of this book. The first half of this one is a lot like the first, slower and you aren’t so attached to what is going on. But there is a very significant turning point in this story, and everything just keeps happening from that point on. The rest of this review is going to be spoilery, so for those of you for some reason have not yet picked up the series yet, now is the perfect time to start. The final book is coming out very soon so you can just smash through them all at once. Go read and come back so we can discuss.

Ok for those who have already read this book lets start somewhere simple. Romance. While I don’t mind Chaol in this book and think he good for Celaena in someways, I do not get the Chaol and Celaena ship. I don’t even know the ship name. Between him and Dorian, I like Dorian far better for her. He actually brings fun into her life, where Chaol is just so serious all the time. I think Celaena needs that more and Chaol is a huge idiot at very key moments in this story. Just so fucking stupid.

In terms of character development we didn’t really get much from Chaol, but we did get quite a lot from Dorian and Celaena. Celaena while really spending most of this book feeling very scared internally about what is going on around her and the things she is or is not doing, we do get a lot more of that bad ass and bloody thirsty assassin we were promised in the first book but didn’t really get. Her action moments in this book are just amazing. Dorian is also pretty much always freaking out in this book. At the start is feeling a bit sorry for himself because he isn’t with Celaena anymore, but in the grand scheme of things he accepts that pretty early on. Then we move onto what the hell is happening??! Dorian. He starts to develop magic powers and he just goes into freaking about the how and the why and what will happen if his dad or anyone found out. I really liked the direction his story started taking.

Ok now onto the moment, my favourite moment and the turning point for the whole book. Nehemia’s death. I feel horrible saying that it is my favourite moment because I really liked her and I am sad she is dead, but its because of those things that its my favourite moment. When I picture a moment to sum up the glory of the series, I always picture this moment. Chaol gets kidnapped and Celaena leave the castle and turns into a shadow of death and kills so many people to get him back, then the people who took him tell her that he knew someone was after Nehemia and stupidly didn’t say ANYTHING and that he knew the king wanted to question/kill her tonight and STILL DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING!!! and by the she got back it would probably would be too late. Then she basically flies on the wind to get back to her and is presented with her mutilated corpse. I loved the way Chaol described to Dorian how even though he stole a horse to return to the castle and Celaena had still outran him. I loved the way she snapped and nearly killed Chaol and Dorian had to save him with magic. I loved the revenge she took on the people involved in all its heartlessness. I both loved and hated the way her and Nehemia had fought before she died and how badly it tore Celaena up for the rest of the book and because of not being able to face Chaol anymore brought her closer to Dorian again even though they are still just friends. I loved and hated how she allowed if not plotted her death to push Celaena in the right direction. Just everything about this turning point is everything to me.

Then we have the other big moment right at the end where we find out that Celaena is the lost heir of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius. Even in the first read through I sort of saw this coming. We had this devastatingly sad moment when Chaol catches her singing over Nehemia’s grave in a language we find out is Fae, how she was so certain that the people who said they were working with the lost queen were lying, and of course when she actually turned Fae. I loved how she told Chaol just enough to work out who she actually was without actually saying it. That ending was amazing.

Then we had the story progression plot where we wind out about the magical gateways and their keys. We didn’t really get too much in this book but I like how much bigger this idea is going to make the worlds. I of course know where this goes in other books so I don’t want to say too much on my thoughts here because they are tainted. Even though I was really annoyed with how long it took her to work out that one of the keys was kept in the tomb. It was so obvious. They creature they found in the library was really freaky and it made me so scared of what kind of things the king was making in all those cells.

And thats where I am going to leave this very long review. If you have read the book lets discuss, I always love to talk books. If you ship Chaol and Celaena present me your argument. Were you surprised by things? What was your favourite moment? Obviously I think people should read this series so there isn’t anymore I can say on that matter.

 

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From Book To Movie – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

 

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews

Description/Synopsis:

When her secret love letters to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet school existence turned upside down.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This movie gets 2 separate star ratings for me. 5 Star for sticking to the book, and 4 Star for how much I actually enjoyed it. Netflix did a really good job and portraying this beautiful book and I am so excited for them to continue on with the series. For anyone who is interested in continuing on with this review, know that there will be spoilers, as I will be comparing the book to the movie.

They of course did change a few things, some I liked and some that really made it drop the start for me. The beautiful cupcake scene where Lara Jean and Peter bake together was sadly taken from the movie. Also the introduction scene where he helps her after she had a car crash was missing. I can completely see why they left out these scenes, they don’t have a lot of time to work with, but they were important in my eyes in the book and I wanted to see them on screen. ‘

Other than those small things it was amazing. I think they selected the most perfect cast for the movie and they all fit to a T, even with Kitty ages up a few years they stayed true to her character. The actors did a pretty good job, but in the end the movie didn’t leave me with the overall adorableness of the book. I did feel just as bad for Josh in the movie as I did in the books, and I am so glad that they didn’t kiss in the movie. It made me like Josh more, and Margo and her didn’t have as much of a serious fight in the movie because of it.

I also loved the style and set design, the rooms they give these kids in movies! I would have loved a room like that as a kid. One thing that did blow my mind though was just the general size of everyone’s houses. I get that Lara Jean’s dad is a doctor and they would have a nice big house and nice things, but what on earth does everyone else do?! That house the party was at was massive. Is that what the size of the houses are in America in general, or is it a movie thing?

I think my favourite character would have to be Lara Jean’s dad, and he is was made some of my favourite scenes for me. I laughed so hard at his and Chris’ chat in the kitchen.

“I’m not denying you you’re right to put food on your table for your family or anything, I just think its a little odd that a man would want to be a gynaecologist. Like when you were college you thought ‘ah, I would really like to look at vaginas all day'”

“Gonna leave the kitchen now Christine.”

Just beautiful. I also really loved the condom talk, and all the touching moments Lara Jean and her dad had at the restaurant. One other thing I loved that they actually changed a little from the book was the fact that Kitty kept all the letters that Peter wrote Lara Jean, it sort of made up for the fact that she posted the letters out to begin with. I also appreciated that they solved their issues at the end of the movie rather than the start of the next one, and that little sneak peak of John at the end of the movie. He was geekier than I expected but it got me really excited for what was to come

And this is where I am going to leave you guys. If you loved the books, you will like the movie. If you haven’t done the books though but like cute little love stories with families full of sass you will probably enjoy the movie all by itself.

 

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Book Review – King’s Cage

Title: King’s Cage [Red Queen 3]

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 507

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh my god I don’t even know where to begin. If my heart wasn’t ripping in two I think I would have a better time at formulating sensible and understandable thoughts, but it is so I am sorry in advance if nothing makes sense and its just me yelling into the void.

The crushing weight of silence hangs heavy as always. For a moment it’s too difficult to breathe, and I wonder if this is how I die. Drowned in this bed of silk, burned by a king’s obsession, smothered by open air.

For those about to go into this book, the first half is almost unbearably slow. It starts off where the last book finished off, with Mare captured by Maven and we spend six months with her as she is being tortured in various ways. I both really liked and didn’t liek this part of the book. I found it was a bit repetitive in its slowness, and I can fully understand why because as we are in Mare’s head and nothing very much is happening to her other than being tortured, dealing with PTSD, and trying to stay alive as she learns as much about Maven and the court as possible while she is there. I did enjoy learning more about this real Maven we are presented without mother or him pretending to be a golden child to her. Their relationship is really interesting to me because of how alike but different they are, and how they both sort of end up relying on each other to keep each other sane but at the same time breaking each others mind.

I would like to go on record at this point that I do not get all the Maven love that is throughout most of the reviews on this book. Yes, I can understand Maven more now, I can sympathise with more knowing the full extent the job his mother did on him, and I find a lot of his parts interesting. However, he is completely fucked up. There is no fixing that level of fucked or really finding any redeeming qualities in no matter how much this series is about how people are not just good or evil. His mother literally removed all his good parts, he is basically not a real being at this point. He even thinks so. I am interested in seeing how his story ends, but if it doesn’t ed with his death I am going to very disappointed.

Maven Calore is not his own self. He told me as much. He is a construct, a creation of his mother’s additions and subtractions. A mechanical, a machine, soulless and lost. What a horror, to know that someone like this holds our fates in the palm of his quivering hand.

Through all her torture Mare sort of solidifies in her character. Instead of just going from moping about things to electrifying anyone who annoys her, she learns who she is through having to try and put herself back together after truly suffering. She realises where she was arrogant and becomes more likeable. She knows who she is.

The second part of this book basically doesn’t stop moving once it gets going. A lot of political things have been happening in the first half and once the ball of war starts moving it just kept smashing through things and people. The second half of this book is physically epic where the first half was very psychologically breaking.

A new thing we get in this book that I really really enjoyed was that we got two new points of view. In the first half we get Cameron’s point of view of what is happening with the other characters while Mare is with Maven. I really thought I wasn’t going to like being in her head at all considering how much she got on my nerves in the second book, but it actually made me warm up to her. She still isn’t my favourite character but some of the tension between her and Mare is smoothed out and he get more of her inner thoughts that different to just the dumb antagonistic things she says.  The other point of view we got in the second half was Evangeline. Now if I was surprised by how my mind was changed on Cam a bit, you can bet I was bloody surprised when I was excited to get inside her head. I don’t know if I can forgive her for how vile  she was in the first two books, but her points of view were some of my favourite parts of the book.

SPOILER – CAL HOW BLOODY COULD YOU?! I WAS BLOODY ROOTING FOR YOU! I THOUGHT YOU HAD GROWN MORE OF A BLOODY BRAIN! WHY CAN’T YOU LEARN ANYTHING FROM YOUR DAMN MISTAKES?! YOU ARE KILLING ME! – END SPOILER

I kiss him for what could be, what might be, what will be—the last time. His lips feel strangely cold as we both turn to ice.

For those who are reading this reviews and the other very mixed ones online, if you liked the first two, you will most likely enjoy this one. Just get past the first half. Enjoy the emotional trauma knowing that everything starts moving once you get passed it. Just get passed it and you will be here sitting with me and my throbbing heart painfully waiting for the next book to come out.

 

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Book Review – Poison Study

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Title: Poison Study

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 409

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 3.5, 3.6

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Description/Synopsis:

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book.

I picked it up because it was laying around my nans house and had nothing better to do. Not going to lie, I went in with pretty low expectations but this book just so good.

I really can’t say that there was much lacking in this book. The plot was well developed and thought through but there were some parts where I could tell what was going to happen. I loved the mix of fantasy and dystopia. We are in a kingdom which has just gotten taken over by a military regime which has both its good and bad parts which I loved it for. One part I would consider bad would be the part where magic is banned and is punishable by death, and creates much drama and stress for our main characters Yelena who was orphaned, has no idea where she came from and doesn’t understand this power she was born with. You would think that something like that would govern most of the story, but that was no the case. We had the drama of her training/being the poison taster mixed in with political issues, and then we also had the very subtle and not over powering level of the romance that budded in the story.

I have read in some reviews that people would have liked more romance, and I both disagree and agree. With the way this story was written I think that the amount that was in there was good and slow developing which I like, but I do agree with some that if the story had just been an adult novel, which it so could have easily been because of the age of out main characters, you could have gotten much more steamy love, which I also enjoy. I think I agree it would have made a better adult book but I like it still the way it is.

I thought all the characters were well developed, and while there were a few kind of throwaway people in there, I feel like at least some of them will come back and serve more of a purpose in the coming stories. Maybe. I shall see I guess. Yelena I found to be a really realistic and just straight up awesome character. The amount of rubbish she has to go through, past and present,I am amazed she turned out as strong willed as she is. She is realistic about her abilities, and gets saved by others a few times, but not at any point did I think she was just a meek character who just needs to be saved all the time. She is constantly looking to better herself in her never ending struggle to make the right decisions to just stay alive. If anyone just deserved to be left alone and have a boring life if they so choose its Yelena. With the next book I think we will be focusing on her magic and her family back story more so I al really looking forward to seeing where that goes.

I would normally talk about other characters here, but since I think part of the fun of this book is that it surprises you about hwo the people end up being, if you don’t want to be spoiled about those kind of things, this would be a good place for you to end reading the review. You have been warned. All you need to know is that I loved this book, and I think you should read it.

Rand, I knew from our very first interaction with him that he was not to be trusted. I can’t remember what he did exactly that first time that made me think it, but I was like that is weird… This guy is being sus, I don’t trust him. Turns out I was right. I Valek was an awesome character He was just as mysterious as the head assassin of the Commander was supposed to be. I am really interested in how he is not effected by any kind of magic, and I hope we get to explore that more. While he seemed cold hearted at times, he also had his funny moments and cute moments that made me go awww. I love him as a character. The Commander confused me a little. I thought he was a very strong character despite the fact he didn’t pop up much, his big secret and issue seemed a bit lacking to me. While I know its a thing, and I don’t mean to be insulting to anyone who has read the book and knows what I am talking about, his reasoning as to why seemed a bit iffy. Almost insulting… sorta.

I think I am going to stop rambling on now. I thought this book was awesome and I am very put out that my Nan doesn’t have the rest of the series. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes assassins, magic, and political plotlines since the book has all of these things.

On a completely side note, this is one of those series where the cover seems to change with each book, and I went out to try and get it but one of the covers matched for the whole series/collection of books so I have been reduce to getting it on my kindle. Again. I hope that by the time all the books are released they would have worked out their cover drama!

 

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – April 2016 (Hour 5)

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Feelings:

Im feeling rather tired now. I think its time to crack out the V.

What I Read:

  1. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  2. Special by Georgia Blain

Pages Read: 109

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Dear Ivy,

I think of you every day. I have found out so much about you and what it was actually like for you those few years at Halton and I cannot begin to go into what they must have been like. I wish I could see you again, but you never came back from the ‘tests’. When everything fell apart Lark and Wren sent me away with a new identity to hide out until things were better. If you are still out there, are you going through something similar? While I miss everyone terribly, I must admit that I am enjoying moving from place to place and seeing the world that I was never supposed to see. Being able to make up my mind about things in a way I was never able to before. Its almost freeing not being Special.

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Book Review – The Secret Garden

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Title: The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Genre: Classic, Childrens,

Length: 341

Rating: 5 Star

Movie Reviews: 1993, 1994, 2001

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Description/Synopsis:

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. One day she learns of a secret garden in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh this book.

I love this book.

This is one of the books where I simply do not care if I already have two copies of it on my shelf, I will look at other pretty hardcover versions of it because I love it so much. And I will read all those different covers of it too. Right after I purchase them. This is simply just a stunning story.

The only thing I remotely question about this book is that its a children’s book. Its awfully sad and series to be a children’s book to me, but I suppose that is what makes adults love reading it to kids, that they can appreciate it on a deeper level than the children will be able to.

I loved the sad start to this story. The story starts in such a sad place and so does Mary, she is almost just a hollow human being, and she is just forgotten by everyone who was supposed to be looking after her when her parents died. She was nasty on the outside and hollow on the inside. No one gave her any kind of real love, and didn’t teach her how to be a real person.

But then she goes to this dark, cold and wet foreign place and discovers people who actually pay attention to her enough to actually care about the way she acts.  For the first time she sees others as people, and thinks about the way she should be treating them. Then she finds this secret little world that no one loves and no one wanted, and she feels a connection to it and begs to have her little bit of Earth. She wishes to help it grow and become whole again, and as she and the other children go there and grow and become more whole and beautiful people, so does the garden.

I loved all the characters, and I adored the comparisons between the two cousins. How they were different and how they were the same and the different places they had come from in life before they met each other.

I will grudgingly admit that I did feel some parts of the story dragged more then they needed to, but these were only the parts in the story were Colin was going on about how he wants to do scientific discoveries on magic, and how he was going to give grand speeches on the subject, while giving long speeches.

I cannot urge people to read this book more. This is a must read for anyone before they die. Don’t listen to the childrens category, adults will love it. I also think children in school will also love it, I know I did. Just go forth and read it. Just thinking about it makes me want to go read it again, and buy another copy.

 

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Book Review – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 188

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am having such a good run of books lately and this book is no exception.

I found this to be a very honest telling of what high school can be like for some. Its  great big mess no matter who you are, you have dramas that you sometimes don’t even realise you have, and everything is just really hard in ways you don’t understand. Charlie has all these issues in his own way, and it is him dealing with these issues that makes up the plot. I use he word plot kind of loosely because there isn’t really a plot to the book in the sense that there are no huge and dramatic things that push the story along.

The story is presented to us through letter format where Charlie is writing to a friend who is unnamed throughout the book. I have no idea who this person is supposed to be. I think I missed some clue in the listening/reading to of this book because it seems like others worked it out but I am still in the dark. Despite me not getting the hints I really liked the way it was presented. I don’t normally like letter type stories, I am currently failing at reading two separate ones, but I found this super easy to follow and I enjoyed it.

Character wise I thought everyone had depth and were interesting in their own ways. I liked Charlie but I found him a but frustrating and just could not understand why he did some things the way he did them. The ones I liked the most were Sam and Patrick. I ADORED these two characters. Their energy for life and the way they feed off each other and breathe life into Charlie is just awesome. I could have just read a book about them.

The only negative right now that I can think of other than some stupid Charlie choices, I would suggest not doing the audio book for this one. The voice that was used is really annoying and ‘geeky’ voice while suiting, I found it very distracting at times and think it would probably be more enjoyable to just read the book.

I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a high school based book about people coming to understand themselves. While it was amazing, I don’t think this book is for everyone.

 

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Book Review – Speak

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Title: Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 208

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ok, this book is going down as 1 of the top 3 books I have read this year. I basically breathed this book in and I hope to never ever let it go.

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.

Its so brutally honest about the way life can be in high school, and deals with a very serious topic without undermining it or making light of it. You can feel the main characters strength grow as she learns to deal with what has happened to her life and you just never want her to stop talking. I cannot accurately portray my feelings in such a small place. It more than moved me. So please forgive me if this review doesn’t accurately tell you anything, and its just me going on about how it made me feel the entire time.

All the characters had their purpose. No matter who you were/are in school, you can recognise each of the characters that were presented to you. The friend who for reasons beyond your knowledge, have undergone a personality change and no longer speaks to you. The friend you know is only with you until someone they consider better comes along. And then of course the pack mentality of the group, going along with a story and accepting it as fact without ever knowing for sure all the details because they have not spoken to all the people involved.

While not all characters in this book are featured a lot and then could be considered ‘underdeveloped,’ they all serve a purpose and are not just in the book to build word count. So to me this provided a book of well developed and interesting characters.

The plot of the story is what really got me going. The entire time I hurt for our main character. Being so widely hated and tormented, even by people who were supposed to be there for her, over something she was completely in the right for. But from memory no one she would have told because they were supposed to be there for her even asked her why she called the police to come and break up the party. Of course then one outcome is her probably feeling guilt about and shame about what had happened and then not speaking up about what happened.

The writing style was also very very powerful. Melinda’s voice as the narrator goes from being someone who is just as ‘normal’ as everyone else. At no point does she try to sway you really like or hate herself or anyone else more than the other, she is just getting through school the best way she can think of. But then at other parts of the story the narration/writing goes spiralling down with her in her moments of panic and fear that she has yet to really work through. As someone who has in the past and will probably will for the rest of my life, suffered from panic attacks, I felt for her. Most her moments happen in public and I cannot imagine feeling something like that coming and trying to make it so no one notices how badly you are struggling for breathe and your heart beating so fast it hurts.

I am getting better at smiling when people expect it.

If it was not clear I think everyone should read this book. Some of you won’t like it. You may think the topic is over done and that Melinda is freaking out over nothing. Well she isn’t and you should get a new perspective. This is a topic that needs to be read about in this way. The subject matter isn’t in there to try and add ‘depth’ or something to our main character. Its there to tell a very true portrait of how these things can be, and thusly everyone should at least give the book a go so that people can be that little bit better educated about not jumping on the voice of the crowd without knowledge, about how this can effect people. Its a quick read and very worth it.

Read it.

 

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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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