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Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale

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Title: The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Genre: Classic, Dystopian

Length: 324

Rating: 5 Star (4.5)

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Description/Synopsis:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I love love loved this book.

I thought the plot was great. Dystopian is a genre I feel has sort of been played out a lot. While I still enjoy reading most of them I don’t find that I get anything new from them that often. I feel as of this book actually brought something new to the table.

I loved the plot. While I don’t consider myself a feminist I could nearly feel the spark in me after reading this book. The downfall of rights for women in this book just blew my mind, and we got the perspective of a woman who was considered as one of the ‘lucky’ ones. Just the thought of not being allowed to read killed me. Thats like my main joy in life, I don’t know what I would do with myself if it was illegal for me to read.

I was really absorbed in everything Offred was doing. All her memories of what things were like before really put lots of things in perspective to how she was living now. I both liked and didn’t like Offred. I admired that she could adapt, but some of her choices and thoughts drove me a little crazy. With her memories I don’t know how she doesn’t go crazy and just ruin the small bit of safety she has. I wanted her too.

The writing was beautiful. It only told you as much as you needed too know in a very subtle and very powerful way in which you cannot help but get swept up in.

I will put a warning in for the ending though. Just talking about the ending is really a spoiler so if you don’t want to know anything about it and the previous paragraphs got you interested go read the book and find out yourself. Now onto the ending. There are really two endings to this book. The second ending I don’t think should have been in there at all, it put me out of the feel of the story. The first ending was very open ended and this will annoy some. I am torn about it. I both liked it but I also really want closure.

There we have it folks. This was an amazing book but if you want closure I suggest thinking about it before you take a trip in this book. If you don’t mind pick it up right now, it was stunning.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – What’s Left Of Me

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Title: What’s Left Of Me [The Hybrid Chronicles 1]

Author: Kat Zhang

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 343

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I loved this book. I got through it in one sitting and was completely ready to jump onto the rest of the books in the series.

I found the plot to be very interesting and an original idea. The only other book that I have come across that comes close to this would be The Host but this one takes it a bit further than that book did. Imagine being born with two separate identities living in the one body. Living together for 4-7ish years, getting to know them, even coming to love them. But in this world one of those souls is gradually becoming weaker, losing control, until one day they are just gone. In this book this is what is supposed to happen. This is the norm. Those who this does not happen to are considered a danger to society and put in facilities to try and ‘cure’ the dominant soul of the weaker one. In comes Addie and Eva.

I am so eager to see where they take this plot. Not only in just plain old development but in terms of emotional stuff too. For those of the people who lose their second soul, whats that like? Becoming to attached to someone who is literally always there with you, hearing your thoughts, and then have them just go away and you will always know that its your fault because you become the dominant soul? We see a moment of this kind of emotion with Eva and Addie’s brother. He suffers from health issues but at one point he was close to dying and he asked them if it meant he would get to see his brother soul again. This moment broke me.

I also really feel for both Addie and Eva. They don’t get any privacy from each other and they live in constant fear of being caught and sent away. They both have bad situations. Addie is scared of giving up any of her control as the dominant but also feels guilty about Eva’s lack of ability to do anything but talk to Addie in her head. Then Eva hates not been able to do anything, but also feels guilty about asking Addie to give up her control and risk them both so that she can do things again. The inner turmoil is great.

Character wise I liked Addie and Eva but I was not 100% attached to them. They were the only characters I really felt I got to know. At the beginning there was a lot of set up and then at the end there were plot advancements that really stopped you from getting to know any of the character that were being presented. One character that I wish I got more of was Devon. He was there being all quiet and… mysterious in the corner. I want more.

Parts at the end of the book seemed a little bit too easy, but I will not go into them anymore because I don’t want to ruin the end of the book for anyway. But can we take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and well suited for the story the cover is?

So I think thats where I will leave this review today. I cannot wait to start the next one and I suggest that everyone picks it up. I really had to hold off starting the next one right away.

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Book Review – The Death Cure

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Title: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner 3]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 329

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

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

Will anyone survive?

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

The truth will be terrifying.

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

The time for lies is over.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Book Review – The Scorch Trials

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Title: The ScorchTrials [The Maze Runner 2]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 359

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Firs off, thank god. I was so not prepared to read another book that was just as down right painful at the first one, but I think the second book was leaps and bounds ahead of he first. While there were some serious things I still had issues with I overall really enjoyed this book.

Lets do the negatives first shall we? I still think the quality of writing could have been improved. The indecision or suspense in this book is still just as forced as in the first book. These things are not ones we should feel like we are being forced to care about. At one point in the book Tom goes through some… lets call it issues with another character and from then on he is pretty much going on and on about how he can’t forgive them. This would be fine if we were not also getting moments of togetherness just pages after the event, and then back to but I cannot forgive them! Things like this should not be treated like an indecisive person would treat ordering off a new menu. I’ll take the steak. No the salad. Yes. No. Yes. *Internal screams*

This was a pivotal in plot, character development and plot progression, a point I should have cared about but instead I wished Tom would just shut up about it.

Plot wise this book was far far better. Things happened! And it wasn’t just pretend things happening, it was real things. I don’t remember many moments in this book where plot progression wasn’t happening. The character are always going through something. I think the only plot issue I had with the book were the fact a love triangle was introduced (a very boring one I might add) and the overall question of how all of this will help stop people from getting a mysterious illness. There is always the next book for that one though.

I found this book to be far more dark and serious than the first one and I think this was one of the main reasons I liked it more than the first. I did panic about a few things that happened, and the overall feel is a lot more haunting and disturbing. I think this is because we finally get to see how the people outside of the maze are living and suffering and we are not in this one little place of relative peacefulness. If you know, forget that some random put them there are took away their memories.

We got some new characters in this book but I really feel no different about any of them. Newt and Minho are still my favourites and everyone is just bland and bare and I have issues finding any depth to them. They all seem to just float through the book. Its a struggling kind of floating, but floating none the less because I didn’t feel anything for them.

In conclusion the plot of this book made it far more enjoyable to the first for me. However, it was still nothing totally amazing and because I didn’t like the first at all really I will not be suggesting that anyone start this series. If it ends on a wow I shall let you know, but with just these two books I don’t think its worth the time investment.

 

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Book Review – The Maze Runner

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Title: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner 1]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 371

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Book Review – The Invasion of the Tearling

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Title: The Invasion of the Tearling [The Queen of the Tearling 2]

Author: Erika Johansen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Length: 480

Rating: 5 Star

Release Date: June 9th, 2015

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to HarperCollins through Edelweiss for allowing me to read this book ahead of the publication in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. While the other one took a very long time to get anywhere and was pretty mush setup for the series, this one I found moved much faster. Yes, the book is still a slow at times, but stuff is pretty much always happening so you barely notice. Also unlike the other story, we are receiving too very different storylines in the book.

In this book Kelsea takes on the ability, an ability that she cannot control, to have visions of the past. In these visions we see the life of Lily, a woman who lived before the crossing that lead to the creation of the Tearling. I found these parts really interesting. This world we are seeing is so different to the one we get with Kelsea, and I am forever questioning why on earth we are getting told this story and how it will all connect back to Kelsea. It was also really interesting to see the effects it was taking on her physically.

The end to Lily’s story. Wow. Did anyone see that coming? Seriously. I hadn’t a clue at all. Totally threw me off. I liked it for that, but I worry about the direction that is going to make the story go in. When I pick up a book like this that is not really the kind of direction I want it to go in, but I suppose I will have to wait and see how the plot develops.

Now with Kelsea we focus more on this impending invasion from the Mort because she cancelled the treaty by stopping the slave trade. This part of the story moves a lot slower than Lily’s, and while I really liked reading about Lily we seemed to focus more on her than Kelsea and thats just wrong. The here and now are really what we should be focussing on, and because of Lily’s constant interruptions we didn’t move very far in this side of the plot at all. The Mort don’t advance on the Keep until the very end of the book. Kelsea herself seemed to take several steps back in terms of development as well. She snaps out of it at the end, but I am with Mace throughout most this book. She acted like an idiot a lot of the time. I totally understand WHY she had a mental, but still. Her ending to this book is something that I am gushing over. Oh my god. Cliff hangers everywhere! Anyone who has read this book should come to me straight away to discuss them.

We had some some questions answered which I wont go into because of the spoilers, but we still have many that were not. Like who the hell her dad is, where on earth the sapphires/magical necklaces came from and just the general sauce of magic and so on. I like stories that have things unfold throughout the book but at this point I kind of feel like these things are getting left out for the wrong reasons.

It may seem like I have done a lot of complaining in a review which I have given 5 stars, but that just goes to show how much I liked it despite the flaws I have mentioned. It was truly an awesome read and I am so excited for the movie. The wait for the next book might literally kill me. I recommend this book to anyone who even remotely enjoyed the first one. It is still slowish, but much more happens and a lot of things you don’t expect. The writing is amazing.

 

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Book Review – Unwanted

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Title: Unwanted

Author: Amanda Holohan

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 318

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded down to 3

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Description/Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Book Review – Grieftime

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Title: Grieftime

Author: Heather Bulpett

Genre: Dystopian

Length: 455

Rating: 2 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

In a world where life, love and even reproduction are regulated by the state, Lyn reluctantly accepts that she must marry again just weeks after her first husband’s death. Supported by her friend Judith, she acquiesces to her every movement being monitored ‘in her own best interests’.

Into Lyn’s life comes Mikey, a younger man who was once a pupil of hers. Lyn tries to follow the rules and fit into the wifely role that has been allotted to her, learning how to cope with the exuberant, straight-talking Mikey and his large, boisterous family – something she never had as an orphan brought up in a ‘dump’ home. But a new relationship is not the only surprise Lyn has to face: she feels as if she is being stalked, and isn’t even sure if she can trust her best friend anymore.

As Lyn’s world unravels, she is comforted by her new husband and supported by her mysterious ‘counsellor’ Dylan. But who really has her best interests at heart, and can the heavy surveillance she is under ever be justified? Grieftime is an innovative novel that embraces a world shaped by technology; a world without free will that surely none of us would want to live in.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an early copy of the book from the publishers for a review.

It kind of kills me to say this because I really get along with the publicist who sent me the book, he sent me The Forgotten War last time and I really really enjoyed that book, but I quite nearly hated this one.

We are presented with a dystopian world where women have no free will and men make all the choices. Literally. They get selected by the man when they become of marrying age, falling in love is not allowed, they go to special classes on how to please their man including sexual pleasure, they need permission to do anything, and what the man says goes. There are even laws to go along with this. Why is this world like this do you ask? Well I would like to know too. There are many mentions that the world was not always like this, that it was much closer to our world not even that long ago, but we get no explanation. This greatly annoyed me. I didn’t need a huge explanation, I just needed a reason as to why the world was working the way it was because it said it hadn’t always been this way. Without the explanation the book just kind of reeked of woman hatred which makes no sense cause the author is a woman. I saw a quote that said something along the lines that if you want to read a book that doesn’t exist yet you must write it. This makes me question why someone would want to write something like that.

The plot didn’t feel very well thought out to me. I didn’t feel very threatened or worried about this crazy best friend that was out to get out main character Lyn. The why though kind of explained just didn’t do it for me. Also, if she was such a big threat why didn;t anyone do anything quicker, that was never explained, and why didn’t just take Lyn out sooner. Or better yet, why did Lyn keep meeting up with her! It just got on my nerves. It also held the element that Lyn was apparently the best person ever and literally everyone was obsessed with her. So annoying.

I didn’t think the characters were very well written or developed as well. It was put across that Mikey was supposed to be a wonderful guy that was just full of unlawful love for his newly selected wife, a far better man than her last husband, but we get a mishmash. One minute he is fine, the next he is going crazy for no reason and at one point turned into a rapist. This makes it really hard to have any feelings for him whatsoever. His love also seems to be very inconsistent for no reason. Same goes for Lyn though, one minute she is fine, been cheeky or standing up for herself, then she will just turn into this coward over nothing. Literally, there were some moments where running away screaming were much more called for than the time she splashed food on Mikey’s shirt.

You will notice I didn’t rate it a one star though. This is because it did make me laugh at times. I thought the writing was not well done at all, but it did have its funny moments between Mikey and Lyn. Lyn mostly. A running joke is that Lyn can’t cook, and one joke that made me giggle was:

“If you don’t get a move on dinner will be cremated.”

Mikey looked round at that. “You can’t cremate a casserole.”

“Listen, mate, I can cremate anything.”

So that was funny.

Sadly I don’t feel like I can recommend this book to anyone. It does kill me to say that, but its true. Others seemed to have enjoyed it on goodreads but clearly it just was not for me.

 

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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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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.

Till Next Time…