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Book Review – Splintered

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Title: Splintered [Splintered 1]

Author: A.G. Howard

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy

Length: 287

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sigh. This book fell so far short from what I wanted from it that it left me sad.

I went into this book with such high expectations. I have heard wonderful things about it and I was really excited to the get a creepy retelling of Alice in Wonderland, not that Alice in Wonderland isn’t creepy to start with. But this book didn’t hold up to any of my expectations.

I tried really, really hard to like this book. I liked the idea that the family which the story is based around were the descendants of the original Alice is fell down the rabbit hole. I also really liked some of the imagery as well, specially when it came to describing the nature and the many many moths that popped up in the story, and I liked the idea of talking bugs. That is where the enjoyment ended however.

I founded the characters to be very flat. It was really jammed into us that Alyssa’s sanity is very thin, and that she was very alternative. The amounts of time her outfit was described in detail got really on my nerves. I get it. She is a punk chick with dreads and boots, I don’t need to be told again, specially when the clothes she is wearing haven’t changed since the last time we were told about it. The only character I was remotely interested in would be her mother because she is in the crazy bin but isn’t actually crazy. I would love to know more about her story and hear her side of things.

Then there was the dreaded love triangle. We start off with the childhood friend who is also tormented and is the only one that really understands her and can basically read her mind. Then we have the mysterious and deceitful moth guy who used to visit her in her dreams and understand her darker side. I really don’t understand the appeal with either of these two characters. Jeb is just boring and controlling and has borderline anger issues, and is so so so stupid. Morpheus, though the better of the two, is pretty much just a manipulative and filthy liar, when there was really no reason to be either of those things ever because Alyssa would agree to do pretty much anything if he just asked.

The whole plot of the story too wasn’t the best thing in the world. It did have some twists and turns in there that had me going, and by the time that I got to the very kind of predictable ending, part of me wanted to know what on earth would happen in the next book. This book really could just be read as a standalone so I don’t know what the next one will hold. That being said though, I don’t I will indulge that curiosity of what is to come because I don’t think it will be any better than this, and I don’t feel like its worth the time.

So yes, this was not my cup of tea at all. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

 

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Book Review – The Book of Lost Things

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Title: The Book of Lost Things

Author: John Connolly

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 502

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I really enjoyed this book. It was a dark retelling of stories children have been hearing all their lives and the end result was just magical. This will be a spoiler filled review.

In this book we are lead through the life of the young David whose mother sadly dies and his father finds a new girlfriend Rose and together they have another baby boy and they move into Rose’s big house. None of these things really what David wanted out of life and he struggles and is made angry with the changes and hatred starts to fill his heart.

But things in this house are not all what they seem. The books whisper to him and contain the name of a boy from Rose’s family that disappeared with his younger sister years before. There is also a crooked man with a crooked hat who sneaks into David’s room and stares at his baby brother, and from a section of the garden he can hear his dead mother beckoning to him, urging him to save her.

David follows his mothers voice, squeezing himself through the cracks in the stone fence and out the other side of a whole in a tree into another land. This land throws him many many challenges and trials as he makes his way through old stories that are not quite the way he remembers them. He looses friends, questions whether or not he is alive, all to find the king who holds The Book of Lost Things to find the answers on getting back home, and to see if his mother is actually alive.

At the end of his journey he finds the King is none other than the boy whose name is written inside David’s books, The Book of Lost Things nothing but his childhood book of how he came to be here. His heart was also filled with hate because of the change that a new sister brought into his life, and the Crooked Man came and offered him the chance to be king if he sacrificed the life of his little sister, an offer he agreed too. For years the Crooked Man has been living by the hatred of children and the spirit of the innocents that were sacrificed.

David gets offered the same deal, but upon reflection of his family and all that he has learned on his journey, he declines and The Crooked Man dies because of the lack of new sacrifice, but not before he could curse David. David travels back to the tree and climbs through desperate to be back with his family.

He wakes up in a hospital bed with Rose by his side. Was it all a dream, or was it all real?

As the years go by, the curse that bad things will happen to his loved ones that the Crooked Man placed upon him comes true. Rose and his father split up, his younger brother is killed at war, and his wife and child die in childbirth. When Rose dies David moves back into the home and seals up the cracks in the stone fence so that no other children can wonder on through, and writes a book of his journeys and entertains many children with his tales.

I loved this book because while the story isn’t very happy at all, you can almost feel peaceful with the outcome by the end. The dark underlay and the theme of not hating change and letting go of things you cannot change was really something wonderful. This will be a book that I read to my children when I have them. I highly recommend that people at least try this book, you may just find something within its pages.

 

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Book Review – Glitches, The Little Android, & The Queens Army

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Title: Glitches, The Little Android, The Queen’s Army [The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5]

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

Length: 29 Av.

Rating: 5, 2, 4 Star

Series Review: Novela’s, 1, 23, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

glitchesCinders is no memory further back than a few days – since her operation . And then came the endless journey to her new family. But it is anything but welcoming, her new stepmother would most like to get rid of her as quickly as possible. Then Cinder’s stepfather, Garan catches the Blue Plague, and she loses her main advocate … good thing she has her friend Iko , an android who sometimes forgets that she is not human.

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The Little AndroidWhen android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

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the queens armyIt is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

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Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Glitches

I LOVED this. For anyone who is planning on reading this series I strongly suggest you read this first! I agree with the comments of others, I don’t see why this was not added to the start of Cinder. This little story is the perfect opening into the series. It captured my attention and left me wanting more and many answers by the time I came to the end of its 32 page story. It introduces you to all the people who are important in Cinder’s world in the beginning. You find out who to love and who to hate pretty quickly. You also get more information about Garan which is sparse in the rest of the series. I really felt for poor Cinder the entire time, things just don’t go her way and she is just too young to understand that most the people she is with are just vile and there is nothing she can do to change that. Iko is one of my favourite creatures ever.

I have a glitch, too. Sometimes I forget that I’m not human. I don’t think that happens to most androids.

The Little Android

This one did not fill me up with such love. We get like a two second glimpse of Cinder in this book and that is it. This story has nothing at all to do with the rest of the series. I have no idea why this book is in here. The more I read about Mech6.0, the less I liked her. What started off with me thinking another Iko ended is me getting something selfish and violent. Yes, in the end Mech6.0 let those things go for the man she rescued and loved, but I found this ending to be messily written and I did not enjoy it.

The Queen’s Army

I did not read this book in the order that is said to in the goodreads list encase it was another little android type thing that didn’t really have much relevance. Luckily for me though I liked this one! I went in already knowing the characters within and I found it really interesting to see how they started on their journey that landed them in the path of Cinder. I think you could read this one at any time. If you read it in the order on goodreads, its not going to spoil anything about the characters you meet in Scarlet until you are a fair bit in, but if you read it later like I did you will just get some great backstory about people you know and love.

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AYearAThon – November

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AYearAThon is a read a thon that happens each month throughout the year with different themes. You can find the goodreads group here.

Since I haven’t done a read-a-thon in ages I am back again for another theme for the year-a-thon! November’s theme runs from the 3-9. There doesn’t seem to be a specific time in which this starts, I am starting the clock at midnight my time. This months theme is:

Fairytale Retelling

I’m out of a job, I’m out of a job! Lets gets crazy, I can actually read heaps this week since I have NOTHING else to do. Lets go baby!

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I am just going to add the Lunar Chronicles to my TBR right now because I have no idea what else to put on there. I will have to work it out once I have charged through this lot ;)

Share your lists if you are participating, I always like to know these things.

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