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Book Review – Dragonfly In Amber

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Title: Dragonfly In Amber [Outlander 2]

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 743

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9

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Description/Synopsis:

For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart… in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising… and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

It took me forever to get through this book in audiobook form, and I enjoyed nearly every moment of it. However, if anyone is intending on doing it through audio book over a period of months, I suggest you take notes after each session because its length makes it really hard to remember many details. I apologise in advance if this review is lacking. It took me about 6 months to finish this book listening to a couple of hours a week! Also, this review is filled of spoilers. Don’t read on if you don’t want spoilers.

When it comes to writing style, there isn’t anything I can fault of Gabaldon’s writing style. I think she weaves an amazing story. All the settings are brought to life and all the characters are so detailed and have such depth.

But what the hell is with that opening.

Im not saying it was bad. It was brilliantly done. But going from one audio book to next audio book without the above synopsis I had no idea what was happening. Clair has a fully grown daughter and she has gone back to Frank to raise this daughter and Jamie is nowhere to be seen. I was so confused. I thought I had skipped a book so I stopped for ages because I could not understand what was happening. But no, it was the right book. And it took ages to go back and at least start finding anything out.

This whole book had me, because I knew something so so so sad was going to go down at the end because I knew we had to end back at the beginning. I both love and hate that. While is was not as strong for me in this book as it was in The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, I love this effect in books. When you know where you have to end, but each moment you are just dreading its approach and it doesn’t get boring.

While I did not mind the time that Clair and Jamie spent in Paris, it certainly had very interesting parts, I found this to be the part of the story that dragged the most for me. There were other parts in the rest of the book, but it is so worth getting through these dragging moments because Gabaldon just keeps throwing stuff at you left right and centre.

I adored the new character Fergus. I thought he was adorable and his relationship with both Jamie and Clair was just way too cute. They should really just adopt that kid.

But Clair and Jamie both did such stupid things in this book. I particularly wanted to murder Jamie. At the end out Outlander we find out that Clair is pregnant, and I don’t know about you but I also didn’t believe that Black Jack was dead. So when he came back I was not overly surprised. Clair makes Jamie promise not to kill him yet because she doesn’t want Frank to die and Jamie agrees. Clair also is having a difficult pregnancy and is pretty much on bed rest. But of course, Black Jack does something vile and then we find out that Jamie has run off to go kill him, despite promising Clair, basically declaring that his revenge means more to him than his family, and of course Clair has to chase after him to try and stop him. Then all hell breaks loose, and Clair looses the baby and nearly dies right along with her child.

So much of the pain in this book could have been avoided if Jamie had just used his brain. I pretty much hated him for the rest of the book. I hated Clair a bit too because she shouldn’t have gone after him, but mostly Jamie. After months and months they do end up making up, but I was so mad at Clair for forgiving him for ages. Then to top it all off she had to have sex with a disgusting man to get him out of jail for said duel with Black Jack. SO MUCH RAGE.

Fast forwarding to the end of the book, I did feel bad for Jamie when he has to kill his uncle for Clair and he gained a bit of my forgiveness back then. Then Jamie sends Clair back through the stone and we get their emotional parting, leaving us back at the start of the book. We are at the time with Geillis Duncan is in Clair’s current timeline and I thought she was going to help Clair and Jamie and somehow make it so they never have to separate and warn her so she doesn’t go off to her death but nope. They get there too late and the only thing they get out of her being in this story is that now Brianna believes her mum. I don’t know if I like Brianna or not yet, we shall see…

We go through this whole thing thinking that Jamie is dead but it turns out he isn’t. That is where it all ends. Damn cliffhangers!

Im going to leave this here. This is a very long review about my feelings regarding… mostly one thing that happened in this book, but hey, its the bits that got the most emotion from me and they cannot be expressed in little words!

 

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Book Review – The Accident Season

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Title: The Accident Season

Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Length: 280

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was a bit hit and miss for me. There are some parts I liked and some parts I didn’t like at all. One part that I enjoyed a lot that really has nothing to do with the actual story content was that I listened to the audio book for this, and I loved how the actually used voice actors with Irish accents. I found listening to them talk highly enjoyable.

The plot for this book mixes in a little bit of magic/fantasy into the reality, and normally I liked this sort of thing as with Ava Lavender, but with this book I was not so sure how seriously I should be taking it. We start off with this amazing concept that every October this family has this Accident Season where they have many simple accidents that gradually lead up to worst and worst ones and in some cases people have died. I know that if something like that happened to me every year I would have been killed off pretty quickly. I am accident prone enough as it is hahah. But as the plot progresses a question of how much of what is happening to the family is actually because of the Accident Season or is there a more real world issue that is causing trouble for the family. The twist that comes along with this is one you go along with. Its not a surprise, but I for one didn’t get annoyed that I already know what was going to happen.

The writing style is one that I love. Its really what I would describe as ‘flowy’ and even though it wasn’t perfect, it did a very good job at weaving the realistic and magical aspects together. I find this kind of writing super easy to get into and go along with no matter what you are actually reading.

Now the characters is where I think the book falls the shortest. While I enjoyed each of the characters enough, I didn’t find that they really had much depth. This lack of depth lead to me not really connecting to any of them. I didn’t want any of them to die or be hurt, but I didn’t love any of them. The character I liked the most is one that Cara and everyone else were looking for most the book and thusly wasn’t really in there.

I also found that all the characters had really weird relationships with each other. I wasn’t into the main love story in there. That kind of story has been done in a way where it didn’t bother me, but this one didn’t manage to do that. I think my weirdness for it was because the characters were weird with each other just in general. They had these secrets when there didn’t need to be secrets, and they were always changing their minds about everything and each other in ways that I didn’t really feel flowed or made sense.

Now I think I will leave this review here. I feel like I am having issues writing reviews that make sense lately, but with this book I cannot really talk about what it happening without spoiling things for you which will be my excuse as to why this one does not flow :D I would recommend this book to people who like a bit of magical realism, and want a book that has a creepy sort of undertow to it without flat out being actually scary.

 

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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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Book Review – Soundless

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Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 266

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

First I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for review and I am sorry it has taken me this long to post it despite the fact I read it ages ago.

This book… I so wanted to enjoy this book despite all the bad things I had hear about it. I was still hoping that people just didn’t like a story outside of Vampire Academy. But I was really rather disappointed. It had so much potential. I mean just think about a small isolated town that can’t hear a thing and take great pride in their visual works because its their only medium and suddenly someone wakes up and they can hear things! Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it? So much potential. . .

I will say this positive for the book though. Its still Mead’s writing. She has a way of writing things in a very simple yet still interesting way and lets you fly through her books. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the sounds.

One of the main things that I agree with everyone else about is the world building. There could have been more world building and this probably would have made the story more interesting. However, if I had to pick between what we did get and fixing something else that deeply annoyed me in this book I would leave the world building as it was.

The art aspect of the story was also a bit ruined for me. In this town everyone is divided into three classes, Artists, Suppliers, and Miners. Artists are the highest ranking and Miners are the lowest and thusly in this land with limited food the Miners are given the least amount of food. I can see why they Artists rank the highest since they create and document their history in a visually appealing way, but I don’t get why the food isn’t given out evenly or you know based on each individual. Miners have the hardest job, and supply the Suppliers with the things they need to get them all food so wouldn’t you want to keep them in the best health possible? By like… giving them more food?

Then we have our characters, which I am not even going to go into individually because I don’t remember much about them by themselves. There were not really flushed out, even the main characters. I wasn’t too invested in them and I didn’t care too much about the love that was happening either. It was a bit forced.

Now for the bit that annoyed me the most. The ending, and really the only fantasy part in this whole book. Oh my gods I hated it. I won’t go into it encase there are still some who want to get into this book who hasn’t yet, but it was so random. We had basically no fantasy up until then and it was so disorientating to suddenly have have some. The book could probably have been better had it just accepted the fact that it wasn’t a fantasy rather than panicking about the lack of it at the end and throwing some in.

I think this is where I will leave this review for now. Guys, it sounds bad, and in the grand scheme of things it was, but I really did enjoy at least the first half of the book and it was after than point that it started to go downhill for me. There are others who have really enjoyed it, so if it sounds like you would like it pick it up for cheap and give it a go. Its short, its not like you will be wasting loads of your time. If it sounds a bit iffy for you though just stay away. You wont get anything from it.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Fantasy For Every Age

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books for Fantasy Readers of Every Age

I am switching it up a little bit this week, by recommending my favourite fantasy books from each age group.

Childrens

1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

3. Bad Beginnings by Lemony Snicket.

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Young Adult

I have chosen to leave things like Throne of Glass and Harry Potter off the list because they are super obvious choices.

1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

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Adult

Now I am cheating more than a little here, because I haven’t read any of these books, but they are up the top of my reading list so they ight as well be on everyone else’s list too. I chose to leave Lord of the Rings off of this list because its an obvious choice.

1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

3. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman.

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Book Review – His Dark Materials

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

Author: Philip Pullman

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk

Length: 423, 352, 560

Rating: 3.5 Star average

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Description/Synopsis:

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

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Book Review – The Faerie Queene

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Title: The Faerie Queene [Told to the Children Series]

Author: Jeanie Lang

Genre: Childrens, Fantasy

Length: 121

Rating: 3 Star 2 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Collection of fairy tales.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am review this book months after I read it and I made no notes to speak of other than one sentence on goodreads, so I probably shouldn’t be reviewing it at all, but oh well. I don’t think I would have had much to say about it anyway. Sorry for the partial review!

I both liked and really didn’t like this story. I think a three star is pretty generous of me. Actually, yeah I am going to change that to a 2 star.

I really liked it in the sense that I love fairy tales. I prefer the ones about the not so nice faeries because I believe them to be tricky and generally unpleasant creatures, but I still get a good kick out of the standard happy fairy tale. There were a few of these ones in the book., If you are a child I think these would be some stories that you will find really satisfy and interesting. And as an adult I can acknowledge this, but thats where my enjoyment ended.

The stories follow a number of different characters, some of them had depth but most of them didn’t. Some of them even popped up as side characters in other stories and this greatly annoyed me because the characters were not consistent between stories. One story would end some place and then in the next story that character would be doing something completely different or before where their story ended. If you are going to have a story about a characters that involves someone’s story that ends after PUT THEM IN THE CORRECT ORDER. The actual personalities were not consistent either.

I found the writing style of the book also hard to get into. Yes I know its an old book which generally means the writing style is different to todays styles, but even on old standards I found it hard. Bits of it sped up for no reason, others dragged, and some parts, especially dialogue, just felt really forced.

Other than those things though the actual storylines where something I liked. Authentic fairytale kind of plots with knights and queens and fey.

So I would recommend this book for children. If you are an adult I don’t think you want to be reading this story at all. Don’t even read it to kids, give it to kids after they have learnt to read and let them read it themselves.

 

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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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Book Review – The Assassin’s Blade

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade [Throne of Glass 0.5]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 448

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was an amazing addition to the series.

I read this book after I read Throne of Glass and I think that is the correct place to be reading this book. I know Crown of Midnight came out before this one, but I think its best to read that after. You need to read ToG first to understand who all the people are and who their importance is to the main story, but then after that it gave me pretty much all the answers I wanted while reading the frost book. I don’t think you should read Com before this because it makes cast off comments about characters you meet in this book and you might miss their meaning or importance if you have no idea what those comments are referring too.

The writing style was all the things I loved in the first book. We still got all our funny moments and all our action packed serious moments. Exactly the kind of thing you expect to get from Maas if you have read the first book, but she seems to be more in her stride here because she has written other books before this one.

Plot wise I think of it as one long story rather than five short ones. The events go one after the other but between ‘stories’ we just skip a couple of pointless months here and there were obviously nothing important happened in the story. The stories where more like chapters to me and I liked it like that.

One downfall to the plot keeping you hooked to the end was that you already know where it is going because you have read ToG, but really at no point did that book give you any details as to how all those things came about and it just gives you the basics. So the interest was maintained for in in finding out those little details that were driving me crazy.

Character wise we didn’t have pointless ones in here. Because the book is about what lead Celaena to where she was in ToG, it only gives you what you need to know so everyone in the book serves a purpose. I totally loved Sam and Celaena together and I loved the fact that she didn’t always like him, it was something that grew. I wanted her to end up with Dorian in ToG but after reading this book I cannot imagine her with anyone but Sam and it breaks my heart that it cannot be.

I would have loved to get more of her training in these stories. You got some of it but it was just focussing on the main events that lead her to ToG. I wanted a bit of the years before hand when she was just starting how, her first kill, the first time she showed she was better than the other Assassin’s. Things like that. That’s not what we got though and I am ok with that because what we did get wasn’t pointless and added to the story for me. I hold out in hope though that maybe one day Maas writes some more short stories that go back into these kind of things. Or perhaps these kinds of stories pop up in the main books along the line. We still have a few books to go yet!

If you enjoyed ToG, I suggest you read this one. If you have yet to start, see the first paragraph. I think the knowing where it is going to end is just a small annoyance compared to what you get. But you can of course always read this book first, you might just be a bit confused about what is happening. If you love fantasy, strong female characters, and action and you have yet to start the series, I don’t know what you are waiting for. Go read!

 

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Graphic Novel Review – The Sandman: The Dream Hunters

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Title: The Dream Hunters [The Sandman 11]

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Length: 128

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke. The product of Gaiman’s immersion in Japanese art, culture, and history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale (adapted from “The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night’s Dreaming”) that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.

Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple into a new fox or badger home. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyoto, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears and seeks tranquility in his command of sorcery. He learns of the monk and his inner peace; he dispatches demons to plague the monk in his dreams and eventually kill him to bring his peace to the onmyoji. The fox overhears the demons on their way to the monk and begins her struggle to save the man whom at first she so envied.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This is a beautiful example of why I love and adore graphic novels.

Well done graphic novels are just stunning. Not only do you get well written story that captivates you, you also get stunning art to go along with it, and this pleases the artist in the greatly.

I am a little ashamed to admit that this is my first Neil Gaiman experience and I am not disappointed in it. We are told a story of a fox that falls in love with a monk and her struggles to keep him alive when others become jealous of his peace and plot his death. It was a simple story but very very beautiful. I found the story very enchanting but then I also found it a little slow and simple at times which is why it only reached the 4 star rating.

I liked all the characters, they serve their purpose they were given in the story. However, it is was only these purposes they served and they didn’t really go beyond that and lacked some depth. They were beautiful, but they were not complicated.

The art in this book was just simply wonderful. Yes, sometimes it was ugly and not really the kind of thing I would normally be attracted too, but that suited the story very much. The style was a mixture of watercolour style and drawing. The effect really added to the mystery of the story.

If I had one serious complaint with the story it would be that the story was too short and in fear of spoiling it my review seems to reflect that. That is the danger with graphic novels I suppose. If you have only a few pages and those pages mainly consist of art then you don’t have large amounts to talk about. Either way though, I strongly suggest this novel to everyone who likes old stories.

 

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