Book reviews

Book review- The One

Author: Kierra Cass
Pages: 217
Genre: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Advice: If you haven’t read The Selection series this review will not make sense so go read them. Now. Cuz they’re awesome.
Summary:
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
Let me just start by saying that this was by far my favourite book in the series. The prequel got on my nerves so much! The writing was engaging and involving and I was feeling all the feels. I was able to ride the emotional roller coaster and holy moly it was good.
I loved how everything resolved itself and the characters finally started acting mature rather than being bratty. The flaws in American and Maxon’s relationship made both of them grow and the story just developed beautifully hence. Although it still got on my nerves how America couldn’t decide between Apen and Maxon till the last word of the last page like gurl make up your mind! To be honest she seemed like a player (yes I said it)
The deaths oh my god. I had to take a moment to absorb everything and I feel like America’s grief wasn’t displayed particularly well but I could understand she was trying to be strong for everyone else. The rebels were a nice addition; it was good to see life beyond the castle.
Overall, it was a nice conclusion to the series and I’m happy with the way it ended although it was kind of predictable.

Rating:

4

 

 

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A Clash Of Kings

Author: George R.R.Matindownload (1)

Series: A song of Ice and Fire #2

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 969

A comet the colour of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy: a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress, and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when Kings clash, the whole land trembles.

I did a review on the first book A Game Of Thrones also.

NOTE: I will be making a separate post about the characters in this book. Otherwise the review would too long and no one wants to read a 5000000 page review right?

 It was a long book and I have some long extensive thoughts about it.

  •  I wasn’t expecting anything particular from this book to be honest. I don’t mean that in a bad way. But it proved to be a good sequel to A Game of Thrones.

 

  • The pacing at the start was a little slow as the scene was being set for the chaos and drama that was to follow. Once the pace picked up it was so entertaining to read the chain of events and conspiracies that follow.

 

  • A clash of Kings has AMAZING world building. Despite the first book we get to learn the history behind kingdoms, kings, houses and people. Oftentimes it was a little confusing because of all the new names being mentioned but it was great to gain new facts about this world.

 

  • There wasn’t a great deal of action present; I loved the wartime perspective in A Game of Thrones. This book told the whole action from third person perspective which made it boring to be honest.

 

  • In saying that, Clash Of Kings does go deeper into the fantastical world and explores elements such as sorcery and magic. I hope to see more of those in the third book.

It was a great read although it did take me some time. A lot has happened in this book and I’m excited to see what A Storm of Swords has to offer.  The thing about George R.R.Martin’s books is I can never guess what could possibly happen next because his writing is so complex and well thought out.

Rating

 

4

 

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Review: Into the still blue

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By: Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the never sky #3

Genre: Dystopian/ Young adult

Pages: 389

Summary:

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do–and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Veronica Ross has indeed raised the stakes with this book. The first 2 books in the series were reasonably good but oh my god. Into the Still blue just reached a whole new level.

Plot & pace

The moment I began reading this book I immediately felt the intensity the book was about to bring in the following pages. It is such a powerful read from start to finish. There is never a moment where it gets boring there is one bombshell after another and it is honestly so action packed. The writing pace was just amazing to say the least and the plot development was honestly one of best I’ve read. At times I felt I could predict what was going to happen but Veronica Rossi would drop another surprise and the book would go back to being unpredictable which was one of the reasons it was so extremely well written.

Since this book was written from the POV’s of Aria and Perry I sometimes felt like they didn’t have distinctive voices and often I had to check the title of the chapters in order to see whether it was from Aria’s point of view or Perry’s.

Characters

The Under the never sky series has one of the most memorable characters in the YA genre. Apart from the main characters most everyone has got a back story and a history which just makes them so unique.

I absolutely adored Roar in this book. His character development throughout the book and the emotional roller coaster he was going through was so realistic, one of the things I love is when authors are able to make you empathize with the emotions of the characters and Veronica Rossi does this brilliantly.

Our two main characters Aria and Perry are by far one of my favorite characters. Again how they developed and came to terms with their internal struggles was done particularly well. I loved how their relationship was realistic and they were so mature about negotiating along with supporting each other ah it’s so good!

Ending

This the third and the last book in the series so I felt like I need to discuss the ending specifically but don’t worry no spoilers involved here.  As I said the book was completely unpredictable and so was the ending in a good way. We don’t get the happily ever after but I don’t think I’d be happy if the book ended perfectly. The method in which Veronica Rossi concluded this trilogy was exactly how I would’ve liked it and what makes it so special is how realistic it was.

Overall, Into the still blue was one heck of a read and if you haven’t picked up the Under the never Sky series yet you’re missing out! I highly recommend this series and trust me you won’t regret it.

Rating:

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