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City of Heavenly Fire- NON SPOILER review

Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Pages: 725
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Summary:

ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?

 

  • This has been one of my most anticipated books of the year. I shall not discuss my thoughts extensively in this review as it is non-spoiler.
  • If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series yet. What are you doing with your life? In all seriousness. I highly recommend them!

Cassandra Clare’s writing is so involving and I love how it flows almost like a poem, but there are also the action packed scenes which give it an edgy feel. The sarcastic humour of the Character had me literally laughing out loud, these moments were like a nice refreshment from all the pressure and seriousness of the rest of the novel. We see the return of some old characters as well as the introduction of some new and ahh it was like a big happy reunion. I loved the cause and effect sequencing of events, like everything seamlessly lead to the conclusion so smoothly. As to the ending, I can’t say anything without spoiling so you’re gonna have to read my spoiler review 😉

Rating

5

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Throne of Glass- Review

By: Srah.J.Maas download (1)

Series:  Throne of glass #1

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

Pages: 404

Summary

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice, Caelena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament- fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. She is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Ok so I’ve been avoiding writing this review because to be honest, this book was shit. The character development was poor, the plot was predictable and boring and the main character in fact ALL the characters (except maybe 2) from the book annoyed me.

Caelena was a poorly represented assassin; she seemed nothing like an assassin rather just another bratty princess. She was arrogant, unrealistic and got on my nerves most if not all the time. What makes it so unbelievable is everyone seems to fall in love with her the moment they see her, I mean aren’t people meant to be wary and not have much trust in assassins at first glance?

The prince is another important character throughout the book. Reading his POV I felt like I was in the mind of a petty, arrogant 15 year old instead of a 19 year old. Again, poor decision making and character development. The romance between Caelena and him was cliché and seems like it was based mostly on appearance.

On a positive note, Captain Westfall was a rather good character. I liked him all the way through the book since he seemed so realistic and his decisions and reasoning did not get on my nerves. I would have loved to see more from his POV.

The world building in Throne of Glass was interesting however only minimal information was provided in order to support the events in the books, (if that makes sense). For example, there are references to Caelena’s past but not enough detail as it doesn’t correlate to the plotline of this particular book.

The book continued at a steady pace however, this seems like one of those action packed books and there just wasn’t enough of the adrenaline.  I did like the second plotline which involves a bit of mystery and if that had been the main plotline the book would have been a 5/5, instead the author decided to focus on romance and court life.

Rant over! On a parting note I’m contemplating whether to read the sequel but I’ll get around to it.

Rating:

2

 

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Author: Ransom Riggs12396528

Series: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2

Genre:Young adult, fantasy, paranormal, horror

Pages: 396

Summary

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.

Hollow city was a brilliant sequel and has since become my favorite book in the series. The game was stepped UP and there was just so much more that this book had to offer.

  • For those who haven’t read this series (1) you’re missing out and (2) these books are accompanied with great vintage photographs. The pictures do such a great job of supporting the information in the novel , they are extremely unique and peculiar like everything in these novels. The photos in Hollow City were just as creepy however, I prefer the photos in the first book

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  • This book explores so many different worlds and eras. It was so adventurous I mean one moment you’re in a gypsy village and the next you’re in wartime London. The world building was done so brilliantly, it was easy to visualize and imagine yourself being there with all those children which is what made it so magical.

 

  • The plot is fast paced and action-packed, it was like reading one of those adventurous fairy tales. The chapters always ended in an interesting manner which made you want to keep reading on and on, seriously this book was so hard to put down. The writing was so engaging and descriptive, Ransom Riggs really does know how to suck the reader in.

 

  • Since the characters are living in the past the book explored this interesting idea of “the past cannot be changed”. There are countless times when the characters want to save someone’s life but since it is the past it is already written in that someone’s destiny to die. It was interesting to see the children come to terms with the idea of them not being able to alter the past.

 

  • Character development was such an amazing aspect of Hollow City. I love how this book explores the character’s pasts and their struggles. The children have seen so much in their lives that they’re mature beyond their years, they do have their insecurities but throughout the book they seemed to grow and it was so fantastically done.

Hollow City ended at a cliff-hanger of sorts because of the plot twist oh my god! I cannot wait to see how the series concludes in the third and final book.

Rating:

5

 

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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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Books to look forward to

In an attempt to do something different this week I have decided to tell you which books I aspire to read in the near future. You might just find a great book for yourself or you might just get to know my reading taste better 🙂

1. Clash Of Kings (A Song Of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R.Martin 

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As you may have guessed this is the second book in the Game Of Thrones series. I highly enjoyed the first book a did a review which you can find somewhere on my blog. This does seem like quite a big book and it might take me a while to get through but hopefully  1000 pages doesn’t get too boring!

2.Throne Of Glass by Sarah.J.Massdownload (3)

My knowledge of this book is scare however I do know it involves princes and assassins and a strong female protagonist and I am very excited for how this book will unfold. My liking or rather disliking of this novel will also affect my decision whether to read the sequel or not.

3. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children #2) by Ransom Riggs download (4)

If you have read the first book don’t judge me but I had my problems with it. For some reason I just didn’t find it as spooky as it promised to be which has made me hesitant about reading the second book. However, my very trusted sources tell me Ransom Riggs has stepped up his game and I cannot wait to see if this book finally gives me the spookes!

So yea. These are some books I plan to read during the month of March possibly April. I will be reviewing them all so make sure you press that little follow button if you haven’t already to read my thoughts on these books. Other than that I hope you have a lovely day/week/month and don’t forget to fly!

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Cress- Review

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By: Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 550 pages

Summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Note: This review is spoiler free and is intended for people who haven’t read Cress or The Lunar Chronicles yet. Sorry if the summary gave too much away.

Ok One important thing before I start. If you haven’t read this series or this book I highly recommend it as it is perfection I am not even exaggerating!

As you may have guessed the book is a fairy tale re telling of Rapunzel. The first book Cinder is based on Cinderella and is about a cyborg mechanic called Cinder who happens to be our main character. The second book Scarlet tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood and then there is Cress. These are companion novels so Cinder and Scarlet the previously mentioned characters do appear throughout Cress.

Characters

To begin with let us discuss the characters. I found the main character Cress to be adorable yet irritating at times. Her emotions compliment the story considerably well however her actions are questionable. Cress’ reactions to certain things would have annoyed me if a person in reality were to react the same way however her responses were justifiable because of her situation and what she has been through in life. The romance between Cress and her love interest are adorable to say the least and towards the start of the book I wished everything would work out but I realized later on that people just don’t fall in love like that it comes through time and the realness of their situation is what made it so perfect and I could totally relate to Cress.

I specifically enjoyed Cinder’s character development as she battled to come to terms with who she really was. How Cinder went through different emotions such as doubting herself or believing that she could make a change just felt so real ,which is one of the many things which made this book into a phenomena.

The characters in this book all have a range of different personalities and traits but at the same time they seem to fit together and complement each other making it so much better

 Plot

I personally found that it was highly difficult to stop reading Cress. The plot was remarkably gripping and it would just make me eager to keep reading more and more to find out what was going to happen next. It was a real page turner. The pacing of the book was slow at times which wasn’t such a bad thing as it suited the setting that the characters were placed in.

This book spans across several different POVs and settings so one moment I was in a desert and another I was on the moon and the world building in this book is done so tremendously well oh!  Even after 3 books I can’t get over how beautifully the futuristic world is portrayed in The Lunar Chronicles.

Another thing I found interesting was how everything was so together I mean the story was all over the place and yet there were connections and the author did a great job of not confusing the reader even though I was in so many places over the course of 550 pages.

Writing

Marissa Meyer you genius! The dialogue in this book was fantastic. The conversations felt realistic and there was humour in them making Cress a fun entertaining read. I especially loved the romantic scenes in the book as I was honestly giggling the whole time and falling more in love with this book.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read Cress or the Lunar Chronicles you are missing out a great deal! These books are so fun and I would recommend them to any young adult/science fiction fan out there.

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A Game Of Thrones- Review

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By: George R.R.Martin

Series: A Song Of Ice and Fire

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 780

To be honest I’ve never been much of a fantasy reader. For some reason the fantasy genre never interested me but I decided to watch the Game of Thrones television series to decide if reading the series would be worth it. After reading this book I have new found respect for the fantasy genre and I just can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series!

Note: I do recommend watching the first couple of episodes of the television series before reading the book as it sets the scene and you get a better understanding. However, if you don;t like being spoiled then by all means go ahead and start reading first!

Summary: Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne. [Source: Goodreads]

I have mixed feelings towards this book but let us start off on a positive note. My favourite part about the book was the characters. George M creates this wide range of people from the young to the old and from the wicked to the innocent. At The start of the book you are able to categorise the characters into black and white as in these are good people and these are the bad ones but towards the end there are these twists and turns, it is revealed who these people are actually loyal to and when the character’s true nature starts showing this is where the lines start getting blurred and you just can’t differ the good from the bad anymore.

The chapters are narrated by the point of views of a group of people: Catelyn (Lord Eddard’s wife), Arya and Sansa (Lord Eddard’s young daughters), Jon Snow (Lord Eddard’s bastard son), Bran (Lord Eddard’s son), Tyrion Lanister (the Queen’s brother and a dwarf) and Daenerys Targaryen (an exiled princess). I did like the fact that the chapters switched between POV’s however what this book lacked was character development, as a reader I didn’t feel the characters grow which was quite disappointing. The only person in the novel whom I felt became stronger and more confident and who changed in some way was Daenerys and I loved that! Also it was very hard to empathise with the feelings that the characters were feeling such as grief and fear, strong emotions can truly make the difference between a good book and a great book.

My favourite characters from this book would have to be definitely Tyrion Lanister- a dwarf with quite a sharp brain and I love his witty ways of thinking which tend to get him out of trouble a lot, other than that Tyrion was the only likable Lanister. I love how Daenerys Targaryen started off as an exiled princess who got married off to some horse lord and then grew into this confident queen ready to take on an army. There were a lot of names and houses and titles in this book and sometimes it did get overwhelming but it didn’t really lead to confusion as to what was happening so that was ok.

There was a lack of world building in this book which gives me the feeling that if I hadn’t watched the show beforehand I would be VERY confused going into this book. Sometimes the history of how the seven kingdoms came to be was mentioned here and there but it was never quite made clear which made it hard for me to envision things at times.

As to the writing Geroge R.R Martin really does know how to set an adventure. It was an engaging storyline with all the political drama and tension. I especially liked all the surprises as they made reading this book just so much more thrilling however there were these certain points during reading this that it just got so bland that I just wanted to put the book down especially because it’s such a long read. The dialogues in this book were fantastic and very interesting to read most of the time.

Overall, A Game of Thrones by George R.R.Martin was an adventurous read which has made me look at the fantasy genre in a different light and I would definitely recommend it to fantasy lovers or those who are trying to get into fantasy like myself.

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Book review- 1984

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By: George Orwell

Genre: Dystopia/Utopia, Political fiction, social science fiction

Pages: 335

1984 by George Orwell is undoubtedly a very powerful and well disturbing read. The terrifying world that the book centers around will leave chills down your spine.

Summary: In the year 1984 Winston Smith lives in a world where there is an eternal war under Big Brother: an overly controlling government who sees and controls everything and everyone. Winston finds Big Brother oppressive and decides to rebel by doing things like writing in a journal and being in love with a girl called Julia. 1984 takes you through Winston’s journey of finding his individuality and leaves you really thinking about the world we live in today..

The book is divided into three parts and not much action occurs until we get into part two. Part one was so bland that the first time I read it I decided to give up on the book. Although I am glad I picked it up again because trust me it may be a little hard to get into at first but  once you progress into part two you’ll be hooked! 

One of things that awed me the most about 1984 was the world building. George Orwell creates such a frightening society where you’re constantly been watched and controlled by the government. The concept of “doublethink” blew my mind! the idea of always having to change your beliefs and manipulate your consciousness in order to satisfy Big Brother left a very powerful impact on me. 

The characters were very hard to empathize with. Especially in part one I just couldn’t connect with Winston and later on with Julia also I was not able to link with her feelings. However, towards the end of the book Winston’s character came off so powerful and I felt the pain and the terror and I shared all the frustration with him. I felt like I also started connecting with Winston when we got some of the insights in his past and to know his family along with the relationship he had with his wife. After giving this much thought I have come to the conclusion that maybe the characters were just there as objects to introduce us to this world.

The most terrifying part of the book and also some what my favorite was the realization that the world of 1984 isn’t very different to the world we live in now. I became conscious of this fact while I was reading the excerpts from Goldstein’s book which made me wish there were more excerpts as it made things so much clearer for me. Another powerful yet depressing thing about the book was the motive of the government to make the world into a dull place with no laughter, no art, no freedom to think or create and basically turn its citizens into zombies. 

Overall, 1984 was a rather peculiar read from my perspective. George Orwell is such a convincing writer and his use of language in this book is so strong and thought-provoking which just makes the book all the more amazing. The world building in 1984 and how the author examines it from all aspects along with its feelings of despair make it a very scary yet powerful read. 

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