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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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