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Reviews Masterlist

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 All the books I’ve reviewed EVER!!!:

(Author’s Surname A-Z)

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

(The Dark Tower Book Vs. Movie Review)

A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Wayfarer Book Review

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 4/5

*possible spoilers for Passenger but NOT Wayfarer*

First thing’s first, I wasn’t a big fan of Passenger (I rated it 2.5/5). I found it too confusing and hard to swallow. However, Wayfarer is far far far superior. Since all of the exposition was covered in the first book, Wayfarer focussed much more on plot and characters and all the stuff we want to read. Yes, it was slightly confusing at times. But it made up for that fact with all the fabulous emotive story aspects and development.

The only thing I didn’t want Wayfarer to change much was the so rarely seen slow-burning romance between Nicholas and Etta. And once again, the author nailed their relationship and their development together. They are still seen as too very separate characters, not just a ship (which I appreciate), but you never forget about the connection they have to each other. Not to mention the other romantic relationship introduced in this book which I LOVED not because of the reason that becomes obvious when you’ve read it, but because of how they compliment each other.

Also, FRIENDSHIPS! Not enough romance-central books have friendships that I adore this much! They’re complex and deep – growing beautifully as you continue through the story. And all the new characters that are introduced have different relationships with the re-occurring characters, which is interesting to discover as the novel goes on.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ending!! So satisfying yet just heart-breaking enough to be emotional. So, overall, very happy with this book. The only problem is that I still don’t understand how the time travel in this world works XD

A Court Of Wings And Ruin Book Review

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

I’m sorry I’ve been so inactive – but this book has consumed me for the last week and I haven’t been able to think of much else! I’m always so worried with sequels that it will ruin the characters or plot or SOMETHING, but… it was perfect. Unbelievably perfect. I cried, I laughed out loud and smiled all the way through, and it was those moments that we need throughout all the harrowing war and battles and plot twists.

Dear god, the plot twists. Every time I think I’ve predicted the outcome, Sarah J. Maas hits me if the face with my own naivety and then crams a new horrifying and/or beautiful moment down my throat (wow, that was graphic). It resulted in me covering up the bottom of the last page in the chapter so I wasn’t tempted to glimpse another spoiler, even if it was only a paragraph away! 

The universe that the author has created really comes together in this novel. As all the information weaves together and starts to make sense, it leaves the reader wondering about all the wonders Maas has kept a secret. But the world-building isn’t long and hard to swallow, it’s well-paced and relatively simple to keep up with.

Some could argue that this book was slow to start. I would understand where they were coming from, but in my opinion it kind of need that. Everything was so fast paced by the last ¼ that I needed all the conversation and build-up from the first 3.

To be honest, I got everything I wanted, needed and Mor (get it! cuz Mor and more… I’ll go). A thrilling end to a beautiful tale.

The Hate U Give Book Review

Author: Angie Thomas

Rating: 5/5

Eye-opening. If this book doesn’t become a classic, this world needs changing. Everything about this screams for everyone to read it!! It was so incredibly real and raw – more so than any book I’ve read (including ‘based on a true story’ books). I think the reason for that is that this novel has characters that everyone has in their own world: people pretending to be someone else to protect themselves, the unknowing bully, the annoying but will-die-for-you siblings, as well as a story that hasn’t been dramatically adjusted to make it more entertaining. Books that exaggerate real life events to “make it a better story” aren’t real enough. 

Yet, The Hate U Give is still a good read – even if you discount all the important subject matter. The language was very colloquial for a young girl such as Starr, and each character had their own colloquialisms too. The pace was right too – detailed but not slow.

Something Angie Thomas achieved exceptionally, in my opinion, is the use of young, modern slang without sounding forced. Authors who aren’t well equipped with these terms make it sound cringy and strained, but Angie Thomas’ style works seamlessly; Starr’s language shows a lot about her character.

Nothing about the actual literature, but I CAN’T STAND THE SPINE OF THE PAPERBACK!!! I get it – THUG = The Hate U Give and Tupac and all that – but seriously THUG on the spine?! No.

Anyway, read this book. You need to.

Currently Reading // September 9th 2017

Currently Reading // September 9th 2017

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi HeiligRating: ★★★☆☆SynopsisIt…

The Girl
from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis

It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was
1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their
crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate
ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and
her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although
a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in
one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her
mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in
question…

(from Goodreads)

Thoughts

I was really excited to read
this book for the longest time. First of all – time-traveling pirates. That’s
the best thing imaginable. Secondly – the cover is just so incredibly beautiful
(I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover), that it drew me in. In the
end the book may not have quite lived up to my expectations, but it was still
an enjoyable read.

The concept of this story is
spectacular and unique. It’s such a cool idea that a person would be able to
navigate to any map, be it real or imaginary. My first thought when the
characters described how they travelled between times was of course: “So if they
had a map of Hogwarts or Narnia, they could just go there?” That made me very
excited. Do you have any idea how often I’ve dreamt of being able to do that?
However, navigating, as they call it, it a bit more complicated. The map has to
be hand drawn and made in the contemporary time, so a map of India in 1774 must
have been drawn in 1774. And in order for them to travel to a mythical or
imaginary land the person who drew the map must believe the place is real. This
makes it sound like mythical maps are extremely rare, but apparently not. On
the ship the crew has a bunch of magical objects from different myths, such as
a bottomless sack from an Irish story and luminescent herring from a
Scandinavian myth explaining the Northern Lights. They even have a crew member
from an imaginary city.

The crew is able to navigate
to these strange and magical places all thanks to Nix, our main character. The
girl is like a walking encyclopaedia of myth and history. I am myself a big fan
of mythology, but there was still so much mentioned in this book that I had no
idea about. Still, you could keep up with the story without knowing all the
facts beforehand. And for the very curious (like me) there is a handy dandy
author’s note in the back detailing the origins of most of the myths and
objects mentioned in the story.

The story mostly takes place
in Hawaii in the 1800’s. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii, so learning more
about its history was really fascinating. This was a story I had never heard
before in my life. I am starting to realize what an interesting history Hawaii
has, and would really like to learn more.

I found the main character to
be extremely smart, but a bit hard to relate to. She keeps herself at arm’s
length from the other characters, and also from the reader. The rest of the
characters in this story are very diverse, which always makes a story better in
my opinion. The ships motely crew come from all over the world and from all
different times, which makes a very interesting mix.

This is most of all an adventure
story, but from the blurb I thought it would also have quite a bit of romance
in it. I mean, the front reads “A journey through time. A journey to love.”. In
spite of that, I do not think this was a love story at all. Sure, there was
some romantic tension between a few characters, but not at all enough to call
it a romance. This turned out to be the complete opposite of most YA, where
there is usually more romance than you expected. Instead, this book focuses
more on the love within families, which is refreshing.

I really enjoyed this story.
It had plenty of adventure and lots of myth and history. I adore the
time-traveling concept, and I look forward to seeing where the author takes the
story in the next book (I believe this is a duology?). I recommend it to all
history- and mythology nerds out there or to anyone looking for an entertaining
adventure story. Also, how could you say no to time-traveling pirates?

//love from L

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The Selection Book Review

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Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

This book took me less than a day to read – utterly addictive! To be brutally honest, it isn’t top quality literature. But it is top quality YA indulgence. It has all the ingredients for a proper YA experience: loveable characters for you to root for, a cheesy love triangle to cause chaos in the fandom, SEQUELS and a balance of corny content and immersive plot. The writing style isn’t incredibly sophisticated, however it’s well paced and very compelling. The author feeds off the reader’s emotions and that makes this novel even more gripping.

I had to give it 5/5, it doesn’t really deserve it but it would break my heart to rate it anything less!

Everything, Everything Book Review

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Author: Nicola Yoon

Rating: 4/5

Beautiful and heart-wrenching story. Like a lot of people, I finally picked this up when the movie was announced, but it had been on my TBR for a while. I finished it in less then 24 hours! Shocking ending, and a stunning journey before it gets there.

I adored the unique format of this book with its IM screens, medical forms, definitions and doodles. This is definitely what I consider to be an indulgent read. But each of these details were balanced out by some beautiful quotes. Often, I would read over them over and over because they were so breath-taking. There were many uses of inspiring figurative language and I loved the metaphors the main character uses to describe her life as well as her relationship with Olly.

However, the problem I had with this novel was that the narration at some points was quite basic. During scenes, Madeline was shown as an intellectual and intelligent character, and a point is made of her impressive and extensive vocabulary. But throughout most of the story-telling, she narrates like a younger child, with the exception of the quotes I mentioned earlier. I just feel like someone as intelligent as her (and someone who reads) would narrate with more impressive word variation. But her figurative language was stunning, and something I felt was very suited to her character.

All in all, 4/5.

A Court Of Mist And Fury Book Review

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

Wow! My soul has been shattered over and over again throughout this book. This is one of those stories that just keeps getting better even when you believe it can’t! Unpredictable, exhilarating – for me, definitely superior to the Throne Of Glass series. The relationships between the characters was seamless and an experience to explore. Each new character has a defined role but also takes unexpected turns. I adored the first book for its characterization and this is no different (or maybe better).

Many novels in this genre either become too corny or too melancholy, but what I love about A Court Of Mist And Fury is that someone always has hope and there are so many beautiful moments. Sarah J. Maas writing style is gorgeously visual which gives you such a fantastical image of each realm this story journeys to. Don’t let yourself think that it’s light-hearted though – this book gets dark.

Another important thing is that this book does shy away from sex. I don’t understand why it’s such an iffy topic in YA lit! A lot of people think of romantic feelings and sexual feelings as separate things, and this book (as well as ACOTAR) does a great job of identifying the difference between the two.

Overall, 5/5 stars (unsurprisingly). My only criticism would be that there was a lot of long conversations explaining the characters pasts. The information was vital, but the stories could have been explored in a more interesting or creative way. But I’m nit-picking here!

The Custard Protocol series by Gail CarrigerThis is a…

The
Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger

This is a spoiler-free series
review of the first two books in the Custard
Protocol
Series: Prudence and Imprudence. In case you were
wondering/confused.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes a new novel
in the world of the Parasol Protectorate starring Prudence, the daughter of
Alexia Tarabotti.

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given
an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar
circumstances – names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of
the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles
upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier’s wife, and some
awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an
embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do
but turn metanatural and find out everyone’s secrets, even thousand-year-old
fuzzy ones?

(from Goodreads)

Thoughts

This is such a funny series.
It takes place during the reign of Queen Victoria, in a steampunk/supernatural world.
This is a parallel universe to our own except with dirigibles or airships
galore and vampires and werewolves living in plain sight in high society. The
vampires live in hives, with one queen and several drones. They have a great
influence in regard to fashion and etiquette. The werewolves live in packs with
an Alpha. They have close ties to the military. Both groups are immortal, can’t
be out in daylight, and have a big role to play in her majesty’s government.
This may seem like quite a complex world to grasp, and it may be so, because
this is the third series Gail Carriger has written about this world. The first
series was the Parasol Protectorate (with
this series main character’s mother as the leading lady) and the second being
the Finishing School series (which
takes place before the events of the first series), which I have read and
reviewed before. You do get the basics of the world in the first book of this
series, but if you would like to completely understand this world you should
read the other two series as well.

The main character Rue is the
daughter of Alexia Tarabotti, the main character from the Parasol Protectorate and Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha to a powerful
werewolf pack. She is also the adoptive daughter of Lord Akeldama, one of the
most influential vampires in England. Confused yet? As far as I understand it,
this arrangement was put into place to make sure Rue would not be partial to
one species of supernatural over the other, because she herself in very
powerful. She is a Metanatural, meaning she can steal the supernatural shape of
anyone she touches, turning herself into a vampire or werewolf while also
nullifying the supernatural person in question into a mortal, for a limited
time. This ability means she gets to live quite a different life from your
normal British aristocratic lady during the Victorian era.

The characters are what makes
this story so entertaining. On her airship Rue assembles a crew with some of
her best friends, the Tunstell twins Primrose and Percy, whose mother is a
vampire queen, and Quesnel Lefoux, slightly irritating and very charming French
engineer. Together the four of them get up to some crazy adventures, but
nothing that can’t be solved with Rue’s special abilities or a nice cup of tea.
Seriously, these people drink tea like it’s the answer to everything. Also,
they of course abide by the proper manners of their time-period. It makes me
want to start drinking tea with my pinkie high up and speak like a proper lady.
It’s hilarious to see how meticulous they are about etiquette and proper dress.
They are a great and quirky group that work of each other beautifully. My only
complaint is that the two ladies are nicknamed Rue and Prim which constantly
makes me think I’m reading the Hunger
Games
.

I liked both books, but I feel
like the second was even better as I had gotten to know the characters and the
world a bit better. I realize this series might not be everyone’s cup of tea
(see what I did there?), but I hope you will still give it a go. It may very
well surprise you. I was not sure about it at first either, but I ended up
loving it. I’m very excited to read the next book in the series when it comes
out (there are two more in the works). It’s such a hilarious read and really
takes your mind of things. It’s light and fluffy and just plain whimsically
funny.

//love from L

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