Category: reading

Carry On Book Review

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 3.75/5

I’m not going to be able to do a huge analysis of this one because I read it all within 13 hours! Oops. Not gonna lie, there was a lot of flaws with this book and there are two conflicting opinions I have with Carry On. 1) It was the best cheesy, funny book with just enough angst to keep it moving 2) It was a total mess and I don’t know what to think. As you can see, two very contrasting thoughts.

Let’s start with the positive one. The characters were very fanfiction-esque, which was the point. I fell in love with each and every one in a different way, from lovely li’l Simon to mysterious Lucy. The villain was very well thought-out: complex yet justifiable motive and thorough “evil masterplan”. And the relationship was so well-done! It wasn’t the “both sides pining unknowingly for 500 pages” trope that you see with a lot of fanfiction. Perfect match of slow-burn and haste too, and even though this is a stand alone novel you can get a lot of information about how their relationship was in the past. And it was both funny and harrowing seeing how they grow closer together throughout the book.

Now, the negative. I couldn’t help but feel that this was just a Harry Potter fanfic. I mean, I’ve read Harry Potter fanfic so I’m not saying that makes it bad. What makes it bad was that it was supposed to be it’s own story and instead we got a novel where I couldn’t help but see so many parallels between the two universes. As well as this, there were some empty plot-holes and some parts where it was just trying too hard to be casual. Obviously, it read a lot like a fanfic but half of me wanted this to be a properly developed novel. I don’t want anyone yelling at me that it wasn’t supposed to be – but I just feel that the characters had so much potential and they were just dragged along a bit.

So, with everything considered, I thought 3.75/5 was fair. I really want to love this book, so maybe I’ll re-read it when I’m thinking less critically. My advice is: read this without thinking too much about it – just read and enjoy.

The Assassin’s Blade Book Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5

*possible spoilers for ToG1 and The Assassin’s Blade if you didn’t register all the backstory given in the ToG and CoM*

This novella collection has beaten every book in the Throne Of Glass series put together. My opinions on this series are fluctuating to say the least, but after reading The Assassin’s Blade, my faith in Sarah J. Maas has returned. 

I’ve never had the an undying love for Throne Of Glass like I did ACOTAR, but there’s just something about seeing how Celeana has changed from here to the first book of the series. I am officially Team Sam Cortland™, I just love everything about him and, come on – I will never get bored of the Enemies (to Friends) to Lovers trope. It’s beautiful. 

The characters in this book are astounding. Even though I absolutely HATE Arobynn Hamel with a fiery passion, I was fascinated by his twisted and manipulative character. The relationship between him, Celaena and Sam is both exciting and terrifying to discover – and I was constantly so scared whenever he turned up. And I will never stop loving Celeana. Just the fact that she knows she can be ruthless and badass as well as glamorous as well as compassionate. I adore that, and she is so flawed and hopeless in herself and yet she finds it in her to keep going – fighting for what she believes is right. She even has a kind of anti-hero persona going for her, which is another trope that I will always fall hopelessly in love with.

And, no – I will never stop going on about how talented Sarah J. Maas is as a writer, not just a story-teller. Her seamless multiple 3rd-person PoV style will always amazing me. Hardly any writers can get that as smooth as SJM can, and I commend her.

My favourite Throne Of Glass book so far (I haven’t read EoS yet though, so now I have my hopes up)! 

The Elite Book Review

Author: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5

I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS SERIES! Everything about it gives me life and I’m not even guilty about it. I don’t care that the writing isn’t anything extraordinary, and the world is a bit of a generic dystopia – it’s just the perfect cross between plo0t and utter cheese. 

Don’t get me wrong, though – the world gets deeper in this instalment. Secrets start to unravel, and suddenly everything that’s happened in the love triangle flips on it’s head and poor America is thrown right into the middle of a political war. and THE CHARACTERS! I love every. single. one. Not because they’re all perfect, but because they contrast so well and the villains that are starting to emerge are fascinating. Even the heroes/heroines are incredibly flawed in a kind of beautiful way. AND I FLIPPING LOVE THE MAIDS SOMEONE GIVE THEM THE WORLD.

I can’t wait to read The One!

PS I know this wasn’t a very professional review but I just wanted to express my love for this book without analysing it too much because I might realise that it’s not actually good literature and get sad xD

Frankenstein Book Review

Author: Mary Shelley

Rating: 4/5

As a reader who doesn’t usually go for classics, I really really enjoyed this! Of course, the story of Frankenstein is legendary but the book itself wasn’t at all as I expected. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that scary. The monster speaks so eloquently when we first see him talk that I kept imagining him as a civilised person – just with mouldy skin and more murder on their record. But where it lacks in the horror department it gains in emotion and almost elegant suffering.

I know that sounds odd, but this story is so full of grief, guilt, regret and misery and yet somehow the author manages to portray these emotions in such a darkly beautiful way. At some points, though, it did sound like the author looked up every single word in a thesaurus and picked out the longest synonym (sometimes the language was a bit unnecessary). 

The pace was kind of imbalanced. I wish we had more description of the monster being brought to life than we did – and I wish we had a little less of Frankenstein just wallowing in his own misery. But the writing is so beautiful I’m going to let that slide.

The ending was so morbid and unexpected but I absolutely LOVED it. Throughout the whole story we are questioning the morals of ourselves as well as the characters and it finished on such a note that I was doubting the morals of everything that happened.

Definitely a must-read. I envy the people who get to study this story for school, because it’s so amazing and I’d love to dig deeper into the language the author uses.

Colarine Book Review

Author: Neil Gaimen

Rating: 4/5

Definitely a good Halloween read! The more I think about this story, the more creepy it becomes. I have never seen the movie before but the book alone gave me the shivers. 

The fascinating thing about Coraline is that you can tell that the author is extremely talented from some of the simplest and most effective phrases. However, he chose to write Corlaine as a children’s book. If this story were to be adapted into an adult novel, I know that Neil Gaiman would have the ability make it just as or more creepy. But it’s a kids’ book. Something about the childlike narration adds something sinister to it though, almost as if you can sense the innocence being fed on throughout the story. 

When visualising the story in my head, I managed to come up with some terrifying images based on the descriptions. Of course, no reader is the same, but I feel like anyone could just see all the weird and odd things the author was describing. In some ways, I kind if compare Corlaine to the Mrs. Peregrines Peculiar Children series, because neither of them know how creepy they actually are.

Overall, very compelling – I read it all in one sitting!

The Dead House Book Review

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Rating: 4.5/5

*READ SECOND PARAGRAPH FOR SYNOPSIS* (read this book people)

Unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This creepy, paranormal/psychological thriller/cult novel is so unique and bizarre that I can’t begin to explain how good it was without sounding like a sociopath. You never know what’s real, what’s psychosis and what’s witchcraft, so it leaves you guessing all the damn time.

Without spoiling anything, this book centres around two girls who share the same body: Carly, who’s around during the day, and Kaitlyn, who has the night. They have a beautiful and peculiar sisterhood created entirely by leaving each other messages when they are awake. But, of course, nobody believes this is true and ‘Carly’ has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. Soon, things start to change between them until something terrible happens which resorts in a whole bunch of terrifying and disturbing events. It’s scary and captivating and even horrifying in some places.

This story is told in diary entries, reports, interviews and written records of video tapes all collected to carry out an investigation. I usually don’t like multi-media story telling – but this is absolutely fascinating! Kaitlyn writes in her diary as if it’s talking back (which it could be in her head) and you will never know the parts of the story that haven’t been recorded in some way. It’s very mysterious in that way. 

As well as all this, if you think about this book too much – it’s hecka scary. Not for readers who don’t like gore since it’s so deliciously gory and gross (see? sociopath.). There’s a lot of cult-like actions, too, which are fascinating since you never know whether what they’re saying is true or a result of group hysteria or psychosis.

God this is such a good book! I’m probably going to hell for how much I enjoyed it and I am a little worried about how the author came up with this concept but still – READ IT.

Reviews Masterlist

bookishnerdreviews:

 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

Ready Player One Book Review

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Author: Ernest Cline

Rating: 4.5/5

This book is so nerdy and perfect (almost) for anyone who loves gaming, VR or anything futuristic and still authentic. Unlike almost anything I’ve ever read, this book makes me forget I’m reading – I feel more like I’m watching a movie! In my opinion this book is great for anyone on the fence about reading or hasn’t found anything that they like yet. My little brother, who hasn’t read anything excluding required reading, LOVED this story. I think that’s probably because, in my opinion, this book was probably aimed at boys and to give more gamer-type people the exposure to books that they might enjoy. And it worked. But what’s awesome is that I, an avid reader, can also enjoy this fab story.

The detail in this universe is so meticulous. Everything has been thought about from the politics to the economic changes to every single tiny reference and everything in between. Even though I wasn’t alive during the 80s, I loved all the 80s references. It gave the atmosphere a unique and quirky edge since, yes, it was set in the future, but it shows that our present day (and past) is still relevant. 

The economic complexity of this future world is incredible. It tackles issues such as population growth and scarcity of employers, specialisation and resources which is very relevant and important in the real world.

The pacing was almost spot-on, with time skips in the appropriate places and it doesn’t drag on or become less detailed.

The only issue I had with this book is the introductory chapter. It was way too detailed with too many long footnotes that I couldn’t be bothered to read. But as soon as that chapter ends, it’s fab.

The Infinite Sea Book Review

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Author: Rick Yancey

Rating: 2/5

This book just wasn’t for me. I like sci-fi, I liked the concept, but the writing style and the way the author went about the plot just didn’t satisfy me in any way.

The 5th Wave was alright, if I’m honest – I could get over the multiple PoV since I liked the plot so much and the development was good. With The Infinite Sea, I felt like it was just entirely pointless. Not much has changed from the beginning of the book to the end; most of the characters are just filler for the action we actually want to here about. And there are some parts that I wanted to read: I  quite enjoyed Ringer’s journey throughout this novel and there’s a new character who I enjoyed discovering more about. But other than that, I couldn’t care less about what happened to the rest of the characters or who won in the good vs. evil battle. 

The infuriating multiple PoV gets worse folks. I couldn’t figure out which character was telling an entire section until the following one! Third person multiple PoV I can understand and rather enjoy (eg The Mortal Instruments, Six Of Crows, Throne Of Glass) but it‘s when it’s in first person that I find it too disorientating and confusing. This is just my personal preference though.

Honestly, I have no desire to read the 3rd instalment of this series and I’m a bit bummed about this book. 

strokesandscribbles: No one touches us like a book. They’re…

strokesandscribbles:

No one touches us like a book. They’re powerful enough to make us laugh with ourself, shatter in tears, hug us for comfort, fall deeply in love, dream of big dreams, bring us to different places, experience things and everything else… All things can happen between the pages of these black and white portable magic.

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