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Friday, 12 December 2014

Review: Silver Shadows

Silver Shadows
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Silver Shadows is a definite step up from TFH,it get bonus points for a very relative title.After finishing the story I couldn't help but look back at the cover and think that the title was absolutely ingenious.

While it was definitely a good book I can't honestly say I enjoyed as much as i used to like the series.I've read novels I liked better and sadly,I couldn't even remember most of the
previous installments.Even worse is how I found that I didn't care that I didn't remember.

I craved the action and magic that were in the first two books, and even if the plot is structured right, I don't necessarily thin I like the direction Mead is taking the series.

Ridiculous as the wedding debacle was it was a total highlight in the book for me because it was such a gloriously huge fuck you to the world.Also,now that that's all taken care of....
I hope the last book will tie up all the other loose ends without having to drag the Sydney/Adrian romance out too much longer.
I really loved the supporting characters in this series and it's been incredibly frustrating to not have them around.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review: Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars
I think this one was a little to juvenile,and out of my age group.That being said if was really that good a book it wouldn't matter would it?

The main character is naive, as are her friends.There problems weren't very problematic and at times it felt like a bunch of kids making a big deal over nothing.
My 'high school' was nothing like this so I couldn't find if very relative.(then a again I was boarding so everything's is worse.)

I rarely found humor or any swoon worthy moments. If I had piked this up 5 years ago I might have liked it so to all the 12 year old girls out there, meet Charlie, the 'mean girl' who is trying to re-build her life.
The only thing that kept me from giving a one-star rating was that as boring as the story was, the characters are believable, as are the events (to an extent) but I'm not buying that happy ending, shit like that doesn't happen and we know it.

So all in all it was ....whatever,not really worth the time I invested in reading it.Its a wonder I finished it at all.

Ps- I wish Luke was my brother cuz A- he has a kickass car and B- That mess-with-my-sis-and-ill-kick-your-ass thing? Way cute. He was almost to good to be believable, but I'll give Wiseman that one.

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Review: Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are so many books out there,and each on is like an adventure.Laini Taylor's writing always makes me feel like I'm home reading her books.

Its effortlessly enjoyable to slip into her world and revel in the luxury of that moment.

Her skill is truly magical and every word draws me closer and closer to the story.
Her characters feel like they belong to me,were made for me and only me and not to mention they are impossibly charming.
The story itself was brimming with creativity just like the first,and we were able to experience a different kind of life in the second book that makes me so much more eager to see what the third will bring.the character's have been exposed and that has changed them in so many ways. I look forward to seeing them develop even more.

The only small,tiniest problem was that while the whole book was definitely enjoyable,I wasn't entirely satisfied with the first quarter of the story.I felt that it could have had more...intensity.

When I first picked up Daughter of smoke and Bone, I was wary and not sure what to expect but grew to love it,and the same goes for bk 2.
I really regret not reading Day's of Blood and Starlight sooner.Laini has built an extremely creative structure for her magic and because I read the second book after so long I couldn't remember all of it so I couldn't enjoy some parts of the story to it's fullest.

It only took a few chapters to fall back into the system but I'm going to make sure not to wait this long for the third book.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Review: Poison Study

Poison Study
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I couldn't have come across this book at a better time.
Poison Study is the kind of story I wish for every time I open up a book.

I'd like to say the star of the show is Yelena but before even that,is the writing.
Snyder has an impossibly enticing yet uncomplicated writing style that makes reading so effortless yet very enjoyable.With every chapter layers of the world,people and situation around Yelena were discovered.
I found myself stumble upon inevitable truths but couldn't bring myself to realize when it became so painstakingly clear.I never once felt that I was given premature information that could jeopardize my enjoyment of the story.When I discovered something it was always with perfect precision.

And what a story, it wasn't just a story it was a journey.Exciting,fun and above all well balanced. It had just enough of what makes a good story,that it flows well and makes sense but not enough that you can't help secretly wishing for more,never wanting to stop reading.

Yelena is nothing short of a miracle.She's smart,rational, resourceful ,compassionate and above all consistently Yelena.Her character is built, growing with each season of her life,becoming not only a a capable fighter but a stronger extension of herself.Her strength was earned with every passing day.She worked hard for her skill and I can't stress enough how much I loved that about her.

She's surrounded with loyal,king friends who were both great comedic relief and fuel to her fire,encouraging and caring for her the best they could.

Valek was more than a love interest he was a great soldier.He has a very serious, assertive, demeanor but he isn't cold and it's pleasant reading about him.His character is conflicted but consistent making it easy to connect with him and made me want to,not only, know more about him but happy to see his open up in his own way.

The story is epic on a grand scale but it is epic,I can't wait to read more.

I loved seeing her become a capable and deadly fighter

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up Throne of Glass in hope of a fantasy fix as well as a good douse of criminal debauchery, and found myself very disappointment.

As far as assassins go Celaena is surprisingly lackluster.
We're told over and over that she's the worlds best assassin but all I saw was a girl who likes reading,fancies dressing up, terrorizing other courtesans and likes puppies.
Her past haunts her but only on occasion,her character lacks depth and consistency.

I'm a little sad about how underdeveloped Dorian was,I genuinely like his character-maybe more than Chaol- but his brief appearances are mostly meaningless fluff. I hope he develops a backbone because I think having him as a prince int story would be more productive than having him as a love interest.

Chaol is probably the most consistent character.I haven't brought myself to like him because lets face it he's too good of a guy to have a happy ending.So I'm trying to attach myself.
Or so I thought but he's Chaol It's impossible not to like him.

I was recommended the book based on pacing and plot and this was what both made and broke the book for me.

Mass is a very good writer,there were many passages in which her quality blew me away.Countless times I was lulled deeper and deeper into the story despite it's increasingly plodding pace.
Weeks are thrown aside in convenient recaps,even Mass didn't consider her duels and the competitors deaths worthy of more attention because they were truly boring.

The plot was achingly simple just as the games.The magic was interesting but underdeveloped.Precocious time was wasted on Celaena whinning,reading and unceremoniously contradicting her very character.

The books saving grace really was the writing and promise of potential. Celaena has the history to be great. Dorian has the heart and Choal the bravery.
I want to read the rest of the series because I want too see an improvement.Despite it's problems it's a good story.

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Review: The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There's something impossibly heartbreaking and heartwarming with the end of the series.
I love Percy, I've loved him since PJO, HOH taught me how to love the rest of the characters as well.

Even though Percy,Annabeth and Nico will always have a special place in my heart but I no longer hate that they aren't the stars of this series.

I was kind of sad that at times I felt like in order to make me like Jason more Percy was put down.Percy dying on the ocean floor was just depressing,all so Jason could save the day, no. Im sorry but that's kind of bullshit and we all know it.

Everyone who's followed the series knows that Riordan is delightfully playful yet serious with the story.I was constantly elated by an abundance of emotions and finished the book feeling....good but also very sad.
The characters feel so real that I imagine how they carry on after and it makes me wonder if things will ever come full circle.

Seriously HUGE SPOILER I really wonder if Leo will ever get to meet his friends again.I really hope so, I feel like even though everyone gets a happy ending amongst themselves, seeing Leo again would just complete the journey.

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