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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review: UnWholly

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a series that really blew me away with the really unique, fresh story and approach. Its truly refreshing to step into.
I fell in love with Unwind and somehow managed to fall even more in love with everything in Uhwholly aswell.

The characters are humanly frustrating aswell as magically endearing.
The story and direction is really a standout among not only novels in this genre but as a story in general. The story is original, unexpectedly raw and very well paced.

My favorite part is how it explores the struggles and danger with that gripping action and suspense that really makes a reader invested in what is going on while managing to maintain an essence mof true human nature that makes you believe that everything that these kids experience is real, and true and undoubtedly life changing.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

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 in the 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 of writing truly 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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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Rebel Spring

Rebel Spring
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was surprisingly unentertained.
That's not to say I didn't like it,I did.....

It's just that well a lot of the things I liked about the story got all fucked up in this book.
I felt like I waited the entire first half of the book for everyone,anyone to do something, anything!

Jonas and who is "leading" our marry band of rebels,is the most insensitive,self righteous judgmental jackass.He is ever so quick to slander and insult those who are wealthy or have lived a privileged life. Newsflash asshole being underprivileged doesn't give you the right to hate on everyone else,nor does it make you any better than them.Lys was no better.

In fact the hardest part of this book to get past was the characters.
The romance was laughably overdone and the pacing wasn't great either but above all of that was the characters.

I did enjoy seeing Magnus develop but during the first half of the book was just as underwhelming.
I do want to see the series through because I like Magnus.Can't say I care for anything else atm.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown,cold indeed.I find myself loving the troubled and slightly unhinged madmen Holly throws at us more than anyone else.

This is originally why Aidan looked so promising,but as much as I liked him I found it remarkably easy to forget all about him.(I doubt it will stay this way and I'm hoping he'll come to surprise me)

This is exactly what’s wrong with me, she told herself as she walked. If there’s trouble, I go straight for it.
Lana is the leading lady of the day and I found myself liking her a lot in the second half.It seemed to take her a while to figure out how to apply logic when formulating her plans but for the most part she was pretty bad ass.

“Tana. In all my long life, though there were many times I prayed for it, no one has ever saved me. No one but you.”
Gavriel was infinality complex,completely mad and utterly unpredictable-so I loved him,also the effect and quality that he projected on the others only reminded me more,why this was worth reading

“But there's nothing you like better than when it hurts a little, is there?" Lucien asked.
Gavriel's bloody mouth lifted in a voluptuous smile. "Sure there is. I like it when it hurts a lot.”

Oh yeah your in for a world of fun with this one.
The plot and world building were refreshing and different.I felt like some things were too conveniently coincidental Like what are the chances Lana with her past ends up at party with Gavriel in this 'unique' circumstance? Not to mention a conveniently placed Jameson family but- but never so much that it wasn't believable and most of my issues sorted themselves out by the end of the book and the others could be explained away with a cause/effect relationship.I still feel like the story could have used some work and I'm a little Holly crazed ever since Curse Workers-so maybe I 'overlooked' some flaws but it's only fair that I mention the plot is lacking.

One thing's for sure,that was on hell of a ride.

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