Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Year In Review

My Year- 2013

Some key events from my life in 2013:

I turned 18, graduated high school and started university. I wrote AP exams, went backpacking in the mountains for a week and counselled at a camp for most of the summer. I finished my first semester of university with a 3.0 GPA. And it turns out, I read a lot of books

Now for the good stuff... These are all the books that I read in 2013 with my favourites bolded 

My Books of 2013 

  1. The Shack
  2. The Hobbit
  3. The Iron King
  4. Tuesdays with Morrie
  5. Iron Daughter
  6. Code Name Verity (x2)
  7. Girl of Fire and Thorns (x2)
  8. Under the Never Sky
  9. The Selection (x2)
  10. Pivot Point
  11. Shatter Me
  12. Legend (x2) 
  13. Prodigy (x2)
  14. Chai Tea Sunday
  15. The Fault in Our Stars
  16. Unearthly
  17. Clockwork Angel (x2)
  18. Clockwork Prince 
  19. Clockwork Princess
  20. The Glass Castle
  21. Divergent (x2)
  22. Insurgent (x2)
  23. Beautiful Creatures
  24. The Raven Boys
  25. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  26. The Casual Vacancy
  27. The Rise of Nine
  28. Graceling
  29. Fire
  30. Bitterblue
  31. Mrs. Mike
  32. Les Miserable
  33. The Elite
  34. The Madman's Daughter
  35. Eleanor and Park
  36. Seraphina
  37. The Night Circus
  38. Eyes like Stars
  39. The Boyfriend App
  40. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that won't stop talking
  41. The Peculiars
  42. Starters
  43. True Believer
  44. At First Sight
  45. Enders Game
  46. Hamlet
  47. The Fellowship of the Ring
  48. The Two Towers
  49. The Return of the King
  50. The Program
  51. Icons
  52. The Fifth Wave
  53. Grave Mercy
  54. Masque of Red Death
  55. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  56. The Testing
  57. Pewter Angels
  58. Another Angel of Love
  59. Alanna: The First Adventure
  60. In the Hand of the Goddess
  61. The Woman who Rides Like a Man
  62. Lady Knight
  63. City of Bones
  64. City of Ashes
  65. An Abundance of Katherines
  66. Crown of Embers
  67. Breathe
  68. The Fall of Five
  69. The Bitter Kingdom
  70. Rose Under Fire
  71. Allegiant
  72. Paper Towns
  73. Dragonflight
  74. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  75. Champion
  76. Incarnate
  77. Perfect Ruin
  78. All That Glows
  79. Weaver
  80. Little Women
  81. The Bone Season
  82. The Hunger Games
  83. Catching Fire
  84. Mockingjay
  85. The Paladin Prophecy
  86. The Beginning of Everything
  87. Rampant
  88. Battle Magic
  89. Matched
  90. Seven of Nine

Top Ten Tuesday- Gems of 2013

Gems of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish
 
These are some of my favourites that I read in the 2013 year! 
 
1. Code Name Verity~ Elizabeth Wein: I read this book twice in 2013 and it was just amazing. It had deep, complex characters (most of whom where girls which was awesome) and it made me FEEL SO MUCH!
 
2.Girl of Fire and Thorn series~ Rae Carson: So I'd read the first book before 2013 but since I only read the second two this year I figured it still counts! Hector is super dreamy and Elisa is someone I wish I could be!
 
 3.Pivot Point~ Kasie West: Considering I just happened to pick up this book it was very, super good! And the end... oh my goodness it was so conflicting!
 
4.Clockwork Princess~ Cassandra Clare: THIS BOOK WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! I probably cried about 95% of the time but it is my favourite series ender- EVER
 
5.Grave Mercy: This one was lent to me by good friends and I really enjoyed it. I'm always for kick-butt girl assassins!
 
6. Battle Magic~ Tamora Pierce: I may be a little biased because I have read (and own) every single Tamora Pierce book or anthology that includes her. But it was so great to get a new book from her (especially since Mastiff was a bit disappointing)
 
7. The Testing~ Joelle Charbonneau: This was similar to the Hunger Games and Divergent but I also really liked the unique twists on the world. The second and third books are coming out in 2014- yeah!
 
8. The Fault in Our Stars~ John Green: I can't believe it took me till this year to read this lovely book! It was heartbreaking, beautiful and very, very true. John Green is a master wordsmith, and all of his books are amazing but this one is special
 
9. Icons~ Margaret Stohl: This book had a pretty unique premise and even though I'm not usually into the sci-fi side of things I thought it was very good!
 
10. The Paladin Prophecy~ Mike Frost: Just read this one- check out my review here- but I loved it so much! I couldn't put it down and read it in one afternoon and am really looking forward to book 2
 
And one more for good luck!

11. Seraphina~ Rachel Hartman: This book is about dragons- so I was pretty excited for it! I love all things dragon and enjoyed the unique dragon-human twist.

What about you guys? Anything you REALLY loved reading in 2013? Link your TTT in the comments so I can check it out!


Monday, 30 December 2013

The Beginning of Everything

 

The Beginning of Everything

 
by: Robyn Schneider
Published: August 27th 2013
My Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life. (from Goodreads)
 

My Thoughts

For some reason I rarely read books that are written from the male perspective. I also don't read a lot of contemporary YA but I'd heard a lot about this book so I thought I'd give it a try!
For the most part I enjoyed it, it had a good combination of amusing and serious moments. I'm also a big fan of the various fandom references woven into the story. At times I found it to be a bit predictable though (which is why I tend to not read much contemporary). Pretty much from the get go I knew a lot of what would probably happen to the characters and those things did happen!
So the book was good and well-written but not my cup of tea. I think I'll be sticking to my fantasy books!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Paladin Prophecy

The Paladin Prophecy

by: Mike Frost
Published: September 25th 2012
My Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Synopsis

 
Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam. (find the rest on Goodreads)
 

My Thoughts

 
My mom bought this book in the fall, read it and thought it was amazing,  wrapped it and gave it to me for Christmas and then informed me that I had to read it before I go back to university.
Given the title this book was not at all what I expected.  I've read several books with Paladin's before and they were all very elaborate fantasy books set in mystical worlds. The Paladin's Prophecy is set on Earth in the States so it was completely different from all my expectations! But even with these expectations I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
The plot was gripping and suspenseful, the characters endearing but also very real. I enjoyed the mysterious aspect of the book and felt very invested in solving said mystery along with the main characters.
I definitely can't wait for the next book and would recommend this book for anyone who loves mysterious fantasy stories set on Earth, and fans of books involving boarding school and groups of friends working together!

The Bone Season

The Bone Season

 
by: Samantha Shannon
Published: August 20th 2-13
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing. (find the rest of the synopsis at Goodreads!)

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. I found its premise was very unique and it was quite different from a lot of the books that I have read recently. I think that Paige is a superb protagonist- she has her ups and downs, her goods and bads. One thing that I particularly liked was the exploration of her relationships with the people around her. I found that the relationships were very realistic and something that a young girl would go through.

One thing that I didn't like was the complexity of the world building (which is actually why I didn't give it a full five). The world was very beautiful and unique but there were several mentions of a type of clairvoyance where I had no clue what it actually was.  As well some of the characters had several names or very similar names that sometimes made me wonder who the heck they where.

So overall I'd say this book was excellent but could be confusing at times. If your looking for a deep complex read pick this book up! (But save it for later if your looking for something light hearted)
 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Catching Fire

I went to see Catching Fire yesterday with my best friend. Neither of us had seen it before and we were absolutely floored by it.While I enjoyed the first movie I found the shameless of the camera made me feel sick and my eyes couldn't focus on what was happening. I had none of these problems with Catching Fire!

I loved how accurate to the book it was- they even cast a different cat as Buttercup that was the correct colour! After watching the movie I had to go back and read the books again just to see if there were any differences (and I'm still in the process of doing that). My friend was pretty sure that they left nothing out. Personally I also liked how they didn't just focus on the Games; they also focussed on the relationships and effects that their first Games had on Pretax and Katniss. I think the storyline did a great job portraying the true message of the book instead if focussing on the love story or the Games themselves. 

And the acting...it was just phenomenal! Every time a character was in the scene I could feel their emotions pouring from them. The scene where Effie and Haunting say good-bye reduced me to a good ugly cry. Jennifer Lawrence is an incredible actress but Jena Malone (Johanna Mason) was particularly stunning to me. I'd never felt too strongly one way or the other about Johanna but the one screen portrayal really brought her to life  for me. I could see and feel her pain and it made me understand her anger and brashness so much much- so big kudos to Jena Malone!

Have you seen Catching Fire yet? What were your thoughts, any things you really liked/disliked?

Friday, 20 December 2013

All That Glows

All That Glows

Author: Ryan Graudin
Release Date: February 11th 2014
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Synopsis

Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn't any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, dishevelled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test. (read the rest from Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book and read it in December. But now since All That Glows book birthday is tomorrow I can post all my feelings about this book! In order to give the best detailed review I'm going to split my review into what I liked and what I didn't like.

What I Liked
 I really liked the uniqueness of the premise- I've read a lot of books but I have yet to find any other book that has modern day fairies AND royalty. In most fairy tales and stories about the fey they are allergic to iron and I really liked how the fey were 'allergic' in a sense to the modern world (electronics and technological things specifically). All That Glows combined two of many favourite things (fairys and royalty) which is a big plus for me. The writing was very rich and lyrical in a sense and helped the story to flow along easily and I became very invested in Emry and Richard (even though he was a bum in the beginning) Overall I loved this book, the characters and the story-line! Plus there were some plot twists that totally caught me by surprise- as a seasoned reader its rare for me to be surprised multiple times in one book! (Also Ryan has said that she imagines Herne the Hunter to look and sound like Benedict Cumberbatch WHICH I THINK IS PERFECT!)

What I Didn't Like
There were really only two things that I didn't enjoy about this book. The first is that at times I thought it could have been longer and more fleshed out in one or two spots. Also there were several times where Emry's threw up and that kind of grosses me out and made me want to throw up which wasn't enjoyable (at all) But that's it!

In conclusion: let me say- this book took me on a roller coaster of emotions. When I finished it I was wishing for more because IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD. So everyone go out to the bookstore tomorrow (February 11th) to pick up this gem!

On a side note Ryan also has a book called The Walled City out in the fall that I am super excited for too!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

My Bookish Crush: Sam

My Book Crush #2 Dossam (Sam) 

from the Newsoul trilogy by Jodi Meadows 


  From the moment I first read Incarnate I fell head over heels in love with Sam. One of the things that I love about him is how musical he is. And what makes him particularly exceptional is that he is a classical musician, not the more common rock star type musician that is oftentimes seen in YA books.

From the moment that we first meet same he is an incredibly sweet young gentleman. He risks his life for someone even when he knows that they would be reborn again. He nurses Ana and is just so kind to her even when she herself thinks she doesn't deserve it. Here are some of my favourite quotes from Sam/about Sam.

“I'd give anything to make things right for you. "He caressed my cheek, my hair, my back. Everywhere he touched, the angry fires cooled. I wished he'd touch my heart. "But I can't. I can help, but the hard work is all up to you, If you don't feel real, no one else can do it for you. I promise, though you've always felt real to me. From the moment I saw you jump off the cliff."
"Sometimes I still feel like I'm still jumping off the cliff.” 
This just shows how incredibly devoted he is to Ana and just how strongly beautiful yet gentle his character is- but that's what makes me love him so much!

Ana. I want you to know I'd choose you. If it were up to anyone, if what I wanted counted for anything, I'd have chosen you.”
Even though he is so devoted to Ana, I can't help but wish Sam would love me!
This is Sam on the cover of his novella and interestingly enough this is almost exactly how I imagine him! (For some reason I sort of picture Sean Astin  as Sam in LotR for this Sam)



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Phoenix Overture

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

a novella

Published: September 3rd, 2013

Synopsis

This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

What I Thought

First off- DON"T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN"T ALREADY READ INCARNATE AND ASUNDER- it contains spoilers! 
But what I thought- absolutely loved in. I am a huge fan of the Newsoul series and of Sam in particular. He is definitely one of my top book crushes.(Look for a post soon just about him!)  I loved getting to know his story before Ana. It provided insight into Sam and him during Incarnate and Asunder. Its also cool to see more of the history before Ana. When I love a book, I always want to know MORE about every aspect of it- and this book provided insight into the world of Heart.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Top Ten 2014 Books



Top Ten Books in 2014 That I Can't Wait to Read

from the lovelies at thebrokeandbookish
All these books are being published sometime in 2014

1. Infinite~ Jodi Meadows

Published on January 28th
Not only does this book have a beautiful cover it is the last book in one of my favourite series. I absolutely love Ana and Sam and can't wait to read the conclusion of their story!

2. City Of Heavenly Fire~ Cassandra Clare

Published May 27th
This is also the final book of a series that I love. I really enjoyed the last book of Clare's Infernal Devices Series and I hope that this final book will be just as amazing!

3. Cress~ Marissa Meyer


Published February 4th
This series is a cool twist on the classic fairy tales- I loved Cinder (book #1) based on Cinderella and Scarlet (book #2) based on Red Riding Hood and can't wait to get the Rapunzel version of this world!

4. Side Effects May Vary ~ Julie Murphy


Published March 18th
This one seems a bit like a cross between The Fault In Our Stars and Thirteen Reasons Why where everyone survives. It should be an interesting read

5. All That Glows~ Ryan Graudin


Published February 11th
I'm actually getting an ARC of this beauty so expect my review in a few weeks! This book is set in an alternate universe Britain and as a fantasy element which are two of my favourite things to read about

6. Defy ~ Sara B. Larson


Published January 7th
This book as elements of my favourite books by Tamora Pierce- mainly a female character who wants to defy societal gender norms and become a fighter. I've never read anything by this author but I think I'll give this one a try

7. Independent Study ~ Joelle Charbonneau


Published January 7th
I picked up The Testing (book #1) this year and absolutely loved it. It is dystopian and has a bit of a Hunger Games/ Legend feel to it. I can't wait to catch up with Cia again.

8. Death Sworn ~ Leah Cypess


Published March 4th
This book has it all: magic, a female protagonist, assassins, intrigue...

9. Vitro- Jessica Khoury


Published January 14th
This is just one that I think looks interesting- has a bit of intrigue and mystery plus a fantastical element. I'll probably get it on ebook first

10. Avalon~ Mindee Arnett



Published January 21st
I just found this book when I was looking at others books published in 2014. It seems interesting, set on a space ship and seems a bit like a cross between Ender's Game and Star Trek.

11. Exile ~ Tamora Pierce

This book is expected to be published in 2014 and doesn't have a cover yet but since its by Tamora Pierce and tells the story of one of the old characters I love- I can't wait to read this.



Sorry about the formatting of this post- I had a lot of difficulty getting the program to centre/align things the way that I want them. But I'm fed up with it so it's staying this way!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Part III Champion


Champion




by :Marie Lu
Published: November 5th 2013
My Rating:

Synopsis:

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
( for a better synopsis go here - I just don't want to spoil anything!)

What I Thought:

I absolutely loved this book! It was the perfect ending to a perfect series. Both Day and June are such amazing characters. Its so fun to see their growth (and decay in a sense) And honestly I didn't know what to expect from this book because after the major THING that happened at the end of Prodigy. Especially after reading Allegiant I was concerned that this book would be the one to break my into pieces so small I couldn't be put back together. BUT it was amazing- and I just want to find a boy who will make me a paperclip ring! Overall this is probably is the sweetest,cutest book that I've read in a long time. SO READ THIS SERIES PEOPLE!!!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Part II- Prodigy

Prodigy

by Marie Lu

This book was published in January and I happened to be in the bookstore the day it was released, so of course I picked it up and read it! 

Synopsis

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games (from goodreads)

What I thought

Prodigy brought even more intrigue and suspense to this wonderful series. It explores more of June and Day's relationship and goes deeper into how the events of the past are affecting them. I really appreciated this because I think too many books make terrible things happen to the protagonists and then they are just all happy and fine. Day and June aren't okay, because both of them have had horrible things happen in their lives, and this is probably my favourite aspect of this book. 
Also I think that Day and June are such a cute couple- I want a boy to make me a paperclip ring!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Part I- Legend



I was given this book by my best friend for Christmas a view years ago, and now this thrilling trilogy came to a close this November-here's what I thought

Legend


Synopsis

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. (from goodreads)

What I Thought

I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story. It is written from the perspective of both Day and June- normally I'm not a big fan of this sort of thing but the way that Lu writes it is very well done. One thing that really helped was how the two characters chapters are in different colours. Both Day and June are strong,unique, intelligent, flawed young teenagers. Every so often there are reminders that Day and June are so young and they both have had to deal with so much.

Overall I'd recommend it for lovers of YA and dystopian fiction!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I'd recommend to anyone

From the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish

The following list is of books that I would recommend to anyone, regardless of what they like to read because these books are just so awesome! They aren't necessarily listed with the best at number one or anything. Its just ten books you should read. Also most of them are going to be books I've read recently since I have a bad memory and all my books are at home so I can't look through them.

1. Harry Potter 

This books don't need a lot of explaining but I'll say a bit. They tell a beautiful story of friendship, teaching (subtly) important lessons on bravery and love. Plus there is magic and the female characters are so real- its a beautiful complex world that JK Rowling wrote so it is a must read in my books!

2. Incarnate (Series) ~ by Jodi Meadows

First off this cover is stunning, its definitely one of my all time favourite covers. The book is equally beautiful, telling the story of Ana- an outcast in her world because she is a new soul and everyone else has been reborn for thousands of years. Plus Sam (main guy character) is pretty cute!

3. The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green

John Green tells the beautiful story of two teenagers living with cancer in this book. My favourite thing about this book (and John Green's other books) is how real the teenagers are. Things aren't all great and happy all the time. I think this book is an accurate description of how it feels to be a teenager. That being said I think that adults can also get a lot out of this book.

4.Code Name Verity~ Elizabeth Wein


I couldn't find a picture of the cover that my Code Name Verity has, I my cover way better. But this one will do. So this is a historical fiction book telling the story of a pilot and a spy during WWII. The thing is both of them are women. I'm partial to historical fiction and finding main characters like Maddie and Julie just makes it all the better!

5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking~ by Susan Cain

So I don't even remember where I decided to pick up this book but I actually really enjoyed it. It gave me good insight on being an introvert and what that does and doesn't mean. For example it does mean that I get my energy from being by myself, and it doesn't mean that I am antisocial, don't enjoy talking to people, or a bad leader. So even if you are not an introvert I'd suggest reading this because half of the population is introverted and there is also some pretty interesting stuff on leadership in this book.

6. Girl of Fire and Thorns (Series)~ Rae Carson

There are three books in this series, the final book The Bitter Kingdom just came out in September. They tell the story of Elisa who is a young girl carrying a treasured Godstone, married off to a foreign king where live changes drastically for her. I just can't describe this book very well...let's just say its amazing and you should read it.

7. Anything by Tamora Pierce

This is not so much a book as an author you should read. (Tamora Pierce has not written a book titled Anything) I've read every book she has written and my bookshelf has a shelve dedicated to her. If your more into the magic of things I'd read her The Circle Opens series and if you prefer the warrior-awesome-heroine books I'd read anything set in her Tortall realm. 

8. To Kill a Mockingbird~Harper Lee

I first read this early on in junior high and then I had to re-read it in high school for English class. I was very surprised by the number of people who didn't like this book in my class because I thought it was a very powerful book. It's not all happy but its also not an awful depressing book. I think one of the best things about it is the family relationship between Atticus-Jem and Scout- its nice to see a single dad raising kids well in literature!

9. The Great Gatsby~F Scott Fitzgerald

So now that people actually have heard of this book because of the movie I'd suggest reading it first. I haven't seen the movie but I can guarantee the book will be better. Its set around the 1920's which is an era I enjoy and Fitzgerald has amazing storytelling abilities. I remember reading parts and yelling "WHAT?!?" and texting my friends who were also reading it.

10. Clockwork Princess ~Cassandra Clare

This is actually the final book in the series so I guess if you want to read it you'll have to read the other two as well! Normally reading the last book scares me a bit because it can either be good, okay or awful. Clockwork Princess was amazing and probably ranks in the top 3 of my favourite endings to a series. Also Will who is my Book Crush is in this series!


Friday, 15 November 2013

The Dragonriders of Pern

The Dragonriders of Pern

~ Anne McCaffrey

I started reading this series several years ago when it was recommended to my mom. Since we have a mutual love of dragons we read them together and ever since then I've been hooked! I absolutely love how intricate the world of Pern is, every last detail is planned and thought out. Its especially interesting to read the books from the beginning now that I know all the history of the world. And some things seem little when you first read it but a few books down the road it will all make sense! There are roughly 24 books in the series too which is great for someone who likes to read a lot!

Dragonflight


Book One of the series. This introduces the main characters that carry through most of the series (that are the modern books, they aren't in the beginning history books). So this book introduce F'lar and Mnementh, F'nor and Canth, Lessa and Ramoth, the Masterharper, and the Oldtimers. It sets up the idea of the Threads and the Red Star, the great peril that Pern faces.  The complex relationship between the dragons and their people is established, as well as the hierarchy in the Weyr (the place where the dragonriders and their dragons live) and the varying levels of the dragon.

What I Thought



As I've said I really like these books but the first one can be a bit difficult to get through. Some of the details aren't set up until the later books so parts of it can be quite confusing. However there is some great details, storylines and characters that are introduced. As the books go on they get better as you learn more and more about the world and characters. 
I would recommend this for anyone that loves dragon books, fantasy and doesn't mind that they don't get all the details right away!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire~ Elizabeth Wein







A little bit about the book:

Rose Under Fire is a companion novel to her first book, Code Name Verity. We see the return of Maddie, and the introduction of a new character, Rose, who is also an ATA pilot. Written in a journal entry style with Rose's own poetry the book tells the story of Rose and her time in Ravensbruck, a notorious concentration camp for women in Nazi Germany. (I'm not great at doing book synopses) 



What I Thought:

 I really enjoyed Wein's Code Name Verity so when I saw Rose Under Fire I had to get it. (Even though I am a poor university student!)
I thought this book was very interesting and also unique. Most books set during WWII in the concentration camps focus on the plight of the Jews. This book focuses on other prisoners, in particular the French Resistance political prisoners. I found the different perspective was quite refreshing and historically interesting. While it is important to remember all the Jewish people who lost their lives,  I think that its also important to remember all the other groups, like gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics and political prisoners who also suffered in the concentration camps. 

All in all, for those who are interested in historical fiction/WWII I would highly recommend this book! (And Code Name Verity)

Thursday, 7 November 2013

My Bookish Crushes



Over my many years of reading I have fallen head-over-heals in love with so many book characters. So here I'm going to highlight some of my absolute favourite book characters.




Book Crush #1:

Will Herondale~ The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare



Will is definitely on of my favourite book crushes- in fact I've decide to name my first born son Will...

There is just so much to love about him and through the course of the three books you get to see his growth soooo much! He is witty with a dry, sarcastic sense of humour that never fails to make me grin or die of laughter. For example, "Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs"

But at the same time he has the most profound quotes of the story as well,"“It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.” 

He is also incredibly sweet and loyal, as evidenced by his relationship with Jem. He will literally do anything to save Jem- the one true thing/relationship in his life (until a major change in the second and third books!)He is definitely more of a bad boy and he's got a bit of a complex where he pushes everyone away but once you learn WHY it will break your heart and honestly I've never read of a character who is so capable of loving completely and just agggggghhhhh I love Will and everything about him, his loyalty, his humour, his songs, and his unconditional love of his entire Shadowhunter family. 


One last beautiful Will Herondale quote is actually an original song he come up with that never fails to make me giggle-

"Demon pox, oh demon pox
Just how is it acquired? 
One must go down, 
To the bad part of town, 
Til one is very tired! 
Demon pox, oh demon pox 
I had it all along 
Oh, not the pox, 
You foolish blocks! 
I mean this very song!
For I was right and you were wrong!!