Friday, 28 February 2014

Traitor's Blade

Traitor's Blade


By: Sebastien de Castell 
Published: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Source: Netgalley

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis:
Falcio is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom, and impaled their King’s head on a spike. (more at Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I was chosen to be part of a blog tour for Traitor's Blade by Penguin Canada and given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. This in no way effected my review/rating. 

As you can see I gave this book a 4.5/5 meaning that I really, really liked it. As I've done before I'm going to split my review up into what I liked and what I didn't like. (That way you can way rate the pro's and con's yourself)
What I Liked:

The genre of this book is right up my alley. It's a fantasy book with lots of adventure and fighting etc. The writing is masterful with a superbly created world and well-woven storyline and all sorts of little things that tie together in the end. Within the first few chapters I was completely drawn into the world of Traitor's Blade, but the thing that really made me love. it first was this quote: 

" 'It's just a phrase, "you hit like a girl". Everyone says it. It's funny." 


He handed me back my rapier. 'No,' he said, 'it sounds absurd.'

'It's funny because it's absurd,' I replied. "

I loved that the girls could fight and that women weren't just love interests, they were villains and saviours and interesting and fully developed. I found the main characters were very likable and relatable, they didn't make it feel like a story. The entire novel felt like more than just a story, it seemed to be realistic. My explanation might not make sense but I absolutely loved this aspect!

Also I absolutely loved the Greatcoats and could imagine them in my head. Now I want one though. Such a unique idea surrounding them. I think that they should be a necessity for all people in our society! (Because that'd be cool!)

What I Didn't Like

I found some parts of the story to be very predictable but overall there were enough twists (both big and small) to make up for it. Another thing that sort of bothered me was that I oftentimes would forget about the overarching quest/reason for the journey, however I'm not really sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing! Other than these few bumps I really enjoyed this book and am super excited for the next one!

So in a nutshell I would recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy, long books full of adventure and fans of books like The Deeds of Paksennarion, The Song of Fire and Ice series and the likes!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Infinite

Infinite




By:  Jodi Meadows
Published: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Bought
My Rating: 5 ++

Synopsis

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions. (find a fuller synopsis at Goodreads- I didn't want to post it because it could be kind of spoiler-y if you haven't read the first two)

My Thoughts 

The pictures above are my personal copy of Infinite which I was lucky enough to order personalized and signed by Jodie Meadows. This book will definitely be well cherished because I love it and Jodi is one of my favourite authors!

My review is going to be as un-spoilery as possible because I want everyone to pick up this series and read it and it would suck to spoil all the amazingness for anyone!

Infinite was a stunning conclusion to a spectacular series. I laughed, I cried and I did both at the same time. It was so amazing to see Ana's transformation from Incarnate to Infinite. I loved seeing her in her element, in control and while she may have been afraid she wasn't scared of everything. Plus seeing her and Sam together makes me grin like a fool! Their relationship is so beautiful, but its also very complex and not 100% perfect- which in my opinion makes it even better.

Honestly, this book is one of the my favourites that I have read in a long time. It was different from a lot of what I have been reading, and it seemed to really hit home some lessons that I've had to learn at this stage in my life. 

Just another great thing about Infinite if I haven't convinced you yet. Music. Infinite had more music than the other two books and it just made it so much better. I absolutely love the idea of music as a universal language (it really is!).  I understand sooo well how emotions can become music and vice versa and how somethings can only truly be described with music.

So overall I would recommend Infinite (and series) to people who like YA,   fantasy, romance, music, and dragons (oh yeah this book a has them too!)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Matched

Matched


By:  Ally Condie
Published: November 30th 2010
My Rating:  3 out of 5

Synopsis 

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. (from Goodreads)

My Thoughts

So I liked this book- liked but not loved. I enjoyed the characters and thought that the idea of the red, green and blue pills was very interesting. I liked how realistic Cassia was. She seemed to be a fairly normal teen, struggling with issues that are fairly universal to teenagers. Another thing that fascinated me was the idea that their time in nature was limited and restricted. As a person who loves the outdoors I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be unable to just go out and enjoy the beauty of nature.

However I found it was a bit formulaic and very similar to other dystopian novels that I have read. The romance wasn't particularly believable to me and I found that I wasn't very emotionally attached or invested in the story line.  The series has a second and third book but I didn't really feel the need to get them after reading Matched. Someday I may read them but for now its not high on my to-read list. 

So overall I would say this book was good, and I'd suggest reading it because you might enjoy it (I know a lot of people do like it a lot)

Monday, 3 February 2014

TTT- Books That Make Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten Books That Make Me Sob

hosted by the amazing people at The Broke and the Bookish

This is a list of the Top Ten Books that make me sob everytime that I read them

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ JK Rowling


So many reasons to cry in this book- basically throughout the entire thing but the one that really got me was Fred.

2. The Fault in Our Stars

If you've read this book then YOU KNOW!

3.  Code Name Verity

KISS ME HARDY! *sob*

4. Clockwork Princess
I started crying a few pages in this book and then basically cried till the end of the book and beyond

5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Something about this book always strikes at my heart

6. Anne's House of Dreams


7. Allegiant

Again, if you've read this book you know. If you haven't then you are in for a world of tears

8. What's Left of Me

This one also really just gets me and makes me sad

9. The Princess and the Captain
All the tears

10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
I think I've cried in almost every Harry Potter book but this one really got me