Patrick Ness’ New Release

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First off can I just say that the UK(right) edition is much nicer than the US(left) edition. It is more aesthetically pleasing and looks way cooler than the US edition. The whole colour scheme works much better and I like how it’s all centered in the middle of the page. With the US cover there’s so much going on, it makes it difficult to look at. I think it looks more juvenile as well with the drawings on it.

Anyway this was published on August 27th by Walker Books. It is a new release as you can tell and is about the people who aren’t the heroes of the story. As in the ones who don’t kick zombie ass or fight Immortals, the people who are going about a normal life in the midst of a totally not normal world. A world filled with supernatural creatures and the fear of not being able to ask out the girl you like before the school might get blown up again. The not Chosen One’s.

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 8th 2008 by Flux

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal,Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 325

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.”

I personally didn’t think this book was very good. When I began reading it, it was almost like I had missed the start or something, because I had no idea what was going on. There was no setting the scene and a very quick character introduction, it left me feeling confused from the first page. There was also the fact of insta-love between Deirdre and Luke. There is no situation where I may find that acceptable. It came across very fake and was not done well, which was disappointing because Stiefvater has written some good books.

The writing was good but there wasn’t much character development. They were very much two dimensional and I never felt like there was anything interesting about them. Deirdre seemed very lost and didn’t know what she wanted. She was a very fragile character and was easily swayed with things. So trusting of Luke when she had never met him before. It never once occurred to me that Luke was actually going to kill her like it said in the synopses. He gave no inclination as to why he was following her, which I suppose was the point of the story but it came across quite random.

There were moments in the story where things just didn’t make sense. Like how it seemed that her mom was a single mother because there was never any mention what so ever of a father, then all of a sudden he just popped up out of nowhere. It was confusing and made the story difficult to get into when things like that happened.

I read this book quite quickly, but it wasn’t fast paced nor did much happen in the story. As I got closer to the end of the book I started to wonder how the story was going to end and be wrapped up well. There just didn’t seem to be enough pages to finish the story well with. The ending came across very random to me and it wasn’t something that I was expecting to happen. It seemed like the author just went, oh I think I’ll just change things around and make the book end the complete opposite to how it should. It just made no sense.

The whole aspect of magic in this book didn’t go very well. It wasn’t described well and I never really got what was going on. It’s made to seem like her being a cloverhand is a big thing when it’s really not. Also this character Aodhan isn’t in the story very much at all. The whole synopses is very misleading actually. Deirdre isn’t even “painfully shy” like it says either, she’s a completely normal teen, just quiet. But then again it’s hard to tell if she’s quiet because the book is set during the summer and there are like no interactions between her and other people.

Redeeming qualities, there wasn’t really any. I mean I suppose it would be an okay book to get you into the genre, but because I have read so many books like it, it fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed with it needless to say. Stiefvater has written some really good books that I have enjoyed immensely. Sadly this book was not one of them.

I would recommend this book for beginners of the YA fantasy genre, or just the YA genre in general. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Weekly Recommendations #4

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperTeen

Genres:Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 297

Rating:4/5 star

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I absolutely loved this book when I read it. It was so filled with action and adventure, I found the concept really intriguing and could not put it down. It was different than the other books I have read and I got a darker feeling off of it than I’ve gotten with other books before. I would highly recommend for lovers of paranormal romance. This book is suitable for teens of any age.

Synopses:

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma. Time freezes. Nobody moves except dark creatures that haunt the shadows and the few people who are free to move at midnight, Midnighters. Their different powers strongest at midnight are: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. All changes when Jessica Day comes to Bixby High with a hidden power.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Published July 3rd 2014 by Scholastic

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5 stars

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A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?”

That doesn’t really tell you very much about what the story is actually about so I’ll run through it really quickly:

Cole goes to LA to do a reality web series, but the main reason he’s going is because Isabel will be there. Isabel is seen as a cold bitch, she works in a fancy boutique where this is exactly what her boss want’s. Cole shows up there unexpectedly and Isabel feels herself begin to thaw, she cares for Cole and struggles with those feelings. Basically the whole book is about them figuring out if they can be together and the events that ensue. Cole almost loses himself in the process and Isabel starts to harden the shell that she has created around herself when things start to go wrong. It’s a love story about two very weird and quirky people who are searching to find a reason to live(with each other, who knows? Read the book!).

I had never planned on reading this book, because to be honest I sort of forgot about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and the fact that there was a companion novel. But when I found this book at a Thrift store for really cheap and I just had to get it(you know what it’s like, couldn’t help but buy it). I don’t really remember if the original series was like, but I just got the feeling that Sinner was better, or that I enjoyed it more or something. It’s hard to say because I read the series a good few years ago.

But anyway, about the book. The characters were all really interesting to read about and I felt like they all had dept to them, even some of the minor characters. Stiefvater just found a way of making all the characters so real, like you could believe that there are people out there just like them. None of her character were in any way perfect and it was a breath of fresh air to read about real types of people. Isabel was the kind of person who looked perfect from the outside, the frosty demeanor that she showed everyone was just a front she put up so that she could protect herself from getting hurt. I really felt for Isabel in this book, she’s had a hard life so far and I wanted her to have a happy ending. I loved reading from her POV and seeing how she truly felt under her ice queen facade. When she would get bitchy and snap at her cousin Sophia, it just pulled at my heart-strings, to see how she really loved her and wanted to help her come out of her shell, but didn’t know how to do it nicely. Seeing her thaw a bit as the book progressed just got all the feels. And when Cole and Isabel came together, it was just magic. They were two such unique and eccentric characters that I couldn’t help but love them together. Cole was always going off and doing the most random of things, it was the most entertaining thing to read about. He brought this feeling to the book that no other author could have created and he made other characters shine, as well bringing forth a multitude of new things for the reader to love.

Stiefvater has created some truly unique things in this novel. The world that she set out for us as readers was written in such a way that you get sucked in straight away. The plot was slow but fast paced at the same time and it was a really great story to read. Seeing it from both POV’s was a nice change and I felt like it completed the story. There wasn’t much going on plot wise, but non the less it still kept me interested and I couldn’t put this book down. It’s hard to say whether it was better than the original series or not. I got a different feeling off of this book than off the Mercy Falls series. I would definitely say that if you were thinking of reading this book, it would be a good idea to read the series first, as there is some information in it that you need to know for things to make sense. You get to know the characters background more and what led them to where they are now, otherwise you’d be a bit lost with everything.

I would definitely recommend everyone to read this book. If you like off the wall characters and quirky romance story’s, you’ll love this book. This is suitable for readers 15+. If you want to read the original series you can find it here.

Rainbow Read-A-Thon Finished!

It has been one hell of a week but I have managed to complete the rainbow read-a-thon! I have no idea how I was able to read six books in a week, it was a new record for me. I feel completely washed out, who knew you could read too much, because I certainly didn’t. I mean, I am actually really tired now after what felt like was a sprint of reading. Or maybe it was because I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading every day, then got up early to do it all over again.

So I read almost all of the books that I said I would read, apart from one small change. For my purple book I decided to read Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley instead of Postcards From The Heart by Ella Griffin. I was just really tired by Saturday and I wanted to read something short so I could just finish the read-a-thon. Which is what I did because Cold Water was only like 150 pages, where as Postcards From The Heart was around 400 pages, and I just didn’t know if i was going to be able to do it. You could say I took the easy route. But whatever, I’m still happy with what I read, and that’s what the read-a-thon was for, right? To enjoy yourself!

So here’s how my week went:

Monday: Finished reading Sinner, which I had already been reading since Friday

Tuesday: Started reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, finished it that evening. Started reading Lament.

Wednesday: Finished reading Lament in the evening, started reading Fangirl.

Thursday: Finished with Fangirl.

Friday: Started reading A Long Way Down.

Saturday: Finished reading A Long Way Down, read Cold Water in one sitting.

Sunday: REST! (Too much reading, if there could ever be a thing).

So as you can see I read pretty much every day that week. And that’s not to say that I wasn’t busy because I was. I had to work this week so it was hard to squeeze in reading time. But I managed it and I’m so happy that I was able to accomplish this, it was really fun challenging myself to see how much I was able to read. So here is the finished list of all the books that I read this week:

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater(red)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater(orange)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan(yellow)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell(green)

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby(blue)

Cold Water by Gwendoline Riley(purple)

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I will be reviewing all of these books over the coming week so you will see those posts popping up soon hopefully! If you participated in this read-a-thon please let me know how you got on and what books you read.

Happy reading 🙂

Rainbow Read-a-Thon TBR

So upon looking up all of my book-tubers on youtube I came across this read-a-thon. I was very excited, because I always seem to miss them when they’re happening. But it is not so this time. I have caught it and it looks to be a really cool one! I found out about it from Peruse Project, who put up a video of the books that she was going to read for it and it just got me really excited. Mainly because, with my recent book haul I now have many more colorful books that fit in perfectly with this read-a-thon. The read-a-thon was originally created by a bunch of book-tubers, which is just awesome really.

So what this read-a-thon is, is you pick six books that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple(must be the spines). Or you can pick seven books, all of the same colour. You have from the 15th to the 22nd of June, which is Monday to Sunday, to read all of these books. To make it easier though, you can double up on some books. By this I mean that you can have a book that has say a blue background with purple writing, allowing you to knock off both of those colours.

The books that I have chosen are as follows(in order of colour):

So as you can see I have not taken the easier route, six books is a hell of a lot to read in a week. Who knows if I will read all of them, but I’m hoping I can get through some. I’ve already read one, so hopefully that will give me a good start to it. Since I will be spending this whole week with my nose buried in one book or another, I won’t be posting very much. I will do a wrap up of how things went with the read-a-thon some time at the end of the week and hopefully will have some reviews up.

Let me know if you’re participating and what your rainbow looks like, I am very curious!

Happy reading 🙂

Currently Reading

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So I am currently reading Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, this is the companion novel to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I got so excited when I saw this book. Not because I really wanted to read it, which may seem weird, but because I really liked the cover and also I found it in my local thrift store for 10 cents! I know I couldn’t believe it either. I got this book along with a huge haul of cheap books from the thrift store all for €1. And by huge I do mean Huge, we’re speaking like 10 books here. Some of the books that I found were on my TBR, which I was so happy about. And don’t even get me started on the quality of the books. All I can say is floppy(you know what I mean).

But any way back to the book. The cover I have isn’t the one shown above. This is because I found an advanced copy, like an ARC. You can see how I got excited. It’s orange with black vines and flowers along the outer edges, and on the cover it just says “Everybody knows his story. But only you know his secret. Can this sinner be saved?”. Like that’s all, no other writing on it. I can not convey how pretty it is and what a nice edition it is(floppy!). I’m just so excited to have an ARC, even though I found it in a thrift store, I still think it’s really cool(I don’t know why).

I am currently half way through and it’s going well. Nothing amazing here, but is quite enjoyable to read. I absolutely love how both characters(Cole and Isabel) are both weird and eccentric people. The way they interact with each other is so entertaining to read about and I can’t wait to see how their story ends!

Happy reading 🙂