Champion by Marie Lu || Book Review

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”

“Hi, I’m currently on the verge of crying.”


Before I begin this review I must warn you that there may be some spoilers for the first two books in the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, Legend and Prodigy. If you have not read those two books then you may not want to continue reading.


Okayyyyyy

So where to begin.

I actually believed that I would never finish this series because I borrowed the first two books from the school library but they didn’t have the third one and were not planning on ever getting it (even though I constantly pleaded with them to get it). But months later when I went to the town library I found Champion *screams forever*. And yes, I do know that I could have brought the book, and one day I might have, I was just currently drowning in other books to read first.

Now that I have read Champion, I feel complete, like everything makes sense in the world again.

I am very pleased with how this book went and everything that happened within it. Although some people aren’t, I am a major fan of chapters ending on cliffhangers, it keeps me motivated and wanting to read more. So this book was perfect for me, I think I finish it in two days.

There were some scenes that I found myself at the end of the pages and not knowing anything because I wasn’t actually reading just scanning but for the majority of the book I was 100% intrigued.

Both of the main characters, Day and June, continued to amazing me in many different ways. My favourite thing about this book is the duel perspective and being able to see the same situation played out through both of their points of view (especially near the end of this novel).

Speaking of the end of this book, I am a little conflicted, I both love and hate the end at the same time. I feel like I love the end but am not entirely happy about the epilogue. The last twenty or so pages had me on the verge of tears (and so did a few other scenes throughout the book) but I am kind of disappointed with the epilogue. I just needed more!!!! It is still a very good ending, but it’s kind of it’s own version of a mini cliffhanger that might not bother some people but is slowly crushing me from the inside.

Overall this book was a perfect ending to the Legend trilogy and I don’t think I would change a thing about it. Marie Lu opens us up to more of the Legend world and we finally get to visit Antarctica, which by the way, it both amazing and horrifying.  The people of Antarctica live in a kind of virtual world where you can gain points through doing good deeds and exercising, the more points you have the more money you can potentially earn. The whole idea makes me wonder what would happen if a criminal hacked the system.

Along with Antarctica other areas are explored and more history is explained, which I loved!

I think that is all I really have to say about this book. Overall I gave this book 4 stars, although I can’t really compare it to the other books because I read them a while ago, I think they are all on an equal level. I give the series a 4.5/5 stars (a bonus half star because I love Day).

My goodread’s review can be found here.

Until next time,

 

Updrift by Erin Stevens ||Book Review

First a description:

For Kate Sweeting, love isn’t in the air. It’s in the water.

Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian-bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.

Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while, but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.


I have very mixed thoughts about this book…

For starters it took me forever to read this 280 page book, this is an outrage! I should have had this book done in three days max, but I had noooooooooo motivation to read this book. Nothing about it made me eager to read more. There was a whole week where I only read one page!!

But, eventually I gave in an got myself the audiobook. I did this because the story was good, I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. From there it only took a week to get it finished

The story line is okay and I do feel like some of the characters could have been more unique. They all seemed to have the same personality which was a little annoying. But, the second half of this book was incredible. It’s just a shame, the first half wasn’t as awesome.

The first half of the novel is packed with events. It recounts the main character’s, Kate’s, complete childhood, which did make it a little hard to connect with the characters. As for the second half, I do think there could have been more detail and this book be a little longer.

All around I think this book is 3/5 stars. If I hadn’t gotten the audiobook of it though, I probably would still be on page 50.


My goodread’s review is here

 

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan || Book Review

“Goodnight, boy. I love you. Goodnight.”


A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.


There isn’t much to say about this book, apart from the fact that it was a very quick read and about some very interesting topics. Although, I know there are other books kind of like it (someone said it is similar to the Room by Emma Donoghue but for a younger audience, but I haven’t read it so I wouldn’t really know.), for me this book was original.

I loved having the “flash backs” throughout this novel. This story is told through the main character, JC, as he speaks to his dog, boy. He believes his dog can hear his thoughts and whenever something goes wrong, he tells boy a story from his past (although it’s not outloud).

One of the other main characters, is JC’s adoptive father, who does not particularly want him as a son. I found the creepiness of his father to be well creepy as heck. But also fairly interesting as none of my other books have really had a character similar to him. However, the majority of the time I wanted claw at his throat because he is EVIL.

I flew through this book because of the writing style which consisted of short sentences. And by short, I mean really short. As in this short. The entire time. But I loved it. Because I didn’t get bored. Although, there are like no chapters.

Although it was quick, I did find it hard to give it all of my attention and because of that I only gave this book a three out of five. It was good… but I didn’t particularly feel attached to the story line.


What I liked:

  • Quick read
  • Different to the other books I read
  • Friendship with a dog
  • The flash backs

Until next time.

Ten Word Reviews || Part Two

With more books come more review. And with that, comes another attempt at ten word reviews.


Throne of Glass [Sarah J Maas]

“My favourite book ever, with bad ass female character.”


The Selection [Keira Cass]

“Super quick and easy read, full of fun moments.”


This Is Where The World Ends [Amy Zhang]

“Eye opening.”


Red Queen [Victoria Aveyard]

“Slow at times but overall a pretty good story”


Air and Ash [Alex Lidell]

“Amazing book and highly addictive.”


Coming Up For Air [Miranda Kenneally]

“Inspirational and motivational contemporary that will have you intrigued.”


Can you do a ten word review? Give it a go in the comment section.

Until next time,

Diabolic by S. J Kincaid || Book Review

“Diabolics are so creepy,” Neveni said.
I smiled at her. Yes, I supposed we were.

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT!

The Diabolic was a very interest book indeed, and to be entirely honest, I did not actually know it was syfy. I went into this thinking it was a dystopian (which I guess it kind of it maybe?) but was very surprised to find out it was set in space. I guess I should have read the blurb a bit better “… galaxy…”

The setting reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles, in particular Winter when they are on the moon, but purely because TLC is the only syfy book I have read. In this world most people live in spaceships around various stars while some live on planets and I found that very interesting. Especially to see Nemesis’, the main character, reaction when she visits a planet and discovers what lightning it.

Nemesis, who by the way is a Diabolic (meaning she is not human but rather created to defend a particular person, in this case Donia) was an incredible main character. Although I found it hard to connect with her at the beginning of the novel, by the end I was so emotionally attached and have no idea what to feel now.

There are some rather amazing plot twist in this book, although some of them I saw coming, I was caught of guard with a few of them and am also kind of confused about who I am meant to trust in the end. I feel like someone is lying but I also feel like I should trust them, I’ll have to wait for the next book.

Speaking of a second book, I am lead to believe that this book was meant to be a stand alone but after so many good reviews it is not being turned into a trilogy.

There were a few things I didn’t particularly like (which is why I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5/5). In this world, they are split in their beliefs of how the world was created, some believe they are formed from cosmo dust while others believe in electrons and all that jazz. But I sort of found it hard to follow along in the beginning when this was all explained so I have no idea what groups of people believe in what.

Also, in this world, there are humans, diabolics and a few other engineered “creatures” so I’m a little confused on what Employees and Excess’ are but it didn’t matter all too much.

I did find this book to be immensely entertaining and highly recommend it!


my Goodread’s review can he found here

Until next time,

July Tbr

I’m back with another TBR that I probably won’t follow, but I have so much fun planning what I will read next so I will always do these monthly wrap ups (even if I only end up reading one of two books off it).

For July I plan on reading

  • Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

This book is about 290 pages and has gotten so many good reviews lately, so I cannot wait to start.

  • They Both Die In the End by Adam Silvera

Anyone else feel like the ending of this book has already been given away??? I have a small feeling that I might find myself crying at the end of this book, but who knows.

  • Harry Potter 4 by J.K Rowling

I know, I know, I’ve been meaning to read this book forever now. I WILL GET IT DONE, eventually.

  • Harry Potter 5 by J. K Rowling

Why try to finish one HP book when you can try and read two in the month of July?

and if all goes well (#fingerscrossed) I hope to also get a start on the Raven Boys, although i don’t think I’ll be able to get it completely finished by the end of the month.

WHat are your reading plans for this month?

Until next time,

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff || Book Review

“Beauty you’re born with, but brains you earn.”


Actual conversation I had with my friend while reading this:

Them: What is this book about?

Me: Assassin’s.

Them: Do you ever read books that aren’t about murder?

me: Not really.


There is so much I need to say about this book!!! It was utterly incredible (I gave it a four out of five stars). I have a list of things I loved about this book so here we go:

  1. There is a shadow cat in this book (as in a cat made of shadows) and he is hella witty and sassy. Honestly this non-cat was my favourite character, without a doubt!
  2. The main character, Mia, was not automatically the best at everything she did. This actually made me so happy, because in a lot of books I read, the main character is the best almost right away. Even at the end of this book, she isn’t the best at all of her classes, which makes me sooooooo happy.
  3. There are footnotes throughout Nevernight (I have some issues with them however…) I loved the small witty footnotes, they made me laugh.
  4. These characters were all incredible and have so much sass (I don’t know if I have every told you this, but sassy characters are my ultimate favourite)
  5. The foreshadowing in this book was amazing, but also kind of makes me want to pull my hair out because I SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING!
  6. At the beginning of the book, Mia is not described as being incredible beautiful.
  7. THE FLASH BACKS GIVE ME LIFE. And not because awful things are happening to characters (I’m not a monster) but because of the transitions from past to present tense are amazing. There will be one line or phase used in a flash back and then within the couple of present time paragraphs a similar line is used to draw parallels and I LOVE IT!

I went into this book expecting nothing but a shadow cat, but I have finished this book immensely happy with what I read. Although it should be noted that although this book has a sixteen year old main character, it is not exactly YA. In fact I’m lead to believe Jay Kristoff said this (he did actually say this as I took it from his FAQ page):

THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE is a different beast. The protagonist is a sixteen year old girl. Does that automatically make it YA? My editors say “Definitely not, and who the hell let you out of your cage? Get back to work”.

These books are about an assassin. They are, as you may expect, somewhat violent as a result. They also have sex scenes (and now I have to contemplate the fact that my mother is going to read them *shudders*). I’d rate them MA (or NA if you prefer) and describe them as “crossover books”. But they’ll be found in the adult Fantasy section of your bookstore.

Also there is a lot of swearing in this book, and a wide range of it as well. So just warning you. However, it was still amazing


And before I forget to tell you my issue with the footnotes,

there are so many at the beginning it is so hard to keep up. However, they do slow down as the story goes on. It also isn’t necessary to read them all (at least I hope not because I didn’t).

Instead, I found myself reading a sentence of every footnote, to decided whether or not the information was actually useful to the story. As in, I didn’t exactly need to know the history of something, so I didn’t read it. However, I did need to know what on earth was up with the suns in this book, so I read that one. And in case you don’t feel like reading that footnote, there are three suns that all move at different speeds and about every two and a half year there is TRUEDARK where all the suns are finally down.


My goodread’s review can be found here otherwise…

Until next time,