Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 11th September 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5

Description: Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can't bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back... The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king - for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?





First and foremost The Throne of Glass series is Spectacular with a capital S. This series is one of those rare gems that ensnares every bit of your consciousness in its world and Heir of Fire is no exception. For Celaena and company the stakes are higher than ever and Sarah J Maas delivers a book that will make you cry, laugh and love. There is a maelstrom of emotions brewing in this book that will transport you to another place, taking you on an engrossing adventure. Heir of Fire is in short epic and empowering.

Heir of Fire is what I would call a crucible book or better yet it is a book of self-discovery.  Every character, especially Celaena are put through the ringer and are forced to decide what part they want to play. Heir of Fire challenges all of its characters to figure out who they are and where they want to go. Loyalties are tested, new allies emerge and everything changes. Picking up right after the events of Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire follows Celaens’s journey as begins to learn about her fae powers. The events of Crown of Midnight left Celaena broken and now she has to confront her past and reconcile it with the powerful women she has become. It’s not easy; rather it’s a messy struggle that takes her through darkness.  Back in Rifthold, Chaol and Dorian have to deal with Celaenas secret and secrets of their own. There is not a lot of outward action in this book, like the previous instalments. Much of the action in Heir of Fire is about the characters themselves figuring out where they are headed. All of their stories intertwine together and come to a head for an explosive climax that will set you reeling. It sets the stage for an explosive book 4. Which I would like immediately, if at all possible.

Heir of Fire shows us yet again another facet of Celaena and her friends.  Maas peels back another layer to revel another side to them.  What’s beautiful about Celaena is that she is beautifully flawed. She is not just one thing. She is an assassin. She is strong and fierce and beautiful. She’s stubborn and sometimes mean. She loves the finer things in life such music and clothes, but she is also a girl who has had to deal with a shit ton of bad. In this book she goes to a darker place. We get to find out a lot more about her past and her family. Her struggles make relatable and her ability to overcome her them make her empowering. 

We meet a host of new characters that enrich this story.  Maas gives you new heroes, villains and everyone in between that you want to champion, love or loathe. We meet Rowan who is a fae prince and his tumultuous relationship with Celaena is such a treat to watch unravel on the pages as find common ground and each other. He and Celaena are on similar paths and their story is wonderfully intertwined. I need more Rowan. Manon was also another favourite. She is a blackbeak witch and has been raised to be a murderer with no heart. But even with her dark heart her story about her thirteen and her wyvern Abraxos is fascinating. Her growing relationship with her wyvern changes how she perceives the world and her place in it. It helps that she’s a complete badass. I really want to see what happens when her and Celaena meet. It would be nothing short of explosive. Aedion was another fabulous character. His love and devotion to his nation and Celaena was something fierce and needs to be admired.

What I love about this story is all the layers. It’s part of the reason why Sarah J Mass is such a freaking talent. There are so many different pieces moving in sync to give you a massive adventure. All the pieces fit together smoothly and build to an epic climax, which will leave you wanting to build a time machine, if only to find out what happens next.   There is also not one point of view that felt boring or not needed. Whether you are reading Manon’s story or Chaol’s or Celaena’s , you feel drawn to their struggles and triumphs. You care about what happens to them.


Heir of Fire is a must read for everyone. One of my favourite books this year. Just go read it. 


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #35

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
I'm reading On the Fence by Kasie West. I simply adore this book. Kasie writes some of the sweetest contemporary stories.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. This book hit all the right notes with a perfect mix of romance, friendship and healing. I also finished reading Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie. I really like the mythology and backstory of the gods but the ending felt a little rushed.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I'm seem to be gravitating towards contemporary reads lately. If you have any favourite contemporary books, let me know.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #34

W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
I've just started reading A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall and by started I mean I'm on page 1. This book sounds sweet and romantic. I also love the premise of one love story told from 14 different perspectives.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini. I love the world building in this story. All the small details woven together create a really unique story about alternate universes.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Eternal Night by Carina Adly MacKenzie.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Monday, 1 September 2014

A Little Spring Reading

It’s the first of September and that means that the Hogwarts Express is ready to leave and that spring is finally upon us (despite it being grey and rainy outside today). The days are getting longer, the weather is finer and there are plenty of books to be read in the coming months. So I thought I would put together a list of books that are being published within the next three months that I really want to get my hands on (my bank account is going to be crying by the looks of this list). 





It’s description as Downtown Abbey meets Cassandra Clare sold me completely on the premise. It sounds just like my cup of tea. Besides the cover is gorgeous. Don’t you just love the birds flying out of the teacup?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas – September 11th
I just finished read this and the third instalment in the Thorne of Glass series is nothing short of a brilliant emotional ride. A freaking awesome book is what it is. You get to find out what Celaena’s been up to and meet a whole host of new characters you will love. A must read!





I need to know what happens next for Cassie, Ben and the gang. The 5th wave was one of the best books I read last year. It's also one of the best alien invasion stories I’ve read. If we get taken over by aliens and it happens like the 5th Wave then we’re all massively screwed.








I needed this book in my hands like yesterday. I’m willing to make a sacrifice to the book gods. That’s how much I want this book. I need more Titus and Iolanthe, but mostly just Titus.  If you haven’t read The Burning Sky yet then you’re missing out on such a unique story. It’s like the magic of Harry Potter meets She’s the Man but its so much more than you can possibly imagine.







The premise of this book just sounds so freaking cool. I mean a world with a world. Plus the blurbs of this book are hilarious.










This contemporary romance just sounds adorable and sweet.  The kind that’s bound to leave a smile on your face.









The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums” – How spellbinding does this book sound? It’s a dark fairytale that was inspired by The Nutcracker. Need I say more?








This book was inspired by Arabian Nights and is about a Jinni. It’s a different supernatural being, one that I haven’t read about in the past.  It sounds fresh and exciting.








Marie Lu is one of my favourite authors. I loved the Legend Trilogy and can’t wait to read her new series, which is set in a renaissance time period.  Plus it looks like it has plenty of bloodshed within its pages.









I have been waiting for this book for more than a couple of months. If I’m honest, I’ve been waiting for this book since I first heard about it.  It’s a YA fantasy book that looks to be an epic sweeping tale. I just want it already.








If you haven’t read The Raven Boys yet, why haven’t you? I love this series and the third book just looks to be just as heartbreaking as the previous one. Two words: Blue and Gansey.








Compulsion byMartina Boone – October 28th
I’ve heard so many good things about Compulsion.  It’s got a swoony romance and a gothic feel to it. Sounds like something right up my alley.









I will read anything by Julie Kagawa. She is an amazing author and her latest new series will be terrific. It’s about dragons living among humans and a secret society. If that didn’t sound cool enough there is already movie in the works.




Just look at the cover. Isn’t it beautiful? If the cover isn’t enough to convince you to pick it up than the premise should. It’s about a manhunt through parallel universes.







Disruption was one of the best YA books I have read this year. Maggie is such a great protagonist (great protagonist =badass). Plus there’s Quentin Mercer and great world building.  I need to know what happens to Maggie after the first instalment.








What are you looking forward to reading in the coming months?

Monday, 28 April 2014

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: 8th April 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Description: Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth. With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

I often find that there are different types of books. There are books that capture your whole attention. These are the books that are soul crushingly beautiful and put you through a maelstrom of emotions. On the other hand there are certain books that are wholly entertaining. These are the stories you read to have a good time and they often leave you with a huge smile on your face. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins falls into the second category. It is a wholly entertaining read that is infused with guaranteed fun. It isn’t one of those books that are full of mindless fun and forgettable the moment you close the last page. There’s plenty of action, prophecies and oracles to contend with. If that wasn’t enough, it also has witty dialogue, fun banter, kissing and a fierce protagonist all set in the South.  Its got all the ingredients that will make you fall in love with Harper and co.

Rebel Belle is about Harper Price. Harper is many things. She is a cheerleader, president of the SGA and Homecoming Queen. She is also a top student. Strange events lead Harper into becoming a Paladin (a protector/guardian). Now she is in charge of protecting David Stark, her nemesis and a boy she doesn’t particularly like. Harper is one of my favourite characters. She’s a go-getter that is ambitious, smart, funny, nice and loyal.  She believes in being nice to others and following traditions. I love how much she’s devoted to her community and family. Harper grows up quite a bit in this book. She has to make a choice and she makes the choices that are right for her. She isn’t quick to jump into situations, she actually thinks things through and I loved that about her. The thing about Harper is that she does not fit the mean/bitch stereotype and it was such a refreshing portrayal of a girl who is a cheerleader and a homecoming queen. I personally found it cool because I have known girls like her high school, girls who are popular but also genuinely nice people.  There need to be more protagonists like her.

Hawkins has a great funny and witty voice in all of her books and you can see it here again in Rebel Belle. There are plenty of one-liners that will make you smile. I love the setting of the South and all of the quirks that go with it such as apology cakes, cotillion and manners.  Like all Hawkins books there is such a sweet romance in this book. The book deals with owe relationship fading and one that is just beginning to develop. Hawkins shows how a relationship can fizzle out and how people can grow apart in a very realistic way. I also love the love/hate relationship between Harper and David. David is a journalist and pushes all of Harper’s buttons. The banter was so funny and over time slowly begin to become friends and something more. Hawkins once described their relationship as similar to Blair and Dan from gossip girl and I think that a very accurate description. So many fireworks.  The Paladin plot really kicks off towards the end of the book and I’m really looking forward to seeing what lies in store because it’s sure to be awkward.

Rebel Belle is nothing but an entertaining book. There is fun to be had.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Review: Starling by Fiona Paul


Title: Starling
Author: Fiona Paul
Publisher: Harper Collins (AU)
Release Date: 24th March 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: In the stunning conclusion to the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, there is nothing more dangerous that a secret closely kept... Cass and Luca are fugitives, on the run from the law and the deadly Order of the Eternal Rose. As they separate to pursue the only evidence that could save them, their worlds-and their romance-are torn apart by spiteful friends and murderous enemies. When Cass finds herself ensnared in the Order's twisted plot, Falco emerges once again as her only hope for freedom. But it turns out Luca has a shocking scheme of his own. From ancient mercenaries to sly magicians, from clever courtesans to vengeful killers, no one can be trusted. In the breathtaking conclusion to the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy, Cass must confront the Order and once and for all decide her destiny. Who will fly beside her when she finally finds her wings? This historical romantic thriller is perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, Anna Godberson's The Luxe, and Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty and The Diviners.

Starling by Fiona Paul brings to a close Cassandra’s story and what a story it is filled with murder, secret societies, science experiments, courtesans, masquerades, romantic trysts and blood. Lets not forget the blood. Starling instantly pulls you back into its lush world of hidden secrets buried in the darkness of Venice.  It’s truly a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful series as Cass’s story comes to a full circle and she figures out who she is and what she wants. We also get a conclusion to the love triangle that has forever been brewing.

Starling has a lot more action than the previous instalments. Picking up from where Belladonna left off, Cass and Luca have managed to escape from the Doge’s prisons but now they must find away to find a way to end the Order of the Eternal Rose. In her exploits Cass meets some exquisite new ladies that will no doubt enchant. We also get to see some favourite characters return such as a certain magicigian, Felicianna and the mysterious Falco. Overall Starling’s spotlight is on Cass as she finds away to deal with the Order and figures out what she wants on a more personal note.  Cass always seems to find herself in precarious situations only to escape and land in more danger.  Out of the oven and into the frying pan needs to be Cass new motto because she is truly put through a lot. The setting of Venice has always added so much colour to the story, always enhancing the mysterious and vivid tale being told. Paul beautifully brings Venice to life and with it all of its secrets.

When we first meet Cass she’s a girl who is running from her future and trying to escape the chains that confine her. She doesn’t know who she is and what she wants.  By the time Starling comes to a close we see a different Cass than who we first meet. What I love about Paul’s writing is the wonderful character development. It’s brilliant to watch Cass develop slowly from an unsure young lady into a woman who knows what she is capable off.  She is tested time and time again and she emerges as a strong, vibrant and caring girl. She grows leaps and bounds throughout the entire trilogy as she escapes from murderers, saves those she loves and protests those closest to her.  Cass finally comes to realise what she wants.

Luca and Flaco also have great character arcs. They are very different people at the end of the book. Luca is no longer the studious quiet boy and Falco is not just the passionate artist. I love how much all the characters shine in this book, especially all the secondary characters such as Luca, Falco and Felicianna. There each have their own stories that are beautifully woven in with Cass’s.

Paul has done a great job in balancing all of the romance in this book. The love triangle is one of the best ones I have seen in YA fiction. Luca and Falco are both different in their own way and push Cass in different directions but I greatly appreciate all of the thought and emotion that went into picking the right guy, instead of having Cass end up with the hottest. In the end Cass does make a choice and it’s the right choice for her.

Starling is a satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy. If you want a series set in a Venice where murder abounds than you should check this trilogy out. Plus there is heaps of romance to be found.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #33



W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
I've just started reading Disruption by Jessica Shirvington. I've head so many great things about this book so I can't wait to really get struck into it.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It was very different from all of her paranormal book and I really enjoyed the murder mystery and romance. I also finished reading Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. This book was just emotional and brutally honest if nothing else.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith or The Sound by Sarah Alderson

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #32



W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am in between books. I just finished a book last night so I haven't decided what to read next. I hate having to decide what's next because there are always too many choices and I want to read them all.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh. It was a good paranormal romance but I wasn't sold on the romance between the characters.  I also finished reading Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I adored this book. It was so much fun and had heaps of entertainment but a great protagonist.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy and Acid by Emma Pass

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #31


W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading The Testing by Joelle Charbonneua. Its very similar to other dystopia's out there such as The Hunger Games and Legend. So far it's good but nothing too special.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton. I am a huge lover of mythology based books so this book was right up my ally. The Norse mythology was fantastic and it was interesting seeing the old ways mixed in with todays world. The characters were also a standout for me.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be  Half Bad by Sally Green or The Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen.  I change my mind so much about what to read next so we will see.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #30


W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I love The Thorne of Glass books and the novellas provide so much insight into Celaena's past.  I absolutely love everything about this series.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick. This book was amazing. Mystics, Romanov's and a revolution. What more could you want?

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be  Half Bad by Sally Green and Dragonfly by Julia Golding.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #29



W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick. I'm a tiny bit obsessed with the Imperial Russia and the Romanov's, so I have been eagerly waiting to read this. I've just started so we will see.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Let the Storm Break by Shannon Messenger.  It was a good sequel but not as good as Let the Sky Fall.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be  Half Bad by Sally Green and The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: 28th January 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4 out of 5

Description: Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love

Cruel Beauty is dark, elegant and enticing.  Combining a wonderful mix of Greek myth and Beauty and the Beast, this slow seductive romance and its perfectly imperfect characters are riveting. Rosamund Hodge’s debut is everything it boasts to be. An intricate story about finding love in the darkest of places, when you least expect it. It’s a murderous love sort of a book and I loved every minute of the “I’m going to kill you but I love you aspect”.

Nyx’s future was inescapable the minute her father made a deal with the Demon Lord promising him wife. Nyx is the chosen one. She is chosen to be the evil rulers wife and tasked with the mission of killing him in order to obtain freedom for her people who have been oppressed by demons. However Ignifix, the Demon Lord is not who he seems and Nyx runs the risk of falling in love with him. The story and mythology are intricate. This isn’t a happy romantic story. it’s a story that walks the fine line between evil and good and black and white. 

The sitting is gothic and beautiful. The house of The Demon Lord keeps changing with rooms that can be beautiful or cruel. It truly captures your imagination. Cruel Beauty is filled with complex characters that are in my opinion imperfectly perfect. Nyx is not your typical heroine. She isn’t the supportive, loving and caring type. She is not a shining beacon of goodness. She’s more the antihero. Nyx is bitter, vengeful and mean. She has a bit of darkness in her and it’s easy to understand why.  She is basically put on a platter and handed to the devil but she learns to find happiness and love in the most unexpected place.

Nyx’s task of killing her husband and saving everyone is a big burden to carry and one she struggles with when her feelings for her husband and duty are tested. Nyx has to make a heartbreaking decision and you can’t but admire her for her strength.  Nyx was also a refreshing as she has no illusions about her situation and what she’s capable of. She acknowledges the worst parts of her and tries to be a better person. It’s her struggle of becoming the person she thinks she should be compared to who she really is that makes her relatable.

Ignifex is a mystery. Right from his introduction it is difficult to figure out who he is and what he wants. He has a bad side but is also cheeky and loving. I loved all the banter and the slow romance that develops between Nyx and Ignifex. These two are nothing but honest with each other. They never pretend to be something they are not. Nyx is always trying to kill him and defeat him. I loved all her plans to take him down; in fact there were some of my favourite scenes.  

Hodge also plays with perceptions. Perceptions of humanity and love are challenged. The book gives meaning to the old saying that things not always what they seem. Nyx falls in love with a demon who does not exactly act like a demon and trusts someone she should not trust. There is always more to the story. Hodge also discusses the consequences of one’s actions. As Nyx learns, no one person is to blame and there are always consequences, which are brilliantly discussed in the book’s mythology and stories about various deals made with demons. Nyx’s story is not black or white but complicated and painted with many shades of grey.

A dark romantic tale of true love. If you like Greek myth and Beauty and the Beast, then this book is worth checking out. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #28


W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout. Nearly done, just a few more chapters to go. I love Layla's snark and the premise of gargoyles.

What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean. I love reading anything by Sarah MacLean. Her books are always humours and swoon.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick and Half Bad by Sally Green.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Review: Tandem by Anna Jarzab


Title: Tandem
Author: Anna Jarzab
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: 1st November 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives - infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real - until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will. To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love - one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not. Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing - and no one - is what it seems


Tandem is an interesting book. It’s not a bad book by any means but it’s not the best book as well. It’s a book that falls squarely in the middle of the scale.  Tandem is a book that has a fantastic premise encompassing parallel universes. It’s also well written and the world building is detailed and captivating.  But on the whole where Tandem falls short is its characters and the romance.

Tandem is about parallel universes where people who look exactly like you can lead totally different lives. Sasha Lawson is your typically high school student. One day she gets kidnapped and dragged into the parallel universe of Aurora because she is the exact copy of their Princess Julianna. Princess Julianna has gone missing and Sasha is forced to pretend to be her in order to save her life.

Tandem’s concept of the multiverse is fantastic. The world building is really well done. Right from the start the parallel universes and all the rules that go with them are very easy to understand.  The rules are not far fetched and like the plot are quite simple to follow. The universe of Aurora is similar to earth but different in its own way. I love all the historical and tiny details Anna Jarzab has woven into the universe to give it authenticity.  Jarzab ensures the plot keeps moving with well-timed twists and turns. There is also political drama, numerous secrets, and wavering loyalties.  It makes for an interesting read with various alliances forming and breaking.

The characters did not work for me. I just did not feel a connection to them and was apathetic towards them. Sasha is just an average girl and I enjoyed her at the beginning but then her feelings toward her situation kept constantly changing. In the beginning when Sasha is kidnapped into the tandem she fights back against her kidnappers and tries to find a way to escape but somewhere along the way Sasha tries to help the very people who bought her here and are using her. She wanted to protect people that she had no obligation towards. She also falls in love with the enemy. It felt Stockholm syndrome-y. Also the romance was a little instalovish.

Thomas is a solider. He is loyal towards the republic and there are times where he puts duty before all else and Sasha is a victim to his actions but she still ignores all the things he’s done and the lies he’s told her. I just couldn’t get behind how Sasha seemed to forget her goals to escape and go back to earth. Julianna also just came across as selfish and a bit uptight. I didn’t understand or like her actions.

Overall Tandem is an okay book. It has good world building and a great premise.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Monthly Wrap Up - February 2014



This last month has been very very quite around here. There has just been a lot happening so there hasn't been a lot of blog activity. Hopefully next month should be better. How did your month go?

Book of the Month:




My book of the month is The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. There is nothing quite like The Achieved with its haunting setting, dark corners, memorable characters and beautiful prose. It's a book that you should read if you haven't already.


Books Reviewed in the Month of February:

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Defy by Sara B. Larson
Unbound by Victoria Schwab



Wednesday, 26 February 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #27


W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean. I've been reading a lot of darker stories lately so its been a nice change of pace to read something lighter with a happily ever after. Plus Sarah MacLean writes the best historical fiction out there. You can never go wrong with her books.

What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I loved being back in Juliet's world. I enjoyed all the moral ambiguity that is present in this story. Poor Juliet, always walking in shades of grey. I also finished reading Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for me will probably be White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout and The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

W..W..W.. Wednesdays #26


W.W.W Wednesdays is a weekly event bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to let the world know what I've been reading. When I say the world, I mean this tiny corner of the internet that I call my blog. Hope everyone is having a good week.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I love being back in Juliet's world. It's dark and gritty and of course there is plenty of murder.

What did you recently finish reading?
I haven't read anything in over a week. The last book I finished was Cress by Marissa Meyer. Cress was beyond amazing. I love the fresh take on fairytales and all of the very unique yet different characters in this series.

What do you think you'll read next?
I still want to read Vicious by Victoria Schwab and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Thats all for me. Let me know what you guys are reading.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab


Title: The Unbound
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: 28th January 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 5 out of 5

Description: Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.  Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels? With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

There is nothing quite like The Achieved with its haunting setting, dark corners, memorable characters and beautiful prose. It’s a book that you should read if you haven’t already. Ever since I finished The Achieved, I have been eagerly waiting for The Unbound to release. Now I can happily say that The Unbound is even better than its predecessor. It’s a hauntingly beautiful book filled with raw exposed emotions as Victoria Schwab unravels Mackenzie’s life and fills it with doubt, trust, love and nightmares. The Unbound lives up to its namesake as it centres on Mackenzie facing her nightmares and piecing herself back together.  It’s a soulful read, one that takes a peek behind the armour of Mackenzie Bishop.

More often than not we don’t get to see a real glimpse of the consequences that can haunt a protagonist. I have read plenty of books that have the protagonist going through hell and back only to appear stronger than ever as though nothing can faze them. To me, this never seems realistic as all actions have lasting consequences that affect people mentally and/or physically.  This is where The Unbound shines. Not only do we get a story about the secret library of the dead, we get a beautiful heartbreaking story about a young girl who has a lot on her plate. Mackenzie has been through a lot with Owen and now has the shadow of The Archive looming around her.  In the Unbound she is pushed to the max and is forced to face her nightmares, which have been causing her to lose sleep and sanity.  The nightmares are now seeping into her everyday life, putting her on edge.  Mackenzie has to fight not only for her but also for those she loves.

The major themes of this book are secrets and trust. There is more of a concentration on the weight of secrets and how lies can wreck havoc. The relationship between Mac and her parents is pushed to the brink due to Mac’s secret life. Schwab beautifully showcases all of the fears and doubt Mackenzie carries with her. It lets us see her venerable side and how it ultimately makes her stronger and willing to protect those around her and the life she has. Mackenzie’s story really pulls at your heartstrings.

We get to meet new characters at Mac’s new school. Each has their own personality and they add to the story in their own way. Hyde School is really old and it’s atmosphere fits perfectly into The Unbound. Owen’s presence in the book is palpable. He haunts Mackenzie like he haunts the pages of this book and he still plays a very big part of this story. Roland is still as wonderful as ever as Mackenzie’s guardian. We get more of a glimpse into his life.

Now lets talk about the other wonderful part of this book, Wesley Ayers.  We get a lot more Wesley and all of his eyeliner.  Even though we get more Wesley I still want to know more about him. He is one of my all time favourite characters. If you need a reason to read this book, don’t look further than Wesley. I love the romance in this novel but my only complaint is that it wasn’t enough. I want more Wes and Mac. They have a very special bond forged from the secrets they keep but their relationship is complicated and Mackenzie struggles to let him in. It makes you want them to be together even though you know why Mac is holding him at a distance.

The Unbound is a hauntingly emotional must read. Go read this now.