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Monday, 13 April 2015

Review: Ponies


Ponies
Ponies by Kij Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I wasn't expecting something that dark and didn't think something so short could be so shockingly insightful but is was.
I definitely think reading it would do some good,it tackles an issue that at one point or another we all deal with in a very unique way, that ultimately makes it all the more memorable.



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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Review: The Blood of Olympus


The Blood of Olympus
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



There's something impossibly heartbreaking and heartwarming with the end of the series.
I love Percy, I've loved him since PJO, HOH taught me how to love the rest of the characters as well.
Even though Percy,Annabeth and Nico will always have a special place in my heart, I no longer hate that they aren't the stars of this series.

I was kind of sad that at times I felt like in order to make me like Jason more Percy was put down.Percy dying on the ocean floor was just depressing,all so Jason could save the day, no. Im sorry but that's kind of bullshit and we all know it.


The characters feel so real that I imagine how they carry on after and it makes me wonder if things will ever come full circle.The ending was kind of a let down but i think it was time to let the series come to and end.Percy had a good run I wish that it had a more....satisfying ending.

Seriously HUGE SPOILER I really wonder if Leo will ever get to meet his friends again.I really hope so, I feel like even though everyone gets a happy ending amongst themselves, seeing Leo again would just complete the journey.




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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Review: Born at Midnight


Born at Midnight
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars





I was so not looking forward to writing this review because I honest to god don't know how to rate it.
I liked it,-parts of it- the characters and plot were good. The girls bickering was bordering on annoying but they works past it which was good. I was really liking Kylie until Trey's little visit. after which she decided kissing every guy available was a great way to go

Which brings me to point two= the boy saga.

Don't get me wrong I like the guys, all of them really.Even Perry I think he's fun and totally adorable.

Derek I liked from his first appearance and he's a good guy,there isn't really enough of him to hate.

Trey I don't like. He's impatient, inconsiderate and just an overall ass.I do not look forward to any more of him.(Unless they kill him off-that could be fun)

Lucas.Well I happen to be a sucker for blue eyes and dark hair and I love kittens, so its safe to say Lucas could be a sack of potatoes for all I care,I like him.That kitten bit was just too cute.

As much as I liked these parts i just don't feel right giving it a four star rating. Not as much as because of the content but the execution.The characters kind of suck too.




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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window


The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



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I just...I can't even.I don't even know where to start with this piece of shit.
The characters,the writing, none of it makes any fucking sense whatsoever.

The characters are just so godawful I want to cry. All they ever want to do is suck face and get laid.Jake and Liam are so unrealistically gorgeous that the girls want nothing more than to rip off their clothes and bone them the second they set eyes on them.

And Amber seems to some sort of sex magnet,or a rape magnet because that's all that seems to be happening.( oh but don't worry Liam will save her! Every.Fucking.Time.)
Between that and the consonant winking and smirking and the unbearable amount of pep!!!! that goes into this, I conclude.
Hands down this is the WORST BOOK EVER

The writing is probably the only thing worse than the characters.It's like a five year old threw it together.The whole thing is so fucking ridiculous and unrealistic and stupid it's humiliating.



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Review: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window


The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



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I just...I can't even.I don't even know where to start with this piece of shit.
The characters,the writing, none of it makes any fucking sense whatsoever.

The characters are just so godawful I want to cry. All they ever want to do is suck face and get laid.Jake and Liam are so unrealistically gorgeous that the girls want nothing more than to rip off their clothes and bone them the second they set eyes on them.

And Amber seems to some sort of sex magnet,or a rape magnet because that's all that seems to be happening.( oh but don't worry Liam will save her! Every.Fucking.Time.)
Between that and the consonant winking and smirking and the unbearable amount of pep!!!! that goes into this, I conclude.
Hands down this is the WORST BOOK EVER

The writing is probably the only thing worse than the characters.It's like a five year old threw it together.The whole thing is so fucking ridiculous and unrealistic and stupid it's humiliating.



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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Review: The Last Guardian


The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



You know its surprising how arduous it is to read the last sentences of your favorite childhood series ever. And I mean I cant be the only one who cried right? Right....?

Picking this up I couldn't help but think back to the first time I was taken away into little 12 yr old Arty's very first artifice,I was sitting outside a kerbside cafe on Dong Khai Street,in the sweltering heat of a HO Chi Minh City in the summer.
I was a little girl again squealing at his ingenious plans and artful trickery, I realize now how much growth Eoin has incorporated into Artemis as the story moves along.
He went from a 12 year old criminal mastermind to a young, questionably insane, man with friends and a family he cares about.

"I would not be the person I am today." He leaned in close and whispered, "I was a broken boy, and you fixed me. Thank you.”

I dont know if the sentimental connection I have to the series got the best of me or if I was finally starting to grasp what was about to happen. but I am not at all ashamed to say that by that point I was well and truly crying. I had to take a moment to collect myself so I could witness the impending doom Arty was walking into. That one line...it just broke me.

“So if you're not Artemis Fowl, then who are you?"

The boy extended a dripping hand straight up. "My name is Orion. I am so pleased to meet you at last. I am, of course, your servant."

Holly shook the proferred hand, thinking that manners were lovely, but she really needed someone cunning and ruthless right now, and this kid didn't appear to be very cunning.
I even liked Orion in his useless short time with us in The Atlantis Complex.

Orion brightened. "I have an idea."

"Yes?" said Foaly, daring to hope that a spark of Artemis remained.

"Why don't we look for some magic stones that can grant wishes? Or, if that doesn't work, you could search my naked body for some mysterious birthmark that means I am actually the prince of somewhere or other.”


Oh how I love you.

But back to the cured Artemis we so love,
“Card five hundred and thirty-four," repeated Artemis. "Of a series of six hundred standard inkblot cards. I memorized them during our sessions. You don't even shuffle." yeah this one.

I loved the ending It was really took me to a place I needed to be with the series ending.
I can go back and re-read these stories, keep encased copies to share with my children and keep the story of a mysterious irish boy and his wild adventures alive.
So someday I will remind myself of all the fun I had reading them.

So yes, I'm sad having to say good bye,but glad to know there always there.

“That will be her undoing," gasped Artemis, already suffering under the weight of the flak jacket. "Artemis Fowl will never be secondary."
"I thought you were Artemis Fowl the Second?" said Holly.”





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Review: Heist Society


Heist Society
Heist Society by Ally Carter

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



2.5
I really thought I was going to like this book so I was surprised that I found it 'just ok'

The story never gave me that sense of urgency, or danger which is really what you want with this type of set up. There was no thrill, no crew ups or mistakes, just..... not fun.

If anything, having the characters even older, like in their twenties, would have provided an above average reading experience.
There simply to perfect and to skilled to be a believable bunch of teens, which is why the characters were not only totally unrealistic but also hard to connect with.



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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review: UnWholly


UnWholly
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



This is a series that really blew me away with the really unique, fresh story and approach. Its truly refreshing to step into.
I fell in love with Unwind and somehow managed to fall even more in love with everything in Uhwholly aswell.

The characters are humanly frustrating aswell as magically endearing.
The story and direction is really a standout among not only novels in this genre but as a story in general. The story is original, unexpectedly raw and very well paced.


My favorite part is how it explores the struggles and danger with that gripping action and suspense that really makes a reader invested in what is going on while managing to maintain an essence mof true human nature that makes you believe that everything that these kids experience is real, and true and undoubtedly life changing.



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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Review: Throne of Glass


Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I picked up Throne of Glass in hope of a fantasy fix as well as a good douse of criminal debauchery, and found myself very disappointment.

As far as assassins go Celaena is surprisingly lackluster.
We're told over and over that she's the worlds best assassin but all I saw was a girl who likes reading,fancies dressing up, terrorizing other courtesans and likes puppies.
Her past haunts her but only on occasion,her character lacks depth and consistency.

I'm a little sad about how underdeveloped Dorian was,I genuinely like his character-maybe more than Chaol- but his brief appearances are mostly meaningless fluff. I hope he develops a backbone because I think having him as a prince in the story would be more productive than having him as a love interest.

Chaol is probably the most consistent character.I haven't brought myself to like him because lets face it he's too good of a guy to have a happy ending.So I'm trying to attach myself.
Or so I thought but he's Chaol It's impossible not to like him.

I was recommended the book based on pacing and plot and this was what both made and broke the book for me.

Mass is a very good writer,there were many passages in which her quality of writing truly blew me away.Countless times I was lulled deeper and deeper into the story despite it's increasingly plodding pace.
Weeks are thrown aside in convenient recaps,even Mass didn't consider her duels and the competitors deaths worthy of more attention because they were truly boring.

The plot was achingly simple just as the games.The magic was interesting but underdeveloped.Precocious time was wasted on Celaena whinning,reading and unceremoniously contradicting her very character.

The books saving grace really was the writing and promise of potential. Celaena has the history to be great. Dorian has the heart and Choal the bravery.
I want to read the rest of the series because I want too see an improvement.Despite it's problems it's a good story.







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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Rebel Spring


Rebel Spring
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I was surprisingly unentertained.
That's not to say I didn't like it,I did.....

It's just that well a lot of the things I liked about the story got all fucked up in this book.
I felt like I waited the entire first half of the book for everyone,anyone to do something, anything!

Jonas and who is "leading" our marry band of rebels,is the most insensitive,self righteous judgmental jackass.He is ever so quick to slander and insult those who are wealthy or have lived a privileged life. Newsflash asshole being underprivileged doesn't give you the right to hate on everyone else,nor does it make you any better than them.Lys was no better.

In fact the hardest part of this book to get past was the characters.
The romance was laughably overdone and the pacing wasn't great either but above all of that was the characters.

I did enjoy seeing Magnus develop but during the first half of the book was just as underwhelming.
I do want to see the series through because I like Magnus.Can't say I care for anything else atm.




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Monday, 2 February 2015

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The Coldest Girl in Coldtown,cold indeed.I find myself loving the troubled and slightly unhinged madmen Holly throws at us more than anyone else.

This is originally why Aidan looked so promising,but as much as I liked him I found it remarkably easy to forget all about him.(I doubt it will stay this way and I'm hoping he'll come to surprise me)

This is exactly what’s wrong with me, she told herself as she walked. If there’s trouble, I go straight for it.
Lana is the leading lady of the day and I found myself liking her a lot in the second half.It seemed to take her a while to figure out how to apply logic when formulating her plans but for the most part she was pretty bad ass.

“Tana. In all my long life, though there were many times I prayed for it, no one has ever saved me. No one but you.”
Gavriel was infinality complex,completely mad and utterly unpredictable-so I loved him,also the effect and quality that he projected on the others only reminded me more,why this was worth reading

“But there's nothing you like better than when it hurts a little, is there?" Lucien asked.
Gavriel's bloody mouth lifted in a voluptuous smile. "Sure there is. I like it when it hurts a lot.”

Oh yeah your in for a world of fun with this one.
The plot and world building were refreshing and different.I felt like some things were too conveniently coincidental Like what are the chances Lana with her past ends up at party with Gavriel in this 'unique' circumstance? Not to mention a conveniently placed Jameson family but- but never so much that it wasn't believable and most of my issues sorted themselves out by the end of the book and the others could be explained away with a cause/effect relationship.I still feel like the story could have used some work and I'm a little Holly crazed ever since Curse Workers-so maybe I 'overlooked' some flaws but it's only fair that I mention the plot is lacking.

One thing's for sure,that was on hell of a ride.






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