Thursday, 14 July 2016

"A Court of Thorn and Roses" Won Everyone Over But Me

Title: A Court of Thorn and Roses
Series: A Court of Thorn and Roses #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review


I am so torn by this  book, even after the length of time between this review and reading the book.

Sarah J. Maas is an amazing writer, portraying in depth characters and well structured worlds. They're both fascinating to read about and also memorable, which I really appreciate. I loved Feyre for her strength, perseverance and her independence. She was skilled and smart, but lacked the nurturing she needed. Once she had that assistance, she blossomed and I could see the development, which I really enjoyed. I fell so hard for Tamlim, even though I hate anything to do with Stockholm Syndrome because it feels so wrong. There was so much intensity between them and their relationship development, albeit it was almost like insta-love. By the end I was rooting for them so hard though - so many feels!!

The world did and will grow as the series progresses, which I love the most as I read any fantasy based novel. I learnt so much and it was kept interesting by the different regions supported by the different creatures of the land. The magical elements to them were very fascinating and worth learning about, and I'm glad Maas put a different spin on faes/fairies.

Her writing excelled in some areas, but in others I was left feeling unsatisfied. The plot jumped around a lot and tried to fit a little too much into the 400 pages. I understand that it was trying to cover background information as well as set up for a sequel but the beginning felt abrupt, and in between that and the climax it was drawn out for way too long. There was a lull that was suppose to build up to a suspenseful climax but I just felt really bored after awhile. The ending was thrilling but because they had left it until too long it was rushed and I couldn't appreciate it as much. I was also slightly bothered at how Feyre reached her solutions through constant help from a certain male character, because it reduced her character to merely just a damsel waiting to be guided by a knight.

A Court of Thorn and Roses is an interesting take to Beauty and the Beast because of the change in the world and creatures explored. However, I wasn't totally won over by the entire story finding it an okay read amongst other fantasy works, especially with Maas' other novels. I do know it's an immensely hyped up series - everyone seems to love it - but it just wasn't for me.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Mid Year Review: Best of The Year So Far

We've reached the mid year mark so I'd thought it'd be fun to revisit the first half and see what I've enjoyed sharing with you guys and reflecting on some goal progression. It's been a super fast year already and hopefully the last half will be even more exciting!

Posts To Check Out

Top Ten Tuesday 

Let's Talk 

Reviews


Favourite Reads




Goal Progress


I said I wasn't going to have specific goals this year but to focus on myself. That we can chat about later. I do think that I am trying to be more consistent with the number of times I post and the timing around it as well. I've gone from posting twice a week to committing to three times a week, so fingers crossed it happens. Also a tentative schedule of every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. New videos on Thursdays as well!!

How Has The Year Been For You?

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

The End of The World Goes Horribly Wrong in "Good Omens"


Title: Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet
Publication Date:
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According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes NutterWitch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. 
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

Review


Good Omens is a fascinating read, but takes time to mull over. You have to be in the right mood to read this book but check out my video to find out more of what I thought about it!


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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Reads Under 2000 Ratings (Under-Hyped)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!

Top Ten Reads With Less Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads
At first I read 200 ratings and I freaked out cause I was like, I haven't read anything less than 200 ratings. Phew. 

1. The Troupe by Robert Bennet Jackson
A full five star read for me and definitely one to read if you don't read any of the others I'm listing! (Rating: 1285)
2. A Face Like Glass by Francis Hardinge
A fascinating take on a magical world and individually and uniqueness (Rating: 1698)
3. Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
A modern day fairytale, that is actually haunting but also gut-wrenchingly sad (Rating: 650)
4. My Brother Jack by George Johnston
This Australian classic is amazing piece of work (Rating: 1399)


5. Minders by Michele Jaffe
Sci-fi YA where a girl can see into a troubled guy's mind and there relationship starts from there (Rating 1215)
6. Scatterheart by Lili Wilkinson
This was a childhood read, explaining the journey to Australia as a convict with a sweet love story (Rating: 532)
7. I Am God by Giorgio Valetti
If you want to read crime fiction, this is IT! (Rating: 1407)
8. The Minnow by Diana Sweeney
This was a bittersweet read about a young girl who finds herself having to be a mum suddenly (Rating: 321)

What Reads Do You Recommend For Me?

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Looking Back Through June | Monthly Wrap Up

On The Blog


Top Ten Tuesday
Upcoming Anticipated Releases

Talking Personal
Catch up with me and what I've been up to the past few months!

Let's Talk: I Discuss
Difficulties in Writing Reviews | My Favourite Authors | How I Find Time To Read

July releases to get excited about!

Reviews
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Dressmaker (Movie vs. Novel) by Rosalie Ham
The Lake House by Kate Morton


Posts For Thoughts


Reading Time


I flew through 10 books this month, which is super great but also kind of cheating because of those 10, 7 were re-reads from a series. Oops.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
The Revenant by Michael Punke
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated Version) by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay
The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

(Video of book thoughts to come!!)

How Did June Go For You?

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