Monday, 6 June 2016

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep Book Review

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep



In general the book is a good ending to the trilogy and wrapped up things in a way which had the right amount of closure and wanting for another book.

Firstly there was a ton of action in the book which isn’t surprising but given the events in the book it was well written and better than the other books. Also the book was way more violent than expected especially in comparison to the previous books. Which isn’t a bad thing, at first it’s surprising because the book is written in a softer tone than what’s in the content but then you get used to it and it’s a good mix.  
From the previous book there is a lot of focus on the black blades and I expected this to carry on because of Victor’s plan however I’m thankful they got that part of the story over with quickly because I didn’t want the main plot or fight scene to be about Victor using the black blades.

I liked the little Loch Ness Monster link and its importance in the book.

The romance in the book is cute for both couples and there weren’t any arguments which caused a break up to be a plotline.

One annoying thing in the book and the rest of the trilogy is the fact whenever she mentions appearances of characters etc Felix she always comments on his good looks and then compares them to Devon…it gets annoying after a while.

Also the book did follow stereotypes etc the bad guy aka Victor unleashing his ultimate power and his origin story linked to Lila by her mum, Serena.  Also the outcome of the book was predictable.

★★★★

Friday, 3 June 2016

Why I Went Back by James Clammer Book Review

Why I Went Back by James Clammer


“People hear messages from other places. Voices. They might not want anything to do with them, but that doesn’t stop the messages coming. "

Why I Went Back is written in a certain style but the novel has this element of magic in it which doesn’t suit the book. The book starts off well with the feel of a realistic novel from a male teen perspective with the issues he faces, the bike being stolen and then the chase to the building. However I didn’t like the main story. It was really weird and dragged on because it was mixed in with the subplot of the undelivered mail. The friendship was out of the blue with both of the minor characters and the story of mental illness wasn’t really truly focused on. The story behind the prisoner would have been good if the story wasn’t boring.


★★☆☆☆

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan Book Review

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan


“Everyone thinks they know how everyone else is, but they’re usually wrong. People see what they want to see. It makes everything easier.”

Don’t Get Caught is a fun novel with the entire aspect of pulling pranks and I really liked how the pranks were planned/played out and how Max linked them to rules he followed from movies surrounding heists/scams. I liked the group that formed and how each of them had this different aspect they brought to the gang and their individual prank. Also the cat and mouse game with Max and his gang vs the Chaos Club was fun to read as they both tried to out each other and extract revenge. Plus I liked the ending with the video reveal.

What I didn’t like was how Max’s feelings towards Ellie, it was so instant and cringe worthy to the extent that his idolisation made the twist in the book so predictable. Another thing is with the way the book is written about a high school boy facing daily struggles the book wasn’t realistic and the school principle and town police force were are joke. Plus the whole pranks gone to the extreme and MC debating on his morals is such a cliché.

  ★★★☆☆

Monday, 30 May 2016

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry Book Review

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry


“The boy everyone sees, but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows, but nobody sees.”  

If you’re into MC romance or just a general bad boy and good girl romance this book is probably for you. Breanna and Razor are photographed when they’re in a seemingly compromising position and from then onwards Breanna is blackmailed to do someone’s school papers.

The characters both seem to live different lifestyles but they have things in mainly surrounding their families and their baggage. The book does deal with some important issues which I think is essential in particular with Breanne’s situation and how easy it is for a guy to ruin a girl’s reputation with a picture like that.

There’s a subplot surrounding Razor’s mum which gives the book something other than romance which is good. However the main plot is on the slow build up of the romance which is full of stereotypes and angst but with a book like this you expect it. The good thing about this book is, mainly about ¾ of the book the characters have a big argument and thankfully in the book there was little to no arguments.

Generally just a fun book to read

“Don’t let your fears create walls or define you.”  


  ★★★☆☆

Absence From Blogging II

Absence From Blogging II

I made a post a while back explaining why I wasn’t blogging because I was busy and how I was determined to start blogging again. That was an epic fail! However now I’m done with a majority of my exams and have some time off school, I can finally start reading and blogging again. This time I’m way more determined to blog. 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor Book Review

Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor


“We stay in this never land between our two beds.
  
I think the synopsis of the novel is a bit misleading. I was hoping to do a bit of reading...just until the 2 characters officially meet but here’s the thing, they don’t properly meet until about 60% of the novel.

 The beginning of the book is way too rushed; slam bam in the middle of a certain major event and it’s very sudden which is off putting to me but as the book continues there’s good character building/world building especially surrounding Kettle.

As you’d probably guess the book is a retelling of Peter Pan but it’s done in a way in which we see more into Nora’s life and Kettle’s life and the situation they’re put in. Their lives are full of situations which a child/teenager should never be in which fits the idea of Peter Pan and running away.

When they do finally meet it has a good built up and the aftermath is this cute bit where Kettle is afraid that Nora won’t settle in to his lifestyle but she’s just grateful to be away from her old life.

However similar to the start the ending was rushed with the romance and the happy ending which didn’t suit the book.


  ★★★☆☆

Monday, 4 April 2016

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Book Review

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


“Because she was the predator this time. Not the prey. Never again.

Wolf by Wolf follows Yael as she impersonates Adele Wolfe to enter a tournament. Adele is the past winner of the tournament – a motorcycle tour from Berlin to Tokyo in the post war1956 where Hitler won WW2 – Yael’s mission is to win the tour and kill Hitler.

Yael is one of two girls in the competition and I’m thankful the author didn’t go down the cliché route with focusing on the fact she’s different from other girls.  She also isn’t portrayed as the perfect/innocent main character – she does kill and injure and these flaws shape the person she is. With Yael and the other characters not all the information about them was given at once which was good as it was it interesting to learn things about them further on in the book.

This book is really tense which is expected as it’s a book surrounding a competition but the way it’s built up is good and it’s not too over the top or too little. Plus there are many secrets that are revealed throughout the novel with a twist ending.

The concept of the book surrounds the fact that Hitler won the war. The world building was good and shows what Hitler did after the war and how he’s like now. It was interesting historical background and I liked the concept.

The writing style is really easy to read with a mix of present and past chapters to link the story. The portrayal of the race and the general plot made the book enjoyable.


  ★★★★