Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Review: The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Written by: Erika Johansen
Published by: Bantam Books
Pages: 512
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn.
They came to escort her back to the place of her birth - and to ensure she survives long enough to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders.

Unlike most nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees - corrupt, debauched ad very dangerous. Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the knigdom has ever known...or be dead within the week.

If there would be one word to sum up this book in it's entirety that would undoubtedly be..Intense. The Queen of the Tearling is the edge of your seat, biting your nails in a panicked state, reading. It literally takes off running and you feel so caught up in the ride that it takes you days to resurface and just reflect on what you have just read. Well that was definitely my experience anyway. 
"Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book."
I started off going into this book a little wary because, no doubt about it, it just screams high expectations. The high fantasy world took me a little time to get used to, and I'm still not quite so sure as to where/when it was set. It might be because I tend to stay clear of high fantasy stories as their worlds confuse me a little, so this type of genre is still pretty new to me, yet I still couldn't stop myself from gorging on this books contents. It is just so stunningly written and developed that I couldn't help get consumed by the story.
"The future was only disasters of the past, waiting to happen anew."
If I even begin to go into the characters in depth then this review would be pages long. I loved them, to put it simply, I loved each and every character within this book whether they were good or evil. Simply because they were just beautifully developed. I couldn't find a single flaw in their development which I just couldn't get my head around them. If they were evil, they had an in depth back-story hidden within the pages that sneakily peaked out from time to time. The same thing for the good sub characters, they may not have taken centre stage but there was always some mystery that kept me obsessing until a little clue would pop out from the story and all would be explained. They were all just simply fantastic and stunningly written.
"I am Death. I come quickly, I come slowly, but I am not cheated."
So overall, I thought The Queen of the Tearling was gorgeously written with stunningly developed characters and a beautiful storyline. To me, the only slight downside would be how confused I got with world in which the book was set in and in some cases the politics that was woven in. But even so, there was not one little part of me that wasn't totally and completely invested in this story. It was just riveting and the characters were just phenomenal. I loved every second of it, even with my confusion, it was simply awesome.

The Queen Of The Tearling
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Whatcha Reading Wednesday!

Wednesday 26th August

This week I am reading The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, the second book in The Queen of the Tearling Series.

The Invasion of the Tearling is a High Fantasy novel that follows straight on after the first book as the Tearling goes to war with the Mort. 

So far it is extremely compelling and clever. I am still loving the characters from the first book and there is so much action that is packed into this novel, that I just did not see coming,  it keeps you on your toes for sure! Not only this but it never lets you catch your breath as it crams in intense situations one after another making you never want to put the book down for a second. 

I am so looking forward to seeing how this book ends because at the moment it doesn't look as though there is much hope for our main characters! But due to how fast I am getting through this novel be sure to keep a lookout for the review, which will no doubt be posted soon. 

If you haven't read this series yet, I would definitely give it a try because the first book was fantastic high fantasy story that kept me guessing and pouring through the pages at enormous speed, Not to mention that so far the second book seems to be holding its own! It really is so far a brilliant series!

Happy Reading Everyone!
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Review: Jesse's Girl - Miranda Kenneally

Written by: Miranda Kenneally
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 304
Purchase from:  Amazon   |   Book Depository

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that Career shadowing day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she'd get to shadow the Jesse Scott. Nashville's teen idol.

But by spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He's as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he's accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya's lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse's pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya's playing back-up to other people's dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart - and go solo?

I have picked up some of Miranda Kenneally's books and I always find them fun and quick to read. No matter the story Miranda Kenneally does not disappoint in this area, so it was no surprise that Jesse's Girl was just as fun and sweet as her other books. There is a flirty and cute relationship, that gets mixed in with supporting and strong family vibes, which is why I loved this aspect of this book because everything just feels better when there is a strong family relationship thrown in.
"I am so lucky. I used to think trust means "never let you down", but really, it's about love."
There were many things that I loved about Maya, the most important ones being that she was passionate and strong willed. Never let things get her down for too long, which I think makes her awesome. Not to mention I loved how she stayed the same, yet somehow grew, throughout the novel. It was refreshing and interesting to say the least. But I think the thing that really stood out for me, in Maya's case, was how much support her family gave her and how they were not willing to let her bow out of her dreams. I loved reading about that because it really allowed the supporting characters to shine through the pages. Making it a really compelling and beautiful read.
"We shouldn't expect perfect. But we can hope that the people we love, love us enough to try to make it right.”
While there were times that I got slightly annoyed by Jesse's Character, he still had his moments when I just couldn't resist smiling. He was sweet and conventional yet had a swirling temper and sensitive side that seemed to just create a deeper personality than the confident one he projects. Their relationship allowed the fun and witty side, that is always present in Miranda Kenneally's novels, to stand up and be noticed allowing me to get all sides out of the story. It was just super cute and sweet that I couldn't help but be softened by it.
"And under the bright, twinkling stars, I wrap my arms around his neck and we kiss, perfectly in tune."
All in all, if your looking for a super sweet summer read I would definitely give Jesse's girl a go. Not only are you get an amazingly cute romance there are really strong and perfect supporting characters that just round the story p in a well packaged bow. If there was one thing that let this story down for me was how slightly predictable it could be, but then its sort of what you come to expect when you read a young adult contemporary read. A happily ever after is pretty much sold as soon as you open the book. so its easy to look past this little ache in an otherwise perfect summer read.

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)
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Review: Hamilton High: Lying out Loud - Kody Keplinger

Written by: Kody Keplinger
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 368
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository
Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with - secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand - a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually 'like' him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. 
Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

Let me begin in saying that I really enjoyed Kody Keplinger's novel The Duff, which is the companion novel to Lying Out Loud, so I immediately requested this book for review from publishers and NetGalley. I didn't really read the blurb so I wasn't entirely sure what this book was about, all I knew was that Wes and Bianca would make an appearance within it. Which is why, in all honesty I probably should of done more research into the story as I have to admit that overall this book was not my cup of tea.
"Hell hath no fury like a girl defending her bestie."
To start with, I did not get on with the main character Sonny. She was so highly annoying and immature to me that I couldn't understand her actions. I really liked her personality at the start of the book, it was fun and witty,  but as it went on she just got more moany and whiny, so I just couldn't sum up any sympathy for her because of how annoying her thinking only of herself came to be. She is projected as a brilliant liar but the lies she comes out with just aren't believable, which then leads to me thinking are the other characters just that trusting that they believe everything? and then I couldn't get into the book because I was always wondering how in the world the other characters are buying Sonny's lies. Making it hard for me to connect and like any of the characters in this book.
"And that's how this whole stupid thing began - with a lie that I, for once, hadn't even meant to tell"
Not only this, but Sonny's love interest Ryder also annoyed me to no end. I didn't like him at the beginning and I didn't like him at the end. All throughout the book Sonny was crushing on him and I just couldn't understand why. He was projected as self-absorbed and stuck up, plus he was also supposedly in love with Sonny's best friend so I didn't understand how he could just switch from one to the other. It annoyed me greatly and I just couldn't get my head around it. 
"I liked to be able to think quick on my feet. All the better for lying my dear."
Overall, there were a few redeeming qualities within this book and that was the sometimes witty writing of Kody Keplinger, the pacing of this book as being quite speedy, and the few occasions that Wes and Bianca appeared, but they were only few and far between. I think that what it really comes down to, having going into this story thinking that it was going to be like The Duff and there were going to be a lot of moments where we catch up with Wes and Bianca and then finding out that really wasn't the case, it ended up just being really disappointing to me. Not that, like I said before, there weren't moments where the writing shined through and I could enjoy the wittiness of it, I just really couldn't stop comparing it to The Duff and it is because of that Lying Out Loud couldn't live up to my expectations and instead it kind of deflated and flattened. 

Hamilton High: Lying Out Loud: A companion novel to The DUFF
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