Throne of Glass is full of action, mystery, Fae, magic, likeable characters and great dialogue....moreThis review can also be found on Delirious About Books
Throne of Glass is full of action, mystery, Fae, magic, likeable characters and great dialogue. My only regret, is that I didn't take more time to read it over a shorter period instead of the weeks it took me. =( It was the kind of book I'd read and finish in a day or two.
The plot was slightly predictable, but even if I guessed at who the villian might be I still enjoyed and wanted to read the story. While I knew who the villian was there were a few interesting details I didn't foresee which just made it more enjoyable to read.
The characters are awesome and well developed. Celaena is a great strong female character who speaks her mind, is confident, smart and witty. Nehemia is another fantastic strong lead female character in the book who I hope to see more of in the next novel. She is seriously underestimated and I look forward to seeing how that develops.
Both Captain Chaol Westfall and Prince Dorian have a strong presence and are loyal companions. The dialogue between them and Celaena was something I really enjoyed reading thanks to the witty remarks thrown back and forth.
There is a (sort of) love triangle but it is subtle and I felt it blended in with the story rather then being a main focus. It will be interesting to see how it develops in the next books.
The writing and depth of Throne of Glass is brilliant and inside world of the castle superbly done. There are only glimpses of the world outside the castle and it will be great to learn more in the next book.
ARC was provided by Bloomsbury via Netgalley. Thank you! =)(less)
This book is different. A great blend of mystery, paranormal and romance (that’s not in your face). It wasn’...moreThis review is also on deliriousaboutbooks
This book is different. A great blend of mystery, paranormal and romance (that’s not in your face). It wasn’t predictable and I was guessing who was behind the disappearance of Lauren.
Mercy is a strong willed, can-look-after-herself type character. While she didn’t know why she was there or who she was meant to help, I think there was a pretty good balance that she was able to help both Lauren and Carmen.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. (less)
Bullying isn't about YOU (the reader, in this case). Bullying is about the person being bullied an...moreRead my full review on my blog Delirious About Books
Bullying isn't about YOU (the reader, in this case). Bullying is about the person being bullied and how it makes THEM feel. In Hannah's case all the little things built up and ruined her. You don't have to agree with her reasons. You don't have to feel like they were worthy reasons for her to commit suicide. What you DO have to understand is that SHE felt this way, and SHE felt like she didn't have anything worth living for. SHE felt that she had no one to talk to - in fact she did seek someone to talk too and quite frankly the way they handled the situation was pathetic.
This is something that every person needs to understand. This is something that every parent should teach their child. This is something that teachers should understand. Bullying is about how you are made to feel and your actions can affect everyone. Like a ripple effect. Everyone in Hannah's community was and will be affected by what happened to her. Bullying is a real problem in schools, because children at schools are not treating others with any respect or empathy or understanding. Teachers should be able to say the right things and assist in finding help for someone that feels this lost. Not everyone is strong enough to fight through it. Some give in. Some don't. Adults need to be able to see the signs and need to be open enough that the victim sees them as an ally, a friend, and most importantly someone that can help. Now just to be clear, we are not talking about a single incident. We are talking about constantly being imitated; harassed; rumours being spread about you; being hit; teased; etc and it happening over and over again.
When I finished this book, I posted the photo below (that I took) everywhere. Facebook, instagram, twitter, anywhere where people, young and old, kids and parents, could see it. This is the type of book that should be read in school. Studied at school. Explained at school. To get young people to understand that bullying is NOT ok. It is not ok to make someone feel so low that they want out of life. You don't know what is going on in someone's life away from where you know them. You could be compounding a problem that is already there, and if you're not, you could be starting a problem that might not stop.
I can't say I enjoyed this book as that isn't an appropriate statement. How can you enjoy reading about someone, who is dead, and how they came to that death. I did find this well written. Very well written. I liked the delivery of the story. I liked how someone, who she thought was good, was the story we got to follow. I don't believe hearing it from one of the bullies sides would be appropriate nor show the story from her side as well.
Now the book isn't just about bullying, well it is, but it is also about the fact that Hannah was suffering from depression. No one seemed to pick up on her depressive state. All these things added up for Hannah and would have been overwhelming.
I can't say this enough, this is a book that everybody should read - if for no other reason but to understand how bullying and depression can affect someone (again - NOT YOU). (less)
I actually enjoyed this book better then the first. Not so much for the writing or story (though the story is as exciting as the first), more for the...moreI actually enjoyed this book better then the first. Not so much for the writing or story (though the story is as exciting as the first), more for the anticipation I got wanting to know what was happening next. It continued to maintain my interest. While the start of the book moved through things a little to fast with limited detail, the middle onwards was more like the first book in the series. Once things started moving and more of the story unfolded it became harder to put down. In fact, I was unable to stop reading it at all today and just had to finish it. With the ending the way it is, I must now go and start the third in the series. ;)(less)
Ah, another dystopian. This one is set in futuristic Los Angeles in a typical dystopian set up - Evil government,...moreFull review on Delirious About Books
Ah, another dystopian. This one is set in futuristic Los Angeles in a typical dystopian set up - Evil government, children/teens fighting to survive. But you know what? This was one of the better YA dystopians out there, and I loved it.
This is a compelling tale of June and Day trying to uncover the truths of their world. It's told in the POV's of both June and Day. June is a prodigy at the military academy living a rich life. She was conceited which is why she annoyed me so much in the beginning. Unlike Day, who is street smart and goes around sabotaging the governments military actions. Day is brave and compassionate - caring for his sick brother and risking himself do to so.
Once again, let me say, I loved this. I'm now annoyed that I read it without the sequel being released yet, because now I have to wait..... and I really want to know what happens!(less)
Firstly I'd like to say that its a rare book that completely absorbs me to the point of losing track of time and hav...moreAlso appears Delirious About Books
Firstly I'd like to say that its a rare book that completely absorbs me to the point of losing track of time and having an inability to put it down. This was one of those books. I have read many books that I loved and was absorbed in, but when reading into the night I was always able to put them down and go to sleep when the hour was getting too late. I could not put this down. When I started reading last night I still had over 55% to read. I finished reading it at 1:30am.
This is a well written, interesting and brilliant story. The characters are unique with realistic personalities and behaviours, similar to real teenagers.
Becca has guts. She's not a push over despite her dark secret which does make her reserved in her relationships with Chris and Hunter.
I enjoyed all the characters, who had their own personality quirks, and you could feel the connections between them throughout the book.
There were fights and/or storms in pretty much all chapters - the brothers fought with everyone. I don't think it was over done though as it didn't feel forced. The story just flowed.
While it was a little predictable the story was excellent - a wonderful idea and fantastically created. (less)
The Harvesting is the first zombie novel I have read and I loved it. It's fast paced, intriguing, wel...moreFull review can be found on Delirious About Books
The Harvesting is the first zombie novel I have read and I loved it. It's fast paced, intriguing, well written, and action packed. The Harvesting is a horror about zombies but with some vampires, and spirits in the mix as well.
The story is mainly focused on Layla who is the main character. Layla is likeable and a kick-ass heroine. I also loved her Grandma. All the characters have their own personality and you grow to love some, and dislike others. That said the author has no problem killing off someone if needed, so watch out!
If you are spooked when reading horrors, this is definitely not the book to read at night, but because it's so good you should still read it, just at day time.
If you enjoy horror/zombie stories this is definitely one to add to your TBR list! (less)
I want to keep this spoiler free for the whole series, but it might be hard, and I apologise up fron...moreFor more of my reviews go to Delirious About Books
I want to keep this spoiler free for the whole series, but it might be hard, and I apologise up front if I give away any small details. I promise to keep the big things to myself though. =)
This series got better with every book. I enjoyed Glitched, but loved Override more. Now I love Shutdown more again.
We were left heartbroken in Override, and to be honest, until about the 90% mark the heartbreak doesn't ease up. At the 60% - 70% mark I was like this:
(Sorry I don't know how to add an image!)
I'm not joking. I was so torn up by everything that had happened, and what was happening that if I wasn't reading in bed, I would have been on the floor like that!
I love the characters in this story, including the ones I didn't like - I loved that they were that way. People are like that and it was nice to see realistic characters. The backstabbing, the lying, the honest, and even the ones that change.
While the trilogy ends positive, its not the overly happy ending you think. There are shocks, and one of the twists I kind of guessed but wasn't sure how it would happen until it did.
This is definitely one of my favourite series. It's action packed, emotional, and quick to read. I'm sad this trilogy is now over, but it one I definitely want to read again. (less)
I was looking through Netgalley's offerings when I came across this one. The premise sounded...moreThis review and more can be found at Delirious About Books
I was looking through Netgalley's offerings when I came across this one. The premise sounded fantastic so I requested it. I was so excited when I was approved and started reading it straight away.
I don't know if I can properly express how much I love this book. I have no idea how to put it into words, let alone be able to do it justice. This book is exciting, unique and well-written.
The world building was awesome. The camps were cruel and the whole atmosphere throughout the story is of uneasiness, darkness and violence. Alexandra Bracken is talented in the way she created the world, you don't get told nor do you see it all at once, instead it gets built up through the story. This just adds to the overall atmosphere. Throughout the whole book you learn how the adults dealt with (deal with) the new abilities that the children developed. Let's not overlook these abilities either, with all the children falling into one of the colour categories being: green or blue - which are seen as a lesser of a threat, and yellow, orange or red being classified as the dangerous abilities.
The story is told from Ruby's point of view, who pretends that she is a green, and you don't get to know what happened to her straight away. Instead you learn it through as the story progresses. Ruby is a strong character and selfless, and you'll see right at the end just how selfless she really is. Though she does develop through the story as in the beginning she starts of worrying about her abilities and how people would feel if they knew the truth, but as the story progresses so does she.
As with Ruby you don't learn about Liam straight away, he is left to develop along with the story. Liam is sweet, caring but in no way prefect.
Romance is not the forefront in this story. The development that happened between Ruby and Liam was slow and I really enjoy watching their relationship grow over the course of the novel.
The villain (who shall remain nameless here for spoiler reasons) was subtle. I didn't trust him and found him creepy at times. However there were occasions when I wondered if he was really genuine. While I sort of guest what and why with him I was still unsure because of the occasions I thought he was being genuine.
The characters are complexed and we get glimpses into their past which allows you to develop an understanding of them. You also get to see some great secondary characters such as Chubs and Zu (let me add that she was a favourite secondary character, she was so cute).
Now don't get me wrong, this story isn't prefect. There are a few holes and unexplainable aspects. There's no clear definition on what each colours ability is. It's not clear how these kids got there powers either, as some died from the disease and others developed the powers. Though for me they don't detract from the story as there is enough information to follow. I can only assume that more details will be provided in the next book.
The Darkest Minds was a fantastic well paced read that captivated me from start to finish. I found it extremely difficult to put it down, and tried to force myself to stay awake just to see what would happen next. This is definitely a favourite for this year. You really should read it yourself. =)
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia and netgalley for the eARC. (less)
I loved this book. Even though it was a modern telling of Cinderella and partly predictable, it was still original. I loved the characters, the story...moreI loved this book. Even though it was a modern telling of Cinderella and partly predictable, it was still original. I loved the characters, the story was interesting and I had trouble putting the book down. I can't wait for the others in the series.
In Override we find that Zoe has escaped and working with the Rez. Override is an action packed sequel...moreFind more of my reviews at Delirious About Books
In Override we find that Zoe has escaped and working with the Rez. Override is an action packed sequel to Glitch.
I actually enjoyed Override more then Glitch. I can only put that down to the character development and the amount of action in this novel. From the close call escapes to the thrilling rescue, down to the sad realisation and loss. It all made for an amazing read.
Zoe grows in this novel both within herself and her power. The other glitchers that are with the Rez go through that same development. With all characters having there own issues, from who they are, to who they have to work with, to them evolving through the novel to the point that they can work together in the most difficult circumstances.
Both Max and Adrien play important roles in the story, with twists I never saw coming and shocking realisations. I can only hope something positive comes from it all.
I can not wait to see what Shutdown, the third (and I believe final?), book in the series is going to bring. If Override is any indication, it's going to be epic. (less)