Friday, 27 November 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo :: where is the sequel??!!


26642116Publisher: Hachette!
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 5 hours
Word Rating: Wow!
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.



REVIEW

This is what I call "true" fantasy. It has backstory, it has world building, it has an excellent cast of characters, it has a strong plot, the writing is so smooth that it almost pours...yes I have complaints but overall this book is genius! See my blatherings below to read my other thoughts on it!

Alright, first I have to get off one thing that was frustrating me: There was WAY to much backstory. I love lots of backstory but because there are so many POV's in here, reading the backstory OF EVERY ONE OF THEM got tiring. It wouldn't have been such a bad thing but I felt Bardugo put so much work on the backstories that it kind of let the current story slide. MUCH SADNESS. I still enjoyed reading it though! Just...frustrations.

Although I found the backstory all the character tiresome at times, the characters themselves were FANTASTIC! Such a clever and diverse cast! Kaz was my favourite ( because KAZZZZZZ) closely followed by Inej and Nina! I really liked Jesper but felt he was mainly only even the book just so he could be the token "funny" guy. Waylan, idek, I didn't even get to know him at all..I felt I knew him as much at the end as I did at the beginning which was zilch.

My least favourite character was Matthias because he was such a sour potato! He was always so angry and grumpy and annoying and I just wanted him to go away and grumble somewhere else. I suppose he did warm up a little // mellow at the end but he better seriously get better in the second book or I will become the grumpy one!

One thing I adored immensely though is the little romance!!! I've read soooo many books with awesome premises but the romance just takes over and basically it turns into a MESS. But in here, Bardugo obviously focuses on making the story the most important factor and making the romance come second, and it was such a nice change! The little romance that IS in here is more romantic tension and it is so well written and utterly ADORBS. I ship it! SHIIIIP ITTT!!

I wanted more of Kaz's POV and less of Nina's and Matthias'! As much as I loved Nina, Kaz was the one I wanted to learn more about so that was frustrating. Hopefully the second book contains more of my prickly-as-a-killer-hedgehog baby! <3

It didn't REALLY hook me to the page which saddened me. It was exciting for most of the time but there were definitely places where I struggled and put the book down to do something else. I didn't think the length helped either?! It was 495 pages and I could definitely see a couple of places where the length could've been shaved off. But that was just me!

OVERALL, ahhhh, much love for this massive beauty! JUST GO AND READ IT AND THEN COME BACK AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF IT!


::Thank you Hachette for the review copy!::





HAVE YOU READ SIX OF CROWS??!! (if you haven't...WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! GO! GO!) Who was your favourite character and who did you want to

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Magnus Chase And The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan :: just brings back alllllllll the percy jackson feels

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Publisher: Penguin!
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 5 hours
Word Rating: SO GOOOOOOOOD!


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he's never met - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

REVIEW

List of why I loved and enjoyed this book so much:


+ It reminded me how much I love Rick Riordan's writing powers! The wit, the snark, the characters...just a whole bundle of awesome!

+ I LOVED THE CHAPTER TITLES SO MUCH!!!!! Every one of them had me sniggering, but my favourites would have to be Upon the Good Ship ToenailDon't Be a No-Bro Bro and You Look Great Without a Nose!

+ You could definitely read this even if you haven't read Percy Jackson! I've read and enjoyed Percy Jackson but this was different enough that you could read it without needing to read the Percy Jackson books. (You totally should read the Percy Jackson series though, just saying.)

+ THE HUMOUR WAS RIDICULOUSLY WONDERFUL! See below for my favourite quotes!

+ The diversity is excellent! Crushes a lot of stereotypes which was wonderful but also made the story just so much more interesting to read!

+ THE ANNABETH CAMEOS. CAN WE PLEASE. I MEAN. IT WAS JUST-*explodes with feelings*

+ No romance! Can we just take a moment to thank the Norse bookish gods for this miracle and do the chicken dance while we're at it to celebrate because I LOVED THAT THERE WAS ZERO ROMANCE!

+ I learnt heaps of things about Norse mythology that I didn't know about! Which was great! And I also loveeeeed how Riordan put a fun twist on all the Norse Gods featured in here. :') Thor with his obsession with television and keeping up with all the channels was HILARIOUS.

FAVOURITE QUOTES!


“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?" I asked it. "Preferably not a chain, since it's no longer the 1990s?"

The sword didn't reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what?

"I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?"

The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.”

 DID YOU GET THE REFERENCE???!!! DID YOU??!!

“I smiled. "So this horse is your nephew, Sam?"
She glared at me. "Let's not go there."
"How did your dad father a horse?"
Blitzen coughed. "Actually, Loki was Sleipnir's mother."
"What--?"
"Let's definitely not go there," Sam warned.”
 
---

“Back up,” I said. “What did Sam mean by again? You’ve lost your hammer before?”
“Once,” Thor said. “Okay, twice. Three times if you count this time, which you shouldn’t, because I am not admitting that the hammer is missing.”
“Right…” I said. “So how did you lose it?”
“I don’t know!” Thor started to pace again, his long red hair sparking and popping. “It was just like…Poof! I tried retracing my steps. I tried the Find My Hammer app, but it doesn’t work!” 
 
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OVERALL, I adored Riordan's latest book and can't WAIT for the second book! There was literally no problems with this book apart from the fact that I had a slight problem with the fact that Magnus's POV sounded EXACTLY like Percy's...but Magnus's voice was so fun to read I didn't mind that much! And I thought it was a little to long near the end, but again, I was enjoying myself to much to care!

::Thank you Penguin NZ for the review copy!::



FANGIRL WITH ME!!! Have you read Magnus Chase?! Percy Jackson?! ANYTHING RICK RIORDAN??!! (don't break my heart by saying you haven't!!) What was your favourite?!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Double Whammy Review: A Thousand Pieces of You and Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray :: baa baa black sheep

17234658 Publisher: Harper
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 3 hours
Word Rating: Yeeeeeaaah...*shrugs*
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
REVIEW

Pretty much all I'd heard about A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU before I started reading it was praise and love so maybe I went in with to high expectations because A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU didn't turn out to be the magical and thrilling read I was expecting.

I have to hand it to the author: the idea behind the trilogy is exciting and unique but the actual delivery of the idea kinda...failed. Basically, the whole book is about jumping through dimensions to other worlds where there is an exact copy of yourself in every dimension except they're all different and live in different situations. So you may look the same and have the same or some of the same family but everything else and the world you live in is different. And you know what? That was cool! I've never read anything like that before! I found it incredibly interesting to read and that was my favourite part about the book, definitely, but I only wish there'd been a little more world building and PLOT! Where was the plot?!

Character wise...I WASN'T A HAPPY BOOKWORM. Marguerite couldn't make a decision to save herself and just seemed to let everyone else do the decision making for her. And when she did make a decision...it turned out to be a reallllllly bad idea. Spoiler: LIKE WHEN SHE WAS IN RUSSIAN MARGUERITE'S BODY AND SHE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND SLEEP WITH RUSSIAN PAUL. THERE WAS MUCH WRONG WITH THAT SITUATION OMG. Other characters were pretty meh. Theo was a cocky idiot and did some stupid things hut he was INTERESTING! Also WHOA, I did not see that thing about him at the end AT ALL. My mind was blown! Paul was a slightly creepy love interest who's main personal was basically...being a creepy love interest. Yep.

I found the romance took over and became more of a focus which I didn't want! I wanted more dimension hopping and plot and an explanation to why the bad guys were doing all this stuff...and instead we got a lot of Marguerite just mooning over Paul!  WHHHHY.

Also, the ending finished on such a happy ever after gloopy note, I didn't see WHY it needed a sequel, let alone a trilogy?? But maybe that's just me!

::Thank you Harper for the review copy!::





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Publisher: Harper
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Read it in: 4 hours
Word Rating: NUH UH *frowny face*
Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

REVIEW

After finishing A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU I immediately started TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU feeling hopeful that I would enjoy the sequel more, as I'd heard even higher praise about the sequel then I had about the first book.

Sadly, I was let down again but even more so this time. While I had problems with A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU it was very addictive in places and did keep me suckered to the page. Here in A THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU, I was bored the whole time and and spent more time wondering when it was going to end then actually trying to push through it.

Where in A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU I loved the different dimensions and all the adventures and complications that came with it, I wasn't such a fan of them in here. Gray definitely explored some different ways 'fates' could be twined together, but I don't think they worked as well in here as they did in the first book.

I'm still not a fan of the romance mainly because I feel so indifferent?! I felt no chemistry between Paul and Marguerite in A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and even less so in here. And what with Marguerite running all over the place like a headless chicken trying to fix stuff and find Paul, there was absolutely no room for their relationship to grow. That makes my shipper heart angry, grrr!

ALSO SPOILER: When Marguerite goes back to the same Russian dimension she was in in the last book and she finds out that Russian Marguerite's is pregnant with Russian Paul's baby and it's all Marguerite's fault...I WAS SO MAD.  I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK OF THIS IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOKS!!! I should've seen in coming but still, IT MADE ME SO ANGRY ALL OVER AGAIN.

Unlike the first book, TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU ends of a KILLER cliffhanger, so be warned! It made me half want to throw the book at a wall and half desperately want the third book as soon as possible just so I could find out what happens!

 ::Thank you Harper for the review copy!:: 



OVERALL FEELINGS

Overall, I feel quite indifferent about these books albeit annoyed confused and mad at parts of it. It had an awesome idea behind them but the characters annoyed me so much and made such stupid decisions (!!!ANGRYFACE!!!), plus there was a severe lack of plot and world building for me to put that aside and enjoy the rest of the novels. I did enjoy the first book somewhat and it did have me glued to the pages at some points but the second book sadly lacked anything awesome. Do I want to read the third book? I don't know! I AM curious to see what happens in the third book after that absolute KILLER cliffhanger in TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU so I'll probably read it just to find out what happens!

I also feel one of the reasons I haven't enjoyed these books so much is it's just ME. Because even though I had trouble with this series that doesn't mean YOU will! So if you're curious about them but feel put off because of my reviews I still think you should totally try them! My opinion is MY opinion and I'd love to know YOURS!



 SO! HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOKS IN THIS TRILOGY?! IF YOU HAVE, WHICH WAS YOUR FAVOURITE?!
ALSOALSOALSOOOO, MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF ALL: WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE COVER??!!??!! I THINK THE SECOND IS MINE BUT IT'S CLOSE!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff :: tHiS bOoK iS sO gOoD sOmEoNe sEnD hElP

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Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: November 1st 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | The Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 5 hours
Word Rating: AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


REVIEW

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL YOU IN A CALM AND CONTAINED MANNER ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE ILLUMINAE! My brain has just turned to mush and all I can think of is LOVEITLOVEITLOVEIT when I even try and process my thoughts on it!! THAT MEANS IT'S LIST TIME PEOPLE. Otherwise they'll be no review at all!

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REASONS WHY I LOVED ILLUMINAE AN ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNT (haha, SEE WHAT I DID THERE???!!!)

1.) IT'S SCI-FI! AND I LOVED IT! I do not like Sci-fi! Sci-fi does not like me! But in here?! IT WORKED. SO WELL. AND MY HEART CAN HARDLY CONTAIN ITSELF IN ALL OF IT'S JOYFUL CELEBRATION! There's spaceships, there's planets, there's space...EVERYTHING SCI-FI BASICALLY AND IT'S AWESOME!!! SOOOOO AWESOMMMME!!!!!

2.) The fact that even though the whole book is told through transcripts and so you're never inside the characters heads...I was SO attached and emotionally involved with EVERYONE and EVERYTHING in the story!! AND EZRA AND KADY MY POOR BABIES. *bawls*

3.) KADY AND EZRA! So when the story starts, Kady has just dumped Ezra and they're both mad at each other. Then their planet gets blown up (as it does) and they escape together - just - but end up on different space ships. When Kady, who is an amazing computer hacker, sniffs out some trouble that the big bosses are hiding from the refugees - a deadly plague (that is insanely creepy to read about but is so incredibly written you can't help but admire it and love it) - she needs Ezra's help to find out more and try and take it down. She reluctantly contacts Ezra and asks for his help.

Reading their IM's between each other (as that's how they corresponded) and seeing them go from hostile and resentful with each other to slowly becoming closer and becoming awkward friends, enough so they could grieve over what they had lost, like their dead family members and friends and their home, to the realization that they were actually falling back in love with each other was SO powerful! It was slow, it didn't take over the focus of the story which was taking down the bad guys, and it showed how they weren't just *in love*, it went deeper then that.  And it was just so enthralling to read!

Kady is one of the strongest female characters I've came across in YA this year and she's absolutely brilliant. She's strong enough to know her weaknesses, but she's also arrogant and fragile and ASDFGHJKL, she's aMaZiNg, okay?! I loved Ezra as well and his sarcasm was hilarious, but I loved Kady more. Her wit was even better then Ezra's!

4.) The unique formatting! Oh my gosh, guys, it is amazing! If I didn't take such shonky photography I would be splattering this review with pictures of what it looks like! The book would've definitely been completely different reading experience if it hadn't had all the pictures and gorgeous formatting so I'm so glad it had it and I really hope the next two books in the trilogy follow in it's footsteps!

5.) AIDAN! Omg, AIDAN. Aidan is this big computer that is THE ALL AND MIGHTY BASICALLY. He's absolutely amazing because he's so flawed! On one hand he's evil, destroying and murdering thousands of  people in a nanosecond and he donesn't bat an eyelid but on the other hand he kills all those people because he thinks he's protecting other people, or meat, as he calls humans. And then Kady comes along and slowly he begins to change and he starts to feel compassion. To watch read him go from a cold emotionless computer something to grow as someone with compassion was...brilliant. Frankly brilliant.

Overall, ILLUMINAE IS AMAZING AND SO DESERVING OF THE HYPE(to me at least!!). The only problems I had with it was a slow start that was hard to get into and a couple of things that I didn't understand - but I think that was because I was reading so fast I skipped some things! After I got past that, I couldn't put the book down!

Please, just do yourself a favour and read it!

NOW.

::Thank you Allen & Unwin for the review copy!::
HAVE YOU READ ILLUMINAE??!!! WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT??!! DID YOU LIKE AIDAN??!! DID YOU LIKE EZRA OR KADY BETTER??!!
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