The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansan

Publisher: Bantam Press (17 July 2014)

Format: Paperback (512 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

When Kelsea was a child she was taken into hiding and now being nineteen she is taken back to The Keep of The Tearling. Unlike most nineteen year olds she is a Princess and now it`s her time to become queen.

However the thought of becoming queen might as well be called impossible because there are many people who want her dead.

She would either survive to become one of the most impressive and powerful Queen of The Tearling or be dead within a matter days.

Review:

I don`t know where to start with this review, it`s so hard. I love this book so much! This book becoming one of my most favourite books of all times means that this book has something. Normally I am very hard to please because I`ve read so many books that they look like they`re all the same. But this book is something big and I love it so much.

Kelsea is a very strong female character because she will do anything to get what she wants, and yes we do see strong female characters toady in modern YA but not all of them have a heart. Our protagonist strives to do everything morally- the opposite of the mother- and all her actions have a purpose. Another thing which I adore about Kelsea is that she loves books! I can really relate to this. In the book she does whatever she can to get the library from her childhood back and this inspired me to keep reading. In addition I particularly enjoyed Kelsea`s relationship with the Queen`s Guard because I found it funny how they didn`t take her seriously but they still respected her.

Before I read the book I heard that many people didn`t enjoy this book because of the slow world building, however, I didn`t have any trouble with is. If you want to read this book please bear in mind that there isn`t any fast paced action. What I noticed about the books was that “less is more” in the book, it feels as though nothing happened in the book due to the world building, although a lot of things did happen. On the other hand I found the setting of the book was quite confusing because it`s set in a fantasy world that is like the futuristic world of today but it`s also medieval. Weird, I know, but a good weird- you`ve never seen it before. I also love the fact that it wasn`t just one perspective, there were many, and you get a good feel of what the characters were thinking.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury (15 Aug. 2013)

Format: Paperback (432 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Celaena has now become the King`s Champion and in exchange for her freedom she needs to do what the King asks her for 4 years. Seeming to obey the King by killing who he ask by bringing their head it looks like it`s the start of a new life for Celaena where she can do what she wants. Although she is distracted when she finds something beneath the castle that could be the answer to why Adarlan became the most powerful country and the King`s secret. Meanwhile she comes to realise what her relationship between her friends really cost.

Review:

Crown of Midnight is the second book in The Throne of Glass series and it continues Celaena`s journey. Since this is the second book in a massive six books instalment you would expect for some character development and yes there was. As a reader you get to explore the world more as well as learn more about the characters and their past. In this book I get more of a feel of the world the book is set in and see the characters grow as they learn more about each other. Although disappointingly I didn`t understand some of Celaena`s choices in the book and I felt she was annoying for making those unconditional choices.

I just want to let you know that all of the action didn`t happen until halfway to the book and I know that the author was trying to build up suspense but I felt quite bored. However this stopped because the romance immediately started to engage me as a reader and I feel sorry for a character who-must-not-be-named otherwise I`ll spoil the book. On the other hand when we get to the end of the book a whole load of information is just thrown at us, and I really couldn`t handle it because I felt as if I was in a classroom and my teacher was just lecturing without thinking about me as a student. My advice to the author would be so space out the new intricate details so that the reader wouldn`t be overwhelmed.

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T5W- Book series I wished had more books

Today is Wednesday and this means it`s time for another Top 5 Wednesday. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.


Book series are just my favourite books to read because the story continues and when a book is left on a cliff hanger you get to read more. If someone gave me a choice to read stand-alone boos or book series, I think the answer is obvious: series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare- Yes Clockwork Princess did break my heart and I was left crying for days after I finished the book but I just want to know more about Tessa and Jem`s life after Will died and see what happens to them. I would also love to know more about Will`s life, I mean we all do don`t we?

This isn`t my photo, all the rights belongs to the author and the publisher.

Harry Potter– I need more Hogwarts adventures to keep me going through the school year. I feel that Harry`s story hasn`t ended yet and there still more to be explored. I would also love it if there was a Harry Potter book with Hermione as the main character, I wonder what would happen…

To All The Boys I`ve Loved Before by Jenny Han- the second book of this trilogy was left on a cliff-hanger, how could you Jenny Han! Laura and Peter`s story hasn`t finished yet and I want to know whether their relationship will work for them.

Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter- I really love this series and it was my first YA series that I read so it lies very deep in my heart. The action and spies in this book is to die for, also the character development was perfect. Just one more book, please…

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The Liebster Award

Hello fellow book bloggers and readers, today I have an exiting post for you. I was recently nominated by Allison from Rightofthepages and Glitter2rain for the Liebster award. I never thought that I would have such a great time blogging when I first started and the Liebster is just a way for saying, “Hey well done for maintaining your blog”. Therefore and I am thankful.

I you didn`t know, like me when I was first nominated, the Liebster award is an award given to bloggers from other bloggers to congratulate and promote blogger who have under 200 followers.

So the rules are: 

Thank the nominator.

Display the award.

Answer the questions

Nominate 10 more bloggers with 10 new questions.

Notify the Nominees

Thank you so much to Rightofthepages and Glitter2rain for nominating me and it means a lot. 🙂 Go and check out their blogs!

Display the award:

So to the questions

Rightofthepages questions:

1)Pick one book that you would say is your favourite book and why? (I know it may be hard!)

This is the hardest question you could ever ask a bookworm. Mmm, I think that it would have to be…Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

2)Where is your happy place?

My happy place would have to be my bedroom or the countryside where there is nice scenery to look at all day.

3)Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging over a year ago to document my reading journey so that I wouldn`t forget it.

4)What is your favourite season and why?

My favourite season would have to be Autumn because of the colours of fall and the way leaves fall of the trees. It`s also not too hot or too cold.

5)What is your ideal career?

 Probably and accountant or a doctor.

6)What is your absolute favourite food?

Easy, my favourite food in whole entire world is ice cream! 😛

7)What three words describe you best?

Oh I really hate answering theses types of questions because it`s sounds like your showing of your own personalities. Anyway three words would be intelligent, loyal and happy.

8)What is your favourite thing about yourself?

I like the way I will always try my best.

9)What would be your top travel destination and why?

America and the reason for this is so I can live in Barnes and Noble forever.

10)Do you believe in ghosts?

Nope.

11)What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

Paper towns, it`s much more better than the book.

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Top 5 Wednesday| Tropes you hate

This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group. Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is Tropes you hate.


Believe it or not by I have to research what “tropes” actually mean because I`ve never heard of that term before. Anyway I found out what it meant and have collected a list of them to share with you today. 🙂


1)Instant love

I cannot express how much this annoys me. Instant love isn`t realistic and has no purpose. Do people actually fall in love with each other when they bump into each other and accidentally pour coffee over someone? No! They get angry and curse that person for ruining such a wonderful day they had so far. 😛 Instant love is a very typical theme in YA and while it was effective, it`s overused and not anymore.

2) Female characters who doubt themselves

Why are so many female characters insecure? They always look at other female characters who seem to have perfect skin and teeth and compare themselves. This isn`t a good example to show to readers and they need to know that they are beautiful, not the opposite.

3) The absent parent

A lot of parents seem to be missing. Where are they? Why aren`t they doing their jobs as parents.

4) The bad boy

This is overused a lot and now therefore boring. There are good guys you know.

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Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

So today is Tuesday and I never really post weekdays but I`ve just recently heard of a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday and I found it a really fun meme so I decided to participate.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today`s Top Ten Tuesday is  my Top Ten  Auto-buy Authors. I think that when you are reading you always have an author that you love a lot because of their characters and their wonderful they have created. I think that many of these authors I`m going to mention their books are impulse buys for me.


Sarah J. Maas- I think that this has been a recent obvious for me but all her books are just so amazing and addicting and no matter what I`ll always enjoy her books. If you haven`t read any of her books, what are you doing??? Pick up Throne of Glass or A Court of Thorns and Roses now! I can gaurente you`ll enjoy it and will be wanting more.

Jenny Han- Oh Jenny Han is the Queen of Contemporary. All of her books have the perfect amount of romace with some family toppings. All the books she has published so far are really easy to read and you`re just hooked by the first page.

Cassandra Clare- I think that a lot of people are going to choose her but there`s a reason for that, the Shadowhunter world is just a magnificent series that pulls you in and Cassandra Clare makes you believe that the world exist from the moment your eyes land on the first page. The Infernal Devices is my all time favourite trilogy.

Josephine Angelini- I`ve enjoyed all her books that she has published, especially Trial By Fire which left me wanting for more and I really can`t wait for the next book to come out! Her Starcrossed series is equally as phenomenal.

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Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2 Aug. 2012)

Format: Paperback (432 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

This book evolves around Celaena Sordothian who is an assassin. When we first see her she is offered to become the King`s Champion or stay imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovie. She takes the choice that guarantees her freedom but weeks into the competition other competitor are being found dead by something unknown…

Review:

This book has received so much praise and hype that it`s very impossible to not pick it up. The genre the book lies in is fantasy (my favourite genre), magic and a little bit of romance (maybe more than a little bit). However what I found that made me picked up the book even more was the cover, which is really pretty, yet dark at the same time, and I love how on the front it has Celaena all dressed up for battle being armed weapons but the back of the book contrasts with this and it has Celaena dressed in a dress representing her feminine side. It`s an absolute cover buy.

The characters in this book were quite diverse and different, although I found that some characters less believable than others because of their appearance and the way they aren`t mentioned much in the book. However I found that one of the character resembled me so much, I`ve never read of a character that has the same qualities and interest as me, and that character is our protagonist: Celaena. Celaena loves reading (I do as well), she is strong, and she is very cleaver! Even though we do see other strong female characters in YA, like Katniss, I have never been able to relate to one because they have never been accessible. Celaena is just the best and the whole reason why this book is worth reading. Also Celaena and Chaol are my OTP! 😛

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words


So today I decided to participate in my very first book meme because why not? I also found weekly book memes are really fun to read and possibly fun to blog??? I have no idea but we shall see. Anyway this meme today consists of answering three WWW questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you`ll read next?

Now lets answer them…

  • I am currently reading Crown of Midnight by Sara J. Maas, which is the second book in the Throne Of Glass series, I am in the middle of the book at the moment and lets say that I am quite heart broken at the moment because a relationship has been ruined. Nevertheless I really want to finish it quick so I know what happens, the patience of being a bookworm is surreal. 😦
  • Speaking about Crown of Midnight and I recently read Throne of Glass and decided to marathon the three currently published books so that the world stays in my head and so I will get the most out of the books. I actually reread Throne of Glass in order to read the second book because I couldn`t remember the little details.

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My favourite genre of all time

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I love books and reading if you didn`t know (I`m very sure you do know this). Reading has been a huge part of my life so far and so in this post I will be talking about books, again. 🙂 With in a book there are words which you read, but with in the words there is a certain type or style of story that lasts throughout the book, this is my little definition of a genre.

Everyone is different so we all have different genres we prefer and there are many to choose from, for example: contemporary, horror, thriller, dystopian, fantasy and many more. However throughout my reading life I have always one type of genre that I love and it has stuck with me for many years and hopefully for more. This phenomenal genre is fantasy.

Fantasy is the genre where the impossible is possible and everything you imagine actually comes true. This has always created a spark in me because sometimes reality is a little bit boring and I need to escape into a whole different world and the key to escaping reality is a fantasy book. What I also love about fantasy books is that you are immediately thrown into the world whilst being introduced at the same time. The book that started my love for fantasy is The Chronicles of Narnia, this is a extraordinary series I read when I was a child and it has still stuck with me.

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July wrap up

2015-08-01 12.51.25 It`s the end of July and this means that it`s time for a July wrap up where I review all the books I have read in July. This is actually my first wrap up and I`m very exited! So in July I read… Drum roll please… 5 BOOKS!!! I must say that this isn`t a lot compared to other avid readers but it`s a accomplishment and during the end of July I had a mini reading slump where I just didn`t know what read, this included picking up books and reading the first few page pages before putting it down. 😦 Here are the books:

  1. I`ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson– I didn`t enjoy this books as many people did and I found the twins relationship was kind of weird. I think that there needs to be more character development and the characters need to be more universal so that everyone can relate to one of them if not more.
  2. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe– If your wondering yes I actually did enjoy this book. It`s more of a reflective book than a action-packed parcel. The characters are very reflective and naive and this makes the book more delicate, I think. The book also covers controversial themes that need to be discuss in YA and this makes the book more special. The fact that the book goes through the characters growing for year, the readers can learn more about the characters- their flaws and weaknesses.
  3. The scorch trials by James Dashner– I already wrote a review on this so you can reader it here. Overall I had mixed views on it but the plot was quite interesting.
  4. The death cure by James Dashner– The straight after reading the second book in The Maze Runner series I decided to finish the series and read the Death Cure. WOW. What can I say? This book would have to be the best book out of the trilogy and the ending is just amazing. I really can`t say anything because I would spoil the whole book. Just read it! 🙂 I kind of want to write a review on this book but I`m not sure.
  5. Finally I read An ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Lets just say that I the hype made me want to read this book, so I did, although it was due to the hype that made me expect more from the book and so it didn`t go up to my expectation. Maybe it was because I read the book to fast or I wasn`t the mood of reading during the time. I just need to re-read the book again so that I can collect my thoughts together and have one final opinion on it.

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