The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Review

Publisher: Bantam Press (16 July 2015)

Format: Hardcover (528 pages)

Source: Library copy 

Synopsis:

The Red Queen is coming and Kelsea has to think of a plan quick to save the Tearling. However Kelsea keeps on going into a trace to the time before the Tearling, during the time of the Crossing, and she might find that someone who lived in the past may be the solution to stopping the Red Queen. Whatever she has to do, she has to do it fast because the Mort army is coming and everyone is depending on her.

Review:                     

The Invasion of the Tearling is the second book in the Queen of the Tearling series and so I (obviously) had high expectations for this book because the first book is one of my favourite books. In this book we continue Kelsea`s journey on being queen of the Tearling and as hard as it may sound, there are greater threats like the Mort army who will do anything their Queen tells them to.

When I first started reading the book I was immediately thrown into the world. This was something I liked because most of the time the second book in a series normally starts with a summary of what happened in the first book. Johansen went to business immediately.

One of the things I forgot about the first book was the writing style and the pace of the book. The book is quite slow paced because there is a lot of world building. At times I found this quite unnecessary because I just wanted to “action” to happen, although as I got into the book I started to appreciate the slow pace, you could say it was quite refreshing. I enjoyed Johnasen`s writing style because I felt it fitted the book and it was easy to read, it also fitted the fantasy theme. In addition this book is written in the third person and there are a lot of points of views. This expanded my reading experience as I was able to read the plot from different points and I was able to understand the different characters.Read More »

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwym Hamilton Review

Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Feb. 2016)

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Won in a giveaway

Synopsis:

Amani is tired of living in Dustwalk where nothing ever happens and she now wants to escape to Izman where anything was supposed to be possible. However when she became the Blue-eyed-bandit she lost her chances. Meanwhile there is a rebellion going on of the Rebel Prince causing tensions to rise and Amnai meeting the foreigner once again.

Review:                

One of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book is because of stunning cover and I`ve heard a lot about the strong female character. Rebel of the Sands is about Amani who wants to go to a city called Izman because she is tired of Dustwalk and the ways of Dustwalk. She goes and tries to get enough money to escape but she fails and she meets a foreigner who is hiding more than he is showing.

I was little confused at the start because of all the terms, such as Djinni, and the stories that were told in the book. This meant that I had to flip back pages a few times so I could get my head around the new terms. I think to improve this book there should be a glossary at the back so I would have the trouble of finding the right page, it could also improve my ability to understand what was going in the book.

However I enjoyed the book overall because I understood the main character Amani and her decisions. In a way I think she was a universal character because I didn`t have a lot in common with her but Hamilton portrays her in a way where I would be able to understand her. Another thing I loved about her was the fact that she was a strong female character. I know that there are a lot of strong female characters out there in YA, like Katniss Everdeen and Celaena Sardothien, but Amani wasn`t the reckless kind that didn`t have a heart, in a way she grew in the book and she was motivated by what was the right thing to do and not by what she wanted. She was also stubborn at times and I found these parts amusing and it shows Amani was a real person, not just a character in a book.Read More »

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (5 May 2016)

Format: Paper back (528 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

Andie has a thing for being organised and planning everything that is about to come. However when her long awaited plan is destroyed she doesn`t know what to do and she definitely wouldn`t think that she would be walking dogs or spending time with her dad during the summer.

Review:

I have been waiting a long time to read a Morgan Matson book and I can tell you this book did not disappoint. This book was everything I expected from a contemporary book although the size wasn`t what I expected.

One of the main aspect of the book that I loved was the characters. Andie is such a relatable character and even if you can relate to her you`ll love her because all of her actions and thoughts are universal. She grows up a lot in this book and you get to see her find out what she wants and who she is. She also has a lot of aspirations and her background if losing her family makes the reader sympathises with her but it also gives a chance for the reader to get to know more about here. Most of the decisions she makes in this book I would make as well.

In addition this books made me remember how much I loved reading contemporary books that are based in the US because life there seems so free and I was able to understand what life was like there.

I loved how there were little extra added plots like a scavenger hunt and friendship. Even though growing up was a main theme in this book there were also other important themes like: family, friendship and romance. I thought it was very clever of Matson to embed all of the themes into one book because it was as if the book itself was a representative of YA.Read More »

Pretty Book Covers #2

Hello guys,

Today I`d thought I would make another pretty book cover post because I`ve only noticed that I own quite a few “pretty books” and so I thought I would share them with you. Here is a link to my first post of this series.

This post is part of my  bookish- tea- time category where anything that doesn`t have a category here in book blogging world is placed.

I know as book lovers we shouldn`t judge a book by it`s cover, but sometimes a pretty and beautiful cover just brightens your day and it also makes you shelves look much more aesthetically pleasing. 

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First we have Queen of Shadows which is my most favourite cover at the moment. The white cover makes the book look clean and Celaena just looks like so strong. Sometimes I hate when there`s a person on the book cover because it can make the book look cheap and tacky, although I think having a drawing of the characters is better. In addition if there is a picture of the character on the cover it`s easier to imagine what they would look like.  Here is my review if you want to read more about it.Read More »