It`s quite scary how this month is now July, to me it still feels like March. Another month means it`s time for another reflection post.
A Reflection on my Reading lifeis a monthly (ish) theme here on Life is Sweet in Books where I talk about the books I have read and my life. I thought this would be a better post to make than a wrap up post because it is less restricted and it allows me to be more original.
Percy Jackson series
From my last post, I have successfully completed thePercy Jacksonseries! Like any other book lover out there, I can tell you that I love this series and it has become one of my top favourite series out there! I love the adventure that Percy has and the family aspect that Rich Riordan embeds in the books. I am also a huge lover of Greek Mythology.
Sophie Someone by Hayley Long
This book was a little out of my comfort zone because I don`t really tend to read books that evolve around a girl trying to find out her heritage and where she actually comes from. However I was determined to read a different book in order to widen my reading experience. I quite enjoyed this book as it was very emotional and the secret language in this book was an unique experience.Read More »
It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.
*Warning* Before I get into this review any further I would like to remind you that this is a spoiler review so if you haven`t read the book or you don`t want to get spoiled then stop reading. Hereis a link to my spoiler free review and part one.
Since finishing reading Lady Midnight I have been in a little reading slump so I think writing another review will get this pain and heart break of my chest. In many ways Lady Midnight was an amazing book that left me staying up until 11am! No book has made me stay up that late and I think this is a great achievement, this is because I have been reading YA fiction for a long time now so I can spot the cliches, but Lady Midnight kept me reading through these parts.
On a more critical note, there were some parts that made me cringe , for example, when Emma asked Julian if she could stay with him and she explained what staying meant: “Stay and chase the bad dreams away”. This was a little too much for me and I felt like I couldn`t connect with the characters at this point because I wouldn`t say this to my supposed parabatai.
Although there were many parts that made my heart warm, like when Julian was making pancakes for his siblings. This made me realise how much Julian had to sacrifice and how strong he is, he had to go through the death of his father and he as to look after his siblings and run the institute! I felt so much sympathy for him and this was when I feel in love with his character.Read More »
There is a war going on and Nathan has to find a way to defeat Soul and Wallend altogether so that black witches and white witches and half codes can live together in peace. However Nathan has to find something that will make him untouchable so he can get close to Soul and defeat evil. Meanwhile Nathan is finding out about himself and the gifts he got from his father.
Half Lost is the third book in this phenomenal Half Bad trilogy and I was really excited to read this book to finish this series. Half Bad (the first book in this trilogy) was one of my favourite book in 2014 so I had a lot of hope for this book and boy did this book exceed my expectations.
I went through a whirl wind of emotions when I was reading this book. I was happy, angry and tears left my eyes. I have not read a book yet that have made me go through every emotions you can think of. I was angry when Nathan was under Soul`s influence and I just felt like throwing the book because the anger look over. However I didn`t and I`m glad I didn`t because I would have ruined the book. Tears left my eyes during the end of the book and I couldn`t contain myself.
In this book there is a war going on between white witches and the Alliance. Nathan has it in his mind to take revenge for his father`s death but to also stop the war by killing Soul, however to do this he needs a weapon that could make him invincible.
One of the greatest thing I love about this book is the amount of characters. In “Half Lost” there aren`t that many characters. This is a good thing because if gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and so the character development if very great in this book. In addition the minimal amount of characters means that I won`t have the problem of trying to remember the characters. In addition the characters in this book are very diverse so this brings a change to traditional Young Adult literature (YA). The themes of this book mainly evolves around coming-of-age, magic, witches and GLBT. Read More »
I feel like I haven`t been buying books lately, however I was completely wrong when I made a pile of the new books I owned. Therefore I thought it would be quite nice to make a book haul post and just to let you know, most of these books are blue (apart from one) and isn`t that strange? Well blue is my favourite colour and so I can`t really complain.
Anyway the books:
Glass Sword and The Sleeping Prince were two books that I was looking towards to. I really enjoyed The Sin Eater`s Daughter but it was left on a cliff hanger so I was obviously dying for the second book. As you might all know, I didn`t enjoy Red Queen but I had the urge to read the second book because sometimes the second book is better than the first, so I took the daring risk and I can say Glass Sword is much more better then Red Queen!
I was walking through a bookshop one day like any book lover out there and I found myself looking at the Harry Potter shelves. I looked at the books and I realised that I haven`t read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Immediately I thought I needed to fixed this massive problem and I brought the book.
Carrying on in this Harry Potter theme Carry On was one of the books I was desperate to get my hands on and I was quite intrigues because I know that Rainbow Rowell tends to write contemporary books like Eleanor and Park (which is my favourite book) and so when I heard that she was writing a fantasy book I thought I would see what her writing would be like.Read More »
June and Day have just escaped from the republic and they are now on the run. June is reported to be missing however she knows that the republic is only reporting her as missing to cover up that they want her dead. Along with Day they both join as rebellious group and they are given an impossible task.
It has been a while since I`ve read Legend (the first book) but when I saw this book in the library I thought that I need to finish this trilogy since I already had started it. I unfortunately had forgotten what had happened in the first book, but I was determined to finish it!
One of the reason why I was so determined to read this book is because of the characters. I loved June so much in the first book and so I wanted to read more about her and understand her. She is also quite inspirational (I would say) because she is the Republic`s darling. Although I loved the way how she felt so real and it was as if she was one of my friend because I understood why she made her decisions and I understood her as a person. You also get to see different sides of her and I would completely trust her with my life if I was in the same position.
However I didn`t enjoy reading Days perspective at first. He thoughts were very annoying and they weren`t really valid and in a way reading the story from his perspective wasn`t interesting. It took a long time for me to fall for Day and for his life. In the end I grew to like Day.
For some reason when I read this book I felt a very Hunger- Games-esque feeling and this isn`t a problem because I love the Hunger Games but I just couldn`t help but compare the setting of this book to the setting of the Hunger Games. The plot is also a bit similar but Prodigy has more of a clandestine mission and characters being slightly arcane. Read More »
Mare is trying to hide away from the Prince who betrayed her and now with the exiled Prince and a few other familiar faces she tries to find the people on the list. However the task itself is a suicide mission. She will have to face Maven and continue the rebellion.
Just before I start this review I think you should know that I didn`t enjoy Red Queen (the first book in this series) and you can read my review here. However I got the chance to read the second book and I thought should give it a go because sometimes I enjoy the second book more and we can`t always judge a series on the first book.
Glass Sword carries on the plotline from Red Queen where the protagonist Mare is trying to find newbloods to overthrow Maven. The process of finding the newbloods isn`t an easy task but the main difficulty of it is having Cal beside Mare because many reds don`t trust him since he is a silver. I was quite apprehensive with the plot at first because I have realised the second book in a trilogy is usually about a group of characters that are continuing their journey and so the plotline isn`t very interesting. The same thing happened in this book, there wasn`t any exiting twist and turns during the first half of the book and this made me lose interest.
Although for a large part of the book it is based on Mare finding out about herself and coping with relationship problems that I`m sure any teenager will have to face- this made the story more realistic and brings reality back into this damaged world where reds and silvers are separated.Read More »
I feel like I haven`t done a top ten Tuesday post in a long time so here we are.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks TTT is my favourite fantasy books a.k.a my favourite genre and my go-to reads. I love reading fantasy books and so I thought I might recommend some because I know all these books are amazing!!!
First of I need to start with the one and only Throne of Glass series. These books will leave you wanting for more and I have seriously been in a little reading slump since reading Queen of Shadows. I sure you will LOVE this series if you haven`t reading read it.
Harry Potter is another series I love. Magic and wizards and more magic, what more can you ask for. The characters in this series are also very diverse and so I think this would be a great series to read/reread if you are looking for some diverse characters.
The Sin Eater`s Daughter series is a newbie on the list. Recently I read the second book (my review will be up very soon) and I absolutely loved it. This book is like Shatter Me but in a fantasy world rather than a dystopian world.
Now for a little controversial book: Red Queen. Yes I know many of you love this book, although I personally didn`t, however I am currently reading the second book and I am actually enjoying it. Therefore I need to include the first book because we all know we should always read the first book before the second.
The Queen of The Tearling is to die for! I love how this book is slow paced and interesting at the same time. The main character of this book has such a strong voice and she empowers the idea of a strong independent female character that can do anything! Read More »
Its 1956 and Yael is on the ultimate mission to kill Hitler. Although she has to do it undercover and with her special ability she is able to do it and she has to become the Adele a participator of the world famous Axis tour. She has a limited amount of time to do so. She may know certain facts about Adele but what she doesn`t know is Adele’s personal life.
This is possibly the first historical fiction book I`ve read by choice and there is a reason for this- I don`t really like historical fiction books because there is hardly any action. So I thinking, a few weeks ago, about how diverse my choice of books are (it is not diverse at all), therefore I decided to pick up this book to broaden my horizons.
Going into the book the only thing I had in my mind was I wasn`t going to enjoy it because it was a fantasy book. Yes I actually did think this, a bit shallow, but I couldn`t help. However I was wrong, there was a lot of action in this book. Yael has to go through training to be able to become an agent and this means that she can fight. YES! Another strong female character! Yael has to go through a lot of action trying to be the first person in this motorbike race in order to come close to Hitler to do her mission.
The plot of this book is just based on Yael trying to win the race but there is also another element of her ability to change her face which she got by Nazi doctors experimenting on her. This ability makes her more vulnerable and it also makes the book more interesting. In addition there is the fact that Yael is pretending to be Adele so she doesn`t know everything about Adele. This means that she will have trouble coping and she has to pretending that she knows what Adele`s twin brother is talking about and what Luka is suggesting about last year.Read More »
When I first got into blogging I would be reading reviews and monthly wrap ups where I would constantly see new published books being named and they would keep popping up. This then made me feel pressured to read the books that I had seen a lot and books that had a lot of hype. As a result, I wouldn`t read the books I originally want to read and my TBR pile would just pile up.
Overall I think this is a huge problem for me and many other readers because we all feel we should read books that everyone is talking about and we shouldn`t read underrated books. In a way this makes me sad because I feel like I am neglecting books that I would love if I gave them a chance. However I want to read the new books that have a lot of hype because I want to see what all the hype was about.
On the other hand this then contradicts that whole purpose of blogging- we need to spread the love of books and recommend books. Maybe this is just me, but I think that it is maybe time for me a shift away from only reading YA and read different genres that will enable me to see what I actually like in a book.Read More »
I hope you are having a restful weekend that it full of reading!
Recently as a 2016 resolution I was thinking of embedding my life into my blog and so I have created this meme or monthly post where I will be taking about my reading life.
Therefore Reflection of My Reading Life is a new monthly post here on Life is Sweet in Books where I will be reflecting and telling you about what I have recently read and my reading experiences.
I hope you all will enjoy this post. I have decided to something like this rather than doing monthly wrap ups and TBRs (to be read) because I feel like those posts will restrict me to the content I add on my blog. I am just basically tying make my blog more about me and personalising it.
The books I have read recently are:
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
I went into this book only knowing it was a historical fiction novel. Now I am not the biggest historical fiction fan and I never read these particular books because I don`t like history and I find it very boring. When I finished the book I didn`t like it and this was not a let down because I kind of knew I wouldn`t like the book in the first place. I don`t know why because there was a fantasy element to it but I think it is just me being very mean and picky.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I then chose to read a fantasy book because I wanted to be in my comfort zone and read a book that I knew I would enjoy. When I read a few pages I started to get really confused of the world the book was set in and I felt like all the characters where being introduced too quickly. However half-way through I finally got what was going on and the main plot of the book. I did enjoy this book mainly because of the characters and the way there were many POVs (point of views). The POVs made the book more interesting and I got to find out the background of the characters and what they are like.
Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
This was the first Rick Riordan book that I had read so I came into this book with high expectations and I was not disappointed. I think the main reason why I enjoyed this book was because of how realistic the characters where and so I would be able to connect to some of them. I will definitely be reading more books by Riordan in the future and hereis my review. Read More »