Top Ten TV Shows That I Love

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Today we have a Top Ten Tuesday post and this has to be one of my favourite ones to do because it`s all about TV shows! When I`m not reading I`m usually seen watching TV shows and there are a few shows which I am obsessed with, therefore I thought it would be fitting to do this post.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


The first TV show I have is the Flash. I love this show sooo much because of the positive vibe that it gives. Normally TV shows tend to be quite dark and serious, but the Flash has this warm tone that makes me want to keep watching. I cannot wait for the next season to come out because the last season left on a cliff hanger!!!

Along the lines of the DC world I am also loving the show Supergirl! This is also a happy and upbeat show and it just leaves me in a happy mood. This is good thing because I tend to watch TV shows to de-stress from the busy school life. I also love the wardrobe in Supergirl!

The next show is Teen Wolf. I decided to watch this show because all my friends where watching it. I did find the first few episode quite boring and this lead me to stop watching the show. Although a few months ago I went back to finish the first season and from there I am now hooked! This show is so addicted and this may be because every episode ends on a cliff hanger, but I don`t care because this show is my whole life. I love all the characters and everything about this show is perfect: there is a fantastic plot line and the characters are very diverse.

The final show that I am going to mention in the Shannare Chronicles. This show is one of my type of show because its set in a fantasy-like setting and it reminds me of my favourite fantasy books. The TV show is based on the book series, although sadly I haven`t read the books, but I do intend to read them in the future. If you love fantasy book I`m sure you`ll love this show. Similarly I can`t wait for the next season.Read More »

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan Review

Publisher: Penguin Group (Aug 2013)

Format: Paperback (342 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

This time the stakes are higher. Percy, who is the son of Poseidon, now has to watch his back everywhere he goes because Kronos is rising.  Although there is a minor problem that is a little bit closer to home- Luke is planning to invade Camp Blood by using a Labyrinth. It is now Percy and his companions` job to find a way to stop Luke and his evil team.

Review:

This book was a thrilling read that kept me caught the whole way though. I had enjoyed the entire book so far in this series and I couldn`t wait to read this book.

I really enjoyed the narrative of Percy in this series. For some reason Riordan present Percy in a way that makes me immediately like him. Normally I would be able to understand the male point of view, however with Percy I was able to understand him. Additionally it could also be due the humour of Percy. Percy has a universal humour that makes him very accessible and so I was able to enjoy his character.

Although, in this book I didn`t enjoy Annabeth`s character. Before one of my favourite characters was Annabeth because she was strong, clever and very inspirational. However in this book she wasn`t very open and I know it was because she upset, but to me she seemed very angsty. I also thought Percy and Annabeth` relationship would improve, but I was a little disappointed.Read More »

A Reflection on my Reading and Life…

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 life is 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.


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Percy Jackson series

From my last post, I have successfully completed the Percy Jackson series! 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 »

A Reflection of My Reading Life

Hello guys,

Today I have the very long awaited Reflection on My Reading Life post! I have to admit that I was aiming to write one of these posts a month, however, sadly this past month has been packed full with EXAMS!!! Therefore I have to take a bit of time off from blogging, although I`m sure everything will be back to normal in a few weeks! *fingers crossed*!

A 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.

Since the last post of this category was a long, long time ago, we have a lot of books today!

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I wanted to read this book because I had seen that it was compared to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I went into this book without really knowing anything, but I did have high hopes for it. Unfortunately I was let down, mainly because I didn`t really understand the plot of the story.

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Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

This novella is written especially for World Book Day 2016 and so I was quite exited to get my hands on this and to see what a short Rowell novella would be like. I wasn`t disappointing in this novella at all! Rowell has a way capturing you and even though there isn`t a straight plot, you still get that Rainbow Rowell feel.Read More »

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 »

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 »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spoiler Review

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

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. Here is 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 »

Half lost by Sally Green Review

Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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 »

Book Haul

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:

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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!

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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 »

Prodigy by Marie Lu Review

Publisher: Penguin (29 Jan. 2013)

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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 »