Update and Apology!

Monday, 1 December 2014
Hi guys, I'm so sorry for not posting for so long, I've actually missed blogging, but I just haven't had the time!! I haven't posted since the beginning of September, and I feel really bad about that :(
Basically my reason for not being very active is I started University in September, and it's been crazy busy, with studying and assignments and other things! 
However I'm home for a whole month over Christmas and I plan on getting loads of reading and reviews done! 
Look forward to all the reviews!! :)

Series Review- Dustlands Trilogy

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Books in the series: Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart, Raging Star
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Rating: 3/5


This is a series review, it does contain some spoilers for the series!! You have been warned :)


Blood Red Road was one of my top reads of 2013, I thought it was one of the best YA dystopian novels I had read in a long time. However, having reached the end of the trilogy I have to admit that I was deeply disappointed by this trilogy. The trilogy seemed to get worse and worse as I read. By the third book, Raging Star, I had to force my way to the end.
The plot in Blood Red Road was good, it had purpose and a reasonable plot line. After the the 1st book many plot points seemed to disappear e.g. the whole Angel of Death idea became fairly redundant through the rest of the series. The plot became weaker through the last two books. Blood Red Road was full of action and fighting and was very fast paced. However in the third book especially, the action stopped and instead the focus turned to drama, between different characters, which was a disappointing change.
One of my biggest issues with these novels, especially the third one was the pacing of the novel. Raging Star was so slow, I had to force myself to keep reading, for a series that is described as the next "Hunger Games style read", it didn't have any of the pace or action of The Hunger Games. All the action in Raging Star seemed to occur in the last 50 or so pages of the novel. This led to a very rushed resolution to the novel and the trilogy, as everything was crammed in. It was so rushed in fact, that I struggled to actually take in everything that was occurring, which meant I didn't feel very connected to the conclusion, which I'm sure was supposed to make the reader cry!
I still didn't really like Saba, she was cold and harsh and lacked emotion and empathy in my opinion. She didn't really improve through the trilogy, in fact I thought she got more dislikable as the trilogy progressed. The choices she made were so frustrating to read, and left me unable to really connect with the main character.
I also thought a lot of the other characters were lacking development, a lot of the characters had interesting back stories that were hinted at but never fully explained. Also the development with Emmi was really interesting, its a shame it never got expanded upon!
I was most disappointed with the final book in the trilogy for a number of reasons, one of which was the predictability of the story. The twists and reveals throughout the novel felt useless and underwhelming at times. It felt like they had been placed there only to "shock" the reader, very few actually enhanced or furthered the plot very much. Also the betrayal that happens at the end was so obvious that I had it figured out very early on, meaning the big reveal felt very anti climatic.
Overall I was very disappointed by this trilogy. It started off with so much promise, but by the third book it had slowed to a crawl, and felt like it was trudging miserably to it's predictable conclusion.


June/July Book Haul

Saturday, 2 August 2014
I made the decision not to buy any books for a couple of months to try and reduce my TBR pile. I bought one book in June, but thought it was pretty pointless to include it in a haul all by itself. I received an Amazon voucher this month and I decided to buy myself some books with it!
The non-fiction book I bought in June was The Puzzle of Left-handedness by Rik Smits. I just spotted this book in Waterstones, and being left handed I thought it looked like an interesting read. It looks at the history and prejudices associated with left handers, and looks like a really good read.
The first book I bought in July was The Giver by Lois Lowry, which is a novel I have wanted to read for a good few years. I think it's a dystopian novel of sorts, and it has been made into a movie which is due for release later this year, starring Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift.
The next two books I bought were both by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I recently finished reading Careless People by Sarah Churchwell which was a very interesting book about Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. After reading it, I wanted to pick up some of Fitzgerald's other work. I got The Beautiful and Damned and This Side of Paradise.
The next book I picked up was The Young Hornblower Omnibus by C.S. Forester. These novels were made into an ITV series starring Ioan Gruffudd. I first discovered these books through Tumblr, when I saw a post about the tv show, which you can check out on Youtube. This omnibus contains Mr Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower and Hornblower and the Hotspur.
The last book I got was Allegiant by Veronica Roth which is the last book in the Divergent Trilogy. I own the first two books in this series, although I've only read Divergent, I've yet to read Insurgent. I wanted to pick up Allegiant when it had the same cover as the rest of the series, and when I got this voucher I decided to pick it up.


     

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Book Review- The Lost Prince

Friday, 18 July 2014
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 377
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic

Rating: 4/5

Don’t look at Them.Never let Them knowyou can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
My name is Ethan Chase.And I may not live to see myeighteenth birthday.-Goodreads


I received an ebook copy of this novel from Netgalley. 
*I received this arc in 2012, but never got around to reading it!!*

I read the first book in the main Iron Fey series (the series that this series spins off) in 2012 and I didn't enjoy it very much, I found Meghan to be a very dislikeable character, and I have never continued with the series. However I am currently trying to read books that I received from Net Galley and never got around to reading so I decided to tackle this one.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. It's a very quick read, it took me very little time to get through it, and at times I even wanted to read on to see what happened. 
Although I couldn't remember anything about the Iron Fey world or the characters, very little background knowledge was required to enjoy this novel, I managed fine! I don't know if this series spoils the Iron Fey series if you read it first, so I couldn't give you any advice on which to read first.
Ethan is the main character in this book, he is Meghan's half brother, and I must admit I like him more than Meghan. Be warned though, this boy has teenage angst by the bucketful, it basically oozes out of his pores! However I still liked him, even through the angst and self pity. He pushes everyone away because he is avoiding the Fey that follow him around, because they know he can see them. However, when he moves to a new school he meets Kenzie, a girl who won't go away no matter how hard he pushes.
To be honest I found Kenzie to be a pretty annoying character, but the two of them compliment each other, and together I actually really liked them. 
The plot of the book was pretty well paced, it has action and an interesting mystery running through it, which kept my interest fairly well. A number of characters from the Iron Fey series featured in this novel too, including Meghan, Ash, Puck and the cat Grimalkin, although I couldn't really remember anything about them. 
Overall I rather enjoyed this novel, and I'm tempted to revisit the Iron Fey series and give it another chance.

Top 10 Tuesday #1

Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Top 10 Favourite TV Shows


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (link here). This weeks topic was tv shows, and as I watch a ridiculously large amount of tv I thought this would be a good week to start.
These are my current top 10 tv shows, although not in any order!

  

I only started watching this show this year, but it has fast become one of my favourites, I have fallen in love with all the characters, and may have cried once or twice!!



This is another show that I have only started watching this year, and I have binge watched it in a few weeks. The different creatures that show up every episode are very entertaining, and as you'll realise, I'm a sucker for any kind of cop show.


Continuing with the cop theme is Castle, few things make me as happy as the relationship between Castle and Beckett. I also have a soft spot for Esposito and Ryan, the bromance!!

 

These 20 minute episodes never fail to perk me up if I'm feeling down. Jim and Pam, love them, and Dwight is very amusing. Although I prefer the episode with Steve Carrell's character Michael in them, I love all the episodes!!



Yes, I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and this BBC series is one of my favourite shows ever. The wait between series' is agony, why must you do that BBC?!?


Ever since the first episode with Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor, I have been hooked on this show. True it has it's ups and downs (looking at you Stephen Moffat!) it generally entertains me, and the early series' are just ace!!



Although I haven't seen season 3 of this show, it still deserves a place in my list because it is one of my favourite sci-fi/alien shows that I have ever watched, it has action, characters that I fell in love with, and a very good looking cast ;)



I watched season 1 of this show earlier this year and it was so good. Seriously, if you haven't watched it I definitely recommend it, although I did have to put the subtitles on as I struggled to understand Matthew McConaughey's mumbling!!


I discovered this show through Tumblr, it isn't very well known or publicised in the UK, but I'm very glad I did. Apart from having a very attractive cast, the monsters are scary enough and the plots thick enough to keep me intrigued. Although Supernatural doesn't currently have an air channel in the UK as Sky Living has dropped it, I will definitely check out the next season.


This BBC show, starring and written by one of my favourite comedians Miranda Hart, makes me roar and cry with laughter every single time I watch. It's one of those shows that still amuses me every single time I watch. Featuring a group of immensely loveable characters, if you haven't watched before, I suggest you do.

Those were my top 10 shows, I hope you enjoyed reading this, and if you have any suggestions for other shows, feel free to comment them below!!
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