Reviews

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman // Review


Title: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 22nd October 2015

One of the most unique books of it’s genre, and a truly captivating read that keeps you wanting more and more – even well after the book has ended.

I’d heard amazing things about this book, but it stayed on my shelf for months until I recently thought I’d give it a go. Little did I know I’d actually been missing out on one of the best books I’ve read.

This is already my favourite read of 2017 so far. It was everything you’d ever want in a dystopian Sci-Fi book and more. I first off was extremely wary when reading it as the story is told through files, IM’s, diary entries and similar things. I’ve read a couple of books that include these things but never an ENTIRE novel about it so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

The amount of detail in every single page was astounding. Jay and Amie did the most perfect job because it took reading to a whole new level. There were blood splatters, different fonts, diagrams, it was beautiful. Every page I turned I didn’t just skim through the words but I felt myself analysing every part of the page in case I missed anything. It was such a stunning way of creating a book.

The two main characters, Ezra and Kady were also incredibly written. They had their aspects of romance but not once did it take the main story, and if anything was barely more than a whisper across ships. I loved this because it felt so much more real, I could get immersed in the story and put myself in either of their shoes and it felt real. It was exactly what I imagined the love between a newly broken up couple would be like during one of the scariest times of their lives. It was beautifully written and their developing relationship kept the story so centred.

I also particularly loved the development of not only physical characters but of AIDAN and how he becomes a part of the overall story. It must be so hard to develop a non-physical character but Jay and Amie hit the nail right on the head with AIDAN. I even started to feel sympathy for him!

There wasn’t a single part in the book that felt out of place or unnecessary and I loved how by the end of the novel everything that had been hinted at or started to be explained was completely tied up. I was left with such happiness and love for the writing style I couldn’t help but instantly go get the sequel.

It’s so rare to have a book that has amazing character development as well as amazing world building but this book has it all. No matter what you’re looking for, I can guarantee you’ll probably find it in this book, it was outstanding. Jay and Amie are a writing match made in heaven, and I hope they continue writing books together forever because if Illuminae was anything to go by, the world isn’t even slightly ready for what they have in store for us!

Illuminae and it’s sequel, Gemina, are both out now in all major bookstores and online outlets! Please read this book – you won’t regret it!

Advertisements
Reviews

Red Rising by Pierce Brown // Review


Title: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 25th September 2014

The start of this book hits you with such heartbreak that you can’t help but read on in hopes that you’ll find some light at the end of the tunnel.

The book truly captivates you in the best way, with dramatic situations and death all occurring within the first few chapters. This book has a way of making you fall in love with something and then taking it straight away from you, but that’s one of the most wonderful things about it, that it’s written so well it has that power.

I was completely gripped by this book, and every time I put it down all I wanted to do was pick up right where I left off straight away. It was definitely the reason behind a few sleepless nights! There are so many characters mentioned within the story that I was wary it might get confusing or that characters may be left out, yet this was never the case. It was in fact one of the rarest books in the YA genre as each character played an important part in the overall narrative, and each character even had their own back story and reasoning behind everything they did. This was one of the major reasons why I love this book, no character is unimportant and just like in everyday life, every action you take has a consequence.

Darrow’s character was also extremely standout within the book. From the first page until the last, he has so much honour for his people and love for his family that I couldn’t help but fall in love with his character. Not only was it a brilliant breath of fresh air to have a male YA protagonist, but to have him so loyal to his people was inspiring. Pierce Brown unknowingly created one of the most honourable characters and I am awe inspired by him.

The book had the possibility to add onto the list of every other YA dystopian that has been released, but it is so much more. It takes that genre and takes it to a different level making it unique and brand new. The war to get to Primus, the character development and the twists and turns were spectacular.

I can’t wait to get round to reading the rest of the series!

Red Rising, and the rest of the trilogy are out now at all major bookstores and online outlets!

Reviews

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough // Review

Title: 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 14th July 2016

This YA thriller is a heart-pounding book that will leave you questioning every character and every turn. You won’t be able to put it down from the moment you pick it up.

I’d never read anything by Sarah Pinborough before but after I finished this book, she went straight onto my auto-buy author list because this book was phenomenal. There are very little YA thrillers that have a good reputation these days so I was very on edge when starting this, but once I was about a chapter in, I could tell this was a very special book.

The way it’s written is beautifully creative. The inclusion of diary entries, doctors notes and text messages added to the mystery element and really makes you feel like you’re in the investigation with the author. It immerses you into becoming part of the book rather than an outsider which was amazing.

The characters are so brilliantly developed that every time I picked the book up, I felt myself starting to sympathise with another character, and it got to a point where I could not tell how the book would end. I’m normally quite good at guessing the ending of mysteries but this book completely kept me on my toes. The suspense was perfect, from the moment I started I was constantly on the edge of my seat waiting for the next twist – it did not disappoint.

The two ‘main’ characters though, Bex and Natasha, deserve their own mention. I don’t know how Sarah did it but she developed these two with such skill that they worked as a perfect duo. They worked off of each other like two peas in a pod, and were two of the best characters I have ever read. Every chapter led me to siding with one or the other, and the way Sarah handled the development and change in these characters was one of the best things I have ever read.

This book is honestly one of the best thrillers I have ever read, even when I thought I knew what was going to happen something happened to throw a spanner in the works and I loved it. If you’re looking for a well thought out and unique thriller with two of the most devious yet brilliantly created characters in the YA genre, this is definitely the book for you!

13 Minutes is out now in all major bookstores and online outlets!

Monthly Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I swear I start every single blog post exactly the same but I am so sorry for taking so long to post again! The amount of stuff I’ve had to do is insane, I’ve been slacking and I’m sorry!

I did make a new YouTube video finally though with my January Book Haul, which you can see if you follow this link! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UG2dB_YWE&t=1s!

Anyway here we are for my February Wrap Up! I actually can’t believe that I’m already writing this, this year is already going so quick! The start of this month didn’t start out well for my reading life, I got so caught up in a lot of things that it took me forever to get through books even though they were so good! However then as the month carried on, I had more time to read and I managed to read 5 books! Here they are:


Title: An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I got this book for Christmas and it is gorgeous. The illustrations by Cassandra Jean are breathtaking. I love the fact that we get to finally see what each character in the series’ so far are pictured to look like (to compare with our own images of them!), and the little bit of information about them is so nice too! I also loved how we get to meet characters that haven’t been introduced yet – it’s all so exciting! Also Jem is in there and he looks as beautiful as I imagined him to!


T
itle: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Rating: ★★★

Review: NetGalley were kind enough to grant my request for this book, so I got a free e-copy of it to read. I had high hopes for this book when I started it, and for the first half of the book I was completely hooked. However then I felt it just missed something, it didn’t keep me as interested anymore and I felt more like I was reading through it because I wanted to move onto something else than I was because I actually wanted to read it. I did like the idea of the book, and as I said I think the first half of the book was brilliant and I loved how I was constantly guessing. I just think that the second half and the ending wasn’t what I hoped for and didn’t live up to the start.

Continue reading “February Wrap Up!”

Monthly Wrap Ups

January 2017 Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry I’ve been so absent recently! I’ve been in such a blogging slump, and then university became hectic and I just kind of put writing on the back of my priority list! However I’m slowly coming out of my slump, so should hopefully be more productive this year!

Anyway – it’s 2017! I can’t believe January is over already, but I had such a productive reading month! I read a mix of amazing, and not so great books this month (and probably those ones come with unpopular opinions too!) so this should be a fun wrap up! Here we go:


Title: Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This book was so much fun to read, such a wonderful twist on such classic and well known stories! The characters were brilliant, the new addition of a warlock version of Sherlock Holmes was such a genius idea, it was just the perfect way to start my reading year! Check out my full review here!


Title: The Forgotten Federation by A.J. Grea

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I was sent this by the author (MY FIRST EVER PHYSICAL REVIEW COPY – HOW EXCITING!) and I absolutely loved it! It was so exciting and perfectly paced with some of the best characters I’ve ever read about! I was hooked from the first chapter and never wanted to put it down! My full review is here!


Title: Carrie by Stephen King

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I LOVE Stephen King with all my heart, he’s on the top of my auto-buy authors, so I was so excited to finally read his first ever book! I really liked this, Carrie White is such a unique character and the first ‘evil’ character to truly make me want to empathise with her! A read for any Stephen King fan!

Continue reading “January 2017 Wrap Up!”

Reviews

The Forgotten Federation by James Grea // Review


Title: The Forgotten Federation by James Grea

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 6th October 2016

A wonderful book with a mind-blowing narrative – one for the superhero fans, this novel is a unique take on a classic trope.

The Forgotten Federation tells the story of a world that is ruled by a Parliament, where a one child rule is law and everyone has to be micro-chipped and surveyed. The only hope to fight against this was the Federation, a group of superheroes who fight for good, but the only issue is that the Federation is dead. But are they? This tells the story of a battle for good, featuring a few extraordinary people who come together to try to protect the world that they love.

After reading the synopsis for this book I was extremely excited, but I could have never prepared for how much I loved this book! From the first chapter I was absolutely hooked, it left me wanting more but also perfectly set up the plot for the entire novel. It was so brilliantly explained that I felt satisfied and never once did I feel confused about what was happening – it was a perfect beginning to a wonderful book!

The introduction of each character was created so well, each character had a backstory, and allowed you to not only understand what was going on with them, but also begin to relate to them in a way I never expected to. It left me with such a clear image of how each character not only thought, but how they looked – which is needed so much in a book.

The narrative overall was written so brilliantly. It gives you little snippets of information throughout the novel meaning I was constantly guessing about what would happen next and made me not want to put it down, all I could think about was reading the book! A lot of books sometimes have a tendency to reveal too much information all at once, so there is no mystery left but this was definitely not one of those books.

It was particularly brilliant how not only was it fast paced and action packed, but the characters worked so well off of each other. There wasn’t one character that seemed out of place or unnecessary, even the ‘villain’ was a brilliant blend of genius and evil. Each character balanced out the story perfectly, and kept me constantly on edge!

From start to finish I was completely in love with this book, and as soon as I finished the book I was begging for more! I can’t to see where the Federation stories carry on from here – but I know I will definitely be along for the ride!

This book is a superhero book through and through, but there are so many other aspects that I just loved how unique it was. It was a superhero book with a twist – there were aspects of romance, fantasy and sci-fi all packaged into one wonderful novel! A unique take on a classic trope!

A brilliant story, written beautifully, with extremely amazing character building and narrative development – what more can a book-lover want!

The Forgotten Federation is available to buy at most online bookstores, including Amazon! I highly recommend it!

*NOTE: I was sent The Forgotten Federation in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

Recommendations · Reviews

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning // Review

Title: Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 27th May 2016

This brilliant novel is a beautifully created homage to the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but with one of the best twists in any retelling.

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone tells the story of Warlock Holmes. Yes you heard right, Warlock Holmes. Warlock is not like Sherlock Holmes however, he’s a useless detective, and not the best warlock in the world either. Luckily enough he has the terrified but brilliant Dr. John Watson by his side to help him deduce and in turn solve the many crimes in London. Oh, and don’t forget the ogre and vampire detectives Grogsson and Lestrade, they’re in for the ride as well!

This book was one of the best adaptations of the original Sherlock Holmes books that I’ve ever read. I loved how it was John who was the ‘genius’ compared to the other stories, it was such a refreshing point of view, and it led to a lot of hilarious moments!

It was so interesting how the ‘main’ villains of the original Sherlock stories, Moriarty and Magnussen are still present in the book, not in the way that’s expected but it’s such a surprise and brilliant twist!

There were also some little nods to the original stories, and each case was linked with a reference to the Conan Doyle cases making it such an exciting book to read, and nostalgic to when I first fell in love with the character of Sherlock Holmes!

One of my favourite parts of the book though, was how the book was split into different ‘cases’ written by John, rather than chapters! It contained such a unique aspect to the book, and really helped to immerse you in the entire story, since the cases they go on are so important!

This book was the perfect balance of the original stories, and a new twist on the story, to create a wonderful and fun reading experience! I loved all of the characters, the development of the story, and the character swap between John and Warlock! It was the best start to 2017 – I can’t wait for the sequel!

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone is out now!

The sequel – Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles – is out on May 16th 2017! Click here to pre-order!