Lets Talk Books: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My Rating: 3/5

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Although I did initially really enjoy this book while reading it I also have some issues with it. The idea of the book was great. It is about a girl that cannot control a power that she has. She does not know where this power came from or why she has it. Due to this power her parents send her away and she is locked up in some prison/asylum type thing.Here she has to deal with what has happened in the past and what her future could possibly hold. Unexpectedly, she gets a roommate. A boy. A pretty boy. Shock I know right? First boy shes seen in years and he is stunning. YA cliche but some people like that stuff I guess. Its just really not my thing. Usually because it is followed by insta-love… and shock this book does it too. So if insta-love isn’t your thing then maybe steer away from this or do what I do and pretend its not happening and focus on the action, which there is still quite a lot of in the books.

The action throughout this book is very well done. Nothing is revealed straight away leaving an air of mystery of why things are happening and where they are going. There are awesome fight scenes and great main characters who really know how to fight. Ignoring the romance this book is actually quite action packed and full of suspense.

My problems with this book are to do with the two main characters Juliette and Adam. As well as the insta-love that is happen they are completely useless at keeping each other informed. The book could be halved if they would just USE THEIR WORDS. Like if they just talked to each other about ANYTHING things would go so much easier for them. Like honestly they are useless and it was very infuriating to read. I did like Adam as a character but Juliette annoyed after she met Adam because he becomes one of the only things she thinks about. My favourite character of this book, is Warner. Warner is the antagonist in this book and is very snarky and mean like most antagonists are. I did have one problem with him however. He was very forward both romantically and sexually with Juliette and it created situations that made me uncomfortable while reading it. However, these are few and far between and stop happening as the book develops and he realises her power. I just love a good bad guy character, not so much of a fan the things he does. As a character he is pretty damn good.

Without getting into spoilers, the ending of this book really through me off. It did not take the direction I thought it would. Like as in, the direction it went in didn’t even cross my mind at all. Was anybody else surprised at this, or was it just me being an idiot?

TLDR: Insta-lovey but with plenty of action, this book was good but not amazing. Main characters are pretty dumb but I guess that can be forgiven. Fantastic bad guy who does bad guy things because he wants to and so far doesn’t have some soppy origin story to why he is bad. Would recommend if you’re into romance with a bit of action. Not sure if I want to read the rest of the series however.

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Lets Talk Books: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating: 4/5

I honestly loved this book but I hit a reading slump while reading it so it took me like 3 months to actually finish it. If you’re into high fantasy and badass lady characters then this one is for you! I am a fan of just that and that is why I loved this book. I loved the world, the characters, the backstory and the main story of this book.

So this book is about the best assassin in her world, Celaena, and she is caught and sent to a slave camp where people do not survive for long but she manages to make it though. There is talk about slavery throughout this book due to the slave camp from the beginning. She is then brought from this slave camp to the main city of this world where she is to be the Princes champion in a set of games. The winner of the games gets to be the new Assassin of the King of this world. The Prince, Dorian, offers Celaena her freedom if she wins and completes her contract of Kings Assassin. If she fails she will be sent back to the slave camp.

So that is the background of this book. Lets get into the characters. Celaena is our main character that this book follows and I really liked her. She wasn’t whinny or pining after boys all the time like a lot of YA female protagonists that I’ve read. She is very headstrong and self-centered. She knows what she wants and what she wants she fights to get. Because of this her character is very witty and snarky. Although she is a very strong character we also get to see a different side of her that isn’t just the assassin. We also the sides of her that are caring and loving and hurting. I like this balance with her because it makes her seem like a real person. Nobody is that strong all of the time. The other main characters seen are Dorian and Chaol.  Dorian is the charismatic Prince of this book who is witty and charming and doesn’t want to marry any of the ladies his Mother wants him too. Dorian is my favourite character from this book I just love him. I love arrogant confidant boys, what can I say? Chaol is very much like Celaena he is head strong and serious. I like him as a character but I wish we saw more of his friendship with Dorian because I really enjoyed seeing them interact and develop together throughout the story.

The love in this story was okay but not necessarily needed. I can tell that Maas is pushing for that love triangle to happen. And let me tell you something, I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. They’re just so unnecessary and so over done! And mostly never done well. I personally enjoy the romantic relationship that is developing between Celaena and Dorian and would prefer Celaena and Chaol to just keep and develop their friendship. But that is probably too much to ask from a YA book, because YA and love triangles go hand in hand a lot of the time. I’m not a big romantic so I personally try not to focus on the romance in books I read anyway.

The main story line follows Celaena and the other champions fighting for victory and their lives. A plot twist happens when the champions within the castle start being murdered one by one. Celaena is determined to find out who the killer is but also stay alive throught the trials as well. While all of this drama is happening with the trial Celaena also discovers things about and from the old world. One where fairies and magic and shunned and seen as evil. This is definitely building backstory for the rest of the series and I am so excited to find out more! I found the backstory so interesting and it makes me want to pick up the next books in the series. The ending to this book is also fantastic, its unreal. It is so dramatic and exciting and worth reading the book for. I am personally tired of reading books to get to a disappointing anti-climatic ending. Throne of Glass is definitely not one of the books. The ending of this justifies the build up and leaves you wanting to find out more about this world and its characters.

TLDR; This is a great book for YA fantasy that I would highly recommend! There might be a little love triangle but nothing I can’t get over. Great characters. Great world. Great main plot. Great sub plot. Great backstory. 

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Lets Talk Books: Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles) by Gena Showalter

My Rating: 1/5

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Review:

   If you are looking to read this book because you think it is an Alice in Wonderland re-telling then you are very wrong.

When I first picked up this book I thought it was a re-telling with zombies and awesome fight scenes and a badass grown up alice kicking undead arse. I was very disappointed. There is little to no Alice in Wonderland references in this book apart from the fact that she’s called alice and occasionally see’s white rabbit symbols.

The main thing that annoyed me most about this book was the instalove. As soon as she see’s him she’s so in love with him… but she still hasn’t spoken to him yet… However, that’s not the worst part, she;s warned away from him ‘cos he’s dangerous and all his friends are bad news too’. Every YA romance cliche ever is put into this scene. The worst part was how controlling he was. Their relationship (if you can even call it that) becomes borderline abusive.

The only good parts of this book was the zombie hunting and Alice’s backstory. However there was very little of either of these. For a book called Alice in Zombieland I thought there would be a lot more zombie hunting and a lot less kissing.

Overall I pretty much hated this book so much so I had to force myself to keep reading in the hopes it would get better. (Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t) 

TLDR: Basically this book is advertised as a fariytale retelling and I was disappointed that it wasn’t. Lots of YA romance cliches so if you’re into that sorta thing this book is for you

 

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

My Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5/5 This is new fave series material 

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Review:

This book was amazing. I would highly recommend it to anybody without a doubt. Personally I think I’m going to enjoy this series more than TMI.

I think what made the book for me was the characters. They were well-written and had enough backstory to keep you interested (unlike some of Clare’s other characters). I really like Will and Jem. Tessa got on my nerves a little bit because of the way she acts in certain situations but it’s forgivable. Will and Jem were my absolute faves, especially Jem. Their backstories are just so well done and it constantly leaves you questioning everything and I love that in a book.

I’m a big fan of historical fiction so when I found out the book was set in Victorian London I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put it down. WIth the storyline and the world put together it was such an amazing book. Just like the main characters backstories the main storyline also keeps you guessing.

And if good characters and a good storyline doesn’t make you want to read this book then maybe the fact that Magnus Bane makes an appearance will.

TLDR: Cool historical fiction and steampunk with exciting storyline. What more could you want?! Super funny and like-able characters.. I’m straight up in love with Jem I just love him so much (sorry Will). Also surprise guest Magnus Bane. Loved it!

Lets Talk Books: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

My Rating 5/5

(WARNING: This Review May Contain Spoliers For Clockwork Angel As This Is A Sequel) 

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Review: 

             This is a fantastic sequel which definitely does the series justice unlike some other sequels. As the second book in the series it does its job of carrying on the main plot as well as continuing it for the final book in the trilogy. It carries the characters, world and plot well so that you feel comfortable in that world and it is going to be easy to return to if/when you pick up the third and final book.

So if you’ve read my review for Clockwork Angel (book 1 in this series which you can find here) you’ll know how much I loved Will and Jem. Especially Jem. We really get to find out more about their back stories in this one, but not everything just yet as there is still more secrets and more past that I need to find out. I also mentioned that I didn’t care for Tessa much, like at all in fact. But I like her a lot more now since she seems to have stopped moaning about everything thinking shes a Jane Austen character, and finally picked up a blade and done something worth doing. Also Magnus Fucking Bane makes a return and swoops in and steals the show again. He is becoming one of my favourite fictional characters of all time, I just love him. Nothing more too it really, just love him.

I’ve mentioned a few times in previous reviews that Victorian London is one of my fave settings ever. Since I read a lot of books set in this time period, or there abouts it can easily becoming boring, overdone or ‘samey’. I am still yet to become bored of this world and the creatures in it. The ‘steampunk’ elements are still there and killing it. (Get it?) I’m still this series as a whole and can’t wait until my copy of Clockwork Princess arrives so I can finish this series.

Overall, nothing much as changed from the first book. It still has lovable main and side characters,a fantastic world with fantastic creatures, a story line that is actually going somewhere and sarcasm and wit on every page.

TLDR: Will and Jem you just keep doing you cos i love you. Tessa finally stops being a lil bitch about everything, thank god. Magnus Bane is still #1. More weird robot creatures and i love it. More opium and weird demon drugs and I love it. I love it give the next one so I can love that too thanks. 

Lets Talk Books: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

My Rating 4/5

Warning: I’m probs going to go on a little bit of a rant so please not yell I know everybody else loves this book completely 

Also this review WILL HAVE SPOILERS. Since it is the last book in the series there may be spoilers for the other books but also there will be spoilers FOR THE ENDING OF THIS SERIES. All spoilers will be below the cut but please don’t be an idiot if you don’t want to be spoiled. 

Review: 

Okay so this series may be one of my favourite series of all time. I love the setting, I love the characters, I love the action and yes, I even quite liked the romance in this. (Please dont tell anybody I said this, gotta keep up my heartless bitch rep you know) I’m so sad that this series has now ended for me and that this is it for my Will, Jem and Tessa. Because, yes I even really came round to Tessa in this book and Clockwork Prince even though at first I thought she was just annoying af. So I absolutely adore this series as a whole as I’ve said in my previous reviews of the first 2 books.

SPOILERS BELOW 

First of all I’m sorry if I offend anyone with this but I just have to say, I was very disappointed with the ending of this book as a whole. It wasn’t what I was expecting, its not even that it wasn’t what I wanted but it just didn’t seem to fit right with me. It all felt very rushed. So I’m gonna go through from the parts that really started to annoy me. I thought Jem was really going to die, not that I wanted him to, but thats what his whole story line was leading up to. When I saw that he became a silent brother I was like ‘Oh okay this cool at least he’s not dead’. But then later he becomes not a silent brother and just picks up life from where he left off??? That just didn’t make any sense at all to me, I think it would have been best left to either his death or him being a Silent Brother because that would have made more sense.

There is also that end battle between the Shadow Hunters and Mortmain. I felt this part especially was very rushed and sudden and just a bit weird tbh. Like I thought since it as the Final Stand, the big boss battle at the end it would have been really dramatic and took up some time but no, she turns into the Angel, kills Mortmain and they all go home. Like I swear it was just a couple of pages and it was done. I guess I just expected something more for the finale of this trilogy.

I love this series and also The Mortal Instruments (which I am half way through) but one problem I have with Clares writing is that everybody has to find love, everybody gets paired up in the end. Why? I just don’t get it. Love isn’t the be all and end of everything. Literally even Wills little sister (who frankly I found kind of annoying and rather pointless to the story) finds love with one of the Lightwood brothers.The other Lightwood brother gets with Sohpie, Will and Tessa, then Tessa and Jem. I swear the only one who stays single is Church the cat and Bridget. 

        Okay this is the final part to my problems with the ending of the book (hi if you’ve bothered to read this much). Why the fuck did Cassandra Clare think it was a good idea to let Tessa end up with both Jem and Will? Did she not want a shipping war like with Twilight? Did she not want to upset readers by putting Tessa with the ‘wrong’ boy? I just don’t get it, like to me this just makes no sense and it was like she was just trying to make everybody happy. Which I don’t think writers should do. They should write what they want and not just what the reader wants.  

A side from me, personally, disliking the ending of this book and the series. I still enjoyed it, I can get over the ending because this book still had everything I loved about the last two. I still loved the Victorian London setting, the characters and their humour and how they all work very well together. There was still the action that I wanted throughout the book. It still made me laugh and made me love the characters even more. Despite the ending this is one of my favourite series of all time, and I would recommend to anybody.

TLDR; This is still a really good book and a good series but like Cassandra Clare WTF were you on when you decided on that ending??? Like if anybody knows please tell me. Read this book thanks xoxox 

If you’ve read the book tell me what you thought of it cos I loved it and need people to talk to about this okay thanks.

Lets Talk Books: Divergent by Veronica Roth

My Review: 3.5/5

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Review:

The main plot of the book was interesting and original and actually made me want to not put the book down. I particularly liked the history of this world and the mystery that surrounds it.

I quite liked most of the characters, especially Tris and Caleb (even if sometimes Tris makes awfully stupid decisions). Overall I thought the characters were quite-well written, although I wish that I was able cared about them a bit more than I did. The only really problem I had with the book was the romance. I found it a bit creepy and therefore awkward to read.

The ending was perfect. Personally I thought it ended exactly how it should have. It leads well into the second book and opens up more questions about what really goes on in this world.

Although it wasn’t one of my favourite books it was still a good read and I don’t think I’ll finish this series.

TLDR: Tris makes stupid decision the same as every other YA protagonist ever. Found the romance kinda weird. The world was pretty fab. Good as a standalone but I don’t think I’ll bother with the sequels.