Lets Talk Books: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My Rating: 3/5

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Review:

I gave this book 3/5 because I really enjoyed the storyline and certain characters. However, there was a lot wrong with this book. I felt that most of the characters weren’t developed enough so I couldn’t connect with them, the writing style was ‘meh’ and worst of all… instalove.

Firstly, there were very few characters I actually cared for in this book. And actually I really didn’t like the main character, Thomas. I felt like he showed little to no emotion (except to Chuck) and the fact that he waltzed in and was smarter than the other boys annoyed me. He’d literally been there a week and he was bossing people about. Everything with him just felt so rushed.

Furthermore, the very few characters that I cared for and wanted to know more about seemed to just be pushed away so Thomas could just do everything. Also when certain characters died I didn’t feel anything because a) The character had no depth b) it was predictable.

Mostly, the instalove annoyed me. The whole ‘we don’t know each other but I feel as if I’ve know you all my life’ plot has been so overused. As soon as the girl was introduced was when the rest of the characters started being pushed away and forgotten about. If you like that romancey stuff then you might enjoy it. But I felt as if it started to overshadow the main plot.

Overall, this wasn’t a horrendous book but it also wasn’t one of my favourites. The story itself amazing but I just wish it was written a bit better and with more character development. I’m not going to read the rest of the series straight away but I will probably give them ago in the future.

TLDR: Cool new world. Very few characters I found I could care about. Pointless romancey stuff which I felt didn’t put much into the story. Instalove ughh. Probs won’t continue with the series 

Lets Talk Books: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

Rating 3/5

SO I read this book as part of the Travelling Book Project that I am doing with some p cool EU people from @booksandtea ‘s discord which you can join if you like reading and stuff 

Review:

              If you like espers, aliens and time-travellers then this book is the one for you.

So this book is a weird one. Like in a good way but also in like ‘wait wtf did I just read’ kinda way. Reading this book was definitely interested and I was always left wanting to know what was about to happen next. I personally really like guessing whats going to happen next in a book that I’m reading, but with this sometimes I just gave up guessing because no matter what I thought I was wrong. Okay maybe I was right on one or two occasions but the rest of it? None of what I would have guessed happened.

This book is basically about two high school students in Japan looking for weird mysterious stuff so that there life can be interesting again. I understand this completely because I wish some time traveller would show up at my college and make something interesting happen. That is what this book is all about the everyday life of 2 students just being fucked up in the best, most fun kinda way. This book is packed with fun and is very random and spontaneous in a way that will just get you laughing or asking ‘wtf’… but in a good way!

My only problem with this book would be some of the scenes that involve what can only be described as straight up sexual harassment. The main character straight up exploits another character through her appearances and forces her to do things that she does not consent to. This is obviously an issue within the book as it makes many scenes very awkward and makes you see certain characters in a different way than intended. The reason I have given it 3 stars is because I feel as if a lot of the books sense of adventure and humour is lost due to the very questionable acts of certain characters.

TLDR; This book is really fucking odd but really fucking good. Would recommend reading it. I might pick up the rest of the series but I wouldn’t say that its a ‘must’ for reading the rest. Read it for the Travelling Book Project I am a part of. Oh yea and like this is akso apparently an anime too which I really wanna watch cos this book would be an amazing anime. And I am a fan of the animes so ya know. 

If you’ve read the book (or seen the anime) tell me what you thought of it cos it was deff an interesting read and I’d love more opinions on it thanks. 

If you want more information about the Travelling Book Project I am a part of check the #TravellingBooksandTea and also check out @booksandtea ‘s page for more information on the bookish discord 

Lets Talk Books: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

My Rating 1/5

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Review:

Initially, I was quite excited to read this novel it had promise of adventure and suspense. However when I actually began to read this novel I realised adventure and suspense were not to be expected. Personally I couldn’t get into this book at all.

When I first began to read the thing that put me off most was the lack of punctuation. There were no commas or speech marks, only periods. This was a big off put for me. I understand that it is supposed to symbolise how monotonous the man and the boys life is but that could have been done in other ways. Not only was there a lack of punctuation but there are no chapters and very little communication between the characters.

I felt as if the story was very slow paced and it took so long for the characters to progress through the story. Everything they do just seems very pointless and monotonous. I think this is because I couldn’t connect with the characters in anyway. They have no names or even much of a backstory, you’re kind of just thrown into the middle of the story and expected know what was going on and why. Honestly I never really cared for them. I didn’t care where they went, who they met or what they did. McCarthy really doesn’t give these characters much depth (yet they weren’t badly written). There seemed to be very little intimacy between the man and the boy which made me feel very little towards them. He made the characters reflect the landscape in that the land is empty and so are they.

TLDR: Had to read this for college and found it really depressing and it made me really not wanna finish it. Its good but not a book I would read for pleasure because my god its depressing af 

Lets Talk Books: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating 4/5

(There are no spoilers in this review) 

Review: 

So The Raven Boys… what the actual fuck even happened in this book? After finishing it I have no idea. However, I do know that I absolutely loved it and the soon I can get my hands on the rest of the series the better. I think its a safe assumption on my part to say that I have never quite read a book like this one before… It was definitely something.

If you like books that are filled with magic, mystery, action, romance, exploring, good female leads (because yassss Blue girl you do you) and pretentious rich boys then this is the book for you. I feel like this is so diverse that anybody could pick it up and find at least one thing that would keep them reading. I kinda went into this book not really knowing or expecting much since I’d just heard that everybody loved it I might as well give it a shot, and I am soooooo glad that I did! When I read the summary I was like ‘nah doesnt seem for me but whatever I’ll try it out anyway’. Then I realised the summary had not prepared me for whatever just went down because damn. I think it is best to go into this book completely blind because the mystery of it all is what makes this book what it is.

I also really liked the characters in this. I love really pretentious characters who think they’re untouchable but we all know that they’re just little softies when it comes down to it. For me this was definitely Gansey and I kinda fell in love with this idiot from the off, boat shoes and all. Blue is also another very well written character and she’s got that ‘strong, independent woman who don’t need no man’ thang going on which is just fab. But deep down I think I really a Ronan type of gal myself. The characters all really go well with each other, there is a lot of back and forth that really adds to the humour of this book.

Overall, this book will have you asking ‘omg wtf is even going on’ but will also keep you laughing and smiling the entire way through. Even if you don’t understand the majority of the plot its still worth the read.

TLDR: What the actual fuck happened in this book?! Will deff be carrying on this series because I cant seem to help myself when it comes to pretentious rich boys and dead Welsh Kings apparently. 

You should read this book because I want more people to try and explain it to me thanks bye xoxox

Lets Talk Books: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

My Rating: 4/5

I feel like there has been a lot of talk about this book of recent and it reminded me that I need to review this book already but also just wanna share my opinions. While reading this review I would like you to keep it in mind that I am a White girl from North East England. I’m pointing this out as the book is heavy with Middle Eastern Culture and from what I am aware also Islamic Culture. (Please correct me if I’m wrong). I do not know a lot about these cultures, I have not visited any Middle Eastern Countries and I am from a place that lacks diversity. That is also not an opinion, where I live is very non-diverse compared to other parts of the UK. So if I make any assumptions based on stereotypes or false information feel free to call me out so I’m not being an ignorant shit and offending people. Anyway, here are my actual thoughts on the book itself.

I actually really enjoyed reading this book. I read it for @northernplunder ‘s Travelling Book Project and I was sent this by Joel (for some reason I can’t find his tumblr someone help) . One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is the setting. Like I fucking love fantasy books its pretty much all I read when I come to think about it. And as much as I love the courts and castles sometimes you just need a break. Rebel of the Sands gave me that break. This book is largely set in a desert. Sounds like a really boring landscape to choose but you’d be surprised. As I mentioned before I don’t know a lot about Middle Eastern culture, this also includes their folklore. It was so refreshing to have new (to me) creatures and magic and a whole new folklore to read about. This is one of the things that kept me interested. So for me most of this was new which kept it exciting. I wanted to know more of the old folklore stories and how and why the sea dried up and where had these legendary beings gone, where they real, are they coming back? Who knows, not me. But I want to. The setting of the book was very appealing to me.

I also did really like the characters. If you’ve read my other reviews you might have guessed that romance just isn’t my thing. I personally can’t think of anything worse than an intense romance being the main plot because I’m just not about that life. I want action and fighting and drama. These characters mostly deliver. There is a romance but I think its kinda mild and also kinda obvious from when they first meet. Like you just know they gonna do a kiss at some point. I like Amani, the main character, because she’s not perfect. She has her flaws. And my god there is one thing I hate about YA is the Perfect Main girl. She does everything right and everybody loves and she has perfect hair all of the time even through battle. Like there was times when I hated her. *Spoiler Alert* Like the main time I hated her when she left her best friend to suffer in that city??? Talk about Selfish *Spoiler Over* I think the villains were good villains like they have their motives, they aren’t just bad guys for the sake of it.

Did I have any problems with this book? Yes, every book has its problems no matter who writes it. I feel like there were some gaps in the story that could have been used for character development but were then just passages in time. Also in the beginning when there is talks of her being forced to marry her Uncle. Like one that’s just wrong to me like seriously what? But I was also unsure if this was just pushing an old stereotype of the Middle East, in which girls are forced into marriage for whatever reason. I don’t agree with anybody been forced into a marriage but the fact that it was an older family member just didn’t sit right, and I was really unsure if this was taking and using a stereotype or not. I’ve also read other people having other problems with it for their personal reasons but that is one that stood out to me the most.

TLDR; A YA fantasy book that is set elsewhere that a castle *gasp* *shock* New folklore that isn’t based from english folklore *more gasp* A strong female character who isn’t perfect in everyway. A little bit of romance. Some magic beings and powers and a weird family relationship. I would recommend this book to read I think its refreshing if you, like me, enjoy YA fantasy. Also damn right Ill be picking up the sequel whenever I can afford it. 

If you have read this book tell me what you think. If I have said anything offensive call me the fuck out please. If you have any problems with this book let me know. Message me or reply to this thanks xoxoxox

Lets Talk Books: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My Rating: 5/5

(There are no spoilers in this review)

Review: 

             Okay so I absolutely loved this book! I read it while I was on holiday with my parents last summer. (Disclaimer: Do not read the ending in public like I did. I had to hide my tears behind sunglasses. Was not nice.) I’d heard sooooo much from so many different blogs/book tubers that this book was amazing and everybody had to read it so I got caught up in the hype and I totally agree with them. I’m pretty sure I read this in one sitting because I needed to know what had happened so bad. Which is actually the thing I loved so much about this book was the mystery.

So this book has a way of always keeping you guessing. I think this stems from the writing style which I though was very odd, but in a good way. The book is written from a characters point of view and the way she talks and describes things is very final. Like the words she is saying now are going to be her last. She is also very vague with her describing that in a way she is explaining everything to you, yet you still know nothing at all. This is what I really liked about the book you know nothing and you’re trying to work everything out in your head but nothing really fell into place for me until the last chapter when everything is explained.

Overall I think this book is beautifully written, funny and sad at the same time! I think this is a read for anybody because the characters and story line is diverse. I remember reading it and trying my best to not laugh in public (and completely failing) from some of the quotes.

TLDR: Basically read this book with an odd writing style because it will make you laugh and cry and feel feelings and stuff so yeah please read it. 

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.