Monday, 27 August 2012

Book Review! The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Book: The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones #1)
Author: Kirsten Miller
Publisher: RazorBill
Pages: 432 Pages
Format: Paperback

Hello everyone! A few months ago, I saw a video by Carrie Hope Fletcher on YouTube, talking about her top ten favorite books, and one jumped out at me. It was The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller. I saw it and a few weeks ago, I finally got it. I got around to reading it the other day. Let’s just say it took me 12 hours to finish. This is defiantly in my top ten favorite books.

Goodreads Summary

Haven Moore has always lived in the town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in fiery tragedy.

One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer from a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know whom to trust?

I really am a hopeless romantic, so the whole idea of love transcending lives was right up my alley and I was instantly pulled in. That whole topic was phenomenally written and I was so happy with it. The pull Iain and Haven felt towards each other was really timeless and it was written so you could believe in their reincarnating love.

I also really liked the way the Oroboros Society was formed and how it worked. The aspects of murder and secrets that were planted deep throughout the book were all rooted back to the Society and its flaws and corruption. The lies were clever, and the society members were just charming enough for you to overlook them in the grand scheme of things.

The pacing of this book was also perfect. It moved quite quickly and it kept you reading non stop. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one sitting, not stopping for anything. This said something about the writing. It was smart, witty, haunting, and beautiful. It took all the perks of true love, and all the darkness reality has to offer and created an incredible story.

Overall, I really do recommend this book for all you hopeless romantics that believe in true love, soul mates, and love transcending lives. I fell in love with the book from page one, and I was obsessed. I put my order in for the sequel, All You Desire, today, because it was just so good.

5/5 stars.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Book Review! City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Book: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 453 pages
Format: Paperback

I was persuaded by my friends to read the first book in this series, City of Bones, and after that I was hesitant to read book 2. They persuaded me to read City of Ashes, and although it was better than book one, I wasn't fully happy with it. Keep reading to find out why! BE WARNED! There are slight spoilers for book one so leave now if you haven't ready City of Bones!!

Goodreads Summary

A murderer is loose in New York City ...

... and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary’s father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what’s his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary’s brother, Jace.

Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.

I really don't know where to being with this book. I wasn't overly in love with CoB, mainly because of the pacing and the writing style. I feel like in this book, the plot did move faster, but it was still slow in parts. And something happened with this book that I found happened in the last one: So much happened, but nothing really happened until the very end.

Also, I really couldn't get over the aspect of incest in this novel. I know you're supposed to feel bad for the characters but really, i was just creeped out how they still kissed. I mean, still having feelings is one thing, but trying to find a way to make it seem okay, like they did at one point was just weird, and I couldn't get past it.

I was also slightly disappointed because they didn't really elaborate on the Magnus and Alec relationship. I have been assured they do cover that in the next book.

Other than that I liked it. There was more character development, I liked the battle scenes, and the writing has settled on one style and I enjoyed it. a 3/5 stars.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Book Review! The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Name: The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 372
Format: Harcover library book

Hey everyone! I know its been a while since I last updated but i have had good reason! I have been caught up with all the wonderful things that come along with summer! I have been at my cottage, at friends cottages, and traveling, which means not a lot of wifi to update twitter or the blog with. But alas! I have done lots of reading and have a lot of reviews to post! SO here is the first of many; The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson!!

Goodreads Summary

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

I was very impressed with the way that Jack The Ripper was incorporated into the story. Being personally terrified of murder and gore and serial killers, i knew nothing about Jack the Ripper and his history. I know who he was but not much after that. After doing research, I found that the book did a great job of incorporating his story in with the modern element of modern day London.

And the characters were fantastic! This really was a character driven story and that is my favourite part of Maureen Johnson's books (aside from the Doctor Who references. That give her bonus points). Her characters are well written, witty, and absolutely wonderful. I find myself falling for them all the time. Rory, the main character, was an incredible voice and was constantly making me laugh, sigh, or bite my nails with anticipation. I also really like Alister, the ghost who traded music for homework. Maureen is fantastic at creating unique characters that are likable, then documenting their story.

I really enjoyed this book. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, and it had just the right amount of terror and enjoyment in it, and that made for a great novel!

4.5/5 stars :D


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Book Review! A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler

Book: A Blue So Dark
Author: Holly Schindler
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 277 Pages
Format: Paperback Library book

Hey everyone! When I saw this book from the library, I picked it up immediately. I havent read many books about mental illness, so when I decided to try something new, and it wasn't at all what I expected. Keep reading to find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura's dad left them. Convinced that "creative" equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

I really enjoyed this book, and the way that it was structured. I liked how you got to see Aura's mom get worse and worse as the book went on, and how you really go to see how it effected Aura. It takes its toll on her because she really is so young and so alone that she is desperate to keep her mother at bay. Aura is such a strong character and the way that she goes about things is incredible. I really admired her as a character and I felt for her.

I also really liked the creative aspect of the story, in the way that Aura knew that she was an artist and that one day, there was a chance, she would be sick too. She always had that looming over her head as she waited for the day that she went insane. It was a hard thing to read, yet you know that it was realistic. This book didn't hold anything back in that manner. The reader was catapulted into the mind set of a schizophrenics daughter and its an incredible experience.

I give this book a 4/5 stars. I really loved this book, but the one thing I didn't like was the slight romantic element. it felt out of place and it wasn't needed. The book otherwise, was incredible.