Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – Spoiler Free Book Review

godsgraveRating: 5/5

Genre:  YA, fantasy

First published: 2017

Author: Jay Kristoff

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is the second book in the series and therefore the following synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the first book. Read my spoiler free review of Nevernight here.

Synopsis: Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow. 

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I loved the first one and I loved this one just as much. I can’t get enough of this series. I can’t get enough Jay Kristoff. His snarky writing just gives me life. I need to read more of his books.

Anyway, where to begin… this one is very different from the first one, but that’s not to say it’s in any way worse. This’s one’s got less of the “Harry Potter-y” magical school vibe to it and more of a gladiator vibe. With a bit of Hunger Games going. I thought that was pretty cool and kept looking forward to the next great battle. They were never boring.

We get to see a lot more of the world, which is always a treat. And we get to discover some juicy morsels about the Red Church and about Mia’s parents. There’s action, there’s mystery, there’s humour and there’s heartbreak, all tied up in one hell of a book.

The characters are still a joy. We see some new characters and are re-acquainted with some old ones. Mr. Kindly and Eclipse bicker like an old married couple, which is highly entertaining. Mia is as delightfully sarcastic and profane as ever, but I think she grows a lot as a character in this one as she slowly faces the things that have happened in her past, both distant and more recent.

The one thing that we don’t really learn much about is darkins. What exactly they are and how they came to be, but there are some exciting hints which will probably get explored in the following book (do I really have to wait until next year?).

Of course, I have to mention the footnotes. As I mentioned in my review of the first one, the footnotes were one of my favourite things about the story. I’m really curious who the narrator it. I personally always thought it was Mr. Kindly for some reason.

The ending was just… like I said, do I really have to wait until next year? The next installment promises to be epic and I can’t wait for it!

25 Bookish Things About Me Book Tag (200 followers celebration!!!)

I was fully planning to write a review today. I sat down at my computer, I pulled up WordPress, I was ready to do this… and what do I see? A little notification telling me I have reached 200 subscribers. Oh. Em. Gee. You mean to tell me that there are 200 people who have come across my blog and have found its content worth following? That’s just… kind of really amazing. Thank you so, so much everyone! I appreciate it so much and I love chatting with you in the comments.

In celebration, I have decided to do the 25 bookish things about me tag. I’ve seen it around a ton and I thought it a good way of celebrating. So here we go.

  1. The first full length novel that I read on my own was White Fang by Jack London. I was 6 at the time, it was right before I started school and I remember wanting to read a novel by myself before officially starting school because I was a little shit and I wanted to be better than everyone else.
  2. I’m a pretty fast reader. I can probably get through about 1 and a half of your standard length YA novel in a day. Of course, it greatly depends on how interesting I find the book or if it’s a really complex or dense book, I might not be able to read as quickly. But generally speaking, I’m one of those people who can read 200 pages in an hour and a half and not even realise.
  3. The longest book I have read in one day to date is I believe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 
  4. I used to read a lot of historical fiction, particularly French cape-and-sword type books a la Alexandre Dumas when I was younger.
  5. I currently own around 300 books, I would say. Although, to be fair a portion of them are not technically speaking mine. They’re my family’s books. However, they reside in my room and I take care of them, so I consider them as mine.
  6. I used to really dislike hardbacks for some reason. I have grown out of that.
  7. I don’t like sitting in a chair while reading, if I can help it. I need an armchair at the least, though preferably a sofa or bed.
  8. I love fairytales and folklore and some of the first things I ever read as a child were folklore and fairytales. I used to wake up early every morning to read one story as soon as I learnt how to read.
  9. I learnt how to read quite early. I couldn’t pinpoint an exact age, but I was around 4 or 5 years old.
  10. Fantasy is probably my favourite genre. Though I do read most genres.
  11. I did not read Harry Potter until I was 15.
  12. I have probably read around 500 books, if you include re-reads.
  13. I do enjoy re-reading books. Oddly, I don’t always necessarily re-read my favourite books. Sometimes I re-read books that I found easy to read, that don’t require much thinking or effort beyond being able to read words. This normally happens when I’m in a reading slump and it can help me get out of one.
  14. For some reason, I don’t really like paranormal fantasy. I don’t hate it and there have been some paranormal books that I really enjoyed, but generally speaking, it’s a genre that doesn’t appeal to me much. So is urban fantasy. Particularly vampirey, werewolfey urban fantasy.
  15. I have a soft spot for elemental magic.
  16. I really enjoy writing reviews once I start writing them and they usually flow, but I have a really hard time getting myself to start writing a review sometimes.
  17. One of my happiest bookish memories is when my dad came home one day with all the Lord of the Rings books. I still have those books. They’re probably my favourite books that I own, even though they’re old and battered, but I even brought them with me to uni, even though I knew I was probably not going to re-read them anytime soon.
  18. The book I have re-read the most is probably Twilight. This may come as a surprise, I’m not really a Twilight fan. I never really was a Twilight fan. I just found it to be such an easy book to read. I always had it on my phone or iPod or whatever as an ebook and I would read it whenever I was bored. At school, or waiting for food in a restaurant or whatever.
  19. I’m very bad at reading out loud. My brain reads faster than my mouth can speak and it just ends up being a mess.
  20. My all time favourite non-fiction book is A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis.
  21. I have written an 50,000+ word novel in pretty much one month after marathoning Throne of Glass a couple years ago. I had such a massive book hangover that I could not read anything else and I just wanted a story about a badass lady protagonist. I was craving it. I needed it. So I wrote it for myself.
  22. I’m very slow with reading historical fiction for some reason. I used to read historical fiction so much, but I just can’t do it anymore. And it frustrates me, because whenever I do read a historical fiction, I really enjoy it. I just don’t really seem to pick them up very often and when I do, it takes me uncharacteristically long to read them.
  23. adore very complex and complicated fantasy worlds (when done well, of course) and I think that stems out of my obsession love of Tolkien.
  24. Also due to my deep love for Tolkien, I think at least partly, is my fascination with languages and how they work. I’ve always wanted to create a language, it’s one of my dreams and realistically, it’s probably never going to happen. But I always really admired Tolkien for creating his own languages. I think it’s the coolest thing ever and I wish I could do it.
  25. I have never read anything by Neil Gaiman. I know. It’s freaking Neil Gaiman. But I just never read any of his books. I need to. I really need to. I just don’t even know where to start.

There you have it. 25 bookish facts about me. Thank you so much once again to all the people who follow me and read my posts and comment and talk to me, I appreciate it so much and I enjoy talking to you guys so much!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review

17370618Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy

First published: 2013

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

***SPOILER ALERT*** Second book in the series. There may be spoilers for the first book from here on. Review of the first book here

Synopsis: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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I’m so glad I decided to continue with this series. I mean, I enjoyed The Raven Boys. But it was so confusing and vague and… it didn’t really blow my mind. I liked the characters and I thought the mythology was cool, but I just found it confusing and it was really not what I expected. But going into the second one, I knew what to expect. I knew that it was going to be vague and confusing and almost nonsensical at times and that allowed me to integrate the peculiarity as part of the story instead of trying to logic it and somehow, that made it better.

There was a lot of character development going on in this one. I think my main problem with the first book was that it was too complex and not well explained enough. But a lot of the loose threads in the first one were tugged on, if not tied up, so it clarified a lot of the confusion and there weren’t that many completely new elements added. Rather, the old elements were expanded on. And that was really satisfying. Which is an odd word to use, but that’s the best way I can describe it.

The writing, in my opinion, was so much better than in the first book. I really enjoyed the writing, whereas I don’t remember enjoying it as much in the first book. It’s amazing how much Maggie has grown as an author between the two. And actually, I recently read about two thirds of Shiver and that book is horrible. I don’t know whether it’s her debut, but there was almost nothing I enjoyed about that book. The writing, was bad, the story was bad, the characters were bad… just, no. And it’s fantastic to see how much she has developed as a writer. I love seeing these things, it’s great to watch an author grow and develop their skill.

Going back to the characters. I really love all the characters. They’re all quirky and unique and so themselves and I love to see that in books. Which once again shows how much Maggie’s skill has grown, because in Shiver, I could not distinguish the characters from one another. I couldn’t even distinguish the POV characters. Sometimes, I would forget whose POV I was reading. So, yeah I loved the characters. I loved them in the first book as well, but even more in this one. Ronan… I love Ronan. And we got to learn so much about him in this book and it was awesome. Some of the plot-twists, particularly regarding Ronan really took me by surprise. I really did not see them coming.

We also see Gansey and blue growing together, which wasn’t a surprise, given the first book. But it promises a lot of angst in the following books and I’m a sucker for some good angst. We also get to meet a new character, whom I really enjoyed. I didn’t think that I would enjoy him quite as much, but I really did.

I would say that this book was mainly focused on character development and sort of just clarifying the first book. It’s not that nothing happened in it, it’s just that most of the things that happened were less significant to moving the story forward than they were to character development. It was like a sort of preparation of the characters for  what’s to come. And I find that’s often the case with second books in series. And that can either make the second book the worst in the series, or really good (maybe even the best), depending on how it’s done. And I think this one has been done very well. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than the first book.

I hear the Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the best book in the series, so I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully, I will get to it soon. I’m really excited for it now and I wish I had bought it so I could read it straight away. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you read The Raven Boys and were kind of on the fence about whether you want to continue with the series. Just give this one a try before making your mind up.

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Book Review

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Book Review

31442613Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy, mythology

First published: 2009

Author: Rick Riordan

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is not the first book in the series, so the synopsis and this review may contain spoilers for previous books.

Synopsis: The half-bloods have been preparing all year for the final battle with Kronos. The battle that will decide the fate of the Olympians and along with them, that of western civilization, and things do not look promising. Not only are they hopelessly outnumbered, Typhon, one of the gods biggest enemies (literally), is advancing on New York City. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Percy’s sixteenth birthday is fast approaching and with it comes the prophecy that has governed his life for the past five years. 

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I finally finished this series! It’s taken me over a year, but I did it and I feel so relieved to have finished a series. Normally, I feel sad when I finish a series, but I know that I don’t have to say goodbye to these characters just yet, so I just feel happy that I managed to cross a series off my list. Anyway, getting to the actual review.

I wasn’t sure how to rate it. I wanted to give it 4 stars, but I really liked how to prophecy played out at the end, so for that reason alone I gave it 4.5 stars. There were parts in the book that I found a little boring. Of course, I still really enjoyed the book, but I felt like, as a series finale, it was a little bit disappointing.

The characters are older now, Percy is turning 16 and the long awaited prophecy is finally revealed. I liked how it played out. I liked what Percy’s decision turned out to be and I liked how some aspects of the prophecy that we didn’t hear until the beginning of this book, played out differently than what you’d expect.

One of the things that makes this series so good and unique and makes it seem so witty is that it takes things very literally. So much so, that sometimes it conflicts with how we normally think and that makes it both funny and always seem somehow unexpected. One of the ways in which it does this is by the chapter titles. When I start a new Percy Jackson book, I always read the list of chapter titles and then try to imagine what that chapter is about. 9 times out of 10, I’m wrong. Even though if you’ve read any of the PJ books, you know that the chapter titles tell you more or less the essential event of the chapter. In that respect, this one did not disappoint.

For the most part, everything tied up neatly at the end. There are a few loose ends, but I’m guessing those are going to be explored in Heroes of Olympus, so I’m not too bothered by them. As usual, it was funny, it was very clever in its use of mythology and I can’t wait to continue on with Heroes of Olympus.

This was a very short review. I don’t really have that much to say about it without going into details. But since I want this review to be spoiler free, I can’t do that. So I will have to stop here.

 

 

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Book Review

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Book Review

empire-of-stormsRating: 4.5/5

Genre: High fantasy, NA

Published: 2016

Author: Sarah J. Maas

***SPOILER ALERT*** This book is not the first in the series and therefore the synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the previous books

Goodreads Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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This one was not as good as its predecessor. I suppose it’s too much to ask for an author to release two insanely amazing books in the same year. Don’t get me wrong, I still really loved it. It was just not as good as Queen of Shadows. It was more of a preparation for what is to come. You know how sometimes the second book in a series sort of just sets up for the finale. Yeah, this was like that, only it’s the fifth book.

That said, a SJM book, even one that that stagnates a little, is still a SJM book and therefore, it will cause you joy and pain and it will love every second of it. I had to pace myself, because I was not prepared for the ending. I was not prepared to be left waiting for another year. And I knew that the ending would do things to me. Although I did not expect what happened to happen. If it weren’t for the ending, I might have awarded the book just 4 stars, but that ending!

My main issue with the book was that it was long, and I love long books don’t get me wrong, but only when they’re long for a good reason and with EoS, I felt like all the smut was just sort of filler. Sarah is usually craftier with her romances, but in this one, it was all the romance, all the sex scenes all the time. And it felt a little unnecessary. Even though I honestly ship every single pair with the entirety of my fangirl heart.

What the romance did though, was substitute for a lot of missing plot. I get that it’s sort of the gathering storm and all that, but the only one who I felt had any real character development in this book was Manon. Her POV was the one I looked forward to the most and at one point, I could barely contain my satisfaction. Chapter 17. That’s all I’ll say.

I also really loved the references to the first books. After Heir of Fire, the series sort of veered in an unexpected direction. But I love that it doesn’t feel like it’s a different story. There are little throwbacks to the events of the previous books in a way that makes it all one complete story. Instead of having the story of Celaena and the story of Aelin, it’s the story of both of them, interwoven. And I think that’s a fine line to walk and I think Sarah does it well. If ACOMAF taught me anything, is that Sarah is the queen of foreshadowing.

Aelin’s schemes. I live for them. I love that she’s so clever. And Rowan and Aedion (great, seasoned generals) just sort of stand there open-mouthed as they realise their queen is not only a smartass, but actually smarter than all of them put together.

And finally, the ending. My reaction upon finishing the book was “Well, shit.”. After which I proceeded to stare into the mid-distance for the following 2 hours. I don’t think I’m quite entirely over it yet, because I’ve been unable to concentrate on reading anything else.

Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 2

Just another rant about things that annoy me when it comes to books. Check out part one here.

Random paperback sizes

Can you please decide on a standard, universal format for paperbacks? Pretty please? Or have two formats, like they have for hardcovers. The large one and the small one. But please stop it with the 20 different types of slightly different formats. Sometimes, they literally differ by a couple millimeters. Why? How much difference can that possibly make? On the other hand, it’s frustrating as hell to try to find them places on shelves. Because it looks like shit if there’s a smaller or bigger one every once in a while. Sometimes, they even have different formats within the same series. Why? Please stop. And that brings me to the next one on the list.

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When they change covers, formats etc in the middle of a series

You are ruining the aesthetic of my bookshelf and I hate you! Like, if you want to re-release a series with new covers or a new format, fine. But please do not discontinue one cover/format and use another in the middle of the series! Release all of them in whatever format you started with and then re-release all of them with the new one. The only exception that I accept is the Throne of Glass series, Because they only had one book released in the first format and the second one was so much better. Plus, they re-released ToG to match the others. But I digress.

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New kid in school type plots

They just annoy the bejeebies out of me. It’s just lazy writing in my opinion. You don’t need to think of any sort of interesting way for your characters to be introduced to each other. Plus, I don’t remember ever having read a book with this type of plot that was good. It’s just lame. Stop doing that.

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Excessive recaps

I do not suffer from short term memory loss. I am not Dory. Please stop telling me what happened in the last books every other page. I get that you want to refresh your reader’s memory because maybe they’ve had to wait a year since reading your previous book. And I appreciate small reminders of a detail here and there myself. But it’s got to be done in moderation. Think of those who are binge-reading your series. As a good rule of thumb, if your “recaps” can be used as a synopsis for your previous book, stop it.

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Love polygons

These days, it’s not even love triangles anymore. It’s a geometry problem from hell. MCs be hopping from love interest to love interest, to love interest, to magical frog, to love interest like it’s a game of hop-scotch. And then one of the love interests sort of has an admirer who is is really good friends with the MC. And then, the poor, tortured MC! What will they do? Who will they choose? Who will they betray? Ugh, stop it! If I wanted a soap opera, I’d visit my grandmother.

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This post is again getting pretty long. I will probably have a part 3 sometime. I am easily annoyed. What are your bookish pet peeves?

Top 5 Wednesday – Characters I would not like to be

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts on Tomes – and you can find more details about it on the Goodreads group. This week’s topic is “Characters you would not like to trade places with”. I don’t participate in this meme very often, but this week’s topic was really cool.

1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

tumblr_mrhqyeqnhe1r9i187o1_1280Her life just sucks. It’s great to read about, but yeah, no thank you. I’d rather not live in fear and poverty. And this applies to pretty much all characters in dystopia, but I choose her because The Hunger Games is what started this whole dystopia trend.

 

 

2. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

File:Tamlin.jpgLittle bitch gonna get what’s coming to him. And I would not want to be in his pretty little shoes when that happens. Sorry Tam, but you screwed up big time. But his life sucked even before he screwed up. Which is all the more reason for me not wanting to be him.

 

 

3. Mare Barrow from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

red queenIf I ever act like such a spoiled, entitled, insufferable brat, please shoot me. I would rather die than know I am anything like her. She is honestly the worst character ever. If I were any of the other characters in that  series, I would just put on a rubber suit and send her gift-wrapped to the queen. Because I would rather be ruled by a mind-controlling maniac, than have to deal with her.

 

4. Any ASOIAF character

asoiafSeriously… on average, the life span of a ASOIAF character is like half a book. And during that time, they get raped, lose their whole family, their puppy, their home and possibly a body part. Except maybe Daenerys. She has dragons. I think that compensates for all the suck in her life.

 

5. Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

et00035678I think it’s pretty obvious why I wouldn’t want to be her. She looks happy in that picture, but don’t be fooled. You wouldn’t want to be her. Even if she got to kiss Sam Claflin.

 

 

 

I don’t think there are many characters in the books I read that I would want to trade place with. Their lives bring me enough pain when I read about them, I can’t imagine how it would be to live them. But these are just 5 characters I really *really* wouldn’t want to be. Let me know what characters you would hate to trade places with in the comments below.

 

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader. I thought it was really cool and I decided to do it. This tag was inspired by a traditional Chinese festival. Tinka explains it better in her post.


1. Family reunion: Name a book with family goals

250px-weasleysThe Weasleys are the first who jump to mind. Most of the books I read don’t really have families in them because that would just make for far too happy MC. But the Weasleys were a big, loud, obnoxious family who ultimately had each other’s backs and I could really feel the family spirit. So I will go with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because that’s when we first see them as a family.

2. Full moon: Name a book with a werewolf

TMIThe Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. There is more than one werewolf in it. You can take your pick. Now that I think of it, I think it’s the only series I love that has a werewolf in it.

 

3. Mooncake: Name a type of food in a book that you wish was real

harry-potter-1I hate answering with the same thing twice in the same tag, but anything in the HP series. I always get hungry reading them. I mean look at that picture! I want me some butterbeer and some candy that makes me roar like a lion and chocolate frogs, and every flavour beans and all of it. Also, a house elf to make the food for me please.

4. Rabbit: Name your favourite creature in a book

91qh6txtoal9d932ee70c2df735c120627b89c491b7Hmm, I really like the Pegasi in the Percy Jackson books. Or the great eagles from The Lord of the Rings. I like creatures that can fly and that are big enough to ride because I want to fly. Come to think of it, I also always thought the Nazgul were really cool in the LotR films.

 

5. Chang E.: A character that makes a significant change to the plot

cinnaI’m going with Cinna from The Hunger Games. He wasn’t a very prominent character. He wasn’t even in the books that much. But he basically jump-started the revolution. Without him, there would not be any girl on fire. He’s awesome and he deserves more recognition.

6. Lanterns: Name a book you like reading about

lotr deluxeI like reading about Tolkien’s work. I’ve barely read anything of his. Like, I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and about a third of The Silmarillion.  But I have spent countless hours on Wikipedia reading about him and Middle Earth and his work.

7. Autumn: Name a good autumn read

Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s a good book to read in autumn. I mean, it’s an awesome book to read at any time of the year, but it feels sort of autumny. Also, I have a review of it, if you want to check it out!

8. Festival: Name your favourite festival in a book

acotargathering-of-shadows_ukcoverCalanmai from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Because that’s when we first meet Rhys. Although a close second is the Essen Tasch from A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. That was really cool. Look how the covers match! That is a satisfying coincidence.

 

 

I will tag 3 of my followers at random. If you decide to do this, leave a link to your post in the comments below!

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Sam @ One Bookish Girl

Mara @ Once Upon A Bind

 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – Book Review

23174274Rating: 1/5

Genre: YA, dystopian

First Published: 2016

Author: Victoria Aveyard

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is book two in the series and therefore the synopsis and this review might contain spoilers for the first book. If you have read the first book, or don’t mind some spoilers, proceed.

Synopsis: The world is divided by blood. The common folk, with red blood and the nobility, with Silver blood that affords them special abilities. 

After escaping from Maven and his mother, Mare, Cal and the Scarlet Guard set out to find the other people like Mare: Red and Silver at once. 

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This is probably the biggest gap in rating I have ever had with two books in the same series. I enjoyed Red Queen. I’m not sure whether it was because I was relatively new to the world of YA literature when I read it and I have now grown as a consumer of this genre and I am more critical of it, or because this one was just worse than the first one. I suspect it’s a bit of both.

I did not like this book at all. It was a chore to read. The only positive thing I have to say about it is that it has a really beautiful cover. As you can tell by my synopsis, not much happens in it. It doesn’t have a plot-line to speak of and it’s just a long, boring and very annoying introduction to the next book.

However, this lack of plot is not even the reason I disliked it as much as I did. The reason for my dislike was mare. The most insufferable, entitled, self-pitying, spoiled, selfish brat of a character I ever did come across. I don’t remember her being such a bitch in the first book. Mare Barrow has de-throned America Singer from The Selection series as the most obnoxious character ever.

It’s funny, because in my video review of Red Queen, I called it “The Selection done right”. Well, not anymore. After reading Glass Sword, I prefer The Selection. At least that was just… silly. And it was actually entertaining to read.

Everything in this book was about Mare. Like she was the most important person in the whole universe. She fancies herself to be such a badass, such a leader, such an important, special snowflake. Just thinking about her makes me want to punch her. I honestly just wanted Maven to win. Just straight out. The ending, the last 3 phrases were the most satisfying of this entire book. And that is all I will say.

None of the other characters had any real substance and the few times they said or did something resembling a personality (usually about Mare), our special snowflake threw a temper tantrum. There is this one scene where Mare gets angry with this one girl and she thinks something along the lines of “all I could think about was educating this brat”. I nearly threw the book across the room at that point. It just made me so angry because Mare was the biggest brat there and also the other girl (one of the first to show any hint of personality) was actually right.

I could go on and on about how much I hate Mare Barrow. But I don’t want this review to turn into more of a rant than it already is. I usually try to express my opinions as professionally as I can in my reviews, but this book and this character has made me so angry that I just felt like I needed to say it. I would not have hated the book as much if it weren’t for this character. It was meh when it came to the plot, but Mare just made me angry. I cannot get behind her attitude and her entitlement.

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

I wanted to do a book tag today because I love doing book tags, so I was looking for a cool one to do and I saw this one over at Thrice Read and I decided to do this. So here it goes.

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you’ve completed three four rounds.


Round one

 

Burn: The Captive by L.J Smith. I didn’t really like this book. Or this series, in fact. It’s actually part of my latest addition to my “Series I won’t finish” list.

Rewrite: The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I think this needs rewriting, it’s just that I would rather reread the other one.

Reread: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I used to love Jules Verne’s books and it’s been forever since I last read or reread one of them. So I would like to reread this.

Round two:

 

Burn: The Fall of Five by Pirracus Lore. I don’t care much about this book or this series. It’s another one of those series I won’t be finishing.

Rewrite: The Seventh Dwarf by Eoin Colfer. I would rewrite this to be longer because Much Diggums. I want more of this gross kleptomaniac. I just… please. Actually, I want more in the Aretmis Fowl series. Please.

Reread: This was obviously going to be Order of the Phoenix. Not only is this a HP book, but it’s my second favourite HP book. Of course I want to reread it.

Round three:

 

Burn: Slither by Joseph Delaney. It seems I consistently get one book in a series I don’t care about very much so it’s so easy to pick the burns. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s actually one of my favourites in the series. I just don’t care about the series that much.

RewriteBitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I would just rewrite this to include more details about King Leck and his rule. Because he may have been a crazy, delusional sadist, but he was hella interesting.

Reread:  Paper Towns by John Green. I loved this book, I loved the mystery and the themes and the black Santas and all.

Round four:

 

Burn: Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. Sorry, Jules. I love you and all, but you can’t compare to time travel and parallel universes and certainly not to my Queen.

Rewrite: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor. I would rewrite this to be less confusing. I am still confused about when and where exactly this takes place. And if it’s in a parallel universe, why is it relevant to the series and how does it work?

Reread: It was obviously going to be Queen of Shadows. This book was just awesome and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

 

I did an extra round because I enjoyed doing it so much. I’m going to tag my 5 newest followers to do this because thank you for following me and let’s get to know each other. If  you’ve already done this and don’t want to do it again or simply don’t like this kind of posts, that’s fine! But if you do decide to do it, leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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