Sunday, 23 October 2016

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Review

After hearing so many good things about this series, and putting it on my TBR for months on end, I finally decided to pick it up and see what I thought about this book for myself.  It's safe to say that because of all the hype this series receives, and both had pretty high expectations and so was a tad nervous going into it as well.  But, despite taking me a good while to finish, now that I have, I can easily say that I am absolutely in love with this novel, and can finally appreciate why I hear so much about it.

Even before going into this, I was already drawn in by the whole concept of it.  I loved the idea of the tournament that was brought in right from the start, and really enjoyed seeing how this played out and later led into other storylines throughout the book.  It also seemed to give everything almost a sense of purpose from the word go, as it was always clear where things were eventually leading, and so always gave the characters something to aim for as well.  

As well as the main plot, I was also a huge fan of many of the subplots that were also present throughout the story.  I really enjoyed the added mystery that some of them brought, as well as the alternate view on the situation and the actions of the other characters that we got to see because of them.  I also really think that for me they helped to give an idea of where the story may go in the next few books, as well foreshadowing how some things may develop as the story continues.  

If I could only recommend this book based on one thing, it would almost certainly be its amazing characters, including our main character, Celaena Sardothien.  I honestly believe that this book wouldn't have been half as good, if that, had Celaena not been such an awesome and complex character.  She was such a badass whilst still showing her softer side at time, and was never afraid to hide who she was, whether that be an assassin, a reader or just a teenage girl.  

However, that said, Celaena would have been nowhere near as good a main character had she not been surrounded by some of my favourite ever side characters.  Not only did we get such an insane variety of personalities, with each of them an individual and different to each other, but we also got to see how they would influence the plot and possibly even Celaena.  I love how the characters ranged from other champions in the competition to other members of the court and even the royal family.  I also have to admit that I absolutely loved both Dorian and Chaol, and their involvement in the story, as well Nehemia, particularly as the relationship between her and Celaena began to grow.   

As if the characters in this didn't make me adore this one enough, the writing style then came along and made me fall in love with this book all over again.  Whilst it did take me a while to get into, I can't tell you how much it was worth it when I did, with every sentence being so beautifully crafted and detailed.  I also loved how the book was written in 3rd person instead of 1st, as whilst we did still follow Celaena for the majority of the book, it also allowed us to see things from other character's perspectives and to have other subplots incorporated into the story that otherwise wouldn't have been there.  

Moving back onto Dorian and Chaol, one of the key things that I think was done perfectly in this book was the romance.  It was so subtle at first that it almost played no role at all until the book began to progress, with the romance building at such a good pace that it never seemed unrealistic in the slightest.  Any sign of it or moment intertwined so neatly into the story that it never seemed forced, but rather almost necessary and a natural evolution of the events.  

Finally, one of the aspects that I surprisingly didn't know about going into this one was the magic that cropped up throughout the plot and actually ended up playing a pretty huge role in the story.  Not only did it give something else to the story as a whole, but it also gave a sense of mystery to everything as it slowly began to emerge, and honestly just rounded off this book so well for me.  

So overall, I absolutely adored this book with all my heart.  It was a perfect fantasy read with every single aspect, subplot and character being so amazingly written and working better together than I ever could have thought.  It exceeded my expectations by miles and can't think of a single reason why everyone shouldn't at least give this one a go.  

Character: Chaol
Scene: Yulemas Ball
Quote: 'We all bear scars... mine just happen to be more visible than most.' 
'You could rattle the stars'

Relate a:
Song: Gold- Imagine Dragons 


Have you read this - what did you think?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Sixty Seven

Top Ten Characters I'd name my pet after

Top ten tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This weeks topic was one I was super excited about, as I knew straight away that I would have no problem thinking of ten of my favourite characters I would name my pet after.  I have to admit, some of these may not be your usual choice for a pet's name, but if they're named after one of my favourite characters, then I see no problem with it!  And so, enjoy!

1) Max from the Book Thief  - 

I feel like this is a pretty normal name for a dog or pet, and so its an added bonus that one of my favourite characters also shares this name.  The Book Thief is one of my favourite books, so its safe to say I can see one of my pets having this name at some point.

2) Zelda from Thanks for the Trouble - 

I loved Zelda's character in this book, and actually think that it would be a pretty cool name for a pet as well.  She was such a complex characters and had such an interesting personality that just made me so much more curious to learn more about her and ultimately love her even more.

3) Dash from Dash and Lily's Book of Dares - 

Out of all the ones on this list, I feel as though this would be one of the most fitting names for a dog, and so this isn't one that is too out of the box.  Dash is also a character from one of my favourite christmas books, and who I think it would be fitting to name a dog after.

4) Konstantin from Frostfire by Amanda Hocking - 

Okay, so this one may be a little more out there than some of the others, but I couldn't help but put it on this list as I feel like you could get away with naming your dog this just about.  Konstantin was by far my favourite character from this series, so why not name one of my pets after him?   

5) Elias from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - 

Not only do I love this name as it is, but I also absolutely adored Elias in this book, and he is definitely one of my favourite characters from this years reads.  He was such a strong character who looked out for his friends and grew so much that I would love to be able to name my pet after him.  

6) Magnus from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Maybe its just the fact that Magnus has cats of his own, or his cat eyes, but I can totally imagine naming my cat after my favourite character from this series.  

7) Nix from The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig - 

Not only did I love this book as a whole, but I really did love our main character of Nix as well.  She was someone who not only was a great character anyway but who grew throughout the book and I think that her name would be perfect for a pet.  

8) Blue from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - 

Although I did love so many of the characters in this book, Blue was definitely someone who stood out with her own unique personality that made her different in the best way.  She also has such a unique name that I think she would be perfect to name a pet after.  

9) Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas - 

Despite only just finishing this book, I am already in love with the character of Chaol, and so can safely say that I would happily name a pet after him.  

10) Luna from Harry Potter by J K Rowling - 

Finally, I don't think I could ever debate characters to name my dog, cat or even child after without having Luna be one of my top choices.  She is by far my favourite character from the Harry Potter series, and is also such a good one for not being afraid to be different and yourself as well.

Which characters would you name your pet after?

Monday, 10 October 2016

October TBR

October is here already, and so with it comes another TBR filled with books for me to try and read over the next few weeks.  After September could not defeat my ongoing reading slump, I knew that this month I would have to give myself an ambitious but not too demanding TBR to not only convince me to read, but to also make me want to read.  This means that this month I hope to continue and in some cases finish a few series I've been reading and loving, as well as a few other books that I hope to get to as well.  And so, enjoy!  

1) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - 

After so long of hearing such good things about this series, and putting it on months of TBR's, this month I am finally determined to read and finish this one.  As I'm sure so many people know, this follows Celaena Sardothien as she fights in a to-the-death tournament to become the King's champion and win back her freedom.  As we are already a little way into the month, I have already started this one, and so far am loving it, and can't wait to see what happens next as I get more and more into the story.  

2) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - 

Another series I have heard so much about, I am determined to also continue on with the Raven Cycle series this month, by reading the second book, The Dream Thieves.  I absolutely loved the first book in this series when I read it at the beginning of the year, and so am so excited to see where the story goes and to read more about some of the most amazing characters from this series.  

3) The Last Star by Rick Yancey - 

Similarly to Throne of Glass, this one has been on countless of my TBR's recently, and so whilst I'm not going to say that I will definitely get round to this one, I am really hoping to bit the bullet and finish this series at last.  I reread The Infinite Sea in the summer, after forgetting so much of what happened, in preparation for this, so I am also desperate to read this before the same thing happens again.

4) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - 

As this month bring Halloween and all things spooky, I figured there was no better time to pick this one up than in the run up to the 31st.  This one tells the story of what happens when the diary of a girl named Carly, who went missing 25 years after a tragic fire's, twin is discovered in the ruins. It has also been on my shelf for a fair amount of time now, so it is one I definitely need to finally read, especially because it also has a pretty cool format that I can't wait to delve into! 

5) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - 

Finally, not only do I hope to finally finish the 5th Wave trilogy this month, but I also hope to get to the last book in another of my favourite series, the Mortal Instruments, as well by the end of October.  I feel like after five books, I have been on such a journey with these characters and through this series, that I would love to find out how it all ends by reading this one.  I also am desperate to read the prequel series, The Infernal Devices, as so many people rave about it, but would love to have fully read this series before I do so.  

What books do you plan to read this month?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After putting this book off for no reason at all for months, I finally knew that I had to pick this one up this month.  With the release of the film later this month, and Autumn, the season that brings Halloween and cold, dark nights, now upon us, I knew that there was no way I could put this one off any longer, and so finally picked it up earlier this month.  I had heard such great things about the story and the characters, that along with the interest I already had in this, its safe to say I was pretty excited and curious to read this one.

This story follows our main character of Jacob as he travels to a remote islands after a family tragedy in search of a children's home his grandfather used to live in with a group of seemingly peculiar children.  And honestly, for me, one of the best aspects of this book was the plot.  It not only drew me in almost as soon as I started, but continued to grip me throughout.  

As I always seem to say, good characters are something I adore in books, and so I can't tell you how happy I was at the amazingness and variety of the ones in this.  Absolutely everyone was different, from each of them having their own unique abilities to their personalities as people and I honestly loved reading about all of them.  Even the ones I didn't particularly like as people, I still loved seeing them in the book as it made it so much more relatable that they weren't all nice and friendly characters that you couldn't help but love.  As someone who adores side characters, this book was like heaven to me.

If that wasn't enough, the main characters themselves are also just as, if not more amazing, than the side characters.  For starters, I loved having Jacob as our narrator and really found that as the book went on, I grew to like his character even more than I originally had.  I feel like he really did grow throughout this book, and loved seeing him do this from where he was at the start of it.

Unfortunately, as much as I loved this one, I did have one problem with how long it took for the main plot to get started.  As much as I loved getting to know all the peculiar children and all their stories, I just feel that the threat of the hollowgasts and the main problem in the book came around a little too late for the build up to the climax to be as good as it could have been.  Although I did find the ending fitted perfectly, I would have liked a little more development up to that point.  

Another thing that I absolutely adored in this was the gorgeous writing style.  It was so detailed and fitted so well with the mysterious atmosphere in the book, whilst still being easy to read and hooking right from the start. 

Moving on from writing style, the format of this was something that not only made me pick this up in the first place, but also kept me reading.  I adored all of the creepy little photos that cropped up throughout this, and found they not only always fit perfectly into the story, but also added something different to it that made it come alive.  They added enough in to give a visual idea of certain things, and just really helped to make this book so much more addictive for me.  

Overall, its safe to say I really did love this one, with its amazing plot and characters I can't wait to read more about.  I am now so excited to continue on with this series, see where this story goes, and would recommend this to anyone looking for a creepy little read this Halloween.  

Character: Milliard, Emma
Quote: I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary.  I had  simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. 

Relate a:
Song: A Place for Us - Fitz and the Tantrums 
Other Book: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley


Have you read this - what did you think?  Are you excited for the film?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday Sixty Six

Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  This weeks topic is one I was always going to be up for as over the last couple of months I have been trying to get into the habit of creating to (and hopefully sticking to) TBR's for the month.  Autumn is also my absolute favourite season, both for reading and just generally, so I couldn't wait to pick out all the books I hope to read over the next few months.  And so, enjoy!

1) The Last Star by Rick Yancey - 

This book has been on so many TBR lists of mine recently, and despite knowing I have said this before and failed, this autumn I am determined to finally read this and finish one of my favourite series.  Not only is it the conclusion to a trilogy I have adored so far, but it also isn't too long at all, so if I only read one book this Autumn, this needs to be it.  

2) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - 

Another one here that I really need to get to at last, especially as the fifth book in this series, Empire of Storms has just been released.  Literally everyone raves about this series so much that I'm determined to finally find out what all the hypes about and see what I think for myself.  

3) The Next Together by Lauren James - 

This is one that has been on my shelf for a good while now, and so is in desperate need of finally being read after so long on my TBR.  It is also a historical fiction novel that follows two characters who keep falling in love every time they are reincarnated, and so it seems like the perfect Autumnal romance to read this year.  

4) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir - 

I can't believe that I haven't managed to read this one yet, after how badly I was anticipating it since I read An Ember in the Ashes earlier this year.  Not only am I insanely excited to carry on with the story and see where it goes in this second book, but the cover also just makes me imagine curling up with this on cold nights! 

5) Conversion by Katherine Howe - 

I first picked this one up after the synopsis described it as a repeat of the salem witch trials but in present day, which intrigued me almost instantly.  I adore the concept of this one and can't wait to see what this mysterious book has in store.  

6) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - 

After reading The Raven Boys early this year, I definitely need to continue on with this series pretty soon.  Not only did I love the first book, but since the release of the last book in the series, I am so scared of spoilers that am determined to read the whole series for myself before anyone else has a chance to ruin it for me! 

7) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - 

In the spirit of halloween, I would love to finally get to this one that tells the story of a fire that took place 25 years after the diary of a girl who disappeared that night's twin is discovered.  It sounds so creepy and twisted that I can't wait to see what this story is like.  

8) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - 

Another final book in a series here, although this one is probably the one I am most reluctant to read just because of how much of a journey I feel like I've been on with these characters.  After five books I feel so connected to this world that as always, I'm both scared and excited to finally finish this amazing series, but know that I need to do so soon so that I can finally read the Infernal Devices series afterwards.  

9) The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd -  

Finally, another one that I hope will get me in the creepy mood, as this one tells the story of Juliet as she finds out her father is still alive and carrying on his mad experiments on a remote island she must travel to.  I can't tell you how long I have been wanting to read this one, and so now seems like the perfect time to finally do so, and hope it lives up to my expectations! 

What books do you plan to read in Autumn?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?