Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

NO SPOILERS
  This is the novella that goes along with the Incarnate trilogy. I have to say that I didn't really expect much from it. I really enjoyed the trilogy but I wasn't sure how this was going to fit in. Now I have to say that I LOVED it. 
  This was such a good addition to the trilogy. It really put the entire world in a new context. This novella takes place before the trilogy begins and we get to see some of the characters before we knew them. 
  This explained a lot. I found what it covered to be really interesting. It was a part of the story that I really had wanted to know more about. 
  If you have read the trilogy and are wondering whether or not to pick this up I would urge you to do it. It really adds to this world. 

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

NO SPOILERS
  This is the last book in the Incarnate trilogy by Jodi Meadows. This books starts off with just as much action as you would expect from a final book. Regardless I found this difficult to get into until about 100 pages in. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I think personal things just got in the way. The story does really pick up by about midway through the book. 
  We get to see more of the mythical creatures and learn more about them. I enjoyed that aspect of it. 
  I think that I said before that this was a fantasy series with a dystopian twist. I'm not quite sure still how I would categorise it but there is definitely the feel of both of those genres, though I would lean it more towards fantasy. 
  There were a few things that I would pick at if I was to be picky. The pacing was a little off ( for me personally, it slowed down a lot just before the middle.) Also one or two things happened a little too conveniently for my liking. But overall there is not much that I had to complain about :) 
  The characters and their relationships I found were easy to relate to and understand. It wasn't just overreacting and extreme behaviour - though there was a bit, but where it was made sense in the story. 

  I absolutely loved how this book ended. I really liked the way that things panned out. I think it concluded very well. Just read it. The ending was perfect. Those last few pages... I can't even.
  I would also like to point out how well the themes on the covers went with the individual books. On point.
  There is also a novella that goes along with this trilogy it's about 100 pages long, I should have it read and reviewed here with in the next day or so, see you then.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

 Spoiler Free
 I'm not going to really talk about the plot of this book.
This book is the second book in the Incarnate trilogy by Jodi Meadows. As second books go this was a really good one! I felt that the usual second-book-syndrome that characters go through for the sake of conflict wasn't there which was such a huge relief.
  I actually thought that this book was more engaging. There was a lot more happening in it. There was much more development of the characters as well as the plot particularly ones that we didn't see too much of in the first book.
  These books have interesting concepts that I don't always agree with but that work very well for the plot.
  I am excited to see how this trilogy finishes up!
Also if you would like to watch me make a bookmark that matches this series here is a link to the video on my youtube channel Bookmarks and Stickers! I highly recommend it-  cause it is amazeballs. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

NO SPOILERS
 I got this book over a year ago for my 21st birthday and I only just picked it up recently. When it arrived I was so excited because not only was it one that I was looking forward to but it was a signed copy! Also a sticker with the book cover came with it. I love when little extra bits are added to a book! Though now I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with that sticker. I'll probably make a video on my youtube channel where I make it into a bookmark or something. What first drew me to this book was its beautiful cover. The colours are just gorgeous.
 The inside cover was pretty cute too. The whole butterfly symbol was significant to the story.
This story is set in a world where the same million souls are born and reborn into the world. They all remember their past lives and so they don't really worry about death because they will always be born again. This changes when one time a soul does not return and in their place is a new soul, our protagonist Ana. Ana is treated badly and wants to find out why she was born and why she took the place of the other soul and so sets out on a journey to find her place in the world.
 While I do not believe in reincarnation I think it worked really well as part of this story and made for a very interesting setting. There were other elements to it that I was not expecting like that dragons and other mythical creatures feature in this book. I enjoyed the characters and the main relationship that builds I thought it was very sweet and cute.
This book did leave me with a few unanswered questions but I am overall satisfied with how it ended. Things are definitely going to change in this society. I'm looking forward to the next two books but I am slightly concerned that they will get the classic YA second book syndrome. I am hopeful they won't though. I'm going to give this book 4/5 stars because I did enjoy it, but it didn't grip me right in the centre if you know what I mean. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

EXCITED!!

  I am just preparing you for Friday! What is Friday you ask? Well Friday is the day that I post my birthday book haul. And though I am the one who chose all of the books for my birthday I am none the less as excited as I could possibly get for it. Are you ready? Friday, my channel, see you there!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

NO SPOILERS
   I think this is a difficult book to describe. It has left me with a range of emotions. I am a little reminiscent, a little hopeful and a lot heartbroken. I think the most significant thing that I took from this was that we don't really see people until we hear them.
  Janie is the protagonist. The book starts when she is sixteen years old and living with her grandmother. Her grandmother means well and wants to marry Janie off to a man who she doesn't love but is relatively successful. It doesn't begin well and it doesn't get much better.
  I really admire Janie and her courage that she has. She is one of those characters that has the strength to really do what she has to.
  This book was a little difficult to fully connect with at the beginning because of the accents that were written phonetically. It was understandable but required a bit of effort. I suppose that's symbolic.
  I won't tell you what happens in the ending but it is probably the part that really made me feel the most. What did I feel? I'm not sure, but there was definitely something being plucked at in my chest.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Anticipation

  So this month there are a lot of things that I am anticipating. Firstly, my birthday is next week and I cannot wait to show you all the books that I am getting/ have gotten. I will put a video up on my channel as soon as I can but first I have to wait for it to actually be my birthday!
 Secondly, I am waiting for my little red ribbon in my notebook I use for my book reviews to reach the other side of the notebook. I am just excited for the sense of achievement that I'm hoping to feel as soon as I have filled in an entire notebook of book reviews. I'm nearly there... I'll hopefully be done by the end of the year. I know that sounds like a long time away but at the speed that this year is flying by it probably won't be that long away!
 I'm also waiting to finish my journal that I am currently writing in. I always get to  a certain point in my journals were I start wanting to write in a new notebook. No matter how much I love the one I'm currently writing in I always want to start the next one. I have something crazy like 30 old journals. It's a bit crazy to think that I was such a different person in some of them. I wonder what they would look like all typed up. Probably much neater with less spelling mistakes!
Those are the things that I am most anticipating for the next while anyway! As they were kind of book related I thought that I would share them with you!