Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

NON SPOILER REVIEW
  This is a science-fiction book set in the distant future. In this book the people of the earth have found a way to portal from one planet to another. One in every few humans has an immune system that will not allow them to live anywhere but earth. These people are called apes, throwbacks, handicapped. 
  This story follows one of these unlucky few. Her name is Jarra. Jarra wants nothing more than to study the history of the earth and she has a plan. When a history class run by a college from another planet comes to excavate New York Jarra will study with them and try and pass as one of their own. Her intent is for them to accept her without knowing who she is only to throw it back in there faces to show them that they don't know 'apes' at all. But Jarra's plan becomes increasingly difficult as she gets to know the others. 

  This book was definitely interesting. I found the different cultures from the different planets fascinating. It was interesting to see what passed as acceptable on some planets and how that could backfire. 
  I definitely had some issues with this book. There were a few elements to the plot that I found very unbelievable. 
  The main character Jarra, I feel, would be very annoying in real life. She likes to show off her knowledge and sometimes (cough, cough, OFTEN) makes stupid decisions. 

  Saying that it was very entertaining to read and I am looking forward to continuing with this trilogy. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge

NON SPOILER BOOK REVIEW
  I find it hard to explain just how much I love the worlds that Frances Hardinge creates. Her ideas, worlds and settings are so brilliant and unusual that you just have to experience them for yourself. 
  This story takes place on Gullstruck Island, a place where the people are against each other and the volcano's are easily upset. On this Island there are the Lost. The Lost are those who are able to send there senses away from their bodies. They are rare and very valued in these societies. 
  Hathin's sister Arilou is a Lost. At least that is what the Lace people want everyone to believe. An old wrong has the Island's other inhabitants set against the Lace people, Arilou is their thing of value to give back. 
  Hathin must help Arilou pass a test in order to prove that she is a Lost but when all the Lost on the island are killed except for Arilou suspicion immediately turns to the Lace people. 
  Disaster strikes and the two girls are suddenly on the run for their lives. They must find a way to right the wrongs of their people and avenge their own who have been wronged. 

 This is a children's book that I absolutely loved. Hardinge creates a story that can be enjoyed at any age.
 I loved the setting of this book. There were so many new creatures and so many new types of people that I found it hard not to get lost in this book. 
  I loved the ideas, the concepts, the native myths and legends that really highlighted to me what every good fantasy book should be. 
  I would definitely recommend this is you are a lover of fantasy, or if you would like to visit a world unlike any that you have visited before. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Warm Up by V. E. Schwab

NON SPOILER
  This is the short prequel novella to Schwab's novel Vicious. This novella follows the story of an EO David. David's life has been destroyed by a fatal turn of events and in the 297 days since he is still failing to cope.
  What I was not expecting about this novella was how short it was. It is aprox. 15 pages long.
  I did enjoy the story though. It was a different take on EOs than was seen in the full length novel. It was interesting to see Eli from this perspective.
  This was a very good, if very short, novella.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab

SPOILER FREE

  I have been looking forward to this book for a while. There is a lot of hype surrounding this book and so naturally my expectations were high. I enjoyed the story and the characters but, for some reason, it didn't grip me right in the heart like I really wanted. 
  Victor and Eli are college room mates, both smart and driven. Eli is determined to discover the cause of EOs or ExtraOrdinaries. People with beyond human abilities. With Victor's encouragement they begin the dangerous experiment to attempt to turn themselves into EOs. And so begins a ten year long vendetta of blood and brains. 
  The plot is told from different periods of time in the story. I personally thought the pacing of the plot was one of the strongest points of the book. Things tied together really well and kept me engaged throughout. 
  I also loved the characters. I loved hearing about the different EOs and their abilities and how they came to be how they are. I particularly enjoyed Sydney and Selena's story. 
  I don't know what it was about this book that I just didn't get. I loved the characters and the story and the pacing and the world, but for some reason I didn't love it. 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

NON SPOILER REVIEW
  This is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. I'm not entirely certain but I think this may have been my favourite one yet.
  In this book we see so much more of this world. We see how others live who are not in the same land, they haven't been subjected to the same laws or threats but have dangers that are entirely their own.
  I loved that there were even more creatures in this book. More witches, more fey, more wyverns just more. So brilliant.
  There was also more of Celaena's past. Having read the Assassin's Blade before this book I was expecting to know most of what was relevant of her past. There was more, so much more, and I loved it.
  I also liked that there were more view points in this book. Not just the characters that had been in the last books but some new. It was very interesting to see from these new perspectives.
  I loved the character of Rowan. Not sure what it is about him but I loved how the relationship there builds. Brilliant.
  Queen of Shadows the fourth book in this series will be released in september and I will be anxiously awaiting it.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Monsters

Regret is the monster
Who lives under the bed
And dances and dances 
Around in my head

Doubt is the monster
Who lives on the stair
Uphill or down
It's always there

Boredom is the monster
Who lives in the sky
Floating and floating
Content just to lie

Gluttony is the monster
Who steals and takes
Pushing back into 
Old mistakes

Caution is the monster 
Who lives on the street
Poisoning all of the 
Strangers you meet

Envy is the monster
Who tears others down
Trades in a smile
And gives back a frown

Fear is the monster
Behind all doors
That keeps them closed shut
Forever more

Anger is the monster 
Who pushes away
Myself at night 
And others at day

-Emma Fagan

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Bottled Magic



I spent all of today making bottle charms. 
  I recently saw a youtuber making something similar and I have not been able to stop thinking about how much I wanted to make them too.
  Do you get all of the references??





  I just loved the idea of bottled magic. Not only was it super cute and fun but they also made me very excited because they reminded me of so many happy memories from my childhood. 
  What is it about magic that makes us want to bottle it and keep it? To keep it for myself, so that I can take it out and look at it. So it can be mine, so I can be special. 
  But that is not how magic works because magic is a wild creature and if you tame it then it is no longer quite as wondrous. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

NO SPOILERS


  This is a bind up of all five of the prequel novellas from the Throne of Glass series. Usually I am not a big fan of short stories but I read the novellas because I hate feeling like I've missed an essential part of the story.
  The first story in this book was a little slow for me. Though it was an adventure story and things were happening I found it very tedious which is not normally the case for me and Sarah J. Maas's books. However, as I continued with the stories I realised that they got progressively faster paced and all interlinked so as to read all together as one long story.
  Once I had reached the end of this collection I felt like I knew more about the conditions in which Celaena grew up and how she lived before the first Throne of Glass book. The last two in particular were fantastic.
  Overall I would say that this collection of short stories is definitely worth reading, give it a story or two to really get into the swing of things but it will get there. I promise. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

 NO SPOILERS
 The first thing that I would like to mention about this duology is how beautiful I find the covers. There is something that I really love about the simplicity and the colour scheme. Beautiful.

  To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about a sixteen year old girl called Lara Jean. Over the years she has written letters to all the boys that she has ever had a crush on in order to get over them. One day, years later, they are all accidentally sent out.
  I loved the theme of family in this book. I really appreciated that it was written and dealt with so well. I loved the relationships that the three sisters had and also the relationship with their father. I felt like I was welcome in their home, like I was visiting. I loved it.
  I also loved the way in which Lara Jean reacts to how the letters are sent out. I don't know if I would have been so composed!
  I loved the other relationships in this book as well they were absolutely fabulous. There was plenty parts where I was cringing, plenty of parts were I was swooning and plenty of parts where I was giggling out loud in my room.
  Over all, without saying too much that would spoil it, I loved this book. I loved its cuteness and its warm heartedness, I loved its feel good factor and how much it reminded me that contemporary books are worth reading.
   The second book in this duology was recently released and I knew that I simply had to read it. In this book there is a much more prominent theme of sex though it is not an explicit theme, it is simply there in the background for the most part.
  Lara Jean now finds herself in a relationship.  I loved to see how Lara Jean developed in the new situations that she found herself in. Sometimes this was so funny I had to laugh, sometimes it was so embarrassing that I was red for her.
  There was so many other things that I loved about this book. Certain events like the party that she helped host in the nursing home. I simply loved that part of the story.
  I loved as well to see more of other characters in this book. I thought that they made the community in which Lara Jean lived seem so real.
  This book emphasises on how things almost turned out. How things could have gone a different way for most of the characters but simple little things changed how everything happened.
 

  These books were really a wonderful read. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their lives. I am glad that I got to spend some time with them and I plan on reading many more Jenny Han books in the future.