Book Review: Death in the Clouds

General information:

Pages: 333

Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company

Genre: Adult Mystery

Series: Poirot

Synopsis: A woman is killed by a poisoned dart in the enclosed confines of a commercial passenger plane…

From seat No.9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over to his right sat a pretty young woman, clearly infatuated with the man opposite; ahead, in seat No.13, sat a Countess with a poorly-concealed cocaine habit; across the gangway in seat No.8, a detective writer was being troubled by an aggressive wasp.

What Poirot did not yet realize was that behind him, in seat No.2, sat the slumped, lifeless body of a woman.

My Thoughts: Wooh! I was right! Ok, irrelevant. I found that this book was not one of Agatha Christie’s best. Normally I would celebrate guessing the murderer in the first 100 pages but when it is an Agatha Christie book, and I guessed the murderer, the standards have definitely lowered from her usual ‘keep guessing until the bitter end’ mysteries.

Suffix to say, it was an incredible book and I loved the way that Agatha Christie let me doubt myself and my ‘superb’ detecting skills, all the way until the bomb shell exploded. (But I was still correct!)

I give this book 4/5 stars, just because all in all it was a fabulous plot and story and it currently lies on my over-flowing ‘favourite’ book shelf.

~Laurena😇😇

Book Review: Hunger Games

General Information:

Pages: 436

Genre: Fantasy/ Dystopia

Publisher: Scholastic

Series: Hunger Games Trilogy 

Synopsis: Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

My Thoughts: After ten days of constant, ‘Mum, can I read the Hunger Games? Can I? PLEEEAASE can I read the Hunger Games, pleeeaasse?’ I finally convinced her. So, now up to the part when the unspeakable happens: it involves a net and a spear- people who have already read Hunger Games would know.

I loved this book and by the end, I was craving the second one by the last page. It was a mad rush to the book store…

Any who how, I loved this book and it currently resides on my over flowing “OMG, 5/5 stars” bookshelf. This is an once in a lifetime book that has changed my life and will certainly change yours.

The characters are masterfully created, embellished and brought to life. The city of Panem is carefully thought out, the districts have a history, et cetera, et cetera.

The book is absolutely incredible and I give it 5/5 stars! May the rest of the series be just as exquisite as this one!

~Laurena😇

Book Characters A-Z

Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson)

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Annabeth Chase

Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)

Celaena Saradothian (Throne of Glass)

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)

Edward Cullen (Twilight- none of us have read Twilight… Comment                                  if you think we should)

Fred Weasley (Harry Potter)

George Weasley (Harry Potter)

Hazel Levesque (Heroes of Olympus)

Isabelle Lightwood

Jace Lightwood/ Herondale/ Wayland/ Morgenstern

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

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Katniss Everdeen

Leo Valdez (Heroes of Olympus)

Maven Calore (Red Queen)

Nox Owen (Throne of Glass)

Officer Matthew Reeve (Phoenix Files)

Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson)

Quinn Gaither (Gone)

Rita Skeeter (Harry Potter)

Simon Marchant (These Broken Stars)

Tris Prior (Divergent)

Uriah Heep (David Copperfield)

Valentine Morganstern (Mortal Instruments)

Wade Kaplan (The Copernicus Legacy)

Xenophilius Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Xenophilius Lovegood

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Zach [Last name unknown] (Gallagher Girls)

~Ally ~Laurena ~Melia 😃😇

Book Review: Throne of Glass

General Information:

Pages: 404

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series: Throne of Glass

Extra Notes: I have mentioned this book/ series in my Ultimate Interview, right? Well, the answer is yes. From the amount that I raved about it, you have probably picked up that it is one of my favourite books ever.

The Blurb: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Thoughts: *Deep breathing* Ohmigosh! I put this book down once- for dinner. The story line is so gripping, I had about one hour of sleep: 5am-6am when I got up for school. I was reading all night. If you haven’t already run away from where-ever you are currently reading this, and gone to purchase this book at your nearest book store, please do so now.

*Pause so you can do it*

I loved this book and I give it an astronomical 10 out of 5 stars! I rate this for ages 13+.

Excerpt: (So you don’t have to wait) 

Chapter One

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point. Most of the thousands of slaves in Endovier received similar treatment—though an extra half-dozen guards always walked Celaena to and from the mines. That was expected by Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. What she did not usually expect, however, was a hooded man in black at her side—as there was now.

He gripped her arm as he led her through the shining building in which most of Endovier’s officials and overseers were housed. They strode down corridors, up flights of stairs, and around and around until she hadn’t the slightest chance of finding her way out again.

At least, that was her escort’s intention, because she hadn’t failed to notice when they went up and down the same staircase within a matter of minutes. Nor had she missed when they zigzagged between levels, even though the building was a standard grid of hallways and stairwells. As if she’d lose her bearings that easily. She might have been insulted, if he wasn’t trying so hard.

 


 

 

Book Review: Glass Sword

General Information:

Pages: 444

Genre: Fantasy/ Dystopia

Publisher: Harper Teen

Series: Red Queen

Synopsis: Red Queen Spoilers Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the colour of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to create lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next instalment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

My Thoughts:

Glass Sword was just as good as Red Queen. I loved loved loved this book so so so so so much! The plot picked up just where we left off and threw me into the action. Every time I closed this book, I had to stop and take a breather.

Seriously, if you have not read Red Queen or Glass Sword, you should close this review, go to the book store and buy these books. There was one slow part, where I actually considered putting the book down and picking up another one, but I sucked it up for like, two pages and ended up adoring this book.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Book Review: Lady Midnight

General Information:

Pages: 720

Genre: Fantasy/ Romance

Publisher: McElderry Books

Series: Dark Artifices

Synopsis: Contains Spoiler’s from City of Heavenly Fire Emma and Julian are Parabatai, best friends and also in love with each other. Parabatai are forbidden from loving each other, as it would deem unnatural. However, when a deadly plot unravels before the Blackthorns and Emma, they are forced to put their feeling behind them and focus on reality. However, their feelings are strong and their passion grows, and it becomes harder and harder to conceal them. The plot that I mentioned earlier is a murder plot, where bodies are being found, all of them dead the same way Emma’s parents died. 

The Blurb: It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

My Thoughts: Arg! When is the next book coming out? I would have liked more Jace and Clary in this book… And the dreaded cliffhanger! I honestly wouldn’t change a thing when talking about Lady Midnight (except more Clary and Jace please!), the character’s were developed well, the setting was embellished to the max, the evil people were, well, evil. Who could ask for more? 

I could! More Clary and Jace please! 

All up, I adored this book, and I can’t wait for Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness!

Book-Lover,

Signing out.

Laurena😇

Book Spine Poetry

~Melia🌟😇

I love writing stories and poetry, so I am going to be doing… Book Spine Poetry!!

To make some book spine poetry, you will need books and yourself. Look at your bookshelf and note down some titles that stand out to you. Now, try and make a poem out of a few titles.

I made myself a few rules

  • You can add words like and, as, is and the
  • You must use at least four books

Here is what I made…

When You Reach Me

Winter is

Gone

A Night Divided

By Wonder

(Titles in bold are book titles)

 

The books I used were..

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Gone by Michael Grant

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Neilsen

Wonder by R.J Palacio