Book Tag: EpicReads

Hello incredible readers! I got this tag off Intellectual Recreation. I was not tagged to do this but it sounded like so much fun! So here goes.1) If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

I would invite Richelle Mead and Adelaide. (I want tips on how to disguise myself as a totally different person.) I would serve them this because when I have high tea on the weekends, my plate looks like this:

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2) What book would you like a prequel for?
Hunger Games! How did the games start?! I need to know! Suzanne Collins, write it!

3) Which two characters (not from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?
Ha! I would pick Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus and Grace Blakely from All Fall Down.

4) If you ran into your favourite author on the train and could only say one sentence to them, who would it be and what would you say?
Cassandra Clare. I would grovel- a lot. Possibly faint. Will faint.

5) What book made you a reader and why?
How can you think back to birth? But the book that really got me into reading that little bit more was all the Enid Blyton books.

6) Your book shelf just caught on fire! What book would you save and why?
My book shelf would never catch on fire… But I would save my kindle. It only has 108 books… so I can read all of them over and over again. Does that count?

7) What dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one and why?
The Selection! I would totally enter- even if I was an 8… I love those books! (Also, I have 2, 3, 4 and soon 5 on my kindle so they would be with me forever!)

8) What is your most epic read of all time?

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I tag Mia. (Mia, pleeease! [And you know who you are!])

~Laurena

Book Review: The Selection

General Information:

Pages: 322 (Paperback)

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

Series: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Collins

Source: Purchased

ISBN: 9-780007-466696

Release Date: April 12th, 2012

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Thoughts: I adored this book. Maxon, at first glance, come across as a stereotypical prince – but he’s not. Duh, otherwise America would never even glance at him. I found that the interactions between America and Maxon/ Aspen, (Despite being romantic, hence annoying,) helped the story-line massively, ergo, one of the themes being romance.

I would like to think that Kiera Cass could have made the plot a bit longer, or squashed them all into one book. (I don’t like waiting.) But, on the upside, I can now brag about how I read four books in one night. (Book Tag: The Book Courtship Tag, Phase 5)

This book was incredible and I can’t wait for the Crown!

(Four days people, four days!)

~Laurena

Book Review: Scarlet

General Information:

Pages: 454 (Paperback)

Genre: Sci-fi

Series: The Lunar Chronicles (This is book 2)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Square Fish (Imprint of Macmillan)

Source: Gift

ISBN: 978-1-250-00721-6

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Book Format: Paperback

Synopsis: Spoilers from Book 1

 Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

My Thoughts: As soon as I opened to the first page, I was drawn in. It’s intriguing how Marissa Meyer can weave two completely different genres together without a single flaw. I adored this book! It was a very rare sequal to a book that make the series even better!

I thought that the setting, place and time, were laid out beautifully. You could actually see yourself there with the characters and feel their emotions. Wolf’s character was so fun to read about. He was so mysterious yet trustworthy and had some incredible character development. Scarlet had a whole different aura to Cinder, which made Scarlet all the more bedazzling.

I thought that Scarlet would only have the point of view of Cinder and Scarlet, but, I was wrong. There were points of views from Wolf, Kai and Queen Levana. I just adored this whole book and have nothing bad to say about it. Thank you, Marissa Meyer, for writing such a phenomenal book series.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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~Melia😇

Book Tag: The Book Courtship Tag

Hello, this is Laurena. I was not tagged to do this, but The Impossible Girl Blog said at the end to “Spread the looove!” So, that’s what I am doing! YAY! This is based on the phases of courting/ dating. Hope you enjoy!

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

Um, the Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. But I mentioned this in my review so it isn’t new. (Book Review: The Glittering Court)

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Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

Hard… The 5th Wave probably… I mean… The “Waves” are soooo intriguing!

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Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Too many to name… Chasing Odysseus by S.D. Gentill. That was fabulous.

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Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This book/ series is amazing! (Empire of Storms coming out on the 06/09/2016!) (Yes, this is my book shelf.)

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Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

THE SELECTION! *Cough five am cough* (The Crown is going to keep me up at three am as soon as it comes out!)

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you couldn’t stop thinking about?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Incredible! (Book Review: Passenger)

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Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I love the ridges on the cover and the raised graphics and writing!

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends?

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly. (It seems safe to share…)

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Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

PERCY JACKSON! By the time the character’s stories are over, and I am satisfied, (hard) I will be like, 17.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

Jorelene @ Page Chronicles. Have fun!

Xox,

Laurena

Book Review: The Novice

General Information:

Pages: 398 (Paperback)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: Summoner

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Source: Purchased

ISBN: 1-4449-2397-8

Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

My thoughts: When I started this book, my first intake was, ‘Oh, just another average fantasy book; person coming of age, growing into their magic/ powers, don’t know that they have the fore-spoken powers, and they need to save the world, with a couple of friends. And they are the only person who can save the world.’ I was totally correct. This book is not an original idea. Taran Matharu used a Harry Potter style school, the Mortal Instruments style plot, I could go on. Numerous people said in the comments, ‘This book is a perfect mix of Harry Potter and Pokemon.’ just showing that this book idea is not very original.

This book started off slow, remained slow, right until the end, when there was a chapter or two of good, gory fighting. At the end. I also found that exclamation marks were overused. A lot. I also noticed that on pages 26 and 47, there is the exact same sentence on both pages, down to the punctuation, the punctuation being an exclamation mark. As such, I noticed a lot of repetition.

Boring.

Another point I picked up was that there was a lot of telling, not showing. You all remember English classes, with your teacher standing over you, drilling the sentences, ‘Show don’t tell! Showing makes the story more engaging!’ Well, this book had a lot of telling. ‘They had arrived, it was the summoner’s book, Fletcher was afraid…’ Not up to scratch, Taran Matharu!

Ok, so I have raved on, made you seriously dislike this book… Now onto the one thing that Taran Matharu did right, he made up an entirely new kind of character; one that already knew what Summoner’s are. Harry Potter knew about wizards, but he didn’t know that they existed. Clary Fray did not know that there were such things as Shadowhunter’s but she did know a little about Demons. These character’s had limited knowledge on the world that they would soon enter but they had very limited knowledge as such. Fletcher knew quite a bit about the world that he would soon be plunged into. That is one thing that puts this book on a different level to being a total imitation to Harry Potter, et cetera.

Severely disappointed,

~Laurena

Book Review: The Glittering Court

General Information:

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: The Glittering Court

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill

Source: Purchased

ISBN: 1595148418

Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

My Thoughts: I was looking in the bookstore for a book after a day at Dad’s work, (Yes, I get payed in books!) and I was drawn to this book by it’s cover. I was instantly intrigued as I started to read the blurb. I bought it immediately after finishing the blurb.

This book was fabulous. I (as I mentioned in my review Book Review: Strange Girl) am sceptical of romance books, but this was an exception. I could not tear my eyes away from this book, (yes, even when on pages 332 and 333) and as a result, my parents became extremely annoyed.

I looked this series up on Goodreads, and…. each of the three books are going to be told from a different character’s view. (Adelaide, Tamsin, Mira.) I love that fact, and I resolutely do not. I grew so attached to Adelaide and Cedric… and now I have to let them go! But it makes sense, because when I finished ‘The Glittering Court’, I needed nothing more from Adelaide and Cedric, I wasn’t left in suspense, I was completely assured of their future. So, in reality, this style makes sense. But, that doesn’t make me happy about it! (Richelle Mead, there had better be novellas!)

I thought that the character of Tamsin was especially alluring. I though this especially when Adelaide and Tamsin have a fight over the gradings. I think that it is obvious that she loves her family very, very much, due to what she says to them on visiting day, and her determination to marry a prospering man so she can break them out of the circle of poverty. 

Well, enough rambling, go buy the book and cry. Don’t forget to cry. And wait for the next one. And the next. (Don’t worry, there are only three books. Three years of waiting! *Cries*).

~Laurena