And I Darken

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General Information:

  • Pages: 475
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Series: The Conquerors Saga #1
  • Author: Kiersten White
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Source: Library
  • ISBN:0553522310
  • Release Date: April 5th, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover and Paperback
  • Rating: A
  • Quote from Reviewer: “This book is like nothing you have ever seen before. Forget the stereotypes of Vlad The Impaler being a male with fangs and chalky white skin; Vladislav Dracul is in town and she will blow you away.’

Overview:

Vlad the Impaler- a figure feared and respected throughout history- even going as far to be the idea for the popular classic, Dracula. But what if this iconic conqueror was a girl?

Meet Vladislav Dracul, a princess imprisoned in her own country. Vladislav, or Lada as she later becomes, is in no way the royal everyone expects her to be. In order to survive being born a girl, she must be brutal and fierce- especially when her father abandoned Lada and her angelic brother, Radu in the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Lada bides her time until she can escape the sultan and return to her homeland. Then she meets Mehmed. Completely untouched from the hurricane of politics around him, he seems like the only person worthy of her passion. But politics is a dangerous game and the clock is winding down until Lada has to choose between her country, her calling and the son of the Empire that threatens to destroy her and everything she loves.

Review:

Going into this book, I expected the usual fantasy elements- dragons, magic etcetera, etcetera. However, this novel is more of a historical fiction book. If you expect fantasy, you will be disappointed. But, on the other hand, And I Darken had an incredible plot. One thing I think the author, Kiersten White, did really well was the complexity of the characters.

How to describe Lada Dracul? Well, I found a spoiler free quote from the book.

“On our wedding night,” she said, “I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

Another valued part of And I Darken is that it doesn’t just throw a prologue in your face then try and explain everything as it progresses, but follows the characters throughout their lives. At times, the plot can be slow, but it is well worth it to continue reading.  Each of the characters has a different personality trait that draws the reader in further.

Furthermore, the novel does contain frequent violent scenes and referrals to the Sultan’s Harem, however, this does not in any way take away from the brilliance of this story.

In conclusion, I would give this book a steady A and highly recommend it!

-Ally xox

Throne of Glass TV Series? YES PLEASE!

Hello! It is Ally again, and today I come with some very exciting news! THRONE OF GLASS IS BEING MADE INTO A TV SERIES!!!!

*does happy dance*  Kira Snyder (The 100) will write the adaption and the pilot is set to be filmed by Anna Foerster, which we hope will be released soon!. Hulu ( The Mindy Project) will be developing the show with the Mark Gordon Company (Grey’s Anatomy). Read more here:Deadline- Throne of Glass TV Series

But, all that aside, once I heard my favourite series (yes, I know- I ranked it higher than Harry Potter) was becoming a tv show, I just had to make up a cast! So, here are my suggestions! Please note that these are my opinions, and I don’t mean to disrespect anyone by these choices, and so I would like to invite you all to comment on who you would like to star in the series 🙂

Ideas: Bustle

 

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CHAOL (NICK ROBINSON)

 

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AEDION (BRADLEY JAMES)

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ROWAN (COLTON HAYNES)

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SORSCHA (CHOLE GRACE MORETZ)

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CELEANA/ AELIN (CARA DELVINGUE)

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DORIAN (LOGAN LERMAN)

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LYSANDRA (KATIE MCGRATH)

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EVANGELINE (WILLOW SHIELDS)

 

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MANON (LILY COLLINS)

 

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THE KING (ANTHONY HEAD)

 

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NEHEMIA (ZENDAYA)

-Ally xox

 

Skulduggery Pleasant Chapter 7 (And will promptly be followed by 8!)

Hello darling readers! (Tried a new opening sentence… How is it?)

I, Laurena, have a new chapter of Skulduggery Pleasant! I run all of the chapters posted since Karabelle seems to enjoy emailing me and not Ally or Melia… Although, I do not mind… And Ally would forget and Melia would do it however it allows me to stop doing my English Essay… Which is due in around half an hour… (I am a great procrastinator!)

So, without further ado, chapter 7! Soon followed by 8!

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REVIEW:172 HOURS ON THE MOON

Goodmorning, my fellow bookish peoples! As of two days ago, I finished the brilliant 172 Hours On The Moon. Here are my thoughts:

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General Information:

  • Pages: 368
  • Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
  • Series: None.
  • Author: Johan Harstad
  • Publisher: Atom Books
  • Source: Library
  • ISBN:1907411518
  • Release Date: April 5th, 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rating: A
  • Quote from Reviewer: “A haunting, harrowing whirlwind of a book; one that is bound to leave you reeling and scared of things in the dark. Johan Harstad really hit the mark; this book is just fabulous!”

Overview:

Imagine being picked for the trip of a lifetime; an expedition to the moon for an entire week. 172 hours. But what if you knew you weren’t coming back?

Introducing: Mia, Midori and the fabulously entertaining Antoine. Three teenagers. Each with their own reasons for escaping earth. Mia wants to live among the greatest band singers of all time. Midori has a dream of New York. Antoine needs a distraction from heartbreak. And so, when the lottery for a chance in a lifetime is announced, the three  are picked, and count down the days until their lives change forever. Three teenagers go up, but only one will make it back alive. 172 hours. The clock is ticking.

Review:

Wow! I finished this book in under three hours and was left marvelling at the ingenuity of it for another two. ‘This book is single-handedly destroying me and I love it!’ That was my thought throughout most of 172 HOURS ON THE MOON. To say lightly, you will suffer, but you will love it (As quoted by J.K Rowling in Harry Potter). The book itself, is about three teenagers, as mentioned above, who win a lottery for a holiday to the Moon and why we never went back to the moon. The plot mainly centres around there being ‘something’ on the moon that can’t EVER come to earth, and so in order to raise funding to investigate, NASA sends Mia, Midori and Antoine to the moon for a media buzz, intending a second mission fully equipped with experienced Astronauts to follow soon after. What they didn’t count on was the teenagers being the ones to discover the terrifying secret. But, whilst I loved this whirlwind of a novel, the book ends rather loosely and a novella or short story exploring the aftermath would have been extremely nice. However, the book is still undeniably fabulous and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a refreshing fast-paced thriller, unlike the usual sci-fi books.15856695._SX540_.png

172 Hours On the Moon is a gripping story, full of action and mystery- I couldn’t put it down- gravity or no. (Pun intended) It is heart stopping and will have you looking over your shoulder for a good day or so. I rate this book an A and I highly recommend it!

-Ally xox 🙂

 

Book Tag: Zombie Apocalypse Team

I was not tagged to do this but I saw this on Dreamland Book Blog and I wanted to do it. So, kudos to Beatrice.

  1. Pick 5 books
  2. Turn to a random page
  3. The first name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team.

Chosen books: 

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. (Been reading it since the day it came out and now I am re-reading it! And probably will again and again until September 2017. Fun! Will probably be reviewed by all three Immortal Readers.)
  2. The Memory Book by Lara Avery. (Review coming soon!)
  3. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. (Book Review: All Fall Down)
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. (If You Like This, Then You’ll Love This… Not really but as close as I could find!)
  5. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (Book Review: Hunger Games)

Let the Games begin! (Get it?!)

From Hunger Games, the two tributes will be…

a) Peeta Mellark

Thank the good lord! We get food! And bread. Good bread…

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b) Effie Trinket

We are all doomed. Thanks, Effie.

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From All Fall Down, we have the following people:

a) Alexei Volkov

… Are we saved? I dunno. Maybe. I would prefer to have Jamie though…

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b) Ms Chancellor

Well at least Ms Chancellor can fight! *laughs hysterically like only a fangirl can laugh*

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From Empire of Storms, we have these two Fae…

a) Rowan Whitethorn

WE ARE SAVED! We will survive the zombie apocalypse. WE HAVE ROWAN!

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b) Maeve ? (What is Maeve’s last name… Does she have one?!)

Maeve is evil but she is powerful…

I feel like this is Maeve and she wants Aelin’s heart in a box…

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From City of Bones, we have the following:

a) Magnus Bane, the sparkly warlock!

We will have glitter?

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b) Jocelyn Fairchild

She is kind of kick-butt?

From the Memory Book, we have the following people who are about to burst into tears!:

a) Sammie McCoy

We. Are. Doomed.

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b) Stuart Shah

Stu can document our travels as we save ourselves! And the world of course…

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Ah, the irony! We may be saved but maybe not… Maeve will probably join the zombies…

I tag…

Amanda @ Hanging with Amanda

Nina @ By Page or By Plane

And, Miguel @ The Life & Times of Miguel Olmedo Morell

Thanks!

Laurena