ARC Review: The Drogue

Getting this book as an ARC and as a paperback does not affect our views on this book.

General Information:

Pages: 270

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Tréaltha Series

Author: M. A. Nichols

Publisher: N/A

Source: Author (M. A. Nichols)

ISBN: 9781537186269

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 4 stars (79%)

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Book Review: Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdom

*Before we begin, we would like to state that The Immortal Readers received this book as an ARC. Getting this book as a PDF and as an ARC does not affect our views on this book.*

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General Information: 

  • Pages: 276
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
  • Series: Hearts Rule Kingdoms
  • Author: Emily Murdoch
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press
  • Source: E-ARC
  • ASIN: B00EIEAFTA
  • Release Date: August 12th, 2013
  • Book Format: Ebook, ARC
  • Percentage Rating: 67%

SYNOPSIS: 

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Book Review: A SYMPHONY OF BLOOD

Hello, Immortals! Today I will be reviewing ‘A Symphony Of Blood’ by Mathew Swiontek. Enjoy! 😀

PLEASE NOTE: We received this book as an ARC, but that does not in anyway impact or views on the book. 

 

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  • Pages: 110
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: The Lost Journals
  • Author: Matthew Swiontek
  • Publisher: Unknown.
  • Source: E-ARC
  • ISBN: 1503248577
  • Date Published: November 16th, 2014
  • Format: Kindle Edition, E-Book
  • Rating: 69%
  • Quote from Reviewer: “I quite liked the different writing format and would recommend!”

Vampire Hordes? Monsters with anger issues? Taunting Villains that make you want to smack them across the head?  A Symphony of Blood had all of these. Possibly my favourite trope of all time is the Weapons trope. You know the one: Where the main character (MC) is in a situation and they seem to have a rather alarming amount of weapons. First, comes the sword or bow, leaving you to wonder if they have another weapon stashed somewhere- and they do! They pull a crossbow from thin air, and you think “okay, that’s definitely all the weapons you can hide in one coat.”  But wait! They never travel without their trusty pistols! And just when it’s getting ridiculous and the reader is wondering where in the ISW (Insert Swear Word- I’m rather proud of that invention 🙂 they are getting the weapons from-BAM BAM! You forgot the throwing knife hidden under the mini fedora. Rooky mistake.Looking back on this paragraph I can see that my knowledge of weapons may be concerning…

Continuing on, that was something I was able to laugh over! The protagonist Gerhold just kept pulling out endless weapons from the most random places. Another thing I liked about A Symphony Of Blood was the lack of cliches.  Despite it featuring the trope mentioned above, it was completely clean of the “love triangle”, “the chosen one”, “the society destroyed” and  “government organisation”  to name a few classics.

As per usual, I don’t enjoy writing about the negatives, but it must be done. The main problems ( I found a word better than issue! Ten points to Gryffindor! Did that make sense? No, no it did not…) I had with ‘A Symphony Of Blood’ was the fast pace and emotion- or lack thereof.  A Symphony of Blood was written admittedly well, but the plot points weren’t separated at all. One chapter would be a key plot scene, and the next would be of equal importance. There was no ‘break’, and by this I mean there was no spacing between dramatic moments; no light-hearted chapters between the heavier ones. The book moved incredibly fast and whilst this can be a good thing, it wasn’t in this instance. Instead, any reader would have to take a break from each chapter, just to process what was happening. This leads me to my next statement: emotion. Possibly because the book was moving so fast, there was no real emotional connection between me as a reader and the character. I couldn’t sympathise simply because he had no real backstory or defining personality traits, however, I did appreciate one particular scene in which I was able to relate to Gerhold immensely(The MC). So, all in all, I could say my only two problems I had was the lack of backstory- which we will hopefully see more of in book two and the lack of more ‘simpler’ and slower scenes.

Despite the negatives, I rather liked A Symphony of Blood, especially the ending (It’s worth reading until the end) and for that, I give it a 69% and a warning of violence: 12+

-Ally xx

Book Tag: Totally Should’ve

Hello, fellow readers!

It’s Melia here with a book tag!

Today I will be doing the Totally Should’ve Book Tag. This was created by Emma @ emmmabooks. You can watch her video here.

I was not tagged to do this but I thought it would be something fun to do (and to make up for our lack of posting recently!).

Let’s get started!

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

I haven’t read too many stand-alone novels recently and most of the ones that I have read worked really well on its own but All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven seriously deserves a sequel. I don’t really know what would happen in it but it would be pretty amazing.

2. Totally should’ve had a spin-off series

I am going to go with the obvious answer here. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I know that there is a sort of spin-off (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) but we need more of the wizarding world!

3. An author who totally should write more books

I am definitely going to go with Victoria Aveyard. I absolutely adored Red Queen and Glass Sword (and I can’t wait for King’s Cage). I really hope that she writes more after this series is over!

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

Eadlyn Schreve from The Selection Series. I can’t say anymore because of spoilers!!

5. Totally should’ve ended differently

I could easily use the same answer as I did for the last question but I am going to try and choose something else. The One by Sarah Crossan! I really think it should’ve ended differently!

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray should’ve had a movie franchise. I think the travelling through dimension would look super cool on the big screen.

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

I would watch Girl Online by Zoe Sugg as a TV show. It would be super cool to see all of the casting. It would be a nice, light, fluffy show to brighten your mood.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy would be less confusing if it had one point of view. I can see why the author chose to use multiple POVs’ though.

9. Totally should have a cover change

I haven’t actually read this book (I want to) but I think that Solitare by Alice Oseman should have a cover change. The cover isn’t too bad, but I am not really a fan of it.

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

My answer to this is another book I haven’t read and that book is Unrivaled by Alison Noel. This book only recently got a cover change but I sort of preferred the original covers.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

This is a difficult question. Mainly because most books are series because the story isn’t finished or something similar but I think that Matched by Ally Condie should’ve stopped at book one. I actually really enjoyed the first book but it went down hill from there.

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag!

(I’m feeling lazy today! Sorry!!)

(Also, sorry for the lack of posting recently. We will try to post more often!)

-Melia

My Best Friend Is A Goddess- REVIEW

Goodmorning! A few days ago I finished My Best Friend Is A Goddess- Here are my thoughts:

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General Information:

  • Pages: 386
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Series: None.
  • Author: Tara Eglington
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
  • Source: Book Review Book Shop
  • ISBN:073229990X
  • Date Published: October 24th, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover and Paperback
  • Rating: 85%
  • Quote from Reviewer: “A delicious and refreshing tale about what happens when friendships change.”

Synopsis:

Emily has been friends with Adriana since she could remember but when Adriana’s mother dies, her father accepts a job in Borneo- thousands of miles away from Emily. The two best friends stay in touch for 18months- and then Adriana announces she’s coming home. The two girls are ecstatic for things to go back to the way they used to be, but one thing has changed. Over the months she was away, Adriana had transformed into a goddess. Suddenly the girls who used to hate her want to be her best friend and boys who used to tease her want to date her. Meanwhile, Emily has always dreamed of meeting the perfect boy but never thought it would happen in this life, but then she meets Theo. He’s the guy she always wanted- cute, funny and passionate about art the way she is. But what Emily doesn’t know is that Adriana has her sights on the same boy. Two girls crushing on one very cute guy- someone is going to get their heart broken. 

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(Why is there a weird guy with a gun being pointed at him, you may ask. Well, folks, that is, in fact, a reference to my newly found love for SHERLOCK. Has anyone watched it? Thoughts?)

My Thoughts: 

Looking for a meaningful funny read for the holidays? Then look no further! (And suddenly this turned into an infomercial) My Best Friend Is A Goddess may have a slightly fluffy title/cover but DO NOT LET THAT FOOL YOU! Yes, the book still had a funny and cutesy but it was also able to deliver some pretty powerful messages. Some issues the book covers are grief, parenting, bullying, anxiety, self-esteem, romantic relationships, and friendships. In particular, I loved the way the book handled the friendship relations and My Best Friend Is A Goddess managed to introduce some new concepts to me that I hadn’t considered before. I must admit, however, that I nearly gave up on the book initially as the beginning is quite slow and in diary format which took me quite some time to get used to. Whilst I’m discussing the negatives, I might as well mention that whilst it does cover a range of issues (I don’t like using that word- any suggestions?), I found there was a huge section of important emotions from the characters that weren’t touched on; particularly towards the end. My Best Friend Is A Goddess has a substantial and satisfying ending, but a novella would be nice (PLEASE!).

I can’t say much more for fear of spoilers (Nooooooooooooo NOT THE SPOILERS :D) but overall, I  liked My Best Friend Is A Goddess and I recommend reading it if you love books like  Since You’ve Been Gone and Anna And The French Kiss. For its humour and good messages(mostly good messages), I award (ANNDDDDDDDDDD… THE OSCAR GOES TO….. ……..not Leonardo DiCaprio.Bad joke. Sorry…) My Best Friend Is A Goddess four stars and an 85%! In terms of age recommendation, there are sexual references, kissing and severe bullying: 13/14+

Happy Reading!!!

-Ally xxx