The Edge of Everything (Negative Review)

*DNF At This Point in Time.*

Hello! My name is Ally and I’m back again for another review! This time it’s a rant, and I’ll be talking about a book that I really did not like: The Edge of Everything! But, before we begin, I’d like to just say that even though I did not like it, you may have a different opinion and that’s okay!

Now to the review!

 

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General Information:

  • Pages: 368
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: (Untitled)
  • Author: Jeff Giles
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Source: Library
  • ISBN: Unknown
  • Date Published: 31st January 2017
  • Format: Paperback/Hardcover
  • Rating: Two stars- 33%
  • Quote From Reviewer: “A good plot, however, the overall book needed to be developed further.”

I did like some aspects of the book, especially the dialogue and the gorgeous cover, but otherwise… There were also a lot of problems in this book. The beginning takes place on a mountain just as a blizzard is beginning to roll through. Zoe, our protagonist, is desperately hunting through the snow for her brother and two dogs. (Points for suspense) Then, as her, the dogs and her brother find safety, they are attacked by a man who picks up both dogs and tries to drown them. Whilst Zoe sings songs to her little brother. I think at this point, I was really asking myself what the hell was wrong with the protagonist that she would just sit and watch a strange man drown her two dogs. Yes, he may have been stronger than her, but DO SOMETHING! Swing a chair for god’s sake! A psycho man is trying to murder your dogs in a freezing lake!

And don’t even get me started on X. X is a magical bounty hunter from hell who appears to save the dogs and drown the guy who was trying to kill them. You think that’s weird? Well, have I got news for you! After saving the dogs, he pulls his shirt off and pretty much turns into a projector. Literally. He plays all of Stan’s (the guy who is trying to drown the dogs) misdoings on his back and then proceeds to murder him. Confused? I was too. Although, this did make me laugh, as ridiculous as it was:

“X spread his arms wide. His shoulder blades flashed in the darkness and his back became broader still.

Zoe couldn’t help it. She took a photo to put on Instagram later.”

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I will let you form your own opinions about that quote. I do wonder what the caption for that photo was though… Probably something along the lines of:

“Check out this super hot dude’s abs! Ignore my dogs being drowned in the background- I’m sure they can swim in freezing cold water! #lol #murder is awesome #he’s a human projector.”

My next problem (it’s going to be a long post, ladies and gentlemen) was this: In fact, I don’t even know what to make of this little quote.

“The man didn’t say a word. He certainly didn’t apologise. He just stood there, his eyes sliding over Zoe’s body and leaving slime trails like snails. Men had looked at her like that ever since she was 12. When she first talked to her mother about it, her mum had said,

“Zoe, sit down for a second. It’s time I taught you the meaning of the phrase ‘horrible low life perv.”

Pardon me, but what now? Men had looked at her like that every since she was twelve? Ahem. *sips hot chocolate whilst peering over the rim of the cup with scepticism.*

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To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin. Zoe’s state of mind worries me. A lot. She leaves her brother playing outside in the snow just because she doesn;t have time for him. Her little brother.  I’m sorry, but I myself have a little sister and whilst we certainly have our differences, I would not leave her outside if I knew that a blizzard was coming. First of all, my mother would probably kill me first if I did, and secondly, I would most likely feel bad. So I didn’t find that scenario very realistic. And that’s completely ignoring the fact that she calls him a ‘spack’ because he has ADHD.

(Google tells me that “spack’ is a slang meaning mentally deficient, clumsy or foolish. Either way, it doesn’t sit very well with me.)

I really wanted to like this book. It had so much promise, but it just didn’t work out for me. At this stage, I don’t think I’ll finish it.

Have you guys read The Edge of Everything yet? If so, what did you think? Personally, I’m going to rate this two stars, but you may disagree! Tell me below in the comments! Once again, this is only my opinion and if you disagree, that’s okay too!

-Ally xx

 

 

 

TOWER OF DAWN (Sarah J. Maas)

HELLLOOOOOO!

 

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SARAH J MAAS COVER REVEAL! T

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Yeah.

Anyway, we haven’t posted, so a) letting all of you know that ToD cover reveal comes out tomorrow and b) the blurb of this (surely) absolutely amazing SJM book!

Blurb: (GoodReads) Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

 

*suspense!!*

Sorry, English essaying.

Anyway, we’ll post again soon, hopefully!

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE REVIEW!

Hello! My name is Ally and today I’m back with another movie review! *action movie sound effects*

Today I’ll be reviewing…. WONDER WOMAN! Holy heck was this movie amazing! if you came here to see some negative hate happening, then I am so sorry, because you are one day early. Monday is tomorrow, guys.

But in all seriousness, this movie was so good from the costumes, to the set, and even the music! All of it. Amazing!

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This review will not be spoilery, so go ahead and grab yourselves some popcorn and take a sit for another great post from the Immortal Readers! Not that I’m biased or anything… *hides the infinity symbol on my t-shirt* No….. not biased at all…

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Synopsis:

On an island where men are not only completely useless but also do not exist, comes Diana, Princess of the AMAZONS! Together, these band of women train, readying themselves for a coming war. Then one sunny, perfect day, an aircraft from World War One falls from the sky and crashes off the coast of the island. With it, comes the truth that the war they had been preparing for may be fast approaching and upon them far sooner than they had imagined. Together, Diana and the pilot of the aircraft set off to stop the war and finish it once and for all.

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If that doesn’t spark your interest, how about this?

  • Diana (Wonder Woman) is played by an Israeli actress.
  • It was directed by a female named Patty Jenkins.
  • It has blown out the box office, breaking dozens of records.
  • It’s the first real movie with a female superhero to have ever made such a big impact.
  • It has awesome fighting scenes, hot guy(s) and amazing music!

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Literally, the only thing I really can say is that everyone should watch Wonder Woman. It’s one of those movies you will remember for a long time after. It not only lives up to the incredibly high hype, but it blows past it, effectively shattering the glass ceiling in the film industry. Wonder Woman honestly made me so proud to be a female and I left the cinema feeling like I too could stab a few people in the throat. Okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the point.

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In conclusion, please go see Wonder Woman and tell me what you think! If I don’t discuss it with someone, I might actually combust… so… there is your motivation! Overall, I award WONDER WOMAN a steady five stars and I would see it again. And again. And again! Thanks for reading guys and I’ll see you again soon with another post!

-Ally xxx

Ally’s Monthly Book Recommendations (MYSTERY)

Hey, guys! My name is Ally and today I thought I would do something a bit different…. so… ta-da! Introducing My Monthly Book Recommendations! This is where I pick a genre or a specific element in a book each month and recommend ten to twenty books that center around the element or genre. These will be books that I really like or at least think are really important for everyone to read!

This month I’ll start off with a favorite genre of mine- Mystery! (Also our English topic; Ally, don’t suck up to the teacher!)

Here is the itinerary for the next two months:

May– Contemporary Books!

June- Fantasy (The reason for this choice will be revealed at a later date 😉

So, without any further ado, let’s get started!!! The full list of all these books will be at the very bottom! Please note: These books aren’t in order because I love them all!

Heist Society By Ally Carter

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When Kat’s dad is framed for something he didn’t do, a squad of awesome teenagers must steal something from somewhere. Crime! Mystery! Scandal! Death! Well, not really…. but hey, these days every character gets killed off, right?

Gallagher Girls By Ally Carter

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First Book: Hey, I really like you but we can’t be together because I attend a school for spies and you are an ordinary guy. Sorry!

Second Book: Hey, I really like you but we can’t be together because I attend a school for spies and you are an ordinary guy. Sorry! The Sequel.

Third Book: Hey, can you believe it? Hotter and more interesting guys exist!

Fourth Book: Hey hotter new guy, you go to an international Spy School too?

Fifth Book: Crap, people are trying to kill me.

Sixth Book: Crap people are still trying to kill me.

No, but honestly, these books are AMAZING!

Running Girl By Simon Mason

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The story of a girl who went running and was stabbed in the back. Literally.

Mondays Are Murder By Tanya Landman

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This book describes my life. Tuesdays are just as bad.

The Thousandth Floor By Katherine McGee (AHHH THE COVER IS SO GORGEOUS)

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Let’s leave the roof of a thousandth floor tower accessible- Oh crap, someone died!

Daughter of Deep Silence By Carrie Ryan

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You killed everyone I love so now I’m going to kill you 😉

The Billionaire’s Curse By Richard Newsome

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A billion dollars? Jealous relatives? Nah, I’ll be just fine!

Also Known As By Robin Benway

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*James bond theme song* The name’s spy. Teenager Spy.

Caraval By Stephanie Garber

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Step up, step up for five nights of unforgettable fun! Coffins not included!

Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo

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More teenagers stealing things- the fantasy edition.

The Love Interest By Cale Dietrich (Have not read this yet, but holy heck am I excited!!!!! :D)

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Help! I’m supposed to love my target, but I’m falling in love with my partner instead!

 

So, that brings us to the end of this month’s recommendations! Thanks for making it through another long post (it’s a habit. I’m sorry) and stay tuned for another one later on in this month.

-Ally xox

BOOKS FEATURED:

  • Heist Society By Ally Carter
  • Gallagher Girls By Ally Carter
  • Running Girl By Simon Mason
  • Mondays Are Murder By Tanya Landman
  • The Thousandth Floor By Katherine McGee
  • Daughter of Deep Silence By Carrie Ryan
  • The Billionaire’s Curse By Richard Newsome
  • Also Known As By Robin Benway
  • Caraval By Stephanie Garber
  • Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo
  • The Love Interest By Cale Dietrich

If you know some great books that weren’t featured, please comment below!

 

#TBR Problems

Hello! It’s Laurena here! Remember when I used to post like, three times a week? Yeah… Sorry! It ain’t happening anytime soon! But, you know, here’s a post to pull you over the void that is our posting dates!

So, on an arbitrary note, we will be at the Sydney’s Writers Festival, so if any of you are going to the YA festival day and you randomly see three (or more, as we may be popular) girls with infinity badges/ necklaces/ anything, approach and say hi! We would love to meet you.

But. The TBR pile. Remember that post, That Pesky TBR Pile Dominating The Room (boy, that title was long)? I wrote that. And it was advice. And it may have helped some of you, but it did not help me. Anything but, in fact. And so, a long, long, long list of all the books I have a) not finished or b) not started. (It is also my mission to read and review all of these books, so, *shrugs*)

Anyway. I have roughly 104 TBR books on my bookshelf. So 104 books on this bookshelf are TBR.

I really have to stop buying!!

(Bookshelf photo I promised you guys ages ago!)

Do you guys have any tips? It would be lovely to write a blog post with all the comments, so it can a sort of reference guide in the future.

Thanks,

Laurena

Books I Really Want To Read: Part Two

Hey everyone! It’s Melia here with another post (finally).

I was looking through some old posts (Hopefully, we aren’t as cringey anymore. We probably are…) and I was inspired to write another “books I really want to read” post because there are a lot of them. I’ve narrowed this list down to 5 books so this post wont go on forever.

You can find part one here.

Lets begin!

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Draekora By Lynette Noni- ARC Review!!!!

 

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General Information

  • Pages: Unknown
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Series: The Medoran Chronicles
  • Author: Lynette Noni
  • Publisher: Pantera Press
  • Source: Giveaway
  • ISBN: Unknown.
  • Date Published: 1st April 2017
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rating: Four stars- 87%
  • Quote From Reviewer: Everything I expected- and more! Draekora made me cry, laugh and gasp at all the right moments, keeping me on the edge of my seat until the incredible, breath-taking finale.

Hello, Immortals! It’s Ally here today with another review! Before I get started, though, I would personally like to thank the wonderful team at Pantera Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this amazing book! Not to mention Lynette Noni (The author of Akarnae, Raelia and Draekora) herself, who is the nicest person when it comes to crazed fan comments! I’m so excited to meet her and all the other book bloggers at the launch for Draekora, which will be held on the 1st of April! Details can be found here:

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Hope to see you guys there!

So, with all that excitement aside, let’s get to reviewing! Ah, who am I kidding? The review will probably be just as exciting, or just as illegible… sorry!

*Please note:

All thoughts, feels and opinions are my own.

*Please note #2:

Mild Spoilers Ahead for books 1 and 2! I tried my very best to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but in some cases, it just wasn’t possible.

My Thoughts:

The Medoran Chronicles. Full of wonder, action, love and betrayal. So, you would expect the third book to be good. But it wasn’t. It was better! (I got you there, didn’t I!) Draekora blew me away. Whilst Akarnae was a magical, unique tale, Draekora was so, so much more. In fact, the only reason I wasn’t able to give it five stars was purely based on the fact that I would’ve liked more of all the characters and just more in general! Dragons? Tick. Sass? Tick. Humour? Tick. Magic Carpets? Technically the Valispath counts… so tick! I laughed, I cried (Mascara. Everywhere.) and I gasped. All of my notes I took were scrawled because I was so desperate to finish. It was so great to read a good book again- especially after the disaster that was ‘the Edge of Everything’ (negative and frustrated review to follow). I actually found a few pictures of me whilst reading….

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I know what you’re thinking- “Hey Ally, when did you cut your hair? It looks fabulous!” Why thank you. Or possibly “Those glasses really suit you!” You are too kind!

Well, it was either that or gross happy tears for the characters, but you get the idea. What I loved the most about this book, however, was the world building. We get to see some much more of Medora and the backstory behind (blank) and the potential reason why he has so much hatred for (blank). We get to see so much character development between all of the characters, but there was still no Kaiden! I myself am a massive shipper of the ship that is… shippable (these spoilers are really making me sweat) and to say that I was disappointed that he didn’t appear at all in this book is an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, he is certainly mentioned, and we have so many new characters introduced that It was hard to feel any negative feelings at all, but I would love to see more of him in book four. No scrap that, I have to see more of him in book four!

In conclusion, Draekora is… incredible. I was so close to giving It five stars if only I had been able to see more of my favourite characters. Not to mention the Dragons! Overall, I would rate this book four stars with an 87% and would highly recommend! If you haven’t read the series, I would definitely encourage you to! Draekora By Lynette Noni comes out on April 1st!

Here is my review of the first book in the series!

Akarnae- Medoran Chronicles One

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