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Geekerella

By Ashley Poston.

I literally adore this book.

It’s a pure and simple geek fest with just a dash of magic.

It is a perfect Cinderella story, it’s like the Cinders of my dreams if it were real life.

Elle and Darien were the perfect protagonists, Elle was full on geek and I loved her just a little more then I thought I should because of it. I can relate so much to her, her obsession with Starfield (I am a HUGE fangirl), her writing fanfics just her passion about this one thing. As I was reading it I literally felt like I had a friend in my geekiness! And Darien trying to hide how much of a geek he was just for his ‘image’ (yes, yes helps dad was making him I know) I’ve been in those shoes too (I now embrace my geekiness-no shame here!).

As I was reading I just fell more and more in love with this book. I’m not sure if it’s the book or how much I related to certain aspects, or just the description of ExcelsiCon – my dream is to go to Comic Con one day (it will happen, it will happen, it will happen!). But whatever it was this book was such a good -easy going read!!

It’s so sweet, a proper little fairytale for the modern day geek! 4*s from me 

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Books, Dystopian, Fairytale, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized, YA Fantasy

Scarlet

The Lunar Chronicles.

Ok, I’m going to be honest… My memory is shocking, like, horrendously so! I read these books about a week and a half ago, and yes I absolutely loved them I devoured them within 5 days… I can no longer really tell what happened in each book. I read them that quickly and consecutively that they’ve merged into the same book, so these reviews are going to be short and sweet…

Scarlet, like Cinder, is a Dystopian sci-fi, fantasy book based loosely on the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood.

It is so good. Honest to god, the new characters in the series are amazing, and Scarlet quickly became a favourite, and Wolf, dear, darling wolf. How could anyone not have a soft spot for this Big Bad Wolf.

The pace was fast, the storyline totally intriguing, I loved the double story line of Scarlet’s and Cinders and the way in which they became interlinked was so so clever. Marissa Meyer is an artist.

I genuinely cannot find fault with this series.

It’s everything.

Fairy-tales.

Fantasy.

Evil step-mothers.

Evil Queens.

Magic.

Dystopia.

Sci-Fi

Hot Princes.

Cyborgs.

Robots.

EVERYTHING!!! Oh and not forgetting the return of Iko. I need a best friend like her!

Another 5* book from me!

 

Books, Dystopian, Fairytale, Fantasy, Uncategorized, YA Fantasy

Cinder

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. 

 

Ok so confession time.

I bought this book aaaaggggeeeeesssss ago. I’d read reviews about how good it was and bought it without reading much about the actual plot. So when it came and I actually read that it was about a Cyborg in the future I was totally put off.

Every now and again I would pull it off my shelf, debate whether or not I should read it, decide against it, and put the book down again. But this month was different. In less then half a month a book comes out that I’ve been waiting a year for. And I was restless and couldn’t sit still. Desperate for something to whilst waiting for this book to out! So I decided that I’d read it and hope it took the edge of my restless mind for the next 2.5 weeks.

Little did I know.

 

I didnt have the the rest of the books in the series when I started reading… but now I do. And I have devoured them all in 5 days flat. (Which is a feat considering I went to work, kept on top of the house work, kept myself alive and looked after my children).

 

This book was pure bliss! I wish I could go back in time and read the whole thing again for the first time and take my time. I read it so fast that I know I missed some things. I am definitely going to reread this series!!

It’s pure beauty. Cinder is based on the fairytale Cinderella, but is so twisted that it is al unfamiliar, it’s not predictable, whenever you think you know what’s going on BAM 💥 you’re back at square one with not a clue what’s going to happen.

This is not a fairytale that you know and love, but you will come to love it for its own originality and characters!

The whole world is spectacularly built and the characters, primary and secondary are pure perfection. Iko, the android with the faulty personality chip is a girls best friend and I wish I could have her for my own! Levana is perfectly evil and twisted, and you will love to hate her and want her dead without mercy. Kai is as dreamy as dreams can be… and Cinders family are devastantingly despicable!

This books is 5* in my opinion! I loved it from start to finish!!! 

Books, Fairytale, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized, YA Fantasy

Strange the Dreamer

IMG_4427.JPGThis book is everything I wanted it to be and so so much more!!! I’ve waited (slightly impatiently I admit!) for this book for so long, like waiting for rain in a drought. I adored Laini Taylor’s first trilogy, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and was so sad when I realised she had no other books out for me to devour. When I heard about this book I Literally bubbled over with excitement!

I was no let down.

The poetic writing had me enthralled from the start. By poetic I don’t mean flouncy and annoying like some fantasy can be! It was Beautiful and rolled off the tongue so smoothly I felt that I was melting into the book. The world building, the ideas, the creation of whole nations and races was so enthralling, I was totally sucked in.

I’m not a Huge fan of a male protagonist but Strange was just so perfect and imperfect a character that I fell in love with him straight from the off.

Even the secondary characters had so much to them that I felt that they were part of the family, I could picture this entire world and these people so vividly it was like watching HD TV.

My only one, small criticism would be that I could actually guess what was going to happen, it didn’t plan out as I’d imagined when I first formed the theory, but I got the gist of it right… I think if they’d been a few less hints about the ending throughout, it would have been perfect. But it didn’t take away any of my enjoyment, I still loved this book as if it were an extension of myself!

I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long, and I’m so sad that I will never get to read it for the first time again. I implore anyone who loves fantasy, of any sub-genre to read this book!

5* an absolute outstanding read 💕

Books, Fairytale, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized, YA Fantasy

Uprooted

Where do I even begin?  This book was truly wonderful. Naomi Novik has done a truly beautiful job with this masterpiece!

I loved the characters, I know a few people had trouble liking the male protagonist due to his ‘prickly’ nature, but seeing as I’m quite a prickly person myself I totally loved him and fully understood that some people just aren’t as happy-go-lucky as others and some view the world with a slight disdain. Then there are others (the majority really) that are a happy mix of the two! And Sarken definitely falls in the disdain category! But I totally loved him for it!

I loved that the female protagonist wasn’t the ultimate hero of the story, I loved that she fumbled her way through and made the best of situations. Kasia was an utter delight to read, I could read a book just full of her! She was a fabulous character who you at first disliked but then as she became part-wood (spoiler! Sorry!) you just loved her and realised what a gem of a character she was!

 

This book qas was filled with magic, and not your everyday fantasy book magic, but evil dark and twisted along with the good. It was truly like reading an even darker version of a Grimms fairytale. It was truly enchanting and had me hooked from the very beginning.

If I were to pick a fault it would be that sometimes the story was a bit ‘wordy’ there was a few passages that could have been shortened but still had the same effect. But generally the world building was superb and the imagery that her descriptive Prose brought to mind was utterly thrilling!

Also the romance in it was beautiful and careful and slow building, no full bodied rush into it, it was honestly a truly enchanting read, though I know I was left wanting a tad more love right at the end!!

 

If if you are a fan of fantasy and fairytales then I fully recommend reading this book! 4.5* from mte!

Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Uncategorized, YA Fantasy

The Sin Eaters Daughter

What can I say about this book? I really enjoyed it, though if I’m honest, not as much as I wanted to… I just wanted More.

The plot was good, the characters were good, the evil queen was evil… but I just wanted more depth, more character and More world building…

Twylla was a wonderful protagonist, she grew as the book went on, but even there, I just felt like there should have been more to her. Merek was a great prince and Leif was just dreamy… I felt like the ending was rushed, there wasn’t much in the way of a build up. It kind of just plodded, then there was a weird little coup and then a revelation and then… it ended… then there was an epilogue which made next to no sense. I felt like it should have been more dramatic, Leifs confession at the end should have been a blow to my heart but I wasn’t, it barely even registered. Twylla’s self-realisation and strong mindedness at the end should have had me beaming and whooping in joy, but in reality I was slightly underwhelmed.

I realise I currently sound like I didn’t like this book, but I really did, it was just very different to the standard fantasy books that I have become so familiar with! I’m used to fantasy books that have a gut wrenching punch at the end where we have a ‘happy ever after’ after the climax, even though we know it’s just the beginning, but this book didn’t even appear to have a climax as such, just a series of events that will eventually lead to a bigger plot, in a book further along the line, and it is very different as it left me feeling slightly blasé about this book. But also wanting more… because I feel like I deserve more as a reader… though I guess it is a good tactic to keep people reading your books!

To sum it up, this book was really Nice (for want of a better word!!)

 

3.5* and I am looking forward to the next book, hoping for just that bit more though!

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Frost Like Night

Oh Gosh, WHERE TO BEGIN?!?!

 

This book was the prefect, PERFECT ending to this series!

I cannot tell you how much LOVE I have for this series! I felt for sure that I would never find an Author that I love as much as I do SJM, but Sara Raasch has literally blown me away.

We see Meira face her fear, and grow past the 16 year old that she is, we see her sacrifice herself, we see friendships blossoming, love blooming, we see friends turn against each other and death devouring them. We see a spark of hope amongst the growing black and we see despair and pain in all its ugly glory!

THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!

the character development is phenomenal, Mather comes such a long way and Ceridwen is literally t he best friend I wish I had. There is just so many secondary characters that mean so much to me that I wish I could read this book all over again for t he first time.

I can literally find no fault with it. I just love it and NEED the rest of the book world to love it with me

 

5* – EVERYONE needs to read this.