‘Firelight’ by Sophie Jordan-Book Review *Sunday*

(Why does this keep happening? Please don’t say that Goodreads is playing up :S )

 

My Rating:

Synopsis: Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

Link to this book on Goodreads and Amazon

My Review:

I enjoy a bit of dragon reading from time to time. The Eragon series…actually thats probably the only dragon series that I have read. I mean, it was so good…why would I want to read anything else? They’d all be the same right?

Wrong!

In ‘Firelight’, the dragons aren’t huge creatures like what we imagine. These dragons have a kind of human form, but certain features change: the eyes, the nose, wings appear. The draki, as they are called in the book, can look completly human with no supernatural elements whatsoever. Except for their blood. Which is purple. Which I thought was awesome.

Jacinda was a good character, a bit repetitive at time. I could totally understand her anger at her Mum and sister for taking her away from her pride. Her Mum was particulary frustrating, especailly when she kept assuming that Jacindas Draki would die just like hers had.

I liked this book so much that I reserved ‘Vanish’ at my library and it’s already on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I hope that we get to know more about her father. And the alpha guy that wanted to claim Jacinda as his mate. Their relationship is going to be great reading about. Even if they don’t like each other.

The cover was brilliant. I didn’t see until I had this book in my hands, the detail on the girls face and her eye. Love the colour of her hair. I wonder if it’d be weird if I took this book into the hairdressers and said ‘I want hair like that’. Techinally, I don’t own this book. So I’d have to take the laptop in.

(That’s it for this week! Finished the reviews…until Thursday….Oo-er!)

Star 😛

 

 

‘The Girl in the Mask’ by Marie-Louise Jensen-Book Review *Saturday*

Can’t get this book cover any bigger 😦

My Rating:

Synopsis:

Set in Georgian England, fifteen-year-old Sophia is trapped by the limitations of living in a man’s world. Forced by her father to give up everything she loves, Sophia is ordered to make a new life in Bath. By day, she is trapped in the social whirl of balls and masquerades. By night, she secretly swaps her ball gowns for breeches, and turns to highway robbery to get her revenge . . . When one man begins to take a keen interest in her, Sophia must keep her distance, or risk unmasking her secret life

Link to this book on Goodreads and Amazon.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The last book that I read of Marie-Louise Jensen was ‘The Lady in the Tower’, I remember liking that book quite a lot. But this book was brilliant!

It’s no secret that I ADORE historical fiction! I was attracted to this book by the synopsis, it just sounded like it was going to be one highway robbery after another..and it was. Kind of. In the end.

I didn’t like the ending. I thought it could have been much better, Sophia and Jenny are going to work as spies for Mr Charleton, that was basically the end. What about more romance please? Marriage? Wedding? Please? But there was nothing like that.

When I read a historical fiction novel, (or ANY book for that matter) i expect there to be romance, (If the situaton calls for it. It’d be stupid to read a zombie apocaliypse romance book. How would zombies even kiss? Thats beside the point.)  There wasn’t enough romance, that’s the point i’m trying to make. Nor was there enough ‘Stand and Deliver!’ I was hoping that everything might burst into song.

‘Stand and Deliver, your money or your life!’ No-one? Adam Ant? ‘Kay.

Sophia was a bit silly actually, now that I think about it. She didn’t know who the current monarch was. How stupid is that? And when she noticed her aunt passing notes to a gentleman, (which is frowned upon) she didn’t try to read them or anything. She just carried on with her life.

Other than Sophia being completly obvlivious to the guy that loves her…’The Girl in the Mask’ was a great read. It has a place on my book shelf and I will take it down and read it again!

(Sundays review will be ‘Firelight’ by Sophie Jordan)

Star 😛

‘Entangled’ by Cat Clarke-Book Review *Friday*

My Rating:

Synopsis:

The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? 17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see?

Link to this book on Goodreads and Amazon

My Review:

‘Entangled’ is such a hard book to write a review for! I feel like, anything I say will contain a spoiler. And I don’t really want to spoil it because the ending was brilliant.

Ahhh! It’s so hard! Okay, I would recommend it, but I probably wouldn’t read it again myself.

Right.

There was bound to be one day where I messed it up! Tomorrows review will be (longer) ‘The Girl in the Mask’ by Marie Lousie Jensen

Star 😛

‘Empress of Rome’ by Kate Quinn-Book Review *Thursday*

My Rating:

Synopsis: Brash and headstrong, Vix is a celebrated ex-gladiator returned to Rome to make his fortune. The sinuous, elusive Sabina is a senator’s daughter who craves adventure. Sometimes lovers, sometimes enemies, Vix and Sabina are united by their devotion to Trajan. But others are already maneuvering in the shadows. Trajan’s ambitious Empress has her own plans for Sabina. And the aristocratic Hadrian — the Empress’s ruthless protégé and Vix’s mortal enemy — has ambitions he confesses to no one, ambitions rooted in a secret prophecy.

(Link to this book on Goodreads  and Amazon)

My Review:

I read ‘Mistress of Rome’ a few months ago and loved it, straight after that I reserved ‘Empress of Rome’ at my local library and here is the review. Obviously.

I gave this book a five star rating, that doesn’t happen often! What made me give it one more star than the first book?

Vix was even better in ‘The Empress of Rome’ than he was in ‘Mistress of Rome’, athough that is to be expected because in the first book he was thirteen and in this one he was a MAN! Almost as Alpha Male as his father, but not quite 🙂

Sabina was so annoying and…and…clever. She wanted to live her life the way she wanted to, even if that meant never seeing Vix again.

I loved the way that Vix loved so passionatly. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I want someone to love me with as much a fierce passion as Vix loved Sabina.

I also liked the sub-story that unfolded around Vix and Sabina. So that it wasn’t just about THEM. Particulary, the Emperors Wife. She was a plotter, wasn’t she? I hated her from the beggining but, in a way, it also made me like her. It made me like the charatcer because it had a depth and she wasn’t just ‘The Emperors Wife’, she was ‘The Scheming Wife of the Emperor Who Would Stop at Nothing to Get What She Wanted’.

At least the Emperor was slightly less crazy in this book than the last. Obviously and disapointly, gay but one can’t have everything can they? That also helped with the story to not be boring, who wants straight Emperors nowadays?

The descriptions were much better in this book than the last one, but overall I liked the first book more than this one.

(When I refer to the First Book, i mean ‘Mistress of Rome’ … NOT the prequel ‘Daughters of Rome’.

(Fridays review will be Entangled by Cat Clarke)

Star 😛

‘Me and Mr Darcy’ by Alexandra Potter-Book Review *Wednesday*

 

My Rating: 

Synopsis: After a string of disastrous dates, Emily Albright decides she’s had it with modern-day love and would much rather curl up with Pride and Prejudice and spend her time with Mr. Darcy, the dashing, honorable, and passionate hero of Jane Austen’s classic. So when her best friend suggests a wild week of margaritas and men in Mexico with the girls, Emily abruptly flees to England on a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. Far from inspiring romance, the company aboard the bus consists of a gaggle of little old ladies and one single man, Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist writing an article on why the fictional Mr. Darcy has earned the title of Man Most Women Would Love to Date.

(Link to this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/528710.Me_and_Mr_Darcy

My Review:

Emily Albright goes on a trip to England on a Jane Austen tour in Bath! (Huh! How come she’s American and gets to go on trips like that while I LIVE in the Uk and have never been to ANYTHING like that? Barrowman! Okay, wow. Inserting Doctor Who jokes on a review about a book which features Mr Darcy. I mean, can you blame me? I’m going to have a Channing Tatum film-fest after writing this review. If my excitement shows you know why. Channing…)

Now ladies. Be prepared, because this Darcy isn’t like the Colin Firth we all know and (lust after) love. This particular portrayal of Darcy isn’t very flattering at all. He’s rude, possessive and annoying!

Me and Mr Darcy is NOT like Bridget Jones. It’s NOT a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. It’s more centred around Darcy than anything else. Although comparisons can be made.

There’s this guy on the Jane Austen tour aswell. His name is…Spike **cough** Wickham **cough**. Emily gets to know this OTHER guy, an older guy who is their driver, and this older guy tells Emily that Spike punched him for no apparent reason. Emily gets all huffy and blanks Spike completely. (Spike and Emily’s relationship is a walking cliché, btw.) So, Spike writes an email to Emily and explains it all. No, im not telling you what happened, you have to read the book to find out. Lazy.

Another thing that I didn’t like about this book is that how Darcy got there in the first place isn’t explained. He just appears in a room, and then disappears again. It’s not even supernatural. I’m convinced that Emily was deluded and was just imagining him.

Too much swearing! Seriously…I was going to lend this to someone but I know that they don’t like that kind of this so I couldn’t share this book with them! Annoying!

My favourite part of the book was when Darcy took her horse riding. How THAT was funny 🙂 Made me giggle.

All in all, i would rather watch the TV-series or Bridget Jones than read this again. It was good while I was reading it…but once I got round to reviewing it, it made me realise how it wasn’t as perfect as I first thought.
(Thursdays review is…Empress of Rome by Kate Quinn!)

Star 😛

‘The Future of Us’ by Carolyn Mackler and Jay Asher – Book Review *Tuesday*

My Rating:

Synopsis: It’s 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on – and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they’ll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out. (Link to this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12317877-the-future-of-us 

My Review:

When I first read this book and rated on GoodReads, I gave it five stars. But now that the brilliance of the book has worn away, I’ve changed my rating to Four Stars.

Allow me to list some of the things that I didn’t like about ‘The Future of Us.’

1) The change in who narrates the chapter. It was a little confusing, one minute Emma is narrating and I’m just getting into her ‘voice’ and then the chapter changes to Josh, and he’s talking about something completly different!

2) The whole ‘we were friends up until last November – when everything changed’. What changed? It’s hinted at all through to the middle of the book, and then we find out that Josh tried to kiss Emma and she backed away. End of. End of friendship even-though-they’ve-been-best-friends-since-well-forever.

3) I wanted there to be more about how Facebook came to be on her computer. It doesn’t explain that in the slightest. The book ends and thats it. I guess we have to wait fifteen years and maybe a sequl will be released.

4) Emma was annoying. She changed her mind every five seconds and was almost obsessive about changing her future, which didn’t even matter in the end because she ended up with her best friend anyway.

5) Even though ‘The Future of Us’ was set in the year before I was born, it felt very modern. (That might be because I’m British and this book is set in America and we do stuff different.)

I loved the idea of this book, the two friends finding profiles on Facebook, a website that hasn’t been invented yet. Who wouldn’t love that storyline? I enjoyed this book while I was reading it, thought it was funny…but probably won’t be keeping it.

While I was reading this book, I couldn’t tell that it wa written by two people. I don’t know how thye wrote it, one author write Josh’s part, the other write Emma’s…I don’t know. But I do know that it all flowed together perfectly.

I also found out that Jay Asher is actually a bloke! I thought he was a woman, merely because of his name. And probably because in ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ the main character is a girl. You tend to place the same gender of the character onto the author. Or i do anyway. 🙂

Update Your Destiny.

(Wednesday’s review will be  Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter.)

Star 😛

‘Shatter Me’ by Tahereh Mafi – Book Review *Monday*

My Rating:

 

Synopsis: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

My Review:

Loved this book! Even gave it a five star! Look at that! Doesn’t happen very often, I can tell you!
I’m going to list some of the things that I liked and what made me give ‘Shatter Me’ five stars!

The Cover and Layout
The cover is beautiful! The dress looks like a wedding dress. The girl looks ready to kick some butt. And i like how sentences throughout the book are crossed out. Funny Story: My brother looked over my shoulder and told me that I should take it back to the shop. I thought that he had read further along the page and found a sex scene or something, but no. He just thought that someone had randomly scribbled out sentences from the book. (There are no sex scenes in this book)

It’s not that funny a story is it?

Either way, I think it’s really cool and makes it feel like a real diary. When I write, I can barely go a page without crossing something out. Most books that have the main character writing in a diary don’t do that and therefore…this book in unique.

Characters.

Juliette was a very strong character. At the beggining of the book, she was strong…but crushed at the same time. Not being able to see the sun or even go outside for months can do that to a person. By the end of the book, she had discovered just what she could do with her power.

Adam seems…nice. I don’t really like him. He just wasn’t giving off the right vibe. Now, his friend Kenji. Yum, yum! I think that in the following two books they should at least get some on screen action. Yeah. Warner was a bit weird (very) , also possesive. But i liked that. At least i remembered him because of the weird pysco possesiveness.

The Actual Writing

Some parts of the book were repetitive, and the similes were impossible. Read this review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/260109263
Because it’s funny and waaaay better than this one. Also, it made me laugh even though she didn’t like it…and I did! Unity on Goodreads! Peace!

Think thats all the rambling reviewing I’ll do for this book. Looking forward to the sequel!

(I’ll be posting reviews up every day for this week. I’ve got a bit behind on my reviews and I need to get on top of it. Tomorrows review is ‘The Future of Us’ by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

Star 😛