The Selection series book review

selectionThe Selection series

Plot Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

There will be no spoilers in this review. 😛

The first book in the selection series I loved, it was what I had expected from the book. It wasn’t necessarily fast paced but it was addictive. It didn’t have the most unique world in comparison to other dystopian. Same old split into different districts or factions. Well in this case Castes.

But in this case the series was definitely more focused on the romance aspect of it rather than the ‘changing the world in order for it to become a better place’ it was nice to see how Americas two relationships unfold with Aspen and Maxon but after a while it got a bit repetitive.

It wasn’t as though I was in mixed thought about who I wanted her to end up with. I was screaming throughout the full series ‘JUST PICK MAXON’. But it frustratingly took three whole books for her to decide.

How many times good one girl change her mind?

It was very interesting to read a love triangle book where one of the characters don’t even know they are in a love triangle. In fact it was more like a love hexagon or possible even more sides.

The plot at points was very predictable, I don’t think America Singer was the smartest egg in the basket. The last book had quite a few unexpected turns however which brought my rating up a little.

The first book The Selection had a lot of sweet and funny moments and was the most light hearted in the series.

The Elite however was very slow and predictable. Normally middle books in trilogy’s are usually my favourite. Not in this case however. I feel like everything in this book could of been summed up in 150 pages at most.

The One which is the final book in the series however had a beautiful ending which I was very pleased with.

I recommend this series to any dystopian lovers who are looking for more of a romance book rather than political.

Over all the series is 4 stars! 😀

Favourite quote- This isn’t happily ever after. Its so much more than that.

Song that reminds me of the book series- Devotion- Hurts

Devotion- Hurts 

Anybody else get reminded of the Mikaelson ball from TVD while reading this book?

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The Golden lily by Richelle Mead book review/discussion

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Plot synopsis: ‘Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?’

This is the non spoiler section, I definelty didnt think this was as good as the first one, it didnt have as much of a rich plot. I felt like the book was revolving around the relationships of the characters and thier development. I did enjoy this, however I feel like we only got an actual storyline to this book in the last 100 pages.

Although, I do really recommend this series, I can already tell the next book will be alot more exciting, so I am looking forward to starting it. Glad I can marathon this series without having to wait for Silver shadows which was released yesterday.

Overall definitley recomend this book.

This is the spoilery section where we can discuss the book so if you have not read it, read it and come back later to discuss!

This book was all about the relationships! Eddie and Angeline, Eddie and Jill, Jill and Micah, Sydney and Brayden…Sydney and Adrian.

I did not like Brayden, I thought he was an ass, although I do hope he comes into the story again. Maybe Adrian can set him straight.

The end of the book with Sydney and Adrian, just made me so sad. I will be very suprised if Adrian doesnt resort to drinking and smoking again.

I thought it was so cute how Adrian pretended he couldnt drive his car just so he could hang out with sydney. It reminded me of the scene in the infernal devices with the scones.

I think everybody knew that there was going to be vampire hunters ever since the first book when CLarence mentioned them. Out of all the places they would be, it of course was palm springs. Its like the mystic falls and beacon hills of this world.

I think there is something really fishy about Lia the fashion designer, why is she so desperate for Jill. Jill was abit naive not suspecting that the photos what she took would end up in a magazine. Silly.

I’m really curuous about who this Marcus wil be, possibly another love interest? I hope not, well not for Sydney at least. Her and for life I ship.

Speaking of which, does jill keep complimenting Sydney because of the bond with Adrian and its just his feelings being expressed by her?

Leave your thoughts down below!

4/5 stars

Favourite quote: “Adrian ordered a martini, earning disapproving looks from his father and me. “It’s barely noon,” said Nathan. “I know,” said Adrian. “I’m surprised I held out that long too.”

A song that reminds me of the book: Troublemaker-Green day

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead book review

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Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

I read this in a day. A DAY!

It was such an addictive read, there was so much mystery going on you just wanted to reach the end of the book so all would be revealed. The protagnist Sydney is very very different to Rose. She is alot less confiedent in the way she looks, not the most social and not the best fighter. But she is very smart.

I was so proud of myself reading this book because I was fitting to gether the clues alot faster than Sydney and I was just like HURRY UP AND DISCOVER THE TRUTH.

I really liked the relationships forming in this book Sydney and Adrian are hitting it off- or so it seems. Then theres Jill and the rest of the males in this book.

Everything in this book seemed so convenient- or unconvenient should I say. The place they deside to go to would be the one with all the murders and mysters happening. Of course, it seems as if its the least safe place for Jill to be.

I liked seeing Rose again and I hope we see alot more of her during the next books- and lookin at that last sentence of the book I’m sure we will be.

The last sentence made me really want to pick up the next book immediatley.

Fun and addictive read- if you love the vampire academy series definetly check this one out.

5/5 stars!

Favourite quote: “Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.” Hilarious Adrian

A song that reminds me of the book: Bad Blood- Bastille

Shadow kiss by Richelle Mead book review

Shadow Kiss

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Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even “bigger” secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

Shadow Kiss, the third book in the Vampire Academy series- and my favourite so far. From the very first page we see Rose’s character develop, as we see her coping with the loss and guilt over her friend Mason dying. Honestly I thought seeing Rose grieve and how she feels about it was sadder than him actually dying.

I loved the idea of the field experience, I thought it was very fun and before she got her partner (she thought it was going to be Lissa) we knew it wasn’t going to be Lissa. Rose so over reacted about getting Christian, he’s not that bad. C’mon Rose.

I think we need to have a little talk about Adrian. Yes again. I love his character, I think he’s my favourite in the series. He’s just so funny. We need even more Adrian in the next book. I felt kind of bad for him at the end of the book. Also I really like how he’s not a student but he’s not a teacher either, therefore he can do whatever he wants.

I liked how we got to explore more places in this world in this book, and learn a bit more about the royals when we went to the Royal Court, I loved that trip, it got me asking so many questions like what the hell is happening to Rose? How did Adrian convince them to be taken there? And what the hell is Tatiana’s problem? (I still cant believe what she talked about to Rose)

This book had such fast pacing, there was never a boring moment. The writing style just makes it so quick and easy to read and has just the right amount of detail.

The ending of this book is probably the one so far that has made me want to pick up the next book immediately.

Anyways you guessed it 5/5 stars.

I’ve also been thinking of making these into more of book discussions so I can discuss in more detail with spoilers of what I thought of the book and my reactions to what is happening, so let me know what you think?

Favourite quote: You will lose what you value most, so treasure it while you can

A song that reminds me of the book: From now on we are enemies- Fall out boy

It kind of reminds me of how Rose thought she was going insane because she kept seeing ghosts. Also the line ‘I only want what I cant have’ DIMITRI! Also when she tested the theory by almost kissing Adrian.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead book review

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Plot synopsis:

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

This is the second book in the Vampire academy series and was just as good as the first one! Although before reading this I read the summary of the book from goodreads, the same as what is above and it tricked me! I thought all of that would of went down in the first few chapters of the book, i thought it was just setting the strory up and that more was to come. No. All of that happend the space of 250 pages possibly more. Apart from that everything was great, it didnt really effect my judgement of the book I just thought i should mention it.

I liked the change of scenery in this book, I thought it was very fun and was a really nice change.

The introduction of some new characters was also really fun, I mean they introduced someone who I think could possibly turn into one of my favourites- Adrian. Lets just talk briefly about his part in the book. How did they not realise that he had spirit magic too…seriously Rose, I mean I know you were drunk when it kind of clicked in your brain but you really couldnt of even tried to remember the next day… Anyways I believe he is a main character in the spin-off series Bloodlines so I cant wait to get my hands on these.

Something I missed in this book was Lissa and Rose interacting with eachother, I really wish Lissa had a bigger part in this book, she missed out on all the adventure in the end, I felt quite sorry for her.

The Mason and Rose relationship thing was quite fun, I new Rose was just trying it out for his sakes.

Lets skip to the ending of the book where something (no spoilers here guys) really really bad happens to a semi-main character and to be honest I wasnt really that fussed about that but it was Roses reaction that got me pretty upset. This book just has all of the feels. All of them.

Again 5/5 stars

Favourite quote: You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.

A song which reminds me of the book: The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

I think we all know why…

Vampire academy by Richelle Mead book review

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Plot synopsis:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

This is beginning to look like a new favourite series of mine! This was just such a good first book of a series. It kind of reminds me of Harry Potter and the philosophers stone except the characters are a lot older. How they go to a boarding school but its no ordinary boarding school oh no its a boarding school for vampires. Aside from the vaguely similar plot lines throughout the book, the way the story followed was also similar, fairly normal at the start, during the middle of the story a few clues and adventures which add up to this explosive ending where bam sh*t goes down.

I have to say that one of my favourite things about the book was how easy it was to love a character and how easy it was to hate a character, there is no in between. The main character Rose is probably the most kick ass protagonist I have read about so far and so sassy. Then there’s her best friend Lissa who I cant help but just care for because she goes through so much but is so strong at the end. Then there is Dimitri. Dimitri Belikov. My favourite character thus far in this series. Just read the book no explanation needed. And Christian, his twisted humour is fantastic. Then the minor characters Mason, Natalie, Aaron and Mia just to name a few. Although minor they are all just so realistic and 3D, each with there own different personalities.

The humour in this book is just so great, if you have watched the movie then you will know that it has a mean girls vibe to it and it reflects the books humour perfectly.

I am literally going to start reading this book as soon as I finish posting this. By the time you see this I will probably be on the third book.

My favourite quote: ‘ You are so beautiful it hurts sometimes’ 😥

A song which reminds of the book: It particularly reminds me of the sexy times scene between Rose and Dimitri.

Future starts slow- The Kills

Paper Towns Book Review

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Plot summary: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.’

I’m going to start off this review by saying this is my second favourite John Green book I have thus far read although I have still not read Looking for Alaska.

The book was split up into three parts, the first part was the revenge scheme which was probably one of my favourite parts of the book, I loved seeing what Margo had planned and who she would be seeking revenge on and for what reasons. Even though there schemes weren’t exactly to the level Katherine Pierce’s revenge plans they were very fun, slightly predictable and high school-ish, which is what they are. The first section is the only part of the book where we get to see Margo and Q interact with each other, and understand there complicated relationship with each other.

The second part of the book is focused on Q, searching for clues on Margo’s whereabouts, it is the longest section and at times could be a bit boring but only because they hit a wall with the clue finding. I enjoyed seeing Q’s relationship with his friends and Lacey and feel like we got to know the characters really well and they all had their individual traits. I thought it was very smart the way the clues were set out and to be honest I doubt I could of figured any of it out.

The third part of the book was the road trip and the finally finding Margo. The road trip was really funny, I read that whole bit in one sitting-Also one of my favourite parts of the book. The finally meeting with Margo was so anti climatic, not for the reader but for the characters, I genuinely felt a bit of hatred for Margo at that point I realised how selfish she was being throughout this book.

Rumour has it that it will be turned into a movie which would be very exciting after the huge success of TFIOS (which was incredible), also correct me if I am wrong but Q will be played by Nat Wolff who played Isaac in TFIOS, which I am ALL for. He was my favourite character in TFIOS and would make an excellent Q.

Song that reminds me of this book: Broken strings- James Morrison ft Nelly Furtado.

Throughout the book there was a lot of references to broken strings and all I could think of was this song.

Favourite quote: ‘What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person’

You’re the one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher review

Book synopsis

“Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that’s the problem.

Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…”

This book was perfectly paced showing the life of the three adorable lead characters, Maddy, Ben and Robert all in under 400 pages. we see three perspectives through out the whole book and not once does it ever get confusing. It flows so well and is fantastically paced, there was never a boring moment yet nothing felt rushed.

The three POVs allow us to have an insight into the minds of the three main characters and even though Robert has maybe 10 pages throughout the novel he still feels as important any you still feel as connected to him as the other characters.

This is definitely great book to read if you are wanting to get into a bit more adult contemporary or just any adult. Giovanna has a very nice and unique writing style which I absolutely love. I loved it in her debut novel ‘Billy and me’ and I love it even more in this one.

Beautiful writing, fast paced plot and some wonderful characters, how much more do I have to say to make you want to buy this book?

5/5 (Giovanna if you ever read this, congrats to you and Tom on little baby Buzz!)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series review

Percy Jackson and the lightening thief

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God.

I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.”

I wish I picked up this book series earlier. I absolutely love this world and all the characters. This was such a quick read for me, the quickest I’ve had in a long time, the Greek  mythology aspect of it I found very interesting and found myself wanting to learn more about the gods and monsters. As a book for children of about the age 9+ it was very easy and simple to understand and not very descriptive. It wasn’t the most beautiful piece of literature I have ever read but was a very exciting read with amazing characters and a fun world to delve into it.

Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters

“You can’t tell by looking at me that my dad is Poseidon, God of the Sea.

It’s not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodge ball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants – and that was only the beginning

Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack, and unless I can get my hands on the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones . . .”

There was so much action in this short book, so much that sometimes you got confused what was happening. However the interactions between all the characters were good. We also got introduced into new characters like Percy’s half brother Tyson, we also learned more about previous events that have happened at Camp half blood. I preferred the first book to Sea of monsters as this one felt a little rushed and quite hard to understand and to focus on one event at a time.

Percy Jackson and the titans curse

“It’s not every day you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek God, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a Goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive . . .”

I enjoyed this book the most out of all of them, I didn’t have very high expectations as I’ve heard by most people this was there least favourite of the series. I loved all the new characters and being introduced to the new gods, this one felt the most serious so far as it was a life or death situation. I did miss Annabeth quite a bit through this book (why does every book series have that one book with one of the lead characters missing). This is the first book where you begin to feel Percy and his friends grow up and start being teenagers.

 

Percy Jackson and the battle of the Labyrinth

“Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do.

As the son of a Greek God, I’ve had my share of near-death disaster – and now my arch enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth.

If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it’s goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond . . .”

The first 150 pages was amazing, it was so action packed and new characters were introduced and it had such an interesting plot. I loved the prophecy in this one, its the one which made the most sense to me and intrigued me the most.
Then for the next 100 pages I kind of got a bit sick of being in the labyrinth and I felt that it was just kind of repeating itself a bit. Follow Rachel…Get attacked by monsters…Escape. It just got a bit boring and repetitive.
But then the rest of the book was even better than the beginning, the ending was great and was well worth struggling through the middle part of the book. The ending for me made me want to read the next book straight away more than the first three.

Percy Jackson and the last Olympian

“Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world.

It happens when you’re the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure.

Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demi-god friends versus untold evil . . .”

This book had so much action from the first page, there was never a dull moment. Until reading this book I never realised how attached I had come to these character, not just the main characters like Percy and Annabeth even the minor characters.
There were so many twists and turns in this book and you never knew who to trust.
This was such a good and satisfactory ending to the series.