Saturday, 23 May 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

It is back to Amanda Hocking this week, with her new book that I have recently been talking about, when reviewing her other series, the Trylle Trilogy. Although, this book is now in a new series, but set in the same universe. It is called the Kanin Chronicles...

I must admit, when actually owning the book, the cover is very enchanting and beautiful. How for instance, the main character and protagonist, Bryn Aven, is at the centre of attention, with her coat covered in red. Whereas in the background, it is very muted colours, with the whites and blacks, but also having a sort of wonderland type of presence. Red to me also makes me feel quite uncomfortable and moreover is a colour for danger.

So, onto the criticisms then! First of all, I don't know why but I felt a little bit out of place with this new world. Maybe it is because I read the other series in the same universe, I may have gotten used to them far too much. So when there are old characters appearing and being mentioned in places, I kind of felt like I wanted to know what happened and what was happening at that moment in time, for people like Wendy and Loki.

Also, maybe Hocking has already overused the idea of forbidden romance. While it is very nice, it kind of feels repeated when that was the main plot line in the Trylle Trilogy. So in some ways, it kind of feels like she is selling the same book all over again, but instead with a different and more attractive cover.

 Luckily we do although get to hear a little bit more about Finn's sister, Ember and what she is doing at this moment in time. Which is kind of a refreshing change, when there was little mentioned in the other trilogy. Also, this time it focuses more upon the lower level of the hierarchy, which is always nice to see when, for example you see the royal family getting a lot of the air time.

At the end of the day, there wasn't much action than I would have hoped. So when it eventually got a bit heated, the book ended. The annoyance!

Overall Rating: **
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Hello everybody. I have found the book this week to be very abstract in many ways. Here is my reasons why in the review below.
Honestly when I bought this book on a whim, I genuinely did not have any high expectations. But I must say that with the concept of how Mr Westerfield had created two very different stories, but so alike in so many ways, I was impressed.
The characters were strong with their own unique problems to their lives. I liked  the idea in which the book started with a bang, which from then on forth, I became intrigued to how the next chapter would plan out.
The chapters itself are very unique in how it has been constructed. With each chapter alternating between fictional reality, with the young author, Darcy Patel and changing to the character from the universe that Darcy had created, Lizzie.
The problems that I found difficult was though, as because it had a continuation of alternating chapters all of the time, I found it sometimes hard to keep up with what one character may be doing in their plot line. This was because as I guess I was trying to focus more on the single character, which halfway through chapters I had finally settled with their individual stories. Then only a few pages later, the chapter changed, then having to remember the latter characters story and what they were doing at that moment in time.
But my final thoughts is that it is a thoroughly enjoyable piece, and if you like thrillers and being transported into mysterious realms of discovery.
Overall Rating: ***


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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hi guys. This week its all about fairy tales. Everyone who was younger loved the concept of being read a good fairy-tale. This one is slightly different. With the original Grimm fairy-tale as the starting point, Cinderella is taken into a dystopian future. Where both the plague and discrimination run rife. But also with the consequences after a deadly post-war world.

When I first bought this book, I guess that I was hypocritical. The concept of using our favourite princess tale, has not indeed had only one makeover. It is in a constant state to be adapted to something else, in many media forms. I think that I just had about enough with it.
But, when I first read the starting chapter, my anxieties and annoyance flushed away in an instant. This is not a normal fairy-tale. It appeals to an older audience, which can sometimes be so vexing in situations like, Disney. It is a perfect Young Adult book, and I am thankful that it has been interpreted for a wider audience, rather than little girls that want to be princesses. It's nothing like that; I am glad.

I like the idea that Meyer has also incorporated other fairy-tale characters, which will progressively become regular, with each book that goes along. This is then that you get to see different sides of the story and the other characters from within it. From what I believe, each book focuses upon a separate fairy-tale character. Cinder for Cinderella; Scarlett for Red Riding Hood; Cress for Rapunzel and finally the upcoming Winter for Snow White.

There is also concepts such as having Sci-fi elements within it. Like for instance, how there are royal families on the moon as well as the Earth itself, including some very well known royal families but in the future. This is how we can then relate to how it is  now in the present, but also what might happen in the future.
Genuinely I think that this is a book which really makes you focus upon what matters in life. The problems that other people may have to face, as well as really going deep down into issues which no matter what era it is, never changes.
This book has now made me very excited for the next book ,Scarlet. I'm also hoping to find out a bit more about Cinder in the next few books in the series. How I do love a good dystopian!
Rating: *****


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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Sunburn by Darren Dash

This is the cover of the recently published book "Sunburn" by Darren Dash (yes, it actually does feature a character getting burnt), which was published earlier than expected on the 1st May.

This truly seems like a momentous event. This author has probably influenced my reading patterns the most, since I first picked up a book just for leisure. He is truly an inspirational guy.

The cover itself is very sinister. The mix of reds and oranges as well as the sun connotes that the sun plays an antagonising role in the story. Maybe even a factor to all of the characters downfall. The simplicity makes it very intriguing as well as making it feel very uncomforting. Simple but well executed.

This demonic masterpiece does not fail to disappoint even the most biggest of horror fans. Set in a perfect setting, the characters are strong, that even the smallest mistake they make can be very vexing.

It focuses on three characters: Dominic; Curran and Martini. Who despite it all, have flaws, which influences the way how the plot is driven.

It features the idea of all three of them going to Bulgaria for a holiday, which Martini has picked this time. As she believes that they should go on a holiday which they don't always need to go drinking every time. Also as she thinks that they are getting older for those type of holidays.

The antagonist figure itself is very sickly and upsetting. Almost the perfect figure to terrorise in a nightmarish dream. You're worst nightmare. Nothing that I would ever like to come across in the light of day.

My final thought is that now after reading this, it makes me deeply intrigued as to his other book "The Evil and the Pure" and how Darren Dash has tackled this work. Now, don't be surprised if I'll be reviewing it in the near future!

Rating: *****


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