Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I know guys. It has taken a hell of a long time to actually be able to present a review for this book. But finally it is actually happening, after buying back in October last year.
 When I first bought this book back in the October for a really good price, I didn't realise that the target market was for children. But obviously, looking back at it now, how could it have been any different? When in the motion of choosing this book at the time, I must be honest, the only thing back then that I cared about was the illustrative cover. Although, this taught me a well-deserved lesson; don't always judge a book by it's cover - cliché.
Apart from the simplistic lexical choices that both of these authors have used, the story itself is very easy to understand. There was even some illustrations at every chapter, which if you read my type of books on a daily basis, it can, in some ways be quite refreshing. Not always having to rely on the smallest imagination that I probably do actually have.
I liked how towards the end you really see twists and turns that in my eyes, were quite baffling. I guess that is what makes this book so great. Usually I can easily predict as to what is going to happen at some part in the book. But the twists that they have incorporated within this book, well, it is very shocking (a WTF moment - sorry for the bad language, but it is the only as to how I would be able to explain it!).
The only real major problems for me though is that some of the characters names became a little confusing. And if you are a reader like me who likes to read more than one book at a time, can be very difficult to plunge yourself back into the story. But once having a long reading session, it all came back to me in some way or another!
They have already announced that there will be a sequel to this book in September, which I am glad to tell you that, without a doubt I will be participating in buying and reading book 2.

Rating: ****





Saturday, 18 July 2015

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

The sequel to Frostfire in the Kanin Chronicles trilogy...
So it finally came out in May, after the very disappointing ending of the first book - Frostfire. But this time it came back with a slightly big bang. Not only do we get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of Queen Linnea. But also that there is something much more going on, which corruption fills the air with a metal taste.
The plot itself is largely more focused compared to the latter first book, which really only took us in the direction in terms of background and context. There is a lot more heated passion between a few characters, as well as some expected deaths towards the end.
Luckily with this trilogy, all of the three books take place of being published within 2015. Therefore, it is not a long wait until we all find out how Bryn would end up.
Towards the end of the book, I must admit that I found it to become very addictive. As there was a lot of tension and action which took place. This is probably what I look forward mostly towards the third instalment which is due to be published in August, next month.
It was a good dramatic improvement from the first book, looking more into the backgrounds of certain characters and whether they would have any involvement with the ongoing mystery between certain troll tribes.
The protagonist, Bryn Aven I still find to be very much a replacement for Wendy Everly, of the Switched Trilogy, which if I was to be honest, I couldn't really seem to relate to. As the only big differences were that she is a tracker and not a part of the royal family, as well has blonde hair.

Overall Rating: ***



Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I know that this has been a review which has been a long time in the making. Especially when I received the books back in August last year. So I guess, that is quite a long time. But as some of you may already know, they all pack a punch as to how big they all are in pages! So, to put you all out of your misery, here is the long-awaited review for 'The Lost Symbol'. YAY!

The main plotline is based around the organisation called the Freemasons, which throughout the years have had quite a bit of controversy. Not because they may have done something immoral, but rather that no one really knows what they actually do - except for Freemasons of course. People say that they are a secret organisation. But, that is completely and utterly incorrect. They are simply an organisation with secrets. Otherwise if they are a secret organisation, why do people know that Freemasonry actually exists, rather than a conspiracy?

Anyway, onto the review I go!

The omniscient narrator had a monotone voice, which sort of spewed out facts and figures. But we all know that facts are not always completely true with Dan Brown. In this way there was many occasions where it lacked excitement and focus. The actual scenery was in some places confusing and if you have never ventured there, utterly hard to imagine. Especially as he has based all of his stories around "real" places and organisations. The beginning of the book began with trying to actually work out what was happening and where the characters were heading off and doing. This can be a real pain as when first reading the first chapter, this is the chapter which you want to jump out at you, the decider as to whether you want to carry on reading the story.

Although, I must admit the ending was pretty sweet. In more ways that one. It was more of a journey of self discovery as well as the origins that may have come to play for the sake of the human race. It looks at how we have all lost what is really  meaningful in life. But instead we are only caring about things such as greed and money. Towards the end there was also some meaningful twists and turns that set the ending off pretty well. I just don't know how Mr Brown is going to come from here with his next book 'Inferno' - we'll just have to wait and see.


Rating: ***