August Wrap Up and September TBR!

I didn’t do well this month; only read two books and then cheated with 3 hours to spare on the 31st and read three very short ‘books’ to catch up to my GoodReads challenge… although, it knocked some of my kindle freebies off my TBR, so it’s not cheating really, right?

August Wrap Up

Thief's Magic (Millenium’s Rule, #1) The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1) Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder  (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2) The Walking Dead #1

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Grimm Diaries; Prequels #1 and #2 by Cameron Jace
The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

September TBR – Not having one! I am basically going to try and finish the books I am currently reading.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1) Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey The Rain

September ARCS – recieved ages ago, come out in September!

The Falcon Throne (The Tarnished Crown, #1) City of Stairs The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards, #1)

What are your Wrap Ups and TBRs? Link me to them below!

The Walking Dead #1 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore

The Walking Dead #1

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 Stars.

I will let you know now that I’ve never watched the TV show bar the first few minutes, and I’m not a fan of zombies. Now moving onto my review and thoughts… I really liked the art and, due to being a comic, it was quick to read. The main character was interesting, especially his opening scene was amazing, and the ending scene was a great insight into his personality; but he’s a cop who wear cowboy wear as a uniform – cheesy much? The kid who we’re introduced to seemed like a pain in the arse too but I assume that him coping with the monstrosity that is going on in the world. The lack of information was a good thing – keeping confusion and the reader on edge along with the characters.

Not sure if I’d carry on, just purely because I’m not into zombies – as an interest nor as a partner prospect. But we’ll see. Maybe I’ll even try the TV show properly now? 0 Anyways, a good, quick read with a great opening scene and likeable art style.

Have you read this? Seen the TV show? Love both? Hate one? Let me know below!

Grimm Diaries Prequels 1 & 2 by Cameron Jace

Read 2 out of the 12-ish Prequels for the Grimm Diaries.

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)

Quickie Review: 4 out of 5 Stars.

Firstly, LOVE this cover! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never really read a fairytale re-telling and Once Upon a Time started to bore me after 2 seasons but I gave them a go and wow! I love how the author has taken such innocent tales and twisted them and mutated them! This one is Snow White’s ‘step’-mother writing a letter to Jacob Grimm and explaining how Snow White is really the danergous and evil one – and wow I loved the twist on Snow White!! Also, the story, short as it may be, was able to set up mysteries here and there throughout.

This was a quick and very enjoyable read! As I was reading it, I could totally understand – and believe – how this side of Snow White could be real! The writing I loved too; easy, modern and the descriptions and metaphors were great! The ending confused me a little but more-so made me excited and needing more!

Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder  (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2)

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 Stars.

This one I didn’t like at much but I like how this time it was set in the modern world and we met characters who weren’t fairy tale creatures. Even with the one less star, the story was still very interesting and again laid down some mysteries along the way, making me want to carry on reading! I was worried that maybe the author wouldn’t be able to do different voices, between the two stories and the entire Prequel collection, but it was easy to see the distinction between the character in the first story and the character’s personalities and voice in the second story – but only a little!

Again, quick and fun – I found Loki amusing! – and left me with questions again! Especially with the ending of the Author Notes: What would Carrie fin Stephen King’s masterpiece and Cinderella have in common in my world? – chills and excitement once again!

Have you read these? What did you think? Do they seem like something you would read?

Bout of Books Wrap Up!!

Basically I failed… unfortunately my 36 hours of what could’ve been reading time, turned into 36 hours of crying and get drunk with some people on the planes xD So yes… review time!

Books Completed: 1 – The Queen of the Tearling [Review!]

Pages Read: A Game of Thrones – 18
The House of the Four Winds – 13
The Queen of the Tearling – 106
Total: 137 Pages

Goals failed!

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
Recieved as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Finished reading it yesterday and taken a break since but do intend to move onto House of the Four Winds, but now moving onto the review!

Quickie Review: 1.5/5 Stars
Now I know this rating appears out of the norm of what the book has been recieving, especially seen as it got so much hype and a movie deal even before it was released! But once I finished reading this, I went onto GoodReads and from what I’ve seen on there fits more to what I’ve expereinced with this book compared to what it’s technically getting. But moving onto the details – I’m trying to get into a ‘write better and long reviews thing, so here goes…

Plot: [According to the blurb/GoodReads] Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…

Review:

Firstly, I feel like this book is marketed WRONG; I felt it has no comparison to either The Hunger Games (besides there being a female protagonist) nor A Game of Thrones (besides switching viewpoints)! Many places have been marketing it as YA which it really isn’t < for starters, the character is 19 years old! Also NO where, even on NetGalley, does it tell you that it’s technically an our-world dystopian set 300 years in the future but just happens to be where magic is real. Not knowing this going in was a serious negative and jilt on my reading experience and ultimately affected my rating and in general, not knowing this going in makes the reader very confused and actually lessens the books experience.

The small positives here; I did enjoy the plot, the actual premise of the, the writing style was simple and easy/quick to read – though that could also be seen as a negative but she’s a debut author so I give her room to improve and strengthen her writing style – and enjoyed the fact that there was no insta-relationship or romance.

However, I felt no real connection or interest in the characters minus three (Fetch, Red Queen and Thomas) – and even now I don’t really care to know what happened to them but at the time they were interesting me enough to be engaged when they were ‘on screen’ –, I felt the pacing was slow and felt nothing ever really happening and in the end I was like ‘what did happen besides a lot of travelling and a lot of waiting around?!’ and the world building was very off < this goes back to the fact that we are not told this is an our-world dystopian and therefore you’re told about ‘New London’ and ‘The Crossing’ etc you’re just like ‘where the fuck is this taking place then?!’.

To be super picky; this book had a lot of ‘telling and not showing’ which I don’t like, unless you’re Tolkien describing a scenery for me intricately. I don’t want to be told ‘The Red Queen hated snoring’ I want to be shown please ‘her angry swelled up to the top of her head and her fists clenched tightly. A pig snort escaped his nose once again.’ Get what I mean?! Also, no expert or anything, but saw quite a bit of active-voice being shown, which I’ve been told is a no-no in writing; you use the passive voice. Not ‘standing’ but ‘stood’ etc.

I would like to add that my ARC did not have a map so I had another disadvantage there also. I, unfortunately, found a lot of negatives and didn’t enjoy the way I was anticipating, especially with Emma Watson being cast for the movie – who btw does NOT fit Kelsea’s description at all.

Kelsea is described as; a round, plain face with dark colouring and an eye colouring Emma Watson doesn’t have and with also a bit of weight to her AKA curvy or fat depending on how you picture her. << This is not a role that fits Emma Watson, who I am a huge fan of and I’ve not known her to take a crappy role in a movie yet, this could be it.

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Emma Watson couldn’t be plain or heavy on the weight even if she tried! She’s gorgeous ❤

Also jesus, Kelsea is a self-centered bitch < that’s all I’m gunna say. WARNING: Rant coming up! Also, I found her character very unrealistic; if you’re brought up in a family of two people and they are the only two people you ever see or speak to, then suddenly one day 20 men cladded in metal armour turn up; you aren’t going to talk to them are you?! The way she was just ‘socially fine’ talking to 20, 50, 2000 people straight away, I just couldn’t disband disbelief. Also, in a matter of a day or two she goes from ‘I love my mother, she was an amazing queen’ to ‘fuck her, she never did anything good’. If you idolise someone you’ve never met for almost 20 years and happen to be your own mother, you don’t switch over-night that fecking easily! O and jesus christ, how impatient she is – sorry that it’s suddenly turned into a rant =/ this is the end of the review so tis fine to quit here… – I’m sorry but she gets angry at every. little. thing. and it’s like ‘for fucks sake, you’re nearly 20 years old and you don’t know how to sort your anger out? And where the fuck did it come from?! You had a safe, happy childhood with two people who loved you, ANY scientist would tell you that being brought up in that environment should not create such a personality in a child. And if Johansen writes about her biting her cheek to stop her from being verbally angry one more time – I was gunna go mental! Moving on from that, she judged EVERYONE on how they looked, ‘Oh a Guard! Oh he’s attractive’ not ‘I hope he’s a swordsman and can protect me’ whatta dumbass. The fucks sake lassie, you’re 19 years old. Most people move away from puberty and self-conciousness by the time they’re 16! – at least they’re more mature about it and such by that age, in England at least, which I think this book is actually set in cos y’know ‘New London’ and all that. OH! And the technology! Now I am not a scientist at all, almost failed science in HS, but she’s living in a time that’s way before 19th century standard; surely more advanced science and technology is needed for things like transplants and contraception pills?! Yet they have them! Where from? No effing clue.

With all it’s problems, I almost lemmed it at 35% because of the bad marketing and lack of genre definition is both marketing and blurb and all it’s other problems but I carried on; because it was an ARC.

Sorry if this wasn’t the review you were looking for, I’m sorry it didn’t fit in with the hype – my opinions 80% never do =/

August 2014 Releases

A lot is coming out (more so in September) that I want to read! xD

August 5th

Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3) The Girl from the Well Frostborn Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1) Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1) The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1)

August 12th

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy, #1)

August 14th

Lock In

August 19th

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

August 26th

The Falcon Throne (The Tarnished Crown, #1) Messenger of Fear

The last two books also have early September dates depending on the publisher and which country of release.

See any that you are looking forward to as well? Any not here that you’re dying for but I missed and should know about? Let me know below!

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Thief's Magic (Millenium’s Rule, #1)

OMG, I finally finished it!! Pat on the back for me!! Now onto the review…

Quickie Review: 4/5 Stars
A solid 4 stars! Loved the plot, the twists, the world’s, the encounters – all of it!! Loved many of the characters too! I like how in our second protagonist’s world [Rielle’s] that Mr and Miss etc. don’t exist and instead they say ‘Sa-‘ or ‘Ais’, ‘Ens’ ‘Ers’ etc. it was a nice touch! What loses the one star for me was; I didn’t have that blown away ‘this is epic’ feeling and while I have nothing against religion and recognise it’s a huge part of our protagonist’s lifestyle, but the whole religious thing really annoyed me at times. Also the romance at times was a little icky and cheesy and rather insta.

Plot: Tyen is on an academic, archaeological dig one day when he finds a book – that talks! Secrets, adventures and magic ensues! The trilogy is based around World Hopping!

Characters:
Tyen – I love this boy so much! Don’t ask me why, I can’t really pin point it; maybe it’s because he’s a wizard? xD
Kilraker – I liked this man, then he turns into a right dick and now I really hate him. But that is all I’ll say because – no spoilers yet!
Rielle – Ugh…. to me she seemed like a religiously mind-washed, immature 14 year old girl. I think she was the weakest character for me definitely.
Ysser – Loved his accept and how nice he was – I hope we get more of him!!
Vella – she is myserious as a person but I like how she has masses of information and always helps Tyen and is able to someone joke with him too!

Negatives: Rielle really doesn’t interest me and like I said before, I didn’t get that ‘this is awesome’ feeling while reading – like I do with Sanderson and Tolkien books – and personally, Rielle’s way of talking and talking and talking about religion and that same things about her religion over and over, really pissed me off at times.

The following is spoilers!

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Summer Is Almost Upon Us!

And here’s what to expect from me once my summer hits – on Monday – until the end of my summer – mid/end September. So here is a list of things you should see from me during the next two months!

– Summer TBR – Japan-style
– Summer TBR – British-style
– Unhaul
– Re-Read TBR
– Year-a-Thon Catch Ups
– Would You Rather Tag
– Social Media Tag
– Future Releases
– [Un] Completed Series/Trilogies
– Series/Trilogies I Want to Start/Finish
– Kiss, Marry, Cliff
– Fuck, Marry, Kill [GOT Style]
– Be, Room, Cliff
– Book Haul
– Bookcase/Shelf Tour
– TBR Shame and List
– Burn, Re-Read, Re-Write
– What I’m Taking to Uni
– A to Z Survey
– HP Tag [Normal and Spells Version]
– Book Turn Offs/Pet Peeves
– What is in my Travel Bag?
– What Am I Leaving [in Japan]

*Italics = will most likely be done while I am still in Japan

If there are any you wish to seen sooner than others just let me know! Also if there;s something I haven’t written but you would like to see ASAP, let me know in the comments! =]

July Wrap Up and August TBR!

I think once again, I had a succesful month! And it should get even better now that my summer is literally days away from starting – at long bloody last! xD Also, as you will probably know by now, I put my reading challenge back up! =]

July Wrap Up

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
The Importance of Being Earnetby Oscar Wilde
Attack on Titan – One Chapter by Isayama Hajime
Kuroshitsuji – Twelve Chapters = around 3/4 books by Toboso Yana
And They Called Her Spider by Michael Coorlim
 StarDustby Neil Gaiman
And, 53% of Thief’s Magic – I know I’ve been reading it for months but A. Lots of read-a-thon’s fault, B. It’s over 500 pages, C. I read slower on a kindle, and D. I am freaking loving it and therefore taking my time xD

August TBR

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I’m not putting much on my TBR list because I have a ‘summer reading TBR’ and others things that will be coming up once I start summer, also more read-a-thons and such! So stay tuned for more indepth TBRs coming your way!!