April Wrap Up and May CR!

Better later than never xD As I keep telling myself with everything lately haha

April Wrap Up

魔界王子 devils and realist 1 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoBranded by Abi Ketner

I was hella busy the last two or so weeks of April so didn’t get much time to read but I did finish one manga volume and the book Branded, which I gave 2 stars to even though it had an amazing start.

May Currently Reading

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson魔界王子 devils and realist 2 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoOyasumi Jack the Ripper

For May I’ve already finished Elantris (which I LOVED!) and one more manga volume which I’ll continue reading cos I’m seeing the Stage of it next month so I must be all caught up on i << that’s how my OCD works xD I’m also still working on the Japanese version of Oyasumi Jack the Ripper which I like anyay but it’s so weird!

And that’s all. How was your April and May?

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

So my last review was way back in November which means I’m 8 reviews behind. So I best start of from where I left off!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

Quickie Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I put off reading this book for SO long because I was SO worried it wouldn’t live up to book one but oh my god; the was so good!

Brandon Sanderson has such a way of weaving in little clues and things along the way and create these MASSIVE reveals and shockers at the end. Seriously, the last 100/200 pages were INSANE! At the beginning of the story I was like ‘I know where this is going’ and some things that I predicted came true straight away but in true Sanderson style, he ADDS something that you don’t expect to it and it just blows up!! I was completely hooked, so invested, loved every moment of it and holy hell – that ending!

I have to say though; I’m still not a fan of the main romance (but I seriously shipped the other couple in this book though! Y’know Zane!!) but that’s just me not liking romance in books that I read. I prefer books (and movies I think) without romance, especially when they’re fantasy and/or action.

Spoilers (and less coherent thoughts):

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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I finally got around to writing the review for this! I am excited to get this review out although I am no doubt of one the bajillion positive reviews that you’ve already seen about this book – so sorry that I happen to be matching the popular opinion in this book. BUT, I will take this moment to say: I went into this book with NO expectations. All I knew before hand was:

  • About a magic school
  • 3 days of a person’s life
  • A lot of negative reviews commented about the story being slow and the character being very naive (but this could’ve been more about the second book)
  • Pat Rothfuss is such an intelligent, funny and nice guy.

Regarding the last point: It is because I enjoy watching Pat Rothfuss interviews and because I enjoyed his podcast so much, is why I decided to finally pick up this book. He is a great person and it helps to really like the author when it comes to a book, or at least gets me more motivated about reading a book when the author is great!

So without further ado, lets get onto the actual review!

Quickie Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Holy crap this was so good!! From start to finish, I was engrossed with the story. While it’s technically a slow paced story, it no way felt like it dragged once!!! I was so absorbed in the world and what Kvothe was doing and the writing flowed so well that it (again while the story is ‘slow’) reads quickly. Rothfuss hella knows how to write and certainly knows the right words to use!!! Some words I seriously loved! Like seriously, beautiful word choice! My favourite characters… that’s tough, definitely young Kvothe . I loved the conflict between Kvothe and Ambrose was great! But Ambrose does scare me a little and concerned as to what he’ll plot next! I like how our MC is never safe; he’s always at risk of dying or serious injury, as well as not sure whether he’ll be able to afford to live and while it is rather depressing, it was nice not having that safety net. Auri is still a mystery too – how did she get there?! Finally, I like Bast – cannot wait to see how he got picked up along the way and what he actually is! The one main location that I love is definitely the Library! It holds so many secrets and feels like an actual, live character =] From the writing, to the story, to the characters, to the chilling ending (omg the ending was just so chilling and so just dark and powerful!) ; I loved it and I need more!!!!

Quotes:

Call a jack, a jack. Call a spade, a spade. But always call a whore a lady. They lives are hard enough‘ << genius!!

never do anything in private that I didn’t want talked about in public

“You think too much of me.” I smiled. “Perhaps you think too little of yourself.”

‘ It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting for die. ‘ < that ending!!!!

And that’s everything!! I think I’m gunna leave it a while before I start bok two because I don’t wanna rush the two main books and the novella and then have to wait 2 years for the final book. So I’ll see how Rothfuss’ progress is during 2016 before I start reading the second book.

Have you read this? What did you thnk? Do you want to read it? Comment Below!

A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Quickie Review: 3.5 out of 5

I will say the positives first so no one kills me straight away xD it’s GoT so of course it was very interesting to read, it was great getting the extra information that isn’t shown in the TV show. While I knew the first book was pretty much exact to the first season, there were slight differentiations which I enjoyed reading! The writing is easy to read and it’s very easy to get absorbed into the story! This book is intricate with details, massive in history and epic in scope! The book definitely helped me understand things that had confused me in the tv show, and I started to notice theories and subtle hints about things. Also, the books added a lot of extras that a tv show cannot and the POV certainly help understand the characters more and allowed me know what they were thinking.

But… the writing I found was average. It wasn’t a Brandon Sanderson where the writing had that extra umph about it and it definitely wasn’t a Tolkien so it lost some marks there.

Unfortunately, most of the time I never felt the need to read it but I am going to put that completely down to Uni and RL being in the way and therefore stretching my reading time of this book into something crazy like a year and 4 months! Another unfortunate thing is that, it’s only thanks to the TV show that I knew who the hell was who. Honestly, if I had read this book first, I think I would’ve given up pretty soon because the cast and their backstories and relationships would’ve been just too vast for me to comprehend what and who was going on.

A solid book. Cannot wait to carry it on! When that will be… no idea!

Like I said: Epic in scale, but something things did make it stop being so epic in execution.

May Wrap Up and June TBR!

We’re in June already?! Noooo! I only have about 7 more weeks left til the end of summer… but at the same time, ugh I’ve still got 7 more weeks left of summer >.< I participated in two read-a-thons this past month so check my progress out here and here.

Wrap Up

Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 69
The One by Kiera Cass (2/5)
Avenger’s Arena Issue 3 (3/5)
Avenger’s Arena Issue 4 by Dennis Hopeless (3/5)
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (3/5) – just realised I haven’t done a review for this yet!! o_O
Vampire Knight Art Book by Hino Matsuri (5/5) – because it was perfect for a VK fan!
Kuroshitsuji Chapter 105

The One (The Selection #3)Avengers Arena #3 by Dennis HopelessAvengers Arena #4 by Dennis HopelessA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I also lemmed The Jungle Book and Car Fever this month too! Reasons being The Jungle Book caused me to have ‘Friend like you’ from the Disney movie in my head every single time I read and drove me insane. Car Fever was just too… car-like? xD

Car FeverThe Jungle Book

And I read about half way through the next The Grimm Diaries Prequels story (#4) and 244 pages of The Vampire Lestat.

Total Pages: 746 Pages! An amazing improvement for me =]
Day Read in Month: 21 out of 31 days
Average Pages Per Day:
  35 pages
Average Pages Per Week: 186 pages

A pretty good dent and start to my summer reading! Almost already a 1/3 of the way to my desired 3000 pages read goal!

TBR

As already said I’m currently reading two books so they are naturally on this TBR…

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4)

After these, I seriously will start these three books. These three books I definitely must read with all my heart this month and I know I’ll love them and I just gotta jump in!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

And obviously the #YearofCosmere is going on so the books I’m supposed to read for this month are:

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

But we’ll see if I get time after those three epics >.<

What did you read in May? What will you read this June? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Debut Novels!

This was on a Top 5 Wednesday about two weeks ago and I thought I’d share with you my favourite debut novels. Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way shall we?

The HobbitHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Both are fantastical and amazing adventures with awesome characters!

And now to some others!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)

Holy shit this manga had an amazing start! And it’s still amazing now! If you like manga this is a MUST for you! I would also say Death Note fans would enjoy it but I dunno, even though I am a DN fan myself >.<

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

While I ended up hating this book in the end (personally one part really got to me), I remember this book being SO interesting and fast paced and suspenseful and I loved the idea of a switched history where it was the white people who were the slaves and such!

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

This one really knocked me over when I read it. Maybe it was because I was expecting disappointment because I have had such bad experiences with YA but this book really impressed me! Not only could I relate because it was set in England, it was also about rain and we ALL know England only has one type of weather: rain xD It also felt very possible and very real and therefore was frightening which was awesome!

The Girl at Midnight

This was a solid debut novel! It had adventure, wasn’t too bad on the romance, fell a little at the end, but had diversity and homosexual relationships in and was a great story!

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)

This was my first dip into SF and did not disappoint! That twist ending (which is spoiled in the film’s trailer -_-) had me BLOWN away. I thought (and still think) it was my best intro to SF ever and it is still very high on my best books list! It’s adventurous, brutal, fun, suspenseful, has good messages in it. Yes the author is a douche but man it’s a good book!

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

I guess this should’ve been in the obvious pile? xD

Hope you enjoyed these!

Do you agree? What are you favourite debut novels?

Top Ten Tuesday #39

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This Week’s Theme: Freebie! And I know exactly the topic I wanna do: Top Ten Books I HAVE to Read this Summer!

There are many many books I have been and am dying to read but because of Uni, I’ve had to stop myself from reading them because they’re books I want to be completely immersed in and want to enjoy and take my time reading. So without further ado!

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – because I gotta reread HP and finally finish the series!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

2.  Mistborn Trilogy – GIVE ME NOW!!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

4. Hyperion

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

5. The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

6. Leviathan Wakes – I am now ready (and have the time) to engulf this SF epicness!

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

7. Wool – this book has been playing on my mind ALL year!

Wool (Silo, #1)

8. 1984

1984

9. The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion

10. The Road

The Road

It as freebie week this week so what topics did you choose?!

Same Time, Next Week!