Thursday, 30 April 2015

Book Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

                                   *****Disclaimer*****
The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.



By: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Throne Of Glass #1
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA Children
Publication Date:  7th August 2012
Pages: 416



Summary:


After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18 year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her....but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead....quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


*********Spoilers Included *********


My Review:

I loved this book especially the cover. Let's take a minute to appreciate the awesomeness.When I first saw the title, I thought of a Kingdom where everyone and everything is made of glass..............*I don't know why?* However, the daggers on her arm, all black attire and THAT LOOK in her eyes told me a different story.
*I know never judge a book by it's cover.....sue me*

 I heard mixed opinions and I'm still pondering why.  I know persons have different opinions which they are entitled to but for me personally, I loved this book.

I loved the beginning, where we see her struggle. She is completely vulnerable......she came out from a freaking death camp. And lets not forgot the fact that since from birth she was taken in by the King of the Assassins, right then and there they are basically saying * she is going to be one bad ass heroine.*

The King of the Assassin is a piece of shit.....*I'm glad I got of my chest.*
To make someone break their own hand pure evil.

So,basically the Prince needs her to be his champion; his father(the king) is holding a competition in which he needs an assassin. *Royalty*
Nobody bosses Calaena around, but she is in a predicament so she has to unwillingly take the offer with her conditions. 
*She still scores*

*Love Triangle Alert!!!*


Lastly,I loved reading different perspectives' of the characters.  It gave the story some variety. 

Favourite Quote:
"Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
-Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Rating:



                         
                            


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

I hate not reading the first book in a series

I know this is not only me. I hate not reading the first book in a series for several reasons. For example the book: The Offering I'm currently reading which is third book in the series, I don't want read. Don't get me wrong, I read great reviews so far. I even like the book so far.

Here's the cover


  The Offering (The Pledge, #3)


The Book Cover Is Freaking Beautiful!!!


However, because I didn't read the other books in the series I wish not to read the book. Some people might think I'm downright ungrateful and I understand. But when I read a book for my "total reading experience,"*I just made that up* I like to start from the beginning. And's True!!!

And no this is not only for this book in particular it's for every book in a series.


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 My reasons are:


  • You understand the characters better from the mindset, personality, style and mannerism......everything.
  • You are familiar with the author's style of writing.
  • You are familiar with environment.
  • You gain a deeper appreciation for the story because you understand the whole history of characters, the world and everything.
  • Lastly, I like to track the progression and development of the books.   


Finally those are my reasons why I love to read books in order of their series.

P.S *Confession Time!!!*This deep seeded habit is probably the main contributing factor as to why a few of my books are unread.

Forgive me of this disgusting habit Loyal Book Lovers Of The Internet and you the unread books on my shelf.

                                                                                 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Book Review: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

*****Disclaimer*****
The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.


By: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date: 29th April 2014
Pages: 379 



Summary:

It's time


Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced instalment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.




*********Spoilers Included *********


 I read this book in 2014 and the details are a bit rushy in my mind, but  i will do my best to explain my thoughts.
The story picks right where we left off, through the adventures of Anna Whitt the half angel/demon child and Kaidan Rowe the demon son of the Duke of Lust. 

Yes and you read right, Son of the Duke of Lust!

Firstly, I would recommend this book, definitely a good read.
However, my predicaments with book is only the ending. The build up with this book was great, the only thing I felt the ending a bit rush. But it still lives up to its expectation. I adore this series!

Secondly, when Patty and Mara dies it was absolutely heart breaking, but for me during Patty sacrifice and her last words, I literally cried.
 *Yes, everyone I know these characters are fictional but I couldn't help myself.
I feel you judging me......please don't*


Next, in terms of Anna and Kaidan relationship I think they have come a long way and I am so proud to read about it. They are very compatible and secretly come to an understanding about their relationship.



Thirdly, there were that completely left my heart in a pool of mush..literally. When they get married it was so cute and even simple.....well....kinda because who get married in a airplane....only Kaidan and Anna. But if you read the book you will see this is a strategic move so as to not get caught by the whispers.
*Smart thinking*
Wait...why does Blake have a marriage certificate ....I guess when you are the Son of Greed you have lot of spare time on your hands,

Omg! When they finally do the deed *wink wink* which we have been avoiding for two whole books because of someone's virtue; it was beautiful. 
For me it was kinda creepy afterwards when Anna mom comes down from heaven and say, "we are rejoicing in heaven because of your union."
 *Definitely creep out*
However Kaidan being all worried and cute thankfully made up for the creepiness. The war scene was ok, Anna should of fight a bit more since she has the most dangerous weapon feared by demons; was given to her by a nun.
*Laugh out loud. Why is the world would a nun being doing with a sword. But I follow your train of thought Wendy....nobody not gonna expect her to have a mystical sword. I see*

And finally, the ending was beautiful. * I am still crying till this today* BAMBOO! (daddy) When the child called Kaidan that was so beautiful.  *I got something in my eyes again........I am fine*
I need more. All in all a great series and totally worth the read.


                                         Favourite Quote:

“Halfway through the meal, while we were all laughing and telling stories, I made the mistake of placing my hand on Kaidan's upper thigh without thinking.

He let out a groan loud enough to silence the room. I slipped my hand back into my own lap, and Kaidan cleared his throat.


"Wow," he said. "The corn pudding is fantastic."

I snorted, which started a round of snickers. Patti smiled at Kaidan like he was a precious boy.
"Isn't it good? Anna found the recipe a few years ago. She's a great cook."

"Mm-hm." Kaidan gave a tight-lipped smile. "That she is.”

― Wendy Higgins, Sweet Reckoning


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Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy, #4)



Pretty!



Rating:
4 out of 5 crowns





Thursday, 9 April 2015

Book Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

                             *****Disclaimer*****

The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.

By: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date: 30th April 2013
Pages: 371 


Summary:


Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she'd never do the work of her father-polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a vow. She'd been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there's Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself travelling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

********Spoilers Included******** 



Thank God I was relieved from my cliffhanger state. Normally, the second book is not as great as the first but honestly, Sweet Peril; did not disappoint me. It pick up the story right from where we left off.
Now if you didn't read my previous review on Sweet Evil, I encourage you to read it. Anna Witt is a goody too shoes daughter of Substance Abuse and Kaidan Rowe is the tempting son of the Duke of Lust.
I will repeat if you missed that......son of the Duke of Lust...... I mean this explain almost everything already. When you are the son of the Duke of Lust you have some sexual tips and tricks up your sleeves. And the mere fact Anna has managed to stay pure all this time proves she ain't human. I am convinced.


In Sweet Peril, Anna is no longer the naive girl she once was but actually is more knowledgeable about her background -half demon and angel heritage. And she now sees the world clearly for what it is. Hence, as the cover suggests we see the darker side of her evolving to the point where she even beings to embrace it. However, this is all in an attempt to throw off Dukes' notion that she is not unfaithful to their cause and so she plays along. 

As if that's not enough she has to deal with heartbreak. I mean I can't image involuntary revealing that you love someone and getting such as dismissive response. But then again Kaidan is the son of the Duke of Lust he doesn't do love but damn that was a serious case of rejection.
Out of the blue his band becomes majorly successful and suddenly has to pack up and leave. 
*Oh wow, what a coincidence.*
She is not even given the time of day for an explanation.

Now poor Anna has to carry on her life as if she hasn't been completely shattered and maintain her transformed image. *Great!*
  But I like that she doesn't completely let it overshadow her life.
Thank God she grows some balls in Sweet Peril. And beings to force on her self development and fighting skills.
* Shout out for the ladies, you don't need a man to make you happy.....just saying*

Nonetheless, as if she wasn't experiencing any problems: heartbroken, demon whispers prowling, daddy issues and hormonal changes; a prophecy appears out of nowhere -literally......well no where but a jail cell to be exact.

Speaking hormonal changes, I liked that the author gave Anna look however I wondered why the cover girl appearance never seemed to change. *Just saying* I think here the author makes Anna seem more realistic. Also, the new characters e.g Kopano introduced were beautiful, I would of like to know them a bit better, action needed to be fast pace to meet every single Nephilim and plus gain loyalties. Whilst Anna and Kaidan still fighting their raging attraction for each other.
*love triangle alert*

I am definitely team Kaidan throughout this book.
*spoiler alert* When he told her he loved heart, shipped this relationship off immediately.  Which brings me to the conclusion the summit yet another cliffhanger. The summit gathering was very unusual but interesting. It as solidifies many facts, one being the Dukes run things and care about no one but themselves......not even their children.
Two, Anna angelic side is always on autopilot.
And three Kaidan Rowe is completely, helplessly and distinctively in love with the innocent Nephilim Anna Whitt.
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Rating:

4 out of 5 crowns





Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Book Review: Sweet Evil

                                          *****Disclaimer*****
The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.


By: Wendy Higgins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date: 1st May 2012
Pages: 447 



Firstly, I would like to apologise if this review is all over the place. Actually, I read this book since last year and it has such as a profound affect one me, that I still remember ever...and I mean EVER exact detail.

And before we continue I would like to say shout to Wendy Higgins for writing this book it was so good that I read the other three books. *Beautiful*

Summary according to Goodreads:

Embrace the Forbidden 

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people.She's aware of a struggle within herself an in explicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
                          *******Spoilers Included*******

Now I must say this summary is on point!!

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In the beginning of the book, Anna is stereotyped as the average girl but in truth and in fact she's the complete opposite. And for me, the fact that action starts to happen immediately in setting of the party was spot on. Some authors may drag on for several pages until action is introduced by not Wendy. 

Did I mention she possess powers......she does, she can see and feel peoples emotions. Any who, she attends the concert and encounters Kaidan Rowe (drummer) who has red bust from his chest.       *Right there people that's a sign red= lust.*
 Now, at times like these I wish fictional characters were real, not all of them but definitely him
*yummy*

An they both encounter love at first sight well technically, strong sexual attraction at first sight. 
Cause Kaidan doesn't do love, he is the son of the Duke of Lust.

Image result for kaidan rowe
Look at that face tho! Who would not be sexually attracted.

Secondly, I love how Wendy personified the seven deadly sin as Dukes. It made it more interesting, with their sons and daughters.
Now we all can clearly see Anna ain't human, what hormone raging teenage would not jump his bones.

* I know I would*
*Don't judge me!*


Next, Anna and I have two different personalities but for me she was so goody too shoes it's not funny. But then it adds interesting contrast, when the protagonists personalities clash and they can't even be in the same room.
I mean I know what a road trip is like but honey I need the Anna Whitt road trip experience. Damn!
Steamy!!!

*I don't need to say more.....really that sums it all up.*

Lastly, to find out what I am talking about go and pick the book.
*not sponsored to say this...sigh*
Personally, I like that as the story evolved the characters also evolved not only in this book, but in the entire series. Everything wasn't about sex, underage drinking and lust. During certain parts of the book, love slowly blossomed under the circumstances. And Anna's pink aura confirms this fact and in my opinion Kaidan's decision to be selfless( not taking her virginity) for probably the only person; confirms his love for her in my opinion. And let us please remember he's son of the Duke of Lust....ok, taking her virginity  is as easy as pie even like a second nature to him.

But Kaidan's final decision left me in tears and a major cliff hanger. She is not even given the tine of day for an explanation but a note. *Wow!*



Favourite Quote:
"We have to face difficulties to find out what our true strengths are. How we come back from failure is a very valuable test."
 _Wendy Higgins, Sweet Evil



Rating:
4 out of 5 crowns


                                                                                    




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P.S: The trial is crappy but the book is not.