Update

Hey everyone!

I know I haven’t been posting in a while! It’s because I have started a new booktube channel. When it’s more up and running I will tell you what it is!

I will hopefully be reviewing more as I got a job reviewing for The Guardian! (that’s a really posh english newspaper by the way)

I have been reading loads more so I will try and keep you guys updated but you never know, with school and exams loads get in the way so it’s hard to keep up with everything.

 

 

The Iron Trial: Magisterium – Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

In September, me and three other friends (Roman, Vato and Rachel) went to the Cassandra Clare and Holly Black book signing for the Iron Trial: Magisterium. We got a copy of the book and got to look at different drawings of the characters and the book trailer. It was really fun!

After that, we all promised to read the book together, but it really didn’t end up that way. Vato finished the book first, within a week, Rachel hasn’t yet started reading it, as she is reading the Heroes of Olympus, and Roman’s reading speed is like a snail and is on chapter 13 currently, and he is in the middle of reading Clockwork Prince. I was reading Jessica Sorensen’s books, so I started as soon as I had finished the Violet and Luke series, which was about three-four days ago. I finished it last night.

Storyline/Plot:

It is a middle-grade book, so I wasn’t expecting Cassie to go all long-word-and-complicated-storyline on me, but I was surprised with how long it took me to be actually interested in the book. It was a big jump for me going from 16-19  YA books to 9-12 children’s books. It was sort of painful. One of the main parts in a book for me is how the author(s) manage to fit in romance, and I was surprised that they didn’t fit any in at all (I know they are 12 and all that but still). I gave this three out of five stars on goodreads.

Characters:

Call: Call was hilarious, and being a grumpy teenager myself, I related to him slightly.

Tamara: She got on my nerves, seeing as she was go goody goody, but she got better during the end.

Aaron: I liked Aaron, but his reaction to everything was always annoying.

Writing:

The writing was good, but I still found it difficult getting into it. The big twist at the end of the book was surprising and fascinating, and I as curious how they will continue the suspense in the next books.

– Anna

The Selection – Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass

This is going to be about the entire series, The Selection, The Elite, and The One.

Well.

Storyline/Plot:

I have to honestly admit how surprised how different I thought this book would be. I originally thought it was going to be one of the Matched/Delirium type of books *sigh* but it was actually one of my favourite series of this year, joining first place with the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. It starts off well, but then when you fist meet Maxon you know you will regret ever having a crush on Aspen. Maxon is so cute and sweet and hilarious and I would 100% join The Selection if it meant marrying him.

Characters:

America: Despite how much I liked her character, I really wanted to slap her. How obvious can it get that you are IN LOVE WITH MAXON NOT ASPEN. Oh dear. I really wanted to scream in her face (but she is fictional).

Aspen: Is like Adam from Shatter Me. I started of loving him, and ended up hating him. He starts off really cute, and then in the end it’s like GO AWAY ASPEN.

Maxon: He is so perfect and I’m so happy when him and America got together I was dancing around.

Writing:

This book gives you a lot of feels. It really gets to you and stabs you right in the heart/soul. I wanted to cry all the way through it. When I got to the bit in The One where America confessed her undying love for Prince Maxon I legitimately thought I was going to cry or scream. Kiera really understands the way people fall in love, but she also knows how to make characters rip your heart out and yell sarcastically at it.

– Anna

A Kiss in the Dark – Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark was a beautiful book. It starts off with a massive twist in the storyline and from then on you are on the edge of your seat. As of halfway through, the narrator changes from Alex to Kate. From then on I found it hard to decide who’s side to be on because both of the characters make horrific decisions. The story is very deep because it includes the characters having to find themselves in a place that they don’t know who they are. It is one of those books where you wish you could rip the characters out of the book, just to yell at them and tell them what to do and how badly they are handling the situation. This is the third Cat Clarke book that I have read and at the moment it is my favourite.

– Anna

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting – Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting was in no way what I expected. It starts off very jolly and funny, but as you get near the end, you get to see the depth within it. Somehow, Holly Bourne has managed to write a funny, smart book, which is also very sad and deep.
Bree, the main character is a handful. She is funny and has a great sense of humour, but she has a tough life and a secret that makes her seem darker (and more interesting). As the book goes on she makes terrible decisions, which makes you want to rip her out and yell at her (I was so annoyed that I had to put the book down and put my head in my hands in annoyance), but she also understands so much more than not many seventeen year olds understand. She knows what she wants to do with her life and sacrifices everything to make that happen.
This books is amazing and changes your view on life and people themselves.

– Anna

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

(This is a round up of the entire series, not just this book)

Okay.

Okay.

I just finished this series and I am speechless.

By Tahereh Mafi

By Tahereh Mafi

Everyone needs to read this series its phenomenal.

Storyline/Plot:

Holy cow. The story starts (In Shatter Me) in one of my favourite settings for a book. A mental asylum. Don’t even ask why, but I love the loss of dialogue and how you just just see into every detail of the characters thoughts, without them hiding behind anything or worrying about anything cliché. The story moves on to when we meet Adam and so on, which is great and all that. The story really kicks off in Unravel Me (the second book). Its where you fully meet Warner and just all of your emotions get mixed around and blew up. All through Unravel Me, I was just on the edge of my seat. Ignite Me, however, was bloody damn amazing. This book just gets you thinking so much. I was shocked and mind blown and every emotion.

Characters:

Juliette: She is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read of. She has different personality perks that almost everyone can relate to. She doesn’t fit into her on skin, she is confused, she doesn’t know what to do about relationship problems. She is like a teenage goddess.

Adam: Adam is a funny character for me, as he started off as such a good character, and everyone was in love with him (especially Juliette), but then near the end of the series I was like *sigh* ‘Shut up Adam no one cares what you think.” I think this was really good how Tahereh managed to change my opinion of a character so quickly.

Aaron/Warner: This brings us to Warner. I take Drama for a GCSE, and not too long ago I was asked to do a performance based on the statement, ‘There is a thin line between love and hate.” This basically sums up Aaron for me. At the beginning he was a massive ass to everyone and he was annoying and argh, but then 100% of my love was directed towards him at the end.

Kenji: He is probably one of my favourite characters I have ever read. His comments were fantastic and he got me laughing out loud. I loved his cocky-ness and in all honesty he reminded me slightly of a character called ‘William Herondale’ who I know we are all familiar with, so that is a massive perk in a character. He was a great best friend, and he was really well thought about.

Writing:

The writing was amazing, the way she wrote the book and the chapters was exceptionally figured out. The worst thing I think you can have in a book is over usage of cliché, and I didn’t sense any at all in this book. Tahereh Mafi is exceptional, and my golly her books are phenomenal.

Btw I cried in Ignite Me (I don’t normally cry when reading books)

– Anna