Saturday, 31 August 2013

LIBRARY HAUL #2



I was taking my books back to the library yesterday, and I had no intention of coming back with any more. But of course, I always seem to so I picked these ones up! 



I was excited about Throne of Glass, I didn't expect it to be there at all! Can't wait to read these!

Yasmin 

x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

REVIEW: THE CUCKOO'S CALLING BY ROBERT GALBRAITH


After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this. (Summary via Goodreads)


Note: This review will be spoiler free.


Phew! So this was pretty intense. 
I haven't read a crime novel in quite a long time and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to get back in to them. Plus, I will automatically read anything that JK Rowling puts out there. I wouldn't care if she published a novel about the life of an inanimate object, I would still buy it and read it. I got this for my birthday (11th) and started it straight away and I've only just finished it. I thought it was quite slow at first but this may be because lately all that I've been reading are dystopians or fantasies and I'd gotten used to there being a twist around every corner. 

If you're looking for a fast-paced crime thriller, this is not the one for you. The pacing is slow, and we follow private detective Strike in his pursuit to prove that a suicide was in-fact murder. This does include following him throughout his whole day, even sometimes the mundane parts. Although it's not fast-paced, this novel makes up for it in the depth of the characters. They were all so believable and so interesting. They felt so much like real people that you would meet around London and I loved them.  Our two main characters, Strike and Robin were well so well written that I became invested in them almost immediately. 

For me this book was a huge change of pace, but a refreshing one. I liked the mystery of it all and spent almost as much time coming up with theories as I did reading it (and I was still wrong, damn it). When I was about half way through I was just equally suspicious of every character.  The big reveal at the end is not one of the best I've ever read, but at least I didn't see it coming. It shocked me, and I love how the story all comes together in the end and it all makes perfect sense.  

I did feel at times that the book was longer than it should be, the story could of been told in a lot less pages, but I didn't mind all that much because all I too fixated on finding out who the murderer was!

I can't wait for the next book in the series, I don't even mind what the plot-line is. I'm just excited to read about these characters again!





Thursday, 22 August 2013

TRAILER: THE BOOK THIEF



It's here! The film version of The Book Thief has definitely flown under the radar, what with massive adaptations like City of Bones and Catching Fire happening. The Book Thief is one of my all time favourite books, so when I found out they would be making a movie I was excited yet nervous because I wondered how the story would transfer onto the big screen. 



After watching the trailer, I'm impressed! I loved every part of it except the very cheesy american voice over which was not required. I absolutely LOVE Geoffrey Rush, I was so happy when he was cast and now watching the trailer I am even more excited to see him in the film. Liesel is so cute too! 

The scenery looks absolutely amazing, and spot on to what I imagined. It looks like they'll be sticking quite closely to the book and not straying from the storyline which is always good!

I had no idea the movie was coming so soon! It's set to be released on November 15th 2013. Which really isn't that far away at all. I need to re read the book ASAP.

Can. Not. Wait.

x

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

REVIEW: THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO BY PATRICK NESS

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? (Summary via Goodreads)



Note: This review will be spoiler free.





I don't really know where to start with this one. I'm still trying to figure out whether I enjoyed it or not. I didn't know too much about this book before I got it from the library, just that it was really popular in teen fiction and so many people had read it. My first impression was that I didn't like Todd, and this didn't change until almost the end. I don't know  if Patrick Ness made him so unlikeable on purpose or if it's just me, but there was something about him that made me distrust him as a protagonist. I was interested enough in the story, but I found it so frustrating when Todd would find something out and then not even let us readers know what it was, and this happened on several occasions. I did have one moment when I was so annoyed that I almost put the book away completely, and that was because of a decision Todd had to make around 3/4 into the book. 

I did know what I was getting into with the writing style, I knew that it was written from Todd's perspective and that he was only twelve. However, I did still find it tiring at some points to read from his point of view, I found sometimes he didn't make sense or explained things poorly. But obviously, he's so young this is to be expected, even if it is confusing. 

One thing I really did like was Todd and Viola's relationship, especially towards the end. Their friendship is something that seems impossible at first and then goes on to become so strong.. I didn't really care for either of them when I first encountered them, but by the end I found myself caring a little bit about what happened to them. And Manchee, oh, Manchee. The talking dog. He was the best (and worst in way, I suppose?) part of the book for me and kept my hopes high, I could just imagine him in my head and found him hilarious. I think if dogs could talk Manchee is exactly how they would be.

Also, can we please mention Aaron... the guy who never seems to die? The amount of times he popped up out of nowhere actually started to amuse me, and by the end I found him so predictable. Speaking of endings, this one pulls out a pretty good cliffhanger. A good enough one for me to want to read the next book anyway! It's one of those that leaves you thinking, 'How on earth are they going to get themselves out of this situation?'

This book definitely was not what I was expecting, and I don't see why it's labelled as a 'teen' (12-16 I think) novel. If I saw my 12 year old cousin reading this I'd grab it and run away. If you're in to dystopians though, this is a must read. The world is believable and realistic, but not one I'd ever want to live in!



VAMPIRE ACADEMY: BLOOD SISTERS TEASER #1


Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is set to be released in february 2014, and is based on the first novel in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

I know I'm a little late in watching this, but here it is:


  


I think it looks really good! I still haven't started the series but I've just ordered the first one so I will definitely be getting into it some time soon.
Have any of you guys read these books? What do you think of the trailer?

Monday, 19 August 2013

REVIEW: SHADES OF EARTH BY BETH REVIS


Note: If you haven't finished the series and don't want to be spoiled, do not read this review. I tried not to give away any major plot points but it was impossible not to have any spoilers at all.

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. 

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing. (Summary via Goodreads)



Can I just start off by saying; what is up with the cover change?! Man, I hate it when they do that. Not that I have anything against this cover, it just DOESN'T MATCH. Okay, I'm over it. Phew.

I started reading this the moment I finished A Million Suns, and for the final book in the trilogy it did not disappoint. It was a slight shock to move so quickly from the familiar walls of Godspeed to a completely new and interesting planet, but Revis handled this so well and the world-building was brilliant. I could picture in my head exactly what Centauri-Earth looked like. 

By this book, we are so familiar with our main characters that its great to read them again, but this book also provides a refreshing change of pace and some new (long awaited) faces. I loved reading the conflict between Amy's father and Elder. I thought it was amusing but intriguing at the same time to see how they reacted to one another. I also loved how we got to see different parts of both Amy's and Elder's personality, especially seeing Elder's jealous streak. I loved how their relationship developed and finally it became clearer to both of them what they wanted. Also...it gets a bit steamy.

The mystery of GodSpeed and Centauri-Earth only gets deeper in this book, bringing information forward that makes you question everything you learned in the last two books. It was actually slightly frustrating, I got so desperate just to finally know the truth and I can only imagine how Elder and Amy must of been feeling. This one is much more action packed than the previous two, and there were so many more close calls for both of our main characters, which put me constantly on edge worrying about their safety. One thing I've learnt about Beth Revis after reading this series is that she is not afraid to kill off a character, and I realised this pretty early on. Baring this in mind, I still did not expect the ending. For some reason, I had it my head that everyone was going to make it out safely and would live happily ever after and so on. So when the final chapters took place, they shook me and I literally cried my eyes out until the end where the final twist takes place and then I cried my eyes out even more. The final dialogue in the book really got me, and if you've read it, you'll know what I mean. I'm not going to quote it as I think that'll probably spoil it!

I'm sad this series is over, and by the ending there is definitely a lot of potential for more. I would happily read anything set in this world, whether it be a prequel or another sequel. In fact, after this series I would happily read anything that Beth Revis puts out next, sci-fi or not. I absolutely loved this series and I will definitely be re-reading it some time in the future.






Sunday, 18 August 2013

REVIEW: A MILLION SUNS BY BETH REVIS



Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. 

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceshipGodspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.
 Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship. (Summary via goodreads)


***

A Million Suns is the sequel to Across the Universe, hence this review may contain mild spoilers but not major ones. I hadn't planned to read this right away after Across the Universe, but I found myself on holiday on the beach for the whole day with nothing but my kindle, and so I thought, why not? I ended up reading over three quarters of it that day. A Million Suns is just as fast-paced, addictive and exciting as it's predecessor.  

I absolutely adored the plot of this one. If the first book was mysterious, then this one was just something else completely. I couldn't put it down because I had to know exactly what was going on with Godspeed, why Orion had left clues and who was taking them.  I was as desperate as Amy to find out the truth, and every step closer I got to finding out made me more and more excited. I just loved the direction the story went in, and how the main characters dealt with it. It was all just so believable, how the ship reacted when finding out the truth, how Elder then reacted to the ships reaction and even how Amy was dealing with everything. I was happy that the near-rape incident in Across the Universe was touched on more, because I felt it was skipped over in the first book. 

As for the major twists, did anyone else see the planet related twist coming?! I called it from about half way through the first book, and I was so happy with myself when it was revealed that I literally shouted "I KNEW IT!" and gained a few weird looks from my family members. As for the other major twist, who was intercepting and changing the clues ... I didn't see it coming, and looking back I really should have, but oh well, I loved it all the same. 

I think I'll go as far as saying I love this more than Across The Universe, the characters just develop so much more and the love story does as well. I know I gushed over this in my review of the first book but I have to say it again; it's just so refreshing for the two main characters to not be instantly in love. They're not a couple at the beginning of the book and they don't become one by the end, and I like it. It's realistic given the situation, and just makes me root for them even more. 

This was one of the rare times when I love a sequel just as much (if not even more) as I loved the first book. If you've read across the universe and you're debating continuing the series, definitely DO IT. It gets even better. 











Saturday, 17 August 2013

REVIEW: THE MAZE RUNNER BY JAMES DASHNER


When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. 
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. 


(Summary via Goodreads)


Note: This review will be spoiler free.



I’m so happy that I finally read this, it’s been sitting on my shelf for some time now and I’ve just never gotten round to it. Now that I’ve read it though, I’m furious with myself for not picking it up sooner! I loved this book. I read it quite slowly alongside the Across The Universe series, so it took me over a week, but I read the bulk of it in one sitting. It is so fast paced and addictive, and every time some clue about the maze or the glade is revealed it just opens up hundreds more possibilities and questions. Often when I’m reading a book, I’ll find myself thinking about it while I’m taking a break or doing everyday things. This was different, this book took over my life for the last few days that I was reading it. I didn’t have that much time to read, so I was forced to put it down quite often, and that killed me. My mind was constantly thinking about the maze and the glade and the many many MANY questions and theories that I had. I haven’t gotten so involved in a story in that way for such a long time.

The characters are all likeable, although in different ways. It was so easy to become attached (which made the ending so much harder to accept , * cries *).  Newt was my favorite, tough but likeable at the same time. I liked reading from Thomas’ perspective, and liked him a lot by the end of the book. It’s fun to see how he develops as he finds his place within this new community, and his personality definitely shines more later on in the story. Teresa was an interesting addition to the characters, and she brought with her a lot of twists I wasn’t expecting and also a lot more questions, some of which still haven’t been answered for me. If you like books that keep you guessing all the way through then this is definitely for you! We only get to know as much as Thomas knows, and let me tell you – that is basically nothing. It’s so frustrating and confusing yet exciting at the same time, I love stories that let me come up with my own theories before revealing the truth.

I’m so excited for the film version now, I’ve been keeping up with all the latest news and from the pictures it looks like it’s going to be amazing and it seems like they’ve gotten the maze spot on. I’m really happy with the casting too, I tried my best not to look at who was playing who whilst reading but I already knew that Dylan O’Brien would be portraying Thomas, so I guess I kind of ruined my chance to create my own Thomas, but I don’t exactly mind as I love Dylan and after finishing the book, I think he’s perfect for the role.

This book felt like a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but I loved every second of it and I’m just about to run off to download the next two books in the trilogy onto my kindle since I can’t possibly wait for amazon to deliver them to me!


Friday, 16 August 2013

UPCOMING BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS


I'm definitely a person who prefers to read a book rather than watch a movie, but I'm always interested when a book that i've read is being adapted into a film. Due to the success of YA book to film adaptations such as twilight, the hunger games and of course the Harry potter series, more and more books are being made into films.  If you're like me and prefer to read the book before watching the movie, then give these a try:

1.


The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones

RELEASE: August 23rd 2013


When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York city by a demon,  a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.


I've loved the Mortal Instrument series from the moment I got hold of the first book in the series a few years ago, and the film has been  talked about for such a long time that my anticipation for it couldn't actually get any higher. I can't wait to see my favourite characters brought to life, despite some issues I had with the casting at first (ahem - Jace).



The books:

City of bones, City of ashes, City of glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost souls and City of Heavenly Fire all by Cassandra Clare

2.

 Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

RELEASE: August 16th 2013


In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the sea of monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

I know this isn't technically 'upcoming' since it's out today, but I wanted to include it anyway. I'm really excited for the next instalment in this series, even though I haven't gotten round to reading past the first book. This movie took me by surprise, I hadn't been keeping up and I had no idea it was even coming, as it had been so long since the first one. I really would rather read the second book in the series before watching this one, so I'm going to my best to not go and see it! The Percy Jackson series is a series that i've been meaning to finish for ages now, and this movie coming out just reminds me I need to get going and read them!
The books:
The Lightning Thief, The Sea Of Monsters, The Titans Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian all by Rick Riordan

3.

 Divergent

RELEASE: March 21st 2014


In a future world people are divided into factions based on personality, a teenager is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all divergents, her life is threatened.


I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. For once, I'm completely happy with who has been cast for the main roles in the film and I just can't wait for it to be out. I absolutely love the series and even though the wait for this movie is painfully long, at least the release of Allegiant will break it up a bit, eh? I really hope the movie lives up to my expectations, and does the book justice as it's a brilliant story that deserves the recognition.



The books:

Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth


4.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

RELEASE: November 23rd 2013


Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.


Is there any one who isn't excited for this movie? This series is getting more popular each day and the second instalment in the Hunger Games series is highly anticipated by both book and movie fans.


The books:


The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Colins





5.

The Maze Runner

RELEASE: February 14th 2014


Set in a post-apocalytic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.


I'm currently just starting the Maze runner series and i'm loving it so far and can't wait to find out how it transfers on to the big screen. I've had a look at the cast and they are exactly how I imagined them, not to mention that Dylan O'brien is hot.


The books:


The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure by James Dashner




6.

Carrie

RELEASE: October 18th 2013


A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.


Carrie is one of my favourite Stephen King novels. If you haven't read any King, Carrie is the perfect place to start. It's short, easy to read and gripping.



The book:

Carrie by Stephen King







7.



 Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

RELEASE: February 14th 2014


Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within out world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.


Another one I didn't know was coming. I haven't started the series, but its been on my to-read list for quite some time and I think finding out that the movie is coming so soon is the push I need to start reading. I've heard so many good things about and I'm ready to get out of my vampire book slump for this one.

The books:
Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit bound, Last Sacrifice all by Richelle Mead 






So those are my top book-to-movie adaptations that are coming soon (ish), what adaptations are you looking forward to?!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

REVIEW: FALLEN BY LAUREN KATE


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story. (Summary via goodreads) 



Note: this review will be spoiler free.

When I saw Fallen on the shelf on my first visit to my local library (I just moved), I picked it up instantly. I'd heard so many things (good and bad!) about the series and although I wasn't exactly sure what it was about, enough people had talked about it  for me to want to give it a go. After reading the blurb, I wasn't too excited about it, I've never been a fan of books that focus predominantly on romance so I was a little cautious. I picked up four other books, but decided to read this first so that if I didn't like it, I could at least look forward to the other ones.

The book surprised me. I liked it, I liked Luce from the beginning and I was so interested in all the friends she was about to make at this new school that she was off to. Although the story is mainly set around the romance plot in the book, I liked the fantasy elements too as they weren't something I was expecting. I'm unsure of whether I like Daniel yet, I don't feel like we got to know him that well, which I guess is understandable as he spends the majority of his time avoiding Luce at all costs. He feels like just another 'Edward Cullen' type to me and I hope he gets more of a personality in the next book. I have to put this out there though, I did start to get annoyed with Luce and her obsession with Daniel and how everything she did was in effort to find more out about him. Seriously girl, get. over. it. 

I finished this book quickly, but I did feel it took a long time to get going and when it did get going, it stopped abruptly. There wasn't enough action for me. The plot was promising and would of been a lot better had we actually seen much more action and less of Luce sneaking around reading up on Daniel. I wasn't a fan of the ending, it felt way too predictable for me and similar to how a lot of other books in this genre tend to end. I think I am going to continue on with the series though, my library has the whole series available, so why not?




Friday, 9 August 2013

REVIEW: GRACELING BY KRISTIN CASHORE




'In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even shedespises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.' (Summary via Goodreads)


Note: This review will be spoiler free.

Before beginning this, I was really excited about it. I'd read the summary and watched a few reviews on youtube and the book really sounded like something I would love. At first, I was slightly disappointed. Although I was a fan of the writing style, the story in itself was slow at first. I was determined not to let this bother me, and the whole idea of 'Graces' and this new world kept me interested enough to power through. After the first 100 pages or so, the story picks up considerably and I must say from the moment Katsa and Po decided to leave the Middluns together I was loving it. 

I loved Katsa, and it's actually a big deal for me to like her because I usually don't take to female lead characters, but she was written amazingly well. I really enjoyed learning about her situation and seeing more of her personality as the book progressed. She's imperfect, which is exactly what makes her so likeable. The romance between Katsa and Po was completely believable, you could see why they worked and why they fell for each other and I was rooting for them the whole way through. I loved how they started as friends and actually remained friends for a period of time before anything started to develop.

There were a couple of things I had a problem with though, the first is Bitterblue. I liked her as a character throughout the book, and by the end I loved her. However, my problem is not with the character, but how her dialogue was written. I just couldn't picture any 10 year old child speaking the way she spoke, not even in the 'Graceling' world. The second issue I had was the world-building, except for Lienid all the other kingdoms seemed to mesh into one for me, as we were barely told of any cultural or landscape differences. I hope that the other books in the series allow us to see all of these differences, I think it would make the world much more convincing and real. 

As for the ending, I thought some of it was rushed but when I finished reading I felt content with how things had turned out. In a way, this is a good thing as most books that are part of a trilogy or series tend to leave many problems  behind that need to be solved in the next instalment. The bad news is I am so happy with the ending that I don't even know if I want to continue the series because things can only get worse from now on, otherwise there would be no plot at all!

In the end, I did like this book, but I didn't love it. The story and the characters were intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end, despite pacing or descriptive problems.



LIBRARY HAUL!


So although I already have all the books I'm planning on reading this month on my kindle, I couldn't resist popping into my new local library to see what they had to offer.

Needless to say, I immediately signed up and brought these home with me:



Now, I've already started two series this month (Across the universe and Graceling Realm) so bringing 4 more series home with me to read probably wasn't my smartest move, but I couldn't help myself. I didn't expect there to be so many books I wanted to read (it's a very small library) and bringing home just 4 was a challenge in itself as there were so many more that I wanted.


So now I'm faced with a dilemma, which series do I focus on? 
If anybody has read any of these books or their sequels, let me know if you liked them! Any help in prioritising these, along with the two series I have already started and The Maze runner, which I'm about to start would be greatly appreciated!


x



Monday, 5 August 2013

REVIEW: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE BY BETH REVIS



Across The Universe by Beth Revis was published in 2011 and is part of a trilogy, the following books being 'A Million suns' and 'Shades of Earth'.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.


Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. (Summary via Goodreads)


Note: This review will be spoiler free.



Having never heard of this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I decided to read it after I saw a picture of it on someones instagram, because the cover drew me in straight away. All I can say is; WOW, I'm glad I did go ahead and read this. I couldn't put it down, it's so fast paced and easy to read that I actually sat for hours last night and went from it being 20% completed (on my kindle) to the full 100% in one sitting. The problem, however, with finishing this book at night is that it resulted in a very bad nights sleep for me! I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I had so many more questions that I had to stop myself from immediately continuing on to the second book in the trilogy.

For me, this book had the perfect mix of plot twists that you could never of seen coming, and plot twists that you could of seen coming if you'd given it enough thought. I love these kinds of twists, and the last few chapters had some that made me say "HA, I KNEW IT!", ones that made me say "Of course, it all makes sense now" and then there were the ones that made me say out loud "WHAT?!?!" 

As for the characters, Beth Revis has a way of writing that makes you feel connected to them almost immediately. Personally, I was more drawn to Elder than Amy and I still think we see so much more of his personality than hers, but I guess this is just because Elder is at home (as much as he can be, I guess) on the ship whereas Amy is in a completely new environment so of course we aren't going to see her full personality. This is also one of rare times in a YA book where I don't feel as though the love story is being rushed, I think that it moved at a realistic pace during the book and I hope it continues to do so in the sequel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and I can't wait to sink into the next one. If you're a fan of YA books (Such as Divergent or City of Bones) and are wondering what to read next, definitely go for this one! You won't regret it.