I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

I”m far too happy that I found a copy of this book in a book store in China in English. It was like the story was meant to find me. Then five days later a friend was leaving and had a lot of books she was leaving behind, a much prettier yellow copy of I’ll Give You The Sun being one of them. So I was meant to find to find this story as much as those characters were meant to find each other. And this book, the characters and their stories did help me so much. It lifted me up in a way I didn’t know I needed. It made me think about things I didn’t know I needed to think about. I recently read We Are Okay by Nina Lecour and that was amazing and thought provoking, but this, this is what I needed. A book that loves art and talks about art and people’s messy lives.

IMG_2038.JPG

I’ll Give You The Sun

by Jandy Nelson

5 / 5 stars

I love contemporary novels that describe things as if they’re fantastical. It adds this new layer to the novel and also gives the book a little bit of natural magic. (I may be biased because I flipping love fantasy.)

Anyway I loved I’ll Give You The Sun from the very beginning. I could just hear Noah’s voice from the first page and I loved how he had drawing ideas from everything and I could picture his ideas too. I was taken to the idea of the twins, as stories about twins are always fascinating and how their relationship dynamic works. They divvy up parts of the world as if they’re small gods, hence the name of the novel. I found their relationship very believable.

I enjoyed Jude’s POV too, which is written two years after Noah’s. I liked the whole Clark Gable thing and her wacky ‘bible’. Also her hypochondriac tendencies, which everyone does every so often. But I did find the two year skip a little spoilery in terms of flicking back to Noah’s POV. Even though the stories were supposed to flow like that. It did make me prefer Jude’s POV over Noah’s.

The twins’ journeys were so interesting to read about. One thing I would have loved to read about actually was Noah’s POV while he was sixteen, he was going through a very hard point in his life and I really wanted to know what he was thinking.

I loved Oscar and Guillermo. They were funny and amazing. Honestly, I loved this novel and it’s hit my all time favourites.

I have a soft spot for stand alone novels now that there are so many trilogies and such out there but I think I would love a continuation of this book! Contemporaries don’t get enough sequels, supernaturals hog that corner of the market so much.

Tell me your thoughts! I may have fan-girled a bit. :’)

A Court of Flipping WAR (A Court of Wings and Ruin Review)

It has been two days since the penultimate novel has came out and I have finished it on a small tiny phone screen. And I loved it, of course!

23766634

A Court of Wings And Ruin

by Sarah J Maas

5 / 5 stars

Now have I mentioned I love Sarah’s stories? Because by the way, I do, in case you missed my fan-girling already. ACOTAR was my least favourite in the series and then I fell truly in love with ACOMAF and I think it is probably my favourite book of all time – quote wise, the issues it covers and because of the plot, description, world. It just didn’t shy away from anything. So it was almost inevitable that I would love her third novel. I missed those characters as if they were a little family of my own. And if you could guess by the 5 / 5 rating I loved it. But maybe I’m just being picky but I felt like… the book should have hurt me more (strange thing to want, I know.)

Okay well let me GUSH for a minute in a somewhat neat style about what I loved:

  • HEY EVERYONE’S BACK. Picking up from where we left off Feyre goes to infiltrate Tamlin’s court and she’s being a manipulative goddess.
  • Feysand.
  • We hear more about the courts as they all attempt to band together to stop Hybern.
  • More evil booglie fae monsters are revealed.

If you loved ACOMAF pick up this book, why haven’t you yet? 😀 If you’ve only read ACOTAR oh-my-gosh why haven’t you read further, so much happens. ACOTAR is so different in comparison to the rest.

Anyway here is my one thing against the book, which is a slight spoiler so if you don’t want a single hint on how the book may make you feel don’t read further! 🙂

So now let me explain my one problem about it all. There is this huge war that’s going to happen and there are so many powerful things on either side and everyone is using so much magic. They constantly run out, which is fair enough they’re all being stretched thin. So when they get to the penultimate battle (Obviously, not a spoiler unless you believed Hybern was going to poof in to smoke. Spoiler he doesn’t.) and fight. Why was my heart not ripped from my chest? I cried while reading it, a true sign of a book that can emulate feels and I was happy with the outcome. But I didn’t feel like they lost so much. It felt too good to be true.

Maybe I’ve become a cynic. But that’s just my take on it. Loved it all but I feel like I should be heartbroken…but I’m really not. Hope this babble made some ounce of sense. I’ve tried not to be too spoilery! They do lose things, but in my opinion not enough. Also did anyone else find this book less quotable? So many awesome things happened but I felt like I could have highlighted half the pages in ACOMAF as quotable whereas not really at all with ACOWAR.

Also I’m hoping we see more Tamlin in the spin-off series she’s planning to do. Tamlin was complex and his actions in ACOWAR really made me want to know why. What was going through his head?  What did you guys think (if you’ve finished it yet?)

 

18616300

We Are Okay by Nina Lecour

Do you want to know why I bought this book? Why I am a terrible human being? because I loved the cover. I freaking loved it. LOOK AT IT. Did I know what the book was about when I impulse bought it? Hardly at all.

img_1865.jpg

Also because I heard about it on PolandBananasbooks channel and I loved the premise of a girl leaving home with just her phone, wallet and a picture of her mother and I wanted to know why.  But it turned out to be more than a mystery novel, maybe you guys know more about this novel than me but I went in to it virtually blind because I only I had eyes for the cover. It wasn’t what I expected but I loved it all the more for it.

Also my crappy book photography is back ~

IMG_1861

We Are Okay

by Nina Lecour

5 / 5 Stars

The first few pages felt a little Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfied-esque to me. The empty beds, a letter, the weather; it all had to mean something to Marin. And I kind of liked that and I didn’t.  I liked Catcher in the Rye (sort of kind, that is a rant / babble that I might save for a later post). I liked it because you can feel the character’s personality almost instantaneously through different objects and its not all she felt like this and this blah blah. It spices it up. But it also stops doing that very quickly, which is good because while I liked Catcher in the Rye it was a bit slow going and boggily too introspective at times. So the beginning of We Are Okay gave me moody teenage flashbacks for a minute. But crisis averted, it moves on!

To the mystery sort of why did she run away. We are informed her good friend she cut off all ties with from her home town is coming to visit. And then I am waiting for this. Because when her friend arrives it will reveal why Marin did this super extreme thing.

I really loved this premise. To just run away and leave everything because doesn’t everyone have those days where you just want to get up and go? You’re on a train, at work, or just sitting on the couch and you think what if I just go? But we never actually do it, which is why I was intrigued to read about a character who did it. But of course, Marin’s reasons are spurred by trauma.

Which is where it now becomes hard to talk about the rest of the novel without spoilers. So I’m going to say that it’s definitely worth a read if you enjoy reading books about finding yourself, teenage love but also family secrets (ones you wished you’d never known). This book was a roller coaster. And I found the ending satisfying.

I want to say so much more about this book! But I feel like wordpress isn’t the best platform to gush about spoilers because it’s hard to hide them from unsuspecting eyes. So let me know your thoughts on the book, if you’ve read it and if you haven’t DO! Sorry for the babble, love you all! 🙂

vhxlbss

Why Crooked Kingdom is freaking amazing.

tumblr_nsn3e3xsvg1qfp6jpo1_500

It’s been a week since I finished Crooked Kingdom because please I am a professional-amateur-barely-serious book blogger who knows to wait before gushing about a novel. You’ve got to wait a little while to reorder your feelings and make sure you’re not clawing at the back of the hype train that has already left the station because the book is finished and the story is over.

But this book has left me reeling after a week and you know that means it was a good book.

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

5 /5 Stars – Flipping amazing, buy yourself a house, buy your whole family a house.

Anyway, don’t you hate it when someone over hypes something? I do, so much. So I’m going to take a deep breath and say why I loved this little duology and why I think the second book was so much better than the first.

THE CHARACTERS: 

  • Kaz Brekker and his amazing schemes. How coldly logical he is, but also strangely kind and misunderstood because to the outside world he appears to an evil machine of plots and plans. Crooked Kingdom also indulges in more of the characters’ histories and while we’d heard Kaz’s before I liked how his desire for revenge was always part of his character.
  • Inej also known as The Wraith. She’s always been a fun character to read about, closer to Kaz but very much her own person. I won’t say much on it but how the novel ended with her fit her character very well after everything she had been through.
  • Nina and Mathias. I loved their relationship struggles and how much their own pasts affected them.
  • Jesper and Wylan. They are both so cute and I could honestly gush about all the characters and how real they seemed all day but seriously read the novels for yourself if you haven’t.

Kaz’s Plans: They were just so fun to read about. How things they had done before linked to another scheme later on.

Ketterdam: The description of the city made it so real to me. Details were given in snippets throughout both books and it slowly created this huge picture in my head. All the workings of thugs and thieves in the Barrel, even the plays the people loved and all dressed up as characters from it. It all seemed so real, almost like a circus in a city. A tourist attraction for sure. Every corner had some little snippet of history.

Honestly i could babble all day about why this book is amazing all day. How I loved Six of Crows and the insane heist they were on but Crooked Kingdom made me love the story even more. Leigh Bardugo is an insanely talented writer and I hope she doesn’t stop!

I can’t decide whether I loved the Six of Crows duology more than the Smoke and Bone trilogy. Either way I think this is a great start to 2017! Let me know your thoughts =)

Did somebody say FAERIES? – The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

Don’t know if you follow any booktubers but a couple of months ago they were raving about this book and so I had to pick it up. If you haven’t heard of it here’s the synopsis:

THREE MINUTES
You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.
TWO MINUTES
The Sidhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.
ONE MINUTE
Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.
TIME’S UP
Could you survive the Call?

That’s one of them at least. There are so many different synopses for this book. Rather relevant information: Nessa legs were twisted by polio and so her chances of survival when Called are relatively low. But she isn’t a whiny protagonist and that is why I loved her.

img_1479

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

5 / 5 Stars! ( WOOOO)

I was really surprised by this novel. I didn’t expect to love it so much but I flew through it in a couple of days.

Nessa seems like a really believable character. She is facing a terrifying adversity and the odds are against her and so she is incredibly determined. I really believed in her character.

The story is centred mostly around the training school the kids go to in order to survive the Call. You get all the teenage drama, but I really liked it. Sometimes it’s nice just to read about a good ol’ training school.

Then there’s the actual Call. Where the book shifts to different POVs as the characters are Called and you get to see in to The Grey Land (the incredibly messed up faerie land). It was a good take on faeries, mixed with mythology and it was interesting to read a book where no one fell for the beautiful faeries for once.

Oh, the book is a tad brutal though. Just thought I’d add that.

I recommend this if you ARE NOT SQUEAMISH, fancy reading about a school drama and…

m7tyc9m

FAERIES!?

fairy-god-parents-o

Sabriel by Garth Nix

This book is fairly old for YA – it was published around 2002 – or so my e-book tells me. YA was barely a genre, or at the very least not as widely recognised or awesome as it is now. This amazing thing would have slipped under my radar if THE SARAH J MAAS hadn’t said this book INSPIRED HER to write. And since it is one her favourites I had to read it.

And it does not dissapoint.

3dcover-sabriel-us.png

Sabriel by Garth Nix

5 / 5 Stars

I loved Sabriel, her voice really gripped me. She was about to graduate high school and she had a foot in the world of magic and the other in the human world.

And the magic. The acceptable form of magic in this world is known as Charter magic which is all about order and magic is used through symbols. Then there is free magic which is against the charter.

Sabriel’s father is the Abhorsen, a necromancer who uses the Charter to bind free magic creatures and dead ones. But then one night he is in trouble and Sabriel must cross through the Old Kingdom, where magic is everywhere in order to save him.

I really did love the world-building in these books. There is a wall that divides the Old Kingdom from the…new? XD And magic does not work too far away from the Old Kingdom which keeps most people safe. Technology doesn’t work in the Old Kingdom while it does in the new. So both kingdoms have very different ways of life and problems and it was very intersting to read about. It is also something that could be expanded upon further and I am so excited to read his other books…(in e-form Q.Q).

My only issue with the books was the romance. I understand Sabriel was put through an extreme series of situations which means emotions are heightened and therefore…it happens? But I could not personally see why Sabriel fell in love or how?

But overall I really reccomend Sabriel. It has excellent world-building and if you like magicky books I reccomend it! 🙂

This book broke my heart in to tiny pieces….Yes, this is: Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas.

img_1021

My self-imposed hiatus to finish this books is over. I am back and I have the worst book hangover ever…I want another book and I never want to read another book again (but of course I will!).And here is also a picture of my Throne of Glass related haul: EoS, the colouring book and a t-shirt full of ToG quotes!

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J Maas

5 / 5 stars

So this is the fifth book in the series if you discount the prequel, which I do, and so we have one more book left for Sarah TO FIX THIS.I shouldn’t expect anything less at this point than for her to end on a point where WAITING IS A HORRIFYING CONCEPT. But this is why I love her series’ so much because she is so good at getting me emotionally invested in the characters.

Fan girling aside, I really want to say that this book was not what I expected at all. After Queen of Shadows Aelin was heading for Terrasen to rebuild her court and so I was expecting a lot of Aelin being queen in a court and politics. IT WAS NOT. And I think that’s why I love these books because I never expect what is going to happen next. Instead, very early on Aelin is told that the lords that manage Terrasen do not want a nineteen year old girl that abandoned them once already to be their queen. She is told to go build an army and maybe then they will consider her.

This book becomes another one of Aelins adventures. She travels across the continent to gather her army and stop Erawen. She sends messages in bright, sarcastic and snarky Aelin / Celeana ways. We see characters from the Assassins Blade stories, like Rolfe and Ansel. It feels so good to meet those characters again and see how the fact magic is now back in the world effects them.

But there is an underlying tale to all of this which many of the characters, such as Aedion bring up. Aelin is the Queen Who Was Promised. She is a legend in the making and she has so many powerful people behind her, like Rowan who wields ice and wind and Dorian Hallivard who has raw magic. It was as if their coming was foretold and stories will be told for hundreds of years in Erilea after them I imagine and I liked that explanation of why they are so powerful.

This is truly an epic fantasy read and if the 684 pages are scaring you I do recommend to just jumping in. It was a great read, but waiting a whole year for the next book will be hard. I just hope everyone gets the ending they deserve / need.

(This was a rather fan-girlish review! But I just love the series so much and it has not disappointed me yet.)