2017 · August · Reviews

Book Review: “Heartless”, by Marissa Meyer

Published in 2016 by Feiwel and Friends | 3.5 feathers

Summary from Goodreads:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Review:

I liked Heartless a lot better than I thought I would. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite classics, and I was wondering whether it would actually live up to the whimsy. And though it did lack some of that whimsy, there were other aspects I think it did really well. It was a nice idea with a background story to the Queen of Hearts, and I liked most of the characters (especially Hatta). I also loved that Cath’s biggest hobby was baking, and that her dream was to open a bakery. There were also instances where Cath’s feeling of being trapped was almost tangible, and I felt with her in those moments.

However, the insta-love is real -.-‘ . It felt very weird that Cath ended up turning her back to Mary Ann when they had been best friends for their entire lives, only to become this crazy, blood-thirsty, “off with their heads”–queen because of Jest who she only just met. That’s what made me pull down the rating. I did give it 4 stars on Goodreads, but in reality, it is closer to a 3.5.

2017 · August · To Read

5 Books I’m Taking with Me on Vacation

Tomorrow, my sister and I are going to Corsica on vacation, so obviously I’m taking some books with me! As I’m still reading Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh, it’s a given among the books I’m bringing with me, so I’m not including it on this list. Instead, here are 5 other books I’m brining on vacation:

  • Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this, and I’m really in the mood to read it at the moment. I love the idea of a book that incorporates fandom as an integral part of the plot, so I’m looking forward to reading this!

  • Everything, Everything, and The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

I got these for my birthday this year, and again, I’ve heard good things! I’m hoping both of these will be as good as they say.

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

I read Anna and the French Kiss two years ago, and it was such a cute, summery read. These seem to be along the same lines, so fingers crossed I’ll like them!

That’s everything for this post – I’m bringing six books for this vacation, and we’ll be away for seven nights, so I’m hoping I’ve brought enough to read ^.^’. Haha, reader problems deluxe😂.

2017 · August · Currently Reading

Currently Reading | August 2017

This month I’m only in the middle of one book, which feels really weird. I finally finished the audiobook of The Wise Man’s Fear, which was 42 hours long and ended up dragging a lot. So now I’m not listening to an audiobook, but I’m thinking about downloading The Lord of the Rings – I tried reading the first book several years ago and found it really dull, but I want to give them another shot and am thinking that it might be easier to listen to it instead.

Anyway, the book I’m currently reading is Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. I’ve literally just started this so I don’t have very much to say at the moment, but I like the idea – it follows the daughter of a samurai who is about to marry the prince, but her convoy is attacked and she goes off to seek revenge on the people who want to kill her. It’s already been a bit bloody, so we’ll see what I end up thinking about it, but so far so good!

That was actually everything I had for today. This was a very short post, but I have a longer one going up later this week, so look forward to that 🙂 .

2017 · August · Reviews

Book Review: “The Wise Man’s Fear”, by Patrick Rothfuss

Published in 2011 by Gollancz | The Kingkille Chronicle, day 2 | Audiobook read by Rupert Degas | 3 feathers

Summary from Goodreads:

“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Review:

This book was such a disappointment. I loved the first book, but The Wise Man’s Fear fell considerably short. Rothfuss spends way too much time describing relatively few large events, which grows tedious in the long run. A third, or even half, of the details and side quests could have been cut out and the book would have benefited from it. It wasn’t interesting enough to read/listen to every tiny little detail.

Rothfuss also puts a lot of trust in the reader, which to some extent is great, because I don’t like when books are over-explanatory or underestimates the reader’s capability to understand the story. Here, however, it goes too far in the other direction. It’s almost directed towards a reader in Kvothe’s world, and consequently assumes that you already know a lot about the world when it would actually have been helpful with a little more explanation. This is especially true when it comes to the legend of Kvothe – it would have been great to know about the legend before going into the backstory. The story thus comes across as inconsistent – it presents too much detail in most parts and too little detail in other parts. Both things make it difficult to see the significance all the events will have for the larger scheme of things.

In the “present-day” chapters, there’s a lot of talk about a war going on, but we don’t get very much detail about it. Also, at the end of this book, Kvothe is still around 16 in the backflashes, which is strange. It feels as if too much has happened to him for him to be that young.

What I did like about The Wise Man’s Fear is Kvothe as a character, because he’s clever and he knows it, but he still does some stupid shit. I also like Bast, because he’s so unpredictable. And I like the “present-day” parts better than the backflashes because that’s where you at least get glimpses of the present Kvothe and some background info about the world.

2016 · August · Reviews

Book Review: “The Unexpected Everything”, by Morgan Matson

Published in 2016 by Simon and Schuster Children’s | Three feathers

*This review contains spoilers*

Summary from Goodreads:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

Review:

I had super high expectations for this one, because I listened to Since You’ve Been Gone on audiobook not that long ago, and I really liked it. So naturally, I thought that I might like this just as much.

However, and I almost feel a little bad about saying this, I found Andie slightly annoying. It started when she had that argument with her father when he grounded her. It was so unfair of him to leave her alone for five years and then suddenly reappear out of nowhere and expect her to accept him back into her life as a father. I get that Andie was upset about that – I really do, I would have been too. It’s just that, to me, she came off as a bit arrogant about the entire situation, as if she could just mutter sorry and have it over with. And that’s what annoyed me. She did forget to send that text, so it’s not as if she was faultless. Also, she was so good at overworking things – like when she broke up with Clark because it “would turn into shit anyway”. Hell yes it will, if that’s your mindset. That also meant that she made some other really stupid decisions, like lying to Toby and Palmer because it would solve itself when they all went off to college. Everyone could see that that wouldn’t happen.
I think that my problem with Andie is that she was a bit double to me – at times she hit a bit too close to home, while I couldn’t relate to her at all at other times.

On the other hand, it felt realistic that the friends actually broke up. It’s horrible that they did, but in most YA literature everything just goes back to normal at the end, as if nothing had happened. Here, it didn’t, which felt refreshing.

I don’t have much more to say. I didn’t like it as much as Since You’ve Been Gone, but I will probably reread Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (since it’s been so long since I read it that I can’t really remember what I thought about it) and check out Second Chance Summer to see what I think about that.

2016 · August · Reviews

Book Review: “The Raven King”, by Maggie Stiefvater

Published in 2016 by Scholastic UK | 3 feathers

Summary from Goodreads:

“Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.”

Review:
*Spoilers ahead*

I was going to write a review on the entire series, but I didn’t take notes while reading the other books, and now I forgot all the details regarding my thoughts on them, so I’ll keep it to this one.

I had high hopes for this, because I enjoyed books #2 and #3 quite a bit. And there were parts that I liked a lot – the language being one of them, the weirdness being another. Also, it was kind of creepy at times, especially concerning Noah. And I liked how close Blue was to her family and how big a part they had in the book.

However, there were parts that I didn’t enjoy as much. Firstly, it was occasionally too confusing, to the point where I didn’t fully understand what was going on. And secondly, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed, mainly because there was no real wrapping up. Stiefvater really showed us what happened to Adam, and she pretty much told us what happened to the rest of the gang. But what about Maura and the other psychics of 300 Fox Way? Or the Grey Man? They were so integral to the story that I wanted to know what happened to them too. And what about Gwen? Did she continue living at 300 Fox Way? This made it kind of obvious that there is going to be a spin-off series about Ronan, and since I knew this while reading The Raven King, it felt as if Stiefvater intentionally left some things unanswered for people to read the spin-off as well. But I wanted answers here and now – this is one series, the Ronan spin-off is another.

I am also kind of disappointed that Glendower was dead when they found him. The entire story had built up towards that moment, and then he was suddenly dead. Like, what was that even? And Gansey didn’t even really die. He was dead for, what, two seconds before they woke him up again?

I really wanted to like this more than I did, but it didn’t really work out for me. So, in the end, I rated it 3 out of 5 feathers.

2016 · August · Book Hauls · Booktube

I started a YouTube channel

 

I’ve been subscribing to people on YouTube for about two years, and I’ve been thinking about starting my own channel for a while – it’s just that I’m much better at putting forward whatever I want to say in writing than in video format/speech, hence the blog. But I decided to give it a go, as a complement to my written blog, so here’s my first video. I’m sorry for potential awkwardness and weird editing ^.^’. I’m not entirely sure what I want to post on there yet, or how frequently. But it’s a start, I guess :).

You can find my channel here. It’s not very interesting at the moment, but I’ll fix that sometime in the near future :).