Friday, 26 February 2016

Half Bad by Sally Green

At the beginning of the story sixteen year old Nathan is locked up in a cage and he is being trained to be a killer. The story is set in England where there are white witches and black witches, the white ones are supposed to be good and the black witches are evil and wicked. Nathan is half white and half black and his dad just happens to be the most evil of all of the evil black witches.
Poor Nathan is the outsider in his own family because he is different. His two sisters and one brother are pure white witches and they will receive their gifts when they reach 17. Nathan however is not sure if he will receive his gifts because his dad is evil and missing and his mother has died.
The book is properly set in England and Wales and the countryside is beautifully described. I enjoyed this because I am from England and it was nice to read about places I have visited myself.

We soon realise that Nathan isn't nearly as bad as the white witch council would have us and him believe and in fact lots of the witches who are supposed to be good are not a all. Younger Nathan learns to adapt to a home life where he isn't included by his entire family which must be a very lonely situation to be in. Caged Nathan learns to find the positive things in the tasks his prison guard sets for him be it hundreds of push ups or fighting, he tries to keep a positive attitude throughout the whole book.
The book was surprisingly fast paced. The story was filled with action from the beginning to the end. Before starting Half Bad I had just finished Born Wicked which is another witchy book by a different author but after that I had decided that I did not like books about witches. Half Bad changed my mind completely because it was not just a book about witches but instead it was about a boy who finds himself and the complications with good and evil.
The story is a little complicated at times and there are a lot of characters to get interested in. Overall the book is not Half Bad - Excuse the pun.
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


This is the story of Cate and her two younger sisters whose mother died a few years earlier without being able to teach the girls what they needed o know in a time that is potentially deadly for the three. The land is controlled by a group of men who call themselves the Brothers, they hate witches and imprison or kill any girl that is a bit strange or that they think might possibly be a witch.
What I did not like!
The love interest - or at least one of them. I liked the relationship between Finn and Cate because it seemed like they had some chemistry but the romance blossomed really speedily and I don't like when authors do that because it is hard to get behind the couple. The whole thing with Paul felt a bit forced from the moment the reunited, he seemed like a snake to me and so the appeal was completely lost.
Lack of Action - other than a lot of Cate's bitching at her sisters and whoever else might be in her way and maybe two or three magic spells there is no action all. and the book is 330 pages long!
Cate - She was pretty dull. I think that Tess would have made a much better main character because other than being bossy Cate didn't have much about her.
Lack of Magic - for a book about witches there is almost no magic at all. I get that them being witches is a secret but surely they would at least practise what they know. Maybe more magic would have made the story more exciting.
What I did like!
Girl Power - I loved the sisters together thing that was going on and how the girls were not pretty little wall flowers.
I loved the writing style, the story flowed really nicely and that's what kept me going with the story.
The Brothers and the sisterhood seemed like it was going somewhere really interesting and maybe it does in the follow up books. I liked the inner battle that Cate went through nearing the end of the book because of the pressure that she and her mother put on herself.
The cover is stunning!!
I neither loved nor hated this story. It was one of my first efforts at reading anything even remotely from a previous era and it has made me curious of what else there is out there for me in this genre.
I would be interested in reading more by Jessica Spotwood because even though I have not loved this story I did find her writing style easy to follow and comfortable to get into.
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

16131484How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I eagerly ordered the second book in the 5th wave series as soon as I finished the first book because I loved it so much and much to my excitement the infinite sea did not disappoint. 

The first book was full of suspense and mystery and this book didn't have that but what it did have was more. There was much more insight into different characters, more aliens, more locations and more perspectives.

The gang have found it difficult to know who they an and cannot trust and this continues into the infinite sea. In the first book we read from mostly Cassie's and Evans POV but in the second book we get lots f different points of view including a little bit from poundcake which was amazing. I was interested in the Cassie and Evan romance going into this book and coming out of it I am interested in all of the different characters that Yancey has made me feel for. I hated Ringer in the first book but she really came into her own in this instalment. I loved that there wasn't one main character but there were several main characters because it is important to the story and helps with the connection.

I can't wait for the next part of the book to come out. I also need to see the movie but books to movies kind of scare me in case I hate it.

I don't want to say too much in case i accidentally spoil anything for anyone but read it!!!!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Partials by Dan Wells

12476820I had this book on my TBR list for ages so I took the plunge and picked it up. 

I liked the sciencey stuff that was going on and I felt that the reason for the end of life as we know it was more believable than a lot of other YA dystopia's.
So here is what happened, 11 years ago a virus killed a lot of people and it also made humans unable to produce babies that survived more than 56 hours old. Our main girl Kira works with the newborn babies and decides enough is when her friend gets pregnant. On top of all of that the guys in charge are forcing people to get pregnant.

I thought the world building was great. I believed the surroundings and the reason for all of the actions.

Kira was great,she kept the story going and she was willing to give up everything to save the world. I couldn't help but like her and want her to win. 
Kira has a boyfriend but it doesn't take over the plot and I found this refreshing. I think there maybe move lovey dovey stuff in the second book but we will have to wait and see how that goes.
Other than Kira I was not really interested in any of the other characters, they were all just ok. I appreciate that there were a lot of supporting characters and that they were all trying to be interesting but I think that's where the story failed for me because I didn't connect to any of them.

There is an awful lot going on in this story which was fine. I enjoyed it but when I am looking back on my reads at the end of the year am I going to remember this one? Not at all. 

In all It wasn't bad it wasn't good. It just was

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Em x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom's haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

I listened to this book through and it was the first full audio book that I have tried, I listened to it on the way too and from work in small chunks and I like that I can listen to a book while driving. The speaker for this audio book was a little bit odd I must admit and some of the accents she used were a little distracting but over all I am a fan of audio books.

Now down to the story.......

The plot was a little slow to start off with but I did find that it picked up about half way through.
I liked the world building and enjoyed imagining the lovely scenery. One of my favourite things about the story was that it is not based around a soppy love triangle, in fact there is little to no swooning at all. Although I hope that something does develop with Penn and Kelsea. 

The story was based around young Kelsea who finds out at the beginning of the story that she is destined to be the queen of the Tearling. I liked Kelsea because she seemed to realise pretty early on that she was going to have to be strong and brave to get through the journey and if she couldn't be brave then she needed to fake it. I also liked that Kelsea wasn't a beautiful princessy kind of girl she was a bit plain Jane.

I think that all of the characters were interesting in their own individual way and it made the main characters really memorable.

So considering that I didn't think I would like this story and that the lady reading had funny voices I was pleasantly surprised.

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Em x