Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bloodlines

TitleBloodlines 
AuthorRichelle Mead 
SeriesBloodlines #1
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy 
Pages: 448 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published Date: 25 August 2011
Edition: Paper / Ebook 
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SYDNEY PROTECTS VAMPIRE SECRETS - AND HUMAN LIVES.

Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires. 

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding.  Now Sydney must act as her protector.  

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires.  And now she has to live with one... 

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Review 

This is a spin off series of Vampire Academy; anyone who loved it will love this series of books. 

I am not going to pretend and say I loved it from the very beginning like the Vampire Academy series. It did take me some time to get into this book. But I think that was more due to the fact I was too hooked on the lives of Rose and Dimitri, and just wanted to read about them. But once I gave the book a chance I started to love it and got just as excited to find out what would happen next. 

I like how we find out what happens to Adrain, Eddie, Sydney and Jill because at the end of the Vampire Academy series they just disappear without hearing much from them which, disappointed me. I wanted to know and this book just voiced it all. 

I was so happy Richelle Mead decided to narrate this series from Sydney’s point of view.  We were introduced to her in Blood Promise and I loved how different she was from the other characters. 

Sydney is very stuck in her ways, she is loyal to her secret society but she is also loyal to those she feels who are worthy.  Sydney has a big heart, very intelligent and just wants to help everyone.  This is what I love about her; she is a very caring person. 

Adrian to me is a person who is starting to grow on me.  I don’t love his character compared to the others.  I have been wary of him since we were first introduced to him in the Vampire Academy series.  He is so different from everyone else with his cheeky humour and non-serious attitude towards most things. He is one of these boys who is full of himself. But after finishing this book I think I may have not given Adrian a chance.  He show's us this unstable side which let's us know his more vulnerable and emotional side of him.  I think Mr Adrian Ivashkov has more to show and I think in Bloodlines he is going to get his chance to shine. 

As I mentioned previously this is a spin off series of the Vampire Academy series. I am not sure if it would be understandable if you haven’t read the Vampire Academy series. Most things are explained in detail but I think to understand it completely, I would recommend reading the Vampire Academy series first.  It is an awesome series. 

I can’t explain how good bloodline is. The only word I can think to use is completely brilliant.  Might I even say better than the Vampire Academy series. I couldn't set the book down, each chapter always ended in a cliff hanger I needed to read on to find out more.  I remembered myself saying over and over again, “I will stop reading after this chapter” it never happened.  

After the ending of this book which left me shocked, I couldn't actually believe what happened. I highly recommend this book to everybody.  I actually didn't even know it existed until I accidentally came across it in a book shop. I can’t wait to read Golden Lilly, book 2 of bloodlines. 

Selina x

Monday, 18 May 2015

Liebster Award


    Thanks so much Diaries of A Book Lover for nominating me for the Liebster Award.   

    Rules

    • Link back to the person that nominated you
    • Give 11 random facts about yourself
    • Answer 11 questions from your nominator
    • Nominate 11 new and obscure bloggers
    • Come up with 11 questions for them to answer
    • Inform your nominees


    Random Facts About Me

    1.     I live in Ireland
    2.     I love ice-cream and make it my mission when I am on holidays to eat one a day.  
    3.     I am a tea-a-holic
    4.     I will write down my thoughts on a book while reading it
    5.     I am scared of the dark
    6.     I constantly updating my reading progress on Goodreads for each book
    7.     I love Minnie Mouse 
    8.     I name most animals I see
    9.     My FiancĂ© and I go on very adventurous holidays
    10. Recently graduated with a degree in Technology Management
    11. Always wanted to be a librarian 

    Questions From My Nominator 

    1. A popular author you have not read books by?

    Cassandra Clara.  I have been meaning to read The Mortal Instruments as a long time now but haven't got around to it yet. 

    2. If you could have a box set of any 6 books what would they be?(Can be any book)

    1.     Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
    2.     The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
    3.     Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    4.     Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
    5.     Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day 
    6.     Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

    3. Favourite genre of music?

    I don't really have a favourite genre of music. I listen to everything and anything. 

    4. Would you like to be an author?

    I have always thought about being an author. But I don't have a great imagination to write a book.  

    5. A strong female character in a TV show that you like?

    Kate Beckett from Castle. She is tough, smart and highly motivated. She is brilliant.  

    6. Biggest physical book pet peeve?

    When someone turns down the corners of a page to bookmark where they are.  It's like, that is what a bookmark is for, buy one. 

    7. Favourite place to buy books?

    Waterstones. I just love that shop, every time I go into the shop I get all excited. I could spend hours browsing all the different shelves of books and always seem to spend a lot of money.  

    8. What are two people that you ship not from the same book?

    Oh, this is a very tricky question which am not sure I can answer. 

    9. Skydiving or bungee jumping?

    I am scared of heights so think bungee jumping is the safer one out of the two to choose.  

    10. What is your opinion on libraries

    They are brilliant. They make reading available to absolutely everyone with such a wide variety to choose from.

    11. Favourite TV show couple?

    Richard Castle and Kate Beckett or Mr and Mrs Castle now.

    Bloggers I Nominate

    2.     Olivia Catastrophe
    3.     BookKitty
    4.     A GREAT Read
    8.     Bookishly Devoted
    9.     The Book of Jules

    Questions For My Nominatees

    1.     What is the first book you can remember reading? 
    2.     Which do you prefer; EBook, Hardcover or Softcover? 
    3.     Do you read more than one book at a time? If 'Yes' how many? 
    4.     Do you prefer a Standalone or a Series? 
    5.     Who is your favourite author(s)? 
    6.     Do you have a favourite Standalone or Series? 
    7.     Coffee or Tea? 
    8.     Is there a Standalone or Series you really wanted to like but could not? 
    9.     What is your dream career? 
    10.  What was the last book you read? 
    11.   Night out or a night in cuddled up with a good book?

    Selina x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Allegiant


Title: Allegiant  
Author: Veronica Roth 
Series: Divergent #3
GenresYoung Adult, Science Fiction,
              Utopian and Dystopia fiction
Pages: 554 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Date: Published: 2nd January 2014
Edition: Paperback / Ebook
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.  

But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. 
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Review 

No, just, no. I do not understand what Veronica Roth was thinking when writing this book. Is it possible to give negative stars on a rating because this book would definitely get it. 

When I first started reading Allegiant I had high hopes. I couldn't with stand my excitement after divergent and the epic conclusion to Insurgent. But after the first few chapters my excitement turned into disappointment. It’s like she fell out of love with the series and just wanted it to end.

I hate having to write a bad review for a series which has just captivated me from the beginning. It was one of the best series’ I have read, it was just so different. Then along came Allegiant and ruined the full story, you can probably guess I am very angry. 

Don’t get me wrong the book has its moments of being ok, I don’t even think I can bring myself to say the word, “good”. Allegiant was not what I was expecting; maybe that’s why I feel so let down by it. I remember reading this blog post Veronica Roth wrote about Harry Potter. She stated that she wanted Harry Potter to be killed off because, “it would have showed the greatest act of sacrifice and love”. Am sorry but I have no idea what her deal is with thinking like that and killing people off. Getting yourself killed doesn't show real sacrifice, its nothings because in the end no one is ever truly happy. There are so many other routes to take especially when Allegiant was heading down a completely opposite path than that.

I understand why certain events had to happen. It was like in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, I actually thought she had lost the plot with the storyline she was taken, but she managed to turn such a dramatic event around. I was waiting for Veronica Roth to do the same but oh no, she just made the storyline worse, which I didn't think was possible.

I just cried for the last quarter of Allegiant. The relationship which I loved between Tris and Four was ruined. For the whole book they were so up and down, I just got so very confused with where they stood with one another. Their relationship was actually beginning to annoy me because they just didn't get on with it. I thought there would have been more of an intense relationship between them but I was proved very wrong. The story between them felt pointless just like the rest of the book. Veronica Roth made the storyline so unrealistic it just no longer made sense. Every characters traits and their personalities just seemed to change, nobody acted like they did in the first two books. Even in the real world people change but not by that much. 

I was expecting this big bad world outside of the city where everyone would be tested to their limits. But it just became this science experiment, which I struggled to understand, a love triangle with some other stuff thrown in to make one big pointless load of rubbish.

I just wanted the book to go back to how it was with all the factions. I was really looking forward to watching Insurgent in the cinema and reading the book on Four but now, I really don’t care about any of that. I have moved on from this series.

Once I finished the book, which was a struggle, I was left feeling empty, confused and frustrated; I just did not understand it. The only reason why I continued on reading this book to the end was, I wanted to know how it would end. I believed it could not get any worse, I had hope but all hope was thrown on to the ground and walked over, it was a waste of my time. Allegiant just annoyed me from the beginning. I am sure my family and friends became really annoyed with me from the amount of times I said, “This book it’s awful, boring and just stupid”. 

My advice would be, do not waste your time reading Allegiant, read Divergent and Insurgent then make up your own story of how it should end. She should be relisted as; #1 New York Times worst author.
Selina x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Insurgent

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
              Utopian and Dystopia Fiction
Pages: 525 pages
PublisherHarperCollins 
Date Published: 21st November 2013
Edition: Paperback / Ebook
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One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. Tris Prior's initiation day should have been marked by celebration; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.  

In times of war sides must be chosen and secrets will emerge. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence - even though she stands to lose everything... 
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Review

Divergent was good but make way for Insurgent, talk about ‘Shock Alert’. I must admit divergent is a better title than Insurgent. But, never let the title prevent you from reading the book, and that goes for any book. 
  
Insurgent was so up and down and I don’t mean bad and good I mean with the amount of action and surprises. It will have you on the edge of your seat. It begins where divergent ended. Everyone within the city is trying to cope with the aftermaths of their actions. They are having to come face to face with the next part of their journey. You will not be disappointed of what comes next. There is a lot of danger and hard choices to make. It is thrilling from beginning to end.

I loved the relationship between Tris and Four in this book; however I do think Beatrice and Tobias sounds so much better. Their relationship is tested to it's limits with the secrets they hide from one another and the battles they face apart. But, no matter what they face and the further they seem from each other, you can always see how much they care and mean to each other. They would do anything to protect one another. Could this mean they even love each other?

Tris and Four change so much in character. The shy quiet girl we knew Tris for in Divergent develops into a secretive, heroine who battles through everything and anything to protect the people she loves and cares about. Tris also has her parents on her mind through every decision she makes, she wants them to be proud of her.   

Oh, Tobias, the holy word of all that is drop dead sexy. He has captivated me with his secretive, loving side he shows strongly to Tris and how he calls her, on her recklessness’s and never gives up on her. I love them both as individual characters. But together they could take over the world. I absolutely adore them as a couple; they have such passion and drive for one another.     

Tris and Four are not the only characters that change so much. Character's you thought you knew will completely surprise you with the paths and actions they take. Some for good and some for the worst. You will never see it coming.  

I absolutely loved this book from the minute I started reading it. I just couldn't put it down. Insurgent was an Epic continuous of Divergent. It answered so many questions I had in mind after finishing Divergent. But the ending I never saw coming. It just blew the door wide open for a massive question I have. Words cannot describe how good Insurgent is, I can’t wait to read Allegiant. How will it all end. 


Selina x