Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Diviners #2

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Title:  Lair of Dreams
Author: Libba Bray
Published: 25th August 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.


I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

Okay first of all, I did not realise this book is 600 pages. Blimey! No wonder it felt I was going through mud to finish this book. I have not finish a book like this since the Twilight Series!

This book would have probably been to understand if I had read the first book, but since I didn't I read it anyways.

So at first I had no idea this is part of the series and I had no idea what was going on, but luckily this book was a continuation from the first book, however the predominant characters were Ling and Henry. I immediately fell in love with Ling's character, I felt sorry for her too. I wanted to know what was wrong with her legs that she had to wear braces? I didn't find out until 1/4 of the book that she had infantile paralysis and that she could never walk again. It is no brainer to know why she loved to dream walk so much.

Henry on the other hand was searching for his lost love, Louis. They get separated thanks to the restrict ideologies his family have, mainly his father since the mother is shown to have lost her sanity (atleast that is why I gathered unless I am wrong). I really liked his friendship with Ling!

And Evie? I found her annoying after a while, she clearly had feelings for Jericho but was not acting upon it because of Mable. I did love it when she was with Sam, if it does not work out with Evie and Jericho I would love to pair Sam and Evie together! :)

I loved Sam and Jericho, both of these boys were clearly conflicted when it came to Evie. Sam just wanted to find out what happened to his mother, not realsing that Project Buffalo would soon involve all of these characters.

How can I forget Theta and Memphis? What an adorable couple! I was a bit disturbed by how Memphis was made to feel by how he looks, I can't say I liked that! :(. Memphis better realise what Billy is up to and save his brother, he seems like a creep to me! Yikes!

It was interesting to see how these characters were brought together in the second part, whilst in the first part it was just individual's tale.  

A Thousand Nights

                                                                             
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Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K Jhonston
Published: 6th October 2015
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister's place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin's court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.


I received this book in an exchange for an honest review

This book was quite hard to comprehend as the characters had no names, can you believe that? A book with no names? Yep, you heard that right!
You have no response right? I was exactly the same, I had to pick up my mouth from the floor and read the book which was hard to do at first but it was alright after the end. I have to say although the book was very quirky in that regard, I enjoyed it very much! (no hate please! Joke)

This book is basically about Lo-Melkhiin choosing so many brides (who die after their first night) that they had to outlaw it,and for him to choose a bride from each village. This begins with Lo-Melkhiin choosing a bride from the main character's village (getting a bit difficult to explain without names, I retract my statement!). But she knows her sister will be chosen as she is described to be this beautiful woman that man has ever laid his eyes upon. In order to save her sister, she sacrifices her self and tells her sister to make a shrine for her. The first night comes, Lo-Melkhiin asks her about why she is not afraid and why she sacrificed herself to which he is very amused. So the tale begins and each night turns to a thousand nights she survives, with a turn of twist she seems to be gaining magic. The story then revolves around how she uses the magic that she gains to save everyone.

[ Spoiler alert: Lo-Melkhiin does not behave the way he is, it is because he is possessed. By what you wonder? No idea since the author did name it. 

Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone

                                                                  

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Title: Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick and Paul Tobin
Published: 3rd November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Book of Ivy #2


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Title: The Revolution of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel
Published: 3rd November 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis:

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for




I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to YA Book tours

WOAAAHHHH!!!!! OHMYWORD!!! This book was amazing, I loved it so much!

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This book picks off exactly where it left off, I have to say I was devastated with the ending in the first book and this book is so much worse! I can't get over the horror and enormity of what happens to Ivy out of my head.

Ivy is a truly remarkable character in this, her tenacity and willingness to survive is something we can all reflect from. I love her so much! 
Oh and Bishop! The way that both of them meet is sooooo romantic and at the same time heartfelt, bitter-sweet is how I would explain it. Bishop is sooo hot! ;)



Mark takes a very surprise comeback in the plot, I am finally happy that he ends up dying that too by Bishop. Yay Bishop!

But honestly, seeing and reading the way Bishop and Ivy work on themselves and their relationship is truly inspiring. It is even more difficult for them to reconcile after the events of the first book, but they get an unexpected family in the form of Ash and Caleb. I really loved both of these new characters, they added more spice to the story and made it more enjoyable reading.


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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

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Title: Life And Other Near-Death Experiences
Author: Camille Pagan
Published: 1st November 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes
Synopsis
Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?


From critically acclaimed author Camille Pag├ín comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.
I got this book in an exchange for an honest review

Feels like forever since I wrote the review :O, the review right...

Whoah! This book was unbelievable, I feel like I came off the rollercoaster!
SPOILER ALERT!!!! If your planning on reading this book make sure you carry a pack of tissues with you, your deffo going to need them!

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Libby is a very vivacious character, I loved reading her from her perspective, she is a very ideal and strong character. The way the Author has shown her courage, bravery is truly remarkable, I think there are very few people like that in this world. She truly was a lovable character. 

I absolutely adored her twin, Paul. He was perfect in every way. I fell in love with him. Shiloh? don't even mention him. I was over the moon with him, he was the true essence and definition of perfection. The way he faced his obstacles in his life was spectacular and inspirational, makes me want to try harder and become a better person.

This story was a real eye opener, not just for me but for everyone else too. Time is really precious, we don't really value it or know the essence until it is gone which is normally too late then. A good reminder to live in the present, not worry about the future and take control of what I can and face my fears head on :)

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Author's website:  http://camillenoepagan.com
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