Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I was planning to do one big post on the whole series but I then realised that, that would be incredibly long. Instead I am going to do one general post on the whole series then go into each book and discuss it briefly. The individual book posts will not be a review as such but more of a discussion.

*Most likely will contain spoilers if you have not read the WHOLE series*


Male Character: Duh Jace who else would you pick??? I don't even need to justify this really.

Female Character: Isabelle. Even though she isn't the main female character I really like her more so than Clary because Clary bugged me. I mean Clary constantly put everyone in danger and was thoughtless a lot of the time. Don't get me wrong I still love her to pieces but not as much as Isabelle. Isabelle is funny and kick ass and I love how she constantly wears heels and sexy dresses even when fighting and how her weapon is the whip. She is just fabulous!

Couple: Obviously Clary and Jace they are just perfect together but I would not mind stealing Jace for myself. Other than the obvious I really like Magnus and Alec together and Simon and Isabelle.

Minor Character: I love Luke! He is so lovely and is the main father figure in the whole book to everyone! Not just Clary but Simon and all of the kids in his pack even Jace at times! I also really like Simon because he's Simon. And Magnus because honestly Magnus is just fabulous in everything he does.

Book: City of Glass. I flew through this book also I didn't pause to make notes on it like I did with all the other books and I literally read it in one sitting! Which proves how much I loved it because I rarely read a whole book in one sitting!


General Thoughts:

I love this series so so so much it's amazing! The twists and turns are so unexpected and the books are hilarious! I am not joking I have laughed out loud on the bus like a crazy person as a result of these books! I love the world and the story. I love the characters, I love everything about this series. Did I mention I loved the series?

Movie Thoughts:

   The film was good before I read the books but looking back on the film, it was awful! They left out so much and whilst I agree there wasn't a lot that happened in the first book due to the fact it was mostly world building but seriously. Also it gave away the biggest twist in the whole series! I am sure Cassandra Clare would have been furious I would have been! Hell I was I went into the books knowing the biggest twist of the whole thing, all be it I was slightly glad because if I hadn't of known in the second or third book I would have been so grossed out! But, I still think it took away something from my over all experience of the series.Also they just made up the second half of the film I mean why did Clary keep the cup? That means the rest of the story cannot pan out the way it did in the books because guess what Valentine needed the cup for the rest of the story to happen.
   Also they have confirmed City of Ashes, I am both happy yet terrified! I know they will do the same thing to this film as they did to the last. Maybe I've just been spoiled so much book to film wise I forgot what a generic book to film was like. I mean The Hunger Games was amazing transferred as was Perks of Being a Wallflower so clearly I forgot the reasoning why I panic when I here books are being turned to films. Clearly I forgot how the film ruined my love of Twilight. But alas Hollywood needs to steal good ideas and ruin them.

Sorry went off on a rant at the end but the message before was clear. Hope you liked it and look out for the single book discussions.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

My Alligiant Struggle

Unless you are living under a rock you are probably aware that the last book in the divergent series came out on Tuesday. No I have not read it so don't spoil it for me!!!!

I have been banished from the internet bar a few little places that are still safe as everyone is talking about the book. I know it is supposed to be sad and the ending is supposed to be something else. I have to leave where ever it is I am before I find out exactly whether or not it is a happy or sad ending.

Also I am getting the box set of the series for Christmas so I do not want to go and buy the book now also I have no money. I did consider getting it on my kindle but it is just as expensive if not more than it would be buying the book. So I am sad because my library won't have it on stock because it's a new book and my library quite frankly is not up to much.

So let me know if any of you are sharing my struggle.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Book Haul

So I've been buying books left right and centre lately so I wanted to tell you all what I got. Also I managed to get a load of free books on my kindle I will leave a link to these books but I don't know if they will still be free but they were when I bought them, I'll only link the books that are still free.

If you want to know how I found these free kindle books I did two things; I typed "free kindle books" into amazon and waited to see what came up and I also looked at the Good Reads discussion "Who doesn't like free books?" (Here's the link for that)

Free Kindle Books:

  1. When You Come To Me by Jade Alyse
  2. Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd
  3. Just a Little Series by Tracie Puckett
  4. Significance by Shelly Crane
  5. Cursed by Tara Brown
  6. Promise You Won't Tell by John Locke
  7. A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott
  8. The Soulkeepers by G. P. Ching

Other Books:

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  2. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  3. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

Those were the books I've bought over the past week or so just to let you know and also let me know if you find any good free kindle books!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Book Excitement- New Release Ramble

Ok so short post because guess what I have just found:

^The cover for the last installment of the Book Boyfriend series^

But wait there's more......:

"After a series of catastrophic misunderstandings and impulsively poor decision-making, Scarlett MacGregor finds herself once again torn between two loves, as different as they may be. Lacking proper closure with their relationship, accompanied by the overwhelming guilt for her role in his devastating downfall, Scarlett resolves to help Mason recover and reclaim his life as a budding rock star. However, now that he has finally claimed her as his, Ash Walker is bound and determined to keep her by his side, and he will go to any lengths necessary to do just that.

Mason Templeton has hit rock bottom. He’s in love with a girl whose heart and soul belong to another and he’s partied his way off of an international music tour that was supposed to be his big break. Returning home for rehab sounds like the worst possible way to start a new year, but when an unexpected friendship emerges, he begins to realize that maybe everything does happen for a reason.

Euphoria is the third and final installment of Scarlett, Ash, and Mason’s self-discovering journeys to happiness and understanding the meaning of true love ~ the kind that begs for complete surrender."

^The blurb too!!!!!!^

 Ok firstly that's Mason on the cover.... What does that mean????? Is he who she'll end up with? Then the blurb! Is there going to be another love interest for Mason I mean how will Scarlett take that. What's going to happen with Ash? WHO WILL SHE END UP WITH???????!!!!!!!! 
  The release date has also been pushed back to December apparently so yay more time for me to have a nervous breakdown caused by this book. If you can't already tell I am super excited for this book mainly because this is one of the few love triangles I've read that I genuinely don't know who she'll end up with! On one hand I want it to be Ash because of their friendship in the first book and their relationship at the end of the last book and the fact that she's his butterfly. However, I also want her to end up with Mason because he really fought for her and got so torn up when she left him and she's his angel! She saved him and it's all so adorable.

   I am aware this is the first post I have written on this series so you may not understand the series or my love for it so I suggest that you read it before the last one comes out. I will write a post like I did for the Wanted series but if you want a whole post on each book let me know asap. 

FYI the first book is called Metamorphosis and the second is called Ambrosia. 

I'll talk to you all soon. I apologize for the ramble-y ness of this post but if you can't tell I'm quite excited.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Brief Reviews

So you may have noticed that I am very behind when it comes to reviewing books especially if you've been following my Goodreads account. Honestly I kept remembering to review a book half way through a different book, but fear not I am going to give my opinions on these books. I thought it would be better to write one slightly longer post and get myself up to speed quickly rather than write four short posts over a week or so. Lets get started.

*P.S there may be some minor spoilers because I read these books a while ago and I am not to sure of where scenes came in a book. Just be aware of this before reading these reviews because I wouldn't want anyone to be spoiled.*

1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leithan

I hate to say it but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I had read one of David Levithan's books before this and heard so much about John Green so I was expecting amazing things from this book but I only found it ok. The main reason I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would was because I really really did not like the second Will Grayson (WG2 for further reference) I found him very rude and mean and selfish and honestly just an unlikable character. I understand why he is like that from reading the book but I still just couldn't warm to him. However, I did prefer the first Will Grayson (WG1) to WG2 but I still found both of them hard characters to warm to in the beginning of the book. The character that kept me reading the book was Tiny! I love Tiny so much he was by far my favourite character and lifted the book from and being an average 3 stars up to a 4 star book. I read the interview part at the very back of the book and found out John Green wrote WG1 and David Levithan wrote WG2 in case anyone was wondering. I would recommend this book however only if you have read at least one book by each author before hand. This in my opinion was not a good book to use as an introduction to John Green and was not as good as the previous book I read by David Levithan. I think it is safe to say this book was not the best work of either of these fantastic authors.

2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

In contrast to Will Grayson, Will Grayson this would be a fantastic book to introduce the fantastic writing style of the wonderful John Green. I loved this book so so much, honestly I am glad this is a quick review because if I had wrote a long review of this book it would quickly turn into a love letter to a book! This book had me laughing from start to finish I just loved it. I also loved the little added bits of information at the bottom of some of the pages, hell I even read the section just on Colin's formula at the back I loved it so much. I loved Hassan and Colin but especially Hassan. Why do I love John Green's secondary characters better than the protagonists? Honestly just a fabulous book definitely 5 stars!

3. Girl With a Guitar by Caisey Quinn

I read this book ages ago so excuse the lack of memory on my part. I remember really liking this book although I found the male protagonist a bit of an ass apart from when he was with his sisters. I don't remember what happened but I remember thinking that he was being overly harsh on Kylie. Obviously this book is set in the south of America and is all about country music so I obviously loved that aspect, and the fact that the male protagonist was an all american country singer made up for his faults. Basically good book 3.5-4 stars (only because I can't remember enough of it to warrant any higher)

4+5 City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I am loving these books I'm reading City of Glass at the moment and I am flying through this series. Because I am reading this series so quickly I will not be able to keep up with the reviews. Sooooo I am just going to say right now that I am loving this series so much! I am planning on doing one long post on the whole series, similar to my Wanted Series post; on that I will discuss favourite characters, favourite book, favourite cover and other fun stuff like that. So look out for that.

That's me pretty much back up to date so as I said look out for The Mortal Instruments post and have a good day :).

Monday, 7 October 2013

Banned Books

Is it just me or are you hearing more and more about banned books and opinions etc. everywhere! I know I missed banned books week but I thought I'd through in my two cents on the subject anyway.

Firstly here is a list of books I am personally find ludicrous:

  1. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  3. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison 
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling
  5. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  9. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  10. Charlotte's Web by E.B White

^And that's only to name a few!

   Firstly I don't agree with the idea of banning books. I don't think people should be restricted to what they are able to read, especially when it's for reasons like "it included the word black in the title" (reason why Black Beauty was banned in South Africa during the apartheid) or it included "racial content, profanity, and references to rape" (reason why To Kill a Mockingbird was banned) in my mind these are not valid reasons to ban books.
   Secondly I think the whole idea of banning books is flawed. Surely if you don't people to read about a certain topic then surely banning a book and making it the forbidden fruit won't help, surely that will only make people want to read the book even more.
   Then the actual books they ban are insane! I mean To Kill a Mockingbird is a book I studied at school (which was a religious school I might add)it is a classic piece of literature that I feel is in so many lists of books you have to read and is honestly one of the few books I read in school that I really enjoyed. The same goes for The Catcher in the the Rye and Of Mice and Men also. And may I just say Charlotte's Web should never be banned because it is a book I grew up with and that I read at a very young age and found nothing wrong with it and I cannot for the life of me see a reason to ban this book.
   Lastly to finish the rant I think there is a far better solution then banning books. I understand why people may want books such as Perks of Being a Wallflower, 13 Reasons Why and Fifty Shades of Grey to be banned because I admit the content of these books is more mature and can contain scenes that may upset some people such as suicide, drugs, explicit sex etc. I understand this because I personally wouldn't want my 10 year old sisters reading any of these books right now as the content is not appropriate for them but in saying that I think there is a simple solution that is not as drastic as banning the books completely. I think that books should be clearly sectioned and labeled explicitly saying that the book contains scenes such as... so that no one goes into the book unaware that it contains... But for those people who want books banned because they "support homosexuality" or "don't support racism" I am not even going to comment because that will cause a whole other rant!

Share your view on Book Banning.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

Again another tag. I really enjoyed doing the last one plus I've been watching a lot of them on youtube. I don't know where this tag was originly done but I watched it on Katytastic's channel (Click Here to watch that). On with the questions!

Greed- What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

Inexpensive- I not counting kindle book (because half of the kindle books I own are under £1) I will hae to go with "Bridgit Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding" and "True Believer by Nicholas Sparks". Both of which I got at a car boot sale for like 50p

Expensive- Honestly I don't know because most of the books I own are paperback with range from generally £4-£6 so I am going to have to go with a book I got as a gift even though it's cheating and I don't know how much it actually was but I am going with my "Roald  Dahl Treasury" it's a pretty big hardback that at a guess I'd say was £12-£15

Wrath-What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I don't know..... You can tell I've gave this tag a lot of thought :). Maybe Jacqueline Wilson because on one hand I grew up reading her books and at one point I had read every book she had ever written so I love her because of that. However, I hate that now that I'm older I pick up some of her books and can't help but roll my eyes in parts because I've just almost out grown them which I absolutely hate and I would love for her to write Y/A books or even more middle grade books.

Gluttony- What book have you deliciously devoured over and over again, with no remorse whatsoever?

Easy "The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky". I have read that book about 6 or 7 times and seen them film after I re read the book each time I love it! One book I have read over and over that I have a little bit of shame of now is "Twilight" and "Breaking Dawn". Both books I read twice before the films and I would read the whole series again before each fine and I will admit "Twilight" and "Breaking Dawn" I have read about 8 times.

Sloth- What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

That would be 2 box set's I have: "Shakespeare's best works" and "Oxford's Children's Classics". I just look at the books in both sets and think I could read you now or I could go on amazon and order books that I'll get in 3 days. Then I always do the latter. These books will be read but just not anytime soon.

Pride- What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

"Of Mice and Men" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" because I loved both of these books in school and watched videos where people analyse them. So because I have studied these books in great depth I can have a reasonably intelligent in depth discussion on both of these.

Lust- What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

For male characters humour mainly especially sarcasm also intelligence but I will admit any Southern American man will fit whether he has these characteristics or not. For female characters again humour but also a girl who is strong and independent.

Envy- What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

The only books I probably wouldn't buy for myself but would like would be either collector's editions of books I already own or old antique poetry books or fairy tales because I see photos of them all the time on tumblr and go all "Oh me gurd.... BOOKGASM" But I would probably never actually by them for myself.

That is it I hope you enjoyed it and send me other tags you want me to do because I love doing them. Have a nice day I'll talk to you later.