Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Under the Never Sky

Author- Veronica Rossi
Page count- 374
Publisher- Atom
Publication date- February 7th 2012

Synopsis

Her whole life Aria has known nothing but the digital world of Reverie, exploring any world she can imagine with a single thought. And what lies beyond closed doors has never phased her, what’s real life when you can go from sitting in a saloon to exploring space in the blink of an eye. But when her mother goes missing and Aria is forced to leave the confines of Reverie her chances of survival look slim.
Then Aria meets Perry, an outsider and her only hope for survival. Luckily he is also searching for someone and could use Aria’s help. Together they must put their differences aside as their best hope for answers may lie within each other.

My opinion

Like many others, I heard of this book purely through a spike in the number of people reading it and therefore the number of people talking about it and as I had just finished reading Ignite me and I was very depressed due to the poor quality of the book I was looking for a book to get me out of my funk?? (do people still use that word??) and Under the Never Sky definitely succeeded.

Under the never sky is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which we have two kinds of humans, people who live in the pods (dwellers as they are called) and the outsiders, who being adapted to the harsh realities of the outside world have developed heightened senses.

“She knew how to put one foot in front of the other even when every step hurt. And she knew there was pain in the journey, but there was also great beauty. She'd seen it standing on rooftops and in green eyes and in the smallest, ugliest rock.” 


Veronica Rossi’s portrayal of the characters for me was very realistic and true to the situations they were in and the fast paced nature of the book made it an interesting read. As for the characters, the book is told in dual points of view, Aria and Perry’s.  Aria I found was a very strong minded character who I warmed to very early on. Likewise Perry’s character was easy to fall in Love with too, being physically strong but also very emotional and at times quite a vulnerable character. The romance between the two was gradual and followed the natural flow of the story, it didn't feel rushed or forced and ultimately what I loved most was these two very clear focused characters were not prepared to end it all in love; they have specific goals which they recognise that they have to achieve first before they can commit themselves to each other.



                                                              Rating: 7.8/10


Monday, 20 July 2015

Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood

Author- Kendare Blake 
page count- 316 
publisher- Tom Doherty
Publication Date- October 17th 2011

Synopsis 

Cas Lowood is your typical teenage guy, lives with his mum and spirit sensing cat, travelling across the country, hunting dead people and ultimately searching for the spirit that killed his father… completely normal right?
Now Cas arrives in Ontario in search of Anna, Anna Dressed in Blood. And people like Anna, filled with murderous rage must be destroyed and it’s up to Cas to destroy it.
For Anna killing is nothing, no one’s life has been spared, except for Cas’. And as Anna’s story unravels Cas begins to understand her blood lust.

But what hope is there for a ghost and a ghost hunter?

My opinion 

Anna Dressed in Blood was surprisingly an amazing read, I’ll admit the plot intrigued me but I didn’t think I would actually like it. Horror is not really my thing, so I don’t really know why I picked it up, but I wasn’t expecting to finish it.  And yet despite all of that I couldn’t put it down.
Surprisingly what I really enjoyed was how the protagonist was male, after the absolute train wreck that is beautiful creatures I’ve always been weary around male protagonists but Cas was a really well written character that was so complex and three dimensional, I just loved him and it helped that he could really kick some ass, y’know being a ghost/demon hunter and all that.

“I’ve seen most of what there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth, the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination. Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes
blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.” 

What struck me as well was that Kendare Blake could have chosen to have made the unique? Romance the books selling point but she steered away from that, focusing instead on the characters and building the story whilst gradually introducing this heat between Cas and Anna, which was not only refreshing but very well executed.
Next moving onto the enigma that is Anna, Anna was a very raw character; you could almost feel the anger and sadness pouring from her but don’t be fooled because at some points she genuinely terrified me and at others all I wanted to do was give her a big hug and wrap her up in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate.
What I’m trying to say is just give this book a chance, you will probably find that you will surprisingly fall in love with it.







                                                                  Rating: 7.5/10

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Red Queen

Red Queen

Author- Victoria Aveyard

Page count-  383
Publisher- Orion
Publication Date- February 10th 2015

Synopsis



The world is divided, reds and silvers, rich and poor, commoners and gods. It’s as simple as that, until one day it isn't.

17 year old Mare Barrow proves to be the exception. Living as a poor red girl she thinks that being enrolled in the army is as glamorous as life can get until a turn of events finds Mare saved from conscription and working as servant in the king’s palace. In the belly of the beast Mare discovers that despite her red blood she possesses a deadly power of her own one to rival that of her enemies.

But being a red in a sea of silvers, Mare finds herself caught up in Court politics and begins to play a dangerous game. The only question is, who can she trust?

My opinion

I saw a lot of hype around this book, which was one of the main reasons I picked up, that and the pretty cover and for a debut novel I have to say overall Victoria Aveyard does well. However, I have some issues, it may be because I went in with such high expectations but at times it was dry and I was forcing myself to read on. With such a promising premise- with the world being divided into silver blooded and red blooded people, the former having special abilities- I was expecting much more action than was given to me but maybe it will kick start in book two. Also I found it was heavily focused on the romance with all the potential surrounding the brewing revolution from the reds to overthrow the silvers and silver abilities.

“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”

And don’t even get me started on the romance; typical girl is different so all guys love her and all girls hate her, but really is everyone in love with this girl??? Two Princes and a childhood sweetheart??? And of course all this attention warrants bitchy girl drama *eyes roll all the way to the moon*

My final issue was with world building, Red queen is classed as fantasy and what I love about fantasy is the incredible new worlds you can get lost In. basically world building is a big thing for me, it’s the hallmark for a good fantasy book. Take S J Mass’ Throne of Glass. I just feel like Aveyard has all this material she’s working with and she’s just given us the pocket on a pair of jeans. I would have liked to have seen a map of this world- Norta-she had created at the beginning, as it’s described later on in the book and for me the details were hard to get around, later I was able to find a map online but It would have been nice to have something to reference to while reading . But again maybe we get to explore more in book two.

Overall, I feel like this book had so much potential and had so much going for it that even Aveyard didn't know what to focus on. For me, it could have worked better if it was shorter as the suspense kept building up and then…. Nothing would happen.
However despite all of this, I did enjoy the book and found myself wanting to read the second one. Mare I feel was quite an empowering character even if she could be annoying at times, and the Princes, Cal and Maven, I feel their personalities showed what the pressures of court life and living as Princes would do to you. What I really loved was how Mare’s relationship with her brothers was presented and it’s something I hope is expanded in book two.



 
Rating: 5/10


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Angelfall

Angelfall

Author- Susan Ee
Page count- 284 pages
Publisher- Skyscape
Publication Date- August 28th 2012

Synopsis


17 year old Penryn young is thrown into the middle of a war world with only one thing on her mind- to keep her younger sister and mother alive, which was hard enough without the added mess of killer angels and blood thirsty gangs.

When Penryn’s sister is kidnapped she is forced to go against her every instinct and make a deal with the enemy.

Raffe, an angel warrior, half-starved and helpless finds himself at the mercy of a 17 year old human. Together they set off, travelling Northern California with only each other to rely on, but when the time comes who will they stand with? Each other or their own kind?

My opinion


Well Susan Ee you have blown me away. The End of Days series has well and truly destroyed dystopia for me, how can it get any better than this? I mean really, I have trouble with dystopia as somehow the authors all seem to get bored and rush their writing towards the end *ahem* mockingjay, ignite me, reached…. Need I go on? But my faith has been restored.

First of all, angels? I put this book off for so long because c’mon angels? Generally angel stories bore me they can be clich├ęd and well they just suck, *cough* hidden, halo, angel *cough* all came on just, well, childish. But I urge you, if like me, you see the word angel and just back away from books, do not shy away from Angelfall not only is the protagonist a straight up badass but she is also incredibly witty, the back and forth between Penryn and Raffe is something I never wanted to end. But don’t be fooled these books are about so so so much more than just a romance.

"I'm proud to be human. We're ever so flawed. We're frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I'm proud to be a Daughter of Man."

Next Dystopia in general has a way of sucking people in with their wild premises and I mean you can really get away with anything with these types of books, the genre opens itself up to the impossible. And don’t get me wrong Susan Ee plays well with this but excluding that her writing is just so… I can’t think of the word… she just draws you in, I did not tire of Angelfall. I crave more Susan Ee her writing is very addictive.

Most importantly though is how the quality remains consistent and how the ultimate goal of the story is not strayed from for a romantic plot *heaves a sigh of relief*.


...also look how pretty the cover is!!!




                                                          Rating: 10/10