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Summer Holidays 2014 Wrap-Up

This is the first Summer Holiday Wrap-Up on Bonfire Books, and I hope to be able to repeat it next year and the next and so on. I love to challenge myself, and for the 6 weeks summer holidays I challenged myself to read at least 30 books. Below I am going to list ALL the books I read. I have been a bit cheeky and counted novellas towards my tally- they count right? Surely they must 😉

My school broke up at 12:30pm on Wednesday 23rd of July and I went back on Monday 8th of September. So just to confuse you I’ll be counting books read from the 24th of July until the 7th of September.

LET THE BOOKS BEGIN:

Blood Entwines queen of someday Obsidian Onyx Opal Origin the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone  the assassin and the pirate lord the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld Throne of glass Crown of Midnightwe were liars the bone season heroes melt pushing the limits the 5th wave to kill a mockingbird tremors

Overall I read a total of 31 books including the 6 novellas and it was a total of 8,766 pages!! I am literally so proud. It’s my new favourite number 😉

Well, that’s it. Sorry if you were hoping for more. I’m only one person after all. Like I said before, I hope to do this next year and cant wait to see how many books I can read. I’ll also get study leave this year, starting in May; so hopefully I can read a lot of books. And revise, of course! Until then, Tschüß!

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August Mini Wrap-Up

I’m so sorry that this is so late, but I have been really busy moving house and going back to my last year at school. But August marked a really good reading month for me; possibly one of my best ever! I read a total of 14 books and 5 novellas!!!

So, this is going to be a long list. But lets start with what I did read this month:

the winter people Opposition rebel heart Devices planet urth Black Ice These Broken Stars daughter of smoke and bone the assassin and the pirate lord  the assassin and the healer1 the assassin and the desert the assassin and the empire the assassin and the underworld we were liars the bone season heroes

Books I re-read in August:

Origin Throne of glass Crown of Midnight

I am currently reading:

the kiss of deception

I probably bought books in August, but I really can’t remember lol. Here are a few I got for my birthday:

These Broken Stars four we were liars

Although we are currently half way through September, these are the books I want to read before the month is out:

partials the coldest girl in coldtown

So yeah, those are the books I read in August. Pretty good I think, it definitely brought my book count for this year up. By the end of August I was at 79 books. I’m aiming for 100 before December 31st and really hope I get there. I’m just about to do my Summer Holidays Wrap-Up, where there will be a lot MORE books listed. Wish me luck!:)

REVIEW: The Revealed (Book 1) – Jessica Hickam

the revealedThe Revealed*

Jessica Hickam

Book 1

eBook

Published June 17th 2014 by SparkPress

ISBN: 978-1-940-71600-8

Rating:
– 4.8 stars

“Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.
But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.
But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.”


This book was so not what I expected. It was fast paced, action packed and definitely worth the read. I got through 90% in one day and it was literally painful to put it down. Hickam has created a world that instantly drew me in and the characters were also interesting and I really cared for them. The book opens with the main character stealing her fathers Aston Martin and trying to escape from her home, where she is trapped for one year so that she is isn’t taken by The Revealed.


I think the main reason that I liked this book so much, was the fact that there wasn’t any wasted words or chapter just to “add tension” or build up on a false climax. The book just flowed. I was scared when Lily was scared. I was happy when she was. And I was scared when she was. The traits of a great book if you ask me. I wasn’t confused by the writing at any point, I wasn’t bewildered when the characters decided on plans or schemes. The main character, Lily, isn’t exactly original but she definitely isn’t stereotypical either. It’s a perfect balance between the realism a character should have and the idealism that she reacts to certain things in potentially predictable ways.


This book was written from Lily’s point of view, in the first person. At some points I wondered if it would have been better written from the love interests point of view too. But then I thought it probably would’ve been too long and then the pace would’ve been broken and staggered more. Jessica Hickam’s writing style was sustained perfectly through the book and her techniques were well placed and dynamic.


To sum up, this book is perfect for fans of dystopia like Veronica Roth’s Divergent or Susan Ee’s Angelfall series. I am so excited for Jessica’s next book in this debut series, The Enraged. The cover for the next book is also stunning, and a date has not yet been confirmed. But, I will definitely be picking it up ASAP!!


Thanks for reading. Please like and comment below if you have read this book, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.

* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

REVIEW: Afterlife (Book 3) – Dee Shulman

afterlifeAfterlife*

Dee Shulman

Book 3

Paperback, 427 pages

Published April 3rd 2014 by Penguin

ISBN: 978-0-141-34028-9

Rating:
– 3.0 stars

“Eva is on the brink of death. Ripped from her own world she’s woken in another, only to discover the devastating truth about the lethal fever she’s been fighting – and the enemy that’s chased her and Seth through time. Now the reckless twenty-first century girl and the fearless Roman gladiator must face the final battle. But it’s not just their love at stake; the fate of the universe is in their hands.”


This book is the grand finale in the Parallon trilogy by Dee Shulman. And again continues from the cliff-hanger ending of book two Delirium. My review for book two can be found here and if you haven’t read these books and want to read my review about book one, click here. The book begins with Eva waking up in the new, strange world that is Parallon and Seth trying to reach her before the sinister Cassius. When the pair are united, they are reunited with some old friends and some old enemies and must work together to not only defeat Cassius, but also must stop the vortex turning into a black hole that would destroy not only Parallon but earth and all its inhabitants too.


This book was definitely a lot better than the previous and I was definitely glad I continued with this series and picked this book up. It hang a lot more action, was a lot faster paced and just flowed a lot better. I still had some qualms with this book and the series in general, but it was still a significant improvement from the last two books, which made me extremely happy. My main trouble with the book was the writing style that becomes more predominately annoying as the books progress. The context and terms in the book are very complex are very complicated and are barely explain. This very much juxtaposes to the surrounding sentences as they are basic and very underdeveloped; missing linguistic techniques, portrayal of emotion through complex sentences and also major lack of description of the surrounds and terminology used in the book.


The characters in this book were also of higher quality in this book too. Although they still remained slightly underdeveloped, I felt more of a connection to them and cared a degree more over what happened to them. I also really wanted a “happily ever after” for Seth and Eva too, which I always deem as a good thing. Now that Eva’s fever is gone, I felt that she concentrated more on straightening her life out. She also didn’t faint every few pages, which was brilliant. Unfortunately, we also had the typical “if you’re going to fight I’m coming with you…” and, of course the “how can you expect me to watch you going off to fight?…” blah, blah, blah. We all know how it goes, I’m sure. Additionally, Seth was still going all out on his Edward-Cullen-protection-of-girlfriend programme. It was a little eye roll worthy. Ok, very eye roll worthy at times. I was sad to loss a couple of side characters, but unfortunately the writing style didn’t convey a lot of emotion, so I wasn’t distraught over it, regrettably.


To summarise, this book was definitely a worthy read even if it wasn’t wholly satisfying, as I still had important questions after the book had concluded that I felt were important and felt unhappy that they were left unanswered. The series overall was mediocre and I don’t think I would recommend it to fellow YA readers, but I think children who are just being introduced to YA might want to read it as it is a slight delve into the void of science-fiction. I am glad that I made myself read the final book but am pleased that I have no more books from this trilogy to read.


Please like and comment below if you have read this trilogy, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.


* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

REVIEW: Delirium (Book 2) – Dee Shulman

DeliriumDelirium*

Dee Shulman

Book 2

Paperback, 425 pages

Published May 2nd 2013 by Penguin Books

ISBN: 978-0-141-34027-2

Rating:
– 2.5 stars

“Seth and Eva have survived the virus that brought them together, but when Eva’s health deteriorates, they must find the source before it’s too late. As more and more people succumb to the lethal fever, Seth must begin the perilous journey across time to try and stop its spread. But even he can’t predict the devastating chain of events the virus has unleashed.”


This book continues from the cliff-hanger of book one Fever where Eva has awoken after her kiss with Seth. Eva tries to continue searching for her mysterious disease and the strange case that is Professor Ambrose but her illness causes her to take several turns for the worst. This causes Seth to become extremely worried and continue his rigorous search for a way for them to be together.

This book, like the first, was really hard to read. The story itself is strangely captivating, yet I feel that it is poorly planned out and not written to its full potential. I felt that the characters in this book took a turn for the worst; Eva was eventually turning into a TSTL to live “heroine” and Seth became really, really, puke-worthy, protective over Eva. Even Edward Cullen would raise an eyebrow at his fierceness. Some things that crept up in this book didn’t really creep up at all, as they weren’t explored properly in the previous book and just seemed to be there.


Like the first, this book was written from 1st person POV for Eva and 3rd person POV for Seth. There were also 3rd person POV chapters for Matthias, which by about half way through, I just kept skipping as I really could not stand to read them. However, I did enjoy Jennifer Linden’s chapters as they were fast paced and had a couple of unexpected twists in them that added a smidgen of suspense. The linguistic techniques used were minimal and lack of detail was once again dominant but not unexpected unfortunately.


To sum up, a lot of patience is needed to read this trilogy as exploration of setting and characters is slow and overall disappointing. I found the last 100 pages the best as the pace sped up slightly, but didn’t give enough tension from what I expect of a novel. Especially a YA science-fiction novel. The fainting was also at an all time high. I don’t think there was one chapter where Eva didn’t feel dizzy or light headed. The romance was very monotonous and unrealistic. I am going to read the final book just to see what happens but I am not particularly looking forward to it. Wish me luck…


Please like and comment below if you have read this trilogy, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! Or you can contact me here.


* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.

REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Book 1) – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of glassThrone of Glass

Sarah J. Mass

Book 1

Paperback, 406 pages

Published 2nd August 2012 by Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3233-2

Rating:
– 4.8 stars

Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?”


Wow, this book blew me away. I had heard a lot of great stuff about it but was antsy to read it as I am not a huge fantasy fan, but it is something I do want to become more interested in. And boy, was this a great choice! The synopsis tells you pretty much all you need to know before delving into this book: Celaena was an infamous assassin before she got caught and sent to Endovier- where she was to work until her death, as ordered by the king. But the king’s son Dorian and his friend and Captain of the guard Chaol arrive to take Celaena back tot he king’s castle to take part with other master criminal’s, soldier’s and fighter’s from across the kingdom to fight for the chance to become the king’s ‘Champion’, his ultimate assassin. But Celaena is also offered her freedom if she wins. And she’ll do anything to claim it.

The characters in this book are fantastic. Celaena is just so kick-ass, she has to be one of my all time favourite heroine’s. She’s smart, cunning and beautiful; a perfect cocktail for an assassin. Dorian was so sweet and he created the humour and lightness in this book as he brought the best out in everyone. And Chaol also brought out another side to Celaena. He is more serious than Dorian, but I think in the books to come we will see that something has made him that way and we’ll find out what and why. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about all the character’s pasts, especially what happened to Celaena’s parents. As I think this was a pivotal event in not just her life but will be essential in the story.


This book is written in third person from multiple POV. But don’t worry, it is all clear and I had no problem figuring out whose point of view it was. The description was great in this book and I had no problem in it. However the only thing I had a problem with was I didn’t feel like there was loads of world building, but this is mainly because the duration of this book was spent within the castle grounds. So fingers crossed there is more exploration of this setting during the next books in this series. Series I am so happy this is a series, three books would definitely not have been enough!


To sum up, go get this book! I am not a huge fan of fantasy and I loved it as there was only a small introduction to the fantasy element in this book. So I think I would recommend this book to anyone who likes series, kick-ass characters, romance and mystery. I have already bought book two Crown of Midnight and the novellas The Assassin’s Blade and cant wait to get stuck in. Plus, I’m ready for Heir of Fire which is predicted for release on September 2nd 2014.


Please like and comment below if you have read these books, you want to buy this book but need more persuading or if you agreed/disagreed with my review. I’d love to hear from you! You can comment below or you can contact me here.

P.S (If you’ve read this far) what team are you on? Chaol? Or Dorian? I can’t really choose, but right now this second I think I’m team Dorian.

In My Mailbox & TBR: Easter Holiday’s Update

Penguin have very kindly sent me four books this month, which I can’t wait to get started on. If you have read any of them and want to suggest which one I read first, please feel free to comment below. The books I received this month were:

Half Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight SagaCressFeverDelirium

It is my greatest regret to say that the arrival of these books has sent my feels into somewhat an overload, so I am reconsidering what I will be reading over the Easter Holiday’s. As I mentioned in my previous post, I do need to revise for 15 exam’s taking place immediately after the holiday’s, and after starting A Game of Thrones I feel that this series will require a lot of investment on my behalf. I will, however, really try my best to finish A Game of Thrones as I am enjoying it so far and don’t want to put it down quite so soon. But if I do feel it is too much reading that 800+ page beast in between serious study sessions, I will start reading one of the books above.

 

I will be reviewing A Game of Thrones once I have finished it- and I will, eventually- so please stick around if you have been wondering whether to read it or not.