Thursday, 28 June 2012

Dreamless - Josephine Angelini (2012)

5 stars

I bought  Starcrossed on a whim after seeing the Lauren Kate reccommendation on the cover, and I am so very glad I picked it up, I really enjoy this series and seem to have trouble putting the books down once I start them.

Once again, Angelini has me frustrated beyond belief that the next book isn't out yet as the book has another cliffhanger ending (oh how I love those *cough*). I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more, than the first. It was written wonderfully, with the short changes in perspective put in excellent spots in the plotline, it informs you of Greek mytholgy without making it seem like your just being funnelled information and it makes me hate certain characters, which I think is a mark of excellent writing. My favourite characters in this book were Zach and Orion. I know I always pick the love interest, but Orion was written so well, with the troubled background and kick ass powers it's very hard not to like him. I also really liked Zach's character because he was very relatable, and his inner struggle was conveyed really well throughout the novel. I would recommend this book to any paranormal fiction fans as well as any Percy Jackson fans.

To save you from reading the whole plot summary to find out, Helen and Lucas still think they're cousins at the end of this book.
This book kicks off a week after the end of Starcrossed and Helen has "descended" every night. When she descends time stops in the real world, but she can be stuck in the underworld for days or weeks, she is getting so tired and lonely that she cries for help and meets Orion. Orion is the Head of the House of Rome and heir to the House of Athens, he's an earthshaker and a son of Aphrodite so he can do weird mumbo jumbo on peoples feelings. He descends with Helen every night and soon they think to talk to Persephone who tells them they must bring the furies water from a river, but Helen can't remember which river. In the midst of a battle caused by Eris and Terror Helen descends and must get water from the river Lethe, which makes people forget, this causes her and Orion a lot of difficulty in knowing what their purpose is when they get to the river. But they work it out together and once the furies drink the water they forget who they are and what their purpose is. The houses can now interact freely without wanting to kill each other and outcasts are no more. However Automedon, a Myrmidon, has been waiting for Helen to complete this task so he can capture her between worlds when she is vulnerable and bring him to his master, Ares, the God of War. Ares plan once he's captured Helen is for both Orion and Lucas to come try to help her so he can spill all their blood and they all become blood brothers, uniting the houses, freeing the Gods and starting the war. His plan works perfectly except Zach changes sides in battle and is stabbed by Automedon, before he dies he tells Helen that Automedon is blood brothers with Achilles, so Helen stabs Automedon in the heel and he finally dies. Helen is then so furious with what Ares has done that she opens a portal to the underworld and curses him to live forever in Tartarus with the souls he's double-crossed. The book ends with Daphne helping them all plan for battle and seeming quite happy with herself.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Graceling - Kristen Cashore (2008)

3.5 stars

My co-bogger lent this to me after she learnt that I hadn't read it yet. I was a little disappointed in it considering it won so many awards, but it was still a good read.

I thought that the plot was really original and a really interesting concept to think about. The book was well written, however I think it had too much travelling, the ratio of travelling to a destination and actually being at that destination and acomplishing something was like 3:1, I found it really frustrating. My favourite character was Bitterblue, I thought she was totally awesome and kick-ass, I know Mac was irritated that Katsa ended up with a man, but she totally missed that Bitterblue is the superhero female in this story. I would be really disappointed if in the last book in the trilogy she ended up all weak and helpless. I would recommend this book to any people that like a good adventure/quest type story.

To read a plot summary see Mac's previous blog.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Insurgent - Veronica Roth (2012)

4.5 stars

I am so lucky that all those months ago, I bought Divergent in a rush because I needed something to read. I loved Divergent so much, it was the book I chose to pitch in a speech in front of my English class last year. It's one of my favourite YA fiction series', because we're all a little over vampires, werewolves and angels. Both Divergent and Insurgent were New York Times bestsellers. Not to mention, it is a trilogy and this book will certainly leave you hanging for the third.

The film rights were sold, and it's got a lot of action which could make a really good film. What I was wondering though, what is Roth going to call the third one? Turns out she's having a problem with that too, so the working title is Detergent. The coolest thing about Roth - she's only 22. So she's a tumblr addict, so straight off her blog I found:

Also, here is the book trailer:

Yet again, Clare's done the hard yards for me!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult (2012)

3.5 stars

I really enjoy Jodi's books and was interested to read this as it didn't seem to have a controversial issue like her books usually do. This book did turn out to have a controversial issue, however she didn't handle it as well as she usually did. I am interested to see how her new book Between the Lines will work and am quite excited as it will be unlike her previous works.

I found this to be one of her less interesting books, and I struggled to want to read it until the trial occurred. Although this is still a good book that deals well with the idea of pulling the plug on a family member, I think it was probably one of her weaker stories, although I found the wolf information really interesting at times. My favourite character was definitely Edward, I think I would have had the same opinion as him and would have made a lot of the same decisions as him if I was in any of those situations. A good read, however I wouldn't recommend it over most of her other books.

For plot summary see Mac's previous blog post.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare (2012)

3.5 stars

I borrowed the latest in this series from my boyfriend after he devoured it. I really liked it, and once I got into it, it was really hard to put down. I have a lot of friends who love this series - it definetely has a wide-ranging appeal. It's good for those kids who want a cooler, less-lame and better-in-general version of Twilight.
My favourite character is Alec. He tries so hard and it never seems to work out for him. I love him and Magnus as a couple. So keen for book 6!

Clare's read it, so she's done the summary already!