Latest Book Reviews

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Lucifer: Book Five (Lucifer, #5) HourglassEyes wrote a review (2017-06-07)
Lucifer: Book Five - Mike Carey
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Sharp Ends Elke wrote a review (2017-05-21)
Sharp Ends - Joe Abercrombie

For this book I'd like to have the possibility to rate each story separately. I liked all of them, but those of Shevedieh and Javre were the most hilarious, especially "Two’s Company", where Javre runs into Whirrun of Bligh. Their conversion before they start ... well, whatever they do afterwards ... is so funny and comical, you shouldn't read that book in public as not to disturb your fellow men for laughing out loud. 5 stars for Shevedieh and Javre!

After the End (After the End, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
After the End - Amy Plum

I was very excited when I found out Amy was writing an apocalyptic novel. I loved the Revenant series and her writing style. Then after reading the synopsis I thought, ok, maybe this one won't be for me but I'll try anyway.

No one can take away Amy's imagination. The start of AtE is a draw. Immediately you're reading about lives of teenagers who live outside the norm. A teenage girl, Juneau, is preparing to be the next Sage. I get the impression she'll actually be ... (read more)

Uninvited (Uninvited, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Uninvited - Sophie Jordan

What's to say about Uninvited? Well, it's a book of two halves. The first half is Davy and her perfect life and how everyone shuns her on hearing the news of her HTS detection. This half tends to be very high school drama-ish, 'woe is me' type of angle. The second half gets very Divergent/Hunger Games-esque. Davy accepts she's a Carrier and has no choice in life any more. The book does end on a cliffhanger also.

Points I liked. Sean was a cool love interest. However he did ... (read more)

Jenna Pox (Jenny Pox, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Jenna Pox - J. L. Bryan

Sometimes there's that book in your 'to-read' pile that just keeps getting pushed back. I'll admit I'm guilty of that with this particular book. For no other reason than something else always came out, or I received an ARC of a favourite author or sometimes I simply chose another from the dreaded TBR list.

I can safely say I wished I'd read this book sooner. I loved it, I loved Jenny and although it was a long time till we had Seth joining her I thought they made a formidable force. ... (read more)

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor

It took me a while to get back to this series. the first book 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' was stunning. The world building extraordinary from the start. The concept of the story, a girl who is somehow connected to demonic creatures and an angel, was crafted together so beautifully I was gripped. I loved the romance, I loved Karou and I wanted to read more.

But then we have that dreaded interlude where we have to wait for book 2. You've been there, I'm sure. I didn't ... (read more)

Blackwood Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Blackwood - Gwenda Bond

Essentially a good mystery with a bit of spooky history thrown in. Ever since I watched Haven I've been curious about the Roanoake disappearances. I thought there would be more evidence as to the whereabouts but it all went slightly in a different direction than I was hoping.

A stand-alone story.

Pro's
Miranda grew on me. Initially I didn't take to her. Mostly I felt sorry for her, especially for the suffering she went through because of her father and his drinking ... (read more)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-13)
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

We last saw Feyre and Tamlin heading off into the sunset. Tamlin, no doubt, has his own demons to deal with. After a few hundred years of suffering he's finally free of the grips Amarantha had over him. Feyre, on the other hand, a nineteen year old with a lifetime of suffering herself, has to deal with the two innocent Fae she was made to kill to release the courts of Prythian from their tyrannical rule.

All is not well in the Court of Thorns and Roses.

New to the party ... (read more)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

This story has three parts. Life before, life at the Manor, and life Under the Mountain. It would also be prudent of me to say I didn't think I'd like this book after the first few chapters. Much like when I started The Iron King series by Julie Kagawa, and having read Throne of Glass series from the very beginning, it's always a little strange to read something new from a writer you like. I didn't think I'd like this because I didn't think I was young enough to enjoy it.
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The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

If you prefer your books to be visionary and mildly abstract with a touch of exotic lands ruled by kings in sumptuous palaces, then The Star-Touched Queen is for you. This isn't a book you can pick up and get lost in the story after a few pages. The description is vivid, the wording and metaphors are long but the fairy tale being told here is one that most will become enthralled in.
Roshani Chokshi takes us back to a era of Bharata, a wild and oriental land when Raja's ruled in ... (read more)

The Battle for Arcanon Major (The Lost Dacomé Files, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
The Battle for Arcanon Major - Alexandra May

Another book I championed last year was Elemental: The First. I was eagerly awaiting the sequel and surprised when Alexandra May decided to publish another book first. I can't wait for the sequel but when this came up at Net Galley I was intrigued.

And I read it in about 4 hours straight. It comes right into the story, at a crunch time and then just as you think you know how it's going to pan out, everything changes! The ending is one of the saddest I've read in a long ... (read more)

Ethandun (The Lost Dacomé Files, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Ethandun - Alexandra May

Oh. My. God. Or should I say 'Oh, crank!' If you've read Ms May's previous books you'll have a fair knowledge of the Elemental side of her stories. Her book The Battle for Arcanon Major filled in some of the backstory of Halika Dacomé but I've been waiting forever to read more.
It wasn't The Circle of Fire as I wanted but I knew this was Ms May's latest and I was lucky enough to get a review copy.

While the emphasis of this story is historical, it isn't the ... (read more)

Perfect (Flawed, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Perfect - Cecelia Ahern

Perfect begins with Celestine in her grandad's strawberry fields. At the end of Flawed her mother told her to run rather than being handed over to Bosco Crevan, the leader of the Guild. Celestine knew the risk but she ended up with people she knew. No sign of Carrick. Whistle-blowers hound the farm daily searching for her but Celestine, with the help of her grandad, always manages to hide safely.

Until now. She evades detection and after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing finds ... (read more)

Flawed (Flawed, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Flawed - Cecelia Ahern

Many will have heard of Cecelia Ahern, mainly thanks to her book-to-film P.S. I Love You. She's chosen to write a young adult dystopian series which, at first, I wasn't sure she'd be able to pull off as her forte is chick-lit and women's fiction. But she does a good job with the dystopian Flawed. Once you get past the flaws...Ahem.

The society is based on being perfect. Celestine has a sister, Juniper (an almost identical version of herself but a little older) and ... (read more)

Rebellion (The 100, #4) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Rebellion - Kass Morgan

Rebellion started off strong. A peaceful party setting that everyone was looking forward to. The party gets ruined when bald headed, white dressed men invade, inject people and then drag them away. This is a foe that the Earthborns and Colonists haven't met yet so there's no knowing what could happen to their friends and loved ones.

This is a fitting end to the series, if indeed that's how it is. The group have one last battle before proper freedom can be felt. I don't ... (read more)

Homecoming (The 100, #3) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Homecoming - Kass Morgan

When reading Homecoming I finally felt the story of the 100 had started. The drama and tension of the Earthborns against the Colonists reaches new heights. Finally this story feels like it should. Sadly it took three books in to get going but I did love Homecoming and its my favourite book of the series.

Everything starts with Glass in the dropship. Her mother was shot and killed by a deranged guard at the end of Day 21. Now she's landing on Earth but the feeling is ... (read more)

Day 21 (The 100, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Day 21 - Kass Morgan

Day 21 is the sequel to The 100 and carries on straight from the previous book. The POV's are all from the same characters but, especially from Wells, other characters are now cropping up in the story to give a bit more dimension to the 100 confined kids sent to earth.

Bellamy's sister Octavia is still missing and he spends most of this novel trying to find her. Clarke is dealing with a new outbreak of some debilitating sickness. Glass and Luke deal with the ... (read more)

The 100 (The 100, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
The 100 - Kass Morgan

First things first. Anything you've seen on the television series of The 100, forget it and start again here. Usually I like it when series go a different way from the original book. But I'm four series into The 100 on tv and reading this felt like reading fan fiction. Until I had to get my head around this as the original and everything else is dramatically emphasised.

Because of a Cataclysm that happened 300 years past, the human race live onboard a spaceship. ... (read more)

Starcrossed (Starcrossed Trilogy, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini

I've read this book a few times already but never reviewed it.

Firstly, there is a LOT of story in this. Starcrossed certainly isn't a quick and easy read. Plus, its written in 3rd person and at times was vague and abstract.

Helen is a tall blond girl with immense strength and speed. She wears a necklace, a gift from her mother, which she never takes off regardless of the fact her mother left home when she was small and never returned. Helen was brought up by ... (read more)

Dreamless (Starcrossed Trilogy, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Dreamless - Josephine Angelini

Well, all my misgivings from the first book are forgotten. Rather than a book of two teens going through a very angst-y love affair this book is about selflessness. And I loved it!

Helen knows the Furies are destroying the Scions lives. Rather than let her family and others endure the agony of experiencing the Furies every time they meet, and the fights that surely follow, Helen has made it her destiny to find the Furies in the Underworld and end the curse.

The problem ... (read more)

Goddess (Starcrossed Trilogy, #3) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Goddess - Josephine Angelini

Goddess was surprising, and I'm afraid to say I didn't enjoy it half as much as Dreamless. There is the love triangle still rankling in the background that is still causing much strife and confusion. Another unexpected death from one of the main cast. Lots of going back in Helen's time as 'The Face', and more gods coming to the island causing havoc. Altogether the story drifted this way and that and tried to stay on course but I couldn't help thinking it was a little too all ... (read more)

Witch's Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #3) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Witch's Pyre - Josephine Angelini

Here we go! The last book in Josephine Angelini's Worldwalker series, Witch's Pyre was another roller-coaster ride. Her books have this way of absorbing you into her world and with a little nudging, once I stopped overthinking, I realised there were parts of this book I didn't like, and parts I loved.

The book picks up after the big fight at the end of Firewalker. Lily's Tristan is dead. The group are outside a city on the west coast that none of them ... (read more)

Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #2) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Firewalker - Josephine Angelini

Oh gosh. Firewalker is another thrilling ride! Just as we left Lily in Trial by Fire possibly speaking to her schizophrenic mother we arrive at the beginning of Firewalker with Lily and Rowan in our real world. Lily's mum and Juliet come to meet them in exactly the right place, proving Lily's mum isn't so batty after all.

While Lily recovers from her total body burns, Rowan becomes quite at home in her house with her mum and sister. He takes care of Lily ... (read more)

Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #1) Charlotte Black wrote a review (2017-04-12)
Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini

For everything Angelini did wrong in her Starcrossed series she's absolutely nailed it with this first installment of the Worldwalker series. Trial by Fire is an existential twist on the Salem witch legend complete with an alternative universe and lots of romance.

Lily Proctor lives in our world with a lovely sister, Juliet and a schizophrenic mother, Samantha. Lily can't handle our world. Everything from the food, the pollen and especially smoke makes ... (read more)

Bane and Shadow (The Empire of Storms, #2) HourglassEyes wrote a review (2017-03-30)
Bane and Shadow - Jon Skovron

Skovron's story is getting better by the book. It'll be cruesome time to wait for the final novel of the series!

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