A Throne of Books

Fallout Review

Fallout - Ellen Hopkins

3.5/5 stars

 

After Glass I was really disconnected with Kristina, I almost didn't read Fallout because I just didn't care for our lead character. But I decided to and I was in for a pleasant surprise because Fallout is centered around 3 of Kristina's children. All in all it was much better than Glass was because I actually cared for these characters hurt by their parents choices.

 

I don't have a great review to give this story unfortunately. All I really have to say is that it was much better than what I anticipated after reading book 2. I'm sure I'll continue to read books by Ellen Hopkins but for me her writing is all over the place. In one books it's amazing and the next it falls flat. 

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

— feeling cry
Petals on the Wind - V.C. Andrews

Please, Cathy is the most frustrating character ever. Make her stop.

Review to come!

The Golden Braid - Melanie Dickerson

So I've finished and have the review written but respecting the wishes of the publishers I'm going to post it closer to the release date. So the 3-star review will be posted on November 10th. That's a week before the book releases on November 17th! :D

Messenger Review

Messenger (The Giver, #3) - Lois Lowry

4/5 stars

 

Lois Lowry writes well, and I think the fact that amazes me the most is that she turned this story into a good quartet when she never intended for there to be more books after The Giver. Admittedly I gave this 4 stars when it probably deserved 3 but I can’t help it. I know if I read it when I was a kid it would be 4 stars. The fact is it really is a children’s book, but a well-written children’s book. It doesn’t come off as childish or immature. Actually it has more maturity in the writing than some Young Adult and Adult books that I have read before. It ties things together more despite being the third book about a different character. I really like the way Lowry went about the books. It wouldn’t have the same effect if they had all been told from Jonas’ perspective. When well done multiple perspectives are great, you can see things through different eyes, feel what everyone feels, and understand the characters you are devoting your time to better. And in this series Lowry hit the nail on the head with multiple perspective storytelling.

Heir of Fire Review

Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

5/5 stars

 

"You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”

 

I love this series, and obviously many other people do too. This is one of the highest rated books I've ever seen and I fell victim to loving every single word. I waited quite awhile to start reading this one because I wanted to be able to read it close to the same time as Queen of Shadows. And I couldn't have picked a better time because shortly after finishing it I heard about the tv adaptation of Throne of Glass! I will fangirl until the time I get to actually watch it, then if it's good I'll fangirl harder.

 

I really loved Manon and am excited to see how much more she grows in Queen of Shadows! I actually liked the addition of Manon more than the one of Rowan, don't hurt me please. I loved the growth of Chaol and Dorian in this book as well as the addition of Aedion. I am just in love with the majority of the characters and I NEED to know what happens to them next.

 

The only issue I had with the book at all was the slowness but it seems to be universally agreed. Overall though the pacing of the book didn't irritate me much. Not every book has to be non-stop action in my opinion, and I don't mind slower storytelling when the story is amazing.

 

By far my favorite thing I learned is that even assassins sometimes have to go through depression. Sometimes I feel alone and like I'm the only one who feels pitiful and imperfect and seeing Celaena having a hard time made me feel less alone. Thank you Sarah J Maas for that, for making me feel a little better with a beautifully written book.

Q&A with athroneofbooks

So I'm just about the last person to do this now but here I go because it looks like fun!

It was brought to us by Nya Reads :)

 

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

There are 3 books that I remember perfectly from childhood and hold very dear to my heart. My father read these to me so many times to me growing up I will never forget them.

Toad on the Road - Susan Schade,Jon Buller  The Curse of the Cobweb Queen: An Otto & Uncle Tooth Adventure (Step into Reading, Step 3) - Geoffrey Hayes  Pocketful of Nonsense - James Marshall  

 

2. E-books or printed books?

I have no specific preferrance honestly. I like both, I guess ebooks because I can read in the dark with my ereader. But I'm pro cheap books no matter the format :) 

 

3. What is your favorite place to read?

 I am a guilty, lifelong bathtub reader. I love nothing more than baths and reading so I mix them...almost daily. I haven't dropped a book in the tub since I was about 6 *knock on wood* But I really only read 3 places: bathtub, bed, car when I'm a passenger.

 

4. Is there any genre you would never read?

I don't believe there is. There are many genres I have a harder time getting into but I can't say that I would avoid them. I do have a difficult time getting into some nonfiction and some romance but I'll still read a book in the genres when I think I might enjoy it.

 

5. What’s your review rating system?

My rating system isn't always exactly this but a simple version would be:

1*-agony, something about this book was just plain difficult for me. Maybe bad writing style, major inconsistencies, etc.

2*-It was readable, I didn't hate it, was most likely unattached to it.

3*-I liked it, I had fun reading it.

4*-I really got into it at times and I had fun with it. It was really good in my opinion.

5*-I loved it, something about it got to me on a major level. Relatable characters, entertaining world, etc.

This isn't set in stone, and the rating is mostly based upon my enjoyment of the story more than if it was perfect.

 

6. What is your favorite fictional character?

 This may be the hardest question I've ever read. Gosh I've been sitting here thinking for what feels like forever...I can't decide, I love too many. Used to would have been Ron Weasley when I was little now it might be Lane Moreau from the Heartland Trilogy (I cannot get over how much I loved those books.) or Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass.

 

7. What was the best film adaption of a book?

 I'm hoping the best TV adaptation will be Throne of Glass (I fangirled over that announcement hard.) Hmm best adaptation that comes to mind is Harry Potter Series though admittedly that may be my intense love for Rupert Grint clouding my judgement. If I think harder though I got really into the Giver when I watched it. It was insanely different from what I imagined when I first read it but it was well done despite all the liberties taken. Also Perks of Being a Wallflower was amazingly done. I'm tearing up over it just thinking about it.

 

8. How do you choose the next book to read?

 Mostly it's by mood, I have tons of books waiting to be read so just whichever I can't wait to get to at the moment.

 

9. Top 3 authors?

Oh no way too many! Lately it's been Sarah J Maas, Chuck Wendig, and JK Rowling. As a kid it was RL Stine, Meg Cabot, and Tony Abbott. And classically it is Edgar Allan Poe, John Steinbeck, and Shakespeare. And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

 

10. Is there any book release you are particularly looking forward to?

 I'm always waiting for some release or another. Right now I want to read Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Blood and Salt! Both come out the 22nd of this month! 4 more days, should I preorder them?

Exhaustion!

So I've been sleeping way too often lately. And because of all my time asleep I've not had time to write my reviews, check on what everyone is up to, etc. But I'd love to hear from you guys. I thought I'd write this post and check it when I get off work tonight (and hopefully reply to many people before I fall asleep again) So how are you, what are you reading, any exciting news? If you have something you've been wanting to talk about shoot me a comment or a message because I need human interaction besides just my coworkers! :p 

Glass Review

Glass - Ellen Hopkins

What have I done? And more: What will I continue to do?

 

In comparison to Crank, Glass feels much less poetic. The story that was actually told was pretty good but that’s not the reason I read the book. I already knew a big chunk of what would happen from interviews with Ellen Hopkins. I picked up the book looking for rhythmic narrative poetry but for some reason it fell flat for me. I can’t catch the rhythm and to me it read sort of like a choppy journal. I much preferred Crank where you had to pay attention more to what was going on. Glass tends to just tell you what is going on without hiding anything. In this difference it lost me.

 

I also had a big problem with being unable to relate to Kristina this time around. I think I should have seen that as a good thing, like wow the drugs have changed her to someone unrecognizable but instead it made the book even harder to connect to. While I didn’t enjoy this book in comparison I plan to still read Fallout, and hope that I can forge a connection this time around.

Neverending TBR #1

As anyone who knows me very well would agree, I am a compulsive purchaser. Books are a category that I just constantly throw a stream of money at. This is my first week actually telling everyone about the books I received and purchased and I can't guarantee I'll do it at the same time every week (every other week, every month? I'm not sure yet.) But I just want you guys to see some of the awesome books that have joined my TBR list that I may be unable to get around to right away.

 

Ebooks bought:

 

Angelfall - Susan Ee  World After - Susan Ee

:Last month I had a nice person send me their extra copy of End of Days. Since it arrived in my mailbox I've been meaning to find a chance to read the first two books in the series, so when I saw them on sale I jumped at the chance!

 

Physical Books Bought:

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas 

The only physical book I bought this week was the newest installment of the Throne of Glass series. I am dying to find the time to read it.

 

Netgalley Approvals:

The Golden Braid - Melanie Dickerson  The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss - Max Wirestone  

I have tons of books lined up to read already but these two have me so excited. A Rapunzel retelling and a book about a geeky chick (I'm not too sure on the second one's plot. I heard MMORPG and I couldn't stop myself from requesting!) Video games and fairy tales are very high on the lists of my interests so I have very high hopes for these two.

 

Gifted:

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding: A Novel - Jackie Copleton 

A very nice blogger over at alexalovesbooks gave me an ARC of this interesting looking book. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds really cool. Click on the picture and it will take you to goodreads! :)

 

So 6 new books this week and as I saw some blogger doing (I can't remember for the life of me, I wanted to link them) I'm going to start keeping a running total of the years expenses. This year is only going to be from September on but still I'm curious.

 

Total spent this week:$15.71

The Race for Paris Review

The Race for Paris - Meg Waite Clayton

4/5 stars
*Disclaimer: I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, all my opinions are my own.*

J'ai plus de souvenirs que si j'avais mille ans.

This book is one of the hardest I've ever tried to place a rating on. The book was based around a time of war and while historical fiction, the history was definitely there. Books filled with history I generally have a harder time reading. I was never good at history, in fact, it was one of my worst subjects in high school and college. So I guess all the dates present and names that I feel like I should recognize but don't in history-related books make me feel dumb. I started off with that kind of mentality and it stuck for quite awhile. I would read for a bit and put it down because I felt overwhelmed by the dates and places (The only thing I'm worse in than history is geography. I don't know where anything is) and names. But as the story went on I began to emotionally connect with Jane. And through my emotional connection to her I could finally experience the story rather than feel bogged down in details. I could feel her desire to be wanted, her bitterness towards a friend. I understood Jane and that's what made this story special to me. It was a drastic change. I went from reading a chapter or two when i found a chance to making time to read 40 or more pages. I felt so connected to the book that I would just burst into tears. Not at anything overtly sad, but more at the whole concept, how bad the war must of been, how many people died, children left without parents, mothers without sons, fathers and brothers in trenches praying they make it home to see their loved ones smile one last time. I guess until I read this war was just something that happened. I had never really been affected much by war, but something in the writing and in that bond I formed with the main character made me realize how terrible war can be for once, made me realize this is something that actually happens, actually ruins lives.

So in the end, no I didn't give it a 5 star review. But that doesn't mean you wouldn't. If you are someone who loves history, someone who enjoys historical fiction it would suit you better than me. It was wonderfully written but I rate books on an personal enjoyment basis, and there were times where me and the book didn't click at all. If you have the money, you enjoy WWII literature, and you don't mind getting teary-eyed pick up this book because Megan Waite Clayton spend years making this book as close to perfect as she could get it.

Love at First Sight

It's here, it's beautiful, and I'm in love. So now I can finally do as I planned and marathon Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows when I find the time! <3 It's weird I've been looking forward to this for so long it seems and now it's physically in my hands.

 

August Books

So this month was the lowest so far since I started blogging. I only finished 4 books but they all were rated 3 or higher so I wouldn't call the month a fail. I have high hopes for September with the sequels challenge planned. I'm excited to read several so maybe I can find the time to actually read! (Especially Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows! Eek I'm so excited. I've been waiting to read them both!) I hope everyone had a great month and gets a bunch of reading and relaxing done in September!

 

Best Book of the Month: The Harvest by Chuck Wendig (For the second month Chuck Wendig scores my top book. I loved this series and I'm sad it's over, it was a fun ride!)

 

Worst Book of the Month: Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston (While not exactly bad by any means it just wasn't my kind of book until the last few chapters. And while I greatly enjoyed those chapters I think many people who the book was written for might be annoyed by the ending. I know there's a fanbase out there but I don't fall into it.)

 

Best Cover of the Month: Lamp Black, Wolf Grey - Paula Brackston

 

Reviews:

The Harvest by Chuck Wendig

Language of the Bear by Evan Ronan & Nathanael Green

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

September is for Sequels: Sign-ups and Goals

Clicking on the image above will take you to the sign up page.

 

I am very behind in several series at the moment so I decided to join this fun challenge hosted by Lisa Loves Literature. There are also several series I have sitting around that I have all the books for and have yet to start! Hopefully I can keep up with this challenge and get some of the sequels on my TBR cleared! I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to read only sequels this month but knowing I committed to this challenge will definitely make me read more than I normally manage to. I’m going to challenge myself to read 6 sequels but hopefully I manage to read a few more because I have a little time off work this month. I listed my potential read below but there’s a good chance I’ll read a few not listed that I’m not thinking of at the moment!

 

Objective:
To read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between the dates of September 1st and 30th, 2015.

 

My Goal:
To read and review a minimum of 6 sequels while the challenge is going.

 

Potential Books To Be Read:
Heir of Fire (#3) by Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows (#4) by Sarah J Maas
Fire (#2) by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue (#3) by Kristin Cashore
Antebellum Awakening (#2) by Katie Cross
Glass (#2) by Ellen Hopkins
Fallout (#3) by Ellen Hopkins
Magic Study (#2) by Maria V Snyder
Fire Study (#3) by Maria V Snyder
The Elite (#2) by Kiera Cass
The One (#3) by Kiera Cass
The Heir (#4) by Kiera Cass
Messenger (#3) by Lois Lowry
Son (#4) by Lois Lowry

 

Rules:
1. It would be good if you had a blog to post reviews, or you can be a Goodreads Member and post your reviews on the site.  I’ll open it up to people who want to post reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well.
2. The book must be a sequel – it can be any # in the series, just not the first book.  Prequels can count if they were published AFTER the first one in the series.  You can do e-books, even ARCs or e-galleys, as well as good old fashioned books.  And, I’ll even let you count the little 1.5 novellas that are often published as e-books only.
3. The deadline to sign up and participate is September 15th.
4. You must post on your blog an entry that has a list of the sequels you’re planning to read, but it doesn’t have to be complete, or you could even just post your goal, do you plan to read 8, or more?  You can always go back as the month proceeds and enter the books as you read and review them.  If you don’t have a blog, then you can just post a comment on this post listing your goals.
5. Make sure you grab the button and put it in your entry post, or on the sidebar of your blog.

Gathering Blue Review

Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

4/5 stars

 

"Take pride in your pain. You are stronger than those who have none."

Gathering Blue is the second installment in The Giver Quartet. When I read The Giver for the first time when I was a kid I wasn't even aware there were other books. When I learned there were I decided to read them now and see where Lois Lowry decided to take things.

Gathering Blue isn't about Jonas from the first story at all, but rather is about Kira, a crippled teen who has a special talent for threading. The society this book centers around is as bad as the first books' albeit for completely different reasons. Here the pain and harshness are widespread. 

Lois Lowry does a great job writing believable characters. Even as an adult I enjoyed the way she told her story. I plan on finishing the series because she's set up an interesting dystopia and some great conflict. And I hope she's taking things where I see them going in my head, because if she is that's not "predictable" it's awesome. And as you'll hear me say a million times more, being predictable isn't an issue when done well.

If you follow me at all you know I don't like to spoil anything, so I won't. I'll just say that I think the book was well-written, and if you've never gotten around to it you might as well. It's a short and enjoyable read.

American Ultra

Me and my best friend just saw American Ultra and had a blast! It was violent, funny, and dramatic in all the right amounts for me. I've heard it called a flop but I just dom't agree! :D Anyone else seen a good movie lately?

Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 336 pages.

The Race for Paris - Meg Waite Clayton

The writing style is enjoyable so far, I rarely read war books but I think this will be a good one. Plus it made me tear up in under 20 pages, very impressive!