Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)

Well this series took a turn for the weird again. No sooner have we got away from the fact that Clary was in love with her supposed brother, but her real brother has now arrived on the scene big style, and their relationship (or should I say how he sees their relationship) is just downright creepy. I do realise that it’s part of his character, but it just feels wrong. The book was still action packed, but there weren’t really many...

Continue reading

Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)

Finally this series is getting a bit more dark. There’s a hell of a lot going on in this book, and thankfully we seem to not be solely focusing on Clary and her endless teenage moping. In fact, we spend much of the first part of the book focused on Simon. He’d just about got to grips with the fact that he was a vampire, when Clary gave him the Mark of Cain to save his life during the big battle in the last book. But this Mark has...

Continue reading

Cassandra Clare – City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3)

While I’m still not finding this series anywhere near as well written as other fantasy series that I have read, it’s slowly improving book by book. The depth of the plot is still pretty shallow to me, although the character development is improving over time. The story was action packed and filled with drama. There didn’t seem to be many points in the book where one character or the other wasn’t in some sort of mortal...

Continue reading

Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)

Well it looks like this series may just have earned itself a second chance. Unfortunately, Clary was still stuck in a very teenage love triangle with her supposed brother and her best friend. Slightly creepy, but at least she wasn’t quite as mopey as the first book. The book contained much more action than City of Bones, but still lacked some depth for me, it was a bit one dimensional. I think this probably contributed to me reading the...

Continue reading

Cassandra Clare – City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)

I was prepared to fall in love with this book in a ‘this is going to be an awesome series’ kind of way. But unfortunately, the book was less Hunger Games and more Twilight. The female lead was a bit of a wet sponge, moping over her new crush Jace, while being totally oblivious to the fact that her best friend is completely and utterly in love with her. The book wasn’t completely devoid of action, and I did find it quite...

Continue reading

Charlie N. Holmberg – The Glass Magician

Despite my fears that this book would move on from Ceony and Thane, I was delighted when I started reading and it was a continuation of their story. As with the first book, I loved the complicated relationship between the two characters and how this was developed slowly throughout the book. After Ceony had defeated Lira in the previous book, she thought that she’d be able to live happily ever after with Thane, progressing through her...

Continue reading

Charlie N. Holmberg – The Paper Magician

Well I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but it completely blew my socks off! The blurb on Goodreads was: “Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be...

Continue reading

Jeff Wheeler – The Scourge of Muirwood

Well what a stonking way to finish off this series. At the end of the last book, Lia has figured out that she is the real Ellowyn Demont, heir of Pry-ree. And this means that she needs to make the trip to Dochte Abbey to give the warning about the coming blight. But it looks like the fake Ellowyn Demont has been corrupted by the Hetaera, and will do anything she can to stop Lia from accomplishing her goals, and more importantly, from getting to...

Continue reading

Jeff Wheeler – The Blight of Muirwood

I was fully expecting this book to suffer from the usual ‘middle-book-blues’, where the middle book seems to just be filler while we wait for the final conclusion. But this book was no disappointment, building on the story perfectly and setting up intriguingly for the concluding book. I did think towards the start of the book that Lia was going to turn into a pathetic mopey girl, but she quickly amped it back up to being kick-ass...

Continue reading

Jeff Wheeler – The Wretched of Muirwood

Well after my last disastrous foray out of the fantasy world, I decided to jump straight back in with the first in this series of books which was supposedly one of the top books in the ‘kindle unlimited with narration’ section. I did enjoy listening to this book, the narrator did several accents and definitely not in a cringeworthy manner like the last book. There were times when the rhythm of the speech seemed a bit jilted and more...

Continue reading

Brandon Sanderson – The Alloy of Law

I reserved this book at Waterstones while I was reading Hero of Ages, and I was very surprised when I went to pick it up that it was so short! The other books have been 700+ monsters, and this one clocked in at just over 300 pages. Let me tell you, my shoulder was very glad for a rest!! The book itself took a little while to get into, the only real common element with the previous 3 books was the elements of Allomancy and Feruchemy, the book was...

Continue reading

Brandon Sanderson – Hero of Ages (Mistborn 3)

Well I would just like to say that this has become my favourite fantasy series. I thought I’d loved reading Game of Thrones, but this was soooooo much better! (Warning: spoiler alerts below) I didn’t realise quite how attached I had become to the main characters until things started happening to them and I wanted to help so badly and couldn’t! Poor Sazed has lost faith in his study of religions, along with just religions and...

Continue reading

Brandon Sanderson - The Well of Ascension (Mistborn 2)

Brandon Sanderson – The Well of Ascension (Mistborn 2)

They tend to say that the second book in a trilogy can usually be a bit slow – you’ve already got through the introduction to all the characters and the plotline, and you’re waiting for the dramatic ending to the final book in the series. But I’m very glad to say that it wasn’t true for Mistborn. I’ll warn you now, there will be spoilers below so look away now if you don’t want to ruin the surprises for...

Continue reading

Brandon Sanderson - The Final Empire (Mistborn 1)

Brandon Sanderson – The Final Empire (Mistborn 1)

After having this book heavily recommended to me by my best friend, and then also recommended to me by the waiter at Nando’s who spotted my ‘Read Harder’ t-shirt and sparked an awesome conversation about all the books I should read, I had high hopes for this book. At 650ish pages, it’s not exactly a short book, and I found it kind of slow to get going, which led to me spending the first 100 or so pages thinking that the...

Continue reading

Veronica Roth – Four (A Divergent Collection)

I first spied this book just after it came out, but when I saw the price, I thought I’d leave it for my Christmas list, I didn’t really want to pay £9 for a book of short stories. But then I was having a pretty bad day and my lovely boyfriend brought it home for me, so I was very happy! I didn’t really know what to expect from the collection, I knew it was four short stories written from the perspective of Tobias, but that was...

Continue reading

Kristin Cashore – Fire

I had very high hopes for this book after loving Graceling so much, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I read it! Unfortunately, I felt a little let down by the entire thing. The book in general was very slow to get going, with a prologue that didn’t seem relevant until almost the end of the book. I think I was probably about three quarters through the book before I really felt like the action started, and it then seemed...

Continue reading

George R. R. Martin – A Dance with Dragons

Well I’ve finally made it to the end of this behemoth of a book! If I’d bought it differently, it would actually have been two books, but my set had it all in one, so it was a long hard slog to make it to the end! Even though it’s taken me almost two weeks to read the 1000+ pages, I was engrossed throughout. If I hadn’t had work to go to, I’d probably have read it in a few days! By this point in the story...

Continue reading

George R. R. Martin – A Feast For Crows

Looking at the reviews of this book on Goodreads, it seems most people are annoyed about the fact that it took so long for this one to come out after the last one. Thankfully, since I’m behind the crowd as usual, I don’t have that problem. However, with only one book left for me to read, I think I’m probably soon going to be in the same place as everyone else, impatiently waiting for the next one! However, back to the book in...

Continue reading

George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

Wow wow wow wow wow! (Be warned, this post contains spoilers. If you haven’t read this far yet, click away now!) Somehow, these books keep getting better and better. If I hadn’t had to go to work, I could have carried on reading all day, I was so enthralled in what was happening. There have been more twists and turns in this book than any so far, and plenty of times when I’ve wanted to throw my iPad against the wall because I...

Continue reading

George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow

Our holiday to the caravan was the perfect opportunity to sit down and make some good progress through this series. I really just want to get to the end so that I can finally start to watch the TV series and talk to my best friend about it all without telling her off all the time to try and avoid spoilers. This book had way more twists and turns than the last one, there were so many times when I was completely shocked that something was about to...

Continue reading

George R. R. Martin – A Clash of Kings

Well I actually started reading this book last year, right after I started reading the first book, but I got a little overwhelmed and gave it up. But I was ready for it this time. My dad bought the set on Kindle last year, so I signed in with his kindle account on my iPad so I could read the books without carrying them around. No need to fill my handbag with an 800 beast! Rather than start from the middle where I gave up last time, I decided...

Continue reading