Series I’ve Completed

Hi guys!

So I thought it might be time to do another blog post since I hadn’t done one in quite a while. The main reason for it is that I don’t particularly know what to blog about but I do love the feeling of sitting down at my laptop and just writing out my thoughts on things. It feels very satisfying and it’s almost like a stress reliever. So, I’ll try my best to blog more in the future even if I don’t have anything book-related to blog about.

Anyways, getting back to the original topic, I’m going to be listing the series that I’ve completed today. I will be posting a video on the same topic very soon but I have yet to edit it. If you’re looking for something more in-depth, just wait for the video as I’m a bit more detailed with what I thought of the series overall.

Series I’ve Completed

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium
Pandemonium
Requiem

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend
Prodigy
Champion

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly
Hallowed
Boundless

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
Unravel Me
Ignite Me

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess

Eon by Alison Goodman

Eon
Eona

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men

That’s it! Those are all of the series that I’ve completed. There are so many more than I hope to finish this year and so many more series that I hope to start this year.

Hopefully you guys find some inspiration from this list and remember that a similar video will be posted soon so if you want more information on whether or not I recommend the series, make sure you keep checking my Youtube channel (shameless promotion).


 

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Review: Pop Rock Love

Pop Rock Love
by Raine Koh

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Manga

Publisher: Horasis
Publication date: December 19th 2013
Pages: 212 Pages
Source: Sent for review
Format: Hard copy

Synopsis: Before she had a whirlwind affair with a mysterious Japanese breakdancer named Yuki, Mimi was contented with belting out rock tunes at a pub on the island city of Singapore. When Yuki suddenly disappears, Mimi goes to Tokyo in search of him and discovers that he actually belongs to a sugary-pop, manufactured boy band called the Fire Boys. Mimi and Yuki belong to different worlds. Is their love strong enough to triumph over all?

Thoughts:
– I quite enjoyed the story as a whole. The plot line was well-done and I liked watching the development occurring within Mimi’s life.
– The author tends to be more ‘tell’ than ‘show’ in some cases and sometimes, nothing was left to the imagination. I personally would’ve preferred for there to be less exact description of every object Mimi came across as it did end up being unnecessarily detailed in parts.
– The story was actually flowing quite well and I liked where it was going. However, at the very end, I was almost disappointed to see the story come right back around to where it started. One of the things that irked me the most about the end was how we never found out what happened to Sato. It’s as though he was just cut off from the story and we received no ending for him, especially since I was really starting to see a development in his personality.
– The characters and relationships in the book were all very likeable and realistic.
– The concept of a “controversial” love between two musicians was something I’ve never read about but thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve never been much of an Asian pop fan but I’ve heard of the intensity of some music groups. Whether or not the information used in the book was true, I still found it a really interesting take and twist on their relationship.
– I feel as though the writing was a little too simplified in the sense that I only got a sense of the plot line but nothing about actual society and the bigger picture.

 

Rating: 3/ 5 stars

Weekend Reads and Thoughts #2

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: (Audio Book)

Uninvited (#1 Uninvited)
by Sophie Jordan

Progress: Disc 4 of Disc 8

Thoughts so far: So far, I’m surprised as to how easy audio books are to listen to. You would think that you don’t absorb anything as you listen to it whilst browsing the internet but you do, which is awesome!

In terms of my thoughts on the book itself, I think it’s okay so far. I don’t find anything about the book particularly amazing. Also, I don’t really like any of the characters except perhaps Mitchell (Davy’s brother) and Sean. I find that interesting since they’re the two characters in the book that are meant to come across as more rebellious and dangerous.

Davy, the main character, isn’t always annoying but sometimes, she can do some pretty stupid things. For example, when she doesn’t remove the gauze off her neck. WHY DAVY WHY. I understand that with the environment she’s been brought up in, being diagnosed with HTS is the worst thing ever. But there are some bits where she is just so unnecessarily whiny.

And (#rantbegins) TORI, Davy’s ex-best friend is just. I can’t- It’s even worse because I actually hear her “voice” out loud (audio book) and hearing her say all these exaggerated, annoying, jealous words is just, like…Can I just punch her? If the author’s goal is to make Tori the most irritating person ever, she has succeeded marvellously. (#rantfinished)

Moving on, when I read the plot synopsis for this book, I was really excited to see what the book would bring and how it would discuss things such as the effect of continually telling someone that they’re something that they’re not. For example, continually telling Davy that she is extremely dangerous, when she clearly isn’t. However, disappointingly, I don’t feel as though they’ve delved that far into it. Perhaps I’m not far enough into the book but overall, I’m still waiting for something exciting to happen in the book.

Weekend Reads and Thoughts #1

Hey guys!

I’ve decided to start up a weekly post called Weekend Reads and Thoughts. It’s typically known as Friday Reads on other blogs but since Friday is an awkward day for me to post and I’d also like to include my thoughts on how the book is so far, I decided to be hipster and call it something else!

CURRENTLY READING:

Steelheart (#1 Reckoners)
by Brandon Sanderson

Progress: 215 of 386 pages

Thoughts so far: I actually went into this book thinking the main characters were going to be the ones with superpowers so I was really excited to see how they were going to become super awesome and powerful over the course of this book. However, I soon find out that this is not the case. However, am I disappointed? Not really.

I love how this story takes a total different take on superheroes. It definitely can be a hard story to write about since the protagonists are these humans called the Reckoners and the villains are these almost invincible superheroes (not really heroes) called Epics. Like, how are they supposed to beat the bad guys?

The one thing I’ve found very intriguing about the Epics is the fact that they all have primary, secondary etc. powers and also, they all have a weakness. Just like Superman is weakened in the presence of kryptonite, all of the Epics have that one thing that makes them less invincible than they are. Also, the range of powers and weaknesses are so varied; it’s amazing.

Although I am over halfway through the book and the book is fairly (though not extremely) fast paced now, it has not been like this for the whole book. I can say that I’m slightly disappointed with the lack of extreme action and fighting in a book based in such a chaotic world but y’know, I’m still going to give this book a chance. I can see that it’s really getting somewhere awesome.

So overall, really enjoying the book so far and like David, I really want to know what’s up with Megan.

Favourite Books of 2014 (so far)

In celebration of my completion of my Goodreads challenge in which I set myself a goal of 40 books, I’ll be discussing my favourite books of 2014 so far! (in no particular order)

Ignite Me (#3 Shatter Me)
by Tahereh Mafi

Thoughts: I guess everyone has a soft spot for last books in series, especially when the characters get the ending they deserve. And that is exactly what happens in Ignite Me.

I won’t get into specific details about the book since I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the whole series but I will say that the entirety of this book, not just the ending is perfection.

Tahereh Mafi has one of the most unique yet beautiful writing styles I’ve ever read and it makes for the whole series to be such a pleasure to read.

 

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

Thoughts: This year, I’ve been trying to read more contemporary books and let me tell you, I have had absolutely no regrets so far. Every single one of the contemporary books I’ve picked up this year have been amazing but Fangirl is just …. I can’t.

This book combines two awesome things: a main character that is an actual fangirl and a cute male interest that is actually a genuine guy. The overall story was just so cute and the title of this book doesn’t just represent the fact that Cath is a fangirl but it also also represents the thing I was doing multiple times throughout the book: fangirling.

 

Crown of Midnight (#2 Throne of Glass)
by Sarah J. Maas

Thoughts: Having finished this last night, I’m still reeling from the epicness of this book. Seriously though. If I had to describe this whole series so far in one word, I would use: epic.

Sarah J. Maas has used her amazing (and still improving) writing skills to bestow upon us the most kickass heroine of all time. So no more annoying, helpless heroines *phew*

Not only is she awesome but all the characters in this book are so intricately built up and well, badass. The plot of this was great and your view on people and Adarlan is constantly changing, so you’re just left reeling by the end of the book. Oh and talk about that ending!

 

Champion (#3 Legend)
by Marie Lu

Thoughts: Champion is another last book in a series and a book that all people should read. The ending of this book is so well done since it has a perfect balance between an open and closed ending. If you’ve been suffering a little bit from the kinda awful endings of some books this year *cough* Requiem and Allegiant *cough*, this book will give you hope that not all YA dystopians are doomed for that kind of … injustice.

Also, this book (and the whole trilogy in fact) is super fast-paced and it really does run like a movie in your head. The whole story was action-packed and the characters stayed  true to their own values whilst developing realistically at the same time.

 

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

Thoughts: This is one of the most moving and powerful books I’ve ever read.
From the very start, you can just tell that this story isn’t going to be your typical contemporary novel. Although I do admit, I spent over 5 minutes on the first 5 pages of this book since I couldn’t wrap my head around all the new characters so I’m infinitely grateful to the family tree and map at the front of the book.

I love how everything was so intricately woven together and how the author used fairy tales and metaphors to describe the main character’s feelings and description of situations. And of course, who can forget the moment when everything suddenly makes sense and you’re just so mind blown and shocked.

 

City of Heavenly Fire (#6 The Mortal Instruments)
by Cassandra Clare

Thoughts: No “Favourite books” list this year can be complete without this book.

But seriously. THIS BOOK.
I have been waiting ever since I finished City of Lost Souls for this darned book to come out and so when I first see the page count of this, I’m ecstatic. 725 pages of romance and Shadowhunter action? Score! But that also leaves 725 pages too many for a confirmed 6 deaths to occur and continual suffering as you wonder: Will Jace and Clary be together? Is my Magnus and Alec ship about to sink?

And in some parts, Cassandra Clare brings you uncomfortably close to these questions being answered in an unfavourable way. Whether or not she actually pushes you over the edge into the pit of constant sad feels and mourning is for you find out when you read the book.

Since this is the last book I have on my favourites list, I’ll just break the text structure and finally write a little bit more on what I actually thought about this book.

I’ve always liked the fact that The Mortal Instruments series was not told from just one character’s perspective and that really did play as an advantage in City of Heavenly Fire. Being such a big book, I don’t think the story could’ve been as intricate and well-done if we had only read from Clary’s perspective, for example. It was also really heart-warming to see Clary and Jace finally meeting Jem and Tessa (from the Infernal Devices trilogy).

Also, I loved Sebastian as a character. He was just so intriguing and I won’t tell you what his fate is in this book but personally, I was not completely satisfied. You do see a chance for possible redemption for Sebastian and I really liked how Cassandra Clare crafted Sebastian in those scenes.

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So, those are my thoughts on my favourite books of 2014! I’ve added ‘so far’ in brackets since who knows, I may read an amazing book before 2015 rolls around the corner. And that is actually very likely since there are loads of sequels and series endings coming soon. I’ve actually made a video about them which you can watch here!

Stacking The Shelves (1)

Stacking The Shelves is an idea started by Tynga’s Reviews where we show what books and bookish things we recently got!

This month was my birthday month and so I had lots of (book) money to spend! Alongside buying new books, I also bought some books that I’d read already read as eBooks first: Unearthly, The Darkest Minds, Allegiant.

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  1. Legend Box Set (#1-3) by Marie Lu
  2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  3. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  6. Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  8. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
  9. Control by Lydia Kang
  10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  11. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  12. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  13. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Book Review: Minutes before Sunset

Minutes before Sunset (#1 The Timely Death Trilogy)
by Shannon A. Thompson

Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing
Publication date: May 1st 2013
Pages: 247 Pages
Source: Sent for review
Format: eBook

Synopsis: She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Thoughts: 

  • The concept of this book series is really interesting and not something I’ve really seen before. This twist on Light being evil and Darkness being good was something I’d never seen before. This being said, I felt like I never quite got a grasp on how the Shades and Lights worked.
  • The telling of the story from two point-of-views (Eric and Jessica) was really smart because both these characters had two identities (Shade and Human). There was this constant build-up as both characters’ lives (in Shade and Human form) became more and more intertwined. You were kept in suspense as you wondered when both their lives would come crashing together.
  • I was never too fond of Jessica as a possible female protagonist. She acted before she could think things through and this made her annoying at times. I felt like her development in her Shade powers was too sudden and unrealistic. She was physically stronger than people who had trained all their lives.
  • I was also confused as to how Jessica had a different appearance when she met Shoman (Eric’s Shade form) for the first time because she didn’t know what she was and I didn’t think she’d know how to change appearance. She’d never mentioned being able to do it.
  • Eric was really likeable. His character development, even though not significant, was still great to read about. He learnt to be more responsible and tried his best to mend broken relationships. At the same time, he worked hard and stayed funny and sarcastic.

Writing and Plot:
The writing in this book was enjoyable and easy to read. I can’t say that it was overly special as I felt as though descriptions were always quite simple and lacked any extra flair. In terms of plot, the book was continuously entertaining and action-packed. It had a fairly positive ending but there are still some loose ends waiting to be tied in the next book.

Overall, this book surprised me with it’s level of entertainment and addictiveness. The action was awesome and the book definitely questioned the usual: Light vs. Dark concept.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Quotes:

“One moment of true happiness was worth all the moments of pain.”

“Fate was a reality, but it wasn’t a beautiful or angelic thing. It was a heart-wrenching nightmare. And we’d fallen blindly into it. We had no escape. It was happening, and it was up to me to guarantee our survival of it.”

“I wasn’t sure what was worse: being oblivious or living within reality.”  

Check out the author’s blog: http://shannonathompson.com/

The sequel, Seconds before Sunrise, will be coming out this March!