Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesdays: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday is Characters That Deserve Their Own Series. Here is the link to the Top 5 Wednesdays Group on Goodreads. This was a really hard one to think about, but I finally managed to think of some characters.

My first character I chose was Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. I know she has a book dedicated to her, but I would love to see a whole series about her as she is such an interesting character.

Next I would like to hear more about Chaol from the Throne of Glass series. I have only read the first book so I don’t know too much about the character or whether we find out any more about him. I think a series about his time before he met Celaena would be very interesting.

Another character I would like to see a book about is Prim from the Hunger Games. I think it would be interesting how she got on with her life while Katniss was taking part in the Games. I loved the character of Prim and I was very sad when she died.

I would love to see a book about Chiron’s past from the Percy Jackson series. I loved this series and I would read pretty much anything linked to this series, but Chiron really interests me or maybe if there was a series about one of the Gods that would be pretty great.

Lastly, I would like a series about Tris’ parents from the Divergent series. I would like to see them in the past and how they were and what the world was like. I would also like to see Tris’ mother and how she became involved with everything.

I’d love to read/ watch your answers so leave me your links and I will check them out.

Kirsty xxx

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Review

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas Review

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.22

Published by: Bloomsbury

Pages: 404

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

This series has received a lot of hype over the past few months and I decided to start it to see what all the fuss was about.  I thought this was very good and a great way to start the series. I have already picked up the second book to read.

This book follows Celaena our main character. She is an assassin and she is taken from prison by  Prince Dorian in order to compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion. She met Chaol who is the Captain of the Guard and he is the one who helps to train her.

I loved the character of Celaena, she was extremely likeable despite being an assassin. She was witty and sarcastic, but she also had a kinder side to her. We got to see her softer side when she was with Dorian, Nehemia and Fleetfoot (her dog).

This book had so many different aspects to it; fantasy, romance, mystery and action so there is something for everyone. Although it is a fantasy book it doesn’t go overboard with the fantasy and there are other aspects. I find that some fantasy books can be difficult to follow as they usually have such large worlds, this does have a large world, but I didn’t find it difficult to follow.

I found the start of the book to be a little bit slow which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. I found once that I got into it the book was quite fast paced. By the end of this book, I was hooked on the world and the characters.

I thought the relationships between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian were really well written. There is clearly going to be a love triangle between the characters and I think this will become more prominent in the rest of the books.

What do you think of this book?

Kirsty xxx

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesdays- Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year

Today I am participating in the Top 5 Wednesdays. I’ve seen people doing this on Booktube and I thought I would join in. This topic was of interest to me so I thought I would do a post on it. This week’s topic is Anticipated Pre-Orders for the Rest of the Year. I have a few books on my list, I don’t usually buy books as soon as they come out as I prefer to buy books second hand when they are cheaper but there are a few books that I can’t wait to read.

The first book is The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory, I really love historical fiction especially if it is set during the Tudor period. This book is about Kateryn Parr. I have read most of Philippa Gregory’s books and I can’t wait to read this one.

I have just recently read the first two books in the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong; Omens and Visions. I can’t wait to read the third book; Deceptions. I don’t know whether this is going to be a trilogy or a longer series but I’m hoping for a trilogy as I don’t think I could wait a whole year for another book. I think it is bad enough that I have to wait until the 20th August.

Next on my list is another book by Kelley Armstrong; Otherworld Secrets which is a selection of short stories about characters from her Women of the Otherworld series. I really enjoy this series and although I’ve only read a few books from it I know I want to continue with the series.

When I heard Meg Cabot was realising a new book in the Princess Diaries I was very excited. I read all ten of the Princess Diaries books when I was younger. Royal Wedding picks up where the series finished. Mia has graduated from college and is engaged to Michael.

I found it hard to stick to five so I am mentioning six, I have only recently started the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and I have already read the first two books. I know once I have read Cress that I will be very excited for the release of Winter which will be the fourth book in the series.

The last book on my list is The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa De La Cruz. This is about villains from fairy tales and Disney films and their children. The children of Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Jafar and Cruella deVil’s have all been banished to an island with their parents and only they can help to escape the island.

What are your most anticipated releases?

Kirsty xxx

Review

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella Review

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 3.34

Published by: Black Swan

Pages: 460

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary

What Goodreads Says

‘Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad — not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse’.

What I thought

I enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books, if you need a light, quick read that will help pick you up then she is a good author to choose. When Lottie discovers that her boyfriend isn’t asking her to marry him she goes towards one of her old boyfriends and they decide to get married. I believe that this is the first Sophie Kinsella book that I’ve read where we get different characters point of view (POV). We get the POVs of Lottie and her sister Fliss. I like to read books with more than one POV as it gives more insight into the situations that are occurring. I liked Lottie as she was kind and easy going although she was quite naïve which could be annoying at times. Fliss who is the older sister was always looking out for Lottie throughout this book. By switching between Lottie and Fliss, I felt that it made the book move quicker and stopped it from getting boring.

I liked all the characters in this book. I also thought that the book was very funny; Fliss went to great lengths to prevent Lottie and Ben from getting married and this was very amusing to read. I think the side characters; Richard and Lorcan were used very well and I really liked both of them. I especially liked Lorcan as he was very witty and sarcastic.

As with most Sophie Kinsella books, the plot line is predictable however when there are characters that you care about I find that this doesn’t matter.

There are mixed reviews about this book, but I found it very enjoyable to read. I have really enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s recent books; this one and I’ve Got Your Number are some of my favourites by her. I really want to get my hands on Finding Audrey as I have read a sample of it on IBook’s and it seems really good.

If you are a fan of chick lit novels, a fan of Sophie Kinsella or are just looking for a light summer read I recommend this book to you.

5 Stars

What did you think of this book?

Kirsty xxx

Wrap Up

June Wrap Up 2015

Today I am going to be sharing with you the books I read in June. I managed to read a total of 12 books this month which I was really impressed with.

Gone Girl (3)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 3.97

This book has been very popular and a lot of people have been talking about it so I decided to read it. I thought it was very good. The story is about Nick and Amy Dunne when Amy disappears Nick is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Right from the beginning it is clear that Nick isn’t involved as that would be too obvious although we can see that Nick and Amy did not have the perfect marriage that you first might think. This book is told from two perspectives; Amy and Nick’s. In the first part we get diary entries from Amy and we get to see how Nick is handling the disappearance. I found the story to be a bit slow going at first and it took me about 100 pages or so before I got into it. I was expecting the twist that came at the end of part 1. Overall I really enjoyed it and at least for part 2 I struggled to put it down.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson  (3)

Will Grayson. Will Grayson

My Rating: 3

Goodreads Rating: 3.92

I’ve had mixed experiences with John Green’s books, I really disliked An Abundance of Katherines but, I really loved The Fault In Our Stars. This book did not really impress me. I thought it was better than An Abundance of Katherines, but overall I didn’t really enjoy it. This book is written by John Green and David Levithan and is about two characters called Will Grayson. Each author writes the point of view of each of the Will Graysons. I felt that the plot was a bit lacking and not very much happened throughout the novel. I wasn’t really a fan of David Levithan’s writing style and it really annoyed me that he didn’t use capital letters.

Frostbitten (1)

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.28

This is the tenth book in the Women of the Otherworld series. This book follows Elena Michaels who is the only female werewolf.  This series follows different female characters who are a variety of different supernatural beings. This series is quite good as although the characters do reappear throughout the series, you don’t necessarily have to read the books in order.

Chosen (1)

Chosen by PC and Kristin Cast

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 3.90

This is the third book in the House Of Night series. I really like this series as it is different from other vampire novels. Vampires are marked when they are a teen and they progress through the change at a special school. Not everybody makes this change successfully.

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 3.93

I really enjoyed this book. It was about sirens which is something I haven’t read anything about before. This was about a girl who is a siren and can’t talk because if she opens her mouth she will lure people to the sea and they will end up dead. She meets a boy and she falls in love with him, but they can’t be together as she can’t speak to them. I loved the way that the author wrote about the sea as if it was a real person and it needed to feed on people and it is the sirens job to lure them in. I thought the relationship between the two characters was really good and despite the girl not being able to talk they still manage to communicate.

Rivals at the Tudor Court  (3)

Rivals of the Tudor Court by Darcey Bonnette

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 3.67

I am a huge fan of historical fiction especially if it is set in the Tudor period. This book is about Thomas Howard (Duke of Norfolk) who is Anne Boleyn’s uncle. I thought it made a nice change to read about a different character. Most of the books set in the Tudor period are about Henry 8th, Anne Boleyn or Catherine of Aragon so it was interesting to read about someone I didn’t really know a lot about. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the other Darcey Bonnette book that I have read.

The Dinner (2)

The Dinner by Herman Koch

My Rating: 2

Goodreads Rating: 3.21

I had such high hopes for this book, but I felt that it was very disappointing. I thought it was going to be fast paced but I found it to be very slow going. There wasn’t very much action in this book and I didn’t like any of the characters. I will be doing a full review of this book as I was just so disappointed.

Wonder (1)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.42

I thought that this was a very good book. It is about a boy who has facial abnormalities, for most of his live he has been home schooled but he is going to school for the first time. I thought this was an interesting book as it is a topic that you don’t see very often in books. The plot is quite basic, a boy is going to school for the first time and his parents are concerned that he will be bullied. When he gets to school he does get bullied however, he does make some friends. I liked the message in this book even if the plot was predictable and a bit basic.

Omens  (1) Visions (1)

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.02

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.27

This is the first and second book in the Cainsville series which is about Olivia who finds out that she is adopted and her biological parents are convicted serial killers. She ends up moving to Cainsville to escape the media. She wants to learn more about her parents and whether they did actually commit the murders. I have enjoyed reading this series, it has a paranormal/fantasy undertone to it, but it is more of a mystery series. I enjoyed both the books but I really want some answers and I am hoping that the third book will give them to me when it comes out later this year.

Cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My Rating: 5

Goodreads Rating: 4.13

This book was so amazing. I am glad I finally started this series because I loved it. This is a modern retelling of Cinderella set in New Beijing and our main character is a cyborg. I thought the characters and the world were really well written. Although the plot twist was predictable I thought it was so good that it didn’t bother me that it was predictable. I will be writing a full review of the series once I have read the other two books in the series.

The Diamond As Big As The Ritz

The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My Rating: 2

Goodreads Rating: 3.79

This was the last book I read in June and it was so disappointing. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books so I thought I would love this short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald but I really didn’t.

What have you read this month?

Kirsty xxx

Review

Persuasion by Jane Austen Review

Persuasion (2)

My Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 4.12

Published by: Wordsworth Classics

Page: 208

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Persuasion follows the Elliots who are a respected family. Sir Walter has three daughters; Elizabeth, Mary and Anne. Mary is the only one who is married and she is married to Charles Musgrove. Sir Walter is very vain and ends up overspending and putting the family in debt. They have to rent their home to Admiral and Mrs Croft. Mrs Croft is Captain Frederick Wentworth’s sister whom Anne is in love with. They were going to marry but her friend Lady Russell convinced Anne that the Captain was not worthy of her. Mr Elliot, Anne’s cousin hopes to marry her but only so that he can become the heir of the Kellynch Baronetcy. Captain Wentworth is jealous and writes Anne a letter which leads to them getting engaged.

This was Austen’s last novel and I really enjoyed it. I much preferred it to Pride and Prejudice. This novel consists of Austen mocking the upper class and their ways. I really liked the character of Anne, she is a strong, quiet and self-assured. When Wentworth returns he says that he could not love Anne after she rejected him and she accepts this. Although at first this is an admirable quality I was left wanting her to just talk to him and sort everything out. Eventually they do communicate and Wentworth writes Anne a letter. I quite liked for a change that this novel wasn’t heavily romanced, the letter shows Wentworth’s love for Anne without being over the top and this suited the characters very well.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I liked the characters especially the character of Anne as she was a strong female which I really enjoyed.  I really enjoyed how Austen was mocking the upper class throughout the novel. I really want to read more of Austen’s books.

4 Stars

Kirsty xxx