Review

The Iron King Review by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King

Plot Outline 

Meghan discovers a huge secret that will change her life. Meghan discovers that she is the daughter of a faery king and her best friend has been sent to protect her. She has to try and stop an evil force that is threating to take over the faery world.

My Opinion 

I have quite a few different Fae books but this is definetly one of the better ones. Some elements of this book were similar to other books but there was also some unique elements which I really enjoyed. I really liked the world that Kagawa created, I thought it was very imaginative and interesting to read about. I liked all the characters in this book and I especially liked the friendship between Meghan and Puck. The world building in this book was done really well. There were a lot of detailed descriptions and whilst in some books this can be boring I didn’t find it to be an issue in this book as I enjoyed reading about the world. There is a love triangle like there is in many YA books although it wasn’t the main focus. The love triangle didn’t bother me that much as I liked both Puck and Ash. I imagine that the love triangle will become more of a focus in later books but at the moment I didn’t mind it. I will be picking up the second book at some point as I am interested to see where this story will go.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday: Least Favourite Book In Your Favourite Series

This week’s topic is really interesting it is your least favourite book in your favourite series.  If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

Fairest

Fairest by Marissa Meyer– I did enjoy seeing Levana when she was younger but there was something lacking for me. This is quite a short story and would have liked to have seen more.

 

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas– I found this book really slow to start with. I didn’t like the multiple POVs as I felt that Manon’s story didn’t add too much to the story. It did pick up towards the end, though.

 

The Heir

The Heir by Kiera Cass– I love The Selection series but I think it should have remained a trilogy as I did not enjoy this book as much as the others. I found Eadlyn and I would have liked to have seen more of America and Maxon rather than her.

City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare– I love The Mortal Instruments but this is my least favourite. I found that this book was slower than the others and it took longer to get into.

 

Requiem

Requiem by Lauren Oliver- I enjoyed this trilogy and I gave all the books 4 stars but this is one isn’t my favourite. I found the ending to be really disappointing as I didn’t think that the story was wrapped up very well.

 

Kirsty xoxo

 

 

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is My Most Recent 5 Star Reads. I apologise in advance because there are going to be a lot of Cassandra Clare books in this post as I read the majority of them in the past two months and they were all 5 star reads.

Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare– I thought that this was a fantastic conclusion to The Infernal Devices trilogy. This book made me feel so many different emotions from happiness to sadness. I loved the characters in this book and although I was sad to see the series end I was happy with the way that it ended.

Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer- I loved this collection of short stories. I was sad when the series ended so I was glad to read this collection as I got to see more of the characters that I love. My favourite stories were; Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky and Something Old, Something New.

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare- This is another collection of short stories. I love Magnus and I really enjoyed seeing more of him in this collection. My favourite stories were; The Rise of the Hotel Dumort, Saving Raphael Santiago, What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) and The Course of True Love (And First Dates).

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry- I loved the world that Lowry had created and I found it really interesting to read about. This book makes you think quite a lot which I really enjoyed. I am so glad I finally decided to read this book.

Winter

Winter by Marissa Meyer– This is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles. I love this series and I was sad to see it end but I was happy with the way that Marissa Meyer wrapped everything up. I was glad to see that all my favourite characters got happy endings.

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- This is the last book in The Mortal Instruments series and again Cassandra Clare wrote another fantastic conclusion. The characters developed so much in this book which I was really happy to see.

Little Lies

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty– I really enjoyed this book. I think Liane Moriarty can write really realistic characters and covers difficult topics really well. The mysteries that she creates always keep me hooked from the very start.

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass– Another collection of short stories! This is a collection of stories from the Selection series which is a series that I really enjoyed. I really enjoyed; The Queen, The Prince and The Favourite. It was interesting to see other characters POV.

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare– I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was an excellent start to the new series. I thought this was a better start compared to City of Bones.  I love the characters in this series and the love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem.

Carry On

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I loved this book. I didn’t think that I was going to enjoy it but I ending up really enjoying it. I love the characters and the relationship between Simon and Baz. I would love to see more of these characters and I hope that Rainbow Rowell will write about them again.

What is on you list?

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Little Bones by Janette Jenkins Review

Little Bones

Plot Outline 

This is a historical fiction novel set in 1899 in London. The novel follows Jane who is a cripple and has been abandoned by her family. Jane is taken in by a doctor and his wife. Jane helps the doctor who carries out abortions on young actresses. When someone ends up dead the police begin to investigate and the doctor and Jane are under suspicion.

My Opinion 

I thought this book was pretty good. It took me awhile to get into as it switches between past and present. Once I got used to this I enjoyed reading about Jane’s past and seeing what her family was like. I found in parts this book was quite slow as the author chose to focus on things that I didn’t think added much to the plot. When Jane was younger a lady called Lisa used to tell her stories about India. The author seemed to make a big point of this and kept retelling the stories but I don’t think that this added anything to the plot. I thought the portrayal of Victorian London seemed very realistic and also the way that cripples would have been treated at the time seemed very accurate. I didn’t particularly like the descriptions of the abortions as I thought that they were a little too graphic for me. The ending was very surprised and the doctor’s actions really shocked me as I thought that he cared about Jane. Overall I enjoyed this story but I did find it took me awhile to get into which is why I gave it 3 stars. Although it was a bit slow to start with this was a very quick read for me.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures

Plot Outline

Ethan has lived in Gatlin all his live. Gatlin is a small town in the south of America where nothing ever happens. Ethan has been having weird dreams about a girl and when Lena Duchannes moves to Gatlin Ethan is shocked to see that she is the girl from his dreams. Lena is a mysterious character and Ethan is drawn to her and he soon discovers that she is hiding a secret.

My Opinion 

I did not enjoy this book. I found the pacing to be really slow and nothing really happened for the majority of the book. The pacing picked up towards the end as more action was taking place. This book was really long and I thought that the story was dragged out and could have easily been shorter. This is the first book in a series and the ending does leave the story open for the next book but I really think that this could have been just one book. I have no idea what the authors plan to do with the story over the next 3 books. I thought that the plot wasn’t that original and seemed similar to other books that I have read. This book was written from Ethan’s perspective which is unusual as a majority of YA books are told from a female character’s POV. I didn’t like the character of Ethan as I didn’t think that he was very realistic. The story may have worked better from Lena’s POV but I am not sure as I didn’t like her much either. I won’t be continuing with this series as I really did not enjoy this book and I really had to push myself to finish it. I tried to watch the film but I only managed to watch about 15 minutes before giving in. This series seems to be an either love or hate series and unfortunately, I did not enjoy it.

 

2 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

The Iron Witch Trilogy by Karen Mahone Review

The Iron Witch

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 

Plot Outline

When Donna was younger her father was killed by the fey and they drove her mother mad. Donna was saved by magic and now has iron tattoos all over her arms and hands. Donna is part of the alchemists. The evil wood elves kidnap Donna’s best friend and she must help to rescue him. She meets Xan who is half fey and together they will try to get Navin back.

My Opinion

I found this book to be really similar to other YA series and I didn’t really enjoy it. This seemed to have many of the tropes that are written about in YA; an orphan, a girl who must save the world, the best friend who is in love with her and a new mysterious guy. I found the plot to be very predictable as a result of the similarities to other series. The relationship between Donna and Xan seemed very rushed and I really didn’t like it. Donna barely knew Xan but she seemed to instantly fall in love with him. I liked some of the ideas that the author had, I found the world that she created really interesting. I thought the execution let it down, though, I would have liked to have seen more world building as I felt that the world wasn’t very well developed.

 

The Wood Queen

Plot Outline

At the end of the last book Donna destroyed the elixir of life and now she has to face the consequences. The Wood Queen was tricked and she is not happy and a war is very likely.

My Opinion

I found this book to be much slower than the first one. I found the plot dragged quite a bit as a large part of the book was dedicated to finding out what Donna’s punishment was going to be. Her punishment didn’t seem that severe considering what she had done. This book like the first seemed to follow the usual YA tropes and I found this a bit tedious to read. The book ended on a cliffhanger so I wanted to read the last book in order to find out what was going to happen.

The Stone Demon

Plot Outline

Donna opened the door to the demon world after being tricked by the Wood Queen and now demons are flooding into her world. The demons want the philosopher’s stone and Donna is sent to London to learn how to recreate it.

My Opinion

I liked this book more than I did the first two. I thought that this book was had a much faster pace. The book still contained some YA cliches but it didn’t feel as formulaic as the first two books. In the first two books, it felt like the author had a checklist of YA cliches and she wanted to make sure she included them all. Despite liking this book more this is not one of my favourite series and I wouldn’t really recommend it. I think this could easily have just been one book as I felt that that the story was unnecessarily dragged out.

Kirsty xoxo

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Really Love but Feel I Haven’t Talked About Enough

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is a really good one as I get to talk about books that I love but haven’t mentioned in awhile or in some cases at all. A lot of these books I read a few years ago before I had my blog. Some of them are quite popular books but I don’t hear many people talk about them and I think more people need to read them.

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I am a huge fan of Liane Moriarty’s books. I think she writes really realistic characters and I enjoy the mysteries that she creates. I have read a few of her books and The Husband’s Secret was the first one I ever read. I think she is really good at weaving stories together and connecting characters.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite classics. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing and I really liked the story that he created.

Switched

I love the Trylle trilogy and I never hear anyone talk about it. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and I really enjoy reading books about fairies. This is a little bit different as it is about trolls. I think this is such a unique concept and I highly recommend this trilogy.

I've Got Your Number

I love Sophie Kinsella’s books and this is one of my favourites. I love the relationship between Poppy and Sam and it is one of my favourite relationships that Sophie Kinsella has written.

The Help

I loved reading The Help as I thought it was a really powerful novel with a great cast of characters.

The  Woman in Black

I loved Susan Hill’s writing in this book. Some of the phrases were really beautiful and I thought she created an excellent ghost story.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

This was such an interesting concept and I thought it was written really well.

The Diamond of Drury Lane

This was one of my favourite books when I was younger, I loved the story and the characters.

Holes

Holes was one of my favourite books that I had to read at school. I thought the story was really good and I liked how everything was linked together.

The Time Traveler's Wife

This was such a beautifully written book and I absolutely loved it.

Kirsty xoxo