Review

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer Review

Previous reviews of Marissa Meyer’s books

Stars Above

When I heard that Marissa Meyer was releasing a collection of short stories I was really happy. I finished Winter and although I was happy with how the series wrapped up I still wanted more from the characters and the world because I love it so much.

The Keeper- 4

This was the back story of Scarlet’s Grandma which I found really interesting. She is a very important character in the series as she takes in Cinder but we didn’t find out too much about her in the series so I was pleased to find out more about her.

Glitches- 4

In this story, we got to see how Cinder came to live with Adri and her daughters. I really liked seeing the friendship between Cinder and Peony in this story.

The Queen’s Army- 4

This story was a lot darker than the other stories in the collection. This story was about how Wolf came to be in the army. I found it really interesting to have more background information to Wolf.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky- 5

Thorne is such a funny character and it was great to see him when he was younger. This story had me smiling as Thorne gets up to some really amusing things.

After Sunshine Passes By- 3

This was my least favourite story in the collection. This one was about how Cress came to be on the satellite. For me, there was something lacking from this story and it wasn’t as enjoyable as the other ones.

The Princess and the Guard- 4

In this story, we get to see Winter and Jacin when they were younger. I really enjoyed seeing their friendship as it is really sweet. We also got to learn why Winter stopped using her gift. I really liked this story as we only to see Winter and Jacin in one book so I feel that we don’t know as much about them compared to the other characters.

The Little Android- 4

This is a retelling of the Little Mermaid which I didn’t realize until I finished it. This was such a sweet love story although the ending was sad.

The Mechanic- 4

I loved seeing Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s point of view.

Something Old, Something New- 5

This story takes place after the events of Winter and the characters are preparing for Wolf and Scarlet’s wedding. It was great to revisit these characters and see them all together again.

5 Stars

Overall I really enjoyed this collection and if you are a fan of the series then I highly recommend that you check this book out.

Kirsty xoxo

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US vs UK Book Covers

I decided to do this post after I went to buy a copy of Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys. I heard a lot of good things about it on Booktube and the cover looked absolutely stunning so I needed a copy. When I went into WH Smith I was horrified to see that the pretty cover that I wanted had been changed and replaced with something that wasn’t as visually appealing. I decided to compare US and UK book covers to see which ones I prefer.

Throughout this post, US covers will be on the left-hand side and the UK covers on the right-hand side.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys- For me the US cover is much more striking and I think the image has more of an impact. I think the stormy look suits the tone of the story more than the UK cover. Winner- US

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- The girl on the US cover looks really badass and I think she looks like a fierce witch. The girl on the UK cover doesn’t look as intimidating. I do like the use of the yellow on the blue cover but I think the US cover looks like it suits the story more. Winner- US

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella- I really like both of these covers but I feel that the US cover is a bit too simple. The UK fits with the other Sophie Kinsella books whereas the US one is very different from the other book covers. Winner- UK

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell- I really like the simplicity of the US cover. I think that the UK cover has too much going on in it. Winner- US

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- I really like the black and the use of colours on the UK cover. I think the UK cover better portrays a train moving past. I don’t really like the typography on the US cover as it makes it difficult to read. Winner- UK

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine- I don’t really like either of the covers. The US cover makes it looks like romance is the main focus of the story but it really isn’t. Although there are couples in the series they are not the main focus. I think the black covers with  brightly coloured font works really well but I am not a fan of the face on the cover. Winner- UK

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas– The cover shown is the original US cover which they have thankfully changed. I really like the UK covers, the original US covers just don’t scream badass assassin like the UK covers do. Even compared to the new US covers I still like the UK covers as I really like the white background. Winner- UK

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen- I like both these covers. The UK cover is really simple but also draws you in. The US cover is gorgeous with the swirls around the edges and the castle in the background. They have changed the cover for the last book and I really don’t like the new design. You can see the new cover here. I’m hoping the UK will get a different cover. Winner- US

If you want me to do this post again in the future and you want me to include a specific book let me know.

Kirsty xoxo

Tag

The Mortal Instruments Tag

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare and all the books that she has written. This tag compares The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices to see which series is your favourite.

If you want to check out my reviews of the two series I will link them below:

The Mortal Instruments 1-3 

The Mortal Instruments 4-6

The Infernal Devices

TMI Tag

Favourite main character: Clary or Tessa?- Tessa- I loved Tessa’s character. Both characters are really strong characters but there is something about Tessa that I prefer. Tessa has a big heart and will do anything for people that she loves. I also think that her power is really cool.

Favourite Herondale: Jace or Will?- Will- I really like Jace but Will is hilarious. I thought Will was really funny and charming and I instantly liked him whereas it took me awhile to like Jace.

Favourite love triangle: Simon/Clary/Jace or Will/Tessa/Jem?- Will/Tessa/Jem?- This is one of the best love triangles ever. The Simon/Clary/Jace love triangle just didn’t feel real for me as I only ever saw Simon and Clary as friends.

Better villain: Sebastian or the Magister?- Sebastian- Sebastian was such an evil character and I thought that he was a really interesting character.

Better army: The Dark Army or The Clockwork Army?- The Dark Army- Using Shadowhunters against Shadowhunters is truly evil.

Better first book: City of Bones or Clockwork Angel?- Clockwork Angel- I think that Clockwork Angel was the better first book because I was already used to the Shadowhunter world whereas it took me awhile to get into City of Bones.

Better female sidekick: Isabelle Lightwood or Cecily Herondale?- Isabelle Lightwood- Isabelle is such a cool character, she is really loyal and protective of those that she loves. I did like Cecily but I don’t think we saw enough of her.

Better setting: The New York Institute or The London Institute?- The London Institute- I loved the setting for The Infernal Devices. Victorian London is one of my favourite time periods for books to be set in.

Better last book: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess?- Clockwork Princess- Clockwork Princess made me feel so many emotions. I loved it.

Better final epilogue: City of Heavenly Fire or Clockwork Princess? – Clockwork Princess- I really loved seeing Tessa and Jem and hearing about the family that Tessa and Will had.

Winner: The Infernal Devices

Which is your favourite series?

Kirsty xoxo

 

Review

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

Plot Outline

This story follows Jonas who lives in a world that is highly controlled and is colourless. Jonas is assigned the position Receiver of Memory and he soon discovers things from the past that his society has made everyone forget.

My Opinion 

I found the world really interesting and I can see how other dystopian novels have been influenced by this book. I thought that the story was really well structured and although it was a children’s book I didn’t find the writing too basic. The book is quite short so we didn’t get to see as much world building as I would have liked. I would have liked to have learned more about the world as I found it really interesting. Lois Lowry has written three other books set in this world so I am interested to read those so I can learn more about this world. This book really makes you think as it really questions whether a life without suffering is actually good or whether suffering is needed in order to learn from it. I would have loved to have studied this book at school as I think you could have some really interesting discussions about it.

5 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver Review

Delirium

Plot Outline

Love is a disease and it must be cured. Lena is waiting to be cured of the disease but when she meets Alex everything changes.

My Opinion 

I found the idea of love being a disease really interesting and the idea was really well thought out. For the majority of the book, I liked the main character although at times she could be annoying as she was really indecisive. I found the relationship between Alex and Lena to be a bit instalove and I would have preferred to see more relationship development rather than the two characters instantly falling for one another. I found that there were quite a few similarities to other dystopian novels. The ending was quite shocking and I thought it was quite a big cliffhanger and I couldn’t wait to read the next book.

Pandemonium

Plot Outline

Lena has escaped and she has met new people but she needs to learn to live without Alex.

My Opinion 

This book was set out differently to Delirium. In this book, we have ‘then’ and ‘now’ chapters. We get to see how Lena made it to the Wilds and we get to see her working for the resistance. This layout took awhile to get used to but I ended up really enjoying. Usually, when it comes to trilogies I don’t like the second book but I thought this was as good as the first book. There were many aspects of this book that were really predictable especially one thing that happened which is clearly meant to be shocking.

Requiem

Plot Outline

Lena is now part of the revolution and The Wilds are no longer safe for her and her friends. The government is trying to put a stop to the rebellion. Lena’s friend Hana is still living in the place Lena escaped from and she is engaged to the Mayor’s son.

My Opinion 

In this book, we get both Lena’s and Hana’s perspective. I enjoyed seeing both characters POV. I did find it strange that we got Hana’s POV at first because we hadn’t seen her since the first book so it felt strange to be back with her. Oliver entwined Lena and Hana’s story really well and she showed that friendship still exists even when people have been separated. From the start of this book, I was hooked as I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen and I was curious as to how Oliver was going to wrap up the series. I was left really disappointed by the ending. The story just tailed off towards the end and I don’t feel that we got a proper conclusion. There was a lot of build up to a dramatic ending but we didn’t get anything. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue to see what the characters were doing a few years later as there were so many questions that were left unanswered. If Goodreads allowed half stars I would have given this a 3.5 as I don’t think that it was as good as the first two books but I don’t feel that it is a 3-star book either.

4 Stars

Overall I did enjoy this trilogy but I did feel that the ending was disappointing. I would probably give the trilogy an overall rating of 3.5 stars as the last book really let it down for me. If you like dystopian novels then I would recommend that you check this trilogy out.

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Halo by Frankie Rose Review

Halo

Plot

Kit lives in a world where her emotions are controlled by an object called a Halo. She has to participate in fights like a gladiator but the Halo means that she feels no pain or fear. When her Halo comes off she is introduced to a whole new world and experiences emotions she has never felt before.

My Opinion

When I first started this book I didn’t really enjoy it as I thought it was too similar to other dystopian novels that I have read. I put it to one side and decided to read some other books but when I went back to this one I started to enjoy it a lot more. It was still similar to other dystopian novels but I think I wasn’t enjoying it to start with because I had read so many dystopian novels so taking a break really helped. I found the concept of the Halos really interesting. The Halos were able to control emotions and when Kit’s comes off she experiences emotions that she has never felt before. I also really liked seeing the fighting element in this book as I thought it was quite unique it reminded me a lot of gladiators. The ending is left on a big cliffhanger so I really want to check out the next book in the series.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

Review

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie Review

Matched

Plot Outline 

Cassia’s future is decided for her by the Society. The Society make all the rules, they decide who you love, where you work and when you die. Cassia is Matched with her best friend Xander but when she goes to watch his video another face appears. Cassia must make a choice between Xander and Ky. Should she stick with what she knows and what is expected or follow a new unplanned path.

My Opinion

I found the world in this book really interesting. At the time, I hadn’t read The Giver by Lois Lowry but now I have and I can see many similarities to that book in this series.  I thought that there were parts of the story that were really predictable and the plot was similar to other dystopian novels. I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle in this series. I thought Xander and Ky were too similar and I found Cassia’s indecision over them really boring. At the start of the book, I found Cassia’s character annoying and very immature but I thought her character developed a lot throughout the book. By the end of the book, Cassia had developed a strong voice and she seemed a much stronger character than she had at the start of the book. The ending was left open for the next book which was annoying at the time as I didn’t have the next book so I had to wait to get my hands on it and continue on with the story.

Crossed

Plot Outline 

This book follows Cassia and her involvement with the rebellion against the Society. Ky managed to escape so Cassia goes out to try and find him.

My Opinion

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I liked the first one. At the start, I found the story to be fast paced and the plot was interesting. In this book we got two perspectives; Ky’s and Cassia’s. When they were separated I really like the dual perspective but once they had been reunited I thought it was unnecessary. When Cassia and Ky were reunited the pace of story really slowed down and I found that the story became really boring. The pacing picked up towards the end and the story did get more interesting. I found the love triangle in this book even more than I did in the first book.  The whole point of the book was for Cassia to find Ky but the entire book she was questioning her feelings for him and kept thinking about Xander. I found the love triangle annoying and I don’t think it was needed.

Reached

Plot Outline 

Cassia and Ky have found the Rising but they become separated again when the Rising assigns them different tasks.

My Opinion

I thought that this was a good conclusion to the series and I liked it a lot more than Crossed. I found the pacing to be a lot better in this book and I didn’t want to put the book down as I wanted to find out what was going to happen. At times, I found the story a little bit confusing especially the descriptions of the Plague. I found that the explanations about the Plague were quite scientific and I found them quite confusing as I know very little about science. The Rising took over the Society and I was expecting this to be a lengthy process and a main focus for the book. The takeover happened very quickly and I was a little disappointed as I was expecting a bit more from this part of the story. I was satisfied with the ending to this series as I think everything was wrapped up well.

Overall I would probably give this series a 3.5. I enjoyed it but it isn’t a favourite for me and I do think that there are a lot of similarities to other dystopian novels.

Have you read this series? What did you think of it?

Kirsty xoxo