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Daughter Of Fire and Ice By Marie Louise Jensen Review

Daughter of Fire and Ice

Daughter of Fire and Ice by Marie-Louise Jensen

Plot Outline

This book follows a group of Viking settlers as they travel to Iceland. The main character is Thora and she is a healer. Thora has fallen for Bjorn but he is married and his wife makes sure that Thora is never happy.

My Opinion

I really enjoyed the setting and the time period of this book. I haven’t read anything else that is set in a similar time period so this was very interesting. I thought that the story was very well written and I enjoyed seeing the settlers build their village from nothing. I enjoyed the pacing of the book for the most part however, I did feel that it ended very abruptly. I personally would have liked to have seen more of the characters. There was a lot of build-up surrounding their journey to Iceland and I would have liked to see more of their lives in this new place. The ending is left very open and I would have liked to have seen a bit more of a conclusion for these characters. Overall it was an enjoyable read but I didn’t think it was amazing which is why I only gave it 3 stars.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan Review

The Sword of Summer

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Book 1 in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series) 

Plot Outline 

After his mother died Magnus has lived on the streets of Boston. A man that his mother warned him about finds him and tells Magnus that he is the son of a Norse god. Magnus must find a weapon to prevent Ragnarok and the only way to do this is to die.

My Opinion

Rick Riordan’s books get spoken about quite a lot and I hadn’t read anything by him since I read the Percy Jackson series. I really wanted to dive back into his books as I remembered really enjoying them. This book intrigued me as it is about Norse mythology rather than Greek mythology. I feel that I know a fair amount about Greek mythology but I knew very little about the Norse gods. Despite having a different mythology in this book  I felt that it was very similar to the Percy Jackson series. The plot followed a similar pattern where the character finds out that his father is a god and then goes on some quest. I thought that Magnus and Percy were very similar characters and when I read this book it did feel a bit repetitive. There was a diverse range of characters in this book which I enjoyed seeing. Despite this book feeling similar to his other books I did enjoy reading it. I thought that it was a lot of fun and I will be continuing on with this series. I also want to read his other books as I have only read the Percy Jackson series.

3 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner Review

The Maze Runner

 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner 

Plot Outline 

Thomas wakes up in the Glade surrounded by loads of strange boys. He can only remember his name. Outside the Glade is the Maze that constantly changes and the boys have no way of escaping. Everything changes when a girl arrives with a message that means they must make their way through the Maze.

My Opinion

I have heard mixed things about this book and when I started it I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. It took me awhile to get into this book. One of the reasons for this is that the boys use a slang language which made it a bit confusing. I ended up really enjoying this book. It is full of mystery and suspense and it kept me hooked until the end. I didn’t know what was going to happen and I wanted to keep reading in order to find out what was going to happen to the boys. Something happened to a particular character which I wasn’t happy about and it came as a shock as I was not expecting it. The ending was left wide open for the next book and although I understand why this was I would have liked more of a conclusion. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I have since gone on to read the second one.

4 Stars

Kirsty xoxo

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Atlantia by Ally Condie Review

Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie Review 

Plot Outline

Rio luves in the underwater of Atlantia and dreams of going Above. However, her twin sister Bay leaves her behind and she is stuck in Atlantia. Rio has to come up with a plan to get her Above and a long the way she uncovers many secrets.

My Opinion 

Ally Condie wrote the Matched trilogy which has mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it so I was hopeful that I would like this book. I want to start my review by saying if you are expecting a book about mermaids then this is not for you. I honestly thought that this book was about mermaids but it’s a dystopian set in an underwater city although there is mention of sirens. I thought that this book really lacked world building and what should have been a really interesting world wasn’t. I found it so difficult to imagine as the author gave us hardly any descriptions of the world. I didn’t connect with any of the characters in this book and nothing seemed to happen for the majority of the book. I felt that the romance should have been used more as it might have helped to make the story more interesting. The book was very slow moving and I didn’t connect with the story or the characters. I am really glad that this was a standalone as I would not want to read any other books set in this world.

Kirsty xoxo

 

 

2 Stars

 

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Reading Habits Tag

Reading Habits Tag

Today I am doing the Reading Habits Tag which is all about how we read. You can check out the original here.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

No not really. I will read pretty much anywhere. I do mainly read on my bed but I will sit on the sofa or read standing up whilst I am cooking. I am quite lucky as I am able to read in the car so whenever I am traveling in the car, bus or train I read. I have the Kindle app on my phone so I am never without a book so I can read whilst I wait for people without needing to carry a book with me.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I do try to use a bookmark as I have so many but I will use a bit of paper if it is more convenient. I often use receipts or old train tickets as sometimes these are easier to grab than a bookmark.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I tend to read in chapters so I will usually stop at the end of the chapter. However sometimes I can’t always read to the next chapter so I will stop mid-chapter but I always finish the page or paragraph that I am reading.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes I do. I always have a bottle of water nearby or a cup of tea. I will also read whilst I eat especially when I’m reading on my phone as I can lay it down flat on the table or prop it up so I don’t need to hold like I would if I was reading a physical book.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I always have music playing in the background whilst I am reading and I will occasionally have the TV on but it’s usually a show that doesn’t require much watching like Come Dine With Me.
6. One book at a time or several at once?

I tend to have a couple of books on the go at once. Usually, because I am reading something on my phone as well as reading a physical book. I try not to have too many books on my currently reading shelf though as it can get confusing trying to keep up with all the different plots and characters.
7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I answered this in the first one but I will read anywhere. I do the majority of reading home but I nearly always find time to read elsewhere during the day. For example if I get to lectures early I will read on my phone whilst I wait for the lectuer to arrive.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

I usually read in my head but sometimes when I read a classic I will read it out loud as I find that it can help me to understand the story a bit better.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

The only time I ever skip ahead is if it is a book that I am not enjoying. I will sort of skip over bits but I only do that if I really don’t like a book.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I try to keep the spines as crease free as possible but sometimes it is impossible to read a book without cracking the spine.
11. Do you write in your books?

No I never write in my books I have used post its in the past but I mainly just write any notes that I want to make in a notebook.

I would love to see your answers for this tag so leave your links?

Kirsty xoxo

TBR

March TBR

Today I am sharing my March TBR. I know it is a little as I have already read some of the books which you will hear more about in my wrap up.

caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I was lucky enough to be able to go to a signing for this book. So I was able to hear Stephanie talk about her book, unfortunately, I had not read the book before the event. I was really excited to read this book and I read it at the start of the month and I really enjoyed it.

Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas- I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series and when this was released I was really excited for it. When this book came out I was in a massive reading slump so although I did start this I couldn’t get into it and ended up putting it to one side. I really want to get round to this book as the last one in the series comes out later this year and I want to be caught up before then.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry- If you read my post about WW2 books that I want to read then you will know that this book was on that list. I am really interested in reading more WW2 fiction books as I find that there is so much about the war that I do not know.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- This is an extremely popular book and I have heard a lot of good things about it. I wasn’t too interested in this book but then my friend told me that I should read it so I am going to give it a go.

The Death Cure

The Death Cure by James Dashner- I have I read the first two books in this series and I really enjoyed them so I want to continue with the series. I have a terrible habit of starting series and taking such a long time to read the next book that I forget what has happened in the previous book.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll- I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland last year so I would really like to read the next story. I enjoyed reading about Wonderland and the characters that lived there.

What books do you plan on reading this month?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads

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This week’s topic ties in with the Booktube Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards. We are sharing our favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy books. I don’t read many Science Fiction books so this list will be all fantasy books. If you want to check out the Goodreads group then the link is here.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I loved the writing in this book. This book is set in a magical, mysterious circus and I absolutely loved it. I thought that the author created a really good atmosphere and I loved her descriptions of the circus.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer- I really liked this story which is based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. This book tells the story of how the Queen became the Queen of Hearts. I really liked the way that Meyer used the original story to create her own story. I got caught up in the story, it is so fast paced and I loved all the characters.

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare– I have enjoyed all of Cassandra Clare’s books but I think that this might be my favourite. I really liked the new cast of characters that were introduced in this book. I also really liked the murder mystery element that was in this book and as usual, there were so many plot twists.

The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen- I enjoyed the first book in this series but the second book was even better. We saw a lot of character development in this book and we were slowly giving more information about the Crossing.

Winter

Winter by Marissa Meyer– The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series and this last book was excellent. I really liked the way that the author wrapped up the characters stories. The story flew by as it was so fast paced and really addicting.

Which books made it to your list?

Kirsty