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The Last Star by Rick Yancey Review

The 5th Wave

The Infinite Sea

The Last Star

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Plot Outline 

This is the last book in the 5th Wave trilogy. The Others have almost successfully rid the Earth of humans. They did this by taking away their humanity making them turn on one another.  They have almost finished their task and it will be difficult to stop them.

My Opinion 

As you are probably aware from my previous reviews I am not a huge fan of this series. However, I did prefer The Infinite Sea so I decided that I would give this book a chance but I wish I hadn’t as I did not enjoy it. I did find that this was a real struggle to finish. I felt for the majority of the book not a lot was happening. I did find myself skimming over parts as I was just not engaged with the story. Whilst reading this I got the impressions that the author wasn’t sure how to wrap everything up. The ending felt very disappointing and nothing was really wrapped up. Something which I did appreciate in this book was that the author made clear whose POV we were reading. However, this was still confusing as the POVs shifted very quickly and I would have preferred longer sections for each POV. Overall I did not enjoy this series but I know that plenty of people have really loved it. I’m not sure whether it is the subject matter (aliens) that I didn’t like, the writing style or a combination of the two. I don’t have any desire to pick up any of Rick’s other books and I probably won’t read anything from him in the future.

2 Stars

It has been recently revealed that Rick Yancey will be adding 3 more books to this series.  I will not be picking up these books as I am not really sure what else he can do with the story and I have really not enjoyed this trilogy so I don’t feel the need to carry on with the series.

Kirsty xoxo

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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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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

 

 

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World War 2 Books I Want To Read

Last year I read a few WW2 novels and I really enjoyed them. It is a genre that I have always quite enjoyed from reading Carrie’s War and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to more recently Salt to the Sea and The Book Thief. Today I thought I would share some of the WW2 books that are on my TBR.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry- I really enjoyed The Giver by Lois Lowry and this won a Newbery Medal so I have a feeling that it is going to be really good. Annemarie’s friend moves into her house and pretends to be part of the family so that she is not taken away by the Nazis. This sounds like it is going to be a really emotional read.

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein- I wasn’t sure whether to keep this one on my TBR as I wasn’t a huge fan of Code Name Verity but I decided that I would still like to give this one a go. Rose is a pilot that is captured and sent to a concentration camp. I am hoping that I will like this book more than her other book.

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The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow- Lily makes a terrible mistake during the war and has to learn to live with the choice that she made.

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult- I really like Jodi’s writing and I think that she is really good at making an impact with her work. Sage starts spending time with an old man but is shocked when he tells her that he was a Nazi officer and he wants her to kill him. I think that this is going to be an excellent read and I can’t wait to check it out.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys- Salt to the Sea was one of my favourite reads of 2016 so I really need to check out her other book that is set during WW2. The main character is sent to a camp in Siberia and I think that this is going to be another fantastic book from Ruta.

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- I have been recommended this book quite a lot and I really need to get around to reading it. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 2015 so I am expecting great things.

Do you have any WW2 fiction recommendations?

Kirsty xoxo

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2016 Reading Stats

Today I thought I would do a post comparing my 2016 reading year to my 2015 reading year.

How many books read?

In 2015 I read 107 books and in 2016 I read 147 books.

Genres

 

In 2015 I read a lot of fantasy and although in 2016 I still read a lot of fantasy books I read more contemporary. In 2017 I would like to read from more genres particularly classics and historical fiction.

Longest and Shortest Books

2015: 676- This Charming Man by Marian Keyes 58- The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2016: 823- Winter by Marissa Meyer 62- Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Old vs New

I read quite a few more new releases in 2016 and this is partly due to the fact that I signed up for Net Galley and received quite a few arcs to read. In 2017 I would like to have a more equal split between new and old books.

Male vs Female Authors

I wanted to read more books written by male authors in 2016 but unfortunately, I didn’t achieve this. I’m not sure why the majority of books I read are by female authors but I would really like to try and read from more male authors.

Series vs Standalones

I was happy with the ratio of standalones to series that I read this year. I wanted to read more standalones as I often read a lot of series and sometimes I just want to be told the whole story in one book.

Ratings

In 2016 I felt that I was harsher with my ratings as I gave a lot more books three and four stars. A book had to really impress me to gain a five-star rating whereas in 2015 I feel that I may have been generous with my ratings and if I reread them I would probably give them a lower rating.

Monthly Breakdown

Once again it was during the summer that I got most of my reading done. It tails off towards the end of summer as that is when I started my job so I didn’t get as much reading done. October was my worse month in 2016 as I got into a major reading slump so during September and October I didn’t read a much as I would have liked.

Overall I am happy with my reading year and I am hoping that 2017 will be even better.

Kirsty xoxo

 

 

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Favourite Christmas Films

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As we are getting even closer I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Christmas films. Please let me know what your favourites are as I am always looking for new things to watch.

Elf

Elf is a brilliant film. It has the right mix of funny and Christmas. It follows the story of a human who has been raised as an elf and he doesn’t realise that he isn’t actually an elf. He goes on a search to meet his father but things don’t go smoothly. I love watching Buddy try to adjust to human life as it causes some really funny moments.

The Santa Clause

This film just screams Christmas to me. It’s about a man who becomes Santa after the original Santa falls off the roof. I watched this movie when I was younger and I always go back to it.

Love Actually

Who doesn’t love this film? We follow the stories of a load of different characters and this film has a lot of big movie stars in it. One of my favourite scenes is when Hugh Grant’s character who is the Prime Minister is dancing in his house.

Christmas Carol (Disney)

I will watch any version of Christmas Carol as I really like the story but my favourite is the 2009 version with Jim Carrey. I think the animation is stunning in this film and I remember being amazed by it when I saw it in the cinema.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

This tells three different Christmas stories and I love it. I can’t pick a favourite as I love them all equally. In the first story, we see Huey, Dewey and Louie wish that it could be Christmas every day and we see how quickly it gets very boring for them. The second story sees Goofy try to convince his son that Santa is real. The last story sees Mickey and Minnie selling their favourite possessions in order to buy the perfect gift for one another.

I think that there is nothing better than curling up in bed with a hot chocolate and watching one of these movies. What are your favourite Christmas films?

Kirsty xoxo

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward To In The 1st Half Of 2017

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This week’s topic  is books that we are looking forward to that come out in the first half of 2017. There are so many books that I am looking forward to in 2017 that it was really hard to narrow it down to just 10 books. Please let me know which books you are looking forward to as I am always looking for new books to add to my TBR.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber- When I read the synopsis for this I got major Night Circus vibes. I really enjoyed that book and I’ve been looking for something similar ever since I read it.

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Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth- This is Veronica Roth’s first new book since The Divergent trilogy. I liked the first book in the trilogy but I wasn’t so keen on the others. This is a sci-fi book a genre a don’t read a lot from. The book follows two characters from different places and they come together when one of them is captured.

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking- I am a big fan of the Trylle trilogy and I always enjoy checking out Amanda’s work. This is another book about a circus.  The book follows Mara who cleans the tiger cage and she has to solve a mystery when performers start being killed by a mysterious beast.

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard- I really liked Red Queen but I didn’t enjoy Glass Sword as much. I am interested to see where Victoria is going to take the story. I really hope that this one is better than the previous book.

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The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury- I read the first two books in this series (The Sin Eater’s Daughter and The Sleeping Prince and I am looking forward to see how the author will continue the series. What I find interesting about this series is that each book follows a different character and the author weaves the previous character into the current book.

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton- I read Rebel of the Sands earlier this year and although I didn’t love it I am interested in continuing on with the series.

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken- I really enjoyed reading Passenger. I thought that the writing was beautiful. The first book ended on such a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to see how the story gets wrappep up.

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My Not So Perfect by Sophie Kinsella- I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s books as they always so much fun to read. She is an auto-buy author for me so I will buy whatever she writes.

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner- I am a huge fan of retellings and when I saw this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling I got really excited. I love Beauty and the Beast and I really like seeing different authors interpretations of the story.

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Wintersong by S. Jae- Jones- This sounds like it’s going to be a really good fantasy that has a romance element to it. Liesl has heard stories about goblins but has never believed them until her sister is taken. In order to save her sister Liesl agrees to marry the Goblin King.

What books are you excited for?

Kirsty xoxo