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Stacking the Shelves #35

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga, where book lovers get to share what their latest additions to their book shelves are.

I didn’t get anything too exciting this week, seeing as I’m kind of busy going up to uni today. (You realise I’m going to mention this in literally every post, right?)

Bought

Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas - Numericon

Numericon by Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas

Look! Exciting maths book!

What’s new on your shelf this week?

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Off to University!

Tomorrow I’m leaving home and heading to university, which I am incredibly excited about. I am also terrified because it means meeting a load of new people, but I am looking forward to it a lot. I’ve been preparing for it for ages – buying new things (mainly for the kitchen) and having to do countless things like sorting out a library card and freshers stuff.

Anyway, the whole university thing probably means that I won’t have as much time to blog for a while. I have some stuff scheduled, but I’m not sure how active I’m really going to be. Hopefully I’ll find some time to blog but we’ll see.

monsters university

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Review: Winter’s Heart (Wheel of Time #9)

Robert Jordan - Winter's Heart

Rand, with Min, is on the run, and Cadsuane, in Carhien, is trying to figure out where he is headed.

Mazrim Taim, the leader of the Black Tower, is revealed to be a liar. Faile, with her companions, is a prisoner of Sevanna’s Sept.

With Elyas Machera, Berelain, the Prophet, and an “army” of disparate forces, Perrin is moving through country rife with bandits and roving Seanchan.

In Ebou Dar, the Seanchan princess known as Daughter of the Nine Moons arrives. In Tar Valon, the schemers and counter-schemers in Elaida’s White Tower are shaken to the core when the rebels appear suddenly outside the walls.

Winter’s Heart is the ninth book in the Wheel of Time series, a series that I’ve been working through slowly for a couple of years. To be fair, the books tend to be at least 600/700 pages long. This, like some of the other books in the series that I’ve read recently, did feel a little slow at times, but other parts made me really enjoy it. So, the best way to review this book is definitely a list!

The Good

  • There are some pretty awesome female characters in this book, and I love the relationships between them. My personal favourites are Faile, Aviendha and Min, and I really enjoyed reading about the sisterly relationship between Aviendha, Min and Elayne.
  • Perrin and Matt are one of my other favourite things about this series, and it was good to see both of them in the book. This series likes to leave them out a lot, so it was nice seeing them with big roles.
  • LAN! I almost forgot about you. He’s my other favourite because he’s the strong and silent type most of the time, but then he has some really sweet moments with his wife sometimes. Plus he’s very badass.
  • There weren’t too many pov’s for once. I knew who everybody was!
  • The ending was my favourite ending so far in the series. It wasn’t the usual huge battle, and I loved the way the perspectives changed to build tension.

The Bad

  • I HATE the length of the prologues in this book. Seventy pages is not normal for a prologue.
  • Egwene annoys me, and I always get bored in her parts of the book. Sorry, Egwene.
  • The plot in this book wasn’t the fastest moving compared to some of the other books.
  • I’m fed up of the fact that everybody’s thoughts always seem to go back to men being better than women or women being better than men (depending on the character’s gender). It’s really annoying.
  • Also, there should have been more Perrin and Faile in this book instead of having them separated. But that’s just me complaining about the plot because they’re really cute together.

Overall, I thought it was a nice addition to the series and it certainly moved the plot forward quite a bit. It’s just a shame my favourite couple wasn’t in it more!

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Wishlist Wednesday: Skulduggery Pleasant

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

A friend has been telling me for a while to read Skulduggery Pleasant, and I’ve got to say, it looks really good.

Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
and
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

See? It looks really good and it’s definitely on my wishlist. It looks really fun and it’s supposedly funny, so it’s something that I know I’ll be reading in the future.

What’s new on your wishlist this week?

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Top Ten Authors That I NEED To Read More Of

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and involves making a lists about a certain topic. And who doesn’t like making lists, right?

Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More

There are so many authors I find myself saying this about. It’s surprising how often it actually happens, so it was pretty hard to cut this list down to size.

Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere

1. Neil Gaiman

I’ve been wanting to read more Neil Gaiman ever since listening to the radio version of Neverwhere, and then reading the book. Stardust and Good Omens are too that I definitely want to pick up soon, especially seeing as Good Omens is going to be a BBC radio drama that airs at Christmas.

Elizabeth Wein - Code Name Verity

2. Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity broke my heart so much, so obviously I want to read everything else Elizabeth Wein’s ever written. Rose Under Fire is definitely a book I want to read soon.

Morgan Matson - Since You've Been Gone

3. Morgan Matson

I read Since You’ve Been Gone the other week and fell in love with it. It’s one of my top reads this year, I think. It was so good, and now I really need to read some more Morgan Matson!

Tamora Pierce - Alanna, The First Adventure

4. Tamora Pierce

A few people have told me to read her books, and so far I’ve only managed one. I really enjoyed it, and the only reason I haven’t read more is because her books are IMPOSSIBLE to find in the UK. Honestly, I found a couple in charity shops but otherwise there is nothing. They’re not even as sold as ebooks for my nook!

Leila Sales - This Song Will Save Your Life

5. Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life is one of my other favourite reads this year, and I need to read more Leila Sales. It was a fantastic book, and I’m hoping her other books are just as good!

Jennifer E Smith - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

6. Jennifer E. Smith

Love at First Sight was such a cute read and I’ve been told many times to read Jennifer E. Smith’s other books. They all look really cute.

Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

7. Markus Zusak

I loved The Book Thief a lot, I’ve read it a few times, and the film was brilliant. All this means I really need to read more by Markus Zusak because I love his writing.

Douglas Hulick - Among Thieves

8. Douglas Hulick

The second book in the Tales of the Kin series was published earlier this year and I really want to read it. The first book was awesome so I’m hoping the second book is just as good.

Gayle Forman - If I Stay

9. Gayle Forman

I read If I Stay over the summer in preparation for the film (which I have not yet seen), and really enjoyed it. I’m planning on reading Where She Went at some point, because I do want to read more about Mia and Adam.

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus

10. Erin Morgenstern

I’m kind of cheating with this one, because Erin Morgenstern hasn’t actually written any other books (or at least I don’t think she has). I wish she would though because I loved The Night Circus. It has beautiful writing, and the story was wonderful.

Which authors do you need to read more of?

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Series Review: The Hundred

I received both these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Hundred

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one  hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society  — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

 I have very mixed thoughts about this series. I went into these books thinking that I knew most of the plot – the tv series is on at the moment in the UK. What I didn’t realise was how different the show was compared to the books. That, of course, is not a bad thing at all and it was nice not knowing what would happen. I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed the story line in these books. What I didn’t like as much were the characters. On the whole, I couldn’t really connect to them and that was my main problem with the series so far.

The Hundred series tells the story of 100 teenage criminals who get to sent to earth to see if it’s possible to live there. The story focuses on Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass, who all have several secrets that they keep to themselves. The story that takes place on the ground is hectic as the 100 try to set up a camp and survive on the ground, while things are just as crazy on the Arc, where oxygen is slowly running out for those who live there. It’s all very tense and exciting.

The plot in this series takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns, especially when the secrets of the main characters are finally revealed. I was really interested in what was going to happen, and the second book certainly didn’t disappoint when it came to the plot. However, one of the things that I felt didn’t work every time were the flashbacks. The characters’ past tends to be told in flashbacks and sometimes they’re introduced naturally and it works really well. The thing is, sometimes they felt a bit forced and didn’t flow with the story. It was fine most of the time though.

As I’ve already mentioned, the characters didn’t impress me as much. There are four pov’s in these books and I found myself getting bored in them sometimes (mainly with Clarke and Wells). I didn’t connect to those two characters as much, although I did find parts of their story interesting and some of their secrets were definitely surprising. I found Bellamy and Glass much more interesting to read about. On Bellamy’s part, that I might be influenced by the fact that I love him in the tv show, but I did find myself really invested in his storyline. Plus I love reading about the relationships between siblings. Glass was just awesome. Her story takes place on the ship and it was so interesting reading about the struggles that happened up there. I really liked the world building when it came to the Arc too.

I wasn’t as big a fan of the world building when the book talked about the past though. I never really understood exactly what caused the Cataclysm – I gathered there was a war and they had to leave earth, but why was there a war? I need to know! It’s possible that I missed this info in the book though, so this could just be me being an idiot.

The 100 is a great start to the series, even if some of the characters are a bit of a let-down, and Day 21 certainly carries on with the intriguing story line. It’s definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of sci-fi books.

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Stacking the Shelves #34

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga, where book lovers get to share what their latest additions to their book shelves are.

My week has been pretty good – I haven’t done much though because I’m a week away from starting university and so have nothing to do with my time. It’s nice just relaxing though. I got a couple of books this week, one of which I’m really excited about!

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Morgan Matson - Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I loved Since You’ve Been Gone so I can’t wait to start this one.

Bought

Sarah J Maas - Heir of Fire - UK

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

It’s finally been released in the UK and I HAVE A COPY. AND IT’S SIGNED! I’m about half way through it and I love it so much. It’s brilliant!

What did you add to your shelves this week?