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Review: Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)

Kelley Armstrong - Sea of Shadows

They hear the spirits. They must obey.

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed by an ancient evil, Moria and Ashyn must race to warn the empire of a terrifying threat. Accompanied by a dashing thief and a warrior with a dark history, the sisters battle their way across a wasteland filled with reawakened monsters of legend. But there are more sinister enemies waiting for them at court – and a secret that will alter the balance of their world forever.

The first volume in the Age of Legends trilogy, Sea of Shadows is a thrilling dark fantasy where evil hides in every shadow and the deadliest monsters of all come in human form . . .

It’s actually been a while since I read this book, and while at the time I thought it was pretty good, it seems that this is not a particularly memorable book. Thank goodness I wrote some notes because it’s all sort of a blur at the moment for this book!

What I do remember was that this book was a bit different to what I was expecting. I thought it would be a typical fantasy book (which it kind of was), but it had quite a few creepy moments at the beginning of the book which I really liked. Actually, the plot in general was a lot of fun and I did enjoy the story. It surprised me quite a few times during the book, especially a plot twist at the end.

However, what did stop me from enjoying the book as much were the short chapters. I love short chapters as much as the next person, but here they felt too short. Especially at the start, a chapter would end in the middle of a scene and then carry on again in exactly the same place in the next chapter. Why split it? It definitely broke up the flow of the book.

It did have several interesting characters, and I loved the twins who are at the centre of the story. Ashyn is so adorable and friendly, and then she can be really awesome at talking and negotiating and stuff, whereas Moria does a lot more of the fighting. She’s also brilliant. I was worried for a bit that there would be a really awkward love triangle, but thankfully it didn’t emerge. The other characters, like Gavril and Ronan, are really sweet as well and interesting to read about.

There’s a lot of banter too which is always a good sign! Overall, it was a fun read (although not the most memorable) and it’s worth reading if you’re a fantasy fan.

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Review: Taste of Darkness (Healer #3)

Maria V Snyder - Taste of Darkness

She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

But there’s a more immediate threat: The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.

Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

There may be spoilers ahead for the first couple of books. Only minor ones though, like love interests and stuff.

This was possibly my favourite book in the series. I really enjoyed it! There was so much awesomeness in the book and it was a great end to the series. A lot happened, and I was genuinely worried for a lot of characters during the book, especially Belen (who’s awesome by the way).

So, the book. Plot-wise, there was plenty of action going on. I did find that sometimes things were a little rushed in the story and I wish more time was spent on a few things that came up. However, I did like the plot and I loved how things managed to link up by the end.

I was also a huge fan of the banter in this series and this book made me laugh quite a few times. It was so nice having some light-heartedness in the book between Avry and her friends.

Speaking of Avry, she was great in this book. I’ve liked her character through the whole series, but I really loved her in this one. She’s just brilliant. I’m also a rather big fan of Ryne, even if he does sometimes use people to get things done. I just can’t not like him, sorry Avry. The biggest surprise for me though was how much I enjoyed Kerrick’s sections of the book. If you’ve read my reviews of previous books in the series, you may remember that I really disliked Kerrick in the first book. I mean, I really didn’t want him and Avry to be together. However, by now, I really like him, and I really enjoyed reading about him in this book. Occasionally, I couldn’t wait to get to his chapters!

Of course, no book is perfect, and I did think that there was too much travelling going on. That’s been a problem for me throughout the whole series and it tends to slow down the plot. There weren’t many things I didn’t like though, and I’d definitely recommend the series if you’re a fan of fantasy.

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Stacking the Shelves #37

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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 just got one new book this week, but I’m SO excited about it!

Elizabeth Wein - Rose Under Fire

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2) by Elizabeth Wein

I’m really excited about this, even though I know it will be so heart-breaking! I loved Code Name Verity so I’m really hoping that this one will be just as good.

What did you get this week?

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Review: A Little Something Different

Sandy Hall - A Little Something Different

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, somethingis happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute read! If you’re the sort of person who loves rooting for a couple in a book, you should read this. A Little Something Different is literally a book about everybody shipping a couple of students. That’s it. That’s the story. And it was a really fun story. It wasn’t the most exciting story, but it was cute.

Why was it so cute? Mostly because the main characters, Lea and Gabe, were really cute together and it was so easy to see why everybody else in the book thought that they should be a couple. You see, the book is written from several points of view – I think there are about 14. That sounds really confusing, but it’s actually not because it’s always really clear who’s talking in each part of the book. Anyway, you only see Lea and Gabe through these different perspectives and so it kind of feels like watching a tv show.

I definitely had some favourite perspectives in this book – I loved the bus driver, and I also really liked Gabe and Lea’s classmate, Victor. He always got really annoyed with them because they weren’t together, and his chapters were really entertaining. I was also a fan of the squirrel and the bench chapters. Yep, even the animals and the inanimate objects in the park were shipping this couple. I personally found the bench to be really entertaining, and the squirrel was just cute.

All in all, I really enjoyed this story. I do have to say though, I didn’t find that much was happening a lot of the time – it’s pretty slow. It’s also very character-driven, and very frustrating to read because you too will end up wanting Lea and Gabe to end up together. It’s a really fun contemporary and worth the read.

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Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables

Shannon Lee Alexander - Love and Other Unkown Variables

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publishers!

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. It’s one of those books which aren’t great at the start but then they suddenly take off and the story gets really interesting. I started off not liking this book at all. I thought the main character was a bit of a creep right from the first few pages, and it took me a long time to warm up to him. I also got fed up of the stereotypes very quickly. However, as the book went on, I found myself liking Charlotte, the love interest, a lot. I also liked the best friends of the MC. Basically, I just wasn’t a fan of Charlie.

I’ll start at the start. Charlie and I really didn’t hit it off. I just found him really creepy when it came to girls – he first meets Charlotte by touching the back of her neck to look at her tattoo. See? It’s kind of creepy. Anyway, I did warm to him eventually. The other thing I didn’t like about this book were the stereotypes. From the title, it’s obvious that this book involves maths, but all the people who go to the science-y school are very stereotyped. As a maths student, this annoyed me a lot! I mean, not all science people hate English/reading/books/things that aren’t maths. To be fair, this did improve a bit, but it still annoyed me.

However, I did end up enjoying this book by the end. I really got behind Charlie and Charlotte’s relationship by the end, and I liked getting to know the two of them. I also liked a lot of the side characters, such as Becca (Charlie’s sister) and Greta (Charlie’s best friend). The book also took an interesting turn with Charlotte’s illness because I hadn’t actually been expecting that side of the book at all (even though it is mentioned in the blurb). I thought it was done well, although there wasn’t a point where I got hugely emotional in this book.

Overall, I think this book is worth the read. Even if you don’t like it to begin with, give it a little longer because it might just change your mind.

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Top Ten New Series’ I Want To Start

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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 New Series’ I Want To Start

I’m pretty sure this list could go on for a very long time. I mean, it probably looks a lot like this:

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Sadly, I can only put ten on this list, but here goes.

Sarah Fine - Of Metal and Wishes

1. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

Lori M Lee - Gates of Thread and Stone

2. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

Marie Brennan - A Natural History of Dragons

3. Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

Trudi Canavan - Thief's Magic

4. Millennium’s Rule by Trudi Canavan

Claudia Gray - A Thousand Pieces of You

5. Firebird by Claudia Gray

Anne Blankman - Prisoner of Night and Fog

6. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Sara Raasch - Snow Like Ashes

7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Mark Lawrence - Prince of Fools

8. The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence

Marie Lu - The Young Elites

9. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Julie Kagawa - Talon

10. Talon by Julie Kagawa

What series’ are you looking forward to starting?

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Why Is Uni So Expensive?

This isn’t a post about how university fees and how they’re too expensive for people to afford etc. No, this is about the fact that my course is insisting that we buy a £35 book about programming. Programming! I’m doing maths, not computer science! Why is one of my modules all about programming?? Alright, it’s probably because that’s actually useful when it comes to jobs, but I don’t like it at all.

Anyway, rant over. I’m not planning on writing a post all about programming. No, this is just one of my updates about university life (and ridiculously expensive books).

So, last time I did an update, I mentioned that I had joined the orchestra. Well, we’re now doing music from Wicked and it’s really awesome! Seriously, I’m in love with this orchestra. We’ve also been doing some Star Trek and some more classical things too. It’s so much fun!

Obviously, I’ve been doing maths as well and I’m so glad that I’m finally settling into a routine. My course definitely doesn’t seem as full on as it did two weeks ago (although it’s still a lot of contact hours compared to literally everybody else at this uni). The problem sheets we get are still hard, and I’m definitely finding that I like stats and probability a lot more than my other modules. The whole course is good though (apart from the programming bit).

Basically, I’m really enjoying it so far (although we’ll see how I feel after I’ve managed a term). I’m also, surprisingly, getting into cooking. I’ve never liked cooking before, but university might just change my mind about that!

Anyway, how’s your week been?