Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Review #669 - The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass


The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

My Rating: 3.5/5

America was a fun, witty character in the first book however her indecisiveness in this book made her lose most of her charm. 

She took her time choosing between Maxon and Aspen and now it appears that the love triangle has developed to a square. 

The only thing that happens in this book that advanced the overall plot at all was that there was a hint at political unrest in the country and the corrupt nature of the caste system. 

America's family made an appearance, but her father was rather suspicious and I think he is likely hiding something. 

The amount of attacks the rebels made on the palace increased so much in this book that I feel like it's building to something major - like with the first book I was hoping that Aspen would get killed as that would solve so many issues. 

It seemed like America had only just now worked out that the other girls in The Selection are there for the same reason she is and the other girls were were given some attention accordingly. 

The Selection part of the story is moving slower than I thought it would. I mean only 2 more girls were eliminated in this book - as much of an antagonist Celeste is, I hope she stays around longer as she causes all the drama. 

The king is building to be the major villain of the story, which might mean that America potentially could end up on the rebels side of the impending conflict. 

Overall, whilst America annoyed me endlessly, I developed so many theories of where the story is going that I desperately need book 3 as soon as possible. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Review #668 - Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined (Twilight #1.75) by Stephenie Meyer


My Rating: 3.5/5

I went into this book really, really skeptical. I was a huge Twilight fan back in the day and it is the book series I 100% accredit to reestablishing my love for reading and introducing me to the YA genre, however, it has been years since I have last picked up a Twilight book. I actually tried to reread Twilight a few months ago and couldn't get myself to read more than a few chapters. 
First of all, I found it difficult to take this book seriously. I felt like it was hastily written to be a part of the 10th anniversary edition of Twilight. The names of the characters did not help at all with this as it was very hard to take the name Beaufort or the spelling of Edythe seriously at all. 
Plot wise, I was a little surprised how much of the original story and dialogue stayed the same. This made Beau sound very feminine and I had to keep reminding myself that he wasn't Bella. 
Once I realised I shouldn't take the book as seriously as I was I actually really started to enjoy it and even though there were some plot holes in the way it finished, I was surprised with the alternate ending and it was obvious the ending was a what if scenario that the author had been thinking for a while.  

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review #667 - Library of Souls (Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs


The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. 

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.

My Rating: 4/5

Given the way Hollow City ended, I can't believe I managed to wait a week before picking up the third and final book in this exhilarating trilogy. 

This book wasn't as action packed as Hollow City nor did it have the tone I loved so much in the first book, but I think that this book is probably my favourite in the series just because of the serious plot developments. 

Addison the talking dog plays a bigger role in this book which I loved because who doesn't want an incredibly brave, talking dog constantly saving the day? (better than a cat anyway). 

I still had issues with the romance in that I still don't feel the connection between Jacob and Emma. I think that maybe this is because Emma used to be Jacob's grandfathers girlfriend and that creeps me out a little. 

I loved the way all the peculiar children worked together in Hollow City and so I was a little disappointed that they were all separated for the large majority of this installment.

The ending was completely unexpected (in a good way) and I think this series could not possibly have ended in a better way. The only question that I have now is what really happened to Fiona?