Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Young adult fantasy.
Series: The Teardrop Series.
Yay or Nay: A moderate sized yay, but a yay nonetheless.
Movie adaptation: Nope. Though Teardrop's fellow series, Fallen, does have a motion picture out.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. Cliffhangers, plot twists, this book's got the whole lot.
Synopsis: After Eureka lost her mother in an unprecedented and unexplainable accident, she wouldn't let anything come close to her. All she wanted was to escape the world and lose herself in a place she belonged. However, Ander, a mysterious presence during every event in her life, holds her back. Ander, the one who recites the story of a girl whose tears submerged an entire continent into the oceans.
When Eureka realises that Ander's apperance and her mother's death are linked in strange ways, she starts to unveil one bizarre secret after another, secrets she can't understand. When she discovers the one hidden truth that throws her life off balance, Eureka is made to obey the one rule her mother made sure she never forgets. Never, ever cry.
Review: Teardrop is a beautiful book. Being original and fascinating, the story is gorgeous, the plot twists might be subtle, but the scenes still make you gasp. The flow of events are a little choppy, but nevertheless understandable. With a plot good enough to freeze your blood and characters mysterious enough to keep you up on your toes, Teardrop is a must read. However, the book has one too many candid scenes that at times can cause the story to lose its essence. Despite its minor flaws, Teardrop is still one of the best books to snatch a place on your shelf.
Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare.
Genre: Fantasy literature, young adult fiction, adventure.
Series: The Infernal Devices. (TID)
Yay or Nay: An absolutely massive yay!
Movie adaptation: Not as yet, the idea is being thought about, though. However, if you crave a visual of the book, the Shadowhunters television series is always available! Unfortunately, it's not recommended as it doesn't do the books justice.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Must read, must read, must read!
Synopsis: Clockwork Angel takes place in London during the Victorian era, however, the first chapter is opened in America. TID is a prequel trilogy to the best-selling series 'The Mortal Instruments', (review coming up soon!). In a world of supernatural creatures such as warlocks, vampires, faeries, (yup, that's how it's spelt!) and many more, humans or 'mundanes' as they call it, have no place, especially when Shadowhunters are around. Shadowhunters are placed in different regions of the world, with one 'institute' in each city or state. Born and trained to slay demons, they ensure the protection of Victorian London.
When Tessa Gray, a mundane girl, stumbles into the world of Shadowhunters, she unveils secrets that have been hidden for years. Taken in as an innocent and injured human by the demon hunters who are simply fulfilling their ancient mandate, she reveals secrets about herself that are better left untouched...
Review: Clockwork Angel is a beautiful addition to any bookworm's shelves. Drama, mystery, love, action, betrayal and every other feature a book can possess is trapped in its dreamy pages. Clockwork Angel is one of those books that completely engulf and transport you into a world of pure bliss. During the course of this book it is highly recommended to have a box of tissues with you at all times. Even after just one book into the series, the connection you feel toward every single character is unbelievable. Be it love, hatred, fear or admiration, the emotions make every character seem as real as your friend or foe, maybe even more so!
However, the side effects of this book can render someone with such a strong love to the series that other books are just out of the question. Clockwork Angel takes you through character's ups and downs so vividly that the worry or happiness you feel is just as genuine and strong as what you'd feel through your own dilemmas. Not to mention Clare's writing style, her perfect word choice and flow of words in a sentence that's as smooth as pearls slipping of a thread. Every word in each sentence, be it long or short, perfectly fits the mood of the scene, causing the sentences to roll one after the other beautifully.
She also deftly weaves in different languages such as Mandarin and Welsh, as well as Latin. The additional tongues don't make the book unusual, just smoother and more beautiful.
Clockwork Angel can cause such beautiful emotions that grieving or celebrating a character can get straight to your head and can take you a while to get used to reality once more, and once you do, can lead to a serious disappointment that makes you wonder why you can't reside in the world of books permanently rather than temporarily.
Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Series: No series. ATBP is a stand alone book.
Yay or Nay: Nay. (I'm sorry, Bright Places. I wasn't impressed.)
Movie adaptation: Not as yet. Although, it is in progress. A movie is set to release soon.
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5. (I had high expectations, Places. How could you let me down?)
Synopsis: All the Bright Places is about Theodore Finch, a boy who has an urge to die. He goes about his day to day life wondering if his life is good enough. He stumbles across one of his school mates, Violet Markey, a popular girl who has worries of her own. They have an awkward meeting which results in a hesitant friendship. Violet not wanting to associate herself with the boy who is called 'Theodore Freak' by their whole school, tries to avoid him. Instead she finds that she gets along well with her fellow classmate and finds happiness only in his company. Finch finds himself with a reason to carry on with his life, but can Violet Markey's friendship be enough to keep Finch going?
Review: All the Bright Places was a book that deeply disappointed me. With plenty of recommendations, positive reviews and praise, it made me question my own judgement. Places is a book with a plot that's hard to follow and sappy. Of course, if you're the sentimental type then this book will probably turn on the waterworks. I too, am an emotional person, yet I didn't feel my usual attachment to the characters. ATBP had an ending that was as predictable as Antarctica's weather. The plot had various loopholes. Other than that, the events in the book unfolded haphazardly, making no sense at all. One second a character is jumping around wildly and the next second they're slumped in a chair, leaving your mind spinning and in a blurry mess. 'What just happened?', was a thought that frequently popped in my head, not in an, 'Oh! That was so unpredictable, who would've thought?!', kind of way, but more like an, 'Oh. This again. What happened to her now?', way.
On the upside, the book had beautiful quotes that made me want to scrawl them on my wall. Lovely words that triggered the person in me that loves luscious meadows and starry skies. The story of how two very different people can make an impact on each other's lives is also beautiful.
However, I found myself wondering how much farther the ending is as I felt the book dragged on for far too long. When the ending finally arrived I was disappointed.
Well, All the Bright Places didn't give me any precious feelings for such a highly recommended book.
I guess it just wasn't my type of book.
Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Dystopian fiction.
Series: The Red Queen series. The second book, Glass Sword, is due to release in mid 2016.
Yay or Nay: Yay! A massive one!
Movie adaptation: No. However, there are lots of movie requests. Who knows? There might be an amazing movie adaptation in the near future...
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. (Amazing, but there are better books out there, Queen!)
Synopsis: Mare lives in the Kingdom of Norta, which is cruelly divided into two categories; the Reds and the Silvers. While the hard-working and poor citizens live as Reds, the rich and arrogant citizens are Silvers, the Royal Family of Norta, lords and ladies and dukes and duchesses are all born as regal Silvers. Mare (a Red, who steals to help her family survive) has no option but to join the army at the age of eighteen, like every other Red, unless she finds a job.
When Mare lands herself in a job at the Royal Palace, she and all the Silvers around her, are shocked to find Mare in possession of a rare, unusual but dangerous power. While only the Silvers in the kingdom have powers, the discovery of Mare's gift threatens to destroy the reputation and balance of the world the Silvers have created. Taken in as a long-lost Silver princess, Mare is aware that one false move could mean the difference between life and death. Mare has to find a way to bring down the rule of the cruel Silvers. Will she be able to succeed?
Review: Red Queen is an amazing book. As a fan of dystopian fiction I had every reason to love it. Nevertheless, I'm sure even someone who is uncomfortable with this genre would love Red Queen. Not only is it gripping, but it also envelopes you in a mix of emotions that make you feel you're living alongside Mare in her world. The plot twists and the beautiful prose Aveyard has penned make you imagine every inch of Norta. Aveyard has won lots of fans with just one book. Red Queen is a unique blend of Divergent, The Selection Series and The Hunger Games. It is impossible to put down. It is well set out and easy to understand. This book is immensely enjoyable whether the reader is young or old ,a bookworm or a movie buff. Everyone should get a taste of Red Queen. Aveyard ended the book with a cliffhanger that left me yearning for more. I absolutely can't wait for the sequel of Red Queen. Truly fantastic!
Title: Four - A Divergent Collection *
Author: Veronica Roth.
Genre: Dystopian fiction, teenage fiction.
Series: A Divergent Series.
Yay or Nay: Yay! It's a big one!
Movie adaption: Not yet. However, this series has two movies out, with one in the making. Hopefully this one will be here soon!
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. The last star? Let's just say Four's fellow books let it down.
* Please read the other books in the series before reading Four. For more details on Divergent, please read my Divergent book review further down the blog posts. For the review of Divergent, click here.
Synopsis: Four is the final book in 'The Divergent Series', told completely from the character, Four's, perspective. ( No, Four is just a nickname, how he got it? That's for you to find out! ) The other three books in the series are Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. With Divergent and Insurgent told from Tris's perspective and Allegiant told from both, Tris and Four's perspective. Four is quite different.
Extra information: Four is about how Four transitioned into the world of Divergent and chose his faction. ( Read about those in my Divergent review. ) As Divergent is about Tris's journey, Four's journey has major differences. Four's journey is full of fear, yet full of leadership and being the best. Four is all about Four's achievements, feelings, enemies and friends, but most importantly, how he and Tris met when he got the job of being her initiation instructor. ( He refused the job of the Dauntless faction leader.) The book only feautres Tris toward the end, but fully talks about her in the last few pages.
Review: Four is one of the best books in the series, I highly recommend it. It was a fearful, yet gripping book. It would deserve 5 stars had Insurgent and Allegiant been slightly better. However, not taking heed of the other books in the series, Four is a touching book. The feelings have been vividly described by Roth, making the reader feel just the way the character feels. If you don't like sad, heart - breaking and action - packed books then Four is going to change your mind.
Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young - adult fiction, novel.
Series: No series. (Although, John Green has written other similiar books that are amazing!)
Yay or Nay: Yay for me! (However, it could be a nay for those who don't like emotionally charged novels.)
Movie adaptation: Yes. The Fault In Our Stars.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars. (Just wasn't my favourite. Sorry, TFIOS!)
Synopsis: Hazel Grace Lancaster has been suffering from cancer since the age of 13. Knowing her death is near, her outlook on life is very different, frequently remembering that not everyone lives forever, a long time maybe, but not forever.
Hazel meets Augustus 'Gus' Waters, who helps her follow her dream, discarding his own. One step at a time, Hazel starts to lead a whole new life, one she never thought she would...
Review: I quite love this book. The sadness, happiness, anger and humour make you feel what Hazel is going through and make you thank your stars you're not going through the same thing. After reading this book I couldn't believe this wasn't on my shelves the day it was out. It's a beautiful book, making you feel every emotion deep in your heart of hearts. If you haven't already read this, I definately think you should.
Although the plot was quite hard to comprehend, it was very original.
The motto of the book? Make every moment of your life count.
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: The Divergent Series. (Trilogy)
Genre: Science fiction, young - adult fiction, dystopian fiction, action, thriller. (Fiction)
Yay or Nay: Yay!
Movie adaptation: Yes, Divergent, as well as it's sequel, Inurgent. The sequel of Insurgent, Allegiant, is being made.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. (Way to go, Divergent!)
Synopsis: A world divided into a group called factions, each specialising in a particular trait such as honesty; Candor, bravery; Dauntless, selflessness; Abnegation, peace; Amity and intelligence; Erudite. However, each also with a flaw. The book, based on the story of sixteen year old Beatrice 'Tris' Prior, who was raised in 'The City', is about the world where factions rule.
Extra information: Beatrice, who was Abnegation born, had a choice to change factions at the Choosing Ceremony, like all other sixteen year olds in other factions. After changing to... (you'll want to find that out yourself!), Beatrice adopts a new name in order to re-invent herself: Tris. Go through the ups and downs, sacrifices and betrayals and lives and deaths with Tris, in the wonderful world of The City, in Divergent.
Review: I love this book, even though I call lots of books my favourite, this has to be my genuine favourite. It made me sad, scared, anticipated, happy, relieved, angry, regretful and all sorts of other emotions. A must read, I recommend every young adult to read this, you have to, you'll be missing out on SO MUCH if you don't. It's going to make you feel better. Guaranteed!