Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dust on the Wing

By:  Parker Foye
Published: March 16th
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 out of 5


Captain Tam spends his life travelling through space on his beloved ship, the Paradigm Princess, and he likes nothing better than being alone with the horizon. However, when a routine stop on his favourite planet brings an unexpected new crew member, he breaks routine and agrees to take her on board—because if Tam plays this through, the powerful Marquis will owe him a favour. Surely that's worth a detour. (x)

Note from the publisher: Dust on the Wing is part of LT3's Solitary Travelers collection, a set of individual stand alone books by different authors that feature asexual and aromantic main characters.

My Thoughts 

To me this book had a major Firefly vibe to it which I loved! I'm a huge fan of sci-fi fantasy books and lately space has been my favourite. In particular I enjoyed that everything wasn't perfect, Tam's ship is a bit old and broken down and in general is pretty rag-tag.

I requested this book specifically because I was interested in the space/sci-fi universe of the story. It was only afterwards that I realized that Dust on the Wing was a short story from a book featuring asexual and aromantic  characters. I was pleasantly surprised by how realistic the relationships and identities of these characters were, Tam in particular. I think this story will appeal to lots of people because I know lots of people are looking for stories with representation, that are fantasy and sci-fi and were their representation isn't the sole focus of the story.

I think my biggest beef with this book is that it was only 56 pages! I could have read way more but I definitely saw a lot of potential in this story and it made me want to pick up the other books in the collection (once it comes out!) Despite being only 56 pages this story had its share of twists and turns with surprises and drama for all!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

How Many Letters Are in Goodbye?

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By: Yvonne Cassidy 
Published: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Flux
Source: Netgalley e-arc
Rating: 3.5/5


"Seventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell carries the scars of a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren't so visible--the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father's drinking, and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality.

When Rhea runs away, she turns to the person she always wished she could confide in--her mother. And just like she used to do as a little girl, Rhea starts to write her letters--to tell her things she can't tell anyone else, to share her fears, to ask for help. Rhea's journey on the streets of New York brings her deeper into her mother's past where she uncovers buried family secrets. And as she finds out more about the woman her mother truly was, Rhea also discovers just what kind of woman she wants to be." (x)

My Thoughts

I was given the opportunity to read this book by Flux through Netgalley. This in no way affected my opinion or views on this story. 

It's always hard to rate a book when it deals with such real-life and serious issues. How Many Letter's Are in Goodbye? deals with a lot of tough issues, and at times made me feel uncomfortable. But the point of a book like this is too push people beyond what makes them comfortable. It's to introduce people to a life that is very upsetting, but also a huge reality for many people.

Rhea was a super interesting character. At times I felt that she was very immature especially since she was 17/18 throughout the story. Then again, this could be a product of the way she was raised or simply to do with the fact that at 18 you think you know everything- after all, you are officially an adult! One of the things that I really liked about Rhea's characterization was that she wasn't just one thing. She wasn't just missing an arm, she wasn't just gay, or lost or homeless. The realities are that things don't happen to people in isolation. Its not like the world goes- whoops she's already lost an arm, nothing else can happen to her!. She was layered and complex and above all else her character was heartbreakingly real, living a story that happens far too often.

I definitely enjoyed the later portion of this book more. At times I just felt that the portion where Rhea was on the streets was a bit forced. There was just something about the writing that I struggled a to connect with. However when Rhea got to the camp and started to work out things- oh man I cried! It was so well done, and I felt that it was so very real. Its such an important kind of story to be sharing with our young people, especially when it comes to learning how to deal with/come to terms with tragedy in our lives.

Overall I felt that this story is one that needs to be told, and people need to hear it- young and old. I would recommend this story to fans of contemporary stories, stories that deal with deep issues and anyone interesting in LGBTQA YA.

This story comes out on March 8th- so mark the dates in your calendar- you don't want to miss it!

Friday, 26 February 2016

Character Talk: Little Women

I've decided to introduce a new segment to my blog called Character Talk. In it I plan on really focusing on specific characters, types of character, things I love or hate in characters etc. 

For my first ever Character Talk I am taking on the characters of Little Women. First I'll give you a rundown

Marmee- very wise and calm mother of 4 girls (Fun fact: I played Marmie in my grade 8 school play!)
Meg- The eldest daughter, she is very proper and follows the rules, she wants to have a family and is oftentimes envious of others rich lifestyles
Jo- definitely a tomboy, always running around, getting into messes and scuffles, she's got a temper too! She wants to be a writer
Beth- Sweet and gentle, she's very shy and quiet and her only aspiration is to live happily with her dolls, cats and family
Amy- youngest daughter, slightly spoiled and bratty, she always uses big words (oftentimes the wrong ones), and her life goal is to be rich and a famous artist

I first read Little Women when I was around 7 or 8, so I've got a pretty long history with this book and its characters. So I thought it would be really interesting to reflect on what I thought of characters as a kid and how those views changed/stayed the same as I got older.

When I was a kid... I loved Jo! I loved how she was wild and crazy and loud. She was basically the opposite of everything I was but I wanted to have that. I wanted to be wild, I wanted to be a tomboy. I loved that she was a bit off kilter. Even though I was quiet, I still oftentimes had a temper (which led to me being a total drama queen!) so I appreciated getting to read about Jo and how she learned to work through her temper. She was a writer and loved reading, which I really connected with. As a kid (and even now) I loved writing and telling stories. I think seeing her in particular overcome the obstacles she faced with getting her writing published, and in her life in general, really helped me to understand more about persevering.

When I was a kid... My favourite book was a tie between Good Wives and Little Men. I liked getting to see my beloved characters growing up and living their own lives. Plus their kids were absolutely adorable!

When I was a kid... I was really mad about who ended up with who! I definitely thought Jo belonged with a certain young man and was miffed when they didn't get together! I wasn't always sure what Meg saw in her man, but thought that they were cute together. And Amy and her beau just seemed like such a rushed relationship.

When I was a kid... I also really loved Beth because she shares a name with me! I really admired her sweet nature and willingness to help people. She loves musics and cats just like me! I think deep down inside I really connect with Beth's sweet, homebody nature.

Now... My favourite character is Meg! When I was a kid I never really thought much of her but now I've come to love her! I think she's a bit of an in between character to Beth and Jo's extremes. I admire her resourcefulness and hardworking spirit. As I've gotten older I've definitely become more and more of a homebody so I love reading about Meg with her happy family! Plus her relationship isn't perfect- her and John fight and disagree but above all they love. And that is my favourite!

Now... My favourite book is either Little Women or Jo's Boys. I love the original story of the girls and all the things they learned as they grew up. And then to see them as grown women imparting these same lessons onto their own kids was amazing. Plus I just LOVE how Jo's story turned out

Now... I totally understand what Meg saw in John and I understand why Jo and *spoiler*  Laurie couldn't end up together- it just wouldn't have worked! Although I do still think that Amy and Laurie should not have been a thing! If Laurie ended up with any of the girls it should have been Beth (so she could be pampered to her heart's content!)

While I have always loved Little Women, whether I was a kid or an adult, the things I've loved/hated have changed! What about you guys? Have you ever read a book where your opinion changed over time?

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Loveathon Intro

1.     What’s your name?

My name is Elizabeth and I prefer my whole name (even though Elizabeth has a lot of possible nickames!)

2.     Where in the world are you blogging from?

I’m blogging from Alberta, Canada. Specifically where changes depending if I’m at university or at home!

3.     How did you get into blogging in the first place?

I don’t actually remember! It was a while ago! I’ve always loved reading and so I guess it just seemed to make sense to start book blogging

4.     How did you come up with your blog name?

I think it was probably the first thing I thought of! I’m actually thinking about changing it to make it more unique/specific to me but I’m still trying to come up with ideas

5.     What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I definitely mostly read YA, and within that my favourite genres are fantasy and sci-fi although I do also love historical fiction!

6.     What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

I’ve been trying to branch out more lately and do some discussion and book talk posts. I also love doing TTT if the topic is interesting and if I have time!

7.     Best blogging experience so far?

Probably meeting some pretty amazing bookish friends! I also love looking back on old blog posts and seeing how things have changed or remembering how I enjoyed a book.

8.     Favorite thing about the blogging community?

I love getting to celebrate a love of books with fellow bookish people but I also love how dedicated the community is to having serious and thoughtful conversations about issues in the world/book community.

9.     Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

So some of these books have already come out/I’ve already read them but I was still very excited for them! They are Passenger, Salt to the Sea, The Mirror King, Truthwitch and the next Throne of Glass book (that's coming out this year right?) 

10.Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

Oh man only five? I have sooo many books I want to read that I haven’t got to yet! I guess I really want to read A Court of Roses and Thorns, The Ruin and Rising series (that counts as one right?), the last three Outlander books, a biography of Einstein and The Rose Society!

11.What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

I absolutely LOVE The Cadet of Tildor. It was soooo good and I’ve never heard anyone talk about it!

12.Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Hermione and I would be the best of friends! Because we love books, cats, and keep our friends from doing ridiculous things!

13.Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

OH this is hard because so many of the guys I love have a romantic interest in the books and I don’t want to split that couple up! But I really love Sam from the Incarnate series and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series!

14.Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)

Lets see… Hermione, Peggy Carter and McGonagall because we’d be a bad-ass lady crew!

15.Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

I love to knit, play with my cats and to nerd out over science (especially chemistry!) and I collect pins

16.Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

I am addicted to buying journals and also my favourite pens (I have wayyyy too many of both!)

17.At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?

Haha right now my favourite song to listen to has been either Fight Song by Rachel Platten or I Stand Alone from Quest for Camelot

18.Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I would LOVE to see any of Tamora Pierce’s books as a TV show!

19.What would your dream library look like?

HUGE! It be filled with books of all kinds and people could come in a borrow them and if they really loved it they could keep it and I’d be rich enough that I could just replace it

20.Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?

Hmmm that’s tough. I think it’d be so cool to sit down with LM Montgomery, but as for alive authors I’d love to chat with Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, Jodi Meadows or Alex Bracken 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Impostor Queen

By: Sarah Fine
Published: January 5th, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought (for my birthday!)
My Rating: 4 /5


Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule. (x)

My Thoughts

First off, every time I tried to look up this book on Goodreads or Chapters I could never find it because I was spelling it impostEr. I don't know if I've actually ever seen it spelled impostOr but my dictionary says either is right. Did anyone else have this problem?

I was super interested in the premise behind this book. In this world, there are magic wielders who have a mix of fire and/or ice magic. Some people have more of one, and there are varying strengths of magic too. The main character Elli is training to become the next Valtia, who is the queen, and the most powerful magic wielder. The Valtia's job is to use her magic to protect the people. I found this idea of magic was super interesting. It was a very specific type of magic which I haven't seen much of before!

I loved Elli, she was such a compelling, interesting character and I found her voice was extremely well-written. She was just one of those characters that you couldn't help but connect too, and I especially loved her questioning mind and intense spirit. At the same time though she was very much a 16 year old girl, who had her periods of questioning and doubt. All this together just helped to make her into such a well-developed, realistic character.

Probably one of my favourite things about this story, and about Elli is that she is bisexual! I know right now there is a huge push for diverse books, especially those featuring LGBTQ+ characters. What I absolutely LOVED about this story was that this was a fantasy story featuring a bi main character. So often diverse books are contemporary stories about the hard lives of the characters and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's so nice to see an LGBTQ+ character outside of this setting, and in a world filled with magic and royalty. Also Elli's bisexuality is really well written, there is very little doubt that she loves both men and women, and having it spelled out so clearly is really important.

Not only is Elli well written, she is surrounded by an amazing cast of supporting characters, that I couldn't help but falling in love with. It was super interesting to learn about the magic and more of the world with Elli (who was largely ignorant of much of her world due to living in the Temple her whole life). Sarah Fine was absolutely phenomenal with her spell-binding writing and fascinating characters. I wanted to follow their journey and root for them.

This book was an absolutely fantastic blend of fantasy, magic and mystery. I would highly recommend it to readers who are interested in high-fantasy, unique magic or LGBTQ+ characters.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Book Talk: Little Women and Me

By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Status: DNF

I decided that since I actually DNF this book I would just do a little book talk instead. I found this book to be so disappointing and was not impressed with it at all- so I thought- what would make it better? How would I change it? And those are the questions I am going to answer in this post!

My (Shortened) Thoughts

The basic idea behind this book held alot of promise and I was very excited to read it. I enjoy retellings of classics and since Little Women is one of my all time favourites I thought I would enjoy this book but sadly I did not.

I had two main problems with this book, the first being the annoying main character. I've been a teenager and spent a lot of time with them and have never met any real person as annoying and whiny as Emily. Reading any of her parts was agonizing and made me zone out. So much so that I actually ended up flipping through the last half just to see how it ended.

My second problem was how Little Women was referred to. Since this book was obviously marketed as a Little Women retelling you wouldn't expect the author to blatantly refer to its as "a stupid book" (there was an actualy sentence with this wording!) The entire time Emily whined about the story, complained and made fun of the story. Probably not the best way to write a story whose audience is a fan of the story you are trashing ?!? As well most of this book was just Little Women with a few sentences or a paragraph here and there inserting Emily to the story- it was not original AT ALL.

So while the premise behind this was sooo interesting this book and its writing definitely missed the mark. Very disappointing overall

How to Change It

The other day while I was in the shower I was thinking (as one does in the shower) and I was thinking about what makes me love books. In doing so I realized that I have NEVER read a book that had dragons that turned out to be horrible! 

Which made me think about this book (being the last book I read that I did not enjoy) and I realized that it could have had so much potential! Just think, if you are going to fundamentally change the plot of a classic why not go wild? 

If you're going to insert a time traveler why not play with the rules of the time continuum? I can just see Emily trying to change the story of Little Women, and maybe being successful. What if the next day she woke up to screaming because there was a crack in the sky and the town was being attacked by dragons? Then in order to save the town/story Emily and the March sisters had to band together to use their unique skills to save everyone, defeat (or tame!) the dragons. 

Why not make Jo become a fearless dragonrider, while Beth could be the one who helps to tame the dragons (her sweet nature draws everyone/everything in), Amy might have a little dragon and be a messenger around town. Of course Marmie would bond with the queen dragon and rule them all together with her and her dragon's wisdom. And Meg would serve as a go between, helping the people to come to terms with their new lifes that features amazing, beautiful dragons. 

I feel like if you are going to try and develop such a classic story you need to push the boundaries and mix things up and if Little Women and Me had really stretched things and done something (like my idea with the dragons) it would have been so amazing! 

Have you guys ever read a book that's disappointed you? Have you ever thought about what you would change in a book to make it better or more interesting? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Winter Horses

By: Philip Kerr
Published: March 25th, 2014
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Gift
Rating: 3.5 out of 5


It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets-for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park. (x)

My Thoughts

I had just read a particularly bad book before this one so I was hoping it would be better (and honestly I didn’t see how it could possibly be worse!)

I’ve read a lot of books set during WWII, both fiction and non-fiction. This book offered a unique perspective, I don’t think I’ve read any other books from the perspective of a Russian Jew/ the Russian side of the war. Its particularly interesting because the Russians had such a unique story because during the war they were part of both the Axis and the Allied powers.

I loved little Kalinka and her bond to the horses. I’ve spent a lot of time with horses and they are definitely very wise creatures and so it wasn’t hard to imagine the Prwalzakis acting the way they did. I know that much of the story was made-up, the author calls it a legend, but I’m the kind of person who would choose to believe that maybe something like that did happen. 

As I child I was fascinated by the Prewalskis in the zoo at home, and reading this book reminded me of that, and renewed my interest in them. I don't know if my local zoo still has any of the horses around now but I kind of want to plan a trip to go visit them now!

It is a relatively short book but very enjoyable. Like any book set during WWII at times it was heartwrenching, horrifying and at times it was uplifting. I definitely enjoyed reading it, although it is by no means a happy book. I would classify this one as a 'university read' because it is short and not a super intellectual book- which is perfect when you just need a little break from school! 

Monday, 25 January 2016

TTT: 9 Twins from Books

My Favourite Sets of Twins in Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by the folks at The Broke and Bookish 

As a twin, I LOVE books about twins and have been reading every single books with twin characters, ever since I was a little girl! I especially love stories with unconventional twins and relationships, because that's what my twin and I have.

1. Bert/Nan, Freddie/Flossie- The Bobbsey Twins series

I know that this is technically two different sets of twins but since they always appear together in the same books I figured that they really only count as one! My grandma used to give me these books (from either her store of books she had as a kid or from the used bookstore) which made me love them even more!

2. Moira and Ashyn from Sea of Shadows 

I had the chance to read an ARC of this book and part of what drew me to the story was that it focused on twins in a fantasy setting!
3. Addie and Meryl from The Two Princesses of Bamarre 

This was one of my favourite books as a kid because I loved how it focused on the desire to help/save your twin, and the incredible bond that twins have

4. Alanna and Thom from Alanna: The First Adventure

We really only get to hear Alanna's story, with an occasional mention of Thom, but Alanna herself is pretty bad-ass

5. Sophie and Josh from The Alchemyst 

Funnily enough this series was recommended to me by my friends who are twins! Again I loved that it took twins and plopped them into a magical/mystical world (which are my two favourite things!)

6. Eva and Addie from What's Left of Me

I debated about whether or not these two are actually twins, but I eventually decided that that was the best way to describe them (after all they technically are two people)! They are a super unique version of twins that I haven't really seen before (or anything like it since!)

7. Lia and Alice from Prophecy of the Sisters 

I'm going to be honest, its been a long time since I read these books, but the main characters are twins and I did enough it

8.  John and Philippa from the Children of the Lamp series

Again this series combines my two favourite things, twins and magic/mystical realms. I was obsessed with these books, and this post makes me want to re-read them!

9. Fred and George from Harry Potter

Oh Fred and George, how could anyone NOT love you? Also these two are probably the twins who bring me to tears most when I read about them (because you know...)

What about you guys- have you read any books with twins? Comment below (and link me to your TTT!)

Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Martian

By: Andy Weird
Published: February 11th, 2014
Publisher: Crown
Source: Borrowed
My Rating: 5 out of 5!


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. (x)

My Thoughts

Storytime: I bought this book for my brother (a chemical engineer) in September and it turns out he bought it for our dad (also a chem eng) for his birthday in November! I was slightly miffed but it turned out okay because he loved it! I ended up borrowing it from my dad and then when I finished my mom also read it! 

I am a chemist, so I was really looking forward to the science aspects of this book, and I am a sucker for space so it seemed like the perfect fit for me. Probably me favourite thing about this was the level of accuracy in the science- almost all of it was very plausible and while the story line was super compelling the science also made me happy!

You don’t need to have a science background to read this book, but if you do (whether its computer programming, chemistry, biology, physics, engineering or anything else) this book is a super fun read. It’s not very often that you find a science fiction book with such good and (mostly) precise science. Combine that with an engaging and sassy main character and anyone can just fly through this book! All 4 members of my family who read it has experience in different fields of science, and varying levels of knowledge in it, but all of us loved it.

This book had so many great one liners that had me giggling and smiling at them, without a doubt Mark Watney definitely has the ‘engineer quality’. I know several engineers and they generally tend to have a very distinct personality/sense of humour so I found that Watney was very realistic and well-written. The storyline itself was also very well written, fast-paced and engaging and even my dad and brother (who are normally slow readers) finished it in record time. It just has the quality that it pulls you in and you can't put it down until you finish- you just need to know what happens to Mark! 

 There were many dinner conversations at our house discussing the various experiments and maneuvers pulled off by Watney, which of course led to the discussion question- could you survive on Mars? The general consensus was NO but really any one of us getting stranded on Mars would be amazing enough

I would highly recommend this book to sci-fi lovers, people looking to try out sci-fi, anyone who loves science (whether they understand it or not!)

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Lost Girls

By: Angela Marsons
Published: November 6, 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5


When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.

And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price? (x)

My Thoughts

I was given the opportunity to review this book from Bookouture, in no way has this influenced my review

The beginning of this hooked me in right away, this was the first book by Marsons I had read, and I immediately found myself interested and engaged in the story. I wanted to find out what was happening to the girls, and to see what Kim did with it. 

About halfway through the book I found that the pace really seemed to drop off, initially it was pretty high paced and intense but that seemed to all fade away. I struggled with reading and the only reason I kept going was because I wanted to see what happened to the girls and to see if my theories were correct. 

However towards the end it definitely picked up again and went along very fast. I was so close to seeing if the girls got saved, and to seeing if the team and Kim would figure out where and who had done the kidnapping. The base story line was very compelling, but at times the pacing did get to be a bit of a drag, but then other times it was so great, which was a bit disappointing. 

The characters were very well-written and interesting to read about. From the girls, to Kim to the evil kidnappers, they were all unique and made you feel things (sometimes good and sometimes bad!) The biggest problem really was the pacing. 

 I did find that I got confused because there were a lot of different characters. At one point I found myself wondering who on earth this character was, I had no clue and even when I tried to look back and search it up- I still couldn't figure it out! Also the one thing that bothered me (but might not necessarily be a bad thing) was that they kept eluding to other times/stories, especially when talking about Kim, but then we never got the answers! I like answers! 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

His Majesty's Dragon

By: Naomi Novik 
Published: March 28th, 2006
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 4/5


When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire. (x)

My Thoughts 

·       When I read this book I found that I had this nagging feeling that I had either read this book or something very like it. About halfway through realized that I had in fact, read it many years ago! 
·         I love books about dragons and have read so many of them that they do sometimes tend to blur together! 

I     I told my mom that this book reminded me a bit of The Dragonriders of Pern crossed with Leviathan both of which are some of my favourite books to read. 

·         I loved the characterization of the dragons, their intelligence and interest and real personalities were fun to read about and also helped make this book stand out from other books on dragon. I don't think that I have read very many books where the dragons actually speak out loud, or where they are capable of learning lots of different languages. Most of the time they seem to only speak directly to their rider's mind. 

·         Laurence’s journey was so  fun to follow along with, we learned about the dragons and aviators at the same time he did which allowed for more explanation that fit well into the story line. Sometimes the downfall of fantasy can be the clunkyness that comes when authors try to fit too much detail and worldbuilding without anyway to smoothly incorporate it into the story line. But Novik handled that super well with the way she had Laurence learn along with the reader. This really helped the book to flow smoothly and made for lots of twists and turns as Laurence/the reader learned things along the way.  At times Laurence was a bit annoying with all his honor and blah blah, loosen up man! Then again it did fit with his character, so it wasn't hugely out of place, it just ended up being a bit annoying. 

·         Plotwise it wasn't super thrilling, but there was a lot of worldbuildling and character relationships/development which I really enjoy so I didn’t mind. There wasn't a lot of constant tension and adventure but I’d imagine that the next few books have more moving/fast plot given that this book has established so much about the world

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Christmas/Birthday Haul

I have the joy of having my birthday pretty close to Christmas which I've actually never really cared about. Its actually pretty great because the way my family does Christmas (we all have bdays within a month of Christmas) is that you get all your 'fun' presents at Christmas time so that you can play with them/use them. Then for your birthday you get more of the practical things or a few little things. But I got books for both occasions so I thought I might as well combine the two!

Christmas book haul
When I was little my mom used to pick out my books for me because she had to preapprove a lot of my books due to the level that I was reading at. Now though, she pretty much just buys me the books that I specifically ask for because she doesn't know what I do/do not own already! 

So for Christmas I got

Mom and I read this one over the break, it was interesting! Review to come soon 

I binge-read Cinder, Scarlet and Cress just so I could read the final book in the series! I'm still processing what I read but I'll have a review up soon

This book was truly horrible and in lieu of posting a review I'm currently planning on making a little book talk post about it

This one profiles 52 women (from the past) who made significant contributions to a variety of different scientific fields- I'm super excited for it! I can't decided if I want to read it all at once or just read one lady a week

This one was originally recommended to me by one of my best friends as a perfect "university read" so I'm planning on saving it for when the semester gets more crazy

While the book itself sounds super crazy and intense and perfect I also love that Erin Bow is a physicist-  science ladies represent! 

I think that I will probably save this one for either reading week or summer break 

My birthday book haul

I bought the following 5 books for myself- for my birthday! I bought them all on Kobo for my ereader since I pretty much have the tiniest room ever and there is no more room for books

I am such a sucker for fantasy and I LOVE when there are princesses/queens/royalty involved!

I've heard so much about this book and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Probably one of my favourite things is that Susan is presenting a new take on magic (high five for being birthday buddies!)

I love Alex's other books and have recently been obsessed with time travel books so I knew I needed this one (also it came out on my bday- yeah for being birthday buddies!)

 4. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley 
A while ago, Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and Jodi Meadows mentioned how much they loved Robin's books so when I saw that this one was on sale I knew I'd have to give it a try. Plus its one of the Flights of Fantasy book club reads for this month!

5. Gone by Michael Grant
I borrowed this book from friends a couple years ago and found that it was sort of middle of the road. It was on sale though so I figured that it would be worth a try again!