Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Book Review ~ The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan


I wish I read Rick Riordan when I was much younger, not that I’m saying I didn’t enjoy it at the ripe old age of 30 (nearly 31), but I think I would have appreciated it more as a 12-year-old.

Seeing a god forced into a body of a teenage boy, no powers, just an ordinary mortal. Loved the humour and the adventure. It was a fun and quick read

Okay, please tell me someone has question this, since there are so many series based around this world… How many children these gods and goddesses have. Like it’s all normal for them to be sleeping around with a lot of mortals and having demi-god children.
It makes great comedy to see Apollo, now in the form of a 16-year-old, talking to his children who are around his age. But, seriously, not one question about how they sleep around? No one?

I really enjoyed Rick Riordan’s writing, and I should get onto getting more of his books. Not just because I like his stories, but because my sons name is Rick, and if I was him, I would find that cool.

My star rating is:

May 2017 Book Haul

I pre-ordered A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas before its release date (May 2nd). I assumed, and I know you should never do that, I will be getting it around that date… I didn’t. I got an email three days after the release date saying I won’t be getting it until the following week.
This was Friday 5th, I couldn’t wait another week to finally read it. I needed it now.
So, I went and bought another copy… No regrets.
I of course got the colouring book as well.

When I was buying A Court of Wings and Ruin (in the shops that is), I came across this series. At the time I couldn’t get it because I didn’t have enough money. But I took a picture, to remind myself to get them at a later day.
Well that later date became that Monday, and I know for some people it’s strange to buy the whole series before you read the first book, but what if I do like it and when I go buy the rest of the series it’s not there. I know that sounds crazy, but I like to have the complete series, or close to, before I start a series.
The covers are beautiful, and it gives me an idea that I’ll be reading about a badass chic. Not complaining there.

I have seen this book around for a while and wanted it. Finally, I got it.

The cover is beautiful, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which is my favourite fairy tale, so hopefully I will enjoy is as much as A Court of Thorns and Roses…there I go again, comparing to that series. My obsession is going out of control.

I bought book two at the end of last year (still haven’t read it), so when I saw book two is out, I went to the shops and immediately bought it.
I have read Alison Weir before, and loved it, so I know I’m going to love this series.
I’m not sure yet if I should wait till the series is finished before starting, or read them soon…

I got this because the cover was beautiful and the premise sounded interesting.
That is all.

This book was on my “to buy list” when I saw it on Instagram. So of course, when I saw it in stores, I had to get it.
You’re going to realise I’m an impulse buyer when it comes to books. When I want something, I’ll get it lol.

Mother’s Day present.
Thanks kids.

There is a bit of a story to this.
Lord of Shadows released on 23rd May. In the Target catalogue, it said it was available on that date, which in a way I thought was odd, because living in Australia we have to wait until it’s released in America first (stupid in my opinion). So, I went there, couldn’t see it on the shelf, and decided to ask an employee (I also brought the catalogue with me).
They had them at the back and weren’t allowed to bring them out just yet, for reasons I said above. But because I was nice to the staff and not demanding, they gave me a copy.
To celebrate, I also got the Mortal Instruments colouring book.

I’ve read Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, actually I’ve only read the first three books. I did love them, so not really sure why I haven’t continued.
I’ve heard great things about this series, so I might read these before reading the Percy Jackson series again.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Book Review ~ The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory


The last time I read Lady of the Rivers was nearly four years ago. And even though there were a few small things that I had forgotten, it felt like I read this book yesterday.
I also must’ve liked it back then because I gave it four stars. But with time I have since read other books based around this time period. Better books.

Philippa Gregory’s novels are not 100% historically correct, she also adds a mythical element to them. Which isn’t overly a bad thing, sometimes we want something different, or what ifs. And I’m all for fantasy settings in the real world.

So, saying all that, even though I still enjoyed it the second time around, I didn’t love it as much as before. I found the writing to be lacking something. Not to be insulting, but something like intelligence. It’s a novel for people who don’t want to think too much. Some parts felt like it was cute.

Even though it’s historically incorrect, I loved reading in the point of view of Jacquetta. She is the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, and if you don’t know who that is, google it.
Living and surviving in a world run by men, also strong enough to do something for love, especially in her position, was brave.

I’ve read a few of Philippa Gregory’s books before, but not in chronological order. It would be nice to see the story from one strong woman to the next in time order.

My star rating is:

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Book Review ~ Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


From the get go it was full of action. Didn’t want to put it down for a second, I was even thinking about it while I tried to sleep.

There is so much I want to talk about, but I don’t want to say too much in case of spoilers. Typical.

Let me just get one thing that I didn’t like (and end on a positive). Aelin annoyed me.
She comes off as an arrogant bitch, always believing she is better than everyone. Not telling her most trusted court her plans, I’m sorry, I would hate to be in her court if she doesn’t trust us enough. It was like she wanted all the glory.
I also didn’t like she treats potential allies. Stop acting like a stuck-up cow, and start talking nicely to people. The only reason they started to follow you was because of your power and Sarah J. Maas made it that way.
Rowan and her are perfect for each other, they both are arrogant.
I don’t hate her, I just get annoyed with her.

Okay, to my new favourite character…Lysandra. She is just perfection and then some. Odd, since I hated her in Assassin’s Blade, but I hated her because Aelin did, I didn’t see her for her.
I want more scenes with her.

Now the waiting. Chaols novel will be out this September and the last book will be out March 2018. I don’t know how I’m going to handle the wait.

My star rating is:

Monday, 22 May 2017

Book Review ~ Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

If it’s possible, this book was better than its predecessor. Of course, it would be, we are talking about Sarah J. Maas, she just gets better and better.
I’m jealous she can make you feel all these emotions. I was crying, which is a big thing, I never cry for books or movies unless it really touches me.

This is where we see our Queen. There is a lot of responsibility on her shoulders, dealing with enemies on all fronts.
I also love how this series is in the point of view of different characters. So, we can see the full picture.

My favourite scene…I can’t say it without spoiling, so I’m going to be cryptic. When something went boom, the aftermath of that.

Cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

My star rating is:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Book Review ~ Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Loved this book. I didn’t mind the previous books, but this, WOW!! So, intense and brilliant. Loved everything about it.

It was great to see a broader range of this world, and more characters to fall in love with. And talking about characters that I loved, Aedion and Rowan, and let’s not forget Manon and her Thirteen. Is there any way I can join this awesome group…? I was sad every time their chapter would end, and I had to wait to see what else they were up to.

Things are getting intense, so I don’t want to spend any more time reviewing and start reading Queen of Shadows. Hopefully it’s as great, even better if that’s possible, then Heir of Fire.

My star rating is:

Monday, 15 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 ~ Wrap Up

Incomplete Books:
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Total Pages Read:
Total Books Read:

What an amazing readathon. Even though I could've done better, in the end I'm actually proud of myself. Reading one book would've been an accomplishment for me, but reading a total of six...I'm more surprised than anyone.

By clicking on the links above, you can check out all my reviews.

Cannot wait for the next readathon.

Book Review ~ A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This book is everything I expected and then a heap more. I didn’t want it to end, even though I wanted to know what will happen.

There has never been a book for a long time that has made me feel for this story, these characters, once I’ve finished I wanted to reread it straight away. I think I'll be thinking about this series for a very long time. Well done Sarah J. Maas, I'm jealous of you.

This review is basically me going on and on about how much I love it and me wanting you to read this series ASAP. I also don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Just be prepared to be invested in every character, even the “bad guys”.

I cannot wait for the series to continue, I just don’t know how I’m going to survive waiting a year.

My star rating is: