Hey guys! I know you’ve been looking out for my review of Tankborn, it’s coming! However, I felt like I needed to review The Juliet Spell because I’ve just had it there for what feels like forever and I feel like it deserves more than that. So here goes.
Today is a momentous day. It marks the first day of advanced reader copy reviews here on Words That Fly as well as the day that I start reading my books for NetGalley July. So far, I’ve tried to review books that were available to the general public because I would kind of like everyone to be able to read them. However, I love to read so much, I figured I could review ARCs as well but as a separate feature. Today also marks the first day that my new rating system comes into effect but that’s of slightly less importance. For today’s ARC review I’ll be looking at Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne!
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can begin anew- a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries long voyage. But Aries has other plans.
When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers rumours about pirates – humans who have escaped her before its demise – are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possess the freedom Aries’ envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns freedom will come at a hefty price.
The life of the man she loves.
Hullo, hullo everyone! Here is my slightly late Morning Muse post. I’m feeling very tired recently. Too much work and too much everything else to be fit in around it. How do people manage to find time to do everything they have to do? I’m flabbergasted! I really am. So today I’ll be reviewing an old love. I’m sure some of you have heard of it. It’s Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
If there was one word to describe this book then it would be ridiculously long and possibly a tongue twister. This book was Amazing, Awesome, Beautifully Written, Brilliant, Captivating, Creative, Dashing, Daring, Elegant, Extremely Riveting and so on and so on.
I reread this book just to prevent another White Cat incident where I couldn’t really remember what made it so good… and I’m extremely glad I did. To find out why, please read on!
Once again, it is Monday and I really think Monday should be part of the weekend. If we all take a vote and rally around it, I think we could make it happen. Who’s with me? Everyone? Anyone? Grrrr. Fine. Go vegetate then. Onto the review! Today we’ll be looking at The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and I’d like to point out that I’m still doing the whole break-out-of-my-bubble thing. Hope you all enjoy.
Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
(Picture and Description compliments of Goodreads)
The beginning was painfully slow. No doubt about it. I’m an action kind of girl, I like a nice starting pace that picks up quickly and moves along consistently. This was one of those books that started at zero and an hour later had only reached 1. By the time I got about halfway through the book it had started to pick up. By page 330 I felt nauseous with anxiety to figure out what was going on. By the end I just wanted to keel over and scream. Michelle Hodkin has done something amazingly genius with this book. A definite must read. The ending is brilliant, the perfect reward for getting through the beginning.
Here is another Classics Corner post written about two weeks ago by K from Baffled Books. I hope you all enjoy. You can still look forward to a Classics Corner post this Sunday compliments of K.
The beautiful colour became livid, the eyes seemed to throw out sparks of hell fire, the brows were wrinkled as though the folds of flesh were the coils of Medusa’s snakes, and the lovely, blood-stained mouth grew to an open square, as in the passion masks of Greeks and Japanese. If ever a face meant death, if looks could kill, we saw it at that moment.
Before there were glittery vampires whose only wish was to remain perpetual teenagers… there was Dracula!
Dracula is a 19th century epistolary novel about the age old battle between good and evil. Jonathan Harker, a Solicitor, embarks on a voyage to Castle Dracula in Transylvania to provide Count Dracula with the details of his new home in England. Little does Jonathan know, his client is something long dead and irrefutably evil. Upon his arrival he is made a prisoner and forced at times to question his own sanity, wondering if he will ever escape and see his beloved Mina again.
Later, in England, there is the eerie arrival of a ship guided by the ‘…hand of a dead man’, there are reports of dangerous animals on the loose, a young woman contracts a mysterious illness and a lunatic pledges his loyalty to whom he calls ‘…his lord and master’.
The story is brought to life though a series of journals and letters. Most of the narrative can be found in the letters and journal entries of Jonathan, Mina, and Dr. Seward. For me the letters were just representative of what the characters wanted to say to one another, but it is in the journal entries that the characters reveal what they are actually thinking and feeling. The characters whose thoughts and feelings we do not have access to are the antagonist himself, Dracula, and Quincy Morris, one of Lucy’s potential suitors at the beginning of the novel and a member of the band of heroes intent on destroying Dracula.
What I love about this novel is that Dracula is just pure evil. He has absolutely no qualms about killing anyone. In fact, none of the vampires in this story have any empathy, not the three weird sisters, certainly not Dracula or even Lucy. Lucy spends her early ‘undead’ career feeding on little children and is quite willing drain her fiancé, Arthur. When Professor Van Helsing and the rest of our heroes and heroine attempt to track down Dracula in order to put an end to his reign of terror, he responds by coming after Mina.
I guess if I had to choose a favorite character in the story, it would be Dracula because I always love a good villain. If I had to pick my least favorite it would be Dr. Seward. While Dr. Seward’s account encompassed bulk of the dramatic events within the story, I found him to be way too melodramatic, and I wasn’t convinced that his being a man in the story made him anymore capable than Mina of handling the horrors they would have face. I think that Mina was much stronger than the other characters gave her credit for being. The language is typical of 19th century novels, which admittedly I am not really a fan of, so while I was enjoying the novel there were times when it was getting a bit tedious to read.
Here ends another Classics Corner.
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