Sunday, 31 December 2017

ARC Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I received this book from Netgalley in the form of an e-ARC for an honest review, so here it is!

I'd heard so much about this book before I requested it, and of course the cover also drew me in, but just the idea of a faerie world based book had me desperately hoping to be accepted, and I was.

I admit, I did a little happy dance when I saw the acceptance email. It took a little while to get to reading it, but over my holiday I devoured it and read it ridiculously quickly (even for me).

Here's the book:

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. 

As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . . 

So, I don't know how to explain how amazing this book was. I absolutely loved it, as I have always loved Faerie related books, but I don't see as many as I would like, so this was a great addition to my faerie/fantasy collection.

I liked that in this book there were a lot of traditional superstitions about Faeries, and it was nice that while I was reading this I could compare all the different superstitions used and see which ones overlapped with other books I had read.

In fact, I loved how different this book was to other Faerie books I've read - it was dark and totally fascinating, letting you understand the more darker side to the Faerie world (which was exactly like I have always imagined the Faerie world to be - dark and slightly twisted if you aren't careful). The writing style of Holly Black is beautiful, it really had me feel like I was in the book seeing what she described, and I sometimes have trouble imagining things in books.

My favourite character was Jude, the main character in this book. She went from a young, inexperienced child to someone that could navigate her way through the Faerie world with ease, and I can't wait to see where her character goes in the next book.

So, all I can really say to sum up this book is that is is beautifully written and the writing style is amazing, and all I want to do is curl up and read it again. It's definitely reignited my interest in Faerie books, which I am definitely grateful for.

I give this book: 5 cats! (and I would give it more if I could!)

Have you read it or are planning to read it? This book is out the 2nd January, and I would definitely recommend it for those who love dark and twisted Faerie tales! Comment below with your opinions, I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

ARC Review: Everless by Sara Holland

I got an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley for an honest review, which is coming up now!

I'd heard so many people talking about Everless that when it came up on Netgalley (and with a beautiful UK cover) I couldn't resist requesting it, and I was so happy when it got accepted!

With everything going on I only got around to reading it during my holiday, but I absolutely flew through this book as it was such an original concept to me.

Here's the book:

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.

Like I said, I've never heard of a book with a plot like this one and so it really intrigued me. The idea of blood/time being used as currency and that it can also make you live for longer? Definitely an original and interesting concept for me. It drew me in quickly and had me hooked.

I loved the ideas in this book, and it had twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Usually, I can guess where the plotline will go, but in the rare cases where I don't I always find I love the books even more, just like this book.

You guys also know how much I love a little romance in a story, and I'm glad to say this had just the right amount, without making the plot all about love. In fact, there's only small hints of a romance in this book, but I really hope that in the future books it will pan out a bit more and become more of a plot-line.

I don't like to spoil books for anyone, so all I will say is that the ending blew me away and had me gasping, something I don't do often with a book. I already want to know what will happen in book 2 even though this book hasn't come out yet! The ending really made me re-evaluate the conclusions I'd come to about certain characters, and that is what made me love the book so much.

Definitely one I will recommend for those who love plot-twists!

I give this book: 5 cats!

Have you read this book or are planning to read this book? Comment below telling me your opinions!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Review: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

So, I admit, this is a book that I had heard about in passing, but didn't think about reading until I watched the TV show (I know, I know, I should have read the book first, but surely a lot of people have done what I have done before).

The TV show had me hooked, and I really hoped the book would give me a lot more details and hook me even more. It did.

Here it is:

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

So, definitely not my usual read, in fact, I very rarely go out of the YA genre, but I do love a dystopian novel, and as I'd seen the TV show I wanted to see if anymore details were given out in the book.

Now, the TV show was hard-hitting as it was, reading the book however really gets to you more than the TV show could. It's such a powerful book, and as you read you really begin to connect to Offred and hope for her freedom from the oppressive regime that she is a part of.

One thing I liked about this book is that you see little bits of Offred's rebellious mind in some of her narrations. Throughout the book you mainly see Offred as someone who has been made into someone who doesn't go against the regime and believes in the regime she is a part of, but there are also a few little points in the book where her old self comes out to shine, and I found these parts of the book so interesting.

One thing I didn't like, the book didn't really use quotation marks and that stumped me a bit throughout and I found it hard to keep up with the narration, but that is the only thing that bothered me about the book, and it is such a small thing that you eventually get used to that it's not even much of a complaint.

Overall, I liked the book, it gave a little bit more detail for me, and I definitely liked my foray out of the YA genre. In fact, I bought another book outside of YA because of this book, and I hope to find it just as good.

I give this book: 4 cats!

I liked both the book and the TV show, which is quite unusual, have any of you got opinions on either the book or TV show too? Comment below!