Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

the knife of never letting goPatrick Ness never lets me down.

I decided to pick this book up because I’ve been reading books that I didn’t enjoy. It went downhill since A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

Bad book, after bad book.

But like I said, Patrick Ness delivered, as usual.

If The Giver and 1984 had a baby, this book is it.

The first thing that really grabs your attention in The Knife of Never Letting Go, is the protagonist—Todd—his voice is all encompassing. And going right into the series, you know that his, and everyones, thoughts are on blast. And yes, that includes his dog, Manchee.

So you can even talk to animals in this New World. You won’t have an intelligent conversation, but you can certainly try.

There’s one line that is so in character for a dog. I have two dogs, and whenever there’s a knock on the door… well…

For a second, nobody says nothing, everyone just freezes. Manchee’s got so many things he wants to bark that nothing comes out for a minute till he finally barks “Door!”

There were many times when I just cracked up laughing because of this book.

And like I said, Todd’s thoughts are on blast, so even when he’s not talking, he’s talking. Everything he said was always in his ‘accent’. Instead of ‘through’ it was ‘thru’. Words were abbreviated, and slang like ‘cuz’ was used. Ness even spelled words how they sound, like direkshun, informayshun, confirmayshun, temptayshun, to name a few.

Todd’s illiterate, so it kind of makes sense that he thinks those words are spelt that way.

Even though the spelling isn’t traditional, you still fly through the book. The weird spelling of words probably slows you down the first time you encounter it, but then you expect it and the book speeds up as fast as you can read it.

It’s a real page turner, which doesn’t surprise me because Ness has always been a page turner, at least to me.

I just can’t wait to start the second book.

5/5

Book Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

24157347.jpgI usually give a book until page 100 before I decide to give up on it, but I just didn’t want to waste my time with this book.

Keeley was childish. Not just that, but the writing wasn’t that good either. It’s fast paced, there aren’t really any descriptions and there are things like:

“When she noticed me noticing, she said with a chuckle,”

Noticed me noticing??? You couldn’t use “looking”? I literally stared at that line for a good five minutes before I continued. And then I ran into this,

“its googly eyes googling with every bump in the road.”

Googly eyes googling.

I’m not even going to get into it.

Keeley is very childish and annoying. She says completely random things that no one would ever say, and she’s like “Boys don’t know what to make of me.” And although Keeley has two friends, they’re never around because the book is solely based on the weird friendship between Jesse and Keeley (he’s the love interest).

Their relationship is built weird too. I’m a little confused with ages in the book.

“I knew for a fact that he had actual six-pack muscles because he had this terrific habit of peeling off his sweaty soccer jersey after games and slinging it over one shoulder.”

So he has “actual six-pack muscles” and he’s a senior in high school. He’s also a man-whore, having being described as always kissing a different girl between class periods. And from my understanding, Keeley is a junior, about to be senior, so that would put her at 17 or 18. But then,

“I was supposed to pick something special for my sixteenth birthday,”

So this bitch is sixteen and she’s ‘flirting’ with an 18-year-old? And he’s graduating too, which means he’s probably going to be 19 soon. Literally get someone your own age.

I’d bitch more about the book, but that’s when I stopped reading. Her behaviour made sense as soon as I read that line though. She has a middle school mentality, and I’m not surprised because it’s not been long since she left.

2/5

PS. I think I angered the Book Gods. I keep reading bad* books.

*They’re not bad. But books I dislike.

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

10763598I’ve only ever heard good things about Laini Taylor, especially since Strange the Dreamer hit the shelves. And I’ve had Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my bookshelf for some time now, so I figured, why not start it? Get into the Laini Taylor hype.

I’m going to reference this book in parts.

Part One:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.

Reading that gave me chills. I was already in love with it. In the past I read a demon and angel book and I didn’t like it at all. I wrote them off forever, but like I said, Laini Taylor.

I loved part one. Karou, and Zuzanna. I love their names. I love their dynamic. I loved that Karou just accepted Brimstone and his circle. Yeah she had questions, but it didn’t stop her from loving them.

And the attention to detail.

“Her knife was in her boot, hard against the knob of her ankle, the discomfort giving her comfort.”

I was R E A D Y to love this book.

Part Two:

Once upon a time, a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burned the doorways to their world, and she was all alone.

I dove straight into part two. A new character was introduced. I wanted to learn the dynamic that was going to build between him and Karou.

And the book went downhill from there.

It was almost instant-love between the two. But the momentum was still there. I still read through part two pretty fast. All I did was dread any time the book was in Akiva’s POV. All he would basically talk about was Karou and the pull he felt with her.

Karou always described him with ‘fire in his eyes’ ‘the heat of his touch’ ‘I wanted to grab his hand and I knew he did too, but he was fighting it.’

And there was a breach of third person a few times. I’m pretty sure that part one was in 3rd person limited, but the book started to switch between limited and omniscient.

I still gave the book a shot. I knew there had to be something that would make me overlook everything else. There had to be.

Part Three:

Once upon a time, an angel lay dying in the mist. And a devil knelt over him and smiled.

Coming into part three, I knew this would be the redeeming part of the book. I wanted it. I was ready for it.

We got some backstory on Akiva. And more. And more. And more.

Karou kind of just disappeared. She wasn’t mentioned again really. And the last time we saw her, it ended on a pretty big cliff-hanger.

Part three was more or less backstory for Akiva. Three more characters were introduced.

Madrigal. The name had been mentioned previously, so I knew she was a pretty important character. We got a few chapters in her POV and I read through them. I just wanted Karou though.

I wanted to go back to the present.

I didn’t really care about the love between Akiva and Madrigal. I. DID. NOT. CARE. There was no build up to anything. It was just desire.

Part Four:

Once upon a time, there were two moons, who were sisters. Nitid was the goddess of tears and life, and the sky was hers. No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers.

I didn’t know what to make of the intro for part four. But everything that I read in part three, came to an obvious conclusion. It was so obvious that I was 100% positive that I would get back to Karou.

And I did.

But not in a way I thought.

There were a few chapters in Karou’s POV and the rest were in the past again. The events were dragged out. I think Laini Taylor lost her way half-way through the book. Karou’s incentive seemed to have been forgotten.

Karou didn’t take action at all. She was kind of just there.

And I don’t like Akiva at all. Laini didn’t do much to make him a likable character.

The ending would’ve been a good cliffhanger for the next book had I liked it. But when I read the “To be continued…” I closed to book and was like, “Finally.”

I’m now worried to read Strange the Dreamer. I haven’t bought it yet, but I was going to. I might just rent it from the library.

3/5 will not finish the series.

Book Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

20821306I really tried to like this.

There was a lot of potential for Zodiac, but it was poorly executed. I own the second book because I was sure I would like it. But I won’t be continuing the series.

Let’s start with the plot. Where should I start with the plot? It was everywhere. The book started off on one of Cancer’s moons. Rho, the protagonist, is a in a band with three of her friends. With the beginning, I thought, “Oh this is cool, a musician lead.” But her musical talents end by chapter three. Things are referenced here and there, but her talent isn’t brought up in any helpful way.

Not only that but she becomes Guardian of Cancer in the span of like several paragraphs. A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD to be the face of a fucking galaxy? planet? I don’t understand the world building. Maybe I skimmed over that part (or zoned out).

Just to show how young and naïve she is:

“I can’t lead an armada. I barely even know what that is!”

How do you live in a universe where you can travel to other planets within hours and not know what an armada is? YOU LIVED ON FUCKING MOON FOR SEVEN ODD YEARS. And not only that, you’re in school??? And you mentioned a war that happened centuries ago?? Didn’t your teachers teach you anything about it?

And then:

“An armada, it turns out, is a fleet of warships.”

Like bitch??? But anyway…

She leaves Cancer to go on some quest (which this leads into my next bit). She’s so whiney. Like what did the fucking ambassadors expect, electing a 16-year-old to be their fucking face????? She is so caught up in this conspiracy, that she doesn’t listen to anyone, and they’re giving her sound advice. She should’ve kept some details to herself if she wanted people to believe her.

“…says Sirna, giving me the briefing she tried to give earlier, when I stormed out of her office.”

Rho stormed out, while someone was trying to tell her of a new threat facing them. She didn’t want to hear it because it refuted what Rho wanted to believe. Like, I get you’re 16 and you want to act that way and that you have a ton of responsibility now, but you are the first thing people think of when they think of Cancer. Just like how Obama was what people thought of when he was president of the USA (now we have a fucking cheeto as our face).

My point is, if you’re given the position of responsibility and power, you don’t go storming out of places, or stomping your foot, or slamming doors. You act civil. You act reasonable. Be what is expected of you when in a position of power. Listen to everyone, and be open minded. That’s all Rho needed to do, and had she done that, I think Zodiac would’ve been a much better book.

Back to the plot. Transitioning was terrible. At one point in the book, they were talking about a children’s rhyme about the 13th zodiac. Rho was trying to figure out if there was a prediction in it or whatever.

SPOILER

“…All these references to time . . . are they just coincidence, or could they be clues?

Before Sirna leaves, I find an excuse to pull her into the privacy of a bedroom. As soon as we enter, she lowers her gaze, and I realize she knows what I’m going to ask.

And I already know her answer.”

That’s the transition. It’s talking about time, and then from nowhere… I don’t even know???? It just doesn’t go with the previous paragraph. I’m just so lost.

And then of course there’s a love triangle. And I use that term loosely. There was no tension between Mathias and Rho, and even less with Hysan and Rho. I think it’s mainly because Hysan kept calling Rho ‘My lady‘ and that shit makes me cringe on a molecular level.

And also, when Rho and Hysan have sex, where the fuck did the condom come from? He just happened to have one on him? Someone who’s FORBIDDEN to have a partner just carries around condoms??? O.K.

“Hysan is wrong for me in so many ways— the Taboo, the innate differences between us, the timing. And, of course, Mathias.”

Of course Mathias??? What? You have ZERO chemistry with him. He treats you like a child, yet just because you’ve had a thing for him since like middle school, doesn’t mean he should be pursued. But also, do better Rho, Hysan is gross.

I just can’t get over how messy this book was. And I’m really mad it’s messy. I wanted to like it so much. I’m a Cancer too… like shit, thanks Rho.

One last thing I wanna bitch about:

“Philosopher’s Stone between her fingers. The device is encased in a lead pendant that hangs from a silver chain around her neck, and its design varies according to clan. Mallie’s pendant is shaped like an owl.”

Like really?? Did you really have to make a Harry Potter reference? Like just pluck me out of this galactic sci-fi and throw me into a fantasy one… As if I don’t get enough of that world. And even if that wasn’t your intention, Russell, if you mention philosopher and stone next to each other, and then wrap that with an owl, I fucking think of Harry Potter holding the sorcerers stone and guess what? HE HAS AN OWL AS A PET. So even if you didn’t do it on purpose, you did it on purpose.

If you like forced relationships, haphazard plots, and a whiney protagonist, then you’ll love Zodiac.

2/5

PS. For those of you who don’t know, I work in Diagon Alley. I’m there 5 days a week, I don’t want to get lost in a world and then thrown right back into my own.

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

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Disclaimer: This review will have spoilers.

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I’m assuming those of you reading this have read all three books, so I’m not going to summarize the first two. I’m going to jump right into ACOWAR.

From the ending of ACOMAF, I was under the impression that Feyre was going to Fuck Shit Up™ in the Spring Court. I thought she was going to be there for a good chunk of the book. But she was there for less than 100 pages. I got over that pretty quickly. I was like: “Okay, they have a war with Hybern to prepare for. They’re going to be in battles and Feyre will Fuck Shit Up™ then.” And she did in the Summer Court with Mor. That just got me even more hype for The War.

Shortly after the attack in the Summer Court, all seven High Lords met to discuss strategy and alliances. Even Tamlin. Let me just say, I forgive Tamlin. He has a lot more to do, character wise, but I don’t hold a grudge against him. Back to the meeting, no one got that far. They bickered too much. It was a headache to read those chapters.

Let’s go to the next shit that pissed me off.

Nesta.

She’s a complete bitch. Don’t get me wrong, I like her savagery, but what’s her damage? Give Cassian a break. He’s only trying to help. Everyone is. And if Nesta has such a problem with her father (I’ll get to that) then why wasn’t she the one that stepped up to save the family?? Why’d you let Feyre, the youngest, take on that weight? You can’t have a problem with EVERYBODY for no reason. Get over yourself, Nesta.

There were a lot of times when the pacing was off. Scenes that should’ve been short (like the meeting with the High Lords) dragged out, and scenes that should’ve been longer (like when Feyre goes to see the Suriel) were too short. Speaking of the Suriel, that brings me to my next point.

Death.

Before the book even came out, I knew that one of the Inner Circle weren’t going to make it. All throughout the book I was looking for foreshadowing. And I picked up a lot surrounding Cassian. I prepared myself for his death. I knew he was gonna die.

“It’ll take more than that to kill me,” Cassian said with a smirk that didn’t meet his eyes.

Elaine only said to Cassian, “No, it will not.”

Cassian said to Rhys, to me, to Nesta, “I’ll see you on the other side.”

I knew he didn’t mean the battlefield.

Cassian grunted in pain, but lifted his bloodied hands— to cup her face. “I have no regrets in my life, but this.” His voice shook with every word. “That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta.”

Cassian said softly, brushing away the tear that streaked down her face, “I will find you again in the next world— the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

But he didn’t die. There was tons of foreshadowing surrounding his death. I. Was. Ready. So, then I was freaking out and wondering whose death I wasn’t prepared for.

The Suriel was the first to die, and that one shocked me. And then the Bone Carver died. And then the Weaver, and then Feyre’s father. It was just death like every 20 pages. And when Amren decided to sacrifice herself, I was content with that death because Amren was okay with it.

And then Rhys died too. His death caused the most sad reaction I had from the book. I didn’t cry. I knew that Maas wouldn’t kill him. And I was right. They resurrected him the same way Feyre was brought back. All the High Lords were there. And it would’ve been fine had the resurrections ended there. But Rhys brought Amren with him. And just the fact that two characters came back from the dead, paragraphs apart—it ruined the authenticity of the book.

I love Amren, but she should’ve stayed dead. She’s the one death I think everyone would’ve been okay with in the end.

And I wish this is where the problems ended but I have three more things to bitch about.

One, Mor. I love her character. And I know that Maas is a problematic fave when it comes to diversity. But to wipe away Azriel and Mor’s 500 years of history and angst by making Mor gay… Like come on. That wasn’t planned. That was a half-assed excuse as to why Mor and Azriel won’t be cannon. It was like a lame excuse. A cop out. And Mor should know that out of everyone, the Inner Circle will accept her. Azriel might be mad that she strung him on for so long, but he’ll get over it.

Two, the battles. I mentioned earlier about Feyre Fucking Shit Up™ in the Summer Court. But that’s the only place she did it. She bitched and complained to Tamlin about allowing her to train her powers and Rhys let her. And then when the battle really counts. And when they’re low on numbers anyway. And Feyre happens to be almost as powerful as Rhys… She watches from the sidelines.

She. WATCHES.

Where is the badass High Lady of the Night Court???? She was such a disappointment. And then because Feyre was watching half the time, the book lost its realness. The book became a lot more telling than showing. Maas should’ve cut the POV to Cassian if that were the case. Or some other soldier. Rhys or Azriel.

Why did you do this Maas??

Lastly, Lucien. Out of the whole book, Lucien had the best character development. Things with Tamlin are still a little sketchy, but they’ll make up. I don’t think Lucien and Elaine are good mates. I really hope Elaine rejects the mating bond. But that’s not what this is about.

It’s about Mr. Archeon(?) stealing Lucien’s glory. Lucien went to find a cursed queen and he doesn’t??? But Feyre’s dad does. The man that’s been absent physically and mentally. Like what? Maas, why did you take this away from Lucien? He was absent for half the book for no reason. What the fuck?

I can’t comprehend why this book is so sloppy. All of Maas’ other books, even in the TOG series, are spot on. They make sense. Pacing is set. Maybe it’s the first-person vs third? I don’t know but please don’t fuck up the ending to TOG.

Maybe because you squished this story into three books is why it’s so bad; maybe there should’ve been a fourth. Draw things out a little bit more. We’re already waiting two years for the final TOG. I’m sure waiting for a fourth book won’t be a problem. But whatever. I just hope the spin off series are good. I will check those out. But for now, I’m just really disappointed that this book wasn’t what I was told it would be.

3/5

Book Review: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I liked the writing style from the first book, but I feel as if the writing got worse since. It might just be a personal thing, but Tahir didn’t use contractions and it pissed me off. Not only that but the transitions between, not only paragraphs, but sentences themselves, was lacking.

The relationship between Keenan and Lila was forced. I didn’t really see them together. Plus I wasn’t a fan of the whole love square that was going on.

I would’ve given up on the book had I not wanted to know a certain thing about one of the characters. But once I found out, I only finished the book because I only had a hundred pages left.

Another thing I didn’t like was that I wasn’t able to focus that much on the story. I found myself having to reread paragraphs because I wasn’t sure how they got from A to B.

There’s one scene when Elias is in a dream and then the next sentence he’s mid-movement or something. There was no transition.

3/5 will not continue the series.

Book Review: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

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I really wanna know what the inspiration was for this book. It’s really high concept and it had an underlying message of environmentalism, which is something I tend to write about in my Sci-Fi novels.

The book is really strange but I liked it a lot.

Some complaints would be the way the story was written. Most of it was summary and was telling instead of showing. The story was told in 3rd person limited, but I found it hard to find who the protagonist was. Sometimes it was 3rd person omniscient and it just flip flopped around.

3/5