top 5 favouite quotes from fantasy books

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass )

“No, I won’t marry you. I won’t do it. No one can force me.”
Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted)

“You think I want to hurt her? Do you think it makes me happy to see the little bit of trust she had in me die today?”
Sara B. Larson (Defy)

“You honestly expect me to breathe in a world without air?”
Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn)

“Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.”
Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)

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The Problem with Forever – Book Review

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

― Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Problem with Forever)

The problem with foreverThe Problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I bought this book after my friend Laura from Just Blooking  suggesting it too me. At the time I didn’t know what it was about, what it was like or how popular it was. Laura also wrote a review for this book after she read it.  So when I did decide to start reading this, I got to the third page and knew it was going to one of my favourites.

This book reminds me a little bit of Emmy & Oliver because in both books they are reunited with their best friend after years of being apart. I really liked how Mallory grew throughout the book, and the continued theme of “forever”. I think it was also a good book because of how it didn’t just focus on the relationship between Mallory and Rider, but how their past effected them. Overall I think this is a must read.


Goodreads description

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

The Weight of Water – Book Review

  • “And you look at me and smile
  • And that
  • Makes 
  • My 
  • Day.”

the weight of waterThe Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

This was a very unique book, as it was written as a series of poems. My freind lent this book to me after I looked through her bookshelves, looking at all the books I wanted to read one day. I read it all in one day, which rarely happens to me as I am such a slow reader. I think that after reading this, I will definitely read other books by this author.

It was also a very good story, about Kasienka moving to England after her father travelled there after leaving her and her mother. She learns to fit into a new country and school.


Goodreads Description

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

top 5 favourite fantasy books

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

See my review of this series.

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I read this four years ago, and still hold it as one of my favourite books. It is one I have reread a few times. After I read this, I read most of Gail Carson Levine’s other books because I liked this one so much. This book is about Ella who is under a spell (given a gift) by Lucinda, where she has to obey every thing she is told to do.

3. Defy by Sara B. Larson

I really enjoyed reading this book last year. However I still haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of this series, probably because I don’t really like second books.

4. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

This book could be classified as more of a historical fiction book however when ever I think of it, and when I was reading it, it seemed like a fantasy book. This book is based around the story of Swan Lake. It can be a little cheesy at times, but I really enjoyed this book, as it is a light read compared to books such as Queen of Shadows.

5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

This book I read a couple of years ago after having watched the movie countless times and deciding to read the book. It is written in a way I haven’t come across in any other book I’ve read. Goldman writes it as if The Princess Bride is not his book, but a book by S. Morgenstern.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Book Review

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”
Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses )

A court of thorns and rosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Is was such a good book. I loved it when I could see just how similar this reselling is to the original Beaty and the Beast, yet so different as well.

At first while I was reading it, I was wondering How is this based on Beauty and the Beast? Sure enough though, the resemblance became clear between the stories. It well written, and I liked to be able to read another book by Sarah J. Maas.


Goodreads Description

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

top 5 favourite quotes from contemporary books

Not if i see you first1. “Parker,” Sheila says.

“What?” 

“I’m smiling.”
Eric Lindstrom (Not If I See You First)

2. “I’ve been hearing a lot about standing in front of trains. You know I certainly would if
it came down to it; I just think it would be better for all of us if we didn’t have to.”

Eric Lindstrom (Not If I See You First)

 

3. “And you look at me and smilethe weight of water

And that

Makes 

My 

Day.”

Sarah Crossan (The Weight of Water)

 

Emmy and Oliver4. “Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”

Robin Benway (Emmy & Oliver)

 

5. “And I was reminded once again how a song really can change the world.”Lemonade mouth
Mark Peter Hughes (Lemonade Mouth)

Burn. Rewrite. Reread.

I was nominated by my friend Just Blooking to do this tag. Depending what books I do this could be a hard decision.

The Rules:

1. Randomly select 3 books. (I randomly choose books from each page on Goodreads from my Read shelf.)

2. For each round, (each round with 3 books), choose which one to burn, rewrite or reread.

3. Repeat. (If you are particularly adventurous, repeat AGAIN!)


First Book: Forgotten  by Cat Patrick

I did liked it while I was reading it but I would have to burn this book because out of the three, it was the least memorable. I also don’t like this style of book as much anymore.

Second Book: Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

I would rewrite this book. This was a hard decision, because I enjoyed this book and don’t really want to rewrite it. I would probably just change the writing style of this book so that it doesn’t take a long time to get into the story.

Third Book: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I would reread Ella Enchanted because this is just such a good story. I was never boring. It is also a fantasy book, which is probable my favourite genre, and it’s based on the story of Cinderella. What more do you need.

Emmy & Oliver – Book Review

“Could you please stop dripping your sarcasm all over my car’s interior?”
Robin Benway (Emmy & Oliver)

Emmy and Oliver

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

I really liked his book. I didn’t really know how good it was going to be before I got it and read it because I just found it on goodreads and thought the description sounder interesting. I think my favourite part of the book is that two best friends being reunited after many years and growing a strong relationship again.


Goodreads Description

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

top 5 favourite duologies/trilogies/series

My top 5 favourites lists often overlap books. Maybe this means I need to read more than I already do, or maybe I need to read faster…

It seems that all of these are of a similar genre: fantasy, science fiction or mystery.

1) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This is my favourite series of all time. I love the setting, I love the characters, and I love the fact that it’s about assassins.

This series is about Celaena, an assassin who has been kept in the salt mines for the last year after having been caught. She is brought out of captivity, on the condition that she enters the contest as the prince’s champion, for the role or the royal assassin.

2) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I love this series so much. I love how it is loosely based around the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapuzel, and Snow White. I finished Winter (the last book in the series) recently, and it’s a very close call for me, with Queen of Shadows (the 4th book in the Throne of Glass series) as my favourite book.

3) The Selection by Kiera Cass

This was my favourite series of all time, until I read Throne of Glass,and The Lunar Chronicles. After reading the last book in the series, The Crown, it just isn’t as of a favourite of mine any more.

4) Defy by Sara B. Larson

I’ve only read the first book from this trilogy, because I haven’t found the time to read the rest as I’ve been reading other books. But when I did read this book, I loved it. Defy reminds me of the Throne of Glass series because it is another fantasy book, even if it is a completely different story.

5) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I read this a few years ago, so I’m not sure how it compares to my other favourite series. However, I do remember loving it. It really is a good series, with unexpected twists.

If I Stay – Book compared to the Movie

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

Gayle Forman (If I Stay)

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman

I liked the book If I Stay, it was good. However, I think I would have to say I liked the movie better, even though I read the book first and books are usually better than the movie. In saying that, I still had to interrupt the movie every 10 minutes to say, “that’s wasn’t supposed to happen until later” or “that didn’t happen in the book”. All in all, the movie had me more emotionally attached to the characters, which I think is one of the most important parts of any book or movie.


Goodreads Description 

‘Just listen,’ Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.’ I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

‘Stay,’ he says.

Everybody has to make choices.
Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope.
But life can change in an instant.
A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one.
As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.
Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Staywill make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

Includes interviews with the stars of the film, Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.