Monday, 6 April 2015
Two posts in one day? Aren't you guys lucky. And one of them is a giveaway!
To celebrate the launch of The Duff which is out today (April 6th) you could win an amazing goody bag which includes the movie tie-in version of the book. If you're interested keep reading.
I read for fun; not for any high brow reason, just because I enjoy it. That means that when a book just isn't capturing me I think it's totally fine to just put it down and walk away. I'm not trying to learn anything new or find anything amazing out, and I'm barely able to find the time to read as it is, so I might as well not try and struggle through books that make me want to tear my hair out or fall asleep.
The Sin Eater's Daughter
I'm not sure if there is something wrong with me or what but I seem to be the only person not loving this book right now. The premise sounded really great, the world was really interesting but I felt so let down by the two main character's that I just couldn't keep reading. Twylla and the guard were just so boring, I didn't care about any of their romance, I didn't feel invested in anything that happened to either of them and there felt like no character development. I found the prince to be the most interesting character and all the way through they were avoiding him or lying to him and I just didn't get why Twylla was so infatuated with this other guy. Boring characters letting down what could have been an excellent book. I read maybe 2/3rd's of this book before giving up completely. I just didn't care about the ending.
I am so unhappy that this book is one I couldn't finish. I didn't really give it that much of a chance, what with only reading like 40 pages, but hear me out. I loved Half Bad. Like I LOVED it. I think it was one of my favourite books last year and I raved about it so much to everyone who would listen. I bought myself a finished copy even though I had the ARC and I defended it to other people who didn't like it, so I expected to be drawn right back into Half Wild. I expected the writing to be just as good, if not better, and the action to be just as intense and that didn't happen.
I'm not sure if this book suffers from the classic 'filler book' problem in a trilogy, or if the author just didn't have the time to get it as right as she did with Half Bad. Whatever the reason, after 40 pages I was bored, nothing much had happened, nothing pulled me in and again I just didn't care which is crazy considering I loved the previous book so much. Nathan's unique and slightly disjointed voice was no longer so unique and so edgy. Maybe in an attempt to bring in a wider audience the publishers had it filled out a little? I don't know. Either way I didn't want to continue on with a book that spent it's first 40 pages with the main character doing nothing but thinking and remembering. No thank you.
I think I may make this a regular feature if I don't finish books, just because it's nice to know why people didn't enjoy books just as much as it is to know why that did. Have there been any books that you've abandoned recently?
Friday, 3 April 2015
The Darkest Part of the Forest is Holly Black's most recent offering to the fantasy genre. There is a horned boy in the woods who sleeps in a glass coffin. He does not age and he does not wake. Generations of girls and boys press their faces up to the glass and know deep down that their town is unlike any other. The tourists who come to visit Fairfold and venture into it's deep wood sometimes disappear, but those born to the town are safe. Until one day the coffin is smashed into, the immortal boy goes missing, and the residents of the small, but magical town are no longer untouchable.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Is there such a thing as too much YA? This is something I've been wondering for a little while now. Recently I've been reading nearly exclusively YA and while I do enjoy my Young Adult literature I don't feel like it excites me as much any more. There are a rare few novels that I end up loving but now I feel like Blogging and YouTube has become so inundated with YA that it's hard really to read anything else. I want to consider myself to be 'well read' and I struggle to do that when all I am doing is reading one very specific genre. Last year some of my favourite books were YA, but some were also definitely not at all. I need to read more diversely and not just read a genre because it is easy for me to receive books to review in that specific genre
My problem with YA at the moment is, no matter how good the story or the characters are it seems too frequently everything interesting or difficult that could happen within the story gets side tracked for the enevitable love triangle that takes a whole trilogy to sort out. Too frequently there are endings where everything gets easily sorted out, nothing bad really happens and then the main female character settles down with one of her two love interests and goes on to lead an unremarkable life.
Is it too much to ask for a YA story that isn't a love triangle, that doesn't take up a whole trilogy and that does leave the characters changed when it ends in not such a neat way? Maybe it's that I'm growing up but when a story ends too perfectly, after so much apparent peril, it just makes you wonder what the problem even was if nothing was perilous enough to kill or badly damage some of the main characters. While I think The Hunger Games has its downsides and does meet a few too many YA tropes at least the author understood that in a war some people die and some people are forever changed. Too many YA stories just want to sacrifice the pain for the pleasure and trivialise the important topics they are supposed to be tackling so that they can just make it all about the hormones.
I don't always want to read about death and destruction, but if you're going to set your fantasy/Sci Fi in a world that is supposed to be full of peril, on the brink of destruction etc... you better damn well give me some destruction or stop pretending it's anything more than just a romance.
Monday, 16 February 2015
I often wonder how people can possibly blog every day? Especially when it comes to books! I don't read enough for there to be that much book related content on my blog. I don't want my posts to become repetitive or boring, and yet I feel like more and more with blogging there is this pressure to do it every day.
Don't get me wrong, some blogs can and do do it very well, but I personally don't feel like I have the time or energy to dedicate to making good content that frequently.
I do however want to create content more frequently. My recent past of doing one blog post a month really isn't good enough either so I need to find a happy medium between the two. I suppose this blog post is really asking you for help. I want to know what blogs that post every day do it really well, and what posts would you like to see more of on here? Should I go back to doing more book photography? What sort of time scales do you think are best for blogging? Let's get some feedback going on.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
The Snow Child is a retelling of a Russian Fairytale set in 1920's Alaska. During one snowy winter's night an older couple build a snowman in the shape of the child they wanted but could never have and the very next day they start noticing a wild little girl running around in the woods. The girl appears to be human, but she it flighty, untamed and never stays for the summer; as soon as the snow goes, so does she.
Going into this I was expecting a story of magical realism about a child made from snow who does not last the summer, and the old couple who lose their only chance to be parents. This novel is not what I was expecting.