A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir, A Quick Review

Another fabulous and gut wrenching addition to The Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I tried so hard not to cry but there were a few points in the end and I’m telling you, I couldn’t help it! In this book, all the prophecies come true as the main characters fully become the parts they are meant to play, for better or worse. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the next book which comes out in December this year and is the final book I believe.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  by Suzanne Collins,  A Strange Review

So I’m tired, it’s almost 4 AM and I’ve been up reading this book and honestly I feel kinda crazy now.  Okay, if you did not get the underlying message of The Hunger Games series then Collins is pretty much spelling it out here, “Do you understand what I am trying to say here????” Yes, I am pretty sure I’ve got a grasp on her point of view. I’m not trying to belittle it, I think this needs to be loud and clear, particularly at this time.

What really stood out to me about The Hunger Games was the violence,  and the violence forced on children and young adults and the media’s constant coverage and the public viewpoint.   This book really delves into the issue of control, the control a government has over its people whether good citizens or perhaps rebels and the idea of what would happen without that strong handed control.  This is one of the things blatantly spelled out. This was further demonstrated by what the main character,  Coriolanus Snow, went through personally, leading to the ending that I expected but  still found very unsettling.  

Unsettling is really a good word for all of this, including this time period I’m living through,  where I personally live, my personal government and how I feel like everything is so insane and… yeah. Unsettling is putting it mildly.    Rereading The Hunger Games and following that with Suzanne Collins new book only makes me feel more secure in my own beliefs which I am not going to share.  This highlights some factors that I believe are truly lurking behind the eyes of some people and behind some closed doors that kind of have become more open lately.  

Honestly, I did not say any of the things I planned to say about this book… mainly, what the books storyline is about,  a brief description,  anything? Yeah, its 4 AM and I love sleeping so much, what happened? I dont like posting controversial things and I’m trying not to but did I mention its 4 AM? I’m going to probably make a cup of coffee and just stay up, my kitten thinks its morning now, so just HUSH! Leave me alone, be quiet. 

All Systems Red by Martha Wells, A Review

Okay, I am not sure that what I am about to say is 100% true but I think it is: This is the best book I have read all year. This may even be the beginning of a beautiful (new to me) book series relationship because I believe this is going to have to fit into my most beloved series category. Of all time. I relate to Murderbot so much that I feel like Martha Wells must somehow know me and has been watching me secretly. I, also, like to wear my armour, especially around humans. I wish I had an opaque helmet to hide my facial expressions behind too but for right now the symbolic idea of armour will have to do for me. I love this so much, it made me feel less alone and like someone understands… a priceless and lovely tale! I highly recommend this!

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, A Short Review

This is such a great series to get into right now, very powerful and very intriguing. I find that the immersion of magic into the “real world ” scenarios and politics is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t realise how steeped in magic this series was when I began it and I really have come to appreciate it. This book in particular deals with the character Hellene, and the difficulties she faces, the choices she has to make, the thought processes behind those choices and the impact those choices have, particularly right back on her, is so interesting and also, devastating. She is the heart of this book and I cant wait to read more.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, A Review

An amazing end to an amazing story. Katniss never really was in control of the rebellion situation or her own life like she believed she was before The Hunger Games. Everything she loved could always be simply taken away from her. Everything she knew and trusted could be changed. It is not till the end of this book, when she loses almost everything she loves, that she truly gains control.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, A Review

This book has so much strength to it, and the fact that I was able to get a signed copy has made me literally feel stronger for reasons I cannot totally explain. The main characters are both very loveable, charismatic and only serve to enhance each other’s stories. Laia has everything taken from her and has no idea how to fight back for it, how to have the courage of a lion and show no fear. Elias is fighting in a different way, he is literally a fighter, a mask, and also trying to find his escape to a freedom that doesn’t involve hurting anyone. I highly recommend this first book in the series and thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, A Review

Katniss and Peeta have survived the last Hunger Games only to now face the Quarter Quell and a host of other issues. Katniss has been unaware until now what her trick with the poisonous berries has caused, the revolution that is seething within all of the districts. She has unwittingly become not only the catalyst, the spark lighting this flame, but the leader of this rebellion.

I am enjoying my reread of this series, however, I do not know if it’s me personally or this specific time period or perhaps both, but the content of these books is hitting me much harder than they ever have before. I am finding new meaning and associations that I did not recognize when I initially read these books when they first came out.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, A Review

The first point in this books favour is that it has a map! Which is a must for an excellent fantasy read. Following points in this book’s favour are the strength of brotherhood felt between the main characters and the laugh out loud moments even in the most desperate of situations.

The very first section beginning this book completely caught my attention and I was immediately sucked into the world of Locke Lamora. I must say that I felt like I knew for sure where this book was going, what the outcome would be, and I am so happy I was completely wrong. I do not enjoy guessing an authors plot and I gladly was very surprised by the major events that changed everything.

I highly recommend this for fans of fantasy! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Review

It has been years and years since I read this series last but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it now even though I am much older. There is so much heart in this book, unbearable pain that stems from love, love that is confusing. It is gut wrenching to read about the effect of violence and such immense hardship on these young adults.

Katniss Everdeen is making the best of her life in the Seam of District 12 in Panem. She feels so much love for her family and few friends that makes her instantly endearing although, her love comes with the confusing idea of how to trust fully. She strives to protect her loved ones even when it lands her in The Hunger Games, fighting for her life with her bow and arrow and her ability to show love and, possibly, really be in love.

This book breaks my heart, especially the way it ends. But it is so powerful and I believe it will last through the ages.

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The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, A Review

This final book in the Wolf Hall Trilogy opens with a vivid repeat of Anne Boleyn’s death and what happens immediately after her beheading. What is said and what is done and how the body is treated. The attention to these details leaves me wondering if Thomas Cromwell will forever be haunted by what has come to pass by the very people he personally placed on the chopping block.

Mantel paints a vivid picture with her words. Her writing is stunning and, honestly, it’s so intense that the images, dialogues and scenes she creates are almost hard to read. This work is very haunting and graphic in her portrayal of what could possibly be a small amount of guilt that Thomas Cromwell feels. Although, it seems to me to be an impossible emotion for him.

I cannot reccomend this series enough. I will admit the pacing is very slow, these are not books to be rushed through. But Mantel kept my interest piqued throughout and there was not a boring moment.

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