The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, A Brief Review

This was a joy to read. A brief look at the glamorous life of Magnus Bane. I need to say, if you are interested in reading this, definitely read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series first! This answers some questions I had about Bane and it also helped me understand his character more. This book of short stories really made me like Bane as a person a lot more than I already did because I got to see him a little more clearly. I was able to see what really makes him who he is, and now I cant help but absolutely adore him! It proves that sometimes people need to simply understand each other and what makes us “people”. To try to understand, and when we understand each other we can see the whole person, not just the outfit or the glitter. And like people everywhere, there is much more to Magnus Bane than what is on the surface.

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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. 

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 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 Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead, A Review

Adrian and Sydney! Married! But there are major issues impeding on their happiness and their ability to live a normal life. When this book begins, they are cloistered at the Moroi Court with Adrian’s mother. However, surprises occur and everything changes.

This has been a great follow up to Vampire Academy. I almost loved this more, particularly the very end. I am #teamadrian all the way and reading about him being this happy just made my heart swell with joy.

If you loved Vampire Academy then this is a must read series! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, A Review

When Anne Boleyn becomes a target of demise, Thomas Cromwell uses the opportunity for revenge that has been long in the waiting. This whole sequel felt like a spider web being spun, tighter and tighter, closing in on the Boleyn’s. As a reader who does not already know Thomas Cromwell’s whole story, I’m wondering if this web is closing in on him, as well? I feel like he is surrounded by shadows and is on the cusp of complete darkness.

This is an incredible tale and it is made more incredible by the way Mantel relates this story. There are parts that literally made me shiver and feel chills, particularly towards the end. And, I am not a person that takes fright easily so I know its these words that have been placed together so thoughtfully and wryly that I am left shaking!

I highly recommend this series for fans of historical fiction!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!