Friday, 23 September 2016

Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever...

This book has so much hype already and it isn't released until January 31st! Now that I have read it I can see why.
The Caraval is many different things all rolled into one. It's a game, a mystery, a romance and much more than that. The reader is completely immersed in the story from the second the book is opened. The plot is uncovered in perfect stages so I felt as though I was playing along with Scarlett. I have found that some mystery books allow the reader to figure out what is going on before the characters in the book but that can be very frustrating because you end up wanting to shout at the characters but this doesn't happen in Caraval. We find the clues the second that Scarlett does which means that we can experience the same twists and turns. 

For the whole of the book I couldn't help myself and I was trying to figure out who Legend is and who the other characters are. I found most of the characters interesting even the baddies were a lot more than baddies. I loved Scarlett a lot more than Tella because she seemed to stay truer to herself but with that said both sisters loved each other and they were both trying to protect each other. 

This book was so much fun I wish it would go on a little bit longer. I couldn't find anything wrong with this book. I enjoyed it so much. I don't want to give anything away because half of the fun is figuring the Caraval out.

Thanks for Reading

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so grateful that I was able to read this before release. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


I have been gone for a while. I had a slump, I couldn't get through books but I am back now Woo!! SO lets get down to it.

This is about a super cool girl named Karou who is an amazing artist and draws all of these strange creatures. Her hair is Blue! Karou disappears on strange errands all the time and doesn't tell anyone anything about them, not even her best friend.

The story is set in Prague and the description of the city is stunning. It has made me want to visit Prague in the winter.
Karou is a cool character, there is a lot going on with her but she handles things with a little help from Brimstone. I liked the relationship between Karou and Brimstone because it was something crazy that I have never read before.

Lets talk about the good things first. 
The story is interesting and mostly imaginative. There were a few parts of the plot that were pretty predictable but there was enough creativity for me to let it slide. The characters are very different and new so that keeps you drawn into the story. There is a lot for you to learn about Karou and the rest of the gang.

The bad bits were not really terrible. I felt that we were given a lot of information in the last third of the book and I think I would have preferred if the information could have been interwoven into the story maybe as another point of view.

I am grateful to the book for helping me out of the slump but I don't think I will carry on with the series.

Thanks for reading 


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


This is a story of Twylla who was destined to be a sin eater just like her mother until the Queen came and changed her life forever. A single touch from Twylla and you will die as her skin is poisonous to everyone except the royal family.

This story was much more fantasy based than I am used to reading and I assume that is the reason it took me a little longer than normal to get into the plot but I found the second half of the book much quicker than the beginning. The book itself is lovely to look at and the cover expresses the story really well. I love the girl in the glass bottle i think its stunning.

I found the characters a little young for their supposed age and the est of the story was quite complex so the scenes with Lief and Twylla let the book down a little for me. The romance between the two didn't feel real and their interactions were more of an annoying interruption to the story. I do wonder if this book would have benefited from having a duel perspective rather than us just reading from Twylla's POV because there were parts of the story that would have made more sense had we of heard about them before hand from another character. 

I expected a sort of Shatter Me kind of story which i didn't get but the story was something interesting and a little different if not predictable at times. I thought the plot twists at the end were brilliant. They just kept coming at you until I was left not trusting anything or anyone.

I thought this was a pretty good book and definitely a fun interesting read so I would recommend it.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
instagram: @emmadreamchild  

Monday, 8 August 2016

My Heart and other black holes by Jasmine Wanga


This is a story about 16 year old Aysel who is set out to end her own life. Aysel decides that she might not be brave enough to do it alone and so she goes in search of a partner, she finds that in Roman who goes by the name of FrozenRobot on the chatroom that they meet on and the suicide pact begins to take shape.

This isn't an easy read its pretty dark at times and also quite emotional. 
The story is addictive and once you start you are captivated with the relationship between Aysel and Roman because its so unconventional and it isn't a story that we get to read very often it feels like you are reading a secret.

I found the story really similar to All the Bright Places which I did enjoy but I just wish there were a few things that were different but the book is enjoyable. I thought that the characters specifically Aysel and Roman were very realistic. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
instagram: @emmadreamchild 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Sarah J Mass did it again with the second instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I loved the first book in this series so much that A court of Mist and Fury was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 but I was really worried that it would suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome because that would have ruined the whole thing for me but luckily this book was great maybe even better than the first book. 

I loved the romance in this book because it was so different from in the first book. In the first book the romance was always there and it was one of the main focuses to the story, in this book the romance feels less fairy tale and more realistic. There is tension and flirting that grows throughout the plot until you are so invested in this relationship that it consumes your everyday life. I like a love story but it can get pretty boring when the relationship is the focus of a book but this story has so much to offer and the romance is so much more than a typical romance. 

The new characters that are introduced in this book are pretty intense. Each and every one of the characters introduced are memorable and important to the plot so we have not wasted anytime getting to know a character that we just don't need. 

Fayre is so much better in this book than in the previous one. She has gotten much stronger and I don't feel like she is going to burst into tears and cry every second of the book. Fayre is much more independent now than she was and she is discovering herself again after all of the huge changes she has had to go through.

I don't want to spoil anything but I love Rysand LOVE LOVE LOVE. He is the ultimate bad boy and who doesn't love a bad boy? Without giving to much away he is in this story much more than the previous one and his character development has been exceptional. He is full of surprises and has a lot more depth than I originally expected from him.  

Maas has ensured that her readers come back for more next year by laving us full of wonder and anxiety regarding the amazing ending of A Court of Mist and Fury I am happy to announce that book 3 is the book I am most looking forward to in 2017.

Give this series a read you wont be dissapointed 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
instagram: @emmadreamchild

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill


It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. 

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. 

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...

Obviously this book is very controversial and at parts it was very uncomfortable to read. 
I have never read anything by Louise O'Neill before so I didn't know what to expect from her writing but I was completely happy with her writing style. 

Once you have read what the story is about you understand that it will be very difficult to read. It most certainly was not a happy read at all.

Asking for it made me very angry because some of the characters brush what has happened to Emma under the carpet and try to forget about it as though its just one of those things. I was angry because even Emma's parents wanted the situation to just go away, the only support Emma had was her brother but he was very angry too. 

The book made me sad because it seems unlikely that Emma will ever get over the incident and she herself felt that she should just drop the case so that her parents can get on with life as it was even though life will never be the same again for Emma. 
At first I was angry at the ending 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass


This is the 5th book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass and up until now I think I have mostly enjoyed this series. This book is actually the second half of this story as the first half came out earlier.

The cover of this book is stunning and I think that the dresses are just getting more beautiful. I still like Eady and most of the boys in the competition. I'm really happy that Eadlyn still has her own mind and her own morals and she stays strong to herself throughout this book.

Personally I would have made a different decision but I wasn't mad about the final decision. The story is obviously very similar to the previous selection stories but I don't think that means it was worse or better it was a nice easy read. I would have liked a little more at the end of the story but maybe more is coming in the future. 

The book has many problems but I think for the most part it was fairly enjoyable. I liked the girl power feel and the strong women doing it for themselves. 

I wouldn't recommend this book based on this book alone however it does go quite nicely with the rest of the series and it didn't leave me too disappointed.

Thanks For Reading

Em x