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Demon Road by Derek Landy Review

This book is awesome, I expected it to be predictable and quite boring. But i was pleasantly surprised. The first line of the book had me hooked “twelve hours before Amber Lamonts parents tried to kill her”. It seemed so un-important but I’m thinking “WTF?”. I really liked that Ambers parents weren’t model parents. Besides the fact that they were demons trying to kill their daughter, he made it seem like Amber was just being a typical teenager, disagreeing with her parents because she was a teenager And at times I found myself thinking, for like a millisecond, that her parents aren’t actually that bad. Then we’re quickly reminded that no her parents aren’t as nice as they seem and they really are just super cruel and evil.

I liked Ambers character, she was bit annoying at the beginning because she kept repeating that she has to get away from her parents. I just took it from her point of view like how the hell are you supposed to react when you’ve just found out that 1. you’re a demon and 2. you’re parents are trying to kill you. I would be annoying as hell as well, cause my mind would be so screwed up. She grew on me towards the end of the book and you see her become more independent and accepting of her demon side. Also accepting of the fact that everything supernatural exists and she is an active part of that world.

I loooooved the Shanks and vampire parts of the book. It just added extra action to the book which gave more life to the book. Shanks took me by total surprise because I wasn’t expecting that. The witches part could’ve been better, I would’ve liked to see the witch have a chance at showing her affection for Jacob Buxton. That scene was short lived and it sort of felt rushed to me.

My favourite character is Milo. I love that you know very little about him, even though everything is screaming that he is the Ghost of the Highway, he still remains mysterious. It isn’t until he actually confirms what he is that it doesn’t seem like an assumption anymore. I don’t know exactly how to explain my love for Milo and the Charger but aaaah I want to be their friends. I was super scared when Milo got shot. I was freaking out like he was going to die then I remembered, he has like super healing powers….at least when he is with the Charger.

My least favourite character was Glen. Oh gosh he was annoying, I could totally see why Milo found him annoying. He was the least helpful person. Yes he became Ambers friend but geees, so annoying. is it bad that I was kinda relieved when he died? I know its cruel, but I found him that annoying. Always talking about things that are irrelevant.

I like the flow of the story, it never felt choppy, like Derek just skipped a bit just to start the next chapter. Everything made sense. The only that really urked me was the ending. It felt so abrupt, like he just decided to stop writing all of a sudden. I felt like there could’ve maybe been a little bit more to the ending. But I am definitely giving this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I will be getting Desolation when it’s out because I need to know where the journey takes them. Pleasantly surprised by this book and I will recommend this to anyone who wants to read it.

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Reading Heir fo Fire by Sarah J Maas

Earlier this week I started reading Heir of Fire and I must say so far this book is going quite slowly. i guess that’s expected with how Crown of Midnight ended but I was on such a high with Crown of Midnight I was sort of expecting the same with this book.

However, in saying that I have this feeling that after this slow build up there is going to be so much epicness involved that I won’t be able to handle it. It also makes sense because there is a heap more characters being introduced and each character needs their time to be introduced properly, especially if they have a vital role in the story.

Right now, I don’t have any favourite characters, not even Caelena herself. I don’t feel any real attachment to any character. At least not how I did in Crown of Midnight, I was torn between Nehemia, Chaol and Dorian. Whereas now, I have no clue.

At the moment I am on page 116 and the story is slowly picking up . I’m really not ready for the drama that is about to take place, but I guess it’s unavoidable right. Aaaah well, and then after this is Queen of Shadows…then the series will be finished. Well at least until Sarah releases a new book…which she confirmed she is working on while she was NZ earlier this month.EEEEEEEEEK !

For those of you have completed the series, how have you continued to live your life? LOL because right now my life revolves around work and reading this series. I don’t know how I’m going to live when this ends 😦

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How do you stay motivated to write?

I really really want to write more but every now and then…actually like all the time, I just don’t want to write.

And now I’m sitting here wondering how do people keep this writing thing up?  I need some tips please. I have some ideas, for example, just keeping a journal in my bag and writing whatever comes to mind.

I’m also thinking of blogging more, possibly creating another blog where I just write whatever I want. a poem, short story blah blah blah. But I’m really scared of just stopping and not being able to write anything.

Are any of you writers? If so what keeps you motivated? and if you do lose motivation how to do you start again? Please let me know, thank you in advance 🙂

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Where do I even start with this book? It is definitely better then A Throne of Glass, but it is necessary cause a lot more happens in this book. Throne of Glass is has a lot of basic character development, whereas Crown of Midnight has much more intense character development.  It also develops characters in relationships, not just single characters.   Each character learns something new about themselves with other people around or instigate the discovery without intending to.

There is so much more action and drama in this. Everything is so intense. You may cry, I know I cried in this a few times, I won’t tell you why but you’ll know if you start to read this. And if you’ve already read it then you might have cried at the same part too hehehe. But the temp does pick up and at times it can feel like it’s going to get messy but Sarah has some magical way of tying everything up so that it all makes sense.

I also love that there aren’t any convenient accidents. Things are explained early in the book, not in so much detail that you expect something relating to that topic is about to come up. But just enough for you to be aware, and then when it comes back up something may nag at you like “why do I feel like I know this topic?” and then it’ll all make sense.

There is also a bit more romance, I didn’t know how I felt about it. When they were public about their relationship and then afterwards a lot more drama was involved. So much heartache…oh my god so much heartache.

And there’s a plot twist…although I feel like people would be expecting it however I’m not the type of person to think of something in the future so it caught me by surprise lol. Basically what I’m trying to say is that I’m a massive fan of this book and series. If you’ve read it then yo can we fangirl together? because I wanna talk about specific things with people but I don’t know whose read it and who hasn’t ;/ Let me know

 

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I read this book back in September and it was the best decision ever ! I loved this story especially because she made it so believable that the human world and the magical world were one in the same. I guess that’s how she wanted it to be but it’s such an unnoticeable thing.

Each character is well thought out and their personalities are so clear I feel like I actually know these people in real life. I also love how you can relate to them.  I’m sure we’ve all been through a period of being absolutely scared of something and rising above it, making sacrifices, being a people pleaser, being a leader, being courageous and sometimes making stupid decisions.

The way the book is written also makes it a lot easier to follow.  Sarah J Maas doesn’t include super difficult names or words to describe the world she’s writing about.  Its almost as if she’s letting our imaginations make up the rest, like she gives us the foundation and our minds can create this amazing world.

Oh there’s so much more to this but since it’s been quite a while since I’ve read the book I have sort of forgotten it.  However, I have also just finished Crown of Midnight which I’m going to do a review on in just a minute. Please let me know what you thought of A Throne of Glass, I would love to read your thoughts.

 

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Half Bad by Sally Green

I’ve read a few reviews on Goodreads about this book and a lot of people didn’t find it that interesting. I on the other hand disagree. I love that book.

It’s a story every person can relate to in one way or another. The themes of racism & discrimination are very clear. White Witches vs Black Witches. I know some people at work found it quite rude that the author made it white vs black, but I think she did that on purpose to invoke a feeling in us or to make it clear what the main character is dealing with.

The main character is half white witch and half black witch. A half code. Mixed. Now these days we’re more accepting of mixed races, but there was definitely a time when anyone with a hint of a coloured race in them would be shunned and I feel sometimes we forget that.

Well this book brings it up and shows the struggle a half code had to go through to prove he isn’t bad and doesn’t deserve to die. It’s written in second person I believe but that’s awesome cause it’s like you’re in his head, questioning everything.  Things I found annoying is that no matter how hard Nathan tells people that he doesn’t  want  to be bad, he keeps being put in positions where he has no choice but to make bad decisions. I hate that.

I hate it when people aren’t given a chance, especially when others have an issue with something he can’t control. I liked that the world this was set in was the human world , witches lived among and with us but they are hardily mentioned in the story. The story in based in Europe and the locations are vaguely addressed.

I like how this book made me feel and how I understood the struggles and themes in it. I’d strongly recommend listening to the audiobook and reading at the same time, but it’s really up to you.

If you’ve read Half Bad let me know, I’d really like to know what others thought about it.

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Return of the lazy book blogger

Umm hello….its me…I was wondering

Ok I’m sorry I’ll stop lol. But yes hello, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I’m not sure what exactly stopped me from blogging but I know laziness was a massive contributor.

Over the last 2 months I’ve read a whole bunch of books. Just last night I finished Half Bad by Sally Green and I loved it. I’ll do a review on it tonight maybe but wow. I also met Sarah J Maas and I’m trying to finish off her series. Actually a lot of things have happened…I really have a lot to catch you up on.

Well let’s hope that I can keep this blogging business up. I’ll chat to you soon…off to work I go

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Reading Slumps

Aaaaah the Apes are attacking me !

I’m fighting a reading slump right now. I was on a serious book reading buzz..until yesterday. And yesterdays activities consisted of me sleeping the day away, literally,  I didn’t wake up until 6pm. Today though I plan on reading as much of Redwall as I possibly can. BUT !! my question to you, blog reading traveller, is how does one avoid a reading slump?

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Booktubeathon – Day 7

IT’S THE FINAL DAY OF BOOKTUBEATHON!!!

This makes me sad, my first booktubeathon and I totally enjoyed it. It was awesome. I finished Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson and I started Redwall by Brian Jacques. I participated in a few sprints, made some new twitter friends during the day and finished a book.

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