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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic

Raymond E. Feist and Matthew Reilly are my favourite authors!

Keen to discover new books and authors! 

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

I thought I'd better read the book before I watch the movie, and I was glad I did. A quick and enjoyable read. If you spent a day in bed cause its horrible outside or you're sick... Then you would probably easily finish this in one day. 

 

The beginning was kinda slow because the main character didn't know nothing and was just asking questions.. and not getting any answers. But once things started getting "weird" in the book.. That's when it picked up speed, and become an enjoyable nearly "edge of your seat" entertaining. A few times, I knew what was going to happen... Kind of... Predictable. 

 

Seeing all the "not so good" reviews about the second book, I'm not going to rush into it. Maybe if I stumble upon it, I'll get it but I'm not that keen to order one straight away. But I do plan on finishing the trilogy!

 

I was also thinking, that I could leave the book there and be content with it?

 

I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, I've been told that it's slightly different, but what movie made from books isn't?

 

I'd give this 3.5 to 4 stars, recommend to anyone that likes a quick read.  

Hi Guys!

The Hot Zone - Richard Preston Beneath the Dark Ice - Greig Beck Jungle Hunters - Roland Smith Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter The Kingdom Beyond the Waves - Stephen Hunt

New books today! Haha I seem to buy them more than I read them! 

 

Anyone read any of the above? :)

 

Hope you all are having a lovely night/day 

Divergent Review

Divergent - Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself. 

 

Once the decisions are made, the new members are forced o undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are - and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side. 

 

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves...

Or it might destroy her.

 

My Review:

 

I first heard about Divergent though the famous Tumblr... And how it was the latest craze and all that. And so I was a little reluctant to pick the book up and read it... But I am so glad I did. It really is a good read... Maybe not a 4.5 or 5 rating from me, but definitely a 4.

 

It starts off with Tris and her brother getting ready for the Choosing Ceremony, which is in the next day or so. She then goes on to find out that she is unique and must not dare tell anyone who or what she really is. She finds it really hard to choose a "faction". Her family are the Abnegation, but she feels she isn't right for that faction.. In the end she finally chooses and much to her family's horror, its not Abnegation.

 

Amity (The Peaceful)
Dauntless (The Brave)
Abnegation (The Selfless)
Erudite (The Intelligent)
Candour (The Honest)

 

After the Choosing Ceremony they say goodbye to their families and head off to their new faction to start the initiation. Throughout this time Tris manages to make enemies, friends, falls in love (of course), and becomes near fearless. It's a very well written book. 

 

There isn't really much to say about the plot, it's a pretty straight forward Dystopian book. What you would expect I suppose. The idea of factions I thought was very well written and the idea of it sounds fine. But of course when human kind have something to do with something.. It nearly always equals disaster... Eventually. I thought that the oncoming issue/problem, suits the world it's in. Just one faction wants to take over the government, and it's not the one you would expect!

 

The love interest part wasn't too full on, and was actually cute in some parts.. Haha! 

 

The whole book I believe is good, simply because, even though it's fiction, you can still connect with it in certain ways. I've heard a lot that it's very similar to The Hunger Games, or Twilight. I haven't read either of them, but seeing the movies...... I wanna say, No. It's not like them, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT! What were these people on? Though I should probably not day that too quickly because I haven't read the book. But honestly... Twilight is about Vampire stuff and silly things (I'm sorry I'm really not a fan), nothing to do with what's written in this book. 

 

The only way I see it related to The Hunger Games is because they're all teenagers.. In a Dystopian world. That's it... Really... Maybe the style of writing? In that case I compare it more to The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Even though it has nothing to do with anything in the book also.. 

 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I finished it in two days, I could have finished it in one.. If I didn't have anything to do that day! The actual physical book was very easy to read, good sized lettering and it didn't cram the sentences and lines together. So that made it quick too. I will be reading the rest of the series. 

 

I would recommend it to nearly anyone... Whether you like Romances, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, whatever your genre of choice. Give this a go! It doesn't hurt to be sheep sometimes.

 

Book Haul today!!

Divergent - Veronica Roth The Maze Runner - James Dashner The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare, Holly Black

Super cheap! How I like them :)

 

I also went to the towns "Take a book, Leave a book" place today and swapped 5 books over, I managed to get number 4,5,6 of The Wheel Of Time series, so that's a bonus too!!

 

Quite happy with today!

I love it when I get many things done!

 

  • Feed Horses
  • Exercise two horse on tredmill 1hr and 30 mins all up.
  • Make night feeds
  • Chop wood for fire
  • Feed chooks and gather eggs
  • Clean the house a little,

 

Into town I go!

 

  • drop some things off
  • First Dog grooming stop
  • Shop around for a little!
  • Employment agency stop
  • Helped my aunty groom two cats!
  • "Bread Run"
  • Home!

 

I was so thankful that someone could feed the horses tonight for me!

 

A little picture for everyone:

 

Goodnight!

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My, my, my..

The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan

My, my, my... What have I gotten myself into?

 

I have finally finished the first book of the very long series...I did enjoy it though, and I'm hoping that I'm one of those people who love the whole series!

 

Rand, Mat and Perrin.. Three normal quiet village boys... So they thought! They dreamed of adventure and boy did they get it! This book really gets you questioning. You really get to know the characters and then throughout the book little hints and bits of information which is like *BOOM* Plot twist! Bet you didn't expect that! I kinda got to the stage where I thought I had it figured out but nope wrong again.. So in the end I gave up trying to foretell what was going to happen. Cause I was wrong just about every time.... But that could just be me.. Who knows?

 

Sometimes, the information and in depth detailing got a bit long and I found myself skimming the pages. But once again that's probably me and my style of reading.

 

Just a few things I liked about the book:

  • The Way of the Leaf. "The leaf lives its appointed time, and does not struggle against the wind that carries it away. The leaf does no harm, and finally falls to nourish new leaves. So it should be with all men. And women"
  • Both Rand and Perrin have no idea how to handle women! The funny thing is, when they were in one of those situations they both ended up thinking "Rand would know how to handle this" or the other way around! I giggled at that part.
  • I loved the one bit of "poetry" from one of the other main characters -Lan the Warder (and so much more, I believe)- "The rose petal floats on water" Lan recited slowly, "The kingfisher flashes above the pond. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."

 

Towards the end I was kinda thinking "There's only 50 more Pages to go! How are you gunna round it all up to end?" And much to my dislike, the end did feel rushed. It was all resolved a little too quickly, though the very last sentence was done perfect. A little suspense and awe that you want to read the next book, and at the same time, resolved enough that you could end it all there, at the one book, with no regrets.

 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know the characters. I liked the humour, it showed that the three boys are still quite young, with very big futures ahead. The slight love interests between some of the characters, I kinda thought they were cute and non-expectant. The fast paced moments I tended to enjoy the most but it did settle into an even medium/steady pace. Which I didn't mind.

 

And so, from me, I give The Eye of the World 4 thumbs up! :D

 

For those who haven't read it, and are into Fantasy, I highly recommend that you at least give it ago. Don't be turned off by the fact that there are over a dozen books in the series. Because the first book itself is quite a story!

 

I'm not sure whether I should go straight into the second book or maybe read a few shorter stand alone books first... Any recommendations?

 

Valuable Lesson

So the other day I learnt a very valuable lesson....

 

Do Not leave books unattended when there is a little dog in the house....

 

Joby jumped up onto the table with the help of a chair and spent some time chewing the top corner of the book I am currently reading!

 

Fair to say I was a little cranky... I didn't speak to him for two days... but then I caved in because he is so darn cute. LOL.

 

At least its still readable? >.<

 

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Banned Books Week: September 21-27 2014

New World: a Frontier Fantasy Novel

New World - Steven W. White

Across the sea lies a newly discovered continent, a world whose forests and beasts are unknown to the recorded memory of elves, dwarves, or men. 

In this land called Mira, the brutal sacking of a young colony links the fates of two opposite characters: a twelve-year-old printer's son named Simon Jones and his long-lost uncle Tiberius Bogg, one of Mira's legendary mountain men. 

Simon is small, but smart; scared but determined. Bogg, with his raccoon-skin cap and smart-talking grammar abuse, is fast as a splintercat and stealthy as a hidebehind. Together, they turn the tables and pursue their attackers (a cruel knight and his soldiers from the old country) through a wilderness full of extraordinary creatures – jackelopes and thunderbirds, fur-bearing trout and four-legged hills – all culled from American tall tales, Indian legends, and backwoods folklore.

 

My Review: 

 

I overall enjoyed this novel. The plot, the characters, the creatures! They were unique, it's a book that gets your imagination going I think. A bit of mythological creatures plus a few new ones..

 

Bogg, I think is a likable gruffy character who has no idea how to deal with having his "unknown" nephew thrown upon him. Or with people in general. But he is a good man... and likable definitely. Humorous, sassy, intelligent... Just to name a few features. 

 

Simon, like is said in the book description, he is small, smart, scared and determined. From Boggs POV, you can see him changing from a small, helpless, orphaned boy to a young, strong, quick-learning man (even though the time period of the books is maybe like a month if that).

 

I like how Simon gets Bogg into these funny/odd predicaments, that Bogg would not have usually gotten himself into. And as the story goes along you can kinda see Simon turning into a mini Bogg. Bogg himself I think can't even help but feel proud of the little boy! 

 

This eBook really is a good read. I recommend it to anyone really... Whether you enjoy fantasy or not, it's a thoroughly good book. Fast paced, good descriptive, got some humour, action, adventure, a good all rounder book...Not a book to be taken to seriously but for a free book, it's a rare thing. (To find a good well written book for free.) 

 

Its a Thumbs Up book for me! 

:)

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Not sure if anyone is interested but this girl (the horse) right here has come a very long way from having no one touch her at all for 10 years to having all the love in the world from my aunty and I. We sent her off to "school" a month ago and just got her home today!

 

I'm so proud of how far she's come!! :) 

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne, Anthony Bonner The Ritual - Adam Nevill Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton

My book haul for today!! :-) 

 

The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan

Well! Here I go, starting the Wheel of Time series! It's going to be long, but I hope enjoyable! 

 

I was kind of taking my time with starting a new fantasy series after I had just finished Raymond E. Feist's series The Serpentwar Saga and before that The Riftwar Saga ... It feels so weird to start another epic fantasy! Like I grew so attached to the Serpent and Riftwar sagas that I wasn't even sure if I wanted to start another series that hasn't got anything to do with Midkemia. I'm also slowly buying all of Mr. Feist's books...! 

 

But I'm only up to chapter 3 in The Eye of the World. I'm already starting to enjoy it, so maybe I was worried about nothing! I's showing great potential!! *Thumbs Up!* 

 

Have you guys read the series or maybe the first couple of books? If so did you enjoy them? 

Area 7 by Matthew Reilly, review

Area 7 - Matthew Reilly

What an action packed book! Matthew Reilly... so far... hasn't done wrong by me! 

I absolutely love the way he gives so much information in just a few sentences. Fast and quick with no extensive information overboard. You know, the kind that seems to go on and on and on and on......

 

I really enjoyed the whole top secret Area 7 storyline. Those kind of things always draw me in. This area was purely based around a race aiming virus which can be manipulated to attack a specific race... Black, white or Asian. It is quite a brutal virus.... 

 

And of course!! As always he included those big scary animals... a family of bears! They didn't make too much of an appearance but you knew they were there... as well as evil treason/traitor military prisoners .. which I think, they themselves, could be seen as huge scary animals.

 

There was also the return if some previous favorites of mine. Scarecrow, Mother, and Fox.. with a little mention of love interest between scarecrow and fox.. which I highly approved of.

 

Overall it was a fast intense book with plenty of action and the suspension and with the way Reilly writes, you'll keep turning the pages with ease! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in military fiction, dead lines!, suspense and plenty of thrilling action!