Five quick reviews

We are back with another set of five quick reviews! This is a new segment that I decided to bring to my blog. In this post, you will find five reviews that simply contain my finals or overall thoughts! This is mainly for books that I have either purchased myself or a book that I have DNFed.

  • This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
Title: This Savage Song
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 07 June 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 411
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 31 March 2019



Goodreads Synopsis:

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father - but his curse is to be what the humans fear. the thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real …

Book Review:

This book was the March book of the month for Topping The TBR. I cannot wait to jump into this book. I have been wanting to read a Schwab book for a long time. Right off the bat, Schwab's writing grabs you from the get go. It is full of descriptions and details that paint this incredible picture. The dialogue is realistic and engrossing. The plot starts off slow but slowly builds to an action filled book. The characters are lush and well developed. They are accessible and steal your heart. Overall, I really liked this book. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series, but I also cannot wait to read more fo her work.

  • The Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Title: Gunslinger Girl
Author: Lyndsay Ely
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: 02 January 2018
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 422
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 05 April 2019 - 06 April 2019



Goodreads Synopsis:


Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....
In this extraordinary debut from Lyndsay Ely, the West is once again wild after a Second Civil War fractures the U.S. into a broken, dangerous land. Pity's struggle against the dark and twisted underbelly of a corrupt city will haunt you long after the final bullet is shot. 


Book Review:

I am so excited for this! I heard about this book last year and I've been wanting it ever since! I am so happy that I managed to snag a hardcover copy for super cheap at Readers Warehouse. I felt so blessed when I saw it. Overall, I really liked this book. It had a slow start and took a while for the momentum to build but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. The writing pulled me in but the world building through me off. If you aren't really well acquainted with America history you might think that the Second Civil War happened a while ago. I think that there wasn't a lot world building to truly explain the time. However, with that being said, I liked the political intrigue in this book. I think it keeps the readers on their toes trying to figure out all the little secrets. There were a lot of characters. Some where fleshed out and well developed whilst others not so much. However, at the end of the day, I really want and need a sequel to this. I need to know more.

  • Betrayed by P.C. & Kirstin Cast

Title: Betrayed
Author: P.C. & Kirstin Cast
Series: House of Night #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 02 October 2007
Source: Borrowed 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
Rating: DNF
Reading Timeline: 03 April 2019



Goodreads Synopsis:

Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

Book Review:

I borrowed the entire series from my friend, hoping that I would finally be able to finish it. This is the second time that I am reading this book and my second attempt at this series. Unfortunately, I definitely missed the boat on this series. I keep attempting to read this series because of the juicy scenes it might have but honestly, I don't enjoy it. I just can't seem to get into the writing. I think that it is such on adult take on how teenagers act and a huge generalisation of high school behaviour. It is time to put this series to rest. 

  • Livewire Volume #1
Title: Livewire Volume #1: Fugitive
Illustrators: Vita Ayala, Raul Allen, Patricia Martin
Series: Livewire #1
Publisher: Valiant
Publication Date: 07 May 2019
Source: Valiant Entertainment LLC
Format: eBook
Pages: 112 
Rating: 3 Stars
Reading Timeline: 06 April 2019



Goodreads Synopsis:

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served - and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be...or will she be one at all?

Book Review:

Thank you so much to Valiant Entertainment LLC for providing me with a copy of this book. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own. I loved the art style of the comics. I thought that they were really engaging and well done. In terms of the story telling aspect, I left this volume with more questions. I felt as though there wasn't a lot of detail to give the readers a solid character background. However, with that being said, I found myself wanting more. I wanted to know what would happen next.

  • Anna by Amanda Prowse

Title: Anna
Author: Amanda Prowse
Series: One Love, Two Stories #1
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: March 2018
Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: DNF
Reading Timeline: 06 April 2019 - 07 April 2019




Goodreads Synopsis:


Anna Cole grew up in care, and is determined to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood, and wants only to find his soulmate. 

Then, one day, Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo. Two damaged souls from different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each others' hearts?


There are two sides to every love story. This is Anna's.

Book Review:

Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book! Please note that this does not affect my opinion at all. All thoughts are my own. I loved the sound of the synopsis. It paints this really intriguing idea. However when it comes to the story, it wasn't what I expected. When I look at the synopsis, I think that Anna's childhood would be mentioned in passing but when I read the book, we go into a lot of detail for her childhood. I can't really say much else because I only read 50 odd pages. I might revisit this book at a later stage.

Yours in Reading,
Melleny


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