March & April

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March Reads:

  • Kind of A Funny Story
  • Grave Mercy
  • The Summoning

April To-Reads:

  • Partials
  • The Ruby Circle
  • The Red Queen
  • The Young Elites
  • The Program

I know March was a bad reading month and I hope to exceed my April expectations. Sorry everyone.

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Review: Shadow and Bone

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Title: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 9/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 15th February, 2015

No. in Series: #1

I have already been asked why I waited so long to read this book and the answer is that the blurb seemed quite confusing to me so I brought the book due to peer pressure and waited and waited. Then I finally picked it up and now I hate myself. Why, just why did you do that to yourself Jasmin? This book was amazingly phenomenal. I just can’t even begin to understand the complexity of the world that this amazing author has thought up. It seems so vast and unknown which is so intriguing and alluring.

This book is about a girl who due to unforeseen circumstances has now been elevated from a nobody to the society’s hero and only hope. That girl is Alina. She has now been thrusted into a whole new way of living and must adapt to being pampered and having no privacy. All the while trying to sort out her feelings for the boy who she has loved forever and the boy who she can’t so no to.

I think that the world makes this story. Yeah it has good characters and a good storyline but the world is just amazing. The way it is described just makes it so clear. I do not wish to be part of the world but I do wish to read about it for a long time. It just seems so magical. It is unlike anything I have ever read and doubt I will ever read. I just can’t explain it well enough. Just read it.

I liked Alina. I thought that she was a very good female lead and she was all that we could want in a lead. She was a strong character but she had her faults which is what I truly liked about her. I liked the way she could see beyond what was right in front of her. We all love a good underdog so I liked Alina and wanted her to succeed but then I was also afraid of her succeeding because something just doesn’t seem right.

Im really confused at what to think of The Darkling. I mean everyone knows I love a bad boy and will nearly to always will chose the bad boy in a love triangle but I am just so conflicted. Because I don’t know if this bad boy is actually an evil boy and is actually a very bad person. But then again it could be another Warner and the author could’ve on purposefully led us to believe that so at the end she can *bam* she is actually a wonderful guy.

Another reason for my conflicted choosing is that I have a soft spot for life-long love. I don’t know why but if it wasn’t for that then Mal wouldn’t stand a chance but once again. Was it really live-long considering the fact that he never reciprocated the feelings until now. I think he is a good character and all but he really pissed me off when he got angry at Alina for showing her powers. Like, are you that petty?

You know, I picked Warner from the start and proved all those haters wrong. So, I’m going to go out on a limb and go for The Darkling. Don’t you let me down.

Have already brought the sequel.

Review: Crown of Midnight

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Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy and Paranormal

Rating: 9/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 6th October, 2014

No. in Series: #2

The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars is that I felt like it really didn’t progress enough. I feel like things progressed in the love storyline but not the actual endgame of the series. That isn’t too bad but I just feel like this series has so much things going on that it doesn’t have any pages to spare. I actually did like this book though well obviously due to my rating and once again I am blown away by Celaena’s awesomeness.

This book is about Celaena after she is crowned the King’s Champion. But Celaena has a secret that she must protect at all costs; she isn’t actually fulfilling her duties as the King’s Champion and when her old friend, Archer comes back and he threatens to unveil everything but Archer is also keeping a secret and Celaena is determined o discover what it is. When direct threats are made on the people she cares about most, Celaena must decide which side she is on and how far she is willing to go to protect them.

I don’t really want to talk about what happened in this book because my thoughts are really chaotic and I don’t really want that in this review but as I said before I really didn’t feel like much happened besides Archer being introduced who I expect we will see again. When Celaena was lying about those bodies I was so scared for her, like girl your playing a dangerous game. And that’s all I’m gonna say without sounding like a crazy person.

I don’t feel like Crown of Midnight Celaena is the same as Throne of Glass Celaena. Crown of Midnight Celaena’s seems less broken and more open to feeling good, safe and being able to trust. Even though that probably wasn’t a good idea in the long-run it was a nice change and I hope it just keeps going more and more through the books.

I think that this book made me like Chaol a bit more because he actually seemed human in this book. I think that Chaol is a good person and he is such a protector boyfriend which I don’t mind like that is a good quality and all but it just isn’t for me and I feel so abnormal saying that because like 80% of readers swoon over Chaol and I just can’t see where I should. Like he is nice and all but like what else?

I felt so bad for Dorian during this book like really bad. i just wanted to give him cuddles so many times. Like I hated Celaena so much for it. Like imagine that you are completely in love with a girl then randomly she’s like “Nahh, fuck off” and then hangs out with his life-long best friend. Like really?

Everyone says that by half way through this book the triangle is sealed. I’m calling bullshit. I really don’t think so. I have a feeling this series is ending with Chaol but I let me live in my fantasy for a while. On the whole team note, I must say that i am still ultimately in love with Sam.

I am now desperately awaiting Queen of Shadows. COME ON! I feel like in Queen of Shadows its time to meet Arobynn and stab that bloody bastard in the face and then chop him into tiny little pieces for Sam Cortland, bitch.

Throne of Glass #1: https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/review-throne-of-glass/

Review: The Summoning

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Title: The Summoning

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Supernatural

Rating: 6/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 10th March, 2015

No. in Series: #1

I just can’t believe I actually persevered through this book. I mean I didn’t think that it was going to be amazing but i didn’t think with a rating of 4.03 that it would be so bad. I don’t know if it was the actual book or the similar storyline or the fact it took me so long or that there were other books I wanted to get to.

This book is about a girl named Chloe who is put into a home for teens with medical illnesses. It is there that she realises that she can actually raise and speak to the dead. While she’s there another patient mysteriously just leaves and Chloe begins to wonder what the real purpose of this house is all the while trying to understand the other patients.

As previously mentioned I believe that I would’ve liked this book a lot better if I hadn’t just finished the Mara Dyer series which has a similar storyline so it wasn’t hard to immediately compare the two and honestly Mara Dyer trumps this book. I just didn’t find the storyline original or appealing and I struggled to find a reason to keep going.

I didn’t like Chloe. She is the same age as me but she acted 12. The way she spoke annoyed me so immensely that it wasn’t even funny, I just can’t even talk about her because there just isn’t anything to talk about because she was so generically boring.

Then you had all these other less generically boring characters but just as stereotypical as Chloe which I can’t be bothered mentioning because a) I forgot their names b) they aren’t worth the time and c) their paragraph’s would be generic.

I think it’s obvious that I’m not going to continue this series but I am proud I managed to finish this book.

Book Haul: 5th March, 2015

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  1.  The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
  2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  3. Heroes of Olympus; Lost Hero (Graphic Novel) by Rick Riordan
  4. I was here by Gayle Forman
  5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  6. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  7. Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
  8. The Ever After of Ella and Micha
  9. Torn by Cat Clarke
  10. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
  11. Alienated by Melissa Landers
  12. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  13. Seige and Storm by Leigh Barduco
  14. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  15. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

February & March

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February Reads:

  • Breaking Nova
  • Girl Online
  • Masquerade
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Pivot Point

March To-Reads:

  • The Summoning
  • The Ruby Circle
  • Shadow Falls
  • Grave Mercy
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Messenger of Fear

Reviews:

Evolution of Mara Dyer: https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/review-the-evolution-of-mara-dyer/

Girl Online: https://jamminsinfinitebookshelf.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/review-girl-online/

Review: Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

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Title: Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Supernatural 

Rating: 8/10

Type: Paperback

Date Read: 29th January, 2015

Once again, this was a really fun read. I seriously think i say that in every Rick Riordan book review. They are just all so fun to read like I actually think it is just a book to read when you are feeling sad because it lifts your spirits up and makes you laugh so much.

This book is basically just all about the Greek Gods and how they came to be but told from Percy’s view on it all.

If you know Percy Jackson at all then you know that even from the above sentence that this book is going to be extremely funny. And if you don’t know Percy Jackson then this book is going to be extremely funny. I don’t recommend reading this before the PJ (Percy Jackson) series because you learn all you need to know about the Greek Gods in order to understand the PJ series in the PJ series. And there is also a lot of inside jokes both from PJO and HOO, so the book is funnier if you get those. 

There really isn’t much else to say besides that if you have read the PJ series then definitely give this a shot and if you haven’t and you still only want to read this then go ahead, everything still makes sense. Percy just makes things so much more fun and he says exactly what I was thinking and it is just… great.

Even after reading this, I still think that Athena and Artemis are my favourite and Aphrodite and Ares are my least favourite. I think you can see a trend; I like the strong, independent women and don’t like the self-absorbed idiots which just don’t do anything but cause trouble.).