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This weeks topic is:
Book’s I’ll Never read
So this year I really wanted to get to finishing a lot of my series but I’ve recently done a purge and just accepted I’ve missed the boat and thus these are the series I’ve gave up on and won’t read. (This may change but I can’t see it happening).
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – I read the first in this series and enjoyed it enough but after reading his later works I just can’t go back. This is one where it may change but with so many other books out it’s hard to prioritise this.
Divergent by Veronica Roth – Again, the first book was great but I’ve not had the urge to return.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – In my world the hunger games is one book and I just don’t see there being any future after it
Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkien – I love fantasy but I had detailed descriptions and I’m sorry but I appreciate LOTR but I don’t want to get involved with it. This is probably the book that people get most upset with me for not reading
Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve tried this too many times and although I adore her Raven Boys series I hate Shiver and it’s not for me
There will be spoilers for the Wrath and the Dawn contained in this review.
Series: This is a must read series especially being only 2 books and being quite short and easy to fly through.
Book: This is still such a good book but for me I don’t think it’s as good as The Wrath and The Dawn but it’s really close.
Brief Opinion 8/10
I really enjoyed this and the greater exploration of the fantastical elements and the world building. I did prefer The Wrath and the Dawn because it was a more focussed story but I did enjoy getting to see the characters develop but I missed the relationship between Khalid and Shazi. There were a lot more characters focussed on but that was due to the sacrifice of the previous characters. There were a lot of perspective and I enjoyed that but I can understand why some wouldn’t because it can get to be a bit much.
I love these characters and I’m upset that this is all we get of them because I would want so much more but I would rather want more than wish the author had gave up before. I did like the multiple perspectives because they created an air or mystery and keeps the story interesting and unique. You get to see the major characters from the previous book grow and the minor characters definitely have more focus in this book. I did enjoy the characters but I missed the relationships and how he characters you had got to know so well from the previous book took such a backseat.
So I love Shazi and Khalid but there wasn’t enough of their relationship for me but due to the setting it was understandable.
There were some other romantic relationships in this but they were minor but you still wish happiness for these characters.
The same as the last book I love this setting, it’s so different and well done that I just love being in the world and experiencing something new.
The story was still exceptional and led on well from the prior book. It really was a different story dealing with a different issue. I did enjoy it but again I think the first books focus was more interesting.
There were a lot of different elements to this and you could tell that the author thought everything through and there were plenty of twist and turns. It did start off slow and it actually created the plot I did ask for so I was really pleased. I enjoyed not knowing what was going on and how it continuously built. It created an overall really interesting and satisfying story.
I really love the writing and I can’t explain why I love it so much but I really want to read more from Renee Adieh whenever she releases more books because it’s just so well done with plenty of detail but not overwhelmingly so.
This wasn’t the main focus of the story for me and was overall just fine.
This was such a satisfying end to a book and the series and it left me wanting more but I’m more than happy to leave these characters in the situation we got.
Have you read this and how did you find it compared to The Wrath and the Dawn?
Books that have been on my TBR before blogging and I’ve still not read
Quite a few of these are stand alone because I’m terrible at reading stand alones. I think my brain tells me not to read stand alones because I could be continuing a series I’ve started but the issue is that I then pick up a new series and it all becomes a mess. But I’ve pretty much failed in completing series this year and have just given up on some so I’m going to make more of an effort with stand alones.
Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Winger by Andrew Smith
A Thousand Pieces of you by Claudia Gray
Young Elites by Marie Lu
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Me, Early, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Have any of these been on your TBR for a long time? What else have you been waiting forever to read.
Series: I’m interested in the series but I’m glad at the amount of information and the end point of the first book.
Book: I enjoyed this but it wasn’t what I expected. I knew it was a retelling but I never imagined the twists involved and the take on the fairy tale.
Brief Opinion 7/10
I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it to people. I wanted to read it nearer to its release date but there was a lot of negativity towards it and I think it was unfair. In the retelling category it is not the first I would reach for but it is still unique and interesting, however, a bit slow. I think there is enough of a reimagining of Snow White to make it worthwhile and although I prefer the lunar chronicle I think it’s got better retelling elements to Winter.
There feel like a lot of characters in this book and I think it’s down to the number of perspectives that we get. But there are really only 4/5 main characters and you get enough development but I’m hoping for it to develop more throughout the series. I really liked how strong Lorelai was and how much she stood up for herself and just did things that she knew she had to without complaining.
It’s alright but a bit predictable and rushed but fair enough. I don’t know how it’s going to work in later books but there’s definitely the ability for it to build.
I really enjoyed the world and how there’s more kingdoms to explore and they all hold a unique trait and there will be hopefully be more exploration of this and integration.
It is slow and there’s a lot to it and a lot of jumping around and different elements to it that did allow it to steadily build but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The level of fantasy was more than I was expecting but I love fantasy so it was a really pleasant surprise.
It was a pretty typical plot of a queen trying to take back her throne from an evil queen but it’s a retelling so it’s hard to get away from that retelling,
It was interesting and I liked the different styles that conveyed what was happening but the voices did start to meld together.
Typical evil queen.
So I was happy with the ending because I was worried that it was going to get dragged out over multiple books but there’s a lot more that can happen and I’m interested to see what might happen.
This is sorter than my usual reviews but it’s just a good book that people should read because it’s hard to sometimes write a review for a retelling.
Series: I’m interested in this series and the fact that it’s a duology makes it better. I can’t wait to continue onto the next book.
Book: I really enjoyed this and flew by it; it was so different and interesting and a really unique take on the original story. You have to read this.
Brief Opinion 9/10
It started pretty slow and unpleasant and there was a lot to get your head around. I was waiting to see the difference in the story and how it stuck true to the original. The setting and culture and the time period make it all really interesting and it feels so true to reality.
The characters really built throughout the story and I like the headstrong Shazi and Despina but Tariq was awful; I didn’t like the other perspectives out with the palace. It was a slow burn in terms of warming up to the characters
So I was a bit iffy on this because I was set on someone’s side and then it changed and then I was confused and didn’t know if I was allowed to like the relationship and it’s all rather confusing.
I love this, I love how different it was and the time period and the culture and how much was built around it and you could tell how much the author knew about it and described it. Normally I don’t like a lot of description but this had just enough to really set the scene because it was so unfamiliar. I really enjoyed getting to explore the palace even though it was limited I think it was best because of how unusual a setting it is and it breaks you in possibly for some more exploration next book.
The story is based on Arabian Nights and I love how it still felt true to it. It’s an interesting story but does have its own twist and I really enjoyed the take on it. I got sucked into it and the motives and the pacing and how things built. I enjoyed that it wasn’t rushed but didn’t drag out.
The plot felt rather thin at the beginning due to it being a retelling I think but I’m still not sure what the goal is any more because it has all getting a bit muddled due to motives and the ending. Nothing was explicitly decided but there are a few implicit that I don’t know if that’s what they are aiming towards? I think it has plenty of time to flesh out in the second book but it needs more of a goal in that sense because it’s not quite there for me yet.
I really enjoyed the writing because of how light it was and the atmosphere it conveyed. It made me want to continue reading or pick it back up. I really think it was this combined with the story that made it so good overall.
I really don’t know, there were a lot of twists and turns and by the end everything had flipped on its head. I did enjoy that there was more behind the motives and that you got to delve into the characters more. I think things will be shaken up again in the next book and I’m really looking forward to it.
So I’m annoyed at the ending because it ended. I accept it was a suitable stopping place but I didn’t want the book to end or go in the direction it was now heading even though it was inevitable. I need to know what happens after this.
Have you read this and did you love it as much as me? Let me know your feelings and thoughts in the comments.