The Secret Fire Book Review

424 Pages

Published by Atom

Summary:

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Book Review: 

First of all, let me just say this book is absolutely incredible. A major well done to C.J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld for delivering such a stellar start to an obvious beautiful series.

Typically, I don’t like co-written series as I usually find that the authors styles of writing conflict and the story becomes jumbled. Well C.J and Carina have converted me guyss, I can not describe enough how amazing this book actually is.

Sacha Winters lives in Paris and comes from a family who is cursed: Every first-born son will die on his 18th birthday and not a day before. With only weeks until his birthday Sacha’s English teacher urges him to get in touch with a girl from England for some online tutoring. Taylor is a straight A student from England whose dream is to study at Oxford, so when the opportunity came to earn some extra credit by tutoring English to a French boy (which is sure to look great on her Oxford application), she jumps for it. The only problem is Sacha is the worst student eve. He’s rude and arrogant .But, Sacha and Taylor’s ‘meeting’ was no accident, they are connected and could be key to saving each other.

In terms of character development, Taylor wasn’t your usual stereotypical ‘geek’ that usually becomes annoying after the first few chapters… She was funny, smart and vulnerable, yet carried herself with such grace that she quickly became one of my favorite protagonists. Sacha was my kind of character… He was sarcastic yet sweet. Strong yet so loving. Words can’t describe how much I LOVE Sacha and Taylor’s relationship, it was such a lovely thing to watch develop and I literally spent half the time counting down until they met face to face.

This book was suspenseful, fun and adventurous. It was everything I love about a book all in one, I can not thank the authors enough for writing such an amazing story. I think it is pretty obvious that I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

Rating 5*

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Crown Of Midnight Book Review

Crown Of Midnight By Sarah J Maas

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Summary:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Goodreads Link

Review:

This book is amazing and dare I say it tops Throne Of Glass, Crown Of Midnight is a much more in-depth, thrilling and action packed story which makes me think that Sarah J Maas took a lot more time on this book than Throne of Glass but I am not complaining.

After surviving the trials in Throne of Glass, Calaena finds herself working alongside the king as his personal assassin, which seems to cause friction amongst her fellow companions as they find it too hard to understand why she would want to work alongside the same man that is responsible for the massacre that killed her parents ten years ago.

However, Calaena is being driven by her own personal agenda. One that requires unearthing all the dark secrets the king has tried so hard to bury and facing her past.

Maas delivers a strong sequel that offers hard hitting and jaw-dropping revelations throughout. I found it extremely difficult to put down Crown of Midnight as I felt like every time I got to a point where I could, a new secret was revealed. The book seriously takes a massive step away from Throne of glass and gives a better insight into Calaena’s past as an assassin , as well as her capabilities. Maas moves away from the clichéd love triangle that she explored between Chaol/Dorian/Calaena previously and focused more on Calaena’s character development and growth as a character. we now see why she is regarded the greatest assassin of all time because of her ruthlessness and unwillingness to take no for an answer, it is almost as if she has shed her naivety and vulnerability that she showed in Throne of Glass and has found her strength again.

In regards to Chaol and Dorian, my opinions on them really changed during the course of this book. I gained a lot more respect for Dorian as I found that he accepted Calaena for all that she is, not just a fragment of her personality. Whereas, I found that Chaol began to judge or somewhat change his opinion of Calaena once he began to see her assassin side which frustrated me slightly. However, this is only for a short period and my guess is that he had to adjust to her real character because Chaol is such a prideful and pragmatic character so it took him a while to get used to the transition of personality from Throne Of Glass.

Furthermore, if there is anything I praise Maas for in this review it would have to be her amazing written ability to keep you guessing until the very end. I literally had to stop myself from putting down COM simply because I had no idea how it ended, this book pretty much starts with a blank slate so I had no clue what was going to happen, which left me like a mouse searching for cheese in a cotton-field *erratic and crazy* .

In conclusion, Sarah J. Maas took all the good stuff from Throne of Glass like action and romance, increased them dramatically and added great insight into characters and elaborated on previously hinted history of fae ancestors and magic abilities. A definite 5*.

Dystopia Book Review

Dystopia By Anthony Ergo
22587941266 Pages

Published 2014

Summary:

It’s Friday the Thirteenth and it’s Sasha Hunter’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of Dystopia day; a catastrophic world-wide blackout, and the day Sasha’s mother disappeared. Three years on, the world has started to recover. But for Sasha, everything is falling apart…

Goodreads Link

Review:

So I picked up Dystopia after meeting Anthony Ergo at YALC, I knew it would become a favourite as soon as he gave me a brief summary… turns out I was absolutely right!!

 Dystopia is Anthony’s Ergo debut novel and the first in what I imagine to be an outstanding series that explores the supernatural (ghosts, empaths and all sorts),  history as well the geography of London. I would definitely suggest making yourself comfortable before you start Dystopia as I can guarantee, you will not be able to put it down.

The story follows Sasha who after uncovering her father’s secret is exposed to the world of the supernatural. After a powerful entity named the hangman ghost puts Sasha’s father in hospital, she is forced to join forces with two fellow agents to destroy one of the biggest poltergeists in history.

The characters in Dystopia are very relatable- the main protagonist Sasha is an insecure, superstitious teenage girl whose thoughts I could definitely relate to at some point or another… I mean which teenage girl hasn’t felt insecure or crushed hard on a guy before. I thought it was really cool that Sasha suffered from asthma (she suffers frequent asthma attacks throughout the story) and had these really obsessive supernatural beliefs, it made her different to most YA female protagonists. Sasha doubts herself often and I sometimes wondered whether it was because she was so used to being alone, as up until she uncovers her dad’s secret, they have quite a fractured relationship… Sasha is somewhat of an anti-heroine in the sense that she doesn’t necessarily adapt to her newly found responsibilities, it takes her a while to get used to the idea that she could be useful.

Aaron… Aaron…Aaron, I finally have a new fictional crush and I am so happy. As you all know, I have been crushing hard on Gat from We Were Liars for a while now but I am officially over it, Aaron is just everything I look for in a male protagonist. He was sarcastic, beautiful *I mean, in my head he is Alex Pettyfer x100* and caring… he was great and I love him and I’m rambling, so I am going to stop now before I lose it.

 The concept of the hangman ghost was really creepy, there were some embarrassing occasions that involved me, my duvet and a torch because I got too freaked out but we will leave that story for another time. I loved that the hangman ghost was based on a real life executioner that operated in Britain many years ago and is actually regarded as one of the most infamous executioners in history. The clues to what he wanted from the characters and who he was were unraveled slowly which was good because it meant that you were constantly at the edge of your seat trying to work out his intentions.

The ending of Dystopia was amazing, it answered all your questions and created more for the next book which I do not have because I foolishly did not buy it at YALC so now I am depressed and upset because I really want Hysteria in my hands like NOW!!!!!!!!

Rating:5*

My Top Ten Favourite YA Book Quotes

I don’t know about you but I love quotes… Even more so book quotes. They make it so much easier to connect to the character and really understand their voice, and at times you just might just find that one quote that speaks to you on such a personal level that the story becomes more than a book… It becomes a friend. I know I have had this happen to me so many times, that I now have a notebook dedicated to book quotes so that I can go back to my favourites when ever I am feeling a certain type of way.  I won’t lie to you my quotes can be long, they can also be depressing but I love them because they speak to me in more ways than you could possibly imagine.

Enough with the talking, let’s get on with it… Shall we?

  1. “It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.
    She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.”
    E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  2. “We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
    Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
  3. “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
    Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
  4. “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  5. “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  6. “Do not accept an evil you can change.”
    E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
  7. “Because the world isn’t divided into the special and the ordinary. Everyone has the potential to be extraordinary. As long as you have a soul and free will, you can be anything, do anything, choose anything”
    Cassandra Clare,City Of Heavenly Fire
  8. “Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”
    Gayle Forman, If I Stay
  9. “I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.”
    Gayle Forman, If I Stay
  10. “Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”
    Abigail Haas, Dangerous Girls

Throne Of Glass~Sarah J Maas Review

5/5 Stars         Throne Of Glass~Sarah J Maas

“We all bear scars… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Celaena Sardothein is the world’s deadliest assassin… but even those destined for greatness that can find themselves at the receiving end of betrayal.

After spending a year in the slave mines of Endovier, Celaena is offered a deal by the crown prince; she must represent him in a tournament to find a royal assassin for the King. If she wins, she will be granted her freedom after four years of serving him.
However, Celaena soon realises that even freedom comes with a price as she discovers the true secrets that lie within Ardalan.

Maas captivates the fantasy genre fantastically with her use of vivid imagery and rhetoric. She creates a world so authentic that it is hard to fault her because it is clear; she has dedicated her all to the planning process.

Throne of Glass is written mainly from Calaena’s perspective which only makes her character more relatable as we are able follow her journey every step of the way. Maas throws in little clues about Calaena’s past, almost to unravel her character and make her seem less associated with the traditional connotations of an assassin. Although, this has been criticised by some readers who feel Calaena’s character is an unrealistic portrayal of an assassin, particularly ‘the world’s best assassin.’ However, I feel this only adds to her dynamic as a character as you can relate to her as a teenage girl, and gain more insight into her past via her involvement in the tournament.
Following the typical genre convention of a YA novel, Calaena is embroiled in a love triangle that will leave many readers split between either suitor.

Overall, Throne of Glass is an exceptional novel that deserves serious recognition for its grasp of the fantasy genre. I would definitely rate it 5* as it is one of few that has a strong female protagonist, an intricate historical background with a sprinkle of sarcasm.