Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Review of 'THE BONE SEASON' by Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had everything I look for in a good book!

In this book we are introduced to a Paranormal Futuristic Dystopian London, which is run by a corrupt and fearsome government called Scion. Paige Mahoney, who is the protagonist in this story, is the Mollisher to a powerful and influential Mime-lord. Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, one of the highest orders in the ‘Seven Orders of Clairvoyance’ ranking. People like her are perceived as freaks, an abomination, even amongst her own clairvoyant kind. And being second to a gang-lord and part of the Unnatural Underground Syndicate makes her a targeted threat. And according to the Scion government she is an outlaw who should not exist, and is committing treason by just breathing.

When she is suddenly chased, drugged and captured, she is taken to a place which was once known as Oxford, a place that apparently should no longer exist. There she discovers Scions corrupt secrets, their fed lies, and the true hidden face of Scion London’s government, the Rephaim.

That is all the information I am going to give you to introduce you to this complex world. What Samantha has created is amazing, and completely captivating. I was reading this book way into the early hours of the morning. Any free moment I had I spent devouring this book. That’s how enthralled I was by it.

I do admit that there was so much detail to the world building of this dystopian London that I was initially overwhelm by it all. It took me about three or four chapters before it all started to flow and make sense. There was just so much thrust upon you at the beginning; it was hard to follow on with. Especially with the use of unfamiliar words, weird names to describe the different clairvoyance’s and their ranks in the complex system, let alone trying to grapple with the introduction of this evil government.

But after getting past the beginning hurdle and finally familiarising myself with the language and this new world, I really started to enjoy it. And every chapter after that was like a breeze. Even though I was really busy with work, I still read and finished this book within three days.

Paige Mahoney is a determined and feistily resilient woman, who will not go down without a fight. She is loyal to a fault and hopeful to the end. She truly is a character to admire. Besides our main protagonist, Paige Mahoney, who is just one tough and unyielding form, we have Warden, a Rephaite who comes off as a cold and distant character, but we soon find out is actually more humane than the others of his kind. With the scars of the past that continue to haunt him, we see his layers and motives he tries to keep hidden underneath. And when he and Paige start to see eye to eye, they are a spark to the flame. Let just say that shit goes down, okay.

I really enjoyed this first book in THE BONE SEASON series. Even if the beginning was a bit overwhelming, it quickly redeemed itself and left me wanting more. It was packed with intrigue, action, chaos and imagination. I really need book two, THE MIME ORDER, ASAP because I’m DYING to know what happens next – plus, I need more of Warden. ;P

Oh, and if you didn’t know, there is going to be SEVEN books in this series! With the third book, THE SONG RISING, to be released early in 2017 – and I cannot wait! :D

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#0.5 THE PALE DREAMER (December 2016)
#3 THE SONG RISING (March 2017)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

My Review of 'OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS' by Krystal Sutherland

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How do I even begin to explain how much I loved this book?!

I am not a huge fan of contemporary books; it’s not a genre I’m into. There are very few contemporary books that I have tried to read and that have held my interest. I admit that this book honestly didn’t stand out to me at first, it just sounded like many of the other young-adult-contemporary stories out there. But after making the leap to pick it up it was certainly not what I had expected.

Henry’s story of first love, although uniquely different to others, was compelling and beautiful to read. Through the ups and downs, I was strapped into the roller coaster and ready to go. I cried at the small things and sobbed during the heart crushing moments. But I also genuinely smiled during the light hearted ones as well. I laughed so much at the nerdy references, and witty commentary. This is what you expect from a good book.

Henry’s narration and ongoing stream of consciousness was hilarious and raw. He was relatable because he embodied us, our desires and our deepest thoughts. Despite never being in an actual relationship, he had this undying hope to find ‘true love’ because he believed in happy endings and wanted his first to be something epic. Henry was such an incredibly patient and understanding character that you just couldn’t help to love him.

Besides immediately loving Henry, I also loved his two closest friends, Murry and Lola. All three of them had this unbreakable bond with one another, that you could see their true friendship. And Henry’s family was another thing to admire. His parents were his idols when looking for true love, which was endearing to his character and the overall arc in this story. His sister, Sadie, was another character you just could not help but love right away. She was always encouraging Henry to let loose and have fun. And her past delinquency was something I wish I could have read more about. If she had her own standalone book I’d totally read it.

And now for Grace, I liked her character in the beginning and when we got more insight to her and her past, I had so much hope. The way both Henry and Her communicated with each other, and their quirkiness together, was cute. I felt deeply for her and for all that she went through, I couldn’t fault her for some of her actions and the way she dealt with them. But I slowly started to despise her. I was getting so angry at the things she was doing or saying, and I was even getting frustrated with Henry for putting up with it. But she was a character you just couldn’t turn away from, even though you wanted to give her a piece of your mind. Even with all her faults, Grace was still a funny and entertaining character.

Our Chemical hearts had the perfect mixture of humour and heaviness. Despite it being a love story, that wasn’t full of fluff, it was realistic. I don’t remember how many times I cried while laughing, but I’m fairly certain it was continuous throughout reading this book. I honestly couldn’t help being captivated by this story. I am not very well acquainted with many YA contemporary works – especially ones that have come out as of late – but out of those that I have read this one easily takes the cake. It was definitely a memorable read. One that so many will be able to relate to, and a book so many younger people will benefit from reading.

In the end, this book left me broken. It left in pieces. Too many to be glued back together. That was what this book had done to me. But at the same time, this book was enlightening. This book was hopeful. And ultimately, this book is beautiful.

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