Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: The List


Author: Patricia Forde 
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: August 1st 2017
Pages: 336
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian
Published: August 1st 2017
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.55
My score:
Synopsis
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.


My thoughts
If you're looking for a highly unique book, stop here, don't look further! This book is all about WORDS. About talking and understanding words, with little references to the flood from the Bible where Noah built an Ark. This story was so clever, so unique and it was actually kinda creepy to bestow a world where spoken language is minimalized little by little...

Pros
  • Highly unique: Like I just said, the story is highly unique. In a dystopian world where spoken language is reduced word by word. Talking whole sentences will get you a penalty, and with a certain amount of penalties, you won't be allowed to talk anymore. To make sure people only learn the words that are allowed, there is a new profession: Wordsmith. How original is this! I was astonished in every chapter about the world, the rules, the story and it all made sense in this book.
  • Biblical references: This is not a biblical book, don't get me wrong, but the flooding from the Bible is a big part in this book. Since Noah built an ark and saved mankind by doing so. A large part of this book is based on this story. And I actually liked it! I'm not a religious person, but I went to a Christian Primary School and I also teach the kids in my classroom about the Bible and the stories in it. I enjoyed reading a story with a different take on a biblical story! I don't think people who are religious will be offended by the book.
  • Creepy feeling: Not being able to express yourself because you don't have the words to do so, seems so creepy to me! Since I'm a blogger I NEED my words to tell the world how I feel/what I think. Art is not something that is accepted in this book and the words just keep being deleted, destroyed... It had a pretty creepy vibe!
  • Ending: The ending is a discussion point. I can't tell you if it's a good or a bad ending.. Decide for yourself, only then can we argue about it. I liked the ending, but I also like the fact that maybe not everyone will like the ending.. Do you get me? I like the fact that it can raise discussion! If you have read the book, or plan to do so, let me know your opinion on the ending!
Cons
  • Not wow-ing: Although I had a lot of Pros for this book, it's not a book that will receive a 5-rating from me. The book was intriguing, creepy, unique, but didn't WOW me. Now I'm thinking about it, maybe I missed a bit of tension in the final part of the book.
Overall
Unique, creepy and all about WORDS. I like the fact that words are such a big part in this book, or actually not, because the list of words that are allowed is only 500 words long. I'm also really curious about more books by Patricia Forde, I expect a lot more unique novels! I'll keep an eye out for new books.

Other opinions about this book
"The fantasy book of the year."
- Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

"A gripping postapocalyptic thriller... it is a well-crafted page-turner, as well as a compelling commentary on censorship and the role of language, while also inviting discussion about what distinguishes humans from animals. For dystopian fiction aficionados, this well-paced entry offers plenty of food for thought."
- School Library Journal

"Forde's pacing and characterization are compelling... An intriguing speculation about authoritarian futures with a terrific cover."
- Kirkus

What's your opinion on discussable endings?

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)


Author: J.K. Rowling
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: July 30th 2017
Pages: 617
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Adventure
Published: September 28th 2002
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.53
My score:
Synopsis
"There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways... their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger."
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

My thoughts
YAY! Another Harry Potter review. I LOOOVVEE these books. The movies are actually pretty good, but the books are even better (as usual). So many funny moments, little remarks and extra storylines that the moviemakers are not capable of putting in the movies. Also; If they'd tried, the movies would probably be 5 hours long.
I read the last part of the book together with my boyfriend, it's so much fun to read together with someone and share my Harry Potter love.

Pros

  • Actual danger: So the previous books contained a younger Harry and in this book he's really growing up. Being in love and asking girls to a ball are totally happening in this book. The fact that Harry is growing up, also means that the book starts to contain actual danger and not only in the form of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. His followers are a pretty big part in this book as well, times are getting darker...
  • Ready for next book: The final chapter is called; The Beginning. This is enough information for me. SO READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK! Things are just getting started...
  • Great plot, again: It's something you're getting used to when reading a Harry Potter book. I already knew about the plot before reading it but I actually couldn't remember some parts of the plot because it was so genius. I remembered little parts, but the book creates even more layers to it, even if you have seen the movies!
  • More spells, creatures, teachers: More, more, more!! More spells, creatures and new teachers. Every book I'm more excited to get to know new teachers, learn new spells and learn more about different creatures, especially from Hagrid!
  • Shit gets real, dude: So yeah.. Pretty important characters actually DIE in this book. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named felt like a bit of a danger in previous books, but darker magic is totally happening now and it makes me STOKED for the next books. That's what I'm talking about; SHIT GETS REAL! (Pardon my French).

Cons
No mischief managed.

Overall
I still hope to persuade the people who haven't read Harry Potter to read the books! Just do it, just pick up the first and you'll be hooked! After this fourth book, things get real and you just want to know what is coming.
Even if you've watched the movies, the books add even more to fangirl over. More creatures, more characters, little extra storylines. You will not be disappointed!


Memorable quotes from this book
"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike."

"Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect."

"Accio Brain!"

Did you watch any movies, read any books? Plan to read them?!

  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Mercenary (The War Chronicles, #1)


Author: Petra Landon
Started reading: July 24th 2017
Finished the book: July 27th 2017
Pages: 175
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Published: August 25th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
In a far corner of the galaxy, a deadly war rages on. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe from the past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their reputation as nomadic mercenaries who owe allegiance to none and only fight for hire make people wary of tangling with them.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor mercenary reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged. Through the minefield of shifting alliances, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi from a relentless enemy. When passion flames amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will one warrior’s quest for justice being a mighty Empire to it’s knees…

My thoughts
So glad to have my hands on another Petra Landon book! Her first book The Prophecy was a great book and I had high expectations for this book as well. I have to say; Petra Landon did not let me down! The Prophecy is categorized as Fantasy and this one is in the Science Fiction genre and I'm blown away on how well Petra Landon can handle both these genres. The worldbuilding in her books are amazing! Don't forget to check back on August 27th, when I will organize a Giveaway for The Mercenary!

Pros
  • Couldn't put it away: I read this book WAAAAYYY past my bedtime. I was on vacation when I took this book with me and I remember one evening when I was reading this book in front of my tent. It was around 11 PM and I was exhausted so I told my boyfriend that I was going to bed. I took the book with me and decided to read some pages. I remember my boyfriend also going to bed, falling asleep and when I checked the clock it was 2 AM! I did not want to put the book down.. But yeah.. Bedtime was calling for me! I love it when a book just pulls you in, makes you forget time and makes you read past your bedtime.
  • Great world building: I expected great worldbuilding after reading The Prophecy and I was not disappointed. This whole world, all the races and tribes and language, it all comes from Petra Landon's mind. It's incredible and believable at the same time. It's so nice when a book introduces you to a whole new world that you're eager on exploring!
  • Is there more to come?! Since the book is called War Chronicles #1, I'm pretty sure there is more to come and I NEEEEDDD more to come. I was kinda sad that the book was over already and I don't feel ready to say goodbye to this new world with all its inhabitants.
  • Listened to advice: I have to give Petra Landon a lot of credits. The way she handles feedback, positive remarks as well as criticism is admirable. After my last review for The Prophecy we just kicked it off and had a lot of contact, but I can tell that she took my criticism by heart and actually did something with it. I'm not telling you that every author should listen to the things I have to say, but some authors don't even thank you after writing a review and the way Petra Landon handles her contacts is very professional and not like any I have seen before.
Cons
  • Liked more background: I would have LOVED to learn more about the history in this world. The little bits and pieces of history left me craving for more and I got very curious, especially about the rebellion. I would've loved to know more about Saakshi's life before being imprisoned. I really hope I'll get even more background stories and history in the next book(s).
  • No flaws in main characters: I sometimes felt like Saakshi and Zoran were (too) perfect, both as individuals but as well in their relationship. (Sorry that I won't stop comparing this book to The Prophecy). But, in The Prophecy, for example, I felt like the Alpha Protector did have flaws in his personality, which made him even more realistic. I hope to learn more about Saakshi and Zoran's personalities in next books, not only the good things, give me the flaws as well!
Overall
If I'm honest... I can't imagine Petra Landon NOT becoming a bestselling author one day. I highly advise anyone who likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi to pick up one of her books and keep your eyes open for her new books. This is a very professional author whose strength is the worldbuilding which totally comes from her imagination. If you're a sucker for some good romance, action and great worldbuilding you should pick up this book.
I will not stop reading these books, talking about these books, promoting these books. Petra Landon deserves huge audiences reading her books, so I really hope to persuade some people to just try one of her books!


Hope I convinced you to read one of Petra's novels!?