Friday, 8 April 2016

Book Review
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 

This wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either.

Greg Gaines' senior year of high school is going good until his mom forces him to become friends with Rachel, his kind-of girlfriend from years ago who now has leukaemia. His life basically starts going downhill from there.

I wanted to like this book. People kept saying how they loved it and it was so great but I just didn't see  it. It's different and unique, I'll give it that, but i didn't feel anything for the characters (except maybe Earl) and the plot? Nothing happened. Basically. I would like to elaborate on this point but this is a spoiler free review. 

Greg, the main character annoyed me so much. He cared about himself and only himself and worried constantly what people thought of him. he got better towards the end, I guess, but I still won't be remembering him as one of my favourite fictional characters.
I can't say much about Rachel because we didn't get to know her at all. She was nice and a good friend, but thats all I can say about her. Maybe thats the point of this book? That we don't make an effort to know a lot about people until they're dying? I don't know
Earl was probably my favourite character. He was such a good friend and a good person despite all his anger. He also gives the best motivational speeches. I need him. What he said to Greg near the end was great. It kind of changed him for the better. Almost.

Anyway, though I didn't particularly love this book, it was still quick and light and made me laugh sometimes. If you're into that, don't let me put you off.

Rating: 3 stars

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 

Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's most notorious assassin finally gets a chance at earning her freedom after being enslaved in the salt mines of Endovier for over a year. All she has to do is win a competition and become the King of Adarlan's Champion, then serve him for four years. (Or something like that) Probably should be easy for her, but the castle is full of lies, secrets and weird happenings. There is a lot more to this book than just this Hunger-Games-like competition that a lot of people have described it as.

The characters and the world Sarah has created here are just magnificent. The whole series so far, in fact, is fantastic. For me, Throne Of Glass is one of THOSE books. The book that you can't stop thinking about, the world is stuck in your head and the characters are constantly on your mind. The series made me cry and laugh an equal amount. (also gasp and throw down the book more times than I can count, thanks Sarah for messing with my feels).

I've heard this question asked a few times: 'Do I need to read The Assassin's Blade before I read Throne Of Glass?' (If anyone doesn't know, The Assassin's Blade is a group of 5 prequel novellas combined into one book) The answer is no, you don't NEED to read it, but you might understand the world better if you do. However, I would recommend reading it before you read Queen Of Shadows. (Should you decide to continue on with the series) There are some characters from The Assassin's Blade in the book and it's better if you know what they were like before. Just my opinion.

Anyway, my overall rating for this book: 5/5 stars
Fantasy elements: 4/5 stars
Funniness value: A couple of laughs, 3/5
Romance: Love triangle, done pretty well: 4/5
Main character: 4/5. Celaena is badass and just plain awesome. She can be a bit of a spoiled brat though, but she develops as a person throughout the series
Should you spend money on this book?: If you think the premise sounds cool, then definitely.

5 Things That Annoy Book-Nerds

Things that annoy book nerds 
I'd say most of the time, book nerds are not angry people. But there are some things that really get on our nerves, like when muggles don't understand us, don't feel what we feel and just. Don't. Get.It. Oh how we hate those people. 
So without further ado, here is a list of the things that annoy me as a reader. 

         1.  When people bother you while you're reading 
Look at me. Can't you see I'm reading? Can"t you see that I don’t want to talk to you, or anyone else? If I wanted to talk to you, I WOULDN’T BE READING! 

Go away please 

          2. When people judge you for fangirling. 
So you're all like: 

And they're all like: 

Please leave me alone. I'm having a moment here. 

          3. When people hate on your favorite book and THEY HAVEN'T EVEN READ IT 
You know when you're reading one of your favorites, and someone asks you what you're reading. You tell them, and they're like: "oh, THAT book" So you ask them if they’ve read it and they say something along the lines of..."No, but I've heard of it, and it doesn’t sound very good" 
Or, when you're telling someone about a book, and they cut you off, saying "I hate that book. I haven't read it, but it sounds awful. In fact, I hate reading full stop." 

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. Maybe try it out. I wouldn’t recommend it to you if I didn’t think you'd like it. 

               4.  When people judge you for the types of books you read. 
Hello, I'm a teenager. I'm going to read teenage and young adult books. They are aimed at me. I will probably continue to love the young adult genre even when I'm not a young adult. No, no. Don’t you dare tell me its not 'good literature' It's fantastic. 
I get this a lot, sometimes even from fellow book lovers. And yes, I do know that some young adult books can be repetitive and often the love interest is of the 'bad boy' type and its 'not good for young people to be interested in this' but not all teenage books are like that. And anyway, you should be focusing on the strong female protagonists that I guess set good examples for young girls. Besides, I'm reading for fun. Young adult books are fun. Stop taking everything so seriously. Rant over.                                 

                   5.  When a book is turned into a movie that sucks. 
While watching book-to-movie adaptations, you sometimes seriously wonder whether the directors and/or producers have actually read the book. Like, excuse me, did we read the same book? Because I see no similarities between the two. Are you trying to turn this into another Twilight? Or The Hunger Games perhaps? This book is its own original book, do not turn it into something else. And also, don’t compare it to another book/movie so people will watch it. THIS BOOK IS NOT THE HUNGER GAMES IT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. 

So anyway, there are five ways to annoy a booknerd. There are plenty more where they came from, I assure you.  And this is my first post. Go me