<![CDATA[The Nook - Home]]>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:55:51 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Review + Discussion: "Winter" by Marissa Meyer]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:38:07 GMThttp://thenookreviews.weebly.com/home/review-discussion-winter-by-marissa-meyer
Winter
Marissa Meyer

Book #4 of The Lunar Chronicles
824 pages
Published November, 2015

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My Rating: 2.5 sad, floppy stars

-flops down heavily into a chair

Where do I start? Words cannot express just how excited I was for this book. I have struggled for weeks to assign it a star rating I felt was fair, shuffling from 4, down to 2, back to 4, and then down to 3, before settling on an uneasy 2.5.

I didn't hate this book. At all. But I didn't love it, either. It left me with a truly uncomfortable emotion to be saddled with after the conclusion of a series I had up until this point absolutely devoured: disappointment. 

When I first picked it up, Meyer's writing flowed over me warmly. It was like falling back into conversation with an old friend like no time had passed. I was so excited to meet up with my favourites again, the banter between Cinder and Thorne as entertaining as ever. Except that's kind of where the good ended, and it breaks my wee heart to admit that.

Alas, if you haven't read this book this is where the review has to end for you, because to explain what I didn't like I need to get specific. 

BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!

My first major gripe with this book was the pathetic little conflict resolutions; most were convenient, unbelievable, and just downright fucking lazy. Cress is stuck in the palace. I mourn, she is now awaiting certain doom. Except then she isn't. Because who should she run into but Kai. Yay? Saved now?

Cinder, the metal laden cyborg that is kept alive by electric -non water resistant- circuitry hardwired into her actual brain falls into the lake, to her certain doom, (you catching the trend here yet?) but this time I don't mourn. You know why? There are way too many pages left for this to be her end. And oh wow. How shocking. She lives. But then wait, there's more, the rest of the gang have suddenly made their way from fucking woop woop to appear on the shore and stage a valiant rescue. -sigh-

Winter is infected with a super dangerous strain of letumosis. Oh no! But wait, the little town happens to have a spare chamber lying around to freeze her in. 

I get it, these books are fairy tale retellings. But seriously, I was not expecting the cheesy fairy tale end. Apart from Wolf, whom Scarlet loves regardless so no loss there, the extent of the damage done to our friends by the end of the novel is a few missing fingers. GASP How will they manage?! It is not that I wanted them all dead, but these saccharine resolutions removed the suspense so that the book just seemed to drag on. So a word of advice: Kill your darlings.

Another of my main gripes was Cinder's decision to abdicate and instate a government in the near future. Great idea Cinder, because of all of society, politicians are totally the least self serving and are truly valiant and pious individuals. This was a total copout, Cinder should have stepped up to the plate, and made sure that she implicated the values and morals that would see her future generations surging forward with the country's best interests at heart. Kai was raised with such values, and you can be god-damn sure he would not be giving up his crown anytime soon. Not out of greed, but out of loyalty and obligation. 


Despite my major gripes with this conclusion, I didn't hate this book at all. My emotions towards winter can be more accurately summed up thus: meh. 

I'm probably going to pretend this book was never released. It was just too disappointing an end to an otherwise excellent YA series.
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<![CDATA[#MakeMeRead - Let's wrap it up!]]>Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:53:08 GMThttp://thenookreviews.weebly.com/home/makemeread-lets-wrap-it-upSo yesterday the Make Me Read It Readathon (Hosted @ The Innocent Smiley) came to a close, and I have to say, it was so much fun! This is the first readathon I have ever participated in, and I managed to read 4 novels. The novels I read were chosen by you, and you did not steer me wrong. 
The books I read were:
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas
Book 1: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
So this was a fantastic start to the readathon. I binged this from the Monday morning until Tuesday afternoon, I even got the audiobook so that I wouldn't waste time when driving to and from university. I loved this book. I just found it so enjoyable, the world was so easy to slip into, and I didn't feel like I had read anything like it before. The diversity evident in the characters was so refreshing and wonderful to read, and all the characters were developed well. I was actually pretty bummed I had committed to other books and couldn't jump straight in to Scarlett. 
Rating: 4.5 stars
Book 2: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I kind of had a love/hate relationship with this one. I found Rowell's writing really beautiful, and Eleanor's story made my heart ache, it was so tragic and sad. But I just did not believe the authenticity of the relationship between Eleanor & Park. It really came out of nowhere, one minute they are awkward hand holding friends, nek minit Eleanor thinks she "kind of live(s)" for Park. Admittedly though, their relationship was sweet. Just not realistic or relatable for me. This novel has made me want to pick up some more of Rowell's work.
Rating: 3 stars.
Book 3: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This one really snuck up on me. I am not a huge contemporary romance fan, but the reviews and gushing over this novel made me want to give it a go. I spent the entire first half of the novel rolling my eyes, and I really didn't like Anna. She was spoilt, rude and boy could she whinge! She was in Paris for goodness sake! But, despite my initial reluctance to engage in any of 'the feels' of this book ... what can I say? Perkins, you won me over. Anna truly develops as a character, and by the end I was all gooey and happy. It was a very pleasant surprise.
Rating: 4 stars.
Book 4: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
This was a great book to wrap up the readathon with. I adored Celaena. She was arrogant, vain, snarky, sulky ... and I loved it! I do wish we got to hear more about her back story, but I know that it will all come to light eventually. I didn't find the actual plot of this novel entirely new - at times it felt predictable and a bit tame, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I am definitely looking forward to reading Crown of Midnight, I think now that the world building and introduction has taken place we will hopefully get to flesh out a bit more of a hectic story alongside Celaena. Bring it on. 
Rating: 3.75 stars. Is that a thing?

Overall the readathon was a really enjoyable experience. I enjoyed sharing progress and freaking out with all the other participants over on twitter. Thank you to everyone who voted! 

Did you participate in the readathon? How do you feel about readathon's in general? Let me know in the comments below!

xo Siobhan.
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<![CDATA[Flashback Friday: The Quickening Series by Fiona McIntosh]]>Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:48:14 GMThttp://thenookreviews.weebly.com/home/flashback-friday-the-quickening-series-by-fiona-mcintosh
So I am taking a break from the Made Me Read It Readathon this lovely Friday evening to present to you another Flashback Friday, where I basically dredge up an old favourite that you may or may not have heard about, that I feel deserves a bit of renewed appreciation and love.
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The Quickening is a fast paced fantasy series that follows Wyl Thirsk, the newly minted General of Morgravia, as he struggles to deal with the 'gift' bestowed upon him by a young witch named Myrren moments before her death. The gift prevents Wyl from dying, instead, his soul inhabits the body of the person who tried to kill him so that he will live on. This leads to some heart wrenching, terrible, and at times hilarious, situations as Wyl is set onto a path that cannot end until the Gift has run its course.

I highly recommend this to those who enjoy fantasy novels: there are enough twists and turns to keep you enthralled until the last chapter. I'm usually not a fan of "This amazing series meets this much loved series" descriptors, but Prince Celimus would give Joffrey a run for his money any day. Also,  there is a mountain King who would most definitely be played by Chris Hemsworth if this were a movie. Just sayin'. This was one of the first fantasy series I read that sucked me in from the get go. 

Have you read this series? If you have, what did you think of it?

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<![CDATA[Thursday Quotables: Eleanor & Park]]>Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:49:57 GMThttp://thenookreviews.weebly.com/home/thursday-quotables-eleanor-park
Hosted @ Bookshelf Fantasies.

So I'm going for something a tad different this week. Usually (ok yeah I've only joined in TQ once before) the idea is to post a good quote or passage from your current read. Cool. Except my current read isn't exactly my favourite book I've ever read. I loathe insta-love. And that is what this book is riding on. So, obviously, we're not going to be best friends.

Now first off let's clarify what I categorise as insta-love. Basically, for me, instal-love is any romantic connection that makes a giant leap from enemies, friends, acquaintances, strangers etc. to oh-my-god-I-can't-live-without-you-let-me-have-your-babies-I-never-want-to-be-apart-from-you-as-long-as-we-both-shall-live-kinda-love. So this first quote is a whole 71 pages deep into the novel. So far, Eleanor & Park have had all of three or four stilted bus ride conversations. Their entire friendship, if we'll call it that, exists on the bus. But still, I digress, here we are. (71 pages in):
He didn't look up. He wound the scarf around his fingers until her hand was hanging in the space between them.
Then he slid the silk and his fingers into her open palm.
And Eleanor disintegrated.
Ok. That's sweet I guess. But then, in the space of 29 pages, all of a sudden we go from weird hand holding sort of friends to this:
"I don't like you, Park," she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. "I..." - her voice nearly disappeared - "think I live for you."C
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Call me cynical, but this is just a whole lot of cringe for me. Oh yeah, and there is the part where she bites him, too. Not weird at all. I'll save that one for the review. I'll post that after I'm done with the Make Me Read It Readathon.

xo Siobhan.

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<![CDATA[Help me decide! Make Me Read TBR List]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:31:30 GMThttp://thenookreviews.weebly.com/home/help-me-decide-make-me-read-tbr-listNext week I will be participating in my first ever read-a-thon, the "Make Me Read It Read-a-thon"! This read-a-thon is being hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and will be running from 8am Monday 20th July until 12am Monday 27th June. I am so excited, however I need some help. I have way too many books on my TBR to choose from right now. 

So, here is how it is going to work:

 I have compiled a poll with my current TBR list. But, I need some help deciding which books to read, and in what order. That's where you come in! Just vote for the book you think I should read the most! Maybe it is a book you have read, and loved; maybe it is a book you want to see reviewed on The Nook! I will be doing a recap and then reviews of all the books I finish in the read-a-thon.

xo Siobhan.

To follow me as I join in this read-a-thon you can follow me on twitter and instagram. I will try and update here with my progress mid week, but the best place to interact will be on social media.

Please, vote for your favourite. If you're joining in let me know in the comments so that I can follow your read-a-thon too! 
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