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The Night Circus

The Night Circus isn’t something that warrants a book review, because The Night Circus isn’t really a book at all. Sure it looks like a book, smells like a book & feels like a book. But it’s not… It’s an experience. The Night Circus takes the reader on a journey through time, it’s vivid descriptions and plot lines take everyone through twists and turns and it’s impossible to put down.

The Summary

Two old magicians are trying to settle a score, who has the better magic? Who can dazzle crowds and mystify audiences with a simple illusion? However, there is no illusion. These two are anything but charlatans, they’re the real deal. And now they’re trying to settle a life-long rivalry by pitting their two apprentices against each other.

Celia & Marco have trained to create. They can spin wonder from a simple spell, dazzle guests with a trick & they are always trying to top one another. The stage for all of these contests is perfect, the Night Circus. It’s mysterious where it came from because frankly no one knows. It just rolls into town unannounced under the cover of darkness & the next day, just as the sun starts to fall the tents appear. It’s the perfect place to test out their magic, because at the circus magic has the perfect home.

With a slew of amazing characters and a twist ending this story takes readers for a spin & they’ll suddenly start craving popcorn, candy floss, & a ticket to this circus.  Continue reading “The Night Circus”

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Devils and Thieves

Magically charged motorcycle gangs that have to solve a mystery… Well yes, this book has my full attention!

The Summary

Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic, however Jemmie is an absolute mess when it comes to doing anything with her powers. She feels a little alone and out of place around everyone who takes to magic so easily.

Crowe is the leader of the Black Devils & he’s tough as nails, pretty sure he has them for breakfast every morning with a side of OJ. He has done everything and anything for his gang & he demands respect for all he’s done.

The annual festival of magic has come to town once again, but something is amiss… People from every motorcycle club are going missing, and no one knows anything. With rampaging fear and anger rising everyone starts to blame Crowe for what’s happening. It’s up to Jemmie & Crowe to solve the mystery, find those missing people, and clear Crowes name, before it’s too late.  Continue reading “Devils and Thieves”

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They Both Die at the End

Imagine a world where companies can predict the day you die. They have call centres that specialise in ringing people on their “Death Day” to let them know it’s the end. Oh, & they have an app where you can find someone else who shares your death day if you don’t want to go out alone. That’s the premise of They Both Die at the End & you guessed it, they both really do.

The Summary

This book is best read with the least amount of knowledge possible, and I absolutely refuse to spoil any of the heartbreaking scenes. Instead I’ll briefly talk about the characters & try not to get tears on my keyboard.

Mateo is a precious little angel who’s lived his entire life protected in his bubble. He’s terrified of the world around him, too scared to live his life to the fullest & when he gets the Death Day phone call his world comes crashing down around him. He feels like he’s lived too short of a life, and he has to do something about it, before it’s too late.

Rufus on the other hand, he’s lived by a completely different set of rules. He’s wild and untamed, live life on the edge & taken plenty of names… but he still has his own secrets and regrets too. He has such a great soul and a heart of freaking gold that makes him the perfect friend for Mateo on their Death Day. Maybe he can show Mateo what living is actually all about.

The Analysis

So I cried… a lot. This book has so many great moments & it really tugs at the heart strings. These two boys couldn’t be more different, & they couldn’t be more perfect for one another. I’m giving They Both Die at the End 9/10 angsty teen moments. It was almost perfect, and I mean that. The main boys were amazingly written, the minor characters around them had personality & were actually intriguing, and the whole premise of the world was fascinating, The only thing that bothered me was that it dragged a little in the middle. Maybe a little too long in parts, but beyond that I can’t complain about anything else!

This book and the world it creates gave me so many questions and had me looking deep inside myself & facing my fears on death & the world. Just imagine, you have 24 hours to live, & you’re aware of every single minute that passes. 24 hours to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, 24 hours to confess any hidden feelings & 24 hours to truly forgive anyone that has wronged you. 23 hours to read any books that are on your waiting list, 22 hours to spend with your pets telling them how much you’re going to miss them. 21 hours to research any and all religions and any philosophers words on death itself. 20 hours to listen to your favourite songs for the last time, 19 hours to look up all those places in the world you’ll never get a chance to see in person. 18 hours to debate buying a plane ticket or 5, 17 hours to spend chasing that wanderlust deep inside your bones. 16 hours to eat all of your favourite foods, 15 hours to visit places of your childhood, 14 hours to be nice to everyone you meet. 13 hours to watch some of your favourite movies and remember the first time you saw them, 12 hours to re-invent yourself with makeup or a fresh haircut you’ve always wanted to try. 11 hours to accomplish your new-years resolutions, 10 hours to spend wondering what comes next. 9 hours to read over text conversations and notes passed in school, 8 hours to look through photo-albums & 7 hours to cry about the memories you swore you’d never forget. 6 hours to pick out your dying outfit, 5 hours to change your mind & put something else on & 4 hours to change your mind again. 3 hours to tell everyone you care about that you love them again, 2 hours to debate if you want to be alone or with someone & 1 final hour to really see the world for how fragile it is.

 

This book is as inspiring as it is heart-breaking. They Both Die at the End begs the question, “What would you do on your last day?” … and your answers might just say more about you than you think.

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The Arsonist

I don’t think I knew what I was getting into when I started this book. I knew it had three POV’s, I knew there was something to do with fire, and I knew it might have a sad ending… But I wasn’t prepared for the depth and realness of this book. The plot is so interwoven, the characters are so complex, & the mystery is just brilliant.

The Summary

I’m going to summarize the main characters instead of the story, I want to leave everything that happens a mystery & let the book carry it’s own.

Molly Mavity is the daughter of the Arsonist, her father has committed terrible crimes and is sentenced to die on death row. Her mother committed suicide several years ago but Molly still thinks her mother is out there somewhere just waiting for her. Molly is definitely an outsider. She doesn’t bother trying to fit it, she just wants to be herself and if that means living the loner life so be it. Molly is so head strong and curious about everything & she goes to great lengths to find the answers she’s looking for.

Pepper is just an adorable sweetheart. His POV comes through a series of essays he has to write in order to graduate high school. Pepper lives with his father after they moved to the US from Kuwait, where his mother died after giving birth to him. He is epileptic and has a seizure dog called Bertrand, who is really pretty useless at everything, but he’s still great four-legged friend. Pepper’s life changes when Molly comes barging into it, but I’ll leave it a mystery whether it’s for the best or not.

Ava Dreyman is the third POV through her diary entries. Ava is a young girl living in East Berlin during the 1980s and she has constant strifes with her family, her love, and of course the government. Her diary entries are interesting and informative & they beg the reader to find out the connection between her and Molly & Pepper. The diary entries alone have their own mystery and allure, but they do fit into the book somehow.  Continue reading “The Arsonist”

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Lord of the Flies

A book from 1954 that still rings true about society today. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen when society loses it’s boundaries, when people have the chance to create their own rules & regulations… this book is for you.

The Summary

A number of English school boys crash-land on a deserted island after an unfortunate plane crash. They start off strong, trying to elect a leader amongst them & divide tasks evenly. However, things go from bad to worse pretty quickly. There is a struggle for power, the boys are divided into groups, & they lose their unity as humans. They devolve into animals, willing to kill anyone & everyone to protect themselves. They also start to spot a “monster” on the island, but I’ll leave it a mystery to whether it’s real or not.  Continue reading “Lord of the Flies”

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Nyxia

Imagine all of your problems could be solved by a simple space trip. A massive paycheck, free healthcare for your family, oh & a lifetime where everything comes easy. Would you do whatever it takes to have this? Babel Communications is offering a fortune to these lucky teenagers, but what are they hiding?

Summary

Emmet Atwater is our main character & yes, he’s fallen on some hard times. His family is struggling to get by, his mother is sick, and it looks like he’ll be following the same path as his father at the factories pretty soon. He was chosen by Babel Communications to win the jackpot of a lifetime, he just has to travel to a different planet to receive it. Oh, and he also has to compete with 9 others for the prize. Nyxia is a material the Babel has been keeping top secret. It has unlimited capabilities & it’s also worth a fortune. Babel needs these teens to collect it for them, and they’re hosting a competition to see who gets to go mining for it. Aboard the spaceship friendships are rare, alliances are made & enemies are far too common. Everyone has their eye on the prize, and they’re all willing to do anything to get it. Through a series of tests and events Emmet starts to question just what it is they’re training for. What (and who) is on this new planet? Why does no one else seem to notice the locked doors and limited access? But most importantly, what is Babel hiding from them? Continue reading “Nyxia”

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And the Trees Crept In

I thought it was fitting to end then month of October with a truly scary book. And the Trees Crept In is a great example of a slow building horror. When I started reading this book I felt brave, I read it as the sun was setting, carrying on into the night with a lamp and some hot cocoa. By the middle of the book I was checking that my closet was empty, swearing every time there was a suspicious noise in my house & jumping at any notification from my phone. This book truly builds a sense of dread and creeping fear as it continues on, and I couldn’t love it more.

The Summary:

At the beginning Silla and Nori arrive at their aunts old manor house. Silla already thinks theres something amiss with the blood-colored building, but it could just be her imagination. Here the story picks up pace and starts to create a world full of all the classic horror elements: old house, dolls, dark woods, and a journal full of secrets. This story is split two ways: the main story of the girls in the old house, then sprinkled throughout the story are torn journal pages that start to explain why the siblings are there in the first place. The journal explains what happened to their family, their aunt, and the boy that appears from nowhere. The ending is shocking and unexpected, definitely throws readers for a loop, and helps to explain and tie everything into a neat little bow.  Continue reading “And the Trees Crept In”

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Frankenstein

When I originally thought of Frankenstein I pictured some crazy scientist with a green monster who had the brain of a 4 year old. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Victor Frankenstein is anything but crazy, Frankenstein’s monster is emotive and kind, oh and villagers don’t end up chasing them down or killing them.

The Summary:

The book opens up to a series of letters written by a seafaring explorer Robert Walton. He’s headed to the North Pole to simply place his feet where none have gone before. His ship becomes trapped in some ice & while he and the crew wait for it to break through they rescue a very tired and worn out Victor Frankenstein. The crew helps nurse the doctor back to health & that’s where the perspective shifts to Victors.

Victor was fascinated by the human body, life, death, and decay. He dedicated years of study at university to finding out the secret of life. Cut off from his family he was just a tad obsessive, and he eventually learnt more than even his professors knew. After a stormy night he manages to create his monster. The monster is a gruesome beast, towering at 8 feet tall he doesn’t understand much of humans or the English language at this point. He’s basically an 8 foot tall baby, and Victor is a little scared of him. Victor refuses to go back to his place, now haunted with his creation. He instead diverts and heads into town, where he runs into his old pal Henry. The shock and horror of creating life wears on Victor, causing him to fall ill & stress over anything related to anatomy. In the time of Victor’s tiny mental breakdown the monster kills his brother out of rage. The rest of the world places the blame on a woman that lives with the family, and since Victor can’t tell them there’s a monster on the loose, she is executed for a crime she didn’t commit.

Feeling guilty and at a loss of what to do next Victor roams the wild, and that’s where the monster catches up to him. The monster has learnt how to speak fluent English & handle emotions. Here he convinces Victor to create him a companion, someone he can take to South America & live with out of the eye of humankind. As they both sit in the monsters hut the creature describes how life was for him after Victor fled. He started to learn of human’s ways and their language by observing a family from a distance. Here he learnt how to speak, a families obligations, and plenty more about humans and their dedications to one another. However when the monster tries to speak to them in hopes of friendship they reject him, casting him away as a grotesque being. Victor realizes he has not only created a sentient being, but also one that has the ability to learn and grow from understanding. Here Victor agrees to create another creature, someone that the monster can cherish. Victor’s not too excited about it however and goes to England for more research & a little hopeful to find an excuse to get out of this bargain.

He ends up joining an academic tour that will take 2 years to complete. During this time and travel with his friend Henry, Victor grows increasingly worried and nervous about the bargain with his beast. He decides one night to create this companion for him, only to  destroy everything and put it all behind him. When Victor leaves town for a nighttime boat-ride the monster kills his friend Henry. The town accuses him of murder, but with little to no evidence they have to acquit him. With all of this grief Victor returns home to see his father & fiancé. Here he realizes he wants to put this monster mess behind him & instead focus on the life laid out in front of him instead. On their wedding night the monster kills Victors wife, and from the sadness of it all Victor’s father passes away shortly after. With his whole family destroyed Victor vows to avenge them, and sets his sights on destroying the creature.

This is where the story returns to the beginning, Walton and his crew picked up Victor on his hunt of the monster. From here the narrative returns to Walton’s. Victor convinces him to join his quest of killing the creature, and that works for a few days until the ice breaks and the crew wants to head home. They decide to forgo the hunt, getting back home is important to the majority of the crew. On the way back Victor succumbs to his illness & dies onboard the ship. The monster sneaks onto the ship and holds his dead creator in his hands, telling his story to Walton as he grieves. The story ends with the monster walking out into the barren landscape ready to die. Continue reading “Frankenstein”

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the latest installment in Sarah J Maas’s popular faerie series. In this book we see even more new characters and their relationships flourish with our well-loved main group of heroes. With new insights into the villains and their goals, this is one where stress runs high & tension is thick on every page. This has been by far the most action-packed out of the three. With espionage, war games, and the final battle there was so much going on & I loved every second of it. Of course, there are moments where Mrs. Maas likes to pull at readers heartstrings with danger following some of their favourite characters, but that’s nothing new for most. And yes, the waterworks were in full force at the end, but again, that’s nothing new for me.

The Summary:

You’ll have to forgive me for such a short and vague section here. I really hate to spoil any moment in this book because there are just so many wonderful parts.

In the beginning, Feyre is playing spy at the Spring Court under everyone’s noses. There’s only some slight suspicion, but with the High Lord Tamlin infatuated with her, no one is able to show her sinister motives. Feyre turns the court upside down, showing Tamlin’s true nature to everyone who supports him.

After playing games at Spring Court Feyre finds herself in the safety and warm embrace of the Night Court. With her love and her family, she embraces her role as High Lady and weighs in on the war that no one can stop. Meetings and alliances roll by, battles rage and many deaths are mourned in the pages leading up to the final battleground. Our heroes will face the King on this final stage, with new armies and a few tricks up their sleeves. In the end are they able to defeat him and remain whole? Or will something worse than death befall them all? Continue reading “A Court of Wings and Ruin”

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A Court of Mist and Fury

This is the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series & it’s a game changer. In A Court of Mist and Fury we’re introduced to new characters, a new love interest, & the looming enemy finally gets an introduction. We see a more in depth look at the fae lands, learn about the old wars & start to understand why there is so much tension between the two races. Oh, and with all of this new information comes a riveting end where emotions run wild & you might’ve guessed it, I cried again

The Summary:

I’m going to be honest here, there’s so many moments and quotes I want to share with you all, but to keep it spoiler free I’ll restrain myself. I’m just going to keep this short & simple, even though it’s really difficult not to gush about how well Mrs. Maas did with this book.

Feyre has just survived the underground torture from Amarantha, with more mental scars than physical ones. With her love, Tamlin, it’s time for her to recooperate, to enjoy the restful life she deserves after saving most of the fae world… or is it?

From here a lot happens, and most of it is a good thing. Feyre is discovering her new abilities and powers as a human turned faerie, and she’s also discovering how she feels about her place in this new world. However Feyre is suffering. She’s not fully herself after leaving Amarantha behind. At that cave a human girl with a love larger than herself walked in… but what came out? Maybe the better question is to not to ask what, but WHO came out of that cave, and what did she bring with her?

New experiences bring about new faces, all who have their own baggage and issues. In this rag-tag group they all have overcome some of life’s most challenging trials and come out better on the other side. They fit together like puzzle pieces, if those puzzle pieces had some torn edges and came with more than a few witty comebacks.

And at the end, well I won’t spoil anything, but you should prepare for a few tense moments. Here we come face to face with an enemy so vile and cruel, he would have an actual chance at winning a “Who’s hated more” contest between Joffrey and Umbridge. (if you don’t get these references you’re missing out on life)

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