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Book Review – World War Z by Max Brooks

17993060Book: World War Z

Author: Max Brooks

Format: Paperback

Rating: 2/5

Review: This book is an account of the Zombie War and is written as if it was a non-fiction book. It contains the different perspectives of a variety of people all over the world, so there is a variety of views of what happened during this war. It was apparently written to maintain the human factor of war (emotions) and seemed a bit like a Q&A sorta thing. It’s quite political in some places and can also be a bit gory with some bad language so I will warn you of that. I personally did not like this book and didn’t even finish it, but I read enough to gather an opinion on it. I think it put me in a slight reading slump which is really not good and to me, it was just so jumpy. Because it is an account of after the war, we already know that the war ended and people survived but the book is a discovery of how, but because of it being an account of it from after the war has ended, there is no tension which I think it needed. No characters seem even slightly important so there is no-one to gain a connection with, there isn’t exactly much exciting action either because it all happened in their past. This definitely was not the sort of thing I enjoy and if you don’t like this sort of fiction written in the way of non-fiction and as an account then you won’t really like this I don’t think. I gave it a good go but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it and I can’t even remember how far through I got. I would love to know other people’s opinions though so please feel free to tell me what you thought of this book.

-Laura

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Book Review – Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

8100904Book: Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the final book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and my God it was a wild ride. Now with chapters, these are really long, and usually, it’s 1 perspective per chapter but here we had multiple perspectives per chapter. Not only do we experience the voice and thoughts of Todd and Viola, but also of an important Spackle too and readers will be aware of who this is. I feel that there is so much character development in this novel and that’s for so many characters including Mayor Prentiss but his character is still left so ambiguous, and I questioned what was real and what was fake with him and that made him a great villain character for the whole trilogy. I will also say now that this book contains a lot more death and violence and you really get into the heart of war here. There are many twists and turns and unexpected moments which can make the book quite tense in places and some parts are even irritating, so this book really gets you emotionally in some places, especially with the development of the relationship between Todd & Viola. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and this trilogy as a whole and I definitely recommend these books, even despite the semi-ambiguous ending.

-Laura

Book Review – The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

17702716Book: The Ask and The Answer

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the second book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and so far I’ve been absolutely loving these books. I read this book in about 6 days (although I had some days where I didn’t read at all so realistically it probably took me about 4) and I loved it. This book switches perspectives, and by that I mean it switches between the points of view of Todd and Viola who are both lovely and amazing characters. Having this duel-perspective first person narrative in the book meant that we got to understand Viola’s character a little better, as we didn’t get to experience that in the first book, but we also got to see the character development of Todd. One thing I still don’t understand with the book though is the relationship between Todd and Viola, as they clearly have emotions for each other but their actual relationship is left quite ambiguous but I guess that that’s the point. This book had a lot more action in it and it was more emotional and violent in my opinion in comparison to the previous book which made it more suspenseful and kept a faster pace. Again I love the writing style of Patrick Ness and the two perspectives are made very clear by Viola’s spelling being much better (to demonstrate that she has a much better education than Todd) and I am seriously enjoying this trilogy and it may be becoming a favourite of mine. I highly recommend this trilogy and as much as I am looking forward to finishing it, I also don’t want it to end!

-Laura

Book Review – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

6043848Book: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: This is the first book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I have to say that this trilogy has begun with a very strong start. The characters are very interesting and the plot is very action packed. This book is written from the perspective of Todd Hewitt so we know a lot of what is going on in his mind (the mind of a child raised in a world so different from ours). The backstory of the world is also so unique and interesting and I found it amazing. For those of you who have read this book, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the different viewings of the world is something so strange because there are all these different viewpoints depending on where you’re from. The one thing that irritated me a little was the spelling. Some words are spelt incorrectly and that is for the sake of the plot and the realism of Todd’s mind and showing his education but that’s like a minor thing and you get used to it and can get passed it in the end. Overall I am most definitely continuing with this trilogy as it ended on such a cliffhanger and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. There is a lot of action in the book and the ideas behind it and the plot were so unique and fun and different and that’s something I did really enjoy, especially the talking animals, as I think my favourite character was Manchee. I would also like to know other opinions on it as well.

-Laura

Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Book: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Review: For me this was a difficult one to rate. If I could rate the first half of the book it would be 2 stars, but the second would be a 4, so I’m going with 3, perfectly in the middle. The first half I didn’t enjoy but as someone who doesn’t particularly like to give up on books I continued with it and it did get better. The first 200 pages didn’t really have anything going on and I did not really like the protagonist (Andie) at all, it was Clark who made it better. I like that this book involved books itself and for me that was just an interesting thing. The cover matches an aspect of what goes on in the book perfectly as well and although ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is something I do believe in, I just liked that little touch. Normally I’m conflicted with romance/contemporary books. Sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes I just find it a little cringey but I am trying to go through with this a bit more and keep trying them out and I’ll admit this was a cross between alright and cringe. I have read 2 other books by Morgan Matson, so I do enjoy her writing but this book I didn’t feel was as good as the others. I really enjoyed in this the mixture of normal writing and texts being involved, except I think the use of emoji’s as part of the plot or an aspect of one of the characters was a bit annoying and I didn’t enjoy that at all. I also think a few of the characters were annoyingly too stereotypical of teenage girls. It wasn’t good and certainly from what I’ve experienced in school and life in general, it didn’t seem realistic in the slightest. Overall, this book was only decent because of the second half, and I’m not too sure if I recommend this or not, but if you do like Morgan Matson, I recommend giving this a go.

-Laura

Book Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

19461657Book: Pushing the Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This is a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy or not. I do like the occasional contemporary romance book but I’m quite picky with them but I genuinely did enjoy this. The characters to me are very different, from previous books I’ve read, the characters seem to be too rich or they’re in these glamorous lifestyles and it was genuinely interesting to read something with characters that have a darker past. Both Echo and Noah were different and I think that’s what made me enjoy this. The story itself was good, it didn’t necessarily focus on the love at first, it focused on the personal lives of both Echo and Noah and the backstories of the characters and why they are the way they are was slowly given to us, it wasn’t handed to us in one big chapter or anything, their past was slowly filtered to us. The book has two points of view, Echo and Noah and it switches between the two and you can tell a difference in the focalisation, meaning both Echo and Noah had their own little ways of writing which made Katie McGarry’s writing style something I found very interesting and fun. This is the first book in a series but I feel as if it can also be treated as a standalone novel, but I think because I did enjoy it and to me it felt very short because I got so engrossed in it, I will continue on with the series as and when I can get my hands on copies of the books. However for me it wasn’t a 5 star book and honestly I cannot put my finger specifically on what made it not 5 stars. As much as I enjoyed it, it just didn’t have a specific wow-factor for me which is why it is only 4 stars but I enjoyed it enough to want to keep it in my book collection and maybe even continue on with the series at some point.

-Laura

Physical Book vs eBook

There’s always been this physical book vs eBook debate from the moment eBooks became a thing, and it is something I have wanted to express my opinion on for a while.

Firstly, I want to mention that I read both physical and eBooks semi-regularly (school has been making it harder for me to find time to read. Ugh) so have had a variety of experiences with both.

My thoughts on physical books. Well, I own a lot and they’re all beautiful to look at with a variety of sizes (height and width), fonts and formatting (paperback or hardcover) and I have definitely developed a preference. I love hardcover books a lot and generally I have more luck with the fonts with hardcover, but paperbacks are so much cheaper and more easy to store because they are smaller, yet there are inconsistencies with font sizes. I don’t have the best eyes ever, I do wear glasses but I also do find myself getting eye strain if I read a book with small font for too long, I much prefer slightly larger fonts, which is something a lot of books don’t have. I love being able to look at them and I love the smell and feel of a book, but also they can sometimes be a bit difficult to take around. I don’t particularly like carrying around a physical book for multiple reasons:

  1. I am scared it’ll get damaged. I am someone who looks after my books and as much as I’m not too fussed about the spine, I do not want the front cover or back cover or any of the pages bent up from being carried around.
  2. If I finish a book, I’m stuck. I don’t have anything else because I would have only brought that book with me. Whereas with a Kindle, I have so many books to pick and choose from.

Now, my thoughts on eBooks. Generally they can be cheaper and there is a wide variety of eBooks available for free. The text size can be however you want it and 5 physical books weighs a lot more than 5 eBooks. They’re so much easier to carry around. If I’m going to be travelling, I can just stick my Kindle Paperwhite in my bag and away I go, I have a case to protect it so I don’t have to worry about damage and I have a whole load of books readily available to me and it barely weighs anything. It’s fantastic.

Overall though, if I am staying at home, I much prefer to read physical books if I can help it, the only time I won’t when at home is because I struggle with the sizing. If I am out however, I much prefer eBooks because they are so much easier to carry around. Price wise, I’m not too fussed, you can get both eBooks and physical books for fairly cheap depending on where you get them. In general, there shouldn’t really be this debate of ones better than the other and I’ve also seen people be so mean to people who specifically only read eBooks. There shouldn’t be such a divide because at the end of the day, you’re still all getting to enjoy a beautiful piece of writing. I would love to know other peoples thoughts on this however, so please let me know by writing a comment!

-Laura