March Wrap Up

1 trilogy, 2 graphic novels, 1 play, 3 fantasy books! Good enough for me, what did you guys read?


1. Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef, Erryn Altabef

Date Started: 01-03-15

Date Ended: 11-03-15

My Rating: 3

My Review: I enjoyed this book. More thoughts here.


 2. & 3. Sandman Planeta Volume 1 and 2 by Neil Gaiman

Date Started: 13-03-15

Date Ended: 14-03-15

Rating: 3 and 2 hearts respectively.


 4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Date Started: 13-03-15

Date Ended: 13-03-15

My Rating: 3

My Review: I had to read this for uni. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 


 5, 6, 7. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

Date Started: 16-03-15

Date Ended: 17-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: LOVED IT. Full review here!


8. A Magic Dark And Bright by Jenny Adams Perinovic 

Date Started: 15-03-15

Date Ended: 26-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: LOVED THIS. Review here! I literally could not sleep after reading it.


 9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling

Date Started: 24-03-15

Date Ended: 24-03-15

My Rating: 5

My Review: Re-read again. Loved it,obviously. Review here.

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Bookmark #1

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A Harry Potter bookmark I made for my friend’s birthday.

It matters not what someone is born,
But what they grow to be.

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Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Title:
Radiant Shadows.


Author:
Melissa Marr.


Publisher:
Harper Collins.

April 24th 2010


Genre:
Fantasy.


Pages:
340 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #4 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

To finish the series. Also I quite liked the 3rd book so I wanted this one to blow me away.


Summary:

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?


Review:

I had high expectations from this one since I loved the former book. Although it wasn’t as good as the third book, it still had its perks. I love that Devlin finally discovered who and what he truly is and stood up to it rather than just obey his sister.

I had one major problem with it though, that it didn’t once mention anything about characters who play such a huge role in the other books. Of course it doesn’t concern them but they are a pretty important part of the faerie world.

I didn’t  quite understand how the main characters fell in love the second time they met. Seemed unreal. Didn’t connect with that aspect. Don’t get me wrong, I do ship them. I just wish there were more sparks rather than love at first sight. Love the suspense of the impending war and the new decisions taken.


Characters:

  • Devlin: Great fighter, I love that he stood up to his bossy sister. Secretive and extremely caring about the people he loves.
  • Ani: Truly a daughter of the Gabriel. She’s ferocious, unique and brave, although can be childish at times.

Quotes:

“Love makes you foolish. It makes you throw every bit of logic away, do stupid things, dangerous things.”

“Some things are more important than safety.”

“Like chaos in a glass cage.”

“Pride goeth before the fall….but you’ve already fallen, haven’t you?”


Rating:

3 HALF

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Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Title:

Fragile Eternity.


Author:

Melissa Marr.


Publisher:

Harper Collins,

1st January 2009.


Pages:

389 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #3 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

I wanted to complete the series since the books were improving gradually and I absolutely loved the cover!


Summary:

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.


Review:

Definitely the best book from all the Wicked Lovely series books before it. This book followed Seth, who was struggling to fit in the faerie world being a mortal himself. He was certain it wouldn’t help her relation with Aislinn and so he seeks to be a faerie himself. Declined by all his friends, he decides to go to the High Queen Sorcha. He finds a whole different aspect of being a member of Sorcha’s fey. So when he returns, becoming a powerful faerie, he knows he has some things to do, decisions to make.

I loved the focus on Seth as a main character.


Characters:

  • Seth: Artistic, calm yet impulsive, very much in love, intelligent.
  • Sorcha: Motherly, true and full of logic. Respected and feared among the fey.

Quotes:

“Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.”

“As if fixing the little errors would made the big stuff manageable.”

“Loving someone meant letting them be who they were, not caging them.”

“Love and desire aren’t the same.”


Rating:

4

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Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

Title:

Ink Exchange.


Author:

Melissa Marr.


Publisher:

Harper Collins.

April 24, 2008.


Pages:

352.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #2 in the Wicked Lovely Series.


Why I picked it up:

I read the first book in the series and although it wasn’t as compelling and wonderful as I thought it would be, I knew I just HAD to complete the series before judging it harshly. Also, the cover was absolutely gorgeous.


Summary:

Images cluttered the page, but one tattoo set her nerves on edge: inky-black eyes surrounded by wings like shadows coalescing.

Mine. The need was overpowering. Leslie looked up.

“This one”, she said. :I need this one.”

But the image was more than just tempting art, and it draws Leslie into a world of shadows and desire – into the world of Faerie.


Review:

The second book in the series follows a different protagonist, Leslie who was mentioned quite a lot in the first book as she’s the Summer Queen’s friend. With a troubled past and an equally disturbing family, Leslie was desperate to do something – anything which would help her get away from them. She decides to get a tattoo, unaware of the consequences that particular tattoo would bring in her life.

She stumbles unsuspecting into the world of the fey – faeries and creatures she would’ve never imagined in her life. As the novel progresses there are a few scenes where character development is portrayed beautifully. As Leslie fights back for her mortality and Niall understands where he truly belongs.

This novel dwells into the darker side of the fey and also revolves around Niall, who was a member of the Dark Court and who changed over to the Summer Court. His feelings towards Leslie grow almost irresistible and he struggles controlling his lust and shies away from the fact that he might just not belong in the Summer Court.

I do like it better than the first book, just like many others. I enjoyed devouring the facts and snippets of the Dark fey Marissa provided and was intrigued by the state of Niall. The ending was a bit unexpected and that was pretty amazing.


Characters:

  • Leslie – A troubled teen looking for a change. I love her character. Melissa Marr showed her full of courage and strong. Strong enough to survive all the wrong people as well as faeries did to her. She starts her life afresh and does not let her ties with faeries come in the way to a shot at happiness.
  • Niall – I feel sorry for him. He’s the one character I related the most with. He loves someone he’s forbidden to be with. His choices and decisions affect a lot of people and he knows it. He’s smart, possessive, lethal and gentle at heart along with being reasonable. (only when it doesn’t concern Leslie) 
  • Irial – The Dark Court King strives to protect his fey from starving. He first takes Leslie in with the sole purpose of helping his fey survive, but he ends up loving her which he didn’t know was even possible. He only cares for two people in his life, both of whom decided to leave and this gives him a lot to think about and make some serious decisions.

Quotes:

“Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.”

“He was an answer to a question she’d forgotten to ask.”

“Going backwards is never an option.”

“And sometimes you meet someone who doesn’t see you differently if you tell them. That is everything.”

“What does it mean when nightmares dream of peace and when shadows wish for light?”


Rating:

3 HALF