Gregory & The Grimbockle By Melanie Schubert | Review

I received the book direct from the Author in return for an honest review. This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own, and passages from the book referenced will be quoted. Massive thanks to the Author Melanie Schubert for this opportunity.

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It seems like it’s been forever since my last book review with all the wrap-up, haul, TBR and New Years posts that have been consuming my blog; although I really loved to share all of that with you guys, I’m glad to be reviewing again!

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Goodreads Summary:

Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…

…that is, before tonight.

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Flight Vol. 1 Edited by Kazu Kibuishi | Review

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I have returned with another book review. This time I have read a comic book titled Flight. I got this book for a bargain $6 at The Book Grocer, and looking online last night to purchase the second volume, I noticed that these comics retail for almost $35 Australian Dollars! It’s ridiculous no wonder not many people read comics now days.

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Goodreads Summary:

Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

 

 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Summary:

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.

I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.

One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:

“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”

I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent saying “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.

Rating!

I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.

I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.

Remember;

“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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The Adjustment Book Non-Spoiler Review | by Suzanne Young

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Before I begin, I want to say that the funny thing is, I was going absolutely crazy thinking that I’d already posted this review so convinced that it got deleted; but when I looked back at my blog journal and the notes for this review, I realised I never typed any of it!

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Goodreads Summary:

How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

Review

I finished this book last month, and it featured in my October/ November GIANT Reading + Book Haul post, which I advise you all go and check out before coming back and reading this review, as I acquired many many very intriguing books – thanks to both Allen and Unwin and Bloomsbury – that I would never have picked up otherwise.

If you’re new to my blog or just haven’t read many of my posts; I posted an anticipation post for this book a while back after the release of the previous book, The Epidemic.

In that post I spoke about how I expected there to be a lot of struggle between the two main characters with the loss of what was and Tatum especially trying hard to get her old boyfriend back. This isn’t a spoiler as it is almost explained fully in the blurb, due to it being the main cause of all the drama in the novels, and anything an emotionally wrecked person would think to do.
The above is a reoccurring theme in The Program series, though not one that gets old, as it is interesting to see how each couple copes with their losses, and what becomes of it.

Like all the books in the series, this one was a quick but emotionally charged read, inclusive of the giant plot twist that totally changes the readers expectations for the next book.

I found this book quite intriguing as it featured and/or made mention of characters in the previous books which hinted at their true intentions, their place in society now, and the impact their actions left on the town. I found that towards the end of the books answers to questions I had from reading The Treatment were presented.

When the series is finished I would like to read all the books in chronological order to properly understand everything that happens and why, since Young just expertly creates this dystopia that flows on through different time frames, showing cause and effect, and how groups of people with the same beliefs can alter the course of history.

★ Rating ★

I will say tho, that I do rate these books highly but if my 5 stars is going to be Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows level, it is only appropriate to award this book ★★★★ 4/5 stars.

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday for another Storytime!

BREE XOXO


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A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Spoilery Review

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Today I bring to you a review that has been 30 days in the making because that’s how long it took me to read this damned long ass book!

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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Review

Let me start by saying that I read this novel in small bits over 30 days, so it is hard for me to remember everything about what happened in it, although I do remember the most interesting parts, which were later on in the novel anyways so these are my thoughts.

I went into this novel believing it is the best in the series, and although I am nowhere near finished this series, I can safely say that this book ties up lose ends from the first book before delving into other mysteries.

I’d like to say that for anyone who cannot get through A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), or did finish it and doesn’t want to finish the series, I recommend finishing wherever you are at and giving this book a read.

There was far more action in this book than the last, and a lot more drama. This really appealed to me as this is what I really went into the book series expecting. I was not expecting the really cheesy love story that progressed throughout the first book, that in a way made me want to put it down a few times, which I would’ve done if people hadn’t assured me it would get better.

I was really bored by the Tamlin plot twist; which in all honesty (I may be biased here because I had Tracy whispering in my ear throughout the entirety of ACOTAR), but I wasn’t very surprised when we found out that Tamlin was a traitor and a giant butthole.

What I did enjoy was the magical (tattoo) bond between Feyre and Rhysand. Mybe it is because I’ve always dreamt of having such a bond with someone, but something that runs so deep; something that can be as powerful as the mating bond, really made me wish that magic was real.

Fate and true love is something I believe in deeply, and so the fact that someone can rip that apart at will is scary. Also Tamlin is a crazy gullible psycho.

★ Rating ★

Let’s just say that my expectations were slightly exceeded with the look into the workings and family life of the inner circle, Rhys’ background and the backstories of members of the inner circle, as well as the drama that unfolded.

I want to give this book a 4 and a 1/2 stars, but my scale only allows for whole numbers, so I don’t give books ambiguous ratings – such as 4.645/5 – which is something I would most certainly do. With that said I give A Court of Mist and Fury a giant five stars  ★★★★★, a rating usually reserved only for Cassandra Clare Books.

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Release by Patrick Ness | Spoilery Review

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For the first day of the BookTubeAthon I read Release by Patrick Ness, a book that I’d been dying to pick up ever since its release earlier this year.

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Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Spoilery-ish Review

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So after much nagging from Tracy (@trufflebooks in Instagram), I have started this series and well let’s just say that I was warned and it truly was a rollercoaster.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Book CoverGoodreads Summary:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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The Things We Promise by J. C. Burke | Non-Spoiler Review

I was sent this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. It was published on the x of March 2017.

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I stayed up for 5-ish hours (with phone breaks) to finish reading the last 300 pages of this soul crushing book, just so I could bring you this review today as promised.

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Goodreads Summary:

There are two things you need to know about me. The first is that I remember life by what I was wearing. The second is that I think too much.

It’s the early 1990s and all Gemma can think about is looking perfect for her first school formal. Gemma’s brother Billy – New York’s up and coming hair and make-up artist – has made her the ultimate promise: he’s returning home especially to ‘create magic’ on her and two friends for their end-of-year formal. Gemma’s best friend, Andrea, is convinced it’ll be their moment to shine; Gemma hopes it’s the night Ralph will finally notice her.

But when Billy arrives home from New York, Gemma’s life becomes complicated. Her family’s been keeping secrets; friendships are forged and broken; and suddenly the length of her formal dress is the least of her worries.

Set in a time of uncertainty and fear, The Things We Promise is a beautifully told novel that sings with emotion, humour and heartbreak.

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Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Non-Spoilerish Review/ Rant

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Feels Alert!

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Goodreads Summary:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Somewhere In The Shallow Sea by Dennis Macaraeg | Spoiler-Free Book Review

I was sent this book from the author – Dennis Macaraeg – in exchange for an honest review. It was published it on the 22rd of October 2015.

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I was contacted by Macaraeg directly and received his book in exchange for an honest review.

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Goodreads Summary:

To save the life of his friend, a marine biologist must deliver the scientific compound he invented to kidnappers hiding deep within the jungles of the Philippines. Unexpectedly paired with his ex-lover for the mission, it’s a bit more than he signed up for.

 

 

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