Sunday, 20 September 2015

Book Talk: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead


Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it, 3 posts in one week, that's a record for me. Plus, I've completed the first book on my TBR pile, The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. With only 10 days left of September we'll see how far I get in tackling the challenge I set my self for September but, until then I have another post for you. So, without further ado lets get started...

My overall opinion in this conclusion to the series isn't a favorable one. Especially when compared with Last Sacrifice it just didn't match up. However, I think the series for me had gone down hill before this book and just never recovered. Many areas/plots where rushed to a conclusion to quickly and those that weren't I wished had. We seemed to have lots of little different plots that kept flowing into the next one to form the books overall main plot which was to get Jill back, one in which I lacked interest as it seemed to be too similar a premise to Silver Shadows. Furthermore, for the most part I could see where the story was going to go. It was obvious to me after the introduction of Declan that Adrian and Sydney would end up raising him. I even assumed the minute we found out Olive was pregnant that some how it was Neal's. The entire first 1/3 of the book could have been cut down to half the amount and the build up to Alicia fell flat when in minutes they were able to freeze her and then compel information out of her. Additionally, the reveal of Dimitri and Adrian being related didn't sit well with me as I feel like I've seen a lot of similar things to that in YA TV series and it just seemed so random and I just didn't like it. On top of that, despite the one conversation they shared on it, it was never mentioned again. 

Despite all this there was some redeeming qualities. For starters, the whole Wild Pine arc was rather interesting and was a nice detour from the fruitless mission of finding Jill which didn't come into fruition until the final few chapters. But, I digress. It was fun getting to see Rose and Dimitri again working together, I just wished we'ed seen some of Christian and Lissa as they've be rather absent from the whole series. Also, in some ways I liked that there was lots of mini plots that collectively made up the main thread as once I got past the first 1/3 it kept up the momentum of the book. However, the climax seemed to just fall flat. Nevertheless, the epilogue which joins the group a year and a half later was a nice way to end it but, even then I wanted a bit more progression from our characters, new and old. Such as, Lissa and Christian getting married and maybe Sydney and Adrian having a child themselves. This was probably done so that there is areas with which Richelle can expand if she wished. Reluctantly, I have to admit I'm not that sad she doesn't have any plans to carry on writing in this world in the near future because ultimately I don't think she is going to be able to top the Vampire Academy series.

Rating:  ***

Let me know your opinions in  the comments below and which series did you prefer, Vampire Academy or Bloodlines? Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Paperback vs. Hardback


Hi all,

A quick mini update, I've so far read about 200 hundred pages of The Ruby Circle so, only 150 pages to go, woop woop :)
Now, back to business, I've watched a lot of videos debating this issue and so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post on my opinion on which is better, hardback or paperback. So, lets get started;

PAPERBACK PROS

  • Lighter than a hardback for traveling and shipping. You can take more paperbacks with you on holiday than you can hardbacks.
  • If you read them enough they get that well read worn look which some people don't like but it makes me smile every time I see my tattered copy of Twilight because it shows how much I enjoyed the book. 
  • Cheaper
  • Doesn't have a slipcover that slips off, tears and just gets in the way when reading the book.
  • More flexible than a hardback so makes for more comfortable reading. 

HARDBACK PROS
  • Sturdy, so harder to damage.
  • Looks nicer on my bookshelf with the nice rounded spine. 
  • In some cases a book comes out in hardback quite a while before it does in paperback.
  • They have a fancy design/cover on both the book and the slip cover.

As a couple of extra points I thought I'd throw e books and audio books into the mix as well. 

E BOOK PROS 
  • They're rather inexpensive.
  • You can purchase and receive them immediately and all in the comfort of your home.
  • You can alter the size of the text to suit you.
  • You can fit your entire library on your device and take as many books as you want abroad without it affecting the weight of your luggage.

AUDIO BOOK PROS
  •  You can listen to them on the go or while cleaning, to make it a  little more bearable, really in any situation that you could listen to  music in, you could listen to an audio book instead.
  •  Some have multiple voice actors and sounds so its almost like your  listening to a re-enactment of the book. For instance, The Bad      Beginning (A Series Of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snickett.


In conclusion, I always used to prefer paperbacks as they were cheaper, more flexible to read and in my Waterstones its easier to obtain a book in its paperback form than its hardback form unless, its a new release. Regarding audio books I  like to listen to them if I've cleaning to do or want to do a bit of orgainsing, just to keep me going. Sometimes, if I'm struggling to get through a book and don't have the urge to pick it up I'll listen to its audio book to help me get my through the slump. In relation to e books, I bought a kindle e-reader a few years ago and for me it was a waste, I've used it maybe a handful of times just so I could read a book the day it came out or because it was only out in ebook form.Ultimately, I love reading a solid book, I like having a book shelf with my collection on that I can look at everyday, I like the feel of a book and just the experience of buying one. At the minute I'm loving hardbacks, as I think they just look prettier than their paperback counterparts and I can find them in some case for the price of a paperback but, my shelf is predominantly paperback. 

So, that's my opinion but, I'd love to know yours. Drop me a comment and let me know which form of reading you prefer and maybe even why. Thanks for reading and until next time, Live Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

September TBR



Hello everyone,

I think I'm just going to give up apologising for never posting  and vowing to start posting on a regular basis because its just not going to happen. Nevertheless, here is my annual 3 month post and I have decided to go with my TBR list for this month. Lets see if I can do a follow up at the end of the month (fingers crossed). With out further a do. lets get started.



I'm currently a third of the way through The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead and I'm hoping to finally get it finished by the end of this month, especially since it came out in February and so far I've managed to avoid spoilers.Its just a shame as I've really enjoyed this series and the previous one but. I'm just struggling to get through this one and the only think keeping me going is the fact I don't like to not finish a series and especially when I've got this far. So, I guess will see.


My second choice is Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat which is a part of the Captive Prince trilogy. I was a bit unsure about the series initially but thought I should branch out a bit with my reading choices. By the end I was intrigued enough by the story to keep reading the series, The premises of the story is as follows, a prince's brother kills their father the King and fakes his death by sending him to the rival empire as a pleasure slave for their prince.



My most anticipated book on this list is Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Its the fourth in a six part series centered on an assassin with a secret who competes to become the King's champion, the same King who had her put in a slave camp for a year. Along the way she grows close to the Captain of the Guard and the Prince. It's a strong series with strong characters set in a Game of Thrones like world with just as many shocking twists and cliff hangers. As you can probably tell I would highly recommend it.



My last pick for this month and the one I'll be highly surprised if I actually get to is, Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward. The second in its nonstop series, is based on a brotherhood of vampires fighting against supernatural vampire hunters while falling in love, overcoming dark pasts and a fair amount of sex (this one is my guilty pleasure).

So, that rounds out the list we will see if I can actually complete any of it and whether or not I actually get round to writing another blog post letting you know. Thanks for reading and until next time, Live, Laugh and Keep Reading!

Lily x

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