Only Human #ThemisFiles3| Book Review

Only Human (Themis Files, #3)Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well it’s time. It’s here. Finally, the last chapter in the Themis Files landed. And I’m kinda sad we won’t get anymore Vincent 😦
I’m getting ahead of myself-
Only Human being the third book in the series picked up after the serious cliffhanger we’d been left with in Waking Gods. We followed the present story through interviews which reflected into the past, and we also followed the past itself, which was kinda cool as we got to see if our characters perceptions in their interviews about what happened matched up with the truth of what happened.
The plot mainly centred between Vincent and his daughter and even though Rose was there, she felt more background in this book than in the previous two books. We got to see more of the alien world which was kinda cool as this had been speculation before, and we were introduced to old characters and what they were doing.
I missed the Interviewer 😦 He was one of my favourites.
You could really see Neuvel’s passion for Star Wars coming through with the number of references he had Vincent and others say, along with other sparks of pop culture. It definitely added another layer to these stories. And as I am an avid follower of Neuvel on Instagram, (Littered with Star Wars figures and even his cat is called Jyn) it was a nice part of him to insert into this series for the readers to see.
It wasn’t as good as Waking Gods to me as one, (this really isn’t a fault but it’s one of the reasons that make the other two so great) there was no cliffhanger as it was a wrap up and two it didn’t pack as much punch as the second one. I mean my heart was in my mouth when the robot was in London, god damn. It was a lot more political this time, and spending time on the alien planet. It’s like a typical mystery – the more you know about the unknown the less questions you have, the less anticipation and build you get.
I still love this series, it’s one of the best sci fi’s I’ve read in a long time, and I do encourage everyone to read it.

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Inkmistress| Book Review

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars, #0.5)Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After of Fire & Stars, I was ready to gobble up anything from Audrey Coulthurst. On the other side of reading this book….eh. I still want to.. I still want to feel how I felt after Fire&Stars, but if I’m honest I’m slightly aggravated.

I will disclaim I have no quarrels with the bisexual lead ending up with a guy, as most of you know I believe sexuality to be fluid, so this actually sits well with me. I’m not a label kinda person.
So let us begin with why I did rate this so low – between a 2 and a 2.5 out of five.

We were dumped with info the entire way through, every look, every feeling. Nothing was left for the reader to get, it was all spoon fed, or may I say choked to us. The way her feelings were displayed was almost sickening, it was nothing like of fire and stars – it wasn’t fantasy, or about her powers. The main thing here was here relationship with Ina – and I would hate that for fantasy to be riddled with any romance.
I am happy she is bisexual, but what worked so well for me before was the fact the relationship worked in the background when the politics and the treachery of the plot took the main stage.
I didn’t really care what the gods gave Asra or her journey, her character was whiny and giving me too much information about EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN THING.

Also this was meant to be a prequel? It may as well be a stand alone, I felt no connection, different time, different characters, different place.
I did find one sparkle of a character in this book and that was Hal – I found him endearing, almost like a Peter Pan – he was charming, funny and I enjoyed the scenes he was in. Again the development time for these characters wasn’t long enough and decisions and feelings seemed to change like the wind for ease of plot and continuation.

Overall, I’m still not sure what I want to give this – I think I’m being generous with 2.5 because Of Fire & Stars was so good. Meh- just leave me here with the hopes I did have for what this book could have been.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet| Book Review

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was one of those books that bridges you from a total reading slump to reading books every day. Unfortunately because of that the first 100 pages took me an AGE to get through – through no fault of Chambers. The writing was fantastic, and the way she introduced her characters made me interested in them instantly, which when starting a new series as a reader, it’s one of my main worries that I won’t like the characters. I mean they have limited time to hook you and make you are what happens to them.
Sissix is one of my favourite characters I think I’ll ever read, and she displays one of the themes Chambers explores beautifully. I never thought I would find a book that explored the fluidity of sexuality across species and the bending of gender. It really was something, and topics handled in such a way that displayed not only a world where this all existed but that it was completely and utterly part of the circle of life (Which is how it should be in every universe).
This first book is more a character introduction and development than plot but I didn’t really mind, it’s a space opera, it’s a misfit family on a ship jumping into different holes to different planets. I will definitely be continuing with this series.

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The Power| Book Review

The PowerThe Power by Naomi Alderman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Power is a scary insight into a what would happen if women became all powerful. How the world would react.
The story opens on a number of young girls getting the power, a electric burst of power through their stein that they can hone and control. It can harm, it can kill – it can be awakened in the older generation. We follow a number of different POVS. A young girl called Allie from America, Roxy from England, Tunde- a journalist from New York -who was perhaps one of my favourites. Jos – the senator’s daughter who has trouble controlling her power and Cleary – the senator, whose daughter awakens the power in her.
This was such an interesting concept, that women become the all powerful, being able to overcome men and take charge of them, scare them into submission. It was definitely a build of a book, I had to really give it my attention after the first chapter- which was I must say a very good opening – certainly set me up for the fast pace we see from around half way through.
Tunde’s character was said above was my favourite, how daring he was to film it all as it went down, what happened to him and how he worked with others. Naomi wrote the POVs extremely well, they all had different tones which I find a success as sometimes when writing different POVs it’s hard to stop them bleeding into each other. This is definitely a powerful read, turning sexism on it’s head- a well written mirror reflection on what could have been and it’s terrifying.

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Saga| Graphic Novel Review

Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

During my horrible revision sessions I turned to my comics as a light break- something I could finish quickly that I could enjoy before going back to another round of boring financial revision.

Saga, however was so frickin’ good, it was like a film. The characters, the adult theming, the art style – the politics! It’s a standout. I can see why so many people love this series.
The monsters were unique, the female characters written well, the narration of the younger daughter looking back on her parents early life with her – it all worked so well.

I’m definitely picking up Vol 2. It’s definitely a series worth carrying on.

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SleepOver: An Oral History of the Apocalypse | Book Review

Sleep Over: An Oral History of the ApocalypseSleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse by H.G. Bells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars.

An interesting documentation on what the world would be like if we couldn’t sleep. Some of these stories hit me really hard, and I think the author captured all difference walks of life incredibly well and highlighted some of the struggles and tragedies that come from being unable to sleep anymore.

I just wish this had been centred on one family or group of people – I think it would have worked as a hard hitting novella. I understand the world perspective and how it affected different people, however I would of liked to have cared more about the characters.
But the tension was renewed each time with different people, and after a few you began to wait for that crunch line of what no sleep was doing to them. I definitely recommended this to read at some point, because of it’s form you can pick up and put down between books if you don’t want to read it through in one go.

I definitely think it’s a haunting portrayal of the unimaginable loss of our sanity as we are deprived of one of our greatest needs.

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Countdown ready!

Hey guys!

I am alive, and back ready for business! I’ve been so busy these last couple of months with work, exams and just a whole lot on my plate! Unfortunately life can sweep you away pretty hard sometimes and I’ve just had to leave books on the back burner for a while…

I am so pleased to say I am hoping to get back on track with more blog posts, videos and more reading! (That’s the most important thing, right?)

So keep your eyes peeled, normal scheduling is resumed!

Any of my UK readers/friends out there, stay safe this weekend! Ice is set to freeze over the snow in most parts so don’t go out unless you need to! And to be honest, it’s the perfect weather to have a cuppa and a book 😉

Happy Life!
Love, Em x

The Belles: Book Review

The Belles (The Belles #1)The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, a BIG thank you to Net Gallery for sending me an arc for review. Release Date February 8th.

The Premise: We start with our girls, our Belles who are taken to the king and queen of their land to be chosen as their personal Belle. Belles bring colour to the greys, to bring out beauty and shape a person for a time, and the stronger the Belle, the more magnificent their power is displayed. I went into this not knowing how I would like it. Would it be too YA? Would it be too one layered and utterly basic?

But it wasn’t, it deserves the hype it’s been getting. I feels very deep and complex and relative to our obsession with beauty in our day to day lives. Hell, it made me sit back and think how a lot of it is not worth it and it doesn’t change the person inside of you.

This book was full of liquid writing, it glowed right off the page with description nostalgic of JK Rowling, it had me fully entranced in the world. The food was a great plus as well.

Political intrigue, jealously, sisterhood, great female characters, and a level of darkness that I was not expecting the Belles is a great comment on how obsessed we are with being beautiful in our society and the lengths we go to make ourselves ‘the best we can be’ as we are never happy. It’s also a comment on no matter how beautiful you make yourself, no matter how many trends you set or tweaks you make to your body, the darkness inside is always the same.

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Mortal Engines| Book Review

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all this is classed as a children’s book. Ho no. Definitely YA, latter YA.

This book was so dark. And sad. And very very good.

We follow Tom, a Historian Apprentice on board London which is now a rolling, steampunk like engine, alive. Which needs other small towns, cities to eat to survive. This is definitely a unique setting, and really character driven – I am very surprised this escaped my notice growing up as this definitely captures my imagination and interest now.
There are loads of top female characters in here, really strong and it’s so refreshing to read them and known they were written more than ten years ago.

This book is hard hitting, graphic and daring. The characters are written in grey, they are human beings, good and bad making decisions that aren’t always the right ones to make. Reeve demonstrates how to write people, young or old, alone or in love- it’s one of the main beauties of this book.

I am definitely carrying on with the series, especially knowing the film adapted by Peter Jackson is soon to be with us this year, it would be nice to know the rest of the journey Tom goes on, and the fate of the rest of the Hunting Ground.

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Greetings 2018…

Hello dear friends into another page turning year,

I felt like I fell off the grid towards the end of 2017, November and December went by in the blur of Christmas shopping, wrapping and work. I also felt in the worst slump I’ve been in in a while, picking up books reading forty pages and then putting them down and WALKING AWAY. I’ve never done that. Normally it’s oooo I’ve got a book, I won’t let it go until it’s finished..

Well I am very pleased to say I am finally off of that train, and have no finished two books in the four days of Jan. Very pleased.

So I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all those that read my reviews, who share bookish opinions, and really make me feel welcome in this bookish community. I have made some fast friends on this platform, and it’s something I will always be thankful for.

So leading into January 2018, I have my review of the adaption of Jessie Burton’s  The Miniaturist. I also have my top 17 in 2017, and my look back at the most surprising and disappointing books of 2017. I have also set my first TBR of the year and am already smashing through them – HELL TO THE YEAH.

Haven’t used that expression in years…

Well hears to another year, and as always Happy Reading guys!

Love, Em x