Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #62

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman
Released: March 10th 2015
Find it on Goodreads

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
(from Goodreads)

How long have I wanted this book? So long. So long. I remember when it was still called Drachomachia. But honestly, I am so excited for Shadow Scale. And after the end of the last book, I neeeeed to know what happens. I mean, Phina and Kiggs. What are they going to do?! And now there's a war and some creepy mind take-over person? Ahh I'm so looking forward to this book, I don't even know what to say. I just want to see all the characters again, and go with Phina on her new quest (and find the rest of the people from her visions). If you haven't read Seraphina yet, read it! And I will sit here impatiently until March waiting for the next book.

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: October 2nd 2014
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
(from Goodreads)

Frozen was another book that was fairly engaging while I was reading it, but actually had quite a few problems which I realised upon finishing it.

There was dual POV between the characters Nat and Wes. They were both kind of strange. Nat was Marked, which meant she had unique coloured eyes that marked her as someone who had a certain power (though she wore contact lenses to hide this from everyone). She also had a voice in her head, which she just assumed was somehow associated with being Marked, but she didn't know for sure and I was kind of confused why she didn't try to find out more about it and ask questions. She couldn't tell anyone about it because of the way Marked people were treated but she could have at least done more than what she did. It was always telling her what to do and she never really questioned it. I know it wouldn't serve the plot to find out what the voice was right from the beginning, but I found it unrealistic that she would undertake this dangerous journey without knowing why. It was also really convenient that Joe just happened to have some weird map jewel thing (I don't even get it how it worked) that led to the exact place Nat needed to go, and that he just handed it over to her when she asked! And that he then got arrested/killed (?) for possessing it the very next day, even though he'd had it for weeks - why would they come after him for the stone that day when he'd had it for ages before that? Too coincidental and convenient.

Wes was an ex-General (at sixteen?!) and was very flirty but half the time I found it kind of awkward. He trusted people he really should not have trusted at all and the thing about his sister was so obvious, the reveal at the end really had no impact at all. Plus his relationship with Nat... I'm starting to think I'm the problem here. Maybe I'm just too cynical for this "I love you" crap, but I found the romance once again a bit insta-lovey and cheesy. I mean, they had gone through a lot together but I just thought it was too soon for the whole "I'll do anything for you" stuff and eh, it felt a bit sappy at times. I preferred the beginning when they weren't too sure of each other yet to the end where it was a bit cheesy. One positive, though, was that his voice was pretty different from Nat's so it was easy to distinguish between POVs.

Plot-wise...ehh. I did like some things, like the fact that Wes and Nat met quite early on so we didn't get dragged out scenes from their points of view. I don't like it when there are multiple POVs but the characters don't meet until 3/4 of the way through the book, so this was a nice change. But there were a lot of problems too. I mean there was so much potential but the world-building was a bit shaky. Like, why were some people Marked and why did they rot if they were away from the Blue? (Also, the Blue so reminded me of All Blue from One Piece.) How did the protection spell work? And if they were living in some frozen land why was there a water shortage? Why was salt such a valuable commodity when you can artificially synthesise it? People were willing to pay that much for a slight difference in taste? There were a lot of unanswered questions. In addition to that, some things just weren't believable. The whole needing to get a "day pass" marriage licence thingy just so you could kiss/sleep with someone was so weird. Why would that happen? Did society go back to some weird "no sex before marriage ah but it's okay even if it's only for one day" mentality? And like anyone could really enforce it, which was evidenced by the fact that Nat and Wes did stuff with no problems. Concerning Nat's power, how did she just know exactly how to do what was necessary without any training? After years of never being able to control it, she just knew what to do! Plus the twist at the end to do with Nat's power just came out of nowhere and while it was kind of cool, I was just left thinking "...what." Plus, I felt the Blue was a bit of a letdown, though maybe it will be explored more in the next book. One of the most ridiculous things though was "textlish". The language used in text messages (which no-one actually uses because seriously I swear most people just type out everything properly these days and most phones have predictive text) became the standard language for written signs and stuff (because there were no books anymore?) except some people actually SPOKE it too and it was so stupid. Why would "textlish" become the standard language? It made no sense! And then there was this weird scene where you thought Wes maybe never learnt to read but then later he read something out loud and I was so confused as to why the first scene was included.

Overall, Frozen was interesting enough to make me want to finish it and see what happened, but it had a lot of problems that are difficult to overlook. I might give the next book a go however as I am still quite intrigued to see where the story is heading.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: September 2nd 2014
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
(from Goodreads)

Wow. So many things happened in this book. It took a completely different direction to anything I expected. It may be my favourite in the series yet.

I honestly don't even know where to begin. With Celaena? She was not the same person she was in book one, and she was still changing even more throughout the course of Heir of Fire. She was more broken, and less arrogant, though she still had a fierce spark in her that said she was not to be trifled with. She was a little lost and it took her most of the book to realise what it was that she really wanted. She had been through so much. So much. We got to find out more of her past and I honestly don't know how she managed to survive after everything that happened. But she did, and forced herself to become stronger, and in this book she was becoming stronger still. She was training to control her magic, to control her Fae form, so she could finally get some answers from her aunt Maeve. But she was so broken and empty by what happened to Nehemiah and all she wanted was one person to trust, one person she could call a friend. And boy, did she find one.

Chaol...we had a good run. But I am officially renouncing my Team Chaol membership. Trust me, I'm as shocked as you are. Don't get me wrong, I still liked him, still loved how he was basically ruining his life to try and protect Celaena and Dorian (even if he was having a hard time accepting them), still think the romance in book one/two was great. But he is no longer the guy I'm rooting for. I did enjoy most of his chapters though, and the strange bond he'd built up with Aedion. He was loyal and true to his word, that can be said, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with him in the next book.

Rowan. Rowan, Rowan, Rowan. What can I say? I didn't expect to like a new character so much. But he has stolen Chaol's title and I am now firmly Team Rowan, even though I have no clue what's going to happen (seriously though, Sarah J Maas, if you make me switch teams again in the next book, I am going to look so fickle). He was just exactly the friend Celaena needed. The person she could trust, the person who had suffered as she had, who accepted her for who she was. I mean, they started off kiiiind of hating each other. But once they got to know more about one another, a true and real friendship was formed (no matter how much Rowan tried to deny it at first). They trained together, hunted together, had each other's backs, and told each other things they didn't trust to tell anyone else. I loved it. I also hated it because I wanted them to get together so badly. Celaena kept saying stuff like "there was nothing romantic about the way..." and there was me, wishing there WERE something romantic, and damn their stupid, glorious friendship. But after that ending (mini spoiler, highlight to read: I don't like blood oaths), you can't tell me nothing more will happen. You can't. I deny it. And it will be awesome, because they will have built up trust and friendship first. THE ROMANCE WILL HAPPEN AND THESE TWO WILL BE HAPPY FOR ONCE AND NO-ONE CAN CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.

Dorian. Poor, poor Dorian. Will he recover from this? I don't know. Will he and Chaol ever be friends again? I don't know that either. I hope so. He wasn't in this book much but I am predicting he will have a larger role in book four and I have no idea what to expect but I just hope he's okay.

The other new characters were all pretty interesting too. Aedion really grew on me. His loyalty was a bit crazy but he had a good heart and was willing to make sacrifices. Emrys and Luca were two other characters I really liked because they tried their best to help Celaena even when she was taking her anger out on them. Sorscha had me torn because she was lovely and I'm glad she was someone (the ONLY one) Dorian could talk to (though he should have tried to fix his relationship with Chaol) but I really found it hard to believe she could love someone she had never spoken to. Manon was a very intriguing character too, and reading about her bond with Abraxas was my favourite part of her chapters. I do admit I found the rest of her chapters were kind of boring and I skimmed an awful lot of them. She just didn't seem as relevant to the plot (yet) and I was more interested in what was happening to everyone else. I'm probably in the minority though as everyone else seemed to love her. I did think she was very different to any of the characters we'd seen so far, and maybe I'll enjoy her chapters more in the next book, when more is explained.

Plot-wise, you're just going to have to read the book, because if I even hint at half the things that happen, it will ruin it. Some stuff is predictable, but even so, the writing... That ending. I mean, not as cliffhangery as book two, but somehow I am still desperate for book 4 and I need it NOW.

Overally, great addition to the series. I'm thinking the best so far. Read it.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen
Publisher: Bantam Press
Released: 17th July 2014
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...
(from Goodreads)

The Queen of the Tearling was an odd book. There were a lot of conflicting things going on and some world-building that didn't quite make sense, but I enjoyed a fair few parts of it and will probably read the next book in the series.

Kelsea was a character that had to grow on me. At first she was very naive, and it was frustrating that she hadn't been told anything about the kingdom and what was happening, because it meant that she was stuck being a bit useless. And she was SO obsessed with appearance. Every other chapter was her commenting on people's looks; she seemed to value beauty above everything else and judged people who weren't beautiful, and it really just got on my nerves. And this is unrelated to the book, really, but Kelsea was described as being plain looking and a little bit chubby (which was emphasised a LOT throughout the book) and yet who has been cast to play Kelsea in the film version? Emma Watson. EMMA WATSON. One of the most beautiful people ever. Can you imagine anyone ever saying "you're too plain for me" to EMMA WATSON? How are they going to portray this in the film? Poor casting choice. But back on topic, I did start to like Kelsea more when she was settling into her role as Queen of the Tearling. I mean, you sort of had to respect her after she went through her whole crowning ceremony with a knife literally in her shoulder blade the entire time. She absolutely refused to halt the ceremony, she was determined to carry on and show her dedication. Props to her for not passing out. And she did seem to want to make a real change to the kingdom and genuinely cared about her people. She was definitely not like her mother at all, and wasn't afraid to take action. It made me really curious about who her father was, but that was one of the biggest secrets in the book so I'm guessing we won't find out for a while.

Mace was one of Kelsea's guards, and he was a very mysterious man. At first, he didn't think Kelsea would amount to much, but you could tell that she had surpassed his expectations and in the end he was very loyal to her. He offered a lot of good advice but was oddly silent on certain matters as well. Kelsea clearly trusted him with her life but I do wish we could have found out more about him. I'm sure more will be revealed in future books, but until then, he secrets will remain hidden.

The Fetch was a notorious thief and in my opinion, very creepy. Kelsea however seemed smitten with him for reasons unknown because he wasn't particularly nice to her. I guess this was the beauty trumps everything card being played again. He wasn't in the book much, but something big was always happening when he showed up. He was intriguing, if I'm honest, and I probably would enjoy learning more about him in the next book.

The world-building had me very confused. I had no idea this was a post-apocalyptic/dystopian (?) novel until about a third of the way in. It seemed like a fantasy from days of old, but nope, apparently this was set hundreds of years into the future. I have no idea why on earth everything would revert to such a disgustingly unequal and corrupt society, or how all technology was lost. There was no explanation, and while I get this was the first book in a series, it has to at least be believable. This book reminded me a bit of The Selection; why would advanced democratic societies suddenly go back to absolute monarchies? It didn't make sense. What was the aim? How did the people accept such a thing? How was the monarchy even chosen? Surely not the old "divine right of kings"? The world they all lived in was just awful with terrible things happening all the time and while I was happy that Kelsea wanted to change things, I don't really get how she expected to produce an equal society when she was the absolute ruler of everything and the people were her "subjects", completely under her power, and subsequently the power of the next monarch. It was just weird.

Plot-wise, the beginning started off slow, but once Kelsea became Queen, things got more interesting. Kelsea's actions meant a war was brewing with the Red Queen of Mortmesne and this books was mainly about making preparations for future battles, though there was some fighting towards the end which marked the beginning of it. I liked quite a few of Kelsea's chapters, and how she dealt with her horrible excuse for a human being uncle, but I did find a few other points of view, such as Javel's, boring. He was a flat side character that I didn't really care about because he wasn't very well fleshed out, and therefore his "sad" back story didn't really invoke any sympathy from me. I kind of just skimmed his chapters and I wasn't really concerned about his role in things.

Overall, I had a lot of issues with The Queen of the Tearling, but I'd say it was worth reading. The overall story was engaging and I'm hoping future books will offer more explanation on the world and the characters.

(Side note: don't you just love the cover and how awesome and fitting it is?)

Friday, 18 July 2014

Review: The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
Publisher: Orchard Books
Released: September 4th 2014
My Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power.

The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive.

Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

A sweeping romance with a spellbinding twist - from a talented new voice in YA fiction.
(from Goodreads)

2014 has not been a good year for books for me. I have read some brilliant ones, but I've also had a lot more 1 and 2 stars than usual and unfortunately, The Witch of Salt and Storm is another for the 2 star category. I didn't loathe it, but I just don't think it's worth reading.

Avery was just a ridiculous character. Absolutely nothing about her made any sense. She was desperate, absolutely desperate, to become the next Roe witch, and I didn't understand why at all. She basically hated the people she would have been helping, she lived with her grandmother scraping by for twelve years and was barely taught ANYTHING about Roe witch magic and yet it was her life. Watching her grandmother suffer pain to use her magic and living in a tiny cottage with barely anything of her own was apparently her ideal life that she longed for, despite the fact she didn't even know what she would have to give up to become a Roe witch. I know she didn't know any better, but it was like some kind of weird brainwashing. She kept talking about her attachment to the island and not being able to leave; did that mean Roe witches only wanted to be Roe witches because of some weird magic that bound them? And THEN, after her mother took her away and tried to keep her away from magic, she didn't question why at all, she just immediately hated her mother and kept banging on about how one day she'd return and become the new Roe witch and take over from her grandmother. Except, she didn't ever try to leave to go back for FOUR years and even then it was only because of the dream she had that said she would die. And don't even get me started on the dream-telling crap, because that made even less sense. So apparently Avery had never been wrong, had never ever interpreted a dream incorrectly (by the way, we're never told how dream-telling works at all, Avery just KNEW what they meant), her OWN grandmother REJECTED her on the basis of this dream and yet suddenly later on her dreams just started changing for no discernible reason, and the dreams had choices and it was never explained why and then suddenly because the way the dreams had changed, Avery's interpretations became uncertain and ugh I can't explain to you how much this annoyed me. You can't have literal interpretations for dreams for 16 years and then suddenly say something was meant SYMBOLICALLY, not literally, in order to explain away something that happened.

But that's not all, oh no. Avery was one of those characters who ruins their friend's life asking for their help and then just doesn't care at all because at least they're not dead, right, and then completely forgets about that character until they're mentioned again briefly. This is so common in books. Characters ask for a friend's help, the friend does their best and then their life is literally ruined because of it, but oh, they never blame the protagonist ever because they're just such loyal and good friends, and the protagonist only feels guilty for like, five seconds, and it seriously annoys me. Don't use secondary characters in this way, just to serve a protagonist's storyline! It's not fair. And not only was Avery a life-ruiner, she was an idiot. Her mother CLEARLY had reasons for what she did, and yet when she tried to explain, Avery just refused to listen and refused to believe her, even though by doing so she was ENDANGERING HER OWN LIFE AS WELL AS TANE'S because she was just a stubborn brat who couldn't deal with the truth. I just wanted to shout at her "you stupid fool, if you can use magic, then your mother did tell the truth about the source of your power which means it IS pain and she's NOT BLOODY LYING so listen to her!". Not that her mother was perfect, because oh my God, if she had LITERALLY JUST TOLD AVERY EVERYTHING FROM THE START, none of this would have happened. "Oh, you wouldn't have listened!" is NOT an excuse to keep someone completely in the dark about their own future - that's just never a good idea! You don't know they wouldn't have listened! If you'd raised them with this knowledge from a young age, EVERYTHING could have been different. For God's sake, the whole book was premised on miscommunication. If the characters just TALKED TO EACH OTHER, the whole thing would never have happened.

This brings me on to Tane, the love interest who was boring as hell. Even his revenge story wasn't interesting. And their relationship was complete insta-love. They had known each other for a few days and suddenly they were both willing to die for each other. And Avery kept trying to convince herself with her "oh, Tane would never hurt me" while being in denial about her mother's story, and I just wanted to laugh. Even if there wasn't a bloody evil curse on him, even if the same thing hadn't happened with her mother and grandmother and every other Roe witch, where did she get the confidence to say that he would never hurt her? She'd known him two seconds, he could be a murderer for all she knew, it's not exactly hard to deceive someone.

Plot-wise, oh dear. Much like the rest of the book, little made sense. Apparently, pain activated magic. Really. So how did the first Roe witch know how to get magic? Was it an accident? Why don't all people who suffer pain get magic then? Why is it only Roe witches? What was special about the first Roe witch? Are there other witches out there who function in the same way? Are you just born with the ability for magic? There was so much confusion over Avery's powers as well; was she the Roe witch? Wasn't she? If she wasn't, how could she control the storm? Maybe by that point I was just in a bad mood and didn't read it properly, but I was confused. Honestly, not a lot actually happened, and I didn't really even care much about Avery trying to prevent her murder because I couldn't have cared less if she died. Or Tane died. Or anyone died. The only reason this is a 2 star review and not a 1 star review, is because I did like the world-building (well, the idea of the world as I wasn't a huge fan of the writing; a bit too descriptive and over-dramatic for me), and I liked the idea of someone dreaming about their own murder. Basically, I'm giving it a star for the potential it had. And also maybe because I really love the cover.

Overall, I didn't like this book. I don't recommend it. I do believe many other people really enjoyed this one, so if you do feel like giving it a chance, my advice is to borrow it from a friend or get it from the library first. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
Publisher: Hodder
Released: 29th August 2013
My Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.
(from Goodreads)

NOTE: So The 100 TV show has just come to the UK, and everyone who has been watching it in the US seems to love it! I read the book quite a while back but really didn't enjoy it much. I never posted my review for some reason, but as I'll probably give the programme a chance (it does seem more interesting than the book to be honest), I thought I'd post my review now, and then compare it to my thoughts of the TV show later on.

The 100 had an interesting premise but unfortunately, it failed in its execution. It was quite jumbled, I felt detached from most of the characters and it was painfully cheesy/cringeworthy at times. Plus, not a lot happened after the first few chapters, so sadly, it was not really an enjoyable read for me.

First of all, there were too many POVs, which meant that the characters didn't get enough development. Really there wasn't much difference between Clarke and Glass personality-wise, mostly only difference in circumstances. Wells was so underdeveloped he was just bland and Bellamy seemed to have only one mode, which was an obsessive need to protect his sister. The romance was even worse; I had no idea why these people liked each other and then there was this random attempt a love triangle that had no substance - the characters had known each other for like, a DAY. It was so insta-lovey. And they were so back and forth with the love interests - I get why the CW picked this up for a TV show, it definitely felt like an episode of The Vampire Diaries. They'll be able to rally up followers behind the different "teams". And another reason why I didn't like the romance was because of how cheesy/cringey it was. A few quotes to highlight it: "Her cheeks were flushed, her eyes bright with anticipation. She looked like a girl in love" and "Tearing herself away from Luke made her ache with an almost physical pain" and "No matter what happened, she thought, kissing him with an almost desperate need, she would never let anything keep them apart again" and "They were the only two people on Earth" - and there were loads more.

Plot-wise, the beginning started off okay and I was quite curious as to what would happen...but that curiosity didn't last for long. Pretty much nothing happened after that, except one thing towards the end. And there were so many flashbacks! Some were okay and informative, but half of it really was just irrelevant and made the story feel muddled. And a lot of things weren't explained - like exactly why they moved to space, why Glass was Confined (why was what she did illegal?) and a bunch of other things that I just lost interest in after a while. The ending was a twist which wasn't exactly original but at least made things more intriguing. I probably won't read the next book, but I might watch the show, as I feel things would translate better on screen.

Overall, The 100 was a disappointing read for me and in fact, I have had so little to say about it, I think this is my shortest review ever, barring my mini reviews.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #61

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Half Wild (Half Life Trilogy #2) by Sally Green
March 25th 2015
Find it on Goodreads

After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?
(from Goodreads)

I read Half Bad not too long ago and I really, really enjoyed it. So looking forward to seeing what happens in Half Wild! I am a bit concerned a lot of the book will focus on Annalise, who is not my favourite character. She's nice enough, but she doesn't have the same connection with Nathan that Gabriel does! I ship Nathan and Gabriel so hard and I don't care that it'll probably never happen. Though their friendship is awesome by itself as well. I'm also really curious to find out more about Marcus and I have a feeling he might show up briefly again. Why does March have to be so far away!

What are you waiting on this week?