The Selction REVIEW

Synopsis:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Review:

When I first began reading The Selection I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. It’s not the normal book that I would usually read. I’m not a huge fan of romance books but I heard good things about this book so I thought id give it a try. For me personally, it was horribly cliché and cringey but somehow at the same time it was impossible to put down. The only thing that I cannot fault is the pace of the book. Being a small novel, it didn’t have many dull moments, probably due to all the drama of the selection which kept you captivated to the story.

The characterization for me was honestly so cliché. You have American Singer (whose name makes me cringe) is portrayed as someone who isn’t popular and is kind while other characters are shown to be mean, “popular” and rich. The characters in the book are the most cliché characters I have ever read about and that’s saying something because I’ve read hundreds upon hundreds of books. The friendships in the story felt so fake and the love triangle made me want to throw the book out the window. I was almost at the end of the story and I felt so grateful that there wasn’t this huge love triangle and then boom, there it was. Thankfully I was in public when I read this part, otherwise I might’ve screamed.

The way that the world was build was not done well. When I read a story, the world building is something that makes the story that one bit better if it’s good. Unfortunately in this story, it was anything but good. You hear about different sections of their world, their history and their system but so much is left out which made it confusing and quite annoying at times. You feel like an outsider, not knowing all the details that know. This might be due to the fact that the story is centered around America and that it’s only the first book in the series but I feel like the story would be that little bit better if the world around them was described in a little bit more detail.

Overall, I loved the book but at the same time I couldn’t stand it. The story had everything that I usually hate in a story. It had horribly cliche characters, an okay structure and was overall cringy but somewhere in the story in captivated you to keep reading.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Crown Of Midnight REVIEW

 

Synopsis:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Review:

Following Throne of Glass, I had high expectations of this book. I absolutely loved the first book and I was so excited to read this book. Normally the second book in a series can be a bit of a disappointment. This book lived up to my expectations and so much more. In so many series I’ve read, the second book was a disappointment but this was anything but that. The story was fast paced without being confusing which is something that I loved. It was almost impossible to put this book down. It was impossible not to captivated to continually read the book. There are so many twists and turns in the book that had you on the edge of your seat all the way until the end where once again it didn’t disappoint. Quite often cliffhangers annoy me but this was one that left me an emotional mess, screaming inside until I started the next book straight after at 1am.

In this book, I really loved Celaena. She’s a character that I absolutely love reading about and I could never get sick of. She’s a character that is so different from myself but for some strange reason, I relate to so much (must be the love of books). You get to see so much character development in this book, not only from Celaena but also from Chaol and Dorian. Seeing these three grow and getting to know and understand the characters even more was something I really enjoyed. There was no love triangle (YAYY) thankfully because I’ve grown to love these characters so much and I couldn’t deal with one of those. You get a look at the king and the occurrences around the castle which is great and terrifying at the same time.

The story is mainly situated in the castle. You get to explore it depths which is something that I found really exciting and you find out the reasons for events that happened during the first book. During the chapters where you explore the depths and mysteries of the castle, it was impossible to put the book down. These chapters where they unfolded the mysteries that were in the castle were my favourite sections of the book.

Overall this book was incredible! I really enjoyed the plot and I loved the characters. The book was not confusing and it was fast paced with was great! I would 100% recommend to everyone, especially those who love fantasy novels. I haven’t enjoyed a novel this much in years. It is a book that you have to read! I can’t wait to read the next book now because this book was incredible! If you’ve read the first book and thought it was meh, please read this one! It is so much better! I can’t stress enough that you’re missing out on a wonderful story.

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

The Women in Black REVIEW

Synopsis:

Sydney in the late 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F.G. Goode department store, in Ladies’ Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Lisa is the new Sales Assistant (Temporary). Across the floor and beyond the arch, she is about to meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.

With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Wome in Black is a classic.

Review:

The Women in Black is a novel that we started in class at school. I’m usually not a huge fan of books that we read at school but overall I did enjoy this book. The book was written nicely but I feel like there was parts that were slow and confusing. There were sections of the book where it was written well and it was hard to put down but unfortunately these sections were dampened by the slow and confusing parts. The beginning of the book was quite confusing and slow but the story picked itself up well during the middle section. I was really enjoying the book right up until the end where it was left on a ending that made you feel like it wasn’t quite finished. I would have enjoyed the book more if the ending had some sort of closure to it.

I really liked how the characters where used to show what the majority of Australia during the 1950’s was like. Lisa was a good representation of the changing times in Australia. She is a relatable character especially considering her love for books. I enjoyed the character Madga. She is a character that shares many qualities that are advanced for her time which was something I really enjoyed reading. The friendship between Lisa and Madga was one of my favourite relationships in the book.

In conclusion, it was a good book overall. While I enjoy historical fiction books, it isn’t a book that I would have read willing. The book was written well but I feel like it could have been written so it was more face paced and less confusing in some parts. The ending would have been nicer if some more closure was involved. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially to those who like historical fashion since the book centers around fashion. I did enjoy this book but it’s not something that ii would read again.

Rating: 3/5

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW

Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My thoughts:

I got recommended this book years ago and I honestly regret not reading it sooner! Throne of Glass is now one of my favourite books. I can easily say that this book is the best book that I’ve read out of all the books I have read this year and last year.

The way the book was written was really captivating. The choice of the story being told in third person was a great choice because it leaves you on the edge of your sit and it’s impossible to put down.

I really loved the different characters in the story. I loved the character Celaena. She’s in my opinion a really well developed character that you enjoy reading about. I really liked the involvement of Dorian and Chaol. I really liked that while they were both interested in her, there was a friendship there that usually isn’t in YA books. It was refreshing to see a book where there was no love triangle but instead was entirely focused on the story being told.

Overall, this book is great! It’s a book I would recommend 100% if you love fantasy or YA books. Well done on writing a wonderful novel!

Rating: 5/5 stars!