Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Book Review - Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard

'And I am revealed for exactly what I am - a particularly stupid fish, moving from hook to hook, never learning my lesson.'

Glass Sword is the second book in the series by Victoria Aveyard, so if you haven't read Red Queen - leave this review now! Spoilers be ahead, you have been warned!

Are they gone?


Glass Sword starts where Red Queen left us. Mare and Cal on the run from now king Maven. The book follows Mare's hunt for other newbloods like her, those who's blood runs red but have abilities even stronger than silvers. Trouble is, Maven knows where to look too, so the race is on.

Secondary to the plot is the complicated relationship between Mare and Cal, she swears she hates him, but I think its pretty obviously untrue, and they will most likely end up together. Honestly, I have no interest in their relationship, being far more interested in that of Shade and Farley, in fact, and I know a lot of people will disagree, I would rather that Farley was the main protagonist, I just can't connect with Mare.

Not to say I didn't enjoy the book, I did, but it gets very repetitive - I got really excited towards the end when it seemed a battle was brewing, but then it just stops, and it makes you realise how dull the rest of the book really was. I know it has a huge following, and in ways I can see why, but I think I just find it predictable and lacking somewhat.

For me Mare is just.... everyone is in love with her, she is so super duper special and so very jaded, can't trust a single soul and has to push everyone away. This causes people to question her judgement and blah blah sound familiar? Sounds like every YA heroine ever really. I guess thats what annoys me most. I know she has been through a lot, and has every right to be jaded, but I think she just takes it too far, verging on completely neurotic. If the author wants me to care about her relationships with people, surely she should make the protagonist actually have some instead of just cut herself off from the world. No?

Having said all this, I still want to read the next book when it is released. I do want to know what happens, it isn't just a book I can completely abandon, because it does have its good points. The ending for one, Aveyard can write an ending!

Overally I think I would give this book a 3/5, I enjoyed it and want to know more, but there are a few changes I would like to see for it to be perfect.

Have you read Glass Sword? What did you think? Do you ship Mare with Cal or Maven? Or are you like me and couldn't really give a shit? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Book Review - The Making of Zombie Wars - Aleksandar Hemon

“What doesn't kill you makes you horny”

I picked this book up on a complete whim, I knew absolutely nothing about either the story of the author. Basically, it looked cool and I judged the book by its cover...but opposite to how the saying goes, it worked out pretty well

The Making of the Zombie Wars is hard to describe... its about Josh Levin a neurotic American teacher who is trying to make it in the screenwriting world. The books blends both his Zombie Wars script idea with his real life - though I'll be honest I didn't really pay attention to the screen play parts, which I regretted when I finally got to the end - which I didn't understand?! I think I know what he was going for but.... its just didn't seem to work with me. I would happily have finished the book a chapter early to skip the ending as to me it just didn't fit. (If you've read it let me know what you think about the ending below, I haven't spoken to anyone else that has read to book yet so I really want to know what other people think about it!)

Zombie Wars is basically about a self absorbed guy, he thinks the world is against him and is very 'pity me, pity me' - he is kinda hard to like - who goes and fucks up his life even more. There is a lot of sex and violence, so if that isn't your thing, then this book isn't for you. 

Josh's landlord is probably one of the best characters, he is just so utterly mad, suffering from severe PTSD, which really helps progress the story - when you're like, wait, when the fuck did it get to bad, just blame him. I also ended up really liking Kimmy, Josh's girlfriend, and felt pretty bad for her in the end, she doesn't deserve a shit like Josh. I can't say I liked Ana, a woman in Josh's ESL class who comes onto him, I didn't pity her like I think we were supposed too, instead I see her as quite calculated and manipulating - not that Josh didn't deserve this.

I understand why some people don't like this book - 'oh look, another whiny white guy' - but I don't think you have to like Josh, you don't have to pity him for the shit that happens, I think I enjoyed it more just watching him fuck up his live.

I think I would give this book a 4 out of 5. I enjoyed how character driven it was, and it was an actual fnny read. 

Have any of you read The Making Of The Zombie Wars? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. 
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