That Summer - Book Review

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Started: May 6, 2018 | Finished: May 13, 2018

That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Speak on June, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 198
Book Edition: Paperback, Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.

Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.

Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect...

But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.
Rating: 2/5

My Review:

I tried so hard to like this book, and I just couldn't. I finished it so that's something. But I just found the main character to be so whiny and constantly complaining about the same thing over and over throughout the whole book. It felt like every chapter she was complaining about being to tall and complaining about her sister. Honestly that's basically the whole book in a nutshell.

But the thing is I'm not going to let this stop me from reading Sarah Dessen's books. I've heard nothing but good things about her books. This was her first book and it was originally published back in 1996. So I will give her the benefit of the doubt, and carry on reading her books. I want to read them all in order. The good thing about this book is that it's very short, so it was a quick read. It's also set in summer, obviously, but it got me so excited because summer is my favourite season.

A Night to Remember - Book Review

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Started: April 16, 2018 | Finished: May 6, 2018

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
Published by Open Road Media on March 6th, 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical
Pages: 293
Book Edition: Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

The classic minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic, in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. 

Available for the first time in trade paperback and with a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory, Walter Lord's classic minute-by-minute re-creation is as vivid now as it was upon first publication fifty years ago. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial edition brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of readers.
Rating: 3/5

My Review:

Before I get into the book review, I thought I would mention how I do the Published part of my reviews. I don't put the original publication dates and original publishing company unless the copy I read is the original. The original copy of this book was released in 1955, but the copy I have is the one that was released in 2012. So I only will put the copy that I own.

Okay on to the book! I read this on/off in between reading other books. I found it to be a very interesting read. As someone who watched Titanic every year in April since 2012, I always like knowing more about what happened on that tragic night. This book gives you an hour by hour depiction of that night. The author collected his information from the survivors themselves.

The only thing I found difficult was it was a little hard to follow at times. You just have to try to not remember all the names being thrown your way, eventually some names will stick with you. I also struggled with some of the wording. But other than that it was a quick interesting read. I also liked that you can tell the people who screenwrote the movie possibly got their source material from this book as there was lines quoted in here that were in the movie as well as some of the characters from the movie being based off of real life people.

Good book if you like to know more about a historical tragedy.

A Court of Frost and Starlight - Book Review (Spoiler Warning)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Started: May 1, 2018 | Finished: May 5, 2018

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury YA on May 1st, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy 
Pages: 229
Book Edition: Hardcover, Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. 

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
Rating: 5/5

My Review:

The only reason I'm throwing up a Spoiler Warning is because this is a book that is well into a series, so if you haven't read the series than it's probably not best to read this review. But I will say, if you haven't read this series yet then DO IT!!! I can't describe just how much I love this series and how happy it makes me! Like I'm still blown away by how much the second book in the series affected me. I'm not one on picking up on things, and often my predictions can be wrong, so I had no clue what to expect when going into that book, and it was so mind-blowing for me that I don't think I'll ever be over it!

Anyways, we are now on the novella that kind of closes out Feyre and Rhysand's story in a way. The first three books are told from Feyre's perspective and this book is the bridge between the next set of books told in another character's perspective (not saying who, but for once I guessed/hoped for this person and was so pleased that I'm getting my wish). This one is told mainly from Feyre and Rhysand's perspectives, but you also get a few other characters who have their own chapters which I really liked. I love this world that Sarah J. Maas has creative, everything about it is just so good. That woman writes as we say "book crack" and it's so true to how addictive her books are. She's honestly brilliant!!

I'm trying to keep this as spoiler free as I can, but as I said this is a book well into a series, so I feel like I need to talk about some things that we got in this book. So first, Feyre and Rhysand continue to be the perfect couple/mates. I love their story so much, and loved all the great things we got of them in this book. I really loved where their story is going, and can't wait to get glimpses of them in the next set of books as I'm sure they will now be secondary characters. I'm also really interested to find out what comes of the discontent going on in the Illaryian camps. This book starts setting up through Cassian's perspective and such, so I'm interested to see where that goes. There's also things that need to happen like Lucien finding out who his real father is. Also what's going on with Elain, Lucien and Azriel. I'm completely on the fence for where I want that to go. I just would like to see more of her, and what's going on with not only how she feels for each of them, but also find out more about her seer power. There's so much that we need, and it's making so excited for more!! Another year long wait that I know will be worth it in the end!

I can't gush enough about how amazing this series is!! It's one of my top favourite series ever, if not the top favourite! It's just so good!! Exclamation points good!!! Highly recommended, please read this series and then tell me your thought and feelings because I love talking about these books!!

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