BOOK BATTLE: A Game of Thrones ~ Round 1

Hello booknerdians!

I have decided to start a “Book vs Movie” (or tv show) thingy to decide who did it better. I feel like the books will always win, but you never know 😛

I have started reading A Game Of Thrones, so I think it would be a good idea to start with a comparison between the first episode of the first season and the first few chapters of the first book.

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

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Beyond the Wall

THE WHITE WALKERS!! My first look at White Walkers in the show was pretty creepy and cool. I found this part of the episode to be a little confusing as we aren’t given much information about what we are seeing. I think I preferred the book version of these events as there is more violence and more details about the WWs. Those eyes, though :\

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In the Seven Kingdoms

This is where the show wins out. The deserter is executed and there are direwolf pups which are just the cutest!! We are introduced to the Starks and the Lannisters – their personalities come across a lot stronger on the show than in the book, especially Arya and Tyrion. What was weird to read were the age differences! Everyone is so much younger in the books which will make reading about the characters so much more interesting – for those who live there will be more evidence of character growth 🙂

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Across the Narrow Sea

Daenerys. That is all.

The show portrays this region and characters very vividly. I am 100% happy that they aged her so she isn’t a 14 year old bride. I don’t think I could have watched it. It was rough enough reading it. Again, it was really cool to see the Dothraki society on screen – their viciousness, their animalistic natures.

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So with two out of three, the TV show wins Round 1!

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Top 5: Characters who deserve their own books/series?

5. Evanjalin from Finnikin of the Rock

Knowing how the book ends, it would be amazing to read it from her perspective. She has an epic past that would be amazing to explore and a future with one of my first book crushes, so I needs me some of that.

Evanjalin

4.  Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

ZUZANA IS ADORABLE!!! SHE IS BADASS IN HER OWN WAY AND SHE HAS HER OWN CUTE RELATIONSHIP WHICH WOULD BE AMAZING TO READ ABOUT AND UGH! I CAN’T EVEN!

Zuzana

3. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

What? I like them brooding and damaged. So sue me.

Heathcliff

2. Jem from The Infernal Devices series

There is so much about him that readers need to know! Sooooo many missing years that need to be explored.

Jem

1. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series

If I need to explain why this needs to be a thing, I don’t think we can be friends.

Severus

Books For Every Occasion

A little confession:

I am completely incapable of reading one book at a time.

What is with that?

This morning I picked up my third book to read despite being at the start of two other books. It’s not that I give up on a book (usually), it’s just that what I am reading doesn’t suit my mood or I feel it won’t suit the occasion.

I started reading Jandy Nelson’s ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ at home yesterday but I needed a different book to take with me to work. There is no way I can read such a good book on the train. I need something light and easy that won’t make me cry because it makes me look like a loon when I lose my shit on public transport. So I picked up ‘My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century’ knowing it would be an easy read that wouldn’t require emotional involvement.

Today I had a longer train ride and I thought there might be a chance that I would finish my book so I had to bring another! I went with the simple and non-huge ‘A Game of Thrones’. I like a challenge. I am on the train for almost four hours so I need a big booksy. Fluffy romance just wasn’t going to cut it. I am at the start of three different books and it is ridiculous. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?

Wish me luck in completing all three before the end of the month…

Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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Title: The Bone Season

Author: Samantha Shannon

Rating: 8.2/10

This book is really difficult to describe so I am just going to leave the Goodreads description here:

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

That is literally as simple as it gets! I also want to say that my rating is more of a reflection of the book’s potential. If it was a stand-alone novel my interpretation would be different and the rating would have been lower.

Let’s start with the main character – Paige Mahoney. This is definitely one of those moments where there is great potential. Paige has a fairly weak personality in the majority of this book, despite being a pretty fierce fighter. I feel like she is easily manipulated, especially by Jaxon – through most of the book you are thinking about how obvious it is that Jaxon is using her and you are confused as to why she would be okay with this sort of treatment. You later find out that she thinks that her power is her only value; her self confidence is non-existent. This is why I am hoping that there is some major character development in the next booksy (WHICH I AM DYING TO READ!)

This has also carried over to the very obvious relationship that builds between Warden and herself. The events of the book occur over 6 months which is a believable time for a relationship to develop, but it seems to occur very quickly after 5.9 months of intense hatred and distrust. In their last moments together she realises that Warden likes her for her and not for her power and then BAM! Ovaries want to get in on that. It’s reactive emotion, not proactive, and that makes me question the emotions guiding her. It reads like she only likes him because he is the only one that has ever liked her. It’s just a little sad and icky to read.

Warden is a character I am excited to learn more about. He spent most of the book as a blank slate. You don’t really know who he is. You don’t know his motivations. You don’t find out much about his background except that he has helped humans in the past. Paige even discovers that there is nothing really going on inside his head (his “dreamspace”). No wonder there is going to be 7 books in this series when so much more needs to be explained.

The universe is really confusing. There seem to be three tiers – the clairvoyants, the humans and the Rephaim. But there are a gazillion different types of clairvoyants. Every time a new one was described the information did not sink in and I prayed that the information wasn’t going to be needed for the future. I am just going to hope that they will always be explained in future references because I don’t have a memory palace to store that info!

Which leads me to the major information dumping that takes place – which I know is necessary when introduced to a new book universe. I found that I became more comfortable with the terminology used the more that I read, but I know that there was a lot that I did not comprehend in those first few chapters and it makes me sad that others may be put off the book because of it.

The idea behind the story is very good. I love the concept of clairvoyants being a reality (and a threat to society) and I think it blends well with the concept of aliens (if that’s what they turn out to be – we still aren’t 100% sure about that one). I love that it is set in England! The cockney slang is hilarious to read and turns the book into a weird dystopian/sci-fi/steampunk/supernatural hybrid that really works.

So yeah… a promising start to what will hopefully be an excellent series.

Top 5 Anticipated Pre-Orders for 2015

SO SO SO SO SO!!! THERE ARE NEW BOOKS COMING OUT OVER THE NEXT 5 MONTHS THAT ARE JUST EVERYTHING AMAZING IN THE WORLD AND I CAN’T EVEN!

Here are my Top 5-ish. I am going to pretend that I can’t count and that will be why there are more than five here. Cough.

Here. WE. GOOO!

On the 1st of September, 2015:

Top5 Queen of Shadows

This is legitimately one of my favourite series at the moment and I can’t wait to read more about Celaena. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a bajillion years – which is a completely accurate measurement of time.

On the 8th of September, 2015:

Top5 Stand Off

JDGJKFGCVNXMCVIUSYJSKFOAISGJHDFJGFKHGDFGFPSGITUEJFDDVL!! <– This is the only way I am able to express my feelings about this sequel.  Just a tad excited.

On the 6th of October, 2015:

Top5 Carry On

Now I am not the biggest fan of Rowell’s – don’t get me wrong, I love her books and I am excited for this but I am not making inarticulate screeches because of it. I am hoping for a winner here.

On the 20th of October, 2015:

Top5 Career of Evil

Queen Rowling – as Galbraith – is back! I absolutely adore her crime novels and I can’t wait to mentally munch on this.

On the 3rd of November, 2015:

Top5 The Revolution of Ivy

These are my feelings:

On the 10th of November, 2015 we have two releases. TWO!

Top5 November 9

Yes. Yes…ALL THE YES!

Top5 Soundless

A new book by one of my all-time favourite authors? Put me down for 57. Thanks.

Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Book: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Rating: 9.8/10

I don’t even know where to start with this. So much love was felt for this book – on my CoHo scale it sits right beneath Ugly Love but above Hopeless.

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This was definitely more of a romance than her other books, in that it was more about the relationship developing than about sexy-times or dealing with major life issues. I suppose that it makes it unique in that the two main characters aren’t bonding over their tragic circumstances; they seem to have a genuine connection that grows over their love of music.

This is one of the rare times when I have not absolutely loathed a love triangle in a story. I feel that a lot of the time it is used to add unnecessary tension and drama to a story. Yes, it is basically what drives this story, but it feels inevitable. Our male protagonist – Ridge – is a sweet, sensitive, funny and attractive guy. It is not a far-fetched idea that he would already be in a relationship, and with somebody as equally awesome as he is. This poor guy has two very different feelings of love towards two very different women and Hoover handled it beautifully. I must commend her for not taking the easy way out and making the other female – Maggie – somebody who would be easy to hate. Quite the opposite, she is adorable and fun, and in some ways perfect for Ridge.

Our female protagonist – Sydney has some great and some terrible qualities. I probably shouldn’t like it, but I love that she got a little violent. If her douchebag boyfriend cheated on her and she took it meekly I would have been mad on her behalf. (But yes, violence against others is BAD!) I like that she knows that she needs independence in her life. It’s also cool that she is following her own path in life even though it goes against her parents’ wishes and it makes life a little more difficult or her. What I don’t like is her attitude towards other women in the book. The first time she meets Tori (her new roommate) she looks down on her for what she is wearing – “being bossed around by a bitchy Hooters waitress.” Way to belittle someone based on nothing substantial. Sorry we can’t all be Susie Sunshine 24/7.

On a side note, can I just say that I am really glad that Tori has her own book (Maybe Not) because she was basically used as a prop against Sydney during the entire book – a “look how good I am compared to her” sort of thing.

The love triangle did develop and end in a fairly predictable manner, but it was still amazing to read. These two characters – Ridge and Sydney – develop feelings for each other quite naturally and they know it is wrong and everyone knows that Maggie doesn’t deserve it and it goes against their basic nature to be cheaters. It is just three amazing people in an impossible situation…until it isn’t impossible 😉

There is an element of the book I didn’t get to experience and that was the music that was created for the novel to listen to while you read it. Next time I read this book (and there will be a next time) I will come back and see how much it affects the story and reading experience.

TBR: July 2015

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I have already read this and it is super brill!

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I have started this and so far I am intrigued…

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This will be next because I MISS MY COLLEEN HOOVER!

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This one has me really excited. Everyone is going on and on and on and on and on about it.

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I don’t really know what this is about but I saw some people raving about it on Instagram so I decided to jump on board.

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This may make me poop my pants. We’ll see…