Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)

Half Bad by Sally Green
The first book in the Half Bad trilogy.
394pages
My rating – 2.5* –  5*
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.’

 

I finished this I believe over the weekend? I can’t remember 100% all I can’t remember is that I’m not really sure how I felt on it? Sure, there are some good bits but there are also bits that I just really didn’t list.

Shall we go for a list?
Everyone loves a list and I think that’s the only way I’m going to be able to get my feelings across.


❇️ the relationship between Nathan and his half-brother is lovely to see, it’s touching and kind and it’s obvious that the two have a strong bond.

❇️ the narrative although it was a little weird going from second person narration to first, I did wish they would just stick with one narration as I did find it slightly confusing always flicking between the two, I would have preferred the book as a whole if it was only one narration.

❇️ I didn’t like how Nathan was treated, I get that it’s a big part of the book, about 60% but it was vile to see how he suffered from mild name calling to bullying and physical violence and torture – it just wasn’t what I expected from this book. I get that he has a tough life since the first page of this book he is in a cage but do we need to be reminded every chapter about the violence that gets done to him? I felt like there was more violence done to Nathan than there was an actual story sometimes ☹

❇️ the last bit of the book was so hurried and fast and that annoyed me, since if you took out half the violence/torture that happened to Nathan and added in more story the last few 100 or so pages of the book would be a brilliant read.

Overall, I’m just not sure if I enjoyed this book very much, I didn’t really like any of the characters, I didn’t like all the unnecessary violence and just yeah, meh.

Not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series which is a shame as I wanted it to be good.

 


Did you read this book?
I’d love to hear your opinion on it! 🙂

 

Heartless

Heartless by Marissa Meyer.
453 Pages.
My Rating – 3* – 5*
‘Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.’

I went into this book with an open mind – this was one of these books where I felt like I had too, it has such mixed reviews with my GR friends with half of them loving it and the other half either DNFing or rating it 1-2 stars. I think I’m somewhere in the middle maybe? It was in no way a great book but I can’t say   it was a bad book either, it was just an okay book.

retelling of fairytales are one of my favourite sort of books to read so i couldn’t help being a little bit excited when I started reading it because well, I love reading them and the fact it was about the red queen could be interesting and exciting to read.

sadly, this book wasn’t all that great?
I mean there were many bits of this book that I enjoyed but I found the pace rather slow and the whole story in general a bit predictable.

I love jest, he was such a fun character and I was rooting for him so much, because of that i found myself screaming at Catherine wanting her to make up her mind, either rebel or do what you parents want, she kept changing her mind it was so infuriating!!! 🙁

I think the last maybe 60% – 70% of the book was when I got more invested in the story and the characters and started to enjoy it even more.

when we first meet Catherine it was hard to imagine this average girl who likes to bake as the red queen but as the story progressed I has predicted what was going to happen to turn our little baker into the red queen and my predication was 100% correct.

although this book did have some redeeming qualities in my eyes overall I did find it boring at parts and a bit too predictable that I had guessed most of it before it had happened and I don’t really enjoy that in my books that much, I like a bit of suspense.

Thank you to Carrie @ Sweet Cherry 69 for buddy reading this with me! ❤️


have you read this book?
what did you think of it?

The Book Sacrifice Tag

everyone loves a tag.
well not everyone.
I do tho 😀

1) An Over-Hyped Book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated so you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

HMM.
okkkkkaaayyyy.
the queen of the tearling books
any of them really but probably the last one. they are all raved about and had really good reviews and I didn’t like them, not for me. nope.

2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

I’d grab Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, the first book in the series was great then it all went downhill 🙁

3) A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

Probably Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, it just wasn’t for me, super boring when I first read it for English back at school and haven’t had any desire to ever pick it up again.

4) Your Least Favourite Book of Life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher, it was weird and the MC was so annoying and it was a waste of time reading it 🙁

Feel free to do this tag if you want, I’d love to read your answers.
Do you agree with any of mine? 😀  

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
The first book in the DC Icons series.
376 Pages.
My Rating – 5* – 5*
Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. ‘he bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.’

Leigh Bardugo really is the queen isn’t she?
this book was everything i needed / wanted / didn’t know i needed / loved all wrapped up in one book and i 🙂 am 🙂 so 🙂 happy 🙂

my only knowledge with Wonder Woman does come from the film, I have never read any of the comics or anything like that so I only have the film to compare too. I felt like Bardugo was really able to prince the fierce amazon to life and it also brings together women, it was a great take of feminism, love, friendship and sisterhood and i really loved this book!

I have no idea how to write a review for this book? like seriously send help my way, I need someone to put my rambling thoughts in my head into some coherent review that would possibly make sense?

weeeelllll since that’s not going to happen I’ll have to figure something out!

  • the world building, the hilarious banter and comments in this book. bravo Leigh Bardugo they were some of my favourite things about this book!!!! I sorta wish the series carried on with Wonder Woman (altho I am v excited to get my hands on batman when it comes out!!!!!).
  • Alia and Diana are total friendship goals through this book, it was so nice to watch there friendship go and you can tell by the end of the book they are more like sisters than anything else.
  • this book has so many sassy scenes (I love saying that) and bravo, i love them so much. i think a smile was on my face all the time while reading this book.
  • I feel like Diana should get her own praise because that girl is strong and brave and powerful and fearless, I mean come on. what a great role model for all women out there!


I just can’t put into words how pleasantly surprised I was by this book, it wasn’t that much like the movie that I found myself comparing the two thankfully, overall it was just so good and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest! 😀

Thank you to Chelsea @ A Very Bookish Girl for buddy reading this with me!  (even tho I read ahead, whoops) ❤️

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.
The first book in the Three Dark Crown series.
398 Pages.
My rating – 4* – 5*
‘When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. ‘

however good this book was towards the end that doesn’t make up for how slow and how much it dragged for me in the beginning but i did enjoy this book overall 🙂

do i have a favourite queen?
of course, all hail queen katharine 😉
she is my precious cinnamon roll and i can totally see her kicking major ass in the next book (or at least i hope so). she is strong willed and determined even though she doesn’t show much to do with her “gift” i still believe in her!

arisone i don’t mind very much, she also has a ‘weak gift’, while  find arisone rather boring i love her best friend Jules, she is full of such life and is so interesting and funny and i really hope we see more of her in the next book.

then there is mirabella who is said to be the strongest of the queens, i find her super mysterious and i really hope we find out more about her in the next book as i’m pretty sure she has some things up her sleeve.

although the main character are awesome there are also some side character (Jules, Joseph, billy) who i love and I feel like play a great part in the story. i love how Kendare Blake weaves all the characters together and connects them 🙂

it did take me a while to get used to the writing and the pace of the story as the first I’d say 30-40% I did find it a bit boring and difficult to get into but I had heard such good reviews on the book so I knew I had to continue as it was going to get better.

if you are a lover of ya fantasy with a slow start but a build up towards the end with complex word building and interesting characters then this book is for you!

Thank you to Danielle @ the blonde likes books for buddy reading this with me! ❤️

have you read this book? what did you think?
who is your favourite queen?

Series I want to start but I haven’t because I suck…..

YEP.
We have all done this, come onnn.
There are loads of series that I REALLY want to start but I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet 🙁
Some of these books I own and some I don’t but here are the five series that I haven’t started yet but really want too! 😀

1. Pivot Point  series by Kaisie West
I HAVE THIS BOOK.
AND THE SECOND BOOK.
WHY HAVEN’T I READ IT YET?
because i suck that’s why.

2. To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han.
yeah, i’m one of these rare aliens that have never read this series.
confession, i also don’t own them.
but I really want tooo!!!
I’m determined to read the whole series next year
(lol watch me not do that….)

3. Rebel of the Sands series by Alwyn Hamilton.
soooo another one i own but haven’t read yet.
why haven’t I read it.
I HAVE NO IDEA.
I intend to read it before the year is up tho!

4. The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E Pearson.
I WANNA READ THIS SO BADLY.
like so bad, and so many of my friends on gr think so highly of it and i just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet 🙁

5. Captive Prince series by C.S Pacat
this whole series has such good reviews and i just wanna get my hands on it and read it so bad 🙁
fingers crossed i can get this read next year! 🙂

Have you read any of these series?
If so I’d love to see what you think of them 😀 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
416 Pages.
My rating – 3* – 5*
‘One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.

Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.

When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.

Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…’

This book was definitely something….
It was just a hard book for me to read, and it was a BR so you would have thought that would have made it easier but that wasn’t the case sadly 🙁

This book it sent from multiple POV’s and that was what I found confusing, especially the first one hundred or so pages as none of them had met up with each other and it was like I was reading three different books in a series at time.


(I LOVE PAUL RUDD….)

basically, I’m not going to lie – I’m going to hold my hand up and just admit it.
I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THIS BOOK.
like none, super confusing and trippy and just weird as hell but also very magical??? wut.

smol list of things I didn’t mind

–  the writing wasn’t awful?? it was unique, i haven’t read any of her other book(s) but I’m sure it’s pretty similar?
– the romance, lgbt and all that good stuff was nice to read, yeah you go glen coco.
– the front cover, look how pretty that is.
tooottaaallly isn’t what drew me to the book *side eye emoji*

smol list of things i didn’t like

– the character, i just didn’t connect to any of them and i found them predictable and just meh.
– the three pov’s??? couldn’t it have just been one 🙁
– plot twist with ash, laurel and holly i sorta saw it coming?
IT WAS BOOORRRING AND SLIGHTLY CONFUSING AT TIMES?????

this isn’t a bad book, i think it just wasn’t what i thought it would be so i was just a bit disappointed by it.

Thank you to Claire @ Books Coffee and Repeat for buddy reading this with me even if it did take us forever!! ❤️

Have you read this book, if so what did you think?
If you haven’t read this but have read other’s id love to know your opinion 😀 

Love, Hate & Other Filters (Arc Review)

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
288 Pages.
My Rating – 4* – 4*
‘Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear?’

i just want to state first that i’m not muslim, nor do i know enough about the religion to say if samira ahmed did this book justice, that is the only reason i have rated it 4 stars currently, i may change this once i have read other people’s reviews on that aspect.

for me, i feel like this was a very important book to read, and the further i got into it the more i knew that the statement was true, i really enjoyed this book. it was such a captivating book from start to finish and i pretty much finished it in a day which is a record for me at the moment with how slowly i’ve been reading books!!

although i couldn’t relate to the events that were happening in maya’s life i still felt so completely   sorry for her, how she no longer felt safe at her school, what happened with her parents. i just can’t even begin to imagine what it felt like to go through those things, but it was so nice to see it being spoken about – these sort of things need to be brought to light more and more often.

i loved maya as a character, she was smart and stubborn and she knew what she wanted and she refused to give up on her dream no matter what happened to her.

this book was a powerful, enlightening and amazing read and i can’t wait for you guy’s to experience this for yourself!!

➡️ thank you to Hot Key Books publishing and netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.

 

Have you read this book?
I’d love to hear your thought on it!
If you haven’t read it have you got it on your TBR?

 

Totally Should Have – Book Tag

 

Hi guy’s!
Today i’m going to do the “Totally Should Have Tag”, feel free to do it if you want too! 😀

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SEQUEL:

That is so difficult! I don’t think I can choose just one so i’m going to say The Hating Game & Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda because they are my favourite books of the year and i’d love to see how there relationships turn out.❤️❤️❤️

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE GOTTEN A SPIN-OFF SERIES:

The Lunar Chronicles 10000000%, i’d love Cress and Thorne to have there own little spin off series, so many people would read it *hint hint* ?

AN AUTHOR THAT TOTALLY SHOULD WRITE MORE BOOKS:

Karen M McManus, the author of One of Us Is Lying, I loved the book and would to see more of her work.

A CHARACTER THAT TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE:

to be honest i don’t think i have any issues for this one?
i think everyone i wanted to end up with ended up with said person 🙂

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE ENDED DIFFERENTLY:
The Fate of the Tearling, i really really hated the ending of this book, i was so disappointed with how it turned out 🙁

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A MOVIE FRANCHISE:
i’d love to see the raven boy’s turned into a movie, imagine how interesting and cool that would be, that and imagine the actors who would play the guys 😉

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A TV SHOW:
ooh urmmmm, that’s a tough one.
i’d probably say either Shatter Me, The Infernal Devices or Throne Of Glass

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD ONLY ONE POINT OF VIEW:
Allegiant, it just got confusing….


TOTALLY SHOULD’VE HAD A COVER CHANGE:
Tower Of Dawn, nope. a blue cover? was not impressed.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE KEPT THE ORIGINAL COVERS:
i can’t really think of one really, apart from maybe when a movie comes out and they change the book cover to the movie one? don’t really like that.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE STOPPED AT BOOK ONE
sorry, gotta say shatter me.
i love warner don’t get me wrong but that’s pretty much all i like about the book, is it really worth four books?…. 

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
369 pages.
My Rating – 5*/5*
‘Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.’

WOW.
So I’m not a broken mess right now?

LOL

Yes I AM.
This book was completely heartbreaking and heartwarming, powerful, friendly, loving and full of romance.

Lou was an amazing character who was so relatable, she was funny, charming, sarcastic and just so real – she is easily one of my favourite characters of all time.

Then there was Will, sarcastic charming Will – battling with himself on a daily basis, I can’t even begin to imagine what was going through his head, going from living a life full of adventure and love to a very, very different life.

Even thought I have watched the film before I read the book I didn’t find that I was constantly comparing things, if anything it was nice to see how different the two were.

The ending was… difficult.
Although I knew what was going to happen it didn’t make it any easier to read, if anything it made it worse. I was a snivelling mess at about 7:30 this morning!!

Overall this book was perfect and I highly recommend it to anyone? ? ?


Have you read this book / Seen the film?
What did you think of it?
What did you think of Will’s decision? 🙂

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