Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The second book in the Red Queen series.
444 Pages.
My Rating – 3*/5*
“If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.”

I left such a big gap between reading Red Queen and Glass Sword that I sorta forgot what happened, which I guess wasn’t really  bad thing. I didn’t enjoy Red Queen that much, it had the possibility to have been one of my favourite books but fell short with the MC and a few other things that I didn’t enjoy. I know, you are thinking, so why carry on Katherine? Weeeellll, I wanted it to be good, I really did as the general plot of this story sounds so wonderful 🙁

Of course I was wrong, I think I enjoyed this book about the exact same as I did Red Queen, which is a shame because I do want to like it, I really do.

If you didn’t enjoy the first book in this instalment I doubt very much you will enjoy this second book, my main issue with the book is unfortunately Mare Barrow,  she is as unlikable as she is in the first book, maybe even more so which I didn’t even feel like was possible but, guess what. It was!

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

So, let’s talk about Mare Barrow and a few reasons that I don’t like her….

♦ She deems herself “more valuable” that anyone else in this book. I’m sorry. What? Who are you to say that your life is more valuable than anyone else’s? No thank you.

♦ How she treats the people she’s supposed to “love”. Sorry, but Cal and her brothers still put up with her even what she has done and the things she says.

♦ She is so stupid. She thinks everyone else is stupid but she’s the worst of them all, she is reckless and her decisions effect not just her but she does them anyway. She aggravates me SO much.

I know, I know.
So why carry on?

Other than Mare I have no real issues with anyone else. Heck I quite like some of them such as Cal and Kilorn and why they scrabble for her affection all the time considering she doesn’t treat either of them with much respect let alone affection confuses me.

“Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all.”

This book was action packed which was good and we were introduced to a lot more characters which isn’t a great thing since we don’t get to learn a lot about all of them which was a shame as I really wanted to find out more about their backstories, they seemed so interesting.

But yeah, basically.
If Mare Barrow wasn’t in this book I would LOVE it.

Will I carry on?
Possibly, I feel like i’ve come this far I probably should.
I do love Cal after all…..

If you’ve read it I would love to see what you thought in the comments below 🙂

Red Queen Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1290556578?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Massive TBR Chat

So…..

By the title of this post you can already expect what I’m talking about, yep the “elephant in the room”. The dreaded TBR. I don’t think you’re ready for what I’m about to say, I’m ashamed (lol only slightly) but my TBR stands currently at a whopping total of 1,741 books.

One thousand, seven hundred and forty one…

One thousand, seven hundred and forty…..

One thousand, seven hundred…

One thousand, seven….

One thousand….

One….

Yep, I can’t believe it either, let’s ask ourselves, how did we let it get so bad and I have four amazing reasons which i’m sure a lot of you will be sitting there thinking “OMG KATHERINE, THOSE REASONS ARE MY REASONS TOO!!!!1111” ?

1. Goodreads.

Yep, I’m incredibly active on goodreads, constantly posting myself, liking other people’s posts and reviews and that little “want to read” button just looks at me constantly begging me to click it and the next think I know I have and well, you get the jist of it really.

Pretty much if you are friends with me on GR it may be your fault, I may have read one of your reviews and added that book to my TBR, you could be one of those 1,741 books! ??

2. Booktubers.

I’m late to this whole scene having only started watching booktubers I’d say over the past month, but my favourite videos are those books hauls or the upcoming releases and the next thing I know I’ve added twenty books to my TBR!!!

3. Authors.

We all have our favourite authors, don’t we?
And when those favourite authors bring out a book, even if you aren’t 100% sold on the book just yet, you add it to your TBR because it’s them and you’ll read anything they write.

*cough* Kaisie West, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Mass*cough*.

4. Upcoming Releases.

HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT IS BEING RELEASED IN 2018?
IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!
There are so many awesome books being released next year, whether it’s part of a series I’ve been reading or a new book all together that sounds amazing and I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT, I just have to have it added onto my TBR.

So as you can see, I like to blame everyone buy myself, but it’s pretty much my fault for wanting to read ALL the books.

I’d love to see you guy’s down in the comments for any tip’s on coping with such a large TBR, or just to chat in general! ?

Shades Of Earth (Across The Universe #3)

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The third instalment of the Across the universe series.
369 Pages
My rating – 4.5*/5*

“Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed’s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing.”

Wow.
Well that was one hell of a roller coaster!!

Now, I did come into this book a bit nervous but that is just because I wasn’t that big on the ending for A Million Suns, but I can’t deny that I wasn’t excited to see how the story was going to end. Yep, this is the last book in this universe and I’m pretty gutted to say that, at least and this has been a truly wonderful world to read.

This story will have some spoilers from the two books which I am sorry about but i’m no sure if I can even review this properly without giving some details away!  If there is one amazing thing about this book, all through the series actually is that Beth Revis is one heck of an amazing writer, she can transport you in a matter of seconds into a different world and she did that amazingly, her writing was beautiful and I felt like I was truly part of this book and on the Godspeed, going exactly through what the characters were.

The book starts off pretty much where the previous book left with Amy and Elder flying towards the new planet, it was a bit of a bumpy landing but they finally arrived there safe and sound and Amy’s first concern was of course to wake up her parents, I mean come on. Who wouldn’t? She thought she would never see them ever again so i’m not surprised that it was her first and pretty much only thought.

“What is in our hearts is real whether we name it or let it exist only in darkness or silence.” 

Her parents, well I didn’t really like them that much. Her dad soon took control over the situation and didn’t really care for Elder and his people which I didn’t like. Amy’s mom was okay, I wasn’t that fond of her from the start but the more we got to find out about her the more I began to like her, a lot more than her dad anyway.

There weren’t a lot of new characters that I actually like in this book, there were a lot of new characters that I liked to hate 😉
I think my favourite slightly new characters were Emma from Sol-earth and Kit from Godspeed.

Let me tell you something write now and that is that Revis is in no way afraid to kill people off, which I loved and hated her for. This book was full of action and it was nice to learn more about Godspeed and Phydus, thankfully a lot of the questions I had from the previous book were answered in this one.

“But death doesn’t work like that. It doesn’t care if someone loves you, doesn’t want you to go. It just takes. It takes and it takes until eventually you have nothing left.” 

I know what you are thinking, this book sounds fantastic so why not the full 5 stars, and well it’s pretty simple really.

The romance….

I know, I know.
But, I couldn’t help it!
There is this new guy Chris who is on the planet and all of a sudden it’s like “Elder who??!?!?” and I just didn’t like that in the book, mostly because I didn’t feel like there was any need for that, I was fine with the character of Chris, I just didn’t see that there was any need for it to be some sort of weird love triangle….

Anywaaayyyy.

This book really was an enjoyable and heartbreaking at times read and it was the perfect ending to an amazing series 🙂

You can see my review for the other books in this series below –
Across The Universe – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1288218964?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

A Million Suns – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1288218977?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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