Hello Loyal Readers
I am going to be disappearing for a few weeks, what with funerals, holidays, work trips and officially moving in to a new pad. I won't have continuous web access (at least not on something I can write reviews on) so I won't be posting any thing until October.
I promise to read plenty of books whilst I am gone and then bring you many a review next month.
I'll still be popping up on Twitter so if you miss me, find me there @book_geek_says!
Stay cool and see you in OCTOBER!
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Price: £ 9.99 hardback
Publisher: Hogarth (Vintage Books)
Well, I don't quite know what to make of this. I have literally just finished it and well, I feel a bit out of sorts.
Bjorn works at the Authority, and has a special Room where he likes to go...however, is it really there?
First off, the translation was excellent, totally cracking. This is a Swedish novel, and the translation is top notch. Sometimes in translations you get the odd sentence that doesn't read all that well but there wasn't a single one here! Hooray, and it's even a proof and not the final thing.
The whole book made me feel rather on edge, a bit mental and a bit neurotic during the times I was reading it. Wahhh! I was feeling really anxious. I didn't know what I wanted for Bjorn. Did I want the room? Did I want it to come out that he was mentally ill? What exactly is The Authority? Why was he there? Arrrgh! I really don't know what to think.
I am glad I read this book as I can see that it is very thought provoking, it looks at many things that out society doesn't always (well I think it does...mental illness for example...but then again, I could be reading a lot in to it...I am afraid I do that sometimes). But anyway, as I was saying, I am glad I've read this book and I think it's going to stick in my mind for a good long while as I'm not 100% sure what I think about The Room as an entity.
Anyway...an odd review this one...but it was a very unique read!
Have a go? (When it comes out next year that is)
Monday 8 September 2014
Price: £ 7.99
Publisher: Harper Collins
So then, we are back, pretty much immediately after the end of Divergent! And don't we just hit the ground running.
This book has even more to offer than the first one and all I could think about this weekend when I wasn't reading it was when I would get to read it next. The politics really kicks off as does the test of character, the test of characters, the test of friendships and the test of relationships. The underhand tactics, the continuing plot twists. WAHHHH!
However, once again, I'm not a massive fan of the levels of relationship dependence with hints of violence and the levels of such brutal battle violence in a book that is purported to be YA. I really, don't think 11 year olds should be reading this, and even though its 13+ as a recommendation on the book, it really should be older.
But, I didn't let that stop me enjoying it, not a jot. Tris is super coming in to her own and I'm starting to love her a lot. Her personal battles and her balls are fab and for me, pretty much make the book. I'm having a bit of a marmite relationship with Four. He is fab one minute and the next I want to yell at him and punch him in the face with something really sharp round my fist (think I'm becoming a bit Dauntless).
I really cannot wait to read Allegiant and find out exactly what is really going on, the cliffhanger at the end of this book was immense!
Defo a book for fans of YA and do keep going with this trilogy if you have read Divergent. If you haven't read any then pick them up immediately. Again, I know it's controversial, but I do think I am enjoying these more than the Hunger Games trilogy!
Thursday 4 September 2014
Price: £ 14.99
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
But, moving on.
Pen is coming to terms with what has happened to her, or at least trying to, and Beth is doing the same. But when Pen must go on a hunt then things get rather mental and very very interesting!
This is like a modern day Alice Through the Looking Glass with some Alice in Wonderland thrown in for good measure and I bloody loved that about this book. Alll the sections in London-Under-Glass were awesome and if we moved away from there I was itching to get back to it. I loved the politics, the plot and the characters that were there. I also really enjoyed the small foray in to sexuality and Espel was a cracking character. Oh, and I think I have a bit of a crush on Garrison! BABE!
Back in our world, Jonny Naphtha is still as creepy as ever and still perfect for the job! His relationship with Beth is on the cusp of kinky and I like that. Maybe, reading this as an A rather than a YA is giving me that hint...was it intentional??
A great follow up to City's Son and it is filling the formula of the middle book which leaves you on a cliff hanger and gagging to read the next one! It is interesting that I could have read book 1 as a stand alone, and now I can't read this as one, however, I find that that is true of so many trilogies.
The only criticism I have of this book is the proof reading. I had a final hardback copy to read and well, there were a lot of mistakes that jumped out. It could be I noticed them because I am an editor by profession, I don't know. But anyway, don't let them detract from your enjoyment.
If you loved City's Son then get on this immediately! I have Our Lady of the Streets (book 3) at home ready to read pretty soon and I can't wait.