Saturday, 27 February 2016

A rite of swords (the Sorcerer's ring #7)(spoilers)

A rite of swords is the seventh book in the Sorcerer's Ring series.  The series is written by Morgan Rice.  Now I am getting really excited about the story.  It has a fantastic plot, I am enjoying the characters and loving the world.  It is great being able to keep up with each character, with Rice switching the perspective each chapter.

While there are a few problems, like editing and the fact it gets repetitive.   Throughout the series there have been many near fatal blows and at the last second be recused by a friend.  They are always being indebted to others.

I am getting annoyed with how the heroes are still trusting the Empire.   Time and time again they try to trust Andronicus and his men.  By either handing themselves over to ensure others are treated fairly or to give themselves a better position among the empire.    Each time they end up being doubled crossed.

At the moment thing do not look good for the Ring.  The destiny sword has fallen into the canyon.  Thor is being controlled by Andronicus and Kendrick, Erec and a group of their men are betrayed by King Mcgills brother.  In saying that they do not want to give up and are forming a plan.  Hopefully driving the Empire out of the Ring.

In saying that I am still really invested in what is going to happen next. Definitely going to keep reading this but there are still some problems.  In the end I gave it a:

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

My top 5 Series

Everyone has there favourite series here are mine.   To narrow it down a bit I have decided to only include completed series and that I needed to read all the books in the series.

5.   The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S Lewis.  Set in the fictional world of Narnia, tells of adventures are different children as they help shape Narnia.  There are seven books which show the creation till the destruction of Narnia.  It is basically children being called to Narnia, to help set things right. They are short quick reads full of magic, adventure, action definitely a series you should try.

4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  This is a series of six books,  which focuses on Shadowhunters.  A shadowhunter are a group of humans that possess Angel blood.  They are tasked with protecting the world from demons and downworlders (warlocks, warwolves, faeries and vampires).  We follow Clary as she teams up with Jace, Isabelle and Alec to try and find her Mother.  On her way she discovers secrets about herself and her family that she thought was possible.  This is full of action, adventure and romance.  Despite the average movie, definitely pick up this series.

3.  Divergent series Veronica Roth.  While I know there are quite a few who did not like this series, or at least how it ended.  So I know not for everyone but personally I really loved this series.  I have read each a few times and each time I still really enjoy it.  This is a trilogy which takes place in a future Chicago.  There is a society where everyone is seperate do into factions each valuing a different trait.  We follow Beatrice(tris) Prior as her choosing day approaches.  A day where you decide which trait you value most.  Tris comes from abnegation but transfers to dauntless.  When she is divergent, Tris must hide who she is or risk being killed dauntless leaders.  This is a pretty recent find but since I first read it I loved it.

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.  Best friends Dhampir Rose Hathaway and Moroi princess Lissa Dragomir have been running from St. Vladimir's Academy for the past two years.  When they return Guardian Dimitri Belikov offers to help rose with her training.  He believes Rose will be an excellent guardian as they have a very rare one sided psychic bond.  The bond allows Rose to see Lissa's thoughts, emotions and where she is.  Rose agrees as it is her only way to remain in the school and eventually become Lissa's guardian on graduation.  These books are filled with twists and turns, action, humour, magic and romance.  Loved it from the beginning I found them fantastic and quick reads.

1.  Harry Potter written by J.K Rowling.  Harry Potter is a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers he is a wizard.  Harry is accepted into Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry.  Once there he meets new friends and makes some enemies.   These are full of magical adventures which I loved since I first read them.   I have always love Harry Potter will probably always will love it.  When I read them I can usually get out of a reading slump.  Which I think makes this series such a great book and stays with many people

What about you do you have any favourites?  Any recommendations for series to read? Let us know down below.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

All the bright places- Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Released: January 6, 2015
Pages: 378
Buy it: Amazon | Book Despository

All the bright places was written by Jennifer Niven.  I think this is a special book. It was heartbreaking and funny.   Seems like the perfect balance.

One day Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower.  Theodore wants to take his own life while Violet is grieving after her sisters death.  Finch ends up talking Violet off the ledge and through this they form a bond.   The two work together on a school project,  which is to "wander" their state.

Violet is counting down the days till graduation while Finch is counting his "awake" days.  They seem to be very different people.  They are both getting through their own things, trying to get through each day.

I loved Finch. He is a mix of funny, awkward, intelligent and caring.  While many did not get him and called him a "freak".   Tormenting him through the day,  he seems to brush it off.

Violet is suffering PTSD after losing her sister who was her best friend.  Slowly Finch helps her through, and ends up helping her open up to all the things she loved before.    Like writing on her webpage.

All the bright places was told in dual point of view.   From Finch's and Violet's perspective.  I nearly always enjoy multiple point of views.  Sometimes they do not add to the story but in this case it was wonderfully written and Niven does a fantastic job.

Many important issues are raised throughout the book.  Some which need to be brought up.  Abuse, bullying and suicide just to name a few.

This was a well written, complex and emotional book.   I thought it is a must read.
I ended up giving this a 5/5.

Have you read all the bright places?  What did you think?  Put your thoughts down below.


Monday, 8 February 2016

A Charge of Valor(The Sorcerer's Ring #6)- (Spoilers)

The Sorcerer's Ring is a fantasy series written by Morgan Rice.   It follows Thorgin(Thor), a 14 year old boy who lives in a small town on the outskirts of the kingdom of the Ring.  He dreams of one day joining the Kings men to help protect the Ring.  When Thor comes of age to join the Kings Legion, and is forbidden form joining from his father.  Thor refuses to take no for an answer, and sets off for kings court.

Once he arrives and is able to join the Legion, Thor discovers that he possesses a mysterious power and a special destiny.  In Kings court there are other troubles,  King McGill needs to choose and heir from his children.  While the Destiny sword, which is the source of the power that keeps a barrier between them and the Empire on the other side of the canyon.

Previously, the Sword has been taken into the Empire and Andronicus and his million-man army are invading the ring.  Thor along with his friends are on a mission to retrieve the missing destiny Sword.  The group was being led by Thor's three older brothers.   The brother's who we learnt earlier are not related to Thor.  Have led them right into a middle of a trap.  They were never particularly trustworthy from the beginning, so I cannot say I was surprised by this.  What I was surprised with was them wanting to kill him. They always just seemed to not want him around, to be sent back home.   They fought the Empire enemy, but they did not leave unscathed.  The group lost one of their own.   One of the twins Conval, which was hard one them all.   Especially on Conven.

Gwendolyn slowly begins to come to terms with her attack.  To help protect her kingdom travels to a hidden tower of refuge.  She faces some trouble along the way.   She meets some thieves who eventually agree to take her to the tower in exchange for gold.

Many others in the ring began working together trying to stop Andronicus.   At times it looks like they are about to be defeated.   Luckily Thor and the rest of the group return to the Ring riding a dragon with Thor wielding the Destiny Sword.  They are able to stop the army in Silesia, and Thor discovers who his real father is.  Andronicus.

I found this series a really quick read.  I cannot put them down.  Definitely going to pick the rest of the series up.  They have action, adventure, fantasy, Knights, romance.  So if you are a fan of any of these I recommend you give these a try.

I am still a little confused at the layout of the world.  At times it's a little predictable.  While overall I felt the world could improve, I felt it did not distract from the story and characters.   I ended up giving it a 4/5.

What did you think about The Sorcerer's Ring?   Have you given it a read yet?  Let us know down below.


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

TBR-February 2016

It's the time to tell you all about my TBR for February.   Well I am planning to read three books this month so I think I will be able to get through it.  

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2)- Patrick Rothfuss
All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven
Thief's Magic (Millennium's Rule #1)- Trudi Canavan

What are you planning on reading this month? Let us know down below.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

January 2016- wrap up

First month of 2016 is over.  So I will catch up all up in what I read during the month.  As a total I read 7 books.  Now I still currently reading the wise man's fear by Patrick Ruthfuss and All the bright places by Jennifer Niven which was on my TBR for the month. The TBR can be found Here.

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium #2)- Holly Black and Cassandra Clare- 5/5Review
Attachments- Rainbow Rowell- 4.5/5 Review
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)- Rick Yancey- 5/5
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)- Michael Scott- 3.5/5 Review
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)- Laini Taylor- 4.5/5
Enchantment (Channie #1)- Charlotte Abel- 3/5
A Vow of Glory (The Sorcerer's Ring #5)- Morgan Rice- 4/5

Well that is what I read in January.
What did you read in January?  Do you have any favourites? Let us know down below.