Book Reviews

Freeks, by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking has quite a few books, but this is the only one of hers I have read.

Mara is part of a travelling circus. Which is in part a “freak” show if you will. Travelling from town to town, wherever they are able to find paid work. Mara doesn’t have any “special” talents, but her mother and some of her friends certainly do. Some of these special talents include being able to communicate with the dead, super strength and the ability to make fire.

Mara has grown up in the circus, and they are her unofficial family. Mara and a few others may not have supernatural talents, but they contribute to the smooth sailing of the circus in other ways.

Things start looking financially bad for the circus, when they get an invitation from a previous member to come to his town. The invitation promises a 10 day job with a good payout at the end. How could they turn this job down? They cant, and don’t!

The cute little country town however quickly becomes unwelcoming, and Gideon, the circus owner, and the rest of the troupe, find themselves in quite the bind of a situation. People of the town throwing around subtle, and some not so subtle, hostility toward them, is nothing new to them. They have grown used to people calling them “freaks”.

The usual taunts are nothing out of the ordinary for the troupe, but things become more perilous and confusing for the whole troupe the longer they spend in Caudry. But their penniless state virtually keeps them as prisoners.

Amongst this Mara finds herself building a tentative relationship with a “townie”. Gabe seems like the perfect guy. Funny, smart, caring. But Gabe has his own secrets from the world. Not everything in this town is as it appears to be.

I really enjoyed Freeks. It had the right blend of plot-line and story, without being over the top. It was equally involved as it was simple. Very easy to read, and had suspenseful moments leaving you wondering what was going to happen next.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*featured image taken from panmacmillan.com

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

Another book series by one of my new favourite authors ūüôā

A Court Of Thorns And Roses is book one in a trilogy, which is centred around Feyre.

The story starts with introducing Feyre and her life with her two sisters and father in their small cottage in a small village. Feyre’s father is a single parent who has recently lost their future throwing them into a life of poverty.

Feyre is the youngest sister, and also the hunter-gatherer of the family once things get hard. Literally. Feyre ventures into the nearby woods to hunt for food, and to try to get money from selling the pelts of her kills.

One day in the woods changes Feyre’s, and her families, lives forever.

Feyre becomes ensnared into the world of Fae, living beyond the ominous “wall” separating the human and the Fae worlds. In the Spring Court Feyre has many surprises as she finds herself experiencing things she had never thought possible and had given up on.

Just as Feyre had resigned herself to the fact of losing her life and family, she discovers a whole new life waiting for her.

Just as I did with Sarah J. Maas’s Throne Of Glass series, I found myself reading this book in any spare moment I had – even if it was literally just a minute here and there. I don’t know what it is about her writing but she hooks me in every time!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars!

*featured image taken from sarahjmaas.com

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Ewan Pendle And The White Wraith, by Shaun Hume

Enter the world of Ewan Pendle, and discover his heritage along side him as he learns his life as an orphan getting passed from home to home is over. Ewan enters a world he never could have imagined, and gets a fresh start to life.

You see, Ewan was never what anyone would call as¬†normal. Ewan, from an early age, could¬†see things that nobody else could. This made Ewan a bit of an outsider, and made life hard for him. Ewan struggled to make friends, and couldnt “fit in” with any of the foster families he was placed with.

This all changes however when he gets collected to go to a special school, called Firedrake. Here Ewan learns that he is not abnormal, or alone, for the things he has been seeing. He is what is called a Lenitnes, and it is his life duty to fight these Creatures he has been seeing most of his life.

This book follows Ewans first year at Firedrake as he learns about his true world and life, makes friends, and causes a little bit of mischief along the way!

The story introduces and centers on several characters, who are different but all relate-able in their own ways.  The characters also evolve nicely as the plot proceeds.

My only constructive criticism on this book, and whether it was just the copy I was provided, there were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, which was at times distracting from the story.  The author was also very descriptive, which is good as it really helps to build the story and construct the image in your mind. (However, constant repetition of the same descriptive terms were used).

All in all I rate the book 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I hope the the author brings out the next book soon – it is left open for a sequel and there is a story building quite nicely! This is available in eBook format on Amazon.com for $3, or hardback option is available aswell if you dont like eBooks.

Thanks again also to Shaun for sending me this book to review!

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Soundless, by Richelle Mead

I have not read anything else like this, it is a truly unique story.

Fei lives in a small village on-top of a mountain. Fei and her village are unable to journey down the mountain as it would be perilous to do so. The only contact her village has with the rest of the world is a small zip-line running up the mountain from another town. The zip-line is a two-way transfer; ¬†Fei’s village send down minerals and ore’s they mine from the mountain, and they receive food in exchange as they are unable to grow their own food.

Residents in Fei’s village all have their own place in their little society; Fei is one of the few who have an artist flair and paints and reports news. The miners are also one of the most valued professions, due to the exchange on the zip-line.

There is one thing about Fei and her village however – everyone is deaf. The residents of Fei’s village do not have the sense of hearing.

When some of the people in the village begin to lose their sight also, and the mining supplies diminish, they are also beginning to starve as the town is sending equally diminishing food supplies to match the diminishing mining supplies.

Fei sets out to discover the truth and save her village.

I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

*featured image taken from http://www.richellemead.com/books/soundless-tr/soundless-hc

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Throne Of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

I will start this review by saying I have read the five books in this series so far released, but I probably wont review the other books; HOWEVER – I love this series! I read all five books in about 6 weeks I think; the first two books were on the smaller size, but like a lot of other series’ the books get thicker as the series progresses. Now, if I had 30seconds spare, 1 minute spare, 2 minutes spare, I pulled the book out and read what I could, even if it was just a paragraph or a page, I couldnt put it down!!

The series has an almost Lord of The Rings world-feel to it; and it does feel like it is set in the past, or a parallel universe, where there is royalty who live in castles, people travel by horse-back and carriage, there are no telephones, there are citizen class’s etc.

We are introduced to the main character fairly immediately. Many rumours exist about Celaena Sardothien, aka Ardalans Assassin. Celaena has been summoned from her slavery in the mines to fight her way through a “competition” to become the King of Ardalans murderous slave. The main issue with this? There is no-one alive whom Celaena despises more.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena as she battles her way through the competition, forges unexpected friendships, and discovers a whole new world around her that she knew little to nothing about.

As the book series progresses Celaena and the other characters develop and progress in a natural way, and the plot has beautiful flow from one book to another. Nothing seems “unrealistic” or “unbelievable”, and the book truly has a way of sucking you into this separate universe that Sarah J. Maas has created.

I told one of my best friends about this series, and she got just as sucked in as quickly and deeply as I did, and we were equally devastated when we discovered we would have to wait over a year for the next book in the series!

My main message from this series; do yourself a favour and read this!!

5 out of 5 stars, hands-down!!

*featured image taken from http://sarahjmaas.com/throneofglass/

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Diamonds In The Rough, The Secret Diamond Sisters Book 2 by Michelle Madow

Second book in the Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy. I didn’t enjoy Diamonds in the Rough as much as I enjoyed The Secret Diamond Sisters…

The three sisters are still adapting to their new life in the Vegas strip, making new friends, new enemies, and learning their place in this new world. School has gone back and the three sisters are each dealing with this in their own, different ways.

In the meantime, their mum has come out of rehab, and is living with their grandma as she settles back into life outside the rehab clinic.

The characters are evolving given their new surroundings and life. Savannah is making new friends and her own YouTube channel, Courtney is focusing on her studies with college in mind, and Peyton is continuing to rebel, although less so and in a more understandable manner.

The reason I liked Diamonds in the Rough less than the Secret Diamond Sisters… They dropped two massive bomb-shells in this book, and it felt like overkill? Like drama was created just for dramas sake? I am all for plot shake-ups, however these were quite significant secrets that had been kept from the girls, and it seemed excessive…

Aside from this, I still love the sisters, and the story and the characters are still progressing, so I still rate this 3 out of 5 stars

* photo taken from http://michellemadow.com/books/the-secret-diamond-sisters

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The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

I read this one awhile ago, but I loved it!

Three sisters, Peyton, Courtney and Savannah, are struggling through high school (and part-time jobs). They are living with their single mother, who is a long-term sufferer of alcoholism.

After another episode with their mother, they get told a secret that will forever change their life; not only do they actually have a father, but he is a billionaire hotel owner that lives in Las Vegas who wants the three sisters to come to live with him for a year in their own penthouse of his hotel for a year whilst he pays for their mother to go to rehab to heal and recover!

Living in a penthouse on the Las Vegas strip, unlimited credit cards, discovering an estranged father; every teenage girls fantasy right?? Unfortunately for the sisters, although they are no longer financially struggling and having to juggle part-time work with school, they are discovering a whole new bunch of life complications.

The sisters are as alike to each other as they are different, creating the image of real sibling relationships, especially between teenage girls.

As I said at the start, it was a little while ago that I read this one, but I remember feeling myself sinking into the plot, and wishing I could fall into the book and live the life with the Diamond sisters!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

*photo taken from http://michellemadow.com/books/the-secret-diamond-sisters