Sunday, 3 August 2014

July Reads!

Hello friends and fellow earth dwellers, welcome to my post about the books I read in the month of July!

I read a total of five books, all of which I enjoyed and rated over three stars - so overall I would say July has been a happy and successful month of reading, yay!

The books:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 3.5/5
The Night Circus is a fantasy novel, centering around a magical circus which opens at dusk and closes at dawn, and follows the lives of two competing magic users and those around them. Overall, I had mixed feelings about this book, the characters and plot were complex, interesting and very unique, however I wasn't keen on the writing style. I think this was mainly due to personal preference as this book was very well written, but I could not get used to the present tense writing which unfortunately brought this book down to a 3.5/5 stars. Aside from the writing style, I would recommend a read if only for the characters, the story line and the circus itself (I wish it was real) and is a good fun read.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - 4.5/5
A Tale of the Time Being really is a unique book. The story follows two characters, Ruth and Nao. Ruth - a writer, living on a small island off of Canada, finds a diary belonging to Nao - a schoolgirl living in Japan, washed upon the shore in a hello kitty lunchbox. This was a delight to read, the characters contrasted each other wonderfully and the narrative is interesting, switching from Nao's diary to Ruth's reactions and reflection on Nao's story and the impact it has on her life. I found that towards the end of the book things got a little confusing, but the epilogue wraps the story up perfectly! This book encompasses a range of emotions, both humour and sadness and in short, just makes you feel all the feels. I loved this book and would 100% recommend it!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - 4/5
Throne of Glass is the first in a young adult fantasy series. The main protagonist, Celaena Sardothien is a 19 year old Assassin taken from her life sentence at the salt mines to participate in a competition for the position of Royal Assassin which will ultimately win back her freedom. Celaena is an outstandingly strong female character - she is both physically strong and the most notorious assassin in the land, all the while retaining her femininity and emotions, really dismantling the notion of females being either one of the other. The plot and supporting characters are fun and interesting, although the romance is a little sub par and at times there is less action than one might expect from a book focusing on an assassin. Overall, this book was a fun read with a great female protagonist and a good foundation for the series.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - 5/5
The Throne of Glass series only gets better in Crown of Midnight. This book follows Celaena as the newly appointed Royal Assassin and her struggles with where her loyalties lie. Everything gets so much better in this second book - there's a lot more action, more character development, the plot gets intense, and revelations and mysteries are abound. More information is revealed about the world, mythology, and magic (or lack of) and Celaena maintains her position as a strong female protagonist. The romance is a little cheesy but much more realistic and authentic than in the previous novel and a real twist is thrown in at the end of the novel which changes everything. I love this series and the anticipation for Heir of Fire is very, very high.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 4/5
I like to think of myself as quite a funny person so naturally I figured a book know for it's comedic value would be a good match for me - I was not wrong. Hitchhikers is book one in a trilogy of five parts, and follows the earth dweller Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect (who turns out to be an alien) on their travels across the universe and the different individuals (or aliens) they meet on their travels. The writing and dialogue is witty and humorous which is fun to read and was definitely my favorite element of the book. The narrative is fast paced and the plot is quite random and insane because so many odd occurrences happen throughout, but at times I found things a little weird and confusing. However this book was nicely wrapped up, setting Arthur and his comrades up for their next adventure at the Resturaunt at the end of the universe and I'm excited to read more of Arthur's adventures through the galaxy!

That's all for now, stick around or follow my blog for full length reviews on some of these books and other fun posts, coming very soon!

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