Trains and stories.

I quite like trains. I like sitting in the window seat and watching as the world flies past. Watching fields and towns getting swept away almost to fast to take in anything that’s happening.

I like train stations, where everyone has a story. Everyone’s going somewhere, doing something. I love looking at people and trying to guess what their story is, where they’re going, what they’re doing. Making up stories for people is something I do all the time, and I don’t notice I’m doing it.

I like sitting on train platforms and looking over across the station, watching trains go past, so fast that you can barely see them.

I like sitting next to the window, with another half an hour left, just thinking about the world. About anything and everything. There’s a book in my bag, but I’m fine without it. I don’t need to read another story, not while there’s so many in my head already.

What could’ve been.

WP_20140127_002Wind in my hair, sun on my skin,

Running from what could’ve been.

Strange how much I wanted you,

Strange what I was willing to do.

Wish I hadn’t been so scared,

Wish I had tried,

Wish I had dared.

I remember your laugh,

Remember your smile,

Though it has been a while.

I let you slip away,

Should have been there that day.

Wind in my hair, sun on my skin,

Running from what could’ve been.

Writing dreams.

I love reading, I have for as long as I can remember.

I love getting lost in a book, escaping into someone elses world. It’s wonderful that when I’m upset and the world just feels against me I can escape into a different one, one full of magic, one full of laughter, full of jokes and fairies and wolves. I get so invested in them, I find I believe, even just for a minute, I believe I’m really there. I can see it all happening in front of me. I feel everything they feel.

That’s why I love writing, almost as much as I love reading. To create a world, people, places and things. To create and escape for someone. To make them laugh and cry and feel something more. To inspire. To move. I think it’s the most wonderful thing in the world.

One day I hope to write a book that makes as much impact in someone elses life as so many have in mine. That’s a dream of mine. It probably won’t happen, but I’m going to try. Try and create magic.

Enders Game, Orson Scott Card

Enders Game (Buy at Amazon)

Enders Game (Buy at Amazon)

The human race faces annihilation.  An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.  The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training program – to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders.  A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster? 

 

I found this book hard to get into, maybe that was the fact I was reading in a really loud room. But it took a quiet place and a clear head to read it. Normally this kind of book explains the world it’s talking about, tells you everything you need to know to understand instantly. And with Enders Game the information is there, you just need to pay attention. I don’t know whether that’s good or bad, it’s just a thing.

Saying that, the writing is really good. I really loved the voice and the characters were amazing. It was so thought out, and different. I found it hard to keep in mind that most of them are younger than me. But I think that was the point.

The storyline was really good, it was clever and interesting. I wouldn’t say it swallowed me, like I do with a lot of books. But it did draw me in. It’s hard to be swallowed by a book it takes effort to understand, but I got more out of it when I was paying attention.

I really enjoyed it, I’m not sure what else to say. It’s complicated and well thought out. I loved the characters, especially Bean and Ender. My friend didn’t like him that much, but there’s something about him, he’s just an interesting character.

 

I give this book          10/10          Something got a ten! Yes, it really is that good. I think it won’t be for some people, but I definitely recommend it. It’s a bit violent, so even though it’s about a child, it is in no way a children’s book.

Taste of Darkness, Maria V. Snyder.

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Taste of Darkness (Buy at Amazon)

This is the third healer book. I reviewed the first here and the second here.

She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

The plot was good, a bit on the week side, but still enojyable enough. I thought she was a bit trigger happy with her characters, they seem to die a lot… And then not be dead… Or be assumed dead… I found I wasn’t believing they’d died any more…

It wasn’t written as well as I thought it would be. It wasn’t paced very well, there were bursts where so much was happening, then hardly anything…  It wasn’t written as strongly as I’d hoped.

The characters were all right, but Avry had this perfect quality to her. She just seems so perfect… I don’t know… There wasn’t enough to the characters to make them completely interesting.

The voice was quite good, I liked that is was written from both Kerrick and Avry’s point of view. Although it does jump really suddenly… That was very confusing.

I did enjoy it, but it was really aggravating with the switching so suddenly and all the people dying and then not dying… Although, I’m not telling you who doesn’t actually die and who survives ;) You’ll have to find that out for yourself.

I do like the cover for this book, there is a better one than the one I used, but I couldn’t find it in any sensible size…

I’m really not sure if I would recommend this book. I would recommend the first one, I enjoyed that one. But it just kind of went downhill from there… Which is a shame because she does seem to be a good author…

 

I give this book          6/10          Because it wasn’t paced well, so much so it was confusing…

Geek Girl: Model Misfit, Holly Smale.

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Geek Girl: Model Misfit (Buy at Amazon)

This is the second Geek Girl book, I reviewed the first one here.

Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts.

She knows that humans have 70,000 thoughts per day.

She knows that Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings.

And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

But Harriet doesn’t know where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives. And with her summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get away.

Can Harriet cope with the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes?

Will geek girl find her place on the other side of the world?

I really loved the first book, and this is just more of the same…

The plot is really fun to read, I thought it played out very well and was really interesting. There’s quite a lot in the plot and I felt that she paced it very well.

The writing is really good, it’s paced really well. It’s silly and funny and so enjoyable. I loved the characters, I think they were well thought out, although I would have liked to see more of a back ground for some of them… I like Harriet, she’s clumsy and silly. She stay’s completely true to herself, even though she’s trying not to…

The dialogue is really good, they sound like real people.

I loved the voice of this book. I just think it suited Harriet perfectly. It seemed to just be her, I don’t know…

I really enjoyed it. I can’t remember how long it took to read, but it wasn’t that long… It’s really funny, and silly. I find Harriet so endearing I just want to find out what she does next.

I love the cover for this book, and the last one actually. I think they really suit the books. They’re very similar… I like the colours, and the doodles on the models face.

Sorry this was so short… I couldn’t really think of that much to say about it. It’s a really good book and I would definitely recommend it :)

 

 

I give this book          9/10          because I want to know more about the characters…

Scent of magic, Maria. V. Snyder.

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Scent of Magic (Buy at Amazon)

This is the second Avry of Kazon book, I review’d the first one here. I would say read the first one first. You would pick it up, but it’s probably best.

Hunted… Killed… Survived?
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon s most horrible creations yet: an army of the walking dead human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat. War is coming and Avry is alone.
Unless she figures out how to do the impossible…again.

 

I will just say, I read this book quite a while ago. So my opinions on it have changed since I read it. But that’s just because I’ve read more books…

I liked the first book a lot, if you’ve read my review you’ll know… Although I reviewed that a long time ago, so my opinion wasn’t as well thought out… Ugh.. Old reviews…

I liked the plot, it was interesting. There were a couple of twists, not that many, but a couple. Enough to be interesting. I’m not sure what else to say about it… I would say they seem to get out of an awful lot of horrible scrapes. And that annoys me. It’s not very realistic.

I think it was was written well, or that’s what I thought at the time… I liked the way it was paced, it kept moving at a good pace. I don’t think the characters were particularly well done. They were ok, but I would have liked a bit more… They were good enough to make me care, and they seemed to have real emotions, and actually get cross… I didn’t really like Avry, she has this kind of perfect quality…

The voice was good. As was the dialogue. They sounded real.

I did enjoy it. It is a good book. Although it does seem a little polished it was really enjoyable.

Sorry I couldn’t give you more, but I did read it a while ago… I’ll review the next one soon, that review should be a better as I only just read it.

 

I give this book          8/10          because at the time when I read it I did really enjoy it…

 

Allegiant (Divergent #3), Veronica Roth.

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Allegiant (Buy at Amazon)

This is the third and last book in the Divergent trilogy, I reviewed Divergent here, and Insurgent here. You should definitely read them first.

What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

 

The plot for this book seemed to lose its way a bit. The first book was so strong and well written I expected more from this one. I thought it was just a  bit over complicated… I still loved it, but it did just seem to drag out a bit. there were bits that didn’t seem like they needed to be there, or were just there for the effect. I feel like it could really have been condensed down into two books instead of the three that it turned out to be.

It’s written very well, just like the other two books. This book, unlike the others, is written from two perspectives, Tris and Tobias. I loved seeing the other side of Tobias, I thought it really added something to the story. I think most of the characters have a background and are well rounded. They all seem to have reasons for being the way they are, whatever it may be.

The voice of both Tris and Tobias was really good. I found it was really descriptive, and it was great having both of them as they notice such different things. The dialogue in general was really good, sounded like actual people rather than robots, which I hate.

I adore the covers of all three of these books. There are two versions and I’m not sure which is which… But the one’s I’ve put in the reviews are the one’s I love. They’re just so pretty, I love the feathers in this one and the colour is just beautiful.

I enjoyed this book so much, when I say it ate me… I read it in five hours, all in one go. I don’t normally get quite that swallowed up by books, but I had waited for this book for so long… I loved it. I did cry at the end, but it’s worth it. And I think the ending, although sad (I’m not spoiling it, promise) is what would have happened… So even if it’s not what I would have done… It’s amazing.

I have already dragged my friends into this book… And they hate me for it… Because they had exactly the same reaction as me. I cried when I finished this book. It was sad, but truly it’s worth it, they’re all brilliant. The first one is my favourite, I just think its got the best story to it. But yes, I recommend this book, this trilogy highly.

 

I give this book          8/10          Because although I do love it, it’s not as good as the first one… Which I can’t remember what I scored. But it’s better than this one…