For the Nostalgia – Twilight Saga (from the view of an adult)

Hey guys.

So I went home at Christmas for a week and, while I was browsing all my old books that never made the cut to come up to Aberdeen with me, I found my old Twilight books. I don’t know what it was; maybe I had too much time on my hands, maybe I was feeling nostalgic for 15 year old me, or maybe I was just subconsciously craving some vamp page time. Whatever the reason, I decided to re-read the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers. My memory of Twilight is mostly Kristen Stewart acting like a whiny little so-and-so in the movies and Robert Pattinson showing the emotional capacity of a cabbage so I remembered the books to be equally as cringy. They certainly weren’t brilliant movies. I saw every one in the cinema, nonetheless. I wasn’t disappointed with the book series.

I can say confidently that if we removed the sparkly aspect of the vampires and the crap writing and lack of all the wrong details it could possibly be a pretty decent series. Stephanie Meyer is up there with J.K. Rowling- decent story, rubbish author. And that has to be said for the whole twilight series. Breaking Dawn does get a little better but I never understood why the first 3 books are written from Bella’s perspective but then Breaking Dawn comes along and BOOM! Jacob has a POV. As far as creativity and realism of text goes, Meyer is pretty bad at it. Withing 10 minutes of Bella knowing Edward she is irrevocably in love with him and I know it’s a fictional story about vampires but come on.

 

Twilight wasnt all that terrible from the perspective of a lover of YA novels. We get the vampires and the romance and the beauties that are Carlisle and Jasper. The ending was the downfall of the book, in all honesty. The fight with James was just too easy. Most of the book is wasted over pining over the fact that Edward is probably too good for her and the hunt of Bella from the rogue clan is short-lived. It could have been so much more. More action and violence and epic battles of the immortals. But no. Bella gets bitten, Edward saves her and then she passes out. Yawn.

 

We should all just forget about New Moon. Its the book we can all forget about and the series still flows just as fine. The whole book is spent reminding us that Bella really needs a better hobby. She’s a crap friend, she’s moody and bitter and it makes us depressed just reading it. There are pages, whole pages, just dedicated to the passing of the months she spends living in a shell of herself. It really is depressing. Charlie is concerned. All the drama with the Volturi is because of Bella being stupid. I mean, the love of her life could have killed himself because of her stupidity. She just wants to hear Edwards voice, which is created by her imagination. Like, show some remorse and stop treating him like the bad guy. But can we consider Jessica for just a second? She becomes friends with Bella and then drops her pretty much immediately when she starts dating Edward. She only makes an effort when there is a party or some social event involved that makes a good story. She’s a rubbish friend. I mean, so is Bella but Jessica is just as bad.

 

Eclipse comes along and following it we have the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner which was sad and not really worth the read. Eclipse is about the hunt of James’s mate Victoria. In a similar way to the first fight with James, the fight with Victoria is pretty short lived. The main body of the book is focused around Bella begging for immortality and the hype of the coming battle with the new born vampires. There is something that bothered me about the ending part Eclipse and that was the way that Bella tries to bargain her way into sex with Edward. It’s pretty crappy of her to put off her immortality (which is what Edward wants) and agree to marry him human and in return for that she wants him to try and have sex while she is still human which could be possibly fatal for her. Maybe I’m reading into it too deeply but I really does bother me.
Breaking Dawn was my favourite, and I think it always has been. Breaking Dawn is the written evidence of why vampires and humans should probably not have sex. After the initial horror of the first two sections of the book (no more dying humans and monster babies), it becomes smutty without being too tasteless and we get so much Volturi screen time, it makes me happy. The birth and Bella’s pregnancy were pretty vivid, gruesome and honestly, it’s the type of detail you need in a vampire story. I wish there was more little details like that. However, Reneseme was possibly one of the stupidest names Meyer could have strung together and every time I read the name I die a little inside. We get to meet some old time vampires in the desperate attempt to ready themselves against the Volturi.

 

There is so much that the series needs, it needs a good bit of work but it isn’t the worst series in the world and if you can ignore the cringiness that is Bella Swan (and the stupid name of her daughter) then you can actually sort of enjoy the series. You’ll never be able to appreciate it the same way you did 7 years ago but you can take some enjoyment nonethe less. Take some enjoyment in the Cullens and their origin stories which were my favourite parts of the books. I just would have liked more on Emmit and more on Alice’s history but hey. One thing I’d like to mention that I 100% did not realise the first time I read the books was the reference to the titles of the books. I’m not stupid and I do understand the names and the relationship to the changing states of the moon and the day. However, I never really paid much attention to the mention of the titles in the books and I think it is rather clever. Just think about it. All in, not the worst and I think we should all read them again just for the nostalgia.

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The Copper Promise – Review

Dragons and sell-swords, magic and mages, Gods and demons. The Copper Promise by Jennifer Williams has the works.

I came across this book by mistake, as we tend to do with all our favourite books. I found it in Blackwells. I was feeling particularly sorry for myself and decided some book retail therapy was what I was in need of. I found this little wonder there and decided to give it a go. It was originally released as 4 separate e-books but was later published as a single volume. I read it, loved it and craved a sequel so badly it almost hurt. Can you imagine my delight to find not one but two sequels, a  trilogy of the adventures of the Copper Cat and Sir Sebastian.

Anyway, the story begins in the Citadel in Krete, across the Glass sea in the heart of Ede. Here we meet Gallo, a sarcastic, witty adventurer and friends (possibly lovers) of Sir Sebastian, a former Ynnsmouth knight. Together, Gallo, Sebastian, Wydrin (aka the Copper Cat of Crosshaven) intended to set out as guides to the young Lord Aaron Frith to discover the lost treasures of the mages buried deep within the Citadel. Except Gallo doesn’t wait for his companions and sets off into the Citadel with only a guide for company. Weeks pass before Wydrin and her companions venture into the Citadel, they hope to find Gallo alive, well and nothing but his usual self. Lord Frith, an apparent cripple has his own agenda in the ruins of the Citadel beyond the riches of the mages, he seeks a lake. He is a Frith of the  Blackwood forest, a family with such wealth hidden within a vault into the forest that it would attract mercenaries who would seek such riches. He and his family are tortured, Frith crippled and mutilated in an attempt to rip the location of the vault from them but to no avail. Frith escapes, the rest of his family dead, and sets out for the Citadel in order to heal his physical injuries and later reclaim his home and seek vengeance on those who wronged him.
Within the Citadel, they learn the stories. The stories of the mages who grew too greedy, of the gods they tried to become. The mages set a trap, to capture the gods and forever seal them within the confinements of the Citadel. But the trio meet trouble. They find Gallo, but Gallo’s mission is not his own; his mind had been taken over by one of those long forgotten God’s and she had a score to settle. Deep in the Belly of the Citadel she and waited, consumed the life of her companions and birthed an army large enough to raize Ede to the ground. When the jars containing her life force were open, their seals broken and life blood spilled onto the long forgotten stones of the Citadel, she would rise. And the world would burn.
It is a story of friendship, witty sacrasm, sword battles, magic, dragons, beautiful armies and of the copper promise to be fulfilled.

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

ISBN 978-1-4722-1112-5

Kindle? A Necessary Evil?

​When I was 15 (that would have been four years ago now) my mum was so insistent that I was going to get a kindle for my Christmas. I didn’t mean to sound ungrateful but I really, really didn’t want one. She wanted to get me a Kindle Paperwhite, an earlier edition to the ones you would buy today and it was going to cost about £89.99 and I really didn’t want it. It didn’t come with books on it already, I had to charge it, what if I dropped it and I’m so clumsy so it was a possibility. I was set in my ways. Nothing was better than a book in my hands, a real book with that book smell and a whole fictional world encompassed in the ink on the pages. I would rather have a library, a physical library, lining the walls of my room with so many books I couldn’t remember all the names of but loved them all regardless. I wanted that experience of having the books in my presence. I didn’t want this tiny electronic thing that could break and that held no emotional value to me at all. I argued my case persistently.

I woke up on christmas morning and opened my presents. I got a kindle from my mum. I wasn’t mad about it, wasn’t mad that she wasted money on this thing I didn’t need not want but it was a wasted effort. I did my best, I acted grateful and got it charged and set up and even went so far as to get a few books downloaded on it. I mean don’t get me wrong, I was amazed at how small a file ebooks came in. I downloaded What Really Happened in Peru by Cassandra Clare (oh, it’s brilliant. It’s one of the short stories about the high warlock of Brooklyn from the Shadowhunters series and it is so funny. Magnus Bane is amazing). I read the book and I forgot about it. I ended up buying a pretty hardback edition of the Bane Chronicles anyway (if you haven’t read any of the Shadowhunter series I recommend it or at least watch Shadowhunters on Netflix), so my kindle got tossed into a drawer and forgotten about.
It made a reappearance a few times and it came in handy a few times – my dad gave me a load of ebooks so I used the kindle as an opportunity to read Fifty Shades of Grey and its series without being judged. That is one reason that I do like the kindle, people can’t see the cover of the book you’re reading and it gives you a little bit of privacy. Not that I’m always reading particularly raunchy things like Fifty Shades of Grey but people are less inclined to ask what you are reading which is good. It’s good for holidays or long travels. If you’re anything like me and you can read a book cover to cover in a few hours then going on holiday with 15 paperback books isn’t really an option. But even then it takes something away from your holiday because you lose that feel of having a book there in your hands. I’ll probably stock pile my kindle for my journey to Boston in May of next year but that is simply to conserve precious space in my suitcase.
And with the rise of Kindle Unlimited from Amazon the power and influence could grow exponentially. The package looks like a good deal to me, although I’m sure that anything you read or listen to through it doesn’t become yours. It is merely loaned to you, but hey unlimited access to kindle books and audio narration? Seems like a pretty sweet deal. Ebooks are gaining power, with new E-readers and most book titles being released in electronic format, they are becoming more accessible and appealing to the masses. You can download apps on your phone and read anywhere so long as you just have your phone. No more paper bookmarks! The revolution! No longer do we have to worry about losing our page or folding corners of pages to mark our place (the horror!). And these apps and E-readers are pretty user friendly, with the ability to change font size and background colour. It’s a nifty little advancement on the technical front.

However, despite the apparent advantages to the kindle and its brethern, I am biased and loyal to my cause. Paper books will always have a place in my heart and spending a day in a bookshop among the shelves of books comforts me a great deal. The kindle only makes a short appearance out of necessity, not out of the desire to actually want to use it. But I’d like to know: What do you think? Do you have opinions on the ebook revolution?
Thanks,

Louise

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Review

It’s that time of year where I become fixated on all of my favourite books in the run up to Christmas before I do a new book haul of new books of those I’m given and the new books I get with book vouchers I get as gifts.. This kicked off with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Now, I don’t know how much you all know of the fantastic works of Sarah J. Maas but I wholly encourage you all to do some research into The Court of Thorns and Roses Series as well as her Throne of Glass Series, which are among my all-time favourite book series. I succeeded in converting two of my friends into devoted fans, I don’t think they regretted a minute of it. Read More

Audible by Amazon

So recently I’ve set up a monthly subscription to Audible from Amazon. It seems like a good idea; you get a free book- your first month for free, and from there the membership costs £7.99 a month. When you compare the £7.99 a month for the subscription in comparison to price of and audio book (A Court of Mist and Fury is £30.79) it’s a good deal. However if you’re anything like me, and love getting stuck in to a good story then you could listen to a 30 hour audio book in a week (a few days, even). Except you only get only audio book per month from your monthly subscription. In the initial months, you’re limited to the small but steadily growing collection in your library. I’ll never lose my love for a good ol’ book in hand but audible makes life a little less restricted when time is limited for reading.

It isn’t all bad though. It’s great to hear the prenunciation of all of you beloved characters name and nothing is more satisfying than placing a voice to a character. You also get to keep the audio books if you ever cancelled your subscription. Its great to listen on the go, it’s easy to download and listen offline, saving precious mobile data and being free from Wi-Fi restrictions. On mobile apps there is also a driving setting which is ace, especially for me doing journeys between Aberdeen and Glasgow fairly regularly. It’s also great for studying (if you’re a miserable student like myself) as it puts a little bit of excitement into a night of stressful essay writing.
I’ll continue with my subscription, it’s going to take a while to build up a decent audio library. I’m currently listening to A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and rekindling my love for the plot. And I have the Daughter of Smoke and Bone lined up for when ACOTAR is finished.
Until next time,

Louise

The Beginning of the Story

Hi guys, I’m Louise.

I’ve decided that it’s time for me to set up my own book blog. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while but finally I’ve had the kick that I needed to actually set one up. So here it is!
I just wanted to post a little about myself. I’m 20 and working as a Barista (and loving the coffee shop vibes). I enjoy reading and writing, film and cinema. I particularly enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, young adult and romance novels but I enjoy most fictional reads.
I will post regularly, probably not in any consistent order but it will be often and there will be many blog posts. I’m going to offer views, opinions, and reviews on books. I’d love to hear from you guys, and I’m happy to take recommendations for books that you would like to see reviewed. I’m very excited to start this and I hope others enjoy reading it as much as I will writing.
Until next time!