Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini | Rating: ★★★★☆
Trial by Fire is an unique, descriptive, magical, intriguing and intelligent creation amongst young adult stories of witchcraft. It takes familiar themes, and worlds, tying them together neatly with fresh twists and turns all in the form of parallel universes and more. Trial by Fire certainly treats its readers to a fantastic trip through fiction and it deserves a world of hype.
And within the fantastic writing lay loveable and relatable characters, steamy plots, some dark humor and a little bit of romance. So I ask: how can you go wrong?
With Trial by Fire, you can’t. And it serves as an eye catching introduction to Josephine’s latest series that will be satisfying to readers of all ages. Especially if they love stories which revolve around witches and are interested in seeing a new take on Salem.
Day 17: Rainbow
For this challenge, I took a picture of all of Rainbow Rowell’s books that I have. Still haven’t bought Landline though, shame.
Currently reading: Matilda by Roald Dahl
“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”
"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater."
Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Rating: ★★★★★
Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, is equal parts the best and the worst book in the series. It’s definitely an improvement from Insurgent, which realistically wasn’t even bad at all, but it was a much stronger addition to the series. Which is wonderful.
We’ve got all the familiar themes we’ve come to know in this futuristic, dangerous, Chicago: love, bravery, loss and more. We witness the warmth between Tris and Tobias’s relationship, in spite of any rocky roads, and we see the inclusion of the Allegiant.
And with this conclusion to the series, we see a shake up in narration.
Tris still holds her own as the series narrator, but her voice is moved aside to welcome Four’s thoughts. It’s nice seeing the world through his eyes as well, but it also signals of the changes to come in the series as the two navigate their dangerous world and attempt to leave Chicago for the outside world. My only issue with the two narratives is that they sound too similar and it often gets annoying.
I understand why Veronica felt she needed both to have POV in this conclusion, but I felt there could have been a much smoother translation when it came to who is who and all that jazz.
Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan | Rating: ★★★☆☆
The sequel to The 100 is nearly here (out September 16th!) and I’ve had the privilege of reading it already, an eGalley provided by NetGalley. Thanks, guys! And guess what? It is MUCH better than the first of the series. I’ll tell you guys one thing: I think this book series is shaping up to be much better than the start let on — and I, for one, can’t wait!
I know you can’t, either.
That being said: Day 21 picks up right where we had left off in the previous installment and continues rotation in the different point of views. This time around, the transition seems much smoother as we move through the suspense within each plot and we’re introduced to a few new characters, or at least shown the names of some of the others who came down to earth.
Yes, Kass Morgan has seemed to get right into the groove — truly — in the latest chapter of this story of survival.
March Book Photo Challenge - Day 10: Currently Reading
After months of rain the sun is finally out! It was such a beautiful day I sat outside and read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Packing for Hawaii could be going better… #toomanyhardbackbooks 📚✈️☀️
July Book Photo Challenge
Day 11 → Summer drink and a book
Twinings Camomile & Honey tea
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Okay, so it’s not exactly a traditional summer drink, but I do love my herbal teas.