The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Mime Order
Author: 
Samantha Shannon
Series Name: The Bone Season
Genre: YA Fantasy Sci-Fi
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Pages: 510 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:

4 stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

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I still don’t like these covers. They aren’t horrible but they aren’t my favourite and I highly prefer the other editions!

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Okay, so the only issue I had with the writing in the last book was not understanding the terms! So every time I read a book I flip through the book and check the back of the book to see if there is a glossary, prequels, previews of the next book and that kinda thing!  But because I read it via eBook I couldn’t like flip through so I wasn’t aware there was a glossary at the back! So the terms were confusing at first, but I didn’t have this issue in this book as I already understand what all the terms and names mean now!

So because I didn’t have that issue this time, I really enjoyed the writing! These books are a bit slower to read and they take me forever! I can usually read a 500 page book in 2 days but this book took me like 5 days! But I don’t hate that, it’s still good but it was a little frustrating to try and read during a ReadAThon haha.

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I didn’t enjoy the plot in this book as much as the first book but it was still good. I feel like a lot of the middle of the book was just kinda filling time until we got to the bigger events. But I also didn’t mind those points because we got to know the characters a lot better, so that was really good!

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Okay, so it will be hard to talk about certain characters without spoiling the first book. So I will talk about the MC as obviously, she is still here! But as for the others, I am not going to talk about them. But I do enjoy all the characters whether I enjoy them as the bad guys or good guys!

So the MC! Paige is an awesome character. She is a badass and will do anything for what she thinks is right! She is also really resourceful and always has some crazy idea up her sleeve! She is an awesome badass female MC!

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I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t love it as much as The Bone Season, but it was still really good! The characters are great and I love Paige. The world is intense and full on and I love it! I’m a massive epic fantasy fan and this is a really good extreme world! The writing is amazing. The book is slow and the plot was a bit slower than the first book and that is the main reason I didn’t rate it higher.



HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT?!
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End of the World: The Beginning by Nesly Clerge – Spoilery Review (Kind of a Rant Review)

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Title: End of the World: The Beginning
Author: 
Nesly Clerge
Series Name: Unknown
Genre: Short Story Thriller/Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Pages: 119 (eBook)
Publishers: Clerge Books, LLC
Rating:
2 Star

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The year is 2050. The Order of World Society governs the globe, the weather, the currency, and all facets of people’s lives. The Peace for All Agenda is anything but peaceful. Scientist Gayle Conyers’ life in this new societal structure is orderly, routine, focused, safe. Then it isn’t. A renowned scientist forces her to work on a secret project that goes against her ethics and the Order. A protester warns her about the Order’s web of deception and the approaching end of days. Gayle soon finds herself with a foot in two worlds: A scientific realm that intends to alter humanity for all time, and a spiritual one, where she’s enmeshed in stories of prophecy, destruction, and the Apocalypse. Gayle remains skeptical. Until the Event that stuns the world, one that causes her to face the realization that this may, indeed, be the beginning of the end.

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*I received a copy of this eBook for review in March.

I have finally gotten to this book, I honestly forgot about it, but anyway I have finally got to it

This book is meant to be in the first book in a series, it is only about 100 pages and it is really only the beginning of the series. Setting scene, a lot of info dumping and not much else.

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First I want to point out that this book has ‘Entry’ not ‘Chapter’, making it so it appears as a journal entry or similar. However it is not written as so, it is written as a normal story except maybe the first 2 chapter. The first 2 chapters feel like a journal entry, starting ‘To whomever finds this journal’. But how it starts out it implies that the writer of the journal is speaking of things she experienced in the past, but after the first 2 chapters that changes.
Chapter 3 starts out as if it is a journal entry and then converts to a normal book as she is watching and interview and writes word for word what was said in that interview. If this was a journal she was writing about the past, how was she able to recall the exact wording, and would it have not made more sense just to write and overview of what was discussed in that interview. Chapter 3 just felt off and like the author had the journal idea at the start and then just kinda gave up and started writing like a normal first person POV book.

There is a lot of scientific terms used in this book that not everyone would understand. Even though this book was only 100 pages it took a few hours to read due to that it was difficult to read between trying to understand the scientific parts and the religious parts.

The religion, well first off I am not religious. In the slightest. I know basically nothing about the more detailed parts of religion so I honestly don’t even know if this is from Christian, Apostolic, Church of England, etc. I can’t recall them mentioning a certain religion, there is quotes they says is from the bible and I’m assuming the author used quotes from an actual bible, like I said I’m not religious so I don’t know if the quotes in this book are accurate to real religions in our world.
My main issue with the religion was that there was literally so much talk of it that it over powered the plot. There was literally chapters of just listening to people or having a discussion about religious views. Like I said it completely overpowered the actual plot of the story and just got a bit annoying.
A lot of it didn’t make sense and the author tried to mix fantasy elements in with religion by saying things like giants are the result of one of the ‘fallen angels’ mating with  human?! Sorry what? And because these giants were part angel they were intelligent and had powers like changing forms. I’m just so confused.
On the same religion topic, at one point it was mentioned that humans aren’t alone in the universe, that there is other life out there but, correct me if I’m wrong, I thought that one of the religious views was that humans were the only thing god created and in his own image or whatever the wording actually is.. (I’m honestly taking this bit of knowledge from the movie Paul, just saying).

If I’m wrong about that last bit then please correct me and I will get rid of it. Like I said I’m not actual religious this is just from the basic stuff I know and I remember from when I had to do RE a couple times in school because Mum forgot to sign or give me that form that said I wasn’t to do RE..

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What plot? There was hardly any actual plot. This entire book was basically info dumping. The only things that actually happened in the story was that she watched and interview, a guy turned up and offered her a new job, she checked out the lab of the new job, she was made to accept, some guy snuck in her house and they discussed religion, there was a storm thing, the storm stopped and a giant hand came out of the sky. There you go plot summed up in 50 words.

Also if someone breaks into your house and when you find them, and you have some type of object in your hand to knock them out with, you don’t pause when you seem then leaning down looking in the fridge. You take that distractions and hit them with whatever you have.. Stupid woman, he could have easily been someone there to murder her and her family rather than some guy that just wants to talk. In my opinion act and ask questions later when it comes to people breaking into your house.. That scene was just stupid to me.

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The characters were very two dimensional, there wasn’t really much to any body except our main character, who I literally cannot think of the name of. Can you tell how much I actually cared for this book? Gayle, her name is Gayle. So yeah Gayle was a little bit developed, not a heap though. There was always thought process when she was making decisions, but when it got to making a decision, the decision that it looked like she was favouring was the opposite of what she choose. That happened more than once and was just utterly confusing and pointless.

Also who names their twins Nellie & Kellie.. Just asking? As if people aren’t going to get them mixed up as they are twins, but give them basically the same name? What?!

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Okay so as you can see this book wasn’t great in my opinion. I think even for someone who is religious, the religious side of this book would still be a little excessive. I was glad there was no romance, but guess why that was?! Because they use sperm donors and have sex with fake men/penis’s to loose their virginity so no one can contract STDs.

I have nothing against religion or people who are religious, but it is not something I want to read about in that excessive amount, if there is religion in books then sure whatever but that was just to much. If I had known that this book was religious focused when accepting this book I would not have accepted it. Simple as that. I feel like I just wasted my day on this book when I could have been reading something else.
And also this book was advertised to me as Sci-Fi in the email I received but besides the general advancements in technology there isn’t anything Sci-Fi really about this book..


I will not be reading the next book. There isn’t even anything on Goodreads to suggest there is another book coming but on goodreads the name says in brackets (book 1) and it ends like there is meant to be more..

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Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth – Spoiler Free Review – DNF

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Title: Carve the Mark
Author: 
Veronica Roth
Series Name: Carve the Mark
Genre: YA Fantasy Science Fiction
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 468 (Hardcover)
Publishers: HarperCollins
Rating:
half star

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In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

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*Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers Australia for providing me with a eGalley of this book in return for a honest review*

I Did not finish this book at 54% so this review will be purely a review of the first half of the book and as to why I did not finish this book.

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I don’t really get this cover. It’s not very appealing and it also just looks like cuts in something and as far as I can tell the ‘carve the mark’ refers to when Akos is carving the marks into Cyra’s arm for the kill she made… So I don’t really get the point of the cuts made into whatever that is on the cover and what I’m assuming is meant to look like gold blood running out of them.. It’s just a little odd.

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So I loved the Divergent series, it is really good and written very well. This book wasn’t written bad, but the pacing was really bad! Everything is dragged out so much and there just isn’t much going on but a lot of writing about that nothing. This was one of the reason I stopped reading.. The pacing just makes it so hard to read. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy books with slow pacing some time but this was just too much and that joined with the plot itself was just not worth continuing.

Another reason this book really annoyed me was the names of characters, things and places. Most of them are sooo hard to pronounce! As I went along I started highlighting on the Kindle App every time I couldn’t pronounce a name. There was 15 in the first half of the book.. I don’t mind 1 or 2 names that I can’t pronounce because you can just look at them and move on with the reading, but because there was sooo many of them it was hard to keep track of who everyone is because I couldn’t keep track of the names. This meant that half the time I was confused and trying to figure out who everyone was. There is a glossary in the back, so why couldn’t a pronunciation guide be thrown in too…

Here is some of the examples of some of the names: Aoseh, Eijeh, Thuvhe, Ylira, Zetsyvis, zivatahak, etc.

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Honestly the plot is just kinda eh. I don’t even know really what is going on and I also don’t really think anything really has happened so far except a certain two people being kidnapped… and what the 2 of them are doing atm with the people who kidnapped them.. Besides that I feel like nothing else has really happened.

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I feel no connection to any of the characters at all. This book is done in Multi POV, following Cyra and Akos. Besides that the name is written at the start of the chapter it is hard to tell the difference between each POV. When Multi POV is done well you can tell by the writing which character is which, but this book there was no difference in writing between the 2 main characters and if I got distracted by something in real life I would have to go back and check who’s POV that chapter was because that was the only way to tell.

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The world itself is interesting and if everything else was done well then this could have been a really good book. But as it stands this isn’t a book I’m going to continue. I was at a point that I was forcing myself to read a bit of it and then falling asleep a couple chapters in. I was getting nowhere quick with this book.

So overall the pacing is bad, the names are so hard to pronounce, the plot so far is just dull and the Multi POV isn’t done well. This is not a good representation of Veronica Roths writing! Go read Divergent!!


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Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite SFF Book Covers

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is:Favorite SFF Cover Art *Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
— Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!



Well that is all, I tried to choose different books from the ones I chose yesterday for my Top Ten Tuesday post, but I couldn’t not put Strange the Dreamer on this list too!

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Tag Sunday – The Nintendo Book Tag

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So I’m back for another tag! I didn’t do my Discussion post on friday as I worked, had a nap and then went to the pub and didn’t get home till 3 the next morning. I might try and do it sometime this week if I’m bored, but if not I will be back on Friday for this weeks Discussion Friday! I also haven’t been doing Goodreads Monday that much as it’s just getting a bit boring!

Now onto the questions!


1. NES (NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM): A CLASSIC YOU WANT TO READ

Well for this I’m choosing more of an author and that is Agatha Christie! I want to read as many as I can of her works! I will only show a couple I want to read!

2. SNES (SUPER NINTENDO): A SEQUEL YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE FIRST (CAN BE A SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES)

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I don’t really know if I have an answer for this question as nothing comes to mind when read this..

4. GAMECUBE: A POPULAR BOOK THAT DID NOT GO OVER SO WELL WITH YOU

5. WII: A NEW FAVORITE BOOK

6. NINTENDO POWER: FAVORITE GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES OR A SERIES YOU WANT TO START

I don’t read graphic novels, so I don’t have an answer for this!

7. SUPER MARIO: A CHARACTER THAT YOU’D LOVE TO SQUISH LIKE A GOOMBA

Kadir, he is just a dick.

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8. ZELDA: A NEWER FANTASY THAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE A MODERN CLASSIC

I don’t really understand this question completely. I’m assuming it means a fantasy that you think could be a classic one day?? As Modern and classic are basically opposites and I’ve never understood that..

Even though it’s a screenplay I think this could be a classic purely because it’s link to Harry Potter!

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9. SAMUS-ARAN: FAVORITE SCI-FI NOVEL OR ONE YOU WANT TO READ

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10. POKEMON: BOOK EDITIONS THAT YOU WANT TO COLLECT

I already have 2 different editions of the Hogwarts Library set, but I think that one is just beautiful, I have only seen it a couple times though!

11. DONKEY KONG: A BOOK WITH ORIGINAL CHARACTERS

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12. NINTENDO FANDOM: FAVORITE NINTENDO GAME(S) OR GAME

Well I only own a Wii and I used to have a DS and I loved Mario & Mario Kart the most!


I TAG:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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And that is all!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Top SFF Books on Your TBR

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This Meme is hosted by Thoughts On Tomes and the prompts can be found on Goodreads.

This week’s prompt is: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*
–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!


1. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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2. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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4. Frostblood by Elly Blake

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5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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And that is all for today! Have you read this? What Fantasy or Sci-Fi do you plan to read next?

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