Top 5 Wednesday: Books I will Never Read

Happy Wednesday everyone,

For today’s top 5 Wednesday, it is Top 5 books I will never read.

This was a very tough list because I do have an open mind when it comes to books, series or authors. I may have some unpopular opinions on this list and if you are a fan of these books that is fine.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

The Selection Trilogy

I have heard very mixed things about the book. Some thinks its one of their favorites others thinks its just a series full of dumb YA cliches. Even judging by the premise it just never interested me.

The Winner’s Trilogy

When I first read The Winner’s Curse I DNF. I just felt the book a very boring and the characters I felt was flat and uninteresting. I read it again for Hype or Like Friday, finished it and my opinion on it never changed. I really have no interest in finishing the series.

The Grisha Trilogy

This is another series that I felt was way over hyped than it needed to be. I read the first book and literally saw the twist coming a mile away, mainly due to the character’s name. I heard Six of Crows maybe better, but I won’t read the Grisha trilogy.

Any Cassandra Clare series

While I may focus primarily on the Mortal Instruments, I just feel that as a whole I think she is very overrated. I read the first few books of The Mortal Instruments and I just didn’t get the hype surrounding the series. Even the TV show I just thought was okay and not as great as everyone makes it to be. So I don’t really have any much interest in reading her work.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I read her Darkest Minds Trilogy, and just thought it was kinda meh. I also heard a lot of mixed things about the book. I also feel as a whole that the author is kinda overrated. I felt Darkest Minds was over hyped, and I wasn’t in a rush to pick up her next book.

There’s my list of books I will never read. I may read them eventually but I am not in a hurry to read them

What are some books that you will never read? Let me know in the comments below.

 

The Witch Hunter by:Virginia Boecker

Summary:

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

Review:

I thought this an okay read. I read this after Half Bad, after a recommendation from Barnes and Noble. This is a another sort of supernatural fantasy novel. Which was built up like Game of Thrones, but all I could say is that is was alright.

The main character, Elizabeth Grey is basically an average YA female protagonist, which isn’t bad but I felt like I wanted more from her character in this story. Maybe in the next book she gets some better development. I did like her relationship with Nicholas Perevil, which reminded me of a Luke/ Obi-Wan relationship.

I thought the beginning of the novel was good, especially her imprisonment/break out sections of the book, but I felt towards the middle is where I felt that the story kinda stopped and it was basically waiting for action to finally happen.

I also felt that some of the supporting characters could have had some better character development. But maybe in later books they dive deeper into those characters.

Towards the end, I liked the twist and turns that the book went through was good. But I also felt that the world-building was a little sloppy and could have dug deeper into the lore and the history of the witches and wizards.

I also felt that the ending was a little rushed and could have used some buildup.

In the end, I thought this book was good, but a little disappointing based on what people have said about the book. I will keep reading the series, and hope for the better.

Grade: 3/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you want to read before the end of the year

For this week’s top 5 Wednesday it is Books I want to read before the end of the year.

I like doing this list because it will mix my favorite upcoming releases and books on my TBR list.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yes. As a Harry Potter fan of course I am going to read this. I will still read even though I have been slacking. I also want to read the what is hopefully the start of the Harry Potter expanded universe.

The Midnight Star by: Marie Lu

After ready the previous two books this year and loving them. As a fan of her Legend trilogy, I always loved her writing and loved the Legend trilogy and hopefully this book will be a very good conclusion to her already awesome series.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

As a huge fan of her Lunar Chronicles series, it was only telling that I would be excited about her next book. This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with the origin of the Queen of Hearts.

The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins

As what I did with Gone Girl before that movie came out, I want to read the book. The trailer really intrigued me and I want to know happens before seeing the movie.

A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

The sequel of one of my favorite books that I read last year is getting a sequel. With the way the last book ended I want to know what’s gonna happen to the characters.

There’s my list. Which books do you want to read for the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by: JK Rowling

Next in the Harry Potter retrospective I am reviewing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the 2nd book of the series.

Chamber of Secrets picks up from the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts, still with the Dursleys, and all of a sudden he gets a warning from a house elf named Dobby to not come to Hogwarts that year because he will be in anger. Of course he ignores the warning and during his 2nd year students start becoming petified and Harry is to blame. In his invesitagtion of the Chamber of Secrets he discovers a secret about the school and also about Voldemort.

I would descibe Chamber of Secrets as a sort of stand alone book of the series, and most of the plots are very self-contained including the new Defense against the Dark Arts proffessor Gilderoy Lockhart. Gilderoy Lockart is a best selling author who is very full of himself, so much so  he assigned his books in his class (as a college student I have seen professors do this).

This book also introduces Ginny Weasley, sister to Ron who had a brief scene in the previous book and she had a much bigger role in this book and also introduces some of her charcater traits, such as being the baby of the family and her crush on Harry.

This book also takes a peak at the lore of Hogwarts. It is the their History of Magic class where the Chamber of Secrets was discussed which tied into the fouding of Hogwarts and Salazar Syltherin, and his views on Muggles and why we created the chamber.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Harry and Ron using pollyjiuce potion to try to get info from Malfoy . It was mostly my favoprtite part about the movie as well.

The main reason why I considered this book a sort of stand alone was mainly that there wasn’t a lot of charcater development with the charcaterts yet, but it did a good job at expanding the Woirld of Harry Potter at that point. It introduced us to other places around Hogwarts such as, the girls bathroom with Moaning Mrytle, and the titular Chamber of Secrets which is another favortire part.

During Harry’s journey in the Chamber to rescue Ginny, he has to fight teh Basilik and going face to face with Tom Riddle, who is a younger version of Voldemort  kept in a Diary. At first I thought nothing of the Riddle Diary, but it will play a part in future books.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a very good book, and I enjoyed it very much and it kept me reading the series.

Half Bad by Sally Green

Summary:

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

My Review:

This is a book I kinda picked up on a whim, because I thought the premise looked interesting and I liked the whole good witch or bad witch dichotomy. I think the problem with the book that it lacked the execution.

First of all, I liked the character of Nathan and I actually liked his story arc in the book. He was dealing with the basically the sins of the father, and paying for what is father did, and also him trying to find his father in order to get into the good graces of the White council.

I liked him being arrested and planning his escape, and that’s what I felt was the most exciting part of the book, and then towards the middle it was just a lot of waiting for the action to take place without much character development, and that’s what took me out of story.

I just felt that everything else in the book was kinda messy. I didn’t really connect with  a lot of the supporting characters and I felt they just came and went into the story. I also felt it didn’t really dive into the lore, and answer some questions such as; How did witches and humans integrate with one another or the origins of the White council and other main differences between White witches and Black witches and seeing some moral grayness within. Maybe those questions get answered in the sequels.

In the end, I felt that the premise was good but execution wasn’t. While the main protagonist was engaging, the supporting characters were thinly developed. I may read the rest of series, but I am not in a quick hurry to do so.

Grade: 2.6/5

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Happy Wednesday all,

For this weeks top 4 Wednesday it is Favorite First Sentences.

What is great about first sentences is that it sets the mood for the book and makes you want to keep reading.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” from Gone Girl

When I first read Gone Girl, this line stood out for me because it had a mystery behind it. It introduced both Nick and his Wife Amy. It was also the first line of the movie as well and that really set the tone of how the movie is.

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”  from Harry Potter and the Sorecers Stone

What I liked about that first sentence, is that it introduced the Dursleys as a normal family who don’t know that their lives are about to change.

“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air” from the Maze Runner

I know a lot of people didn’t really like the series, but I really did. What I liked about that sentence was that it set up the plot of the book and also the mystery about the book. How the character feels a sense of unknown when waking up in a new place.

“This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them as he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth” From Lucky by ALice Sebold

While a very triggering line. It was a very powerful sentence and changed Alice Sebolds life, as she was about to get assaulted.

“MOON. GLORIOUS MOON. FULL, FAT, REDDISH moon, the night as light as day, the moonlight flooding down across the land and bringing joy, joy, joy. Bringing too the full-throated call of the tropical night, the soft and wild voice of the wind roaring through the hairs on your arm, the hollow wail of starlight, the teeth-grinding bellow of the moonlight off the water” from Darkly Dreamy Dexter

This was an excellent first sentence. It sets upon the eerie tone of Dexter, and it goes inside his head and what a serial killer is thinking. It made me a fan of both the book and the show.

There’s my list. What are your favorite first sentences. Let me know in the comments below.

Stranger Things: TV Review

Hello everyone,

Here is another TV show review, and this is one of the most talked shows of the summer. Stranger Things.

If I were to describe the show I would describe it E.T. meets X-Files with a little bit of Super 8.

The main story-line of the show is the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byers, and how his mother (Winona Ryder) and his friends try to find him and figure out how and why he disappeared. As his friends are looking for him they come across a young girl (Millie Bobby Brown) who has strange powers and who may have a clue of what happened to Will.

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This show is a basically an ode to 80s sci fi movies, and what I loved about the show is the acting of the boys. It was nice to kids act like normal kids, they rode bikes, played games and stayed out till the street lights came on. It really did feel like a throwback series.

Another stand out is Winona Ryder’s performance as Joyce Byers. She did a good job at playing a mother whose son has disappeared. Also David Harbour who plays the local sheriff on the case, also does a really good job.

If you are a fan of sci fi and 80s movies, this is a show I highly recommend. The only reason I am very vague in this review is because I don’t want to give anyway too many spoilers because the show is very good, and it should be watched.

I really hope season 2 dives deeper in the shows mythology, because I believe we are seeing a new version of the X-Files.

Season MVP: Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown

Best Episodes: The Disapearance of Will Byers and The Body

Grade: A