Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#44

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten#2) by Julie Kagawa

17679544Favourite quote: “Anger is not the only emotion that can force us to consider terrible things. There is only so much a soul can take before it is broken.”

Broken by C.J. Lyons

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1. If you want to get noticed fast, try starting high school three weeks late as the girl who almost died.

2. When we’re little kids, before we understand Death, we dutifully obey every rule, listen to safety lectures, look both ways. When we’re old enough to understand, we act out. We can’t stand the thought of wasting one precious second of life on anything that isn’t important. Real. Vital. We want to create a legacy. Here. Now. Before Death can out race us.

3. Is this how being a normal teenager is meant to feel? Like there’s no clear right or wrong and every step you take, someone is going to be hurt or disappointed or angry with you?

Book Review: The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten#2) by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten#2) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: October 29, 2013

Pages: 342 (Paperback)

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In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as normal as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for; his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, normal simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’m so confused. I usually love faery novels! They’re exciting and fun even though they’re all pretty much the same. But with this series, I just…can’t. I can’t do it. Everything about it, especially the characters are so stiff and forced. Kagawa’s vampire series is much better than this one.

Don’t you just hate it when starting a second book in a series, it just jumps right into a summary of the last book instead of weaving it in a different, appropriate times? Because The Iron Traitor just jumps right into a huge pile of information. On top of that, it seems that Kagawa isn’t done reminding us that Ethan Chase is not a ‘normal’ teenager who does ‘normal’ things and that his life will forever suck ass. I get it, Ethan. Your life sucks and you’re not normal. Stop reminding me or else I might have to kill you.

Moving on, most of the characters, especially (you guessed it) Ethan still feel boring and uncreative. The whole bad boy who isn’t actually who also hates faeries but will help them act is getting boring now. And Kenzie is just… she’s so annoying and stupid and just…

The things that I actually liked about this book are a quite limited to just about the action scenes. They’re beautifully done with great description and tons of suspense that I actually read the pages rather than skimmed them. Keirran’s devotion and love towards Annwyl is admirable at best but it’s a bit sloppy and unrealistic at some times. Believe it or not, the only character who didn’t annoy me at all isn’t even a Kagawa original but a facsimile of Shakespeare and that’s Puck A.K.A Robin Goodfellow because he’s just so funny. It doesn’t matter the story, he is the centre of attention and entertaining to read about.

Overall, this series is a let-down. I was expecting more, especially from this and although I liked it more than the first because of the nicely done ending, I didn’t like it by much. To readers who want to venture into the world of faery maybe reading this one first would be better than reading it after so many since there are a few twists and surprises. I’m hoping that the last one is better than this one but I highly doubt it will be.

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3 Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#43

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

My Date From Hell (Blooming Goddess Trilogy#2) by Tellulah Darling

17305421 Favourite quotes:

1. “It’s not that simple. There’s no blueprint for falling in love. Sex, well, it’s a physical process.”

2. “You might break something.”

“It’s fine. It’s my light. What could go wrong?”

Let’s just pause for a moment, to pay tribute to all the extremely dumb people throughout history who ever said that.

The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa

12614410 Favourite quotes:

1. Screw that. You want weird? Weird is having a nephew the same age as you. Weird is your sister having a kid, and not telling your family about him. Weird is being an uncle to a freaking half-faery! Forget weird, you are so beyond weird that it’s not funny.

2. “Honestly, why do boys always think they know what’s best for us [girls]? Why can’t they just talk?

Book Review: The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa

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The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Pages: 377 (Paperback)

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Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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I’ve read my share of faery novels and I must say that this one has to be my least favourite. I’ve started Julia Kagawa’s first series, The Iron Fey and it’s an okay novel so far. The Lost Prince just isn’t that special for me and this could be because of my recent reading slump or because Faery stories are always the same. Save some people and get your life completely ruined by faeries who hate you.

Ethan Chase’s life sucks. A lot. It seems that at least ten times each chapter, I’m reminded of the fact that he is not ‘normal’, his family is barely functional, and his. Life. Freaking. Sucks. I get it, stop telling me this. All of the characters are cardboard cut outs that are unbelievably hard for me to relate to. Especially Kenzie who is one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. She’s so insistent, never taking no for an answer and constantly putting herself in danger for no reason especially when Ethan says to go away. That’s not cute, that’s annoying.

The writing style is very descriptive with the world building executed nicely. I loved the secondary characters that are Puck, the Exile Queen and even the Cat. They’re all really funny and exciting with their interactions with humans. And besides, who doesn’t love Robin Goodfellow/Puck? Kagawa weaves other stories like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Puck, Oberon, and Titania and their lives that are so fickle yet funny.

The Lost Prince isn’t a novel that I was expecting to be disappointed by. I loved her other series about vampires because it’s interesting and well done. But this one sounds a bit too over done and typical for my taste and I just cannot take or understand why Ethan would ever want to hang out with Kenzie but….Whatever. I recommend this to anyone who really enjoys faery stories and a main character that is a brooding bad boy with a good heart.

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2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#26

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden#1) by Julie Kagawa

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Favourite quotes:

1. “You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.”

2. “Did he teach you how to bore you opponents to sleep? Because I think I missed that lesson.”

3. The closer you got to someone, the more it would destroy you when they were inevitably gone.

4. “And sometimes, hope is the only thing that gets us through the day.”

School Spirits (School Spirits#1) by Rachel Hawkins

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Favourite Quotes:

1. I don’t know what heaven smells like, but if it doesn’t smell like freshly baked cookies, I will be really disappointed.

2. When you don’t have much family left, you’ll do anything to protect what you have.

Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans

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Favourite quote: “There are more important things in life than studying.”

Double Crossed by Ally Carter

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Favourite quote:

1. “You’re late.” Kat said as soon as Hale put the phone to his ear. She wasn’t the kind of girl to wait for hello.

“What can I say? Macey McHenry has been throwing herself at me…”

“See, that’s the kind of thing that would make me jealous if she weren’t way out of your league.”

“You know, if I had feelings, that might have hurt them.”

2. “Why don’t I know You?”
“Does anyone ever really know someone else?”
“You think your cute,” she told him.
“You think your gorgeous. But I’m the one guy here who knows better.”
“So I’m not gorgeous?” Macey challenged.
“Of course you are,” He started away, turned back at the last minute. “But I’m the guy who figured out that’s not all you are.”

The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden#1) By Julie Kagawa

15803761The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden#1) by Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: March 26, 2013

Pages: 485 (Ebook)
The Immortal Rules (Blood Of Eden #1)

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for …again.

(My Opinion)

This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time. And although I started it about a year ago, I honestly thought that I wasn’t going to finish it anytime soon. I am so glad that I did! Allison is such a badass character who’s very fun to read about. The book is told from the perspective of Allison and at first, her life as a human and then her life as a vampire.

The Immortal Rules could have been shorter. Somewhere in the middle of the story, it starts to get sloppy and boring with Allison just exploring the place around her. I also don’t like the way Julie Kagawa portrays the only other female character as this bitchy girl who hates Allison for no reason. Although this does happen in real life, I feel like she overdid this a little too much for my taste.

I love how cool and fearless Allison is even when facing dangerous, evil creatures (especially when she was human). It’s a nice change-up from the average girl who needs to always be saved. The writing style throughout the book has this sense of dauntlessness to it. While reading this, I felt braver, as if I could kick some major Vampire ass of my own.

Nonetheless, this book is about vampires. It does take place in a post-apocalyptic setting but it’s like many other dystopian. And I didn’t care much for the romance (but Zeke is so precious though), I didn’t feel annoyed by it. Julie Kagawa does a fine job writing a story about something so overdone and mainstream and putting her own little twists and turns to make it something different. I cannot wait to finally read The Eternity Cure which is the second book in the Blood Of Eden series.

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Four Dreamy Clouds