Friday, 27 November 2015

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Blurb:
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.


Review:
While I was reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Simon and Baz's story stood out for me. I was so anxious to read what would happen and how that story would end. It seemed like a pseudo cliffhanger, if you will. But then the author announced that Simon and Baz would be getting their own novel, and I was so excited!

When I started reading Carry On, naturally my Potterhead mind (is that even correct?) started drawing references to the magical world of Hogwarts. I feel anyone would draw comparisons to Harry Potter because of the similarity between them, it's only natural to do that for us fangirls (and boys). Its a magical school where gifted students are taught magic, with a chosen one. Of course my brain jumped to HP, like it would jump to Vampire Academy if it was a school for vampires instead.

That was a rather long justification. Oops... 

Anyway... Carry On is not all like Harry Potter, nor is it a fan-fiction. It is different in its own right and had it has its own voice. But it does fill, to some extent, the HP shaped hole left in my heart. 

In a story that we only saw the finale of, the author has created a rather endearing and magical world. It made me smile and cheer for the characters. The cliches made me giggle (only a little... Oh who am I kidding, I live for the cliches!)

Loved the characters, loved the writing style and loved the story. I wish I could read more of Simon and crew's adventures apart from the gripping finale that we were given, but I'll take what I can get. 

Enjoy this little nugget, may it temporarily satisfy/fill the HP shaped hole in your hearts as well!
Carry On....

(See what I did there? ;) )

PS: Exams start soon my lovelies! Wish me luck! I'll be back hopefully, next week for a bit!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Update

Hey lovelies...

Sorry for being MIA for the past couple weeks. My uncle and aunt are staying over so I haven't been able to get online as much as I'd like. But I've been reading quite a bit. Hopefully I'll have most of the reviews up next week.

I tried listening to the audio-book but I only got as far as the prologue before I fell asleep.

But that might be because I'm crashing from my recent bout of insomnia. I'll give it another go next month when I'm travelling for the exams.

Speaking of exams, mine start by the end of this month and go on till January! X_X

Again I doubt if I'll be able to finish the 2015 Reading Challenge.... :|

Till later lovelies!
oxox

Monday, 2 November 2015

Review for From Scratch and Diamond Sky by Diana Nixon

From Scratch by Diana Nixon
Blurb:
Our lives are a cascade of events that pass faster than we would like them to. Time changes everything. Our habits, our views, our circle of friends. But there is one thing that remains the same over the years. 
Our memories.
Through them we cherish the most unforgettable moments of our history. And they also retain some things that can't be forgotten…. But one day you realize that yesterday should be left in the past. Because tomorrow your new life begins, and you go back to the drawing board. A love story of Evan Murray and Tara Mackenzie. A story that should last forever…. But no one knows when forever ends…

Review:
Oh how I adore Evan. From Scratch is a novella that delves into Evan's life, Dear Diary style. We get to see the important moments from Evan's past both happy and heart-breaking that makes you adore him even more.

Diamond Sky by Diana Nixon

Blurb:
A new page of the Love Lines story that will reveal new secrets and mysteries buried in the walls of Dever. Eileen, Christian and Evan need to find an old spell to protect themselves and those they love from being killed. There is only one problem – no one knows where the spell is hidden…. 
A mysterious student comes to Dever. A boy whose eyes are always watching. Who is he? What secrets are hidden behind his smiles? Is he a friend or an enemy?...
When they thought they knew everything about the super powers they possessed, they could have never imagined that in reality they didn’t know a thing. The wind can turn into the worst hurricane they have ever seen. The water can destroy everything. The earth can swallow them alive. And the fire can burn them to ashes…. 
The illusions - the only thing they tried to run away from, will come back to ruin the world they live in, taking away everything they ever cherished and loved. 
When you think you are so close to getting what you want, think twice about your every step. Because what you think is the right thing to do may take away your life…


Review:
Diamond Sky uncovers the mysteries hidden in the walls of Dever itself. New powers come into light, new secrets are uncovered, and the dangers they face is higher than ever. 
I swear there is a mystery within a mystery in this series! And how I've adored uncovering every single one of them. I don't want to give away anything but, I quite liked the new characters introduced in this installment.
And can we just talk about the ending?! WHY? WHY? WHY?? 

Thank goodness I have the next book downloaded and ready! BRB going back to Dever. ;) :P

PS: Can we just take a moment to appreciate the GORGEOUS cover?! *-*