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Audiobook Review: 4 stars to Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine

Posted 8 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Audiobooks, Fantasy, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 2 Comments

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.

Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. . . .

Review:
This one surprised me. I got the paperback not long after it was released, excited to read it. But either I wasn’t in the mood or something about the writing didn’t hook me, I stopped. I then tried the audiobook, and loved the narrator! I had high hopes, and those hopes didn’t let me down. Ben Allen narrates Ink and Bone, and wow, does he make the characters come alive or what!? All the characters have their own individual voices, accents and all, and I was hooked line and sinker. I became so engrossed with Jess, and his experience with the Library.
The idea that the Great Library controls everything related to books, and having originals is seen as illegal and people can only read Blanks (which from what I can gather are just copies of the original?). There’s a whole black market system going on in the background and everything. It’s fascinating. 
The great (yet somehow confusing) understanding is that if I’d just read the paperback, I wouldn’t have known the accents these characters had. Especially Scholar Wolfe. Who knew he’d be Scottish? 
And those that started out as complete assholes, turned out to be decent human beings – except the owners of the Library. Who knew they’d be the villains? It’s amazing. 
Jess was a very easy character to like, but that didn’t mean he was a simple person with no flaws. No, he had a lot of challenges to face and it was heartbreaking some of the things he had to go through, the secrets he had to keep and the people he had to lose. It’s amazing how much war and sacrifice goes into this story and it’s quite shocking, some of it, when I was listening and covering my mouth in horror. 
Besides Jess, and Morgan – I was shipping Jess and Morgan so hard! – my favourites have to be Thomas – though I wasn’t sure about him at first – and Khalila (Probably spelling that wrong…oops). I mean, in a way, I came to care about all of them.
One thing I had trouble figuring out though was whether this was set in a fantasy future, or an AU past time…either way, it’s one hell of a ride. I need book 2 but I’m concerned there won’t be the same narrator 🙁 I have a hard time picking decent narrators because of their voices. >_< 
Anyway, if you haven’t read this, I implore you to do so! 
-Kat
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Bout of Books 15 | Day 4

Posted 8 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Audiobooks, Mystery, Reading Challenges, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Bout of Books

Day 4

January 7th

Book I’m reading: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Pages read: FINISHED! (I continued from page 127 to the end at 370 or something. I took turns between reading and listening via audiobook. Rated it 4 stars.
This book was a whirlwind. Seriously. Just when you thought you knew what was happening, something changed and you were back to square one. I was seriously starting to hate Theo, and then something was revealed and I didn’t hate him so much. And then other stuff happened and man, I can’t wait to read the sequel. I like books that keep me on my toes, although it can get annoying because I don’t like surprises. So there’s that…
Haha.
As for my next read, I’m getting to a point where I might have burned myself out, reading so much in such a short space of time. I had hoped to finish another book by the end of Sunday. Sigh. I’ll let you know tomorrow what happens.
-Kat
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It’s Review Time! #YA

Posted 2 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready for another cracking year. I hope 2016 lives up to its expectations.

Okay folks, it has been far too long since I did a review. So instead I’m doing mini reviews to keep it short and sweet. I have 7 books to tell you about, and so I guess I better start!

 

25877135Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book. What can I say that hasn’t already been said in other reviews? I mean, this blew my mind. I went into this completely blind, other than knowing it was a sci-fi ‘space opera’ as many called it. I didn’t know the premise and I was glad. I think if I’d known, I might have been scared off. Illuminae is full of wonder, tragedy, hope, fear, creepy artificial intelligent ready to destroy everyone onboard a spaceship. Yes. That’s basically it. You won’t want to read anything else after because nothing can come close to satisfying your needs like this can. I just…mindblown. I can’t wait for book 2!

5 stars

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11351181The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

I have read all of the Percy Jackson books, and I’d heard this spin off series was actually better…and I couldn’t agree more. I think I prefer this, to be honest. Maybe it was the change in writing style, or the different characters, but I just became more sucked into what was going on and everything stood out clearer. I didn’t get bored and I rooted for each character like they were my own friends. My love for Greek Mythology just got stronger!

4 stars

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12139510Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Well, took my long enough, eh? I never in a month of Sundays thought I’d actually read this. I’ve tried many times but something about the story just put me off. But I was intrigued and determined, so I gave it another shot and absolutely loved it. If I forget that she’s not completely human. There was plenty of mystery and longing romance and just the right amount of sci-fi to keep anyone happy. I can now see what all the fuss is about. I have Scarlet ready and waiting. Yuss!!!

4 stars

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18476697Firecracker by David Iserson

I picked this up one day while in Waterstones, and I’ll admit it was mostly the cover that got me interested. It’s one of those modern day contemporary stories that didn’t get tons of brilliant reviews but surprised me once I’d read it. I thoroughly enjoyed its quirks and how sarcastic and cynical the main lead, Astrid, is. She kind of reminded me of…well, me. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but if you appreciate snarky comebacks and teenage angst and generally spoilt brats being taught a lesson…then you’re ready for this.

4.5 stars

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26224571All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

A cute Christmassy read that fully exceeded my needs. I love the Geek Girl series and this was just so sweet and (really) short. Don’t let the number of pages fool you. Haha. I was like “wait? that’s it?” but then there’s a Q&A and also a short story that the author wrote for World Book Day. If you’re already a fan of Geek Girl then you’ll love this. If you haven’t read the other books, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy this as a side seasonal treat. 🙂

5 stars

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20910157Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I got the audiobook from audible. I occasionally like listening to memoirs, because I’m not really one to buy them as in the past I just don’t get around to reading them. I went into this not really knowing much about Amy, and I came out a fully fledged fan. She is funny, smart, hard working, and her memoir shows as much. Her story of how she got to where she is today is truly awe-inspiring. She also gives advice and tidbits on what not to do in certain circumstances. The audio includes bits from special guest speakers like Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers and a bunch of others. Even if you haven’t been a fan of hers to begin with, trust me, this will change your mind.

4 stars

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and finally, my most recent read:

16299169Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

Just as good, if not better than the first book. I did find, however, there were bits that I found a tad slow, (heavy description, etc) so I had help from the audiobook I bought with my credit, and that pushed me along. I finished this with 3 hours to spare of 2015. Cutting it close, I know. I needed to reach my Goodreads challenge goal. Well, I sort of did. If you count changing the goal at the last minute. 😛

Over all I can’t really find anything specifically wrong. I’m already reading book 3, so that must tell you what I think. I feel like I’m in the Demi-god world and I don’t want to leave.

4 stars.

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂 Have you read any of these? What did you think?

-Kat xx

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November Book Haul | Books, books, all the books.

Posted 29 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Book Promo, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, YA / 0 Comments

 

Usually I’d do a video for this, but iMovie has been acting up and I don’t have the patience to keep trying. Sigh. So here we go, a list of the books I got throughout November. 

 

13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

I liked the look of this, mostly because, yes, it was in the buy one get one half price offer at Waterstones. I have tried it already, but it reads a bit…basic? I don’t know. That’s not always a bad thing,  but I guess I need to be in the right mood for it. The cover is interesting, though. 

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FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

I don’t know what pulled me to this. Was it the cover? Probably. The premise? Yeah, of course. I mean, both things are attractive. Mostly the cover, though. Sigh. David Iserson is one of the writers for New Girl. You’d think this would mean it’d be hilarious. I really hope so. I have read mixed reviews, but who knows. 

 

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A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

I’ve been following Libba on twitter for a while and I’ve heard such good things about her work, I felt I needed to try and read some. The cover drew me in, and then the premise sounds like…The Infernal Devices in terms of setting. I like the sound of it. 🙂

 

 

 

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ALL WRAPPED UP (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

I have loved the other Geek Girl books and so when I found out this was going to be published, I mean PRINTED published, I was all over it. It’s not often a novella gets PRINTED! And in HARDBACK! DUDE! I needed more Christmassy books and this is great! I will read this nearer Christmas time. Definitely. (Though I objected to being charged £10 when everywhere else was £5. -.- Damn you Waterstones! lol though at least I got a stamp. ^_^ )

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And last but not least, I got a couple of adult colouring books. Not that it really matters, I mean, why call them adult ones? You’re still colouring in…like a child. lol. In any case, the ones I got are BEAUTIFUL!

Don’t these look gorgeous? The pictures inside are even better. Personally my favourite is the Alice in Wonderland one, because OH MY GOD, I just can’t handle the beauty of those illustrations. Now, if I did a video, I’d be showing you the inside, but since that would involve taking pictures now, I just can’t be bothered. Sorry. I’m such a bad blogger. lol. 

So that’s it for the BOUGHT section, I’ll now tell you about what I got from the library.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Soundless by Richelle Mead

and two that I’ve had out multiple times and still haven’t been able to get into them but am reluctant to give up:

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare/Sarah Rees Brennan/Maureen Johnson -It’s the cover of this that always puts me off. WHY PUT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED MAGNUS IN THE MOVIE ON THE COVER WHEN UGHHHHHHHH NO HE WASN’T ONE I LIKED AND IT’S SO OFF PUTTING! But I’ll keep trying.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. – This one has been driving me CRAZY! I have tried this like…5 times. I just can’t get into it, and the idea of androids, not to mention she’s in some part of Asia…I know that sounds weird, but we all have our preferences. And this isn’t one of mine. BUT, because so MANY of you keep going on about how good Winter (the final in the series) and how big it is and (i have a fondness for big books) it’s just making me want to read it, but I can’t read Winter (apparently) unless I’ve read the others. Sigh. So here I go again. I gave away the free copy I got at SDCC this year. Typical. Maybe I’ll skip chapter one this time. Some books start off in the middle of a scene and that’s something that often hinders me. 

So there ya have it. My very bulky collection of books that I don’t know WHERE I’m going to find the time to read them. 

Oh, currently reading:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

and trying for the second (maybe third?) time, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this time by audiobook. Which is actually a lot  better than I expected. I dug around for a good narrator, which helps. 

I hope you’ve liked my vast array of choices and let me know if there’s anything on this list that you’ve read (and if you did or didn’t like it) or that you’d like to read. 

As for my NaNo progress: I’m 27k in and 2 days left. I’m just hoping I’ll reach 30k by end of Monday (tomorrow!) and call it quits (hahah no!) mostly I’ll keep going until December 24th and HOPEFULLY I’ll have found an ending. 🙂

Edit: I also got on audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, and The Diviners by Libba Bray,

-Kat

 

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Audiobook review: 5 stars to You’re Never Weird On The Internet (almost) by Felicia Day #memoir #autobiographical

Posted 17 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Reviews, Updates / 3 Comments

From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

 

Review:

I don’t listen to many audiobooks, usually because my brain has trouble imagining properly. I can’t keep going back and listening to the same thing over and over and over… Yeah you get the picture? hahaha punny.

So when I do listen, it’s usually memoirs/autobiographies because let’s face it, that doesn’t involve the imagination. And more often than not, it’s really fun learning more about someone. I particularly found Felicia Day’s life fascinating. I mean, I’d known the basics about her, and that was really the basics. Her story was emotional, heartwarming, inspiring, upsetting, and shocking. Some things horrified me, to be perfectly honest.

The things that she’s been through, had to put up with, etc, just awful. Then again, she’s made so many people happy, and inspired people to do things they probably wouldn’t even dream of. In particular she’s definitely inspired me to stick with my writing and persevere. I mean, I’m not the most…disciplined, and I often feel like giving up, but she showed me that you can succeed at anything if you put your mind to it.

I don’t often get emotional – and I don’t mean all teary eyed, but just…thoughtful – over stuff like this, but it made me think and you know that when I start thinking, shit is about to go DOWN. Haha.

I kind of wish there was a sequel to this. I know, silly, because it’s a MEMOIR not a novel. But that’s how compelling it was, and I would gladly listen again someday.

-Kat

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