Friday, 11 April 2014

Feature and Follow #3

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow 

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
This week's question is...

Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible) 


Despite all the hype, I really did not enjoy
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I picked it up
because I had wanted to see the movie and of course, the amount of hype.
I don't know wether it was the bad sentance structure, the unexplained "romance" or
the annoying main character. I really did try to enjoy it but I could not
hide my hate toward the book. I don't believe that you "shouldn't read it" but I suggest
going into it with caution.

*Note - I wrote a full review last month, click here to read it*

Hagar Manssour

Monday, 7 April 2014

Favourite Book Characters (Female)

Because of my (kinda) reading slump, I'm trying to think of my favourite things and elements about books. I then realised that I love a lot of characters so I thought I'd share my favourite females!
(Note - I have already published a post on my favourite males)
These are in no particular order.

1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

2. Mara Dyer from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin


3. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling


4. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins


5. Crescent "Cress" Moon Darnel from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

6. Beatrice "Tris" Prior from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth


7. Violet Baudelaire from the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


8. Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus by Rick  Riordan.

9. Theresa "Tessa" Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

10. Cassiopeia "Cassie" Sullivan from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Hagar Manssour

Friday, 4 April 2014

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

13206828Title: Cress                                   
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Published: 4th February 2014
Source: Gifted

 Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

I can say it now without a shadow of a doubt; I love the Lunar Chronicles. Yep, this book really confirmed my love for Marissa Meyer's fantastic series. This book is, by far, the best one so far. It has action, romance, heartbreak and moments where you are just like oh no, you did not just do that to me. Marissa Meyer was not scared to go the extra mile in this book, which I really appreciate.

We first see Cress in Cinder but really meeting her in this book was just refreshing in a way. While Cinder is strong and Scarlet is butt-kicking, Cress is a shy, sweet, naive girl that is the exaact opposite of Cinder and Scarlet but she still has that element that makes her heroic. I love how Marissa Meyer makes each character unique! You'd never expect an extremely shy and naive person to be an excellent hacker would you? I see myself in Cress the most; it's the way how she deals with situations and how she thinks upon them.

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.”
Ahh ... Thorne. How much I love Thorne and ship Thress. He really became his own in this book. If you thought you liked Thorne in Scarlet, wait until you read Cress because you will fall in love. His character development throughout this series is flawless and his interactions with Cress are just hilarious and sweet and adorable.

“If you honestly believe that," said Thorne, stowing the gun again, "then you really don't recognize true value when you see it.”
We were also introduced to Winter, the main narrarator of the next book and I thought her introduction was hilarious (in a good way)! She's a Lunar princess who hasn't used her gift since twelve, which results in her being slightly ... insane. I can't wait for Winter to come out so we can really get to know her (among other things as well, don't worry).

So much stuff went down in this book. The action was non-stop but what I really adored about the action/plot was that it was realistic. Even though it is a sci-fi and a fairytale retelling, it doesn't shy away the fact that things that happen is realistic if you know what I mean. Ms Meyer's writing left me thinking what on Luna (hah, see what I did there?) is going to happen next? 

I'm both anticipating and sort of terrified for Winter. I really don't want this fantastic series to end but I really want to know what will happen, am I the only one feeling this way? I loved Cress and, as it is a new favourite, stars cannot portray my love for this book.

Hagar Manssour

P.S -- I think the series would make a really great TV show, if done right!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Anna, #1)

13077542Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Anna (#1)
Published: 3rd July 2012
Source: Library

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

Going into this, I didn't know what to expect. I've never really read any horror or ghost books before but there's a first time for everything, right? This book was creepy and intense and sometimes really scary. I really enjoyed this book which came to me as a surprise because I had thought how on Earth do you love a horror?

I loved Cas's character! He was so bad ass yet caring and smart and so funny. He was really just refreshing to read about because I was expecting him to either be a) OMG you make me pee my pants but I will attack you anyway for no reason whatsoever or b) I am the king of all you ghosts so I will banish you to hell. His lines would just crack me up which is good as it acted as a comic relief for whatever was going on.

The descriptions used in this book just made the scene even creepier that it was before. To be honest, I was scared more of the descriptions in the scenes rather than the scene itself if you know what I mean. I don't even believe in ghosts but this book made me feel as if there was one watching me.


I also really enjoyed the little A team Cas had formed in this book because they had all brought a new dynamic to the story. They all had their own good reason for helping Cas and they all acted realistically, not stereotypically.

In the end, I really loved this book and I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to be refreshed or you know, terrified. It's a great Hallowe'en read by the way!

5/5 stars!

Hagar Manssour