Sunday, 24 April 2016

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery : Review

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Publication date: 1908
Published by: Signet
Genres: Classic

Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

My Thoughts
This book is one of my mum's favourites, for years I thought I had already read it but it turns out I had gotten Pollyanna confused with Anne of Green Gables. I think the next classic I read has to be Pollyanna again, since I obviously don't remember it. It took me forever to read this book. I started reading this book at the beginning of the biggest reading slump I've ever had.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice break from the fantasy books that I seem to be reading so much of right now. All the character were who they said they were, which was a nice change. I loved seeing the development in Anne and Marilla's relationship. It was one of the happiest things ive read in years, the devotion between them is unparalleled in books.

The plot was great, it was like a gentle meander. Not a lot happened but Anne's dramatic reaction to everything made it feel ten times more exciting. It did break my heart a bit when a certain character died. I could see it coming but they were my favourite character so I was in denial. I'm still convince I misread it.

My favourite part of the book was definitely the ending. I love how perfectly ever tied together without making it feel like the story ended right there. It gave you the idea that Anne still continued her life after the book finished.

In conclusion, this is a great book to read after a depressing book or super fast paced. I don't think I'm going to read on in the series. I loved the ending so much that I'm  not sure I want anything to ruin it in anyway. I'm giving this book 4.5/5.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Half Lost by Sally Green (Half Bad Trilogy #3) : Review

Half Lost by Sally Green (Half Bad Trilogy #3)
Publication date: March 29th 2016
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance

This is the final battle.

The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Brynn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.

Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

My Thoughts
This is the final book in Sally Green's Half Bad Trilogy. I was so excited for this book, I read it in a day. It was everything I had expected it to be and more. There were twists and turns that I didn't expected but there were also some that I did.
There was so much Nathan and Gabriel in this book. I screamed on multiple occasions. They're just so adorable. I want one book just dedicated to them like 'Half  Love' or something and it will be a paranormal romance between them.
It was completely action packed without a single dull moment the hours just flew by. It was also fantastic how Sally manage to keep the over all them of the book (war and uprising) going throughout the whole book. even in happy additional scene there was an underlining tension between every action that the characters made.
I think that Sally Green is great at description and coming up with fantastic new places, so I loved that we didn't revisit a single place. All the setting were new and unexplored, which could sometimes give you a nice break from the intenseness of the rest of the book.
My only complaint with this book is the ending. It felt very rushed. In the last two chapters I didn't really know what was going on. She first of all gave me false hope that one of the characters were still alive then took you to a random place which I had no idea what it was. It was disappointing to finish such an incredible series on such a  low note.
In conclusion, this was an incredible book and I shall dearly miss this series. I look forward to whatever Sally Green has up her sleeve for me to read next but until then I'm giving this book 4/5 stars.