Title: The Name Of The Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Voiced by: Rupert Degas
Series? Yes. 1 of 3.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Until quite recently, I was 100% convinced that audiobooks were not suitable for me. I always found it hard to concentrate on them, and they just seemed so slow! I mean I could read The Name Of The Wind in 3-4 days, but I spent over a solid month listening to this audiobook.
Despite this length, I found that audiobooks are growing on me – I feel they’re an indulgent way to ‘read’ when you’re just too tired to use your eyes. Besides, The Name Of The Wind has a narrative that is particularly suited to audiobooks. In fact, I think I liked it more than the printed format.
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
I read The Name Of The Wind when I was in high school, while waiting for the next ASOIAF book to be released. Patrick Rothfuss’s name was on everyone’s lips – and he was catapulted to stardom with this single volume. I can see why, I enjoyed his writing immensely, he writes lyrical proses that translates particularly beautiful in audiobook format. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: The Name Of The Wind”
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series? Yes. 1 of 3.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review.
Passenger and I had a good start, but the slowpacing and directionless plot lost me towards the end. Nonetheless, I could recommend this book based on the merits of the well-developed characters alone.
Touted as one of the most awaited time travel release this year, it’s little wonder that Passenger struggled to live up to immense expectations – such is the curse of a hyped book. The mythology behind the time travel is vague, with protagonists leaping through wrinkles in time that allow them to transcend spatial temporal boundaries. There are no apparent rules which dictates where the portal are or where they may lead. Our leads haphazardly uses musical notes to locate these wrinkles in the fabric of the universe – poetic, yet admittedly unpractical. Continue reading “Book Review: Passenger”
So if you’ve read my previous posts about the Red Rising series, you’ll know that I am huge fan. I finished Morning Star over the weekend and my brain is still reeling from post-series devastation/euphoria. I haven’t been able to string together a coherent review, but I have been making some wallpapers to share.
- Quotes belong to the magnificent Pierce Brown and the Red Rising trilogy.
- DO: Download wallpapers for personal use. Buy the books. Enjoy!
- DON’T: Redistribute or modify without permission.
- iPhone 6/6s resolution, but should work with most phones. Let me know if you need resizing 😀
Continue reading “Read at Midnight Designs: Morning Star”
Fellow Aussies, the odds are in your favour, I have a set of The Mortal Instruments up for grabs – complete with spiffy new covers & spines! Bright and ready for Valentines day, even. You know you want them!
I mean, just look at the new spines! They are the most gorgeous thing, blissfully free of random half-naked dudes. You shall proudly display these as you read in public, huzzah!
To enter follow the rules below:
- Australian residents only, sorry!
- Participants should be at least 13 with parental consent! Of course, if you are 18 you may do as you like 😀
- No giveaway accounts, no cheating!
- One winner, prize to be distributed by Walker Books Australia.
- Runs until 29th February.
- Good luck!
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Thank you so much to Walker Books Australia for sponsoring this giveaway!
Have you guys started watching the new Shadowhunters series? Thoughts? They are all so pretty but I wish they had better dialogue!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish!
It’s been a while since I’ve joined a Top Ten Tuesday, but since my fangirl heart love shipping above all – I couldn’t resist the Valentines special! Now, I am usually one to turn my nose up at tropes and slam them in my reviews, but since it’s the season of commercial love and all, I want to be positive.
As a reader, I am not ashamed to say that there are some tropes I just dig, no matter how many times I’ve seen the story played out its course. There’s something comforting about a romance that plays in familiar territory, yet have enough twist and emotions behind it to hold you to the tale. Sometimes I don’t want unique, I want a well loved tale told in an earnest voice.
Here’s a selection of my absolute favourite shippy tropes, if you have these in your book – chances are I’ll read it!
1. Arranged Marriage
I am not quite certain how my obsession with arranged marriage turned love began. Perhaps it was by seeing my grandparents interact while I grew up. Perhaps it was some TVB series I watched when I was younger, but I love seeing a pair forced together by circumstances – and learn to love after they tie the knot.
Bookish examples include: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Bonus points if it takes place in a luxurious royalty setting, where one of the party is completely out of their depth in the new environment. I want drama!
Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Romantic Tropes”
Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Lies of Locke Lamora has been on my TBR for a while, but I have always avoided it as it sounded like a bit of a sausage fest. The book does lack prominent female characters, but it somewhat makes up for it with the strength of the ladies who do feature (I need Sabetha!). What’s more, it’s dark, it’s entertaining, and it’s not afraid to stick a blade right into your heart.
“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”
While the main plot of the book features heist, treachery and more mutinies than you could shake a stick at – the heart of the novel lies in the epic bromance that is the Gentlemen Bastards. I am a huge fan of the ‘family that you choose yourself’ trope, so Locke and his gang of misfits tickled at my heartstrings. Make no mistake, they’re neither gentle or loving to one another – preferring to trade insults to niceties. Yet, through flashbacks and banter, the reader could feel the camaraderie between Locke and each of the member in his team. Morally ambiguous characters who look out for their own? Basically a set up after my own heart. Continue reading “Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora”