Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas

A heart of Ice. A will of steel.
Meet the assassin…Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness

In the pits of the Endovier mines eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien, the most deadly feared assassin in all the lands, serves her life sentence for. Lasting a year in the horror of the mines is unheard of but somehow Celaena struggles through, then one day Captain Westfall visits with an abhorrent and unthinkable request, her freedom in exchange for her service to the King if she competes as the princes champion in the up-coming fight to the death tournament, with the best of the best from around the land. Live or Die, those are her choices but not even Celaena could have seen where her choice will lead her.

Throne of glass is best described as Cinderella who can kick ass; there is a poor girl who has been wronged, a handsome prince, a villainous king, a fairy godmother and an evil plot brewing.  This novel is less action-packed than I expected instead Maas focuses her attention on political intrigue, murder, mystery and romance. And while I found all this intriguing I have to say the romance did let me down. I felt while reading this that Maas was constantly changing her mind, first the captain, then the prince, then…who? It was never really clear what Celeaena felt for either one or in turn what they felt for her, because of this I become somewhat disconnected from the story. However what this novel does have some things going for it; there are some pretty vivid descriptions which compel the reader to read on and of course of the murder mystery too keeps the pages turning. Ultimately however Celaena, as the kick ass assassin is what really appealed predominantly in this novel. Overall not a bad read; like Twilight it’s a novel you’re either gonna love or hate it. So if your looking for a light and intriguing read that is not too heavy on the romance give it a go…it may or may not disappoint. Let me know.


Sunday, 24 March 2013

20 Awesome Examples of Literary Graffiti

Follow the link to Buzzfeed to find heaps of examples of beautiful literary graffiti. Which is your fave?

- Celia

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Go Ask Alice

'Go Ask Alice' is an amazing depiction of a teenager's life told in diary form.

Alice seems like your average fifteen year old living with various ups and downs as she negotiates school and family and potential new boyfriends.

Then comes a fateful encounter when she attends a party, and, unknowingly, her drink is laced with LSD. Alice's descriptions of her drug taking are vivid and strong. At first she is delirious and sees only the beauty and wonder of her new world whilst under the influence of drugs.

Then, as her journey with drugs continues, a more seedy side emerges. Her addiction for drugs takes over and Alice will do anything in order to achieve a drug-induced state.

Readers will be swept along with her tale, wanting her to abstain and resist the drugs as much as Alice, eventually, wants to abstain and resist herself.
This book was written in the 1970's but is still completely relevant today.
Recommended reading.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013



They say I’m evil.

The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o’clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me.

And everyone believes it. Including you.

But you don’t know.

You don’t know who I used to be.
Who I could have been.

For the first time Emily Koll is going to tell her story. Not what the newspapers will tell you, or the interviews on the late news, but her side of the story…her truth. Or as much as she dares to reveal.

Written in the form of a diary we learn that Emily is awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution. She is cold, distant, and refuses to apologise for what she has done. And what has she done?

We don’t find this out till the end of the novel and by then we want to know. By then we have travelled far with Emily, with her pseudonym Rose, and with her nemesis Juliet.

This novel is a psychological look at infamy,

so forget about Emily, now I’m Harry Koll’s daughter,
about identity ,
 the best thing about being Rose Glass was that I didn’t have to be Emily Koll 
and how far a person would go to seek revenge.
You break it, you pay for it, and you broke me. You got what you deserved.

 This novel looks at revenge but also how we are shaped by our families. And if we could be anyone, who would we be?

Vicki @ Pak. 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob used to believe his grandfather when the old man showed him strange pictures from his past. As a child he wanted to believe that it was possible that somewhere little girls could float above the ground, boys could be invisible, and even that somewhere someone had a mouth on the back of their head. As he got older he began to doubt the truth of his grandfather’s strange playmates and the Welsh island where they once lived.

When his grandfather dies horribly, Jacob, now a teen, sees something that makes him think that his grandfather had been right all along. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows Jacob on his journey to sort the truth from the lies deep in his grandfather’s murky past.

Unsettling photographs are used as a very effective storytelling device in this novel. When Jacob’s grandfather shows him the pictures of the peculiar children, we see them too, woven seamlessly into the narrative. The story is at once more real and much creepier!
More pictures appear as the story unfolds, and they fit so neatly within the narrative that Ransom Riggs has developed that it is amazing to discover that the photographs used are all ‘authentic, vintage found photographs’ from a variety of collectors.

The story itself is wonderful. Suspense builds as Jacob uncovers more and more about his grandfather’s past, and the eerie photos heighten the experience. Timeslip elements are integrated seamlessly, and Jacob is a very engaging character, determined to uncover the truth.

Towards the end of the novel it is a bit disappointing to start heading into what looks like standard fantasy fare. However, I may be selling the author short, and I am sure that I will be picking up the sequel when it hits the library in 2014! I am also hanging out for the film, which apparently Tim Burton is set to direct.

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