Friday, 29 January 2016

Pegasus's 2016 To-Read List

Greetings fellow earthlings! It's me, Pegasus. For 2016, I've written a list of books that I would definitely like to read this year. Of course, I plan to read more than just these books, but these are the ones that came to my mind immediately. A hope of mine this year is to read some more classics, so I put down a couple that I hope I will get to read. I tend to read many Young Adult Books because I enjoy them the most, and I am also coming to see that I am becoming interested with mystery books.

  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  • The Life As We Knew It Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
  • The Cormoran Strike Novels by Robert Galbraith
  • The Cuckoos Calling
  • The Silkworm
  • Career of Evil
  • The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu
  • Winter by Merissa Meyer in the Series The Lunar Chronicles
  • The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Beyond The Kingdoms by Chris Colfer in The Land of Stories Series
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
  • Free Four by Veronica Roth
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

What books are YOU planning to read this year? Let us know in the comments! Or, if you have any recommendations, we'd love to hear them!


Book Talk - The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Greeting fellow earthlings! It's me, Unicorn. I read this really cool book called The Young Elites by Marie Lu a while back in December, but I thought I should do a book talk on it. I don't want to miss out on doing a book talk on a good book after all. It's a little darker than what I usually read, but it's so good (which totally makes up for the dark stuff)! This has spoilers by the way. There will be a warning before the spoilers though, so don't worry.

The Young Elites is about this world where a decade ago (decade = 10 years), there was a huge deadly blood fever all across the nation. Almost everyone who got it died, but some people survived, and the ones who survived were left with markings. Hair that suddenly turned an abnormal colour, scars, two different coloured eyes, etc. Some of the people with markings have special, dangerous powers. These people are called The Young Elites. The Inquisition Axis wants all of the Young Elites dead. Adelina Amouteru is one of them, but her powers are stronger than everyone thinks. Dun dun dunnn... (I'm sorry for the bad summary. The back of the book is better.)

I don't want to start this off by saying 'I really liked this book' because that sentence is generally frowned upon. So instead I'm going to say: I thoroughly relished this novel. (Thank you, trusty thesaurus.) (I don't know why I'm doing this.) The first thing I noticed, and kept on repeatedly noticing, was the awesome writing style and word choice. The way Marie Lu describes settings is amazing and makes you feel like you're really there, or at least you really really want to be there just because it sounds fantastic. The words used in this book are so beautiful! Secondly, this book has an awesome cover. Just look at it! You can't tell me that isn't epic.

Now, what did I like about the actual story? The multiple perspectives were very cool, although most of it was still told out of Adeline's perspective, and at the beginning they could be a bit confusing. The world setup was well introduced, not too complicated or confusing. Now, the characters, Adelina especially, were very interesting. Adelina isn't your usual, selfless protagonist. She's pretty evil, actually. But when you read the story out of her perspective, you kind of think her actions are justifiable, but you still don't like her for doing the things she does. It's pretty conflicting, because you feel like everything Adelina does is reasonable but terribly mean at the same time. And you can see inside her head and everything, so she explains why she does certain things, but they still aren't okay at all. It was really interesting to read out of the perspective of someone who's far from perfect, because we don't see much of those books these days. The protagonists are always perfect and kind and go out of their way to help others. Adelina is different, but in some ways, she's still a likeable character. Alright, enough of me rambling. I hope this made sense.

(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD, SKIP THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK) There were a few things I didn't like though. For instance, I was confused about if she liked Rafaelle. I thought she did, but apparently NOPE. I was totally mistaken and Adelina and Rafaelle were just friends. That was a little confusing. I liked Rafaelle better as a character than Enzo, to be honest. We never really got to see that much of Enzo's personality, and Rafaelle was usually nothing but kind to Adelina, so I liked him better as a character. What would their ship name be? Rafalina? Adeelle? Hahaha

And then there was the ending. Oh, that ending. Enzo died. Okay, I can deal with that. That's fine and everything. But the way he died. WHY? And then Rafaelle and the rest of the Dagger Society abandoned Adelina, even though it really wasn't her fault he died. I understand that 'her powers are out of control' but I still didn't agree with what they did to Adelina at the end, and just the overall fact that Enzo died. Now everyone's going to say I just can't deal with book deaths and everything, but I just found the ending overall conflicting and I just didn't feel that the book was very well concluded (although there is a sequel, which I haven't read yet.)

This was mostly just me rambling on about confusing things. Anyway, I would probably give this book 3.5 stars because of the ending, and the fact that the character relationships were slightly confusing.

Somewhere around there. The ending was just not good but not exactly completely bad. (If you skipped the paragraphs with spoilers, you wouldn't have read my opinion about the ending. Sorry!) I don't know how to feel about that ending, to be honest, so I'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully I'll get to reading the sequel soon, after all of the other books I'm currently reading or planning to read. But when I do read it, there will most likely be a book talk on it, no worries!
Leave a comment below telling us what you thought of this book, or if you have any book recommendations for me and Pegasus!


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Unicorn's 2016 To Be Read List

Greetings fellow earthlings! It's me, Unicorn. Now, it's the new year (not anymore because this is going up late) and we've all got different things we do every year, like making new years resolutions we probably won't keep. Something I've done for new years is made a 2016 To Be Read List. So without further ado, here is the list of books I cannot wait to read in 2016.
  • Four by Veronica Roth
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  • The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu (2nd book in The Young Elites series)
  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
  • Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • If I Stay Series by Gayle Foreman
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The White Rose by Amy Ewing (2nd book in The Lone City Series)
  • Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (because The Young Elites was amazing)
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
And of course there are also the books to re-read, and in my case there's only 3.
  • The epic, awesome, amazing, fantastic, mind-blowingly great Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
The reason I want to re-read those books is just because they're so so so good, but I read them a while after they came out, but that was long enough ago for me to forget most of the stuff that happened, so I definitely need to re-read those books! (If you haven't read them I very very very highly recommend them. They're amazing!)

Now that my 2016 reading list has come to an end, I am going to count them all. *Several minutes later* That's a total of 34 books to read (I think, don't blame me if I'm wrong)! This isn't it, of course, and I plan to read much more in 2016. This is simply the books that come to mind right this instant when I think about the books I absolutely want to read in 2016. As you can see, most of it is science fiction/YA books, because I really tend to like those types of books best. But who knows, maybe I will find a new genre I really like in 2016! Leave a comment below if you have any book recommendations and let us know what books you can't wait to read this year!


P.S. Pegasus is making a 2016 To Be Read List as well, so check that one out as well once it's posted.

P.P.S. Sorry this is so late. =P