Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The 100 by Kass Morgan: Review

The 100 (The Hundred, #1)Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Buy This Book: Amazon / Book Depository

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.
Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again. (Goodreads summary.)

The 100 is a book I had been debating whether or not to read for quite some time. It was only when I saw adverts for the TV show that I finally decided to give it a go. I had been hearing how good the show was and wanted to watch it, but felt like I had to read the book first. I am so glad I did because it was such a fun read and has made me even more excited to watch the show.

The book is set 300 years after a nuclear war left the world inhabitable, the last remaining humans now live on spaceships that orbit above the Earth. One hundred juvenile delinquents find out that they are being sent to Earth to see if it's radiation levels have lowered and it can now be recolonized. The hundred don't know what to expect, whether they will die straight away because the air is not breathable, if they will die slowly from radiation poisoning or if there is actually a possibility that they can recolonize. I loved the premise, it was the main reason I was so excited to read this book.

I now need this show in my life!!!

The book is told from the perspectives of four different characters - Bellamy, Clarke, Glass and Wells. Each of their stories follows them at the present time but also provides flashbacks that show how they came to be on the mission to Earth. I really enjoyed the four different perspectives and finding out their stories slowly, over the course of the book. My favourite character is definitely Glass, the only delinquent who manages to sneak off of the ship and escape the mission. Bellamy came to Earth to protect his younger sister, who he would do anything for. The reason Clarke got arrested is revealed bit by bit as the story goes on. Wells is there because of Clarke, he has come to look after her and make sure she stays alive. The four perspectives really work well, we get to see what's happening on Earth and on the ship. I liked the slow reveal of what happened to each character, the flashbacks worked really well and I liked that Morgan decided to tell the story that way.

It's so easy to see why this book was made into a TV show, not a movie like most YA books nowadays. It's a book that's packed full of drama, action, twists, romance and shock revelations. It reads like a TV show. In fact, I get the sense that this will translate better on screen and be much more enjoyable as a show. It's a good read, it's the first book I have read in one sitting for quite some time now. It's just so easy to read and get lost in the story and I knew I wanted to follow this series and see where it goes.

The romance aspects in this are probably what bugged me the most. There are just so many of them, especially where Clarke is involved. I hate her going back and forth between two guys. That gets old pretty quickly. But the most annoying part of the whole book is definitely Wells. I quite liked his character at the very beginning, but the flashbacks reveal more about him and the idiot kind of person that he is. His character was so infuriating, I wanted to reach inside the book and strangle him.

With each new Wells flashback:

4/5 Butterflies

If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced read then I highly recommend The 100. It has a great premise and it's pulled off pretty well. It definitely has it's issues and, as far as dystopians go, it's no Hunger Games. But it's well worth a read, the type of book you will devour in one sitting. The ending leaves you desperate to pick up the sequel and see how it's going to end. I really enjoyed the book overall, despite my problems with it, and I will be continuing the series. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Only Read One Book From But Need To Read More


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic.

This weeks topic is:

Authors I've Only Read One Book From But Need To Read More

I thought this one would be an easy topic, but it's actually quite difficult. It seems that I usually hunt down more books from authors I love. So most of the authors whose books I'd only read one of were authors I didn't want to read any more from. I did find these ten authors though, I loved their books and so it surprises me that I haven't read more from them. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

The GIF & TBR Tags

I was tagged by Emily at Follow the Yellow Book Road to do the GIF tag. Rachel at A Perfection Called Books tagged me in the TBR tag. I thought I would get both done in one post because I am just awesome like that.

The Gif Tag

The first one I am going to do is the GIF tag, which is perfect for me because I love a good GIF! This is simple, the person who tags you will give you a list of ten books. You then have to use just one sentence and one GIF to describe and show how you felt about the book. You then tag others, leaving a list of ten books for them. So... here we go.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

And so my undying love for Harry Potter began.

2. Twilight

Alice and Jasper made that series.

3. Graceling

Will I or won't I ever get to this series?!?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: Review

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)Title: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Buy This Book: Amazon / Book Depository

It's not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodgeball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants - and that was only the beginning.
Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack and, unless I can get my hands of the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones...(Goodreads summary.)

I recently reviewed The Lightning Thief and talked about my overall disappointment with it. I thought it wasn't a strong start to this series, and it made me want to give up on it. There's so much love for this series though, so I decided to keep going and see if it gets better. So far, I am not sold on this series.

I hated how repetitive The Lightning Thief was. All Grover, Percy and Annabeth did was go from place to place, run into someone who seemed human but would turn out not to be. A fight would inevitably ensue and Percy would ultimately, and quite easily, win. I knew if every book was like that then I would have to quit this series. I felt Sea of Monsters wasn't as repetitive, but it did have it's moments. My main issue with it is that it still feels too young. I never fear for Percy because he always easily gets out of any danger. That gets a bit dull to read.

I have to say that the Percy Jackson series is one that is definitely more character driven. The characters are funny and so easy to like. I just find it's the story itself that is lacking, it just doesn't completely work for me. The Lightning Thief seemed to drag for me, I felt it was unnecessarily long for what it actually was. Before I started Sea of Monsters, I was pleased to see it was a lot shorter than the first book. But it felt just as long, and not in a good way. A lot goes on in this book, there is a lot of action but, at the same time, it never really feels like anything important happens.

I feel like Sea of Monsters didn't leave any impression on me, I can barely sum up my feels for it. Mainly because I don't really have any feels. It just wasn't anything special and, again, I'm left questioning whether I want to continue and see if it gets better the longer the series goes on. I really hope so. Or am I just wasting my time?

3/5 Butterflies

Saturday, 13 September 2014

My Weekly Book Haul: 13/09/2014


Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.

After last weeks, which was atrocious, I was hoping this week would be a bit easier. It really wasn't. They weren't lying when they said that when it rains it pours. Although, I must admit, it's been a brilliant week books wise. I got a physical ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and opened it to see that it was signed by the author! Wish the personal side had been better but, with a funeral to go to, I knew it wasn't going to be any easy one. Fingers crossed for an easier week next week. I've finally stuck to my guns, refused extra time and will get at least four days off! CAN'T WAIT!