Yes I know, it’s been far too long and I should be posting up more blogs on here but I’ve been a little busy writing three books, blogging for Diary Of A Young Writer go check it out click here and here. I also have two jobs, one of which is working in a bookshop, though I feel like I have a dozen jobs really (I mean who has holidays these days?). So I’m sorry, I’ve not had much time to read and I’ve been attempting the classics, which dear god, some of the classic fiction is really tough to get through. So far I’ve read books by Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, George Eliot, Anne Bronte and Emily Bronte.
Click here to see my blog on book 1 in this series.
My Thoughts: Heads up for new readers considering this series, there are going to be 12 books and each one so far ends on a cliffhanger. That being said, I am loving this series right now, the more I read the more I want to know.
The Unfinished Song Series is set in a very primitive almost neolithic time. There is a lot of violence and women especially, are sometimes treated badly. There are tribal clans with bizarre rules and complicated politics. The fae/fairies/fairy lords etc come in all sorts of sizes and forms and they are mischevious, beautiful and powerful. There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. Tara Maya has thought out every detail extensively and as a result has created a believable fantasy world like no other.
I’ve been a bit quiet again lately as I’ve been having a revamp of my blog (trying to make it look awesome so check it out and let me know your thoughts!) This is just a hello (hello), to let you all know that I’m still blogging. I am behind on my book reviews due to work but I will be posting up book reviews for the following wonderful books soon…
- I Am Phantom by Sean Fletcher
- The Unfinished Song: Root Book Four by Tara Maya
- The Unfinished Song: Wing Book Five by Tara Maya
- Consensus Breaking by M.S. Dobing
- Dead Days: Season Three by Ryan Casey
– Caitlin x
She Never Got To Say Goodbye is a great paranormal fantasy and thriller with a lovely and satisfying ending. I enjoyed reading this book and it has been a delightful change from what I’ve been currently reading. The story is fast-paced and takes elements from a number of different genres, romance, mystery, action, paranormal and thriller. I think even the pickiest readers will have trouble finding nothing to appreciate here. Overall the story is well written, I noticed a couple of errors but nothing that detracts away from the story. Ica Iova has a beautiful and addictive writing style that will keep you turning the pages.
She Never Got To Say Goodbye is centred around two main characters, Olivia and Brandon. The story describes how they meet, fall in love, and how their relationship ultimately falls apart. The story then moves on to Olivia’s life as a ghost, Brandon’s life as a single parent, and the last part of the story introduces the life of the killer…
I am absolutely terrible at watching any kind of horror film, I’m the one person who screams even at the really obvious jumpy scenes. I’ve been told off for my screaming, because my screams make my friends scream and curse (they still love me though). I’m also the type of person who won’t sleep for a week after watching said horror film, and if i do sleep, I’ll definitely have nightmares. Anyhow, this doesn’t stop me from watching The Walking Dead (I love it) or from reading Zombie books.
If you’re a UK resident and a fan of the Walking Dead like I am, then you’re going to love Ryan Casey’s Dead Days.
****The Following Section May Contain Spoilers****
My first thoughts as I began to read this book was, ‘this is weird’ but despite thinking that, I couldn’t put the book down, every time I tried I would pick it back up again, and it wasn’t long before I realised that this book is ‘oddly brilliant’.
I saw ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’, whilst I was casually flipping through a book magazine, and I then casually pointed it out to my mother, who kindly bought it for me as a Christmas present. I didn’t really know what to expect as I hadn’t really expected to get it at all, but this was the best, casually-chosen, book choice I have ever made!
Where do I even start with this one? Patrick Ness has basically managed to write a compelling and unique story, but from the point of view of the really minor (barely significant) characters, found in your usual YA Fiction. Instead of having special main characters who are usually cool, beautiful, and have some sort of hidden talent/power. Patrick Ness has flipped the concept on it’s head and given us the ordinary, normal characters, who have their own issues, but are just trying to live their lives as best as they can. These characters are not the names that history will remember but rather, the names that history will undoubtedly forget.
Firstly, this is book one out of a total of nine at the moment. The books in this series are all about different people, but have similar themes running through them.
The Color of Heaven hit a raw nerve for me, it was somewhat similar to my own experiences, so naturally, I’m hardened to a lot of emotional books, but this one, this one had me blinking back tears a few times. This book was pretty sad, but it was filled with so much hope and desire to live too. The beginning of the story is pretty depressing, but it is all a premise for the real message of this story; how to live life even after severe trauma in your life.
The Color of Heaven has been described as ’emotional’ and ‘thought-provoking’, and quite frankly, those are the two best words that could describe this book.
Firstly, this is book one out of four, and this first book is free so scroll down for the link! Also, The Girl In Between ends on a cliffhanger, (an equally satisfying and frustrating cliffhanger in my opinion -C.L.), but still a cliffhanger. So cliffhanger haters, go and find another book.
I absolutely devoured this book. I was so hooked I read it from start to finish in twenty four hours. My problem is I can’t even explain why I loved this book so much, only that I did.
The Girl In Between had both slow and fast paced moments, it had both humorous and heart breaking moments, it had lovable characters and those characters you just really want to punch in the face. It was so intriguing I just wanted to keep reading, I was so desperate for all the mysterious elements to unravel themselves. There were even parts of this story where I thought wow, Kemp is like a female version of John Green (and fellow readers thought the same too -C.L).
OK I have four points to make. Firstly, this book is number one out of a total of twelve books. This is a series and I would recommend that if you’re interested in the series, then read book one (Initiate), book two (Taboo) and book three, (Sacrifice) to get a full idea of what you’re in store for.
Secondly, the time this book is set in is very primitive, think neolithic stone-age. Therefore there are some dark scenes where women are treated harshly, and rape is referred to. There is also a lot of violence, bullying, and political tribal injusticies. Although the descriptions are not explicit, you are aware that these things have happened or are happening. A number of reviews stated that this book is really aimed at an older audience. I agree, but this second point does not make this book any less brilliant or degrade it’s uniqueness.
Thirdly, this book and the series has three main story lines. You have the main female character Dindi and her desire to be a Taevaedi (basically a magical dancer). You also have the main male character Kavio, an exiled Taevaedi with a lot of power and his quest to become a better and respectable person. And lastly you have Vessia, also known as the Corn Maiden, who you never actually meet but her story is told through visions that Dindi receives whenever she touches her totem doll.
Fourthly, this book is deliciously rich with it’s world building, characterization, and plot line. It is complicated, but not difficult to follow if you are truly hooked by the story. There are multiple POV’s not just Dindi’s, Kavio’s and Vessia’s (told in second person). There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. So be prepared to sink your teeth right into these books, put down all the other books you may be reading, cast all troubling thoughts out of your mind and dive into Tara Maya’s story.
OK now we can get started…
First things first, before I tell you my thoughts I should tell you that this book ends on a cliffhanger (spectacular in my opinion but still a cliffhanger -C.L). Also this is only the first part of the story, you will have unanswered questions at the end of this book. So if you want to know the answers and read the whole story, you will have to read the rest of the series too. Ok now I can begin…
This was very different, in a very good way. The setting is your typical fantasy, medieval type setting, but the characters and plot line is anything but typical…
I loved the idea of characters who are pretty much the same as real humans but with longer life spans, who also have complicated, intimate, reproductive cycles. It put a very unique twist on how the characters interacted with one another and this, for me, was what separated this story out from all the rest of the fantasy books out there.