Monthly Archives: Feb 2015

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Finished on 27th February, 2015

Author: Rick Yancey

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5 Stars

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The 1st Wave took out half a million people.

The 2nd Wave put that number to shame.

The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead.

In the 4th Wave you can’t trust that people are still people.

And the 5th Wave? No one knows. But it’s coming.

On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs.
Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.

To give up or to get up.

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The 5th Wave is a brilliant novel with a great plotline and interesting, engaging characters. Personally, I found it to be a great entrance into the sci-fi genre.

I found it really interesting that aside from your regular chapters, Yancey divided up the novel into 13 sections, varying in length, which represent a different point of view. Obviously some points of views are repeated, such as Cassie and “Zombie”‘s, but I find the idea to be quite ingenious. In the midst of the apocalypse, it is great to know what’s going on simultaneously at different locations. Sammy’s POV broke my heart, especially when “Nugget” was introduced to “Zombie”.

I loved Cassie from the get-go. She is not only the first dystopian heroine to actually actually stock up on tampons (that I have read), but she loves books and comes from a family of book lovers. Also, she is totally kick-ass while remaining completely human in her flaws and mistakes.

Ringer was also kick-ass awesome, and rather intelligent. Indeed, I believe it was her (or was it Zombie?) that figured out what the 5th Wave was. Zombie’s quest to make Ringer smile was absolutely adorable…

“Don’t you get it? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”

Evan. I loved him, but initially I was incredibly skeptical of him – particularly after we see inside the head of the Silencer. He was seemingly too good to be true, and yet… He saved Cassie and I truly believe that he loves her and is willing to die for her. As for his biology… Who cares? It’s choices that form a person, not where they come from. Evan is a brilliant character and I loved him – especially how he dealt with situations.

“It’s hopeless. And it’s stupid. It’s suicidal. But love is a weapon they have no answer for. They know how you think, but they can’t know how you feel.”

“I’ll find you Cassie. Don’t I always find you?”

I want an Evan…

I hated Vosh with a passion – still do, really. When he appeared a second time with Camp Haven I was incredibly suspicious.  Everything seemed to fall into place but then he confused me with his talk of breaking points and started to convince me that he really was for humanity. Perhaps that was merely my wishful thinking coming into play. Either way, Vosh = Bad.

As a whole, The 5th Wave was action packed and, if done correctly, would look great on screen. Which apparently is happening – IMDB has the release date as 27th January 2016, which I’m super excited about. In particular, the rescue scene was brilliant, enthralling, can’t-take-my-eyes-off-the-pages-in-fear-I’ll-miss-something awesome. Everything just came together and it was amazing.

The end (by which I mean the last page or so) was dissatisfying. I ship Ben and Cassie too much in their respective relationships to be okay with it. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Infinite Sea – I need more Evan. More than that, I need more Evan and Cassie.

I highly recommend The 5th Wave to all those interested in a brilliant dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic, action packed, romantic novel. I now have a very strong urge to go out and buy The Infinite Sea immediately, despite already having an extensive pile of books to be read and hardly any time to read them.

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Death Before Daylight (Timely Death Trilogy #3)

Finished on 25th February, 2015

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

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5 Stars

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Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric – and only Eric – and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must chose who she will be: a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

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First of all, I would like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for supplying me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Also, I would like to apologise profusely for taking so long to read and review (I mean, a month, I feel so bad…). In my defense, I did re-read the second half of Seconds Before Sunrise on top of The 5th Wave (which I’m almost finished) and school. But still, no excuse.

Death Before Daylight was an intricately woven finale to a unique series in the paranormal world. The character development was brilliant, with plot twists all over the place (*cough* Lola *cough*). We also get a glimpse into the origins of the lights and shades, as well as a new breed of the two, which I found quite fascinating.

The relationships in this installment were brilliant – the love between Eric and Jessica continued to grow and deepen despite the seemingly never ending issues they face; their friendships with Jonathan and Charlotte; as well as the value placed on family relations. New discoveries were made about the dead and the remaining relationships were fleshed out and developed beautifully.

Linda was quite an interesting character who I enjoyed immensely. She was just so sassy and awesome, and while her actions might not always have been sound, she was coming from a good place and acting in the only was that she knew. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she saved the books long before there was ever a need to.

The only criticism I have about this book is not at all against the author, but a necessary evil in wake of the plot. As Eric is the only one Darthon reveals his identity to (and who is not at liberty to even slightly give that name away), there is an understandable frustration that comes when both Jonathan and Jessica seem to be looking in all the wrong directions. To be fair, they did work it out fairly quickly – but it was still exasperating nonetheless.

Death Before Daylight is an explosive conclusion that winds up the series in such a way that it leaves you satisfied, but wanting more of the beloved characters. I can’t believe that I finally have to say goodbye, and I will no doubt be revisiting them shortly.

I highly recommend the Timely Death trilogy to those in the Young Adult genre seeking a unique twist to the standard paranormal. The series is very well executed and the world building is absolutely fantastic.

Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy #1)

Read on 17th February, 2015

Authors: Casandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan

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5 Stars

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After living as a mundane and a vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. Simon Lewis has been many things. A mundane. A vampire. A hero. But Simon can’t remember any of that. His memories of adventures with Clary, Isabelle, and the rest of the New York Shadowhunters were erased by a demon, and now Simon is eager to reclaim that part of himself. But will he ever get back the parts of himself that he lost? Does he even want to?

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Despite being in the middle of two books (The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey & Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson) I could not resist the allure of Cassandra Clare’s. Filled with characters we know and love, as well as quite a number of introduced ones, laughter, wit and character development, Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy did not disappoint.

When Simon was first introduced in City of Bones, I was admittedly not impressed – I saw him more of an annoying hindrance than anything else. During the course of TMI, I was thankfully disproved of my initial judgment. Simon has evolved into a remarkable character and despite the minor fallback of the amnesia, I have no doubt that Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy is his time to shine and he will do so admirably. Personally, I have found that simply the first installment has made him so much more loveable (though that’s probably the Cassandra Clare withdrawal speaking) and brought to the table his adorable Simonness. I can’t wait to watch him flourish. (Also, did I mention that Simon is a Doctor Who fan? No? Well, he is and its absolutely fantastic!)

“Is that a weapon?” Julie asked.
“Um, no,” said Simon. “It’s a tennis racquet.”

Although I wasn’t entirely sure about George in the beginning (I must shamefully admit that it was more because of the rugby top than his phobia of rodents) I warmed up to him rather quickly. He is the best possible friend Simon could have at the Academy. Plus, he’s “an excellent horseman”.

The “bear-killing” dagger. I say no more.

Isabelle was brilliant. I won’t spoil anything, but damn girl.

Coincidentally, my favorite parts came near the beginning and at the very end of the novella – the “demonic” possum and the soup scenes. However, I loved it all and wholeheartedly recommend people to get on board the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy bandwagon.