Saturday, 28 February 2015

February 2015

February has gone in no time and I can’t believe is almost March. In February I read 8 books. Woo Hoo! Still trying to figure out how I did it though with all the exams at the beginning of the month.

1. The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
2. The Rose Master by Valentina Cano
3. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
5. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
6. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
8. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Book Review // Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel {Goodreads}
Published by Knoph in 2014. 
Hardback edition; 333 pages {The Book Depository}
"One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them. Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave".

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top Ten Tuesday # 20 (Top Ten Heroines)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

After a long time without doing a Top Ten Tuesday I was actually thinking of not doing them anymore but this week’s topic is awesome. I mean heroines? Yes, please! I’ve listed only ten even though I could have listed a whole lot more. They aren’t in any particular order and we have a mix between book and tv shows heroines. Let’s do this!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Book Review // Obstacles by Christopher Reardon

Title: Obstacles {Goodreads}
Author: Christopher Reardon
Pages (format): 256 (e-book)
Publication Date: August 29th 2013
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Buy it: Amazon
Summary: "A child will die. You’re afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he’s lost in paranoia. Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott’s horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn’t right. Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man’s obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts. A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari’s life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment. Death’s claws shall not grasp Gari’s soul". 

{First of all, I need to thank the author, Christopher Reardon, for allowing me to read his book in exchange of an honest review}

Obstacles follows Alcott, an African American doctor who is taking care of a little kid called Gari who suffers from terminal cancer. One day a patient shows Alcott a book about bringing back the dead and so he goes to a beach and chants one of the spells. A woman materializes and tells him there is a way to keep Gari alive; he has to overcome some challenges known as the Obstacles, where he would have to prove himself, in order to keep the boy alive. But there is, of course, a catch: to keep the boy alive, Alcott would have to give up his own life. While I liked the book, I also had some problems with it; character-wise mostly.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Bookentine's Day: A Valentine's Day Tag

I’M BACK! First of all, thank you so much for the lovely comments on my previous post; you’re all so sweet and lovely ^^

So after three weeks, I’m finally uploading a post and it’s a tag. I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday but the lovely Jillian over at Jillian’s Books tagged me and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back in the blogging train. Without further ado, here are my answers: