Saturday, March 19, 2016

Taking a Quick Break

Things have been pretty hectic around here lately, so I'm taking a quick break from the blog until the beginning of April. This will give me time to incorporate some of the new features I'm planning, into the blog and I shall be back with a regular schedule starting the first of April.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Calamity

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Published: Gollancz, February 2016

Pages: 432

Series: Book 3, Reckoners Trilogy

Summary: May contain spoilers! When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . .
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying. (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been waiting for this book to be released ever since I read Firefight last year. There were so many reveals and twists and turns in Firefight that I have been itching to get my hands on this book.

I felt as though this book didn't have as many surprises or interesting action sequences that kept me flicking from page to page.  In fact, I felt that even though this book was the biggest of the three, there were a lot less events happening. It wasn't until the last few pages that everything just sort of came into place.

I feel like I don't have a whole lot to say about Calamity. I really enjoyed it but I just felt as though it wasn't as amazing as the first two books in the series.  I think this was partly because the book took a completely different direction to what I had thought it would be.

Overall, I thought that Calamity was quite a good ending to the series. It was definitely different to how I thought it would end but it was still good. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next series Brandon Sanderson writes set in this universe.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kristen Weiss

Title: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

Author: Kristen Weiss

Published: Midnight Ink, 8 March 2016

Pages: 288

Series: Book 1, A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery

Summary: When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present.

With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be.
Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  Lately I find myself addicted to cosy mysteries and I find myself picking up any that sound even remotely interesting.  I love reading them because they're easy to read and just a lot of fun.

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum was no exception.  The story was really fun and interesting.  I feel like Kirsten Weiss did a good job of writing a story that kept me interested.  There were quite a lot of characters that I really liked throughout the book.

The setting of the town as a whole was definitely intriguing.  The town has a lot of wineries and there were also some interesting developments with buildings that I think would be interesting to see how they progress.

In terms of the mystery I have to say that I was a little surprised because it was not at all what I had guessed.  I did feel that the explanation at the end felt like it was missing a couple of things that I just wondered about.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Perfectly Paranormal Museum and I definitely had a lot of fun reading it.  I hope this series grows as I would definitely be interested in reading more books about Maddie's adventures with the Paranormal Museum.

Source: NetGalley for review

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Title: The Great Hunt

Author: Robert Jordan

Published: Orbit, 2006 (First published 1990)

Pages: 707

Series: Book 2, The Wheel of Time

Summary: May contain spoilers! The Forsaken are loose, the Horn of Valere has been found and the Dead are rising from their dreamless sleep. The Prophecies are being fulfilled - but Rand al' Thor, the shepherd the Aes Sedai have proclaimed as the Dragon Reborn, desperately seeks to escape his destiny. 

Rand cannot run forever. With every passing day the Dark One grows in strength and strives to shatter his ancient prison, to break the Wheel, to bring an end to Time and sunder the weave of the Pattern.
And the Pattern demands the Dragon. (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This is the second book in the Wheel of Time Series and my goal this year is to make my way through these books.  As this series is pretty big I was unsure of what would happen and what direction this book would take as the previous book wrapped things up quite nicely.

I felt as though this book was a bit darker than the first book which at first surprised me a little but it added a bit more intrigue to the story.  I also liked how there were a few things that were revealed about certain characters that I found to be quite interesting.

One thing that bothered me a little was how much the female characters were all fawning over Rand. There was one scene where Egwene and Nynaeve were in a little bit of trouble and one of them stated that they wished Rand was there with them.

I felt as though the pages of this book happened to fly by.  The book is over 700 pages but I felt that it didn't take me very long at all to read once I sat down and started giving it some more attention.

Overall, I quite enjoyed The Great Hunt.  There were a couple of things about the book that I wasn't so keen on but overall I found the story to be quite an interesting one and I'll be picking up the next one soon to see how the story continues.