The Secret Fire Review + Author Event

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Where do I start?

The Secret Fire is an amazingly written, YA dystopia book by two fabulous authors; C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, an award winning French author. The two whom I met at a Hatchards book launch event in London. The two collectively collaborated to produce The Secret Fire. The Secret Fire is a story where Taylor Montclair and Sasha Winters race against time to conquer fate.

Personally, I liked reading the book like I really really enjoyed reading it and I just really wanted to get to the end of the book. Like you do with all books but towards the end of the book I realised something, I just really wanted to know the end. Naturally, like others but this book was different. The problem I realised, when I was ¾ down, was that I didn’t feel as much emotion as I usually do (being a very emotional person). The book hadn’t made me cry yet, it didn’t make me utterly scared or frightened to death about what was to come, yes it made me smile at times but didn’t make me want to hug the book and never let go.

Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting, very, very interesting and I was so very intrigued by the book. Knowledge was my craving, emotion there was a lack of. But I guess I didn’t mind that as I hadn’t realised until I was almost done with the book.

The finality left me helpless. And yearning for more.

Immediately, I tweeted C.J Daugherty asking if there was a sequel and was so grateful for her reply.

“@SiredHybridxx YES. 😀 The Secret City comes out next year.”

I am now holding onto hope for The Secret City and I am absolutely excited for the second part.

On a final note, the book launch event was incredible! Meeting both authors was a pleasure and being first in line to get my book signed was a complete delight. I received a Secret Fire tote bag and cake pop which was insanely wonderful, so thank you to the organisers and the authors.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22911719-the-secret-fire?ac=1&from_search=1

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

 

‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell REVIEW

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When I first bought Fangirl I was absolutely thrilled to read it since I had already read two other books by Rainbow Rowell: Attachments and Eleanor & Park. These two I adored. Therefore, you can understand how delighted I was when I got my hands on a copy or Fangirl. Also, there’s the fact that when I first heard of this bestseller I thought that I’d literally be reading a book about myself.

However, Fangirl is a book derived from real life (which I expected) and therefore it isn’t a book for escape merely enjoyment.
My preferred reading is generally fiction as it provides the escape needed from real life. Consequently, after the initial beginning stage where I thought the book was headed to a great start, I felt as though the book was becoming slightly tedious. But no, that didn’t stop me from reaching the end of the book.

Instead, I ploughed my way through it and constantly thought ‘maybe I should read Simon Snow (the story constantly mentioned in Fangirl)’. But once I searched the story up and found out that it was fictional I was devastated.

There wasn’t a main, massive ‘bang’ of an event revealed through the book, which I was greatly accustomed to. Instead there were general, small events which occur through everyday life. I guess that was the plot of the book.

To summarise, if you are a dystopian loving reader (like me) you might want to give the book a go. However, I can’t guarantee your interest. But if you love the whole ‘real case’ scenario this is a book worth your time.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19174917-fangirl

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 3/5 stars on Goodreads.

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard REVIEW

It has been a while but here’s my review post (I will be posting more reviews):

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I received this book for free from one book lane at the Insurgent premiere in March and I was ecstatic at receiving it – I mean who wouldn’t be at the chance of being given a free book?

However, now that my exams are over I plucked the book from my bookshelf to start reading. From the blurb and the first few chapters of the book, the feeling of ‘been there, done that’ adhered to me. Through Mare I was reminded of Katniss and throughout the book various scenes relayed the story of The Hunger Games. Both Mare and Katniss are seen as the “face of the revolution.” I understand the need to draw inspiration from other sources and overall, I enjoyed this book very much. Also, the ‘mutation’ side reminded me of Divergent. I guess right now these books are the hype.

Victoria Aveyard’s writing proved captivating and intrigued me to continue the story until the end. The plot twist (which I will not reveal, since I don’t like spoilers myself) really got to me. And I applaud Victoria Aveyard in writing an explicitly fascinating story.

Lastly, I am delighted to say that I am awaiting 2016 and 2017 for the next two books. Honestly, I NEED to know what happens next, although it may be slightly predictable. I have an obsession, it seems, with these types of books.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22369406-red-queen

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 4/5 stars on Goodreads.