Review of ‘Fearsome Dreamer’ by Laure Eve | Magical Monday #3


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Title: Fearsome Dreamer

Author: Laure Eve

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication Date: 3 April, 2014

Pages: 384

Blurb via Amazon:

In the world of Fearsome Dreamer, England has become Angle Tar – a technophobic and fiercely independent country holding its own against the mass of other nations that is World. Rue is an apprenticed hedgewitch in rural Angle Tar, but she knows she is destined for greater things. After being whisked off to the city by the enigmatic Frith, Rue becomes the student of White, a young Worlder with a Talent that is much in demand: White is no ordinary Dreamer – but then neither is Rue. Both can physically ‘jump’ to different places when they dream – and both have more power than they know. Rue and White find themselves electrically attracted to each other – but who is the mysterious silver-eyed boy stalking Rue’s dreams? And why is he so interested in her relationship with White? Is Rue about to discover just how devastatingly real dreams can be…?

This book is weird as hell,but none the less, I enjoyed it. This book is a mix of genres, that at first, I must admit, confused me. On one hand you have the super advanced World, which is everywhere but Angle Tar. People basically live in virtual worlds. I thought that this aspect made the book have a dystopian quality, because that could actually happen in our society.

Then there is the small island of Angle Tar, which at first appears to be kind of medieval, but seems more advanced as you read on. I had my suspicions that Angle Tar was future England, before it was even mentioned in the book. Turns out that England had been invaded by France. I guess that this is connected to Laure Eve being French-British.

The one thing that I did not like about this book is that the romance was forced and wild. It was not really pleasant to read at all. White and Rue are not a compatible couple and can we all please stop pretending that they even have a chance.

The book ends on a major cliff hanger. It makes me kind of regret not picking up the second book from YALC. I really did like the inclusion of a mysterious monster and also the supernatural elements.

4/5 stars are awarded to ‘Fearsome Dreamer’ by Laure Eve

Review of ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater (Magical Monday #2)



So, having read Shiver (well, half of it anyway…) and not liked it at all, I was sceptical when starting to read this. I have seen lots of bloggers and Booktubers talk about this series, but had never really gotten around to it. So, when I had to make a readathon TBR I chucked it in. It was actually to fulfil the challenge of ‘read a book you really want to read’. I read seven books and this is review 3/7.

I have recently started a couple of series lately, but this one is by far my favourite. Once I had read this book, I really wanted to have a conversation, in depth, about it. And Noah. We need to talk about Noah. Also, Ronan. I can talk to you about Ronan all day, because oh my God does Maggie Stiefvater make good characters.

In the end, I ended up having a conversation with Miriam over at miriamjoyreads, because she was a fan and we were paired while volunteering at my local library. It was very enlightening, even though she did spoil me a little…

This book is so incredibly amazing and I can’t even right now, because I need to read ‘The Dream Thieves’. BYEEEE!

5/5 stars. DUH!

Review of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Magical Monday #1)


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Title: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Authors: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Published: December 1st, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 563

Now, I have had a lot of mixed opinions about this series. Some people say they love it, some people despise it with the very fibre of their souls. I, like it or not, am officially a fan of the Beautiful Creatures series. Whether or not I will end up hating this series by the end (because I know many people have), I will be continuing to read these books.

Blurb via Goodreads:

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.
There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.
In the end, there is a grave.

Now I love a witch book as much as the next guy. No, scrap that. I like a witch book WAY MORE than the next guy. IN fact, I would say that it is probably my most favourite kind of fantasy story. If it has a magical being in it, I’m for sure going to read. I’m going to read it and most probably enjoy it more than any contemporary ever.

So there I am, scrolling through the Goodreads reviews for ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and there is just so much hate! I really didn’t understand it. yes, the story was slow at times and I rolled my eyes more than once during the book, but ultimately I enjoyed it. There is no denying that a book you enjoyed is a good book, even if it’s only a good book for you. So, please, if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all. OR I WILL COME FOR YOU! No, just kidding, you’re entitled to your opinion. I’m not one of those book fascists. But I will defend Lena and Ethan’s love to the death!!

So, anyway the good points about this book:

  • Loveable characters
  • Great link to history
  • I really enjoyed the whole idea of little inescapable Gatlin.
  • Loath-able characters (got to have them in there, don’t you)
  • Plot twists galore.
  • It made me cry.

And, regrettably, the bad points:

  • Minimal character development
  • World-building CONFUSION!
  • Slightly cheesy
  • It made me cry.

With great joy I give ‘Beautiful Creatures’ by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 4.5/5 stars. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!