Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) – Arwen Elys Dayton


Seeker (Seeker #1) – Arwen Elys Dayton

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Title: Seeker (Seeker #1)

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 448

Source: NetGalley

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Quin lives on an estate in Scotland with her mother, Fiona, and her father, Briac. Her parents train her, in many ways, to become a Seeker. Seekers help keep balance in the world, keep people safe, and can travel with the power of the athame. Quin’s boyfriend, John, and half-third-cousin, Shinobu, train alongside her. The three are trying their hardest to become Seekers, but John is falling slightly behind. Quin and Shinobu take their oath to become full Seekers, then they go through the ceremony and receive their mark distinguishing them as a Seeker. The next thing they know, they are transported There. Twist the dials on the athame to match certain coordinates, hit the athame together with the lightning rod, and open up access to There. Quin and Shinobu do their first mission as Seekers and come back filled with trauma. The cousins don’t understand why they had to do what they did. Why did they need to go There? Will they ever feel the same again?

I got this book for review from NetGalley and even though it expired, I still decided to read it because it sounded really interesting. This book started out in what felt like a fantasy world, but in reality it was happening now-ish or a little in the future. It felt odd that it was happening now. It could have been clearer distinguished as to what time it was happening, but I got used to it. There was a lot going on in this book. Some of the things seemed pretty random at the time of reading it, but the loose ends were kind of tied up by the end. This was a very long book, but I thought it was alright. At the beginning I loved it because I thought it was fantasy, but then it just got a little weird. Some of the scenes with Shinobu and Quin were just too perfect and sassy that I had to put the iPad down for a couple seconds and reminisce in the adorable relationship. This was a multiple POV book and I don’t usually like having multiple personalities to follow, but this one wasn’t bad or distracting. At the beginning it was a little hard to tell the difference between Shinobu and John, but by about 20% through I felt like I knew who was who.

Characters:

Quin, Shinobu, and John were the main characters of this book, but by the end Shinobu was my favorite. I found myself looking forward to the chapters from his point of view the most. He’s a really strong character, but he’s also broken. He was quirky and a little weird, but weird characters are always the best to read about. Quin and Shinobu were totally adorable. Team Quinobu.

Who Would I Be?:

Even though Shinobu was my favorite character, I will go with Quin. She got to spend a whole lot of time with Shinobu, and they’re perfect together. I can’t wait to see where the second book takes them!

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Happy Sunday! It’s currently about 3 1/2 weeks until I go to Florida for my music trip for school! That means that I get to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. *happy dance* Other than that exciting news, I have read a lot today. I felt guilty for my obsession with Dance Academy on Netflix, so I read quite a bit in Seeker. I was supposed to have Seeker finished at the beginning of the month for NetGalley, but hey. Stuff came up. I’m still reading it. I don’t really like it that much. Some parts are really good; the beginning was awesome. But the middle/endish parts are just pointless. There is so much going on that didn’t need to happen. For book club we just started Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls and it’s very odd. I don’t really like it, but some parts are funny. It’s just about this guy telling his life stories in short story format. I just found out that I accidentally order a Hungarian version of a book on my Nook. It was $12 and there are no refunds. I can’t read it… ugh.

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Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 6, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 479

Source: Book Store

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Tessa Gray gets letters sent to her home in New York telling her to visit her older brother, Nate, in London. Nate sends her a ticket to go, and Tessa finds herself in the beautifully-gloomy Victorian England. When she steps off the boat she’s greeted by a man in a Pandemonium Club carriage, not her brother. Although it’s odd, she decides that everything will be fine, and goes with the man in the carriage. She is taken to a place that’s unknown to her, and meets two women. These women train her, and sometimes torture, her. Why? Tess has Downworld powers. She can change into anyone she chooses if she has held something of theirs. Tessa is held captive by these two women, when suddenly a boy named William Herondale comes and saves her. Will is accompanied by James, also known as Jem, Carstairs. The two boys bring her to the Shadowhunter’s London Institute. She finds out she’s very valuable to a man that goes by the name of The Magister, but nobody understands why. What does The Magister want with Tessa? Why hasn’t her brother shown up yet? Who are these powerful Shadowhunters and why has she been taken in by them?

Oh gosh. Really, Cassandra Clare, really? Cassandra Clare is perfect. Will Herondale is perfect. Jem Carstairs is perfect. I just… those Herondale boys. Mm. I love Shadowhunters and really should have read this book sooner. I have missed the world Cassandra Clare has created so much. I can tell that these three books will be just as good, if not better than, the Mortal Instruments. I love reading things by Cassandra Clare, and Victorian London is so perfect. England and Shadowhunters. There isn’t that much better than that combination.

Characters:

William. Herondale. Your hatred of ducks makes me love you more. The Herondale family is just too sassy for their own good, and it makes me so extremely happy. It is so weird to see Magnus Bane loving up on girls. Just stop. Wait for Alec, just hold your glitter and calm down. Jem is so sweet, he’s adorable and sassy and kind of besties with Tessa. I am so emotionally attached to these characters already and I have only read the first book. I want to see Tessa be with Will, but I also wouldn’t hate to see her with Jem. Will is my favorite, but…. Wessa or Tem? Ugh. DO NOT make me choose.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely going with Tessa here. She gets to hang out with Will and Jem. Emphasis on the word “and.” You can’t really win more than that. I mean, I get that the whole Changing process is difficult, but I think it’d be really awesome to change shape.

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A lot has happened this week, and some of it relating to books. I finished The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. If you haven’t checked out my review, you should do so. If you’ve not read this book, you should DEFINITELY do so. It was an awesome book, just putting that out there. I made a lot of progress in Clockwork Angel, so that’s always fun. I was contacted by an author who asked me to read his book and I’m very excited about it. It sounds like an amazing book, but I don’t want to give it away. Stay posted for my review of it coming in the next couple weeks. I have a bunch of review books that I have to read, but on top of the author contacting me, Radiant Books contacted me to read and review a book of theirs. I am very excited, but am getting a little worried as to when I will finish all of these books. Oh well, I’ll make it work. I’m still currently reading Seeker, which I got from NetGalley and didn’t finish in time. I will finish that one after finishing Clockwork Angel. Anything amazing happen to you? Have you read any great books lately?

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Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) – Agatha Christie


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) – Agatha Christie

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Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)

Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: February 1, 2011 (first published 1926)

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 286

Source: Book Club Pick

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The discovery of the body of Mr. Roger Ackroyd started it all. The police came in to investigate, and Ackroyd has a silver dagger sticking out of his neck. He was murdered in his home office. The major question, who would do such a thing to Mr. Ackroyd? Dr. Sheppard, the narrator of the book, is one of the men who goes into Ackroyd’s home office to investigate the corpse. He brought his friend, Hercule Poirot, to come and help him with the investigation. Poirot is a famous detective that is very good at what he does. Roger Ackroyd is loved by many, but strongly avoided by some. He lives in a nice home with many housemaids and butlers to wait on his every move, but all of the sudden he is murdered. Did one of the house maids or butlers have something against Mr. Ackroyd? Who killed the beloved man? What relations did Ackroyd have with people inside and outside of his home? Who is the murderer, and what was the motive of the murder?

It’s best to go into this book not knowing anything, so I’m going to leave it at that. There are wonderful clues and methods in this book, and I can understand why Agatha Christie is so well known. She has a beautiful writing style, and if you’ve never read one of her books, I highly suggest picking one up. I read this for book club, so I got to talk about the whole book with my friends. There are so many plot twists and so many moments where you think you know who killed Roger Ackroyd, but you end up being stumped. The beginning of this book is extremely slow, but oh man. The last couple chapters are totally worth it. Just read this book. Read it with a friend and discuss everything. Literally everything. It is so much fun to make theories and try and guess who-dunnit. I have found that I love Agatha Christie and plan on reading more of her books in the future.

Characters:

Dr. Sheppard is kind of the main character, but he’s more of just the narrator. Caroline is Dr. Sheppard’s sister, and she was my favorite character from this book. She reminded me of Nancy Drew because Poirot gave her this little mission-esque things to do to try and solve the murder. Poirot was pretty cool, he was kind of old but I kept thinking of him being late twenties. But dang, he’s a smart guy. Props to you, Poirot.

Who Would I Be?:

100% choosing Caroline. I loved reading the parts with Caroline in them; she was very skeptical of people and questioned everything. I love that she knew what was going on the entire time and didn’t just sit back and watch things unfold. It’s crazy that this book was written in the 20s and I still enjoyed it just like I would any other book. Timeless writing is a beautiful thing.

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This week I finished Just One Year and didn’t love it, sadly. I read the portion I had to of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd for book club, and got a little further in the book Seeker. I am supposed to have the review for Seeker up by Tuesday, but I highly doubt that is going to happen. I got it for review from NetGalley, so I will try and have it finished. I’m about 30% through it, so I’ll make some progress on it tomorrow. I had a dance audition on Friday, so I left school early to go to it. It went really well, and I’m proud of how I did. I have a history test and a biology test both on Tuesday, so I’ll be studying for both of those. In the next week I plan to finish Seeker, Clockwork Angel, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I’m going to try and read a lot this week, because I haven’t had a lot of reviews up lately. Other than that, nothing much has happened. Anything wonderful happen to you this weekend?

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Review: Just One Year (Just One Day #2) – Gayle Forman


Just One Year (Just One Day #2) – Gayle Forman

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Title: Just One Year

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: October 10, 2013

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 323

Source: Bookstore

The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Willem wakes up in a hospital not knowing his name, location, or reason of being there. His head and body hurt, but the doctors won’t let him go. All he knows is that he needs to get out of the hospital. His memory gradually comes back, and he remembers that there is a girl. Lulu. Lulu isn’t even her real name, so he has no way to get in contact with her. He goes on adventures to try and find her and ends up remembering little things about their trip to Paris from the first book.

This is literally all that this book is about. Throw in some Bollywood and Shakespeare and you have Just One Year. I did not like this book, because there was literally no point whatsoever. Willem just traveled around being depressed looking for “the love of his life.” He tried to find this girl, but got discouraged and very distracted along the way. I did enjoy the Shakespeare, though. Yes, there were parts that made me smile, but overall this book didn’t do it for me. I really enjoyed the first one, so I kind of had high hopes for this one, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

Characters:

Willem is the main character of this book, and he makes a lot of friends on his travels. I literally didn’t enjoy any characters from this book. Willem’s uncle Daniel was fine, but he was in less than 30 pages. Literally 300 pages and I had no bonds with any of the characters. I did enjoy the way Willem’s relationship with his mother developed even though I didn’t like her.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Willem because he got to travel the world. I have extreme wanderlust, so the idea of just traveling out of a backpack intrigues me. I like the way he and his mother bonded at the end. He got around with the ladies. You would think he would kind of hold out on everything if he was really in love with Allyson, but whatever. Do you, Willem.

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Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman

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