Book Review: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

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aminormalAm I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne  

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publishing Info: August 2015 by Usbourne Publishing

Pages: 434

Star Rating: 4/5

Back Cover Summary:

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?

 

I met Holly Bourne a couple of years ago at a talk and got this book signed. She wrote ‘Normal = overrated’ and I am so thankful to her for that message. I have only just got round to reading this book. I’ve been catching up on all the books I didn’t have time to read during my degree, and I wish I’d read this one sooner. A few times I picked it up, read the first page, and put it back on the shelf because I wasn’t sure it would be for me. I don’t very often read contemporary books, I’m more of a fantasy person, and I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the writing style. But here we are, and I finally read it, and I’m so so glad I did.

The writing style is quite conversational, which is what put me off reading it, as I’m not always a fan of this style. However, I ended up very much enjoying the style of writing. Holly Bourne captures the voice of the main character brilliantly and the style works well for the book. At time the writing got a bit rambling but I didn’t mind too much.

What Bourne did so well is show Evie’s thought processes. Evie has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which has sadly been very stereotyped in our society and a lot of people have misconceptions about this condition. Bourne didn’t fall into clichés and it was clear she had done a lot of research. It was eye opening to see the thoughts that might go through the mind of someone with OCD, and also how that can spiral into relapse.

Another great thing about this book is the humour. Even though it deals with a serious subject, there is humour in it too which made me smile and giggle as I was reading. It was also so good to read a YA contemporary novel set in the UK for once, as most books I read seem to be set in the US, which does have quite a different educational system and culture.

Feminism is another important part of this book and is something I’ve not really seen characters speaking about so openly in any other novels. At times it perhaps seemed a bit in your face, but I totally agreed with the sentiments and it was great to see a group of young girls discussing feminism in YA literature.

I really connected to this book. I don’t have a mental illness like Evie, but I do have an incurable chronic illness, which I was diagnosed with at the age of nine. I could totally relate to Evie’s need to be ‘normal’. I’ve always wanted to be able to be ‘normal’ and do all the things other people do, to be able to go out without being exhausted, to be able to go for a meal without reading the menu over and over looking for something I can eat, not have to take medication and so on. Bourne captured the need to be ‘normal’ so well. I could really relate to that.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even if contemporary books aren’t usually your thing. It’s emotional, eye-opening and also manages to be humorous.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated

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I have to admit I can be really picky when it comes to my covers. I like to have a matching set for a series, so if get redesigned when I’m in the middle of the series and I end up with a mismatched set, it does irritate me!

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

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Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo – I loved the original covers for this series, but actually think I prefer the new covers. They are more individual for each book, and I like how each amplifier is represented on the covers.

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Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – There are so many versions of these covers. I’m going to compare the box set I got recently, to the original covers, which are the ones my mum read to me. Something about the original illustrations for the covers is just really charming, I like them a lot better to the new ones, which feel a bit too cartoonish.

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – Although it’s not usually the kind of design I like, the cover for this book really stood out to me for some reason. The new cover just didn’t catch my eye as much when I saw it in a bookshop the other week. I think perhaps it is the font, I am not so keen on, and it is somehow not as bold.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t love the designs for these books. Although the focus on the mockingjay pin on the more recent editions is a good move, as they are very representative of Katniss’s development over the course of the series.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh – The cover on the left is what I originally got with my Kindle edition. It’s not very exciting, and I’m not sure I would have picked it up if I hadn’t read it as part of a book club. The new cover is more dramatic and enticing.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner – This is one of those series for which I have mismatching covers! The current plain black covers just don’t do anything for me. They look too similar to other books. The designs just don’t stand out amongst the crowd.

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Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip – I am very attached to my old copy of this book, but the new cover for the Fantasy Masterworks series it is just stunning!

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – There have been a couple of redesigns of this series. I don’t mind the version in the middle, but the pink one on the right hand side I just don’t like at all.

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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini – There are four books in this series. Books one, two and four match, but I got the third book as a gift and it doesn’t match the others. I have many times considered buying it so I can have a matching set… It’s just not a great looking cover…

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The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding – I don’t especially have a favourite between these two covers. I own the version on the right. But the design on the left is the one I got out of the library and is the edition I first read, so I still have some attachment to that design.

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

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This week’s Top 10 is a freebie, and I came across this topic a while ago, so am excited for the opportunity to finally write this blog post. The books I love most, I actually often don’t review, because I’m not sure what to say beyond a paragraph of gushing. Some of the books in this list I also read before I started my blog, hence they didn’t get a review.

Top 10 Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. If you’re interested in taking part click here.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I could actually list every one of her books here, because I’ve never written a review for any of the ones I’ve read. She is one of my favourite authors and I love the world of the Shadowhunters she created.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I read this series before I started my blog, I think. Now that I know the story inside out, it would be hard to review in retrospect!

A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen – I didn’t write a review for this book because it’s not my usual genre. I don’t really read memoirs or autobiographies, so wasn’t sure what to say in a review. But I did love this book and would recommend reading it.

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Cygnet duology by Patricia A. McKillip – I can’t remember much about this duology, as it’s a few years since I read it, but I remember loving it. Patricia McKillip is one of my favourite authors. She writes such rich fantasy novels.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – This is one of my favourite books. I read it as part of research for my dissertation, so didn’t have time to review it when I read it. The lyrical, metaphorical writing style is so engaging and manages to show the subject matter in a sensitive and enlightening way.

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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff – Like Speak, I also read this book while at university, as part of research for a short story submission. The novel is written in verse and tells a very engaging story.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling (illustrated edition) – The illustrated edition of this book is absolutely gorgeous. I remember trying to read the original copy of the book years ago as a child, and wishing there were illustrations to go with it. So I absolutely had to have this book when it came out. It didn’t disappoint. The illustrations are so creative and really bring the book to life.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – This is my favourite classic, of the ones I have read so far, even though it has quite a tragic story. I remember being really drawn in by Hardy’s writing style.

Poison by Chris Wooding – It’s been such a long time since I read this book; I really need to re-read it. Chris Wooding writes such imaginative books.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young – I reviewed the first book in this trilogy, Blood Red Road, when I first started this blog, but looking back, I don’t appear to have reviewed the second or third books. I remember thinking the first book was the best, but still loved the sequels too.

YALC 2019 Roundup

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I went to YALC for the first time this year! The Young Adult Literature Convention takes place annually for three days from Friday to Sunday in July, as part of London Film and Comic Con. This year I attended with two friends on the Sunday. I was really excited to finally go as I had been looking forward to it all year. Not only was it my first time attending YALC, it was my first time attending any kind of event like that. Following the advice of various bloggers, I brought a small, wheeled suitcase with me, which worked really well.

The day could have started better, as my train was cancelled and the next was delayed, but I still managed to make it in time for the first panel at 10am, which I really wanted to attend. So I headed straight for the stage when I arrived. The panel was called ‘New voices of YA fantasy’ and the authors on the panel were Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Christine Lynn Herman, Kesia Lupo, P. M. Freestone and Rachel Burge. It was really interesting to hear about how they found becoming a debut author and about the worlds they created for their books.

Next I went over to the signing area to get my copy of The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge signed. This was the only thing that didn’t go smoothly, everything else was well organised, but they need to make the signings run better. A virtual queue system was running, so you get a ticket with a number, so there aren’t tonnes of people waiting at once. But, from what I could gather, they had the virtual queue tickets available at the start of the day, so when I went over to the signings the virtual queue numbers were already pretty high.

Fortunately for Rachel Burge’s signing I had ticket 44 so didn’t have to wait too long. However, later when I went to get The Last Namsara signed by Kristen Ciccarelli, I was number 129! I then had the problem of not knowing how long I would have to wait, and didn’t want to go too far and miss my number being called. So I ended up missing the ‘New masculinity’ panel, which my friends said was really interesting, so that was disappointing. I felt it needed to be clearer that you could get a virtual queue ticket at the beginning of the day. There was no information about it. Beforehand, all the information I could find online said the virtual queue would only be implemented if queues got long, which is completely different to what actually happened. So that was a little frustrating. But it was great to meet the authors and get my books signed.

I only went to one workshop, which was a world building workshop by fantasy author Bex Hogan. It was interesting to hear an author talk about their world building progress, although it did feel more like a mini talk than a ‘workshop’.

We went to the final panel of the day, which was ‘Monsters and their makers’, featuring Kristen Ciccarelli, Natasha Ngan, Samantha Shannon and Taran Matharu. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first panel we went to, although all the authors had interesting things to say. Rather than having a discussion around the topic, the chair just asked each author individual questions about their own books. It was an interesting subject matter, so I think if it had been done slightly differently, it would have worked better.

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There is so much to see and take in! Loads of publishers have stalls there selling books, running raffles and giving away freebies like bookmarks. Between the three of us we didn’t manage to win anything! I got a nice free tote bag from Harper Voyager for entering a raffle, which came in handy. I bought just 3 books, which was rather restrained I think! I got copes of Furyborn by Claire Legrand, Romanov by Nadine Brandes and the special collector’s edition of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I didn’t get the book I really wanted though, which was the Illumicrate edition of Once & Future, as they had run out of stock. That was the only problem with going on the Sunday as I think many stalls had run out of some stock.

I had a great experience at my first visit to YALC, and am excited at the prospect of going back again next year!

Book Review: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publishing Info: May 2018 by Gollancz (first published 2017)

Pages: 432

Star Rating: 3.5/5

Back Cover Summary:

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Dragons are what attracted me to this book. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. The concept of dragons being attracted to stories is an interesting one, and I liked that this provided a different angle to the well-trodden road of dragon rider novels. Riding dragons wasn’t the focus of the book for the majority, as dragons have in fact been hunted for some time.

Kristen Ciccarelli doesn’t use much description in her prose, yet I was still able to visualise every scene. This also meant it wasn’t bogged down in in-depth description like many fantasy books get lost in, and it kept the book fairly fast paced. I would have perhaps liked a bit more sensory description, to make the settings come alive more and create more atmosphere in some of the tense scenes.

Asha’s perceptions of her world, her family and herself are gradually changed over the course of the book, and the author did a great job of showing this development. The focus was on her inner conflict and development which was good to see, as so many fantasy books prioritise plot over characters. The supporting cast were good, but didn’t stand out. I didn’t feel as invested in them as the central characters Asha and Torwin. Although the dragons were depicted well and felt like real characters. The next book in the series appears to be about two of the characters from this book, rather than directly following on with Asha’s story, so maybe then we will get some more insight into the other characters.

The book went in a different direction to what you might expect at the beginning, and there were some revelations that, although not entirely unpredictable, were satisfying twists because they truly came as a surprise to the main character. The pacing did suffer a little bit at one point, where Asha seemed to go back and forth between the city and the Rift several times, which got a bit repetitive. Looking back though, I don’t think it could have been written differently, so I was able to overlook the slight repetitiveness.

The king’s motivations for his actions weren’t explained or explored much, and neither were Jarek’s, which seemed like a missed opportunity. They could have been more fleshed out antagonists. The princess trying to get out of an arranged marriage is an overdone trope, and the author could have found an alternative way to create conflict between the characters. Although there were other complications to this relationship that made it more intriguing than other arranged marriage subplots I have read.

I think it is a shame this book hasn’t been hyped as much as others, as it is unique with a compelling concept and central character. This was the author’s debut, and I can definitely see room for improvement, but I can also see she has a gift with storytelling, so I will look forward to reading more of her work.

Book Review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

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51lDNLBOP+LThe Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror

Publishing Info: January 2019 by Hot Key Books (first published 2018)

Pages: 248

Star Rating: 4/5

 

Back Cover Summary:

Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.

Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.

Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .

Set in the remote snows of contemporary Norway, THE TWISTED TREE is a ghost story that twists and turns – and never takes you quite where you’d expect.

 

Can’t lie, the cover is partly what attracted me to this book. I love trees as a visual, and often take photographs of them, so that got my attention. The cover also gives off creepy, mysterious vibes that piqued my curiosity. I also liked that it sounded a little unique, and certainly quite different to other YA fantasy I have read.

Rachel Burge does an amazing job of creating a mysterious, spooky atmosphere. The suspense is great and really had me on the edge of my seat and rooting for the main characters. It’s actually scary at times. The plot didn’t follow the typical heroes fighting evil villain route as such, which I found refreshing. Norse mythology was weaved in well with the plot and fit very naturally.

The detail put into Martha’s ability to tell things about someone by touching their clothes is incredibly inventive. Different materials have different properties and so she sees/senses different things about the person depending on the material. That added depth to the ability, making it not just a superficial ‘magic power’ but something that had been really well thought through.

It made a nice change to read a short book as well, and one that was well paced. It was the right length for the story being told, rather than being drawn out or having too much crammed in. Burge did a great job of developing the friendship between Martha and Stig so well in such a short space.

This book was so close to being a 5 stars for me, but I didn’t like how the author brought questions about Stig up near the end that were left unanswered. It didn’t even seem to have any particular effect to leave it that way. I don’t mind authors leaving some things unanswered or ambiguous, but I can’t see why it was done on this occasion. It just meant I was left slightly unsatisfied. It made me wonder if it has been left open for a sequel, but I’m not sure one would be necessary. It felt like a self contained story, and I was satisfied by the resolution of the main plotline.

Overall, I loved it. The Twisted Tree is a very gripping read. I can highly recommend for anyone looking for something with a bit of mystery, and something that’s a little scary!

Mid-year Reading Round Up 2019

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12406320I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2019 already! Where have the days gone? So far this year I have only read 8 books, which isn’t as many as I was hoping to get through. Though I did spend a while reading George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, which is a behemoth of a book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is my favourite book of the year so far. It absolutely blew me away! It was so imaginative and intriguing, and totally pulled me in. Another highlight was Clockwork Princess, the final book in Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy. Having read so many of her Shadowhunters books, I thought my interest might wane, but that hasn’t been the case so far. I can’t get enough of her world and her writing.

Other highlights so far are Frostbite by Richelle Mead and The Rose Society by Marie Lu. Having been surprised how much I enjoyed Vampire Academy, I was glad Frostbite was a great sequel, and I’m looking forward to continuing that series.

Ringer, the second book in Lauren Oliver’s duology, was a little disappointing. It didn’t quite live up to expectations, and I enjoyed the first book much more. Although it started well, Everything Everything also didn’t quite hit the right notes for me, and I had concerns about the way serious illness was represented in the book. Internment by Samira Ahmed was one of my most 19258492anticipated reads of the year, and although it is a highly significant and important book, it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.

I’m currently reading The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge and loving it so far. It’s so dark and creepy. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that’s actually creeped me out.

Next on my to-read list is The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli. I haven’t read any of her books before so I’m looking forward to discovering a new author!

Book Review: Internment by Samira Ahmed

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Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia

Publishing Info: March 2019 by Atom

Pages: 386

Star Rating: 3/5

Back Cover Summary:

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

 

Having seen the description for this book, I just had to buy it. The idea drew me in right away because of its relevance. Negative attitudes towards Muslims have sadly become more prominent lately, which is completely unfair. This book imagines what could happen if the situation in America escalated, and shows how quickly things can change. I wanted to love this book. It had so much promise, but I was a little disappointed. Although I felt it could have been better, it was also incredibly shocking, as well as moving and heartbreaking.

Rather than being set in a far-flung ultra-futuristic setting, Internment is set in a near future that unfortunately you can really believe could actually happen. I think it being near future makes it more terrifying. So many dystopias are set in a distant future that feels a long way away, like something that wouldn’t happen for a while. But sadly you can imagine this happening now. The book tackles big issues such as Islamophobia and illegal detainment, and it’s so good to see serious subject matter explored in young adult fiction.

The opening few chapters had me completely hooked. I really felt in Layla’s shoes, experiencing her thoughts and emotions. The fear and suspense was brilliant. However, Ahmed didn’t quite manage to sustain that through the rest of the book. While it was good, it wasn’t great.

The Director was very under-developed as a villain. He became a bit of a caricature. Almost comic, actually, rather than scary and intimidating as he should have come across. There was also a lack of intimidating presence from the guards. They were just sort of always there in the background, and I felt the author could have used the constant threat of their presence more to further present the sense of fear in the camp.

In terms of the execution and writing, the dialogue was a bit clunky in places. More depth and subtlety could also have helped the description and wording have more impact, rather than the author just throwing stuff in your face. Yes in places being blunt is really effective, but some more subtle touches mixed in could have made the book even better. There isn’t enough nuance to really pull it off.

This book does have flaws, but it’s such an important and relevant book. The execution lets it down. Even so, people need to read it. People need to open their eyes and see how wrong it is to treat people like this because of their religion. Will we never learn from the mistakes of the past?

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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Genre: Fantasy

Publishing Info: July 2011 by HarperVoyager (first published 1998)

Pages: 913

Star Rating: 4/5

 

Back Cover Summary:

Throughout Westeros, the cold winds are rising. From the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding lands of Winterfell, chaos reigns as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky – a comet the colour of blood and flame – five factions struggle for control of a divided land. Brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night.

 

Having read A Game of Thrones last year and being completely sucked in, it was no surprise that I picked up its sequel, A Clash of Kings. For contextualisation, this is my first time reading the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and I haven’t watched any of the TV series.

I wondered whether A Clash of Kings could live up to the high bar set by the first book, and while I think I enjoyed A Game of Thrones more, there was still plenty to love about A Clash of Kings. With Westeros divided, there are plenty of rivalries and tensions between the various houses to provide conflict. Many of the characters have now been well and truly separated, meaning it feels like there are more threads to try and keep track of. It does get a little confusing at times trying to remember who belongs to what house and who is allied with whom.

There was a lot of emphasis on the red comet blazing through the sky at the beginning of the book, but then allusions to it sort of disappeared. I’m guessing at some point it was no longer in the sky, but considering such emphasis was placed on it, it seemed odd that it was never referred to again later on.

Sadly Daenerys’s plotline was rather uneventful. I felt quite bored reading her chapters because nothing much was happening to drive her story forward. I’m hoping her plotline will pick up in the next book as she is an interesting character.

There was one rather boring chapter in the final battle which is one rather lengthy description of a sea battle. I was totally lost as to what was happening, and so many names of ships were mentioned that I totally lost track of who was fighting on what side. Aside from that, the rest of the book kept me as engaged as A Game of Thrones did. There were a few unexpected twists and turns which kept the book’s momentum going and made sure I was hooked. There’s plenty of mystery and intrigue, characters to root for (and characters to hate).

A Clash of Kings did not disappoint. It was just as thrilling and addictive as the first book. I’ve already bought a copy of the third book, A Storm of Swords, and am eager to continue reading the series.

 

TV Review: The OA Part II

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mv5bmty5otkwndkzof5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdeynzi1nzm40._v1_Aired: Netflix

Created by: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

Starring: Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Jason Isaacs, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Patrick Gibson

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Supernatural, Mystery

Rating: 4/5

When I watched the first series of The OA, I remember thinking it seemed rather bizarre, but somehow it still pulled me in. By the end of Part I I was invested, and eagerly awaited its return for Part II. I will be avoiding spoilers in this review where possible (to be honest, there are some pretty big and crazy concepts involved that I’m not sure I could explain properly anyway) as it’s best to go into this show without knowing anything.

The first episode left me feeling rather perplexed. The first series was complex and I struggled to remember what had happened. I’d recommend taking a look at a recap of Part I! Episode 1 starts off with new detective character called Karim searching for a missing girl. How this connected to the rest I had no idea. However the ending of the episode suggested things would be coming together. And they did in the second episode. While I wasn’t exactly sure how things were going to connect, I could see the beginnings of hints and foreshadowing that everything was going to come together.

In the third episode some of the characters from the first season finally made a return. Since they’d had such a big role in the first series, I was worried their story was over. Thankfully that wasn’t the case. I’d become invested in these characters so was relieved to see them continue to be part of the story.

Things got a bit weird in the middle of the series. I couldn’t see what the weird house and video game had to do with anything. Plus there was the simply plain weird scene with some kind of mind-speaking octopus that I still don’t understand. It’s like they were trying to throw too much at the show, making it overcomplicated.

The ending of Part II left me desperately wanting more. It opened up even more possibilities, and once again ended on a cliff-hanger. Hopefully we won’t have to wait so many years for Part III. I also liked that the second series didn’t feel repetitive. Some TV shows go through the same motions each series, but The OA feels like one long continuous story, which makes it more engaging because the storyline is anything but repetitive.

I would highly recommend giving this show a go, even if you think it’s not your kind of thing. Despite being baffling and at times hard to follow, The OA is somehow addictive. It draws you in. I like that it’s unique and doesn’t shy away from exploring big concepts.