Thursday, 19 November 2015

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger book review!

So  about a week ago I read Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger, the last book in the Finishing School series. ASDFGHJKL IT WAS SO AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL AND GORGOUS AND PERFECT AND EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED!
In case you didn't already get my point, here is a series of gifs explaining my feelings for this book:

                                                                      



 


 

I do wish that it was longer than it was, though.Since, however, I don't have much time right now, (this review is long overdue so I have to do it now) here's a quick, spoiler-free blurb:

How exciting was it?: 100%
Boring parts?: 0%
Character development?: 100%
Reading level?: Easy.
Romance?: 100%
Danger?: 100%
How good was the ending?: 100%(it was nostalgic)

AND NOW FOR THE SPOILERS.


1)The crazy switch-personalities-with-someone-and-go-to-a-ball-using-that-personality assignment.
This was so fun to read because all the different characters were trying to act like a different character...lol Preshea trying to act like Spohronia...

2)Meeting Vieve at the ball.
 Our favorite young female inventor was doing well at Bunson's.

3) Lord Akeldama's crazy party was insane. It seemed like the fashionable vampire lord, who isn't supposed to get involved in things, has had some training in espionage activities!

4) How did Lady Linette figure out that Sophronia and Dimity were going to break into the records room? That's something I'd love to know. LOL and when S and D walk out of the room and Lady Linette and Sister Mattie and Prof. Braithwope were just sitting outside the door  playing cards and drinking XD FUNNIEST.MOMENT.EVER.

5) Why is it almost every single time the boys from Bunson's come over for a party or tea or something, things always go wrong? You'd think that the teachers would have learned something by now...In this case, the school is shot at by Picklemen and their Flywaymen confederates, and the ship goes down. Somehow, though, the Picklemen get the ship back up and running, loading their very dangerous cargo of soldier mechanicals onto the dirigible.

6) "That'll teach you not to question a lady's wicker chicken!"
hahah yeah...especially one that explodes...(btw, does anyone know exactly what a wicker chicken is????)

7) Mademoiselle Geraldine is actually an intelligencer herself, and has been 'in the know' the ENTIRE SERIES. I kinda wondered about this myself, but I didn't really consider it a possibility. I have a lot more respect for M. Geraldine now.

8) Madame Spetuna's suicide.
WELL. I did NOT see that one coming. Of course it wasn't really a suicide in the true sense of the word, because she sacrificed herself to save other people. She blew herself  and some Picklemen/Flywaymen up using the exploding-bomb-wicker-chicken-model-thing.

9) The dirigible goes down and the evil plan of the Picklmen is thwarted.
This was such an intense part of the book, I just couldn't stop reading. This time the dirigible crashed for real, (like smashed up, completely un-reparable, etc) which was really sad, because I loved the dirigible-school. I wish flying-girl's-school's really existed, because I'd totally join a school like M. Geraldine's. (Also I loved how the ghost of one of the dead Pickleman came back to haunt the crashed dirigible and 'because he had nothing left to lose', told everything to the police.)

10) Soap and Sophronia's meeting in Regent Park.
This was probably my favorite Soap/Sophronia moment, and there were plenty of Soapronia(is that their ship name???) moments.

11) The ending was soo sad and nostalgic, but happy at the same time, I guess. I liked the way all the character's arcs were wrapped up nice and tight with a ribbon on top, except for one. All the mechanicals were destroyed(which isn't something I was happy about) but luckily Bumbersnoot survived and was gifted to the Queen is secret. Vieve and her aunt started a gadget shop for ladies in Paris(and of course all the gadgets were really deadly and dangerous, as well as fashionable and practical). I loved how M. Geraldine adopted Handle and looked after him. Lady Linette started an acting school for girls, and for some reason none of the girl's husbands survived being married to them for long.... ;)
Sister Mattie started a business that dealt with plants and poisons(not very surprising). However, I did not like the way Professor Braithwope ended up. I do wish his character got a little more closure. I do love the way the book ended with Soap and Sophronia looking forwards to years together :D

So yeah. That was my LONG over due Manner and Mutiny book review! If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend you do. The first book is not the best, but they get better and better each book! (My favorite is bk three, Waistcoats and Weaponry.) 5/5 STARS!!



Friday, 13 November 2015

Middle-earth Read-a-thon

So as you probably already know, Tolkien has a new book coming out, The Story of Kullervo. In honor of this, I decided to start(host?) a read-a-thon of all the 'middle-earth' books in order of events: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, LOTR, and then finishing off in April with The Story of Kullervo.
                                                                                   

Why are you doing this? your probably thinking. Well, the truth is I'm looking for more middle-earth excitement. You know when people talk about 'post Harry Potter depression'? Yeah well I have that, except for Middle-earth excitement(you know: the movies coming out and all that stuff. All the line parties and general mayhem.) So why not host a read-a-thon? XD Your welcome. There are three ways you can participate in this.

1) Join the G+ community I made for the read-a-thon. We will be discussing the books on there as we read them, also a discussion will happen at the end of reading each book. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110624640700523651016

2) The forum thread on Council of Elrond, we will also be discussing the books on there and have adiscussion at the end of each month.(If you don't know what CoE is, it's an amazing LOTR/TH fansite with forums, fanfics, crafts, a shop, and so so much more! I love this site. You need an account to use the forums.) http://www.councilofelrond.com/forum/thread/37406/page/1/

3) The forum thread on The One Ring.net. Again, we will also be discussing the books on there and have adiscussion at the end of each month.((Again, The One Ring.net is another amazing fansite. They are always up-to-date on all the latest Middle-earth news. I would highly suggest subscribing to them, so you'll always be notified when they post something, and then create an account so you can use the forums) http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=883624;sb=post_time;so=DESC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

So I really hope you'll join me in this read-a-thon. Happy reading!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Goodreads Book Tag!

So I FINALLY got a Goodreads account(partly because I wanted to do this tag, and partly because I wanted to have a Goodreads) Here's a link to my profile(so go follow me. I do follow back if that's an incentive XD): https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/48499443-mironiel-blokzyl

1. What was the last book you marked as 'read'?
The Vanishing Game by Kate Myers. I wanted a spooky read for Halloween, and this seemed the perfect choice. And believe me, it was defiantly spooky and creepy. Very creepy.

2. What are you currently reading?
Well I was reading The Waking Dark by Robin Wassserman, but I really wasn't enjoying it, so I stopped.

3. What was the last book you marked as 'TBR'?
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.

4. What book do you plan to read next?
Probably City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

5. Do you use the star rating system?
Yes! I only wish that there was half stars.

6. Are you doing a 2015 Reading Challenge?
No, because 2015 is almost over. I will be doing a 2016 Reading Challenge though!

7. Do you have a wishlist?
 Nope! I don't really do wishlists.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
City of Glass or this Terry Pratchett book I can't remember the name of.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" ~Gandalf

10. Who are your favorite authors?
Ohhhh yes lots!
 J.R.R Tolkien
Marie Lu
Robert Jordan
Suzanne Collins
James Dashner
Gail Carriger
Rick Riordan
John Flannagan
Victoria Aveyard
Cassandra Clare
Christopher Paolini

and those are just a few.....

11. Have you joined any groups?
Not yet....

12. Are there any questions you would like to add?
No.

And that, Ladies and Gents, is the Goodreads tag!

Monday, 2 November 2015

October Wrap Up

Hello fellow book nerds! It's time to wrap up how many books I've read this month. Yay!

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Whoa. This book was amazing! I am of the opinion that this was the best book in the trilogy. Why? Because Thomas and Teresa happened. And then it didn't...so yeah. Rose got my nose, I suppose. ;) 4/5 stars.
                                                                          
 
 
The Death Cure by James Dashner
I loved this book, BUT I hated page 250. We all know why. I did a review for it so go check that out:http://lifeofamirkwoodelf.blogspot.ca/2015/10/the-death-cure-by-james-dashner-book.html  
4/5 stars
 
The One by Kiera Cass
I love the Selection series, and although the ending made me sad and happy, and I am a little upset over certain character deaths, I still enjoyed this book immensely. America/Maxon forever!
4 1/2 stars
 
The Heir by Kiera Cass.
To be honest, I didn't like Eadlyn at first. She was a bit whiney and annoying. But then as the book progressed and I got to understand her character better, I actually sympathized with her. Gods know that I'd have made a worse fuss than she did if my parents suddenly announced that I was going to have a Selection 0_o AND THAT ENDING THO. My favorite characters are Kile and Henri. Also I really don't know who to ship Eadlyn with! All the boys that are remaining by the end of the book are all so nice.... I did a review for The Heir: http://lifeofamirkwoodelf.blogspot.ca/2015/10/the-heir-by-kiera-cass-book-review.html
*SPOILERS*
AMERICA CAN'T DIE. IF SHE DIES.......*ANGRY FACE* I CAN FORSEEE THE ENTIRE SELECTION FANDOM, INCLUDING ME, THROUGHING A TEMPER TANTRUM AND DEMANDING A DIFFERENT ENDING!
4/5 stars
 
 
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
GUYSSSSSSS ONE WORD: JACEEEEEEE 0_O
Literally, for me, the whole book was like 'omgs Jace is so awesome heeeelppp!' While I've heard a lot of people say that City of Bones was boring and blah blah blah, but I really, really enjoyed it! (of course this is coming from a fantasy geek who can read a WoT book in less than a week lol)
CLACE FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!
5/5 stars
 

Making Money by Terry Pratchet.
I love the Discworld novels, and this one was no exception! I literally read it in day.
5/5 stars
 
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
OMGSSSSSSS I LOVE THIS SERIES.
(City of Bones was better tho...so yeah)
4/5 stars
 
The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass
This was so awesome! I loved reading the part were America and Maxon meet for the first time from Maxon's P.O.V and reading from Aspen's P.O.V was awesome too!
5/5 stars
 
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book has been sitting on my shelf since it came out, and I never got around to reading it. But I've read it now, and I LOVE it. I can't wait for the sequel!. I want to know how they help Darin escape and if Laia and Keenan get together(I ship them so hard!) and what happens to Cook and Izzi.
I love the cover!
4 1/2 stars out of 5 stars