Archive for February, 2015

Reader Problems Book Tag

I saw Katytastic do this tag and it looked fun, so let’s do this!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I ask people what I should read, and they tell me. That or I start reading the first pages of all of the books on my shelves until I get sucked in. I’m constantly making priority lists in my head though for what I want to read next, so this isn’t usually too hard.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
I end up putting it “on hold” which means my Currently-Reading list is massive. I hate quitting books, but I’m also too easily distracted to plough through without a break in between. This break can last years.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Novellas. Short stories. Graphic novels. Also cheating and lowering that Goodreads challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
I usually don’t own full series on my bookshelves anyway, so this isn’t really a problem.
That being said, if they change the last book cover of the Raven Cycle, I will be upset.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
Goodreads.
Also here is good.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I don’t usually cry while reading books, but if I get super emotional I’ll just put it down for a while and pretend it doesn’t exist while sobbing internally.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
Look up the synopsis on Goodreads/Wikipedia. Or power through it and hope.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I actually don’t mind people borrowing my books as long as they treat them well and return them, and I haven’t had any bad experiences yet. So yeah. Next.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I don’t. I watch youtube videos instead. Or I reread something. Or I read a graphic novel. But mostly the youtube videos thing.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
If I want a book really badly, I’ll just buy it. If it’s not that pretty, or not that long, or if I’m not that desperate, I’ll take it out from the library.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
It can be several years. It can be two minutes. Who knows.

So this was fun. I like not having to come up with the questions myself.

Answer this if you want. I won’t tag people because I am lazy.

See you next time!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

12813630I have not read much vampire fiction other than Twilight, so I’m not well-equipped to review this book, but screw that, I’m doing it anyway.

I finished this book a few minutes ago, and I’m still trying to process thought and put my mind back into reality, so I’m finding it hard to see how to describe this book.

Visceral is the first word I think of. Or maybe dark and seductive, though that sounds like I’m describing erotica (which I’m not – teen fiction, people). It was a strangely intense experience. Very rich and languorous and indulgent and impossible to say no to. It begs and begs for you to keep reading and you do, because, much like the characters, you have succumb to this gorgeous, horrific world.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah, this book is damn good.

Summary

I’d rather give you the blurb I read, because it is perfect, and sums up the book better than anything else could.

“Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage. A prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.”

I think that’s all you really need to know.

Cons

Other than it ending?

Other than me wanting a sequel super badly?

But yeah, I didn’t realise how interested I was in these characters until they disappeared. While it is a very good standalone, and the plot definitely has been concluded, the characters have a lot of potential for growth and I am desperate to read more.

Pros

 The writing

Oh my god that writing.

I am obviously not going to cover all the pros but this has to be said.

Oh my god can Holly Black write.

This is the first book by Holly Black that I’ve read, and I don’t know much about her books other than people like them. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was not this. It was not gorgeous sentences and vivid imagery and me wanting to quote everything.

That should be enough of a reason to read it.

All the Other Usual Stuff

Plot was awesome, characters were awesome, world was awesome, everything was awesome.

Especially liked the treatment of Gavriel and Tana’s relationship because thank god that was refreshing. There was acknowledgement of the difference between love and lust and the characters ended up actually being friends and there was a massive emphasis on the monstrous nature of Gavriel. Yes yes yes to all of it.

Quotes

  •  “Death’s favorites don’t die.”
  • “Clever girl. You play with fire because you want to be burnt.”
  • “We all wind up drawn to what we’re afraid of, drawn to try to find a way to make ourselves safe from a thing by crawling inside of it, by loving it, by becoming it.”
  • “Even from the beginning, that was the problem. People liked pretty things. People even liked pretty things that wanted to kill and eat them.”
  • “She wished it was an unfamiliar feeling, that ache, the urge that made her hit the gas when she ought to hit the brake.”

Overall

Holly Black makes me want to read vampire fiction. She also makes me want to avoid vampire fiction because I’ll constantly be comparing whatever I read to this book.

She also makes me want a sequel very, very badly.

5 shuriken stars.