Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's official, I'm hooked. Even though I am continually confused on who the minor characters are, I am in love with the story line and the continual struggle these characters must face. Jon Snow's journey is intriguing with the wildlings and the white walkers. Araya's hidden identity and her lack of conformity to societal norms is refreshing. Sansa bores me, but how people are using her is fascinating. Tyrion is by far my favorite character. His quick wit and silver tongue make this book. Most of the time I find myself waiting to get back to a particular character's storyline only to start wondering about what perils await another character driving me to read more. A definite page turner.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Host - By Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer creates a wonderfully vivid world in which the human race has been forced into hiding to avoid becoming the living carcasses for the "souls" which have taken over Earth. Melanie Stryder is one such human. She has the misfortune to be captured and to have her body invaded by one of these parasites. Melanie doesn't just fade away as most humans do though. The soul, Wanderer, is ashamed that she isn't strong enough to control the "wild" human and tries to keep this hidden. The struggle Melanie and Wanderer face to come to terms with each other cohabiting the same body and the journey they take to get there leaves the reader unsure who to root for - the selfless soul or one of our own.

A Clash of Kings - Status Update & Quotey Quotes

Currently, I am on page 302 of 1009.

There has been some witty banter between Theon Greyjoy and his sister. I was completely surprised to find myself thinking that their repartee had a Shakespearean like quality to it. (So I must be liking this series now.)

I find myself looking ahead to see if the next chapter is going to be about either Arya or Daenerys. I'm tempted to skip ahead and just read their stories, but then I would miss Tyrion and Jon. It would never do. Their stories must be read in the order the creator willed it.

I wanted to share with you a few quotes from this book which I have found either profound or extremely entertaining.

“Those are brave men... lets go kill them”- Tyrion Lannister

“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”

“I am loyal to my beloved Joffrey. (Sansa)
No doubt. As loyal as a deer surrounded by wolves. (Tyrion)
Lions, she whispered without thinking.”

“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them."

“No man should live longer than his teeth.”

'"Tell me that none of this troubles you, Jon...and I'll name you a liar, and know I have the truth of it."
Jon drew himself up, taut as a bowstring. "And if it did trouble me, what might I do, bastard as I am?"
"What will you do?" Mormont asked. "Bastard as you are?"
"Be troubled", said Jon, "and keep my vows."'
(This is my favorite so far.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Clash of KingsA Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I'm giving this series another chance. It seemed in the last book that towards the end the flowery wording was kept at bay and events began to unfold at a more acceptable rate. So here's hoping this is worth my time.

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A Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm still digesting this book. Cannot decide if it was worth the read. The story became more intriguing as it went on (and I do mean it went on and on and on...). I became slightly more engrossed in each characters' life. Was the author trying to see just how many characters he could cram into one story? All the names where extremely confusing and caused the characters to blur on clarity.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

ARC Giveaway!

I almost squealed like a school girl when I saw this.

Wait maybe I shouldn't tell you about it. If you enter then that means I will have less of a chance of winning it! Alas, I am not a selfish person so I'll tell you. Harper Teen is giving away 20 ARC copies of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Entries for this giveaway may be submitted now until September 19th. Click on the link below to enter.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson ARC Giveaway