The Great Gatsby- F.Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is a worldwide loved classical book. It promotes love and equality whilst set in the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald portrays this in a minimalistic way with discreet lessons embedded within the novel. Daisy, the main female character, is married to sportsman Tom Buchannan. They share a daughter Pammy. The book is written in Daisy’s distant cousin, Nick Carroway’s perspective. It recalls the events in which turned him from sane, to damaged. Nick moves house in his youth, next door to the mysterious Gatsby. Theses two houses are situated on a large stretch of water across from the glamourous Daisy. It recalls the days of the war where Daisy first met Jay Gatsby. They were previously lovers, but when the war actually struck, he was sent away to fight. He wrote to Daisy telling her that he was going to make something of himself and will not return until then. Daisy became impatient with the pressure of marriage from a wealthy Tom Buchanan, and they finally married. The story reflects on how these changes adapted everybody’s lives and what the return of the jaw dropping Gatsby will do.

This is my favourite single book ever written. The sophisticated writing that really emphasises the strong storyline, encourages the reader to feel at one with the book. Fitzgerald’s way with words helps you to develop varied opinions about characters which can change juristically. I love the character of Jay Gatsby, his compassion for the welfare of Daisy and what he does to experience her love again is a typical fairy tale approach, but seems real. This books is great for all ages, but a more adapted mind to older literature will help to truly appreciate the morals and thoughts that Fitzgerald creates.
10/10 overall performance, I have nothing to fault with this book, I recommend it to everyone and hope that everybody reads this and can appreciate the magic that this ejects.

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning–
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Until next time,
M xx

A Lost Legacy: Awakening – C.E Dimond

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Finn is a 16 year old girl who is totally unaware of the future events that will change her whole life permanently. When she started to discover her powers, my goodness, I was instantly intrigued. There are a lot of fantasy novels circulating around and at the beginning I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a clone. But I carried on to fall in love with the characters and the relationships that formed from this. I also loved the idea of the coven and the fight club reference! This novel is very unique and does not disappoint. I loved the idea of Irish mythology and how the ideas were different to what you’d expect from a usual fantasy genre. I haven’t read many books with witches and I really enjoyed learning about how they can fit into novels as the heroes and heroines. The little name glossary, I thought was really sweet, although I was aware of many of these names, but it was still a nice referral point. I had actually heard of the novel and heard some really good things about it, and when this opportunity arose, I could not say no. The actual skill of writing is truly wonderful. It gives you a very good idea of the location of the book and how Finn’s feelings change throughout. This is honestly one of my favourite books now and I can not wait until  a sequel. C.E Dimond, you’ve done well. I found this really hard to give a non-spoiler review as it is so jam- packed with adventure and plot twists. Seriously, everybody give this a read, you will not be disappointed.

( C.E Dimond, thank you so much for this opportunity to read your book, I enjoyed it so much, that I finished it in a couple of days! I received this book in return of an honest review, but that didn’t affect my opinion at all, this is genuinely what I felt about this book!)

Until the next time,
M xx

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

Originally I didn’t quite know what this was about. I’ve seen a lot of hype about this on my bookstagram, (@morganbooks). I honestly haven’t read any sci-fi books since the host and if you read both of these books you’ll know the link.
Cassiopeia “Cassie” Sullivan is just a normal girl in high school who lives with her perfect family and dreams of the great Ben Parish. Her idealistic life changes dramatically when the mother ship shows up out of the ordinary. At first it brought no type of threat whatsoever but many flee and stop living the normal life. Scientists even try to make contact with the aliens which are further named the ‘Others’. All of a sudden whilst Cassie was in class, the Others ejected an electromagnetic pulse, wiping out all existing power and energy. Even mobiles with full charge were drained to nothing. No power? No hope. Flying aeroplanes crashing down. This was the first wave. Three other waves follow this each more devastating than the other. But not once did they try to blow up or even damage the Earth. They want all of the humans dead. Why not explode the Earth? Its simple. They need it.
This book follows Cassie on finding her brother Sammy. In this tome she finds the mysterious Evan Walker. But is he to be trusted. The novel also follows Zombie a resident of Camp Haven. I truly enjoyed this book and finding a new interest in the sci-fi genre. I’m now thinking of reading ‘lluminae’ or ‘Red Rising’. Yancey’s way with words really help to portray the feelings of a lonely teen travelling in an apocalyptic bomb shell. Cassie is a really likable character and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, ‘The Infinite Sea’. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
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Until next time,

M xx

Illuminae – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

The only sci-fi books I’ve ever read before Illuminae was the 5th wave. this genre in particular never immediately appealed to me until I tried it out. This book is about a girl called Kady who is from a small planet that has a practically unknown settlement. she had recently broken up with her boyfriend Ezra and they all happen to get caught in the middle of an intergalactic war. the formatting if this book is absolutely amazing and this helped the pace to quicken for the 599 page book. there is incredible character development in this book which leads to Kady being more independent and truly someone that I really want as a best friend! Ezra is such a likable character and there is a constant need fir Kady and him to meet up. and then there is Aidan- the Alexander ship’s artificial intelligence which I also loved reading about and the confused emotion that it was portraying.
I mentioned the formatting earlier, but it is worth mentioning again with fact files, maps, diagrams, photos, propaganda etc. this all made it even more interesting to read on and feel like you are the one that the Illuminae files are given to to evaluate the events that happen over this novel. admittedly, I read this book a while ago, but it had such an impact on the future of novels in my opinion that it is all fresh. the sequel Gemina is due to be released soon, that that is another thing to be looking forward to!

Until the next time,
M xx

Suicide Squad – Marv Wolfman

Firstly I would like to start off  by saying that I don’t usually read novelisations of movies, but this one did intrigue me in that the author Marv Wolfman, had access to the full script.
If you have not seen the movie, basically, it consists of Amanda Waller grouping up the ‘worst of the worst’ to make Task Force X to be prepared for the next Superman who may in fact be less willing to be ‘team good’. But Task Force X’s first act is to protect an anonymous personal. There is a lot more to the story but by being part of the DC extended universe, there are things that you can only understand by watching the rest of this era of movies. But alternatively, the comics will absolutely be a great force of understanding.
THIS SECTION MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS
This book follows Task Force x including Captain Boomerang, Katana, Rick Flagg, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and El Diablo. They have been relased from Belle Reve prison to serve Amanda Waller and the US government. This book has many deleted scenes from the movie including many anticipated ones with the Joker.
Concerning the characters, there was a lot more detail in their actions and portrayal. Boomerang definatly was one of the most similar characters in both the movie and  the book, so I won’t go into his character too much. With Katana, it was easy to understand her feelings towards her husband and her sword, again her character was very similar in both medium. There was a lot more scenes with June Moone and how she became entwined with Enchantress and her journey to the caves and the dreams that she had been experiencing. There is also a few more scenes with Rick and June. This really shows how precious her relationship with him actually is which proves why Rick puts so much effort into saving June from Enchantress and her brother. There is also more detail in the way Waller manipulated Flagg into working for her. Harley Quinn, oh my. Firstly Margot plays her amazingly but with extra scenes, you really get her strong and independent character. There isn’t anything to do with the murder of the Boy Wonder in this book, so that is still an open question. The scenes when she is still Harleen Quinzel are some of my favourite, a little vulnerable and falling in love with my favourite villain, might I add, to then become the ‘Infamous Haaaaarley Quinn!’. There are also scenes where the Joker is seemingly falling in love with her as well. It goes in to why the Joker spared Harleen’s life and kidnapped her, it was originally revenge for what she had put him through in Arkham Asylum for example, electrotherapy which just made him just that little more crazy. By crazy I mean he wanted real revenge. He started to experiment with electrotherapy on Harleen without some of the precautions taken whilst he was suffering at Arkham. This was the primary reason why she turned crazy. Then we find out that in the scene where Harleen is devoting herself to the Joker saying that she will live for him to then jump into the acid, actually was the joker  letting her die and this was his escape. But he then feels all of these emotions, jumps in after her and says that he is not yet finished with her. He also becomes a little concerned when she is not the same person who devoted herself to him. The Joker tells Harleen that she is no longer Dr. Quinzel and she replies along the lines of ‘I’m Harley Quinn and you’re my puddin”. Deadshot is the same lovable character and is doing everything he can to be seen as a hero for his daughter’s sake. There is a stronger connection between him and Flagg and them bonding over trying to do the best for their loved ones. Then there is Diablo and his heart breaking backstory and how he can’t change who he is. He has had his whole life regretting who he is and what he has done to his family and the ultimate sacrifice he makes at the end of the book is one that really does his character justice. Killer Croc is more vocal in this novel and makes more sarcastic comments making him a really fun character to read about. Also towards the end there is a big chance that he is dead and the author really tried to emphasize this, a little too much I think, leading me into disbelief, and boy I was right. Probably because I have seen the movie. I also really like the relationship between the soldiers and Croc in this section of the book as they were more willing to work with him and appreciated his presence in that dark time.
A lot of the novel is the same as the movie but you do as I mentioned before see a lot more of the Joker and how he stopped Harley’s neck piece. There is also a scene where the Joker escapes the aircraft.
There is generally a lot more scenes and this book is great for any fan. There is a lot more to say and I have really only gone into the characters. I really recommend this book and I found it quite a quick read. It is not written terribly at all which I was quite surprised as many novelisations are rarely of good quality. I really enjoyed this book and the enrichment it had on my love for the DC universe. One last thing, Batman scenes! Just saying, I really appreciated them. ( I was imagining Batfleck the whole time!)
Until next time,
M xx

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is such a popular book and has had many great reviews, but I put it off for a while as it didn’t immediately appeal to me as the blurb really doesn’t do the book justice. If you know me then you would know that I love books that are royalty based and this one really did not disappoint.
“Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”
This book starts off with Cinder working as a mechanic and her relationship with her sisters and Iko. Clearly Cinder and her stepsister Pearl do not get on at all. As this book is a retelling, Pearl is definitely the stereotypical “ugly stepsister” minus the ugly part. Whereas Peony and Cinder get along like true sisters. Cinder was taken in by Adri as she had promised her late husband that she would be her guardian. But because Cinder is a cyborg, she is seen differently to the average person in New Beijing. Adri also owns an android, Iko, who connects with Cinder and are very close. I love Iko’s character and her humanoid features like her love for shoes ribbons and adoration for (at the time,) Prince Kai who then went on to become Emperor Kai. In this novel, there has been an outbreak of a disease called, leutomosis. Leutomosis has four stages each of them being more fatal than the other, resulting in a definite death. Cinder however is immune to this, which makes her suitable for defeating it.
(THIS IS THE SPOILERY SECTION, SORRY IF THERE WERE SOME IN THE PREVIOUS SECTION)
The start of Cinder’s involvement with the defeating of leutomosis, is when the crown Prince Kai went to visit Cinder’s booth to fix his own personal android. She hides the fact that she is a cyborg and she willingly takes on this task. He is more than caring to her and she feels included for the first time in a while. A while later, there is an outbreak of the plague and only one citizen was affected and taken into a quarantine zone. As protocol, all are evacuated into a specific zone. Further into the story, Cinder goes to a junkyard looking for a certain piece for Adri and Peony insisted on coming with Cinder and contracted the plague she was then quarantined. This leaded Adri to then volunteer Cinder for testing cyborgs in finding a treatment for leutomosis. She had no say in this and as taken by androids to the palace to start her testing. Further along the story we learn that Kai is seeking the lost princess of Lunar, Selene. This is to avoid the marriage to the queen of the lunars, Levana. Lunars are beings with magic like powers including glamours. The princess Selene was said to have been burnt and has been lost ever since. I won’t go too much into the plot but I really enjoyed the ending but as soon as Kai mentioned that he was to seek the princes Selene and the fact that Cinder didn’t know her parents, immediately made me think that Cinder is Selene and I was not wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this ending, but it was really predictable. I feel like this review is a little jumbled but I know that a lot of people have already read the Lunar Chronicles. There is obviously a lot more to this book, but I didn’t exactly know what to go into!
Until next time,
M xx