Friday, 6 September 2013

Book Review: Belladonna by Fiona Paul (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2)

Rating: 5 out of 5
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins NZ 2013/Philomel 2013
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Mystery, Suspense

Belladonna is the second novel in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy. It picks up the story not far from where Venom left off...and becomes just as exhilarating and fast paced! Maybe even more!
Australian Edition

Goodreads Sypnosis:
In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancĂ©, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself.Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all.

This doesn't do the book justice. 

Death, murder and Florentine romance (previously Venetian, but Florence? Even better) seem to swirl in intricate circles on the pages to form vivid images and, strangely enough, the 'are there spiders on my toes' feeling. That is one good feeling. Talking about feeling, this book made me switch and change through so many feelings! I found that I liked Belladonna better than Venom, the first installment.

The romance beneath arched bridges and behind roses was seriously swoon-worthy and the trailing scent of death only added to it. The only fault I might have with this book are the sometimes unrealistic chance meetings. But still, it's romantic.

If you've read Venom then I will definitely heavily and pushily encourage you to read this. Also, if you liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin or movies like The Illusionist or The Prestige.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Quick Reviews: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hello there! Today I'm going to trial a new kind of review called 'Quick Reviews'. Short and sharp with a GoodReads blurb instead of my own. Let's see  how it goes!

The Fault in Our Stars
- John Green, 2012
5 Stars.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Quick Review:
I seriously love this book so much. I admit that I usually don't read books of this genre but it captured my heart and the style of writing intrigued me. John Green made some good use of metaphors and got me thinking about the world. The characters developed at a good pace and the way he portrayed them was very truly amazing. It will make you laugh. It will make you legit cry. I thought that the fandoms were making the book some over-rated spectacle but this book deserved the overratedness So. So. Much. Augustus Waters is my fave okay? 

Inside: Tearjerker, Romance, Awesomness, Augustus, Augustus, Augustus, Metaphors, Worldly, Augustus.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Long time no see: A book rant

I must admit that Flurried Thoughts has been gathering virtual dust in an equally virtual corner for a great many weeks.

Well, since the dawn of Flurried Thoughts' neglect, I have discovered and devoured some truly amazing books that have me fangirling. Real GIF worthy fangirling. Some of the most anticipated novels on my to-read list are now marked read and ready for review. 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
The Diviners by Libba Bray (The Diviners #1)
The Things We Did For Love
The Things we did for Love by Natasha Farrant
Rapture (Fallen, #4)
Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen #4)
Requiem (Delirium, #3)
Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #3)
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #1)
Boundless (Unearthly, #3)
Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #3)
Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)
Secrets and Sapphires (At Somerton, #1)
Secrets & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (At Somerton #1)
Lets talk Rapture and Requiem, the endings to a series. Wow. In both books I felt a sense of loss once the series finished and both were beautifully written in my opinion. I found that what both of these books had in common were the ability to describe. To describe such emotions and worlds that could envelope you in belief and feeling. To connect with the reader so well that with a single twist in the plot the reader could feel torn in the same way as the character. All I must say is these series are now my favourites. You. Must. Read.Them. Otherwise I may reveal too much and cry all over again.

Boundless was the end to a series, also. However, after reading The Fallen Series and The Delirium Trilogy I just kept comparing. The emotion in this book was strong, yet not the best. Yes, I felt the feelings. Yes, the plot was strong. But not strong enough.

I can't wait for the upcoming novels that will follow up each novel. I'm fangirling. Fangirling to the highest extent. The Diviners (a creepy novel, with a unique and romantic storyline), Secrets and Sapphires (Downton Abbey incarnate), Lunar Chronicles (squeal!), Pivot Point (such a cliffhanger), the release dates of the the follow ups to these novels are so frustratingly far away! 

And then there's The Things We Did for Love. Such a romantic novel. I really do love this it, it's up among the favourites. I doubt my words convey strongly enough my infatuation with this novel, but take my word that it's amazing.

All reviews coming soon