Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mini Reviews ft. The Giver and Seraphina

I have some more mini reviews for you today!  These are super short reviews of books that I've recently read that I didn't have quite enough to say about for an individual post.  I collect these reviews over time and put them together in one post when I have enough.  So without further ado...


The Giver by Lois Lowry

This was an amazing reading experience for me.  It follows a boy named Jonas, who lives in a controlled world, with no knowledge of anything outside of this.  The world in which he lives is supposed to be perfect, and on the surface, it does seem to be that way.  But as the story goes on, the reader discovers that all is not what it seems.
I truly enjoyed the tone of this novel, and I thought the length was perfect for the story being told.  I appreciated the message of the book, and I liked Jonas a lot and admired his ability to make tough decisions whilst still remaining realistic.
However, the ending left me completely in shock and, honestly, unsatisfied.  I've since done my research, and apparently I have to read the rest of the books in the quartet - I probably shouldn't have been so surprised by this!
Though at times the novel felt like a lesson (which is not necessarily bad), I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Another great book that I have had the good fortune to come across.  As an impulse-pick-up from my school library, I didn't know what to expect from this.  I was not disappointed.  Seraphina follows a girl of the same name in her home of Goredd.  Goredd has lived in peace with dragons for quite some time now, but the recent murder of Prince Rufus has put this already strained peace in danger of collapse.  This summary barely scrapes the surface of what goes on in this novel, but I will tell you no more.
My main (and really only) frustration with this book was that it took me quite a while to get into it - what with learning all the new, strange terms and character names (which, admittedly, could have been avoided if I'd realised there was a glossary at the back of the book).
I enjoyed the complex world and plot of the novel, as well as the writing style and characters - though I didn't connect with them as much as I'd hoped.  The romance was believable, which is always a bonus, and the themes explored really made me think.
Overall, I thought this was an amazing story and I can't wait for the sequel.  If you decide to pick this up, which you should, stick with it!
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  1. Thank you for the mini-reviews :D
    I totally agree about The Giver--Lois Lowry fits a phenomenal story into a pretty short book without ever confusing readers. As she slowly revealed what things had been removed from the world for the sake of Sameness, I was, well, utterly shocked. I almost started crying at one point, just because I realized how many things I took for granted. Have you watched the movie? I'm planning on seeing it this weekend, but I'm worried it won't do justice to the book~

    Seraphina is one of the (many) books on my TBR list, and I'm glad to hear that you liked it! Getting into fantasy can be hard for me too, especially with those unfamiliar terms, as you said! After awhile I can usually figure it out, but there's actually something charming about flipping back to a glossary and reading fantasy definitions, haha. Thanks for the heads-up about it ;)

    1. I agree with what you’ve said about The Giver too! I was especially shocked about the colours thing. I haven’t seen the movie yet - I have to find someone to drag along with me ;) Yeah, that’s always a worry with adaptations.

      Yeah, after a little while you get used to it. I think it was harder for me than usual with Seraphina because there were so many new words at once and I felt like they were vital to my understanding of the earlier parts of the novel. After re-reading Seraphina I would probably love it more. Haha you’re welcome for the tip :P

  2. I, as well, enjoyed The Giver. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it but I surprisingly did! I can't wait to see the movie. Great review, Sabrina!

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award:

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed The Giver! I was surprised that I enjoyed it too - which is silly, because everyone raves about it. Me neither! Thanks :)

      Oh thank you :) I think I may only answer the questions in a post, as I've already nominated 11 people and such - as long as that is alright with you.

  3. Ugh, that ending of The Giver! I understand that Lowry was trying to leave it open for interpretation, but come on! *Sigh* While I don't think Jonas had a happy ending in reality, I choose to live in blissful ignorance and pretend he did! Lol.

    Beautiful blog! Followed! =)

    1. Yes I completely agree with you! Haha, yes, blissful ignorance is best in this case!

      Thank you! I've been following you for a little while now, I love your blog! :)


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