Recently Read #5

20 Oct 2014

It's been too long since I've wrote about what I've been reading and it's not like I have no books to tell you about but it happened again; where I start reading a book and just can't finish it. I finally powder through and finished it and I now have some books to discuss with you.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.
This is the second in The Maze Runner trilogy and was my favourite of the three. It's seems like ages since I read it but there's a part in particular that I still remember and stand out to me especially the parts that casused me to stay up all night because I couldn't wait till the next day to read on! This book really had me on the edge of my metaphorical seat throughout the whole book and I loved how they carried on the trials from the first book into this one along with seeing how things unfolded. I did get confused at some points with the amount of double crossing and I kept having to second guess myself and re read parts.I still, however, had a lot of questions that still needed answering when I finished and I hoped those would be answered in the final book.

The Death Cure by James Dashner.
I moved straight on to the last book and I'm going to point out here that I actually thought that this was the second to last book in the series as I'd seen four different books in the shop. It was only when I finished reading this book that I discovered it was actually the prequel I kept seeing; I felt a bit dumb when discovering this! This book carried on from the last- following the same pattern of trying to get away from WICKED and stay alive etc. I really enjoyed certain elements of this book and I did like how each book in this series just followed the same way of telling the story and there was no dramatic change of tone that I've found with other trilogys. I thought I would get to the end of this book and all my questions would be answered but, this didn't happen which was disappointing. I still didn't know why Thomas and Theresa were part of WICKED and who all the characters were before the trials which I hoped would have been explained. I also felt the ending was an easy way out and no risks were taken with it; I felt there could have been a better way to finish it and I felt that maybe they could of squeezed in another book into this series to help answer all questions and finish things off nicely and not rushed; I think the fact there were many unanswered questions was may be a reason James Dashner decided a prequel was needed. Overall, I loved the trilogy and if you would like an even more in depth review of the trilogy just like I did with Divergent I can do that for you but for now I will ask you to please read this trilogy to hopefully enjoy it as much as I did. The prequel is something I need to read soon.

The Four Collection by Veronica Roth.
Speaking of Divergent, I finally got my hands on an extra addition to the Divergent series after thinking I pre ordered this on Amazon only to realise I ordered the paperback that would only come out next year (that's two dumb things in one post;what's wrong with me!). Once the right book arrived, I was so excited to see what this additional book had to offer. In all honesty, I can't remember a lot of it but from what I can remember I did enjoy getting to see more of Tobias(four)'s view on situations in the Dauntless compound and how he was feeling at each point including when he first met Tris. I also loved seeing how he acted when he found out he was Divergent himself. It wasn't the most thrilling book I've read but it isn't really a proper book. I did enjoy reading it though and if you're fan of Divergent, you should definitely check this out!

The 100 by Kass Morgan.
This was the book that stopped my reading roll. After watching the great TV series it was, I knew I'd have to read the book. As soon as I started the book I knew it was going to be completely different from the TV series. There were different characters- some extras and some not there completely. This is a hard one to explain unless you've seen the TV show for yourself but being such a fan of the TV show, I was saddened to see some of the characters not in the book. Because it was so different, it kind of put me off reading the book even though I know the book comes before the series. I'm sure if I had the book before the series, my opinion may have differed but I will say that, either way, the action element was what this book was lacking. I didn't feel as though I could properly imagine the action scenes. Having said that, it's not the worst book I've ever read and, like I said, if I'd read it before watching the show, I think I would be being a lot fairer with the book but the whole idea and concept of the book is great is a great one with them all been sent to space where they've lived for hundred of years after a war the caused earth to become radioactive.When the government realise they're running out of oxygen, there only plan is to send 100 teens prosecuted for different crimes to be sent to Earth and see if they all could return to live on Earth. There is a second book that has recently been released. I'm not sure I will be picking it up but if my sister decides to buy it for herself (as she also loved the book) I might have to give it a read.

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey & Nils Johson Shelton
This was the book that got me out of my reading rut. When I got the email saying it was on its way I knew I was going to have to start up reading again as, while I was supposed to receive the first of the trilogy prior to release,sadly, it didn't arrive early enough but I wanted to read it as quick as I could while still getting the full book experience and get a post up for you so you can check out the book for yourself. That review is up by now and I really think you should check it out here. I will say now in this post that I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though it's not like something I would usually read. This is supposed to be being released as a film some time in the future and I think it's a book that will translate really well on to the big screen and I think you should get in on the hype early!

After a dystopian filled Recently Read, I think I'll be changing up the books I read next month so I'm not reading the same genre all the time as it does get boring; I have a few books in mind so keep a look out for the next post!

What have you read recently? Have you read any of the books mentioned?
Hope you're doing great,

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