Les Mis Book Tag

Les Miserables is one of my favourite musicals of all time. Whilst I haven’t finished the book yet (and trust me, I’m trying), I thought it would be a good idea to try and find a book tag.

I was in luck!

Eve at Twist in the Taile has created one! Even better – she tagged anyone who wants to have a go! (Yes I know it was a few months ago, but better late than never, hey?)

Without further ado:

I Dreamed a Dream
a book that didn’t live up to your high expectations

Zodiac by Romina Russel. Oh boy was I disappointed by this book. It had such a great premise and the world-building was insanely good. The first few chapter were breathtakingly amazing and then…the main character became a whiny little git. The story fell apart, which is such a shame because it’s about the Zodiac signs and astrology which are some of my favourite things!

The Confrontation
your favourite literary duo

Hmm…
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, I would have to say. Ah, my childhood.

Castle on a Cloud
a book that comforts you

I had to think about this one for a bit, because I don’t tend to read fluffy books as such, but one that has been on my bookshelf since as long as I can remember is Rose by Holly Webb. It’s a book about magic and it’s set in the Victorian Era and I love it to pieces.

Red and Black
an unpopular bookish opinion

I like The Maze Runner. Not many people seem to due to the lack of answers we get given. However, I can forgive this because I absolutely adore the characters and they are what make or break a book for me.

Do You Hear the People Sing?
a book you read because of hype

Divergent? The Mortal Instruments? The Hunger Games? Six of Crows?
Pretty much half of my bookshelf is read due to hype, I’m afraid. Some are worth it though (Read: Six of Crows)

One Day More
a book that kept you reading into the next chapter (and the next and the next)

Six of Crows. I blitzed through it in about two days because it is SO GOOD.

On My Own
a ship of yours that isn’t canon

HAHAHA
WAY TOO MANY
It’d take a year to list all of them, but let’s see…
Minho/Newt, Eponine/Cosette, Montparnasse/Jehan, Bilbo/Thorin (Does that last one count? Because it’s mostly based off the movie…)

Drink With Me
your favourite bookish friendship

Part of me is screaming Harry and Ron because…well, they’re Harry and Ron. The other part is screaming Enjolras, Combeferre and Courfeyrac because why not.

Bring Him Home
that one character you will do anything to protect

WYLAN VAN ECK

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
a character death you don’t think you’ll ever recover from

Oh God.
Newt.
Or the Pevensies.
Take your pick.

So there we have it! The Les Mis book tag! Thank once again to Eve, and I tag anyone who wants to do it.

Holly xx

 

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The Fever Code – Book Review

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Title: The Fever Code
Author: James Dashner
Paperback: 304 pages
Published: 27 September 2016
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary (Goodreads): Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

This review will contain spoilers. Continue at your own risk!

I found it really hard to put a rating on this book. It could easily jump up to 4 or slide right down to 2.5 for different things, so I’ll go somewhere in the middle.

We’ll start off with the good: This book made me actually like the main character. Throughout The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, I didn’t really care much for Thomas, and by the end of The Death Cure I actually didn’t like him. But this book somehow managed to change all of that around, so there’s that.

The best thing this book has going for it is the characters. Thomas was likeable, Teresa was as unpredictable as ever (I wanted to punch her after reading the epilogue) and Newt, Minho and Alby were all around. Also Chuck! It was so nice to see Chuck in this book, I was slightly afraid he’d be skipped over a bit.

We were also introduced to Dr Paige properly, who seems to be morally grey. She desperately wants to find a cure, yes – but she dupes her ‘favourite’ test subject to do it. Hmm.
She also infects and ensures the death of anyone standing in her way of becoming Chancellor of WICKED, which isn’t the actions of a person with morals.

Unfortunately, there was very little storyline. Don’t get me wrong, it answered questions and bridged the gap between The Kill Order and The Maze Runner but that was about it. If you’re planning on reading this book, you would have to read the others to get some sort of understanding of it.

Also, there are some pretty heavy scenes in this books. Within a few pages, Thomas is being tortured at the age of 5 to take his new name, so WICKED must be pretty messed up from the start.

Then, when they are about 10, it’s Minho’s turn, and let me tell you, that scene is horrifying. It’s implied that the poor kid has to go through what we are shown through Thomas’s eyes four times. No wonder he’s pretty much broken after that.

It’s also implied that Thomas suffers some kind of depression on and off throughout the book, which is possibly one of the most realistic things about it. He’s pretty much kept in solitary confinement as a kid, and as he gets older he’s forced to go behind his friends backs. Not the best lifestyle to give someone who is still growing up, but that’s kind of the point of the book, I guess.

There’s a suicide attempt within the book too, but it is one we knew about from The Death Cure anyway. Just something to bear in mind if the reader is particularly triggered.

It’s hard to pin ages on the kids as they grow up – at the beginning they’re about 5-6 and at the end they’re about 15-16, which means they were 13-14 when they were put in the maze.

In all, it’s a decent filler book, and I did enjoy it because of the characters – however I still have questions. (Granted, they’re mostly things like What’s Newt’s real name? But still.)

Anyone else read this and want to share their thoughts?

Holly xx