These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Thursday, 21 September 2017
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Infinity is the final book in Anna Bloom’s Gravity series, and whilst it was an enjoyable read, it wasn’t my favourite in the series.
I became a fan of Anna Bloom earlier this year and have been working my way through her books. I really enjoyed her standalone novel The Game and her Truth About Love series. The Gravity series was on my to-read list as I was super interested in seeing how her young adult science fiction played out. The first book in the series was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. The second book in the series was a lot more enjoyable. This final book was enjoyable, but it wasn’t quite as wonderful as the second book.
Infinity is a much shorter read than the prior books in the series, allowing you to complete it in no time at all. It’s very much a book of providing answers, one of bringing everything together. There have been so many questions posed throughout the first two books, and this one works to give us all the answers whilst providing an entertaining read.
Whilst some of the answers were a bit on the predictable side, there were plenty of twists thrown in throughout the book to keep you guessing. These answers help the world to come into vivid colour, giving us small details that are wonderful to find out.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t completely happy with everything. I felt as though some of the choices made by the characters were a bit on the silly side, and they left me feeling as though it was just a way to play out certain scenes. I enjoyed watching all of these scenes unfold, but I did feel as though it took the attention away from the war that was supposed to be going on. Considering this book brought so much together, I would have liked for there to be more war scenes throughout the story.
Overall, this was a nice conclusion to the series. It wasn’t quite a four star rating – it was more of a three-point-five star rounded up – but I did enjoy watching how everything came together.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since finding myself a fan of Anna Bloom’s work, the Gravity series has been a must read for me. I love Anna Bloom’s contemporary work – The Game being my favourite, The Truth About Love being my gateway drug, and her other work sitting on my Kindle begging to be read – yet I was intrigued by her young adult science fiction. It was something different and I was curious to see how it played out.
In all honesty, I did not enjoy Gravity as much as I had hoped. It was a decent enough read, but it failed to pack the same punch as my prior Anna Bloom reads. It was a three-point-five star rating, one I rounded down to three stars. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how things played out in the second book. It wasn’t simply the cliff-hanger of an ending – although that did play a big part – but the fact that I’d been pulled into the world.
Without a doubt, I enjoyed Velocity a lot more than I enjoyed Gravity. There was a lot more provided in Velocity, giving us a number of answers, whilst leaving us with enough questions to leave us curious as to how the final book plays out. In fact, Velocity took the things I enjoyed most about Gravity and made them stronger.
In Velocity, we dive deeper into the world of the stars. We get a better understanding of the powers they possess and the way in which the world works. There are still some contemporary aspects to deal with early in the book, but they quickly fade as the science fiction element takes over. Moreover, having read book one, I found it easier to accept the science fiction in this story. I still found myself ranting slightly when the science did not match up with real life, but reading book one allowed me to understand this one better.
In case you didn’t realise it by now, you need to read book one first. The two are very closely linked, and to understand Velocity you need to first read Gravity. This is not a series of standalone novels; this is a closely linked trilogy.
In addition to developing a better understanding of the science fiction elements, we also get a better understanding of the characters. New elements are thrown into this story, and although I felt as though some elements were a bit on the predictable side, I did enjoy the added depth in this story. I would have liked for the ending to play out a bit differently – I found myself rolling my eyes at the aforementioned predictability and how the ending felt a bit clichéd because of it – but I know it will play in strongly with the final book.
Overall, I’m super excited to pick up the final book in this addictive trilogy. Once again, I dived straight into the next book, desperate to see how everything plays out. Whilst the series may not have started out the way I had hoped, it’s certainly growing stronger as I work my way through the books.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This year I’ve found myself becoming somewhat of an Anna Bloom fan. The Truth About Love series was wonderful, one I found myself devouring. The Game was even more amazing, providing an addictive read I needed to complete in a single sitting. Other Anna Bloom books are sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, namely the Love and Loss books. One that always stood out to me, however, was the Gravity series.
Anna Bloom is best known for her contemporary romance, and I was intrigued to see how her foray into young adult science fiction played out. I find it can sometimes be a case of hit or miss when authors try something outside of their area of expertise, yet the notion of Gravity really grabbed me.
Although I did not enjoy Gravity to quite the same level as I enjoyed my other Anna Bloom reads, I did find it to be an enjoyable book. In all honesty, my rating is more of a three-point-five star rating than a three star rating. I spent a while debating whether I was to give it a three star rating or a four star rating, but in the end I opted to round down because I feel as though the potential for the next books will guarantee an easy four star rating.
Gravity grabbed me because of the premise of the story – the fact our characters are stars. Had I not walked down the psychology path, I’d like to believe my destiny would have been in the stars (in other words, astronomy is something I’m super interested in). I love a good science fiction read, but I cannot think of many books where our characters are stars. It grabbed me and I wanted to know more, curious as to how such a thing would play out.
Although there is a very clear science fiction element to this story, I feel as though a lot of the more contemporary issues were giving more attention than was necessary. We’re always dealing with the issues surrounding the science fiction elements of the story, but at the same time we’re dealing with the banalities of young adult life. We have so many scenes of school, and even though they’re mixed in with all the science fiction drama, I found myself wishing the school stuff would take a back seat.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the science fiction stuff. It was so interesting, and I’ve been left with so many questions. There were a few points where I had to silence the astronomer within – I had to remind myself that science fiction did not always match up with the facts – but for the most part I was really intrigued by what was going on. I simply wish we have delved deeper into the details, I wish we’d been given a bit more. It is wonderful to leave you interested in the series, but I favour having more solid information by the end of the first book in such a series.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this one. It grabs the attention and leaves you intrigued as to what comes next – meaning it should be no surprise to find out I jumped straight into book two.
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