I read a lot, like most people that must be on this site, and much by accident, this blog came to life and now here I am, creating this blog. I'm also on a bunch of other sites as well so you can find me on them by clicking the links.
I like to use gifs a lot because they represent my feelings towards books a lot. I've read through a lot of reviews and as a result, I view books a little bit differently than how I used to.
I entered the giveaway for this book because I remember reading the Boy in the Striped Pajamas when I was in the 9th grade and crying like a little bitch so I was like I trust John Boyne to deliver another good book.
BOI DID HE.
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book because the summary doesn't give anything away and I was like mehhhhh there is a small chance I might not like it. I'm glad I read it, maybe I wouldn't read this as often as I read some of my other books but there'll be one of those days where you're in one of those moods and I'll pick this up and read it again.
I think it's an important book, you don't see a lot of novels out there with gay characters, or one that go this in-depth into that character's life. And it talks a lot about the atrocities and struggles that gay people suffered in Ireland and perhaps still endure to this day (I can't say for sure as I'm not an expert on Ireland or even really keep up to date with Irish news). And the amount of detail that was gone into had me shook but I think that was mostly due to the fact that I've never read a book like this before.
I really liked Cyril as a character, he did some shady things throughout his time but considering the fact that the story is told from his point of view, it was pretty understandable. He's really funny, and sometimes makes really morbid jokes and then you find yourself laughing at what he says and thinking dear God does this make me a bad person for laughing. I liked the ways that he so openly made fun of certain people to their face and the clueless response from those people who hadn't picked up on the fact that he was mocking them.
Some of the shit happened to him was honestly so wild (view spoiler)
And you feel for Cyril, and it's kind of hard not to considering he's a gay man living in 60's Ireland. He struggles with his sexuality and his feelings, and he has a lot of realizations about himself when he meets Bastiaan. The relationship that he had with Maude and Avery was a very strange one but it appealed to me, they got along well, and to be honest his interactions with them were hilarious.
Maude was probably one of my favourite characters just because she was so out there and had the most inappropriate of reactions at the most inappropriate times.
And it brought me great happiness to see that in the end, Cyril had a large family that cared about him and that he was happy because damn it he deserved it for all of the shit that happened to him throughout his life.
TL;DR: Give this a book a shot, maybe you won't like it, but you probably will.
I recently got my dad to start reading this book as well, so now I constantly have to keep track of where I'm reading (obviously by updating my book social media) so that I don't get lost on what page i'm on.
I figured I would leave one long review about the entire series since I've read all of the books that have currently been published as a whole so here we go.
First of all, I love this series, like despite everything that I'm going to complain about, I love this series to the point where I went in search of fanfiction for it. Like it makes me want to scream and cry and throw stuff in frustration, mostly because of Magnus and Cleo. That being said, I still have a couple of issues with it.
Concept of Time and Theon Ranus
I've come to realize that my biggest problem with this series is the concept of time. You know when you read a novel and it's like oh it's December, it's September, it's Monday or Friday etc. Okay well that doesn't exist here. Like I get that in Mytica they wouldn't have the same month names and stuff but like I need some form of indication that time is actually passing because everything felt like it was happening in a matter of weeks instead of months. And it's this reason that I've come to realize is why I was so irritated with the whole Cleo/Theon love line throughout the book.
I never got the sense that Theon and Cleo actually knew each other for a very long time so to me it seemed like insta love even if they did know each other over the course of a few months. And on top of that, Cleo kept going on and on about him and dangling him over Magnus's head like four books after Theon died, like hun, get over it. And it just frustrated me to no end, because Magnus literally did so many kind things for Cleo and again and again all she did was throw in his face that he killed Theon and like stomp all over his heart. But like props to Magnus for sticking by his guns.
Cleon and Magnus
Look I love Cleo and Magnus, I really do, I could spend hours reading fanfiction about the two of them being together, and I would if there was any for me to read. That being said, it drives me crazy when these two fight because the arguments that they have with each other stopped being valid like by book three or four because by that point you could tell that they were in love with each other. They literally get into fights over the dumbest shit like get over it and move on. Half the time I'm convinced that the two of them are literally just trying to start shit with each other just for the sake of it like there's literally no reason to fight at all.
And Cleo spends half her time being like "Thank you for reminding me of who you truly are Magnus" like bitch what? He saved your life like three times literally what the fuck are you talking about? Like sure he was a dick at the beginning of the book but he's literally kind to her and compliments her and basically gives her whatever she wants like all the time like Cleo what are you talking about? I mean sure he killed Theon but Theon had the personality of like a cardboard box and it wasn't even that deep to begin with like who cares?
Literally every time Cleo tried to start shit with Magnus and vice versa this was the only reaction I could come up with
Like why can't y'all just love each other like regular people. And then Cleo had to be all dramatic when that thing happened to Nic in this book and blamed it on Magnus. Like, Magnus didn't kill Nic, he was just holding him responsible for something that Nic did, he was being perfectly reasonable, I mean yeah, he threatened Nic but like Cleo knows perfectly well that Magnus wouldn't have laid a finger on her. Like she literally threw such a fit when Magnus didn't do anything wrong.
And honestly yeah, I'm bitter that Magnus and Cleo didn't bone as often as they should have, I'll fully admit that but I'm still holding out hope for Immortal Reign so fingers crossed y'all.
Jonas is great and all but he's literally terrible at everything he does and I appreciate the fact that it's acknowledged throughout the books like honestly how is he not dead yet is a mystery but he's cool I guess.
I love Nic as well but he needs to loosen up on Magnus like Magnus tried to save Mira's life, there's literally nothing he could've done that would've saved her, let it go and hate on Gaius stop this nonsense.
Also not gonna lie, Lucia is interesting and all and her journey as she grows as a person is also interesting but like I also don't really care that much for some odd reason like I appreciate it, but it's like irrelevant to me. I'm very neutral towards her entire character.
Also the way that the book is written is in a kind of telling you instead of showing you kind of way which I know is a problem with like a lot of people and like I wasn't crazy about it but it didn't bother me or hinder my enjoyment of the book, it was just kind of glaring me in the face as I read through the books is all. Like I just couldn't help but notice it.
I can appreciate how cut-throat Amara and Gaius are though, like they drive me crazy but I can appreciate their schemes to take over the world using the Kindred.
Sometimes I felt like the books were going in circles or stalling for some reason, because quite a few of the scenes felt repetitive and like they just didn't need to be there, like some of the stuff definitely could've been cut out and either replaced with different scenes or allow for other scenes and like plot points to be expanded on even more.
I loved Felix which is no surprise because he has a very Sirius Black type of vibe to him if you know what I mean. Like I always look forward to his scenes because I just know that he's gone say something funny shit and I'm just so ready for it. He didn't deserve to be used by Amara like that.
I loved Magnus so much, I don't know why but I was just digging the whole tortured soul thing throughout this book and I usually don't but like it was hitting me in the feels this time around. And especially when he bares his heart to Cleo I'm honestly like a sobbing mess in the corner of the room it really isn't pretty. He's just so soft and mushy and smol on the inside and I just want to protect him from harm. And then I cry even harder when Cleo returns the feelings and it's like the sun is suddenly shining out of his ass and Magnus is like I can't believe this is real and I'm just here screaming
Magnus better not fucking die in the last book, I swear to God, I don't know how I'm gonna deal with his death if he does die like it'll be too much for me, save my son y'all. Please, save my son from death, he doesn't deserve this suffering.
Scorpius is so precious, my baby, must be protected at all costs. The friendship between Scorpius and Albus is so pure, so healthy, so loving (and a lil gay let's be real here).
SHE FUCKING CRIES BLOOD SHE LEGIT CRIES BLOOD I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS THIS SO EMO I FEEL LIKE IM READING MY IMMORTAL ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!
Ray has the personality of a rock and on top of this he serves literally no purpose like at all except to provide extremely unnecessary romance. Like honestly he should've just died his survival doesn't do anyone any good at all.
Sita just gets more aggravating with every page.
ITS BEEN 3 DAYS HOW HAVE YOU FALLEN IN LOVE IN 3 DAYS? HOW COULD YOU THROW AWAY THE PROTECTION OF GOOD YOUVE HAD FOR FIVE THOUSAND YEARS FOR SOME CRUSTY BOY YOU JUST MET THIS IS SO STUPID.
It's only the first page and this already sounds pretentious as fuck you'd think the main character was some fedora wearing meninist instead of a girl
Every time the story goes back to Kai I get distracted because I picture him like this
and that's very distracting
Lilly was not this irritating in the movie I'm glad Mia told her to shut up because I was about to start yelling and oh my god Mia is so blind to the fact that Michael has a crush on her.
holy shit i did not see that coming, although in hindsight i probably should have since it was fairly obvious to figure out but i was just not quick enough to put it together.