The Host by Stephenie Meyer- Review

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Overview

The Host is the story of Wanderer (or Wanda as she is later known) she is an Alien, a species known as Souls that have invaded and conquered earth. To survive Souls ‘bind’ with another species essentially taking over their mind and body, but when the Souls come to earth they get more than they bargin for when they encounter Human Beings. Human Beings  are more emotionally developed than some of the other bodies Souls have inhabited and less willing to let go of life and fade away, making the habitation of a human body an emotional and almost traumatising experience for an unsuspecting Soul.

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Wanda inhabits the body of Melenie Stryder a young woman who was on the run with her younger brother Jamie and boyfriend Jared when her body was discovered by the ‘Seekers’ a group of Souls tasked with hunting down the last of humanity. When Wanda inhabits Melanie’s body she realises that she is not alone and Melanie is still with her and is not going to make it easy for Wanda to take over.

When Wanda’s seeker comes to her and asks her to access Melanie’s memories Wanda finds that she is resistant, she is sympathetic to Melanie and starts to form attachments to Jamie and Jared. While Wanda is a sweet, shy and quiet Soul Melanie is full of fire and will do anything to protect the ones she loves. When Wanda’s Seeker starts to suspect she inhabits a resistant Host she decides to inhabit Melanie herself. Melanie, frightened that Jamie and Jared’s location will be discovered convinces Wanda to run from the Seeker and her fellow Souls and help her find her family.

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What did I think?

I really loved The Host it is slightly slow to start but once Wanda and Melanie join the other humans the story really blossoms. Watching the humans deal with having a Soul in their camp, the very thing that is ending their species is really interesting, also Melanie’s Uncle Jeb is such a cute character sometimes I think he is so lovely and then I realise in everything he does there is an agenda. Essentially though the Host is a love story between four people and only three bodies, the back and forth between Melanie, Jared, Wanda and Ian is really funny, heart breaking and beautiful.

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I wish that Stephanie Meyer would write the long awaited sequel but sadly I don’t think that is going to happen.

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Paint and butterflies rating 5/5 Stars.

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The Tessa Grey/Will Herondale Reading Challenge (All books mentioned in The Infernal Devices By Cassandra Clare

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1.Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

2.The Wide, Wide World by Elizabeth Wetherell

3.Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4.Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

5.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

6.Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

7.The Trail of the Serpent by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

8.The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

9.Armadale by Wilkie Collins

10.The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

11.The Lamplighter by Maria Susanna Cummins

12.The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

13.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

14.Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

15.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

16.Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

17.The Thousand and One Nights

18.The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

19.Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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20.The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

21.Vathek by William Beckford

22.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

23.Sermons to Young Women by Dr. James Fordyce

24.David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

25.The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

26.Hansel and Gretel by Brothers Grimm

How many have you read?

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review

I bought this series with every intention of taking part in the Booktubeathon but sadly due to work  I was unable to take part, work commitments and all that. (All information on the Booktubeathon can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/user/BookTubeAThon )

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Even though I haven’t been able to take part in the fun this time around that doesn’t mean the reading stops ohh no! The Selection by Kiera Cass is the perfect Young Adult easy read I was looking for, the story centers around our main character America Singer, in the Dystopian world in which she lives members of society are sectioned off into castes. The Castes are numbered from one to eight, now 35 five girls from various castes ages 16-20 are being chosen, chosen to be part of the Selection. The Selected will go and live in the palace  with Prince Maxon and the rest of the royal family. One by one the Selected are picked off until one girl is chosen, chosen to be a princess and bride to the future King.

America just has one problem she doesn’t want to be a princess she doesn’t want any of it the dresses, the crown or Prince Maxon, how could she when she is totally in love with someone else?

I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to care about the characters, it was an interesting mix of a modern day fairy tale dipped in our reality television, celebrity culture. As I was reading the book I wondered if I should be finding the whole premise a bit archaic, the handsome Prince picking his wife from a group of beauties. The thing is he dates them all, he kisses, dances, praises them all and the little feminist inside me screws up her nose and stomps her foot but is soon silenced by just how damn good this book is.

It pure entertainment and that’s what I love, filled with pretty dresses, pretty girls and two big strong boys!

I’ve already started book two The Elite and book three The One  is in the post. (I know, I shop on Amazon I’m a terrible person)

All hail Kiera Cass!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Gricha Book 2 (Spoiler Free)

Siege and Storm is the second novel in the Gricha trilogy and I should probably say straight away that I am not big fan. I loved Shadow and Bone, but when reading Siege and Storm I just couldn’t fall into the book as easily as I had done with book one.

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My major problem is that I am struggling to know who to root for, obviously not the Darkling unless there is going to be some kind of major plot twist. I just found it really hard to connect with the characters this time around, I’m not even sure that Mal and Alina’s relationship is believable, his whole role in this novel is to guard her… I sorry but dull. Where is the passion, the romance, why I aren’t I rooting for this couple? When I feel nothing for a character or a set of characters and lose the will to know how their journey works out something has gone wrong and I can’t even put my finger on what it was.

Prince Nikolai was a great ray of light in this book, I found him an interesting and diverse anti-hero and every moment he is on the page I have no idea if he is good, evil or somewhere in the middle and he delivers some cracking one liners to Alina. It’s a shame she can’t be a but more sassy they could of had some great banter.

It’s hard for me to say what exactly I did and didn’t like because  it was a compilation of things – there was lots of getting on and off of boats and I found that really irritating because there wasn’t any real world building or description of where the characters were and their environment always seemed hazy unless they were in a palace, which is obviously self explanatory.

I should probably worn anyone who is planning on reading this book that it is very, very, open ended and there is a bit of a wait until the third book is out.

All in all I would give this about a 2.5/5

Poor sequel to a great first book, this book made me fall out of love with characters I had previously loved particularly Mal who hopefully perks up a bit by book 3.

It’s not all bad Mal there’s plenty more Gricha in the sea…PLEASE!