Book Review: The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew

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Title: The Light That Gets Lost
Author: Natasha Carthew
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Overall Rating:  5/10
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Action, Coming of Age

“He promised the demon that was forever watchful inside,”
Natasha Carthew, The Light That Gets Lost pg8

I recently read The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew but much to my surprise, I have mixed feelings upon finishing the novel. When I first picked it up the title and cover caught my attention, I loved the name of the novel and the blue colors splashed across the cover won me over- I couldn’t wait to read the book. However, after three chapters my heart sunk because it turns out this book wasn’t as good as it seems, in fact, I didn’t like it at all. There were bits that I thought were still somewhat well done and so lets begin with that.

I enjoyed how Carthew began with a really exciting prologue. The scene in which Trey’s family was in danger sparked lots of questions in me which caused me to really want to continue the story. I wanted to find out what happens to Trey, why his family was killed and many more questions. However, when Trey set foot in the camp the story began to tumble down for me.

I think a huge issue with this book was that I found it extremely hard to connect to the storyline and its characters. For one, I have never experience or been through the issues many of the characters faced and the character’s background and personalities weren’t quite like mine. For example, I couldn’t connect to Trey at all, his actions annoyed me and his decisions were nothing like what I would do. He was reckless and angered which got on my nerves during many situations. With Kay, I couldn’t quite connect with her either. I think that because I had couldn’t click or relate to the characters, I found it difficult to enjoy the book. I believe relatable characters or characters which pull you in are vital to creating a good book but there was a lack of that in this novel. The dialogue between the characters was also quite hard to understand the jargon and slang used by the characters made it pretty difficult to follow.The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there

The storyline was also quite hard to follow there were issues and problems here and there that added layers of confusion. I think there were too many loose ends in the book- the demons that lived inside of him was extremely confusing. There was no mention of demons in the first quarter of the book and they suddenly came into the story about 60% of the way through the novel. It made the story seem unrealistic and childish. I understand that it was a metaphor for his evil nature but I did not like the idea at all. In addition, the relationship development between Kay and Trey was quite poorly done. I didn’t see much romance or development between them and they didn’t even get together in the end. It felt like puppy love to me and I was really disappointed at the end of the book.

I wouldn’t say this book was a disappointment because I had high expectations, there were some things here and there that were enjoyable to read but overall, I didn’t quite enjoy it. I thought there were two many loose ends and I found it difficult to relate and connect with the characters. Perhaps, it was because I have never really experienced what had happened in the novel, which caused me to dislike the book. However, I have to say that I didn’t like it. Have you read The Light That Gets Lost? What did you think?

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Blog Tour + Book Review: Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World by PC. Cast

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Title: Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World
Author: PC Cast
Series: Tales of a New World
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Coming of Age, Adventure

“Become that which I see, mind and heart your image will be, salvation for these beloved three,”
PC Cast, Moon Chosen: Tales of A New World (ARC edition)

PC Cast’s Moon Chosen truly transports you to a new world. This novel was such a thrill ride! I found myself addicted to the story and I’m so glad this book saved me from my very long reading slump. There are so many elements of this book that made it a wonderful read.

I have to begin by talking about Cast’s writing style. Her writing style is one of the absolute best, this novel was so beautifully written that every word and every sentence painted such a vivid picture and story in my brain. It almost felt like every word was a colour and all the words blended together to create this artwork of a story. Everything is described in such depth and beauty! One of my favourite parts of the story was when Mari was pairing with Regel, her dog and although I have never had a dog, Cast’s description of Mari’s feelings made it feel like I had a dog before. Every character’s thoughts were so different, yet PC Cast managed to somehow make all of them flow and it is her writing style that makes the book a great read.

I also love how many different stories there were in the story. Often I hate jumping from perspective to perspective, story to story but I love how PC Cast managed to balance the two different characters- Nik and Mari together in one book. The story flowed and made sense, switching between the two lives gave the reader a break from one character and at times left you page turning to find out what happens next. At first, I was kind of confused as to who the two characters were and how they were related but as the story progressed they interlaced like webs and the story manage to fit together so well. About a quarter through the novel, I was predicting Nik and Mari’s relationship- I honestly thought they were brother and sister!

The characters are so much fun to read about because although they are totally different to us they were sassy and all had unique personalities. I loved Sora’s character although she was a bit shallow and I couldn’t forget Mari who I also really enjoyed reading about. I think Nik’s character still need more development and story to it but I’m sure we’ll be able to see more of him in the next few books. When Mari’s mother died, I was definitely not expecting that to happen!

The only main issue I had with the book was how slow some parts of the book were. I still enjoyed reading it because of Cast’s writing but looking back on the novel, I thought not much really happened in the first part of the book. Maybe it is due to the world building which was really well done. I clearly understand the ways of both tribes and it wasn’t hard to understand any of the terminology. However, I do wish the novel was more fast paced. PC Cast’s Moon Chosen was really a great read- the writing, character development, world building and multiple storylines really created a bow for this book. It wrapped up like a great little present and I’ll definitely be there for the next installment of this series!

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if you liked these books, you’ll love moon chosen: tales of a new world:

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This was part of a blog tour run by Pan Macmillan. Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan. I received PC Cast’s Moon Chosen from Pan Macmillan, in exchange for a review.  Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.

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Teaser Tuesdays!!! (December 28th)

Hey guys!

You must be thinking Teaser Tuesdays??? I decided to start Teaser Tuesdays, to bring in some new things into my blog for the new year! Teaser Tuesdays is where you open to a random page in your current read and give a short teaser sentence or short paragraph from that page. I’ll also include the title and author of the novel, as well as how much I’m currently enjoying it!

What are you currently reading?- comment below:  Or you can link your Teaser Tuesday Post below, I would love to see what you are reading!

If you read in my last post, you would know that I am currently re-reading the Lux series! I recently read Oblivion and after enjoying it so much I decided to finish off where Oblivion ended! I am currently reading the last novel- Opposition!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHere is a little teaser from the novel:

“I bit down on my lip, sensing something was off. Like the air had suddenly turned stale, and it was hard to catch my next breath. A nervous sensation crept into my core like a thousand little ants,”
– Jennifer L. Armentrout, Opposition

I hope you all enjoyed this little teaser from my current read, Opposition! I love the Lux series and so it isn’t a surprise that I am currently really enjoying it! Don’t forget to comment below a teaser from your current read!

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