What to do when a Sequel sucks

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We’ve all been there. You find a book/movie/game/TV series or whatever it may be that you adore. It takes over your thoughts with just how amazing it is and then you find out that there is a sequel. If it’s out already you rush to purchase it, if it’s coming out in the future you wait with baited breath for the moment you can get your hands on it. As soon as it’s your’s it’s devoured only to find that you’re left more than a little disappointed. Of course this may still happen if you just kinda liked the first as opposed to an undying love but the point still stands the sequel for whatever reason sucks.

First of all breathe all is not lost, while disappointed there is a chance that your expectations were too high for the poor sequel to meet and some time and considerations may change your feelings. This includes taking a time out and coming back to it weeks maybe months later and really thinking about why you may of hated it so much, try to think of it’s good qualities (if there are any) and see if any of this changes your mind. Trying to see it outside of it’s predecessor may work as well, but is a lot more difficult as there usually intricately related. After this you will either reconsider and be willing to give it another change or it will reaffirm your initial reaction that it really wasn’t worth your time.

If your not one for waiting and you really want to deal with this straight away I would suggest finding reviews from others about how they feel about it. If it was truly awful you can be pretty sure there is someone out there making their feelings known, with this they may list their reasoning and you can be satisfied that it’s not just you, the sequel did just miss the mark. Alternatively you may find that people had the opposite reaction, they adore the very thing you loathe, this could be good for finding out why they had this response and you can either tentatively reconsider or respectfully disagree. Of course if neither of these work you can be the person to let the world know exactly how you feel and see the kind of responses you receive.

Thirdly don’t give up, there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation why this particular sequel was such a flop. Perhaps the pressure of producing something better was just too much stress for the poor author/producer/game developer. You never know the nervous breakdowns they may of experienced to produce something in which they hoped would top there first work. If this is the case there is a good chance that after some r & r they will come back stronger then ever to produce something new which will knock your socks of. If it’s not the last book in a series perhaps the next will turn it all around and you will forget that you ever hated its predecessor in the first place.

Of course you do have to consider that perhaps the original was a one hit wonder, nothing that comes after it is going to feel you with the same excited and awe. If this does become the only option then it’s time to let go accept what’s done is done and try to move on with your life. Alternatively you could refuse to acknowledge any sequels ever existed and live in a bubble of self denial but really whatever works for you.

What do you do when a sequel sucks? Let me know!

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Book Review: Unbalanced by Courtney Shepard

Unbalanced

Synopsis

Asha is fire.Unbalanced

Every generation four sisters with power over earth, air, fire, and water are born to fight against a fanatical, secret faith. The Order exists only to sacrifice the sisters for their power. With each success their strength and control grows. They have never failed, for their rule depends on it.

The sisters, separated at birth, are unaware of what hunts them…but they are coming.
A handsome stranger discovers Asha in hiding, and swears allegiance to her cause. She falls for him; though he is not who he says he is. Betrayed and imprisoned inside the Order, Asha is without her power for the first time in her life.

As the war heats up haunting secrets and true motivations are revealed, but the sisters must unite and override their instincts and trust the untrustworthy if they are to fight their terrifying destiny.

Review

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20171228_145618.jpg‘Unbalanced’ is a fast paced urban fantasy novel, which includes a whole lot of action, magical powers and a bit of romance thrown in just for fun. If follows the story of four sisters as they begin to discover who they really are and there place in this world.The book itself included everything I expected too, with multiple characters, a couple of bad sort of good guys and the real bad guys.

Not going to lie the first thing I thought of when I read the blurb was Avatar: The Last Air-bender, the book itself definitely holds up in it’s own right though with no pesky thought intrusion of the fire nation!

I loved the idea of this book and how it was able to suck me in straight away, although it did drip feed most of the information pertaining to the girls at no point was I confused as to what was happening. I will admit to being confused at points as to who the POV was for the chapter, especially when the boys started getting involved. Character development wasn’t as much as I would of liked, but as this is the first book in the series and with being a lot of different characters it was to be expected. The book did contain a fair amount of action, none of which was overly surprising. I will definitely be checking out the next book as I feel this is one that could be full of potential.

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes 

Happy New Year! My Goals for the New Year.

Welcome to 2018!!

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I have high hopes for this year and am more than excited to get started on the year and see where life takes me. A new thing already for this year is that I am starting the year with a blog, I started this blog Aprilish last year so I am genuinely excited to start the year a fresh and see where I am at the end of it all.

Goals for 2018

General goals:

  • Become fitter, healthier, happier
  • Don’t give up on things when they become a little bit difficult
  • Do at least 3 things that terrify me

Reading Goals:

  • Read and review 100 books
  • Try out new genres instead of playing it safe
  • Think more critically as I’m reading

Blogging Goals:

  • Blog consistently
  • Be way more organised and utilize that schedule button
  • Try new things

Okay so I do have a heap more for all categories but I’m going to stick to three for now! What are your goals for the new year? Any the same? Let me know!

 

Book Review: Belle by Sarah Price

Belle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

SynopsisBelle: An Amish Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (An Amish Fairytale #1)

To most townsfolk, he’s known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she’s heard about Adam Herschberger’s scars and his gruff, solitary ways. Though he sounds like a character from one of Belle’s treasured books, the man is real and, it turns out, just as unreasonable as the rumors claim. When a buggy accident wipes out the last of her daed‘s money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. Then he offers Belle a deal–marry him, and her family can keep their home.

Everyone is shocked by Belle’s decision, but she’s determined to be a good fraa, cleaning Adam’s rundown house and tending the overgrown garden. Breaking through her new husband’s icy reserve will be another matter. Belle’s courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community–and to the loving marriage they both deserve.

Review

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This was the first book I had read from this author and I was really excited to see an Amish twist on Beauty and the Beast. The book started of relatively slow, with a fair amount of repetitiveness in the way Belle experienced the world and to be honest just not that much going on in general. She also had way to much optimism with pretty much everything bring her joy or some other form of small happiness. Not that this isn’t good I’m not quite a gremlin that wants to see just bad things happen to the characters, quite the opposite in fact, in this case I just felt it was a tad overdone.

However once Adam comes into the picture, not only does the pace of the book pick up a lot more interesting things start to happen. It was great to read Adam’s character development as well as how they begin to build their life together. I also thought the way that the author tackles the aspect of ‘the beast’ was really well done as well as a great portrayal of how people can be prone to treat each other when somebody is different. I also loved the incorporation of other languages as the characters are speaking to give it just that bit more of an authentic feel.

Though the book was pretty well researched I would of liked to see a few more Amish facts and one or two more ‘surprises’.  However I really did enjoy reading through the novel and although predictable it was exactly what I wanted to be reading at that moment.

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

“Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.”

Synopsis
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together–and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past–even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Review

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I’m going to start this by saying Ths Stormlight Archives is one of my favourite books series, with the first book ‘The Way of Kings’ potentially being my all time favourite book. This is pretty impressive in itself as I generally only read fantasy, especially epic fantasy when I’m really in the mood for it and to be labelled all time favourite, well that’s just something else entirely haha. Mainly what I’m trying to say is that I was a tad excited for this one, (okay maybe a bit more than a tad). So what did I think?

Well it was pretty much everything I expected to be which was both totally awesome and sort of disappointing at the same time. What I mean by that is I had high expectations it’s one I have been waiting eagerly for and pre-ordered as soon as I could so the fact that it met all those expectations was fantastic, it was kind of disappointing because it didn’t go above those expectations, the last two books, especially the first was full of so many  ‘whoa’ moments that although there was definitely a few scattered within this book I kind of expected that at least something would be revealed which kind of took away from the effect. Now I know this is most definitely a first world problem but it just didn’t leave me with that absolutely knocked my socks of kind of feeling. At this point there is also a lot of characters and whole lot of POV chapters that sometimes I did have to go back and just refresh myself on what was going on. I also think I missed a fair bit there is just too much going on the whole time. But you know that’s what re-reads are for.

What I did adore about this book is getting to not only explore the main characters a whole lot more, some of whom I was becoming increasingly worried about but we got to delve into a lot of minor character development, I know I just said that there were a few to many different POV but some were ones I had been dying to read! There was also two absolute draw dropping moments in my opinion in the book, the kind that I had been sitting patiently waiting for and I’m going to be honest really didn’t see them coming! In a 1300 page book though it would of been nice to see maybe one or two more. With all that said I did thoroughly enjoy reading through the book, and am definitely waiting for the next already!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes, I think it’s kind of necessary 

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Of course


 

Quick update

So I have been slightly MIA for the last few months for a whole variety of different reasons, but I finally feel as if I can say watch this space…. now excuse me as I go and binge read many blogs xxxxx