Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sweet Venom by: Tera Lynn Childs

Grace has just moved to San Francisco. She can communicate with computers better than she can with boys. She's out one day exploring the city with her brother and his friend when a monster shows up at the same restaurant as them. With the monster comes a girl that looks exactly like her. Grace's look alike battles the monster, killing him and leaving Grace wondering who this mysterious girl is.

Gretchen has no family and never has had a family, her mentor is the closest thing to a family. Her mentor is missing. Gretchen has learned how to fight monsters from her mentor and now that more and more monsters are showing up around the city she has some questions but she has no one to ask them to. As Gretchen is fighting yet another monster she sees a girl who looks just like her. Gretchen works out with the help of the mystery girl whose name is Grace that they are two of the three triplet descendants of Medusa.

Greer is from a super wealthy family and has a jam packed social schedule. She has no time for the joining her two triplets in their monster fighting mission. Will she change her mind and help them save the world from monsters? Can Grace and Gretchen do it without her?

Alright! Sweet Venom, a title that intrigued me way more than the blurb did. I wanted to read Sweet Venom for a really, really long time, but I either couldn't get my hands on it or I didn't have the time to read it. It was well worth the wait and I read all three books in the series back to back to back which means that I didn't have to wait for the next book to be released (*fist pump* Win for me!).

Let's have a quick rundown: Young Adult Fantasy? Check. Butt-kicking characters? Check. Cute guys? Check. Greek Mythology? Check. Plot that grabs you and doesn't let go? Check.

I think every Young Adult  Fantasy book needs to have a character that kicks some butt and shows the world that anything possible because it make the reader feel like they can do too. Not only should this character kick butt but the character should also be well-rounded. Gretchen is both. She shows those monsters who's boss but she also is a real person and has insecurities and fears and weaknesses like all of us which makes her come alive. In fact the other triplets were also very well developed and well-rounded. They each acted a certain way and the origins of these actions can be traced back to the characters' pasts. I do have a complaint though, while the triplets are very well developed, their love interests are not developed as well nor do you know much about them (you don't realize it in the first book but if you read the next two you'll see what I mean).

Another reason I liked this book was because it is the only Greek Mythology book that I have read which doesn't assimilate mythology by taking the usual routes of: descendants of the gods, Scions of the gods or even the god living in the modern world. These triplets are the descendants of Medusa. Yep, the look into her eyes and be turned into stone, Medusa. Everyone considers Medusa to be a villain and here is Tera Lynn Childs showing us the other side of the story.

I would give Sweet Venom 4 stars and I would recommend it you if you are a Young Adult Fantasy fan. If you are a Young Adult Fantasy Greek Mythology aficionado then this is a book that you must read.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Can't Look Away by: Donna Cooner

On the internet Torrey Grey is famous. Thousands of people watch her videos on beauty and fashion. Her world is as perfect can be, she has a cute boyfriend, a loyal best friend, her videos are popular, and she's getting kind of famous, on the internet at least. Just then does disaster strike, Torrey's sister dies in an accident and Torrey and her videos might be to blame. In an instant, Torrey's perfect world is in pieces. 

Torrey and her family move away from their old place to try to move on with their life. In her new school, she doesn't know who to trust, queen bee Blair, who likes her only because she is famous on the internet, or Raylene who is unpopular but accepts Torrey for who she is? Strangers online are hating on Torrey and she can't seem to stay away from Luis, a boy whose family owns the local funeral home, a boy who tell her stories about El dio de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). As Dio de los Muertos comes nearer Torrey will have to learn how to mourn her sister out of the public eye and examine her feeling about life and death.

Can't Look Away is book that I picked up as I was browsing through the stacks at the library. I read the blurb and actually rejected it only to come back and take it with me. I'm glad that I didn't reject it but I wouldn't have missed out on something great if I had rejected it.

It was a good book, emotional with a strong character presence. I found Can't Look Away a bit stereotypical and I was able to almost accurately predict the ending of the book. I was very exasperated by the decisions Torrey made at the beginning of the book but I was very glad to see that she grew some sense (and made me lose my exasperation).

It made me become more emotional that I had expected. I thought it would be a quick read with no emotions attached. There were several times while reading the book that I felt my throat tighten...

All in all good book, not bad, not great, just about average. I would give Can't Look Away 3 stars. I won't discourage you from reading it nor will I encourage you to read it. You choose.

Here is the Goodreads link for Can't Look Away:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I Was Here by: Gayle Forman

Cody and Meg were inseparable, best friends, always together, and as close as you can get without actually being sisters. So when Meg drinks a bottle of industrial strength cleaner in a motel room alone, Cody is shocked. She doesn't understand how Meg, her best friend who used to tell her everything, did this without warning Cody. Cody is still dealing with the loss of her best friend when she heads to Meg's college town to pack up her belongings. When Cody gets there she is thrown straight into Meg's other life, a life she had with her roommates and the music scene of her town. A life with boys like Ben McAllister who break your heart. A life that Cody never knew about. As Cody is finding out about Meg's other life, she discovered an encrypted file, that she can't open and when she does everything she know will spin out of control.

I Was Here by: Gayle Forman made it on to my to-read list because of Gayle Forman's other two series, both of which by the way are fantastic. I decided to read I Was Here because I like Gayle Forman and because she always adds interesting things to a veriety of themes.

I finished I Was Here and I didn't feel like I had just read a Gayle Forman book. I hadn't felt so many emotions that I didn't know if I should be smiling or crying. What I am trying to say is that I Was Here did not have Gayle Forman's usual touch of emotion magic. It felt more like something Sarah Dessen would write. It might just be that I didn't connect with the main character, Cody.

I would not recommend that you read I Was Here but I would not discourage you from reading it either. I will just give it 3 stars and leave the choice, of whether or not to read it, to you. Choose wisely, my readers, choose wisely.

Here is the Goodreads link for I Was Here:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pegasus by: Robin McKiney

For thousands of years pegasi and humans have peacefully co-existed, communicating with each other, through pegasi shamans and human magicians. Each human is bound to his or her own pegasus on their twelfth birthday. On Princess Sylviianel, Sylvi for short, is bound, quite ceremoniously, to her own pegasus, Ebon. But for whatever reason, Sylvi and Ebon can talk to each other. This communication threatens to destroy the peace between their nations. Will their communication actually break apart their nations or are they strong enough to hold them together?

Pegasus started out as nice and interesting, and it ended not as well as it started. I decided to read it because it sounded like a good book. The beginning was all fine and dandy, nice plot twists, good characters, and building of bonds. Then came the middle of the book, it got better, the plot started thickening, Ebon and Sylvi started facing their own troubles, and that means that they are growing up. 

Finally come the ending, Ebon and Sylvi have been through so much only to get here and have a depressing ending with absolutely no hope for improvement? Really, Robin McKiney, that's how you keep your readers wanting to keep reading? What I'm trying to say is that the unhappy ending of the book was a huge turn-off for me and I felt cheated of my time. I had spent all that time to read this book only to encounter a hopeless ending. It was in fact such a turn-off that I'm not even going to bother with the sequel. I'm giving Pegasus 2 stars for the plot, which did keep me reading until the ending. But honestly speaking, it would have gotten 3 or even 4 stars if it had looked like there was hope for the characters. 

Here is the Goodreads link for Pegasus:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Conspiracy of Us by: Maggie Hall

Avery West has always believed that she has no family. But her family has found her, and her family just happens to be one of the most powerful ones on the planet. They can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace or they order a bombing when they want to start a world war. They are part of a powerful and secret society called The Circle, and they believe that Avery is a part of a prophecy. Some of them want to use her, others of them want her dead. Avery must unravel a trail of clues, to find the truth, which could send the world in World War 3. But that isn't the only closely guarded secret, the two boys helping her, Steven and Jack, both have secrets of their own, that their hiding. As her normal life crumples around her Avery will have choice to make that will change everything, maybe even the future of the world.

If you asked me to you a short phrase that describes The Conspiracy of Us, I would say, "Thirty-nine Clues for teens." Basically you take the Thirty-nine Clues series mix up the characters and their histories a bit, add in a love-triangle and voila! The Conspiracy of Us is born. I'm not saying that it's a bad book not am I degrading the book, this was just my impression of it when I finished reading it.

I enjoyed one main aspect of The Conspiracy o Us which was the conspiracy aspect. It was the way Maggie Hall tied in many things to create an all powerful family, similar to the way Dan Brown did in The Da Vinci Code or the way the Thirty-nine Clues authors did for that series.

I don't have much to say much about the character, especially the main character, who was to be honest pretty stereotypical. But that did not in any way put me off from reading the book. The characters did push the pace of the novel and there was rarely a moment that was boring.

The Conspiracy of Us was a book that I liked a lot, mainly because of the pace and the theory that Maggie Hall put forth. I would give it 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for The Conspiracy of Us: 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Clay Jensen comes home one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, lying on his porch. It has no return address, and Clay Jensen has no way of knowing who sent it. Inside the box are thirteen cassette tapes that have been recorded by his classmate Hannah Baker, the girl he had a crush on, and the girl who killed herself two weeks. Hannah tells Clay that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, she'll tell him how he made the list. 

Thirteen Reasons Why was on my to-read list for awhile and I never got around to reading it (probably because my to-read list is 400 books long). Recently I decided to start clearing my to-read list. Thirteen Reasons Why was one of the thirty books I read.

My favorite thing about Thirteen Reasons Why was the way it was written. It is the only book I have ever read which is written with the main character having a back and forth with a recording. Hannah talks, telling her story, and immediately Clay reacts, expressing his thoughts and feelings in response to Hannah.

Another thing that I liked was the story. NO, I did not like the story in sadistic way. I did not enjoy it because Hannah was in pain. I liked it because the story is one that does and will ring true with everyone.

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that would recommend to everyone. I give it 5 stars. Please read it, you will never look at life and your actions with same again.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Disclaimer:  This review is about the fourth book in the Selection. This review contains spoilers to The One by: Kiera Cass, you have been warned, proceed with caution.

Princess Eadlyn Schreave has grown up on stories of how her mother, America Schreave, and her father, Maxon Schreave met. They are a fairytale, twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection of Prince Maxon, and won his heart, never to look back. Eadlyn has always found the story romantic but she wants to put off marriage as long as possible. But her life isn't always her own as she's a princess, and no matter how hard Eadlyn tries, she cannot escape her own Selection. Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance but as the Selected arrive, some entries may start capturing her heart. Finding her own happily after might not be as hard as Eadlyn once thought.

Let me start by saying, I was really looking forward to reading The Heir, for two reasons. The first being I would finally get to see what it was like on the other side of the Selection. The second being I would get to see America and Maxon's HEA (happily ever after) played out.

I expected the book to be another exciting story with lovable characters. I expected to see the beautiful children of Maxon and America raised as people who would make the world a better place. 

Here's what actually happened: I absolutely hated the book. Hated it with all my being. Never ever have I hated a book this much. I hated the book because Eadlyn is just horrible. I hate her. Eadlyn is whiny, bratty, evil, and harsh to everyone. Instead of Maxon and America having children that make the world a better, they have their oldest child making the world a horrible place and she's the one who is going to rule the kingdom one day?! I'm pretty sure America and Maxon's HEA just dissolved into a horribly ever after.

Lastly, the ending. The book ended abruptly and with the world's lamest cliffhanger ever. A ten-year-old can write a better cliffhanger than that! All in all the was horrible and I telling you, read the first three and forget that the fourth book exists. I am giving The Heir 1 star. Ninety-nine percent of the star is pity, the other one percent is to say, sometimes you write a book and you DON'T publish it.

Here is the Goodreads link for The Heir:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Out of My Mind by: Sharon M. Draper

Melody is different from most people. She can't walk, nor can she talk, but she has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. Melody has also been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but she is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her. She is smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom, the same classmates who put her off as mentally disabled. Melody is not ready to let that stop her, and she's going to find a way to tell everyone that Melody is not cerebral palsy, she is a person.
There were two main reasons to me liking Out of My Mind. The first being Melody herself. I really liked the way Sharon M. Draper has created her main character. Melody expresses herself like a child while also expressing herself like an old soul. I found it very interesting and it made me love her so much more because of it. I feel like this combination of very clear of opposites coming out of the character made her feel more like a real person. 

The other thing that I liked was the way the book ended. The ending was not at all what I had expected, and it was extremely realistic. A shoutout to Sharon M. Draper for reminding us of the reality of the worls we live in. I would give Out of My Mind 5 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for Out of My Mind:

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Small Update...

I haven't posted anything for the last month because I was taking a much needed break and focusing on my education. For those of you who missed me, I've missed writing about the books I read, and I'm ready to come back! My next review will be posted on August 20th, 2015. I look forward to restarting my blog and I hope you enjoy!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Books Read 10/5/15 - 16/5/15

Beka Cooper is not a Puppy anymore, she's a Dog. But things aren't going well, there's counterfeits out in the markets, merchants are raising their prices, and that's not good with the coming winter. Beka and her mentor Goodwin have to undercover but is Beka up to the job? 3 stars.

Nimira is a music hall performer who is forced to perform in front of a bunch of leering drunks. Hollin Parry hires her to accompany a piano playing automaton. There's secrets in the air, a mad woman roams Parry's house and a fairy might be trapped in the automaton. 2 stars.

Two sisters who will do anything in order to protect each other. Annie can't see the present but she can see the future. Fia can never do the wrong thing, her instincts are perfect. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, they agree. This is no ordinary school as Fia realizes, this school does everything from choose stocks to plant bombs. They stole her past. They control her present. She's going to take control of her future. 3 stars.

Laurel is normal, normal until a flower blooms out of her back. Now Laurel has to race against time to save her family, the lives of hundreds of fairies and herself. 3 stars.

Kyra has never questioned the fact that she has twenty siblings and her father has three wives. On the other Kyra has secretly been visiting the Mobile Library on Wheels to read books other than the Bible and meeting with Joshua the boy she wants to choose rather than having someone choose one. Kyra has to make a tough choice when she is chosen for her uncle, one who already has six wives. Herself or her family? 4 stars.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Afterworlds by: Scott Westerfeld

Darcy has put her whole life on hold to go to New York to publish her teen novel. Lizze accidentally slips into the "Afterworld" in order to survive a terrorist attack. Darcy has a lot to learn about the writing world. Lizzie discovers that there are many stories that need solving in the "Afterworld," the world between life and death. She constantly wonders if she's made the right decision until she falls into a crowd of seasoned and fledgling writers. All of sudden Lizzie is faced with new threats she might not be able to overcome. One writes the words, the other lives them.

I enjoyed reading Afterworlds for two main reasons. One, I liked the fact that it took me into the publishing world through the perspective of a writer. I learned a lot about how books get published and also got "to see" how hard authors have to work before their book actually goes into print. The second reason I enjoyed reading Afterworlds. Before we to my reason, you need a little background information, the book is written with alternate chapters from the POV (point of view) of Darcy and Lizzie. Darcy is actually the author of Lizzie's story. The second reason I liked read Afterworlds was because Lizzie's chapters reflected in a way, what was happening to Darcy. I liked that because it is quite true, people generally write from what is happening in their lives. I would give it 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for Afterworlds:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Books Read 3/5/15 - 9/5/15

Saba has always followed in her twin brother Lugh's footsteps, so when four cloaked men kidnap Lugh, she follows trying to save him. Soon she is forced to team up with Jack and the Free Hawks a group of revolutionaries. As she does she realizes she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. 4 stars.

When Brontë starts dating Bruiser, her twin Tennyson isn't surprised but unnatural thing start happening, bruises disappear, scrapes heal too fast, and it seems like their good fortune but it may be more than they bargained for. 4 stars. 

Princess Sylvi is bound to her pegasus Ebon on her twelfth birthday, for a thousand years before them the pegasi and humans have lived safely because of their inability to communicate without the help of magicians and shamans. Ebon and Sylvi can talk. Will their friendship destroy the peace between the nations? 2 stars.

Grace moves and starts seeing monsters and a girl who looks exactly like her who fights them. Gretchen is tired of battling monsters and her mentor has disappeared. Greer has a very busy social and she doesn't have any time for joining the triplets on her doorstep. The three teen descendants of Medusa must unite to fight monsters that only they see. 4 stars.

Avery's new found family is part of a powerful group of families called the Circle. They can easily start a war or shut down Prada on their whim. They believe that Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some of them want to use her, others want her dead. But the prophecy might not be what it seems and Avery must unravel the mysteries behind it. 4 stars.
Note: If you would like a detailed review of any of these books, please comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kill Me Softly by: Sarah Cross

Mirabelle's past is unknown, her parents are dead, and her guardians have forbidden her to return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to find some answers Mira runs away to Beau Rivage. Nothing is as it seems in Beau Rivage, a pale girl has a morbid interest in apples, an obnoxious playboy is a beast to everyone he meets and yet another guy has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life and are played out, again and agian. But fairy tales aren't always pretty and don't always end happily ever after. Mira has a role play, a destiny to embrace or fight. 

Everything about Kill Me Softly drew me in, starting from the title to the cover to the first chapter itself, (says a lot about my tastes doesn't it?). I really liked the way the story started without any wandering. What I mean is that Sarah Cross got right into her story without wasting time, she started with a purpose and delivered on the purpose. Another thing that I enjoyed was the fact that Sarah Cross never made Mira's fairy tale obvious. There was a clue and honestly I didn't figure it out. One thing that I especially liked was that fairy tales did not necessarily end happily ever after as many of the Disney movies make us believe. The actual fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers are quite aptly grim and do not end with happily ever afters. This is brought out in Kill Me Softly. Watching these Disney movies makes us believe that we will have happily ever afters but that's not the real world, in the real world happily ever afters can't exist. I would give Kill Me Softly 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for Kill Me Softly:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Books Read 26/4/15 - 2/5/15

The final installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora has gotten past a lot of troubles but the biggest one is yet to come... she has to win lead and win war or she's dead. 3 stars.

Galen is the prince of the Syrena and he's on a mission to find a girl who can communicate with fish. Emma literally runs into Galen, when they both sense a connection. But it takes several encounters to convince both Emma and Galen of Emma's gifts. Galen knows she hold the key to his kingdom but can he convince her? 4 stars.

Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer become friends and Lil challenges him to find new sides of himself, as he does he fixes his relationships with his father, brother, peers, and his teachers. 3 stars.

Melody can't walk or talk, but she's smart. Smarter than all the people who diagnose her, smarter than her classmates who dismiss her as retarded. Melody won't be defined by her disease and she's going to let people know, ready or not. 5 stars.

Don't sweat, don't laugh, don't stand out, and most importantly don't fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone around him, he's human. He's done everything right, he's blended in yet he's chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last of the humans his life starts to crumble. 2 stars.

Ludania is divided by caste and each caste speaks a different language. Charlaina has always understood all the languages and she's spent her life trying to hide it. The only place she can be free is in the clubs where the castes mingle, its there she meets Max, a boy who speaks a language she has never heard before and her secret is almost revealed. 4 stars.

A frightening beast has killed the queen and her daughter's, Alexandra's, healing powers don't save her. Too soon her father is remarried to a woman whose eyes don't reflect light. In terrifying moment everything Alexandra knows disappears. She has to reclaim what is hers before it is swallowed by darkness. 3 stars. 

Clay Jensen finds a package on his doorstep with thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks ago. On the tape Hannah tells him that there are thirteen reasons to why she committed suicide, and he's one of them, if he listens he'll figure out why he's on the list. 5 stars.

The fourth book in the Pretty Little Liars. Hanna is clinging to her life, Spencer might have killed Ali, Aria is stuck with her father and his girlfriend, and Emily has been shipped off to her super-conservative cousins house. A still knows everything that's going on... 5 stars.
Note: If you would like a detailed review of any of these books, please comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Books vs. Movies

My cousin and I were just having a conversation when the topic of WhatsApp statuses came up. My status at the time was, "'Books are uniquely portable magic.'~Stephen King." Our conversation went as follows:
Chinmay a.k.a. my cousin (C): I don't read books much anyways. I'd replace books with movies.
Me (M): Books are better because it's a unique experience for each person.
C: I feel the same about good movies. It gets you thinking.
M: Yes, but you and I see the same thing on the screen. In a book you don't, you make it up.
C: But... The perspectives are totally different for two diferent individuals.
M: So I may focus on details such as color while you focus on say texture.
C: Yes... You may appreciate art present in the scene while I may appreciate the screenplay or the background score of the scene.
M: But that applies to books too, but in books you get the added bonus of focusing on different details which entails a completely different experience. Right but the images remain the same for both of us.
C: So similarly the words and sentences remain the same for anyone who reads a book.
M: Yes, but interpretations change, not because of perspective but because of context; that doesn't happen when you watch movies.
C: Similarly interpretations change for good movies having different layers in the script.

The conversation ended with me say that I saw the point he was trying to make even though I didn't agree. We both agreed that they are both great art forms and should be used for learning as entertainment.

Now you are probably wondering why I shared this with you. The reason is I want to know what you think! Comment below with your opinions, thoughts and anything else you want to add.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Books Read 19/4/15 - 25/4/15

The second installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora Grey has gotten herself a guardian angel but he's been acting anything but angelic, in fact he's been spending time with her arch nemesis Marcie Millar. 3 stars.

The third installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora doesn't remember the past 5 months of her life. She tries to get her life back on track but in the back of her mind she keeps seeing things that don't belong in her world. 3 stars.

Remy has always known where she stood in a relationship. After all she has learned from her mother who is working on husband number 5. Dexter doesn't fit any of her rules but she can't shake him. Is she finally understanding all those love songs? 3 stars.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancy

The 1st wave: Light's Out. After it only darkness remains. The 2nd wave: Surf's Up. Only the lucky ones escape the 2nd wave. The 3rd wave: The Pestilence. The unlucky ones are the ones that survive it. The 4th wave: The Silencers. After it only one rule applies: trust no one and you'll stay alive. It's the dawn of the 5th wave and Cassie is running from Them. She knows that trusting someone means death because They look human but They aren't. Cassies believes that staying alone is staying alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Evan might be Cassie's only hope but is she ready to risk her life and trust him?

The 5th Wave had caught my eye almost 2 years ago. It looked very interesting and I wanted to read it but I was reading so many other books that I didn't have the time to grab The 5th Wave. I finally had time to get and read it. It was a great read. Rick Yancy is a really good writer, the writing gods have really gifted him. He knows how to create characters that are so complex and three-dimensional that they stop existing as characters in your mind and turn into real people. I particularly liked the way Rick Yancy told the story from multiple POVs (points of view) while making sure they were connected to each other through this small thread. I would give The 5th Wave 4 stars.

Side Note: I think that The 5th Wave and its coming sequels would make an amazing action flick series!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Books Read 12/4/15 - 18/4/15

One of them writes the words, the other lives them. Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel. Arriving in New York she gets impostor syndrome. Lizzie survives a terrorist attack by thinking herself into the 'Afterworld,' a place between the living and dead. She discovers unresolved stories. 4 stars.

Do I dare disturb the universe? Jerry Renault decides he does when he refuses to sell chocolates for his school fundraiser. On top of that he challenges a secret school society called the Vigils, turning his actions, the actions of war. 3 stars.

Greg Heffly and his family hit the road for an 'awesome' road trip. 3 stars.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Blood of Olympus by: Rick Riordan

The seven members of the Argo II have made progress in their quests to defeat Gaea but haven't quite gotten there. Gaea has plans for them and needs two of them to help her rise. They must make choices that will lead to many sacrifices, if they don't the destruction of both their camps is imminent. Gaea must also be stopped, because if she awakens the game is over. The conclusion the Heroes of Olympus series and the last time the readers will meet Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, the thrilling finale.

All in all it was a good book. But, and this is a big but, it could have been an amazing book. So here's why it was a good book and not an amazing book. I didn't like the ending. Okay well, I liked some of the ending but not all of it. I felt like it ended too abruptly. Come on, Rick Riordan, this is the last book in the series, never mind that we will never get to meet some of these characters ever again. I'm very glad you didn't go all Veronica Roth on us but you could have elaborated a bit more on what the characters did after the whole she-bang (climax). I had higher expectations since this is the last time we meet these characters which leads me to my next point (complaint), there are no chapters, NO CHAPTERS, from the POV (point of view) of Percy and Annabeth! You gave us nine books, NINE FREAKING BOOKS, to get to know them and love them and then you don't even include their POVs' in the last book? Seriously?! This is betraying your readers Rick Riordan, this is betrayal. Other than these two really important and emotional things, Rick Riordan did what he does best, he enchanted us. I would give The Blood of Olympus 4 stars. I had seen myself giving it 5 stars and raving about how great and awesome it was before I read it.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Books Read 5/4/15 - 11/4/15

People always say, "Great minds think alike." Nate Wright figures this is the reason no one around him thinks the way he does, he's the only great mind around. 2 stars.

Illeni lost everything when she lost her magic: her place in society, her purpose, her love. When the Elders send her to teach magic to the assassins she goes willingly, even though the last two tutors died mysteriously. But not all is as it seems in the assassins' cave. 3 stars.

Mira's past is shrouded in secrecy and she has been forbidden to visit her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Mira runs away to Beau Rivage to discover that things aren't what they seem like. Fairy tales come to life, and curses are awakened. But the fairy tale aren't always pretty, and Mira has a fairy tale of her own. 4 stars. My Review

Ava has been pushed around by men all her life, but when a mistake needs her to escape her spaceship and go to Earth, she has to learn to fight for herself and take her fate into her own hands. 3 stars.  

Wren Caswell is average, She's the good girl that's quiet and has always done what she is supposed to do. She wants to change but doesn't know how. Grayson Barrett was on the fast track to brilliance until he got expelled. He's on a downward spiral and wants to change bu doesn't know how. One fateful night Wren and Grayson meet, and what comes next is simply amazing. 3 stars.

The world is going to end, there's no stopping it, all that you can do is wait. So what do you do as the clock winds down? The story of three radically different teens discovering what matters and what doesn't as the world begins to end. 2 stars.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pretty Little Liars by: Sara Shepard

Three years ago, Allison mysteriously disappeared after a slumber party, and hasn't been seen since. Her friends mourned her, but also breathed secret sighs of relief because each of them guarded a secret that only Allison knew, and with her gone their secrets were safe. Now they have even bigger secrets that destroy them in the gossip hungry world that thy live in. When they begin receiving anonymous emails and texts hinting at their secrets they begin to panic. Are they being betrayed by someone in their circle? Or worse, is Allison back?

I, unfortunately, judged Pretty Little Liars by it's cover as well as the people who read it, and I apologize for doing so. Because I not only missed the opportunity of reading an amazing book earlier as well as created opinions about people that were very misinformed and misconceived. I thought that Pretty Little Liars would be the sob story of two or three privileged teenage girls who didn't get what they want and therefore lie. Boy, I was wrong. Pretty Little Liars turned out to be a mystery, which drew me in and never let go. I was and am hooked. Sara Shepard's writing is amazing, she knows how to keep the suspense going without making it repetitive and boring. I loved how divide and conquer has been applied in the book to keep the Liars in line. A small warning before you read it, it ends with a major cliffhanger, which goes to show Sara Shepard's writing skills. I would give Pretty Little Liars 5 stars.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Books Read 29/3/15 - 4/4/15

The story of Whittington who arrives at a barn full of rescued animals asking for a place there. He begins to tell them the story of his ancestor and her master, Dick Whittington. A beautiful story about the transcendent power of story-telling. 4 stars.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is obsessed with last words. This obsession combined with the fact that his entire life is a non-event, is making him crave the "Great Perhaps." He heads to the crazy, unstable and anything but boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School in search of his "Great Perhaps." He meets Alaska Young, a gorgeous, clever, sexy, screwed up, and utterly fascinating girl who is an event herself. She takes Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.
After. Nothing is ever the same.
Reading any John Green book is a learning experience. In An Abundance of Katherines its math. In The Fault In Our Stars its the philosophical musings of two dying teenagers. In Looking For Alaska its last words and what happens after death. I liked Looking For Alaska but it wasn't as good as The Fault In Our Stars or An Abundance of Katherines. I don't know if it is because John Green evolved as a writer or because I couldn't relate to the characters. I don't disagree with the people who say it was well written but for someone to like a book, a bond must form between the reader and the written word. Looking For Alaska was good but it didn't meet all of my expectations. I would give it 3 stars.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Books Read 22/3/15 - 28/3/15

Kate, Michael and Emma have moved from orphanage to orphanage, for the last ten years. They are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. They are being protected from an evil, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. 3 stars.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Midnight's Children by: Salman Rushdie

Saleem Sinai was born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, he was born special. He is one of the 1,001 children born in the midnight hour of India's independence, children who have been bestowed special gifts, children who Saleem is connected to telepathically. But, there has been a mix up at birth and Saleem's life take twists and turns. He grows amidst disasters and triumphs he realizes that his fate is inexplicably connected to the fate of his country. Every one of his actions is mirrored and magnified to shape the newborn country India. It is a terrible curse, and a great blessing. 

The blurb of Midnight's Children made it sound like a really cool book. It wasn't. It was quite boring. It took me three months and two days to read it. Those of you who know me well, will realize that three months and two days is too much for me to read a six hundred forty-seven page book. I read a eight hundred forty-nine page book in three days for god's sake. I believe I found it boring because I expected a wonderfully written action packed book. I did not like the way it was written. The sentences were jerky and broken which made it hard to understand anything. The style of writing was just not compatible to me, as a reader. Another reason that I found it boring was because it was incredibly slow moving. I honestly believe that Salman Rushdie wrote a two hundred page book in six hundred forty-seven pages. I would give Midnight's Children 0 stars.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Books Read 15/3/15 - 21/3/15

A plane crash on an uninhabited island results in a group of boys creating a group and having fun. But slowly their social behavior starts to change into something more primal. 4 stars.
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