Monday, 30 July 2012

Book Review! The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Book: The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Publisher: Tor Teen/ Macmillan
Pages: 343 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library book

Hey guys! Sorry I've been away but its been a busy week at the Wayworth household! Lots of traveling, and not much Internet time, but I'm back now! Now, I picked this up from the library the other day, and I absolutely loved it! So lets get started;

Goodread Summary

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

First off, I had never heard of this book before diving head first into it and I was pleasantly surprised . I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the characters as much as I did, and I didn't expect to feel for them as much as I did either. I loved the main character Tiki a lot and I really liked the role she played in the book. She was really trying to be the martyr of the story but because of her situation, it had massive consequence. I really fell in love with how her entire existence was based around the orphans that she called her family and she was an incredible character.

I also loved the relationship between her and Rieker. It was well developed and very sweet.  I also loved the element of pick pocketing, because it really fits with the times and it gives the whole novel a very shady, back alley kind of feel to it. The last thing that I loved was the magical aspect, because it was so well incorporated into the novel, i feel like the story only worked because of Linkin and the ring.

Overall, Kiki Hamilton's debut novel is a wonderful story that, more than once, brought me to the edge and back. I recommend this to everyone. :) A full 5/5 stars for The Faerie Ring.


Monday, 23 July 2012

Book Review! Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan

Book: Love is the Higher Law
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 176 Pages
Format: Paperback Library Book

So, I wanted to read more by David Levithan and this was the only one they had at the library and I'm very glad that I picked it up! Keep reading to find out why.

Goodreads Summary

First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him.

Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around them and the people close by.

David Levithan has written a novel of loss and grief, but also one of hope and redemption as his characters slowly learn to move forward in their lives, despite being changed forever.

So what I loved about this book was the fact that none of them were, or had loved ones, who were injured or killed by the attacks, because it shows another side of the story. It shows how people who experienced it were lost and confused and hurt. And it was written so that the reactions weren't over dramatic and annoying. They were very believable.

I also loved the characters. They were well constructed and each one had a different story and a different way of looking at the attacks. I also liked how the characters were connected in very subtle ways and not like they were all brought together by the attacks, but they reached out to each other because of them.

The only problem I had was very subtle and its in every book with multiple POV's, and its that sometimes certain perspectives are less interesting than others, and i found that through the book at certain points.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, so I'm giving it a 4/5 stars :)


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Book Review! Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Book: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 348 Pages
Format: Hardcover Library Book

I had this book on my to be read list for the past few months, and I finally found it at the library, so I thought I would pick it up, and unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of this book. Keep reading to find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

All right, so I wasn't fully satisfied with the plot. The idea was good but just the way it was carried out didn't work for me. I liked how the synopsis told the story as a family secret that was revealed, but I didn't like how it was planned out and the author kind of built up this huge secret that I thought would be something that when it was revealed in all its glory, I would have been like, "Why didn't I think of that?!" But I was severely underwhelmed by it and it ruined the book for me.

What I didn't like about this book was the writing style and how the author could pick up on little emotions and smaller details and bring them forward, creating a very honest story and very interesting characters. I loved the way that the sisters were written, especially when Chloe first came back, and the sisters were taking time to keep up all the traditions they had as kids. My favorite quote was, "After the last bell at school, there was no white car waiting for me—no detour down the old highway alongside the real highway, no windows open wide so the wind could dread my hair. I had to take the bus." Best line in the book.

So while the plot wasn't great, the writing and characters made up for it. I'm going to give Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma a 3/5 stars.

I hope to see you soon! Make sure to follow the blog!! :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Top Ten Books For People Who Liked Lock and Key

I am back today for a Top Ten Tuesday! I was trying to decide which book to find recommendations for and I came across Lock and Key on my shelf. I had some many books that I could recommend come flooding into my head and I knew that I had to do this post!

The books that I've picked to recommend were chosen mainly because they deal with family issues, or they are great summer reads about moving to a new home. Lock and Key is one of my favorite books and I hope, if you haven't read it already, you all go and pick it up!

The Book: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

I read this book a while ago and I loved it! I had never read about this certain aspect of family and it was done very well. I loved the character of Ruby and the way she learned to accept the family that was built around her.

The Recommendations

1. The Magic in Manhattan Series by Sarah Mlynowski
I love this series. Its about teenage witches, which kind of seems like the farthest thing from lo0c and key, but like that book, this series has a very different family dynamic. This series mainly consists of Rachel, Miri, her younger sister, and their mother. It is a funny, charming, witty book series made of 4 books, Bras and Broomsticks, Frogs and French Kisses, Spells and Sleeping Bags, and Parties and Potions.

2. Guitar Highway Rose by Bridget Lowery 
I read this book every summer because in my mind, it is the very definition of summer read. Its a great book about a rebellious teenager and her over protective parents and what she does to try to gain independence.

3. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Set in a quirky little town, the main character Emily has a very messed up, secretive past and family. And she is finally faced with the truth. This, along with some magical realism, make me think that lovers of Lock and Key will love this book.

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A complete classic that everyone should read about a different kind of family. Ponyboy, to me, is the male version to Ruby because of their shared need for independence. Everyone should read this book.

5. Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
In this book, there is more family issues, mainly to do with her mother. Its a great book where music is Calle's version of Ruby's key. If you've read the book, you get that reference.

6. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Another interesting type of family. Calder and his sisters were forced together and really the dynamic in this book is very different and its not really written about in YA. This is obviously one of my favorite books this year :)

7. My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
A great book in which the main character Ken is kind of like Ruby's older sister in the way that hes trying to take care of her the best way he can. Another book that everyone should read at least once in their lives.

8, 9, and 10. Along for the Ride, Chasing the Moon, and Dreamland all by Sarah Dessen
Of course, I need to recommend all Sarahs other books because they are all wonderful contemporary novels that you will love. :D

Hope you enjoyed by list! See you again soon!!! Remember to comment with your TTT posts and follow my blog if you feel inclined to do so :)


Monday, 16 July 2012

Book Review! Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

Book: Songs for a Teenage Nomad
Author: Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 244 Pages
Format: Paperback Library book

Saw this book at the library and it looked like a perfect summer read. it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it none the less! So, without further ado, the review!
(hehe. That rhymed.)

Goodreads Summary

After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Songs for a Teenage Nomad was a warm hearted, nostalgic, very sweet book that really makes you think about the presence that music has in your life. It was a huge theme through out the book and I feel like the plot wouldn't have worked without Calle having her music to rely on. The whole idea of how she was trying to cope and find something routine in her life through music and keeping these thoughts in her song journal was an idea that I really like and it has really inspired me to start looking at my life and the soundtrack that it holds.

I didn't like the way it ended. I don't want to spoil to much, but I just didn't like how they ended up. I would have liked the end a lot better if the original plan was stuck to. I know that made no sense, but read the book. It will make sense later. Even though I didn't like the end, I liked the way it was written. i like how the author pulled it all together, and it was a great conclusion to the book.

So, overall, it was a great book.
4/5 Stars.


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Book Review! It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Book: It's Kind of a Funny Story
Author: Ned Vizzini
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 444
Format: Hardcover

I read this book a few weeks ago and I was so excited to be reading because I had heard so many good things and I thought it would be a good book and I was slightly disappointed. I honestly don't think that it lived up to the hype. Keep reading and you'll find out why!

Goodreads Summary

Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life -- getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job -- Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping -- until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a moving tale about depression, that's definitely a funny story.

So I didn't really enjoy this book very much, and the reason was because it moved too slow, and because for the first half of the book, the idea of suicide, in my mind, was really cliched and not dealt with well. The first part of the book just went on and on and on, and I realize that To understand his problem, you need to learn his back story, but really? Do I need to know EVERYTHING?! It was a long, hard part to read through.

Also, It seems like Craig's thought process about killing himself was very unrealistic. He really had no motive. He sat through the people on the phone very patiently, when if you felt like you needed to do something, you wouldn't spend that time arguing on the phone with someone! It, to me, someone who has first hand been put through situations which involve suicide, was very un-realistic.

The one thing I did like though, was the last part of the recovery process and how Noelle and the whole romantic story line was approached. It wasn't necessarily insta-love, but it wasn't really built up. I liked the honesty of these two characters and how honest they were with each other. It was really the only thing that kept me reading.

Overall, I gave It's Kind of a Funny Story a 2.5/5 stars. I didn't enjoy reading it and I didn't like it all that much.


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Libster Blog Award!

So, I have been tagged by Katie @ Breath of Books for the Libster Blog Award! Everyone should go check out and follow Katie's blog and tell her that I sent you! Here are the rules:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
3. Tag 11 other bloggers that have under 200 followers.
4. Tell these bloggers that you tagged them.

Lets get to it!

11 Facts about me:

1. I used to dance professionally with the Toronto Ballet from when I was 11 to when I was 14. I danced on pointe. After dancing a piece from Swan Lake, an incident with my shoes has messed up my feet, so I can't dance anymore.
2. I read my first book at age three. It was the a Disney Faires book by Gail Carson Lavine.
3. When I was little, my life's ambition was to dance Odette in Swan Lake. It was the last piece I ever danced.
4. I am a disagnosed insomniac.
5. I used to be very reckless with my books, so I would give them all away. I only started collecting my books about three years ago.
6. I have broken 22 bones. (2 arms, 3 ribs, 4 toes, 2 hands, 2 feet, 4 breaks in my leg, collarbone, 3 fingers, shoulder)
7. My favorite Disney princesses are Belle, Rapunzel, and Merida.
8. I was first read Harry Potter my my dad when I was 4. I saw the final movie when I was 14. Harry has been part of my life for over a decade.
9. I like to burn Candles.
10. I love We The Kings and Relient K.
11. I have been skydiving. Twice.

Here are the 11 Other blogger I am tagging! I also tagging some book-tubers, which is kind of cheating, because they have a lot of subscribers, but oh well!

1. Teresa from Readers Live 1000 Lives
2. Hollie from Music, Books, and Tea
3. The Girls from Teenage Fiction
4. Catherine from The Book Parade
5. Ariel from Books Unbound
6. Raeleen from Padfoot and Prongs 07
7. Charley from Charley Reads
8. Gina from Behind a Million and One Pages
9. Mirely from Rumor Has It
10. Becca from Omfg Books
11. Mel from Harley Bear Book Blog

Here are the questions that I have been asked!

1. What is your favorite thing about book blogging?
I think it's just being apart of a community that really loves to read. Through book blogging I have discovered  so many new books and i also love sharing my ideas on books.

2. What book are your currently reading?
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

3. What are five books you want to read this summer?
I want to read a few classic novels, starting with Pride and Prejudice and Animal Farm.

4. How long have you been blogging?
4 months.

5. Do you participate in any memes? If so, which ones?
I sometimes participate in Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and In My Mailbox. :)

6. Who is your favorite author?
John Green for sure. He has a way with words.

7. Do you prefer series or stand-alone books?
Depends on the story and if there is more to tell or not. If there is, a series would be best.

8. Do you have a Goodreads account?
Yes! It's right here!!

9. Have you gotten any ARCs since you've started blogging?
Yes! I got Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade, Starring Me by Krista Mcgee and Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, all from Net Galley.

10. What upcoming book are you looking forward to the most?
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer!

11. Do you like to write to as well, or do you only like to read?
I love to write, but im not very good at it. I write a lot of poetry and a few longer pieces.

Questions for those I've tagged:
1. What was the first book you remember reading?
2. What was your first review of?
3. Who is your favorite author, and favorite book by said author.
4. What does your family think about your blogging?
5. What is your favorite series?
6. What is your favorite summer read?
7. How old were you when you got started reading?
8. Where is your favorite place to read?
9. What is your favorite classic novel?
10. Worst cliche in YA?
11. Favorite book this year?

Thanks for reading and I'll see you all soon!!

Book Review! I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak

Book: I am the Messenger
Author: Marcus Zusak
Publisher:  Knopf Publishing
Pages: 357 pages
Format: Paperback

Hey guys! I'm sorry I've been a bit MIA lately, but if you follow me on twitter, you'll see what I've been up to. So I read this book about a week ago and I'm so excited to share my review with you, so here we go!

Goodreads Summary

Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

I really loved the honesty about this book. The whole plot and the characters were completely honest with themselves and with others. The plot wasn't trying to be something it wasn't and the book as a whole took itself very seriously. The characters on the other hand, were very flawed yet super content with with it. They are super incredible and realistic that they are, in a way, almost palpable and you are able so side with them so easily.

The other things I really liked about this book was the way the theme of worthlessness was dealt with. Ed has spent his entire life feeling worthless and when the cards start showing up, he is given the chance to change that and his inner battle about it is really interesting and fun to read.

Overall, there was nothing I didn't really like about this book. Marcus Zusak has written this book in such a beautiful way that it makes me hungry for more. I cant wait to read his other books. 5/5 stars.


Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Book Review! The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen'

Book: The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages: 265 pages
Format: Paperback

Welcome back to the blog, everyone! I got this book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, when I went to a yard sale and I picked it up because the cover was pretty and the back blurb sounded cool. Oh my god. Such an incredible book. Before I even start, go buy it. Go and read it.

Goodreads Summary

Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

I have had such a hard time writing this review. This book was beyond beautiful and I'm having trouble putting my love for it into words. No review I could write would ever do this book justice. But, as I was saying earlier, I am going to force everyone that I know to read this book. 

This book is set in a quirky little barbecue town in North Carolina called Mullaby. I have always loved these kinds of towns and this one is described so well that I felt like I was there. This was a great part of the book because it really set the tone for the whole story and I could see the town in my mind so easily.

Also, the writing style is phenomenal. Every single line in that book was haunting, and beautiful, and pure gold. If anything, you should read this book for the beautiful writing. There was one line in the book, and it was, "It was like snow had settled over their world, turning everything cold and silent." That line made me shiver from the pure brilliance behind it.

But that wasn't even the best part. The author created such beautiful characters. Emily was so real and she had this curious nature about her, and she was so considerate about other people. She was an amazing character and I loved the relationship she had with Win, and the one she developed with Julia. Speaking of which, Julia was my favorite character. In the summary, it says that she bakes hope in the form of cakes and it is so true. Her story is so heartbreaking and sad but yet she is so hopeful. I cried during one of her parts. She was incredible.

Overall, Sarah Addison Allen has written a beautiful story of lost love and found happiness, set in a small town with a sprinkle of magical realism. Its the perfect combination. This is one of the best books I've read all year. 

6/5 stars. They are well deserved.