Sunday, 30 September 2012

Book Review! Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Book: Cinder (Lunar Chronicals #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 387 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Hello, Hello everyone!! When I went to chapters recently, I picked up Cinder, which I had hearn so much about. It was on sale for 5 dollars, so I had to pick it up. I really liked what I read, but there was one part that spoiled the entire book for me.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

This books whole take of Cinderella was incredible. The whole idea of placing what is supposed to be a period piece in a very futuristic world and in Beijing as well was very interesting and gave the whole story a new air. I really did like how the world was set up; cyborgs being taken in for testing and the whole plague was a very interesting thing to read about.

I also loved Cinder, and how selfless she was. She was absolutely incredible to read from and the dedication she had to her sister was incredible. She was witty, and smart and acted as all people would in that situation; brave.

What ruined the book for me was the easy foreshadowing. I swear as soon as one topic was mentioned (I won't tell you, to avoid spoilers, but for those who've read it, I but you know!), I made the connection and immediately knew how the book was going to end. It still made for an enjoyable read, but I was really disappointed now that I knew the end.

Overall, I give Cinder by Marissa Meyer a 3.5/5 stars. I really did enjoy reading it and will probably pick up the next books in the series, but I couldn't enjoy it to it's fullest after I knew the ending.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Book Review! Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfeild

Book: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 279 Pages
Format: Library hardcover

A few things made me want to pick this book up from my local library. One was the fact that I saw Kristy from The Story Siren review this a while ago, and it looked good, but also because of the beautiful cover. I'm glad I read it.

An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town--and Becca--into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson's life are intercut with Becca's own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia's death.

This book is told in a very interesting format. You get two points of views; Becca's POV, where she wakes up one morning and there's a dead girl on the road, and her life from that point on. There's also Amelia Anne's POV, where she is the dead girl on the road and her life leading up to that. I really enjoyed reading all about how it happened and the reprocussions it had on the town and also how it affected everyones lives. It was a really cool way to tell the story and it pulled me in from page one.

The writing was also quite beautiful. I am a huge fan of poetry and novels written in a poetic style. She writes in such a way that you are pulled out of reality and dropped into this small town, where wild roses run free. It is such a beautiful book. My favourite part was the always-there wild roses, and how they were always appearing in places that seemed random, but as soon as the last page is turned, you would understand everything.

I really did enjoy this book, but I have nothing else to say. It was a beautiful novel, filled with mystery, romance, and the idea that while some are leaving their small towns, others are stuck right within the county lines.

4.5 out of 5 stars.


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Book Review! The Esspressologist by Kristina Springer

Book: The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 184 pages
Format: Hardback

I won a contest at my local library and I got a chapters gift card. This book was five dollars on the bargin book section, and I really wish I hadn't spent money on this book.

Goodreads Summary

What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

I didn't like the book at all. It was so quick that you weren't able to get to know the characters, so that was one part of it. And for me, if i dont feel for these characters or even have a sense about who they are and their back story, I really can't get into a book.

Also, There was no story there! Its about a girl who has someone pining after her and shes wants to date the stereotypical 'perfect' guy. SHe is a good kid from a good family who spends the entire novel whinning about not getting exactly what she wants. And in the end, she ends up getting it.

I have no more to say really because I just didnt like this book.

1/5 stars.


Regarding my Absence

Hi everyone! It's been about a week or so since I posted my last review, and i am SO sorry that I've been slightly unattached from the blogosphere. I haven't been on twitter recently, and I haven't been very good with keeping up to date on my Goodreads account. I hate to say that the reason is, yes, because of school. I'm in 11th grade so right now, i'm swimming in a sea of projects and essays and book reports and math tests. In my mind, my education and schooling comes first, and I hate that my blog is being pushed to the back burner so much.

I have been trying to get some reading in, but with school from 8-3, and work every day from 4-6 and homework on top of that, I've been very slow in my reading and I have reviews piling up all over the place from the last few weeks of summer. I will have those up very soon though.

I hope you all understand that this first month of school has been quite hectic, but I'm glad that im getting used to the new routine, and will soon have A LOT more free time to spend on my blog :)

I have four, soon to be five, new reviews that I am writing and im very excited to be sharing them with you, so I hope you all stick around and I hope to see you all soon!

Happy Reading!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Book Review! Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Book: Going Bovine
Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Pages: 480 Pages
Format: Hardcover

My friend, Ann-Bernice told me to read this book.... Holy crap.

Goodreads Summary
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

First things first, the whole idea surrounding this book was insane and crazy and kooky. I knew I was in for a thrill ride, but what I got was something totally different from what I was expecting. Yes it was a comedy, and yes it was hilarious, but the threads of heart break, and the looming feeling of death brought a very dark, sarcastic and satirical humor to all of this. I was pulled in from page one.

Libba Bray brought such a sense of humor to Cameron, making him the witty underdog that you couldn't help but root for. He was so sarcastic and snarky that he was a real teenage guy, but he had this melancholy feeling to him because he knew his days were numbered. She also created Dulcie, the punk-rock/bad ass angel that was so crazy and different that I fell instantly in love with her, texting my friend who told me to read this 'Can I just be her?'

overall, I was in love with this book. I couldn't get enough. The book moved quickly, it was hilarious, and at certain parts towards the end (those who've read it know what im talking about) I found myself tearing up, and I couldn't stop. I am officially hooked on Bray and her writing style, and next time someone asks me for a good book to read, im going to bring up the dark yet super hilarious novel about a gnome, a dwarf, a punk angel, a dying boy, and his heartbreaking adventure for answers.

A definite 5/5 stars.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Book Review! The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Book: The Sugar Queen
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 276 Pages
Format:  Hardcover library book

I read this book a while back and I fell in love. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I was pouring over the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. I recommend this author to everyone who loves a little contemporary magical realism in their lives.

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-seven-year-old Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds it harboring none other than local waitress Della Lee Baker, a tough-talking, tenderhearted woman who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother…
Fleeing a life of bad luck and big mistakes, Della Lee has decided Josey’s clandestine closet is the safest place to crash. In return she’s going to change Josey’s life—because, clearly, it is not the closet of a happy woman. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey is soon forgoing pecan rolls and caramels, tapping into her startlingly keen feminine instincts, and finding her narrow existence quickly expanding.
Before long, Josey bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best sandwiches in town, is hounded by books that inexplicably appear whenever she needs them, and—most amazing of all—has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush.
As little by little Josey dares to step outside herself, she discovers a world where the color red has astonishing power, passion can make eggs fry in their cartons, and romance can blossom at any time—even for her. It seems that Della Lee’s work is done, and it’s time for her to move on. But the truth about where she’s going, why she showed up in the first place—and what Chloe has to do with it all—is about to add one more unexpected chapter to Josey’ s fast-changing life.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

First off, I love Sarah Addison Allen. I have read two of her books now, and I have fallen head over heels in love with the way her characters interact with one another and how the plot is totally character driven. She has created people that I feel for and that I love and that is really something special to find in contemporary novels. Yes her novels are for adults but i feel like any YA reader would love her storytelling.

In this novel, the story follows Josey, who is a 27 year old sugar addict still living with her mother. Josey was a very interesting person to follow and it made for a wonderful story. I also really liked Della Lee and the way she acted and how she pushed Josey in all the aspects of her life.

Another thing that is incredible about Sarah Addison Allen's novels, this one included, is the way she talks about food. In 'The Girl Who Chased the Moon', she wrote about cakes in the way that made my house smell like sugar and icing. In The Sugar Queen, she made me crave grilled tomato and three cheese sandwichs; something I have never before tasted.

Overall, this book was fantastic. The romace is sugary sweet, and the mysterious girl in the closet combined with some unresolved family history creates a town where nothing is as it seems. I picked this book up not knowing what to expect, and I couldn't put it down, even if it was forced out of my hands.

6/5 stars. Man I love this woman and her novels.

@ IndigoWayworth