Monday, 16 December 2013

Book Banter: Graphic Novels

I had never really gotten into the genre of Anime, Manga, or Graphic Novels. I don't know why, but the images and the storytelling didn't really appeal to me. Then my mind changed with the help of two very different graphic novels, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

I am very much a words person. I like to read and I love the way that words can fit together and create so much meaning. I love the back stories and the inner monologue of characters, getting to understand how they think and feel. Graphic novels, to me, always seemed very one sided, like a comic. I didn't really think that I would get a good understanding of the characters. To be honest, I thought that graphic novels were too juvenile for a really long time.

I read Persepolis for my grade 12 ISU book. It is a true story, told through the eyes of the authors younger self. We follow Marji, as her and her family go through the Iranian Revolution. The story itself was alright, slow at some parts, and there were some parts that I thought were irrelevant, but besides that I liked it. The symbolism of the graphic element itself was amazing, but I really did enjoy it.

I then read The Arrival by Shaun Tan. The story is about this man who leaves his home country in search of a new home. He leaves by himself, leaving his wife and child at home in order to make a home ready for them when they arrive. This book has no words. Yup. No. Words. I was thinking, do I even classify this as a book? But yes. This is a book because the story is beautiful. I cannot think of any other way that this could have been done. It was amazing. It was insightful, and I cannot imagine a better way for this story to be told.

Overall, my opinion on Graphic novels has changed over the past few months, and I'm really glad that it has. I look forward to reading more in the future. What are your favourite graphic novels? Let me know what I should read next!

See you guys soon!


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Winter is finally upon us! Here in Canada it is snowy, and cold, and 100% lovely, and I am armed with Tazo Passion tea and christmas cookies, and I'm not afraid to dive into some amazing books! Since I'll be travelling in December, I'm doing a lot of reading on my Nook. Here's what I'll be reading this winter!

1. The paradox of Verical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
Got this as a present and I cannot wait! Reading it now!

2. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise 
Sounds like such a cute, light read! Only $1.99 on nook :)

3. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
I really enjoyed reading Code Name Verity last year, so I'm going to jump right into this one!

4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
This series is going to end very soon, and I thought I should start it! Only $1.99 on Nook :)

5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Not sure what this one is all about, but I like reading creepy books in Winter :)

6. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
When else would you read this? Seriously! 

7. Legend by Marie Lu
Haven't read this series, So i'm hoping to binge read it if I like the first one!

8. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
I didn't get to read this one in the fall, so I'll be erading this one on my Nook on my way to Florida :)

9. Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown
The finale to this series! I am so thrilled to get to read an ARC!

10. Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
I am so anxious to read Ignite Me, and even more so to read Fracture Me! Already Preordered!

 Winter is one of my favourite seasons for reading, and I am really excited to read all of these books! Link me to your TTT in the comments so I can see what you're reading!


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Happy Holidays; Update and Giveaway!

 Photo from I <3 It

Hey guys! After a 3 week reading slump, I am back and ready to blog! I have a lot of books that I have to read in order to reach my 73 book goal by the end of the year and I am ready to hunker down and do just that. Between reading and school, I am working in the library every day, working with a photography company to take Santa photos, and buying Christmas presents. I'm also prepping to go to Florida on December 20th to spend Christmas with my family! To celebrate what is sure to be a great holiday, I thought I would giveaway some christmas presents to my followers! So, in honour of a great year of reading, here are the prizes!  

Any 2013 release up to 20$
Any 2014 release up to 20$ (will be a preorder)

The first winner will pick which prize they want, and the second winner will receive the other! The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as the book depository ships to you :) Good luck guys, and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up 2013: Recap and Haul

Hey everyone! Last Saturday, I went to the Ontario Blog Squad and had a blast! I filmed a video recap and haul, so here it is! You can watch it by clicking here! Thank you to all the ladies that helped with this day! I had a blast!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. It's hosted by Breaking the Spine
Pre-Order this Book: AmazonBarnes and NobleChapters

Goodreads Summary

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? 

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most? 

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

I love the sound of this book! It doesnt come out until March 18, and is published by Baltzer+Bray (HarperCollins). I will be picking this one up! What are you waiting on? Let me know!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get My Hands On

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I am not a huge series reader, but I'm getting more and more into them. So, here are my sequels, companions, and finale novels that I can't wait to read!

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins:
Seriously? I need this like I need air

2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Guys, this is one of my favorite series and You best be sure im going to read it the day it comes out.

3. Sisters Fate by Jessica Spotswood
I can't wait to finish this series! Ugh, that cliffhanger! 

4. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
I really liked Just One Day and I want to know what happens next!

5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I loved how different and creppy Miss Peregrines Home was and I cant wait to see what happens next

6. Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown
I feel like no one has read this series and it's one of my favourites! I have an egalley , and I can't wait! to read it

7. Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Caster Chronicles is one of my all time favourite series and I loved Ridley and Link, and I want to read about them so bad!

8. The One by Kiera Casss
I didn't like the Elite as much as The Selection, but I do want to know what happens next! #TeamMaxon

What are the sequels, companions, or finales that you can't wait to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks guys for checking out my TTT this week and make sure to link me to yours!


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Book: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Pages: 323 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Bought at Chapters
Goodreads Summary
"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Mini Reviews: How to Love by Katie Cotugno and The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

I recently read two contemporary romance novels and I was disappointed in both of them, but for different reasons. I thought that I should combine their reviews into one post. So here they are:

Book: How to Love

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 389 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters
Goodreads Summary
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? 

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

I had heard a lot about this book and how amazing it was. I actually pre-ordered this one and put it on my most anticipated fall TBR book. (see that post here) I was severely disappointed in this book. I was expecting something so much different, so much more in all senses of the word and I was let down.

In contemporary, I find that if the characters are lacking, then the story takes a huge hit. This is because there is no magic or crazy world to hide behind. I found both the characters of Reena and Sawyer to be lacking and annoying. First off, Reena really bugged me. I understand that she has had a lot of hard things happen to her, and I feel for her. But I couldn't help but think that she needs to grow up just a little. I mean, she's a parent! Be a role model for your daughter, and stop whining. I just got so frustrated with her. And then Sawyer. Ugh, Sawyer. I can totally see why Reena would want to fall for him once, but again?? I was so done with him.

I was not a fan of the characters, and I didn't enjoy this book. 2 stars.

Book: The Infinite Moment of Us

Author: Lauren Myracle

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 316 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters

Goodreads Summary 
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them... 
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

First off, I really don't think this book should be considered YA, but instead New Adult. I just believe that the sexual aspect should be taken into consideration and for older YA readers.

But in this book, I found myself really disliking the pacing. The beginning was much too slow for me, the middle (including the start of Wren and Charlies relationship) went way too fast and the ending wasn't satisfying! This book was all over the place and I felt as though it wasn't ready to be published. Yes, the story was a good idea, but it wasn't executed properly. I didn't like the way it jumped around and the start of the relationship was rushed through.

I did not like this one at all. 1/5 stars. Do not recommend.


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Review: Deception by C.J. Redwine

Book: Deception (Definance #2)

Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 480 Pages

Format: International Paperback Edition

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Goodreads Sumary
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

I don't know what went wrong in this one. I was so excited for this one, because Defiance was so amazing! It had set the story up for an amazing sequel, and was just lacking in every aspect.

What I love about this book is the humanity. The fact that all of these characters are so scared of being deemed 'unhuman', that they force themselves to do whats right, trying to keep as many people alive as possible. But because of this, it got really repetitive. Rachel, more than anyone else. Her entire inner monologue got really annoying and repetitive. she just kept going on about silence and morality and silence and sacrifice. I was so done with her and I wasn't even 100 pages in.

But Logan.... ah, Logan. I loved his point of view. I loved how he would do anything to keep everyone safe, but unlike Rachel, he did it not for vengeance, but because he wanted to prove that he was able to be a leader. He was dedicated to his cause and because of that he was able to make choices that maybe the reader didn't want him to make, but were the ones that he had to make.

I don't really have much to say about this. I was expecting more action, more suspense, and more of everything. Sequels are supposed to have heightened stakes. More drama, more suspense, more everything, and in this one? Everything was weaker than the first one. This might be because I had hyped this one up, but oh well. 

2.5 stars, because of disappointment, but also Logan.


Thursday, 10 October 2013

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


Book: The Bone Season ( The Bone Season #1)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Format: Audio book via Audible

Length: 14 hours, 57 minutes

Narrator: Alana Kerr

Goodreads Summary

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Top Ten Best and Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Series are either a hit or miss. The stakes get higher, or they flop and you have to watch your favourite characters and worlds crash and burn. it's not a fun thing. but some times (once in a blue moon) series end well. Your characters end up where they were meant to, and all is well in the world. And there is, in my mind, no in between. So here are my top five best endings and top five worst. And because these are all final books, I won't go into detail so I don't spoil anyone. if you wanna discuss these with me, tweet at me; @indigowayworth!

In no particular order.....
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

Runaway by Meg Cabot

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (I am reading this now and omg amazeballs!)

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

What are your favourite series enders? What about your least? Let me know! Leave your TTT posts in the comments below!


Friday, 4 October 2013

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Knopf

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 429 Pages

Rating: 6/5 stars 

Goodreads Summary

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Cover and Title Reveal: Defector (Variants #2) by Susanne Winnacker

Hey Guys! I'm here today to reveal the cover and title for the sequel to Imposter by Susanne Winnacker! The sequel will be called DEFECTOR and will be out June 2014!


Defector by Susanne Winnacker
(Variants #2)
Published by: Razorbill
Publication date: June 26, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis not currently available.

Have you guys read Imposter? Here's the info on book one:

Synopsis for book 1 – Impostor:
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself


Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog and three bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals.
When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!


Have you guys read Imposter? let me know what you thought about it in the comments down below, and i'll see you guys soon! And thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for putting this all togther!


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Book Haul: Summer, September, and Word on the Street

I haven`t had much time recently to sit down and actually blog, but the Gods have given me this weekend to catch up! So i figured I start out with my long overdue book haul! I did a little bit of traveling this summer and bought quite a few books. Also, for my birthday (August 27th; I`m finally 17!) I got a ton of chapters giftcards so those were put to good use. So let`s get started! These are my summer books.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I got Eleanor and Park when I was in Virgina visiting my Godson and his family. And I got Just One Day when I was in Iowa dropping my brother off at University! You can find my review of Eleanor and Park here.

Deception by C.J. Redwine
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

These are the books that I bought with my birthday money. You can find my review of The Beginning of Everything here and my review of Two Boys Kissing here

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

These were gifts to myself for finishing my first week of school; or that's how I justified it myself! I read Fangirl and fell in love. My review should be up soon. And I can't wait for The Infinite Moment of Us because it looks sooooo amazing.

These are my Word on the Street books! I went down with one of my friends from school and ran into a few bloggers. I got to see Michelle from Lipstick and Literature again in the line to meet Elizabeth Wein. I also got to meet, very briefly, Michele from Just a Lil' Lost, and Avery from Avery's Book Nook! So here are the books that I got :)

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver

I got Night School and Liesl and Po at the Harper Collins booth - 3$ each! I bought Asylum for 15$ and Rose Under Fire for 17$. I'd say it was a good day! Plus I got Rose Under Fire signed!

(Side note: I'm covering my name because it is my true first name. Indigo is my middle name. I go by my middle name with most of my family and on the internet, but I also use my first name sometimes. <3)

I have got a lot of reading to do! What are you reading this weekend? let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and reading this, and I'll see you guys soon with a new review!

See ya!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Book: Two Boys Kissing

Author: David Levithan

Publisher: Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 208 Pages

Goodreads Summary

 New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

I am always weary about books that I've over hyped. I'm scared that I've wrecked them for myself and they wont live up to what I think they will be. This was not the case for Two Boys Kissing. It surpassed by expectations and I was as happy as I could possibly be with this book.

First thing I thought when I read the synopsis was holy crap what even is this? It's narrated by a Greek chours of gay men that have died from AIDs, and is about two boys just...making out? What? But don't let that top you from reading this. The narration is so special. It gives the story life, so to speak. The narrators are giving their commentary on these boys lives, saying how they had been there before, and giving them advice, and getting hurt that they aren't there to do things differently. And the prose is beautiful. It is eloquent, but not overwhelming, and it had this beautiful tone of nostalgia mixed in with a feeling of hope.

The characters in this book were what made it special as well. The diversity represented in the boys was amazing, but also in their situations, their friends, and their families. It was realistic to say the least. When I was reading this, I was struck by the diversity in the different stories and how each character chose to deal with them.

I really don't have much to say about this one besides that it was amazing. There is no real way to describe it. It's an experience to say the least and an amazing one at that. I recommend this book to everyone.

5/5 stars.


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Review: The Book Theif by Marus Zuzak


Book: The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zuzak

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 552 Pages

Goodreads Summary

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

I read I Am the Messenger last summer and adored it, but I still hadn't picked this one up. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I was always put off by the size and the idea of Death's narration. It just seemed like something I wouldn't like and therefore I just never picked it up, even though I had a beautiful hardcover sitting on my shelf at home. But after seeing the movie trailer, I knew I needed to jump onto that bandwagon and I came out of it in awe, in tears, and in love with this book. 

Liesel Meminger is a sweetheart. She is kind, and smart, and passionate. I found myself on her side through everything. When the book starts we see how painful life is for Liesel. She is hurting and the maternal instinct in me just forces me to love her and be beside her through out all the crap that life puts her through. 

I wasn't expecting to love the narration as much as I did. The idea of Death narrating the story of a 12 year old? Sounds a bit morbid. But I think I liked that the best. Death was always blunt and honest about what was going to happen. he doesn't sugar coat it and that's what makes it have such an impact on the reader. The reader knows what will happen and the fact that I had to watch my favorite characters endure that makes me so sad. It's like since I knew about it, why couldn't I have stopped it? And Death makes sure to tell us, it's because that's not always how things work out.

The relationships in this book are very interesting. These people are forced together and have to make the most of what they have. The relationship between Papa and Liesel was amazing, but the relationship between Liesel and Max was my favourite. It was such an unlikely pairing and yet, their friendship seems almost natural. Just Max, guys. 

This book was so amazing and I regret waiting this long to read it. The story was fantastic, and the writing was enchanting, and the characters were beautiful. I just couldn't imagine this story going any other way. I loved it. I loved it. I loved it.

6/5 stars. So amazing. And so beautiful.