Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I have read all of Kate Morton's books and have loved them all and this one is no exception. The book Secret Keeper has a secret and it keeps you guessing to what it is until the very end. This is one of those books that once you finish it and learn its secrets you have to reread it to catch every thing you missed the first time when didn't know what was going on! It is so good!

The first chapter reels you in with Laurel watching her mother stab and kill a strange man from their doorstep when she was young. Then it keeps you guessing as to what happened. Why did Dorothy kill the man? Who was the man? What happened in Dorothy's past to make her kill him? Over and over questions go around in your head and then right when you think you know what is happening another twist and it leaves you asking more questions!

The books goes from Laurels childhood, to the present where Laurel is an adult and her mother Dorothy is on the brink of death by old age. It also takes you to Dorothy past when she was a teenager to really give you everything you need to know as to why Dorothy killed that man when Laurel was a child. I think the past, Dorothy time during WWII was my favorite part. The characters are much more appealing. Jimmy, Vivien, Dorothy and even the old lady Dorothy was living with.

A great quote in the book at the beginning that starts the whole thing is:
"After 50 years all it took was the return of an old photograph and the utterance of a woman's name for the fabric of Laurel's fiction to to begin unraveling"

I recommend it, very great read :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

This is the saddest Peter Pan story I have heard, but also the best in my opinion. The story is told in Tinkle Bells perspective. In this story, fairies can read your thoughts, so even though it is Tink telling the story you still get to see what is happening in Tiger Lily's head and other characters in the book.

Tink decides to follow Tiger Lily around because her life is so unique and different and she feels like she has to be there for Tiger Lily. Tink tells the story, but the story is really about Tiger Lily and her life struggles. Tiger Lily has a hard life and is different from everyone else in her tribe and doesn't really fit in. But, then she meets Peter Pan and she becomes more alive.

This is a great retelling of Peter Pan. Favorite parts of the original story are added in this story but with different twist and new perspectives of the event. Neverland is a real island but hard to come by and people come by ship to the island, not by flying. But, you never do really get old in Neverland. Peter Pan still has his rival with Hook. And tinker bell is still as feisty as ever.

I loved this book. It was so emotional and heart breaking but a page turner. You really feel for the characters. You feel for Tiger Lily, Pine Sap, Tik Tok and Peter. And the story really makes you hate Wendy. I love how it interwove into things I already knew about Neverland but added new parts to make it even better!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Raven Boys

What a great book! Obviously there is going to be more after this book because so much is left hanging. I don't think I have ever finished a book that had so much left hanging as much as this book does. I mean the last sentence itself makes an explosion of even more questions that were not even there before. Really not much is answered, it only scratches the surface of what is going on and I can tell the next books in the series is going to be really good. This book has such an airy, mystical quality to it, it keeps you wanting to know more and more. The story moves smoothly and the story untwists itself as you continue to read and understand exactly what is going on.

The book starts off with Blue. Blue is surrounded by family who can see the dead, but she cannot. Only her presents amplifies the seers ability to see. Ever since Blue was six she had been told if she was to kiss her true love, he would die. But by 16, Blue had decided she would never fall in love so it didn't matter. Then, that year on St. Marks Day, the day the spirits of those who would die in the next 12 months show themselves, Blue saw her first spirit of a boy her age. And there is only two reason a non seer would see a spirit on St. Marks Eve, either you're his true love or you killed him. Doesn't that just peek your interest? I have never read a book like this before with ideas like this and that is only the first chapter. So much more happens, there are ley lines, and magical woods, psychics, murder mystery, glendower, I could keep going.

The character development is great. Even characters that are barely in the book like Roger Malory has so much character development that I can imagine him instantly. Every character is so different. I hate characters in books that all feel the same, but each character in this book is very distinct and very much themselves.

I don't want to go to much in the book to give anything away. But if you liked Maggie Stiefvater other books you will like this one. I really liked The Scorpio Races, and this one has the same kind of feel to it as that one.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Magic in the Receiver by Paul Dillion

This novels goes back and forth between the past in Argostoli, Kefalonia in 1953 during a massive earthquake, the present and a week prior to the present. The story of the past, during the earthquake, relays the story of what happened to a nine year old boy named Ionnis Katros and his family. I really enjoyed this part of the story. And, I am disappointed that the story didn't go back to that part as often as the present. I would have really like to know more about characters relationships and what exactly happened to Ionnis older brother. Or more about how Nicia's and Andrea's relationship blossoms to what it is now in the present. There was so much that could have been worked on during the past that would made the story so much more interesting.

Then, there is the week before the present. In which Elena comes to Kefalonia with her father, Ioannis, to the festivities to honor Saint Gerasimos and to remember the earthquakes of 1953. This part of the story is also not told out as much as it could be. I would have liked to see more in the father's eyes of what he was feeling. Of how he was reminiscing about the past and how it effected him. But this part of the story is pretty brief, and it is in the eyes of Elena who just sees second hand of how her father is feeling and mostly just thinks it is really hot and tiring.

Those two parts of the stories correspond with each other and were the most fascinating parts of the story. But then there is the present, which is the bulk of the novel and it just didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the story. It is about Elena staying after her family leaves, to go back to the states after the festivities, and then how she meets a man name Ben who instantly falls head over heels for her. The only thing it had in common with the rest of the novel was that Elena was in it. It would have been much more interesting if it tied into the rest of the novel like Elena trying to find out more history of the earthquake event or something of that nature but no it just about Elena meeting Ben. Which makes me dislike Elena and the decisions that she makes along the way. Each time a new chapter came I was hoping it would be about the past but it was more about Elena and her poor decisions.

There seems to be a lot of unnecessary descriptions in some places and not enough description in others. Some of the extra description bogs down the story and takes away from it. I want to know more about the earthquake history and what happens during that past and not of Elena and Ben having dinner. There is a lot of awkward dialogue where it is just boring to read or I think, who really talks like that?

Then, the ending it just abruptly stops! It doesn't really conclude anything at the end. Which I hope that doesn't mean there is another novel because really all we needed was one extra paragraph stating exactly what Elena does in the end. But overall I just wished the story played more off of the past instead of awkwardly adding it and having no relation at all to what was happening to the present.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

Now that Apophis has escaped his cage, Sadie and Carter must find a way to get Ra back to full power before Apophis swallows Ra and destroys the world. But, that isn't the only thing that is on there plates. Carter is trying to start a relationship with Zia and Sadie keeps going back and forth over Walt and Anubis. Plus in their quest to save the world, Walt only has a little bit of life left in him, as he gets weaker and weaker under his families curse.

The whole Kane Chronicle series is a lot of fun. Even in the mist of the world ending the Kane kids still crack jokes and make fun of Gods. I love it. This series is great for any age. You get your Egyptian mythology along with a great story. Of course all this is being done by I think a 13 year old and 16 year old so it isn't at all believable but it is fiction :P

You really can't go wrong with a Rick Riordan book. At the end it hints to maybe a tie in novel with the greek mythology kids. Even though this series seems to be over it would be nice to have some spinoffs where Sadie and Carter have cameos.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Serpent's Kiss

The Witches of East End series is based of Norse Mythology. I always do enjoy novels that intertwine history or mythology into the storyline, but this one was a bit weak. By trying to keep to the Norse Mythology, it kind of weakens the storyline. I don't want to give much away but things get resolved too quickly or something will just happen or come about right when the witches need it. Some plot points in the novel don't makes sense, especially the parts involving Freddie. I don't understand why some things happen or what the reasoning is for it to be in the book itself. There are things like characters all of a sudden remember something at the right time to keep the story going. Or another character popping up out of nowhere with no reasoning.

Freya is as love crazy about Killian as the last book, tons of sexual stuff between the two of them in this book. So if you like that it is there for you. It is kind of annoying how Melissa de la cruz will have a semi serious section in the book and then says something along the lines of: Freya looks at Killians swollen muscles she couldn't believe how hot he was. And then would go back to something serious again...seriously? Then, Ingrid her sister is in a love hate relationship with the cop Matt. Which their relationship really is annoying to me, and doesn't make any sense. Plus Ingrid is dealing with some pixies. Joanna the mother, is still married to her husband Norman but all of a sudden is taken by a fellow that she meets when she picks up Tyler from school. She also is being haunted. The book had the potential of being really good but things kind of go awry at the end.

I thought this series wasn't a young adult series but it definitely reads like one. The characters are not young adults, the youngest being 19. There is a lot of sexual references but Melissa de la cruz does that as well in her young adult books as well. And, it just seems like the book was quickly put together. Some parts of the book counteract each other and the timeline doesn't seem to work. It is a fast read, has some great Norse Mythology parts but other than that it was just an okay book for me. The first book was definitely better, this one just left me scratching my head wandering why she did it in the first place.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Endlessly by Kiersten White

More and more new and different paranormals are making there way to the little town of Virginia that Evie now calls home. And Evie still doesn't understand why they are all coming, and what Nona is up to, but she will soon! Not only does Evie have to figure that out, but she must deal with faeries, deal with IPCA and plan the winter formal.

All the same characters are there from before: Jack, Lend, Reth, Raquel, Arianna and of course Evie. All back and fun to read about. Evie goes from one problem to the next with her trusty Tasey by her side while she tries to not get killed by the Dark Queen or get Tased herself. New things are happening at IPCA like a new person in charged Anne-Whatever Whatever. So, she has to deal with that, find out what happened to Raquel. Also, Vivian is dimming in their dreams together so Evie wants to find out what is happening to her sister as well. Oh, and there are also things happening to Lend. And Paranormals to save and gates to open...Evie has a lot on her plate in this one!

Evie changes throughout the series as she finds out more and more about herself. In Endlessly I think I liked her the least but I still really really liked reading about Evie. Evie is a bit more whiny in this book and madly in love with Lend. Like everything else doesn't matter in the world except for Lend that she has only known for a couple of months. That bothered me a bit. I hate it when the main character falls madly in love with someone and will do anything and everything for them but they have only known each other for a couple of months. Other characters actually bring that up in the book so that is funny.

Great book to read, sad the trilogy is over. I am going to miss Evie and her Bleeps!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rereading Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

Just finished rereading Paranormalcy and Supernaturally to get ready for the final book in the series Endlessly!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

*****I just had a baby June 11, 2012 so it will impede on how many books I can now read and review but I still will, just not as many :)*****

In the first couple books of this series, everyone had a hard time in relationships. Every thing seemed to go wrong in everyone's relationships. This one, it seems like everyone is becoming a couple. It is more like a romance novel with the action from previous books in the series. So, if you like romantic stuff and couples getting together you will like this book.

In the last book in the Mortal Instruments series, Jace and Sebastian had disappeared. And in this book, Clary, being single-minded, can only think of one thing...getting Jace back no matter what. When Jace appears to Clary, Clary realizes something has happened to Jace. He isn't his normal self, he does whatever Sebastian tells him to do. Then she finds out something worse, that Sebastian and Jace are connected and whatever happens to Sebastian happens to Jace. Which means if Sebastian dies, Jace dies.

Unable to get the Clave involved in fear that they would just kill Jace in order to kill Sebastian. Clary puts it upon herself to save Jace on her own. While Clary is off trying to figure out how to save Jace Isabelle, Alec, Simon, Magnus, Jordan and Maia are also trying to find a way to separate Jace from Sebastian. And in the meantime they all couple up an have romantic flings with each other while they are trying to save Jace.

Of course like others, I wish the series ended with City of Glass. The Sebastian dying and then coming back to life and then being the villain is a little much. Then all the romantic parts, which I get. The first four books Jace and Clary relationship was tested at every turn, and is tested in this book as well. But, in this book, everyone else is hooking up as well.

Again, there is a lot left unanswered at the end of this one that makes you want to know what happens next. There is a plot briefly described throughout the book that I think will be pretty big in the next book as a new villain. So I look forward to that!

Friday, May 4, 2012

A million suns by Beth Revis

In the first book, everything was controlled with Phydus. With Phydus out of the picture, the entire ship has gone into chaos. People are able to have feelings again, to make their own decisions, and that is causing a lot of problems on board the Godspeed.

Lots is happening in this book. One of Elders childhood friends is trying to start a rebellion, Elder learns more about the ship, Amy learns more about the secrets of the ship as well by following Orion's clues that he left for her as a contingency plan in case something happened to him, and someone is murdering the people of Godspeed and blaming Elder for it.

There is a great plot, tons are happening, lots is told about the ship in this book. Amy and Elder relationship blossoms even though Amy found out it was Elder who unfroze her instead of Orion. There is a little more romance, in this book, and a lot more suspense. All and all just a great page turner.

At the end of the book, it leaves you in spot where you are hanging but you feel okay with it. I want to know what happens next, but I think it is a great spot to leave you hanging before the next book comes out. I can't wait to see what they encounter next in this series!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Across the Universe

For some reason, seeing this book on amazon didn't appeal to me for the longest time. I read the description, but the book cover I think was stopping me from reading it. I know, I know, never judge a book by the cover. But the male and female faces about to kiss made me think of a young adult romance and I just didn't want to read that. But, this book isn't that at all.

It is very much a murder mystery sort of book with a twist. And there are a lot of twists in this book. I thought it was very creative and different from other books. The closest series I can think this book come close to is Inside Out.

The book starts out with Amy and her family getting cryogenically frozen and put in morgue like boxes on a spaceship that will be traveling 300 years to get to a new planet similar to Earth. But then Amy, for some reason, is awoken 50 years to early. She finds herself stuck on the spaceship with people very different than she is used to and one of them is a murderer.

The main characters are very different, and each one has their own personalities and traits. You really get to feel for the characters in the novel and they are not one dimensional at all. The dystopian is like one I haven't ever read before either, it is very new and refreshing.

The ending ends without a cliff hanger and a lot of loose ends at the beginning of the book are mostly tied up. There is a second book and a third coming out next year.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

The Calling starts off right where The gathering left off, Maya and Daniel just escaped from a forest fire and are on a helicopter flying out of town with five friends and the mayor. But they are not out of danger when their helicopter crashes and the teens realize someone is chasing after them! They must survive the forest and not get caught before they can find someone they can trust.

Even though it starts off with a lot of action, the story starts to lull as they continuously walk through the forest. You don't get a real feel for the characters when something happens to them. There feels like a huge disconnect the entire story. It was an easy read so I was able to get through it without getting to bored, but the story line didn't really peak my interest.

This book does answer a lot of questions from the first book. But, at the end the characters still have a lot of questions left unanswered continuing on to the next book.

At the end, the book starts to tie in to the authors other series Darkest Powers, so if you haven't read that series it might be good to catch the references. It looks like the two series might collide into one book in the next one.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Re read of The Gathering

Just finished reading The Gathering to get ready for the next book in the series The Calling. Here is my review from last year:

I just finished the book, and I feel like I am missing something. There didn't seem to be any climax or that the book was going anywhere. There are things that are barely touched on, almost not enough to want to read the next book. This book almost felt like an prologue for the next book, nothing big happens, nothing is solved just bit and pieces of information and storylines.

The book is about a girl named Maya, who best friend dies at the beginning of the book. You would think that adding that to the beginning of the book that it would have some reference as the book goes on. But it doesn't, yeah the main character reminisces about the death of her best friend but it gives no substance to the book. There is hint to the mystery of how she dies but it is followed through thoroughly. Also, the book is about Maya is feeling like something different is happening to her, like she is getting animal instincts, but again this is barely touched on.

One thing I do like about the book is the characters. I really like the Maya character, she is a fresh new character that hasn't been used over and over in other books. I like her personality. I also, like her best friend Daniel, who also has something going on with him but again barely touched on.

This book is a sister book to the series the Darkest Powers and there are a couple references to characters who are in that series so you might want to read that series before this series. It isn't anything major but some character overlap.

I really hope this series fills out more and give more in the next book because I feel like I was given nothing in this book. This feels like it could be the potential for a good series, it just didn't start out that well. The book did have my attention the entire time, it was an easy read but I always kept waiting for a climax or something to happen and it never did.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection is a good fun read, very predictable and really no suspense but the storyline was an easy read.

The Selection is set in the future in a dystopian age, but it feels a lot like medieval times with Queen, Kings, a castle and even rebels. But, then I would be brought back to the present, with talk of tvs, phones and cameras and then I remember oh yes this is based in the future!

Maxon, the prince of Illea, is looking for a women to marry between the ages of 16 & 20. All girls eligible can enter into the selection where 35 girls are picked, one from each province to become the new princess. These 35 girls will come and live in the palace in a sort of reality show where Maxon will pick one of them to become Princess while the rest get sent home. It is much like a reality show with cameras everywhere. There are tv broadcasts about each girl, there arrivals to the palace, and there makeovers.

America Singer is one of the chosen. But she didn't want to enter. Already loving the life she has and having a boyfriend already it didn't appeal to her. But after her boyfriend asked her to participate and her mother bribed her, she hesitantly went along with it.

At the end it seems to wrap up so quickly after it dragged at the beginning. And, I didn't really like the ending it kind of just wrapped everything up quickly and hastily and then says End of Book One to show another one is coming. It didn't feel like much effort was put into the book. But, the rest of the book, I did really enjoy even thought it was predictable.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Starters by Lissa Price

This is a great, very unique and different book! I really enjoyed it a lot!
Starters is in a Dystopian were the U.S was infected by a Spore War. Only the young and the elderly were able to get vaccinated before the spores were launched, and all the ages in between died because they were not vaccinated. Now, the young, if they don't have any eldery relatives left, must fend for themselves while the elders live in style.

The only thing the elders don't have are young, able bodies. But technology has made it so that the elders can "rent" out a younger body, for a large price. Callie, is in desperate need of the money. She needs a safe and reliable shelter over her head for her and her sick brother. The only way she can find to make that money is to rent out her body to an elder. But then, when she rents her body things become complicated and Callie gets twisted up in a very dangerous situation!

There are a lot of twists I didn't see coming. The storyline is very unique and really gets you wondering. At the end, I felt like I had to read it again just to grasp what was going on the entire time! It does leave you at quite a big cliff hanger but it says the next book is coming out this winter, so that isn't a very long wait.

If you liked Fever and Wither, or even the Uglies series, you will like this book.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound leave off where Demon Glass ends. Which is: Sophie's dad just got the removal and is locked up in a cell with Archer in Thorne Abbey, which is on fire with a demon on the loose. Cal sent Sophie to the Itineris to find her mom with the Brannicks and he went to rescue her dad and Archer. Sophie powers are locked inside her unable to use them and Jenna is missing. So a lot was happening when the last book ended.

Everything that happens at the end of Demon Glass gets resolved pretty early in Spell Bound so you are not wondering what happened? the entire novel. A lot more of Sophie's family history gets known too. It is one thing after another in this book and you really get to know the characters better in this book.

The one thing I didn't like too much was the lover's triangle. It seems in a lot of young adult books there is a lover's triangle. The author might do this to maybe make the story more interesting but I just found it annoying and takes away from all the other great stuff happening in the book.

This is a very funny read, especially with both Sophie and Archers sarcastic comments. Great new characters and a bunch of exciting scenes that makes you not want to put the book down. At the end of the book everything gets resolved since it is the final book in the series.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Reread of Demon Glass and Hex Hall

Just finished reading both Demon Glass and Hex Hall to get ready for the next book in the series Spell Bound

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fever by Lauren Destefano

Rhine went from one nightmare to another. From being a wife in the book Wither, to the life in the scarlet district in the hands of crazy Madame and on the run from Housemaster Vaughn in this book. This book is much more dark than the first. The first one hints at the darkness but is hidden by the luxuries of the mansion. This one, it is up close and personal.

I think I like Wither better than this one. Wither had much more detail and a lot of interesting things that went on. In Fever, Rhine is in and out of consciousness a lot and you really don't get as much detail. You do get to learn a little bit more about Rhine's past in this one. Also, things that were left unanswered in the first book are answered in this book, like some of the things that happened to Jenna that she wouldn't tell Rhine. You also get to know Gabriel more in this book.

There are new characters and new locations. Instead of being in a mansion the entire time, Rhine is on the run and goes from a Scarlet district carnival, and a couple other places. Each place you get to see Gabriel a little differently.

The book ends making you want more, you want to know what is the next step in Rhines life. What is going to happen to her. Is she going to have a happy ending? She certainly doesn't have it in this one but I have a feeling she will get it in the next book!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Reread of Wither by Lauren Destefano

Just getting ready for Fever the second book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy.

Here is my review of Wither from last year:
In a world where the females live to the age of 20 and males the age of 25 life is dangerous. Especially for young females where there next turn on a street could lead to a group of gatherers ready to kidnap and either murder, sell them into prostitution, or make them a bride. Rhine has just been kidnapped and now she is to become one of Linden Ashby's wives.

At a glance, the estate that Rhine has been sold to as a wife seem safe, maybe even better than the outside world. One of the other wives, Cecily, was an orphan and the outcome of being married off is way better than where is was. The wives get whatever they ask for and are treated as good as can be expected being locked inside of a mansion...but if you dig deeper you will see it isn't exactly as it seems to be. All Rhine wants is to escape back to her old life back with her twin brother, but if she isn't careful she could become one of housemaster Vaughns science projects.

I have been reading so many books lately of the main characters that fall in love in a day and will then do anything for this person. This book is not like that, and I find it refreshing. The love story is subtly taking form in this book and doesn't even really reach a solid form even at the end of the book. I like that, it seems more realistic in a way. And, it gives you more to look forward to in the next book of the trilogy.

Another thing wonderful about this book is each character is completely different and have unique personalities that are described well. You really get a sense of who Rhine, Jenna and Cecily are. All three completely different from each other. As well as the other characters, each shine in their own way. I am looking forward to the next one!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

I have read all of Maria V. Snyder books, so when I heard she had another series coming out I instantly wanted to read it. If you have read her Study Series and Glass Series this one has the same kind of feel to it. It is a completely new world but there is still Magic involved.

The book starts off with action right away. Avry has been on the run for three years. Being a Healer is like being a criminal after the plague ran rampant and healers were accused of starting the plague. But, Avry has a soft spot for children, and when she heals a sick child, the parents report her to the authorities and unable to escape them this time she is imprisoned. But she isn't there for long. Being the only healer left makes Arvy a very high commodity.

Great story, lots of action. I must say though some of the characters do remind me of the characters in the Study series and the storyline does follow a bit like Poison Study especially the romance I believe. Avry is a lot like Yelena and Kerrick is a lot like Valek. And even Loren and Quain are a lot like Janco and Ari. But the story still has it's unique spots and unique aspects like the death and peace lily.

Even though it is 400 pages it is a very easy read and I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters. I loved Belen who is nicknamed Poppa bear. Every character has their own personalities and also hardships. With a plague, everyone has lost someone and you really get to feel for them. Sometimes I knew what was coming, other times I was surprised.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

3 out of 5 stars

After finishing this book, I am not sure how I feel about it. Like others have said, the book does start out pretty slow, and not until you are halfway through the book you really get to finding out exactly what this book is about. The book does have a lot of good Al Capone references, which is interesting.

The book is about a girl who is in High School. She gets excellent grades, but at the same time pretty invisible to the rest of her class. Then, one day she is given the chance, and two other of her class mates Lance and Dante, to take the rest of the year off of school and intern at a luxurious hotel that is about to reopen to the public. She is told an internship like that could help her be seen and get into any college she wants, so she dutiful accepts the position.

Once she is at the hotel, not everything is what it seems. The people who work there are mysteriously beautiful but at the same time a little different. There is a mysterious book, and mysterious task. Everything slowly comes together as Haven and Lance try to figure out what exactly is happening in this hotel.

At times the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, but the adventures in the end keep the book entertaining. The end leaves you hanging for a second book.

This is very much a young adult book. There is a romance in this book, very slow going and cute. It is very unlike other books I have read recently. The romance, and the storyline is very fresh and interesting. I didn't love or hate this book it was an okay read.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is a very different look at Cinderella then movie I used to watch as a kid. Much darker tale with plague, Cyborgs, Androids and people living on the moon called lunars. Cinderella, or in this book Cinder is 36.28% not human, she is a cyborg. A second class citizen in the town of New Beijing. Cyborgs are not treated like humans, and in a time of plague, cyborgs are drafted into being guinea pigs for the plague cure. Since they already been given a second chance at life by scientist therefore they owe their existence to those who created them. Something like this happens to Cinder!

But, not to get too in depth into this great book. Cinder must make the money for her stepmother and stepsisters by being a mechanic. And, she is good at it too, the best in New Beijing in fact. But things start to take a turn when the plague enters into her personal life.

Of course, just like the regular fairy tale, there is a prince. And, a somewhat sort of fairy godmother. I see the doctor as Cinders fairy godmother. Instead of her mice to talk to she has Iko the Android. There is also the Stepmother, and two stepsisters. There isn't a glass slipper, but there is a pesky foot!

Really great story with really great characters. Even the Androids have bundles of personality that just oozes from the story. Cinder's android Iko reminds me of Rosey from the Jetsons with her funny personality. Although, the twist in the book can be seen miles away, the storyline itself is so unique that it makes up for it.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Nine years ago, bombs hit the earth, in an event called The Detonation. These bombs disrupted molecular structures with nanotechnology to help speed up the recovery of the earth after the blast. But it also sped up DNA and excelled at self assembly of the cells, fusing them. After the detonation people found themselves fused to the earth, to each others, fused to inanimate objects like baby doll heads, glass, wires and metal. And some even fused to birds, their children, any thing they were close to when the bombs detonated. This is what the future looks like in this book.

The author is very descriptive with her unique world she has portrayed. It is a dark world where everyone has some sort of blemish. Whether it is a fused part, scars or burns they are the wretches that live outside the dome. The dome is the only place that people were able to escape the Detonation, they live without scars or burns they are considered Pure to the outside wretches. But just because they are pure doesn't mean every thing is perfect in the dome.

The book mainly center around two teenagers, Pressia and Partridge. Pressia only knows the days after the Detonation she can barely remember her life before it, she has a baby doll fused to her hand and scars and burns on her face. Partridge was lucky enough to be in the dome when the detonations hit. He has lived nine years there, but when his dad gives him clues that his mom might still be alive outside the dome, he finds himself wanting to go out there to find her.

There is so much description, and twist and turns. I could barely take my eyes off this book. It is so good. Each character has to endure some sort of hardship throughout the book. Life is not easy for these characters. There is so much going on and stories that intertwine with one another. According to the Acknowledgments, the author took a lot of time to research nanotechnology, medicine, communications and even effects of the atomic bombs that dropped on Hiroshima. So it makes the book that much more realistic and heart jerking at parts. I recommend this read to anyone. If you liked Hunger games, or even Uglies you will probably like this book.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

This is the second book after The Magician. It starts off with Quentin, Eliot, Julia and Janet all in Fillory for 2 years now. All Kings and Queens, but all they do is lay around Whitespire eating and drinking and not much else. But, after the Seeing Hare comes running through, Quentin decides to follow it for an adventure. And an adventure is what he gets.

I think at the beginning of the this book, I enjoyed it more than The Magician. The books tells the tale of Quentin and his adventures, but it also goes back in time and tells what Julia was up to during the time Quentin was at Brakebills. You get to understand how she was before she arrived at Fillory and why she is the way she is now. The first half of the book I was really into, but after that Julia's story began to bore me a bit and so did the rest of Quentins story in parts. This book isn't as doom and gloom as the first one though.

The untied ends at the end of The Magician weren't were put together in this one. You don't really get to know how Julia ended up with the other three when they met up with Quentin at the end of The Magician. And they bring up figuring out what Quentin's discipline is at the end of The Magician but it is never brought up at all in this book. It is a completely different adventure. Unless I am missing it somewhere, it is pretty disappointing.

You only really get to know Quentin and Julia more in this book, although there is other characters from the previous novel and a couple new ones, you don't really get to know the characters that much in depth. They only seemed to be there to keep the story going along. There is a couple things that just didn't make sense, like the ending of their quest, it seemed so simple. Overall, it was an okay book in my opinion.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I like books with a lot of dialogue, it is what keeps me really into the book. But, The Magicians didn't have as much dialogue as it did of paragraphs and paragraphs of descriptions. Everyones reading habits are different, I like a lot of dialogue and adventure and this book didn't have as much as I wanted to keep me entertained. A lot of the descriptive text is very depressing, how unhappy the main character Quentin is. Whatever he faces, whether it is Brooklyn, Brakebills, Fillory or a long tern relationship, nothing ever makes him happy and it is described over and over again in the novel making it quite depressing.

Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of good parts in the book. It does get to some really good dialogues and adventure. Not that there is any really big twist in the book but things that get mentioned at the beginning of the book do get concluded or referenced at the end of the book. Like Quentins Discipline. I wanted to know what it was, why he was never given one, but in a way at the end of the book it is reference which helped tie up that loose end for me.

I have read other reviews that it is an adult Harry Potter, but I don't really get a Harry Potter vibe to it. Yes, they do magic in the book but it is very different then Harry Potter. I find it more closely related to an adult version of the Narnia books. And even a little twist of Alice in Wonderland. Seeing that they are going to do a TV series based on this book for Fall 2012, I can't wait how they will portray the book. If they will portray it more in a Harry Potter aspect since that is want the audience seems to want. But I am very curious as to what the TV series will show and can't wait for it to air on Fox.