4.28.2011

Book Review: Beastly by Alex Finn

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
I am a beast.

A beast!

Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.

My Review: I was a little bit disappointed with this book. It wasn't exactly what I expected, and it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. There are quite a few of those, and I've definitely read better ones than this one. I can't see myself rereading this one. A lot of the characters weren't realistic, and the dialogue wasn't great, either. Parts of the book moved too fast. Overall not the best book I've ever read, but not the worst, either.



Up next for review is Reckless by Cornelia Funke and then City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, I promise. ;). Thanks for reading!

4.25.2011

Book Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.


Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

My Review: So I wasn't expecting to like this book when I picked it up. It was just something to hold me over until the book I reserved came in (still waiting...). To my surprise, I really did like it. The characters were all interesting. I didn't love the main character, but I didn't not like her either. I wish there had been more about her sister (it was a little vague) but it's ok without. I read the entire book in about three hours. It was somewhat fast paced and I couldn't put it down. It was an over all great read, except for the cliffhanger ending. I think the next one comes out in September, so at least it's not too much of a wait. Better than a year ;).



Up next for review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (probably). Thanks for reading!

4.24.2011

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests, and libraries.

This week I got four books again. The first book was Brain Jack by Brian Falkner. I got it from my school's library. This is what it looks like:

The next book I got (also from my school's library) was Firelight by Sophie Jones. It looks like this:










The next two I got were from Random Buzzers.com. They were A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and Flip by Martyn Bedford. Here they are:


I already read Brain Jack and Firelight and I'll read the other two after I finish City of Fallen Angels. Tomorrow a review of Firelight will be up. Thanks for reading!

Book Review: Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In this dystopic near-future, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it’s the Internet at the speed of thought.


For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he becomes familiar with the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to a hack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hijacked? Before he realizes what’s happened, Sam’s incursion against the world’s largest telecommunications company leads him to the heart of the nation’s cyberdefense network and brings him face to face with a terrifying and unforeseen threat.

My Review: This book was awesome! I was stepping way out of my comfort zone when I picked this up (I am not a math/computer person at all) but I'm so glad I did. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The attention to detail was awesome. All of the codes and hacks and things like that were explained really well, so that people like me who don't get computers would get what was going on. I loved the comparisons and analogies Mr. Falkner used to explain and make it relateable.

The characters were super awesome, too. The main character was definitely the coolest. I wish I was a computer genius like him. A lot of the other characters were pretty cool. This book had a lot of computer geniuses and hackers in it. Hackers are awesome. Guess what else was awesome. The plot. It kept surprising me. I couldn't guess hardly any of it, especially not the end. I was so disappointed when it ended! The ending was great, but I wanted to read more!



So scifi fans would definitely like this, as well as wannabe computer geniuses like me, and people who like hacker books and movies. Hehe. Those are great. Anyway, up next for review is Firelight by Sophie Jordan and thanks for reading!

4.20.2011

Book Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Synopis (from Goodreads.com):

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.


Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review: I really liked this book! It caught my attention right away and held it the entire book. I liked what she did with faeries and changelings. It's very original. The book wasn't very fast paced, but it wasn't slow either. It was right in between. The characters were all pretty original. I loved Mackie and his sister and best friend. They were my favorites. The summary is kind of misleading. It doesn't really tell what the book is about. I was surprised as I read more. It wasn't what I expected. The book's cover is awesome, though. It captures the feeling of the book nicely. I had questions the whole book, and all of them were answered. The end was kind of unexpected, but I liked it.



Over all, I really liked this book. I recommend it to any faerie/fantasy/paranormal fans. Up next for review: Brain Jack by Brian Falkner. Thanks for reading!

4.19.2011

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


My Review: The cover is what initially drew my eye to this book. It's gorgeous. I saw it and I wanted to read it. The I read the summary. Ugh. Science fiction. I hate science fiction. There are very few exceptions (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner). The cover was enough to keep me interested, though. I looked it up, read some great reviews, and decided to give it a chance.


I started reading it as soon as I finished The Book Thief. I realized pretty quickly that I wouldn't love this book. It didn't draw me in, not at all. I had to force myself to keep reading. It wasn't until three-quarters of the way through that it really caught my attention, and then I was let down with the end. It wasn't very well written. I'm hoping the second book will fix that. Another thing that made it un-likable to me was that it was too much like The Hunger Games. Not very original at all.


I really wanted to like this book. I really didn't.


As for recommendations, you will probably enjoy this book if you like scifi, but not so much if you loved The Hunger Games.




Up next for review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Thanks for reading!

4.16.2011

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren where we get to post about the books we receive each week through publishers/authors, our own purchases, contests, and libraries. This is my first time participating, so lets see how it goes.


So this last week I went to my school's library. It's like library week or something because they were giving away free books. You wanna know what free book I got? Of course you do, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. The free book I got was... drum roll please... Elephant Run by Roland Smith! This is what it looks like:

After I got my free book, I checked out two more. The titles might be familiar to you: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff and Matched by Allie Condie. This is what they look like:


I got one more book on Saturday, one I've been waiting to read for quite a while. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is what it's called. This is what it looks like:



I'm super excited to read all of these books! Even more so, I'm excited to hear if any of you got anything in your mailboxes this week! Let me know in the comments, and if you have your own In My Mailbox post, leave a link so I can read it! Thanks for reading!


4.15.2011

Book Review: The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com)

HATRED NEVER DIES...


Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted. She is about to finish college, has a fiance that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast planned with her friend, Stephanie. But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.p

Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David. Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again. Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.

For revenge, fifty years is never too long...

My Review: I enjoyed reading this book. It was like a mix between a mystery and paranormal almost. There were some parts where it moved a little too fast, and the dialogue wasn't very realistic but other than that I didn't have any problems with this book. I read it all in one setting, and this is a good book to help take your mind off things. I may be giving away a copy of this one later on, so keep an eye out for it.



Something Completely Unrelated: My friend is writing a book! It is pretty good from what I've read of it. He hopes to have it finished by late May (that's his goal).  He has a Facebook page for it if you want to learn more.

Up next for review: Matched by Ally Condie (I just got it at the library yesterday :D). Thanks for reading!

4.12.2011

The Dark Side

So the Force. It’s a mystical Jedi-power. There’s a dark side and a good side. I hear the dark side has cookies. Cookies are delicious. Anyway, There is this bad guy called the Sith Lord who rules the dark side. He has a bunch of Darths working for him, corrupting people and stuff. I think I want to be one of those Darths.

When I was little, Star Wars movies were the bomb. They still kind of are. The newest ones were just coming out and they had everyone excited. Everyone had a light-saber toy and everyone wanted to be a Jedi. Everyone except me. Have you ever noticed that none of the Jedis get the cool red and black faces or the awesome movie lines? Only a Darth could get away with saying, “Luke, I am your father,” and be eternally remembered for it.

For those of you who are still skeptical, let me draw your attention to a particular person: Anakin Skywalker. This young man was an excellent Jedi. He was supposed to save the world or whatever. One day, this bad guy called the Sith Lord drew him over to the dark side with promises of power and cookies. Apparently, Anakin Skywalker also found cookies to be delicious. Anyway, through a long and seemingly painful process, Anakin Skywalker became the greatest Darth of all time: Darth Vader. How awesome is that? The answer you’re looking for: very awesome.

That being said, I’m sure that now all of you want to be Darths as well. Luckily for you, the dark side is recruiting. Everyone who signs up will receive a cookie. They only have chocolate-chip, so if you’re a sugar cookie fan, well sucks for you. It is the dark side after all.




 
 
Just a little something I wrote for creative writing class. Hope you like it! Thanks for reading!

4.11.2011

Book Blogger Hop: The Non-Weekend Edition

Book Blogger HopThe Book Blogger Hop is a weekely meme hosted by Crazy-For-Books.com and is a way for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

 
This week's question comes from Aislynn who reviews at Knit, Purl, Stitch...Read and Cook!
 "Outside of books, what is your guilty pleasure?"

My answer: Writing. It's a guilty pleasure because when I'm writing, I'm usually supposed to be doing something else, like dishes or homework. Hehe. So how about all of you? What are your guilty pleasures? Share your answers and your links in the comments and enjoy The Hop!

Thanks for reading!

4.10.2011

Book Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.


My Review: I was so insanely disappointed with this book. Have you ever heard that the second book in a series is either really good or really bad? This one was really bad. That might not bother me as much if the first book hadn't been so amazing. I felt like the whole book was going in circles. A lot of it seemed really pointless and predictable. The characters were really under-developed in this book, and they weren't the same as in the first book. The tone was also completely different. The only consistant thing was the plot. It was a little too consistant, almost the same really. I really, really want to say that I liked this book, but I really didn't.

So as for recommendations, I would say don't read this book if you haven't already. The first one didn't need a sequel, so you'd be fine with just that one. If you do read this book, don't get your hopes up for something amazing. I'm hoping that when the third book comes out it will be good enough to make this one ok. I'm planning on reading it, so I'll let you know ;).



Thanks for reading, and sorry it took so long to post this. Next up for review: The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels.

4.05.2011

Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

My Review: My first impression of this book (when I saw it on the shelf and Barnes and Noble) was "Great. Another vampire book." Even after reading the back cover with the tidbit about the gold dust, I still thought that. I bought it anyway. To my surprise and enjoyment, I soon found out that this is NOT another vampire book. I think the cover had a major part in that though. It looks like the cover of a vampire book. It reminds me of the cover of Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. See my logic there?
Anyway, this book was pretty good. I didn't love it, but I liked it a lot. I liked how Zara was obsessed with phobias. That was amusing. I also found the concept of were-tigers and were-eagles amusing. There was also a werewolf and a bunch of pixies. The pixies were kind of like vampires. Hmmm.

Characters. I'm going to start with Zara. She was kind of stupid sometimes. She took a lot of pushing to believe things, even when they were right underneath her nose. And she did stupid things, like running at night. Despite all that, I liked her character. Her grandmother on the other hand, was hard core. I can't say much more without giving anything away. There was a little bit of cliche with some of the characters. There was the equivalent of the evil cheerleader and a jealous, overly-helpful guy who showed the new girl around. Hmmm.

So overall this book was nothing new, except that it takes place in Maine. I did enjoy reading it. If you're a hard core (sorry, I can't help it. My friend says it all the time) faery fan, you will either find this book amusing or not like it at all. If you're a hard core vampire fan, you will either like this book a lot, or be amused at the cliche-ness of it.



Up next: a trip to the bookstore and a review of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. Thanks for reading!

4.02.2011

Book Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (from Shelfari.com):

In less than twenty-four hours I'll be seventeen.

Although, technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age. So while a year has passed in the real world, agewise I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in.In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

My Review: I loved it! Almost every bit of it! Especially then end. There were really only two things I didn't like; the fact that I have to wait until November for the next one, and the beginning of the book. The beginning wasn't terrible, it just moved a little too fast and didn't have as much detail and the last two books. Luckily that was fixed pretty quickly.

The Characters. Lots of familiar faces and lots of new ones, too. Also, more Iron Fey (oxymoron;).  A couple characters got on my nerves a few times, but there's always some that do. The romance factor went up a lot in this book. That's always entertaining. Lovers' quarrels seemed to be present a lot. Hehe.

The end was a little predictable but extremely well-written Apart from the very beginning of the book, I'd say this is Ms. Kagawa's best work yet.



Thanks for reading! Up next for review: Need by Carrie Jones.

4.01.2011

Gorgeous Book Cover

Isn't this book cover absolutely beautiful? The colors are amazing! This book is being released October 19th, or so says Goodreads. Here's the link to it on Goodreads if you want learn more about it.

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