Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends January 3, 2012
Pages: 387


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

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

My thoughts:

I picked up Cinder knowing nothing about it except that it’s very popular. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So, when I read the synopsis I was surprised. I mean, Cinderella and cyborgs? Not really my cup of tea. But, I tried it anyway, with an open mind, at that. After reading, I thought it was okay. Just okay. Not horrible or really boring but also not really great or awesome. I thought that Meyer did a good job with the premise but I wasn’t really feeling it. I don’t really have any likes, so here are my dislikes:


I didn’t find Cinder or the other characters likable in the beginning. I also thought the story dragged on for the first half of the book. One of the biggest things that got me was the predictably of the story. I mean, I know that it’s based on Cinderella so there would be some predicable parts but I was annoyed with the fact that I knew what was going to happen and who Cinder was in the first 50 pages of the book. The last thing I didn’t like that much was the cyborg thing. This is all of me though. Like I said before, I don’t really like robot or cyborg stuff so I didn’t identify with that.

Overall, for me Cinder didn’t deliver. For others who are in to robots and stuff, this book might be for you. For this reason, I don’t know if I’m going to read the sequel, Scarlet. We’ll see.

What did you think of Cinder? Did you like the Cinderella concept? Do you like cyborgs?
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WOW = Waiting On Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Waiting on Daylighters by Rachel Caine

Release Date: November 5, 2013


While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end

Expected publication: November 5th 2013 by NAL Hardcove

*sigh* Another book series coming to an end. I'm excited to see what happens but sad to say goodbye to Claire, Shane, Eve, Michael, and of course Myrnin.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TTT = Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

In no particular order,

1. What's up with the girl's really pale legs? Kinda creepy if you ask me.

2. Project 17's cover goes with the book. It's set in a old haunted mental asylum if I remember correctly. So, yeah.

3. I haven't read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown yet but I plan to. That cover, what with the creepy pale hand?

4. Really? A creepy hand again.

5. Okay, do I really need to say anything about Sleepless when you look at it? *shudder*

6. UnWholly is the sequel to our favorite creepy hand cover at #4, Unwind. I think this one is scarier.

7. Masquerade is not as scary but if you look at it long enough you start to think stop staring at me in that unnervingly, creepy way.

8. This one's a little scary but I kinda like it.

9. That's one ugly cover.

10. Why are there a ton of scary book covers with body parts that are really pale? 
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Series: Fallen #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press December 8, 2009
Pages: 452


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

My thoughts:

I picked up Fallen expecting some sort of angel romance because, you know, the synopsis says it's "the ultimate love story." Wrong. There is no love story. What, you call an infatuation with a rude and standoffish guy a romance? I mean for heaven's sake, when Luce first meets Daniel, he flips her off. If some random dude I just met flipped me off for no apparent reason I would be like what the fuck is your problem? Instead, we have Luce wondering what she did wrong to have this gorgeous guy, (her thoughts, not mine) flip her off. What. The. Hell. Yeah, doesn't make sense.

Anyways, we get it later on why Daniel is so disrespectful and mean to Luce. So, he's trying to stay away from her because whenever they're together Luce ends up dying. So, then dude stay away from her! Simple. Well, there would be no book if they didn't end up getting together. You know, forbidden love and all that.

As for the plot, wait...what the heck was the plot anyways? Oh, right the romance. And let's not forget the angel bit. For the record, I thought that was incredibly lame. I mean you knew something was up right away but the whole ending with the big fight between Cam and the "bad" angels versus Daniel and the "good" angels was so anticlimactic. I was expecting more.

Even though I found Fallen to be nothing what I was hoping for, I'm still going to give the sequel, Torment, a try. I don't know, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. Here's to hoping. And, hey if you're looking for a good angel series check out Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. You won't be disappointed (at least I wasn't).

One more thing: that cover is AMAZING. Too bad the book's not.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Teen April 30, 2013
Pages: 434


Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My thoughts:

Spoilers galore. Beware.

Oh. My. Gosh. What an ending. All I can say is that The Eternity Cure was one of the best books I've read. Ever. Seriously, if you thought The Immortal Rules was good then be prepared to have your mind blown in its amazing sequel. It's really, really, really good. Don't take my word for it, just read The Eternity Cure and see for yourself.

As for that ending, I called it. Yes, I did. When Sarren took Zeke, I just knew that he would be killed then brought back to life as a vampire. I mean, he has to be a vampire. We all heard Sarren kill him through the computer. Once that part happened I had a feeling he'd be Turned to the bloodsucking side. And I don't think Kagawa would have killed off a really beloved main character so I thought that would happen. Anyway, my reaction to the ending can be pretty much be summed up as this:
I'll finish by saying that the Blood of Eden series is one of the best series I've ever read and definitely on my favorites shelf. I also think that this series could be made into great movies. Think about it, these books have all the elements a good movie can create. Like a ton of action, fighting, humor, some romance, survival of the fittest stuff, morals being tested, and of course one really kick ass heroine. Eeeee, I can't wait for The Forever Song!!!

What are your thoughts on this book? What did you like the best? The worst? Oh, and how about that ending!?!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WOW = Waiting On Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Waiting on Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Release Date: January 28, 2014


There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Man, I CAN'T wait for Up From the Grave. But, then again I'm also sad because it's the last one. :(
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TTT = Top Ten Character Names I Love

Top Ten Character Names I Love

1. Aisling Grey from  
  You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

2. Ezekiel Crosse aka Zeke from
 The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

3. Ethan Sullivan from
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

4. Beatrice Prior aka Tris from
Divergent by Veronica Roth

5. Hermione Granger from
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

6. Zoey Redbird from
Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

7. Dru Anderson from
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

8. Magnus Bane from
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

9. James Carstairs aka Jem from
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

10. Siobhan Grainne MacNamarra Walkingstick aka Joanne Walker from
Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

I was really excited for this Top Ten Tuesday because for some reason I really like names. Especially from books. There's just something about a name that flows together, has a uniqueness to it, or is just plain kick ass. Leave me a link to your list!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: Divergent #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books May 3, 2011
Pages: 496


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

My thoughts:

"I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."
Wow. Really good book.

I read a review a little while back that said that writing reviews for books you really love is hard as opposed to writing reviews for books you didn't like because it's easy to write about things you didn't like. This is kinda true because, let me tell you, I can go on long winded rants about all the bad things in a book. But, then I read a certain young adult dystopian book that goes by the name of Divergent, and I sit down to go and review said book and I have no idea what to say other than:

I LOVE this book!!
Divergent is awesome!
Tris is such a strong and kickass main character!!
I LOVE this book!!
Divergent is fast paced, fun, and intriguing!
I LOVE this book!!
Did I mention that I LOVE this book?!?

See what I mean? It seems I can't form a coherent and well written review for books like Divergent.

Yeah, Divergent was that good. So, go read it. I HIGHLY recommend it!

And I can't freakin wait for the movie coming in 2014!!! Yay!!
Favorite Quotes: 

"I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

"What was your first hallucination?" I say, glancing at him.
"It wasn't a 'what' so much as a 'who.'" He shrugs. "It's not important."
"And are you over that fear now?"
"Not yet." We reach the door to the dormitory, and he leans against the wall, sliding his hands into his pockets. "I may never be."
"So they don't go away?"
"Sometimes they do. And sometimes new fears replace them." His thumbs hook around his belt loops. "But becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it, that's the point."
--Tris and Four

"I didn't jump off the roof because I wanted to be like the Dauntless. I jumped off because I already was like them, and I wanted to show myself to them. I wanted to acknowledge a part of myself that Abnegation demanded that I hide."

"I shake my head. Courageous? Courageous would have been admitting weakness and leaving Dauntless, no matter what shame accompanied it. Pride is what killed Al, and it is the flaw in every Dauntless heart. It is mine."

"We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of your world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you."
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WOW = Waiting On The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Waiting On The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Release Date: November 19, 2013


In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

All I have to say is The Fiery Heart needs to come out, like, NOW.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TTT = Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" To Read

Top Ten Books I Was "Forced" to Read

I think most of these books are gonna compile of school books. Not to say that this is a bad thing but I wasn't really forced to read anything outside of school.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Forced to read this for school. I'm so glad though cause I LOVE this book.

2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
School again. I mean I liked it but didn't love it.

3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Read this for school. Freaky book. I'm kinda surprised they let this one be required reading especially in middle school.

4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
School again. I actually liked this one a lot even though it was slow at times.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
This one wasn't from school. Surprise, surprise. My mom actually forced me to read Harry Potter. Yeah, I wanted nothing to do with it. Go figure because, hello, it's only my favorite series EVER.

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Read this for school. Twice. Yeah. Hated it. But the movie was actually good. I'm talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio one, not the old version.

7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
I read this one for school and didn't like it very much.

8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I read this for school again. I love the Chronicles of Narnia, the books and the movies.

9. Holes by Louis Sachar
I love, love, love this book. I read it for school and am so glad I did. The movie's actually better though (in my opinion).

10. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
This book is sooo good. I related to this one so well. I read Walk Two Moons for school as well.

So, there you have it. My first Top Ten Tuesday. How'd I do?
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