03 March 2014

Book Review No. 82 ~ Through the Ever Night


















Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Summary:  Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited.  It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations.  And it's a moment that lives up to all of them.  At least, at first.  Then it slips away.  The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria.  And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control.  With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue.  But does this haven truly exist?  Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "Aria was here."

My Critique:  Meh...I mean I enjoyed it but wouldn't say I enjoyed it as much as the first one.  It took me like 4 weeks to get through it simply because I found that once I put it down I wasn't compelled to pick it back up again.  Just started reading book 3 though so we'll see how it goes.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Through the Ever Night, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

04 February 2014

Book Review No. 81 ~ Under the Never Sky


















Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Summary:  Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chance of surviving in the outer wasteland--known as The Death Shop--are slim.  If the cannibals don't get her, the violent energy storms will.  She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her.  Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry.  He's wild--a savage--and her only hope of staying alive.  A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile--everything he would expect from a Dweller.  But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.  Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive.  Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod 'the Death Shop.'"


My Critique:  This has been on my "to read" list for a while but I had just been putting it off in favor of other books and things.  And when I picked it up and started reading I wasn't immediately enthralled with the story.  However, about 70 pages in I got completely hooked.  I can't pinpoint exactly what it was that hooked me other than perhaps the character development over the previous 70 pages finally clicked.  At any rate, this could be a quick read if you dedicate the time to it.  It was very good and I already got the next book, Through the Ever Night to begin today!

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Under the Never Sky, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

30 January 2014

Movie Trailer for The Fault in Our Stars!





This is one of my favorite books.  I have to say the movie trailer doesn't spark that same sense I felt when reading the book but I will see the movie anyway.  Here's my review of the book.

20 December 2013

Book Review No. 80 ~ Champion


















Champion:  A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

Summary:  June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic--and each other--and now their country is on the brink of a new existence.  June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government's elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.  But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them:  just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic's border cities.  This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country's defense.  But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.  With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu's bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.  (taken from book jacket)

First Line:  "Out of all the disguises I've worn, this one might be my favorite."

My Critique:  Well I wouldn't exactly call it a "stunning conclusion" but it was a nicely wrapped ending to the trilogy.  The action was present as it has been in the previous two books and all that jazz.  However (spoiler alert), I just felt that it was a bit of a let down to go the cliché retrograde-amnesia route.  Ugh.  I mean really?  Haven't we run that plot line to the ground?  Regardless, it kept me interested and I was glad to have read it.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Champion, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

02 December 2013

Book Review No. 79 ~ Let It Snow


















Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle

Summary:  Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow.  A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies.  Well, kinda.  After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger.  And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend.  Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.  (taken from the Overview found on Barnes & Noble dot com)

My Critique:  My very first e-book!  I checked this book out via my library's e-book lending platform, OverDrive.  Side note:  It's awesome, you should check it out here.  You should all know of my love for John Green by this point.  I'm slowly reading my way through all his books.  I saw this one and when I noticed two other renowned young adult authors too...well, I knew I had to read it.  And I'm glad I did.  This book is broken down into three short stories...each story written by one of the authors but all intertwining together in the end.  Very pleasant and quick read.  A little holiday enjoyment.

Short Stories:  The Jubilee Express (Maureen Johnson); A Cheertastic Christmas (John Green); The Patron Saint of Pigs (Lauren Myracle)

Favorite Passages:  
"There is nothing about a bad situation that fourteen hyper cheerleaders can't worsen."  (The Jubilee Express)  hahahahahahahahahahaha

"...I had never before had a first kiss with a girl I loved."  (A Cheertastic Christmas) awwwww

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Let It Snow, are the sole views and opinions of the authors and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

26 November 2013

Don't tell anybody, but...sometimes I miss school...

I went to see the new Hunger Games:  Catching Fire movie this weekend (which was so good by the way) and was reminded again of how similar this series is to two of my favorite short stories:  The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.  And as I watched the film I was struck by a mildly horrifying thought:  If I were still in school, this would make a fantastic paper topic.  Yeah, I said it...I kinda miss school a little bit...but sshhh...don't tell anybody.

19 November 2013

Book Review No. 78 ~ Paper Towns


Paper Towns by John Green

Summary:  Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar.  So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life--dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge--he follows.  After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.  But Q soon learns that there are clues--and they're for him.  Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.  (taken from book jacket)

My Critique:  I'm going to be honest...John Green has quickly become one of my favorite authors...period.  When I read this book...all through the book and even immediately after the book I was thinking "I really like this book."  But 2 days have passed since finishing the book and the more I think about it (and more importantly the more I think about Margo Roth Spiegelman) the more I'm changing my opinion.  I find Margo to be a drama queen and annoying more than the mysterious enigma she's meant to be.  She's one of those girls who will be followed by drama wherever she goes, despite her proclamations that she "hates drama."  I dunno...I'm just left with a general feeling of annoyance toward her.  However, there were some great sentences in this book.

Favorite Lines:
"Margo always loves mysteries.  And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one."

"'Getting you a date to prom is so hard that the hypothetical idea itself is actually used to cut diamonds.'" haha

"Chuck Parson did not participate in organized sports, because to do so would distract from the larger goal of his life:  to one day be convicted of homicide."

"She had the kind of fingers you want to interlace with your own."

"It is so hard to leave--until you leave.  And then it's the easiest goddamned thing in the world."

I look forward to the movie.

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DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Paper Towns, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------oh wait, ummm, nevermind.......

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