Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hey Book Wanderer's

In the past two days I've had the most traffic that I have ever had! It's quite thrilling really.
 And I most definitely appreciate every single comment! Keep it coming!

I have recently finished about ten books that will be review soon. School has been indeed cray-zay because winter break is only a few weeks away. Only a few weeks left. Oh the final projects that are 80% of our grade. Curse them!

The Books I  recently finished are:
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

 (which I loved to death!)

Forever by Maggie Stiefaver 
Bruiser by Neil Shusterman
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Break by Hannah Moskowitz
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen 
Paper Towns by John Green
White Cat by Holly Black

(I enjoyed this also!)

Thanks guys for tuning in and check it out soon because new book reviews will be here!
Thanks for the support

Saturday, November 19, 2011

In My Mailbox 4 November 19th- November 26th

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
My Fathers Son by Terri Fields
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Bruiser by Neil Shusterman

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Willow by Julia Hoban

Author: Julia Hoban
Pages: 329
Publisher: Dial
Release: April 2nd 2009
Book Source: Barnes and Nobles
Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)
Award(s): Florida Teens Read Nominee (2010)

     Willow Randall feels immensely guilty for killing her parents. In her mind- she did kill them; but not directly. One night seven months ago on a dark, stormy night at a family dinner Willow's parents drank too much. they request for willow to drive them home so they don't jeopardize her safety, and so she can get some more practice at the art of driving.
     They never went home. On that rainy night Willow, as an inexperienced driver she lost control of the car and both of her parents were killed. She killed them.
    Everyday she blames herself for her death.  She punishes herself. She attempts to survive. The only way she knows how to do it; by secretly cutting herself.  Seven months later she meets Guy. Sweet and sensitive; he is just what she needs to emerge from her shell- back into the world.
     The only problem is that he's onto Willow secret. A secret like that could destroy someone with the guilt of knowing someone that is secretly falling apart. Guy wants into Willow's life; but can she break down the barriers that took months build- to change her self-destructive path?

This  novel is a painful story of lust, love, secrets and a tortured girl. Tortured with heavy with the guilt of her parents death. I enjoyed how stubborn Willow was. About everything. She wasn't exactly directly stubborn- but the subtleness of stubborn in her personality.

Although she didn't actually kill her parents- she feels guilty and like burden. So she cuts herself. I have always wondered how cutters come to that conclusion. How it gets just that bad that you have no other choice. This novel does give you a peek into that secret world we wouldn't understand at all otherwise.

Two of the words I hate most are Emo and Fag. Why you ask?

Those are gruesome. Painful words. It is not their fault that "emo people" do not know how to handle their emotion any other way... There is a reason and you people who call them that DO NOT KNOW THEIR WHOLE STORY. YOU NEVER WOULD. EVEN IF YOU TRIED. The only thing you can do is try to help. Help. No call them emo and Snicker. Snicker. Seriously- what is wrong with you people. I believe when you read books you get a deeper understanding of people. And I believe that you should NEVER treat someone like that. Ever. No buts. I don't care what your opinion is- you are wrong. "emo people", yeah, they are people too. Just. Like. You.

I have had friends who struggled with this issue- and it hurts. It hurts that I cannot help and that I cannot fix everything. It is a hard situation to be in but never just go and tell. Snitch. That could make it 100% worse. Always talk to them first- Always first.

  Julia Hoban created such a clear vision of a cutters real life- and has opened my eyes, and hopefully others, to the pain and guilt they face, every day.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Release: June 22nd 2010
Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)
Book Source: Library
Awards: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011)

     Hope and Lizzie Chapman. They're sisters for life, sharing everything together- problems. At only a year apart they were as close as any sisters could be. But they don't share everything together. Sisters have secrets too. Big secrets. who knew sisters this close could have lives separate from each-others.
     But when little sister Hope catches Lizzie with a shot-gun attempting suicide. From there everything moves fast, Lizzie in rehab, their mother in denial; Hope feels condemned. It's now her mission to discoverer the truth; before its too late to save Lizzie- from herself.

     To start; I thought this book was a well written free verse poetry-novel. Even though it was poetry all of the describing detail that made you really feel and experience the emotion that Hope was being tormented through. It was roughly realistic and painful to read. When Hope was full hopelessness- you were hopeless. It was such a roller coaster of emotion it was almost ridiculous. 

This book showed the loss of Hope's innocence.  Innocence is a precious thing but having a vicious mother it is difficult to preserve. But Hope's sister, Lizzie did just that. Preserved Hope's innocence until she lost the will to live from her mothers terrible decisions. 

Throughout this novel my mind often strayed to the book: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. In this case it wasn't her peers fault she pondered suicide- it was her mothers. That gruesome fact left me wondering- how would it feel to feel such immense love to sacrifice your own innocence for anothers- sacrificing it to your very own mother? 

The realness of this novel is... Painful. Gruesome. This is an extremely powerful book- with an extreme message. I would definitely recommend this free verse poetry novel to those who love thrilling stories.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman

 Author: Lara Chapman
  Pages: 255
  Publisher: Bloomsbury
  Release: May 10th 2011
  Book Source: Library 
  Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)

      Sarah Burke. She's best friend with Kristen Gallagher; the queen bee of the school. They've known each other since the kinder years and Sarah's always known her place. Kristen is always better than her; Why? Because of her nose. Her huge monster of a nose. The nose that has locked her doors from everything unplanned, unexpected and exciting. But that all changes when she discovers Rock.
     Rock Conway. He is the guy of her dreams; smart, funny and extremely handsome. Sarah knows deep down that she loves Rock and there is nothing she can do about it. Why? Because Kristen wants Rock; and Kristen always gets what she wants.
       Considering the fact that Rock is a literacy buff and Kristen doesn't have any idea who wrote Romeo and Juliet she's in quite a dilemma. So she begs for Sarah to impersonate her online and smarten up some of her ditzy words.
     Sarah know that there is no way Rock could ever love her and her Mt Everest of a nose, but what Kristen's asking for... is a LOT. Sarah doesn't know if she can be loyal to her friend, when they are both having major crushes on the same person.

I thought this novel was a well written- yet predictable teenage romance.  Best friends both fall in love with the new guy- the prettiest one snags him and the other lives in shame. Yada, yada, yada. 

This novel sums up the way every teenage girl has felt about a guy and how they made up this fantasy for him to sweep them off their feet.  The main character Sarah was very gullible, capable person. She had a great loyalty to her friend not to expose her own feelings even though she lusted after new yummy guy rock. 

I thought the book was rather cute but was... repetitive and the main character puts herself down so much you just want to scream... GET OVER IT. IT IS YOUR PERSONALITY THAT COUNTS; NOT YOUR NOSE. Ugh. Loyal girls are always so self conscious. This chica's best friend may be popular but like that matter this lady has the BRI-AIINS. Brains are success. Dumb people are a mess. I mean c'mon, this girl could have given herself some credit and sent a positive message to young women that you don't have to be perfect to be loved; or at least she doesn't say that for a while.

Lara Chapman did a decent job writing the ideal, realistic teeny-bopper, puppy love novel.  I really enjoyed her writing but the plot was week. More middle grade- and in the end it did send a positive message to women- hopefully it was received! No girl should suppress her TRUE feelings for someone else. She should at least communicate. 

I guess the reason this book annoyed me so much because I have been in the same situation and I did the same thing! I felt like it was mocking me and only me. But I enjoyed the ending of this book. Unfortunately our endings were far from the same. At least maybe it will teach girls like me to go after what we want and take it... because we can!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 Author: John Green
 Pages: 277
 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
 Release: September 21st 2006
 Book Source: Library
Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy. All he remembers ever doing is reading, memorizing facts and learning at his own intent. Being a self-declared nerd, his social life is rather dire. But he is okay with that. But he is no genius; he is only a prodigy. There is just one thing he just cannot figure out- love. Love and relationships.
Colin has had many relationships in his life. All of which the girls involved are Katherines. Blonde, Brunette, Ginger; it didn’t matter to Colin. He wasn’t searching for Katherine’s he was searching for relationships. He found them, with 19 Katherine’s.        
After recently suffering a bitter breakup with the 19th Katherine Colin’s best friend Arab Hassan decides the only cure for Colin’s break-up blues is a road trip.  Colin and Hassan hop on the endless road to destinations unknown, adventures unseen and friendships to be made.

This book was rather intriguing with the footnotes and flipped perspective. I hardly ever read books as insanely smart as Colin was.  Although for all of the math-y parts of the book I just skimmed and scanned. I just couldn't bring myself to go any deeper than that. After all- math is meant for school- NOT books. Or for me anyway.

John Greene did rather well crafting a genius’s perspective, although I found it rather dry at times with all of the facts. And by dry I mean boring. Coming back to the math and such- I am not a math-y person in case you hadn't realized.

The writing was well written but there was not much excitement. The plot was very realistic without much conflict or paranormal jazz. 

An Abundance of Katherines was extremely realistic. I enjoyed a lot of the realistic witty humor incorporated throughout the novel. If you enjoyed Paper Towns by John Green you will enjoy this book.

I have only read Paper Towns and this novel and I found that I really do not enjoy John Green's writing. I am not sure what it was I disliked so much- maybe it was the fact there we no monsters. Or Werewolves. Or Vampires. Sigh

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

    Author: Ally Condie
    Pages: 366
    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
    Release: November 30th 2010
    Book Source: Bought
    Age Group: Young Adult (12-18)

      In a futuristic world where freedom is non-existent, the Government known as the  Society controls every variable in the Citizens everyday lives. Cassia Reyes has listened all her life to the Society. Why? Because no one questions the decisions the city officials make.
     Its Cassia's 17th birthday and it is time for her to finally be Matched. The process that everyone goes through- the Society determines your partner based on age, health and compatibly. Cassia Reyes gets Matched wither her best friend since childhood; Xander. This is an uncommon occurrence among this Society. When Matched at the Match banquet you receive a card with the information about your one and only new Match.
     After the banquet when Cassia attempts to view Xander on the card her match, his face isn't the only one she sees. She sees another face; another childhood friend. Ky. Ky the dark mysterious loner; whose father is an Anomaly. An anomaly is an outcast in this futuristic world- an anomaly has committed an unforgivable crime. That crime labels them as an Anomaly for the rest of the life. Now Cassia has a choice. Xander, safe and reliable. Ky, dark and alluring. She has a choice that no one has ever had. Can will her heart choose safe Xander or surrender to the magnetic pull of Ky?

I really enjoyed this novel because the creativity, and how Ally Condie created such an unfamiliar believable world. She crafted the most bittersweet love triangle that left your readers guessing. 

Cassia was a relate-able yet capable character. It made me feel so frustrated about how trapped she was, in this choice-less place. The writing had extremely descriptive scenes that created a film in my mind and helped me try to embrace this new kind of world. 

That is the good stuff. You see I thought the writing was okay but not directly aimed for YA readers it felt more, per say... Middle Grade. The farther I got into the book the more I was dragging my feet. And creating excuses not to read it. 

Although the characters were well thought out, the plot amazing- the only problem was the writing was mediocre. I just wasn't thrilled with it. 

If you read Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games #3) - I felt the same way about that conclusion to the trilogy, I just wasn't ecstatic about the writing. But it might just be me! I am very picky about my books- the writing and topics. You may pick it up and just love it- so it is definitely worth a try.