Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Cinder

Summary:Cinder is a cyborg living in New Beijing after World War 4, with her step-mother, Adri, and her two step sisters, Pearl and Peony. Cinder owns a booth in the market place, where she works as a mechanic with the family's android, Iko. While she is working, she meets Prince Kai, who asks her to fix his android, Nainsi. After Kai leaves, the market is evacuated because a baker, Chang Sacha, has been infected. Prince Kai's father, Emperor Rikan, is currently sick with letumosis, otherwise known as the Blue Fever, a plague that is terrorizing the Commonwealth. There have been no plague survivors.

Review: Yehhhh!!!! I finally read Cinder and it was even better than I thought it would be. I loved every aspect of it. The characters were great (except for Levana of course... Actually Levana was pretty great) and I thought the character development was fantastic. Cinder was funny and sarcastic and her relationship with the prince was perfect. Anytime they were together I just couldn't stop smiling it made me so happy (and words cannot explain how sad I was at the end when... well if your read it you'll know what I'm talking about). The ending did feel a little rushed, but beside that I had absolutely no problems with the book. I felt like Meyer did a great job with the ending and it made me so excited for the next book! I recommend to pretty much anyone I'm not even a fan of sci-fi and I loved it. 

Okay so for this book I'm gonna do something a little different just because I can. Here's my dream casting for Cinder.

Okay for Cinder I really like Shay Mitchell or Emilia Clarke
For Kai I pictured Logan Lerman throughout the entire book 
And for Levana I think Lucy Liu is a really a really good choice 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: The Testing

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Review: Ok so I really did enjoy this book. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. I onyl had one problem. I felt like the whole going into a large arena-ish place and slowly killing each other off was just a little to Hunger Games (or Battle Royale which is basically the original Hunger Games). But, besides that I really really enjoyed it. In the beginning I thought Cia was going to be a terribly boring/annoying narrator, but i was pleasantly surprised when I ended up really liking her. I recommend this to any Hunger Games, Divergent fans who like a strong female lead.                                             

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

Okay so this weeks top ten list was to list your favorite books in a genre of choice. Looking through my collection I decided Fantasy/Dystopian would be the best choice. Sorry I know thats cheating but I just couldn't decide. So are my favorite series and books in both fantasy and dystopian genres. Please note these aren't really in any particular order. Also I don't know if it had to be our most read genre because this probably isn't, but whatever.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (review to come soon)

Divergent and Insurgent (NOT ALLEGIANT) by Veronica Roth

The Iron King by Julie Kawaga

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 
(I'm not sure if this is really fantasy)

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy 

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (review to come soon)

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Review: The Hobbit

Okay so I just want to start off by saying I'm really sorry I haven't been lately and I promise that will change I'm Just so busy. Just kidding not really, but theres a lot of tv to watch and books to read and movies to see and school to attend you know. So anyway since the last time I've posted I've read a ton of books that I'm so excited to blog about and I'm about to do my first top ten tuesday! So without further ado my review of The Hobbit!

Summary: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

Review: Okay so I have been wanting to read this for SO SO SO long, but I just kept putting it off. Last week I finally decided I would stop being so lazy and give it a try. I'm so glad I did. The reason for my holding back on it was because I thought it would take me a long time to read. Boy was I wrong I read it in about 3 hours which for me is pretty short considering I'm a relatively slow reader. I really enjoyed just about every part of this book. The adventure was so fun and never repeated itself (which I fell like happens in a lot of fantasy novels) and the characters were so funny. I don't know if they were supposed to be, but they were. Anyway great writing, awesome plot, fun characters, a very evil villain and an all around fantastic adventure. I recommend this book to anyone who likes happiness and has a soul. :)      

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Book Review: Dirty Magic

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells
Rating- B-
Age- 14+

Summary: The last thing patrol cop Kate Prospero expected to find on her nightly rounds was a werewolf covered in the blood of his latest victim. But then, she also didn't expect that shooting him would land her in the crosshairs of a Magic Enforcement Agency task force, who wants to know why she killed their lead snitch.

Review: Ok so to be completely honest I did something terrible. I judged this book by it's cover. I decided I didn't think I would like it from the very beginning. Normally I wouldn't read a book like this but I got it from arccycling so I thought I would give it a try. I didn't LOVE it, but it was a lot better than i thought it would be. I really liked Kate (although at times she got a bit annoying) and I thought the end of each chapter was so suspenseful. Would I recommend this book? Maybe. Did I have fun reading it? Yes!  

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fangirl: Book Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rate: 9
Age: 13

Synopsis:  Fangirl is a coming-of-age story about fan fiction and first love. It focuses on Cath, who has been a fan of the Simon Snow books her entire life. When both Cath and her twin sister go to college, her sister begins to drift away from the fandom and from Cath, and Cath has to learn to exist outside her comfort zone.

Review: I loved this book so much! It was just about the cutest thing I've ever read. I felt like I could really relate to the main character (for once). At first I wasn't sure about the characters, but as the book went on there was amazing character development and I was left wanting more when I finished the book at 1 o'clock in the morning. I'm now really missing Cath, Levi, Reegan and Wren :( Well time to start the Lord of the Rings series.   

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hollow City: Review

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Rate: A+
Age: 12+

Summary: This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Review: Okay so personally I liked this book even more than the first one. I had no time to read this week all all i wanted to do was read this book. The new characters were actually really funny and the wights and hollows have just gotten scarier. The ending was so surprising and I really can not wait until the next book.