Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

 

and have a happy new year! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Genre: YA Dystopia/Science Fiction

Recommended if you like:
main character has a unique/desirable superpower compared to everyone else, not really knowing who's the good/bad guy, adorable group dynamics with the main characters, slight love triangle, and cliffhanger endings

Book Summary:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living

 
Book Review:
Wow, it's been a while since I picked up a book in the bookstore and I'm fucking glad I bought this one! It was a pretty enjoyable read. Actually, a few scenes in this book have officially joined my list of all-time favorite book scenes.

In my opinion, it was the perfect blend of world-building, voice, character, and dialogue. Even if Ruby was too scared to use her abilities, she still came off very likeable anyway (not whiny/"i wanna slap some sense into her.")

The thing is, if you like stories with a definitive plot or direction, then this is not the book for you. There is no "Ruby has to go to A so she can B to C." Just like Ruby, you're not really sure where her story is headed - and that's okay for me. She's just trying to stay alive and be safe.

Overall, great read. BUT THAT ENDING! Yup, I'm going to read the sequel.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: Cinder by Marrisa Meyer

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Genre: YA Science Fiction

Recommended if you like:
a retelling of Cinderella, main character has amnesia, cyborg/mechanic female lead, society with prejudices against cyborgs, a slow romance, sailor moon maybe (sort of), and cliffhanger endings

Book Summary:
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.

 
Book Review:
Holy shit! I had this book forever, and I can't believe didn't read it all this time! What the hell is wrong with me?!

Honestly, I ignored it for a while because I was put off by the "cinderella re-telling" aspect of it - I just lacked interest. But all the good reviews came in and the book is pretty popular so I finally decided to read it. Overall, I really loved this book. Cinder is very likeable and kick-ass in her own way, plus I liked that she was a pretty cool mechanic.

And yeah, I'm pretty sure readers guessed the twist within the first 15% of the book - but it was still an enjoyable read.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended if you like:
Stories told through multiple flashbacks, the importance of the little things in life, and stories about life and death/loss and catastrophe

Book Summary:
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.


Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.


Book Review:
In honor of the movie coming out this year: *trumpets playing* here's my book review! 

Overall, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Mia tells the story of her life through a series of flashbacks while she's in a coma. The book focuses on the simple things like her family, her boyfriend, her best friend, and her passion for the cello.

I admit, I did get a little bored at times and wanted to speed up the pace. But I understand why it had to be done that way, because I thought it made the ending more powerful. It was a good read.
Anyway, I'm excited for the movie! I'm a huge fan of Chloe Grace Moretz and I really wanna meet her in real life!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Feature and Follow #7


Happy Friday! Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week. This is a great way to meet new bloggers, make friends, and get exposure for your own blog. 

Question of the Week: *EDIT: oops! there was a question mix-up!!! >.< sorry!
Post a photo of your favorite coffee mug (or mugs if you can't choose just one)


I don't actually have my very own favorite mug, but I do have this unhealthy obsession for bunnies! I think they're the cutest thing ever, and I'm sure any mug with a bunny on it would be my favorite :) *I found these cute bunny mugs on zazzle.

Ps> Ahhhh!!!! In my search, I stumbled upon a cute photo of a bunny inside a bunny mug! Might as well share it :)
http://dailybunny.org/2013/08/06/lucky-humans-bunny-mug-comes-with-a-real-bunny/

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Recommended if you like:
Forbidden love, on-going war between chimaeras and seraphims, beautiful descriptions/world-building, cliffhanger endings, and dark not-so-happily-ever-after fairy tales.

Book Summary:
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Book Review:
So I finally got around to reading this book!

To me, the blurb sounded really vague and I didn't know what the story was about. The story pretty much revolves around Karou, a teenager working as a "teeth collector" for a chimaera who practically raised her - until she meets the seraphim, Akiva.

The main thing that really stood out was the rich and vivid world-building, so if you like that then great! You'll find yourself immersed in the setting rather easily.

Overall, I thought it was just good. The last quarter of the book was... different - you either love it or hate it. I wondered why some reviews talked about the "first half" vs the "last half" of the book. It's really hard to explain without giving spoilers! But now I'm in the loop and I totally understand! Bwahahaha!!! :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Movie Review: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS


I admit, I didn't cry when I read the books. BUT I sobbed HARD around the halfway point of the movie.

First off, it was a very faithful adaption of the book. It captured the heartbreaking and bittersweet relationship of Hazel and Guz down to the last detail. Shailene Woodley is even more beautiful with short hair and little to no makeup, and she portrayed Hazel exactly how I imagined her to be. Ansel Elgort, while not how I imagined Gus look-wise, portrayed the character's rawness and vulnerability like no other.

It's an emotional roller-coaster ride - you'll laugh and cry and it's sad yet it's sweet. It's no surprise that the movie is doing AMAZING at the box office, and still continues to do so both in the United States and internationally.

Really, there's no reason not to watch it! :) So go go go!!

I'm excited to see these two actors reunite again as the siblings Tris and Caleb Prior in Insurgent, and hopefully I won't confused them for Hazel and Gus!