Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alice Marvels Spring Giveaway

http://www.alicemarvels.com/spring-giveaway

Alice Marvels, my most favorite daily e-mail, which tells all about new things happening in the YA world is having a Spring giveaway! What are you waiting for....hurry up and enter!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon


4/5 Stars


Review:
Dead Beautiful is your basic parents die, and young girl is shipped off to Boarding School where she is uprooted from all she knows and discovers something paranormal. And to top it all off she has always been connected to this paranormalcy.

That is where the similarities end though. Dead Beautiful is a gripping, page turner that kept me guessing. Unlike most YA Paranormal Romance's this one really peaked my interest and left me wondering what our young heroines love interest really is. I won't divulge that secret though as I didn't figure it out very quickly and that made the book more enjoyable for me.

For a breakout novel Yvonne Woon seems like a pro! The language is very well chosen and the images she portrays are so realistic and tangible. It is not often that a YA novelist spends much time setting up the scene, and describing in detail all the goings on. Woon does this in such a masterful way that I really enjoyed not only the dialog but the in betweens.

I highly recommend Dead Beautiful, this book is especially great for those people who like YA but do not like writing that talks down to them (like me). Woon is a skillful story teller and I am looking forward to the sequel Life Eternal

Monday, May 9, 2011

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater


5/5 Stars


Review:
I will come out and say it. I like this book better then Shiver! While Shiver for me was a 4 star read something about the depth and clarity of the writing and the addition of one new character made Linger jump from a to-read kinda like the series to a can't wait for the next book to come out!

Linger centers around Sam & Grace and the wolf pack in Mercy Falls, Minnesota that we came to love in Shiver. Originally the changing perspectives bothered me a little, I could clearly hear the voice of each character coming through in Stiefvater's writing but it left me wanting something more, mainly a solid perspective from just one person. I think thats why I gave Shiver a 4, I just couldn't fall in the love with the changing narration or the easy love between Sam & Grace.

I am now glad that the series is written like this! In Linger I loved the changing voices and was happy for the addition of Cole, one of the new wolves made by Beck during his trip to Canada. Cole and his struggle with drug use, fame, and what it means to be human was easy for me to connect with and I enjoyed seeing someone struggle with these difficult problems in the series. It changed the series from superficial love to more difficult issues.

To me in Shiver the love between Sam & Grace was too easy. I mean Sam was becoming a wolf and that is a big thing to overcome but I knew that they would be together so I never felt the suspense, and when he became human it was not enough of a surprise to make me feel anything but superficial happiness. In Linger the love between Sam and Grace is much the same but it is now Grace being taunted by her wolf past and Sam who is struggling to keep Grace. This dynamic was more intense and real to me and I'm excited to find out what happens in Forever! (Yes Linger leaves you on a total cliffhanger! Ugh July 2011)

I am also happy to report that in Linger Isabel finds someone to connect with in Cole. They are both so similar in personality they seem like a perfect match, but that would be too easy wouldn't it?

See if Sam can keep Grace and his human body, if Isabel and Cole are a perfect match, and what happens to the wolves in Mercy Falls in Linger! I really enjoyed the book and have a feeling everyone else will too.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Girls Without a Bookshelf Giveaway

In honor of the Royal Wedding Girls Without a Bookshelf is doing a giveaway of YA Romance novels! The link is below, Good luck!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

3/5 Stars 

Review:
**Warning Contains Spoilers**

I really wanted to love this book, but everything just came up short. The financial components in the story were just plain boring to me and I found myself to be skipping through those portions. I understand the Wennerstrom affair was a large part of the story but I found it to only be a means to an end (getting him to Headstead) and how the affair wrapped up was too simple and perfect. If Wennerstrom was really a "financial gangster" all of his information would not have been kept on one computer and he would not have just been sending e-mails willy nilly. It really made the story unbelievable.

I usually do not read murder mysteries so that may be the reason I did not particularly enjoy all of the action taking place on Headstead. As soon as I understood who all the characters were in the Vanger family I pretty much knew who the killer was. The Vanger family to me had too many members that we had to remember. You could have cut half the people from that family and mentioned them maybe only once and the book would have been better for it!

Above all what forced me to give this book 3 stars was the fact that Harriett Vanger was still alive. That was another Wennerstrom style cop-out that wrapped up too easily. I'm sorry but if someone is alive someone will find them, especially if Anita knew the whole time. Not only that after Harriett had been hiding out for so many years she just decides that now that Martin is dead she will come back and run the Vanger Corporation. I was dumbfounded reading the ending of this book and was left feeling unsatisfied.

Needless to say I will probably not be picking up The sequel as it is probably more of the same boring financial intrigue and murders that are solved way too easily.

Beastly by Alex Finn

Beastly
Author: Alex Finn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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Review:
This book is a modern day re-telling of the classic Beauty & The Beast story. This particular version is also now a major motion picture. I picked it up after finishing Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, because I felt like I need a book chaser that would leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy and Beastly did not disappointe.

Beastly tells the story of Kyle Kingsbury a rich news anchors son with a bad attitude. After ditching a girl, who turns out to be a witch, at a dance he is turned in to a beast. The reader gets to see how being turned in to a monster allows Kyle to discover just how human he is. How his past actions affected those around him and how superficial his life was.

I was surprised by home much I actually enjoyed this book. I honestly read it just to get thoughts of Mockingjay out of my head, wanting something quick, painless, and forgettable. Mid-way through though I found myself loving the character growth and the love that develops between Lindy & Adrian. In many young adult novels ,especially those released recently, the love the two characters have seems to be forced. They are brought together by some event and are madly attracted to each other, there is a love triangle, and eventually the female lead picks the guy she was destined for. Beastly is a much needed break from this too played out scenario.

If you are looking for a light, enjoyable read that you will still take something away from I would defiantly recommend Beastly. Plus, who doesn't enjoy reading a fairy tale?

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5/5 Stars

Every once in a while you read a book that leaves you feeling like a better person for having read the book. I feel that way about Mockingjay.

In the third and final book of The Hunger Games Trilogy the story centers around what happens after the Collapse of District 12 and the war that has begun in the Districts of Panem. Katniss has been rescued from the Second Hunger Games arena but Peeta was not as lucky and instead was captured by the capitol.

Mockingjay follows the story of Katniss coming to terms with the new role of Mockinjay that has been thrust upon her, the challenges of living in a war torn world, and trying to understand her conflicting feelings for both Peeta and Gale.

If you loved the first two Hunger Games books this is the grand Finale you've been waiting for. While I will say that I loved the story I must admit the ending was very dark and that bothered me. In Katniss's world that has been full of so much sorrow and loss I really wanted an ending I could walk away from feeling all warm and fuzzy. This ending did not offer that and even if it had it would not have been The Hunger Games series I have come to love.

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins


5/5 Stars

Breathtaking!

It has been a long time since I have connected with a heroine the way I related to Katniss. Her struggles in both the battle dome and with her emotions makes her all the more real. The book has a Battle Royale fight to the death plot despite trying to make connections between the two in the beginning I quickly stopped when I realized this book was an entirely different beast.

If you are thinking about reading I highly encourage you to do so! It is well worth your time

Blog Beginnings

I have been toying with the idea in my mind of starting a blog for a long time. I was worried though I would not have enough to say to fill an entire website, or that it would be boring and I would lose interest.

Then a brilliant idea hit me, I should start a blog about books! They are something I never tire of and can not get bored with. More importantly this will give me an outlet to finally discuss all the books I love with other people who also love them. I could not be more excited =)

I will be mostly reviewing mostly young adult fiction but if anyone has recommendations I would be happy to hear them.