Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan


Summary from Goodreads:

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. 

This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change?

My Review:

The start of the book lagged a bit, but by the 100th page I was sucked into the story (as I dealt with the fact that her family was going to murder her, chuck her into space, for sleeping with a boy, scary). The reason why it took so long to get into the story for me was because of the way they speak is pretty different. But when she is on Earth they don't have the same way of speaking, so I liked the Earth parts a little more. 

This story was so unique and creepy that it had me reading right up to the end. 

I recommend this book if you enjoy science-fiction and want something different.

My Ratings:

Five Out of Five Stars

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #9


The Rosie Project: Review
Strobe Edge Volume 2: Review
Pretty Deadly: Review
Afterparty: Review
We Are The Goldens: Review


Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Claymore 12-14

For Review:

Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Summary from Goodreads:

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it.

My Review:

I just adore Reinhardt's writing style, I've been a fan of hers since high school and have almost read all of her novels. It's been a while since I've read one of her books (kind of powered through them all, lol) and I still love the way she writes. 

I only had two problems with this book, one was that it was two short (only 199) and the subject matter was hard to read. The main character's sister might be having an affair with a teacher, and if it would have been me I would not have waited to tell someone. Creepy.

I recommend this book, the prose is amazing even if the plot is a little all over the place.
My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Five Friday Favorites: Not-So-Favourite Popular Books #5

This meme is hosted by Book Badger.

1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The movie was okay, but I was not a fan of the novel.

2. Heist Society by Ally Carter. I just couldn't read it.

3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Volume 1. I really wanted to enjoy this series, but I just didn't get the humor.

4. Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott. Reminded me a lot of Hunger Games.

5. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. Everyone raved about this one, but I just didn't like the main character.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Summary from Goodreads:

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... 

My Review:

My goodness, this book is like a roller coaster of mean rich girls, best friends that might be bipolar (and pressure their friends to do bad stuff), overstrict parents, and main characters that need to think for themselves.

I had some tiny problems with this book (look at sentence above) some confusion about certain plot twists, and I also wanted to shake the main character a tiny bit, lol. 

I recommend reading this for fun, the twists in it are interesting, and the writing style is really good. I'm planning on reading the author's other book as well.

My Rating:

Four Out of Five Stars

Graphic Novel Review: Pretty Deadly Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos (Illustrator), Jordie Bellaire (Illustrator)

Summary from Goodreads:

KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) present the collected opening arc of their surprise-hit series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death's daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her origin story is a tale of retribution as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.

Collects PRETTY DEADLY #1-5

My Review: 

I won this graphic novel from Goodreads, and since they are semi-expensive I was excited to get it for free.  At first I looked at the cover and some of the art and was afraid I would not like it because it is was really strange. 

However, when I finally sat down and read the whole collections of comics I loved the unique story and the stunning illustrations. I'm so glad that I won this! But now I have wait until the next comic comes out to continue the story.

I recommend this graphic novel collection because it is interesting and well made, but be warned there are some adult themes and nudity throughout it.

My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Manga Review: Strobe Edge: Volume 2 by Io Sakisaka

Summary from Goodreads:

What is love, anyway? Ninako Kinoshita’s friends tell her it’s one thing, but Ninako wonders what this mysterious feeling really is. When she meets Ren Ichinose, the handsome, enigmatic guy that all the girls worship, her life takes an unexpected turn. With just a few words and a smile, he changes her world... Once Ninako realizes that she’s fallen for Ren, she confesses her feelings to him even though she knows he has a girlfriend! Meanwhile, a new semester brings an outgoing guy called Ando into Ninako’s life—is Ando just an outrageous flirt or will he turn out to be Ninako’s savior?

My Review:

There is not much to say about this manga series, just that it super cute, and the illustrations are so well-done. My library started getting these last month, so I've been slowly reading every one I can get my hands on. I love the main character, Ninako, she is so cute and she stands up to mean girls, and I could never handle rejection like she can. Ren is an okay love interest, but I like the other male characters better and wished the main character liked them instead.

I recommend this cute manga series for people who like Shojo manga! :D

My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Wishlist Wednesday # 5

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick.

Summary from Goodreads:
18054175or thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.
My Notes: I LOVED Silver Linings Playbook, so I need this book right now. :D

Waiting on Wednesday # 5

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

19367070Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Summary from Goodreads:

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

My Notes: I really liked her other novels, and this one sounds awesome so I will be reading it.

Top Five Wednesday: Top First Sentences #8

1. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” - The Hobbit by  J. R. R. Tolkien

2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”  - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.

3. “The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World. I’m sixteen now, so you can imagine that’s left me with quite a few days of major suckage.”Going Bovine by Libba Bray

4. “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.” –Delirium by Lauren Oliver

5. “The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.” Paper Towns by John Green

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion


Summary from Goodreads:

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Review:

I'm so glad that I went ahead and grabbed this book when it was $1.99 on Amazon. It was a very fun and interesting read, Don the main character reminded me of Sheldon from Big Bang (but I liked Don a lot more), and Rosie was an awesome character/love interest. In the beginning Don was hard to follow, but as the novel went on it was easier to connect with him.

The only complaint I have about the novel is that it was way too short! I wanted a lot more, and now want Simsion to come out with his next novel. And I also heard that the book might be made into a movie pretty soon, I cannot wait to see which actors are cast! :D

I recommend this to fans of nerdy and smart romance novels.

My Rating:

Five Out of Five Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading # 8

1. Daring by Elliot James. I read the first book Charming last year and really enjoyed it. This is the author's second novel.
2.  The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This has to be one of my favorite series at the moment.
3. Between the Spark and the Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke. 

4.  by Anne Bishop. No cover for this one yet, looks like it will be coming out in March of next year. I can't wait! :D

5. Ruin and Rising by Leich Bardugo. I really enjoyed the other two books, and can't to see how it ends.

6. Meridian by Josin L. Mcquein. I loved Arclight, so I'm excited for the next book in the series.

7.  On the Fence by Katie West.  I was a big fan of The Distance Between Us, so of course I'm going 

8. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez. This book sounds awesome, so I'm planning on getting it when it comes out.

9. Blackbird by Anna Carey. I really enjoyed the Eve trilogy, and this one sounds just as exciting. 

10. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White. I want this one just because of the cover, it is so pretty.

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? # 5

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

The Books I Read Last Week:

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Claymore: Volume 7
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Hot Gimmick: Volume 2
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Dark Days by Kate Ormand
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
The Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher
Pretty Deadly: Graphic Novel Volume 1.
Death Masks (The Dresden Files # 5) by Jim Butcher
Strobe Edge Volume 2
One Past Midnight (ARC) by Jessica Shirvington.


Total number of Pages I've read this week: 3,666

The Books I Want to Read This Week:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion