Friday, April 27, 2012

The Friday 56 #1

This meme originated from the blog of Freda's Voice.
This is the first time I have participated.
It sounds like fun.
Rules For Friday 56
- Grab a book, any book
- Turn to page 56
- Find a sentence or few words that grab you (Don't spoil it)
- Be sure to Link back to Freda's Voice
when you post to your blog
- Go to Freda's Voice and add the link to your post.

The book I will be quoting from is "Neophyte" by Emmalee Aple. 
I received it from one of the Book Clubs I am in on

"I am not some mail-order bride."

And there you go. First meme ever is complete.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: "Pure" by Julianna Baggott

Hardcover448 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing

“Pure” was a twisted, disturbing, incredibly brilliant story. The characters were superbly written. I engaged with Pressia instantly. This young woman who has lost so much already yet she doesn’t give up. She continues fighting for her life. And even when she thinks she is abandoned, she never gives up hope. Partridge is a unique character himself. At first, I didn’t know what to think of either him or Bradwell. But when the characters progressed through the unfolding of the story, it was seamless.

There is a deliberate darkness to this story telling and I love it. Julianne Baggott captured the landscape of a land we fear most. Charred & tortured, worthless.  This book was so different from the other books I have been reading, that it knocked me off-kilter. I absolutely loved it for that. “Pure” reminded me how much fun it is to grab a cool looking new book from the library and have it turn out to be a fantastic adventure!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Review: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

“Ready Player One” was a magnificent thrill ride for the imagination! This is the story of Wade Owen Watts, better known as Parzival or Z. Parzival is the name of Wade’s avatar in the OASIS. The OASIS is a Massive Multiplayer Online game that was created by the infamous James Halliday. Before Halliday died he planted the ultimate “Easter Egg” in the OASIS game. An “Easter Egg” is any sort of hidden programming in a game. Anyways, any person that finds this “Easter Egg” will gain the wealth of Halliday, over 240 billion, plus control over the company that runs OASIS. Quite a big prize. A prize that some people would kill for even...

I really enjoyed all of the characters brought to life by Ernest Cline. I could see how it could be difficult to capture the character when they are speaking through a game the majority of the time, however, Cline does with great delicacy. And the messages lying beneath all the fun were all positive as well as the writing superb. Plus, the author really knows his stuff. This book is full of 80’s and video games references. I always felt like I was in on the joke when I recognized some obscure film/song/tv reference.

I picked this up at the library because I had heard it was good. I am so glad that I did! This book was so innovative. I absolutely thought it was awesome.

5 stars for a Perfect Score!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: "The Iron Queen" by Julie Kagawa

With this third installment in the Iron Fey series, Kagawa has once again risen to the occasion and written a well crafted story. The suspense throughout this book is freaking killer. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I haven’t been this addicted to a series since The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (check out if you haven’t).
The characters were so full of life that I had a movie playing in my head while I read this book. I don’t know how much more I can possibly say about how fun this series is to read. I am starting The Iron Knight today!

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