Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

Title: "Insurgent"
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Source: Barnes & Noble
Purchase:  Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis: One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

My Review:

“Insurgent” was a perfect read! Honestly, I could probably stop the review right there because the majority of people who will read this blog have already read it! Oh well, I guess it never hurts to have another opinion floating around in cyber-land. So, here I go…

The world that Roth has built is mesmerizing as well as terrifying. I could completely visualize the destruction and chaos of what was left of their world. The situations that the characters find themselves in are treacherous to say the least. This book definitely does NOT lack action. I could not stop reading just to find out what would happen to all the characters. Speaking of characters, I would have to say that I really enjoy Tris. She is so vulnerable, yet so strong when the need presents itself. She repeatedly surprises herself and the people around her with her ability to lead. Even when those she trusts turn against her, she stays strong and fights for what is right. Yes, of course, she sometimes just wants to run and hide, but she never does. That is why I love Tris. And I love Four because he is smart enough to love Tris! I knew the ending would be a cliffhanger, but the way Roth dropped a bomb in the last few sentences was just insanely brilliant.

“Insurgent” gets 5 stars for living up to the hype!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: "Alison Wonderland" by Helen Smith

Title: Alison Wonderland
Author: Helen Smith
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Tyger Books
Pages: 222
Source: GoodReads
Format: E-book
Purchase Here: Amazon

After her husband leaves her for another woman, twentysomething Londoner Alison Temple impulsively applies for a job at the very P.I. firm she hired to trap her philandering ex. She hopes it will be the change of scene she so desperately needs to move on with her shattered life. At the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation, she spends her days tracking lost objects and her nights shadowing unfaithful husbands. But no matter what the case, none of her clients can compare to the fascinating characters in her personal life. There’s her boss, the estimable and tidy Mrs. Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbour; and—last but not least—her psychic postman. Her relationships with them all become entangled when she joins Taron for a road trip to the seaside and stumbles into a misadventure of epic proportions! Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, this humorous literary novel introduces a memorable heroine struggling with the everyday complexities of modern life.

'Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status. Alison Wonderland is one.' The Times

There was a review that stated this book was an instant cult classic. I am very scared that this cult involves shig lovers. Yes, I went there. And if you read this book, you will go there too, whether you want to or not.

This book seems very chaotic. It feels as though Smith has several stories in her mind and just cannot determine how to put them together. The writing would carry the book, if there weren't so many holes where plot and characters are concerned. I am really bummed because I really wanted to like this book. It is not that I hated it. I just did not particularly understand the point or enjoy it that much.

I am giving "Alison Wonderland" 2 stars because although it had great potential, it is severely lacking in too many areas.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: "Nette" by Barbara Rayne

By Barbara Rayne

Synopsis from Goodreads.com
In a world where gender was distinguished by the eye color, blue for female and brown for male, she had the misfortune of being born as a brown eyed girl. Being ugly and a freak to everyone was the least of her troubles. immortal and destined to be a queen, her mere existence was a threat to the king. After everyone she loved was brutally murdered, she had no choice but to pursue the path she was destined. In a world that made it obvious there was no place in it for her, immortal Nette will have to make room even if it means killing them all.
This book is suitable for any age or gender, because it's a story about a girl that has been stigmatized in a society just because she was different. To make it more absurd, the first reason was the color of  her eyes. Her immortality just added to the fire!
Be it the color of the skin or worshiping a different God; I see hatred in our present society as equally absurd. I wanted to show how different people are treated, how our noble deeds can be overpowered by hate, and I spiced it up with a bit of romance!

Review of "Nette":

First, let me say that "Nette" was a wonderfully imaginative story. It really kills me to not give this book a glowing review because you can tell the author had a ton of passion while writing it. I did find myself wanting to finish to find out what happened, even though i knew what would. The author, Barbara rayne, had a certain message she wanted to get through to people about how hate is bad. Ok. I agree with that. But then why is it fine for Nette to hate and brutally kill those who wronged her? If Rayne wants to teach love and forgiveness it could have been done a bit more tactfully, and with less gore. The gore also makes me tend to think this book is NOT for all ages. 
Another thing that bothered me is that it was never explained why Nette had brown eyes or why she was chosen for all of those things. The writing/editing was so bad that I thought they were purposefully making Nette's speech staccato. This was until I realized all of the characters had errors in their speech. It was extremely distracting to me. Also, I was bothered by a couple of the lines in the story. One was when Raul tells his mother to stop speaking to him as if he is "retarded". The story is set 100 years in the future and people still talk like that? 

I am giving this book 2 stars because it was lacking in too many areas in my opinion. The story itself saved it from being a total disaster. I know this sounds harsh, but I have to be honest!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Challenge: BoB 4.0 - This or That

As you have probably figured out, I am participating in the Bout of Books 4.0 Challenge. Today is the second day and there is a giveaway posted on the blog of Nyx Book Reviews. To enter, you could either share a book story or answer the following questions. I chose the questions! So here goes nothing.

This or That
1. Physical or e-book - Physical
2. Paperback or Hardcover - Hardcover
3. Reality or Make Believe - Make Believe
4. Adult or Young Adult - YA
5. Dog Ears or Bookmarks - Bookmarks!
6. Breaking the Spine or Barely opening book - Barely opening book
7. Tea or Coffee - Coffee
8. Reading in bed or on the couch - Couch
9. Series or Standalone - Series
10. Original or TV Adaptation - Original
11. Defy Motion Sickness or Audiobooks - Defy Motion Sickness
12. Author Crushes or Who-was-that-guy-again?  - Author Crushes (Neil Gaiman!)
13. Interview or Guest Post - Guest Post

What would you choose if you had to do so?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Challenge: Bout of Books 4.0 Goals

Hello to all!
I just signed up for Bout of Books 4.0!

I have never participated in a Read-A-Thon before so I am excited to use this as my kick in the butt to read all the books I need to review! I have signed up to review tons of books because I can't pick just one. Plus, I am in love with my new Kindle still, so this is perfect timing. I will post updates to my blog, Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads. Wish me luck!

Here is a link to more information about Bout of Books 4.0!

My Goals:

I will try to read/review all of these books.

"Nette" by Barbara Rayne
"Pandora's Key" (The Key Trilogy #1) by Nancy Richardson Fischer
"The Twenty" (Barronlands trilogy) by Claudia Carozza
"Amaranthine" by Tricia Rigli
"Morning Star" (Ethos #1) by Desiree Finkbeiner

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books: Currently Reading "Nette" by Barbara Rayne
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 0
Books: I got a late start, but so far, 67% of "Nette" by Barbara Rayne on Kindle and I just started a hardcover of "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth!!! "Insurgent" wasn't on my list but I need an actual book to read! All the ones I listed on my Goals are e-books. Well, at some point ya gotta charge the damn Kindle!
Today #insixwords: America's Got Talent completely distracted me.
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read: 1  :(
Books: Nette by Barbara Rayne (review to come)
Today #in7words: Life gets in the way of progress. 
Number of books I’ve read today: Nada. 
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: Nette by Barbara Rayne 
Today #insixwords: Too busy to read. So aggravated!
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read: 1
Books: "Nette" 
Today #insixwords: There is just not enough time.
Number of books I’ve read today: 106 pages of "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
Total number of books I’ve read: 1.25
Books: "Nette" and "Insurgent"
Today #insixwords: Insurgent is an amazing book. Yay!
Number of books I’ve read today: .50
Total number of books I’ve read: 1.50
Books: "Nette" and "Insurgent"
Today #insixwords: Oops. I am two days late.

Review: "Neophyte" by Emmalee Aple

Hello to all!
Since I am a bad blogger and have not posted a review in a while, I thought I would try to play a bit of catch up. In the future, I will do my absolute best to post a review every Thursday. Hope this works! As always, any suggestions to my blog are completely welcomed.

I received a copy of this e-book through a group on Goodreads.com called “Making Connections.” I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to read and review this ebook. My review will still be honest and unbiased. I hope it helps you decide if this book is for you or not.

“Neophyte”  is the story of Addisyn. Addisyn died a horrible but instant death and then was reborn into an Angel. However, it takes 5 years for her to fully develop into a true angel. Until then, she is more human and susceptible to human weaknesses.  She is surrounded by her “Link,” the group of angels that have become her new family and would do anything to protect her.

But why? Why? I found myself asking that many times while reading this book. Why is Farran after Addisyn? Why will no one tell us..um I mean her… what is going on!?! I think what made me enjoy this story so much was the feeling of anticipation in waiting for answers to be revealed. I must admit though, if I had not known this was going to be continued in a series, I would have been disappointed in the ending. However, since we all will have the guilty pleasure of being able to continue along with the story of Addisyn it seems exciting!

In short,
I loved the storyline and the Angel theme.
The writing of Aple is very expressive and creative.
The second in the series will rock if it is as good as Neophyte.

I don’t know if it was just the file I got or what, but my copy from Smashwords had typos and grammar errors. It was enough to distract me from the beautiful story sometimes. That made me sad.

 I do know that if the author of Neophyte, Emmalee Aple ever needs someone to Beta Read for her I would jump at the chance because this material feels like it has great potential!

I am giving “Neophyte” 3 stars for a heavenly read.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog: Checking In

Wow. I have not posted anything in over 2 weeks. I am a horrible blogger!

But, all that changes NOW. I have gone a little crazy. Crazy for my Kindle Fire I just got for my Birthday! I feel like such a hypocrite now though. I have always said I prefer real paper books to e-books, which I still do. I also said I did not want an e-reader. However, this Kindle Fire has blown my mind. It does pretty much anything you could want plus you get to read all kinds of new books that are only available electronically.
I am a member of several groups at GoodReads. If you love books and have never been to GoodReads, you have to go check it out. It is amazing. 
Anyways, there is a fantastic group called Making Connections that I highly recommend. This group allows authors to give out copies of their books for review. I just recently signed up for several and am really loving this first e-book. The whole concept of the group is brilliant. Trust me, you'll love it. 

Mainly, I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I have a lot of great reviews to come! My plan is to post a new review every Thursday. I am also looking for MEME'S to participate in, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! 

Also, if there is anything you would like to see go/stay/included in my blog, please never hesitate to let me know that too. All constructive criticism is always appreciated.
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