Monthly Archives: May 2012

Update

Hey guys! I am so sorry for the appalling lack of reviews lately! I’ve been so busy for the past week getting ready for exams, which start Friday for me. It has been crazy, but if you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have noticed I have been going through about a book a day! Not much different than before, except that I haven’t been keeping up with reviews and these are all books I want to review! So many good books! The point is, I’ll be very very exhausted until June 6th, the day of my last exam, and probably won’t be able to do any reviews for at least a week! I hate this, my friends. And I know by the time I get to reviewing these books I’ll have doubled the number! That is quite the mountain to climb, let me tell you. I’ve decided to narrow a few of these down. As always I would love to hear your thoughts! Some of these I refuse to sacrifice on (i.e. The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Great Gatsby) and are going to get full, thorough reviews. Others, well, I’m going to have to make concessions somewhere (either by not reviewing or making lots of mini-reviews, both of which stink) It is finally time for you to get an actual active role in what I review! Below are the books I haven’t reviewed yet. Some of which I would like you to post a comment telling me which book you would rather see reviewed. Thanks!

These are the two I am positive I am reviewing individually!

I know it will be tough, but I can’t decide! Keep in mind that each of these will be reviewed at some point, you are just choosing the book which you prefer to have a full length review of!

I hope I get a little bit of response, but if I don’t I’ll choose randomly! Once again, I’m sorry for my lack of posts lately and I’ll do as many reviews as I can during exams!

I appreciate your input 🙂

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 6!

Wow! Number 6 already! I can’t believe it… but anyway, I have just a few books today, but I am VERY super excited about all of these.

Half the book blogger world seems to worship this book, but I haven’t read it yet! And the awesome trailer of the new movie (directed by Baz Luhrman with Leonardo DiCaprio playing the part of Gatsby. You can view it here) came out last week and totally blew my mind. And what better time than the present to read this book? Also, my aunt Alice (same Alice as The First Page Rule aunt Alice, if you remember that far back) adores this book, and she has great taste. 😉

This is the sequel to Birthmarked, which I reviewed here and absolutely loved. Can’t wait to read it!

A book about sisters who love books. Word.

Another Goodreads recommendation! This one is about a girl who wakes up from a mysterious car accident (why is it always a car accident?!) that killed her friends but left her unhurt. There is more to the ‘car accident’ than that. Oh, and she falls in love. Hopefully this is different from the hordes of YA conspiracy theory books. Who knows, I’m trying to be optimistic!

I have read the Kindle sample of this (i.e.- the first 2 chapters or so) so I am already mega hooked! This is about a girl who moves to London for a year of high school. When she arrives, she finds out that there is a serial killer on the loose, whose killings strangely match the methods and places of Jack the Ripper’s. This is a genius idea for a book, and so far I am impressed with the writing style and plot!

I finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night *mega creepy book alert!* and I’m reviewing it soon!:)

Olivia

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Classic Awesomeness Mini Haul

Hey guys and gals! Since I am slowly trekking my way through The Picture of Dorian Gray right now, I’m posting a haul that isn’t anywhere near as big as usual. I’m picking some books up from the library this weekend, so library haul number…. 5? 6? is coming up soon as well. I’ve been reading so many good books lately, and there is no sign of the flow of cool books stopping! It has only been 3-ish months since I started this blog, but I can’t wait to continue making new friends on here and writing more about books! I appreciate all of my wonderful readers for views, comments, and following, and supporting my book obsession and other quirks. 🙂

This is the first of my summer reading books this year. When I saw that they wanted us to read the abridged version, I was angry! Abridged versions irritate me, but considering that the reason they want us to read the abridged is because of the length, it is different this time. I haven”t ever read this, but I’ve heard it is very good!

Also on my summer reading list. I am lucky enough to have an English teacher that shares a lot of book interests with me, and she recommended this one to me specifically! I’m taking her word on this, but I’m sure I’ll love it!

This is possibly the funniest Shakespeare play ever. I just had to pick up a copy! 🙂

Well, that is all! Sorry that was so small, I’ll hopefully have another post soon!

Happy Reading! 😀

Olivia

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Book Review- The Sky is Everywhere

This is a beautiful, beautiful book full of tears and laughter. I can’t imagine the last time I read a book this powerful… sure, I’ve read some pretty rockin’ awesome books lately, but- WOW!

This book follows a musical girl named Lennie Walker, and her recovery from her older sister Bailey’s recent death. It is written with as much personality as a diary, you become very close to Lennie, closer than you thought possible. When I first read the inside cover and saw the dreaded love triangle, I wanted to put it down.( those break my heart, by the way) But I am so glad I didn’t! She is still grieving and depressed, but she still has to choose between two boys: Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend, and the new boy Joe. Here I quote from the Goodreads summary…

‘For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding…’

The little things in this book stole my heart. How Lennie and her sister always read while taking walks, the neighbors new to watch out for them. How she loves her copy of Wuthering Heights so much, she has to overcome her attachment to it. Her recounting conversations she had with Bailey before she died.

It takes a great deal of skill to write about something as serious as death without making the book depressing. It was definitely NOT depressing! Congratulations, Jandy Nelson.

I admire this book, this author. The writing is phenomenal and so, so poignant. I got a wee tear in my eye several times, but I congratulate the author for making me want to laugh, to sing, and to cry, all in the same page. No one should miss this book. Ever. I am ordering my own copy, so I can write in it, bookmark, and highlight. And pass it down to my children someday, give it to friends who are going through loss.

Hope everyone enjoyed this review! 😀 Happy Wednesday-almost-Thursday!

Olivia

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Double Book Review- Eve and Going Too Far

Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to review several of the books I’ve read recently, and I’m knocking out two birds with one stone! These are also sort of mini reviews, so everything works out in the end!

You may recognize this from my library haul a few days ago. I had very high hopes for this book, probably because it seems to be held in the same esteem as some of my favorite other YA books (Shatter Me, Wither, etc). And maybe I shouldn’t have done that, because not every book is made for me, or anyone else. But because I read so many fantastic books, the mediocre ones fade away a little bit. I only recommend the very best to you, my friends! 🙂

The idea of this book is OK, I just wasn’t a fan of the execution. The world building in this book was very unimpressive, I found myself repeatedly asking ‘but why?’ about basic plot elements. Many of the themes (using women as breeding machines, males shunned, wilderness, half the population dead, terrible government) are trite and overused in Young Adult fiction, in my opinion. Some things in this book can be praised, however. I liked the narrator, I am excited for the next book, and the romance stole my heart. Not everything was perfect (obviously) and it won’t be going on my favorites list, but I am excited to hear more from these characters and this story.

This was a very shallow piece of fiction. A teenager- oriented piece with a lot of drugs, alcohol, law- breaking, romance(a lot of *ahem* romance, if you know what I mean. I’m keeping this family friendly here.) The author was almost trying to make it annoying… but no matter how much that stuff bothered me, ‘chick-lit’ gets me every time. This only took me about an hour to read (crazy, even for me!) and it was frivolous, but for some reason I enjoy this type. If you enjoy this genre, go for it!

There are so many good books out there (just check the ‘my favorites’ section) 😉 I’d go for one of those over either of these.

I’ll be back soon with review of The Peach Keeper and The Sky is Everywhere. They both blew my mind, so stay tuned! 😀

Olivia

 

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Book Review- Illuminate

This has to be one of my favorite book covers that I’ve seen! I devoured this book, although it took me a few days or so, because of its size. I have already added this to the my favorites page, and this is a book I can see myself reading more than once for sure!

This book is about a girl named Haven Terra who scores an awesome internship to work at a hotel in Chicago. I can’t even tell you how hard it is to simplify this, but basically Haven and her friends (the other interns) Lance and Dante find out that the people they work for are in the business of souls. Yeah… weird. Their bosses have ‘minions’ called the Oufit, who are people that have sold their souls to the Prince (i.e.- Satan) in exchange for everlasting beauty and youth. Until, at least, they have to go back ‘down’ to *cough* Hell/ the underworld. The bosses Aurelia and Lucian want to turn Haven, Dante, and Lance into members of the outfit, because they have been marked as sort of angels-in-training which makes them more powerful demons. They must fight, or half of their school will unwittingly join the Outfit on prom night.

I can’t tell you how hard that was to do! This book is gloriously complicated- I say glorious because I love a plot that keeps me on my feet. By the end, everything you think at the beginning has changed, people aren’t who you realize they are. I also enjoyed realizing little things that hinted about who the characters were and how they fit into the devils vs. angels theme. For example:

-The name Haven Terra. Haven is one letter away from Heaven, angels, wings and such. Terra means earth in Latin (but I’m no expert), like Heaven/ angel on Earth.

-Her friends name, Dante. As in Dante Alighieri, author of the poem Divine Comedy about Dante’s journey through Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell.

-Lastly, her boss’ name Lucian. That sounds a lot like Lucifer, which was the name of a fallen angel in the bible. Which is funny, because we find out *SPOILER* that Lucian actually used to be an angel.

I have no idea why these little things were included. Up to the author, I suppose.

It says on the cover that this book is part The Picture of Dorian Grey , part The Devil Wears Prada. I haven’t read The Picture of Dorian Grey (but I will in the near future), but from the Goodreads summary it seems like this book ripped off a true classic. That is my only issue. I guess I will have more of an opinion when I read them both. If you have read these two, I would love some thoughts on the similarities.

I actually read 3 books this weekend, and they were all great! It might take me a while to get to them all, but I will! Hope your weekend was fantastic!

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 5

I know it is pretty soon after my last library haul, but let’s face it. I read fast! I have a small-ish batch of piping hot books for you guys today! Dig in. 😉

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book! The end of the blurb in the front cover reads:

…”In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a perfect future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.”

I read a little bit of non-fiction come summertime. I like to learn, and my way of doing that without school is reading some non-fiction! The weird thing is, my mom had been planning to buy this book on her Kindle, and I ordered it because I wanted to read it as well! Crazy, right? Well, I’m letting her read it first. I have plenty of others to read!

Goodreads recommended this one for me. We’ll see!

The concept of this book is good! And I have been looking for fictional books about dealing with grief, so this was right! If you have any suggestions for fictional grief-related books, please comment! I would love some more ideas!

I have read a lot of classics, but not this one! And since I finished Illuminate a few days ago (Illuminate is extremely similar to this book, it seems) I decided I would check it out! I wasn’t intending to check it out, actually, but I had it in the back of my mind while at the library. While I was helping my little brother find books, I spotted my library’s classic section (which I had not known about until now). It took all of my self-restraint not to go crazy and get them all! So many that I want to read were there, but I settled for just this one!

I’ll try to review Illuminate before the weekend is over, I have a very busy week coming up! I’m a few pages into The Peach Keeper right now, and a little unimpressed. But with Sarah Addison Allen’s previous books in mind, that will probably change! 🙂

Olivia

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