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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Book Review: Love Letters to the Dead

18140047Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Series: Standalone
Author: Ava Dellaira
Pages: 323
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Own

Summary: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path. 

Rating: 4

Review: This was the most real book I have read in a while. Laurel was so real. Everything about her, her emotions and her character was real and true.

At the end of Laurel's eighth grade year her sister May dies. May was Laurel's best friend and Laurel always thought her sister was perfect. At the beginning of the novel Laurel is entering her Freshman year of high school and she has to find a way to deal with so many things. She must accept that her sister is not here anymore and that her mother left to live in California. Laurel made me want to be her friend so that help her get through all this. But I could not because book characters are not real people so I could not help her.

The entire book is written in letters to dead people that Laurel admires. She writes to about having courage through hard times and she writes to them about death. The letters were Laurels form of a journal. Everything important and hard she would write in the letters. We were not giving tons of useless information about her we were giving the most important information.

The writing was beautiful. laurel is a Freshman in high school and most freshman cannot write half as good as Laurel, which might make people think this book is pretentious but it is not it is honest. Honest about the hardships of life, if people want life to be perfect that is to bad because life is hard. Though I have not had a sister who has died and my parents are note divorced i feel the same way as Laurel about a lot of things. She understands that life sucks. Sometimes I need to read I book not just escape my life but to find a way to get through it.

This a a beautifully heart-wrenching novel and I am so glad i was able to read it! Gayle Forman said that "[Love Letters to the Dead] broke my heart, and pieced it back together again." I agree that this book did break my heart but it did not quite put it back together again. I absolutely recommend that you read Love Letters to the Dead because this is a book that I will cherish for a long time and will never forget it. I feel like my review does not do this book enough justice because this book was beautiful.

Also please take a moment to enjoy the cover because this a one of the best book covers I think I have ever seen!

Favorite Quotes:
     -“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won't be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”
     -“I know I wrote letters to people with no address on this earth, I know that you are dead. But I hear you. I hear all of you. We were here. Our lives matter.”
     -“And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don't have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says. It's knowing you could be the author instead.”
     -“Sometimes when we say things, we hear silence. Or only echoes. Like screaming from inside. And that’s really lonely. But that only happens when we weren’t really listening. It means we weren’t ready to listen yet. Because every time we speak, there is a voice. There is the world that answers back.”
     -“You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.”
     -“There's more to life than being a passenger.”
     -“But we aren't transparent. If we want someone to know us, we have to tell them stuff.”

DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, May 9, 2014

Poetry Corner #33


Anaphora
     By: Elizabeth Bishop

Each day with so much ceremony
begins, with birds, with bells,
with whistles from a factory;
 such white-gold skies our eyes
first open on, such brilliant walls
that for a moment we wonder
'Where is the music coming from, the energy?
 The day was meant for what ineffable creature
we must have missed? ' Oh promptly he
appears and takes his earthly nature
      instantly, instantly falls
      victim of long intrigue,
      assuming memory and mortal
      mortal fatigue.

More slowly falling into sight
and showering into stippled faces,
darkening, condensing all his light;
 in spite of all the dreaming
squandered upon him with that look,
suffers our uses and abuses,
sinks through the drift of bodies,
sinks through the drift of classes
to evening to the beggar in the park
who, weary, without lamp or book
      prepares stupendous studies:
      the fiery event of
      every day in endless
      endless assent.

DFTBA Have  a wonderful weekend :)
-Janussa

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #2


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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Summary: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

15783514Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 181
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Books
Source: School Library
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Summary: Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.  

Rating: 3.5

Review: This book was so beautiful. The the cute love story kind of beautiful but the deep thoughtful, wonderfully written beautiful.This book is very unlike most of the other book I've read but it was very worth the read. The story was creative, different and very entertaining as you follow The main character through his adventures with Lettie. It's weird but that made me love it all the more.

This is a very hard book to describe, not because I would spoil it or because it's a bad book but because description would not do it enough justice. The writing is some of the most beautiful writing I've ever read. I do not have the writing skill to compare.

The characters were all so different and beautiful in there own way. It was truly marvelous how he explained all the characters. I just would have liked to learn more about Lettie and the Hempstocks because they're very mysterious. it is told from a first person point of view so we only know as much as the main character knows but I wish we could still find out more. There is a whole story to the Hempstocks we just don't know what that story is.

I don't know what else to say. usually I can say many things about books but this book doesn't need tons of explanation this book speaks for itself. I recommend that you read it so you understand what i mean but it was beautiful and I wanted to absorb every word.


Favourite Quotes:
“Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”

DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #2


New books!! :)
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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira 
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith
Resist by Sarah Crossan
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Mass
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

So many new good books! I'm so excited to read hem and I finally own all the divergent books :)

DFTBA
-Janussa

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #1


This weeks Waiting on Wednesday book is *drum-roll*

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Ruin and Rising  by Leigh Bardugo

Summary: The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

This is he final book in the Grisha Trilogy and I am SO excited to read it. I just recently read Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm and they were flawless. If you are a fan of the book go to grishatrilogy.com here are excepts of the third book and hey are wonderful and perfect and made me want the book even more!

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monthly Roundup: April

Books I Read This Month
Free Four by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Attack on Titan #1-3 by Hajime Isayama

Longest: Allegiant
Shortest: Free Four

Favourite: Shadow and Bone
Least Favourite: I am Number Four

Best Cover:
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This was a good month and i just ordered new books so hopefully there will be lots of new book reviews next month but I do have finals so I will be more busy :/
DFTBA
-Janussa

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Perfect Lies

12578370Title: Perfect Lies
Series: Mind Games #2
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Pages: 232
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Own

Summary: Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them. 

Rating: 3

Review: When I first read Mind Games it was nearly flawless. Sadly Perfect Lies did not live up to the expectation.

Perfect Lies did not continue he world building that loved in the Mind Games. In most series I have a favorite character throughout he whole series, yet in the first book I loved Fia more and in this book I love Annie more. There was not very much character building for Fia in this book the character building was all Annie trying to figure out how to live her life without her sister with her new found freedom. This book just did not build the world and characters in a way that made me want love the sorry that I used to.

This book had great potential, the world Kiersten White build in Mind Games was wonderful and fantastical. The plot was choppy and hard to follow. It took me a few chapters to understand how the dates at the beginning of he chapters fit together. It was interesting to see how Annie and Fia's relationship played out now that they weren't together and they were not sure how the other one was.

On the plus side it was really nice to be back in the world even if we were not given much new information on it. I do love the characters they are so fascinating. I loved Pixie, the new character, She was able to be friends with Fia when Fia needed someone most, when Annie wasn't there.

Three star books are he hardest book to review because it's not terribly bad but it's not extremely good it's just in the middle so there is less you can say. I would recommend his book mainly if you loved Mind Games.

Favourite Quote:
“She told me only people we love the most can destroy us, because no one else has that kind of power.”

DFTBA
-Janussa

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Book Review: Allegiant

17383918Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent #3
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Pages: 526
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: School Library
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Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.  

Rating: 4

Review: There is so much to say about this book yet so little that I can say without spoiling anything. Since I do not know how to do HTML for hiding/showing spoilers I will tell you when I get to the spoiler part.

This book answers so many questions you might have about the world in Divergent. The duel perspectives really made me understand both Tobias and Tris better. It was nice to learn more about Tobias and I realized that I'm more like him than Tris. I think many people want to be like Tris brave and selfless but most of us aren't. Tobias built walls around himself so that he couldn't be hurt more than he already had been. Tris was the only one who was able to help bring those walls down.

I loved how Veronica Roth was able to explain the creation and how he society became he way it did and how the government fits into all of it, it is very fascinating. It adds a new level to he story since we are able to know how the society became this way, it makes it much more realistic than it just being this is how it is period.

I want to tell you so much about what happens but I cannot because there is very little I can say about this book. I definitely recommend reading it. 

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I hope you can see why I feel this way about Tris's death. It was not the happiest ending but it was the most realistic bases on Tris's past actions.

I hope what I wrote above makes sense, if not sorry.

DFTBA
-Janussa 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: I am Number Four

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Title: I am Number Four
Series: Lorien Legacies #1
Author: Pittacus Lore
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Pages: 440
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Own
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Summary: In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. The Nine had to separate and go into hiding.

The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 

Rating: 1.5

Review: I's been a long time since I reviewed a book I didn't like his much. I try to avoid writing reviews on books I don't like, they seem to become very biased and annoying because often i just urns into me complaining about he book because I didn't like it. I'll try o keep this review short with as little complaining as I can.

When I first heard of his book I waned to read it so much,there was so much hype around it because of the movie. I saw the movie first and loved it and I thought I would love the book just as much, but I didn't. It's not so much that I didn't like it I just didn't care about he story or the characters.

There were so many flaws in the story line it was annoying. Things were poorly explained. The feelings between John and Sarah were to insta- love. I was so confused through most of he book, if you going to create a book series that has alien civilizations in it then you need to explain those civilizations and the motives behind what they do.

I think the author could have had an opportunity to create a good series but the characters were to annoying. I couldn't stand most of the characters they were whiny and poorly developed. I wanted to learn more about I am number four the alien not as John. Even though John was an alien it seemed even he didn't understand what it meant to be from the planet Lorien, there was hardly any world building.

This series had lots of potential but i didn't live up to my hopes or standards. I know there are people who like this series so I cannot completely discredit it and one of my good friends loves this series. This series was not just for me. If you wan to read a more positive review on this series and see what other people liked about it go read the reviews on goodreads. I hope you were able to get something you of this review and I hope I did not complain to much about what I personally was annoyed with.


DFTBA have a great weekend!
-Janussa

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Siege and Storm

14061955Title: Siege and Storm
Series: The Grisha #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 432
Source: Own
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Summary: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. 

Rating: 4.5

Review: This book definitely met my expectations as a sequel! I loved this book even though there was less of the Darkling. You do get to meet a new character that is brilliant and amazing which makes the absance of the Darkling more bearable.

You get to learn more about Mal the boy Alina grew up with as they travel together. They are a couple in this book and they go through so many challenges. As kids it was always strong Mal and weak Alina. Alina now had the ability to protect herself and Mal is still the same powerless person he was before. They have to learn to except each other despite there differences.

I loved being in Ravka again it is such a beautiful world. I loved seeing the Grisha with their powers and the events that played out throughout the story. So much happened a new character is introduced and he plays a big role in the events that unravel. I loved how things played out. Throughout the book Alina wants to find the other Amplifiers. She wants to help people and she realizes she needs power, more power than the Darkling has so she can stop him.

Alina has to learn to except herself for the way she is now. She cannot go back to being the weak Alina that was in the army. She must learn to be strong because there are so many challenges she must face. She is now being called a saint by some of the people in Ravka she must learn to adjust to her new found position and learn to accept it.

This book was a beautiful sequel. I love this world and I could not put the book down. I am so excited to read the third book, Ruin and Rising, once it comes out in June. I hope it wraps everything up beautifully and answers all unanswered questions. I hope it is as equally beautiful as the first two books so that I might be able to love the world of Ravka even more. I absolutely recommend reading the sequel.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Corner #32


All the World's a Stage
     By: William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

DFTBA Have  a wonderful weekend :)
-Janussa

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Shadow and Bone

10194157Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: Grisha #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages: 358
Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Summary: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. 

Rating: 5

Review: This book was perfect and easily a new favourite fantasy! It's at the top f the favourites list right next to Throne of Glass.

There are so many wonderful things to say about this book! I loved the characters, the setting and the plot they were all flawless. The main character Alina never knew there was anything special about herself when she was younger. She was orphaned by the war that had been raging in Ravka for years. She grew up trying to be as normal as anyone could. When young children in Ravka are tested every year to see if they posses any Grisha powers, Alina did not or so she thought.  In wake of trouble and fear she discovered she was a light summoner.

Alina was so realistic. Throughout the entire book she was confused and wanted to find her way. She used to know she belonged with Mal, in the first army but once she became a Grisha she no longer knew where she belonged. Alina is a teenager and though we might not all be able to summon sun we all go through a process of discovering where we belong.

I loved all the characters including the darkling. They were all flawless and mysterious. At first you do love the darkling and then you discover his true intentions and you're supposed to love him less but I still loved him.

The story was fantastic and the world was beautiful. Ravka sounds gorgeous and the society was set up so it could actually function. The Grisha and nobles were upper class and they lived in a castle in the capital city of Os Alta. The names were all beautiful and unique which made the book even more interesting while trying to figure out how to say each name.

I thought everything was splendid and perfect. I recommend this book to everyone who wants a good fantasy.


DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, April 11, 2014

Poetry Corner #31


April Rain Song
     By: Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.

Have a wonderful weekend!
DFTBA
-Janussa

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Review: Insurgent

11735983Title: Insurgent
Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 525
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Summary: 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.

Rating: 5

Review: This book kept getting better and better as I kept reading. I loved all of the characters and the story line was flawless. Obviously there all the characters had problems or there wouldn't have been a plot. This book had tons of emotion in it because of the flawless writing of Veronica Roth.

All the characters are well developed and you can see and understand why they would do the actions they would do. I could connect with the characters. The way Tris felt lost and confused I think everyone has felt that at some point and it was nice to that in a character, it made her relateable in a way that a lot of characters today are not.

The plot was fast paced and so much happen. You begin to truly who is on what side and it is not what you would expect. I did not expect most of what happened especially what happened the ending.

This was a perfect sequel to Divergent and it had everything a good sequel needs. Tris and Tobias were amazing in Insurgent yeah they had problems but every realistic couple has problems it was refreshing. I loved how Tris had to overcome so much in this book. Everyone has times when they have to overcome something big and this was Tris's time.

I loved seeing all the characters develop. Christina and Tris's friendship was able to grow a lot in this book because Christina had to accept what Tris did to Will. That was not easy for Christina but they are even better friends now because of it. I hope their friendship continues to grow in the final book.

I cannot what to see what will happen in the third book, I've heard rumors about what happens but I still want to know for myself because the way a series ends depends on so many details in the final book.

You definitely need to read Insurgent if you liked Divergent you won't regret it, it was a flawless sequel.

Favorite Quotes:

“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”

“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Review: Clockwork Princess

18335634Title: Clockwork Princess
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 565
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Summary: London 1873 shape-shifter Tessa Gray 16 is engaged to Jem Carstairs 17, dying of addiction to demon drug, all bought up by evil Mortmain. The "clockwork prince" controls an army of automatons to abduct Tess, kill the Shadowhunters, and blackmail Charlotte Branwell, head of London Institute. Will and Tessa hide their love, for love of Jem. 

Rating: 4

Review: This book was truly marvelous. It's been a long time since I read a final book in a series that I enjoyed this much.

I truly do not know how Cassandra Clare does it, how she makes you love all the characters and the story so you cannot put the book down. I completely love both Jem and Will and she came up wit a perfect ending that I think everyone would be pleased with. The was equally as beautiful as the other books and the story was even better.

This was a perfect final book to the series. The story line was well paced and the writing style makes you connect with all the characters even more. I loved all the characters and I always wanted to know what was going to happen. Cassandra Clare makes you think all hope is lost before you read the brilliant ending so first she makes you want to cry and then she makes you elated because of what actually happened. I do not know how she does what she does with books.

This is a series that I could have found a lot of flaws in the story line but I never wanted to find the flaws because I loved the characters and just wanted to know what would happen. I thought this was a perfect final book and if you have read the first two books you need to read this book it finalizes this story perfectly and ties together all the loose ends. You will not regret reading this wonderful final book in The Infernal Devices series.

I hope you got something out of this review :)
Also I've been reading a lot recently and I got some new books so there should be lots of new book reviews coming your way.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, April 4, 2014

Poetry Corner #30


Suicide of a Moderate Dictator
     by: Elizabeth Bishop

This is a day when truths will out, perhaps;
leak from the dangling telephone earphones
sapping the festooned switchboards' strength;
fall from the windows, blow from off the sills,
—the vague, slight unremarkable contents
of emptying ash-trays; rub off on our fingers
like ink from the un-proof-read newspapers,
crocking the way the unfocused photographs
of crooked faces do that soil our coats,
our tropical-weight coats, like slapped-at moths.

Today's a day when those who work
are idling. Those who played must work
and hurry, too, to get it done, with little dignity or none.
The newspapers are sold; the kiosk shutters
crash down. But anyway, in the night
the headlines wrote themselves, see, on the streets
and sidewalks everywhere; a sediment's splashed
even to the first floors of apartment houses.

This is a day that's beautiful as well,
and warm and clear. At seven o'clock
I saw the dogs being walked along the famous beach
as usual, in a shiny gray-green dawn,
leaving their paw prints draining in the wet.
The line of breakers was steady and the pinkish,
segmented rainbow steadily hung above it.
At eight two little boys were flying kites. 

Happy Weekend
DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees

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Title: The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Pages: 318
Release Date: November 8, 2001
Goodreads | Amazon

Summary: Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.  

Rating: 2.5

Review: I read this book for English and the easiest way for me to describe it is 'I liked it'.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. I was glad I had the opportunity to read this for class because I had never heard of this book before this. I most likely would not have read this book if it were not for school. It was nice to read something different than what I usually read.

This is one of those books that I cannot say a ton of bad stuff about but I cannot say a ton of good stuff about it either. The characters were good and the plot was interesting and I wanted to know what was going to happen to the characters but it lacked something. <--wish I could explain that something better.

The writing was good and beautiful and I love reading all the metaphors.

I am so sorry that I could not describe this book better/ more. I hope you were able to still get something out of my review, if not go read some reviews on Goodreads (^I've linked the book to goodreads above). I still suggest you read it, it is quite good.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monthly Roundup: March

Wow what a month this has been. We are already 1/4 done with 2014 that's crazy, I'm still accidentally writing 2013.
Well this is the time of the month where I get to tell you the best and the worst. Let's get started! (I'm still deciding on what questions to ask in these posts but soon I hope to have it perfect.

Book I read this month: reviews are linked
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [Movie Review]
The Healer's Apprentice (no review)
Divergent [Movie Review]
The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (haven't reviewed yet)
The Secret Life of Bees (haven't reviewed yet)

Longest: Clockwork Princess
Shortest: The Healer's Apprentice

Favourite: Extremely Loud and Incredibility Close
Least Favourite: The Healer's Apprentice

Best Cover:
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It feels like it's been FOREVER since I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close i can't believe it was just earlier this month that I finished it.

In other news tons of new book-to-movie adaptions have been announced including: The Giver, The Maze Runner, If I stay, and Insurgent have all been announced.
Go look up The Giver and The Maze Runner trailers.

Things to look forward to in April: more reviews, more book-to-movie reviews, and hopefully more random thoughts posts. I just hope I find time to read cuz lately I've had so little.

Also tell me in comments what you've read this month! I'd love to find out!

Hope you had a good March and have a wonderful April :)
DFTBA
-Janussa

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book to Movie: Divergent

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  Book   |   Movie

I was blown away by the movie. It's not very often that the movie is at least as good as the book but Divergent was. All the scenes were perfect and the cast was amazing.

I could get nit-picky over how they did some things different but if I do that then I not enjoying the movie for how it is. A movie will never live up to everyone's expectations. Characters will be different how we imagined them. They have to leave stuff out and change some details and they have to make it fit in a certain amount of time. Divergent did a brilliant job with all of this and as I talk to more people about the movie they all agree.

This movie gives me hope that they won't ruin all book to movie adaptions, especially since there are so many new book-to-movie adaptions coming out right now. Hunger Games is still going, Divergent just started and The Giver, The Maze Runner and The Fault in Our Stars all come out in the next few months. The most important part of a movie adaption is to capture the world and the feelings and emotions of all the characters.

I definitely recommend you see the Divergent movie you will not regret it. It is perfect whether you've read the book or not (though I suggest you read the book it is amazing).

DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, March 28, 2014

Poetry Corner #29


A Song
     by: William Blake

Sweet dreams, form a shade
O'er my lovely infant's head!
Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
By happy, silent, moony beams!

Sweet Sleep, with soft down
Weave thy brows an infant crown
Sweet Sleep, angel mild,
Hover o'er my happy child!

Sweet smiles, in the night
Hover over my delight!
Sweet smiles, mother's smile,
All the livelong night beguile.

Sweet moans, dove like sighs,
Chase not slumber from thine eyes!
Sweet moan, sweeter smile,
All the dove like moans beguile.

Sleep, sleep, happy child!
All creation slept and smiled.
Sleep, sleep, happy child,
While o'er thee doth mother weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Holy image I can trace;
Sweet babe, once like thee
Thy Maker lay, and wept for me:

Wept for me, for thee, for all,
When He was an infant small.
Thou His image ever see,
Heavenly face that smiles on thee!

Smiles on thee, on me, on all,
Who became an infant small;
Infant smiles are his own smiles;
Heaven and earth to peace beguiles.

Happy Weekend
DFTBA
-Janussa

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Clockwork Prince

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Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 502
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Goodreads | Amazon

Summary: In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.

Rating: 4

Review: I love this even more than Clockwork Angel it was an amazing sequel! I cannot explain how happy I am about this book! Well I can say that a certain couple got together and I very much approve!

You learn a lot more about all the characters and this book has everything in it: romance, action, betrayal, and you learn the truth about so much. I fell even more in love with the characters reading this sequel.

The love triangle is even more important in this book and Cassab Clare has skill and you love both guys.I love both Will and Jem so much and I would never want either to get hurt, they have both been through so much. I still like one of them slightly more but that's just me.

The writing continued to be beautiful and this book was even harder to set down. I completely feel in love with the story and it was a very emotionally ride because so much happens. I can't spoil any of it for you you'll have to read the book.

This led from one thing to another and the world-building is amazing. I wasn't confused by the plot at all like I was in Clockwork Angel which was good because the book moves fast. Some books that are 502 pages long can get really boring but Clare has a talent to make you want to read each and every page.

I thought this was an amazing sequel and that ending! So glad I waited until the series was over to read Clockwork Princess right away. If I had to wait I would have died after knowing who shows up at the end and nothing else.

I would definitely recommend this i was a superb sequel and I am so excited t see what happens in Clockwork Princess.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: Clockwork Angel

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Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 479
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Summary: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

Rating: 3.5

Review: I was very impressed with this book and I loved it much more than City of Bones. I was much more impressed with the story line and with the characters in Clockwork Angel.

Tessa is very strong willed and independent. She is very confused throughout the book and must adjust to everything new she is discovering about the world and she is brave through all of it. She goes to live in the London institute. While there she learns so many new tings and as she begins to lose her family she gains another made up of Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Will, Jessamine, and Jem. All the characters were wonderful and they all had very distinct characteristics. Will was rude and pushed everyone away. Jem was so sweet and nice and tires to always see the good in things.

The plot was good, I just had a hard time following parts of it. Once she moved into the institute Tessa was able to learn and grow and there were bumps along the road and it was it always perfectly clear. She had to find her brother and help him.

Cassandra Clare's writing is beautiful and elegant. She makes you want to constantly read more and know what will happen to the characters. She draws you into the story so you cannot put it down. By the of the book I wasn't sure if I loved the book because of the story line or because of the wonderful way it was written. I decided it was both.

I definitely recommend Clockwork Angel, especially if you like the Mortal Instruments but even if you didn't this series is much better

Favorite Quotes:

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

DFTBA
-Janussa :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Book to Movie: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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I originally saw the movie when it first came out and then I read the book after I had forgotten many of the details. After reading a book so deep and complex it seems very hard for it to be turned into a movie. The movie makers did the best job they could turning a story so complex into a movie. I loved it and the most important part that this movie included was the emotions that Oskar was feeling. It perfectly portrays the pain he felt after his fathers death.

Obviously the movie could not include everything but it still made the story seem real and important. In the book Oskar seemed more confused abut he was still very much in pain because of his fathers death, in the movie the pain he felt because of his fathers death was more evident.

I think the casting was very good and all the characters are portrayed correctly. I had a hard time imagining the characters in the story and I usually don't which is good because then I don't have high expectations of how they should look in the movie.

Just like the book I do not think everyone would appreciate this movie and I think it is too wonderful to recommend to people who would not appreciate the meaning of this story. I definitely think this was a wonderful adaption and I hope it inspired other people to read the book.

If you want to know more about the book you can read the review I wrote here on the blog.
DFTBA
-Janussa

Friday, March 21, 2014

Poetry Corner #28


Alone
     by: Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas

39999Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
Pages: 224
Release Date: June 1, 2006
Source: School Library

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Rating: 4

Review: How do I describe this book. Because I do not want to ruin the story, I will keep the review short.

This is a brilliant book and it was beautifully written. It follows the story of a nine year old boy named Bruno. Bruno's family moves from Berlin because of his fathers job. Next to their new house is fence and on the other side of the fence is a concentration camp. Bruno, being nine, does not understand that it is a concentration camp or that the people on the other side of the fence are Jews.

He tries to have an adventure while staying at his new home and he makes a friend on the other side of the fence.

I won't say much else about this book for fear of ruining it. It is a very sad story but it is also very much worth reading. It is a beautiful tragic story that I think everyone needs to experience.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review: Divergent

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Series: Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: April 25, 2011
Source: School Library
Goodreads | Amazon

Summary: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Rating: 5

Review: I originally read this book two years ago and I thought it was amazing but a while after I read it I slowly started liking it less and less for no reason. I forgot how good it really was so rereading it now made me remember why I loved it originally.

This book is breathtaking. The characters are fresh and real. This book follows Tris Prior after she makes the choice to leave her family and go to Dauntless. The book lets us see how she reacts to her choice and the consequences of it.

Tris must go through the process of Dauntless initiation before she can be truly Dauntless. While there she befriends Christina and Will. The three of them go through initiation and must learn how to fight, how to overcome fears and cowardice and how to be brave. Abnegation is about selflessness and Dauntless is about bravery. As Tris goes through initiation she realizes that she is more selfless than she thought she was. Her instructor Four helps her to realize that she is most brave when she is trying to protect others and being selfless. He tells her that selflessness and bravery aren't that different.

I loved all the characters. The characters had to find out what was really happening at Erudite headquarters so they can prevent bigger problems. I loved Christina, she came from Candor where they always tell the truth so she has a habit of just saying whatever is in her head. Will is Erudite so he knows so much and is always acting to smart for the Dauntless. All the characters must learn to leave their old lives behind so that they might be able to except their new lives as Dauntless. Tris's brother Caleb chose Erudite and he must learn to deal with all the rumors Erudite was giving about Abnegation. It's a learning experience for everyone in multiple ways. The characters must learn to accept the choices they made.

The writing in the book was beautiful. Veronica Roth described everything so beautifully. She described the world so well that I was able to see it all in my head.

After rereading the book it makes me wonder why I ever stopped liking it in the first place it is brilliant. I am more excited than ever for the movie that comes out this Friday. I definitely recommend this book.

Favorite Quotes:

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different.”

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.”

“A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”

DFTBA
-Janussa :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Poetry Corner #27


Absence
     by: Pablo Neruda

I have scarcely left you
When you go in me, crystalline,
Or trembling,
Or uneasy, wounded by me
Or overwhelmed with love, as
when your eyes
Close upon the gift of life
That without cease I give you.

My love,
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have
Drunk up all the water and the
Blood,
We found each other
Hungry
And we bit each other
As fire bites,

Leaving wounds in us.
But wait for me,
Keep for me your sweetness.
I will give you too
A rose.

Ugh I have been so busy with school recently and I have had no time to read my spring break is soon though so I really hope I get more time to read then :) Sorry I just haven't had much to post because I have no new book reviews.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Title: Extremely Loud and Incredible Close
Author: Jonathan Safer Foer
Pages: 326
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Source: School Library
Goodreads | Amazon

Summary: Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

Rating: 5

Review: All I can say abut this book is good things but the issue is trying to put a book this incredible into words is hard.

This book follows the story of Oskar after his father died on September 11th. He finds a key in a vase in his father's closest. Oskar hopes this means something so that he can have a way to connect with and be close to his father again after his death. He spends months going around the city trying to find who the key belongs to.

This was a very special read for me and it holes such a special place in my heart. How do I describe this book? I loved this book immensely and I can relate to Oskar in weird ways but there are many people that would not appreciate it. Two of my best friends like to read some but I would never recommend this to them. I know they would say it is boring and slow. You have to take time to read each word so that you can cherish all that this book says.

In The Fault in Our Stars by John Green there is a quote that says "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal." Hazel say this book about her favorite quote An Imperial Affliction. Often I have books that I want to share with people so i can put the shattered world back together, but never before have I truly understood what Hazel meant about a book so special that you what to keep it to yourself. I feel as if this is the book I need to keep to myself because I do not want to betray the story. I can't stand the thought of recommending this book to most people, only a handful of people would appreciate it the way it should be appreciated. This book truly is my An Imperial Affliction.

I loved Oskar he's emotions were so real, life is complicated and confusing. Oskar just wanted to figure life out and find a way to be close to his father even after he was gone. Emotions are complicated and it's hard to being happy when living life. Throughout the book it says 'living is harder than dying' I think it's so true, it is so easy to just give up and die. You have to work to live and you have to keep trying even when everything bad has happened to you.

This book is beautiful and tragic and wonderful. I cannot say whether I recommend it to you because you need to choose if you want to read it. I only recommend it to someone who will love it for everything that it is.

Favorite Quotes:

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”

“Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”

“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.”

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”

“I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love.”

“Why do beautiful songs make you sad?' 'Because they aren't true.' 'Never?' 'Nothing is beautiful and true.”

“Songs are as sad as the listener.”

“Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are. And the more you wage war.”

I am super busy right now with school and I barely even have time to read on weekends. Spring break is in a week and a half so I hope to get lots of good reading and reviews in, in lieu of posting book reviews I will probably start posting random thought posts again :)
DFTBA
-Janussa

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Author: Jesse Andrews
Pages: 295
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Goodreads Amazon

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Rating: 3

Review: This was the funniest book I've read in a long time. From the very beginning it is funny to the very end.

Some cancer books are sad and make you bawl your eyes out like The Fault in Our Stars but this is not one of those books. This book does not make you think hard about life or how you can learn so much from sick people with cancer. The only thing this book makes you realize is that it is true that high school sucks. I'm glad my high school does not have cliques like in the book but high school is a big mess of confusion.

Greg's mom makes him befriend Rachael who is sick with Leukemia. Greg thinks the whole time that she is dying which was true but Rachael wouldn't accept that she was dying until the very end.

It's hard to describe this book. It's hard to say what it was besides funny. It's nice to read books that really make you think but this book would not be the same if it was all deep. I think this book really reflects how average teenagers act. Average teenagers do swear a lot and they don't care about school very much and they don't usually think very hard about life. 

This is a hard book to put into words. There isn't a lot to say. It was a simple read with a relatively simple story about finding your place in high school. 

I do recommend it and you can determine how you feel about it when you read it. I cannot give it high acclaim but it is a book that high schoolers can understand and relate to.

DFTBA
-Janussa

Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity

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Series: The Madman's Daughter #2
Author: Megan Shepherd
Pages: 420
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Goodreads | Amazon

Summary: To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it. Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

Rating: 4

Review: Juliet is back home in London now and has tried to forget all about the island. She's traded the jungle for industrial city life, which in some ways is even more dangerous. It's been months since she returned to London and she's starting her life over again but is she really safe?

While not as shocking and surprising ad The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity continues the Gothic thriller series and brings twists to the plot.

After Juliet returned to London she had to resume her normal life again, she moves into the professor's house which makes her part of high class society. She slowly Juliet must learns to adjust back to social life in the city. After her father was shunned from society for his experiments Juliet was also shunned and was no longer high class, she worked as a servant. She learns to adjust back to being high class. Just as Juliet starts to make herself at home again, a murderer shows up and kills people just as a beast with claws would. SHe begins to wonder if the island is completely behind her as she thinks about it every day.

Juliet tries to find the beast and stop it because if it is one of her fathers creations from the island, if Scotland Yard gets a hold of it they will dissect it. She wants the atrocities her father created to never be created again.

Through all of this she is also looking for a cure for herself. The serum she usually takes is not being as effective as it used to be. She must find a new cure for herself. If the serum stops working completely she will die.

It's a book about survival and learning to make the right decision in a world where everything is gray and blurred. Juliet must decide whether she wants to follow her natural instincts or what she's been taught in London.

Her Dark Curiosity focused more on the love triangle aspect of the story and how Juliet had to choose her decisions based on how she felt about Edward and Montgomery.

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-Janussa