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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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


Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review: Her Dark Curiosity

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


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Book Review: Towering

15806868By: Alex Flinn
Pages: 293
Release Date: May 14, 2013

Summary: Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

Rating: 3

Review: I was actually disappointed with this book. After reading Bewitching and Beastly I had high expectations for this book but it just wasn't as good. The plot was harder to follow but the three POV's made it easier to follow because you were able to get more information.

The book is told from three point of views: Rachael, Wyatt and Dani. Rachael is trapped in a tower, Wyatt went to stay in the town his mother grew up in, and Dani went missing eighteen years ago. In the beginning you don't see how the characters connect but as the book goes on all the pieces start to fit together.

This book did not grab me the way Alex Flinn's other books did. It was too insta-love. As soon as Rachael and Wyatt met they fell in love. I can understand that they would want to see each other again especially since Rachael hasn't seen any other people besides Mama in years but that doesn't mean it's automatically love. Sometimes Rachael seems smart but sometimes she's really naive.

The story lacked something, I'm not sure if it was cuteness, or if I was just annoyed because it was to insta-love but this retelling was not as good. It was a Rapunzel retelling but it did not flow as nicely as Flinn's other stories. There were many things that I think the author could have explained better.

I still love Alex Flinn even though this book was not as good. I look forward to read her other books to see if those are all as good as Beastly and Bewitching. I look forward to seeing what her other books have in store.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Poetry Corner #26

I want
by: Emily Dickinson

"I want"—it pleaded—All its life—
I want—was chief it said
When Skill entreated it—the last—
And when so newly dead—

I could not deem it late—to hear
That single—steadfast sigh—
The lips had placed as with a "Please"
Toward Eternity—

Oh my gosh I have so many books to read and so many books that I want to read and I'm totally obsessed with my schools library! I should have more reviews coming soon and I hope to be able to read tons this weekend because right now I'm reading some amazing books!

Have an amazing Friday and tell me what your reading. I'm reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl :)


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book to Movie: The Great Gastby

Book  |  Movie

I loved the adaption. It was one of the best book to movie adaptions I've seen in a while. It captured everything in The Great Gatsby perfectly. It portrayed the craziness of the 1920's in New York perfectly. It showed how people treated life as a circus.

The party at Gatsby's. It's crazy and shows how people don't care. It is a circus, there is a zebra in the pool.

It covered everything in the book which was nice since most movie adaptions don't cover half of it. The movie was still from the perspective of Nick as told when he was older. You feel the same way about the characters in the movie because you still see them through Nick's point of view. It was nice to see a visual representation of the wonderful writing in The Great Gatsby.

I do recommend seeing the movie because it goes with the book perfectly.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review: Bewitching

11859244Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: 336
Release Date: February 14, 2012

Summary: Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t. 

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.

Rating: 5

Review: I loved this book so much. From the very beginning it felt a bit like beastly because  Kendra was trying to help someone else but it was even better than beastly.

From the beginning I loved the characters, they had depth and emotion and I felt like I could relate to Emma really well. I liked Lisette when we you first meet her in the book and I was really hoping she wouldn't become the evil stepsister. She was worse than an evil stepsister, she took everything from Emma. I hated her so much and I wanted her to accidentally die.

After Emma had lost everything there was finally a piece of hope with Warner. He was so sweet, nice, and amazing. He was so nice to Emma. Everything in this book was perfect! It did not end how I expected it to. Which, in a way, is good, if you can predict what's going to happen in the book it not as exciting, it's just predictable.

I loved Emma so much, she reminds me of me she loves books and stayed to herself most of the time.

In all of Alex Flinn's books she talks about books a lot, especially classics. She shows how these books effect the characters. Emma would be so different if she did not love to read classics. She would not be as smart and the book would be very different in the end. I want my life to be like this, it's tough in parts but it gets better and hopefully happy in the end.

The writing was so good. it makes you love some characters and hate others and it is a story of finding yourself when all seems lost. You get lost in the pages and you love every minute of the story.

I cannot wait to read more books by Alex Flinn. I definitely recommend this if you like fairytale retailing and if you just want a perfect cute story.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #1

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I went to a huge book fair this weekend and got tons of new books! 
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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Girl v. Boy by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Quidditch Through The Ages by J. K. Rowling
Fruits Basket 1 & 2 by Natsuki Takaya
Naruto 1 & 2 by Masashi Kishimoto
Bleach 1 & 2 by Tite Kubo
My Life in France by Julia Child
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

Wow that was a lot and I now have even more to read so I'm going to get back to reading now. I am currently reading The Madman's Daughter so I really look forward to reading the sequel Her Dark Curiosity! Also book reviews of Towering and Bewitching are coming soon :)


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day: Book Boyfriends

Happy post valentine's! I don't know about you but seeing all the  couples at school at valentines day is really annoying because there are all these girls with flowers and bears and boyfriends. I don't even think anyone likes me. Well at least my book boyfriends will always be there for me!

Oh My Gosh where do I even begin there are just so many great guys in books! Well I guess I should just star listing them and I'll link my book reviews in the book title and I'll link it to Goodreads in the authors name so you can go check out the book. This is not a specific order it would be way to hard to order them all but Augustus is definitely the first.

  1. Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Oliver in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  3. Graham in This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
  4. Montgomery in The Madman's Daughter by  Megan Shepherd
  5. Peter Pan in Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  6. William Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. Warner in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  8. Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
  9. Andrius in Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
  10. Ry in The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
  11. Jericho in The Diviners by Libba Bray
  12. Alex in Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  13. Dash in Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  14. Chaol and Dorian in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
That's a lot of beautiful guys and still so many more! Comment tell me who your book boyfriends are!

Today I went to a huge book sale and and got tons of new books so I will post a stacking the self tomorrow :)


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: This Star Won't Go Out

17675031By: Easter Earl
Pages: 431
Release Date: January 28, 2014
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Summary: A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

Rating: 5

Review: This book was so inspiring, honest, hopeful,happy  and funny.

This was the first biography/ non-fiction books I've read in a while and it is definitely worth the read. Ester Earl was an inspiring girl that always found a way to be happy and smile even during the toughest times of having caner. It is truly a book of love and growing up. The book is filled with notes from people that knew Ester and loved her. There is a touching introduction by John Green and he knew Ester and created Ester Day for her as a day to express love for others. Not the romantic type of love but the love for your family members and friends because too often people forget to say they love those people.

Ester mentions multiple times where she wishes she could do more and help more people and leave her mark on the world. She was able to. Though John Green and now this book she has become an inspiration for so many people. Ester shows us how it is possible to live a meaningful life even if it is short. We can do so much even when we're young.

For this first page it just draws you in and you learn t care about Ester so much, even though you don't know her. It is such an honest story because everything either written by someone that knew Ester or by Ester herself. There are journal entries from Ester. I don't think she ever expected others to read them but she is so honest in them and we learn so much about her. It was so nice to read something so honest and simple. She was funny and quirky and real. She was so real about everything she didn't sugar coat it she just excepted things for what they were and tried to make the most of it.

It is definitely worth reading and you will learn so much about love, hope and life.

Favourite Quotes

"I do hope that when the day comes, whether in 1, 10, or 100 years, I don’t want you to think of me and feel sad."

"Isn’t it sad that so often it takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully?"

“And I realize now that that was . . . that’s the best way to love someone. Hold them close, know that you’re loved, let it wash over you”


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Books Review: Prophecy

10129062By: Ellen Oh
Pages: 312
Release Date: January 2,2013

Summary: The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope... 

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Rating: 3.5

Review: This was a really refreshing read. It was different and unique.

Kira is feared by everyone and it's about her finding a way to be normal while still being a dragon slayer. To me it was refreshing because huzzah there was no love story. I think there's now this expectation that every YA or any book needs to have some sort of love story but it doesn't. What's wrong with a women wanting to do things by herself and not wanting to get married. This is the case for Kira, her mother and the queen wishes her to be married as all lady's should but she really doesn't want to marry. Girl power!

Well that's not what the majority of the story is about but that made me happy. Kira is the protector of the prince and therefore she must protect the city and the king and queen as well. There is a ton of action and people aren't as nice as they first seem.

It is beautifully written and the characters are all very different and interesting. I loved how everything played out it keeps you on your toes wanting to know what will happen.

I had a hard time following parts of the book because it was in third person. I'm very used to books written in the first person and it was hard to follow conversation because sometimes it just says what they were talking about without the person's exact words in quotation marks. other than having a hard time following parts of it I loved everything about this book.

The fighting scenes were well written. They were fast and exciting. I always loved reading them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and wants a book without a love story.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Book Review: The Great Gatsby

4671By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pages: 180
Release Date: January 1. 1925

Summary: In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--" Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel's more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem

Rating: 4

Review: This story is not a story where you love the characters or where it's happy and good. It is so much more than that. F. Scott Fitzgerald paints a picturesque scene of the 1920's Jazz age.

This book is filled with symbolism. Everything that happens in the books means something. The places, the people, and even the weather. You can notice so much if you pay close attention and the themes are generally reoccurring.

I read this book for school last year and I had to reread it this year and it was even better the second time. It's not a book to read about good examples because you learn more of what you shouldn't do, but it's about Nick Caraway finding his way in the world.

Nick goes to New York to get a job in the bond business. He meets many people but he also befriends the mysterious Jay Gatsby. As the novel goes on it seems to be mostly about Gatsby attaining his dream of having Daisy again. It is a coming-of-age story for Nick. He turns thirty in the book, and that is the promise of a new decade when his life should be mostly figured out. He is surrounded by the chaos of the 20's, the circus of everyone's life but he doesn't want to be part of an act. He wants to stay away from all the moral decay of the people in New York. Through the book his has a change in character at first he loved New York. It was the city where anything could happen and he enjoyed it.

I loved this book and it raises so many questions: about morals, life, friends, and trust. It is beautifully written and the setting of the 1920's is amazing everything was bigger, better, and crazier. I would love to just be a standby person in the story and feel all the excitement and see what it was like.

I would definitely recommend it and if you have the opportunity to read it for school you should really read it because it is completely worth it

Favourite Quotes:

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

“I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

DFTBA and have a great weeekend!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Poetry Corner #25

I'm really sorry I wasn't able to post this week I've just been really busy with school and I've barely been able to fit reading in. I just transferred schools this year and at my new school they have a fantastic library so I will have even more to read now!

I will have more book reviews up starting tomorrow and I hope to be able to read toms this weekend!

The Soul Selects her ow society
by: Emily Dickinson

The Soul selects her own Society —
Then — shuts the Door —
To her divine Majority —
Present no more —

Unmoved — she notes the Chariots — pausing —
At her low Gate —
Unmoved — an Emperor be kneeling
Upon her Mat —

I've known her — from an ample nation —
Choose One —
Then — close the Valves of her attention —
Like Stone — 

I love Emily Dickinson and maybe I post her poems to often oh well they're worth it.